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Suite 517, Student Centre Saint Mary’s University Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3 902.496.8201 Editor-in-chief Laura Macintosh thesmujournal@gmail.com News Editor Jeff Cusack news.smu@gmail.com Sports Editor Jason MacDonald sports.smu@gmail.com Business Editor Nick Simard business.smu@gmail.com Arts & Entertainment Editor Dawn Davis arts.smu@gmail.com Features Editor Kimberley Dares features.smujournal@gmail.com Art Director Marlon Solis designs.smu@gmail.com Assistant Art Director Nicole Fu Ad-Manager Korey Mcinnis Advertisments.smu@gmail.com 902.209.0590 Distribution Manager Brittany Andersen & Chris Hunter Website Manager Elie Khoury Thanks to all contributors THE JOURNAL IS THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY. THE PAPER IS PUBLISHED EACH WEDNESDAY BY THE JOURNAL PUBLISHING SOCIETY, AND FUNDED IN PART BY THE STUDENT BODY. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO SUBMIT PIECES OF WORK FOR PUBLICATION IN THE JOURNAL. THESE SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN NOON ON SUNDAY THROUGH THE PROVIDED EMAIL ADDRESSES. SUBMIT ARTICLES TO THESMUJOURNAL@GMAIL. COM OR AT WWW.SMUJOURNAL. CA. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR MAY BE NO MORE THAN 400 WORDS. ALL SUBMISSIONS MAY BE SUBJECT TO EDITING. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PROOFREAD, VISIT THE OFFICE ON MONDAY MORNINGS. ALL PIECES ARE SUBJECT TO THE JOURNAL GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION, (AVAILABLE ON REQUEST). THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THE JOURNAL ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHORS AND NOT NECESSARILY OF THE JOURNAL OR SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY.

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PERSPECTIVES

The Insidious Side of Gossip Keelyn Bergstrom

Contributor

What happens when individuals feel the need to spread sinister information about people they have no acquaintance with? Who do they answer to, and should they be held accountable for their actions? I’ve gained an innate appreciation for people who lack a certain intrusive curiosity about things that they have no familiarity with. It is seemingly common to hear individuals conversing with others that they more than likely hardly know and cannot be fairly named as acquaintances with. It has come to my attention that gossip, a social normality in the world we live, has been brought to a whole new level, especially within our university campus. You would think that certain habits would be outgrown before the destination of a refined post secondary education is reached. I have learned otherwise. I believe that it is not farfetched to claim that this habit is one most appreciated by those whom lack the education and refinement of individuals who are capable of spending their time in a more productive way. Why not read a book, go to the gym, do the assignments lying neglected on your desk (After all, although you may have been blinded by the opportunity to expose the most recent drama between what’s-her-face and her boyfriend, your education is the primary reason why you are here, and it did require some substantial financial support- So pay attention to it!), dance, play sports or even go for a walk? Is it necessary to spread venomous clichés? To make assumptions based on the outward appearance of the person in question? If you’re wondering what they are like, chances are before you begin to run off your surprisingly large mouth it may be an excellent idea to shake their hand and see for yourself whom you are talking about. I’m tired of ridicu-

lous judgments made by those simple minded individuals that are worth the time spent trying to avoid. In being blonde it is automatically assumed that you are unable to successfully articulate ideas, to achieve high standards of academic excellence, and more than once, overtly friendly to guys that you’ve never even seen. You are defined by the company you keep. Associating yourself with certain friends means that you automatically attain the same moral standards and conform to their behaviour without question. This is absurd. Have we really diminished our interests and security to the point of obliterating the comfort and reputation of people we have never had the opportunity of meeting? Spreading lies whilst in cafeteria line ups and standing in the hallways of campus seems a little too juvenile (and reminiscent of teeny-bopper TV shows from our adolescence) for my liking. The main point is that insecure girls thrive in situations where they can put you down. Whether it’s the way they look at you in the elevator, or the foreign language they speak (in a way that makes you believe that only rude and offensive comments are being made), backwards glances at the gym, or lies accidentally stated to friends that they mistakenly didn’t know you had, we have all been there. Take satisfaction out of it. I have learnt that there is no reason to be upset, quite clearly they have made it obvious that they have a problem, and the best way to treat that expression of anger is by being so completely oblivious by nature and/or giving them the exact same look in return. (This provides for some excellent and worthwhile entertainment) In a flawless world these girls would be less vulnerable and more secure but, as it stands, the targets may just have to acquire a thicker skin.

Not-so-Hollywood Romance Tyler Leeming

Contributor

After three weeks well spent in a self destructive tornado of drugs, booze, and sleeplessness; I have survived. I am now more the wise, from the experience of losing another girl. Blindsided once again. However this time; out of my self abuse, I gained valuable insight into my problem, and perhaps even yours. I know why love has become so hard; at least, I know one large reason. Video killed real love. In general, people have become infatuated with the eighty minute intense romances that they rent from their local Blockbuster. Not realizing that if those actors continued to play the characters, things would eventually cool down. Yes, inevitably they will eat meals in silence, having spent their exciting conversation topics in the first few years. However we don’t see the extraordinarily beautiful people glorifying this aspect of love. Therefore it must be bad. When the silent meal comes people panic and assume love is all but lost. Next thing you know you are being

told “things just aren’t the same.” Or maybe even asked “why don’t we just talk anymore?” Thanks to our gorgeous actors, average joes like myself get thrown under the bus. We cannot possibly answer these questions, or respond to the statements with anything cinematic. Once again we become single, and wait for the cycle to restart. Perhaps we do this until we get tired of it and just settle down with whoever we can stand. Hopefully this Hollywood love really does exist, maybe those 80 minutes could actually last a few decades. However when I consider this I cant help but feel incredibly naïve and stupid, if there is a difference. I think we all need to realize how we are receiving a false perspective on romance from these movies. The films are simply the highlights of a relationship, not the aspect of comfort which is the real thing. However I am no expert on love, and I would not claim to be one, this is likely an over simplification of something far to complicated for a simple mind like mine to even begin to fathom. Such is life. Take from this what you will.

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Letters From the Editor What about Green? Laura MacIntosh

Editor-in-Chief

As we all know, the world is becoming a “greener” place to live. Environmental considerations such as recycling, waste reduction and energy saving are happening everywhere (just check out the “Green Tip of the Week”). We are all being encouraged to do our part, help the environment and save the world. We encourage others to do this… but how much effort do we personally want to put into it? Everyone likes their routine. That cup of Tim’s coffee rather than home brewing, old light bulbs our eyes are accustomed to over the energy saving variety that will cause many headaches at first, water bottles instead of tap or filtered, a paper in hand rather than reading online. That last one is where I’ll concentrate, for obvious reasons. It seems an ingrained habit for many students to have The Journal (and other media sources) in print. As you can tell, this issue is strictly on-line. I have heard many a complaint since announcing the trail of our online launch, despite the benefits: The number of times I’ve been told “it’s just not the same” as having a print copy at hand is innumerable. To those I say, print off your own copy if it’s that big of a deal. “Student’s don’t like reading online.” Umm… how many of you read your professors notes on the pdrive rather than your textbooks? How many spend more time on facebook than with your nose in a novel? Student’s of this generation LIVE online, let alone read online. “It’s too much work to find the website.” If one can type www.wikipedia.com into their web browser, it’s the same number of characters to get to www.smujournal.ca. I can’t speak to the laziness of the average

student since as Editor-in-Chief of a publication I’m not that ‘normal’, but I think most students can handle that much typing and mouse clicking. You’ll find you waste less energy than actually walking to pick up the print copy! No, the real reason most people want a print issue is because it’s what we’re used to. We feel somehow ripped off not to see racks of this publication where we’re used to seeing it; because that’s change, and change is uncomfortable. We have become far too accustomed to the little luxuries in life to let them all go for the sake of a greener world. A printed copy of The Journal is like an SUV; those who want one would rather suffer the environmental toll to have it than try and offset the damage. Offsetting is what we here at The Journal are aiming to do with this online deal. We can’t completely offset what we put into the environment, but we will do our part and try. The number one benefit to an online publication is the waste reduction. Yes, we at The Journal make sure to recycle leftover issues of the paper, but that just doesn’t balance not printing them at all. The paper waste is obvious; but did you think about all the chemicals given off by the ink used to print? How about the gas emissions from distributing the paper around town, or the gas needed to ship The Journal to the distribution dock? Not printing a single issue of the paper has helped the environment a lot more that it has hindered those who “want the printed copy”. This will be the first of several online issues you will see, scattered throughout the rest of the year, in an effort to make The Journal a more environmentally friendly, sustainable publication. But don’t worry naysayers; next week a printed copy will be waiting at your favorite pick-up spot.

HAPPY DAYS Brittany Curran

Contributor

At Starbucks during an early, frosty evening last March, I heard an older gentleman tell his coffee-companion: “As long as you’re happy. That’s all the matters, right?” But how do we get there? Does money really buy happiness or is this old adage just an urban bliss myth? I’m certainly chirpier when I’ve bought a great cup of coffee; some fresh spray roses the colour of blushing cheeks; the latest copy of Vanity Fair; and after seeing a stellar play, a poignant film, or a string of ballerinas flutter from stage left to stage right, with flawless ease and inimitable grace. But that’s just the arts-lover in me. Others snatch pleasure from traveling around Asia; club-hopping and pub-crawling; scoring seats to an NHL game; or buying a slightly overpriced outfit for a very important occasion. These moments are paid for and not always possible without the money to facilitate. But just like twenty bucks can cover a dinner out with your girlfriends, a perfectly timed kiss can have the same delightful effect. My 8th birthday party theme was “The Little Mermaid”. I had a mad

crush on Eric circa 1993. My mom made all of my cakes but this one was particularly special. The room was filled with Disney décor and I wore matching tights and a t-shirt, embossed with Ariel and her floating friends. I was a side-ponytail-and-neon-shoelaces kind of girl who loved Polly pocket, collecting stickers, and back-to-back Full House episodes. A homemade cake and party favors probably cost $30. An afternoon with my supermom and schoolmates was priceless. I sound like a MasterCard ad, but that day I felt like the cartoon princess I so tenderly adored. I probably would have been just as happy watching Return from Witch Mountain with my brothers and sister, but those potato chips and colorful balloons definitely added to the day’s excitement. Money can buy you happiness, but it surely isn’t the only variable in the “ecstasy equation”. Great memories stay with us as tokens of joy; nostalgic souvenirs from little bouts of personal paradise. So remember the money-fueled moments, but never forget to cherish those times when not a penny was spent to feel so wonderful.

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NEWS

The Journal Website gets some added functionality Elie Khoury

Webmaster

I’ve been mulling over the idea of adding more functionality to the Journal website, however I was not sure how to implement such a thing, that is until Google walked into the picture with “Google Friend Connect” which is possibly the best thing I discovered in 2008 (other than my MacBook). What is this “Google Friend Connect” I am talking about? Well it adds some social features to the website, which allows you to rate articles and editor blogs, and comment on them… what better way to get your voice heard than to comment on the articles? Sounds great doesn’t it? Well you do need a few things first of all: The Liberal Party of Ontario is trying to force faculty at York University to go back to work and end their 11-week old strike. The party put forward anti-strike legislation on Sunday which could have gone into effect immediately, but the NDP’s eight members voted against the bill, stopping it from achieving early approval. The NDP argued that it was not up to the government to interfere in labour issues. The bill will now go through a more lengthy debate process within the Ontario Parliament. The Conservative government’s Tuesday budget contained a combination of stimulus and broad based permanent tax cuts as part of a spending spree that has plunged Canada back into a deficit situation after years of surpluses. Many are concerned that the tax cuts will do little to stimulate the economy since people tend to save extra money in tough economic times, and what money is spent generally is on products which aren’t made in Canada. The government was criticized for leaking information about the budget ahead of time.

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Go to http://www.smujournal.ca (yeah we have a web site!)

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Click on the sign in which is below “The Journal” Logo, you do need to have either Google (your Gmail works well), Yahoo (www.yahoo.ca), AIM (www.aim.com), or OpenID (http:// openid.net/) account. But in this day and age who does not have one of these.

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After you have signed in you can go wild on rating and commenting on the articles!

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Happening @ SMU Jeff Cusack

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January 25 – 27: Many of the events happening this week revolve around International Development Week. ID Week is one of Saint Mary’s premier events, and is particularly important at the university due to our large international student population, which is the highest percentage-wise in Canada. Students who are interested in getting the most from an increasingly globalized world -and seeing how they can give back to the worldshould attend at least one event. More information on ID Week can be found at the International Centre on the third floor of the Student Union Building.

January 31: International Night, Saint Mary’s way of paying tribute to and show off the various cultures which make our university great, starts at 6:00pm. International Night is quickly becoming famous for being one of SMU’s most enjoyable nights, and tickets always sell out early. Tickets can be bought in Loyola or at the International Centre on the 3rd floor of the SUB.

News Editor

The BBC has become embroiled in controversy after a decision to not screen an aid appeal for Gaza made by the Disasters Emergency Committee. The DEC is an umbrella organization which incorporates many charities such as the Red Cross, Save the Children, Oxam, and others. Many prominent Britons have pressured the BBC to reverse their decision, which the network says they made preserve their impartiality. The Archbishop of Canterbury, over 50 members o f the British Parliament, and others have all taken action to try and get the BBC to reverse their decision.

January 27: SMUSA is holding a Winter Ball from 10:00-1:00 in the Student Centre cafeteria. Formal attire required.

Thousands of Turkeys in Vancouver’s Fraser Valley are being slaughtered due to an outbreak of the H5 avian flu virus. The virus is highly infectious to birds, and has a possibility of mutating into a variety which can affect humans. One such variety, H5N1, has killed over 250 people in Asia, Africa and Europe, even though the virus cannot spread between humans. This is not the first time there have been problems with viruses in the Fraser Valley, in 2004 an outbreak of H7N3 prompted the slaughter of 17 million turkeys.

Air Canada is laying off 345 flight attendants as of March 2nd. The move comes mainly as a result of low tickets sales, and could be redacted if ticket sales improve. Saint Mary’s students are unlikely to be affected, as most of the flight attendants targeted for layoffs are those who work the third position in Executive Class transatlantic flights, there will now only be two flight attendants in the Executive cabin.

January 30: Ronald Munck, a professor at Dublin University, is giving a lecture on globalization at 12:00 in the IDS Seminar room (McNally

Jeff Cusack

News Editor

February 2: The Saint Mary’s Oxfam Society is hosting a screening of Iron Ladies of Liberia in Burke Theatre B from 7-9:00pm. The movie is about the first elected female president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is nicknamed the Iron Lady, and the struggles of her first year in office as she tries to help her country recover from the devastation of a 14-year civil war. February 3: The ever-active SMU Environmental Society is hosting a “WildernessAid” movie night to raise

money for CPAWS Nova Scotia (an environmental group.) The movie night begins with a reception at 6:00 in the McNally theatre auditorium, and the movie starts at 7:00. Those who show up for the reception will be eligible for prizes, including a $100 dollar gift certificate to Mountain Equipment Co-op. The movie being shown is “Forbidden Forest”, which documents the efforts of two New Brunswicker’s to prevent the clearcutting of their beloved forest by a multinational corporation. February 3: An international student strike to show support for the citizens of Gaza is planned for today. As part of the event, students will be abstaining from classes and possibly protesting. February 3: Valentine’s day bingo is happening in the SUB cafeteria from 8-10pm, admission cost is one nonperishable food item. Why this is called Valentine’s Day bingo when it happens 11 days before actual Valentine’s Day I do not know.

Canada’s Spy Agencies Want

Canada’s main spy agency, CSIS, is getting into the university game. Last Thursday the university hosted their first academic conference, on Pakistan, with a guest list that included numerous academic experts on the subject from Canada and abroad. A new academic outreach office has also been set up at CSIS’ distinctive triangular headquarters. CSIS is also planning to give funding to faculties willing to research security issues, and setting up an “academic in residence program” which would have academics take research positions inside of the organization. Students are also being reached out to. CSIS is expanding their Co-Op program so that students will be allowed to work part time for CSIS while they pursue their studies. On

the CSIS website the organization makes it clear that they already recruit students directly on campus for positions with the organization and as informants. Carleton University in Ottawa is noted for its high enrolment rate into CSIS, which has become increasingly selective over who

it hires as interest in the organization has increased.

Students at Saint Mary’s may have noticed an email from another spy agency showing up in their inboxes. Communications Security Establishment Canada, an organization which for over 30 years our government wouldn’t admit existed until they were outed by the CBC, and which has been called “Canada’s Most Secretive Spy Agency” by the CTV show W-5, has been circulating emails to students in certain faculties at the university. The requirements for work are an interesting mix of an internationally oriented academic background and an in-depth knowledge of computer and information systems security. All positions require Top Secret clearance, which means that if you aren’t a Canadian citizen or enjoy Meth, you need not apply.

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INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK STARTS AT SMU Jeff Cusack and Kimberley Dares

go to WUSC’s Student Refugee Program which sponsors a refugee curInternational Development Week, rently living in a camp to come and started at Saint Mary’s on Sunday. study at Saint Mary’s, fully funding Koshogatsu, or Little Japanese New them for the first year. Year, kicked off the events last SunOther ID week events include: The day, and festivities will continue un- Saint Mary’s Oxfam Society is hosting til February 7th. The theme of this a screening of Iron Ladies of Liberia, year’s ID week is “Youth Can Make on February 2nd in Burke Theatre B a Difference.” The idea behind this from 7-9:00pm. The movie is about theme is that the common saying that the first elected female president of “Youth are the Future” overlooks the Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who fact that youth are already making is nicknamed huge contributithe Iron Lady, ons to the global “The idea behind this theme is that and the strugcommunity right the common saying that “Youth gles her first now, and with are the Future” overlooks the fact year in office help can make as she tries even bigger con- that youth are already making to help her huge contributions to the global country recotributions. ID Week will community right now,” ver from the feature a numdevastation ber of events, of a 14-year civil war. On February including the famous International 5th Jacob Deng is giving a presentaNight, an international film festival, tion about his experiences. Deng is a workshops, and many other events. refugee from Sudan and the founder The goal of the week is to provide of Wadeng Wings of Hope, a regisstudents at Saint Mary’s an oppor- tered Canadian charity dedicated to tunity to find out about international raising funds for children’s education opportunities abroad, including the in Southern Sudan. The “I Represent many exchange programs available Fair” on February 3rd takes place in through the university. The week Loyola 290 and runs from 11-2 pm. has steadily gotten bigger over the The fair features cultural displays, years, and is now longer than an ac- food, crafts for sale, and information tual week, although its official start is on volunteer and study abroad opporon January 31st beginning with Inter- tunities. national Night. The week culminates ID Week is one of Saint Mary’s with a combination trivia night and premier events, and is particularly concert at the Gorsebrook on the 6th. important at the university due to our International Night is an always large international student populasold-out annual event at Saint Mary’s tion, which is the highest percentagewhich features traditional music from wise in Canada. Students who are various cultures as well as dancing interested in getting the most from and food from other cultures. The Fe- an increasingly globalized world, bruary 6th concert, called “Rock for and seeing how they can give back Refugees,” is a fundraising event fea- to the world, should attend at least turing rapper Saa Andrew, a refugee one event. More information on ID from Sierra Leone who was a big hit Week can be found at the Internatiat his performance at the Gorsebrook onal Centre on the third floor of the last year. All proceeds of the event Student Union Building.

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NEWS

Obama Inauguration Big at SMU Jeff Cusack

News Editor

Students at Saint Mary’s joined millions of people around the world on January 20th to watch history as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. The ceremony was shown live in the Scotiabank Theatre Auditorium, and by the time Obama put his hand on the Bible the auditorium was filled to capacity. Journalists from several different media companies were watching and interviewing students as to why they came to watch the event; they got one answer repeatedly, that they knew they were witnessing what was to be a defining moment of the generation. Although the event certainly was momentous, it was not without its hiccups. A miscue by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts caused Obama to make a mistake while taking the oath of office, and he took it again the next day just to make sure that he was actually legally sworn in.

Media reaction to Obama’s inaugural speech was generally positive, with many comparing it to his past great speeches. Not all reaction to the speech was positive; Jon Stewart compared it to many of George Bush’s speeches, and actually ran video of Obama’s speech next to a Bush speech in order to make his point. The Washington Editor of Harper’s Magazine, Ken Silverstein, called the line “We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defence,” both Bush-like and troubling, and a continuance of the American attitude of Exceptionalism that has existed since World War 2. Silverstein also noted that Obama’s best moment, when he talked about the American Revolution, was actually taken from Thomas Paine. Others in the media criticized Obama for being too anti-Bush in his speech when former President George Bush himself was right behind him. At Saint Mary’s reaction to the

speech was nearly universally positive and some in the auditorium shed tears at what they thought was a new beginning for the world’s most powerful country and ergo, the world. The auditorium sat quiet throughout the speech and only began to move and empty out after Obama had finished. Even then, many in the audience stayed for the post-speech benediction before leaving. The significance of the event at Saint Mary’s can be put into perspective by comparison with one of the only other times that the auditorium has been used in the same way, to cover the events following September 11th. While both events happened in the United States, the effect which they had on the psyche of the world was arguably universal. As one observer said, the events can be seen as bookends to the Bush-era; the first event bringing fear to the world, and Obama’s inauguration bringing hope to it.

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SMUFEST 2009 and SMUSA’s Fiesta

The Cranky Professor

Al Jazeera, but not for the wrong reasons Mark Mercer

Columnist

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e in Canada should be able to watch Al Jazeera, a news network based in Qatar, on our televisions in our living rooms, or says Joan Baxter (“Why Can’t Canadians Watch Al Jazeera,” Chronicle Herald, 14 January 2009; http://thechronicleherald.ca/Columnists/1100628.html). Baxter is right—of course we should be able to watch Al Jazeera. But the reasons why are nothing like those Baxter gives. Our quarrel should not be with any decision that the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has made. It should, rather, be with the power the CRTC has to make such decisions. We cannot watch Al Jazeera on our televisions because the CRTC requires companies that would distribute it to monitor it for abusive content and to delete anything that crosses one line or another. Understandably, no distribution company will devote to this task the resources required, especially not when, despite its goodfaith efforts, the company might still receive a complaint and, thereby, incur the wrath of the CRTC. Thus, the CRTC in effect prohibits companies from offering Al Jazeera to their subscribers.

Baxter has three arguments why the CRTC should lighten up. The first is that Al Jazeera doesn’t broadcast abusive content and, therefore, doesn’t need to be monitored. It’s a fine news network, Baxter tells us: it employs former CBC people, it attempts to appease no one, it covers stories other networks don’t, and it gets its facts right. Larry Haiven, a professor at Saint Mary’s and a member of Independent Jewish Voices (Canada), agrees. Baxter quotes Haiven saying that Al Jazeera “offers an extremely moderate view.” Baxter’s second argument is that Al Jazeera is no worse when it comes to abusive content than Fox News, which Canadian companies can distribute without monitoring. Baxter asks, Why the double standard? Baxter’s third argument is that Al Jazeera provides a perspective on events the other networks don’t - a needed perspective. Here she’s joined by Mohamed Boudjenane, of the Canadian Arab Federation. According to Boudjenane, it’s in the interests of certain lobbyists that Canadians be denied Al Jazeera’s perspective. Significantly, not one of Baxter’s reasons is a reason against the CRTC’s having the powers it does to control Canadian airwaves. In fact, each reason assumes that it’s a fine

thing for the CRTC to be able to keep Al Jazeera out of our living rooms. Baxter merely challenges the CRTC’s rationale for choosing to exercise its power in this case. Indeed, Baxter might well be happy to have the gates closed on what she would judge to be abusive content. She just disagrees that the content of Al Jazeera is abusive, or abusive enough, or abusive in a bad way. What is truly outrageous in the case, though, is that a government agency can make judgments regarding what we Canadians can and cannot watch. What’s outrageous is that the CRTC has the power to regulate our viewing options. Even if Al Jazeera is every bit as despicable its critics say it is, still our distribution companies should be able to offer it to their subscribers. We have in the case of the CRTC and Al Jazeera another instance of the state regulating expressive behaviour despite the fact that the behaviour puts no one directly at risk of harm. Like many of our human rights commissions, the CRTC attempts to impose on Canadians, legally binding decisions, an orthodoxy of belief and feeling. That’s what concerns all of us who care about freedom of expression. And that’s really what should concern Jane Baxter, Larry Haiven,

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Green Tip Of The Week

Unplug It!

When you aren’t using your hair dryer, TV or other electronics unplug it or plug everything into a power bar to make switching off easier. Standby mode isn’t the same as turning it off as plugged in appliances still draw power even when not in use. Unplugging appliances will benefit you as it will save money on your next power bill and a power bar can protect your gadgets from power surges.

truggling with a case of the winter blues? Trying to push through those first (or hopefully) last few projects or mid-terms before Spring Break (ahem, reading week)? SMUSA’s Frosty Fiesta Winter Carnival and the university sponsored SMUFEST 2009 celebration of the end of the Hearts & Minds Capital Campaign are headed our way with lots of fun events to help beat the winter blues. Sure you are probably busy preparing for the previously mentioned assignments or tests but everyone needs a little fun every now and then. This Thursday night is the kickoff of the Frosty Fiesta with a super fabulous, super cheap Winter Ball: formal dance in the Student Centre cafeteria. Admission is $5 for SMUdents, $7 for non SMU students and starts at 10pm. These dances are not usually the best attended but you can change that. Seriously $5 to put on your prettiest clothes and dance the night away, what else are you going to do with your Thursday night? Registration has already closed for the SMUmazing Race and Dodgeball Tournament happening this weekend. If you aren’t a registered participant you can still cheer for participants in the dodgeball tournament, check it out Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:30 in the Tower gymnasium. The last SMUSA scheduled event is Valentine’s Day bingo, Tuesday February 3rd from 8-10pm also in the Student Centre cafeteria. It’s Tuesday night, you aren’t missing much on TV and if you leave a few minutes early you can still catch House at 10pm. All you need to get in is a non perishable food donation for Feed Nova Scotia. As for the SMUFEST activities, they are aimed more at faculty and staff, and of course in reaching the Hearts & Minds campaign goal. Still there are a few fun events to take part in. Another stellar option (especially if you are hungry!) the SMUFEST Rock the Block walk around the campus perimeter. If you are reading this online you are in luck, it may not

be too late for you to get in on this action. Wednesday, February 28th head to the Tower around 11:30am walk the perimeter of campus, collect some free stuff on your walk and then get a free chili lunch! Next Monday, February 2nd show your Saint Mary’s pride as it has been declared as Maroon and White Day. So grab your SMU hoodie, paint up your face do whatever you can to show your SMU pride. There will be prizes for the best costumes, with judging in the Sobey Building Main Lobby at 3pm. If you are among the lucky few who have a department or office on campus if you decorate it in SMU colors there will be prizes for that as well. Wednesday February 4th enjoy some trivia in the Gorsebrook, from 4:30-6:30pm. To sign up your team of four email leila.tuhkasaari@ smu.ca. There are prizes for the most trivia savvy team, and all participants will be entered to win a Trivial Pursuit 25th anniversary edition game. If you are wearing a SMUFEST pin you’ll be able to get a hot drink for just $2.50! The SMUFEST festivities wrap up Thursday February 5th with a presentation by Jacob Deng on the 4th floor of the Sobey Building (who is also speaking that evening as part of ID Week events). Jacob created Wadeng Wings of Hope, a charity organization to help provide children in the Southern Sudan region where he grew up the opportunity for accessible education. In addition to hearing Jacob speak (his story is quite remarkable and recently was featured on the cover of The Journal). After his presentation the grand total of funds raised during the Hearts & Minds campaign will be announced. Free lunch will also be provided as the talk will happen at lunchtime, 11:30-1pm. If none of these events or activities interest you maybe you are just too hard to please. Or maybe you are busy with International Development Week activities instead (whose idea was it to have all three promotions running at the same time? We could have had a month worth of fun instead of 7 days). Or maybe you have found an even better way to pass the time and could write about it for the

Live from Quebec City and the Red Bull Crashed Ice Bus On board bathroom Cold shots for lunch Ulyss Red Bull St. Hubert’s Toe warmers Skipping the line MSTRKRFT The Dag Getting home early Kyle

Small holding tank UNB Social Club Everyone else’s bus driver Monster Jersey’s off during dinner Sharing them with 10 friends Coat check Concerts outside in -25° weather Chez Mourice Packing drunk at 6am Pablo

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Save the Tray! Kimberley Dares

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alhousie banned Cafeteria trays last year, to help the environment and help cut down on over eating and food wasting. Usually SMU being behind the times is very depressing and embarrassing but in this instance we should embrace this environmental faux pas and make use of the trays while we have the chance. Here is a list of possible uses for the cafeteria tray, if you have any other ideas or photographic evidence of any of these in action send them to features. smujournal@gmail.com. 1.Sledding (on snow or mud) 2.Make signs to decorate your room

15.Build forts 16.Build un-sturdy but very adventurous ladders 17.Modify it into a skateboard 18...or snowboard 19.Take them to the park and use them on the slides 20.Carry one with you everywhere so you always have something clean to sit on 21.Use it as a picture frame

4.Make modern art with a blow torch 5.Use the tray as a board and create a new board game

24.Make furniture: Couches, chairs, tables the possibilities are endless

6.With the help of duct tape make snowshoes

25.Use as a flutter board in the pool (you’ll have to go to Dalplex to try this one out)

7.Frisbees (in an oversized awkward way) 8.Umbrellas (they are way more protective than newspaper)

“I am not happy today” Dave Cox

22. Stuff your backpack with them so it looks like you are carrying tons of textbooks without the weight or responsibility of real books. 23.Make curtains or a divider to maintain privacy from your nasty roommate

3.Use as a shield in a sword fight

{Are you happy today?}

“Yeah man! Spending time in the Gorsebrook with friends” Megan Johnston “Yes, I’m ecstatic!” Ryan Buck

Disclaimer: The Journal does not encourage the stealing of Aramark Cafeteria trays for any of the above uses. Also all suggestions are for use at your own risk.

9.Abstract wall art 10.Shelving 11.Shovelling or digging

“Yeah I am”

“No, I’m not happy because I have to hang around school waiting for a ride”

Roman Pribylinec

Tyler Sanderson

“No, I’m tired” Russell Carroll

Robert Harris “Yes, I am at level seven on the happiness scale today”

Jen Schwartz “Absofreakinglutely.. it’s sunny and I’m still wearing sandals at the end of

Jenna Leigh Wilson “Yes, just 15 days until the Conflict Reso-

12.TV trays so you can eat on the couch 13.Wash them and use in place of a plate 14.Tape a scene from your favourite TV show on one and pretend it’s a snazzy flat screen

Under the Kilt Korey McInnis

Enthusiast

For clans SMU and Dal, Crashed Ice began at 6am Friday. Clans St. FX, and UNB climbed aboard soon after and so began the haul to Quebec City. And thanks to Red Bull and Molson Canadian, idle chit chat became priceless banter…not to mention a piss line as long as the bus itself as our campus rep handed out raffle tickets to see who could go next. Things were rolling, but with 2 hours to go we made one more beer stop…and then everyone knew that Quebec City was about to get some good company. A quick jaunt to acquire our press passes revealed a river of ice, so elaborately woven into the city itself that it looked like an historical landmark. Lights of every shade hit every square inch of the track… and the importance of lighting…is monument--to an athlete cruising at 45 clicks on skates. Now it is show time and the Journal convinces TVA

and TSN that our take on Crashed Ice is more valuable, we set up shop and cover the after effects of a 16 foot drop behind the finish line. Speaking of Finnish; Arttu Pihlainen came out on top of the event after ranking first in all five rounds—he had 127 contenders to deal with which means the bastard didn’t just race, he did the folk dance shuffle all the way down the track. Gnarly racing. On a side note, kudos goes out to a Jake MacDonald of SMU who was not armed with a camera, but a double barreled shotgun of Jagermeister and his Red Bull ammunition belt…we couldn’t stay warm in -30 degrees, but could sure as hell feel like it! A stroll back to the hotel would encounter 120,000 uber-enthusiastic fans, tough as nails, who could not give a shit how cold it was and who had me convinced that Quebecer’s had invented the traveler’s beer, wise choice! The race ended but the celebration had only begun with a street party hosted by Masterkraft and Canada’s allstar DJ team. I cannot offer an accurate des-

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cription of what had followed… but it was something like hitting the fast forward button on a Steve-O movie with a blurry screen. Club “Chez Dagobert” hosted the after party across from Le Concorde Hotel…good dancing, bad dancing, $50 quarts of rum, coat check complications and good time’s baby. But a seedy bunch indeed

we were, come 6 am. We had been summoned out of our chambers onto an icy cold bus—too early for even hangovers. But as day broke and we had rested back to life, everyone had felt a little closer to one another and richer for the experience …and as we all said goodbye to the great land of Quebec…we watched a

lution trip to Ireland”

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Downhill...Skating? Redbull Crashed Ice 2009 Jason MacDonald

Sports Editor

An estimated crowd of 120 000 excited fans from across the country jostle for position around the 550 meter long track, with a total drop of more than 56 meters, trying to get a mere glimpse of what is easily THE fastest game ever played on skates. 2009 marks the 4th annual Redbull Crashed Ice event to be held in Quebec City. The track winds it’s way through beautiful Old Quebec, featuring sharp turns, 5 meter drops, moguls and washboards. Now add 4 people wearing hockey gear, flying down the course at a top clocked speed of 44.3 km/h where the average width of the track is less than 5 meters. This is a recipe thrill seekers from around the world quest to participate in every year. To qualify for competition in Crashed Ice 2009 try-outs were held in cities across the country and saw hundreds of athletes showcase their speed on a flat course, going under, over and through obstacles. Only the top 100 qualifiers from the county in the men’s division and top 20 qualifiers in the women’s were invited to Quebec City to participate in the time trials to establish the top 64 men and top 16 women. From Halifax four men qualified in the top 100 but unfortunately only Bruno Richard made it to actual competition. On the women’s side both women from the Halifax qualifier were eliminated during the time trials. The women’s competition took place as a “Half-Time” event during the men’s 1/16 finals. Keri-Anne Wallace of Calgary had the top overall time in the time trials and went on to win the competition, winning the top place in each heat and winning the final by quite a margin over the other female competitors. The men’s competition was a testosterone filled bomb to the end. The men competed in up to 5 runs, with the top 2 from each heat moving on to the next bracket. The overall winner for the men was Arttu Pihlainen, he also finished in the top of each of his brackets. The hometown favourite was Christian Papillon, poised to participate in the finals until he wiped out with some help from Kyle Croxall of Mississauga, running head first into the boards at the top of the 15 foot drop. Though shaken and possibly concussed Papillon took part in the Consolation final and placed fifth overall. Athletes were given Jersey colours based on their qualification times with red being fastest, yellow second fastest, green third and blue the slowest, consistently the top seeds won their heats and often the bracket as well. The 2009 winner was also the overall fastest qualifier. In the top four finishers only Croxall was a Canadian, Pihlainen and Joutsenlahti are Finnish and the fourth place finisher Krainer hails from Austria. If Crashed Ice 2009 is any indication of the level of athleticism and energy that these competitors bring to an ever growing sport the 2010 competition promises to be an interesting mix of insanity and genius and for one I hope to attend the event once again.

The Journal Loves RedBull Laura MacIntosh

Editor-in-Chief

This past weekend 4 members of The Journal staff were lucky enough to hit Quebec City for Red Bull Crashed Ice 2009. After a 6am wake up call and 12 hours on a bus, we arrived ready for action! An event where people skate down what is essentially a boarder-cross ice track seems pretty insane. Let me tell you all it truly is that! There is no way to explain how crazy it was to watch 4 participants jockey for position while skating over ice moguls. Even though you could only see seconds of the race from any given spectator spot; it was much more invigorating than watching the event on TSN. The -30 degree night (not including wind chill), crazy screaming fans and crunching of skate blades on ice made for an amazing adventure we shall not soon forget. The Journal wants to thank Red Bull for the invitation to the event, our media access, and some amazing friendships. We would also like to extend a thank-you to our super fantastic bus driver, the hotel staff, our tattoo artist, and Kyle (for being our champ).

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REDBULL CRASHED ICE 2009 The Things I Learned at Crashed Ice Jason MacDonald, Korey MacInnins and Laura MacIntosh

Loving the RedBull Lifestyle Dawn Davis

A&E Editor

The weekend of January 24th marked the Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Quebec City. Although there were no SMU participants in the event this year, The Journal team along with sport stars and a couple of SMUSA members were lucky enough to hitch a ride on the Crashed Ice Atlantic Express. We crawled out of bed to climb on the 60-seat Ambassatour bus at 6am, driven by Ulyss - the coolest bus driver ever (you can tell by his name). Students from SMU, DAL, Mount A, UPEI and UNB climbed on throughout the morning, and the party began after an undercooked lunch and a terribly made screwdriver at the UNB ‘Social Club’. Red Bull crammed the bus with Molson Canadian Cold Shots, Red Bull and water, all of which we drank until hitting the border into Quebec. Jaegerbombs were also served. The back of the bus between Fredericton and Quebec was filled with a greater variety of bodily fluids than I would like to remember. From the border to Quebec city was less messy, as people still drinking sat down and we watched videos of Red Bull events, including Crashed Ice from previous years. We watched SMU student and Red Bull rep Kyle McGivery take part in the 2008 time qualification run. He regaled us with tales about running the qualifier under a foot of snow, and pointed himself out in the videos. At 6:00pm (7:00 p.m. Atlantic, I believe) we arrived an hour and a half earlier than anticipated in spite of being set back due to several stops and a blizzard. We were literally on the bus all day, but the time flew by surprisingly fast, thanks to the awesome company. In chilly and snowy Quebec city, lights were everywhere and we were together in the Loews le Concorde. The bars were across the street and the track was a five to ten minute walk away (and a fifteen to twenty minute walk if you wanted to follow the whole track, minus slipping time). The qualifiers were taking place when we received our press passes; where I discovered a basket with cheese curds to snack on. The Journal team took a trip to the sauna and went out for poutine at Chez Ashton’s. Poutine is excellent with cheese curds, and it really was fantastic poutine, but my favourite poutine here in Halifax remains at Pizza Land in Clayton Park. I ordered some as soon as I got home on Sunday, and the guy on the phone was unconvinced that it was better than poutine I could buy in Quebec. Pizza Land uses mozzarella cheese rather than cheese curds, but I think it’s their gravy that I really love, thick and flavourful. I really wish I could have visited the McDonald’s, which was operating out of a white Victorian house. It was the classiest McDonald’s I have ever seen. The rest of the night was spent at the bar, with several of them out on the street and one made entirely of ice. The Journal team found their way into a place called Dagobert (fondly known by us foreign folk as “the Dag”) a dance bar which on the outside looked like a small castle. Inside, it had three floors, the bottom for live and rock music, the second with its own dance music, and a third floor canopy looking over the mass of dancing people. It was absolutely amazing there, with a surprising amount of men. It occurred to me the next day that it was probably a gay bar, or at least a bar popular with the gay community. As one member of our troupe stated, “that would explain why some guy grabbed my ass.” On Saturday we all went our separate ways. Two of the Journal crew ran off to get tattoos, while other members of Team Atlantic hunted down a liquor store. I walked all the way to a mall on Laurier and did some shopping surrounded by people speaking French while I knew practically nothing. One phrase which was used often happened to be “en Anglais?” I went to three shops before the place closed at 5pm, which I thought was ridiculous. I bought a pair of gloves and some socks to help me bear the Quebec cold, but they ended up helping very little. I walked back, got a shower to heat myself up, and headed down to the Red Bull Crashed Ice course with as many layers as I could get on me. The temperature dipped below -30, and while I looked on, shuddering and wondering if my toes were going to fall off, the girls standing next to me, bundled like skiers, were laughing because the juice they brought was frozen. I will never again complain about the cold in Halifax. In Old Quebec, (which evidently hates MasterCard, so bring your Visa) we were lucky to be sitting inside the heart of French Canadian culture, and that culture was everywhere. The people were beautiful, sweet, and always laughing or dancing, and the whole thing made me feel an incredible sense of guilt that my French is so poor. The buildings were old and stunning, they were coated with lights, and their use of snow astounded me. Instead of pushing piles of snow to the curb as we do in Nova Scotia, they had bobcats out in the early morning, plowing it and scooping it up. They collected the snow, and judging by the massive block of it that appeared in front of the hotel, they used it to make ice sculptures - and the ice sculptures were everywhere. I walked by a park where people were cross-country skiing and skating in the afternoon. This town embraced winter with such enthusiasm that I admit I fell in love. Not with the bitter cold (which I will be prepared for when I visit next year) but with Quebec. After a stunning concert by Montreal DJ MSTRKRFT and a very long night of cold, beautiful Quebec, we awoke, groggy, Sunday morning to get on the bus at 6am and go home at last. Exhausted and hung over, many of us slept instead of drinking Red Bull, but we were all deeply satisfied by our visit. After a weekend of non-stop partying, some people were saying they had just experienced the best weekend of their life. Others said they didn’t want to see another drink, ever. It was great to be home, with the event recorded so I can watch it again, but I hope I can be lucky enough to go again next year.

-Red Bull and beer make an interesting couple -Quebec really does have the best poutine -Always put the seat down in the bus bathroom -Speaking French is not just encouraged, it’s necessity -To confuse an angry Quebecer, yell in Gaelic -No matter how many pairs of long johns you have, it’s not enough -The above statement holds true for all clothing options -When it’s below 0 Fahrenheit, its FRIGGIN cold -Jerseys off is NEVER an option -Neither is pants off… you moron… -Fastest way to the bottom is the only way to the bottom -Being media means you can stay warm… for a minute -Camera shutters really CAN freeze shut (and open) -All night parties become all day parties really easily when a bus is involved -Coat check’s suck -Drunk is the one language we can all agree on -Hangovers are best cured with more Red Bull -Sauna’s will cure what ails ya -Clothing encouraged -45 mph on skates is bajesus fast -45 mph on your face sucks -Timbits can freeze -In Quebec, even liquor freezes -There’s never enough Red Bull to go around -There actually IS enough beer to go around -Athlete’s get better treatment -Swiss Chalet is English for St. Hubert -It may LOOK classy, but it’s still a McDonalds -4 shots of Tequila make an interesting breakfast -Beer showers are not a substitute for real showers -Tattoo’s make great souvenirs -62 hours; 50 spent drinking and 24 spent driving… you do the math -Puking on the bus… it makes people mad! -A weekend with 120,000 of your closest friends makes for a good weekend

Assholes of the Weekend The guy who puked on the bus while we were still in New Brunswick, learn to handle your liquor asshat. The douche bag who broke beer bottles all over the bus bathroom. Jersey’s off! Just having a good time… being that guy on the RedBull trip. You know who you are. The guy drinking beer in the hotel hallway at 6am with his wang hanging out of his robe. Accés de Piste for turning media away from a media location on the Crashed Ice track, do you KNOW how to read?

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i think i’m addicted to google!

he other night I was laying in bed, unable to fall asleep. It was around 1am, as evidenced by the bright red numbers barely visible by my nearsighted eyes. I tossed and turned, frustrated that my mind just could not shut down. Then it happened: I caught a whiff of a flowery odor. It was more than a whiff, actually, as it just kept dancing in my nose. My bed is fairly low to the ground and the closest things to me (a garbage can, day-old socks and my shoes) were certainly not pleasant-smelling. Hold on, this DOES connect to Google. I promise! As I’m laying there inundated by this scent (what’s the problem, you ask) my mind goes to a strange place. Maybe I’ve watched too many horror movies or too much Unsolved Mysteries (please, somebody remember this show) but I think to myself that perhaps the sweet smell is the perfume of a ghost who has just entered my apartment. I know, it’s weird. Tired minds sometimes make irrational conclusions based on completely explicable circumstances. Seriously, this smell is haunting me, whether there is an ACTUAL ghost attached to it or not. Where does my mind go? I should Google “ghosts + smell”, I think to myself. I think I’m addicted to Google! I would consider myself an autodidact (Google it) when it comes to

technological skills. If I don’t know how to do it I can Google my way to learning it. If you have a question, it’s almost certain that someone has asked it before. Between message boards, blogs (comments), tutorials and some deductive reasoning it’s possible to become a self-taught master of just about anything. I would be hard-pressed to avoid Google for an entire day. This is troubling. I am old enough to remember using almanacs, dictionaries, and encyclopedias – in printed form! Now, I can get answers to pretty much any problem. I have used Google multiple times during the writing of this article. If I’m using software and am stumped by a certain feature, I don’t use the Help feature included with the program. No way! I Google keywords and within seconds I’ve figured it out. I dabble in design but cannot really draw. There is a plethora of sites out there that have high-quality photos and with Creative Commons licenses many of them are available to edit and re-purpose. Or, there is a much quicker and easier way of doing it. With the help of Photoshop and Google images, I can create just about anything. Sure, I may not find the best of the best, but I’ve learned to remix,

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mash-up and otherwise re-create photos into what I require. Yet another example of how Google has me in its grips. I know other search engines have the same function but for some reason I get the best results with Google. In fact, Altavista (my former search engine of choice) seems to deliver explicit photos no matter what

the search criteria. I could use some safe search function, but as you can see in my “Cunning Linguist” piece that doesn’t always work. And no, I don’t typically create images that require that particular search term. I’m just shamelessly plugging my other work, in case you were thinking of not reading it. Once upon a time I used Mapquest to find my way. Those days are be-

hind me. It’s all Google Maps all the time, now. In fact, I Google search “Google Maps” every time (literally) to get there. Why not bookmark it? I don’t know. Why not just type those same words into the address bar? I also don’t know. It’s that damn Google search box in the right hand of my screen. It beckons me if I don’t use it regularly. I’m sure Mapquest is a really nice map site, and probably has a great personality. I just think Google Maps is prettier. Plus, I now know that it would take me 35 days and 19 hours to walk to Salt Lake City, Utah. I could even follow the 809 steps on my phone if I wanted to. I’m sure with the money I saved on a flight or car rental I could afford the $12/MB that my provider would charge for US data usage. And although a little creepy, Street View is pretty awesome. What’s not to love about being able to describe the mailbox at 2324 Dickey Ave, North Chicago, IL? For further reading, be sure to check out (I mean it; it’s a fantastic read) “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr. Just Google it. I did. I missed the “i” and Google politely asked “Did you mean: is google making us stupid”. The irony is overwhelming!

Barack Obama will apparently get a PDA to replace the Blackberry he’s so fond of. The Sectera Edge, by General Dynamics (sounds evil) is a Windows Mobile device. A Blackberry this is NOT.

Caterpillar: 20000 jobs. Sprint: 8000 jobs. Home Depot: 7000 jobs. Microsoft: 5000 jobs. Wow! So optimistic about graduation :)

cunning linguist can’t google clitoris nick simard

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Oh, how I love words. I love playing with them. Apparently not all words are created equal, however. If you’re near a computer, try this for yourself (see if it still applies): 1. Go to www.google.com (is there a way to NOT get to .ca?) 2. Click on Preferences to the right of the search box. 3. Scroll down to Safe Search Filtering and check off the option to Use strict filtering (Filter both explicit text and explicit images). 4. Save Preferences 5. c-l-i-t-o-r-i-s ENTER

Your search - clitoris - did not match any documents. Suggestions: • Try different keywords. Wow! Despite the fact that Dictionary.com describes the clitoris as

“the erectile organ of the vulva, homologous to the penis of the male” The venerable Macintosh, first introduced on January 24, 1984 turned a whopping 25 over the weekend.

Google doesn’t seem to think so. Homologous, by the way, means “having the same relative position, value, or structure”. I could understand Google’s refusal to allow search terms that are vulgar or slang words for sexual organs. Clitoris is the proper, medical term though. I realize blocking “dick” would mean that a person couldn’t search Dick Cheney, the movie “Dick”, Moby Dick, etc. It is nonetheless ironic that a word used as slang for the male sex organ yields results but “clitoris” doesn’t.

Pfizer Inc., the world’s largest drugmaker, will pay US$68 billion for rival Wyeth AND is also cutting 10 per cent of its work force, slashing its dividend, and reducing the number of manufacturing sites. What the Pfuck?

A lady by the name of Susie Bright noted last November 28th that the word “penis” yielded 33 million results using the same Safe Search Flitering. In less than two months that number has become 41.9 million almost 9 million more results! Why can’t the clitoris get a little love here? I’m sure you ladies would agree.

mac widgets - editor’s choice iStat Nano

Screenshot Plus

Cryptboard The Printed Blog, a startup founded and funded by former business productivity software entrepreneur Joshua Karp, is launching a twice-daily free print newspaper in cities across the country aggregating localized blog posts.

An advanced system monitor in a tiny package. iStat nano is a stunning system monitor widget with beautifly animated menus and transitions.View detailed stats about CPU usage, memory usage, hard drive space, bandwidth usage, temperatures, fan speeds, battery usage, uptime and the top 5 processes. iStat nano also shows your public IP address, which be can copied to your clipboard using one of the many keyboard shortcuts.

Screenshot Plus can take full screen captures, grab portions of the screen, and even capture windows, desktop icons, and other widgets. Captures may be saved to the clipboard or to the hard drive, or they may be exported to any application directly from the widget.

Store those complex passwords you need access to, or other sensitive information you don’t want others to see. CryptBoard shares a common password across all it’s CryptBoards so you only have to remember the one. CryptBoard can be locked when you don’t need access to your data, or left unlocked for ease of use.

Photo Credits Obama PDA: http://www.cio.com/images/ content/articles/body/2009/01/secteraedge-1.jpg Job Loss: http://media.katu.com/ images/080404_jobs_down.jpg Mac 25: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ technology/7841208.stm Pfizer: http://www.pasteur.fr/infosci/ conf/hfp2007/Pfizer.gif PrintedBlog: http://blog.wired.com/ photos/uncategorized/2009/01/12/090112_ printedbloglogo.jpg

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o it’s pretty obvious that Facebook has infiltrated our lives and that some people (most?) have searched for someone that they didn’t really know, in hopes of learning more about them (read: seeing more pictures). Part of me thinks that it’s pretty creepy to do so, but are there some situations under which it’s not THAT creepy? Let’s take a look. What about: 1. You meet someone online and get their name or email address Is it creepy to THEN go to Facebook and do a search to see if they’re on there? You’ve already been trusted with a piece of information about them, and if it’s their email address then they clearly hope to chat with

you some more. Some might say it’s a good precautionary measure. For example, you might have some mutual friends (or, maybe common acquaintances that aren’t so “friendly”) that could make the connection awkward. Or, you might find out that they’re really pretty terrible. And you won’t have invested all kinds of time getting to know them, to discover that. 2. You meet someone at a party and find them via name or a friend If you attend a social gathering of some kind (maybe speed dating?) and you meet someone that you take a liking to. Is it a little creepy to go to Facebook and find them (whether via the friend you had in common or by their name) and check out their profile, assuming it’s not private? I guess this depends on whether they seemed

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don’t have a car and live in downtown Halifax. This makes getting around a little more complicated. Going to Bayer’s Lake isn’t very pleasant, whichever way I do it. Micmac Mall is a little better because I can hop on the #10 Westphal from Spring Garden OR in front of SMU. What about Dartmouth Crossing? Have you heard of it? Do you know how to get there? This summer I had the WORST Metro Transit experience in my 10-year Halifax existence while trying to journey to the centre of Dartmouth Crossing. The last three times I’ve been out there (mind you it’s winter and winter busing sucks) haven’t been the greatest, either. I couldn’t help but think that maybe Dartmouth Crossing – “a prime location that offers consumers value and convenience in an exciting and unique environment” – wasn’t doing enough to accommodate its non-driving visitors, which in all likelihood largely consists of students. Therefore, I’m going to help you in this endeavour and also make some suggestions to Dartmouth Crossing. Getting There “Public Transit - Dartmouth Crossing is serviced by Metro Transit #56. Click here to view the Transit schedule and map.” That’s what Dartmouth Crossing’s site has to say, and you’ll only see this if you notice “Public Transit” at the top of the page after clicking “Getting Here” (see image). Hey drivers, these are detailed instructions on how to get here and, by the way, public transit is available too. Or at least that’s what it feels like. It’s really quite simple to get there from SMU. Take the #10 Westphal to MicMac Terminal and then transfer to the #56 Dartmouth Crossing. Or, take any bus to the Dartmouth Sportsplex Terminal and then #10 Westphal or #55 Port Wallace to MicMac Terminal (then of course #56). Getting Around (Once There) I realize it’s a business park but it’s quite confusing to find things once you’ve arrived. Perhaps I haven’t done enough research on the matter but it really feels like the kind of place that caters to drivers. I suggest printing a map of the place, available from their site under

Shops and Services ->Printer Friendly Map and Directory -> Dartmouth Crossing Printable Map. You’ll thank me once you get there and realize you have no idea how to find The Bead Pod (excellent little place, by the way). Don’t bother hopping on the bus that leaves Dartmouth Crossing in hopes of returning to the beginning, because you’ll be taken right back to MicMac Terminal via the highway. I learned that the hard way. Getting Out Having undergone miserable experiences, I was never terribly willing to walk great distances in search of a bus stop (especially in the freezing cold) so the only stop I know that gets you out is behind the Staples. Consequently, it’s in front of the Walmart, across the street. Don’t bother calling the Go Time phone number; it hasn’t worked since July and I even called Metro Transit to tell them this. Nothing has changed as of January 13th. If you know of another stop, good for you. If you wouldn’t mind sharing it, I’d be much obliged. Take the #56 Portland Hills to MicMac and then either the #10 Dalhousie (to come to Halifax) or whatever gets you to your respective home. Getting Students to Dartmouth Crossing 1. Advertise in student newspapers so we know Dartmouth Crossing exists. Help us get to you and give us a reason to want to. 2. Offer students discounts if they show their ID or U-PASS (especially the latter). Busing is environmentally conscious but is kind of a pain. Reward us. 3. The website is pretty good, so why not get students to it? I’ve seen no promotion of Dartmouth Crossing. Talk to us where we are. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. While no doubt more enjoyable in warmer weather, Dartmouth Crossing is a great alternative to MicMac or Halifax Shopping Centre. Check it out. Bring in a copy of this article and tell them they’re failing us. Tell ‘em Nick sent ya.

to like you as well, or if they even spent much time talking to you. If someone whom you had hardly spoken to somehow contacted you after checking you out on Facebook, might you find it odd? Or flattering, if you found that person attractive? Be honest with yourself; you’d probably find it creepier if someone un-attractive (to you, at least) did it.

at work? It probably depends on whether or not that person would be happy that you did it. Regardless, if we can’t depend on bars, grocery stores, or the gym is it so wrong to use work to meet people? It probably is if you’re using information you shouldn’t be, for the purpose of meeting people. I in no way recommend or condone this one. Tread carefully.

wasn’t asking to be evaluated in a dating context, is this creepy? Again, it depends how the person reacts to your message. Some would be super freaked out and others might be very flattered and run with it, to see where it goes. And there’s no way to know which that person will be, unfortunately. Best to check yourself, lest you wreck yourself.

3. You have a job that has you taking names and email addresses Let’s say you work somewhere that involves taking peoples’ names and/ or email addresses, and you serve someone that you think you might get along with. It’s always tricky in this case because what you perceive to be a connection could simply be that person’s politeness. Nonetheless, is this wrong in ALL situations? Because you got the information while

4. You search Facebook for city, interests, etc and find people you’re interested in What if you were to use Facebook LIKE an online dating site. You use the search function to see if anyone has the same interests as you do, or the same favourite bands/movies and upon doing so you find someone you’re interested in. You click on the picture and lo and behold you have tons in common. Since this person

Well, those are just a few examples and I’m sure there are many more. I just can’t help but wonder how many people get Facebook crept in the run of a day, but also how much time and trouble that has saved us. After all, you can tell more about a person by looking at their Facebook than by going on numerous dates. Should be called Datebook. I already checked – Datebook.com belongs to a publisher of datebooks. Nice try, though.

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esterday as I walked home from class, I wondered “how do thoughts come into our minds”, and “what might someone else be thinking of as they walk the same route as myself”. Naturally, this line of thinking made me wonder about why we come to be physically attracted to people. Having studied psychology and sociology I realize what some of the factors are, but it’s still strange how two people can have similar upbringings and environments but be attracted to completely different types of people. And we do have types, don’t we? But SHOULD we have types? Does that serve any purpose, when time and time again we find ourselves with someone who falls into our neat little category, but it’s not fulfilling? Some people like ‘em tall, others like blondes, or maybe piercings...or glasses...facial hair...are we really this shallow? Can something as meaningless as glasses turn us off someone, or can some-

thing so insignificant as a nose ring change our opinion of someone’s attractiveness? I’m as guilty as the next person. Very few people can say they’re not at least a little shallow when it comes to who they’re attracted to. We all like to say that looks aren’t the most important thing, and they shouldn’t be...but aren’t they pretty gawdamn important when it comes right down to it? And yet we’ve all met someone that we would not have rated as highly as another in terms of physical attraction, but upon getting to know them...WOW do they become hot. Or the exact opposite. You meet someone you find super attractive, but then you get to know them and that attraction fizzles because you don’t have enough in common, or they’re stupid, ignorant, selfish, etc. Am I alone in thinking about this - why we’re attracted to some people and not others? Where does it all come from and why? Is there any logical reasoning behind it at all? I know some of you will have opinions, and I welcome them. Hell, I could probably write a response from

the point of view of someone else having read this article. I am curious as to what others think of this. Do you find yourself attracted to someone unexpected? Are there times when you’re surprised that you find someone attractive, despite their falling completely into the “I look exactly like I’m expected to based on my age, interests, the music I listen to, etc” category). And yet, against your better judgment, there are certain trends - while hating them - that you find attractive. Damn our contradictory nature. Alright, that’s enough for now. You get the point I’m trying to make. I’d like to hear from both men and women. If someone was out with you, could they point out others that you’d likely find attractive? Are you that predictable? Like “oh, I bet you find him/her hot, don’t you?” Could you do it with some of your friends? Do you ever think to yourself about others “why do you keep getting with the same type” but don’t realize that maybe you’re doing the same thing? business.smujournal@gmail.com

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have recently been confronted with the fact that I’m not such a great listener. I sort of knew this about myself, but it has become scarily apparent. I think I’m guilty of the same thing that affects TOO MANY of us - not actually listening when someone is talking to us. I’ve said for a long time that conversations don’t really happen anymore, that instead, we wait for the other person to stop talking so WE can. I sorta of knew I did it, but now I realize I’m quite the offender. You may never have noticed if you only spoke to me in small doses. In fact, you may even enjoy the fact that I talk a lot because it relieves the pressure from your having to say as much. But it’s not good. Although I know I have a fair amount of quasi-intellectual and pseudo-entertaining things to say, that should never diminish the fact that others may as well. If they don’t, I still shouldn’t hijack conversations - and neither should YOU. I think part of the reason we can’t listen anymore is because of things like MSN (I know it’s Windows Live, but nobody calls it that) where we have multiple conversations (which are often with the same person). Ever have THIS happen:

person A: so I went to the store today and bought an awesome jacket. person B: I have so much work to do person A: oh really? that sucks person B: nice. what kinda coat person A: a leather one, and guess what _______ said about it person B: yeah...it totally sucks person A: no, she said it was nicer than hers...she never admits that person B: I meant having so much work sucks. And so on and so on. What the hell are we doing here? We just wanna talk about ourselves and have someone half-listen to us. Hell, I’ve found myself typing to someone who wasn’t even there, more or less talking to myself just to get it out. I could have been typing it in a Word document, because nobody was responding; and yet we kind of feel like someone is listening because there’s a name and a face attached to it. The very technology that was supposed to bring us together - making it easier than ever to stay in touch - has made us socially incompetent, it seems.

I wouldn’t be doing this topic justice if I didn’t mention how atrocious spelling and grammer has become, due in large part to how much of our time we spend communicating informally. I won’t preach about it, because I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. Once upon a time I wanted to be an English teacher, because I thought I could really reach students, and help them achieve a respectable level in terms of their language skills. As noble a goal as that was, I now realize that teachers (professors, instructors) have it harder than ever. You may not enjoy my writing in the slightest. It may bore you or turn you completely off. I know, however, that I have a pretty decent grasp on the mechanics and intricacies of the English language. How did it get so bad? Have text/instant messaging, social networking sites and Twitter completely destroyed our attention spans and our ability to form complete thoughts? Has television and the Internet molded us into creatures that need constant stimulation, and therefore can not stand to listen to another human being speak for too long? Do me favour, would you? Just try paying attention to how OTHERS interact in their conversations (with you, if you’d like). Notice anything? Now step back and take a look at yourself. Might it be time to re-learn the art of conversation?

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The Journal . January 28, 2009

Dance Team Jason MacDonald

Sports Editor

Following the article last week concerning the appropriateness of the Saint Mary’s university dance team I received correspondence from members of the dance team regarding my article. The dance team wished me to acknowledge that the team was unaware of the presence of children at the event and that Girlicious’ “Stupid Shit” was used the previous week during a children’s dance competition. For my part I thank the team for their responses and would like recognize a hard working team who trains hard to support and represent our university on the world stage.

Letter to the Sports Editor “Anon Omous”

This will probably never see the print press let alone the eyes of your readers; however I must state my opinion nonetheless. I have a question for Jason MacDonald, Sports Editor of The Journal. If I were to load a gun, point it at someone and before pulling the trigger say “This is in no way supposed to hurt you,” and then pull the trigger, would the damage still be the same? This is what was done in The Journal in regards to the article bashing Saint Mary’s Dance Team. The first few lines lead the reader to believe that the article would remain polite and not be an attempt to be a public proclamation of one’s poor opinion of the Dance Team. The Journal should be promoting school spirit not tearing apart those who attempt to do so. The dance team may have been out of line, but writing an entire article rubbing it in their faces in front of an entire student body was not appropriate. To say the least, “responsible journalism” should not entail bashing a Saint Mary’s team inside the pages of a Saint Mary’s news paper.

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Huskies at Home Women’s Basketball Jan 28 SMU vs Aca 6 p.m. Jan 24 SMU vs Dal 6 p.m. wear pink to support breast cancer

Men’s basketball Jan 28 SMU vs Aca 8 p.m. Feb 03 SMU vs Dal 8 p.m. Photo Credit: Jason Macdonald

Women’s Hockey Feb 01 SMU vs Dal 2 p.m. Feb 03 SMU vs Dal 8 p.m.

Men’s Hockey Jan 30 SMU vs Unb 7 p.m.

Photo Credit: Jason Macdonald

Jan 31 SMU vs PEI 7 p.m.

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