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March 8 – 14, 2012 | Volume 54, Issue 22 | carillonregina.com
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Opposition mounts as URSU prepares to boycott Israel
News Editor: Natasha Tersigni firstname.lastname@example.org the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
Boycott, divestment, and sanctions – oh my
After making his remarks in the house of commons on Thursday, March 1, Hoback took to Twitter (@RandyHobackMP): “Today I asked U of R President Vianne Timmons to condemn antiSemitism at the U of R #uregina #usask.”
Here’s what local tweeters had to say: Marc Spooner (@marcspooner) University of Regina Professor of Sociology “@RandyHobackMP I call on you to condemn your party’s robo-rigging of the elections and to call an inquiry into the matter at once #cndpoli.”
Students voted on motions at the URSU AGM, since that’s how these things work University of Ottawa, who spoke on campus on Monday, Mar. 5. She added that the BDS campaign is modeled after sanctions placed against the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. “In the 1950’s the African people issued their own boycott, divestment, and sanctions and called upon the world to boycott the south African Apartheid until there was no more racial discrimination or segregation against black people in south Africa,” said Jarrar. Days after the URSU AGM motion passed, the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students (CFJS) condemned the students’ union for adopting a BDS campaign. “University students, like the majority of Canadians, believe strongly in the cause of peace. It is deeply disappointing that the URSU has chosen to endorse the divisive tactics and hateful rhetoric of the anti-Israel BDS campaign,” said Emile Scheffel, vice president external of the CFJS in the release. Scheffel went on to say, “The condemnation of Israel, and Israel alone, is particularly bizarre given the upheaval and loss of life occurring at the hands of repressive regimes across the region.” Then, almost a month after the motion was passed, Saskatchewan Conservative MP for Prince Albert Randy Hoback took to the ﬂoor in the House of Commons and called for U of R President Vianne Timmons to condemn the motion being passed. Hoback called the resolution “one-sided” and “irresponsible”. Although the motion has received backlash both on campus and off, URSU president Kent Peterson says that the students’ union will fulfill the mandate made by students at the organisation’s AGM. “We are very disappointed with the MP Randy Hoback; we are disappointed in a number of ways,” Peterson said. “First of all, it’s saddening when a MP – from Saskatchewan, nonetheless – wants to censor the students’ union at the University of Regina. Students voted democratically at an annual general meeting on a number of motions. The BDS motion was one of them. “We take our mandate from students so we cannot retract a motion, and we will not apologize for what students want, and we respect the very basic democratic principles that that decision was made on.” At the time the Hoback’s comments were made, President Timmons was in Montreal, so Peterson spoke instead with university provost Dave Button to see how the administration would deal with the call from Hoback to decry the motion. “I talked with Mr. Button and he made it very, very clear that the university has no intention of condemning a democratically voted-upon motion of the students’ union, because students want that and because the students’ union is a separate legal entity of the University of Regina and they have no say whatsoever over what we do,” Peterson said. Peterson also added that he will be writing an open letter to Timmons to let her know what URSU’s stance is on the issue and why that is, and also to encourage her to ignore Hoback’s comments. Ironically, Hoback’s comments were made four days before the start of the University of Regina’s eighth annual Israeli Apartheid Week, which began on March 5. Israeli Apartheid Week, which is taking place in 70 other cities around the world, is meant to raise awareness about the system of apartheid in Israel and building the growing international movement of the BDS campaign. The events are being put on by the Regina Solidarity Group, with support from the U of R’s Regina Public Interest and Research Group.
news editor What started as a motion passed by students at the University of Regina Students’ Union’s annual general meeting last month has become a contentious issue both on campus and now, thanks to one of Saskatchewan’s Members of Parliament, off. During this year’s AGM, a motion was submitted by U of R student John Keitel asking the student’s union to support the rights of Palestinian people and initiate a boycott, divestment, and sanction (BDS) campaign against the state of Israel. The motion was then passed with a near-unanimous majority. According to the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid group, the BDS is based upon a July 2005 call from over 170 Palestinian organizations in support of a global BDS campaign “The three main demands of [BDS] are ending colonization and occupation of all Arab-Palestine lands, to grant a full equality to citizens of the state of Israel, and the last demand is to respect the right of return for Palestinian refugees which is a legitimate right according to the UN Resolution 194” said Yafa Jarrar, organizer of the Students Against Israeli Apartheid chapter at the
Graham Reid (@GrahamSReid) U of R Student who ran for election in the 2011 Sask Provincial Election “@RandyHobackMP how does being pro-Palestine equal antisemitism? Does that make you islamaphobic?”
Matt Lensen (@MattLensen) URSU Director Of LGBT “@RandyHobackMP U R Pathetic. When students vote to support a motion via the democratic process, you condemn them. The real shame is on you!”
Bernadette Wagner (@thereginamom) Local Activist “@RandyHobackMP & you mispronounced her name. & demanding justice for Palestine is not the same as antisemitism. Do some research, Conjob!”
“ We take our mandate from students so we
can not retract a motion and we will not apologize for what students want and we respect the very basic democratic principles that that decision was made one.”
the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
Israeli Apartheid week kicks off
Regina one of over 110 cities worldwide holding awareness event
news editor Israeli Apartheid week returned to the University of Regina for another year. The international initiative has been around for eight years, raising awareness about the systematic apartheid in Israel and growing the international movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns. This is the second year that the U of R by the Regina Public Interest Research Group has been involved. Yafa Jarrar kicked off the week at the U of R with a talk about student organizing and movement building held in the RIC atrium. Born in Jerusalem and moving to Canada in 2003 to complete her studies, she is a member of the Carleton chapter of Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), which has been at the forefront of the academic divestment movement in Canada. She has firsthand experience of the Israeli Apartheid. “There are segregation laws in Israel, there are ID pass permits that don‘t admit Palestinians – based on the fact that they are Palestine – to go to many areas within Palestine, including myself,” Jarrar said. “I was born in Jerusalem and I am not allowed to the same rights as a JewishIsraelis living in Israel.” She went on to say that talk about occupation is only referring to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but she insisted the situation is more. “We have refugees and Palestinians who live in Israel as second- and third-class citizens,” Jarrar said. “So when we talk about apartheid, it is a very inclusive term that allows us to move towards a more just solution.” Jarrar also spoke on how the Palestinian people want more that just peace for the solution to this conﬂict. “We want a solution that complies with international law and human rights,” Jarrar said. “This is why boycott, divestment and sanctions came from the Palestinian Civil Society in 2005, when the Palestinians issued an open call to the world saying, ‘If you stand against racism and if you stand against racial discrimination of one indigenous people and if you want to stand with the Palestine people in solidarity, then you take boycott, divestment and sanctions.’ “It is the most non-violent tool of resistance to force Israel to comply with international law and human rights.” For more information on the week that is set to end March 15, visit reginasolidaritygroup.com.
go to Jerusalem because I am a carrier of the West Bank identity card.” In her speech, she talked about the shift toward calling the occupation an apartheid. “Right now, according to the UN, we have 58 refugee camps around the world for Palestinian people, and of course there are some refugee camps that are not
Yafa Jarrar is just one of many speakers, poetics, and activists speaking at this year’s event recognized,” Jarra said. “We have from five million to six million Palestinian refugees around the world. For every three refugees in the world, one is Palestinian.” An important aspect, Jarrar said, is actually labelling the Palestine-Israeli conﬂict. “This is the core of our issue and that is why we move the discourse to apartheid,” she said.
“The other element of why we talk about it in terms of an apartheid analysis [is] because there is 20 per cent of the Israeli population who are now in Palestine and there are Palestinian citizens of the state of Israel that were not expelled in 1948 and they remain in their homes. “While they are PalestineIsraeli citizens, they do not enjoy
Our partners in Malawi
The U of R’s association with the Unversity of Malawi is about educational and social reform
news writer The University of Regina has many international outreach programs, but one of the most successful – and unknown – is the partnership between the U of R and the Polytechnic College at the University of Malawi. The college focuses on the development of technical skills and the Faculty of Education at the U of R has been working to develop teachers and students skills there. Last week, two scholars from Polytechnic, Vanwyk Chikasandra and Elias Kaphesi, visited the U of R to report on the progress of the university and negotiate the continuation of the Malawi TEVET Reform project, an initiative started in 2008 in order to help the University of Malawi reach the educational standards of western universities. On March 2, they delivered a report to students and faculty at the Teacher Preparation Center. Chikasandra spoke about the several goals of the program. She said the focus of the program was to “support poverty reduction and socio-economic development through technical, entrepreneurial, and vocational education and training programming and policy support.” The U of R’s aim is to help the Polytechnic College teach the skills its students need to overmain hindrances to Malawi’s socio-economic progression. The education Polytechnic offers includes a program on HIV/AIDS issues, which seeks to inform students, teachers and, other staff about the dangers of HIV. While the project has some really positive goals and outcomes, Polytechnic is still in need for some help from the U of R. Abu Brockarie, a U of R education professor, commented on the ways students can get involved. “We have talked about students, especially education students, [about] doing internships at Polytechnic, or perhaps getting student involvement through fundraisers and student-centered events,” he said. Similarly, the university’s partnership with Polytechnic has led to partnerships between elementary schools in both nations and some schools have already began fundraising to promote education in primary schools in Malawi. Currently, there are very few ways students at the U of R can get involved in the project, but this will be changing in the next two years of the project. Through student involvement the project may be extended and U of R will continue to help Polytechnic at the University of Malawi. In the meantime, the U of R encourages students to visit malawitevetproject.ca.
come the nation’s high povert. Malawi has a population of 13 million. Thirty-nine per cent of that population is living beneath the poverty rate, despite the nation having an 84 per cent literacy rate. The big question for scholars from both Canada and Malawi is, if the majority of the population is able to learn, why are so many living in poverty? Kaphesi cited under-qualiﬁed educators as one of the main issues. In response, the Polytechnic College formed their Committee on University Teaching and
Learning, which aims to help professors and teachers reach their potential. Both speakers identiﬁed some challenges the Polytechnic College is facing: a need for resources, poor organization, and limited access to education. The U of R is aiming to help the Polytechnic College get past these issues by providing help with research and education conferences and meetings for both students and teachers. The Malawi TEVET Reform Project is not simply an effort to increase the standards of educa-
tion in Malawi. There are several issues that the Polytechnic College hopes to resolve through its partnership with the U of R. One of the most emphasized issues is gender equality in education, which is a common problem in Malawi. “We have introduced mother groups, which gives day care for their children and encourages women to stay in school and develop technical skills,” Chikasandra said. Another issue Chikasandra touched on was HIV/AIDS, which is recognized as one of the
the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
The truth underneath the rim
Rolling up the origins of Canada’s favourite coffee-based promotion
news editor With all the red cups floating around campus this time of year, “PLEASE PLAY their AGAIN/REESSAYEZ S.V.P.” messages turned plaintively toward the sky, it seems as good a time as any to regale one another with the story of how Rolling Up the Rim came to be a thing in the national Canadian consciousness. Common Ground customers, feel free to turn the page. Last year, I was working for a farming paper in Winnipeg and was sent to a farming conference – I know, what are the odds. – where the keynote speaker was Ron Buist, former marketing director for Canada’s favourite coffeehouse, Tim Hortons. If you’ve ever passed a Timmy’s on the edge of Regina at 6 or 7 a.m. and taken a look at the drive-thru lane, you can probably guess why the keynote at the 2011 Manitoba Special Crops Symposium was a marketing guy from Tim Hortons. Unfortunately, Buist didn’t bring free coffee, but he did offer some small business advice, and told the story about how the contest-cum-national-craze came to be. Simply put, the famous Roll Up the Rim to Win contest came from the company going nearbroke. In 1985, Buist was asked to come up with a new contest idea to generate more business. He thought of the traditional scratch cards or pull tabs. But all of these ideas had extra paper costs related to them. Extra paper means extra money and, at the time, the company didn’t have any spare change. After a meeting with the company’s cup manufacturer, Lilly Cup, Buist got the idea for Roll Up the Rim from seeing the cup pattern laid out on a sheet of paper. The only spot where there was no printing was on the lip of the cup, because it was to be rolled down. After a quick test run, it was proven that ink could be printed there and not rub off. That is how limited resources and creative and efficient thinking created a contest that put Tim Hortons, a struggling doughnut chain, on the map. Buist attributes starting in small communities as the ultimate reason of success for the doughnut chain. Franchises started up in small communities where there was no competition and real estate was cheap. “Tim Hortons did a business that no one else wanted to do,” Buist said. “The doughnut shops were open all the time. So the young people would go there, have their product and coffee, and as Tim Hortons grew they moved to where they could afford the real estate.” As the country grew, so did Tim Hortons; the rest, as they say, is history. As the franchise started to move into bigger cities, there were Tim Horton’s waiting there for the kids from the original small communities, who grew up with a Tim’s and moved to the city for school or work. And when they did, there was a rim there, waiting to be rolled up.
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Shit got real at the all-candidates meeting for URSU election candidates on Tuesday, March 6, as chief returning ofﬁcer Heath Packman informed the room that two separate slates had decided on the name “UR United.” Yeah, we know. After a terse few minutes, both sides agree to drop the name and come up with something new.
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the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
A lonely afﬂiction
Alienation and isolation among struggles of Saskatchewan HIV patients
cup prairies & northern bureau chief SASKATOON (CUP) –– While the recent HIV epidemic in Saskatchewan has made headlines – the rate of annual new infections is at least twice that of anywhere else in Canada on a per capita basis – people on the front lines attribute the startling rate of infections to larger and more systemic problems such as poverty. When Ken Ward was diagnosed with HIV in 1989, he initially told everyone that he had cancer because “it seemed a lot more acceptable.” “Being an addict, we deal with loneliness no matter what,” said Ward, who is from the Enoch Cree Nation west of Edmonton, Alta. “But also being double-impacted with the diagnosis, I knew that I had to keep this secret quiet because of fear. Fear of not being accepted, or [of being] targeted ... Trusting has always been a big issue with me, ever since I was molested in a residential school and raped at 13.” However, after his mother accidentally leaked his HIV-positive status to organizers of a rally in 1990, Ward went public with his diagnosis. He has spent the last 20 years doing advocacy work for HIV and AIDS patients in Canada, and was one of the ﬁrst aboriginal men in Canada to go public about his diagnosis. Struggling with addiction for almost 20 years, as well as being molested and bouncing through various foster homes, Ward has lived through many of the experiences that are disturbingly common among Canada’s Aboriginal population. “I think three quarters of my family were dysfunctional, mostly alcoholics,” Ward said. As with so many others in Canada and especially in Saskatchewan, drug use led dicorrectional workers, and more medical professionals all need to receive thorough education to combat prejudice. Helliar echoed Ward’s concerns. Many health care workers, he said, either don’t want to treat HIV-positive patients who are addicted to drugs or don’t put forth the effort to make the patients feel welcome. “They’re certainly made to feel that they’re not wanted there.”. The key to changing this, Helliar says, is education. “Try and get people [in the medical profession] to understand why people become addicted, and that people, even if they have an addiction problem, are human beings and need to be treated with the same respect that you would treat any person.” Another key problem that goes hand in hand with both injection drug use and the overarching problem of poverty is homelessness. Ward hinted at having led a very transient lifestyle earlier in his life, saying he had been “what you might call a ‘gypsy.’” From residential schools and foster homes to his younger adulthood, Ward “just migrated from city to city most of my life.” Helliar said this is also typical of many patients he sees, and it’s a huge impediment to treating patients properly. Whether it be diabetes or HIV, chronic illnesses are signiﬁcantly harder to treat when the patient does not have a stable, consistent home to return to. “HIV in general has become a disease of poverty,” Helliar said. “And the vast majority of the people that live in poverty are more likely to get HIV. Our Aboriginal community lives in poverty, and therefore First Nations people are certainly a large percentage of the people that we see that are HIV positive.”
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rectly to Ward’s HIV diagnosis: he was infected by a shared needle. This is fairly typical of Saskatchewan’s infection trends, said Dr. Stephen Helliar, who has worked at the Westside Community Clinic in Saskatoon for 31 years. “There is some sexual transmission,” he said. “But by far the largest number [of those infected] are injection drug users.” Working among Saskatoon’s poor and homeless communities for three decades, Helliar has seen the current epidemic develop firsthand. And while he confirmed that the vast majority of new cases are among drug users, he says the larger community should be aware of the high infection rates around them. “In 2007, we had roughly maybe 30 people who were HIV positive at the Westside [Clinic]; we now have somewhere around about 340 to 350,” he said. Helliar personally sees about 100 of those patients. When asked about what he sees as the causes of
Saskatchewan’s HIV problem, Helliar stressed the fact that HIV “has become a disease of poverty” and other similar social determinants of health, such as housing and addiction. Thus, while it is true that there are a disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan being infected, this is due to the fact that Aboriginal people are disproportionately affected by poverty. “I think the first thing [the government] needs to do is work on the whole issue of poverty and try to relieve that and the housing situation and relieve that, as well as putting in more human resources to deal with HIV,” Helliar said. The provincial government is in the process of implementing a four-year strategy to deal with HIV; its four focal points are education, prevention and harm reduction, research, and clinical management. The main goals of the strategy include improving life and housing for current HIVpositive people, working to pre-
vent both addictions and new HIV cases, and to reduce the stigma and isolation HIV-positive people experience, both in life and, most importantly, in the medical community. “They’ve certainly increased the number of health workers that are working with this issue,” Helliar said. “And so in that way it’s helped, but we are still being overwhelmed by this problem. Yes, there has been an improvement, but it’s certainly not enough.” Both Ward and Helliar acknowledged the prejudice many members of the medical community still hold toward HIV patients. Ward said loneliness and isolation are among the most difficult things for people to deal with when they are diagnosed. “I’m really pleased that the nurses are now coming to the forefront and wanting to understand, because they’re usually the welcome mats [for] anybody who’s diagnosed,” Ward said Still, he says, more needs to be done. Child and family services,
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The new music video from Slow Down, Molasses adds a new dimension to the form
A&C Editor: Jonathan Petrychyn email@example.com the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
3D music videos may be cool, but you need special glasses to watch most. You can order them from the National Film Board for free, or make them yourself out of things you ﬁnd laying around your house. Ideally, the colours you want for lenses to watch these on YouTube are (right/left respectively) are red/cyan, green/magenta, or blue/yellow. I’ve taped a Babybel cheese wrapper and piece of green translucent wrapping paper onto a pair of plastic frames without lenses. A close colour substitute won’t be perfect, but will still work nonetheless (such as the red Babybelwrapper in lieu of magenta). Once you’ve MacGyvered your glasses, here are ﬁve 3-D music videos you can ﬁnd on YouTube that are worth checking out.
3-D music videos
If we printed this in 3D, would you have pulled your 3D glasses from your back pocket to look at it? While there are many different ways to create 3D images on a screen, Feheregyhazi chose to use the stereoscopic method because “it was the most conducive” for “the tools I had available.” It does require glasses to see the 3-D, unlike Blue Roses’ video for “Doubtful Comforts,” which uses “wiggle stereoscopy”. The issue with “wiggle stereoscopy” (switching back and forth quickly between the two cameras) is that it works great for still images, but doesn’t really for videos and really just makes you feel like your eyes are twitching. “Wiggle stereoscopy” could technically be seen by a larger audience, as it doesn’t require glasses, but the traditional stereoscopic 3-D imaging is still advantageous as it’s one of the most widely used. “Right now it’s the most broadly accepted version of 3-D,” Feheregyhazi said. The biggest issue with stereoscopic 3-D is the time it takes to render the images, which is why the 2D video for “Bodies” came out so much earlier than the 3-D one. “One of the biggest detriments is time ... it takes about a week and a half to render the 2D version, but to render 3-D I have to render two cameras,” Feheregyhazi said. “Render time is doubled as you work with this type of 3-D. It was about four weeks of rendering to get the 3-D version out.” Despite having to learn some new techniques, Feheregyhazi said 3-D ﬁlm was simply “the next step” in his artistic endeavours and that it wasn’t anymore difﬁcult than learning other techniques he’s learned. “It wasn’t any more difﬁcult for me than previous videos. I had about the same amount that I had to ﬁgure out. It wasn’t too incredibly difﬁcult,” Feheregyhazi said. “The biggest challenge was time and the capability of computers.” Even though both Slow Down, Molasses, and Andrei Feheregyhazi stand by the decision to create a 3-D music video, the actual practicality of 3-D music videos is called into question. “It is a lot more work,” Feheregyhazi said. “I don’t know that the actual promotion you can get from it necessarily outweighs the cost of 3-D.” McShane also agrees that “it can definitely not be the most practical” way as the band “had to put together a ‘how-to’” guide on the YouTube page. However, McShane sees the actual practicality of 3-D music videos as “not necessarily a big problem” and views them as a niche market. Moreover, he believes that these niches are “where things get really interesting ... I follow very obscure, niche parts of the music world ... If you’re excited about something, like Andrei [Feheregyhazi] is about 3D, or I am about obscure, British post-rock music, go for it.” Notwithstanding the debate, Feheregyhazi predicts “there will be more” people doing 3-D music videos in the future, but he doesn’t believe that “there will be a saturated market.” Furthermore, Feheregyhazi thinks that not all musical artists would beneﬁt from going down the path of 3-D music videos, due to the way that the human eye adjusts to 3-D images. “The one thing about 3-D that you have to take into account is the way you edit a video. Most music videos and the way which they’re edited can’t translate into 3-D because it takes the viewer about three seconds to adjust to a new 3-D scene,” Feheregyhazi said. Thus, musical styles that lead naturally into music videos that involve cutting and editing shots shorter than three seconds – the music video standard – aren’t ideal. “A lot of music videos will have cuts every second or halfsecond. Even if you’re cutting just at that three second mark, the eyes are just getting adjusted to the new 3-D scene and most music videos are much faster-paced,” Feheregyhazi said. “I don’t ever imagine that you’d see dance or pop music videos in 3-D,.” The dreamy and atmospheric tones do work well with the longer-cut video and both parties seem to be happy with the end result. “There are layers to [the video]; the video is constructed in a way that beneﬁts from 3-D. It’s a worthwhile thing,” McShane said. “As with anything, there are things I’d like to improve about it, but I’ll ﬁx that in future iterations. I’m pretty happy with the result,” Feheregyhazi added.
It’s a performance video, but the band is holograms inside an arcade game, which is pretty cool. With that said, the song completely sucks and it’s almost six minutes long.
The Raw I’s – “Gloria (The Death of Me)
a&c writer 3D movies have been around for a while, but relatively untouched is the realm of 3D music videos. This isn’t to say that they haven’t been done (see “Wanderlust” by Björk), but certainly they haven’t seen the kind of hype (or renaissance) that feature-length films have. Stepping into the relatively empty pool of 3D music videos is Saskatoon band Slow Down, Molasses who, with the help of artist Andrei Feheregyhazi, has created such a video for the band’s song “Bodies” Band member Tyson McShane said he had “no idea that this technology existed” and he simply wanted to collaborate with Feheregyhazi on a music video. “[Feheregyhazi] brought the idea of doing a video and I got very excited. He started describing some stuff he wanted to do and it was even after we started working on concepts he was like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to do this as a 3D thing’ ... It was a complete surprise to me that you could post 3D stuff on YouTube and watch it from home.”
There’s a lot more depth to the 3D in this video than in “Gloria (The Death of Me).” Images seem to pop out more in this, where in “Gloria (The Death of Me)” they only seemed to fall back into the screen. The video is Travis Barker drumming in a parking lot while people rap next to him, but included with the typical gangster low-rider cars is a giant dump truck.
Travis Barker and the Cool Kids – “Jump Dwn”
This video doesn’t require 3-D glasses, but the effect isn’t as great. The song and video is still interesting nonetheless, but the 3-D effect, while still present, is minimal.
Blue Roses – “Doubtful Comforts”
Weird buffalo people whom Björk rides down a river, a person coming out of Björk’s backpack and attacking her, and some God-like creature coming out of the river, so all pretty normal stuff rom the Icelandic artist. Strangeness aside, the landscape shots look really good with the 3D.
Björk – “Wanderlust”
“ It was a complete surprise to me that you
could post 3D stuff on YouTube and watch it from homee.”
Out of the above 3-D music videos, this one is probably the coolest. The paper layers and textures look cool in 2-D, but the effect is increased with the added dimension.
Slow Down, Molasses – “Bodies”
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Dragging it up
UR Pride continues tradition of drag show fundraiser
a&c writer DIVAS The Owl March 10 8:30 p.m. $10
It’s the only show in town that lets audience members get their photo taken in cardboard cutouts of giant genitalia. If that’s not enough to get you out to DIVAS at the Owl, UR Pride’s annual drag show fundraiser, at the Owl on Saturday, then you’re missing what often ends up being the University of Regina’s only drag show. “You have to check it out,” said executive director of UR Pride, Lisa Smith, who notes the show is put on through a partnership with the Regal Social Association of Regina (RSAR), whose main purpose is to put on drag shows for fundraising. However, the drag show isn’t DIVAS’ only attraction for the evening. “We have some carnivalesque other things,” Smith said. “The past couple of years, we’ve had giant penis and vagina cut-outs that you can put your head into. There’s also a kissing booth and prizes.” The proceeds from DIVAS goes towards the basic operational and service costs of UR Pride. “We budget so much to make off of DIVAS and that goes into all our services,” Smith said. “We usually net about $1,500 roughly and that goes towards our other events ... and getting resources in and all the stuff that costs money
here.” In light of UR Pride’s recent successful referendum to get a student levy, Smith conﬁrmed DIVAS will still continue as a fundraiser, as the new income from students will only replace what they were previously given from the students’ union. “The referendum went through and we’re so grateful and happy that it went through, but …. We still need to go along with our fundraisers,” she said. There are inﬁnite ways to do a fundraiser, but Smith said UR Pride continues to go the route of a drag show not only because it’s an overall good time, but “historically, it’s been a way to raise
Come for the entertainment, stay for the giant vag/dick cutouts
money for queer communities, so why reinvent the wheel?” While UR Pride may still need DIVAS as a fundraiser, Smith pointed out that generating a dollar is not the only purpose of the show. “It’s also a great way to pull in a lot of the student body that doesn’t partake in what UR Pride does, see a little bit about the fun side of what we get to do ... [and] come to a space that a lot of the student body has been to and is comfortable with, but we switch it up a bit to queer it up,” Smith said. “We do a drag show because it’s fun; it gives a larger community to come together and see
something that’s fantastical or camp, because drag is all about camp. It’s making fun of gender roles and getting to a broader issue of heteronormativity. It gets people out of their comfort zone and allows them to experience
something that perhaps a larger majority of the people there have never seen.” Tickets can be bought at UR Pride’s ofﬁce in Riddell Centre, its table in the Riddell Centre hallway, or at the GLCR for $10.
“ We do a drag show because it’s fun; it gives a
larger community to come together and see something that’s fantasical or camp, because drag is all about camp.”
Fine arts for all
FASA’s first General Assembly officially ratifies the organization into existence
a&c editor And so it was, in the midst of the University of Regina’s theatre department’s ﬁght to maintain free admission to its shows, that the Fine Arts Students’ Association (FASA) was born. Or, it was officially brought into existence by its membership by the ratiﬁcation of its new constitution after nearly ﬁve years of being defunct. FASA had been operating for the last year, but it wasn’t until Feb. 29 that the organization held its ﬁrst general assembly. The constitution is basic stuff, and going through it item by item can try everyone’s patience. This wasn’t so on Wednesday, however, with the 17 people in attendance ﬂying through the constitution in less than an hour, picking out grammatical errors instead of organizational ones. Most of the hour was spent discussing how a dissolution clause would be added and implemented in the constitution. Of note in the constitution of FASA is how their President’s Advisory Council (PAC) funding, which is given to faculty student associations by the University of Regina Students’ Union based on the number of students enrolled in the faculty, is divided amongst the department student organizations that represent students in the departments of media production and studies, music, theatre, and visual arts. Each of the four student organizations at the department level will receive equal amounts of PAC funding. FASA will receive 10 per cent of the per-semester PAC funding, while each of the remaining organizations will each receive 25 per cent of the remaining 90 per cent of the funding, or 22.5 per cent of total PAC funding each semester. When asked why FASA would be dividing PAC funding equally, and not based on enrollment per department, URSU Fine Arts Director and FASA President Jordan Palmer replied that the equal division of funding was to ensure minimal rivalry between organizations. “When distributing it between fine arts societies we wanted to distribute it evenly, because if it were to be distributed by enrollment in each department, the department with the highest enrollment in the faculty would always be getting the [most] funding,” Palmer said. Moreover, the difference between the two ways of dividing the funding would amount to tens of dollars, not hundreds or thousands, based on the small enrollment levels in the faculty of ﬁne arts. The constitution was ratiﬁed with ease, which allowed the meeting to move on to more pressing matters, like the referendum petition and their ﬁnances. Palmer informed the membership that they had collected 164 signatures over four days. He hopes that the organization can collect the roughly 500 more signatures needed to secure the ﬁve per cent of the student body needed to push a referendum before the end of the semester. “My goal was trying to get all of the signatures ... [so it could] coincide with the URSU general elections, so then that way all students could vote at the same time with the URSU representatives,” Palmer said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen. But the sooner we can get the signatures, the sooner we can get this voted on this semester.” Following the rather brief discussion about the referendum was an attempt at ﬁnances. Palmer informed the membership that FASA currently had $2,057.63 in its bank account. When pressed about the actual expenses and income of the organization, Palmer said he did not have those numbers ready for the general assembly.
“ When distributing it between fine arts societies we wanted to distribute it evenly, because if it were to be distributed by enrollment in each department, the department with the highest enrollment in the faculty would always be getting the [most] fundinge.”
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Big city sounds
Toronto’s Poor Young Things inspired by labelmates The Trews
Poor Young Things (w/ The Trews) Casino Regina March 16 8 p.m. $25 balcony; $30 ﬂoor
Caracol with Julia and Her Piano The Exchange March 8 7:30 p.m. $15 advance; $20 door Zachary Lucky CD Release Party, w/ Carly Maicher Creative City Centre March 8 8 p.m. $10
The country-to-city, rags-to-riches story is one that many musicians like to peddle. But to ﬁnd the narrative small-city-to-big-city is one less frequently touted. But despite the seeming banality and insignificance of such a move, it’s central to the otherwise fascinating and remarkable story of Poor Young Things. The Thunder Bay-based act is the opening band for the Trews’ Big Night Out Tour, which stops at Casino Regina on March 16. The five-member indie/country rock group, originally from Thunder Bay, Ont., recently released the Let It Sleep EP in January, a forerunner to the fulllength album the band plans to release later this year. Poor Young
Yeah, I mean, I can dress like I’m from the city too, but I don’t make a big deal out of it or whatever Things produced the six-song EP through their deal with Bumstead Records, The Trews’ record label. Poor Young Things appeared on Bumstead’s radar after the label caught wind of a demo the band recorded in Hamilton, Ont., in May 2011. Though they had originally planned to relocate to Vancouver, the group decided to move to Toronto on the advice of Jeff Heishold, keyboardist for The Trews. Within a year they signed a deal with Bumstead. Through their new label, Poor Young
Things met their favourite producer, Jon Drew, has who produced albums for the Canadian punk band Fucked Up and indie rockers Tokyo Police Club. Drew also helped them to produce their EP. Because Poor Young Things and The Trews share a recording label, it makes sense that some of the songs on their debut EP are reminiscent of The Trews. The country-rock feel of Poor Young Things’s “Hearts and Minds” sounds very similar to The Trews’ “I’ll Find Someone Who Will.” The band’s move to the bigger city is arguably what the short but sweet EP album is all about. In most of the songs, the lyrics reference living and losing oneself in the big city. In the ﬁrst song, “The Low Road” the lyrics, “Yeah we’re on the town makin’ memories but we still got concrete stuck in our teeth” seem to point towards the move from Thunder Bay to Toronto. The lyrics to the song’s second track, “Blame It On The Good Times” are also reminiscent of big city life: “Fall into the wrong hands/ in between the street lights,” sings lead vocalist Matt Fratpiatro, “Fall into the wrong hands/ and we’ll blame it on the good times.” Under the Trews’ wings, the band is seeing good times; Regina’s just one stop on a large national tour. Sounds like they’ve fallen into the right hands.
Celebrating The Arts on International Women's Day The Artesian on 13th March 8 7:30 p.m. Admission by donation Hendeca: 11 Sides Opening Reception MacKenzie Art Gallery March 9 5:30 p.m. Free admission DIVAS at the Owl 11 The Owl March 9 8:30 p.m. $10 Combat Dance and Party The Artesian March 10 8:30 p.m. $10 students Portage & Main, Redbird w/ Julia and Her Piano Creative City Centre March 12 8 p.m. $10 Much Ado About Nothing University Theatre March 14 – 17 7:30 p.m. Free for students
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A history of erotica
It’s existed for centuries and has become more mainstream in the 21st century
“ Cultural and
religious myths label sexuality ‘forbidden’ or ‘sinful’ and equate blame with sexual intercourse. The forbidden fruit is very appealing though, and because of that, it enhances desire and makes evolutionary sense that we find sexuality exciting.”
Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire may not scream “erotic ﬁction” to you, but just look at Brad Pitt’s hair
interrobang (fanshawe college) LONDON (CUP) – Sex is often marginalized and quietly spoken of, if at all. It’s naughty and Rrated and borders on what’s acceptable to share and what’s embarrassingly not. Karene Howie and her partner Geoff Haselhurst, both philosophers, maintain a philosophical website on sexuality at sexuality.spaceandmotion.com. Howie explains that philosophy has largely neglected sex, yet sex is central to human existence and survival of the human species. “Cultural and religious myths label sexuality ‘forbidden’ or ‘sinful’ and equate blame with sexual intercourse,” Howie said. “The forbidden fruit is very appealing though and, because of that, it enhances desire and makes evolutionary sense that we find sexuality exciting. “We are programmed to seek sex, procreate to spread our genes, and thus survive and replicate.” She adds that the details in erotic literature, which includes fiction novels, short sex stories, poetry and verse, sexual memoirs, autobiographies, dramatic plays, and sex guides or manuals, are worth paying attention to. “The Decameron of Giovanni
Boccaccio (1351) is a famous work of erotic literature from the medieval times,” she said. “Themes of love, lust, seduction, fortune and misfortune, happiness, desire, and generosity are explored with the stories. However, the book was banned in many countries, even after 500 years!” The Kama Sutra was written by the sage Vatsysayana, who, as Anne Hardgrove of Open Magazine explained, was a monk who collected all of the sexual knowledge of years before him, to meditate and contemplate about the Creator. It is the only surviving written account of that ancient period of Indian history. Tyler Smith, an employee at City Lights Bookshop in London, Ont., was equally open about his opinion about what he sees as the distinction between erotic ﬁction and pornography. “In terms of broader aspects, there is the subtlety and sophistication in erotic ﬁction – it’s a journey to the act,” he said. “But with pornography, it’s merely ‘doing’ the act.” With the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, Howie added, came a new age of the distribution of erotic literature, as well as more restrictions with censorships and obscenity laws. Both the Victorian era (1837 to 1901) and the Edwardian era
(1901 to 1910) were characterized by rigid class structure, moral purity, and severe sexual repression. “It is fascinating to uncover the sheer volume of erotic literature that came out of Britain and France during this period,” Howie said. “When our natural sexual desires are suppressed, they do not die, but manifest in perverse ways or ﬂourish ‘underground.’” During the Victorian Era, plenty of passion ensued. It was characterized by fixations on spanking, incest, defloration of virgins, rape, orgies, pedophilia, sexual torture, discipline and punishment, homosexuality, crossdressing, and more. John Cleland was one male erotica writer from the era. He penned Fanny Hill, Memoirs of Pleasure in 1748, one of the most famous works of erotic literature and the most persecuted in the Western world. Smith contended that erotica, at first, was mainly written by men for men, with females being the sexual object. Later, erotica written by women for women proved that they have just as many lustful desires as their male counterparts. Pauline Réage, who wrote the Histoire d’O (Story of O), squashed critics who claimed that erotica couldn’t be written by a woman.
Her book was released in 1954 and brought about controversy over its sadomasochistic nature. No one knew it was written by her: some thought it had to have been a man’s work. Forty years after the book was published, Réage came forward and admitted that it was her writing. Anaïs Nin is another female author both Smith and Howie mentioned. She was unique in her graphic and raw exploration of sexuality. She captures the depth of the nature of a female psyche. Her works included Delta of Venus and Little Birds, both of which were arousing and powerful. In the 21st century, erotic ﬁction is very mainstream but somewhat elusive in context. Much of erotic ﬁction can be found in fanﬁction and based on science ﬁction, fantasy or current television programming. “There is deﬁnitely a paranormal aspect to current erotica,” Smith explained. Series such as Twilight by Stephenie Meyer or J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books are examples of the teen romance genre. Although these books do not contain hardcore erotica, they glisten with subtleties and temptation, Smith explained. Howie added that the modern reader is in a very unique place: “We now have very easy access to the history of erotic literature.
Reading quality erotic books from the past helps to cultivate the sexual and aesthetic aspects of our minds, enhances our sexual lust and adds spice and variety to our sex lives.” So what does the future hold? Anne Rice delved into her naughty side to produce the series The Chaining of Sleeping Beauty, three stories loosely based on the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. The trilogy made the list as a bestseller and topped Rice’s financial success with her first book, Interview with the Vampire. Nerve is a fantastic, modern-day collection of 10 years’ worth of essays, interviews, ﬁction. and photography from the magazine of the same name. The book’s neon pink cover with a nude photograph of an Angelina Jolie lookalike beseeches the reader to purchase. “It’s a tricky line,” Smith said. “Just because something [sexual] is written, does that make it erotic ﬁction?” Mark Twain coined the phrase, “Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.” So while showcasing an erotic coffee book for the guests to see may seem inappropriate, well, that’s up for you to decide.
Julia Holter Ekstasis RVNG Intl.
Julia Holter’s new record Ekstasis – its title taken from the Greek word meaning standing outside oneself – is the most engaging piece of music that I have encountered in this young year. Fans of Holter’s 2011 release Tragedy will ﬁnd much to love here. Again we are led into another unfamiliar sonic landscape, guided carefully by Holter’s intuitive production choices and versatile voice. Sonic touchstones abound: in the sophisticated vocal interplay of “Marienbad,” we ﬁnd traces of
(past collaborator) Linda Perhacs. The highly rhythmic cello work in “Für Felix” suggests the sparser side of Arthur Russell. The ghost of Laurie Anderson appears in both of the vocoder-rocking “Goddess Eyes” pieces, providing the record with its most surreal, yet deep groove pop moments. These influences appear beautifully, yet never override Holter’s singular artistic vision. “Boy in the Moon,” an ethereal, improvised meditation over waves of Casio SK-1, displays the
hallmarks of Holter’s aesthetic: meticulous attention paid to sculpting sonic architecture, evocative vocal performance, and thought-provoking lyrics. Holter languidly intones, “I can see you drinking my thoughts.” Yes. Yes, I am. Please, never let them end. Holter recently told the Wire that her artistic goal was to capture, “[t]his feeling of being one with something, but… not,” and it is the exploration of this curious paradox that gives the collection its power. Although it’s only
March, I contend that we’ll be hard-pressed to find another record this year with not only as much ambition as Ekstasis, but, more importantly, one that realizes its ambition as wonderfully as this one.
The many sides of the graduating visual arts students
a&c editor The images printed on the following three pages are nine of the 11 sides of Hendeca, an exhibition of the 11 graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Visual Arts at the University of Regina showing at the Mackenzie Art Gallery. The show represents the culmination of the work of the 11 artists over the course of their degree. Though the interests, media, and images themselves are incredibly diverse, each work is incredibly personal. Some of it investigates history, others depression and anxieties, and still others that investigate queer experience and family. Other work is so complex in its installation that the artists did not wish to provide images for publication. These images do not nearly give the scale, depth, or complexity of these pieces. In fact, these are only samples and glimpses into their work,and provide only a slice of each of the 11 sides of Hendeca. The exhibition opens with a public reception at the Mackenzie at March 9 at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition runs until April 8.
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Title: The Uffington Horse Listens To Your Secrets Artist: Jessica Richter
The Uffington Horse listens to your secrets. And to the secrets Richter has. Infusing her print with her secrets and her anger, Richter has changed the once ﬂowing horse into something broken and twisted. “It used to stretch gracefully,” she wrote, “but now it’s become cramped and twisted. Smooth lines are rough and it’s started to leach bronze. It can’t hold anything else, not another word or cry. I’ve destroyed it, I think.” But not only has Richter combined her print with her own anger, she said it has the ability to twist and break her too.
Title: Nagymama Artist: Ashely Marshall
Marshall’s work deals with her Hungarian heritage and represents an attempt to allow that heritage to continue on. The piece is made up in part of a series of ceramic plates hanging on the wall, which, for Marshall, “reference my grandmother’s dining room
and decorative plates she displays in her home.” Marshall said these plates are “portraits” and “the muted earth tones of the ceramics are intended to give a feeling of ageing and loss and are balanced by the vibrant colours of the embroidery threads.” Because the work is a complex installation, Marshall did not wish for photos to be published.
Title: Self Portrait Artist: Sydney Henrikson
Like the work of colleague Aaron Wandler, Henrikson’s work deals with depression and anxiety. Henrikson cast molds of her own body to mimic the feeling of being trapped in ones own body while in a state of anxiety. “Imagine being encased in this
coffin of plaster, blind. and cut off from your surroundings,” she wrote, “and you may come close to experiencing the paralyzing, terrifying, isolation that I, and many others, have felt through dealing with depression.” Because of the complex nature of the piece – the only light on the piece was to be a projection of images of Henrikson casting her body – Henrikson was unable to provide images of her piece. .
“Sans Souci” is a French word meaning “no worries.” And like the anxieties dealt with by colleagues Aaron Wandler and Syndney Henrikson, Taman deals with her anxieties through “a self-constructed headspace where there are no worries,” a collection of parachutes/neuron hybrids that allow Taman to enter a space without anxiety, a space that’s “a psychological retreat from my anxieties.”
Title: Sans Souci
Artist: Frances Taman
Title: To Manipulate to Find Ones Own Place
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Artist: Kelcie DeWildt
DeWildt’s drawings are drawings of her family: her mother, her father, her sister, and her brother. And yet, these drawings are a self-portrait. “I have consciously chosen to withhold my own selfimage in this body of work,” DeWildt wrote. “This is because these four faces create my own self portrait; my identity is represented through them.” For DeWildt, daughter of an RCMP ofﬁcer, it has been difﬁcult associating her identity with a community. Drawing offers a sense of stability, her identity being associated with those around her, and not any sense of “home.”
Title: 2173.193.2 Artist: Jared FosterFitzmaurice
Title: I Don’t Know You... (But I’d Kind of Like to.) Artist: Joel Kovach
Kovach’s work is the only new media work in the show. Combing his arts practice with research into the lives of queer people in Regina, Kovach said his goal was to “examine queerness through other people’s stories and kind of pit their experiences and their personal deﬁnitions of what it means to be queer against my own.” Kovach interviewed friends and acquaintances about their “queer experiences,” which resulted in stories that ﬁt with the “canonized queer narratives” of “coming out, overcoming adversity,” and others that “expose the inner workings of a "queer community” that isn’t quite what it claims to be.” For Kovach, a queer artist himself, queer people are “monsters” who are lonely, but still altogether real.
Any history buff will ﬁnd something about Foster-Fitzmaurice’s work fascinating. In this work, Foster-Fitzmaurice investigates the idea that “history was one of the only definite things in life, that there is no uncertainty, and that it is entirely based in fact.” Foster-Fitzmaurice takes the Statue of Liberty and deconstructs it “logically,”, exposing the contradictions between what may have happened in the past and what we’re told.
Title: Svadhyaya Artist: Brenna Donnelly
“Svadhyaya” is a Sanskrit word meaning “study of the self.” The self Brenna Donnelly works to study is the self as a painter and the self as a Yoga practitioner. For Donnelly, the process of painting is much like the practice of Yoga and so through both her practice and her work, she “desire[s] to work the body and the paint towards equilibrium, guiding each towards their natural intelligence and purposeful movement.” The paintings mark the similarities between the two practices: “the need for committed practice, the complexity of their natures, and endeavours towards greater expression and consciousness.”
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Title: Do You Know The Feeling? Artist: Aaron Wandler
Wandler’s work came from dealing with his depression. For Wandler, the depression was consuming. “For a long time I have been struggling with depression,” Wandler wrote, “a lingering darkness that needs little invitation to grow from a small shadow, to a growing, living cancer on my consciousness, staining my every emotion and action.” His piece “Do You Know The Feeling?” is “drawings that I had produced when at my lowest.” If you begin to feel the same kind of dark and low feeling looking at his work, then for Wandler, you may have a glimpse into what it’s like for him when he’s at his lowest.
Title: Anita Miles Artist: Delivery
The oil paintings of Anita Miles are about ambiguity and paradox in the modern age. We’re innandated with images of the home office, fast food, and slow food as ways of making our lives easier when, in fact, all they do is add more stress and more chance to our lifestyles. “Like a threshold, my contemplative space exists as its own entity, but also is a part of the forces on either side of it,” Miles wrote. “Ultimately, my life is made up of paradoxes and reﬂects the interplay between the idealism and commercialism of my surrounding culture.”
Title: Displaced Artist: Jaclyn LaVanway
To say that “Displaced” is merely a collection of ceramics is to misunderstand their purpose: these ceramic “vessels” are like those in which we “contain our dead.” LaVanway said she’s always had a fear of “death and dying,” and that this project is a “coping mechanism” to help her deal with the fear. She often employs humour in the project, the words “Some Body” etched into one of the urns, a jab not only at the fact that there’s a body in the conﬁnes of the urn, but a person – someone with a personality and a past.
edward dodd, jhett folk, britton gray, colton hordichuk, jonathan petrychyn
this week’s roundtable The U of R women’s basketball team is on a quest for a national championship. Who will be their biggest competition? Dodd: Isn’t the biggest competition for any team in any sports movie ever the internal divisions the team faces? In that regard, their biggest competition will be each other. But don’t worry! They’ll overcome it in the end! (Is it obvious my only exposure to basketball is on ﬁlm?) Folk: I’m going to have to go with themselves! So much of basketball comes down to mentality and whether you can perform under pressure. If you can stay in the right state of mind, you can accomplish a lot in basketball.
Sports Editor: Autumn McDowell email@example.com the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
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tory “thank goodness it wasn’t the Bombers because Winnipeg is ﬁlled with a bunch of hicks” joke here. Do you think that Wii Fit, or any other “ﬁtness” video game actually works for losing weight?
Gray: The biggest competition they will face will be remaining focused and not allowing them to be put off of their games. When going for a national title, the pressure can mount and the atmoscan get a little phere overwhelming. If they can do that, then they have all the tools to walk away with the title.
biggest threat to their unbroken streak is their own egos. If sports movies have taught me anything, it’s thinking your shit don’t stink is what makes you lose the big game. Which U of R athlete deserves the overall MVP for this year?
I would crush anyone in Wii boxing
Petrychyn: I think their biggest competition will be themselves. They’ve been undefeated for a whole season; at this point, the
Hordichuk: I’m going to be honest and say that I have absolutely no idea. In sports, sometimes the biggest competition is your own nerves. So ultimately, I’m going to say that that the U of R women’s basketball team’s biggest competition is the U of R women’s basketball team. Make sense?
Dodd: I can’t name specific names, but someone on the women's basketball team deserves overall MVP this year. An undefeated year is incredibly impressive, especially considering the competition they are facing from other universities. Scanning the breakdowns of the games, I’d wager Joanna Zalesiak or Lindsay Ledingham. Folk: That one is easy! I’m giving it to Austin Guilleman of my ﬂoor hockey team, The Chiefs. The kid was great every game he played. A real shutdown defender with a great shot from the point. He’s also a great guy too, ladies.
Hordichuk: I believe we had a question specifically on Akiem Hicks a few weeks ago. He’ll be my vote for the U of R athlete that deserves the overall MVP for this year. Sounds like he’s the real deal and he’s going places.
fortunate injuries, he was one of the few bright spots on the Rams season. And who says punters aren’t real football players?
Folk: Well-deserved. A very respected coach in both the CFL and NFL. A guy like this is bound to win this award a few times in his career. Definitely no question marks coming from me on this one. Gray: If anyone deserved it, it was Buono. He has had a great career and helped turn this Lions season around and ended it with the Grey Cup. When the chips were down he kept his team going. It was a good way to end his career.
Grey Cup ceremony.
Petrychyn: I don’t really know any U of R athletes except for Gaelan Malloy because he plays with Descalso. So really, he should get MVP because not only does he do sports, he plays music. It’s like two very cool things rolled into one well-oiled package! B.C. Lions head coach Wally Buono was named CFL coach of the year. Thoughts?
Gray: Well movement burns fat. These games cause movement. Therefore, using my amazing logic skills, I would concur that these games do in fact cause people to lose weight. Of course they could try walking outside and get the same result, but who wants to do that. Lets face it, the graphics in real life suck. Hordichuk: For a guy like me that’s been out of sports for almost two years, I think any form of exercise, whether it be Wii Fit or any other fitness game, would work. But I’m not trying to lose weight – I’m just trying to make sure I don’t cough up blood after I walk up the stairs to the 4th ﬂoor of the classroom building.
Folk: I don’t see why not. You’re moving, right? You’re taking part in physical ﬁtness, right? I mean it just makes sense that you’d lose wait.
Dodd: No way. Not only is it not really all that strenuous to do, the fact is, it is on a Wii, which means that it probably gets played for about two days and then shoved behind the TV, only to reemerge at Christmas so the family can stand around and laugh themselves silly watching Uncle Merv ﬂail wildly around while Wii skiing.
Gray: Chris Bodnar deserves the MVP nod. When the rest of the football team was falling to un-
Dodd: Oh, how startlingly original. Naming the coach that won the Grey Cup the “coach of the year?” Who is surprised by that? If that’s how you are going to play it, you might as well just award the coach of the year award at the
Hordichuk: Honestly, whatever. Good for him, I guess. I’m not a bitter football fan or anything, but after turning their season around like he did, who’s surprised to see that kind of reward going to him? I can’t even think of another coach who even remotely deserves it. Petrychyn: Well, as long as it wasn’t whatshisname who coached the Riders, that’s ﬁne by me. B.C. is usually one of the more consistent teams in the league, so this makes sense. Also, insert obliga-
Petrychyn: Obviously. You should see my roommate go on Wii Fit. She’s a much happier person after she does her Wii Fit exercise. Does she lose any weight? I don’t know, but who cares! Exercise is exercise.
the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
One shot left
The Cougars’ perfect record receives its first blemish
Let’s be honest, it was bound to happen over the course of the season. The Cascades jumped out to an early 8-0 start, but Regina, in true Cougar fashion, immediately bounced back, scoring 23 out of the game’s next 27 total points. Although this hasty momentum swing put the Cougars up by double digits midway through the second, the Cascades weren’t about to say “uncle” just yet. By the halfway point, the Cougars held just a four-point lead over the Cascades, which was before Carly Graham entered the office. Graham did what she does best, and began raining down threes like nobody’s business, hitting four treys in just five minutes during the third quarter. The outside shooting by ﬁfth-year Graham helped propel the Cougars to a 15-point lead heading into the ﬁnal quarter and they never looked back. UBC’s semiﬁnal was less than dramatic as the Huskies trailed UBC by 10 points for the majority of the game and were never able to overtake the Thunderbirds, partly due to Kris Young’s amazing 28-point performance. With the Cougars and Thunderbirds victors of their semifinal matchups, the time came for an epic bout on Saturday night. The gym was finally packed for the ﬁrst time in a long time. Game staffers were even passing out “noisemakers” at the door with the hopes that the fans could be the extra force in Regina’s victory. Let’s be clear – the noisemakers were just thick pieces of paper that you were supposed to fold up and hit against your leg. How that’s any better or louder than clapping is, um, unclear. Whether it was the noisemakers or the full house, the atmosphere in the new gym was unreal. For rookie Kajati, the moment she stepped onto the court in the Canada West ﬁnal is a feeling that she will never forget. “It was pretty indescribable,” she said. “There was so many fans, it was a huge adrenaline rush. It’s really exciting, it’s a fun atmosphere to play in and as soon as you hear the crowd going your like, ‘OK, I’m ready to go.’ The crowd is a big factor.” Although the Cougars had the crowd behind them, and UBC only had its own players on their side, the crowd can only do so much for a team; the rest is up to the players on the court. The Cougars did what they usually do – they got off to an extremely slow start. Normally the Cougars can deal with these slow starts, having basically gotten away with them all season, but now that the swamp donkeys had been weeded out, there was not as much room for error as there used to be. To say that UBC got off to a fast start would be an understatement. In the opening quarter the Thunderbirds went 13-for-18, racked up 32 points, and somehow had a shooting percentage of 72. That insane percentage helped UBC build up a 16-point mountain for the Cougars to climb, but the No. 1 team in the country proved it has the heart to battle back. the Regina outscored Thunderbirds 14-2 in the second to cut the visitors lead to just four heading into halftime. Whatever Taylor said during the break appeared to have been gold as the Cougars came out quick and tied the game up with back-to-back buckets from Brittany Read and Lindsay Ledingham. Things were looking up and it appeared that the Cougars would continue to build off of their momentum, get a lead, and keep it, but that is not how the story would go. Suddenly, with next to no warning at all, the offensive power that the Cougars are accustomed to almost completely stopped. The Cougars went scoreless for an astounding five minutes, which felt like hours to fans that were in attendance. Regina was able to pull within seven points of the Thunderbirds in the fourth, but an 11-1 run by the visitors made the deﬁcit too large to overcome. As the final minutes wound down, the noisemakers were silent. Some fans, unable to take the pain of watching the inevitable outcome, left the arena altogether. Eventually, the Cougars lost the game, 79-58. Although this is not the outcome that the team wanted, Kajati – who had 10 points in the game – put a positive spin on the loss, admitting that the team was no longer feeling the pressure of an undefeated season. Despite what some people may have been confused about, the loss on Saturday night does not eliminate the Cougars from competition and does not put a halt to their dreams of a national championship, it just puts a small detour into their journey. Because of the loss, the Cougars will now travel to Saskatoon this weekend to take on the Huskies as part of a fourteam CIS West Regional. In order for the Cougars to reign supreme this weekend, Kajati doesn’t feel like many changes need to be made to the Cougars style of play; after all, they didn’t go 20-0 during the regular season by ﬂuke. “I just think that we need to do what we have been doing all season,” she said. “We need to play as a team. Individually, sometimes we get a little caught up in that but I think we need to play strong as a team and we have no worries if we can come out and do that.” Joining the Cougars and Huskies at the CIS West Regional tournament will be Brock and Concordia. Regina was announced as the No. 1 seed at the tournament, and will face off against Concordia on Friday at 8 p.m.
sports editor Some people thought it couldn’t be done, but UBC has slayed the dragon. The No. 1-ranked University of Regina women’s basketball team was pinned against the No. 3-ranked UBC Thunderbirds in a playoff battle royale to determine the best team in Canada West. Although the Cougars were riding a 20-game win streak, UBC defeated the Regina beast 79-58 in an epic showdown at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport on Mar. 3. “You know, in a way I think we needed a loss,” said Cougars ﬁrst-year post Alyssia Kajati. “Just because, when you have a perfect record, there [are] no ﬂaws. Now it is a motivation for us to do better next weekend and to go into nationals strong.” To advance to the final, the Cougars and Thunderbirds needed to win their respective semifinal matchups on Friday. Regina faced the Fraser Valley Cascades and UBC battled the Saskatchewan Huskies, with Regina receiving the home-court advantage. The Cougars took their game by a final score of 72-56. The Thunderbirds ﬁnished off U of S by an eerily similar score in their earlier semiﬁnal bout, notching a 72-55 victory. “Carly [Graham] simply took the game over for us in the third quarter,” said Cougars head coach Dave Taylor. “That’s the benefit of having so many quality veterans that can step up for us.” Regina was the victim of a slow start on Night 1 in its semiﬁnal, something the team has regretfully become accustomed to
“ You know, in a way I think we needed a loss.
Just because, when you have a perfect record, there [are] no flaws. Now it is a motivation for us to do better next weekend and to go into nationals strong.”
the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
Cougars wrestler Connor Malloy calls it a career
sports writer One of the University of Regina’s top wrestlers for the past four years can’t remember too much of his early days on the mat. “The first couple years are kind of blurred together,” Connor Malloy said. “I liked it, though.” Although Malloy can’t recall the speciﬁcs of his introduction to wrestling, he does remember having success in the sport from the very beginning. “One of the reasons that I liked it when I was young was because I, kind of, naturally took to it,” Malloy recounted. “I had success and it got me hooked.” Over the years, Malloy – who competed on the international stage for the ﬁrst time as an 11th grader at Dr. Martin LeBoldus – has continued to ﬁnd success on the mat. Malloy – who has wrestled across Asia, Europe, and North America – won bronze and silver medals at the CIS championships in his ﬁrst and second campaigns as a Cougar, respectively. In the time since Malloy earned a silver medal in his second season as a Cougar, he has claimed ﬁrst-place honours at the competition in both the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. After four successful seasons with the U of R,
“ What’s going to
happen next is going to be based on how I perform [at the Senior National Wrestling Championships]. It will be a tougher tournament than the CIS, but I’m always up for a challenge.”
Malloy’s first-place finish at the CIS championships this year ofﬁcially marked the end of his wrestling career as a Cougar. Although it seems that you would be hard-pressed to ﬁnd a better way to finish your collegiate wrestling career than claiming a gold medal at the highest level of the sport in the Canadian university system, Malloy doesn’t necessarily share that view.
Malloy has learned a lot about winning in four years
“Everyone was really upset,” said Malloy, referencing his squad’s second-place showing at the CIS championships. “It was a very quiet drive back to the hotel. To be in second place by two points is pretty tough to swallow.” Unfortunately for Malloy, who intends on traveling to China as a part of a student-exchange program in the future, he won’t have the opportunity to help his squad
win ﬁrst place at the CIS championships in 2013. But Malloy isn’t ﬁnished with wrestling just yet. Malloy is now preparing to compete at the forthcoming Senior National Wrestling Championships in St. Catharine’s, Ont. – a competition that the Regina product ﬁnished fourth in last year. From there, the two-time CIS champion will get a better
idea of what his future in wrestling holds. “What’s going to happen next is going to be based on how I perform there,” Malloy offered. “I’m just, kind of, playing things by ear right now, I guess ... It will be a tougher tournament than the CIS, but I’m always up for a challenge.”
Jump on it
Shalane Haselhan wants her name in the U of R record books
sports editor When someone asks Shalane Haselhan to jump, they’d be smart to let her choose how high. As a third-year member of the University of Regina track and ﬁeld team, Haselhan has managed to hone her skills at both long jump and high jump, a difficult feet for anyone to accomplish. During the Canada West championships Feb. 24-25, the education student managed to take home her ﬁrst Canada West gold medal in long jump, registering a 5.68-metre jump – a full 16 centimetres longer than her second place competitor. Haselhan was also able to showcase her skills in high jump, tying for fourth place with fellow Cougars teammate Megan Rumpel after both competitors cleared 1.63m. Although Haselhan finished off of the podium in high jump, it’s hard for her to be disappointed with a gold medal hanging around her neck. “I was pretty happy with my long jump performance,” she said. “A little bit disappointed with my high jump, but because I had such a good day in long jump I was happy overall.” Not many athletes get the chance to compete in two different events at such a high level. While I was doing multi events, which has both of those in there too.” Superstitions are often common at track and field meets. While some of her teammates may have special wristbands or specific warm-up routines they must do in order to compete, Haselhan prefers to have a laid back approach. “Not really [any superstitions],” Haselhan admitted. “Right before I jump, I just like to picture myself making it over and then just in my head tell myself that I can do it and then just giver.” Haselhan’s laidback attitude earned her a ninth-place ﬁnish in high jump at the 2010 CIS championships, and 11th in 2011. With a podium-filled weekend well within Haselhan’s grasp at this years national championships in Winnipeg on March 8, she has a few speciﬁc goals in mind, one being the U of R high jump record, which currently stands at 1.71m. “I deﬁnitely want to [set it],” she said. “The Cougars high jump record is within grabs so that would be awesome to make that and move up in the rankings a little bit.” The Cougars will be sending a total of 17 athletes to join Haselhan in competing at the CIS championships, which are set to begin on Thursday. The following athletes will be representing the Cougars at the 2012 CIS track and ﬁeld national championships: Ahmed Al Kabary – Long Jump Justin Baker – 60m Hurdles Mike Barber – Pentathlon Tevaughn Campbell – 60m Shalane Haselhan – Long Jump & High Jump Chantelle Labreque – Shot Put Merissa Margetts – 60m Hurdles Tait Nystuen – 300m Chris Pickering – Shot Put & Weight Throw Megan Rumpel – High Jump & Pentathlon Arthur Ward – Triple Jump Kelsey Bohachewski, Margetts, Adrea Propp, Sarah Bauck – 4x200m Women Nystuen, Ethan Gardner, Ian McLellan, Campbell – 4x200m Men Gardner, Nystuen, Cale Brown, McLellan – 4x400m Men
most athletes have to focus on one event in order to master it, Haselhan is one of three members of the track and field team that have mastered two different events. Joining Haselhan in multiple events are Chris Pickering, who competes in both shot put and weight throw, and Rumpel, who enjoys success at high jump
She can jump farther and higher than half the animal kingdom for sure
and pentathlon. Although Haselhan has twice as many chances to medal than most of her teammates do, she still has trouble picking a favourite out of the two events. “Usually my favourite is just what’s going good at the time,” she said. “But I like them both equally, it’s hard to pick. Last year
the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
I never liked you
The Toronto Maple Leafs make a much-needed coaching change
what the puck?
sports editor I don’t get around to reading many books; in fact, one of the only books that I currently have sitting on my shelf collecting dust is Why the Leafs Suck and How They Can be Fixed. Now I don’t even have to worry about reading it – not that I ever planned on it – because the Leafs have eliminated one of the main reasons that they sucked. That’s right, the Leafs have parted ways with Ron Wilson. Had I actually read the book, I am sure that there would be at least one chapter solely devoted to Wilson and a volume devoted to Brian Burke, but let’s not even go there. Wilson always ground my gears from the moment I saw his grim face in a post-game interview. I am almost certain that the facial muscles that allow a person to smile are so underdeveloped in his face that it has rendered him physically unable to smile. That’s the only explanation that I could come up with for his permanent scowl. I have yet to come up with ing around aimlessly at Leafs practice, possibly pointing his ﬁnger every now and then, maybe blowing the whistle once or twice, and taking way too many sips from the players Gatorade bottles. I also imagine him falling on the ice when he is there by himself yet ﬁnding a way to blame it on everyone but himself. All of these reasons could have contributed to why someone created a Facebook group titled “FIRE RON WILSON!!!” Obviously, the creator of the page knew that this matter called for caps lock and triple exclamation marks. Although the ﬁring of Wilson was a step in the right direction, it is only the ﬁrst in a long line of steps if they want to turn the Leafs into a respectable playoff team, and allow fans to take the bags off of their heads when they dawn a jersey. Now that they have fired Wilson, they just have to ﬁnd an entire new team and get a new general manager, then maybe we can talk about possibly converting fans. As of right now, the Leafs are just a team that you are happy to bet against, because you are almost guaranteed money.
a theory for his eternally monotone voice, but I am working on it. Realistically, Wilson did nothing for the Leafs. Let’s take a look at the stats from his coaching years – after all, statistics don’t lie. Wilson took over the head coaching duties of the Toronto
Just look at that smug expression
Maple Leafs in 2008, since then they have missed the playoffs every year. I like those odds. During his time as bench boss the Leafs topped out at 37 wins in 2011. They were 10th in the Eastern Conference that year. Enough said.
It’s pretty clear that Wilson was basically terrible at motivating his squad. Realistically, who would wake up every morning excited to word hard for permascowl? Not me, even if I was getting paid way too much to do it. I always imagine Wilson skat-
Walker Texas ranger
Jamir Walker hopes to impress the CFL scouts
contributor Jamir Walker is the humble leader on the University of Regina Rams defence, but his stats are far from modest. Walker’s stellar career at defensive back for the Rams landed him an invite to the CFL’s Evaluation Camp that took place March 2-3 in Toronto. The CFL invited only 60 football players from Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) to travel to Toronto. Once there, the players took part in on-ﬁeld workouts and testing. The testing portion consisted of six drills: bench press, 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, shuttle, and the three-cone drill. Scouts from the CFL observed all aspects of the camp; from team interviews to physical tests, nothing was left un-judged. “My best attributes are my onfield skills,” Walker said. “The weight lifting and testing is one thing, but on ﬁeld is a totally different story. I am a ballhawk; the best way to contribute, I feel, is to always know where the ball is, and having the ability to go get it. I believe that my on-ﬁeld performance will show that I can continue this success in the CFL.” Walker’s stats back up this statement and legitimize his apparent “ballhawking” ability. In 2010, Walker racked up ﬁve picks – three being taken back for touchdowns – which put him at the top of the CIS for interceptions. This feat also got him named to the CIS ﬁrst-team all-Canadian and an in-
I’ve stopped trying to make the nickname “Mr. Interception” happen vite to the Vanier Cup, where the CIS’s formal award ceremony takes place. In 2011, Walker’s numbers did not waver, as he posted four interceptions and got another invite to the evaluation camp. “2010 was a big year for me,” Walker said. “I really cemented myself at my position – defensive back – for the Rams, and really showed myself that I could play at a high level. The awards banquet was a real eyeopener. The formality, and media presence, gave it a very business-like feel; it made me want football to be my profession.” That day could be closer than Walker might think, as his performance last weekend could determine his future for next season. With that in mind, Walker is not taking the opportunity for granted and worked hard to show well at evaluation camp. “The work-outs have definitely increased [since being selected to evaluation camp]” Walker explained. “I am in the gym ﬁve days a week for preparation, which is quite a bit more work then the regular three days a week. My workouts are much more speciﬁc as well; I train[ed] in order to get the maximum production at E-camp.” Aware that football could be his job next year, Walker – though hopeful for this year’s draft – knows that the evaluation camp isn’t the end of the line. “This weekend [was] important, but it is not the end of the world. I still have one more season of eligibility. Paul Woldu – a previous Ram – was never invited to E-camp and now look at him; he has three rings with the Montreal Alouettes,” Walker said. “Lots of players get picked up after their ﬁnal season in CIS. I just have to make sure that if I do come back, I come back determined. I want to go out with a bang.” Walker has the passion and desire to continue to get better and knows his successes will not come with out work. Though his on-ﬁeld talent is obvious, Walker feels he can still improve. “There is always room for improvement in all ﬁelds,” he said. “I feel everything needs work, I always want to be better, and you cant just be better by working on just one thing.” This positive outlook is Walker’s best quality. His humble attitude towards his skill, and awareness of the need for improvement, makes him an excellent pick and a valuable asset for the future of any team in this year’s draft.
the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
Five, six, pick up Hicks
NFL scouts consider the talent of Akiem Hicks
sports writer For almost as long as Akiem Hicks – who has anchored the University of Regina Rams defensive line for the past two seasons – can remember, he has dreamt of making his living on the gridiron. “My biggest goal is to play at the next level,” Hicks, 22, explained to the Carillon in January. “Every person that straps on a pair of football pads has dreams of playing at that level. Whether they’re from Canada or Sacramento, California, they have that same dream. I hope that I’m able to accomplish it.” Following Hicks’ participation at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine last week, the California product is now one step closer to fulfilling his dream of someday collecting cheques in the highly competitive world of professional football. The NFL Scouting Combine is an annual four-day event where hundreds of draft-eligible football players converge on Indianapolis for the opportunity to showcase their skills before coaches, doctors, executives and scouts from across the NFL. In what some describe as a de facto job interview for future employment in professional football, players can compete in a number of events that are intended to test
“ My biggest goal
is to play at the next level. Every person that straps on a pair of football pads has dreams of playing at that level … I hope that I’m able to accomplish it.”
Akiem Hicks will be raking it in one day their athletic ability. Camp invitees participate in the 40-yarddash, see how many times they can bench press 225 pounds, and try their hand at the shuttle run, the three-cone drill and both the broad and vertical jump, as well as position-specific drills. In all, the aspiring athletes are given up to 60 opportunities to meet with potential employers from across the NFL. Although some are skeptical of how much a Scouting Combine performance can predict on-ﬁeld performance – the event has jokbeen dubbed the ingly “Underwear Olympics” in the
past – the combine results can nevertheless play a major role in potential draft placement. For instance, after a standout career at Florida State, wide receiver Anquan Boldin slipped well into the second round of the 2003 NFL draft after posting a pedestrian 40-yard dash time during his combine experience. Since Boldin’s ﬁrst professional outing – in which the former Arizona Cardinal and current Baltimore Raven registered more than 200 receiving yards – he has claimed nearly 700 receptions and 9,000 yards en route to being named to three Pro Bowl squads.
New England Patriots signal caller Tom Brady, who will undoubtedly go down as one of the best quarterbacks of all time, was – thanks in part to an underwhelming performance at the combine – selected 199th overall in the 2000 NFL draft. During his time in Indianapolis, Hicks – who understands just how important the combine is in professional football – participated in the 40-yard dash (5.23 seconds), bench press (26 reps with 225 pounds), threecone drill (7.75 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (4.86 seconds), and both the broad (108 inches) and vertical
jump (31 inches) events. Although Hicks represented the Rams well at the Scouting Combine, according to his scouting report at NFL.com, the jury is still out on the two-time Canada West All Star defensive lineman. “Hicks has the frame to ﬁt in nicely, not only at [defensive tackle] but potentially outside at end in a 3-4 scheme,” the report said. “He is athletic and shows a strong burst and agility off the snap to get into his opposing offensive linemen. He has decent strength to defeat blockers, but is more reliable to make an athletic move and quickly get into the backfield. He is athletic in open space, and this is where his value is most evident. He has NFL-caliber size, agility and burst off the ball.” “Hicks has been a slow developer who has played two full seasons of junior college ball (Sacramento City College) and then two seasons in Canada. It remains to be seen how readily adaptable his skills are to the pros given that level of competition. While teams might want him as an end based off his size, Hicks can get overwhelmed at the point of attack against double teams, and doesn’t have many moves in his arsenal to counter. He is a decent run defender, but plays too upright at times; technique is the main hitch in his game in all aspects.”
From tragedy to triumph
STU volleyball team wins title following one-year suspension for hazing death
aquinian (st. thomas university) FREDERICTON (CUP) — Only a few months ago, the St. Thomas University men’s volleyball team didn’t exist. Suspended for a year for violating the school’s hazing policies after the death of rookie player Andrew Bartlett at a team party, the team lost many of its players. It had to rebuild from scratch. What emerged was a team made up almost entirely of ﬁrstyear players, including four who had played volleyball together at École Sainte Anne, a high school in Fredericton, last year. The new squad is led by Tom Coolen, former bench boss of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hockey team, and Francis Duguay, a 22-year-old STU student who played on the team for four years. On Feb. 26, this new team beat the odds and defeated top-ranked Holland College in a five-set thriller to capture the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA) title on its home court. The team now advances to Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) nationals in Abbotsford, B.C.. March 8-12. “It tells [other teams] that you … have to take every team seriously,” fourth-year setter Andrew a part of it. “We had nothing to lose. I said, ‘You’ve got to play every point like it’s your last volleyball point of life.’” Before the school year began, Duguay personally recruited each player on the team, choosing 12 of 15 who tried out. Around the same time, he met with athletics director Mike Eagles to talk about the direction of the program. Eagles knew Duguay was the right person to take over the team. “We had a dream at the start of the year,” Eagles said. “Obviously, it was a tragic thing what happened last year, but we wanted to start fresh. It doesn’t matter sometimes how old you are, it matters about what you have inside and what you want to do.” Going into Sunday’s game, Keddy knew nothing could keep the team back it played with the intensity it showed on Saturday in defeating King’s College. “[Duguay] took us from being good players to being very good players. Not just necessarily in skill, but in the mind-set,” Keddy said. “We’re 10 times the team we were two weeks ago. It’s unbelievable.”
Keddy said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re all ﬁrst years or whatever. Anybody can win this game”. At 22, Keddy is the same age as his coach. He joined the team in second semester after helping at practices and is the only returning player on a young squad. “[It] just made the biggest difference to have … a veteran voice on the team like that,” Duguay said. The Tommies lost the ﬁrst set of the ﬁnal 15-25 but, as they have
Awkward facial expression, but they won so who cares
all year, they proved they could make a comeback. The team won the next two sets 25-21 and 25-20. The Hurricanes kept the game alive by winning the fourth set by a score of 25-16. With the Tommies one point away from winning the title and Holland College only one point behind them, team captain Francis Sirois jumped up for a kill. Duguay was expressionless, pacing at the edge of the court. The team had used all of its time-
outs. When Sirois hit the ball, all he could think about was how badly he wanted the title. After the ball hit the floor, the gym erupted in cheers, with fans spilling onto the court to embrace the team. After the winning point, Duguay had to ﬁght back tears. “It means everything to me, it means everything to this school,” he said. “As a player, I always wanted to win this championship and I’m just really glad I could be
Op-Ed Editor: Edward Dodd firstname.lastname@example.org the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
A man’s world
Sports journalism: you might as well call it the He-Man Woman Haters’ Club. It’s pretty obvious that I’m a girl trying to make it in a man’s world. I want to talk about hockey for the rest of my life, but to do this I have to “earn my way” into a gentlemen’s club. Sports journalists are mostly men, with the exception of a few females known mostly to the men of the industry as “bombshells.” In order for these “bombshells” to gain any sort of respect or any smidgen of credibility, they have to work their ass off and deal with a lot of sexist crap along the way. I know from experience. I highly doubt that, when a male reporter goes to cover his ﬁrst NHL game, he gets ﬂashed by an entire team and then has one of the players message him on Facebook later that week saying “Hey :).” I also highly doubt that, if that male reporter is tall and skinny, the other reporters assume that he would rather cover volleyball than hockey and call him “honey” and “sweetie.” Maybe it’s common for men, too, that every time someone asks them what they want to do when they “grow up” and they say they want to cover hockey, the person asking laughs and asks, “No seriously, what do you want to do?” But I doubt it. And I doubt they get as many questionable looks and eye rolls as I do. Whenever I walk up to a player to do an interview, or when I am in the middle of a scrum, there is a sceptical energy projected toward me. It’s as if everyone assumes that I know nothing about sports. People automatically assume that the opportunities I have been given are because of
my looks. I would love to show those people the countless hours of work that I am putting in to get where I am going, but I can’t. When I talk to people about being a sports journalist, I’m told to think of myself in terms of being the next Erin Andrews or Sara Orlesky. But when people make these comparisons, they are saying it because I am a pretty face to have on the sidelines, not because of my sports knowledge. Just
once, I would like to be told to try to be the next Bob McKenzie, or Jay Onrait, although I won’t be holding my breath on that last one. (Thank God no one has told me that I am headed toward being the next Pierre McGuire. I might as well switch careers now.) The overwhelming assumption that I will be hired for my looks and not for my knowledge is, to say the very least, annoying. I wish it was the other way around. I
want to be the girl that knows her stuff ﬁrst and foremost. If someone thinks that I am good looking, so be it, but I shouldn’t have to bank on that to secure myself a spot in the industry, and so I won’t. No matter what anyone thinks.
If you’ve never heard of “birth tourism” before, you are probably not alone. Birth tourism is the latest monster the Conservative government has decided to warn us is hiding under Canada’s bed. The premise of the idea is there is that certain immigrant women are so desperate to come to Canada that they get on a plane while they are nine months into their pregnancy, land in Canada as a tourist, and then immediately go into labour, giving birth to a child that will then be granted complete Canadian citizenship without the rigours of the immigration process. In essence, these evil foreign women are determined to leverage their pregnancy into a free ticket to Canada. The idea is, once these mothers give birth in Canada, thus ensuring their children are Canadians, they can immigrate more easily to Canada because their child is a Canadian. And Canadians, being generous, accepting, and compassionate people, will probably not decide to separate a mother from her child. The government’s argument is that this makes it more likely she will be accepted into Canada as an immigrant. “This is, in many cases, being used to exploit Canada’s generosity,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenny said in an interview with the CBC. “We need to send the message that Canadian citizenship isn’t just some kind of an access key to the Canadian welfare state by cynically misrepresenting yourself.” Shortly thereafter in the same government in alleged election fraud. The government is shouting to Canadians, “Hey look, a distraction!” and no doubt some of us will lose focus on what could be the largest voter-suppression scheme in Canadian history. Combined with the various other tactics of obfuscation to distract Canadians, including blaming everyone from the official Opposition to Elections Canada itself, might just get the Conservatives out of a tight situation and save their government from more embarrassment. But really, opening the non-issue of birth tourism right now should actually add to the embarrassment of this government. What happened to the Conservative Party that was elected on the campaign promise of making government more transparent? That party seemingly died upon gaining power in 2006. The new government now resorts to throwing up smokescreens everywhere to hide what is really going on in Canada. While these smokescreens might obscure the facts surrounding the robocalls scandal, the old adage “where there’s smoke, there’s ﬁre” is proving truer every day. We need to continue scrutinizing the Harper government’s possible role in robocalls, regardless of how much the smoke might sting our eyes.
A baby, pictured above, is probably here to steal your job interview, he admitted he had no real clue as to how extensive the problem is. Which brings me back to my original point: no one has really even considered birth tourism before now. Why has the government suddenly determined that the big issue we should be afraid of is the unknown numbers of expectant mothers who
come to Canada to give birth? Where are the statistics that show a concerning number of tourists giving birth to children in Canada? The answer I would propose is that it is a tactic to deﬂect attention from the growing “robocalls” scandal that has engulfed Ottawa and implicated the Conservative
the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
A different degree of learning
Sometimes the education you expect is not the education you get Recently, I had my graduation photo taken, Velcroed into a stuffy, white collar and given a heavy, beat-up book to hold, I looked into the camera like an actor on set. This role was nothing new to me. I’ve played a convincing – in fact, award-winning – role for the last ﬁve years. The ﬁve years I spent in the arts education program at the University of Regina tested my integrity, intelligence, and patience. I did not serve as education’s ideal student and I never intended to. I completed the program, even though it clashed with my beliefs and inner desires. This is a confession, reflection, and personal declaration of a disengaged arts education student. In high school, I was the type who was at school from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. I was involved in everything – basketball, vocal jazz, the newspaper, musicals, volleyball, dance, you name it. High school was very stressful, but I was engaged anyway; what else was I going to do with my seemingly bottomless energy? Art class quickly became my favourite subject; I was intrigued by the level of observation, spatial intelligence, and creativity that it demanded. I experienced a type of freedom in art class that I did not feel anywhere else. By the end of Grade 12, I was certain I had to make a career in the visual arts. High school graduation arrived and, with it, decisions to be made about my future. Naturally, I went to my parents for advice. I am blessed to have a loving family that is always supportive of me. However, they didn’t know how to accept my desire to be an artist right out of high school. Coming from a small, pragmatic, conservative farming community – the type of community that raises children together – the arts are not typically promoted as a career or even as something remotely valuable. My parents, and indeed the entire community, hoped I would want to pursue a safe, stable career such as a pharmacist, lawyer, or teacher. There was pressure to make them all proud. The farm girl in me knew that they made a reasonable point, but the creative dreamer in me wanted nothing more than to paint for a living. I felt criticised by my family for being unrealistic and selfish. Perhaps I am unrealistic at times; I generate creative and sometimes preposterous ideas – at least, I’m told they’re preposterous. My family did not understand my level of self-assurance and often mistook it as selfishness. At the time, I did not acknowledge my wants as self-assurance either. I started to believe that I was selﬁsh, but a more fair assessment is that I am simply a competitive person who strives to excel in the arts. The question became what does a selﬁsh, overachieving dreamer decide to do after high school? I tried to set my creative needs aside and entered the supposedly more practical arts education program at the University of Regina. The program gave my parents the stability and comfort they needed and me a chance to study the arts and education too. The program is special, because it allows a student to complete a bachelor degree in education as well as a bachelor degree of arts in a six-year span. But it was the arts portion of the program that really appealed to me. I quickly learned that I was not setting my “selﬁsh” wants aside, rather, I was trading my intuition and pushing my greatest passion aside for something that seemed reasonable to others. In reality, my preposterous ideas were just my hopes and aspirations that clashed with society’s accepted ways of thinking. As the years dragged on within the arts education program, it was obvious that I did not belong. If I wasn’t so stubborn and committed to ﬁnishing what I start, I would have quit the program in the first year. Education classes quickly took a back seat to my studio class. It was clear that I was in “artist” mode, not “artist-teacher” mode. When I took children to the art gallery for a ﬁeld trip and we were given clay to work with, I was more interested in what I could do with the clay instead of what the students could. During my internship I engaged in extracurricular activities – such as pottery club or creating set designs for the school musical – because they allowed me to work as an artist. I was not interested in harnessing a child’s artistic ability or in spreading my passion for the arts to others. I wanted to be focusing my artistic ability and learning everything I could to further my own art career. Over time, I have become disillusioned with the arts education program. Teachers are public servants. I was sceptical about life as a “public servant.” Personally, I think a public servant is someone who willingly gives away their energy, time, and talents and receives little to no appreciation. They are never acknowledged and rewarded in the ways they deserve. The public servant revolves around doing work for others, never for themselves. I have an issue with being subservient to anything, so the notion of becoming a teacher was against my very nature. I refused to work a job where I would give and give but never receive. Consider extracurricular activities. Teachers are expected to give huge amounts of their personal time to extracurricular activities that they are not paid for. What other occupation does not hope, but expect, their staff to put in countless hours of unpaid work? Of course, there are those teachers who say that the extracurricular activities they are involved in are their passion. If that is true, then those people should be teachers. But what will happen over time if teachers continue to give away their personal time? Ontario’s Bill 74 declares that volunteerism is to be compulIn her article, “The Teacher sory. Indentured Servitude Act,” Ontario-based educator Heather Robertson states, “Teachers would have no role other than implementing the activities assigned to them by their principals, who would be free to demand as much ‘compulsory, unpaid overtime’ from teachers as they please.” Does the future consist of teachers allowing others to determine the value of their time? “Life-long learning” is something else I have heard quite often in my education classes. The Saskatchewan Teacher Federation stresses how important it is for teachers to continuously be learning and growing within their profession. With that message echoing in our mind, our class was told it was easier for a student coming directly out of the education program to ﬁnd a job compared to a student who completed another degree in order to further their knowledge. Does this mean that going on to ﬁnish my ﬁne arts degree (which I am doing) will be a detriment to finding a teaching career after I graduate? Should I not have the upper hand if “life-long learning” is one of education’s mottos? It’s complete hypocrisy that they are less likely to hire someone who has taken the time to further their knowledge in their area of expertise. I’ve barely begun to touch on some of the ideas that clash with my personal beliefs as an artist and educator. We are moulding teachers into a system that tolerates only certain ways of thinking and disregards the individual. I do not see myself ﬁtting into the system, nor do I have the willpower to change it. I acknowledge this paper is self-centered; why do people look down upon that? Why does society make us feel guilty about writing or talking about the one thing we can actually be sure of – ourselves? I am simply stating my experiences which have taught me the value of my personal aspirations because they are the only experiences and aspirations I know. Do I regret my time in the arts education program? No. I believe these were crucial years in my development. In retrospect, ﬁve years ago I was not technically or emotionally ready to become an artist. The arts education program eased me gently into the philosophies and techniques of the art world. As a fifth-year student in undergraduate studies, I am now more conﬁdent in my abilities and ideas as an artist. My training in education has also strengthened my ability to communicate through the arts. It is said the best way to learn is through experience. So, if that idea is taken a step further and you teach your experiences to others, it allows for an even more mindful and critical practice. I have also developed valuable methods of analysis and assessment. My abilities to observe and adapt have been heightened thanks to the arts education program. Graduation day is fast approaching. I can image the bittersweet moment of receiving my degree. My arts education degree is a professional building block in my art career, but it is not the entire structure. The irony is that the degree that should have taught me how to teach is now teaching me how to learn. I’m excited to start the part of my education career where I do. We are all told from a young age to be passionate individuals, but when it comes to down to real-life decisions, how many of us actually follow through with our innermost desires? I buried my dream to become an artist and took what society deems to be the safe and reasonable route. But at the end of this path who am I really pleasing?
brianne a. pister
the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
Consider your options
The University of Regina Students’ Unions elections are now in progress. I would like to offer some thoughts on what students might want to consider before voting for a candidate. Before I do that, however, in the interests of full disclosure I would like to say that I am running for re-election as a student senate representative. So, to be fair, I will not offer any thoughts on the always hotly contested and cutthroat world of student senate elections and will speak only to the executive positions. First, the position of president. Few people know that the president really does not hold any more or less authority than the vice-presidents. Each executive position has its speciﬁc responsibilities and the president’s main task is to be the official spokesperson of the students’ union. As such, the president is often the face of the student body in the media and on campus. Thus, it is important to consider what exactly does the student body look like and which candidate would best represent that. Some facts to think about include the increasing enrolment of international students. The University of Regina has done a wonderful job of fostering worldwide partnerships to bring more students from abroad to our campus. The diversity in background of our student body ought to be reﬂected in our president. Another interesting statistic is that women make up nearly 70 per cent of all students. It makes sense, to me anyway, that the face of the students’ union should be representative in terms of gender as well. Unfortunately the year I ran for president all three of the candidates were white males; thank goodness that is not the case this year. Another position up for grabs is the vicepresident of external affairs. This individual should have a solid grasp of activism, community engagement, grassroots organizing, and coalition-building. The vicepresident of external affairs needs to be someone who is comfortable working with our friends in the labour movement and someone who has extensive contacts in existing community-based organizations. The vice-president of external affairs has to be passionate about issues that affect students. Going to fundraiser suppers every now and then won’t cut it; this person needs to be an efﬁcient on-the-ground organizer. The vice-president of operations and finance is, in my opinion, perhaps the most misunderstood of the four executive positions. Although involved in the ﬁnancial operations of the students’ union, this person does not hands-on run the Owl, this person does not enter cheques or do payroll, and this person does not make the students’ union’s budget. Basically, being a business student or economics student in this position is just as valuable as being a ﬁne arts student or a social work student. I would argue the majority of this person’s day is spent communicating with student groups, working directly with clubs on campus, attending committee meetings (such as those regarding workplace health and safety) and being responsible for staff resources and relations in a macro sense. This position, really, is not about being good with money – it’s about being good with people. Vote for a candidate who has demonstrated an ability to work with seemingly opposed sides and vote for someone who has a diverse background of involvement. Finally, the vice-president of student affairs. This person is not a pep rally planner, nor are they solely responsible for making sure free beer gets into the hands of those who want it. Sure, some functions relating to campus-life are co-ordinated through the vice-president of student affairs, but that is not at all the only responsibility of this position. In fact, most of the vice-president of student affairs’ time is spent representing students on university committees meetings – discipline and academic appeals committees, sustainability committees, the parking committee, and so on. This person also works closely with our student advocate and has a fundamental role in developing and implementing on-campus campaigns. Vote for someone who has proven themselves knowledgeable about the academic structure of this university. Vote for someone who is patient and enjoys making and reviewing policies and procedures. Vote for someone who has experience working with a diverse groups of students – international students and aboriginal students for example. This experience will help immensely with completely understanding the university, and will lead to better representation overall. Each executive member must be wellsuited for their position and be able to work together. Keep in mind that most of the day for any executive member will be spent scheduling meetings or being in meetings and answering calls and emails, typing letters, reading documents, and so on. Thus, vote for people who you think will not only be visible, but will do all the necessary behind-the-scenes work as well. Good luck to all the candidates and I certainly hope all the great work we’ve been able to accomplish together this year will be continued in the future.
Buy your kids a job Tele-zzzzz
The Aussies know what they are doing when it comes to sustainable economic growth. Recently, I had the pleasure of being in Australia. After several days down under, I began to notice more often these small green triangles on speciﬁc products with the slogan of “Australian Made,” “Australian Made and Owned,” or “Australian Grown.” At ﬁrst, I thought this was some type of gimmicky campaign by some local merchants looking to offload products. However, one night while I was watching TV, I saw an Ad for a website, buyaustralian.com.au, which is an online directory for products made in Australia, by Australian manufacturers, using Australian labour. Later, while I was in Melbourne and pulling away from Southern Cross metro station, the train passed some old factory buildings. One was painted at the top with a slogan on a blue background: Buy Your Kids a Job Buy Australian. The Aussie ﬂag was painted right beside it and before I could take a second good look we were past and on our way. As the MetroTrain sped down the track, my thoughts kept going back to that slogan on the side of the building. It’s a great slogan, and it makes an excellent point. By buying products made in Australia, Aussies are ensuring valuable manufacturing jobs stay in Australia. Just like auto plants did in the U.S., supporting Australian manufacturing provides jobs for several generations of Aussies. They don’t buy cheap, dangerous goods made overseas, but genuine, high-quality Australian products. To go hand in hand with the “Made in Australia” green triangle are stores that sell exclusively Australian-made products. In Canberra, I ventured into one of these stores and found an interesting kangarooshaped mini-rucksack that cost $65AUD. As my budget was a bit strained at this point, I had to leave it behind. Back in Melbourne, I came across a similar-looking mini-rucksack for only $25AUD at a tourist shop. I was pretty ecstatic – the same mini-rucksack for only $25! However, upon looking at the label, I found that it read “Made in China.” I put it down and walked away. If I wasn’t going to pay $65 for the genuine Australian one, I sure as hell wasn’t going to buy the one made in China. I am not here to extol the virtues of my conscience though. I am here to extol the virtues of implementing a similar campaign in Canada. Sure, for an Australian, this idea is nothing new or novel, but to a North American who is overwhelmed with cheap, overseas products at every corner it was a breath of fresh air. I am also not saying that cheap products from overseas are not available in Australia, but at least in Australia the domestic options are easily distinguishable. All you have to do is look for the green triangle tag with the kangaroo. It’s simplicity is its genius. In Canada, we have no real domestic manufacturing industry left and the few products that are made in Canada are far from clearly and easily discernable in stores. If we had our own version of the green triangle, perhaps a white background with a red maple leaf in the centre, we could encourage Canadians to support their own economy. On top of this, we could easily compile an online directory for Canadian-made goods. Yes, these domestic products would cost more, as my example above clearly shows. Sometimes we might not be able to buy something made domestically right then and there, but we shouldn’t immediately grab the made in China product the next shelf over. Domestic manufacturing means well-paying jobs for current and future Canadians. Keep it in mind the next time you go shopping and “buy your kids a job.”
Quick show of hands: who else is bored as fuck of Telemiracle? I understand that the Telemiracle does a lot of good for a lot of folks, so let’s not all get up in arms. I’m not a seal-clubbing, baby-eating skinhead. I’m just sick of watching the same old crap. This March marked the 36th edition of this two-day long sleeping pill. Since 1977, this so-called “television miracle” has not reformatted once. Let’s be realistic, here. There have been a lot of better television programs that have gone a lot less time without reformatting. Instead of talking all about those shows, I’m going to provide you with an alternate reality Telemiracle that would put asses forcefully in seats. First of all, we need to change its location. Telemiracle will no longer be held in some dingy theatre, where the big fat guy next to me can ooze out onto my arm rests. It will be held in the apex of the Qu’Appelle Valley, the rolling hills on either side totally encircling the event. Then, golf course grade sprinkler systems will be set up in strategic locations all around the fields. These sprinklers will go off right before the event to ensure that the fields are essentially rendered mud pits. Next, Bob McGrath needs to go. Tell him, “Good show, Bobby! Hey, fancy medal!” Give Mr. McGrath a couple of bucks for his inconvenience. Then, ﬂy Ricky Gervais in to host Telemiracle. We’ll consider it batting practice for his now regular performances at the Golden Globes. Instead of some weak, soft-rock band to supply the overarching musical supplementation, I
suggest bringing in either Rush or Motorhead; I’m leaning towards the latter because, let’s face it, this is a family-friendly event. Now, where would the Telemiracle be without entertaining acts? Luckily, I’ve got the solution for that, too: bring in Prince – just let me ﬁnish! Bring in Prince. Then you bring in Merle Haggard. Then you let Merle Haggard beat the ever-loving shit out of Prince! Then you let the mob – because by now it’s a mob – determine how long the beating commences. You run it like a PBS pledge drive: If you pledge at the $50 level, Merle will slap Prince. if you pledge at the $250, Merle will hit Prince with a tire iron, if you pledge at the $1,000, Merle Haggard will kick Prince in the nuts, sing a personalized cover of “Clap for the Wolfman” on your answering machine, and you’ll get a DVD copy of the whole event!” After all, this will be an exciting event, and you’ll want all of the documentation of its happening you can ﬁnd. The current record for donations at a Telemiracle was set in 2007, to the tune of $5.6 million. I scoff at that paltry sum. If you, Kinsmen and Kinettes, accept my simple tactics, it will not be unreasonable to expect $10 million or more in donations. I don’t want the moon, I just want a little life injected into the Telemiracle. Is that too much to ask?
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the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
‘Love is love’
My name is Tanner Vogelgesang. I am a homosexual male who, one day, would like to get married. This is a terrible step backwards for LGBT rights. Wait, what? Backwards? According to Jonathan Petrychyn, yes, it is indeed a step backwards, according to his column last week (“Can’t Think Straight” March 1, Vol.54, Issue 21.). The big thing that a lot of LGBT people and allies have been pushing in order to gain acceptance is “love is love.” Basically, straight love is the same as gay love is the same as lesbian love is the same as bi-, a- or omni-sexual love. And that’s worked out pretty well so far, mainly because it is completely true. While the act of lovemaking is technically different, the emotional connection between two people in love is always identical, regardless of gender or sexuality. So why is Jon saying that this is “oppression?” I certainly don’t feel “oppressed” when I love a guy in the same way that my straight friends have loved people of the opposite gender. Yes, the system of marriage has oppressed many of us. That’s why we fought for the right to marry in Canada, and continue to do so in the U.S. and across the world; so that we can stop being oppressed. A post-sexuality world is one where sexuality doesn’t factor in to anything, i.e. everybody is treated equally. The fact that Mr. Petrychyn would rather the queer community focus on what makes them different is frankly terrifying. The excuse that homosexuals and other queers have nothing to do with straight folk is exactly what every anti-gay movement wants: an excuse to say “they aren’t
Look at these fucking conservatives
like us, they don’t deserve rights.” It undermines any attempt to stop countries from illegalizing homosexuality and punishing it with the death penalty. Saying that we are so different from heterosexuals destroys the “equal” part of “equal rights.” I admit, Glee has its problems. Don’t get me started on the treatment of Asians or
bisexuals. But Kurt and Blaine are not one of them. They are written romantically, and as equals. Their relationship develops just like that of straight couples because that’s what any gay relationship does, and what they should do on television. And if you want them to be as gay as possible? Watch any scene with them, those two are fabu-
lous. “Let’s be queer,” Jon says. I think two dudes tying the knot is pretty fucking queer.
The imposing Internet
WOLFVILLE, N.S. (CUP) – Recently, I awoke to a dreamy, snow-laden landscape with thick ﬂakes ﬂoating through the air. I lunched and strolled with a dear friend and enjoyed a cup of coffee with another. I came home, made a pot of tea and settled into a chair to read a book. These events may seem mundane, yet they afforded me a deep satisfaction. They made me feel. I was happy because I had been wholly immersed in the tangible, unpredictable world we live in but so often ignore. Somehow, I had avoided booting up my computer and zoning in to the Internet. The Internet is a curious thing: it gives us any information we want in mere seconds and yet unfailingly leaves us feeling unfulﬁlled. Certainly, it pervades most interactions of my generation. Yet, few things are as alluring as the chance to slip free of the constricting mantle of the World Wide Web. Perhaps it is the lack of quality stimulation, for our senses are minimally occupied. Pictures are low-res and an unnatural colour and the very act of staring at the glowing screen strains our eyes. Sounds are mufﬂed and distorted. We press on tiny squares to input our thoughts. Scents relate only to the environment in which we compute, independent of the backlit universe with which our minds are so forcefully absorbed. We are mentally engaged (sometimes) but, for the most part, physically disengaged. Furthermore, there is no synchrony to our stimulation. I am not against the Internet – it dwarfs the impact of the printing press in both its astounding volume and accessibility of information. However, we have forgotten that online reading is not the only vehicle for education. So many profound, personal revelations can be distilled from the soft settling of snow on a winter night or the vastness of a mountaintop panorama. Likewise, a rousing discussion with a
friend can awaken even the most stubborn to how poorly substantiated their biases may be. When we explore the pillars of our personal ideologies through conversations with other human beings, we can be shaken by the fragility of our convictions. In doing so, we move closer to understanding our inner voice. To have an inner voice is to have an opinion. In my opinion, we are losing our opinions. The Internet appears to be awash in opinions of all sorts – in articles, in comments, on blogs. But how many are substantiated? How many are borrowed? With this access to information, we also gain access to predetermined opinions. It’s tempt-
ing to adopt rather than create. Why? Well, in order to glean truth from a data set, a debate, or even an offhand comment, you need to reflect. Unfortunately, the Internet is not conducive to reﬂection. Our minds are constantly bombarded with information and therefore cannot process it in a meaningful way. We must unplug in order to mull over what we have absorbed. In doing so, we ﬁnd ourselves; we motivate the “I” and “me” and “my.” There is an alternative explanation. Maybe we do have opinions but are afraid to publicize them for fear of how others will attack us. Anonymous posts and user names cleave the link between comment
and commentator – consequently, responsibility for the opinion is never assigned. In this way, the online arena devolves into a circus, both cruel and naïve. We are one of the only species that can predict, recall, and reﬂect on what we observe. Observe your surroundings and reflect on what you see, hear, taste, touch, and smell. Maintain your scepticism. Above all, indulge in time away from your computer. The reward may surprise you.
athenaeum (acadia university)
the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
calling all writers
fancy yourself a wordsmith? prove it, motherfucker. the carillon is seeking poetry and short ﬁction submissions for its 2012 literary supplement. so send us whatever you write. raymond carver-esque story about your dog and human frailty? libertarian sci-ﬁ allegory? blank verse supernatural slashﬁc? just make sure it’s less than 1700 words and in .doc format and we’re good to go. works must be submitted electronically to email@example.com by march 23.
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Student Success Workshops (45 Min) - RC 230. Call 585-4076 to register. Exam Preparation– March 14, 15. Time Management – March 15. Note Taking & Reading – March 13. Since when did racism become the correct way to ﬁght racism?!? There are Jewish students who are just as important as the Muslim ones. Dear Mr. Petrychyn, do you have a hag? If so, you're a part of that “oppressive system”. So fuck you! my initial impression of last week's cover photo was, “BRO TRUCK VS BRO TRUCK” In Regards to BDS Movement against Israel, URSU has taken a simplistic and prejudicial view to an issue that deserves a far more mature and balanced approach. If you want to stop racism on campus, don't boycott a country or it's people. Nice work on the Studio Ghibli article. I wish more people were opened minded toward foreign cinema!! Centrally located apartment with all amenities to share with working woman or mature student. MUST LIKE CATS. $500/MTH. CALL 525-3745 my mayoral platform: nuke harbour landing BUY YOUR DIVAS AT THE OWL TICKETS! $10 - March 10 - visit UR Pride or the GLCR or email firstname.lastname@example.org URSU needs to keep their political views out of their work, its not hard. Just remember while people are fighting against Racism,
the carillon | March 8 – 14, 2012
URSU is promoting the use of it. I am against URSU and their Movement Against Israel. lingerie football is just one of the many symptoms of women's subordination and the city of Regina is going to allow this?!? To the asian couple getting physical in Ad Hum while others are trying to study, that is not what the couches are for!! Sincerely, a disturbed bystander Dear guys who think getting with “dirty birds” is hitting the jackpot. You’re wrong, very, very wrong. The only thing you’ve gained is a trip to the STI clinic. Hope ya LIKE YOUR HERPES! I would be the candidate as similar as possible to ﬁacco. No one wants him gone, so i'll just be his clone.
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oh hey, since a lot of you have started dm-ing us your twitter declasses, we’re just going to make that a thing. if you’d like your twitter submissions to stay totally anonymous, just direct it to our inbox! also a tip is that when you want to refer to a person in your class or a group of people on campus somewhere, you probably don’t need to specify their race, hey?
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