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Next year’s URSU board and executive split between Students First & UR Diverse
News Editor: Natasha Tersigni email@example.com the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
The quirks of quarks
U of R researchers help make subatomic history
Let’s hope that board majority and split executive doesn’t result in more bickering matches than already happen at board meetings I want to do right away, because I have an executive that I have to work with,” she said. “The things that we want to accomplish still remain the same, the things we had on our policy document: working towards actual solutions towards parking, looking into transit, develop a campaign towards to municipal election, and getting students aware of the issues surrounding the municipal government.” Dipple agrees that URSU should be involved in the municipal government elections, similar to the campaigning that URSU did during the fall provincial election. “I for sure want to work with the municipal elections,” she said. “I deﬁnitely want to be working with the government and lobbying for better housing for students and better transit system. This is the time to push that forward.” Slates are something that Dipple wants to address during her time on URSU, which is ironic considering she ran on a slate. Although she ran on a slate ,she is not for them. “I think that [slates] have created a lot of problems and tensions in the past executives, and it’s been one of the reasons, especially last year, that the board mentality has been so contentious towards the executive,” Dipple said. Despite the possibility for division and discord slates present, Simpson said that the executiveelect’s ﬁrst meeting together – minus Nur, who was home sick – went well. “At ﬁrst, I guess I could say I was a bit skeptical, as Haanim and Anna were too, but after talking to them, we’re behind each other, and we discussed that.” Simpson added that the Students First candidates’ interests in activism would balance well with UR Innovation’s focus on locally-directed initiatives, like increasing funding through the President’s Advisory Committee and updating URSU policy to more efﬁciently assist students. And while the division between slates presented problems for this past year’s executive and board, Simpson believes the UR Innovation-dominated board would rather work together rather than at cross purposes. “I know our board is behind us 100 per cent, but I also know our board is behind Haanim and Anna,” he said. “I think it’ll be a very productive year ... I think there’s problems in every organization, business, any kind of walk of life. There’s always going to be an issue here, someone doesn’t agree on something here, but for the most part I think we’re all going to be able to work together this year.” In an email to the Carillon, UR Innovation presidential candidate Nathan Sgrazzutti wrote that his slate had no plans to contest the election’s results. “It was an idea tossed around after the results were released but no, contesting the results would only amount to a lot of kicking and screaming that could only end up ruining the last bit of URSU's credibility,” he explained. “My slate got a majority in executive/board positions and that means that they have the power to get everything done that we had planned to do. I am still a senator and will strive to be an undeniable voice for the students.”
news editor Last week’s University of Regina Students’ Union elections resulted in a split-slate executive and a UR Innovation majority board. Haanim Nur and Anna Dipple from Students First were elected as president and vice-president of student affairs, respectively, while UR Innovation’s Mitchell Simpson was elected vice-president of operations and finance and his running mate, Mike Young, was elected vice-president of student affairs. When it comes to the board, eight members were part of the UR Innovation slate, four from UR Diverse, and one independent. In every race with both a UR Innovation and UR Diverse candidate, UR Innovation won. Co-operation and compromise this year are going to be essential to get things done. “It’s deﬁnitely going to have to be working with other people’s personalities and combining the two policy documents,” Nur said. “We deﬁnitely had a few different stances on certain things. We have to work out a way to amalgamate the two and work towards solutions to ﬁrst do our job and our goals is to ﬁrst serve the students.” Nur admits that some of her plans she campaigned with might have to be put on hold. “Currently, I can’t speak to what
“ I think that [slates] have created a lot of
problems and tensions in the past executives, and it’s been one of the reasons, especially last year, that the board mentality has been so contentious towards the executive.”
In a universe that’s existed for around 13.75 billion years – give or take a few hundred million – seven years isn’t much. But for University of Regina professors Zisiz Papandreou and George Lolos, seven years has meant an investment of energy and thought along with time. And late this past month, those seven years paid off. Since 2002, the GlueX project, led by Papandreou and Lolos, has been an ongoing project that saw students and researchers at the U of R trying to ﬁnd out why matter stays together. The university partnered with the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virigina. On March 23, the team announced that they have ﬁnally ﬁnished building a barrel calorimeter, a machine used to track the activity of quarks. The calorimeter, which Lolos said the team has worked on since 2005, will be used at the accelerator facility over the next decade to monitor the behaviour of quarks, in order to understand what causes matter to stay together. “Students, by hand, painstakingly prepared, arranged, and glued nearly a million fibres together in tiny, one-millimeter grooves in the lead, and the total length of these ﬁbers exceeds 3300 kilometers,” said Papandreou during a presentation of the work at the Research and Innovation Centre. University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Vianne Timmons, one of several important faces in the crowd, acknowledged the achievement of her establishment. Saskatchewan Minister for Advanced Education Rob Norris, who was also present, spoke about the importance of continued research, saying that research and innovation are the future of Saskatchewan. “First and foremost, this is about Saskatchewan playing a key role in a very important CanadaUS science initiative, based on fundamental science,” Norris said. “That helps to raise the pres-
tige and proﬁle of Saskatchewan researchers and certainly the University of Regina. “Secondly, it’s important because sixty students are being given very rare opportunity to be on the cutting edge of subatomics. “Thirdly, it’s important because Saskatchewan is contributing in a very tangible, very important way to bolstering Canada-US relations.” Simply creating the calorimeter will not instantly reveal all of the universe’s secrets. Lolos predicted that, by 2016, data will begin to come in. “The hardest part starts now,” he said. “It will have to be tested and calibrated. By 2015, the ﬁrst data will start to come in. Then, of course, we’ll be debugging the system. Then it will be another three years or so until we have enough data and we’ll know whether we have actually found the Holy Grail.” This significance of this machine is not only being recognized by the physics community in Regina. The United States Department of Energy has recognized the project as a “discovery experiment,” which means that it is Nobel Prize-worthy. Members of Parliament, such as member for Lumsden-Lake Centre Tom Lukiwski, have commented on this achievement, saying, “The government of Canada is proud to support the development of this device and the GlueX project.” The attention the project has been receiving, according to Lolos, is good news for the University of Regina. He believes the successful research will attract more prestigious faculty members, which will in turn increase the number of students interested in studying here. One of the most excited and enthusiastic audience members present on March 23 was Vianne Timmons. “This project shows that the University of Regina researchers are world-class and can compete with the best of them in the world,” she said, “and that’s really signiﬁcant.”
the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
Despite ‘austerity,’ the Saskatchewan budget throws universities a small bone
news writer The Government of Saskatchewan’s proposed 2012-13 budget was released recently, and while the ﬁrst week of April will see the Legislative Assembly voting on a bill that includes changes to advanced education funding, it’s not clear that these changes will be enough. For post-secondary institutes speciﬁcally, the changes include a $7 million boost for “financing sustaining capital” and $12 million earmarked to support operating costs at the universities and SIAST. This operating cost adjustment is down from last year’s $18 million increase. As well, it represents a two per cent total increase, half a percentage point below Canada’s current rate of inﬂation. Before the budget was released, University of Regina Students’ Union President Kent Peterson spoke about what his hopes were regarding post-secondary. “We are constantly being told by the provincial government that Saskatchewan is booming – so our position is, let's invest that money into colleges and universities so that low-income families, First Nations and Aboriginal people, single mothers, and all people can afford to get an education and participate fully in our economy” he said. This message was certainly sent out to the provincial government through URSU’s events this year – both the Our Future is Now
and the All Out campaigns demanded a freeze on tuition fees and action to mitigate and prevent student debt. While action to freeze or reduce tuition seemingly doesn’t interest the Saskatchewan Party, the proposed budget earmarks $4.6 million dollars to create the Saskatchewan Advantage scholarship, which provides high school graduates starting in 2012 with $500 of tuition a year for up to four years. For minister for advanced education Rob Norris, this
The Saskatchewan Advantage program does not only promise the scholarship as an incentive to attend post-secondary school. There are three ways in which the budget encourages residents to go to school. The first is the Saskatchewan Advantage scholarship. Second, the government has $3 million invested in the Innovation and Opportunity scholarship. Thirdly, there is the graduate retention program, which offers a $20,000 tax credit to any graduate that remains in the
registered nurse program and increase the number of nurse practitioner seats. “Our first term in office, we made a commitment to increase the number of training seats for nurses by three hundred. This is about continuing to make sure we have the dollars available for us to live up to that commitment,” Norris said. “As far as putting the incentives in place, I would extend it out to say that in the budget we wanted to focus on medical doctors, too.”
“ We’re growing as an economy, our population is growing, and we’re in a
great position to support and invest in students. It would mean so much to our students ... Instead, we’re seeing a government that is going to be driving up the cost of tuition in a significant way”
move shows the government’s goal of investing in future postsecondary students. “Obviously, there’s a constant commitment to do everything we can to make sure tuition is affordable and remains so and that students have accessibility,” Norris said. On the subject of the activism on campus this year, he said, “Those are constructive reminders of the efforts that students are making on a daily level and the efforts that their families are making. It’s always helpful to have that.” province for seven years after the completion of his or her degree. “I can’t think of another Canadian jurisdiction that has such a comprehensive funding model focused on students,” Norris said. “The main emphasis for us on this budget is about having that balance.” The Advanced Education backgrounder makes several promises in regards to nursing students. One promise is to help graduate nurses and doctors get out of debt from the student loans. Another is to donate money to expand the number of seats at the However, there are no budgetary promises made to any other faculty. Similarly, there is no mention in the budget speciﬁcally for Aboriginal post-secondary education. The $7 million put toward capital projects at post-secondary institutions across the province include $1 million put towards building new facilities at the University of Regina. The money will support the planning for a new student residence, a daycare, and a parkade, which should make things much easier for those struggling to go to university due
to rocketing rent prices and inability to afford or ﬁnd daycare, and to resolve some parking problems. Norris says this represents a broader approach to university funding than simply this year’s tuition. “In our first term, we kept more than one hundred promises, and what we wanted to was start the second term very strong and, with that strong and steady start, we want to make sure that we’re making the investments that count, but also focusing on sustainability,” Norris said But NDP ﬁnance and education critic Trent Wotherspoon says the government is taking the wrong approach to post-secondary costs. “We’re growing as an economy, our population is growing, and we’re in a great position to support and invest in students. It would mean so much to our stusaid. dents,” Wotherspoon “Instead, we’re seeing a government that is going to be driving up the cost of tuition in a signiﬁcant way.” For Wotherspoon, the real issue is one of priorities. “This is a government that’s spending millions of dollars to increase the number of politicians, that’s building a statue at the legislature, and certainly supporting the premier’s ofﬁce in a big way but, at the same time, is making cuts and reductions and impacts on everyday families across Saskatchewan and certainly students are impacted in a negative way by this budget.”
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the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
Canada’s Middle East policy divides
A look at the conflict that plagues the Middle East
noah s. wernikowski
contributor Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent the ﬁrst week in March in Washington. Although Canada is a relatively minor player in international politics, he spent a day in Canada beforehand, a demonstration of the deepening ties between the two countries. “Under Stephen Harper, Canada’s become very, very proIsrael,” said Steve Hibbard, a retired foreign-affairs employee who headed Canada’s representative office in Ramallah from 2001 to 2004. “It’s kind of like the Australian position 10 years ago – Israel can do no wrong.” Historically, Canada has always supported Israel. It was one of the 33 countries that voted in favour of the 1947 United Nations resolution that later led to Israel becoming a state. The 1980s, however, saw Canada’s position shifting. “The Middle East can be very contentious, so governments in the past tended to take a broader perspective on it,” Hibbard said. In 1979, Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark eventually decided not to move the Canadian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, because he did not want to appear to support Israeli settling in disputed land. In 1983, Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau officially recognized the Palestinians’ right to a homeland. Since then, the stance once again has begun to shift. In the beginning of February, based on “principles” has meant siding with Israel. After Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian elections, Canada was the first country to boycott the new Hamas government. Canada and most western countries consider Hamas a terrorist organization. Stephen Harper also explicitly expressed his support for Israel during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, which saw around 1,400 Lebanese, mostly civilians, killed. He, in a view inconsistent with most of the world, called Israel’s response “measured.” But, while Canada sat on the UN Human Rights Council, it stood out by consistently voting against resolutions that condemned Israel. It also rejected Palestine’s September 2011 bid to be recognized as a State. The closer the Canada and Israel become, the greater the divide among Canadians. Israeli Apartheid Week is one example. It’s an international week of demonstrations held to criticize Israeli foreign policy and raise awareness of the Palestinian cause – it began in Toronto in 2005 and has since spread across Canada and the world. “It’s troublesome that when we see Israel increasingly isolated on the world stage ...we’re seeing Canada really alone now in terms of its unconditional support for Israel,” said Valerie Zink, a member of the Regina Solidarity group that organized Regina’s Israel Apartheid Week. “I would like to see Canada take a position in support of international law against war crimes and in support of equality and human rights.” It has also affected Canada’s international reputation – playing a role in Canada amd losing its bid for a seat on the UN Security Council. “Their stance in the Middle East sort of cost Canada with the Arab world and the developing world,” Hibbard said. He added that Canada’s Middle East policy is likely governed to a considerable extent by domestic political considerations on domestic politics, such as a prevalent sympathy for Israel by fundamentalist Christians. “The thing is that there are a lot more people who are proIsrael in Canada than are proPalestinian. Plus, in many ways, the Jewish community is more important politically than the Palestinian community – it’s pretty prosperous, pretty vocal, and pretty well informed,” Hibbard said. However, Ian MacAuslandBerg, past-president of the Beth Jacob Synagogue and currently the co-ordinator of harassment and discrimination prevention at the University of Regina, is one of many impressed by Canada’s foreign policy. “I think that everyone has their sensitive issues. For me, this is one of those things that cause me to look at the Conservatives more favourably,” he said. “Though I support them in Israel, I can’t say that I necessarily support their government. “The fact that Canada supports Israel and speaks out against people who want to destroy Israel means a lot to me. I really see it as a moral position.”
Noah S. Wernikowski
Dr. Yoram Peri, a former advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, gives a talk on media in Israel to students at the University of Regina Foreign Minister John Baird gave a speech in Israel at the Herzilya Conference, saying, “The state of Israel embodies principles that Canada values and respects ... Israel has no greater friend than Canada.” According to the government’s website, its official position on UN resolutions is,“Canada assesses each resolution on its merits and consistency with our principles. We support resolutions that are consistent with Canadian policy on the Middle East, are rooted in international law, and reﬂect current dynamics.” The rhetoric is accompanied by action. In practice, a foreign policy
Absenteeism on URSU board totally fucking with everyone’s procedural shit
editor-in-chief Alright. Whatever’s keeping outgoing University of Regina Students’ Union president Kent Peterson away from URSU meetings, there’s some shit that needs to get dealt with, and not dealing with it is equivalent to a shirking of responsibility. Same goes for other board members who haven’t shown up to the Tuesday night meetings that enough board members to establish quorum agreed upon this semester. Look, folks, I get the feeling that you’ve already checked out. I’m in my last year of my bachelor’s degree, I’m one issue away from the end of this paper. I get the feeling. But you can’t just drop things. An organization like URSU has high turnover, but you’re surely smart enough that I don’t have to spell out for you that anything you don’t deal with next year is still going to get dealt with next year, and if speciﬁc motions are keeping you away – like, say, the initiative to actually make the Canadian Federation of Students position an elected one, instead of the apparently appointed position the student body at the U of R managed to vote onto the board (more on that in a bit, hooray) – then I have some bad news: next year’s board is just going to deal with it anyway. And if you screw them over in absentia rather than show up to the board’s meetings and actually be accountable to your constituents, don’t expect next year’s board to look on your legacy with much sympathy. That fucking CFS board seat Can you tell this week’s column is a bit angry? Peterson explained to me after the students’ union’s annual general meeting that the contentious CFS board seat approved by the members – a seat, essentially, meant to function as a liason between students and a separate organization from their union – was to be elected by Local 9 members. At this last meeting, it was clarified that those members would total roughly four. Though the explanation was, at best, murky and confusing, vice-president external Paige Kezima explained that the board seat was to be determined by CFSSaskatchewan members at May’s CFS national AGM. This was conﬁrmed by exhausted-looking vicepresident of student affairs Melissa Blackhurst, who added that she disagreed with the idea that the position should be appointed and “[didn’t] care anymore” if that meant going against the rest of her slate. Virtually the entire board agreed with her, but before the board could put forward a motion to both appoint an interim CFS director and set a byelection for the vacant seat in September, Kezima and graduate students director Ahmed Anees left the room, punting quorum out the window. I don’t usually advocate for direct action in this column – the informal tone is about actually making these dry, boring, and occasionally arduous meetings relatively accessible. This might be a time, however, to suggest something to whoever actually reads these things: send an e-mail to your director and the executive members letting them know that, come next Tuesday’s meeting, you expect them to be there and to advocate for you to have more direct representation, not less, especially to a national organization like CFS. It’s easy for Saskatchewan to get lost in the shufﬂe, considering that we have our local, First Nations University’s local, and the graduate students’ society at the University of Saskatchewan, in comparison to the numbers in other provinces. We deserve to decide who represents us, at least, not to let someone we’ve decided to let represent us decide who represents us. Believe it or not, other things also happened February. And there are motions besides the CFS board seat. Like the health and dental plan coverage. Budgeted estimates for the URSU-managed plan have to be in to the university’s board of governors two weeks before their May meeting, StudentCare rep Amanda Smytaniuk explained, and that means that the board needs to take action. The board voted to let Smytaniuk shop around for plans from other insurance providers, though current provider SunLife will also be approached for a quote. However, the board will still need to approve final decisions before the end of the month. Next week’s meeting will see, as well, a discussion of the board’s social media policy, which hopefully this time they won’t initiate by kicking out outside observers, especially if they’re going to be writing bylaws. Ah well, your correspondent can dream. The next meeting is on Tuesday, April 3. Tell your representatives that you want them there.
Oh, yeah, another reason the meeting on April 3 needs to meet quorum is because we haven’t had a board meeting run all the way through its motions since
the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
Unlocking Bill C-11
What are digital locks and why should you care?
fulcrum (university of ottawa) OTTAWA (CUP) — There’s one update ready for our copyright laws. Should we install it? On Feb. 14, the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11), was submitted to committee for review and amendments. The bill aims to update copyright laws last altered in 1997 and make breaking digital locks illegal. Kathleen Simmons, owner of Van Loon Simmons, a law firm specializing in copyright, broadcasting, and government law and policy, has been at the forefront of the Bill C-11 debate, advocating on behalf of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. “From the broadcasters’ position, this bill is hugely important,” said Simmons, a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s law school. “And it’s not just the broadcasters. Virtually everybody who has said anything about this bill said, ‘Thank you for introducing legislation.’” Simmons said copyright laws in Canada were last updated to accommodate cassette tapes. With new technologies, especially the Internet, copyright laws need to be more expansive and adapt to modern times. “What used to be a traditional spectrum of creators on one side and users on the other side is not quite as black and white as that,” she said. “User-generated content mixes and lines are blurred. “I think that it’s safe to say that it’s essential that we get some kind of copyright reform right now,” Simmons added. “I think this particular bill is much better than the last couple of bills than we’ve seen. It really achieves a lot more balance.” Jason Kee, director of policy and legal affairs at Entertainment Software Association of Canada, Time for an upgrade
agrees the bill is a step in the right direction. “Overall, we are generally supportive of the bill,” Kee said. “It will improve the current situation with respect to copyright in Canada and overall piracy in Canada. “Bill C-11 is an attempt to deal with several interests that prevail that have to come up with a balanced approach and we feel like it’s done that,” he added. “It does so by providing technological protection measures — the so-called digital locks — to protect copyrighted works as well as offers a new course of action that will actually allow rights holders to pursue legal action.” Digital locks
Digital locks are put on content to
prevent illegal copies from being made, making it more difﬁcult for the user to rip content off CDs, DVDs, or to download certain items more than a set number of times. Bill C-11 suggests breaking digital locks should be made illegal, but puts their use up to the discretion of content providers. “What’s in C-11 right now is, basically, if there’s a digital lock, you can’t break it,” Simmons said. “That is probably the biggest problem with this legislation – the very heavy-handed approach the government has taken to digital locks.” The implementation of digital locks is not a new concept. Kee said the gaming and other entertainment industries have always used them to prevent piracy, which costs the gaming industry alone an estimated $3.5 billion globally each year. “The challenge we’ve had in Canada is the absence of legal protection for digital locks,” Kee said. “Even though it’s illegal to break them in many other countries – including the United States and most European countries – because it’s perfectly legal here, the guys who use the tools to break the locks are based in Canada.” Simmons said the problem with breaking digital locks being illegal is users can’t use the locked content with regard to the fair dealing policy – using content for personal means and not as a means of illegal redistribution. “There’s a very simple solution being advocated to make [digital locks] something that makes sense, which is to tie the anti-circumvention provisions to infringement,” Simmons said. “If you’re breaking a digital lock with the intention of … using things that allow you to put your DVD on your computer as a back-up,
then it should be permitted.” Both Simmons and Kee are unsure of whether the government will make any major changes to the bill. “I’d be surprised if we see any amendments that are of any signiﬁcance, simply because the government has made it very clear they’re not going to entertain those,” Kee said. “Because the government has a majority, they will only put forward the amendments they see as correct.” The United States government recently introduced a controversial piece of legislation aimed at ﬁghting copyright infringement through Internet regulation. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was created to eliminate pirated online content – particularly on foreign sites – and allow for legal action against websites found violating copyright regulations. Open Media, an organization fighting for consumer rights on media regulation issues, has mobilized Canadians to sign a petition against Bill C-11 for the fear of it becoming a Canadian version of SOPA. “This bill is a sad thing for communication,” said Lindsey Pinto, media relations manager at Open Media. “What we’re the most concerned about is the potential for SOPA-like provisions to be put in. We’re concerned it would lead to things like blocking websites.” Pinto said about 30,000 people already signed the online petition, adding some people also organized protests against the bill across the country. Though not as strong as the backlash against SOPA – Americans took to the streets while websites, including Bill C-11 versus SOPA
Wikipedia, cut off service for 24 hours to protest SOPA – Bill C-11 has been met with resistance. Both Kee and Simmons agree Bill C-11 and SOPA are two different pieces of legislation. “It’s important to realize that C-11 is not remotely comparable to SOPA – what they were about was making something illegal, they were about providing remedies,” Kee said. “C-11 deals with domestic issues [and] doesn’t include any remedies. There are no comparisons between the two regimes.” Kee believes some discussions around the bill are based on inaccurate information. “Some people don’t have a full appreciation of what’s in the bill and are getting mad,” he said. Simmons said although the Conservative government can still make revisions to the bill, she doubts anything as drastic as SOPA will be introduced. “I don’t know how real the threat is,” Simmons said. “We should always be concerned that big media will do what they can to protect their legacy business model. "They’re not adjusted well to the Internet age, so there’s a real possibility they will use the digital locks to the detriment of consumers – and if consumers have a problem with that, they should certainly be voicing that.” Pinto echoed Simmons’s statement, saying even if the chances of drastic changes to C-11 are low, consumers should make their opinion on the issue known. “If we can all come together and tell the government what we want to see, I imagine the government will be forced to listen,” Pinto said. “We need to galvanize the public and make sure their voices are heard.”
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‘This is a disaster’
A&C Editor: Jonathan Petrychyn firstname.lastname@example.org the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
Brad Wall @PremierBradWall If an industry cannot survive at all without a permanent taxpayer subsidy, should the taxpayers subsidize indeﬁnitely? #skpoli
Linda Payeur @LindaPayeur @PremierBradWall well that eliminates most of the industries within this province if you opt for that angle. David Reidy @Reidy_David @PremierBradWall I'm a supporter of yours....ﬁlm tax credit - is a competitive marketplace issue - missed this one Premier Wall. murray helmer @Packer_man @PremierBradWall. I voted for you but if you don't at least talk with@BrentButt re the axing of ﬁlm credit then you've lost my support
Provincial government’s decision to cut film tax credit threatens to force film students out of province after graduation
Over 350 people attended a meeting on Sunday, March 25, to discuss plans to ﬁght the government’s decision to cut the SFETC tax credit programs. “People who are already working in the industry have already told me they are actively thinking about leaving,” Chartier explained. “The tax credit is a huge way to support the industry and, without the tax credit, there isn’t much future here.” Rory Dunn, a second-year ﬁlm student in the University of Regina’s ﬁlm program, as already noticed that people are giving up on the province and are picking up and moving elsewhere in search of work. “I have friends that, as soon as they heard, had to put their house up for sale, because they can no longer afford to live here without the work that this is pothe [Saskatchewan] Filmpool [Cooperative],” said media production and studies lab instructor Ian Campbell. “Everybody is impacted in one way or another. I think the biggest thing about this is that it doesn’t make sense.” Though the most recent, Saskatchewan is not the first province to attempt to eliminate its tax credit incentives. Provincial governments in both Alberta and New Brunswick attempted to seize their film tax credit programs as well, but because of the backlash, the cut didn’t last long. “They realized what a mistake they made, and they reinstituted ﬁlm tax credit programs because they make money for the jurisdiction,” Wihak said. “If and crew jobs with it. “If the tax credits are restored, production will come back here,” Wihak explained. “But my concern is if it takes the government a year to realize the mistake they’ve made, a lot of our professional crew will have left the province, and that makes it very difﬁcult to rebuild the ﬁlm industry.” Future job prospects are not looking bright for budding University of Regina ﬁlmmakers if the proposed cut goes through. “I think we’ll go back to the situation that existed before the growth of the ﬁlm industry in the 1990s,” Wihak said. “Our ﬁlm program can provide excellent educational experience for our students, but most of them will have to leave the province to pursue careers in ﬁlm and television, and that’s really disappointing.” Ron Goetz, president of the Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association (SMPIA), has urged the people of Saskatchewan to express to the Premier, in any way they can, how important the ﬁlm industry is to them. The SMPIA website encourages people to volunteer, to tweet, to send letters to the media, and to get their personal stories heard in any way they can. But despite the hope, Chartier still believes that the end of the tax credit is a poor move by the government and will have ramiﬁcations reaching further than the government can currently see. “From a cultural perspective, this is a disaster,” Chartier said “The tax credit meant that the province invested a little to make so much more. This is incredibly short-sighted and just nonsensical.” According to his ofﬁce, schedule changes prevented culture minister Bill Hutchinson from being available for comment to the Carillon before press time.
contributor Students hoping to get a job in ﬁlm production in Saskatchewan after graduation may be forced to move out of province to ﬁnd a job in their ﬁeld. When Finance Minister Ken Krawetz tabled the provincial budget on March 21, it was revealed that the government plans to cut the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit (SFETC), a tax credit that industry professionals believe has kept Saskatchewan’s film industry alive and ﬂourishing, and wouldn’t be able to survive without it. According to the government, the termination of the credit will amount to a savings of $3 million this year and will save another $8 million dollars annually after existing credits are honoured. But numbers from the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture, and Sport as presented in a government fact sheet issued on Monday, March 26, reveal that, while government support for the film industry has totalled $45.5 million over the last three years, the ﬁlm industry’s total economic impact in Saskatchewan over the last three years has been $93.7 million, a net proﬁt for the province. The SFETC was established in 1998 in conjunction with the province’s growing ﬁlm industry. A decade and change later, the message of Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party, according to Danielle Chartier, opposition critic for culture and sport, is that the industry is no longer welcome. “The message it sends to ﬁlm students is that ‘we want creative, industrious, and entrepreneurial young people, as long as you don’t work in the ﬁlm and television industry,’” Chartier said. Along with aspiring ﬁlmmakers, the removal of the tax credit will drive established professionals to provinces with established
Thomas Retzlaff @ThomasRetzlaff @PremierBradWall by ending the tax credit I'm going to have to take my new ﬁlm degree and leave Saskatchewan #dontendsaskﬁlm Brendan Olenick @brendanolenick @PremierBradWall There are many more young people like myself seeking to work in the ﬁlm industry of Sask than you expect.#dontendsaskﬁlm M. Tanner Goetz @thereal_tgoetz Been a supporter of @premierbradwall and the @SaskParty but that ended this week for sure & i believe alot others feel the same way. Heather McIntyre @Heather4Regina @PremierBradWall Every $ you spent on the ﬁlm industry saw $3 to 5 returned to the province. That seems sustainable to me. #skpoli Emma Graney @emma_graney @PremierBradWall is the same true for pensioners? Brad... surely you don't want to kill pensioners as well. Murray Mandryk @MMandryk @emma_graney @PremierBradWall Good question, sir. Should any industry exist without subsidies? Can't say right now. I'm riding an STC bus. Mike Burton @mikeinregina @PremierBradWall I hope we don't see anymore loan guarantees for sports teams or anymore talk about stadiums. #subsidies #skpoli
“ This means that I can’t stay in the province
that I’ve lived in my whole life to work.”
second-year film student
tentially eliminating,” Dunn said. Mark Wihak, head of the department of media production and studies, director of the Geniewinning ﬁlm River, and one of the producers of the locally-popular ﬁlm I Heart Regina, said the whole thing just doesn’t make any sense. “What makes this baffling is that Saskatchewan is actually losing money by cutting tax credits, because for every dollar the government provides in a tax rebate, the industry produces six dollars in revenue, most of which comes from outside of Saskatchewan,” Wihak explained. Since 1998, the SFETC has cost $100 million and has generated $600 million in revenue, according to SaskFilm. “Everyone has a connection to the film industry, whether it’s through working for SaskFilm or Saskatchewan drops its tax credits, production is going to stop here.” Indeed, the announcement of the removal of the tax credit has dumbfounded established industry professionals. Virginia Thompson, producer of the CTV comedy and Saskatchewan favourite Corner Gas, was left reeling after the announcement. The tax credit helped with roughly 15 per cent of the production budget on Corner Gas. “I can’t replace that financing,” Thompson said. “That financing is available in British in Colombia, in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario – everywhere.” Thompson added that the removal of the credit means her latest project, the CBC comedy InSecurity, will have to move to another province, taking acting
the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
Take a look at me now
Theatre department’s Lookingglass combines realism, surrealism, and Lewis Carroll
This is Africa The Rotunda, Institut Francais March 31 7 p.m. Free admission Sakewewak Storytellers Festival Concerts The Artesian and Mackenzie Art Gallery March 29 – 31 8 p.m. Admission by donation Traveling World Community Film Festival Varied locations; campus screenings at Campion College March 29 - April 1 Screening times vary $10 youth weekend pass; $5 day pass Metal Alliance Tour 2012 Multipurpose Room March 29 8 p.m. $38.50 By The Square Inch Closing Reception Hague Gallery March 30 6 p.m. Free admission 2nd Annual Femme Fatale Skull and Lady Art Show and Auction Musical Fiesta The Exchange March 30 8 p.m. $10 advance; $15 door Bahamas The Exchange March 31 8 p.m. $10 Glen Sutter CD Release Party Creative City Centre March 31 8 p.m. $10 The Rebel Spell with Kleins96, Tomorrow Starts Today, RRB, Soiled Doves Indoor Skatepark April 1 6 p.m. $12; $15 with record Oh Wells with The Fortunate Isles O’Hanlon’s April 3 11 p.m. No cover Word Up Wednesday Creative City Centre April 4 7 p.m. $5
Look, we know the play isn’t Alice in Wonderland, but still, have you ever watched Alice in Wonderland backwards while high? lusion. “There’s constantly this theme of not looking and what it means to not look,” Moore said. “That really ties into the title. It’s about Alice’s journey, but a lot of the time we ask Alice, ‘Are you looking?’ or say, ‘You’re not looking.’” While there are many references to the original work in Lookingglass, Moore said it is still a very different production from Alice in Wonderland. “It differs quite a lot,” he said. “This play takes references and words and the magicalness of Alice in Wonderland, but in our play there’s a dark twist to it.” This darkness isn’t all melancholy and gloom, though. Moore said the darkness of Lookingglass is tied very closely to the comedic and humourous aspects of the play. “I think audiences can expect humour, but dark humour,” Moore said. “Kelly Jo Burke [MFA candidate and creator of the play] has really made a great balance of dealing with this tragic incident, but having these super hilarious parts ready where all the sisters are at each other’s throats. It’s this great balancing act of humour and seriousness.” Because giving everyone in the audience LSD would likely bring some legal repercussions upon the university, Lookingglass utilizes projection screens in the production to help immerse the audience in the surrealism of the setting. “We do have some projection screens that will be scattered around the stage. On those screens, you’ll see images of gardens and things like that, so that ties into the second act where you’re in the garden in her mind,” Moore said. “The ﬁrst act is, in reality, in the aunt’s world. You don’t get to really see what’s going on in Alice’s mind.” The screens not only help establish the external setting, though; they also help exhibit the internal setting of Alice’s mind and other elements of the story that are not dramatized onstage. “The screens help the audience guide through Alice’s mind. She’s the main character and the reason why all the other characters are there, and the ﬁrst half she really doesn’t talk much. When she does talk, she quotes and just says words, “Moore said. “The screens really help you get into her mind. Even in the second half, you get to have a glimpse of the accident and the tragedy that happened. It really helps tie in the loose elements of the story that you don’t get to see on stage.” The setting of Lookingglass may be incredibly detailed, but the characters admittedly lack dynamic. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that the characters cannot be interesting or engaging and, despite characters being flat or stock in true Victorian fashion, characterization and character interactions play a large role in the production. “Every character is so dramatically different from the others,” Moore said. Kelly Jo Burke is using archetypes with each character. There’s the really organized business woman, the earthly hippie who’s trying to save the world, and the train wreck, alcoholic junkie.”. While Moore is excited for the upcoming performances, the fourth-year acting student retains a sense of nostalgia heading into her final performance with her other graduating classmates. “Our very ﬁrst show that we did was in the Shu-Box, and it was with all of us,” Moore said. “It’s nice to be graduating in the same stage.” Moreover, Moore hopes she’ll be an aide to the production’s creator. “I hope being in this play will really help Kelly Jo Burke, because she wrote the play, and it’s still a work in progress. I hope this will help her in her writing. It helps to see your work being produced instead of writing and rewriting all the time,” Moore said. “Also, this play is something that usually doesn’t get done at the U of R. It’s something new, something exciting, and very different compared to all the other plays that have been performed this season. I really hope it will be a new theatre experience for everyone to discover.”
a&c editor “This play is really complicated, especially to talk about,” said Katie Moore, one of the actresses in the theatre department’s ﬁnal production of the year Lookingglass. With a comment like that, you’d think the rest of the interview would have been short and fruitless, but Moore nonetheless was able to divulge some insight into the graduating class’ final performance at the University of Regina. Fans of Lewis Carroll may have already picked up on this, but for those that haven’t, the title is, as Moore said, “obviously a reference to Alice in Wonderland.” However, Lookingglass is by no means a recreation of Carroll’s 1865 story. “It’s about this young girl named Alice and how her family, speciﬁcally her three aunts, try to help her cope with a tragic accident that just happened to her,” Moore said. “In the ﬁrst act you get some bits, pieces, and quotes from Alice in Wonderland, and then in the second act the play goes into Alice’s mind. It’s all about gardens, and there’s a tea party, and more large and spectacular references.” The production’s title has thematic signiﬁcance as well and has more substance than a simple al-
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the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
Losing time and ﬁnding space
Regina’s Hours kicks off summer plans with release of new EP
a&c writer so we were without a jam spot for about eight months,” McGregor said. McGregor, and many other musicians in Regina, understand that ﬁnding affordable jam spots in this city is “impossible ... [and] one of the hardest things to do,” and Hours’ eight-month stint without one is a testament to that. The band actually came about finding their current jam space rather haphazardly, as their other guitarist, Brennan Zurowski, talked one of his hairdressing clients into letting them rent out the upstairs of her grandfather’s store. Had this not happened, Hours could have been searching for much longer. “It was complete dumb luck,” McGregor said. Having since found a new place to rehearse, Hours has a fully scheduled summer ahead of their, including the EP release, touring, and hopefully releasing their full-length album. “We’d like to get out on the road and play shows in Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, or wherever,” McGregor said. “We all work jobs, so it’s kinda hard to leave work for a month and tour. We have to pick and choose our battles. Aside from that, we’d like to get the full length out and keep playing shows.” Hours The Distrikt April 5 $10
You’re not the only one trying to plan out your summer. Regina post-hardcore band Hours have a busy summer ahead of them. First on their spring/summer bucket list was releasing their EP, Premonitions, which happened a few weeks ago, and next up is their show opening for Prop Planes at the Distrikt on April 5. Premonitions features songs written across Hours’ four-year existence and highlights the band’s musical diversity, as well. “The EP is a collection of some of our older stuff and our newer songs,” said guitarist Scott McGregor. “We’ve been a band for four years now, and out of all the songs we have, the EP has the best selection of the varying range of what our songs sound like. We have a slower song and more upbeat songs. It covers the gamut of what songs we have.” Don’t dismiss recording an EP as opposed to an LP as laziness though. Hours has a full album more or less done and are using
Who needs a jam space when you have a perfectly good road? the EP as a sort of preview for the album. “We have a full-length recorded; it’s just a matter of getting it mixed and ﬁnishing some vocals,” McGregor said. “We have a lot of music recorded. It was just a matter of timing, and we wanted to get something out because we’ve been around for so long and played so many shows.” Because Hours has been around for a few years now, it’s a bit surprising that the band hasn’t
released any recorded material yet, and fans have been waiting for them to do so. “People have been asking, ‘When are you going to have something that we can listen to?’” McGregor said. This wasn’t an easy question to answer, as Hours’ music kept getting impeded by drawbacks like school and work. “Life gets in the way,” he said. We record three quarters of all of the songs, and then one of us has
a whole bunch of school, and music gets put on the back burner. “Then, we get a bunch of shows lined up. We can’t commit enough time ... and a few years ago we lost our jam spot.” Rehearsals sort of come to a halt if you have nowhere to rehearse, and Hours had to undergo a signiﬁcant stretch of time without one because they lost their jam space. “The store that we were jamming in the back of closed down,
Let her compete, already
Jenna Talackova is a result of gender essentialism and we’re all responsible for it
can’t think straight
a&c editor You know, sometimes people really just don’t get it. Jenna Talackova was disqualiﬁed on March 23 from the Miss Universe Canada pageant because, according to Beauties of Canada, the Donald Trumpowned organization that runs the pageant, “She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form.” What they’re trying to say is that Talackova was disqualified because she wasn’t “naturally born” a woman, whatever that means. Talackova was born with a penis, which, according the ever powerful medical establishment – which, we have to remember, is always right because they have Darwin and Freud on their side – makes her a man, despite Talackova’s assertions to the contrary. Talackova has stated that she knew from the age of four that she was a woman. That’s just the way things are. She may have had a penis, but she knew that she was a woman. Now I’m not going to pretend like I know how this works. I haven’t had a singular experience similar to Talackova’s, and so I have no idea what it’s like to be born a woman but have a penis, or to be born a man but have a ing. Most of the arguments in favour of her disqualiﬁcation basically amount to, “Well, rules are rules so we shouldn’t be bitching and he should have read the rules,” That use of the male pronoun “he” is telling, though, and really points to the deeply entrenched misunderstanding of gender and gender identity. Most of the problem here is that we’re still operating on what basically amounts to essentialist notions of gender that state there is a uniﬁed “essence” underneath all men and another “essence” unifying all women and these make all men alike and all women alike and there’s no other way to look at it. In other words, all men are X and all women are Y and you either ﬁt into one of those two categories, or you’re an abomination. To be sure, it doesn’t always manifest itself so violently, but it’s here all around us, from the clothes we wear, to the colours we like, to the very bathroom we use. We’re bound up in a world marked by essential notions sexual difference, and we don’t even know it. Look at the clothes you’re wearing. No seriously, stop reading this and look at the clothes you’re wearing. And now consider why you’re wearing those clothes, in those colours, and those styles. In part, it may because it makes you look good, but ask any straight guy on campus if he’d wear a dress to school, and he’d probably punch you in the face or laugh you out of the room. He laughs because he thinks that dresses are women’s garb, and that because he’s a man, it would absurd for him to take on that position. The problem here isn’t that this imaginary guy thinks women are lesser, but the very fact that he thinks a dress is somehow inherently an object that only women can wear at all. The point is, we’re all guilty, in one way or another, for Talackova’s disqualiﬁcation. Sure, we don’t have any immediate direct hand in it but, because we all participate in a society predicated on sexual difference that doesn’t allow for any deviation from it, doesn’t allow anyone to move from either side of the equation, exist in between the two poles, or to not exist in relation to them at all; we’re all responsible for disqualiﬁcation. Because we don’t let this imaginary guy wear a dress, we won’t let Talackova compete. She’s not a “natural woman,” a pure woman, a woman who only exists as woman, so that’s that. This is a problem, and it deﬁnitely shouldn’t be. And how do we solve it? Well, for one, you let Talackova compete and you support her as she ﬁghts the Miss Universe pageant and you respect her choice to identify as a woman. We can tackle the problem of getting men in dresses another day.
I’m not going to tell you which one is Talackova because they are both beautiful women and it really shouldn’t matter anyway. vagina. I really have no idea. And in all fairness, most of the establishment that stand’s behind the decision to disqualify Talackova have literally no idea what it’s like to be in her situation. But this shouldn’t excuse their, quite frankly, hasty and discriminatory actions. Nor should it excuse the actions of the people in this very city for speaking hatefully about Talackova. CC, Lorie, and Buzz of Z99, in their inﬁnite wisdom, posted an image of Talcakova to Z99’s Facebook page with the caption, “Canadian model Jenna Talackova has been banned from competing for Miss Universe Canada ... because it turns out she was BORN A MAN. She had gender reassignment surgery when she was 19, and is legally female. But the pageant rules state you have to be a ‘naturally born female’ ... so she’s out. Agree or disagree?” I don’t think I need to describe the floodgates of ignorance that they opened. Though there was a fair amount of intelligent arguments against her disqualification, it’s those arguments for her disqualiﬁcation that are the most interest-
the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
Spring into colour
This season’s fashions are all about being big, bright, and bold
contributor It’s the beginning of a new season and that means it’s the beginning of a new trend. This spring and summer it’s all about colour and lots of it. We’re talking bright, bold, and neon. It’s time to take your personal style to a new level and let the colour do the talking.Don’t be afraid to have a little fun and experiment with bold neon colours or even bright pastels. Here are a few suggestions and helpful tips that will get your spring and summer wardrobe blossoming with colour. The coloured pant has become the must-have statement piece to add to your spring/summer collection. Gone are the days that dark denim ruled your closet. The coloured pant is a great way to add vibrancy and a bit of fun into your wardrobe. Try out bright neon colours such as yellow, mathe only ones to steal the spotlight this season; pastels and flowery hues are also something to keep an eye out for. If you prefer to be more subtle when it comes to adding colour to an outfit, stick with soft hues such as pink, light blue, or violet. Pastels can also be tricky colours to wear – because of their light tone it may be hard to wear the colours properly. Try to match a light pastel colour with a brighter tone to add some variety. This season is all about putting an edge to your style, so be creative and pair a pastel with a metallic or a print for a bold look. These shades will have you springing into summer in no time. What better way to make a colour stand out then to add a print to it? Bold prints and patterns are also making their way to centre stage this season. Prints are a perfect way to draw attention to an outﬁt or show off your own personal style. The best thing about this trend is that it’s easy to pair with almost any colour and, whether it’s bold or subtle, you can make it work with any print or pattern. The top prints that made the list this season are floral patterns, tribal, colourful camo, and futuristic graphics. Choose a print that best suits your style and create a standout piece that will have everyone turning heads. If being bold isn’t enough, then putting an electric spin to your wardrobe might be. This season it’s all about reviving the retro days in full metallic. It’s the perfect piece to give your style the edge that it needs. Pair a metallic pant or skirt with a bold or subtle coloured top to complete the look. If you’re in the mood for an ’80s ﬂashback or feel the need to catch the spotlight, a metallic piece will do just that. The trends for this spring/summer season are all about standing out and creating your own unique style. Versatility is the best thing when it comes to your fashion wardrobe, so be creative and try new things that are out of your comfort zone.
genta and turquoise. Keep in mind, the bolder the better, so try a more daring look and pair a bright top to match the coloured pant. If having all eyes on you is-
Yellow skinny jeans are cool now, guys
n’t your thing, then try toning down bold colours with a neutral top or use statement jewellery to add accents to your outﬁt. Bright and bold colours aren’t
Dir. Steve McQueen
Shame is perhaps the most uncomfortable 101 minutes put to ﬁlm in 2011. And yet this shouldn’t scare anyone away from hunting down Steve McQueen’s follow up to the 2008 IRA hunger strike ﬁlm Hunger. Like Hunger, Shame is a dialogue free, visually sumptuous yet visually empty, film that probes deep into Brandon Sullivan’s (Michael Fassbender) apparent sex addiction and ostensibly the shame that comes along with it. While other ﬁlmmakers might load their film with heavyhanded symbolism and overbearing dialogue (see another 2011 British ﬁlm, Weekend, for an example of that), Shame explores male sexuality quietly, unobtrusively and, over all, without judgment or editorial commentary.
While other ﬁlmmakers might focus their camera on the relationship between individuals after sex, McQueen focuses on the act of sex itself and denies us any opportunity to look at the after-effects of sex. Some might just call this pornography: we get to look at the sex but not the actual human experience that surrounds it. But what makes Shame different from your regular late-night soft-core porn is that the sex has a sense of reality and urgency to it. It isolates the shame that can occur with sex and exploits it, making the act of viewing sex a pleasurable one, but an uncomfortable one. It turns voyeurism and identification on its head and gives you just sex without the glossy lens. Sure, it might be morally dubious to make sex an uncomfortable experience, but at least it’s at a higher level than your everyday teenage sex comedy.
A Dangerous Method
Dir. David Cronenberg
The IMDb page for Cronenberg’s latest film A Dangerous Method, describes the film as “a look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.” And, despite telling you almost nothing about the ﬁlm, it’s incredibly accurate. In fact, it’s uncannily so. Unlike the rest of Cronenberg’s work, which deals with issues of body horror and overt existential sexuality, A Dangerous Method is an uncharacteristically cerebral work, focusing, like the work of his subjects Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Freud (Viggo Mortensen), on the internal psychological struggles of Freud and Jung and their relationship with Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley). That isn’t to say that the ﬁlm
doesn’t deal with bodily horrors. My philosophy professor remarked that the only things that make this at all recognizable as a Cronenberg work are the scenes of Spielrein being spanked by Jung. It’s hard to tell if these scenes are considered research for Jung, or if he’s doing it just to help Spielrien work through her neuroses. In either case, the spanking scenes, unlike similar scenes of sexual humiliation in films like Crash, are uncomfortably hilarious and don’t come across as having the emotional gravitas Cronenberg was so obviously interested in imbuing into his ﬁlm. Indeed, the ﬁlm comes off as not having much of anything and, by the end of it’s nearly two-hour running time, you feel like you saw two hours of build with no climax. It’s a slow, steady, and rather uneventful ride, though one that looks great and is pretty inoffensive. And when it comes to a film about sex, sometimes that’s all you can ask for.
Has there really never been a TV ad featuring a Bend Sinister song? My admittedly weak Google-fu hasn't turned anything up, but that seems hard to believe. These guys have been going at the band thing a while, and their music seems tailor-made for a Telus commercial or anything else below Apple commercials on the “makes bands’ careers” ladder. I’ll be the first to admit that this record found me in a bad mood, one brought on by ﬁnishing a paper at 5 a.m. the day I wrote this, and missing three meals in the process. Hence, the ad thing is my polite-ish way of saying On My Mind isn't terribly interesting. It seems heavy on the hooks, but somehow fails to make an impression. The warm Wurlitzer keys, falsetto bits, and general jaunty-ness strongly recall Supertramp, minus the charm that makes songs like “Bloody Well Right” such solid karaoke picks. The “Bland Sinister” joke I deleted from an earlier draft of this sort of sums it all up. But to be fair, “Got You On My Mind” becomes a great song if you imagine it playing under shots of silly little capuchin monkeys or salamanders.
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taking the initiative
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two u of r students are hoping their environmental initiative will help start a movement
amounts of recycling drop-offs, combined with high amounts of food waste and vending machines, students frequently toss recyclables in the trash due the proximity of a recycle bin. Recognizing this deficiency, Niedermayer and Marsden saw the opportunity to use composting as a means of efﬁciently recycling large amounts of waste in a short amount of time. “After some research, I discovered that 20- to 30-per-cent of the average university’s waste is organic material that can be composted,” Niedermayer said. “That is a substantial amount. With composting, we can signiﬁcantly cut down on our greenhouse gas emissions, and our total waste as a whole.” While the student-run operation is currently recycling a nice portion of the Owl’s eligible food waste, producing eight to ten pounds of compost each week, Niedermayer believes, for the program to reach its full potential, she will need help from administration to create a more comprehensive strategy. Niedermayer would like to see the program evolve into something resembling the composting initiatives that other major schools around the country have implemented for years. Indeed, 15 major universities around Canada, including McGill, Concordia, UBC, and the University of Saskatchewan, have full-ﬂedged, administration-supported programs that process as much as five tonnes of waste daily. However, as Niedermayer found out, drumming up support from local administration has been an arduous and slow process. After spending several months contacting members of parking management and facilities management, Niedermayer ﬁnally booked an interview with U of R administration. Unfortunately, administration was hesitant to support the project. “I guess another student had tried to do a similar project in their ofﬁce and didn’t do a good job,” she said. “There were ﬂies and mice, and I think they were worried about that happening again. I think they were hesitant because they had a bad experience in the past. They said that they would contact me if they could ﬁnd a space, but they never did.” Despite facilities management’s reservations about the project, both Niedermayer and Marsden decided to take the task into their own hands, hoping that getting the project off the ground would highlight the benefits of the project and turn some heads. Unfortunately, the two ran into another roadblock. Niedermayer and Marsden use a composting method called vermicomposting. Vermicomposting is an indoor composting technique that utilizes large amounts of red wiggler worms to eat the compost materials and break down the larger components into fertile soil used to grow gardens and other plant life. Unfortunately, due to the scale of Niedermayer’s operation, large amounts of worms were needed and the city simply did not have the supply. After visiting local stores, searching usedregina.com, and contemplating shipping options, both she and Marsden decided they would have to travel to Edmonton themselves to get the supplies they needed. After renting a car and travelling to and from Edmonton, the campus composting project was underway. It would not be long before they hit another bump in the road. With the help of URSU, Marsden and Niedermayer located their composting project to the tabling room in the Riddell Centre; shortly after, facilities management contacted them and informed them that the project would have to be moved. “We started using that space
features editor After taking their ideas to university administration and receiving a lukewarm response, two University of Regina students are taking an environmental initiative into their own hands. With the help of the University of Regina Students’ Union, Kay Niedermayer and Jocelynn Marsden have started a large student-run composting operation, which is currently recycling a massive portion of the Owl’s food waste. However, the two estimate that, with a backing from the U of R administration and a comprehensive program, the operation could potentially recycle 20- to 30-per-cent of the school’s entire waste products. Several studies on composting have concluded that it significantly reduces both greenhouse gas emissions and waste sent to landfills, while simultaneously producing quality fertilizer for plants and gardens. As students concerned about environmental initiatives, both Niedermayer and Marsden saw composting as an opportunity to improve the U of R‘s recycling program. “I started to realize how almost every substantial university in the country has a composting program of some kind,” Niedermayer said. “We felt that the U of R was really lacking in that respect, and that was an area where we [as students] could step up.” The University of Regina has taken heat for its recycling program for some time. With low
“ I started to realize how almost every substantial
university in the country has a composting program of some kind. We felt that the U of R was really lacking in that respect, and that was an area where we [as students] could step up”
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compost initiatives in campuses across canada
UBC Started: 1998 UBC in Vancouver uses an in-vessel composter, a massive machine that uses controlled airﬂow to carry microorganisms and place them in huge waste containers, at which point the organisms start to break down the waste. The UBC system processes over ﬁve tonnes of waste daily. Unlike vermicomposting, the invessel composting system at UBC is capable of composting cooked foods, bones, raw meat, and more. Concordia University
Started: 2005 Concordia has two composting sites located at both of their campuses. Both sites utilize the same vermicomposting technique used here at the U of R. The project at Concordia started as a student initiative and grew from there. Today, the program creates products that are used by the Geography department, and offers composting workshops as well as a worm-swap program.
Started: 1998 Queen’s University has a residential composting program. Students living in residence maintain 11 vermicomposting units. The students also collects leaf and yard waste from outside.
Kay Niedermayer holding the workhorse of the compost process, the red wiggler worm (above).
Vermicomposting is the most common method of composting, and is the method used almost exclusively by home composting operations. In vermicomposting, a group of worms breaks down organic material and produce rich fertilizer with the help of other microorganisms who break down the material further. However, this type of composting method is incapable of breaking down meat, ﬁsh, fats, and salty waste. Campuses all over the country have adopted this method of composting due to its relative ease, mobility, low cost, and fertilizer production. Contrary to popular belief, a vermicompost, when done properly, produces no foul odours. In fact, odours are the ﬁrst indicator that the compost has too many nitrogen-rich materials.
If a 50/50 balance of Carbon and Nitrogen is maintained effectively, the compost bin will produce no foul odours, and the worms will decompose the material more effectively.
Five major Canadian universities’ composting initiatives started through the demands of students to their administration. Concordia, the U of S, the University of Victoria, BCIT, and McGill all started comprehensive composting programs after student groups and environmentally active student took action.
Composting actually cleans contaminated soil. The decomposition process absorbs volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, and can prevent poisonous metals from entering the water supply.
because it was out of the way and easily ventilated,” Niedermayer said. “No one was using the space, so we thought that it would be ﬁne. But facilities management contacted us and said it was an improper use of space.” The project was then moved, twice – first to the back of the URSU building and then ﬁnally to its current location. Although the university has been slow to show support for the composting initiative, Niedermayer believes the project is in its best interest and is optimistic partnership can be worked out in the near future. “I think that it is in the university’s best interest to support us in this endeavour, and take it one step further, and make it bigger,” she said. “Because, really, by reducing the amount of waste that the university produces and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it is really making our university a more inviting place to be.” As mentioned earlier, other universities around the country have had composting initiative in place for years. Many of them are large-scale operations, which use the full resources of the university and students to maximize their efﬁciency. It is a good move for universities looking to attract potential students. A study conducted by the Innovative Research Group in 2011 concluded that the environment was the second-most important issue to Canadians, losing only to healthcare and winning out over social issues and the economy. Additional studies have
concluded that as age decreases, support for environmental initiative increases. While Niedermayer is still hoping to develop a more comprehensive program with university administration, she is also pleasantly surprised with the support she has received from the students’ union, her managers at the Owl, and other student groups on campus. “URSU, and the management at the Owl, have been really supportive,” she said. “In the beginning I felt like I was probably going to hit a lot of walls. So it really meant a lot to me that all of my managers at the Owl really got behind the project and said, ‘No matter what, we are going to make this work.’ “URSU also supported us in
not slowing down. Last week, with the help of a Green Party affiliate student group called UR Greens, she has started an online petition to attempt to generate support for the initiative. “UR Greens is a club on campus that really wanted to start working on some environmental projects,” she said. “They approached me about starting to work with this program as well.” The aim of the petition is to allow students to support the compost project, as well as discuss other issues. environmental Niedermayer hopes that, if she can get a dialog going and get students who care about the environment to put their names out there, she can present a more powerful case to the university.
“ It could go anywhere. That’s why I’m really
excited to hear what other students have to say, because I think that it’s going to be a student movement.”
our trip to Edmonton. They supported us with finding a space when we were having problems in the beginning. I think that URSU is really committed to doing whatever they can in terms of the environment, and it shows.” While the support from URSU and her managers at the Owl has been invaluable, Niedermayer is “My hope is that with the petition, we can show the university just how many people on campus care about environmental sustainability,” she said. “I talked to some people at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. They both have composting programs and sustainability initiatives that
are reflective of student movements demanding that their university respond to this. “So, I walked away from those discussions thinking that, ‘If we can get a group of students together to say that they care about this, that would be huge. If we could get a hundred, or a thousand, students to sign this and say that they want the university to respond, then our argument would carry more weight.’ “I’m really excited to see the response and hear what other students have to say.” Aside from creating a petition, Niedermayer wants to form cooperatives with other student groups on campus to work together. “I’m open to anyone who wants to get involved,” she said. “I’m also going to start contacting campus clubs to see if there is anyone else who is interested. I really think it would be great if, next year, we could start a club that speciﬁcally focuses on environmental issues … but I know there are a lot of clubs that are inadvertently affected by the environment, or who care about the environment. I think that it would be really great if we could get a coalition of campus clubs together, that would be really fantastic.” According to Niedermayer, although the compost project itself is a worthwhile environmental activity, ,it is by no means the end of what she hopes to be an environmental movement. Instead, she hopes that it will get the ball
For students who want to get involved in Niedermayer’s project, she can be found at the URSU ofﬁce or working at the Owl on campus.
rolling. “This project is deﬁnitely not meant to just be an isolated project,” she stated. “But, we think that if we can establish a comprehensive compost program, then we are one step closer to establishing a comprehensive recycling program. “It is also about acknowledging the amount of waste that we are producing, educating people on their environmental impact, and how they can reduce it; we would like a get a dialog going between students.” While Niedermayer does admit that she does not want to stretch herself too thin, too quickly, the overall goal of her initiative does not appear to be a single compost heap. Her goals are higher. She is trying to start something that will continue at the U of R long after she is gone: a cooperation between students and administration to make campus a greener place. “It could go anywhere,” she said. “That’s why I’m really excited to hear what other student have to say, because I think that it’s going to be a student movement.” University administration did contact the Carillon for comment, but it was after press time. Full disclosure: Jocelynn Marsden is a contributor to the Carillon.
autumn mcdowell, jhett folk, colton hordichuk, peter mills
this week’s roundtable Who deserves the U of R coach of the year award? McDowell: Well, the most obvious choice is Dave Taylor, even though it is not like he was even named the CIS coach of the year or anything – oh wait, he was. However, some of us don’t like to name the blatantly obvious choice. So, I am going to say that Bruce McCannel was the U of R’s coach of the year; he was also probably the best coach to interview because he could accurately answer questions about his own team and could speak in full sentences.
Sports Editor: Autumn McDowell email@example.com the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
Duncan Keith gave an elbow, and got five games. The NHL is giving like that.
McDowell: Maybe I should give a typical athlete answer and say, “well if they put in a team effort, anything is possible. If they are in the game, they have a chance to win. If they play as a team, they have a good chance.” HA, yeah except that is not how I roll. I hope they k-rush the Warriors and embarrass them back to days of the crushed can. I also hope there is at least one or two fights during which the Pats dummy any member(s) of the Warriors. Folk: In the crazy game of hockey, anything is possible. I like their chances though, after walking into Moose Jaw the other night and snagging the ‘W.’ round of the Western Hockey League playoffs?
Hordichuk: Is it weird that I have a reasonable answer to a U of R question that’s not in any way, shape, or form in reference to the Weekend Warriors? Dave Taylor deserves the hardware. A 35-2 overall record speaks for itself.
Folk: That’s easy. Britton Gray. I mean, look at the guy. He’s a regular hero. Easily the top life-coach on the planet. Too bad he can’t shoot a three.
Which Sedin is more hateable? Duncan Keith getting a ﬁvegame suspension for his hit on Daniel Sedin?
Sedin sister, really.
Mills: Dave Taylor, obviously. The team underachieved in the playoffs, but had one the best regular seasons in the history of the game. This isn’t even a question. What did you think about
McDowell: Oh boy. Honestly, I was pretty pumped up when Keith dummied Sedin. Even though he didn’t destroy him as much as I would have liked, at least it was something. I find it kind of funny that one little elbow to the jaw and Daniel is crying – something I would expect from a
Hordichuk: Here’s how it should have gone: Daniel Sedin should have gotten a penalty and a 2-3 game suspension for his shoulder
Folk: It was one of the most idiotic hits I have seen in a while. I thought ﬁve games wasn’t a long enough suspension for that blatant attempt to injure. Hockey doesn’t need that shit.
to the head hit on Keith, and Keith absolutely deserved his ﬁve-game suspension. Plus, I feel Keith deserved to get a major during the game for it, also.
Hordichuk: Yes they will, and I’m saying this strictly based on being a citizen and a contributing community member of Regina. I was actually surprised at their effort in game one in Moose Jaw the other night. Now lets skip ahead to Saturday night’s 8-1 shellacking by the Warriors. Like what the hell? Did the Pats practice with the Toronto Maple Leafs before Saturday’s game? Shit. Mills: Fuck no. The Warriors are going to pump the Pats en route to a WHL title. Oh look, the Blades are losing. What do you think about the Jets acquiring Tim Tebow?
Mills: Daniel Sedin is pimp. All ya’ll haters can hate, but that shit was whack. They should kick Keith out of the league. Graham James was sentenced to two years in prison for sexually abusing two of his players. Thoughts?
Folk: Two years in prison with Bubba and Joe as cellmates for now. Then, for optimists like me, he gets to have an eternity of Hitler and Satan shoving pineapples up his ass.
McDowell: It’s utterly disgusting and any moron that barely has anything to say about it is officially hated by me … Anyway, were they being serious? I mean, they actually gave this monster the same sentence as a football player that shot himself in the foot. He shot himself, himself! By accident! This bumbling fool traumatized and scarred multiple people for years; giving them the same sentence makes perfect sense. Not.
Mills: Thoughts? I feel bad for the victims. What else can you say? Will the Regina Pats beat the Moose Jaw Warriors in the ﬁrst
Hordichuk: I feel absolutely sick to my stomach. Two years? What a complete joke. I’ve found myself continuously shaking my head at this whole thing. I’m literally lost for words on this topic. I feel horrible for Theoren Fleury. He’s gone through so much and I feel he was cheated with this sentence.
Hordichuk: Now I think this whole Tebow thing is awesome. I mean, what’s better than a quarterback who somehow wins games with terrible statistics? He’s the ultimate sports troll. Rex Ryan and Tim Tebow are going to become the next Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. You know, just without that whole ‘talent’ thing.
Folk: I think it’s a very cute publicity stunt to try to get people to forget that the Jets live in the same place as the current Super Bowl champions.
McDowell: Well, it was pretty obvious that Tebow wasn’t going to stay with the Broncos once they picked up Manning. I am sure that it was hard to see him go because Denver was so hell bent on kissing Tebow’s God-loving ass every chance they got. It’s a good move for the Jets, they have a sick backup in Tebow. I don’t know, good call, kids.
Mills: Maybe New York will support an overrated, baby-eyed, anti-abortionist quarterback more than Mark Sanchez. Personally, I’ll take Sanchez, which says a lot about Tebow. In all fairness, he does seem like a nice gent. I just hate the Florida Gators. Speaking of college basketball, where the fuck is March Madness in the Carillon? What a joke.
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Saunts hangs up the whistle
The search to replace men’s hockey coach Blaine Sautner is underway
Hockey nicknames are so simple. Take the ﬁrst syllable of every player’s last name, add an S or a Y. Boom, nickname. “Blaine has been an outstanding member of our coaching staff,” said U of R Athletics Director Dick White upon hearing of Sautner’s retirement. “We wish him the best in his future endeavours.” Although White was very thankful for the effort Sautner has put into the club over the past seven years, he admitted the announcement of his retirement was quite surprising. “I always tend to look at individuals staying with us to continue to help the program,” White said. “I didn’t lose my conﬁdence that Blaine was someone that could do that.” While the Cougars cracked the playoffs four times during Sautner’s seven-year tenure with the school, the disappointment of ending the past two seasons early did not sit well with fans, players, and apparently himself. However, despite the team’s lack luster record, the roster has incredible potential and is one of the main reasons the position has already been attracting numerous people to apply. In order to stir up some more interest, the U of R decided to place an ad on Saskjobs.ca, obviously so that only the most suitable applicants would apply. Due to the unique choice of marketing the position, White has received a lot of interest in the job. In fact, a list of 36 applicants was originally compiled, a number that White was able to narrow to the top 10 last week. One person whose name many people are hoping made the short list is Curtis Hunt, former bench boss of the Regina Pats and former assistant coach for the Ottawa Senators. Rumours began swirling that Hunt could be in line for the job after he appeared on-air with Rod Pedersen on CJME’s SportsCage. During his time on the show, Pedersen started the “Hunt to coach the Regina Cougars” campaign and fans instantly started buzzing. Unfortunately, White was unable to comment on whether there was any truth to the rumour that Hunt was on the list. “There is a need for this to be somewhat confidential,” White said. “Because all of these people have other jobs and if they are seeking our job we don’t want to compromise anything that they are currently doing. One of the candidates is going to get the job.” In order to make sure he is picking the right person for the position, White has enlisted a group of people to help him with the process. Members of the decision committee include the captain of the men’s hockey team, Russ Nielson, the women’s hockey team head coach Sarah Hodges, and Harold Reimer, an associate dean for the faculty of kinesiology and health studies. “Well, we have a committee of people who I value their input,” White said. “Ultimately, it will fall on my desk but I will take a recommendation forward to the dean as well. I very much value the input from the committee and I am hopeful that we will reach a consensus at the committee level on a candidate.” While every committee member is looking for slightly different qualities in the new head coach, White is looking for someone who is quite well-rounded. “It’s to be able to coach not only at the tactical and technical level but it’s a whole program management exercise as well,” he said. “With everything from recruitment to fundraising to everything involved with the management of a program, it isn’t just on the ice coaching. It is a very complete job.” Having Nielson on the committee is a huge asset. He knows ﬁrsthand what a player at the U of R needs from a coach and he will undoubtedly play a large role in the ﬁnal decision. “I am hoping Russ represents [what the other players think],” White admitted. “It isn’t the kind of thing that Russ can run around looking for approval from all of the other athletes. I hope what Russ brings is the athlete’s perspective and he has done that very well so far. “We can’t involve 25 athletes, but we do very much value our athletes’ perspective to select and he has been very helpful so far.” Whether it is Hunt that ends of being the new head coach, or someone else, fans and players are going to expect instant results during the coaches ﬁrst year behind the Cougars bench. Everyone surrounding the Cougars organization is dying to get back to the playoffs and White hopes that a change in the coaching position will lead to a playoff berth for next year’s squad. “Absolutely, there is no question,” he said. “Whether Blaine was there [or not], none of us are ever satisﬁed when we don’t get to a position where we are competing with the best in Canada West. That is the goal for every team.”
sports editor Move over, Blaine Sautner. There’s a new bench boss in town. The University of Regina men’s hockey team is about to have a new voice barking orders as the head coaching position for the squad ofﬁcially becomes available on Friday. Sautner ﬁrst came to the U of R in 2005, after enjoying a nineyear stint in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League as everything from a coach to a general manager. Although Sautner racked up an impressive 135-72-32 record with the Battleford’s North Stars from 2001 to 2005 as the team’s head coach, he never had the same success at the CIS level that he did in junior A. While Sautner will go down as third in the school’s history books with 66 conference wins, his best result with the Cougars was a surprising conference semifinal berth in 2009. Since then, things have gone downhill fast. This year, Cougars had another disappointing season, finishing with a 5-20-3 record and, for the second time in a row, were the only team in Canada West that failed to make the playoffs. Sautner – who has been coaching the Cougars for the past seven years – announced his retirement following the team’s last game of the season, a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Saskatchewan Huskies.
“ Whether Blaine was there [or not], none of us
are ever satisfied when we don’t get to a position where we are competing with the best in Canada West. That is the goal for every team.”
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Chris Bodnar has the best summer job ever
sports writer Over the course of the past few years, Chris Bodnar has spent portions of his summers working as a landscaper and doing odd jobs to make a bit of extra money. But after receiving a lifechanging phone call in late-2011, Bodnar – the University of Regina Rams’ punter for the past two seasons – will be doing something a little different to make ends meet this summer. “I got a call from my agent and he told me that the [Saskatchewan Roughriders] had acquired my rights,” explained Bodnar, 22. “And a few days later – I think it was on December 21st – my agent emailed me the contract and said that they wanted me to go in and sign the contract ... That was that.” Not that there’s anything wrong with landscaping or doing odd jobs, but Bodnar emphasized that the opportunity to take the field with the Roughriders – a squad that he has grown up cheering for in his native Saskatoon – is, for all intents and purposes, an ideal situation for the young punter. “Being a Saskatchewan kid and being able to play my junior and college football in Saskatchewan, it’s a perfect situation,” Bodnar said. “I couldn’t be
“ You never know
what will happen ... I’m just going to go day-by-day, enjoy it, do the best I can, and I’ll let the rest take care of itself.”
happier to be able to stay close to home and, obviously, play for the Riders – a team that this province just loves. “ ... This is absolutely the best summer job (laughs). And it’s the least amount of hours, from what I hear, so that’s an added bonus.” Bodnar – who has spent the past several months working out with the team and getting to know his new coworkers – admitted that the prospect of playing for the Green and White hasn’t
Kicking for a living doesn’t sound half bad
fully sunk in. But, after a brief stint at the Edmonton Eskimos’ training camp last year, Bodnar – despite signing a two-year deal with an option for a third season with the Roughriders – is more than aware of the fact that his tenure with the organization is all but guaranteed. “I wasn’t in Edmonton as long as I’d like, but, from that, I understand that it’s a business and you have to take it day-by-day and not look too far ahead and just, kind
of, focus on the present,” said Bodnar, who is one of two punters currently under contract with the Roughriders, the other being Montreal product Chris Milo. “Because you never know what will happen ... I’m just going to go day-by-day, enjoy it, do the best I can and I’ll let the rest take care of itself.” While Bodnar is hoping that he is able to crack the Roughriders roster and fulﬁll his dream of enjoying a long career under the
Green and White banner, if he doesn’t make the team, he insisted that he won’t be too terribly disappointed. “I just want to kick to the best of my ability and give it a fair shot,” the kinesiology student offered. “If it’s good enough to make the team, great, but if not, I’ll just use it as motivation, have another season with the Rams, hopefully get to this point again, and give it one more shot.”
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Men’s hockey wraps up with the first-ever McGill Redmen championship team
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brunswickan (university of new brunswick) FREDERICTON (CUP) — On March 21, the six top qualifying CIS men’s hockey teams arrived at the Fredericton Playhouse to attend the CIS All-Canadian Awards Gala. During the evening, the awards were given to the top players in individual categories, each a reﬂection of their dedication to not only their talents and drive as an athlete, but their motivation and dedication as a student and a person. These players were not only awarded with trophies for their academic and athletic achievements, they were also given a special treat in the form of guest speaker Doug MacLean. MacLean has many accomplishments and highlights on his hockey resumé. A few of his accomplishments in the hockey industry include being a former University of New Brunswick Varsity Red head coach, general manager and coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, assistant coach to the Washington Capitals, head coach to the Florida Panthers, and assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues. Many now know him for his work with Sportsnet as a sportscaster on Hockey Central. this award, while top defencemen of the year was given to MarcAndré Dorion from the McGill Redmen. The Father George Kehoe Memorial Trophy, also known as the coach of the year, was given to CIS rookie coach Serge Bourgeois from the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus. Clark Singer from the Western Mustangs and UBC Thunderbird coach Milan Dragicevic were also nominated. The Randy Gregg Award for volunteer work and academic and athletic excellence was awarded to captain of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Kyle Bailey. Jonathon Lawrence of Queen’s and Kyle Ross from the Huskies were both selections for this award. The final award of the night was the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy for player of the year, which went to a hockey player who doesn’t play for any of the top qualifying six teams: Acadia Axemen Andrew Clark. His competitors included Keaton Turkewicz from the Western Mustangs and Blair Macaulay from the Manitoba Bisons. CIS hockey action wrapped up this weekend, with the Redmen taking the University Cup for the ﬁrst time in McGill’s men’s hockey history.
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During the evening, he told many anecdotes and stories about his time as a coach and as a father, but most of all, as a hockey lover. After his speech, the awards were presented. The first award of the night was the Clare Drake Trophy for rookie of the year, which was award to the Western Mustangs'
The McGill Redmen won their ﬁrst men's hockey CIS championship 4-3 over the Western Mustangs Sunday in Fredericton Zach Harnden. The nominees for this award also included the Calgary Dinos' Teigan Zahn and StFx’s Michael Kirkpatrick. The R.W Pugh most sportsmenlike player of the year award was given to captain Kyle Ross of the Saskatchewan Huskies. Ross was nominated alongside Chris
Ray of Waterloo and Dean Ouellet from the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus. The award for top goaltender of the 2011–12 season was presented to Reál Cyr from the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Riley Whitlock of Queen’s and Anthony Peters from Saskatchewan were finalists for
the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
You don’t even go here
Fifth-year University of Regina athletes discuss their future
sports writer In only the rarest of circumstances are student-athletes in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport system allowed to stay with their school’s squad for more than ﬁve years. This year, the University of Regina Cougars and Rams are to show a number of their athletes – after half a decade together – the door. The Carillon recently caught up with a few of the U of R’s ﬁfthyear athletes to get an idea of what they feel the coming years hold for them. Rebecca Rink, volleyball I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Education [degree] at the end of April, and I am currently in the process of interviewing with school divisions. I am hoping to stay and teach in the Regina area. I have had interviews with Regina Catholic as well as Regina Public. Cross my fingers all goes well. Brenden Owens, football Well, I currently have this semester off as I did a bit of traveling for work and for fun. I am going back to classes here in the spring/summer semester to keep working at my petroleum engineering deThinking back, the Rams program has helped put me in a position where I can really do whatever I want to do in life – thanks, Frank and Bernie and countless others for everything you have done for the Rams program. And as a reminder, call Optimum Rooﬁng for all your roofing needs. Sorry! I couldn’t help myself. Drew Smith, volleyball Next year I am heading to Toronto to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College to pursue a chiropractic career. Alison Jestadt, track and ﬁeld Since I have been doing a co-op work term during the fall and winter semesters, I still have a year of school to go. When I graduat,e I’m either going to go on the job hunt or get an after-degree in education or business. Solveig Nilson, volleyball
Drew Smith has punched his last ticket …or hit his last spike, whatever gree. I am also running a rooﬁng business – Optimum Rooﬁng Inc. – with my business partner and hope to continue to build our reputation and expand even further into the Regina market. Once I ﬁnish my degree, I’m not exactly sure what I am going
to do ... I enjoy running a business, but I have also worked very hard in school to earn my degree. I would also love to be able to give back to the Regina Rams program, as they have helped me so much throughout my five years as a football player and as a student.
I have applied for medicine and am hoping to one day be a doctor. In the more immediate future, I have an exciting graduation trip planned to Peru, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Mike Kerr, football I actually graduated this past December with a BBA majoring in human resources. With the op-
portunity to play on the Rams football team, I [stretched] and planned my classes so I could play my full years of eligibility. It took me longer than most students to get my degree – ﬁve and a half years – but it was worth the wait and I would never trade my experience of being a student-athlete for anything. My goal is to play in the CFL and to be able to keep playing football. I was given a great opportunity to start that dream when I was invited to participate in the Duane Forde NIC combine this past May in Toronto. From there, [I’m still] training and hope I’m given a chance to take part in a training camp. Currently, I am working as a recruiting co-ordinator with Employment Network, a human resources ﬁrm that recruits on behalf of hundreds of clients throughout Saskatchewan. It is a great company to work for and a great opportunity to start my career. Also, as a recent graduate, I understand how stressful the job search is. Any recent graduates who are looking for work should definitely visit Employment Networks’ web site – employmentnetwork.ca – to check out any current job postings or register their resume for any future opportunities ... My plan now is to continue building my career and – if the opportunity to play football in the CFL arises – keep chasing my dream.
Are you choking?
The debate whether the women’s basketball team really choked at nationals
sports editor Though they were picked to win it all, the University of Regina women’s basketball team dropped the ball at nationals. Before they had even stepped onto the court, the Cougars had a huge target on their backs. With the return of standouts Lindsay Ledingham and Joanna Zalesiak, not to mention Brittany Read ﬁnally returning to the hardwood after battling a knee injury, every team across the country had their eye on the Cougars. They were the top dogs and everyone knew it. However, while most teams would quickly cave under the enormous pressure of being ranked first in the nation, the women’s basketball team flourished. The Cougars ﬁnished off the regular season with a perfect 20-0 record. The undefeated record was nice, but what everyone on the team wanted was a national championship. Although there were very few, if any, ﬂaws in the Cougars’ game throughout the regular season, in the weeks leading up to nationals other teams in the CIS learnt that as it was a fast way to escape from the added pressure to win nationals and stay undefeated all the way. However, UBC also put a voice in the other teams’ heads that said, “If they can beat them, so can we.” The Cougars were able to rebound and capture the CIS west regional title and secure themselves a spot at nationals, but just as everything seemed to be going according to plan, Regina became the victims of an upset. The Cougars were the topseeded team in the country, meaning they faced the eighth, aka dead last-seeded team at nationals, the Calgary Dinos. Naturally, all of the crappy teams have been weeded out when it comes to nationals, but when an eighth-place team faces a first place team you expect the ﬁrst place team to destroy them, but no. The Cougars lost 75-66 in the ﬁrst round of the national championships to the Calgary Dinos. Instantly, when news broke of the Cougars’ ﬁrst round loss, numerous people began accusing the team of choking. After all, this is not the ﬁrst time this has happened. Last year, the team had a combined record of 32-9, but did not even make it past the CIS west regional. This year, the team was almost guaranteed a Canada West title, but didn’t bring that one home either. Now the hard question, did the team actually choke? It’s hard to say. The easy answer is to say, “Yes, damn right they did. They were the ﬁrst place team, had an undefeated season, and lost to the eighth-place team.” But things aren’t that simple. The more difﬁcult answer, the one where you might have to grit your teeth and bite your lip to refrain from saying anything mean and sarcastic is, “No, they did not choke.” Realistically, look at their season. They went undefeated and not many teams can say they have done that. Even though they didn’t bring home a national championship and everyone thought that they would, it just simply wasn’t their day against Calgary. It’s funny how the timing worked out; it sucks that the timing of their off night had to be in a crucial game, but it happened. I also may or may not be saying that they didn’t choke because I don’t want yet another campus team to hate me. That is all.
the dragon could be slayed. On March 3, the Cougars suffered their ﬁrst loss of the season to the UBC Thunderbirds, a 79-58 defeat in front of their hometown
crowd in the Canada West ﬁnals. After the loss, fans and even some players on the Cougars squad admitted that a loss for the team may have been a good thing,
the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
The NHL closet
When will the first gay athlete come out in the NHL?
contributor Are there any gay players in the NHL? We don’t know. Nobody has ever come out and publicly said they are gay. Will there be a hockey player who comes out and openly says he is gay? How will his teammates, coaches, management, owners, and fans respond if this happens? We don’t know that either; only time will tell. A public service announcement recently aired on NBC during a Boston Bruins/New York Rangers game aimed at ending homophobia in sports. Some of the NHLs top players including Henrik Lundqvist, Corey Perry, Claude Giroux, Daniel Alfredsson, Rick Nash, Joffrey Lupul, Scott Hartnell, Matt Moulson, Duncan Keith, and Dion Phaneuf all appear in the video. The video basically tells viewers, if you can play the game, you can play the game and it doesn’t matter what your sexual orientation is. Toronto Maple Leafs’ General Manager Brian Burke and his son Patrick, a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, are leading the program that wants to let gay athletes know it is OK to be gay. The campaign is intended to “make locker rooms safe for all athletes, rather than places of want that feeling of weakness, or being different. They want to just be a part of the team. But this is preventing them from being the best player they can be. Hockey overcame the racial barrier when Willie O’Ree, the ﬁrst black player in NHL history, laced up his skates for the Boston Bruins in 1958. The NHL has yet to break the homosexual barrier. The only time gay athletes in any sport come out and admit they are gay is after they retire. But the “If You Can Play” project is hoping to change that. On the If You Can Play website, Patrick explains that his brother Brendan taught him what it was like to be in a locker-room as a gay male. He says the project aims to provide a means for athletes, coaches and fans to stand up and create an atmosphere of inclusion. He wants athletes to become aware that it doesn’t matter if they are gay, they can still be athletes. He hopes that, eventually, athletes will be free from the burdens of fear and shame, and thus able to play to their full potential. He says it’s time for the world to change the way it thinks about athletes. Talent, work ethic, and character are what matter – not sexual orientation. Patrick signs off with a powerful message. “If you can play, you can play.”
fears, slurs, and bullying.” Thirtyﬁve NHLers are committed to the project. The Burke family jumped on this campaign after Brian’s son, Brendan, acknowledged that he was gay in 2007 during the time when he was a manager of a college hockey team. He came out in public in 2009 and was also working on spreading a message of tolerance and inclusion in the
Willie O’Ree broke the racial barrier in the NHL. Who will be brave enough to break the queer barrier? hockey world. After his coming out, Brian and Brendan marched together in gay pride parades in Toronto. Brian accepted Brendan’s sexual preference. But in 2010, the Burke family was hit with sad news when they learned Brendan had been tragically killed in a car accident. After the accident, Brian still marched in the parade. And he is
still marching on behalf of Brendan. Casual homophobic slurs are common in a hockey dressing room and most of the time they mean no harm. I am not gay, but for those gay athletes who are hearing these slurs, I can imagine they feel intimidated and inferior. The gay athletes think that if they come out, the slurs will be directed toward them. They don’t
I hate your stinkin’ guts
Graham James receives a joke instead of a punishment
what the puck?
sports editor The most hated man in hockey just made a few more enemies. As if everyone didn’t hate this scumbag enough, Graham James was only sentenced to two years in prison for sexually assaulting two of his players hundreds of times. First of all, get fucking real. I’m not sure if I should be more mad at Canada’s legal system or at James for continuing to be a waste of perfectly good air space in the world. Seriously, he got the same sentence as Plaxico Burress, and Burress shot himself in the foot. Yet Judge Catherine Carlson gave a convicted pedophile who caused teenage boys to endure years of torture and be scarred for life the same sentence an idiot that accidentally shot himself received, because that just makes sense, you know? anything but a Calgary Flames neckwarmer, as one of the players who James abused played with that team for 10 years. And then there was his response when the CBC and the Globe and Mail managed to track down that worthless pig in Mexico. He told them, “I’m very impressed that you found me ... not that I have been hiding.” Really? You haven’t been hiding? Then why the fuck are you in fucking Mexico, renting a gated fucking apartment right now? Commentators all over the country are calling James’ sentence a national travesty, and I’m in agreement. I think I have said almost every demeaning word I can think of and have deﬁnitely said the word “fuck” more times in the last 500 words than I have in my entire life, but James will cause that type of reaction. I feel slightly better now that I got that off my chest. Sorry for swearing, Mom.
It’s actually insane. As in, mind-boggling. When the verdict was announced, I literally checked my calendar to see if it was April 1 because I thought that
this had to be some horrible April Fool’s joke. But no, it is the real deal my friends. One of the worst parts was when he walked into the court-
room with that stupid goddamn red neck warmer pulled up over his face. Here’s the kicker: that was an NHL-issued neck warmer. One can only hope that it was
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Be very afraid
Anyone who has ever sat semi-conscious through a semester of Philosophy 150 understands the fallacy of appealing to emotion. In case your notes were too droolstained to read, the appeal to emotion is when someone attempts to manipulate others’ emotions, rather than using valid logic, to win an argument. But something more serious is happening in the Canadian government. Not only are politicians appealing to emotion to win arguments, but they are using it get laws and bills passed. Canadians have historically seen this type of fear mongering in American politics and laughed from afar, but not anymore. If Canadians think that politicians aren’t continually appealing to their emotions rather than facts to get bills passed in Parliament, then we should have paid more attention to the news. It’s been done before. The government was able to pass Bill C-10, the Safe Streets and Communities Act, on the basis that it would put more bad people in prison. The government passed this emotionally-charged act despite a huge backlash to the bill based, in part, on hard factual evidence from multiple jurisdictions in the U.S. that proved beyond a doubt that mandatory sentencing does not lead to lower crime rates. And it’s not entirely clear why such an emotional change to the criminal justice system was required. Multiple studies show that crime in Canada is decreasing, yet the government passed a bill in which it would make it easier to put more people in to the costly Canadian prison system. And now the Conservative government is at it again. Last month, when Public Safety Minister Vic Toews stood up in the House of Commons and introduced Bill C-30, he did so not by providing evidence, but by using emotionally charged words that
would get a reaction out of the Canadian public. He did not provide numbers, statistics, and studies that show why Canadians need police and other government agencies to have easier access online surveillance use. He did not use legitimate examples of how this bill would protect Canadians. Toews stood up, stole a line right out of American history, saying, “either stand with us or with the child pornographers.” Déjà vu much? George Bush made a similar argument when addressing a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001, just nine
days after the Sept. 11th attacks. Instead of providing real information about why Afghanistan or Iraq are actual threats and why the U.S. needed to start a war, he stood up and said, “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” The sad truth is that the public continually keeps playing right into the hands of these politicians. Although it is important to note that Toews has not yet been successful, if history repeats itself he is on the right track. Gone are the days where fact-based evidence was used to get policies passed.
Now all a politician has to do is use words like “criminal,” “terrorist,” and “pornographers,” to get their bill passed. The question that needs to be asked is not, “When are politicians going to stop using these fallacies,” but, “When is the public going to stop falling for it?” Either the public needs stop allowing emotional appeals to work, or their government is going to continue to fail them.
There is a troubling tendency in many academic departments in many universities these days. The problem is the poisonous ofﬁce politics that reign over these departments. When using the term “ofﬁce politics,” I refer not only to quirky, idiosyncratic aspects of individual departments, but also to pervasive cultural norms and values that reign over entire academic disciplines. For example, people are judged based upon how they dress within a wide range of academic disciplines. Obviously, whether a person wears a t-shirt, a suit, or semi-casual wear has absolutely nothing to do with what they are capable of. Nonetheless, mainstream corporate culture has managed to infect many sectors of society with the elitist notion that people should be judged based on what they are wearing. It is easy to imagine this venomous culture in disciplines like law or business, but it is quite striking that it has come into some of the social sciences, especially when we consider that not all professors bow down to the illogical and frivolous notion that people should “dress to impress.” There is an idea or an image of academia as a place where free thought and nonconformity are championed. Well not anymore. The quest for fame and funding, and thus the quest to impress, have infected the academic culture of many unsuspecting disciplines. The corporate world may have outlawed human decency a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean that all other sectors of society have to bow down to their irrational and brutal ideology. How people talk also comes under rigorous attack from many academic personnel. In my view, it is ﬁne for people to talk how they want as long as they don’t say hurtful or hateful things (e.g. racism and homophobia). In academia nowadays, things are taken a step further and people are looked down upon if they use language that is too casual or colloquial. It is not uncommon to hear academic personnel bashing people who use casual language in emails. If people write in a way that is difﬁcult to understand, then that is one thing, but if people write in a way that is clear, albeit casual, who is anyone to judge and look down upon that? A person’s style of speaking is a frivolous matter and no one has any right to scrutinize people so needlessly. Finally, I would like to address the fact that many academics are irked by the idea of people not calling them “doctor,” – God forbid. In fact, faculties recommend that honours students address professors as “doctor” when they are emailing potential thesis supervisors. This sort of elitism and snobbery is not seen everywhere or in everyone, but it is seen too often. Professors often give the most intriguing defence as to why they must be called “doctor.” That defence is that they spent so many years in school working so hard and they now deserve to be shown some “respect.” Well, let’s consider people who don’t go to school. In fact, let’s consider people who work their tails off in factories or other dead end jobs earning minimum wage while some of their classmates from high school go on to obtain various graduate degrees. We are supposed to assume that an individual who spent nine years working in kitchens or in factories making minimum wage had it way easier than someone who spent nine years in school. We are supposed to assume that all the food they cooked for people or the products they helped make are meaningless compared to some esoteric area of research in some subdiscipline of a sub-discipline. Alas, that minimum wage worker is destined to be known as “Mr. or Ms. Joe Blow” and they will be given no fancy title. For what it’s worth, I think I have managed to expose that there is a type of justice in not having a fancy title. The issues I’ve addressed are highly precise and speciﬁc, but these smaller issues are symptomatic of broader trends. Many students and academics do not adhere to this ugly form of “academic culture.” It is up to those individuals who will not tolerate such poison to try their best to be the antidote for it.
the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
The new Saskatchewan
It really is good to live in Saskatchewan! Last Wednesday, Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party released their provincial budget and with it, their latest campaign effort to remind people living here how good they have it. It’s easy to get brought down by the muddled and confused rhetoric of the NDP when it complains about something like homeless people or raising royalties, so a nice, crisp reminder of why Saskatchewan truly is an advantaged province is really helpful. I mean, just look at the economy, which has been running hot based on exports of potash and oil. Those non-renewable resources are going to provide unlimited economic prosperity for Saskatchewan as far into the future as we can see. Our budget is going to post an impressive $54million surplus this year, while government spending is going to increase 4.5 per cent. Perhaps most impressively, the budget points out that, since gaining power, the Sask. Party has managed to knock 114,000 people out of the lowest tax bracket, ensuring that they don’t have to pay any provincial income taxes at all. It’s almost like Brad Wall loves Saskatchewan so much, he’s giving it away for free! In such a prosperous province, everyone benefits. It’s clear that the nine-percent tuition hike that most students are going to experience next year is because so many of the youth in our province are rolling in cash. And even if students are not, their wealthy, middle-class parents certainly are. The New Saskatchewan is full of wealthy, middle-class people with disposable income. And, along with the increase in tuition,
What you lookin’ at, Manitoba?
we can eliminate frivolous tax credits for industries like ﬁlm. I mean, why wouldn’t someone want to film in Saskatchewan with its glorious generic Prairie landscape and splendid ordinary cities? Our province is the envy of the nation economically – why wouldn’t anyone want to ﬁlm here, even if they could get the same thing for cheaper in Alberta or Manitoba? Have you been to Manitoba lately? If there’s a province that smells of disadvantage, it’s Manitoba. No one would ever want to ﬁlm there, right? Not to mention that under the Sask. Party, we’ve elected more former
Roughriders to ofﬁce than at any other time in our history, with Gene Makowsky representing Regina Dewdney in the legislature. If you want to talk about an advantage, just consider the advantage we’re going to have when the Ontario Provincial Parliament challenges our legislature to a game of football. We’re going to totally crush them. Things are just wonderful in Saskatchewan right now. Heck, I’m even tempted to say that the recent warm winter we experienced had something to do with electing Brad Wall last November. I can’t prove it using any budget ﬁgures or scien-
tific numbers, but coincidences like that don’t just happen. I’ve thought as long and hard about that as the government did before ending the ﬁlm tax credit. There’s no doubt in my mind that Saskatchewan really does have an advantage over the other provinces in our country. And, if you aren’t embracing that advantage, maybe you should just catch the next bus to Alberta. Thanks, Brad!
Big names bash budget
The Sask. Party must not have realized the power of celebrity when it announced the end of the Saskatchewan Film Tax Credit in the provincial budget. Let’s face it; the provincial budget is a pretty boring document unless you love doing number-by-number analysis. One way to make it more exciting is to read it like you’re Oprah. “You get a highway upgrade! You get a highway upgrade! Everybody gets a highway upgrade!” Or, you can pretend that our province has been searching for the end of the rainbow. We ﬁnally found it and, wouldn’t you know, the rainbow ends in the middle of an oil ﬁeld surrounded by potash mines. Of course, in this scenario, finance minister Ken Krawetz is a leprechaun and the budget funds are all being provided out of his pot of gold. In all seriousness, the budget is a chance for the government to highlight what it deems important by doling out the big bucks from their coffers. This year, the leprechaun had no gold tucked away for the province’s ﬁlm industry. This move struck a nerve with the creator of one of Saskatchewan’s points of pride, Corner Gas. Canadian celebrity Brent Butt reacted incredibly reasonably to the end of a credit that made his well-known comedy possible. He created a new e-mail account to better understand the reason and possible effects of the end of the credit and gave some context. To justify the move, the government cited an 18-per-cent decrease in Saskatchewan’s film industry last year (funny enough, minister of tourism, parks, culture, and sport Bill Hutchinson didn’t acknowledge that production might have decreased after funding for SCN was cut in 2010). The logic did not persuade Butt that the move was anything beyond “politicking.” Butt said the credit did not come out of taxpayers’ pockets. Of the money provided, Butt and others in the industry noted that more money was provided by the industry than was taken by the credit in the past 14 years of its existence. On top of someone directly affected by the tax credit cut like Brent Butt, radio personality Jian Ghomeshi of Q dedicated his show-starting essay to denounce the end of the tax credit as ideologically-motivated and said that he was hearing from people all around North America of the awful impact such a foolish move would entail. Even the Hollywood Reporter has commented on this strange move by the government. When the outcry in Saskatchewan reached as far as a national show like Q or an international publication such as the Hollywood Reporter, Premier Brad Wall became open to discussing the future of the industry with those involved. Nothing like a post-mortem consultation. Shows like Corner Gas made us laugh and shared the nuances of our strange province. Love it or hate it, the voice of someone like Brent Butt or Jian Ghomeshi can be a lot more effective than non-celebrities who feel stiffed by the leprechaun in this budget. By the time you have your hands on this paper the decision will already have been made regarding the film tax. Let’s hope it was the right one.
A simple ‘thanks’ sufﬁces
HALIFAX (CUP) – I have vivid memories of my mother making very detailed lists on Christmas morning of who got what from whom. She would then pass the lists out to my sister and I with a cheery, “Remember to write your thank-you cards as soon as possible!” But much to my mother’s chagrin, we never managed to write a single thank-you note. We would think about it, maybe even start one, but never follow it through to completion. Recently, I received a bursary. Having gone through this process before, I know proper etiquette states that I should respond promptly with a short, but wellthought-out thank-you note. When I inquired at the financial aid office about what address to send the note to, I was met with some surprised looks. What happened to the ﬁne art of writing thank-you notes? I know they still sell thank-you cards in the greeting card aisle, but when was the last time anyone bought one and actually used it for its intended purpose? Up until the 1960s, etiquette was a required subject taught in most schools across North America and Britain. These classes would teach children, in both elementary and high school levels of study, how to properly kneel at the altar, which fork was for what, and how to write proper letters. Children learned that the timing of a thankyou note was the difference between merely following etiquette rules and having a high degree of class. But our society just isn’t that formal anymore. Social graces today reflect our digital identities. There are, for example, unwritten social rules about when it is and when is not appropriate to friend someone on Facebook. But when it comes to formally saying “thank you,” very few people know the rules about when or how to say it. According to etiquette specialists, a thank-you note is absolutely required for the following major life events: bridal shower or baby shower gifts, holiday, birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, graduation and housewarming gifts, and sympathy letters, ﬂowers, mass cards or donations made in the deceased’s name. A formal thank-you note should not be 140 characters or less and should be done by hand. Letters in your own handwriting are personal; they show you are genuinely grateful for something. Online communication lacks a human quality, even if you use every emoticon you can find. When you are really thankful, an email or, God forbid, a tweet just won’t cut it. I dare you to sit down and write a thank-you card to someone who has recently done or said something that meant a lot to you. Take the time to pick up a pen, dig out some stationery, and pay for the postage stamp.
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the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
Have you ever thought of learning Korean? It’s a wonderful language – and from a Westerner’s point of view, it’s much easier than learning Chinese, which gives meaning to words through intonation. Learning Korean provides many opportunities, such as studying abroad, vacationing in gorgeous environs, playing Starcraft professionally, and mingling with Regina’s growing Korean population. Something that most students might consider is a study abroad program. Sogang University in Seoul, Korea, offers the opportunity to students at the U of R to participate in their Summer Abroad program. It’s a five-week program with the student’s choice of six- or nine-credit courses, including learning about Korean politics, music, language, and literature, history – and that’s just what goes down in the classroom. English-speaking students will also be buddied up with a local student and given ample opportunity evenings and weekends to travel the city, or take a train or bus, and explore the country: visit the inexpensive days spas or beauty salons where you can pay a lady to set your face on ﬁre, do some amazing shopping and see historical monuments, experience the Korean nightlife, including but not limited to Korean karaoke and dance clubs, visit the amusement parks – such as Lotte World – which I hear are open every day until all hours of the night. I am very happy to say that I will be traveling to Seoul this summer. And yes, I will probably pay someone to set fire to my face. Can you tell I’m excited? I’m trying to contain myself. We’ll see if it’s up to snuff. For those of you not traveling to Korea for either vacation or studious reasons (ie. probably all of you), why not take a trip to Regina’s Koreatown? It consists of ... um. Well, there’s the Seoul Mart on 13th and Broad. The Seoul Mart has been around for a few years. It’s a great little grocer that sells one of my favourite imported delicacies, Pepero (known to most as Pocky), and at a better price than Superstore. Just thinking of the abundance of Korean candies, cookies, and Lotte Waffles has me overwhelmed! I think I’m blushing. If you happen to visit this quaint little grocer and don’t know what you’re potentially buying because the Korean lettering is all Greek to you and the anime character on the package doesn’t give you any indication of what may by inside the box, just ask! I did, and I got a wink and a phone number. Well, it was the Seoul Marts business card, but still. The people who run the store are generous and kind and will help you ﬁnd all sorts of great things, like seaweed sheets, shrimp sauce, all that fun stuff! Even Korean tape! There is also the Korea House restaurant on 11th Ave. It was practically forced upon me by my Korean prof. to stop by and investigate, but I’m glad I did. The restaurant was empty when I went, which is unfortunate, but the people are friendly and the food is excellent. I love me my kimchi. Korea House has great vegetarian choices and tasty lunch specials. Why not stop in for lunch and support the second half of Regina’s Koreatown? You never know how much awesome awaits you.
The West has interests in seeing Somalia restored to statehood. For over 20 years, Somalia has been continuously ravaged by civil war and botched international attempts at reinstating a functioning government capable of not only administering the country, but also of defending it from the regional warlords and growing presence of Islamist terrorist organizations. Now, in 2012, Somalia can longer even be considered a traditional nation-state; the Somali people are living in abject poverty, piracy has become a career path, the African Union sends its soldiers to ﬁght and die for regional security, and the West forgets that more than the Indian Ocean needs to be patrolled if the Horn of Africa is to be stabilized, that, indeed, intervention can be legitimate. For some years now, Somalia has been divided into three virtually independent states: Somaliland in the north, Puntland in the northeast, and Somalia proper in the south. Given the current state of affairs, not to mention the ethnic and political and economic climate of the three regions, it is virtually impossible to unify all three distinct regions at this time. Indeed, the West’s and the African Union’s interests do not necessarily revolve around this political objective. Instead, it is the Somalia region in the south that demands the most attention, given the danger posed by the al-Shabab organization and its other Islamist terrorist allies, most notably al-Qaeda. The Western public should stop playing coy by claiming that interference in regional affairs is necessarily detrimental to any effort at restoring stability to a region. Anyone blaming neo-imperialism for intervention (be it military or otherwise) is often the most hypocritical, as he or she tends to forget that human rights and regional stability are in and of themselves interests to be defended. The case of the military intervention in Somalia should be used as a model for future missions. The current peacekeeping/making mission in Somalia, under the name of “African Union Mission to Somalia” (AMISOM), was a regional initiative, and quickly sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council. The advantages of having regional powers tackle regional military problems are many, the main one being that eastern African militaries will necessarily understand far better the eastern African ethnic, political and geographic landscapes than would a Western army. The official mission of AMISOM was thus to extend and protect the Federal Transitional Government. Truthfully, however, it is more of a limited mission to curb al-Shabab operations in the south and attempt to curb the threat of a spill-over in terrorist activities. Already, participant African nations have been hit by terrorist bombings, the most violently hit being Uganda. Though these African nations are ﬁghting for their own direct interests, they are just as much ﬁghting for ours. The West does not need another hotbed of Islamist terrorist training grounds, nor does its moral sensibilities accept the suffering of the civilian population forced to face famine at the hands of al-Shabab, which denies Western food aid to the population on account that the famine has been “exaggerated”. We will become morally bankrupt if we continue to assume that military intervention is always a neo-imperialist practice. True, there have been many violations of trust and misuse of power over the past decades, but that must not prevent the fulﬁlment of potential humanitarian missions that serve our global interests.
Blood on our hands
Ethnic tension and racism surrounds us everyday in a variety of ways. We learn about racism occasionally in a class or two we take at university. Other times, we learn a little about racism in high school, the media, or through peers. But how often are we truly aware of racism or the groups and institutions that promote this way of thinking? Recently, racial tension has flared in Sanford, Florida, where the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by a neighbourhood watchman sparked outrage in the city’s African-American community. The youth was unarmed and returning from a convenience store with Skittles. Across the Atlantic, the city of Toulouse, France, saw the rampage of Mohamed Merah, who shot and killed three French-Algerian soldiers, three Jewish pupils, and a Jewish teacher. In Germany, there was recent outrage at the discovery of a far-right terror cell, the National Socialist Underground, which has ties to the neo-fascist National Democracy Party of Germany. The NSU went on a 10year killing spree of foreigners being discovered by authorities, killing a policewoman in the process. While our university is not on the same level as these events, even on campus we have seen what amounts to racial tension surrounding several issues from the Indigenous studies petition to Israeli Apartheid Week. So how do we contextualize all of these events? For African Americans, the Florida killing is another example of the systemic violence, racism, and economic oppression that is present every day in the US. The French incident has yet to produce greater effects, but even now it is likely it will set off national soul-searching about France’s stand on immigration and anti-Semitism. In the German case, politicians have lamented the lethargy and failings of the authorities to deal with the resurgence of racism. Many Jewish groups are warning that Europe is once again becoming a continent of racism, anti-Semitism, and overt nationalism. While all of these cases have been highly visible, , racial tension in places like South Africa is often ignored. South Africa’s racial difﬁculties were most proliﬁc in 2010, when the FIFA World Cup was held in the country. Many people feared South Africa was unsafe and unable to provide security for the millions of fans that would ﬂood the country for the four-week event. Those fears fortunately never materialized. Yet, this past week the BBC published an “in pictures” news piece about racism in South Africa. Titled “Afrikaner Blood,” the slideshow dealt with a fringe group around ex-Apartheid army Major Franz Jooste. The group, known as Kommandokorps, holds summer camps for teen boys of various ages, all of who are Afrikaners, the white South Africans who are the descendents of the country’s mainly Dutch and German colonists. At these camps, the boys are taught to hate black South Africans. Joost said that it takes him only one hour to brainwash these boys to no longer identify as South Africans, but as Afrikaners: no longer a part of the rainbow nation of Nelson Mandela, but a part of the long-thoughtforgotten Apartheid regime. These young men come to the camp members of the rainbow nation, only to leave as racists. The camp is run in a military style, complete with uniforms and war games. In fact, these camps are highly reminiscent of the Hitler Youth camps and activities run during the Nazi Regime that were meant to instil camaraderie, iron discipline, a belief in the superiority of the Aryan race and a militaristic attitude in young boys and teens through the use of games and fun activities. What does this say about our world when camps such as these continue to exist? And the Kommandokorps camp is no one-off exception. Various far-right groups, including Germany’s NPD, run similar camps across Europe and neo-Nazi/white supremacist camps can be found in the U.S. as well. While the membership of these groups is usually small in comparison to the entire population of the countries, these trends are disturbing and troubling. The murder spree in Germany has shown the resilience and inventiveness of the far-right to accomplish their goals. The video is interesting, along with other related work done by the two Dutch journalists who went to the summer camp run by Kommandokorps. If we want to make improvements in how people interact with one another in the world, awareness should be the ﬁrst step.
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the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
volume 54 of the carillon is coming to a close, and we’d like to go out with our criticism guns ﬁring.
the hate issue
last semester’s “worst of regina” was a pile of tongue-in-cheek fun, but we’re dead serious this time. and gonna focus on the university this time. we want you to spill your guts about anything and everything you hate about this institution, and we mean anything and everything. (except slander.) rules: keep it between 125 and 150 words. more importantly, be constructive. be ruthless, but for a reason. the underlying thing is that we want to make the university a better place, and the best way to do that is actually pinpoint its ﬂaws. keep the pointless hater-ism on reddit. send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 p.m. on sunday, april 1. and remember: you ain’t shit if you can’t hate.
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the carillon | March 29 - April 4, 2012
Student Success Workshops (45 Min) - RC 230. Call 585-4076 to register. Exam Preparation– March 29, April 3, 4, 10. Time Management – April 4. Academic Writing – March 29
was even in this decade! #effthishardrive! We’ll know wheather it was actually even from the current semester... HELL we can
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I voted for Nathan Sgrazzutti because he seems ﬂexible and adaptable for any situation. And also because of his Nixon impression. We poor ﬁne arts students are about to be buried in a graveyard that’ll soon be paved for parking.
Good job electing a homophobic racist to VP student Affairs. Will be interesting to see someone so narrow-minded represent us students.
In case you are wondering, yes, this week’s cover was as fun to make as it looks. :D BUTTS BUTTS BUTTS BUTTS BUTTS BUTTS BUTTS BUTTS
Hey IT – Support if that IS what you guys are supposed to do.... hows about you date those “newly updated” computer memos.... that way we know if it
“Women on campus aren’t tolerate.” Said Mike Young at the Candidate’s Forum. We elected this asshat to VP Student Affairs?! Dear current URSU President, MIND YOUR OWN FUCKING BUSINESS. STOP CREEPING ON PEOPLE THROUGH FB. YOU DON’T OWN WORLD
Cast your worries aside, forget about robo-calls and the SK ﬁlm tax credit, because “Boyfriend” rules.
Anti-semitism? I’m a Jew & I support the BDS movement like I support the Allied Troops liberating a concentration camp. Truth.
Nathan, I guess you didn’t get to kiss the girl you wanted to in the URSU play.
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