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Bus driver assaults endemic in Canada
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Talking business with Jeremy Bloom Olympian and Super Bowl winner gives keynote address at 47th annual Commerce Business Banquet Quinn Richert, staff
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ast Thursday marked the beginning of a busy few days for the University of Manitoba’s Asper school of business. That evening, students and guests from the Winnipeg commerce community attended the school’s 47th annual banquet event. During the afternoon, keynote speaker Jeremy
Bloom held a Q&A session in the Drake Centre Fishbowl. Bloom, a two-time Olympian (skiing), Super Bowl winner, and co-founder of marketing software firm Integrate, spoke to students about his own career and transition from athletics to business. He also provided advice to up-and-coming
entrepreneurs. “So many people come into an interview process and they are a little scared [ . . . ] It is incredible when someone comes in and just blows you away and they can’t wait to start,” said Bloom, addressing a student’s question about the relative importance of interviewing well and
resume padding. Association told the Manitoban that “If you can get an interview, blow while the evening banquet is a celthem away with your excitement. ebratory event for Asper students, it Pretend that you’re a founder of is also an educational opportunity. that company, and you can’t wait. “Every student is sitting at a corThat is way more important than a porate rep’s table. Aside from hearresume.” ing Jeremy speak and having a cool At the evening banquet, Bloom night, all the students here are meetspoke on the theme of managing ing people in Winnipeg’s business personal failures. He also discussed community,” said George. his efforts as founder of Wish of a “I know several jobs do get lined Lifetime, a non-profit organization up through this night, and compaaimed at granting wishes to the nies do use it as a recruiting tool.” elderly. Bloom announced that Wish According to George, out-ofof a Lifetime would soon be expand- classroom events like the commerce ing its operations into Canada. banquet play an increasingly signifiTowards the end of his talk, he cant role in a complete undergraduoffered students advice on how to ate business education. build successful enterprises. “I think it doesn’t mean the same “Hire people that are smarter than thing to have an undergraduate you and treat them well. That is the degree than it might have meant 20 reason Integrate has grown and been or 30 years ago [ . . . ] That is why successful,” said Bloom. “My num- events like business banquets are ber one responsibility [at Integrate] important, because it is hard to just is to identify talent, steal that talent, get a job without doing anything and keep that talent happy. I can’t outside of the classroom,” he said. stress that enough.” The banquet served as the openWinnipeg Mayor Sam Katz, ing event of the National Business Asper dean Michael Benarroch, and School Conference (NBSC) at the TransX owner and founder Louie U of M. The conference ran through Tolaini also spoke at the banquet. the weekend, and featured a keynote Riley George, president of speech by Glen Daman, president of the U of M Commerce Students’ the Dilawri Automotive Group.
Bus driver assaults endemic in Canada Suspect in recent Winnipeg incident apprehended; city considering hiring WPS transit police Caleigh MacDonald, staff
23-year-old man was recently The attack lasts between two and arrested and charged in connec- three minutes, and is stopped only tion with a September assault on a when two other men get on the bus Winnipeg Transit bus driver, just the and intervene. latest Winnipeg example of what has Unfortunately, such incidents are become an outbreak of violent attacks not uncommon across the country. on Canadian bus drivers. The Honourable Bob Runciman, Dwight John Stevenson was charged in his Nov. 7 statement at the Senate with the assault of a 50-year-old transit regarding violence against bus drivers, driver. The attack was caught on tape noted what he perceived as an “insufand released to the public by police on ficient response by our justice system” in Oct. 29. Stevenson was arrested for an cases of bus driver assaults, particularly unrelated violent incident that took of one that occurred against Ottawa place on Halloween. He is currently driver John Karagiannis in April. Said being held at the Winnipeg Remand Runciman: “I’d like to say this attack Centre. was an isolated incident, but it was not. The video shows a man getting on Two-thousand bus drivers are assaulted a bus, refusing to pay the fare, and every year in Canada.” upon being refused a transfer, repeatOne such attack, which occurred in edly punching and kicking the driver. Edmonton in 2009, inspired the pro-
left eye. be treated as theft.” Mattson pleaded guilty to aggraWhen asked what he believed could vated assault and has been classified as a be a possible remedy to the problem, dangerous offender, to be held in prison Girden said, “We need more videos until he is determined to no longer be posted like we did the last time [ . . . ] a danger to society. This last video that went out there was The number of assaults in Winnipeg a lot of outpouring from the citizens has decreased slightly each year since of Winnipeg saying, ‘this is just totally 2009, but union members and city unacceptable on a bus.’” officials say there is still much left to Other suggestions to increase driver be done. and rider safety have appeared in a speJames Girden, president of the cially commissioned Enhancing Public Amalgamated Transit Union Local Safety on Transit report. Such sugges1505—which represents Winnipeg tions include hiring six police officers photo by Daver112 Transit drivers—stated that in specifically for Winnipeg Transit—at posal of a bill—which did not become Winnipeg alone there have been 36 a cost of more than $500,000 annulaw—called “Bregg’s Law.” The bill reported acts of violence against drivers ally—to attend to some of the more would have introduced harsher sen- between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31 of this year. dangerous routes, and handing out Of the 36, only seven have resulted tickets, fines, and bans to disorderly tences for those who assault transit drivers by introducing a “public transit in arrests and charges being laid – a passengers. Other security measures have operator” definition in the Criminal solve rate of just under 20 per cent. When asked about the nature of the already been implemented. All 565 of Code, thereby making the assault of a driver an aggravating circum- crimes, Girden said that 20 out of the Winnipeg’s Transit busses are equipped stance when sentences were being reported 36 had been related to custom- with video surveillance and GPS sysers not wanting to pay their bus fares, tems, in addition to assault prevention determined. This private member’s bill was and 20 involved intoxicated assailants. training for all drivers. Girden said, “99.9 per cent of named after Edmonton driver Tom He also cited a lack of enforcement of Bregg who was assaulted by an intoxi- bus fares as a possible reason for the people who ride the bus are fantastic, and there’s the .1 per cent that creates cated passenger. Assailant Gary prevalence of the attacks. “It shouldn’t be our responsibility to a problem [ . . . ] but I got to tell you, Mattson knocked Bregg unconscious, then dragged him off the bus, where he have to go out there and arm-wrestle our bus service is second to none and stomped on his head a total of 15 times, a bus fare out of your pocket [ . . . ] we are as safe to be riding as the public. putting the driver into the intensive they should be ticketing people who It’s just unfortunate that we get these care unit for two weeks and causing are not paying a proper fare, because people.” him to permanently lose vision in his it’s like stealing a service and it’s got to
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Chris Hadfield speaks to UMFM about his new book Hadfield talks career decisions, philosophy of life Grace Kennedy, volunteer staff
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ast week retired Canadian astro- people on Earth via Twitter and naut Chris Hadfield made a stop YouTube, posting videos of himself at UMFM during his book tour for playing guitar in space. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. Hadfield told Elves that “space Hadfield spoke with UMFM pro- travel is interesting, and it serves a lot gram director Michael Elves about of purposes, [ . . . ] but it’s pointless if his experiences in space and his career it doesn’t have some application back path. to life on Earth.” Hadfield’s last five-month misHe said that understanding the sion aboard the International Space planet is worthwhile to us, but there Station earned him fans around the is also a cultural side to space travel: world. Hadfield connected with what it means to us as a species to be
leaving our planet and seeing it the way astronauts do. Hadfield discussed his initial interest in space exploration, saying that his journey to a career as an astronaut was anything but straightforward. “It is a wide open idea of having an opportunity way off in the far distance that may some day become possible, and then picking your way through the maze of life so that it improves your chances of maybe get-
ting there someday. [ . . . ] In retrospect, I think a lot of people think it looks like some sort of linear path, and it was not. It was full of dead ends and blind corners and a lot of changed decisions.” Hadfield said that his career objective influenced how he lived his life, partaking in occupations that suited him more and more each time. “Each whatever jagged step you take, each reaction to what’s happening [ . . . ] each of those destinations along the way – they are not stepping stones, they are resting places, [in] that if all the stars align, [they] might actually take you even further to the direction you want to go.” When asked if life’s resting places, as he called them, are comparable to base camps while climbing Everest, he responded, “Only if it didn’t really matter if you climbed Everest or not.” He said living by a bucket list is the opposite of how he’s lived his life. “You should wake up every morning with an empty bucket and go to bed every single day with your bucket absolutely full of all the little things that are your true life – because otherwise you walk around your whole life with a partially empty bucket, which seems just like a sad way to live.” At the end of Hadfield’s book, he addresses the question of what he will do now that his journey in space has ended. He referred to his space
travel as existing on a long continuum of experiences in life that he is challenged by and enjoys. “If you only see Usain Bolt when he’s running his hundred metres, then you might think, ‘well gosh, now that he’s reached the finish line, what’s he ever going to do with himself?’ [ . . . ] He loves running [ . . . ] but it’s the life that he loves. [ . . . ] I don’t think that when he gets to the finish line each time he feels that life is over.” As of December 2012, Hadfield had been an astronaut for 20 years, but he had only been in space for 20 days, a point he made to show that the life of an astronaut is not in space; rather, it is in preparing for space travel. Hadfield has spoken to the public thousands of times, and said that over this period he has learned that his speeches must teach what is useful about flying in space, all the while capturing people’s attention. “I’m not just a juggler up there entertaining people. But at the end of it they come away with, ‘wow, that was really good juggling, but I learned some stuff, too,’ and the book is just the result of that.” To hear the full interview, tune in to 101.5 UMFM on Friday, Nov. 22 between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m.
U of M saxophone instructor launches memoir in Winnipeg Jon Gordon chronicles gritty upbringing in book Kevin Linklater, staff
ast Tuesday, University of . ] losing a child to leukemia, another Manitoba jazz saxophone instructor partner who was shot a bar fight, [ . . . Jon Gordon celebrated the Winnipeg ] dealing with drug and alcohol problaunch of his new book, For Sue, at lems, and poverty.” McNally Robinson. Gordon was on Gordon was born into a precarious hand to read excerpts, take questions, situation. With his mother in and out sign copies, and play a few tunes. of rehab and unable to hold down work, The book is an autobiographi- the two relied on family and friends cal account of the jazz musician’s life, to get by. focusing on the pivotal role played by “At a very young age, I essentially his mother, Sue Gordon. became my mother’s caretaker. [ . . . The book deals mostly with ] From the age of seven till 27, I was Gordon’s early life with his mother, basically trying to save my mother’s life, and their struggles growing up poor trying to get her through detox, grand in New York City in the 1970s. mal seizures, suicide attempts. But I “I started to become aware around had a lot of help. [ . . . ] I had friends the age of seven, that my mother was and teachers along the way who really bright, funny, talented – a woman that helped me out.” lot of people loved, but who was also A few years ago, Gordon went back profoundly ill. [ . . . ] Sue experienced to university to finish his undergraduate an incredible series of tragedies, losing degree and begin his master’s degree, her first husband in a car accident [ . . and wound up taking a memoir-
writing course as part of an academic jazz saxophonist, cutting his teeth in Bonness, and Larry Roy. requirement. New York’s jazz clubs in the 1980s and “I think what’s going on here is pretty “Partway through the course I went 90s. Gordon was introduced to Steve special. [ . . . ] [Steve Kirby] has built on tour to Japan, and I had to com- Kirby during their shared time at the an incredible program. He started the plete an assignment for this course, Manhattan School of Music. Kirby is regular jam sessions and he started dig! so I wrote a bunch of stories from my now a fellow faculty member at the Magazine. There is now a legit jazz scene past while we were over there. Once U of M. here, which there really wasn’t even 10 I started writing, though, I couldn’t “Steve and I were at the Manhattan years ago. You have some of the best stop. It was very cathartic having this School of Music together in the late 80s, faculty in the world here, and the cost stuff come out.” and we became friends there. However, of going here is a small fraction of what Gordon picked up the saxophone at we’d only seen each other two or three the schools in the states charge. It’s a a young age, inspired by the stories his times in the intervening 20 years since stunning resource, and an incredible mother told him about her first hus- then. [ . . . ] I don’t know what made thing for Winnipeg to have.” band, Bob Gordon, an accomplished him think of me, but he told me about Over the years Gordon has played jazz saxophone player. this opening at the U of M and said I with musicians such as Benny Carter, “I started playing sax in the sixth should check it out.” Aretha Franklin, Lionel Hampton, grade. The man who I thought was Gordon got the job and moved to Harry Connick, Jr., Bruce Springsteen, my father was this great jazz saxophon- Winnipeg in August to take up a teach- John Scofield, and Phil Woods. ist, and so of course I wanted to be like ing position at the U of M. The jazz Gordon will be departing for him.” program at the university now boasts another Japanese tour this week, playGordon dedicated himself to his some highly notable faculty, including ing with Ken Peplowski and others over music, and has since become a great Quincy Davis, Derrick Gardner, Will the course of the four-week tour.
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Elizabeth Dafoe Library houses extensive indigenous graphic novel collection New collection to be one of the largest of its kind Kevin Linklater, staff
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ast Wednesday the University of Manitoba unveiled a new indigenous graphic novel collection, which is to be permanently housed at the Elizabeth Dafoe Library.
The extensive collection contains some 200 pieces from both native and non-native authors, but all the titles have indigenous peoples as their subject matter. Camille Callison, the indigenous services librarian at the U of M, compiled the collection. The event was well-attended and included an opening prayer from Carl Stone—who is a student advisor and instructor for the Aboriginal Student Centre at the U of M—the artwork of First Nations artist Jay Odjick—whose work appears in some of the titles—and a lecture from Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, assistant professor of native studies, about graphic novels and comic books as a literary genre. Sinclair teaches a course at the university on indigenous graphic novels entitled “Super Savages and Aboriginal Images in Graphic
Novels.” “Graphic novels are the collaboration of words and images to tell stories and histories. They bring together imagery and words in a very powerful way,” Sinclair told the audience in his opening remarks. He introduced some concepts useful to analyzing graphic novels, and later spoke to the Manitoban about the emerging importance of graphic novels as a literary genre. “Comic books have traditionally not been very friendly to indigenous people, portraying them as stereotypes, and in rather inhuman ways. But this genre has been something that indigenous people have really adapted as their own, and made really meaningful,” said Sinclair. “It’s amazing how many indigenous artists and writers are now in the graphic novel or comic book genre.”
Callison worked closely with Sinclair to put together the collection, in part to support the course Sinclair is now teaching. “I first got the idea for this from trying to indigenize the collection of our libraries and indigenize the space [ . . . ] and because there was a course being taught at the academic level, I was able to build this collection. Without that course I wouldn’t have been able to gather and collect all of this material,” said Callison. Callison emphasized the ethnographic importance of comics and graphic novels in reflecting the attitudes of the larger society, and how that role has changed over time. “[W]e wanted to show how the portrayal of First Nations people has changed and how graphic novels and comics have either supported or detracted from indigenous people and their struggle for selfdetermination and decolonization,”
said Callison. Three students from Sinclair’s class will be publishing their own graphic novels. “Some students from the class read a native story by Warren Cariou, [an associate] professor here at the U of M, and adapted it into a graphic novel and are having it published. I think it’s awesome,” said Sinclair. Callison highlighted the importance of graphic novels and comics in reaching new audiences, especially young people. “People who wouldn’t have picked up a book and read about some of these issues will pick up a comic book or graphic novel and can learn about native histories and cultures. For young First Nations, this is really becoming a powerful tool to reconnect them to their culture.” The collection will be available on reserve for students and staff.
Red and white poppy disagreement Students encourage white-poppy-wearing, politicians disagree Caleigh MacDonald, staff
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group of university students in “To try and intervene in this fash- stated, “The white [poppies were] not Ottawa have sparked contro- ion, I think, is totally disrespect- intended as an insult to those who versy through the ceasefire.ca white ful, and I would suspect that most died in the First World War—a war poppy campaign, set forth by Rideau reasonable Canadians would see it in which many of the white poppy Institute. The pacifist program has that way.” supporters lost husbands, brothers, attracted the criticism of many The red poppy plays a significant sons and lovers—but [as] a challenge nationwide. part in Remembrance Day ceremo- to the continuing drive to war.” The campaign involved the dis- nies today. In the publication Common tribution of white poppies with the The University of Ottawa stu- Ground, Geoff Olson wrote that words “I remember for peace” to the dents criticized the traditional red the red poppy represents only one general public in the days leading up poppy movement. White poppy side of sacrifices. The white poppy to Remembrance Day. Bill Maxwell, activist Celyn Dufay told Sun News, also represents the losses of civilians secretary of the Royal Canadian “Young people don’t want to celebrate and the continued hope for peace, Legion’s poppy remembrance com- war. We want to work for peace.” and can be worn to complement its mittee, feared that the white poppy Originating in the United red cousin. would be taken as a personal insult Kingdom, the white poppies were In 2010, the Royal Canadian to those who served on behalf of introduced to Canada in the 1930s. Legion threatened to bring legal Canada. After 1945 they became less common, action against a distributor of white Veterans Affairs Minister but were promoted later during the poppies. As a result, the original Julian Fantino told the Toronto Cold War to ask for peace. supplier stopped selling the white Sun that the white poppies are disPeace Pledge Union, a London- flowers, only for several other busirespectful towards the purpose of based pacifist organization that nesses to offer to sell the poppies. Remembrance Day. promotes white-poppy-wearing Many have voiced their dis-
appointment at the continued distribution. “[Veterans] made their sacrifices in blood, and for us to disrespect them, I think the young individuals should really reconsider what they’re doing and get a reality check,” MP Jim Karygiannis told the Toronto Sun. His sentiment was echoed on Twitter by London, Ontario radio host Jeff Wareham who tweeted, “Count me among those who wish to slap anyone wearing #whitepoppy.” Politicians outside of Veterans Affairs Canada have made it clear that they do not support the white poppy campaign. MPP Catherine
Fife told the Cord, “If you have something that is working then you shouldn’t have to introduce something else. [ . . . ] There are strong traditions within this sector and I think that those traditions exist for a reason.” M P Ted Opitz of t he Conservative Party of Canada echoed this in a call to the Liberal and NDP parties to reject the white poppy pins. Regardless of the controversy, Dufay said he will not stop handing out the white poppies. “We can’t account for other people’s feelings, however, no one has a monopoly over Remembrance Day.”
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Breakthrough against Lou Gehrig’s disease U of M team one step closer to a cure Elizabeth Drewnik, staff
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team of researchers and graduate students from the University of Manitoba has made a discovery
concerning amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
ALS attacks the motor neurons, causing a gradual loss of voluntary muscle function. It causes several disabilities, and in most cases results in death within a few years. In some rare cases, such as that of the 71-year-old British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the patient survives much longer than average. The disease generally affects people between the ages of 40 and 60. Between 2,500 and 3,000 Canadians suffer from ALS. For nearly a decade, Geoff Hicks, director of the Regenerative Medicine Program at the U of M, has been studying the gene that encodes the FUS/TLS protein , especially as it relates to cancer. In healthy cells, the protein is able to travel into the nucleus, where it participates in a negative feedback loop that keeps protein levels stable. With FUS/TLS mutants, the signal on the protein that allows it to be recognized by the nucleus is disrupted. As a result, the protein is unable to make its way into the nucleus, which breaks the feedback
Gut bacteria have a say in rheumatoid arthritis Research reveals connection between intestinal bacteria and rheumatoid arthritis Elizabeth Drewnik, staff
ew research suggests that rheu- was associated with a decreased matoid arthritis (RA), a chronic amount of the beneficial gut bacteria autoimmune disease targeting the joints Bacteroides. When the bacterial ecoand resulting in painful inflammation, system is altered in this way, there is has a correlation with the bacteria that great potential for the immune system live in our intestines. The finding, pub- to start malfunctioning. lished in the online science journal eLife, “Studies in rodent models have specifically relates the onset of RA to clearly shown that the intestinal the bacterium Prevotellacopri. microbiota contribute significantly to When comparing intestinal bacte- the causation of systemic autoimmune ria from the fecal samples of healthy diseases,” said Dan R. Littman, the patients versus those with new-onset study’s corresponding author. “At this RA, scientists from the New York stage, however, we cannot conclude University school of medicine dis- that there is a causal link between the covered that P. copri was far more abundance of P. copri and the onset of prevalent in patients who had been rheumatoid arthritis. We are developdiagnosed with the initial stages of ing new tools that will hopefully allow RA. As expected, healthy individuals us to ask if this is indeed the case.” had a lesser amount of P. copri in their Current treatments for RA include feces. Those who had been treated for antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs chronic RA were also found to have such as steroids, and immunosuppressignificantly smaller amounts of the sive therapies, all of which target just intestinal bacterium. the symptoms. It is unclear how these Another interesting fact was that treatments affect the microbial environthe increased prevalence of P. copri ment of our intestines. However, it has
been made evident that the population of P. copri in the gut of patients with chronic RA who have been treated with these medications is much smaller than in new-onset RA patients. Because of this revelation, novel treatments for RA will be looking at targeting to reduce the superfluous growth of P. copri in the gut, thereby potentially delaying or preventing the onset of RA. The scientists are planning to expand the study and look at populations outside of New York. This is because microbial populations within the human gut can vary by geographical region. They will be looking at whether or not variations in gut bacteria may lead to variations in patient treatment success. The scientists are planning further investigation in people prior to their development of RA to determine whether the relationship between P. copri and RA is one of cause or effect.
loop. The protein then continues to accumulate in the cytoplasm of the cell. The accumulated protein disrupts the normal function of the cell, which begins to lose functionality and die, resulting in the char-
is progressive degeneration of these motor neurons: first they lose function throughout the arms and legs, and eventually in the throat and diaphragm. Most people with ALS die from respiratory failure. There is no cure for the disease, and no standard treatment for slowing its There is no cure progress. Interestingly, a correlation has for the disease, been determined between the and no standard amount of protein accumulating in the cytoplasm, and the age of treatment for onset of ALS. It turns out that the more FUS/TLS protein aggregaslowing its progress tion there is outside of the nucleus, the earlier the disease is prone to acteristic pathology of ALS. occurring. “In the context of the ALS disWith their discovery, Hicks and ease, you have this runaway train his team have acquired a deeper situation, because you’re continu- understanding of the disease at ously making more of this protein, the molecular level. “It really is a which is harmful to the cell,” said breakthrough. It’s revealing a new Hicks in an interview with the direction that can really be chased Winnipeg Free Press. down to find new avenues [of treatThe cells affected in ALS are the ing disease],” Hicks said to the Free motor neuron cells—the nerve cells Press. responsible for voluntary muscular movement—in the brain and spinal Dr. Hicks could not be reached by cord. In patients with ALS, there the Manitoban for comment.
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‘People are talking’ Reporting on social media is boring at best, a menace at worst Tom Ingram, staff
recent article ran on the active online services to a general New York Times website with audience—is a place for informal the headline “Possible Meteor conversation, an online venue for the Over California Has Social Media comments that would otherwise be Abuzz.” CTV’s website ran a sum- made around the office water cooler. mary of Twitter reactions to Rob The standard fare of Facebook posts Ford’s remarks at Toronto City Hall is opinions about food or music, last Thursday. Searching for “social complaints about traffic or weather, media abuzz” yields hundreds of and lowest-common-denominator other examples. It seems that in political discussion. Not, in other recent years the press has become words, the sort of thing a major news obsessed with social media, and outlet should be reporting on. this has led to the alarming trend of The big difference between an press outlets publishing social media online post and a spoken remark is roundups as if they were news. that while the things said around the Social media—a vague term for a water cooler are forgotten as soon as collection of websites offering inter- the last echo has died off, things that
are posted on the Internet are kept in near perpetuity. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter keep records of everything, although they aren’t always easy to access. Archives and search engines keep track of these things for their own purposes. Nothing is ephemeral on the Internet – not even things that probably should be. In today’s world, where up-tothe-minute news is not only possible but demanded, news outlets are constantly starved for content and not terribly picky about what they publish. Since many people are excited by the prospect of having
their opinion “reported” on, large Has Social Media Abuzz.” The news organizations are able to get story is not the meteor, which is the by with the shockingly lazy tactic of sentence’s subject, embedded in its using the online remarks of random noun phrase and taken as axiomatic. people to fill space. We might as well be talking about One obvious reason this is a prob- a sale on peanut butter or a war in lem is that it lowers the level of the Syria. The story is the social media discourse. While old-school report- reaction. What they are reacting to, ing had many flaws, it focused on exactly, is a secondary matter. In records, data, experts, publications, other words, the headline amounts and people directly connected to an to nothing more than “People are event, all combined into a coher- Talking on Twitter.” ent narrative by a journalist who People are always talking, so the was, at least theoretically, educated only part of that statement that is and competent. This new brand of even vaguely interesting is the bit techno-“journalism,” on the other about Twitter. We have thus suchand, takes the hastily expressed cessfully transformed a story about opinions of random people, with a meteor over California into one no knowledge other than what the about the prevalence of social media media has told them, and attempts in today’s crazy world. This style of to elevate them to the same status reporting is not intellectually stimuas informed, well-researched, and lating or informative. But it’s also cautious reportage. dangerous. It takes the focus away Perhaps more disturbing, how- from external events that may or may ever, is that it reframes the news. not be important, and bends it ever Look at that Times headline again: further towards ourselves. “Possible Meteor Over California
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How to be a good ally to survivors of sexual assault jodie Layne, volunteer staff
Don’t offer your friend suggestions on how they could have prevented being assaulted – full stop
here are only a small number things in this world that no one wants to hear, but few are as hard to stomach as someone you know disclosing their sexual assault to you. We want to believe that things like this happen to other people – that we’re removed from the bad things we read in the papers and that the statistic that one in four women will be sexually assaulted doesn’t apply to our loved ones. But with statistics like that, the probability that you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a disclosure is quite high. It can be bewildering and confusing to hear, but how we react to a friend in these circumstances can hugely influence their ability to heal. You should always assume that you’re the first person they’ve told. Regardless of how many people they have actually told, it’s important to be gentle and supportive. It takes a lot of courage to come out as a survivor of sexual violence; being prepared is the best way to avoid re-victimizing someone who’s been through trauma. Listen to them Just sit and listen sincerely. No judging or fixating over what you’re going to say next. No freaking out – just listen to what they have to say and allow them to be truly heard. Most people who didn’t report their assaults didn’t do so because they “didn’t think it was important enough.” Let your friend know that both they and what they went through are important. Believe them Don’t question their version of events or if what happened to them was a “legitimate” sexual assault. Don’t comment about how it seems out of character for their assailant to do such
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a thing. Don’t tell them they were reading too much into it or being too sensitive. Tell them directly: “I believe you.” From the police (should your friend choose to report the incident) to the court (if the case ever even gets there) to the media (and the way it handles rape and rape victims), your friend may already be in doubt. They will have their account of the assault repeatedly challenged and delegitimized throughout their life. Even if you have doubts, keep them to yourself. Leave the judging to judges; you’re a friend, so offer unconditional support. The way that sexual assault is portrayed in our culture has misled us about how sexual assault occurs, so your friend’s experience may not be on par with what you perceive sexual assault to be. It isn’t always by a stranger, it doesn’t just happen to women, and not only men are rapists.
the only 42 per cent who actually end up convicted. Respect boundaries If they ask you not to say anything and to just listen: just listen. If they ask for a hug or other reassuring touch: offer it if you feel comfortable and don’t touch them in any way unless asked or permitted. Don’t try and help or offer suggestions if they don’t want any. React in the way they ask you to and, if they don’t offer a role for you to play, ask them how they’d like you to react. Empower them moving forward Put them in control of their own healing while being supportive. Finding resources is a very considerate and helpful gesture, as is offering help and a listening ear. Never put pressure on your friend to pursue these options or react in a certain way. Give them the tools to decide how to move forward and don’t judge their decisions. Being a survivor of sexual violence means they’re usually dealing with a loss of power, so do all that you can to help them restore their autonomy.
No coulda, shoulda, woulda The fact is that sexual assault happens because people do it, not because of the length of a dress, the time of day they were out, or how much they were drinking. Don’t offer your friend suggestions on how they could have prevented being assaulted – the chances are that they’ve Take care of yourself already replayed their assault in their head Sexual assault is more common and and wondered what they could have done has more manifestations than we let ourdifferently. The reality is that the person selves believe. If you or someone else you who assaulted them should never have know has experienced sexual assault, the done it in the first place – full stop. disclosure of another friend may bring Tell them it’s not their fault and don’t up uncomfortable feelings or reawaken chide them for waiting so long to tell trauma. Living in a rape culture means someone or for not going to the police. that those who have experienced sexual Cases of sexual assault are convicted at assault face threats and reminders all a lower rate than almost all other violent around them, which may act as triggers. crimes. Being forced into revisiting that Make sure you get the support you trauma over and over again each time you need to be a good ally to your friend and have to testify is sometimes not worth the to keep your own mental and emotional chance that your assailant will be among health in check.
U of M Sexual assault contact services: Student Counselling and Career Centre: 204-474-8592 University Health Service: 204-474-8411
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Speak Out Sexual assault: full disclosure Katy MacKinnon, staff
e speak about mental health, the need to stop the stigma and bring issues out into the open. We speak of poverty, homelessness, and helping those less fortunate. We encourage physical activity and eating right. We stay silent about sexual assault. I am writing this as a plea to bring the sexual assault conversation to the forefront. When I was 12 years old, not even a teenager by most standards, I was sexually assaulted. My youth and innocence were ripped from me in a single moment, and repeatedly for months at a time. The assault took place in a swimming class, where a man at least 30 years my senior seized upon every possible moment to violate me. I spent days and nights confused about what was happening and at a loss for what to do. Was this normal? Was I overreacting? What would happen if I came forward? Who should I tell? I felt betrayed. Betrayed by those around me, who knew it was happening and did nothing. Betrayed by my offender, who touched me in every wrong way, and played it off as a joke. He was a man in uniform; the type of person who, as a child, I naively thought would keep me safe. The image of his face and salacious smile is still clear-cut in my mind today. After months of inner turmoil, I finally spoke up. I could feel my heart pounding through my chest as I mustered the courage to tell my parents, completely unaware of what might ensue once I did so. As a result of my coming forward, the assault stopped. But much to my dismay, it didn’t end there. I spoke to the police in a small, claustrophobic, brick-walled interrogation room ‑ a room usually reserved for sexual offenders like my own. I can still remember the pale blue, peeling paint on the walls as I was told to point on an imaginary figure where he touched me. I was questioned for what seemed like hours, and asked to remember and describe, in as much detail as I could, every single
invasive touch, as if one wasn’t enough. message was lost. The idea that people who I kept countless details to myself, with- were a part of our everyday lives could harm holding numerous incidents of assault, us seemed silly. We dismissively shook our because they were just too painful and heads in disbelief. And yet, according to Statistics Canada, confusing to share with two older men: one—my father, who was trying his best to “Both police-reported and victimization protect me—and another, a police officer, surveys suggest that sexual assault incidents who failed in doing so. Maybe, just maybe, are most likely to occur when a victim and if I didn’t say it happened out loud, it didn’t offender are known to each other.” The 2004 General Social Survey counted actually happen. I was asked by the police officer if I could around 512,000 incidents of sexual assault ever imagine having a relationship with my among those aged 15 and over. More notaoffender. This was a baffling question for a bly, police-reported sexual assaults in 2007 12-year-old girl with only a vague knowl- counted at 24,200. These two numbers edge of intimacy and sex. It remains baf- demonstrate the huge discrepancy between actual totals and reported assaults. fling to this day. To translate: it happens, but we often keep it quiet. Did I ever receive justice? In the sexual assault cases that were No. The case was dropped. But as a 12-year-old, I was relieved. I thought it reported to the police in 2007, victims would all be over. I couldn’t have been more under the age of 18 made up over half of wrong. the victims. I truly believe that if sexual assault were It took a few years for me not to think about the assault every single day. My brought out into the open, just as physical relationships with males, physically and and mental health have been, then maybe, emotionally, have since been affected. just maybe, girls would not let assault occur Sometimes, just when I think I have put it for so long without speaking up. Of course, in an ideal world, sexual past me, it turns up again, and hits me like assault would never occur. And yet it does a blow to the chest. I am not suggesting you—a survivor of occur, each and every day. And we need sexual assault—share your story publicly to talk about it. This needs to be known. as I have done. I understand that there is Because the more we keep silent about it, a healing process, for lack of a better word, the more we endorse the idea that sexual since I’m not sure an experience of assault assault is something for a woman or girl to is something you can ever fully heal from. be ashamed of. Instead of keeping sexual assault under Instead, I’d like to encourage a new way of the radar, talk about it. Talk about sex, and thinking about sexual assault. When we were young, in elementary talk about assault, with your children. Do school, we were taught the appropriate this until they roll their eyes as children response if someone touched us in an inap- do. Talk about sexual assault with your propriate area. We took this knowledge solemnly, put it into the back of our minds, friends and family, and share your stories and vowed that we would be ready and with those close to you who respect you and support you. armed if it happened. Let it be known. The years passed, and the advice changed Do the hard work now, so that someday to that of guarding our drinks at clubs. We were taught not to let our drinks out of young girls will not have to suffer as I did. sight, because that’s when strangers could Sexual assault is never limited to a single incident. It is something survivors carry drug and rape us. Somewhere along the way, an important with them – for the rest of their lives.
“Both policereported and victimization surveys suggest that sexual assault incidents are most likely to occur when a victim and offender are known to each other” — Stats Canada
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Letter to the editor: ‘Dialogue’ and censorship The curious case of the Arab-Jewish Dialogue and UMSU’s ban on SAIA Brian Latour
n recent weeks, the anti-racist ous – that it is precisely the most vocal replace SAIA implies to councillors student group Students Against advocates of censorship who are posi- that revoking SAIA’s student group Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) has once tioning themselves as the most stead- status isn’t really censorship. again had its student group status fast supporters of “dialogue,” going so Of course, anyone who knows revoked by UMSU – this time, from far as to found a student group called anything about UMSU student the Student Group Promotions and Arab Jewish Dialogue on Campus groups would know that there was— Affairs Committee (SGPAC) and (AJDOC). rightfully—nothing stopping anyone only three days after receiving official Now, one can easily dismiss some- from forming a dialogue group while status for the 2013-14 academic year. one calling for a ban on opposing SAIA was recognized, and that banI’m sure the debate—if one can political views to promote dialogue ning SAIA in favour of another group call SAIA being repeatedly forced to as an Orwellian farce, and in a lot makes as little sense as, say, banning address the same old baseless accusa- of ways it is. But there is something a Catholic students’ association to tions and smear tactics a debate—on insidious in the warm, fuzzy, liberal found an interfaith campus group. whether student unions should ban “dialogue” approach to the IsraeliBut, even if the AJDOC weren’t anti-apartheid student groups will Palestinian conflict that sorely needs part of a ploy to silence Palestinian continue to rage on within UMSU, to be exposed and deconstructed. solidarity activism on campus, there and much ink will continue to be The minutes of the debate at the are still some serious problems with spilled in this very publication argu- Apr. 11, 2013 UMSU Council meeting the “dialogue” approach to addressing ing for and against censoring those at which SAIA was originally banned the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. who support Palestinian rights. are revealing. A dialogue group is Essentially, the central thesis of But students who follow what first proposed at that meeting by the these dialogue groups is that Jews and passes for debate on banning SAIA mover of the motion banning SAIA, Arabs, for whatever reason, inherently might notice something rather curi- and the idea of another group to just can’t get along, and need to get to know each other and listen to each other’s narratives in order to create friendships and build peace. At first glance, it isn’t that bad of an idea. To all but the most cynical, the notion of Palestinians and Israelis befriending one another is enough to warm the cockles of the heart. However, this entire approach ignores the power dynamics at play in occupied Palestine. The fact of the matter is that the Israeli state continues to oppress Palestinians. Palestinians living in the West Bank have their lives tightly controlled by a system of walls, checkpoints, and Israeli-only roads. Gaza is basically the world’s largest open-air prison. Palestinian farmers are subjected to
violence from settlers, and so on. All as Canada’s foreign policy is one of of this adds to a system of apartheid, almost unquestioning diplomatic and as defined in international law. This is material support for the Israeli state the cause of the ongoing conflict, not in their apartheid practices, this is some mythical ancient and irrational an issue of concern to all Canadians. mutual hatred. Not to mention that anyone conWhen one side is so clearly oppress- cerned with universal rights should ing another, denying them their basic find Israel’s treatment of Palestinians human rights and any shred of dig- to be rather odious. nity, how is it possible to pretend to Fortunately, “dialogue” isn’t the come together as equals? At best, the only option. As history has taught us, dialogue project is a distraction from forceful activism is required to disaddressing the real problem: Israel’s mantle systems of oppression. steadfast refusal to stop oppressIt wasn’t black South Africans and ing Palestinians and seriously work white Afrikaners in Winnipeg chattowards a just peace. At worst, it only ting over coffee that brought down normalizes Israel’s apartheid practices white minority rule in South Africa, by leaving the root of the problem and apartheid wasn’t ended because F. unaddressed. W. De Klerk and the National Party Secondly, dialogue groups are spontaneously developed a conscience. based on essentializing political It was the work of dedicated antiopinion based on national charac- apartheid activists and organizers in teristics – with Jews on one side and South Africa and abroad, who applied Arabs or Muslims on the other. This is, enough political and economic presof course, incorrect; these groupings sure on the regime to force its hand. serve the political interests of those Students interested in organizwho would silence Palestinian solidar- ing towards peace and justice in the ity organizing and label anyone who Middle East would do better joining forcefully stands up for or raises the SAIA and working to place pressure on issue of Palestinian rights as an anti- the Israeli state to change its apartheid Semite. Finally, they also essentialize policies, and on the Canadian state to Jewish political opinion, whitewashing stop supporting those policies. the rich history of Jewish anti-apartHopefully, UMSU will also abanheid and anti-Zionist political thought don their embarrassing practice of and activism. banning anti-apartheid student groups These groups also exclude those based on little more than unsubstantiwho are neither Jews nor Arabs. In ated smears. the case of the AJDOC group at the University of Manitoba, this is done Brian Latour is one of the foundquite explicitly by barring those who ing members of the former U are neither Jews nor Arabs from mem- of M student group Students bership in their constitution. However, Against Israeli Apartheid.
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‘How does the artist decolonize?’ Photo by Cam Nikkel
The chaos of collaboration
Lukas Thiessen, staff
16 artists take over the Graffiti Gallery En Masse Anastasia Chipelski, staff
ake 16 artists and give them sive at first. Art tends to be a solitary five days, black and white process and [this collaboration] was paint, and free reign to transform probably a little out of the comfort the Graffiti Gallery, floor to ceiling. zone for many of us, especially since The final result is Collective Chaos, a we were painting minutes after most partnership between Graffiti Art of us had met for the first time,” says Programming (GAP)—which is Christian Procter, another contributcelebrating their 15th year—and the ing artist . En Masse project. Comfort zones were stretched for En Masse, based in Montreal, many of the artists through working “draws life from the many creative on a larger scale, in different media, individuals who take part in the with the limitations of only black and project to create large-scale, highly white paint. Matt Bohemier says he spontaneous drawings in black and wasn’t even sure what he was signing white.” Collective Chaos opened on up for when he was invited to join Nov. 14, and until Jan. 15, 2014, the the project by GAP artistic director entire interior of the Graffiti Gallery Pat Lazo. “‘Bring brushes,’ he said. I was will be covered by the work of the 16 under the impression I was just going contributing artists. The final result pulls the viewer to help do some filling in.” between taking in as much as posAnd the process, well – that was sible—which varies, depending on also up to interpretation. “There are no rules, create big or whether you’re on the main floor or the elevated catwalk, or which small but share the space. Work off corner of the room you’re standing each other or go in a totally different in—and being drawn in from the direction. Just enjoy creating someglorious cacophony to focus on the thing. That’s the process from my perspective,” says Rodrigo Pradel, a individual elements. It is, as the title suggests, a balance local artist who specializes in modern between collectivity and chaos. pinups. However, once they got going, a “To many of the audience the result may appear as ‘chaotic,’ but after sense of camaraderie quickly develspending many hours with other art- oped. Gabrielle Funk and some of ists and knowing better about them the other artists “began to refer to the in the environment, I feel that the experience [ . . . ] as a sort of ‘sumresult is very well controlled,” says mer camp for artists,’ or ‘better than Takashi Iwasaki, one of the contrib- art school.’ It was a very immersive experience trying to transform the uting artists. Though there are no clear bound- gallery in less than a week and a lot aries between one artist’s work and of us didn’t want it to be over when another’s, subtle cues are offered it was complete.” through individual stylistic elements, Lazo, who also contributed to in the meeting points and transitions Collective Chaos as an artist, had between different contributions, as more of a sense of what to expect. individuals move closer towards He worked with En Masse in 2012 collaboration. in Miami, and worked with Jason “Everyone was a little apprehen- Botkin of En Masse to make this
Writer Roewan Crowe and visual artist Paul Robles discuss their recent collaboration on Quivering Land
happen in Winnipeg. “I always welcome opportunities of collaboration as I try to absorb the energy and make mental notes of techniques. It didn’t take long for people to get their groove and just zone out and just create. The music was blaring and the artists just had fun creating art next to or above one another. I was really inspired by the process and happy with the end result,” says Lazo. One of the goals of the En Masse project is to “nurtur[e] the broadening and solidification of artistic communities everywhere it goes, serving artists from extremely diverse backgrounds,” and the artists involved spoke highly of their experiences in the project, from meeting and befriending new artists to developing a sense of collaboration and sharing artistic influences. “Seeing how similar we all can be [ . . . ] it’s hard not to be influenced by each other’s work. In fact, I believe it broadens our own visions,” says Pradel. At the end of the project, Funk found that, “Breaking down my urge to stand out as an individual artist in order to contribute to a project greater than any one aesthetic or style was a humbling and invigorating process and I am so glad to [have] had the opportunity to take part in it.” Take in Collective Chaos while you can, before Jan. 15, 2014 – ‘cause when it’s gone, it’s gone. See www. graffitigallery.ca for more details. You can support Graffiti Art Programming by purchasing photographic prints of one of the gallery views, or En Masse/Graffiti Gallery t-shirts. Individual artists’ smaller works are also available for sale.
nticipation, fear, and pleasure all connect with the adjective “quivering.” In naming her experimental long poem Quivering Land, local author, academic, and curator Roewan Crowe applies all of these meanings. “It is important to me that words remain open, so that possible meanings might begin to proliferate. I was drawn to the word quiver/ing, drawn to tremulous, shaking movement as a gesture, or response, a word that communicates embodied experience. It is a word I can feel in my body.” Two of the narrative’s characters exist in distinct realms. One, Clem, resides in the Western, which is filled with ghost towns, cowboys, and gunslingers. The other, Violet, is found in her studio making art. For Crowe, this distinction between locations questions the solidity of the Western: “I also wanted to confine Clem in the Western and Violet in the studio/gallery to see what would happen for them. Is it possible to decolonize the Western? How does the artist decolonize? What are decolonizing actions?” Crowe explains both her and visual artist Paul Robles—whose work accompanies the publication— begin in a place of abundance, and end up without excess, taking only what is necessary and leaving room for something else to occur. “Paul’s process of cutting images is similar to my writing process. We both start with a blank page. Paul removes cuts of paper, I remove words. My process involves laying down an abundance of words, intense writing, overwriting, and then I edit down, remove words to create space in the text.” Robles works primarily with origami paper, approaching it unconventionally by cutting—instead of folding—it. “Paper can be fragile and vulnerable, yet may hold some power
and knowledge – a metaphor of the human condition [and] a central theme to Roewan’s story [ . . . ] Being able to reconfigure/shape/ slash/trim/reassemble to create new myths, new worlds, hopefully gives the reader/viewer greater options.” Decolonization occurs when openness is offered. “I hope the reader might also find space for their own experiences and imagination. Paul’s images do this too: they are evocative and do not dictate meaning,” Crowe says. Even in their collaborative process, Robles explains that the work of one did not dictate what the other artist had to do. “The themes in Quivering that resonate for me and my work were the exploration of the self, to be loved, and the struggles—often violently—to be open and free – to be borderless. The notion of nowhere is “home” – or potentially everywhere, was my interpretation.” Robles elucidates his understanding of feminism—significant in working with Crowe, who has a feminist approach to her academic career—as part of connecting with those we are not familiar with and who are different from us. In academia as well as in art, Crowe recognizes a rigidity by which she has chosen not to be confined. Moving across established boundaries speaks to the notion of decolonization. “Writing territories have been claimed through the use of categorization, language, and power,” says Crowe. “I remember using the word ‘experimental’ to describe my work with a writer who clearly thought I did not fit in this category. Quivering Land is my experimental poem.” Quivering Land, published by Arbeiter Ring, is being launched at McNally Robinson at Grant Park in the atrium on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7:00 p.m.
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Getting to the heart of art Accessible show and sale encourages low-income artists to create and build community Anastasia Chipelski, staff
hile art-making may be an because of the warmth and welcomimportant part in many peo- ing atmosphere of the community ple’s lives, making the leap to show- and organizers. [Some] artists see ing or selling art can be intimidating, each other annually at this show; it especially for lower-income artists. is always a very pleasant encounter,” Art From the Heart has been working says Nova. to change this for the last 14 years, The atmosphere at the show has and this year is no different. inspired artists like photographer “We try to Andrew Lane remove as many to join in. “The atmosphere barriers to par“After going ticipation, for to [last year’s in the place and example, by not show by] Art charging an From the Heart, the people who entry fee and by I think the were participating allowing the artatmosphere in ists to keep 100 the place and inspired me per cent of sales. the people who to think of my We also go out of were participatour way to help ing inspired me own creativity” people get their to think of my —Andrew Lane artworks to us, own creativand to get them ity and how I matted and might be able ready for the sale, because some of to express myself artistically,” says our members do not have transpor- Lane. tation or are homeless,” says Carole Lane’s experience affirms O’Brien, coordinator for Art From O’Brien’s hopes for this event: beyond the Heart. their mission of “addressing ecoThis year’s show includes 120 art- nomic and social imbalances in our ists across a wide array of media, from community,” the show will also help paintings, sketches, and watercolours, to validate artists’ experiences and to sculptures and other three-dimen- skills, and make them feel included sional work, as well as textiles. in a community. This year will be Ildiko Nova’s Experience Art From the Heart third year in Art From the Heart. and support your local artists on She got involved after helping out Nov. 22 from 7-9 p.m. and Nov. 23 with a community mosaic at Red from 10:30-3 p.m. at the Magnus Road Lodge when she was new to Eliason Recreation Centre at 430 Winnipeg, having just moved from Langside Street. Find them on Toronto. Facebook at http://www.facebook. “[This] event is special for me com/events/352975454848197/
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‘Give it time’ Curator Oliver Botar discusses current exhibition of practicing 90-year-old innovative artist Eli Bornstein Lukas Thiessen, staff
hat do you expect from an founder of Canada’s longest-runartist who has lived almost ning arts magazine, the Structurist. one century? If that artist is The magazine printed its last issue 90-year-old Eli Bornstein, expect in 2010 after half a century of pubsomething magnificent. lishing on the forefront of artistic, Curator Oliver Botar organized cultural, and scientific advanceAn Art at the Mercy of Light, a show ment. Bornstein exemplifies the of 20 of Bornstein’s works from qualities of the periodical – in May 1995 to 2013 at the University of this year he was the only Canadian Manitoba’s School of Art Gallery. invited to give a keynote address He explains that the artist is still for the international conference working regularly. 100 Years of Abstract Art: Theory “He’s making art every day, and and Practice at Jacobs University in he’s making the best work of his Bremen, Germany. career right now.” Mary Reid—director of the galBotar refers to Bornstein as lery—and Botar partnered with the one of the most sophisticated U of M bookstore to acquire back Canadian colourists, along with issues of the magazine. Visitors can Agnes Martin and Yves Gaucher, purchase many of its 31 issues. and goes on to describe how his Botar celebrates the journal as labour-intensive and perfectionist an unprecedented achievement. approach provides a rare complexity “It’s entirely unique; there’s nothand harmony of colour. ing like it, even internationally.” “In his early work, he created simThe Structurist was different pler works, using primary colours from the average art history journal. on a white background. Over the It offered excellent scholarship, but years, his use of colour has become it was also the first arts periodical in increasingly complex, although it’s Canada to publish nature photogranever been baroque. Despite first phy, articles on science and technolappearances, there are differences ogy, and address environmentalism. between the colours of his ground It was the first Canadian art journal planes; the more you look, the more to publish the NASA photographs you see how different each tone and of Earth from space in 1971. Of the hue are.” two galleries, the smaller room has Prolonged contemplation is three works by Bornstein and all encouraged for visitors to this issues of the journal on display. exhibition. Botar is a full-time professor and “You can’t appreciate his works his curatorial work needs to meet unless you stand in front of them certain criteria. His field is early and take time,” says Botar. “It 20th-century modernism, and he doesn’t give itself up immediately. occasionally does contemporary Give it time.” art shows. Bornstein, described as an eleBornstein is unique in that gantly dressed gentleman, is the he has a firm foundation in early
modernism, informed by the work of artists like Piet Mondrian and Paul Cézanne; but the artist’s modernism is not what Botar calls the stereotypical, Clement Greenbergbased genre, which avoided questions of politics, nature, science, or architecture. Botar said that while interest in abstraction comes and goes regularly, there has been a tendency towards perceptual art in the last 10 to 15 years that is focused on light, such as that found in the work of James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson. Turrell’s and Eliasson’s works use projected light while Bornstein’s pieces have the colour contained in the material, but all three artists typify perceptual art’s invitation to learn how to see. Bornstein’s works do not resemble nature, as they are abstract, shares Botar, but they derive their colours and configurations from nature. Bornstein’s artwork is already visible at the U of M; his freestanding work in greens outside the Architecture II Building has been in place since 2007, and soon, the south wall of the Frank Kennedy Centre will be adorned with the immense piece that once captivated travellers strolling through the old Winnipeg Airport. An Art at the Mercy of Light runs until Feb. 21, 2014 at the U of M school of art (255 ARTlab, 180 Dafoe Road). Admission is free and the galleries are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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illustration by bram keast of Joey landreth and alexa dirks
A close connection Alexa Dirks of Chic Gamine and Joey Landreth of The Bros. Landreth Bryce Hoye, staff
o the uninitiated, local bands Chic Gamine and the Bros. Landreth have little in common, save for being composed of some of Winnipeg’s most talented young musicians. The Bros. Landreth and their recently released debut album, Let it Lie, have a mellow country and blues-rock sound, while Chic Gamine describes themselves as having a “60s girl-group [ . . . ] straight out of Motown [vibe].” The Juno Award-winning Chic Gamine started off seven years ago with very little instrumentation, relying more on the sonorous harmonies of songstresses Ariane Jean, Andrina Turenne, Annick Bremault, and Alexa Dirks, as well as beats from the slimmed-down percussion and world beats-driven kit of drummer Sasha Daoud. Over the years, however, Daoud’s kit has grown; the girls don guitars and play keys regularly, and the Chics’ overall sound has evolved far from its humble a cappella beginnings into something much edgier. “I hesitate to say we’re more of a rock band, but we are – way more than what we used to be,” says Dirks. “The show [on Nov. 23 at Union Sound Hall] is definitely going to display that to people who think they know what we’re like.” “We came together as a band of five people that wanted to play together but not necessarily realizing our limitations. [ . . . ] We didn’t want to be an a cappella band, because none of us even listened to a cappella music. But then that inevitably became part of our identity, even though that isn’t
what we really set out to do.” Chic Gamine’s live show, while still containing some of the same a cappella elements their fanbase loves, is far more aggressive than it once was. “Over the years we’ve discovered we’re more comfortable stepping out of our comfort zone. We want to present ourselves as what we always heard ourselves as being, which is a full band.” Where Bros. and Chic meet espite the obvious musical differences, Alexa Dirks and frontman of the Bros. Landreth, Joey Landreth, are as thick as thieves and longtime collaborators. Dirks is credited with co-writing the tracks “Let it Lie” and “Nothing” off of the Bros’ album, Let it Lie. “I’m so proud to be a part of [Let it Lie] in any capacity,” says Dirks. “Just to watch [Joey] be a frontman and be so highly regarded [ . . . ] it [is] so moving to see him take his place.” Aside from being great friends and former roommates, the two have coevolved artistically over the past 10 years. “We started out playing in a Christian rock band [with] Jon Buller,” says Landreth. “Alexa was brought on board as an additional singer. We were 15-16 years old, hated the idea of having a ringer brought in. It was kind of an uncomfortable transition: we were young, probably pretty arrogant, but it sort of turned into a really cool friendship.” Along with drummer Ryan Voth and Meg Dolovich on bass, Dirks and Landreth later went on to form the
now-defunct band Little Boy Boom (LBB). Little Boy Boom played the Wednesday slot at a venue then known as Hooligans (currently The Rose n’ Bee) on Sherbrook Street for well over a year, before hitting the big stage at The King’s Head. “We got an offer from the bar manager at The Kings Head. He came up to me and said, ‘you know, we’re going to steal you guys [from Hooligans].’ It felt like getting a record deal, getting to play The Kings Head,” says Landreth. “But we never quite made the same connection. What we discovered was that Hooligans had a neighbourhood crowd, and we were expecting that crowd to come with us and they didn’t, because you can’t walk drunkenly home from The King’s Head to Wolseley.” Little Boy Boom eventually separated. Dirks’ career with Chic Gamine took off and Joey started touring with the likes of country acts Codie Prevost and Doc Walker, among others. Nevertheless, the two remain great friends and are reuniting LBB for a reunion show at Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club on Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. “It is going to be a tear-filled show,” says Landreth. Check out Chic Gamine this Saturday, Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. at Union Sound Hall, 110 Market Avenue. The Bros. Landreth play Nov. 20 at the West End Cultural Centre alongside Sweet Alibi at 8 p.m., and again on Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. at the Fairmont with Ani DiFranco.
photos courtesy of The Bros. Landreth and Chic Gamine
Arts & Culture
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event Listings The arts events to attend this weekend
Thursday, Nov. 14 – Jan. 15 Collective Chaos by EN MASSE x Graffiti Gallery The Graffiti Gallery
Saturday, Nov. 23 Chic Gamine / The Reverend Rambler Union Sound Hall
Friday, Nov. 15 – 28 New works by Natasha Gusta The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre
Wednesday, Nov. 20 The Bros. Landreth / Sweet Alibi West End Cultural Centre
Friday, Nov. 22 – 23 The 10th annual Holidaze Craft Show The West End Cultural Centre
Friday, Nov. 22 Electro Quarterstaff / BIIPIIGWAN / Dead Ranch / Warsaw The Windsor Hotel
Saturday, Nov. 23 Adolyne / Dead Ranch / Soul Killing Female / Chica-Boom-Boom / Fleshlite Frame Arts Warehouse
Friday, Nov. 22 – 23 Handmade Holiday Sale of Contemporary Craft Frame Arts Warehouse
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Killing it at home Bison volleyball gives Bobcats all they can handle Marc Lagace, staff
t was an exciting weekend for the Manitoba jumped out to a crucial Manitoba men’s and women’s vol- early lead in the fifth set and never leyball team, as the Bisons hosted looked back, winning the match 3-2 the Brandon Bobcats on Nov. 15 and (25-18, 18-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-8). Rachel 16. The Bison men swept the visitors, Cockrell led all players with 20 kills, while the women split their two- while Taylor Pischke returned to the game series. Bison lineup to contribute 14 kills and The men’s and women’s matches nine digs. In the women’s rematch on Friday night went the distance, with The Bison men got their weekend Saturday, Brandon reclaimed the Bisons winning both in the fifth started with a huge 3-2 (16-25, 25-21, their second-place position in the set. 25-22, 14-25, 15-12) win over the nation- Canada West standings by defeatIn the women’s game, the Bisons ally-ranked Brandon Bobcats. After ing Manitoba 3-1 (24-26, 26-24, 25-20, came out strong in the first set, Brandon took the first set handily, the 25-21). After coming out and winbut dropped the second and third. Bisons bounced back in the second ning the first set, the Bisons had an Meaghan Robertson tried to serve and third and ultimately clinched the opportunity to go up two sets to none. out the match for the Bobcats with match in the fifth. Devren Dear, who Unfortunately, 11 second-set attack the Bisons sitting on set point, but the led all players with 23 kills, was a key errors kept Brandon in the game and comeback came up four points short. contributor to the Bisons’ victory. allowed them to build momentum.
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Brandon swept the remaining sets kills on the night. for the match. Brandon’s Shanlee The women now sit tied for fourth McLennan led all players with 18 in Canada West with a record of 5-3, kills. while the men’s victories propelled The Bison men ended the weekend them into a tie with three other with another thrilling five-set vic- teams—including Brandon—for tory over the Bobcats, winning 3-2 sixth place in the competitive Canada (25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 19-25, 15-10). Dear West volleyball conference. The was once again huge for Manitoba Bisons will travel to Edmonton this with 18 kills, while teammate Adam weekend to take on the University of DeJonckheere led all players with 20 Alberta on Nov. 22 and 23.
Bisons trample Pronghorns Manitoba takes all four games against Lethbridge Mike Still, staff
he U of M men’s hockey team absolutely embarrassed the Lethbridge Pronghorns over the weekend, dominating both games played at the Wayne Fleming Arena at Max Bell Centre. On Nov. 15, a strong defensive performance merited a 3-0 Bison win.
Manitoba started off as the aggressors, outshooting Lethbridge 17-6 in the first period, but could not find the back of the net. The biggest factor in the opening frame was the Bisons playing shorthanded. Manitoba killed four minor penalties, including a 5-on-3 for
almost two full minutes towards the end of the first. The Bisons built momentum off the opening period’s penalty killing. They set the pace with a number of heavy checks while keeping the play in the Lethbridge zone. Their hard work
paid off as forward Luke Cain notched his second goal of the year with 4:04 remaining in the second. The Bisons did not let up, tallying with 1:14 left. Forward Jory Coates’ first career CIS goal gave the Bisons a 2-0 lead heading into the third. Aaron Lewadniuk notched his team-leading fourth goal of the season just 26 seconds into the third period to give the Bisons a 3-0 lead. Bison goalie Joe Caligiuri had a relatively easy night, stopping all 17 shutout shots. Meanwhile, at the other end, Lethbridge goalie Dylan Tait faced 43 shots. Head coach Mike Sirant touched on the importance of the victory, saying, “This was a very important win for us tonight. A real important two points so that we can start turning things around, and start the long climb back up into the standings.” The Bisons continued their climb the following night, picking up an impressive 7-0 victory. Manitoba took control early on and never let go. Forward Craig Scott opened up the scoring just 2:59 into the first, taking advantage of a helpless Lethbridge defenceman who had lost his stick. The Bisons added to their lead at 14:23 as forward Jesse Paradis scored on a 3-on-1. Manitoba led 2-0 heading into the second period. The Bisons chased Pronghorn starting goalie Damien Ketlo out of the net in the second period. Dylan Kelly scored for Manitoba just 30 seconds into the frame, putting away a loose rebound. Taylor Dickin then added to the lead at 5:44, stealing Ketlo’s attempted pass away, notching an easy goal. The goal forced the Lethbridge bench to replace Ketlo with Tait. Dickin won his second goal of the game just 16 seconds later. Ian Duval capped off the wild second period with a goal at 13:52 that gave Manitoba a 6-0 lead heading into the
final frame. The third period didn’t merit much action, the only goal coming at 15:39 as Dickin topped off a great night with the hat trick. Joe Caligiuri recorded his second straight shutout, stopping 23 Lethbridge shots. Head coach Mike Sirant talked about the importance of having a great start: “We didn’t want to give our opponents any momentum for the game, and to try to take that away from them early, but then also to continue to really strive for a full 60-minute game tonight.” The Bisons (4-7-1) will now head on the road for a huge weekend set against the UBC Thunderbirds (3-8-1). Games are Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
Bison women victorious in Lethbridge
The Bisons cracked the scoreboard twice in the final minute of the first period, holding on the rest of the way to a 4-3 victory against Lethbridge on Nov. 15. Scoring for the Bisons were Kyleigh Palmer, Caitlin MacDonald, and Amy Lee with two goals. Megan Bailey added two goals for Lethbridge, as well as Sadie Lenstra with one. The rematch the following evening produced even better results for Manitoba as they emerged with a 3-0 victory. Scoring for the Bisons were Maggie Litchfield-Medd, Jessica Rosenbaum, and Caitlin MacDonald. Dée-Ana Marion stopped 22 shots for the shutout. With the pair of victories, the Bisons improved to 7-4-1 on the season, while the Pronghorns fell to 3-7-2. The next women’s action takes place on the road, as Manitoba faces off against the UBC Thunderbirds with games on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 6 p.m.
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2013 CFL Player Awards predictions Adam Peleshaty, volunteer staff
100 yards. Ricky Ray also had an impressive season, setting pro football records for a completion percentage of 77.2 and a QB rating of 126.4. Unfortunately his accomplishments—only 10 games— were too few to win the award this season. Jon Cornish will be the third Canadian to win MOP, following Russ Jackson and Tony Gabriel.
team-leading total of 12. But the difference between Hughes and Cox is the latter’s versatility. As well as having 12 sacks, Cox led the league with 114 tackles and also had four interceptions this season. The Als led the league in eight defensive categories and Cox is the main reason why.
Most Outstanding Canadian
Rene Paredes, K, Stampeders
Jon Cornish, RB, Stampeders
Henoc Muamba, LB, Blue Bombers
illustration by caroline norman
For the past two years, Adam Peleshaty has correctly predicted the CFL Player Awards. He goes for his third year of perfection in 2013. Most Outstanding Player
Jon Cornish, RB, Stampeders Ricky Ray, QB, Argonauts
Going into 2013, some believed Jon Cornish would not be able to duplicate his rushing total of 1,457 yards from 2012 – the most by any Canadian. Not only did he duplicate it, he smashed it, rushing for a leagueleading 1,813 yards this season, thanks to nine games where he tallied over
Barring a failure in logic, Cornish will win this award. Muamba did, however, have a terrific season on the moribund Blue Bomber squad. His 106 tackles led the team and ranked second in the league next to Montreal’s Chip Cox. A free agent going into this off-season, it is a high priority for the Bombers to re-sign him for 2014 and beyond.
Most Outstanding Special Teams Player
Marc Beswick, LB/ST, Tiger-Cats
Paredes had a record-breaking season converting 54 of 57 field goal attempts for a percentage of 94.7 per cent, while also setting the record for most consecutive field goals with 39 over the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Beswick led the league with 24 special teams tackles. One wonders why Bombers RB/KR Will Ford was not picked as the East nominee. It would have made more sense. Most Outstanding Rookie
Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Brett Jones, C, Stampeders C.J. Gable, RB, Tiger-Cats
Both players are effective sackmasters. Hughes led the league with 18 sacks this season while Cox had a
In his first year of pro football, Brett Jones has been a surprise on Calgary’s sometimes patchwork offensive line. He was the only offensive lineman to play every game for Calgary this season and has per-
Charleston Hughes, DE, Stampeders Chip Cox, LB, Alouettes
formed well in making rushing gaps for Cornish and protecting QB Kevin Glenn. However, Gable is fourth in yards from scrimmage (1,382) while making highlight-reel runs and scoring 12 touchdowns. Although Jones should be acknowledged for his play, those in high-profile positions usually win this award. Most Outstanding Lineman
Brendon LaBatte, G, Roughriders
Jeff Keeping, C, Argonauts
LaBatte protected Riders QB Darian Durant, which enabled career-highs in touchdowns and QB ratings. LaBatte also created holes for running back Kory Sheets, the only real challenge to Cornish for the league rushing title this season. As for the converted defensivelineman Keeping, he helped protect both Ray and backup QB Zach Collaros. The Riders, however, allowed fewer sacks and had more rushing yards. Considering LaBatte unseated reigning MOL winner Jovan Olafioye of B.C. for the West Division nomination and the award ceremony is in Regina this year, the Roughrider may be the winner.
Bombers go headhunting for a new coach Marc Lagace, staff
Khari Jones is a Winnipeg legend. Although he never won a Grey Cup in Winnipeg, he played pass and catch with Milt Stegall in his prime and was part of some very exciting Bomber teams in the early 2000s. While his performances on the field cemented him as a quarterback legend, Jones doesn’t have the coaching portfolio the Bombers should be looking for during such an important rebuild. He only has four years of coaching experience – three as a quarterbacks coach and one year as an offensive co-ordinator. He started his coaching career as support staff to the Bellefeuille-led Ti-Cats. If the Bombers tap Bellefeuille, Jones may join as offensive coordinator.
3. Jacques Chapdelaine photo by beibei lu
ewly-appointed Winnipeg Blue Bomber president and CEO Wade Miller made the first decision of the 2013 off-season, firing Tim Burke as head coach on Nov. 13. The move comes after Burke—in his first full season as head coach— led the Bombers to their worst record since 1998. Burke’s move from defensive co-ordinator to head coach appears to have been a mistake As the Bombers’ defensive co-ordinator, Burke was the strategic mastermind behind the “Swaggerville” defence that made it to the Grey Cup in 2011. In his media release, Miller appeared to address Burke’s value as a defensive co-ordinator, stating, “If an opportunity does arise for him to join our staff as a defensive co-ordinator, our organization would definitely be open
to exploring this with Tim.” Currently, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Edmonton, and Montreal are all searching for a new head coach. Here are Winnipeg’s top candidates for the opening:
1. Marcel Bellefeuille
Chapdelaine is arguably the most sought-after interviewee for the position of head coach heading into this off-season. With over 10 years of coaching and offensive co-ordinating experience – including two Grey Cup rings as offensive co-ordinator for the B.C. Lions in 2006 and 2011, the 52-year-old Canadian has potential to be the next great CFL head coach. Unfortunately for the Bombers, he’s going to be highly sought after. This means he might be less inclined to join the mess in Winnipeg when he could spearhead a fresh start in Ottawa or help the Alouettes out of their postCalvillo funk.
Bellefeuille was brought in to replace Gary Crowton as Blue Bomber offensive co-ordinator midway through the 2013 season. Bellefeuille has 18 years of coaching experience, including three years as head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, from 2008-2011. Seeing as he’s already on the payroll, if Miller 4. Milt Stegall and company were satisfied with his In response to Burke’s firing, Stegall performance as offensive co-ordinator, took to Twitter with the following he would be the easiest pick. message: “The Bombers need a head coach. 2. Khari Jones I’m finally ready to make that move.
Wade Miller you owe me an interview. If not me, WHO should it be?” Stegall has always been quick with jokes, and he was clearly having some fun with the tweet. Besides, have we learned nothing from Wayne Gretzky’s stint behind the bench for Phoenix? Being the greatest to ever play the game doesn’t mark you as a capable coach.
5. Paul LaPolice
If Miller talks about bringing Burke back on as defensive co-ordinator, then why not continue to undo all of former GM Joe Mack’s mistakes by bringing back LaPolice? After leading the Bombers to an unexpected Grey Cup berth in 2011, LaPolice was unceremoniously fired by Mack. Since his dismissal, he’s been a regular contributor to TSN’s CFL broadcasts as a coaching analyst.
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Bisons bruised by Dinos Basketball fails to produce win in weekend set Mike Still, staff
t was an unsuccessful weekend the floor playing really hard at the ferent players step up and I thought for the Bison men’s and women’s same time.” we had a good fight.” basketball teams, as neither could “We didn’t have a lot of five people With the pair of losses, the Bisons pick up a victory at home against the playing hard today.” fall to 3-3 on the season, while Calgary Dinos on Nov. 15 and 16. The two teams met again the fol- Calgary improves to 4-2. The next The women started things off early lowing afternoon as Manitoba looked Bison action takes place in B.C., with Friday afternoon, dropping the first for some revenge. The Bisons fought games on Nov. 22 against the Victoria game of the weekend 67-58. hard, but came up just short, losing Vikes at 8 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. Due to poor discipline on 65-63. against the UBC Thunderbirds. Calgary’s part—the Dinos comCalgary opened up an 18-9 lead The men’s basketball team continmitted nine first quarter fouls— in the first quarter, and took a 30-23 ued their early season woes, falling the Bisons got out to an early lead. lead into the half. Jessica Thielen led 86-66 to Calgary at home late Friday Manitoba was in the bonus just over the Dinos by going 3-for-3 with seven afternoon. four minutes into the game, and took points in the first half. The game started out fairly close, a 16-12 lead after one quarter of play. The third quarter was much of with the teams managing nearly idenCalgary picked up their tempo the same. Calgary was fierce on the tical shooting success. Manitoba was in the second quarter. The Dinos boards, out-rebounding the Bisons 7-of-17 in the first, whereas Calgary took hold of the lead just over three 8-6 on the Manitoba glass, and open- shot 7-of-18. The Dinos took the minutes in and never let go. Tamara ing their lead up to 13 after three lead in the dying seconds of the Jarrett led the charge for the Dinos, quarters. quarter and headed into the second going 8-for-8 from the free-throw The Bisons showed tons of resolve up 18-16. line. The teams headed into the half in the fourth quarter, getting back The Dinos pulled away in the with Calgary leading 32-26. into the game on the strength of second quarter. Calgary was led by Based on strong rebounding and their three-point shooting. Robin Matt Letkeman’s 11 second quarsecond and third chance points, Eyer and Jenilyn Monton each hit ter points, while Winnipeg native Calgary pulled away in the fourth two from beyond the arc, leading a Jared Ogungbemi-Jackson pitched quarter, determining the pace of the 15-1 Bison charge with just under six in nine points—including a last second half and extending their lead minutes left to play. second three pointer—which gave to as much as 16. Calgary outworked Manitoba took their first lead of Calgary a 16-point lead heading into Manitoba as the game went along the game with 3:21 remaining but the break. and held the Bisons to 21-for-60 were unable to hold on as Calgary Calgary continued to outwork shooting overall in the win. jumped ahead on a pull-up jumper Manitoba in the second half. They Jarrett led all scorers with 14 points, from Kristie Sheils in the final min- maintained a double-digit lead while Sheree Carmona-Galdamez ute. The Dinos survived Manitoba’s through the third and fourth quarpitched in 11 points for the Bisons. late push to pick up the 65-63 win. ters en route to their first win of the Bison co-head coach Michele Bison co-head coach Michele 2013-14 regular season. Hynes touched on her team’s energy Hynes was proud of her team’s overThe Dinos got major production level as a whole, saying, “We talk all performance, saying, “We have from Letkeman, who was hard to about it all the time, we are really been in a lot of tight games this year defend in the paint, and led all shootgood when we have five people on already. It was nice to see some dif- ers with 21 points. Mike Holloway
led the Bisons with 12 points and The Bisons put their trust in Basi provided energy all game. and it paid off. He darted through “It’s a bit of a gut check,” said Bison the lane and hit his third clutch shot head coach Kirby Schepp, speaking of the game, sending the game into about his team’s performance after overtime. the game. The overtime session went back “It’s a matter of as a man, how do and forth with the majority of points you feel when somebody out-physi- being scored at the free throw line cally-competes you, and see the way due to the aggressive play from both we respond from that.” sides. The Bisons had a far stronger perThe key play of the overtime formance on Saturday afternoon but period occurred in the final 30 seccould not pick up the win, losing an onds with Manitoba down 88-87. Basi overtime thriller, 89-87. could not convert on a layup opporCalgary led by nine after tunity, forcing the Bisons to commit one quarter, and 10 at the break. a foul. Philip Barndt of Calgary only Ogungbemi-Jackson led all scorers hit one of two free throws, which with 14 points. opened the door for Manitoba to The Bisons were a determined either tie or win the game in the force in the second half, picking up final six seconds. It was not to be, their intensity and tying the game though, as Yigit Ozsaynier missed with 10 seconds remaining in the a last-second three-pointer, giving third quarter. Ogungbemi-Jackson, Calgary the close win. however, hit a clutch three-pointer at The Bisons had five players score the buzzer to give the Dinos a 62-59 in double digits, led by Basi who put lead heading into a crazy fourth up 23 points. quarter. “We were much more competitive The Bisons took their first lead today which was nice to see,” said of the game two and a half minutes coach Schepp. “You hope sometimes into the fourth on an Amarjit Basi that that competitiveness is rewarded layup, but it was short-lived. The and today, it wasn’t.” Dinos retook the lead and led 78-75 With the defeat, the Bisons fall as Calgary headed into the final 90 to 1-5 on the season. Calgary, meanseconds. Basi worked his magic again, while, earned their first two wins and scoring a clutch runner with just 23 improved to 2-4. The men travel to seconds left, bringing Manitoba to B.C. this weekend, with games on within one. Ogungbemi-Jackson was Nov.22 at 8 p.m. against the Victoria fouled, but hit only one of two free Vikes, and Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. against throws, setting up a dramatic final the UBC Thunderbirds. 11 seconds.