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Regina Cougars veteran Desiree Ates sets a Cougar ladies’ single game record with 28 kills in the loss against Trinity Western in the 5/6 game at Nationals last weekend.
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The debate surrounding Connaught School’s closure is still going on. One side argues structural integrity, the other argues for heritage. Who’s right? Who’s to say?
The 86th Academy Awards wrapped up amidst absolutely no controversy whatsoever. This photo, however, broke the world record for the most retweeted thing ever. It also gave us a chance to credit Bradley Cooper as photographer twice in this issue.
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Pump iron (and pills).
To any of the varsity athletes that are currently using steroids, consider yourselves lucky. Find out why funding was cut this year, which resulted in minimal drug testing.
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 a belltower, but what it did get was the Carillon, a newspaper that serves as a symbolic bell tower on campus, a loud and clear voice belonging to each and every student.
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“I’ve lost a few more hairs!”
In contemplating her radical haircut, Jessica Bickford coins the term, “douchecanos.” I think more awards for writing need to be handed out for portmanteaus like that one.
In other news: Following his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has become the most sought-after commodity in Hollywood. Tinsel Town is aglow in the light of his bright, shiny face. Already, Mayor Ford has been approached about appearing in Tommy Boy 2, Black Sheep 2, Beverly Hills Ninja 2, and Almost Heroes 2. In other other news: Congrats, big guy. Call me a part of Ford Nation - P.M.
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The Crago–Kirk report
New report offers suggestions to increase U of R research output
Michael Chmielewski How will the U of R respond to the report in the long term?
michael chmielewski editor-in-chief A report conducted on Sept. 12-14, 2013 on research at the University of Regina has been called scathing, hard-hitting, and snarky. It seems to call for a change in the research culture at the University. The “Consultation Report on Research Administration at the University of Regina,” or the Crago-Kirk report, “addresses a variety of aspects of university administration pertinent to research conducted at the University of Regina.” Martha Crago, the Vice-President Research at Dalhousie University, and Martin Kirk, UBC’s Director of Office of research services and the President of the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators, conducted the report. U of R President Vianne Timmons had asked the pair to conduct the report. David Malloy is the VPR (Vice-President Research) at the U of R. He explained that this report “was a call made by the President to these two individuals to have them come in and give us some good advice.” The two consulted University Executives, Deans, Associate Deans (Research), Directors of Research Chairs, Researchers, and others to make multiple recommendations. These include changes in leadership, supporting a world-class enterprise, and VPR discretionary funding. Malloy is responsible for making recommendations for the research enterprise. Malloy
took the interim position when the former VPR left, at the request of President Timmons. His contract ends June 30, 2015. One of the proposed recommendations from the report is that “considerable turn-over” at positions like the VPR have caused a “lack of continuity in leadership and a lack of longterm stable strategic planning at both the university and office levels.” The report advises that “[p]rofessional services should be used to conduct the searches” nationally and internationally. Malloy said that there will be a “national search for that position this coming fall,” which is fall 2014, to find a permanent replacement for him by 2015. Towards its conclusion the report makes an interesting allegation towards the VPR. “The VPR has a certain amount of discretionary funding for research that has been allocated in a manner that is perceived to be unfair and non-transparent.” The report’s solution to this, leaves a lot to be asked, because it doesn’t provide any answers or recommendations to how, or any more information than the following: “[t]he process of allocation of discretionary funding from the VPR is transparent and strategic.” Malloy completely ruled this out. He said that the recommendation “means, or someone is perceiving, that discretionary funding is given out in a preferential basis, which isn’t true. I’m ruling it out.” Some of the recommendations of the report won’t be carried out, says Malloy, due to
funding. “There’s quite a hefty price tag to this.” “It would be impossible for us to implement all of these in exactly the way the Crago-Kirk report has recommended.” One of these problematic aspects of the report is to guarantee a “minimum graduate student stipend and provide funding for top-up.” A stipend is essentially a salary. “Financially troublesome,” says Malloy, “is the grad studies stipends. We’ve estimated that’s about a 10 million dollar annual hit on the university budget which we clearly can’t afford.” Malloy did emphasize that the university is trying to retain grad students by enhancing the stipend somehow, which he says is being worked on in conjunction with the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Department Head and Professor of Biology Mark Brigham emphasized that graduate students are key for a research institution. The U of R does not seem to have that culture. “I’ve felt for a long time that this institution does not appropriately support graduate students. Never has.” He felt that this institution has a hard time attracting or retaining students for graduate studies because other universities frankly offer them more, and have a research culture more attuned to graduate studies. “I think it has always been this, and I’ve been here for 23 years, and it was a bone of contention when I first arrived, and
it’s still a bone of contention.” He strongly believes that action must be taken to solve this contentious point. He also identified that, as does the report, that there seems to be a trade-off between undergraduate education and research at the U of R. The report indicates, from the people it interviewed, that “there is a strong sense among research professoriate and research faculty administration that although the University talks of being a research university, there is more focus on increasing the number of undergraduates than on supporting research.” Brigham, speaking to his own opinion, said, “the report, in my view, basically says that in some areas of the institution, there is not enough research focus, and it is much more directed toward teaching.” Acknowledging that research at the university needs to be improved, he also stressed that teaching is very important too. Professor Brigham is also the chair of the Council Committee on Research, although he wanted to emphasize that these thoughts are his own, and not representative of the committee Although not involved in the report, neither being interview for it nor being part of any committee, Physics Professor George Lolos has taken a very keen interest in the Crago-Kirk report.
“I think the report gave a fairly accurate, but not very detailed, but fairly accurate picture of the state of affairs of research at the U of R”. Lolos also believes that the report’s “emphasis is that there’s a lack of research culture at the decision making part of the University.” Lolos did not want to place the blame squarely on the current administration, though it is “ a perennial problem, this is not a new phenomenon.” He also believes that the U of R needs to pick a path, and if it wants to be a “teaching college, that’s fine, but they have to say so.” Money also came up as an issue, and an ambiguous administration. “The administration is not interested in research, especially if it’s going to cost money to make money, or if they think they are actually encouraging research, they don’t know what research is.” The eleven-page report also deals with leadership, office morale, “Commercialization, Technology Transfer, Industry Partnerships and the Industry Liaison Office, supporting a world class research enterprise, the recent Provincial Auditor’s report, a research and compliance tracking system, centres and institutes, industry partnership management, metrics, research policies, and communication. The Crago-Kirk report is available for the public to view on the University of Regina’s website by searching those key words.
the carillon | March 6 - 12, 2014
Co-operation as an alternative
New initiative is a cheap and environmentally friendly alternative paige kreutzwieser staff writer
An environmental initiative that started as just an idea in 2007 has turned into a co-operative business that is helping the citizens of Regina. Regina Car Share Co-operative is a transportation alternative that gives you access to a vehicle 24-hours of the day through their online booking system. President of the car share co-op, John Klein, said it’s a great alternative to owning a vehicle. “It’s pretty much like owning your own car, but your car is parked just a little bit farther away.” It took a year into the project before the cooperative got their first vehicle. With provincial and federal grant money they were able to start up the business but the cash was not to be spent on capital purchases, meaning no cars. “It came to the point where we were like we’ve got to get a car or we’ve got to give up,” Klein said. In 2008, out of his own pocket, Klein helped finance the first vehicle – a Kia. About eight people were members at the time of the first car, and now the membership sits at about 35. Klein said that membership
has been growing steadily every year and that many members are new Saskatchewan residents who have used car share programs before. “They are familiar with it and they like not owning a car,” explained Klein who said these members tend to be from metropolitans like Toronto of Vancouver. The car share’s second vehicle came through a condo development, which contacted the co-op with an interest in helping finance a car, “so a couple years later they came through and now we have a Fiat.” Within the province, Saskatoon is the only other location known to have this type of initiative. “They are just trying to get a few more people lined up before they start operating,” explained Klein. Both Regina and Saskatoon have for-profit car shares run by Enterprise. The U of R campus promotes the Enterprise car share – even boasting a parking spot, located in the Luther lot. Klein admits Regina Car Share is a profit co-op, but laughed, saying “we haven’t made enough money to make a profit yet.” What hindered the co-op in the beginning was borrowing from car share bylaws around the country. “The co-op laws
Alec Salloum The newest addition to the fleet!
elsewhere are a little bit different from here. The Information Services Corporation was like ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that.’ So we had to bounce back and forth. “It was quite the process to get started as a co-op in Saskatchewan back then.” Klein explained that the two cars have shared out well. “A lot of our members are business members that use it during the business hours for their work. And the other members are using on the weekends and eve-
nings. “It’s very convenient for our members because they usually get the car when they go to book it.” The average use time during the day is roughly four hours. The perks are admirable members don’t pay for gas or insurance. And the cost is low - members pay for $0.25 per kilometer and the initial hour is $7, and only $5 for any additional hours. Membership is a onetime $25 fee, and $10 to SGI for safe-driver documentation.
For students, Klein explains that the Regina Car Share offers low cost benefits. “You don’t have to buy a parking space, which are hard to come by. “[With your own car] you are paying registration, you are paying insurance, tires, gas. Why deal with that nonsense when you can have it so much easier and have us take care of that for you.” Cars are located in downtown Regina on 12th Ave and Broad St. and in the City Hall parkade.
Defection, occupation, annexation, and civil unrest
eman bare news writer
The conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate with a Russian invasion of the Crimean peninsula. Ukraine says that Russia has sent 16, 000 troops into Crimea and is claiming to have done so to protect the high concentration of Russian populations in the region. This, of course, comes in the wake a new Ukrainian government being formed and former president Viktor Yanukovych fleeing to Russia. In an interview with CBC’s Evan Solomon, Canadian Minister John Baird compared the invasion of Crimea by Russia to the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938 by the Nazis. “When you have one country invading one of its neighbors, and using this type of outrageous and ludicrous rhetoric, it’s hard not to,” said Baird to the CBC. Baird continued on to say that Nazi Germany used the same reasoning as Russia to justify the invasion of Czechoslovakia. Both Barack Obama and Stephen Harper have condemned the invasion, and have removed their respective ambassadors from the Russian capital of Moscow. Additionally, Canada is currently planning on not attending
Amakuha Turbulent times for Ukraine’s newly formed government
the G8 Summit, to be held in Sochi, Russia. “Ukraine’s sovereign territory must be respected and the Ukrainian people must be free to determine their own future,”
Harper said in his statement. “We call on President Putin to immediately withdraw his forces to their bases and refrain from further provocative and dangerous actions.”
Canada was the first nation to recognize the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian government, setting the standard for dealing with an unchecked invading nation. Other nations have been vocal in denouncing Russia and its recent aggressions. Among them, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot, who told Russia to “back off” Ukraine. Other nations denouncing Russia include Poland, who as of writing this article, is mobilizing its armed forces for fear of Russian influence spreading. Poland, a member of NATO, has been vocal in requesting its members’ intervention in the region. The future of the region is uncertain and military conflict looms but currently economic sanctions are the arms used in this still cold conflict. Russian state-owned stocks have been plummeting, reaching 5 year lows on the day. Russian-owned Gazprom, which supplies Ukraine and Europe with considerable amounts of
When you have one country invading one of its neighbors,
and using this type of outrageous and ludicrous rhetoric, it’s hard not to. Minister John Baird
oil, lost 12 per cent of its value over the course of a few hours. In response to the invasion, the European Union is also threatening Russia with sanctions. The EU foreign ministers have also said that they have stopped preparations for the G8 summit that is to take place in Sochi in June. “The ambition is to see the situation improve. If it doesn’t, then the course is set” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said after the foreign ministers’ meeting earlier this month. Regardless of the possibility of military intervention in the region, economic sanctions are already being imposed. This is the greatest point of leverage on Russia that Europe, NATO and other nations have over Russia. As the Carillon goes to print tonight, Russia has given Ukrainian forces an ultimatum dictating terms of surrender. Reuters reported that the ultimatum was as follows, “Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has told Ukrainian forces in Crimea to surrender by 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Tuesday or face a military assault.” The future for the region seems tepid and uncertain; the Carillon will cover the story as it unfolds with periodic analysis pieces.
the carillon | March 6 - 12, 2014
Venezuela in revolt
A summary and examination of recent protests aidan macnab & eman bare contributor & news writer
National Youth Day in Venezuela is held annually on Feb. 12. This holiday has been celebrated every year since 1847, but this year was particularly special. It is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of La Victoria, an important victory in the Venezuelan war of independence, which National Youth Day commemorates. They call it ‘youth’ day because of the participation of many young students in the fighting. Two centuries after this step away from Spanish colonial rule, many young people in Venezuela claim to be fed up with social insecurities due to crime, scarcity of food and other necessities (including toilet paper), corruption in government, devaluation of their currency, inflation, lack of economic freedoms, and censorship. According to the New York Times, Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, making Venezuela’s lack of basic goods and its economic problems seem unnecessary. As is common in Venezuela, citizens have taken to the streets to voice frustration with their government. President Nicolas Maduro says he’s not going anywhere, and continues to have support among those loyal to the legacy of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez. However, this support is waning. Last April, Maduro’s government won a slim election victory only weeks after the death of Chavez. According to the New Republic, he took 50.66 per cent of the vote to the opposition’s 49.17. There were protests following the election where six people were killed. Shortly after, these protests spread to include wealthier regions where people are echoing these sentiments of anguish and disdain for the current pervasive order. “I’m tired of queuing to buy, I’m tired of kidnappings and the violence that continues each day,” explained Maria, a 37-year-old accountant who is part of the protests, to the CBC. In cities such as Caracas, some neighborhoods are completely isolated from others with improvised roadblocks made up of pipes and trash. Protestors
Maria Alejandra Mora Demonstrators gather in Caracas
with the intention of separating neighborhoods from the cities core set up these roadblocks. The current protests have not been peaceful either. The CBC reported that the Venezuelan government puts the death toll at 15 people, with 150 wounded. Also, 579 people have been arrested during the unrest according to Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz. Among those arrested is Leopoldo Lopez, a political rival of Maduro. He was detained originally for “criminal incitement of violence”, among other charges, for allegedly organizing the National Youth Day rally. The charges against him have recently been reduced to destruction of private property, according to Der Spiegel. The Guardian reported that on Feb. 27, several members of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (BNIS) were arrested on murder charges stemming from the Feb. 12 protest where Bassil Da Costa, a 24-year-old student, was killed and others were shot. Protests are happening all over the country in many different cities. “Militia-like groups” who support the government, called ‘Colectivos’ have taken action in trying to control and intimidate protesters.
Against protesters, the government is also using tear gas, rubber bullets and according to the the New York Times, sending “fighter jets to make low, threatening passes”, where protests are taking place. These tactics have earned Maduro condemnation from people within his own party. Maduro is of the opinion that these protests are limited. He claims the grievances of his opposition are being exaggerated and that, the opposition is funded by American imperialists looking to take down the democratically elected government. Characterizing what appear to be demonstrations by protesters with legitimate grievances in such a way sounds paranoid. But a coup was attempted in 2002, against Hugo Chavez, with American support. The brief, 48-hour handover of power to Pedro Carmona was, reported the Guardian, “immediately endorsed” by the Bush administration at the time. Prior to the coup, several individuals involved in it, including Carmona, had visited Otto Reich, Bush’s “key policy-maker for Latin America,” at the White House. But, whether or whether not Maduro has a compelling argument against his political
enemies, domestic and abroad, doesn’t matter as much, as he has an incredible ability to control the message within his country. The United States and Venezuela have had a rocky relationship since 1999, after the election of the late Hugo Chavez. US Secretary of State, John Kerry, denied allegations of supporting any sort of coup currently. “We’re prepared to have a change in this relationship, this tension between our countries has gone on for too long,” Kerry said in an interview with Al Jazeera. “But we are not going to sit around and be blamed for things we have never done.” The scope of these protests has come to include socio-economic concerns, with many of the demonstrations taking place in rich neighborhoods, creating tension between the poor and the wealthy in the country. The dividing wealth line was one of the factors that brought the late Hugo Chavez into office nearly 15 years ago. Nicolas Maduro, intended to carry on Chavez’s socialist revolution after his election, though this has arguably not occured. Though freedom of speech and the press are constitutionally guaranteed in the country,
according to the World Movement for Democracy, in 2004 Venezuela passed a law for “Social Responsibility in Radio and Television.” The law “contains ambiguously worded provisions that have been used to restrict these freedoms.” Journalists and media organizations can be fined or arrested for criticizing the government as they often equate criticism with “conspiracy against the state”. The television station, Globovision, was, for a long time, the only TV station that criticized the government. Last year, it was sold to investors who allegedly have connections to the Maduro administration and the station has since eased up on the regime, the Columbia Journalism Review reported. Carlos Quiroz is a student here at the U of R and a native of Venezuela. He is used to civil unrest in his home country. “I wasn’t really worried about anything happening there, just because it happens every couple of years. Every time there’s an election.” Carlos also adds that “the situation at home is not ideal… the protests are basically because people are tired of living this way and especially because they know it can be better.”
Journalists and media organizations can be fined or arrested for criticizing the government as they often equate criticism with “conspiracy against the state.
the carillon | March 6 - 12, 2014
Contention over Connaught closure Style over substance, the future of Connaught hangs in the balance
Emily Wright A real historic part of Cathedral Village
brenna engel contributor They don’t make them like they used to certainly an appropriate comment when it comes to buildings. Today, every new development seems to be cookie-cutter, fit to print design. The charm and unique qualities seemed to have been lost. So it makes sense that people linger on the past, holding on to our heritage and preserving the beauty left behind from a different time. This brings us to the matter at hand, the dispute on whether or not to end a piece of Regina’s history. Ècole Connaught Community School has been a French-immersion elementary school in the Cathedral area since 1912. It has contributed greatly to the culture of the Cathedral Village, educating local children making them feel proud to be a comet, hosting community events and much more. A 2010 engineering report, published this year, stated that Connaught was near the limits of safe occupancy and that a plan for repair or replacement must be in place within five years. An engineering inspection found the structure highly compromised, there was: floor heave, foundation movement, and cracks in the roof slabs. There are new cracks in walls, old cracks are worsening, previously repaired floors have
shifted and broken, repairs to the main exterior steps have recracked and there is a crack in the southeast corner that goes all the way through the bricks into the foundation wall. A room inside the school had to be closed in December and a wall removed to “avert a possible collapse.” And that, the report says, “is a strong indication of the deteriorating condition of the building.” After looking into this more in depth, the Regina Public School Board came to the conclusion that it would be more costly to repair the school then to tear it down and build anew. This ruling is what sparked Save Our Connaught, a group of parents, alumni, and community members who are not ready to say goodbye to this building. “Connaught has played a big part in my life, everyone there is a big family and part of the community, I would be sad to see it go” said Brianna Willox, a former student. That is just how one of many people feel, that the city should try its best to preserve this historical monument. Students, alumni and people of Regina have been taking action; from rallies to formal letters of plea to our
Premier. Save Our Connaught has been seeking permission for building conservationists to examine the school and come up with options to preserve it. If not, then the 350 students would have to be bussed all over, unable to stay in their neighbourhood. But with all this commotion, how bad are the conditions, really? For months, Save Our Connaught has been pushing to get an independent expert into Connaught to X-Ray the foundations. It would take six hours, the group says, and would come at no cost to the division. But that proposal has been consistently rebuffed, voted down each time it has been proposed at a board meeting. According to the most recent engineering report the structural condition of the foundation walls is extremely unstable, along with the general state of the building. The Carillon’s own Neil Adams, also a parent and daycare worker at Connaught, said, “My son’s classroom had to be moved to another room because one of the walls in his class was unsound and was in eminent danger of collapsing.” According to the Report’s chapter titled Inves-
tigation at Room 12 “portions of the clay tile had crushed and collapsed… also [the report] discovered that two clay tile bracing walls… were severely cracked and very unstable. These walls were on the verge of collapse.” With it being obvious that something has to be done, the Regina Public School Board is saying that the school is beyond repair, and that it would be far more expensive to renovate it rather than rebuild. But with change comes new problems. With many rebuilt schools such as Douglas Park School, issues people have not dealt with before have arisen. Problems that didn’t exist in their old school building, such as excessive noise, overly large class sizes and the distractions of open architecture, are now a challenge for students. When you take away the walls, there’s no limit to class size, and students are now struggling in classes of 50 students. There was meeting held at Ècole Connaught held by the school board on Feb. 25. The idea was to give parents more information about possible options for the Cathedral-area school, which an engineering
Connaught has played a big part in my life, everyone there is a big family and part of the community, I would be sad to see it go.
report declared will be unsafe within two years. The board has voted to rebuild the school, but the division won’t have a concrete answer on provincial funding for that rebuild until March. During the meeting, director of education Julie MacRae made her position clear - that keeping children inside a building that is falling apart is in nobody’s best interests. That was not what many of the parents and community members wanted to hear, some thinking that decisions are being made too quickly. This tirade has been going on for years now, with no real progress to show for it. To the dismay of many, it is inevitable that the school is going to be replaced. The price difference of four million dollars is just too much. This means a change for the students, staff, families and community members. With the situation clear it is now just a matter of waiting, for what will happen to the children in school as well as how long the progress of re-building or renovating will take. As it currently stands the deciding factor pertaining to Connaught will be funds – when a decision is made it will almost certainly be the most fiscally sound. The Cathedral Village will still be the eclectic gem of Regina, it will just be missing a part of its past, Ècole Connaught Community School built in 1912.
Editor: Robyn Tocker email@example.com the carillon | March 6 - 12, 2014
English degrees = useless? BIG FAT NO destiny kaus a&c writer
In the Broadway Musical Avenue Q Princeton, a hopeful but broke college graduate, sings “What do you do with a BA in English? What is my life going to be? Four years of college and plenty of knowledge have earned me this useless degree!” Not going to lie, from when I spent a year in the English program here at the University of Regina right up until I started working on this article, I believed English degrees were useless. However, after speaking with Dr. Garry Sherbert, an English professor at the University of Regina, I can now wholeheartedly say that the statement “English degrees are useless” is a huge pile of BS. Why? Because English teaches you to express your thoughts to others, read critically, and communicate clearly through writing and speech: extremely valuable skills in today’s society. Sherbert asks, “How are you going to know that what you’re hearing from the government or what you’re hearing from the media isn’t a load of crap?” The truth is, you won’t unless you spend a significant amount of time studying English. Taking a couple English classes for one semester won’t magically turn you into a critical reader; years in an English degree will. But, let me ask this question: Will a BA in English get you a job? Heck yes it will! Sherbert says, “I can’t think of a job where a person who has a BA in English isn’t crucial in some way or another.” Of course employers want employees with top notch communication skills. Ah, but will a BA in English get you a job that you actually enjoy? In my opinion, with enough determination, it will. “I haven’t got a friend in English who hasn’t gotten the job they wanted,” says Sherbert. Yes, students with English degrees may struggle and cry for a while, but, like any other person with any other degree, with enough perseverance, they will eventually get a job they enjoy. And, heck, some of the jobs you can get with an English degree are unreal: author, editor, linguist, paralegal, publisher, and speech-writer. As an English lover myself, I can say that these jobs sound deeply exciting. But, when I was in the English program, nobody told me about all these options. “English has a perception problem,” says Sherbert. “We’re not good at telling students that this will get you a job because it’s our nature in the humanities
Emily Wright I could write speeches for Harper with an English degree…oh the possibilities!
to try to get away from that pragmatic kind of thinking.” This actually kind of makes sense. I can see now the reason why I wasn’t told about job options with an English degree. It’s because, as Sherbert says, “We’re trying to say life isn’t about what you get back, life’s about what you give. It’s about what you learn; you learn knowledge for knowledge sake. It’s not always just to get a job or to get money.” Somebody hand me a tissue because that statement is beautiful. Now, obviously, some jobs like becoming a lawyer or teacher take more than just a BA in English. As Sherbert says, “The more you take your BA in English and extend it the more probability [you have] of getting what you want.” Sherbert goes one step further by logically analyzing the job market. “I think it’s difficult to get a job when the job market is hard,” says Sherbet. “And I think it’s easy to get a job when the job market is good.” Boom. That’s the truth. It doesn’t matter if you have a BA in English, a BA in whateverelse-you-can-get-a-BA-in, a Law degree, or any other degree. If the job market in any area sucks, finding the job you want will suck, too. Heather Becker, a Universi-
ty of Regina Education student with a major in English, understands the job market’s impact on one’s career. “I realize and I’m told all the time that there might not be jobs in teaching after I’m done university,” Becker says. “So I’m living in that reality right now, and it doesn’t really bother me because I’ll have my degree, and I can use it whenever.” Interestingly enough, Becker hasn’t always been an Education student. In previous years she has studied Kinesiology, Pre-journalism, and English at the University of Regina. While in the English program, Becker suffered numerous lapses of panic because she too was never told what she could do with a BA in English. Becker says, “I started googling things that you could do with an English degree.” Poor girl. But, I can definitely relate since I did the exact same thing when I was in the English program. After a year in English, Becker switched over to Education because the English program ultimately left her hanging. “I didn’t know where it was leading me. I had no idea. No clear path. Nothing,” says Becker. “At least now that I’m in education I know that I have a teaching certificate afterwards.” But, did Becker make this switch to heighten her chances
of finding a job after graduation or because she truly enjoys teaching? “Because I enjoy it,” Becker says. “I like teaching.” Such a simple statement, but oh so true. I wholeheartedly agree, because after a year in the English program, I left to go into Education with a major in English (No, Becker and I are not clones of each other). Like Becker, I chose teaching because I have a passion for it. I love English and I love teaching, so why not combine the two and add some students into the mix? While Becker and I chose to move on to Education, fourth year English student Carter Selinger plans on finishing his BA and then possibly moving onto a MA degree. His love for English started in his younger years when his dad read him the story of Gulliver’s Travels. As Selinger grew up into adulthood, his love for English progressed. Selinger says, “I remember feeling a strong pull towards the English faculty at the U of R after hearing how a giant, Gulliver, saved the tiny people of Lilliput by peeing on a building that had caught on fire.” You can’t get stories like Gulliver’s Travels without English. If only nowadays we could pee on buildings to save lives. Along with his English stud-
the Carillon: has it ever occurred to you, man, that given the nature of all this new shit, that, uh, instead of running around blaming me, that this whole thing might just be, not, you know, not just such a simple, but uh--you know? since 1962
ies, Selinger also plays for the University of Regina Cougars hockey team. English + Hockey? Hmmm… “It usually raises a few eyebrows,” says Selinger. “I play for the hockey team so people think that a hockey player studying English is especially weird. To quote The Big Lebowski, I would say ‘Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.’” I agree with Selinger because, honestly, who cares what other people think? As long as you’re studying a subject you enjoy, you’re golden. Selinger further elaborates on this issue by saying, “I am not that concerned with the way that the general public perceives my degree. I am more interested in how my degree helps me perceive the general public. BOOM!” Let me just concur with that ‘BOOM!’ In my opinion, English degrees are incredibly beneficial because they allow students to perceive society with a critical lens. Is Selinger concerned about finding a job after graduation? “Not really,” Selinger says. “My Dad and sister’s boyfriend were both English majors, and are now both successful residential painters so I know I have that to fall back on.” What a champ. But, seriously, back-up plans never hurt. You never know where life will take you. As Princeton from Avenue Q continues to sing, he exclaims the lyrics, “The world is a big scary place. But somehow I can’t shake, the feeling I might make a difference to the human race.” I believe students with BAs in English can do just that: make a difference in the world.
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The warriors of the great white north 3 Inches of Blood makes a documentary michael chmielewski editor-in-chief
Hockey, beer, and working hard for the band every day, 3 Inches of Blood truly hail from the great white north. Proudly Canadian, the band has released an online documentary about one of their cross Canada tours entitled 3 Inches of Blood: Warriors of The Great White North. The heavy metal band from Vancouver (go Canucks!) formed in 1999, and since then, through problems like line-up changes and the challenges of living off music, the band has made a name for themselves in the metal scene from rigorous touring and hard work, not to mention killer music. That work and touring is what this documentary portrays, and it is a perfect film for those who either want to get to know 3 Inches of Blood better, or for the general audience who wants to look into life on the road. There are many misconcep-
Artist’s MySpace 3 Inches of Blood looks ready for these frigid temperatures
tions about the musician’s life, but this documentary does well to clear these up. Just like any career, there’s a ton of hard work and ambition needed to be successful. That is a valuable lesson to take away from Warriors of The Great White North. If you want to be a musician, do it.
Drop out of school and work at it, the same as you stay in school to work at something else. The point is to find a life path and to work as hard possible at it. 3 Inches of Blood proves that it’s possible for music. As one member puts it in
the film, “my worst day as a musician really would have been the best day of my life working construction.” Watch the documentary to learn about things like this, but also to see the more light-hearted side of the band. For example, what do they do to every Bi-
ble in every hotel room they stay at? Though, we learn, hotels are a luxury for the touring band. Or what interesting sand do they have, amongst other things, in their tour van? A post on the band’s Facebook explains that their record label, Century Media, allegedly hasn’t been helping to promote the film. They posted that “we’re relying on word of mouth to help get this film out to the public. Since Century Lack of Media has no interest in helping, we hope you will help us by spreading the word. Independent is truly the right way to go!” At only five dollars, this online-only documentary is a steal. It is shot professionally, is extremely interesting, and worth every dollar. Considering the low cost, the entertainment, and the lack of media from the record label, it’s worth supporting these Canadian warriors from our very own great white north.
Keepin’ it quality
Saskatchewan Book Awards nominees discuss their books
Evan Radford So many Sask authors, not enough awards!
laura billett contributor Creative, resilient, and determined, authors face a plethora of challenges before they can see their work and name in print. “There are so few perks with writing: you spend your time alone, it’s very isolated, you’re just sort of in your head the whole time,” says author Lisa Bird-Wilson. “I thought this project was cursed,” says author James Daschuk, chuckling as he reminisces how he thought of his book, “someday this will never be published.” To honour those who dedicate their time, often outside of their day jobs, to the craft of literature are the Saskatchewan
Book Awards. Established in 1993, they have been a major influence and motivator for the Saskatchewan literary community. Fourteen awards are granted to both authors and publishers, aiming to promote and recognize their tireless work. The incredible aspect of the Saskatchewan Book Awards is that there is an emphasis on diversity. Among the most nominated authors are Lisa Bird-Wilson for her collection of short stories Just Pretending, Bernard Flaman for his stunning Architec-
ture of Saskatchewan: A Visual Journey, 1930-2011, and James Daschuk for his poignant Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life. The three books could not differ more. Just Pretending is a collection of short stories that are united by a timelessly relevant theme: identity. Bird-Wilson described the book as her own experimentation with perspective and style. Often told by young narrators, the stories are dark, but with a touch of light humour.
Bird-Wilson’s novel is nominated for four writing awards and one publishing award. Clearing the Plains is also nominated for four writing awards as well as two publishing awards. Daschuk’s historical book caused a storm of discussion in the country as it retells the history of Canada’s birth at the expense of the First Nations people. It has quickly become a countrywide must-read, a far cry from what Daschuk expected would be a historical monograph read only by academics. Flaman’s A Visual History is exactly as it sounds, and should be judged by its stunning cover and graphics. A collection of the work of various photographers, the book shows the history of the rise of modernist architecture in Saskatchewan. Flaman explained it was a team effort to compile the book, and hopes it will encourage people to notice the buildings seen every day and taken for granted. The book is short listed for two writing awards and one for publishing. Flaman light-heartedly separated himself from the other “real writer” nominees, but it is the magic of the Saskatchewan Book Awards that a book of stunning architectural photographs, a collection of short stories dealing with the dark, yet sometimes humorous search for identity, and the historical ac-
It is important to say that Saskatchewan writers are producing quality
writing and let’s recognize it, let’s honour it, let’s put it out there, let’s show the rest of the world that we have good quality writing, and we have a good literary arts community. Lisa Bird-Wilson
count of the horrific and unnecessary cost of our country’s birth can be acknowledged in one evening. The Saskatchewan Book Awards celebrates authors and publishers according to the quality of their writing. With broad categories, the awards allow for an appreciation of the best work available; there is no exclusion because of genre or subject. “It is important to say that Saskatchewan writers are producing quality writing and let’s recognize it, let’s honour it, let’s put it out there, let’s show the rest of the world that we have good quality writing, and we have a good literary arts community,” says Bird-Wilson. In Flaman’s words, “if we are going through the trouble of producing a traditional print book…it should be a beautiful artifact.” All of the short-listed books are beautiful in their own respects and will be honoured as such on April 26 when the winners with be announced at the 21st Awards Ceremony. “I am actually overwhelmed with the reception [my book] has gotten” says Daschuk. “We’re working under a rock by ourselves, it’s a very solitary process, so I think it’s really good that we all come together and celebrate writing.” The Saskatchewan Book Awards are important to promote the literary community; they honour authors like Daschuk, Bird-Wilson, and Flaman who work so hard in our digital world to keep quality and variety on our bookshelves.
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Francophone community grant The collaboration between artists and schools robyn tocker a&c editor
Since 1948, the Saskatchewan Arts Board has successfully funded various artists and art related projects through the support of the provincial government and donators, like SaskCulture. In 2013, the board proposed the GénieArts grants. These grants would be given to francophone schools/community groups who proposed to work with French artists across Saskatchewan. Diane Warren, a member of the board, says these grants would draw attention to francophone and French Immersion schools. “It draws attention to how it might work to help French schools explore their francophone culture through the arts.” A total of eight schools/ projects were awarded funding, including three schools in Regina, Saskatoon, Ponteix, and Bellegarde also received the grant. Lindsay Millar, who works at Ecole Wilfrid Walker, says that her school is going to “explore and develop” francophone identity. Wilfred Walker students will work with a francophone artist, creating artwork to explore their identity as a francophone. The artwork will then be photographed and turned into trading cards. Millar says they will be sent to partner schools in Regina, another location in Saskatchewan, and one in Alberta.
Emily Wright GénieArts grants, like most artistic grants in the province, are only as feasible as the government finds them to be.
These other classes will respond to the students of Wilfred Walker and send back a trading card of their own. Millar suspects the project will take until the end of May. Without this funding, Millar says the project wouldn’t be possible. “Without the funding, we wouldn’t be able to engage with the francophone arts communi-
ty. It makes it quite special for the students. It makes it special for the community.” In total, Millar and her students will receive $4900, enough to fund 75 per cent of the project. The rest of the $7900 will be funded through the school. Stéphanie Alain, who is the project facilitator at Ecole Monseigneur de Laval, says that with the $5095 the school received,
she will be able to accomplish her goal of working with different classes and move in the same direction on the same project. The students of Laval will work with professional artist Celine Giguere Findlay to do a mural of French Saskatchewan heritage. The students will have done research beforehand which the artist will translate
into the mural. Close to the end of project, professional writer Martine Noel Maw will a lead reflection with students. “They will put into words what the result is of their process, research, and experience,” says Alain. For the students, Alain says the grant is especially important for them. “They will learn more and retain more information because they will do something with this information. It’s tangible.” In Saskatchewan, there are no other grants like this available exclusively for francophone and French Immersion schools. Warren says the Arts Board wants to nurture all artists and to meet the needs of the community. “From our perspective, it’s an opportunity to reach out to artists in a particular artist community.” “Personally, I think it’s a great opportunity to engage all aspects of what the francophone community looks like in Saskatchewan,” says Millar. “We realize and remember a few things and people that are important in [the francophone] story – what we have behind us, and what we have going forward as a community,” says Alain. Despite its success, until the Arts Board knows what money it has for the next year, it is unclear whether this grant will be available again.
We can’t forget jazz
Artist Diana Panton hopes for a JUNO
Jose Crespo Maybe Panton is looking to see where she’ll put that JUNO up on her shelf.
destiny kaus a&c writer When I heard the words “jazz” and “JUNO” mentioned in the same sentence, I nearly jumped off my coffee table and did a back flip because I was so shocked. Really? Jazz is popular enough in Canada to warrant a JUNO award? Apparently! And, apparently I live under a rock for not knowing this. I guess I forgot about Diana Krall and Michael
Buble. Whoops. In fact, Canada’s Canadian Jazz Archive (a project of Jazz. FM 91) lists 694 Canadian jazz musicians on its website canadianjazzarchive.org. Goodness gracious. Hello jazz! Mind = blown. On this extensive list stands the name Diana Panton. This Hamilton-based jazz musician first became involved with music at the age of 13 when she tried out for a local production of the Sound of Music and landed the lead part.
If I had landed that main role of Maria at 13 years old, I probably would have started singing too. Panton says, “An opera singer in the crowd sent a dozen roses to my house after the show and recommended I start singing lessons.” How this opera singer found Panton’s address slightly concerns me. Nevertheless, this experience was exactly what Panton needed to pursue her musical talent.
Once she finally found a classical music teacher three years later, the Hamilton All Star Band (a local jazz band) and the discovery of her dad’s vinyl jazz collection further influenced her passion for jazz. Panton says, “One night, my dad put on a jazz album by Ella Fitzgerald and I was sold… it was very clear to me from the first time I heard Ella that jazz was the path for me.” In her early music career, Panton never dreamed of receiving a nomination for the JUNOs. But, as her career progressed, she started to hope. “Once I started making albums, I hoped that one day they would be recognized on a national level, but I really didn’t know if I had much of a chance as an indie artist. I was pleasantly surprised when I was nominated for my first JUNO.” Pleasantly surprised? Heck, I would have been ecstatic. In 2009 Panton received her first JUNO nomination for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year with her second album If the Moon Turns Green. Since then, her fourth and fifth albums, To Brazil with Love and Christmas Kiss, were
nominated in the same category for the 2012 and 2013 JUNO Awards. Panton’s new album Red, released in November of 2013, has already been selected in Ottawa as one of the Top 10 Vocal Jazz recordings of the Year, has topped the Vocal Jazz Chart in Taiwan, and will hit music stores in Germany ASAP. Will this new album claim an award at this year’s upcoming JUNOs? Only time will tell. But, judging by her success and her previous nominations, I would say that winning a JUNO is definitely in the realm of possibility for Panton. Besides performing in Regina on March 7 at Le Bistro, Panton sees herself recording another two or three albums within the next five years. “We have a second tour of Asia planned for 2015 and I’m hoping we will soon go back to France,” Panton says. “But, most importantly, I just want to still be making the music that I love.” Boom. Now that I know how popular jazz is, I might just go have a listen.
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And the Oscar goes to…
The Carillon critiques the Oscars (go figure) michael chmielewski, autumn mcdowell, shaadie musleh, kyle leitch
lost “Best Picture” to Crash Ellen DeGeneres as host for the Oscars: yay or nay? MC: For sure. I love Ellen, and I think she did an awesome job, especially the most retweeted selfie ever. That was cool. AM: I’m gonna be completely honest here, I didn’t watch the Oscars. And we’re talking like not even five minutes of it. Not even long enough to be envious of the perfect makeup and fabulous gowns that I will never be able to afford. But I love Dori, and Ellen is Dori, so I love Ellen as the Oscars host. SM: Mhey- The perfect flavour of vanilla to ensure that the Oscars does not use this ridiculous platform to actually say something relevant to the world they
occasionally participate in when a new movie is released...or when someone downloads one.
and for some reason, I think I would be at peace with my life, even without an Oscar.
KL: I don’t think the host matters, as whoever it is probably won’t win an Academy Award for anything ever again. It’s the duty they give you when Hollywood is trying to put you out to pasture. In other news: yay for giving Billy Crystal the year off.
SM: No. Always a bridesmaid and never the bride. Did not deserve to win this one - McConaughey earned it I guess. The Academy is making up for the snub he suffered for his role in Dazed and Confused.
Should poor Leonardo DiCaprio have won an Oscar? MC: He’s still got 30 years of acting ahead of him. He’s going to get an Oscar. If you tell me when I’m 50 that DiCaprio hasn’t won an Oscar, I’ll eat my hat. AM: On the one hand, it would really suck to be nominated all of those times only to be disappointed by coming home empty handed. But then I would take one look in the mirror, see my handsome face, my smoking hot wife, count my money inside of my mansion, take a spin in one of my twenty unreal whips,
KL: At this point in his career, I don’t think he needs it. He’s already established himself as an “A” guy. The sting of rejection’s still got to hurt a little bit, though. In other news: boo Matthew McConaughey. What do you think of 12 Years a Slave winning best picture? MC: Made me realize I need to go see it. AM: Okay, so I hadn’t even heard of this movie until last night, literally. And it wasn’t even because of the Oscars, one of my friends brought it up to me and I was too embar-
rassed to say that I had no clue what they were talking about. It’s hockey season, okay? Don’t be mad at me. SM: Happy that this movie is recognized as a glimpse into the history of slavery in the US. Still unhappy that this type of important history is only relegated to a minor part of the school system (US and Canada both). One month per year is not enough to discuss and teach our history, especially within the context of our current societal make up. KL: The Academy had a golden opportunity to give either Django Unchained or Lincoln the Oscar last year to make way for 12 Years a Slave this year. But instead, they blew their load on Argo, the American whitewash of Canadian history directed by Batdick, Ben Affleck. In other news: Ben Affleck is still awful. Overall, what’s your verdict on the 86th Oscars? MC: I was more into it this year.
For some reason, it was more exciting this year. Also, did Rob Ford actually make it out? AM: I’m going to go ahead and assume that they were awesome, was a bragging show as per usual for all of Hollywood and an excuse for everyone to go out and buy some snacks and sit in front of the TV for hours without being judged by anyone. SM: This is the awards ceremony that Hollywood gives itself for being Hollywood. It is the awards show we deserve, not the one we need. KL: One picture tends to dominate all the technical awards, people cry and mention Jesus unnecessarily, and there’s a lot of drunken chicanery and extravagance abound. Holy shit: the Oscars are the living embodiment of the Great Gatsby. Well done, Academy. In other news: #INAOscars2014 didn’t take off like I’d planned. Oh well.
Here come the Bandits
Stevie Crowne’s fashion inspires warriors kaitlynn nordal contributor
The first thing that a person notices about Saskatoon designer Stevie Crowne’s =War Paint= line is the rocker vintage vibe it gives off. This street wear upcycled collection designs things such as jackets, pants, sunglasses, vests, gloves and hats. With studs and spikes on everything, he is truly different. Being customized by hand, Crowne truly puts a piece of himself into everything he designs. The Carillon had the opportunity to sit down and speak with him about his clothing. Kaitlynn Nordal: The first thing myself and all the other #Bandits are wondering is why did you get into fashion? Stevie Crowne: I felt there was a blank in the local industry and not enough pop. To me, personally, nothing was memorable, and I wanted something of my own. KN: When did you know this is what you wanted to do? SC: At first I didn’t think of myself as a designer. I was just a kid. At the Hilton show in 2011, I had just a sample collection of five jackets. But as I walked onto the catwalk at the end, listening to the music and everyone’s cheers, I knew this is what I wanted to do. KN: Who do you idolize fashion wise? SC: Alexander McQueen, (Da-
vid) Bowie, (Mick) Jagger, the Rolling Stones, Jeremy Scott, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna. They are all evolutionary and all have their own sense of style. KN: If you could have any celebrity be the face of =War Paint=, who would it be and why? SC: I would personally want an up and comer, because =War Paint= is all about being new and fresh. Miley Cyrus would me amazing because she is at an epiphany in her career, she is always wanting something new, and is controversial right now. KN: What is one thing you want most out of the future? SC: Unconditional creativity and acceptance with what I do. I’m truly blessed to have that at this moment. KN: In three or four words, summarize your line. SC: Bandit retro, celebration, and party. KN: Why do you call all your followers your #Bandits? SC: The term #Bandits comes from the mood and character and vibe that I myself share with the very people who support me. I believe it was around Vancouver Eco Fashion Week last year when I coined the term and it just kind of stuck with me because I always wanted to have my supporters’ back as they always have my back. All in all, it is just an endearing term that creates a home for people who feel alone and who feel lost.
KN: What is one thing you want to design that you haven’t yet? SC: I have recently started designing with Sarah Alexandre, whom I met at fashion school. Basically, we are going to be do-
ing a clothing line called #BANDIT by Alexandre-Crowne. This collaboration is going to let my innermost high fashion ideas out with hers as well. One thing is clear when looking at his designs. =War
Paint= is all about being unique and true to yourself. These items are sold in a variety of stores in Vancouver as well as Alchemy Clothing and Salon in Saskatoon.
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ROUNDTABLE taylor sockett, kyle leitch, brady lang, autumn mcdowell 1st round draft picks
this off-season. Are you worried for this year’s CFL season? Sockett: There’s still a lot of time left before the season, so let’s halt the max exodus of fair-weather Rider fans. But, seriously, as a real Rider fan, I can’t stand the deal people are making of this. Look back at any professional team to ever win a championship, they get their talent picked dry. They’ll be fine, so all these plum dumb fake fans can stop flapping their gums and put a little faith in GM Brendan Taman.
Last weekend, we hosted the CIS women’s volleyball championships. Did you attend any of the games to cheer on the Cougars? Sockett: I did watch the Cougars play UBC, they played pretty good but UBC proved to be the superior team. Despite not actually earning the right to play amongst the best teams in the country, the Cougars shut up all the people, like me, by finishing sixth in the tournament. Congratulations lady Cougars. Hopefully, you continue proving me wrong next season. Leitch: I would like to say yes, and not get punched in the head by a tall girl, but no, I wasn’t there. Didn’t really care to be, either. Lang: I went for the gold and bronze medal games but never got out to see the Cougars play. We’ll just blame this one on work… or homework… McDowell: Despite what many of you probably think, I actually did attend the Cougars first game against UBC… even though they hate me. I was sitting behind this hilarious over-
Leitch: I’m always worried about the Riders until someone informs me that they’re actually performing well. I haven’t forgotten how badly the team sucked half a decade ago. Arthur Ward All of them are drunk, be jealous
zealous UBC fan with blue hair and a cowbell. After that game, I do not need any more cowbell. Many fifth-year Cougars are playing in their final games of the season or possibly of their careers, which graduating Cougar do you think is most likely to come back as a coach in the future? Sockett: The Cougars men’s hockey team’s ex-captain Craig Cuthbert; however, its unlikely
that Cuthbert would be able to stay healthy the entire season, with his tendency to be hurt and the violent nature of coaching hockey. Leitch: *Doesn’t bother to look up current rosters for any name* Jim. Or Mike. Those guys are going (coaching) places. Lang: Desiree Ates has the ability, I believe, to come back and coach. She’s a hometown player and I believe she could benefit
whatever team she decides to coach. McDowell: Someone from the Rams almost always ends up transitioning to coaching after they graduate. With former quarterbacks coach, Marc Mueller, making the move to the CFL as a defensive assistant with the Calgary Stampeders, they have open coaching spots. I’ll say Mark McConkey will be back as a receiver’s coach; he could teach the players a thing or two about being sure-handed. The NHL trade deadline is just around the corner, if you were the GM of the Edmonton Oilers, would you try to get rid of Nail Yakupov? Sockett: If I were the Oilers, I’d trade every player on that shitass team. None of them have proved that they can get the job done. What are they on? The Leafs 20-year-rebuild strategy? Leitch: I would drop that bastard like a bad habit. He’s so bad, he makes medicine sick, but not in the cool, Muhammad Ali way. More in the terminal illness kind of way. Lang: Personally, of course I would. He’s a flower. But then again it’s too early to tell his full potential. He will never be dealt by the Oilers until he’s KHL bound in two years. McDowell: Yes, without a doubt, yes. Something drastic needs to be done to that team to make them anything but a swamp donkey. Yes, they are young, but everyone has been saying they are young for the past five years. Take a chance and trade Yakupov, you can’t have a death grip on every young player you pick up, just in case they happen to turn out well. The Roughriders haven’t made very many promising moves
Lang: I still have faith, but that backfield is looking pretty bare heading into the season…. McDowell: Yes, I am worried. Usually, I am optimistic and have high hopes that I will be placing an early order on a championship sweatshirt. But, at this point, I will just be happy if we make the playoffs this year. I don’t like it when we are sellers, instead of buyers, but so far we seem to have the attitude that since we aren’t hosting, we won’t make an effort to have a strong team. There are just 16 days until the MLB season opener. Are you excited about this, or do you even care? Sockett: It will be sad to see New York Yankees great Derek Jeter retire at the end of this season, but lets hope they can rally and bounce back from their piss poor Jays-esque season last year. Leitch: I’d rather watch flies screw on a wall of drying paint in the middle of a field of growing grass than watch MLB. The only time I was excited about an MLB game was the time that I think I saw Geddy Lee in the stands of a Blue Jays game. Lang: I care. That means spring is coming, which means that I can watch the Red Sox defend their title and be able to not deal with A-Rod drama! McDowell: I don’t overly care, but I don’t not care – if that makes sense. I haven’t been super interested in MLB in the past; I watch the highlights, but that’s about it. Baseball is America’s pass time, not Canada’s. Having said that, with the MLB starting, that means the WMBL is starting, and I am very excited for that. Hopefully our Regina Red Sox can get back to their championship ways.
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A tournament to remember
No. 8 seed Cougars look for the upset at Nationals brady lang sports writer
Even though the Cougar ladies weren’t able to bring home gold, they sure put on one hell of a National competition. After being named the host city for Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Nationals, the ladies volleyball squad were looking forward to competing in the event that housed the top teams from all across Canada. Even coming into the tournament fresh off of back-to-back losses to Trinity Western in Canada West Final Four, the eighth seeded Cougars had high aspirations for the tournament. The girls couldn’t beat out the former six-time National Champions, University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, in round one of the tournament. Despite winning the first set against the extremely strong team, Regina went on to lose the next three sets, as UBC’s pace proved difficult to keep up with. As a result, the Cougars were sent into the consolation side where they swept McMaster in three sets, etching their spot in the 5th-place game against Trinity Western. The Cougars suffered a fiveset loss to Trinity Western while fifth-year outside hitter Desiree Ates ended up with a Cougars record 28 kills in her final game with the squad. Ates said not all was lost after they dropped the game against Trinity Western. “The leadership we’ve had this year has been instilled in the girls and it’s something that’s very important to us,” Ates said. “Our work ethic has been extremely good all year and we made sure to have that as a legacy of the team and we’ve done a great job of working hard and practicing hard all season.” This was Ates’ final game as a Cougar, as she has now played out her five years of eligibility in the University ranks, which included time spent at both Pasco-Hernando Community College and the University of New Hampshire, before joining the Cougars in 2012. After a bitter-sweet exit, the veteran believes ending her playing career with this squad was the way she wanted to go out. “Ending it with the girls that I’ve been so lucky to play with this season was so special,” said the Regina product. “We’ve been looking forward to this all season and have had the countdown to nationals up in our room, seeing that countdown hit zero was amazing. Our team chemistry this season was great and [this tournament] watching other teams from other conferences compete was a great thing to see.” Being in front of a hometown crowd made the exit for Ates all that more special, something she’ll be able to remember for a very long time.
“It’s hard to describe. Going back to high school and you’ve had that home crowd and comparing it to your home crowd at the university level is something you can’t put into words,” said the nursing student. “The amount of support we’ve felt from the community this weekend and even club teams coming out, old coaches and all the friends, it’s great to see all of the smiling faces in the crowd. Knowing everyone wants you to do great this weekend was really special and hard to put into words.” Ates won’t be going far next season. She hopes to be in the stands cheering on the girls for the next years to come. Her final words for the girls she’ll be leaving were simply to do the best they can and to wish them good luck. While the tournament was over for the Cougars, the Manitoba Bisons and power-house University of British Colombia met in the final to decide the 2013-14 national champions. The No. 2 seed Manitoba Bisons shockingly upset the first seed UBC Thunderbirds in straight sets to take the tournament and the banner as National Champions. As the celebration ensued, third-year Emily Erickson was on top of the world. “It hasn’t even fully sunk in and I can’t wait until it fully sinks in,” said the Winnipeg native. “It’s been a goal we’ve been training towards for the last eight months and its absolutely amazing being able to reach the goal after all of our hard work. “We have to do the same hard training we’ve been doing for the past eight months,” Erickson said, when asked what was needed to get back to this point next season. “We have to do it all over again [next year]. We’re going to build off this and it would be even sweeter to win two championships in a row. We need to remember this feeling and how good it feels to be here in this moment right now.” Erickson noted how happy she was able to win the championship with the girls she did and how proud she was of her tightly knit crew in Manitoba. With a large majority of her team being third-years, the core will defend the championship in 2014-15. “It will help us so much [being all of the same age]; each day we spend together we just get that much closer, it’s knowing each other so well [being so close as a team],” she said. “We’ve all said that there is nobody else we’d rather share this with, we love each other and cannot wait to defend the title next year.” Congratulations to the Bisons and a big thanks to all of the organizers and volunteers that made this great event happen this weekend in Regina.
Arthur Ward Rumour has it Vianne was hit in the head with a volleyball at the Championships.
Ending it with the girls that I’ve been so lucky to play with
this season was so special. We’ve been looking forward to this all season and have had the countdown to nationals up in our room, seeing that countdown hit zero was amazing. Desiree Ates
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We are the champions
Men’s track and field team finishes atop Canada West brady lang sports writer
The Cougars men’s track team put on quite a performance in Edmonton just two weeks ago at the Canada West Finals. Nine Cougars left Edmonton with medals and will head back to the capital of Alberta this upcoming weekend for Nationals against the top teams from all over the country. Regina finished with a 16-point lead over second-place Victoria, and clinched their third title since 2010. Cougars team member Arthur Ward was very proud of his teams’ accomplishments and said it was a dream come true of his. [Congrats from your fellow Carillon staff!] “It feels good to become Canada West Champions,” said the third-year triple jumper. “It’s a dream come true – as cliché as it seems. Ever since I joined the team, I heard the stories of guys winning two years prior, winning back-to-back. We came really close in my rookie season, losing by just one point, so being able to taste it, but not having it in my hands. Ever since I joined the team, we’ve finished second and always losing out on that banner.” After last year’s disappointment, Ward and the team knew what they had to do to get over the hump of being stuck in second-place for the past two years. “Last year we were statistically – on paper – supposed to win, but the red shirts and the injuries didn’t help us so the guys on the team sort of just let it be this year and we came out with a banner,” he said. Individually, Ward ended up placing second in triple jump with a jump of 14.15 metres,
Arthur Ward Volleyball was interrupted by these two, showing off their sign.
something he was extremely proud of. “I was very satisfied with my performance,” said The Valley, Angullia product. “This year I was very interested in peaking at Canada West. Triple Jump is
the only event I do and I wanted to maximize the amount of points I’ve gotten and I feel that realistically second place was the best I could do and luckily I got that on my last jump. My coach expected this from the
beginning of the season and I was really happy that I was able to deliver.” Fifth-year athlete Connor MacDonald’s performance was the one that put the Cougars through and onto the Canada
West Championship said Ward. He and fellow fifth-year athlete Jeremy Eckert finished first and second in high jump with Eckert taking the gold. “Hands down, Connor MacDonald [stepped up for us],” said Ward. “I will go out on a limb here and say that he’s the reason why we won. Connor has been injured most of the season and wasn’t able to compete. He showed up and was able to have three huge personal bests in his events and I just looked at him on his last jump, watching his gutsy performance and having that courage and confidence to show up like he did. We got a lot of points from [MacDonald].” Even though the Cougars took the Canada West banner, Ward’s prediction of next week’s Nationals may surprise you. “I may sound pessimistic, but realistically [the Cougars] winning nationals will take many resources that we don’t actually have,” said Ward. “It’s not impossible but it’s a stretch due to the small size of team we’re taking to nationals going up against teams like Windsor and Guelph who have sixty guys to a team, it’s tough. We’re going for a top five performance at nationals and we’re pretty much looking at breaking our all-time record for points at nationals this year. Right now the record is sitting at around 40 and we’re planning on getting 50 plus points at nationals.” The women’s track team finished in sixth at the Canada West championships with 23 points, while Trinity Western took the title with 107 points. The Cougars will now prepare for Edmonton and the CIS Championships where they will take on the best teams from all over the country.
Lack of funding results in minimal drug tests
What’s stopping varsity athletes from using performance-enhancing drugs? erica whyte The Ryersonian
TORONTO (CUP) — Lance Armstrong did it. Alex Rodriguez did it. Barry Bonds did it. What’s stopping varsity athletes from doing it? Every Olympic year, major cutbacks are made to drug testing at the varsity level because of the increased testing done on Canadian Olympians and Paralympians. This year, only about one per cent of varsity athletes will undergo drug testing, because of tight budgeting and the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Michel Belanger, the manager of communications for Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), said that the Olympics put a strain on an already limited number of tests.
“Some years we have 100 (drug) tests, some years 350 tests,” said Belanger. “When it’s an Olympic year, we might not have that many tests available.” The battle against performance-enhancing drugs is monitored at the varsity level by CIS, the national governing body for sports at Canadian universities. CIS manages 10,000 varsity athletes who are currently enrolled at 54 universities nationwide. Among other things, the CIS is responsible for administration of, and education about, drug testing. “The only reason we don’t do more testing is money. Money is the name of the game,” Belanger said. One drug test can cost between $500 and $1,000. Only a handful of Ryerson University’s varsity athletes have
ever even been tested. Cassandra McNichol, a women’s varsity hockey player, was one of those few athletes. “When I was tested, it was through random pick,” she said. “There was no warning for them to show up, it was a surprise.” She claims that she’s been told CIS does random drug-testing for teams that have a large group of people who perform well, “to ensure their performance is natural,” not drug-enhanced. Tyler Nella, a Ryerson student and former Canadian Olympian, said he was subject to multiple drug tests in the year leading up to his performance in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. “They’ll come test you whenever they want, without notice,” he said. “You’ll have to fill out six months in advance
of exactly where you’ll be and they’ll show up. One day they came to my house at six o’clock in the morning.” Nella and his Canadian teammates were all tested at least once. “They would come to the gym [where Canadian Olympians trained] in Calgary and pick people like ‘you,’ ‘you,’ ‘you,’ ‘you.’ Every single person gets tested,” Nella recalled. “They were so intense about it.” Stephanie White, the associate director of athletics at Ryerson, agrees that continual testing of Olympians is necessary, but perhaps alternate, less-costly drug testing should be explored on a varsity level. “It would be great if we had other methods to keep a more consistent testing in university sports year over year, or even test more sports,” she said. “It’s obviously a funding issue.”
Brendan Kergin/Canadian University Press One time I accidentally wrote “free pills” on a sign, meant to say “free pizza”.
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Last of the best
Alumni Matt Wincherauk looks back at the historic tournament matt wincherauk contributor
From Feb. 13-15, 2014, the 62nd Annual Luther Invitational Tournament took place. The final LIT games were played in the old Luther gym, now called the Merles Belsher Heritage Centre, ending a historic run of great basketball and school spirit in that venue. They might be moving into the state of the art Semple gymnasium, but many things will stay the same about this fantastic tournament. LIT is an annual event that I never miss, even if it means pushing back family vacations to tropical places and braving minus 40-degree weather. Being an alumnus, I was a part of four LITs and was fortunate enough to play in two tournaments. There is nothing like the feeling of playing in front of almost one thousand passionate fans, packed into that cramped gym. Luther College High School is in the process of building a brand new gym, located directly behind the old one. Tours were available over the LIT weekend, and it looks fantastic. With capacity for over one thousand people, a new media station
lit.ca You can’t tell where the crowd ends and the players start
that doesn’t involve climbing up scaffolding, and new weight and locker rooms, the new gym will provide a new look for the tournament. As impressive as the new gym will be, it will never capture the same atmosphere as the old gym. Part of the charm of LIT is that the players and the crowd experience the energy and excitement of the game together. The bleachers are right up against the sideline and
the team benches form part of bleachers, with alumni sitting right behind the Luther team offering “words of wisdom” and support. LIT traditions run deep, whether it’s the collective “SWOOSH!” following a successful Luther free throw or singing Time Warp between the third and fourth quarters, and no doubt these will carry on into the new gym. Most important is the attitude of the tournament
– LIT has always valued great sportsmanship from not only the players, but also the fans, and this year was no exception. Sportsmanship was also on display during the annual Luther Alumni game, despite the lopsided result that I will not mention here. Of course, the teams involved did not disappoint, as they put forth a great display of high school basketball. I was
lucky enough to provide the commentary of the finals on Access 7 with my good friend and Regina Thunder quarterback, Spencer Mack. The Winnipeg based Garden City Gophers took home the LIT Championship in a wild final game versus Regina’s LeBoldus Golden Suns. It was a classic LIT final that showcased the players’ skills and tested both teams. As for the Luther Lions, while they did not win the championship, they gave their rabid fans three hard fought games and were excellent ambassadors for the tournament. The Luther Invitational Tournament will always be a special event because of its longstanding traditions and the great effort put forward each year from the students, faculty, and staff. As it moves into a new venue, LIT will remain a must-see event in Regina and will continue to draw the best competition from across Western Canada. New gym or old gym, the Luther Invitational Tournament will continue to be a special blend of student and community participation that will last for many years to come. Hope to see you all at the 63rd annual LIT.
Over, and over, and overtime Cougars set Canada West record for longest game ever played what the puck? autumn mcdowell sports editor
After the marathon that they endured this weekend, something needs to be said about the Cougars women’s hockey team. Our own Regina Cougars went to war with the Saskatchewan Huskies last weekend, and neither of the teams would go down without a fight. Friday night’s contest resulted in a 0-1 Cougars loss in double overtime, but not even two extra periods would be enough time to settle the score between these teams the very next night. Saturday night featured a Cougars 2-1 win in quadruple overtime with second-year defenceman Alexis Larson being crowned hero, which sent the team to the all-important game three. Once again, Sunday’s game went to double overtime, and with fans holding up signs saying “Just pass it to Larson,” it looked as though the Cougars might pull off the upset, but unfortunately, the Cougars couldn’t come out on top, losing 2-1 to their provincial rivals. And it only took nine regulation periods and eight overtime periods to do so. In total, a combined 260
shots were fired during the over 280 minutes of hockey that was played across the threegame series. The Cougars’ win in game two set a new Canada West record for the longest ever played at over 122 minutes. I don’t think these two teams could be more evenly matched if they tried. Neither goalie gave up more than two goals during any game of the series, despite facing nearly 50 shots, forwards on each side of the ice had quality chances down the stretch and everyone was battling in the corners and strong on the puck. Playing at such an intense level during these marathon games night after night is a testament to both teams work ethic, and more importantly, their strength and conditioning this season. What makes this performance extra impressive is all of the doubt that was cast on the Cougars hockey team from the beginning. In pre-season coaches polls, the Cougars were slated to finish fourth, and powerhouse Alberta was poised to finished first, which they did in the regular season. During their first playoff series, no one thought the Cougars would stand a chance against Alberta, who had won
Jordan Dumba/The Sheaf At what point do you flip a coin for the winner?
three out of four games against Regina during the regular season. But, in true Cougars fashion, the team persevered, and slayed the top dragon, earning themselves a spot in the Canada West final – something that no one thought they could do. Even though the Cougars didn’t finish their season with the Canada West banner, they made everyone in the Cougars athletics community proud, proved the critics wrong and made many people wish that they could be out on the ice
with them, including myself. Those games, though I assume were extremely tiring, seemed like such fun to me. Being on the edge of your seat for the entire game, knowing that one of you could be the hero at the end of it and be swarmed and dog piled by all your teammates is something that I wish I could experience. Seeing the women’s hockey team play this season really makes me wish that I would have been allowed to play hockey when I was growing up.
the Carillon: always going into overtime since 1962
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The great debates A formal contest of argumentation: two writers enter; two writers leave
Emily Wright A guy who got things right, that’s who.
Question: “Should the U of R have a week off in the first semester like the February break?” pro
paige kreutzwieser staff writer Start a day early and compress finals a day shorter for the chance to have one full week off in the fall semester? That in and of itself is a great argument. However, since I wasn’t allowed to write “hell yes” 250 times to prove my point (and meet my 500 word count), I am here to now prove to you, my fellow comrades, that we must stand up for what is right and what we justly deserve - a fall semester break. It is true that shortening finals does not sound like a fun option, but how does a couple days on a beach, or in your backyard, or lying on your couch sound? Sounds pretty freaking awesome to me. Because that is what you will be getting—a week to do whatever you want without anyone telling you any different (except maybe your conscious telling you that you are a lazy piece of crap). You may be saying, “But, Paige, I will still have homework to do during the time off.” Or, “my final schedule will be way too packed as a result of this.” To that I say, “cry me a river.” You were going to have a week of schoolwork regardless. And, “finals-schminals.” I want to yank out my hair all of December, anyway. I would much rather know I’ll be done a day earlier and receive a week off because of it than spread my finals out one more day and have a continuous semester of school. A case for those who work: having this break could mean a week of full
time hours - or even part-time. That would get a couple dollars in your pocket, and who doesn’t want that! I will admit I have a procrastination problem, so, a week off surely won’t be aiding my recovery in that. But for my final argument, what a break off school in the fall semester will do is be giving my procrastination a break as well. I instead will have full days to accomplish things; full days that I didn’t have before to clean my house, read my textbooks, lay in bed, play Call of Duty, drink beer. The latter three will probably be the reality so maybe this isn’t a good plea. Regardless, I just don’t see a problem with a break in the fall semester. None of the cons outweigh the pros. And, Michael, you will not convince me that it won’t make a difference to my sanity. Having the chance to travel in the fall over trying to beat Mother Nature in the winter is the best argument I can give. I was dealing with delayed flights from Florida this year, my attempt to go visit a best friend in Montana the year prior were cancelled due to nasty weather, and my chance to watch the Blue Jays in spring training the winter break before. . .well nothing wrong happened with that. But those memories and possibilities to take time off from school all prove that we need time in the fall to be human beings and not just students.
michael chmielewski editor-in-chief Before full-throatily supporting Paige’s stance on a fall reading week, as our U of S counterparts are getting, please consider some of the following oppositional points. With pride, I’ve noticed that I’m always the contrarian in these debates. Having a reading week during the fall would be an undesirable mistake, and in fact, I don’t even want one during February. Firstly, reading week does not help with homework whatsoever. In fact, it always feels like there’s more to do. Did any of your friends, when you texted them “how’s your break,” tell you “it doesn’t feel like much of a break?” Probably. Maybe you even said it. If it feels like there’s more to do, that’s because there is. Professors anchor their semesters around the break. Lots of midterms, projects, and exams are focused around reading week, which gives rise to more work. The rationale is that because they have days off, students can handle more work. Also, being students, we inevitably procrastinate most things, and reading week provides a perfect excuse: “Look! There’s a week with no school in the not-so-distant future so I’ll leave whatever assignment for then. Workload aside, for those who go on vacation, that’s no reason to remind everyone else again that we’re not rich enough travel during the break (too many people around here with tans last week). That’s no justification for a second reading week, because only a minority can afford to jet off for a week.
A totally random week off also disrupts rhythm. Although I studied as much as I could during the break, the week after was the busiest of the semester so far. Why? Because I was thrown off of my rhythm. I didn’t have my weekly and daily grind. Let’s hope that that sort of rude disruption isn’t forced upon students in the fall semester. The real issue to tackle with reading week is suicide. Reading week in Canada was meant originally as a tool of suicide prevention. It’s a great idea to do anything possible to prevent suicide: we’ve all been affected by it. That being said, reading week has morphed into something else, and does not really help reduce stress because of semester design and workload in general, especially if it is expected that students do more work during their week “off.” That seems to defeat the purpose of stress reduction. Also, if suicide is so prevalent amongst students, perhaps we should take actions that actually work and reconsider the extremely stressful student life. This, I am all for. Also, without a reading week, the semester wouldn’t be as long. It would be nice to finish sooner, but instead of having a week off, spread the seven days off throughout the semester as long weekends. Overall, a second reading week is a terrible idea because it does nothing that it would be advertised to do, and would inherit all the problems of the February break (Although, supporting a fall reading week would probably be a good way to get elected for an URSU executive. Just a thought.).
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Social change and theory Survival of the fittest. Many people ascribe that phrase to the father of evolutionary biology: Charles Darwin. Believe it or not, Darwin never uttered those words. They were first said by a man named Herbert Spencer, one of the world’s early sociologists. Spencer created a model for social change based partly on Darwin’s theory of evolution, and I’m sure you can guess where it goes – the strong survive and the weak die. According to Spencer, society should let its weakest members perish, and through the gradual elimination of the weak a stronger society will be formed. Because of his historical proximity to Darwin, Spencer’s theory has
become known as “Social Darwinism.” It sounds heartless on the surface, but more of you may empathize with Social Darwinism than you think. Clippings of Spencer’s theories are sprinkled across one of the core beliefs of conservatism: everyone starts from an equal position in life, and their success or failure in life is largely determined by their work ethic and motivation. In short: if you suck, you won’t get far; if you’re good, you will. This is Social Darwinism in a nutshell, and conservatives have no problem cozying up to the idea. It’s a romantic view for the privileged and well-off, but doesn’t have the backing of
many reputable modern-day sociologists. The reason for that is simple: Social Darwinism allows a small number of people to flourish while the rest starve, which is bad for society as a whole. As many sociologists have already pointed out, societies are not biological organisms. The rise and fall of individuals is not solely dependent on their “fitness” as it were. Other factors, such as discrimination and predetermined social standing, play major roles and usually favour the privileged. Not a member of the privileged elite yet? No problem, just work harder, you’ll get there. The problem is we won’t all get there, and we’re not all in-
Til death do you part
When we’re young, happy, and our knees don’t make a popping sound when we try to stand up, anything is possible. We fall in love as easily as we update our Facebook status, and we can easily believe that love is forever. Culturally, love is seen as eternal. In Canada, federal divorce law did not exist until 1968. The cliché wedding vow reads ‘in sickness and in health, ‘til death do we part.’ Still, nearly half of all marriages in Canada end in divorce. Nonetheless, the ethos of true and timeless love permeates through culture and hallmark cards. I come from Eastern European descent where the idea of divorce is still odd. I come from a church where people made snide remarks about my own mother, who divorced when my sister and I were children. I have a grandmother who, at 81 years of age, is the primary caretaker of her husband, who suffers a myriad of health problems that require 24-hour care. We love him and want him at home, because like most lower-income Canadian families, we saw the public health care system longterm care, and paled. We come from a culture where care homes simply don’t exist. You are supposed to take care of your elderly until they die, you are supposed to earn your income to pay for their medical costs, and you would never even imagine ‘abandoning’ your husband in old age. For many cultures, placing your spouse in a care home carries immense stigma. Pair with culturally ingrained stigma a social ethos of eternal love, and you’ve got a recipe for major mental and physical health issues for our senior population. Being a primary caretaker is a full time job. It requires cooking, cleaning, administering medication, monitoring health, bathing, dealing with slips and falls, and sometimes dealing with behavior changes that can be personal-
ly devastating to watch. It’s more work than most healthy adults working fulltime jobs do in their whole lives. The difference is that spousal caretakers are often as old as their care receiver, are among the highest at risk to develop psychological health problems associated with care giving, and receive no pay. Why do so many seniors do this when we do have a public health care system that is essentially specialized in senior health? True love? I hate to be that skeptic, but it’s not love. It’s social obligation. We expect our seniors, especially our grandparents, to be in love forever. Sure, grandma and grandpa don’t share a bed anymore, but they’re the shining beacon for our families, they represent sticking together through the tough times, and they’re the steady spine of the household. They are simply not allowed to be their own individuals with their own personal wants after a certain point in time. This is especially true in my home. My grandma doesn’t love my grandpa. She actually never has, but her social, political, and economic reality as a young mother of two bound her to this person, and as an uneducated immigrant with no work opportunities and little English skills, she had little choice but to become the matriarch her family expected her to be. She is just one person suffering the psychological and emotional strain of being a caregiver, and she does not want to be. At the end of her life, she still fears the looks she thinks she’ll receive if she becomes ‘that woman’ who put her husband in a home. The social expectation we place on husbands and wives, especially seniors, to prescribe to the notion of eternal love is killing them emotionally and often physically, as their own health deteriorates as they try to take care of their spouse. We need a health-care system that stands up for its care-takers as much as its patients, and a social system that doesn’t shame seniors for putting themselves first.
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dependent species competing with each other. To act as if we are will only serve to bolster inequality and create an increasingly stratified society, which is exactly what’s happening in the world right now. The rich and powerful pull ahead of the “weak”, making it easier to gain more power over an increasingly weakened group the next year, and so on. Today, the 85 richest people in the world have the combined wealth of the 3.5 billion poorest. Spencer’s theories were very popular among England’s ruling class in the 19th century because it justified their claims to power, and the theories are popular today among modern elites for the same reason.
Believing that everyone should work their way up the social ladder in isolation isn’t a solution to inequality, it’s the cause of it. But the truth is that not everyone starts life on an equal playing field, as we are told, and no amount of hard work is going to change that – a change in ideology will. Sociologists realized long ago that Social Darwinism is toxic for society’s growth. It’s time the rest of us had the same epiphany.
dietrich neu contributor
Merit? What merit? When you decide university is what you want to do, costs are often the first thing that come to mind. You don’t think about the yearly tuition hikes, mainly because you believe (hope) that is an urban legend, but you understand that you are going to be shelling out some massive chunks of cash to get the degree you want. Let me begin by saying I am not from a well-off family. My parents are middle class, and while I never went without anything in my childhood, when I decided on university, I knew I’d need a scholarship. I applied for 10 with money ranging from $500 to $8000. I got lucky. $2000 a year for four years was granted to me, and while it covers over half my tuition for one semester, that isn’t enough. Think of it like this: if you’re from a lower-income family and you want to be a vet, where do you get the money? Scholarships. Big ones, preferably. Or what if you’re parents are middle class, like mine, so the loans you would apply for don’t cover nearly enough? You need scholarships. The problem with being so dependent on these things is that scholarships often don’t go to the lower income children. Children from higher-income families are 10 per cent more likely to win a merit-based scholarship than students from low-income families, according to a 10,000-student survey in Ontario conducted by Higher Education Strategy Associates. What merit-based scholarship are we talking about? Well, the Loran scholarships are just one, and boy do they shell out the big bucks. Of the 30 students selected, each receive up to $80,000 expected to cover tuition and living expenses. Seems generous, right? If it went to students of lower income families, hell yeah, but this is where things get messed up. I checked out the Loran website, and what they want seems pretty standard. They go through a “rigorous selection process” where they invest in “long-term potential” and the incoming class of scholars go through an “extensive network.” Maybe the ones who pick the receivers think those of lower income families can’t have “long-term potential,” but that’s obviously a load of bs. I don’t need to tell you the amount of money you (or your parents) have does not equal your ability to learn, your potential, or anything like that.
Underneath “rigorous selection process” they list what qualities they look for in an applicant: “personal integrity and character, commitment to service and an entrepreneurial spirit, breadth in academic and extra-curricular interests, strongly developed inner-directedness, and outstanding overall potential for leadership.” Seems to me like that could describe anyone from any class/social standing. So why do students from wealthier families get this scholarship more often? I don’t want to say those who conduct the interviews for applicants are biased, but let’s be honest: when you’re interviewing someone, you already know what you’re looking for in an applicant. That shapes the questions you ask. I don’t know what kind of questions they ask these interviewees, but perhaps they should focus more on the actual person instead of the amount of money their parents have, especially if the parents have a lot of it. Does the applicant have the above qualities listed? What kind of an impact do they want to make on the world, their country, their community? Shouldn’t we invest in those students instead of the ones Mommy and Daddy can easily support? I’m not saying that because a student has wealthy parents they are financially secure. I know there are students at the University of Regina whose parents are wealthy but don’t get support from them for various reasons. The point is, if a student shows potential, if they have “personal integrity” and all that jazz, they should receive the scholarship, no matter what their background is.
robyn tocker a&c editor
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My feminist haircut
Laurie Penny’s article “Why patriarchy fears the scissors: for women, short hair is a political statement” (newstatesman. com) has been making the rounds on the interweb lately, and as a woman with one of those new-fangled short haircuts, I found it incredibly inter-
esting. Frankly, I didn’t exactly realize that my haircut was a political statement until people started using words like ‘radical’ to describe it (and not in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s sense of the word). It started when I went out a few months ago and got one of those undercuts where half of your hair is buzzed off and the top is kept relatively long. I got it because I think it looks cool and I’m still young enough to get away with having a weird haircut. So no, at the time I had no idea that I was deciding to make a value statement with my trendy haircut. But, after a couple months of living and working with it, and reading things like Penny’s article, I’ve come to realize that that’s exactly what my haircut is. I get stared at frequently, pro-
fessors now have a tendency to call on me when feminism or homosexuality are under discussion, and I get comments. So. Many. Comments. They range from very complimentary, to a vague kind of judgement on my character. “I think originality is so important” and “oh, you’re so brave, I could never do that” are my two favourite non-compliments so far. Whether we like it or not, appearance, and particularly female hair length, is still a sexual symbol and short hair signals only one thing to the douchecanoes of the Manosphere: masculinity. This means that they view a girl with short hair as either a lesbian or someone wanting to punish men by diminishing a performative sign of femininity. I’ve talked to women who would like a haircut like
mine, but they’re terrified to actually do it. Some of them are worried about losing male attention, others about being closeted and generally not wanting to attract any attention to their sexuality until they are ready for it. Like Penny, I can’t even really argue this point - if you cut your hair off assumptions will be made. I don’t particularly care how people view my sexuality, or my femininity for that matter, and if someone thinks that I’m a ‘damaged’ woman because I have short hair, then wow, they can just stay as far away from me as possible, thanks. This is basically the conclusion to Penny’s article, too, that yes, short hair will make you entirely displeasing to a subset of the male population, but so will having politics not based entirely on patriarchal
fantasy and neo-misogyny. So, yeah, I’ve got a feminist haircut, but does that make me “more abrasive, more masculine, and more deranged” like the Manosphere apparently believes? No, it just means that I went out and got something I wanted without considering the opinion of entitled and delusional men - an absolutely feminist act.
jessica bickford contributor
Venezuela reconsidered The ongoing anti-government protests in Venezuela are funded largely by pro-American NGOs and arms of the American state. These groups have committed acts of violence against supporters of President Nicolas Maduro and the state police. The star of the protest and “political prisoner” Leopoldo Lopez Mendoza was also an orchestrator of the street protests which occurred alongside the kidnapping of the late President Hugo Chavez in April 2002. These protests are very reactionary and are occurring because after decades of privilege and preference, the wealthy families of Venezuela are forced to compete with those of the working class on an even level. Lopez’s family is one of the wealthiest in Venezuela and had the privilege of being educated in American
Ivy League institutions. Lopez is also a distant descendant of the country’s liberator and namesake of Chavez and Maduro’s revolution, Simon Bolivar; he is also descended from the first president of independent Venezuela, Christobal Mendoza. Lopez represents the pinnacle of privilege in the old, colonial Latin America, which people such as Chavez and Castro sought to revolutionize; Lopez’s ancestors represent a convenient historical-political link for the ideological machine of Venezuela’s right wing opposition. Maria Corina Machado, another prominent figure of the anti-democratic opposition is the founder of the right wing, National Endowment for Democracy-funded NGO – Sumate. Machado is again of a highly privileged background:
she is the daughter of a wealthy Venezuelan steel magnate. Machado was a signatory of the 2002 Carmona Decree that dissolved the democratically-elected National Assembly and the Supreme Court. It is clear that democracy is only favoured by the right if it consistently rewards them at the expense of the vast majority while the will of the working poor is ignored. The violence and foreign influence of Venezuela’s opposition since the election of Chavez in 1998 is consistently overlooked by Canada’s reactionary media. The CIA-orchestrated military coup of 2002 and management strike at state institutions show a lack of popular support for the opposition. It is an objective fact that Chavez’ PSUV is a Westernized social democratic movement; election monitor and former Amer-
Maria Alejandra Mora
ican President Jimmy Carter has praised the fairness of the nation’s electoral system, which is more than can be said for the scandal-plagued systems of the “developed world.” The PSUV came to power through the ballot but pro-American opposition parties want to take power from the people of Venezuela through violence and coercion. The Bolivarian Revolution is not without its flaws but it has allowed a much greater de-
gree of economic freedom for a traditionally oppressed people, for this reason the regime retains popular support despite a hostile media, and middle and upper classes.
john kapp contributor
Is Gary Bettman really this money hungry?
With the sixth- and final- outdoor game this season concluding last Sunday, the NHL has now grabbed as much money out of the fans that they can. Even after nearly losing the whole fan base of the NHL in a lockout last season, Bettman
and his band of merry men have managed to erase the bitter past in just a year. But if the outdoor games are working, why not take it another step? We’ve seen how stadiums such as BC Place, Rogers Centre
in Toronto, and the possibility of the new Riders stadium having a retractable roof, so why can’t the NHL do it? Imagine walking into a stadium on any given night and being able to watch an NHL game under the stars? One problem that we’d be faced with is the possibility of the weather reeking havoc on the game. However, if the roof is retractable they could just close the roof for a night and play a regular NHL game on any given night. This could be a selling feature for a team to lure players onto their respectable teams, but it does have that double edge sword kind of feel to it. You have to now take into account location, fan base, expectations, etc. so this idea may not be doable right now in any Canadian city other than Vancouver.
The only way to make this sustainable, however, would be to put it in a rich hockey market. A possibility that we could see would be somewhere in the northern U.S. states such as Minnesota or Colorado due to their market in their respective cities. This idea may sound insane, but with the amount of games being played outside- and the variety of hockey markets that the games are in- I don’t think that it is out of the question. Another factor we could look at would be that of the death of games like the Winter Classic, Heritage Classic, and the new Stadium Series. The NHL and the teams that play in these games make tons of money on merchandise, ticket sales and sponsors so the NHL will most likely keep the outdoor games as a spectacle rather
than a full time thing. As a hockey fan, we can dream. Home ice advantage would be back into consideration every night if this idea took flight. The NHL always talks about going back to their roots and this would be a great way to do it. It may sound a little absurd, but six outdoor NHL games in one season sounds pretty absurd to say the leastespecially when one of those games was played at Dodger Stadium in California.
brady lang sports writer
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“Easiest humour piece I ever seen!” – Samuel L. Jackson the staff, for better or worse
It’s no secret that we’re musical elitists with each other in the office, but did you also know that we’re exceptionally mean to each other? While our op-ed editor (War Scribe) is in Cuba, the onus fell on our editor-in-chief to record every soul-crushingly terrible thing we said to each other over the week, then relive the hurt to choose the best ones to put in here. Without further ado, Shit the Carillon says! Why do people look at me weirdly when I’m wearing a Behemoth shirt and listening to Lily Allen? A few moments later:… Hey, are you listening to Lily Allen?? Staff Member #1: Did the paper get printed on different paper this week? It smells different. Staff Member #2: I haven’t smelt it yet. Staff Member #1: I’m pretty sure it’s different paper. It smells more bitter dammit! I hope nobody mixes up the Oscar Postorius and #Oscars2014 hastags.
Right in front of our distro manager of two months: Do we have a new distro manager? Allan, Allan! Alec! Alec!
Have you ever thought that they don’t have that CD at every store because you’re asking for The Satanist? Y’all ain’t FUCKING athletic enough for this shit!” “Why are your pants so short…. Fuck’s wrong with you?” Staff member #1: Did you give good roundtable answers? Staff member #2: I like to think so… I got to call Ben Affleck ‘Batdick’ (please see our arts section’s Oscars roundtable). Staff member #1: My article wasn’t late this week! Staff member #2: … you were supposed to write two. Staff member #1: What?!? You don’t look like you drink. You’re cute. “BLAH BLAH ARRRGGGHHHH I have a million Megadeth shirts” ….that’s you.
Benoit Derrier Lily Allen digs Behemoth!
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Bradley Cooper Basically all of Hollywood having a gas is the most retweeted thing in history.
redvooz.com Meanwhile, Leonardo is having that nightmare, again.
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cdn.screenrant.com And Joaquin Phoenix is still like:
Mashable Good Oscars though, right?