Student Life

BYOH: Be your own host the next time your friends plan a get-together

You’ve finished all of your assignments, you’re sitting down to enjoy a budget-friendly bowl of instant ramen and you get a text: huge party at one of the hottest (and most expensive) clubs in Montreal and all of your friends are going.

Graphic by Jennifer Kwan

You check your bank account, realize you don’t even have enough money to buy a Red Bull and come to the sad realization that you won’t be attending the night’s festivities. As students, we’ve all been in that dreaded situation.

However, there are student-friendly ways of getting together with all of your friends that will cost little to no money at all. The solution? Throw a dinner party.

Gone are the days when dinner parties were reserved for awkward family get-togethers and your great-aunt Ruth’s bridge club. Dinner parties are cheap, effective, and more intimate than a bar setting, and I’m going to guide you through the steps to have one of your own.

1) Planning

Every good party takes a bit of planning, and dinner parties are no exception. Make a guestlist and stick to it. Easiest way to send out invitations? Electronically, of course. Because it’s eco-friendly, free and effective. Ask a couple of your closest friends if they wouldn’t mind helping you out in order to make your party a hit. Adding a theme makes it more fun for your guests and helps with your decoration choices. A simple black-and-white theme can transform a dull party into an elegant night with friends.

2) Decorations

With more and more websites like Pinterest and Craft Gawker popping up every week online, making simple decorations for a party has never been easier. Paint twigs and sticks you find outside and put them in a simple water glass with a coloured ribbon wrapped around it for an easy centerpiece. If you have a couple of Mason jars lying around, throw some tea lights, which can be found at a dollar store in a pack of 25, in them and place them around the dining area and kitchen to create a mellow mood lighting. If you’re worried about messes and want to add a little panache to your seating area, cover your furniture with cheap cotton fabric, in keeping with your theme, and all of those little crumbs and spills will be that much easier to clean up. Decorate plastic cups using nail polish — it comes prepackaged with its own brush and dries quickly.

3) Food

I’ve always been a fan of a good, old-fashioned potluck. With a potluck, you don’t end up going over budget making sure all of your guests have full tummies. Make a list of the courses you intend to serve — appetizers, salad, soup, main course, dessert — and save them in a Google Doc that everyone attending has access to. This makes it easy for people to see what others are bringing and also cuts down on an inevitable abundance of chips. All of those black plastic Chinese food containers can suddenly be put to good use by displaying appetizers or holding cutlery. If potluck isn’t your style, there are still ways to keep your dinner fun and have your guests feel like they’re doing their part. A make-your-own-pizza party is a great way to allow guests to be as creative as they like. Pick up a package of frozen, pre-made pizza crusts, some veggies, pepperoni and cheese at the grocery store, lay it out on a table or counter and let your party experiment with different toppings.

4) Drinks

The easiest way for you to satisfy your guests’ needs in regards to drinks is to ask them to supply their own. There’s nothing wrong with a good old BYOB. If you want to serve wine with dinner, pick up a box of wine — they’re not all bad, but if it’s undrinkable, turning it into a spritzer with some Sprite or carbonated water is a good way to save the day. All of a sudden your cheap wine becomes a bit classier. Always have options for people who don’t drink alcohol; whether it’s a couple of bottles of soda, ice water or a homemade punch.

There you have it! A couple of elegant ways to throw a party on a student-friendly budget.


Falling in final for fourth straight year

On Friday night, the Concordia men’s rugby team faced their biggest rivals, the McGill Redmen, in the RSEQ championships, losing 16-6.

Photo by Brianna Thicke

“It was a well fought game between two very skilled teams who both deserved to be in the final,” said Anthony Fraschetti, the Stingers’ tighthead prop. “But the game came down to which team was more disciplined.”

The game started off in McGill’s favour, with a try and a conversion on the board within the first three minutes. Two minutes later, the Redmen scored their first penalty kick, making the score 10-0.

Concordia and McGill were evenly matched when it came to strength—not surprising considering this is the fourth consecutive year that they have met in the finals. As always, Concordia’s forward pack was strong in the scrums and rucks but their real skill came through in their lineouts.

After a driving maul off of a lineout, the Stingers were given the opportunity to score three points off of a penalty kick. Joey Fulginiti, the Stingers’ star kicker, sent it sailing through to the posts and brought the score to 10-3.

The Stingers then decided their best option was to slow-ball their way closer to the McGill try zone, a good decision considering the speed that the Redmen were harnessing in their backline. Concordia gained a significant amount of ground but they were not able to secure a try before McGill got their hands on the ball.

Concordia scored their second and final penalty goal with only minutes left in the first half. McGill then scored their second try of the game only to have the points redacted with no chance of kicking a conversion due to a delayed yellow card being issued to one of their players.

During half-time, a red card was issued to another McGill player. This seemed to fuel the fire under the Redmen and gave them the fight they needed to win the game.

Stingers’ winger Caleb Jordan, who had gone—quite literally—head-to-head with McGill flanker Rhys McRae, left the field on a stretcher and was sent to the hospital via ambulance. Alfredo Consentino, hooker for the Stingers, also suffered a minor injury a couple of minutes later but was able to continue playing.

Fulginiti was sent off with only minutes left in the game because of a late and possibly dangerous tackle to McGill fullback Cameron Perrin. This left Yannick Fortin to lead the kickoff.

McGill scored two more penalty kicks before the end of the game, bringing the final score to 16-6 for the Redmen.

The amount of penalties, yellow and red cards and late calls in this game was a detriment to both teams. It came down to discipline,teamwork and which team utilized their strengths to a higher degree.


Off to the finals against McGill

Photo by Natalia Lara Díaz-Berrio.

The wind and the rain couldn’t slow down the Concordia Stingers men’s rugby team during their semifinal game on Sunday against the Sherbrooke Vert et Or. They won the game 23-13, giving them a place in the finals against McGill on Friday, Nov.22.

The game started off with a three-point lead for the Stingers within the first five minutes after captain and leading try-scorer for the season, Joseph Fulginiti, kicked for a penalty. Sherbrooke worked their blindside excellently and managed to score a try eight minutes into the game, after a well-executed pick-and-go. After successfully scoring the conversion, Sherbrooke brought the score to 7-3.

Sherbrooke clearly had the upper hand in scrums and rucks—their forward pack was strong and unwavering. However, Concordia made up for their slight lack of strength with amazing lineouts. Marc Roche, the first jumper in the Stingers lineouts, barely missed a single thrown ball and managed to steal several lineouts from Sherbrooke.

“Our lineout was very strong, Alfredo Cosentino was throwing great ball given the weather and [Roche] was a huge threat in the lineout and with ball in hand,” said Fulginiti.

Stingers powerhouse rookie flanker, Andreas Krawczyk, proved his spot on the starting lineup this week by getting involved in three back-to-back plays within the first 15 minutes, “If the 14 players around him can bring their game up to [his] level this is going to be a great win for Concordia,”said Scott Gill, former Concordia rugby player and commentator for Stingers rugby Webcasts.

The Stingers managed to score another two penalty kicks before the end of the first half, leading the game 9-7.

In the second half of the game, Concordia seemed more confident with their plays. The weather was a severe detriment but it didn’t stop Nick Smith, the maroon-and-gold scrum-half, from making expansive passes from scrums and rucks and sending the ball flying towards the backline. Stingers winger, Caleb Jordan, had amazing speed as usual but couldn’t find the breakaway that the Stingers needed to score a try.

Fulginiti answered a Sherbrooke penalty kick with one of his own a bit more than halfway through the second half, making the score 12-10. Five minutes later, the Stingers were setting up for yet another penalty kick when the Vert et Or got another penalty, which got the Stingers 10 metres closer to the try line.

After bringing the score to 18-10 with another two penalty kicks, making that the Stingers’ sixth penalty kick with no try,  Sherbrooke scored one of their own, bringing the score to 18-13.

After a very successful driving maul resulting from a classic Concordia winning lineout, the Stingers scored their first try all game with mere seconds left on the clock, bringing the score to 23-13, securing Concordia’s spot in the final playoff game against McGill.

“For the final we will go through our normal routine, treat it like any other game,” said Fulginiti, “watch the film of the past game, watch film of McGill and begin to game-plan.”

Concordia will be playing McGill in the final game of the season on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Molson Stadium.


Power outage causes men’s rugby game cancellation

The Stinger’s men’s rugby team. Concordian file photo by Marie-Josée Kelly

The Concordia men’s rugby team was due to play against the Montreal Carabins on Friday, Nov.1, but due to windy conditions and power outages at the Loyola campus, the game was postponed to Sunday, Nov. 3.

Despite the cancellation of the game, the men overpowered the Carabins on Sunday night, winning the game 38-17. This is the sixth win for the Stingers this season, securing them a spot in second place, right below the McGill Redmen.

“Even if the power had come back, the campus security had closed the athletic fields for security reasons due to all the stuff blowing around and they were not going to open it again until the wind died down below the levels we were experiencing,” said head coach Clive Gibson about the game’s cancellation.

Scheduled for 7 p.m., the game against the Carabins was only decided to be postponed at 7:20 p.m. As the Carabins packed up to leave, both coaches could be seen pacing around the building, asking players when they were available to play next.

Eventually, all Stingers disappeared into the locker room and were told that their game would be postponed until Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

“There are no back-up generators—not surprising considering the building was constructed in the 1950s. The back-up plan in situations like this is to find an alternate date convenient to both teams which is what we did,” said Gibson.

“We’re all taped and ready to go,” said Nico Krawczyk, a Stingers second row, moments before the game was officially cancelled. “I’d rather just find another field at this point.”

Having only one league game left against Bishop’s before they head into the semi-finals, Gibson is clear about what to expect going into playoffs: “More of the same fast paced, exciting, hard-nosed rugby.”

The Stingers play their final regular season game against Bishop’s on Friday, Nov. 8 at Coulter Field in Lennoxville. Make sure to check out the live-streaming of the game on the Gaiter’s website.


Falling in finals against Martlets

“It wasn’t our day,” said captain Hughanna Gaw after the Stingers women’s rugby team lost the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) finals against the McGill Martlets 41-34 last Friday night.

The Concordia Stingers were hauled down by the Laval Rouge et Or in the RSEQ finals. File photo by Anthony Isabella

The first half proved hard for the Stingers. McGill scored their first try two minutes into the game with no conversion. Concordia only answered back to it six minutes later with a try scored by Jenna Giuliani after an impressive run to the try line.

The McGill forwards dominated the Stingers in rucks, pushing them over like they weren’t a team that ended their regular season with a 7-0 sweep. Concordia’s lineouts in the first half were unbalanced but they made it work. Their saving grace was their scrums; their force and power had nothing on McGill’s forward pack.

However, they seemed to know McGill’s defensive line would knock their backs further down the field so they made the choice to end many of their scrums with quick pick-and-go’s by Gaw.

Meanwhile, McGill’s true strength lied with their backs. They lined up perfectly on defense, eliminating gaps and making sure they took the wind out of the maroon-and-gold. They never gave up on a tackle, proving in the first half that it takes more than one girl to bring down Alexandra Tessier, a powerhouse centre in the Stingers backline.

After a missed opportunity for a penalty kick, McGill came back with a vengeance, scoring two tries and, subsequently, two conversions within a minute and a half of each other, bringing the score to 19-5 for McGill.

With three minutes left to the half, Concordia brought the ball ten meters from the McGill try line, pushing it even closer with a driving scrum. Darcie Largan, one of the Stingers backs, got her hands on it and bolted to the try line. The try was eventually scored by prop Solange De Blois and converted by Alexandra Ste. Marie, bringing the score up by seven points to 19-12.

With one minute left of the half, McGill scored and converted, making the score 24-12.

By halftime, it was clear that changes needed to be made on the Stingers end of the field. After a couple of player positions were switched around, Concordia came back with a newfound determination.

“The first three-quarters of the game we simply made too many mistakes, be it dropped balls or missed tackles. They were mistakes that we couldn’t afford to make in the finals,” said Gaw, who was moved from No. 8 to centre in the second half. “We came back in the second half, cleaned up our mistakes and got back to our game plan.”

Six minutes into the second half, Ste. Marie scored a three-point penalty kick, making the score 24-15. Right after that, McGill scored and converted another two times, which left the score at 38-15.

The two tries were answered by Stingers lock Samantha Ewing and Gaw. Both conversions were made, making the score 38-29. McGill scored a penalty kick quickly after, leaving Gaw to bring the final score—with an unconverted try—to 41-34.

Concordia fought hard for the last 20 minutes of the game, never giving up and hitting back when McGill knocked them down.

Gaw, the lead try-scorer for her final game with Concordia, put it best, “It isn’t the way that you ever want it to end, but we definitely didn’t go down without a fight.”

“I thought we played very poorly in the first 30 minutes and that was the difference in the game as we did not have enough time to come back all the way,” head coach Graeme McGravie said. “[It’s] hard to win a game when only play half of it.”

“It is a disappointing end to an otherwise very good season,” McGravie continued. “We saw a lot of people come of age on the field this year and I am excited that most of them are eligible to return back for the 2014 season. Our tackling needs to improve across the board if we are to be considered challengers for next year.”


Off to the finals against McGill

This past Friday night, the Concordia women’s rugby team secured themselves a spot in the finals against McGill by pummeling the Laval Rouge et Or 38-3 at home.

Concordian file photo

The game started off slow. Three-quarters into the first half and Concordia only had two tries and one conversion up on the board, leaving them with a score of 12-0. Then, at 29:41 of the half, the lights went off at the Loyola field.

It took 12 minutes to get the stadium lights back up and running, but Concordia could be seen through the dark running laps and working on their ball handling. The game resumed and Concordia came out with a vengeance.

Laval put their only three points on the board with three minutes left in the first half, bringing the score to 12-3.

Less than five minutes into the second half, the ball was kicked towards the Laval try line and chased furiously by both teams. Unfortunately, Laval touched the ball down in their own zone, making the potential points null and stopping play. This gave the Stingers the motivation they needed.

A minute later, the Stingers scored their first try that half. Alexandra Ste. Marie, the team’s kicker, lined up to take the conversion kick and the whole stadium went quiet. The silence was still there when the ball sailed through the posts and landed on the other side. When the flag was raised to show the conversion was made, the bleachers went crazy.

Twelve minutes into the second half, another try was scored, this time by captain Hughanna Gaw, off of an impressive scrum that drove itself over the try line. There was no conversion, but the score was now 24-3 in favour of the maroon-and-gold.

Only five minutes later, another try by Stingers’ lock Jasmine Akkermans and an impressive conversion by Ste. Marie brought the score to 31-3. Shortly after, Laval was given a yellow card and the Stingers had a chance to add three points to the board with a penalty kick. Although the kick was not made, a try by flanker Cara Stuckey and a successful convert brought the final score to 38-3.

“I was really proud of how we played [Friday] night, both offensively and defensively. Everything flowed really well, the communication was great and I think everyone could see that from the stands,” said Ste. Marie.

She couldn’t have put it better; their scrums and lineouts dominated those of Laval, they pushed hard on defense and they hit gaps on offense that the untrained eye could never pick up.

Head coach Graeme McGravie couldn’t agree more.

“We looked and played like a team that was playing to its potential.”

Concordia’s win against Laval means one thing, they’re going to the finals after a completely undefeated season and a strong win at semis.

“Our expectation is to win, I expect a very tough game from [McGill] and we are preparing this week for that encounter,” said McGravie.

“Now that we’ve secured our spot in the finals we have to focus on perfecting every aspect of our game to prepare for our big game against McGill,” said Ste. Marie about their ticket to finals. “It always feels amazing to win a playoff game because you know your team is one step closer to the championship.”

Concordia will play McGill on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Loyola. Tickets are $5.



Never slowing down despite injury in 2011

Hughanna Gaw doesn’t stop. She has come back full throttle, after injuring her knee in the 2011-12 season and has no plans of quitting rugby anytime soon.

“It took a while for it to actually happen,” she said about her injury. “I had problems with my leg for a while before the injury actually happened but no one knew what was wrong.”

That all changed when she felt something go horribly wrong during the Stingers’ final against Laval in November 2011.

Hughanna Gaw helped coach Quebec under 18 team this summer. Photo by Anthony Isabella

“I was playing and all of a sudden I heard a crack. I called over to [the athletic therapist] and he told me that in a way this was better than not knowing what was wrong, because now I could actually get better.”

“We knew from the final the year before she was really hurt, although we did not expect to lose her for the 2012[-2013] season,” said Stingers head coach Graeme McGravie. “But you need your knee for life, not just rugby. Getting her back at 100 per cent was the only real goal we had.”

Gaw also had to say goodbye to a season with her Quebec senior women’s team this past summer. However, knowing Gaw’s extensive knowledge and commitment to the game, head coach Jocelyn Barrieau offered her a position with the under 18 Quebec development team.

“I’ve been playing for Quebec since 2004. I love playing for Quebec […] It’s a community that always welcomes you with open arms. I wouldn’t have gotten the coaching job if it wasn’t for my coach,” said Gaw. “I was really happy to have the coaching job but I still missed playing. It’s hard to just sit there and watch and not get to play.”

After coaching the nationals in June and jr. Nationals in August, she played half a season with the Ste-Anne’s Rugby Football Club  starting in mid-July knowing she would be going back to the Stingers in the fall of 2013. Gaw is currently finishing up a degree in leisure science with a minor in history.

“I think rugby helps me get through school,” she said. “It helps with time management. We practice four days a week and sometimes have to travel for games so it forces me to sit down and finish my schoolwork with the little time that I have between practices and games,” she added with a laugh, “and class, of course.”

When asked if she felt her skill diminished after missing not only a varsity season but a summer season, she responded with a simple, “Definitely.”

McGravie, however, feels differently. He has nothing but positive words to describe Gaw ‘s role with the team.

“I have no worries. She looks stronger and faster than ever,” he said. “Her physical presence is immense, whether that is tackling, supporting or running with the ball. Her game knowledge is calming not only to the coaches but teammates too.”

“She manages to inspire others around her to be better and push themselves on the field or in the weight room; she is always there to encourage others but somehow manages to push her limits to compete and be the best.”

The Stingers just won their final league game against the Bishop’s Gaiters, bringing their season to a close with an astounding 7-0 sweep.

Gaw has been playing rugby since the eighth grade; she has honed her skills and transformed herself into an ultimate competitor. With her last season with the Stingers coming to a close, there is no doubt she will be missed next season.



Stingers win sixth straight game against Carabins

The third-ranked Canadian Interuniversity Sports team, the Concordia Stingers, dominated the Université de Montréal Carabins on Friday night, winning their sixth consecutive league game 45-3.

The Stingers came out hard, scoring their first try within the first five minutes and their second five minutes after that. It was clear that they were hungry to win. Sixteen minutes in, the Carabins put their three points of the night on the board by launching a penalty kick straight through the posts.

Where Concordia was focused, determined and speedy, the Carabins were sloppy but made up for it with force. High tackling and stiff arms to the face were a common occurrence in the first half.

At 22 minutes, Concordia scored their final try of the first half and, with a successful conversion, brought the score to 19-3.

After the first half, the maroon and gold women dominated scrums, wheeling the other team when it wasn’t their throw-in and getting the ball from the eight-man within seconds. The Carabins and the Stingers were easily matched when it came to line-outs. Concordia stuck with simple but efficient calls and subsequently won almost all of their line-outs. Seemingly, the only area of improvement needed in the first half by the Concordia women was their rucks; not going in low enough made it hard for them to retain the ball, but by the second half they were back to normal.

“We were strong in contact which lead to us winning, but we need to work on being more consistent and sticking to the game plan,” said head coach Graeme McGravie. “We were able to beat them with a lot of individual skill [rather than as a team].”

The backs utilized their speed by running fake switches throughout the game, something that many teams cannot complete. Their offensive plays were suited to each woman on the field and their defensive line showed off their undeniable strength.

Many new faces have been added to the roster this season; McGravie said he believes that they have not yet played a full game in the team-focused mindset, but that he is happy with their results so far this season.

“The girls have bonded well and continue to push each other hard for a starting spot, but it’s always a work in progress for sure.”

A minute and a half into the second, Concordia had scored their first try of the half, with a successful conversion, bringing it to 26-3 for the Stingers. Not even five minutes afterwards, they had scored and converted once more. At the 15-minute mark, the Stingers scored an impressive conversion from the complete right-hand side of the field after their third try that half, bringing the score to 38-3. After one last try and another conversion, the score was brought up to 45-3.

When asked what to expect in their next game, McGravie said, “A win! We need to keep pushing the envelope if we want the big prize at the end of this, so being more consistent and ruthless with scoring chances is what we will be looking for.”

The Stingers will be playing Bishop’s University at Loyola on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.


Concordia defeats Laval 35-34 in RSEQ women’s rugby final

Photo by Pierre Bonenfant
“We played like it was the last 80 minutes of our lives. If that doesn’t sum it up, I don’t know what does.” After defeating Laval 35-34 on Saturday in a heart-racing game, Bianca Farella sums it up pretty nicely.

Concordia knocked the McGill Martlets out of the semi-finals last week as Laval defeated Ottawa, giving the Stingers a second chance against one of their biggest competitors.

“It feels amazing to win and beat a good team like Laval,” said head coach Graeme McGravie. “I thought our coaching staff did a tremendous job of getting this team ready every week and [Saturday] was the pinnacle of that.”

The game started off strong in favour of Concordia; two of their first attempts at tries were held up in the try zone by Laval. Halfway through the first, Laval scored the first try but did not score their conversion kick.

The Stingers came back and scored a penalty kick, a try and a conversion, bringing the score to 8-5 with less than 10 minutes to go. Farella then scored once more before the end of the first half and two consecutive times in the beginning of the second, bringing the score to an impressive 27-12 for the maroon and gold.

In the nail-biting second half, the scores got closer and closer to each other, eventually reaching 34-30 for the Rouge et Or. With less than five minutes left, Concordia scored the final try bringing the final score to 35-34.

Concordia showed off their strength and determination the whole length of Saturday’s match. No matter how close the score got, they kept their head in the game.

“All in all, we knew what was at stake and we weren’t ready to give that up without a fight,” said Farella.

The first half was seemingly in the hands of the forwards, who capitalized on their strength in the rucks and scrums. Compared to their last game against Laval, the Stingers stepped up and hit them a lot harder. The second half was dominated by the backs who executed skillful offensive plays and took advantage of the gaps in Laval’s usually solid defence. Line-outs were strong for both teams but Concordia shone when they attempted to throw the ball to the jumper, back to the thrower and then out to the wing. Even though it is late in the season, they aren’t afraid to diversify their plays.

As for next season, coach McGravie said he’ll start worrying about that next week. He looks forward to next season but made it clear that this was a year to remember in women’s rugby.

“I thought our real strong point this year was that we played as a team, no one individual had to carry the load for the team this year,” he said. “When we needed someone to step up, multiple players did.”

The Stingers will now head to St. Francis Xavier University as the RSEQ champions to take part in the national CIS championships. Five other teams will join Concordia in the tournament that runs from Nov. 1- 4.


Concordia falls to Laval in final game of season

Despite having the home field advantage and a sea of maroon and-gold sitting in the bleachers, Concordia’s women’s rugby team lost 27-22 to the Laval Rouge et Or on Friday night.

Graeme McGravie, Stingers head coach, said the team is happy with the game but disappointed with the result.

“We played really well but left too many scoring chances on the field, especially in the first half,” he said, “and we paid for it.”

Laval has been a strong competitor so far this season. They placed first in the RSEQ conference with seven wins and zero losses. Concordia finished in second place with six wins and one loss.

The game started off in Laval’s favour; their first try – with conversion – happened within the first 10 minutes of the first half. Concordia fought hard to get back on top, bringing the score to 7-3 with a penalty kick. Bianca Farella showed promise with a breakthrough six minutes to the end of the half, but got taken down five yards from the try line. Laval finished off the half with a penalty kick, bringing the score to 10-3.

It was obvious, in the first half, that Laval was strong in the scrum and aggressive in the rucks. They had an excellent back line made up of fast players who regularly broke through Concordia’s defense.

However, Concordia picked it up in the second half, scoring three tries and two conversion kicks. The more impressive of the tries was the second, which happened 30 minutes into the half by hooker Jessica Beaudry. Concordia was lined up perfectly on offense at the five-yard line and pushed hard to get through Laval’s defensive line.

The crowd was visibly impressed with the second half; you could hear the supportive cheers all the way from Deli Pat and fans were on the edge of their seats cheering on the female Stingers. They played with more force and determination, using Laval’s weaknesses to their advantage.

Unfortunately, Laval scored two more times with conversions and started off the second half with a perfect penalty kick, bringing the final score to a close 27-22.

Regardless of the loss, Concordia has one vital motivating factor: optimism.

“If we play that well again, and stop some of the brain farts we had, we can win it all,” said McGravie. “But we have to execute our chances.”

The Stingers will play the McGill Martlets in the semi-finals of the RSEQ division this Friday. The winner will face the victor of the semi-final between Laval and Ottawa.


Concordia plays the Martlets on Friday, Oct. 19 at Concordia Stadium. The elimination game starts at 7 p.m.

Student Life

Pillow Talk: How to Deal with Drunken Friends

Have you ever been the only sober one at a party? It kinda sucks, eh? You have to make sure nothing gets broken—from your bestie’s unnecessarily high heels to her drunken heart.

All of a sudden you’re on clothes, phone and boy patrol, shielding all of your friends from involuntary hook-ups and public humiliation. Let’s face it, you love your friends and you would do anything for those crazy mother truckers, but sometimes situations can get hard to handle. Here is a list of those situations and how you can handle them without losing your cool.

What to do if your friend is:

1) Hooking up with a 4/10

Try to get her attention. This might be hard if she’s playing a hardcore game of tonsil hockey with him, but in that case, just rip her away.

The next part gets a little tricky. Tell her the guy would be better suited for a horribly lit “before” photo than Cosmo’s two-page “Most Eligible Bachelor” spread. Remind her that she can do way better. She might go on the defensive and claim you’re trying to “steal” him, but just repeat yourself and hope that some of it sinks in.

2) Stumbling around like a kitten on roller skates

If she’s wearing heels, get them off her. I know, you’re downtown, it’s dirty, who knows what she could be stepping on?! But as my mother always says, “Better a foot fungus than a broken ankle!” … or something like that. If she’s wearing flats and still can’t walk, time to put her in a cab and get her home. In order to not feel like you’re trying to manoeuvre the Leaning Tower of Pisa down the street and into a car, enlist the help of another friend. Two is better than one.

3) Blabbing like she has stocks in gossip

First, resist the urge to push her down a flight of stairs. For this one, it’s always best to confront her right then and there, and then to bring it up the next day when she is, hopefully, a bit more sober. Also, just a quick reminder ladies, “I was drunk!” isn’t a valid excuse for breaking a friend’s trust and telling all 150 party-goers that she makes music videos with her cats on Saturday nights.

4) Going to be sick

Act quickly and act subtly. If a drunken friend tells you she’s going to be sick, find the closest bathroom or discreet hiding space. Do not announce it to the rest of the party, or even to any of your other friends. Go with her, make sure she doesn’t choke or fall asleep hugging the toilet, and then get her up and cleaned off. It’s not the most glamorous part of your job, but sometimes you just have to suck it up!

There you have it—how to deal with your drunken friends. Now that you (and they) are safely home, have a glass of wine. You deserve it.



Concordia’s women’s rugby team defeat Ottawa 41-5

The rain came down with a vengeance on Friday night, much like the Concordia women’s rugby team, shutting the University of Ottawa down 41-5.

Ottawa was, however, a force to be reckoned with. This was made obvious during the warm-up when they strapped on their pinneys and played an opposed five-minute game before Concordia even had their jerseys on. They showed off their hard, low hits that would have made a prop flinch.

Despite the poor weather, the Stingers were still able to keep control and push the Gee Gees to their limits. The game started off slow but picked up pace when Con U scored its first try in the first 10 minutes.

Ottawa scored their first try in the second half with 12 minutes left. They were not able to make the conversion kick to bump it up to a seven-point gain.

Concordia definitely felt the heat Ottawa brought to the pitch. After a series of fumbled balls and useless passes, they made it on the right track and started playing like a true pack. The wind and rain made simply holding the ball harder not to mention trying to pass it from scrum half to fly half. It was evident the Stingers have been practicing their lineouts, scoring twice off of a perfect drive. They also dominated both scrums and rucks, pushing Ottawa over the try line with ease.

“I think we excel in open play,” said head coach Graeme McGravie. “We have some real players there in Bianca Farella and [captain] Jackie Tittley.”

This was proved when Farella, with barely two minutes left in the game, broke through the pack and ran 50 yards to the try line, scoring their last try of the night. Tittley was tripped during the second half and struggled to get up. She did, however, come back into play and join her teammates, kicking a heartbreaking conversion that bounced off the goalposts.

As for the future, McGravie says he’s confident in his team’s ability to make it to nationals.

“Based on preseason and the opener, I expect us to win the league,” he said. “Although, beating McGill and Laval is going to be tough for sure.”

The Stingers have not played Laval yet but recently beat McGill 18-7 in the Kelly-Anne Drummond Cup. Concordia is currently sixth in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport rankings, right above McGill and two below Laval. Considering Concordia’s impressive undefeated record in league play, it should not be hard for any player to envision themselves at nationals.


Concordia’s next game is against Bishop’s on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6:15 p.m.

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