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Nov. 22 - 28 2012 | Volume 55, Issue 13 | carillonregina.com
cover As more talks about the APR continue, students have more questions for Provost Thomas Chase, who answered these questions with, “more importantly, look at this amazing pen.” Just kidding, he actually said some relevant things, check them out on page 4.
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arts & culture
Violence in Gaza. 6 In 2009, Israel attacked Gaza in “Operation Cast Lead” leaving nearly 2,000 Palestinians dead and injured. Four years later Israel yet again launched another mission, “Operation Pillar of Defense,” that has seen a freighting rise in the death toll of Palestinians.
Profession: awesome. 10 Increasingly, the saskatchewan government has been telling artists in the province to go fuck themselves. But art is not dead, and the cultural communtiy is thriving. So take that. Read about successful and rad artists in Regina on page 10.
Oh, real hunting. 20 Walking through the halls, of the university, you may have seen signs that say “it’s hunting season.” Though these signs are meant to encourage people to go to the Cougars and Rams games, it clearly discriminates against those who actually hunt.
It’s pretty here. 22 Saskatchewan is pretty nice. Well, nice enough anyway to inspire countless painters, musicians, filmmakers, and all other artists. But when a government is more invested in using the land than admiring it, we lose our art. And that’s a bad thing.
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Duh-Doy: In the article "Our University" in the Nov. 8 issue, Edward Dodd claimed that 25 faculty had been "laid off" when it was actually 4 non-academic positions that were laid off and 21 vacant faculty positions that were vaporized by attrition. The Carillon regrets this error.
news Losing the academic voice
News Editor: Taouba Khelifa firstname.lastname@example.org the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
Changes to the guidelines of academic freedom has many academics worried about the punitive measures this will have
Speak no evil to the administration
taouba khelifa news editor University institutions pride themselves on providing a teaching atmosphere where professors are free to examine ideas, research findings, and explore theories from various perspectives - those that are well established, and those that are new or disputed. Under this educational atmosphere, Canadian professors are protected under academic freedom, and advocated for on behalf of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Under CAUT’s guidelines, academic freedom is the right to “teach, learn, study and publish free of orthodoxy or threat of reprisal and discrimination. It includes the right to criticize the University and the right to participate in its governance.” But a statement released in 2011 made changes to the guidelines of academic freedom by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) – a national voice for Canadian universities – has had CAUT and many University faculties and professors concerned about the potential violations of their academic rights under these new changes. AUCC’s mission is to participate in the “development of public policy to find solutions to the economic and social challenges facing Canada [by working] closely with governments, private sector and the public to raise the profile of higher education.” One of these recent solutions has been
the aforementioned 2011 statement on changes to the guidelines on academic freedom. In an open letter to AUCC, Wayne Peters, President of CAUT, and James Turk, Executive Director of CAUT, expressed their “surprise and dismay” with the statement’s changes, stating the “perverse irony that AUCC chose it’s 100th Anniversary to attempt to undo the advances that have been achieved in the understanding of academic freedom over the past 100 years.” A number of Canadian university presidents have signed on to AUCC’s statement of changes, including an endorsement from the University of Regina’s President, Vianne Timmons. According to U of R Professor, Emily Eaton, the endorsement by Timmons has left many faculty members “really upset about the fact that our President did sign” the statement. Eaton further added that AUCC’s statement not only changed the guidelines to academic freedom, but has also “left many key components out.” “One thing they left out was that particular component that said that academics are protected from reprisals for criticizing their own institutions. So, the new AUCC statement on academic freedom concentrates mostly on the threats coming outside of the university, and that the University has to protect its faculty from the outside,” explained Eaton. CAUT’s open letter further elaborated on this point, stating “that building a moat” around the University to protect academic
freedom is “disingenuous and ignores the reality of internal threats to academic freedom.” Furthermore, AUCC’s new statement also fails to recognize and protect all three responsibilities of academics: teaching, research, and service. While the changes protect teaching and research, the “statement fails to make reference to service, even though, most collective agreements have long recognized that academic freedom includes freedom to engage in service to the institutions and the community,” they explained in the open letter. What this means, Eaton says, is that academics will be limited in the type of work they do “beyond the walls of the university” because under these new guidelines, academic freedom does not protect professors from “censorship, or from any negative sanctions” they may face from the University based on their work in the pubic sphere. For Eaton, these two missing components in AUCC’s academic freedom statement are troubling, especially when coupled with the recent defunding of public education programs and universities across the country. “One of the things that concerns me is if universities are being defunded in terms of their public support, [and] if their operating grants are coming more and more from student revenues and less and less from provincial governments...then the University itself has to do a lot of begging in different corners, to different types of funders [such as] corporations or private funders [who]
have particular interests in mind.” This, says Eaton, becomes a major threat to academic freedom, and AUCC’s statement fails to protect against this threat. While AUCC’s statement was released in October of last year, its implications on U of R academics and staff have been debated since December 2011, when the University of Regina’s Faculty Association (URFA) entered into negations for a new collective agreement. In a ‘Bargaining Update’ released by the University in May 2012, the U of R declared that “to date there have been thirteen bargaining sessions,” with “academic freedom language” being one of the main issues of discussion. While the U of R’s interest is to adopt the new guidelines in the AUCC statement, URFA has been opposed to the change, proposing “language that is supported by the CAUT and expands academic freedom to include service in general and administrative work.” In addition to the problematic changes of AUCC’s statement, Eaton also added that it was troubling that so many university presidents endorsed such a statement without consulting any faculty associations. “Many universities across Canada were really upset. Many faculty associations across Canada were really upset, because in our collective agreements with the university, we often have language around the protection of academic freedom. The statement was understood as potentially agreeing to something outside of the collective bargaining process,
which shouldn't be allowed. Those agreements are contractually negotiated between the University and the faculty association,” she said. “By all of these University presidents signing on to something that would drastically see a change in that, that was sort of understood as going outside of the process that normally governs the relationship between faculty and the University.” With a growing pressure on academic institutions to “compromise their defense of academic freedom in the quest for financial support”, Peters and Turk suggest that University presidents and administration need to be taking a more active role, now more than ever, to advocate for “a more expansive notion of academic freedom, not a restrictive one.” Eaton could not agree more, stating that academic freedom makes a huge difference in the way students are taught in an institution. “You’re going to get a very different education in a place like a University verses a place like private government run educational certificate. Academic freedom, I think, for students, means that they get the opportunity in their classes to be taught by people who are protected in those ways, to do things that might be, not necessarily yet the sort of standard practice or the norm of a particular discipline. They get to experience learning from the edge.”
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
Students raise concerns about the APR
Two open forums provide insight into the Academic Program Review
dietrich neu editor-in-chief University of Regina Provost and VP (Academic) Thomas Chase took part in two town hall forums to discuss the university’s Academic Program Review. U of R administration believes the review will aid them in reallocating the university’s resources in preparation for looming funding deficiencies from the provincial government. The forums – one held by URSU, the other by university admin – are believed to be the administration’s response to heavy criticism over their lack of public transparency during the course of the APR, which began in 2009. Until recently, most students have been left in the dark regarding the evaluation, and information that was open to the public was largely inaccessible by reasonable means. Both forums had lengthy presentations by Chase, explaining the university’s rational behind the APR, followed by Q&A sessions open to the public. According to university administration, the provincial government provided the U of R with an operating grant of $100.86 million – $3.6 million short of what they needed. The university does not expect this situation to improve next year, and indeed Chase believes that the university will continue to experience “gradually contracting government support” as time moves on. “This therefore creates an increased reliance on tuition and fees,” Chase said. “This means that enrollment will become increasingly critical to the financial health of this institution. If our campus resources – that is, our budget pool – remain essentially
static, how do we respond to student demand as it is expressed in the enrollments that they are marking?” The answer, according to university administration, is to essentially ‘cut the fat’ or “ask all departments to look for efficiencies in their programs.” The university has suggested that cutting down on undersubscribed programs while merging the 10 campus faculties to create five. The university is also planning to bear the brunt of the funding shortfall by cutting the discretionary budgets across all faculties, which make up approximately 5.6 per cent of the total budget. Salaries and benefits make up for 75 per cent of total spending at the U of R.
Convincing the provincial government that funding education leads to a prosperous province
The university requests a yearly budget increase of around 5 per cent from the provincial government each year – this year that amounted to $5.4 million. With a provincial grant this year that undercuts that figure by $3.6 million, and the potential for no budget increases in the coming years, some questioned if the U of R’s administration has done an adequate job of conveying the financial needs of the university to the provincial government? Chase said that the lines of communication are open. “We are in almost constant contact with the provincial government,” said Chase. “We talk to them weekly and sometimes daily in as a persuasive a way as we can.” Chase pointed to a report by the Conference Board of Canada that outlines the social and eco-
nomic benefits of the University of Regina. He said the university presented this report to the government when they were making their pitch as to “why the government should invest in the University of Regina.” The Conference Board’s report indicates that University of Regina graduates will earn $2 billion more than non-grads resulting in $260 million in extra provincial income tax revenue alone over the next 40 years – assuming they can maintain their current rate of 1,826 graduates per year. With the provincial government shortchanging post-secondary funding in both Regina and Saskatoon, it appears that the U of R’s argument is falling on deaf ears. “One of the questions I have been asked is ‘What can we do as a campus community?’” Chase said to the audience. “Answering as an individual, what I think is that we can do is make our case quietly, articulately, and in a factbased way about the benefits to the province of Saskatchewan in investing in post-secondary education.” However, that approach does not seem to be working. According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan’s economy isgrowing faster now than almost any other time over the past 15 years. The province’s GDP growth was second in the nation last year. Despite this, funding increases for the U of R remain below the required 5 per cent, contributing to the university’s financial decline as inflation rises. “The ministry has asked us to prepare scenarios of two per cent or zero per cent increases,” Chase said when asked what the administration’s discussions with the government have achieved. “I
think they are reasonable people in most cases, and they recognize that post-secondary education is important. Some of these people are faced with difficult allocation decisions about how to spend the province’s money.”
URSU VP of Student Affairs, Mike Young, noted in 1990 the University of Regina had 8,500 students and one vice-president, today the U of R is home to 13,000 students while the number of vice-presidents has increased to five along with additional administrative assistants. The salaries and benefits of university employees make up for 75 per cent of the budget – roughly $75 million in fact. Over the last nine years, salaries for faculty instruction increased by 60 per cent, while non-faculty administrative salaries increased by 159 per cent over the same period. Faculty admin salaries went up as much as 200.6 per cent. With the vast majority of university spending going towards salaries and benefits, it seems that cutting some salaries would be a good way to trim spending. However,
that appears to be unlikely even though URFA is currently in collective negotiations. Contracts aside, the steep increase in administrative positions and salaries raised several eyebrows at the student forum Nov. 19. “What would you say to someone who says to you ‘look, the administration is getting much larger compared to the faculty. Maybe we should be freezing the growth of the administration and transferring those resources into the faculty?’” Young asked. “Although we are always looking for efficiencies … we are spending less on administration than our sister institutions,” Chase said. “Also, as we increase the faculty count, we also need to increase the number of deans and associate deans. For example, the introduction of the nursing program meant that we needed to add another dean. There is also a move to give more responsibilities to the associate deans in each faculty. So that is a partial explanation, and we are conscious of it.”
“ We are in almost constant contact with the provincial government. We talk to them weekly and sometimes daily in as a persuasive a way as we can.” Thomas Chase
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
16 days of activism Back for another year, U of R organizers hope to engage students in the 16 days campaign
take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and affect of AIDS in San Francisco.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
Montreal Massacre Vigil 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Riddell Centre Crush Space A vigil to mark the anniversary and remember those massacred in the Montreal École Polytechnique massacre of Dec. 6, 1989, where a shooter went into the university claiming to “fight feminism” and killed 14 women. Wednesday, Dec. 5
halena seiferling contributor 16 Days of Activism in an international campaign that runs from Nov. 25, which is the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, to Dec. 10, which is International Human Rights Day. For the third year in a row, University of Regina student groups will be engaging students and community members on various issues and conflicts happening on a global, national, and local level. Symbolically linking violence against women with human rights violations, 16 Days of Activism is an initiative that hopes to ignite the minds and hearts of participants, while raising awareness and educating participants about different topics. This year, 16 Days of Activism will be a collaboration between the university's Regina Public Interest Research Group, UR Pride, the U of R Women’s Centre, World University Service of Canada (WUSC), and the University of Regina Students’ Union (URSU). Students at the U of R are encouraged to attend as many events as they are able to, and start dialogues and conversations about the issues raised and what they learned. In an effort to get a better preview of what students can expect during the 16 days, each group shared a sneak peak of their events with the Carillon. Monday, Nov. 26
Movie Screening: A Jihad for Love 6 p.m., Riddell Centre Room 225 UR Pride will be screening a special documentary titled “A Jihad for Love” - a film that explores the complex and global intersections between Islam and homosexuality.
U of R Women’s Centre Bake Sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Riddell Centre The U of R Women’s Centre will be hosting a bake sale to kick off their Rape Whistle Campaign - an initative raising awareness about the rise of sexual abuse against women. According to Canadian Women’s Foundation, girls grow-
ing up in Canada have a “one in two chance of being physically or sexually abused.”
WUSC Mock Refugee Camp Kickoff All week, RIC Atrium Hosted for the second time by WUSC Regina, the mock refugee camp includes an interactive display of what life is like in a refugee camp, giving students a look into the various issues faced by refugees in these situations.
Saskatchewan Immigration Justice Network (SIJN): Christmas Card Campaign 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Riddell Centre A fairly newly formed community group, SIJN will be launching its “Send a Christmas Card” campaign, inviting students to send some Christmas love to MPs Jason Kenney and Vic Toews, letting them know the importance of refugee and immigrant rights over the holiday season. Tuesday, Nov. 27
Why Do You Need Feminism? All day, Riddell Centre URSU will be asking students to write their responses to the question “why do you need feminism?” Photos will be taken of the students with their responses, and shared as part of an international and worldwide “Why I Need Feminism” viral movement.
Women’s Centre Fundraiser Dinner 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar (1925 Victoria Ave.) Tickets: $38 As part of it’s annual fundraising dinner, the U of R’s Women’s Centre invites students to particiate in its dinner, where half of the ticket proceeds will be donated to ‘Women for Women International,’ in an effort to sponsor a woman who has been effected by war and conflict, and provide her with an opportunity to rebuild her life.
WUSC Movie Night 6 p.m., RIC Atrium Join WUSC as they screen a film in their mock refugee camp. The film will focus on issues around refugee rights and the stories and
hardships that many refugess must go through. Wednesday, Nov. 28
Non-violent Communication Training 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CW 113, University of Regina In an engaging, positive, and interactive format, this free workshop will introduce participants to two interrelated concepts: nonviolence and accountable communication. Registration for the workshop is required by November 26, by emailing email@example.com.
WUSC Movie Night 6 p.m., RIC Atrium Join WUSC as they screen a film in their mock refugee camp. The film will focus on issues around refugee rights and the stories and hardships that many refugess must go through. Thursday, Nov. 29
Sexual Assault on Campus: Panel Discussion 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Global Learning Centre, CW 115 This panel discussion, featuring several campus and community organizatio, will address gender based violence on campus and preventative measures to keep you safe.
WUSC Movie Night 6 p.m., RIC Atrium Join WUSC as they screen a film in their mock refugee camp. The film will focus on issues around refugee rights and the stories and hardships that many refugess must go through.
Friday, Nov. 30
Sexual Assault and Safety Awareness Workshop 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., CKHS 113 Dance Studio This free workshop will feature two Regina Police officers who will discuss how to keep yourself safe, and the different techniques to defend yourself if you are attacked. Registration is required
for the workshop by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
AIDS Benefit 8 p.m., GLCR (2070 Broad St) Tickets: $10 Join a night of live performances, drag numbers, and a special guest performance by Jeff Straker. All proceeds go to the organization South AIDS Programs Saskatchewan.
Saturday Dec. 1
Candlelight Vigil 4 p.m., Victoria Park Hosted by the Regina & Area World AIDS Day Committee, participants are invited to join friends and community members for a candle light vigil, coffee and hot chocolate with in support of World AIDS Day. Monday, Dec. 3
Red Ribbons All day, Riddell Centre The Women’s Centre will be handing out red ribbons and information in Riddell Center, in observance of World AIDS Day.
“What Does A Disability Look Like?” All day, Riddell Centre Similar to the “Why Do You Need Feminism” campaign, URSU will be asking students to write down a response to the question “what does a disability look like?” The aim is to challenge stigmas around physical and mental disabilities.
Saskatchewan Immigration Justice Network (SIJN): Christmas Card Campaign 10 p.m. to 2 p.m., Riddell Centre A fairly newly formed community group, SIJN will be launching its “Send a Christmas Card” campaign, inviting students to send some Christmas love to MPs Jason Kenney and Vic Toews, letting them know the importance of refugee and immigrant rights over the holiday season. Movie Screening: “We Were Here” 6 p.m., Riddell Centre Room 225 UR Pride will be screening a special documentary titled “We Were Here” - the first documentary to
SFL Human Rights Conference Temple Gardens Resort, 24 Fairford St. E, Moose Jaw This year's conference is titled "On the Edge: Justice and Equality for Everyone." Participants will learn about the obstacles equity seeking groups face every day in their workplaces and in society. Thursday, Dec. 6
Christmas Card Campaign: Santa’s Mail-Out 12 p.m., Regina Main Post Office, 2200 Sask. Drive Join ‘Santa’ and concerned citizens in mailing Christmas cards to MPs Jason Kenney and Vic Toews about Canada’s treatment of refugees and immigrants. Saturday, Dec. 8
Bangers 'n' Bash: A Socially Aware Dance Party! Love to dance? Love to talk social issues? Then this may be the party for you! UR Pride’s dance party observes an anti-oppressive framework intended to include anyone who likes to dance and be merry in a positive social space that strives to be respectful of everyone, regardless of race, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, and class. Sunday, Dec. 9
Amnesty: Write for Rights 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, The Artful Dodger (1631 11th Ave) To recognize International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, Amnesty International holds a world-wide event every year to encourage people to write letters for human rights issues. Letter-writers in more than 80 countries around the world will come together to call for the protection and promotion of human rights in all places. Monday, Dec. 10
Word up Monday 7 p.m., The Creative City Centre (1843 Hamilton St) Admission: $5 Join Amnesty International Regina for a special edition of the famous Word Up Wednesday tradition. This popular poetry slam event, hosted by the talented and engaging Shayna Stock, will focus on human rights and social justice to celebrate International Human Rights Day.
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
War on Gaza Palestinian human rights activist discusses violence jameel rashid contributor It looks as though history is repeating itself, as Israel’s Jan. 22 election nears. In December 2008, Israel asserted its power by pounding the Gaza Strip with hundreds of daily airstrikes in an operation by the Israeli Defence Forces called “Operation Cast Lead.” The attacks came just weeks before the 2009 Israeli Elections. Claiming that Cast Lead was an important operation to protect Israel from rocket fire coming in from Hamas troops in Gaza, the operation lasted 22 days, killing nearly 1,400 people, mostly women and young children, according to Amnesty International statistics on the conflict. Global condemnation for the killing of innocent civilians garnered the attention of various human rights organizations. The overall 2008 attack saw an election victory of Benyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. F o u r years later, and with a new election on the horizon for Israel, similar events are unfolding yet again. This time, Israel has began “Operation Pillar of Defence” aimed at protecting Israeli citizens from rocket attacks and destroying Hamas. Important questions must be
Regina citizens stood in solidarity with the people of Gaza on Saturday Nov. 17 in a rally in Victoria Park raised regarding Israel’s real intentions for going to war a second time with the Palestinians after its failure to accomplish its goals during Operation Cast Lead. Valerie Zink, Palestinian human rights activist, spoke at a local Regina solidarity rally held on Saturday Nov. 17 in Victoria Park, saying that for too long, Israel has claimed that it had the right to protect itself, while Palestinians did not have that same right. “When 13-year-old Ahmed
Abu Daqqa was shot in the stomach and killed by an Israeli solider as he was playing soccer with a friend last Thursday, we were told that Israel has the right to defend itself. This is not the first time. Sixty-four years ago, when militias razed 400 Palestinian villages to the ground to establish the State of Israel on what was then Palestine, we were told that Israel had the right to defend itself. We were told that it was a land without people, for a people without
land, and yet, 800,000 people were violently expelled from their homes to ethnically cleanse the territory that would become Israel ... 64 years later, [Palestinians] continue to suffer the daily violence of Israel’s ‘self-defence.’” Saturday’s rally, seeing close to 100 people in attendance, marched around Victoria Park, raising awareness about what was happening in Gaza, and calling for a “free, free, Palestine.” The recent attacks on the Gaza
strip by Israeli forces have been, according to Israel, a reply to Hamas rocket attacks into Southern Israel. Eli Yishai, Israel’s Interior Minister, said in a statement that “the goal of the [Operation Pillar of Defence] is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.” Other Israel spokespersons, such as Gilad Sharon, the son of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, outwardly wished destruction on Gaza, writing in the Jerusalem Post that, “We need to flatten entire neighbourhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima. The Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.” Israel has recently called up 75,000 reservists and stations them on the borders with Gaza, in preparation of a ground assault on the costal enclave. As the most densely populated area in the world, and with more than 60 per cent of the population being youth, the grave human rights violations in Gaza continue to grow. As of Sunday, 12 Palestinian civilians and four fighters were killed in the sixth day of fighting, local officials have said, raising the number of Palestinian deaths to 101, according to Reuters. Of the total deaths, 24 are children.
Raising a glass to change Provincial governments are in talks about lowering the drinking age rikkeal bohmann contributor Young people in Saskatchewan can raise their glasses to the Sask. Party as they took a look at liquor laws at their convention early this November. A resolution was voted favourably by the Sask. Party members to lower the legal drinking age from 19 to 18. The legal drinking age in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec is 18. This vote, although popular with the younger population, has held some grievances for the minister responsible for Saskatchewan liquor and gaming, Donna Harpauer. She believes this could lead to alcohol being brought into schools. Premier Brad Wall sees both sides to this issue. In an interview with Saskatoon’s Star Phoenix, Wall told reporters that "you can see the rationale that these young people come with. Someone can serve their country, be in harm's way. Someone can choose their government...and yet that person serving his country can't go to the [Royal Canadian] Legion and have a beer," Wall said. "On the other hand, do we want to be broadening the access to alcohol for young people? There is really two sides."
URSU president, Nathan Sgrazzutti, puts it plainly in saying, that in “the youth culture we live in, students drink,” and he supports the changing of this law and thinks that it is in the best interests for URSU for two reasons: safety for students, and business for the students’ union. Sgrazzutti states that student safety is a huge issue for URSU,
noting the large population of eighteen year olds attending the University of Regina. Changing the age could help in eliminating unsafe drinking practices done in private, such as in residence. “Seventy-five per cent of the residence is first years, and the majority drink. [I would] rather they be drinking in a safe place like a bar,” he said.
Sgrazzutti explains that having the presence of servers, bartenders and bouncers make bars more safe as they can cut people off from drinking in excess. “[I would] rather have students in a safe environment. We’re not going to tell students to drink. Personally, choice is stronger than legislation,” he further clarified. On the business side,
Sgrazzutti hopes that this will allow more choice for students to go to student society events, and other events hosted in the Owl. “Lowering the drinking age by one year would make a huge impact … now [the students] have a choice,” he explained. With rising tuition costs, and programs being cut and dramatically altered, drinking hardly seems to be an issue students should be worrying about right now, and Sgrazzutti agrees. “[This is] not even on the radar. It’s the lowest rank on my agenda.” He notes that it is unfortunate that this issue is gaining more media hype than other issues URSU is trying to push forward, such as the academic review. At a provincial level, Wall told CBC that lowering the legal drinking age is something he will consider. “We take resolutions at the convention very seriously. Before we consider any sort of change, we’re going to have to consult.” For the legal drinking age to be lowered, it will need to passed through legislature to become a policy change.
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
It’s in you to give Canadian Blood Services hoping to raise awareness about One Match program sophie long news writer The Canadian Blood Services has been hosting several events on campus – including ‘What’s Your Type’, ‘Blood Clinic’, and a ‘Get Swabbed’ – this year to help boost the blood quota in Regina. Jamie Lewis, a community development coordinator at Canadian Blood Services, spoke about the events happening this semester on campus. “Coming up, we’ve got [a] ‘What’s Your Type’ clinic on [Nov. 21] in the Riddell Centre and that’s leading up to the donor clinic on Nov. 28,” she said. One of the most sucessful events on campus this semester was the One Match program. Lewis gave a brief explanation about the program saying that the “Canadian Blood Services is not only ... mandated to collect blood and blood products, but we also manage the One Match stem cell and bone marrow registry. The purpose of the ‘Get Swabbed’ event is to encourage young people to join our One Match registry that involves a simple cheek swab.” Lewis further explained that the cheek swabs would be analyzed and then included in a database for those who need a donor. “Those individuals who are in need of a stem cell transplant who
One of the Canadian Blood Services programs is the ‘Get Swabbed’ event for the One Match program
can’t find a match within their family then look into the national registry. From what I understand, the patient outcomes are the best when the donors are young males between 17 and 24. It’s also important to have an ethnically diverse [registry], as most patients are likely to find a match within their own genetic heritage,” she said. The blood clinics on campus offer another way for students to get involved with the Canadian Blood Services. On Sept. 17, the organiation hosted a donor clinic, and another one is scheduled for
Nov. 26. “For the U of R [November] clinic, we still have 23 appointments to be filled, but we can accommodate some walk-ins,” Lewis said. “We just ask that if you can’t make it to your appointment that you inform us. We’re trying to make it as convenient as possible, and it typically takes around one hour.” Lewis also dispelled some of the myths that many people seem to have about blood donations, and the demand for blood. “The thing about blood donation is that it’s constant. We can’t
collect a whole lot of blood and keep it on our shelves. It expires. We have to make sure we have the right amount of blood on our shelves at all times,” she emphisized. Lewis also explained what happens to the blood once it is donated. “We process all of the blood for the whole entire province here in Regina. Our production facility is right here, and the blood is typically used within 5-14 days. Once it is all tested, it goes directly from our facility to all of the hospitals based on their requests and their
needs,” she commented. Blood donation is one of the more effective ways students can get involved and help hospitals, especially during their busy season, such as the holidays. “It’s the most direct way you can affect hospital patients. Your whole entire donation is used and it goes directly and immediately to patients...These are patients like car accident victims, cancer patients, newborn babies and sometimes burn victims. One cancer patient might need five donations a week just to ensure they’re healthy enough to receive treatments. Your donation is important,” Lewis urged. For students who are interested in donating, they can book an appointment for the Nov. 26 blood clinic on campus by calling the 1-888-2-DONATE, or signing up online at www.blood.ca. Donors are reminded to eat a healthy breakfast prior to donating and to bring their ID. Lewis explained that the Canadian Blood Services wants to make donations a constant part of student life, and she encourages students to be part of this process. “Really, we’re trying to make it as convenient as possible.”
Slip, slide, collide As roads turn icy, city sees increase in car and pedestrian accidents
Elizabeth Popowich, manger of public information at the Regina Police Service said. “It takes everyone a little bit of time to get into their winter driving habits and, unfortunately, some people don’t allow for that transition, or they’re unprepared for it.”
kristen mcewen news writer Winter driving conditions can be a danger to both drivers and pedestrians. On Nov. 2, first-year university student Kristie Lafond discovered just how dangerous drivers are when the road conditions are less than perfect. It was just after 10 p.m. when Lafond left her home to meet a friend. She used the walkway that leads from the front of her house to the road, placing her approximately 15 to 20 feet from the nearest crosswalk. She had almost completely crossed the street when she was struck by a vehicle. “I looked both ways before I crossed, I wasn’t being dumb,” Lafond said. “And this car kind of just came out of nowhere and bing, bang, boom, I was on the ground.” The road conditions were slippery that day due to some light snowfall. Lafond said she had noticed the car turning the corner down the street and assumed she had enough time to cross. After the car had nicked her legs, she said the driver stopped and rolled down his window. “He asked me where I came from and why I didn’t use the crosswalk,” she said. “And then when I moved to go behind the car, he left.”
The winter season brings with it collisions galore Later she noticed the car had left its mark. “My legs were bruised, that was the only thing that physically showed but I was sore from head to toe,” Lafond said. “And I had headaches for the next three days.” On Nov. 3, she went to the Regina Police Service to file a report. Although the report would help Lafond if she would require medical attention, the officer said the driver may not have been at
fault. “When I talked to the police officer, he said, ‘depending on how far you are from the curb, you could have been jaywalking. So it could have been your fault,’” Lafond said. “And so it was just really surprising to me because I wasn’t that far from the crosswalk ... It wasn’t something I really wanted to hear because I was still in shock from the accident.” While both driver and pedestrian may have been at fault in
this scenario, it still points out how cautious both parties must be on the roads, especially in winter. “I’m not quite sure why people forget their good winter driving skills, but I think everyone experiences that a little bit, where you start out in that first snowfall and realize right away that you don’t have the traction that you thought you had, that you might require a greater stopping distance to a complete stop,”
The weekend of Nov. 9, Regina experienced approximately 25 centimetres of snow. According to Popowich,, in the first 24 hours, there were a total of 37 property damage collisions, including three where drivers failed to remain at the scene. For the entire weekend, there were a total of 64 collisions, including four injury collisions. The number of claims SGI received from Nov. 9 to Nov. 16 shows there is an increase in the number of accidents that occur when it snows. In Regina, there were 863 claims involving single or two vehicle accidents during this week. Province-wide, there were 2,200 claims. “For some reason it takes us a little bit to become acclimatized again,” Popowich said. “And in those first few hours, we tend to experience a lot of collisions. I think it’s just a matter of drivers needing to remember that white stuff is snow and with it brings a whole required set of driving skills.”
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
The world is ending Scientists predict the end is coming, but not in December regan meloche contributor There is no doubt that everyone has heard the stories about how the world is going to end next month. As the Mayan Long Count calendar runs out on Dec. 21, 2012, theories about how human life will end have been plentiful. Scientists argue that it is indisputable – the world will end – but, they say, there is no scientific basis for the upcoming ‘apocalypse’ in December. Despite this apocalyptic myth, scientists say that it may be interesting to hypothesize the various ways that the world could, indeed, end. One tried and true method of wiping out the majority of life on earth is by asteroid impact. It has happened before, and scientists predict that it will likely happen again. Sixty-five million years ago, an asteroid less than 10 km wide crashed into the Yucatan Peninsula, leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs. In 1908, a meteor only about 60 meters wide exploded in a Siberian forest, resulting in many flattened trees, but no human casualties. In 2013, astronomers predict that the asteroid DA14, measuring about 45 meters wide, is expected to pass by the earth in February. Astronomers have assured the public that there is a zero per cent chance of DA14 hitting the earth, but the hypothesis of the earth ending through asteroid destruction has been heightened based on past history, and future predictions. To clarify some terms, an asteroid is any rock that is flying through space, while a meteoroid is a piece of an asteroid that is orbiting the sun. A meteor is a meteoroid that has entered the earth’s atmosphere. This is also known as a shooting star. A meteorite is a meteor that strikes the earth.
the Mayan long count calendar runs out on Dec. 21, and some predict the apocalypse is coming
Another asteroid worth mentioning is Apophis, which is estimated to be larger than DA14, measuring close to 250 meters across, is predicted to pass by earth in 2029, and again in 2036. Astronomers have predicted that earth will likely avoid the 2029 flyby, but gravitational interactions between the earth and the asteroid will alter the path of the asteroid, making it hard to predict whether the 2036 flyby will hit the earth or not. In an effort to delay this possible doom, scientists are trying to theorize the possibility of maneuvering asteroids from the earth’s path. These ideas include attaching a solar-powered sail to the asteroid, painting the asteroid so that it reflects sunlight differently, or exploding a bomb near the asteroid, to knock it off its path. Most scientists agree, however, that trying
to destroy an asteroid with nuclear bombs would not be a good solution. Some asteroids might absorb the impact, while others might explode into tons of smaller asteroids that would rain down on earth, causing equal or greater damage. The other famous astro-apocalyptic scenario hypothesized to end the world is the solar flare. The sun’s moving currents of hot gas generate a very complex magnetic field and the magnetic field lines can get tangled up in each other, building up trapped energy. Eventually, this energy gets released, resulting in a solar flare and a large amount of radiation. Another way the sun releases its energy is through Coronal Mass Ejections, or CME. CME creates a magnetic shockwave that can interact with earth’s magnetic field. In addition to creating the Northern and Southern lights, a
powerful CME directed at earth could cause massive power failures. NASA forecasts that the sun will enter a solar maximum sometime next year as it continues through its regular 11-year sunspot cycle, there will be more solar flares and CME than what has been seen in the past decade. Instances have been recorded of CME causing power failures in certain regions. Blackouts combined with the possibility of large amounts of radiation hitting the earth have also been one of the predicted possibilities of how the world could end. The asteroid, and the solar flare and CME are just two of the many ways that the universe could kill us. Other ways include an exploding supernova or a gamma ray burst that is powerful enough to strip away the earth’s protective atmosphere, leaving the planet exposed to the sun’s deadly radia-
tion. Other more imaginative predictions have been the possibility of the earth getting invaded by aliens, or humanity being infected by space bacteria that entered into the earth’s atmosphere. Or perhaps, many predict, the end of the world won’t be through scientific or environmental means out of human control. The end of the world could come, as many predict, through human destruction – through warfare or nuclear weaponry. Whether the end of the world comes through an asteroid, sun flares, or human destruction, scientists confirm the world will end, but not in December. So, for now, students should still show up to their Dec. 21 finals. Apocalypse will not be taken as an excuse.
Gizmos & Gadgets Your weekly dose of science and technology and other characteristics of his brain were responsible for his superior intellect.
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Still 250 Short: A 3-cm long white millipede from California has broken the record for the creature with the most legs, coming in at 750. This particular species of millipede usually only has about 600 legs.
Looking Back: The Hubble Space Telescope continues to amaze people worldwide, as it sets its sights on the most distant galaxy it has ever seen. The galaxy is estimated to be 13.3 billion light-years away. This galaxy may give scientists an idea of what the universe was like closer to the Big Bang. Wrinkles = Smart? Still a subject of scientific interest, Albert Einstein’s brain was recently re-examined. The famous scientist died in 1955, but his brain was cut up and the pieces were preserved. Some researchers are studying whether certain folds
Albert Einstein may have passed away in 1955, but his brain is still being examined to this day
Rolling Stone Planet: The ever-expanding list of interesting exoplanets continues to grow as scientists detect a planet 42 light years away in the habitable zone of the star HD 40347. Canadian researchers also helped identify a large rogue planet about 130 light-years away. A rogue planet is a planet that is not gravitationally attracted to anything, and instead just floats freely through space.
A&C Editor: Paul Bogdan email@example.com the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
‘Nothing stops this train’ U of R students start relentless filmmaking machine, Split the Bill Film Troupe
Arts Radar November 22 Jeremy Fisher w/Peter Katz & Keifer McLean The Artful Dodger $10 advance tickets Show at 7:30 Genticorum The Club $12 at the door Show at 8
Split the Bill
Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ yeah
paul bogdan arts editor While the reduction of the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit has caused many filmmakers to leave the province, some are sticking around. Three U of R students have started their own film troupe, called Split the Bill, and they’re having their first screening at Creative City Centre on Nov. 30. The troupe is centred around fourth-year acting major, Gabrielle Dufresne, fourth-year acting major, Tyler Toppings, and fourth-year film major, Eric Kanius. They then pull from their pool of friends from school and elsewhere, such as Regina Little Theatre or the Fringe Festival for other roles in the films. Split the Bill is something these three started for fun, but it is also more than just a way to kill time. “It’s kind of the first big step for our careers. We’re going to be done school soon, and we didn’t want to do something school related; we want this to be real, and important, and professional – as in the start of something really
big,” said Dufresne. In September, Kanius pitched the idea to Dufresne and Toppings, who have all worked with one another in school, and “all of a sudden we had a film screening available on Nov. 30 at Creative City Centre, so I took that as the impetus to start making works,” said Kanius. The screening at the end of November will feature all predominantly comedic shorts, which have been coming along “really great.” “Our motto is: nothing stops this train,” said Kanius. Kanius made the distinction of Split the Bill from something like a production company though. “It’s not like a production company or production group. That puts it into a corner or box. A film troupe is more malleable or able to do anything it wants.” “When I think of ‘troupe’,” said Toppings, “I think of way back when people rode in carts, and they had all of their stuff in this one cart and would go from town to town, and it would fold out, and there’d be a stage ... that’s kind of what we do. We don’t have a cart yet.” Kanius did have some diffi-
culty describing the group’s endeavours, however. “I don’t know if insane is the right word,” said Kanius. “No, no,” Toppings objected. “What we’re doing is trying out things – not experimental, but playing with different ideas and not doing the same thing over and over.” Some of these different ideas Toppings mentioned include “trying to make a neat story for this one, or this one is centred around characters ... and then trying things with the actual filmmaking, some of them are against a green screen”. “One was only lit by flashlight,” added Kanius. Toppings did object to Kanius’ branding of the group as insane, but the rate at which this group can churn out a film suggests he may have been on to something. “Right now we’re on about a four-day turnaround from writing the scripts to filming it. That’s the time crunch we have,” said Kanius. Kanius nonchalantly remarked that making a film in four days is “not so bad”, and that he actually likes it “because I get my scripts shot right away, and I don’t just sit on them”.
“I believe there’s no such thing as writers block; you just have to write through it, and if you write a bad script, it’s called a shitty first draft ... keep writing until it’s good,” said Kanius. “Nothing stops this train,” added Toppings. This fact also helps when the others you’re working with are passionate about the group’s efforts. “The people who we’ve spoken to are really interested, so we just book the one day, eight-hour shot,” said Dufresne. Split the Bill has no schedule for further screenings as the group is looking to take more time with their work. “Then we can put more time into filming something bigger or different,” said Dufresne. “Since we’re doing so many shorts right now, and that’s probably going to add up to about an hour of original footage in a month and a half, I don’t see it as being impossible to shoot a feature,” added Kanius. Split the Bill’s screening is Nov. 30 at Creative City Centre. It starts at 8 p.m., and it’s $10 to get in.
MINI STACHE TRACKER
Julia “boring legs” Dima
Edward “that thing is just sick” Dodd
Neil “moustache level: hipster” Adams
Paul “holy shit, he smiles?” Bogdan
We don’t have a lot of room, so here’s a quick update on everyone’s gross face hair. Julia’s leg is boring, Paul and Edward have the shittiest staches, and yet they are leading in donations. Remember, if you want to vote on your favourite stache, it’s a dollar a vote. Come down to the office with your vote or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dietrich “still looks like a mug shot” Neu
Diamond Rings The Exchange $13 advance tickets Doors at 8:00 November 24 Andino Suns The Exchange $5 at the door Doors at 8 November 25 The Wooden Sky The Artesian $15 advance & door tickets Doors at 7:30 Tim Vaughan The Artful Dodger $10 advance/$15 door Doors at 7:30 November 27 Tim Chaisson w/Poor Young Things The Artful Dodger $5 advance/$10 door Doors at 7 November 29 Jeff Stuart & The Hearts w/Black Drink Crier The Exchange $10 advance tickets Doors at 8
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
Why don’t you get a real job? Artists in Regina say you don’t have to
Judy Wensel: part time actress, full time badass. Or maybe the other way around. Whatever.
robyn tocker contributor Artists have been a part of society since before recorded history, yet their perception by the public and how they function in a community has changed. Everyone can claim they possess talent, but it takes courage to make your art a full-time career. Today’s economy doesn’t make it easy to earn a living writing, singing, acting, or painting, but artists still manage not because they want to, but because they have to. Art is a part of people, and it needs to be expressed or there is this gaping hole that consumes them. This brings up some important questions: is it more important to be creative or to be financially stable as an artist? Do “starving artists” still exist? What doubts come with being an artist? How does being an artist affect relationships? What inspires artists today? Is it easier to make a living as a singer but harder as an actor, or vice versa? How does an artist measure success? What regrets can come from being an artist? What are some things upand-coming artists need to know before diving in? By asking some of Regina’s prominent artists, hopefully some of the grey area surrounding these questions will be lifted. So let’s start at the beginning. What is more important, money or creativity? Chris Prprich of The Lazy MKs and The Lonesome Weekends suggests that while going commercial might bring in more money, it doesn’t make it better than being “original” or vice versa. “Everyone appreciates everything differently,” said
Prpich. In other words, there is room for everyone in the art world; those who are looking for stability and those seeking a creative outlet. Yet if people want a certain lifestyle, they can’t get too attached to what it is they want rather than just doing what they love because they love it. “Anyone can do whatever they want to do whether it’s art or not,” said Prpich. Melanie Hankewich, who you may better know by her stage name, Belle Plaine, agrees that it is difficult to survive as an artist alone. She mentioned receiving helpful advice from Chad Juran, a local graffiti artist who spoke about setting a number that, if you reached it in terms of debt, you would go out and look for a job. This takes the fear out of being a full-time artist because you “can pursue it for as long as you want and if it’s not working out financially then go and find something till you can get back at it.” People have to make the difficult choice for themselves because there really is no guarantee of a financial return. As Hankewich says, people have to do what resonates with them. “Follow what feels right and create what’s true for you,” said Hankewich. Despite the stable number of artists in the country, there are still biased conceptions of artists many people hold, like the “starving artists” term. “Artists like to wear the badge as much as people like to pin it to us,” said Hankewich. She makes the valid point that “artists will create art whether they can afford to or not.” Improviser and comedian Jayden Pfeifer, who has been a part of the improv world since high school, explains the term holds little context. As he puts it,
“If I was starving, I would quit what I was doing and work at a gas station to survive.” Pfeifer points out the majority of his and other artists’ work are done for free because it’s what they love to do, which could refer to the loosely-based term, yet he would never label himself that. “I don't even really like calling myself an artist.” As with anything, though, doubt usually follows. People, artists especially, will question themselves and the path they are taking. Judy Wensel, an improviser since the age of twelve, says that whenever she starts to feel doubt “rear its ugly head,” she asks herself “would I be happy doing anything else right now,” and her answer is always no. It takes time to establish a career in any field and patience as well as resilience is needed to reach those big, lofty goals every artist has at some point in their career. As long as the answer is always no, you know you’re on the right track. Of course, some artists won’t have doubt. Pfeifer, once having solidified the belief that he wanted to make comedy/performance a full-time career a few years after high school, felt that it was exactly what he was supposed to do. “Once I chose to make it a career, this has been my only clear interest. I often doubt my ability but not my desire to do it.” This is important, because ability and desire are two different things, and while some might doubt their ability, as long as the desire is strong they can achieve what they desire. Something people might worry about is how being an artist would affect their relationships with people. Often their thoughts drift negatively. Will their fami-
lies ridicule them? How will they fit in the artist world? Yet most artists, like Hankewich, have experienced positive relationship affects. “Relationships built in the city and community have amazed me,” Hankewich said. The community reached out to her once she put herself out there as an artist and they “have changed the way I live my life both in the financial realm and I work a lot harder than I ever have.” Her work is more beneficial which is necessary for her at this stage of her successful career. Wensel has also had positive experiences, especially with her good friends and immediate family who are either artists or art supporters. She mentions the feeling of solidarity that comes from being a part of the community and how it brings about a sense of brining it together. This also creates opportunities for collaboration as she has discovered. “Regina is such a tiny city – if you don't know most people personally who are working in the arts sector in this city, you are certainly aware of them to some extent. That is exciting ... that is what makes Regina special,” said Wensel. Prprich touches on how it can affect relationships both positively and negatively. Having the ability to run his book store, Buy the Book, with his father for the past seventeen years has given him the chance to pursue his career and be financially stable, suggesting a positive effect on his relationships. It “affords me the ability to do things I want to do and not worry about business”, he said. “I have far more and better friends than I deserve.” Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint what inspires artists to start.
It can be different for everyone in every industry. For Prprich, it was about being involved in the musical process and shaping the sound of each project he was a part of. For four years, Hankewich watched the development of careers and it was those achievements that inspired her to leave her job at the Globe Theatre as head of lights and go into music full time. By forming the General Fools Improvisational Team with friends just as he was exiting high school inspired Pfeifer to begin. “I just loved being in front of people and making them laugh, I would have done anything to keep doing it,” Pfeifer said. Since there are many different kinds of artists, this leads to the question, is it easier to be one kind of artist than another? Wensel said that while it might be easier, an artist still has to be flexible; their work as an artist may include different facets. She believes that this flexibility is what makes artists better in their field. Some might only work as playwrights or actors but find opportunities to selfproduce or direct. “Being malleable is the key,” said Wensel. Pfeifer concludes that no area of artistry is easy, comedy included. “You spend very little time ‘working’ and most of your time trying to find your next job.” That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it, of course, but he mentions how the term “making a living” needs to be redefined because very few working artists can support themselves by their craft alone. “If you're making any money at all, you’re doing at least a few things right.”
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
Chris Prprich in his studio beneath his bookstore Buy the Book
In today’s world, measuring success usually means how much income you bring home at the end of every month. Yet for an artist, success can mean something completely different. Prprich concedes that if success was based on money, he wouldn’t be very successful at all. But in terms of accomplishments and interesting things he has done as a musician, he would mark himself as more of a success. Hankewich, however, mentions you can measure success by the accomplishments of others. Yet keeping focused on your own goals is a better idea. Since starting her music career in May 2010, she has gone on half a dozen tours and put out two albums in that short amount of time. While compared to others it might not seem like much, but to her it is something she can be proud to say she has done. She sees her success through a more personal lens and tries not to get caught up in what she “should” be doing, which is something artists need to consider. Regrets are common with most people, whether personal or professional. As an artist, what kinds of regrets can lie under the surface for some? Pfeifer explained that while he doesn’t regret a lot now, a few years ago he would have wished for more venues to be involved with. But now with Regina’s artist scene growing, he’s glad to be “in the thick of it”. Some venues he mentions are Artesian on 13th, The Artful Dodger, and Creative City Centre. “I've been lucky to stay connected to the things I like and Regina has provided me a lot of opportunity to try new ideas and showcase them,” said Pfeifer. As in every part of life, if something changes, good or bad, it changes the final experience.
Prprich is unsure if he would want things to happen differently. “It’s what makes life interesting,” he said. If anything, he mentions starting full-time younger.
Hankewich agrees with starting younger, but she is also glad she started when she did. She sees younger artists and looks at what they’ve done; while admiring
their early start, she noted that isn’t the case for her. She’s had to take on the “work with what you got” attitude in terms of regret. ‘Wise words from our elders
can lead to successes in the future.’ For artists, this is true too. Pulling from her experience, Wensel stresses the need for patience to up-and-comers. She mentions that being in school is easy because of the constant deadlines and validation. Once entering the working world where there are no deadlines and no “magic finish line” changes the game and artists have to be ready for that. “The real challenge has been the pursuit of my art without wanting that validation from outside sources,” said Wensel. Artists have to continually search for more – something that inspires and provokes them. Yet there will be work that isn’t as stimulating but it still needs to get done because it’s a part of being an artist. Pfeifer suggests enjoying the show and trying not to over-scrutinize every choice you make as an artist. “It did help me see where I could improve, but I know for a fact I could have been enjoying myself more while I was learning,” he said. The most important piece of advice Hankewich could give is, “The only thing that brings you reward in life is doing something that you love.” “At the end of the day people have to ask themselves what it is they want to do, and if they want to do art, then they should just do that but they have to let go of the things that are holding them back,” said Prprich. So, to all the people who are itching to be the next Michael Angelo or Poet Laureate, take that chance. Humans are only blessed with one life and wasting chances while you still have time will leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth.
“ Once I chose to make it a career, this has been my only clear interest. I often doubt my ability but not my desire to do it.” Jayden Pfeifer
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
Just because we got called on our BS doesn’t mean we’re gonna change i’m not angry kyle leitch arts writer By now, I'm sure everyone has heard something about the Saskatchewan film industry through the grapevine. For the benefit of everyone, a quick summary follows this colon: when the provincial budget was tabled on March 23 of this year, many unexpected cuts were suggested by Minister Ken Krawetz. Among them was the suggested removal of the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit (SFETC). The SFETC incentivized filmmakers from outside the province to come shoot movies and spend some of those lucrative Hollywood dollars in our fair province. The move seemed to be pulled from the fattest directly Saskatchewan Party minister's ass, as anyone in the former film industry would probably tell you. This literal blindsiding caused a mass exodus of very talented artists of all stripes from Saskatchewan. The spin placed upon this particular decision was that the industry could not survive without constant subsidy and, therefore, should not be subsidized indefinitely. Figures produced by Minister Krawetz suggested that the removal of the SFETC would save taxpayers $8
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Oh the facepalm. Update from last year: this is still a bloody disaster
million annually. As with every good piece of government misinformation, however, the dam was soon busted wide open. Steve CEO of the McLellan, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce held a small, organized press event in the Legislative Building on Oct. 30. During this conference, McLellan announced that, in conjunction with SaskFilm, the Chamber of Commerce found Minister Krawetz's figures to be skewed. In reality, the SFETC cost taxpayers roughly $1 million per year of
its operation since 1998. In return, taxpayers saw no less than $44 million in pure revenue. It doesn't take a business tycoon to realize the pure earning potential of a program that was a mere drop in the provincial bucket. McLellan also said that the decision of the government to remove the tax credit showed the provincial government lacked “sector-specific knowledge” and transparency. McLellan also said that “there's better ways to [announce the cut] – but you don't kick them out at the knees in order to make better decisions.”
After the press conference, Speaker of the House Dan D’Autremont said in no uncertain terms that all future visits to the Legislative Building by Mr. McLellan would be accompanied by security. It was the Speaker's fear that Mr. McLellan was trying to incite a panic, or riot, or protest, or whatever the fuck dissent stupidity on the behalf of governments leads to. Completely avoiding the affront to the rights of citizens to attend their Legislative Assembly, the actions of the Speaker and of Brad Wall's government pose a serious
“Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?” asks Christian Bale’s Patrick Bateman before he throws on plastic raincoat and butchers Jared Leto with an axe. With the swinging of that axe went the last classy serial killer. The reason I mention a thirteen-year-old movie about a psychotic yuppie is because I just recently had the chance to take in the latest James Bond flick Skyfall. My initial trepidation about casting Daniel Craig as James Bond turns out to be totally legitimate. Daniel Craig has turned James Bond into a classless and all-together re-
morseless gun-happy serial killer, instead of the suave, sophisticated serial killer that he used to be. Continuing on in the tradition of Craig’s Bond having the most far-reaching premises, 007 is tasked with recovering a hard drive that has all of the personal information of British Intelligence Agents on it – cue up the jokes about Sony. Bond is shot and presumed dead – for the second time in his lively career, I might add. But, Bond has just been laying low, and when the shit really hits the fan – courtesy of the often spooky Javier Bardem – he
problem. Danielle Chartier, MLA for Saskatoon-Riversdale, and the Culture Critic for the Opposition was firmly on the side of Steve McLellan. “If you could make the kind of return that you would on the Film Tax Credit that you probably would continue investing the money,” Chartier explained. “Artists and filmmakers keep life interesting for the lawyers and engineers, everyone else. It creates a vibrant, exciting community.” Brad Wall has gone on the record several times since March saying that in no way will the film tax credit in its last incarnation be coming back. What I want to know is why he is able to continue making terrible decisions for this province? Is it because he has an imagined majority in a broken electoral system? Well, fuck that. If we can’t trust our elected officials to make informed decisions affecting the livelihoods of between 800-1,000 people and millions of dollars of revenue, then maybe it's about time we take the reigns of the economy, and give them a sharp yank. The Carillon attempted to reach Minister Bill Hutchinson for comment, but the minister was unable to provide a comment before press. I don't blame him. And I'm not angry. Honest.
springs back into action to save MI-6. The inherent problem with Daniel Craig's Bond is that he’s never felt quite right. He looks too old, his features are off, the coolness that Bond embodies seems far too forced with Craig. Add to this list of problems that Craig’s Bond is far too concerned with personal vendettas and revenge. Bonds previous have had these problems, but the resolution always seems to come naturally, at least as naturally as a resolution can come in a film as contrived as the Bond series. But, revenge has never been an explicit driving force behind Bond’s every action and motive – not to the extent as with Daniel Craig. Director Sam Mendes has thrown together a very nice looking film, speaking from a cinematographer’s perspective. Though, for the estimated $200 million budget, I would be deeply offended if the movie wasn’t visually stunning. Visuals can only get a film so far, though. It needs to be engaging – and engaging, Skyfall was not. Happy 50th Birthday, James Bond! Accept your gift of a one-way ticket into a long-term care facility, and thanks for all of the memories.
kyle leitch arts writer
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Old Man Rocks Credit Union Centre Neil Young and Crazy Horse show no signs of fading away kendall paige contributor On Nov. 14 I made the journey to Toon Town with the music turned up, sun shining, not to mention, enough Neil Young songs loaded up to last well beyond the trip itself. My destination was a hockey arena, but my intentions were not to watch the men hit the top shelf; instead I was on the road for a date with Neil Young & Crazy Horse – and an honourable mention of course for The Sadies. Predicaments come and they go, and by the time it was seven o’clock, my bare-chested, jean vest-clad accomplice were out by the landfill stuck behind “the only train is S’toon”. Needless to say, panic arose and was driven further by the suspense of seeing the end of the train emerging from blackness – only to have 20 empty sections follow. Talk about letdowns. It’s the archetypal concert drill. Get there late. Find parking in the boonies. Run Like Hell. Cue movie-soundtrack running tune. Ticket Scan. Bag Search – fingers crossed. Contemplate the most pressing decision: beer or bathroom. Beer. No, bathroom. No, beer. Music kicks up. Realization that the band is playing. Run to the pit. Due to the only train in S’toon, we missed The Sadies. It was a major letdown for me, especially as I strongly believe they should have been the second band on, yet now I have an excuse to track down their headlining shows and catch them there. The second band to play was Los Lobos. Their performance was a painful execution that induced more pleasant conversation as opposed to a crowd won over. Well, I guess the crazy wasted girls may have sounded like fans, but then again, I am fairly certain their musical opinions were somewhat invalid at that point. I took the opportunity to munch a special cookie and marvel at Young’s stage set up and marvel at the wooden Indian statue on the right hand side, back corner of the set. I was told by a friend statue attends all of Young’s shows in solemn silence, as a curious figure unseen by most. Finally, after what seems like forever, Los Lobos leaves the stage. The mad dash for the cigarettes and the 20oz drafts commences, and we found ourselves acquainted with long-lost friends
Crystal Castles III Fiction
I hope I’m still cool when I’m old... or at least that I don’t shit my pants. in a thick haze. My heart stopped the moment I heard “A Day in the Life” echoing throughout the venue. The bumbling stage crew struggled to put up a giant microphone in center stage. The overly giant “crates” that lined the back of the stage were slowly beginning to rise and the cheering and stomping thundered throughout the building. They revealed replicas of giant Fender amps – and Young’s sound during the show lived up to this size. It was heavy, raw, deafening, and man, oh man was it ever good. The Godfather of Grunge delivered right from the seams of his red plaid shirt, and no medical set-back or perils of age inhibited him in any way. His voice faced no limitations, and his fingers took turns between fucking and making sweet love to the fretboard. Crazy Horse delivered in equal parts to Young, and their sound was tight. There were moments where the band would step back and Young would play solo, taking the experience to another level. The intensity of his solo performance causes every eye to fix intently upon him. The sheer abil-
ity of him alone with a guitar far surpasses the performance given by entire bands that I have seen. The set began with “O Canada”, which was sung along to in off-key harmony by every soul in attendance. After that, there was a perfect arrangement of oldies and new songs. Hearing “Powderfinger” live was incredible, and I should mention how good “Rust Never Sleeps” is; if you haven't listened to it in its entirety, do so now. "Ramada Inn" was a nice surprise and all the musicians onstage enjoyed lengthening the already long ballad with several extended jams – of course this was true for every song. Young coyly whispering “he does what he has to” as his wispy hair flew in the wind holds a beautiful feel of timelessness.
A lot has happened in electronic music between Crystal Castles’ first release in March, 2008 and their latest release, III, on Nov. 12, 2012. Alice Glass and Ethan Kath have managed to stay innovative and edgy and relevant all throughout this time by constantly adapting and reinventing their sound that created shockwaves when the community was first introduced to it. Crystal Castles’ first album was famed for its video game-like bleeps and bloops and up-tempo percussion ripped right from
chiptunes. Many in the electronic music community saw this as the future of popular electronic music. Nevertheless, Crystal Castles was never destined for the mainstream, anyway, due to their nature to experiment, despite their critical acclaim. Just as chiptunes began to appear more commonly, Crystal Castles got rid of all their previous synth equipment and set out to create an album that didn’t use a computer. The result is a brooding and affected release that at once sounds both utterly out
Other favorites were “Cortez the Killer”, a crowd silencing “Needle in the Damage Done”, and of course though not most intricate by any means, “Cinnamon Girl”, a pop favorite for many. We all could relate as Young wailed about “Fuckin’ Up” and lost our minds as the opening riff to “Hey, Hey, My, My” rang out. They never stopped rocking out and the crowd kept right along with surges of energy pushing forward. Lives were changed and hearts were warm or maybe it was the haze thicker than fog with the sweet smell of good grass. I did not want the night to end, though as much as I did will it to last, it did not. After the encore, the giant crates were slowly lowered over the giant fake Fenders, and that was that. My
daze was not broken after stepping into the icy cold after the show in far too little clothing for a winter's night, nor was I disheartened because my bare-chested, jean-vested friend and I could not find our car – in the boonies. I was radiating with my incredibleshow high and nothing was going to kill my buzz. Of course, five hours later, I awoke to make the hung over drive in the dark back to the city so I could dutifully write an exam. Then, I somehow lived to attend all five and a half hours of classes, as well as a review session. Cotton mouthed, blearily eyed, but it did not matter. Oh no it did not, for I was still floating on the riffs.
“ It was heavy, raw, deafening, and man, oh man was it ever good.” of control and meticulously crafted. Glass’s previously underrated melodious voice paired with Kath’s irregular 808 drum machine programming is sure to draw comparisons to Purity Ring’s Shrines, and with good reason. Both Canadian electronic musical groups explore the musical space left between lurching dubstep and affected house music featuring a haunting female vocalist and her male instrumentalist counterpart. The difference is that while Purity Ring sounds fresh and innovative, it sounds
like they know what they are creating. Crystal Castles is searching for sounds, and if you happen to be interested in searching for new sounds too, III might be for you.
jon neher contributor
Visual Editor: Arthur Ward email@example.com the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
A long journey The stories of four Burmese refugee students
Mae Su Rae Refugee Camp on the Thai and Burmese border
kin pwonglay, paw wah shee, naw say ra thaw, baw meh, kay niedermayer contributors
Over the years, the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Regina chapter has sponsored refugee students to come study at the University of Regina through the Student Refugee Program. On our campus, these students are sponsored thanks to a student levy that is collected every semester. It is an important opportunity for many young refugees who would be unable to continue their education without sponsorship like this. Since 1982, WUSC have sponsored 49 students from refugee camps around the world. This year, we were fortunate enough to sponsor four students from refugee camps in the ThaiBurma borderlands. This year’s students have taken the time to share their stories in the Carillon. -Kay Niedermayer Kin’s Story
My name is Kin Pwonglay and I came from the Ban Mai Nai Soi Karenni refugee camp in Thailand. This is one of nine camps along the Thai-Burma border for Burmese minority groups. I have lived in refugee camps throughout my entire life. My family came from Burma. Burma gained independence from the British in 1948. The junta military government took power in a coup d’état in 1962. The junta has been violently attempting to control the population since then. There has been ongoing conflict between the military government and the seven ethnic minority
groups. Many minority groups have been killed, and many people were forced to leave their homes. Our people could not bear to live under this military government. For this reason, thousands of Burmese ethnic minority people are born in refugee camps. My family is Karenni, one of the ethnic minorities in Burma. My parents fled Burma in 1991 because of a civil war between the junta and armed ethnic groups. The junta burned their village and tortured the villagers. They took all their money and raped many women. They abducted many men and women and forced them to work as porters, transporting supplies for the military. My parents came to the Mae Sarin Refugee camp, where I was born. When my parents divorced in 2003, the UNHCR transferred my mother, my sisters and me to another Karenni refugee camp, located near Mae Hong Son. My biological father often came to visit us and bought us some clothes, but after my mother remarried, the camp committee did not allow my father to visit us unless my mother agreed. I could not see my father after that. It is hard to get an education in the refugee camp. My mother and stepfather are both uneducated and lack work opportunities in the camp, we always faced financial difficulty. My parents could not leave the camp to make money or the Thai police would arrest them, and no one would hire them inside the camp. For this reason, I encouraged myself to be an educated person and to look after my family. I was dreaming to get an education since I was young but I didn’t see a path to achieve my goal because
the camps only offer us up to a high school level of education. My dream to attend an international university was not possible if I stayed where I was. However, I did not give up my dream and I finished my schooling from primary school to postten level in the camp. I worked hard to pass high school with distinctions to attend a Karenni PostTen School, which took two years to complete. I tried hard to complete my lessons. After finishing school, I taught science in one of the refugee camp high schools. Although I was just newly graduated, I had to teach the camp children because there were not enough teachers. Now, I want to study economics because I want to help my country in reforming the state’s economy. The military government is destroying the economy in Burma, and this affects people’s lives, including my family. Without a good economic system, I don’t believe our country can develop into what it should. Although Burma is rich natural resources, it will not last long if
today’s economy system is going on. After my graduation, I will deliver my skills and qualification at the school I attended. Then, I will help my community as much as I can. Wah Wah’s Story
My name is Paw Wah Shee and my friends call me Wah Wah. I was born in the Karen state of Burma. My father passed away when I was just one month old so I don't have any brothers or sisters. When I was seven, our family moved to the Mae Ra Moe Refugee Camp on the Thai-Burma border because of Burma’s civil war. I stayed together with my mother and went to school in refugee camp. In the camp, I could go to school and study but if I wanted, but without an ID card it was almost impossible for me to leave and pursue and education. In the refugee camp we lived under the Thai authorities, who would prevent us from leaving without an ID. Some of the students were
very smart, but unfortunately they didn’t have any chance to further their studies outside of the camp. For many, life starts and ends there. My parents tried to look after their family but their jobs didn’t earn the money required to support our family. NGOs provide some community work within the camp right now but it is not enough because there are too many people there. In the camps we got rations and free health care. There are many NGOs who help us. Sometimes foreign doctors and teachers come to help us for a short time. Now, their situation is getting worse because education isn’t free any more. Parents have to pay half of the school fees for their kids and help the teachers in several ways. Life in a camp is very boring and difficult. I don't know what will happen to the new generation. Even if we have our basic needs met, we still have no right to do what we want. There are a lot of local ThaiKaren villages around the camp.
“ Now, I want to study economics because I want to help my country in reforming the state’s economy. The military government is destroying the economy in Burma, and this affects people’s lives, including my family. Without a good economic system, I don’t believe our country can develop into what it should.” Kin Pwonglay
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Sometimes they come and sell local vegetables and they are familiar with the camp and the people there. They offer the jobs to the Karen refugees, but working outside of the camp is illegal. When the police catch people who do so, they punish them. As refugees, we were often blamed for doing things that we didn’t do. Every summer, the forests near the camp are burned down. Although we have no idea how this happens, the Thai authorities usually blame us and force the people in the camp to pay for the damage. Life in the refugee camp was very difficult and we did not have many opportunities. Before now, I have never been to a city. I felt nervous at first but now everything is okay. I am grateful to be sponsored by WUSC. Sayra’s Story
My name is Naw Say Ra Thaw. I’m Karen and I was born in Thailand. I have four brothers and one sister and I am the youngest among my siblings. My father passed away when I was three months in my mother’s womb. Now my family lives in the Mae Ra Moe refugee camp on the ThaiBurma border. My parents originally lived in Burma. For many reasons, my parents left Burma to Thailand as refugee people. Before they left, they faced many problems with the junta, who destroyed many houses, fields, and paddies. There was not enough food in the village. They often arrested men and forced them to become porters. My parents had to move to another place every time the soldiers invaded the village. The children had no chance to go to school because of this horrible situation. There was also a lot of disease, but no medicine to protect the people from dying. The government caused all these problems for my ethnic group, and my parents did not have any protection from the authorities in their country. When we were in Thailand, we were not afraid of enemies, but we knew that we couldn’t do what we wanted to do in the camp. We were no longer in Burma, but we didn’t have Thai
citizenship either. We had a chance to go to school, but there was no higher education in the camp, so the education level is very low. Most students want to continue their education, but they don’t have the opportunity. There are not enough teachers, and some of the teachers don’t have the level education needed to teach the students. We also have post-ten schools, which is a two-year course. After that, many students want to continue their studies but can’t, so they become teachers. They can’t find a job to make a lot of money, just a little and it’s usually not enough for their family. I can say that I am lucky because I can continue my studies and set goals for my future life in Canada. In the future, I hope to study business administration and I hope one day I will be able to do something for my people who really need my help. I really appreciate the WUSC’s sponsorship program; it is a very good program for youth students who live in refugee camps. Dayday’s Story My name is Baw Meh, but people
call me Dayday. I was born in Hwen Pu Ket, a Karenni long neck village in Thailand. My family moved to the Mae Su Rae refugee camp when I was two months old. I lived in there for 19 years. I went to school in the camp, and when I finished school, I worked in an office at the refugee school. My mother, father, and five sisters are still living in the refugee camp. The refugee camp is very far away from the city. Mountains surround the camp and the river flows through it. In the rainy season, the river starts floods and destroys many of the houses there. The rations in the camp are supplied by an NGO called TBBC (Thai Burma Border Committee). There is a medical clinic supported by the U.S. government, called the IRC (International Rescue Committee). It supplies basic medicine for people in the camp. There is also a school supported by a European NGO called JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service). The JRS supplies note books, textbooks, and teachers’ salaries. When I was a child in this camp, I knew nothing about life. I just knew to play, eat, and sleep.
This was my daily life when I was a child in the camp. When I grew up, I felt something strong in my heart and in my brain. I was a refugee, with no nationality. The one thing I surely know is, our government is not good. The government is lead by a dictator, and they want all of the ethnic groups in Burma to live under their rule. I want to know when the dictatorship will end. There is no free speech and no peace in Burma. Now everything is changing in Burma. The Burmese government is making a peace talk with the ethnic minority armies. There is now a plan for the UN to eliminate the refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border within five years. Because of this, the rations provided in the camp are being cut. Now, there is less support for the refugees in the camp. The plan is that after the peace talks, refugees will leave the camp and return to Burma or stay in villages in Thailand. But I still do not trust the Burmese government, because the Karenni state tried to have peace talks with the government two times before now and none
of them worked. When I was in the refugee camp, I found out about the WUSC sponsorship program from a previously sponsored student who returned to the camp to share applications. This is the first time WUSC came to our camp, and it is the only program for students to leave the refugee camp. I applied and had many entrance exams. I was surprised when I was accepted, but very grateful for this opportunity. It is the only opportunity for me to continue my studies. I felt nervous when I first came to Regina, but it is like a dream come true. Now I dream of becoming a doctor and returning to Burma to help the community there. More information about WUSC Regina can be found online (wuscregina.ca). If you would like to learn more about refugees and life in refugee camps, please come check out the Mock Refugee Camp that WUSC will be putting on from Nov. 26th30th in the RIC Atrium.
Sports Editor: Autumn McDowell firstname.lastname@example.org the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
This sign says it all…in a sea of baseball fans
braden dupuis, britton gray, kris klein, paige kreutzwieser this week’s roundtable The Cougars men’s hockey team is off to their best start since 1995. Do you think they have what it takes to finally make the playoffs this year? Dupuis: I remember 1995. Those were different times. Jean Chretien’s Liberal Party was holding their first parliament, Quebec was on the brink of separation, and just one year earlier, a group of ragtag hockey players known as “The Mighty Ducks” won the Junior Goodwill Games against all odds. Coincidence? Yeah, probably. I’m grasping at straws here.
Gray: Without me being able to cheer for the Ottawa Senators this year, I may as well put faith into the Cougars hockey team. Maybe, out of all the sports teams I cheer for, they can be the one good enough to win a championship. Klein: Did I not call this shit? I said if the Cougars could limit some of the best teams in Canada West for less than six goals they might have a chance, and look at what’s happening – they beat the Huskies and came close to beating the Golden Bears, so yeah, let’s talk about playoffs. I don’t know what the coach is doing to get them fired up every game but it seems to be working. I might actually go watch a game if this keeps up! Kreutzwieser: I hope so. With the way U of R teams have been step-
ping up this season, we can only hope the hockey team has what it takes to make it to the playoffs. I couldn’t tell you what athletes are leading this team to their great start, but fingers crossed they can keep this momentum. With the Rams season officially over, and 20 players graduating, which player do you think is most likely to become a future head coach at the U of R?
Dupuis: What a strange question to ask. You’re really putting me on the spot here, Autumn. Usually if I don’t have an answer I just make stuff up and ramble until I hit fifty words but this time it appears that you might just have me stumped. No wait, that’s fifty. Gray: Well as much as I would like to see Marc Mueller play in the CFL – and I think he will get his chance at it – he may be the most fit for coaching. A quarterback is already seen as a coach on the field, so a transition to a sideline should be natural. Klein: To be honest, I think Franky will be there forever. The guy has been coaching the Rams for as long as I can remember. Even when he is 85 and can barely walk and speak he will be coaching the boys to a Vanier Cup.
Kreutzwieser: I don’t know many of the guys on the team personally, but after doing some creeping, maybe Bodnar or Bennett because they are the only two who are in Kinesiology. I know I wouldn’t want a coach who took accounting as their major. I just don’t feel that would cross over to
the field very well.
Which of the Saskatchewan Roughriders free agents do you hope get re-signed to the Green and White in the off-season?
Dupuis: It looks like there could be a lot of big-name free agents on defence this year. I really don’t want to lose Tyron Brackenridge or Tearrius George. It would also be a shame to see Odell Willis go. While his numbers were down from last year, I’ve really come to enjoy his crazy. Gray: I felt that the team did really good this year, even though we didn’t go as far as I had hoped. This whole team came together, especially with so many new faces. It’s going to be a shame to lose any of the Riders.
Klein: Well, considering that half of the defence is up for free agency, I say the main focus will be on the defence side of the ball. The key ones I would resign like tomorrow would be Brackenridge, Williams, Chris McKenzie and Tearrius (Curious) George. Odell will be tough to resign since he wants to go to the NFL, but if he is available, I would go with him for sure. I would resign Rob Bagg too. I know he’s a huge band-aid but he is so good that we can’t not re-sign him. We will just have to see what happens in the off-season. Kreutzwieser: Mike McCullough would be my first pick if he doesn’t decide to retire. I like the idea of the Riders keeping veterans on the team. Plus, he’s been with us forever. Really makes it feel like
the team actually bleeds green. But by the sound of it, I think the Riders should keep Odell Willis.
Although UFC president Dana White said that it would never happen, what do you think of the UFC now having female fighters inside the octagon?
Dupuis: Ugh. The UFC is almost as disgustingly big as Dana White’s albino monkey head already, but there’s only so many ways you can make money before you decide you want to make even more money, right? Does this mean we’re going to see an influx of douchebag girls wearing Tapout gear? Ugh.
Gray: I think this could help make the UFC more entertaining. The past few years have not been the UFC’s best and this may help them get the ratings back. The UFC can’t have Jon “Bones” Jones on every event can they?
Klein: Here’s my question to Dana White: Why not? Seriously, it would be a huge cash draw. Everyone loves to see both men and women beat the hell out of each other as long as they have a few cold ones. Let the girls fight!
Kreutzwieser: After watching UFC events this past weekend, it got me thinking that those girls have to be the scary chicks who fight in bars and someone says “Hey, you should train in MMA fighting!” Because no girl in their right mind wants to smash the face of another girl for no reason other than to win a belt, do they? With the Saskatchewan
Roughriders out of the playoffs and still no hockey in sight, which sports have you resorted to watching?
Dupuis: I’m about ready to give up on sports entirely. Fuck you, professional athletes. I hate you. You’re selfish, greedy pigs, and it’s painfully obvious that you don’t give a shit about your fans. I’m going to go back to watching reality television and writing advertorials for Fine Lifestyles. At least there’s some honesty in that. Puke. Gray: I haven’t resorted to it, it’s always been my favourite: the NFL. It has always been the best sport to watch in my opinion and provides excitement all through the year. Once it’s over, though, I may just crawl in a corner and cry until the CFL begins again.
Klein: Nothing. I refuse to watch basketball. I have been watching my DVD set of the 2010 Olympic hockey, but its getting pretty bad when I remember each goal scorer, assist, and time of the goal. Seriously, I’m slowly going crazy with no hockey. This only fuels my rage to kill Gary Bettman, which grows more and more each day.
Kreutzwieser: I won’t call this “resorting”, because for me it’s not, but curling is my choice winter sport to watch. Beak me all you want, Carillon readers, but its more than just tossing rocks on a sheet of ice. However, I've really gotten into watching golf as well. Wow, I sound like I'm 65 years old.
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
High hoops The women’s basketball team wants a title
There was going to be a basketball pun here, but there’s one in the headline, and if there were two basketball puns, you’d totally be within your rights to never read this newspaper again.
braden dupuis sports writer After falling just short of a national title in 2012, the University of Regina Cougars women’s basketball team is looking to make amends in 2013. Through the first three weeks of the regular season, the team looks to be in good shape, boasting a 5-1 record. “I think we’re definitely one of the top three teams or so in the country,” said head coach Dave Taylor. “We had a really challenging pre-season playing the top teams. All of our losses have been to teams in the top five in the country, so yeah, I think we’re where we want to be.” Despite the convocation of two elite players last year – guards Carly Graham and Joanna Zalesiak – this year’s squad continues to find success on the strength of a core group of veterans. “Michelle Clark, Lindsay Ledingham, Brittany Read and Danielle Schmidt are all in essentially their last year for us, so with veterans like that, they automatically take the leadership spots,” Taylor said, adding that this year’s team has adopted a slight change in style compared to last year. “Last year we were more runand-gun and transition, this year we’re trying to be a little more of a half-court team,” he said. While the team has been anchored by its veteran presence in the early stages of the season, a pair of standout rookies have been pitching in as well. “Charlotte Kot and Katie Polischuk both have been contributing, and they’ll help us with
our depth,” Taylor said. “They’re going to be future stars for us.” Fifth-year guard Danielle Schmidt talked about this year’s different-look Cougars. “We lost a couple of big players in Carly and Joanna, but we’ve had a lot of girls step up,” she said. “We’re playing a bit different style this year, trying to get it inside more, but we’ve been playing with this core group of girls for a while now so that’s a good thing.” With the Cougars hosting the 2013 CIS national championships, that familiarity will go a long way towards ensuring the team puts on a good showing in front of its hometown fans. “You always want to do well in front of your home crowd, but right now we’re just taking it one game at a time,” Schmidt said. While hosting nationals means the Cougars automatically qualify for the final eight, Schmidt doesn’t see that as an excuse for complacency throughout the season. “We’re not looking at that,” she said. “We want to earn our way in, and let other teams know that we deserve to be there, and that we’re a contender when we’re there.” To do that, Schmidt said, the team will have to work on being consistent game in and game out. “We’ll go out one night and play really well, and then the next night not so well,” she explained. “Having the same level of consis-
tency on the court and executing will be some of our biggest challenges.” Staying consistent through a long season is more about mental toughness than physical, and “just knowing what works for you,” Schmidt explained. “If you’re not having the best game, [it’s] learning how to get out of your funk, or how to contribute to the team in a different way,” she said. “It’s just learning to work together and bringing each other together when we’re not playing so well.” The first test of their mental fortitude came in the first game of the season, when the Cougars lost in overtime to their provincial rivals, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The season-opening loss came in stark contrast to last season’s spotless 20-0 regular season record, but could prove to be beneficial to the team in the long run. “I think there was a lot of pressure, obviously, not losing a game and then going into the biggest games of your careers [in last year’s CIS Championships],” said fifth-year forward, Lindsay Ledingham. “It’s kind of nice to not have that in the back of your mind, and it’s kind of just nice to have some losses that you can learn from, because obviously when you lose you make a lot of mistakes, and to be able to take those into account helps.” While the Cougars are off to
another strong start, at this early stage of the season they’re still learning and adjusting to a new style of play. “I would say right now one of our biggest challenges is defensively, just kind of containing our checks and keeping them in front of us, and then obviously with defence comes our ability to rebound out of it,” Ledingham said. “One of our strengths is our transition offense, so if we don’t get stops then we can’t run the floor.” Learning a new system and perfecting it through practice is one thing, doing it on top of all of the other stresses of university life is another altogether. But according to Ledingham, that’s just the life of a student athlete, and Cougars basketball provides her with a nice balance. “It’s hard, because obviously you have a lot going on, but at the same time it’s kind of a relief to have two hours a day where you can kind of just step on to the basketball court and not have to think about school or any of the other drama going in your life,” she said. “When you step on the court, obviously you’re just thinking more about basketball than all the other problems in your life, so it’s nice to have a couple hours to escape from those.” The Cougars continued their pursuit of another national title on Nov. 17, when they hosted the struggling University of Manitoba Bisons for a weekend double
“ You always want to do well in front of your home crowd, but right now we’re just taking it one game at a time.” Danielle Schmidt
header. The Saturday afternoon contest featured a dominant showing by the Cougars starting five. The home team held a decided advantage over the Bisons in both height and athleticism, holding the visitors to the outside for much of the first half, where they threw up brick after brick from behind the three-point line. The first half saw the Cougars go on a seemingly effortless 22-0 run, finishing the half up 44-14. The assault wouldn’t let up much in the second half, and the Cougars finished the game with an 83-32 victory. Ledingham and Read both scored 14 points in the win, while Clark notched 13 points and added six assists. Second-year guard, Kehlsie Crone, came off the bench to score 12 points, while fourth-year post, Nicisha Johnson, led all players with nine rebounds. While the Manitoba offense would put up a better showing in the Sunday afternoon rematch, so too would the Cougars. Clark and Schmidt led the Cougars with 17 points each as the home team disposed of the Bisons 104-51. It was the first time the Cougars have cracked 100 points this season, and with the victory, their winning streak increases to five. This weekend the Cougars head west to take on the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack on Nov. 23 and the UBC Okanagan Heat on Nov. 24. Their next home game is Friday Nov. 30 against the Trinity Western Spartans.
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
It’s hunting season The ins and outs of getting game
most important areas of your body most visible and less likely to end up in someone’s scope. Now that you are geared up and ready to go, you have to pick up your gun. Gun safety is best taught by a professional, but some basics include: Do not have a loaded gun inside of a vehicle, do not shoot out of a vehicle, do not ever point the barrel at someone, and do not have your finger on the trigger unless your target is in your scope. With these few tips, good luck, and happy hunting.
raenna gohm contributor Literally, it’s hunting season. This is not about the University of Regina Cougars, this is about picking up a gun and getting a deer. Or maybe a moose, elk, coyote or whatever else you can legally shoot at. To begin with, if hunting was easy, it would just be called killing. This is speaking from experience. You can spend all day out with a gun, tracking deer, but it does not mean you will shoot one. To hunt, you have to have legal tags for a deer, you have to wear safe colors and you need to understand guns and how to use a gun properly. The deer population only grows so much until hunting season begins. This year, hunting season for rifles began on Nov. 1 in most zones and Nov. 15th in others. To understand these dates and zones just go to Wholesale Sports Regina or any hunting outfitter and they can provide a map and list of dates, and tell you what weapon you can use where. After you know where you can hunt and when, you need to do it legally. If anyone could shoot any deer they saw, there would not be
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many deer around. To protect the population, the government issues tags out so that people can still enjoy hunting, but it is controlled. This control stops the populations from dropping too low or jumping too high. Tags are relatively easy to get, they can be purchased at gas stations, and many stores; just go to the customer service and ask.
So, after you know where to hunt and when, you bought your tags so you can legally shoot the deer, now what? Just walk out with a gun, point and shoot, right? Nope. If you went out with a gun to shoot a deer in just regular clothes that kind of blend with your environment, you run the risk of another hunter mistaking you for wildlife and you just might get
I prefer taking down deer with my bare hands
shot. Getting shot ruins the fun of hunting for everyone, so avoid it by wearing bright red, yellow, or orange. These colors easily stick out and cannot be mistaken because of how bright they are. It is mandatory to have a red, yellow, or orange hat on your head. You must also wear a jacket of the same colors. This makes the two
shot ruins the fun of hunting so everyone, so avoid it by wearing bright red, yellow, or orange.”
RIP Riders What to do without Saskatchewan’s favourite team paige kreutzwieser contributor The main reason I like watching the Canadian Football League – Saskatchewan Roughriders mostly – is because of the atmosphere while watching games. That is a huge part of sports. Now, this is nothing against the CFL, but I prefer the talent of the NFL way better. But watching CFL games does have its perks. The way I watch the Riders is usually involving lots of food, and more importantly, beverages. Whether it is with a group of friends screaming at a TV, or celebrating a Sunday Funday with my roommate with the game on, or even hitting up Mosaic Stadium, Rider games for me are so much more than just the game of football itself. With that being said, it is sad that Rider games will be on hiatus until next season, but life without the Green and White will be liveable; there is still the NFL. And yes, it is a shame for those hockey fans that don’t get to shift their attention to the National Hockey League, but that just means students can spend more time studying for finals. Plus, there are still many other sports in full swing. For myself, I am a curling junky – not sure if I should be ad-
Can you pass the Kleenex, Makowsky? mitting that or not – but that means without hockey, curling could take a decent portion of the spotlight on sports channels in Canada, and I couldn’t be happier. However, when watching curling the atmosphere is incomparable to football or, I’ll even admit, hockey games. But with the void of going for drinks to watch
an NHL game, and apart from chilling with my dad and watching the NFL, life without the Riders is going to subdue my social life a bit. However, after the Nov. 11 game, maybe both the Rider athletes and fans need a break. Am I devastated by the loss? Absolutely. Will I let it affect my love for the Green and White?
Absolutely not – I’m a Bills fan if that tells you anything about my dedication principles. But it is time to move on, looking in a positive direction for next year, and watch other sports. NCAA football is a great choice. Just had my first Ultimate Fighting Championship event night experience, and those fights were interesting, to say the least.
The NBA is also underway and it is not too late to get into that. Golf is an all-year TV sport, so why not give that a try? With the latter two I understand I don’t put up a very good argument, but you get my drift. As far as what should happen with the Riders, let the managing units do as they please with trades, cuts and the like. I have no place making any judgments on those aspects. But whatever it comes down to, the Riders are and always will be the Riders. They continuously break our hearts, no matter who is on the team or not, while keeping us grasping for “our year” every upcoming season. For most fans, it’s a love/hate relationship that fades away during the off-season to only subject ourselves to it again come June. And after the semi-final playoff game, it is easy to just forget about the team, because they “let us down.” Their season is done and over, nothing more we can do as fans, and the only thing left in the CFL to really look forward to now is Justin Bieber at halftime, if that tells you anything. So unless Saskatchewan CFL football is the only thing you watched, life without the Riders should be, and will be, easy.
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
Letter to Bettman My attempt to be serious what the puck? autumn mcdowell sports editor Dear Gary,
I am writing you this letter with the hopes of making you realize the pain that you are causing hockey fans, and, in particular, fans of the National Hockey League. Rather than make fun of you as I usually do, I am going to attempt to calmly and assertively make you realize what a colossal idiot you are, and if an insult slips in here or there, for that I am truly sorry. When you announced that the NHL would go into a lockout back in 1994, after less than one year as the league’s commissioner, I should have known it was a sign of more bad things to come. I do not think you realized what an impact you were making at the time, because over the next 18 years you did it again, twice. Does that seem a little bit ridiculous to you? Every time you take away hockey, you are crushing dreams of fans everywhere. People live, eat, and breathe the NHL, but you don’t seem to care at all. By announcing yet another lockout, you took away the days when hockey fans could wake up,
throw on their favourite team’s jersey, and wear it with pride all day because it was game day. Fans no longer engage in healthy banter between colleagues about last night’s double header, a recent fight, an underdog victory, and that’s largely your fault. If you think that the strug-
gling hockey markets in the United States won’t take a hit from this lockout you are sadly mistaken. If teams like the Phoenix Coyotes are barely keeping their heads above water when they have hockey for fans to watch, how are they going to keep their already slim fan base alive if there is no hockey to speak of for
an entire year? You helped bring the NHL from 24 teams to 30, but I’m afraid that with you remaining at the controls, any progress you have made with expansion will be for nothing. I would love to know what you truly feel you are accomplishing with another lockout. Does it
make you feel good to take away not just the players’ jobs, but the jobs of other staff and media that work the games? Are you happy that while you are being greedy and squeezing every penny you can out of the players association to make yourself richer, people are struggling to get by because of a decision you made? I realize that it is not solely up to you to make a decision. After enduring over 65 days without hockey I understand that both sides need to come together to make an agreement. However, I don’t think that you are doing everything in your power to make that happen. Your recent decision to postpone talks between the NHL and NHLPA is rather disturbing. How can anything get done if the two groups are not talking things out and trying to work out a deal in person? I would hope that the NHL commissioner would be working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until this issue got resolved and fans could be reunited with hockey once again, but I guess I was foolish to think that the NHL actually cared about the fans. Sincerely,
Cougars highlights Regina shines on the ice and court
sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-23) to secure the win. Providing that the world doesn’t end, Cougars fans will have to wait until 2013 to see Regina in action. The Cougars (1-7) will travel to Vancouver this weekend to take on the UBC Thunderbirds (4-4), before closing out 2012 in Kamloops.
autumn mcdowell sports editor Men’s hockey
The Cougars men’s hockey team went to war with the No. 1 team in the nation last weekend, but came up just short. Although Regina suffered two losses to the Alberta Golden Bears, including a devastating 2-1 overtime loss on Friday, and a blowout 5-2 defeat on Saturday, the real story of the weekend was the fans. Many of the Rams players were in the stands on Friday night to cheer on the Cougars and taunt the opposing players. Many of the chats were directed at Alberta’s Johnny Lazo, the top scorer in Canada West. The chant of “Laaaazzooo” filled the rink as well as one of my personal favourites: “Number 9, you’re terrible!” The night was also highlighted by one of the fans narrowly missing out on beating a small child to a puck that flew over the boards only to have another one land near him minutes later. Those fans made everyone’s night more enjoyable. I don’t think I have ever heard cheers like that at a Cougars hockey game and it was awesome.
The Cougars women’s hockey team brought their brooms to Edmonton last weekend. Regina proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in Canada West this season after their weekend sweep over the No. 3 ranked University of Alberta Pandas. Second-year goaltender Jennifer Schmidt had an extremely strong weekend in net for the Cougars, stopping 57 out of 60 shots she faced in the series, as she backstopped the Cougars to 32 win on Friday, and a 2-1 victory
Saturday. The Cougars also had strong performances from forwards Paige Wheeler and Brooklyn Moskowy. Wheeler finished the weekend with three assists while Moskowy added two goals on night No. 2, respectively. With the win, the Cougars (84) move into a tie with Alberta for second place in Canada West. The Cougars will take on the Manitoba Bisons (4-6-2) this Friday and Saturday at The Cooperators Centre, puck drops at 7 p.m.
Nine games into the season and it finally happened, the men’s volleyball team picked up their first Canada West victory. After narrowly losing a fiveset marathon to the visiting University of Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday night, the Cougars were determined to leave with a W on Saturday. The Wesmen grinded out a dirty 27-25 win over the Cougars in the first set, but that would be their only set victory of the match. The Cougars would go on to take the next three consecutive
The Cougars women’s volleyball team is experiencing some growing pains this year. The incredible lack of fifthyear players on the roster this year may lend itself to an explanation for their 1-7 record so far this season. Unfortunately, two of those losses came on Nov. 16-17, when the Winnipeg Wesmen were in town. The Cougars were only able to win two sets over the weekend, falling to the Wesmen 1-3 on both nights. Regina will look to capture their second win of the season this weekend when they travel to Vancouver this weekend alongside the men’s team to take on the UBC Thunderbirds. It will be a tough contest for the Cougars, as the Thunderbirds are off to a 7-1 start and are ranked second in the nation.
Op-Ed Editor: Edward Dodd email@example.com the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
Not for profit Universities are corporations, my friend. Or at least that’s what the Academic Program Review would have us believe. While the APR forums have illuminated the constricted financial situation of the university, they are also revealing other interesting attitudes towards education. One attitude that has been revealed is, not surprisingly, that the university should be run like a business. Inherent in this is a limited definition of profit dependent on how much money the university makes by providing a service to their consumers – students. On this model, the university aims to rely less on government funding and more on tuition and other sources of revenue. In other words, the work of the university is being reduced to its immediately obvious monetary impact. This understanding of a university, however, is an extremely limited one that ignores the varied nature of how a university serves society. While we can certainly point to the direct monetary benefits of a university, some of the more subtle and intangible creations of the university are often ignored and devalued when we start
demanding to justify its existence in terms of money. Investment in the Fine Arts, Arts, and Sciences is much like capital investment into buildings on campus. Without the buildings, the university ceases to exist. Without education that is not directly reduced to profit, our university ceases to exist and becomes a technical college. Proper funding of these programs is an investment in cultural works that don’t necessarily make money but do enhance society – namely things like paintings, books, sculpture, or music. It is also an investment in the structures that maintain culture and ultimately create more wealth, be those structures formalized like a university or informal like the prevailing attitude towards society. Investment of money into a liberal arts, science, or fine arts is never wasted; it is merely transformed into something more meaningful than dollars and cents. Think of it this way: a farmer can take the money he earned growing a crop to plant another crop the next year, or he can set aside some of the money to buy a tractor, which will al-
“ Investment of money into a liberal arts, science, or
fine arts is never wasted; it is merely transformed into something more meaningful than dollars and cents.”
Made for art
Last week, the University of Saskatchewan announced it would be closing its Kenderdine Campus at Emma Lake immediately because of major infrastructure needs that the University could not afford to repair. This is only one major blow to the fine arts community in Saskatchewan in the past year, which I probably don’t need to remind anyone about. Cough-film tax credit-cough. The government simply cannot afford these frivolous little artists anymore is the message. But this is such an ass backwards concept for Saskatchewan. As far as I remember growing up as a kid, art was part of this province. There’s the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Craft Council, the Artist’s Guild, individual guilds in small towns, galleries everywhere, and distinct Saskatchewan artists like Glen Scrimshaw and Joe Fafard that define Saskatchewan artistry. Even today, there’s a huge focus on art that reflects the uniqueness of Saskatchewan, like the Regina Gateway buffalo spine on Regina Avenue by artists Paul Raff and Jyhling Lee. But, at the same time, there’s increasing cuts to the programs that support artists and art in Saskatchewan. This is sad, not just for artists, but for the Saskatchewan legacy that will be left behind after the government makes these budgetary decisions, increasingly decisions that claim to promote business growth and industrial enterprise and demote the fine arts. I spent the weekend driving around rural south Saskatchewan, and on my jouney, I was stricken by how stunning my province is. Even covered in a plain white blanket, the vast empty fields glitter, and the sun and clouds envelope each other like watercolour paints swirling on a palette. Our grain elevators and railroads were built on a business foundation, but for decades, artists have picked up their cam-
eras, paintbrushes and pencils and inter preted these manmade structures in a way that gives them iconic status, something uniquely Saskatchewan. As an artist, I find it impossible to be in this place, looking at my surroundings, and not feel my heart and mind fill with inspiration. I know other artists feel the same, because despite the funding cuts to fine arts programs, many artists stay because this is our beautiful home, before, during, and after the current government and their budget. It just seems right that fine art and natural Saskatchewan go hand in hand. It’s inexplicable, and frankly, it doesn’t have to be explained. Just look outside at the endless sunsets and sunrises, the fiercely powerful storms, the environmental diversity from Cypress Hills to Athabasca. This place is stunning. And it’s being destroyed by outer city developments, highways, oil mining and unsustainable farming. On top of that, those who work to record the wonder of nature are being undervalued by our government. This province was made to be painted, photographed, and immortalized. Saskatchewan welcomes artists by simply being really lovely to look at. Despite this natural relationship, fine arts are being suppressed by budget cuts. Artists are being strained, and many are leaving the province because the government has made clear it is not supporting their work. The loss of artist influence in this province will prove to be a tragedy. Art belongs in Saskatchewan, and as far as I’m concerned, this conservative government’s unwillingness to see the value of the fine arts does not.
julia dima production manager
low him to produce more grain in the coming years. The farmer now no longer has the money he spent on the tractor, but he has a tractor which will make his work easier and help him create more wealth. This wouldn’t be possible if he simply hoarded his money for the sake of hoarding it. While investment in the programs is not as tangible as a new tractor, it is no less important. When viewed this way, the suggestion that the university, at the demands of the government, needs to see a monetary return on all investments in education ignores the fact that some government investment in the form of money is necessarily converted by the university –especially by “pre-professional” degrees – into something that is more meaningful than mere currency. In effect, the policy of reducing the usefulness of a university to how “sustainable” it is – read: how much money it makes – is self-defeating. With this more nuanced understanding of society, it becomes clear that funding post-secondary education is not a waste of money in any sense of the word. It is an investment in the creation of things that people want to make their lives more fulfilling. A more highly educated society is ultimately a happier society, as proper and healthy investments now in education provide a cultural infrastructure that can create wealth in the future in the form of art, literature, scientific breakthrough and so on. Increasingly, the government is suggesting that turning a visible profit is the be-all and end-all of everything. The idea of a forprofit university is too narrow an under-
standing for how a university should fit into an effective economy. What it comes down to is that we need to stop reducing everything to the monetary impact and realize there are underlying structures to society that need to be maintained. If we don’t maintain those now, society might find itself in a “cultural infrastructure deficit” much like the infrastructure deficit the city, the province, and the country are currently facing. That is a truly bleak vision of the world. It’s extremely unfortunate that the government has taken such a simplistic understanding of society in terms of only dollars and cents, neglecting the overall well-being of citizens. It could be why as this trend has developed, employee happiness has dropped across the board, with over 20 per cent of employees experiencing depression in the workplace. It is also unfortunate that the university seems unable to dispel the government’s narrow-minded view of post-secondary education, instead determining to manage cuts and refocus its operations to meet this simplistic understanding of the world. We need to ask why we’ve been ineffective at making a case for post-secondary education that is not solely driven by a desire to make money, and then hold whoever is responsible accountable for this failure.
edward dodd op-ed editor
Make waves Last Tuesday in the Lab Café, it was business as usual. Students were studying, eating, and chatting. Then about 20 students marched through the Lab Building, carrying a banner and ripping away confused students from their studies with the chant “education, not deportation.” At that very second, the room went dead quiet, and all the students fixed their confused gaze onto the march. “What’s going on? What are they talking about?” the faces of the onlookers asked. I sat and watched the phenomenon unfold, and perhaps my friend reflected the reaction best a few days later: “what the fuck is this?” As I am sure many students feel this time of year, they are too damn busy. Even I forgot about the rally for these two students due the terrifying realization of the behemoth of homework I had upon me last week. If students were less busy, I am sure that more than 20 would have shown up for the march and chant and to show support for their fellow students. As much as some students desire this campus to have more activism, to be more involved, to be less apathetic, and desire that more students had come to the march, many probably agree with me that marching and chanting with a banner isn’t their thing. Yet there are more things a student can do to be more active, but students have a multitude of reasons to not be more involved. Some don’t know, some don’t care, some disagree, and some are embarrassed. So what to do? What can students do? What to do in the face of unjust deportations? What to do with an embezzlement scandal and a questionable CFS? What to do under the spectre of an ac-
ademic review that may disfigure this university and jeopardize your degree. This university faces a multitude of challenges that require the student body to awake and face vigilantly. The first step would be for students to be more informed about the going-ons on campus. If only there was some sort of outlet that reports on such things. Now, armed with knowledge of the events on our campus, the next step would be to get involved, in any way they can, because these deportations and academic changes affect you and your future success. If we allow the administration to change the way this university functions without our consent, then we also let them dictate our future. Take, for example, the academic review forum, which was held in the Riddell Centre Multipurpose Room on Nov.19. How many showed up? As a student body we could easily make the administration tremble if we packed such a small room with a suddenly interested and demanding student body. Sadly, this generally does not happen. It seems only the few and the brave will show up to voice their largely unheeded opinions. Yet, if we showed up in force, we could collectively speak with a common voice that the administration could not afford to ignore. Even if the student body doesn’t have a consensus and disagrees on what’s best for the future of this university, the important thing is that students show the administration that they care. Never forget, this is your university.
michael chmielewski contributor
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
Imagine these vast green fields of Saskatchewan
With the American election bringing some changes to their exemplary proto-worldglobo-law peace-confining structure, it seems to be high time we all do some thinking. Now, some people are still trying to say marijuana is a bad thing. We’ve all heard the line: “it’s a gateway drug; one toke and you’re in prison doing meth and getting beaten by guards.” Whatever the popularity of generally misinformed sentiments, I’m here to argue the opposite case, for the good. Marijuana is a good thing. That’s the conclusion, and we’ll take it at the start as evidenced by the fact that two American states have sought legalization. Yep, shame on you Canada. Now, it’s possible to think these particular states have simply succumbed to reefer madness, en masse, or something of the sort. But, in practice, there are probably some much better reasons to explain their legislative actions, and the intent moving behind them. Firstly, recall that the substance is a naturally occurring plant and some would say it is just about as harmless as grass. Furthermore, it is generally known by the
name ‘weed’. Now, some linguistic buffs, and our friends who go outside often enough, will tell us that weed is generally used as terminology to refer to plants which normally grow out of control and/or everywhere despite all human efforts to constrain them. This seems to indicate the type of plant that cannot simply be removed from existence via widespread bureaucratic paper-stacking and other such expensive gestures of typically political arm-waving. Thus we see people (Americans, no less), sensibly, finally realizing the more practical conclusion: we must necessarily make intelligent choices for ourselves, particularly where the law is inefficient or outright wasteful. Save money while increasing freedom. Secondly, the substance is actually a scientifically-proven medicine. So, what the fuck – let’s go ahead and keep it illegal, then, right? That makes complete sense, or at least some cents for the global pharmaceutical industry. The government is in charge of providing our health care – and with filling up our new mega-prisons – so why not just let them choose who gets to grow, distribute, and use a beautiful and beneficial natural substance? And if you must smoke, you should go
What is the point of student politics? Why do we even have representation, when we do not have accountability? Where are the leadership skills that are supposed to propel the students’ movement forward? What is our collective vision? These are the questions I ask myself every time I hear about some avoidable incident concerning my Students’ Union. I am not referring to trivia night. The handling of this incident was done quickly, effectively, and without political manoeuvring. This was to simply apologize, engage the behaviour with appropriate training, and learn from your mistake. In other words, being accountable to your electorate. What I do not understand is why we do not take issue with other such overlaps in
judgement by our leadership. Let’s us start with asking why the President’s Advisory Committee (PAC) was unable to bring together students to host their events in a venue they have ownership in, resulting in the loss of over $200,000, mostly from the Owl last year. PAC was created with the purpose of distributing money to student societies to help create an inclusive university experience for our membership. Why did that change? Why was there a lack of leadership in providing direction for this committee? Why was the Owl left to hold the debt? Where is the accountability of the elected officials that let this happen? More importantly, how do we prevent bad decision making in the future? The loss of over $200,000 is unacceptable. I am happy to hear the URSU audit
buy some cigarettes – they’re totally legal, made in a huge factory with cheap tobacco grown and distributed internationally, and the added tax will even help your government fund health care! You won’t really feel any better, or receive much in the way of worthwhile long-term benefits, true, but at least they’ll make you feel dead – or like wishing you were. Thirdly, there’s another British Imperial fuck-ton of reasons around every corner as to why marijuana should be legalized. In actual practice we don’t need government, particularly backwards-assed conservative government, making fundamental choices that we should make for ourselves. Where is our freedom in this equation? It’s locked up in an expensive iron cage along with us. We don’t need government, spending our tax dollars, trying to outlaw and eliminate a plant that grows of its own accord and probably has existed since long before human society came to be as it is. We have more fundamental needs to address. Besides, have you ever seen people when they’re drunk? That shit’s legal, and if you hadn’t heard, it’s taxed by the government. Have you heard about drunk driving? Have you known anyone to suffer alcohol poisoning? Worse still, in some re-
shows that fraud did not take place at URSU last year. However, I am not surprised. There are procedures in place to prevent this from happening. What is confusing is the lack of accountability regarding the CFS-SK account. At what point does it become ok to give unelected people access to thousands of student dollars without asking for a budget, planned events, or campaign ideas? When these systems are not in place, why are we surprised when money is stolen? This is not the first time this has happened. Yet we still make the same mistakes. URSU states they have done everything they can. CFS states it is not their fault. The CFS-SK representatives say they did not have the evidence to lay charges, but they had enough evidence to convince the URSU board and Nur that the
“ The CFS-SK representatives say they did not have the
evidence to lay charges, but they had enough evidence to convince the URSU board and Nur that the best plan of action was for her to step down? It amounts to a lot of political manoeuvring and absolutely no accountability.”
spects, there is the familiar case of longterm alcoholism. Yet this kind of substance is fully condoned by the government. Everywhere we hear that the war on drugs is failing. Know what that means? That we, as a generally warmongering species, are actually losing in a prolonged battle against a set of substances which maintain no standing army, no expensive military technology, and are not even consciously self-propelled. Here we are with our big scientific brains and our big profitmaximizing reasons and we’re stuck wasting capital fighting a losing battle. We can’t even afford to pay the global bills already accrued and we’re still busy trying to spend money on unnecessary, expensive government control while we can barely afford to live for ourselves. There is even a growing list of positive economical benefits, practically promised to us by the route to legalization, aside from the inevitability of government taxation. For example, take ‘head shops’ – of which Regina already has several. Surely their business would not only increase but may finally go on to receive the response and recognition that they actually deserve within the community. Furthermore, as we all should acknowledge, Saskatchewan’s got a lot of flat ground that’s pretty much ideal for growing all sorts of crops. Add to that, the fact that farmers are increasingly looking for legitimate products to grow and take to market other than just corporate-engineered GMO grain seeds. Sure, the market would be subject to change pending legalization, but there seems to be no known types of grain that can sell for upwards of $10/gram. We need to start trying to live a bit more sensibly, trying to think a bit more sensibly, to grow a lot more congruently within nature and our own nature. It seems almost genuinely impossible, on paper, to outlaw a species of life, no matter how many we’ve otherwise pressured into extinction.
dustin christianson contributor
best plan of action was for her to step down? It amounts to a lot of political manoeuvring and absolutely no accountability. But, everyone is quick to point fingers. For instance, CFS national claims that they never authorized the opening of the bank account, yet I am staring at a letter from CFS national making this exact request as I am writing this. I do not question the goals of URSU, CFS-SK, or of CFS national. They are here to represent the voice of the students. They raise awareness about student issues and fight for our collective rights. That is why these institutions exist. It is the lack of leadership, accountability, and resolve to do the right thing that I question. I do not want to see some TV interview or some statement of deniability. I want to see an admission to responsibility to solve the issues, institute changes to prevent future crimes, and a plan of action to move us forward. Perhaps these student organizations can take a page from the Owl and make a progressive change.
shaadie musleh business manager
the carillon | Nov. 22 - 28, 2012
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