Elizabeth May Coming To Brandon

The leader of the Green Party will be giving a public talk entitled “1.5 to Stay Alive: Finding Hope in Dangerous Times” coming this Friday. On the 15th of March at 2:00p.m. in Brodie 4-47 the leader will be making it known to all students the challenges we all face in this economy and political climate. 

Elizabeth May is an American born Canadian politician who has been in the political arena for quite some time. She is an environmental advocate first though and has spent a lot of her time since 1970 trying to defend the environment. She had graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1983 and also studied theology at Saint Paul University.

May has a long record for social justice of the environment and humans and is adamant about finding pragmatic economic solutions. In her earlier days she worked on getting rid of aerial insecticdes and other harmful gases. The Green Party leader spent a large portion of her life in Nova Scotia and much of her volunteer work and roots can be found there. 

Elizabeth May has been  a Senior Policy Advisor to the federal Environment Minister of 1986 and was instrumental in the creation of several national parks. She has been involved in the negotiating of many environmental deals across Canada, working to protect the ozone layer and limit pollution. 

Elizabeth May has been the leader of the Green Party since 2006, was named one of the world’s most influential women in 2010 and in 2011 made history by winning the first Green Party seat in the House of Commons. She is now a MP representative of Saanich-Gulf Islands. This speech coming up on Friday is sure to be one of interest to anyone intrigued with politics or the environment!


Quintilius

Dear Quintilius,

What is so special about St. Patrick’s Day? It just seems like a day of debauchery and green stuff everywhere.

Sincerely,  Waiting For Easter

 

Dear Leprechaun Over Bunny,

You know why people like to drink and commit debauchery? Because people live in the now. They want to forget the real world they live in and all the BS they regularly face. They drink and do stupid things to get that same rush they would if they worked at a job they liked or played a game they enjoyed.

People long to achieve the same feelings they did when they were young. The only difference is now they have freedom and money to do what they want. When you were a kid you wanted to dance on the table, wanted to hangout with your friends and feel socially accpeted. You wanted to wear ridiculous colours for no other reason than they looked super cool and you wanted to eat whatever food or snacks you so desired at the time.

St Patty’s Day is signifcant to the general public because it is another excuse to drink and commit the debaucherous acts they normally would on a weekend. Good ol’ Patty was not about that life though. What he wanted was for people to confess their sins and work towards being closer with God. Especially the bloody Irish who stole him as a wee lad.

You know what else St. Patrick was famous for? Ridding Ireland of snakes. Ya, so maybe instead of having people getting drunk and doing Irish yoga the next morning (off a toilet), we should get together to hunt down druids and snakes alike.

Just saying that would be far more in line with what the man was all about aside from the other actions and accidental pregnancies which are committed in his name. My point here is this... Sometimes you just got to get drunk and start hunting pagans.


All Salute The Eternal City,

Quinitilius of Rome


Rhino Party: Satire Meets Politics

Not many political parties can catch my attention. I am a pretty simple human being, I see things which I consider cool, productive, for the betterment of mankind and I go “Wow those ideas sure are efficient.” Then when I see things are which I consider dumb, unproductive or down right disrespectful I say “Wow those ideas sure could be more inclusive.” As far as political parties I am usually left shaking my head both ways as I walk in to the traffic which is the political arena. 

There are many things I do not think need to be politicized but when it comes to satire? Well that may be my favourite type of politics. One group who I think are brilliant Canadian leaders in this field include the members of the Rhino Party. Parti Rhinoceros is a satirical political party which I think holds up its beliefs about as well as any other party. Oh, you’re curious what some of their platform promises are? Here let me inform you and help you get woke.

The Rhino Party would like to take Canada off of the gold standard, instead opting for a currency that better benefits Canada. We would instead use the snow standard to boost the economy. Next the Party has a law it would like to see repealed which weighs people down. With the law of gravity repealed everyone everywhere would be more free and the only thing that would hold them down would be what they could tie to the earth.

However if you thought the Rhino Party was just all puns and wordplay you would be sorely mistaken, they have serious goals too! For example, they would like to provide a higher education for students and also want to end crime. To achieve their education goals schools must simply need to be built taller and all laws need to be abolished.

The Rhino Party would really change up the political and geographical landscape if they had their way. They would the Rockies torn down so that Alberta can see the Pacific sun set and pave the Bay of Fundy to make parking more available for the maritimes. In Quebec they would abolish lawn mowing in Outremont and change rue Ste-Catherine into the worlds longest bowling alley.

Finally the Rhino Party also has plans for the democratic government and changes to make so that it would be more efficient. These include reforming Loto-Canada so they replace cash prizes with Senate appointments and have the Queen seated in Buckingham Quebec instead of that old dusty town of London.

With goals and plans like these its incredible that this party is not still around in a much greater force. The Rhinoceros are definitely the way to go when it comes to reshaping the Canadian dream. Please all help make Canada Great Again, one bad joke at a time.


Quintilius

Dear Quintilius,

Why do Manitoban’s call the public holiday “Louis Riel Day” opposed from Ontarian’s who call it “Family Day”?

Sincerely, Traitor’s Over Family?

 

Dear Easterner,

Louis Riel Day is an established day in Manitoba that represents the interdependent relationship that Manitoba has with the rest of Canada. Manitoba is a crucial piece of the diverse puzzle of Canada and an entity capable of making its own crucial developments on grand scales. Manitoba was the first province of the west and it seems proper that it is defined in subtle differences across language and traditions.

Ontarian’s, synonymous with fools, have this funny way of making everything about them. “Why would anyone change the name of Family Day? Do those backwards Manitobans not understand the value of family?” The province of Manitoba understands the need for diversity in challenging times, the idea that everything need not conform perfectly and that some ideals are worth fighting for.

The holiday did not even originate in Ontario! Alberta was the first to introduce the holiday and all the other provinces just jumped aboard with their own versions. Some kept the name, some found something more significant. You know what else Manitoba has that is different from Ontario? Socials for partying, Churchill for exploring the great north, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and a legendary bear named after its provincial capital! 

Manitoba chose the name Louis Riel Day over the others because it was created by people who had a right to choose, to be pushed around or to defend its inhabitants cultures and ways of life. Louis Riel continues providing a meaningful vision and creating a historically respectful path for the future.


All Salute The Eternal City,

Quinitilius of Rome

BUSU Election: What Your Money Gets You

The Brandon University Student Union election is quickly approaching. On March 1st and 2nd, students across campus will cast their ballot for who they want to represent them in BUSU executive and council positions. But what does BUSU actually do? Why should students take time out of their busy schedule to vote in the student union elections? Throughout the majority of your high school journey, and perhaps even before, you were most likely told how important voting is and how you should cherish the right to vote as many others across the world do not get that opportunity. Indeed, as not too long ago even various groups of people in Canada did not have the right to vote. Voting in the BUSU election is no different, and given the amount of services and programs BUSU has for students, it’s well worth your while to analyze and decide who you think should run and oversee those programs. 

 

In truth, BUSU provides a variety of services, many of them covered in your initial tuition fee payment. One of the most important services that they manage for students is the student health and dental plan. Every year students pay approximately $250.00 and in return get coverage for things like vision care, dental care and prescription drugs. Many students do not have other health insurance coverage, making this plan even more valuable for some. You never know when you could get an infection and require antibiotics or get a toothache and require dental work. Although BUSU executives and staff are the ones that oversee the opt in and opt out process for the health and dental program, the actual insurance is through StudentVIP, part of C&C Insurance. Another service that BUSU provides to students in exchange for their fees is the U-Pass program. This program is in cooperation with the City of Brandon and Brandon Transit and has been in operation since 2011. It provides students with an annual, unlimited transit pass, that allows them to get around all across the city. The best part is that the U-Pass is extremely cheap, only costing a total of $19.00. This service like the health and dental insurance plan, can prove to be invaluable to students. Even for students who possess a car, it never hurts to have a backup plan, especially if it costs less than $20.00. 

 

Did you now that as a student of Brandon University you’re entitled to various discounts around Brandon? That is because of the Paw Pass program that BUSU manages. The Paw Pass program enables students to receive discounts between 10-50% at over 40 businesses across Brandon and neighbouring communities. Some of the major discounts include 40% off at Domino's pizza and 20% off at MedSafe Pharmacy. All that students have to do in order to cash in on these discounts is to get a Paw Pass sticker on the back of their student cars. These stickers can be picked up at the BUSU office. Another important, yet confidential service, offered by BUSU is the BUSU Food Bank. Every Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Knowles-Douglas Building BUSU operates a food bank for all Brandon University students to use. The BUSU Food Bank distributes well-rounded, meal supplement food hampers, which has items that cover all four major food groups. The food hamper includes products like bread, milk, eggs and non-perishable food items. If students cannot pick up food hampers during the regular hours of the BUSU Food Bank, then other arrangements can be made by stopping in at the BUSU office on the first floor of the Knowles-Douglas Building. 

 

These services are just a fraction of what BUSU provides to students in exchange for the large chunk of cash they get at the beginning of the school year. Programs like the health and dental plan and the Paw Pass provide benefits to students throughout the school year. Although some of these programs have a large up-front cost, many of them prove their value overtime. Therefore, it is instrumental that students exercise their right to vote in this BUSU election. You have the opportunity to decide who will be overseeing these programs and services. Make good on those high school promises and vote! 

 

Executive

President - Olusola Akintola


Vice-President Internal (contested) - Whitney Hodgins

Vice-President Internal (contested) - Tyler Mackenzie Kilbride

Vice-President External - April Li

Directors/Senators

Indigenous People's Director - Valerie Sandy

Graduate Studies Director (contested) - Shumaila Qurashi

Graduate Studies Director (contested) - Natashalee Thompson

Music Director - Katherine Charles

Part-Time & Mature Students Director - Abosede Janet Akintola

Arts Director - Uzoma Duru

Health Studies Director - Ken Neufeld

Women's Director - Fatima Abdullahi

International Students Director (contested) - Tanya Fletchman

International Students Director (contested) - Dooshinee Indurjeek

Student at Large Senator* - Brittany Rigby

Student at Large Senator* - Denise Henry

Arts Senator - Rachel Shurvell

*There are two Student at Large positions in the Senate and so these are 

not contested campaigns

Anti-Valentines Day

Love is a disease

it starts with a carrier

unaffected by the pathogen 

it knowingly spreads

Love is extremely contagious

so much as a single look

is often enough to infect

The carrier finds a victim

unaware of the danger

as eyes meet, hearts palpitate

spreading the venom quicker

Pheromones flood logic centres

neurotoxins inducing insanity

the jade wasp walks its prey

towards the regrettably chill flicks of net

That compel roaches to walk off cliffs

carrying flowers and chocolates

seeking a rainbow bridge of hope

finding no more than pretty-coloured moisture

Nurturing parasitic demon babies that burst out of a scooped clean chest

a dine and dash leaving their guest

to pay the unsettled romance cheque

and the hotel room? left a wreck

Befouled by graffiti on room walls written

in what smells like Odin's urine

Roses come in more hues than red

Violets are violet not blue

There's more to romance than what's said

On some card conveying love to you

I Love You Queerly

Valentine’s Day. The perfect evening to spend alone. Or not! Looking for a less lonely way to spend the day, whether single or ready to awkwardly make small talk and mingle? Brandon Pride has an event going on that’s worth considering. “I Love You Queerly” is being hosted by Brandon Pride and Lady of the Lake Shop Café and Pub. The event will be taking place down at, you guessed it, Lady of the Lake. It’s a licensed event starting at 6:00p.m. and goes till 9:00p.m., it’s all ages and an accessible space with Gender Neutral washrooms on site!Overall sounds like a pretty classy way to spend Valentine’s Day, though if you’d rather plot out what store’s clearance chocolate you’re going to grab first that’s valid too. 

It’s a free to attend event, though if you’re worried about seating calling ahead and making a reservation with Lady of the Lake is an option. Along with being free to attend there will be free nachos provided by Pride, with board and card games for entertainment. Lady of the Lake is located down across the 18th street bridge at 135 13th Street North and their café phone number is: 204-726-8785.


Brandon Pride FB Page

Quintilius

Dear Quintilius,

I am looking for routines to help with my mental health, what are your top suggestions?

Sincerely, Let’s Talk

 

Dear Mental Health,

To prepare for the war going on inside your head I would suggest gathering your tool kit first. Make a list of what makes you happy, what objects that you can have on hand, who you can talk to, and what are your favourite things to watch or read. You are also going to need to know what may set you off or be a trigger for the battle in your head to kick off. Is it a saying, task, person or place you could avoid or at least minimize? This first step is taking stock of the situation.

After you’ve made several considerations, it’s time to write down a plan. Plan from the moment you are going to bed tonight backwards to the very morning you are writing this. You are going to need to visualize your whole day and plan how you are going to face each struggle. For example: when you run into stressor ‘A’ early in the morning, what tools from your toolkit can you use to get away from the stress or lessen it. At stressor ‘B’ is there a better tool you can use to solve this problem. 

Maybe your tool is just for waiting the stressor out. Say you have a bad class that brings you to the breaking point. You can’t skip it, these are the classes you are taking to work towards getting a job in something that you love (plus you paid like $350 to sit in this place). You may need something to get you through the class like a pen, quarter, fidget cube etc. whatever you can play with that will allow you to both semi-relax and stay engaged. Each stressor may have its own unique tool and don’t be afraid to carry different tools or techniques  around with you.

In down times make your plans and prepare your tools. The more you sweat or practice in times of peace, the less you will bleed or suffer in times of war.

All Salute The Eternal City,

Quinitilius of Rome

Lord of the Rings Meets Mad Max? 
A Comic Review of Coda

Sometimes a comic surprises you. You pick up a series and begin to journey through the story, certain you know exactly what kind of narrative you are reading. You look at the cover, maybe you even read a review, and you convince yourself that the series you hold in your hands contains the same tropes and plot holes that you’ve sunk into so many times before. 

When I picked up Coda, a comic published by rising star BOOM! Studios, I was sure I had seen the series a million times before. Touted as Lord of the Rings meets Mad Max, Coda was supposed to be a series set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy realm where the dark lord won and the world, once filled with magic, was left to pick up the pieces. The story was supposed to follow a poetic bard named Hum as he struggled to survive while searching through the rubble of his once familiar life, desperately looking for the woman he loves. Coda was supposed to be wildly over the top, deeply rooted in the history of the fantasy genre, and provide “no-holds-barred” entertainment. But I was lied to. Coda isn’t just all of those things; instead, Coda is so far beyond the expectations I built up around it that it is something else entirely.

Maybe the first sign Coda was different was when the foul-mouthed unicorn with a predilection for murder showed up; or maybe it was the face-melting art by Uruguayan artist Matías Bergara; or maybe it was the heart-wrenching story by Simon Spurrier, a story of a man trying desperately to hold on to what he loves. Either way, somewhere along the line, Coda transformed. It changed from an over-done tale of post-apocalyptic wasteland into a hulking war-beast that asks whether or not you can truly love something if you also want to change it. 

Coda surprised me. Everything from the sugar-coated blood bath of a colour palette to the deeply self-reflective narrative was fresh and unexpected. Coda is one of the rare instances where a comic is exactly what it says it is and everything that you didn’t think it could be. 

Quintilius

Quintilius 

Dear Quintilius,

What is the fastest way to lose weight?

Sincerely, Freshmen 15

 

Dear Fresher,

Be very careful what you ask for because the fastest ways to lose weight are not always the healthiest ways to lose weight. Some ways you may lose weight one month, then gain it right back in the next. Some techniques you can work hard at but turn out little to no results.

The best method to lose weight is quite frankly watching what you eat. I don’t simply mean watching it as it slides down your gullet, I mean keeping in mind the types of food and the quantities you are consuming. Sometimes we get carried away with our eating habits. Sometimes we focus on the taste of the food instead of looking for its nutritious value.

In order for to properly watch your caloric intake try to keep track of all the food you consume in a food journal or on a counting calories app. These are some highly effective methods for those who are motivated and are meticulous loggers of information. The key is being consistent with it and remembering to do it everytime you eat or drink. This can be really difficult for some people on the road or people who are always on the go. You could try to remember and log all your calroies at the end of the day, but in reality after you go home or start to relax you may completely forget about it. If you can find a time to be consistent with this method I’d recommend you do it. However eating less and more nutritious will help you lose weight but feeling better will require some exercise.

The best exercise is to find something physical that you love doing. This will atleast keep you in shape and keep your body strong. Floor hockey, volleyball, tennis, whatever keeps you entertained because when you’re doing something you like it will hardly feel like work a workout. 

All Salute The Eternal City,

Quinitilius of Rome

The Lovecraft Compendium

Imagine walking along the beach and looking upon a being beyond comprehension. A being that has been around for many millennia. One of these “ancient ones” is Cthulhu. Arguably the most popular of the Cthulhu Mythos. 

H.P. Lovecraft, a writer considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century, gave birth to a genre of fiction known as “weird horror”. His most popular stories are those of the mythical, or ancient Cthulhu. An ancient being with parts of an octopus, dragon, and human caricature.  

The main idea in the Cthulhu Mythos is what makes these stories stand out. The idea is in fact so powerful that it is almost impossible to eliminate. After all, strong ideas are immortal. One can try and commit mass genocide, or destroy all art in the world, but it will never be enough to fully eradicate the world of an idea, or to quote “ideas are bulletproof”-V. 

So, what is the idea in the Lovecraft stories that stands out like a leaf on the wind? The main idea is that, if anyone looks upon Cthulhu, they will go completely insane and delirious within a couple days mainly because they cannot comprehend the fact that such beings have been around for several millennia without ever being mentioned. Or if anyone learns anything about them, they will instantly become a target of Cthulhu and the Cthulhu cult. 

This idea makes it such that it is impossible to prove that such a thing is not real, but at the same time it also makes it difficult to prove such a being exists at all. It can make one wonder, how do we know there is not some text or book out there that when read, the reader will go completely insane? Or another example would be the “shadow test” from Doctor Who. People who did the “shadow test” killed themselves soon after because they could not accept the truth it contained.

What probably makes the Lovecraft horror stories a contender for the great literature class of books, is the fact that Cthulhu is the symbolization or manifestation of something that every life-form is afraid of. The fear of the unknown or incomprehensible. Almost every fear that someone has is the resulting fact, that the thing that is feared is something one does not understand. We fear what we don’t know. Will you go insane reading about Cthulhu? 

“An idea is like a virus.  Resilient.  Highly contagious.  The smallest seed of an idea can grow.  It can grow to define or destroy you.”- Dom Cobb.