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All the same, we can’t help but get into the spirit a little bit. Destiny Kaus writes about the cold impersonality of tec break ups on page 7, and we’ve left you a nice present on the back page. We hope it tides you over until we return on Feb. 27.
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Like a horror movie.
Such pun, wow.
The Euromaiden movement in the Ukraine appears to have reached a watershed moment. To try to quell the protests in Kiev, anti-protest legislation has been passed. This is expected to cause even more violence in an already turbulent situation.
In what I hope will be a recurring column, contributor Koby Schwab talks about the latest goings-on in the video game industry. This week, a review of the punniest game yet known to man, Octodad: Dadliest Catch.
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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 belltower 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 belltower. The University never got abelltower, 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.
illegitimi non carborundum.
In Soviet Russia, medals win you.
If you thought the raging security, stray dogs, brown water and awkwardly close toilets were bad, you have another thing coming. Hosting the Olympics can prove to have far more financial detriments than benefits.
Hooray for feminism.
So last week, Emily Wright pissed a lot of people off. Luckily for our op-ed editor, one of them wrote a response article. In the spirit of intelligent debate, Sonia Stanger defends feminism.
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Last week, we ran a graphic spread for Chinese New Year. What we neglected to do was credit our own Farron Ager for taking the photos. We’ve apologized to Farron on several occasions over the past week, and he has yet to say a word to us. Sorry, bud.
In other news: After a recent interview with KTLA 5, scientists have discovered that not all African-Americans are Samuel L. Jackson. “We thought we were casting Samuel L. Jackson in the first Iron Man,” explained an embarrassed Jon Favreau. “When Terrence Howard left, we thought we were re-casting the part to Samuel L. Jackson. Boy were our faces red when Don Cheadle showed up.”
Editor: Alec Salloum email@example.com the carillon | February 13 - 26, 2014
The death of Arts & Culture
The U of R’s diverse arts program will soon be no more
Ethan Stein “If the students suddenly demanded it, it would probably come back,” says Garry Sherbert.
ethan stein contributor The arts and culture program was relatively new, but it was a discipline that offered flexibility and opportunity for students. The program wasn’t large, but it was passionate and thrived academically. It was officially discontinued last year; new students cannot enroll in the program and current students must complete their studies by 2019. The program was designed to offer a degree for students who had interest in a variety of programs, as opposed to just one, with a heavy emphasis on flexibility and allowing students to explore different programs while still working towards a degree. Students would be able to “create” their own degrees by majoring in their favoured programs. Although arts and culture has been cancelled, visible interest could actually save it. Mark Anderson belonged to the stable of instructors who taught in arts and culture. An associate professor in the history department, he worked alongside professors of varying academic backgrounds which included theatre, English and queer studies. He feels that arts and culture offered a uniquely adaptive option for students who didn’t feel suited to one specific discipline. “The program served as a feeder program for the excellent and thriving graduate program in interdisciplinary studies in fine arts. Second, the program helped students who had interests that lay beyond or fell between the more traditional
offerings at the university.” Anderson emphasizes the fact that arts and culture “catered to students who eschewed the often narrow strictures of more traditional disciplines (e.g., economics) by allowing students the broadest range possible of creating individualized interdisciplinary degrees.” Anderson says the main reason for arts and culture’s death was its status as a program instead of a department: “it therefore had little or no influence when the bean counters struck as the inevitable outcome of the university’s failed Academic Program Review (APR), lasted three years...accomplished little apart from sowing divisions and generating a lot or hurt and resentment.” Anderson doesn’t see justification for discontinuing the program. “Did killing it save the university money? Technically, yes. The cost of paying a faculty member to administer the program the amount of one course reduction per year was split equally among arts, fine arts, and Luther College. Do the math. It’s a pittance.” Dean of Arts Richard Kleer was surprised by the program’s lacking interest. “I thought that a very flexible degree that allowed students to define, in essence, their own interests, would’ve been better demanded and yet it wasn’t. And I don’t know the answer for that.” Programs like the APR are designed to ascribe funding and academic priority to programs which display their value through criteria that measures faculty size or economic bene-
fits. Although the U of R cut its APR, academic review programs have appeared in universities across the country. Kleer says “It was a pilot program from the beginning. We had already committed to two years” to decide whether or not the program could generate enough interest to survive. Moreover, the program’s end was as much a shock to faculty as it was to students. Anderson says, “To my knowledge, none of the faculty who were involved in the laborious, yet invigorating process of creating the arts and culture program were advised of its impending demise. It was just killed, apparently, in the name of ‘cost savings’ or ‘efficiencies,’ flabby ideological euphemisms that really meant that, in the context of the APR, nobody would stand up for it.” The loss may prove rather jarring for actual students in the program. The Carillon’s own Sports Editor Autumn McDowell currently studies in the program and finds “While I was very interested in journalism, I did not think that I would be able to take a full mandatory class load while still having to work. I also wanted a program that would allow me to explore my wide range of interests. After changing programs several times in my first years of university I finally found something that I thought fit with the arts and culture program.” The arts and culture program drew a passionate response from faculty and students; so why was it cancelled? One reason is a lack of interest. Kleer said “There were seven to nine students in the program at the time.”
Although the amount of majors was small, Garry Sherbert, a professor in the Department of English, says one class “had 24 people enrolled.” In addition to the lower student count, Sherbert says the program’s experimental nature made it a larger target for cuts compared to more established programs that had dedicated offices, faculty and a clearer “territory” – a more specific area of study, and less crossover into other faculties. Sherbert saw a lack of advertising as highly damaging. “[Arts and culture] was seriously under-represented. No one took charge of it. It just got passed and around then everyone just lost interest in it, and it dropped out of sight. In my opinion, the numbers were poor because there wasn’t enough student awareness of it, and the information about it was not circulated enough.” Sherbert also notes, “Students were becoming aware of the program just by word of mouth, because it was filling a gap for a lot of people completing their programs. It was a good way for a lot of people to get through the system” and allowed students to “collect” their interests into a program. Sherbert feels the program’s operation between three Deans from different faculties created an “organizational problem,” which made it very difficult for a single person taking charge, which is what Sherbert feels is necessary. He says if the program were targeted, the lack of organization meant there was no one to defend it. “I’m not criticizing the administration for going after it,
because they have to cut” and commends the administration for allowing it to operate, but its lacking organization didn’t help when cuts need to be made. Sherbert emphasizes the fact that if the program were to return, it would need a single faculty to oversee the program, rather than three. “The problem is, the concept of culture is seen as competitor to some of the humanities courses.” Sherbert notes that some in faculties like English or anthropology saw the program as a rival because of arts and culture’s crossover into other faculties, which were already seeing lower student counts. Can the program be saved? Kleer says while the process to overturn a cancellation is long and complex it’s possible. “I’d welcome a student delegation of people that thought something was overlooked and we missed something. I haven’t seen a group like that, but it would certainly cause me to think very carefully about it if I did see a large group like that.” Anderson encourages students to “write letters/emails to the three deans and the VP Academic. “Get some students together and take the case directly to Vianne Timmons.” Likewise, Sherbert argues that students can take action by expressing their interest to the arts and fine arts deans, as well as Luther College. “If the students suddenly demanded it, it would probably come back. The student population drives everything. Students don’t realize the power they have.”
the carillon | February 13 - 26, 2014
Yukon and the prying eyes of industry
What will greater industrial interest mean for northern Canada brenna engel contributor
The Yukon is one of Canada’s great oil and mineral producers. As of Jan. 21, 2014, the government of Yukon adopted a land use plan for the Peel watershed region. This plan applies to public lands in the area. Prior to this movement, the land was vacant, seeping with unused potential. By moving forward with this proposal the Yukon government seeks to bolster their economy. The plan separates public lands into three types of areas, with designations that allow for active management of lands and resources while ensuring the environment is not tarnished. So, in other words, they get more oil, but can still enjoy the view of the well-kept natural surroundings. On Jan. 21 at midnight the order in council that temporarily withdrew mineral claim staking for the entire region expired. It was replaced with a permanent staking withdrawal that applies only to areas designated “protected areas” within the region. This means no staking in protected areas. These are restricted areas ensuring the safety of the wildlife that resides there. Protected areas make up 29 per cent of the region, while the remaining public land in the re-
Brigitte Werner The Peel watershed region holds much promise, for the Yukon and Canada.
gion is divided between 44 per cent of restricted-use wilderness areas, and 27 per cent of Integrated Management Areas, where most land use activities may occur. According to Brigitte Parker, spokesperson for the Yukon’s communications, energy, mines and resources, as of Feb. 4, the temporary relief from assessment order affecting all existing claim holders in the Peel watershed planning region expired. This means existing
claim holders in the Peel region will now be required to renew their claims on an annual basis by submitting their assessment work or paying fees as per the Quartz Mining Act. There are no existing Placer claims in the Peel region - just Quartz claims. So, what economic value can the Yukon gain? According to the plan laid out, about 70 percent of the region is open to exploration and commercial opportunities, protection of viewscapes along river corridors
provides benefits for tourism ventures, restricted-use wilderness areas will have regulated surface access, air access coordination, notification for low-level mineral exploration and regulated off-road vehicle access, and Integrated Management Areas allow access to natural resources, with sustainable resource development. Not only does this new land offer minerals and oil, but opportunities for new exploration. All in all, this plan seems to
have a strong foundation and a clear purpose. Private land will be left untouched, public land areas will be preserved, and new mineral endeavours will conspire. This land use plan creates vast new protected areas that total 19,800 square kilometres. This will increase the amount of land protected in Yukon to almost 17 per cent of its land base, greater than any other province or territory in Canada. The plan recognizes existing mineral interests and accommodates future exploration, while giving the Yukon government the tools to manage the footprint of any new development and to protect ecological, cultural and wilderness values. Only 0.2 per cent of land can be disturbed in restricted-use wilderness areas, leaving 99.8 per cent of land surface undisturbed at any one time. With such a promising outlook, the outcome is deemed to be seamless. Hopefully that will hold true, though anything can happen. More oil and minerals would not only be good for the Yukon’s economy but Canada’s as well, delving into our natural resources. The Yukon government has put great thought into moving forward with this, stressing every component involved. The Peel watershed region holds much promise, for the Yukon and Canada.
U of R book series
An analysis of philosophical heavy hitter John Locke michael chmielewski editor-in-chief
“In the history of philosophy I’d definitely put him in the top tier, because the top tier of political philosophers are the ones who have created a legacy. For generations or centuries after them everyone sort of responds to them, so I’d put Locke in the same category as Aristotle, Plato, Thomas Aquinas, the great thinkers that dominated their era and well after,” says Lee Ward, Campion College associate professor of political science at the U of R. John Locke, the 17th century English philosopher, is the subject of Lee Ward’s book, John Locke and Modern Life. The book “recovers a sense of John Locke’s central role in the making of the modern world,” rejecting the idea of Locke as an “intellectual anachronism,” states the preamble. Locke, the author of Two Treatises of Government, was an “interesting guy all around,” says Ward. In his book, Ward writes about Locke’s contribution to the modern world in seven different chapters: “The Democratization of the Mind, The State of Nature, Constitu-
tional Government, The Natural Rights Family, Locke’s Liberal Education, The Church, and International Relations.” Writing a full chapter of this last topic, international relations, came as a surprise to Ward. “One of the things that surprised me was how much interesting discussion, and how rich, Locke’s account of international relations is.” “I had always assumed that the classical liberal idea of international organizations, so the precursors to the idea behind the UN, was more of an 19th century creation, definitely a very Victorian idea, which I supposed started with [Immanuel] Kant, so the very beginning of the 19th century, and then developing as the English Victorian idea until you get to Woodrow Wilson and the American ideas of the 20th century.” This is a novel discovery because Locke does not get enough credit for his ideas on international relations like his philosophic successors. Since, as mentioned before, Locke is not a historical anachronism, it would be an interesting thought experiment to ponder what Locke would think
Michael Chmielewski So many books.
of the last 300 years of history, and the modern world. “I think in many respects he’d be thrilled and delighted and pleased to see the spread of democracy, [and] the spread of constitutional governments. Think when Locke was writing, how many nations/peoples in the world had constitutional governments? Only a handful,” Ward says. “And the idea of constitutional governments that are
dedicated to the protection of individual rights and to the notion of human dignity, I think Locke in many respects would say it’s gone very well.” Yet, in other respects, Locke may not have such favourable praises to sing. One of these areas would be religious fundamentalism. “In some respects we see greater religious toleration in the world today than we had in the past, particularly in the
West, Europe and North America, and yet in other places we’ve seen in the past 20 to 30 years an increase of religious extremism and violence,” points out Ward. John Locke and Modern Life is another incredible U of R book. Ward’s study of this interesting and important philosopher who’s work had great influence on our age makes it a must read.
the carillon | February 13 - 26, 2014
The power of non-violence
The greatest revolutionary force
Alec Salloum Gwynne Dyer, being all patriotic and whatnot.
alec salloum news editor Gwynne Dyer, a renowned Canadian journalist and historian, who is published bi-weekly in 175 papers in 45 countries, spoke at the U of R on Feb. 7. His lecture was titled ‘The Triumph of Non-Violence’. Dyer explained that “[he has] been going to non-violent revolutions now for about 20 years…what [he] didn’t do until quite recently is line up all the dots… dealing with this as a major phenomenon that is transforming the globe politically.” The focal point of the lecture was the Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia Dec. 19, 2010 with Mohamed Bouazizi. Bouazizi was a 26-year-old Tunisian man, who supported his family through selling vegetables, barely earning enough to live, “probably clearing about two bucks a day”. On Dec. 19, his vegetable cart was seized by police, for reasons not fully understood, and what happened next set the Arab world ablaze. Bouazizi went to a nearby gas station, bought a jerry can of petrol, poured it over him and lit a match. He would succumb to the third degree burns, which covered over 90 per cent of his body, three weeks later. What Bouazizi did was the aggregate of a disillusioned generation; in Dyer’s words, a generation with “not a lot to look back on with pleasure and nothing to look forward to with optimism”. Horrifically, this was not an uncommon occurrence. Dyer explained that this was regular, “happening about twice a year,” but it was always young people, members of this disenfranchised generation. “The only difference on this occasion was that someone on the square had their phone out and they videoed it. They uploaded it to YouTube and it went viral” across the Arab world. The next day, students, the young, the unemployed – the people of Tunisia – gathered in squares and town centers where they shouted “The people want the fall of the government.” Without casting a stone or hurling an insult, the government fell Jan. 14 2011. This non-violent demonstration, witnessed across the
Muslim world, spread. From Tunisia it spread to Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Bahrain and Jordan, with varied success. Here, Dyer emphasizes the importance of technology to these revolutions. Through broadcasting on television and through the Internet, the methods and ideals were able to find new populations subjected to similar grievances and thusly facilitate change. From the Arab Spring, Dyer went on to discuss other instances of non-violent revolutions succeeding, namely in its Indian genesis. He discussed non-violence in India under Gandhi and how over three decades of non-violent protest led to sovereignty. From India the lecture went to the civil rights movement of the United States, 20 years later. Despite the movement not being a full on revolt seeking the government overthrown it did still succeed through non-violence. When discussing the aforementioned examples, Dyer mused that “you wouldn’t try that (non-violent revolution) against a real dictator would you?” Yes, in fact, you would. He then goes on to discuss the non-violent revolutions of the Philippines in 1986. These non-violent demonstrations, dubbed the People Power Revolution, led to the deposition of Ferdinand Marcos, a dictator and member of a twenty-year authoritarian rule in the nation. Like the Arab Spring, this revolution inspired several imitations in neighboring states, largely because this was the first time a revolution of this magnitude had been broadcast over satellite. “For five days the entire planet got a tutorial in how to do non-violent revolution…in the next three years there six more (non-violent) revolutions.” Ultimately, “the distilled wisdom” of almost a century of non-violence was passed on to the participants of the Arab Spring. Dyer closed discussing the stats of non-violent revolutions compared to violent ones, quoting a study done by Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan. The statistics show that non-violent revolutions succeed twice as much as violent ones, 60 per cent to 30 per cent. Truly, non-violence has triumphed.
H I S T O R Y O F V I O L E N C E
Violence is a disease But can it be treated as such?
Chris Haikney Glasgow was named the most violent city in Europe.
paige kreutzwieser staff writer When your country and city both get named the most violent in Europe, it may be time to start looking at violence a different way. That is exactly what Scotland did. Karyn McCluskey, Director of Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, spoke at the 2014 Dr. Gordon Wicijowski Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Studies Lecture with her ‘Proceed Until Apprehended’ presentation. The presentation held on campus at Luther College last week was to address treating violence as a disease. “It’s innovative but the idea has been around for a long time,” said Hirsch Greenberg, department head of justice studies at the University of Regina. Greenberg explained that the idea of violence as a disease can be traced back a few decades but knows that what McCluskey discussed in her presentation are great initiatives to move this idea forward. In 2004, Scotland started looking at violence as a disease, making it a public health problem. McCluskey compared violence to infections like measles or tuberculosis, stating that violence is what makes people ill. “If you look at it from the lens of tuberculosis,” said Greenberg, “tuberculosis is 100 percent preventable.” Greenberg explained that tuberculosis is caused by poverty, people living in cold, dark, dirty housing and if we were able to ensure everyone had a decent home the disease would likely be obliterated. “So there is a social component to the disease. The same thing is true of violence.” Scotland is now experiencing a 37-year low in homicide rates, but McCluskey explained that where the problem still lies is within the public services. In her presentation, McCluskey remarked that society has 20th century services dealing with 21st century problems.
Greenberg explained that McCluskey is arguing for a shift in the way we treat violence. Not to perpetuate it but to inoculate against it. “And we know what those inoculations are - employment, education, a home. We know what to do, but we spend a lot of money fire fighting after the fact.” McCluskey’s presentation offered insight into how places like Saskatchewan, who deals with gang and violence issues frequently, can work towards better outcomes. “We are looking for outcomes,” agreed Greenberg. “We need to find ways that our interventions can be measured that we can say there has been a reduction in or that we virtually cured [violence]. Can we do the same for violent crime as we did for tuberculosis?” Greenberg explained that they current system looks towards incarcerating people as a solution, which is the wrong approach. “It is a lot cheaper to deal with it at the front end and prevent it and where it does exist, develop interventions that reduce it from growing.” McCluskey promoted an interdisciplinary approach - giving occupations like medics, dentists, fire services, and even vets the language of understanding violence. “We say to people ‘you are violent.’ But that is the wrong language,” agreed Greenberg. “If you have cancer we don’t say ‘you are cancer.’ We see you as more than the disease.” Greenberg put into perspective the work Scotland has put in. “Imagine if we were able to have cancer cure rate of 37%. That is how big that number is, it is not a small number.” But Greenberg explained there is still work that needs to be done. “It’s going to take things to shift the paradigm [of violence]. It is not going to happen overnight. The idea is to shift the lens and to say that people are more than their particular violent act.”
the carillon | February 13 - 26, 2014
Revolution in Ukraine
A look at the Euromaidan movement eman bare news writer
It has been over two months since demonstrators in Ukraine first started their anti-government ‘Euromaidan’ movement protests. The Euromaidan movement is the name that has been given to these protests. It’s a wave of civil demonstrations, and wide spread protests calling for the resignation of the current president, Viktor Yanukovych. The protests that have gripped Ukraine for the past few months have been the largest the country has seen since the ‘Orange Revolution’ of 2004. At the heart of the movement is a whether or not the country will forge closer ties with Europe or Russia. The initial protests began last November, when the government decided to not sign a pact that would result in the country creating stronger ties with Europe, moving away from the influence of Russia. The current president, Viktor Yanukovych, has been in office since February 2010. His party, ‘ Party of the Regions’ has a very pro-Russia stance, which has proved divisive. The eastern European nation shares a large border with Russia, totaling to almost 2,300
Mstyslav Chernov Since last December, there have been hundreds of Ukrainians camped out in Independence Square in Kiev.
km. It also shares a border with Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and the Black Sea. The country has a population of 45 million people and was known as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1922-1991. In 1991, with the fall of the USSR, Ukraine became an independent nation. The question remains, what really sparked these nation wide protests? The Government of Ukraine
had spent years working on a landmark trade deal with the European Union, which would have served as a leeway for the country to join the EU. However, the government backed out of the deal last November. The deal would have required Ukraine to adopt hundreds of EU standards and regulations as well as a reform program. The return for Ukraine would have been the abolishment for citizens to need visas,
as well as other benefits. Eventually, Ukrainian officials did admit that the reason that the deal with the EU was not signed was because of pressure from Russia. Ukraine was threatened by Moscow with harmful sanctions in order to prevent the country from becoming influenced by Western powers. This decision led to a split between the populations of the Russian-speaking eastern regions and the pro-European western regions.
After the decision was made, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the sudden backing out of the decision. In addition to protests, this decision by the government was met by opposition leaders declaring that the current government had betrayed the people after suddenly backing out from the pact after years of negotiation. The clashes between the protestors and government have been intensifying in recent weeks. In late January, three people were killed in anti-government clashes; this is believed to be the first fatalities since protests began. The increase in protests are believed to be caused by new anti-protest legislation than bans nearly all forms of protests in Ukraine, and allows for long jail terms for those who block public buildings. Since last December, there have been hundreds of Ukrainians camped out in Independence Square in Kiev. Additionally, there has been up to 200, 000 people participating in some of the wider protests. These new legislations have shown no sign of ending the protests, however it is expected to create an escalation in violence in the country.
6 weird stories from around the world And some from here michael chmielewski and kyle leitch editor-in-chief and production manager Al-Jazeera in Egypt The trial for Al-Jazeera journalists arrested in Egypt is set for Feb 20, according to BBC News. Among the arrested is Egyptian-Canadian journalist Adel Fahmy. The move by the government in Egypt is seen largely as a repression of freedom of the press. Egypt’s government has been blasted in the international media for its treatment of protestors after the fall of the Morsi government. Be prepared It’d be a good idea to be prepared for an interview with a famous actor , especially Samuel L Jackson. Things got uncomfortable when a KTLA 5 reporter mistook the famous actor for Laurence Fishburne. Jackson didn’t let him live it down for rest of the interview. “I’m not Laurence Fishburne,” Jackson fumed. It’s definitely worth a laugh for its own sake, but it also points to the importance being prepared for interviews, or really
anything. Power Outage If you were here, the power went out at the U of R, coincidentally during the Carillon’s production. Besides this divine providence shutting us down temporarily, our Arts and Culture Editor tweeted, as a joke, “Apparently #uofr is trying a new way to silence @the_carillon We won’t be silenced!! #comeandgetus.” Out of context, this might seem quite serious, and one person tweeted back “@carillon_arts @the_carillon details on this? Or are you just going to leave us hanging?” Giraffe Outrage Social media blew up when The Copenhagen Zoo decided to kill a healthy giraffe as both an effort to prevent inbreeding, feed lions, and educate zoo visitors. Meanwhile, according to the American Meat Institute, in 2011, American meat companies produced 26.3 billion pounds of beef, 22.8 billion pound of pork, 5.8 billion pound of turkey, and 37.7 billion pound of chicken.
Saskatchewan at the Olympics Mark McMorris, a Canadian snowboarder from Saskatchewan, took home the bronze medal in slopestyle snowboarding Saturday, while competing with injured ribs. The 20 year old competed in the same competition that snowboarding legend Shaun White pulled out of due to safety concerns. Congratulations go out to Mark McMorris from the Carillon, who is also the star of the MTV show McMorris and McMorris. When he won, McMorris tweeted: “A roller coaster to say the least. I rode my heart today and am very satisfied, the rest is out of my hands. THANK YOU” RIP, Nessie Gary Campbell of Inverness recently told BBC News that there hasn’t been a confirmed sighting of the Loch Ness Monster in over a year. According to Campbell, this is the first time in over 90 years that there has been such a lag in sightings of Nessie. Many true believers fear that Nessie may have passed on to greener pastures than those found in the Scottish Highlands. This is news, folks.
Kevin Tostado Samuel L. Jackson was this close to saying “motherfucker,” on KTLA 5.
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We are done. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Spencer Reid Brutal.
destiny kaus a&c writer What sucks worse? Getting dumped by MSN instant messenger, Facebook, or text? All of the above! Why? Because they’re all so dang informal. A 2012 study entitled “It’s Complicated” done by Veronika A. Lukacs through the University of Western Ontario focuses on how Facebook affects breakups. But, it also addresses texting, stating that “the 160 character limit of texting and the fact that a text message could be sent anywhere often makes people perceive it as an informal medium” (p. 33-34). I agree; instead of having more formal, face-to-face conversations, people often opt for the more informal, less threatening texting conversations, especially when it comes to breakups. I understand that breakups suck no matter how they happen, but the dumper, male or female, needs to seriously grow up and break up the old-fashioned way: face-to-face. No hiding behind technology. I say this because I believe texting does not allow for some straight-up, honest chats. Lukacs’ study further states that “text messages may communicate informality because they are short, can be sent from anywhere, and do not allow for in-depth discussion” (p. 34). Does this statement prove what I just said? Heck yes it does. It also leads me back to the past when texting wasn’t so popular. Ah yes, even back then people got dumped in underhanded ways. Janelle Wiebe, an Education student at the University of
Regina, got dumped over MSN messenger, even though she and her boyfriend were neighbours. Yep. Neighbours. Instead of walking the three steps to her house to break up with her, he dumped her on MSN. “He said ‘I can’t do this anymore, we’re breaking up,’” Wiebe says. “I’m like ‘Are you serious?’ I’m looking out my window at his house…he’s like ‘yeah I’m sorry’ and then logged out.” According to Wiebe, she then picked up the phone and called him, which I think is awesome because instead of just sitting in her room crying, she called the guy to see what the heck was going on. His mom answered and put Wiebe’s man on the phone. Wiebe says “He gets on the phone and says ‘Hello?’ I’m like ‘Hi.’ He hears my voice, hangs up.” What? Yep. It happened. To me, this seems so incredibly rude that I don’t even know what to say. In Wiebe’s words: “It was brutal!” Not going to lie, I can kind of feel the pain this young lady went through. But, in my situation, I didn’t even get to have a conversation with my man before he axed me out of his life. I simply logged onto Facebook one day and saw that he had changed his relationship status from “In a relationship with Destiny Kaus” to “Single.” Ouch. That one hurt. But, screw it; the past is the past. When MSN and Facebook began to take somewhat of a backseat to texting, Wiebe experienced heartbreak all over again. Two summers ago, after dating a special someone for four months, the hammer fell. “He’d text me and just stop
replying,” says Wiebe. “Before it was like text, text, text, omg, hugs and kisses, xoxo and yeah, it just cut off.” When she asked him what the deal was, he simply replied with “We’re over. I’m seeing someone else.” Dang. Looking back on this breakup, Wiebe says her only explanation as to why this guy chose to break up with her over text instead of face to face: “He was a fucking pussy.” Strong words directed at a seemingly weak man. Clearly, getting dumped over text sucks. But, does it suck worse than getting dumped in person? Heck yeah it does! Wiebe says, “It’s worse because you don’t get that closure that a person needs. Face to face you can ask why and they can’t just sit there and not answer.” I wholeheartedly agree. Yes, face-to-face would likely be way more awkward, but at least then you have the opportunity to ask questions and receive honest answers. With texting, you may never get your questions answered or you may just get excuses. Kevin Nykiforuk, a fine young man from Saskatoon, got the whole “It’s not you it’s me” message when his girlfriend texted him out of the blue to end their relationship. “You feel like you got run over by a bus,” Nykiforuk says. To me, this does not sound like the best feeling in the world. In fact, it sounds downright crappy. Overall, what does Nykiforuk think about breakup texts? He says, “It’s definitely taking the easy way out. It’s not right.” In response to this, I ask, does the fact that Nykiforuk, in
his later years, proceeded to dump a girl over text, contradict this statement? Well, he slightly justifies himself when he says, “She was just crazy basically. It was less emotional that way ‘cause she’d start crying or something and it was unnecessary [to dump her in person] due to the situation ‘cause she knew it was coming regardless of how.” I can understand where he’s coming from. I mean, if I was dumping someone, would I rather do so in person, see their heartbroken little face, and deal with the imminent conflict? Likely not. In Nykiforuk’s defence, once he texted this girl the two simple words “We’re done,” her reply makes me think that she may have actually been a tad crazy. “She went on to say that she was pregnant in hopes to keep me around,” Nykiforuk says. In this case, perhaps dumping this chick by text was the best option. Like Nykiforuk, Brittany Burton, who studies Therapeutic Recreation Management at the University of Regina, balances out both ends of the text-dumper-dumpee scale. Back in high school, she dumped a dude over text when she decided she just wasn’t ready for a relationship. “You don’t want to see their reaction,” Burton says. “You don’t want them to try and convince you not to do it, so then you do it over text…and it was awkward because I saw him four hours later at volleyball.” Note to self: If I ever dump some poor soul over text, I better make sure I will not cross paths with him four hours later.
Unfortunately, Burton found out what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a text breakup when her year-long relationship ended in one text. Burton states, “He pretty much said ‘This isn’t working. We’re too far apart,’ and he ‘just didn’t see our future together’…It was hard because we were planning about marriage and everything, and then out of the blue it came out of nowhere. It felt like my heart got ripped out.” I can’t even imagine how this girl felt when her relationship and her future plans of marriage came crashing down so suddenly. The part that makes this whole story suck even more is Burton’s next statement: “I just saw him two days before.” The guy could’ve been a man and dumped her in person, but nope! He chose to dump her over text. Rough. Sadly, though, I think dumping people through social media or over text is becoming the norm in today’s world. In 2010, Ilana Gershon from Indiana University published an article entitled “Breaking up is Hard to Do” in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. It tells a story of a couple who goes through a breakup. According to this article, the woman in the relationship “knew a breakup was imminent, but she did not expect the letter on cream stationery, which was written, she suspected, with a fountain pen or something equally old-fashioned. She was outraged that it was so formal—‘who does that anymore?’” (p. 392) Nobody. This is the problem. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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More fire, less ice
The Prairie Dance Circuit comes to town laura billett contributor
The Prairie Dance Circuit is coming through Regina this weekend, contributing to the many exciting events of Regina’s Fire & Ice Festival: a celebration of winter art, culture, and activities. The Prairie Dance Circuit is an annual performance that was created to promote dance artists in the prairies. Choreographers, dancers, and presenters from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba tour the three provinces, putting on a mixed program that highlights their talent in really exciting ways. “We have so much permission in contemporary dance to explore movement...what it is about movement that most interests us. And I think there is a lot of space in contemporary dance to interact with ideas in a way that stimulates ... people who maybe didn’t even know they were interested in dance,” says participating choreographer and dancer Johanna Bundon. This year’s program features works from all three provinces. Davida Monk is Artistic Director of M-Body, a contemporary dance company in Calgary, and her work “Dream Pavilion” will be a part of the evening performances; “the understory,” a collaboration between Regina’s
David Hou “the understory” by Johanna Bundon and Bee Pallomina
Johanna Bundon and Toronto’s Bee Pallomina, is performed every show. Monk’s “The Eagle and The Monkey” is performed by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers students in Friday’s matinee. Bundon and Pallomina, as both the dancers and creators of their work, have an unusual partnership, communicating between Regina and Toronto via email, Skype, and only occasional visits. Despite the long distance, they have been in collaboration for eight years. Creation of “the understory” began in 2012 when Bun-
don was in residence in Regina at New Dance Horizons, and Pallomina was completing her Master’s in Choreography and Dance Dramaturgy at York University where, later, “the understory” was first performed as a part of her thesis. The work developed from there, and the two have established a strong creative partnership. “The work that we do together is my favourite work. It works with image and text and movement and sounds and the sort of layering of all those elements,” says Bundon. Influenced by a collage mo-
tif, Bundon explains they utilize images overlaid with text, that is both recorded and spoken, and physical objects, like tires and blankets. It is a work of powerful experimentation as they unsuspectingly play with how these elements can interact. “There is an element of improvisation within the work that is always present in the collaboration between Bee and I,” says Bundon. Pallomina and Bundon’s work is an ideal addition to the Prairie Dance Circuit and the Fire & Ice Festival.“ We’ve created something
that feels a little bit like a tribute to the wintertime; there is a really strong element of winter imagery throughout and images of fire and trees,” says Bundon. The two will be holding workshops and performing again in the Fire & Ice Festival with an extended study of the movement of blanket folding, already an aspect of “the understory.” Bundon and Pallomina are excited to take the concept further, and are looking to develop future work that explores the movement and its intricacies. The Prairie Dance Circuit is a wealth of innovation and creativity. So vast and yet so welcoming, the prairies are home to fantastic artistic communities. “There is a lot of space to try to new things,” says Bundon. “There is a lot of space to step into facets of dance that I might not have otherwise pursued.” Though small, the artistic community here fosters close relationships and collaborations between different artists. “I like to think that the dance community and the dance scene in Regina is small and young, but mighty,” says Bundon. In time to kick-off your reading week, performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Feb.13, and 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 14 at the University Theatre.
WEE ARTS RADAR
The Carillon brings you fashion tips kaitlynn nordal contributor
Kate Spade once said “Playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends.” Isn’t this what we all do in the morning? We play dress up preparing for the person we want to be for that day. This winter and spring, neon colours are the way to make any outfit pop. Two- toned scarves are also a great way to add colour to anything. If you want to wear patterns this year to look more professional, pair it with a solid colour jacket such as black or white. Floral is big for this spring to add a splash of fun. Don’t forget the best way to mix prints is to not really mix them. For example, polka dots are great with floral prints. Hair jewellery will be big this spring and summer so invest in it. If you want colourful jewellery to spice up an outfit, David Yurmin added neon colours to his line of bracelets. Headbands are back in, so if you want to go for a more rocker look, go with a thin pleather strap headband with pin straight hair. For more of a Bohemian look, go with a beaded headband or channel your inner flower child with a
band of roses. Never underestimate the power of jewellery. It can make any outfit look more polished.
in her shoe collection this year. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, wear a pair of pants, a skirt, shirt, or whatever it may be with
and business look, mix a metallic mini skirt with a loose fit button down –all one colour no plaidand a matching pair of shoes
Feb. 13 J.P. Cormier The Exchange 8 PM $20 advance, $25 door Feb. 14 Belle Plaine & The Unrequited Love The Artesian 8 PM $15 advance, $20 door Feb. 16 Valdy The Artesian 8 PM $20 advance, $25 door
Arthur Ward Those shoes really don’t look like they’re made for walkin’.
Metallic pumps and strappy stilettos are what to wear when the weather warms up a bit. Peep-toe shooties are also great to change things up and can be worn with almost everything. A good way to dress up any outfit this spring is a pair of print and chunky heals, whether they are bright neon colours or more formal. Just make sure they are appropriate for what you are wearing them to. Every woman also needs a pair of caged gladiators
graphics of bright red Marilyn Monroe style lips. The best way to change your wardrobe this spring is to match a pair of shorts with opaque tights. This is a great way to get away from skirts or dresses but make sure to dress it up with a stylish jacket. Although every girl should have a little black dress in her closet, she should also have a LRD –Little Red Dress – this season. If you want a good school
and jewellery. Three-quarter sleeve cardigans and crop tops are the best thing to pair with high-waist jeans and skirts. So ladies, if you’re short, these are a must. Don’t forget: “it’s all about wearing something that highlights your best assets. The essentials are a great dress, a pop of color, and a smile,” says Lubov Azria, chief creative officer of BCBG Max Azria Group.
Feb. 18 Northcote O’Hanlons Pub 9 PM Free admission Feb. 19 Combat Improv The Artesian 8 PM $7 Feb. 22 These Estates The Exchange 8 PM $10
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Contact dance jam Wait, what is contact dancing? destiny kaus a&c writer
Contact Dance. What? Yep. That was my first reaction too. As it turns out, contact dance is all about spontaneous movement and connecting with other people’s energy. Sweet… but I still don’t get it. Sarah Abbott, a film professor at the University of Regina and contact dance lover, says, “Contact [dance] is improvised movement in contact with one or more people…you can also just do contact with the floor or with the wall.” Okay, so basically this improvised dance involves rhythmic, flowing bodily contact with other people or inanimate objects such as floors or walls. Why somebody would enjoy dancing with a wall is beyond me. But, it gets better. Apparently in contact dance you don’t even need to touch anybody. According to Abbott, “You can do exercises with people where you’re not in contact and you’re dancing and you’re filling the negative space around someone.” Interesting. Abbott first became involved with contact dance back when she lived in Toronto. “I got involved in Toronto in, dear God, 1995…ages ago. I was at a workshop and I saw
Chaser We couldn’t find a pic of contact dancing, so here’s one better.
some people moving in a way that I hadn’t experienced before so I just followed up and found out about a weekly jam.” No, this kind of jam does not involve getting a group of people together to eat jam or jam out to head-banging music. A contact dance jam is when people get together just for the sake of doing some sick contact dance. Sadly, not enough people in the Regina area are interested in or aware of contact dance. This, plus Abbott’s busy teaching schedule, has made her
hang up her dancing shoes for now. But she still loves the way contact dance works. “An elbow has the same weight as a vagina or crotch or someone’s armpit or someone’s breast or chest,” says Abbott. “Having that neutrality of the body was really nice.” Goodness gracious, did I just hear the word “vagina?” I sure did. Not going to lie, I do kind of understand how these body parts can appear to have the same weight since dance can be somewhat magical. Hon-
estly, this kind of freaks me out. Abbott’s next experience peaks my curiosity as well. “I was carrying a friend on my hip who was probably 170 [pounds] and then another guy suddenly just scooted up my body and was literally straddling my shoulder,” says Abbott. “And, it wasn’t an effort at all.” This freaks me out even more, but in a good way. Like, seriously, how cool is this? Heck, I wish I could lift a man and carry him on one shoulder! But in all seriousness, I believe Abbott when she states
that contact dance is “therapeutic.” Just like yoga or other forms of dance impact individuals on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level, contact dance does the same. Though it may seem so, contact dance really is not as creepy as it may sound. It’s not even a sexual experience, which is cool because if it was, I’m sure it’d turn a lot of people off from it…or onto it. Abbott says, “I really liked being able to be in intimate personal contact with people that wasn’t sexual, where communication was not verbal. You couldn’t always see the person [so] you really had to rely on your intuition and the energy feel.” What happens when a creepy somebody goes to a contact dance jam just for sexual pleasure? Abbott has this to say about the issue: “That person needs to learn or needs to leave.” Boom! In other words, that person needs to take the time to learn the art of contact dance or peace the heck out. Thankfully, there are workshops available to learn this art, but they’re all in Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal. Abbott would love to get a contact dance group going here in Regina. So, what do you say folks? Contact dance jam?
Dadliest Catch makes for good distraction koby schwab contributor
If you feel that you need to take a break from all of the serious, over-serialized action-adventure-shooter games that have been piling up in front of your television like the assignments in your “To do” bin, or you’re just feeling the midterm blues, enjoy a wonderfully silly game and jeopardize you final grade by playing Octodad: Dadliest Catch! If the title hasn’t given it away already, I will warn you ahead of time that there will be puns. Also, a well-dressed cephalopod. In Dadliest Catch, you play the titular Octodad: loving father, caring husband, secret octopus, as he attempts to do all of the things suburban fathers normally do. The problem is, these mundane tasks are made more difficult by the obvious fact that he is an octopus and nobody else can know. The story has multiple areas and scenarios for Octodad to awkwardly conquer, such as preparing for his wedding, doing odd jobs around the house, and even taking the family on a trip to the aquarium. Gameplay consists of individually controlling each of Octodad’s appendages (Sur-
Emily Wright We prefer the term, “inter-species erotica.”
geon Simulator style), quickly alternating control of his legs to make him walk, and grabbing objects and manipulating his arm to complete objectives. The controls are incredibly imprecise, even after getting used to them, which leads to crazy interactions and hilarious mishaps. As you move through environments, you must avoid the gaze of keen observers and keep from committing embarrassing actions, as failing to do
so will raise the suspicion meter, alerting others to your invertebrate nature and causing a game over. While the game is very for-
giving, there are times when the solution to a problem isn’t always clear or easy to execute, so if you think getting Octodad to walk is hard, try getting him
the Carillon: “no, Luke; I am your octo-father” since 1962
to walk with a bin on his head. The humour in Dadliest Catch is consistently spot on, with the silliness of the gameplay being supplemented by clever writing and sharp situational irony. All of the characters have individual personalities and properly translate a satirical view of suburban life, with some of the funniest writing in the game coming from conversations between Octodad and his family. They’ll say something mundane or come close to suggesting that their father isn’t quite what they think he is, and he’ll respond with an expressive series of blubs, as told by the subtitles. It’s pure absurdity where normality bends to accommodate an octopus. Genius. Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a proper mixture of originality, inoffensive humour, and genuinely entertaining gameplay. Though there are well-hidden ties for Octodad to collect and wear in each of the levels for a bit of replay value, the game is a bit short. But for $15, there are very few games that can match the fun you will have with Octodad. Check it out now on Steam, and look for it in March on the Playstation 4!
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Musical beginnings Mark Berube and his new CD robyn tocker a&c editor
“I don’t have a memory of when I wasn’t playing music. My mom sang to us and she got us playing piano. I’ve always done it,” says Mark Berube, a singer-songwriter based in Montreal. The man started his life in a small country near South Africa where his influence of the music inspired him. “A lot of music my dad bought was from there. I listened to that and was inspired by a lot of the jazz musicians.” Berube was inspired by the ideas behind the music, not the genre of South African music itself. While growing up playing the piano, Berube also picked up a talent for the guitar. He mentions how backpacking after high school was easier with a guitar strapped to his pack then a keyboard. “It was easier to bring a guitar than a piano on a plane.” Berube always planned to have a career in music, but he got his degree in English Literature first before taking his first step into the music world. When asked what he would
Killbeat Music Visors and scarves – what could be better?
be if he couldn’t choose music, Berube had a simple answer. “I would be a park ranger in a national park. It’s the first thing I wanted to do when I was a kid.” It’s a good thing he chose music, or else Canada would be missing out on Berube’s fifth CD, titled Russian Dolls. There isn’t one thing that inspired
the songs on Berube’s CD. The Montreal music scene going on was just one of the things that helped put Dolls together. He and his band members took folk music and went elsewhere with it with different sounds. “We’re playing with a whole bunch of different things outside of the acoustic box.” Out of the 11 tracks, Berube
says “Carnival” and “Ethiopia” were two of his favourites to record. While they took time to be completed, he had a lot of fun with putting them together. “Carnival” has an electric sound, buzzing with energy. As you get further into the song, the piano becomes stronger and the song transforms as the listener tunes in. Berube and his
band really know how to manipulate sound to make an interesting piece to listen to. “Ethiopia” draws the listener in with the choppy lyrics Berube starts off with. The acoustical parts that pop up are a nice touch, highlighting his vocal talent. Besides a new CD, Berube has also been chipping away at a tour. Performing weekends around Quebec, Berube went to Ontario in December to play. He will also be performing in Regina. The Western Canada tour also includes locations like Winnipeg and British Columbia. With such excitement, it’s hard to imagine anything could top touring across Canada. Oh wait, there is! Berube also has a music video out for “Carnival.” He says it was as simple as sitting down with the director, telling the director what the band wanted, and letting the crew go off and film the whole thing without them. “We liked the creative results. It was a bit of a risk, but we’re happy with it.” Mark Berube plays in Regina on Feb. 22 at the Artful Dodger.
Regina’s snow useful for something Snow Gallery premieres liam fitz-gerald contributor
Two weeks ago, Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak’s Baba’s House premiered at the Dunlop Art Gallery. There, the artists scanned various objects found in Kozak’s Ukrainian-Canadian grandmother’s house in Creighton, Saskatchewan, creating beautiful collages on display. The Saskatchewan born but Vancouver based artists are back in Saskatchewan working away on their next exhibit Snow Gallery. Durey and Kozak are creating a display composed of four walls of ice that will hold objects that the duo found from thrift stores around Regina. The artists seek to create a lose portrayal of the city with some photographs frozen in blocks of ice. They want to create a parallel between two cycles: consumer goods and nature. The outdoor exhibit will stand until it melts and rejoin the water cycle while the objects will vanish or be taken, either in residences, thrift stores or garbages. Snow Gallery started as a project that Kozak began in Flin Flon last year called Ground Water Gallery. She built a gallery out of snow and hosted exhibitions in it making it both a venue and artwork. Both artists see Snow Gallery as an extension of Ground Water Gallery only
Haley Klassen Imagine Value Village frozen in there.
they’re adding another layer of complexity to it. “We’re adding the element of finding objects in Regina that are anonymous. So we went to thrift stores and found objects whose owners were unknown,” Durey says. While they know where they came from in terms of where they were purchased them from they don’t how these objects arrived at the thrift stores. “We assume they were someone’s personal objects at one point that were donated. So it’s a way to remove the personal significance. It doesn’t belong to any individual person per say,
so in a vague way, the objects belong to the city of Regina,” says Durey. Kozak added that there are parallels between nature and society that Snow Gallery captures. “With the physical gallery itself, it will melt and while some people might see it as disappearing I like to see it as expanding into the water system. In the same way the objects will come into the gallery space and will leave it as it is a public space in the downtown core of Regina,” she says. “I think if you think about the concept of the cycles of na-
ture, of water turning into gas and redistricting it puts the consumer cycle into question. How valuable is the object when it is made, destroyed and dispersed somewhere and returned to this cycle,” Durey says, emphasizing that the display questions the importance of things. On what the community should take away from Baba’s House, Durey hopes that people are reflective on how they interact with objects throughout the city. Kozak hopes that people can find a public space in the exhibit. It will also be a changing exhibit as the spring
comes and melts it away. “I hope they look at the objects and are reminded of similar objects they had or being in a place like a thrift store and seeing familiar/obscure things,” Durey says, emphasizing that Snow Gallery is a lose portrayal of the city. “I like the idea of you create a space for people to be in, that they can have their own experience, even if it’s slightly constructed,” Kozak adds. On their styles of art, they emphasize while there are similarities there are differences. “Part of it is we definitely work on a consensus model. For collaborative works we both have to agree. Someone has to sometimes convince the other person that their path is at that specific time the best option and the other person has to agree to go forward,” Kozak says. When putting Baba’s House together, Kozak and Durey would read the images differently. As they were working on objects connected to Kozak’s family she would see the objects differently than Durey. It was different working on Snow Gallery. “It’s different working on something like [Snow Gallery] where I don’t have a personal history with the materials,” she says. She became very attached to items at her grandmother’s house. Snow Gallery premiers Feb. 14.
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Arthur Ward High fives all around!
taylor sockett, kyle leitch, brady lang, autumn mcdowell gold medal prospectors The men’s hockey team is currently in a tight race for a playoff spot and will have to face the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in the conference in their final games of the season. Do you think the Cougars will make the post season? Sockett: I said when the Cougars lost their home and home series against Mount Royal that they would miss the playoffs. This is has to do with Todd’s team lacking the killer instinct to win games against teams they are better than. See you guys on the fairway. Leitch: In an effort to completely alienate the Carillon from every one of our sports teams here at the University of Regina, I’m going to say, “Hell no.” Lang: I think the team will. CIS hockey is unpredictable and hockey is always unpredictable. One player stepping up will definitely help the team’s chances as well. McDowell: Well, the Cougars didn’t get any help last weekend, picking up two straight losses to No.1 Alberta. This weekend, Cougars and their fans will need to hope for at least one Cougars win, coupled
with two UBC losses. I hope this one doesn’t end in heartbreak for the Cougars. As to not completely cop out of the question: Yes. We will make the playoffs, by the skin of our teeth. Which sport, which is currently not included in either the summer or winter Olympics, would you like to see become an official Olympic sport? Sockett: The lumberjack competitions, because this event takes the right combination of beer gut and beard growing, a skill that simply too many Olympians these days are lacking. Leitch: Thunderdome. And not that sissy shit they do on bungee cables with Nerf bats at Burning Man. Lang: American football would be definitely cool, but irrelevant due to everyone being from America. Well, Team Canada would have Getzlaf… and Cornish… McDowell: Maybe some crazy sport where you slide head first down an ice track – that’s a thing, dammit. Okay well maybe something else where you half to balance on a four-inch plank of wood and you can’t touch the ground or you lose, like the adult version of the kid’s lava game. That, too, is a thing. Well in that case, I’ll have to go with football. I don’t actually think that should be an Olympic sport
Let’s sign one
but I’m out of ideas. CFL free agent day has been moved from Feb. 15 to the 11th. With multiple former Roughriders set to hit the market, which player are you most hoping comes back to the Green and White? Sockett: Kory Sheets obviously, from the lack of sound coming from his off season workouts with NFL teams hopefully that is a sign that Sheets well be Sask bound again. If he doesn’t return then we are basically screwed and should probably start shopping around for a new star running back. Leitch: I was going to say Luca Congi, but that seems to have gone out the window. So, to hell with it. Let’s sign one of those dicks from the Argos, or something. Lang: Craig Butler and Jermaine McElveen leaving scare me, but losing anyone from the core of the Grey Cup 101 squad will be rough on the Riders. McDowell: The obvious answer is Kory Sheets, but I’m not going to take the easy way out. So, I think I’ll have to go with Regina boy Paul Woldu. Woldu is a beast on special teams, and you can always count on him to be first down the field. He also needs to provide wrap-up lessons to some other members of the squad.
It was officially announced that Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin won the CFL Coach of the Year Award. Was this at all surprising to you? Sockett: I don’t think so who were the alternatives? That spineless fuck John Hufnagel or the extremely overrated Kent Austin who has only found success with teams he inherited and quite literally had nothing to do with the building of them. But seriously, Chamblin deserved it and I am happy to have him at the helm of the Green and White. Leitch: Not really, but I remember hearing some kerfuffle about Chamblin not really being considered for the Coach of the Year award. It would have been surprising if the coach who won the Grey Cup wasn’t included as a contender. Lang: He won the Grey Cup, that’s worthy enough. Not surprising at all. McDowell: Not at all. Anyone that thinks this was surprising is either not a football fan, or just an idiot in general. The only thing that I am surprised about is that it took so long to tell him. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos has been ruled out for the Olympics. How big of a blow is this to Team Canada?
Sockett: It’s huge. Stamkos is one of the best players in the game today. Luckily they replaced him with an older version of a similar player. Though I don’t agree with St. Louis being placed on the team, I have to admit I’ve always liked him. I just think Hockey Canada needs to focus more on developing young players to the international game and put these old players out to pasture. Nudge Nudge Haley Wickenheiser looks old and slow out there. Leitch: I think the team will do just fine. It would be more of a blow to morality (and medal opportunity) if Stamkos skated out there, and Anderson Silva-ed halfway through the national anthem. That would be a fucking Olympic moment, my friend. Lang: It’s a huge loss, yet Team Canada is so deep I don’t think that losing Stamkos will be a huge blow in the long run. Players will step up in Stamkos’ place. McDowell: It’s a massive blow. I mean we can recover, and I like the addition of St. Louis, he has clearly proved over these last couple of weeks that he deserves a place on that roster – have you seen those legs for God’s sake? But still, I would rather have goal-czar Stamkos wearing the maple leaf this week.
of those dicks from the Argos, or something.
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Fun in the sun
The Cougars softball team takes their talents to Hawaii
uregina.ca We should have the Carillon goes to Hawaii.
paige kreutzwieser staff writer What would you do if your team had their best Westerns finish and medalled for the first time since 2010? Go celebrate – obviously. That is what the U of R women’s softball team is doing. During the February break, 18 girls from the squad will be heading down south to Honolulu, Hawaii. However, head coach Mike Smith said it’s not really about laying in the sun. “It’s a great thing for our team chemistry, but then it’s competitive too.” The team will be playing a total of eight games in the tropical state and is the only Canadian team attending during the week. Although the team has travelled down to Hawaii before, that was in 2008. Their most recent trip was 2010 when the Cougars travelled to Texas. Third-year catcher Heather Becker was there for that. “It will be different because when we went to Texas it was right after our regular season,” she said. “But now we have been off since mid October, so it has been three months and we are going from this cold weather to hot and we haven’t practiced outside. So it will be kind of a shock.” But Becker doesn’t mind, even if the games don’t go always as planned. “We are in Hawaii, there is no reason to be disappointed whatsoever,” she said. “Just look around, see the palm trees and we will be happy again.” Becker’s attitude is not to say that the team hasn’t been
putting in a solid effort to prepare. “The goal is that we want to step on the field and be competitive,” explained Smith. “We’ve got 18 people since the beginning of January busting
ule. “I expected it to be a lot of training, it’s pretty overwhelming in school right now,” she said. “But it’s really nice because everyone else’s teams with CIS, they practice all year
Mike Smith Bon voyage!
their butts and working really hard. Harder than any group I had in nine years.” As with any student athlete, balancing practice and school can be a challenge. But Becker has enjoyed the tough sched-
around and they get to see their teammates. With us we get close in the month and a half of our season and then we are all off on our own thing. It’s nice to have practices and see all the girls again. That’s my favourite
part actually.” Once their time in the sun is over, it’s back to the grind for the head coach, recruiting and planning for the softball club’s tenth season. But for Smith, who has always remained focused on giving women the opportunity to participate in competitive intercollegiate softball, his hard work with the squad is really paying off. “We already have recruits that are committing to us now,” he said. “We are attracting and bringing kids to the U of R to play softball now, which is unreal.” Smith admits that trying to persuade athletes to play at a university that doesn’t give them any scholarship funding can be difficult, but for someone like Becker, who is from Manitoba, knows the benefits to coming to a school like this. “[The team] can only say come, but you’ll have to pay for everything. But the program is really good and I would say the school attracted me,” she said. But for now the focus is all about Hawaii. “It’s going to be intimidating probably because you play against people who wake up at six in the morning everyday to practice,” admitted Becker. “So it will be a higher level of ball, but I am excited.” Smith agrees. “We are going to be playing teams where their players are all scholarship players, we have no scholarship players.” But he has confidence in his girls, and is proud of what will come this break. “For us to be competitive at that level shows you how far in nine years we have come.”
The women’s volleyball team continues to roll on its quest for Nationals. The host team now sits sixth place in the Canada West conference with a 12-10 record, earning more wins this year than the past two seasons combined. Not only has this season been a success in the wins column, it has also been one for the record books. Fifthyear outside hitter Desiree Ates, and first-year setter Leah Shevenek set conference records on the weekend for most kills (347) and most assists (860) in a single-season. The team will now advance to the conference quarterfinals against Trinity Western (17-5) with matchups to be played this weekend in Langley, B.C. The men’s basketball team also had a record setting night as fourth-year guard Brendan Hebert set a new school record for career assists with 348. Second-year forward Travis Sylvestre also set a personal record, scoring a career high 24 points in the teams 92-81 win over the University of Calgary Dinos (6-14). The Cougars will play their final games of the season this weekend at home against the University of Brandon (5-15). With head coach Dave Taylor back as bench boss, the Cougars women’s basketball team extended their win streak to 14. Fifth-year guard Nicole Clarke, who played her first four years of CIS eligibility with the University of Alberta, scored a gamehigh 18 points in Saturday night’s win against Calgary, marking the 11th time in 20 conference games that the rookie Cougar led or tied the team in scoring. Regina will hope to keep the streak going against the University of Brandon (6-14) in their final regular season games this weekend before embarking on Canada West quarterfinals. The men’s hockey team didn’t get any help this weekend during the quest for their playoff berth. Regina lost both games this weekend against No. 1 Alberta, slipping their record to 11-13-2 and fifth place in the standings. With only the top six teams making the playoffs, and just two points separating the team from seventh place, the Cougars will need all the fan support they can get this Saturday when the No. 3 University of Saskatchewan Huskies are in town. The Cougars will be hoping for at least one win, hopefully coupled with two UBC losses to squeak into the playoffs.
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Second-year Tori Head is ready for playoffs brady lang sports writer
Who doesn’t love to see a brand of women’s hockey that’s intense and aggressive? That’s what we’ll be getting when the Regina Cougar women’s hockey team faces off against the Manitoba Bisons in the first round of Canada West playoffs next weekend. Cougars’ second-year forward Tori Head believes their losses at the hands of Manitoba just two short weeks ago is motivation enough heading into the post season. “I believe we’re all going to come in with a lot of hard work,” Head said. “I think that we’ve had a lot of drive so far and I think the playoffs will be a challenging, new beginning but I think that we’ll come out flying. We will have a lot of motivation [having to play against] Manitoba. The past [games] that we have had against them motivated us to come out flying going into the playoffs and sparked a lot of interest and aggression going into the post season. [When we play] Manitoba, we’re all going to come out fired up to get those wins.” Head, playing in her first full season at the University of Regina - redshirting in 201213 - knows that the devastating loss one year ago to UBC is still in the back of many girls’ minds
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heading into this season’s playoffs. “Last year was tough; especially the loss to UBC, a pretty devastating loss for everyone,” Head said. “To be on such a high all of last season to losing to UBC in the fashion that we did was really tough. Coming into this year, being able to sup-
port and build around the team, I think that it just makes it that much more exciting.” Going into the final games of the season last weekend, Head was leading the team in scoring with five goals and ten points. But after being held scoreless throughout the two losses in Alberta, Head finished
just behind teammate Meghan Shervan in the teams point race. Head, however, believes that the points have been a whole team success. “I don’t really see it as leading the team in points; I see it as a whole team success,” she said. “If I didn’t have my teammates to help me I don’t think I
would be in this position to this point in the season.” Head’s ten points match her season totals in Guelph in 2011-12 when she notched seven goals and three assists in 22 games with the Gryphons. Heading into her first full season with the club, Head is quick to point out her line mates helped her and gave her the confidence needed to put up her numbers. “At the beginning of the season – especially coming from Guelph – my confidence wasn’t really there,” she said. “Coming into the season with really good line mates really helped me, confidence came while the points piled up. It’s great to be a part of the team in this stage of the season and be a part of the great program we have here in Regina.” As the season comes to a close, the Cougar women’s hockey team will now face off in Manitoba this weekend in the first round of Canada West playoffs – and they will be playing with a chip on their shoulder. Regina is 1-2-1 against the neighbouring province and will be playing the role of the underdog when the puck is dropped Friday in Winnipeg. If the team can play with the aggression that Head expects, this will, without a doubt, be a series to watch.
Joining the fight against cancer
Indian Head High School is doing something truly special brady lang sports writer Indian Head – a town of approximately 1,800 people – has joined forces with Assiniboia in the past few years to create a basketball tournament with a great cause. The “Heartbreaker Classic” has now been functional since the February of 2011 and is put on annually around Valentine’s Day to raise money for community members that don’t have the necessary means to pay for their hospital bills. The school hosts senior and junior girls basketball and in these past years the event has sky rocketed and also helped grow school spirit, said Indian Head’s Head Coach Dave Clark. “The first time we ran this in the February of 2011, we were a school that lacked a lot of school spirit and community involvement,” said Clark. “For the very first time, everybody bought in to something. We explained it to all of the kids, why we were doing this and the significance behind it. We went from a school where no one really cared to everyone bought in. We really need to thank As-
Finizio They’ve racked up $30,000!
siniboia for kick-starting the event.” Assiniboia’s Head Coach Al Wandler has been the man behind everything in the Cancer Awareness tournaments around southern Saskatchewan, but all Wandler said it took was a heavy heart and a lazy July afternoon that started the movement just five years ago. “Personally, I’ve lost many
relatives to numerous types of cancers,” Wandler said. “I was looking through a catalogue on a lazy July afternoon and I saw the pink uniforms and I thought that it would be really cool for our girls to give back in that way. We approached our SRC and they wanted to build a legacy. They had the funds and it was a great cause, so they knew it could be their legacy they could
leave behind. “I’ve always believed in my team to be something bigger than themselves. The community always supports them and that they should always have something to give back. Youth gets painted with the image that ‘they’re all bad’. We want to do something of this nature to show that positive side, and that the kids can go home and say ‘I was part of that, I can do it again.’” Now into Wandler’s fifth year, he has estimated that the games have now racked up approximately $30,000 and it is growing at a rate in which he can hardly keep up with. The special thing that the coach has now set up is the passing down of the pink jerseys. “I built up a lot of good relationships with the coaches in the area and we were close to the Fillmore squad and I told them, ‘we want to make this big, and we want to buy you some pink uniforms.’ We made it clear that the catch was when they had the necessary funds they’d go out and buy the next team these uniforms,” Wandler said. “The Fillmore coach then asked if they could wear the Assiniboia uniforms the following weekend
to show fans that the Rockets were behind them. Fillmore then bought for Estevan, and on to Indian Head.” The passing down of the pink jerseys has now reached towns such at Clavet, Saskatoon, Wynyard, Weyburn, and of course Indian Head and Assiniboia. With no signs of slowing down, even players have seen the positive change within the community and absolutely love playing in the positive atmosphere of the tournament. “Everyone’s aware of the cancer affecting the community,” said Indian Head senior Sherry Hahn. “So, putting this on to help people in the community who can’t afford to pay for their treatments alone is really special.” “The atmosphere is awesome,” another Indian Head senior, Andrea Mayer said. “Having the community out here and supporting us. Cheering us on for a great cause is truly special.” This event shows no signs of slowing down and will continue making differences not only in Assiniboia and Indian Head, but also all across Sasaktchewan.
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Troubles in Sochi
Hosting the Olympics proves to be more detrimental than beneficial allan hall contributor
With an estimated cost of $51 billion ($USD), the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will have the dubious honour of being the most expensive Olympic Games ever held. The Sochi Olympics are projected to cost more than all of the other Winter Olympic Games ever held, combined. The cost of the Sochi Olympics is greater than the nominal GDP of more than 110 nations. With such a large price tag, it raises the question about whether it is worth hosting the games. One of the most financially disturbing trends about the Olympics is how the actual cost of the games dwarf their initial budgeted amount. When presented initially to the International Olympic Committee, Russia estimated that the Winter Games would cost $12 billion. The current estimated cost is more than four times the initial budgeted amount. This can also be seen in other games as well. The Summer Olympics in London and Athens had initial budgets of $4 billion and $6 billion respectively, and their total costs were $14 billion and $15 billion. The cost of hosting the games can take a sizable period of time to pay off. It took Montreal 30 years to pay off the billion-dollar debt that they incurred for the 1976 Summer Olympics. Ironically, the mayor
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of Montreal at the time, Jean Drapeau, boasted that the games would be self-financing and that the “Olympics can no more have a deficit, than a man can have a baby.” According to an NBC interview with Robert Barney, the founding director of the International Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Western Ontario, there has never been an Olympic Games that did not incur a true financial loss. Barney asserts that the reported cost of the Olympic Games does not properly factor in the funds used by governments to subsidize the cost of the games. More often than not, the Olympics are awarded to host
cities that do not have the existing infrastructure, venues, and accommodations to properly support the games. The host cities are typically given seven years to make these improvements after they are awarded the games by the International Olympic Committee. The largest costs associated with hosting the Olympics are from these infrastructure improvements and building projects to accommodate the influx of visitors to the city and to support the games. These building projects are massive in their scope, and frequently come in over budget. One of the biggest concerns about the cost of the
Olympics is the financial aftermath of supporting the newly built sporting venues and accommodations created for the 17-day event. After the Olympics, the host cities end up with large venues that carry a huge operating cost and little practical use. Unless the city develops an efficient plan for the venues after the Olympics, it is very common to see these “white elephants” become abandoned desolate buildings. In an interview with the Associated Press, Sergei Stepashin, the Chairman for the Russian government’s auditing agency, estimates that the maintenance of venues from the Sochi Olympics will cost Russia at least 60
billion rubles ($2 billion) a year. While the Sochi Olympics carry a huge financial risk, Russia is hoping that this massive investment will turn Sochi into a destination for winter sports after the games have ended. Like other nations that have hosted the Olympic Games, they are hoping that this will result in an increase in tourism for the region, and to gain positive exposure from the rest of the world. Russia is also expecting that the infrastructure improvements to Sochi can provide long-term benefits to the residents of the city. By improving the roads, highways, public transportation, and focusing on the beautification of the city, it can potentially enhance the quality of life for Sochi residents. As a result of hosting the Olympics, it has provided a huge financial stimulus to the region and numerous employment opportunities for Russian citizens. Bankole Olayele, an Economics professor at the University of Regina does see some benefits in hosting the games. “As a result of employment from the Olympics, some folks that may have not have been employed ... now have skills that enable them to [better transition themselves] in the labour market,” he said. It will take a few years after the Sochi Olympics to determine whether the event was a story of great success for the country or a cautionary tale of fiscal incompetence.
Down to the wire
Cougars men’s hockey team’s playoff hopes hang in the balance what the puck? autumn mcdowell sports editor
With the Olympics in full swing, many of you probably assumed that I would be talking about the latest happenings of Team Canada, including Steven Stamkos being knocked out of contention, and Martin St. Louis’ monstrous legs. But instead, I’ve decided to keep it local this week. The University of Regina Cougars men’s hockey team is currently deep in the weeds of a playoff serge and they need all of the support that they can get right now, hence why this will be somewhat of a pump-up article for the squad. During the first half of the season, the Cougars looked stellar and were holding steady at .500 – and then the New Year came. Let’s just say that 2014 has not been very kind to the young Cougars, and that would be somewhat of an understatement. The Cougars started the New Year only winning one game before losing their next
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five straight, including three heartbreaking losses to teams that were below them in the standings. The real nail in the coffin was when Regina had back-to-back overtime losses to UBC and Mount Royal. Both games had the Cougars ahead until the final minutes, giving up a late goal and not being able to capture the full two-points. Looking back now, those games
have proved to be costly. This tailspin caused the Cougars to drop drastically in the standings, and so they sit tied for fifth place with the University of Mount Royal. In a conference where the top six of eight teams make the playoffs, and just two points separating the Cougars from seventh place, it is time to turn on the turbo engines, kick it into full
gear, bring in the reserves and do everything possible in the last regular season games to squeak into the playoffs. Right about now you are probably wondering when this desperate and depressing article turns into the pump up article that was promised, so here is the TSN turning point, sort of. This weekend the Cougars will engage in a home-andhome series with notorious rivals, the Huskies. The No. 3 team in the conference has continuously been a force to be reckoned with, and with Mount Royal facing the last team in the conference, Lethbridge, it may appear that the Cougars are destined for the fairways. But that is where you are all wrong. The Cougars have won both games that they have played against Saskatchewan this year, and with a habit of playing up to tougher teams, the Cougars may not be in bad shape after all, but then there is still Manitoba and UBC to worry about. This is where things get confusing. So let’s say that Mount Royal picks up two wins against Le-
thbridge – which they most certainly will – they will move into sole possession of fifth place, moving us to sixth, and still in the playoffs. But then you have UBC. UBC is currently just two points back of a playoff spot but will face the No.4 University of Manitoba Bisons in their final games. UBC hasn’t beaten the Bisons once this season, if that trend continues and UBC loses their final games, boom, we are in the playoffs. If we end up in a tie for sixth place with UBC, a tie-breaking procedure is used and looks at head-to-head competition. With UBC holding a 3-1 advantage over the Cougars, we would once again be out. Essentially, the most ideal thing to do would be for the Cougars to be in control of their own destiny and win both games against Saskatchewan this weekend. But just to be on the safe side, if we could all collectively pray for UBC to lose, that would be much appreciated. See you at the rink.
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The need for feminism In an article in last week’s Carillon entitled “Can we talk about feminism?” a few issues were raised that I would like to take up. Heck yeah, let’s talk about feminism! Feminism is, essentially, the movement to end systemic social and political gender inequalities, sure. But it’s a common misconception that for women to be raised up, it must be at the expense of other genders. Feminism is not about some fervent bid for female supremacy. It’s about eliminating the barriers that keep women down, and in so doing freeing everyone from harmful gender roles. In a truly equal society, no gender would succeed at the expense of others. Also, double standards aren’t a product of feminism. When a woman gets out of a ticket by using her “feminine wiles,” that isn’t a moment of empowerment. That’s a result of the sexist system that limits a woman’s power so that sexuality is all she has at her disposal: the same system that forces men into strict adherence of a single and reductive masculinity. It’s certainly true that the patriarchal system is dangerous for men – and it’s also true that feminists have been talking about this for years. A feminism that ignores or, worse, hates men is an out-
dated one. I’m not sure it even still exists, except as a kind of feminist bogeywoman, a callback to a specific type of radical second-wave feminism. Since the 1960s, this brand has been widely critiqued, and for good reason. Feminism has evolved to include women of colour and queer women. It must now, I feel, address trans* issues. It must accommodate sex and body positivity. It must address gender in all of its messiness. I think it’s important to consider oppression on the level
of systems. And I think it’s important to highlight that on the systemic level, inequalities do exist for women. The right to work and vote aren’t the end of the story. Women are grievously underrepresented politically (we are at 18% Canada-wide) and do face income inequality and do face horrific levels of sexual violence. But it is also true that just because our system is patriarchal, is sexist, it does not by default make every man a sexist pig. It means that we are all already navigating a system with
a hierarchy in place, even if it is not felt by every individual. The lived experience of one woman does not necessarily undo that of another: oppression can exist and not be universally felt. I have felt the need for feminism in the way I have been taught to feel fear on a street alone at night. I have felt the need for feminism aching in the silence around the hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women across this country. I have felt it in the simple
way that as soon as I get loud, I am automatically dismissed as an angry feminist bitch. I have felt that I need feminism, and wished that I didn’t. Not everyone does, and that is not a bad thing. But the work isn’t finished until no one does. I reserve my right to need feminism, and to speak up for it.
sonia stanger contributor
Climate craziness If you’ve been living under a rock for the whole winter, you may have missed the crazy weather eastern Canada has experienced this winter. Well, all of Canada but let’s narrow or horizons, shall we? While Rob Ford is making his way through his own brand of crazy, he is also dealing with Mother Nature being in a worse mood than usual. Nicole Mortillaro, a reporter for Global News, took time to write an op-ed piece about how our Canadian winter isn’t anything different than what we’ve experienced in the past during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. After giving her piece a solid read, which you guys should too, I have to agree she makes some valid points. The types of winters we’ve had in the past handful of years haven’t been as cold. Because of this, perhaps we Canadians do need to “suck it up.” However, Mortillaro failed to address why our winters are getting warmer. She brushed it off as Canadians’ forgetful memories, how somehow it’s our fault we can’t handle these unusually frigid temperatures and insane storms. Actually, we have climate change to thank for that. If you didn’t believe in global warming, you may want to
look outside your window. Canada is known around the world as “The Great White North,” but our frigid temperatures are on the decline. Statistics Canada was kind enough to have some news for those of you whose memories are “failing.”
During the last 39 years, the average annual area of snow cover in Canada has declined 5.1 per cent. In 2010, we had the lowest annual average of snowfall since 1998. During the past 60 years, the trend in average annual temperatures for Canada as a whole has increased by
1.4 degrees Celsius. The climatic regions that showed the strongest warming trends were located in Canada’s far north, specifically the Arctic Tundra, Arctic Mountains and Fiords, Mackenzie District, and Yukon and North British Columbia Mountains.
“Take it like a Canadian” may mean we’re ignoring the state of the planet.
With our winters warming up, it doesn’t shock me when it’s -55 outside and I’m just a might bit chilly. When I look at my winter memories from my childhood and how our chilly season is now, I get a little concerned. How much worse does it have to get before people start to seriously make changes with how we’re treating the planet? We may hear about it on the news occasionally, but it doesn’t get enough coverage and we aren’t making changes fast enough. While Mortillaro makes it seem these winters are hunky dory, I have to disagree. If we keep jumping from a really warm winter to a frigid one, doesn’t that say something about the condition of our planet? Maybe the answer isn’t to just recycle more, or to dress warmer, but there has to be a better answer than to “take it like a Canadian.”
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Ukraine and democracy Being someone who was born in Ukraine, I have often been asked what I think about the ongoing troubles there. These troubles should be of some concern to me as they are taking place in Kiev, my birthplace. My parents pay close attention to what is happening there. They have little love for the Yanukovich regime; I remember my mom proudly telling a café waitress that she supported the 2004 Orange Revolution when asked about the orange ribbon pinned to her coat. I have several relatives, including my only surviving grandparent, who currently live in Kiev. And yet despite all of this, I could not care less about the conflict there and have no desire for Canada to get “involved”, whatever that means. From my studies of Russian history, I know that democracy is a form of government that
has not enjoyed strong support in much of Eastern Europe. It wasn’t that nobody tried to set up a democratic form of governance in Russia. Rather, democracy has not flourished in this region because its proponents ended up being incapable of providing ordinary people a better lifestyle than the one they had before. This can be traced back to 1917, when the Tsar first abdicated in favour of a Provisional Government that continued his war against the wishes of the people; it was overthrown in October of that year by Lenin and his Bolsheviks. The pattern has repeated itself in modern Russia and Ukraine. Vladimir Putin came into and stayed in power because Russia’s first democratic president, Boris Yeltsin, proved unable or unwilling to right the social damages of post-Communism. Under his tenure, people lost their jobs
due to privatization of industries, the profits from which landed in the pockets of oligarchs. In Ukraine, people came out in 2004 to support Viktor Yushchenko in the hopes that he would be different from the corrupt Leonid Kuchma regime and its candidate, Viktor Yanukovich. However, he squandered the goodwill of the people by firing his allies and shutting down Parliament twice. In an ironic twist, the man he fought against in 2004, Viktor Yanukovich, became first his prime minister in 2006 and then President in 2010. In both modern cases, initial enthusiasm for the removals of corrupt regimes gave way to cynicism and despair based on the actions of the newly elected leaders. Given what I know, I am pessimistic about what will come out of the conflict. I doubt that the opposition leaders will
be able to obtain power, much less govern for the benefit of Ukraine. It should also be noted that the current Ukrainian government is not siding with Russia just because Putin snapped his fingers; they were given a $15 billion gas deal. For Canada to accomplish anything in Ukraine, the ideal would be to support Ukrainian economic strength so that it could not only challenge Russia but also hold its own against Western nations. What Ukraine needs
is not democracy endowments but the time to develop its own economic and cultural base. Unless Canada is willing to contribute to this, then I don’t think it would do any good in Ukraine. Democracy is useless without means of sustenance.
ommendations does this mean that the government now has access to everything you put on the internet? In theory, yes. But in practice, you’re probably not that interesting. The secret services of Canada have algorithms in order to search for key phrases that are triggers that might be a security risk. And in searching for these phrases they cast a wide net which may include some personal information about Canadians. If the government were to heed these recommendations, the effectiveness of such agencies like CSIS will be compromised. According to Jim Farney, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Regina, “privacy laws do slow down the process but it’s difficult to say definitively if that is a good thing or bad thing.” Let me be clear. A govern-
ment spying on civilians is not great. I would prefer people not know my stuff. The laws should be updated to better protect the privacy of Canadians in a digitized world but I don’t think any government will give up the power to monitor the internet because it’s their function to retain power. If your privacy is something very important to you, then turn that drive into political willpower. Write to your MP. But if you do, this has to be your opening line: “Some things like houses can comfortably last 30 years. Other things are like your 1991 Saturn and could use an update. The Privacy Laws in this country are…” You’ll thank me.
taras matkovsky contributor
On Jan. 28 interim federal privacy commissioner Chantal Bernier published the annual Privacy Commission Report, which includes recommendations on how the government could better protect the privacy of Canadians. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and take a look at Canada’s history of privacy leg-
islation. Wait did I say memory lane? More like memory lame. You’ll appreciate that joke in a second. It has been over 30 years since the Federal Privacy Act was enacted and due to the vastly different methods in which information is stored and transmitted... it is time for an update. Was that explanation worth the play on words? Prob-
Coercion and control Last September, the BBC ran a story that cited statistics regarding online piracy in the United Kingdom. A study by Ofcom- an independent British communications industry watchdog- examined 21,475 Internet users and found that movies, music, TV shows and computer software tended to be the most heavily pirated items. The study found that only 25% of online pirates would be deterred by the threat of lawsuit and only 20% would take a warning to desist such activity from their internet service provider (ISP) seriously. In response to illegal downloading, British parliament has introduced new law enforcement measures in its Intellectual Property Bill. Initiated in August 2013, the bill seeks to modernize intellectual property laws. To deal with Internet piracy, tougher measures have been suggested by British parliament with some MPs voicing support
for prison terms of a maximum of ten years for violation of the bill. Another measure of the bill include holding ISPs and search engines responsible for illegal downloads on certain websites if it was shown providers knew of criminal activity. Mike Weatherley, a former Motion Picture Licensing Company executive and Conservative MP, went as far as to say that such lawbreakers may lose Internet privileges. It should be important to note that Weatherley is not distinguishing between individuals who are running pirate websites and file sharing and people who may download occasionally but persistently. There are two major issues with this legislation, one being that the punishment does not fit the crime for both cases. There is a difference between somebody who occasionally downloads a song/game/movie, and someone who pirates massive
ably not. Increasing accountability by having regular committees with members of the intelligence community, and regulating secret service access to open-source information like Facebook, Twitter. These recommendations are not new for the Federal government. I spoke to Saskatchewan’s Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson, and he told me that recommendations like this have been happening since the acts adoption. “It’s no surprise that [the laws] are ill suited to try and address the kinds of challenges now posed by big data” because there are technologies available now that were unheard of at the time of the act’s adoption, Dickson said. Enshrined in our constitution is the idea that citizens have their own guaranteed right to privacy. So in ignoring these rec-
amounts of music/software/etc, and pawns it off via file sharing. Is it reasonable to lock up someone for up for downloading the occasional Rihanna song here and the occasional The Butler there? A quarter and a fifth of those surveyed in the aforementioned studies have said that sanctions won’t deter them anyway. A British telecom regulator statement from September 2013 has indicated that people who pirate actually do spend a great deal on legal purchases, and furthermore, music piracy has actually declined overall in Britain (from 301 million pirating in 2012 to 199 million in 2013). Such legislation has the possibility of making criminals out of people who shouldn’t be labelled as criminals. Second, making search engines and ISPs criminally responsible for such websites could have an unintended consequence of censuring the In-
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ternet. ISPs may pre-emptively shut down certain websites in an attempt to avoid criminal sanctions, while search engines phase out certain terms. The unintended consequence is that some may find themselves silenced by such policies making information hard to distribute. When dealing with issues of internet piracy we don’t need
“sledgehammers to crush peanuts” rather we need reasonable, well thought out policies that gets music/information to those who want it, while compensating those who create it.
liam fitz-gerald contributor
the carillon | February 13 - 26, 2014
Careful what you say! Perhaps this is naïve to say, but I am still surprised that people think they can get away with saying hateful commentary in a forum as public as the Internet without any repercussions. Try typing the word ‘slur’ into Google News and see what results you get. On the first page alone, I got no less than three separate stories about athletes apologizing for a racial slur they said. I can’t even say that these sorts of things don’t even hit close to home. We saw what happened to Huskies coach Dave Adolph after one of his emails contained a homophobic slur. It was one particular comment that I read that makes me want to write about the concept of digital presence and how it relates back to you, the person in the flesh. Contrary to belief, these two versions of you aren’t mutually exclusive and what you can say can be traced back to you. So you just got yourself an Internet. Perhaps you’ve already given your vitals to Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest. Then, for one reason or another, you feel the urge to say something hateful to someone, complete with slurs of one nature or another, but you don’t want to be caught. So you’re going to lie; maybe you’ve created a false username if you’re clever enough. It’s the Internet after all, who’s going to find out?
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Well, I found out. Without naming names, I decided to test out how well I could find information about someone who felt the need to include hateful and intolerant commentary on a news website. Going from the profile picture of the account, a quick Google reverse image search lead me to their Twitter account, which then lead me to their Facebook
account (because they shared the same terrible pseudonym), completely unblocked with pictures and status updates I might add. Now knowing the hatemonger’s real name, another Google search lead me to coincidently find out that this person is actually a student here at the university, subsequently telling me the year they are into their program and what particular de-
gree this student was pursuing. The fact of the matter is that what you say online is far from private. Any reasonable person can make these connections and get this information, including family members, bosses, and potential employers. I’m not even CSIS or CSEC personnel and it was that easy to track someone’s identity. If you want to hold onto
hateful ideas, that’s your prerogative. But the moment you post that online, it’s no longer only your business. Now is the time to start sharpening your knives and Google searching yourself.
farron ager op-ed editor
You are no Banksy The Internet sure does love street art nowadays. There are stencils, paintings, clever and creative uses of surroundings; boy, what a beautiful urban landscape these anonymous artists are creating. It’s so great that they are able to make a political statement by doing something illegal and creating something that the public can also enjoy. Except that it’s not even close to a statement anymore. For the last decade street art has grown from a little known pocket of miscreants to a worldwide sensation. Just take a moment to Google ‘Street Art’ and you will find pages of everything from beautiful murals to subway vent sculptures; most of which include some sort of cute message about how us humans, scourge of the Earth, are destroying our own homeland. What a load of shit. I mean, I care about the environment just as much as the next guy, but your street art blog full of cheap Bansky-esque stencils are not doing anything to change society. Let me take a moment to say that street art is not the same thing as graffiti. I could go on for while describing the differences, but the main one is that street art strives to achieve what real art does a better job of: creating something entirely different and making a statement about some facet of life. Yes, there was a time that
street art was successful in this aspect, but that has long since passed. What Banksy and other European artists did to bridge graffiti, art and politics was innovative, but the moment I started seeing street art blogs with pictures of trees wrapped in yarn I almost vomited. Is that the message of street art? Some cliché statement about how we should protect the trees? The answer is emphatically yes. Pretty much every single street art piece has the exact same message told in a more and more boring way:
we’re flushing our planet down the drain; we the 99% must take back the streets by making it our canvas; you get the idea. To make matters worse, so many street art blogs don’t know how to differentiate good and bad graffiti. Just because somebody sprayed letters on a wall doesn’t mean they are an artist exercising their democratic rights. Graffiti writers are supposed to do their work and hone their craft before getting any attention - now all they need is some hipster to see
their name on a dumpster and post it to Instagram with fifty hashtags and suddenly their ‘saying something’. What’s unfortunate is that a lot of street art today is actually pretty nice aesthetically speaking, but since the artist has chosen a medium that is completely played-out their work will never be taken seriously. I mean, would a serious artist really want their work to be on the same plane as the fifty thousand V for Vendetta stencils out there? Consider also the completely
over saturated subject matter of environmentalism in street art; making another clever and pretty mural is not going to help the cause. What made street art great in the beginning was its illegal nature. But ever since mainstream culture decided to embrace it instead of cover it, street art has become a kitschy-Pinterest-hipster paradise. If this is the world that you as an artist would like to work in, be my guest. I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised; this sort of cultural phenomenon happens all the time. Remember what happened to Grunge in the early ‘90s? And hip hop in the ‘00s? Wherever there is something on the edge of society that suddenly becomes popular there are people ready to hop on the bandwagon. This doesn’t mean that the art form is completely dead, but it does make it a lot more difficult to work within its sphere. Although, the street art bandwagon is so far gone that being able to stand out is nearly impossible. If you want to make a splash as a street artist, I’d suggest bringing back the destruction. If the world is going to accept your painting on the wall, destroy the wall instead.
simon fuh contributor
the funny section
the carillon | February 13 - 26, 2014
Shit the Carillon says
Actual conversations heard around the office the staff
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While we’re not busy forcing our eclectic musical choices to staff members, we at the Carillon are saying stuff that to entertain our dear readership. You know the drill, we’ve collected some more oddments from conversations heard around the office in order to elucidate the depravity and wickedness that flows forth from the office. We here are proud to present another edition of Shit the Carillon says!
No one wants to be Christopher Robin. Even Christopher Robin doesn’t want to be Christopher Robin! I didn’t watch the bullshit aftermath of Winnie the Pooh. You look like you just stole all of the Giant Tiger. I’m like Rob Ford. However, instead of doing coke off the blade of a knife, I’ve got popcorn salt off a plastic butter knife.
The best stories in the world start with, “Hey, guys, watch this,” or, “Hold my beer while I…” Wanna know the worst thing about getting my wisdom teeth out? What’s that? I couldn’t do my Nixon impression for a few weeks.
Let’s do our best friend handshake. That wasn’t a handshake. You just slapped me! The first time I had heart burn, I thought I was having a heart attack and I cried for two hours.
blmurch That’s frightening.
No one wants to play with the production manager.
Holy balls. When did his balls get so holy?
Power’s out at the Carillon office #risingtuition
It’s like he’s a cuddly, crack-filled bear
The buddy system has failed us once again.
Should have called Mike Holmes and get some surge protectors for the university.
I think we’ve mapped out the entire cast of Winnie the Pooh and attributed them to editors at the Carillon. Goddamn, why do 3 editors
What? “Babies” der-neutral term.
Sometimes genius strokes me.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Editor: Emily Wright email@example.com the carillon | February 13 - 26, 2014
WHAT IS LOVE?
the carillon | February 13 - 26, 2014
the roses are for you--now you canâ€™t say that we never do anything nice for you.