UPEI Panther Signs with AHL Team, Panthers Named to All-Star Teams

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image courtesy the guardian pei

By Ally Harris

The season may be over for the UPEI Panthers, but there’s still some exciting news coming out of the team.

On Tuesday morning, it was announced that Panthers men’s hockey defenceman Reggie Traccitto had been signed to an amateur tryout by the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate team of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Over five seasons with UPEI, the 25-year-old Oakville, ON, native put up 37 goals and 60 assists for 97 points, while being a minus-11. This season, he had 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 28 games.

He was also named to this year’s first all-star team.

From the women’s hockey team, Keirstin Visser was named to the first all-star team, and Laura Bradley was named to the second team.

Elephants in the Room, Monsters Under the Bed: Difficult Dialogues Conference at UPEI This Weekend

By Jennifer Brenton

UPEI’s Diversity and Social Justice program is putting on its second Difficult Dialogues conference on March 6th and 7th in the Dawson Lounge in Main Building. I sat down with UPEI students Jessica Dawn and Ashley Beairsto to talk about the upcoming event.

Cadre: So tell us a little bit about the conference.

Beairsto: “We started out with a very broad topic so that we could reach out to not only just Diversity and Social Justice students but as many Maritime undergraduate students as possible. We decided to name the conference Difficult Dialogues: An Elephant in the Room, Monsters Under the Bed because it is a catchy title. Also, the elephant in the room and monsters under the bed are both stigmas that people are unwilling to discuss. Basically the conference will take those taboos that people are unwilling to talk about and make them discuss it.”

Cadre: Who is the conference geared towards?

Dawn: “The Diversity and Social Justice department planned it, and these are topics that we would discuss in class, but there is stuff that would interest anyone. Psychology students are definitely interested as there will be a psychological aspect. One of the panels is about neocolonialism which will interest Sociology and Anthropology students.  We also have a panel on gender and university student experiences.”

Cadre: Where will students be coming from for the conference?

Beairsto: “We reached out to every school in the Maritimes so we hope we will have 50-60 students attend.”

Cadre: What are some of the Panels that you are most looking forward to attending?

Dawn: “We have Doctor Karen Macfarlane, an English Professor from Mount Saint Vincent University, as one of our key note speakers. Her presentation is called the the Creepy Little Girl. This talk will discuss how girls are perceived by pop culture as creepy or dangerous.”

Beairsto: “I am excited to hear other students discuss their topics. Especially the ones from other universities.  As well, we are excited to discuss hot topics in the media.”

For more information about the Difficult Dialogues conference, check out their website.

Extracurricular Reading for Storm Days

By Sierra Roberts

No matter how busy my schedule is, I’m always reading a book. I have been enjoying all the storm days because it has given me a chance to catch up on my reading. Here’s a list of books that I have recently read that you might like to pick up the next time you’re looking for something to read that isn’t on a syllabus.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail – Cheryl Strayed

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Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about her solo hiking trek along the PCT is a refreshing and much needed road story. Women are often only minor characters in the Great American Road Novels, but Strayed breaks free from tired stereotypes and creates a place for herself on the road. She writes, “Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told” (51). I also recommend checking out the recent film adaptation of the book featuring Reese Witherspoon.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me is everything you would expect from Mindy Kaling (in other words, it’s awesome). If you don’t already know who Mindy Kaling is, I recommend checking out The Office and The Mindy Project. This hilarious memoir follows her from her childhood to her days as Kelly Kapoor, which was still on the air when she published this book. It’s a quick and easy read, and you’ll find it difficult to put down – so be prepared to read it in one sitting.

Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay

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Roxane Gay’s collection of essays is threaded together by pop culture and she tackles everything from race and feminism to Flavor of Love and Scrabble. Gay will make you laugh and she will make you angry (not at her, but with her), and in the end she will make you wish that you were her best friend. “I want characters to do the things I am afraid to do for fear of making myself more unlikeable than I may already be. I want characters to be the most honest of all things – human” (86).

Fables – Bill Willingham

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This comic book series, created by Bill Willingham, is currently one of my favourites. Fables follows characters from classic fairytales, including Snow White, Little Boy Blue, Prince Charming, the Three Little Pigs, that have been exiled from their homeland and are living in New York. But these books are nothing like the versions from childhood – Fables is a lot grittier and filled with violence, sex, and death, making it more like the original fairytales from the Grimm brothers. 

Bear – Marian Engel

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“A strange and wonderful book, plausible as kitchens, but shapely as a folktale, and with the same disturbing resonance.” – Margaret Atwood’s blurb on the front cover perfectly describes Bear. Engel’s controversial novel has been garnering a lot of attention lately, despite being first published in 1976. The book is a mere 115 pages, making for a quick read – though you may not find it easy at times. Bear follows a librarian, Lou, who travels to a secluded island in Ontario for work, and finds herself engaging in a sexual relationship with a bear. Some have described the book as second-wave feminism as it outlines a woman’s sexual awakening, while others describe it as a satire of Canadian literature as it commonly deals with themes of wilderness and nature – I guess you’ll just have to read it for yourself to figure it out.

Recipe: Steamed Buns

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By Jing Zhao

During Spring Festival, another famous food (other than dumplings) is steamed buns. The method of making steamed buns is similar to making dumplings, but the main difference is that the buns are steamed while the dumplings are boiled. In addition, the dough is different. Even though the Spring Festival is over, it is still beneficial to know how to make steamed buns, so I decided to share my recipe with you!

The first step is to make the dough. First, mix one cup of flour with one teaspoon of yeast, ½ teaspoon of sugar, and warm water. Mix the ingredients in a large bowl and let it rest for three or more hours until the dough has risen to three times its original size.

After the dough has risen, it is time to make the filling and prepare the wrapper. We are making pork and cabbage steamed buns, so use a knife to chop the pork into small pieces, similar to the size of yellow beans. Then, chop the cabbage, ginger, and green onion in equal sizes. You will need ten parts pork, twenty parts cabbage, one part ginger, and one part green onion. Put all of ingredients into another big bowl and use chopsticks to mix them, adding one teaspoon of cooking wine and white pepper, two teaspoons of salt, and three teaspoons of soy sauce and sesame seed oil. Then use a spoon to stir all of the contents together.

As for the wrapper, the method is the same as the wrapper for the dumplings, the only difference being steamed buns require a bigger wrapper. First, scatter some flour on the cutting board so the dough will not stick to the board. Take the dough out of the bowl and put it on the cutting board and use a knife to cut the dough into pieces a little bigger than Ping-Pong balls. Use your hands to knead the dough, and then a rolling pin to roll them into wrappers shaped like circular discs.

With the wrapper and filling ready, we can make the steamed buns, which is a little difficult the first time. Put the filling in the middle of the wrapper and then pinch the outside into the middle, ensuring that all the filling is in the cover. Remember that practice makes perfect!

The final step is to steam the buns. Boil water in a wok and put a steam-plate on a small wire rack in the middle of the wok. Place a sheet of wax paper on the steam-plate, then transfer the steamed buns onto the wax paper. Make sure to leave one or two inches between each bun. Cover with a lid, and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat. Now your steamed buns are ready to enjoy!

Theology on Tap: Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

By Drew MacEachern

In which is shaping up to be a continuing series, the Catholic Studies department hosted its second Theology on Tap Thursday night at the Pourhouse. The topic was Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and the Renewal of Christian Morality. The talk was presented by Dr. Peter Koritansky, a Neo-Thomist scholar who teaches in the Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies departments.

Dr. Koritansky began by acknowledging the strangeness of the term ‘theology of the body’.  He suggested that this strangeness may exist because of the idea of dualism, particularly within Christianity. Dualism posits that the human person is composed of two separate substances, the physical body and an immaterial spirit. This idea influenced many Christian heresies throughout history including the Albagensians or Cathars, which posited that all physical matter was actually evil while the spirit was good. They even promoted an idea of sex (for the lay followers who could not entirely commit to celibacy and asceticism) that discouraged procreation, as that would merely trap more spirits within an evil prison of matter.  However, this idea is contradictory to the fundamental Christian doctrine that Jesus was God who took on a bodily form.

Dr. Koritansky then jumped ahead to 1968 to address the concerns facing the Catholic Church in the context of the Sexual Revolution. It was during this period that the Catholic Church reaffirmed its traditional teachings on issues such as artificial contraception, abortion etc., in the encyclical Humanae Vitae. It put forward a view of human sexuality that saw it as something that is giving freely, totally, and faithfully to one person in the context of marriage with a focus on the possibility of procreation.

However, Koritansky noted that by the 1970’s this encyclical had been a pastoral failure in the face of widespread Catholic rejection of the encyclical, who felt that it did not adequately address their experience of sexual love. Subsequently, the newly elected Pope John Paul II began addressing the issue of marriage and sexuality.

Through these discussions, John Paul II came to some striking conclusions about his theology of the body. One key aspect of his conclusions was to recognize some of the valid insights of the Sexual Revolution. Primarily, accepting the Sexual Revolution’s rejection of an overly prudish view of sexuality as innately shameful. However, John Paul II rejected the Sexual Revolution’s relativistic view of sexuality as lacking any inherent value or purpose; that sexuality is only what you make of it. Dr. Koritansky then made the suggestion that this modern idea of sexuality is, in a way, a modern form of Albigensianism; it is only the ‘spiritual’ aspect of sexuality that matters, the bodily aspect has no value.

Instead, John Paull II re-emphasizes the idea of sexuality as a wonderful thing fully recognized. This is also a mirror of the relation of Jesus to the Church. The bible often uses imagery of Jesus as the bridegroom of the church. Furthermore, Jesus gave his body in an act of love to re-establish the loving connection between God and humanity. Marriage acts as an icon, a symbol, of this act of total, freely given, faithful act of love.

After giving a warning about a surprising ‘x-rated’ aspect of John Paul’s interpretation, Dr. Koritansky related a comparison that John Paul II gave between communion and sexual relations. In communion, Christ’s body physical enters the body of the Church through the communion wafer and generates new spiritual life. Similarly, the husband physically enters the body of the wife to generate new physical life. This is not to sexualize the idea of Atonement, but rather the opposite, to show the similarities and transcendent aspects of sexuality. It is in this context that John Paul II criticizes, in his view, the limited conception of sexuality given by the Sexual Revolution. Instead, he emphasizes that it is an act that should be seen in the light of the Christian concept of salvation, one that transcends itself as a physical act.

International Women’s Day

By Sierra Roberts

International Women’s Day is this Sunday, March 8th. While the day is about celebrating women and women’s lives and achievements, it is also about shining a light on issues that women still face around the world. There are so many ways to celebrate and support women that I have compiled a list of ways you can get involved.

Attend International Women’s Day Events in Charlottetown. Spend a few hours at a Coffee House on Sunday that will feature a variety of female performers. Cinema Politica are hosting the Gulabi Gang documentary on Monday evening, and Tuesday’s event is a Women’s Wisdom Circle focusing on women’s reproductive rights. For more information you can visit the website (http://www.gov.pe.ca/acsw/iwd2015). The RCMP is also hosting a “Women in Policing” recruiting presentation, which marks the 40th anniversary of the graduation of the first female troop on March 7th. You can find more information about the women only event here.

Support Women Artists in your community. Charlottetown is host to many amazing and extremely talented women artists. Check out Aqua Alta, and local musician Emilee Sorrey at Hunter’s Ale House on Saturday night. Support local jewelry designers like, my personal favourites, DWN.TWN.FOX., and Swoon Creations. I’ve only named a few artists here, but there are many more for you to seek out and support!

Read, watch, listen. Get informed about women, and their struggles, successes, and their lives. Hear their stories, and seek out diverse voices. I recommend reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay or watching the True Trans series that follows Against Me! frontwoman, Laura Jane Grace. I also suggest you check out this video of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk, “We Should All Be Feminists.”

Donate to worthy causes that help women in your community. The 28-Day Campaign is seeking donations of feminine hygiene products to distribute to PEI Food Banks. Tampons and pads are rarely thought of when people choose to donate to local food banks, but they are items that are difficult to go without. There are 17 drop-off locations across the island, and they are listed on the campaign’s Facebook page. You can also visit the Anderson House website to check out their list of current needs if you would like to help them out. Anderson House is the province’s emergency shelter for women and children seeking safety from abuse.

So spend the day, and everyday, celebrating women, and celebrating being a woman (or, if you’re a man, celebrating the wonderful women in your life). Happy International Women’s Day!

A Half Decade of Motions in the UPEI Student Union Council

“…what do ya say, ya do here?” – Bob Slydell, Office Space

By Bob Deziel

I have served on the UPEI student union council for a number of years, as a graduate student representative, as a senator, and currently as chair of council. However, to most students at UPEI, the Student Union council is a bit of a foreign concept. People generally understand that we have a student union, but aren’t exactly sure what it does, and are usually unclear about the role of council.

What the Union does for its members is relatively extensive, but that isn’t what we’ll be covering here. Instead, we will be looking at the council itself. The council represents all full-time students at UPEI, and has representatives for virtually all the faculties and schools on campus. Each of these council members, along with five Student Union executive members, meet once every two weeks and propose particular actions for the Union to take. These actions are typically worded into official motions. For example, if the council wanted to take a particular policy stance on federal student loans, or purchase equipment for the Student Centre building, a council meeting is where a motion to this effect could take place. Motions are put forward by a member of council, and voted on by everyone on council with voting rights.

What I’ve done is taken almost all of the proposed motions of council which have been put forward in the last five and a half years (between September 2009 – January 2015) and have broken them down into a few different categories.

In this time, council has made approximately 700 motions, varying in scope to passing our yearly budget in April to taking an official stance on general-neutral washrooms on campus. Here is the number of motions made per year:

Number of Motions made jpg

Over time, it looks as though council is making more motions per year, but what kind of things does council make motions about?

To give a breakdown on the different types of motions, here’s a pie chart showing what kind of motions council proposes:

Actions of Council jpg

So, the big part of the pie chart in blue is “procedural”. These are benign things like approving an agenda, approving minutes, giving people speaking rights, etc. They’re there because they need to be in order to have a functional meeting.

The next big thing on the list is “actionable items”. These are things that council does or intends to do. For example, creating a new position within the Student Union, renovating the Wave, or passing the results of an election, are considered action items.

Budgetary is pretty self-explanatory. Any motion specifically pertaining to allotting a piece of money to something (say, passing a yearly budget), is put under this category.

Move in camera is an interesting one. There are some things that the council might discuss (for example salary concerns, sensitive personal student issues, or disciplinary appeals) that are considered private and should not be discussed in public. Therefore, council moves “in- camera” for a period of time and excludes all other members of the union (i.e. full time students) from that portion of the meeting. In five and a half years, we have moved into camera a total of 90 times.

Refer / Delegate to committee is when council gives a specific council committee a duty to perform. Self-explanatory.

By-law Change, Constitutional Amendment, or Plebiscite is for times that the council decides that the governing documents of the body need to change. By-law changes need a 2/3rds vote of council, constitutional amendments and plebiscites require a 2/3rds vote of council and 50% + 1 of the general student body voting in an election to change.

Hiring Board is for motions for which we specifically hire someone for a position within the Union.

And finally, Impeachment is for when we decide to hold a vote whether or not to remove a member of council.

So now we have covered what general things council votes on. Of course, the members of council vote on each of these motions either “yes”, “no” or “abstain” (which means to refrain from voting). I was interested to see how many motions council has voted on where people have either:

Voted unanimously in favour

Voted in favour, with at least one person abstaining or voting against

Defeated the proposed motion

I eliminated the procedural motions, because they don’t really pertain to students as they’re more about how to conduct a meeting rather than what actions council takes. Here is the breakdown of the fate of all proposed motions:

Fate of Motions of SU Council jpg

As you can see, the vast majority of motions made in council are passed unopposed (81%). Eighteen percent of motions pass with a varying degree of dissension, and only 1% of motions are defeated. To give you an idea on how rare defeated motions are, between September 2009 (when I began looking at the records, it could even be longer) and February 24th 2013, there was only one defeated motion. The motion that was defeated on February 24th was a motion to impeach a councillor, and it failed by a vote of 8 for, 12 against, and 5 abstentions.

Someone might look at the above graph and wonder why council virtually never defeats a proposed motion. One thing that needs to be remembered is that although the term “student government” is used to describe student unions, council is not really a “government”. Governments typically have political parties which are always at odds with each other, and will very often vote against a motion proposed by an opposing political party. This student council does not have political parties. Typically, the council tries to work to find a solution which benefits all parties. Council also only has approximately 25 voting members at one time, so finding consensus is not too difficult. However, it is always important to look at the ideas and motions of other council members critically, as they could decide the direction of the organization for years to come.

Finally, I’ll end this off on a bit of a public service announcement. All of our meetings are open to all students, not just councillors and executive members. More than likely, there is a councillor who can best represent your interests and areas of study, ranging anywhere from a first year student to a DVM. The meetings take place every second Sunday at 6 PM in room 328 in the business building. As a bonus, the Wave is open afterwards. I hear they have excellent tequila.

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