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  • Wednesday, september 7, 2011 | Volume 41, Issue 01 - 1..

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    In This Issue Like contests and prizes?

    Sixth times the charm?

    News, page 4

    The woes of a CEGEP student

    Opinions, page 9


    Campus Life .................................................... 1

    News ................................................................ 4

    Arts ................................................................... 6

    Games ...............................................................8

    Opinions ...........................................................9

    Sports .............................................................11

    Bandersnatch is having a Six Word Novel contest. This idea is based on Ernest Hemingways line, For sale: baby shoes, never worn. Submit your entries by Friday, September 16 at bandersnatchpaper@gmail.com and the winner will receive a surprise!

    Now in the international media spotlight, the world waits to see how Noda will deal the trouble-some rising of the Japanese yen, the national debt and the Fukushima crisis left to him by former Prime Minister Kan.

    Well everyone, its that time of year again. Put away your bathing suits and hang up your rock n roll shoes be-cause its time to get back on track.

  • Wednesday, september 7, 2011 | Volume 41, Issue 01 - 2..

    BANDERSNATCHJohn Abbott College

    21275 Lakeshore Road

    P.O. Box 2000


    Quebec, Canada H9X 3L9

    Phone: (514) 457-6610 ext. 5389

    Fax: (514) 457-6091

    Office: H-041

    Web: http://www.bandersnatch.ca/

    E-mail: bandersnatchpaper@gmail.com

    Alexander Messina


    Nevada McEniry-Hatajlo

    Assistant Editor-in-Chief

    Julianna Astorino

    Campus Life Editor

    Louisa Bielig

    News Editor


    Entertainment Editor

    Jennifer Smiley

    Arts Editor

    Bee Clarke

    Opinions Editor


    Games and Tech Editor

    Henry Park

    Sports Editor

    Sarah Tayeh

    Production Manager


    Assistant Production Manager


    Office Manager


    Media Administrator



    Bandersnatch is a student run alternative press

    at John Abbott College. It is published every two

    weeks and is partially funded by the Student

    Activities Commitee and by advertising solicited

    customers. Submissions are welcome and

    become property of Bandersnatch. Submissions

    must be sent via e-mail to bandersnatch@gmail.

    com and must be in Plain Text format (.txt) or

    Microsoft Word Document format (.doc). All

    submissions must include the full name and

    telephone number of the contributor, as well as

    the e-mail address if applicable. Bandersnatch

    reserves the right to reject submissions or to

    edit any submissions for length, legality, or

    clarity. Submissions should be a minimum

    of 350 words and a maximum of 650 words.

    Articles lower or above these parameters may

    be printed at the discretion of the executives.

    Spelling and grammar will not be corrected

    on submissions as it is the responsibility of the

    contributor to correct them. If you should have

    any questions or concerns, please contact us

    at our e-mail indicated above or visit us at the

    Bandersnatch office, located in the basement of

    Herzberg, room H-041 (across from the hallway

    entrance of The Oval).

    Alexander MessinaEditor-in-Chief

    Its that time of year again. That time of the year when we get back to the studies we unceremoni-ously dumped in that unused corner of our brains at the beginning of the summer. We have memories of our vacations fresh in our minds and brace ourselves for the oncoming storm that is college. Whether youre a student who just came out of high school or a veteran whos looking into the future with a pas-sionate gaze, we all have a few things in common: we have the de-sire to succeed in all that we attempt, we have endless possibili-ties ahead of us, and, I would argue most important of them all, a com-munity that supports us in our every endeavour. If you take the time to look, youll see that John

    Abbott is much more than just a school. Its a place where a wide va-riety of people can meet and create links in between themselves through mutual interests. If you are a person who likes to spend time ap-plying yourself in your studies, we have a large variety of facilities to help you out. If youre the type of person who likes to relax in between classes and meet new people, youll find some interesting things to do on campus: whether its at the gym or outside on our beautiful campus. If however, you are looking to get in-volved in day-to-day campus life, you could find a great place here at Bandersnatch. Bandersnatch is the student-run Alternative Press at John Abbott College. We pride ourselves in deliv-ering a source of news that represents and embodies the view of students here at Abbott and in do-ing that, we encourage all to participate and help us create this

    paper. If you have any interest in writing, graphic design, journal-ism, reporting, art, music, sports or videogames, we would love for you to come and contribute in the mak-ing of this paper. If you do, I promise you that you will not only meet some of the most passionate and interesting people in this school, but youll also have some of the best fun you can get as a student in college. Whether were hanging out in the club room, discussing the paper at meetings, producing it or delivering it, were always having a good time. With that said, my col-leagues and I would like to introduce you to the 41st volume of Bandersnatch. Even if you have no interest in contributing, we hope youll come to enjoy what we have to offer as journalists and pick up an issue every second week! We are after all, the voice of the students and we will make sure that you get heard.

    Dispatch from the Chief

    Julia WeberContributer

    From my house in Dollard, get-ting to Abbott is only about a 25 minute drive. But, I take the bus. So, for all of my 8:30am classes, I leave my house at 6:35 am to get to class on time. Thats one hour and a half extra to get to school; which is an hour and a half less sleep per day, and seven and a half hours per week. Thats an en-tire nights worth of valuable snooze time gone with the wind. Why? Because the other alter-native is less than desirable. Because the next bus to Fairview passes at 7:30am, and is as packed as a can of tuna. The vehicle fills to the brim with students, back packs, and body odour. Something as simple as standing suddenly becomes complex and awkward. Arms in. Bag on the floor. Hold onto whatever you cantightly. Keep your head down. If you move it the wrong way, you might accidentally lock lips with your neighbor. No, sweetheart! This cold sore just cant be! I didnt cheat, I swear! And then, once you get to Fairview, you expect to get on the 210. But be prepared! Up until this Monday, the 210 was running on its Summer schedule. That meant fewer busses and

    more people waiting at the stop. The line up gets to look some-thing like the Great Wall of China. No wonder people start forming a second one before the first bus even arrives! But, if you have a class to get to, dont get be tempted for a better spot in the second line. Ignore your desire to be comfortable. Make sure you get on the first 210 that shows up, even if it means squeezing up next to the bus driver himself. If you dont, theres a good chance youll be crossing paths with your teacher as hes leaving class. The STM needs to wake up. We

    need more buses, more often. And not just the busses that go to school. We need more frequent ones that get us to the Fairview Terminus to begin with. Now, if you havent already heard, in January, our beloved 210 will be rechristened the 419. I know, I know. Tragic. But if you ask me, before the STM starts flaunting a new name for our Abbott bus, they should think about a couple of things. For example, Fall for Abbott starts in August, not in September. So this new 419, a bus pri-marily for students, needs to start taking into account the needs of its clientele. Until then, is it still safe to hitchhike?

    STM: Students Thieved Minutes

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    Welcome back everyone! Your Student Union would like to cor-dially welcome the student body to John Abbott College. Its go-ing to be a wonderful year! This years SUJAC Executive members are here once again to defend the rights of the students and ensure that a great College expe-rience is had by all. This years SUJAC Execs are as follows: President, Courtney Lister; VP Internal, Lauren Maloney;VP Academic, Robyn Ochiai; VP Finance, Alex Levis; andVP External, Allison ONeil.Congress seats are now open for Pre-University and Technology

    students! Come pick up a Nomination form in the SUJAC off ice, P-101, and f ind out how you can get involved and be a voice for the student population! Submission deadline is Thursday, September 8, at 4 pm. There are also two (2) seats avail-able on John Abbotts Board of Governorsthe highest decision-making board of the College. Nomination Forms are available in SUJAC, P-101, and submission deadline is: Wednesday, September 7, 4:00 pm. Come vote at the school-wide election to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 20 (10 am 4 pm) outside

    Casgrain Theatre (advance poll in SUJAC on Monday, Sept. 19, 10 am 4 pm).Clubs are starting up agai