The science of plumbing
BY TREVOR KENNEY
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Help the Horns celebrate Movember
Examining the root causes of risk taking
Alumnus Perry Stein lauds campus involvement
Spring Awakening more than shock value
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cooperative effort has helped to thwart a noncompatibility issue and for that, University of Lethbridge students, staff and faculty can be thankful this winter. When the Central Plant’s hot water heating system began to see a number of its valves fail, their rubber linings chewed away to the point where they no longer held water, TJ Hanson and his Utilities staff suspected something more sinister than wear and tear was at the heart of the problem. “The last few years we’ve had a number of incidents where valves throughout the system just weren’t holding,” says Hanson, the director of Facility Operations and Maintencance. “We would close a valve but water would continue through the line and it made it very difficult to isolate a boiler for service.” A total of three gas fired boilers work in unison to supply closed loop hot water heating to the U of L. With valves continuing to fail and another winter heating season looming, Hanson and the Utilities crew knew something had to be done. “When we opened the valves up and looked at them they were all deteriorating or completely chewed up,” says Hanson. “We had a chemical analysis done of the water in the system and we spoke with the valve supplier, but they assured us their valves were fine.” So, the crew decided to seek out its own expert – and found him in-house. “Terry Sutton came up with the idea that we should contact someone in our chemistry department,” says Hanson. The chemistry someone in question was Dr. René Boeré, and it didn’t take long for Boeré to determine what was wrong with the University’s failing valves. By examining the 20 or so constituents in the boiler water, their concentration and subsequently checking their compatibility with the rubber material (known as EPDM) of the valves, Boeré found a problem. “The list from the analyst contained a range of substances, which I compared to a chemical compat-
IGEM TEAM CLAIMS GOLD BY BOB COONEY A group of University of Lethbridge undergraduate chemistry, biochemistry, biology and neuroscience students has been rewarded with Gold Standing at the 2010 International Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM). This is the third gold-level victory for the 18-person synthetic biology research group, which competed against 128 teams at an event held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, Mass.
Dr. René Boeré, foreground, flanked by Josh Korthuis and Terry Sutton of the U of L’s Utilities staff.
ibility index,” says Boeré. “EPDM is supposed to have good compatibility with the majority of the ingredients in the boiler water. Of those species present that might attack this rubber, I looked at how much was identified as being in the water. Of these, the substance morpholine was one of the highest in concentration and most deleterious to EPDM.” Morpholine is an antiquated agent that has been used in steam and hot water systems because it distributes evenly between hot water and steam, and provides corrosion protection. Chemicals of its type have not been used in the University’s systems for well over 25 years. However, it has remained present as a legacy chemical and in everdeclining concentration. “That was, more or less, our smoking gun,” says Hanson, who now had a summer project on his hands. The only solution was to shut down the entire system, clean it out
and start from scratch. “We drained and refilled the entire system twice, and circulated the water each time to flush it out,” says Hanson. “Then we began the process of replacing valves on campus, a total of 220, ranging in size from four to 14 inches.” The system is now free of Morpholine and with the heating season on the doorstep, the University is prepared, all thanks to the cooperative work of two very distinct University units. “We have to think all the time about the kinds of materials we use to handle a wide range of chemicals, thus we get used to the idea of checking material compatibility,” says Boeré. “It was a pleasure to be able to use these skills to help out TJ and his staff as they work to keep us warm throughout the winter. I think it’s easy for us in the offices and classrooms to take their work for granted.”
The U of L team’s project involved the design of a petrochemical-eating bacteria, which they proved could be used to help clean up water in oil sands tailings ponds. Their effort, which was supported by a $20,000 grant from the Oil Sands initiative, furthers a biological solution to improve the environmental sustainability of Alberta’s oil sands bitumen extraction, upgrading and refining. “The iGEM jamboree was the perfect conclusion to our six months of hard work,” says team member and lab supervisor Justin Vigar. “It was a life-changing experience to be able to present our results on a world-class stage at one of the most prestigious, innovative uni-
versities in the world. To compete in the iGEM competition is an honour in itself, but to achieve a gold medal standing while working on a project that is very relevant to our province and country is indescribable.” “To even get into the iGEM competition is tough, but to further ensure that the team project is proven to work and has promise for further research, is even more difficult,” says Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden, the team advisor and a researcher in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. A $34,000 undergraduate research grant from Alberta Innovates Future Technologies played a CONTINUED ON PG. 3
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University of Lethbridge President Dr. Mike Mahon chats about what’s happening in the University community
The more I get to know southern Alberta, the more impressed I am in the relationship the University of Lethbridge has cultivated with its local partners. This was especially evident during the recent Team Lethbridge trip to Edmonton, where time and again I was reminded what an integral role the U of L plays in this community. It struck me that as much as we speak about the importance of furthering our ties with the southern Alberta community, Lethbridge’s key stakeholders share that same vision. I found that when addressing government officials, it was clear that the rest of Team Lethbridge
values that relationship just as much as we do. The Team Lethbridge initiative served as an excellent opportunity to present a shared vision to the decision makers in our provincial capital. It was also a learning experience for me in that it really put into focus how similar our goals are in positioning ourselves as a destination university and a destination community. When we communicate to the province, the country and the world that we are a destination university, we are also communicating the positives of Lethbridge and the southern Alberta experience. Likewise, as the city of Lethbridge positions
itself as a tourist destination, a city of culture, business and education, it is communicating the message of the University of Lethbridge. More than anything, it is a reputation we are creating and then messaging to those who are looking at the University of Lethbridge and southern Alberta as a whole. From my experience in Edmonton, the reputation we have created locally is one of excellence in education, research and providing a positive student experience, and our Team Lethbridge partners are more than willing to help communicate that message on our behalf. If you have seen the latest Maclean’s magazine, you’ll see
CAMPUS Congratulations to the group of University of Lethbridge alumni who was successful in earning Lethbridge City Council seats in the recent municipal election. The group includes Lethbridge mayor Rajko Dodic (BASc ’78), and aldermanic members Jeff Carlson (BFA ’92), Liz Iwaskiw (BASc ’77), Joe Mauro (BASc ’83) and Bridget (Pastoor) Mearns (BA ’95). Dr. Josephine Mills (U of L Art Gallery director/curator) presented, Deaccessioning: The Root of All Scandal, as part of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery’s Art Appreciation series Articulations III: Scandals, Scoundrels, Capers, and Cons. Dr. David Renter’s (Music) quartet performed in Southminster United Church’s Jazz Vespers series. Annie Martin’s (Art) sound installation, Listening Space, opened Nov. 5 at Contrary Projects Gallery in
Regina. The installation is a version of the Listening Room Series Martin has developed since 2006 and uses lo-fi audio technology deployed to “open” the architecture of the space, creating an unfiltered audio environment. Emily Luce’s (New Media) exhibition Parallel Park (Lab Space) is in the Helen Christou Gallery until January 14. A distinguished group of alumni from the faculty of Education recently received nomination for the Edwin Parr Award in Zone 6. Awarded by the Alberta School Board Association (ASBA), the Edwin Parr Awards single out professionals in their first year of teaching for their talent, commitment to students and contribution to education. Shelley Kirkvold (BA/BEd ’09, Catholic Central High School, Lethbridge), Qian Zhang (BSc ’04, BEd ’09, DA Ferguson Middle School, Taber),
that our reputation is also recognized well beyond the local level. For the fourth consecutive year the U of L is ranked in the top 10 of primarily undergraduate universities, rising two positions to fourth overall. While rankings tend to be somewhat subjective and are not without controversy, they do speak to certain things, and when I look at Maclean’s and other ranking mechanisms, I see them as a gauge of what you are saying about yourself as a university, relative to what people are hearing and how they are assessing you. The positive I take away from the latest Maclean’s rankings is that the fundamentals
we hold dear, that of creating a student-focused environment that values the entire student experience, is borne out in the results. Our excellent student/ faculty ratio, small class sizes and awards won by our faculty all speak to our mandate. As we continue to grow and transition into a comprehensive university, we must continue to be mindful of the reputation we have created as a student-first university. We can only succeed in becoming a true destination university, nationally and internationally, if we build off that fundamental ideal.
Grant Bertamini (BEd ’09, Fleetwood Bawden Elementary, Lethbridge), Alli Martin (BA/BEd ’09, Stavely Elementary), Travis Curliss (BA/BEd ’09, Crescent Heights High School, Medicine Hat) and Donna Jean Wilde (BA/BEd ’09, Magrath High School) all earned nominations.
the Ordo Virtutum, a 12th Century Music Drama by Hildegard von Bingen, at the Cleveland Institute/ Case Western Collegium. She also presented a paper entitled, Identifying Musical Gestures in Bach Choruses: An approach for Singers and Conductors, at the Alberta Choral Federation Symposium in Red Deer.
Monastery in southwest India. Schultz has been conducting research into the spectral content of Tibetan ritual music and was able to record 12 different ritual chants in a special recording session set up by the monastery. The chants will be used in a new electro-acoustic work for 8-channel computer processed audio.
Rumi Graham (librarian) defended her PhD thesis, A Multiple Case Study Exploration of Undergraduate Subject Searching, at the University of Toronto. Her thesis looks into subject searching and information literacy in the undergraduate context.
Lisa Doolittle (Theatre & Dramatic Arts) presented, Negotiating First Nations rights in Canada – What does dancing have to do with it?, at a Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs special session.
Dr. Ken Allan (Art) presented his paper, Marshall McLuhan, N.E. Thing Co. Ltd., and the CounterEnvironment, at a Nov. 25-27 conference at the University of Toronto. His talk was associated with the exhibition, Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada, 1965-1980, currently on view in Toronto. He also spoke at the regular session of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs.
Taras Polataiko (Art) had new work displayed in the exhibition, Video Lounge, at the Toronto International Art Fair, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1. Janet Youngdahl (Music) directed and sang in a staged production of
Gail Hanrahan (Theatre & Dramatic Arts) directed the world premiere of, In Flanders Fields, at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary. Dr. Arlan Schultz (Music) just returned from Drepung Gomang Institute in Louisville, Ky., where he met with eight Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Gomang
Katie Klingvall (BFA ’04) is off to Macau, China to work in the Wardrobe Department for Dragone Theater Company.
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Copyright changes create framework for transition BY TREVOR KENNEY
hen Access Copyright, the collective that administers creator and publisher rights, changed the model by which it would charge users for the use of copyrighted materials, it set off shockwaves across the Canadian university landscape. Where previously universities faced a licensed model that charged libraries a little more than $3 per student and set the price of course packs at 10 cents per page, Access Copyright introduced a combined tariff that grouped charges together into one $45 per student price. Needless to say, universities across the country cried foul. In stepped the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), who took up negotiations for Canadian post-secondary institutions with Access Copyright. Before long, the two sides were at the foot of the Copyright Board of Canada. AUCC is working closely with Canadian universities and col-
leges, including the University of Lethbridge, providing information and recommending strategies and next steps. With no agreement signed with Access Copyright, U of L faculty will not be able to create course packs as usual. University Librarian Alison Nussbaumer says it necessitated the creation of a project team to lead and manage the transition. They have since created a website loaded with information to assist faculty and instructors with the process, including suggestions on where to find course materials and a feedback forum where faculty can submit questions. “What we’ve done is try to think of all the questions people might ask, and then provided those answers under the FAQ tabs in the website,” says Nussbaumer. “The most important thing about the site is the feedback area. If people look through the website and can’t find what they’re searching for, please post a question and somebody on the project team will do their best to find the answer.” As of now, there is no end
in sight to the legal proceedings and even if Access Copyright and the AUCC were to come to an agreement, Nussbaumer says it could all become moot by copyright legislation currently being debated in the House of Commons. That debate is trying to address the emergence of the digital age and how it affects copyright.
“Quite frankly, those who are most impacted are faculty who use a lot of course packs.” ALISON NUSSBAUMER
“There’s a transition in the publishing world, it is increasingly graduating towards electronic content,” says Nussbaumer. “Even though we’re being forced right now, in terms of timing, to respond because of an external
Whetstone Magazine revived If you are an aspiring writer or photographer who dreams of having their work published, you are in luck. Whetstone Magazine is back, and it’s just waiting for your literary and visual art submissions. “To my delight, there was a great interest in reviving the magazine,” says Dr. Jay Gamble, the English professor who, along with managing editor Rylan Spendroth, proposed giving the magazine a facelift and bringing it back into circulation. Gamble runs the Creative Writing Association at the U of L and had heard about Whetstone and its history. He asked if anyone in the CWA was interested in reviving the publication and a preliminary meeting was organized to gauge participation. Over 20 students answered the call. “We not only had students interested in seeing the publication come back, many of them were eager to take on senior editing positions,” says Gamble. “That initial interest and enthusiasm bolstered the desire to renew the publication.” Whetstone is a University of Lethbridge based literary magazine that consists of submitted prose, poetry, photography and graphic design images. It was originally established in 1971 with the help of English faculty advisors, and buoyed by a dedicated incoming flow of submissions and
donations from the community. The magazine survived until 1999 when it was discontinued due to declining interest. The plan now is to publish Whetstone bi-annually, with issues out every fall and spring semester. And while the Whetstone name remained from its first incarnation, a twenty-first century upgrade was definitely in order. One of the main changes, its size, came out of necessity. “Due to the fact we had relatively few submissions in the latest edition, the magazine was able to take a full size format, cut it horizontally in half, and use the look as a new publishing trait,” says Andrew Penner, a third-year English major and the public relations advertising manager. “The result is a reenergized Whetstone 2.0.” Gamble says that Whetstone can provide a wonderful outlet for both aspiring and established writers alike. “It offers a great opportunity for emerging writers to not only have their work published, but to have it showcased alongside more established authors,” says Gamble. “Our first issue, for instance, includes work by respected Canadian author Robert Kroetsch.” Penner, who is a poet, attended the preliminary meeting held by Gamble and Spendroth because he was interested in possibly getting some works published.
He walked away from the meeting as a member of the executive committee. “It is really exciting to be involved at the grassroots level of a magazine that has the potential of becoming something very big,” says Penner. Whetstone is available for purchase at the University of Lethbridge Bookstore. As sales increase and the magazine’s budget expands, Whetstone will look to similarly expand its distribution. Until then, the main focus of the magazine is on southern Alberta and the prairies. “Whetstone will help to establish a community of writers at the University of Lethbridge, in the city of Lethbridge and surrounding area,” says Gamble. “I would eventually like to see the magazine grow to become a part of the landscape of Canadian Literature.” Those interested in submitting works for inclusion in the magazine can send their works to Poetry.firstname.lastname@example.org or Fiction.email@example.com. For general comments or questions, contact the editor of Whetstone at Editor.whetstone@ gmail.com and check out the Whetstone Facebok page. The next submission deadline is tentatively set for Dec. 1, with the edition scheduled to be released Mar. 15, 2011.
situation, internally I think there will eventually be a shift away from print course packs anyway, based on student preference and blended learning.” She says it’s a natural move into the digital age. “Students are going after content in different ways. I see a lot of things now that are being born digital, there is no print equivalent,” she says. Presently, Nussbaumer advises faculty that the simplest route for next term may be to put items on library reserve for use. By the middle of December, the library will introduce a new search interface that will, where available in the license, inform the user if there is permission for a full text article to be used in course packs and learning management systems such as the U of L’s new Moodle system. “If faculty members want to know if an article is approved for Moodle or a course pack, they can search for it by journal title and a box will pop up and tell them whether it is approved for use,” says Nussbaumer. “Working without a collec-
tive license is a work in progress. It’s new to every institution across the country, and here at the U of L we’re trying to make it as easy for faculty as possible. Quite frankly, those who are most impacted are faculty who use a lot of course packs.” She urges those with questions to visit the website (www. uleth.ca/access-copyright/), and if they can’t find the information they are looking for, to please contact project team members through the feedback option. If there is a demand for workshops on specific areas of copyright legislation, that too could be a consideration. In the end, Nussbaumer says it might be time for the addition of a copyright officer on campus to help wade through this new territory. “It really is a shift for everyone and we’re working through this the best we can,” she says. “We haven’t planned any workshops as of yet but if there is a need for them or any additional information, let us know through the website and we could put a workshop together to address specific needs.”
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major role in allowing the team to participate in the competition. Still, it was incumbent upon team members to raise further funds to support the project. “Motivated by their research objective, the students raised more then $62,000,” says Wieden. “They also had the opportunity to run their own research lab, with all the problems and rewards associated with it.” Wieden, who was also nominated by his fellow researchers to judge at the competition, says the team went above and beyond the event’s requirements. Not only did they excel in designing and executing the project, but their production of documentation on the ethics, public awareness, business potential and social implications of their research was very well received. The team also worked with an artist to produce a unique fourchapter DVD of music based on the data, which brought their research into the creative world. With the co-operation of Dr. Will Smith in the Faculty of Fine Arts (New Media),
iGEM team member Anthony Vuong works in the lab.
who created musical phrases and sounds based on the graphs, data and photographs of the group at work, the team produced a giveaway DVD representing the four phases of their research. No team had ever done this before, and it was played for about 1,300 people at the final meeting. Vigar says the team left the jamboree with many friends from around the globe, which in the future he hopes will spark international collaborations. “The synthetic biology/ iGEM community is one of the most exciting and rewarding communities to be involved in,” says Vigar. “Participating in iGEM has given me more experiences than I could have imagined, and I hope that iGEM continues so that future students can have the same experiences that I, and others in our group, had.”
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Innocence puts Gill run into perspective Students from General Stewart Elementary showed support for their classmate, Alexander Gill, by participating in their own John Gill Memorial Run.
BY KALI MCKAY
hanks to the example set by her two young sons, Tanya Gill can see the silver lining: good things do come out of bad situations. The concept wasn’t new to her, but it took on a whole new light when voiced in the wise words of seven-year old Alexander. As they got ready for the third annual John Gill Memorial Run, Alexander looked at his mother and asked, “If daddy didn’t die, we wouldn’t be doing this, would we?” Tanya admits her breath caught in her throat, but she calmly answered that he was probably right. “For better or worse, my children have had a very open and honest dialogue about death
“It’s great to remember John while I teach our children about getting involved.” TANYA GILL
and its challenges, starting at a very young age,” says Tanya, who’s husband, the late John Gill, died three years ago while on a family vacation in Mexico. Alexander’s matter-of-fact outlook on life is clear in the letter he wrote, asking his friends at school to get involved in the run. Read during an assembly at General Stewart Elementary School, Alexander’s letter stated: “My dad died when I was four. He was a good man who liked to help people a lot. Every year we run to help university students go to school. University costs a
lot of money. I hope you will help me donate money to the John Gill Memorial Run for student scholarships.” “For him the whole thing is very simple,” explains Tanya. “The event is fun and he understands it supports a good cause, so it just makes sense to him that other people should want to be involved.” While it may seem simplistic, Alexander must be on to something because the kids rallied behind him, demonstrating an incredible sense of community for such a young group.
Because the date of the run fell on a professional development day, the kids – all decked out in blue John Gill Memorial Run t-shirts – ran a day early and donated the proceeds to the award fund. “There was so much positive energy that day. Even my youngest son Isaac, who’s only three, shows incredible enthusiasm,” says Tanya. The school raised over $600, and Tanya notes that most of the money raised came in the form of loonies and toonies, demonstrating again that every little bit helps.
“Alexander had set a goal to raise $1,500 which was a little intimidating,” admits Tanya. In the end, the money raised at the school, together with donations from family and friends, helped raise $2,600 in support of the John Gill Memorial Award. “Only $56 of that was mine,” says Tanya proudly, gratefully acknowledging the many people, businesses and groups who made gifts in memory of John. Tanya is pleased with the money raised and thankful for the support her family receives, but she can’t forget the reason it’s all happening. “It’s great to remember John while I teach our children about getting involved and giving back,” says Tanya. “That’s philanthropy and that’s what John was all about.” --The John Gill Memorial Award is given out annually and recognizes students who maintain high academic standards while demonstrating leadership within the community.
“Students are the reason the rest of us are here and we have a responsibility to help ensure their success.” 255 faculty and staff have already made a contribution to SOS 2010. Join us and show your support.
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Courtney and Horns celebrate Movember says Courtney. “In my five years, we really haven’t done anything like this as a team. This is a way for me to say thank you to Lethbridge and the University of Lethbridge for welcoming me into the community. I just wanted to give something back and try and get the community a little more involved with Pronghorns Athletics.”
Moustache members of the Horns men’s hockey team (front row from left): Andrew Gilbert, Lucio Pucci-Daniele, Ryan Letts and Dan Iwanski; (Back row from left) Dustin Moore, Andrew Courtney and Reese St. Goddard.
BY TREVOR KENNEY
G E T T H E FA C T S • Courtney played Junior A Tier II hockey in Trenton, Ont. before his final season of eligibility, when he played for the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara Falls Thunder. • He has had three knee surgeries on the same knee in the last 18 months, two arthroscopic procedures and a total ACL reconstruction. • Movember raffle tickets are available from Horns hockey players or in the Horns Athletics office (PE210). • Courtney scored a power play goal against University of Manitoba, Oct. 29. It was his first game in 11 months following knee surgery.
PRONGHORNS CELEBRATE 30 ALL-CANADIANS The University of Lethbridge is proud to congratulate the 30 student-athletes who have been recognized as Academic All-Canadians. Athletes need to maintain an 80 per cent average in academics to earn the AllCanadian honour. Following is a list of Pronghorns who excelled both athletically and academically throughout the 2009-2010 year.
t would be easy for Andrew Courtney to feel disillusioned about his five years with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s hockey team. A laundry list of injuries has left Courtney in the trainer’s room or on the operating table as much as he’s been on the ice. Yet, despite leaving his family, moving across the country and having only played 20 games over the last two seasons, Courtney is not only at peace with his circumstance, he’s thankful. Now, the Belleville, Ont. native says he wants to give something back – and he’ll do so by growing a moustache. “I decided to come out here to continue playing hockey and to further my
Men’s Basketball Derek Waldner, Arts& Science, DeWinton, AB Men’s Hockey Curtis Cooper, Arts& Science, Kamloops, B.C. Logan Lavorato, Management, Lethbridge, Alta. Men’s Soccer Brett Silbernagel, Arts& Science, Crossfield, Alta. Men’s Swimming James Carmichael, Arts& Science, Victoria, B.C. Men’s Track & Field Brett Bromley, Arts& Science, Calgary, Alta.
education, which was the dream growing up,” says Courtney, the impetus behind the Horns’ Movember initiative. “My mom’s a high school teacher, and she always preached to me how important it was to get an education. This was an opportunity to do that, and it’s been the best move of my life.” Movember, a campaign that originated in Australia in 2003, draws attention to and raises funds for the fight against prostate cancer. Last year, 35,156 people in Canada took up the cause and raised $7.8 million for Prostate Cancer Canada. The program itself is simple, grow a moustache, collect pledges and the fund grows. For Courtney, the cause is personal, on a number of levels. “Both my uncle and my grandfather have had to face prostate cancer in recent years and luckily for them, they caught it early and everything is well,”
Kevin Chubb, Arts& Science, Lethbridge, Alta. Darren Jones, Education, Drumheller, Alta. Stephen Leonhardt, Arts& Science, Calgary, Alta. Kyle Murray, Fine Arts, Coaldale, Alta. Women’s Basketball Courtney Heinricks, Arts& Science, Dunmore, Alta. Kara Henry, Fine Arts, Calgary, Alta. Women’s Hockey Megan Bach, Arts& Science, Champion, Alta. Kayla Hopkins, Health Sciences, Outlook, Sask.
“This is a way for me to say thank you to Lethbridge and the University of Lethbridge for welcoming me into the community.” ANDREW COURTNEY
The Horns have been growing their mustaches since returning from a pre-season trip to Colorado, and are now selling tickets for a raffle that features a Los Angeles Kings jersey signed by the entire Kings team, as well as a Molson prize pack. The raffle will be drawn Nov. 20 at the Horns’ home game against University of Regina Cougars. That night, all proceeds from the 50-50 draw will go to Prostate Cancer Canada, along with the raffle proceeds and money raised from a special promotion that sees U of L President Dr. Mike Mahon shooting pucks into the net between periods. As well, the team will be wearing special Pronghorns jerseys that will be available through silent auction, again with the proceeds to be donated. “I didn’t know how the team
Kailey McMaster, Arts& Science, Kenora , Ont. Jasmin Teske, Arts& Science, Calgary, Alta. Women’s Rugby Ashley MacDonald, Arts& Science, Corran Ban, P.E.I. Jena Murray, Fine Arts, Lomond, Alta. Amanda Richardson, Management, Olds, Alta. Nicole Van Eck, Arts& Science, Lethbridge, Alta. Ashley Zaremba, Arts& Science, Lethbridge, Alta. Women’s Soccer Sarah Lajeunesse, Management, Lethbridge, Alta.
would react to this, but they’ve been great,” says Courtney, a kinesiology major. “All the guys are growing their mustaches – some better than others – and now it’s just a matter of selling tickets and getting as many people to the game as we can.” Courtney played 37 games his first season at the U of L, before being limited to just 26 games the next because of an ankle injury. In his third year, shoulder and knee problems would limit his participation to just five games. Last season, Courtney was off to a blazing start, scoring 13 goals in the team’s first 15 games to lead the conference. Unfortunately, he blew out his knee just prior to the Christmas break and was lost for the rest of the year. “At the beginning it was really stressful and depressing,” he says of the eight-month rehabilitation process following the anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery. “Having the support of the guys, my family and friends, was huge. They helped me get through this process, this long road, and without them I couldn’t have done it.” It’s why he wants to say thanks to southern Alberta. That it might lead to helping any number of men in the long run is an added bonus. “Coming here, I didn’t know anyone other than Steve (Zmudczynski) and we were the only guys from Ontario on the team,” says Courtney. “As the years have gone on and I’ve met more people, I’ve really been accepted as just another member of the community. It’s been overwhelming to experience that.”
Samantha McMillan, Arts& Science, Calgary, Alta. Amy Schweitzer, Health Sciences, Lethbridge, Alta. Erika Sollid, Arts& Science, Saskatoon, Sask. Jessica Volpi, Arts& Science, Calgary, Alta. Elizabeth Young, Arts& Science, Lethbridge, Alta. Women’s Swimming Sarah Gagnon, Arts& Science, Fort McMurray, Alta. Women’s Track & Field Emily Brown, Arts& Science, Lethbridge, Alta. Alexandria Thomas, Arts& Science, Warner, Alta.
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INDIAN VISIT OPENS FUTURE DIALOGUE
G E T T H E FA C T S • The average population density in India is 360.3 people/ km2 as opposed to the population density of Canada, which is a miniscule 3.4 people/km2.
BY JANA DEWAAL
or many Canadians, it is hard to imagine living in a country populated as densely as India. Home to 1.19 billion people, India supports over 15 per cent of the world’s population, while only occupying 2.4 per cent of the world’s land mass. Not only is this a huge population that is increasing daily, but also with an average age of 25 years, it’s a population in need of education. That’s where the University of Lethbridge just might be able to help. Although India already has close to 500 universities, it needs to establish another 1000 universities over the next 10 years, and is looking for international assistance to do so. In October, a group of 12 government officials representing higher education from the Indian State of Maharashtra visited the U of L as part of an Alberta universities tour arranged by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology. The trip also included stops at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, NAIT and SAIT. “The purpose of the tour
• The State of Maharashtra is located on the west coast of India and includes the two major cities of Mumbai and Pune. • Maharashtra is the richest and second largest state in India with a population of 96 million people, almost three times that of Canada. • Deshpande is originally from Mumbai and played a vital role in organizing the delegation visit. Members of the visiting Maharashtra delegation get a look at the Nursing Skills Lab in Markin Hall.
was to give the Indian representatives a chance to observe and learn how the Alberta higher education system is organized and delivered,” says University of Lethbridge Faculty of Management professor, Dr. Sameer Deshpande. The visit also began the process of developing working relationships with Canadian universities, with the goal of continuing India’s commitment to making education more available to their growing
population. One way this could be achieved is through partnerships/exchanges with Canadian universities. “While no official agreement was signed, there is a high possibility for future relations,” says Deshpande. This is not the first time that the U of L has worked with the Indian institutions. U of L students currently majoring in international management have the opportunity to partake in a work-study program in India.
There are also Co-op work opportunities for students who are interested in being placed with contacts in India. By establishing closer relations with India, even more international opportunities may be available to U of L students. It would also take the University to an emerging and ever-growing market. Rajesh Tope, the minister of Higher and Technical Education from the Government of Maharashtra, was impressed with the U of L, its facilities and openness
to share its expertise. “Our visit was excellent. We learned a lot from the University, and I think a lot can come of this visit,” says Tope. “I’d like to see the universities in India take immediate initiative to send letters or whatever formalities need to be done from outside to start these collaborative programs.” The University of Lethbridge is working with Alberta Advanced Education and Technology to review potential outcomes from this visit and assess future possibilities.
PROGRAMMING TEAM EARNS SECOND PLACE FINISH AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL BY BOB COONEY A 12-person group is split into four groups of three, and has to solve nine complex computer programming problems in a very short time. All the while, they are competing against more than 50 other teams from across North America as part of the Rocky Mountain region of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest. How did the University of Lethbridge group fare? Very well. Of the four teams in the competition from the U of L, one group took second place and three other teams landed in the middle third of the results – 23rd, 25th, and 29th place overall. “Students have to apply what they learn in different courses, and some problems require knowledge of techniques or algorithms that are not taught in any course,” says team advisor Dr. Howard Cheng (mathematics and computer science). “These
are taught during our regular practice sessions, where the teams spend several hours per week training for this contest.” The competition draws students from large and small colleges and universities throughout Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Eastern Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Alberta, Saskatchewan and New Mexico. The group received funding from the Faculty of Arts and Science as well as Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures to support the costs for participation. Cheng says the contest requires logical thinking skills and precise implementation of their ideas. “If their solution is incorrect for even one test case, it is considered wrong,” he says. The groups had limited time to complete a series of nine problems, which ranged from supposedly simple, to very complex. “We had to figure out how to write code based on where the letter ‘t’ appeared in a series of words,” says Keilan Scholten,
a third year mathematics and computer science student. “It seems simple, but we wound up using more than an hour and a half of our time allotment. The first six of our problems were done in just over two hours.” Among the problems, the group successfully created a ranking of teams for a soccer league, figured out the maximum number of climbers a piece of climbing rope can support and worked out a way to determine if packages of certain dimensions were the right size to be mailed. Team group members included: (Team A) Darcy Best, Keilan Scholten, Hugh Ramp; (Team B) Jeremy Andrijancic, Johnny Boldt, Kim Wikkerink; (Team C) Mark Fischer, Mark Hunter, Fern Leavens; (Team D) Falcon Momot, Jason Racine and Fei Wang. Best (fourth year), Ramp (second year) and Scholten (third year) also finished third in the Alberta Collegiate Programming Contest, held in mid-October as a warm-up to the regional contest.
Pictured left to right, with advisor Dr. Howard Cheng, are Darcy Best, Keilan Scholten and Hugh Ramp (seated).
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Understanding reasons behind risk taking Sandeep Mishra is excited about the possibility that his research could play a vital role in developing public policy.
BY TREVOR KENNEY
andeep Mishra is an idealist with a realist’s background. The PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology has a keen understanding of what has led to his educational success, and a desire to better society as a result. He’ll use his science to do so. “So much of my education is funded by taxpayers, so I felt a really strong obligation to choose a topic of study that benefits taxpayers and makes society a better place,” says Mishra, who is set to defend his PhD thesis in December. “I’m particularly interested in gambling, risk taking and crime, but more specifically, the social and environmental factors that increase or decrease these behaviours.” Studying under the guidance of Dr. Martin Lalumière, Mishra has been working on the well-established concept of inequality and its link to criminal activity. While there is a large body of evidence that has linked inequality with any number of society’s ills, there has never been a causal analysis of the relationship – until now. “The empirical research has been done and it has been shown repeatedly that inequality is linked to crime, but this is research at an aggregate level and does not address causal mechanisms,” says Mishra. “I decided that a productive line of research would be inducing inequality in a lab setting. Laboratory experiments, involving random assignment to experimental conditions, offer the only conclusive way to determine whether a variable has a causal effect or not. After introducing conditions of inequality in this setting, I then asked what happens to their responses to
risky behaviour?” His findings could shape public policy for years to come. “All of the evidence suggests that systemic inequality and competitive disadvantage facilitate risk taking, of which criminal activity is an extreme form,” says Mishra. “I’ve found that reducing risk taking is possible by reducing inequality. All of this has enormous policy implications.” Mishra’s study invited students to participate in a series of experiments. One such experiment saw pairs of students tasked to answer a series of questions that tested their risk-taking attitudes. Prior to the test, one student was given $10 for his effort, the other none, under the guise that funding only allowed for one party to be compensated.
In almost every instance, the student who had suffered a perceived inequality chose risky options at a substantially higher level. Further, when students were tasked again to perform the tests, except on this occasion another $10 in funding was found midway through the exercise, thus evening out the imbalance,
risk taking behaviour significantly declined. “If something as simple as $10 can influence risky behaviour in healthy, welleducated, socially higher class undergrads, then you can imagine how this mechanism is just compounded in the real world,” says Mishra. “What is remarkable is that as soon as the students realize that their environment isn’t actually inequitous, that overall things are pretty fair, presumably, they see no reason to engage in elevated risk taking.” Mishra says his findings are directly relatable to public policy, and points to the current political climate where government policy in general is built around punitive action to deter criminal behaviour. “They are not really investing in root social issues that facilitate conditions that produce risk taking and crime,” says Mishra. “Even though it is costlier and you don’t see direct implications, investing in infra-
structure and better education for those who are underserved is a more prudent approach. Helping people help themselves out of inequitous situations is the best thing we can do to lower crime rates.” Mishra, who is off to the University of Guelph to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship, is a Delhi, Ont. native who began his post-secondary career at Hamilton’s McMaster University. Excitable and passionate, he credits the U of L and Lalumière for allowing him to grow his research portfolio. “Martin’s one of the most generous human beings you will ever meet,” says Mishra. “He consistently puts his graduate students’ well-being above his own and he’s allowed me to take control and lead my own research program. The facilities I’ve had to work with go well beyond what most grad students could dream of, and the feedback he gives me is always excellent and very supportive.”
G E T T H E FA C T S • Mishra sees himself as a future policy analyst or university professor. • He graduated from high school when he was just 15 and studied biochemistry at McMaster for three years before switching to psychology. • His undergraduate advisor at McMaster recommended Lalumière and the U of L’s Department of Psychology for graduate studies.
Congratulations to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Women’s Rugby Team for winning its fifth consecutive Canada West Championship in October and representing the conference at the CIS Women’s Rugby Nationals in Peterborough, Ont.
• Mishra’s other inequality experiment tested examples of competitive disadvantage and used bogus IQ tests as a means to create situations of inequity amongst his experimental participants. • All the participants in Mishra’s study were thoroughly and carefully debriefed about the aims and hypotheses of the study.
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Campus culture helps Stein find himself BY STACY SEGUIN
or many of us, attending university is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. For alumnus Perry Stein (BA’09 Great Distinction), attending the University of Lethbridge was more like writing an entire book. “I grew up in the suburbs of Calgary and felt like an introverted student in high school. I didn’t want to be that anymore. Going to school somewhere else gives you an opportunity to somewhat re-define who you are,” says Stein. “At the University of Lethbridge, I didn’t want to be just a student who showed up for classes and then went home. I wanted to be involved in things, get the most out of my degree and have a really meaningful experience.” Intrigued by the diversity he remembered seeing when he went to school in downtown Calgary, Stein initially enrolled in international management at the U of L. However, his excellent marks in another discipline garnered attention and soon led him elsewhere. “After taking a couple of geography classes, I actually got a letter from someone in the geography department telling me I should consider geography,” says Stein. “I took a bunch of courses in urban geography and loved it, so I added a second major: urban and regional studies.” Stein’s personal redefinition was not limited to his academic performance at the University. Walking down the hall one day, Stein saw a poster advertising a one-month new media course in Romania. Another world was about to open. “I never really thought about travel before, but I was interested in expanding my horizons. Going to Romania was an incredible experience. It led me to everything I have done since,” says Stein. “I think it is really good for students to go outside their comfort zone and be thrown into a different culture, and to challenge some of the stereotypes that they carry around with them. It forces them to realize that the way of life in North America is not the only way of life and that what they think is best, isn’t always best for everyone.” While in Romania, Stein learned he was accepted to a six-month cultural exchange program in Chile, through the Faculty of Management. His
G E T T H E FA C T S • Stein played a role in establishing the Student Speaker Challenge in conjunction with the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. • Stein obtained more than $70,000 in scholarships and research grants while at the U of L, including the SSHRC Bombardier Graduate scholarship, which was worth $17,500. • He has travelled to more than 20 countries to participate in fieldwork, including Chile, Ecuadorian Amazon, Quito Ecuador, Cuba and Mexico. • Stein’s passion for urban social issues has him looking at a career in government. “I would like to work in the area of sustainable community development and make a difference in municipal government,” he says. “I also plan on completing my PhD in the near future.” • Stein won the 2009 Urban and Regional Studies Award. Chilean courses, offered in Spanish, focused on urban social geography and international management. One of the highlights of the exchange was a social work class that allowed him to take groups of marginalized children on field trips through their own city. “Chile was awesome. It was probably one of the greatest opportunities I have ever had,” says Stein. “I still have contact with a lot of the friends I made there. Working and playing with the kids was an incredible experience.” When he returned from Chile, Stein switched to a single major in urban and regional studies. He did several independent studies with Dr. Patrick Wilson that led to another exchange, this time to the Ecuadorian Amazon and to Quito Ecuador. Wilson introduced Stein to LPIRG (Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group), who later funded further exchange trips for Stein, including one to Cuba. He eventually became a board member of LPIRG, organizing events and presenting documentaries on campus. Stein, who will complete a master’s degree in Latin American Studies in December, along with a certificate in development and sustainability studies at Simon Fraser University,
Alumnus Perry Stein threw himself into an active student lifestyle and redefined his future.
believes that the opportunities he had at the U of L changed his life dramatically. “My time at the U of L really prepared me for graduate school. I learned how to create research proposals and apply for funding; I learned how a non-profit research organization works,” says Stein. “I would encourage all students to get involved in issues that you are passionate about. Get involved in activities on campus, find interesting projects and get involved in research. There are so many opportunities out there and if they aren’t in your area of interest, create them.”
“I think it is really good for students to go outside their comfort zone.” PERRY STEIN
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Wellness evident at
Life Balance Fair BY SUZANNE MCINTOSH Our 4th Annual Life Balance Fair, promoting Health Workplace Month, proved to be very successful. With over 45 exhibitors, a number of demonstrations and an opportunity to try out the U of L’s Get Fit at Work – Stretch and Strengthen program, more than 200 visitors attended. Thanks to all of the exhibitors for donating their time and draw prizes. A special thanks goes out to the AUPE for their donation towards the healthy. Following are prize winners from the Life Balance Fair: Off Balance Team Challenge Both the Cash Office and Housing had 100 per cent participation of their team Wii Party Game (Wellness Committee) Bev West, Health Sciences IPOD Shuffle (Wellness Committee) Jeanette Leusink, Printing $100 gift certificate to Only Women’s Fitness Spa (Alberta Workplace Solutions) Karen Clearwater, Financial Planning
BRIDGING THE DISTANCE BY RICHARD WESTLUND There is no denying that the physical distance between Lethbridge and Edmonton is great, and from a government relations perspective, it presents a constant barrier. This is true not only for the University of Lethbridge, but also for a myriad of southern Alberta organizations. A constant and co-ordinated effort is therefore needed to overcome this distance. The recent Team Lethbridge initiative is an important part of that process, giving Lethbridge-area institutions and organizations the opportunity to make important inroads to both elected and non-elected government members.
Bosu Total Training System (Flaman Fitness) Mary Dyck, Kinesiology Sony Digital Camera (Chinook Respiratory Services) Donna Court, Financial Services Bosu Ball, Whey Protein, Gift Certificate (Go Mango) Shelley Tuff , ULSU Shoppers Drug Mart Tote bag (Shoppers Drug Mart) Christine Groves, Caretaking Pen, Notebook and Water Bottle (Canadian Mental Health Services) Heidi DeHeer, Cash Office Totebag and t-shirt coupon (Helen Schuler Nature Centre) Abby Groenenboom, ULSU; Jesse Couture, Fitness Centre Whole Food Meal Replacement (Go Mango) Mary Anne Hellinga, Financial Services; Rebecca Seely, ROSS; Gayle Durand, ROSS Registry Fitquest DVD (Only Women’s Fitness) Linda Wever, Biology; Brenda Nixon, Kinesiology; Jodie Black, ROSS Recruitment
Coffee Mug (AB Emergency Management Services) Jennifer Thannhauser, Education; Alesha Farfus-Shukaliak, Advancement
Water Bottles (Mercer Consulting) Jacqueline Preyde, A&S Advising; Debbie Tarnava, Caretaking; Vern Leckie, Grounds
Automatic Millionaire book (Financial Health Club) Linda Robison, HR
Handblown Glass necklace (YWCA) Anne Baxter, Risk and Safety Services
Blanket in Tote (Blue Cross) Rob Wood, Sociology Horns Combo Pass (U of L Pronghorns) Linda Kucheran, ROSS Recruitment Holmes Eco Water Set (Holmes Water Service) Rhonda Paisley, ROSS First Aid Kit (AB Blue Cross) Debbie Murphy, Arts and Science Advising Spa Basket (Eclipse Salon and Spa) Mariette Beaudry, Arts and Science Advising Fresh Pear Lotions (Nirvana Energy) Shelly Hutchinson, Ancillary Services Tote Bag (Mercer Consulting) Marguerite Anderson, Education; Mary Nugent, Health Sciences
Swedgie (Stamina Clinic) Joanne Golden, Biology
The U of L, along with 14 other organizations, joined Team Lethbridge as it travelled to Edmonton to meet with ministers, deputy ministers and other high-ranking officials. Led by Economic Development Lethbridge, the overall message to government officials highlighted the contribution that Lethbridge and area make to strengthening the Alberta economy and improving the quality of life for Albertans and beyond. Local organizations, such as the City of Lethbridge, the Chamber of Commerce, the Allied Arts Council, Lethbridge Regional Police Services and the Lethbridge and District Exhibition, were able to send three representatives to cover off the flurry of meetings and events that were scheduled.
President Dr. Mike Mahon, Vice-President (Research) Dr. Dan Weeks and myself attended on behalf of the U of L. In addition to participating in the meetings, the U of L and Lethbridge College created a separate opportunity for other Team Lethbridge members to meet with the government caucus, senior departmental officials, as well as Alberta Legislature senior staff. Enlightening the provincial government about the outstanding work being done at the U of L, as well as its key priorities moving forward is essential to maintaining a strong government relations strategy. The Team Lethbridge trip also serves as an excellent community relations opportunity, acting much like a retreat for Lethbridge organizations. The dialogue that occurs with the mayor, alder-
Upcoming Wellness Events November 8 Heart Healthy Eating Session II – Cholesterol. Noon to 1 p.m., Andy’s Place November 17 Lunch and Learn: BodyTalk by Terrasol. A form of healthcare that is safe, non-invasive and can be used to overcome many health challenges. A focus of bodytalk is to restore communication and re-synchronize functioning of the body/mind, thus activating the body’s innate ability to heal itself on all levels. Noon to 1 p.m., AH116. Get Fit At Work – Stretch and Strengthen If you are interested in getting more information about this program, contact wellness@ uleth.ca to set up a session for your team. Please send your comments, suggestions or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Suzanne McIntosh is the coordinator of wellness programs at the University of Lethbridge
men and community leaders is invaluable to the U of L. Administration, faculty members, staff and students take great pride in the roles they play in the community. It was equally evident from the trip that these community organizations place an equivalent value on their relationship with the U of L. Speaking in a unified voice offers strength and credibility to the message, which is one of the great benefits of the Team Lethbridge initiative. Furthermore, it creates a framework for future collaboration between local members. The fact that a number of MLAs privately exclaimed they’d like to see their communities participate in similar initiatives, underscores the effectiveness of the Team Lethbridge visit.
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LOW PREP POWER FUEL BY DIANE BRITTON Eating well is challenging when your schedule is busy. Try these low preparation ideas to help create healthy meals when time is tight. The key to success is to plan and pack foods the night before. In the morning just get up, grab and go! Quick and inexpensive breakfast ideas • Dry cereal in a baggie, milk in a travel mug and an orange • Hot cereal with milk and half a grapefruit • Smoothie in a travel mug • Whole wheat wrap with peanut butter and a banana • Bagel, cheese and apple, chocolate milk in a travel mug • Yogurt, frozen berries and whole wheat toast Quick and inexpensive lunch ideas • Sandwiches Outside: whole grain bread, pitas, wraps, mini-pitas, bagels and buns Fillers: tuna, salmon, peanut butter, cheese, cucumbers, sprouts, peppers, spinach/romaine lettuce, hummus, ham, chicken, beef, eggs, pork, turkey and beans • Pack a piece of fruit • Pack some vegetables in a baggie, including: carrots, salad, spinach, celery, onion, tomatoes, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers and cucumbers • Dairy or soy milk will boost the nutrition content of any meal Quick and inexpensive dinner ideas • Canned beans, brown bread, frozen peas and milk • Wrap with refried beans or scrambled eggs, cheese, corn and 100% fruit or vegetable juice • Pasta, tomato sauce with kidney beans or ground beef, milk • Tuna melt on a bagel • Leftovers. Make extra when you cook so you don’t have to cook everyday! If you’re cooking chicken, beef, pork or fish, cook a little extra, then cut and freeze to use later. Substitute meat for beans with any of the above ideas. For an individual nutrition appointment, call the Health Centre (SU 020) at 403329-2484. All sessions are $40 for U of L students and employees. Diane Britton is the U of L’s on-campus registered dietitian
Nov. 17 | Faculty of Management Lunch and Learn | Careers in Finance 12:05 p.m., TH 277
Dec. 1 | Faculty of Management Lunch and Learn | Networking 12:05 p.m., TH 277
Nov. 19-20 | Canada West Men’s Hockey | University of Regina vs. Horns | 7 p.m. nightly, Nicholas Sheran Arena
Nov. 18 | Women Scholars Speaker Series | Isa Milman presents, Jewish Women Pioneers on the Canadian Prairies | Noon, Andy’s Place (AH100)
Nov. 26-27 | Canada West Women’s Hockey | University of Saskatchewan vs. Horns | 7 p.m. nightly, Nicholas Sheran Arena
Nov. 19 | Art Now: Conceptual artist, Micah Lexier | Noon, University Recital Hall (W570)
Dec. 2 | Pre-recorded Public Lecture Series | Anticipating a New Golden Age by F. Wilczek, Nobel Laureate Department of Physics and Astronomy | 6:30 p.m., PE 264
Lectures Nov. 17 | Art Now: Conceptual artist, Gareth Long | Noon, University Recital Hall (W570) Nov. 17 | Student Seminar ACM Rocky Mountain Regional Contest | Noon, C674 Nov. 17 | Creating and Managing Effective Discussion Forums 12:15 p.m., TH 373 Nov. 17 | WestGrid Seminar: Virtual Reality Systems | Pierre Boulanger, Department of Computing Science, presents his research on virtualized reality systems | 12:30 p.m., CRDC L1126
MUSIC EVENTS DOT CALENDAR A bounty of music concerts are coming in November and December, each of the University of Lethbridge music ensembles present their endof-semester offerings.
Winds on the Moon Friday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m. at Southminster United Church The University Wind Orchestra, directed by Dr. Tom Staples, performs to elevated heights with their mooninspired concert. With a program that includes Introduction to the Moon by Libby Larsen, Spin Cycle by Scott Lindroth, Galilean Moons by Roger Cichy, Moon by Night by Jonathan Newman and Sleep by Eric Whitacre, this concert will be out of this world.
Magnum Mysterium Tuesday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m. at Southminster United Church Vox Musica and the U of L Women’s Chorus share a concert of magnificent choral Christmas selections. Vox Musica has perfected two versions of O Magnum Mysterium: one by Tomás Luis de Victoria and the
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Dec. 3-4 | Canada West Men’s Hockey | UBC vs. Horns | 7 p.m. nightly, Nicholas Sheran Arena
Nov. 19 | Department of Economics Lecture series | Migration as a Catastrophe: Geometric Analyses of Two Models Using Novel Mathematics by Jermiah Allen | 2:30 p.m., B543 Nov. 22 | Art Now: Writer, Nancy Tousley | Noon, University Recital Hall (W570) Nov. 22 | Architecture & Design Now: Michelangelo Sabatino 6 p.m., C610 Nov. 24 | Art Now: Multidisciplinary artist, Sonny Assu | Noon, University Recital Hall (W570) Nov. 26 | Art Now: Painters, John Brown and Dagmar Dahle | Noon, University Recital Hall (W570) Nov. 29 | Architecture & Design Now: Vancouver designer, Michelle Biggar | 6 p.m., C610
other by Morten Lauridsen. “These are two very different musical arrangements using the same text,” explains Glenn Klassen, Vox Musica director. Other highlights include Ralph Manuel’s Alleluia, and an unforgettable performance of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, featuring organist Mary Lee Voort and U of L alumnus McKade Hogg (BMus/BEd). The U of L Women’s Chorus takes to the stage under new conductor, Dr. Ruth Phillips, to perform Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, a glorious seasonal arrangement for treble choir.
Birth of the Cool Wednesday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. at the University Theatre The U of L Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. David Renter, returns to the roots of jazz, performing selections from two of the most important and influential recorded jazz albums of all time, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Birth of the Cool. Selections include timeless classics, So What, All Blues and Freddie Freeloader. Other program highlights include a seasonal jazz arrangement
Dec. 9 | Women Scholars Speaker Series | Shifts in the Production/Reproduction Nexus in Aging Societies Dr. Susan McDaniel | 3 p.m., Andy’s Place (AH100)
Nov. 23 | Music at Noon: Gwen Klassen (flute), Elinor Lawson (piano) | 12:15 p.m., University Recital Hall (W570) Nov. 23-27 | Spring Awakening Mature content; A “children’s tragedy” | 8 p.m. nightly, University Theatre Nov. 26 | U of L Wind Orchestra Concert | 8 p.m., Southminster United Church Nov. 30 | Music at Noon: Greg Brookes and Deanna Oye | 12:15 p.m., University Recital Hall (W570)
Nov. 19 | Romantic Reflection Musaeus String Quartet with pianist & U of L alumnus Matthew Blackburn | 8 p.m., Southminster United Church
Dec. 4-5 | Magnificat & Messiah The LSO with the U of L Singers perform Bach’s Magnificat and the Christmas part of Handel’s Messiah 8 p.m. (Dec. 4), 3 p.m. (Dec. 5), Southminster United Church
Nov. 20 | Faculty Artists & Friends Glen Montgomery in Recital: Romantic composers | 8 p.m., University Recital Hall
Dec. 7 | Music at Noon: Studio Showcase | 12:15 p.m., University Recital Hall (W570)
Nov. 22 | Ode to Joy – Beethoven’s Symphony #9 | Lethbridge Symphony and Vox Musica with soloists Janet Youngdahl (soprano); Sandra Stringer (mezzo-soprano); Blaine Hendsbee (tenor); and George Evelyn (bass-baritone) | 8 p.m., Southminster United Church
of O Tannenbaum and selections by pianist Herbie Hancock.
Classical Percussion Concert Friday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. at the University Theatre Combining a touch of Christmas with chamber percussion selections, this season’s Classical Percussion Concert promises to appeal to everyone. Featuring guest performers, Raymond High School Percussion Ensemble, the program highlights Latin percussion, steel band, a powerful, mirrored drum duet and an incredible piece for Percussion Orchestra. Directed by Adam Mason, the U of L Percussion Ensemble boasts more than 40 members including University students and community members. Audiences can look forward to another unforgettable night of rhythm.
Get Your Tickets Tickets to all these concerts are available at the University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or by calling 403-3292616. Tickets are priced at $15 for regular admission and $10 student/ senior.
Nov. 17 | Christmas in the Park 2010 Hot dogs and hot chocolate available in exchange for non-perishable food items or $2 donation | 6 to 8 p.m., Paterson Centre Nov. 18 | Master of Social Work Information Session | Deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2011 | kathi.burnett@ uleth.ca | 6 to 7:30 p.m., AH116 Nov 19 | Tribute to the Beast: All Ages Iron Maiden Tribute Show and Fundraiser! | Presented by the U of L Headbanger’s Society | 8 p.m., Students’ Union Ballroom Nov. 20 | Culture Vulture Saturday Button Making with Trap/door Proceeds go to Trap/door Artist Run Centre | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., U of L Art Gallery
Global Justice Student Speaker Challenge | Application forms available at www.ulsu.ca | Submit electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org with Global Justice in the subject line | Deadline for applications is Dec. 3
Plays and Prose Writing Competition Submission deadline, 4 p.m., Dec. 13 Rebecca Gray, W850
Nov. 5 to Jan. 7 | Promising Objects | Works by Alison MacTaggart U of L Main Gallery
Nov. 17 | Annual Women’s Health Fair | Presented by the Health Centre 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1st Choice Savings Centre
Dec. 8 | Hollywood and Beyond: Great American Filmmakers Screening of, It’s a Wonderful Life 6:30 p.m., Lethbridge Public Library
ULSU FOOD BANK IN NEED BY ABBY GROENENBOOM The University of Lethbridge Students’ Union Food Bank, which helped over 300 people last year, needs continued resources to keep this valuable service alive. The Students’ Union hosts a variety of events in an attempt to keep the Food Bank operating. The Peter Mansbridge lecture, which raised over $2,300 from ticket sales and an unspecified personal donation from Mansbridge himself, is one such event that benefits the food bank. The ULSU Food Bank depends heavily on donations from generous people, without which the ULSU wouldn’t be able to help the number of students it does. “As the costs of attaining a post-secondary education continue to increase, it has become much harder for students to make ends meet. All too often students have difficulty affording the necessities of life. As a result, we see the demand for our food bank services spike,” says Keith McLaughlin, ULSU vice-president academic. “The
ULSU Food Bank needs help to ensure that its operations remain sustainable, so that we can continue to help our students in times of need.” Historically, the months of February, March and April see a spike in the number of students who utilize the food bank. Each food bank user is unique, and the Students’ Union strives to alleviate some of the pressures they face, allowing students to focus on their education. Food bank hampers are made to sustain a single student for five to seven days. There are also hampers designated for students with families. Each hamper contains an assortment of healthy foods and all students are eligible for assistance. Students are eligible to receive one hamper every two weeks to a maximum of 10 hampers during their entire academic career at the University of Lethbridge. “The ULSU Food Bank welcomes any help from the University community or southern Alberta as a whole,” says Taz Kassam, ULSU president. “We want students to be able to focus on their education and enjoying their time at the University of Lethbridge, not worrying about where there next meal is going to come from.”
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Spring Awakening shocks, resonates BY AMANDA BERG
revelation of teenage truths, sexual stirrings and adolescent angst experienced throughout history to present day, Frank Wedekind’s wonderfully twisted tale, Spring Awakening, has it all. Set in Victorian era Germany, this so-called “children’s tragedy” follows the escapades of Melchior, Moritz, Wendla and their young friends. The group is experiencing their sexual awakening and becoming curious about their bodies, masturbation and each other. Their teachers and parents, respectable adults all, fight to keep these young people on the straight and narrow, with often hilarious and disastrous results. While the characters struggle toward an uncertain future, several wither and fail to survive the awakening of spring. “At the time Spring Awakening was written, in 1891, it was so outside the norm in both content and form that Wedekind faced heavy scrutiny,” says director Jay Whitehead. “With its candid inclusion of sex, masturbation, suicide, homosexuality and even sado-masochism, the play was considered far too shocking for any government to allow it to be performed. Even 15 years later, when it was finally staged, it was never done so uncensored.
SAAG EXHIBIT WAS TRULY COLLABORATIVE It is a rare opportunity for a graduate student and her supervisor to be able to exhibit their artwork, arrived at collaboratively, in the same exhibition in a nationally respected art gallery. Mandy Espezel, one of the first Master of Fine Arts (Art) students at the University of Lethbridge, and professor Dagmar Dahle, spent last summer working on a series of paintings that appeared at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery as part of On Your Marks. “We both invest a lot in the process and the materials,” says Espezel. “Over the summer we exchanged studio visits, talked a lot and shared our working process.” According to Dahle, “For us, doing is thinking. It is both an intuitive and analytical process. We think and communicate through the visual.” She explains that their working relationship was very equal. “Ours is not a traditional teacher/student relationship
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Students prepare the backdrop for the twisted tale, Spring Awakenings.
However, our production has censored none of Wedekind’s original vision.” Whitehead adds that the shock value of the play does not hinder its message. “The play is poignantly relevant to our time,” he says. “When sexual confusion and misguided notions of morality are leading youth to put a gun in their mouth or jump off the George Washington Bridge, this play is as important as it ever was. I chose the translation by award winning author, Jonathan
where information goes from the teacher to the student,” says Dahle. “We work in a more collaborative manner, with open communication. That means I have to be more vulnerable, open to learning from my student. It’s an exciting two-way street.” Espezel was not quite sure what to expect when she came to the University. “I wanted to broaden my experiences,” she says. “I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta, where the emphasis is more on the formal elements of painting. Here, the focus is much more conceptual.” Originally, Espezel was attracted to the University of Lethbridge because of the Art Department’s strong reputation, and the fact that the professors are nationally and internationally recognized. “I found an open attitude where I’m encouraged to explore all sorts of media,” she says. “I was given permission to experiment.” She was also exposed to a variety of approaches that helped her understand her craft from a variety of perspectives. “Although the main ap-
Franzen, because of his approach to the original text. Certainly this is a play with a strong social conscience and the message resonated all the more packaged in the extremely dark comic sensibility of Franzen’s translation. ” With sets and costumes designed by MFA drama student, David Barrus, Spring Awakening promises to be a mesmerizing night of theatre. “The set is unlike anything I’ve seen or worked with before, and the costumes, featuring a chorus of grotesquely masked
adult characters, fits beautifully with the weirdness of the overall production,” says Whitehead. Dark yet funny, stunning yet inspirational, Spring Awakening is an absorbing and memorable play. It shows at the University Theatre stage, Nov. 23-27 at 8 p.m. nightly. For tickets, visit the University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or call 403-329-2616. Tickets are priced at $15 regular admission, $10 student/senior.
Dagmar Dahle and Mandy Espezel at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.
proach here is based in the conceptual, I found that the faculty were all working and thinking in many different ways,” says Espezel. “I’ve learned there is no one correct way; rather, there are lots of ways of understanding. Studying here is really helping me find my own language and voice. The program has exceeded my expectations.”
Only in its second year, the MFA (Art) degree program accepts one to two students per year. “The upside of our MFA program being small is that graduate students get lots of individual attention,” says Dahle. “They are embraced and welcomed into a large creative community, both on campus and off.”
What do J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin and Samuel Barber have in common? Notably, 2010 marks the 100th birthday of Barber and the 200th birthdays of both Chopin and Schumann. To mark these occasions, the Faculty Artist and Friends series presents Glen Montgomery in Recital. This extraordinary evening of piano music, performed by Montgomery, takes place in the University Recital Hall on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. Audiences can look forward to a collection of skillfully crafted compositions. Offerings include the lyrical Bach Prelude and Fugue in F# minor, Schumann’s Papillons, a Chopin polonaise and nocturne, and a magnificent sonata by Samuel Barber, which includes aspects of traditional American music. Montgomery explains these composers share more than just birthdays, their compositions all have an affinity and reverence for their mentor, J.S. Bach. “Chopin and Schumann revered Bach, and despite their apparent romanticism, weave many sub-texts intricately into their compositions, à la Bach,” says Montgomery. “Barber concludes his Sonata with a wild fugue, again in the style of Bach, but interspersed with American elements and an exhilarating pianistic bravura.” Montgomery is a highly respected musician who maintains an active performing career while also teaching. In addition to his faculty work, Montgomery travels extensively, performing as a soloist and in collaboration with chamber musicians, such as the Musaeus String Quartet. His recording with cellist Denis Brott of the Brahms sonatas on Analekta has received worldwide acclaim. Montgomery has performed frequently on CBC and has recorded for Icelandic Radio and television, Belorus television and PBS radio in the United States. He has performed with symphony orchestras in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, San Diego, Cincinnati and Winnipeg, among others. Recently, Montgomery performed at the international Festival of the Sound in Ontario. Tickets for this special evening of music can be purchased at the University Box Office, Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. or by calling 403-329-2616. Tickets are $15 for regular admission and $10 senior/ student.
(Left) Mary Shannon Will, Unfinished Sculpture, 1980. From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection; Gift of the artist, 1999.
(Below) Mary Shannon Will, Untitled, 1978. From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection; Gift of the artist, 1999.
(Above) Mary Shannon Will, Untitled, 1971. From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection; Gift of the artist, 1999.
Mary Shannon Will was born in Ithaca, New York, and studied at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the University of Iowa. Upon moving to Canada, Will taught at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver. Will is known for her diverse artistic practice, working in a variety of media including printmaking, painting and ceramics. Today, the artist divides her life and work between Calgary and New Mexico. In 1999, Will donated 45 artworks to the University of Lethbridge Art Collection, spanning the breadth of her career from 1968 through 1993. This gift
included ceramic pieces, paintings, drawings and archival materials associated with her practice. These works demonstrate Willâ€™s vibrant use of colour based in Pop Art sensibilities, her sense of play within the funk ceramics movement on the Canadian prairies during the 1970s, her extension from traditional womanâ€™s forms such as jars and utilitarian objects and her complex grasp of the interests in form and composition developed within abstract artistic movements.
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