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the carillon The University of Regina Students’ Newspaper since 1962

Aug.2 - Sept. 5 2012 | Volume 55 Issue 2 |

cover welcome to the last Carillon summer issue you get to enjoy before we have to all go back to living off a diet of red bull and hope all semester. Remember not to pass out with this carillon on your chest at the beach. Or you’ll also get a ridiculous burn like this one.

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dietrich neu business manager shaadie musleh production manager julia dima copy editor vacant news editor vacant a&c editor paul bogdan sports editor vacant op-ed editor edward dodd features editor vacant visual editor vacant ad manager neil adams technical coordinator jonathan hamelin news writer


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photographers vacant contributors this week taouba khelifa, rikkeal bohmann, hafsa hassan kombo, dustin christianson, kyle leitch, troy julé, jerad kozey, jessica bickford, todd blythe, colton hordichuk, arthur ward, bethel vopnu, osiyae damilola

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dealing with family




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In keeping with our reckless, devil-may-care image, our office has absolutely no concrete information on the Carillon’s formative years readily available. What follows is the story that’s been passed down from editor to editor for over forty years.

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

Illegitimi non carborundum.

democracy now!

this week at the carillon

the manifesto

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


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News Editor: Vacant the carillon | Aug. 2 - Sept. 5, 2012

New stadium raises concerns for citizens

Concerns arise over new stadium’s ability to revitalize anything at all

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this is usually what a midly interesting city council meeting looks like

dietrich neu editor-in-chief “I can’t remember the last time I was approached by so many people regarding one issue,” said Councillor Sharron Bryce while addressing a crowd of spectators during the last city council meeting on July 23. The hall was unusually packed that night. A building that normally sees a field of empty seats, with a small smattering of regular onlookers scattered throughout, was now filled to the rafters with people from across the city. So much so that many of them were forced to stand for close to three hours while city council debated what might be the most polarizing issue to strike Henry Baker Hall since the demolition of 1755 Hamilton Street – an affordable housing unit with structural issues that was demolished instead of repaired, forcing 46 people to relocate. The issue at hand: Regina’s joint agreement, called the memorandum of understanding, with the Provincial Government and the Saskatchewan Roughriders to build a new stadium by the year 2017. The topic has generated a tremendous amount of buzz around the city of Regina after it was announced July 16. The people of Regina have been split on the question: are you for the stadium or against it? However the city hall meeting this night was not filled with a 50/50 split of generally interested citizens. On this night the bulk of the onlookers were representing a steadily growing opposition to the newly planned football stadium,

estimated to cost the province around 675 million dollars in total. The night featured 14 delegates who spoke to city council, and all but one spoke out against the new stadium. The massive collection of people was not by chance, however. The majority of them had been mobilized by a Facebook group that started a few days earlier, calling for anyone concerned about the issue to join them in city hall to show their support. The Facebook page appeared to do its job. Although well over a hundred people showed up for the meeting, their concerns were generally the same: the city is not getting enough feedback from the citizens, they are not even trying to get it, or that the money would be spent else ware. “Like you all, I want our city to be the best in the country,” Said John Klein, a U of R IT support analyst who is also running for Ward 1 in the upcoming municipal election. “However, many people do not know your plans for how that vision will become a reality. Now that we know what your plan for professional sports and recreation is in Regina, what is your plan for fixing the affordable housing crisis this year? Where is your plan to address the infrastructure deficit in Ward 1?” The general consensus amongst the evening’s delegates was that the city was not listening

to the needs of the people, rather catering to a mere “want” that many citizens have. “The recent announcement on Saturday of plowing ahead with the building of a new football stadium shows the priorities of this Council as it relates to fully funding our civic employee’s pensions, a 238 Million dollar deficit, building affordable housing for current and future Regina residents, and repairing the city’s infrastructure,” Said delegate Jim Elliot. “All of the other priorities seen as important by the citizens of this city will be underfunded or left to fend for themselves not to mention all of the other expected costs if the city is allowed to proceed with this Fiacco legacy.” The city insisted that there is no other course of action for them to take. According to many of the city councillors, who spoke to the crowd after the delegations, Mosaic Stadium has “reached the end of its useful life.” They believe that there are two options, renovate the old stadium, or build a new one. They estimate that the cost to fix Regina’s current stadium would be upwards of 150 million dollars. “We approached the city, with the Roughriders, in regards to renovating Mosaic Stadium,” said Councillor Louis Browne. “They turned down the idea and have never wavered from that position.”

On the surface, a deal with the province to build a new stadium would seem to be the better option. The council reported that with the help of the province, Regina would only be required to contribute 78 million dollars to the construction of a new facility. The people who attended the meeting on that day were told that contributions from the provincial government and the Roughriders would allow the city to reduce their costs, and therefore allocate more money to projects such as affordable housing. Sounds like a good deal. However, over half of the Provincial Government’s contribution to the project comes in the form of a 100 million dollar loan to the City of Regina, bringing our bill to 178 million dollars before interest. The city’s proposed solution: create a “facility fee” incorporated into ticket prices that would pay for the loan over thirty years. “Since this fee is estimated to return approximately $100 million over thirty years, one wonders whether this sum alone, along with contributions from the Riders, could not have been used to upgrade the current stadium,” Said delegate Paul Gingrich. “This council does not appear to have seriously explored this option.” City council also noted that the construction of the new stadium is part of a larger project

called the Regina Revitalization Initiative. The hope is that with the construction of the new facility a space for land development will open up, and with the buzz of a “state of the art” facility coupled with a surge of development from the private sector, Regina’s north central area could see a massive turnaround. That turnaround is not set in stone. In order for the old stadium site and surrounding areas to see a rejuvenation, the private sector will need to step in and throw millions of dollars into the project. The city has estimated that 90 per cent of the funding for new developments in that area will have to come from private investors. When looking south of the border, the examples set by American cities that build new stadiums under the premise of community revitalization are not encouraging. A study conducted by economist Robert Baade discovered that after 30 cities across the United States who had built new stadiums none of them had “any measureable impact on the economy.” “It is likely that other factors, such as the tax environment and the existence of a skilled labor force, determine business location to a far greater extent than the presence of professional sports.” Baade writes. “The findings are particularly clear in suggesting that public funding of professional sports stadiums is not a sound civic economic investment. If the opportunity cost is included in cost-benefit considerations, public investment in new stadiums may be less than insignificant; they may be negative.” Detroit English professor Frank Rashid echoed Baade`s comments in an interview with The Nation. “Public subsidies for stadiums are a great deal for team owners, league executives, developers, bond attorneys, construction firms, politicians and everyone in the stadium food chain,” he said. “But a really terrible deal for everyone else.” The city has been openly criticized in the past for rushing through the process of creating the stadium plans, and many candidates in the upcoming election have asked for more community involvement in the decision making process. Unmoved by this, city council voted unanimously in favour of the memorandum of understanding that night.

“Public subsidies for stadiums are a great deal for team owners, league executives, developers, bond attorneys, construction firms, politicians and everyone in the stadium food chain, but a really terrible deal for everyone else.” Frank Rashid


the carillon | Aug. 2 - Sept. 5, 2012


The Future of Egypt Local Egyptian-born med student reflects on Egypt’s first election something we haven’t seen in the past 3 decades. Whether that change would be for the better or for the worse, only time will tell.

What hopes do you have for the new president of Egypt? Do you think he will follow through? I hope that he brings Egypt some much needed change. It is, after all, a country that lies on the brink of either greatness or an unfortunate downfall. I cannot speak to whether he will follow through with his promises or with our expectations of him, but at least he’s on the road to laying down some changes, which is a sign that the revolution will not have been for nothing.

With the elections over and the results announced, can we say that this is the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning of the uprising in Egypt? Hopefully it’s not the beginning of the end! I don’t think the revolution has come to an ending. In fact, I think it’s far from that. No one who truly partook in the “revolution” is in a position of power now and so as they say, the show must go on. This revolution has served as a power surge in the Middle East and has acted as a spark to fuel the Arab nations to rise against those who oppress, who murder, and who spew corruption. The “conservative” path can no longer be tread upon, after all the revolution didn’t rise by following along the footsteps of someone else. It’s all just a process in the end – beautiful and yet heart breaking. It will be one that takes time.

taouba khelifa contributor The Arab Spring made history as Egyptians took to the streets in early June of this year to vote in the first ever democratic presidential elections. This comes after past president and dictator Hosni Mubarak had ruled the country for 30 years. Mubarak now faces a life sentence in prison, and the country is now eager to move on and rebuild. After a fierce and close battle between the two top candidates in the election – Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammad Morsi and the former regime’s Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq – the people have spoken and Morsi claimed victory on June 18th, 2012 as Egypt’s first democratically elected president. Born in 1951 in the Al Sharqia Governorate, located in northern Egypt, Morsi studied engineering, earning a PhD from the University of Southern California. After his return to Egypt in 1985 Morsi became involved in politics and joined the Muslim Brotherhood’s guidance bureau. Morsi served as a Member of Parliament from 2000 to 2005, but was forced to run as an independent because the Muslim Brotherhood was forbidden from running candidates under the office of President Mubarak. As the Arab Spring erupted in Egypt, he was appointed head of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party. The June elections saw Morsi winning more than 50 per cent of the people’s votes. Egypt’s June elections may have passed, but the road ahead is a long and grueling one for Egypt and for Morsi. Egypt’s economy has been in chaos since the revolution, with nearly half of Egyptians living under the poverty line of $2 a day. Fears of currency devaluation as the country’s foreign currency reserves fall from $36 billion to $11 billion coupled with youth unemployment sitting at 25 per cent compounds the problem of rebuilding what was once one of the most economically stable countries in the Middle East.

newly elected Egyptian president, Mohammad Morsi

“ Egypt is now like an infant. It’s fragile and needs the time to be cared for, to be nourished, and to be supported until it can hopefully grow and flourish one of these days.” Mariam Rassem On top of the economic crisis, Egypt has also seen an increase in street crimes since the revolution. Reports of murders, rapes, robberies, carjackings, and looting in some neighbourhoods have decreased the overall sense of security and justice in the area. With these two major battles ahead, Morsi’s job will not be one of comfort or ease – but many Egyptians still have hope that change will come. Mariam Rassem is a Regina native currently studying medicine in Saskatoon. Originally from Egypt, Rassem and her family were one of thousands of Canadians who voted in the June elections. The Carillon spoke to Rassem about her reactions to the election, the results, and the future of Egypt. The Carillon: Describe your feelings as you were waiting for the election results.

Mariam Rassem: It was a mixture of emotions for me. I went from feeling surprised, to worried, to no longer caring, to feeling relieved. Surprised by what the first round of elections had revealed, which was that the two worst candidates had somehow (with the assumption the elections had run without corruption) risen to the top. It was something I could not understand. I was worried by what was to come. With all the growing arguments over “Shafiq vs. Morsi” I then started to feel as though I could care less about who would win the elections. In either case, I believed Egypt would get what it asked for and quite possibly what it deserved – whether it was a change for the better or for the worse. Finally, I was relieved to know that we could say we had our very first, very own President elected for the people by the people at last. That, at least, seemed to be a step in the right direction.

How was your family’s rhetoric around the elections? My family and I [voted] in the elections and were quite adamant to do so. Many Egyptians sacrificed their lives for the sake of this opportunity, to have the freedom to have a voice and a choice in the affairs of their country. Such a sacrifice should be honoured and the least we can do is make an informed decision and go out and vote.

What was your opinion of the two front-runner candidates – Morsi and Shafiq? I was shocked to discover that quite possibly the two worst candidates would somehow be in the lead in this race. Simply put, Shafiq was one of Mubarak’s leading men and would always symbolize the old, tainted regime the Egyptians so desperately wanted to be rid of. He was not going to bring the dire change Egypt needed and would just kill the revolution. I was displeased with Shafiq in every way possible, but I was also displeased with Morsi. It was kind of a choice between the lesser of the two evils I thought. I only wanted Morsi to win because I didn’t want Shafiq to win, not because I was in support of Morsi. I wanted Morsi to win because he would hopefully bring a wave of change to Egypt,

Where is Egypt headed now? Egypt is now like an infant. It’s fragile and needs the time to be cared for, to be nourished, and to be supported until it can hopefully grow and flourish one of these days.

the carillon | Aug. 2 - Sept. 5, 2012



Building some momentum RPIRG and SCIC work together to get young activists started dietrich neu editor-in-chief Young activists in Saskatchewan are getting a boost in the right direction. The Regina Public Research Interest Group and the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation have teamed up for the third year in a row to host a project titled Generating Momentum, a fourday retreat aimed at mobilizing youth to take an active role in the social and political issues that matter to them. In previous years around 50 young individuals, some students and some not, have made the trip to an isolated location around the province to engage in an intensive series of workshops and seminars that work on educating them about specific issues, or building skills that they can use once the camp is over. The goal is to provide youth with an accelerated journey towards becoming an activist. “A lot of the time young people don’t have the skills or information they need to become activists,” Said Helena Seiferling, Outreach and Events Coordinator at RPRIG. “Sometimes it takes a lifetime of doing things in your community to learn all of these things. Whereas when you come to a camp like this you get a crash course in all of these things.” The retreat began three years ago after current SCIC Executive Director Vicki Nelson felt that


there was a gap in this kind of training that needed to be filled. “It came from a need,” Said Nelson. “Once you graduate high school and you are in university, you go to class and get all of this critical thinking knowledge, you are passionate about certain issues but have no outlet. So we saw that and wanted to provide an outlet for young people that needed one.” This year the event is taking place at Cedar Lodge in Dundurn, just outside of Regina. Both organizers at RPIRG and SCIC agree that an isolated location is an important part of the retreat, taking

young people away from their normal environments and providing them a new location to accompany their new learning experience. According to organizers, the retreat breaks down into two main categories: skills training and information training. During information training the participants are educated about specific social and political issues through a series of documentaries, guest speakers, and presentations from experts in the relevant areas. Generating Momentum’s skills training is about putting knowledge to use in the form of non-vi-

olent direct action, understanding human rights, how to establish a cooperative, or looking at alternative models for activism. “At the end of the camp we hope that the people involved will be able to put all of that knowledge and those skills to work and to make their communities a better place,” Seiferling said. It would appear that the program has achieved that goal so far. “We have definitely seen it happen,” Nelson noted. “We have seen a lot of Generating Momentum alumni getting involved in campus politics, serv-

Previous Generating Momentum camps have helped youth become involved in their communities

ing on the board of directors for various activist groups, or getting involved with SCIC and RPIRG.” “There have been lots of projects that we look at and say ‘oh, I remember those people talking at Generating Momentum, and now they are in this campaign,’” Seiferling added. “You can see the people around in the city. That is really great and I hope we can see that continue.” Although both RPIRG and SCIC were modest while talking about the future, and honest about its uncertainty, they both agreed that an ideal future would lead to Generating Momentum becoming a self-sustaining entity. might mean a “That Generating Momentum foundation that runs the camp every year, it might mean something else,” Nelson said. “That would be the dream: to have an autonomous organization that can self-perpetuate.” As for the present, RPIRG and SCIC are focused on one thing: giving young people the tools they need to become active in the community, social, and political issues they care about. “A lot of people need to find their issue and find their passion,” Nelson continued. “Even though they might not realize it at the time, I think the skills that they gain at Generating Momentum push them to stay involved.”

Age is just a number Conrad Hewitt is the youngest person to ever run for city council rikkeal bohmann contributor While many recent high school graduates entering university are just wondering how they’re going to survive on Kraft Dinner for the next few years, Conrad Hewitt is out campaigning and spreading the word about his platform. Hewitt is running for city council in ward one for the upcoming civic election occurring on October 24, 2012. He also happens to be just eighteen. He will be the youngest person to ever run for city council in Regina, and will also be starting at the University of Regina this fall entering into business administration. Hewitt is not completely new to the world of politics. He grew up in a politically aware household with both parents being political volunteers. He first stepped into a political campaign office at the young age of four years old, and has been swept up by the political world ever since. “I was born to be a candidate,” said Hewitt. “I can’t see myself doing anything else… at heart I’ll always be a politically minded person.” His past experience with politics and the community include a run as high school president at Campbell Collegiate, membership

on the Campbell Collegiate community council and his Church’s vestry for three years. Hewitt doesn’t think being a student will harm his ability to be an effective city councillor, citing that most of the city council members already have other full time jobs. Do not think that he underestimates university life though, as he sees that it will be a challenge, but he is confident he can seek and achieve a good balance. After only a few sentences it becomes clear that Hewitt possesses political knowledge that would rival most people in the city, not simply other eighteenyear-olds. His platform includes

three main focuses: Striking a balance between taxes and services by focusing on sustainable growth and development, restoring and maintaining our aging infrastructure, and working towards a more engaging and accessible city government. Having a young person run for city council does bring up the issue of ageism in politics and how age can affect one’s ability to make governing decisions. Hewitt finds himself running against people who have many more years on him, but he is not concerned with that. “Politics used to be an old boys club,” He said. “But now, the

“ I don’t see myself as a young person involved in politics. I see myself as a citizen involved in politics.” Conrad Hewitt

standard has shifted to interest, passion, and caring about what’s going on.” Hewitt has created a buzz in this civic race, which is sure to add to the already interesting upcoming election. An individual his age running could help bring the notoriously apathetic younger demographics to the polls. In the last federal election, according to Statistics Canada, only 55.9 per cent of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 24 voted, and the turnout for municipal elections is often quite lower than that. Hewitt believes he can bring the idea of the political system back to the younger generation of voting citizens, and hopes this opens the door for more young people to enter into politics. “[It is] important for people to remember that politics is the process about working towards a better society,” he said. “Everyone is working towards the ultimate goal.” While Hewitt might be most noted for being the youngest person to ever run for city council, a reputation that could hurt him, or help him, it is clear that he looks at things differently. “I don’t see myself as a young person involved in politics. I see myself as a citizen involved in politics.”


the carillon | Aug. 2 - Sept. 5, 2012


U of R student runs for mayor Meka Okochi shares his plans for Regina is looking to devise different tactics to get students interested in voting. One such tactic revolves around getting URSU involved in the municipal election process; however, he is still waiting on

Hafsa Hassan Kombo contributor U of R student Meka Okochi is in the running for mayor of Regina. The 34-year-old Nigerian-born Canadian student is currently pursuing a PhD in water infrastructure at the University of Regina. Okochi, who came to Regina in 2004, is also employed the Regina Regional at Opportunities Commission as the head of economics development. Okochi, one of four city council candidates affiliated with the U of R, made his announcement to run for mayor in early April of this year. Like many politicians before him, Okochi has focused his campaign on maximizing opportunities for the people of Regina and engaging them in civic governance. “‘I dream of Regina as a working class city,” Okochi said. “A city diverse in terms of culture, the economy, and career opportunities. A city with easy access to accommodation.’’ Okochi believes that through a diversity of new ideas he will be able to capture the creativity of the public and get them engaged in the election process. In order to avoid the typical low voter turnout of previous municipal elections, Okochi plans to

“ No matter the outcome, I hope I can inspire a new generation of voters.” Meka Okochi

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use communication and social media to boost public participation. One of Okochi’s ideas, he has decided, is to engage in a series of house calls where people invite him to their homes and talk to

him about the challenges they face. He claims that it also has the added benefit of allowing other people to get to know him. In regards to how he intends to get students involved, Okochi

their response. If he gets URSU’s help Okochi plans to engage students in debates with the candidates so as to create a dialogue between the students and their future leaders. ‘’This will help to create a government that listens,’’ he said. In addition, Okochi feels there are ways that the city could be getting involved to improve postsecondary education in Regina.

‘’education is an experience that ought to be enjoyed by every individual,’’ he said. According to Okochi, the city should do more to help students have access to affordable housing by providing them with more options. ‘’the people of Regina should be given sustainable solutions both for the long term and short term.’’ The new football stadium has clearly landed itself as the number one issue in the municipal election. Many advocates of affordable housing are claiming that the money for the new football stadium could be better spent on developing new homes for low income individuals. Although he is not opposed to the stadium, Okochi believes the city’s decisions were made with too much haste. ‘’I would have done it differently,” he said. “I would have not made any decisions until the issue had been critically looked at and had the engagement of citizens with more discussion about the issue.’’ Although he is a new candidate, Okochi is full of optimism and believes that this could be his year. ’’No matter the outcome, I hope I can inspire a new generation of voters.’’

Banned from the boardroom Faculty union executives challenge controversial B.C. bill Jonny Wakefield The Ubyssey (University of British Columbia)

VANCOUVER (CUP) — Two labour groups are taking to the B.C. Supreme Court to challenge a controversial bill that bans union executives from serving on the boards of post-secondary institutions. The Federation of PostSecondary Educators (FPSE) and the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) filed notice Monday that they were challenging legislation that bans faculty from sitting on a university or college board of governors while serving on the executive of a union. They argue that the legislation, known as Bill 18, undermines union members’ Charter rights. “[Bill 18] says you have to choose between whether you are going to be active in your union or on the board of your institution,” said Philip Legg, communications director for the FPSE. “You shouldn’t have to make that choice. Being active in your union is a right that you have. It’s called the freedom of association.” Bill 18 was brought to the legislature in late 2011 by Minister of Advanced Education Naomi Yamamoto and became law in April 2012. The court challenge

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was brought after the legislation was used to remove a union-affiliated faculty member from the Vancouver Island University board. Yamamoto argued that allowing union executives to serve on post-secondary boards is a conflict of interest. “The legislation guards against the conflict of interest that results if an individual is — at the same time — representing an institution as a board member and sitting at a bargaining table as a union executive member,” Yamamoto wrote in a statement.

“ Being active in your union is a right that you have. It’s called the freedom of association.” Philip Legg But according to UBC Board of Governors faculty representative Nassif Ghoussoub, the Province is sending universities a mixed message on what consti-

tutes a conflict of interest. He said that if the provincial government is going to start declaring conflicts of interest for union executives, they should also examine whether

a conflict exists for those in management positions as well. “The University Act doesn’t specify who can represent [students and faculty] and who cannot,” he said. “Now they want to add that people who are on the executive of faculty associations cannot. But in the same vein, they should add that faculty members in management are also in a conflict of interest.” The challenge is expected to have far-reaching implications for other controversial aspects of the bill. Another provision gives a board the ability to remove an elected representative with a twothirds majority vote. Ghoussoub pointed out that two-thirds of the UBC Board of Governors is appointed by the Province, enabling appointed members to remove elected representatives. Legg said they expect the constitutional challenge will be “lengthy and expensive.” But he said that their members felt they have no other choice. “We met with the minister in December, and we asked a very basic question: What is the problem this legislation will fix? And she couldn’t point to any example that we felt justified the removing of union activists from a board,” he said. “We’re quite resolved on this one.”


A&C Editor: Paul Bogdan the carillon | Aug. 2 - Sept. 5, 2012

You Can’t Choose Family The Carillon’s survival guide to getting through family reunions Dustin Christianson contributor Gathering a group of people who tend to annoy you to insanity and somehow have conflicting views on everything should be considered cruel and unusual punishment, but such is the nature of the family reunion. The best way to deal with a family reunion is actually quite simple. Don't show up. How much fun can a bunch of familiar, skin-covered creatures, all gathered up celebrating their own collective stink with (and with only) their own kin-folk be anyways? You've got a duty, kid, to your family, and that duty is to get laid and procreate. To prolong and diversify your bloodline. Since the chances of this happening are already infinitely minute and forever undetectable in their proportion, the best interest of your entire family lies in your absence. Honestly, you'll need to use every moment you have in life in order to achieve reproduction. After all, even if you do end up procreating at your family reunion, it's quite probably under the pretenses of incest. You and your reproductive junk (and your potential putrid progeny) best be getting along elsewhere, your grandfather would say, fiddling with his new colostomy bag.

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frankly, I can’t think of anything more riveting than having my hair pulled by that annoying kid who’s name I forgot If, even despite your adamant refusal to attend, you find yourself thoroughly convinced of your obligation to this familial affair -perhaps finally swayed by your Mother's sound argumentation and profound rhetorical swagger -- then the situation has grown truly dire. Bring along your walkman, your iPod, or whatever musical-brain-injection device you have that is inter-cranial in its operation and convenient to carry. iPods traditionally have more games, apps, and pornography than your walkman, even though it has that barbie sticker on the

back that you used to wank it over. If, even though one brings along the preferred musical-playback-contraption-device, one still finds the family reunion unbearable, other easy options remain. Pursue a crystal meth addiction. Fortunately, they say, addiction is prone to arise from merely a single dosage, and if you time it perfectly, your three-day weekend will hastily dissipate from existence with a veritable, heretofore unfathomable,speed. Furthermore, if you show up to the family reunion on meth, doing meth, and carrying meth, you

will be the life of the party! Perhaps, though, you'd rather not take up meth for just a single, selfishly beneficial weekend. It seems immoral to be so non-committal. So, meth’s not your thing. Try doing the opposite of what you’d be doing on meth then, and sleep as much as you can. You already do this anyway, so the behaviour should be familiar. Doing so at the family reunion will not only speed up the passage of time, but your family will all learn of your most intimate nature and true identity, through first hand experience. And this, in some sense, is the true

purpose of the family reunion. You can sleep on the way there, when you're there, and on the way back. Tell them you're just tired, from old age, or diphtheria and diarrhea or something, like more than half the people there. But, even you can only sleep for so many hours (and count so many sheep), why not do what really should have been your first idea and just be yourself. Your whole family is there, being and becoming itself, together. You can do your part, just like any of them, in creating the whole. Your family will not be as robust or full in its potential if you are not there, or simply do not try. They don’t care if you are a drug addict or if you have failed the greater portion of your university classes since you spend most of your free time on the internet watching scat porn. Your family does not mind the tremendous gaping hole in your being – they will fill it, or at least try to fill it, with love. For free. The best way to enjoy your family reunion is to remember, in advance, that it is an opportunity for positive energy, good experiences, and beneficial development, not a complete onslaught of the opposite. Enjoy the time, the company, and the sunshine, since – sooner or later, and sooner than you think – we'll all be dead.

Tornado, scarecrows, witches, and lions strike Saskatchewan farm Prairie Skies Musical Theatre takes on an old favourite paul bogdan arts editor Prairie Skies Musical Theatre’s inaugural production is underway with the company’s take on The Wizard of Oz. New to Regina, Prairie Skies does outdoor theatre on a farm just outside of Edenwold, SK. The production doesn’t change much from the original, and is more or less what you’re expecting from this classic. Disappointing to hear were recorded backing tracks to accompany the singers. Songs like “Over the Rainbow” which pull the melody ever so slightly before or after the beat would have benefited greatly from a live accompaniment. Recorded backing tracks may be created with live musicians, but a backing track will never be able to do the things a live musician can. Backing tracks can’t slow down slightly if the singer is really pulling on the beat; they can’t play louder or give more if the moment calls for it; they can’t repeat a part if a singer

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The more I think of how much better Munchkinland is than Regina, the sadder I get misses his or her cue. Moreover, live musicians are human and prone to error, but can often save themselves -- or have a bandmate save them -- quick enough that the audience may not even notice; backing tracks cannot, and if they skip or screw up (which did happen once briefly), the consequences are often worse. At least though, the only live aspect to the music was done well. All of the singing was done rather well, but even Judy Garland would have been satisNoelle fied with actress

Antonsen’s singing. In place of the traditional painted backdrops was a large digital screen that made scene changes much smoother and quicker. However, the backgrounds displayed on the screen looked somewhat cheesy. Oz looked like some weird alien overlord, and I’ve seen gif files with better animation. Even if the show ended up being a complete disaster and everything had gone inexplicably but entirely wrong, it would have been saved by Pebbles the dog

who played Toto. I’m not much on small dogs, but every time she came on stage, I had to resist running on stage and stealing that dog for being so damn cute. She didn’t even do anything! She had no lines and was either carried, led, or told where to go on stage, and she still managed to be a star simply because she was that adorable. Prairie Skies Musical Theatre is a simple idea that attempts to be grandeur with a large stage, many lights, lots of smoke, and a big digital screen. The company’s first

production would have had a truly grandeur performance if this simple idea of outdoor theatre been done in a simpler matter. If you’re going to perform outside, you may as well have a simple stage on the ground and utilize things like trees and shrubs instead of having an image of a tree on a screen, especially if the play is set predominantly outside. The best part of the performance lies in the theatre company’s title. It was an absolutely gorgeous evening outside, with the sun setting behind the stage and the sky gradually fading darker until the stars decided they too wanted to come out and watch the performance. Being removed from the city also added to the play’s rural setting, but quite simply it’s hard to argue with being outside on a quiet summer evening in the prairies. The production of The Wizard of Oz wasn’t spectacular, but by no means was it done poorly. The whole experience is where Prairie Skies Musical Theatre excels though: a sunset drive out of the city, watching a classic story, and counting stars during scene changes.


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Dark Knight disappoints Dark Knight can’t rise above previous success The Dark Knight Rises Dir. Christopher Nolan Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway

Christopher Nolan has made the superhero movie cool again. His spin on the Batman mythos (and hopefully the upcoming Superman mythos) has been breathtaking, heartbreaking, and all-together mind-blowing. Following the death of Heath Ledger shortly before the premier of 2008’s The Dark Knight, serious doubt was cast on whether or not Nolan would continue on with the third movie in what has become the highest-grossing superhero movie franchise of all time. On July 20, the long-anticipated The Dark Knight Rises hit theatres like a rocket from the Tumbler. I was just as excited as anybody. The finale of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy promised to be the best in the series. I thought that Nolan’s gritty realization of Batman and the seedy underbelly of Gotham would be outstanding. Instead, I

got an epilogue that sank like a Bat-Anchor. The movie opens with the villain du jour Bane, played by Tom Hardy, hijacking a CIA plane. And might I be the first to say, what in the blazing blue hell is up with Bane? I know that monstrosity of a painter’s mask on his face is supposed to be saving his life, but why does it have to muddle his voice to the point of incomprehensibility? He sounds about as intelligent as that little imbecile fresh out of oral surgery on YouTube. This is going to be a long three hours if I can’t understand the evil half of the dialogue throughout. Cut to Bruce Wayne, reprised by Christian Bale. Since the events of the last film, Wayne has taken the Howard Hughes approach to billionaire reclusiveness. Batman has disappeared after becoming public enemy number one, and Bruce Wayne hasn’t been seen for years. Bruce has a Anne with run-in Hathaway’s Selina Kyle, who, although never being mentioned by the name Catwoman is, in fact, just Catwoman. After this brief encounter, Bruce Wayne decides that he needs to don the cowl once more

and bring Batman back to Gotham. Just because. Bane shows up in Gotham because of the possibility of the existence of a failed nuclear generator funded by Wayne Enterprises under the city (just roll with it). Bane figures out that this generator can be turned into a fourmegaton nuclear bomb if it was given the right encouragement. Batman shows up, and he and Bane throw Batman fails, down. Batman has a training montage, Batman—wait for it—rises, Batman and Bane throw down again, Batman wins. Then the ending, a screw-job, copout ending that practically announces that everyone involved stopped giving a shit, and shot the first thing

that the most uncreative bloke on set suggested. The primary problem with this film is that it doesn’t bring anything new to a series that has been so dependent on character evolution and stunning set pieces. Every review I’ve read thus far has loudly touted character development. There is no character development throughout the film. Whiny Character A gets less whiny in three hours. That isn’t character development. That’s puberty. Character development is what we saw in Aaron Eckhart’s Harvey Dent in the last film. There was an incorruptible ray of hope for Gotham City that was broken by the Joker and turned into what could

have been a very cool villain and a very real threat to Gotham for this movie. Instead, he’s killed off about as quickly as he appears, and we’re stuck with someone who mumbles even worse that the titular Dark Knight. The “stunning” set pieces, too, left something to be desired. The things that made me “ooh” in the slightest were the same things that made me sit in slack-jawed wonder throughout The Dark Knight. Gunfight? Check. Freeway chase involving the Bat-Cycle? Check. Gunfight in a financial institution? Check. The only newness came when a football stadium literally opens up and swallows two entire football teams. And even then, that scene was shown in every teaser trailer and TV spot, so by the time the scene came in the movie, I was anxiously checking my watch and yawning loudly. What should have been one of the best films of 2012 just left me glaring at the screen in silent fury. This film was a let-down from beginning to end.

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Shad Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness Decon

While Canada is about as well known for its rap as Alabama is for its tolerance, both do exist. I’ve heard good things about Birmingham, but I digress. As one of Canada’s forefront rap artists, Shad’s latest EP, melancholy and the infinite shadness, takes a rather experimental turn from his previous recordings, all the while spearheading a blatant attack at capitalizing letters and traditional grammar. As a white male in my early

20’s, and this clearly being my area of expertise, there’s no mistaking Shad’s signature 90s-era style; it hasn’t left. What has though, is typical song structure and all that comes with it, which, depending on what you like, can be a welcome change. With only five songs and a running time of around 11 minutes, it starts off incredibly strong with “a milli vanilli” and “out here (cannonball)”, but seems to fade as the EP progresses. It’s not as if it ever gets bad though, just more tame. With that said, it’s certainly worth a listen. Whether this marks a dramatic turn in Shad’s sound or not is to be seen, but on a scale of chain restaurants, going from Arby’s to Earl’s, this is a Boston Pizza through and through. If you’re a fan of Arby’s, stop lying to yourself.

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Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD are the epitome of everything that Wynton Marsalis hates, and I’m sure if he ever heard their second album, BBNG2, he would spontaneously combust in fiery rage. Any proponent of classic-sounding jazz would, given the songs off BBNG2 figuratively parallel drummer Alex Sowinski’s words about a favourite Coltrane piece among many jazz musicians: “Fuck that shit”. BBNG2 fuses complex song structures, traditional jazz playing, individual virtuosity, and

hip-hop grooves to create a jazz album that pushes the genre forward despite the love for retrospective thinking commonly found with jazz musicians. Instead of including a cover of a well-known jazz standard, an instrumental version of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” comes near the album’s end and is definitely one of BBNG2’s highlights. Another standout moment is the ten-odd minutes shared between the songs “Rotten Decay” and “Limit to Your Love”, the former switching between lethargic and spasmodic tempos and the latter featuring an extended bass solo under a straightforward, hip-hop groove. BBNG2 is an example of how jazz can be new and exciting in 2012. It’s refreshingly new for a genre that can sometimes overlook over forty years of innovation.

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Five Things I Could Have Done Instead of Watching The

Dark Knight Rises

This is probably the anger stage of the five stages of grief. Thanks a lot, Batman. I’m grieving.


Take up crocheting


Drive to Moose Jaw 5.4 times


Walk 10 km


Go see Marvel’s The Avengers again

Crocheting is an activity that more people under the age of 102 should take up. It’s a great wrist workout, and think of the pride you’ll feel when you wear the ugly-arse sweater that you made for Christmas dinner this year.


The average brisk walking speed in a marathon is four miles per hour or six-pointfive kilometres per hour. Anyone who knows me knows I’d be going slower than that. 10 kilometres at my average walking speed would be no problem over the runtime of TDKR.

I know I was harsh on superhero movies last year —in fact naming them to my worst films of 2011. But Joss Whedon and company really stepped it up with The Avengers. Thanks to Whedon’s genuinely great movie, I believe in Marvel, again.


Anything else in the world

Yes, I could have done literally anything else on the goddamn planet, and been happier than I was watching The Dark Knight Rises. I can handle being disappointed by genuinely bad films, but being disappointed by films that had so much to live up to is all that much worse.

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A Tale of Two Cities Country jamboree a dichotomy between chaos and sanity jerad kozey contributor The Craven Country Jamboree is Dickensian in more ways than the living conditions. It’s really a tale of two cities. One being the festive, free spirited, sinful city that is the general camping grounds, and the other the more refined, and dedicated grandstands area. The grandstands area houses the artists, families, and employees that work hard to provide the great party that is Craven Country Jamboree for themselves as well as those who brave general camping. The existence of these two distinct areas at Craven allows people from all walks of life to enjoy a good time. As I walked through the general camp grounds, it became obvious that the picnic table slip ‘n’ slide was a favourite pastime of nearly everyone, public nudity was openly accepted, and the long standing tradition of burning couches was alive and well. Venturing into the general camping grounds is not for everyone, but those who do are treated to a unique experience to say the least. Inhibitions are nearly non-existent amongst the sea of people, labyrinth of trucks, trailers, and $17 Walmart tents that have been purchased regardless of their

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cowboy hats, shirtlessness, and friends: what Craven is all about likely three-night survival limit. What happens in the general camping grounds is highly unpredictable from night to night. When returning from the grandstands I often found that I was hit with a wave of excitement as I walked into the unknown. “All you know is that your brain begins to hum, and you feel a tingle down your spine when craven comes around,” said one camper at the grounds. “You can

feel the vibe driving into the campgrounds and you know, something wild, and possibly illegal may happen, and it’s going to involve you. The details really don’t matter out here.” Obviously beer is in no short supply. Most campers live off a liquid diet of whiskey and Pilsner —leaving a little room for hot dogs, hamburgers, and the odd taco-in-a-bag of course. For many, the next beverage was never far

out of reach. However, I noticed that the campers at the general grounds were—more often than not—very generous and weren’t put off by a request for a drink. Considering the majority of campers buy enough booze to kill themselves, you might argue that they are doing themselves a favour by sharing. When I asked several people why they bring so much alcohol I would get a similar answer every

time, “Always over prepare, never under prepare.” The only thing preventing the festival from being completely over thrown by legions of stumbling partiers are the committed employees alongside countless volunteers and paramedics that give hours of their time to provide everyone with a safe and fun Craven experience. From what I saw, these people are truly the backbone of the jamboree. It was this small community that sacrificed their weekend to keep the masses of booze-fuelled fans under control and try to maintain an equilibrium between the controlled country fans and superfluous shenanigans. Swaying the balance too far on one side would tear Craven apart. The combination of true country music fans and reckless excitement from an unruly crowd is what keeps everyone coming back. The bigger the festival gets, the bigger the show. Craven is a festival that hits home on both Saskatchewan’s prairie country spirit and its undeniable drinking culture. With the show that increases in scope every year, the Craven Country Jamboree is becoming solidified in Saskatchewanian culture.

Steeltown built with steel, rock n’ roll Local filmmaker documents Hamilton’s music scene Nolan Matthews The Silhouette (McMaster University)

HAMILTON (CUP) -- “A couple of years ago, there was a situation where a busker got arrested downtown for busking,” recalled Cody Lanktree, director of HamiltonSeen, a promotional company that seems to involve itself in all things media creation, marketing and design. “The musicians of Hamilton were all, ‘Oh, we can’t have this here. This is a place where music happens and artists are loved. How could this happen here, of all places?’” said Lanktree about the public response to the busker’s arrest. Lanktree, like many others looking to set injustices right, created a Facebook group, which he called “Busker Crawl.” More than 80 musicians performed on James Street in Hamilton, he said. The city ultimately changed its bylaws to allow busking. The public reaction to the busker’s arrest seem to show that music is a (perhaps surprisingly) significant part of Hamilton’s identity — significant enough that Lanktree has decided to make a documentary about the city’s music scene.

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Lanktree’s film, Seen — A Document(ary) of the Hamilton Music Scene, almost didn’t happen. “I was considering leaving Hamilton,” said Lanktree. “A relationship had ended, and I was thinking maybe this is my time to take a step out into something else, and I was thinking about making travel documentaries,” he recalled. “I was looking at prices to fly to the Philippines. I’d gotten that far, and it was way too expensive, which was part of my decision not

to leave yet. “I realized that I’d spent the last three and a half years here in Hamilton making a lot of really great friends in the music scene, and I was like, ‘I should do something with that before I go,’ and this is me doing something with that before I go,” said Lanktree, who was quick to modesty. “I don’t want to say that I’m giving something back or anything like that. That would be kind of silly.” Today, it seems like the internet has made the idea of a local

music scene seem outdated;, but Lanktree believes that local scenes will always be important. “In Hamilton, if you go to any show, half the audience is musicians, so what could more directly influence you than the people that you’re seeing every Saturday night?” he said. “There’s an immediacy related to how direct your relationship is to something. If the woman that you love writes a beautiful song for you, that’s the greatest song you’ve ever heard.” There’s been big support of

film from Lanktree’s Hamiltonians, and on June 30, a group of the city’s musicians played a fundraiser show at the Casbah for Lanktree’s documentary. “There was just a certain point last Saturday night at the fundraiser I looked around the room and I recognized half the people there, and just thought that the rest of these people are here because they believe in what the music of Hamilton is. Very rarely in life do you get opportunities to be filled with hope about what it is that you want to accomplish.”

“ If you go to any show, half the audience is musicians, so what could more directly influence you than the people you’re seeing every saturday night?” Cody Lanktree


Sports Editor: Vacant the carillon | Aug. 2 - Sept. 5, 2012

Five athletes to watch this year If you’ll be watching U of R sports this year, look out for these guys

rookie and sophomore seasons, there is a very good chance she will continue that trend.

dietrich neu editor-in-chief The fall semester is just under a month away, bringing with it a new year for University of Regina athletics. For our summer issue, the Carillon has comprised a list of five university athletes that sports fans should keep their eyes on during the school year. Some are coming back from injury while others are looking to follow up dominant seasons. Whatever the reason, these athletes are sure to have all eyes on them when their seasons get underway.

1. Marc Muller – Rams Quarterback To the chagrin of Rams fans across the U of R, Muller suffered a season-ending injury to his throwing shoulder during the first possession of the Rams 2011 season, forcing the CFL prospect to watch from the sidelines as the Rams struggled during the rest of the campaign. Now the Rams signal caller is back for his final year with the team. Considering his talent and immense value to the university’s football team, it is fair to say that everyone, CFL scouts included, will be watching Muller this year. 2. Andrew Nelson – Men’s Volleyball Nelson caught the eyes of the entire country during the 2011 men’s volleyball season.

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Despite being a fresh-faced rookie, Nelson helped the Cougars put up four wins –believe it or not, that was actually a huge step forward for them. He picked up the CIS rookie-of-the-year award along the way. Last season he became the only player in the history of the men’s volleyball squad to register 25 kills in a game, and he did it not once but twice. Considering he was a first year, is it safe to assume this kid is going to reach some impressive milestones during his career.

3. Jessica Winter – Cougars swimming team Former Carillon sports editor Autumn McDowell once said “she is basically a fish” when describing the outstanding performances of Jessica Winter last year. Winter, who recently spent time in Montreal at the Canadian Olympic trials, set two school records last season and was the only member of the Cougars swimming team to make it to the CIS championships final round. She has been voted team MVP in both her

4. Kirk Ackerman – Men’s wrestling Ackerman is one of many outstanding wrestlers that this university has produced. He placed first in four tournaments last year, and snagged a silver medal at the CIS championships –although he admits that anything other than gold was a disappointment. He is coming off of a fairly bad knee injury and it will be interesting to see if he can keep up the impressive form that has allowed him to dominate virtually all of his competition thus far. Knee injuries are an interesting thing though; sometimes people come back 100 per cent, sometimes not. We will have to wait and see. 5. Kelly Wiebe – cross country Talking about Kelly Wiebe is beginning to sound like a broken record. But as long as he keeps dominating on the cross country circuit we have no choice to mention, yet again, how damn good this guy is at running really, really far. His coaches all believe that he will be in the Olympics someday; hell, he already beat a pair of former Olympians in a race this past April.

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jonathan hamelin, dietrich neu, julia dima, dustin christianson this week’s roundtable 1. The new stadium is all the buzz in Regina at the moment. City council recently agreed to move forward with the project. It seems like the entire city is polarized on this issue, where do you stand? Do we need a new stadium or are there other things we should be spending taxpayer money on?

Jonathan Hamelin: I like the idea of getting better seating - it's not pretty trying to make your way to your seat when others are already seated; I even stubbed my toe pretty bad once - but I'd still be fine with the current stadium. It's a great place to watch the game and the money should go elsewhere.

Dietrich Neu: I’ve talked a lot about this issue in the past. The money would clearly be spent better spent on fixing this city, which is falling apart at the seams. Instead the province decided to purchase 675 million dollar penis extension. Julia Dima: We need to spend those tax dollars on other things. The primary concern at that city council meeting was housing. For the cost of the stadium we could build just about 2,600 low income housing units, enough for almost all of Regina’s homeless. The question of whether we need this stadium is like standing in between a Tiffany’s and a Safeway with your welfare check.

Dustin Christianson: Where I stand in relation to the new stadium is (and forever will be) outside the gate, shouting into a megaphone and waving a sign

which reads "stop! Ye foolish spend-thrifts, the end is nigh!" We certainly do not need a new stadium, and it is barely clear that a majority of the population even wants a new stadium. There are much better things to spend taxpayer money on. 2. The 2012 Olympics are well underway at this point. Do you watch the games or even care? If so, which events are you most looking forward to this year?

JH: I don't watch the Olympics. If I did, it would be Canadian events and Canada usually underachieves so much that I don't see the need to tune in. As an example, the Canadian women's basketball team came close to losing to Britain, ranked 49th in the world.

DN: I’m a pretty big combat sports fan. Usually when I tune into the Olympics I do so casually. But I like watching the Judo bouts, speaking of which, Canadian Antoine Valois-Fortier won recently won bronze. I wouldn’t mind watching boxing either. JD: I never watch Summer Olympics, because quite frankly, all the sports bore me. I sometimes tune in to hear tennis players grunt.

DC: Watching the Olympic events requires, first and foremost, watching television. This is a behaviour that I purposefully tend to avoid, regardless of the popularity of the contents. Radio-news raved recently that over a billion individuals would watch the opening ceremonies – however, two billion eyes transfixed on some televised event is probably enough people to render my “not caring enough” irrelevant.

3. Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was banned from this year’s games for an incredibly racist tweet earlier this month. We can all agree that Papachristou’s comments were despicable and deserved punishment, but in a more global sense, do you think the Olympic committee should monitor and reprimand athletes for their comments?

JH: Voula Papachristou deserved to be suspended and the Olympic committee should definitely monitor and reprimand athletes. The Olympics is all about representing your country through your actions and your words. But don't worry Papachristou, you too can enjoy some home cooking ... while you're at home watching the Olympics.

DN: Athletes at this level are role models to so many people around the world. If you want to be a shit human being, fine, but do it in private, not on the world’s biggest stage for everyone to see. Unfortunately Papachristou has also used her Twitter account to display her support for Golden Dawn, the Greek neo-nazi party. What a piece of garbage.

JD: My mom-style advice is “never post something you wouldn’t want your boss, your grandma, or a cop to see.” Like any of us follow that. But when you’re representing your country, you should probably not be racist. And yes, Olympic committees should reprimand hurtful comments. The spirit of the Olympics is about acceptance and coming together, right?

DC: I think the Olympic committee would be better off to refrain from muzzling the speech of their competing athletes, from any country. I do not condone (or even

know of) what was said, but it is up to an individual to take responsibility for their own claims. The Olympic committee need not play Kindergarten Cop amongst the good and bad sports of sport. 4. The National Football League has recently stated that they are “closer than you think” to making gridiron football an Olympic sport. Do you buy this, is there any point? Would any country other than the United State ever win gold?

JH: Not only would the U.S.A thoroughly dominate, but I don't see how it would be feasible. Football games take a lot of effort and time. I don't think football players could play so many games close together. There would have to be some changes to the set-up.

DN: I don’t know what the hell the NFL is thinking with all of these “coming soon,” and “who would be the United States’ quarterback for our Olympic dream team?” posts. It’s pointless. There is literally no international competition. Canada is probably the only other country that could even field a team, and we would get our asses kicked.

JD: After looking up gridiron football on Google, and being embarrassed with myself for being so oblivious, I can now state that I didn’t even know it wasn’t an Olympic sport. Do any other major countries play this style of football besides Canada and the US? If so, sure, why not? It’s a pretty popular game, my sports friends tell me.

DC: If American-style football is to become an Olympic sport, it will hopefully fail miserably in doing so. I do not see the point, though if football players would like to compete at a world-level then they should, ideally, be al-

lowed the opportunity to do so. I am not sure that the United States would completely dominate the competition, perhaps Canada would have some sort of chances – but where else, outside of North America, is gridiron football actually popular?

5. Are there any sports omitted from Olympic competition that you think should be on the bill? This could be for either the winter or summer Olympics.

JH: I saw that tug of war used to be a thing. While it might sound silly to some, in my mind that would be the perfect way to judge the strength of the competing countries. It would be fairer than other events that some countries focus more on than others. You can't really train more for strength. DN: I would like to see Brazilian Jujitsu in the Olympics. A lot of people argue that it is basically a subset of Judo, which might be fair. But I think the style of competition would fit right in with the Olympics. Also, the athletes don’t suffer a tremendous amount of damage during their fights so setting up a legitimate tournament would be easy. JD: Roller Derby!

DC: The Olympics should widen the foray of events it presents tremendously to allow for more competitors and a larger audience, as well as a more generally pleasing competition. Such new events may include: synchronized coffee consumption, Jimmylegging, potato salad sculpture, yodeling, and of course – everyone's favourite – breathing! Imagine, being crowned the world's greatest breather! The glory, the fame!

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Anyone for Cricket? Sir John A. Macdonald thought it was cool. Apparently no one else did John Doherty The Lance (University of Windsor)

WINDSOR (CUP) — It’s Canada’s other national sport. Cricket recieved that distinction from none other than Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, in 1867. At that time, it was quite a popular sport in the Dominion, with the first recorded game played nearly 100 years earlier, in 1785, at Ile-Ste-Helene in Montreal. The Toronto Cricket Club was founded in 1827 and, arguably, the first modern-era international sports competition was a cricket match between Canada and the U.S. played from September 2426, 1844. The sport lost favour with the advent of baseball, but it’s never been decommissioned as a national sport. And while it’s popularity is currently on a low ebb locally, it is still enjoys success in the Toronto area. The Windsor cricket scene isn’t what it used to be according to Curtis Springer, former captain and current president of the Windsor Cavaliers Cricket Club of the Southern Ontario Cricket Association. There are currently seven teams in the league, but when Springer arrived from the Barbados in 1996 there were

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roughly 16-17 teams vying for the championship. “Most of the cricket in this area is played in Toronto and the price of gas now — expensive travel,” Springer said. “Also, they started a league four years ago in Detroit that is drawing players from here. Most of the players [in Detroit] can’t come [to Canada] due to the effects of 9/11. It’s tougher to cross the border.” In a waning period, perhaps, but the sport in Windsor was enough of a draw for first-year University of Windsor student Kudzaishe Matare. Matare, a fast

bowler in his second year with the Cavaliers, hails from Zimbabwe where he played at a professional level. He would love to see the game grow in Windsor. So much so, that and other he Cavaliers/University of Windsor students are trying to drum up interest in establishing a Lancers cricket team. It’s just in the talking stage, but the group of hopefuls envision getting a team together for the 2013 season of the Canadian Inter-Universities and College Cricket League.

“We’re just talking about it and hoping people respond possibility to it and have something for

next year … something competitive. We hear there is a lot of competition in the league.” Okay, so what is cricket, you say? It’s known as little more than a strange form of baseball to most Canadians. “Cricket is similar to baseexplained Springer. ball,” “Baseball originated from cricket.” One of the senior members of the team, Oswald Ward, has been with the Cavaliers for the past 35 years. He feels the simplest way to learn the game is to simply watch it in action. “The first step is to come on out,” Ward said. “We have a lot of guys here that are willing to help. We have practice nets here — we have pretty good facilities here at Jackson Park. And anyone that is interested, we always have guys here like myself, a lot of senior guys that are willing to help out.

“ The first modern-era international sports competition was a cricket match between Canada and the U.S. played from September 24-26, 1844.” John Doherty

UNB basketball player to travel to Africa for Right to Play Melissa Foster will spend time in Africa with the Active Youth Organization bronté james The Brunswickan (University of New Brunswick) (CUP) — FREDERICTON Crossing the ocean on a 33-hour plane ride, Melissa Foster of the University of New Brunswick's women's basketball team is traveling to Lilongwe, Malawi, in hopes of improving nutrition and sport in the small village of Kuma, Africa. Foster will be traveling to Africa through the Centre for Property Studies on the UNB campus, and will be working with the Active Youth Organization. “Our main goals are to organize a soccer tournament for the whole community, and working on gender equality to try and get the girls and boys to participate together,” Foster said. “We will be working a lot on nutrition, have a community cooking class, eating healthier and have energy-efficient stoves.” Foster and the other interns will not only discuss proper nutrition, but will also be traveling to schools to help educate about HIV/AIDS, as well as alcoholabuse and other forms of substance abuse. “I’m just interested to see

what goes on during a daily basis, especially child-related because I feel like it’s going to be so different from here.” “The kids here are used to going to school Monday through Friday and in a community-based child care [system], it is going to be completely different.” Going on a three-month long internship, Foster said she is excited to be surrounded by an en-

gram from a girl who had been on the nine-month internship, and working with the Centre for Property Studies through Right to Play, Foster says one thing just led to the next and she was accepted into the internship. With three groups spread out in Malawi, Luangwa and Mizzou, Foster says people are placed based on how they responded to their application.

“ I think it’s one of those things that you can try to prepare for, but no matter how much you prepare it’s still going to hit really hard once you get there.” Melissa Foster tirely new culture. “I’m looking forward to being in another culture and being immersed in it, and just learning a totally different perspective and new experiences. Hopefully I’ll be able to share some of my experiences with them.” Having heard about the pro-

“We can specify what we’d like to do. I said that I’d like to be with kids, and involved in sports and physical activity,” Foster said. “Depending on what you want to do they place you in a specific spot and I was placed in Malawi.” Getting three vaccinations —

including one for Yellow Fever — and taking Malaria pills to prepare for the trip, interns are expected to take every precaution necessary for foreign travel. Interns have to prepare physically and mentally, too. A threeday course in April will teach them the community’s religion, culture and everyday routines. As well, Foster says she is required to take online courses and read modules before her trip. With limited communication available, Foster says she is nervous about the distance she has to travel away from home. “I mean, if you’re homesick it’s not like you can just pick up the phone and call home. I’m a little nervous about the whole experience in general, but I know that Malawi is a really safe country and I’m going to be in a group which will help too.” At the end of her trip, Foster will be traveling to Rwanda for 10 days for a Global Youth Summit. Having helped organize the Right to Play fundraising, Foster says she is looking forward to be being able to travel to these places and seeing first-hand the poverty, and knowing she is helping to make a difference. “Youth from all over the world will be going to the conference in

Kigali, Rwanda, so I’m very excited,” she said. “We’re going to learn about sport for development and basically we’re going to be looking at what Right to Play actually does in the field. We’re going to facilitate a play day and see how they actually use their tools and their sports and their games to teach kids.” Although Foster originally wanted to practice medicine, her prospects have changed. Since she became involved in athletic organizations whose goal is to help underprivileged children, Foster is starting to focus on International Development. “This will definitely allow me to see if I enjoy it, and if it is something I want to pursue.” Foster says she can read and prepare herself to an extent, but things may be completely different once she gets there. “I do know a lot of people who have been on the trip, and hearing their stories has helped; it’s already been a little eye opening,” she said. “I think it’s one of those things that you can try to prepare for, but no matter how much you prepare it’s still going to hit really hard once you get there.”


Op-Ed Editor: Edward Dodd the carillon | Aug. 2 - Sept. 5, 2012


Democracy now

julia dima

The other night, Regina City Council voted to move forward on proposed plans for a new, roofless stadium on the grounds of Evraz Place. While this obviously caused a furor among many citizens opposed to such reckless spending of public money, it also revealed something much more concerning than just whether or not Regina builds a new stadium. Democracy as it exists currently in our city and country is quickly becoming obsolete, and without some action, it might simply disappear in a meaningful form. It is not an overstatement to say that events in the world are happening more

rapidly than ever before. With the internet, communications can be sent around the world instantaneously. We can have reports from India or Syria broadcast instantly around the world, and the 24-hour news cycle ensures that a huge section of the population can scrutinize every disaster, every political gaffe, or every scandal as soon as they happen. In the corporate world, companies demand that their workers become more efficient, finishing more work in less time or shipping jobs overseas where labour standards are not nearly as strict as in Canada. And amidst this rush, our government

ploughs ahead faster and faster each day. Our city councils refuse to take the time to put hugely expensive projects that will place a burden on citizens for decades to a vote because we need to build a stadium now. Our Federal government pushes through huge reform bills along with budgets because in an uncertain and ever-changing world, they don’t have time to listen to debate on their policies, nor do they have time to seriously consider any amendments that opposition might want to suggest. If questioned, they respond that there is no time in today’s uncertain economic and political atmosphere to waste on debate that could possibly derail the fragile economy. But if we are entering an uncertain future where events will happen rapidly and serious decisions with severe consequences need to be made ever more rapidly, then why is our democracy still operating on a system designed for the realities of the Nineteenth Century? Why do we embrace a system designed by rich people to ensure that they maintained power over their workers? It is no longer good enough to put our politicians to the test every four years because so much happens in four years that it’s impossible to hold the government to account for everything. Plus, within those four years, it’s likely that several big decisions would be made that the people were never consulted on. Without finding a way to increase democratic feedback between elections, people have less and less power to make change through democratic means. Eventually, democracy in Canada will become a mockery where we elect a dictator every four years. Some would argue we are already there. There are no easy solutions to this problem, but certain changes to the structure of

our governments would certainly be a step in the right direction. At a municipal level, ending the excessive formality of council meetings, where the neither the gallery nor anyone presenting can ask questions of council, would open up the process to concerned citizens and get more people involved in important decision making. If nothing else, it would make council more accountable. At a Federal level, lessening the power of the party whip would be a good start so that Members of Parliament could vote more often in the interests of the people they represent rather than just obediently toeing the party line would hold the government directly accountable to the representatives of the people. Elections by proportional representation would also force politicians to form coalition governments that would more accurately reflect what the majority of people really want from their country, rather than which party had the proper concentration of votes in key ridings. Will our current system ultimately be the death of democracy? Not likely. But the system we have in place now is beginning to look like the demise of meaningful democracy in which the people actually get a say in how their money is spent beyond elections every three or four years. If the world is moving so much faster and important decisions are being made every day, then maybe it’s time that democratic institutions reflected that new reality.

edward dodd op-rd editor

Fuh’baw Funding a new stadium just shows how backwards this province truly is

julia dima

Well, it finally happened: the disease that is known as ‘Rider Pride’ has finally infected the brain of social consciousness, and green and white zombies have swamped the streets, groaning about “FUH’BAW!” Meanwhile, the paranoid social pariahs such as myself have armed ourselves to the teeth, and shut ourselves in the nearest shopping mall. You know, the one without the Rider Store. Recently, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Company, the provincial government, and Mayor Pat Fiacco came to an agreement on the new home of the Riders. For the lowly

sum of $278 million, or $675 million if you count lifetime costs, the Roughriders will get a 33 000-seat stadium that is comparable to ours in every way imaginable. The City of Regina will jack the cost of football tickets and bring in national cheerleading competitions to pay up its share of $173 million (with interest!) and the provincial government is ponying up another $80 million. Wait. Hold on just a god-damned minute. What in the flying fuck? $80 million? Is that not the exact sum to be saved by the provincial government after ten years for cutting the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit? The same government who posed the hypothetical – and I quote – “If an industry cannot survive without constant taxpayer subsidy, should the public subsidize indefinitely?” I guess so long as that industry involves football, it’s ok to subsidize the shit out of it. Those of you who know me know that I'm rather outspoken on this issue. It’s no secret that I thought a children’s hospital in this backwards-ass province should have taken precedence over a new football stadium. But that, it seems, was wishful thinking. As for the Rider’s being an important and profitable industry as opposed to film, do I have to remind everybody that the Saskatchewan Roughriders weren’t exactly the economic juggernauts they are now? Do I need to remind people that a few short years ago, such “important” games as the Labour Day Classic were blacked out on TSN because of poor live attendance? It wasn’t until the miracle season in 2007 that the vast majority of these bandwagon hicks started disrobing and painting their gargantuan tits with uranium paint and whale spunk. I can safely say that I am disgusted with the actions of this government. Well, Mr. Wall, I got the message loud and clear; if I play professional sports or work in the potash mines, I am worth the province’s time and money. If I do not, I can take a fucking hike. And that is exactly what I plan on doing. Enjoy your run at the top, you phony bastard. If your majority government continues on this way, everyone who would reasonably vote against you will be voting NDP in neighbouring provinces. Something tells me that’s just fine by you.

kyle leitch contributor

the carillon | Aug. 2 - Sept. 5, 2012

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No girls allowed Girl geeks are often shut out of nerd culture On the heels of the San Diego Comic-Con, the internet has been buzzing about “fake” geek girls and how these attractive women, usually in skimpy costumes or photographing themselves posed provocatively with their console controller, are supposedly ruining things for the real geeks (read: the boys). Because really, there is no way that an attractive woman would be interested in anything nerdy like comics, video games, or sci-fi movies even though those things now dominate a good chunk of popular culture, right? I mean, come on, ladies belong in the kitchen making sandwiches, not participating in things that are objectively fun! If you read some of the posts on “Fat, Ugly, or Slutty”, a website devoted to seeing the humour in the abuse and unwanted sexual advances hurled at mostly female gamers, then you have to believe that there are boys out there who really think that a girl, actively engaged in a videogame or part of nerd culture, is not there for the fun of it; she is there because she clearly wants some dick. This ‘boys’ club’ attitude that girls can’t be geeks is still a major stumbling block for feminerds and girls who want to break into geek culture. The idea of ‘geek cred’ that permeates the culture is an arbitrary distinction on some sort of nerdiness hierarchy system, and it helps no one. Maybe these girls aren’t “fake”, they simply haven’t been involved in geekery for all that long so they don’t know as much as you. Chances are if they were a man, they wouldn’t get called a fake, just given a light joshing for being a noob before generally being accepted anyway. I’ve seen pictures of guys at cons wearing little more than body paint and a loincloth and no one that I know of has ever accused them of being fake. Nerd culture is changing; gaming is now something your grandparents do and there are graphic novels to suit anyone’s tastes. Everyone is embracing a more diverse and accepting fandom where hopefully one day we can stop talking about gender in geek culture because we will all just be geeks geeking out together. All those little boys desperately clutching their ‘no girls allowed’ signs and harassing or degrading any woman they come across while hiding behind their gamertag will hopefully be in the very small minority in just a few years time. With the rise of famous nerd girls like Felicia Day, more and more women are getting into the geeky game and more men are realizing that this is a really good thing. Don’t you nerdy guys want girls who share some of your interests and can hold a conversation about why the Mass Effect 3 ending was just. So. Bad? Stop judging, stop qualifying, stop making every conversation a geek cred inquisition, just treat us like human beings so that we can all get along, pull together and push out the real threat to geekdom – the Twihards.

jessica bickford


Girls just wanna have fun and not be treated like outsiders

Garbage accountability

By summer 2013, all single-family households in Regina will be using individual roll out garbage carts. This, of course, is in comparison to those 30,000 households currently sharing large metal bins. Furthermore, multi-family buildings (apartments and condos) will be converted by 2015. This is the most noticeable change the City of Regina has made to its service deliverance since that meter reader stopped coming into my house to read my water meter. The reason is a combination of the new economic factors available and the personalization of garbage. I will start with the latter as it leads to the prior. By reorganizing waste collection to an individual household style, it allows each property to become responsible for their contribution to the ever burgeoning landfill in this city. Instead of possessing the ability to pass blame onto that “polluting jerk” you call your neighbour, trash becomes a part of your house. By seeing how full you fill a cart that is roughly half the size of an average fridge, weekly, you become fully aware and liable for your actions. Immediately, environmentally conscious people will begin to take proactive measures to reduce their contribution to the problem. Simple options include ensuring to recycle and beginning to compost. Radical options, for the more serious people out there include boycotting commercial packaging by unwrapping one’s goods and leaving all the waste in the store to let the business assume responsibility for their wastefulness. When this was attempted in Germany in the 1990’s it received mixed reviews, but, nevertheless, made a strong point. If solving your pollution problem to protect

your “street cred” just isn’t a good enough reason to reduce waste production perhaps financial incentives could do the trick. Currently, waste collection is factored into your municipal property tax. However, what if, similar to the highly anticipated 2013 release of individual curbside recycling, garbage was billed as a monthly utility? Now this wouldn’t cause much of a stir if you had to pay it regardless of your efforts. I believe that the City should, and will, introduce varying sizes of roll-out carts. Unlike Tim Horton’s and 7/11 coffee cups, the smaller size will be the best deal. The current ballpark for biweekly recycling collection is $8 to $10 a month, or $4 to $5 per pick up. Say that the current, half-refrigerator sized carts cost $4 to $5 per pick up; an annual cost of $200 to $260 would be incurred. If that cost dropped to, say, $2 per pick up for half the size, would you take the smaller garbage cart? As a university student, the benefits of an extra hundred dollars does not go unnoticed: 100 boxes of Kraft Dinner, 100 dollar drafts, 50 steals at a garage sale, 33 Big Macs, 25 Big Mac meals (without Upsizing), a one year subscription to GQ, The Economist, Cosmo, Time, and Sports Illustrated or that new pair of shoes you have been ogling all year. Whether you are currently that rotten, polluting neighbour or you operate a net-zero house, the City has provided the grounds for the most revolutionary change in waste management history: paying for exactly how much trash you produce. Well played City of Regina, well played.

todd blythe contributor

Work hard for the money Summer jobs provide much more than a paycheque

Summer has gone by far too quick. No, I haven’t been partying, taking long trips to Hawaii, or doing anything overly adventurous to take up my time. I’ve been working – 3 jobs to be exact, 2 of which are jobs I picked up for the summer. The crazy thing is, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have had a lot of fun forming connections, building myself as a person, and preparing myself for life through my work. Every student should apply for a summer job once their break from school starts. Aside from my personal standpoint on summer jobs, whether people like to admit it or not, sorry anti-capitalists, but the first and most notable benefit of summer employment is those beautiful dollar signs that everybody loves to see grow in their bank account. We live in a world where almost everything costs something. Someone who sits at home and plays Call of Duty: Modern Warfare all day and night will generally make less money than someone who works 40 hours a week - unless you’re Donald Trump’s kids, but let’s get back to reality here. Money is clearly one of the greatest benefits of a summer job and is most notably at the root of almost every summer job. But there are plenty of other benefits to summer jobs than just those multicolored bills in your pocket. When most students finish their post-secondary education, they will begin their long-awaited career of full-time employment, thus arguably taking their final step into adulthood. A summer job is an excellent taste of what real life is like. Summer

employment is a way of preparing yourself for the real world, and the earlier you partake in summer employment, the more opportunity you have to build yourself as a person, get the most out of your summer job, and prepare for that big event called ‘life’. Whether it’s being friendly, working harder than expected, or just coming into your job with a smile on your face and displaying great charisma, getting the most out of a summer job lies solely on a positive attitude. This kind of attitude can lead to further job opportunities, making new friends, and many other positive benefits like perhaps continuing to work with your summer employer through the fall and winter, that one can achieve through their 3 to 4 month work term. The rewards of a summer job run deeper than just money; they can help you develop as a person. It takes initiative, motivation, and maybe a kick in the ass to put down the Xbox controller, get up, and get a job other than trying to achieve the 80th level of prestige in Call of Duty.

colton hordichuk contributor

the carillon | Aug. 2 - Sept. 5, 2012

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Study smarter How you study is more important than how much you study

julia dima

We live in imperfect world were things often don’t go as planned. Projects miss their deadlines, people don’t achieve what they want to achieve, we fail exams, the list goes on. For some students, it seems like it’s only a dream to be successful. But success doesn’t come to you, you go to it. And to be successful you must learn to cultivate the habit of learning when others are sleeping, playing, laying about, or wishing their lives were better.

There are several ways to get the most out of your university experience. For example, the dean of the Stanford University School of Education, Dr. Deborah Stipek, states “Researchers have shown decisively that when children study because they enjoy it, their learning will get richer and become long lasting. They are also more persistent, more creative and more eager to do challenging work.” Finding a way to make your classes fun can go a long way.

Another way to maximize your enjoyment is to relate what you are learning to your own life. Author and educator Richard L Wearer writes that “when there is a direct connection between classroom learning and practical experience, there is an electrical spark that turns on the light bulb of understanding.” In order to do well in class, students must also concentrate. While we live in a society where concentrating for more than a few

minutes on any one thing seems impossible, individuals can learn to concentrate. Once mastered, concentrating for long periods of time will improve any student’s grades noticeably. And finally, it is crucial to be aware of how you are interacting with the information you are receiving. It’s impossible to take notes verbatim, so it becomes critical that you are good at paraphrasing what your professors tell you. This will make the information you are learning easier to grasp and to recall later. It is also important to associate new information with information you already knew before the lecture, thus creating a narrative through which to understand the new information. While doing all this, visualizing what you are thinking can create memory aids when it comes time later for exams. But most importantly you need to review what you have learned. Within 24 hours, we can forget up to 80 per cent of what we studied. By doing a quick review session a day or a week later, we vastly improve our information recall, even raising it to near 100 per cent. Following these steps might seem like common sense, but to many they are difficult to master. Once students start following these simple suggestions, their grades can be vastly improved and their school experience can be greatly enhanced.

bethel vopnu contributor

us we trust Who will build In Placing faith in an all-powerful being ignores our own power to make our stadium change We need a mayor with vision and long-term planning While Mayor Pat Fiacco is taking a break from city politics and spending some time at the Olympics as deputy technical delegate at the London Games, let’s take a look at some of the six individuals who are vying for his position, one of which will win the hearts of the people of Regina come October 24th. Well, maybe that’s a little optimistic. Michael Fougere is the favourite candidate and probably most preferred by the electorates to succeed Fiacco. He knows his stuff and obviously has an advantage over his opponents. However, he’s been criticized for not releasing his platform and plans for the city when he becomes mayor. He cannot be blamed. He is currently a city councillor. He has Ward 4 to worry about, a position his opposition Jim Elliott has publicly asked that he resign from citing a conflict of interest”. Elliott might be right on one hand because Michael Fougere has an upper hand, as he is at the center of attention, and at a better position to put himself out there. However, one would expect Fougere, with a masters degree from the London School of Economics, to better deal with the economic challenges that will arise as a result of the proposed new stadium. Another fascinating candidate is Meka Okochi who is taking a stand and asking the city to release more information to ensure transparency on the proposed new stadium. In his platform, he mentions that he would create what he calls the “Regina

Transparency Office”. The key question is, are the people of Regina entitled to know all the business that council undertakes? Sometimes, what people do not know won’t hurt them. I'm not one hundred per cent against Okochi’s plan, but not everyone agrees on the city plans. Regina psychologist Liz Brass has also expressed her intention to run, and she has mainly listed her platform around three basic components: sustainability, attainable housing and complete neighbourhoods. However, Regina needs a mayor whose ideas go beyond the vital infrastructure that has already being put in place, someone with more than general ideas to run this city. Marian Donnelly, another candidate who is totally against the idea of the new stadium, was quoted as saying “My limited experience in the world of construction has taught me that it is always cheaper to renovate and rebuild than it is to build new.” Considering that this city desperately needs a new stadium, and renovating is only a short-term solution, she is not the best candidate for mayor. Other candidates running are Charles Wiebe and Jim Elliot. Let’s also not forget about Chad Novak who dropped out a couple of weeks ago. What a joke!

osiyale damilola contributor

In ‘god’ we’ve trusted, and now look at the world – it’s fucked. The more time politicians spend praying to, and blaming things upon, ’god’ the more public time and money is wasted. Every time our government, or any government, says a prayer we might as well be paying them to simply stroke their own genitalia on national television. It is fine if our political representatives would like to believe whatever they prefer on their own personal time. However, because Saskatchewan and Canada’s populations are growing increasingly more diverse, we should certainly not allow our governmental bodies to be permeated and underpinned by the monolithic dogma of Christianity. Whether or not these religious ceremonies are an untouchable part of our heritage, as some may claim, this sort of sentiment is most prevalent simply as an appeal to tradition, to the status quo, arising out of a fear of change, and a fear of the truth. Thinking of our heritage as something untouchable, as if it itself is utterly righteous and sacred, is foolish – especially if one considers the global history of religious oppression and other injustices perpetrated by not only Christianity, but also religious fanatics of every imaginable flavour. While our heritage is undoubtedly part of who we are today, and who we will become, it is imperative to consciously reflect on the real meaning and value of our heritage, and what real lessons can be learned therein for application toward the future. When we look back and reflect, it should not be simply to say “yep, that’s how we did it then and that’s how we’ll do it now”; rather, we should pay more atten-

tion to the evolving climate of modern belief and continually adapt ourselves to new knowledge and experience. It is inherently counterproductive to continually reiterate and reify habitual aspects of the past which we know are not in everyone’s interest. To put our trust in an old, dying, or dead ‘god’ is to immediately, in cowardice and with shame, surrender the immense power of the free human will. It is to search for excuses, and to eschew our own very real responsibility for the creative evolution of humanity. It is to forego the truly infinite power we have for evoking change and progressing towards betterment, and to instead place all faith in some imaginary being. Wherever we can, we should encourage the separation of personal religious beliefs from the political goings-on of our province, of our nation, and of our public educational institutions. Especially considering that all levels of governments are of course publicly-funded and mandated to represent the voice and interest of its constituency, which is today more increasingly pluralistic and diverse than ever before. If anything, the presence of religion within the political stage only serves to make politics into more of a silly, expensive game-show than it already is. Canada should not garner its beliefs from some old archaic texts. Canada should be scientific and modern in her present understanding, and continue to adjust its ever-changing heritage into the future.

dustin christianson contributor

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