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3 March 4-10, 2010 News Editors: Jeanne Armstrong and Joel Eastwood •

Hurricane pulls no punches

Possible prosecution in Kajouji case A 47-year-old man who Minnesota police say is responsible for convincing a former Carleton student to kill herself may be charged, due to a recent decision to hand the case over to prosecutors. William Francis MelchertDinkel, a former nurse who lives in Faribault, Minn., has been identified by Minnesota police as the person who talked in a chat room to 18-year-old Nadia Kajouji, a first-year Carleton student, in 2008. Police allege Melchert-Dinkel tried to persuade Kajouji to hang herself. A spokesman for the St. Paul police department told the Ottawa Citizen the case was given to the Rice County prosecutor to make a decision on pressing charges against Melchert-Dinkel under Minnesota law. Minnesota’s assisted suicide law threatens 15 years in jail or up to $30,000 in fines for anyone who “intentionally advises, encourages, or assists another in taking the other’s own life.” The law is rarely used, and it will be the decision of Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster whether or not to press charges against Melchert-Dinkel.

by Tina Yazdani His life story was the subject of a famous Bob Dylan song, as well as a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington. “People always come up to me, look at me, shake their heads and say, ‘You don’t look like Denzel Washington,’ and they’re actually being kind to me, because what they are really saying is, ‘Thank God Denzel Washington doesn’t look like you,’ ” explained Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. “Still, I can’t complain, because until I saw Denzel Washington portraying me up there on that big screen — man, I didn’t know how good looking I was.” Carter spoke to Carleton students March 3 about his life’s battles, triumphs, losses and miracles during his 20 years in prison. Carter was striving to be the world champion in middleweight boxing when he was arrested and charged with triple murder in his hometown of Paterson, N.J. He was tried and convicted twice. He fought for his innocence until he was freed Nov. 8, 1985. Since he was released from prison, his life’s work has become defending innocent people from wrongful convictions, he said. “Dare to dream that things

Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter spoke of his life’s battles. ||

could be different, that things could be better. No matter where you are or what circumstance you find yourself in, dare to dream that you could get through it . . . that you could be a better person, and

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then work towards that end.” He said his message was to highlight the power of hope and truth, because without it he would not be standing there. “Darkness did not overcome me

RRRA no longer race by Andrew Warham Though the second day of the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) election campaign leading up to the March 8 vote began as a race between the slates “Vote For Us” and the “ABC Party,” it ended with “Vote For Us” running unopposed. The drop-out of the “ABC Party,” consisting of Cody Chenier, Luke Phelps and Adam Norton, was announced late in the day March 3 as the result of an internal party vote. “Our reasoning behind our secession is for the people we would have represented, as we feel our party could not perform to the fullest that Carleton RRRA has shown in the past,” the party said in a written statement. The now unopposed slate “Vote For Us” consists of firstyear communications student George Parry for vice-president (programming), second-year commerce student Ariel Norman for vice-president (administration) and second-year political science student Karim Khamisa for president.  “Vote For Us” said they plan to expand the RRRA bike share program, create more all-ages events, advocate for wireless Internet within residence and create a residence write-up committee to

. . . I would not be standing here today alive and free if that were not the truth. So it is indeed a great honour and an extraordinary pleasure for me to be here at Carleton University with you guys tonight . . . absolutely miraculous,” he said. “And after spending 20 excruciating years in prison for crimes that you did not commit, and just narrowly escaping the state-sponsored execution, when you really come to think about all of that . . . it is a great honour for me to be anywhere. I am a survivor. A survivor of the so-called American criminal justice system.” Some students said they were impressed he had come to speak at Carleton. “For someone so well-known to come motivate and inspire us students was really, really cool,” said Kayla Calder, a first-year arts and film student. “It was really awesome, it was inspirational and eye-opening.” Carter became a Canadian citizen July 27, and now lives in Toronto. He said he is proud to be Canadian. “What I did was get out of the United States, that’s what I did. Over there, across the border is not the home of the brave, is not the land of the free. Canada is.”  q

review residence offences. “RRRA only has 10 bikes and there are approximately 2,800 students in residence,” Khamisa explained. “There is a high demand for [bikes] when the weather is good, so we hope to acquire more bikes to allow more students to access this service.” Members of “Vote For Us,” said they feel confident in their platform as well as their ability to perform in their respective positions. “The VP (administration) is responsible for running all committees under RRRA,” Norman said. “I have already sat on the political action and sustainability committee, the financial review committee and this year I’m chair

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of the dining services review committee so I have a lot of experience with committees.” “I’ve worked very closely with John Dawe, who is the current vice-president of programming for RRRA now because I sit on the RRRA council,” Parry said. “I also sit on street team, the special events council, as well as helping [Carleton University Students' Association] with promotions for their events.” “I have been involved with RRRA from the very beginning. I have been a floor rep for the past two years, as well as [having] sat on the financial review committee, as well as the political action and sustainability committees last year,” Khamisa said.  q

— Jessica Chin

Israeli Apartheid Week stirs up campus by Danielle Whittemore

Karim Khamisa (left), Ariel Norman and George Parry. ||

Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA)’s divestment campaign was praised by Andrew Stachiw, a member of Hampshire College Students for Justice in Palestine, who compared SAIA’s campaign to a similar one launched at Hampshire. “Things that took Hampshire months are taking days at other schools,” Stachiw said. Stachiw, along with SAIA member Yafa Jarrar and U.S. Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel campaign member Nada Elia, were part of the March 1 launch of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) at Carleton, a week that was met with much controversy and discussion. SAIA’s divestment campaign calls for Carleton administration to pull pension fund investments from five companies they describe to be “complicit in human rights violations and crimes under international law.” A similar campaign was launched at Hampshire College in 2007 and was successfully completed in spring 2009 when the school divested from those companies.

Laura Grosman, president of the Israeli Awareness Committee, which opposes IAW, said she is concerned about the divestment campaign. “Nowhere in the campaign [document] do they use the word peace. We’re here to promote peace and academic discourse.” According to the Toronto Star, Ontario MPPs have condemned IAW, arguing the word “apartheid” is too strong and does not invite the debate the situation requires. In a question-and-answer period following the March 1 event, Stachiw said he was happy the MPPs were even talking about it. The fact that IAW was being recognized on a provincial level represented a level of success, according to Stachiw.  q  

— with files from Adam Dietrich

The Education of Charlie For more coverage . . . Banks

Racist posters Ruby Pratka reports the finding of posters for the National Socialist Party of Canada.



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Eng students flying high Eleventh rez set for 2011 by Mitch Vandenborn After six years of toil, students in Carleton’s mechanical and aerospace engineering program have finally completed a prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to be used for geographical surveys. The project began in 2004 intending to give students in the program an opportunity to work as a team and get hands-on experience with building an aircraft. More than 150 students have worked on the prototype since its inception. Carleton professor Jeremy Laliberté has been involved with the prototype for

several years and served as the project manager this year. “It’s a tough project and it’s very demanding, but we try to simulate industry,” he said. Fourth-year Carleton student Sean Donnelly said the ongoing nature of the project created some challenges in learning about the work that had been done before they started the class. “At the beginning of the year, it can be difficult picking up all the things that have been done over the last six years,” Donnelly said. Donnelly said he enjoyed having a


practical application for the theory engineering students learn in class. “We do a lot of theoretical work in aerospace [engineering] in the first three years, so it’s nice to be able to pull it all together in fourth year in a technical way, and build a practical thing,” he said. The program subdivides students into different groups all working on different elements of the craft, such as structure, aerodynamics, mechanical and electrical systems. The prototype has a 4.9-metre wingspan a n d weighs about 90 kilograms. It will fly close to the ground, mapping out terrain and c o n d u c t i n g geomagnetic surveys. The next step for the fourth years involves test-flying the prototype and seeing where improvements can be made. The program has future plans to develop more UAVs that can be used for other civil projects including wildlife tracking and forest fire spotting. Donnelly said the project felt worthwhile, knowing it would serve a purpose in society. “That’s what engineering comes down to: applying science and technology to solving a real world problem,” Donnelly said. “It’s a really exciting thing to see all these ideas come to fruition in this aircraft.”  q   — graphic provided

by Jane Gerster If all goes according to plan the construction of a new student residence will be completed in August 2011, providing increased on-campus housing starting in the 2011-12 academic year. The plans were given the green light by Carleton’s board of governors early last year. However, they remained tentative until late spring 2009, said Darryl Boyce, Carleton’s assistant vice-president (faculties management and planning). “It’s being designed and constructed essentially to meet the requirements that are expressed by first- and second-year students,” said director of housing Dave Sterritt. Due to current residence service adjustments, student services should not be negatively affected by the change, Sterritt said. He said the building “will require that there be additional seating space in the residence dining halls.” However, he said there is a similar construction plan in the works which will see the expansion of residence student services such as cafeteria services. The new residence will not be connected to Residence Commons, Boyce said. The costs of both building and operating the new residence will be paid through debt financing, said Duncan Watt, vice-president (finance and administration). “The money people pay to stay in the residence pays the cost of building and operating the residence complex.” He said the money will be paid back through student rent over the course of 25 years. While residence fees were adjusted during the construction of Frontenac House

to compensate for construction noise, no such adjustments will be made next school year, Watt said. He said fees were adjusted before because the university had not sufficiently informed people of the effects of the construction. Watt said he believes they have done a better job this time telling students and that it will be the students’ choice. “It’s a decision people who elect to live in residence next year will have to make.” Christopher Infantry, president of the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA), said he disagrees. “The students next year should not have to pay the same amount as the students this year, considering they will be forced to deal with excessive noise, dust, et cetera, created by the site,” he said. No name has yet been approved for the building.  q

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GSA levy proposed for The Leveller by Joel Eastwood The Leveller, an independent left-leaning campus publication, is poised to receive funding from Carleton graduate students. The question will be put to grad students as a referendum in the Graduate Students' Association (GSA) election March 24-25, after the GSA council approved the referendum question. Since its founding in February 2009, the paper has been run by volunteers, mostly graduate and undergraduate students at Carleton, according to David Tough, the founding publisher and editor-in-chief of the first issue. “It's operated on the basis of goodwill and camaraderie for a couple years,” Tough said. If graduate students vote to support the referendum question, The Leveller will receive an annual levy of $1.50 per grad student, which the editors estimated will

A levy would give The Leveller $13,500 annually. || The Leveller, volume 2 issue 4

bring in about $13,500 annually. They said the money will go to production costs, hiring a business manager and paying honoraria to the editor, associate editor and production manager. The paper prints 3,000 copies, with eight issues a year. Tough described the levy effort as the “beginning of institutionalizing The Leveller as a part of Carleton's landscape.”

Three GSA councillors voted against the motion. “You're going to have graduate students from all over the political spectrum, and they'll see that the GSA supports, or has a levy for, an extreme right or left group,” said business councillor Andrea Chuey. “I think it would be great if a right-wing group . . . actually came out against The Leveller, and we actually got a dialogue going

along those sort of lines,” said history councillor Brian Foster. “But in the meantime, all we have is The Leveller.” While The Leveller isn't exclusively a graduate paper it publishes “stories about things that have a direct effect on graduate students,” Tough said. “Grad students already are funding the Charlatan, and I think a lot of grad students have felt there isn't a lot of reporting that's really relevant to grad students in there,” said Liz Martin, GSA vicepresident (operations). Tough acknowledged the money would come with a responsibility to students. “Not having a levy meant we could do whatever we wanted to do,” Tough said. “The levy does tie us down to certain levels of responsibility. We have to answer to the fact we're getting money from Carleton students.” q


CUSERT conquers On Feb. 26 the Carleton University Student Emergency Response Team (CUSERT) triumphed at the 17th annual National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation skills competition in Baltimore, Md. CUSERT was deemed the best first

response team in a competition that attracted participants from across North America. The weekend before, CUSERT dominated the competition at the National Conference of Campus Emergency Responders to retain their title as the best campus first aid team in Canada.  — Lucas Kittmer

Anti-Semitic slur found Anti-Semitic graffiti was found in a second-floor men’s bathroom in Residence Commons March 2, an incident campus safety is calling a hate crime. Ilan Orzy, a first-year political science student at Carleton, said he discovered the racial slurs,

which read “Kill the Jews slowly + painfully” and “Nuke Israel.” Orzy, who is Jewish, said he was very offended by the act. Len Boudreault, director of the department of university safety, said the matter of the “symbol of intolerance” was turned over to Ottawa police. 

— Daniel King

Modelling NATO by Hillary Lutes Three delegations of Carleton undergraduates represented Canada, the Czech Republic and Estonia at the model North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conference, which was hosted downtown Feb. 25-28 by a team of 15 Carleton graduate students. According to Derek de Jong, model NATO fellow and project manager, the conference is a “diplomatic simulation . . . where undergraduate students assume the roles of national representatives and simulate the structures and negotiations of the organization.” He explained that the conference reflects NATO’s five largest committees, each with a mandate and agenda items. “It’s important to consider that the simulation is not a competition,” de Jong said. “Delegates are expected to co-operate to find solutions to issues before the committees.” The conference is intended to be a learning experience for delegates to “research and present foreign policy of the various member states of NATO,” de Jong said. The conference was convened by the Centre for Security and Defence Studies at Carleton’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. “Carleton students did well, and should be proud of their performance,” de Jong said.  q

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Ryerson tackles racism by Maghen Quadrini After a year-long inquiry, Ryerson University’s Task Force on Anti-Racism released a 107-page report detailing feelings of exclusion and harassment felt by some of the university’s visible minorities. According to the report, the university decided such a task force was needed in 2008 after racist incidents were being reported on a regular basis. The report calls for anti-racism training for senior staff and more awareness in hiring visible minorities as well as more education on diversity to monitor race-based information on staff and students to determine whether or not the school is improving. The report calls on Ryerson to pursue its mandate and “advance applied knowledge and research to address a social need” while keeping in mind the important role diversity has. “The response from the greater Ryerson community has been

great,” said Salman Khan, one of the students involved in the taskforce. “There were a lot of people who took great interest in our work throughout the year, and nonetheless they are pleased with the recommendations in the report.” But some students feel the issue has been blown out of proportion. “Within my specific program everyone is very friendly and superficial issues like racism don’t really exist,” said Sam Russell, a first-year Ryerson student. “Maybe I haven’t socialized with enough people outside my program to form a well-rounded opinion. However, as it stands, I am comfortable with the noticeable behaviour of my fellow students.” “My reaction to the implementation of this task force was that it seems like they are making it a huge deal and making those of other racial minorities seem even more out of place or awkward,” said first-year Ryerson student Erinn Brady. Khan said students and faculty involved in the task force are

pushing forward recommendations to successfully provide a safe place for people to learn, teach and work. Some recommendations include the amendment of the Civility Policy to include a “freedom from discrimination” guarantee, guidelines for training and dealing with unwanted classroom behaviour and a potential general course on equity covering topics of anti-racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. Staff is not excluded from racist concerns. Faculty mentioned supporting a “culture of labour” as opposed to equity and were concerned with management getting religious holidays off. Other areas of concern included 80 per cent of food services employees feeling discriminated against through racist jokes and health jokes. York University, the University of Western Ontario and Queen’s University have also recently reviewed diversity and cultural tension within their systems. q

U of C axed from China’s list of recommended schools by Seon Park The Chinese government has removed the University of Calgary from its list of recommended schools. Some speculate this is because the Dalai Lama visited the institution last fall and was awarded an honorary doctorate. “Previous newspaper reports on the issue had accurately identified the cause — the university’s interactions with the Dalai Lama,” Donna Hou, a representative from the Chinese consulate in Calgary told U of C’s The Gauntlet. “I personally believe this [honorary doctor of law] degree is supposed to be given to a

person who does great things or contribute to the world, which, as a Chinese, I do not think [the] Dalai Lama is,” added Baoyi Pan, a first-year Carleton student from China. “I believe Chinese in general would be feeling the same way I feel.” In an interview with The Gauntlet, Maureen Hibert, an assistant professor in U of C’s law and society program, said China’s reaction to the Dalai Lama’s visit is no surprise considering the political tension between China and Tibet. “The first being a simple sovereignty issue: China views Tibet as part of its territory and the

Dalai Lama as a secessionist leader trying to take control of the country away from China,” she said. In an interview with The Gauntlet, Colleen Turner, a spokeswoman for U of C, said the university brings in many controversial figures from a variety of political viewpoints. Not giving a degree to the Dalai Lama because of fear of controversy would be going “against some of the foundations and some of the fundamentals of a university and what makes a university,” Turner said. Read the full story at

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Tufts administrators will view YouTube videos submitted as an optional part of students’ applications. || graphic by Stacey Poapst

by Graham Shonfield Since its launch in 2005, YouTube has been a video-sharing website full of millions of hours of video footage ­— entertaining films, music videos and now, university applications. In an effort to harvest students’ creativity, Tufts University in Massachusetts is accepting optional one-minute YouTube videos promoting students applying to the institution. “At heart, this is all about a conversation between a kid and an admissions officer,” said Lee Coffin, the dean of undergraduate admissions at Tufts. Despite this new option, Tufts still requires all applicants to submit an essay with their application. “No matter what, it’s important to be able to express yourself elegantly in writing,” Coffin said. The videos are just an extra option that 1,000 out of the 15,000 applicants chose to take advantage of this year. Tufts applicant Amelia Downs

submitted her application on YouTube and has received more than 75,000 views. In her video she shows off dance moves to various math graphs, like the cosine and sine graphs. Her video, which her friend shot with a $75 camera and she edited with free software, has become one of the most popular application videos. “If a college ever gives us an optional part of the application I do it,” she said. Downs said after writing application essays to all other universities she is considering attending, making a video was a nice change. However, she said she is concerned with the fact that all of the videos are available for anyone to view. “I definitely think [more universities] should [allow video applications],” she said. “But after all the publicity that Tufts has gotten, I think schools should find a way to let them be viewed purely privately so the admissions can be more objective.”  q

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Outsourced assignments difficult for profs to catch by Aimee Harper Cheaters are using a new way to beat the system by advertising their assignments and essays on websites like Craigslist and Kijiji in return for cash. One entry on Craigslist offers $300 for someone to complete an online first-year religion course for them, including three multiple-choice tests and one essay. Another on GetAFreelancer. com requests a master’s or PhDlevel ghost writer to complete five assignments. People have offered to complete the task for an average bid of $750. Although technology is providing students with this new method of cheating, Deborah Eerkes, director of the office of student judicial affairs at the University of Alberta, said she doesn’t think it’s creating new cheaters. “This is just one more option for a student who wants to cheat,” she said. Eerkes said it has become known in the last year and a half that some students have been paying others to do assignments for them, but she maintained the number of students who use these sites is very low. In the past, some students used “essay mills,” or sites on which students could pay a fee for a previously-written essay on a particular topic. But now, many professors are required to send in assignments and essays to plagiarism prevention sites such as, which verify the originality of the work and keep

Connect by Hertz now offers car rental at U of A. ||

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a record to prevent further use of the assignment. “It would be a matter of comparing what is handed in and what has been handed in before,” Eerkes said. Eerkes said the new freelancing technique is an extension from the essay mills, where people are buying “original work” done by others. Because these essays are originals, it is difficult for professors to detect the cheating, especially in large classes. Eerkes said this problem could be addressed by having professors assign a paper in stages, so students have to complete a book list, a draft, and a paper over a certain period of time. Blakeny Brown, an

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undergraduate teaching student at Red Deer College, said she would never consider using the site. “I’m way too scared to get caught,” she said. Chelsea Assaf, an undergraduate music student at Vancouver Island University said she thinks there are many resources for people to get help if they don’t understand an assignment. She said the main reason why students might pay someone else to write an essay is laziness. Eerkes said she thinks if students cannot write a paper themselves and decide to pay someone to do their work for them, they have no interest in getting a legitimate university degree.  q

The University of Alberta has its new car rental program up and running. The university is the first Canadian campus to team up with Connect by Hertz in order to provide a pay-as-you-go service as an alternative to owning a car. Connect by Hertz, which currently operates in the United States, London, England and Paris, has provided six vehicles to U of A. Four of these are gas electric hybrids. Under the typical starting plan, students pay an annual fee of $50 and an additional hourly fee of $9.50, which includes the cost of gas, roadside assistance, GPS navigation and insurance. Geoff Rode, director of parking services at the university, said he believes Connect by Hertz provides students, faculty and staff with an alternative form of transportation without paying hundreds of dollars. “We see an application in particular for our resident students. They can rent a car on a short-term basis from Hertz and get their groceries or run errands. They don’t have to bring a car to campus and it saves them a lot of costs,” Rode said. He also said the university plans

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to expand its service to the general public. Jacqueline Smith, a graduate student at U of A and potential future member of Hertz, said she has some concerns. “Usually if I need a car, I can rent one for about $10 per day as opposed to $9 per hour from a standard car rental company,” she said. Smith also said one concern with Hertz is that the cars are only available on campus. “I think I will sign up for the service if they have more car pickup locations. But until then . . . I really like the idea, but it’s just not quite right for me now,” Smith said. Matt Garland, a Connect by Hertz member from the United States, said he is content with the service he has received from the company. “They’re by far the most convenient and in many cases the cheapest way for me to rent, use, or have a car in Manhattan,” he said. “Anytime I can rent a Mercedes GL350 for $30 for seven hours, I’m feeling pretty damn good.” U of A will get more vehicles in the future as the number of members increase. The University of Toronto is involved with the creator of Connect by Hertz, Zipcar which provides a similar service.  q


8 March 4-10, 2010 Perspectives Editor: Chris Herhalt •

Walking a mile

The Charlatan’s Ally Foster decided to tackle the weekly grocery shopping . . . blindfolded.

I don’t see my bus pulling up to the stop. Even if I had, I would not be able to reach it in time. I don’t see the snow bank right in front of me, and I trip over its frozen slope, hitting my knees and pushing my bare hands through an icy crust. It takes me several minutes to safely navigate my way around the snow bank, and tapping my white cane across the ice, I make my way to the shelter to wait for the next bus. I don’t know someone is standing right next to me and when their cell phone rings, it makes me jump. I feel vulnerable and out of control. As I try to get on the bus, I miss the door and walk into the side of the bus. Again, I trip going up the stairs and the chatter and laughter on the bus immediately dies. Since I can’t see everyone’s eyes, I assume they’re focused on me and my lumbering attempt to find a seat. My hands and knees hurt and I’m embarrassed. The bus lurches and as it sharply turns corners that I cannot see, I start to feel

nauseous. The bus driver does not call out the stops and the only reason I know I am at my destination is because a girl says to another: “We’re at Billings Bridge.” I quickly realize the necessity of eavesdropping. At the mall I am swept up in a crowd that moves too quickly for me and I become

Your day is characterized and severely inconvenienced by what you don’t see.

completely disoriented. The world seems much bigger when you realize you can get lost in a parking lot or a bus shelter. I run straight into someone and say “sorry” for what feels like the hundredth time in half an hour. I feel like I am an inconvenience. My cane connects with

someone’s leg. I apologize again. The next bus driver does not announce all of the major stops, even after lowering the bus to allow me (a visually impaired rider) on. I miss my stop and stumble off at the next one. I feel alone in the world. I can’t see people walking by and get an eerie sensation that I am the only one left in the South Keys shopping centre. For sighted people, a day is characterized by what you see. It’s inconvenient to forget your sunglasses on a bright day, to see an ex-boyfriend who looks good while you’re buying milk in your sweatpants, or to see a model in an ad leaving you feeling fat. But when you are visually impaired, your day is characterized and severely inconvenienced by what you don’t see. It’s the strangely placed step you don’t see, the unforgiving fire hydrant that you don’t notice, and the icy snow bank that brings you to your knees. I’ll never complain again that I forgot my sunglasses.  q

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To experiment with our modern conceptions of social connectivity, the Charlatan’s Elise A. Milbradt and Heather Wallace had a plan. Wallace would spend a day as one of those by-the-moment Tweeters. Milbradt would part ways with her BlackBerry for a day. by Heather Wallace I have serious beef with social media. In my eyes, it gives people with no expertise and nothing to say a platform to share their ill-informed, uninteresting ideas with the world. So when I took the assignment to tweet everything that happened to me for an entire day, I came out with teeth bared and claws out, ready for a serious battle. Twitter offers anyone a chance to create an account and post 140-word micro-blogs (equivalent to Facebook status updates) called tweets for the world to see. You can also follow and be followed by other tweeters, tag your tweets as they relate to certain topics, and even tweet on-the-go by texting Twitter your updates. I was quick to learn during my day of tweeting that as a university student of no importance, I have very few things worthy of being broadcast to cyberspace. In the time between tweets, I would worry about what I would tweet next because, as I lack Shaquille O’Neal’s hilarity and The New York Times’ ability to inform, I had nothing interesting to say. In fact, spending the day logging everything I did made me realize the truth: I could have slept through the entire day and the world would’ve continued to function completely normally. Needless to say, I was

relieved when my cell phone, which was fully charged in the morning and usually lasts at least two days, died at 3:20 p.m. Cause of death: excessive tweeting. My experience with Twitter only affirmed my belief that when the average Joe tweets it is the result of a serious Medusa complex. In the end, no one cares that you’re in the shower, you love the new Justin Bieber song, or you just got an A on your class presentation. Bottom line: if someone cares about your life, let’s hope you know them well enough to tell them about it in person.  q

by Elise A. Milbradt A day of absence from the cellular world was a strange experience. I do not love my phone. My BlackBerry ownership has almost nothing to do with an actual desire for the device, and everything to do with my pathetic inability to say “no” to pushy salespeople. I use my BlackBerry as a phone. I call people; people call me. Sometimes we text. I haven’t even set up my e-mail. I thought a phone-less day was going to be a walk in the park. But, I have to admit, I cheated a little bit in the early parts of my day. Because I’m slightly obsessive about time, I set both my radio alarm and my cell phone alarm to ensure I awoke for my 6 a.m. shift at the coffee shop where I work. The walk to work was when I realized my real problem. My cell phone acts as my watch, and, without it, my perfectly timed walk to work was thrown out of whack. Work went as normal — we are never allowed phones while working, so it wasn’t any different than usual. My break, usually spent trying to surpass

my 21,780-point BrickBreaker high score, was spent, instead, reading the Metro. I didn’t really feel the loss. My frustration came into play again after work, at the bus stop. Knowing when the bus comes does not help if you do not know what time it is. The rest of my day was uneventful. After bussing to school to meet up with a friend, I didn’t really miss it. But in the back of my mind, my phone was a kind of phantom limb. At times, I could have sworn I felt it vibrate. I had little panic attacks when I thought I’d lost it because it was not in its usual place beside me or in my hand. When I turned my phone on again in the evening, I’d missed two text messages. That’s all. The world had not come to an end. And, despite my rather self-centered desire otherwise, no one needed me. To be honest, with the exception of my mild paranoia surrounding time, which could have been solved with a $10 watch, it was a mildly liberating experience.  q 

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9 March 4-10, 2010 Features Editor: Brittany Mahaney •


by Mitch Vandenborn

Mixed martial arts (MMA) has undergone a renaissance in the past decade, steadily shedding a popularly held image of ultra-violence and a “no rules” reputation. This interest has translated into the desire for fans to experience MMA for themselves, flocking to gyms such as Ottawa’s Team Bushido MMA Fitness Centre.


t first sight, an MMA cage is intimidating: a black and red octagonal ring, about six-feet tall and enclosed by chain-link fencing. A group of people stand inside the cage, stretching out and warming up. Looking closer, the chain-link is made of black plastic vinyl, the floors and cage bars are heavily matted, and an incredibly diverse group of people is standing inside, talking and laughing with one another.

Ottawa’s Team Bushido MMA Fitness Centre is run by MMA fighter Nabil Khatib, who has 14 years of martial arts experience and holds a third degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu. Khatib instructs a variety of martial arts classes at his gym, along with his wife, Tania (also a black belt). As its namesake would suggest, the MMA class is the gym’s biggest draw and Khatib says the media explosion deserves much of the credit for that. “With professional leagues, the sport has become much more visible,” he says. But Khatib says people come for the fitness more than the fighting itself. “You can go to the gym and everything but you’re never going to sweat as much as this,” says Nick Vinette, 22, who has been taking the class for several months. Vinette is one of about 20 students in the class, made up of men ranging in age from 15 to 50 and one young woman. Khatib approaches the cage and leans in through the door, speaking to the group as a sort of patriarch,

and the group responds glowingly. “Side-steps! Let’s go,” he commands. The class begins to shuffle sporadically through the cage, minding their personal space and keeping their limbs tight. Khatib says he feels the integration of fundamentals and continuous conditioning makes for the best MMA workout in both technical improvement and physical fitness. “It’s all about getting the muscles to the point where they’re ready to react quickly,” he says. The class practices drills, taking turns pinning each other against the fencing with a shoulder, or lifting each other off the ground. After warm ups, the class moves out onto the open mats in a larger room, where Khatib has them perform a series of rapid movements along the floor: crawling, sweeping, rolling. By the third set, everyone looks tired. Khatib tells them to stop, and nearly everyone looks thankful for rest while they listen to his instructions, telling the class to go

through their grappling movements. Every member pairs up and gets to work, knowing many of the movements by heart, displaying the enthusiasm that is commonplace among fans of the sport. The age gap provides a mix of strategies for younger and older students. “The younger guys are a lot quicker and more flexible,” says student Jeff Andrews, 22. “They kind of counteract older guys’ strength.” The students clash and shift, their bodies contorting into human pretzels on the floor mats, with the advantage shifting back and forth continuously. Their faces are flashes of intensity while they grapple until the victor gains a lock, forcing their opponent to tap out. When they do, the hold loosens instantly and a hand reaches out to offer help out. They correct one another’s form before jumping back into competition, happy to practice the sport they’ve taken to heart, or at least to live up to the gym’s slogan: “Train like a pro feel like a champ.”  q and


Dim light bounces off the cement walls of Carleton’s combatives room. In the background, Brazilian music quietly hums, the sound of soft chanting and percussion reverberating at a steady pulse. This might not be the typical atmosphere of a fitness class but then again, this activity is not like any other.


apoeira is an art form that is a hybrid of both martial arts and dance elements. It combines swift fighting movements with acrobatics to create a graceful, yet aggressive experience. Although its origins are still veiled in mystery, the majority of capoeira enthusiasts say the sport was started in 16th century Brazil by African slaves. Juan Guerrero and Instructora Sereia put the kick in capoeira. Since the slave owners of the time did not || photo by Adam Dietrich allow fighting, their actions had to be disguised in a dance-like image. With such a facade, capoeira was born. As the class continues, the students break off into pairs Juan Guerrero, a fourth-year public affairs and policy and mirror each other’s moves. management student, said he joined Carleton’s capoeira The exercise becomes more and more intricate, as class in second year after hearing about it in a documentary. kicking and punching movements are added by one of the As one of the more experienced students in the class, class members, their counterpart twisting and dodging to Guerrero’s skills were visibly more refined and concentrated. avoid being hit. The classes weren’t always this straightforward though, The teacher of the class, Instructora Sereia, is a member Guerrero said. of the Dendê do Recife capoeira group, the only group of its “When you first start you feel so stupid and it’s really kind of Ottawa. tough to do the movements. I’m just starting to get all the It was members from this group that Guerrero said moves now. I can’t say that I’m good at it but I’m getting inspired him to get further involved in capoeira. better,” Guerrero said. “There was a special session a few years ago where the The session starts with class members running barefoot group from Ottawa came here and put on a demonstration. across the hardwood floor, heels pounding in a constant I think that’s when I really started liking it,”Guerrero said. rhythm. “Unlike in our classes, they actually fight and hurt each other, The class leaps across the floor, standing on their hands it’s really different.” and kicking up their feet. The teacher, yells out words in All in all, Guerrero said he defines his experiences with Portuguese, instructing her class on their next movements. capoeira as positive, and he thinks more students should “It’s better than going to the gym and being bored lifting get involved. weights,” Guerrero said. “You’re doing more acrobatic stuff “I would definitely like to continue in the future,” he and it’s more martial arts so it’s really fun.” added.  q

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is grip around my throat tightened. The wedge in his elbow was jammed beneath my jaw, cutting off airflow, and I struggled to keep from tapping out. I tucked my chin as close to my chest as I could. Seeing as my entire head was only marginally bigger than his bicep, this wasn’t too hard. In a writhing, sweaty, tangle of limbs, we continued until the whistle blew. We detached and smiled as we shook hands before turning to look at our grappling instructor. As I casually massaged my neck, I took note of the other people in the class. I was the only girl. No, that’s a lie. One other girl attended the first session, but we never saw her again. I was well acquainted with living room fight clubs. Growing up with two younger brothers — both of whom consider using humans as punching bags

innocent fun — would be plenty of preparation for the class. Each fight began with a pair of kneeling people facing each other, heads together. The objective: get your opponent to tap out (in grappling, unlike wrestling, a three-second pin will not suffice). Admittedly, I focused less on getting the person into some sort of arm bar or leg crank, and more on simply not tapping out. However, my smaller size and greater flexibility helped send many matches into stalemate. At the end of the day, it was a good workout and stressrelease, so long as you didn’t mind the odd body slam or the ensuing bruises.  q — graphic by Talbert Johnson

A PUNCH OF PERSPECTIVE ON MMA Martial arts might be known for its fancy footwork and swift grapples, but what about its spiritual traditions? Dylan Albon reports.


f you haven’t heard of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) or Carleton’s Mixed Martial Arts classes, chances are you’re at least aware of the buzz surrounding the now hugely popular sport. But is it a sport, or is it something deeper? “It helps you to learn more about yourself, you’re going to learn your breaking points in MMA. It’s tough, it’s hard, and it’s not for everybody,” says

Craig Brown, from F.I.T. MMA Ottawa. He says MMA is a mosaic of many martial arts, and that each have their own important traditional and spiritual rituals, symbolism and practices. For example, in Muay Thai there is an important opening ceremony called Wai Khru Ram Muay, a prefight dance that pays homage to history and blesses the ring and opponent, Brown says. “It’s about finding balance in your life, and balance in your training,” he says.  q Head online for the full article.



SAIA seeks justice RE: “No heroes or villains in Palestine,” Feb. 25 – March 3, 2010. Does the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign seek “the ultimate destruction of the state of Israel?” Hardly. Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) — Carleton’s investment campaign and the broad BDS campaign are grounded in respect for principles of international law and fundamental human rights and do not challenge Israel’s continued existence. They are also a product of the frustration with the “peace process” that has actually helped to make a viable Palestinian state impossible. The empty dialogue has done nothing to stop the construction of the wall Israel is building, which was declared illegal under international law. Similarly, it has not ended the construction of the settlements that — also illegal under international law — are constantly expanding within Palestinian territory. Israel’s invasion of Gaza last winter was a catastrophe that needlessly killed hundreds of civilians and garnered damning reports from the United Nations, along with distinguished human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and B’Tselem. Since UN resolutions are disregarded, international law is ignored, disproportionate violence continues and systematic oppression is state sanctioned, BDS becomes the only alternative to violence or symbolic diplomatic acts.

We abhor all acts of violence and oppression, which is precisely why we have answered the call for BDS from over 170 Palestinian civil society groups. BDS is an effective, non-violent strategy that empowers civil society to ensure human rights and international law are respected. If you believe Carleton shouldn’t be supporting severe oppression with its pension fund and has the obligation to invest responsibly, we invite you to sign our petition, and we wish to thank everyone for the overwhelming support we have received thus far. The BDS movement and SAIA’s divestment campaign provide all of us with an opportunity to challenge Israeli apartheid and ensure adherence to international law and human rights. — Sam Brimble, first-year physics student and member of Students Against Israeli Apartheid

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11 March 4-10, 2010 Op/Ed Editor: Marlee Wasser •

Chat room to courtroom A United States prosecutor has the opportunity to set a necessary precident and press criminal charges against a former American nurse for assisted suicide in the death of Carleton student Nadia Kajouji. Minnesota police have identified William MelchertDinkel as the man behind the online persona, Cami D — a young, female nurse who encouraged Kajouji to hang herself in front of a webcam shortly before the 18-year-old student’s body was found in the Rideau River in April 2008. Assisting or counselling suicide has long been outlawed in both Canada and the United States. Under Minnesota’s criminal code, Melchert-Dinkel could face up to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $30,000, or both. But this would mean breaking new legal ground since most cases involving the statute so far have involved someone who has provided a suicidal person with something physical, such as a weapon or vehicle. In this increasingly digital world, it is time these laws addressed online predators. In November, Canadian MPs unanimously passed a motion, which had been drafted in response to Kajouji’s death, calling upon the government to ensure that counselling, aiding or abetting a person to commit suicide is treated as a crime, regardless of the medium used. Pressing charges against Melchert-Dinkel will send a strong message to cowardly predators who think the Internet provides a faceless sanctuary for committing crimes. It’s all too easy to abuse the trust of someone suffering from mental illness online. Such conduct is not tolerated in hospitals or clinics, so why should it pass in cyberspace? Encouraging vulnerable members of society to take their lives is simply not acceptable. Using the web to do so is the same as pushing them off a bridge, or kicking the stool out from under their feet — sickening and illegal.  q

Advice from a charlatan There’s never been a good time to enter the newspaper business, but the last decade has been particularly vicious. So we met the founding of The Leveller last February first with bemusement, then incredulity. Yet despite the odds, the tenacious little tabloid has managed to survive. And it is now poised to receive $13,500 in annual funding — that is, if Carleton graduate students approve a referendum question to grant the paper a $1.50 per student levy. While it’s always encouraging to see a publication take root in a community, The Leveller needs to learn a lesson or two about responsible publishing before becoming accountable to student stakeholders. The paper’s reluctance to follow an objective style flies in the face of conventional journalistic sensibilities. Worse, it’s occasionally printed inaccurate, defamatory articles. The Leveller prides itself on being “primarily interested in being interesting,” and “doesn’t mind getting a few things wrong if it gets that part right.” Unfortunately, some people do mind when you get things wrong and they’re more likely to sue a paper that has money. “Being interesting” has yet to stand up as a defence for libel. If students choose to trust the Leveller with their money, they’ll begin expecting accountability. Along with the money should come annual audits and a board of directors to ensure the money is spent appropriately. If the fledgling paper wants to become a respected, legitimate community institution, it needs to realize there are different rules to playing ball at this level.  q

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An Arab for Israel through accusations of human rights violations. This is unfathomably ridiculous. While I’m not trying to lay out Arab states’ exhaustive list of human rights infringements, Hashem Hamdy is a third-year political it is clear that they hardly constitute the moral authority of science student who belongs to a coalition of the international community. students opposing Israel Apartheid Week. He Yemen executes its homosexuals. Women in Saudi says the event reflects a nationalistic Arab Arabia are not allowed to leave their homes uncovered or sentiment he does not share. without male accompaniment. My fellow Egyptians have not cast a fair or free vote in modern history. Reporters Without Borders ranks five Arab states among the bottom It is Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) at Ottawa’s universities 20 in its Press Freedom Index. Arab states are run by despots right now and at many others around the globe. IAW is — rulers with absolute authority. organized by those who argue Israel is an apartheid state — I am proud to be Arab. We are a proud people with a rich a country with officially separate legal status for inhabitants history who are unfortunately in a dark age. I miss Nasser based on race, religion, or ethnicity. and all of those that signified the Arab renaissance, but their The event is endorsed by many groups in Canada, spirit is far gone from the Arab world today. including the Canadian Arab Federation. In my experience, I do ask: Are these the people who should judge Israel? many Arabs support the event or at least the sentiment I think not. behind it. Having Arab heritage (even an Arab name), it Regardless of my heritage, when it comes to matters of wouldn’t be out of place for me to support IAW. Israel fairness and objectivity, I cannot support my brethren in and Egypt (my father’s place their criticisms of Israel. Israel is a of birth) were enemies from free, democratic state where women Israel’s inception through to the and gays have more rights than they I am proud to be Arab. We are a 1970s, and hatred of Israel is do in some Western countries. IAW, proud people with a rich history commonplace in Egypt (much as mentioned before, is supported who are unfortunately in a dark like the rest of the Middle East). by a coalition of groups. Looking However, I must differ with at my own campus, it is supported age. my Arab brethren. I support the by women’s groups, GLBTQ state of Israel. groups and human rights advocacy My opinion has raised a few organizations. This is where IAW eyebrows at the very least, and gets wonky: how can these groups definitely a few tempers. On campus I’ve been called, among support an event that condemns Israel when she is the only other things, a “race traitor.”Regardless, I see no conflict country in the Middle East who would grant these groups between my heritage and supporting Israel or a two-state any rights at all? solution. IAW’s arguments are so thin they make paper look like the The Arab-Israeli conflict is obviously a multifaceted one, Wailing Wall. It is the ugly, local face of a global movement and as a result people have many different views on the of dictators and bigots who criticize the one shining light in issue. The pan-Arab national identity sees the continued the darkness of ignorance and injustice that is the Middle plight of the Palestinian people as a “missing piece” of the East. And quite frankly, I will accept the judgment I receive Arab identity. While the dream of a pan-Arab state, far from from my Arab brethren for being one of the bearers of this nascent, is weak at best, Israel’s treatment of Palestinians beacon of justice. q will continue to be a rallying cry and uniting force for the Arab world as long as the conflict persists. For an expanded version of this opinion piece, see: Israel has been condemned by the Arab world, mostly by Hashem Hamdy

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12 March 4-10, 2010 Arts Editor: Cara Stern •

Bedouin clashes alone by Larissa Robyn Johnston Since he’s always been Jay Malinowski, he said it wasn’t hard for him to go from holding the title of Bedouin Soundclash’s lead singer to being a self-titled musician. And although he just released a record on his own, Bright Lights & Bruises, Malinowski is still a part of the reggae-soul band that earned many awards including a Juno in 2006 for New Group of the Year. “It wasn’t as much not wanting to do anything with Bedouin as it was just needing to do something different,” Malinowski said. “I was going through a lot of personal changes that wouldn’t necessarily fit to writing with the band so I just had these songs and put out a solo record.” The soul-folk sound of Bright Lights & Bruises reveals the singer-songwriter’s more personal side and has a darker sound than Bedouin Soundclash’s warm beats, he said. “It’s basically what I would do on my own if I hadn’t started Bedouin Soundclash,” he said. While writing the record, he took a break from the busy Toronto lifestyle and went closer to home on the West Coast. It’s easy to get distracted in Toronto where everyone focuses on themselves, Malinowski said. So he took his songwriting to Nanoose, B.C., on Vancouver Island, closer to his roots, he said. “For me, when I go back to everything it’s a huge presence . . . and it just reminds me of being home,” he explained. “I just feel a bit more centred when I’m on the ocean.” “I think anyone that grows up on an

ocean sort of has this feeling that they don’t know where they are in the world unless they’re on the ocean,” the Vancouver native said. With the freshness of the Pacific, Malinowski re-assessed everything after feeling the effects of touring with a band for five years, he said. “There’s quite a bit of wreckage personally that goes along with touring that long and being away from home.” But he said he wouldn’t re-arrange the route he followed from front man of Bedouin to solo artist. “It’s just what it was. That’s just how it’s all come about. I didn’t really have any plan of what kind of band I’d be in or where life would take me. And it’s taken it to here so it’s the only thing I know.”  q

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Banjo-ing across Africa by Arik Ligeti Bela Fleck has been around a while, you could say. The famed American banjo player first broke out onto the music scene back in the 1970s, before starting his successful bluegrass-jazz fusion group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. As of late, though, his focus has trailed off into a very different musical area. Taking a year-long break from his work with the Flecktones back in 2005, Fleck headed to Africa. “I wanted to go to where the banjo came from and interact with the musicians there,” Fleck said. The concept of working with African musicians on an album is not a foreign concept in the music industry, and Fleck has said he drew inspiration from artists like Paul Simon — who worked with South African singers in his groundbreaking 1986 album Graceland. Unlike Simon though, whose album had a pop feel, Fleck “mostly tried to play their music.” While in Africa, Fleck travelled to places like Uganda, Tanzania, Mali and the Gambia, collaborating with a variety of musicians along the way. “We brought a film crew and recording engineer, set up our gear wherever we ended up and started recording,” he

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explained. The result was both the critically acclaimed documentary Throw Down Your Heart, and an album of the same name, which won two Grammy awards. And now he is finally getting the chance to introduce his North American audience to the music first-hand, and so far, the feedback has been “incredible.” While performing live — like at his recent Ottawa gig — Fleck said he makes sure to provide fans with an opportunity to hear both him and his African tourmates shine. “People will hear plenty of me, and also get plenty of everyone else. I am not the kind of band leader who dominates the groups I lead,” Fleck said. One of the musicians playing along side Fleck is Bassekou Kouyate, a Malian ngoni player (the ngoni is a West-African string instrument, and ancestor of the banjo). Playing with a virtuoso like Kouyate, Fleck said he finds that he is able to play very much like his bluegrass self — at a very fast pace. Throughout the interview, Fleck came across as a very down-to-earth person. Despite all his critical success, he wants to share the stage with other musicians. “I want people to know when they come to see me that I will always play with the best possible musicians, and that they will not get ‘over-banjoed’!”  q

The theme of this year’s New Sun Conference on Aboriginal Arts, “Something Else Again!” was an opportunity to educate people about aboriginal arts, experience and the community, said host Allen J. Ryan, the New Sun chair of aboriginal art in culture. The 9th annual conference was hosted in the Minto Centre and Fenn Lounge on Feb. 27. “We’re in a period of reclamation of rebirth and it’s an energizing time to witness the celebration of aboriginal culture,” Ryan said. “Indigenous people have a real sense of connection and creativity on the backdrop of suppression over the last century.” At the front of the room sat an enormous mural by self-taught artist Christi Belcourt. Belcourt, who has done an in-depth study on the medicinal uses of plants, said she wanted to transfer traditional beadwork to the canvas. With acrylic paint, Belcourt used a raised dotted pattern to mimic the floral beadwork patterns of the Métis and First Nations. Participant Natalie McMullen, a first-year master’s student in applied languages and linguistics, said a conference on aboriginal arts is important because you can’t separate these different parts of your life from academia. “It is necessary to find another language that works more effectively to discuss the different conditions and circumstances [of Native America],” said Gerald Vizenor, internationally renowned Native American

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author and one of the speakers at the conference. At the break, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq performed in Fenn Lounge, where she filled the room with sounds of the North. Accompanied by electric violin and drums, Tagaq paired the old and new to create a surreal experience. “Throat singing is an emulation of the sound of the land,” said Tagaq, who can create the sounds of geese, ice creaking and the howl of a wolf with her voice. Each of Tagaq’s performances, all of which are improvised, take on a life of their own. “The performance stops whenever it wants to,” said Tagaq, who said she feels out the audience when she is performing. Tagaq, who performed at the Cultural Olympiad at the Vancouver Olympics, said there has been a lot of change in the last 50 years for Aboriginal Peoples. “There’s a breach of tradition and culture,” Tagaq said. “My roommates were probably freaked out when I started singing in the shower.” With a background as both a teacher and performing artist, Ryan said he knows what makes a really good show. However, he said he worries the conference would lose its intimacy if it gets any bigger. “It is the sense of community which is so powerful and gratifying that people can come together from a wide and very diverse group of backgrounds,” Vizenor said.  q


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New light on CKCU by Colin Harris There is a new voice on CKCU. The seven-year running Salam Ottawa, a Muslim radio show, will be replaced by Light on the Path. Although you will be able to hear the show’s new DJ, you’ll probably never know his name. “I have to be careful about showing off,” said the third-year law and psychology student. “In Islam there is an understanding that showing off, called riya, is very bad. While I am very excited about the show, I don’t want my name associated with it because I don’t want to show off.” He listeners will notice changes with the new show. “The focus of Salam Ottawa was a younger audience, focused towards high school and university kids that are Muslim. When we look at the overall Muslim demographic of the national capital region, there’s about 100,000 Muslims, and so the show was leaving a lot of them behind,” he said. “Instead of focusing the show on Islamic pop songs, it will be more religion based. . . . We’re going to have a traditional part of the show, an educational component, and a legal component where we take questions for issues of faith,” he said. “If somebody wants to know what to do in a certain situation, we’ll get an answer from a senior scholar.”

This requires a significant amount of work, he said, as there are no senior scholars outside the Middle East. “We’re going to set up an e-mail account, and I will be able to contact Egypt or Saudi Arabia and get an answer from somebody who has been doing it for 70 years,” he said. “Each week we will have Fatwa Corner, which is a religious ruling, where we’ll answer a couple questions.” This is quite a change from the DJ’s previous on-air work. “Back in the mid-’90s I used to DJ techno on CKCU and at clubs in Ottawa and raves in Toronto, but I stopped about 12 years ago,” he said, adding that he is returning to the media because he feels there is a need. “We’ve got wonderful services here and we need to make sure there is something for Muslims that is empowering and allows the Muslim community to work together,” he said. “It’s tough because of what’s happening internationally.” He said spirituality is very important to him and will be a major aspect of the show. “I guess the best way to look at it is to ask what is the meaning of life,” he said. “It’s asked at universities, seminaries, everywhere. . . . Islam is the only one with the answer, that God made man to worship Him.” Light on the Path airs Tuesdays from 5 – 6 p.m. on 93.1 CKCU FM.  q

Valentine’s Day Garry Marshall Warner Brothers Pictures New Line Cinema

Director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries) has taken the joy and heartbreak of the holiday to the big screen in this year’s romantic comedy Valentine’s Day. On the most affectionate day of the year, Los Angeles couples express happiness, disappointment and even hostility towards Valentine’s Day. A long list of top-notch actors provides a Love Actually-esque story of seemingly independent yet intertwining character relationships. The film starts with Reed Bennett (Ashton Kutcher) who is engaged to Morley Clarkson (Jessica Alba). However, Bennett ends up alone as Clarkson decides she wants to concentrate on her career. The tone goes from exciting to unbelievable in under 30 minutes — but with Bennet and Clarkson’s close friends constantly questioning the engagement,

13 it makes sense that the relationship was not meant to be. It figures there would be some sort of heartbreak right off the bat to keep the audience entertained. Bennett’s best friend, Julia Fitzpatrick (Jennifer Garner), is left in denial as secrets from her boyfriend, Harrison Copeland (Patrick Dempsey), are revealed. While coming home for the holiday, Kate Hazeltine (Julia Roberts), an American soldier, meets a handsome stranger (Bradley Cooper), who is hiding something about himself during the 14hour flight. Marshall keeps the secret fairly well right until the end. Actors Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner show their affection through young love, but they don’t do enough acting throughout the movie. Swift received mixed reviews for the “hyperactive teen” she portrayed but overall tried her best to play the typical teen overly excited about love. Another couple, Grace (Emma Roberts) and Alex (Carter Jenkins), are ready to have sex before leaving for college but soon realize the importance of waiting — making their relationship stronger. The old birds Estelle (Shirley MacLaine) and Edgar (Hector Elizondo) are happily married until another hidden truth is revealed. Incorporating these two is interesting and allows viewers to see how wonderful but tough love is. Liz (Anne Hathaway) and new boyfriend Jason (Topher Grace) hit it off until she gets caught as an adult phone entertainer, after numerous calls and Hathaway putting on a Russian accent. Kara Monahan (Jessica Biel), a depressed young publicist for football superstar Sean Jackson (Eric Dane), shares the hate of the holiday with sports reporter Kelvin Moore (Jamie Foxx). It is understandable if one cannot keep up since the film is quite full. Plots are well-written and well-played, but Marshall should have noticed too many actors were pushed together with parts only seen for about 10 minutes each — except for Kutcher and Garner. He could have taken some actors out and made some plots longer. Marshall intends to create a storyline that people can relate to but falls short to a degree. Overall, the film was cute, just like the special day should be. But if you don’t like seeing too many plots, wait until the movie reaches DVD and find out if it was worth it. 

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CU curlers sweeping through Switzerland by Rebecca Ryall at

When Canada takes the stage the World Junior Curling

Championships in Switzerland March 6-14, Carleton will be well represented. Third-year industrial design

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student Emma Miskew and firstyear political science student Lynn Kreviazuk form half of team “Homan” — the Ottawabased team that went 13-0 this past January to win the under-20 women’s national title. They will now compete against teams representing nine other countries including China, the United States and three-time defending world champions Scotland. “We’re probably a favourite going in, but our goal is just to play our hearts out and see what happens,” said Miskew, 20. It’s no small feat for the ladies, who admitted curling is often misrepresented as a retirees’ sport. “A lot of people just didn’t understand,” Kreviazuk said. “It wasn’t necessarily that they made fun of it, it was more that they would ask why—‘why curling?’ ” But Miskew said the image of curling has changed, especially with its popularity at the Olympic Games in both Vancouver and Turin. She said it’s shown the world that it is a “pretty cool” sport that people of all ages can enjoy. Both Miskew and Kreviazuk have been playing since they were six years old and currently play out of the Ottawa Curling Club along

with teammates Laura Crocker and Rachel Homan, their skip. “It’s a family thing,” said Kreviazuk of her own involvement. “My grandma, my dad and my sister all play so I sort of fell into it.” Miskew and Homan have played together for eight seasons, but Kreviazuk joined just two years ago, inheriting the spot from her older sister, who will join the team as fifth in Switzerland. Kreviazuk said unlike the World Juniors for hockey where players are individually plucked from a smattering of teams across the country, curling’s championship

process allows teams to rise through the provincial, national and world levels with their roster still intact. Now, as their Canadian gear begins to arrive, Miskew said the realization that this isn’t “just a dream” is starting to sink in. She said the team is trying to get out on the ice every day and throw the shots they think they’ll use at the world competition. “We’re just so excited to wear Canada on our backs,” she said. “This time we’re not watching other people. We’re representing Canada ourselves.”  q


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Ravens robbed of OUA East title

The Ottawa Gee-Gees ended Carleton’s season for the second year in row in a 59-54 loss by Raquel Teibert The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees trampled the Carleton Ravens for the second year in a row in an intense 59-54 loss in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East Finals Feb. 27. The Carleton hoopsters came out fired up and looking for revenge after last year’s OUA East Semifinals in which the Gee-Gees defeated them 55-49, putting an end to their season. However, spirit alone couldn’t stop the Gee-Gees from coming out stronger in the first quarter and capturing an early lead of 14-8. The Ravens went 2 for 13 from the field while the Gee-Gees went 5 for 12. Throughout the second quarter, the Ravens were tough, but their intensity led them to a bit of foul trouble. Coupled with shots that still wouldn’t drop, the Gee-Gees were able to maintain a solid lead of 28-20. The Gee-Gees also out-rebounded the Ravens 16-11. “We had a really bad start and they killed us in the first quarter. We fought hard in the second but it just wasn’t enough. We let [the Gee-Gees] do everything they wanted to do,” said first-year player Jennifer Stoqua. By the beginning of the third, energy in the gym had dropped, but the Ravens continued

to play hard. They took shot after shot, but it was still the GeeGees that ended up putting points on the board. H o w e v e r , throughout the rest of the quarter, the lady hoopsters slowly chipped away at the GeeGees and midway through, Carleton’s Courtney Smith hit a crucial three-pointer, allowing the Ravens’ to take the lead for the first time in the game. It was a battle until the end of the third, and with minutes left the Ravens managed to stop the Gee-Gees offensively and stay close on their heels behind by only three points, 40-37.

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With one quarter left, the energy from both teams was evident as the lead bounced back and forth between Carleton and Ottawa throughout the entire fourth quarter. Within the final minutes of play the score

was 55-49, favouring the Gee-Gees. In the last minute of play Carleton kept Ottawa’s lead to six points, and after a final timeout called by head coach Taffe Charles, Carleton gave it one last shot. With 30 seconds left, Smith was fouled on a three-point shot. She sunk two from the stripe. With 5.3 seconds left, Stoqua hit a huge three-pointer, reducing the lead to three points. But it was too little too late, and despite the fact that the Ravens never gave up, in the end Ottawa hit a final two points, sealing the game 59-54 and taking the OUA East Championship title. “We did the best out of any Carleton women’s team this year. We’re coming along, we just need to do better next season and hopefully win this game,” Stoqua said. Stoqua ended the game with six points. Team captain Ines Jelic led the Ravens with a huge 23 points while the Gee-Gees’ Hannah Sunley-Paisley led all players with 26 points. The rivalry was no doubt a huge incentive for the Ravens this year but, with the season over, it is next year that the team has to look forward to. “I think we have improved immensely,” said second-year player Alyson Bush. “We had a great season. It was a really tough way to end it but our success is definitely a direct reflection of our coaching staff. I think the great chemistry and determination of this year’s team is what enabled us to be successful.”  q

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16 March 4-10, 2010 Sports Editor: Grace Protopapas •

Redmen end Ravens’ season by Eric Mahovlich The McGill University Redmen defeated the Carleton men’s hockey team 5-1 on Friday Feb. 26, forcing a third and deciding game in the Ontario University Athletics East semifinal series Feb. 28 in which McGill ended Carleton’s season defeating them 6-2. The Friday night game at the Carleton Ice House began in favour of the Ravens with an early goal from Mike Byrd during a power play three minutes into the first period. Redmen forward Andrew Wright evened out the score shortly afterward, despite Carleton’s aggressive defence. With about five minutes left in the period, the Ravens took advantage of a power play, taking several shots on McGill’s net. However, the Redmen countered the Ravens’ assault and managed to slip in another goal giving McGill a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of intense play. In the second period McGill came out aggressively and took advantage of several power plays to hammer shots on Carleton goaltender Alexander Archibald. During an intense battle for the puck in Carleton’s defensive zone, Redmen forward Chris Downey’s helmet was knocked off, resulting in a high-sticking penalty for the Ravens. It was on the following power play that McGill’s Francis Verreault-Paul scored his second goal of the game. Later there was a close call for the Ravens when the Redmen thought they scored their fourth goal. However, it was dismissed because of a high stick that netted the puck. That didn’t discourage the Redmen though, who secured their lead after Simon MarcotteLégaré put the puck past Archibald to make it 4-1. The last few minutes of the period were very heated, with lots of penalties on both sides. However, it was the Redmen that were the most effective penalty killers and ended the second period with a solid shutout maintaining the 4-1 lead. The Ravens went into the third period struggling. They managed to pick up their

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pace a little bit and keep the puck on the other side of the rink; however, their efforts were not enough to stop McGill forward Alexandre Picard-Hooper from scoring McGill’s fifth goal of the game. That signaled a change in net as Ryan Dube skated out to replace Archibald. But even a change in goalkeepers couldn’t help the Ravens, and the rest of the third period wasn’t any better. Carleton seemed tired of constantly defending their net from McGill’s aggressive offence, and in the end ,McGill skated away with a 5-1 victory. “We didn’t play the way we were supposed to play. Now we have to go back to Montreal. It’s always hard to win in Quebec,” said Ravens forward Connor Barrett after the game. “We played about 10 minutes of a 60-minute game,” said Ravens’ head coach Fred Parker. “We need to bring our effort level up.” Only hours after Team Canada won the Olympic hockey gold medal Feb. 28,

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the Ravens faced off against the Redmen in Montreal for a third and final game. The Ravens played hard, but it was not enough to topple the Redmen, who won the game 6-2 and ended the Ravens’ season. “We were definitely disappointed because we knew what was at stake,” said Raven defenceman Christian Bourdeau-Mifflen. “We all wanted to get to nationals.” “We hit harder,” said Parker, “but we ran into a team that just wouldn’t be beaten.”  q

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The McGill University Martlets ended the Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team’s season and hopes of making the Quebec Student Sport Federation (QSSF) finals Feb. 26. Although the players may be disappointed with the 3-0 loss, head coach Shelley Coolidge said they have a lot to be proud of. “The third period was the one of the best they have played all season,” Coolidge said. In the first period McGill outshot Carleton 14-3, but fourth-year goaltender Valerie Charbonneau kept Carleton in the game by creating a solid wall that not even the No. 1-nationally-ranked Martlets could get through. Captain Tara O’Reilly also worked very hard to take the puck to the net, and Jacqueline Everson played her last game as a Raven hard from start to finish. However, two power plays in the second period helped the Martlets notch up three goals. The Ravens tried to rally back in the third but 14 saves by Martlet goalie Taylor Salisbury left the Ravens scoreless and the Martlets took the three-game series. Despite the loss, Coolidge said the Ravens’ goaltending has been the best in the league this season. But “at the end of the day you need to put the puck in the net. McGill did a great job of shutting us down,” she said. The Martlets will move forward to the QSSF Championship series where they will play the the Université de Montréal Carabins. Although the season is over, Coolidge said the team has laid the foundation for a good future at Carleton for the upcoming season and everyone is looking forward to next year.  q

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