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April 7 - June 2, 2011 | Volume 53 Issue 23 | carillonregina.com

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the staff
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Spring is in the air! We’ve had a few rough starts, i.e. nature blatantly jerked us around and lied to us, but we’ve finally made it through to hoodie weather. And nothing looks prettier in the spring than our own Language Institute building. Except maybe Paris. But that’s kind of out of our photographers’ jurisidiction.

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arts & culture

Sports Writer

Photographers

Autumn McDowell Kim Jay Marc Messett Matt Yim

Ed Kapp Iryn Tushabe Paul Bogdan

Kelsey Conway Jarrett Crowe Matt Duguid

positive growth

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CONTRIBUTORS THIS WEEK

sports

op-ed

Martin Weaver, Devin R. Heroux, Jason Vinck, Megan Narsing

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the manifesto

The University never got a bell tower, but what it did get was the Carillon, a newspaper that serves as a symbolic bell tower on campus, a loud and clear voice belonging to each and every student. Illegitimi non carborundum.

In the late 1950s, the University of Regina planned the construction of several new buildings on the campus grounds. One of these proposed buildings was a bell tower on the academic green. If you look out on the academic green today, the first thing you’ll notice is that it has absolutely nothing resembling a bell tower.

That’s now the third time we’ve used that as our masthead lead, although this time it’s completely false. In fact, this is going to be our last regular issue for Volume 53 – we’ve got finals, too. Our first summer issue will be hitting stands in June, so until then keep carillonregina.com in your RSS reader [NOTE – ASK TECH EDITOR IF WE HAVE RSS AND ALSO WHAT RSS IS] and peep our hiring ad in the back of this issue to see how ou can help your student paper! photos
News: Kim Jay; A&C: Sick Puppies; Sports: Kelsey Conway; Op-Ed: emilypothast.wordpress.com; Cover: Marc Messett

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Israel Apartheid week: Free speech or hate speech

News Editor: Kimberly Elaschuk news@carillonregina.com the carillon, April 7 - June 2, 2011

Anti-semitism felt on campus

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martin weaver
contributor
It’s an event that some federal leaders have condemned and even Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently spoke out against, yet for the first time this year Israeli Apartheid week was held at the University of Regina. The event has taken a lot of criticism and has even been labelled “hate week” by some who argue it targets Jews. A March 9, 2009 article in the National Post states it “leaves Jewish and Israeli students wary of expressing their opinions, for fear of intimidation.” And intimidation is felt first hand by first-year linguistics student Falene McKenna. McKenna is from a small

“ All that matters
is that there’s free speech, and if not on a university campus then where else?”
Jacqueline Perlin
Assistant News Editor, Excalibur at York University

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town and grew up being the only Jewish family that she knew of, often leaving her out of activities. Prior to her arrival at the University of Regina she was excited to be part of a welcoming environment only to be disappointed. McKenna felt that the university could have presented a more balanced point of view at the event. Dr. George Maslany, VP of academics at the U of R, said the university did not share the views expressed by the event. “The university simply provided space for someone who was presenting an event like that.” Maslany added he supports the idea of free expression and “even unpopular [events], as long as they don’t cross the lines in terms of becoming treasonous, seditious or illegal.” What added to McKenna’s issue was an email she received that was sent by assistant professor Dr. Emily Eaton. “Regina is proud to be joining more than 50 cities around the world in raising awareness about the system of apartheid in Israel, and building the growing international movement of Boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns,” Eaton had written. McKenna was disappointed to see faculty members take sides in on-campus issues. Jacqueline Perlin, assistant news editor at the Excalibur at York University in Toronto, has covered the events that have gained national exposure during Israeli Apartheid week at York University in the last few years and feels that faculty members should remain unbiased. She added that an email similar to the one sent at U of R would not be

well received at York University. “Based on the history of York University I would expect that there would be strong student opposition to that, especially from the students who believe that Israel is not an Apartheid state.” Dr. Maslany, who had been unaware of the email, said, “We do have policies that prevent people from making political statements and using our email systems for that purpose.” Maslany adds that it’s difficult to prevent them from being sent. “We simply don’t have resources to monitor those types of emails.” This isn’t the first time McKenna has felt disappointed by the university. In September 2010, a guest lecturer sponsored by the sociology department at U of R, Dr. Michael Keefer from Guelph University, came to U of R for a presentation on antiSemitism and his book Anti-Semitism Real and Imagined. Dr. Keefer’s book states that there is “an imagined new anti-Semitism” in Canada that is used, “as a justification for stigmatizing and even criminalizing criticism of the state of Israel”. Ian MacAusland-Berg, the coordinator for harassment, discrimination prevention, and conflict resolution services at the University of Regina and a member of the Jewish community in Regina, said that often the university does deal with controversial issues that not everyone may like. “In a university you have to have a free exchange of ideas. Is it discrimination to bring a guy like that in? The university would say no and while we might not like it and if something comes in that’s offensive to you or disagrees with your

moral values from a universities point of view that’s part of the open and fair debate.” Perlin said that whether people would have opposed the speaker at York University or not it’s still important let these speakers talk. “A university campus is grounds for political state, whether one agrees with an opinion or not. [It] doesn’t matter on a university campus. All that matters is that there’s free speech, and if not on a university campus then where else?” Concerned about Israeli Apartheid week MacAusland-Berg sent a letter to the university on behalf of himself and other members of the Jewish community, but also on behalf of his position at the university. “The essence of the letter was that I disagree with it. I think that calling Israel an apartheid state is beyond the definition of apartheid.” The university did get back to MacAusland-Berg’s letter, “I didn’t get a bad response from the university. The response I got was ‘Thanks, we still think it’s part of a free and open debate of ideas. If anything illegal occurs appropriate action will be taken’.” MacAusland-Berg thinks that a free and open debate was important for the event, however he suggested that there were other alternatives that the university could have taken. “In regards to Israeli Apartheid Week, Lloyd Axworthy, who is the president and vice-chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, took the approach where he mandated the university to take a balanced approach, and he organized a balanced approach. It’s certainly one way of doing it.”

A balanced approach that may be absent on a broader spectrum than just the university. “Saskatchewan’s not an easy place to be a Jew. I accept that. I don’t know if the university is even more a place to be uncomfortable to be a Jew. I think the university mirrors its location. It’s not a racist place,” said MacAuskandBerg attributing much of it to the low Jewish population in the province. “We end up being the ambassadors for our own beliefs, religions, nationalities, sexual orientations. So I don’t think the university mirrors anything malicious.” Next year McKenna plans to start a group on campus in hopes to bring a different perspective to the university.

“ I think that
calling Israel an apartheid state is beyond the definition of apartheid.”
Ian MacAusland-Berg
coordinator for harassment, discrimination prevention & conflict resolution services at the University of Regina

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Positive spaces
UR Pride Centre plans campaign to make campus space more inclusive

Kim Jay

devin r. heroux
contributor
Some call it the hall of shame. The long walk up 28 stairs towards the dimly lit hallway is considered daunting for those who dare to do it. At the end of the dark hall sits the UR Pride Centre. A small sign hangs above the door: UR Pride Centre, Director Lisa Smith. Dan Shier remembers the first time he made the long walk. “You were either heading to the Women’s Centre, Pride Centre, or Health and Dental,” recalls Shier. “The Women’s Centre was clearly visible, so once you passed that you knew you were going to the Pride Centre because nobody goes to Health and Dental.” Three years ago Shier entered the

Centre mainly out of curiosity. He knew that places like this existed but never had the chance to visit one at his high school in Regina. After his first year at the University of Regina studying visual arts with a focus in print media, Shier stumbled upon an advertisement on Facebook alerting U of R students about an opportunity at the Pride Centre. They needed a graphic designer. Shier didn’t think twice. “That was the real reason I first came in. Then once I realized it was a safe place with great people I started coming every day,” said Shier. “I took a big breath and popped into the lounge.” Since then Shier has been updating the UR Pride website and has become a social media master, tweeting

“ We’re not pushing anyone to join the gay
parade yet. We’re just here to provide a safe place, and a feeling that they can belong.”
Lisa Smith
UR Pride director

and Facebook updating everything the Pride Centre is doing. He even has statistics that show how many users are on the UR Pride Facebook page on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. And his social media campaign seems to be working. In December fewer than 200 people viewed the Facebook page. As of Mar. 20 over 500 people had viewed the page. The Pride Centre Twitter has 226 followers, is following 384 people, and has made 218 tweets. The message is getting out there. “A lot of people are starting to know who we are through our social media. It’s about marketing,” said Shier. “In the end I want this to be a place that isn’t thought of as that room down the hallway.” Busy trying to change the Centre’s atmosphere and influence is director Lisa Smith. But it isn’t easy. Between answering anywhere from 30 to 50 emails daily, sitting in board meetings, and speaking to classes around the University, Smith’s time is limited. “It’s really sad actually. I’m always working,” says Smith. “When I go out to the gay bar I usually end up in a work situation. I just don’t go out much anymore.” When Smith first started coming to the Pride Centre four years ago there were a lot of things she didn’t like about it. The Centre felt restricted

to a small group of people, a feeling shared by many in the Gay and Lesbian community at the university. “In the past there was definitely a hierarchy. It was cliquey and hard to break in,” says Smith. “So when I became director that was my goal, to make it accessible to everyone.” Lately “everyone” isn’t all that much. Anywhere from two to 15 people will visit the Centre daily. And while Facebook numbers are going up, actual attendance is going down. Fifteen people at the Centre daily is considered good attendance these days, with seven to 10 of those people regulars. Smith is concerned about the perception of the Centre on campus. “There’s a stigma, I’m sure. I mean there has to be. If there wasn’t, there would be more people here I’m sure. So there must be.” With over 1,300 books with titles like Our Right to Love, Straight Jobs – Gay Lives, and Lesbian Ethics, the room is a walking encyclopedia of gender identity information. There are over 300 different pamphlets people can pick up ranging from safe-sex practices to issues relating to STIs. While there are many resources, Smith realizes that the Centre is a different place for difference reasons to everyone. “There’s people here that just need support,” says Smith. “We’re not pushing anyone to join the gay parade yet.

We’re just here to provide a safe place, and a feeling that they can belong.” As a part of that belonging UR Pride is launching a campus-wide Positive Space Network this semester. The PSN bring together a network of allied individuals and organizations that support gay rights on campus. The program is certificate-based and requires individuals and groups wishing to display the logo to participate in sensitivity training workshops in order to qualify. Smith is optimistic about the spin-off this might have for the Pride Centre. “We’ve got support from everyone. The president wrote a letter of support, the students’ union is on board, and professors have had nothing but good things to say.” And both Shier and Smith hope the support continues. In the meantime they will both continue to make that long walk up the stairs and down the hallway. A click of the mouse can provide the same sense of belonging but it will never replace that personal connection people feel when they visit the Pride Centre. “It’s a fun space, safe space, with great people,” says Shier. “There are a lot of misconceptions that this is just a gay place but it’s for everyone under the rainbow.”

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Getting your bearings
New online app accused of leading voters astray

Five

reasons you should vote

pc.gc.ca

You have a say in who makes the laws in our country. Why would you not want to give your input?

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The obvious reason

Your vote counts

biosweekly.com

ed kapp
news writer
With an upcoming federal election getting closer by the day, a new online application has many prospective voters becoming more engaged in Canadian politics – one click at a time. The Vote Compass, which is available through CBCNews.ca, gives participants 30 statements – ranging from financial to environmental, to immigration, to a whole host of other prominent issues in Canadian politics – to which they respond on a spectrum from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree”. The answers are then tabulated and used to determine which party platform most closely aligns

“ Vote Compass
is something we have introduced as a means for people to engage with the issues on the election.”
Jeff Keay
CBC

with the participants’ answers. The answers are then automatically plotted in a four-quadrant grid labeled with “economic right”, “economic left”, social liberalism”, and “social conservatism” in relation to the platforms of Canada’s five most prominent political parties. As explained on Vote Compass’ website, “The selection of statements is based on a scientific methodology known as content analysis. Based on the assumption that the issues that are frequently emphasized by parties are obviously important to them, the academic team extensively analyzes the issues parties emphasize in their platforms and other policy proposals, on their websites, and elsewhere. A parallel analysis is conducted on media content published since the previous Canadian federal election in order to assess which issues have featured prominently in Canadian political discourse.” Vote Compass, which is modeled after a similar online application available in Europe, is an academic project developed by a team of Canadian political scientists – including an advisory panel comprised of, according to Vote Compass’ website, “the country’s most prominent scholars in the study of electoral politics.” “What we’re trying to say is, based on these 30 questions, here’s where the parties fall,” explained Clifton Van Der Linden, a University of Toronto political science PhD candidate and executive director of Vote Compass. “You can

be a Conservative, an NDP, or any ideological stripe. The tool is not meant to tell you to change that stripe at all.” Despite the intentions of the creators of Vote Compass, the application has garnered its fair share of controversy since being introduced last week. While most of the controversy surrounding Vote Compass is a result of participants misinterpreting the purpose of the application, a perceived Liberal-bias in the Vote Compass has many up in arms. Kathy Brock, a political science professor at Queens University, was one of the first to denounce Vote Compass on grounds of a Liberalbias in the application. After completing the quiz a number of times with varying strategies, Brock said each strategy led her to the Liberal designation. Over the course of five attempts, Brock first answered all 30 statements with “somewhat agree”. Then, on a second attempt, with “somewhat disagree”, then again with “strongly agree”, then with “strongly disagree”, and finally, she responded with the neutral response of “neither agree nor disagree.” For the final portion of the quiz, where users rank leaders based on competence and trustworthiness, Brock said she consistently answered with “I don’t know.” “Each time, I came up in the centre, so I would be labeled a Liberal,” she said, “There’s a problem with having only the Liberals in the centre, because I don’t think that’s a fair representation of how

the parties are putting together their platforms for this campaign, or even generally.” “Vote Compass is something we have introduced as a means for people to engage with the issues on the election,” said Jeff Keay, a spokesperson for the CBC. “There is [no bias] – not as far as we know. We have a high level of confidence that the methodology is sound.” Although both the disclaimer and Frequently Asked Questions pages on Vote Compass’ site confess that the application is by no means comprehensive, there is a noticeable lack of questions regarding issues many Canadians find important. For instance, any mention of Aboriginal issues. While Vote Compass isn’t meant, as the disclaimer on the application’s website claims, to provide voting advice for anyone, the tool has be used to generate interest and discussion of the election and Canadian politics more generally – exactly the intention of its creators. “If people are engaging with this discussion on Canadian politics and the ideological structure of our landscape, then I think that’s part of the idea of the tool,” said van der Linden. As Jeff Sallot, a former bureau chief for the Globe and Mail who currently teaches journalism at Carleton University, put it in his April 2 article in the Ottawa Citizen, “In its limited way, Vote Compass is using new digital tools to spark a bit of old fashioned political talk around the water coolers of the nation. Not a bad thing.”

While you may feel like your single voice may not be heard amongst thirty plus million, MP races have come down to less than fifty votes in the past.

If you don’t vote, you’re complacently agreeing with every piece of legislature that’s passed, ever dollar that’s spent, every decision that’s made no matter how outlandish it can be and you have no reason to complain because you didn’t speak otherwise.

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Silence is assent

Literally. This isn’t some WWII reference from your grandpa about fighting Nazis either. This is happening right now all over the world. Don’t throw away an opportunity that people are willing to lose their life for, and that you are lucky enough to have.

People die for this right

Voter turnout for the 18- to 24-year-old range was roughly 37 per cent last general election. Do you want education spending to be an election issue? Prove it.

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Make politicians care about the youth vote

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we made it, you guys, we totally did it since 1962

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Researchers link unemployment to longer life

Two Prairie provinces switch roles with budget releases
Alberta playing second fiddle to Saskatchewan in post-secondary funding

tailormadetalkradio

bree mantha
cord (wilfrid laurier university)
WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) –– Despite the apparent downsides to unemployment, two Wilfrid Laurier University professors have found that unemployed Canadians may in fact live longer. Hideki Ariizumi and Tammy Schirle of the university’s economics department have compiled a study based on over 30 years of data. The study will appear in a report by the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network next month. “The project was actually done very quickly,” Schirle said. According to Schirle, the two had already been working on a project examining the correlation between unemployment and mortality. “No one had touched on the Canadian side yet,” Ariizumi said. When the pair discovered this, they turned their attention specifically to Canadian statistics. Schirle and Ariizumi found that during times of recession, mortality rates of middleaged Canadians were exceptionally low. When asked to identify a cause, the professors named numerous factors. “People [have] fewer car accidents during recessions, they aren’t

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driving as much, they don’t go out drinking that much, they don’t go out partying that much,” Schirle explained. “All these things lead to lower mortality rates.” Other contributing factors included individuals tending to spend less money on fast food and cigarettes and finding more time for leisurely exercise. Numerous studies have also found that unemployed persons sleep more. In other countries, research has shown that heart disease decreases during times of recession. “The biggest difference between the U.S. and the Canadian data we found was that while in the U.S., in seniors, mortality rates drop during recessions,” Schirle explained. “We don’t get that in Canada.” She and Ariizumi attributed this to Canada’s health care system. “It brings light to the importance of Canada’s health care institutions, keeping Canadians healthy regardless of what kind of economy we’re in,” she said. Ariizumi emphasized that while these results show a correlation between recession and mortality, it is obviously better to seek employment. “I’m a little afraid that people will take this as ‘unemployment is good for health,’” he said. “Obviously, being unemployed is not a very good thing.”

thruthout.org/Flickr

tannara yelland
cup praries & northern bureau chief
SASKATOON (CUP) — In Alberta and Saskatchewan a long-time dynamic has reversed itself, and universities are feeling the change. Alberta has enjoyed the advantages of its flourishing oil and gas industries for decades, becoming an economic juggernaut in Canada. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan has struggled to maintain and grow its economy. It was only a few years ago that Saskatchewan was able to proclaim itself a “have” province. But now the two provinces have switched places. Saskatchewan posted a reasonable surplus forecast for 2011-12 and increased operating grants to its two main universities, while Alberta expects to run a significant deficit and offered zero per cent increases to its universities for the second year in a row. Those zero per cent increases are, in effect, about a four per cent decrease over two years due to inflation. The provincial operating grant provides public universities like the universities of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Calgary, and Regina the bulk of their funding. Aden Murphy, a students’ union vice-president at the University of Alberta, said that he understands the province’s budgetary constraints and has “mixed feelings” about the financial news. “There weren’t any cuts [to U of A funding] and there weren’t any big restorations, so we kind of just maintained the skeleton of a student financial aid system that we already have,” he said.

Administrators at the U of A declined to be interviewed, but board of governors meeting minutes that discussed the university’s 2011-12 budget said, “The cumulative effect of consecutive zero per cent funding increases to the operating grant has already resulted in substantial budget reductions and reallocations.” The minutes further stressed the university’s increasingly dire situation by noting, “Without adequate investment going forward, the ability of the institution to provide a high quality educational experience and fulfill its research mission is at risk.” Last year, students at the U of A were upset to find they would be charged a $290 non-instructional fee for common student space, sustainability and safety. The fee was intended to relieve some of the school’s budget stress in a year when it expected to run a significant deficit, but according to Murphy, this fee is set to continue in perpetuity and is not intended to pay for any increase in services for students. Part of the reason the fee was implemented is because Alberta tuition is capped to increases by the consumer price index. That is not the case in Saskatchewan, where tuition has been increasing at an average of five per cent each year since a five-year tuition freeze ended in spring 2009. For the 2011-12 year, however, the Saskatchewan government has offered the University of Saskatchewan a larger operating grant increase than it was expecting — five per cent rather than four per cent — in exchange for securing a three per cent average tuition increase for students. Blair Shumlich, a vice-president with the U of S’s students’ union, said his union is pleased with the budget and what it offers students, calling it “fan-

tastic.” “The budget addressed nearly everything students asked for,” he said. Shumlich said he would have preferred to see tuition rise more than it did. This is because the university has been forced to cut spending on programs and “has a long list of infrastructure and capital needs.” Part of the funding for those needs, Shumlich said, will need to come from students’ tuition. But he added the three per cent increase “is a reasonable number.” Despite this continuing need, the U of S seems to be in a competitive position compared to schools across the country. U of S vice-president finance and resources Richard Florizone said where other schools were seeing more funding several years ago, the U of S has moved ahead since the beginning of the recession. “Our general sense is of a little bit more tightening [elsewhere],” he said. “And that’s really consistent with the economy. I think we can say that the increase [in funding] at the University of Saskatchewan compares favourably with other provinces.” The U of S is also in a good position in terms of tuition, even with the increases of the past few years. Florizone explained there is some confusion sometimes about how tuition should be ranked. Statistics Canada measures only the tuition schools charge, which leads to the U of S appearing to be more expensive than the national average. But Florizone said the U of S takes pains to avoid charging students extra fees like the U of A’s new fee. Consequently, if one measures both fees and tuition, the U of S is “well below the national average.“

a&c
Tough as needles
True Knit Art Show lets crafting guerillas go wild

Arts & Culture Editor: (vacant) aandc@carillonregina.com the carillon, April 7 - June 2, 2011

Cassie Ozog

True Knit crafts ain’t nothing to fuck with
wanted to kind of create a place that’s fun and accessible for people who don’t have a big enough craft business to be in the big time craft shows. It’s kind of a little different; we looked for as many artists as we could who are doing really different things that were stuff that you don’t traditionally see at craft shows,” responds her partner. The creations in the show range from jewelry made from found objects, feather headpieces and earrings, sewing, knitting, photo prints, handdied and spun yarn, crochet, paintings, and everything in between. The show looks to give a place for people who create things that would likely not fit with the other works in a large craft show or store. “I know people who knit baby sweaters with skulls on them. You’re not going to see that in Sears,” said Madill. “[There’s] so many bizarre and fantastic things,” added Ozog. Another aspect that the show offers is its affordability to the artists, says Madill. “We are small-time crafters ourselves, and we were thinking that it would be so great to have this place to sell things that we sew in our spare time when we’re just hanging out with each other. We checked into some of the bigger craft shows, and tables range from $300 to $1700; it’s just completely unaffordable for both of us. I’d never sell enough. Even the two of us combined would never sell enough to cover the table, but we wanted that option to have somebody who doesn’t have that big of a time chunk to make [crafts] and somebody who doesn’t have to commit for the whole summer like the Farmer’s Market.” The two did some research and found that many others felt that they were in the same situation as Madill and Ozog. “I think there’s so many here, but there’s not a space for them,” Madill said. Once the word about the show got out, it spread quickly. “[At the start] on the Facebook group, [I] was our forcing all of our friends to be in the ‘True Knit Group’, and now I login there, and someone I don’t know has added three more people I don’t know, so it’s growing. That creative community is in there; it’s in the city, and we’ve found it,” said Ozog. “We literally found the business cliche, ‘find a need and fill it’. We actually did that. The demand is there; hopefully, we can help with that.” A goal of the True Knit Art Show is to become a regularly-occurring outlet for artists to display their work. There are outlets in the city for artists to have their work seen, such as the Cathedral Village Arts Festival, but they are generally on an annual basis. True Knit hopes to become regular staple in the arts and craft show scene with events occurring every few months as opposed to every year. “This is kind of nice because if we can make this a regular thing, which is the goal, then we can give these artists something to always being looking forward to or building their stock towards.” Being crafters themselves, Madill and Ozog understand the needs of the artists in the show. Madill believes they can help the artists by “giving them that advertising because a lot of people are great at crafting, but when it comes to marketing yourself, connecting with your customers, even just getting the word out that you even make something is so difficult for people. I think we can really help people by advertising, having a regular show, and having a regular group of people that come to every show and check it out.” If you’re looking for some nifty creations and good shopping, the True Knit Art Show is Saturday, April 9th at St. Paul’s Cathedral on 12th and McIntyre starting at noon and running until six. If you’re an artist/crafter and are interested in being in the next True Knit Art Show, you can contact Kaeli Madill or Cassie Ozog at trueknitartshow@gmail.com or find their Facebook page.

paul bogdan
a&c writer
“I already lost my Post-It note,” said Kaeli Madill. While this may seem like an insignificant matter, that tiny piece of paper contained some fairly important information to Madill. On it was information regarding the True Knit Art Show business meeting. “We’ve already lost our agenda. I no longer know what’s on the agenda.” Business is something that is quite new to Madill. She and fellow business partner Cassie Ozog started the True Knit Art Show earlier this year. “If you could see the Post-It notes we have our agenda written on for our business meeting and the Blackberry messages we have back and forth from each other, our entire business is based on that. It’s really just two people [who] have never done this before,” chimed in Ozog. “Our business model [is something] that you would not teach in a business class.” Madill notes, “I think it was written on her kitchen to-do list”. The True Knit Art Show is an art and craft show for “renegade crafters and artists in Regina and the surrounding area,” Madill explained. “We

“ We wanted to
kind of create a place that’s fun and accessible for people who don’t have a big enough craft business to be in the big time craft shows.”
Cassie Ozog

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the carillon April 7 - June 2, 2011

Cleaning house
The Carillon goes through its stack of promo CDs, one jewel case at a time
mason pitzel, rhiannon ward, john cameron, paul bogdan
curmudgeons
Every year, the Carillon gets way more promo CDs than it can possibly hand out to contributors. It’s become a tradition to go through them at some point in the year and take a cursory enough listen to say something pithy about each one. The good news is that, if you want any one of these albums, all you have to do is come to the Carillon office and claim it.

MP: This is the last vestige of Tom DeLonge-voice.

The Almost Monster Monster EP (Tooth & Nail)

MP: If I put this on a CD and gave it to my dad, he would like it. JC: If I put this on a CD and gave it to my duvet, it would like it.

Amos Lee Mission Bell Bluenote/EMI)

MP: There’s a band that this reminds me of. [face lights up] Vertical Horizon! JC: I’ve never heard that band. RW: You have. MP: You have. In supermarkets.

Us & Others Patchwork (self-released)

MP: [pulls up clip of Blues Hammer from Ghost World on YouTube]

Jimmy Zee Devil Take Me Down (self-released)

RW: I don’t understand how that league of bands that started as hardcore bands wound up as this. MP: Like Stereos. Like any band that was on Disband.

These Kids Wear Crowns Jumpstart (EMI)

RW: Underoath is still a band. MP: That’s about the only thing you can say about this record.

Underoath Ø (Disambiguation) (Tooth & Nail)

B.D. Gottfried The Warden’s Picnic (Self-released)

MP: This just sounds like leprechaun blues. Not this part, it sounds like Styx. But this part sounds like leprechaun blues.

JC: “You see, the Old West is kind of like the original hood...”

Ice Cube I Am The West (Lench Mob)

JC: This is just crazy enough for me to care about it. MP: This could totally be on Ipecac.

Mark Haney Aim for the Roses: The Ken Carter Story (self-released)

RW: I dunno, it sounds commercialy to me. Like, it’s just jangly enough. MP: The bounce is perfectly correct. PB: [pause] Telus commercial.

Final Flash Homeless (EMI)

PB: The only thing keeping this from being full-on douchebag rock is the lack of an unnecessary double consonant in their name. MP: Would you be happier if it was like, Sikk Puppies? With two Ks? JC: [holds up photo of Sick Puppies] They already look like this, Paul, what more do you want?

Sick Puppies Tri-Polar (Virgin/EMI)

RW: This sounds like Gorillaz, but not good Gorillaz. JC: I like what Mason said about it being “circus-rap”. MP: This is like if you gave control of Gorillaz over to Billy Corgan.

The Constellations Southern Gothic (Virgin/EMI)

MP: Death, taxes, and Dean Marshall guitars.

Killinger s/t (self-released)

MP: This is corndog folk. RW: Corndog folk? MP: It is 12:30, she is the first act at the Regina Folk Fest, I am off in search of a corndog. It’s lunchtime. Why would I be at this workshop. RW: For me, that’s go-to-the-malland-get-a-Booster-Juice folk.

Emma Hill Clumsy Seduction (self-released)

JC: Broggae. MP: Remember that covers album, Macha Loved Bedhead? This is Michael Franti Loved Creed.

Mindil Beach Markets s/t (self-released)

the carillon April 7 - June 2, 2011

a&c 9

Just push play
Playbutton lets you wear your records on your sleeve

Recognizing genius
Trash Talkin’ unearths local literary diamonds
jason vinck
contributor
Last month, I had the good fortune to attend the better part of the studentrun conference Trash Talkin’ 2011, the sole mandate of which is to provide a forum for students to present academic papers on popular culture and contemporary writing to their peers. As a self-identified cynic and all around curmudgeon, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the conference was both inspiring and encouraging. Some of the work presented was brilliant and humbling, and the comments and feedback provided by those in attendance only continued to demonstrate the quality of thought present in the auditorium. I could not help but think of each individual who was in attendance as a hungry brain looking to satisfy its appetite on the intellectual banquets provided by each speaker. Some presentations were prepared as appetizers, some as entrées, and others as purely desserts. Each had their place in the meal proper, but those that did not seem aware of their position on the menu failed to properly cleanse the palate before serving their dish. Luckily, the overall quality of the presentations was high, and the feast on display was very satisfying indeed. It was amazing to see several younger participants deliver their presentations strategically, with the live audience in mind. There were a number of editorial decisions, adlibs, and revisions that one might expect from good writers performing their art at such a venue, but certain presentations were exemplary. One in particular strategically used selfdenigrating humour to tear down intellectual barricades, and coupled with a well-placed cheap shot at academics in general and an innocent and honest preamble to start the whole thing off, this presenter managed to sufficiently disarm the audience. We were expertly tricked into appreciating the story on its own terms. While observant and often quite correct, the academic criticism between sessions seemed to me the low point of the whole affair. The point of Trash Talkin’ is to provide constructive criticism and feedback for people who want to improve their work and identify weak areas in their papers, so I acknowledge that I might simply be the person who goes to Seaworld and then complains when he gets splashed. But if you’re not particularly proud of your intellectual grandeur, this is a forum where size does matter. The final presenters delivered such a poetic hammer blow to the soul that even the most critical were impressed. If earlier presentations had disarmed the analytic audience, these obliterated them. The mixture of sincerity and imagination on display was enough to make even the most cynical and too-cool-to-participate-but-cocky-enough-to-show-upand-judge-others sit forward and listen. And I mean really, listen. One doesn’t expect reclusive, artistic shutins to speak with confidence or grace, nor to provide real, bona-fide literature that elicits a wide range of emotional and intellectual reactions, from down-in-your-bowels-harrowing to choked-up-in-your-throat-beautiful. These people were only just starting to become the writers they will eventually be. They are unassuming students who, at this very moment, are walking amongst you and sitting within earshot. It’s for this reason that Trash Talkin’ succeeds. Critics aside, it’s a reminder to students that the work they do at university, even in a liberal arts program, is not done just for grades but is actually rather marvelous and worth the recognition of one’s peers. Not everyone who attends university is a genius, but there are certainly more than you might reckon. Amidst all the stress, procrastination, self-loathing, obstinance, empiricism, and untold quantities of Tim Horton’s coffee consumption one routinely encounters at university, there is also passion, drive, ambition, and inspiration. For a day and a half each year, Trash Talkin’ reminds us that ordinary people might have something extraordinary to say. Trash Talkin’ provided the forum necessary to recognize this, but it also encouraged attendees to recognize this at any given day spent at the university. Take another look at the eccentric hurriedly scribbling something down in a notebook, or the individual whose scattered study materials on a table juxtaposes the immaculate order they’re enforcing on the page before them. This person, at this very moment, might be creating something capable of silencing an auditorium full of hungry, critical, academic brains that, if only for a moment, become truly inspired by someone who sits next to them in class.

playbutton.co

john cameron
editor-in-chief
Vinyl record, eight-track, cassette tape, CD, MP3. And now, button. Playbutton is trying something different. The New York-based company manufactures buttons, about an inch in diameter, that you can pin to your clothes – and that has five tiny buttons and a headphone jack. Playbuttons are, after all, portable MP3 players, and they come preloaded with albums. Like the xx’s self-titled debut, which is being rereleased on Playbutton this summer. Or like the new Pains of Being Pure at Heart record, Belong, which is being released on CD and vinyl as well. They’re admittedly kind of dorky, the first time you see them. After all, who wants to carry their record collection around on their jacket? But then, after holding one, it becomes really clear – you do. “It’s certainly something that’s not going to appeal to everyone. There’s a few online forums where people have made this extremely

“ The thing that
people latch on to the most, which is nice to see, is this understanding of music as a tangible object.”
Jon Colvill

clear, that they have no interest in it,” laughed Playbutton’s Jim Colvill in a phone interview. “But I don’t think it was ever meant for everyone. It’s meant for serious music fans, and it’s meant for people that really identify with their music. And that slightly nostalgaic way in which Playbutton operates in general is going back to something that’s almost an identity connection with music.” Colvill isn’t just talking about being able to wear your record – although, to be fair, it is kind of self-indulgently fun to show off your taste in music in a semi-practical way. He’s mainly referring to how Playbutton operates: pre-loaded, unmodifiable, and without a shuffle button. “Nostalgia” is the right word. It’s conceived and delivered in a way that makes digital media weirdly tangible and self-contained. Without the ability to modify what’s on the button and without a function that lets you switch around the order of tracks, the listener is basically railroaded into thinking as the album on her jacket as just that – the album as a whole. Switching up the order of your music is nothing new; hand-dubbed mixtapes and burned CDs have let people make their own playlists for decades. But it’s so easy to do so with digital media that it’s automatic, and it seems somewhat anachronistic that Playbutton doesn’t let the listener do that. But for Colvill, that’s part of the point. “[The album] does seem slightly devalued at this time. Which is completely fine, but it just seemed nice to really focus on that, make it something that couldn’t be changed ... it was really just about listening to an album from beginning to end,” he explained. “It’s almost akin to how it was with cassette Walkmans a long time ago. You could skip tracks, but it was a slightly labourious process. You would really walk around listening to the album as a whole.

“I feel like that’s been lost on some level, now.” That’s not to say that people aren’t listening to albums as a whole; iTunes constantly touts album sales figures as well as singles sales figures as evidence that people are still buying music, while websites like Bandcamp are designed around the idea of listeners buying whole albums. But sales, especially in brickand-mortar shops, are down enough that a band like, say, Arcade Fire is able to win a Grammy. Playbuttons aren’t cheap – Colvill says they’ll cost between $20 and $25, which is the higher end of what vinyl might cost you at an independent record store – so it’s unlikely that they’ll singlehandedly overturn the way people think of records. As well, Colvill claims the company is working on Playbuttons that let the listener download MP3s without uploading new ones, an action that doesn’t suggest the company is made up entirely of strict, hard-line album enthusiasts. With an impressive slew of records from bigger indie bands on the way via Playbutton, as well as more obscure projects like a planned Playbutton from photographer and musician Mark Borthwick that will be accompanied by a book of photography, the company has plenty of ways to at least give listeners a chance to experience music in a way they’re not quite used to. And Colvill says that, as far as he’s seen, Playbutton’s enthusiasts have got that figured out. “The thing that people latch on to the most, which is nice to see, is this understanding of music as a tangible object. With digital distribution and downloading, music has become quite devalued and impersonal, and that was really a lot of the idea behind Playbutton. Putting music back into a physical object. Putting value on music again. And it’s been gratifying to see how many people take that from it as an idea.”

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the carillon April 7 - June 2, 2011

Black metal is Montreal musical fun for the celebrates smoked whole family meat
Even among metalheads, this subgenre is controversial

Renowned delicatessen Schwartz’s gets the star treatment

Hervé Girod

When not singing the praises of Satan, Gaahl enjoys fashion design and quality time with his significant other

tomas borsa
sheaf (university of saskatchewan)
SASKATOON (CUP) — What differentiates one subgenre of metal from the next is a combination of lyrical themes, the style of guitar work and the vocal style — from low growls to wailing falsetto screeches. Among the more popular of these countless offshoots are thrash metal (fast, unrelenting and with lyrics concerning social issues); death metal (brutal, cacophonic and with lyrics concerning violence or gore); and doom metal (with heavy and droning instrumentation and lyrics generally concerning grief and suffering), as popularized by Black Sabbath. But there exist some subgenres that, even among metalheads, are considered a bit much. None are as divisive or notorious as black metal. Black metal’s lyrics revolve around anti-Christianity, Satanism, and death. The songs often follow an unconventional structure, production value is frequently low, and the vocals are shrieked, terrifying and grating. The few black metal bands that perform live also place a heavy emphasis on theatricality, and it is not at all uncommon for shows to include mock crucifixions, impaled animal heads, lashings of blood and corpse paint — the odd WWF-style face paint that guitarists with made-up names like Hellhammer or Abbath Satanicus are especially fond of. All things considered, it’s safe to say that in terms of subtlety, black metal ranks somewhere near the bottom of the musical scale – just above bagpipes and line-drumming. It’s misanthropic, it’s nihilistic, it’s evil as piss, and it can really creep people out. In Scandinavia, the birthplace of black metal, an admission of appreciation for black metal is usually considered serious and legitimate grounds for re-evaluating a person’s character. Mind you, there’s a reason for that. Varg Vikernes – a pioneer of the Norwegian black metal scene under the stage name Burzum – sprung to fame after being sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for burning down 14 churches, plotting to blow up a building and killing his band mate Øystein Aarseth. He’s also fa-

mous for being a bit of a dickhead on matters concerning “race purity.” So yes, there is some merit to the belief that black metal is a morallycorrupting, soul-rotting, quasimelodic path to hell. But I can’t help but feel that this is – for the most part – a gross misconception, a wrongful conclusion many reach as a result of its glossy, provocative image. Every subcultural movement has its tag-alongs — outliers who use their respective movement as a pretext to violence or personal notoriety. Punk had them. The G-20 protests had them. Even the civil rights movement had them. Black metal is no exception. But off-stage, only an exceptionally small number of black metal musicians actually embrace the nihilistic ideals they espouse through their imagery and lyrics. Vikernes, described as “the most notorious metal musician of all time,” donated all of the funds from his newest album, Belus, to victims of the Haitian earthquake. As wildly contradictory as this might be for a guy who openly embraces Germanic Paganism, it illustrates an important point. Like the people who listen to it, the culture of black metal is hardly homogenous. For another salient example, consider Gaahl, lead singer of one of black metal’s most un-Godly acts of all, Gorgoroth. Sure, he’s a virulent anti-Semite, Satanist (duh), and a fan of torture – having been accused of assaulting a man, collecting his blood and threatening to make him drink it (charming!) – but he’s also a vegetarian, and his boyfriend, Robin Jakobsen, is a prominent Norwegian fashion designer. Any child of the ’90s with a memory of Goosebumps, Spawn, or The Crow can attest to the fact that the occult, death, mysticism and the macabre all carry a strange sort of universal intrigue that will never stop being cool. In the majority of cases, the lurid imagery, gruesome lyrical content and thundering sound of black metal are used for nothing more than shock-value. A quick listen to Triptykon won’t dissolve your soul, but it will expand your musical repertoire and knowledge of a fascinating underground culture. And if nothing more, it’s a great conversation starter.

Centaur Theatre/CUP

adam avrashi
cup arts bureau chief
MONTREAL (CUP) — “Smoked meat: Can you write a play about it?” That’s what everyone in Montreal has been asking themselves for the past week while scratching their heads in awe. It also happens to be the opening remarks in Schwartz’s: The Musical. Schwartz’s is one of the most famous eateries in Montreal, world renowned for its smoked meat sandwiches. Smoked meat is one of the city’s gluttonous staples – along with poutine – but this past week it was brought to a whole new level of reverence as the sandwich made its way to centre stage. “A lot of people were skeptical at first, “said Holly Gauthier-Frankel, one of actresses in the show. “People don’t know what to make of it, but it’s one of those things you have to see to really get.” Schwartz’s has been a local hotspot since it opened in 1928. The Hebrew delicatessen is known for serving smoked meat on rye with a bit of mustard, and a pickle and coleslaw on the side. The no-frills restaurant is always crammed full, so much so that patrons are usually seated at tables with complete

strangers. It’s that hard to get a table. With such a rich history, and enough kooky customers to draw inspiration, no wonder the delicatessen was chosen as the subject for a fullfledged musical, reportedly costing nearly a quarter of a million dollars to produce. The musical is loosely based on a series of short stories written by local newspaper columnist Bill Brownstein, who had been frequenting the delicatessen since the age of five. The short stories were then adapted by musical-comedy duo Bowser and Blue, who wrote 18 original songs, mostly dealing with smoked meat, Montreal living and the city’s everlasting competition with Toronto. For instance, there is a cheerful Act 2 number called “Like Smoke Meat and Rye” as well as a comparison song, “What’s Toronto Got?” The plot of the show is as simple as they come. A businesswoman from Toronto is looking to buy the popular Schwartz’s, hoping to make a nice turnover when she turns the joint into a Canada-wide franchise. But before finding out the secret to the delicious meat, she succumbs to the charm of the greasy spoon and its patrons. Not to mention a bit of a love connection with the head waiter.

Although the actors eat fake smoked meat sandwiches on stage, the real question is whether the actors have been indulging in the real thing? “It’s funny, I was a vegetarian [or] vegan for years, but for medical reasons I’ve been incorporating meat back in my diet,” revealed GauthierFrankel, who plays many characters within the show, including an elderly Jewish grandmother who loves smoked meat. “The month before we started rehearsal I started eating meat again and then suddenly we were being taken out to Schwartz’s all the time. So I nibbled a bit on smoked meat, and it was exactly how I remembered it from when I was a kid. “But I’ve probably eaten my quota for smoked meat. It’s lovely, but my stomach is kind of like, whoa.” Even though it’s only played a few performances, the four-week run is nearly sold out and there is talk that a cast album is potentially in the works. As for the query regarding writing a play about smoked meat, the question should be rephrased to: Can a musical about smoked meat be successful? As of right now, all signs point to yes.

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a&c 11
Wasting Light is definitely one of the more rocking albums that the Foo Fighters have released, and probably the most since their self-titled debut in 1994. Harsh vocals and dissonant riffs on tracks like “White Limo” give the songs a similar feel to earlier Foos tracks like “Weenie Beenie”. The acoustic direction and element that the band had incorporated into more recent releases like In Your Honor and Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace is now more or less completely gone. Wasting Light is fairly one-dimensional, but it handles that dimension quite well. As always, this Foo Fighters record has hooks that the listener can easily grasp. With that said, Wasting Light employs some of the more technical arrangements and instrumentation than previously seen such as some more technical guitar playing on “Rope” and the switching metres on “Miss the Misery”. Wasting Light is a satisfactory Foo Fighters album. By no means is it their most diverse, but the electric aesthetic that has always been prevalent in the Foo Fighters’ music and that the album employs is done acceptably. Spears is back! (You thought I’d say Britney didn’t you?) Femme Fatale is her latest album and it’s pure genius. No matter how crazy the woman can be, once you listen to this album you’ll completely forget any of her past antics while you start partying hard to her repetitive lyrics and strong bass beats. Her past album, Circus, was a good start. Femme Fatale seals her return. This disc is all party, all the time, with the song “Criminal” being one of the few you’ll find close to something of a slower song. Her hit single “Hold It Against Me” is nothing compared to the other tracks on this disc, such as “Till the World Ends”, “I Wanna Go”, and “Trip To Your Heart”, just to name a few. She has considerably less AutoTune than most artists these days and you can hear the strength of her natural voice shine through. If you’re up for a night of after exam partying, pre-exam partying or, maybe even an I’m-screwed-so-lets-party-anyway party, put on this album. Britney is back and she’s definitely a force to reckon with.

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Foo Fighters Wasting Light RCA

Britney Spears Femme Fatale Jive

paul bogdan a&c writer

megan narsing contributor

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photos by John Cameron

Artists Karli Jessup and Teiji Wallace-Lewiscompete in high-stakes mind games during the closing reception for Rock, Paper, Scissors.. The show pit artist against artist, with the victor taking home artwork. (Jessup won this round.)

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Sports Editor: Jonathan Hamelin sports@carillonregina.com the carillon, April 7 - June 2, 2011

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the carillon April 7 - June 2, 2011

The Carillonys
Handing out some hardware to U of R athletes and recapping each team’s season
jonathan hamelin
sports editor
The sports scene at the University of Regina has wrapped up, but we here at the Carillon feel like the athletes and coaches still deserve some recognition. Therefore, what better way to recognize those involved at sports here at the U of R than handing out some awards. Read on to find out who was the best of the best this season. Following the awards is a brief recap of each team’s season. Most valuable male athlete – Adrian Charles (football): Charles simply tore it up on the ground this season, powering the Rams’ offensive attack. Everyone knew the Rams would have a decent passing game, but Charles provided a potent running attack that the team did not enjoy last year. Charles rushed for 972 yards and nine touchdowns on 139 carries, finishing second in the CIS in yards and touchdowns. He broke the team record for yardage in a season, which was held by current Saskatchewan Roughrider Neal Hughes (953), and tied him in the touchdown department. Most valuable female athlete – Chelsea Valois (track and field): Valois finally captured a CIS gold medal in her final year of competition. Not only did she capture a gold, but she did so in the grueling pentathlon event, which is made up of five different events. Valois, who up to this season had won a CIS silver medal and one Canada West gold medal, one silver medals and six bronze medals, had an outstanding campaign all-around. She won two silver medals (pentathlon, women's 4X200-metre relay) at the conference meet, broke a school record with the 4X200m relay team twice during the season and was the first athlete to hit the CIS standard in long jump. Team of the year – Cheerleading: This is a team certainly worthy of some cheers. Under new head coach Thomas Rath, the team’s collegiate group stunt team finished first at the USA nationals, helping the U of R pick up its first international title ever. The collegiate group stunt team added a national title at the university and open national cheerleading championships, as did Regina’s collegiate small co-ed team. Regina achieved all of this with 15 rookies on the squad and a rookie coaching staff. Coach of the year – Bruce McCannel (cross-country and track and field) and Thomas Rath (cheerleading): Ties are such a cop-out, but both men are very deserving of the award. McCannel helped the men’s track team pick up its second consecutive Canada West title and second ever. They picked up an impressive thirdplace finish at the CIS championships. The men’s cross-country team finished third in Canada West and seventh in CIS. He did all of this with a smile on his face. Rath, who we only talked to once over the phone, seemed happy as well – and with good reason. His team picked up an international and two national titles this season.

Most valuable male rookie – Mark Ballon (wrestling): Ballon showed little fear of the competition in his rookie year. He won a bronze medal in the 68kilogram division as the Cougars won a Canada West men’s title. He followed this up with an impressive eighth place finish as the CIS championships, an event in which the team placed third. He has tremendous potential for the future.

Most memorable quote of the year – Michelle Anderson (women’s soccer), “Without a team to give it my all for and a coach to make proud, I’m just another goalie between the posts”: While she was named a first-team allstar and put up some incredible numbers this season, the Cougars women’s soccer goaltender remained humble throughout it all. Whenever asked about her accomplishments, Anderson was quick to give credit to her teammates and say that it is all about the team. Entering her final year, Anderson is confident the team can finally make the playoffs. This quote, which was beautifully worded, shows how lucky the Cougars are to have Anderson on their team.

Most valuable female rookie – Trisha Elliott (wrestling): Due to injuries and inexperience, the Cougars women’s wrestling team had it share of struggles this season. However, Elliott routinely put up solid performances in her rookie campaign. The Canada West female rookie of the year picked up a gold medal in the conference meet in the 48-kg division and advanced to nationals along with three other Cougar women. She placed fourth in this division at nationals. At the team’s home event, the Cougar Open, she placed first in her division and helped Regina finish first. Most inspirational athlete – Paul Gareau (men’s basketball): After being suspended from the Cougars men’s basketball team during the 2008-09 season, Gareau’s future was up in the air. However, instead of giving up, Gareau focused on cleaning up his grades and made his triumphant return to the team this season. While the fact that he returned is impressive enough, his numbers are even more remarkable. Gareau averaged 18.7 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game this season. He finished second in Canada West in scoring. According to Gareau, his grades have also improved greatly.

Most interesting quote of the year Leo McGee (men’s wrestling), “A mistake like that is really elementary – it’s like having a goalie in hockey who skates to the other end of the ice after the puck”: This quote, uttered by the men’s wrestling head coach, aimed at explaining how one of his wrestlers lost his match. While we think we get what McGee is trying to say, bringing up a hockey reference, especially regarding the goaltender, to explain wrestling was a bit confusing to say the least. Is he saying that the wrestler tried to go after the puck? Does the goalie ever skate to the other end of the ice during a game in hockey? McGee must know what he is talking about, however, as he was named the Canada West male coach of the year.

Kelsey Conway

That's right athletes, we’re honouring you!
success with more experience next season. Cross-Country Men’s MVP: Kelly Wiebe Women’s MVP: Lisa Benz

TEAM RECAPS
Cheerleading MVP: N/A

Though they were an inexperienced team all-around this season, the U of R cheerleading squad did not act like it. At the 2010 university and open national cheerleading championships, the team’s small co-ed team and collegiate quad groups picked up national titles. At the USA nationals, Regina’s collegiate group stunt team picked up the school’s first international title ever and their small co-ed team earned the school’s highest team international placing with a third-place finish. The U of R cheer squad has also raised a record amount of money this season, fundraising by hosting cheerleading competitions, carwashes, and steak nights. The team hopes to expand on its

It was a good ending to the season for the Cougars cross-country team. At the CIS cross-country championships, Regina’s men’s team finished third in Canada West and seventh in the CIS. The men’s team had two firstplace finishes leading up to the meet. Regina did not send a women’s team, as this group is still building. Cougars star Kelly Wiebe finished third in the overall standings, was named the conference runner of the year and earned a first-team all-star nod. Wiebe, who competed in a few national and international meets after the season, was also named a CIS firstteam all-Canadian. Iain Fyfe, who finished eighth at the championships, was also named a conference firstteam all-star and a CIS second-team all-Canadian. Rookie Matt Johnson topped off his impressive rookie year by finishing 32nd and earning a conference second-

team all-star nod. Other men competing for the Cougars were Dale Wig (42nd), Michael Middlemiss (94th), and Marc Beaton (102nd). Lisa Benz, the lone woman competing for the Cougars at the meet, finished 87th. Curling MVP: Brooklyn Lemon

advance. At nationals, Williamson’s rink failed to advance out of the round-robin. With all the success of the curling program at the U of R lately, it can only lead to more involvement in the future. Football MVP: Adrian Charles

Women’s curling teams at the U of R made a lot of headlines this season. Brooklyn Lemon’s squad, also consisting of third Chelsey Peterson, second Ashley Green, lead Nicole Lang, and alternate Sarah Watamanuk, traveled to the Winter Universiade to represent Canada in curling. The team earned the honour after winning the CIS championships last season, becoming the first U of R women’s team to do so. At the world championship, Lemon’s team finished sixth. Then, this year’s women’s team, comprised of skip Alexandra Williamson, third Kelsey Michaluk, second Stephanie Gress, lead Jade Ivan, and alternate Chantel Martin, earned a berth into the national championship, looking to help the U of R repeat. Regina’s men’s team failed to

In a season that had so much more promise than last year, the end result was the same for the Rams: a Canada West semifinal loss. This season, it came at the hands of the Calgary Dinos. Looking like they would host a home playoff game for much of the season, Regina ended up finishing third in the conference at 5-3, behind the Saskatchewan Huskies (6-2) and Calgary Dinos (6-2). Regina was forced to travel to Calgary for a conference semifinal and suffered a close 40-33 loss. There were many question marks heading into the season from the Rams, like how would the Rams’ passing game fair without Jordan Sisco? Who would step up and become the featured back? How would the de-

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Jarrett Crowe

Charles tore it up on the ground this season and has been named the most valuable male athlete
fence play? There turned out to be fairly positive answers to all of these questions. Marc Mueller threw for 2,437 yards and 14 touchdowns, hooking up often with receivers Brenden Owens (596 yards, five touchdowns) and Mark McConkey (509 yards, one touchdown). Adrian Charles emerged as a dominant running back for Regina, piling up 972 yards and nine touchdowns. The defence forced many turnovers and led the CIS in defensive touchdowns with five. Next season, expect another successful campaign from the Rams if they can get some repeat performances from their players. Men’s Basketball MVP: Paul Gareau and A.J. Whiffen had a 3.43 GAA and recorded a .909 save percentage while dealing with 27 shots a game. The offensive leaders for the Cougars were Dillon Johnstone (nine goals, 17 points), Terrance DeLaronde (eight assists, 14 points) and Cody Thoring (10 assists, 11 points). With few players graduating, and five fifth-year players next season, Regina will hope that more experience will be beneficial to them. Men’s Volleyball MVP: Jamie Wilkins Softball MVP: Shirrae Muhr The Cougars track team put up some amazing individual and team performances this season. The men picked up their second Canada West title ever. It was also their second consecutive victory. At the CIS championships, they finished third. The women’s team, more in the developing stage, placed fourth at the conference meet and 12th in nationals. On the individual level, Chelsea Valois picked up a national gold medal in pentathlon and Jeremy Eckert took home silver in the same event. When all was said and done, Regina took home three national medals and 18 conference medals. During the season, the Cougars broke a number of records and had numerous first-place finishes. Women’s Basketball MVP: Joanna Zalesiak Lisa Urban was stellar in net for the Cougars, sporting a 3-6-0 record, a 3.99 GAA and a .876 save percentage. She faced nearly 30 shots a game. Next season, Regina will need to work on maintaining their early season momentum throughout the season. Women’s Volleyball MVP: Meagan Onstad

The Cougars proved the critics wrong on almost every level this season, except when it came to the playoffs. After finishing 10-10 last season, critics were predicting around eight wins this season for the Cougars. Regina ended up nearly doubling this with 14 victories. However, the Cougars still could not advance out of the Canada West semifinals, getting swept by the Huskies in a best-of-three series. Regina was led by Paul Gareau, who returned to the team after being suspended during the 2008-09 season with an academic suspension. He led the team with 18.7 ppg, 20 blocks and also pulled down 6.4 rpg. Jeff Lukomski, who plays both football and basketball, averaged 15.1 ppg and 3.5 assists per game while breaking the U of R’s all-time scoring record. Marek Downarowicz (10.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Kris Heshka (10.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg) also stepped up their game. Unfortunately, with many key seniors graduating, it could be a transition year for the Cougars next season. Men’s Hockey MVP: Dillon Johnstone

After finishing 0-18 last season, things could only go up for the Cougars this year. While the Cougars did pick up two wins, they still finished tied for last in Canada West, sporting an identical 2-16 record with the Winnipeg Wesmen. Not only did Regina struggle to win games, they only won nine sets all season. Jamie Wilkins tallied 177 kills, 82 digs and 27 blocks for the Cougars, while Leon Dyck had 127 kills, 61 digs, and 38 blocks, Brody Waddell registered 111 kills, 77 digs, and 20 blocks, Joel Colter piled up 90 kills and 72 blocks, Caleb Eschbach and Matt Hender teamed up for 531 assists, and Lindsey Isaak notched 125 digs. It is hard to be too optimistic for next season, because these losing seasons unfortunately seem to be a reoccurring theme for the organization. Soccer MVP: Michelle Anderson

Coming off a season in which they were named the Alberta Intercollegiate Women’s Fastball Association champions and competed at nationals, the Cougars were looking to build off the success. This season, the team finished third in the division at 11-6, rattling off an eight-game winning streak to finish off the season. In the conference playoffs, the Cougars lost 5-1 to Saskatchewan in the final. Then, at the Canadian collegiate softball championships in Saskatoon, Regina lost 2-1 to Saskatchewan in the final. All season long, the Cougars were led by the stellar pitching of Shirrae Muhr and the hitting of Jillian Huber, who was named league’s top offensive player and a first-team national and conference all-star. Kelsey Gullickson was also named a conference first-team all-star for Regina, while Amanda Foraie and Tory Gillis earned second-team conference nods. Muhr received the Claude Deschamps Memorial Award, which recognizes female softball athletes who have achieved excellence in the sport, helped out in the community, and maintained a high academic standing. Swimming MVP: Jessica Winter

Where is the offence? That was the major question the plagued the Cougars this season. Regina finished dead last in the CIS with 1.86 gpg and none of Regina’s players came close to cracking the top 50 scoring list. Because of this lack of offence, the Cougars finished last in Canada West at 8-18-2. Regina’s goaltenders did all they could: Adam Ward posted a 4.25 goalagainst average and a .901 save percentage while facing 26 shots a game

The Cougars finished 5-7-2 in Canada West this season, easily missed the playoffs and failed to reach the sixgame win total they had aspired for. However, it is hard to view the season as a complete failure. The Cougars easily shattered their previous victory total in a season of two games and at times played like a team destined for the playoffs. A big reason for Regina’s improvement this season was the play of goalkeeper Michelle Anderson. This season, Anderson boasted 98 saves (conference-best), a .845 save percentage (conference-best) and a 1.29 goalsagainst average. Instead of getting focusing on her personal accolades, however, Anderson insisted that the Cougars will be a much more competitive team next year with few players graduating.

Taking over as the head coach of the Cougars this season, Sylvain Pineau knew he had to work hard to change the attitude of the historically struggling program. Through a lot of hard work, the team has taken strides becoming a successful program. Regina ended up sending three women (Jessica Winter, Maggi Pettit and Erika Brown) and two men (Hector Fukushi and Craig Soutar) to the Canada West championships. Winter’s best finish at the meet was ninth, Brown’s best was 11th, and Pettit’s best was 14th. Winter was the only swimmer at the U of R to compete at the CIS championships. Her best finish in an event was 10th, but she had bigger meets on her mind. The impressive rookie is still to compete at the World Aquatic Trials in Victoria this April and the Olympic trials next year. Track and Field Men’s MVP: Jeremy Eckert Women’s MVP: Chelsea Valois

It is an odd thing to see at the University of Regina: the women’s basketball team not competing at nationals. However, after losing to the Huskies in the Canada West championships, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in a regional final and failing to earn an at-large berth, the Cougars did not make it to the dance. Though, seeing as all-star post Brittany Read fell to an injury before the season started, the success of the organization is amazing. Regina finished third in the conference at 19-5. Joanna Zalesiak really stepped into a leadership role this season, averaging 16.3 ppg and 6.5 rpg. She was named a first-team conference all-star. Lindsay Ledingham, who was named a conference second-team all-star, stepped up with 14 ppg and 7.6 rpg. With Read back next season, expect a more dominant performance from the Cougars. Women’s Hockey MVP: Lisa Urban

The Cougars had to wait until the last week of the season to determine their playoff fate. Tied with the Winnipeg Wesmen at 6-10 in Canada West heading into the final week of play, Regina had to better Winnipeg’s performance. The Wesmen ended up being swept in its two games, while Regina won twice against Saskatchewan to make it to the finals. Unfortunately, they had to face the top-ranked Trinity Western Spartans in a best-of-three quarterfinal. Trinity Western swept the Cougars. Despite the loss, it was still impressive that Regina managed to make it into the playoffs. The well-rounded play of the Meagan Onstad guided the Cougars this season. Onstad had 188 kills, 173 digs, and 14 assists. Michelle Sweeting recorded 127 kills, 54 blocks, and 31 digs, while Tiffany Herman had 642 assists. Wrestling Men’s MVP: Connor Malloy Women’s MVP: Trisha Elliott

After starting off the season with four wins in six games, it all went downhill for the Cougars. Regina ended up finishing the season 9-13-2, fifth in Canada West, and missed the playoffs. The Cougars got offensive firepower this season from three main players: Paige Wheeler had 16 assists and 26 points, Rianne Wight had 16 goals and 25 points, and Kelcie McCutcheon earned 15 assists and 19 points. Wight was named a conference second-team all-star.

Regina’s men’s team picked up a longawaited victory this season. The team finished first at the Canada West championships, picking up its first title since 2002. They were able to do so thanks to five gold medalists, three silver medalists, and two bronze medalists, while head coach Leo McGee was named the conference’s male coach of the year. Then, at the CIS championships, Connor Malloy picked up the lone gold medal of the meet for the Cougars in the 76-kg division. Regina had three second-place finishes at the meet and finished third as a team. The women’s team, who had injury problems all season and were inexperienced, finished fourth at the conference meet with four medals. Trisha Elliott, the conference female rookie of the year, picked up the gold in the 48-kg division. The women’s team had no medalists at nationals and finished 11th.

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Time to say goodbye
Fifth-year U of R athletes reflect on their journey

Jarrett Crowe

For the U of R fifth-year athletes, the days of competing with their respective U of R team and entertaining the fans is over

jonathan hamelin
sports editor
As the end of the winter semester approaches, students at the University of Regina are eagerly anticipating summer and the freedom that comes with it. For some, however, it is a time of great change. This year, many students will be graduating from the U of R and moving on to new things. It is not only students, though. Many athletes, even if they will still be in university, are finishing up their university sport eligibility. With the end near for many athletes, the Carillon caught up with a handful of fifth-year athletes and asked them about to reflect on their career and discuss what the future holds. Devin Hillier (football, kinesiology and health studies), Gabrielle Gheyssen (women’s basketball, business administration), Kris Heshka (men’s basketball, education), Catherine Lukan (soccer, education), Maggi Pettit (women’s swimming, Campion science) and Amanda Ruller (women’s track and field, kinesiology and health studies) all took the time to talk about their journey. What was it like competing in your final game/meet?

Gheyssen: I was not anticipating my final game to be, in fact, my last game as a Cougar. We lost in the regional final and missed out on getting the wild card to advance to nationals. Looking back, it is not a game I would like to remember, as our team did not play to its potential and it cost us a trip to nationals.

come back late, so you get caught up in the emotion of the game. It didn’t set in until about 30 seconds left in the game and there was no chance of getting on the field again. Once it hit, I just sat on the bench and thought of everything I have gone through since ’04. It’s a hard feeling to describe.

Heshka: We were playing U of S at home in the first round of the playoffs. We were confident and played well, but they beat us in two games. I was mostly trying to enjoy my last two games, even though I knew they would likely be the last of my career. And at that point, I was trying to beat the shit of out of the Huskies, within the rules of basketball, of course.

Hillier: The final game was a weird feeling. You put in so much time and effort over your career. With it being in the playoffs, you are so excited to play the game. We were down big early against Calgary and we started to

“ I will definitely
look back on my U of R athletic career as some of the best years of my life.”
Catherine Lukan

Pettit: My final meet was difficult, but exciting at the same time because I knew that it was the end of a chapter in my life. We had a really great group of people who went to CanWest and that made the meet really memorable. I just focused on making every swim the best I could, because I knew it would be the last time I competed in that event. Ruller: Competing at my last competition in Sherbrook, Que. with my track team was an amazing experience. I have been lucky enough to be a part of such a talented team for the past five years now and it all came together at our last CIS meet where we had some great results. How will you look back on your athletic career at the U of R – favourite memories? Regrets?

Lukan: Competing in my final game was somewhat surreal. It was hard to grasp the fact that this was the last time I would wear a Cougar jersey. After five years, it’s tough to imagine anything else. However, finishing up with a back-to-back wins on the road was the best possible way I could imagine finishing up my five years. I was so proud to have been a part of the team and see it progress so much.

Gheyssen: I have been able to meet so many incredible people playing with the Cougs. The friendships I have built with some of the swamp donkeys on my team will last a lifetime. Our team is extremely close, and the abundance of pranks, inside jokes, and constant beaking will be something I will always remember. My favourite memories would be our three back-to-back trips to nationals. Playing in that atmosphere is so exciting. Off the court, my favourite memory was probably when I hid a fart machine under one of the girl’s seat on the bus and she thought her chocolate milk was “mooing.” She thought she won a huge prize. Heshka: I just remember all the boys I’ve played with. They have become some of my best friends and have helped me with a lot of obstacles along the way. I’ll miss working out with them and playing cards on road trips. Regrets are for the weak.

Hillier: I will look back on my career at the U of R as some of the best days of my life. I already miss just hanging out with the guys, playing crib, and just getting away on the road with nothing to worry about but playing a football game. I’ve been there for many seasons, and each one was better than the last. My only regret was not sitting back and taking more of it in. It seems like forever when you’re there and then it’s just gone.

Ruller: Looking back on my athletic career at the U of R as a track and field athlete, I’m really happy about it. I have run over 200 races, met so many new people and broke a few Cougar records. One of my favourite memories has to be from this year, when our women’s 4x200m relay team ran in the Golden Bear meet in Edmonton and ran the fastest we ever have run in our lives and just crushed the competition. We not only broke the Cougar record, but achieved CIS standard and were ranked second in CIS. We were on fire. My second favourite memory would have to be in my first year, when no one thought a little 5-foot-nothing girl could run so fast and I broke the 60m Cougar record! I have no regrets about my five years running for the U of R. I worked really hard and had an amazing time. What’s next for you? Hillier: Next? Next is just moving on with life, starting a career and enjoying the free time.

Lukan: I will definitely look back on my U of R athletic career as some of the best years of my life. It’s almost impossible to pick a favourite memory, because there isn’t one that I don’t cherish. Although there were a lot of times when my team struggled, I got to meet some of the most inspiring young women, really see the team grow, and be a part of the success we experienced this season. I think my only regret is that I won’t be able to continue to be part of the team’s future success.

Pettit: I will look back on my time as a U of R Cougar as one of the best times of my life. I have met some wonderful people that I hope to remain friends with after I graduate and have had the opportunity to compete in the sport I love while going to school. My only regret is that this time had to come to an end.

Heshka: I started rowing recently, so I am going to see how the first couple months go and, if they are successful, I will look further into training for more competitions. I am also starting a landscaping business focusing on paving stone. I will be running this company until it freezes in November. I then plan to substitute teach for the two months before Christmas break. Then, I plan to travel down to Chile and the rest of South America for a few days before New Years, until it is time to come back and start my company again. Then possibly apply to do my MBA from the U of R.

Gheyssen: I will be graduating in April with a bachelor in business administration, major in accounting, and then I leave the first week of May to go backpacking through southeast Asia for 6-7 months. I have family in Bangkok and Vietnam. Right now, the plan is to start in Vietnam and work my way through Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and finish probably in Indonesia. I want to go to a surf camp, and go surfing everyday and eventually surpass the girl from Blue Crush. When I get back, I’m going to get my CMA and ideally work for the company I worked for this past summer.

Ruller: I am going to be moving to Calgary and competing with the Canadian team for bobsled. I was competing at track and field nationals last summer and, after running my races, I was approached by the team and asked to come compete for them. I am also finishing my degree in kinesiology and health studies and hope to find a career working with athletes and designing athletic programs as well as personal training. I will continue to compete in track and field and help work with the U of R team as much as I can!

Pettit: This summer I will be completing my final co-op work term in Fort Vermilion, Alta., and in the fall I have one more semester of classes to take. After that I will probably take a year off and look into a master’s programs in microbiology.

Lukan: I will likely join my women’s soccer team back home in Saskatoon and hopefully make it to nationals this fall with them. After that, I’m looking to teach for a year in New Zealand, so we’ll see where that takes me.

Due to time and space constraints, the Carillon was not able to interview every fifth-year athlete. Also finishing up their eligibility this year are Bruce Anderson (football, kinesiology and health studies), Lisa Benz (women’s cross-country and track and field, arts), Kelly D’Autremont (men’s volleyball, kinesiology and health studies), Marek Downarowicz (basketball, science), Caitlin Fowler (women’s track and field, education), Lynn Gee (basketball, education), John Hashem (football, engineering and applied science), Jill Huber, (softball, social work), Cale Inglis (football, graduate studies and research), Lindsey Isaak (men’s volleyball, engineering), John Kanaroski (football, kinesiology and health studies), Chris King (football, business administration), Jeff Lukomski (football and men’s basketball, kinesiology and health studies), Billy McConkey (football, business administration), Kelcie McCutcheon (women’s hockey, kinesiology and health studies), Shirrae Muhr (softball, kinesiology), Rae-Lynn Somogyi (women’s hockey, education), Jenna Tanner (softball, FNUC education), Chelsea Valois (women’s track and field, science), Adam Ward (men’s hockey, kinesiology and health studies), Dale Wig (men’s cross-country and track and field, engineering and applied science), and Matt Yausie (football, arts).

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Taking a trip down memory lane
Carillon sportswriter Autumn McDowell reflects on her 10 favourite U of R sports memories from the past year

sportsshooter.ca

Lukomski broke the U of R men’s basketball all-time scoring record this season

autumn mcdowell
sports writer
It has been a record-breaking year for University of Regina sports teams. With numerous teams and individuals having success in their respective sports, a list of top 10 memories is not an easy task. Every player on every team represented the U of R with pride. Everyone can hold their heads high as they did the school proud. 1. U of R wrestler owns the podium Connor Malloy became a CIS champion when he earned victory over Jake Jagas in the 76-kilogram division. The national medal was Malloy’s third in as many years, as he placed third in 2009, second in 2010, and finally first in 2011. To go along with the gold medal, Malloy was also named the male recipient of the R.W. Pugh Fair Play award. 2. Jeff Lukomski sets another record on the court Lukomski played his final games, both on the basketball court and on the football field, this year, and left an impression on everyone. In basketball, Lukomski became the school’s all-time scoring leader after hitting a trademark fade away three against the UBC Thunderbirds in front of the home-

town crowd. Lukomski also holds the Canada West title for all-time threepointers with 292 over five seasons with the Cougars. 3. Jeremy Eckert excels in track and field

dominate on the court

Eckert was rewarded for his abilities in track and field by being named the CIS and Canada West field athlete of the year. He was the first track athlete in U of R history to earn the national honour. He captured a silver medal at nationals in pentathlon (3,618 points). Eckert managed to score 21 of the teams 106 total points at the Canada West championships, allowing the team to secure another title. Eckert was able to capture the gold medal in both high jump (2.11 metres) and pentathlon (3,680). He also placed third in long jump (6.97m). 4. Jamir Walker has a record-breaking season

The Cougar women’s basketball team had one goal all season: a national title. Although their dreams did not come true this year, Joanna Zalesiak and Lindsay Ledingham registered personal victories when they were named Canada West all-stars. Zalesiak was named a first-team all-star and second-team all-Canadian and Ledingham earned a second-team nod. The two were dominant on the court all season and were the team’s top one and two point scorers in nearly every game. Both will be back for another shot at a title next year. 6. Men’s volleyball team earns a much-awaited victory

8. Adrian Charles runs at a record

but the talent on the roster this season was undeniable. Seven members of the Rams were named all-stars after an incredible season. Bruce Anderson, Chris Bodnar, Adrian Charles, Akiem Hicks, Brenden Owens, Jamir Walker, and Matt Yausie were all named conference all-stars.

against average (1.83), and shutouts (seven). The Cougar men’s hockey team did not have the greatest season, but they did register some very intense games. In one of the final home games of the season, the new recruits came to play. Brett Leffler scored a regulation goal with just 10 seconds left to send the game to overtime. A scoreless overtime meant a shootout for the Cougars, an area they had been struggling in this season. Strueby’s fourth-round goal in the shootout proved to be the winner, giving the Cougars their last win of the season. 10. Matt Strueby’s shoot-out winner

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As a member of the Rams football team, Walker quickly became an interception specialist this season. Walker set a school record by registering five interceptions on the season, three of which he returned for touchdowns. Walker set another school record for the longest interception return, taking one back 87 yards for a touchdown.

On Nov. 19, the Cougar men’s volleyball team was able to register their first victory in roughly 30 games, dating back to 2009. The Cougars went five sets with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, but eventually came out on top thanks to strong play by Matt Hender and Joel Colter. The victory wouldn’t be the last one in the Cougars season, as they finished off with a 2-16 record and are looking to better that next season. 7. Rams have an all-star season The Rams may not have reached their ultimate goal of winning a Vanier Cup,

Charles was literally running for a record with the Rams this season, as he was hoping to crack 1,000 rushing yards, something that a U of R player has never been done before. Charles came close to the record, but finished off the season with 972 yards. Even though Charles didn’t break the 1,000yard barrier, he still managed to set a new school record by surpassing Neal Hughes record of 953 yards set in 2003. 9. Michelle Anderson named a Canada West first-team all-star

Although the women’s soccer team is not known for having a lot of success as a team, Anderson stood out as a force between the goalposts. This honour marked the first time that a Cougars women’s soccer player had been named a conference first-team all-star. Anderson also registered four shutouts this season, breaking her previous record. Anderson is the school’s career leader in all major goalkeeping categories, including wins (six), goals-

“ With numerous
teams and individuals [at the U of R] having success in their respective sports, a list of top 10 memories is not an easy task.”

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Meet Miles Anstead
Saskatchewan’s rising MMA star

Student-athlete senator
Cougars women’s basketball player Megan Chamberlin prepares to serve on URSU senate next year

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Anstead, who has already found success on the national and international stage, expects big things in his MMA career

ed kapp
news writer
Although Canada as a nation is home to some of the world’s top mixed martial artists, the province of Saskatchewan is yet to produce a high-level athlete in the sport. Regina’s Miles Anstead is looking to become the first. Since he started training four years ago, Anstead has established himself as arguably the province’s most promising amateur mixed martial artist. A high-level blue-belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Anstead boasts a resume that includes a third-place finish in the Rio International Open in 2009, a gold-medal performance at the same tournament in 2010 and, most recently, a third-place showing at the Abu Dhabi World Pro Trials in Montreal, Que., earlier in March. Despite dropping his first bout as an amateur mixed martial artist – a blemish on his record Anstead attributes to nerves – the A.J. Scalestrained middleweight has since notched a victory on Canada’s amateur-circuit and is working hard to ensure he doesn’t fall short again in the future. “I usually go, jiu-jitsu on Monday and Tuesday, Muay Thai on Wednesday and Thursday, jiu-jitsu on Friday and then both on Saturday and sometimes I box a little bit on Friday. Then I lift – my weight routine always switches around – but I lift four days a week before I train,” said Anstead. “That’s one of the downsides of having a job in the sport – I don’t have much of a life. It’s a good life, but no life.”

“ Once I started
training at other gyms and started training with professionals, I thought that I might be able to make a living in the sport.”
Miles Anstead

While many aspiring mixed martial artists are either content putting in hours at their hometown gym or aren’t blessed with the opportunity to travel and train, Anstead has taken full advantage of every travel opportunity – and he has the passport to prove it. Thanks in large part to his Brazilian jiu-jitsu trainer Scales, Anstead has flown to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to train at the legendary Nova Uniao Brazilian jiu-jitsu academy twice, has traveled to Montreal to train at Firas Zahabi’s TriStar gym and is currently in Coconut Creek, Fla., to train at the American Top Team training facility – one of the most respected gyms in North America. “I like to go and see other gyms,” he said. “Mixed martial arts is one of the few sports where if you’ve got a plane-ticket, you can pretty much go train anywhere. Your options are pretty open. It’s good to keep it fresh. I train with new guys all the time. I’m a guy that likes traveling, so if I can get a vacation out of it and travel at the same time, that’s nice.” Coincidentally, while most young mixed martial artists are humbled when they train with the sport’s elite, sparring and rolling with some of the best in the business has had a different effect on Anstead. “Once I started training at other gyms and started training with professionals, I thought that I might be able to make a living in the sport,” he said. “It’s one thing to see them on TV and put them on a pedestal – don’t get me wrong, they’re amazing athletes –but when you go to another gym and train with those types of guys and roll with professional athletes and you’re not that far off from them, it kind of hits you. “Don’t get me wrong, they still kicked my ass, but it’s not unrealistic for me to be that good. It’s not like they roll with you and you think, ‘Oh, I’m never going to be there.’ It’s definitely not unrealistic to be that good.” Although it’s too early to tell what the future holds for Anstead, who will be competing against a yet to be determined opponent on May 21 in Regina, the 22-year-old aspiring mixed martial artist isn’t shy about voicing his intentions. “I hope to one day hold a belt in a professional league,” said Anstead. “As far as jiu-jitsu, I’d like to become a world champion some day. I want to push it as far as I can go and I think I can go pretty far. Expect big things.”

Marc Messett

autumn mcdowell
sports writer
With school, basketball, work, and now senate, Megan Chamberlin has a lot on her plate. The University of Regina Cougars women’s basketball player is currently working towards a kinesiology and health studies degree, with a major in human kinetics. She also works in the school’s equipment room. By running for senate, Chamberlin decided to take her school involvement to a new level Chamberlin was the last member to be elected to the senate with 598 votes and will be working alongside Haanim Nur, Paige Kezima, Kent Peterson, Kaytlyn Barber, and Melissa Blackhurst, who make up the other five positions on the senate. “[Outgoing URSU president] Kyle Addison had told me that he thought I would be a good candidate to run for senate,” explained Chamberlin. “I decided from there to look into exactly what it was and, once I got background information, I decided it would be something I would be good at and would like to do. “With me being on the basketball team and also working here at the U of R in facility services, this is my

chance to give back to the university because it has given me so much. Since all four of those things are all linked to the University of Regina, I think I will be able to balance them accordingly.” Chamberlin plans on bringing a slightly different perspective to the senate. “I feel like I can bring an athletic perspective on academic issues,” she said. “Being an athlete, I will also keep in mind if the things being proposed will benefit athletes, as well as academics.” Along with her athletic perspective and team-oriented mindset, Chamberlin will have an important role as a member of the senate. “My role as a member of the senate will consist of bringing the concerns of students regarding academics to light,” explained Chamberlin. “Whenever something is proposed on the senate, I will have to think if it is something that will help or hinder students in their academics.” Chamberlin was running as part of the “For Students” campaign team, whose main competition was “Voice of Students”. Many members of “For Students” held positions going into the election, which is why the voting results came as a bit of a shock to Chamberlin.

“I was a little surprised that all of the executive positions went to the Voice of Students slate, but that just might be because I ran with the For Students slate, so I was a little biased towards what I thought would be the outcome of the election,” said Chamberlin. “I fully congratulate Voice of Students for their win in the elections and I am excited to see what they are going to do next year.” Next year could prove to be an exciting one for Chamberlin. Going into her third year as a member of the women’s basketball team, Chamberlin is still looking for a national championship, which has been something that the whole team has struggled to achieve lately. With the scoring and rebound help of Chamberlin, the team looks to be a strong contender once again next year. Playing a successful basketball season, while on her way to improving the student body, would be all too perfect for Chamberlin. Attempting to balance school, work, basketball, and senate is something she is looking forward to. “It may take some getting used to at first, but I am used to being busy and I love it,” Chamberlin said. “I think it will be fun for me.”

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Features Editor: Dietrich Neu features@carillonregina.com the carillon, April 7 - June 2, 2011

The students’ advantage?
2011-12 budget comes with positives and negatives
dietrich neu
features editor
It’s that time of year again – budget time. Aren’t you excited? Although the release of the 2011-12 provincial budget is an inconsequential event for many students, the budget plays a very influential role in our lives as students. After all, the budget lets us know how the government is planning to spend its money on post-secondary education to make our lives a little easier, hopefully. Thankfully, The Carillon has had the enormous pleasure of poring over all the dry numbers and government documents for you, and breaking down the more interesting matters into a package that wont take you four hours to read. And although the budget does increase the amount of money flowing towards post-secondary facilities, it would be a stretch to say that it will leave you feeling completely satisfied. Post-secondary education has received a small funding increase from last year, approximately $18 million, and although it’s not a monster gain considering the total post-secondary budget is $609 million, the thought of more money pouring into post-secondary education is a welcome one. The 2011-12 budget does provide some excellent new programs to support First Nations and Métis students, as well as plenty of money for student loans, grants, bursaries, and the new Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship, but there are several key issues that the budget handles undesirably. Many students will be disappointed to hear that the budget fails to provide satisfactory solutions to the issues of tuition control, on-campus childcare, and affordable housing opportunities. First off, the good stuff. For years, according to Statistics Canada, the First Nations and Métis populations have been lagging behind the nonFirst Nations and Métis in terms of educational attainment and employment. The 2011-12 provincial budget tries to address this issue on several fronts. The 2011-12 Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration plan states that “with a young and growing First Nations and Métis population, it is essential that supports are in place to ensure an increasing number of First Nations and Métis youth are successful in post-secondary and enter the workforce.” The government has allocated $7 million for an Adult Basic Education and Provincial Training allowance targeted at First Nations and Métis students, helping to make the cost of education a little lighter. The budget also gives $2 million to develop a new First Nations and Métis employment and education task force that is designed to close the employment gap. On top of that, there is another $2.2 million allocated to other initiatives with the goal of helping the First Nations and Métis population reach success in employment and education. “We want to ensure First Nations and Métis people have every opportunity to succeed in the new Saskatchewan,” Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration, writes in The 201112 AEEI Plan document. “First Nations and Métis people will play a key role in maintaining Saskatchewan’s economic momentum now and in the years ahead.” Next, and arguably the most imperative issue to students, is the matter of tuition. This was a hot topic in our recent URSU election. Many students, including our soon-to-be URSU president Kent Peterson, want to see an outright tuition freeze. Unfortunately, it seems like the government has other plans. The Saskatchewan 2011-12 budget has pledged around $24.6 million towards tuition control – an increase of $8.3 million. Their plan is to keep tuition increases down to three per cent, which would be a two per cent decrease from last year. However, this is a far cry from the outright freeze that most students wanted, and understandably many students are disappointed. Peterson, who will become the URSU president on May 1, isn’t impressed with the government’s budget offering this year. “Two years ago tuition increased three per cent, last year it increased five per cent, this year it is projected to increase another three per cent,” he said in an interview. “It’s not a tuition freeze. Students are being squeezed from every angle; we are in an affordable housing crisis, utility rates are skyrocketing out of control, and we have no on-campus childcare commitment from the provincial government. All of that coupled with another tuition increase means that many people won’t be able to continue their post-secondary education, and more than that, it means that many people won’t be able to get here in the first place” Although it seems like the chances of a tuition freeze this year are diminishing, Peterson and the other executives at URSU are planning to keep fighting for an outright halt in tuition increases when they take office. “We would’ve liked to see one this year, just like we would’ve liked to see one the last year and the year before. But this is a provincial election year, so we will be lobbying, starting May 1, for a tuition freeze, and we will carry that lobbying effort all the way through the campaign until Nov. 7.” If the government still doesn’t bite, the plan is to keep campaigning. “If they still don’t pledge to freeze tuition, we’re not done yet. The new budget comes in March of next year and we will be campaigning for a tuition freeze all the way through the November elections until March when the new budget is released.” While slowing the increase of tuition is a step in the right direction, it means that tuition will still be on the rise. Many students, such as Peterson, are withholding their ovations until they feel that the government has created a budget that makes students more of a priority. Another problem that students want the government to address is the issue of affordable childcare. The U of R currently has two day-care facilities on campus. Last year, the provincial government spent roughly $780,000 on maintenance of the facilities and subsidies for the parents. Although more money is always welcome, the two day-care centres here at the U of R are full to the brim, and it’s not enough. Students with children need affordable spaces that are convenient for them, economically and geographically. In this year’s budget, the government has allocated $4 million to “support development” of 500 new childcare spaces around the province, claiming that it will increase the number of licensed spaces by just over four per cent. Although the budget has promised to develop new spaces, which are much needed everywhere, the fine details are very foggy. “We don’t know where those childcare spaces are going,” Peterson noted. “We don’t know if they are going to be subsidizing private childcare providers, or if they are going to be public childcare spaces. We don’t know which cities are getting them, and even if Regina does get some of those childcare spaces, we don’t know if any of them are going to be on campus.” Getting childcare spaces on-campus is only one piece to the puzzle. Those new spaces need to be affordable. Expensive on-campus childcare just creates a new problem. “Are [these spaces] going to be subsidized? Or, is it going to be just as expensive as anywhere else, forcing students to not only pay for the childcare, but then get another job just to afford it, even though the government is funding the space.” Subsidization reduces the prices of childcare from around $500 a month to a much more student-friendly $150 a month. Obviously, if you are a student and a parent, subsidized childcare on-campus is a top priority. Currently, the waiting list for the two day-care facilities at the U of R is standing at about 300 people, 250 of them are students, and the other 50 are faculty members. During their peak times of the year, the day-care centres can receive around 20 to 40 calls per day requesting spots, and sometimes it can be years before something opens up. Sheila Pelletier, the director of one of the on-campus day-care centres, has put in a proposal to build 90 more spaces on-campus; she is hoping to be approved within sometime in the coming weeks. The need for more on-campus child-care couldn’t be more obvious, and hopefully, the government will recognize that. Affordable housing is a key matter for many students on a day-to-day basis. Just like tuition and childcare, if students have to pay absurd amounts of money to pay for their living expenses, it means more time working and less time going to school, or possibly not going to school at all. “There are three dimensions to this issue,” Peterson said. “The first is that we want to see some kind of rent control. We need to protect renters, many of whom are students, from overly burdensome rent increases. The second dimension is supply, there needs to be, on the whole, more affordable housing units. Ideally we want lower rent, but also, we need to make it easier for students to find a place to live. The third dimension is that we would like to see those affordable housing units built on campus so that it would then be incorporated into the U of R’s strategic plan and partnership with the provincial government to not only build those housing units, but to make them truly affordable.” The government has provided somewhat of an outline for the construction of new housing units. The 2011-12 budget does provide private contractors with grants for each new rental unit they build, to a maximum of $5000 dollars. But the contractors have no incentive to make units that are practical to students. “While there are incentives for contractors to build rental units, there is nothing that makes them affordable, there is no definition of affordable, and there is no pledge whatsoever to have them on, or near, the University of Regina.” The uncertain future of affordable housing is frustrating in and of itself. But when you take into account that the provincial government has essentially lined liquor vendor’s pockets with a massive tax break masquerading as subsidies for beer, the issue of affordable housing seems to be on the government’ backburner. “I think that it is shameful when a provincial government, who is running a surplus and refuses to freeze tuition, gives more money to private liquor vendors than to affordable housing initiatives.” The government is planning to give around $5 million in subsidies to off-sale liquor vendors. The idea is that this will allow these vendors to lower the price of beer without feeling the sting in their pocketbooks. “But many vendors are saying that they are just going to take the subsidy and not lower the price of beer,” Peterson said. “So it’s basically a tax break for the private liquor vendors in Saskatchewan to the tone of $5 million. This shows you where the government’s priorities are, and we would like to see those priorities reversed.” Failure to control the affordable housing crisis would have a devastating ripple effect for all students living on their own. The worst-case scenario would be unaffordable housing preventing students from making it to school in the first place. University is expensive and time consuming; students need affordable housing to help them along economically. “That is what we would like to see,” Peterson said. “We think that it’s not only doable, and financially responsible, but also socially responsible. In the current economy that Regina find itself in, housing is a huge barrier to entry when it comes to post-secondary institutions. So we want to see those housing units on-campus so students can actually come here, live here, and learn here.” Obviously no budget is ever going to cater to the needs of one group of individuals completely. The 2011-12 Saskatchewan provincial budget provides some extra cash to post-secondary, helping us to keep tuition to down to three per cent, providing money for scholarships, and new programs to aid First Nations and Métis students. But the budget also comes with a great deal of disappointment and uncertainty. Tuition will continue to rise, and there is still a big question mark on the key issues of childcare and affordable housing. Until those looming question marks are erased, there will be many students that come away from this budget unsatisfied.

We attempted to contact Rob Norris’ office. He did contact us for comment, but unfortunately it was past our publishing deadline.

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See you in September
Have we thanked you yet? I mean you. The person reading this on the bench just beside the doors in Riddell Centre while waiting for the bus. The person sitting down and flipping to this page while drinking your morning coffee at Henderson’s in Campion. The person picking this up at Pita Pit on Kramer while you grab the late-night study binge snack you need just before the place closes. The person bringing this back to their office and browsing through it to get an idea of what students across campus are doing before you head to the classroom to teach. I mean you, the member of the University of Regina community. At the start of the year, the Carillon’s goal was fairly simple. We just wanted to deliver the news. But as the year went on and important things started happening – like October’s Canadian Federation of Students referendum, which we were hearing about even into March – our bigger goal became clear. We wanted to inform you, sure. But we also wanted you to get engaged. Did you ever. Turnout for the CFS referendum was massive – 25 per cent of students cast ballots. Turnout for the U of R Students’ Union’s annual general meeting was so large that the start time had to be pushed back to make sure that the line of people stretching down towards College West could be let in. Turnout for this year’s URSU elections was equally impressive, with 19.9 per cent of eligible voters casting ballots. But it wasn’t just political events you got engaged with. Commenter Ryan Csada pointed out on our website that the attendance at Cougars games is some of the highest in Canada West. And the night before I sat down to write this editorial, I was taking a break outside Riddell as the Sunday night performance of The Queens ended, watching as the doors of the auditorium opened and a few people trickled out. My slight disappointment turned quickly to surprise and excitement, however, as dozens of people began to crowd the theatre lobby. There are events like these going on all across campus, and this year we’ve watched you get involved with them. And that’s why we’re grateful. Writing a newspaper is, at a basic level, about telling stories. For a community like the U of R, that means telling the stories of people in the community – their struggles, their triumphs, their concerns, their hopes. This year, we’ve tried to capture as many of those as we could. But this editorial, like those stories, isn’t about us. It’s about you. Without you getting engaged and having those stories, the paper you’re holding in your hands wouldn’t be anything close to what it is today. You care about your community. You’ve gone out and proven that you’re interested, you’re informed, and you’re engaged with what’s going on around you. You’ve given us plenty of stories to tell. And there are still so many more of your stories out there. Nothing thrills us more than the chance to find them out. So from all of us at the Carillon this year, thank you. And, as the Carillon’s motto says, illegitimi non carborundum – don’t let the bastards grind you down.

Quit your complaining
WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) –– If there is one thing that we can promote about university education, it’s the fact that we are taught to be “critical thinkers.” In job interviews, discussions with concerned relatives and any other situation where we’re reduced to grasping at our defences, critical thinking manages to come up in one form or another. However, next time you sit down with a group of people, stop to observe the topics of conversation. Who knew that critical thinking equals complaining? We are excellent at analyzing issues. It seems to be the common thread that binds us; simply watching a television program turns into a contest of who can spot the biggest flaw. We are not willing to accept anything as it appears, or we will not accept any explanation except the most critical. An outrageous celebrity statement must be traceable to drugs and an unseasonably warm day is shrugged off to global warming. Political unrest in the Middle East? Figures. We search for negativity, convincing ourselves that negative fates are deserved and anything uplifting must be temporary or a joke. I am not advocating a life of ignorant, complaint-free bliss. We have strong convictions and we should voice our opinions. We live in a country that will not persecute us for raising our voices about issues, something that we should fully appreciate. We can talk politics, gender equality and find humour in a child lobbying for “more cookies for kids” at the G8 summit last June. We idolize satirists and comedians who can call out the leading figures in the ridiculous spectacle we live in. What I wish to call attention to is complaining for the sake of complaining. Perhaps social media aids it – we can instantly share our opinions in 140 characters or less to those following us through Twitter. We can post a link on Facebook of a ridiculous statement made by anyone from Charlie Sheen to Stephen Harper and then proceed to find fault in every aspect of their being. We have no problem anonymously posting accusatory statements on online discussion boards, which may turn out to be the perfect medium for our generation. An argument posted without an author to blame, just another criticism offered by a faceless, untraceable voice that others can feed off of. We want our opinions to be heard and if others cannot trace it back to us, we have the freedom to be increasingly harsh. Internet posts are read, dismissed and replaced so quickly that there isn’t enough time to evaluate arguments made before they are replaced with haphazardly formed responses. I see the problem resting in research and accountability. We can make statements in the seconds it takes to type or text message a few words, without considering the full background story. We easily dismiss information as characteristic of an individual’s usual behaviour. In psychology it is known as the fundamental attribution error: We tear people apart, because any hardness that has befallen them must be due to individual factors and not environmental or background causes. In today’s society, critical thinking is an invaluable tool. Without it we would be swallowed by the barrage of conflicting messages we receive every day. Complain all you want, but validate your arguments and treat each post as representative.

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The Sauce is Boss
Newly-”elected” Ed Director: I guess integrity won’t be a part of your future classrooms. account because someone has decided to hack the university's website . . wtf?! Today, someone said to me, "wow this is gayer than AIDS". Are you the most ignorant person in the world?! Go fuck yourself, douche bag. To the people who keep writing 'work' under the options for the homeless on the posters: I've known people with full-time jobs who were homeless. My friend in Ontario has been unemployed for two years. Get educated. learn how to walk again, and he gets to enjoy his family reunion in a wheelchair. STILL waiting for an apology....

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So what’s up with whatserface taking the URSU Ed Students Director? I thought she wasn’t running? As if I cannot access my student

Hello U of R, Where Art Thou RedBull! In need of my wings here.

If I only had ten minutes to live I would spend it in a geography class because it feels like an eternity

So are you actually going to play some country at this supposed barn dance this year? I felt pretty wrong fist pumping to techno next to hay bales last year. Not like any actual dance in a barn I have ever had. .

To the girl who tripped the guy at kegarama who ended up shattering his knee in 6 places: that xray is now being used to show nursing students at siast what a severely broken kneecap looks like, he will eventually have to go to rehab to

Overheard in Tim’s line: “I’m going to vote for Ralph Goodale. He’d make a good premier.”

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alright, we’ve been having some issues this year getting all Declasses sent to our Facebook and especially Twitter accounts, and we’re sorry about that because we know you guys all like the Declass, so we’re going to be extremely on top of things so send in complaints about potholes and stuff

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