Category Archives: Issue 10 Fall ’10

Letter from the Editor

Salutations Populace of Dawson,

Friendship. How do you know you have it? How do you how when you’ve lost it? How does one define friendship? Does everyone have a different idea of what friendship is? Or is there a general consensus?

If I were to define friendship, I would take Cicero’s definition of the term, “in order to have a true friendship with someone one must have complete honesty, truth, and trust. Also, friends do things for each other without expectation of repayment. If a friend is about to do something wrong, one should not compromise one’s morals.” Now, if you were to look among your Facebook friends, how many people could you actually call a friend?

The reason I am discussing friendship with you this week is because I encountered an old high school friend. By that, I mean we had a friendship as Cicero would define the term; he wasn’t just some guy in my year. However, after high school we attended different CEGEPs and we grew apart which, sadly, happens in life. Recently, I ran into this old friend of mine and it was as if we had just seen each other yesterday.

We were joking around like the old days until I asked him what was new in his life. That’s when he told me he was going to Afghanistan to fight (he’s a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces). That’s when I started to wonder, is this person still my friend? Or, has he drifted off into the “acquaintances” column?

I don’t say that just because he’s going to war, but more to the fact that I haven’t seen him or spoken to him in well over a year. I don’t know what his new interests are, if his hobbies have changed, what he now likes and dislikes. So, how can I call this person my friend?

On the other hand, I ask myself, how do other people define friendship? If I meet you once and we hit if off, can we be friends? Do friends at first sight exist? Or, does a true friendship have to develop over time, to give it the opportunity to prove itself? Are close friends of friends considered friends, even though I may only see them occasionally on a Saturday night? I can’t answer these questions and I now believe that friendships are much more complicated than sexual and romantic relationships.

So, is my old high school friend still a real friend (as Cicero would have it)? If I meet him after he returns from Afghanistan, will we still joke around together? Will we be honest with each other on what we think of war and politics? Or, am I, are we, destined to pick up and discard friends like the newest, trendy running shoes? I don’t have an answer for you this week.

Stay Classy Dawson…Word to your mothers!

Samuel Lavigne Schmidt
Editor-in-Chief
Schmidt.Samuel90@gmail­­­­.com

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Dawson’s own Women’s and Men’s Rugby Teams bring home the gold as regional champions

WOMEN’S VICTORY

By Gabe Gilker

This past Sunday at the Concordia campus in NDG there was much celebration coming from Dawson’s Women’s rugby team as, teary-eyed, they took home gold in the championship along with becoming regional champions at the same time, destroying the John Abbot Islanders with a 22-8 win.

The game started at 12:00 p.m. and within the first 10 minutes Dawson’s own Kaylie Stuckey scored the first goal of the game, earning The Blues an early 3-0 lead over the Islanders.

“It was a slow first half, but we picked it up in the second half because we really wanted it” Alison Henstridge, third semester Cin/Vid/Com student and player said.

During the second half of the game the tension and intensity only grew as Dawson continued to score more points, and The Islanders tried in vain to stop the team.

Bianca Farella powered through the game, scoring a try, followed by a beautifully executed conversion kick, where the ball flew through the uprights effortlessly.

Kadina McKenzie followed Farella’s lead and brought in the big points for Dawson, pushing their score count even higher as she scored two tries in total. McKenzie also earned the team another two points on a penalty by running through their defence as they tried to defend their gold line, racking up a total of 13 points for the Blues within 10 minutes of the second half.

“I’m pretty proud, three years and three gold medals, I can’t really ask for more, I just can’t believe it’s over” team captain Chloe Nudo said, “We had a good team game. We worked our asses off this year and it showed in the finals because we wanted it more than them. This game we were calm, it was like a rollercoaster from calm to craziness, but in the end we kept our heads on and took home the championship.”

The Islanders started getting more aggressive as the game came closer to the end, and managed to move the ball toward the Dawson try-zone but thanks to the amazing defence John Abbott was not able to gain any more points.

The game came to an end and the Dawson Women’s Rugby team was awarded gold and regional champions. Their banner is now hanging proudly in the window of the sports club until it finds its permanent home down in the gym.

“We bond, we’re family. This is a family, and it’s hard to leave,” Henstridge said, “I’m pretty happy though, we worked hard all semester and now we got the medals.”

MEN’S VICTORY

By Dahlia Belinsky

Dawson’s Men’s Rugby Team defeated John Abbott at the Concordia-Loyola field on Sunday with a score of 21-15 to become regional Champions.

“We started off a little bit rocky, but after the first 10 minutes there wasn’t a doubt in our minds that we were gonna win,” Caleb Jordan, who scored the first try, said.

Dawson kicked off the game with high intensity as they advanced on Abbott’s side of the field but only five minutes later, Abbott had forced their way to Dawson’s half of the terrain. Throughout the entire game, both teams were evenly matched as the ball was being thrown and kicked across both sides of the field.

Abbott’s swift and organized backs were still no match for Dawson’s forwards who stopped the Islanders at almost every breakaway they had.

Thirty minutes into the first half, Dawson was awarded a penalty kick taken by scrum-half and team captain, Mickey Moroz, giving Dawson an early lead of 3-0.

Not two minutes later, Abbott tied the game with a penalty kick of their own.

The Islanders were winning the majority of the scrums, but Dawson’s forward was still preventing Abbott’s back from gaining more yardage.

After a short while Dawson was finally able to exploit one of Abbott’s gaps and Jordan scored a try. To his dismay, the try was made seconds after the whistle was blown and did not count. They were then awarded a penalty kick which put Dawson back in the lead with 6-3.

The ball was passed back and forth until Dawson won a line out where they threw the ball off the top to the backs. The ball was brought down the line giving Dawson more and more yardage. The Blues continued to set up and win ruck after ruck until finally Moroz passed the ball down to Jordan who scored Dawson’s first try of the game giving Dawson a handsome lead of 11-3.

“We played as a team, we had our game plan and we executed it,” Moroz said.

After the half time, Abbott picked up the intensity and scored two minutes in with a breakaway from their backs and brought the score to a close tie of 11-10.

Dawson, seeking revenge, pushed through Abbott’s defenses. Brett Boheman received the ball after the Blues’ forward won a ruck and scored a try, making the score 18 – 10.

While Dawson was in the lead, the majority of the second half was being spent at The Blues’ try line as The Islanders were attempting to maul their way to a try. Dawson’s Yannick Fortin kicked the ball out of his zone, but instead of just clearing it he ended up scoring a drop goal changing the score to 21-10 for Dawson.

With time running out and Dawson in the lead, Abbott, to the Blues’ advantage, began getting messy and missed a lot of opportunity to score.

Ten minutes left to play, Abbott kicked the ball out of bounds and set up for a line out. Once they won it, they created a maul and pushed themselves 10 yards closer to Dawson’s try line after setting up multiple rucks and winning them. Abbott inched closer and closer and finally scored after trying to break Dawson’s persistent forward for the entirety of the second half.

Preventing any further points against The Blues, after Abbott’s try, the game ended and Dawson won with an overall score of 21-15.

“We played hard, didn’t give up, and we squeaked out a win. I’m extremely proud,” Head coach Rob Anhert said. “This is the first time in a long time that Dawson win [the regional championship]. This is the end of the season for us and it’s time to celebrate.”

Crazy sport of the week: Lingerie Football

Boobs and balls, what more could you want?

By Maya Malkin

Grab your prettiest panties, chomp down on your favorite mouth guard, and put on your best brassiere, it’s football time… lingerie football time.

 

In 2004, during the Super Bowl XXXVIII the very first Lingerie Bowl aired. The halftime game quickly rose in popularity (wonder why?) and was transformed into 10-team leagues, which have played at arenas at the NFL, NHL and MLS stadiums.

 

Mitchell S. Mortaza, the executive producer at Horizon Productions, expanded on the already popular Lingerie Bowl and founded The Lingerie Football League, which started in Sept. 2009.

 

The players’ uniforms consist of bras, underwear, garters, helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, and kneepads. The style of play is full contact and field goals and punts are not included. They start the game and halftime with a kickoff. Standard offense includes: one center, one quarterback, two running backs, and three wide receivers. Whereas standard defensive includes: one safety, two defensive linemen, two linebackers, and two cornerbacks.

 

The sport has sparked controversy as to whether it is a game that should taken seriously, or if it’s just another excuse to see half naked chicks hitting each other and running around after balls. It was banned in Oklahoma by the city mayor, Mick Cornett and according to the Orlando weekly, Mortaza himself admits that the lingerie football league is marketed towards “mostly beer-drinking college students aged 21 and up.”

 

However, Heather Warlick-Moore recently published an article (Nov. 13), where Natalie Jahnke, a starting center for the Los Angeles Temptation (one of the Lingerie Footbal Leagues) states, “I think that’s what grabs our audience at first sight,” she said. “I mean, let’s face it, sex sells…But then, once you watch two minutes of the game, you really realize that we’re out there playing football.”

 

She also goes on to argue that, “We’re not just women running around going, ‘Oh hit me, hit me.’ You really see that these women are really concentrating on winning this game and performing with technique.”

 

The tickets cost anywhere from approximately $20 through $100. To learn more about the Lingerie Football League you can find information, videos, and even an online store at http://www.lflus.com.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, NFL time

Oliver Nacey gives fans a overview of the AFC at the season’s midpoint

At the Week 10 mark last season, the Saints and Colts were unbeaten, the Lions had lost every game, and the rest of the league were trying to beat the unbeatens and trying not to lose to the winless.  Funny how things have changed.

Both those unbeaten teams have lost multiple games and that unfortunate winless team seems to be playing with a certain, how should I say, skill.
The offseason heralded some serious changes both positive and negative, big player losses and subsequently massive player signings.

Anquan Boldin from the Cardinals to the Ravens, Ladanian Tomlinson from the Chargers to the Jets, Terrell Owens from the Bills to the Bengals, Donovan Mcnabb from the Eagles to the Redskins and perhaps most importantly, however irritatingly dragged out it is, the Randy Moss saga all covered the summer football news.

Now that the new season is well underway the effects of these trades is easy to see in their present and past teams’ records and by going through each division individually we can paint a real picture of how the season has played out.

AFC North

The Baltimore Ravens (6-3) lead the division over the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) thanks to a final minute victory over the latter in week five. Their previously questioned offense has been great this season with new signing Anquan Boldin and veteran Derrick Mason forming a receiving corps to rival any in the league, but their experienced defence has failed to come up with big plays on a consistent basis.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been big on both sides of the ball this season going 3-1 without their star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who was suspended for the first four weeks. Their defence has pounded opposing teams to the point that linebacker James Harrison has already been fined a combined total of $100,000 for three different hits.

The Cleveland Browns (3-6) have been one of the bigger surprises of the new season beating both the defending champion Saints and the highly-ranked Patriots behind rookie running back Peyton Hillis and rookie quarterback Colt McCoy.

In contrast, the Cincinnati Bengals (2-7) have been one of the more disappointing teams. After winning the division last year they seem unable to beat anybody, losing six in a row since winning two of three to start the season, even with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco lining up next to each other at wide receiver.

AFC East

The NY Jets (7-2) are on top of the AFC East after consecutive overtime victories in which quarterback Mark Sanchez put together clutch final drives. With new signing Ladanian Tomlinson at running back the Jets are considered serious title contenders.

The New England Patriots (7-2) rebounded from a loss to the hard-hitting Browns in week nine to control the Steelers from start to finish this week and convince their doubters of their Super Bowl capabilities. With Tom Brady at quarterback, Wes Welker at wide receiver and young guns Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski at tight end this team is a threat to anyone.

The Miami Dolphins (5-4) have had a season of ups and downs this year. A positive offseason with the signing of one of the best wide receivers in the league in Brandon Marshall and a 2-0 start gave the Miami fans something to cheer about but since then it has been a different result almost every week for the “fins.” In week 10 against the Titans both Chad Henne and Chad Pennington, the Dolphins top quarterbacks, were injured and only time will tell the effects of this on Miami’s season.

The Buffalo Bills (1-8). Oh boy, here we go. The Bills sit firmly at the bottom of the AFC East after losing the first eight games of the season. The odd thing with this team is that apart from early quarterback problems, like the release of Trent Edwards, and the inability to finish strong they have played very tight games like an overtime loss to the ravens and also won their first of the year against Detroit this week.

AFC South

The Indianapolis Colts (6-3) hold first position in the AFC South thanks to great play by their star quarterback Peyton Manning. With the loss of tight end Dallas Clark, one of Manning’s favourite targets, rookie Jacob Tamme has stepped into his shoes and played well. With a no-huddle offense and solid defence the Colts aim to, and have a great opportunity to, make it back to the Super Bowl this year.

The Tennessee Titans (5-4) have been bigger on offense than their record shows this year with the second highest points differential in the league scoring 62 more points then their opponents. Their play has been inconsistent, however, and tough losses to Miami and San Diego in the last two weeks have led to questions about their talent and playoff capabilities.

The Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4) have played well this year and have now won two in a row against Dallas and their division rivals Houston. Quarterback David Garrard has driven the team throwing 15 touchdown passes including a final play “hail Mary” against the Texans this week. Games against the Browns and Giants in the coming weeks could very well define their season.

The Houston Texans (4-5) who were touted as being serious playoff contenders have been disappointing this season losing  three straight games and giving up almost 30 points and over 400 yards on defence per game. Matt Schaub has been great on offence however and it is difficult to rule this team out at this point even though they are at the bottom of a tough division.

AFC West

The Oakland Raiders (5-4) sit atop the division that, by record, is the worst in the AFC. Nothing should be taken away from the Raiders however as they have already won more games this year then they did all of last season. Running back Darren McFadden has had a rebirth with six TD including four in a single game against division rival Denver.

The Kansas City Chiefs (5-4) have been perhaps the surprise of the season behind marvellous play from quarterback Matt Cassel and many believe they have a real shot at the playoffs in a division where a winning record has been rare this season.

After going a respectable 12-4 last season the San Diego Chargers (4-5) have already lost more games at this point of the season then they did all of last year. After being almost locked in for winners of the division their doubters seem to be growing in numbers and with the way the Chiefs and Raiders are playing, quarterback Phillip Rivers is going to need to use all of his talent if his team is going to make the playoffs.

The Denver Broncos’ (3-6) play has been disappointing this season after being decimated by Oakland and showing a lack of consistency. It is going to take a big push for the Broncos to have any chance of making the playoffs this season after missing by a single place last season.

So that’s it for the AFC. Next week the even more confusing NFC featuring the dismal Cowboys, surprising Falcons and the wonderfully tedious Favre saga.

Why you have no idea what you are drinking

How marketing gets in the way of you and your beer.

By Carl Perks

We all drink beer. But why do we drink what we drink when we take part in this ever-so-popular small-dose-self-poisoning?

Guzzling down ethanol (the substance that gets you drunk in alcohol) is the oldest drug-induced recreational activity. The first beer, dating 9000 years back, was a soup made by ancient Egyptians. But before it ever became commonly known as a beverage, it was used in lamps, stoves, scented candles, as a solvent, added flavors, coloring and medicine way before it became a party favor or a psychoactive drug of any kind.

Why do we brave the hangovers, surmount the silly evenings and dive into such consumption? Does it have anything to do with how it’s marketed? Before the age of advertising, the church would often produce its own brews, now that we have foregone the church, what keeps us drinking? More specifically, what keeps us drinking what we drink?

They are not cheaper, they are lower in alcohol content and they sure as hell aren’t additionally appetizing; why do we drink light beers such as Moslon, Budweiser, Richards Red and Corona and Labatt? Is it really the taste?

We all have the collective memory of drinking one of our first beers in front of our friends, grimacing from the awful taste just to turn to them and blurt ‘‘This is soooo good!”. Are we all averting to collective peer pressure?

Actually, our actions are in response to the practices of some of the best P.R. teams in the 21st century. Here is why:

The P.R. Campaing
According to the census that was posted last year on the Canadian Competition Bureau’s website, 3/4 of all the beer consumed in Canada was bought at a corner store or grocery shop.  Now, opening a corner store is rather expensive from the point of view of the average potential corner store entrepreneur. Most people who do so are forced by language issues or a lack of education (or in some cases, the“wrong” education).

‘‘Before coming to Canada, I had a biochemistry doctorate. Now in Canada they tell me no, you can’t work in a University because your education is no good. Now I sell cigarettes and milk. Before I drove a taxi.’’ Said Hagop Jirair, owner of Tabagerie Rielle, explaining his current career situation.

As the devil is often depicted doing through different figures in various folk tales, big brewing companies waltz into newly opened corner stores and offer the tight-funded entrepreneurs free refrigerators if they adhere to a simple contract. Considering those refrigerators can cost up to 10 000$ each, this sounds like salvation.

In this case, the price of salvation is simply to fill said refrigerator with products that are produced or owned by that large brewing company. It’s not a big deal for the business owner but it is for all the microbreweries that sell higher quality beverages, but lack the funds to just toss iceboxes around.

Fight back!
Microbreweries got together to contest such contracts in 2003 forcing the federal bureau to look into the matter. Their subsequent decision for a course of action was to forgo inquiry on the issue and ignore the complaints. In 2009, the same acts (77 and 79) where challenged once more. In response, the competition bureau passed a bill (Bill 199) and added three clauses to previous acts that:

~Forced convenient stores to sell micro brewed beers (Bill 199)

~Reserved one shelf in each corner store refrigerator that would be limited to the sale of micro brewed beers.

Microbreweries rejoiced, but this triumph was short lived. Large corporations, never to have been what they are without the P.R. teams that they employ, found a dubious way around such clauses.

Unibroue, one of the most successful Quebec-run microbreweries, was just bought by Sleeman. You may not know Sleeman too much but you may know its owner, Sapporo. Sapporo also owns Guiness. Canadian distribution of Unibroue, Sleeman, Sapporo and Guiness is taken charge by none other than Labatt, under the wing of Diageo. Now that Labatt (who purchased Unibroue in 2006, under Sapporo) owns the largest microbrewery in Quebec, who do you think will be filling that ever-sought after shelf? And you think you walk into the corner store and choose what you drink? Talk about sticking it to the man.

Labatt, being profit-oriented the way that most major corporations are, is probably going to drop the quality of one of the most finely brewed ales produced in Quebec in order to generate higher revenue. Since that beer is currently on the ‘‘Microbrew’’ shelf, we are going to view it as the alternative, local economy-encouraging option. What we don’t realize is that we will eventually be drinking the same beer with a different label.

So now that, under the laws of profit, your favourite beer’s quality is going to drop, and your choice of brand only alters the label and not that beer, what should you drink?

This is not a yeast-induced apocalypse nor is it a reason to fight the power. It’s just beer. When it comes to self-empoisoning, what is your fix?

The Numbers
Once polled, 38.71% of Dawson students that answered a short questionnaire on their brew of preference replied Coors Light as 14.55% answered Guinness, 14.19% answered Bud Light, 11.46% answered Smirnoff Variety Pack and11.61% answered Pabst Blue Ribbon. Considering that Smirnoff and Guinness are owned by Diageo, Coors and Pabst are owned by Molson and Bud Light is owned by Budweiser; 90.52% of the beer you drink is produced by three of the largest beer corporations in the world. That’s not to mention the 9.48% of what the rest of us drink in which my estimated guess would have at least 3% of it owned by these three previously mentioned breweries.

5.81% of you don’t drink beer.

Now this poll was not the most accurate, I just spent an afternoon interviewing a little over a hundred students in the hallways. Maybe all the imported ale drinkers were sick on that particular day. Maybe all the interviewees where drunk. But the margin of error can’t be that far off.

So do labels really influence what we are willing to ooze down our throats?

‘‘I drink Bud and Corona because they have always been there as a fateful friend and never let me down,’’ said Yannick London, a first semester general social science student.

‘‘I don’t like beer too much, but when I’m stuck drinking it, I drink what my friends drink. And that’s usually Coors Light. Isn’t that what everyone else drinks?’’ said Jacinthe Lucas, a Cegep du Vieux Montreal student.

The Alternative
Statistics and what seems to be general opinion dictate that what has a larger marketing force is considered the drink of choice, but taste buds beg to differ. If time and currency are momentarily expendable, one should drop by an SAQ and try something that not only I, but beer specialists and connoisseurs worldwide consider as a tastier brew. Belgian Trappist ales are always promise of taste, if they are not of access, Czech Pilsners, German wheat beers or Belgian Lambics are a second-must.

In the meanwhile, I recommend drinking outside of the box. It may not be as comforting at first but I promise it will be worth your while.

MAN OF THE WEEK

By Maya Malkin

Name: Voldemort (Tom Marvolo Riddle)
Hair: None
Eyes: …Grey? Sometimes white
Program: Dark Arts

Voldemort’s interests include: killing Harry Potter, snakes, drinking unicorn blood, casting the spell ‘avada kedavra’ and horcruxes. Thing he doesn’t like include: hair, Harry Potter, Dumbledore, dying, having a nose, dressing in any colour other than black, turtlenecks, and puppies. He spends most of his time hiding out and planning to kill Harry, while planting parts of his soul in various objects and killing random people here and there (especially muggles). Voldemort is an extremely talented wizard. He strives to be all-powerful and immortal. He enjoys speaking to snakes and making Harry’s scar burn by approaching him. Interested in this bad boy? You’ll have to contact J.K. Rowling or make your way to Hogwarts and hang out around Harry.

Dawson’s Finest

By Maya Malkin

For those of you who didn’t happen to pick up a copy of last week’s paper, Faheezy a.k.a. the man with the slicked back hair who stands in the atrium complimenting girls, wrote a response to my constant complaints about him in my column throughout the semester. So this week I thought I should comment on it, just because I can’t get enough of this guy. (I feel like I could have written about him every week and I wouldn’t be bored yet). Anyways here it is:

Dear Faheezy, I read over your response, and I understand your argument. However, you are blind to how girls perceive you in the school. Do you honestly think when they hear you yelling at them they think, “Oh hey, there’s that charmingly nice guy with slicked back hair that compliments every girl and makes their day amazing”? The answer is no Faheezy. I’m sorry to say that’s not the case. They think “Oh God, it’s that guy.”

It’s gotten to the point where getting a compliment from you is almost an insult or even annoying because you’re just the guy who tells every girl she’s hot, you’re just the guy who stands in a group of dudes in the atrium and does this every day. Girls who take the time to look good don’t necessarily WANT you to comment on them. Did you ever think of that? We know who you are. It means a lot more to get a compliment from someone who doesn’t stand in the atrium and spend his days trying to specialize in telling girls they look good, someone who honestly thinks that you in particular look good. This doesn’t make girls selfish. It’s just how we are. This makes girls normal.

As for woman of the week, I wish you good luck with that. I look forward to seeing your candidates.

– Mayeezy

Anyways. Honestly, this whole charade is not a big deal because there are definitely better and worse things in the world than Faheezy in particular. My initial complaint on him was not meant as a personal attack, simply something I noticed about Dawson men.