the carillon The University of Regina Students’Newspaper since 1962 March 4 - 10, 2010 | Volume 52, Issue 19
The Cougars worked their asses off all year, and for their trouble a bunch of them are going to the CIS playoffs. From volleyball to track and field, this week’s Carillon takes a look at the teams and athletes that make the U of R proud.
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The acclimation elections Troubled URSU election gets worse
Stumbling to the ballots One less candidate peter mills editor in chief The 2010 URSU general elections had a troubling start, largely as a result of the disappointing turnout of candidates and an abundance of acclamations. Now the by-election has become a complete farce. Along with strong accusations surfacing from former URSU presidential candidate Bhabani Panigraphy – who believes this year’s by-election is unconstitutional – there is now only one presidential candidate and a lot of confusion. Even before Panigraphy’s decision to withdraw his candidacy, serious reflection on the process of future elections was severely necessary. In 2009, URSU elections were conducted on March 23, 25, and 26. This year, elections were originally slated to occur nearly a month earlier. Without a doubt, more needs to be done in future elections to ensure that students are aware of how to get involved in URSU, what positions are available, the requirements of each job, who is running for what, and what candidates are offering students. Holding an election a month earlier this year has not helped accomplish any of the latter. Incumbent URSU President Kyle Addison explained that URSU elections were held a month earlier this year in order to avoid confusion during referendums. “The reason why we proposed to the Board to have the election a month early is because we know that there is going to be a continued membership referendum about the CFS,” said Addison. “We don’t want that to interfere with URSU elections because then people won’t distinguish a qualified candidate between an unqualified candidate.” Addison said that when the CFS referendum takes place there will be many people on campus – both University of Regina students and non-students trying to influence voters, and, had the election been conducted at the same time, URSU candidates. “They [the CFS] send down anywhere from 20 to 100 people to convince people to lean a certain direction,” said Addison, “and it’s not fair to the candidates to have to be portrayed by non-members of URSU on campus swaying voters. There would have been a lot of confusion if we would have had them both at the same time and there’s only a tight window that we can have that CFS referendum and it’s right during our general elections
of last year.” So far this year, one of the biggest controversies surrounding the URSU election is the handling of acclamated candidates. This year, six positions, including VP of Student Affairs, VP of External Affairs, and VP of Operations and Finance, plus five senate seats won by acclamation, meaning the candidates for those positions have already secured their position without requiring students to vote on whether they approve or disapprove. Acclamations are definitely not a good indicator of student representation or democracy. Addison explained, “There were less acclamations in the beginning but then people pulled out their nomination packages.” However, even if those candidates had not pulled their nomination packages, candidate turnout still would not have been acceptable. So, in short, students will not have a democratic vote this year in deciding who will be representing them in the vast majority of URSU. Last year’s Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Scott Wilson, made a recommendation in his yearend report that all acclamations in the future be handled with a yes/no ballot. Such a vote was never approved and uncontested candidates are thus elected. “I didn’t even know they were made,” said Addison, referring to the documents made by Scott Wilson. Addison explained that such recommendations were made to the past URSU executive and were never passed along to the current administration. Addison was careful not to criticize the current first-time CRO Tiffany Kearse for not implementing the yes/no acclamation vote or being able to recruit and attract more candidates, but he did say this election has been difficult. “There has been some challenges in regards to the election process, and this is coming from me as a candidate, [but] I’m not in any authoritative position to be judging her.” Addison said URSU is currently looking into hiring a deputy CRO, so the margin of error is decreased and to help the CRO with much more than counting votes and setting up polling stations. “I’m struggling to find accurate information a lot during this election process. And it is severely frustrating because I currently hold this office and feel like I should get involved and do something about it, and fix things, and make them right, but at the same time I can’t because I’m a candidate running for re-election so I have to remain outside the room with the closed door.”
austin m. davis news editor An emergency Students’ Union Board of Directors meeting was held on Feb. 26. The meeting altered not only when the 2010 URSU elections would be held, or who would be involved, but the very atmosphere of the campaigns. Chief Returning Officer Tiffany Kearse called the meeting to discuss the conflict of having the all-candidates’ forum on the same day as advanced voting would begin. The decision to change the scheduling was immediately nullified by the revelation that a formal complaint had been filed against a candidate for president. Kearse, with authority to do so, announced that the general elections would be concluded, and nominations would be reopened for uncontested positions and presidency, followed by a by-election on March 17 and 18. Former URSU presidential candidate Bhabani Panigraphy believes this year’s by-election is unconstitutional and that incumbent Kyle Addison should be disqualified from the election process. Panigraphy told the Carillon on March 2, “If somebody did wrong, they’re supposed to be punished, and the other person is supposed to be acclaimed the position. For one person, why is the whole system changed? Because if you’re president, it doesn’t matter when you’re running as a candidate. You should be a candidate, that’s all.” Panigraphy was Addison’s sole opponent in the race for presidency, but as a result of Friday’s meeting, has chosen to not resubmit his nomination as a form of protest. “I believe in constitution, my background is navigation, and I am a merchant navy officer. I
believe only in rules and regulations, that’s what I know. And the rules and regulations are the same for everybody,” Panigraphy said. He expressed his displeasure at being a candidate in the only contested race that the recent disturbance has affected. Panigraphy continued to state that he was treated unfairly, not by any person in particular, but by the whole process. Panigraphy claimed that he received little notice that the emergency meeting was going to take place. He was in a Graduate Students Association conference at the time, and, received a text message telling him to, “Come within five minutes otherwise you’re too late for the position.” His frustration mounted during a conversation when he discussed the unfairness he found in the decision to restart the presidential race, but not the other three acclaimed URSU executive positions. “You should follow the rules no matter what. If somebody did the wrong thing, they should be disqualified. In that case, if I did the wrong thing, then immediately I would be disqualified ... As far as the constitution law, and rules, I’m supposed to be acclaimed that position,” Panigraphy said. URSU will be accepting nominations for president and twenty other available positions until March 8. At that point, the university will hopefully have its nominees for presidency, and a legitimate campaign period can ensue until March 16. Though at press time it was unclear what the 2010 election race will look like, Panigraphy will not be onstage beside Addison at the March 15 all-candidates’ forum. The by-election may ignite the flames of democratic passion, or this may have detached the voting public from the election process that even electronic voting cannot fix.
“If somebody did wrong, they’re
supposed to be punished, and the other person is supposed to be acclaimed the position.” Bhabani Panigraphy
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Urban survival map alex colgan features editor The streets are familiar, but this isn’t your everyday tourist map. The symbols point to emergency shelters, free food and clothing, and needle exchange locations. This is a survival map. It’s a guide that reveals a hidden side of Regina, and if you live on the streets and don’t know where to go to access social services, it may mean the difference between life and death. “I wanted to help people whose daily life is a struggle for existence,” said Dr. Marc Spooner, a professor specializing in homelessness issues, who recently produced the second version of the City of Regina Survival Guide and Map. Spooner, along with research assistant Danielle Golden, put out the first version last year; it was the first time that Regina’s social services had been compiled in a convenient guide. While helping the homeless is the key goal, Spooner hopes that the guide might produce additional benefits. “I hope to alleviate some of that pain and struggle,” Spooner said, “but it’s also intended to raise awareness for people who may not necessarily know what Regina looks like, that we have such poverty in Regina.” Each release has produced 3,000 copies of the guide, so there are 6,000 copies currently circulating throughout Regina. The guide has spread far and wide as many individuals and organizations have requested copies. “Different individuals have asked for it – hospitals, police – individuals who work at institutions who come across them and request them from me. It’s also available at the public library [and] every level of government.” Spooner also leaves copies in bus stations. The guide can also be found online at leaderpost.com/pdf/Pamphletforpress.pdf.
The government of Canada sponsored the production of the first version through a grant, while the second version’s printing was paid for by the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) Initiative, an organization that strives to establish a community-driven national information system for shelter service providers. The City of Regina helped with the layout of the map and Spooner compiles and updates the list of services for free. Perhaps the most startling revelation of the guide is the physical extent of the needle exchange program, as there are five different locations for the service, including a van that circulates on a set schedule. “Regina gives out more needles per capita than Vancouver,” said Spooner. “We give out about 1.8 million needles a year, because the drug users here tend to use cocaine or crystal meth, and you use more needles in a run; it could be 20 needles a day. But it’s been very effective. The government in 2008 did a review ... of the needle exchange program and it was overwhelmingly in support. And this was the Sask. Party government. “For every million dollars spent on the needle exchange program, they’ve factored that it would save $4 million on health care costs to bloodborne diseases and other types of infections ... This actually saves taxpayers money.” Although Spooner is pleased that the guide is helping people find access to needed services, he laments the fact that the copies have been snapped up so quickly. Its success is in many ways an indicator of how serious the issues of poverty and homelessness are in Regina, and he hopes for a more coordinated effort by government to address the needs of the city’s most vulnerable residents. “I hope that one day we won’t need the map,” he said. “It’s just a Band-Aid solution.”
news column austin m. davis news editor
Dr. Spooner’s map will assist homeless survival in the Queen City
New legislation decreases remand credit Bill C-25 reduces time credit in pre-trial custody lisa goudy news writer Since their election in 2006, the federal Conservatives have advocated a tough approach to dealing with crime. On Feb. 22 a new bill came into effect that reduces the amount of time accused people can spend in pre-trial custody. Bill C-25, commonly referred to as the Truth in Sentencing Act, changed the previous standard twofor-one credit to one-for-one credit or straight time for those charged and kept in pre-trial custody. This means that the time spent awaiting a trial will be added to the total sentence, except in exclusive situations where three-for-two credit will be awarded. Judges no longer have as much judgment in sentencing as they had in the past. Don Morgan, Saskatchewan Justice Minister, stated that the enactment of the Bill would assure the public that the justice system is honest. “In years gone by, when people were put in jail, there was little or no rehabilitation programs when they were in remand and oftentimes there was a sense that remand was a lot harder time to serve,” said Morgan. “Now remand and the correctional population at large are served to-
gether so there’s very little distinction between them anymore, at least in our province.” Morgan iterated that this change has the potential to accelerate proceedings because there are no longer any reasons to delay various cases. He said he has “no doubt” that some individuals were delaying their trial because they could receive double time for the time awaiting their trial. Other justice officials agree that this is a positive piece of legislation. Some argue that Bill C-25 will guarantee the conditions in which accused persons are kept. Over the past few decades, more people have spent time in remand and the conditions of pre-trial custody have worsened because of the overcrowded centres. Approximately 25 years ago, there were less than 4,000 prisoners in pretrial custody but this number had tripled by 2006. The government contends that this new legislation is a step towards reducing remand time in the long term. But not everyone is so optimistic about the bill. A lawyer who wished for anonymity stated that the amount of time convicts spend in pre-trial custody may not actually change at all. He said that it is possible that people on remand will look for faster trials because they can no longer acquire additional time by postponing the
trial. Unfortunately, the justice system is overloaded, so unless supplementary prosecutors are hired or more judges are appointed, accused people may not be able to get to trial any faster than they did in the past. This leads to another repercussion of this legislation. There is likely to be an increased cost to hire additional justice officials and it costs quite a bit to retain inmates in prison. By the government’s decision to reduce the time served in remand, inmates will actually spend more time in prison. Ultimately, he said that this cost would be borne on the justice system and the average Canadian taxpayer. Even this is not a guarantee. It is also possible that the time served will not be decreased because inmates typically are only required to serve one third of their sentences before qualifying for parole. Generally prisoners only serve two thirds of their sentence. In addition, he feels that this legislation does not actually change very much at all. If the inmates serve a longer time in prison, costs will increase and if inmates go through the system faster, criminals will end up on the streets faster than they did before. If it does not affect the amount of time served in prison, the only thing this legislation accomplished was eliminating some judgment calls
that judges could previously make. He believes this legislation is merely creating the illusion that the government is getting “tough on crime” when in fact they are not having any effect on the issue. Most criminals perform crimes because of socio-economic factors, poverty, greed, or mental illnesses, and he thinks that most people inclined to commit a crime will not think about time served in pre-trial custody. He is not the only lawyer who holds such views. Lawyer Jeff Deagle agrees that remand time may not be affected by this legislation. Not every case deserves to be dealt with in the same way and the postponement of showing evidence, accumulation of trial dates, and preparations for a complex trial are other factors that play a role in how quickly a case will go to trial. He also stated that judges should not be stripped of some of their discretionary powers. “I think our judges in Saskatchewan and Canada are extremely skilled, and I think sometimes judges don’t get enough credit for what their role is and what they’re doing,” Deagle said. “I think taking away that discretion is unfortunate. It would be more appropriate for legislators to build in guidelines.”
“In years gone by, when people were put in jail, there was little or no rehabilitation programs when they were in remand and oftentimes there was a sense that remand was a lot harder time to serve.”
Don Morgan Saskatchewan Justice Minister
The Internet has notoriously bordered between hilarious and completely morally void. With the help of 17-year-old Russian high school student Andrey Ternovskiy and his website Chatroulette.com, hilarity on the interwebs has been assimilated into truly frightening new territory. Ternovskiy’s creation allows visitors to instantly access video, voice, and text chat with random users around the world. There is no age verification, no sign-up, and no moderator. The website debuted in November 2009, and has been growing incredibly fast. Now there are reports that Chatroulette receives 500,000 visitors a day, and about 35,000 users are typically chatting at any time. This is not the first website of its kind, but it is the most advantageous. The layout of the site is simple. One page, two video-chat boxes, and a box where text can be entered. At the top is the Next button, and on Chatroulette, this button is your best friend. At complete random, one user is able to see and hear another user, until one party opts to search for more exciting strangers. Ideally, this would allow two people who never would have met otherwise, to sit in their own living rooms and discuss any topic. If used in this manner, Chatroulette could connect the whole world, at random, and make all people a little less ignorant. This invention however, is incredibly easy to abuse, and as a result, it’s easy to be abused as a participant. Chatroulette is aptly titled. There’s a chance (I calculated it at an enthusiastic 20 per cent) that something extremely unpleasant could happen the next time you press the button. The main threat on Chatroulette is graphic exhibitionism. As you press the Next button and receive that first glance through a stranger’s webcam, I guarantee that you will see an erect penis and a fair amount of masturbation. This is part of the reason that the average Chatroulette conversation is about a second in length. And if it’s not a man exposed in his bedroom, it’s a sign requesting “Show me your boobies.” Instead of Chatroulette bringing humanity closer together through the miraculous Internet, it makes the user nervous of what will happen next. Anyone using Chatroulette by themselves will end up being victimized. If not by disturbing pornographic material, then by a group of drunk Russians demanding you “suck your own dick.” I wish Chatroulette could be used in a manner that was serious, or that was productive. That will probably never happen, even though Ternovskiy recently posted saying he was working on a way to report inappropriate content, and block certain users. Chatroulette, as it exists, can only be approached as if it were a game. And it is to the players advantage to have friends with them when playing. A group of people will still see grotesque solo sexual acts, but it can be dealt with by laughter and a click of the button, instead of the cringe and shaken feeling one gets while alone. The group Chatroulette experience is no less intense, but it softens the blow. I went on with a female friend, we both sat visibly on camera, drinking, and laughed at the guy in an alien mask dancing to techno. But when a group of American men demanded she remove her shirt, we were both able to laugh and move on. Is this approach to Chatroulette opposite to the purpose for which it was created? Perhaps. But the way Chatroulette is being used, it forces any potential users to play the offensive. It is unfortunate that this brilliant advance in human interaction through the Internet will never reach its potential. Your chance of having an enlightening conversation on Chatroulette is about as good as seeing a woman naked on it. Like communism, the flaw with Chatroulette is in human nature; just instead of greed, it’s the urge to masturbate in front of strangers.
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Saving Canada’s wasted votes alex colgan features editor Proportional representation is a perennial issue in Canadian politics. Widely discussed but often ignored, it tends to be unpopular among those who have secured political power and hope to secure it against outsiders. However, as Dennis Pilon argues, it may be one of the best ways to save Canada’s ailing democracy. Dr. Pilon is a University of Victoria political science professor and author of The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada's Electoral System. His talk Feb. 23, which had a fair turnout of roughly 25 people despite URSU’s ban on nonelection posters, was hosted by the University of Regina’s Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG). Pilon argued that Canada’s firstpast-the-post (FPP) electoral system, in which each riding elects a single member, is undemocratic. “It violates some basic ideas about democracy,” he said. “The core of representative democracy ... is that you should represent the full range of a community’s opinions. “Our system creates an enormous number of wasted votes, people who find themselves orphaned on Election Day. They cannot find common cause with people who agree with them, and instead are left without any effective representation from their local member ... In the case of the Green party, federally, nearly a million voters, many of them youth, received no representation in the last election.” Instead, Pilon said, Canada should adopt proportional representation (PR), which is a system of voting that aims at matching the proportion of votes cast for each party with the number of seats that each party holds in
Dr. Dennis Pilon argues that Canada’s first-past-the-post system fails to represent voters democratically Parliament. For instance, if applied to the results of Canada’s last election, the Conservatives would hold 116 seats instead of 143, and the Greens would hold 21 seats instead of none. The existing FPP system rests on the fallacy that everyone in a district can be represented by a single person, Pilon said. “It’s very hard to argue that one person can represent all the differences of opinion that exist [in a riding]. Who is the local member accountable to? The 40 per cent who elected them? The 60 per cent who voted for someone else?” Opponents of proportional representation often argue that it would produce chronic instability and a
Get two degrees or you’re wasting time editor’s column peter mills editor in chief They University of Regina’s slogan should be “Realize: If you don’t get two degrees you’re wasting your time.” The intention of this column is not to go on a cliché rant telling students to “get involved” and “study hard.” Getting involved and studying hard are, in fact, both great ideas, but students have had that shoveled down their throats since elementary school. All students need is a damn good reason to get involved. They need to think it is detrimental to not get involved. In regards to the fact that most of us are taking classes that could be put towards obtaining another degree, it is absolutely in every student’s best interests to make sure they are aware of opportunities that may be easily attained. Counselors are obviously a great place to start, but any student coming out high school remembers the meaningless personality and career tests counselors encouraged them to take. After one such test, I was told my ‘dream job’ was a sign designer. Not everybody needs to be or is even interested in attaining more than their one degree. That’s fine. But when you are already taking a dozen or so classes that can be carried over to another degree, or you have flexibility choosing electives, students should be pushed towards obtaining another degree. I am currently a pre-journalism student who regrets every day that I didn’t prepare for a second major from day one of my first year at the U of R. That being said, I will likely end up
with a film studies degree some day to hopefully go along with a journalism degree. But had I been prepared and informed, I could have easily received a political science or English degree by now – which would have been very beneficial to a career in journalism. So who’s to blame? Obviously the blame has to come down on my shoulders for not being prepared to work towards two degrees the moment I was accepted to this university. But I can’t help but feel like I was somewhat neglected by counselors and the orientation process. Every student that goes to orientation, or a counselor, or when they download their class requirements, should be slapped with a disclaimer that reads, “If you don’t ensure that you leave the University of Regina with two majors, or two minors at the very least, you are wasting a lot of money and educational opportunities.” The Carillon wants to start a column dedicated entirely to giving you such advice on a weekly basis. We also aim to openly discuss the administration of your university. Most students are irate over the price of tuition, books, and the ever-increasing cost of living. The best way for any student to get their money’s worth is to influence and become a part of the administration of their university, and there is no better way to start than in these very pages. If you have any educational advice for University of Regina students, whether it be studying tips, classes to take or to avoid, campus clubs to join, or any other valuable university knowledge you are able to pass on to your fellow students, we would love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
succession of weak minority governments. However, Pilon argued that these arguments were beside the point. “If you wanted stability, why have democracy at all?” he said. “Stability cuts both ways. On one hand, sure, we need government to be able to accomplish things ... but on the other hand, to have governments that do not have to be accountable to voters ... they can pretty much ignore everyone, they can ram their policies through the Parliament.” Another key crisis of the current voting model is the strategic voting dilemma, said Pilon. “Because we award representation all or nothing,
you get it all or you get nothing at all. That acts as a serious barrier to people making a decision on the basis of what they would like to see.” This barrier makes it difficult for alternative parties and policies to ascend and entrenches existing interests. Proportional representation would provoke systemic changes, force parties to take account of suppressed constituencies, and lessen the urban/rural divide. “A PR system would treat individuals of all parties better, because it’s not just left-wingers who are getting the shaft,” Pilon argued. “You’ve got a ton of conservative voters in urban Canada who are not seeing the results
that they voted for. That denies the Conservative Party an important constituency.��� The same applies, he said, to rural New Democrats. However, with an overwhelming rejection of PR by B.C. voters during a referendum in May 2009, a powerful blow has been delivered to the PR movement in Canada that will likely take years to heal. “Four losses in a row really make the issue look dead, so we may be looking at a long-term strategy of public education, rather than the short-term approach,” said Pilon. “Right now we’re in a bit of a trench situation where we’ve got to dig in for the long haul.”
Not making progress Ugandan bill aims at homosexuality jennifer squires news writer A controversial Ugandan bill prohibiting homosexuality is scheduled for discussion in just a few weeks. Uganda’s paliament will discuss the bill, introduced by Member of Parliament David Bahati on Oct. 13, 2009, sometime this month. Bahati proposed the AntiHomosexuality Bill 2009 after a conference regarding the “gay agenda” hosted by three notorious U.S. evangelists, Scott Lively, Don Schmierer and Caleb Lee, who claimed that homosexuality was a curable inclination. The purpose of the bill is to “establish a comprehensive consolidated legislation to protect the traditionally family by prohibiting (i) any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex; and (ii) the promotion or recognition of such sexual relations” and “prohibit and penalize homosexual behaviour and related practiced in Uganda as they constitute a threat to the traditional family.” Under the current legislation, homosexual activity is punishable with seven years imprisonment. Under this bill, a person found guilty of homosexual activity can be punished with death. Homosexual activity is defined in three ways, including touching with the intention of committing homosexuality. Also punishable under the bill are those who support homosexuality. Anyone who is aware of homosexual activity but does not report it to the proper authorities within 24 hours can face up to seven years in prison. Anyone who has previous con-
victions under this bill, including those not homosexuals themselves, may face the death penalty. Anyone who tries to marry someone of the same sex is punished with life imprisonment. This legislation is contrary to Uganda’s various obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter according to a release from Amnesty International. However, Bahati has included a clause in the bill nullifying Uganda’s previous unions and treatise that are contrary to the intent of this act. After intense opposition from the international community including the three evangelists believed to be the instigators and the threat of Western countries to cut off funding Uganda, Uganda’s Minister of Integrity and Ethics, James Nsaba Buturo, said that the bill would be revised to exclude the death penalty. No evidence of this revision as hinted at in December of last year has emerged yet. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) issued a press release in December 2009 urging the Ugandan government to repeal the penal codes provision that criminalizes homosexual activity, consider measures for promoting tolerance and provide training to those in legal offices regarding homosexuality and other human rights issues. Shannon Berry, a volunteer at GBLUR, said “It’s a really scary thought that any country, instead of moving forward and progressing in human rights, would actually actively take a step back. It’s really sad.” Berry explains that several years ago it was reported that Uganda was
building what looked like barracks but are more likely work camps where people punished under this bill will be sent. “A lot of people are under the impression that these work camps are going to be the place where the people charged under this bill will be sent. A work camp isn’t a jail. It’s a concentration camp. It’s not just you go to jail and you sit in a cell, that ensures your safety and that’s not what they want to do.” GBLUR’s executive director Nathan Seckinger agrees with Berry that this is a step back. “They don’t make laws like this unless people already think this way.” Despite all the attention Uganda is getting, Seckinger emphasizes that Uganda is just the latest country to come out with a law like this. “What never became an issue were the seven countries who already execute homosexuals. It’s not an Uganda issue, it’s an international genocide issue and has been for many years,” Seckinger said. Canadian officials in the House of Parliament are in agreement with Berry and Seckinger calling the bill “vile”, “abhorrent”, and “reprehensible.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Uganda last November for a Heads of the Commonwealth meeting, at which MP John Baird assured parliament that Harper would condemn the bill. Apart from direct opposition, Berry isn’t sure what we in Canada can do to help the issue. “Until we figure out exactly what we can do from Canada, we are just trying to inform as many people as possible about this.”
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Study breaks help memory When it comes to studying, a new study urges students to relax lee macpherson manitoban (university of manitoba)
Gerald Deo (Ubyssey)
Negative focus has Canadian women’s hockey players scratching their heads andrew bates cup western bureau chief VANCOUVER (CUP) — The Canadian women’s hockey team said that they weren’t sure why their gold medals weren’t the center of attention at a press conference on Friday, following the media buzz around their beer-drinking celebration in an emptied-out Canada Hockey Place and comments by International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge about the future of women’s hockey at the Olympics. “I think we made Canadians proud, and I think that should be the story today,” said Jayna Hefford, an Ontario native who has had the second highest number of appearances at the international level after team captain Hayley Wickenheiser. “We’ve had a tough couple years as a program ... and for us to come here and win a gold medal in Canada, when a couple people said we were going to crack under the pressure, I think was a pretty good story last night.” Teammate Jennifer Boterill was also disappointed about the negative press. “It’s too bad that seems to be a little bit of the focus, because there are so many great stories,” she said. “You look at the medal rounds and they were both exciting games ... and it seems like the fans appreciate it.” About an hour after the Canadian women went back into the dressing room, they came back onto the ice and celebrated by drinking beer, smoking cigars, and posing be-
side the logo on centre ice. The photos of the celebrations spread quickly through the media, and an IOC director was quoted expressing disapproval, starting a minor controversy. “We were hoping that ceremony would stay private,” said Québecois forward Caroline Ouellette. “We did that in Salt Lake, we did that in Torino, and we made sure all the fans had left the building. We didn’t want to offend anyone.” According to Ouellette, the celebrations are an important part of the ritual for celebrating players. “For some of our girls, it’s the last time they’ll ever skate at the Olympics,” she said. “To go back on to that ice and just lay on it, or kiss it, or take pictures there is so special.” Hockey Canada has issued an apology on the team’s behalf, and an IOC spokesperson told a press briefing that no formal investigation was planned. More serious, however, are rumblings of discontent from Olympic organizers over the strength of the sport’s field. It is currently dominated by Canada, who had an aggregate score of 48-2 across all games, and the U.S., whose second-place finish totaled 42 goals to 4 against. IOC President Rogge told the Vancouver Sun that although the sport is currently in a growing period, “it cannot continue without improvement.” According to Boterill, it’s important to remember that the whole field, including Canada, is doing its best to improve. “The gap might not be closing as quickly as everyone would like,” she explained. “But other teams are improving ... I feel like Canada and the U.S. are also im-
proving.” Hefford said that the game needed more funding, and that other nations should look at adopting a residency program. According to Hefford, the Canadian team has been together in Calgary since Aug. 1. “It’s huge for us to be able to train together every day, to play against the best players,” she said. “Hopefully the other countries can invest some funding into that and develop the full-time programs.” Boterill also emphasized the importance of the Olympics as a driver for participation in women’s hockey. “I was that kid that watched the Olympics on television,” she said. She said she felt inspired by attending the 1988 Games in Calgary as a child. “I didn’t know at that point what sport I wanted to play, but I just thought ‘I would love to be there some day.’” Alisha and Melinda Choy, sisters on the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds women’s hockey team, came out on Friday to meet the medalists. They said that the Olympic women were inspiring. “It just makes me want to work harder in the summer, when you’re training,” said Melinda. “It’s just how hard they work, and it’s actually a lot more work than they show.” According to Alisha, it can be especially tough making it as a women’s hockey player in Canada. “We get funding through the university,” she said. “I find that in ... U.S. schools, you get a lot more funding, so that’s an issue.”
WINNIPEG (CUP) — Memory, among other things, is impaired when you are sleep-deprived, and having a full night of sleep maximizes the potential for accurate memory retrieval. It’s not yet clear as to why this happens, but there is no denying the immense research behind these findings. In the first study to show an interaction between hippocampal-cortical regions of the brain and long-term memory, research from New York University now suggests that rest – even while awake – is important for memory as well. So when it comes to studying, relax. Published in the January 2010 issue of the journal Neuron, the study was headed by Arielle Tambini, an NYU graduate student. Researchers scanned participants in a functional MRI machine before the experiment began to measure their neural activity while in a relaxed state. The researchers then showed participants numerous picturepairs, one of a human face and the other of an object, and told them to imagine that the person in the face-picture is interacting with the object in the object-picture. Participants were told to rest and think about anything they wanted for a few minutes and were subsequently scanned via fMRI. The procedure was repeated with new picture-pairs. Finally, researchers gave a pop quiz to see if participants could recognize whether or not a face and an object had been paired together. The fMRI scans were used to compare neural activity during rest with neural activity both before and after the visual tasks. The experimenters scanned two brain regions associated with memory: the hippocampus, which is associated with episodic memories (emotional or vivid memories about events) and the visual cortex, which is associated with vision. They found that the correlation of the two brain regions’ activity pre-
dicted how well each participant performed on the memory test, suggesting that whatever was happening during rest was actually facilitating the consolidation of their memories. As memory expert Barry Gordon from Johns Hopkins University told Time, “The brain is trying to weave ideas together even when you don’t think you are thinking of anything.” For students, this is another good reason to manage your time effectively and take breaks, instead of trying to learn too many things at once. Memory involves three processes: encoding, storage, and retrieval. So after you read something (encoding), you should rest to allow your brain to make connections about your newly acquired information (storage) in order to increase your potential for remembering it (retrieval). However, this research entirely involved pictures and was a recognition task (like multiple-choice tests), not a recall task (like fill-in-the-blanks) So far, there is no official research to support that taking breaks improves memory of text-based activities, like reading a textbook. Maurizio Corbetta and others from Washington University published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in August 2009, indicating that two separate regions in the cerebral cortex were correlated after a visual task, but not before. This suggested that rest was the key factor that led to improved memory. Just imagine the implications of what it would mean if rest truly solidifies memory. If you take two people who are – for the purpose of this argument – in all ways equal and you have them study for a test for four hours, the student who takes some breaks (which, in effect, means they end up studying less) might actually perform better on a subsequent exam. This is not a newly observed phenomenon, but now there is a neurological explanation for it. So, for any anxious students out there, instead of trying to cram for exams, it may be more beneficial if you take breaks and let your brain do the rest – no pun intended.
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you or someone you know wants to help ensure that the Carillon is accountable to the students of the University of Regina,
Mug Run encourages sustainability Student initiative sets sights on change
you think you or someone you know might have a place on the Carillon Board of Directors, you should check the back page of this issue to learn more about the Board of Directors nominations!
Students at the U of S are hoping to rid the campus of cups like these
ashleigh mattern sheaf (university of saskatchewan) SASKATOON (Special to the Carillon) –– The University of Saskatchewan throws away 8,000 paper cups per day — roughly the equivalent of four trees. Waste like this is why U of S student Amber Burton came up with the idea for the Mug Run last year. Basically, the Mug Run encourages students to use reusable mugs whenever they can. Now in its second year, the event is starting to gain some momentum and Burton is hoping the event will become a more permanent part of campus. “Perhaps the USSU will make it a staple initiative,” she said. “It’s relatively easy for people to participate.” A Mug Run card gets stamped every time you buy a drink with a reusable mug at any Food Services outlet, excluding Tim Horton’s and Starbucks. Pick up a Mug Run card at Treats, Browser’s, Le Crepe Bistro, or at the Mug Run table in the Arts Tunnel. Cards with even one stamp can be dropped off at the Arts and Science Students’ Union office by Feb. 26 to be entered to win a prize. The ease of participation in the Mug Run is one of the aspects of the event that Burton is most excited about. “Little things make a big difference,” she said. “Some people might not be willing to eat local or unplug their appliances from the wall
every night, (but) this is pretty simple ... It’s a gateway initiative to bigger environmental impacts.” Last year, the event took place at the same time as Tim Horton’s Roll Up the Rim to Win event. Burton said it “defeats the purpose” when the company asks if you would like the paper cup to roll up the rim, even though you’re using a reusable mug. “A lot of people participate in Roll Up the Rim,” she said. “I really don’t like that event; it encourages wastefulness.” Aside from avoiding wastefulness, Burton also pointed out the practical benefits of carrying around a reusable mug, like the discount many places offer if you use one. And certainly in an event like the Mug Run, the other practical benefit is the prizes. Burton said participation was low last year, so everyone who entered got a prize, but participants might not be so lucky this year. Prizes include a $50 gift certificate to McNally Robinson booksellers, a bike tune-up from Bike Doctor worth $50, bags, hats, Tshirts and, of course, reusable mugs. Burton said she hopes that someday events like this won’t be necessary. Until then, she hopes the Biology Club and Environmental Studies Students’ Association will continue to work together to bring events like the Mug Run to the campus. “It’s been a group effort on both parts,” she said. “It’s that kind of relationship that allows events like this to continue.”
“Some people might not be willing
to eat local or unplug their appliances from the wall every night, (but) this is pretty simple ... It ’s a gatewa y i nit iati ve to bi gger e n vi ro n m e n t a l i m p a ct s .”
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photos of the week
The Carillon’s Barbara Woolsey was in Toronto during Canada’s Olympic hockey victory and captured these images of the post-game revelry on Yonge Street
news bites Knowledge is power
A power outage on Feb. 27 at the University of Regina’s College Avenue campus caused the cancellation of classes for about 700 students. Most of the classes were art and music classes that required special studio space and could not be relocated. The power had gone out once already that week, and university administration
decided to replace the 220-metre, 30-year-old power line. Vice-president of External Relations, Barb Pollock, told the CBC that the recent repairs to the nearly 100-year-old College Avenue buildings are just some of the many costs for maintenance.
Balancing the books
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has an annual operating budget of $785 million, and more than 5,000 employees. Obviously the Sask. Party would look there first to examine any potential money-saving tactics for next year’s fiscal budget. Regina Qu’Appelle is battling with a $4 million deficit. Officials are searching for ways to
Karim Nasser and his family sure love the University of Saskatchewan. The former engineering professor and successful entrepreneur is donating four properties on two parcels of land in downtown Saskatoon. The U of S will use the buildings as revenue generators and as collateral to borrow $12 million. The market value of
the properties amounts to $18 million, $6 million of which the university intends to pay to Nasser. The U of R certainly wouldn’t object to some hefty donations from millionaires.
be financially conservative without cutting jobs. Saskatoon’s Health Region announced that jobs would be cut. The cradle of socialized health care, right?
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My mom wouldn’t let me get Nikes (specifically, Air Jordans) when I was in elementary school, because of the infamous child labour revelations. Apple is now being accused of having manufacturers and suppliers using child labour and forging audits. I already have a MacBook, and though I hope it wasn’t made by a 15-year-old or 11 of the
other underage employees, it sure lets me put music on my iPod wicked fast. Oh, yeah, and an iPod manufacturer deliberately falsified records. Apple is apparently “committed to ensuring the highest standards or social responsibility.”
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The new Queen Queen cover artist devoted to maintaining the illusion
There will be Greek blood
james brotheridge a&c editor Craig Pesco, first and foremost, just loves rock. When the Carillon spoke to the native-Aussie, it was 6:30 a.m. his time, but he was more than willing to be up and talking about his part in the Queen performance act, Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic, despite getting to bed late the night before. “I walked out of 40,000 people at an AC/DC concert about six hours ago,” said Pesco. For the past 10 years or so, Pesco has been performing as Freddie Mercury, Queen’s lead singer who unfortunately died in 1991. Pesco’s performance is one of those anomalies you’ll often find in tribute acts. The Mercury he plays is styled after the version from 1986, but he plays hits from across their discography. “I never really planned to cover him as a performer. I just wanted to get to know Queen a little bit better,” said Pesco. Ironically, Pesco himself never got to see Queen while Mercury was alive. “When Freddie died in ’91, I became a huge fan of Queen. I was aware of them before then – I grew up loving them. Once he passed away, I thought, ‘Well, I missed out on seeing them live. I really want to take in as much of this group as I can.’ “I ended up buying all the discs and all the videos at the time. It was my hobby, I guess, just to study Queen and Freddie Mercury.” One element that always impressed Pesco was the scale of their shows, something he believed Queen pioneered as a band. The music fits with this, he says, as songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody” ask for a more lavish live production. When Pesco was originally approached to appear in this show, these thoughts were never far from his mind. “I remember the first meetings were all about production and size. It’s like, ‘Let’s not do small clubs, let’s do big theatres and big arenas,’ because for me, Queen was not just the music and Freddie Mercury. They revolutionized production as far as the light shows and staging.” A big moment for Pesco was when the band met Peter Freestone, who had been Mercury’s personal assistant towards the end of his life. Freestone approved of the show, saying it was the closest thing he had seen to an actual Queen show. “For me personally, my confidence was always a challenge. There
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Peter Freestone and Craig Pesco are two men devoted to the legacy of Queen
were always people who, at the beginning for us, were going, ‘There’s no way you can step into Freddie Mercury’s shoes. No one’s able to do that. There’s only one Freddie.’ I was, thankfully, enthusiastic enough to go, ‘I’m going to do it anyway. I’m going to get up there and let it out, because I’m full of Queen and Freddie Mercury.’ Once Peter said, ‘Listen, what you’re doing is creating an illusion, and you got me believing
that I’m watching Freddie sometimes again,’ then I felt great.” The term “illusion” is never far from the concept of the show. Pesco speaks of tricking the audience into believing it’s really Queen, of giving them a show worth their dollars. Like most master magicians, he’s dedicated to his craft. He occasionally quotes real Mercury betweensong banter live, and has an intimate knowledge of the band’s discogra-
phy. Of all the tribute bands working out there, it’s probably most suiting that Queen should have one so dedicated, and so theatrical in nature. “I think Queen’s biggest legacy is that they opened the door to doing stuff that was outside of the norm,” said Pesco. Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic will be performed Tuesday, March 9 at the Conexus Arts Centre at 8 p.m.
“Well, I missed out on seeing them live. I really want to take in as much of this group as I can.” Craig Pesco
There is something different about the Theatre Department’s spring production. Previously, the cast and crew were comprised solely of theatre majors. However, for the production of Euripides’ Medea by Robinson Jeffers, the Theatre Department opened auditions to all students and those given parts were able to sign up for a class and earn three credit hours. First-year education student Sean Chatterson heard about the opportunity when the Theatre Department sent out an email in mid-November. Though his only theatre experience was a one-act play in high school, Chatterson is minoring in Drama, so decided to give it a shot. “I didn’t know a thing about Medea,” said Chatterson. “I went and they gave me a script, told me to a read a couple lines.” Chatterson quickly learned Medea is the Kill Bill of ancient Greece. In the myth, Medea goes on a murderous rampage after her husband Jason – of Argonauts fame – leaves her for Glaunce, the daughter of Creon, the King of Corinth. After the audition, Chatterson was given the role of Aegeus. “He’s an old friend of Medea that offers help and refuge,” said Chatterson. Being new to the workings of a theatre production, Chatterson has sought help from those in the cast and crew who are Theatre majors. “They definitely help me out a lot. I came here with no knowledge whatsoever. I had no clue what a chorus was. I had no clue what the proscenium arch was or anything like that. Just the whole experience was helped along by everyone here.” The proscenium arch is the technical term for the arch framing over the opening of the stage. Most contemporary theatres, including the one at the U of R, use this setup. However, the theatre of ancient Greece employed a different setup called a thrust. Similar to a fashion catwalk, a thrust juts out and is surrounded by the audience on three sides. Modifying the University Theatre into a thrust is unfeasible, but the set designers have made minor adjustments in order to accommodate the demands of the production. In order to create depth, every inch of the stage is in use. The main feature of the design is a large ramp, which represents Medea’s home. This ramp extends to the very back corner of stage left. As a result, the seats on stage left will not be able to view all the action and will be roped off from the audience. Other than the ramp, a large red curtain overtop the ramp, and a large ripped muslin sheet which acts as Jason’s ship the Argo, the stage is completely naked. This setup will increase the acoustic quality of the theatre, as well as make room for the 31female-member chorus. In ancient Greek theatre, the chorus reacts to the play’s events as the audience would. The chorus in Medea is made up of the women of Corinth, who are simultaneously loyal to Medea and horrified at her actions. With opening night coming on March 10, Chatterson and his classmates are working hard to be ready. Rehearsals started during the second week of classes, and since it’s still a three credit-hour class but the play will be over on March 13, the class work is more front heavy. “We’ve been doing pretty much double time,” said Chatterson. “We’ve been taking four hours of class on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.” The long hours aren’t getting Chatterson down, however, and if the Theatre Department provided the opportunity, he’d do it again. “I would love to get involved with it.” Medea runs from March 10 to 13 at the University Theatre, with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free for students.
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Building a better dessert Indulge easier with healthy ingredients
From Futurama to Ayn Rand to Dexter U of R conference makes pop culture look smart taylor tiefenbach a&c writer
better eating nikki little contributor Dessert – some avoid it, some leave room for it, and some even indulge in it before a meal instead of after. This end-of-meal course is often criticized for being the least healthy. However, many people enjoy it the most. Yet there is no need to omit dessert if you become more conscious about the foods it includes. To begin with, be aware of the portions you eat. It is easy to heap a bowl full of ice cream, and smother it in far too much chocolate sauce. If you read the nutrition labels on the ice cream cartons in stores, you will find most describe a serving as half of a cup. Or, if you bake a cake, look at how many people the recipe says it will serve. If you and your three friends polish off a cake meant to serve eight, then the servings you ate were far too large. If it helps, literally measure out desserts with measuring cups until you are comfortable gauging quantities. Or, try serving your treats in smaller dishes so that you can still see a full plate or bowl in front of you. It is also a good idea to limit storebought desserts and opt to make your own. While there is a growing niche for healthy treats, most sweets bought at stores are designed with sales in
mind, not your health. They are often very rich, very sweet, and contain highly refined and preserved ingredients. On the other hand, when creating your own desserts, you also have the freedom to choose healthier recipes, reduce unhealthy ingredients, and exchange ingredients for more wholesome ones. You can use whole grain flours, alternative sweeteners, or even exchange some of the oil in your baking recipes for applesauce. Also, if you create your own desserts, you will have complete consciousness of what you eat. For example, the aforementioned cake recipe might call for two cups of sugar, and the icing require another two cups of icing sugar. Assembling this cake yourself will allow you to visually take in how much sugar you are consuming. This allows you to make better decisions on how much of, and how frequently to eat a particular dessert. Above all, keep in mind which foods are treats, and which should be eaten regularly. You may have cake or cookies for a special occasion, but consider healthier, simpler choices for everyday desserts. The qualities we like in our desserts can be found in many foods. A bowl of blueberries can be satisfyingly sweet, or a piece of toast with peanut butter may be rich and filling. You will feel content because you still had your dessert, without dragging your body down.
Funky Monkey Ice Cream Serves four
This dessert is low fat and contains only natural fruit sugars, but is still rich and sweet. You won’t even need an ice cream maker for this treat! Sprinkle with a little shredded coconut or slivered almonds if you like toppings on your ice cream. 4 bananas 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1/2 tsp almond extract, or 1/4 tsp of coconut extract 1 cup either skim milk or milk substitute
1.) Peel bananas and chop into small pieces. Place in a container or bag and freeze (which will take around four hours). 2.) Place the frozen banana pieces in a blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend on high until smooth, pausing occasionally to stir the mixture. Pour into a container, and freeze again for about another three to four hours. A large, shallow container will speed up freezing. 3.) Before serving, you may need to thaw this home-made ice cream for a few minutes at room temperature for a better consistency.
“Try serving your treats in smaller dishes so that you can still see a full plate or bowl in front of you.”
In the year 3000 A.D., why do robots practise religion, while all humans are atheists? This question sprang to mind for Lauren Perchuk as she watched episodes of Futurama for the nth time. “I thought that it was really interesting because in every other way the robots aren’t super human. They don’t look really human – they don’t have fake skin or wear clothes. They are their own separate people. And they seem to be creating religion as an attempt to humanize themselves,” said Perchuk, who is in her final year of completing an Honours English degree. Perchuk will be exploring this question further when she presents her paper “10 SIN 20 GO TO HELL: The ‘Human’ity of Robot Religion in Matt Groening's Futurama” at the second annual Trash Talkin’ conference. Perchuk and a few of her fellow English students got the idea to host their own academic conference after attending one at the University of Saskatchewan. With lots of advice and direction from their supervisor, the English Department’s Dr. Susan Johnston, the group came up with Trash Talkin’, a conference that would feature topics relating to pop culture. “One of the ways we were trying to promote the conference was write that paper that you have no excuse to write in any of your classes,” said Perchuk. “I don’t have an excuse to write about Futurama. So I thought, ‘I want to write about Futurama, how do I get away
with this?’” This year’s event will feature papers on topics such as how the video game Bioshock challenges Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy, the 1990s terrorist roots of the Ledger/Nolan Joker, and consumerism and Dexter. Perchuk is excited to see a more diverse spread of topics than last year, which featured a lot of papers on Harry Potter after the English Department offered a class on the children's series. “It’s a bigger spread of things this year, because there isn’t any Harry Potter really. It’s a wider spread of topics that are more film and T.V. rather than books. There’s a couple things on books, but for the most part it’s pop culture-y.” The range includes the topic of the keynote speaker’s paper. Dr. Stefania Forlini from the University of Calgary will be presenting a paper on steampunk and time travel. Steampunk is a branch of science-fiction that features futuristic worlds that are still based in steam-power and other Victorian technology and styles. Preparing for this conference has been easier than last, since the committee isn’t creating a new template. Many of the same people who helped last year are involved again as well. “I barely got to see any of last year because I was freaking out the whole time, sitting at the [registration] table,” said Perchuk. This year, she’ll be more relaxed and able to take in more of the conference. And she should. After all, it’s her last year. Trash Talkin’ runs March 5 to 6. All presentations will be in RIC 119 and are free to attend.
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Every time the Academy Award nominees are announced movie fans, bloggers, and film scholars cry, “How dare you!” in regards to the films, actors, cinematographers, and others they feel the Academy snubbed. Last year, the exclusion of The Dark Knight – a film that earned more than $1 billion worldwide – from the Best Picture category resulted in vehemently disgusted responses from much of the public, and – along with similar outrage over Wall-E’s snubbing – influenced the Academy to increase Best Picture nominations from five to 10. So, in honour of the 82nd Academy Awards on March 7, here is a list of the five worst snubs in Oscar history. However, this is somewhat hypocritical as this list also snubs several great snubbed films, actors, and directors. But don’t expect the Five column to be changed to Ten any time soon – that’s just silly.
Recognizing what’s going down at this year’s Oscars james brotheridge, peter mills Best Questionable Nominees
Farrow’s performance as Rosemary Woodhouse in Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby (1968) was more than deserving of a Best Actress award; however, she wasn’t even nominated. Farrow was near perfect playing the loving, innocent, beautiful, but also incredibly tormented and terrified Rosemary. The fact that her fellow cast member Ruth Gordon won the Best Supporting Actress award for her only-decent role added insult to Farrow’s snub.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver is definitely one of Martin Scorsese’s best films, yet Scorsese wasn’t even nominated for Best Director. Scorsese’s camera placements for driving scenes, cinematography of night scenes, and the use of music by Bernard Herrmann have influenced countless films since. Taxi Driver lost the Best Picture prize to Rocky, meaning Sylvester Stallone movies were more Oscar successful than Scorsese films for over 30 years. Brutal.
Awarding the awards
This is a three-way tie between Matt Damon for Invictus, Penélope Cruz for Nine, and Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart. All three were nominated for Best Supporting Actor/Actress. Damon, who is typically in starring roles, plays the South African Springboks’ rugby captain François Pienaar in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus. Aside from occasionally employing a somewhat believable South African accent, all Damon is good for in this film is looking stunned that Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) wanted to talk to him. Oh, and pulverizing opponents in excessively long rugby scenes. Cruz plays Carla Albanese, the mistress of Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) in Nine. She is sexy, sweet, and gives up her entire life – including her husband – in order to be with Guido, who is only committed to sleeping with her. Cruz does do a good job in Nine, but what makes this nomination a joke is that Cruz’s co-star Marion Cotillard was much, much better, and didn’t receive a nomination. The Academy just can’t seem to drop what seems to be a sexually driven love for Cruz. Finally, Gyllenhaal plays single mother Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart. The problem with this nomination is that it means every other role in Gyllenhaal’s career is equally as deserving of an Academy Award – as it is really no different. /PM
Best Face-Off McDowell’s performance as Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece A Clockwork Orange (1971) was one of the greatest performances in any Kubrick film, which is saying a lot. McDowell’s mastering of Anthony Burgess’ incredibly difficult dialogue along with his ominous perfection of the now-notorious Kubrick gaze should have been enough to win McDowell a Best Actor award. Gene Hackman may have won the Oscar for The French Connection, but he will never be remembered as well as McDowell’s Alex – one of the greatest cinematic villains of all time, and one who was somehow sympathetic.
Citizen Kane (1941)
The original theatrical poster for Citizen Kane proclaimed “Everybody’s Talking About it! It’s Terrific!” Film scholars are still talking about it and if you’ve ever taken any film class, you have certainly heard endlessly about the sheer brilliance and cinematic influence of Orson Welles’ most notorious film.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
It is disgusting that Stanley Kubrick’s only Academy Award victory was for Best Special Effects in 2001. Arguably one the greatest films of all time, 2001 was sure as hell better and more influential to filmmaking than Oliver! James Cameron once accurately defined the science-fiction genre into two periods: every sci-film before the release of 2001, and every sci-fi film since – which has either been an homage to Kubrick’s film or a subconscious necessity to follow the blueprint of depicting space travel constructed by Kubrick. Even so, no scifi film has been able to achieve the scientific accuracy and realism 2001 achieved. U of R professor Philippe Mather’s class devoted entirely to 2001 is evidence that there is far more to be said about the film.
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No matter how well a breakup goes, both parties both want to rub their successes in each other’s faces at least a little bit. In the split between James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow, Cameron’s successes had a bit more to rub, overall. The two were married from 1988 to 1991, and since then, he’s had True Lies, Titanic, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day as directorial credits. Comparably, Bigelow’s most notable achievements have been the Patrick Swayze/Keanu Reeves vehicle Point Break and K-19: The Widowmaker. All that changed in 2009. Avatar has been filling theatres since its release, and is currently the highest grossing film of all time. Take that in for a second: a big action
movie that involves 10-foot blue aliens is the highest grossing film the world has ever seen. The film has a Best Film nod at the Oscars. Also nominated for that award is The Hurt Locker, Bigelow’s latest directorial effort. It deals with a group of American soldiers going through a tour of duty in Iraq. To date, the film hasn’t crept up to $20 million point at the box office, but it still has a chance against Avatar. Avatar is no slouch with the critics, currently ranking 82 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, but The Hurt Locker is rocking a solid 98 per cent. Maybe the Academy shouldn’t get involved in such a feud. Just give it to Up – its hero, Carl Fredricksen, is just too charming. /JB
Best Double Threat
I have supreme confidence that Sandra Bullock will be recognized as both the Best and Worst Actress of the year in 2010. This year, she’s up for the Best Actress Award at the Academy Awards for her role in The Blind Side. It’s been a big role all around, especially since it’s now the top-grossing film with a female lead. Plus, it earned her an invitation to appear on The Charlie Rose Show, and nothing says serious actress like sitting across from that dude. The movie is based on a true story about an affluent white lady who takes a troubled, homeless black boy into her home, who goes on to play college football. The film has resonated with a lot of people. The same cannot be said for All About Steve, a Bullock flick so awful they shelved it until her film The Proposal and her co-star’s big breakthrough The Hangover scored big in the box office. For the duration of All About Steve, you really just feel bad for Bullock, though no one would say she didn’t deserve the Worst Actress Award from the Razzies, which she’s nominated for. These days, someone can be a nation’s best and worst. Bullock illustrates that pretty well. /JB
The Razzies are given out “saluting the worst that Hollywood has to offer each year.” But Sandra Bullock wasn’t the only one to be nominated this year. Academy Award co-host Steve Martin is also nominated for the Razzie for Worst Actor of 2009 for his role in the Pink Panther 2. Martin
won’t win the Razzie, and he is sure to put on a great show at the Oscars alongside Alec Baldwin, but such an accomplishment has never been seen before. Star Trek is nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. All of these awards are typically given to sci-fi epics, and this year was very scarce of such films. Without a doubt, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince should have been nominated instead of Star Trek for each of these awards, save maybe Visual Effects. Had such a Razzie existed, Star Trek would have been a shoo-in for the biggest waste of $150 million alongside Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Trekkies were fuming when the new rewind version of Star Trek was not included amongst the 10 Best Picture nominees – but it wasn’t included because, simply put, it sucked. /PM
It’s not surprising that Anti-Christ wasn’t nominated for a single Academy Award, as it is an incredibly controversial film mixing misogyny and theology and featuring several scenes that are very graphic – disgusting, if you must. But Anti-Christ – Lars von Trier’s first non-Dogme 95 abiding film – is much more than a gory, shock horror film and it is deserving of several Oscar nominations. First of all, with 10 nominees for Best Picture, AntiChrist is definitely more of a masterpiece, check that, less of a joke than The Blind Side. Without criticizing any of this year’s Best Actress nominees, AntiChrist star Charlotte Gainsbourg, who captured the Best Actress award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, should have been nominated for an Oscar. Meryl Streep, who has been nominated for a record 16 Academy Awards could have easily been sacrificed this year in favour of Gainsbourg’s incredibly gut-wrenching emotional performance. Not since Shelley Duvall in The Shining has an actress been so physically, psychologically, and emotionally drained for a role. Other awards that Anti-Christ should have been considered for include Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director. Once again, this doesn’t mean those who were nominated were undeserving, but Anti-Christ was probably never even considered. /PM
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DiCaprio gets the sense from the staff and patients, including the head doctor played by Ben Kingsley, that something is amiss. As a viewer, you can’t help but agree with that assessment. For one, DiCaprio enters the film one step back from unhinged. He’s easily provoked into physical confrontations, and that’s when he’s not fixing those around him with a harsh, dispossessed glare. Ruffalo, however, is the perfect partner, game for anything and completely accepting of DiCaprio’s theories on the island. Kingsley and his staff play the quasi-innocent-folk-with-something-to-hide well. As much as this movie features good performances, however, Scorsese and the choices he makes are at the heart of this film. Look at Michelle Williams, playing DiCaprio’s dead wife. She does well in the role, but the focus is always on the setting and the cinematography, especially as she’s seen mostly in DiCaprio’s intense dreams. DiCaprio’s dreams play an important role in this film, as Shutter Island exists in a dream-like state. Past and present exist together, with objects, noises, people, and places showing up in both. At a certain point, saying something’s a callback or a foreshadowing is near impossible. That would be a problem in most films, but not for Shutter Island. The narrative is never paramount to the film, though never out of sight. Rather, the overall effect is more important.
Director Martin Scorsese has a reputation not only as the most enduring director to come out the Hollywood boom of 1970s but also as one film’s most enthusiastic historians, even being the president for the Film Foundation. To this end, when they were putting together a special edition DVD release for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, he was one of the filmmakers interviewed. Now, Hitchcock, the director behind Psycho, The Birds, and so many other classic films, has enough of a filmography and enough influence on film to this day that a lot of people across the spectrum of the film industry have been interviewed on one of his DVDs. That Scorsese was commenting on Vertigo is especially relevant, though, when watching his most recent film, Shutter Island. The movie opens on a fog, from which emerges Leonardo DiCaprio on a ship at sea accompanied by Mark Ruffalo. They’re both U.S. Marshals, going to the titular Shutter Island to investigate a woman’s disappearance. She’s gone missing from the mental facility that occupies the island, a place designed for the most disturbed and violent patients in the U.S. Upon arriving,
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The Wolfman Directed by Joe Johnston Starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt
When The Wolfman starts, you have to give it credit immediately – there’s very little nonsense. The filmmakers aren’t messing around with you. They admit in the opening sequence that werewolves are real, and they like to eat people. It’s pretty clear, too, that Benicio Del Toro’s brother was killed by one. Their father, played by Anthony Hopkins, seemingly couldn’t care less, even when it comes to consoling his dead son’s widow, played by Emily Blunt. As Del Toro investigates his brother’s death, he goes to a gypsy camp, where a werewolf attacks him. Then, the already-moody Del Toro is given that much more reason to be moody. The Wolfman, like many movies with troubled productions, is messy in plot, ambiance, and performances. In the latter category, Hopkins stands out as especially nonchalant about the idea of putting together a movie. Most scenes read like he was taking his lines off a cue card, with a desert-dry, no-emotion deadpan standing in for legitimate sinister menace. At least he can manage the transition the film makes relatively well. The movie as a whole can’t claim that. From the start, the film seems to be a
holism fucks it all up. The story told in Crazy Heart is often too familiar, making this film a down-and-out tale already told many times over, and one which can be boring as a result. Also, Cooper, in his directorial debut, never fully or convincingly explores the consequences of alcoholism. However, Crazy Heart does at times manage to recreate what very familiar narratives do best. Blake is intriguing because Bridges slowly reveals his character’s charm and grace rather than miraculously rising from the lowest of lows and becoming a different person all together. Bridges won the Golden Globe for Best Actor and is considered to be a shoo-in for the same award at this year’s Academy Awards. However, whether it be the constant drinking, sitting in a bowling alley, or the way in which Blake smoked cigarettes, I couldn’t help but wish I was watching the Dude instead. Gyllenhaal is typically good in her performance, but a Best Supporting Actress nomination may have been a little too much appreciation. filmstarts.de
Crazy Heart Directed by Scott Cooper Starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Crazy Heart, based on the novel of the same name, is the story of down-and-out country music singer/songwriter “Bad” Blake (Jeff Bridges), a man who is lucky to still get gigs at bowling alleys and small-town bars. However, the 57-yearold Blake has more problems than booking gigs – alcoholism being the most significant. Blake usually has no more than $10 in his pocket. He stays in grungy motels, drives from gig to gig in a old beat-up truck, and feeding his alcoholism often relies on free booze given to him in exchange for playing the liquor store owners’ favourite song. He’s been divorced five times and has no contact with any family members, particularly his now adult son. In other words, a very typical down-and-out story. We quickly learn that Blake wasn’t always an unknown struggling musician but that his only legacy is as a mentor to the über-successful Tommy Sweet (Colin Ferrell) – a legacy that follows and torments Blake everywhere he travels. Before playing a gig at a small bar in Sante Fe, New Mexico, Blake agrees to do an interview with a young journalist named Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal). From this point on Blake is smitten by Jean, despite remaining tentative to reveal his entire troubled past to her. Going against their better judgment, they gradually fall in love with each other. But, as is expected, Blake’s alco-
Various Artists Canada’s Hockey Anthems EMI
james brotheridgea&c editor Reviewing Canada’s Hockey Anthems of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is harder than you think. By what critical standards do I review what is basically Jock Jams 2010? When tackling – wait, wrong sport – body-checking an album like this, you have to face off against it – that’s better – on its own terms. The question really is: how well do the songs represent the sport of hockey, and how likely am I to hear them at an actual hockey game? In this regard, the cheesy “Hockey Theme” by Naturally 7 is a nice intro, but Nickelback and the Tragically Hip’s additions fail to meet the established criteria. I’ve no doubt heard Nickelback and the Hip at hockey rinks before, but only their most well-known tunes. In contrast, “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex is an obvious win. Where else would you hear this obnoxiously Eurotrash jam in 2010 other than at a hockey game? The Second Period of the disc (yes, it’s actually divided like that) is the highlight, with 2 Unlimited, followed by Bachman Turner Overdrive, the surprise addition of Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life,” Quiet Riot, the Ramones, Billy Talent, and Trooper. In other words, exactly what you’d expect to hear at a hockey game. The first half of the Third Period was a time waster, but Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up,” Tag Team’s “Whoomp! There It is,” Europe’s “The Final Countdown,” and the album’s closer of Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills,” round out the compilation nicely.
Nadia Arrival Zero to One
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decent horror movie, though a little predictable. For instance, things will never, ever jump out at you just once, or more twice. So, Del Toro will walk into the dark and, after the tension is built, something will jump out at him. Wait again, and sure enough, that something will jump out at him again. The shift towards the movie being a supernatural action flick is sudden. A rooftop chase and a final showdown feature prominently in the latter half of the movie, and are more reminiscent of the dismal League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie adaptation than to classic horror or action movies. The movie does all right building visual atmosphere, though it rarely goes beyond just “dark.” Nothing in this film can approach the score, however, in all its overwrought, unendingly-hammering tone, letting you know that what you’re watching is dramatic. Throughout, characters and social groups do have particular instruments joining in on the current musical theme, which is an interesting conceit. In practice, though, a bad gypsy violin appearing for 10 seconds is laughable. All leading to one unavoidable fact: this movie is silly. There’s a certain joy to watching a werewolf at work on a group of villagers, but so much of this movie is unnecessary and unwelcome. allmoviephoto.com
Shutter Island Directed by Martin Scorsese Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley
Nadia’s influences are reasonably clear. Her piano-driven pop has the combo of overblown Broadway, tempered softness, and efforts at lyrical intensity that are found in so many people willing to peg themselves as “singer/songwriters.” This Canadian ex-pat – currently living in New York – is trying to put it all out there. If the music seems a little clichéd at times, it’s unnoticeable next to her vocals. Hitting notes and staying in key just doesn’t always work for her. But let’s get down to the worst offense – the very first track, “Volcanoes.” Using volcanoes as a metaphor for emotional intensity. You could erupt at any minute. We get it. But the line, “Volcanoes live inside me” is not only no way to start off a chorus – it’s grating and obvious. Add in her jumping up a key – and being unable to vocally keep up with the change – and the album is pretty unfortunate. When naturally talented people create nonsense, they can occasionally get away with it. Nadia combines a competent studio band, so-so songwriting chops, and erratic and occasionally laughable vocals. In other words, Arrival is getting away with nothing.
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Supp ortin g art , f ig hti ng vandalism Photos by Alex Colgan, graphics by Mason Pitzel
alex colgan features editor Life without colour is a world of flats and greys. The streets of Regina are full of peeling paint, cinderblocks, and cold concrete surfaces. To some, however, these blank surfaces jump out with the unlimited potential of vast outdoor canvases. Some of these people work their craft in the daylight, commissioned to convert mediocrity into magnificence. A rare few prefer to create murals in shadows and anonymity. Still others prefer to pick up spray cans in order to leave unintelligible signatures – or simply “fuck you” – on houses, garage doors, and mailboxes. Graffiti resides in the strange borderland of deviance. Like all deviant behaviours, it has its light and dark sides, with some grey areas in between. As an art form, it entails a desire to reclaim utilitarian spaces in the name of human creativity. As vandalism, it arises out of alienation and frustration, and defaces the property of everyday people who are forced to scrub or paint over the mess. Both types of graffiti are common in certain areas of Regina; where there is poverty and dilapidation, you will often find art and vandalism existing side by side. Communities are brought together by a shared commons of artwork, but vandalism provokes bitterness and withdrawal. Hate speech is not an uncommon product of spray-painted frustration. Often tags signify more than mere vandalism, as they may promote gang identities. Graffiti in Regina is a synthesis of stories and pictures. Some pictures reveal brilliant flashes of creativity, while others reveal petty insensitivity. Some stories emerge from the perspectives of the people who live and work among graffiti. A liaison officer who sees to it that messages of hate are taken down. Business owners who appreciate beauty. A professor who has studied the relationship between art and deviance. Other stories emerge, fully formed, from the artworks themselves. An immaculate, heartbreaking memorial. Unskilled efforts to heal ugliness with messages of love. The symbiosis between the beautiful and the grotesque. Ultimately, the common theme and conclusion from this mosaic of strange and wonderful imagery is how art contributes towards making life in this great yet troubled city worth living. Photos by Alex Colgan, graphics by Mason Pitzel
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On the watch. Brady Burnett, community liaison for the Heritage Community Association, looks for illegal graffiti in his neighbourhood. He says that tags, such as the one on the right, are an “indication of disrespect of other people and other people’s property,” and tend to accumulate if not quickly removed.
Holy Rosary Cathedral. Churches and other large public buildings are often victims of tagging. These tags populate a stairwell on the north-eastern side of the building.
Speed is everything on the front lines of the fight against vandalism. Tags have the tendency to reproduce like rabbits, at least according to the “broken windows” theory. The idea is that if a broken window isn’t fixed, then someone is likely to think little of throwing a rock through another window, until eventually every window in the building is broken. The theory assumes that the environment affects an individual’s behaviour, and something will seem more acceptable if it seems normal. In other words, vandalism must be nipped in the bud, or it becomes an epidemic. Although the theory has not been proven empirically, it tends to form the intuitive basis of graffiti policy discussion, and was implicitly recognized by everyone interviewed. Regina’s graffiti management policy reflects this philosophy of swift removal. A property owner generally has 72 hours to remove graffiti from their property, unless the graffiti is hate speech, in which case the owner has 24 hours. Those who fail to comply will have their properties cleaned by the city and then billed for the service. Graffiti maintenance costs the city of Regina roughly $80,000 annually, just to clean city property. “The graffiti bylaw isn’t a popular bylaw by any stretch of the imagination,” said Brady Burnett, community liaison for the Heritage Community Association, “because it makes the victim of the graffiti vandalism responsible for removing it, or it will be done by the city and charged to their taxes. It makes them financially liable.” When asked if he felt a need for the policy to be extended or updated, he shook his head “I don’t know what the answer is ... Our tack on graffiti is based solely on the elimination of graffiti.” He and the association have fought graffiti vandalism by getting the word out about the city’s policy. “We’ve knocked on doors and talked to
people about the bylaws, and about what they can do, and what we can do to eliminate graffiti.” The association has also volunteered to help with cleanups in some cases. Part of Burnett’s job entails making sure that the city’s graffiti regulations are implemented in the area. He finds that it’s a constant battle to keep spirits lifted and vandalism at bay. “Unfortunately,” he said, “people seem to grudgingly accept it that graffiti is going to be part of their life in many cases, and I find that there is often a very defeatist attitude.” Burnett resented any implication that non-consensual graffiti in his neighbourhood might have any artistic value. “The type of graffiti we’re dealing with, almost 100 per cent is very offensive, it’s not tasteful, it’s not skilfully done ... It’s often obscene; occasionally you will see hate speech, mostly obscenities and tagging. “It’s really an indication of disrespect of other people and other people’s property. [When] people have asked graffiti artists to come and paint murals on their garage ... that’s with consent, it’s done tastefully and it’s done skilfully.” When asked about what motivates graffiti vandals, Burnett said that he couldn’t say, although he knows that graffiti is tied to poor social conditions. “It’s a manifestation of larger problems. You often will find it in places where the condition of the houses is deteriorating, where your social conditions aren’t as good as they are in suburban areas. If graffiti were our only problem, that wouldn’t be so bad. It’s as much a symptom as a condition of other, more serious social conditions.” Regardless of vandals’ individual intentions, however, Burnett’s experiences with hate speech and obscenities have given him a clear perspective on vandalism. “I see it as disrespect. It’s an act of disrespect to other people by vandalizing their property.”
Expression and consent
Tagger Fuzz. These signatures are one form of vandalism that arises from feelings of frustration or resentment of authority. Regina’s graffiti management regime mandates removing these tags within 72 hours, although they linger in some areas. These tags, all in the Cathedral area, were created by someone who goes by the handle “Fuzz.”
Dumpster love. Regina high school students spray-painted these dumpsters for a group project. Although not as skilled as some of the other murals in the area, many would agree that bright colours and messages of love, freedom, and creativity are better than grey garbage boxes.
Consent forms the basis of Regina’s graffiti management program. Regina’s graffiti bylaws require that property owners give prior written authorization to graffiti artists before their walls can be used for public art. The bylaws make no distinction between drawings, inscriptions, or writings, painting them all with the same brush. However, the doctrine of consent has serious shortcomings, said U of R professor Marc Spooner. He studied art and deviance for his doctoral dissertation, which dealt in large part with graffiti. “I would think that if it’s a nice piece of art, even if it wasn’t initially consensual, the business owner would come to appreciate it.” Spooner argues that certain spaces should be considered fair game as canvases for art. The neglected walls of businesses, black or grey cinderblock walls, the undersides of bridges, and other public spaces that have no prior aesthetic merit are fair game. “Public spaces for me are fine,” he says. However, Spooner draws the line at graffiti on residential properties, even if the graffiti has artistic merit. “The only time I consider it vandalism is if it’s on someone’s home. I don’t condone that.” Spooner also makes a clear distinction between graffiti art and tagging. “Some say that tagging is sometimes an entry level, where people can hone their skills and then progress onto nicer works of art. I don’t really buy that. I think that there are two different forms, and I think that before you start practicing your tag you should do that at home, and not people’s property. “I’m not a big fan of tags, and I can understand wanting to remove them, because they often can be gang-affiliated, and we don’t want to create conditions where that’s favourable in a city.” Luisa Graybiel is better disposed than most when it comes to tags. She’s the owner of Indigo, a glassware shop in the Cathedral area. The building bears three murals, as well as a recent
tag blazoned in bright red paint. “Vandalism means just painting over a garage door haphazardly, and you know, just to be obnoxious about it, or vandalism in terms of destroying property,” she said. If there’s some level of intricacy or aesthetic care, she said, she doesn’t object to it. “When you look at the building,” she said, referring to the eastern wall, “the upper part has been stylized or intended to be art, and the lower part, there’s a person who [tagged] it. He’s thinking it’s an art, there’s a statement he’s trying to convey ... It could be a statement of creativity, that at the moment he was thinking of something.” Graybiel doesn’t mind the tag on her building, but said that she recognizes it will have to be removed before other tags go up around it. “I know it doesn’t make the building look very nice. We are used to clean, white walls.” Pointing out the window, she indicated a line of dumpsters that have been spray-painted in bright colours. “A teacher from one of the schools had put together a program for students one weekend to paint those [dumpsters]. They covered the graffiti with artwork, which I believe has stayed there for a few months now.” The dumpsters are not works of fine art, but they are beautiful, in their own way, with statements like “you are free” and “fly above the clouds.” They were painted with prior consent. Much more intricate and elaborate pieces of art, however, may be painted over because they did not receive written authorization. The doctrine of consent may be too restrictive to promote the healthy proliferation of artwork, particularly in the absence of public spaces dedicated to graffiti experimentation. “There should be a park or some areas in Regina that should be designated a graffiti place for young people,” said Graybiel. “In a city, to be vibrant, there [has to be] a place for that sort of thing.”
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Community and public art
Residents of the Cathedral area rejoice in the warm richness of their graffiti art, but also struggle to stem the tide of graffiti vandalism. Awe and dismay intermingle on the streets of the community, as walls are graced by beautiful mosaics while mailboxes are scrawled with tags and gang signs. Spooner said that the value of graffiti art emerges partially from the fact that an investment of time, energy, and creativity is given freely to the community. ”There’s a lot of great examples of fine work that make the city a nicer, more vibrant place to live.” He mentioned the long chain of murals that stretch behind Mac’s on Albert St. “Those are some fantastic pieces of work, so I’m always appreciative when I see that kind of work on a building. “I enjoy looking at the creativity and the detail that people are able to paint. It’s beautiful, and in fact, in some ways, I see it as an act of altruism because they’re giving back to the community. They’re giving their time and their skills, and asking nothing in return other than viewership.” Graffiti also enables reflection on the issues that afflict a community, Spooner said. “It’s often a commentary on different social issues in a city. Often the graffiti art will be in neglected areas of the city: abandoned, dilapidated areas.”
Graffiti’s increasing recognition as an art form has been very lucrative for some graffiti artists. Businesses often find that graffiti artwork makes an excellent promotion; just look at the side of the Fainting Goat restaurant. Spooner pointed out that the elusive British graffiti artist Bansky has sold pieces for up to $1 million. In many areas of Regina, he said, masterpieces are being given away for free. Graybiel argues that attempting to suppress graffiti as a whole is more likely to impoverish a community than enrich it. “It’s part of our community, and we cannot really deny that, [or] deny them the opportunity. They are members of our community, and that’s how they express themselves. Unless they vandalize or paint over other people’s work, I think it’s something that we have to bring everybody together and talk about.” Taggers and graffiti vandals are among the most marginalized of any community. Cleaning up after them may maintain property values and discourage more brazen acts of vandalism, but it does not amount to a policy of engagement. The question becomes whether it’s possible to encourage a shift from the dark side to the world of art and creative expression. Can we prevent or discourage the windows from being broken in the first place?
In some ways, I see [graffiti] as an act of altruism because they’re giving back to the community.They’re giving their time and their skills, and asking nothing in return other than viewership.” Marc Spooner
Indigo. Luisa Graybiel discusses the graffiti culture in the Cathedral area. Drawn on the second story of her store’s eastern wall is a man gazing south. The western wall is a memorial to Tesalyn Zizzy-Mustatia, who died in 2002 at the age of 18. Her bright blue eyes have gazed out from this mural for years; her memorial has never been tagged or defaced.
Shelley Hoffman remembers when she commissioned graffiti artwork to ward off graffiti vandalism. She paid an artist to paint the fence behind her hair salon, The Room, in the hopes that it would discourage taggers and beautify the area. The piece is a tribute to “Soul Sisters,” an annual dinner and concert presented by The Room that raises money for emergency housing for women and children. Her plan worked. “I was aware of the trouble with graffiti,” she said, “so I knew that if I had someone do some graffiti, then they wouldn’t tag my property. [This was] a little bit of prevention, but also in the neighbourhood there already were some graffiti murals done.” She and her husband, who own houses in the Cathedral area and elsewhere, are quite familiar with the tagging issue, since the houses get tagged frequently. However, she said, the Soul Sisters mural has saved her fence. “That mural has helped. We haven’t had anything tagged.” Artwork and murals may represent an inverse correlate of the broken windows theory; let’s call it the beautiful windows theory. Just as the presence of tags may encourage more tagging and disrespect for the physical environment, artwork and murals may endow respect and discourage vandalism. Perhaps the best example can be found on the western wall of Indigo. It bears a memorial to a girl named Tesalyn Zizzy-Mustatia, who died in 2002. According to Graybiel, the piece, which has been there for years, has never been vandalized. People respect the mural and leave it alone. “There is a certain degree of respect,” she said. Of course, not everyone is the kind of artist that can produce these murals, but anyone who picks up a spray paint can has the potential to do good. The painted dumpsters were created by amateurs, but they are more colourful and attractive than tagged dumpsters. Again, these paintings have not been
vandalized by taggers. There is an implicit respect that most taggers seem to have for their expressive counterparts, and this may be the best way to discourage vandalism and encourage artistic expression. Of course, it always helps to address the social issues that make people feel alienated and turn to tagging as a form of release. “You have to look at why that individual feels that tagging is their only means of expression,” said Spooner. “If you peel back a couple of layers, that student’s probably not doing well in school.” Graybiel agrees. “I think they are looking for something to do. They’re bored, they have no other way to express [themselves], that’s probably the limitations that they have. If we give them the opportunity ... there are other avenues or other creative things they can do.” Public graffiti walls and active encouragement of creative spray painting may represent the other half that is missing from Regina’s graffiti policy. These have taken place, but somewhat haphazardly, and not as the product of a coordinated effort. Fixing broken windows is one thing, but making beautiful windows is another. “In this type of society, I think that everybody just wants to have blank walls [and] manicured lawns,” said Graybiel. But that’s an unreasonable expectation in areas with massive cement walls and rusted dumpsters; people are going to rebel against utilitarian ugliness. Nor is gentrification the answer. Allowing people to reclaim public spaces in the name of art may be the only way to discourage other people from trashing public spaces to express their feelings. The best way to engage with alienation is to allow people to recreate their environments and express themselves. The choice is between broken windows and beautiful windows, and it could mean the difference between tagged mailboxes and a living outdoor art gallery.
was aware of the “ Itrouble with graffiti, so I knew that if I had someone do some graffiti, then they wouldn’t tag my property ... That mural has helped. We haven’t had anything tagged.” Shelley Hoffman
The Room. Shelley Hoffman recounts commissioning graffiti for her fence to ward off taggers and beautify the area. The piece is a tribute to “Soul Sisters,” an annual dinner and concert presented by The Room that raises money for emergency housing for women and children.
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Massive mosaic. Behind the Mac’s on the corner of Albert St. and 13th Ave. is a treasure trove of graffiti, ranging from scribbled tags to bizarre and surreal artwork. There are elaborate patterns, laughing faces, frightening figures, and strange caricatures flowing over the contours of the walls for roughly 230 feet.
How old is graffiti? It may surprise you. In one form or another, graffiti has been around for thousands of years. It dates back to the earliest cave paintings in the dark recesses of human history, when early humans drew pictures of hunting large animals. In the Book of Daniel, the disembodied hand of God draws graffiti on a wall that warns King Belshazzar of Babylon of his impending death. More recently, the writing found on the walls of Pompeii has revealed the personal lives of everyday people in a Roman city. Buried by the eruption of a volcano in 79 C.E., Pompeii was excavated in modern times to reveal a city that was felled midstride by a cloud of smoke and ash.
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Remove lustful expressions and flirtatious tender eyes from another man’s wife; may there be modesty in your expression. Theophilus, don’t perform oral sex on girls against the city wall like a dog Vibius Restitutus slept here alone and missed his darling Urban
What a lot of tricks you use to deceive, innkeeper. You sell water but drink unmixed wine
Fainting Goat. This graffiti on the side of an Albert St. restaurant was commissioned to promote the business.
Celadus the Thracian gladiator is the delight of all the girls
Archaeologists have discovered that while modern graffiti tends to express social and political ideals, ancient graffiti largely entailed declarations of love, rhetoric, and daily activities. There are also messages containing graphically sexual content. Pregnancy, homosexuality, oral sex, and intermingle with mundane details and famous sayings. Besides telling us a lot about the culture and literacy of Roman citizens at the time, the graffiti of Pompeii also reminds us of our common humanity with an alien culture in the distant past. Below are some samples of Roman graffiti that were written around the same time as the Gospel of Luke. This is the ancient Roman declass. Amplicatus, I know that Icarus is buggering you. Salvius wrote this. Satura was here on September 3rd I screwed the barmaid
Floronius, privileged soldier of the 7th legion, was here. The women did not know of his presence. Only six women came to know, too few for such a stallion.
The city block of the Arrii Pollii in the possession of Gnaeus Alleius Nigidius Maius is available to rent from July 1st. There are shops on the first floor, upper stories, highclass rooms and a house. A person interested in renting this property should contact Primus, the slave of Gnaeus Alleius Nigidius Maius. O walls, you have held up so much tedious graffiti that I am amazed that you have not already collapsed in ruin.
grant mclellan, peter mills, enyinnah okere, jordan reid this week’s roundtable
There is lots of Cougars playoff action to be following this month. Are you keeping up, or do you even care?
Grant McLellan: Well, I am a bit ashamed to say that I have not been following. I say ashamed because a number of the teams had positioned themselves well for playoffs, and as a fan of sports, I should be paying attention to the successes of our varsity sports teams. Unfortunately, I find them to be boring, but I will give a shout out to the track and field team who performed very well at the Canada West championship, and good luck to the people on their way to Windsor.
Peter Mills: I’m particularly excited for the women’s volleyball team, who despite losing two leaders from last season advanced to the CIS national championship tournament. I’ll also be cheering hard for the women’s basketball team this weekend in the Canada West Final Four. But, this week I’m most proud of the Canada West champion men’s track and field team – the first in U of R history.
Enyinnah Okere: To be honest I haven’t really been keeping up, but I think it’s a great thing that we have these teams in the playoff mix. That’s all you can ask for as a fan, just to have a competitive team with a chance. When you’re in the playoffs you’ve got a chance.
Jordan Reid: I’m keeping up on it, and hoping for some good results. I’m glad to see that the men’s track team just won their first conference title, though the men’s basketball team could’ve done a little better. Good luck to all the remaining teams, though. Hopefully we win some titles.
Women’s hockey is coming under fire from the IOC, who think it needs to be more competitive. Do you agree?
Or are you happy to just keep seeing Canada dominate and haul in the gold medals?
McLellan: I think that the Olympics are the only driving force in the development of women’s hockey; they only get exposure once every four years, so why should we remove the sport entirely when the Olympics are the best forum to display and develop it? Men’s hockey also used to be a fairly unbalanced field when it was first taking root, and look at what it has become. And yes, our dominance of the sport is pretty awesome, too.
Mills: I’m thrilled to see us dominate every year, but something needs to be done. But what can the IOC do? I have no clue. Creating a sustainable professional women’s league – like the WNBA, but good – may be the only successful option, and the success of the WNHL would be very questionable. Getting more countries involved is always a good option as it encourages more participation internationally, which by definition is progress.
Okere: If those other teams want to do something about the lack of competition, then score more goals or make more saves. Do people not remember the original Dream Team crushing opponents by 50? Eventually the rest of the world caught up. Just give it time. Reid: I love seeing Canada dominate, even if it is because of the huge disparity between countries in the level of talent exhibited by their women hockey players. The rest of the world just needs some time to catch up, and then we’ll have suspenseful Olympic battles. Joannie Rochette became the darling of the Olympics after winning a
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bronze in figure skating despite the death of her mother only days before the competition. Should the intense media coverage of her stop in order to give her some privacy in her grief? McLellan: I can’t claim to know how the girl is feeling, but the international attention and support she has received would no doubt be a positive aid in her grieving process. She lost her mother, but gained the support of millions and is one of the best feel-good stories to come out of this year’s Olympics; her success coupled with her tragedy has made her a hero.
Mills: Maybe, but it won’t stop anytime soon. In a weird way, I think the media coverage has helped her grieve as much as her performance.
Okere: Absolutely. She is a stronger person than I for competing after the fact. She won a bronze medal while being at the epicentre of a media hurricane that was searching for any kind of story. She has done what she can do for her country and should be left the hell alone now to deal with the passing of her mother.
pected, but the injuries we suffered to our alpine team prior to the Olympics and the dismal effort put forth by our men’s long track speedskaters seriously hampered our output. We did not match our expectations, but we did have a very successful games.
Mills: Are you kidding me? We fucking owned! Who cares about bronze or silver, we won more gold medals than any other country in Winter Olympics history. Whoever was the moron that decided the Canada Olympic Committee should have a press conference to concede “owning the podium” should be fired immediately. We didn’t win the most overall, but we beat the country that did in men’s and women’s hockey. Okere: Yeah it’s alright, I guess. An extra gold medal would have been nice if women’s curling didn’t choke. “I won a silver, I didn’t lose the gold...” Get out of here with that. A chimp could have hit that wide-open take out.
Reid: It’s nice that she managed to pull through for a medal in the face of such adversity, but the media’s relentless coverage of her couldn’t have made her grieving easier. Sorrow sells, however, and to expect anything different is unreasonable.
Reid: I consider a first-place finish in the gold medal standings to be “owning the podium,” and I’ll be damned if anyone can argue otherwise. We were the best in the world at winning events, not finishing as a runner-up, and the U.S. can suck it if they think differently. Ask any athlete if they would rather have a gold medal and they will undoubtedly say yes. Winning is the whole point.
McLellan: Our dominance of first place clearly places us with the premier nations of winter sports; our total medal haul wasn’t quite as good as ex-
McLellan: I think it would be a minor headline, but our focus would have been on the disappointment and failure
Canada didn’t quite “Own the Podium,” as was the plan, but still did pretty well. Are you satisfied with our medal haul?
Even though Canada ended up with more gold medals than any other country, do you think any of it matters to Canadians if we hadn’t won the men’s hockey gold?
of the men’s team for the next three to four weeks. After that, we would bring it up casually when talking about disappointing things in our lives, and largely ignore it until the next Winter Olympics. These Olympics would have been just another short memory, and hardly a conversation piece; now they are part of Canadian history.
Mills: Losing to the U.S. in men’s hockey, the very last event, sure as hell would have been a sour way to end the Olympics. It would have been terrible – Canada wouldn’t have broken the all-time record for gold medals, Yonge Street in Toronto would have been empty, and CTV wouldn’t have been able to keep cutting to celebratory shots of Jack Layton getting drunk at Gretzky’s. It was the perfect finish and that’s why they made it the last event. Okere: Canada wins the hockey gold, which I argue is the only thing that really matters for most Canadians. But what’s even more important is that we don’t have to see any stupid Olympic commercials again, listen to that annoying theme song which shall forever haunt me during my night terrors, and I get TSN and Sportsnet back. Good riddance, Vanoc.
Reid: The feeling around Canada wouldn’t be nearly as victorious if not for our men’s hockey team pulling through, but to say that our successes wouldn’t have been as sweet without that gold medal would only take away from the remarkable job done by all of our gold-winning athletes. The men’s team just did their part for the larger Canadian team, just like every other athlete tried to do. They should all give themselves a pat on the back.
“Hockey is not a sport in Canada. It’s a cult.” U.S. general manager Brian Burke, after we kicked their asses for the gold. photo by bodoglife.com
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National championship, baby!
peter mills editor in chief
Led by Canada West first team all-star Beth Clark, the Cougars will need to dominate the net if they hope to win a CIS medal
On Feb. 20, the No. 4-ranked University of Regina’s women’s volleyball team achieved the significant accomplishment of advancing to the Canada West Final Four for the first time since the new format was introduced in the 200203 season. Advancing to the Final Four was a huge accomplishment for Melanie Sanford’s team, but it was also a very short-lived celebration – and for good reason. On Feb. 27, the then No. 5-ranked Cougars won a thrilling 3-2 (25-20, 2225, 25-23, 21-25, 15-12) victory over the then No. 4-ranked Trinity Western University Spartans in the Canada West Final Four bronze medal match, securing their place in the 2010 CIS national championship tournament. Led by third-year Meagan Onstad’s 20 kills and 20 digs, the Cougars persevered in the incredibly tight five set match. Third-year Tiffany Herman led the Cougars with 52 assists, while Canada West first-team all-star Beth Clark – the Cougars first Canada West first-team all-star in any sport this year – added 14 kills in the victory. Regina opened the Final Four with a 3-1 loss to the No. 1-ranked UBC Thunderbirds, but was able to shrug
off the loss quickly before beating the Spartans. The Cougars will be appearing in the CIS national tournament for only the third time in school history and for the first time since the 1999-00 season. The last time the Cougars advanced to the CIS national championship tournament was in 2000 when they finished seventh in the country. The 2010 CIS national championship tournament gets underway March 4-6 in Edmonton, Alberta. The tournament consists of eight teams and is a single-elimination format. Other teams competing in the national championship include the No. 1-ranked and back-to-back CIS champion UBC Thunderbirds – who went 22-0 this season – the No. 2-ranked and QSSF champions University of Montreal Carabins – who also had a perfect 22-0 season – the No. 3-ranked and Canada West silver medalist University of Manitoba Bisons, the No. 5-ranked University of Laval Rouge et Or, the No. 6-ranked and OUA champion University of Toronto Varsity Blues, the No. 7-ranked and host University of Alberta Pandas, and the No. 8-ranked and AUS champion University of Saint Mary’s Huskies. All 11 matches of the tournament will be webcast live on reginacougars.ca.
Win and they’re in peter mills editor in chief The University of Regina’s women’s basketball team has been in the hunt for the Canada West championship five of the last seven seasons. Unfortunately, they have only won once (2003-04), settling for silver three times. The No. 4-ranked Cougars will hope to finally capture the extremely competitive Canada West title on March 5 and 6 when they travel to Simon Fraser University for the Canada West Final Four. The Cougars will be out for revenge against SFU – who beat the Cougars in both the Canada West and CIS championship games last season – as the Regina/SFU rivalry in women’s basketball is one of the best in any CIS sport. On Feb. 26, the Cougars advanced to the Canada West Final Four for the third consecutive season following two-straight victories over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in the Canada West quarter-final bestof-three series in Regina. The Pronghorns were making their first appearance in the postseason since 2002. Despite ending their regular season with two losses to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies – which resulted in Dave Taylor’s squad dropping from No. 2 to No. 4 in the CIS top 10 – the Cougars showed experience and confidence by disposing of the Pronghorns with relative ease. Third-year Brittany Read was the most significant factor in the Cougars back-to-back victories. In game one, Read led the Cougars to a 71-58 victory with a dominating inside performance that saw her rack up 20 points in the first half alone, eventually finishing with 28 points and 10 rebounds. The game was delayed by over an hour while both teams waited for the officiating crew to arrive. When
Led by third-year Brittany Read, the Cougars hope to capture their first Canada West title since 2003-04
the game finally started, the Cougars appeared a little rusty as Lethbridge led 30-29 at the half. Lethbridge’s halftime adjustment to try and blanket Read opened up opportunities for players like fifth-year Stacey Walker and fourth-year Gabby Gheyssen to score from outside. Walker had 12 points, all of which came off threepointers, while Gheyssen, who looked fully recovered from a previous ankle injury, added 12 points and six rebounds. The only bad part of the game was
the measly 327 people in attendance. In game two, the Cougars won 7151, giving them the two-game quarterfinal sweep. For the second straight night, the Pronghorns took the lead early, this time by a convincing 23-11. But Regina bounced back with a vengeance in the second quarter, outscoring Lethbridge 25-9. The Cougars went on to play amazing defence in the third quarter, holding the Pronghorns to just seven points. Read once again led the game in scoring, racking up 22 points despite
playing only 21 minutes. Second-year standout Lindsay Ledingham scored 11 and added nine rebounds. The Cougars now must shift their focus to the Canada West Final Four. On March 5 the Cougars will play the No. 6-ranked University of Alberta Pandas at 8:15 p.m. In the other Final Four matchup, the No. 1-ranked SFU Clan will play the No. 3-ranked U of S Huskies at 6:15 p.m. The winners of each game will advance to the Canada West gold medal final, while the losers will battle for the bronze. The top three
Canada West teams advance to the CIS national championship tournament in Hamilton, Ontario the following weekend. The Cougars should definitely be happy to be playing Alberta, as three of Regina’s four losses this season were against SFU and twice to the U of S. As defending Canada West and CIS champions, the host and No. 1ranked SFU Clan are the significant favourites coming into the tournament. Each game will be broadcast live on reginacougars.ca.
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Duarte moving on Cougars swim team loses top performer
kelsey conway photographer After five years with the Cougars swim team, Linda Duarte embarked on her final journey to the CIS championships in Toronto. Though the outcome was not Duarte bringing home the hardware – she finished first in the 200-metre butterfly ‘B’ final, ninth overall – her successes have been outstanding during this last season. “CIS was fast, the pool deck was electric with excitement,” Duarte said
of her final moment in university competition. The 22-year-old psychology student was talent scouted out of the Junior Dolphin program when she was just eight years old. Coached by Jeff Toth for her entire university career, Duarte credits much of her successes to him. “Jeff has been my backbone. I was an awkward kid who started late and he made me feel as though I belonged,” said Duarte. Instead of swimming every stroke Duarte realized the time had come to narrow her focus
down to butterfly, a stroke she quickly became extremely talented in. With a commitment of 30 hours per week in the tank there isn’t much time for anything else at this point of her career. Even though her time with the Cougars has come to an end Duarte does not feel as though she is done. She will continue to swim with her home club, the Regina Optimist Dolphins, where she and Toth will work towards the goal of having her swim into the 2012 Summer Olympics representing Canada. Having the smallest university team in Canada
means the Cougars are singled out when it comes to the team relays. “We know we have an impact for how small we are,” said Duarte, with the Cougars referring to themselves as the silent observers. With the team being so small Jeff Toth said they are not team competitive, but the goal is to grow the team. “Everyday we prove there is good quality swimming coming out of Regina, and we have excellent scholarships to offer,” said Toth. There is not a question of the quality of the university and the Cougars swim team, but a
question of whether people want to come to Regina for school when there are much bigger and more successful schools around the country. Second-year Hector Fukushi is one of those swimmers seeking the feel of a small university and what the Cougars have to offer him, coming all the way from Chile to broaden both his swimming and university career. For now the Cougars will end their swim season, and with their current eight swimmers they hope to gain some new additions by fall 2010.
Canada West champions! Men’s track and field team wins first-ever Canada West title peter mills editor in chief For the past few years, the University of Regina has had an extremely successful cross country team. This season was no different as the Cougars won the Canada West championship. On Feb. 27, the Cougars’ men’s track and field team – which includes several star athletes from the crosscountry team – duplicated the crosscountry team’s success by capturing their first Canada West championship title in U of R history. Led by interim head coach Bruce McCannel, the then No. 7-ranked men’s track and field team – who have for some reason dropped to No. 9 in the CIS top 10, four spots bellow the University of Saskatchewan – led after the first day of competition and ended up finishing 12.5 ahead of the secondplace and then No. 4-ranked U of S Huskies. The Cougars not only celebrated their first Canada West title, but also brought home several awards and a ton of first-place finishes. Perhaps the greatest award of the tournament went to McCannel, who was named the Canada West head coach of the year. Second-year Jeremy Eckert – who captured the CIS rookie of the year honours last season – was the Cougars’ top point producer, finishing first in high jump and second in the pentathlon to score 15 team points. The Cougars next best point producer was fifth-year Leslie Andersen, who finished second in the triple jump, third in the 60-metre hurdles, fourth in the 60metre dash, sixth in the long jump, and was a member of the 4x200-metre and 4x400-metre relay teams. Wow!
Perhaps the most impressive performance by the Cougars – other than Anderson’s performances in nearly every sport there that exists – was the first-place winning 4x200 relay team, made up of Mason Foote, Eric Clark, Leslie Andersen and Enyinnah Okere, who finished with a blistering time of 1:29.07. The 4x400 team – Justin Baker, Eric Clark, Tait Nystuen, and, of course, Leslie Anderson – was also impressive, finishing in third-place, and only .3 seconds out of second-place. Despite not being able to capture a first-place finish, the Cougars absolutely dominated the men’s triple jump as Leslie Anderson finished second, second-year David Walford third, and fifth-year Ian Jestadt fourth. Third-year Justin Baker also added a first-place finish in the 60-metre hurdles and a fourth place finish in the pentathlon. Third-year Kelly Wiebe – who is a cross-country juggernaut – finished in first place in the 3000-metre run. Finally rounding out the Cougars incredible list of accomplishments was second-year Chris Pickering’s secondplace finish in the shot put. The women’s team, despite finishing in fifth place with only 38.5 team points, also had some terrific performances. Third-year Nicole Breker finished first in long jump, fifth-year Robyn Bauck finished first in the triple jump, while fourth-year Amanda Ruller finished second in the 60-metre dash. The Cougars will now have two weeks to prepare for the CIS national championships in Windsor, Ontario from March 11 to 13, where they’ll not only look to capture plenty of individual gold medals, but to also prove who ever conducts the CIS ranking system is a moron.
points earned by secondyear Jeremy Eckert
Cougars in the top four in triple-jump
events Leslie Anderson competed in
seasons that interim head coach Bruce McConnel has helmed the Cougars
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Olympic beefs sports column jordan reid sports editor While I recover from my Olympic hangover and try to recall all the Canadian highlights, I have to discuss a few of the things that have bothered me about them. One of the biggest issues I have is the big deal being made over the Canadian women’s hockey team’s celebration fiasco. Maybe they should’ve waited until a little longer after the game, or just gone somewhere a little more private altogether, but I don’t think they were being out of hand by any stretch. Sure, a couple of our girls are underage, but dammit, champagne, cigars, and drinking are time-honoured celebration traditions, wherever you’re from, and besides that I’m certain that at least half the people in Vancouver were drunk most of the time. Did the countries who had athletes that tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs have to apologize to the IOC? Hell no. So why should we apologize for the actions of our women? We shouldn't. Next is the circus surrounding Joannie Rochette. She became the darling of the Olympics after the death of her mother two days before she was set to compete, and overcame her grief to win a bronze medal. That’s great, don’t get me wrong, and I’m just as in love with her as anyone. What I resent is the constant badgering of her by the media. The girl’s mom just died, give her a break. On top of the already significant pressure to perform well, she had to deal with countless interviewers hounding her with questions about her mother. Drama sells, I know, but it gets to be a little ridiculous sometimes. It is my hope that with the conclusion of these Olympics she has some time to grieve before we start seeing her in every third advertisement on CTV. Last, and maybe most important of all, is the debate as to who won the Olympics. The Americans can try to claim that they won by accruing the most medals, but for all of us here in Canada the truth is a little different. While it is obviously true that they won the most medals, they did not win the most gold medals, which is what truly counts. By winning five more gold medals than the U.S., and four more than Germany, Canada cemented itself as the real winner of the Olympics. If you want to make the argument that you’re the best in the world at finishing just behind the winner, America, then go ahead. Your 28 silver and bronze medals can attest to that. As far as the argument for being best in the world at being the best in the world, you’re trailing us by a pretty wide margin. Ask Shaun White if he would've been happy with a silver or bronze. I’m guessing he’d say no.
Goodbye, Eddie Davis Rider favourite retires after 15 years in CFL jonathan hamelin contributor While there were few receivers that Eddie Davis couldn’t keep up with during his career, it appears that age has finally caught up to him. The Saskatchewan Roughriders long-time defensive back retired last weekend, putting an end to a successful 15-year career in the Canadian Football League. “I want to thank everyone that’s ever been involved in my football career but football is over for me,” Davis said to Riderville.com. “Having time to think, think, and think some more, I’m happy to say that football needs me more than I need football, but nobody needs me more than my family. Davis went on to thank the Province of Saskatchewan, Rider fans, former Rider general manager Roy Shivers, Wally Buono, Richie Hall, and “every coach and player I’ve ever been associated with. You guys made me what I am today.” The 37-year-old, who also played for the Birmingham Barracudas and the Calgary Stampeders, finishes his career with 801 tackles, 34 interceptions, and 16 quarterback sacks. Davis was named a CFL all-star three times and a West Division all-star five times. The Northern Illinois product broke into the CFL in 1995 with Birmingham as part of the CFL’s illfated American expansion. Once the teams all folded, Davis decided to remain in the CFL with the Stampeders. During his time in Calgary, Davis had his share of success. He finished with 242 tackles and 14 interceptions. In 1998, Davis was part of Calgary’s 26-24 Grey Cup triumph over the Hamilton Tiger Cats. In 2001, Davis joined the Riders, the team with which he would find the most success in his career. He compiled 489 tackles, 19 interceptions, and 10 sacks as a member of the green and white. Davis played a big role in a Riders defence that was dominant during the last decade. As a team, the Riders only missed the playoffs twice. In 2007, Davis once again got to be part of a Grey Cup winning squad. Saskatchewan defeated
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Winnipeg 23-19 in Toronto, and Davis played a big part in the win. He helped shut down the Bombers’ receiving core, Milt Stegall in particular. Davis was more than just a solid
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make sure everyone knew their assignment. “I’ve tried to mentor a lot of guys and I’ve tried to be the best player that I can be,” Davis said. “I think I’ve had a great career.”
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Canadians get it done
The look on Crosby’s face says it all
We are the champions grant mclellan contributor As Chris Cuthbert of TSN accurately observed on Sunday, the men’s ice hockey gold medal game was truly one of the crown jewels of the 2010 Olympics. The most-watched sporting event in Canadian history, and perhaps the best hockey game ever played – how could something like winning a gold medal over our greatest rivals (in everything, not just hockey) on home ice not be the most memorable game in a century? The best players in the world were on the ice, and Canada came out on top, just like we should have. An overtime victory, with Canada’s chosen son, Sidney Crosby, scoring the game winner to truly cement his legendary status, the gritty play of Jarome Iginla, and the tireless efforts of Jonathan Toews are just a few memorable offerings from some of the greatest players to put on skates. For anyone born post-1975, this game is truly the pinnacle of Canadian hockey; it offered a fastpaced, skilled game that tested all players in all facets of the game. Both teams employed a highly aggressive, pressure intensive forecheck that forced a number of offensive chances, typically turned away by the solid
goaltending present at both ends of the ice. U.S. goalie Ryan Miller was stellar yet again, supplementing those arguments that he is the best goalie in the world right now after posting a 94.56 save percentage (best in the tournament) and a 1.35 goals against average (second in the tournament) en route to winning the tournament MVP. However, he was not invincible as the Canadians finally found ways to score when the opportunities presented themselves. Miller also found ways to get lucky even when he couldn’t make the save; both of his skinny red friends had his back when shots by Shea Weber and Chris Pronger rung off the iron on back-toback scoring attempts in the third frame. Jonathan Toews and Rick Nash were dominant down low and on the penalty kill, with the U.S. power play scrambling in complete futility in both of their man-advantage situations. The Canadians failed to score on their two super-numeral opportunities; they applied significant pressure, but failed to capitalize. The young defensive pairings as well as the veterans (Pronger, Niedermayer) performed to near perfection for most of the game, with Scott Niedermayer displaying why he deserved to be the captain of this team. That’s not to take away from the American defence,
who put on quite a display of their own, holding a powerful Canada team, the highest scoring team in the tournament, to a paltry two goals through regulation. The intensity and desire to win in this game was obvious from the opening puck drop, but it was apparent that the Canadians were able to establish control of the game with their early two-goal advantage and maintain a certain level of calm until the conclusion. The fact is that this game pitted the two best teams in the tournament against each other, they played to a draw and then gave us a heartwrenching cherry to top our Olympics off with – a sudden death overtime victory for gold over the only team to beat us in the preliminary round. We stood our ground, showed the world that this is our fucking game, and to top it, the win gave us a record gold medal count of 14. How fitting that with a victory in men’s hockey to justify our claim as the best country on ice, we establish ourselves as the greatest winter nation of all time. No one has ever won more events, and that is something we can always remember; hockey put us on top of the world and better yet, it brought a nation together. Eat our shorts, world.
“Eat our shorts, world.”
Nationwide pride nathan frank contributor For the first time in my life I have discovered what it means to have Canadian national pride. Sidney Crosby and Team Canada’s men’s hockey team winning gold was the perfect finish to the most amazing Canadian performance at any Olympics Games in history. However, Team Canada’s performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics men’s hockey tournament was not perfect. After barely squeaking out a 3-2 victory in the shootout against Switzerland, Canada lost 5-3 to the United States in the preliminary round because of a handful of veterans who gave the game to the Americans – namely Martin Brodeur and Chris Pronger. However, the loss to the U.S. stood as a wake up call and turning point for Team Canada. I had little faith going into the playoff rounds, because Team Canada, like in the 2006 Turin Olympics, were not scoring goals. Their veterans looked old and slow and their weaknesses were being exposed by other teams. I doubted we would come together in time to face the high-flying Russians. With an extremely easy game against Germany, Canadians waited with incredible anticipation for a gut-wrenching performance against Russia in the quarter-finals. The Canada-Russia game may go down in history as the best performance by Team Canada’s men’s hockey team in the history of the sport. Following a four-goal first period for Canada, the highly anticipated and legendary on-ice battle between Canada and Russia was anything but gut- wrenching. Led by a dominating forecheck and breakout game from Regina’s own Ryan Getzlaf and his Anaheim teammate Cory Perry,
along with an embarrassing performance by the Russian defence and goaltending, Canada won 7-3 and strolled into the semifinal matchup with Slovakia. Russia’s epic loss to Canada may have significant implications to Russian goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who may very well fade into oblivion after his demoralizing performance – just like Sweden’s Tommy Salo after his embarrassing loss to Belarus in 2002. The momentum and confidence after beating Russia was so filling that Canadian hockey fans could sense the gold medal was within reach. The feisty Team U.S. was the only thing standing in Canada’s way of winning a gold medal on home ice, giving Canada the record for most gold medals in a single Olympics. It did not take a perfect performance to win gold, as Canadian veterans on defence still made mistakes and their forecheck was contained very well by the Americans. With a 2-0 lead, Canada was on their heels for the entire third and it almost cost them the victory. Although Sid the Kid was invisible most of the game and was overshadowed by Jonathan Toews and the energetic checking of Mike Richards and Carlyle-native Brendan Morrow, Crosby was golden when it mattered most. Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal was a storybook ending to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. His gamewinning goal lifted all of Canada out of their seats and cemented himself as a Canadian hockey hero at only 22 years old. Crosby filled Canadians with powerful pride that is difficult to put into words. It was destiny! In only 17 days, Canadians were united and proud of their country once again, and, for now, Canada is on top of the world!
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photo briefs SCORE BOARD T h ur s da y, F eb . 2 5 Women’s Basketball Men’s hockey Kelsey Conway
The Cougars (9-12-2) wrapped up their 2009-10 season in less than spectacular fashion by dropping both games against the No. 10-ranked University of Manitoba. The first game of their weekend series saw the Cougars get beaten 4-1, while the second game produced a similar losing result, this time by a score of 5-3. Third-year Brant Hilton had 40 saves for the Cougars in that loss, and first-year Partik Bhungal had two goals. Here’s looking to next year, boys.
Women’s hockey Jarrett Crowe
The Cougars’ women’s hockey team (7-13-6) went a little farther than the men, making it to the Canada West semifinals. Their playoff aspirations were short lived, however, as they were swept in two games by the No. 3-ranked University of Alberta. The second game of the series was a heartbreaker, as the Cougars lost 4-3 in overtime. Fourth-year Rae-Lynn Somogyi, and secondyears Rianne Wight and Paige Wheeler all scored for the Cougars, while thirdyear Lisa Urban stopped 36 shots.
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Women’s Track and Field
The No. 8-ranked Cougars’ women’s track and field team didn’t enjoy quite the same level of success as the Canada West conference-winning men, but still did well, finishing in fifth place with 38.5 team points. Third-year Nicole Breker and fifth-year Robyn Bauck had first place finishes in the long jump and triple jump, respectively, while fourth-year Amanda Ruller got second place in the 60-metre dash. The next stop for the Cougars is the CIS Championships in Windsor, Ontario from March 11 to 13.
The Cougars’ playoff dreams were cut short by No. 9-ranked Simon Fraser, who won their best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series 2-1. The Cougars’ lone win in the series came as a result of some stellar play from fifth-year players Jamal Williams, who scored 19 points and pulled in nine rebounds, and Paul Schubach, who added 14 and six. The Carillon would like to congratulate both Jamal and Paul on all their time in a Cougars uniform, and wishes them luck in all their future endeavors.
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Let’s shut up about Regina’s new logo. There are plenty of reasons to hate it, just as there are plenty of reasons to like it. Same goes for the “Infinite Horizons” brand. When you get down to it, they’re just a logo and a couple of words. They’re not really the issue. However, it’s been remarkable to watch them become the issue over the last few weeks. The City of Regina has been able to control the discourse on the brand so effectively that all everyone seems able to talk about is the name. Earlier last month, Mayor Pat Fiacco had to reassure Reginans that the “I Love Regina” brand, which targets current residents, is still a part of Regina’s identity. He claims that it will co-exist with the new brand, which targets young families and businesspeople considering a move to Regina. Maybe you’re hoping for the eventual mash-up of the two – “I Love Regina’s Infinite Horizons”? Or maybe you’re wondering instead what there actually is beneath $320,000 worth of the letter R. The answer, according to Regina’s website, is statistics. Lots of statistics – statistics about prices of homes, cost of daycare, and my favourite statistic, the distance from Regina’s downtown to the airport. But these statistics are full of holes and damning in their attempts to mislead the reader. Many of the statistics on the website compare Regina not to cities but to bedroom communities. The “Infinite Horizons” information bomb has mostly dropped over places like Kitchener and Windsor, who quake in the face of the number of doctors we have per capita. Actual cities, like Edmonton and Calgary, find themselves on the receiving end of pointed jabs at the distance from their downtown to the airport – for us; it’s a mere 7 kilometres! Take that, cities whose noisy and busy airports are sensibly a good distance away from business and residential districts! This is par for the course for Regina’s current municipal administration. Mayor Fiacco and city council have collectively worked Regina into a state of perpetual denial, to the point where the completely insane graphs and charts that decorate infinitehorizons.ca are to be expected. City Hall is in love with booster-
ism and, above all else, refuses to accept any criticism in a mature fashion. Remember Mayor Fiacco’s response to the Maclean’s article that declared North Central the worst neighbourhood in Canada? “It’s not the worst neighbourhood in Canada,” he told Maclean’s. “It isn’t.” So it’s not unusual that “Infinite Horzions” makes the City of Regina and our mayor seem totally clueless when it comes to acting like a proper metropolitan centre. Instead, they’re content to let the city’s borders spill haphazardly out into the prairie, to let the rental market spiral out of control, and allow the housing market to become among the most inflated and overpriced in the country. Development and big business interests run roughshod over things as intrinsic to the proper management of a city as its transit system – witness the absurd shuttle directly to the Super Wal-Mart out west. It runs as efficiently as the Campus Express route they threatened to close after the failure of the U-Pass vote last URSU elections. “Infinite Horizons” is worth getting upset about because it points to a council that does not know what its city wants, apart from the perennial and usually short-sighted “lower taxes” and “keeping streets clear in winter” which is a ridiculous platform for an elected official to run on. It’s worth getting upset about because it signifies that the city we live in is in denial about its problems and refuses to deal with them, instead manipulating statistics to make us appear better. Rather than coming to the right conclusions, we simply confirm, through lies and half-truths, what we have been claiming all along: “I Love Regina.” If you mess with facts in such a way in any other field, you get punished. Why should our municipal government be allowed to get away with it?
When individuals first think of needle exchange programs, they often think negatively. The truth is, needle exchange programs all over Saskatchewan have been proven to create very positive results, curbing the spread of bloodborne diseases. The needle exchange program is a harm reduction service that provides intravenous drug users with clean needles and education in exchange for used or dirty needles. The programs provide safe, effective, and accessible harm reduction and health promotional services. It is often described as a bridge for treatment and general healthcare for addicts. The needle exchange program has a number of goals. The primary focus of the needle exchange program is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases among people who inject drugs and who work in the sex trade. Secondly, the needle exchange program is a part of a proactive movement, initiated to ensure that needles are being disposed of properly, not dropped in parks, alleys, or side streets. The
“The program allows public health nurses to communicate with intravenous drug users on a regular basis, giving them access to health services.”
program allows public health nurses to communicate with intravenous drug users on a regular basis, giving them access to health services. Safety is the priority of the needle exchange program. Containers are distributed so that clients can safely store their used syringes until they are picked up from each needle exchange location. Needle exchange programs also distribute things like condoms, alcohol swabs, filters, and other harm reduction supplies. This ensures that clients who require needles for injection have access to drug paraphernalia in an environment that supports harm reduction. The needle exchange program is certainly a controversial issue, but there are some shocking statistics that emphasize the success of this program. For starters, Saskatchewan distributes more needles than all other provinces because of Saskatchewan’s unusually high numbers of cocaine and morphine addicts. There are an estimated 5,000 injection drug users and the average user uses just over 1,000 needles per year. The needle exchange distributes around 4 million needles per year. Estimates show that this results in close to full coverage of clean needles for all injections in Regina and Prince Albert, and 60 per cent in Saskatoon. In Regina, the return rate of dirty needles is 94 per cent. There are hopes that this number will go up as the popularity of needle exchange programs increases. It has been estimated that needle exchange programs were associated with a reduction in the rate of new HIV infections per year of
33 per cent. The cost of treating HIV and AIDS is so high that by this 33 per cent reduction in new infections, the health care system saves approximately $4 million per year. Many people argue that they do not support the needle exchange program because they feel that their tax dollars should be spent elsewhere, but this evidence proves otherwise.
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debate Body cams: who needs ‘em?
Policing the police is so difficult it arguably can never be fully accomplished. That’s why they are the police, because they are not ordinary citizens. They abide by the law but most importantly, they enforce it. Therefore, the suggestion of Liberal senators to equip body cameras on RCMP to increase accountability is a Band-Aid fix to a larger issue. If we don’t trust our police why don’t we do something about that, instead of bringing in Big Brother? Body cameras would come with a hefty price tag and the money would have to come from somewhere. This could only mean further cuts to programs and services that the Liberals were already upset about. Furthermore, the implantation of body cams would require a lot of paper work, debate, and finetuning. The bill would first need to sift through the legislative system then law enforcement and the government together would have to sit down and spend months to years hammering out the details of such a program. There needs to be more research and better statistics on how body cameras can actually increase the quality of the RCMP, as opposed to putting more funding into training and recruitment. How could we ensure such a program would be cost effective? Then there is the argument of how many should be distributed, how many could be distributed, and which officers would have to wear them. In an emergency situation, there isn’t a second to spare hammering out such obscure details. Because of this, body cameras have the capacity to create rifts within the institution. If some Mounties are obligated to wear them and some don’t, that creates an us-and-them mentality within the force, as opposed to a cohesive working body. Furthermore, the public is seemingly perceived as untrustworthy of the very people they should trust the most. This could become a self-fulfilling prophecy for our law enforcement. If we don’t trust the RCMP and we let them know that, we are only setting up expectations for miscommunication and dishonesty, as opposed to a positive working environment for all. When it comes to authoritative bodies, it seems the truth comes out no matter what. Investigations and inquiries are in place to ensure that lawmakers are being held accountable for their actions. Look at the Robert Dziekanski case. So we don’t need body cameras on our RCMP. They are working for us, not against us.
barbara woolsey op-ed editor
Mounties need ‘em! Liberal senators recently recommended that RCMP officers should wear body cameras in order to make their actions more visible and accountable. Senator Pamela Wallin has lashed out at the idea, calling it a “cheap shot” at the Mounties. She argues that stigmatizing RCMP officers is not what is needed. Unfortunately, that ship has sailed. Canadians have lost confidence in the RCMP after a number of scandals, the most infamous being the tasering and death of Robert Dziekanski. There is a need for dramatic measures to restore Canadian faith in their national police force. Body cams may save lives, since officers will know that they cannot simply pervert or invent details after the fact. Those who commit excesses should be held accountable for their actions. Besides this, however, is there anyone who doesn’t think that body cams would make criminal defence and prosecution easier? Footage recorded on a body cam would represent evidence that could easily condemn a criminal or exonerate an innocent person. Dash cameras in police cars have aided in thousands of criminal investigations and streamlined the legal process. Mounties themselves should welcome body cams. Officers often face abuse and false accusations, which take up valuable time and are emotionally draining. Sometimes these lies can end careers and destroy lives. Everyone except the corrupt and the criminal will benefit from mounting cameras on Mounties. It ensures transparency and accountability, and streamlines the application of justice.
alex colgan features editor
Where have all the good cars gone?
I wonder where today’s car buyers can really go for a trustworthy product. Toyota has been doing damage control since the American media has begun hounding them for “faulty pedals” on eight of their vehicles. Still competing with Volkswagen-Porsche as the world’s leader in car manufacturing, Toyota needs to build some trust in the safety of their vehicles. General Motors, still the largest American automakers, can breathe a sigh of relief. Their product certainly looks a lot better in comparison. They can thank the widespread North American media coverage of the entire Toyota fiasco. I’ve seen numerous cases and incidents of Toyota crashes and
failures, the victims of these tragedies voicing their concern to media circuits biting at the bid to spread the word. The scenario is pretty good for America; they need new trust in this company that received one of the largest bailouts in history. I’m worried that if Toyota, Honda, and Nissan lose sales in North America, companies like Volkswagen, BMW, and MercedesBenz are going on the chopping block next. What’s left for us are two options; a company whose cars we can’t trust or cars whose companies we can’t trust. We’re running out of options and every automaker has its downside. I’d like to see the environment take precedence over the marketplace for once in my lifetime.
The first problem that comes to mind with Toyota’s downfall is that they have practiced solid business practices and eco-friendly policies much longer than their American rivals. I don’t trust General Motors to take the hybrid road the same way Toyota has been doing for so long. The effort is there, but the media should be encouraging Toyota’s environmental leadership, not encouraging paranoia about the safety of their product. America should watch its step before knocking down a major environmentally friendly company. When media coverage can bring down huge corporations, it can be dangerous for those on the corporations’ payroll. It’s great we live in a society where media is accessible and critical. However,
sooner or later we’re going to see a war of car manufacturers and it’s an easy call to say that solid practices and policies are going to beat out bashing and bailouts. I’m very glad the North American public has taken such a fond interest in knocking down competition, but I’m even happier Toyota’s business record can stand up to an onslaught of safety concerns.
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letters In response to “Costly community connections”
Kent E. Peterson’s Feb. 4-10, 2010 article draws attention to the Community Connections Tour, in which Peterson highlights the cost incurred by President Timmons’ 2009 tour of Saskatchewan. While Peterson highlights the important concern of increased spending during a time of economic decline, he fails to accurately highlight the purpose, reach, and successes of the Community Connections Tour. He instead spins the article to drive unnecessary criticism at the university senior administration. Dr. Vianne Timmons has proven to be a strong and strategic leader for the institution and has situated herself as a voice of the community. That community of 12,000 students and over 55,000 alumni strong reaches to all four corners of
our province and around the world, making the University of Regina’s community far broader than our fair city. Students of our institution are not limited to studying in Regina alone. U of R students study in communities all over the province, at community colleges, via distance learning offerings, and through unique partnerships such as the PLACE program in Melville. Criticising a university’s leader for wanting to be accessible to all her institution’s potential students is a very narrow view of our diverse and resilient student population. The Community Connections Tour was far from a leisure trip for Dr. Timmons and her team. Travel would start as early as 5 a.m., events were stacked in tight timelines, and the president had little time to pause between addressing
high school students, attending partnership meetings, and addressing alumni/fundraising events, all the while keeping pace with her on-campus responsibilities. Working days sometimes stretched on for 16 hours in length. Dr. Timmons’ message about the University of Regina as a leading academic institution in our province reached thousands of students, donors, and community leaders. Projects such as the Community Connections tour are essential if the U of R is ever to be perceived as anything other than the “kid brother” of the University of Saskatchewan, a false stigma which still has deep roots in our provincial community. Having seen Dr. Timmons at work, I can say that I have the greatest respect for her skill, dexterity, and genuine passion for the
U of R. As a paying student of the University of Regina since 2002 I take no umbrage in knowing that money has gone to support the development and growth of the school I attend. I am confident that the president’s good work will result in increased enrolment and retention of students, an expansion in partnership programs, and a raised profile for our university. Spending $37,000 in this way isn’t frivolous, it’s an investment. Peterson truly missed the details and depth with his article.
In response to “Question Period” In response to the “Question Period” piece in the Feb. 4-10, 2010 issue, I was left wondering if NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter and his caucus are suffering from a case of collective amnesia. All students should remember that during the Romanow and Calvert governments from 1991 to 2007 tuition increased over 227 per cent. Student debt, cost of living, and tuition all saw massive increases.
Furthermore, the NDP government repeatedly used the affordability and accessibility issue by promising a free first year of university in 1999 and a tuition reduction in 2007. The problem is that they did not deliver. Even though they formed a government in 1999, they did not provide a free first year of education. In 2003, they implemented a funded tuition freeze but they waited until the next election in
2007 to offer a real reduction. During that time Saskatchewan students paid the third highest tuition in Canada. This same government also cut the provincial sales tax by two per cent at a cost of $320 million a year to the province. To put it into perspective, this tax cut could have funded free post secondary education for all Saskatchewan students and still have left $200 million a year to cut other taxes or address other prior-
ities. I guess Mr. Lingenfelter wasn’t following these issues from corporate boardrooms in Calgary but his caucus was. So don’t tell us about universal accessibility – we’ve heard this song and dance before.
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Thursday, March 4
A Conversation with Severn Cullis-Suzuki 7:00 p.m. Education Auditorium Education for Sustainability; Touching all our lives.
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DIVAS at the Owl: Overblown Pop Culture 8:00 p.m. The Lazy Owl Get your tickets early, GBLUR’s annual drag show fundraiser sells out every year.
Friday, March 5
Monday, March 8
Trash Talkin’ 2 p.m. U of R Combining scholarly perspectives on pop culture with creative writing.
Into the Breach: Our Indigenous and African Grandmothers 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Institute Français A collection of Regina women’s groups, including Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Regina, will be hosting this International Women’s Day event.
Charity Cheerleading Competition TBA CKHS Friday and Saturday.
Rah Rah w/ Tinsel Trees, Geronimo, Black Drink Crier 7 p.m. The Exchange
Local bands play to raise money for Haiti The Falklands w/ ASSX3, the Czar the Kaiser the King 11 p.m. O’Hanlon’s Check out these acts for free.
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Tuesday, March 9
First day of group registration for 2010 Spring/Summer and Fall terms
Campus Master Plan Forum TBA TBA The first public event for U of R campus stakeholders to provide input into the University's Master Plan for Facilities.
Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic 8 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre Check out this issue’s Arts and Culture section Battle! w/ Hercules, Failed States, Experiments 7 p.m. The Club A hardcore extravaganza Wednesday, March 10
2010 Stapleford Lecture: Quality Care for Patients, Above All 7:30 p.m. Rex Schneider Auditorium, Luther College Guest speaker Dr. Anne Doig, president of the Canadian Medical Assocation. Medea 7:30 p.m. University Theatre Check out this issue’s Arts and Culture section