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Popping the CherryThe U of O’s Olympic AthleteSpeak like Obama
sheds light on the SFUO’s studentservices.
p. 6–7Jolene Hansell
explores your closest bookstoreoptions.
p. 5Peter Henderson
takes you inside Ottawa’srevived awards show.
p. 10Inari Vaissi Nagy
lms in apost-9/11 world.
p. 11 Anna Rocoski
interviews Rhys Hill, Olympickayaker and U of O student.
Sports Services quietly introduces women-only gymtime.
The art of public speaking is uncovered.
Dear Di explains the best way to stay connected witha boyfriend via webcam.
Sept. 11–17, 2008
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What about improv?
Re: Comedy in the Capital (Arts, Aug. 21)
HIS LEER IS in response to inaHassannia’s article “Comedy in theCapital.” I noticed that there was nomention o the ast-growing improvscene in the nation’s capital in herarticle, especially since the orma-tion o the award-winning troupeInsensitivity raining, which DanielHarris wrote on in the
lastyear, teams regularly get togetherand battle it out in addition to havingrecurring shows. Te boys o Insen-sitivity raining perorm a two-hourshow, reminiscent o
Whose Line is it Anyway?
every Sunday night at theBytown avern (292 Elgin St.). It is anabsolutely hilarious and interactiveshow. Tey also have been known tohost workshops, flm comedy sketch videos, and won an award or theirshow
Naked Famous People
at thissummer’s Ottawa Fringe Festival.Made to Measure/Some Assembly Required as well as Crystal Basementand Crush Improv round out Ottawa’sscene. Each team brings a dierentdynamic to the table and all are very enjoyable to watch. Improv in Ottawais on the rise, so I eel that it was very important to correct the initial over-sight o not including these deservingteams in ina’s original article.
Jessica RashotteU of O alumna
Keeping the ‘Canada’ inCanada’s University
I WAS QUIE thrilled to attend [theSept. 6] ootball game against York and see our boys on the feld com-pletely dominate. Yet I le the gamewith a bitter taste in my mouth. As asecond-year student I have very ondmemories o last year’s 101 Week as Iattended most events and I had one o the best weeks I have experienced yetin lie. Tere was not a single issue thatbothered me with the constant cheersthat included every swear possible orthe many sexually suggestive momentsthat occurred. Tis was all done in unand guides judged and knew whereour comort levels were and when toback o. With such ond memories o 101 Week I was excited to see that theootball game included all the acultiesin 101 Week to help support our team.Tis is where my excitement was in-terrupted however by a young woman,who chose to show some leadership by running down in ront o the crowd tolead in some o our cheers. Now I ammaking the assumption she was not aguide, but I may be wrong. I could nottell because o the horrible t-shirt shewas wearing. She was wearing quite thepatriotic looking Canadian ag on hershirt but with a massive black X drawnthrough it. On the back o her shirtwas the message, “I AM A SEPARA-IS! ON OC. 14 VOE BLOC QUE-BECOIS!” Now it takes a lot or me toget angry, but this display is unaccept-able. First o, this is a 101 Week eventin which we bring our newest studentsto show them “Canada’s University”, orso we claim. Now this seems strangeto me, having someone running to theront o the crowd wearing a shirt thatcompletely contradicts the message o our proud university. Next we are noteven located in the only province thatcan vote or this political party, so I seeno need in why it needed to be worn toa ootball game. Tis is a week o cel-ebration o certain individuals startinga new page in lie and political beliesshould not be brought into this situa-tion.I am well aware o ree-speechlaws, but political correctness andree speech only go so ar beore be-coming ridiculous. I a student wantsto come celebrate our university by cheering, then by all means do it. Tisto me seems like it is a slap in the aceor the very message our university stands or and proudly uses to en-courage new students to join us. I orone would still like us to be known as“Canada’s University” and be proudo it. I you are a student here andpromote messages such as this thenmaybe you should think again what values your school holds.
Michael Read Second-year humankinetics student
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Censorship, the SFUO,and the CFS
EARLIER HIS WEEK at Fedstock,the Student Federation o the Uni- versity o Ottawa (SFUO) welcomedfrst-year students and encouragedthem to be involved in student poli-tics. But minutes later these samepeople told me I had to hide my peti-tion regarding their decision to makethe U o O a prospective member o the Canadian Federation o Students(CFS), because I had not receivedtheir stamp o approval.My petition was simple enough.It stated that the SFUO should haveconsulted the students o the Uni- versity o Ottawa beore joiningthem in prospective membershipwith the CFS, and it demanded thatthey revisit their decision. One o the members on the SFUO told methat their decision was “all aboutdemocracy”. As partial membersin the CFS, the SFUO will allow areerendum on ull membership.But this reerendum itsel will costthousands o dollars rom student’sincidental ees. Prospective mem-bership means more than just areerendum—it means that the CFSis welcome on our campus to runtheir campaigns. Beyond that theCFS will have a direct role in themanagement and administration o the reerendum. his is an organiza-tion that has routinely aced seriouscorruption allegations speciically in regard to student elections andreerendums. Whether giving usprospective membership in the CFSis equivalent to promoting democ-racy is a matter o debate—a debatethe students should have a voice in.I encourage students to make uptheir own minds about the CFS—allI’m saying is that students shouldhave been consulted about whetherwe should have become prospectivemembers in the CFS.I thought universities are sup-posed to be arenas o open dialogueand thoughtul debate; and yet, roshweek activism was met by censorship.I this is what prospective member-ship in the CFS looks like, I want nopart o it.
Daniel GilmanTird-year history student
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