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In the late 1950s, the University of Regina planned the con-
struction of several new buildings on the campus grounds.
One of these proposed buildings was a bell tower on the aca-
demic 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.
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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.
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arts & culture
Elections for the 2011-12 students’ union have
already begun, and voting will begin on March
16. URSU has the candidates list online, but
keep yourself posted by following
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Newspaper on Facebook, and visiting for briefs and updates.
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candidates yourself, and find out how they’ll
make your vote worthwhile.
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As the school year is approaching its
end so too are URSU’s student repre-
sentative’s terms, which brings us to
elections. Most students may have al-
ready noticed campaign posters plas-
tered throughout the school, tables in
the Riddell Centre, and presentations
taking place in classrooms. As a pre-
view for the week leading up to the
March 16 and 17 vote, we have con-
ducted a Q & Awith the URSU presi-
dent candidates to let you get to know
them better.
The Carillon: Who is (candidate)?
Kent Peterson: I am a fourth-year
business student here at the University
of Regina. I’ve been involved in cam-
pus life ever since I got to university.
I’ve been elected to the board of direc-
tors at the Carillon; I served two terms
on the board. I’ve also written for the
Carillon and was hired as a business
manager. Doing that job you meet a lot
of different people and do a lot of dif-
ferent things. It’s all created a sense of
pride for me in the University of
Regina campus.
Reid Hill: Well, he’s a fourth-year his-
tory major with a political science mi-
nor. He’s been under three presidents
here: Mike Burton, [Jessica Sinclair],
and Kyle Addison. He’s seen it all, he’s
done it all, and he’s been active in arts
for a long time helping out with the
arts society and so on whenever he
Kyle Addison: Kyle Addison is a
fourth-year business student at the
University of Regina. He is the cur-
rent president of the University of
Regina students’ union, serving his
second term and looking forward to at
least attempting going on to a third
TC: What do you think students want
from their students’ union?
KP: Students want a union that advo-
cates for them. Last year tuition went
up five per cent and the year before it
went up three per cent. Students want
a union that will advocate for a tuition
freeze. The financial barrier is going
up and that adversity affects all peo-
ple; it certainly affects women, First
Nations people, and low income fam-
ilies more than anyone else. I don’t
want to see those people have to drop
out of school or not be allowed to
come here in the first place. We have a
housing crisis in the city of Regina and
the students’ union has a central role
to play in that. It can lobby the univer-
sity and the provincial government to
fund affordable housing projects on
RH: A big one is better communica-
tions, that’s what I think students re-
ally want. They want to know what’s
going on, they don’t want to be left in
the dark or left to last minute on
what’s going on; they want to see it on
a wall. When a referendum or any-
thing is happening they want to know
it right then and there and ask these
questions: Why is this happening
now? What is this? Who are the play-
KA: Well, there are three issues con-
cerning students right now. Those is-
sues are affordable tuition rates,
increased sponsorship and
[President’s Advisory Committee]
funding, along with that decreased
student fees which tie into affordable
tuition, and better parking services.
TC: What are you going to do if
KP: Currently URSU executives get
discounts at the Owl. We all, as stu-
dents, own that bar and grill and there-
fore we are the ones paying for their
lunches. I don’t think that’s appropri-
ate, fair, or responsible. If the Voice of
Students team is elected we will elim-
inate those Owl discounts. Currently
URSU executives get two free classes
each and every semester. If we are
elected we will cut in half the number
of free classes we can get, and then
probably reduce it to zero once we
know where we would allot that
RH: I want to see if I can lower tu-
ition, or at minimum if I can freeze it.
I want to see that the website and all
the communication is upgraded and
fixed. I want to bring in a U-Pass. We
tried to bring in a U-Pass [two years
ago]; it was put down but I want to see
a U-Pass that has more options for stu-
dents; opt-in, opt-out. Give the stu-
dents a choice instead of making it
mandatory. The students need a
KA: With affordable tuition what
we’re trying to do and what were go-
ing to do is lobby the provincial gov-
ernment on a tuition freeze. We’ll be
issuing them a document stating why
a tuition freeze benefits students and
how it helps them sustain a positive
educational experience. If that’s not
highly perceived by the government
we’re going to be moving to what we
call plan B and that’s a tuition manage-
ment strategy which is a strategy that
would place a cap on tuition increase
rates annually to hopefully two per
cent. We’re going to increase PAC
funding to all the student societies and
increase sponsorship funding for clubs
and whatnot simply because we have
a much higher amount of clubs than
we’ve had in any other year. We’ve
had a much higher request for spon-
sorship so that needs to be addressed.
For decreased fees, since being elected
in 2009, For Students have taken the
Owl from a $190,000 per year deficit to
be in the black and retain a [projected]
profit of $40 000. We can reduce stu-
dent fees now and save students be-
tween $10,000 to $20,000 in the
upcoming year. We can also cut in half
the locker fees, so that’s another posi-
tive thing. When students are trying to
make it to class on time it’s hard to
find a parking spot for two reasons:
one is because they oversell the lot,
and two is because there are simply
not enough parking stalls. So we need
to lobby the university to increase the
number of parking stalls and elimi-
nate the fact that they oversell the lots.
TC: Why should students vote for
KP: Students should vote for us be-
cause we’re a fresh voice, some new
faces that not only have alternative
views and new ideas, but also the ex-
perience on campus to implement
those ideas. We have a 10-page policy
document on our Facebook group
that’s open and transparent; anyone
can go read it. We really want feed-
back and input. We suggest things like
community gardens, green roofs on
campus, better public transportation,
and more direct bus routes to the uni-
versity. Students also want a student
government that involves the commu-
nity. Community in a larger sense as in
the University of Regina and the city
of Regina; but community also in the
groups we associate with. Some peo-
ple can’t go into the bar, yet we rou-
tinely hold student events there. We
would stop doing that because we
think it excludes them. I think that
we’re listening to their ideas and pre-
senting something that a students’
union should be doing. The Voice of
Students team vows that if there’s ever
a referendum, if we are elected, that
we will not choose one side. We don’t
think that’s fair and it’s certainly is
more divisive than it’s worth. We will
fund both sides; we will say: here’s
some money, go run a campaign – I
think this is what should have been
done with the [Canadian Federation
of Students] campaigns.
RH: I’m an arts major and I want to
represent the overall school and not
just business students and their inter-
ests. I want to see that the majority is
shown – every other class of students
in the school should have a say and
need to have a say. All the colleges
should have a say – not to be margin-
alized, especially the student groups.
Some have been marginalized in the
past and they shouldn’t be marginal-
ized anymore. They should be put to
the forefront and given a say.
KA: I think we represent every stu-
dent on campus. There’s something in
our platform for everyone and we
have a very diverse team. We included
not only the executives on our team
but we also have members that are
running for board positions and sen-
ate. There is no one philosophical
alignment of interest on our team,
there’s very different ideologies and I
think that we make the perfect ball
ground to represent every student.
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One hundred twenty-seven years
ago, women were considered too
delicate to be so involved in politics
to need a vote.
Fifty-one years ago, the libera-
tion movement was just in its in-
Thirty years ago, a woman
needed a witness to prosecute for
With all the progress the
women’s movement has made, it’s
easy to believe that all of the battles
for equality have been won. With
March storming in like a lion, it’s
also a reminder of the fight many
women still face in Canada. March
is International Women’s month,
with March 8 specifically set aside
as International Women’s day.
Despite being a country that
prides itself on its mosaic of cul-
tures, Meelu Sachdev of the Regina
Immigrant Women’s Society has
seen what women immigrating to
Canada have to deal with every day.
“Women who are immigrants,
of course they are marginalized to a
great extent,” she explained. “To
bring their standards up to par is
taking us a long time.”
Sachdev works daily with
women who have made Canada
their home. One problem these
women often face is losing the com-
munity and family that were pillars
in their lives before they left.
“They don’t have any family
support because, usually, they are
the support. They’re the mother, the
wife, the everybody. So they lose
their support systems.”
It’s a problem all too common
for University of Regina student
(and, full disclosure, Carillon staff
writer) Iryn Tushabe. She has been
calling Regina home since leaving
Kampala, Uganda. Even though
Tushabe found Canadians to be
friendly, she couldn’t help but feel a
culture shock.
“It was really, really bad,”
Tushabe said of her first memories
of Canada. “It was right in the mid-
dle of winter, and I had clothes that
I thought were warm enough. But,
really, they weren’t at all. I felt like I
was naked.”
Raising a child and going to
school can be difficult for anyone.
However, Tushabe found that ad-
justing to a new country – without
the support she’d had in Uganda –
made it even harder.
“It’s been hard because I have a
kid and I am a student. Often times,
you’ll need help because you can’t
go to school with a baby.
Sometimes, daycares are not readily
available,” she explained. “At home,
there would have been people I
knew. That was really hard, and it
was mostly because I was in a for-
eign land.”
Tushabe is in the process of re-
ceiving her degree in film and video
production, and has already taken
strides in the documentary industry.
Despite this progress, she has run
into another issue that is common
for international women.
“Being a woman in a competi-
tive world, especially a woman who
is not at home just puts you at a
double disadvantage,” she’s found.
“Now, being in a foreign place,
where you know no one – and you
are a woman – it is that much
According to Sachdev,
Tushabe’s difficulties are a common
problem. “The labour market is ... a
huge challenge”.
To celebrate the month dedi-
cated to women dealing with these
trials, the Regina Immigrant
Women’s Centre will be putting on
a production of Far From Home by
a theatre group called Sheatre.
“It’s highlighting healthy rela-
tionships. Specifically, by showing
us unhealthy relationships – like
dating violence – so that we can
come to know what healthy isn’t,”
said Sachdev.
The production can be seen at
the Hindu Temple on the closing of
International Women’s month,
March 31. Men and women of all
cultures are encouraged to attend.
International Women’s Day, and
its accompanying month, provide a
time for the world to look at how far
women have come. But, it should
also serve as a reminder of how far
things still need to go for equality
for all women. Sachdev said she be-
lieves issues brought up during this
month of awareness have far-reach-
ing consequences that affect more
than just women.
“It’s funny how those issues we
say are immigrant women’s issues
actually are all women’s issues.
These are human issues. Women are
the backbone of society.”
“Women who
are immigrants,
of course they
are marginalized
to a great ex-
Meelu Sachdev,
Regina Immigrant
Women Centre
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foreign country
1909: The first National
Women’s Day was celebrated
on February 28
1911: The first International
Women’s Day was celebrated
on March 19, but only in
Austria, Denmark, Germany,
and Switzerland
1913: March 8 is set as the
official date
1975: Declared International
Women’s Year
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After reports surfaced two weeks ago
that suggested the federal
Conservative Party was trying to, es-
sentially, rename the “Government of
Canada” the “Harper Government”,
the response among Canadians has
been overwhelmingly negative.
On Thursday, March 3, the
Canadian Press revealed that a direc-
tive was sent to public servants last
year, advising them that the term
“Government of Canada” should be
replaced in all federal communica-
tions with the term “Harper
Government”. Public servants from
four different line departments con-
firmed to the Canadian Press that
they received instructions from the
Prime Minister – and the Privy
Council Office that serves him – to
change their terminology.
Within a few hours, the story had
proven to be a controversial topic, es-
pecially among Canadians on the in-
While there are many who think
the Conservative Party’s actions are
appropriate, and many journalists
and the general public have long re-
ferred to the governing party by the
name of their leader, many have been
deeply offended by what they believe
to be an arrogant Conservative Party
showing its hubris.
On the social media site Twitter,
aside from a select few who defended
the Conservative Party’s actions, the
response from Canadians has so far
been extremely negative.
As Canadian Twitter user wil-
droselibs (Wild Rose Liberals) put it:
“It soils our national administration
and governing apparatus to even
consider referring to them as ‘The
Stephen Harper Government’.
“Sorry Stephen, it’s ‘The
Government of Canada’, not ‘the
Harper Government’,” wrote lo_fye
(Derek Martin).
One more, CoreyTamas, stated,
“Dear Stephen Harper: You serve the
office. You are not the office.”
On March 3, a petition which
“demand[ed] that all official refer-
ences to the Canadian government
continue to use ‘Government of
Canada’ [and] any official reference to
‘Harper Government’ should be im-
mediately ceased,” was put online.
At press time, the petition, “I Am
(Not Stephen Harper’s) Canadian,”
had been electronically signed by
nearly 15,000 Canadians.
In an effort to take advantage of
the public’s disapproval, on Saturday,
March 5, the federal Liberal party be-
gan airing radio ads in Quebec, ex-
pressing their disbelief in the
Conservative Party equating the
Canadian federal government with
Prime Minister Harper.
“Like you, I am profoundly
shocked,” Liberal Leader Michael
Ignatieff said in the ad. “It’s totally
unacceptable. The government of
Canada is not the government of Mr.
Harper. It’s the government of citi-
zens, the government of all the citi-
zens of Canada.”
Although the Conservative
Party’s attempts to re-brand the
Government of Canada have thus far
received mixed reactions, to say the
least, it is difficult to forecast what
impact, if any, the Conservative’s
Party’s actions will have on voters’
minds in the impending federal elec-
tion in the coming months.
In an effort to ensure that Saudi
Arabia doesn’t go the way of Tunisia,
Egypt, or Libya, the Saudi Arabian
federal government has officially
banned all public demonstrations
throughout the Middle Eastern na-
Although the Saudi govern-
ment’s decision to ban all public
demonstrations was doubtless in-
spired by the successful uprisings in
both Tunisia and Egypt, the ongoing
crisis in Libya, and any of the several
other North African nations currently
on the brink of revolution, the ruling
came in direct response to demon-
strations by a number of the nation’s
Shiite population in Saudi Arabia’s
Eastern Province.
On Thursday, March 3, 22 pro-
testers were arrested at a rally in
which an estimated 200 demonstra-
tors called for the release of a number
of prisoners in Al-Qatif.
A day later, several hundred
Shiites once again demonstrated in
Eastern Province, calling for the re-
lease of a detained Shiite cleric and a
number of other prisoners. On the
same day, a similar demonstration
was held in Al-Qatif, but was quickly
dispersed by Saudi security forces.
In response to a week of minor
protests, King Abdullah’s interior
ministry declared that any type of
demonstration in Saudi Arabia
would be henceforth considered ille-
It is alleged that the Saudi inte-
rior ministry fears such demonstra-
tions, although relatively harmless at
the onset, could overflow into the rest
of the country – including larger
cities like Riyadh and Jeddah.
In a statement issued last week,
Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior
Clerics, a group of religious scholars,
backed the interior ministry’s deci-
sion to ban public protests through-
out the country.
“The council ... affirms that
demonstrations are forbidden in this
country. The correct way in Shariah
[law] of realizing common interest is
by advising, which is what the
Prophet Muhammad established.
Reform and advice should not be via
demonstrations, and ways that pro-
voke strife and division. This is what
the religious scholars of this country
in the past and now have forbidden
and warned against.”
In response to the latest crack-
down on demonstrations, pro-
democracy activists in Saudi Arabia
say that peaceful protests are within
their right.
“We are really worried by the de-
tentions and harassment that people
who take part in protests are facing,”
said a statement signed by 15 promi-
nent Saudi human rights activists on
Sunday. “These practices conflict
with the right of peaceful association
that the kingdom committed to ... at
the U.N. Human Rights Council.”
As noted in the Human Rights
Watch’s 2010 World Report, it ap-
pears as if Saudi Arabia’s Shiite pop-
ulation has reason to be less than
satisfied with their current situation.
“Saudi Arabia systematically dis-
criminates against its religious mi-
norities. In particular, Shia in the
Eastern Province. Official discrimi-
nation against Shia encompasses reli-
gious practices, education, and the
justice system. Government officials
exclude Shia from employment and
decision making, and publicly dis-
parage their faith.”
Although it is unclear what im-
pact the Saudi government’s newest
piece of legislature will have on the
future of the nation, it is clear that
King Abdullah, who recently
pledged the equivalent of over C$37
billion in benefits to many of the
country’s poorest citizens while en-
hancing security measures against
public demonstrations, has no inter-
est in seeing Saudi Arabia become
the next nation to see its oppressed
population overthrow its authoritar-
ian regime.
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Harper: You serve
the office. You are
not the office.”
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Re-branding the federal government
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March 10 - 16, 2011
“Exploration is in our nature. We began
as wanderers, and we are wanderers still.
We have lingered long enough on the cos-
mic ocean. We are ready to set sail for the
-Carl Sagan, American astronomer
After 30 years, over 130 successful
missions, and two very tragic disas-
ters, NASA’s shuttle program is com-
ing to an end.
So, what does the future hold for
human space travel and exploration?
NASA’s successor to the shuttle
program was to be the Constellation
program, which had hopes of finally
returning humans to the moon, as
well as eventually sending them to
Mars. Unfortunately for the pro-
gram’s supporters, President Obama
officially put an end to this program
in October 2010, insisting that NASA
get out of the budget-eating crewed
spaceflight business and allocate their
resources to other scientific endeav-
ors, like robotic spaceflight and ex-
The hope is that the private com-
panies with a firm footing in the space
industry will take the lead towards
making space travel more innovative,
successful, and affordable. Many of
these companies have worked as sub-
contractors for NASAin the past, de-
veloping and building the various
spacecrafts and rockets seen over the
years. NASA will continue to work
with these companies for both mu-
tual benefit and greater innovation.
Dr. Martin Beech, University of
Regina professor of astronomy, is op-
timistic for the effects the transition
will have on the human space travel
industry. He said he believes the pri-
vate sector will excel in certain areas
of the industry, mainly space tourism
and low-earth orbit. Competition be-
tween companies will drive the price
down, generating more and more in-
terest in space travel.
Virgin Galactic, headed by British
entrepreneur Richard Branson, is cur-
rently developing a fleet of spaceships
to carry paying passengers to low-
earth orbit to experience weightless-
ness. The price tag? A mere $200,000
per ticket.
Another big name to look out for
is SpaceX, founded by the enthusias-
tic entrepreneur Elon Musk. SpaceX
made history on Dec. 8, 2010, by being
the first private company to send a
manned spacecraft to orbit the earth.
Intrestingly, Musk has a family tie to
Regina – his mother was born here.
Many others have begun taking a
lead role in specific divisions of space
travel and tourism.
Acompany called Orbital special-
izes in launch vehicles. Bigelow
Aerospace is in the space habitat busi-
ness, with several large-scale space
stations currently in development. In
the next decade, when you take your
family to spend a week in an outer
space hotel, expect to stay at a
It may initially seem like a step
backwards to cancel the Constellation
program, but Beech says it’s the “first
step on the ladder” towards innova-
As for the moon and Mars, it’s
still going to be a while, but here’s a
reassuring instance from history to
think about in the meantime.
In 1961, spurred by competition
with the USSR, President Kennedy
announced the United States’ goal to
land a man on the moon by the end of
the decade. Eight years later, three
men successfully traveled the entire
384,000 km there and back, proving
that humans are capable of just about
anything. Just think of how fast things
could move with the space travel in-
dustry in the hands of the competitive
private sector.
Manitoba chapter of the Canadian
Federation of Students has lodged a
complaint with the Canadian Judicial
Council over sexist remarks made by
a Manitoba judge in a recent ruling.
Justice Robert Dewar was pre-
siding over the case of Kenneth
Rhodes, who was found guilty of
sexual assault. Dewar ignored the
Crown’s recommendation that
Rhodes be sentenced to at least three
years in prison and instead gave him
a conditional sentence of two years;
meaning Rhodes would serve no jail
In addition, Dewar commented
that the victim had been wearing a
tube top and a lot of makeup, and
that “sex was in the air” the night of
the assault.
Following Dewar’s comments at
Rhodes’ Feb. 18 sentencing hearing,
the CJC has received a number of
complaints and there have been
protests in front of Winnipeg’s court
The protests highlight a wide-
spread loss of confidence in Dewar’s
ability to administer justice appro-
priately, says CFS-Manitoba’s
spokesperson Alanna Makinson.
“From the outcry – the public
outcry – it’s very, very clear that
Manitobans have lost faith in Judge
Dewar’s ability to adequately pro-
vide justice to victims of sexual as-
sault and just in general,” she said.
Makinson says her organization
lodged its complaint with the CJC
because they would like to see Dewar
held accountable for his pernicious
“The message is that women are
responsible for their own victimiza-
tion and that perpetrators of sexual
assault will not be punished for their
actions and, frankly, that they’re not
to blame for their actions, is incredi-
bly damaging and irresponsible,” she
“The message that rape is about
control, domination, and humilia-
tion, and not about sex, should be
the one that is coming across.”
The numbers of individuals and
groups lodging complaints against
Dewar seem to agree. Even the gov-
ernment of Manitoba plans to lodge a
complaint once a transcript of the
trial is made available.
“Jennifer Howard, who is the
minister of labour and the minister
responsible for the status of women,
is going to file a complaint with the
CJC,” said Howard’s spokesperson
Rachel Morgan. “The complaint is
over the words that were used in the
sentencing hearing.”
Unlike CFS-Manitoba, the
Manitoba government has not yet de-
cided what outcome it would like to
see as a result of its complaint.
Morgan said the government would
wait “to see what the council de-
The council, which has jurisdic-
tion over more than 1,100 judges
across Canada, has said it will not
comment until after it has ruled on
the complaints it receives. According
to the CJC’s web site, most com-
plaints are handled within three
Until then, Dewar will be al-
lowed to continue hearing cases.
However, he will not hear cases of a
sexual nature and he will have a re-
duced caseload.
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since 1962
VANCOUVER (CUP) — As a young
hacker with a track record of crack-
ing some of the most well-known
websites on the Internet, every day
brings Chris Russo something new
and unexpected.
Within the first month of 2011,
Russo found himself wrapped up in
the centre of a major publicity storm
that pitted him against the founder
of the world’s largest free dating
website, Plenty of Fish. In the me-
dia, Chris was villainized, described
as a threat to security that had ex-
posed Plenty of Fish’s 30,000,000
But it wasn’t the first time he has
stirred controversy with a major
website. Just six months earlier, in
July 2010, Russo hacked The Pirate
Bay, making a name for himself with
his reported ability to access four
million accounts’ worth of user data.
At his home in Buenos Aires,
during a Skype interview, Russo
paints a picture of the 23 years that
led up to his worldwide notoriety.
While his youthfulness is frequently
mentioned in the media, reports
rarely note that Russo already has
over a decade of experience. Russo
got his own computer when he was
only eight and began to teach himself
programming by reading forums.
“I [found] I could communicate
with computers better than I could
with humans,” he said. But his first
introduction to the world of hacking
came through romance.
“I had a discussion with the girl
I was dating, so I got interested in
hacking her email account. I guess
that was the way I started with secu-
rity-related topics,” Russo said. After
that, he founded and ran several dif-
ferent underground communities be-
fore heading off to university, where
he studied to become a software en-
gineer at Argentina’s Universidad
Argentina de la Empresa.
But like Bill Gates or Mark
Zuckerberg, a university degree was-
n’t in the cards.
“I was wasting my time … so I
just didn’t go back [to university] one
day,” said Russo.
The years of self-teaching were a
big factor. “I already had the techni-
cal knowledge in programming that
was interesting for me in the career,
so I decided to quit and focus di-
rectly on my own business.”
This led him to create Insilence,
an Internet-penetration testing busi-
ness, which has grown to employ
five researchers.
Today, the word “hacker” has a
negative connotation, one that
evokes viruses, information theft and
fear. Russo is often portrayed as a
villain in the media. For example, a
Feb. 11 article in the Financial Post
said, “Chris Russo must have had
some bad online dating experiences.
Less than two weeks after the self-
described ‘security researcher’ based
in Argentina accessed the
Vancouver-based online dating web-
site Plenty of Fish, it now appears he
has set his sights on eHarmony, a
similar web-based romance
However, Russo explained that
he has come under fire because of a
stereotype fabricated by Hollywood
dramas in the 1990s. He insisted that,
unlike the movies, there are distinct
types of hackers.
“A hacker is basically a person
with advanced technical knowledge.
This doesn’t mean that everyone
who’s into hacking is a criminal,” he
explained. “You, as a hacker, can pro-
vide services to companies seeking ...
security solutions, release public ad-
visories, create tools in order to ex-
pose a certain vulnerability – or sell
services to underground communi-
ties, develop malware or viruses, sell
stolen information or even steal
money from others.
“This isn’t something related to
the profession itself, but the ethics
and education of the person. It’s
mostly like the difference between a
policeman and a thief. The fact that
you have skills aiming a gun or ana-
lyzing weak points in a structure
doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily
use such skills to cause harm.”
So where does Russo stand – is
he a cop or a robber?
While the Pirate Bay hack stirred
allegations that Chris profited from
selling information about users’
downloads on the site, he publicly
de “The Pirate Bay hack was closely
linked to a government, that’s all I
can say.”
In the case of Plenty of Fish,
Russo’s actions take a wildly differ-
ent plot line, depending on the
source of the information.
When asked about the incident
in person one month later, he said, “I
didn’t hack into Plenty of Fish. What
we did was reporting a security vul-
nerability to its owner, just like we
regularly do when we find some-
thing vulnerable on the web … many
people [think] that hackers like us
break into the security of the site, but
the reality is that we never broke into
it, we just informed about the poten-
tial risk of a website running like
“If you were a firefighter, and
you saw a fire on the street, you
would stop to put it out, wouldn’t
alicia woodside
ubyssey (university of
british columbia)
“Chris Russo
must have had
some bad online
dating experi-
ences. Less than
two weeks after ...
[he] accessed the
online dating web-
site Plenty of Fish,
it now appears he
has set his sights
on eHarmony, a
similar web-based
romance provider.”
The Financial Post
The young hacker who
schooled Plenty of Fish
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Essex County
Jeff Lemire
Top Shelf Productions
Unfaithful nuns, betrayal, ice hockey,
and aliens – all are part of Jeff
Lemire’s Essex County, a collection
of three graphic novels that was one
of the finalists in CBC’s Canada
Reads competition. The three indi-
vidual books, Tales From the Farm,
Ghost Stories, and The Country
Nurse, each tell a different story, but
as collected in Essex County, they col-
lectively tell a larger, and quite tragic,
story of a southern Ontario commu-
nity struggling with loss, anger, and
The entire story of all three books
takes place over roughly a century
and moves through many characters
from various generations and set-
tings; throughout, Essex County
maintains a sense of continuity that is
more-or-less straightforward and rel-
atively easy to follow. The differenti-
ation of panel shape and size also
helps to set the pace of the story and
gives the reader clues to the signifi-
cance of each scene.
The heavy involvement of ice
hockey and the rural, agricultural set-
ting connect with the Canadian mind-
set, and readers (especially ones that
are familiar with a rural setting such
as Saskatchewan) can easily identify
with the characters and each of their
Essex County is almost more sim-
ilar to a film than another piece of lit-
erature. Because of the limited-text
nature of the graphic novel, Essex
County relies heavily on the use of its
illustrations to imply actions, events,
and meanings. Lemire does a fantas-
tic job of conveying vast amounts of
information with very little dialogue
and narration. Each line is packed
with implications about the charac-
ters’ histories, mental state, and rela-
tionships with the other characters in
the novel.
The use of subjective points of
view cause the reader to question
what they are reading; the story often
takes the reader deep into a charac-
ter’s mind and dramatically flows
with the character’s thoughts, in and
out of dreams and reality. Scenes flow
from the mundane life of an old man
in a care home through the depths of
his mind into the regrets of his youth
that haunt him generations later, all in
the space of a single page turn.
One of the advantages of a
graphic novel over a traditional one is
that the writer doesn’t have to rely on
imagery in their language, but rather
can employ the use of actual images
to explicitly display important as-
pects of the narrative process, namely
setting and characterization.
Jeff Lemire proves that graphic
novels are different from superhero
comics filled with explosions and
fight scenes. Essex County is a highly
dramatic and tragic graphic novel
with themes of isolation, family, and
regret. Even though the amount of
actual written text is nothing particu-
larly great or elaborate, Lemire suc-
cessfully communicates the story to
his reader in an interesting way. It’s
evident why this was frontrunner in
CBC’s Canada Reads campaign; it
easily could have taken first place
with its uniqueness amongst the can-
didates in terms of presentation and
with Jeff Lemire’s deft ability to con-
vey a message to the reader through
his illustrations and concise dialogue
and narrative text. It’s a superb piece
of literature that is uniquely
Hitchens vs. Blair
Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens
Tony Blair, in the debates captured
for Hitchens vs. Blair, trots out the
boring cliché of how great debates
are and how essential they are to so-
If I had taken the time to go
down to Toronto to watch the debate
back in November, or even if I’m tak-
ing the time to read the transcript
that’s recently been published, I don’t
need to be convinced of how great
these dialogues are.
What the former British prime
minister should have been using his
stage for was convincing me that he
was on the right side of the resolu-
tion. “Be it resolved religion is a force
for good in the world,” it read, with
Blair on the affirmative side and
noted atheist Christopher Hitchens
on the negative side.
Why these two? Hitchens’ in-
volvement should be no surprise.
He’s been a vocal opponent of the-
ism, most notably following the re-
lease of his 2007 book, God Is Not
Great. Blair’s credentials are a little
less well known. After his stint as
prime minister ended, he converted
to Catholicism and started the Tony
Blair Faith Foundation, a group ded-
icated to fostering better relations be-
tween faith groups.
Also, the person running the de-
bate mentions a few times that Blair
no doubt developed expert rhetorical
skills after years in the British parlia-
ment. No doubt this aids him when
he sets out right from the start to in-
validate the question of the night.
“So what I say to you is, what
we shouldn’t do is end up in a situa-
tion where we say, ‘Right, we’ve got
six hospices here and one suicide
bomber there and how does it all
equalize out?’ That’s not a very pro-
ductive argument,” said Blair.
But isn’t that the question of the
night? Deciding if the good that reli-
gion has brought is worth the evils
that it’s brought along with it? Blair
never goes far from this line of
thought. His vision of religion – that
it consists of “a basic belief common
to all faiths in serving and loving
God through serving and loving your
fellow human beings” – is so per-
sonal and specific that debating the
broader – crazy broad, some might
say – question becomes impossible.
In this way, Blair is almost
against the resolution himself. It al-
most seems that in his mind, you
can’t decide whether or not religion
is a force for good. Seemingly, that it
does some good things in the world
is enough.
Again, Hitchens has been more
than vocal enough over the years that
anyone who has even casually fol-
lowed should know how he reacted
to all this: religions have had a his-
tory of stunting women’s rights; they
create unending conflicts; et cetera.
Blair rightfully points out that
Hitchens ignores the context for
many religious practices, but
Hitchens’ core message hits home:
religion isn’t necessary for people to
do good in the world.
“We don’t require divine permis-
sion to know right from wrong,” he
Blair’s only answer to this is that
some people would only be com-
pelled by religion to do right. That’s
not quite enough to make a convinc-
ing argument. Like a lot of this de-
bate, the participants don’t go for the
heavy hits, preferring cordial ones
without bite or revelation.
One hundred years
of ice hockey
Jeff Lemire’s Essex County tells a uniquely
Canadian story
Every year, CBC Radio holds the Canada Reads compe-
tition, a multi-part event in which five notable Canadian
figures each choose one piece of Canadian literature
and then square off in debates against each other, with
each figure championing the merits of their chosen
book. The panelists slowly vote off books until only
one remains, and that remaining book is supposed to be
the book that every Canadian should read that year.
This year’s was the 10th competition, so it was a bit
different, in that it was restricted specifically to books
from the previous decade and it ran for three days in
front of a live audience. But the process was no differ-
ent, and there was still a winning book: Terry Falis’ The
Best Laid Plans, a comedic novel about Canadian parlia-
mentary intrigue that won the 2008 Stephen Leacock
Medal for Humour.
Intrepid journalists that we are at the Carillon, how-
ever, we’ve decided that we’re not going to take the
CBC’s word for it. Instead, we’re going to read them all
and see which ones – if any – were real contenders for
the crown. We’ll be publishing articles covering the rest
of the books over the next few weeks, but feel free to join
in on the conversation by visiting,
and check out for more in-
formation on Canada Reads.
john cameron
paul bogdan
a&c writer
“Lemire does a fantastic job of conveying
vast amounts of information with very lit-
tle dialogue and narration.”
james brotheridge
“... The partici-
pants don’t go
for the heavy
hits, preferring
cordial ones
without bite or
Not losing
their religion
New book collecting transcripts
of religion debate between Blair
and Hitchens a dud
If they’d gone for the jugular, they might have ruined their nice suits
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video game reviews
Originally released in 1994, Dragon Quest VI:
Realms of Revelation was the final game in the
Dragon Quest series on the Super Famicom (the
Japanese Super Nintendo). North Americans,
however, hadn’t had a Dragon Warrior game (the
name of the series everywhere but Japan up un-
til 2005 – yes, this gets a little complicated) since
Dragon Warrior IV on the Nintendo
Entertainment System, and wouldn’t see one
again for ten years. For fans of the series, this
meant an agonizing wait for those two Super
Famicom games to make their way here –
Dragon Quest V was eventually remade for the
DS, and Dragon Quest VI is the final, formerly
unofficially translated main series Dragon Quest
game to make its way over to North America.
What anyone who is getting into this game
should know is that despite the beautifully re-
made graphics and the same cheery atmosphere
and witty writing that the Dragon Quest games
are known for, Dragon Quest VI is a frighten-
ingly difficult game. Battles are handled in the
traditional Japanese role-playing game (JRPG)
turn-based, menu-based paradigm that has been
the norm since the original Dragon Warrior, and
players expecting a gentle difficulty incline are
going to be in for a real shock
This predicates the need for that staple of the
JRPG: relentless and endless “grinding,” which
entails fighting as many randomly-encountered
monsters and raising your experience points
enough to be able to survive. While this is per-
haps a bit of a modern game design taboo, it is
a hallmark of the Super Famicom era of game
development, and I was glad that it wasn’t wa-
tered down.
What sets any JRPG apart from another one
is the story, and in that area, Dragon Quest VI is
solid, if not particularly amazing. The game im-
plements a similar “light world/dark world”
setup as the classic Zelda game, A Link to the
Past, and another JRPG staple, the amnesiac
hero, is in full swing here.
What saves it, though, is the writing and
the scenario planning, and at that, the game suc-
ceeds beautifully. This is, as has become custom
with the Dragon Quest series, a pun-filled, witty
and sometimes surprising adventure.
All in all, Dragon Quest VI is nothing if not
traditional – but that’s not a criticism. This is by
no means the best JRPG ever made, nor is it
even the best Dragon Quest game, but it is cer-
tainly invaluable for the connoisseur of the
Dragon Quest series.
Dragon Quest VI:
Realms of Revelation
Square Enix
Ilomilo is possibly the most huggable game on
the planet. While some of its whimsy feels a lit-
tle contrived – the loading screen text’s obses-
sion with garlic and hats being the worst
offender – much of it comes across as effortless,
from the game’s gorgeous and cheerful envi-
ronments to its mustachioed apple-munching
“cube creatures” to the main characters, Ilo and
Milo, themselves. And considering how brain-
busting ilomilo can get, the game’s casually
adorable nature is a good thing.
The premise of every level is simple – Ilo
and Milo, two tiny oblong creatures wearing
full-body hoodies, are separated, and have to
meet, and the player switches between the two
characters in order to bring them together. Every
level is made up of cube-based constructions
floating in the sky, and where the game gets
tricky is when it asks you to start thinking about
every side of those cubes. See, Ilo and Milo don’t
necessarily start on the same side, meaning they
can wind up walking right past each other. But
if a cube has an arrow on its edge, you can walk
toward that edge and bring whichever character
you’re controlling onto a different side of the
cube in question. There are other obstacles, too,
like gaps that you can fill with portable cubes, a
sock puppet-like creature that will steal any cube
you’re carrying, and a cube where a path-block-
ing creature can pop up on only one of the cube’s
four available sides at any given time.
Where the game really shines is when it
throws most or all of these at you at once, and
you have to balance your knowledge of how to
deal with them with advanced planning and
problem solving – most of the game, you’re
thinking three or four actions in advance.
Getting every level’s collectibles, some of which
unlock new levels, requires even more planning.
But despite how convoluted ilomilo might sound,
it’s really quite intuitive – most of the game,
you’re just moving the characters, switching be-
tween them, and pressing the A button to pick
up cubes. To its credit, ilomilo never loses sight of
how fundamentally simple it actually is; like
any good puzzle game, if you stare at any level
long enough, the solution will eventually stare
back at you. Of course, it helps that what you’re
staring at is so goddamn charming.
Xbox Live Arcade
It’s incredibly heartening to see a bizarre, quirky
game not get crushed under the weight of its
concept – something that seemingly happens
far too often with games of this sort. Stacking
neatly avoids this trap by focusing on providing
interesting gameplay that complements, rather
than distracts, from the world the game creates.
And that world – an industrialized, alter-
nate-universe turn of the 20th century popu-
lated entirely by matryoshka dolls and heavily
indebted to the language of silent films – is per-
haps what sold me so quickly on Stacking. Tim
Schafer (the head of Double Fine) has had some
delightfully bizarre settings in his games before
but Stacking is perhaps the most bizarre and the
most delightful of them all.
The game casts you as Charlie Blackmore,
the smallest of the Blackmore clan of chimney-
sweeping matryoshka dolls, and quite possibly
the smallest nesting doll in the world. After the
nefarious Baron kidnaps Charlie’s siblings to
put to work in various child labour positions,
Charlie sets out to rescue all of them and put an
end to child slavery.
If all the game had was its setup, it’d prob-
ably still be worth playing if only to witness the
sheer strangeness of it all. Thankfully, though,
Double Fine was generous enough to also make
Stacking a pretty brilliant puzzle game. Charlie’s
special ability – being able to enter any ma-
tryoshka doll one size bigger than him – allows
him to be able to find solutions to the various
problems the game throws at him. Each doll that
Charlie inhabits has a special ability of their
own, which can range from silly little time-
wasters like being able to slap people around, to
abilities tailor-made for the solution of any given
puzzle. It’s never done in an obvious way,
though I often found myself smacking myself on
the forehead and thinking “why didn’t I think of
that before?”
If I had one criticism of the game, it’s that on
occasion, the solutions are just a little too
straightforward. This isn’t so much the case to-
wards the end of the game, but I think that
Double Fine figured that since Stacking doesn’t
really play like any other game on the market,
gamers would have a tougher time figuring out
its nuances.
There are only a few games that I would
wholeheartedly recommend to anyone, but
Stacking fits that bill – as long as you’re able to
handle sheer delight.
Double Fine/THQ
XBox Live Arcade
matthew blackwell
tech coordinator
john cameron
matthew blackwell
tech coordinator
cd reviews
12 Desperate Straight Lines
Telekinesis’ 2009 self-titled album was a perfect
slice of power-pop, instantly catchy and a really
fun summer listen. 12 Desperate Straight Lines
might require a bit more work, but it’s no less re-
warding. Michael Lerner (who, well, is
Telekinesis) has stripped away some of the more
ornate moments of his first album, and the result
is a propulsive, less overtly poppy album –
shades of ’80s post-punk and new wave make
their way into his signature sound, as seen on
tracks like “Please Ask for Help.” That’s not to
say that the old sound has been abandoned; “50
Ways” and “Car Crash” cement the Weezer
meets the Shins sound that has been Lerner’s
stock in trade thus far. And while 12 Desperate
Straight Lines might not seem as immediate as
one might come to expect from Telekinesis,
that’s not to say that the album isn’t absolutely
jam-stuffed full of pop hooks, or that Lerner’s
songwriting has taken a hit. 12 Desperate
Straight Lines simply adds new textures to an es-
tablished and frankly awesome sound, position-
ing Telekinesis to be heir apparent to the
power-pop throne.
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With the URSU elections just 6 days
away, candidates are mobilizing, in-
terested students are informing them-
selves, and the debates are well
underway. We are in the preliminary
stages of a new union leadership being
formed. And like every year, I find my-
self in an all-too-familiar position, a
position of total ignorance towards the
upcoming election.
Every year the elections come and
go, and each year I pay them little
mind. “I just don’t really care about
student politics,” I would say to oth-
ers. “I don’t even know what I would
be voting for.”
Last year, around 10 percent of the
students voted in the URSU elections,
and I have to believe that the other 90
percent of students, who are still mem-
bers of the union regardless of whether
or not they vote, are in the same posi-
tion as me. Year after year, I had no in-
terest, fueled by a lack of
Maybe I was just too lazy to in-
form myself, and that manifested itself
as “I don’t really care,” or maybe I just
thought it didn’t matter who I voted
for. Whatever the reason, I had never
taken the time to appreciate what the
students’ union does, and more im-
portantly, I had never taken the time to
tell them what I wanted. I guess I al-
ways thought that the students union
didn’t matter; I didn’t think they actu-
ally did anything important. I felt like
I would never notice if they were gone.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
“It wouldn’t be a pretty picture
without a students’ union,” Kyle
Addison told me during a Monday in-
terview. “If there wasn’t a student’s
union, there’s a huge chance of tuition
being catastrophically high. And not to
bring down the university, because
they treat us very well, but they could
walk all over us without representa-
tion.” Addison is one of three presi-
dential candidates this year. He has
also been our URSU president for the
past two years.
During my time at the U of R, I
never considered that Addison may
have a point. Without representation
there is no one there to make sure stu-
dents aren’t getting screwed over. We
would have no voice, and no power in
the institution that we support. As I
spoke to Kyle, I began to understand,
piece by piece, how important the stu-
dents’ union is, and how different our
school would be without it.
But the union can’t be effective if
it’s not accurately representing the stu-
dent population. They need the feed-
back and opinions of the people that
they are trying to represent. They need
students to get involved. Apathy about
voting is a feared problem in federal
politics, and there is the same prob-
lem in student politics. If you have
problems with how the school is run,
then the union is your only avenue to
make change happen. It’s the only av-
enue to share your voice.
After years of not being a part of
student politics, I decided that this
year I was going to inform myself. On
my mission to learn about this myste-
rious entity called the students’ union,
I connected with some of this year’s
candidates to see if they could shed
some light, any light, on what I had
been missing, in the hopes that I
would not be in the dark any longer.
A huge contributor to my apathy
towards the URSU elections was the
result of how little I knew about the
union itself. I knew that I had to pay
fees, and a gazillion other little
charges. But I never really understood
what they actually did; I never under-
stood how much the union does to
make my time at the U of R a positive
When I started to reach out to
some of the current union executives,
who were also running in the election,
I was pleasantly surprised to see that
they all responded to my interest in
URSU with enthusiasm and an eager-
ness to educate. As I spoke to Addison,
it was clear that education was the first
step to getting the most out of my
“Well, ultimately the students’
union is here to represent its mem-
bers,” he told me. “Its a very diverse
campus with students that have very
diverse needs. The students’ union
needs to acknowledge the needs of
each type of student and provide them
with the services that benefit their stu-
dent experience and make their aca-
demic experience at the U of R a much
better one.”
Finding the motivation to vote has
always been a problem for me, and
not knowing anything about the or-
ganization I was voting for didn’t help
things. As I found out, a little educa-
tion goes a long way.
URSU is here to work for us as
students, they are here to look out for
our interests and represent us at vari-
ous levels of government and other
communities, not only provincially,
but nationally as well. But without
participation from the members they
are trying to represent, the union lead-
ership becomes unrepresentative, and
therefore, less appealing to participate
in. It’s a snowball effect, and it’s some-
thing that needs to change if the union
is going to get better.
“The people who are going to be
representing you are going to have no
idea about how to represent you un-
less you can let us know how you
want to be represented,” Kyle noted
during our interview. “The students’
union would be much more effective
around campus if we could get stu-
dents’ opinions and feedback. If stu-
dents would vote and give us their
feedback on what they want to see
happen, then the students’ union can
be an effective organization.”
And one of the biggest ways to do
that is to vote. That’s the first step, at
least. My journey to learn about the
importance of the union lead me into a
conversation with Kaytlyn Barber, an
URSU executive for the last two years.
And, as she pointed out to me, elec-
tions are one of the biggest steps that
the union takes to understand what
its members want.
“The students are the owners of
the students’ union just like the stu-
dents are the owners of the Owl,” she
told me. “Elections are a really impor-
tant piece of generating feedback from
students and what they want the or-
ganization to be in the future.”
If the union is the voice of the stu-
dents, then not participating means
that you have no input in what that
voice is going to say, or what they are
going to do. As Barber pointed out, if
you don’t exercise your voice come
election time, you are giving up a
chance to shape your representation
into what you want.
“The repercussions of not voting
are that the students’ union won’t be
guided by its members. If the students
don’t vote, they’re not having their say
in what they want to students’ union
to be. By not voting, you’re forgoing
your opportunity to have input, so you
don’t know if the students’ union is re-
ally going to be what students want it
to be”
As representatives of students, it’s
important that the union executives
not only get feedback and opinions
from the people they represent, but
also that they connect with the people
they represent. Forging relationships
with students on campus, and getting
to know all of the people they repre-
sent is a priority for all union execu-
tives – provided that the students are
willing to give them a chance.
As Barber mentioned during our
conversation, the URSU executives try
to be as open to students as possible.
“We love being invited to various stu-
dent events around campus, and we’ll
do our very best to go to as many as
we can. We love it when student
groups come and let us know what is
going on and we’re certainly here to
give a hand.”
“Our offices are always open,” she
continues. “You can talk to the front
desk, and we are certainly willing to
meet with students anytime they like.
We do our very best to be accessible to
students whenever they are in need.”
When speaking to Barber, it was
clear to me that the union was here to
listen to what students wanted. They
are truly invested in the interests of
students, and it’s clear that they
wanted me to have the best experience
at the U of R that I could.
Now I understood what the union
was here to do, to be our voice. The
next thought that entered my mind
was concerning the power of that
voice. Sure, the union was here to rep-
resent students, but how powerful is
that voice? How much of an impact
can they really have? Can a union of
students really make a difference on a
larger scale?
It’s one thing to walk around as
the face of the student body, but it’s an-
other to actually make a difference on
issues like tuition increases. Before this
year, I always thought that URSU did-
n’t have that much power as an or-
ganization. Again, I was wrong. And
as Kyle explained to me, URSU has
several connections within the provin-
cial government, which they use to ad-
vocate student interests on a provincial
“Two years ago, we met with the
University of Saskatchewan Students’
Union executives and we reenacted
what is known as the Saskatchewan
Students’ Coalition, a provincial lob-
bying group which consists of all two
universities and SIAST,” he told me.
“Then we took that through the
provincial government, and fostered
a strong relationship with the minister
of advanced education and even ex-
tended it to the other cabinet minis-
Building and maintaining relation-
ships is a necessary part of any healthy
students’ union. In order to get things
Voter apathy is getting out of control
“If the students don’t vote, they’re not hav-
ing their say in what they want to students
union to be”
Kaytlyn Barber
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like a tuition freeze, student benefits,
and funding from the government, the
union needs to form connections with
people in office.
“I think that it’s important that
whoever is going to lead URSU in the
future can foster and have a positive
working relationship with the provin-
cial government,” Addison noted.
“And [right now] we do have a great
relationship with the current minister
of advanced education. He is very
open to us; we can book meetings with
him, and voice our concerns. He is
very accessible to us and we can reach
out to him. All the positive amend-
ments to post-secondary education
that we received over the last budget
cycle were achieved because of the re-
lationship we have with the provin-
cial government.”
Not only does the union have the
ears of government officials, they’re
also responsible for spending thou-
sands upon thousands, of its mem-
ber’s dollars. Using our money to
install things like sponsorship pro-
grams and student services creates an
engaging environment for students.
That’s a good thing, because our
school experience should be a little
more than just studying for tests and
stressing over term papers.
When I asked Kyle about some of
the ways the union looks out for the
economic interests of the students, he
was quick to bring up the Owl, saying
that partnerships with suppliers and
marketing work has helped the bar
work its way out of debt and toward a
profit. He added that URSU created a
growth initiative that rewards students
with dividend checks if they hosted
events at the Owl, entitling them to a
portion of the Owl’s monthly revenue.
“This all gave the student societies
and our university leaders a reason to
be at our campus bar and contribute to
the economic well-being of it.”
By this point, I had learned
enough, and I was convinced. It was
clear that the students’ union was a
much larger part of the school, and the
province, than I had originally
thought. I never suspected that they
had the amount of influence that they
did, and that is partially what con-
tributed to my apathy.
“Unfortunately, voter apathy is
huge, and voter turnout last year was
barely 10 per cent, which is minuscule.
It is very unfortunate that happened.
And I think students should talk to
the candidates, I think that by asking
the questions that you want an answer
for you will be much more inspired to
go out and cast your vote, because at
that point, you are more involved.”
The students’ union is here to
work for us, the students. But if they
are going to do that with any effec-
tiveness they need the students to get
involved with them, tell them what
they want and vote for whom they
want. Ten per cent of the student body
isn’t representative of the university
population. And as Barber pointed out
to me, the only way to improve that is
to cast a vote, and share your voice.
“The students on campus, the
URSU members, are owners of the
union. It’s a non-profit and like any
other non-profit we are run by our
members, and the voting is your op-
portunity to have input on the organ-
ization. By not voting you’re giving
up an important opportunity to have
your say in what you want us to be,”
she commented. “URSU is just that, a
union of students, that work together
to make everyone’s time on campus
better, and so elections are an opportu-
nity to have your say. To give that up
and not even take the opportunity, it’s
a shame.”
I left both of my conversations
with Barber and Addison with a new
understanding of the importance of a
students’ union, and a new sense of re-
sponsibility to become a part of the
process by casting my vote and shar-
ing my voice.
Before I finished my conversation
with Addison, he left me with one final
message to students.
“I want to send the message to
people who don’t vote. This is the
most important thing you can do at
the U of R to make sure that your uni-
versity experience is the best that it
can be. We are suffering a severe cul-
ture of apathy towards politics right
now, and if it continues to go the way
it is we are in trouble. I just want
everyone to come out and vote, to
make an educated vote. And first and
foremost, I want this to be a fun event
for students. We’re all at the prime
years of our lives, we all want to have
the best times of our lives, we want to
be one university, one community.
Without the students union, that
would be would be in jeopardy.”
“With the online system voting is so simple
and easy, there is no reason why you don’t
have the time, or you can’t get there. You
can go on your computer with U of R self-
serve and you can vote. It’s not a difficult
Kaytlyn Barber
Speaking with candidates is a great way to educate yourself about candidate platforms and
strategies. It takes only a fraction of your time and can be very informative. Candidates
love to talk to potential voters.
Candidate posters are a quick and easy way to find out who you are voting for. Most of the
candidates can be contacted through e-mail or Facebook as well.
“We are suffering a severe culture of apathy towards politics right
now, and if that continues to go the way it is, we are in trouble”
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For many students, the prospect of
competing in a university track and
field event is daunting.
Competing in one event that’s
made up of five events? Impossible.
However, there are some athletes who
take on this difficult event. It is called
pentathlon, and tests a competitor’s
speed (60-metre hurdles), strength
(shot put), endurance (800m for
women, 1,000m for men), and jumping
ability (high jump and long jump).
University of Regina Cougars
track and field athletes Chelsea Valois
and Jeremy Eckert are two such indi-
viduals who compete in pentathlon. It
is an event they will each be taking
part in at the CIS championships,
which begin March 10 in Sherbrooke,
“[Pentathlon’s] a really grueling
event,” said a chuckling Valois, a fifth-
year science student. “I always feel like
I’ve accomplished something after
completing it. I believe it shows a lot of
character. Not everybody can do it, or
would do it if they could.”
Pentathlon is certainly not a sport
for the faint of heart. The five events
are usually spaced out in a competi-
tion over several hours. For some ath-
letes, they also have to compete in
other individual events while battling
it out in the pentathlon. While pen-
tathloners do not have to be perfect in
each event, they still need to do the
best they can in each if they are to fin-
ish strong. It is pretty easy to see how
trying to clear hurdles at a fast speed,
jumping as high then as long as possi-
ble, tossing a heavy weight, and run-
ning a long distance can get tiring.
“I’ve always been a high jumper
mostly, so going from one event to five
events is a pretty big difference,” said
Eckert, a third-year Campion science
student. “By the end of that 1,000 m
[the last event in men’s pentathlon]
you’re pretty dead for sure. It’s a lot of
fun though, because you get to com-
pete against the same people all day
long and if you have one bad event
it’s not the end of the world."
With more events come greater
training responsibilities for those in
pentathlon. Instead of training for just
one or two events, athletes need to
hone their skills in multiple areas.
“It keeps things interesting,” said
Valois on the training required. “We'll
have one day a week for hurdles, the
800m, some speed workouts, and
some more technical training for high
jump and long jump. Sometimes, we
don't train for shot put every week.
But, most of the time, we do each
event every week.”
Valois and Eckert have each ap-
proached pentathlon differently.
For Eckert, he took it up to help
out the Cougars. The Regina product
started last year, aiming to help the
Cougars men’s team win their first
Canada West title ever. Pentathlon and
relays are conducted under a 10-8-6-4-
2-1 point basis, giving athletes a shot at
earning more points for their team
than in other individual events (7-5-4-
3-2-1 point system). Before joining the
pentathlon, Eckert had primarily com-
peted in high jump and long jump.
The 2009 CIS and conference rookie of
the year won a gold medal at the con-
ference meet in 2009.
While Eckert admits he is still “not
really a fan of the pent”, it would be
hard to argue that his decision hasn’t
paid dividends for both him and his
At the 2010 conference meet,
Eckert won a silver medal in pen-
tathlon. He also won another gold in
high jump and proceeded to pick up
his first CIS medal ever, taking home
the bronze in high jump. That year,
Eckert helped the Cougars capture
their first conference title ever. They
finished with 101.5 points, 12.5 ahead
of the second-place Saskatchewan
This year, despite the fact that he
had not planned to compete in pen-
tathlon at first and had not trained a
lot for it, Eckert upped the ante by fin-
ishing first in high jump and pen-
tathlon, guiding the Cougars to their
second consecutive and second ever
championship last month. It was by
an even more impressive mark this
time around, as Regina (106) finished
well ahead of the Calgary Dinos (79).
“It’s pretty exciting,” Eckert notes
on the team’s two consecutive titles.
“This year, we were expected to lose
by ten points or something like that
and we ended up beating Calgary by
27. It’s pretty ridiculous”
When asked what the reason has
been for the men’s success, Eckert did-
n’t take too long to respond.
“Bruce [McCannel],” he said with
a laugh, referring to the Cougars track
and field head coach. “What more
needs to be said. He’s done a ton of re-
cruiting. We’ve always been solid in
the jumps, but we’ve never really had
a lot of depth in other events like
throws, distance running, and sprint-
ing. It all kind of came together this
As for Eckert, the only thing that
seems to be missing from his distin-
guished university track career is a CIS
gold medal. He’ll get that chance at
nationals, where he is also competing
in long jump. Eckert is joined by fellow
Cougar men Tait Nystuen (300m,
600m, 4X200m relay), Connor
MacDonald (high jump, long jump,
4X200m relay alternate), Mason Foote
(60m, 4X200m relay), David Walford
(triple jump, 4X200m relay), Mike
Barber (pentathlon), Ethan Gardner
(4X200m relay), and Chris Pickering
(shot put).
“I really want to win the pent,”
said Eckert. “I think I should have a
good chance at that. I would love to
get second or first in high jump to
move up from last year and long jump
is literally 20 minutes after high jump,
so it’s just going to be harder. A gold
would be very nice, but it won’t be the
end of the world if it doesn’t happen.
If I can get two medals, I’ll be ecstatic.
There’s also the field athlete of the year
award, which I’m hoping for. That
would be a huge accomplishment.”
For Valois, on the other hand, pen-
tathlon has been an event she has fo-
cused on throughout her track career.
She obviously enjoys helping out the
Cougars with the event, but Valois
started competing in pentathlon be-
fore even coming to the U of R. The
Zenon Park product started in the
summer of her Grade 11 year, compet-
ing in a similar outdoor event called
the heptathlon.
This past experience has helped
her flourish in pentathlon, and other
events, at the university level. At the
2007 conference meet, she won a
bronze in the pentathlon. The next
year, she improved her bronze to a sil-
ver and added a bronze in long jump
at the conference meet. In 2009, she
had an impressive medal haul at the
conference meet (gold, pentathlon; sil-
ver, long jump; bronze, 60m hurdles;
bronze, high jump; bronze, 4X200m re-
lay). She won a silver medal in pen-
tathlon at the CIS meet that year.
Last year, Valois could have taken
home even more medals if not for an
injury. Valois suffered a bruised right
heel after falling in a hurdles race,
which sidelined her for a large chunk
of the season.
“It motivates me even more,” said
Valois of the injury. “I don’t want that
to happen again.”
This year, Valois was all too close
to picking up another gold medal in
pentathlon at the conference champi-
“I was leading up to the 800, the
last event, by about 100 points,” she
said. “That’s one of my weaker events.
The girl that got first place ran 15 sec-
onds faster than me and ended up
beating me.
“I was happy with my perform-
ance at Canada West. I improved my
score by 140 points from two years
ago. The competition was really strong
this year in the pentathlon.”
Like Eckert, Valois is chasing that
elusive CIS gold medal. She will also
be competing in long jump, the
4X200m relay and the 4X400m relay.
Valois will be joined on the women’s
side by fellow Cougars Merissa
Margetts (60m, 300m, 4x200m relay,
4x400m), Amanda Ruller (60m,
4x200m relay), Adrea Propp (4x400m
relay, 4x200m relay alternate), Shalane
Haselhan (high jump), Nicole Breker
(triple jump), Kelsey Bohachewski
(4x200m relay), Chantelle Labrecque
(shot put), and Julia Hart (4x400m).
“It’s possible that I can get the
gold [in pentathlon,” said Valois. “It’s
going to be a really close competition.
I’m kind of nervous, but I now it’s pos-
sible. My only concern is that 800. In
the 4X200m relay team we have a
chance at medaling. I’m also in the
long jump, an event I’m ranked sev-
enth in, but if I get a good jump in
then who knows. If I improve my
score, I wouldn’t be disappointed if I
didn’t get a medal..”
While Valois is looking to breeze
by the competition at nationals, she is
wishing the same wouldn’t have hap-
pened with her university track career.
This is Valois’ last year with the
“It’s gone by too fast,” she said
with a laugh. “My experience has been
great. I wouldn’t change it if I had a
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“I’ve always been a high jumper mostly, so
going from one event to five events is a
pretty big difference By the end of that
1,000 m [the last event in men’s pentathlon]
you’re pretty dead for sure.”
Jeremy Eckert
Bill Zuk
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Cougars track and field athletes tackle the difficult pentathlon event
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It was likely the happiest Alexandra
Williamson has ever been after check-
ing her voicemail.
On Saturday, Feb. 26, while
Williamson was curling with her jun-
ior squad at the Callie Curling Club,
she received a message on her phone
from her university coach David
Miller. The message informed her that
her University of Regina women’s
curling squad was heading to the CIS
curling championships, at Memorial
University in St John's, Nfld. The
championships began on March 9
and end on Sunday.
The Williamson's rink -- also con-
sisting of third Kelsey Michaluk, sec-
ond Stephanie Gress, lead Jade Ivan,
and alternate Chantel Martin – hopes
to go to nationals was on thin ice.
Competing at the Canada West cham-
pionships last month in Edmonton,
Regina finished third at 1-2 in the
four-team women’s division. Since
only the top two teams in the confer-
ence were to advance, it appeared as
though Alberta (3-0) and
Saskatchewan (2-1) would advance
out of the women’s side.
However, there was some uncer-
tainty around whether the Quebec
Athletic Conference would send any
teams. Since the QAC did not have
any regional playdowns, they were
not allowed to send any teams to na-
tionals and this opened the door for
the third place finisher in the men’s
and women’s division at Canada
West to advance. This helped
Regina’s women’s team, but not the
men, who finished last at regionals
(0-5). Manitoba (5-0), Alberta (4-1),
and Saskatchewan (3-2) advanced out
of the men’s side. There are eight
men’s and women’s teams compet-
ing at nationals, also including three
teams in each division from Ontario,
one from the Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and
New Brunswick area, and the host
“[David] left me a message and
told me to start packing my bags be-
cause we’d be leaving in a week or
so,” said Williamson, a first-year so-
cial work student. “It was pretty ex-
citing, but at the same time it’s nerve
racking because you’re missing a
whole bunch of school. But you can
catch up on school.
“We knew there was a chance we
could be going if we got third place
[at Canada West], so we definitely
had to make sure we got third place
just in case Quebec decided not to go.
We had our fingers crossed for a cou-
ple of days hoping they would not
This year, for the first time in
Canada West and Atlantic Canada,
regional playdowns were used to de-
termine which teams would advance
to nationals. In the past, the best team
from each school could go. While this
new format almost led to
Williamson’s squad not going, she is
still happy with the new format.
“I think it’s good,” she said. “You
have to compete to get anywhere.
That’s what it’s like in junior compe-
tition too. You have to win at every
level to keep going up and up to other
Though they have reached the
next level, Williamson and her team
don’t have much time to revel in their
success. The club has had to focus on
the top-notch competition they will
be facing at nationals. The team has
only been together for around a year
– each curling in the Saskatchewan
Junior Curling Association ranks be-
fore that – so they have been trying to
get in sufficient practice time.
Regionals had been the first major
university competition for any of
“We certainly haven’t had as
much practice as the other teams have
and we haven’t really played a lot to-
gether because we have other com-
mitments,” said Williamson. “Now,
our commitment is to this team so
we’re looking to do better at the na-
tional competition. Since we are un-
derdogs, we’re hoping to use that to
our advantage.”
There could be some added pres-
sure on Williamson’s rink, due to the
fact that they will be trying to defend
the U of R’s title from last season. At
the 2010 nationals in Edmonton, Alta.,
Brooklyn Lemon’s U of R women’s
squad topped the Saint Mary’s
Huskies 6-5 in dramatic extra-end ac-
tion to finish first. It was the U of R
women’s first national curling title.
Lemon’s team then advanced to the
World Universiade in Erzurum,
Turkey, in late-January/early-
February, where they placed sixth
overall with a 4-5 record.
“It’s mostly comforting [know-
ing Regina has had success at nation-
als] and there’s not so much
pressure,” Williamson commented on
trying to defend the title. “We know
Brooklyn’s team has been here, so we
feel we can do pretty good here too.
We’ve just go to play our best.”
And, though they almost didn’t
qualify for nationals, it is not like
Williamson’s team limped in. They
finished comfortably in third at re-
gionals after earning an 8-3 victory
over fourth-place Manitoba (0-4).
Regina fell to Saskatchewan and
Alberta by close 7-5 counts.
Williamson was happy with her
team’s performance at regionals and
is looking forward to nationals, win
or lose.
“We’re happy just to have the ex-
perience of going,” she said. “It was a
goal that we had set at the beginning
of the year. You’ve got to look for-
ward to the experience – there’s a
banquet and we’ll get to meet new
people. We weren’t exactly supposed
to be going, so getting the chance to
go is awesome.”
The team
looking to
defend U of R’s
Alexandra Williamson
Position: Skip
Year: First
Major: Social Work
Kelsey Michaluk
Position: Third
Year: First
Major: Science
Stephanie Gress
Position: Second
Year: Second
Major: Education
Jade Ivan
Position: Lead
Year: Fourth
Major: Education
Chantel Martin
Position: Alternate
Year: First
Major: Science
David Miller
Position: Coach
“it was pretty exciting, but at the same
time it’s nerve racking because you’re
missing a whole bunch of school. But you
can catch up on school.”
Alexandra Williamson
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The University of Regina’s women’s curling team, from left to right: Alexandra Williamson, Kelsey Michaluk, Stephanie Gress, Jade Ivan, Chantel Martin and David Miller (coach)
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The road to a national championship
just became a little bit tougher for
the University of Regina Cougars
women’s basketball team.
After earning themselves a spot
in the Canada West Final Four, the
team headed to Saskatoon last week-
end with hopes of coming away
with a conference title and, more im-
portantly, an automatic berth in the
CIS championships. However, they
did not reach their goal.
The Cougars started the tourna-
ment off on the right note, as they
were able to register a victory
against the Alberta Pandas by just a
four-point margin.
“Other than the second quarter,
we really limited our turnovers,
which enabled us to run an effective
offence,” Cougars head coach Dave
Taylor wrote in a statement posted to
This effective offence that Taylor
alluded to allowed the Cougars to
stay ahead on the scoresheet for al-
most the entire game, but due to the
fact that the lead was never greater
than 10, it was by no means a run-
away victory.
As Alberta kept working away,
they suddenly found themselves in a
tie with Regina going into the fourth
quarter. Alberta was then able to get
their first lead of the game when
Katie Arbuthnot hit a pair of free
throws to put the Pandas up by a
slim two points.
The small lead wouldn’t last
long, as Lindsay Ledingham put the
Cougars on her shoulders and man-
aged to rally off eight consecutive
points to put her team back on top.
Alberta kept trying to claw their way
back into the game, but with time
ticking down, the victory slipped out
from the Pandas’ paws and into the
strong grip of the Cougars by a final
score of 72-68.
“Our usual suspects in
Ledingham and (Joanna) Zalesiak
were good, but in the first half
Megan Chamberlin stepped up and
(Gabrielle) Gheyssen did the same
in the second,” offered Taylor.
Ledingham was able to rack up
21 points on the night, with Zalesiak
adding 16 and Gheyssen and
Chamberlin pitching in with 15 and
10 points respectively.
With the semifinal win, the
Cougars were set to take on the host
team, the Saskatchewan Huskies, in
the conference final on Saturday
night. A win on Saturday would
mean an automatic place at nation-
als, while a loss would send the team
down the conference ladder, but not
out of national contention.
Game 2 had a similar feel to
Game 1 in that the Cougars were
able to stay on top for most of the
game, but never by a margin greater
than nine.
Carly Graham did what she
does best and sank a three to put the
Cougars up by four with seven min-
utes to go in the final quarter.
However, the home-court ad-
vantage really came into play, as the
Huskies were able to register 10 con-
secutive points to take the lead away
from the Cougars.
The Cougars replied with a six-
point run of their own, but the five
minutes they went without scoring
would prove to be costly.
With the game now tied at 70
points apiece, Huskies player Kim
Tulloch stuck the nail in the coffin for
the Cougars as she hit a three-
pointer with just over one minute
remaining on the clock.
After trading free throws,
Zalesiak’s final effort for a game-ty-
ing three hit the rim. As a result, the
Cougars fell to the Huskies by a final
score of 77-74.
Saskatchewan advances to na-
tionals with the victory, while the
Cougars loss means that the Regina
fans will get to see a little more
Cougar action at home, as they will
host a four-team CIS West Regional
tournament on March 11-12 at the
Centre for Kinesiology, Health and
Other teams participating in the
tournament will include the Laurier
Golden Hawks, Universite du
Quebec à Montréal Citadins, and the
Victoria Vikes, who were named the
recipient of an at-large bid.
The winner of the four-team
tournament will receive a place in
nationals, which take place March
18-20 in Windsor, Ont., while the
three other teams will see their sea-
sons come to an end. The other re-
gionals taking place are the Central
Regional in Ottawa and the East
Regional in Fredericton, N.B. The
Huskies, Windsor Lancers, Laval
Rouge et Or, and Cape Breton
Capers have already booked their
trips to nationals.
The Cougars will be in action on
Friday at 6:15 p.m. as they take on
Victoria, while UQAM and Laurier
will face off in the other semifinal
directly following the Cougars
The winners of those two
matches will then square off in the fi-
nal on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.
Although the Cougars are now
forced to play an extra two games in
order to reach nationals, the extra
playing time is not necessarily a bad
thing. In fact, the Cougars have only
been named conference champions
once in program history, so having to
take the tougher road to the finals is
what the Cougars know best.
Regina and Victoria are preparing to
meet in a semifinal this weekend,
with the winner keeping their hopes
for nationals alive.
However, this will not be the
first time each team has met in the
playoffs this season.
In a Canada West best-of-three
quarterfinal in late-February, the
Cougars (19-5) knocked off the
Vikes (15-9) in two games.
However, each game was close.
Regina won by 65-55 and 70-67
counts. The Cougars trailed many
times in each game. Regina surren-
dered 31 turnovers in the first game
and in the second game things went
right down to the wire.
With Victoria out for revenge,
and the recent close games, expect
things to go right down to the wire
in this win-or-go-home affair.
UQAM (10-6, RSEQ) and
Laurier (15-7, West Division) are to
meet in the other semfinal.
autumn mcdowell
sports writer
Delaying their national road trip
Huskies top Cougars women’s basketball team 77-74 in Canada West
Final Four championship game
If Regina hopes to get another shot at Saskatchewan, they will have to win the West Regional tournament, happening this weekend at the U of R
“Although the Cougars are now forced to
play an extra two games in order to reach
nationals, the extra playing time is not nec-
essarily a bad thing. ”
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They have been two of the most effec-
tive players on the University of
Regina Cougars women’s basketball
team this season, and now Joanna
Zalesiak and Lindsay Ledingham
have been recognized for it.
Last week, Zalesiak was named a
Canada West first-team all-star and
Ledingham took home a second-team
nod. Both players have made the loss
of all-star post Brittany Read to an
injury all the more easier for Regina
to swallow, as the Cougars finished
third in the conference at 19-5 and
still have a shot to make it to the CIS
championships, starting March 18 in
Windsor, Ont.
For Zalesiak, this kind of success
is nothing new. Last season, in 19
games, the third-year faculty of kine-
siology and health studies student
registered 14.5 points per game and
4.5 assists per game. She was among
the top 10 in the conference in both
categories and was named a second-
team conference all-star. Zalesiak has
brought her game to another level
this season, putting up 16.2 ppg and
5.6 apg in 24 games. She finished sec-
ond in the conference in both cate-
gories. The Cougars starting point
guard led the team with 48 steals and
was third on the team with 6.5 re-
bounds per game. She also led the
team with 739 minutes played and
was third in the conference.
“Joanna is one of the most dy-
namic players in the country,” wrote
Cougars head coach Dave Taylor in a
statement posted to “She has the abil-
ity to control games offensively with
both her scoring and her ball distribu-
Ledingham, on the other hand,
enjoyed a breakout season. The third-
year science student had a career av-
erage of 5.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg heading
into this season. Playing in 24 games,
the forward and Cougars captain had
14.0 ppg and 7.6 rpg. She finished
second on the team in both categories
and was third in the conference in
rpg and seventh in ppg. She was sec-
ond on Regina’s roster with 708 mp.
“Lindsay increased her scoring
and rebounding this season while
continuing to be an outstanding de-
fender,” said Taylor. “She’s able to
score in a myriad of ways, including
from the perimeter, posting up inside,
and getting to the foul line, which
makes her a tough matchup for oppo-
The other conference first team
all-stars were Kim Tulloch
(Saskatchewan Huskies), Jill
Humbert (Saskatchewan), Caitlin
Gooch (Winnipeg Wesmen), and
Marisa Haylett (Alberta Pandas),
while second-team honours also went
to Amy Ogidan (Winnipeg), Ashley
Hill (Calgary Dinos), Zara Huntley
(UBC Thunderbirds), and Debbie
Yeboah (Victoria Vikes).
CALGARY (CUP) — Graham Dearle
isn’t your average rookie.
A typical day for the Southern
Alberta Institute of Technology
Trojans men’s hockey forward starts
off early. He attends his classes
throughout the morning before hit-
ting the rink for practice in the after-
noon. When he gets home, he plays
with his one-year-old daughter. But
once she’s in bed, it’s time to hit the
Being a student, an athlete, a hus-
band and a father makes for a busy
schedule, but this enthusiastic 30-
year-old wouldn’t have it any other
Dearle, who grew up in
Saskatchewan, previously played
professional hockey for the CHL’s
Oklahoma City Blazers. He looks
back on those years as among his
most memorable playing the game
he loves.
“It was awesome,” he said.
“There were a bunch of other guys
from Saskatchewan down there play-
ing on the team. We were all young. It
was a lot of fun.”
After playing there for four years,
Dearle moved back to Canada in
search of a career.
With the current economic state
providing fewer job opportunities,
Dearle came back to school to pursue
an education.
Dearle is currently in the first
year of the petroleum engineering
technology program. Luckily for him,
the ACAC has different rules of eligi-
bility than the CIS, and he could con-
tinue playing hockey while attending
If Dearle had gone back to uni-
versity, his four years of pro hockey
in the U.S. would’ve counted against
his eligibility, meaning he could still
go to school but couldn’t continue
playing hockey at the CIS level.
“I am glad that we have a system
in place that allows him to come back
to school and continue to play,”
Trojans head coach Ken Babey said.
“We want guys to be able to come
back and play, and get on with their
lives at the same time.”
After being away from the game
for a couple of years, Dearle had to
get whipped into shape fast. It took a
couple of games for him to find his
legs, but he feels he’s in top shape
right now and ready to contribute.
“I’m a team guy and I’ll do what-
ever the coach needs,” Dearle said.
“I haven’t won anything in a long
time, but we got a good thing going
here and I’ll do whatever it takes to
Babey said Dearle is a good role
model for the younger players on the
team. His play provides energy, and
his presence offers veteran leadership
in the locker room.
“Here’s a guy at 30 who really
doesn’t have to still [play hockey],”
Babey said. “He’s still playing be-
cause he loves the game and wants to
remain competitive.”
jonathan hamelin
sports editor
“Joanna [Zalesiak] is one of the most dynamic players in the coun-
try … Lindsay [Ledingham] increased her scoring and rebounding
this season while continuing to be an outstanding defender.”
Dave Taylor
Double the pleasure
Cougars Joanna Zalesiak and Lindsay Ledingham earn
Canada West women’s basketball all-star nods
Zalesiak averaged 16.2 ppg and 5.6 apg in 24 games this season.
curtis taylor
weal (southern alberta
institute of technology)
“Here’s a guy at
30 who really
doesn’t have to
still [play
hockey]. He’s still
playing because
he loves the
game and wants
to remain com-
Ken Babey
Trojans head coach
The joys of
fatherhood — and
everything else
SAIT Trojans men’s hockey rookie Dearle
juggles being a dad, going to school, and
playing the game he loves
Graham Dearle (left) formerly played for the CHL’s Oklahoma City
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March 10 - 16, 2011
BRANTFORD, Ont. (CUP) — It’s 6:30
a.m. on a Sunday and AC/DC’s
“Thunderstruck” is reverberating
through the dressing room while the
players discuss their Saturday nights.
Head coach Andrew Francella, a
third-year concurrent education stu-
dent, finishes filling up the team’s wa-
ter bottles and comes out of the
bathroom to try to motivate the 11
smiling faces waiting for him.
“Alright, guys, bring it in,”
Francella says to his team, the
Brantford Avengers. “We’ve been in
the last few games we played and if
we play hard and hustle, I think we
can win this one.”
This morning, he’s wearing a navy
hoodie, a pair of faded blue jeans and
flashy grey Nikes as he lays out the
strategy for the morning’s contest. He
emphasizes that the team must con-
tinue working on clearing the puck off
the boards in the defensive zone and
setting up plays from the point on of-
“But the most important thing to-
day is what, guys?” Francella asks.
“I’ll give you a hint: It starts with an
“Fun!” shouts back one enthusi-
astic player.
Francella asks again, louder this
time, and the whole team screams the
answer back this time.
“You have to keep it light-hearted,
because when you’re learning, you
want to emphasize, ‘Yeah, you’re still
learning, you’re not going to get every-
thing right away,’” Francella said.
“That’s why making sure they’re hav-
ing fun is the biggest thing, so that
when they make mistakes, they don’t
get down on themselves.”
While most students are sleeping
in, sometimes in an effort to get rid of
a hangover, Francella has spent each
Saturday and Sunday morning this
year waking up early to coach his team
of eight- and nine-year-olds.
Francella was given the opportu-
nity to coach kids hockey in
September, when he received a phone
call from the Brantford Minor Hockey
Association novice commissioner, ask-
ing if he was still interested. Earlier in
the summer, Francella wrote emails to
various local organizations, trying to
get involved.
“I just wanted more experience
working with kids and I hadn’t really
had experience working with younger
kids,” he said. “And with hockey and
other sports, that’s just something I’ve
always done and played. I wanted ex-
perience coaching, because I’d like to
have experience for later on when I
become a teacher.”
Things have not been entirely
smooth over the course of the season
for Francella. He said that though the
parents on the team had no problem
with his young age – the other coaches
are all fathers – he feels that he has
been taken advantage of because of it,
noting an imbalance among teams.
“There’s my team and another
team that are at the bottom, and [the
top-three teams] are just beating up
on us – a lot of the games aren’t close,”
Francella said. “And the whole reason
I say it’s not balanced is because I
think they purposely tried to manipu-
late me ... being a young coach.
“For example, we drafted an [A-
graded player] and if we had that
player we’d be really balanced, but
what happened is the convener took
that player without any compensation
and put him on his team. So his team
is now the top, and we haven’t won
yet, so at some point you have to say,
is this really ethical? I know you want
to win, but we haven’t won yet.”
On top of that, Francella said that
as the long seven-month season be-
gins to wind down, he is absolutely
drained from the time he has put in.
“The season is so long,” he said.
“It runs from September to March, so
all of my weekends in that time are
dedicated to it. If anyone has plans out
of town, I can’t make it, and with
hockey on weekends and then
practicum on Monday, it’s starting to
drain me.”
However, he said that despite the
time commitment, he still loves it.
“I really love ... coaching hockey; I
wouldn’t do it if I didn’t,” he said with
a smile.
When the game finally gets un-
derway, Francella immediately looks
at ease behind the bench, walking up
and down it offering advice and en-
couragement to his players.
He manages his lines methodically
like a young Scotty Bowman and re-
wards good play by throwing out
more fist bumps than Barney Stinson.
The Avengers, who have struggled
this season and are still looking for
their first win, find themselves in the
game against the league’s best team.
After the first period, the game is tied
When the second period gets un-
derway, however, the Avengers begin
to fall behind. Though the name of the
game is still fun, Francella grimaces
with pain and looks away when his
team falls behind by three goals – the
fire of competition still burns inside
At the end of the second period,
the Avengers are down 6–2, so
Francella calls the team in and tries to
ignite that same fire in his players.
“Alright, guys. We’re down four,
but there’s a lot of time left,” he says.
“You guys are playing great. Just con-
tinue to hustle and keep shooting.”
And to an extent, it works. The
Avengers start to buzz in the oppo-
nent’s zone and one player gets
sprung on a breakaway before being
hauled down by a diving defender. As
natural instinct, Francella yells, “That’s
a trip, ref!” before remembering where
he was and the not-so-competitive
level of play.
As the final seconds tick off the
clock, Francella reminds his players to
get out on the ice and congratulate
their goalie when the game ends.
The Avengers finish on the wrong
end of an 8–2 tally, but he refuses to let
them be discouraged.
In the dressing room post-game,
he calls for his team to give three
cheers for their goalie, and upon hear-
ing the first one, calls for a second
cheer – only louder this time.
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“You have to keep it light-hearted ... That’s
why making sure they’re having fun is the
biggest thing, so that when they make mis-
takes, they don’t get down on themselves.”
Andrew Francella
Putting the 'fun' in fundamentals
Laurier-Brantford student spends his weekends giving back to minor hockey
Kyle Brown/The Sputnik
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WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) — The
Wilfrid Laurier University Golden
Hawks women’s soccer team spent
their reading week doing something
a bit less traditional.
While other students flocked to
tropical destinations or ski chalets,
the Hawks were playing and training
in Bolton, England, soaking up a cul-
ture dominated by soccer –or, of
course, football as the locals prefer to
call it.
Over the week, the team trained
at English Premier League club
Bolton Wanderers FC's Academy fa-
cility, played an exhibition against an
English squad and took in a pair of
professional games, absorbing the
legendary crowd atmosphere associ-
ated with European soccer games.
“It was amazing to see the differ-
ence in culture compared to here,”
Laurier team captain Sadie Anderson
said. “The passion they have for the
game was unbelievable.”
The team spent every morning
training at Bolton’s Academy facility
and, although it’s meant for players
who are high school aged and
younger, it was clear the club spared
no expense.
“We were training at Bolton’s
Academy fields and they had an ab-
solutely amazing facility,” Anderson
said. “They had about 15 fields and
they were probably the nicest fields
I’ve ever played on.”
In addition to training at a world-
class facility, the Hawks also got a
taste of live game action in England.
The team played an exhibition match
against the under-18 squad of
Queen’s Park Rangers FC, a team
from just outside of London, and won
handily against their European op-
“The plan was to play two games
and train the whole time, but our first
game was cancelled because the
fields were all flooded so we only got
to play one,” Anderson explained.
“[Queen's Park Rangers] weren’t
their senior women’s team, but we
took what we could get and it was
still a great experience.”
Perhaps the Hawks’ greatest ex-
posure to England’s passion for soc-
cer was at the two professional games
the team took in.
The team watched Manchester
City play Greek side Aris in a Europa
Cup qualifier and an FA Premier
League game between league-lead-
ing Manchester United and last-place
Wigan Athletic.
According to Anderson, the sup-
port the fans give their clubs more
than lives up to the hype.
“It was amazing to see the culture
compared to here,” she said. “The sta-
dium was filled and everyone was
cheering the entire game. [Soccer] is
literally everywhere, it’s in every-
thing they do.
“Even a team like Wigan has
amazing support. They never give
up. The passion they have is just
WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) — The
football players at Wilfrid Laurier
University are finally able to breathe
a sigh of relief.
In February, a month after
Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport
officials tested 67 Golden Hawk foot-
ball players for performance enhanc-
ing drugs, 67 tests came back clean.
“It’s not something that I thought
of all the time, but I guess it was
something that was always there,”
said Laurier manager of football op-
erations and head coach Gary Jeffries
regarding the test results.
“It’s such a relief to get the re-
sults that I always knew we’d get and
I couldn’t be more proud of the team.
I’m just so happy for them and now
we can put it to bed and move on.”
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
football has been in the midst of a
crackdown on steroids ever since
nine Waterloo Warriors players
tested positive last March.
This led the university to make
the unprecedented decision to sus-
pend its football program for the sea-
Those tests at Waterloo marked
the first time that the CCES tested
the majority of a single team’s roster
during the off-season, previously
leaning more heavily upon random
unannounced testing of a handful of
players from different teams.
However, the Warriors tests were
prompted by former Waterloo foot-
ball players Nathan Zettler and
Brandon Krukowski being charged
with intent to traffic steroids.
The tests at Laurier were the first
truly random, unannounced large-
scale tests in recent years. However,
there was speculation that the
school’s proximity to Waterloo
played a role in the decision to test at
“Obviously, things got magnified
with what happened at [Waterloo],
and with us being down the street
people may have thought we were
connected,” said Hawks wide re-
ceiver Shamawd Chambers, who was
among the 67 Hawks tested.
“But we aren’t connected at all,
we all knew no one in here was on
While the pressure of the pend-
ing test results could very well have
weighed on the Hawks’ minds, ac-
cording to Chambers, they were
never an issue.
“I can’t speak for everyone, but
for me I was fine,” he said. “I knew
that I wasn’t on anything and I knew
that my friends weren’t on anything
either. We just wanted to get it over
with and move and here we are.”
These drug tests marked the lat-
est in what has become a recurring
theme of potential off-field distrac-
tions for the Golden Hawks over the
past seven months.
From the questions surrounding
the late transfers of nine Warriors
players in late summer to the eligibil-
ity concerns of defensive end David
Montoya, which ended up costing
the Hawks a win, to the recent news
that only one of the nine former
Waterloo players will be able to play
at Laurier again next year, it has been
a rocky time for the Purple and Gold.
“To be honest, a lot of people
probably thought we were really
stressed out with everything that’s
been going on off the field, but all
we’ve ever cared about or focused
on is football,” Chambers said.
“Football is a stress reliever for
me and I’m guessing it is for the 73
other guys on this team, so the best
thing we could do was just keep go-
The University of Calgary con-
firmed that 60 football players were
tested at a team training session two
weeks ago, marking the first set of
“mass tests” outside the Waterloo re-
justin fauteux
cord (wilfrid laurier
“It was amazing
to see the differ-
ence in culture [in
England] com-
pared to here. The
passion they have
for the game is
Sadie Anderson
Experiencing real
Laurier Golden Hawks women’s soccer team
spends reading week in England
Laurier got to train at a world-class facility, play against and English team and take in some Europa Cup and
FA Premier League action
justin fauteux
cord (wilfrid laurier
Clean as a whistle
Results of January’s drug test of
67 Golden Hawks football players
comes back negative
Nine Waterloo Warriors players tested positive last March, leading the
university to suspend its program for a year.
“I knew that I
wasn’t on any-
thing and I knew
that my friends
weren’t on any-
thing either. We
just wanted to
get it over with
and move and
here we are.”
Shamawd Chambers
Wilfrid Laurier wide
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March 10 - 16, 2011
It’s decision time in the UFC. While
some fighters are trying to settle on a
weight class, others are trying to settle
on a nickname.
As BJ “The Prodigy” Penn contin-
ues to contemplate which weight class
he would like his ass to be kicked in
next, it seems he has settled on welter-
weight. This could be a strategic move
on his part as Frankie Edgar, the light-
weight champion, seems to have “The
Answer” to all of Penn’s problems.
However, the more likely reason is that
Penn is simply too lazy to cut weight to
try and get to 155 lbs., and has come to
terms with his fat gut tipping the scales
at 170 lbs.
In Penn’s current home of the 170
lbs. division, he recently took on Jon
Fitch in a fight that would decide who
would get the next title shot against
welterweight stud Georges St-Pierre.
The possibility that either of these two
could possibly get another shot at GSP
is enough to make a person puke. How
Joe Silva, the UFC’s matchmaker, could
somehow think that either of these two
is worthy of being in the same cage as
St-Pierre is laughable.
The mediocre contest between
Penn and Fitch headlined an absolutely
brutal fight card; if anyone spent fifty
bucks on it they should feel truly
ashamed. The back and forth headliner
was apparently too close to call for the
incompetent judges and was declared a
draw. For those keeping score, a draw is
worse than losing. You know you have
wasted your money when the biggest
fight on the card ends in a draw. The
only positive aspect that came out of
this draw was that, due to the fact that
there was no winner, there is no top
contender, and therefore no title shot
for either of them, thank God.
In a rather bizarre turn of events,
formally Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez
has opted to change his nickname to
“The Dream”. Sanchez feels that “The
Dream” is a much more positive nick-
name and he does not want to be at-
tached to the negative energy that he
feels is associated with the nickname
“Nightmare”. This is also why Sanchez
annoyingly yells “yes!” repeatedly be-
fore he even steps into the octagon.
Although Sanchez’s antics appear
rather crazy, they also appear to be
Martin Kampmann should take a
page out of Sanchez’s positivity book as
Sanchez was able to earn the victory
over him at UFC on Versus 3 on March
3. The win was slightly controversial
as an uproar of “boo”s came over the
crowd when Sanchez was announced
the winner by unanimous decision.
Most of the spectators believed that
Kampmann should be the winner
purely by the amount of damage he
was able to inflict on Sanchez’s face.
Sanchez’s left eye was dripping blood
all over his body and was almost com-
pletely swollen shut, making him look
eerily similar to Sloth from The
However, by leaving it in the hands
of the judges, Kampmann will now
have to climb up the welterweight lad-
der once again. One can only assume
that it was the nickname change that al-
lowed Sanchez to secure the victory.
Kampmann wasn’t a complete
loser, as the president of the UFC, Dana
White, gave each fighter $160,000
bonus for their performances inside the
octagon, setting a new UFC record for
highest bonus. The fight was good and
definitely entertaining but 160K?
The next time fighters will step
back into the octagon will be on March
19, when the light heavyweight title
will be on the line. Champion Mauricio
“Shogun” Hua will be taking on chal-
lenger Jon “Bones” Jones, as Shogun
attempts to defend the belt.
This fight card is surprisingly good,
as the co-main event features former
WEC stud Urijah Faber, who will take
on Eddie Wineland in the newly added
135 lbs. division. These two little guys
will go toe to toe with the hopes of
earning a shot at the bantamweight
Other notable fighters on the card
include Canadian Nate Marquadt,
Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Mirko “right
leg hospital, left leg cemetery” Cro Cop
to name a few.
This should be a great night of fights, so
good in fact that I may just have to pur-
chase it.
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The RCMP are trying to butt out
smoking in vehicles.
Charges were laid against two in-
dividuals who were smoking in the
same vehicle as children in Humboldt
on Jan. 3.
The law, which outlaws smoking
in vehicles with children under the
age of 16, came into effect on Oct. 1.
Based on statistics at the end of
January 2011, the RCMP had laid no
charges – making these two effec-
tively the first of their nature.
The first, yes. The only? Perhaps.
The questions I had when the law
first came in are, I believe, still rele-
vant. First – how does one enforce a
law of this nature?
Children under 12 are supposed
to be in the backseat of a vehicle for
safety reasons. Nearly all backseats
have tinted windows and extremely
limited visibility. How is an officer,
driving by, probably in the opposite
direction, going to see if there is a
child in the backseat of a vehicle?
Even if the cruiser is parked and a
vehicle with an occupant smoking
drives by, will the officer be able to
determine beyond a shadow of a
doubt that there is someone under
the age of 16 in the car?
What if the person in the car just
looks like they are under 16 and it
turns out that they are actually 17 or
18? I know I look like I’m under 16
when I have no makeup on, and I’m
21. Can an officer get away with an
accidental pull over? I know random
checks are acceptable, but how far can
you take that before people start get-
ting angry? If I got pulled over at 2
p.m., doing the speed limit or below,
I would be mad. It would be a huge
waste of my time and a huge waste of
the officer’s time, who is presumably
getting paid to actually hand out real
Another question I have is – How
can an officer even be 100 per cent
certain that the individual is smok-
ing? They could be chewing a tooth-
pick, or sucking on a straw. Weirder
things have happened. Again, the is-
sue with limited visibility into mov-
ing vehicles comes up.
I understand the importance of
this law, I really do. There are proven
health risks to anyone exposed to sec-
ondhand smoke, and the risk only in-
creases when it’s a child involved. I
just don’t see how it’s feasible to actu-
ally put it into action.
Perhaps the fact that there have
only been two charges laid in almost
six months proves my theory. Or
maybe I’m all wrong, and the law re-
ally is more than just smoke and mir-
BRANTFORD, Ont. (CUP) –– I have
had an epiphany: Smoking is not
positive for one’s health.
This revelation may have oc-
curred as a result of my 14 years of
public education, my parents’ warn-
ings and disapproval, the many dis-
criminatory anti-smoking
advertisements or even the graphic
warnings on and inside the cigarette
I can, without a doubt, tell you
that it did not occur through ignorant
non-smokers telling me about their
grand revelation. People tell smokers
this known fact to enlighten them, to
“save” them or to point out their im-
But stating the obvious doesn’t
enlighten people, nor does it grant
one genius status; it makes you a
fool, similar to “enlightening” some-
one about their skin colour.
Trying to save people by trying
to make them quit isn’t saving them,
either. About one in four Canadians
are estimated to die from cancer, but
I can tell you that the one in four
Canadians aren’t all smokers. Nine in
10 Canadians have at least one risk
factor for heart disease and stroke.
These factors include smoking, alco-
hol, physical inactivity, obesity, high
blood pressure, high cholesterol and
diabetes. Newsflash: 100 per cent of
Canadians will die.
There is no saving us because to-
day, everything kills us – lead, plas-
tics, sugar, falling coconuts. People
will live the lives they wish to live.
Pointing out another person’s smok-
ing problem is only a defence mech-
anism to shelter your own
self-conscious mindset.
Public smoking no longer affects
non-smokers because smoking can’t
occur within public buildings.
Walking by a smoker outside will not
give you cancer, but your cellphone,
the car fumes you breathe, the sun in
the sky and even the chemical-laced
food you eat might.
I smoke because I enjoy it.
Mixing it with the mental and biolog-
ical addiction that makes it a prob-
lem, it becomes a problem I enjoy.
Obesity is a problem, too, but if
someone is happily obese, is it right
to remind them constantly about the
life-threatening problem? If you say
yes, put yourself in their shoes.
Smoking does not affect people’s
mental abilities. Someone can smoke
without impairing their driving; they
can work and talk and perform any
Imagine that you are drinking at
a party and someone tells you the
dangers of drinking and tries to get
you to stop drinking. And this hap-
pens every time you drink. “That’s
going to rot your liver, you know!”
they chide you.
This would annoy you and prob-
ably ruin drinking for you.
I can tell you that it annoys me
and ruins smoking for me, but I will
forever continue because three years
of being lectured and warned has not
stopped me. I smoke, I feel, I eat, I
sleep, I breathe, I cry, I smile, I walk
past you, I sit beside you in class. I
am not just a smoker, but a human
being just like you.
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After reading last issue’s commen-
tary section and the campaign pro-
files, I felt compelled to respond to
several things that were asserted
In Bart Soroka’s letter he points
out that “There is no provision any-
where that Kyle or anyone else would
get free meals at the Owl.” He then
points out that every dollar the Owl
earns goes on to support student so-
cieties on campus. This is a good
point, except that he fails to mention
that each member of the URSU exec-
utive gets a 50 per cent discount on
food at the Owl. Although the Owl
has been managed efficiently over the
past few years, no restaurant has a
50 per cent mark up between cost and
profits. Consequently, every meal an
URSU executive member eats at the
Owl costs student societies money.
As a board member, Bart should
know that.
That being said, there is a valid
reason that URSU executive members
get, and should continue to get, a dis-
count at the Owl and a tuition rebate;
namely, they are massively under
paid. The year that I was URSU pres-
ident I broke down the hours I
worked, divided it by my gross
monthly honorarium, and calculated
that I was paid around $7.00 an hour.
Being under paid has led some URSU
executive members to get another job,
which in my opinion is bad for the or-
ganization. It’s a privilege and an ho-
nour to serve on the URSU Executive,
but you should not have to go broke
doing it.
Later in his article Mr. Soroka
points out that “Lowering tuition is
always a contentious issue when I
bring it up around my [department]
lounge (Economics).” As an alumnus
of the U of R Economics department,
I know what he is trying to get at
here. The best argument against tu-
ition freezes has nothing to do with
quality of education. It is that if tu-
ition fees are further subsidized it can
be seen as a transfer of wealth via
taxation from Saskatchewan taxpay-
ers to students who will earn more in-
come and have a higher net worth in
the long run than the average tax
My response to this article is, al-
though I believe it’s true, it can be
simply solved by ensuring that we
have a progressive tax system that
will reap higher tax revenues from
those students who graduate and go
on to earn higher income. Instead of
making the stronger economic argu-
ment above, Barton then trots out an
old trope about balancing affordabil-
ity and quality, which is totally un-
I would ask him to provide evi-
dence that would show that between
1991 and 2004 in Saskatchewan the
quality of the education increased 227
per cent, which was the percentage
increase of tuition in the province
during that time period.
I would then ask him and any of
his peers if they understood the
meaning of a fully funded tuition
freeze, which is what Saskatchewan
had from 2004-2008. Simply put, it
means that the provincial govern-
ment increases the operating grants
to Universities to their request levels.
Finally, since Mr. Soroka dis-
agrees with tuition freezes, I would
ask how he supports a province as
rich as Saskatchewan having tuition
costs that are on average $1,200 more
than Manitoba and over $2,500 more
than Newfoundland.
To put this into perspective, giv-
ing every post-secondary student in
Saskatchewan completely free tuition
would cost the provincial govern-
ment no more than $150 million a
year. This is less than the government
committed in 2011 for increased
spending on municipal infrastructure
($177 million), highway construction
($161.6 million), farm stabilization
($234.1 million), and income assis-
tance programs ($321.3 million).
Now, I am not saying that tuition fees
should be free or that the other gov-
ernment-funded programs listed are
unimportant; however, it is my opin-
ion that tuition rates are too high in
Saskatchewan. This causes 50 per
cent of the province’s students to go
into debt, which averages $25,000
when they graduate. One way to
solve this issue in part would be for
the province to again implement a
fully-funded tuition freeze in order
to maintain the quality of education
while also increasing affordability.
While one candidate has specifi-
cally singled me out for praise when
it comes to fighting for tuition freezes,
it should be noted that I do not sup-
port this candidate and have only
ever met him on two occasions. I
would like to set the record straight
and put it out there that it was actu-
ally the work of a significant number
of dedicated URSU and USSU
Executive members over a five-year
span that led to tuition freezes. It was
the involvement of countless board
members, students, and other sup-
porters who rallied and signed peti-
tions and got involved in the fight for
affordable and accessible education.
Furthermore, it involved a strong
provincial lobby effort which even-
tually led the former NDP govern-
ment, which had allowed tuition to
increase significantly, to agree to stu-
dent’s demands. The good news is
that those efforts could be updated
and replicated to ensure that stu-
dents’ voices are heard loud and clear
by the current Sask. Party govern-
I would like to end this letter
with a note about a debate I have
heard going on around campus re-
garding partisanship with respect to
URSU executive members. The URSU
Constitution does state under
Principles of the Student’s Union, that
URSU is “To remain politically non-
partisan in all activities and lobby ef-
forts.” To me this does not mean that
members of the URSU executive can-
not be politically involved. In fact, ex-
cluding those who have been
involved in partisan politics from tak-
ing part in URSU elections would not
only violate their rights as members
of URSU but also, and more impor-
tantly, would have seen the exclusion
of several very strong URSU execu-
tive members who have served in the
nearly ten years I have been on cam-
pus. Instead, I believe that this pas-
sage means that the organization of
URSU must ensure that it does not
support any one political party over
another based on the political inclina-
tions of members of the URSU
Executive. Instead of criticizing can-
didates for their involvement in par-
tisan politics, why not ask them how
they would behave if they were
Dear Barton,
I am not sure why you are so
quick to defend tuition hikes. Let’s
not deal with future events until they
arrive – once 400 people show up for
a class, we can sort out how to deal
with that situation. At this time it is
simply a possibility. I would add that
just because URSU is undertaking
certain action, they are not absolved
from performing other duties. If I told
a professor that I had handed in my
term paper and as such felt I didn’t
need to attend the final, I’m sure he
would have some choice words for
me. Completing part of a stated duty
does not absolve anyone from per-
forming the rest of that stated duty. I
understand that criticism is unpleas-
ant and no one particularly cares for
it, especially when groundless.
However, elected officials need criti-
cism, How else do they determine
what their constituents need from
Why, if URSU is doing such a
good job, do people question the or-
ganization? I know that there will al-
ways be those that complain, but it
seems that some worries and com-
plaints are legitimate. I believe it is
URSU’s job to fight for lowered tu-
ition, not wonder what will happen if
it does occur. Poll the school – how
many students would say it’s not in
their interest to lower tuition? Once
many students, as a group, say, “No
we don’t want tuition lowered!” then
it is absolutely fine for URSU to forgo
attempts at lowering tuition. Until
then, get me some money please!
As to how busy the URSU staff are,
please enlighten me as to how many
campaign promises have come to
fruition. I vaguely remember some-
thing about recycling and increased
sustainability. Where are the solu-
tions and options that we need? As a
student I need to see changes and I
don’t see them; perhaps my eyes
aren’t open enough?
Now, I don’t want a re-iteration
of URSU’s duties. I know it performs
administrative duties that keep me
as a student relatively comfortable
day to day. I’m wondering how the
current executive has contributed to
the enhancement of this functioning?
As a student, I’d like to know which
specific policies were created and en-
acted by the current URSU members.
If there is a host of policies that have
been undertaken and are making a
large difference to the student popu-
lation then please accept my apolo-
gies. I see no damage in URSU stating
the positives they are enacting, and I
certainly do not seek to decry your at-
tempts to help the student body. I’m
just wondering, what are those at-
I would like to add that I see no prob-
lem with the URSU staff receiving a
discount at the Owl. It is fairly stan-
dard business practice to allow em-
ployees a discount on the services
they have a hand in maintaining.
Calling it out clouds more important
issues. Please let me make clear that
I am in no way attacking anyone per-
sonally; the reason I addressed my
letter to you, Bart, is simply that I
read your opinion piece. I’m just
wondering, what is being done?
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Clearing the air Dear Bart
mike burton
gabe roywright
letters to the editor
On March 16 and 17, University of
Regina students will go to the polls to
elect an URSU executive and board.
I’m writing this letter urging students
to make the smart choice and deny
Kyle Addison a third term in office.
Addison and his past executives have
had two years to make positive and
lasting changes across campus, but
have failed to do so. Why, as students,
should we allow a third year of inac-
tion to govern our campus?
URSU has wasted money on such
projects as black paint for the Owl
and a student’s union website.
Further, URSU oversaw a referendum
that caused a major split for many
members of the student body, with
no result released yet. URSU, under
For Students, hasn’t facilitated any
kind of action in lobbying the gov-
ernment for a tuition freeze. Instead,
we saw the Saskatchewan Party in-
crease tuition twice in two years,
while two URSU executive members
congratulated the party on their ad-
vertisements during the
Grey Cup on Twitter.
Many URSU executives of the
past made their presence known
throughout campus by engaging
URSU in areas of environmental sus-
tainability, improving transit, and
fighting for tuition freezes, while in-
stilling a sense of pride to be a part of
the University of Regina. Many cam-
pus groups have seemed to have
picked up the slack in doing positive
things for the university, Regina, and
society. I’m sure that URSU execs will
catch up eventually, once they’ve fin-
ished their discounted pints at the
I have had two unfortunate en-
counters with two URSU executives.
One refused to pay one dollar for a
cookie in a bake sale to benefit
Carmichael Outreach during an edu-
cation fundraiser; the other explicitly
told me during [the CFS referendum]
that he only represents the voices of
his faculty. Now, this doesn’t mean
that Addison shares these attitudes,
but when you operate as a slate,
you’re guilty by association.
Two terms under For Students
governance has resulted in zero ac-
tion for students. When the strongest
legacy a group has left over two years
is apathy and anger, I think it is time
to step down and let someone else
take over. This year, please vote to
make a difference in your school. As
Kanye West once rapped, “the clock’s
ticking. I just count hours.”
I’d like to make mention of how im-
pressed I was with the campaigning
that kick started last week for the
URSU elections. The Voice of
Students was the first and, as of
when I’m writing this letter, the only
slate with posters up and tables out.
Their platform seems to be responsi-
ble and reasonable. Although I
would love a tuition reduction, I just
don’t think it is feasible right now.
Thus, I believe a tuition freeze is the
best way to go.
However, before I decide how to
vote I’ll definitely take into account
other slates’ policies. I read their pro-
files online, but thus far was unin-
spired. In fact, I can’t help but ask:
what will Kyle Addison be cutting
from the budget to afford his promise
to “lower URSU student fees”?
You cannot lower fees without
cutting something, and as far as I’m
aware URSU’s budget doesn’t have a
lot of wiggle room. Even more con-
cerning, he also promises to increase
funding for student societies and
clubs. It is clear that something major
will have to be cut in order to afford
both lowering revenues and increas-
ing expenditures.
What will the For Students slate
eliminate? Will the UR Pride Centre
lose their funding? Will we be forced
to pay more for food in the Owl? Or
maybe Kyle Addison is prepared to
take a pay cut?
Regardless, I await the answers
to these questions. I’m excited to see
changes being brought to URSU and
their effects for U of R students.
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WINNIPEG (CUP) –– Over the past
two months, the people in Tunisia
and Egypt have managed to effect
serious change in their governments,
chasing out corrupt leaders and set-
ting the stage for democratic reform.
And the West gave them a hearty
More recently, people in Jordan,
Bahrain, Yemen and Libya have
taken steps to overthrow their op-
pressive governments. Braving bul-
lets and bombs to make themselves
And the West has been telling
them to “keep at it,” while giving
them a solid thumbs-up.
But something has been bugging
me, and it wasn’t until just now that
I figured out what it was.
We Westerners have been watch-
ing oppressed people rally in the
streets of their cities, cheering them
on and talking about how nice it is to
see democracy sweep over the
Middle East, all the while ignoring
the deep sense of irony we collec-
tively must have felt.
In June 2010, Toronto hosted the
G20 summit, where financial leaders
from the world’s 20 richest countries
gathered to discuss global finance.
This was an especially important
meeting, as the topic of the hour was
the global financial crisis, and what
actions should be taken by the G20 to
ensure the problems didn’t get
As is the way with such things,
Canadian citizens made the decision
to exercise their right to peacefully
assemble and protest the G20.
Seeing as Canada is a country
that had the foresight in 1982 to guar-
antee its citizens the right to peace-
fully assemble in the Charter of
Rights and Freedoms, protesters
could have been forgiven for assum-
ing the government would respect
their rights. Unfortunately, they were
Over the course of the summit,
protesters, many of whom were act-
ing peacefully, were subjected to ille-
gal searches, exposed to police
brutality and detained unlawfully –
often in conditions that might make
a Middle Eastern prison seem cozy.
Even members of the press were
arrested and detained by police at
the G20. Shockingly, some reported
being threatened with acts of sexual
violence by police at the detention
It would seem like the police
forces, tasked with keeping order
during the G20, were operating with-
out boundaries, and by many ac-
counts, were completely out of
To make matters worse, accord-
ing to a report from the CBC, up to 90
of the police officers present at the
G20 protests removed their
nametags, making their identifica-
tion for the purposes of filing a com-
plaint all but impossible.
Ontario’s ombudsman, André
Marin, called the police actions dur-
ing the G20 “the most massive com-
promise of civil liberties in Canadian
history." To put this in perspective,
Canadian history arguably includes
several violations of civil liberties,
such as the use of the War Measures
Act during the October Crisis in 1970
and the RCMP’s infiltration of
women’s groups.
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Dear Noah,
We could’ve sworn you said the
ark wasn’t leaving until 5:00.
The Unicorns
Is anyone else torn by wanting
to purchase Tim Horton’s dur-
ing Roll Up The Rim and know-
ing that it is contributing to
landfill waste? If only I could
use my reusable mug AND roll
up the rim…
UR Pride + Arts CARES pres-
ent ”Party Under the Rainbow”
St. Patty’s Party. Saturday 12th
at 8:00pm in LI Rotunda!
Alcohol- and cover-free!
UR Pride’s Special General
Meeting and Elections March
31st at 4PM URSUBoard Room.
Drop-off nominations at RC
by dropping them off at the Carillon (Rm. 227,
Riddell Centre) or through Facebook (Carillon
Newspaper) or Twitter (@the_carillon,
any tweet tagged #winning gets ignored forever
24 the back page
the carillon
March 10 - 16, 2011
To learn more, visit
Win $5,000 for your business
The winner—chosen by SYPE and your Facebook votes—will demonstrate
unique or innovative approaches to customer and employee relations, and overall
business growth. Entrants must be under 35 and the majority shareholder
in a business in Saskatchewan, operating for at least 3 months.
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