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MARCH 9, 2009
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Play commissioned for graduating class
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The Theatre Department’s Hamlet or Lear, where the
graduating acting class received director knows the story you
a rare educational opportunity are going to tell and how
when the play Radiant Boy was everyone is going to work
commissioned for them. together.”
The department has a Over the last two years,
long-standing commitment to Macdonald was able to craft
developing new work through a piece that challenged each
script development and various actor’s individual abilities.
faculty research projects; how- Lead actor Kyle Markewich,
ever, this is the first time it has for example, plays the charac-
commissioned a play. ter of Geoffrey, who ages from
The creator, Daniel a child to an adult on stage.
Macdonald, is an award-win- The other three actors –
ning playwright and English Kaitlyn Semple, Judy Wensel
teacher at Miller Comprehen- and Kate Herriot – play the
sive High School. For Wes remaining 20 characters in the
Pearce, head of the Theatre story.
Department, Macdonald’s Theatre Department actors (L to R) Kaitlyn Semple, Kate Herriot, Kyle Markewich and Judy “It gives them a chance to
background was invaluable Wensel rehearse a scene from Radiant Boy, a new play by local playwright Daniel change characters very quickly
because it contributed to the Macdonald, which runs Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14. and still make it truthful, hon-
play’s success in engaging stu- est and convincing as an acting
dents and reflecting what the simply try something new. “There is no established way. through the dark together. No exercise, and we haven’t done a
department wanted to do “Even the rehearsal process As an actor you have to one has a preconceived notion lot of that,” said Pearce. “We’ve
pedagogically. It also pre- is a bit different because there become much more giving of how this should be, which is had good character-driven
sented the opportunity to is no precedent,” says Pearce. because you are all stumbling much different than doing – continued on page 2

INVITATION India strives for
profitable farming
Your voice is important as
the University of Regina's
new strategic plan is
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University. Please join
Last summer Bhabani “It is quite distressing that
President Vianne Timmons Panigrahy was one of the first the farmers feel (they are) at the
and members of the U of R students to benefit lowest rung in the social hierar-
facilitation team for open from the Canadian Interna- chy. It will be an important task
consultations as part of the
University of Regina’s
tional Development Agency’s to bring back the glory and self-
Strategic Planning initiative.
(CIDA) Students for Devel- respect of the farming commu-
opment program, which pairs nity. There are no policy tools
Open Consultation with Canadian university students that can achieve this directly.
the General Community:
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
with partners in developing However, putting the agricul-
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
countries for the purpose of ture sector on a better path and
Main Floor Lecture Hall building governance capacity. resurrecting its importance Engineering graduate student Bhabani Panigrahy went to
Research and Innovation Through the program, across the sectors will go a long Orissa, India last summer as part of the Canadian
Centre (next to Lab Building) Panigrahy – an engineering way in making farming a International Development Agency’s (CIDA) Students for
Open Consultation with graduate student – returned to respectable profession.” Development program.
the University Community: his birthplace of Orissa, India During his month-long
Monday, March 23, 2009 to learn more about the plight trip Panigrahy networked with ment and non-government in Orissa’s farming sector are
12 Noon to 1:15 p.m.
Administration-Humanities Pit
of its farmers. professionals at the Orissa agencies, financial institutions, complex. Youth are leaving the
“Considering that nearly University of Agriculture and industry and farmers. farms for technology jobs in
To find out more, and 70 per cent of India still lives Technology (OUAT), the “There are numerous stud- the cities and many of the
to complete a Strategic in villages, agricultural growth Central Institute of Plastics ies and proposed models for remaining farmers subsist by
Planning survey, please visit
will continue to be the engine Engineering and Technology agricultural development, but working very small plots of
of broad-based economic (CIPET) and the Agriculture I visited farmers and entrepre- land with outdated technology.
growth and development as Promotion and Investment neurs with value-added agri- One of the many places
well as natural resource conser- Corporation of Orissa Ltd. cultural interests to determine Panigrahy visited was a small-
vation, leave alone food secu- (India). their needs and perspectives.” scale perfume-making opera-
rity and poverty alleviation,” He also met with represen- He discovered that the tion in the village of
says Panigrahy. tatives from various govern- issues surrounding the decline – continued on page 2
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– from page 1 India

Berhampur. The traditional

methods the company uses to
make its products require it to
spend approximately $200 to
produce $250 worth of

Jordan McFarlen
“This is simply not practi-

Student athlete
cal for the industry or its

Men’s basketball team
workers,” says Panigrahy. “If
the industry could afford to
implement current cooling
technology, a substantial
As a fourth-year member of the University of Regina increase in production would
men’s basketball team and a student in the Faculty of result as the labourers could
Education, I have been fortunate enough to experience spend more time on other pro-
many of the wonders that are involved with participating cessing steps. As this new tech-
in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The experience nology will be expensive, the
has allowed me to see first hand the many positive things industry requires some assis-
that sport can bring to a university campus and local tance in the form of loans or
community. development aid.”
After playing basketball competitively in high school, The Orissa government is
I was recruited to play for the U of R Cougars. This helping the agriculture sector
meant the opportunity to continue playing the sport that by implementing new policies
I love at a high level while working toward a degree. to promote commercial agri-
Growing up I always viewed the U of R athletes as role culture, the agro-industry and
models and now I have the opportunity to fill that same the food processing industry,
role for others. says Panigrahy. Some of the
For those who are not familiar with the CIS, it is the incentives it is providing
athletic association under which all Canadian university include capital investment
athletic teams participate. The CIS is split into four subsidies and sales tax exemp-
regions: Canada West, Ontario, Quebec, and the tions. Money is also being
Atlantic. This allows student-athletes from across the spent to develop organic
country to compete in the best athletic facilities our farming.
nation has to offer while studying at the finest academic Panigrahy hopes that
Small-scale operations such as this perfume-making
institutions. Orissa can work with
Participation in the CIS is a privilege for student- Saskatchewan to transfer tech- company are one of the ways people in the village of
athletes. They embody the values of the university and nologies, create collaborations Berhampur, India make a living. Top: Separating liquid from
realize their role as ambassadors of the school when com- and build new industries in kewda flowers. Bottom: Attaching the top of a perfume pot
peting across the country and interacting in the commu- India. to its base using low-tech methods.
nity. Participation also means being respectful and hard
working, as well as understanding the importance of
– from page 1 Play
balancing education and sport.
Commissioning a new Macdonald’s flexibility in
Most importantly the CIS is about community.
plays where they’ve had great play also provided the advan- writing the play added to stu-
In the community athletes are positive role models to
story arcs and characters have tage of having the playwright dents’ learning experience.
the youth who look up to them. Athletes and coaches
grown. But, multiple charac- work with the actors, offering “I think everyone feels
often visit local schools to promote physical activity and
ters in an ensemble is some- commentary and the flexibility quite valued and impressed
healthy living. Personally, I find the school visits are very
thing a lot of playwrights do to change a scene if it wasn’t that Daniel is willing to take
enjoyable. Recently I was able to spend some time with a
these days, so it’s important to working well. those ideas and see how they
local elementary school basketball player who has cerebral
be able to do that as well – to “Being apart of this work- work and where they go,” said
palsy. After giving him some advice on improving his
be able to change character shop process is the best thing Pearce. “That takes a certain
jump shot, we talked about teamwork and its importance
mid-stream, mid-sentence and that has come out of fourth openness because you are not
not only in sport but in life. Interactions such as this play
become another character year so far,” said Markewich. really working alone. Play-
a powerful role in the CIS experience.
completely.” “It is very different from the wrights tend to work alone a
Participation in the CIS is also about competing in
Actor Judy Wensel has normal rehearsal process lot, and showing work is hard
front of family, friends, fellow students, staff, and mem-
appreciated the challenge of because the writer is in the when it’s not finished and you
bers of the local community. The sport allows for people
multiple roles. room, and especially with know it’s not where it should
to get together and support athletes who are playing for
“We first met these charac- Dan, you are able to discuss be. So, to be able to take that
the love of the game and not for monetary gains. Games
ters nearly a year ago – at our and talk about the reasoning feedback and make something
and competitions become community events where all
first table read,” explained behind the writing. Sometimes with it is a really great oppor-
fans come together in support of their local team, school,
Wensel. “So, we have had the in that process Dan and the tunity for students – not only
and city.
opportunity to witness their rest of us will begin to see to see that their ideas some-
The CIS experience is one that I enjoy immensely.
development as Dan has writ- things that will not work out, times get incorporated but
It has allowed me to travel to many different parts of our
ten them over the last several and so he will go away and also that openness as an artist
country and to connect with some extraordinary people.
months. In a way it’s like we’ve change them. I am glad to is really important.”
Sport is just one aspect of the university experience but a
been with these characters have been a part of it, as it is Radiant Boy opens on
very enjoyable and exciting aspect for many.
their entire lives. There are something to the left of what I Wednesday, March 11 and
Writ Large is written by campus leaders and is intended to challenge readers to engage layers built into our characters, will encounter in a typical plays until Saturday, March
with and learn about the various ‘parts’ that make up the wider University of Regina because we have known so rehearsal situation, and being 14. All performances start at
community and connect us to the world. If you have a topic suggestion for Writ Large,
please e-mail Uof and include your contact information. Please
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put “U of R Report” in the e-mail subject line. them through each draft of the and new is wonderful in my Theatre in the Riddell
play.” final year.” Centre.

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Comics worthy of

academic attention
Visual Arts professor Gail the visual culture of Asia.
Chin and French professor She felt that not including
Sylvain Rheault have organized them in her Asian art history
the city’s first academic confer- course would mean neglecting
ence about comics to show a prominent part of its history.
how these works have evolved “In Japan, the comic was
far past the peanut butter- never just a child’s art in the
covered books most adults way it was in North America
remember loving as children. and Europe,” explained Chin.
The shift in the perception “The word ‘manga’ dates back
of comics started in the 1980s to the 19th century. An artist
with work such as Art named Hoausai coined the
Spiegelman’s Maus, a comic term. It means comical pic-
that told the story of the tures. Comics in Asia weren’t
author’s parents surviving the originally for children.
Holocaust. It received an exhi- Hoausai’s comical drawings (L to R) Comic conference organizers Sylvain Rheault and Gail Chin peek out from behind
bition at the Museum of were meant for adults.” some of their favourite comic books.
Modern Art in New York and “Any foreigner who goes
a Pulitzer Prize in 1982. to Japan knows that on all the people’s everyday lives. One The inspiration to hold an we are copying. Without their
“That was a revelation – subways what the salaryman of her favourites is a Japanese academic conference about exploration, the conference we
that comics had the same and the middle-aged house- series called OL or Office comics came from Harry Potter are doing now would not be.”
worth as a literary book,” said wives are reading are generally Lady. and the Meeting of the Queen The Conference on
Rheault, who teaches a course comics. Even if it’s a housewife “They are done with City Muggles, a one-day confer- Comics will be held May 2 and
about comics in the French kind of magazine, with recipes women in mind,” explains ence held last May. is sponsored by the Faculty of
Department. “Literature can and things like that, there is Chin. “For example, a lot of “We owe a big debt to Arts and the Faculty of Fine
tell you a lot about the culture usually a comic section.” them are romances versus vio- [English professors] Susan Arts, in association with the
of the people and even more so One thing Chin likes lence. And I’m interested in Johnston and Marcel DeCoste Humanities Research Institute
with comics because it’s not about comics is the diversity them because they tell you so because they organized it and and the Centre for Continuing
only the content that is con- of the subject matter. While much about Japanese women. they were really pioneers in Education.
nected but also the visual there are comics about super- So that’s what I try to collect what they do,” said Rheault. For more information,
aspect of art.” heroes, there are many more whenever I go to Japan. I try “They wanted to bring together contact Gail Chin by telephone
Chin agrees and sees about social problems, the to get them from the train the general public with the aca- at (306) 585-5515 or email at
comics as an integral part of political underground and kiosk.” demics and that is the formula

Employees encouraged to
take online privacy course
University employees are tions – the people involved lation may be overly restric-
encouraged to take a free are bumping up against the tive or be uneasy about what
online course offered by provisions of the Province’s to do when a situation arises
Saskatchewan Justice to famil- Local Authority Freedom of that requires releasing per-
iarize themselves with the Information and Protection of sonal information. For this
Province’s privacy legislation. Privacy Act. In each case reason she welcomes the news
There are a number of information that is considered that Saskatchewan Justice has
scenarios where this kind of personal under the legislation started offering this free
training can be useful. Is it is being shared publicly, online course for employees
alright, for example, for a pro- explains Annette Revet, who need to know more
fessor to ask students inter- University Secretary and the about how to comply with
ested in participating in a person designated by the the law or who need a quick
project to add their name, University’s Board of refresher.
U of R student number and Governors to administer the The course is broken into University Secretary Annette Revet serves as a resource
phone number to a sign-up legislation on campus. modules and explains differ- for empoyees with questions about privacy issues and
sheet that, for the sake of con- “In the example of the ent aspects of the legislation. requests for information.
venience, the professor has concerned parent, an This gives users the option of
posted on his or her office employee could be stepping stopping at any time and every question people have, bottom of the web page
door? over the line even by confirm- resuming the course again Revet adds.
What does a staff member ing that a student is attending later. Revet estimates that it “If responding to a privacyLAC. Links to the
do in a situation where a par- the university,” Revet states. takes about 90 minutes to request for information that Local Authority Freedom on
ent, concerned about how “If that seems a bit extreme, complete the entire course. doesn’t feel right, or you’re Information and Protection of
their son or daughter is doing it may be, but that’s why it is Employees can also pro- unsure of, trust your instincts Privacy Act and the University
at university, phones the important to understand the vide their feedback on an and give me a call,” Revet of Regina’s information and
Registrar’s Office or the law. We are so diverse,” she assessment page, and then advises. “I will allay your privacy policy are available
administration, asking for observes. “We have personal print it as a record of having fears, and we’ll look further through the University
information? information on two-year-olds completed the course. As an into the request. The Secretariat website at:
Should a faculty member in day care to elderly clients incentive, every employee University has a good rela-
request a student file to help attending the Schwann who completes the course tionship with the Office of /privacy.shtml
them prepare a letter of refer- Centre. We’re not like a K-to- by March 31 can have their the Privacy Commissioner, If you have any questions
ence for that student who is 12 school.” name entered to win a U of R so we can go there for more about the course or the
applying to grad school? Revet is concerned that gift basket of prizes. advice.” University’s information and
In all three examples – employees who are not famil- Because the course is an The online course can be protection of privacy policy
even with the best of inten- iar with the limits in the legis- overview it may not answer accessed by scrolling to the contact Revet at 585-5545.
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Budget challenge softened by prudent decisions

The University is benefit- The University’s invest-
ing from prudent decisions ment in energy-saving
made over the last few years, improvements in both its
as it prepares a new budget to infrastructure and its opera-
address significant funding tions has also meant estimated
challenges in the coming year. savings of $500,000 to
Conservative budgeting $750,000 this year, Button
practices in the past shielded noted. As well, a joint project
the University to some degree with the Students’ Union to
from serious short-term conse- purchase a new burner tip for
quences due to the collapse of the University’s main boiler is
the markets, according to Dave expected to result in savings of
Button, vice-president approximately $35,000 next
(administration). year.
The U of R does not Also, in preparing this
depend on endowments and year’s budget, the University
general investments to fund took a new approach. Instead
the operating budget as heavily of budget managers simply
as some universities, notes presenting to the central
Button. As a result, the market budget committee, they now Conservative budgeting practices have helped shield the University’s scholarships and
collapse will only affect that present to a functional group- bursaries from the recent collapse of the market this year.
source of funding to the oper- ing of their peers in each of
ating budget by approximately the areas of academic, adminis- ask the provincial government that go into calculating the additional increase of 4.8 per
$125,000. tration, research and external this year for a 10.2 per cent need, we are only asking for cent in the base operating
“We have an aversion to relations. The functional ($8.01 million) increase to the the amount of money required grant to allow for a managed
taking ‘soft money’ to fund groupings rank and prioritize operating grant. It is also to remain a quality institution tuition increase, which would
ongoing expenses,” said the needs of their units and asking for one per cent and competitive with our be equal to the provincial rate
Button. “That prudent budget then report those conclusions ($788,000) over and above peers, without significantly of consumer price inflation
practice of the past has paid to the budget committee. this amount for special initia- increasing tuition fees,” plus two percentage points.
dividends during this eco- “I think people see (the tives related to recruitment Button said. According to Button, this
nomic downturn. While some change in process) as a more and retention, as well as one One of the most signifi- keeps the combined tuition
other universities have signifi- comprehensive and better way per cent for advancement ini- cant challenges the University and fee costs for University of
cant base budget money com- to engage and get the right pri- tiatives in marketing, commu- faces is a 15 per cent decline in Regina students among the
ing from that source, we don’t, orities determined by the right nications and fundraising. tuition revenue – $6 million – lowest in the country.
so we are protected that way.” people – by the people most The total operating grant over the last four years due to Some key challenges the
The University also braced knowledgeable in the area,” request is for $89.27 million, declining enrolment. While it budget must address are
itself for bad years by only said Button. “Who better than an increase of 12.2 per cent will make every attempt to sta- increased salary costs, general
spending five per cent of the academic experts around over last year. bilize the enrolment declines, inflation, and the devalued
endowments per year on schol- this University to rate and “When we add up all the prudent management requires Canadian dollar, which has
arships and bursaries. In years review academic priorities?” components of running a it to budget for a 1.5 per cent weakened the University’s buy-
when those investments yielded However, despite prudent University layered on top of decline for 2009-10. ing power for things such as
returns in excess of five per budgeting, to remain a com- the current fiscal environment As part of its overall sub- library acquisitions.
cent, the money was reinvested petitive institution, the and all of the different assump- mission to the government, the
to grow the endowment. University will still need to tions and input measurements University is recommending an

Quality facilities for
students remain a priority
Deferred maintenance, 0.86 percent of replacement work and study. It’s also an
along with new projects that value, says Button. important recruitment tool.
support learning and teaching, To remain prudent, It’s a proven fact that student
are at the top of the needs list despite not receiving the fund- recruitment and retention are
contained in the University’s ing from government, the directly related to the quality
capital funding request to the University has chosen to bor- of the facilities and services
provincial government. row money to maintain its and so we must continue to
There is a significant ongo- facilities, resulting in $9.4 mil- invest in our facilities to keep The University strives to meet a high standard with both
ing shortfall in the sustaining lion in capital debt which is them at their high level.” the services and facilities it provides in order to attract
capital funding level, according paid from its annual sustaining The University has also and retain students.
to Dave Button, vice-president capital grant. identified $10 million worth
(administration). The University is asking of shovel-ready projects it The Mâmawihitowikamik: and groups, and a modern
Nearly 10 years ago the the Province to increase its sus- could proceed with in response Assembly Hall and Student conference centre.
Province commissioned a taining capital grant to $16.9 to an immediate stimulus Learning Commons would The proposed professional
study by Edward DesRosiers million from the approximately package from the government consist of a 140,000-square- programs complex would be
which recommended that uni- $7.02 million it currently including building system foot addition to the south side comprised of a four-storey,
versities should spend “at the receives, to bring funding up to upgrades to College West and of the Dr. John Archer 120,000-square-foot addition
lowest level of prudence” at the nationally recommended the Lab Building. Library building. The design to the Education Building and
least 1.3 per cent of a facility’s 1.3 per cent ($1.3 billion) of The University would also would reflect the values and would provide additional
replacement value on building replacement value. like to see movement on two culture of Aboriginal commu- space for programs in the
maintenance. As the cost of “Our facilities are in better key capital projects that sup- nities as well as consolidate faculties of Business Admin-
maintenance has become shape than most other (univer- port the learning and teaching student services on campus. istration, Education, Fine
inflated over the years, the sities) but we can’t get compla- mission: a student learning The upper floors would pro- Arts, Engineering, Social
provincial government’s fund- cent,” Button says. “Maintaining commons ($70 million) and a vide more space for library Work and the Johnson-
ing commitment has now good standards are critical to professional programs complex resources, work and colla- Shoyama Graduate School
decreased to approximately create a quality place to live, ($52 million). boration areas for individuals of Public Policy (JSGSPP).