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Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2013 | Volume 55, Issue 18 | carillonregina.com
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It doesn't matter why These Estates drummer Matt Carr is lying down on top of a register vent. The fact is because the band ditched the typical recording studio and recorded their latest album in bassist Mason Pitzel's house, he can lie there all day if he so chooses. Booze at your liberty, and other athome recording perks can be found on page 10.
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Challenge yourself. 5 As part of a week long initiative to educate the campus community on Islam, and break down misconceptions of the religion, the hijab challenge invited students to step into new territory. Sophie Long takes readers through her experience.
Crapvertising. 8 We need more accuracy in advertisements. Seriously, someone is getting paid to insane amounts of money to make a picture of an iPad on a white background. Turn to page eight for Leitch's latest I'm Not Angry on art in advertising.
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In the late 1950s, the University of Regina planned the construction of several new buildings on the campus grounds. One of these proposed buildings was a bell tower on the academic green. If you look out on the academic green today, the ﬁrst thing you’ll notice is that it has absolutely nothing resembling a bell tower. The University never got a bell tower, but what it did get was the Carillon, a newspaper that serves as a symbolic bell tower on campus, a loud and clear voice belonging to each and every student. Illegitimi non carborundum.
Basketbadasses. 14 The men’s basketball team ended their losing streak with a one-point win over the University of Alberta last Saturday. The nail-biting game had fans tossing high ﬁves to their pals at the ﬁnal buzzer. I, however, sat quietly as I went to the game by myself.
Tomfoolery. 19 This week in humour, The Carillon gains access to an email from Provost Tomfoolery Chase, Kyle Leitch teaches us that drawing dicks is weird, and Snowy Bear draws Damian. Jesus Christ, I still don’t know what that thing is.
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Voices buried, concerns pushed aside
news editor To say that students at the University of Regina are angry is an understatement. Citing lack of transparency, and little to no consultation, students came together in an open forum on Thursday Jan. 24 to respond to the current changes and possible cuts brought on by the U of R’s Academic Program Review (APR). Organized by the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG), the forum hosted VicePresident (Academic) Dr. Tom Chase, and nearly 50 students demanding answers, and relaying their suggestions. The APR process began in 2009, when the University community came together to adopt mâmawohkamâtowin, a strategic plan aimed at creating a successful and thriving university. In order to succeed, the plan outlined that the University must be “selective in the programs it offers,” stating that, “to achieve excellence, choices need to be made” to accommodate the growing student demands in some areas, and the declining interest in other areas. Three years after the APR process began, students and faculty have started seeing and feeling the repercussions of the changes, and few are happy about what is to come. One of the biggest concerns of the APR process has been the lack of student representation and consultation over the course of the program review, and the absence of the student voice in the decision making process. While there are some student representatives that sit on various University councils and committees, the majority of students agree that these few representatives do not speak
on behalf of all students. Matthew Lensen, president of the Arts Students’ Association, is also a student representative on the Dean of Arts Management Committee. He says that students are caught in the midst of a “participation trap” whereby the administration uses the bodies of a few representatives as an excuse to claim fair student consultation. “Students do not have adequate representation ... we are included simply so administrators can look us in the face and say: ‘students have been a part of all different levels of University governance. We have one vote on the Board of Governors, one vote on nearly every committee - Council Discipline Committee, President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability - to name a few’ Do you really think that including one student per committee gives us any sort of voice?” Lensen asked Chase at the forum. University of Regina student Kay Niedermayer agrees, and called on Chase and the administration to take responsibility in creating a more extensive consultation process. “I think it’s not a student consultation unless more than half, at least, of the students on campus are represented in the consultation. Of course, that’s very difﬁcult to do, but that should be the administrators role - trying to get student engagement,” she said.
“Before you can even say you completed student consultation, there actually needs to be student consultation of the entire body of students.” Failing to provide this extensive consultation puts students in the minority group during the decision making process. Lensen illustrated this by giving an example of a recent Management Committee meeting he attended where members had been discussing possible steps in dealing with the inevitable cuts to the Faculty of Arts. One faculty member suggested cutting TA positions, and “revolutionizing” the grading system by introducing automated marking technologies whereby exams would become multiple choice answers marked by a computer. “The most unsettling part, however, was that the member was suggesting we do this for all classes, from Anthropology to English,” Lensen said. “I don’t know about anybody here, but I can’t imagine wanting to stay at a university where my English classes had no essays, just multiple choice exams that could be scanned through a machine.” Lensen suggests opening up such a discussion to the student body, and allowing students to share their voices and their thoughts. This would be a first step in providing much needed advice and consultation to the ad-
ministration. To take up some of these concerns, Chase suggested that students contact the University’s Board of Governors to discuss issues around student representation and consultation, but he was fast to learn that students had already tried this approach, and were banned. Board of Governors meetings are privately held, and closed off to not only the public, but to students as well. In February 2012, students held a peaceful sit-in asking the board to let them participate in the governance process. Not only were students denied access to the meeting, but they were also met with six security guards. Thursday’s forum, students agreed, is one way to demand attention, hold the administration accountable, and allow student voices and concerns to be heard. For instance, the voice of French education student, David Craig, rang loud as he pointed out that the APR process has gone against the very core of the U of R’s mission of being “a welcoming, student-focused institution that combines deep-rooted values with innovative thinking, classroom theory with real-world practice, and global ideas with regional needs. “The cuts and allocation of funding towards certain faculties and away from other faculties, seems to consider the needs of a
“ Part of decolonization is an even distribution of power. We know that money is power, and we know that force is power. It disturbs me greatly that students are expressing that they do not have a voice in this institution. Whether you agree with them or not, that is irrelevant. They are expressing that, and that needs to be addressed.”
Amanda Lyn Baldwin
speciﬁc student demographic ... which translates to direct revenue for the U of R,” Craig said. “Students who don’t belong in the [group] of money makers, are falling out of focus at the U of R. “So I ask, is this really student focused? Is this a compressive approach to education?” Many agreed that not only was the APR process converting education into a business, but, argued PhD Student, Amanda Lyn Baldwin, the APR has created a destructive power dynamic between students and the administration. Having previously studied in Alberta, Baldwin came to Saskatchewan because the U of R was often advertised as “one of the ... progressively decolonized institutions in Canada,” she said. “We are nowhere near that here. Part of decolonization is an even distribution of power. We know that money is power, and we know that force is power. It disturbs me greatly that students are expressing that they do not have a voice in this institution. Whether you agree with them or not, that is irrelevant. They are expressing that, and that needs to be addressed,” she said at the forum. With students expressing their frustration, anger, and concerns about the future of the U of R, Chase had little to say to ease the concerns. “Help me out, and help us all out, what do we need to do? ... How do we respond to legitimate student demand ... while still maintaining the commitment in the strategic plan, to the liberal arts and sciences core of the University? These are difficult questions, complex questions, and not ones for which there are [certain] answers.”
the carillon | Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2013
Successful turnover wins honored
University of Regina’s Engineers Without Boarders chapter applauded at National Conference
contributor The University of Regina’s Engineers Without Boarders (EWB) chapter received an honorable mention at the recent 2013 EWB National Conference in Calgary. “We were honored as one of the best chapters under the team building category,” said Frank Elechi, a third-year electronic systems engineering student and copresident of EWB in Regina. Last year, the University of Regina chapter graduated 10 of its executive leaders, leaving as many seats to be occupied by new members. But the transition between the two executive teams was so smooth that that the chapter did not suffer any hiccups as a result of the changes in leadership, hence the honorable mention at the National Conference, which took place from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14. Andrea Elle, a second year environmental engineering student, who is co-president with Elechi, was thrilled for this recognition of their hard work, especially since “turnover in every EWB university chapter is such a big issue, as people leave within three or four years, and that transfer of knowledge is deﬁnitely key to a healthy and well running chapter,” she said. Part of what made the transiproducts on campus, but they are not doing that to the fullest,” explained Elechi Fair trade products would include items like coffee and chocolate processed from cocoa bought from subsidized farmers in developing countries.
Some of the EWB team celebrating their hard work tion between the two teams very successful was the strategic plan devised by the outgoing executives to ensure that the incoming executives were well prepared for their new leadership roles. “We formed transition teams consisting of the person or people leaving a role, and the person or people coming into that role. We had a transition challenge that ran throughout the entire semester where the teams would have to complete team building tasks every week,” said Ali Molaro, who was the chapter’s president last year, and is now an environmental scientist with Matrix Solutions, which does environmental remediation work with the oil ﬁelds. Molaro said the weekly activities ranged from hard skills, like how to plan an event, to simpler ones, like remembering to ask yourself “why are we planning this event?” she said. The outcomes from the challenge were then discussed during the chapter’s weekly meeting in order to keep all teams appraised with the others’ progresses. But, Molaro was quick to praise the current chapter, emphasizing, “the fact that they were mentioned in this category means that they did a really great job of embracing the challenge and creating a positive space to get the work done,” she said. One of the main goals that Elechi and Elle are working towards accomplishing during their leadership term is making the university more fair trade friendly. “Part of Chartwells’ contract with the university is that they should be selling more fair trade
“We formed transition teams consisting of the person or people leaving a role, and the person or people coming into that role. We had a transition challenge that ran throughout the entire semester where the teams would have to complete team building tasks every week..”
A light amidst the darkness
The U of R’s Muslim Students’ Association educates students on the life and time of Prophet Muhammad
It’s not often that logic and science are used to explain religion. International guest speaker Abdullah Al Andalusi delivered a lecture on Friday entitled “Message Delivered,” which explained the purpose of Islam, the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, the Qur’an, and applying Islam to life. Those in attendance appreciated what Al Andalusi had to say. “I’ve been studying Islam for eight years, and a friend suggested that I come [to the lecture],” said Brandy Leippi. “I actually quite enjoyed it; it gave me a lot of perspective on things that other friends won’t answer.” Roya Nabi, a member of the Muslim Students’ Association found that the speaker took a different approach to explaining Islam. “I found that he took a very spiritual approach to it,” she said. “I liked that he talked about God and His characteristics rather than Islam, and its applications, because a lot of times the application of Islam is talked about rather than forming that foundation. That’s why I really liked it; he started from the ground up.” Al Andalusi spoke about how events that occurred in the Qu’ran, the sacred word of God to Muslims, can be scientifically proven. In the question and answer news writer Prophet Muhammad treated and interacted with his family to “Revolutionary Justice,” discussing the application of Shariah Law and the economic impacts that this could have on the global issue of wealth. Adopting an Islamic economic model, the speaker suggested, would ensure that 10 per cent of the population would not own 80 to 90 per cent of the world’s wealth. “If people adopted an Islamic economic plan, because Islam is very comprehensive - it’s a way of life - it covers everything from how to sleep to how to run a society,” Essalah said. “[Uneven distribution of wealth] would not be the case if an Islamic economic model was adopted.” Essalah said the purpose of Islam Awareness Week each year is to educate people who are ignorant of the religion. He added that this ignorance is often generated by the media. “Media sensationalizes and generalizes all Muslims,” he said. “That’s what Islam Awareness Week tends to do. We tell people that’s not the case, we show them that’s not the case. You can take it from these people who don’t know what they’re talking about or you can take it from a person who’s been studying it [their] entire life.” The lectures during Islam Awareness Week were recorded and will be available online in the near future at iaw2013.com.
International British speaker Abdullah Al Andalusi engages the audience in a conversation on science and religion period, logic came into play. A member of the audience said that an atheist friend had asked, “If God is all-powerful, can He make a rock that is too large for even Him to lift?” Al Andalusi responded saying that in Islam, Muslims believe there is only one God with unlimited abilities. If He were to create another God with unlimited powers, it would, in turn, limit God’s powers. In some religions, Al Andalusi explained, there are Gods who are defined by what they can do, and one God who leads them. But in Islam, there is only one powerful God. “Message Delivered” was the final lecture in a week-long collaboration between the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University, to raise awareness about Islam. Five lectures were held from Monday to Friday, with each university rotating lecturers. “The theme for this year is called ‘Passion for the said Muslim Messenger,’” Students’ Association president Mhmoud Essalah. “We wanted to defend the name of the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him. In wake of recent events, his name has been thrown around a lot as a result of bad ﬁlms that have been made, etc. I know some people ask who is this guy and why do Muslims like him so much? We wanted to dedicate this week to defending his name.” Lectures during the rest of the week covered topics such as “Family Matters” about how the
the carillon | Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2013
In her shoes
Hijab challenges university women to rethink head covering
Carillon news writer Sophie Long with Mona Aboudheir
news writer [CURRENT AFFAIRS] - There is no article of clothing as disputed across the globe than the hijab. It is an established part of the Islamic faith, but there has been turbulence with its acceptance in the western world. Although society has undergone some major changes in thought, there is still controversy regarding the hijab’s place in western society. In April of 2011, France issued a policy banning the head covering in public, which included a ban on face veils and burqas. Canada opened up a similar and controversial debate, banning women from wearing face veils during citizenship ceremonies. As part of a series of events for Islamic Awareness Week, the Muslim Students’ Association encouraged women to “take the hijab challenge.” On Thursday Jan. 24, women across campus were invited to spend the day wearing the hijab, as a way to experience life from a Muslim woman’s point of view. Mona Aboudheir, a member of the Muslim Students’ Association, explained the significance of the hijab. “The hijab, ﬁrst off, is part of the religion of Islam. It’s the duty of males and females both to be modest. The men and women both have a dress code, and a code of conduct. To wear the hijab is part of that modesty. Also, it’s just one of those guidelines in a religion to be followed,” she said. All Thursday, Muslim women
in the Riddell Centre dressed students in hijabs, one of these students was myself. I had decided a few days before that I would take on the challenge. When I woke up on Thursday morning, my first thought was “today is hijab day.” I had mixed feelings. I was nervous about the way my friends, my classmates, and strangers would react to a white girl walking around wearing a hijab. However, I was excited to spend the day experiencing life from the perspective of a culture I was so curious about. I decided to focus on the positives. I considered the various stereotypes I had heard, and thought about how I might have unconsciously assumed some of those beliefs. Vainly, I found myself wearing a little more make-up than usual, since my face would be the only thing visible. When I arrived at the univeristy, I walked through the Riddell Centre, but I didn’t stop at the table right away. I was nervous. The Muslim girls had always seemed so different from me. They spoke in another language to one another, and they all had different customs. I was afraid to offend them, and even more afraid to make a fool of myself by showing my lack of knowledge. I stopped at my locker and
took a few breaths before I returned to the table. When I ﬁnally got the courage to ask the girls to help me put a hijab on, they were welcoming, warm, and just as excited as I was. As she helped me put on the hijab, Aboudhier explained a little about the challenge. “To give girls the feeling to walk on campus and wear such a distinct piece of clothing, it kind of gives a sense of relation between the Muslim girls on campus, and the rest of the students,” she said. I had imagined that the Muslim girls would have no interest in me, for I was a white girl who had no knowledge about their religion or culture. Instead, I was greeted with warmth. Aboudhier and I posed for a picture together, I took a look at myself, and then I was released from the safe space of the table, and into the rest of the university. As I walked to class, I felt different. Mostly, my head felt much warmer, and I was uncomfortable wearing a hijab so tightly around my chin. Halfway through my class, I began to feel normal again. I had adjusted. However, my comfort was not reﬂected in my peers. While I experienced no prejudice from my classmates, they could not hide their expressions when ﬁrst seeing me. They were
confused with my sudden change in attire. I could not help but notice how many people were accepting, yet nervous, of my head covering throughout the day. I heard things like, “so, why are you wearing that … thing?” and “you’re wearing a ... head scarf today, huh?” It was like the word hijab was a curse word. When one classmate was brave enough to comment, using the correct terminology, the words hung in the air. “Wearing a hijab today, Sophie?” she said. I usually pay no attention to my appearance once I leave the house in the morning, but I was overwhelmed with the feeling of being scrutinized by my peers while wearing the head covering. The day passed as it usually does, and while I had no problem with walking around campus alone, I found myself seeking a partner once or twice. I feared what other Muslim students may say to my wearing the hijab. Were they all as accepting as Aboudheir was? At the end of the day, my personal experiment felt incomplete. I felt as though I had been conducting a false experiment, safe in the walls of the univeristy. If anyone asked why I was wearing a hijab, I could explain that it was a challenge, as part of Islam
“ It is a very personal thing. If you are not ready to wear it, then
you don’t wear the hijab.”
Awareness week. When I got home, my parents reacted as I expected. “Why are you wearing that stupid thing on your head?” one of them asked. I’ve found my generation to be much more accepting of other religions and cultures. It was the only outright ignorance I experienced all day. But, as I took the hijab off at the end of the day, something still felt wrong. I realized that while wearing the hijab showed me a different side of life, it was an incomplete experience. I had worn the hijab to see how it felt, but I had worn it without its religious significance. I had dressed as a Muslim woman for a day, but I had not lived as a Muslim woman for a day. Over the following days, I considered my incomplete experience, and I was drawn back to Aboudheir’s words on Thursday morning. “It is a very personal thing. If you are not ready to wear it, then you don’t wear the hijab,” she said. Despite the social misconceptions that people have about the hijab, I had found that wearing the head covering was a choice. Women are not forced into wearing hijabs, and they do not lose their identity by wearing one. However, I also learnt that to really experience the hijab, it had to have personal signiﬁcance for the one wearing it.
the carillon | Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2013
Buying a better world
Local community members gather to discuss ethical consumption
contributor On Wednesday Jan. 23, the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) kicked off a new discussion series called, “A Gathering of Global Minds.” The series is aimed at opening discussions around global social justice matters, and invites the Regina community to learn about prominent issues. This month, the SCIC hosted a discussion titled “Buying a Better World: Is Ethical Consumerism the Answer?” at the Artful Dodger. The evening began with a panel discussion by three community members who shared their knowledge and experience working in various areas of fair trade: crafts, coffee, and cocoa. The panelists consisted of Alicia Miller, a University of Regina student studying International Studies and the assistant manager of Ten Thousand Villages, Annabel Townsend, an expert in coffee cooperatives, and Nathan Van Betuw, another U of R student studying Industrial Engineering, who recently had the opportunity to visit Ghana and work with cocoa cooperatives. As SCIC’s executive director, Jenn Bergen, suggested at the beginning of the night, “[Fair trade] about ethical consumerism, buy local and support cooperatives. If you care about your carbon footprint, maybe giving up your coffee or chocolate addiction would be a good start? Fair and direct trade is the lesser evil – the ‘feelgood’ evil of capitalism,” Cole said. Although the Gathering of Global Minds discussion only scratched the surface of the ethical consumerism dilemma, participants were happy to know that a space had been created for people to question the extent of a fair trade system, and share their various view points on how consumerism and purchasing power can change the world. SCIC hopes to host more discussion series in the next few months, with upcoming discussion nights delving into topics such as voluntourism and slacktivism. More details about upcoming discussions and events can be found through SCIC’s website at earthbeat.sk.ca
is often touted as the solution to the world’s problems. But, what we want to talk about is how it actually impacts the lives of poor farmers, if there are other ethical options available to consumers who are looking to buy better, or is the notion of buying ourselves a better world misguided, [and] perhaps damaging?” The discussion mainly fo-
Does fair trade provide farmers with fair wages, and healthy working environments? cused on fair trade as an alternative to the ﬂaws of the capitalist system. However, the panelists also shared some criticisms of the fair trade – a system that still operates, exists within, and reacts to the capitalist system. As one attendee pointed out, while Fair Trade is intended to provide a better price than other markets, it does not necessarily
provide a price for a farmer’s decent standard of living, and questioned how agency producers picked their price within the fair trade system. Another attendee, Nathaniel Cole, commented that the discussion was engaging, “although I must say I feel like we only scratched the surface.” “To me, if you really care
#CutForBieber a world of self-cutting in the name of Bieber Online hoax sends young teens into
news writer On Jan. 6, Justin Bieber was photographed smoking weed. While this isn’t exactly the type of news we usually promote at the Carillon, it brought about a shocking and disturbing revelation about internet culture. Following the release of these photographs, a group of internet trolls started a twitter trend urging “Beliebers” to cut themselves until Justin swore off drugs of any kind. More disturbing than the troll itself is that young girls actually took to harming themselves in an effort to help Bieber get sober. The hoax has now been traced back to popular message board, 4chan, and the original post reads: “Tweet a bunch of pics of people cutting themselves and claim we did it because Bieber was smoking weed. See if we can get some little girls to cut themselves.” Unfortunately, posters on 4chan are anonymous, so very little can be done to ﬁnd the people responsible for the hoax. While the twitter trends #cutforbieber, #cutforjustin, and #cuttingforbieber were started as jokes, some fans took the twitter handles seriously, posting pictures of their self-mutilation. One Twitter user, @dutchminati, posted a picture, with a tagline pleading, “Justin please, I beg you, stop smoking weed or i
might actually kill myself.” With the average age of Bieber’s fans being 14, many people – along with the site 4chan – have shrugged this hoax off as being a platform for obsessed “little girls.” However, while kissing a poster of Bieber before bed is one thing, cutting oneself is certainly another. Univeristy of Regina’s Social Studies and Criminology professor, Robert Biezenski, has a theory regarding why this hoax was taken so seriously by some fans. “We build up these people, we put them on a pedestal,” he said. “We create these stars, and basically tell our young people that
Teenage hysteria outside a Justin Bieber concert leaves girls crying
this is who you should try to be. This is the deﬁnition of success in our society. Of course kids go for it, particularly young girls. Realistically, there’s still fewer opportunities to be successful for women.” According to Biezenski, these girls seek the attention of Bieber through cutting. “The mother says to the child ‘If your friend jumped off a cliff, would you jump with him?‘ Well, the answer is yes, a lot of the time,” Biezenski said. “If all my friends are doing this, then yes, I will do it.” The need to identify with others, noted Biezenski, is the reason #cutforbieber became so popular.
Pamela Olson, a child psychologist in Regina, agrees with this idea. “Kids are impressionable. At that age, especially, [they] tend to follow the herd,” she said. “That herd mentality is very important, you have to believe and experience the same things in the same way.” Olson suggests that this fan hysteria is due to the complex hormones of girls in their early teens, and more speciﬁcally, that #cutforbieber continued due to the rush of endorphins released when self-mutilating. “Kids cut for lots of different reasons ... it’s addictive. It releases endorphins, so it’s a powerful re-
sponse that happens. Often there’s a secret attached to it, as well.” Biezenski also agrees that emotions would have played a large role in pushing young people to cut themselves, and that the issue is much more complex than a disturbing hoax. “To me, this connects to a problem in a very different area. The problem of slashing in jails is in epidemic proportions. There are women, in jails, in Canada who have literally cut themselves hundreds and thousands of times. The reason they gave was that the physical pain took away the emotional pain.” While self-mutilation is a very concerning issue that is growing among youth in Canada, what is perhaps most shocking about the #cutforbieber campaign is that teenaged girls felt so devoted to Bieber that cutting themselves made sense. Biezenski explained this bizarre devotion. “They form this one sided relationship where, even though they’ve never met Justin Bieber, they’re in love with him, madly. They’re in love with the celebrity image that’s created by the media. They create virtual relationships and love is powerful.” Regardless of the reasons behind the self-mutilation campaign, the response made it clear that young girls need some more guidance and role models in the celebrity world.
the carillon | Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2013
Mining the Cosmos
A zealous enterprise to mine the solar system
2019: ASpace Odessy would have been a terrible movie
contributor A privately-held American company wants to start mining resources. The site: asteroids in outer space. The more scientists learn about asteroids, the better the chances of preventing an impact that could destroy humanity. But, another reason to study these rocky remnants of the Solar System's creation has begun to emerge: asteroid mining. Last week, the new company Deep Space Industries unveiled its ambitious plan to begin mining asteroids within the next decade. Deep Space is the second major company to enter this industry, following Planetary Resources, which was established last year. Most asteroids in the solar system are in the Asteroid Belt between Jupiter and Mars, but there are many others orbiting outside of this region. These asteroids can be anywhere from a few meters across, to the size of Ceres, the largest asteroid at about 950 km across. As a young planet, the Earth went to the school of hard knocks,
being constantly bombarded with asteroids until the rest of the solar system matured and settled down. For better or for worse, many scientists believe that this turbulent time with the asteroids gave the earth many of the precious materials that it contains today, including water. In addition to water, asteroids are also known to contain iron, nickel, titanium, platinum group metals, and maybe even gold – all precious metals found within the earths surface. Imagine this scenario: A robotic spacecraft ﬂying millions of kilometers above anchors itself to a near-earth asteroid that a space probe has identiﬁed as being suitable for mining. Once anchored, it deploys a large canopy to collect any mined materials that may ﬂy off the asteroid due to the low gravity. Running on solar power, it then begins digging into and raking the surface of the asteroid to extract the valuable materials. It uses a built-in electrolysis machine to separate the water that it collects into hydrogen and oxygen, which is manufactured onsite into rocket fuel. All the other mined materials are secured on the asteroid and fueled up, the ﬂy-
ing factory blasts off, easily escaping the asteroid's low gravity, to its next location. A construction company's cargo craft comes along, loads the material, and transports it to the moon, where it is being used to build a roller coaster for the Solar System's ﬁrst extraterrestrial amusement park. Improbable? For now. Impossible? Never. Proponents of asteroid mining argue that if researchers could get at these materials, then it is possible to make huge advances in space science and engineering. Space colonization may one day become a necessity rather than a fantasy, and asteroid mining could ideally give humanity some key advantages. Due to Earth's high gravity, it is very expensive to transport anything into space. With asteroid mining, the extracted materials could be used for construction in space, saving companies the hassle in trying to launch 2,000pound girders hundreds of kilometers into the atmosphere. Once in space, moving things around could become a lot easier. Materials mined could be used for satellites, more spaceships, or planetary bases. The mining
would also be largely robotic, meaning companies are free to take more risks, and hopefully get things done a bit quicker. Deep Space Industries’ plan includes the use of a few key robots to start out. The ﬁrst is called the Fireﬂy. The company hopes to launch this small 25 kg probe to search for suitable asteroids, followed by the larger Dragonfly, which will bring back 150 kg of asteroid material to Earth. Finally, they plan on actively mining for materials such as metal and water using the Harvestor. While Deep Space predicts many accomplishments from its space mining project, only time will tell if the other major company, Planetary Resources, is being more realistic with their goal of expanding Earth's natural resources into space. In the short-term, Planetary Resources has set out to develop small, inexpensive telescopes that can be sent into space. These telescopes can be used for studying the Earth, communications, and surveying asteroids. Their ﬁrst telescope prototype, Arkyd 100, is currently in production. Whether the two companies may ﬁnd a way to work together,
or create competition between one another in this new industry has the science world captivated, and So, where does intrigued. NASA ﬁt into all of this? the Space Currently, Administration have a space probe en route to study Ceres, and their OSIRIS-Rex mission in 2016 has the objective of bringing back a small material sample from the asteroid 1999 RQ36. While they will certainly play a role in asteroid mining, NASA may take a back seat and allow the private companies to explore the mining options. While asteroid mining is a costly business venture, Planetary Resources and Deep Space are continuing to research proﬁtable strategies for making this zealous enterprise proﬁtable. If they do ﬁnd the equation to proﬁt, asteroid mining may bring advances in general mining techniques, robotics, and engineering. The question that remains to be asked, however, is whether the colonization of space can be a venture that is ethically supported by the general public?
“ The question that remains to be asked,
however, is whether the colonization of space can be a venture that is ethically supported by the general public? ”
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Something doesn’t add up
Advertisements, album covers, movie posters are eye-catching, irrelevant
i’m not angry
arts writer Last issue, we of the Arts & Culture section had an awful lot of fun ﬁnding some of the most headscratching album covers from the annals of music history. What was printed were the covers that infected our souls, curved our spines, and, in all likelihood, would have stopped Canada from winning the war – if Canada were embroiled in one at the time. However, many albums were omitted due to page constraints and our inability to mock them with appropriate glibness. Although this exercise was a fun little jaunt through music’s hallways of horror, it called to mind a bigger question that’s been broiling under the surface of every rational thinking human since the dawn of very early pictograms: what the fuck does this have to do with anything? What, for example, does a naked Jim Post waterboarding a rat on his face under a waterfall have to do with an album called I Love My Life? What does a dude having his codpiece literally buzz sawed in half have to do with fucking like a beast, W.A.S.P.? What does corpse-on-corpse cunnilingus have to do with the music of Drew Struzan. For the uninformed, Drew Struzan is the legendary artist responsible for pretty much every Star Wars poster you could think of. In 2008, Struzan was commissioned to paint the poster for Universal Pictures’ upcoming film Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Struzan gave them a masterpiece. Instead of slapping the Struzan mural on every piece of promotional shit they could, Universal scrapped Struzan’s design, and opted for an Adobe-fueled nightmare, which features the black silhouette of Hellboy pointing at the floating Golden Army logo like it’s the god damned Star of Bethlehem. So, to spare great artists like Drew Struzan from further futility, I’m proposing the immediate start up of an advertising agency that puts out only the most literal advertising possible. All Apple products will feature child labourers on their minimalist hipster packages, Hotwire.com commercials will feature the infuriating 45-minute phone conversation you’ll have while attempting to book a hotel, and all further issues of the Carillon will have a giant middle ﬁnger on every cover. Actually, that last one’s a pretty good idea. But I’m not angry. Honest.
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Cannibal Corpse? Actually, that last one may be a bad example. Music isn’t the only perpetrator of perfectly perplexing photography, either. Films like Antichrist and Superman III, Books like Naked Lunch, and Call of Cthulhu, video games like Haunting Ground and Phalanx, they all have overly ambiguous, irreverent, or downright insultingly bad covers that have nothing to do with the content
Eat this, you vague and nondescript cover
contained within these products. The fact that mindless consumer assholes are being tricked into buying stupid stuff doesn’t bother me. If the average person engaged in that moron practice called “thinking”, they would probably be able to see through a lot of this madcap marketing miscreance. The problem is that ad executives and so-called marketing geniuses get paid thousands of dollars in contracts to decide
on this inane bullshit. In offices all around the world, there are people that inspecting an epic airbrushed masterpiece and a Jackson Pollock-esque case of explosive diarrhea on canvas, and they decide that the latter of the two would best represent their product to the unsuspecting and unscrupulous mass of walking wallets that represent most companies’ “target demographic.” Take, for instance, the case of
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
PS3 Level-5/Studio Ghibli
For anyone who wasn’t able to read my review of the Secret World of Arrietty last year, or for those of you who just plum forgot, I fucking love videogame developer Studio Ghibli. Their animation is unmatched by any studio in North America or otherwise, and their ability to tell engaging stories with interesting characters will always put a Studio Ghibli work up on a pedestal. When it was announced that Studio Ghibli
would be collaborating on a video game to be released exclusively on the Playstation 3, the instances of nerd-boner bludgeonings increased to epidemic levels. Despite online-exclusive collector’s editions and shipping foibles, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is finally here. If I were to sum up the game in one sentence, it would be this: if you do not own a Playstation 3 yet, Ni No Kuni is as good a reason as you’re going to get to purchase one. Ni No Kuni tells the tale of Oliver, a 13-year-old boy who is orphaned when his mother dies while saving him from drowning. While crying tears of unfathomable sadness, Oliver’s doll
comes to life. As it turns out, this doll is really the high lord of fairies by name of Drippy. Drippy informs young Oliver that there’s a chance that his mother can be saved by rescuing her soul mate in an alternate world where magic is the order of the day, and anthropomorphic animals are everywhere. From the opening credits, it’s easy to see the cues that Ni No Kuni has picked up from other RPGs – a dash of Kingdom Hearts, the cell shading of Wind Waker, and a battle system reminiscent of Tales of Vesperia. The game begins in the earthly Motorville and, before long, ships your ass off to Ni No Kuni. From there, you’re treated to a Zelda II top-down
view of a huge map full of enough wandering monsters, side-quests, and hidden treasures to make even the most daring adventurer’s head spin. But where does Studio Ghibli fit into this cacophony of pure awesomeness? Occasionally, the game will be interrupted by cut scenes that have been fully handdrawn by the animators at Studio Ghibli. These cut scenes simultaneously advance the over-arching story and serve to cement Studio Ghibli as an absolutely elite animation studio. Be warned though; Ni No Kuni is a long game. The main story is purported to take roughly thirty hours, and another thirty if you want to ﬁnish the game 100
per cent. Those that tackle it are going to ﬁnd breathtaking visuals, gorgeous music, and a JRPG experience that tries its best to break the genre mold. Whether you’re a fan of Japanese animation and video games or not, you owe it to yourself to play Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. We’re only a month into 2013, but Playstation 3 owners already have a serious contender for game of the year on their hands.
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vides some Stevie Nicks-esque vocals for “Sedan Magic,” albeit to a chorus that feels slightly tacked-on. The guest vocals on “Letter of Intent,” featuring Future Shuttle’s Jessa Farkas and Big Troubles’ Ian Drennan are enjoyable, if perhaps for its unintentional iciness. The Flower Lane really shines, however, in the moments with Mondanile in the foreground, utilizing his collaborators to flesh out instrumentation and mood. The electric piano-accented titular track hits all the right wistful spots. A cover of an obscure Peter Gutteridge (The Clean) track, “Planet Phrom,” is rendered beautifully, polishing off the tretheless. One of the album’s better tracks, “Heavy Moon”, does come within the album’s opening ten minutes, but it’s not until midway through the album that Elephant Stone really picks up. Before the sixth track, “Looking Thru Baby Blue”, Elephant Stone, while still satisfactory, never really has any of those moments that make you nod your head, give you goosebumps, turn up the volume, or scream along like a lunatic in your car. From there, the album is much more grabbing, and it builds until it climaxes with the extended improvised section in the album’s penultimate track, “The Sea of Your Mind”. bly analog quality of the original, and allowing its curious lyrics to sit front and centre. Closer “Academy Avenue” paints a charming picture over lilting strummed acoustic guitar, as remarks, “On Mondanile Academy Avenue/Across the street from your house/A couple strolls hand in hand.” This is an image that sums up The Flower Lane as a whole: purposeful, well executed, and quaintly beautiful.
Ducktails The Flower Lane Domino
The Flower Lane’s thematic and lyrical focus is reﬁned and seems to have moved past the naïve
odes to beachside lethargy that swept through independent music in the recessionary escapism of 2009’s chillwave summer. The album is also, without a doubt, Matt Mondanile’s most collaborative effort to date, and this is a good thing. One point that seemed to go consistently overlooked in the midst of the blogosphere’s collective endless summer was that those records could grow tiringly, even disconcertingly, solipsistic. As if cued to this, The Flower Lane has made a record that revels in the community of his capable friends and collaborators. For example, Madeleine Follin of erstwhile “it” band Cults proshoegaze, power-pop, chillwave, indie rock, etc. This album is Elephant Stone”. And, as pretentious as that may sound, it’s actually semi-accurate. Elephant Stone sounds like an album written without intentions of conforming to a particular genre, drawing on any inﬂuence the band may encounter. At times, the guitar riffs wouldn’t sound out of place on a Neil Young & Crazy Horse song while simultaneously embracing the psychedelia of Dark Side of the Moon style organ and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band sitar. The ﬁrst half of Elephant Stone is pleasant and enjoyable, but it does feel a bit nondescript never-
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The press release that came along with Elephant Stone’s self-titled debut remarks, “This album is not
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from the comfort of your own home
Home recording makes putting out albums more affordable for artists
arts editor Walking into the studio where These Estates recorded their upcoming full-length this past weekend was a somewhat disillusioning experience. Absent from the walls of the studio were the gold records, the photos of famous musicians, even the control room and giant soundboard. This is because the studio the band was recording in wasn’t a recording studio in the traditional sense – it was a nondescript house in south Regina. With the rise of affordable recording gear, many bands are skipping out on the studios and recording in their homes. Stepping in through the front door, microphones are scattered about the room with cables vining about the ﬂoors, and a bag of various bottles lies next to the amps in the corner opposite the drums. “We forgot a cymbal stand. We remembered the booze, but we’ve forgot the cymbal stand three times now,” bassist/baritone guitarist Mason Pitzel tells me. Things seem to be placed haphazardly throughout the top ﬂoor of the south-Regina home, but there is somewhat of a strategy to the set up. “Basically, if I can set it up how I want it to sound, you can work with the bleed,” said Pitzel. Instruments bleeding into any number of the other microphones is something more or less inevitable when makeshift baffles constructed out of pillows and chairs separate the amplifiers in someone’s living room. For as improvised and low-budget as the whole operation is, the results may sound like a bit of an anomaly. The now-defunct Architects and Builders, whom both Pitzel and guitarist John Cameron played in, recorded an EP, Shit Don’t Change Much When You Die, and a full-length, The Joy of Cooking, in the same manner this past summer, with the latter record costing a grand total of $80. Notwithstanding the minimal budget, “That did not sound like an $80 record,” said Cameron. But These Estates are sparing no expense with the upcoming full length, doubling the recording budget of The Joy of Cooking to a staggering $150. If it’s not clear already, one of the biggest attributes of abstaining from the professional studios is cost. “Money is actually a huge part of it, frankly,” said Cameron. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s 90 per cent of it,” added Pitzel. “If we’re not spending money on a studio, we can spend money on pressing or touring. If we just record at my house, we don’t have to drive out to Winnipeg to record.” But, recording this way hasn’t always been possible for bands. Until recently, attaining the calibre of recording equipment for endeavours like this wasn’t something feasible for smaller bands. “If we were making a record in 1999 or 2005, we’d probably just save up and go to a studio, but home prosumer gear has gotten crazy good in the last couple years, and if you have someone in the band with a tiny bit of know-how (I mean I’ve plugged mics into stuff before), it makes a lot of sense,” said Pitzel. Recording at home isn’t something that’s limited to These Estates, with the boom in prosumer recording gear which makes attaining quality equipment to record easier and easier. “Most people I know in Regina who are in bands and have recorded in the last ﬁve years did not do it at any of the major studios in the city; they’ve done it at their bro’s who has a set-up in the basement. Now, those set-ups can be nice and be acoustically treated, but it basically comes down to … a shift in recording in the last decade and a half where
people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to decent recording stuff now do because home recording stuff isn’t a TASCAM four track cassette; it’s a thing that runs eight or sixteen mics into a laptop at pro quality,” said Pitzel. Given their previous experiences with home recording, renting nicer equipment, and little things like recording on the main ﬂoor with higher ceilings as opposed to a basement, These Estates expect further improvements in quality with the upcoming LP. Pitzel said it “will parallel basically anything you get in a low or mid-tier studio. It’s just that you have the convenience of doing it at your house where there are beds.” Being in a familiar space may seem like something to overlook when thinking about recording, but things like beds and ovens play a bigger role in the process than one might originally think. The familiarity of the space enjoins a much more relaxed feeling when recording, which is important, given that recording is stressful. Just being in your own
home helps with the stresses of doing yet another take while the rest of the band glares at you for messing up your part again. Anyway, recording in either your home or one of your friend’s homes really doesn’t have much more of a different feel than going over to hang out or jam. “It’s more relaxed. We have an oven here,” said Pitzel. “It’s your friends coming over to your house.” “It lends recording roughly the same vibe as practice. You’re hanging out, you’re joking, having a good time, and playing some songs,” said Cameron. “Vibe is really important,” drummer Matt Carr added, awakening from his nap on the couch. “It’s in a place that’s largely familiar and comfortable that isn’t a sterile studio somewhere in the midwest,” said Pitzel. “A weird converted warehouse in the middle of New York where there’s a bunch of pictures of the famous people who’ve recorded there hanging on the walls,” added Cameron. Even if you’re not at a studio in a foreign city and you’re
recording somewhere like Soul Sound in Regina, you’re being charged for your time there. Like a taxi, stopping doesn’t mean you’re not being charged. Being at home changes that. “If you’re not having a good day, you can just say, ‘Fuck it. Let’s go eat pizza,’ and that’s not a problem,” said Pitzel. While These Estates rented a large portion of the gear they used to record, home recording is more ideal if the band owns all their gear. This way, artists can work entirely on their own schedule; if they feel like only working for a few hours, they can, or if they want to hammer out the bulk of the album in one session, they can do that too. There’s always a certain amount of scheduling freedom when home recording, but artists who are renting gear “are still limited by the fact that [they] have to get all this shit back by Monday,” said Pitzel.
“ If you’re not having a good day, you can just say, ‘Fuck it. Let’s go
eat pizza,’ and that’s not a problem.”
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All Photos by Paul Bogdan
Can you turn the track up in my monitor, Steve?
You’d think that getting the material recorded would probably be the most important part of the recording process, but equally if not more important than that is mixing the recordings. As well, Pitzel says this is the most difﬁcult aspect of the entire ordeal given that high-quality monitors to play back the recorded tracks are by no means cheap. Problems in the mix can slip through undetected, not out of carelessness or negligence, but because the speakers used in mixing may not be good enough to accurately play back those mistakes. “The weakest link to this day is my mixing set-up, ’cause I would way rather make a record with a Shure SM57 on a broken mixer and then mix it in an immaculate studio where I can hear every detail than rent Neumann mics and move to an actual studio, but mix it in my room on my IKEA desk through headphones because it doesn’t matter how you record it if you don’t know what
it’s going to sound like,” said Pitzel. Even still, there are ways around this. “Play back your masters on multiple sources. If you have a shitty set of headphones, play it in your car, or give it to your friend. If you have any access to a real recording studio to even listen to your track once and take notes, you have that. But, just play back from multiple sources because whatever you have is going to have faults,” said Pitzel. “That what’s been a big improvement for me, learning how to mix and learning what mic techniques and what the space translates to on a record.” Reading up on mic techniques for things like micing drums with only four microphones or what mic works best on particular guitar amps is definitely a way to help you get the best sounds out of your DIY recording projects, but the most effective method of learning is achieved by doing. Sometimes, you’ve got to jump in, fail, and learn what does and doesn’t work.
Evidently, home recording is something that takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to be satisﬁed with the results, but there are some aspects that are incredibly easy – chieﬂy, playing the songs. “The easiest thing is playing. You’re just standing in a room, playing. It feels more low-stakes in this environment, and it’s easier to get a good take out of it,” said Cameron. Because simply playing the songs is the easiest, one of the best ways to be efﬁcient in the process is to hit record and play the songs live, with exceptions for vocals and a few overdubbed tracks. “Because we’re doing it in somebody’s house, it means we have to ﬁnd a way to efﬁciently use our time. The most efficient way happens to be playing live off the floor, which turns out to be the most fun and interesting way to do a record anyways as a rock band. Just get in a room, play together, enjoy yourselves,” said Cameron. “It turns out recording a dozen songs gets really easy when every single take takes you three minutes, so you’re spending fifteen minutes on each song. You spend fifteen to twenty minutes on a song, and you have as good or better a take as if you were all sitting down and individually trying to hammer out your parts.” Not to mention things are just more fun when everyone is playing together, and individually tracking can be a long and drawnout process. “It’s agonizing because you’ll go to a guy’s house, and you’ll watch your drummer do drums for, like, three hours while you sit on your phone, and you get to the mixing stage a month later,” said Cameron.
“There’s nothing less musical than that, honestly,” added Pitzel. “You’ll get people who will come in and do the drums on Saturday and then Tuesday will come in and do guitars, and that’s never made sense to me in the context of a rock band who plays shows. If you play shows, why would you not just perform the songs?”
No one knows a song better than the band who wrote it
Like any collaborative creative effort, writing music in a band requires compromises in order to work with the other members. Adding outside members to the creative process can offer insights those involved may not notice, but it can also convolute the process. “You have to learn how to negotiate with the other people and work together to make the song come out – you act as a group,” said Cameron. “Throwing a producer into the mix adds another aspect, or it can depending on the producer you go with.” Pitzel seems to disagree. “Producers, like capital ‘P’ Producers, are garbage humans. No one knows how a song should sound better than the band who wrote it and performs it.” Regardless, DIY recording lends itself to keeping the creators of songs at the helm of the creative process with minimal outside input. “This way we sit down, we hit record, we play the songs we’ve come to play, and that’s it,” said Cameron. All this isn’t to knock the results you can get from saving up and going into a studio. Obviously, going into a room that was built to capture sound in the
most accurate way possible can make it much easier to get a quality recording than you would in a living room. Being able to “just set up and bang out our tunes” is much more relaxed and preferable to some, but at the same time, “I think everybody in this room acknowledges that it would probably sound much nicer in a venue built speciﬁcally for it with high ceilings and actual baffles that aren’t pillows,” Cameron added. So, what would it take These Estates to go into an actual recording studio? “$10,000 and a trip to Chicago or Montreal,” said Cameron. “It would take a pretty big change in our current circumstances, but at the same time I’m pretty happy with our current circumstances.” “As a wildly unpopular DIY band home recording is by far the best solution,” Pitzel said. “I’d love to record in a studio, but I don’t see the reason for it. There are a lot of things that I’d love to do that I don’t see the reason for, such as having a snowmobile. It’d be dope, but really?” While the band jokes that this is an effort to trick people into thinking that this album will be recorded for more than the cost of buying beer for the friends they’ve borrowed equipment from, recording a decent sounding album for the price of a few cases of beer is something that’s absolutely possible. Turning to his bandmates, Cameron asked, “I think the joke’s on the other guys, because did you buy them beer yet?”
Sports Editor: Autumn McDowell firstname.lastname@example.org the carillon | Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2013
Could the Toronto Maple Leafs actually see playoff action this year?
Pff, Leafs fans.
braden dupuis, kris klein, britton gray, paige kreutzwieser
this week’s roundtable After graduating 20 players, the Regina Rams have received 12 letters of intent from new recruits. However, head coach Frank McCrystal refuses to call it a “rebuilding year”, what do you think next season will be like for the Green and Gold?
After scoring his ﬁrst NHL goal, Edmonton Oilers rookie Nail Yakupov had a rather extended celebration following the gametying goal. Do you think his celebration was too over the top?
these up-and-coming players 2-3 years and the Rams will be tough to beat.
that happened. But people have got to remember that he is a young kid living in the moment. If I scored a goal with 1.4 seconds left to tie it, I would pretty much do every celebration in the book in front of the opposing teams bench thus sparking a bench brawl.
Kreutzwieser: Well, seeing as whenever I went and watched the Rams play they won their games, I think their season next year really depends on whether or not I go and watch. They got it next year; I’m not too worried.
Dupuis: Frank may not want to call it a rebuilding year, but any time you lose 20 vets, one of whom is your all-star starting quarterback, you’re in for a tough season. It’s possible the young blood springs some surprises on the Rams faithful next year, but I’m not putting money on a second consecutive trip to the Hardy.
Gray: Well, I think it will be difﬁcult for them to continue their recent success, especially since there are so many key people leaving the program. If they can focus and get some great play from their new recruits, it is possible for them to continue succeeding. Klein: It is going to be a tough year for the Rams. I don’t care what team you are, if you lose 20 players in the off-season, it is a rebuilding year. However, give
Kreutzwieser: At first I didn’t think much of it. Then, bam, it’s like the hockey world went super xenophobic and brought his Russianness into it. Not cool hockey fans, not cool. I think less than 10 seconds left justiﬁes this, but apparently Canadian and American players are more civilized.
Dupuis: I was watching Sports Centre drunk the night this happened, and I felt like someone was playing a hilarious joke on me. Yakupov’s way-over-the-top celebration, Scrivens pouting and Katie Couric interviewing Manti Te’o made it all feel extremely over-dramatic and tabloidish, almost to the point of parody. Then they announced the newly redubbed New Orleans Pelicans and I quit sports forever.
Although the Saskatchewan Roughriders originally claimed they weren’t interested in signing Geroy Simon, the 37-year old will be suiting up with the Green and White this season. What are your thoughts on the trade? Dupuis: I’ve heard plenty of criticism about the trade, but in the end I’d have to say I disagree. Geroy may be old, but he’s one of the best receivers to ever play in the CFL. At the very least, he’s an upgrade over greasy-hands Getzlaf, and if there’s even the slightest chance he can help the Riders to the Grey Cup at home (and there is), why not bring him in?
Klein: I think it’s a pretty good deal for the Riders. They get depth at the receiver position and a legit playmaker that’s been there before. People may say that he is too old, but look at Ray Lewis and what he is doing right now. And we gave BC nothing in return for him so I say it’s a steal in my book but only time will tell. With the NHL back in action the Toronto Maple Leafs currently hold a 2-2 record, including a win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Could this be the year the Leafs ﬁnally make the playoffs?
Klein: If they play Ben Scrivens, they will win the Stanley Cup, Spangler Cup, the KHL’s Cup, Memorial Cup and Olympic Goal Medal this season.
Klein: I’m pretty sure Don Cherry almost had an aneurysm when
Gray: No, I think the bigger the celly is, the better it is. The man tied the game with 4.7 seconds left and I imagine he was feeling pretty damn good about himself and just couldn’t control himself. Sure, he kind of ditched his team but I think they will forget about that.
Gray: I think the Riders got a hell of a deal, considering they sent barely anything over to the Lions to get him. It will immediately get pressure off of Dressler which means that he should be in for a big season. Can’t wait to see him do a Superman pose in a Rider uniform.
Kreutzwieser: Pretty darn cool if you ask me. Riderville’s got some swag coming our way. I have yet to get myself a real Rider jersey; however, this year I might just splurge on a Superman one.
Kreutzwieser: I may not know a lot about hockey but I know the Leafs suck. My Dad believes their year is 2017, with a 50-year anniversary winning of the cup, so I’ll wait until then to place any bets. Gray: At 2-2, the Leafs are working on a .500 record and that still won’t be enough to get them into the playoffs. Plus, if they do, what happens to all those Leaf jokes that we get to make? It’s a Canadian tradition for the Leafs to miss the playoffs and that can’t stop now.
Dupuis: It pains me to say it, but I have a feeling that this could be the year the Leafs end their sevenyear drought. With the short schedule, it’s not hard to imagine the Leafs sneaking in as the seventh or eighth seed. That being said, the Habs fan in me wants to see them continue to fail miserably for all of eternity, so my ﬁngers are crossed for that.
Dupuis: Football is cool and all, but all the hip cats know Super Bowl XLVII is really all about DC. Beyonce’s “Bootylicious” bod will have the Superdome “Jumpin, Jumpin” like it’s nobody’s business! Oh yeah, and the other two will be there too. Final score: Destiny’s Child 3; planet Earth 0. Kreutzwieser: I would love to see the Ravens win. If you haven’t seen the Ray Lewis SNL skit, go watch it, and if it doesn’t change your mind then you have a cold heart. “Nothing gonna keep Ray Lewis down!” And I have faith in Princess the camel, so I think Ravens will take it 24-21.
The match up has been set for Super Bowl XLVII as the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens. With the big game just 8 days away, who is your pick to win the Super Bowl and what is your score prediction?
Gray: I think that the 49ers are the better team, but the Ravens are more motivated. In the end, Lewis gets his second ring, Flacco becomes elite and John Harbaugh proves the oldest brother knows best. Ravens win 35-28 on a late game pass from Joe Flacco. Klein: Ray Lewis and the Ravens all day just because Lewis will go out on top as a champion.
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contributor Although Saskatchewan typically breeds more sturdy hockey players than long-limbed volleyball giants, it’s no reason why the University of Regina men’s and women’s volleyball teams haven’t been able to perform too successfully this year. With the season more than halfway done, and the women only having three wins – the men only two – both teams were looking to change that last weekend when they travelled to Manitoba to take on the U of M Bisons at the Investors Group Athletic Centre in Winnipeg. But when going into these games with two pretty ugly losing streaks, how do the teams keep up their morale? Head coach for the men’s team, Greg Barthel, said it is hit and miss. “It all depends on our performances and if we perform well and don’t come out with the win we are quite satisfied with how we played,” he said. “If we don’t [perform well] our morale is pretty low.” Both teams are ranked close to the bottom of the pile in the Canada West standings, with a combined total of five wins between the two Cougars teams. For the men, Barthel knows he can’t use excuses for the lack of
The Cougars are stuck at the bottom of the standings
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W’s, but with no ﬁfth-year players on the team this year, and after losing four of them from last year’s squad, it’s been somewhat of a transition year for the men’s team. “Anytime you have guys who are starting for the ﬁrst time and playing a lot more then they had, it’s definitely a learning curve year,” he said. The men have five players who are in their fourth year, the woman’s team has only two. Still, the men haven’t had over a .300 per cent hitting average the
entire season while the women can only boast one .373 percentage against Thompson Rivers back in December. While the team statistics are rather dismal, according to the Canada West individual standings, it seems as though the Cougars athletes aren’t doing too bad. For the men, second-year outside hitter Rhodri Simmonds is ranked second in service aces while second-year right side Andrew Nelson, fourth-year setter Caleb Eschbach, and second-
year left side Jacques Borgeaud are in the top ten for kills, assists and digs respectively. As for the women, secondyear setter Megan Lane has a team high ranking of second for assists, while fourth-year outside hitter Desiree Ates and third-year middle blocker Michelle Sweeting round out the top ten for points. Nevertheless, something still just isn’t clicking for the Cougars on the court. “You don’t want to blame it on injuries, but we’ve had a lot this year to some pretty big con-
tributors,” explains Barthel, of his men’s squad. “We’ve only had our full line for one of our weekends, so that’s kind of disappointing.” But, when you are going up against a team who is stacked with ﬁfth-year veterans who are aiming for a national championship, all you can do is ask the players to go out on the court and be reliable. “We want to go out there and play consistent and play one point at a time … and let the results go how they will,” said Barthel before his teams matched against U of M last weekend. In the end, the men’s and women’s teams each lost to the Bisons this past weekend. Both teams surrendered three straight sets in their two games. The women came close to clinching a couple of sets during the game on Jan. 26, but couldn’t quite pull ahead of the home team. Nelson carried his team with 15 kills and Ates led the ladies with 12 kills, both during the last Saturday’s games. With only two more weekends of action to go, the Cougars are looking to add just a couple more wins at the end of their season. The teams take on the U of S this weekend, with both teams playing at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport on Saturday, Feb 2.
The University of Regina cheer team is at it again
contributor The University of Regina cheerleading team may be used to doing round-offs and high kicks to pump up crowds at the Rams games, but it might be time for their fellow students to shake some pompoms for them. In December, the squad won their third national title in the small co-ed division at the Canadian National University Cheerleading Championship. They were sitting in second after their ﬁrst run, behind provincial rival, the University of Saskatchewan, by ﬁve points. But after their second run they were 19 points ahead and captured ﬁrst place. “It’s something that doesn’t happen very often, coming up from behind,” explained head coach Thomas Rath. “We were able to tighten it up, avoid deductions, and gain some of those extra points back.” The cheerleading program now has three national titles. The team won their ﬁrst national title in 2010 – it was also Rath’s ﬁrst full year as head coach. “Hopefully, we can break the pattern next year and not get second and start a new pattern of win, win, win,” said Rath in regards to the team’s “curse” of placing second in 2009 and 2011. Six members of this year’s crew were part of the 2010 team, Kingdom. “This was an experience I didn’t think we were going to have for a few years within our program,” Rath said. “It’s great that we had the opportunity this year; it is something I would never give up.” Rath and all 27 athletes on the team gained valuable knowledge, which they hope to use in their training for years to come. Although he wants to keep the Canadian style prominent in their choreography, he is open to trying new styles. “We are probably going to come out with a really hybrid style. It will be something fresh and new to the Canadian scene,” he said. The team will get to represent Canada again when they travel to California from Mar. 17-18 for the U.S.A. Collegiate Nationals. The cheerleaders’ next competition is the URCC in Regina on Mar. 2, where they will get their annual chance to represent our school to teams from all across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta. “The URCC is close to everyone’s heart,” Rath said. And in true school spirit fashion, Rath expressed great gratitude to the students and staff of the university for providing them with the support that helped them get where they are today.
along with cheer coach Janessa Rath, but to this date there is no record of anyone having three national titles to their name. “I am hoping to give them that chance [next year],” Rath insisted. So what has led to this success? Two things: commitment and competitiveness. Rath explains that as the program has grown over the years they have increased their practice hours and in return that commitment fuels their competitive na-
If I could back ﬂip, I would show off constantly
ture. “They strive to do better then what they do now, and constantly work hard to get to that final goal,” he said. To top off all their hard work, they were approached to solely represent Canada at the ICU World University Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida. From Jan. 18-20, the squad was able to showcase their Canadian talent to six other na-
tions from all over the world. In their division they placed fourth out of ﬁve teams, barely missing the third spot by 0.9 per cent in scoring. “We came close to beating a couple US teams, which is something we are really proud about,” said Rath. Overall, the U of R athletes were able to come in third out of the six nations behind US and Puerto Rico, and beating out Japan, Mexico and the United
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Down to the wire
The men’s basketball earns a nerve-wracking win
sports editor Up by one with just four seconds left, Cougars fans were on the edge of their seats. That was the story Saturday night as the University of Regina men’s basketball team took on the No. 4 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears for the second night in a row. After coming up short against the Golden Bears just one night before, the Cougars battled hard for a full 40-minutes on Saturday to keep themselves from dropping their fourth straight game, but it wasn’t done without putting the fans on an emotional rollercoaster. “I thought we actually played not too bad on Friday night, but we lost, so it takes the shine off the apple,” said head coach James Hillis after Saturday’s game. “Tonight, they executed the game plan and that was the difference.” And Hillis is right, with just 43 seconds left in regulation, and the game tied at 75 points a piece, Cougars fifth-year forward Paul Gareau was sent to the foul line. The veteran Cougar kept calm under pressure and gave his team a one-point lead with the clock quickly winding down. After getting the ball back due to a travel violation against Alberta, the Cougars were able to work down the clock, but after that was good for us.” Third-year guard Darius Mole can also be credited as a main reason why the Cougars walked away with a victory Saturday, and while he seemed visibly upset with some of the referee’s calls throughout the game, he dropped three clutch three-pointers late in the game to keep the score within reach. “Coaching Darius and having him on the team means that sometimes you are on the emotional rollercoaster, he’s that guy,” Hillis said. “I thought he put a lid on it when he needed to tonight. I was proud of him in that he kept his mind focused on the task at hand at the end of the game and didn’t turn the ball over and knocked down some big shots for us.” With the team morale boosted and just six games remaining in the season, Hillis wants to end the season on a high note. “We have all division opponents and we want to win out,” he said. “At the end of it all, it’s that sometimes you have to focus on process and if we can have that performance every game I think we will have an opportunity to win every one.” The Cougars (6-10) hope to use their momentum against the University of Calgary Dinos (9-7) this weekend in hostile territory.
That’s one hell of a beard
having their final shot blocked, Alberta had a chance for a buzzerbeater to end the game and steal the victory from the home team. With just four seconds left in regulation, and the Cougars up by one, Alberta let one last shot ﬂy but struck iron, thus solidifying the Cougars upset victory and allowing fans to breathe again. “That was our potential tonight. I think we are capable of playing like that and we actually
played a pretty good game on Friday against a very good team – there is a reason they are the number four team in the country,” Hillis said after the win. “But we have had some games early where we weren’t up to potential, but hopefully this is a trend and we can carry this through the regular season.” Although the Cougars fell to the Golden Bears by 14 points on Friday night, Hillis noticed some
key differences in his team’s play, which lead to their sweet victory the following day. “[Friday night] we probably executed the game plan 60-65 per cent of the time, tonight it wasn’t perfect but it was 85-90,” he said. “Tonight was the first time in a number of weeks that we have shot the ball more than our opponent, in the second half we didn’t turn the ball over. Turnovers have been our huge Achilles heel, so
Regina Pats playoff hopes are already in jeopardy
what the puck?
sports editor After bringing Regina WHL playoff action last season for the ﬁrst time in three years, it appears the Regina Pats may be forced to sit this one out. While it may be a little early to speculate about possible regular season exits and extended summers, for the Pats, it’s never too early. Especially this year, for a team that has been plagued with injuries and illnesses all year, fans are already starting to worry – and rightfully so. After enjoying a five-game winning streak that span from Dec. 29-Jan. 6, the Pats have since turned the tables and are currently spinning their tires, trying desperately to get out of a sevengame losing skid. One of the things saving the Pats playoff hopes is that they still have 24 games left to play in the regular season. But, even with plenty of points still up for grabs, the Pats have the disadvantage of being eight points back of the Saskatoon Blades for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Greg Harder, Regina Pats beat writer for the Leader-post, recently pointed out in his article on Jan. 25 that the Pats have the benefit of a “favourable schedule”, they puke, I will proudly sport my Pats gear to school. However, should the Pats have an untimely exit from the regular season, I would hang my head in shame, as that would be a terrible thing. In other Pats news, Feb. 1 has been deemed “yearbook night”, during which the ﬁrst 4,500 fans will receive a free Pats yearbook, a.k.a. every fan in attendance will receive one and they will still have over 1,000 extras. That is all.
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facing either the Moose Jaw Warriors or Brandon Wheat Kings in four of their next 10 games – two teams that Harder boasts are below them in the standings. While this may be true, Harder fails to mention that Moose Jaw is actually tied with the Pats in points and Brandon is just one point back of them both, making these contests much more difficult to win than Harder makes it seem. Although the Pats will have home-ice advantage for seven of their next 10 games, with no swamp donkey to speak of in the
Does anyone ever actually play as the Pats in chell?
Eastern Conference, there will be no easy victories for this up-anddown team. Unfortunately for Pats fans, the immediate future is looking grim for this inconsistent team. To make matters worse, the Pats recently lost their captain, Colton Jobke, to a knee injury, which could place him on the sidelines for the next month. Although the Pats were without Jobke for an extended period of time earlier this season when a skate blade partially cut three tendons in his hand, his veteran presence on the ice cannot be replaced,
and by the time he is ready to suit up again, it may be too late. This situation is all too familiar for Pats fans. With the exception of last year, for three previous years fans were subject to downto-the-wire ﬁnishes only to barely miss the playoffs or be mathematically eliminated with regular season games still remaining in the season, two scenarios this years squad is hoping to avoid. Should the Pats persevere and go on a playoff run that could be described as a modern miracle, only after head coach Pat Conacher skates the boys until
deemed “yearbook night”, during which the first 4,500 fans will receive a free Pats yearbook, a.k.a. every fan in attendance will receive one and they will still have over 1,000 extras.”
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sports writer I like hockey. I’ve been watching it for as long as I can remember, and played competitively until I was out of high school. I also like fantasy. Sometimes I pretend I have a life-threatening disease to solicit donations and sympathy from Christians. Being that I enjoy both of these things, it seems only natural that I would enjoy the combination of the two, which is why when I was asked to join a friend’s fantasy hockey league this year, I jumped at the chance. And with that, the Regina Rockstars were born. Unbeknownst to me, however, I was headed down a path of broken dreams and mental anguish from which there would be no return. Now, being a fantasy hockey virgin, I’ll admit I was a little intimidated in the week leading up to the draft. The league I joined, called The Amazing League of Excellence, consists of 11 experienced and knowledgeable fantasy hockey owners. Having no idea how fantasy hockey works, I was at a clear disadvantage. So I did my homework. I scoured stats sheets and asked for opinions on message boards. I googled ‘How does fantasy hockey work’ and read up on the topic on the all-knowing Wikipedia.
Popping my fantasy hockey cherry
The guy on the right is way too calm to be in a fantasy league Soon enough I had compiled an exhaustive list of desired NHL players, and I was ready to draft. With the third overall selection, the Regina Rockstars chose Steven Stamkos – a bona ﬁde goalscorer certain to notch up the points in a shortened season. Next to join the Rockstars were Scott Hartnell and Jordan Eberle, lending some grit and ﬁnesse to our top line. With my number one unit signed to one-year deals, I was conﬁdent we could compete on a goal-scoring level, but before the ink could even dry I noticed a major ﬂaw in my drafting strategy – nearly all the best goalies were already committed to other teams. In a scramble to make things right, the Rockstars drafted Canucks’ keeper Cory Schneider. It would prove to be our ﬁrst misstep. In his ﬁrst start, Schneider allowed ﬁve goals in less than half a game, putting the Rockstars in a hole that would be too deep to climb out of in week one. After one day, our goals against average (GAA) was an abysmal 11.75. It was not a good start for the Rockstars, and a sign of things to come. But for better or for worse, hope would survive on the strength of a well-balanced squad. Late picks like Boston’s Brad Marchand and New Jersey’s David Clarkson proved fruitful, as both forwards notched a pair of goals for the Rockstars in week one. The power play performances of St. Louis Blue defenceman Alex Pietrangelo and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz helped lock up the power play points (PPP) category as well. For much of week one, the Rockstars rolled along nicely, steadily thumping our opponent, Team Heisenberg, in nearly every
category. Even our goaltending, led now by backup Martin Brodeur, bounced back to provide respectable numbers. But in the final two days, Heisenberg closed the gap until we were dead even. Going into the ﬁnal day of the week, the Rockstars were a sad looking bunch. The news that Hartnell would miss 4-6 weeks with a broken foot seemed to deﬂate the locker room. The fact that restricted free agent primadonna P.K. Subban had yet to sign a new contract, soured things even further. In just the first week of the shortened season, it seemed inevitable that the $50 investment I had made in my team would not be returning to my bank account. I turned to alcohol to curb my deepening depression. I did my damndest to drink away the pain of being the manager of a godawful hockey team. “This is how Brian Burke must feel,” I thought to myself, as I signaled to the bartender for another. It’s been one agonizing week, and the season ahead is sure to be a long one for the hard-luck Rockstars. As I hit the refresh button for the hundredth time only to see my stats remain stagnant and my opponent’s steadily rising, I come to a foregone conclusion. For some people, fantasy hockey is just far too real.
Top ﬁve drugged out athletes
From alcohol to sex, athletes are addicted
Thanks to world-renowned journalist and relentless truth seeker Oprah Winfrey, the world has ﬁnally seen the true face of Lance Armstrong. But, while the – totally shocking – revelations about Armstrong’s drug use are certainly among the most high proﬁle of such scandals, Armstrong is far from the first athlete to get caught with his proverbial (or literal, in the case of Tiger Woods) pants down. Here now is a look at ﬁve athletes who just don’t know when to say no. 5. Jon Montgomery If you’re among those who consider alcohol to be a drug, you’ll have no arguments with this list’s ﬁrst installment. The patriotic Canadian is famous for winning the skeletonracing gold at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, but perhaps even more famous for his victory march though the Olympic Village afterwards, during which he sang O’ Canada at the top of his lungs and chugged beer from a 128oz pitcher – or as we call it here in Canada, Wednesday.
3. Barry Bonds
gold medals and crisp $100 bills. USA! USA!
We can safely assume he’s not on steroids 4. Michael Phelps
In London this past summer, Phelps became the United States’ most decorated Olympic athlete of all time when he won his 22nd Olympic medal. Many people wonder what the 27-year-old’s secret is, but if they had been paying attention they might have got a whiff of it in
2009, when Phelps was famously photographed putting his aqualungs to work on an old fashioned American-made bong. Despite some initial outrage from people with no life experience and too much time, Phelps made amends with his record-setting performance at the London Olympics. He is now retired, and likely spends his days smoking blunts on top of a pile of
Being that Lance Armstrong already did it much better than anyone else possibly could, I told myself I was going to stay away from performance-enhancing drugs when compiling this list. But Barry Bonds is just too ridiculous to leave out. Compare Bonds’ rookie season with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 – when at 185lbs, he resembled an athletic Eddie Murphy – to 2001 when he broke the Major League Baseball home run record. At 228lbs, he looked more like a puffed-out professional wrestler than a Beverly Hills Cop. Some say an asterisk should be placed by Bonds’ record, but being that he’s now probably got the erection capabilities of a soggy throw rug, I’d say karma has done her bit. 2. Tiger Woods According to some of the world’s top psychologists, sex addiction is a real thing and not just a term used by rich perverts to explain away their boners. And, if people can get addicted to sex, it then logically fol-
lows that sex itself is a drug. Seeing as how one good logicjump deserves another, we can now safely assert that Tiger Woods is a raging, ﬁending drugaddict who just can’t say no to the sweet, sweet drug that is every prostitute in the United States of America. 1. Theo Fleury If this is a list of athletic excesses, there is simply no other choice for the top spot than former Calgary Flames forward, Theoren Fleury. During his near two-decade career in the National Hockey League, Fleury tore it up like nobody ever had before, and possibly ever will. The guy would spend all night snorting lines off of strippers’ buttcracks and then go to the rink and score a hat trick. He was in and out of rehab more than the bastard offspring of Robert Downey Jr. and Lindsay Lohan. Unfortunately, Fleury’s epic indulgences were the result of some pretty heavy abuse at the hands of notorious piece-of-shit Graham James, and are nothing to be made light of. If I had to go through what Fleury went through I’d be addicted to drugs too.
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It’s not every day that I am actually happy about something in politics. For the last several years, it’s been clear that many Canadians have been becoming disengaged from politics. The most interesting shift in politics was the sudden and unexpected breakthrough of the NDP during the 2011 election and the collapse of the Liberal Party. The NDP managed this breakthrough because of many things, but in no small part it was due to the inﬂuence of Jack Layton and the fact that the NDP advocated policies that were distinct from the two other tired options of the Conservatives and the Liberals. But once gaining power, the NDP jettisoned many of the things it once advocated for in order to become “more electable.” Just one example is the backpedalling of the NDP on free trade – once a position where they were noticeably different from the other two parties because they were against it on the grounds that it left Canada’s economy based on resource exportation and opened the doors to outsourcing Canadian jobs. But once they were Ofﬁcial Opposition, this position was apparently expendable. This abandonment of former positions to bring a party more in line with the popular position on many things is problematic on many levels, but in short it suggests that Canadians only want to choose between the colour of the ruling party. It also suggests that the things a party advocated for before were wrong. That any party would admit such a thing so quickly after an election, even in a roundabout fashion, demonstrates they never really believed what they told Canadians or they did not do their homework. Evolution of policies because they are proven wrong is one thing; wholesale abandonment of old positions is quite another. I had basically given up on seeing diversity in politics, believing that our federal parties were more interested in pandering and populism than in actually advocating what is needed for Canada. But current Liberal leadership candidate Martha Hall Findlay has started to prove my pessimism unfounded. She is not nervous to take the unpopular positions, because she believes
in what she is saying. She has thought and written extensively on issues facing Canada and I see in her a conviction to convince others of her position rather than capitulate to lowest-common-denominator politics. She has advocated for raising the GST to raise needed revenue for the government. She has in the past supported Stéphane Dion’s “green shift” that was so harshly ridiculed by the Conservatives in 2008. She has unabashedly said she is in favour of big government and big programs, despite the fact that those terms have been so severely maligned in the last 30 years.
She is convinced that she knows what is right, and is principled enough to stand behind what is right even if it isn’t politically popular. She understands her job is to convince Canadians of her vision, not simply parrot the vision of the government in the hopes that people will switch their colours on a whim. And unlike the NDP, I am convinced she would hold true to her principles if elected. While I don’t always agree with her, I respect her immensely for staking out a position and then standing by it. Hall Findlay is not just the best hope for the Liberal Party, but the best hope for Canadian politics to move beyond parti-
san rhetoric and the pursuit of power simply for the sake of power. Hopefully Liberal supporters will see that and make the right choice when they vote in April.
The old adage think before you speak is true, but sometimes thinking after you speak is just as important. We’re lucky to live in a society where free speech is valued, and in this way we are able to discuss things such as gay rights, women’s rights, Idle No More, and the list goes on of issues facing us. In the context of discussions on these topics, everyone is aware that there is homophobes, sexists, and racists out there in the world, here in this university, and especially on the online comments of any CBC article ever written. Nevertheless, I was having a conversation with a friend about the Federal Liberal leadership race, when he quietly said after one of my assertions, “that’s sexist.” I was ﬂoored, there’s no way I’m sexist! At ﬁrst, I assumed that he must have misheard or misunderstood me. So, naturally I believed with the utmost conviction that what I was saying was ﬁne, and when I began to defend myself, I started out with the phrase, “I’m not being sexist, but…” I remember myself making fun of that line hundreds of times, so good one. As most people know, this is the age-old way of saying something inappropriate and justifying it. More or less, I was digging myself into a deeper hole. Thankfully, the conversation moved on but what happened had shocked me, and I truly started analyzing the statement, and it took me until later that night to see what I had said was wrong, and indeed sexist. This could honestly happen to anyone; someone hears something and internalizes it without realizing what he or she is saying is wrong, and it happened to me. I’m not trying to blame it on someone else – it was my mistake, and I’m just glad I learned from it. I realize that when we say something that is pointed out as racist, sexist, or discriminatory we need to calmly hear out why people think what we said is wrong. As a side note and a rare exception, if someone is merely character assassinating you, then pay no heed. Otherwise, it’s important to analyze your allegedly discriminatory statement. The point I’m stressing is that we need to be careful and constantly reassess what we say, because something that seems to be common sense may not be. Also, it’s important if someone does say something wrong, to point it out but to point it out in a proper way. Nobody likes being told they’re wrong, but if it’s done correctly like my friend did, then it shouldn’t cause a problem. I admit, it’s hard to say that I was wrong, but looking back now I feel better that I don’t hold that view any longer, and ultimately I learned from my blunder and walked away a better person. I feel that I gained two perspectives from this experience, ﬁrstly that what I said was wrong, but secondly, that to enjoy a free society today, it is imperative to constantly reassess and be critical of our ways of thinking. This can only led to a more harmonious way of life.
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Not for the job
Margaret Wente, in her old-age fashion of being a douchebag, has written an article denouncing the United States decision to lift the combat ban on women, allowing female soldiers to ﬁght on the front lines of a battle. Her main argument is that anatomically, women are not the same as men. We don’t pee standing up, we have less muscle mass, we “tend to get pregnant”. Really, the article is full of an innumerable amount of stupidities and gender stereotypes, and it’s hard to narrow it down to one overarching piss off. One issue that underlies all of her bullshit assumption is that, much with every other aspect of North American misogyny, women are to blame. For Wente, there’s no way around a woman’s simple biological “incapability” to be as effective in combat as a man. When she does quote the experience of a Marine Captain who changed her mind about wanting to ﬁght in the infantry, she finds it necessary to tell us that the Captain stopped producing estrogen. Because that is the important thing here, the hormones that society uses as gender determiners. As well, she quotes one soldier (from one article by another writer with the same viewpoint Wente herself has) who claims that women are a liability on the battleﬁeld, because men want to be protective of them. “That brother-sister protective thought was always in the back of your mind.” Basically, because men have been hard-wired by a patriarchal society to look after women – who probably wouldn’t work as infantry soldiers if they felt they could not take care of themselves – women are at fault for reduced productivity on the battleﬁeld. She also quotes pregnancy statistics as defence for why women are a liability in battle. The issue, Wente ﬁnds, is that “more so” than men, women sign up for the military for free education and career training, and then when they’ve had that, they get pregnant to leave the military. I am not sure where she is gathering these statistics, but providing she’s correct in her research, and many women in the military are getting pregnant, she’s applying surface blame to the woman herself, and not an entire American culture that is quite Christian and condemns the use of contraceptives. What Wente is doing in citing women’s biological tendencies as the reason why women cannot fight in the front line infantry is the same thing done whenever a rape victim is blamed because they were drunk, or their skirt was too short. It’s a social cop-out. Rather than think critically about why the stigmas against women in the military exist, it’s a continued perpetuation of the stigmas themselves, and by citing women as the issue here, Wente is validating these stigmas. Wente refers to the low number of female infantry soldiers in the Canadian military as evidence that women do not want to be, and therefore should not be permitted on the front lines of battle. What she fails to address is that the low numbers may have less to do with the women themselves, than it does with attitudes like hers, which stigmatize, victimize, and trivialize the roles women have to contribute in the military alongside their fellow person.
Also, our female soldiers aren’t fabulous enough, and all need stiletto army boots ASAP
It’s something simple, but it can make a huge difference. There is growing evidence that having a ‘nature break’ is good for our physical, mental, and social health. Physically, contact with nature improves our immune system function, lowers our blood pressure, and speeds recovery from surgery. And nature is also good for our mental health, helping us cope with stress, improving our mood, and even making us more generous. Perhaps most important for students, time in nature improves our attention and creative problem-solving. Even being able to view vegetation through the windows in our homes and ofﬁces improves children’s school and adults’ work performance (in all of these studies, the effects of nature are contrasted with comparable experiences in urban settings, controlling for things like the amount of exercise participants receive). Although actually being outside is best, even looking at pictures of outdoor scenes can improve our health and cognitive abilities. In the studies mentioned above, ‘contact with nature’ is deﬁned in a variety of ways: looking at nature scenes, having plants in the room, hiking in urban green spaces, spending four days in an Outward Bound trip. In these studies, spending more time and being more engaged with our nature experiences results in larger effects, but even spending 10 minutes looking at pictures has noticeable beneﬁts. So improving our physical and mental health through contact with nature can be very quick and easy compared to strategies like regular exercise, good nutrition, and eight hours of sleep. And, even better, the beneﬁts seem to be lasting. For example, one research team found that improved immune cell function after a walk through a forest was still evident after a week. For some of these studies, the beneﬁts of nature are measured using subjective reports, but there are also a wide range of objective measurements including physiological measures (number and activity of immune cells, blood pressure), standardized cognitive tests, and records such as mortality rates and length of hospital stays. This means that nature contact has real effects on our bodies, and that these effects are noticeable both to ourselves and others. But, despite the fact that we seem to notice these positive effects, we apparently don’t realize that contact with nature causes them. Recently, I asked each of 362 people (182 U of R students and 180 Regina community residents) to list 3 things they could do in the next 6 months to improve their well-being. The results of the survey indicate that most people know that regular exercise and good nutrition are beneﬁcial to our health. But very few mentioned the simplest action – spending time in natural settings. Research hasn’t yet compared the beneﬁts of these different activities for health and well-being, and there is no doubt that practices such as maintaining good nutrition, exercise, and sleep are very good for us. But, for a quick and widely effective pickme-up we can’t do much better than taking a short walk in the park. Or, if it happens to be -30° C when you need restoration, even just looking out the window at the beautiful snow-covered trees can help.
assistant dean, psychology
‘Do you prefer this approach because you’re a woman?’ ‘She writes this way because she’s a woman.’ ‘She can only get away with making these observations because she’s a woman.’ I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard these phrases and others like them spoken in my history classes here at the U of R. I encountered this attitude most recently when a class discussion focused on a historian who used a rape metaphor to describe the consequences of an event, and the professor attributed her use of this metaphor to her ‘feminine sensitivity.’ The author was not talking about sex or even about women at all, but about colonialism and conquest in Canada. Sadly, it did not amaze me that of all the historians we discussed in class that day, this particular one was the only woman, and hers was the only analysis for which a gendered explanation was given by the professor. Both he as well as the more vocal, male class members deemed the metaphor shocking and untouchable by any male historian to precede or to follow her because of the taboo and sensitive nature of the topic of rape. What is so problematic about treating this historian and her metaphor as novel or unique is that it is simply untrue. Rape as a metaphor for colonialism is widely and frequently used, especially in Canada; therefore, this interpretation of the historian’s observation is purely based on gendered assumptions about her feelings and motives as opposed to actual fact. I can only assume this conclusion was wrought from the myth that rape belongs solidly in the female domain, and that this is what lends rape its taboo and untouchable qualities. The distinctly masculine issues of colonialism and conquest themselves, on the other hand – those penis-waving, “my empire is bigger than your empire” pissing contests
His and herstory
that involved the enslavement and subjugation of entire peoples largely on the basis of white Christian supremacy – clearly have nothing taboo or sensitive about them. Situated safely in the male domain, these are mainstream issues that can be discussed freely and openly by historians of any gender, colour, or creed. But like vaginal secretions and menopause, rape is an issue shrouded in feminine mystery, and men would apparently like to keep it that way. Gender is at work in everything around us all the time, but to look for and teach gendered readings in the work of female or otherwise non-male academics, authors, musicians, artists, or what have you, without applying the same gendered analysis to that of males is perhaps worse than ignoring gender altogether. Such a practice reinforces the fallacy that female/non-male experiences are gendered, while male experiences are not. This perpetuates the widespread discourse that designates female, queer, and trans realities as ‘other’ and situates the supposedly singular male reality ﬁrmly in the mainstream. As a woman with academic aspirations, I find it inexcusable that women’s work and experiences are perceived as inherently inﬂuenced by our second X chromosome, while men’s observations are apparently derived from some exquisitely unbiased and rational realm of objectivity. This is the kind of inane, ignorant, patriarchal nonsense I’ve come to expect from many of my uninformed peers, but from the professors responsible for guiding us in our education and teaching us to think critically, open-mindedly, and inclusively, I have to say I expected more. And no, I’m not just PMS-ing right now.
An open letter from Tom Chase
It has been brought to my attention that combining faculties and departments, as innovative and groundbreaking as it is (please save your applause until the end), is not enough to drag this university out from the ﬁnancial pitfalls it ﬁnds itself in. So, come the 2013-2014 year, the University of Regina will not only begin combining the academic portions of the institution; the University of Regina will begin combining its athletic programs not only to ﬁnd ﬁnancial efficiencies, though it will (once again, please hold your applause until the end. You’re all too kind), but this will also make the University of Regina a far more prestigious school. This decision stems from the idea of amalgamating the academic areas of the university. Science and Engineering? All numbers, formulas, and other BS of that nature; same shit. Applied Health and Human Sciences? All deal with people and bodies or something; same shit. Arts and Fine Arts? All not getting jobs; same shit. As you can expect, many people denounced this with ludicrous cries of, “But-but-but History and Philosophy aren’t the same thing!” Yeah, they are; they’re both dumb. Anyways, this lead to my thinking, why does amalgamation have to stop at the academic side of the university? And then it dawned on me that it doesn’t (oh, hell, you can clap now). Athletics all involve physical exertion, so really how different could they be? Some of these possible combinations include: - Curling and hockey (both ice sports) - Wrestling/track & ﬁeld/cross country (FULL CONTACT RACING. FUCK YEAH.) - Volleyball and swimming (boom, water polo team) - Football and basketball (both sports that use balls; same shit) - Combine all the mens’ sports teams (all the players have balls; same shit) The greatest part about this is the prestige this will bring to the University of Regina. No other school in the country is even remotely as innovative as us. Moreover, think of all the trophies we’d win in all of the made-up events wherein we’re the only competitors. Just imagine: 2013/14 CIS Champions in Footsketball (smd, Laval).
the carillon | Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2013
Amalgamation & innnovation
Oh, but don’t think amalgamating VicePresident positions would EVER EVER EVER work. It deﬁnitely wouldn’t. Nope. Nopenopenope. Don’t even go there. We all have very important and very distinct jobs. Don’t even think about it. Regards, Thomas “Tom Foolery” Chase Provost & Vice-President (Academic) Inay ouryay ollmentenray Iay eesay opeshay anday eamsdray P.S. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.
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