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Is this for real? 5 What do a nine year-old armed robber, a neighbor sick of the smell of bacon, and gasoline intoxicated bears have in common? These are all headlines of odd, but true news reports. Take a break and check out these mindboggling news briefs.
Sim Queen City. 14 Regina's a fucked up city. We recreated it with all its problems and tried to fix them. Turn to page 14 to find out what happened.
The university is facing severe funding shortages which are resulting in much higher tuition and serious cuts to programs. The stress of this situation can naturally divide people. But now is the time to come together and demand better from the government, not to fight amongst ourselves.
kristen mcewen sophie long kyle leitch braden dupuis
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In the late 1950s, the University of Regina planned the construction of several new buildings on the campus grounds. One of these proposed buildings was a bell tower on the academic green. If you look out on the academic green today, the first thing you’ll notice is that it has absolutely nothing resembling a bell tower. The University never got a bell tower, but what it did get was the Carillon, a newspaper that serves as a symbolic bell tower on campus, a loud and clear voice belonging to each and every student. Illegitimi non carborundum.
Last weekend Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport was home to the women’s basketball CIS championships. It was home to some of the craziest, loudest and most innovative fans the CIS has to offer. With pots and pans for noise makers, and continuous chants against the other team, the fans were an important part of the Cougars success.
Clubbing. 8 The Carillon wants to start a BASEketball club. If interested please stop by the office so we can get plans underway. We are only half joking about this, but with your help we will be 100 per cent serious by next week.
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Duh Doy: Last week’s piece “History is made” incorrectly stated that some spectators at the University Council meeting were turned away at the door because the room was full. We have since learned that this information is incorrect. No one looking to attend the meeting was denied access. There was also a “spill over” room that went unused. Double Duh Doy: Last week, in our article “Another year, another election, the Carillon printed a photo of Nathan Sgrazutti that was larger than the other candidate photos. We realize that this error may lead some readers to believe that the Carillon takes a partisan stance on the upcoming election. This was not our intention, we apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
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The music of resistance Israeli Apartheid Week wraps up with hip-hop and inspiration kristen mcewen news writer In times of oppression, people turn to other forms of communication to fuel their resistance. In some cases, art can be used as that form of resistance. The Toronto based hip-hop group, Test Their Logik, made a stop in Regina as part of their nation-wide tour to support Israeli Apartheid Week. Composed of two Toronto artists, Testament and Illogik, Test Their Logik performs subversive, conscious and political music aimed at inspiring people to empower themselves and their communities. Having performed nationally and internationally, including performances in Palestine, Testament says hip-hop culture in the occupied territories is strong and thriving. “When I was in Palestine, I saw that there was a really vibrant hip hop culture there and I think that’s really important to take note of,” he said. “Hip-hop is kind of the voices from below; it comes from the street. It’s like street journalism, in a sense. Hip-hop is thriving around the world where people are oppressed, where people are going against oppressive power systems.”
He added that there are many Palestinian hip-hop artists, and the culture is strong throughout the Middle East, Africa, and in Canada within the Indigenous community. “I feel like it’s important for us to build our own cultures and cultures of solidarity and community,” Testament said. “So having celebrations with music and art really reaffirms people’s convictions, and inspires people in ways that things like speeches, or books, [or] other mediums of communication don’t affect peo-
ple in the same way. Music affects people in a certain way; film affects people in a certain way. It’s a form to get ... our politics and our culture out in as many ways as possible.” While Testament believes hiphop can be a strong and powerful form of communication, it can also cause political tension. In 2010, Test Their Logik released their music video, Crash the Meeting, on YouTube in response to Toronto’s G-20 summit. Viewed by over 50,000 people, the song is a collage of clips showing protes-
tors and rioters resisting authority. The song calls on Canadians to be united against the G-20. The song led to the arrest of the artists on charges of “indictable conspiracy and counseling charges and given bail conditions of non-association.” Five months later, the charges were stayed, and Test Their Logik was back at creating music and pushing for change. Hip-hop, explained Testament, allows people from different cultures to come together to share ideas, and stand against
the corrupt authoritative systems. “People from different walks of life come out to a music show and so cross-pollination happens and people meet each other and they can do things together,” he said. “They can bridge communities and they can work together building a freer, more joyful world for all people.” However, just using music as a way to resist won’t solve the problem on its own. While music is one medium of resistance, Testament says diverse forms of communication can come together to bring change, and start movements. “You have people coming at it [in] a lot of different ways,” he explained. “People coming at it through art, people coming at it through lectures, or educational work, people writing about it in newspapers, people putting pressure on institutions and individuals and powers. All of these things reinforce each other. The artists learn from the people doing lectures and writing books. They also help inspire activists who will go take actions and apply pressure. It’s a community. Everyone’s got a part to play in that community in terms of making it stronger, and strengthening the community and pushing those goals forward.”
Bidding farewell Regina says goodbye to its only fair trade store on April 6 kristen mcewen news writer Regina’s only source for fair trade handcrafted items will close on April 6. Employees and volunteers at Ten Thousand Villages, located on University Park Drive, were informed in February that it wasn’t financially feasible to keep the store running. “I’m heartbroken. I’ve been volunteering here since I was 14,” said five-year volunteer Micheala Balkwill. “It’s really sad to see it go. It’s sad because we don’t have any other stores like this in Regina, so I think it’ll be a really big loss for the city.” Assistant manager Alicia Miller explained that the store’s 10-year lease was up for renegotiation this year. Five years ago, the store moved to a larger location within the strip mall where it is currently located. “When it came up again for renewal they wanted quite a substantial increase. It was almost double, and as a nonprofit, we can’t afford such a hefty increase in rent,” Miller said. “It wasn’t financially feasible for head office to spend more expenses to move us since the company as a whole has been running a zero budget kind of deficit for the past couple of years.” The store is part of the Ten
Thousand Villages non-profit organization and is the only fair trade store in Regina that sells handcrafted items from around the world. For Balkwill, working at the store has been a learning experience. “I learn a lot working here,” she said. “I learn about fair trade, I learn about different ways of marketing, selling, producing; there’s lots to learn here I’m really sad it’s closing.” With Ten Thousand Villages soon to be gone in Regina, customers must either shop online or
travel to the location in Saskatoon to purchase the fair trade items that the company has to offer. Miriam Anderson, a resident of Esterhazy, shops at Ten Thousand Villages approximately once a year. She said very few places offer fair trade items. Anderson often purchases handcrafted items as a way to give artisans “from underdeveloped countries an opportunity to get a leg up.” “There’s such beautiful, unique things, so I usually buy gifts for people,” Anderson said. When Anderson learned that
the store was closing down she was relieved to hear she would still be able to purchase items online, although nothing replaces being able to shop in an actual store. “I prefer to go into a store so you can actually handle the item, you don’t know what you’re getting online,” she said. The Regina location currently has two employees, a manager and an assistant manager, Miller said. The store also has a handful of volunteers. Miller has been an employee at Ten Thousand Villages for ap-
proximately three years. She started off in a part-time position, which eventually turned into an assistant manager position in September 2012. “It’s really hard because I’m in an employment position,” she said. “I just think that it’s very unfortunate that the official response [of head office] is that, ‘It’s just business.’ When I started out four years ago as a volunteer, I was under the impression that we weren’t just another business. That’s another thing that’s really upset me because I love this store and everything it stands for. I wouldn’t take a job in a retail place that pays close to minimum wage if I didn’t believe in what it did. It’s also a shame to see a store go in a capital of a province that’s supposed to have the fastest growing economy in Canada.” Miller added that if enough customers let the head office know that a Ten Thousand Villages location would be valued in Regina, a store could be brought back to a smaller space sometime in the future. “We’ve had a lot of [customers] calling and protesting and voicing their concerns,” Miller said. “It’s definitely a presence that’s wanted in our community and it’s something that I think people are willing to fight for ... Maybe they’ll reconsider in a few years.”
the carillon | March 21 - 27, 2013
A climb to freedom Saskatchewan resident Denise Heppner talks to the Carillon about her upcoming adventure
Heppner, second from left, training for her upcoming Freedom Climb
taouba khelifa news editor It’s not very often that one gets an opportunity to trek Everest, but Saskatchewan resident Denise Heppner has the opportunity to do just that. The 39-year-old mother of three will be leaving her family and hometown of Waldheim in April, to join 43 other women from around the world in the Freedom Climb – an opportunity to stand up and be the voice for those who are enslaved, oppressed, exploited, and trafficked everyday. Participants of the Freedom Climb will trek 17,598 feet to the Everest Base Camp, and 18,192 feet onto summit Kalaphatar, in the Nepalese Himalayas. Rooted in religious teachings, the climb hopes to allow women who have “experienced the love and power of God” to “take up the challenge to be a voice” for the struggling children and women around the world. The Carillon chatted with Heppner about her upcoming climb, and the lessons she’s already learned preparing for her adventure. The Carillon: Why did you decide to do the Freedom Climb? What was your motivation for it?
Heppner: It was the trek itself that first grabbed my attention. I have come through so much – abuse, addiction, obesity - and I wanted to be able to share what God’s love has done in my life ... I wanted to do this for everyone who has gone through similar things, who have been broken, or bullied, or even just lacks confidence in themselves. I wanted to
climb this mountain for those who are suffering, to show that God loves you and He will stand by you and give you strength as you climb your own mountains. The next layer of my purpose came from study into the horrors of human trafficking. Over the years, I have heard about [many great causes] and have wanted to give. Often the form sits on my desk waiting for me. Sometimes, the enormity of suffering, and the millions of people that need help would actually make my mind glaze over. I would put [the idea] out of my mind and get on with the everyday things where I could make an immediate difference. For some reason, the Freedom Climb grabbed me by the heart and shook me awake. Each one of these millions is a real person who is suffering. By helping one person at a time I thought maybe, just maybe, I could make a difference. The Carillon: How does trekking through mountains help those who are oppressed?
Heppner: The purpose of hiking is not just about climbing a mountain; it’s about helping people. The climb itself is a symbolic gesture of what these women and children go through everyday. It symbolizes their difficult climb to freedom. The Carillon: Why is the Freedom Climb only an opportunity for women?
Heppner: The majority of those caught in human trafficking are women and children. For those of us who are blessed to live as we do, this is an opportunity to stand up and speak for those who have
no voice and for those whose lives are not their own. The Carillon: Do you think the climb will be more challenging emotionally than physically because of what the Freedom Climb represents?
Heppner: Yes, definitely. The preparation for this has already been extremely emotional and heart breaking. I started reading about women and children in developing countries who are so poor – sometimes parents sell their children because they can’t afford to look after them, or to pay a debt. Some think they are sending them to a better life and don’t know the horrible reality of where they end up. I read about children my daughter’s age ... beaten, raped, burned, forced to work for 14 hours a day, starved to death. I read about young women who are tricked by false advertising for domestic workers ... and once they reach their destination, find a totally different life waiting for them. They are beaten, threatened, stripped of their passports and identification, and forced to take drugs, forced to have sex, absolutely heartbreaking. Traffickers are very manipulative and make their victims think that this is the only thing that they are good at and good for. There is often a great deal of violence, or threats of violence to people that they love. [These victims] are shamed and isolated. The Carillon: Trafficking tends to be an interntional problem. What role does Canada have to play in the issue?
Heppner: [Canada is] classified as a destination country for human trafficking from other countries...In Canada, as many as 15,000 people become victims of human trafficking every year. If we look at prevention, it involves education and public awareness. Education is one of our greatest weapons. The more our youth know, the safer they are. Our young women need to know that criminals are on the hunt for their prostitution rings right here in our own backyards. I recently got an email from a girl I knew in high school who is now living in Regina. [She said:] “Thank you, Denise, for doing this climb. This is dear to my heart. I wish I had it in me to do it as well. My daughter (she is just turning 18), has been trafficked here in our city since she was 14 years old, [she] was pregnant at 14 because much older men paid people to have sex with [her]. I have lost her since to addiction and she continues to be trafficked by males to now support her addiction. I want to commend you for doing this for our children. Not enough words can express how grateful I am to you and others to bring awareness to this. It happens all over the world, but people are blind that it happens right here in our country, province and our cities. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” No one ever thinks that this will happen to their child. We need to open our eyes. We need to reach out. The Carillon: How did your friends and family react when you told them you were doing this? Heppner: They were excited and
super supportive. I have been blown away by the love, encouragement and support that has been given to help me raise funds to help these women and children who are suffering. The ideas, the time and energy spent, the materials donated, the funds given, the outpouring of generosity, has been absolutely amazing. The Carillon: The Freedom Climb is very much rooted in spiritual and religious teaching. How do you see religion playing into this?
Heppner: Throughout Scripture, mountains seem to be God’s select spots to speak revelation and vision to His people. When we stand on the top of the mountain in Nepal, we will be declaring life and freedom for those who cannot speak for themselves. [For example,] Proverbs 31: 89 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Speak up for the poor and helpless and see that they get justice.” As we unconditionally serve one another humbly in love, we will be loving each other as God loves us, and ensuring justice [and] restoring self-worth and human dignity to those it has been stripped from. The Carillon: For those who aren't religious or spiritual, what role do they play in the climb?
Heppner: You do not need to be religious or spiritual to want to help others. All you need to do is stand up, be a voice, and take action. It is everyday people who will change the world.
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A new beginning, or more of the same? michael chmielewski contributor A new leader for the Catholic Church was elected March 13, renaming Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio to Pope Francis. Pope Francis is the first nonEuropean Pope, which reflects the growing Catholic demographic of the Catholic community Dr. Benjamin Fiore is a religious studies professor at the University of Regina, a Jesuit, and the President of Campion College. Fiore was hoping for a nonEuropean Pope, and his hopes came true. “I was really hoping for someone from Latin America … because it would give a different face to the church, and it would also recognize the presence of Catholics in parts of the world that hadn’t had the focus previously.” With an estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world, the job of the Pope is to be leader of spirituality and theology. Fiore thinks that Francis’ previous Jesuit training will help him in this matter. “His preparation for being a Jesuit involved a lot of academic work, in secular areas as well as in theology,” Fiore said. “So he knows the intellectual life, and I think that’s a very good quality.”
The Vatican elects new leadership
In the last half century, many issues have came into conflict with the Vatican and the its official teaching, including a controversial stance on gay marriage, decline in followers, sexual abuse scandals, and the role of women in the Church. Leah Keiser, executive director of UR Pride, believes that the election of a new Pope means nothing for the LBGTQ community. “It’s another Pope eschewing
some pretty homo-negative values, and I think that’s been the case across the board,” Keiser said. Keiser went on to say that the U of R used to have a Queer and Christian support group on campus, but right now UR Pride does not have the resources to fund something like that. Another issue facing the church is the role of women in Catholicism. Although many people are calling for women to be
ordained as priests, the Vatican has dismissed the idea. Fiore explains why this may be the case. “[In the Catholic Church,] there is a huge role for women,” he said. “I hope [Francis] pushes forward on that by offering them greater positions of authority and decision making, which could well be done. It’s already being practiced. It isn’t advertised as much, but right here in Regina, there are women in the Bishop’s
office who run various committees and agencies.” Amanda Koback, a fourthyear education student and a Catholic, echoed these views. “Women already have a role in the Church as nuns, and I do not feel that they will be ordained as Priests. I feel that the role of women as nuns is already an important role as they assist the male clergy in their duties. To some, this may seem like an anti-feminist statement. However, I feel the Church does not see the Roman Catholic hierarchy as a division of sexes, but an order of authority. Through their assistance to the male clergy, the nuns undoubtedly play a role in helping the Church run smoothly. “Also, speaking to having only males as Priests, Bishops, etcetera, when Jesus was choosing his 12 disciples, he had the ability and freedom to choose anyone, men or women. As Jesus was instructed by the Lord, he chose men and, in honouring Jesus and his decisions, the Roman Catholic Church continues to ordain men.” Pope Francis was elected after the surprise retirement of Pope Benedict XVI. When Benedict was elected, many felt he was too old for the job. Benedict was 78. Francis begins at 77.
Say what!? Five news headlines that will make you scratch your head Hour increases CO2 emissions worldwide. Furthermore, the report ironically states, most individuals use candles to illuminate the darkness, doubling the carbon emissions. With all of that taken into account, the report also noted that any decrease in carbon emissions would “be offset by the surge from firing up coal or gas stations to restore electricity supplies afterward.” (The Slate)
dietrich neu editor-in-chief Woman honks at speeding driver on Pennsylvania highway, man responds by firing bullet into her car
The Pennsylvania State Police Department has reported that a woman, who remains unidentified, was driving down the interstate highway when a man driving a silver SUV raced by and almost clipped her car. After the woman honked at the SUV, the man driving it promptly flipped her the middle finger and drove away at “very fast speeds.” However the man wasn’t finished. The SUV then pulled in front of the woman and slowed down, forcing her to pass. When she did, the driver of the SUV fired a single bullet into the back seat of her car and sped away. No one was injured, but the man is still at large. (The Bethlehem Patch) “Bacon Bacon is too much bacon for one man” A neighbour of a bacon restaurant is complaining about the smell of, you guessed it, bacon; wafting into their apartment. “Bacon Bacon is the eatery, and it's no surprise what
Russian animals are so addicted to aviation fuel they sniff it until they pass out
A Russian brown bear (above) charges towards a discarded gasoline barrel to get high. (Yes, this actually happens.)
the Haight Ashbury restaurant specializes in,” an article in NBC Bay Area reads. “The neighbor wants the restaurant to install a filtration system on the roof to smoke out the scent of bubbling, sizzling hog fat.” Thousands of Bacon Bacon supporters have signed a petition to keep the restaurant the way it is. (NBC Bay Area) Nine-year-old
McDonald's armed robbery also arrested in carjacking
A nine-year-old from Chicago, Illinois, was arrested last week in connection to a carjacking with two other teenagers. The boy was also arrested and charged with armed robbery at a McDonald's restaurant last month. According to reports in the Chicago Tribune, the boy – along with two other teenagers – used a pellet gun to rob another 12year-old of his cell phone, and
robbed another 12-year-old inside of McDonalds. The nine-year-old was also arrested earlier in the year for breaking the window of a local Chicago business. (The Chicago Tribune)
Earth Hour Is a Colossal Waste of Time—and Energy
According to a report by the United Kingdom’s National Grid, turning off the lights during Earth
Brown bears in Russia have developed a taste for aviation fuel – in fact, one might call them junkies. According to Russian media outlets, there have been several sightings at the Kronotsky Nature Reserve of bears sniffing left over gasoline containers that litter the reserve. “They take deep breaths for minutes at a time before digging a shallow hole and lying in a 'nirvana' position,” writes Helen Lawson for the Daily Mail. “The fuel is used to power generators and helicopters used by nature reserve workers.” (The Daily Mail)
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From the depths to the cosmos Studying the most extreme environments on earth may give us clues about what forms of life could potentially exist on other planets
Research in Antarctica might lead to understanding possible life in space
regan meloche contributor If you were asked to describe Antarctica in three words today, you might go with cold, ice, and penguins. If you were asked the same question over 100 million years ago, the surprising answer may be something more like warm, forests, and dinosaurs. The warm climate of Antarctica was present at a time when the region was part of the known as supercontinent Gondwana, which also comprised of Africa, Australia, South America, and the Indian subcontinent. Many millions of years and geological processeses later, Antarctica became the ice sheet that we know it as today. While the continent doesn't have any permanent residents, it does have many research stations with scientists from all over the world doing different types of fieldwork. Presently, a hotspot in the region is Lake Vostok, where Russian scientists may be on the verge of making some important discoveries. At 16,000 square kilometres, Lake Vostok is the worldâ€™s largest known subglacial lake â€“ a body of water covered by a thick layer of ice. Last year, the research team managed to drill through all 4 km
of this ice layer, and just last month, they retrieved the first sample of lake water. Two questions immediately come up. First, what is liquid water which shouldn't exist below 0 degrees Celsius - doing on Antarctica, underneath 4 kilometers of ice? A region with the coldest recorded temperature on the entire earth, a recorded chilling 89 C, and yet the liquid form of water exists? Second, why would anyone be interested in getting at this water? The liquid water is able to exist for two main reasons. The centre of the earth is very hot, and as one gets closer to the core, the temperature gets higher. This heat is a combination of heat left over from when the earth first formed, combined with radioactive decay. The heat can be harnessed and used as geothermal energy, helping to keep subglacial lakes from freezing. The lakes are under a lot of pressure from a dense sheet of ice sitting on top, which can also act as insulators. Water is one of the few substances that expands when going from liquid to solid, which causes the increase in pressure to lower the melting point, allowing the lake to remain in liquid form, at a temperature of about -3 C, the average temperature of Lake Vostok. But, why are scientists inter-
ested in studying this? Remember the life that thrived on Antarctica before it became a freezing desert? Scientists have been curiously looking for forms of microbial life that may still exist underneath all the ice. The implications make for some very exciting research. Lake Vostok has been isolated from the rest of the environment for what some scientists think could be millions of years. This could give us an idea of how organisms have evolved in such situations, and we may be able to learn more about early forms of life. There are many obstacles that any species in Lake Vostok would have to overcome for life to exist: It's cold, there is no sunlight, very few nutrients, and the water is also heavily saturated with oxygen and nitrogen. Any life that exists here may be similar to life that exists in other extreme conditions, namely in lakes found on some moons in outer space. Finding life in Lake Vostok could give scientists hints as to what might be happening in lakes across the galaxy. Nothing new has been discovered yet, but samples from the lake will not be seriously analyzed until later this year. Recently, researchers thought they had been on the brink of discovery of an 'unidentified' and 'unclassified' species, but it was
later revealed to be a contaminant from the sampling process. Although nothing has been found yet, there is good reason to American scibe hopeful. entists are doing similar research at Lake Whillans, a smaller Antarctic subglacial lake sitting beneath 800 metres of ice. About one month ago, they announced the discovery of microbial life in the lake. According to the research team, it "marks the first successful retrieval of clean whole samples from an Antarctic subglacial lake." Even more exciting, scientists say, is that similar to animals living in the deeper parts of the oceans, this bacteria is able to exist without photosynthesis, gaining their energy from some other unknown source. According to an article in Scientific American, this source could be existing organic material, or could be due to chemical reactions between the minerals in the bedrock, and in the water. So what happens if we do find more life in these extreme environments? The two main candidates for extraterrestrial bodies in the Solar System that contain water are Jupiter's moon Europa, and Saturn's moon Enceladus. Europa is slightly smaller than our own moon, and has an atmosphere consisting mostly of oxygen. With an average surface temperature of -170 C, Europaâ€™s temperature is
well below anything we have on earth, but scientists believe that water may exist underneath its icy surface. Interestingly enough, liquid water may exist for different reasons than radioactive decay and geothermal heat, like on earth. As Europa orbits Jupiter, its distance to Jupiter varies. This causes an effect known as tidal heating, where the moon gets deformed. This constant deformation creates friction, heating up the interior. A similar process can be used to explain heat in Saturn's Enceladus. While astronomers have not explored these moons for some time, the European Space Agency is planning to send a probe to explore Europa in 2022. Although it's wishful thinking, consider the situation where we find microbes on these moons similar to what we have here on earth. This could imply that life on our planet and life on other planets have a similar origin. This has given rise to the idea of panspermia (literally, sperm everywhere), which says that life exists throughout the universe, possibly being carried by asteroids. So we may have one day been tiny bacteria flying on an asteroid that happened to smash into a younger earth, and found some way to adapt.
Sports Editor: Autumn McDowell email@example.com the carillon | March 21 - 27, 2013
ROUNDTABLE Hunting season officially comes to an end
I wasn’t drunk at the game. I know right, what was I thinking?
braden dupuis, paige kreutzwieser, autumn mcdowell this week’s roundtable
The Cougars women’s basketball team competed in the CIS Championships this weekend. Who would you name as the team’s MVP for this year?
Dupuis: I know this is a cop-out answer, but it’s not fair to pick just one. The whole team has been great all year. Honourable mention to the fans that came out to get drunk and make noise during the championships. The Least Valuable Player award goes to the beer stands for charging six bucks a can. Pretty sure I gave them enough money to break ground on a campus rink.
Kreutzwiser: It sounds like Michelle Clark had a stellar season, but Brittany Read owned the show on Saturday. Pretend that It Was A Good Day by Ice Cube was playing while you read that. Get her on the court and she’s trouble!
McDowell: Well, the obvious choice is to cop out and say that all of the fifth-years played amazing, which they did, but since the question asks for just one player I’m going to have to go with fel-
low Sheldon-Williams Alumni, Lindsay Ledingham. From hitting clutch threes, to rallying her team, Leddy deserves the MVP nod.
Former Saskatchewan Roughrider John Chick was recently released from the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Do you think he will be back with the Green and White this season?
Dupuis: I would love to see Chick back in Riderville, as he was pretty dominant during his time here, but last I heard, he actually hadn’t been released by the Jags. If he does end up leaving, I have the feeling he’ll sign somewhere else. Whatever, John. We don’t need you or your diabetes.
Kreutzwiser: Well they already talked to his agent, so that says something in itself. And sure, why not add another guy in his 30’s to the team. McDowell: Doubtful, but that would be unreal if we had him back on our roster. The Riders appear to be building a team that can have a legitimate shot at winning the Grey Cup at home, so I think they will make every effort to get him. But, realistically, if I was a betting girl – which I am – I would bet that Chick will not be
with the Riders this season. Sorry in advance for crushing your dreams.
Do you think Kobe Bryant’s injury will put an end to the Los Angeles Lakers playoff chances?
Dupuis: Kobe Bryant stars in this year’s early Oscar favourite, Black Mamba Down, the heart-wrenching tale of one rich, successful athlete who had it all – until karma caught up to him. This spring, Kobe Bryant learns that when life gives you lemons, and you sexually assault those lemons, you can’t just settle out of court and be done with it.
Kreutzwiser: “Kobe Bryant sits with ankle injury; Lakers win anyway.” Props to USA Today for what I think is a hilarious article title from last week. My opinion: the Lakers have some decent players and Bryant is overrated. That is that.
McDowell: In true Kobe fashion, I predict he will come into the game in the final seconds, hobble around on his good foot and hit a clutch deep three at the buzzer to send his team to the playoffs. Yup, sounds about right. The Winnipeg Jets are moving
into the Western Conference. What are your thoughts on the realignment in the NHL?
Dupuis: It’s beneficial for most teams travel-wise, and the new playoff format will serve to even things out and mix things up a bit. Most of the rivalries have also been kept intact from what I can tell, and that was really the only thing I cared about.
Kreutzwiser: Uh oh, the dreaded hockey question. Well, if this realignment means easier schedules for players then understandable. Why can’t my work just realign stuff to better fit my schedule? Oh right, that is because I am not a professional athlete and real life doesn’t work that way.
McDowell: It’s pretty obvious that it makes more sense to move the Jets to the Western Conference, just in terms of insane travel. This idea of the wild card intrigues me, as well as the new playoff format, but I think that I have to see them in action to see if I really like them or not because currently I’m not sure how I feel about the possibility that five teams could make it from one division, and only three from another. Either way, it’s still hockey, and me likey hockey.
The 2013 World Cup soccer tournament will be in Regina from March 22 to April 13. Will you be attending any games this year?
Dupuis: I think I went to this or a similar tournament a couple years back. They sold really big beers, but you could only drink them in designated areas, so you couldn’t watch soccer and drink beer at the same time. How in the frustrated fuck am I expected to start a soccer riot without a comically oversized beer in my hand? Count me out. Kreutzwiser: So, I Googled this thing and wow are the expectations high! More than 20,000 spectators expected? That just blew my mind. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I am probably going to go, considering that is going into finals season and I hermit myself during that time.
McDowell: Well, I was planning on it, but the whoever is in charge of answering the emails on their website apparently doesn’t like doing their job. I sent them an email on March 7 – still hitting refresh repeatedly, anxiously anticipating the response.
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Olympics and wrestling part ways Cougars wrestler Kirk Ackerman weighs in paige kreutzwieser contributor Scandalous moments are quite common in the Olympic games. Whether it’s badminton players trying to lose, French figure skating judges botching scores, or a man in a tutu diving into the Olympic pool. Well, new drama has hit the international sporting event once again. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has crushed the dreams of many by announcing the elimination of the sport of wrestling from the 2020 Summer Olympics. A sport that was one of the founding games at the Olympics has now been put on the chopping block. Wrestling, which is an integral part of the official Olympic song – which, surprisingly actually exists – is a cornerstone to the history of the Olympics and the IOC’s decision has upset many people around the world. It’s not hard, even around the U of R, to find some pretty emotional responses to this new decision. There are students on campus who have spent well over a decade of their lives training in the hopes of being an Olympian, and now that dream no longer exists. The U of R is host to some amazing wrestling talent. This season, Cougars’ Lisa McKibben and Steven Schneider both won gold medals at the CIS championships at the beginning of March.
I wish I could suplex someone. Not to mention Regina’s wrestling program has been fairly successful over the years with many of the athletes winning medals at both the Canada West and CIS level. Now these athletes’ Olympic futures are in jeopardy. Kirk Ackerman, fifth-year Kinesiology student and threetime silver medalist at the CIS championships, is no exception to the talented roster at the U of R. Unfortunately, his final year as a Cougar was stifled by injury, but for someone like him the decision by the IOC was a tough pill to swallow. “It was a huge shock,” said
Ackerman, after hearing the news. “It came out of nowhere.” The IOC stunned the wrestling community and much of the world when they announced the decision to drop the sport. Wrestling, along with seven other sports, is scheduled to be removed from the Games in 2020. Fortunately, one of the seven sports ousted from the Games will have the chance take part in 2020 – only one. There are meetings in both May and September before the final decision is made about which one of the seven sports will remain in the Olympics. “I think it looks pretty good,”
said Ackerman, who remains optimistic wrestling will be the one sport selected. Ackerman believes that the newly formed alliance between Iran, Russia, and the United States to get wrestling back into the Olympics – and rumors about how the Olympic torch may not be lit in Greece in spite of this decision – are all steps in the right direction. Ackerman also mentioned about how Valdimir Putin, Russia’s president, spoke about doing everything in his power to have wrestling remain as an event. Now, “everything in his
power” isn’t entirely clear, but the man once wrestled a bear – you read that right – so he is not the type to back down. Revenue and ticket sales were a big part of the decision by the IOC to remove wrestling from the Olympic roster, but Ackerman explains that wrestling isn’t as unpopular as people may think. “London doesn’t have a big wrestling background,” said Ackerman about the 2012 Olympics. “But in the world cup in Iran has some of the craziest fans. Russia and Cuba, they all just love wrestling. “[Wrestling] is becoming bigger with things like people going into MMA. But, wrestlers who win Olympic medals are superstars, so it’s huge.” Whether or not people agree with the IOC’s decision, not much can be done at a local level. Ackerman has signed local petitions to save the sport, but he noted that all the real decisions are made at a much higher level. With all of that said, Ackerman is pleased with the way things are looking for the future of the sport. “It’s all being done now, so it’s looking good,” he said. Come mid-September, wrestling and its fans will have an answer. For now, everyone will just sit and wait to see if Putin can execute a flawless suplex on IOC’s president Jacques Rogge to show him who’s boss.
The Owl isn’t the only club on campus Oh, the other kind of club braden dupuis sports writer
Do you ever feel that your university existence is unfulfilling? Are you buried under the stress of papers, assignments, and exams? Are your knees buckling under the weight of that mysterious beer gut that somehow attached itself to your rippling abs while you weren’t looking last semester? The answer for you, my fat, unmotivated friend, is to get involved with a university club. There are dozens of clubs here on campus, ranging from belly dancing to karate, but they all share one common characteristic. “I think ultimately they all provide university students with opportunities to engage in a specific sport or activity that’s of common interest, that ultimately enhances and enriches the student’s university life experience,” said John Papandreos, coordinator of recreation services for the U of R. But, what if nobody wants my fat, unwashed body stinking up their karate club, John? Can I start my own? “Students interested in forming a varsity or recreational club can do so by applying formally with URSU to become a formally recognized and accredited club on campus,” Papandreos said. “It’s a
very simple process and they have guidelines set out on their website.” I do appreciate when things are simplified and streamlined. Are there any restrictions to what kind of club I can form? Does my BASEketball club stand a chance at making it through the approval process? “Absolutely, if there’s a common interest and students are willing to join,” Papandreos assured my swollen, mouth-breathing face, before offering an example from another school, where students have started a Quidditch club. “They’ve come up with a variation of that in a gym using touch football flags and stuff and it’s kind of cool, so that’s kind of outof-the-box thinking,” Papandreos said. “If you feel that you can generate enough student interest ... students can pretty much form whatever club that they so choose.” But, alas, there are some exceptions to the rule. Papandreos noted that clubs that may present unnecessary safety risks, like a mixed martial arts club or a rodeo club may be rejected. “But, aside from that, if the students’ union is willing to endorse a particular club, that’s [their] call,” He said. “We still re-
serve the right whether or not we’re going to sort of sanction them to go and represent our school in a formal competition or not.” And, therein lies another benefit to university club life – the chance to compete for glory against some of the best that North America has to offer. The U of R Rugby club, for example, recently went to Las Vegas to compete against some of the best schools in the United States, including the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Texas Longhorns. “These are big schools that you see on TV in NCAA basketball and football and stuff, and here the University of Regina, gosh knows they probably don’t have a frickin’ clue where we’re from, are competing against some schools that the rest of our intervarsity athletic program would never dream of competing against, you know?” Papandreos said. “So think of how their experience has been broadened because of the opportunities to compete against some major U.S. schools.” But, it doesn’t stop there. Some clubs, like the U of R curling club, or our highly-touted cheerleading team, have gone on to compete on the world stage. It’s a golden opportunity that
I like that he said “frickin’” in a quote. never would have presented itself had they not put down that dollar draft and signed up to participate. So, head on over to the recre-
ation services website and check out what they’ve got to offer. Your fat ass will thank you.
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Playoff bound? Sparks fly between the Jets and the playoffs what the puck? autumn mcdowell sports editor This year, the Winnipeg Jets are trying to give the city something that it hasn’t seen in 17 years – which is long enough to declare it legally dead – the playoffs. Since the team’s departure from The Peg back in 1996, the city has subsequently been deprived of quality playoff hockey. And, while hockey fans may have been kept alive by the city’s former resident AHL team, the Manitoba Moose, the excitement of NHL playoffs has been MIA for far too long. After missing the playoffs by eight points in their return to Winnipeg last season, the Jets are hoping to rekindle their relationship with the playoffs in their sophomore season after taking an extended break. As of press time, it looks like the no-strings-attached break may have been a good thing for this struggling relationship – that never happens. With their marathon shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 16, which took 10 rounds to claim a winner, the Jets not only showcased their stamina, but also moved one point ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes to secure sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division and an automatic third place seat in the Eastern Conference.
Missing a chicklet. Classic.
While this sounds impressive, fans must keep in mind that besides Carolina and Winnipeg, the other members of the Southeast Division are bringing up the rear in the conference. In fact, the only
real threat they pose is to secure the first overall pick this year’s entry draft. I mean, Florida? Really? Does dead last in the entire league ring a bell? Of course, with 20 games left
to play, and plenty of points up for grabs in a tight playoff race, the Jets are by no means a shoe-in to make to the post-season, but they have put themselves in a good position to secure a playoff
berth. Team captain Andrew Ladd has been a force for the team once again this year, and while he may not be on top of the league in any stats categories, he leads the Jets in both goals and assists with 14 a piece in 29 games. Add to that the offensive power of Evander Kane and the ever-present fear of getting in Dustin Byfuglien’s way, God forbid, and the Jets are ready to take flight – excuse the obvious corniness of that line. If by some miracle true love does exist, and the Jets can not only find their passion for the playoffs once again, but also find a way to make it past the first round – it’s been a long time for them, okay – Winnipeg fans will get a look at the division semi-finals for the first time in two decades. Can you imagine the shock on their faces seeing each other for the first time in 20 years? To put that into perspective, the last time this happened, the division was still carrying the name Smythe, and was within the Clarence Campbell Conference. Who are they you may ask? Exactly. Jets and playoffs: Reuniting, and it feels so good.
Homophobia in the locker room What role does homophobia occupy in the locker room? robert murray The Argosy (Mount Allison University) SACKVILLE (CUP) — Competing on the ice, field, or hard court is supposed to serve as a medium in which humans can be careless, free and at peace. For gay athletes, it can feel more like a prison. To any athlete, nothing is more important when they compete than getting the win and basking in glory. For decades though, gay athletes have been held back by what You Can Play co-founder, Brian Kitts, calls “casual homophobia.” After campaigns to rid the locker room of racist and sexist behavior, homophobia has been thrust in the spotlight as the next target. The campaign to end homophobia in the locker room has been a hot-button issue in locker rooms, from the big leagues to local arenas, for a significant portion of the last half-century. “We can’t do it; they have to,” commented Kitts in reference to how the project can have a realistic impact in the locker room. You Can Play was co-founded by Kitts, Patrick Burke and Glenn Witman back in March 2012 as a tribute to Patrick’s brother, Brendan, who came out in November 2009 and worked to eradicate homophobia in professional sports before he died in a
car crash in February 2010. At the time, Brendan was the studentmanager at Miami University for the men’s hockey team. Despite the gains made in recent years through athletes, executives, journalists, and teams coming together, one Mount Allison athlete still thinks that total acceptance of gay athletes is unbalanced. “I think that in general it’s more accepted among women to have gay teammates than men,” the athlete, who wished to remain anonymous, answered. According to another Mt. A athlete, homophobia should not be tolerated in sport. “We’re all the same. Nobody should be judged or made fun of because of their sexual preference,” said fourth-year hockey forward Chelsea King. The campaign to end homophobia in the locker room faces some roadblocks. Locker room decisions and the events that transpire in them are usually restricted to athletes and team personnel. This puts the majority of the decisions on the shoulders of athletes and the team to take a stand. “Humans, by nature, value fairness,” said Kitts. “It’s a matter of giving them the opportunity to get on board with this.” Since their founding almost a year ago, You Can Play has joined forces with several prominent
schools, teams, and athletes, all pledging to take a stand to end homophobia. St. Thomas the University Tommies, University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, University of Ottawa GeeGee’s, and the Ontario Intercollegiate Fastpitch Association have all made the stand at the university sport level in Canada. However, the battle is still a long way from being over. Kitts noted the importance of not only forming an alliance of gay athletes, but straight athletes as well. “We’re going to grow out of [casual homophobia],” he commented. Much like the way of racism and sexism, Kitts is hoping homophobia suffers the same fate, though he admitted change will not come overnight. He referred to several decades ago when it would have been considered acceptable to some degree to use derogatory language towards athletes of different races or gender. Those times have come and gone now, and Kitts is firmly focused on placing homophobia in the same category. For now he and his team work day in and day out to ensure that athletic ability is the only determining factor for success in sports, from the bright lights of the world’s biggest athletic events to minor hockey game at the local arena.
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I will never understand locker room culture.
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Cougars come up short in CIS final A devastating end for four Cougars’ careers autumn mcdowell sports editor It was a scenario that most athletes could only dream about. Battling in front of a sold-out hometown crowd for a national championship, and for some, the chance to walk away from their university careers as champions. For the Regina Cougars, they got to live out this dream. From March 15-17, the University of Regina was home to eight teams from across the country that came to compete for the coveted bronze baby and bragging rights as the best team in the country. For Regina, it was their second time hosting the tournament in four years. Back in 2009, Regina lost to Simon Fraser 68-62 in the final, and this year, the Cougars were hoping to re-write that ending. After two dominating wins against the No. 6 McGill Marlets and No. 2 Saint Mary’s Huskies, the Cougars had earned their ticket to the final once again, but this game would not have the storybook ending that they had hoped for. After 40 minutes of action, the Cougars could not come back from a second quarter slump and went on to lose in the final game of the season by a score of 66-57 to the three-time champions, No.1 Windsor Lancers. Although the loss was heartbreaking for every member of the team, it was especially difficult for seniors Lindsay Ledingham, Danielle Schmidt, Brittany Read, and Michelle Clark, who were suiting up for their final game in a Cougars uniform and were desperately hoping to go out on top. “It’s really devastating,” said Cougars captain Ledingham after the game. “Just in the fact that it’s the last year for a lot of us and we just wanted to end it on a better note than this, but everyone played their hearts out and I couldn’t be more proud of my team.” The Cougars went back and forth with the Lancers for the better part of the first quarter and trailed by just one point after 10 minutes, but shortly after that the game began to slip away from the Cougars grip. “It got away from us in the second quarter without a doubt,” said Dave Taylor, who coached the Cougars to two previous CIS silver medals. “As soon as you let that team get up eight, 10, you’re in trouble. We let it get into double figures; we had to keep the game at 5.” The Cougars’ impressive start against the No. 1 team seemed to vanish quickly in the second quarter as Windsor’s experience began to kick in. Suddenly, the Cougars seemed timid and couldn’t convert close-range shots that they normally would, while Windsor seemed to be hitting everything at will – including an NBA length three-pointer.
This is a serious moment for this girl, but if it weren’t, I’d send it in for Rick Mercer’s photo challenge.
An 11-point run late in the second quarter suddenly broadened the gap between the two teams from one to 12, as the Lancers took a 34-22 comfortable lead into the half. “We’re playing very good teams and very balanced teams and that’s why they win multiple championships,” Taylor said. “Windsor can hurt you inside, they can hurt you on the perimeter, they have a veteran group and they can score in a multitude of ways.” The Cougars came out of the break ready to battle back in the third, and fans were preparing themselves for a big quarter, but the crowd was quickly silenced as they watched their team struggle to keep their heads above water and within reach of Windsor. For head coach Taylor, he watched as his team began to have problems dealing with a team that had upped their de-
fence, and even though the Cougars worked tirelessly to regain the lead, it was never quite enough. “In the second half, we kept getting it to eight and we could never quite crack that,” he said. “That’s why Windsor has won three in a row; they responded every time.” Second-year guard Kehlsie Crone made three lay-ups in the third to bring the game to within five points, but just as Regina seemed to be mounting a come back, Windsor responded. The Lancers then went on a run of their own, which included scoring the final six points of the quarter to stretch their lead to a seemingly impossible 14 points. For fifth-year guard Schmidt, it was frustrating to see the lead diminish, only to grow back once again. “We know how we can play, so to end on that note was disap-
pointing,” she said. “They were controlling the game, we weren’t, and that’s something we don’t usually do. We had many opportunities to come back and we didn’t do it.” But the Cougars refused to give up without a fight. Even in the dying seconds of the third, they came to play. “I think we all tried to have the mentality to leave it all on the court, because for many of us it was our last game and for others it was a great opportunity to leave everything on the court,” Ledingham said. “I thought we battled hard. We got it close there at the end but just ran out of time.” Ledingham’s veteran presence was clear at the end of the game as she came through in the clutch like usual and scored a late threepointer to put the Cougars within just four points with 1:27 seconds left to go. But, lady luck just was-
n’t on the Cougars’ side, and the three-pointer by Ledingham would be the last points the Cougars would score in the game. The Huskies would go on to add five more insurance markers to officially knock off the Cougars. As the final buzzer sounded, emotion began pouring out of the players, in particular the fifth years, whose time as members of the Regina Cougars officially came to an end. “We have worked so hard for five years, all four of us, and to come up short is heartbreaking,” Read said. As if the final score wasn’t punishment enough, the Cougars were then forced to endure an incredibly long banner ceremony for the top team, during which they had time to reflect on what exactly went wrong. For fifth-year post Read, who had a record breaking night just one day before, she felt that the team wasn’t fully able to put the excitement of the previous night to rest, which ultimately cost them in the championship game. “It’s an emotional rollercoaster, but after that high of last night, we kind of had to brush it off and know that we had another game ahead of us and I don’t know if we did that and we didn’t fully prepare,” she said. “We were like ‘oh it’s the number one Windsor,’ when we should have just attacked. We had nothing to lose and we didn’t play like that.” But for the graduating players, even though it may not have been the outcome that they wanted in their final game, to have accomplished what they have in the past five years is truly something to be admired by both fans and fellow players. For Crone, she has nothing but the best to say about her fellow teammates. “I have learned so much from the graduating class,” she said. “Especially playing with Michelle, learning how to push the ball and get into certain spots, we play really well together. And Dani, defence with her, she is so amazingly good at defense so just watching and learning from her. And Lindsay’s leadership is unbelievable and how Brittany keeps pushing in practice and just doesn’t give up, I’m going to miss them.” And, as the players pass the torch onto the next group of Cougars athletes, for this tightknit group of so-called sisters, while they may not see each other everyday anymore, they will continue to remain a large part of each others lives. “The only thing that’s keeping me from totally breaking down right now is the memories that I’ve had with the girls for the last five years,” said Schmidt after the game. “I’ve played with some of the best people I know and right now it doesn’t feel good at all, but I know that those memories and the friendships that I have made are what’s going to get me through this.”
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Fans in the stands Cougars fans party in support of their team
braden dupuis sports writer Every year during the month of March, millions of American college basketball fans get swept up in what has come to be known as March Madness – a 68 team, single-elimination tournament for the right to be called national champions. While Canadian Interuniversity Sport, much like Canadians themselves, has long held a reputation of being slightly tamer than its southern counterpart, for three days in March, the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport at the University of Regina went more than a little mad itself. And, hosting their second national championship in four years, the U of R Cougars women’s basketball team gave their fans plenty to get excited about. By the time the ball was tipped for the Cougars opening contest against the McGill Martlets, the atmosphere had already reached a fever pitch – thanks in large part to the U of R Rams football team, who let the Martlets know early and often what they were in for with their exuberance from the front row. Cougars fans decked out in all different shades of green kept the CKHS buzzing even while the home team struggled through the first half. Chants of “Dianna” rained down from the stands, directed at Martlets star point-guard Dianna Ros, for much of the game. When one referee blew down a questionable call against the Cougars, he got an earful as well – the “Bullshit” chants are
still ringing inside the CKHS. The energy in the building only grew during the second half when the Cougars found their groove, eventually disposing of the Martlets 68-53. “They’ve put in a lot of hard work this year. The girls are fantastic,” said Steven Carston, who spent much of the opening game firing up the crowd in his fullbodied green spandex suit. “This crowd is so hyped up right now, and it’s going to just continue getting hyped up all weekend. It’s going to get better every game.” The capacity crowd of more than 2,000 spectators that showed up for the Cougars next contest against the St. Mary’s Huskies proved Carston right. Once again, the fans had done their homework, jumping on Huskies all-star Justine Colley from the opening tip. Colley has been a threat for the Huskies all season, and was named the 2013 CIS women’s basketball player of the year, but you wouldn’t know it by the way a surging Regina crowd rendered her completely ineffective on a Saturday night in March. The constant chants of “Justine” turned to a joyous rendition of “Overrated” by the second half, and Colley and the Huskies were left looking for answers. The St. Mary’s coaching staff tried to combat the noise by using flash cards to call their plays, but it did nothing to curb the home team’s dominance. By the time the final buzzer went, the Cougars had dismantled the Huskies 78-49. “It’s fantastic. There’s so much energy in here, and when we were making our runs (the fans) were right behind us,”
Cougars head coach Dave Taylor said after the game. “It’s a fun place to play, and the other teams are saying that too. This is a great experience for them, it’s great for women’s basketball, and what a great way for our girls, our fifthyear kids, to finish up.” One of those fifth-year players, CIS All-Canadian Michelle Clark, said the crowd was a “huge factor” in the Cougars’ first two games. “I know I drive a lot off of the energy in the gym, and it’s been great,” Clark said. “For us it’s been phenomenal. All the support that we’ve got from the community has been perfect.” Though the community was out again in full force for the national championship final on Sunday afternoon, it wasn’t meant to be. Playing in front of an announced crowd of 2,716, the Cougars fell to the two-time defending champion Windsor Lancers by a score of 66-57. But despite the loss, the Cougars and their fans have a lot to be proud of both on and off the court. Their showing at the 2013 CIS Championships displayed to the country a student body and a basketball program very much alive with talent and school spirit, which is exactly what organizers were hoping for. Perhaps 16-year-old Chris Dimas, who entertained the crowd with a half-time drum solo during the Cougars opening game, summed it up best. “It’s just a big party. I love it,” he said. “It’s awesome. It makes me want to go to university.”
a&c Hold still Brendan Schick walks you through his exhibition, Still-Lives and SelfPortraits
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Some artists get uncomfortable talking about their work. Thankfully, Brendan Schick was more than happy to walk the Carillon through his exhibit, Still-Lives and Self-Portraits, and talk about his work. The exhibition runs until March 22 at the Fifth Parallel Gallery in Riddell Centre. paul bogdan arts editor
(Above) “The idea of the show was to have all of my self-portraits and still-life work because I felt they were similar, and I also felt that those are some of the predominant assignments and projects you get when you start the visual arts program.”
(Above) “These start out when I started in the winter of 2007, and they’re just really basic traditional assignments focusing on shape and shading and all that stuff ... you get told what to do, and there’s not a whole lot of creativity involved. You can do a little bit, there’s a little bit of wiggle room, but mostly they want to see you’re developing certain skills or understanding certain concepts, which is really important to me.” (Left) “We had to do a photo-realism still-life of some objects that we set up and took a picture of. That was fun, super time consuming. I like photo-realism, but I sort of realized it takes a lot out of you, and it feels pointless. I often felt like, ‘Ugh, this is just stupid,’ but I loved it too.”
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a&c 13 “We had to do a scene of a person based on something from a famous painting or something like that. I can’t even remember. I hate that painting. I included it because it’s a self-portrait, and to me, self-portraits are about doing something that may be a bit humiliating and accepting that you’re not perfect and you’re going to make mistakes. I think that’s a healthy thing to acknowledge. I put it up, but I don’t like it.”
“They need people to sit in the gallery so people can come and visit, and I’m so busy with all my classes, especially studio classes because they require so much time, and I thought I’d just move my studio in here. That way, I can work on my stuff, and people can come in, and they can also get a sense of how I work because whenever I’ve really appreciated an artist’s work, not always, but when I can talk to the person and understand their process, it helps me respect work that I might not initially appreciate.”
“That [right] was the first one I did in the series, and that was the one that I figured out what I wanted to do and tapped into an idea that I could really work on a lot that was interesting to me. So, interest in optical illusions and optical illusions in relation to how I perceive what I am or who I am or where my self-expression is coming from and comparing the belief of self with the action of self, like what a person thinks they are versus how they behave in the world. There are some really slippery contradictions there, to me, that I enjoy exploring.”
“It’s similar to doing the self-portraits. It’s a bit humiliating, and it’s about admitting things that may be you don’t want to admit or acknowledging that you’re not as certain as you behave when you really look at what makes up what you are.” All Artwork created by Brendan Schick All Photos created by Tenielle Bogdan
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City planning with SimCity Even EA Games won’t let you design a city this poorly Arts Radar March 21 Fly Points, The Dead South, Eden Rohatensky The Exchange $10 at the door Doors at 7:30 March 22 Evan Chambers & the Third Alarm w/Fire Engine 5A The Exchange $10 at the door Doors at 7:30
We probably should have listened to these warnings
i’m not angry kyle leitch a & c writer On March 5, 2013, the decadeawaited newest instalment of the SimCity franchise was released, and I was excited as hell. If Duke Nukem has taught us anything, it’s not wise to get excited about games that are over eight years old in development; however, series developer EA Games touted new features that were sure to make building a thriving metropolis more accessible than ever before. The local video gamery was demanding $60 for a copy of SimCity, and a quick consultation with my wallet confirmed that this particular purchase was out of the question. So, to celebrate the release of SimCity, I decided to try and build a replica Regina in its predecessor game, SimCity 4. Seeing the bright blue EA Games logo was like seeing an old friend again. It’s been a few years since I tried to play the omnipotent god and mayor simultaneously. The child’s whisper of “Challenge everything” seemed less like a corporate slogan and more like a dare. There was no doubt that building Regina would be a challenge, but nothing could have prepared me for what was about to come. After creating the topographically flat region of Saskatchewan, it was time to start the fledgling city of Regina. The game presents you with a square piece of flatland, and your role as God begins. Some quick work with the shallow canyon tool, and virtual Regina had a passable rendition of Wascana Lake. “Perfect!” I naively thought. “Now, I’ll just hop into Mayor Mode, and build Albert Street and – what do you mean, ‘Unsuitable grade for construction?’” See, what I failed to realize was that the shallow canyon, the most accurate representation of Wascana Lake, would not allow a road to be built across it. Wipe the city clean, grab some liquid courage, and try again. Regina 2.0 got off to a bit of a better start. A deep-canyon Wascana, though not technically accurate, allowed for an Albert
Street bridge to be built across it. The bridge was even high enough to allow ferry access, in case I decided that the land-locked virtual Regina needed a sea port. Broad Street and Lewvan Drive quickly followed Albert Street, and, before long, I had most of the major roads running North and South in the city. One of the pitfalls of SimCity 4 is that each plot of land is uniformly one size: tiny, or half-oftiny. Certain considerations have to be made to maintain the spirit of your subject. Trying to build a scale-Regina would still have been impossible in the span of a week. So, as long as I hit all of the major landmarks in the city, I would be happy with my work. Some quick work with the freeway tool gave me a Ring Road, and now I was ready to build some actual facilities. Obviously, the first thing I had to build was Harbour Landing. Not only is that soupy quagmire now synonymous with Regina’s south end, it would make a nice reference point for everything else in the city. Sure, my new subdivision would be without power, but sometimes, those are the breaks. From Harbour Landing, it was easy to follow my newly-created Gordon Road, and – oh. There are criminals, already? They’re running rampant, are they? Thank you, Mr. City Advisor. I headed back over to the Lewvan, and created a police station by following the theoretical Saskatchewan Drive. Going from Sask Drive, and heading down Broad Street, I was able to guess roughly where the University of Regina would be situated. A quick flip through the civic structures, and I found a fairly accurate representation of our campus. The only problem was, it couldn’t be built. Too many
citizens had emigrated because their mayor was too focused on building roadways. My bad, I guess. I settled on a community college building, which, although small, allowed enough room for an above-ground parkade – see? It’s not that difficult. I placed a couple of windmills to provide power, and was about to move on, when another notification informed me that a fire had broken out at my newly-placed university. Frankly, I was dumbfounded – the university was in a square of land that had absolutely no road access anywhere near it. Given the recent happenings at College West, I was struck by how prophetic and oddly poignant Virtual Regina’s university burning to the ground was. $50,000 later, I had a new university, and a fire hall right next to it. “MAYOR SPANKED FOR SPENDING!” read the news ticker at the bottom of the screen. While I’m in no position to question the bedroom antics of Michael Fougere, I almost wondered if the game was right. Maybe I should focus less on civic structures, and more on housing and city beautification. Perhaps I should listen to the needs of my citizens, and – hey, what’s this? Regina’s thriving, says another city advisor. It’s time for Mayor Michael Fougere to build a mayoral mansion, you say? Well, if Regina’s thriving, then a mayoral mansion, I shall have! The mayoral mansion was situated on the southern bank of the Wascana River, and had a scenic view of the beloved downtown core. Hovering atop my new taxpayer-funded mansion, I couldn’t help but think that maybe things were going to be okay. We had $250,000 left in the civic budget.
“ There was no doubt that building Regina would be a challenge, but nothing could have prepared me for what was about to come.”
Sure, a lot needed to be built, but a lot of progress was already being made. Taxpayers were slowly getting happier, public opinion was on the rise, our impact on the environment was minimal – sure, tax rates were through the roof, but we all have to make sacrifices. Except for the mayor. Those that stuck around in the city were finding their little slices of heaven in their own. A bright red border around the edges of the screen let me know that things had escalated quickly. “What’s going on?” I asked no one in particular. As it turns out, a volcano had spontaneously emerged in the middle of Harbour Landing. Public opinion plummeted quicker than stocks in Enron as Harbour Landing burned to the ground. It was clear that Virtual God did not want Virtual Regina to continue any further. A lightning storm, tornado, robot attack, and meteorite strike all but leveled Virtual Regina. Just as quickly as the dream occurred, the dream was over. I sat stewing at my computer, bottle of absinthe whiteknuckle clenched to my chest. Let’s be honest, here. The moment the decision was made to play SimCity 4 as opposed to 5, this ceased being a video game review. This was a city review. And Regina receives a failing grade. Even if a volcano hadn’t wiped out the southern half of the city, I do believe I hit the metaphorical glass ceiling. Ridiculous one-way streets, roller-coaster inspired avenues, turned around civic structures, a rail yard that makes no goddamned sense, and a vacancy rate of less than one per cent? None of this can be adequately recreated in SimCity. Take heed: when EA Games implies that your city planners have collectively fucked up irreparably, you should take it to heart. Maybe a prerequisite of city planning should be at least 200 in-game hours with SimCity. It teaches planning, structuring, budgeting, and how to deal with a spontaneous volcanic eruption, and that’s not the kind of things that they’ll teach you in school. I’m not angry. I’m just a terrible mayor.
The Fugitives The Artful Dodger $10 advance tickets Doors at 7:30 p.m. March 23 Regina Jazz Orchestra The Exchange $15 members/$20 nonmembers/student members $5/$10 other students Show at 7:30 p.m. March 24 This Is Our Community: a Celebration of Cultures Glencairn Neighbourhood Recreation Centre Free admission 1 p.m. Madison Violet w/John Antoniuk The Artful Dodger $15 advance tickets Doors at 7:30 p.m. Rehashed, Cocaine Moustache, Severed Legion, Bermuda Love The Club $10 at the door Doors at 7 p.m. March 25 Talkies Creative City Centre $5 at the door Doors at 7:30 p.m.
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Can you say sex scandal?
Regina Downtown Business Improvement District kicks things into high gear
â€œ The moment the decision was made to play SimCity 4 as opposed to 5, this ceased being a video game review. This was a city review. And Regina receives a failing grade.â€?
Improving Harbour Landing
The Chicxulub Crater relocated to scenic Regina
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Cast shines in Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen classic runs until March 24 at Globe Theatre arielle zerr contributor Has your mother ever pressured you to “just get married already?” If you answered yes to this question, then you should head on down to the Globe Theatre to catch Pride and Prejudice, because Mrs. Bennet is going to make your mother look like an absolute treat. The Globe is known for its exceptional theatre and Pride and Prejudice has certainly followed in the footsteps of its predecessors. The story, for those not familiar with the book or the many movie adaptations, focuses around the Bennet family a middle to upper middle class family who has been cursed with five daughters and no male heir. Mrs. Bennet, played expertly by Kelli Fox, has made it her sole preoccupation in life is to ensure her daughters marry rich. In one of the first scenes in the play, the Bennets hear that a wealthy bachelor, Mr. Bingley, has moved into the neighbourhood. Mrs. Bennet hypothesizes to her husband which one of her daughters may catch the eye of this rich young suitor. The introductions happen shortly thereafter, with Mr. Bingley’s party in tow, including his snobby sister Caroline and, of course, the wealthy, though somewhat anti-social, Mr. Darcy. Of the five Bennet sisters, it is the eldest sister, Jane, who Mr. Bingley takes a particular shine to, much to the delight of Mrs. Bennet. But the play is less about Mr. Bingley and Jane and more
about the budding love story between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Since the book Pride and Prejudice is narrated to the reader primarily by Elizabeth, the play employed a unique method of narration when necessary. Either the character narrated themselves a chorus of characters not directly involved in the scene would narrate important impressions and thoughts from the wings of the stage. The cast, lead by an exceptional Lauren Holfeuer, does a great service to charm of an Austen novel and as does Holfeur herself, in her portrayal of the lively protagonist Elizabeth Bennet. Her interactions with Nathan Howe as Mr. Darcy would please even the most devout Pride
and Prejudice fan. And while each of the cast is worthy of note on their own, Alexandria Hartshorn’s portrayal of the youngest Bennet sister, 16year-old, boy-crazy Lydia, stands out as one of the best – especially for anyone in the audience who is regularly in the presence of a self involved, flirtatious 16-year-old girl. A special mention is also necessary for Gordon S. Miller who played the socially awkward Mr. Collins with unmatched comedic timing in both the character’s verbal interactions and physical movements. Being theatre in-the-round, the Globe can’t depend on elaborate set pieces, instead using versatile set pieces, beautiful costumes and
the acting prowess of its cast to carry the show and bring you into the scene--in this case upper class England at the turn of the nineteenth century. The costume designer, Emma Williams, created beautiful period costumes that were historically accurate and reflected the characters’ socioeconomic status; the Bingleys and Lady Catherine were dressed in rich colours cuts and materials and the Bennet girls in rich cuts, but lighter colours. The exceptional ensemble cast took on their characters well, which is especially impressive given some took on more than one. The cast had no trouble capturing the spirit of Jane Austen’s novel with excellent timing and delivery. In fact the entire cast had
amazing chemistry with each other despite a short rehearsal period. At the intermission break, I found myself wondering how Mr. Bingley could be so blind to see the affection of Jane when sideways glances and shy smiles were so noticeable to the audience. The interplay between Mrs. Bennet’s borderline neurotic personality and Mr. Bennet’s laid-back sarcasm and quick wit made for a number of perfect comedic moments. Additionally, Caroline Bingley’s snobbish demeanor with, well everyone, was spectacular. I legitimately disliked her, which is grand kudos to JennaLee Hyde because that was the point. Though Pride and Prejudice is not a comedy there will be times you will be laughing out loud over the antics of Mrs. Bennet or Mr. Collins or over the sarcasm and wit of Mr. Bennet and young foolishness of Lydia. Pride and Prejudice is not stuffy theatre, instead, it is a piece that despite a taking place over a century ago transcends those differences and entertains its audience. Pride and Prejudice runs nightly at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday until March 24. Tickets range from $29$54 depending on the location in the theatre. For tickets call the Globe Theatre box office at 306525-6400 or visit them online at globetheatrelive.com.
Turning the page Little Black Book Project comes to an end, reception on March 21 robyn tocker contributor For three years, Angel McDowell has hosted a campus wide project titled The Little Black Book Project. Here’s how it works: you purchase a plain black book from the art store and have three months to reinvent the book based on a theme in the book. Even though Angel saw the participation level drop slightly, she said “the submissions we got were more elaborate.” She saw interesting twists taken on the themes and “people were taking it a little more hard core than they used to be.” Angel commented on the themes of “circus” and “breakdown” which were giving participants some challenges. “We had really, really inventive people come on board and they came up
with some pretty creative solutions,” said McDowell. Although playing favourites isn’t Angel’s style, one submission did stick out – a father-daughter team had the theme of fortune cookie. “One of our employees on campus is a photographer and his daughter [in sixth grade] did one with him,” McDowell said. “She did a wonderful job with her dad’s help.” The project has come to a close so it’s time for the real fun: the reception. On March 21 in the Riddell Center crush area, the reception will be held from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. “One of the twists we have this year is that during the bidding [for the books] we have a buy-it-now option like they do on e-bay,” said Angel. “If people can’t stick around but they really want the book they just have to pony up $50 and it’s theirs.”
In addition to the bidding wars, there will be a live guitarist playing, as well as prizes provided by the University of Regina Book Store. For participants, there was extra incentive to do the project this year. All participants’ names have been entered to win an iPad, and the lucky winner will be announced at the reception. Angel expects a good turnout, as she does every year. “It’s a great location because people drifting in and out of the school always want to see what’s going on, so they come over.” Unfortunately, this will be the last year Little Black Book Project will be hosted at the university. Never fear though, this is not the last community project Angel plans to host, as she’s “got some tricks up [her] sleeve for the fall.” Angel is ready to try something new, and while it might not drift too far from books, we can say goodbye to little black ones. She is
not ready to tip her hand just yet, so you’ll have to tune in during the fall to see what’s going to fall out of Angel’s sleeve. As a bit of an early farewell, Angel would like to give a thank
you to all participants of the past three years. “[It] gave me a place in visual arts and I enjoyed it a lot.”
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Not my first winter Having lived in Canada for nearly 14 years, one could say that snow has become a natural part of my life. I expect that every winter, an unreasonably crazy amount of snow will cover Regina, leaving behind icy roads, heaps of shoveling to be done, and happy children wanting to build snowmen and forts. But, it seems many people still think it is right to ask, ‘so, you must be shocked to see all this snow for the first time, eh? I bet it doesn’t snow where you’re from.’ Perhaps what’s even more disturbing about this question is that it’s masked behind a very stereotypical and oriental tone – be it intentional or not. People see someone who doesn’t look like them or dress like them, and the automatic assumption is, ‘oh the poor immigrant, running away from her war-torn country to come to Canada.’ Let me give you an example. This weekend, a friend and I were in Victoria Park, when we were approached by a curious woman. Typically, I think curiosity is a great trait to have. Curious people are usually not afraid of asking questions and learning new things. Curious people are open to discussing issues and expanding their horizons. But, there are the occasional curious folks who aren’t so much interested in learning something new, as they are looking to reaffirm their previously held beliefs. In any case, we were approached by this woman who wanted to know how we felt about seeing all this snow for the first time. The woman never asked us where we were from, or our names, or how we were doing. She just saw two uniquely dressed individuals that didn’t fit into her understanding of, dare I say, ‘normal’ Canadians. The conversation became more entrenched in oriental stereotyping as she went on to describe how peaceful of a country Canada is, and how lucky people
are to have a place to come to when they are fleeing countries like ours – countries that are ridden with corruption, war, and violence. Wait...what? When did being a Canadian mean an individual had to lose his or her individuality and identity, to fit into what is perceived to be a Canadian? Why are immigrants seen as ‘poor souls’ running away from violence? While perhaps curious to hear our thoughts, the woman approached the conversation not willing to learn something new, but rather wanting replies to reaffirm her stereotypes. These divisions we end up creating –
the ‘them’ versus ‘us’ syndrome – really destroys our sense of community. We all have our individuality and we express ourselves in different ways. This isn’t a bad thing. This is a beautiful part of what creates a healthy society. Our differences encourage diversity to thrive. In the multicultural mosaic we live in, why push for assimilation when we can enrich ourselves with the different cultures, traditions, and practices that surround us, and celebrate the stories and histories that people bring to this country. At the same time, we also need to remember the roots and history of our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Canada has its own history of colonization and oc-
cupation that we cannot forget, and all of us need to remember that we have come to live on this land as guests of our Indigenous hosts. So, let’s not divide and conquer. Let’s not go into conversations looking to reaffirm what we believe. Let’s actually take the time to see people, hear what they have to say, and engage in their stories and histories.
taouba khelifa news editor
The fickle and fair-weathered
Do you really support the NDP or are you just a fair-weather member? To fill people in about what I am talking about, Cam Broten won the NDP leadership two weeks ago by a slim 44-vote difference against leadership candidate Ryan Meili. Meili and Wotherspoon gracefully stepped down, accepted the leadership results, gave Broten their support and encouraged the membership to do so as well. Once Broten was announced the winner of the race, some of the memberships’ reaction was not met with positive morale. People are already trolling and personally attacking the newly elected Saskatchewan NDP leader. He has not done anything controversial, hostile, offensive, or crass towards any of his colleagues in the legislature, nor to the NDP membership. So what is with all the negativity? Disgruntled members are already whining about how the party has become “so awful” and making declarations that they will be voting for the Saskatchewan Green
Party for the next provincial election. Not to knock the Green Party, but this does not sound like party loyalty.
More NDP members are threatening to withdraw their membership from the party because Broten agreed with Premier Brad
“ I suggest that certain resentful voting membership put their differences aside, and discuss their grievances with Broten in a professional, appropriate and mature manner that does not involve trolling and publicly shaming him as it is not going to displace him as leader.”
Wall on the Keystone pipeline issue. Broten’s job, as with any political position, is to put the needs and wants of his constituents first. It is not to be a constant and consistent headache to his rival. Just because Broten agrees with Wall on this particular issue and not getting on top of a soapbox condemning the Sask. Party for anything does not mean he is not doing his job It remains to be seen how and when Broten and some Sask. NDP members will disagree on issues as well as how they will handle the disagreements. But, the sour grapes within the NDP membership are appalling and disturbing. Broten hasn’t been given a fair timeframe to be a leader of the party, let alone do anything productive or constructive. So far, from what I have observed, the remaining NDP members of legislature publicly support Broten, as well. I suggest that certain resentful voting membership put their differences aside and discuss their grievances with Broten in a professional, appropriate and mature manner that does not involve trolling and publicly shaming him, as it is not going to displace him as leader. It doesn’t’ just hurt Broten, it hurts the NDP as a whole.
jordan palmer contributor
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Vintage debates The family that owns Vintage Vinyl and Hemp Emporium is facing drug related charges after a bust last week that included 104 marijuana plants, 34 kilograms of weed, LSD, magic mushrooms, hash, $53,000 in cash (which was both in Canadian and Chinese currency, according to CBC), a switchblade, and a rifle and ammunition. The family has already appeared in court, and promptly after the news broke, Vintage Vinyl posted on their Facebook group “Thank you to everyone for your outpour of support and love! We’re so appreciative for our Vintage friends and family! Just to let everyone know we are and continue to be open regular hours so come down and visit us! Keep up the positive vibes and thoughts, and don’t believe everything you read... Much love! :) :) :)The Vintage Crew” The status got almost 500 likes and many comments, but it doesn’t make much sense, especially the “don’t believe everything you read part.” If one was to do this, then why did the family appear in court and why are they facing charges for possession? Is the proverbial “man” just out to get them? Furthermore, it does not seem most people read, or at least thoughtfully, what the news had reported: they had a long barrel rifle and a switchblade. Obviously, but seemingly in need of clarification, the accused seem like they were willing to hurt people. This flies in the face of many people protesting the charges, both on the Facebook post and the news stories com-
ments. They were sending ‘good vibes’ to the store and comparing alcohol and marijuana; demonizing alcohol while elevating marijuana. For example, Jennifer Siemens posted under the aforementioned Facebook post “well, of all the crap alcohol causes....lets [sic] think about how much trouble marijuana causes...hmmm.” It must not cause that much, considering the accused didn’t possess more weaponry. Tree Marie Pringle replied to Siemens’ question: “Marijuana causes happiness, smiles, munchies, endless conversations, chill time, pain reduces, helps people
in so many ways you really can’t describe them all... booze... Makes people angry, black out, fight, alcohol poisoning, puking, hang overs [sic].... So in the end... Marijuana is gods [sic] drug to make people happy and to help people in many different ways and alcohol is the devils [sic] drug to make everyone mad and angry and to fight and hurt one another.” If you can get over the poor grammar, there is a good and subtle point here, and that is the cost of the war on drugs and what to do. The debate goes one of two ways: either dump more money into police
forces and anti-drug units to try and suffocate the trade, thus far unsuccessful, or simply legalize drugs wholesale to eliminate crime rates. Going the latter route, you would simply deal with crimes associated with drugs, such as murder, possession of weapons, and so on. The latter argument also draws very similar parallels to just after the Prohibition era when alcohol was legalized and crime rates went down. Yet, of course, legalizing would solve the problem of drug crimes only insofar as it would not be a crime anymore. The emphasis is often on the whole slew of problems that legalization would solve, namely the crimes associated with the drug trade. The debate is sometimes also focused on legalizing for the sake of having drugs. But we should argue on the original intent of the law: would society be better off with drugs being legal or illegal? Inevitably, if drugs were legalized, they could either be sold by the government or by the free market, and would potentially create a huge demand, which, in turn, would create a huge tax base, along with many profits. Yet, is this desirable? These are the questions we should be asking.
michael chmielewski contributor
Launching Divided we fall problems into orbit
According to a recent headline, asteroid mining is almost-already set up “to dominate the industry.” This is pertinent and a good cause for news; nothing at all like a waste of time or paper. And, we all know the industry loves a little domination now and then. Throw in some exploitation, someone in charge, and you’ve got the rubric for profit. Once you’ve got profit, then you get some more – naturally, everyone wants in. Now it’s dans la futurissimo. Space mining will be far out, farrer out than even that, says the Canadian Space Agency. In nothing other than a much awaited exhalation of pure fact, the leader of the Canadian Space Commerce Association, Arny Sokoloff, has recently been quoted in the press, saying he thinks it is absolutely certain and there is no doubt that “space mining will go farther than earth mining,” indicating that either he is, in fact, readily capable of comprehending the actual distance there is between outer space and earth, or he’s got one hell of a speech writer. Either way, look out George Jetson; you might want to tell Mr. Spacely his Spacely Sprockets is about to face some brutally three dimensional competition. A lot like any truly proper and good business idea, and even more like the ones that are just shit, it’s a good thing to have some loudmouth walking around with the explicit purpose of selling it off wholesale to everybody. Enter stage left, once more: Arny Sokoloff. Sokoloff, eager to tease the beaver, also tells the press that, according to just one of his fantastically imaginative scifi proposals, “mining off the planet will one day become one of the major factors in the development of space.” This is surprising. Me? I wouldn’t have guessed mining would be so important. Space porno, no doubt, but space mining? Now, I am saying I probably would
have maybe expected the development of space to entail major factors such as this, if I was maybe Arny Sokoloff, or if I was as prone to good inference as you, reader. But, wasn’t it just before Harper’s totalitarianesque muzzling binge, where scientists were saying we are increasingly fucked if we don’t hurry up and mine the shit out of them spaceclods because there’s no way in gosh-balls that earth mining will miraculously become infused with sustainable extraction processes any time soon. Here, out from behind our little stagecurtain, comes a prolonged economic apocalypse. According to news sources, some “many metals,” particularly those that “underpin” our global production processes, are becoming rapidly less available – shocking. Do you think they’ve been consumed somehow? But, even if we start bringing down more stuff from space, piling it up down here, even if we manage thereafter to build some more wonderfully exciting products and sell them to each other for billions, then in the end aren’t we still going to have a problem in figuring out what to do with all the waste? There’s already garbage everywhere, septic and toxic seepage already concentrating in groundsoil at unprecedented levels, unimaginable volumes of sewage and, plastic, piling everywhere, and, well, I don’t mean just in my apartment. Mining space leaves us with all the same problems we had before, if not more.
dustin christianson contributor
The old adage “united we stand, divided we fall” has stuck around so long not just because it sounds cool, but because it is absolutely true. This adage needs to be quickly applied to the situation at the University of Regina. The University Council meeting was an extremely important step toward actually finding a solution to our funding crisis, but there was an unspoken division that ran through the meeting and I suspect showed itself in the voting blocs that formed. The unspoken ultimatum, probably unintentional but nonetheless present, was the Arts “us or them” ultimatum, suggesting that if Arts is going to survive in any meaningful way at the University of Regina, it will have to be at the expense of engineering or business. This, I am sure, is not the intention of those leading the fight to save programs at the university, but it is a perception that is becoming more and more pronounced. It just doesn’t appear that the business and engineering faculties are not suffering to the same extent that other faculties at this university are. If we ignore that business and engineering students are paying ludicrously high tuition compared to everyone else, it appears that the administration favours these programs over all others. This division can be a serious threat to the unity of the university, but the really ironic thing is that this division represents both the greatest strength and greatest weakness of this university – its diversity. The University of Regina is fortunate to have so many varied programs from which to choose. When I came here in fall 2009, I had no idea what I wanted to do. If it hadn’t been for the wide variety of classes I was able to enrol it, I would have had a tough time finding what I really love doing. This is not a unique experience for students at all, and so anything that limits this variety is going to limit the options of students that attend this university to the detriment of everyone.
The government through its refusal to properly fund this university by giving it only a two or three per cent increase has turned our greatest strength into a weakness. It has pitted faculties against each other in a fight-to-the-death over funding. The senior administration has been totally complicit in this process, making soothing sounds about how arts, fine arts, and sciences are fundamental to this university but also saying that cuts are difficult but absolutely necessary in this new economic reality. There’s a point when soothing sounds become patronizing. That time has long come here. Collective, unified, and organized action needs to be taken to secure proper funding for this university. The truth is, this university benefits from its strong engineering and business faculties. It benefits from Kinesiology, Science, Fine Arts, and the Liberal Arts. It benefits not just from each individually, but from all of them as a whole. And the destructive atmosphere that the government and the administration are creating is destroying this strength. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We are supposed to be the pinnacle of education in society. We can certainly come up with a new system wherein we can make our diversity a strength to be touted, not a weakness to be exploited by those that would wish to tear down universities. We cannot be content to let outside forces grind us down, tear us apart, and pit us against each other. We can re-envision the system we are working within. We just have to put our collective minds to it.
edward dodd op-ed editor
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