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The Fro Code Volume 72, Issue 3 Sept. 1–15, 2011

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mercedes Mueller | | (613) 562-5261

LETTERS Malfunctioning milk machines

101 Week protest blues

AS PETTY AS this may sound, after four years on this campus I have developed a substantial grievance with Food Services and their “trusty” drink machines. After using the gym on the weekend, one of the milk machines actually took $10 without giving change back (Somehow I did get a milk in the process). Rather than have a person at the facility give me immediate access to change, lo and behold, I had to wait until Monday to hear back from a Food Services representative. Now, I have no real problem with machines that make mistakes from time to time, but when it happens continually with little noticeable improvement it becomes an irritation. I don’t consider myself to be an impatient person, but expecting a paying customer to chase after their change as powerless and unaware gym staff members only offer a “sorry” and a helpline number to call seems just too much to ask. So my suggestion is for Food Services to get its act together fi nally on this area of its department. Either have a “real live boy” available on site with keys to access the machines when they don’t work properly or have a sign on the machines that explicitly states the machines are not 100 per cent reliable. I look forward to Food Services attending to this matter promptly. —Simon Whitehouse U of O alumnus

WHEN I WENT to get my U-Pass this week, I was approached by a campaigner looking for signatures for an OC Transpo petition. The bus company is looking to raise the price by $50 next year, and the campaigner explained that we shouldn’t be paying more for less service (what with recent cuts). I asked her if she had heard that 95 per cent of riders wouldn’t be affected by the changes, and in fact, have increased service. She steered the conversation back to her points. During this season, we are being told to get involved, join the cause, and stand up in the name of students, but should this really be the focus of our attention? Yes, tuition and transportation costs are high, but as university students there is a high probability that we can pay off our loans and debts (eventually). Th ing is, we belong to one of the most privileged demographics in Canada and our issues aren’t as important as those that matter most—people trying to rebuild houses and lives, not students petitioning beer money. Let’s look beyond our own self interests for a change and protest something that matters.

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contents News 5 | Sports 11 | Features 15 Arts 31 | Opinions 37 | Editorial 39

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Former U of O student trapped in 5 Tripoli The independent journalist fears for his life

Students see the Stanley Cup Peter Chiarelli returns to the U of O

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To booze or not to 37 booze Is underage drinking on campus legit?

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On the bragging rights of a U of O student

NEWS EDITOR Jane Lytvynenko | | (613) 562-5260


U of O alumnus trapped in Tripoli Friends call on authorities to help rescue journalist Jane Lytvynenko | Fulcrum Staff

MAHDI NAZEMROYA, A recent graduate from the University of Ottawa, has called on his friends and acquaintances to help him leave Libya. After spending the past two months in the country working as an independent journalist, he now fears for his life because of the civil conflict in the country’s capital, Tripoli. “Yesterday at 11:37 a.m., I got a call from Mahdi … and he told me that he was stuck in a hotel in Tripoli, fearing for his life, believing he had about 24 hours to live, [and] asking me to do anything in my power to help him. It was a very intense call,” said Mireille Gervais, the director of the Student Appeal Centre at the U of O, in an interview with the Fulcrum on Aug. 23. Nazemroya was in Libya reporting on the rebels who have been trying to overthrow Libya’s dictator Moammar Gadhafi in an attempt to take back their country’s independence. Nazemroya stopped reporting when his own life became endangered. The alumnus has since contacted longtime friend Michel Chossudovsky, a professor of economics at the U of O. “I’ve been in contact with him almost every day. It’s usually email, or Skype, or text messaging. It’s all centred on his security right now. He hasn’t been reporting actively over the past two days,” said Chossudovsky on Aug. 26; however, Nazemroya told Gervais last week that he and the other journalists staying at hotel Rixos Al Nasr were moved to a safer location in rebel territory. By Nazemroya’s request, both Chossudovsky and Gervais have been trying to get the attention of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Although organizations like the United Nations, Red Cross, and the International Organization for Mi-

gration helped move the journalists to a safer hotel, the danger is far from over. “If he was still [at the hotel], I probably would have gotten emails. We have a responsibility to bring him back. His life is threatened,” said Chossudovsky, concerned that no new communication has come from Nazemroya—particularly because they have tried to stay in contact as much as possible since the beginning of his trip.

We have a responsibility to bring him back. His life is threatened. —Michel Chossudovsky, U of O economics professor

“We have had no news of Mahdi since Thursday night; we are very concerned for his safety,” wrote Chossudovsky in an email to the Fulcrum on Aug. 27. Despite Chossudovsky and Gervais’ best efforts to help evacuate Nazemroya from the danger zone, they have received little response from Foreign Affairs. Although the UN organized a boat by which all freelance journalists could leave Libya safely, secure passage to the boat is problematic. Chossudovsky and Gervais are hopeful the Department of Foreign Affairs will become involved. “We’re still doing everything we can to get him back to Canada. It’s not an


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U of O grad still in Tripoli

easy task because we haven’t had much response from the ministry,” said Chossudovsky. Nazemroya graduated from the Uni-

versity of Ottawa in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, with plans to attend Carleton University for a master’s degree this fall. The 29-year-old journal-

ist contributed to publications such as AlJazeera and Russia Today. Nazemroya has not been heard from f as of Aug. 28.

docrinology, studies how different types of hormones regulate reproduction in frogs.

edge and research on reproductive hormones, has been able to develop an effective method to induce breeding in frogs.

The project Many conservations and zoos are taking frogs into captivity in order to breed them in a safe area. When there is an adequate number, the frogs are released back into the wild. Unfortunately, conservationists cannot breed frogs in captivity very well. Th is is where Trudeau, with his knowl-

The key Trudeau’s research closely studies hormonal influence on the testes and ovaries of frogs. Knowing how these organs develop will improve our understanding of why certain pollutants can change the sex of amphibians. Since groups of hormones are conserved in evolution, the hormones in the frogs that he studies can be applied

to other animals and amphibians. Th is research could shed light on the effects of certain chemicals and pollutants on reproductive aspects of frogs—particularly those that cause frogs to change sexes— which will help scientists breed the amphibians in captivity and prevent frogs species from becoming extinct.

What’s he building in there? Profiles in science research at the U of O Saving frogs one sex change at a time Michael Fonseca | Fulcrum Contributor

The problem AROUND THE WORLD amphibian life is on the decline. Many scientists believe we are currently amidst the sixth wave of a mass extinction. It is their conjecture that, unlike past extinction events, this wave is not due to natural phenomena, but is directly related to human activity that has led to the loss of natural habitats and pollution. We use herbicides and insecticides

poisonous to animals and insects to grow our food. These chemicals have dangerous effects on delicate ecosystems and their inhabitants. For example, some chemicals are causing frogs to artificially change sexes. Hundreds of species of frogs have already disappeared and more are dangerously close to meeting the same fate. The researcher University of Ottawa Prof. Vance Trudeau, the research chair of neuroen-

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A 2011 look for 1848 Campus bar gets an upgrade Chris Radojewski | Fulcrum Staff

THE STUDENT FEDERATION of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) is looking to make their on-campus bar profitable this year. 1848, the student-run campus watering hole, has been upgrading its kitchen, menus, and overall look this summer to lure in customers during the 2011–12 school year. With these changes premiering this fall, the SFUO is optimistic about 1848’s fi nancial future. “The bar has not broken even in the past, [but] each of the past four years the bar moves closer to profitability,” said Sarah Jayne King, vp fi nance of SFUO, who has been overseeing the project. The bar is now equipped with a new, state-of-the-art kitchen, which means students can look forward to a brand new menu. To create a more welcoming atmosphere, the bar will also be getting a paint job and updating its interior. “The overall look of the bar is changing too. The interior has been given a more modern paint job and new signage has been created to draw more attention to the place,” said King. In addition to a new menu, 1848 offers daily specials on drinks that students on a budget can take advantage of. The bar will be offering $2 halfpints between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. every

day, in addition to a Beer Tour of the World promotion. “The new beer passport is a promotion whereby participants are given a

To University of Ottawa students, 1848 offers an inexpensive and convenient place to relax between classes that they can call their own. It’s student-run and studentcentred A MODERN TAKE ON 1848

—Sarah Jayne King, SFUO vp finance

‘beer passport’ with a list of 28 different beers from 21 different countries,” explained King. Once the customer has sampled a beer, they are rewarded with a stamp in

what the Cow moooves out YVONNE, A REFUGEE cow, has been making headlines since May when she fled her field in Zangberg, Germany. She ran away after sensing a trip to the slaughterhouse, ultimately causing hunters, animal rights activists, and those looking to make €10,000 to become involved in the search. The cow spent her new-found freedom peacefully grazing the Bavarian countryside until she jumped in front of a German police car, causing authorities to deem Yvonne a threat to traffic safety. Police subsequently granted permission to hunters to shoot the cow, outraging ani-

mal rights activists who wanted to see Yvonne captured alive and unharmed. A German newspaper, Bild, has offered a €10,000 reward for the safe capture of Yvonne, while an Austrian animal sanctuary Gut Aiderbichl has agreed to purchase her from the original owner for €600–700 in order to keep her safe. The sanctuary bought the cow so that she could live the rest of her life peacefully in a field. Its workers have tried many techniques to lure Yvonne into safety, including the help of an animal psychic and an attractive bull named Ernst. Because nothing has worked so far, Michael Aufhauser, founder of the

photo illustration by Mico Mazza

Bar completes round of renovations in time for the fall

their passport. A full passport will make participants eligible to win a variety of prizes. The Beer Tour of the World will be a year-long promotion, with smaller prizes awarded throughout the year and the grand prize awarded at the year’s end. “[Patrons] are entered in a draw for several 1848 prize packs, including an 1848 private party with beer and food


provided,” said King. The SFUO has plans to launch an intensive marketing campaign involving posters, stickers, and social media to ensure students are aware of these changes—and the fact that an on-campus bar even exists in the University Centre. King hopes the changes in marketing and business will present 1848 as a conveniently located place where students

can relax between classes. “To University of Ottawa students, 1848 offers a inexpensive convenient place to relax between classes that they can call their own. It’s student-run and student-centred,” said King. The renovations to 1848 will be fi nished over the summer, with the bar opening its brand new doors to students this September. f


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Volunteer. sanctuary, has hired a helicopter to search for thecow. He also has a backup plan: Yvonne’s two-year-old calf is being trained to call for his mother. In addition to the search efforts of activists and hunters, an 11-year-old boy named Sepp is on the hunt for Yvonne because of Bild’s reward. “I know that I will fi nd her. My dad has 18 cows. I often have to help him feed them and take them out to pasture. I know what I’m doing,” he told Bild. So far, Germany’s most wanted cow has masterfully avoided the authorities and civilians alike. —Michelle LePage

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‘Be-all, end-all card’

Ali Schwabe | Fulcrum Staff

THIS JUNE, A new student ID card was made available at the University of Ottawa. The all-in-one uOttawa Card has a fresh look and new functions that make it more useful, secure, and convenient for students. “We tried to get rid of some of the runaround on campus. We’re trying to give students easier access to information and easier access to [using] their cards,” said Patrick Genest, Food Services manager at the U of O who has been working on the project for the past two years. “We said, ‘We’re best off integrating all the services into one card, simplifying the student’s life on campus, and also making it possible to get everything done online before they get [onto campus].’” The cards still function as library, print, photocopy, and Sports Services access cards, but there are a number of new locations they can be used. “With the meal plans, [students] used to only able to buy their food from Chartwells. As of January 2012, they’ll be able to use the [uOttawa Card] at the Pivik, 1848, Café Alt, and next year [at] Café Nostalgica,” said

photo illustration by Mico Mazza

New student card integrates services and goes online Genest. It can also be used to make purchases at the University of Ottawa Bookstore. Genest explained the negotiating process is also underway with many other vendors. “We’re going to add other places on campus, [such as] the Draft Pub, the Bac à Frites, Second Cup on Laurier … and eventually we’re going to roll that out onto off-campus providers, so we’re talking about maybe Subway, [for example].” He also mentioned the possibility of incorporating laundry, taxis, and pre-ordering meals online with the uOttawa Card, which, he explained, will become the “beall, end-all card within the next few years.” “The only thing you can’t do is ... buy lottery tickets, cigarettes, and alcohol with your card.” The uOttawa Card also has improved security features as the card management system has been moved online. “You used to put money on [the chip of your card] for printing and photocopying. If you lost your card, you lost your money,” Genest said. “Now this is all done online. Your money resides in an online account, almost like a bank. So you can see all your online transactions: What you bought, how

much, the date, what time, what location.” Students can now add money to their uOttawa card online rather than wait in line, deactivate their card if it’s lost or stolen without losing the funds stored on it, and access their account at any time, from anywhere. “Even better,” said Genest, “Mom and dad can add money online if you want [them] to. They can do it from anywhere in the world—all they need is an Internet connection.” But that’s all parents will be able to do. Genest explained since the student is the client, the features on the parents’ page don’t allow access to any account information or transaction histories; the only function enabled is adding funds. Upper-year students can bring their current student card to Tabaret Hall to exchange it for a new one during My Prep Week, or afterward to the uOttawa Card offices (room 106 of the Unicentre). The old cards will be phased out by May 2012, leaving time to use up any balances remaining on them. For more information or to access your account, visit f —With files from Jane Lytvynenko

next stop

Jack Layton is unbeatable but there I was—shaken and upset about his passing. The overall impression I had of Layton was based on his party, his profession, and his overall conduct. Although I didn’t vote for the NDP in the past election, I was holding my breath watching as the party’s seemingly unstoppable leader helped the NDP win an unbelievable amount of seats. The orange wave swept the nation off their feet. Layton’s cane and his huge smile became a trademark not only of his party, but also of the election. The NDP and its leader seemed to be in their prime. Layton’s optimism and passionate supporters amplified his success. Even in his passing, he left behind hope-filled words for those who had helped him throughout his career, sickness, and life. Although I never met the man, his words made me

Saying goodbye to the HST BRITISH COLUMBIA — IN AN UNPRECEDENTED referendum on Aug. 26., British Columbia voted against keeping the Harmonized Sales Tax. The tax, scrapped by 54 per cent of voters, had been in place for just over a year in the province. The B.C. government is now discussing the return of $1.6 billion to the federal government with Jim Flaherty, minister of fi nance for the federal government. As a result of the referendum, the province will have to tighten its operational spending and balance its books by 2013–14. —Chris Radojewski

Video games and voting TORONTO — ALTHOUGH THEY SEEMINGLY have nothing in common, voting and video games were brought together after a student at George Brown College developed a video game to encourage voting in the upcoming Ontario provincial election, taking place this fall. Designed by Damian Sommer for the Canadian Federation of Students, players can jump over apathy and debt as they try to catch a ballot box in a classic-style arcade game. Along the way, players will be presented with facts about student debt and apathy. The game can be found online at —Chris Radojewski

Jack Layton imparts inspirational message for youth in final letter TORONTO (CUP) — LESS THAN A month after announcing a break from federal politics to focus on his cancer treatment, New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton passed away in the early hours of Aug. 22. He was 61. On Aug. 23, a letter from Layton was released by his family to the public. Alongside paragraphs addressed to his party, his caucus, and all Canadians, Layton had dedicated an entire section to Canadian youth. “Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today,” Layton wrote. “You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.” —Emma Godmere, CUP National Bureau Chief

Ryerson community radio taken off air

Jane Lytvynenko News Editor

I HEARD ABOUT Jack Layton’s death on the radio on my way to work. I was driving at the time, and my speed fluctuated between dangerous highs and lows as I completely lost interest in the lane I was supposed to stay in. Text messages from friends and acquaintances poured in after a few minutes and I had to get myself off the road. As I drove into the nearest Tim Hortons’ parking lot, I contemplated what I had just heard. The charismatic New Democratic Party (NDP) leader, who so optimistically announced a break from politics to undergo cancer treatment, had fallen victim to the disease. My thoughts drifted toward the politician most of the country knew simply as “Jack”. I was unsure of why I mourned for a man I had never met,

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stop and contemplate my own beliefs. “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we’ll change the world,” read the last paragraph of Layton’s letter to Canadians. Even mere days before his death, Layton remained positive about the future of his country. That’s when I realized that there is no need to meet a man to mourn him, be it Jack Layton or countless other victims of cancer. There is also no need for a man to still be alive in order for him to be undefeatable. Leaving an undying legacy of supporters and good deeds is enough. (613) 562-5260

TORONTO (CUP) — AFTER NEARLY 30 years of broadcasting, community station CKLN 88.1 FM left Ryerson University campus on Aug. 27. Last January, the station lost its license due to breaches of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission standards. CKLN agreed to terminate its lease agreement in an Aug. 3 meeting and not reapply for licensing because of ongoing lawsuits involving former board members and volunteers. Following its decision to leave Ryerson, CKLN announced it will sell part of its extensive vinyl archive, along with a selection of CDs, books, and memorabilia, due to a lack of space at their new location. The CKLN portion of the proceeds will go to support a women’s radio club in Regent Park. “We’re selling about 15–20 per cent of our total collection,” said station manager Jacky Tunistra Harrison. —Jeff Lagerquist, the Eyeopener

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Meet the SFUO executive Members of the student federation answer the Fulcrum’s questions on the upcoming year Jane Lytvynenko | Fulcrum Staff

Amalia Savva — President

Paige Galette — VP Communications

Sarah Jayne King — VP Finance

Amy Hammett — VP Student Affairs

Describe your job in a sentence. My role as president is to be the spokesperson for the student federation, as well as playing a number of different roles like chairing executive or committee meetings, or ensuring the smooth operation of our businesses, student services, campaigns, and events.

Describe your job in a sentence. I am responsible for most of the communication that [goes] from [the] SFUO to the students [and] the community, as well as the face of the SFUO when it comes to the media.

Describe your job in a sentence. The vp fi nance is responsible for the four student-run businesses, the health plan, and oversight of the budget of the SFUO, which is presented to the Board of Administration.

Describe your job in a sentence. I work primarily with the student services and clubs, as well as tackling issues on campus that are important to students.

What is the best thing about U of O? It has to be the students, the membership the SFUO represents, and the University of Ottawa community who make up the campus life, whether this is with our bilingual nature or the thousands of students involved in various clubs or activities. Any advice for the new students? As students, we have the power to make our campus what we want it to be. Find something that interests you and use your passion to make change.

What is the best thing about U of O? We are a very political campus, which is very great. As well, we are a very diverse campus… very multicultural, very accommodating. Any advice for the new students? Defi nitely get involved with your student union. Also, explore different opportunities especially when it comes to 101 Week. Have fun—it’s definitely a new [time] in life. [Don’t] be afraid to explore all the different things you wouldn’t in high school.

What is the best thing about U of O? The best thing about U of O is the fact that we have such a significant student union providing useful services and defending student rights. Any advice for the new students? The one thing you’ll hear the most: Get involved—there’s something for everyone. Come talk to us at the SFUO!

What is the best thing about U of O? The student clubs—they really are the heart of the campus. With over 250 of them, there truly is something for every interest. Any advice for the new students? I know you will probably be told this by lots of people, but that’s because it’s true: Get involved! There is so much to experience on this campus and so many interesting things to try out that it’s not worth wasting time on the side lines.

Liz Kessler — VP University Affairs

Marie-Claude Noël — VP Social

Describe your job in a sentence. My job is to work for the interests of undergraduate students, specifically by advocating their academic and human rights.

Describe your job in a sentence. My job is kind of like juggling a dozen eggs while balancing on a rapidly moving 18-wheeler. More concretely, I’m responsible for organizing social programming and promoting campus life for undergraduate students at the University of Ottawa with the help of clubs, services, and federated bodies.

What is the best thing about U of O? Well, obviously the bilingualism here is unique, but I would also say the fact that we are located in the capital. The great location means that we are surrounded [by the] headquarters of so many NGOs, embassies, and, of course, the federal government, which means we have so many extra opportunities for students to get involved that don’t exist in other cities. Any advice for the new students? It’s such a cliché, but I’m going to say it anyway: Get involved. There are so many different ways to get involved, whether it is by volunteering or joining a club—and there really is something for everyone. It’s the best way to make friends, and you will learn lots and add to your resumé at the same time. Learning at university doesn’t just happen in the classroom; it also happens in what you choose to do in your spare time. I know it’s what everybody says, but it’s absolutely true.

What is the best thing about U of O? The best thing about the University of Ottawa is that we have such a vibrant campus. There are so many different ways to get involved and such a variety of things going on every day. This is the very reason that I was so interested in the position of vp social. I love the opportunity to collaborate with different student groups in the planning of events and programming in general. Our campus is a community in [and] of itself, and different ideas and initiatives come from different places within that community. This encourages varied, interesting, and entertaining social programming. Any advice for the new students? If I were to offer one bit of advice to incoming students, it would be to get involved outside the classroom. Whether that be through a club, volunteering for a service, or becoming active within their federated body, getting involved encourages a different type of learning that is complimentary to a theoretical education and which also makes the university experience much more dynamic. It’s also a great way to make connections and to garner valuable experience. | Sept. 1–15, 2011

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GSAÉD looks ahead Grad student association talks about the upcoming year

Taiva Tegler — External Commissioner Describe your job in a sentence. Strengthening links on campus—locally, provincially, and nationally—through collaboration and action on student issues such as research funding, social innovation, access, and equity. What do you hope to accomplish this year? This year, I would like to establish a comprehensive and active campaign for accessible, high-quality public child care, and in doing so, work collaboratively with community partners to bring this important campaign to graduate students at the University of Ottawa. Additionally, I would like to integrate graduate student priorities such as research funding, commercialization of campus and research, and improved social services into recommendations for the upcoming Oct. 6 provincial elections. Finally, I would like to see the incorporation of students’ diverse experiences and voice into the development of an inclusive and active anti-harassment policy for our university, rooted firmly in anti-oppressive principles. What is the best thing about U of O? Seeing and experiencing great creativity and the integration of students and community partners through collaboration with NGOs, embassies, businesses, community centres, art initiatives, and social justice groups such as the Ontario Public Interest Research Group. Any advice for the new students? Challenge yourself ... Check your privilege, never stop questioning, be supportive of one another, and remember to take the time for self-care!

Nelson Arturo Ovalle Diaz — University Affairs Commissioner

Gwen Madiba Moubouyi — Student Life Commis-

Describe your job in a sentence. My mandate is to advocate for graduate students’ rights and academic interests inside the university.

Describe your job in once sentence. My job is to ensure that our graduate students benefit from a quality student life on campus and to ensure that they are in-the-know when it comes to activities on our campus and projects that directly concern them, such as the Grad House project. My job also involves overseeing Café Nostalgica.

What do you hope to accomplish this year? I hope that the interdisciplinary conference of the GSAÉD generates a high intellectual discussion about the most recognized tendencies with regard to the understanding of the contemporary society from the research achieved in the academic environment on a world scale. If we get this objective, we will be able to publish the proceedings of the interdisciplinary conference. Th is kind of publication is very important, because it will help the graduate students to build a better resumé when they are asking for awards or for job applications. What is the best thing about U of O? The best thing about the University of Ottawa is the campus life spirit. [That] means the diversity regarding social, sport, leisure, and academic life. In particular, each year it is at the interdisciplinary conference of the GSAÉD where the graduate students of the University of Ottawa present their research along with internationally renowned experts. Any advice for the new students? I advise all students to see in detail your statement of account at uoZone and to check for each penny that you pay. Once you have done that, go and make use of all services for which you have paid.


What would you like to accomplish this upcoming year? Th is year, I would like to have more activities directed toward students needs. I would also like to work closer with all graduate student associations and make sure that they all feel included. It would be great to create a real sense of community. What is the best thing about the U of O? The best thing about our university is that our university is a world of possibilities. The best thing about our university is also being surrounded with great students coming from different academic and social backgrounds. We have so much to learn from one another. Any advice for the incoming students? Know your university and all the resources that we have on campus for you. There’s always a solution and an answer to your concerns. As your student association, we are here for you, to listen to you, and to help you navigate through your journey here. Know that you are not alone.

Patrick Imbeau — Finance Commissioner

Caitlin Campisi — Internal Commissioner

Describe your job in a sentence. I am in charge of the GSAÉD’s fi nances, health plan, and Academic Project Fund.

Describe your job in a sentence. I ensure the smooth functioning of the GSAÉD at all of our different levels of governance, which includes human resources, working with our departmental associations, and planning a lot of meetings.

What do you hope to accomplish this year? Simplify and bring GSAÉD’s fi nances technologically up-to-date to make them more accessible for our members. What is the best thing about U of O? While this may be a bit self-serving, I adore Café Nostalgica and all the other student-run businesses on campus, like Café Alt and the Pivik. It’s great to see excellent alternatives to cookie-cutter cafeterias. Any advice for the new students? Take an active interest in what’s going on in your department. You may get bombarded with emails, but keep an eye out for gatherings to get to know your fellow students—and get some free food while you’re at it.

What do you hope to accomplish this year? I’d like to work on improving GSAÉD’s governance structure by making it more accessible, and I’d like to do this by strengthening relationships with our departmental associations, developing comprehensive training and reference documents, and working with our many services and student groups toward maintaining safer, more inclusive spaces within GSAÉD and on campus. What is the best thing about U of O? You get used to it. Any advice for the new students? Remember that U of O belongs to us, the students. We are the reason the University of Ottawa exists. There are a lot of great student-led initiatives, activities, and services here—take the time to get acquainted with them.

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Dear Di... Dear Di, My girlfriend has a dildo she likes to use during her alone time. I’m curious as to what it would feel like in my asshole. My girlfriend will think I’m gay if I ask to borrow her dildo, so I’m planning on grabbing it when she’s not looking. I know you encourage experimentation, so you’re down with this—right, Di?                                    —Wanting it in the Ass Dear WA, Mission abort! While I commend your desire to explore your anal cavity, I most defi nitely do not think you should steal your lady’s dildo with the intent of using it on yourself. You clearly have not thought this one through, have you? If your girlfriend is anything like me, she keeps tabs on her sex toys and will not be happy to discover one is missing. Imagine trying to explain yourself should she catch you mid-penetration.     Snatching your woman’s dildo would not only be deceitful, but could also put her sexual health at risk. For most people, cleaning sex toys is like flossing teeth—we know we should, and we do occasionally, but not nearly often enough. If you were to insert her joystick into your asshole and put it back in her drawer without telling her, she might unwittingly wind up with a lot of unhealthy bacteria in her lady cave.       In an ideal world, you would square your shoulders, look your woman in the eye, and say, “Baby, the feeling of your fi ngers in and around my asshole would really get me off.” Sadly, it seems you, like so many other unfortunate souls, are not comfortable asking for what you want in the sack. You’re afraid your girlfriend

will think your anal interest means you bat for the other team; however, I really hope your fears are unfounded and you simply aren’t giving your girl enough credit. The anus can be an extremely erogenous zone for anyone—regardless of whether they love the pussy, the cock, or both.     I hope you will work up the courage to talk this over with your partner. What fun is a relationship unless you can be completely uninhibited in bed together?   I suggest you ask your girlfriend to share one of her unfulfi lled fantasies with you. You may feel significantly more comfortable spilling your secret desires if she’s revealed something too. In the meantime, why not buy your own dildo and experiment in the privacy of your own room? Don’t forget to use lots of lube and take it slow! Love, Di Dear Di, I was pleasantly surprised when my girlfriend suggested we spice up our sex life by bringing a third party into our bedroom, which has always been a dream of mine. I immediately started naming off some of her hot friends, hoping she’d be down to invite one of them, but my girlfriend became really defensive and angry. She said she never intended to ask a girl to join us, but instead was hoping we’d include another guy. Now I feel like an inadequate loser and my girlfriend and I are in a huge fight. —Two Girls, Please Dear TGP, I’m shaking my head with disappointment. You came so close to scratching

Sexy Sidenote There are 80 documented docum cases of men born with two penises. The m more the merrier—right, guys?

something off of your sexual bucket list, but I fear you really blew it by making such an amateur mistake. You say you feel like an “inadequate loser” because your girlfriend wants to play with someone else’s penis, but did you stop to think about how she must have felt when you “immediately started naming off some of her hot friends”? Not only is it pretty closeminded of you to automatically assume that a threesome involves one dick and two chicks, but it’s downright insulting that you didn’t consider your girlfriend’s needs at all in the matter. Lucky girl, she now knows exactly which of her friends her darling boyfriend is dying to bone!     If you’d like to move out of the doghouse and back to doing it doggie-style, I suggest you start by apologizing to your lady. Tell her—and show her—just how sexy you fi nd her. Your woman is likely feeling pretty inadequate herself right now, so prove to her how hot she makes you. Explain that your thoughtless outburst came from a place of excitement, not insensitivity. You two need to reconnect before you can even think of broaching the topic of threesomes again.     I love a threeway as much as the next sex columnist does, but I have to admit they are very difficult for couples to pull off successfully. It’s all fun and games when body parts are flying every which way, but for couples, the aftermath of a threesome is rarely pretty. I suggest those with serious sweeties think long and hard before they invite someone else to their sack sessions. If you and your significant other simply can’t resist the allure of a third person, I advise you pick someone neither of you are close with. It’s much easier to write off a wild night with someone anonymous than it is with a good friend. Come armed with protection, ideas of naughty sex positions for three, and the knowledge that your threesome just might adversely affect your relationship.                                                                 Love, Di

answers on p.33 (CUP) — Puzzles provided by Used with permission. Across: 1- Head and shoulders sculpture; 5- Milan’s La; 10- Hang-up; 14- Draft classification; 15- Histological stain; 16- Abound; 17- Sleep disorder; 19- Pearl Mosque city; 20- Computer availability; 21- Half-pike; 23- Science of bodies at rest; 25- Muzzle; 26- Absolute; 28- More spine-tingling; 31- Drinks (as a cat); 34- Part of Q.E.D.; 36- Not o’er; 37- Author Umberto; 38- Apprised; 40- Kwon do; 41- Palpitate; 43- Biblical birthright seller; 44- Second letter of the Greek alphabet; 45- Foursome; 47- Diamond flaw?; 49- Aspect; 51- One playing alone; 55- Vision in dim light; 58- Tin alloy; 59- Anklebones; 60- Fertilize an animal; 62- Presidential battleground state; 63- Silk cotton; 64- Netman Nastase; 65- Auth. unknown; 66- Habituate; 67- Seemingly forever; Down: 1- Additional pay; 2- Not appropriate; 3- Simmons rival; 4- Roman historian; 5- Chosen; 6- Cedar Rapids college; 7- Cairo cobras; 8- Does a Daffy Duck impression; 9- Whatever person; 10- Height; 11- Bargain; 12- Dynamic beginning; 13- Fed; 18- Drop; 22- Very much; 24- Open a tennis match; 27Bluffer’s ploy; 29- Coup d’___; 30- Greek fertility goddess, flightless bird; 31- Riga resident; 32- Dull pain; 33- Case; 35- Autocratic Russian rulers; 38- Bahamanian island; 39- Continental inhabitant; 42- Speech; 44- Chocolate chewy cake; 46- Portray; 48- Designer Cassini; 50- Stopwatchnholder; 52- Author Calvino; 53- Take hold; 54- Forest makeup; 55- Portico; 56- “All the Way” lyricist Sammy; 57- Capital city of Western Samoa; 61- Baseball stat.

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It started here for Chiarelli Boston Bruins GM pays tribute to alma mater with Stanley Cup visit Andrew Hawley | Fulcrum Contributor


tanley Cup champion. Let those words sink in for just a minute, because the six-year general manager has just been too busy to do so. Ever since June 15, 2011, the night his Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals, Peter Chiarelli has been on the go. As it turns out, winning the Holy Grail of hockey has only added to his demanding schedule. On Aug. 5, it was Chiarelli’s turn to have the Stanley Cup for a day. In a telling display of gratitude, he brought the coveted chalice to the U of O for a public appearance. For about an hour in the morning, the trophy glistened on the lawn of Tabaret Hall in front of hundreds of hockey fans, many in black and gold. Chiarelli had time for just a few words. “I think it was the longest season ever,” he said, only half-kidding. “We started the year playing in Belfast and Prague, so it seemed even longer. We finished playing on June 15, and then we had our draft, and then there was free agency, and then we had our development camp. So it’s seemed really long, but it’s something I’m obviously happy to deal with. And I’m ready to get back,” he said, before pausing. “Actually, I’m not quite ready to get back to next year.” Nevertheless, Chiarelli was asked by reporters about the following season. “I work in a market where every [sports] team seems to win a championship, and it’s expected of us again,” he said. “We’re going to try and keep winning. It’s impossible to win every year, but that is the overriding objective.”

The Ottawa native was asked several more questions on the upcoming season, before he was finally allowed to reflect on the present. He explained why he chose to spend some of his brief time with the Stanley Cup at his alma mater. “I feel really strongly about the value of the legal education I received here, and I feel fortunate that it happened here,” he said at the U of O. “I thought it would be a good idea to bring [the Stanley Cup] here and share it with the university community.” Chiarelli entered the U of O’s Faculty of Law in 1988 and graduated with an LLB in 1991. Although Chiarelli was only a student at the school for three years, he felt that his time on campus had a positive and meaningful impact on him. “I felt it was very collegial. I felt that people were close-knit here,” he said. “There was a lot of discussion amongst the students and that made it a very formative experience. This is why I wanted to share the [Stanley Cup] here with the U of O community.” While Chiarelli was answering questions, hundreds of people lined up to have their picture taken with the greatest trophy in sport. One of the fans in line was a small child attending the celebration with his parents. Unfortunately, the fan suffered an accident and became significantly hurt, forcing paramedics to arrive. As reporters continued speaking with Chiarelli, the U of O grad received word of the accident and quickly exited the scrum. The media looked on as the GM had the Stanley Cup brought straight to the child so that he could have his picture taken with it before it had to leave. Once again, Peter Chiarelli was on the go. f


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Chiarelli holds up the Stanley Cup on the lawn of Tabaret Hall

Get up and go Men’s basketball team picks up their game in NCAA exhibitions Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff

THEY TUMBLED, TOPPLED, and some even tripped—the Aug. 25 exhibition game against the St. Louis Billikens was not meant for the passive-aggressive. A small group of dedicated fans watched as the University of Ottawa’s men’s basketball team fought valiantly opposite their American NCAA Division-I counterparts in Montpetit Hall. Although the Gees were unable to win, for head coach James Derouin the game was more about offering his team an opportunity to compete against a truly energized squad.

“We lost,” he said with a grin. “[But] just playing against good competition is always awesome. [It’s] a challenge, because it was a tough game. And when we do play our university games it is going to be just as intense.” The game against the Billikens was one of three exhibition games played during the NCAA’s Canadian exhibition tour this month. The Gee-Gees lost the first match 73-61 against LaSalle University earlier this summer on Aug. 7. They then competed against Albany University on Aug. 24, where the Garnet and Grey suffered a 12-point loss despite their efforts and im-

pressive dunks. The teams’ most recent game saw the Gees fight neck and neck with the Billikens until the end of the third quarter. A three-point shot taken by second-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel and an eyecapturing layup performed by second-year forward Chris Anderson kept the team rejuvenated and energized, bringing the score to an even 49-49. But the last quarter saw the Billikens’ defence tighten and the Gees unable to score. St. Louis outshot the Garnet and Grey by 21 shots. “We couldn’t run our stuff,” said Der-

ouin. “We just have to handle pressure. We started getting some back door layups and some hooks, which got our guys going, but again, we [have] a really, really young team.” The game ended with a final score of 61-80. Derouin attributed the score to the Gees’ persistent nature. “I think we ran out of gas a little bit. We played a 48-minute game, which is eight minutes longer than a regular game. We did that so that we can get a lot of playing time for people, but then we got competitive and tried to win it.” The exhibition games are used as friend-

ly competition and give both teams the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned throughout the summer. “We know that [the American teams] are going to compete really hard and they are going to bring a lot of aggression and energy—and that’s good because we need to get used to it now so we can have an advantage once the regular season starts in the [Canadian Interversity Sports],” said Berhanemeskel. The team now has a week off as they prepare for the next series of exhibition games, which begin Sept. 9 with a game against University of California, Santa Barbara. f

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Conference: Quebec Student Sport Federation (QSSF)

Restocking the stable High turnovers may equal high


BOX STATS: FOOTBALL Conference: Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East Head Coach: Jean-Philippe Asselin Stadium: Frank Clair Stadium 2010 record: 7-1 Season Opener: Sept. 5 @ University of Guelph Home Opener: Sept. 10 vs. Queen’s University

arsity football is a game of turnovers, both on the field and on the roster. Following a solid 2010 season in which the Garnet and Grey (7-1) played host to the Yates Cup, this season’s edition of the men’s football team is looking a little raw with a large rookie class and a new starting quarterback. Nonetheless, the Gees are eager to build on past success. Last season’s heartbreaking loss to the Western Mustangs by a single point in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) fi nals put an end to the team’s hopes of competing for a national title, and for some key players, it also marked the end of an era with the Gee-Gees. With the departures of OUA All-Star receivers Matt Buldouc and Cryil Adjeitey and cornerback Chayce Elliot, as well as the loss of the 2010 Hec Crighton award winner and OUA MVP quarterback Brad Sinopoli to the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, the team will be playing with a lot of new talent. There are a lot of question marks penciled to be in to the opening day roster as the season kicks off on Sept. 5 at the University of Guelph. Th is turnover suits assistant coach and special teams coordinator Luigi Costanzo just fi ne. “Th is year’s team makeup will consist of a strong veteran presence with a solid blend of talented and enthusiastic fi rstyear players,” explained Costanzo. “It’s difficult to specify changes at this point as the team will need to reload in many positions, but this will all depend on [the] player performances at training camp. It will be an extremely competitive

Stadium: Matt Anthony Field 2010 Record: 3-3 Season Opener: Sept. 9 @ Bishop’s University

success Dan Cress | Fulcrum Contributor

Head Coach: Suzanne Chaulk

camp that will bring out the best in our players.” Costanzo hopes that his returning veteran players, including OUA All-Star receiver Steven Hughes and linebacker Taylor Sawyer, will provide strong leadership for the 60 rookies participating in the training camp, which is set to end the last week of August. The boisterous home crowd at Frank Clair Stadium will see a different style of football from the Gee-Gees this season. With a new starting quarterback, the Garnet and Grey’s offence will have a new look, featuring a more balanced run-pass approach. Of the five talented hopefuls competing for the starting pivot, Aaron Colbon, a fourth-year psychology and leisure studies student, is the favourite to take over the reins. “Aaron Colbon has the inside track on the job as he is going into his fourth year as a Gee-Gee. It will be Aaron’s [position] to lose, but it will be interesting to see how the new quarterbacks pick up the system and compete for the spot.” An area of strength for the Gee-Gees will be the special teams, led by returning kicker Matt Falvo. Falvo was 18-21 on field goals last season with a record of 2,133 yards and 86 points, earning him a first team All-Star selection. “[Falvo] will prove to be instrumental in winning the field position battle,” said Costanzo. Despite the player turnover, Costanzo feels the 2011 Gee-Gees will be a competitive team in the OUA, adding that their ultimate goal is to earn a spot in the playoffs and compete for the Vanier Cup. f

Home Opener: Sept. 25 vs. Concordia University


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Sixth time’s the charm Women’s rugby team claims confidence will take them to the playoffs this year Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff


he year 2010 marked the GeeGees women’s rugby team’s fifth Quebec Students Sports Federation (QSSF) semifinal loss. After succumbing to a crushing 33-5 defeat against the Concordia University Stingers, the Gees (3-3) vowed to train harder and make it past that silver hurdle. While their goal is to make it into the playoffs, the team has decided they would rather focus on their skills as athletes than concentrate on the idea of winning—and that will be what helps them to break that semifinal barrier. “The style of game that we play is largely unstructured, which means that our players must be able to think on their feet—reading, reacting, and responding to what they see unfolding in front of them,” explained head coach Suzanne Chaulk in an email to the Fulcrum. “This is a more challenging style to learn, but one that, once mastered, is also very difficult to defend. It requires intelligent and mobile athletes, and we have been building just such a roster for the past three years.” The women’s rugby team suffered from two serious and unrecoverable injuries during the off-season, including fourth-year centres Adora Quan, who has a broken pelvis due to an unrelated accident, and Janine MacKay, who tore her Achilles tendon last spring. Their training camp is welcoming 20 new athletes in order to replace the graduated players, as well as Quan and MacKay. “We have some great rookies this year,” said Sarah Meng, returning fourth-year

fullback and captain of the team. “That is going to be our one strength—our unity. The new athletes are going to make a real impact.” Chaulk explained that the infusion of rookie and veteran blood will create an unstoppable team. “While we will probably be adding more new players than we might normally, this current crop of rookies is exceptional and [will] bring a wealth of experience, including at the provincial and national team levels. “We also have a few older grad studentathletes in the mix, which means that we’ll be able to balance the higher rookie numbers with a high degree of experience and maturity,” she added. It is this combination of talent that has ignited the Gees’ hopes of gaining the QSSF title. After losing the semifinal round lastyear, the Garnet and Grey travelled to Peterborough to watch the Stingers compete for the gold. After witnessing their defeat to the Queen’s Golden Gaels—a team the Gees had beaten in the pre-season—the U of O women’s rugby team is more confident than ever. “Although we came close to beating Concordia last year, seeing Queen’s defeat them in the final round encouraged us. It gave us the confidence we [need] to get past the semifinals this season,” said Meng. According to Chaulk, this confidence is the key ingredient to their success and will lead the team to accomplishing their goal— to ultimately go to, and win, their conference fi nals. f

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Thriving on uncertainty Training camp to determine final lineup of women’s soccer team Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff


ith two of their players returning from the World Universiades with injuries and the loss of at least six veteran players to graduation, the University of Ottawa’s women’s soccer team maintains an un-

BOX STATS: SOCCER Conference: Quebec Student Sports Federation (QSSF) Head Coach: Steve Johnson Stadium: Matt Anthony Field

2010 record: 12-1-3 Season Opener: Sept. 3 @ University of Toronto Home Opener: Sept. 14 vs. Carleton University

usually high spirit. Ranked sixth nationally and placing bronze in the 2010 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Final Four tournament, these Gees (12-1-3) are determined to fi nish first in the playoffs this season. That said, head coach Steve Johnson doesn’t have his head in the clouds. “I hope that they can see that it won’t be easy to achieve success,” he explained in an email to the Fulcrum. “The team will need the contribution of every player to win the OUA title and go to nationals. Pride and seniority may have to be sacrificed to fulfi ll our potential.” The team is currently undergoing a strenuous training camp after which six to eight rookies will be welcomed as official members of the Garnet and Grey. “The team has not been fi nalized yet,” said Johnson. “We have 27 invited into training camp, and then we have kept several players from our walk-on tryouts in the early part of camp. I expect we will have six to eight new players on the team, [and] it is certain that [they] will play important roles in the upcoming season.” The Gees will focus on their back line

during the start of the season in order to integrate the new players into the lineup, while working to create scoring opportunities on the field. “We do not have a ‘natural’ goal scorer. We will have to look at a team approach to scoring and not waste our chances in games. The team will need to adopt good fi nishing habits in every player,” said Johnson. Last year, the women’s soccer team made it to the OUA semifi nals and suffered a heartbreaking defeat with a fi nal score of 2-1 to the fi ft h nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. The team rebounded with a 2-1 win against the McMaster Marauders to win third place in the OUA. Despite all the uncertainty surrounding the roster, Johnson is confident the blend of rookie and veteran talent will be the team’s strength and that the Gees will rise to the challenge at the season opener on Sept. 3 against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. “I hope they realize that we have enough [talent] to be as good as any Geef Gees team of the past,” he said.


Sept. 1–15, 2011

What do I do if..?

Solutions to shitty situations faced by first years

Five Numbers You’ll Need Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff


ith so many new experiences awaiting you, you might not realize how crucial certain information is until you need it. For your sake, grab your cellphone and add in these numbers in the case of any emergencies or last-minute adventures. On-campus protection Is your party invaded by hooligans? Are you walking home and someone is following you? When you’re scared, trying to fi nd the Yellow Pages on your Blackberry isn’t a safe bet—Protection Services can be reached at (613) 5625499. A taxi number When you’re drunk off your ass on a Saturday night or stumbling out of a stranger’s house Sunday morning, you’ll want a speedy ride home. Ottawa’s most popular cab companies are

Blueline Taxi at (613)-238-1111 and Capital Taxi at (613) 744-3333. Your favourite delivery restaurant Late-night munchies? Hangover food needed? Don’t take the gamble that you’ll fi nd it in the online Yellow Pages—if you fi nd a place you love, program the number in ASAP! Your landlord Yes, the emails you’ve been exchanging are great, but when a pipe bursts, you fi nd bedbugs, or someone breaks in, you might not have time to go through your inbox. Be sure to have a quick and easy way to get in touch with him or her. The Mental Health Crisis Line It might seem depressing, but you never know when you or someone you love will be in need of emergency counselling. The Mental Health Crisis Line in Ottawa can be reached at (613) f 722-6914.

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OH, THE STRESS OF FIRST YEAR Without us, you’d have no hair by the end of the year

Kristyn Filip | Fulcrum Staff


ere at the Fulcrum, we believe in telling it like it is. The truth about being a university student? It’s hard. And being a firstyear student? It’s really hard. Gone are the days of getting an A on the assignment you started the night before. Say goodbye to comfortable furniture, fridges stocked with edible food, and your hometown friends. Freshly laundered clothes will no longer appear like magic in your drawers and—horror of horrors— your new living space is the size of your old closet. Welcome to university!

Yes, you’ll undoubtedly run into difficulties during your first year of university life. But true to our ongoing goal to inform the students of the U of O, the Fulcrum has compiled a list of solutions to the problems many first years are bound to encounter. Cut this guide out, stick it on your mini fridge, and refer to it as needed.

What do I do if I hate my roommate? Living with a complete stranger is perhaps one of the most difficult adjustments a first year may face. Even roommates who spent all summer pouring over an IKEA catalogue together will eventually discover that achieving domestic bliss is not as simple as buying matching bedspreads. As roommates, you must be mindful and respectful of each other’s needs and lifestyle. Be prepared to compromise, communicate like never before, and wisely pick your battles. Some of your roommate’s habits may irritate you, but if you can live with them (and they don’t jeopardize your health, safety, or school work), then let them go. Sometimes two people simply cannot live together. If you and your roommate have talked (or fought) until you’re both blue in the face and you still can’t come to an agreement, it may be time to involve your community assistant (otherwise known as your CA) in the matter. Depending on room availability, he or she can assist a room switch if necessary.

What do I do if I don’t speak French? So, you’ve decided to go to the University of Ottawa, but you can barely remember if

a cat is a chien or a chat. Never fear, anglophones! Yes, the U of O is proudly bilingual, but students are not required to be proficient in both languages. The ability to converse in French is certainly an asset; however, it is possible to work and live on campus without being bilingual. As a U of O student, you are entitled to conduct all of your school-related business in whichever language you are most comfortable using. Forget your fears and forge on in your tongue of choice.

What do I do if I get sick? The first time you get sick as a university student is always a real eye-opener. Unless your parents live in the Greater Ottawa Area, chances are you’re going to have to take your own temperature, feed yourself soup, and clean up your own vomit. If you need to see a doctor, call the U of O Health Services (100 Marie-Curie Pvt.) at (613) 564-3950 to schedule an appointment. If you cannot wait to see someone, you can go to the walk-in clinic, located at the same address. Be sure to bring a textbook with you, as you will likely be waiting for quite some time before you see a doctor. Also, don’t forget your health card!

What do I do if I feel homesick? Homesickness is like shit. It happens, and it happens to everyone. Your best bet to beat the blues is to get out and get involved. You may want to hole yourself up in your dorm room, surrounded by pictures of loved ones, sobbing as you clutch your baby blanket, but you must resist this temptation. Do not become one of the

many first-year students who make the grave mistake of returning to their hometowns every single weekend. You’re here to get an education and to have the time of your life, so actively seek out new friends instead of clinging to your past. Explore Ottawa, participate in your 101 Week activities, and acquaint yourself with campus. Don’t be ashamed to cry it out if you need to and no, the occasional call home to mom and dad does not make you a loser. For more tips on beating homesickness, check out our full-length article online at

What do I do if I need help on campus? Scattered across the U of O campus are steel poles, each adorned with a speaker, a blue light, and a large red button. A simple press of this button will transfer you to Protection Services, who will assist you when you’re in trouble. In case of an emergency, you can always call the Ottawa Police. Make sure to update your cellphone directory by adding the numbers for Protection Services ((613) 5625411) and the Ottawa Police Department ((613) 230-6211). Another important phone number to have is Foot Patrol. Foot Patrol is a team of volunteers who will accompany students as they walk anywhere at night (within a 45-minute distance from campus). Foot Patrol sends its volunteers out in teams of two and the pairs are usually co-ed. You can reach Foot Patrol at (613) 562-5800, extension 4517 during the day and 7433 at night.

What do I do if I hate my program? The decision to switch your program is

not one you should take lightly. If you are planning to leave one faculty for another, you will essentially be reapplying to the university; however, you should be in a program that you find challenging yet rewarding. If you know the next four years of your life will be miserable in your current field of study, then perhaps a change will be worth the effort. Before you make any drastic decisions, be sure to make an appointment with an academic advisor (phone numbers vary by faculty, but can be found on the university’s website). He or she will help you look at the situation from all angles and come to the right conclusion.

What do I do if I feel stressed out? Stress is a near-constant part of the lives of university students. Balancing the work of a full course load, a social life, a part-time job, and extracurricular activities leaves little time for relaxation. But no one can function properly or efficiently without taking the occasional break. Make use of your free gym membership and hit one of the U of O’s two gymnasiums (located at 125 University Pvt. and 801 King Edward Ave.). You can also try watching one episode of a mindless TV show—Jersey Shore, anyone?—or going for coffee with a friend. Some university students find that stress causes their mental health to suffer. If you feel like you’re drowning, depressed, or seriously overwhelmed, it might be time to make an appointment with a counsellor at the Counselling and Coaching Service (100 Marie-Curie Pvt.) by calling (613) 562-5200. He or she can help you learn to prioritize your tasks, juggle your work f load, and succeed under pressure.


Sept. 1–15, 2011

Ruining your roommate relationship Tricks for destroying your at-home life Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff


o you’ve met your roommate, and although you’ve only known each other five minutes, you can tell you’re going to hate each other. So why not make their year a living hell? You’re already on the right track by prematurely jumping to conclusions. Another good step is to consciously decide you don’t want to get along this year. You know what they say—you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it. If you really want to ruin your roomie’s year, follow our guide to making your home life a nightmare.

Avoid confrontations Setting ground rules for the apartment may seem like a good idea, but really, what will that accomplish? If you agree to them, then you won’t have the excuse, “I didn’t realize that would be a problem.” You’ll also get along more easily, which will totally ruin your plans for apartment domination. Every time your roommate has an issue they want to bring up, feign sickness or tem-

porary deafness until you can get out of there.

Pick fights about little things that you don’t really care about You wanted the sofa in a different spot? Your roommate didn’t offer you some of the food he was making? You definitely have grounds to start a fight. The equally effective alternative is, when something bothers you, don’t say anything. Keep on fuming and make a mental or physical list of the minute things that bother you. When your roommate asks you to do something around the apartment, you can explode with rage at all of the little things that have been bothering you lately. Speaking of doing chores…

Don’t feel you need to do anything around your home You’re living without parents, after all— you should be able to choose the circumstances under which you live. If that’s a pigsty with laundry stacking up everywhere and dishes piled in the sink, that’s your choice. Why should you clean up

after yourself? It’s your place too!

Tell everyone your business By your business, I, of course, mean everything that goes on in the apartment—including everything personal you witness regarding your roommate. Make sure everyone knows about her drunken mistakes or the telephone calls he makes to his parents every week. Even the stuff that you “stumble” onto, like the bizarre, stashed away sex toy or the teddy bear hidden in their bedroom closet, is fair game.

Have sex loudly and often Th is will ensure your apartment is visited as infrequently as possible. Not only will your roommate be super jealous, but they’ll be sexiled from your place with shame and annoyance. Be sure that you tell your partner(s) they’re welcome to use the shower, watch TV, and eat anything they want out of the refrigerator. Just follow these steps and you’ll be sure to ruin life at home for your roommate— and possibly yourself. Good luck! f


photo by Mico Mazza

If you ain’t yellin’ and screamin’, you’re doing somethin’ wrong

Dorm decorating on a dime Hangovers Fros who engage in drunken debauchery shall be sure that their bathroom is stocked with Advil and Gravol to deal with morning-after hangovers. Fros shall drink two glasses of water before they fall asleep at night and two glasses of water in the morning when they wake up. If fros can stomach food the morning after, they should opt for bagels instead of greasy foods, as the bread will more effectively soak up the alcohol still in their stomachs. Fros shall avoid vomiting at all costs. Vomiting is worse than death. Should vomiting occur, fros shall limit their grossness to one toilet or sink. Fros will also always clean up their own vomit—no matter where it lands.

A how-to guide on making the most of your student space Jaclyn Lytle | Fulcrum Staff

FOR MANY FRESHMEN, moving into on-campus housing is not the exciting experience promised by Staples commercials and IKEA catalogues alike. Rather than a spacious, eclectically decorated dorm, most students are met with little more than a glorified closet when they initially enter their expensive new dorm room—especially if they’re sentenced to a single room. Judging from University of Ottawa dorms, students seem to think that the only way to decorate their domicile without breaking the bank is to hang a weed-endorsing variant of the Canadian flag over their window and call it a day. Despite this popular approach, there are better ways to turn your tiny living space into an apartment all your own. Step 1: Know what you need If you’re planning on staying within a

reasonable budget, the biggest mistake you can make is heading out without a list. Take a look around your apartment or dorm room and ask yourself, “What’s missing?” If your walls are checkered with scrapes and small holes, you’re in need of a poster or two. On the other hand, if your bed is too bare, then decorative pillows or a new bedspread is in order. Step 2: Scope out the right stores No matter what your new home needs, there is a way to fi nd it for next to nothing. The trick is knowing where to look. While IKEA is the place to go for cheap rugs, curtains, and other household knick-knacks, many students are unaware the store has a sizable selection of lightly used products available at an often sizeable discount. So if it’s a chair you need, or even a bookshelf, this is the place to look. Step 3: Overcome your fear of secondhand swag Charity shops, second-hand stores, and websites like Craigslist, Kijiji, and UsedOttawa are excellent places to look for almost anything your new home might need. While it’s wise to thoroughly clean any used items you get, there’s no need to feel uncomfortable with buying a stack of face cloths for 50 cents, or even grabbing a lamp your neighbours are evidently done with and turning it

into a treasure of your own. Step 4: Get creative A good way to add a personal touch to your room is to print off some pictures of friends and family from Facebook and have fun arranging them on a wall or in another sparse space in your dorm. If this project isn’t for you, then take $5 and head down to the local thrift shop or craft store and whip up something of your own to decorate your dorm with. Step 5: Love local events Though you’re not likely to find any forums on home decorating in the Thryllabus, there are events on campus that can help you on your way to a well-bedecked dorm. As a part of their Alternative 101 Week, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group is hosting a free store where students are invited to come and pick through used items. This year the event is taking place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sept. 9 inside the Unicentre. Another event every student should know about is the annual poster sale. Usually held within the first week of classes, the Unicentre is taken over with a massive showing of posters, all available on-site for reasonable prices—definitely worth checking out if you’re sick of staring at your small, f blank walls.

Sept.1–15, 2011


Don’t say we didn’t warn you! The 10 people you’re sure to meet in university

A brief history of the word “fro” Coined Aug. 14, 2011, the term “fro” was originally the abbreviation of the more commonly used “frosher,” which designates a freshman or first-year student. However, over the past weeks it has grown to mean something bigger, something deeper, something more meaningful. The term fro may no longer be used interchangeably with its elongated form, for a fro is much more than your average freshman. A fro is not simply an advocate for pulling all-nighters, partying until dawn, or cramming the night before an exam. A fro is part of a larger community of students—a froshhood, if you will— who pledge to ban together and support one another in times of need. A fro fights for his fellow students, actively gets involved, voices his or her opinion, demonstrates school spirit, and most importantly stays true to his or her own values while respecting those of others. A fro enjoys university life and helps others to enjoy it too. Do you have what it takes to be a fro?

illustration by Devin Beauregard

Kristyn Filip | Fulcrum Staff


e’ve all heard the spiel: Stereotyping others is unfair, hurtful, and indicative of being closeminded. But if you spend a month on a university campus, you’ll most definitely meet people who fit certain stereotypes perfectly. The following are 10 “types” of people you will surely run into at the University of Ottawa.

person in the corner of the room, clutching a drink and sobbing hysterically, is always a girl. Nobody has any idea why she’s crying and she probably couldn’t tell you herself. A group of her friends will gather around her, stroke her hair, and offer to fix her mascara, but to no avail She will cry at every single party she attends, so keep your distance unless you’re prepared to spend the next four years wiping up her snot and tears.

The Eager Beaver

This person will undoubtedly introduce themselves to you with a firm handshake and a creepy grin, stopping at nothing to maintain unwavering eye contact. The Political Diehard will most likely work on Parliament Hill and will frequently pepper conversations with statements like, “I considered going to Yale or Brown, but my burning desire to be close to the Hill and change the face of Canadian politics resulted in my acceptance of the U of O’s offer.” The Political Diehard will unfriend you on Facebook if your political beliefs don’t match his or her own, often speaks in confusing governmental acronyms, and loves berating students who don’t vote.

The Eager Beaver can be found sitting front and centre of every lecture room, or chatting up the professor before, during, and after class. Eager Beavers are known to start new topics of conversation five minutes before the class is supposed to end, typically resulting in an extension of the lecture and frustration on the part of all other students in the room. He or she will try embarrassingly hard to make friends with the professor and, when in conversation with peers, the Eager Beaver will refer to the prof by his or her first name. For example: “Miranda’s lecture today was just so fascinating, don’t you think? I discussed it with her after class and she said my opinion was quite enlightening. Miranda and I have developed such an enjoyable working relationship this semester!”

The Drunk, Crying Girl

The Condescending Asshole

As much as we hate to be gender-specific, there’s simply no two ways about it: The

Regardless of whether you’re majoring in English or in engineering, you are bound

The Political Diehard

to encounter many Condescending Assholes while studying at the U of O. Immediately after introductions are made, the Condescending Asshole will ask you what you’re majoring in, then proceed to explain why his program is much, much more difficult than yours. This person insists on one-upping everyone. If someone has just written three midterms in two days, the Condescending Asshole will roll his eyes and scoff, “Aren’t you a chemistry major? Pouring chemicals together and making explosions hardly counts as a midterm. You would never be able to handle my coursework.”

The Hipster Activist The Hipster Activist can be found almost anywhere on campus wearing a V-neck and/or an American Apparel zip-up hoodie, holding a megaphone, and screaming. He or she will protest anything and everything for the sake of protesting. Hipster Activists follow restricted diets (usually vegetarian or vegan) and consider everyone who does not buy organic to be a subspecies. Hipster Activists prove their dedication to their lifestyle by covering themselves in ironic tattoos.

The Varsity Athlete Regardless of your level of fitness, the Varsity Athlete will make you feel like the laziest of sloths in comparison. The Varsity Athlete will practice with his or her team

for at least two hours every day and will be travelling every weekend for tournaments. Despite a devotion to physical fitness most Varsity Athletes are able to drink shocking amounts of alcohol. The Varsity Athlete is easy to identify, as he or she will always be decked out from head to toe in Gee-Gee attire.

The Person Who Never Shows Up to Class but Asks to Borrow Your Notes The Person Who Never Shows Up to Class but Asks to Borrow Your Notes will usually make an appearance right before midterms or exams. He or she will sit in the back row and pounce on unsuspecting students as they pass by. Just say no, froshers. Allowing this person to have your notes is akin to taking all of your hard work and lighting it on fire. Chances are this student will never come to class ever again, so you can kiss your notes—and your chance of passing the class—goodbye.

The Person Who Really, Really Loves University His parents kept him on a tight leash since birth. Upon realizing his independence at university, he has only two things on his agenda: Partying all day and partying all night. This guy will constantly be blasting music by LMFAO and will beg you to drink with him on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The Person Who Really, Really

Loves University will likely find himself burnt out by the end of October and on the next bus back to his hometown.

The Newly Pledged Fraternity Brother or Sorority Sister It may come as a surprise to you, but the Greek system is alive and well in Canadian universities. Befriending someone in a fraternity or a sorority is risky business, as this person will be prone to secrecy and disappearing acts (“I’m not at liberty to discuss what goes on within the brotherhood, man!”). Sorority sisters and fraternity brothers speak a language of their own, so you may have difficulty following them in conversation. Identify Greeks on campus by their T-shirts covered in strange letters.

The Student Journalist OK, maybe we’re a bit nosy and extremely fanatical about proper grammar usage— so sue us! Just kidding. Please don’t. Spend 20 minutes with a Student Journalist and you’ll find yourself inexplicably spilling your life story. The Student Journalist can often be heard saying, “Wow, that would make a great article. Can I set up an interview with you?” We’re all up in everyone’s business, but you know you want to join us, so stop by the Fulcrum offices and become part of the most kick-ass student newspaper in the country. f

Sept. 1–15, 2011


Rules of library engagement Things you should and shouldn’t do at Morisset Library Sarah Gisele | Fulcrum Contributor


he difference between your high school library and that of a university is colossal. In secondary school, you were constantly told to “Shh,” you weren’t allowed to eat, and studying in pairs was frowned upon. At university, you can drink coffee and eat pizza while studying in groups of five. Th is doesn’t give you a free pass to do whatever you want. There are standards of etiquette that are in your best interest to follow. Take note, young freshmen, and learn from the master of Morisset. DO choose where you study wisely. There are places where you can talk and places where audible noise is frowned upon. If you want to study in a group, go to the fi ft h floor. If you want a bit of background noise, head down a level to the fourth. If you want complete silence to the point where typing on your laptop feels like a sin, then take the elevator to either the third or sixth floor. The 24-hour study room in the basement of Morisset is also ideal for hard core, silent cramming. DO bring everything you need with you. If you show up with only a pen and a mangled granola bar found at the bottom of your purse, you will be making multiple trips out of the library that will cut into valuable study time. A slow, meandering walk to the Pivik for some

snacks, a visit to Second Cup for a latte, or a hike to another floor to borrow some paper from a friend really adds up. Pack one of those obnoxiously large gym bags with everything you think you might need and then some: pens, paper, Wite-Out, snacks, water bottle, cellphone charger, glasses, a catheter— everything. DO get to the library early if possible, especially during exam time. Nothing is worse than doing an endless loop around each of the floors in the building while looking for a spot to study. DON’T be a study cube squatter, especially during exam time when library real estate is at a premium. Study cube squatters are like mysterious library ghosts who vanish for hours or even days on end, leaving behind a jacket or a half-empty bag of chips to save their seat. Eventually, someone will move your stuff to the floor and you’ll be shit out of luck. DO remember your student card if you plan to book a private room. Even if half of the group has their student cards on hand, trying to book a room makes you want to bang your head against the reserve desk. Library staff will insist that everyone in your group shows their student ID. DON’T be “that guy” and create enough distractions that everyone around you

begins to sharpen their No. 2 HB pencils just waiting for the next opportunity to sever your jugular. Th is includes: ¤ Eating baby carrots, chips, or anything crunchy. Just don’t. ¤ Watching YouTube videos at a volume quiet enough so that no one else can distinguish what you’re listening to, but loud enough so everyone becomes distracted and enraged. Everyone knows Charlie bit the kid’s fi nger and it hurt—get over it already and stop laughing so loudly. ¤ Talking on your phone. “Amanda totally hooked up with Ben at the beer pong tourney in Brooks and then Ben ditched her and Amanda got lost on the way back to 90U and I was like OMG Amanda you’re so stupid and then, like, we went to Elgin Street Diner and I spilled a whole poutine on my dress” No one else gives a shit so shut the hell up. DON’T be a library hog. Taking up an entire study booth or table for a single person is just plain rude. Library hogs act as though they’ve encountered a bear and had to make themselves appear as large as possible to avoid an attack. They spread out absolutely everything they brought to the library— a backpack on one seat, laptop on the table, jacket on the other seat with their feet propped up. If you encounter one of these characters, use your own bear avoidance tactics and bang pots and pans around until he or she GTFO. f

Seminar sanctions A fro shall avoid using his or her laptop for such purposes as verifying every social media site known to man, tuning into the latest episode of House, or beating his or her Angry Birds high score. It’s distracting to other students and detrimental to a fro’s overall educational experience. A fro shall not kiss ass. You may have been a teacher’s pet in high school and gotten away with it, but you now have 30 times the student body to hate on you. Think about it—that’s a lot of paper balls to be thrown. A fro shall contribute to class discussion. Note: A teacher’s penetrating stare into a silent classroom is one of the most uncomfortable feelings known to fros. A fro shall turn the volume off his or her cellphone upon entering the classroom—this includes vibrate mode. A fro shall—nay, is obligated to—accept an invitation for beers from a prof, especially if said prof is paying.

Making academia easy

ye olde Fulcrum

On-campus resources that are here to help Jaclyn Lytle | Fulcrum Staff

AMIDST ALL THE new places, people, and experiences that come with starting university, some students forget the reason they’re here: School. Often it takes a few failed midterms for freshmen to realize how hard university academics really are—and how unprepared they may be for the massive learning curve faced by all first years. As far as university is concerned, the worst mistake any first year can make is assuming that they know what they’re doing. This isn’t high school—the bar has been set a lot higher than you think. Lucky for you, the university has set up a service dedicated to offering academic help to students in any program or year of study, completely free of charge: The Student Academic Success Service (SASS). For the sake of your scholarship, or at least your grade report,

look into some of these academic resources sooner rather than later. Academic Writing Help Centre (AWHC) If you’re unsure of how to properly pull in a peripheral secondary source or if you just need help figuring out what the hell a thesis is, the AWHC is for you. Located at 110 University Pvt., this help centre offers oneon-one appointments with experienced student advisors. Staff are well equipped to help students research, outline, write, and review any essays or assignments. More than just a proofreading service, the AWHC caters more toward the ultimate goal of training students to catch their own mistakes and identify the consistent problems in their writing that keep their assignments from snagging As every time. You can sign up for an appointment at the AWHC—their list of available time slots is located at the centre itself. In addition to

their in-office help, the AWHC has a multitude of online resources for students to reference at any stage of the writing process. Check out to access helpful online writing tools or to learn more about the centre. Access Service Specifically designed to aid students having difficulty transitioning into university due to learning disabilities or health and mental issues, Access Service can help students adapt to the post-secondary environment with ease. Working closely with the administration, Access Service is able to provide students with altered timetables or exam schedules in order to lighten their academic load. For students seeking specific, one-on-one help, Access Service, which is located in room 339 of the University Centre, also offers in-class note-takers, interpreters, and tutors. For a list of some of

the transition program workshops run by Access Service or to learn more about how you can make use of their services, go to Student Mentoring Program Sometimes what a struggling student really needs is specialized help. That’s where the Student Mentoring Program comes in. Matching first-year students with mentors in second, third, and fourth year, the mentorship program ensures struggling students are given the attention they need from leaders with first-hand student experience. There to provide individual help and to aid in setting up study groups, SASS mentors are both knowledgeable and understanding. To get paired up with a mentor of your own or to take advantage of some of the workshops on effective studying, essay writing, and using the library’s resources, f visit

On stands every Thursday


Sept. 1–15, 2001

Opening up Ottawa The Fulcrum gives you the down-low on the d-town Mercedes Mueller | Fulcrum Staff


tarting university can be an overwhelming experience. There are classes to register for, textbooks to buy, IKEA furniture to put together, tu-

… you wanna rock out to some live music

ition to pay, and if you’re from out of town, there’s a city to uncover. But

Babylon (317 Bank St.) Live Lounge (128 York St.) Mavericks (221 Rideau St.) Mercury Lounge (56 ByWard Market Sq.) Raw Sugar Café (692 Somerset St. W.)

never fear, froshies—the Fulcrum is here and we’ve compiled a list of the top places to check out on and around campus. Whether you’re in need of an epic breakfast in the middle of the night or a place to dance the night away, here are some downtown hot spots you’ll need to know to make the best of your first year at the U of O—just don’t forget to do some exploring of your own! So where should you go when…

… you have nothing to wear

Adorit Boutique (159 York St.) NRML Clothing (184 Rideau St.) Roadtrip (24B York St.) Trustfund (493 Sussex Dr.) Urban Outfitters (135 Rideau St.)

… you are fiending for caffeine

Café Alt (Basement of Simard Hall) Memories (7 Clarence St.) The Tea Party (119 York St.) Tea Store (53 York St.) Umi Cafe (610 Somerset St. W.)

… you want to poutine it up

Acadian House (191 Somerset St. E.) Dunn’s Famous Deli (220 Elgin St. & 355 Dalhousie St.) Famous Frenchy’s (506 Rideau St.) La Pataterie Hulloise (311 Boulevard St-Joseph) Smoke’s Poutinerie (407 Dalhousie St.)

… you want to get your dance on

Barrymore’s Music Hall (323 Bank St.) Mansion Night Club (400 Dalhousie St.) Paddy Boland’s (101 Clarence St.) Ritual Night Club (137 Besserer St.) Tila Tequila (104 Clarence St.)

Sept. 1–15, 2001 ... you’re feeling artsy-fartsy

Cube Gallery (1285 Wellington St. W.) Gallery 115 (100 Laurier Ave. E.) La Petite Mort Gallery (306 Cumberland St.) National Gallery of Canada (380 Sussex Dr.) SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St.)

… you’re feeling hip

Govindas Vegetarian Buffet (212 Somerset St. E.) Milk (234 Dalhousie St.) Planet Coffee (24 York St.) Vertigo Records (193 Rideau St.) Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York St.)

… you want to be a tourist for a day

Beavertails Canada (77 George St.) Canadian Museum of Nature (240 McLeod St.) Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Place Pvt.) Parliament Hill (1 Wellington St.) Rideau Canal

… it’s 3 a.m. and you have the munchies Elgin Street Diner (374 Elgin St.) Garlic Corner (321 Dalhousie St.) McDonald’s (252 Elgin St. & 99 Rideau St.) Mellos (290 Dalhousie St.) Zak’s Diner (14 ByWard Market Sq.)

... you want to grab a beer after class 1848 (85 University Pvt.) The Draft (801 King Edward Ave.) Father & Sons (112 Osgoode St.) Urban Well (244 Laurier Ave. E.) The Royal Oak (161 Laurier Ave. E.)

… you’re in the mood for some international cuisine Ahora (307 Dalhousie St.) East India Company (210 Somerset St. W.) The Horn of Africa (364 Rideau St.) Khao Thai (103 Murray St.) Yayora Express (55 ByWard Market Sq.)



Sept. 1–15, 2001

Meet your SFUO services! Here to help you out whatever your need may be Charlotte Bailey, Mercedes Mueller, and Ali Schwabe | Fulcrum Staff

Bike Co-op

Women’s Resource Centre (WRC)

The SFUO’s mandate to make education accessible for all starts with being able to get to school— and one of the cheapest ways to get around in Ottawa is to bike. Born out of a referendum in 2010, the Bike Co-op saw a stellar fi rst year, already branching from their main location to a mini co-op in the Foot Patrol office where students can borrow bike pumps, acquire supplies to fi x their tires, and use other tools for basic repair jobs.

organizing weekly group rides around Ottawa for the more experienced rider.

Th is fall, the co-op will offer workshops on bicycle repair, road rules for bikers, and winterizing your bike. They’ve also created a learn-to-ride program with the help of the Sandy Hill Community Centre geared toward getting beginner riders out on the streets, and are

Where you’ll find them: 200 Lees Ave. in room 105A Hours of operation: Tuesday, 2–6 p.m.; Wednesday, 5:30–8 p.m.; Thursday, 2–9 p.m. Get in touch: Email them at

On top of riding programs, the co-op will be giving free coffee to those who use sustainable transport on Tuesdays and are planning to hold live music nights each month. The Bike Co-op will be having a daylong volunteer training session on a weekend in mid-September for new volunteers to learn about bike mechanics and the co-op itself. Volunteer project proposals are also being accepted by the Bike Co-op—just email to get involved.

Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) Th is SFUO service ensures the inclusion of all students with disabilities on campus. The CSD encourages these students to get the most out of the U of O—and makes sure this happens by demanding equal accessibility on campus through advocacy and personalized attention. All students facing challenges on campus can reach out to the CSD for help that includes volunteers accompanying students with vision loss across campus and providing a safe space where students can talk about difficulties and meet others facing similar situations. The CSD also works with other services to offer tools, tips, and techniques for coping in a university

environment. The centre hosts regular activities such as accessible yoga once a week and Filmability, a monthly movie showing that relates to a disability. Th is year, the CSD is organizing special campaigns, such as Sexabilty Week and Mental Health Empowerment Month, which aim to promote accessibility and inclusivity on campus and reduce certain stigmas. Students interested in volunteering for the Centre for Students with Disabilities are asked to commit to two hours per week. To arrange a meeting in order to assess what work they would be best suited for, students should drop by the office, send an email, or call the centre. Where you’ll fi nd them: UCU 211F Get in touch: (613) 562-5800, ext. 2683 or email them at

The Centre for Equity and Human Rights (CEHR) The Centre for Equity and Human Rights works toward the elimination of direct and indirect forms of discrimination through education and advocacy relating to student rights on campus. On the educational side, the CEHR offers free human rights training for individuals and organizations through a program called Positive Space. As for advocacy, free and confidential representation services are offered to students who experience discrimination or harassment on campus. Should a student wish to report harassment or discrimination, the CEHR is there—draft ing, reviewing, and revising complaint submissions and working toward eliminating the systemic barriers brought to their attention. Th is January, the centre will be hold-

ing their yearly Diversity and Accessibility on Campus Symposium, which will feature workshops on a number of topics including accommodation, mental illness and stigma, and universal design in academia. Students can join the CEHR’s team of human rights workshop facilitators by contacting They can also volunteer in various areas such as workshop planning and data analysis, event planning, or legal research through the U of O’s Experiential Learning Service or Pro Bono Students of Canada Common Law chapter by contacting Where you’ll find them: UCU 211G Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Get in touch: Email them at cehr@sfuo. ca

Foot Patrol In conjunction with Protection Services, Foot Patrol is a free service that offers anyone in the university community a walk home within a 45-minute walking radius of the U of O’s main or Roger Guindon (RGN) campus. Whether you want some company walking home after a late class or require some help getting home after a late night at the bar, Foot Patrol’s volunteers are available to walk you anywhere—so long as it isn’t to another bar. All you have to do is give them a call, stop by their office, or approach a Foot Patrol team on campus and they’ll help you out. This year, Foot Patrol is launching a new program, Bus Riders, where Foot Patrol will be accompanying trips home

on major bus routes (94, 95, 96 between Westboro and Blair, 97 and 98 between Westboro and South Keys) and then will walk within a 15-minute radius of the bus stops. The routes and stops included in this program will be given to students when they pick up their U-Pass in the fall. Volunteers are always needed at Foot Patrol, so if you want to meet new people while burning off some calories, stop by their office and fill out a volunteer form. The minimum time requirement is nine hours per month. Where you’ll find them: UCU 08A Hours of operation: Daily, 8 p.m.–2 a.m. during the fall and spring and 5 p.m.–2 a.m. during the winter; year-round, 8:30 p.m.–11 p.m. (RGN campus) Get in touch: (613) 562-5800, ext. 7433 (4517 during the day) or email them at

Working to challenge gender oppression on campus and in the community, the WRC offers students of any gender a wide range of services and resources. The centre provides peer-to-peer crisis support and referrals for those in need, as well as a chill, anti-oppressive space in which students can relax and meet new people. The WRC also focuses on educational endeavours, equipped with a feminist library that carries over 1,000 books on feminist theory, international women’s issues, sexuality, health, and more. The WRC also organizes regular workshops, events, and discussion groups. Th is year, the group will be bringing back previously successful events: Take Back the Night March that’s part of 101 Week, its second Consent is Sexy Week, and the Dec. 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. New this year, the WRC is planning its first ever Reproductive Justice Week. Both genders are welcome to volunteer at the centre. Those who identify as women are able to enrol in feminist volunteer training where they can learn about how the WRC works to challenge different forms of marginalization on campus. Men are able to join the centre’s Gender Advocacy and Ally Program; they cannot, however, work in crisis intervention. Where you’ll fi nd them: UCU 220 Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Get in touch: (613) 562-5800, ext. 5755 or email them at

Sept. 1–15, 2001

Student Food Bank When you’re down to your last bottle of ketchup, you’ll want to check this place out— the Student Food Bank has some fantastic initiatives for students in need. One of them is their emergency food hamper; with the equivalent of three days worth of food in it, the hamper is available once per month. For students trying to eat healthy on a budget, there’s the Good Food Box program: For $10, $15, or $20, students can get a box of fresh fruit and vegetables from local suppliers, also available once a month. The food bank runs has a recycling


Bilingualism Centre program that collects ink cartridges and cellphones, provides workshops on cooking and budgeting, and are currently working on an online student recipe book. For those who have plenty, this service makes it easy to give back to the community with projects like Clear the Shelves!, Trick or Eat, Skip a Meal, and Hunger Awareness days. Volunteers are also needed to assist in the office, process food donations, and help out with food drives.

Regardless of which official language you speak, the Bilingualism Centre’s mandate is to meet students’ linguistic needs. Through the streams of culture, information, and advocacy, this SFUO service maintains the dual-language atmosphere on campus by assisting the clubs and federated bodies adapt their activities to both languages, ensuring courses are taught in

Where you’ll fi nd them: UCU 0015 Hours of operation: Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Get in touch: (613) 562-5800, ext. 2752 or email them at

both English and French, making resources available for students to learn both official languages, and advocating on behalf of students’ linguistic concerns. The centre also creates, organizes, and facilitates bilingual and francophone events on campus. Where you’ll find them: UCU 211B Hours of operation: Their hours fluctuate throughout the week, but Monday through Friday the Bilingualism Centre is open between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Get in touch: (613) 562-5800, ext. 4075 or email them at

Peer Help Centre

Student Appeal Centre (SAC) Independent from the University of Ottawa administration, the Student Appeal Centre acts as an advocate for student rights on campus. Providing students with information on university policies and procedures, the SAC assists students who wish to file a complaint against the university, as well as those who wish to appeal decisions made by the University of Ot-

tawa administration. Appeals can be based on academic fraud accusations, grades given in a course, financial services and reimbursements, and any other administrative issue (such as coop or housing). Although the service does allow walk-in meetings, students are encouraged to book an appointment in advance.

The Peer Help Centre offers academic, personal, and social support to students. Within a secure and confidential environment, the centre reaches out to the U of O community through several programs. Academic support is given through tutor referrals, presentation critiques, and peer editing. They provide social support in their Mentoring for Youth Program, where volunteers mentor highschool students, and with their Mental Health Campaign, an initiative that began in 2009. The centre runs a Peer Support Phone Line, which can be reached between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. during the week, and offers active listening sessions on a

Where you’ll find them: UCU 101 Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Get in touch: (613) 562-5800, ext. 2350 or email them at

well as an ally program. Promising confidentiality and a safe space for students to hang out, the Pride Centre makes the U of O a more safe and accepting campus. The Pride Centre has a number of volunteer opportunities available for students. Help is needed organizing social activities and events, running discussion groups, and assisting with information fairs and workshops. Volunteers for the mentorship program and office in general are also needed—just send them an email. Where you’ll fi nd them: UCU 215E Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Get in touch: (613) 562-5800, ext. 3161 or email them at

Where you’ll fi nd them: UCU 211D Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Get in touch: (613) 562-5249 or email them at To reach the Peer Support Phone Line, call (613) 5625604

International House One of the oldest SFUO services, the I nt e r n a t ion a l House exposes students to cultures from around the world. The purpose of International House is three-fold: Education, eradication of discrimination, and collaboration between cultural groups. They seek to increase awareness of international issues, eliminate discrimination based on race, language, religion, or gender, and promote collaboration and solidarity be-

Pride Centre Gay or straight, queer or quest ion i ng— st udents of every sexual orientation are welcomed at the Pride Centre, although they will never be asked to disclose this information. Here, sexual diversities are celebrated, whether that means preferences, practices, or philosophies. Their mission of tolerance, respect, and acceptance of individuals combats the prejudices sometimes felt by students in other spaces on campus. The centre provides resources, organizes social activities, and has a mentorship program called Buddy Up With Pride, as

drop-in basis. Their website also includes self-care resources for those suffering from various mental health issues. The Peer Help Centre is always looking for reliable volunteers interested in helping others in the U of O community. Students can get involved as peer helpers, who provide information and support to those who come into the centre; peer listeners, who operate the help line; and peer mentors, who are a part of the mentorship program with high-school students.

Sustainable Development Centre (SDC) The Sustainable D e ve lopme nt Centre (SDC) is a studentrun service responsible for spe a rhe ad i ng green initiatives on campus, while encouraging U of O students to actively engage in environmental and social justice. The SDC provides consultation to those interested in making their events environmentally friendly, runs a free and reusable dishlending program for students, and works to educate students on environmental issues through presentations and their lending library.

In addition to hosting their annual Green Week, the SDC is launching a new campaign about sustainable food that will aim to raise awareness regarding the food that is available on campus and in our communities—and how our eating habits interact with our environment. The centre is always looking for volunteers to help out with their events— especially Green Week—and interested students are encouraged to drop by the centre or email them. Where you’ll fi nd them: UCU 215F Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Get in touch: Email them at

tween cultural groups on campus. International House organizes movie nights, potlucks, and student trips in addition to their annual International Week—a week-long exhibition of worldwide culture. They seek to represent not only international students, but anyone interested in learning more about world cultures. Whether you’re an exchange student, contemplating an exchange, or are just interested in international cultures, this is the service to check out. Where you’ll fi nd them: UCU 211E & G Get in touch: (613) 562-5800, ext. 4405 or email them at


Sept. 1–15, 2011

Ottawa after dark Making memories you’ll never remember


photo by Mico Mazza

Ha ha ha ha Sofia Hashi | Fulcrum Staff


inally, after a long week filled with assignments, early morning classes, and readings, the weekend has arrived. Although it couldn’t have come a moment sooner, you’re still slightly unsure what to do with your weekend in a new city. If you’re interested in what’s hot in Ottawa on the weekend, you’ve come to the right place.





It’s Thursday night, the work week is winding down, and you’re gearing up to party. While you may not be willing to venture too far off campus because it’s a school night, there are tons of places to go on campus that have great deals on Thursdays. Feeling the need to let your inner Mariah Carey shine? Head on over to La Maison (191 Somerset St. E.), which has karaoke nights on Thursdays and $10 pitchers of Canadian. Another excellent on-campus option is 1848, a pub operated by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa, which has $3 mixed drinks every Thursday. If you’re feeling brave enough to leave campus, stop by Barrymore’s Music Hall (323 Bank St.). Students pay no cover on their weekly 90s Night.

Rebecca Black didn’t make an obnoxious song about Fridays for no reason. Friday nights are one of the best nights to go out in Ottawa, especially if you’re in a dancing mood. Some hot spots include Mansion (400-A Dalhousie St.), which specializes in R&B and house music. Dress to impress if you’re stopping by this club —they have a strict dress code and aren’t afraid to turn away people who don’t look the part. Tila Tequila (104 Clarence St.) and Ritual (137 Besserer St.) also offer an awesome time for any club-loving student. If you’re only 18 and can’t go out in Ottawa yet, there’s always Hull where you can party the night away at favourite first-year bars such as Addiction, Le Bop, and Le Volt.

If you’re not into the mainstream scene, check out Death Disco at Swizzles (246 Queen St.), Ottawa’s self-proclaimed alternative club on Saturdays. Swizzles is one of a few clubs in Ottawa dedicated to music for the more hard rock inclined. Featuring an alternative scene for fans of Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and The Cure, Death Disco is just right for those who enjoy punk, heavy metal, and rock. If you want to keep it low-key on Saturday, the Mercury Lounge (56 ByWard Market Sq.) is the perfect place to go. It features slam poetry every first and third Saturday of the month. Head on over to Absolute Comedy (412 Preston St.) if you want to crack up. Promising lots of laughs, the comedy club offers show tickets and dinner packages that are easy on a student budget.

Even though Sundays signal the start of the upcoming work week, there are still tons of places you can go to have fun. Student-friendly pubs are crawling all over campus. Some popular hangouts that promise great food on a student budget include The Royal Oak (161 Laurier Ave. E), La Maison, and Patty Boland’s (101 Clarence St.). If you’re nursing a bad hangover, head on over to Father & Sons (112 Osgoode St.). It has a great greasy-spoon breakfast, which is both affordable and delicious. If you’re still stuck for something to do on the weekends, or even on a free night during the week, make sure to read the Fulcrum’s Th ryllabus, which lists campus and local events every week. f

Awarding awesomeness

101 Week hookups

Taking a look at who has the best 101 Week events Jaclyn Lytle | Fulcrum Staff

YEAR AFTER YEAR, the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) dominates the 101 Week calendar. As the official organizers of frosh week fun on campus, the SFUO has by far the most well-known—and well-attended—101 Week events. But despite the popularity of the SFUO’s 101 Week, there are other frosh events that new students shouldn’t miss. Th is year, the Fulcrum has decided to give those departments with the best events the recognition they deserve. And the winners are… Good old gold Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Every year, the Fulcrum’s upstairs neighbours offer an entire week chock-full of alternative frosh week events: Alt 101. Starting off each day with an all-vegan

pancake breakfast, Alt 101 includes an impressive variety of workshops and discussion groups on topics like activism on campus, social justice, and safe, consensual sex. Alt 101 isn’t all serious stuff though; they also have several creative events for students new to the Ottawa area, such as their underground and grassroots tours of the town and picnic in Gatineau Hills. Don’t forget to stop by their free store or Werk It! dance and drag night, which are annual favourites on campus. For their alternative approach to 101 Week and absolutely packed calendar of events, OPIRG is awarded gold. Shining silver Communication Student Association (CSA) Though technically an arts department, communications has a 101 Week of its own. Th is year, the CSA has one espe-

cially awesome event planned for all interested students. Camp Commie is an overnight, outdoor camping adventure for any student that buys a CSA 101 Week kit. Taking place at Camp Air-Eau-Bois in nearby Denholm, Que., Camp Commie promises a plethora of games, swimming, and marshmallow roasting. For taking advantage of the outdoors and getting their 101-ers out into the wild, the CSA is awarded silver. Ballin’ in bronze Students’ Association of the Faculty of Arts (SAFA) Th is year, the SAFA has one majorly cool event planned for anyone who buys their 101 Week kits: A top-secret concert on campus. Though the location has yet to be announced, they have revealed that the lineup will include Dave Russell, Robyn Dell’Unto, and Sean Pinchin, as well as one small clue as to where the

event may be: “We will be disrupting all the students who decide that studying in the library is more important than music.” For their dedication to secrecy and guerrilla-style attitude toward the arts, the SAFA is awarded bronze. Honourable mention Something to be said for the SFUO While the SFUO does have an abundance of interesting events, there is one that no student should miss. Shinerama is an annual event where students hit the streets to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. An easy event to contribute to, Shine Day is possibly the most important event of 101 Week. If you have time to pull a team together and go out gathering donations, then defi nitely do it up. If not, empty your pockets of all that burdensome change and contribute to a valuable f cause.

A fro shall practice safe sex. No glove, no love (and there’s really no excuse, froshies. There are tons of places on campus to pick up free condoms). A fro shall understand that a 101 Week hookup, while perhaps leading to an eventual relationship, is not the catalyst for one. A fro shall not hook up with anyone who will make the remainder of their 101 Week unbearable due to awkwardness or anger on their hookup’s behalf.

Sept. 1–15, 2011

The wheels on the bus go all ‘round town..

Ah, frosh meat Di Daniels’ message to the newcomers

Discovering Ottawa through the U-Pass Alexandra Souligny | Fulcrum Contributor


nother year, another U-Pass. Though returning students already know what to expect—that mandatory $290 bus pass tacked on to all full-time student fees. But all you first years have yet to decide whether you love it or hate it. Some of you will wonder, “What do I do with this U-Pass? I live on or near campus. I’m central to it all!” Well, the Fulcrum has come to save the day—as usual—by compiling this year’s top five places to use your U-Pass.

IKEA Need I say more? Maybe bringing a new Trondheim dresser home on the bus isn’t the best idea you’ll have over the next four years, but I guarantee it won’t be the worst. Something to write home about! Scotiabank Place, a.k.a The Bank Hockey lovers—rejoice. And all music lovers too. Oh, you’re into professional bullriding and monster trucks? Well then, the Bank is for you, my friend. Located in Kanata, it’s the only largescale arena in the Ottawa region. Home to the Ottawa Senators and to host Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne concerts, Scotiabank Place has a lot to offer. As an added bonus, Flex-Packs for cheap, grouped Sens games are available, as well as discounted student-priced tickets. Double the savings! Beaches What beaches?! Newcomers will be delighted to learn Ottawa has many public beaches, all accessible via OC Transpo. Our top picks are Mooney’s Bay, Petrie Island, and Britannia Beach; however, we recommend checking the City of Ottawa’s website to ensure water quality. A green f lag means the beach is ready for the taking, while a red f lag


means there is a bit too much E.coli in the water. What? I never said we were perfect. Gatineau/Hull Take a walk on the wild side and hop the border—the Ontario–Quebec border that is! The OC Transpo and Société de transport des Outaouais both accept the U-Pass. Quebec’s legal drinking age is only 18, so 101-ers can brag to their friends hours away from this magical frontier of legality. One night spent at Le Bop or Volt is worth the satisfaction of waiting for that bus. I’ll also throw in a little tip, for our 19 plus readers: Depending on what you buy, many types of alcohol are less expensive in Quebec. The SAQ Portage is our pick for cheap beer and Absolut Vodka. The Works Th is joint is by far one of the best hamburger and milkshake places you’ll have the pleasure to venture into. Ottawa currently has seven locations, including Kanata, the Glebe, and Orleans, and it’s a sin to miss out on their wide selection of burgers and shakes. We suggest you try the R.O.F. (with onion rings, jalapenos, and banana peppers) or the Dead Ringer. You can handle it—you go to the University of Ottawa now! f

WELCOME, FROSHERS, TO the University of Ottawa. Your university experience here will be the best of times, the worst of times, and—it is my sincerest hope—it will also be the sexiest of times. Most students come to school prepared to fill their heads with equations, quotations, and solutions. I’m here to urge you to save some space for the most pleasurable part of life: Sex. My name is Di Daniels, and I am a certified sex goddess, guru, and dynamo. As the Fulcrum’s one and only sex columnist, I have the answers to your most burning questions about love, lust, and doing the nasty. Each week I respond to students’ queries in my column, “Dear Di...”, and I hope after reading it once you’ll keep cumming back for more. As first-year students, you are about to embark on a journey through unchartered waters. You are now living independently and in extremely close quarters with a slew of other people whose hormones are raging just as much as yours. You’re likely feeling tempted to strip off all of your clothes and rub your naked body against any consenting person you pass, and that’s perfectly fine. I do, however, suggest that you get to know your own body just as intimately as you know your sexual partners’. Masturbation is your friend, but be discreet! Your roommate may not want to see your orgasm face, but if you’re lucky, he or she might just be down for a little mutual self-love. And why not? Now is

the time to experiment. No matter your fantasy, you will certainly be able to find someone around campus who will want to make it reality. Take advantage of the fact that mom and dad will no longer be snooping around your room and purchase a sex toy (or 12). I recommend perusing the shelves of Venus Envy (320 Lisgar St.), the store where I bought my first vibrator many years ago. Yes, first years, I hope you will experiment in the sack, but I also ask you to be honest with yourself about your likes, dislikes, and sexuality. Know your comfort zone and step out of it only when you are sure that you really want to. If the orgy on the 13th floor doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, then politely excuse yourself and move on. Living in residence with hundreds of other virile students means there will always be something (and someone) dirty to do, so don’t cave if you aren’t comfortable. And friends, above all, make sure you are safe—never, ever rely on a partner to provide protectiont. Your sexual health is your responsibility and yours alone. I encourage you to ask me questions via email (, Twitter (@Dear_Di), or Facebook (Di Daniels). Don’t be shy! I wish you the best of luck and the best of fucks. Here’s to a year of throbbing members and pulsating pussies!                                                                                                    Love, Di

Living large Make staying at home sweeter Sofia Hashi | Fulcrum Staff

FOR MOST FIRST-years, starting university means moving to a new city and living away from home for the fi rst time. But not all students move away for their post-secondary studies; some decide to go to university while living at home. Though there are tons of advantages to staying home, most frosh advice is geared toward fi rst years who’ve moved away. It’s hardly fair that the rest get ignored! Here’s some advice for froshies still living at home from someone who was in your shoes a couple years ago. Attend 101 Week Take advantage of this opportunity to meet new people in your program, introduce yourself to some of your future professors, and sign up for the information sessions that will help you transition from high school into university with ease. Join a club

If you don’t meet that many people during 101 Week or didn’t have the opportunity to attend it, don’t worry. One of the best ways to avoid feeling lonely and isolated while living at home is to join a club. Campus clubs offer an awesome environment to make friends with common interests. There are a variety of clubs on campus including academic, philanthropic, and cultural clubs. Make sure to attend the Clubs Carnival on Sept. 8 and 9 where you can meet the club organizers and learn about what each group has to offer—there’s something for everyone. Establish boundaries with your parents One of the more difficult aspects of starting university and living at home is that your parents may still treat you the same way they did when you were in high school. While you need to remain respectful and remember you are living under their roof and must abide by their rules, speak to your parents and tell them how

you feel. Kindly let them know you’re an adult now and can handle being treated like one. Also, don’t come home trashed at 6 a.m. every night, waking everyone up. It won’t help your case. Take advantage of your long commute If you live far enough off campus, why don’t you be productive and use the bus ride into school to catch up on your readings or go over your notes? Instead of idly listening to music twice a day, five days a week, try to be productive and understand that elusive philosophical theory or difficult math equation. Try to get a job on campus An on-campus job will help you to not only stay connected with what’s happening on campus and make some extra money, but it will also take away the burden of bussing all the way to work from campus. Check out for job postings. f

The keg commandments A fro shall know their limits. This includes, but is not limited to, not keg-standing or double funnelling unless a fro is sure he or she can handle it. A fro shall keep their cup close and watch it carefully. A fro shall not grab a random person’s cup should a fro misplace his or her own. A fro shall alert another fro if he or she sees drink spiking, keg hogging, or a fellow fro passing out.


Sept. 1–15, 2011

Thirty ways to get a high-five A Gee-Gee’s bucket list that’s guaranteed to get you props

photo illustration by Mico Mazza

Jane Lytvynenko | Fulcrum Staff


hether you’re just entering university or starting your sixth year, there are certain university challenges you must complete. The Fulcrum compiled a list of 30 things you should do before entering the real world.


Participate in 101 Week. Whether you’re new to the university or if you’ve been here for far too long, it’s always a great idea to be involved. Being a frosher or a guide guarantees a good time and a chance to meet some new people.


Visit every campus business. Help your home away from home out and leave some (more) of your cash at the university counter. Not only do our businesses kick ass, but they often have good deals too.


Live in the dorms. Nothing completes the university experience quite like dorm parties and horrible roommates. Th is is where you’ll get all the epic stories you’ll be too ashamed to tell your grandkids.

Join a club. Find something that interests you and go for it. You’ll meet many like-minded people and extra-curricular activities look great on a job application. Hint: The Fulcrum’s volunteer meetings are Thursdays at 1 p.m.


Organize a scavenger hunt around campus. If you’re in first year, team up with a bunch of friends and put together a scavenger hunt. It will help you get to know the campus while having a ton of fun.


Actually study. Fun and games are all well and good until you get 30 per cent on your first midterm. Get your head out of the keg and pick up a book once in a while. It’ll suck in the moment, but you’ll thank me later.


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In fact, get an A. For maximum impact, ace a class with a very long and complicated name and a hard-ass professor.

Complete the 1848 beer passport… in one night. The ultimate drinking game: Try all 28 beers from over 20 different countries in one night. Bonus: You might even win a prize!

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Pull a prank on your roommate. Don’t be mean, but let them know you’re a force to be reckoned with. If they get too rowdy, threaten to do it again. Do a keg stand. If for no other reason then to say you did.

Go on a road trip using your U-Pass. Explore Ottawa by getting on a series of random buses with no fi nal destination in mind. Gather friends, make a playlist, and bring beer to drink at the last stop.

Jump off the highest diving board at the Morisset pool. It stands 10 metres tall, but is totally safe and fun. While you’re there, sample our awesome athletic facilities.

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Go to a lecture in pajamas. Then raise your hand and give a clever, sophisticated answer to every question. Get drunk in Hull and walk back wasted. The best part of the night will be the walk. Pro tip: Don’t do it in the winter. You’ll freeze to

death. Do an assignment in one night. Load up on red eye and write that 30-page monster you’ve been meaning to tackle. Make sure you read it over after a nice rest or else the fi nal product might not make sense.



Survive Rabaska/uoZone/Virtual Campus. The trick is knowing the best time to use these tools. Just to be safe, don’t access them on your own computer in case you get the urge to snap it in half.

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Have sex on campus. Try Tabaret lawn at night or an abandoned classroom.

Vote in a student election. And don’t spoil your ballot by drawing private parts on it. Remember, if you draw them in the box, the ballot still counts.

things. Remember: Always bargain.


Be a Gee-Gee. Go to a game or try out for a team. You can’t call yourself a Gee-Gee until you’ve shown your support for our wonderful athletes.


Drink in Strathcona Park at night. Pick a clear night, grab a bottle of something alcoholic, and enjoy the stars. If you have a crush on someone, this is the perfect first kiss setting. Then proceed to number 17.


Crowd surf. Take advantage of U of O’s prime downtown location, go to a concert, and crowd surf. Make sure your shoes are secure and those helping you up can handle your weight. Don’t be surprised if someone grabs your butt.

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Make like a Canadian and eat a Beavertail on the canal. You must be skating (or attempting to). Check out the arts scene. Go to a poetry slam or watch a foreign fi lm. Ottawa has great venues. Discover something



Find something awesome at the Great Glebe Garage Sale. Every May, a neighbourhood called the Glebe holds a garage sale of epic proportions. Bring a truck or a wheelbarrow and stock up on awesome


Grab a beer with a prof. You’ll be surprised how chill some professors are at the university. If it’s a class that actually interests you—you can tell if you only check Facebook once per class—ask the professor for a drink. You’ll learn a lot and make a very useful acquaintance. Just make sure you both know it’s not a date.


Get a new look. University is a pretty big deal, so jazz yourself up for it—get a haircut and some new clothes. The better you look, the better you feel, and thus the better things will turn out.


Go to a museum. We have amazing national museums in Ottawa for even the pickiest visitors. Make like a tourist and take yourself on a field trip!

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Make friends. And not just Facebook friends—the real kind. The more the merrier.

Do something that scares you. Like public speaking, skydiving, or asking out that person you can never take your eyes off. What’s the worst that could happen? Have fun. Seriously. Have a blast out there. f | Sept. 1–15, 2011

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Hard core work outs without leaving your dorm Sarah Gisele | Fulcrum Contributor

IT GOES WITHOUT saying that there will be days when you lack the motivation to leave your res room and head to the gym. Whether the temperatures are south of zero and you need thermal boots and a parka to accompany you to the Sports Complex or you just don’t feel comfortable working out in front of dudes who look like Ronnie from Jersey Shore, there’s no reason to skip a workout. You can still exercise without leaving your dorm or spending lots of money on expensive equipment. You may not have a StairMaster available to get your heart pumping (StairMasters, as well as hot plates, are a nono in res), so go old school and use the

actual stairs. Grab your iPod and walk up and down the stairs in your building. If you’re in good shape, you can even try jogging the stairs or doing a set of squats or wall push-ups every time you reach the next floor. Forget the people on your floor—resistance bands are your new friends. You can pick up a light, medium, or heavy resistance band (depending on your fitness level) at Sports Experts or Walmart for less than $30. The band can be used for a number of exercises, including squats, rows, bicep curls, shoulder presses, and more. Be creative! Since you will be spending most of the time in your res room studying (or perfecting your keg stand, but I’ll assume the former) why not incorporate

exercise into your study routine? Every time you fi nish a chapter or write another page of an essay, do a set each of push-ups, squats, and lunges. By the time you’ve fi nished studying, you will have exercised both your mind and your body. High-five! If you left your Billy Blanks Tae Bo videocassettes at home, no fear. There is a huge selection of instructional exercise videos available for free on YouTube. One of my favourites is the 8 Minute series: Eight-minute-long exercises designed to tone your abs, arms, buns, and more. Not only do you get a great workout in a short amount of time, but you also get to laugh at the fantastic 80s outfits on the instructor and participants. Zebra-print spandex jumpsuit? Why not! On a dude? Sure!

Come visit us during 101 Week to learn more about how to become a volunteer at the coolest paper in town!

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from the sidelines Katherine DeClerq Sports Editor

HERE WE ARE again—another year of sleepless nights, stress-induced headaches, and caffeine sprees. That dreaded September school year has crept up on us once more, and with that a few particular back-to-work dreads. Whether it is your first year at the U of O or your fourth, I challenge you not to fall into that rut of caffeinated beverages and hermit-style life. There is a very simple way of succeeding in this challenge, and it can be summed up in one easy yet oh-so powerful word: Sports! No, I don’t mean you should rush off and join one of the many varsity teams, competitive clubs, or intramurals, although I do encourage that if you enjoy playing the sport in question. Rather I am talking about attending sports games— being one of thousands of students wearing garnet and grey, cheering on our teams to the finals. I can just see your face—is this really turning into a you-should-get-involvedin-activities-on-campus speech? Well, the answer would be yes and no. Sports offer more than just a way to get involved in university life. First of all, it gives you the opportunity to show your school spirit, something that is unfortunately lacking from a university as large as the U of O. Name one other scenario in which you can yell and swear at Carleton students and it be considered appropriate? Secondly, it acts as the perfect study

break. If you turn on that television you could be sucked in for hours on end. When you attend a Gees game, you can return refreshed and ready to study—as long as you don’t go to the bar afterwards. And lastly, it’s free! Yes, all the Gees home games, except for varsity football because of the team’s use of the city’s stadium, are free to students of the University of Ottawa! See, this is what irks me. If the games are free, why do we always have a low attendance record—a record that continues to decrease every year? Our teams are decent and have all fared extremely well in their respective tournaments, so why don’t students take advantage of the give away and watch them kick some other university’s ass? This question has been passed on from sports editor to sports editor with no answer in sight. And so, I hope you accept my challenge so I don’t have to leave this question hanging for my successor. I want to be able to tell him or her that attendance records have soared, that students have taken a new interest in our Gee-Gees, and that they have lifted our school spirit to that of a typical, large university. (613) 562-5931

We like all shapes and sizes.

School spirit—it’s free!

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COMPETITIVE CLUBS SEASON PREVIEW Keeton Wilcock | Fulcrum Contributor

WITH BADMINTON, BASEBALL, rowing, rugby, soccer, fastball, and virtually any other sport under the sun, the 18 competitive clubs at the University of Ottawa provide year-round entertainment for fans while allowing talented athletes to hone their skills in a competitive atmosphere. Although they don’t receive funding from Sports Services or the university, many of the teams are able to fundraise enough money to compete in provincial tournaments and increase their standings to a photo by Kate Waddingham

national level. The Fulcrum spoke with three teams competing in this fall season to find out exactly what U of O fans should be excited about come September.

Making waves

photo by Alex Martin

Rowing club hopes to remain national contender


fter a couple of decades of tremendous growth, the University of Ottawa’s rowing team has become one of the biggest, and one of the most successful, competitive clubs at the U of O. Currently boasting over 40 athletes, it has several teams competing under the banner of the university’s rowing club—women’s novice, junior-varsity, and varsity, as well as both men’s novice and varsity teams. The club is hoping to build on the momentum of their successful 2010–11 season, a year that saw the team place fi ft h overall at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship regatta and sixth at the Canadian University Rowing Championships.

But, with the club’s recent success, the pressure is on for the upcoming season. “We’re looking to fi ll as many events as we can at the OUA championship regatta and the Canadian University Rowing Championships,” said Brittany Feor, the club’s vp of media and communications. “Hopefully this year we can win a few more medals at the OUA’s and Canadian [Championships] and place in the top five at each.” The team’s success is due both to a talented coaching staff led by Sophie Roberge, as well as the team’s dedication to training. The rowers train six days a week during the off-season as well as during the racing period from August to

November. During this time, the team competes in several regattas across the country. Despite the rowing team’s high level of competitiveness nationally, new members are welcome. Both novice and experienced rowers may try out for the team in mid-September, where students will be tested both on land and in the water. The team is hosting the P.D. Ross Regatta in Ottawa on Sept. 17. Students are welcome to come out and cheer on the Gees’ rowers along the banks of the Rideau Canal where they will face off against crosstown rivals, the Carleton Ravens, in the two kilometre sprint races. f

photo by Barry Stewart

Shooting for the top Men’s soccer team ready for most

Go big or go home

ambitious season yet

Men’s baseball team to play at Ottawa Stadium

fter a strong showing at tryouts, a newly formed roster, and some intensive training, the University of Ottawa’s men’s soccer team can’t wait to begin their regular season, which will see them compete in several highprofi le tournaments throughout the province. “The Gee-Gees soccer squad is about to embark on its most competitive season yet,” said head coach David Piccini, remarking on the team’s schedule. Not only will the athletes be playing in the McGill Invitational, the Carleton Invitational, and the Kingston Open, but the team will also be travelling south of the border to test their mettle against American opposition. Competing in both the fall and winter months, the Garnet and Grey just might be the squad to beat. The Gees’ results last year were certainly favour-


ince the team’s inception in 1995, the men’s baseball team has been a permanent fi xture of the University of Ottawa’s competitive clubs. After a highly successful 2010– 11 season, the group has their sights set on the national title. “We all share the same goal: Winning our league and winning nationals,” said third basemen and short stop Serge Lafontaine. “We think we have what it takes.” A national title isn’t unrealistic for the Gees, who are coming off a season that saw them start with a track record of 0-4 and fi nish with 10-6.

Head coaches Larry Belanger and Dave Dunn have led the team to a consistent ranking in the top 10 of the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association— several times placing number one. Yet despite the team’s history as a national powerhouse, the university has declined to give the club varsity status. “The only weakness [in the program] that I see is the lack of time to promote ourselves to get students to the games. But eventually, baseball will become a highlighted sport at the university,” said Lafontaine. A lack of fans shouldn’t be an issue this season as students have a lot to

be excited about. For the first time, the team will play their home games at the Ottawa Stadium with the ability to seat thousands. Located just one exit east of campus, the stadium is easily one of the best facilities in the league. Students can catch the free home opener on Sept. 17 at 12 p.m., when the team hosts a double-header against John Abbott College. A pre-party at the Draft and buses to the field are just a few reasons to get pumped about what will likely be a very successf ful season for the Gees.


able, as the team fi nished with a record of 13 wins, four losses, and two ties. Now, as the club enters its 10th year as a competitive club at the U of O, the program’s commitment to excellence remains strong. “Our goal is to offer the most competitive soccer experience possible at the University of Ottawa, and so far our results in Ontario and Quebec suggest that we have quite a strong squad,” said Piccini. As many of the team’s games take place outside of Ottawa, the home town highlight for fans will take place on Sept. 11 at 12:30 p.m. with Soccer Sunday at the Sports Complex. Not only can students see their Gees in action against the Durham College Lords while eating a sandwich provided by caterers La Bottega, but the fi rst 50 fans will receive a f free vuvuzela and promotional

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ARTS&CULTURE A different way to celebrate frosh Alt 101 Week offers diverse events for students Mercedes Mueller | Fulcrum Staff

VEGAN BREAKFASTS, SEX workshops, and a night of political comedy are just a few of the events featured during the Ontario Public Interest Research Group’s (OPIRG) Alternative 101 Week. A radically different approach to the popular 101 Weeks organized by the U of O’s academic departments, this week-long series of dry, accessible, queer-positive, and green events provides new students with a unique introduction to campus. “There are a lot of new students who are looking for a lot more than the other 101 Weeks provide. Who we are is about more than just what faculty we are in, so for students who want something different—whether it be a more inclusive environment [or] to plug into communities that are shaping their campus and making it a better, more just place—Alt 101 is for them,” explained fourth-year political science student and Alt 101 coordinator Tasha Peters. Inspired by other PIRGs across the country, the U of O’s Alt 101 was created in 2005 as a response to the mainstream 101 Week events—events that

aren’t always representative of all incoming students. According to its website, “Alternative 101 is a radically different and politically progressive option for students who are either not part of the mainstream or are simply looking for something different.” “Alt 101 is for students who are interested in promoting social and environmental justice and [in] becoming part of a community of people for whom this is especially important,” said Peters. “With Alt 101, students get to see another side of campus and discover a community that is dedicated to taking action to create a campus, city, and world that is just for all.” Alt 101 will boast a variety of events this year, kicking off each day with a vegan pancake breakfast provided by the People’s Republic of Delicious and the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) Food Bank. A number of workshops will be held throughout the week, including one on activism led by rogue Senate page Brigette DePape and three on consent, sexual health, and sex toys. The week’s main events feature political comedian Hari Kondabolu, a night of slam poetry and sundaes, and a dance party complete with a DJ and a drag show. “We will also be attending some of the general SFUO events, such as the ACTION Carnival, the Eid dinner, and Fedstock, so Alt 101-ers can join up with people in other 101 Weeks as well,” added Peters. Any student looking for an unorthodox introduction to the U of O should check out what Alt 101 has to offer this year.


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These Alt 101 guides are ready to give first-years a unique introduction to the U of O

“I know so many students who spend much of first year—and sometimes their whole degree—looking for a place where they fit in and can work on things they are passionate about,” she said, noting Alt 101 helps connect students who are passionate about the same causes on their

first day on campus. “If you are interested in learning how to cook vegan food, working toward ending gendered violence, exploring the wilderness, working to make education accessible to everyone, discovering the slam poetry scene in Ottawa, or shutting

down the tar sands, Alt 101 will help you get there!” f Alt 101 Week kits can be purchased online or on Sept. 3–4 in front of the Unicentre. For more information, check out

The Fedstock experience What students can expect from this year’s festivities Sofia Hashi | Fulcrum Staff


his year’s 101 Week is jammed with events for both new and returning students to enjoy— and Fedstock is no exception. The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) will be continuing its Fedstock tradition, hosting the outdoor concert on Sept. 10 right aft er a Gee-Gees football game at Frank Clair Stadium. “Fedstock is the big orientation week concert to kick off the school year. It features a whole bunch of current bands and really interesting music,” explains SFUO VP Social Marie-Claude Noël. “As well, it’s a great way [for] students to get to know the SFUO services and

meet other students from different faculties. It’s a good way to end the summer.” Having attracted names such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Hedley, and Alexisonfi re in the past, the concert usually features one English and one French headliner, along with two supporting acts. Th is year, students can look forward to seeing popular acts Karkwa and Down with Webster. Formed in 1998, Karkwa is a fivepiece band that hails from Montreal, Que. Playing primarily rock, U of O students can enjoy listening to hits off the band’s latest album, Les chemins de verre, released last year. Known for singles “Your Man” and “Whoa Is Me”, the Torontonian band

Down with Webster combines rap and rock music to create a distinct sound. Having opened for acts such as Black Eyed Peas and Timbaland, the six-man band will be entertaining students with their Juno-nominated album Time to Win, Vol. 1. One significant change from past Fedstocks students will be seeing this year is its move from Jacques Cartier Park to Lebreton Flats. Its movement from Gatineau to our side of the border means Fedstock will be an alcohol-free event, unlike the previous year. Noël reassures students this shouldn’t be a problem. “Fedstock is completely dry this year. There will be no drinking, especially because it is in Ontario. Not many of

It’s a great way [for] students to get to know the SFUO services and meet other students from different faculties. It’s a good way to end the summer.

—Marie-Claude Noël, SFUO vp social

the 101-ers can drink,” says Noël. “We also think that it is just a better environment. Th at way everyone who wants to come can come and no one is limited by the fact that there may be alcohol served.” Students can look forward to more than a concert at Fedstock. With a variety of events, including a barbecue and live DJ, students can count on having a good time. “It’s a fun time; you get to hang out. There’s a BBQ benefiting Shinerama,” says Noël. “We’ll bring some Frisbees and footballs so people can throw things around in the back and entertain themselves. There’s so much space; there’s room to sit, eat, and chat. It’s a f good hangout place,”

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Shining under the stars Local theatre company celebrates 25 years of productions Èva Morin | Fulcrum Contributor

FOR THE PAST two decades, Odyssey Theatre has been a summer staple for the Ottawa community. The company’s summer program, aptly named Theatre Under the Stars, uses Strathcona Park in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood as centre stage, performing plays in front of an all-ages audience. In celebration of their anniversary, Odyssey Theatre chose to perform Carlo Goldoni’s The Fan this summer as a tribute to their roots. “In our fi rst season, we performed a play by the very same writer—Carlo Goldoni—and we’ve been on such a journey that I wanted to come back and celebrate our roots with another work by Goldoni,” explains artistic director and Odyssey Theatre founder, Laurie Steven. “What was also exciting was that the actor who played the lead role in our very fi rst play came back to play the lead in The Fan for our anniversary. It was like coming full circle,” she says. Odyssey Theatre has come a long way from its debut 25 years ago. The company has expanded their summer program to four and half week run, and launched an indoor series in 2009. Over time, other programs have been created to stimulate artistic development and growth among actors and writers in the area. “A principle that I established in the very fi rst season was to bring a guest artist to help the company, which evolved into the training program, Exploration,


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Audiences enjoy Odyssey Theatre’s production of The Fan where [a] guest artist comes [in] and trains our actors on unique art forms that they can bring to their acting,” says Steven. The company specializes in Commedia dell’Arte, a type of theatre that originated in the Italian Renaissance. Actors use elaborate masks and tell tales of love in a comedic fashion. Programs to perpetuate this art form have been implemented at the theatre. “We also have the only new play development program in Canada, where

writers and creators can be supported to develop work specifically for mask theatre and puppetry,” says Steven. With the end of summer rapidly approaching, Steven admits she would like to see the company expand to perform shows during the winter. “We would like to have a winter show, where the work would be more experimental. That would be the dream. Of course, with that we need to raise money, which is always difficult, so that will be the challenge. But artistically, that’s

where I’d like to go,” she says. Although the company launched an indoor series in 2009, Steven explains fi nancial and space issues have kept it from becoming an annual event. “We would like to do one indoor winter performance every other year. We are hoping our next indoor winter show will be in the winter of 2013. We don’t have a regular space for that; each time we do [an indoor performance] we will have to fi nd a theatre to work with,” she says. While fundraising may be a tricky ob-

stacle to overcome, Steven has no doubt that the company will continue evolving in order to ensure many more years of great theatre. “A lot has been happening over the last 25 years, but I think there’s lots of innovative and new ways of reaching people [and] taking new directions in communications and in [the] arts while incorporating it into theatre. At the same time, there’s still something undeniably powerful about the live perf formance.”

For the artistically inclined How to get involved in the arts on campus Jennifer Hurd | Fulcrum Contributor


hether you play an instrument, or love to sing, act, or dance, if you would like to continue doing so on campus you’ve come to the right school. With musical ensembles and tango classes, the University of Ottawa boasts a variety of options for the artistically inclined. Theatre If you’re a true theatre guru, here’s a project that will have you excited: 24-hour theatre. Once a semester, your fellow theatrically minded students gather for a day-long period of intensive creativity. It consists of writing, rehearsing, and fi nally performing a one-act play—all within

the span of 24 hours. Do you think better on your feet and would like even less preparation time? Consider joining the Improv Club for evenings of theatrical madness, fun, and hilarity beyond compare. The Drama Guild and La Comédie des Deux Rives, our university’s theatre companies, also put on shows throughout the year. Check with the Department of Theatre for details or remember to glance periodically at any bulletin board in the theatre buildings—audition notices will be posted there. If none of these tickle your fancy and you would rather sing, act, and dance all at the same time, consider joining the Musical Theatre Club, which puts on at least one musical every year.

Music The University of Ottawa Choir and the school’s orchestra hold auditions at the start of every school year for those who have a passion for singing or playing instruments. Various ensembles perform throughout the year and admission is by voluntary contribution. The Faculty of Music also hosts a series of concerts held at Tabaret Hall throughout the school year that students can attend for only $5. Dance Whether you’ve danced since you could walk or you’ve always feared the dance floor, there is a place for you at the University of Ottawa. With a tango club, a swing club, and even a club dedicated

to dancing Michael Jackson’s “Th riller”, there is something for everybody. For novice dancers, the university offers inexpensive classes in all different forms of dance, from ballet to ballroom. Experienced jazz or lyrical dancers have the opportunity to audition for the GeeGees dance team, which participates in several competitions each year and also puts on an annual showcase at the Ottawa Little Theatre. There are no excuses left . No matter what your area of expertise—or lack thereof—somewhere at this university there is a group of people who enjoy your passion just as much as you do. It doesn’t matter if you’d like to learn something new or refi ne a talent you already have, f it’s easy to get artsy at the U of O.

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movie reviews Crazy, Stupid Love.

CRAZY, STUPID LOVE. breathes new life into a tired genre. Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have sidestepped many of the problems that plague romantic comedies and have delivered a must-see movie. Filled with a star-studded ensemble, including Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Ryan Gosling, and Oscar-winning Marisa Tomei, Crazy, Stupid Love. does what other romantic comedies fail to do: Make people laugh. The story follows Cal’s (Carell) character and how his life drastically changes when his wife, Emily (Moore), asks for a divorce after 25 years of marriage. Other subplots are weaved into the main storyline, allowing actors Gosling and Stone to shine. Excellent acting and terrific comedic timing are not the only stand-out elements of the fi lm. Writer Dan Fogelman has created characters that are believable and relatable, something often lacking in the modern day rom-com. There’s no wondering about this fi lm—you’d be crazy and stupid not to see it. —Sofia Hashi

One Day

Captain America: The First Avenger


ollywood seems to be suffering from a superhero complex. Its latest obsession with comic-books-turned-action-movies have been flooding the box office and director Joe Johnson is no exception. Marvel comics has been resurrected, yet again, in the form of Captain America: The First Avenger. The fi lm stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, a hapless and tiny man who wants to enlist in the army during World War II but is unable to do so because of his small stature. After a chance encounter with Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci), Rogers is transformed into a lean, mean, man-fighting machine. Rogers quickly abandons his desire to join the army and turns his attentions to Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), the fi lm’s archetypal villain and one of Erskine’s botched experiments. While the incredible special effects transform a muscular Evans into a believably scrawny, frail character, and the action scenes are engaging enough, there is something lacking in this movie. It could be the fact that the fi lm moves along too fast and there is no real character development, or maybe it’s that the acting was mediocre and the plot satisfactory at best. Newcomers to the series may enjoy the fi lm, but diehard fans will be severely disappointed. —Sofia Hashi

DAVID NICHOLLS’ NOVEL One Day has been adapted onto the big screen for the latest romantic drama. Taking place primarily in England, One Day recounts the love story of Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) throughout the span of 15 years. What seems to be another unoriginal tale takes a twist for the better. The audience is only allowed glimpses of the lovers’ lives on one date: July 15, the very same day the couple met in 1988 on their school’s campus. The unique way in which Nicholls wrote the novel could have made for a fantastic film. Unfortunately, novels don’t always translate onto the big screen and that was the case for One Day. Hathaway’s attempt at a British accent coupled with her poor performance made for many cringe-worthy moments. The film also relied solely on costuming, hair, and makeup to convey the fact that it spans 15 years, but without much character development and growth, audiences are left with a very one-dimensional movie. The only redeeming aspect of the film is Sturgess’s acting; he somehow makes a bratty, rich English bloke lovable. One Day is an enjoyable film to watch—if you aren’t expecting the love story of the century. —Sofia Hashi

30 Minutes or Less

CONSIDERING THE TWISTED, hard-to-follow plot of 30 Minutes or Less, the hilarity of the fi lm is somewhat surprising, but it seems director Ruben Fleischer has found his niche and delivers in his latest fi lm. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg as Nick, a pizza delivery boy who has a bomb strapped to his chest by two wannabe criminals and is told he has a few hours to rob a bank. While the plot sounds sporadic, unbelievable, and outrageous, it works. Filled with dark humour and witty one-liners, the movie moves along at a pace that brings enjoyment and keeps laughs rolling, although the incessant obscenity and at times crass humour may go too far for some. All in all, 30 Minutes or Less is a solid fi lm, and if you’re not laughing throughout, you’re grinning from ear to ear. Isn’t that reason enough to watch this summer comedy? —Sofia Hashi

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the lens Sofia Hashi Fulcrum Staff

As real as it gets AS THE LEAVES begin to fall and August becomes a mere memory, students begrudgingly surrender to a new school year. For most of us autumn means a new semester and slowly settling into everyday routines, but for big-shot TV conglomerates, it signals the start of fall programming. Conveniently, our favourite television shows start just when we need an excuse to procrastinate on assignments, essays, and readings. But while there may be a flurry of scripted television shows on the small screen this time of year, there is no denying that reality television is here to stay. It’s not a new trend. Reality television exploded in the early 2000s, but what first seemed to be little more than a fad is now overshadowing other programming. The trashy jokes, tawdry affairs, hookups, and breakups all make

for entertaining television—it’s no wonder why such shows draw in millions of viewers. Still, there are some who roll their eyes at what they consider the mind-numbing and gaudy programming. The question on my mind is, why should they? Reality television is like any other TV show, only they aren’t scripted—or we would like to believe they aren’t. What makes reality television so good is that it’s entertaining. Isn’t that what TV is supposed to be? For stuff y, highbrow individuals, it might be hard to grasp that art is meant to be enjoyed. Whether it’s an art exhibition at La Petite Mort, a slam poetry show at Mercury Lounge, or even the latest vampire movie, art is supposed to be amusing. Art can be thought-provoking, go against the grain, and express different opinions, but it must be entertaining—oth-

erwise, the audience will abandon it. It’s OK that some people believe reality television to be a colossal waste of time that reduces your brain to mush; everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But reality TV is marketed to for mass consumption for a reason. The vast majority of us get our kicks and drama fi x watching the fights, screaming matches, and tears that run rampant on reality TV. Besides, we all know that the very same so-called intellectual, who is reality television’s biggest naysayer, is secretly catching up on all the latest drama on Jersey Shore and Big Brother whenever they get a spare minute.

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Dave Russell

Andrew Smith

THE MUSIC OF Sarnia-born folk artist Dave Russell is nothing but a big helping of classic Canadiana—only better. Abandoning the archetypal lyricism and overly simplistic strumming of a tired genre, Russell takes hints from folk-pop, roots, country, and rock ‘n roll to breathe new life into his obviously Ontario-inspired work. Russell’s lyrics are unparalleled and poetic, particularly on his song the “Phadra Phadra” and awardnominated track “Rocking Chair”. Though the full impact of Russell’s sound is best on his solo EP, Unnatural Disaster, his live recordings with band The Precious Stones would be a mistake to miss out on.

UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA master’s student Andrew Smith has taken an interesting approach to understanding our animal friends. Smith has developed a series of abstract paintings through which he seeks to convey “an open situation with a viewer … that brings the communicative potential of painting into a shared situation.” Smith’s art is extremely focused on both the experience of the animal (or insects in the case of his painting “Hive House”) and that of the audience. Inviting the interpretation of his viewers, Smith uses painting to communicate his own interpretation and invites the same from those who admire his works.

Sounds like: A mix between Jason Collett and Neil Young. Check it out: Russell’s music can be heard at

Looks like: A simplified version of Jackson Pollock. Check it out: Smith’s work will be exhibited at the City Hall Art Gallery from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1.

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thethryllabus Music Sept. 1: Alestorm, The Agonist, Blackguard, Aggressor, and Deformatory play Mavericks (221 Rideau St.), 7 p.m. Sept. 2: Secret Chiefs 3, FAT32, and Mike H play Mavericks (221 Rideau St.), 8 p.m. Sept. 2: The Stogies play Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York St.), 8 p.m. Sept. 3: extra happy ghost!!!, Silver Dapple, and Roberta Bondar play Raw Sugar Café (692 Somerset St. W.), 8 p.m. Sept. 7: Wagons and Old Crowns play Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York St.), 8 p.m. Sept 8: Brian Simms, The Fays, and The Dishslayers play the Elmdale Tavern (1084 Wellington St. W.), 9 p.m. Sept. 8: Not Even Death, Be The Saviour, The Gillingham Fire Demonstration, D.F.O.S., Eyes Of New, and Torn Apart By Wolves play Mavericks (221 Rideau St.), 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9: Mudhoney and The Bigmuffs play Mavericks (221 Rideau St.), 9 p.m. Sept. 11: Rock N Rhyme Show, VOL. 2, featuring Prett Melberts and the Best Friend Patrol play the Elmdale Tavern (1084 Wellington St. W.), 8 p.m.

Sept. 13: Aaron Pritchett and Rory Gardiner play the Shenkman Arts Centre (245 Centrum Blvd.), 8 p.m. Sept 13: Industrial Strength plays Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York St.), 9 p.m. Sept. 14: Said the Whale, Rah Rah, and Sara Lowes play Live Lounge (128 York St.), 8 p.m. Sept. 15: The Planet Smashers, The Real McKenzies, Random Hand, and Rude City Riot play Ritual (137 Besserer St.), 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15: The Guilty Minds and Jukebox County play Café Dekcuf (221 Rideau St.), 9 p.m. Visual art Now–Sept. 4: Joyce Frances Devlin: So Much Beauty displayed at the Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave.) Now–Sept. 5: Fred Herzog’s Street Photography displayed at the National Gallery of Canada (380 Sussex Dr.) Now–Sept. 5: Spaces of the City displayed at the National Gallery of Canada (380 Sussex Dr.) Now–Sept. 18: Don’t Stop Me Now displayed at the National Gallery of Canada (380 Sussex Dr.) Now–Sept. 27: Beth Ross’ Passages displayed at the Shenkman Arts Cen-

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tre (245 Centrum Blvd.) Now–Nov. 25: Camille Brisebois and the National Capital Network of Sculptors showcase exhibits at the Shenkman Arts Centre (245 Centrum Blvd.) Now–March 18: The works of Louise Bourgeois displayed at the National Gallery of Canada (380 Sussex Dr.) Sept. 1: The Collectors Show displayed at the Cube Gallery (1285 Wellington St. W.), 6–9:30 p.m.

Sept. 4: Beautiful Boy plays at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 6:50 p.m. Sept. 5: The Jerks plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 9:30 p.m. Sept 6: A Better Life plays at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 7:05 p.m. Sept. 7: Soft Skin plays at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 1:45 p.m.

Sept. 2–Oct. 2: Slava Mogutin and Brian Kenny’s Interpenetration displayed at La Petite Mort Gallery (306 Cumberland St.)

Sept. 8: L’amour fou plays at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 4:45 p.m.

Sept. 9–Oct. 15: Chris Simonite’s Mansongs displayed at Gallery 101 (301 1/2 Bank St.)

Sept. 9: Contagion and Warrior released to theatres


Sept. 10: Super 8 plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 1: The Tree of Life plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1: Loose Cannons plays at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 4:15 p.m. Sept. 2: Apollo 18, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, and Shark Night 3D released to theatres Sept. 3: Beginners plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 7 p.m.

Sept. 11: Little White Lies plays at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.) 6:25 p.m. Sept. 12: Page One: Inside the New York Times plays at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 9:10 p.m. Sept. 13: Any Which Way You Can plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 9:15 p.m. Sept. 14: Empire of the Sun plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.),

8:45 p.m. Sept. 14: The First Grader plays at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 2 p.m. Sept. 15: Midnight in Paris plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15: Even the Rain plays at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 9:05 p.m. Theatre Now– Sept. 3: A Fateful Meeting of Les Femmes Fatales plays at the TotoToo Queer Theatre (2 Daly Ave.) Sept. 7: An Israeli Love Story plays at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 8 p.m. Sept. 12: Jewish Federation of Ottawa presents Joan Rivers at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13–Oct. 1: Inherit the Wind plays at the Ottawa Little Theatre (400 King Edward Ave.) Sept. 13–Oct. 2: Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly plays at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington St. W.) Miscellaneous happenings Now–Sept. 5: Mosaika sound and light show on Parliament Hill, 9 p.m.

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Underage alcoholics SEATED WITHIN A short walk to the Quebec border, the University of Ottawa has a unique dilemma when it comes to underage drinking on campus. Alcohol is easily accessible to freshmen not only at parties or private events, but also for sale just across the border. Though university is renowned as a time to experiment with slight alcoholism, the majority of the students walking onto our campus for the first time are 17 or still reeling from the fun of their 18th birthday party. With so many underage students on campus, how much of a concern should all these drunken freshmen be? photo by Mico Mazza

Everything will work out fine

It’s illegal for a reason



It’s become a rite of passage for students to drink underage in Canada. Despite the strict regulations and enforcement around the sale of alcohol to minors, teenagers across the country have found ways to get their hands on beer, spirits, and wine. Th is is much to the chagrin of concerned parents and law enforcement who have tried to convince students not to drink underage. Yet time has shown that the negative aspects of early drinking argued by those groups just haven’t come to fruition. Many of these groups seem to be stuck on the idea that drinking shouldn’t take place at all, which seems like an unrealistic goal. Th is pasttime has worked its way into the fabric of what it means to be a Canadian youth and, in my estimation, students thinking about drinking before they reach the legal age need to be informed of the risks involved. Being open about the risks associated with alcohol is the only way that underage drinking can take place in a safe manner. The fun of drinking is an important social experience. When you think back on some of the best times you had during your teenage days, at least one of those memories will be a party where alcohol was involved. I’m sure you could also think back to some bad times as well, but I’m willing to bet those bad experiences were the ones that shaped how you

Some people argue experimenting with different substances is a rite of passage; that it is simply part of the overall experience of growing up. Kids will be kids. Well, that’s just the thing—studies have shown that although underage student drinkers are more likely to consume alcohol less often than their of age counterparts (mostly due to the fact that it’s not as readily available to them), they tend to, upon consumption, drink in larger quantities. In other words, underage students tend to binge drink more than legal-age drinkers. What exactly is binge drinking, you may ask? In most studies, it is defi ned as drinking a high number of alcoholic beverages in short period of time (that’s five or six drinks in one night for a guy and four or five for a girl). More simply put, it is drinking to get drunk. What these studies seem to be saying is underage drinkers don’t really know how to drink—responsibly, that is. What I fi nd highly disconcerting is that our university culture seems to be what’s fueling the fi re. Studies have shown that students who attend college or university are more likely to consume alcohol than their peers who do not attend a post-secondary institution. In fact, binge drinking is associated with what many would consider the more enticing aspects of student life: Parties,

Learning how to drink responsibly at a young age allows youth to grow as people and figure out their own views on how to deal with alcohol.

viewed and handled alcohol from then on. Thankfully, you learned from those experiences. For the vast majority of people,the biggest issue faced when they had their fi rst drink was whether or not their parents would fi nd out. Learning how to drink responsibly at a young age allows youth to grow as people and figure out their own views on how to deal with alcohol. Almost everyone experiments with alcohol at some point before they reach the legal age, and there’s no point in trying to stop this tradition. Most of us have turned out fi ne, haven’t we? —Mackenzie Gray

Binge drinking is associated with a plethora of health, social, and psychological problems,

dorm living, athletics, and social circles. Considering university should be one of the most enriching experiences of one’s life, why do so many students waste it engaging in extremely risky and negative behaviours such as unsafe sex, drunk driving, and violent or antisocial behaviour, all of which are linked to patterns of excessive drinking? Binge drinking is associated with a plethora of health, social, and psychological problems, not to mention it is also responsible for academic difficulties—and let’s face it, although your social life is an important part of your overall university experience, so is your schooling. Truthfully, I’m not against underage drinking. It is my belief that parents

should teach their teens how to drink responsibly while they are still at home. The problem with drinking in university is that it is, for the most part, done in an unsupervised setting, and some students abuse this. Just because your parents aren’t around to lecture you doesn’t mean your actions don’t have consequences. —Michelle Ferguson

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38 | opinions | Sept. 1–15, 2011

Roommates versus inmates

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A ROOMMATE IS generally understood to be a person with whom you share a home. Hopefully someone who will ask you about your day, cook you the occasional meal, and clean the toilet. But in more unfortunate circumstances, a roommate can be a lot more like a prison cellmate than a friendly face. If your experience comes closer to the latter, fear not! There are ways to deal with the having a less-than-ideal, fi rst-year roommate. I remember the day I received a confirmation email from the University of Ottawa’s Housing Services indicating the name of my first roommate-to-be. I read over the name I was given, trying to envision the personality of the girl with such a name. She seemed nice enough. Naturally, the next step was to search her name on Facebook. I clicked through her profi le pictures (defi nitely a drinker, but that was fi ne by me), looked to her friend count (high, but not scary high), her interests (mostly sports), her favourite books (a Nicholas Sparks lover—oh lord), her relationship status (evidently involved with someone), and found that our only real common ground was our shared appreciation for That 70s Show. I imagined myself with my new roommate, both slung on our beds bonding over Kraft Dinner, wearing matching best friends for life pendants around our necks. All right, I’m kidding about the last one; I really just hoped we’d be civil. Move-in day rolled around much faster than I’d anticipated, and before I knew it, I was lugging suitcases, gargar bage bags, and crates toward Thompson,

sweat dripping down my forehead. Th is was not how I’d pictured myself looking on my fi rst day of university. I clenched my key tight in my hand as I nervously approached my room’s door. There was no turning back now. Th is moment marked the beginning of a very special kind of relationship, and not the type with the best friends pendants I had hoped for. A few days after living with my new roomie, I had grown very tired of being subjected to what felt like hourly viewings of One Tree Hill (by the end of the semester, I probably could have played the entire opening song by ear if you were to sit me in front of a piano) and the smell of our shared garbage can—both of us too stubborn to be the fi rst to give in and throw it out. Sometimes we’d compete through noise levels. “Want to play your Tim McGraw at volume 10? How does Daft Punk sound at VOLUME 50?” I’d say in my head as I cranked the knob. Furniture was moved around in our tiny room in attempt to forget the other person was there, living her own life, only a few feet away. At times, it truly felt as though we were inmates sharing the same cramped cell, each of us scratching the number of days gone by upon the walls. Even though this experience had me annoyed more often than not, it provided me with a bag full of stories I could reach into whenever the topic of roommates from hell arose. I’ve fought the battle and come back with a few words of wisdom to help all those heading to the forefront. There is hope yet. First things fi rst, lay down the law— and do it fast. Say it, swear to it, write it in calligraphy on parchment paper,

It truly felt as though we were inmates sharing the same cramped cell, each of us scratching the number of days gone by upon the walls.

Jaclyn Lytle | Fulcrum Staff

frame it, and call it a constitution—just make sure you do it. Don’t wait until you’re waist-deep in the muck of confl ict to come up with the rules you need to keep the peace. Next, try to be considerate. Th ink: Is my roommate trying to study? Are they asleep? Would I want to be pulled from my slumber into a world where someone is chatting loudly with his or her friend a few feet away? Probably not. If you are thoughtful, your roommate more than likely will be too. If not, burn this article and apply for a room change. Th ird, remember this person came to university with the same hopes as you of being roomed with someone they could befriend. I recall having this feeling a few times with my own roommate. I’d be waiting for the elevator on my floor, the doors would open, and she’d be there, not yet armed for battle. At times like these I’d recall she was probably just as worn out from this confl ict as I was, and I’d remind myself to work harder to be good roommate. Finally, if, despite your efforts, you still fi nd yourself in confl ict with your roommate, try spending as much time as you can outside of your room or apartment in order to cool down and focus when it comes time to work. I recommend the library, where the chairs and couches are comfortable and you can even snuggle up close to a fake fi replace for that extra homey feel. Whether you fi nd yourself living with roommates or inmates, sharing a living space with others is an experience everyone should have. You never really know someone until you’ve lived with them, but I think you learn quite a bit about yourself along the way too. f

gests, or could there be some sound reason behind the choice to enlist?

To join or not to join? Fair dumping grounds? EARLIER THIS MONTH in Kelowna, B.C., a gang-related shooting left locally famed gangster Jonathan Bacon dead, a known Hells Angels member wounded, and another woman paralyzed. Reflecting on public response to the assassination at the Delta Grand Hotel, Kelowna columnist Barry Gerding wrote: “Surely, anyone wanting to join a gang would realize their long-term future prospects for promotion are bleak—they face either a lengthy prison term or being shot either by a rival gang or the Mafia-style in-house cleansing when a change of command occurs.” Is joining a gang as dangerously pointless as Gerding sug-

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IN THE PAST two weeks, rumours have come to light claiming teen pop star Selena Gomez ended her relationship with the Biebs due to her dislike of his close friendship with hip-hop artists such as Chris Brown, Usher, and Sean Kingston. Is it fair to end a relationship because you aren’t into your partner’s friends, or is this a downright diva move? Beaten to the punch MITCH WINEHOUSE, FATHER of the late singer Amy Winehouse, thought of a-

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way to turn the tragedy of his daughter’s death into something positive. He set out to start a charity to aid people in need of rehabilitation care who either cannot afford the price of a livein institution or are stuck on lengthy waiting lists. Too bad for daddy, several people unrelated to his charitable endeavour made a point of registering not only the charity name he had hoped to use, but also several domain names using his hoped-for moniker, barring father Winehouse from the ability to establish his charity as expected. Should these citizens have the right to register charities they have nothing to do with, or should they have to prove involvement and active intention to raise money for a charitable cause before they can purchase the name?

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hen I applied to university in my Grade 12 year, the University of Ottawa didn’t make the cut. I anxiously sent off applications to the University of British Columbia, McGill, University of Toronto, Western, Queen’s—schools across the country I had deemed “the best” after my research, which was heavily based on the annual university rankings compiled by Maclean’s. The U of O’s low overall ranking kept me from seriously considering it as a place to do the fi rst of what I hoped would be many degrees. Despite my acceptances across the board, I chose to hang around high school and complete a one-year victory lap, and when I reapplied to schools the following year, I did only so to the U of O. I don’t remember why exactly the second time around I was so sure about the University of Ottawa, but I remember it having more to do with Ottawa than the university itself. Ottawa was far enough away from home to guarantee I would never run into another person from high school again, but close enough that a trip home wouldn’t break the bank. The city was substantially larger and more youthful than the small, retirement home of

a town I grew up in. And for a kid who was, at the time, dead set on moving to 24 Sussex Drive, the idea of being steps away from the majestic Parliament Buildings was enticing. It took three full years on this campus before any sense of appreciation, school pride, and genuine love for the University of Ottawa kicked in, and it was born out my time at the Fulcrum— a place where I find myself constantly surrounded by stories about the amazing things U of O students and faculty accomplish in the realm of academia, arts, athletics, student activism, and the simple everyday bustle of student life. Maclean’s may rank us next to last out of the country’s research-intensive schools, but after a few years of writing for and editing our news section, I’ve learned that the U of O is home to a number of research chairs and the recipient of millions of dollars in grants each year. We have hundreds of professors and graduate students conducting interesting studies in their fields, and we demonstrate a commitment to furthering the advancement of research by hosting national and international academic conferences. The news section has also opened up

my eyes to the intricate administrative framework that keeps our school functioning. We have an elected student federation that works with other elected students, paid employees, volunteers, student-run services, and the administration to make the U of O a better place for students through various projects, campaigns, and events. Perusing the arts section tuned me in to the artistic achievements of U of O students past and present, on and off campus—because, contrary to popular belief, arts and culture do exist in Ottawa. Every other week our “Spotlight on” column highlights the city’s upand-coming musical and visual artists, and the “Th ryllabus” has saved me from boredom many a weekend with fi lms, theatre productions, concerts, and art exhibitions to explore and appreciate. Although I used to dread proofreading the sports section when I fi rst started working here, I quickly learned that the U of O has a lot to brag about when it comes to our Gees. We have an amazing set of varsity teams, with almost all of them consistently placing in the top half of their leagues at the end of the regular seasons. We have 18 competitive clubs who routinely perform admirably in national competitions despite their limited

access to funding. Both the coaches and athletes work incredibly hard to spark our seemingly sleeping school spirit. Most valuable to fuelling my love of this school was running the opinions section last year. From the grass roots level to the kids who work on Hill, the U of O is a politically active campus booming with students passionate about their beliefs—and actively doing something to further them. Although we may not be a particularly close-knit campus always working toward a common goal, I’ve come to discover and appreciate the many close-knit communities at the U of O who work tirelessly to promote what they stand for. And so five years later, I couldn’t be more proud of the degree I got last spring. The university I once begrudgingly accepted a spot in is now the university I hope to spend years at, teaching supply and demand to a bunch of snoozing fi rst years. I consider the U of O as much of a home as I do Ottawa, and I can only hope you all—whether it’s your fi rst day or fi ft h year, whether this was your fi rst or last choice of school—go out and fi nd your piece of home away from home here. —Mercedes Mueller

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