the carillon The University of Regina Students’Newspaper since 1962 April 15 - May 26, 2010 | Volume 52, Issue 24
Times are serious, but that doesn’t mean that your student newspaper has to be. It’s the end of the year and exams are upon us, so lighten your mood at the expense of politicians, hurricane force winds, and a certain local daily with the Carillon’s annual spoof issue!
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In keeping with our reckless, devil-may-care image, our office has absolutely no concrete information on the Carillon’s formative years readily available. What follows is the story that’s been passed down from editor to editor for over forty years.
In the late 1950s, the University of Regina planned the construction of several new buildings on the campus grounds. One of these proposed buildings was a bell tower on the academic green. If you look out on the academic green today, the first thing you’ll notice is that it has absolutely nothing resembling a bell tower.
The University never got a bell tower, but what it did get was the Carillon, a newspaper that serves as a symbolic bell tower on campus, a loud and clear voice belonging to each and every student. Illegitimi non carborundum.
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w ha t’s th at you s aid? W hat d o y ou t hink of Pr oj ect H er o? “I would say it’s a government ploy to sell a product that’s already out there.”
“I think it’s a good idea, but if people want to criticize it, let them!” Eric Anderson
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CFS to be continued April referendum pushed back until October austin m. davis news editor
For the second time in 2010 the University of Regina underwent a campaign process that didn’t result in any votes being cast. A referendum was intended to be held on April 13 and 14 to decide the future of the Students’ Union holding a continued membership within the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). Membership in the nearly 30year-old national student lobbying organization is derived from student fees. As a result of the recent furor surrounding the organization and the increasingly convoluted processes of similar referendums across the country, U of R students will be forced to wait until October 26, 27, and 28, to answer the question: “Are you in favour of continued membership in the Canadian Federation of Students?” Earlier in the year, a petition circulated throughout the campus by students acting independently and collected the adequate number of student signatures to be recognized by the CFS. Many of the organization’s 80 college and university members have attempted to leave the CFS recently, but only a small number had been approved to continue past the petition stage to holding a referendum. The U of R’s petition was received in October, but in the November Annual General Meeting the CFS passed a motion that would apply retroactively allowing only two schools to attempt separation within a designated time. Members of the URSU executive were unable to comment on the matter due to a conflict of interest, but
Assistant General Manager Peter Jelinksi spoke to the Carillon on April 13 and discussed the events that occurred prior to the postponing of the referendum. “We had been in contact with CFS all last week. We had notified them of our intention to [hold the referendum]. When they said, ‘Look, we’re not going to participate in your election,’ we, as URSU, went to our lawyers and said, ‘What’s going to happen here? We don’t feel it’s fair that they changed the rules retroactively applying it to this school. It’s not fair to the students on this campus who have spoken up and said they were in favour of this.’” URSU’s legal team indicated that they had a valid case and advised them to go ahead with the campaign portion of the referendum. “There’s a bylaw inside CFS’ constitution, it also says that a petition is only valid for ‘X’ number of months, and that was our concern,” Jelinski said. “If we say, ‘OK, fine, there you go, we’ll wait for you guys to call,’ then all of a sudden, next thing you know, they retroactively apply [a bylaw] ... now your petition isn’t valid. We were caught in between a rock and a hard place.” The campaign period opened on March 3 without CFS’ participation. “Once we announced to CFS that we were going on with the referendum,” Jelinski said, “we offered them every opportunity to participate in it. They declined. Actually, we received no response from them.” But Jelinski asserted that URSU maintained a neutral stance, hiring a campaign manager for both the “yes” and “no” sides of the debate. The process was monitored by the Referendum Oversight Committee (ROC), which was composed of
Jelinski, Jay Nauta, Michael Burton, and Kristy Fyfe. Bronwen Porcina was hired as the manager of the campaign and advocated that URSU remain a member of the CFS, and Jessica Sinclair was hired to manage the campaign calling for URSU’s separation from the organization. They were both designated an equal amount of money for the process, and created campaign materials to spread the message. The material that Sinclair’s side manufactured were much more aggressive than that of Porcina’s. One “no” side poster proclaimed that the CFS has been “ripping off its members since 1982.” The posters inspired a formal complaint that resulted in Sinclair having to take down the material before the campaign period ended. On April 9, however, all the internal controversy became irrelevant.
Because of the unpleasant terms that the referendum was held on between URSU and the CFS, there was a need for compromise. Though URSU had been fully prepared to hold the twoday referendum, it was in the best interest of both parties that a less tension-ridden path be taken. “Through channels, we put out an olive branch saying, ‘We really would like to work with you, what can we do to make this work so that both sides are happy?’” Jelinski said, “It was through negotiations that we were able to cancel our current [referendum], in favour of guaranteeing that our petition would be honoured, and that we could hold the referendum in October of this year coming up with the full participation of CFS.” This is a benefit to both parties. CFS will be able to campaign for itself on campus. And URSU will not be forced to create
both sides of the referendum without asserting a firm stance. The focus on objectivity was certainly a struggle for URSU while attempting to hold a fair vote. The October referendum would potentially allow URSU to campaign for leaving the CFS, though that will remain the decision of the incumbent executive. Though the April vote wasn’t held, both Porcina and Sinclair will receive monetary compensation for the work they had done during campaign week. Their positions were paid, and hiring was based on the people most interested. In October, URSU will be able to advertise more without worrying about the neutrality and conflict of interest issues that plagued the CFS referendum this semester. The national office of the CFS was unavailable for comment.
“Once we announced to CFS
that we were going on with the referendum we offered them every opportunity to participate in it.
T h e y d e c l i n e d .” Peter Jelinski
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project hero While right-wing critics condemn professors’ letter... aurora elig contributor In March, the University of Regina decided to adopt Project Hero, a scholarship program that would grant free tuition and $1,000 to go towards books for children of Canadian soldiers killed in active duty. While Project Hero has been widely accepted and applauded, 16 professors from this university took a stand against it, inciting widespread criticism. Those who support the “Regina 15,” as they are now being called, are claiming that the professors were exercising their rights of freedom of speech. The key points being criticized in the letter sent to U of R President Vianne Timmons and signed by the 16 professors, are that Project Hero glorifies “Canadian imperialism in Afghanistan” and that it privileges “the children of deceased Canadian soldiers.” These remarks incited backlash from the media and both levels of government. Conservative Member of Parliament Tom Lukiwski demanded a public apology from the professors. Premier Brad Wall also announced his disappointment in the Regina 16. Many citizens are proclaiming their disgust, as well. In the wake of the letter being sent, countless articles, blogs, and Facebook groups have sprung up condemning the sixteen. The Carillon, in pursuing objective
journalism, sought after the two most vocal denouncers of the Regina 16, Lukiwski and John Gormley. Lukiwski’s office repeatedly said that the Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre MP was unavailable. However, John Gormley, a former MP and radio talk show host, was available to expand upon his critiques. When asked about the issue of free speech, Gormley said that they abused their right by being gratuitous as he “found their letter to be offensive and insulting to military officials.” He also claimed to be a staunch supporter of free speech, considering his job relies on it. What was considered insulting in their letter was the idea of “privileging” the students who receive the scholarships. Gormley included, “How safe and included would these students feel in the classroom of one of these professors?” The point that offended most is the notion that Canada’s mission in Afghanistan is an imperial one. In a letter written to rabble.ca on March 31, Professors Joyce Green and Darlene Juschka wrote that the use of the word imperialism seemed to have “bothered a lot of people” and that it is all in a matter of opinion on the definition of the word. That point of “imperialism” is where Gormley was most oppositional. He said that their argument is “historically and intellectually weak” and had they used their PhDs and read the
NATO resolutions in regards to the mission, they could have avoided insulting Canada’s military. Gormley said that it is their right to be opposed to the war but they “distorted Canada’s mission.” As a result of the backlash in the past few weeks, the professors are doing what they can for damage control, with one professor even backing out, saying she did not know what it was she was signing. Green and Juschka’s article to rabble.ca was a defence of their points and the Regina 15 have since said that they are not opposed to students receiving scholarships. After sending the letter to Timmons, the professors used the federal program of the Children of Deceased Veterans Education Assistance Act, which provides scholarships and a living allowance for children of dead soldiers, to further prove their points. Gormley has described the professors’ current actions as “desperately scrambling to cover their asses,” and their claims that the letter was taken out of context are reprehensible. Gormley summarized his criticisms by saying that he “graded their letter as if it were a paper” but it failed to have a “well though-out critique” with improper uses of analogies and arguments before reaching their conclusion.
...The Regina 15 keep explaining jennifer squires news writer An open letter signed by 16 University of Regina professors has sparked major controversy nationwide. The letter, received by President Vianne Timmons on March 23, detailed the signatories’ objections to the newly adopted U of R scholarship Project Hero. Project Hero is the brain child of Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Reed and retired General Rick Hillier. Under the terms of the program, any post-secondary institution that adopts Project Hero will waive tuition, course fees, textbook costs, and first-year residence charges for a student whose parent has died while on a military mission. Hillier’s website explains that the number of scholarships awarded per institution will vary depending on how many students apply and are eligible. The 16 signatories, dubbed “The Regina 16” by mainstream media, quickly became “The Regina 15” after the backlash began and Leesa Streifler from Visual Arts requested her signature be withdrawn from the document. The 15 take great issue with this scholarship, beginning with the terminology used, which they believe glorifies war and imperialism. Women’s and Gender Studies professor Dr. Darlene Juschka, one of the signatories, said, “I saw this as a glorification of militarism. I saw it as a way to legitimate our occupation of Afghanistan which I absolutely don’t sign on board for.” Dr. Bill Arnal from Religious Studies said that he signed the letter because “It bothered me to see the University involving itself with something that struck me as a militaristic endeavour.” The glorification and legitimating of imperialism and Canada’s occupation in Afghanistan is seen in the use of the word “hero.” The 15 don’t agree that participating in this conflict is heroic in itself. Dr. Garson Hunter, professor of Social Work, participated in a UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus as a
soldier with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in the 1970s and signed the letter because, “We’re making the military sound more romantic than it is.” Hunter believes that this scholarship aggrandizes military endeavours and the concept of a military hero is ridiculous. “I would laugh if someone called me a hero [for serving in the military]. It’s ridiculous. There’s no hero.” Another large issue the group took with the program is that the scholarship helps a very small number of students in a time when access to post-secondary education for all should be the focus. The letter requests the U of R administration to pressure the government “to provide immediate funding sufficient for universal access to post-secondary education.” Juschka wants to see all students assisted in paying for post-secondary education, but not through student loans. She chooses to embrace the model where post-secondary education is free. “I like the model where post-secondary education is free, but since that’s not going to happen, all students who need assistance should get help, and not just an exclusive group who somehow represent this particular idea of the hero.” Emily Eaton, assistant professor of Geography, echoed Juschka, “In a time when tuition is increasingly becoming inaccessible for more and more students, we should be focusing our attention on students in general, not a select group of them.” Hunter said, “Project Hero can raise funds and organize the scholarship if they want, it’s their money, but what they want is for the university to pay for it.” The 16 maintain that they are not against giving these particular students money, they take issue in the fact that the money the scholarship requires comes out of the university’s funds for student assistance, thereby removing money from a pool accessible to all students to a pool accessible by a mere handful. They also don’t see the point in Project Hero when dependents of deceased military already have ample
coverage through both the military and the federal government through the Children of Deceased Veterans Education Assistance Act C-28. Eaton believes that since there is already this funding in place, Project Hero seems to be a more ideological move that provides tacit support for calling what Canada is doing in Afghanistan heroism. “By participating in Project Hero we find that that is going contrary to the understanding of the university as a neutral institution and wading into a political territory and siding with a particular view of Canadian values." Hunter said that he was suspicious of Project Hero immediately. “As soon as I heard about Project Hero, I knew it had to be bogus. I knew the military had to cover these children, and they do.” The backlash and hate mail started almost immediately after the letter was released, The 15 said. Eaton blames the corporate media agenda for taking things out of context and accusing them of abusing their free speech. “They ask ‘how dare you speak out against the people that fought for the very freedoms [of speech] that you are trying to exercise?’ But it’s actually clear that we don’t have that freedom because we’ve been completely trampled on.” Arnal, who was greeted with booing upon entering his class, said that he is shocked that anyone is paying attention to what professors think. “I’ve always been critical of the media, but I have been shocked at how irresponsible the portrayal of this situation has been presented. I’ve been offended by how the media has invented a story about a bunch of radical professors rather than pursuing a story about a questionable scholarship.” Currently only four students across the country are taking advantage of Project Hero. The University of Calgary adopted Project Hero two years ago and has yet to award the scholarship since no one has applied for it. The U of R administration has said that they will go ahead with Project Hero as planned, beginning September 2010.
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editor’s column peter mills editor in chief
Despite being utterly exhausting at times, it has been an absolutely amazing year at the Carillon. As you have hopefully noticed, the Carillon, thanks to the tireless work of many, has transformed into the student newspaper that University of Regina students have wanted and deserved, but had not received for far too long. We made history this year, and in more ways than this column can explain. We committed our entire lives to searching out, producing, and publishing the news, arts, sports, features, and opinions that matter the most to University of Regina students and faculty, and spent tireless nights making sure we published as much quality content as possible – sometimes going past a deadline to ensure everything was as close to perfect as possible. We have attended rallies, press conferences, the provincial budget, paid for tickets to movies and events in order to review them, and, most importantly, we have actively made our way around campus, talking to students and faculty as much as possible. All of our sections have been devoted to providing you with news that you would expect to see in any well-respected mass media outlet, but with one significant exception: we do so as your representative, fighting to help improve your lives. We have interviewed every federal political party leader, save Prime Minister Stephen Harper – which we spent all year trying to accomplish – every provincial party leader more than once, the mayor on several occasions, as well as countless local, national, and international figures. And, the whole time we were doing so, we were consciously trying to represent you. We have significantly increased our activity on Twitter and Facebook, but sincerely hope to do more and find even better ways to communicate with the U of R and the world next year. For the first time in the history of the Carillon, we produced a Français section, which is one of the only bilingual sections in all of Canadian University Press – and it is certainly not something you will soon be seeing in any Canwest newspaper. This year, we have been extremely proud of the paper’s sheer girth. Granted, page counts don’t mean very much on their own, but, as you have seen, we are not simply padding pages or filling it with non-sense. Our page count has not gone below 24 pages since the second issue of the year. This issue we published a 36-page newspaper, with an 8-page insert. This makes us one of the largest student newspapers in Canada. We have been respectful and defamation free... granted nothing awful happens following the Leader-Roast. To be perfectly honest, I have received only one significant – yet non-legal – complaint the entire year, and the person that made it eventually bought me a beer after we met for the first time. We have cut costs wherever possible. The most significant, at least in my mind, was our waste-reduction strategy. In past years, we were throwing away hundreds, sometimes thousands of old issues every week. This year, we
have, on average, printed 6000 fewer copies a month that would have been simply thrown away in the past. By the way, we do recycle. Last year, if you weren’t around, the Carillon held a referendum for a levy increase from $4 to $6 for full-time students, and $2 to $3 for part-time students. It lost by 12 measly votes. Whether you think we deserve an increase or not, the Carillon is suffering as a result of a lack of funding. And so are you, the reader. I think one thing that university students don’t quite understand or appreciate is the amount of hours that go into each weekly edition of the paper. Not exaggerating in the slightest, I frequently spent over 24-straight hours in the office this year, and, on average, spend close to 40 hours working on the upcoming issue on Monday and Tuesday alone. By the way, I get paid $225 a week. Do the math, if I’m working a minimum of 30 hours at the Carillon in only two days – which, for the most part, is a underestimate – I, along with my staff, are grossly underpaid for the amount of work the job requires. Whoever is hired as the summer editor in chief will be devoting their summer almost entirely to creating a functional website. It has been years since we have been able to access our website, and a full year of seeking help from the U of R and URSU has resulted in little progress. However, we have been working all year to design a new website, I have personally paid for domain names, and we plan on launching an entirely self-sufficient website that can be passed on from generation to generation with little difficulty by the beginning of the fall semester. This, along with other aspirations, costs money that we don’t have. This week’s cover explains the values that we have strived for all year, but now it is your time to get involved and do the same. This is your opportunity to be informed and to meet people you may otherwise never know. This is your opportunity to help fight for a better, more interactive, and more accountable tomorrow. We need to hold those in authority accountable, whether it be URSU, the University of Regina, or provincial, national, or international politicians. It is their job to represent you and it is a necessity that they talk to you and address your concerns. Next year, in both the fall and winter semesters, the Carillon will also be presenting students with a monthly lecture series featuring politicians, journalists, and other important, exciting public figures. We are always looking for volunteers and great stories are far easier to be apart of than you may think. The first summer issue comes out May 27 and we need volunteers as well as hired staff. This is a perfect opportunity to be apart of something that is only going to get better. We have established a foundation that you need to be apart of. Please take the time to fill out our readership survey found on page B19 and tell us how you feel about your student newspaper and how it can continue to improve. Thank you so very much for reading the Carillon each and every week, even if only for the declass. And thank you for inspiring us to be better journalists, students, and friends. And remember: Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don’t hate everything news column austin m. davis news editor I was intending to write a column filled with vitriol directed at the old bastards who seem to hunt my car parked out way in the boonies, just to laugh with their pals about the $15 they cost me. I figured that since this is the last time you’ll be reading my tender, sweet eloquence, I should direct my focus to some aspects of university life I enjoy. Even further, I’ve used this spot to bitch a fair amount about various topics, and people have been reading (more or less), so I’ll use my last opportunity to spread some love around. Dear Lazy Owl: I adore you. I looked forward to drinking beers inside you long before I was 19 years old. I spent every minute I could at a table or lounging on a couch even before I worked in the office above you. Everyone who works there is an absolute dream. The staff, environment, food, and draught beer all contribute to why the Owl is my home away from home. With gigantic windows and a patio for smoking, the place is so awesome that even when I hear songs from Grease in the middle of the day, I don’t get upset. And If I get started on delicious lunch specials I’ll max out my word count.
The point being, Lazy Owl, that you have contributed to the amazing year I had. I met many decent people there and gathered some sloppy memories (many involved Friday nights). But you’re so much more to me than cheap drinks. And, strangely, this campus has more to offer than the Lazy Owl. When the weather is pleasant outside, I could spend hours out on the green. There’s good reason why it’s located inside the campus building, it’s supposed to be the vibrant epicentre of the U of R. Not only on welcome week is the green a good place to kick a hacky sack or throw a football with friends. When the weather isn’t so enjoyable, there are still some great spots around campus to kick back with friends; or if you remember that you’re actually enrolled in classes, you can choose from a multitude of quiet spots to study in. The Research and Innovation Centre will never be more to me than a shiny building where geniuses do research, but if you can find a couch in the back, by the window, you’ll have a relaxing studying environment. This is much better than the noisy and generally shitty study lounge. The pit in the Ad. Hum building is where I spent most of my freshman days, on the deceptively uncomfortable benches until I realized that if you want to study, take the elevator to the fourth of fifth floor. For genuine, hardcore studying or essay writing, the Archer library is your best bet. Every floor has several
tables to choose from, and the walls have plug-ins for laptops. Add to that the fact that the people at the front desk are helpful and friendly, the library is the only spot to get everything accomplished. Late fees still suck though. This university is not a massive campus, but it’s tricky to find the perfect spots. Ideally the Campus Master Plan would expand a few of these spots, making the campus a more enjoyable place for people to be. Appealing to newcomers, making guests feel as comfortable as the students who rarely leave, this is how the University of Regina will capture the vibrant ideals that are supposed to parallel post-secondary education. Maybe we forget, but all aspects of university are supposed to be invigorating. Not always enjoyable, but we’re supposed to be better people – adults – when we finally get our scraps of paper and waltz out of here. It’s surprising how many people I know just don’t enjoy being on campus. If they have an hour break in between class, many students opt to go home. This isn’t how university should work. As tiring as school can become, the university should serve as a place for us to meet each other and share the good times that university provides us with. Campus should also be a place to share our communal suffering. Like when we have to walk for 10 minutes from out in the worst parking lot ever and it costs an astronomical amount. I hope you had as much fun as I did. Have a rad summer.
Regina College Library in the 1940s. University of Regina Archives & Special Collections, 80-2 #63.
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Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2010-11, Round 2:
Budget vs. Everybody
NDP attacks without SK Green Party leader unpacks budget saying “loser” austin m. davis news editor The Saskatchewan New Democratic Party never has a shortage of words for the Saskatchewan Party. On March 24, the budget was released, and as the Sask. Party congratulated themselves on a fiasco well-handled, the NDP talked until there was nobody left in the rotunda. Trent Wotherspoon, NDP finance critic, spoke to the Carillon, and wasted no time conveying the sentiment of his party. “The budget never met expectations. We’ve been expecting that the government put forward a balanced budget; they haven’t done that here today. “What we see is a deficit of $622 million. We see debt increase almost of $1 billion – $753 million – that’s unacceptable, and it comes at a huge consequence for Saskatchewan people,” Wotherspoon continued. “At the same time what we know is that the budget process has been hugely chaotic, lacking in vision, lacking of plan, and they’ve gone through cutting in a very uncoordinated, ad hoc-type fashion.” Leader of the NDP Dwain Lingenfelter was as critical of the budget and the Sask. Party as his colleague. “There’s a lot of deception and deceit in that document,” Lingenfelter said. “That doesn’t surprise us, because if you were here last year at the budget we had the same commotion, excitement, and everybody cheering about how great it was. Six months later all hell breaks loose and we’re in the hole to the tune of $1 billion. My fear is that’s all going to start to unravel real quick.” The conflict between the condemning statements from the NDP and the word “balanced” on the cover of the budget was apparent. Wotherspoon explained the incongruity by saying, “It’s a game that they’re playing. They’ve drained all the resources out of the Crown funds, they’ve drained all resources out of the rainy day funds, and
they’re calling it a balanced budget – it’s simply not that.” The Sask. Party had indeed taken 100 per cent of dividends from the Crown Corporations, with the exception of SaskPower. The NDP claimed that this was an abnormality and as Lingenfelter noted, an act of deception. Premier Brad Wall defended the financial decision. “Our government has actually been putting money into the Crowns. When we asked SaskTel, for example, to engage in a major build out of the mobility network cellular phone, and to bring 100 per cent coverage of high-speed Internet, the General Revenue Fund actually sent money over to the Crowns. “There’s been other circumstances in the Crowns, as well, including SaskEnergy selling its assets that the previous government invested in Atlantic Canada,” Wall said before addressing the question. “So that is true, that dividend is coming over, except for SaskPower. Crown Corporations are there to provide a good service for the people in the province – which they do – for the lowest possible cost – which they do – and then there’s a dividend available to the people of Saskatchewan, who are the shareholders of those Crowns.” Lingenfelter had a starkly different view on the allocation of the dividends. “What that means is, SaskTel, when they spend on cell towers, or when they do any expansion or improvement, that will be added to their debt, and it’s a recipe for disaster for that Crown Corporation, because they need to keep the majority of the profit for expansion... It’s a real, real problem, and I think part of their overall plan to privatize the Crowns.” Perhaps the most bewildering part of budget Wednesday was that two groups of elected officials were able to look at the same document and arrive at two polarized conclusions.
peter mills editor in chief Saskatchewan Green Party leader and full-time University of Regina student Larissa Shasko has a lot of problems with the Saskatchewan Party’s budget, and not just from an environmental perspective. “There is lots to stand in opposition to,” said Shasko. “There is not much that aligns with our policy in this budget and I think what is good about it, in an odd way, is that it is so easy to unpack what the Sask. Party is saying in here. “Right on the front cover it’s not true. It’s not balanced. And that I think is a very easy attack point. Why would you write that the budget is balanced and yet the sheet they hand out that have the actual summaries say that the deficit is $622 million?” The cover of the 2010-11 provincial budget features the slogan “Balanced. Forward-Looking. Responsible.” This has become a very easy target for many critics of the Sask. Party, including Shasko. “It’s not balanced, it’s not forward-looking, it’s not responsible. I found those words presented on the front page of the budget summary, in the budget speech, it was a cheap shot at the public by thinking that people weren’t going to look past the headline. I think it would be sad if people didn’t.” Shasko argued that the government of Saskatchewan’s current budget is entirely ideologically motivated and that is will not benefit Saskatchewan citizens, especially youth, in the long-run. As the leader of the provincial Green Party one should expect Shasko to be critical of the government’s investments in the environment. This is obviously one of Shasko’s top concerns, and she said
she believes the environment was “hard hit” as a result of the $25 million cut in the Ministry of Environment’s budget. More specifically, Shasko said she was upset because, “There was virtually no money spent on renewable energy. In this budget, they are putting $1.6 million of the Go Green fund to the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) topping off the already $2.5 million.” She also highlighted that the PTRC “already receives over $50 million from large oil and gas corporations. “[The Sask. Party government] have continued to focus on clean coal, which doesn’t exist, and they have just let all of the renewable energy opportunities be left out.” In terms of the government’s investment in renewable energy, an important principle for the Green Party, Shasko said, “The minor token investments in wind over six-years isn’t going to make a iota of difference. We continue to stay on this path of resource extraction.” Shasko was also very critical of the government’s righteous declaration that they are switching over to lean government practices – meaning eliminating government jobs they feel are unnecessary. The provincial Green Party leader said this was upsetting because it coincides with the government’s decision to no longer have smaller projects go through Environmental risk assessment. “In the manufacturing sector and in government we have seen many critics of this because their loss of services, loss of efficiency. I think in the long-run it is going to be a huge mistake. It is also cutting lots of jobs. These are jobs that are contributing to our economy. It doesn’t make sense.” On the topic of eliminating programs that contribute to the economy, Shasko said she was upset that the government decided to remove
funding from the Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN). “[SCN] was attracting students here. It was attracting people in that industry here and without that we have lost a very valuable contribution to public education, to the public’s voice, and we’ve also lost an economic attraction. It seems to be more of an ideological cut: ‘They don’t vote for us anyway, so it doesn’t really matter if we axe their budget.” With all the problems she has with the budget, Shasko admitted that consultation with the government, and having your ideas considered is often extremely difficult, even for the leader of the Opposition. “When I heard [Dwain] Lingenfelter say he had never been in Brad Wall’s office and that Brad Wall would never have him in his office... what chance do I have of getting to sit down in Brad Wall’s office to have a conversation about nuclear power and the environment? They haven’t reached out to me for anything, and I haven’t really made a lot of that either way. In some ways it’s easier to be in strong opposition to parties you are not sitting across from.” Shasko did, however, say, “It is important to sit down with other parties. We all represent different sectors of society and we all have different demographics and we all have voters.”
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URSU VP of External Affairs has mixed feelings on budget and politics peter mills editor in chief URSU VP of External Affairs Katie Honey has had a long, stressful venture into politics. As one of the University of Regina’s most important student advocates to the government of Saskatchewan, much of Honey’s year was spent preparing for the provincial budget. So when that day finally came, it was an extremely memorable experience that Honey will not soon forget. “I was trying to study for a midterm I couldn’t get out of,” said Honey. “When the budget was made public I was writing a mid-term.” Honey admitted that when she was first elected to the URSU executive, “I remember somebody asking me. ‘How are you going to lobby? What experience do you have?’ Well, I had none. But I know how to build relationships. “I knew the issues were student fees, interest rates, housing,” she explained, “and issues do change but they are still always kind of the same.” Honey explained that when she was elected last year, the entire URSU executive sat down and decided “what things we thought were realistic” to be lobbying for. “We ended up picking three things that we were really pushing for, which were interest rates on student loans, manageable tuition fee increases ... and the Saskatchewan Scholarship fund. And also childcare.” As for her previous understanding of working in politics and preparing for a budget, Honey laughed and admitted, “I didn’t have any role in politics before.” However, she said this has, in fact, helped her throughout the year. “I don’t identify with any particu-
lar side and I think that has been kind of handy for me in this job, to remain nonpartisan, to be able to look at both sides. It’s about building the relationships and I feel we have been able to build the right relationships on one side, like Minister [Rob] Norris. He is someone that we need to talk to and have conversations with and not yell at him and hope he does something. And on the other side, we’ve had many meetings and conversations with [NDP education critic] Cam Broten.” Honey explained that when it came down to the final days before the budget, this was especially helpful as Broten would ask her what URSU wanted to push for and he would then push those issues in question period. Following her last meeting with Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Rob Norris before the budget, Honey was worried that her entire year of lobbying may be ignored in the budget. “The Thursday before the budget was released I left the Leg[islative Building] and I was just pissed. I thought we were going to get absolutely nothing ... I left the meeting kind of deflated and thinking, what could I have done differently? Or should I have gotten angry? How could I have better got my point across? “All year, all of these things I’ve been doing; petitions, and meetings and everything we had been working on is out of my hands. I have no control over what happens... I was really nervous.” Following the release f the budget, Honey said things worked out far better than she had expected. “I am grateful for what [Norris] did give us because we could have gotten nothing. He kept pressing upon us that the budget has to balance.” “What was good about the budget was the improvement to students loans. A lot of that was really unex-
pected. The accessibility aspect was really a step in the right direction. There is always room for improvement but you can’t just fix it all in one day. Again, I was absolutely shocked that the interest rate had been eliminated. I was also happy that the university did get an increase in its operating grant.” Although Honey was quite excited with what was in the budget, she said she was definitely not happy about everything. “I am not happy because we will be seeing a tuition increase this year and it sucks. It would be amazing if there was a tuition freeze but we knew coming in that wasn’t going to happen.” Honey also explained that there is a lot of pressure on the URSU executive to prevent tuition increases from happening. “I don’t think a lot of people understand how tuition is set. I know some people think that it could be up to the Students’ Union to set it but unfortunately it’s out of our hands.” So, following a reasonably satisfying budget experience does Honey have any aspirations to enter politics in the future? “Absolutely not... Just the kind of games and stuff you have to play to get somewhere is not for me. My problem with [politics] is that I like to be honest and straightforward and tell people how it is, not necessarily in the most diplomatic way possible. I just wish people would be straight.” However, this does not mean Honey is done lobbying for students and for more affordable education. “I think [fighting for affordable education] is something we should always be fighting for. Education in this day and age is the key to success. Tuition fees are a barrier that are always going to be there and I don’t think it is an issue that should ever go away.”
“The Thursday before the budget was released I left the Leg[islative Building] and I was just p i ss e d. I thought we were going to get absolutely nothing ... I left the meeting kind of deflated and thinking, w ha t cou l d I h a ve d on e d i ffe re n tl y? ” Katie Honey
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photos of the week Gettin’ schooled
Nolan talks at FNUniv
Rhythm is everywhere! It was in the multi-purpose room when some local dancers showed up to bust mad moves all over this institution of higher learning. Fresh!
Ex-NHL player and former coach of the New York Islanders, Ted Nolan, spoke at the First Nations University of Canada on April 1.
news bites Dick alert
The University of Saskatchewan’s student newspaper, the Sheaf, attracted the attention of former Conservative Member of Parliament and rightwing radio personality, John Gormley. Like any attention Gormley gives a topic, this was mostly negative. Specifically the Sheaf’s parody issue titled “adVerb,” featured two dildos on the cover and included pieces on Saskatoon’s mayor ex-
posing himself to children, Ken Miller having genital warts, and Justin Bieber getting a penis. Gormley tore through the issue calling it “unfunny,” on several counts. Hearing Gormley run his mouth about dicks and declaring, “Get me a moist-ass Reuben!” was the most seriously I’ve ever taken him.
On March 31 the partnership of the University of Regina and the Office for Urbanism gave the same opportunity to students as they did to external members of the community more than three weeks earlier. The same posters that were set up exclusively on March 9 in the multi-purpose room were publicly displayed in the
The Legislative Assembly isn’t well known for the polite conduct of the politicians who work inside. On April 1, reformed self-declared “drugkingpin,” and now Saskatchewan Party MLA for Saskatoon Northwest, Serge LeClerc allegedly gave the finger to NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter during session. Sometimes provincial politics get heated, and Lingenfelter wasn’t
upset when he gave comment on the bird-flipping situation. However, he did mention that LeClerc wanted to go for some kind of violent walk and had ambiguously threatened his family. Maybe Link just misunderstood, walks don’t have to be violent, that’s what bars are for, and LeClerc and his friends know some really good bars.
Deserving of a raise
Research and Innovation Centre. During the late morning and early afternoon the posters of various areas of the campus were available to students to apply their various sticky notes on places of improvement. Starving students ran out of stickers to place on the Riddell Centre’s food court.
Clockwise from top left: rodpederson.blogspot.com, Tyler Dekok, Austin Davis, Jarrett Crowe
At the March 7 Board of Directors meeting, with 10 members in attendance, a motion was presented to increase the salary of the Students’ Union executives. The four positions on the URSU executive will be subject to 1.3 per cent increase to correlate with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and “in order to address standard and cost
of living.” The motion, moved by Victor Bockarie and seconded by Jamie Kilkenny, states that each member of the executive will receive $1773.02 per month, effective April 30. An amendment should be made to read: Whereas this increase should be reflected in a wider selection of yellow pants for President Addison.
austin davis, mario majano, peter mills, enyinnah okere, jordan reid this week’s roundtable Donovan McNabb was traded to the Redskins! Which team makes out better, them or the Eagles?
Austin Davis: McNabb is aging, but he’s still got a couple years left to cap his career. He gets overlooked because the Eagles were masters of the art of choking. Redskins walk away looking better.
Mario Majano: Considering I’ve had a man crush on McNabb since about 1999 I would lean towards the Redskins. He has the second best TDinterception ratio of all time and the third highest win percentage of active quarterbacks with at least 100 starts. He is the man. But it all comes down to wins and losses, so we’ll see how he fits into Shanahan’s system and who the Eagles get with the picks they received.
Peter Mills: Clearly the team that got rid of that Chunky Soup-eating slob of a quarterback is better off. McNabb is the worst. Perhaps even worse than Jason Campbell – well, maybe not that bad. I love the fact that he went to the Redskins because they are brutal and I wouldn’t mind seeing them sink a little further. I bet Michael Vick never once dreamed of a deal so sweet in jail. I can now cheer for the Eagles, save Andy Reid who ruined the Eagles by putting so much faith in McNabb. Enyinnah Okere: It absolutely breaks my heart. I am not drinking the KoolAid or toting the company line. This
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was a ridiculous trade. I get it, he leaves next year and you get nothing, but to trade him inside the division breaks my heart.
Jordan Reid: It’s a win-win. The Redskins get a reasonably-proven leader, which they needed more than unproven draft picks, and the Eagles get a nice youth injection and some playing time for Kevin Kolb. Still, though, why trade in-division? I foresee a scenario where McNabb comes back to haunt the shit out of the Eagles.
The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has gone two whole seasons (78 games) without losing. Is this impressive to you?
Davis: They received a phone call from Barack Obama congratulating them. If it’s worth a call from the President of the United States of America (admittedly a diehard hoops fan), it’s probably worthy of some attention.
Majano: While I can’t really comment on the talent level of their opponents, the fact they have won that many games consecutively is fairly impressive. With the reigning player of the year, Maya Moore, eligible to return for one more season, I want them to go for 100 straight victories and another championship.
Mills: It is unbelievable! Since the WNBA is a joke, women’s basketball in the NCAA reigns supreme. I don’t care if we are talking about little league lawn bowling – 78 wins, or two straight perfect seasons, is fucking incredible. They are the team of the decade.
Okere: Hardly noteworthy. I’ll give them some dap because they play who
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is in front of them, but their scheduling is a sham. Come on, play Tennessee more than once, UConn. All the female talent in the NCAA is concentrated in three or four major schools. This record is a farce – UCLA these women are not. Reid: Though the talent pool is spread among pretty few schools, UConn’s run is impressive as hell. In the last two seasons they’ve outscored their opponents by an average of 32 points every game. The only men’s team that I think could possibly even compare is the Harlem Globetrotters, and they’re using fucking ladders. The Edmonton Oilers just finished one of their worst seasons ever – where do they go from here?
Davis: This hurts me really badly. I lost $20 to Peter Mills over this fiasco of a season. Khabibulin’s injury was the catalyst. If he’s healthy, the Oilers have a steady netminder and can focus on finding guys who can score. Majano: They need a complete makeover. I know they have a young goalie but bring in a veteran that can spot him and maybe show him some tricks of the trade. They should have a pretty high pick in the draft, and as long as that player isn’t a complete bust obviously it will help. Actually, I hope they have a worse season next year. I may not know a lot about hockey but I know I hate the Oilers.
Mills: When they can’t get any worse? They go nowhere. They’ll probably find some way to lose the draft lottery as well. Fire Pat Quinn. He may have only had one season but that doesn’t hide the fact that his career is done. Okere: To the buffet line with Dustin
Reid: They need to get Taylor Hall, who won’t entirely stop them from being a doormat, but will at least get them moving in the right direction.
The Calgary Flames choked down the stretch and missed the playoffs. Is it time to rebuild? Davis: Considering how well Iginla played in the Olympics, it’s a sad finish to his NHL season. But the Flames can eat shit. They won’t make the playoffs next year, either.
Majano: Not quite time to rebuild yet but these guys obviously aren’t getting it done. With Iginla and Kiprusoff both over 30, I doubt they would be contenders for much longer anyways, so they might as well go out and bring in some real talent and try to win a Cup in the next couple of years. Mills: I couldn’t be happier knowing the Flames and Oilers are watching the post-season. Yeah, rebuild by firing those two goofs – the Sutter brothers – who are clogging up this franchise with more than just shitty, drab personalities. They should sign some Saskatchewan players, cut the one they have (Robyn Regehr), stop placing all the hope in the world on Kiprusoff, and cut Craig Conway – how is that guy still playing in the NHL?
Okere: I think people need to realize that the last time the Flames were truly relevant was before the lockout. Quit holding on to that dream and that era of hockey, it doesn’t exist anymore. Reid: Not quite. What they need to do is say to hell with the salary cap and go after some top-level free agents so they
can get Iggy a trophy before he’s done. boston.com
NBA playoffs start this weekend. The 2010 NBA champion is ...
Davis: The Cleveland Cavaliers. LBJ is going to get his first ring this year. He has the support now to get them past the Magic. If the Cavs play strong defence, the Lakers haven’t got a hope in hell.
Majano: Even though they have been struggling lately the L.A. Lakers will repeat as champs. Once the playoffs start they’ll regain their focus and Kobe will be Kobe. The Dallas Mavericks could be a threat, because they are a deep, veteran team, but they can’t beat L.A. in seven. Plus, if Bynum comes back blocking shots and grabbing boards, it’s over. Mills: The Lakers will beat the Cavs in the Finals. I’m cheering for the Celtics, though.
Okere: Los Angeles Lakers. I don’t trust the Cavs to get by the Magic again. Most importantly, LeBron needs to lose out so he can head to the Knicks, God willing. Reid: Their sloppy play lately has me more than a little concerned, but I still think the Lakers are set to defend their crown. Once Bynum is back nobody in the West is more dominant, and the Cavs are going to fall to the Magic again, which will set up a Finals rematch that Orlando wants no part of. My dark horse pick, if they beat the Lakers, is Dallas. Kidd and Nowitzki are hungry, and that midseason trade for Butler and Haywood may have put them over the top.
“I’m proud of what he did. I’m happy for him.” – Barry Bonds, perhaps the face of the steroids scandal, on Mark McGuire admitting to steroid use. WTF? photo by si.com
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The Carillon ’s top 10
Year: Third Age: 21 Hometown: Regina, Sask. Previous School: Balfour Collegiate Faculty: Kinesiology and Health Studies Career highlights: 2009-10 Canada West first-team all-star.
Year: Fifth Age: 22 Hometown: Regina, Sask. Previous School: Sheldon-Williams Collegiate Faculty: Business Administration Career highlights: 2009-10 CIS second-team all-star, 2009-10 Canada West first-team all-star, 2007-08 Canada West second-team all-star, 2005-06 CIS all-rookie team.
Year: Fourth Age: 21 Hometown: Regina, Sask. Previous School: Michael A. Riffel Faculty: Campion Arts Career highlights: 2008 and 2009 Canada West all-star.
Year: Fifth Age: 23 Hometown: Regina, Sask. Previous School: Campbell Collegiate Faculty: Education Career highlights: Never missed a game in his entire five-season career, tied for U of R all-time lead in rebounds.
Year: Fourth Age: 21 Hometown: Regina, Sask. Previous School: Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Faculty: Kinesiology and Health Studies Career highlights: 2006-07 CIS allrookie team, 2006-07 Canada West rookie of the year.
In 2009-10, Britney Read, in her first season in a starting role, was named a Canada West first-team all-star after leading the conference with 9.8 rebounds per game (RPG) and had a team-leading 14.4 points per game (PPG). She had the second most total rebounds (195) and blocks (33) in a single season in U of R history and was also tied for the Canada West lead with 33 blocked shots. Read racked up a whopping 12 double-doubles and led the team in the post-season with 17.3 PPG and 9 RPG. For her first two seasons with the University of Regina Cougars women's basketball team, Read served as an understudy to Chelsea Cassano at centre. Read came into this season with enormous expectations of her, including filling the hole left by graduated Cougars legends Cassano and Jessica Lynch. Without Cassano and Lynch, Read was the only player on the Cougars that could dominate the floor at the post position. Read finished this season fourth all-time with 77 career blocks and is only 136 offensive rebounds away from being the Cougars’ all-time leader.
Beth Clark is a beast! And a really nice person as well. This season, the fifth-year middle blocker ended her time at the U of R with the best season, by far, of her entire career. Clark was relied on for everything, particularly leadership this season, and she delivered immensely. Following a season that saw her lead the Cougars to their first appearance in the national tournament since the 1999-00 season and their first Canada West Final Four since the tournament format was adopted in 2003, Clark was rewarded by being named a second-team all-Canadian – only the program’s second-ever all-Canadian. Clark was named a Canada West firstteam all-star after leading the conference with an average of 4.24 points scored per set, finish second in both hitting percentage (.319) and kills (250), and ranked third in the conference with 78 total blocks, Clark’s prominent – potentially Hall of Fame calibre – legacy, however, will never be based solely on the best season of her career. Following five years with the Cougars, Clark slashed the shit out the U of R record books. Clark leaves the Cougars first all-time in kills (948), service aces (102), block solos (79), block assists (262), total blocks (341), total points (126), and games played (374). These numbers, if you don’t know, are just plain fucking incredible. This season she captured two single season records – block assists (64) and total blocks (78). Women’s volleyball head coach Melanie Sanford will have a very difficult time replacing Clark next season – or in the next five perhaps. Congratulations to Clark on a truly amazing career.
Rams’ football players are drafted to the CFL nearly every single year, and they usually make a significant impact within their first two seasons, such as Jason Clermont, Chris Getzlaf, and Brendan LaBatte. Jordan Sisco is next on this long list of Saskatchewan football excellence. “Jordan is quite simply one of the greatest receivers we’ve had here,” Rams head coach Frank McCrystal told the Leader-Post. McCrystal is a smart man and should be trusted in this case. In 2009-10, Sisco had 52 receptions for 700 yards, despite missing two games, en route to his second-straight berth on the Canada West all-star team. As a result, Sisco was named to the West roster for the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando featuring some of the best talent in the NCAA Div I. Sisco is currently sixth on the Canada West’s all-time list for receptions (141) and 11th on the career list for receiving yards (2,051). Sisco is second all-time with 141 career receptions, third with eight career rushing touchdowns, and needs only 307 receiving yards to be the Rams’ all-time leader. Sisco is now setting his sights on the CFL’s 2010 Canadian college draft and the 2010 NFL Draft, as he is eligible for both. Don’t expect Sisco back in green and gold next season.
Jamal Williams is the University of Regina athletics program – at least from a public relations and external affairs point of view. In his past five seasons at the U of R, I don’t think J-Will has ever not smiled even for a second. He is the one athlete that everyone knows – or should know – and he is always talking, shaking hands, and laughing with somebody in the hall, the Owl, or the gym, and he never seems too busy to hear what you have to say. J-Will’s personality alone will be sincerely missed across the U of R when he graduates and the role he plays both on the court and on campus is irreplaceable. On the court, well, who doesn’t know J-Will is the shit? He is a double -double factory, who, for five years, dominated every inch of the hardwood for the Cougars – he is the only 6-5, 235 lbs basketball player I have ever known that can dunk, block, and rebound with the biggest in the game, and still drain three-pointers like they’re easier than free throws. Williams ends his career with 723 rebounds, which ties Glen Nelson for the most in U of R history. This season, Williams scored his 1000th career point, a significant accomplishment. As head coach James Hillis once commented, J-Will is in the top 10 in nearly everything. This season, J-Will finished second on the Cougars with 13.5 PPG and led the team 7.7 RPG, and finishes his career averaging 11.3 PPG and 6.8 RPG. Perhaps most amazingly, as witnessed by his increasingly bad limp, Williams did not miss a conference or playoff game in his entire five-season career at the U of R and is tied with fellow fifth-year teammate Paul Schubach with 106 games played. J-Will, you will be missed.
Men’s Basketball, Rams Football
Don’t you just hate athletes that are amazing at one sport and they all of a sudden say, ‘Hey, I’m going to play, start, and excel at another sport just for fun’?” I know James Hillis does. Jeff Lukomski is the first multisport athlete – if you don’t count track and field – at the U of R in quite some time. The fourth-year men’s basketball star decided this season that he wanted to tryout for the Rams while he still had some time to become immersed into the defence. It sure didn’t take Lukomski long to rediscover his football talents as he quickly became the Rams full-time starting cornerback, a position that is required to cover the opponent’s best receiver and one which was occupied by the Roughriders’ Tamon George last season. Despite playing two sports, both of which take an incredible physical toll on ones’ body, Lukomski not only survived but he prospered for both teams. In basketball, Lukomski achieved an incredible milestone, becoming the Canada West’s all-time leader with 240 three-pointers made. With one season of eligibility left, combined with the departure of Jamal Williams and Paul Schubach next season, Lukomski will now be the face and leader of the Cougars men’s basketball team. If Lukomski stays healthy in both sports next season, look for him to contend for the U of R’s male athlete of the year award.
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U of R athletes 2009-10
Year: Second Age: 21 Hometown: Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland Previous School: University of Texas at El Paso Faculty: Kinesiology and Health Studies Career highlights: 2009-10 Canada West second-team all-star.
Year: Third Age: 20 Hometown: Regina, Sask. Previous School: Dr. Martin LeBoldus Faculty: Engineering Career highlights: 2009 CIS bronze medalist (60-metre hurdles), 2010 CIS gold medalist (60-metre hurdles).
Year: Second Age: 19 Hometown: Regina, Sask. Previous School: Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Faculty: Campion Science Career highlights: 2009 CIS rookie of the year, 2009 Canada West rookie of the year, 2009 Canada West gold medalist (high jump).
Year: Fifth Age: 22 Hometown: Battleford, Sask. Previous School: North Battleford Comprehensive Faculty: Kinesiology and Health Studies Career highlights: 2009 Canada West bronze medalist (pentathlon), 2009 Canada West bronze medalist (4x200metre relay), 2008 Canada West bronze medalist (60-metre hurdles), 2008 Canada West bronze medalist (4x400metre relay).
Without a doubt, Zalesiak was the best Cougars recruit in any sport this season. The former professional athlete in Poland – she suited up for AZS PWSZ Gorzow for 18 games and with MUKS Poznan for six games – last played university basketball in 2007-08 at the University of Texas at El Paso. In her first season in a U of R uniform, Zalesiak was named a Canada West second-team all-star after finishing second on the team with 14.3 PPG and 6.3 RPG, as well as leading the Cougars with 87 assists. Zalesiak is incredibly exciting to watch on the court as she is a perfect mix of offence, defence, patience, speed, feistiness, and a unique playing style that the Carillon is convinced would leave many men’s basketball players with no clue what to do. Zalesiak will definitely be a fulltime starter next season and could potentially be named an all-Canadian.
Men’s Track and Field
Justin Baker was named the U of R’s 2009-10 male athlete of the year, largely in part by his gold medal performance in the 60-metre hurdles at the 2010 CIS championships. Baker ran the finals in a time of 8.06 seconds to claim his first CIS gold medal and score 10 team points for the Cougars. Baker also competed in the 4x400 relay, helping the Cougars to a sixthplace finish in the event. Just to give you an idea how blazing fast Baker’s time this year at the CIS championships, just look at his past performances and where he placed. In 2007-08, Baker finished in eighth place at the CIS championships in the 60-metre hurdles with a time of 8.77 seconds. He took an amazing 0.43 seconds off of his time in 2008-09 when he won the bronze medal in the 60-metre hurdles at the CIS championships with a time of 8.34 seconds. So in twoyears Baker has taken almost an entire second off of his time. For that alone, Baker, regardless of the his ranking in the Carillon’s Top 10, was more than deserving of U of R male athlete of the year. He was also an important member of the U of R men’s track and field team’s first-ever Canada West championship.
Men’s Track and Field
The Carillon has been privileged to have had several enjoyable conversations with 2008-09 CIS and Canada West rookie of the year, Jeremy Eckert. And, despite the Carillon’s relentless efforts to inflate his ego and get him to publicly admit to being the greatest track and field athlete in CIS history, the modest Eckert continuously declines to take such credit. This season, Eckert didn’t bring any major CIS awards as his did in his rookie season but he did still collect a CIS high jump bronze medal with a successful jump of 2.04 metres. Eckert was integral in the Cougars capturing their first-ever Canada West title, leading the Cougars with 15 points. Eckert, who competes in the high jump, long jump, and pentathlon – which he did for the first time this season – captured third in high jump at CIS championship, first in high jump at Canada West, and second in pentathlon. Perhaps now that the entire University of Regina knows he is in the Top 10 greatest athletes list, his ego will finally catch up with his superior talent.
Men’s Track and Field
Les Anderson is a freak. He may not win medals in every event he participates but he participates in approximately 100 events. Seriously. Andersen scored 13 points individually for the Cougars at the Canada West championships. Andersen also competed in the most events for the Cougars at the CIS championship, placing sixth in the pentathlon, 11th in the 60-metre hurdles and the triple jump, and running in both the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Finally, Anderson capped of what was a very busy, medal-filled career by taking home the University of Regina’s men’s track and field athlete of the year.
Year: Fifth Age: 26 Hometown: Jyväskylä, Finland Previous School: Voionmaa English School Faculty: Arts Career highlight: 2004-05 and 200506 academic all-Canadian, 2007 CIS silver medalist (51 kg), 2009 Canada West gold medalist (48 kg), 2009 CIS silver medalist (48 kg), 2009 Canada West female wrestler of the year, 2009 University of Regina president’s award.
Hajar Ashtiani had a very successful five-year CIS career and was named Finland’s female wrestler of the year in 2002. This season, Ashtiani finished 2nd at 48 kg at the Canada West championship en route to helping the University of Regina’s women’s wrestling team finish third place overall. Ashtiani’s awards case is bulging as she captured seven Canada West and CIS medals, not to mention dozens of other medals at various meets across the country. Perhaps most notable is Ashtiani’s ability to balance athletics and getting good grades in school – a very difficult task for any student-athlete. She was twice named an academic allCanadian and captured the U of R’s president’s award in 2009. Congratulations to Ashtiani for an excellent athletic and academic collegiate career.
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The Carillon’s 2010 Roy Halladay will dominate, the Jays will suck taylor tiefenbach, peter mills, austin m. davis American League East
New York Yankees (103-59, first) World Series Champions Key Additions: Javier Vazquez, Nick Johnson, Randy Winn Key Losses: Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Chien-Ming Wang
The Yankees only spent $19.8 million this off-season, which is nothing compared to their over $300 million last season. SI sportsman of the year and shaving cream superstar Derek Jeter will be the leader for the once again juiced up Bronx Bombers this season. Naturally, A-Rod or, if you prefer, AFraud and Mark “Overrated until winning a World Series last season” Teixeira will dominate the MLB if they stay healthy. CC Sabathia will be one of the best pitchers in the AL and the rest of the five-man rotation should back him up. But I sure do hope A.J. Burnett has a horrible year just to prove the world right. Boston Red Sox (95-67, second) Key Additions: John Lackey, Adrian Beltre, Mike Cameron Key Losses: Jason Bay, Billy Wagner
Every year the Red Sox are contenders for both the East championship and the wild-card. They have everything necessary to beat the Yankees, but I envision them settling for the wild-card for the second straight season. If they do make it to the playoffs, don’t be surprised if they make it to the World Series over New York – A-Rod has only had one good post-season in his entire career. Tampa Bay Rays (84-78, third) Key Additions: Rafael Soriano, Hank Blalock Key Losses: Akinori Iwanmura, Brian Shouse, Greg Zaun (worst catcher ever)
The Rays are rich with young, MVP caliber talent in Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria. However, I don’t buy David Price at all, I never have, and he is going to get fucking lit-up by every hitter in the Bigs – or at least I hope. The Rays are one-hit wonders and will never return to the World Series. Toronto Blue Jays (75-87, fourth) Key Additions: Alex Gonzalez, Brandon Morrow, Kevin Gregg Key Losses: Roy Halladay, Marco Scutaro
At least they fired J.P. Ricciardi, right? They will pay Vernon Wells obscene amounts of cash.
Baltimore Orioles (64-98, fifth) Key Additions: Kevin Millwood, Garrett Atkins, Miguel Tejada Key Losses: Melvin Mora
Write-up not available. Does Cal Ripken Jr. still play for them? / PM
American League Central
Minnesota Twins (89-73, first) Key Additions: Orlando Hudson, Jim Thome Key Losses: Carlos Gomez, Orlando Cabrera
The Twins locked in hometown hero Joe Maurer this winter with an 8-year $184 million contract. The huge investment may restrict possible deadline dealings, but the Twins should be able to win the division.
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Chicago White Sox (86-76, third) Key Additions: Mark Tehen, Juan Pierre Key Losses: Octavio Dotel
This team is good on paper, but has had trouble living up to expectations the last couple of years. A possible profanitylace tirade by Ozzie Guillen may spur a run at the division.
Detroit Tigers (79-83, second) Key Additions: Johnny Damon, Phil Coke Key Losses: Curtis Granderson, Miguel Cabrera’s drinking problem
After losing in the play-in game last fall, the Tigers have not done much to improve.
Cleveland Indians (72-90, fourth) Key Additions: Mark Grudzlelanek, Jamey Wright Key Losses: Kelly Shoppach, Jamey Carroll
After getting rid of their two best pitchers and star catcher Victor Martinez over the last two seasons, not much is expected of this year’s Indians. Though they’ll still be better than the Cavaliers if LeBron leaves. Kansas City Royals (70-92, fifth) Key Additions: Scott Podsednik Key Losses: Coco Crisp, Mark Teahen
The only reason to watch this team is reining Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. Though the season began last week, fans are already thinking about next year when Cuban defector Noel Arguelles should be ready to pitch. / TT
American League West
Los Angeles Angels (97-65, first) Key additions: Joel Piñeiro, Hideki Matsui Key losses: Chone Figgins, Vladimir Guerrero
The Angels perpetually sit at the top of the West. This year will be no different, but they finally have a more competitive division. Along with losing Figgins and Guerrero, starting pitcher John Lackey and Darren Oliver also went their separate ways. The Angels have a consistent pitching rotation, but they won’t be able to generate runs like they have in past years. Matsui adds experience to the designated hitter spot, but past him this batting order is a dud. Seattle Mariners (85-77, third) Key additions: Chone Figgins, Casey Kotchman, Milton Bradley, Eric Byrnes Key losses: Adrian Beltre, Erik Bedard
Seattle is a threat this year. They had a busy off-season, signing fast and aggressive baserunners, as well as starting pitcher Cliff Lee. Not a fantastic bullpen besides Felix Hernandez, but the key three additions will add some punch to the top of the order. Manager Don Wakamatsu might be able to lead this team to a playoff run in a few years, but they’ll have to scrap it out in their division this year. Texas Rangers (87-75, second) Key additions: Vladimir Guerrero, Rich Harden Key losses: Iván Rodríguez, Andruw Jones
Neither Rodriguez or Jones were at the peak of their careers, but the Rangers just aren’t able to build a dependable lineup. Only two Rangers sluggers hit over .300 last year, and second baseman Ian Kinsler is by far the most reliable at the plate. They have a decent outfield in Josh Hamilton, Julio Borbon, and Nelson Cruz. Defence is where this team will excel, despite a pitching rotation that is garbage. The Rangers will only win game if their infield can hold it together. Oakland Athletics (75-87, fourth) Key additions: Coco Crisp, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Ben Sheets Key losses: Bobby Crosby, Adam Kennedy
General Manager Billy Beane continues to build up this squad. The A’s have four young starting pitchers that are going to be led by ace Ben Sheets. His acquisition is a smart move. If the A’s get support from their defence, they might not be as dismal as last year. Oakland hasn’t finished above .500 since 2006, and they’re still a long way away from a playoff spot. However, the club is developing young, defensive talent. Watch for them in a few years, but there won’t be much to watch in 2010. / AMD
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MLB Season Preview National League East
Philadelphia Phillies (93-69, first) National League Champions Key Additions: Roy Halladay, Placido Polanco, Key Losses: Cliff Lee, Pedro Feliz, Brett Myers
The Phillies are all but guaranteed to make it to their thirdstraight World Series and I couldn’t be happier for Roy Halladay. Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ will also tear through MLB batters all season. It doesn’t hurt that they have the best batting lineup in baseball. World Series Champs.
New York Mets (70-92, fourth) Key Additions: Jason Bay, Rod Barajas, Ryota Igarashi Key Losses: Carlos Delgado, J.J. Putz, Brian Schneider
The Mets, who are notorious choke artists, spent over $74 million this off-season. However, the Mets have what it takes to make a serious run at the wild-card this year. Johan Santana and Francisco Rodriguez are still amazing pitchers, but they’ll need Oliver Perez to throw much, much better. Acquiring Jason Bay was the best free agent signing of the year, but they will need Jose Reyes’ injury to recover quickly. Florida Marlins (87-75, second) Key Additions: Brian Barden, Clay Hensley, Mike Lamb Key Losses: Jeremy Hermida, Nick Johnson
Hanley Ramirez would be the MVP of the NL if Albert Pujols was dead ... or just not playing baseball. Who doesn’t want the Marlins, in front of 300 fans, to win another World Series? Unfortunately, they will not. Atlanta Braves (86-76, third) Key Additions: Melky Cabrera, Billy Wagner, Troy Glaus Key Losses: Javier Vasquez, Adam LaRoche
Bobby Cox will be coaching his last season after 23 years in the MLB. Did anyone notice Chipper Jones got fat? Washington Nationals (59-103, fifth) Key Additions: Jason Marquis, Matt Capps Key Losses: Dmitri Young (Ouch!)
Bring back the Expos! Even Obama wouldn’t wear a Nationals hat. / PM
National League Central
St. Louis Cardinals (89-73, first) Key Additions: Brad Penny Key Losses: Troy Glaus
Re-signing midseason acquisition Matt Holliday will hopefully take some of the offensive pressure off Albert Pujols. If it doesn’t, the ageless Tony La Russa can turn to new hitting coach Mark McGuire to provide performance-enhancing tips. Milwaukee Brewers (86-76, third) Key Additions: Randy Wolf, Doug Davis, and Jim Edmonds Key Losses: Mike Cameron, Jason Kendall
Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun are money in the bank, but pitching and the outfield are weak. If Jim Edmonds can come back and show flashes of past brilliance they’ll be in the hunt. Chicago Cubs (83-79, second) Key Additions: Carlos Silva, Marion Byrd Key Losses: Milton Bradley
Temperamental ace Carlos Zambrano has pledged to keep his cool this season. This is good news for Gatorade coolers and Cub fans alike, but too bad for fans of comedy. Cincinnati Reds (79-83, fourth) Key Additions: Orlando Cabrera, Aroldis Chapman. Key Losses: Willy Taveras
With a good mix of youth and experience, many are picking the Reds as a sleeper team. One thing stopping that from happening is that Dusty Baker still manages the team.
Pittsburgh Pirates (68-94, sixth) Key Additions: Javier Lopez, Akinori Iwamura Key Losses: Matt Capps, Jesse Chavez
Like all recent Pirate line-ups, this team has no chance of contending. Best for Pittsburgh fans to concentrate on the Penguins for a while, then dive straight into football season. Houston Astros (62-100, fifth) Key Additions: Brett Myers, Pedro Feliz Key Losses: Miguel Tejada, LaTroy Hawkins
With the owner on the verge of selling the team, payroll was cut by $10 million. Nothing builds excitement like cost cutting moves! Beyond Lance Berkman, there is not much in the way of offence. / TT
National League West
Los Angeles Dodgers (95-67, first) Key additions: Russ Ortiz Key losses: Randy Wolf, Juan Pierre, Orlando Hudson
The Dodgers are lucky. Not even an off-season without any major signings will keep them out of the playoffs this year. The resigning of Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp were helpful, but Los Angeles doesn’t seem to understand that the teams in their division are getting better. It’s going to be Manny Ramirez’s last year with the Dodgers, so it’s unclear whether he’ll put forth any effort or not. The Dodgers have the best bullpen in the West, and as long as their five starters don’t choke, LA will be in the playoffs. Colorado Rockies (92-70, second) Key additions: Miguel Olivo Key losses: Jason Marquis, Garrett Atkins
The Rockies were last year’s wildcard team, and Jim Tracy was named NL manager of the year. The squad is young and a real threat to the aging Dodgers. However, in one of the toughest divisions pitching wise, the Rockies will have difficulty scoring runs. Todd Helton is by far their most consistent hitter, but he’s without much power. Only one of Colorado’s starting pitchers had an ERA less than 4.00. Defensively solid, the Rockies will have to claw to win the NL West. San Francisco Giants (88-74, third) Key additions: Aubrey Huff, Mark DeRosa Key losses: Brad Penny, Bob Howry
The additions of Huff and DeRosa add some more power to the core of the Giants’ lineup. Catcher Bengie Molina, second baseman Freddy Sanchez, and third baseman Pablo Sandoval will no longer have to do all the hitting themselves. This puts the Giants in a decent spot this year since they already have the best starting pitchers in the National League. Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Barry Zito, and Jonathan Sanchez had a combined 47 wins last year. Dangerous, but not a contender. Arizona Diamondbacks (70-92, fifth) Key additions: Adam LaRoche, Edwin Jackson Key losses: Max Scherzer, Eric Byrnes
The D’backs will be out of the basement this year, but not by much. They have one excellent pitcher in their rotation in Dan Haren, but otherwise Arizona is in for a long year. If they can generate some consistent work at the plate from the middle of their lineup, they’ll break .500. But chances are that third baseman Mark Reynolds, who hit 44 homeruns last year, will also lead the league in strikeouts for the third year in a row. At least they’ll be better than the Padres. San Diego Padres (75-87, fourth) Key additions: Jon Garland, Jerry Hairston Jr., Yorvit Torrealba Key losses: Kevin Kouzmanoff
Hang a sign on the Padres that reads: under construction. After a hopeless year, finishing with a win percentage of .463, San Diego should have been thankful they didn’t finish last. This year they won’t be so thankful. The Padres have the 29th lowest payroll in baseball, and not enough talent to trade. Heath Bell will take off sometime soon, and the Padres need to trade wisely. Bell is a brilliant closer; he lead the NL with 42 saves, a 2.71 ERA and 79 strikeouts in nearly 70 innings. / AMD i.cdn.turner.com, blogs.riverfronttimes.com, zimbio.com
From top to bottom: Potential NL MVP Hanley Ramirez, guaranteed NL MVP Albert Pujols, and the MLB’s biggest waste of money Vernon Wells.
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Aaron Brown, Dan Brown, Matt Brown, Aaron Cook, and Lee Garinger are living the fantasy. The CFL fantasy, that is. The five Reginans have recently launched a CFL fantasy football website called Fantas-Eh Football. Fantasy leagues – where participants draft a various number of players and are awarded points based on their performances as they go head-to-head against other participants – are popular for the NFL, NBA, and NHL, but have not caught on for the CFL. “The actual concept of fantasy football is far from being a new idea,” said co-owner Matt Brown. “Three things had to happen in order for this site to become a reality. Firstly, we had to establish that there was a demand for a CFL fantasy site. Our research told us that Canadians were hungry for our product, particularly because the few sites that do exist are extremely limited when compared to NFL fantasy sites. Next, we had to find the right people to do the job. Fortunately, we were able to find an exceptional programmer [Cook], someone with business experience [Garinger], and individuals who possess a great deal of knowledge about fantasy football and the CFL [Brown brothers]. Lastly, we had to design a fantasy football experience that would be compatible with the Canadian game.” The idea for this new fantasy league didn’t happen overnight. “To make a long story short, some friends and I tried to start a CFL draft last year, but it failed miserably because we did not have a tool to facilitate what we were attempting to do,” said Brown. “After that, I gave up on the possibility of playing CFL fantasy football. About four months ago, Lee Garinger sent me a text message that said ‘We should start a CFL fantasy site.’ I replied by saying ‘Let’s do it.’ Shortly after, Dan Brown, Aaron Cook, and Aaron Brown joined the group and the rest is history.” On the site, players will have the option to draft both offensive and defensive players. The defensive players
will collect points for tackles, sacks, interceptions and touchdowns. Because the CFL is a small league, the owners of Fantas-Eh Football are recommending that each league contain six teams, with eight being the maximum. Each week there will be head-to-head matchups followed by the playoffs at the end of the season. Anyone can join the site. League commissioners will be allowed to select the number of teams and players in their league. They also have the power to select the types of players in their league, which statistics they will award points for and how many points will be awarded. “We are working to develop a high quality site that is innovative and continually improving,” said Brown. “We are not banking on being the only site available to Canadians. Instead, we are developing the Fantas-Eh site as though other good sites already exist. This will insure that we create a quality product.” Brown aded, “Our team is fully committed to watching every game and we believe that we have a system in place that will allow us to collect statistics quickly and accurately. Following games, these stats will be cross-referenced with other published statistics to insure that we are accurate.” While the owners of Fantas-Eh football are hoping to create a unique experience, it is not an experience that will be enjoyed for free. It costs $79.99 for a league, $59.99 for users who sign up before June 18, 2010. “It is our goal to be compensated for the time, knowledge, and money we are investing into this project,” explained Brown. “Currently, charging a user fee is our only source of revenue. Our research indicates that is not uncommon for fantasy sites to charge a user fee for the service they provide. With increased advertising revenue, it is foreseeable that we could reduce our user fee. As it stands, if you enter a sixperson league, each player will pay $10 for the entire season. We feel that this is a reasonable cost for the product we are offering.” The tentative launch date for the site is May 1, 2010. For more information visit fantaseh.ca.
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sports editor Earlier this year I decided to spend my Friday night attending a University of Regina Cougars basketball game. For a regular season game against Winnipeg I was pretty surprised by the number of fans in attendance. My best estimate would be about 350-400 people watching, which didn’t strike me as too bad. Wait. That’s terrible. Granted, our facilities are not meant to hold a massive amount of people, but come on, 400? Sadly, I think this is a common sight throughout the CIS. Compared to the support received by our U.S. college counterparts our teams are severely lacking, and the reasons why are plentiful. First, our facilities are not even remotely close to being on par with those of many colleges in the U.S. Sure, the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport is a great place, but its downside is that it is a multi-purpose facility. Cramming three courts into any building is going to cut down on the space designated for fans, and it seems as though the architects hardly took that into consideration when the building was being drawn up. Look at the Dean Smith Center in North Carolina, where crowds exceeding 10,000 people are routine. Or Beaver Stadium, in Pennsylvania, which is home to the Penn State Nittany Lions football team and holds more than 107,000 people. A lack of fan support and funding are big reasons why Canadian colleges are without such glorious facilities, but why? The Canadian mainstream media is partly to blame. This year’s men’s basketball national championship was shown on TSN2, which is only available to those viewers with a sports package in their cable plan. CBC and Global, who reach far more viewers, don’t carry such events. This is in stark contrast to the U.S. men’s college championship tournament, which is carried exclusively by CBS, one of the major U.S. media outlets, and is promoted so relentlessly that I can’t imagine a single person not knowing that March Madness is on. The Canadian version is hardly promoted, and some games were even shown on a delay, which in the eyes of the majority of sports fans is a complete travesty. The biggest reason, I think, that Canadian university sports are so lacking in support is that there is not much opportunity to move on to the professional leagues from a Canadian college. The University of Saskatchewan’s Showron Glover, who led the CIS with 28 points per game this year, will never have a sniff at the NBA, even though there isn’t a single U.S. college player that can claim to have scored that much this year. Exposure has a lot to do with that – if the media hyped up Canadian sports as much as the Americans do, he may at least get scouted. Unfortunately, playing overseas will likely be his best option. It’s easier to get behind a college team, especially if you didn’t go there, when you can easily identify the stars that that school has produced. Canadians don’t have that option. The remedy to the problem of low fan support in Canadian university sport, in my opinion, is media coverage. People will watch what the media tells them to – if major networks like CBC or Global started carrying these events, how could you not know about them, or know they’re going on? Creating awareness is the first step towards building fan support, and if that happens the funding and facilities will probably start to get better.
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2009-10 Cougars season summary Holy crap, the U of R has a CIS championship curling team!
Top row: Jarret Crowe, tartancurling.ca, Colin Gobau. Second row: Kelsey Conway, Tyler Dekok, Jarrett Crowe. Third row: uregina.ca, Kelsey Conway, Jarrett Crowe. Fourth row: Jarrett Crowe, Matt Yim, Peter Mills. Right column: Peter Mills (top), Jasmine Slinn (bottom).
peter mills editor in chief Men’s Basketball Record: 11-12, fourth MVP: Jamal Williams
The men’s basketball team had significantly higher hopes this season and it showed on the court. The Cougars finished the season in fourth place in their division, finally ahead of Brandon, and made the playoffs. Unfortunately the Cougars season was ended by SFU in three games in the first round of the playoffs. Jamal Williams and Paul Schubach completed their eligibility. Women’s Basketball Record: 20-7, first MVP: Brittany Read
The perennial CIS national championship contenders cruised through the regular season finishing first in the newly formed Canada West Prairie division. For the third-straight season the Cougars won a Canada West silver medal, but, unfortunately, that meant they suffered their third-straight Canada West finals loss to SFU. At the CIS championships, Dave Taylor’s squad, who had won back-to-back CIS silver medals previously, lost to SFU and the U of S and was forced to settle for fourth. Becky Schmidt, Stacey Walker, and Carmen Stewart all completed their eligibility. Men’s Volleyball Record: 0-18, last MVP: Mathew Brooks
The men’s volleyball team once again had a very, very disappointing season, failing to win even a single game. The Canada West is incredibly tough for men’s volleyball, but the years of mediocrity is getting old. Here’s hoping for a win next season. Mathew Brooks completed his CIS eligibility. Women’s Volleyball Record: 18-9, fourth MVP: Beth Clark
Melanie Sanford’s squad was arguably
the U of R’s team of the year this season. Not only did they finish the season 13-7 – the team’s best record in Sanford’s eight seasons in Regina – in the hardest division in the country, they played host to a playoff series for the first time since 1990, won a Canada West bronze medal, and finished fifth in the country. It was truly a terrific season for Beth Clark, Meagan Smith, and the entire women’s volleyball team. Clark and Smith completed their eligibility.
Men’s Hockey Record: 9-17-2, sixth MVP: Tanner Shultz
The U of R men’s hockey team is constantly in battle with three other teams that always have the potential to be the best in the CIS. The Cougars failed to advance to the playoffs as Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba proved far too strong. Tanner Shultz, Blair Stengler, and Caine Pearpoint completed their eligibility. Women’s Hockey Record: 7-13-6, fourth MVP: Kelsie Graham
Led by Kelsie Graham, the women’s hockey team advanced to the playoffs in 2009-10. Unfortunately, the Cougars were no match for the powerhouse Alberta Pandas and were eliminated in the first round. Kelcie McCultcheon led the Cougars with 11 goals and 17 points. Graham completed her eligibility. Women’s Soccer Record: 2-12, ninth MVP: Michelle Anderson
They won a game! Even better, they won two games! Seriously, it was a significant accomplishment considering they had previously been haunted by a 36-game winless streak. First-year Meagan Cormier provided the most significant reason for the Cougars turnaround and was by far the best player this year. One thing is for sure: With so many talented soccer players in Saskatchewan, the Cougars need to start scouting better or they will have no excuse for finishing near last every
season. Nicole Renneberg and Natalia Hernandez-Solano completed their eligibility.
Rams Football Record: 3-6, fourth MVP: Marc Mueller
The first post-Teale Orban season for the Rams was certainly a rollercoaster ride. Marc Mueller was excellent in his first season as the Rams’ starting quarterback and his team ended up sneaking into the playoffs – however, only because Manitoba was stripped of wins by the CIS. Only mustering three wins, even if they did come against great football teams, is not acceptable for a team with so much talent. Perri Scarcelli, Brandon Ganne, Sheldon Tillotson, Thomas Irving, Jon Atcheson, Mike Picken, Devin Hillier, and Bjorn Person all completed their eligibility. Swimming Canada West Ranking: Both men and women’s teams unranked MVP: Linda Duarte
Plain and simple, Linda Duarte was the U of R’s swimming team this season. She was the only Cougar, male or female, to win a medal at the Canada West championship – capturing bronze in the 100-metre butterfly. Duarte also won the ‘B’ final in the 200 butterfly, placing ninth at the CIS championship. Duarte completed her eligbility. Wrestling Canada West Ranking: Men (third), Women (fourth) Men’s MVP: Steven Schneider Women’s MVP: Jasmine Slinn
Led by silver medalists Hajar Ashtiani, Jasmine Slinn, Lisa McKibben, and Meghan King, the women’s wrestling team finished third at the Canada West championship. The men finished second at the Canada West championship and third at the CIS championship. Ashtiani, King, Chad Bates, Jarret Coels, Brian Lunde, and Bjorn Person completed their eligibility.
Track and Field Men’s Canada West Ranking: Ninth Women’s Canada West Ranking: Tenth Men’s MVP: Les Andersen Women’s MVP: Nicole Breker Interim head coach Bruce McCannel led the Cougars to their first-ever Canada West championship. The Cougars put on a strong showing at the CIS championships, led by Justin Baker, Jeremy Eckert, and Les Anderson but were only able to finish seventh in the country. Regardless, it was a great year for the men’s track and field team. The women’s team, on the other hand, settled for fifth in the Canada West and a disappointing 15th in the country. Les Andersen, Robyn Bauck, Eric Benjamin, Eric Clark, Ian Jestadt, Enyinnah Okere, and Keisha Sharp all completed their eligibility. Cross Country Canada West Ranking: first, Canada West champions
Led by amazing performances by rookie Wyatt Baiton, Kelly Wiebe, and Dale Wig, the cross country team won their first-ever Canada West championship this season, and finished a very impressive fourth in the CIS. Together, Baiton, Wiebe, and Wig won more races than the Carillon can count – or at least publish in this small section. Eric Benjamin and Melissa Petersen completed their eligibility. Softball Record: 15-2, first MVP: Shirrae Muhr
Perhaps the Cougars least publicized team, the U of R women’s softball team won the 2009 Alberta Intercollegiate Women's Fastball League championship. Curling Record: CIS Champions I am embarrassed to say, I had no clue whatsoever the U of R had a curling team. We apologize for never covering what was apparently a very exciting season. Congratulations to Brooklyn Lemon’s women’s curling team for capturing the U of R’s only CIS championship this season.
Awards Roster President’s Award Paul Schubach Female Athlete of the Year Beth Clark Male Athlete of the Year Justin Baker Female Rookie of the Year Nicole Hollingshead Male Rookie of the Year Gaelan Malloy
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Structure and riffs Orbital Express gets things just right
The perfect mix of gents for Orbital Express
james brotheridge a&c editor When the boys of Orbital Express went into the studio with local producer Byron Chambers, one of their main impressions of the man was that he is a studio wizard. For instance, he could figure out immediately if any instrument was off. “Let’s say one drum might be out of tune a bit – any instrument really,” said bassist Landon Mosiondz. “Let me say for the record that my drums are never out of tune, and he was probably talking about the bass,” said drummer/vocalist Adam Ennis. “OK,” said Mosiondz. “No, he just knows all the tricks,” said Ennis. “You know, he’s just a couple years older than us, and somehow, he knows all the tricks of the trade. His fingers dance upon the keyboard. They do – when he’s recording, its [quick typing noise]. “If you were just looking at him, and you didn’t see what he was working on, you’d think he was playing World of Warcraft just rank.” Like a lot of bands, Orbital Express don’t shy away from some good-natured ribbing. They take it one step further, though, by being a band that’s all about good times and rocking out. When you listen to Orbital Express, they’re having fun and so should you. That comes across clearly in their self-titled debut, the aforementioned album they recorded with Chambers. It’s been a long process getting it out. They began recording Orbital Express well over a year ago, with a different lineup and different songs than what would eventually show up on the finished product. A turning point for the group was when the core members – Mosiondz, Ennis, and guitarist Roberto Giannini – joined up with guitarist/vocalist Drew Duchscher. Then, the band really came together. “Once we got Drew into the band ... that’s when the real structure of songs started rolling,” said Giannini. “Before we started jamming it out with Drew, somebody came with a riff and we just kept making more riffs. We didn’t even know to structure our songs. “Now, we got fucking music with verses and solos and bridges and all sorts of good stuff. It’s good chemistry with all of us now.”
Adding some structure has helped the band a lot. Their album manages to find a balance between their treasured riffs and hook-filled songwriting, while staying true to their stoner rock roots. Like so many groups, their sound comes from the give and take of all of them playing their influences off one another. The guys feel like they’ve come to a good balance that people seem to dig, and part of that is because of the chemistry they’ve reached as a band. “What you hear on the CD is going to be Roberto’s guitar and Drew’s guitar,” said Ennis. “They feed off each other, because Roberto’s out of the ’70s and Drew’s a metal head, and when they play together and share ideas, that’s pretty much Orbital Express. “That’s the beauty about it, because a lot of people, whether they like metal or they’re your mom and dad and grew up in the ’70s, can all like it because they can pick up pieces they enjoy. ‘Oh, that sounds like this from 1970-whatever,’ or, ‘Hey man, that’s fucking metal as hell and I can mosh pit to that.’” “Which we don’t endorse,” said Mosiondz. “Which we don’t endorse,” said Ennis. “But apparently, our shows turn into fighting matches.” This combination has allowed them to go pretty far as a band, even landing them an opening gig for Clutch in Saskatoon. “It’s very surprising so far,” said Mosiondz of the fan reaction. “The three of us, we’ve seen a lot of shows in the Club. Like early Orbital Express, we played in the Club and the Buffalo Lounge and little venues like that. Really, the one person we have to thank is Zandy of Zandra Productions. She just so happened to be bartending in the Club and we were playing. She came up to us after – I think she went up to Roberto – and she said, ‘There’s an Into Eternity show coming up. You need to play it.’” Since then, Orbital Express have been playing bigger and bigger shows, including their CD release show on March 13, where they were supported by a slew of locals. With talks for a tour in the works, it’s sure that Orbital Express will keep shooting up towards the stars. Orbital Express will be playing with Third Alarm at the Distrikt on Saturday, April 17.
The Booze Question Midway through the interview, Ennis had a request for something to include in the piece, at least at the end. “Landon doesn’t drink booze,” he said. “He doesn’t. Can you put that in there? We’re very proud of him as a band.” “This is nothing. This is boring as fuck,” said Mosiondz. “He is committed to a clean lifestyle, and he has not cracked,” said Ennis. “We’ve played shows with people who have bought us drinks and drugs, and Landon just always turns away.” The question is, then, what’s the rest of the band’s policy for alcohol? The answer: they’re cool with a pre-show drink or two. “It just puts you in the mood, if the crowd’s a little jittery,” said Giannini. “Usually, before you’ll get a little nervous, but you have a good time with your friends, drink some beers, and have a good time onstage. Just soak it all in.” “I never used to because I was scared,” said Ennis. “One time, we played with Molten Lava, and I was four beer in and feeling pretty good. When we started the first song, I was just upset with myself that I was in this state of mind and had to concentrate on not fucking up. “But I agree – usually, at the Exchange, I’ll have a couple of drinks before, just to settle the nerves. I feel more ready to go, and you’re having a little fun and you’re with your friends.”
A brief history of an exploitation film peter mills editor in chief
“The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you.” Or, at the very least, the motion picture in question, Reefer Madness, may force you to laugh uncontrollably. Since 1936, Reefer Madness (originally titled Tell Your Children) has become one of the best-known and most popular American exploitation cult classics of all time. Reefer Madness is about marijuana making all who use it go “hopelessly and incurably insane.” And, of course, when someone smokes marijuana, they naturally want to murder and rape others, drive recklessly, and commit suicide. (That’s sarcasm, by the by.) The history of Reefer Madness is not entirely reliable, but there are plenty of significant events that have led to how the film is perceived today. Reefer Madness was believed to have been financed by a church group as an educational film intended to be shown to parents as a warning that marijuana was hunting down their children with its irresistible and insanity-inducing allure. Reefer Madness was also produced during an increased period of marijuana criminalization, engineered by Federal Bureau of Narcotics hard-ass Harry Anslinger, who promoted false information about marijuana to the American public while working towards abolition. Shortly after the film’s production, it was purchased by producer Dwain Esper, who re-cut the film, changed the name from Tell Your Children to Reefer Madness, and distributed it on the exploitation film circuit. However, throughout history, the film was reissued several times under titles such as The Burning Question, Dope Addict, Doped Youth, and Love Madness.
However, Esper didn’t secure the film’s copyright, and it eventually fell into the public domain. In 1971, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law founder Keith Stroup found Reefer Madness in the Library of Congress archives. Stroup bought a print and its subsequent distribution on college campuses catapulted Reefer Madness to exploitation comedy stardom. Surprisingly, it is also noted as being one of the greatest early successes for New Line Cinema. Following the film’s success in the ’70s, Reefer Madness became a massive consumed pop-culture product, including hundreds of posters at traveling poster sales. In 1998, Andy Fickman created a musical adaptation of the film. A colour version of the film was released on DVD in 2004. In 2005 Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical premiered on Showtime. The camp production techniques, atrocious overacting, and ridiculous accusations regarding the sinful effects of marijuana, jazz music, liquor, sex, and unholy dancing made Reefer Madness into a comedic experience for audiences. Once a tale of morality regarding the dangers of marijuana, Reefer Madness has since become more of an example of American propaganda films, similar to those featuring Troy McClure shown to children in The Simpsons. Despite being viewed as a complete cinematic disaster, Reefer Madness was a very risqué film for the 1930s. Scenes of sex, rape, French kissing, and girls wearing only underwear were not commonly regulated in films. Regina Midnight Movies will be showing Reefer Madness – along with a RiffTrax commentary featuring former cast members of Mystery Science Theater 3000 – on Saturday, April 17 at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Doors open at 11:30 p.m.
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Toss a tomato at cancer Salad rolls with coconut curry dipping sauce
This appetizer or light meal is a variation on Chinese fresh rolls that features sweet berry tomatoes. Using rice paper wrappers may take a little practice, but the finished dish will be worth the effort.
1/4 cup coconut milk (not light) 1 tsp curry powder 1/2 tsp maple syrup 1/2 tsp lime juice Approx. 3/4 cup sliced cherry or berry tomatoes 1/2 cup spinach, packed and coarsely chopped Approx. 1/2 cup cucumber, cut in narrow strips 1/3 cup sprouts (such as broccoli, radish, or alfalfa) 1 green onion, finely chopped 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds 6 small rice paper wrappers
better eating nikki little contributor Tomatoes are a culinary star worldwide. They add rich flavour to Italian sauces, and a fresh, lively zing to Mexican salsas or pico de gallo. They pair well with the warm spices in Indian dishes. They even show up in North American comfort foods, like tomato soup, fried green tomatoes, and ketchup. Needless to say, the world of cooking would be a very different place without this popular nightshade fruit. There are a wide variety of tomatoes available. Firmer tomatoes such as Roma varieties hold up well in sauces. Smaller varieties of berry,
cherry, or plum tomatoes have a sweeter flavour. When tomatoes are in season in late summer, you can even find different coloured heirloom varieties at your farmer’s market that will add a splash of colour and unique, sometimes fruitier flavours to salads. Besides being a treasured ingredient, tomatoes have a lot to offer the body. While they are high in vitamins C and A, they are most prized for their high lycopene content. Lycopene is an antioxidant that can be beneficial in maintaining the health of our eyes and fighting many forms of cancer. In particular, the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine describes it as beneficial in fighting prostate cancer, and recommends that men eat at least two servings of tomato products per week.
When it comes to getting those two servings, be careful about buying tomatoes out of season. Often, the ones available in supermarkets will be mealy and bland, as they are picked green and ripened in stores. Stick to berry varieties at these times, which tend to be more flavourful. Alternatively, choose canned or preserved tomato products like crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, or sundried tomatoes. While fresh foods are normally preferable, these products will taste better because the tomatoes will be cooked or preserved when they are ripe. In fact, they can even provide more nutrients. For example, tomato paste will provide more lycopene because it is cooked, which helps to make this nutrient more available for our bodies to use.
Bad but loveable arts column james brotheridge a&c editor
What struck me most about J.D. Shapiro’s apology for having written the first script for the 2000 film Battlefield Earth was that he initially checked out Scientology because he thought it would get him girls. Unfortunately, that didn’t work. Instead, Shapiro is now tied to one of the worst movies ever, an honour he seemed to relish at least a little as he accepted the Razzie for Worst Movie of the Decade. He wrote the first script for what would become an awful vehicle for John Travolta’s Scientology love. After he refused to incorporate a series of notes that he felt would “kill the movie,” he was fired from the movie. Shapiro’s experience was that what he did was taken from him and run through the Hollywood system
in the worst way possible, turning into a movie made by a committee including MGM, the Scientologists, and Travolta. How could it not turn out bad after so many hands mangling it? The old saying goes, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” With bad movies, this is especially true. A movie being bad doesn’t necessarily preclude from being a fun or entertaining movie to watch. A lot of people out there, in fact, are dedicated to finding the worst so they can watch and laugh. Bad movies can become more than just failures, though, if they come from an honest place. Filmmaker Tim Burton has a fascination with director Edward D. Wood, Jr., a man often called the worst director of all time. That’s a hard claim to refute. Wood simply didn’t know how to make movies that could follow any standard of filmmaking. Props, performances, keeping night and day straight – Wood showed a startling inattention to all of them. Burton, who made a biopic on
Wood that was released back in 1994, has said before that there’s something very appealing about Wood’s style because his enthusiasm for film was so evident in every part of his movies. For Burton, a movie like 1959’s Plan 9 from Outer Space is a success because the character of Wood is all over it. I can’t help but feel the same for Thunderbirds, the 1960s British kids show. Someone who clearly knows me far too well gave me the complete series for my birthday, and I’ve been watching it since. A lot of it is really silly. So much time is taken up by large airships being shuttled into place. Despite the series being set in the future, their treatment of women and non-white people is troubling to say the least. And to say the plotting is bizarre would be a grave understatement. But the centerpiece here for me is the puppetry. Producers and series creators Gerry and Sylvia Anderson used a process called Supermarionation, which involved marionettes with slightly oversized heads so that they could make their
1. Mix together the coconut milk, curry powder, maple syrup, and lime juice, and set aside. 2. Wash and chop all of the vegetables, and have all the rest of the ingredients measured out and prepared. 3. Boil some water, and pour into a pie plate with just enough cold water that it does not burn you. Place a rice paper wrapper in the hot water, and let it soak until soft, about 30 seconds. Carefully lift the wrapper, shake off any excess water, and lay it flat on a plate. Place 1/6 of each of the vegetables and the pumpkin seeds near the top of the wrapper, and tightly roll like a burrito by rolling while folding each end in. Set on a dry plate, and repeat with the rest of the wrappers and filling, adding more hot water to your pie plate whenever it begins to cool off. 4. Serve with coconut curry dipping sauce. (Optional: you may choose to slice each roll in half if serving these as an appetizer.) Makes 6 small rolls.
lips and eyes move. All their movements are at least a little goofy and a little ridiculous. Making their movements look natural at all seems like a task the production isn’t always up to. Plus, when Supermarionettes sweat, it’s the grossest thing in the world. But they’re hard not to love, simply because everyone involved clearly believed so devoutly in these little things and their capacity to excite children. Listening to interviews from anyone involved in making the show or the subsequent movies only proves this and makes it a more and more endearing program. Compare that to 2009’s All About Steve. The Sandra Bullock comedy actually makes me angry on occasion as it fails again and again to portray her character as anything but a sad and unstable woman. At a certain point, those involved with All About Steve just stopped caring. The Thunderbirds team never did, and it’s clear and loveable in their work.
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On Tuesday, April 6, the Insane Clown Posse posted online the video to their new single, “Miracles.” This isn’t just another slice of by-the-numbers shock-rap, though – it’s frontmen Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope’s meditation on the beauteous and unexplainable marvels of our universe. Of course, by the time they bring up the miracles of “long-neck giraffes, pet cats, and dogs,” you’ve realized that ICP honestly just doesn’t understand a lot of shit. And they’re not really interested in learning much, either: as Shaggy puts it, “I don’t wanna talk to a scientist / Y’all motherfuckers lyin’ and getting’ me pissed.” Some folk, mostly YouTube commenters, suggest that “Miracles” in fact has a subtle Christian subtext, and that the Insane Clown Posse has looked beyond science and into the fantastic. Me, I think this song is just the result of brain pickling due to Faygo consumption.
“We don’t have to be high to look in the sky / And know that’s a miracle opened wide.”
“Shaggy’s little boys look just like Shaggy / And my little boy looks just like daddy.”
“Music is all magic / You can’t even hold it! / It’s just there in the air.”
“How do they work?”
“I fed a fish to a pelican at Frisco Bay / It tried to eat my cell phone / He ran away!”
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The trials of a film student
Making movies is hard – just ask the students of the U of R
Like many film students, Emilie Lebel and Mike Maekelburger had plenty to do on their sets
peter mills editor in chief
Most people would say the only good films in Canada are produced in Toronto, Vancouver, or Quebec. However, Regina has an incredibly active and creative film community that is partially a result of the University of Regina’s Film and Video Production and Film Studies programs – not to mention the incredible support of the SaskFilm Pool. Making matters worse is the provincial government’s decision to pull funding from SCN. This is most definitely on the minds of nearly every film student at the U of R. Fourth-year film U of R student Derek Novosad said, “Students and contributors to SCN are making money, more money out of what they are given ... it doesn’t necessarily come back to the government but losing SCN kills opportunities for those with talent but that are struggling the most.” Third-year Chris Miller added, “Saskatchewan is really an underrated province. It is absolutely beautiful and the stories we have here are amazing. I feel like, especially with SCN closing, our stories are not going to be told as well or as frequently. So I would like to do more Saskatchewan-based content.” The students are very cooperative with each; Novosad said, “We have to be.” While such interaction provides for a healthy department and a strong group dynamic, the heavy workload can take its toll. Students are often on three sets in a 12-hour day. “What other course are you committing 12- to 14-hour days working on other people’s projects?” asked Novosad. The average crew is six to eight people, usually students who
take on the roles of director, sound, boom, actor, camera operators, cinematographer, assistant director, and sometimes director of photography. However, many student films at the U of R consist of only two or three people covering all of those jobs. Films are big business, even if you don’t want to film any Michael Bay-esque explosions. Big budgets aren’t a luxury afforded to U of R film students. “There is no budget unless we can find it,” said fourth-year student Amy Mantyka. Adding another layer of complication is the matter of outside help, which is a question every student filmmaker must consider. “A degree is going to teach me a lot but at the end of the day you have to go out and create jobs for yourself,” said Mantyka. “So you look at it and say, ‘OK, do I really want to introduce non-students to work on my crew? Do I want to rent a camera?’ “It is a little awkward because some students may be like, ‘Well, that’s sort of unfair because you had so and so shoot it.’” Their hard work is about to be rewarded, though, because soon they’ll get to show the fruits of their labour at the third- and fourth-year showcases. Third-year students are expected to create short films of under 20 minutes in length and fourth-year students have to produce feature-length, professional films. The third-year showcase is April 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. in the Riddell Theatre. In lieu of charging admission, they will be accepting donations for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada at the door. The fourth-year event will be held April 28 at the Kramer IMAX. The time of the fourth-year showcase has yet to be announced but you contact the Film and Video Production department for more information. Both events are free.
(Some of) the films Chai T. Amy Mantyka (fourth-year)
“It is a dance film combined with narrative. It starts out with a girl who is drinking a lot of Chai tea lattes. She goes to the doctor and is a little worried because she’s been seeing some things in her head – she’s been seeing people dancing around. “While she’s at the doctor’s office, some people appear and there’s some dancing going on, jumping on tabletops, doing flips. She decides ‘I need to get out of here.’ The women next to her says, ‘My nephew saw some crazy stuff and he went to an asylum.’ Later she is at the hairdresser and the same thing happens again. Her hairdresser says, ‘Oh, you’re drinking Chai tea lattés. That shit used to make me see the craziest things.’ “You are always told to make a film about what you know and I know a lot about dance. I also wanted to do dance because visually it is so entertaining to watch the flow and the rhythm.”
Parental Discretion Advised Derek Novosad (fourth-year)
“It is a mix of a cinéma vérité film and caméra-stylo or camera as a pen. There are three characters. Two of them are four-year-olds and one is two and a half years old. They get dropped off at the baby sister’s house, and the babysitter, instead of taking care of them, goes on Facebook and works on her Twitter account. “So the kids decide that rather than watch TV or blanket themselves in this very static and grotesque environment, they decide to go out and have this very Ferris Bueller-esque adventure for the day around Calgary. They visit children’s spaces but they also visit adult spaces. They try and interact with those spaces in a non-direct way. “It is about what kids do with minimal supervision but it’s not about the kids. It is about these environments we choose to interact with. [New media] allows you to create shells of yourself that are so much more defined and concrete than we were able to do before these
kinds of media. I think it’s an illusion of socialization. I think it is individuation in a way that unnerves me because tactile, visceral contact with people is being lost.”
Robbin’ Da Hood Peter Peng (fourth-year)
“It’s a play on the mythical hero Robin Hood. Basically, it is about a guy who is dabbling on both sides of morality. We first see him walking around helping people. He bumps into a girl and helps her pick up the stuff she dropped. He helps a kid in a parking lot. Then he walks by a car that we first see in the beginning of the film and it turns out that he just stole the car key from the first girl he ran into. He’s kind of a nice guy but then turns out to be a douche. And at the very end, there is another twist where he gets punished by karma. “There is no dialogue at all. It is all just actions. It’s kind of like a music video. At the end, there is a lot of action. “The editing is perhaps the strongest part of the film. But it all comes down to having good actors and I was fortunate to have that. “I just hope people get a kick out of it.”
Belgium, 1945 Chris Miller (third-year)
“There are only two characters in the entire film. An American soldier is lost between enemy lines during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. He has to cope with the elements and the threat of the enemy, as well as save himself from going
crazy too. “[It is an important film] because people might go in expecting a straightup war film but come out maybe thinking deeper about the consequences of war, how silly it all is, and the moral struggles that you face as a soldier. “The first line in the film is, “It’s always easier from a distance,’ meaning that he has no problem killing people as long as it’s far away. Once it is face-toface, can you do that as a person? Can you do that as a soldier? I tried to create the full story arc and do [the cinematography and narrative] as beautiful as possible.”
Stand Up or Go Home Thomas Retzlaff (third-year)
“Timothy McDonald is your typical, average university student who comes from a high-achieving family. His dad is a defence attorney and he wants to be a standup comedian. His parents are not supportive. His friend tries to backstab him, steal his routine, and leave Timothy in the dust. “Part of my film is based on personal experience. One of the underlying themes is that even though there are obstacles in your way, parents, friends who may not be supportive, even if your dreams are stupid, keep following through with them and hopefully something will come out of it. “I have a lot of friends who are currently going through this – they don’t know what they want to do. Their parents are offering advice but they’re not sure if they want to do what is being suggested. Whether it comes before you graduate or 20 years after, you have to go with your gut instinct.”
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wooden acting seem brilliant, I don’t think that it made that much difference. The most interesting character in the whole movie is the mysteriously indifferent bald eagle that never leaves the side of Zeus’ throne. The gods are really only interesting as special effects, since their human forms are dull and listless. Hades (Ralph Fiennes) is imposing as a black cloud of black dust, but somewhat less terrifying as a snivelling, bug-eyed hunchback. Zeus (Liam Neeson) parades around in inexplicable shiny armour, while the rest of the gods stand around with thousand-yard stares and recite flat lines. They seem more moody than majestic. You have to give Worthington credit. He tries his best to fulfill his role of an incredibly stupid and petulant Perseus. He rejects gifts from Zeus because he bears a grudge against Hades, but his petty stubbornness gets a fair number of people killed, to which he seems indifferent. Unfortunately, this attempt to create a badass anti-hero backfires, since Perseus spends too much of his time whining and moping about nothing in particular. Watching him is painful; paying for the privilege is worse. Special effects aren’t worth it. Want to “rebel against the gods?” Save your money and play God of War again.
Another in a long, long chain of reboots, remakes, retcons, and reclamations, Clash of the Titans is yet another symptom of that most modern of diseases: the desire to take an older movie that was revolutionary in its time, lobotomize it, throw on some glitter, and sell it in conjunction with $6 sodas. The plot should be familiar. Humans fight monsters, gods bicker with one another, and the Kraken gets early parole. Perseus (Sam Worthington) is the son of a god and a human, and must prove himself a hero. Admittedly, the special effects are often entertaining, as the Kraken is simply awesome and the Stygian Witches are delightfully strange. These comprise the only good 10 minutes of the film. Unfortunately, Medusa’s serpentine movements are choppy and artificial; her Claymation counterpart was much more terrifying. The scorpion desert fight is both pointless and painfully reminiscent of last year’s Transformers 2, while the Sand-Demons are tiresome throwaways. It gets even worse when the actors start talking. I didn’t see the movie in 3-D, but unless the glasses can somehow make awful dialogue and
Titus Andronicus The Monitor XL
alex colganfeatures editor The Monitor isn’t for everyone. It’s as petulantly aggressive as Titus Andronicus’ last record and more oblique in focus, this time conflating being an alt-culture sadsack from New Jersey in 2010 with the American Civil War. And where The Airing of Grievances covered the band’s limitations by sounding half-composed of FM static, The Monitor is clear enough that the imperfections grate rather than charm, making the record abrasive because it’s cleaner. Maybe they had that pun in mind. Regardless, those blemishes were still present on the last record and, just like last time, they’re on the surfaces of very, very good songs. Titus Andronicus stick mostly to their usual boozesoaked Pogues- and Replacements-inspired sound, this time matching scorched-earth guitar leads and lead singer Patrick Stickles’ apocalyptic howls with triumphant horn lines, guest vocals (the duet with Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone, “To Old Friends and New,” is a definite highlight), and bagpipes. Bagpipes! So as confrontational as it sounds at first, The Monitor has plenty for listeners to cling to while the band whirls past them. Besides, how can a band that spends a full minute shouting “You will always be a loser” at their frontman be confrontational to anyone but themselves?
Hot Tub Time Machine Directed by Steve Pink Starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson
Hot Tub Time Machine shouldn’t be funny. However, there are several parts that are worth a laugh. With a cast like Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry, this filthy comedy would have been completely irredeemable if it couldn’t even be called mildly humorous. The title summarizes the inciting incident. A bizarre group of four friends (à la The Hangover) go on a road trip to a ski resort. Recently-dumped Adam (John Cusack), his nerdy nephew Jacob (Clark Duke), and Nick (Robinson), who found out about his wife’s infidelity, take the suicidal Lou (Rob Corddry) to a past-its-prime spot in the mountains. Adam, Nick, and Lou are nostalgic because their lives suck and they all made poor decisions. Jacob takes verbal abuse about his being a geek. That’s all there is to the character dynamics. On the night this hilariously mismatched group of four arrive at Kodiac Valley, a night of naked group drinking in the oddly glowing hot tub ends in time travel when some Russian liquor spills on the control panel. The malfunctioning hot tub sends the group
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Barenaked Ladies All in Good Time Raisin’
“You Run Away,” the first single off All in Good Time, is a strange song to start off the latest Barenaked Ladies album. It’s a huge, amped-up song that reaches for the epic and soaring, which hasn’t been their M.O. to date. Their series of hits in Canada and internationally have been quirky, upbeat, and funny, but never aims to sound huge. For the most part, the album doesn’t really sound that way, with the exception of maybe “How Long.” With vocal duties divvied up among their four members, they mostly concentrate on the oddball pop music that they’re known for, with varying levels of success. I don’t really feel the absence of Steven Page when I listen to this album. The founding member has parted ways with the band to do his own thing, which so far means a covers album. But, All in Good Time doesn’t feel like a nagging reminder of Page’s departure. Although this isn’t a stunning breakthrough and won’t be considered one of their best, it performs well and forecasts good albums to come from the band.
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back to 1986. They arrive at Winterfest ’86, where Adam, Nick, and Lou made memories that they believe are important. The audience may disagree. Insert a series of jokes about that decade, a racial joke or two, and that’s about all that emerges from this event. Also, the rules for time travel in this film are botched quite badly. The three men can see each other as they normally appeared, but the mirror reveals that they have reverted to their 18-year-old selves. Jacob, who wouldn’t have existed in 1980, keeps the same appearance. So the plot is that they go back to relive the past, only to realize “our lives sucked, let’s do things differently.” Drugs, copious amounts of drinking, fighting, and sex all play into the story as it unravels near the end. Chevy Chase plays a completely meaningless role as the hot tub repairman who speaks in ambiguous phrases. Duke is entertaining as the young Jacob who spends the film getting viciously insulted. If the lame subplots weren’t enough, he’s involved in a baby-daddy mystery! Depending on the price you put on each laugh, this movie might not be worth the price of admission. Especially if you’re looking for a moral with it, search elsewhere, Hot Tub Time Machine has nothing for you. ifilmpro.com
Clash of the Titans Directed by Louis Leterrier Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
austin m. davisnews editor MGMT didn’t want a standout song on the duo’s sophomore release, Congratulations. The followup to Oracular Spectacular finds Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser focusing so blatantly on composing a well-rounded album that the nine tracks take more than one listen to be at all appealing. The pair made a conscious decision that there would be no danceable songs on this album. The album is dramatically less poppy and twice as psychedelic. As a result it never captures the ecstatic vibes that MGMT made a name out of. Sonically, Congratulations strives to be a modern The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. Playing with tempos and including a lot of instruments is as close as they come, because the songwriting gets lost within a few of the tracks. There are no lyrics worth memorizing on this album. What’s most disorienting about the album is the way it seems to pick up speed with the first two tracks, “It’s Working” and “Song for Dan Treacy.” “Someone’s Missing” builds momentum. MGMT slow it down and get even weirder, for the next four tracks until the closer, “Congratulations.” For many, this album will be a disappointment, but it shows MGMT rebelling against all preconceptions. VanWyngarden and Goldwasser have aspirations far above making catchy dancefloor tunes.
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The Whigs In The Dark ATO
Production is an underrated, under-recognized tool in the musician’s arsenal. A well-produced record has a distinctive flair to it, a sense of aesthetic unity that lends itself to each song, marking them on behalf of the artist and the album. It’s not surprising, then, that producer Ben Allen would give the Whigs’ new album a distinctive production overcoat. Having produced acts from Mase to Gnarls Barkley to Animal Collective (on their breakout Merriweather Post Pavillion, no less), Allen understands the importance of making production more than mere busywork; as a result, In The Dark’s most consistent element is its meticulous ripped-speaker blare. The lo-fi fuzz serves In The Dark well, because the record itself always feels a little out of focus. Its best moments recall mid-decade garagerock revivalists like the Ponys, but the band frequently stumbles over gestures to disaffected dance-punk and bloated arena rock. It’s a shame, because the three-minute peak of the record, “I Don’t Even Care About the One I Love,” forgoes both those gestures in favour of economically and enthusiastically aping Stax Records, and the record’s scratchy buzz makes it compulsively listenable.
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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists The Brutalist Bricks Matador
a&c B5 When Ted Leo left Touch and Go Records, it was a bit of a sad occasion. The two seemed like such a perfect fit – Leo’s left-leaning politics matched with Touch and Go’s D.I.Y. ethos. Similarly, when he came through Regina in support of 2007’s Living with the Living, he and his band the Pharmacists were touring with a fourth member. If there’s one thing that fills me with so much ire, it’s when previously tight and precise bands add a superfluous member. The Brutalist Bricks allayed all my fears that this would become a directionless Leo album as opposed to the hard-working, Clash-loving performer the world has come to know and love. For one, the extra member makes sense. They’re doing more complex things that simply wouldn’t be possible with a trio, without losing the driving, sweaty edge that makes their live shows a delight. And their new label home over at Matador makes perfect sense. With The Brutalist Bricks, he’s moving away from being the well meaning punk-rocker he once was, and turning into a more diverse and varied performer. He keeps all the earnest, though, and no Leo fan would have it any other way.
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Nadia Arrival Zero to One
Dark Ages is unconventionally heavy. While decimating your eardrums, it will also destroy your expectations of what metal should sound like. Bison B.C. is phenomenally talented. The Vancouver quartet is able to play much more than the expected chug-chug breakdowns of modern metal. There’s a blend of hardcore punk and thrash metal that makes a potent combination that most speakers won’t be able to handle. The guitar parts spin intricately around each other on “Melody, This Is for You,” while the sound of the drums has managed studio-perfection. At one point, bassist Masa Anzai’s lowest string sounds like it’s about to peel off his instrument. The seven tracks on the album – spanning 46 minutes – feature vocals, but listening to Bison B.C. for the guttural screams entirely misses the point. There isn’t a song shorter than five minutes, and there’s not a single point of boredom throughout. Dark Ages is inconceivably fast and it’s loud as hell. While many wouldn’t consider heavy metal to be catchy music, Bison B.C. destroy that expectation as well. Many of the guitar riffs are effectively repetitive, the breakdowns memorable, and the entire album is worth more than a single listen.
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Plants and Animals La La Land Secret City
It has been two years since Plants and Animals released their Juno award-winning debut, Parc Avenue. In that span of time, the Canadian music press has consistently hyped up the Montreal indie-rock trio’s importance, but seeing them live on two separate occasions hasn’t convinced me that their sophomore album, La La Land, is something that either you or I should care about. It’s fitting that the title of the album refers to a state of indifference, because that’s exactly how I feel about this record. “Underwhelmed” is the word I would use to describe the majority of this sophomore slump, and not the good, Sloan kind of underwhelmed. At best, songs such as “Game Shows” and “Fake It” are lazy melodic distractions – something pleasant for the patchouli crowd. I imagine that La La Land is going to appeal mostly to hippies. Sorry if I’m generalizing here, but come the fuck on. I’m not typically a lyrics person, but when your song lyrics reference the Gypsy Kings, I can practically smell the patchouli scent already invading my nostrils. Indie kids, I’m counting on you. I don’t care how catchy “The Mama Papa” is, don’t encourage Plants and Animals by buying this boring-ass overproduced album.
Base jump from top of broadcast tower, open parachute, gently glide across mountain range, look for destination, decide on desert, release parachute, plummet to earth, use grappling hook to latch onto military jeep, backflip onto grille, shoot passenger in face, hijack vehicle from driver, jump back on roof while speeding, use grappling hook to yank motorcycle-riding soldier from motorcycle, realize gas station is directly ahead and rapidly approaching, open parachute, watch jeep careen into gas pump and explode in cloud of fiery death that engulfs pursuing military vehicles, use grappling hook to launch parachute-born self toward desert, admire sunset, glide into small town, contact black market dealer, buy helicopter, use grappling hook to attach helicopter to head of statue of Panau’s totalitarian dictator, get in helicopter, lift off, yank head off statue and laugh as torso collapses on clueless soldiers, fly to port town, use statue head as wrecking ball on harbour cranes, get shot down by surface-to-air missiles and fleet of enemy choppers, die in hail of bullets, restart. That’s not even a plot mission; that’s just stuff the game lets you do for fun. And really, how can you not have fun doing that? Just Cause 2’s pro-
The Morning Benders Big Echo Rough Trade
Shearwater The Golden Archipelago Matador
“Lost Coastlines,” one of the opening tracks off of Okkervil River’s 2009 album The Stand-Ins, was bittersweet. The song feels triumphant, but lyrically, it details the troubles touring artists can find out on the road. Suitably, the duet between Jonathan Meiburg and Okkervil frontman Will Sheff would mark the last album where Meiburg appeared as a member of the band. Meiburg was going off to concentrate all his efforts on his own group, Shearwater. It seems to have paid off – The Golden Archipelago, their latest album, shows that a lot of care and attention have been lavished upon it. Meiburg’s strange, dramatic voice hasn’t changed, but the instrumentation for this avant-folk have only become more considered and intricate. That said, the sound of the album isn’t busy or over stuffed. Small touches on these generally quiet songs make all the difference. As “Lost Coastlines” goes into its finale, Meiburg and Sheff sing together, “And every night finds us rocking and rolling on waves wild and wide.” I might still hope that the two of them will find themselves in a band together again one day, but with great albums coming from both Shearwater and Okkervil River, I have no reason to complain.
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tagonist, a swarthy Latino dude named Rico Rodriguez who does black ops for a CIA-like American organization, is having fun. He’s laughing the whole time he’s blowing the absolute shit out of Panau’s 35 square kilometres of Southeast Asia, cackling as satellite dishes explode and oil platforms blow sky-high. You’d be a dick not to have as much fun as he’s having. The storyline is fun too, absurd in a way games rarely are. It’s sardonic and subversive while being outrageous and overblown at the same time. Rico’s mentor, Tom Sheldon, is a Southern-accented good ol’ boy who loves barbecued suckling pig, calls Russian, Japanese, and Chinese soldiers “commies,” and owns a copy of a book called Regime Change in Seven Days that has a huge American flag on the cover. He sends Rico on missions that have him blowing up mountain bases that are built to look like said dictator’s face, jumping from nuclear missile to nuclear missile while said missiles are in flight, and other “this is actually happening”-type shit. More succinctly: the cover shows that Rico has a grappling hook, and then on the right side he’s jumping off of an exploding building. You can jump on the nose of a plane and fly it right into a guy’s face. Buy this game. ign.com
Just Cause 2 Avalanche Studios Xbox 360
john cameron production manager The Morning Benders’ second release, Big Echo, is a fine piece of ’60s-inflected orchestral pop. That description might make it seem like another Beach Boys rip-off – it was produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, after all – but in reality it’s a lot more interesting than that. Tracked in an impressively brief 11 days, the album is replete with all the studio experimentation of any Kid A or, well, Pet Sounds, but the strength of the songwriting makes it more than just the sum of its glockenspiel overdubs. The first minute or so of opener “Excuses” is kind of a turn-off (especially the fake vinyl crackle) but past that, every song makes for an extremely rewarding listen. “Wet Cement” is gorgeously languid and Hawaiian, and “All Day Daylight,” with its insistent groove and synthesized handclaps, is pretty much the ideal summer jam. Ultimately, the Morning Benders’ greatest accomplishment here is proving once and for all that if it takes you a year to record an album, even one as well-crafted and sonically expansive as Big Echo, you’re probably doing something wrong. Read between the lines, Regina.
Holly Miranda The Magician’s Private Library XL
Listing Holly Miranda as the sole artist behind The Magician’s Private Library doesn’t seem appropriate when her collaborators are so present when listening to the album. Miranda, a resident of New York City, released a solo album back in 2001, then released a couple of discs with her band, the Jealous Girlfriends. When it came time to make her second solo effort, she got some big guns behind her, including Katrina Ford of Celebration and Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. That scene of people, including other members of TV on the Radio who contribute to this album, has such a clear influence on the sound of this disc. She casually experiments with ethereal electronics, even while the instrumentation stays firmly grounded. And her own delicate voice fits in well with the occasional harmonies from the guys of TV on the Radio. I think the reason why they don’t overpower Miranda’s album is because it feels like an artistic dialogue. Sure, she brings in other folks, but she’s always clearly in charge and in the forefront. The Magician’s Private Library leaves no doubt that it’s Miranda who be lauded for a great album.
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Lettre de l’Institut français L’Institut français est fier de parrainer cette section francophone et nous remercions nos écrivains ainsi que l’équipe éditoriale du Carillon pour avoir reconnu l’importance et l’effervescence du fait français sur le campus de l’Université de Regina. Nos activités socioculturelles se poursuivent tout l’été à l’Institut et nos programmes académiques pourront vous faire continuer votre pratique et votre maîtrise du français jusqu’à la reprise des cours en septembre. Enfin, nous sommes comblés de votre participation aux événements de l’Institut français pour l’année 2009-10 et nous comp-
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« La journée mosaïque fut un grand succès »
léa beaulieu prpick contributrice Une mosaïque, par définition, est un assemblage décoratif de fragments de matériaux de différentes couleurs. Dans l’art, la mosaïque consiste à incruster dans un lit de plâtre des fragments de pierre, de verre, de céramique ou d’émail pour former des motifs ou des figures. Dans l’autre sens du mot, une mosaïque est un rassemblement de personnes de plusieurs cultures et identités dans le but de promouvoir la diversité et la valeur de l’héritage culturel. Les deux définitions ont pourtant un sens commun : l’idée d’unir des pièces uniques qui sont ellesmêmes spéciales pour créer quelque chose d’encore plus beau et merveilleux. Voilà le sentiment que j’ai eu lors de « UR Mosaic, », une vraie mosaïque de cultures, à l’Université de Regina le 18 mars dernier. L’effet de voir plusieurs cultures unies m’a fait chaud au c?ur. Pour ceux et celles qui n’étaient pas au courant, UR International et les Residence Services ont organisé, pour la troisième année consécutive, un événement pour partager et célébrer avec la communauté universitaire la myriade de cultures et de traditions des étudiants internationaux.
Cette année, il y avait même un buffet international où figuraient des mets de la Chine, du Niger, de la Thaïlande et du Moyen-Orient, pour n’en nommer que quelques-uns. À la journée mosaïque, il y avait plusieurs kiosques qui représentaient différents pays, régions, ou sociétés étudiantes. On pouvait en apprendre plus sur le mode de vie, la religion, la nourriture, et les endroits touristiques des différents endroits du monde. Les étudiants internationaux qui animaient les kiosques étaient très intéressés à partager leur héritage, et plusieurs portaient même (fièrement) des habits traditionnels. Les curieux et curieuses pouvaient se faire écrire leur nom en arabe, en mandarin ou en cri, se faire prendre en photo portant un habit traditionnel de l’Arabie Saoudite, ou encore se faire mettre du mehndi (l'art de l'application du henné, un brouillage de feuilles séchées brun orangé, sur la peau). On pouvait même se faire des tresses africaines au prix d’un dollar la tresse! La journée présentait aussi différents chants et danses traditionnelles (des danses autochtones, asiatiques latino-américaines étaient parmi celles figurant au programme). L’Institut français de l’Université de Regina avait son propre kiosque pour représenter la culture francophone avec ses cein-
tures fléchées et son drapeau fransaskois. On a même pensé à inclure des épinglettes avec le drapeau métis. Malheureusement, il n’y avait pas de tarte au sucre ou de sucre à la crème! La journée mosaïque était largement concentrée sur le thème de la tradition culturelle ce qui m’a incité à réfléchir aux traditions et à leurs rôles dans la société. À quoi servent-elles et est-ce qu’elles nous sont importantes? En effet, les traditions sont primordiales à la survie de la culture. Elles servent de liens entre les générations. Les traditions ont une telle importance parce qu’elles permettent aux gens de s’exprimer et d’être fiers de leur héritage. Sans elles des connaissances et une culture accumulées par des générations d’individus seraient perdues. Voilà pourquoi « UR Mosaic » est plus qu’une simple occasion de voir de la danse, d’écouter de la bonne musique et de consommer des mets délicieux : c’est plutôt une célébration de la vie et de la culture. Dans un monde plein de guerres, d’hostilité et de conflits, il est très rafraîchissant de voir l’union des gens de tous milieux et d’origines diverses se rassembler pour célébrer leurs différences.
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A mosaic can be a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small coloured pieces, or it can be a gathering of people from diverse backgrounds who want to promote diversity and cultural heritage. Both revolve around the idea that combining unique pieces can create something even more wonderful. This was the idea behind the UR Mosaic that occurred March 18th. UR Mosaic displayed how traditions are so important to the survival of culture, and in a time where war and hate are prevalent, it is refreshing to see cultures coming together to celebrate their differences.
tons vous revoir pour de nouvelles activités l’année prochaine. Bonne fin de session et bon été à tous. Jonathan Tremblay Agent de développement communautaire/ Community Development Officer Institut français (LI 217) Université de Regina firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pete appointed to FNUniv presidency after ouster alex colgan features editor “I come from a family of educators. My grandmother left the reserve at 14 to get teacher training and she had to ask for a permit to leave the reserve to become an educator. I often think about her as a 14-year-old, saying to herself, I want something better for my kids than what I had as a residential school kid, and her commitment to go away and become a teacher.” Dr. Shauneen Pete began a sixmonth term as president of First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) on April 1, in the aftermath of former president Charles Pratt’s unceremonious termination on March 19. She has been very visible over the past few months, participating in marches and rallies at the provincial legislature, and now hopes that in her new posi-
tion she may be able to preserve FNUniv for future generations. She reflected on her life as a First Nations mother, student, activist, academic, and administrator in an interview on Friday. Pete earned her B.Ed. in the Indian Teacher Education Program at the University of Saskatchewan in 1989, and nine years later completed her M.Ed. in Education Administration. During those years, Pete became a mother and was immersed in activism for aboriginal education. “I never intended to be an activist. I was a single mother and a First Nations person at the University of Regina, and it became really clear that a number of issues needed to be addressed. One was the big post-secondary funding issue; as a student leader, I helped coordinate protests on Indian Affairs, which is actually kind of funny, if you think about where we are now.”
The INAC post-secondary program in place at the time, she said, was insufficient, and women with children were adversely affected as a result. “Education is a way to get out of poverty, so that led to my becoming an activist, because we were struggling as single moms, trying to make a better life for our children.” After she got her Masters, Pete went to the University of Arizona, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in 2001. She worked at the U of S for four years after returning from Arizona, and then managed to enter the tenure track at the U of R. Although her chief focus throughout her academic career was indigenous education, she found it difficult to find a job in the area of administration, so Pete transitioned into studying and teaching about indigenous and gender issues in education. Pete reflected on
the friction that she encountered during her time working in mainstream institutions. “My predominantly white, female, middle-class students experienced that curriculum in different ways. They experienced a great deal of denial, they would minimize issues of sexism and racism in their own lives ... They received a curriculum in K-12 that was very limiting, which didn’t expose them to difference. “I was often the first brown person that ever taught them.” Pete moved to FNUniv when she was appointed to the position of academic vice-president in the spring of 2007, and during her tenure there fought for recognition of gender issues within the university. She was dismissed in January 2009 on what thenpresident Charles Pratt referred to as an “internal personnel matter,” at which point she expressed concerns
about how the administration was being run. Pete declined to comment on her departure, except to say that she bears no grudges. “It’s actually reminded me that I need to be a more compassionate person,” she said. She said that while FNUniv faces numerous challenges, the institution is worth fighting for every step of the way, particularly in the face of strong student activism during the crisis. “I commend [the students] every day. They didn’t just inspire me – my own levels of activism these past two months – but they’ve inspired my daughter’s activism. I have a 15-yearold in grade 10, and she’s slept over here at the live-in ... It’s affected our entire family. “I believe this is a great, long-lasting school. I have to believe that; otherwise I wouldn’t have chosen to be here.”
Reform and renewal against all odds
Efforts and rallies continue despite funding crisis alex colgan features editor While frenzied anxieties over federal funding at FNUniv have cooled slightly so that students can focus on exams, the fact remains that the institution faces disaster without a funding renewal after Aug. 31. The federal government has left the door open for $3 million so that students can complete their studies up until the end of the summer, but many students are still hopeful that the insti-
tution may be saved. “That was kind of a low blow for the students,” said Cadmus Delorme, vice-president communications for the FNUniv Students’ Association (FNUniv-SA), on the partial funding issue. “The money coming back to us is definitely a positive, but it doesn’t help us out any; we’re asking for something long-term. “We can’t even apply for it,” Delorme said. “It gets applied for by the University of Regina, which then offers it to us, so it definitely doesn’t help us out any that the federal govern-
ment is trying to make the public think they’re giving money back, but it’s not as good as it sounds.” Delorme argued that the federal government’s prolonging FNUniv’s existence is motivated by political expedient rather than a genuine concern for students. “I think they want us to die slowly,” he said. “There’s probably going to be an election in the fall and they’re trying not to look like the bad guys about this, but I don’t believe that they envision this university as something that Canada needs from their
point of view. They’re all the way over in Ottawa, so they get a lot of their information at that level, and they don’t realize how big of a commitment this university is to the economy of the prairies.” While the FNUniv student live-in has petered down to 18 people after more than three weeks, Delorme said, efforts and rallies will continue unabated. “We’ve been writing letters nonstop, we have supporters writing letters non-stop, we’ve been preparing our next rally. We’ve been trying to ed-
ucate the public on how the federal government is not really doing what they’re saying; they’re trying to get off the hook here.” “The mismanagement is behind us. We have good people working there, the ones who stuck through it all and believe in that place ... I definitely believe that we have the experts looking after us, and our staff that have stuck through it all definitely have the students and the best interests of the university in mind, so that’s behind us.”
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The winter of discontent FNUniv: A year of snapshots
Clockwise from top left: Jarrett Crowe, Peter Mills,Austin Davis, Jarrett Crowe
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Federal funding remains unlikely austin m. davis news editor The federal government has been all but indecisive since retracting the $7.2 million of funding from FNUniv. On March 23, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada Chuck Strahl released a statement that was definite in its point that the “current funding for [FNUniv] ends as of March 31, 2010.” Strahl’s message continued, noting his understanding of the “difficult times for students and faculty.” He wrote that his “primary interest is to ensure that students are able to complete their academic year.” Attempts to contact Strahl to elaborate on these points after the March 31 deadline were either directed to the Saskatchewan branch of Indian Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), or simply ignored by the Minister’s office. Upon being directed to the INAC Saskatchewan branch, the Carillon asked spokesman Trevor Sutter about the current standing of the FNUniv’s financial future. Sutter reiterated the point that the funding was pulled, and there were no intentions of returning it. However he said, “We’ll continue to work the other partners to ensure that the needs of the students are going to be met for the rest of the academic year.” Following the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the major stakeholders in the institution, there was a hope that the federal government would
begin to make progress towards returning the funding. The sentiments expressed by Strahl and Sutter made this appear highly unlikely. The University of Regina is encouraged to apply for funding under the Indian Studies Support Program (ISSP), Sutter said. The maximum amount that could be earned would be $3 million from this “proposal based program.” Sutter’s job as a representative for the organization that is responsible for the possible closure of the FNUniv does not put him in an ideal position. “We work here at the university in the top two and a half floors – we have a lease arrangement for the next two years,” he said. This situation could be potentially awkward for both students and the employees of INAC, but Sutter said this isn’t the case. “I do talk to the students every once in awhile,” Sutter said. “They understand our role as federal civil servants is to provide support for the government. “I think it’s a fairly respectful relationship. You obviously respect the democratic right to voice your opinion – and we respect that from the students and staff – and they’ve committed to treating our staff respectfully as well. It’s not difficult, at this point anyway.”
FNUniv students have staged a live-in at the university to show their support for the institution. The event started on March 23 and has been ongoing.
Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs If Chuck Strahl was a bike lock – I would have walked to school today. If Chuck Strahl was a condom – I’d be a dad. If Chuck Strahl was a laundry detergent, I’d have to wash my clothes twice – ’cause he’s just not good enough. If Chuck Strahl was a chewing gum, I’d need to eat three pieces at a time – ’cause he is just not strong enough. If Chuck Strahl was a $45 combo platter, I’d send him all the way back to the bar – ’cause he is not up to code. If Chuck Strahl worked at FNUniv – he’d be fired WITH cause and WITHOUT pay. If Chuck Strahl was a 2009 or 2010 Toyota Prius ... ’nuff said. If Chuck Strahl was the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs – I’d have to worry about my university. thomas roussin contributor
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Aboriginal academy FNUniv essential for indigenous scholarship alex colgan features editor While FNUniv is home to hundreds of students, faculty, and staff, it is also home to a unique academic culture that took 34 years to build and cannot be found elsewhere in Canada. While increasing acceptance and inclusion in mainstream universities remains an important goal, the Carillon spoke with two academics who argue that retaining a separate space for the indigenous academy is essential. Closure, they say, would be disastrous. “There’s 34 years’ worth of development of programs and of scholars, and it takes a while to attract and develop a cohort of scholars who are specialists in those areas,” said Dr. Joyce Green, a professor of political science at the U of R who specializes in aboriginal-settler relations and the prospects of decolonization. Green has long been engaged in promoting indigenization at the U of R. “Indigenizing the academy” entails the introduction of indigenous epistemologies, understandings, and narratives into traditional academic culture. Green isn’t alone, and indeed, current FNUniv president Shauneen Pete embarked on a similar project during her
tenure at the U of R. However much racism may be expunged and the academy may become indigenized, Green said, there will always be a need for places like FNUniv. “In a colonial society, the relationship between indigenous and settler peoples is always misunderstood, it’s mythologized ... and FNUniv gives students a safe environment to learn about this relationship and therefore be able to say how they want that relationship to be changed. “That kind of scholarship has been mostly marginal.” Dr. Blair Stonechild, department head and professor of indigenous studies at FNUniv, agreed, saying that FNUniv’s unique curriculum and culture are valuable in large part due to their separateness. “Critics tend to say you can have an Indian studies program, you can have aboriginal faculty, you can have an aboriginal chancellor, but it’s not really the same thing as an institution where it’s controlled, run, and owned by First Nations people. That’s the kind of thing that we always felt was different. “If you’re in a large university, you can indigenize as much as you want, but the fact is that aboriginal students usually want to be among other aborig-
ing very good about it or being successful. [At FNUniv], the reason that we’ve been successful is because we’re responding to that particular need. “There’s a desire in the human psyche to be in a place where you feel secure and meaningful ... and for some people that’s more important than others.” Green argued that the closure of FNUniv will endanger the heritage of First Nations who can find no hospitable post-secondary institutions. Under these circumstances, Green argued that “beads-and-feathers culture” might be superficially preserved, while the deeper epistemologies, and lingual and cultural heritages, would be lost. The programming and curriculum al-
inal students, which is not to say that indigenizing is bad, but that it’s not the same thing.” Stonechild pointed out that many students attend FNUniv as a means of healing old wounds from the residential school system, and that closure of the institution would leave many stranded. “The legacy of the education system is one in which education was designed to destroy aboriginal identity. It openly did that; it was the stated purpose of education up until the 1970s. The point of education since then has been to enhance the identity of the student. If you destroy the identity of the student, then they’re probably not going to come out of the experience feel-
most certainly couldn’t be reproduced elsewhere. “I think there are people who are going to find themselves in terrible circumstances, but on top of that the federal government is not willing to fund indigenous scholarship, which allows people to understand their collective history, and thus be able to define and change contemporary relationships. “I think that the federal government supports the idea that First Nations individuals can go to any institution they want and get their individual education, and expect them to move on into the world. That is the old recipe for assimilation.”
“In a colonial society, the relationship between indigenous and settler peoples is always misunderstood, it’s mythologized ... and FNUniv gives students a safe environment to learn about this relationship.” Joyce Green
“We were on the verge of greatness” FNUniv will never be the same, says former registrar alex colgan features editor There has been a massive exodus, often public and controversial but sometimes silent and unspoken, from the halls of FNUniv over the past five years. Over 60 people have been fired, resigned, or retired from FNUniv since the February 2005 firings controversy, representing well over a quarter of the roughly 200 full-time permanent faculty and staff. The vast majority have not returned. Diedre Desmarais spent 22 years at SIFC/FNUniv, first as a student and later as the registrar, until she was ousted in late 2006. She recalled the institution that she used to call home in an interview with the Carillon. Desmarais’ Métis background had always marked her as different; she had three sets of friends – white, aboriginal, and Métis – that never intermixed. She sought out a place where she could belong, and entered a political science degree at SIFC in 1984.
“They had the powwow ... they had dances, the faculty and students would get together and we would just have a lot of fun ... I wanted to be a part of that. I was in a place where there were other people like me.” But beyond the insular environment of the SIFC, Desmarais and other students often felt uncomfortable in the larger world of the U of R. Northern aboriginal students often experienced culture shock, as did many others who were unfamiliar with city life, said Desmarais. There was also often hostility or contempt. “It was very shocking for them to be confronted with the racism that is inherent to being in Regina.” Sometimes, she said, they would be the subjects of subtle ridicule or snide comments in the hallways. Desmarais became the acting registrar in 1992 and soon officially occupied the position while also working on her M.A. in political science. However, the former quickly became all-consuming as enrolment numbers skyrocketed in the middle of the
decade. “We worked our asses off,” she laughed. “We had 1,600 students, we had a number of programs all over Canada, we had international programs ... There were stressful times, because we were underfunded and understaffed [but] we worked really hard because we were committed to each other.” Desmarais said that while there could be heated arguments among administration members, everyone had a sense of perspective. “We had our internal problems ... but the Board left us alone, and we did our work.” She said that she had never experienced any serious internal troubles during her tenure as registrar. Desmarais went on education leave to pursue her PhD in Jan. 2005, a month before Morley Watson, in his capacity as the chair of the Board of Governors, dismissed several administrators, copied faculty and student records from university computers, and removed staff from their offices. Desmarais described this as a “coup”
that marked the beginning of FNUniv’s decline. Desmarais took leave without pay the following year in order to complete her comprehensive exams, and was prepared to return at the beginning of 2007. However, she said, when Desmarais encountered her boss, then vice-president academic Dr. Bernard Selinger, in the atrium, and told him that if there were no other position for her she would simply return to her old position, he simply said that it wouldn’t happen. On the afternoon of Oct. 24, she received a registered letter informing her that she was terminated without cause, and offered a six months’ severance. At the age of 53, Desmarais had lost, not only her livelihood, but her benefits, medical coverage, life insurance, and was eventually forced to sell her house. She was replaced by Florence Watson, the sister-in-law of Morley Watson, who had replaced finance director Kim Sinclair following the crisis in February 2005. These days, Desmarais is working
on her PhD in political science, with a focus on issues of Métis and aboriginal health, at the U of R. She said that she misses FNUniv but doesn’t feel that she could go back. “I felt like I was banished from my community,” she said. Desmarais said that she doesn’t know whether FNUniv can recover in the face of funding uncertainties and dropping enrolments creating a vicious cycle. “[Students] are not going to enrol if they think the institution isn’t going to survive, and without enrolment, the state can say: you have no students.” With the exodus of numerous academics and administrators, she said, a great deal has already been lost. Even if FNUniv recovers, it will never be the institution that it was before 2005. “We were on the verge of greatness,” she said, “but it will never be the same.”
Depoliticizing the board History researcher says further reform necessary alex colgan features editor While FNUniv continues to reform itself in the aftermath of major administrative and Board shakeups, and withers in the heat of the funding crisis, voices from all sides are calling for new measures and fixes. However, according to a researcher of FNUniv’s history, what’s really needed is the revival of older aspirations. Rob Nestor, an FNUniv librarian
who has been writing a thesis on FNUniv’s history, argued in an interview with the Carillon that the continued reform of the Board of Directors is essential to FNUniv’s survival and health. “It’s clear that the only way we can move forward comes back to issues of accountability and a non-politicized board like we’ve gone towards already,” he said. But this is not a new idea, he said; in fact, it goes back to the founding of the board. “Even the way the board was first
constructed, having chiefs on the board, right from the get-go there was a politicized board. What’s interesting, and the record shows this, is that in those first meetings held to create this new board, a number of the chiefs of FSIN commented about how ‘we need to be serving our communities and not serving on this board.’ “The transition never happened; at those early stages, the chiefs were aware, ‘we’re the only people here right now who can do this, so we’ll take on that responsibility, but really
it’s our communities we’re supposed to be serving, and over time it should be phased out as our role.’ “Their role on that board wasn’t necessarily always their only agenda, the only thing on their plate ... But certainly, without those boards in the past, we wouldn’t have gotten those buildings built, without people on the board who had those abilities to make the move possible.” Nestor argued that while the corruption over the past five years was driven more by particular individuals
than by any systemic deficit, the way that financial crises have exploded over relatively small problems reveals deepseated issues that must be addressed. “Even if [those accused of fraud are] found guilty, it’s a small amount of money. What happened to the institution after that, I think that sort of brings into question the politics of things ... certainly these things happen, but other universities don’t spiral into this abyss that we’re moving towards, over the misappropriation, whether it happened or not, of a handful of dollars.”
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F N Un i v h i sto ry : 1 9 76 to t o da y The first 30 years: a startling success story “We were considered a big experiment because we went far beyond any other idea at the time; rather than just a university department, we actually had the idea that we could be an institution with a range of programs.” Blair Stonechild, department head and professor of indigenous studies, has worked at FNUniv almost since the beginning. He started in December 1976, when the institution was still known as the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC), and an aboriginally-run university degree program was considered by many to be a pipe dream. It almost didn’t happen. The idea had been in the works for a while. The Union of Saskatchewan Indians crystallized from an assortment of aboriginal organizations in 1947, and restructured into the
Federation of Saskatchewan Indians in 1958. The organization released a policy paper in 1972, calling for “Indian Control of Indian Education,” the same year that the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College was established. Dr. Lloyd Barber, then the president of the U of R, was an enthusiastic supporter of the idea, and worked with native leader David Ahenakew to make the dream a reality. In his capacity as Indian Claims Commissioner, Barber had formed relationships with FSIN representatives, while at the same time holding the position of vice-president at the University of Saskatchewan, according to Rob Nestor, an FNUniv librarian who is writing a dissertation on the institution’s history. “The FSI approached the
University of Saskatchewan about some sort of partnership, and Barber lobbied on their behalf, to have this institution created, in order to remedy what Dr. Barber called ‘academic arrogance,’” said Nestor. The lobbying effort failed, but when Barber became the president of the U of R, he saw his chance. “We have the new University of Regina, he becomes the new president, and he wants to do things differently,” said Nestor. Barber and Ahenakew managed to get momentum going on the project. “They come together and decide that they’re going to create this institution that becomes known as SIFC here in Regina. It will open its doors in 1976 with a handful of students ... and then things just expanded from there.”
1980s 1990s 2000s
In 1976, the SIFC was established in a rented space in the Classroom Building, with class sizes in the single digits and an enrolment of roughly 30 in the first year. The college would later move to College West; at one point the faculty offices were located in a mouseridden trailer where the daycare centre is today. “People were skeptical when it started because they thought of things like the black college model in the United States,” said Stonechild, “and a lot of people accused black colleges of being not up to the par.” But support among First Nations for a separate college with a university degree program was strong, and administration and faculty were successful in negotiating the First Nations’ desires with the demands of academic
rigour. “They [FSI] gave us direction on what they wanted for curriculum and that sort of thing; on the other hand, we had to contend with the academic expectations of the university,” said Stonechild. The fledgling college swiftly developed a unique set of programming, with Indian arts and languages becoming degree programs in 1979. Seven years later, the college would begin offering the world’s first and perhaps only graduate-level degree in Indian Art. Curriculum was also developed in conjunction with native elders for business programs with graduates geared towards reserve administration.
Federal funding, now the subject of so much controversy, was absent for the first several years of the institution’s history. “During the first six years of the college’s existence ... it was actually funded by the province,” said Nestor. “The federal government didn’t really want to touch us. But around 1982, there were constitutional conferences, there was a lot of political fighting about whether or not the constitution could be repatriated and the First Nations were going to block the constitution.”
It was in this tumultuous climate that David Ahenakew succeeded in extracting funding for the SIFC from the federal government. Enrolment numbers continued to climb and there was discussion over establishing a separate space for the institution. However, it wasn’t until the end of the decade that major coordinated efforts were underway. The college’s reputation continued to expand.
“In the ’90s we were increasingly looked at by other universities as being examples of leading-edge program development, including research, because it seemed like all sorts of other agencies and universities wanted to partner with us,” said Stonechild. “There was much greater acknowledgement of aboriginal self-governing
institutions, and this place was always singled out for being an example of an academic institution that was controlled by First Nations.” SIFC’s success during those years, he said, was hailed as a positive example of aboriginal self-determination.
2003 was a landmark year for the institution, marking its rechristening as FNUniv and transition to the new building. Provincial and federal governments provided most of the money for the construction of the building, with the rest being fundraised from private sources. While staff, administration, and the federated-college arrangement with the U of R remained the same, FNUniv would not be embedded and concealed within the buildings of the main campus. Spirits were high as Prince Edward led the opening ceremony, and the future seemed bright.
Stonechild and others who remember the first 30 years of SIFC/FNUniv’s success are often at a loss for words when they try to describe how much has changed. “If you were a student back then and you were looking at the media, you wouldn’t be seeing any stories about corruption or incompetence,” said Stonechild. “Students who have entered the university in the last five years don’t remember the good times, but there were 30 years before that ... I think we went off track and we need to get back onto it.”
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Decline and fall: corruption and scandals
2005 2006 2007 2008
It was a day like any other when FNUniv’s administration offices were stormed and taken over. FSIN vice-chief and FNUniv Board of Governors chair Morley Watson entered the campus with an entourage of security guards and others, suspended three senior administration officials, evicted finance and human resources staff from their offices, and had his own IT personnel copy the central server drive, which contained faculty and student records. The locks to the offices were
changed. The suspended officials – academic vice-president Wes Stevenson, finance director Kim Sinclair, and director of international and special projects Leonzo Barreno – were replaced by former Churchill River Liberal candidate Al Ducharme, Florence Watson (Morley’s sister-in-law), and FSIN employee Danette Starblanket. Following the events on Feb. 17, President Hampton and university lawyer Don Worme urged the Board to reconsider its actions, but more authority was
ceded to Watson. Worme was fired and Hampton left FNUniv after his contract expired. Vice-president academic Denise Henning publicly objected to Watson’s past and continuing invasions of privacy, but left a few months later. Barreno and Dawn Tato, the acting registrar and campus dean, were fired, while Saskatoon campus dean Winona Wheeler’s position was abolished without notice. Faculty members were silenced and students who protested were threatened with
disciplinary action. With the confiscated files, Watson conducted a forensic audit that resulted in the departure of 20 senior managers, faculty, and staff; grievances; lawsuits; and declining enrolment. The audit found irregularities of roughly $20,000, for which Stevenson was terminated. The audit was never made public and cost over $300,000. The university was divided into two warring camps; suspicion, paranoia, and distrust were rampant; and FNUniv would never be the same.
June. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) struck a committee to review the university’s handling of the administrative and financial crisis.
April. Because of the firings debacle, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) placed FNUniv on probation, demanding that FNUniv become fully independent from FSIN. The probation was lifted the following year.
May. The Star Blanket Cree Nation voted unanimously to make the property on which FNUniv rests into an urban Indian reserve. While this would have granted FNUniv a number of tax exemptions, it has not yet taken place. June. Stevenson, accused of defrauding FNUniv of more than $5,000, was officially charged by RCMP. He is still awaiting trial and is also engaged in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against FNUniv. October. Former accounting officer Janet Lee Kurtz was charged with defrauding and stealing from the university. The following week,
January. Dismissal of academic vice-president Shauneen Pete.
February. The provincial government withheld $200,000 in funding after an internal report raised concerns about how the university was run. March. The province restored half of the funding in exchange for the release of particular financial reports.
June. INAC withheld $2.4 million, saying that university officials had to meet various deadlines in the coming months and submit a final action plan by the New Year to release the funds.
the provincial government provided FNUniv with $1.6 million to cover its budget deficit; this was because of a compensation arrangement that required FNUniv professor and staff wages to correspond with compensation packages at the U of R. FNUniv had been hit by years of retroactive commitments.
November. The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) censured FNUniv, essentially urging its 65,000 professors and teachers to boycott the school by refraining from working and speaking there. The measure remains in effect.
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January. Westerlund alleged misspending by FNUniv executives, including Pratt and Ducharme. October. Guy Lonechild was elected to FSIN’s highest post.
November. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Murray Westerlund sent a memo to the university’s audit committee outlining a number of concerns, including his exclusion from senior management meetings and financial discrepancies concerning FNUniv President Charles Pratt and Al Ducharme.
December. Westerlund was fired or, according to Pratt, departed on mutually-agreed terms. Westerlund soon filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against FNUniv.
February. On Feb. 3, the province suspended its $5 million of annual funding, as of April 1. The following day, the Board of Directors was dissolved. On Feb. 8, the federal government also suspended its $7.2 million in annual funding, as of March 31. A report released by consultants Manely Begay and Associates urged transparency and financial accountability, and recommended not paying board members, clearly established rules, and definitions for fraud, malfeasance, and misappropriation. The report also urged the creation of an impartial board that would not include First Nations chiefs and those with potential conflicts of interest. March. It was discovered that nearly $400,000 designated for student programming had been spent on general operations. On March 19, Pratt
and Ducharme were terminated. Students marched repeatedly on the provincial legislature to urge funding renewal. On March 23, a memorandum of understanding between the U of R, FSIN, and the province confirmed that provincial funding would be restored with money flowing to FNUniv through the U of R. That evening, the FNUniv-SA live-in commenced, and has continued since. On March 30, the federal government announced that it would contribute up to $3 million to allow students to continue their studies until Aug. 31.
April. Shauneen Pete was appointed FNUniv president for a six-month term on April 1. Students are worried, tensions are high, and the future remains uncertain.
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Op-Ed Editor: Barbara Woolsey email@example.com the carillon, April 15 to May 26, 2010
Feeding the beast Now, you’re probably thinking, “There must be more important things you can complain about.” But after a long day of cramming and tedious pencil-pushing at the university, my tummy is about all I can think about. What about sustainability initiatives on campus? Or the lack of affordable childcare for student parents? True, these are definite problems that need to be looked at a little more closely. Maybe I will be the one to do it in one of my next editorials. But only after I’ve got a square meal in me. There are options out there, and affordable ones at that. A cheese bun sandwich and a drink from Henderson’s costs under $5 and will keep me rolling the whole day through. There isn’t a lack of nutritious, healthy options either – although there could always be more. The problem is there just aren’t enough places to go. After 5 p.m., the Riddell Centre, among many parts of the university, dissolves into a ghost town. However, many students take night classes until 10 p.m. A lot of these students work during the day, then race to the university without a lot of time in between. This was my experience as I took night classes last year and would often arrive on campus to see the lights darkened in every establishment. Often times, I couldn’t even bring myself to go to Riddell Henderson’s – knowing their lack of topping choices in comparison to the Campion location (which closes early) would only bring me disappointment. With the evening being prime snacking time as it is, students need bitesize energy to push through until the end of the day. There aren’t many options available, especially when they’re needed the most. Vending machines don’t count. During the day, food services can be even more frustrating for students. They don’t even come close to meeting the high demand that exists. Walk through Riddell during any time of the day and Tim Hortons is lined up to the end of the velvet rope. At lunch, the Henderson’s line is chaos. Students have to be ready to kill close to an hour in order to sit down and have lunch, after all the waiting in line. There is no such thing as a quick bite – yet this is exactly what students are looking for. Hell, if I had 60 minutes to eat up – and like many others on campus, I barely ever do – I would do so relaxing in the Owl, not waiting in line for my wrap. Now, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, what about Kramer Boulevard? Well, I’d say there is hardly a wealth of choice in the strip mall either. Subway, Extreme Pita, and Taco Del Mar are all good choices. I admit, though beseechingly, that I am a mondo addict of sorts. But, all three of these establishments are really offering the same thing at the core. What I’m looking for is a little variety. I’ve heard the myths of campuses with such diversity of victuals. I’ve heard of a magical place in the University of Saskatchewan that makes crepes. I have also heard stories that on that campus, they have more than one Tim Hortons and they have breakfast sandwiches. The bagels are even in the glass window, instead of behind the counter. I have a dream. That there could be more convenient, healthy options with better wait times. In return, there would be happier students who want to spend more time on their campus and aren’t forced to take their money elsewhere. I could dream this dream. But it would only make me hungry.
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opinion New shiny dud Imagine for a moment that university students had an organization that sought to protect their best interests. Even if that group had to make a decision that would cost students a bit more money, they would certainly be transparent on the issue. Now drop the fantasy. We have the University of Regina Students’ Union, and as often criticized as they may be URSU wants the best for students. That’s why they spent an undisclosed amount of money and six months on getting a new, aesthetically pleasing, easy to use website. This website would make the process of getting important information to students incredibly easy. When the Board of Directors voted to increase the Health and Dental plan fee $3.79, that could be immediately forwarded on to students using either the new website or URSU’s Twitter account. The website would capture something that President Kyle Addison has been talking about all year: transparency. So I go to look at what the executive’s been up to. No blog updates, other than a “welcome” from
Addison, and an “oh harrow there!” from Vice President Operations and Finance Jay Nauta. The other two members of the executive have no entries. Nothing on the student fee increase either. The Carillon acquired a copy of the April 7 Board minutes that had the “URSU health plan fee increase” motion. The contract’s yearly renewal allows for mandatory raises in the amount required from each member. Next year, members of URSU (every single student) will be paying nearly $4 more for the same coverage. Not a cataclysmic event, but certainly worthy of attention. I checked the page on URSU’s site titled “Minutes.” The last post was the Feb. 10 minutes. I know for a fact there were Board of Directors meetings in the past two months. And I acknowledge that using the Internet isn’t always the easiest task, but this website was important for a reason, right? Hell yes, it’s important! If you want to start thinking about Welcome Week and orientation next year, you can consider becoming an enthusiastic
ambassador for the U of R. Nothing is more important than image here at our beautiful, lively campus. Most aren’t even aware the meetings take place, outside of those that attend them. And even then, there were 10 members of the Board present, and nine were absent on March 7. So maybe only 10 people cared at all about that meeting. So that group of 10 passed a motion that cost us all $4 more in the next year. That’s politics. The minority cast votes, barely anyone pays attention, and decisions that we should be aware of go completely unnoticed. Shame on me thinking a new website could counteract the trend.
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The war on Project Hero
The 16 professors at the University of Regina who signed the letter against Project Hero weren’t trying to denigrate Canadian soldiers. As the old saying goes, “You can be for the troops and against the war.” The public furor over their letter is the result of those professors tripping into some of Canada’s favourite sacred cows. The glorification of the nationstate is a ridiculous notion that ought to have ended with the First World War. Instead, professors who dared to question Canada’s place in the world are vilified in the press and by politicians as “unpatriotic.” Suggesting “Canadian imperialism” exists will always raise hackles. Canadians have been brought up to believe they have a sterling international reputation for peacekeeping and foreign aid. We are taught to believe a Canadian flag sewed to our backpacks will act as a shield, marking us as members of the kindest nation in the Western world. Canada is as complicit in the atrocities of globalization as any Western country. My advice to anyone who doesn’t believe “Canadian imperialism” exists is to sew a maple leaf to your pack and head to Latin America. Take a tour of Goldcorp’s open-pit mines throughout the region; you can stand beside a toxic tailings pond and watch the locals get the shit kicked out of them for protesting the
environmental degradation of their land. See how far that flag on your backpack gets you there. As for scholarships for the children of fallen soldiers, it’s a debate we shouldn’t even be having. Access to post-secondary education should be universal, simple as that. In the meantime, I suppose students should take any help they can get, in the absence of a government that actually cares about them. It is entirely fair to have differing views on the war in Afghanistan. This is not an easy conflict to categorize. Canada is doing good work, building schools, and trying to help rebuild the country. But the Hamid Karzai government we are propping up is an inept kleptocracy, installed via a rigged election. The Karzai regime also appears to have tortured detainees handed over by Canadian soldiers. This doesn’t fit with the values Canada claims to have. Perhaps the best way to support our troops is to bring them home, rather than risk having them associated with any more of the Karzai governments’ abuses. It is troubling to see people attacked for suggesting that ‘hero’ might not be the word to use describing a fallen soldier. There is a distinction to be made between having respect for dead soldiers and unquestioningly seeing them as national he-
roes covered in glory. It is a distinction that is for individuals to make. In a free society, it is something all of us should be able to do, without our elected representatives calling on us to apologize if they don’t like our choice. Where some see heroes fell defending their country, others see victims of a national tragedy, people who volunteer with a genuine desire to go help others, whose lives were spent by politicians to further a vague cause in a faraway land. I’ve been to the Vimy Ridge memorial in France, and to me, it is a powerful reminder of human barbarism and the horror of war, although I’m sure others have a more “glorious” interpretation of it. I think the best way to memorialize our fallen troops in Afghanistan would be with a monument. It’s something the whole country can get behind. We should have a place where we can all pay our respects to the dead, without forcing any particular interpretation on anyone. I suggest building this new memorial directly in front of the doors to Parliament, so that in the future, MP’s have to walk past it every day as they go debate where to send our soldiers, and to what ends.
bryn levy contributor
“Canadians have been brought up to believe they have a sterling international reputation for peacekeeping and foreign aid.”
letter In defense of “Hero”
I am writing because your column in the Carillon of April 1 grabbed my attention. I have served two tours in Afghanistan with the Canadian military. It was always important to me, as I believe it is for most soldiers, to know that my family would be provided for should anything untoward happen. Project Hero is a public show of tangible support for our soldiers and shows commitment of the Canadian people to taking care of dependents in worst case scenarios. Sixteen University of Regina instructors have recently published a letter critical of Project Hero. I find it alarming that persons of some education, albeit of an ivory tower type of education and experience for most of these instructors, can arrive at such erroneous conclusions, especially without ever having been there. Possibly it is because they have never been there. Like many others I am hugely disappointed that these 16 Regina instructors hold the views that they appear to. Before our entire university is smeared by the actions of a few, it is important to point out that these views do not speak for the entire University of Regina. I know from personal experience that there are many students and professors who do not countenance such views. Dr. Garson Hunter, Joyce Green, and Darlene Juschka have pointed out in letters to the Regina Leader-Post that the “Children of Deceased Veterans Education Assistance Act C-28” provides some survivor benefits for children of deceased soldiers. Dr. Hunter, who apparently is a former soldier, ought to know that the public treasury never seems to provide all expenses or cover all contingencies. More importantly, he ought to know, but apparently doesn’t, the importance of public support for those of us who have volunteered to serve our country. I wish to take advantage of this
opportunity to thank President Timmons for her support to soldiers by adopting Project Hero at the University of Regina. I continue to be proud of the University of Regina as an educational institution.
walter martin contributor
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letters Where is the CFS? Ask URSU By now many of you are probably wondering where the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is among all the discussion in the Carillon these past few weeks. Well, I am glad to give you a little tour. There are over 80 locals in Canada (over 500,000 students strong). The CFS abides by its grassroots governance model where the local members move the issues to the provincial and national levels through a one-local-onevote process. The CFS is the only national (and also in our case, Saskatchewan) student lobbying group with this member-based and member-
driven framework. After 30 years, the CFS continues to be the most prominent student-run lobbying group in the nation. There are two CFS locals on campus – Local 09, URSU, and Local 90, the First Nations University of Canada Students’ Association (FNUnivSA). There is a representative at each local who is responsible for acting as a liaison between its members and the services and campaigns of the CFS. It is determined by the local as to who exactly is responsible. In URSU’s case, it is Katie Honey. The CFS representative at Local 90 is Cadmus Delorme.
There is also a Saskatchewan component, which consists of approximately 10 board members who are elected by the members in the province. For the 2009 to 2010 year, your CFS Saskatchewan executive has been Kyle Addison (chair), Jay Nauta (treasurer), and Kaytlyn Barber (Saskatchewan representative for the CFS national executive). Unfortunately, the services and campaigns of the CFS have had a hard time finding their way to URSU members. On the other hand, FNUnivSA have not only been active in CFS campaigns but have also been active in the federation’s networks across
the country and helped shape the framework of the CFS National Aboriginal Caucus. There have been vacant positions all year at CFS Saskatchewan – including women students’ representative, Aboriginal students’ representative, queer students’ representative, international students’ representative, and students with disabilities representative, just to name a few. Why have the “Four Students” hijacked the CFS and neglected to fill these vacant positions? Also keep in mind the confirmation in the March 11 issue of the Carillon that, “URSU executive members took it
upon themselves to get the signatures” for the petition to de-federate from the CFS. I know this is a lot to take in but it is not too late to get involved. The CFS has a productive history in this province and the country when students work together. FNUniv. students have shown that it can be done. Please, at any time, contact your local student union office to speak to your local CFS representative. Find out when the next meeting is and how to get involved in the numerous national and provincial campaigns!
thomas roussin contributor
Going beyond “Behind the Veil”
The situation in Quebec regarding the ban on the niqab is quite ironic. Canada prides itself for being a multicultural nation that is accepting of all people’s cultures and religions. Yet, in reality, when the country is faced with a situation that questions Canada’s moral values with regards to acceptance and multiculturalism, we see the foundation fail. There is no doubt that Quebec has always strived to be different from the rest of Canada. Its aristocratic-like society that incorporates lingering scents from the streets of Paris has definitely distinguished it from the rest of Canada. However, this time around, Quebec has overstepped its powers. Banning the niqab – the face veil some Muslim women choose to wear – is a dangerous and risky step on behalf of the province. The niqab represents more than just a religious symbol in Islam. It is a weapon for many Muslim women. Yes, that is correct. It is a weapon that empowers a Muslim woman in society, giving her a place to stand and let her voice be heard. Niqab-wearing women are not oppressed or forced to wear the garment. These women choose to wear it, because it provides them with a power in society that they would otherwise not have – they feel like they are treated with a certain type of respect and integrity from their peers and colleagues, as they are judged on their intellectual mind and ideas, rather than their beauty. Yet, despite this choice that these Muslim women freely exercise in wearing the niqab, and despite the great power that these women feel because of this garment, Quebec is still willing to strip them of this liberty. Why? Because the niqab interferes with societal institutions? The last time I checked, it was the government’s sole responsibility to provide policies to reflect the needs of its citizens, not the other way around. Removing niqab-wearing women from classes, clinics, and other institutions on the basis that their faces are covered is foolish. People shouldn’t have to assimilate to fit into society, so that the government can have an easier job to do. Instead, it is the duty of the government to provide for the needs of its people, so that they can celebrate their unique cultures, traditions, and religions, without fear, ridicule, or discrimination. If the niqab is being banned in Quebec today, what does the future hold for this province and the rest of Canada? What other religious and cultural symbols will the government forbid? If step by step, these garments, languages, foods, religions, and traditions begin to disappear from Canadian society, then are we still entitled to call ourselves multicultural? Funny, here I thought we were an accepting nation.
taouba khelifa contributor
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Thursday, April 15
First Nations University Solidarity Picnic 12 p.m. First Nations University of Canada Come show your support! Wine & Cheese 5 p.m. Institut Rotunda (LI 216) End-of semester variety show Opportunity to speak French and experience the French culture Nick Faye w/ Fisticuffs, Jamison Troy 8:30 p.m. Java Express Local singer/songwriter teams up with touring act Drunken Barn Dance 10 p.m. The Lazy Owl Cougars basketball cabby Friday, April 16
Spirits w/ Shayne and JD, 908 8 p.m. The Exchange Imaginative Canadian trio Women w/ Ultra Mega 11 p.m.
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– In a situation like this there’s only one thing to do... “A wimba way, Awim ba way, A woooooh!” –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Austin, say something witty! (note: Austin should actually respond) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Chuck Norris can divide by zero. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– To the dude who keeps snorting in Math 217 ... Really? Do you have to snort that loud? Every class? Maybe see a doctor. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– When Chuck Norris falls into a puddle, he doesn’t get wet, the puddle gets Chuck Norris’d –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Writing in the declass is the most fun I’ve had in all my years at the U of R :( –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– To the girl in Enin 241, you should come to class more often. You’re cute. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Does anyone else think that Dr. R.V.M. is very attractive? –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– To the guy in Econ 201 who wears the hat ... I LOVE YOU!!! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Hey Robyn I figured I’d write a decass for you before you co-op’d it up. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– So the other night, I may or may not have had a sex dream... about Kent
O’Hanlon’s You’ve got the chance to see one of Canada’s most exciting and original acts for free – take it Saturday, April 17
Spring Shaker 8 p.m. Regina Rugby Union Club House All proceeds to support Ugandan children to attend school and play soccer In-Flight Safety w/ Yukon Blonde 8 p.m. The Exchange Goddamn are Yukon Blonde on fire right now Orbital Express w/ Third Alarm 9 p.m. The Distrikt See Arts and Culture section Reefer Madness 11:30 p.m. Royal Saskatchewan Museum See Arts and Culture section
Peterson –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Green. On 4.20 @ 4:20. Dig? –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Spooning leads to forking. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– ERIC! That’s just rude. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Eric Anderson, when are we going to Milky Way? –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Congrats JSchool 4th years on convocating!!! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Stop talking about your sex life in class. I don’t even know you, but I know you prefer girl-on-top. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Chickenheads –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--–––
Monday, April 19
Cinema Mondays 7 p.m. Institut Rotunda (LI 216) Comedy "Hors de Prix" with English subtitles and popcorn Thursday, April 22
Gerry Fichtemann speaks about lilies 7:30 p.m. Wascana Place Presented by the Regina Horticultural Society Saturday, April 24
Library Voices w/ Patrick Swan, the Lazy MKs, Brett Dolter 8 p.m. The Exchange Local act releases their new album, Denim on Denim Pass the Hat 9 p.m. The Club Monthly comedy show featuring Regina musicians Wednesday, April 28 Hip Hop 4 Haiti 9 p.m.
Eric, stop picking fights with old ladies. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– Attn: Douchebags. Leave angles in math. Don’t park like idios. You’re cavalier with a 3 ? inch exhaust isn’t cool. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– WANT TO START A BAND WITH ME? I am starting up a band for the summer so I can get back into music. My plan is to start a basic rock band, myself probably being the bassist and to play local bars and clubs. This will only last for the summer since it is too much to handle during school. If interested please email me at email@example.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––--––– To Garson Hunter: You were treated unfairly on Power Play. Students are backing you!
The Lazy Owl All profits will be going to Oxfam for Haiti Thursday, April 29 The Besnard Lakes w/ Hollerado, Tinsel Trees 8 p.m. The Exchange Saturday, May 1
The Sunset Travellin’ Revival 8 p.m. The Artesian Monday, May 3
Ruiner w/ Kleins96, Failed States 6:30 p.m. The Club Baltimore hardcore with local Harvest King acts
Our Lady Peace 8 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre On May 3 they play Clumsy in its entirety, and Spiritual Machines on May 4, along with an allotment of their hits Wednesday, May 5
Ron White 7:30 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre An official Blue Collar co-
median Thursday, May 6
Unlearn w/ Monkey, Experiments, Beelzebison 6 p.m. The Club From metal to punk, this show’ll give you a lot of loud variety Tuesday, May 11
Danny Bhoy 7 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre Comedian with Comedy Network and Just for Laughs credits Sunday, May 16
Fucked Up 8 p.m. The Exchange Unstoppable hardcore juggernauts Tuesday, May 25
Robert Munsch 6:30 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre Beloved kids author in town on his I’ll Love You Forever Tour