Business style with an old school twist

Dalhousie student Derek Doyle adds a classy, old-school feel to his everyday look.

By Hanna McLean

Sweatpants, T-shirts, and flip flops – this is what the average 19-year-old would typically wear to class, but for Derek Doyle that is not the case.

Doyle’s wardrobe consists of finely tailored suits and leather dress shoes that he keeps in pristine condition. He stands out from the typical university male student and his formal and stylish way of dressing gets peoples’ attention. “I always do get comments, for sure. Just like, ‘you look so fancy’ or ‘you’re all dressed up,’ but for me it’s just normal for me to dress this way.”

Doyle, who has been keen on men’s fashion for a number of years, sees his style as an important expression of who he is. “I know a lot of guys probably don’t put much effort into their looks, but I see it as a pretty important part of my day.”

Doyle, a commerce student at Dalhousie, is finishing up his co-op at Deloitte Canada, where he fit right into the business-casual atmosphere. “It was nice to get to go to a job where you are expected to look your best,” he says. “All of my colleagues acknowledged the way I put myself together. That was great.”

Getting His Look Right

The way Doyle puts himself together is a process, starting with his hair. He uses Brylcreem, a men’s hairstyling product that has been around for generations. “This is the stuff they used to use in, like, the 50’s; very old school.” After his hair, Doyle likes to use his vintage shaving kit for a daily clean shave. “Hygiene is a big part of looking your best; you can’t be dressed nicely and neglect your hair,” he says.

Although Doyle has some high-end suits, he says you don’t need a whole lot to get his slick look. “I have some jackets from H&M that cost me like 50 bucks,” he says. “One time at work a guy asked where I get my suits made because my jacket had such a good fit.”

Doyle is fond of one jacket in particular: his Dalhousie Commerce leather bomber. “I wear it often, I enjoy my program and it sort of has an old school feel to it. It seems to go well with most of my wardrobe,” he says.

After the hair, the shave, and the suit, Doyle adds that it’s the little things that truly make his personal style. “I always have some cuff links on; they definitely complete my formal look most days, but don’t get me wrong- I dress causal too, just not in the plaid pj’s and a hoodie kind of way.”

Dal athletes gone before new facilities built

Current students are excited about new athletic facilities, but they might not be around long enough to enjoy the changes.

by Hanna McLean

Dal athletes can expect great changes in their campus facilities. An air-supported bubble covering Wickwire Field, physiotherapy clinics, and two 2,500-seat basketball courts among them. Current students are excited about construction, but they might not be around long enough to enjoy the changes.

Dalhousie officials have about ten years of construction ahead of them. The fitness facilities are only one part of the plan for Dalhousie’s makeover, which extends to everything from traffic stops to students hubs.

The plan eliminates the Studley Gymnasium, converts the Sexton Memorial Gymnasium into a large assembly and lecture hall, and arranges team facilities for arena and Wickwire Field athletes.

There will also be a 149,000 square foot addition to the Dalplex, featuring the basketball courts, clinics for fitness, physiotherapy, wellness and sports medicine, a welcome centre, lounge and trophy exhibit, a daycare, as well as classrooms and offices for the Department of Health and Human Performance.

Dalhousie is implementing its campus development plan to keep the student population growing, but before it does, it wants to hear from current students. Throughout the month of March, the project development team is holding consultation sessions to get a better idea of the changes students would like to see.

“The first sessions, we had a less than anticipated turn out, some people said it was disappointing, so we changed our strategy and started going to where the students are, residences, classes, and the Dalplex,” says Nathan Rogers, Dalhousie’s new assistant director of capital planning.

Kinesiology student and frequent Dalplex user Jessie Bauer said at one consultation session, “I’d like to see more accessible and up-to-date cardio equipment and maybe some more classes like hot yoga, spinning, or body pump. Also some more sports-like facilities like updates to the squash courts and basketball courts.”

“There’s been a lot of talk about expansion of cardio space, that’s a well known issue,” says Rogers, “other highlights that I’ve heard about regularly are increases to the size of the climbing area, specifically being able to do top roping and bouldering, as well as dance studio space, yoga space.”

The students have spoken, and they had tons of requests to add to the already long list of changes, “This is a great new facility that’s going to have all kinds of natural light. Something that the students have been talking about is how depressing or dank the Dalplex can feel at times, so having a brand new sparkling facility that’s accessible, has lots of input from students, is for me the greatest part of this project,” says Rogers.

Hockey Suspension Prompts Anti-hazing Precautions

The suspension of Dalhousie’s women’s hockey team has prompted policy changes across the board for Dal’s varsity sports programs.

By Hanna McLean

There’s some good news for Dalhousie’s women’s hockey team: their days of travelling by bus to Truro to play home games are over. According to a spokesperson at Dal, Saint Mary’s University will be hosting the women next year.

But that doesn’t mean the hockey team will not continue to be affected by the suspension of the majority of the players in January.

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Dalhousie suspended 17 out of 22 players in response to a complaint about an initiation party for the team in September. With only five rookies remaining on the team, the suspensions left the team with no choice but to forfeit the remainder of the 2012-2013 season.


Dalhousie’s Charles Crosby is the Senior Advisor of Media and official spokesperson for the university.  He says, “most of the players have indicated a clear desire to move forward. We share that goal.”

However, some people don’t seem to be over the incident. “We were shocked at the alleged events and suspicions that followed,” said Saint Mary’s University women’s hockey Head Coach Christopher Larade.

This shock echoed through the country and beyond. There were rumours of players consulting a lawyer after the suspension had been made official, but no legal action has been taken.


Crosby says the behavior of the women’s hockey team has prompted many changes for varsity teams.

“The coach is working with representatives from the university on developing positive team culture, an education program around hazing for all student teams, clubs, societies and leadership groups is under development for September,” he said.


To avoid any parental or overall community concerns about hazing, Crosby confirms there will be, “a more in-depth hazing policy, and a website for the university has been drafted and is being reviewed by administrators/legal to be completed by mid April for Senate approval.”

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Larade said Saint Mary’s has no plans to implement anti-hazing resources for their varsity teams, “I think it’s just making sure that players are aware of the expectations that are already put in place.”


Neil Hooper, President of the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association, acknowledges that success can come from situations like this. “Often what you’ll find in sport are that a lot of the greatest programs we have develop out of adversity. Like the St. Thomas men’s volleyball team for example: they were suspended for a season, and they used it as a spring board to get better, their volleyball team won the championship the next year.”

All eyes will be on the ladies when next season starts up, and hopefully they can bounce back the way the St. Thomas volleyball team did. The Tigers, players, team and staff, have stopped talking to reporters on the matter.