From the Editor’s Desk

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Welcome to UPEI!

For those of you returning to classes, welcome back! And for those of you entering first year, I hope you are excited and looking forward to finding your place at UPEI.

My name is Olivia Robinson and I am entering my fourth and final year at UPEI. In May, I will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English. This is my third year working on The Cadre and my second year as Editor-in-Chief. 

I know this is a cliche, but as I get older the summers feel shorter. I miss those eternal months filled with sweltering days at the beach and bonfires under the stars. Those days seemed endless and full of magic and now they are coming to an end. I’m not saying they are gone for good, but they seem few and far between now, especially with the cooler evenings.

But I’m not ready to give up on summer just yet. I will be studying outside in the quad for as long as possible and hopefully I can still go swimming a few times before it gets too cold. Even though I’m sad to say goodbye to summer, I’m looking forward to hitting the books and seeing campus come alive again.

Now it’s time for a shameless plug. If you are looking for a way to get involved with campus life, come write for The Cadre! 

The Cadre team is comprised of five Managing Editors; Sierra Roberts, Ally Harris, Chris Gibson, Drew MacEachern, and Jennifer Brenton; and one Business Manager, Shanice Sproule. We also rely on contributions from volunteers, so if you are interested in writing for us, come to our office on the second floor of the Student Union building. We will announce our official meeting time soon via twitter (@thecadre) and on Facebook (UPEI Cadre), so be sure to follow us to stay up to date. Also explore our main website to access all of our articles from last year and to learn more about what The Cadre is all about.

Enjoy Welcome Day and all of the fun activities during Orientation Week. I hope every single one of you come to think of UPEI as your second home.

Olivia Robinson


You Park Like An Asshole (But You Have No Other Choice) – The Finale/Hell Freezes Over Edition

By Bob Deziel

Alright, so normally I would start this piece by complaining about the atrociousness of people parking at UPEI, and then post pictures of said atrocities.

Not today, though. Today is a bit different. Why you ask? Simple answer: snow storms. The snow has reached ridiculous heights within the UPEI parking lots. Despite the valiant efforts of UPEI facilities management, there is still too much snow to handle, and this has led to it being piled into every corner of every parking lot. This has cut down on the number of parking spots available, forcing people to become… ahem… creative.

So I will highlight some of this creativity in the article, as well as a somewhat interesting situation in the CARI parking lot yesterday when UPEI played host to the provincial science fair. The results, in the CARI parking lot, were spectacular.


Of course, we still have our usual cars that make it more difficult for everyone. Nothing new here I suppose.


This was taken in the parking lot in front of KCI. Triple parking woes have been a constant throughout the semester, but yesterday was particularly bad. I found numerous instances of this behaviour.


Do you remember that creativity I mentioned earlier? Here’s a bright shining beacon of it. Note how this car looks like it’s parked perpendicularly in between the lines, because it is. However, the lines it’s parked over are actually just regular parking lines that have been partially covered by a snow mound. So, this entire line of cars made the best of a bad situation and all parked in parallel fashion. Genius!


To me, this picture represents the two mechanisms we may personally use to get through winter. The first, the jeep on the left, represents the “conquer winter” attitude. It will defeat whatever mounds of snow lie in its path. The second car, the one covered up, would rather spring be on its way soon. I’m with the second car on this point.


This car had a parking permit, but like so many others it probably had nowhere else to park. I noticed that security was not ticketing anyone that day, despite numerous people being parked illegally. I don’t blame them.


And, of course, what would this article be without someone parking in an obviously marked crosswalk? Please. Please stop this. I know that most parking lots were really bad, but the secondary CARI parking lot 50 feet away was half full and relatively well plowed. People need this space to walk across parking lots.

Okay, so now we get to the fun part: the CARI lot.

Yesterday UPEI hosted the PEI-wide Science Fair. This brings in a lot of people who may not be familiar with the campus through our parking gates, and may not know the lots as well as seasoned UPEI veterans. This leads to mass confusion. To illustrate how bad it was in this lot, I have made a representative diagram through Bing maps (yes, Bing maps does exist!), my wicked photoshop skills, and Comic Sans typeface: 

CARI Overview Modified

This is a bird’s eye view of the CARI parking lot, with the rinks on the left side of the image. On the bottom of the picture near the middle you can see the primary entrance to the lot, which is currently flanked by two large mounds of snow. On the left side you’ll see a large empty space where no cars parked yesterday. The areas that I circled “parking in exits” indicate the lanes where cars should have been able to navigate in and out of the lot. However, because cars were blocking the entirety of the lanes, no one could exit that way. There were also many instances of triple parking.


Here’s that large awkward gap I pointed out in the map. The reason it exists is simple: if everyone leaves a wide enough space, everyone can get out. I get that. The lines were not too clear because many were covered by snow in the early morning, so when people were first filling the lot they were taking it easy and leaving room. This pattern did not continue with the rest of the lot.

CARI 2 Modified

So, I’m standing in front of the main gate, and drawn between the red lines is the lane you take to access the rest of the lot. As you can see, people treated this like the rest of the lot and parked here, despite there not being any parking spaces indicated. This made it hell for people to get out.

CARI 3 Modified

For roughly 50 cars, the area circled (and the area behind me where the photograph was taken) were the only ways out of the lot. Both other exit lanes were filled. Whoops!


More triple parking of course.


And even more triple parking! There were probably about 20 cars stuck between other cars. What a mess.


Another shot of the blocked lane. I circled where the gates are, and theoretically you should be able to navigate straight to the gate from where I’m standing. Not this time!


Oh did I mention triple parking? Because there was tons of it.

Thanks for the pictures, UPEI! I’ll see you all next year and good luck on your exams!

From the Editor’s Desk


We made it! It’s the end of the year, classes are over, and all that stands between us and summer is two weeks of exams (unless, like me, you’re taking summer courses… but that’s a minor detail). Regardless of how well prepared I am for the end of the school year, it always feels a bit strange when the time finally arrives. I can’t even begin to fathom what I will feel like next year when I’m graduating because I’m nostalgic enough as it is.

I think part of the reason the end of this year feels strange is because there is still SNOW. I remember sitting on the benches in the quad in jeans and a long sleeve shirt at this time last year and now I’m still wearing my winter jacket! Weather aside, I’m sad to see this school year end because it has been a great one. Being Editor-in-Chief of The Cadre has been so much fun and I can’t wait to continue the job next year. I’m so lucky to have had the chance to work with such wonderful people and I am so happy that we will continue to work together next year as an editing team.

It’s a cliche, but all good things must indeed come to an end. Today is the final day of publishing for The Cadre for this school year, but never fear. We will be back in September to continue to keep UPEI informed. Thank you to all the readers who have kept us on our toes. I hope you have enjoyed the articles and will continue to read The Cadre for many years to come. And thank you to the volunteers. Without you guys, The Cadre staff would probably go crazy, so we are very grateful. 

Even though there were many late nights spent editing articles and questioning my sanity, looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. I know that the skills I am learning are very beneficial. Experience really is the best method of learning.

Thank you again to everyone who was involved in making The Cadre awesome this year. I am looking forward to the warm summer months, but I am also looking forward to September and another year of The Cadre. 

Enjoy the summer and see you in September!

Olivia Robinson



The Cadre Chats With: The Nymphets

image courtesy the nymphets

image courtesy the nymphets

By Ryan Kirkpatrick

The Nymphets are a trio from Montreal who currently reside in Halifax. They play music that could be described as Punk Pop, a la Ramones or the Buzzcocks. Their music will get you up and moving and get stuck in your head. The band consists of Jared Leon on Guitar/Vocals, Benjamin Leon on Bass, and Johanna Heldebro on Drums. As you will learn in this interview, they are definitely not a bunch of one trick ponies.

I had the chance to chat with Jared Leon about the band’s influences, upcoming projects, and what it’s like being in law school and a band at the same time.

Cadre: How did the band get its name?

JL: “The band’s name came about when we were starting to play music together and I was studying English. I was reading Lolita at the time for a course. Aesthetically and visually on the page it jumped out. It looked something like a band name, like the Ronettes. I thought some of the tensions between Humbert and Lolita, the warped nature of that kind of relationship of audience and object, I guess I felt it was interesting. Sort of a mixture of those two things together.”

Cadre: What is the band’s philosophy?

JL: “I would say it changes depending on what we’re doing. Our philosophy has been something very streamlined. We’ve always been about playing fast, having short breaks between songs, and being unified. The philosophy is a certain amount of antagonism in what we do. I was having a conversation with someone about punk music, they were talking about Crass and about how a great deal of the legacy of punk music is minimizing the distance between the self starter impulse and the creation of something. I would say in hindsight that has been pretty significant.”

Cadre: Who are some of your bigger influences?

JL: “Definitely the Ramones are one of my bigger influences on a lot of levels, like with pop music and pop culture and their relationship to it. I would say that’s the big one.”

Cadre: Do you have any upcoming projects?

JL: “Yeah we always have tons of projects. But right now we have a full record that is basically ready to go. It was recorded with our friend Richard White in Montreal in the studio of a band called Freelove Fenner. The studio is called Bottle Garden. So that’s the next band project, working to put that record out. Then we’ll probably play some show’s in the coming months in preparation. On top of that, Johanna and I make a magazine called Laura, so I’ve been working on interviews for that. So that’s an ongoing project and will hopefully be out in the next couple of months. We also work together for a musical festival called Pop Montreal. It’s on September 17th to the 21st. I do the conference and Johanna does the visual arts segment. So we’re beginning to talk to different people about possible talks, and exhibitions and things like that. So those are the three right now that are in the creative realm. I study as well so I’m doing that full time these days and Johanna’s been teaching at the art school in Halifax.”

Cadre: What’s it like being in law school and also part of a touring band?

JL: “It’s great. I think being in school is the best time to play music. The schedule is really flexible and you have a lot of time off. You have a lot of time to reflect on idea’s being presented to you, and usually they are all different texts or ideas that you’re thinking about. And I’ve noticed often times bands have members who are perpetual students. And student loans help bankroll certain things.

Cadre: What’s it like to put together a magazine?

JL: “It’s great, I love it. It’s interview based and we’ve done ten issues so we have talked to some really interesting people whose ideas we find impressive, relevant, and compelling. I’ve learned a huge amount from people and from researching for the articles and reading or listening to the work they’ve done and thinking about what I’m interested to know. Because in interviews you really have the freedom to ask whatever you want. It’s tough, people are hard to transcribe, for example, and it takes time but at the same time I don’t know why more people don’t do it.”

Cadre: How did the band start?

JL: “Johanna and I were dating and we just decided she would get drums and we would start playing music together.”

Cadre: Will anyone in the band pull a Dee Dee King?

JL: “I can only speak for myself so I don’t know if anyone else will. I would say unlikely but you never know.”


PEI Burger Love 2014


image courtesy pei flavours

image courtesy pei flavours

By Jennifer Brenton

April 1st marked the start of a very important event here on PEI: Burger Love 2014! For those who don’t know, Burger Love is a month-long competition between restaurants in Charlottetown to create the best hamburger using Island beef. Each participating restaurant creates their own gourmet burger and the burger with the most votes at the end of April wins. 

This year, there is 54 burgers to choose from. It’s going to be tough to choose what burgers to sample because let’s be honest, none of us are Connor Jay (who ate all of the burgers last year) or Al Douglas (who ate eight burgers on April 1st alone).  In order to choose what burgers I am going to eat, I looked at my favorite restaurants.  Second, I looked at the presentation of the burger because I’m not going to eat something that does not look good.

The first burger on my wish list is the Lotzza Burger from Lot 30. This burger is 8oz Brisket & Sirloin Island Ground Beef Patty, house made Mozzarella, House Cured Bacon, Duck Fat onions, shredded lettuce, pickled cucumber, tomato Jam and Peppered May on a Lot 30 proprietary Bun. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews of Lot 30, but it’s not really the place to go on a student budget. However, since all of the burgers have a 15 dollar maximum, I’m in the mood to try somewhere new.  

The second burger I’m excited to try is the M2 from Mavors. This burger has a 6oz Island Beef Patty, Jalapeno Red Onion Relish, Maple Peppered Bacon, Spinach, cows apple wood smoked cheddar cheese sauce on a grilled and buttered Brioche Bun topped with homemade Worcestershire potato chips. Mavors is one of my favorite restaurants and after trying their Burger Love burger last year I’m sure they won’t disappoint.  Also, Mavor’s has a great atmosphere, great service, and awesome nachos as well!

My third pick would be the El Toro at Papa Joe’s, just for presentation alone.  This burger is a 7oz seasoned island beef patty infused with ground bacon, black bean salsa, sour cream spread, fresh avocado, toasted cumin island gouda, banana peppers, chiffonier of romaine lettuce, and crisp corn chips on a toasted ciabatta bun garnished with a jalapeno pepper corn chip, olive and tomato. This burger will probably make your mouth feel like it’s on fire, but it looks too good to pass up. 

As I was browsing through the burgers, one thing that turned me off was the ones that have breakfast food on them. Bacon and ham isn’t weird with eggs, but paired with peanut butter and apple fritters might be a bit too much. This may be because after two years of working at Timmies, the look of apple fritters makes me sick, but I just can’t picture a burger made with these ingredients tasting good. Maybe I’ll have to try it before I jump to conclusions.

Enjoy your burgers PEI and try not to double your weight this month. 


Student Protests in Taiwan


image courtesy democracy at 4 am

image courtesy democracy at 4 am

By Drew MacEachern

Taiwan is experiencing historic protests in the aftermath of a student-led peaceful occupation of the Taiwanese parliament, the Legislative Yuan. The protesters are calling on Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou to withdraw the Cross-Strait Service Trade Pact (CSSTP) he signed with Mainland China, fearing that it may lead to undue Chinese influence in their media and eventually reunification.

The foundation of the controversy was laid in June 2013 when President Ma signed the CSSTP and said that he hoped to have it ratified by June 2014. Controversy spread when one of Ma’s advisors suggested the trade agreement could compromise Taiwan’s national security and lead to job losses and industry takeover in the country’s publishing industry and that it required public consultation. After some public meetings, the treaty was finally put before the Taiwanese legislature for review in March 2014. However, the government-led committee in charge of examining the bill unilaterally announced that the treaty would be going forward to the executive for ratification despite none of its provisions being examined. This announcement sparked public outrage. On March 18th several democratic NGOs held a rally outside the Legislative Yuan. Near the end of the rally, a group of students rushed the guards guarding the chamber and successfully occupied it. They put up banners and slogans and declared they would not leave until President Ma and his party, the KMT, apologized for their undemocratic methods.

The next day, the police tried three times to remove the students from the Legislature but failed, mainly due to the intervention of opposition legislators. The students called on Ma to discuss their demands with them and for the Premier of Taiwan to resign but Ma made no formal recognition of the students. Several days later, another group of frustrated students successfully occupied the executive government building, the Executive Yuan to continue their non-violent protest their but they were eventually expelled by riot police. The use of force on non-violent protesters was severely criticized. Ma eventually agreed to discuss the protesters demands but refused to take the CSSTP off the table. As a result, the situation remains in a state of limbo.

The movement has blossomed into a widespread student movement calling itself the Sunflower Movement; even hosting a Reddit AMA. Opinion polls in Taiwan show that 64% of Taiwanese support the student’s occupation of the Legislative Yuan. On March 30th 350,000 people showed up on the streets to demonstrate in favour of the movement. The movement has not only galvanized young people inside Taiwan but also among Taiwan’s expatriates. Taiwanese students all across the world including Canada, changed their Facebook profile pictures black and shared the news about the protests.  

The Cadre reached out Kristy Wang, a UPEI Student originally from Taiwan, for a statement. In regards to the protests she said, “Our ancestors fought for democracy and it doesn’t come easy. Therefore our generations have to stand out and fight for the injustice!! And to keep our democracy.”


The Cadre Chats With: Iain McCarvill

image courtesy inretro from left to right): Danny Miles, Kyle Drake, Iain McCarvill, Pat McDonald

image courtesy inretro
from left to right: Danny Miles, Kyle Drake, Iain McCarvill, Pat McDonald

By Sierra Roberts

Iain McCarvill is a singer-songwriter based out of Charlottetown. You may have seen him playing bass with The Meds at Hunter’s, covering a Neil Young song at Gahan House or maybe at the piano at Sims Corner. If you haven’t heard of him, you probably don’t get out much. 

Iain was nice enough to venture out, despite the shitty weather, to meet me for for a beer to discuss his musical influences, playing with Two Hours Traffic, and The Meds’ new album, South America, that’s due out on April 29th. 

Cadre: How would you describe The Meds for those unfamiliar with the band?

IM: “Just rock; it’s two guitars, bass, and drums. A big thing is Kyle’s voice, and people seem to be really drawn to us because he has a unique voice.” 

Cadre: How does your solo music differ from The Meds?

IM: “It’s quite a bit different, I would say. My songwriting is definitely more personal, and from my own experiences, whereas Kyle’s [for The Meds] is more about his. In terms of the approach, I’m more direct and say exactly what I’m thinking. One of the things I like about Kyle’s writing is that it’s a little more open to interpretation. I’m not really able to do that; I’m definitely going to tell it how it is. Sometimes I think of that as being a real weakness in my songwriting, to be honest, but other times I think maybe it helps people connect with the song.” 

Cadre: Did you do any of the writing on South America?  

IM: “There are only a few things I have added on this record. Realistically, Kyle writes the vast majority, and we come up with our own parts, musically. In terms of lyrics, I helped a bit on “Lonely Man.” Danny, our old drummer, wrote the chorus for “Run For Your Life,” and Kyle’s brother, Jordan wrote a bit in “Lonely Man” and “Dial Tones,” so there’s definitely some collaboration.” 

Cadre: Have you thought about releasing a record on your own?

IM: “I haven’t really recorded or released anything outside of a few demos that I did with some buddies. At some point in time I’d like to do that.” 

Cadre: Who are your musical influences?

IM: “First on that list would be Neil Young. I probably own 20 Neil Young records. Gordon Lightfoot was a big influence on me in my early days. The Beatles were obviously big. Round that out with Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, and that would be my top 5.”  [Read more...]


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