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14 November, 2013 • The University of Saskatchewan student newspaper since 1912

Students put down their razors to raise funds for Movember. NEWS 2

Men’s soccer team heads to first ever national CIS championship. SPORTS 5

University students form dynamic music duo. CULTURE 8

Huskies’ basketball remains undefeated WOMEN CALL THEIR SHOTS KIMBERLEY HARTWIG Sports Editor

The Huskies women’s basketball team moved to 4-0 after defeating the University of Brandon Bobcats on Nov. 8 and 9 in the Physical Activity Complex during the first home games of the season. The Dogs are the only undefeated team left in the Prairie Division and hold the number one spot. The Dogs trailed the Bobcats for the opening half of the first game, but came back from the break ready to fight and eventually won a tight 83-73 contest. The Bobcats showed they came to play against their higher ranked opponents and led the Huskies through the first half. The Bobcats outscored the Huskies 21-18 in the first quarter and held a 40-38 lead after the opening 20 minutes of play. The home team shot 50 per cent from the field but only connected on one of eight three-pointers while the Bobcats hit 54 per cent and four of seven.

The Huskies picked up their game in the second frame and leveled the match at 48 halfway into the third quarter. By the end of the frame the Huskies had taken the lead 6156 after outscoring the Bobcats 23-16. In the fourth quarter the Dogs continued to make their presence felt on court, outshooting the Bobcats 22-17. Dalyce Emmerson’s impeccable start to the season continued as she led the Huskies’ offence for the third straight game, cashing in 19 points. Riley Humbert added another 12 points and Antoinette Miller chipped in 11. The Huskies finished shooting 48 per cent from the field and 31 per cent from beyond the three-point line. The second game went smoother for the Huskies as the home team led throughout the match and secured a more comfortable 88-60 win. The Huskies immediately put the Bobcats under pressure, jumping out to a 25-7 lead after the first quarter. Huskie Kiera Lyons netted nine of those points in the opening ten minutes. The Bobcats clawed their way back into the

MEN CONTROL HOME COURT KIMBERLEY HARTWIG Sports Editor

The Huskies men’s basketball team extended their winning streak after defeating the University of Brandon Bobcats on Nov. 8 and 9 in the Physical Activity Complex. The Dogs are now 4-0 and sit atop the Prairie Division standings with fellow undefeated teams the University of Alberta Golden Bears and the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. The Huskies defeated the Bobcats 9678 to take the first game of the weekend series and dominated the floor early on. The first quarter ended decidedly in the home team’s favour with the Huskies leading 17-8 and shooting 44 per cent. By the end of the first half the Dogs had a sizeable 41-28 lead.

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The men’s basketball team treated the home crowd to two victories last weekend.

The women’s basketball team showed their all-court prowess in wins over the Bobcats.

game, going on 10-2 run to start the second quarter and cut the Dogs’ lead to eight points. The first half ended with the home team leading 39-25. Coming back from halftime the Huskies went on a tear, going on a 12-4 scoring run to increase their lead to 22 points. Heading into the final quarter the Dogs held a healthy 59-46 lead. The home team outshot the Bobcats 29-14 in the fourth quarter and 49-35 in the second half. The Huskies posted impressive stats in the second frame, shooting 60 per cent from the paint and beyond the arc as well as draining all nine free throws. The Bobcats shot 37 per cent and 22 per cent respectively and only went 5-11 on free throws. Lyons and Emmerson led the Huskies’ offence with 19 points each. Emmerson recorded a double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds. Kabree Howard added another 13 points and six assists. The Huskies face the University of Regina Cougars on Nov. 15 and 16 in Regina to stay undefeated.

The Bobcats cut the deficit to only eight points in the opening minutes of the third quarter but the Huskies quickly extended their lead back to thirteen. With only ten minutes left to play the Dogs had amassed an insurmountable 7550 lead. The Huskies shot 59 per cent from the floor in the second half and 51 per cent overall. The Bobcats shot 38 per cent. The top scorer of the night was Huskies Stephon Lamar who tallied a game-high 28 points. Matt Forbes recorded a doubledouble with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Dadrian Collins added another 23 points for the green and white. The Huskies continued their dominance on the second night, defeating the Bobcats 83-67 to notch their fourth win of the young season. The opening quarter was hotly contested after the Bobcats clawed their way back

from 7-16 down. At the end of the first ten minutes the Dogs had a small 22-20 edge. The home team pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring the Bobcats 19-7. Going into halftime the Huskies had extended their lead to 41-27. Both teams were more aggressive in the third quarter, leading to 22 fouls being called overall. The Huskies continued to outpace the Bobcats, outscoring the visiting team 25-17 to lead 66-44. The Bobcats edged the Dogs 23-17 in fourth quarter points but it made no difference as the game ended 83-67 in favour of the home team. Lamar scored 13 points and added four assists for the Huskies while Ben Baker was a defensive force, snagging a gamehigh 14 rebounds. The Huskies take on the University of Regina Cougars on Nov. 15 and 16 in Regina.

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Movember challenge gets hairy

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Corrections • Last week, we left out the University of Northern British Columbia from our standings for the Pacific Division of women’s basketball. We apologize for the error. • If you discover any errors in this week’s issue, please forward them to copy@thesheaf.com

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Students at the University of Saskatchewan are coming together to change the face of men’s health. Throughout November, male students will be growing moustaches for the annual Movember campaign. Movember is a global charity that encourages men to give up shaving and grow moustaches for the entirety of the month to raise money and awareness to combat prostate and testicular cancer. Participants can form teams to compete against other groups from around the world to see who can raise the most money. The charge is being led by Do Something - U of S, a newly formed student group that takes on charitable causes such as homelessness, physical and mental health as well as the environment. In light of the season, the group decided to support Movember and organized the U of S Movember Challenge. Team Captain Jon Ravichander said the U of S Movember Challenge is the only campus-wide Movember team. However, there are also teams from the colleges of law, dentistry and engineering. The U of S Movember Challenge is part of Big Moustache on Campus — a competition that brings teams from universities across Canada to raise money for Movember. Estimates by the Canadian Cancer Society suggest that one in seven Canadian men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime and that 65 men are diagnosed with it everyday. It is because of this that Ravichander feels like Movember is a worthy cause. “The sooner we can beat this, the better,” Ravichander said. “I have friends who have had cancer and it’s just changed their lives profoundly. It’s something that no one should have to go through.” An important part of Movember is encouraging men to get tested for prostate cancer. Do Something - U of S Logistics

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Manager Hersh Shukla said this is a challenge in itself. “Alot of men don’t feel comfortable getting checked because they don’t think it can happen to them,” Shukla said. “But it needs to get out there because it’s a big thing and it’s really easy to become aware that you have this and hopefully get it fixed sooner.” Alicia Thatcher, president of Do Something - U of S, said Movember isn’t just for men. “I’m trying to do my part and figure out how ladies can get involved in Movember. Not that we can grow moustaches, but we can encourage our male peers and our profs to do it. We can still raise money and awareness and tell our boyfriends that they won’t look too ugly,” Thatcher said. Ravichander said this year’s fundraising goal is $3,000. As of press time, the U of S Movember Challenge has raised $1174. The team raised about $1,000 last year. The U of S Movember Challenge received a large donation from Juan Ianowski, an assistant professor from the Department of Physiology. Thatcher said Ianowski had initially agreed to shave his beard for Movember, but when she and Shukla went to his class on Nov. 1, they were surprised to see his facial hair intact. “He started announcing how there was a few students who are really disappointed in him,” Thatcher said. “I guess his wife stopped him from actually shaving and growing a moustache, so he presented us with a $100 donation and challenged students in the class to get involved.”

Ravichander added that the campaign isn’t just about raising money — it’s about raising awareness. “Even if you feel you can’t raise the money, you can grow the moustache and tell your friends and family about it. That’s terrific because it’s also about raising awareness,” Ravichander said. The U of S Movember Challenge currently has 31 team members, but Ravichander said anyone is free to join throughout November. Ravichander has captained Movember teams since 2010 and has seen the movement grow every year. “We’re hoping that in the coming years we can grow to 50, 100 or 200 people,” Ravichander said. Several events are being planned alongside the month-long fundraising campaign. On Nov. 14, Do Something - U of S is planning a Movember awareness day that will include a photo booth in the Arts Tunnel and a moustache themed scavenger hunt. The annual U of S Students’ Union Stache Bash will be hosted by Louis’ on Nov. 26 and will feature live bands. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Movember programs. Donations are being collected online at ca.movember.com. Those interested in donating can search for “U of S” to find both the Movember Challenge and other campus teams. Donations will also be accepted in person by team members.

are scarce, University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union General Manager Caroline Cottrell indicated that it was “a personnel issue” at the Nov. 7 student council meeting. Cottrell added that the cancellation was not the result of a single complaint and that a number of persons made their objections known. “This particular trivia night is gone; it’s over,” Cottrell said. Comments left on Louis’ Facebook page seem to indicate that the event’s cancellation was linked to an offensive joke or comment made by one of the hosts. However, many

attendees claim that this type of humor was part of the event’s appeal and signature style. The announcement over Facebook prompted a massive outpouring of support from the community. “We, the trivia crew, are touched by your outpouring of thanks,” said Spehar. “We will always be happy to continue trivia, if you are still willing to compete and in general be the awesome people you are.” Louis’ trivia nights were held weekly on Thursdays while school was in session for the last three years.

BRIEF: Louis’ trivia abruptly cancelled SCOTT DAVIDSON Associate News Editor

Louis’ management announced the cancellation of the bar’s weekly trivia night on Nov. 5 through a message posted on Facebook. “The trivia night is cancelled for the remainder of the term,” said event host Michael Spehar on Facebook. “Management will be reviewing our show in January to determine if and when we will return and under what circumstances.” Though details regarding the decision

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3 Third med dean candidate inspired by change NEWS

14 November, 2013 • thesheaf.com

ANNA-LILJA DAWSON Senior News Editor

Preston Smith was the third candidate to present for the position of dean of the College of Medicine. He pitched his vision for the college come 2020 on Nov. 4, 2013. Smith graduated from Dalhousie University in 1981 and practiced medicine in Moncton, N.B. for over 20 years. He played a key role in developing the Northumberland Family Medicine Training Program and the Maritime Family Practice Research Network. In 2009, Smith was asked to be the senior associate dean of medicine at Dalhousie and received his masters of education with a concentration in medical education. He was a key leader in the overhaul of the undergraduate medical education program at the Faculty of Medicine, which launched in 2010 and was instrumental in getting the school off probation. His research interests include the distributive model of education, the social accountability of colleges of medicine and the learned center of thinking. Smith’s presentation focussed on where the College of Medicine will be in 2020 and the changes that need to occur to get it there. “Medical education is actually changing everywhere,” Smith said. “I would argue that your new vision for the College of Medicine is in fact a much bigger change agenda than at any other medical school in

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Preston Smith may bring his experience in dealing with med schools that are on probation to the U of S.

the country.” The many strengths the college has — from its faculty to the network of urban, rural and remote health care to the research centres on campus — shows great potential for Smith. “My vision, briefly: I’m going to say we can be the best medical school in Canada,” Smith said. Come 2020, Smith said dichotomies will

no longer be barriers to success and will have become valued as part of the college. “By celebrating our differences and valuing our differences we become much stronger as a school.” Trust and leadership will have been the driving forces behind the college reaching its goals. Smith said the dean will be the true leader in the College of Medicine becoming the best it can be. He said the dean must be visible to the college and to its partners, have an opendoor policy and be available for faculty and staff. Leading by example through collaborations is key for the dean while excelling at bringing people together and in building consensus. The dean must always be looking to the future, finding new resources, forming new relationships and improving current partnerships. Maintaining the accountability of everyone is important while being able to take responsibility when making hard decisions. The dean will also have to be a relentless driving force in getting everyone to achieve their goals and will reward and celebrate their success. “No matter where I end up in academic leadership, I hope at the end of the day people say that ‘He did what he said and he said what he did,’” Smith said. Relentless preservation of the college’s goals and being adaptable to alternate paths toward these goals are the two reasons why Smith sees the college as having a bright future.

Having already dealt with a medical school on probation — Dalhousie’s faculty of medicine was on probation in 2009 but was lifted two years later — Smith said the U of S College of Medicine will be fully accredited in seven years. “Probation is a bad memory in 2020 — I can assure you. I’ve been there, done that. I know probation can become a bad memory. In 2020, we have built it into our DNA. We’ve got that kind of intense, rigorous internal review that means that we’re always well ahead of [the Liaison Committee on Medical Education] when it comes to accreditation standards.” Smith said professional learning will be mandatory along with regular assessments for physicians. “We need to be ready to help our practitioners be ready for in-practice physician assessment” By 2020, the College of Medicine will have finally become research intensive as it climbs towards its goal of supplying 50 per cent of university’s research funding, Smith said. The college will have detailed management and processes with internal peer review, research mentors, excellent core facilities and all of the tools that researchers need. “Because we know research is the prime driver of our reputation, we communicate, reward and celebrate research really well,” Smith said.

Hotel accommodations and employment opportunities coming to College Quarter

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On Nov. 7, University of Saskatchewan officials announced the signing of a longterm land lease agreement with P.R. Hotels Ltd. The Saskatoon-based company will be developing a Holiday Inn Express hotel with a Staybridge Suites wing for longer visits. “We have been wondering if an opportunity was available on university lands for some time,” said Jeff Krivoshen, director of operations for P.R. Hotels Ltd. The company has had much interest in the land holding, of which U of S officials have been “good stewards.” The hotel will sit on a two-acre section of College Quarter land formerly occupied by the Seed Barn, overlooking Griffiths Stadium and across College Drive from the main campus. Aside from being a prosperous business venture, the development has clear benefits for students. “It is a great opportunity for prospective students to come and stay and for parents traveling to visit students,” Krivoshen said. It will also serve to accommodate those who have come to do business, are visiting for research projects or are attending conferences at the university. He also highlights the importance of allowing increased full and part-time employment and providing more jobs that are a necessity to many students, made increasingly valuable by their proximity to the university. In a press release, Director of Corporate Administration Judy Yungwirth said the university will benefit from the development in two ways. “This project allows the university to realize the first part of its vision for providing services in College Quarter while the financial benefits of the land lease will allow us to invest in further

A rendering shows the side of the Holiday Inn Express hotel that will face College Drive and Field House Road. development of the College Quarter northeast precinct,” Yungwirth said in the press release. This development will soon consist of P.R. Hotels Ltd. constructing the tenstory, 203- room building that will include the two hotel brands. Amenities will include buffet-style breakfasts, fitness and business centres, a swimming pool with a waterslide and complimentary internet.

There will be four meeting rooms that can be booked by both guests and the public. The Holiday Inn Express rooms will provide a mid-to-upper class hotel experience while the Staybridge Suites are designed for extended stays will feature a small kitchen in each room. Yungwirth said in the release that it is unusual for a university the size of the U of S not to have a hotel to accommodate visitors,

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supplying the need for the project. Filling this niche will be “a great addition to the services we’re already able to offer.” Construction of the hotel will begin mid-2014 and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2016.


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Financial town hall stirs up questions about TransformUS

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Vice-President Finance and Resources Greg Fowler outlined the timeframe for for various stages of the TransformUS process as the taskforce reports are due to the president on Nov. 30.

A concerned student asked university Provost and Vice-President Academic Brett Fairbairn what amount of time students will have to complete their program if it is slotted for deletion.

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Another issue that was discussed was the reasoning for the long, drawn-out process of consultation that TransformUS has turned out to be. Fairbairn said university administration could have made quick decisions behind closed doors but that those decisions would not have been effective nor would they have been accepted. The TransformUS taskforces are ranking programs and services based on many criteria including quality, demand from undergraduate and graduate students, strategic priority and cost effectiveness. “I have a suspicion that almost every program or service in the [U of S] will rank highly in at least one of those dimensions,” Fairbairn said. “If we have programs or services that are low in every criteria, I’m thinking we [will] probably have already addressed that in the past. “The prioritization issue is not a simple question of calculating costs and revenues, even a less simple question of knowing quality. It’s a balancing of different factors that have to do with what’s important to us at the” U of S. The taskforces will be expected to have their final recommendations submitted to the university president by Nov. 30 and will be released to the public on Dec. 9 “in their entirety and as provided by the two

The Nov. 5 financial town hall began by outlining the University of Saskatchewan’s current financial state while combating the $44.5 million deficit projected for 2016. However, the focus quickly shifted to the crowd’s present priority: TransformUS. University Provost and Vice-President Academic Brett Fairbairn and Vice-President Finance and Resources Greg Fowler were present to answer questions from the floor at the meeting. TransformUS is the university’s largest initiative to reduce expenses, with a target of between $20 million and $25 million expected to be saved each year and $5 million of which will be reinvested into the university. The program prioritization plan evaluates the university’s academic programs and support services to determine which should be cut or receive more or less funding. Zane Arnott, a fourth-year music education student, asked for a more detailed definition of the time frame students will have to complete their program if it is discontinued. Fairbairn said the university will continue using the current method it has for phasing out

programs. Programs that are usually completed in four years are phased out in a six to seven year time span while looking for opportunities where students can transfer into other areas. “It’s about helping students meet their goals and fulfill the commitments the university and the students have made with each other,” Fairbairn said. Fairbairn was also asked to clarify who the main decision makers will be when the recommendations from the taskforces are submitted. Deans and unit leaders will develop plans for their programs based on the information gathered by the taskforces. The Provost’s Committee on Integrated Planning will develop and coordinate an implementation plan for the recommendations and oversee it across campus. Once an operating budget has been developed and revised according to the PCIP’s plan, the Board of Governors will be responsible for approving it. University Council will participate in campus wide discussions of the reports and recommendations, coordinate decisions and actions. Finally, the Senate will approve council’s actions based on the University of Saskatchewan Act — the provincial legislation that governs the U of S.

taskforces,” Fowler said. Once the recommendations are released to the public, the university will begin a consultation process that ends on Jan. 31, 2014, where the president will meet personally with the deans to discuss their programs. There will be public town halls held on Jan. 8 and 9 in Convocation Hall from noon to 1 p.m. A special town hall will be held just for students on Jan. 15. The public will be able to submit their feedback online throughout the entire consultation period. “We strongly encourage you to actively participate in this vital stage of the process to ensure your voice is heard,” Fowler said. Leadership meetings and research and financial models will be part of the analysis of the recommendations. If deletion of a program or service is suggested, the net savings will be calculated along with the effect it will have on other programs. “Decisions will not be made lightly and will be made in consultation and coordination with all of our unit leaders,” Fowler said. The implementation plan will be announced on April 30, 2014, and is slated to begin on May 1. Some decisions will be applied immediately while others may have to wait until the end of the planning cycle in April 2016.

Saskatchewan universities hone in on multi-year budgets from province ANNA-LILJA DAWSON Prairies and Northern Bureau Chief

SASKATOON (CUP) — Universities in Saskatchewan and Alberta are faced with the challenge of aligning their long-term budgets and projects with the single-year funding commitments they receive from their provincial governments. Senior administrators at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina agree that multi-year budgets from the provincial government would be beneficial. Brett Fairbairn, provost and vice-president academic at the U of S, said the university would be able to plan with confidence if they had a solid idea of what their funding would be for even a three-year timespan. He added that the U of S would not have to worry about withholding funds from projects in case last minutes expenses emerge elsewhere. “I think it would actually make us more efficient and we could be clearer in the commitments we’re making to students about programs and things that we’ll develop in the university a little bit further ahead,” Fairbairn said. The provincial budget in Saskatchewan is released at the end of March, giving most universities about five weeks to prepare before they release their own annual budgets. David Button, U of R vice-president administration, said there is little time for universities to prepare their budgets in

accordance to provincial funding. “Typically we’re starting the year only finding out about what our budget allocation is basically moments before the year starts and when most things, commitments and things like that, are made,” Button said. “It is a challenge but it’s something that’s very common and something that we’ve worked through ... for almost forever.” Strong communication between the Saskatchewan government and universities in the province is essential for the institutions not to be blindsided when the provincial budget is formalized.

“Often we work extremely co-operatively and closely with the ministry folks, who try to give us the best indication they can without any commitment of roughly where they think developments might be,” Button said. Fairbairn said the U of S stays informed on how the economy is doing, if health-care expenses are under or out of control and whether or not the year’s harvest was strong in order to help predict what the government’s stance will be on post-secondary funding. Multi-year budgets from the province would give the U of R more stability when predicting

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what tuition will be, Button said. However, the U of S remains tentative to align tuition with multi-year budgets because of the large revenue source that tuition is for the university. “That would be a significant extra step. It’s one thing to say year by year ... it is another step to sign away your ability to respond to unforeseen circumstances,” Fairbairn said. “So far management hasn’t really been comfortable making that recommendation to the board.” Fairbairn said the U of S has raised the multiyear issue with ministers and has published its stance in various planning documents. “We think, the U of S, this would be good. Not just for the U of S, but it would be prudent for the province and for the post-secondary system,” Fairbairn said. “We do think this is an idea worth considering.” Jessica Jacobs-Mino, acting press secretary to the president of treasury board and minister of finance of Alberta, said in an email to the Canadian University Press that the 2013 budget included a three-year fiscal plan that acknowledges the value of long term budget planning. “We will use this as a guide in developing budget 2014 and budget 2015. However, given Alberta’s unique position with regard to revenue streams, the Government of Alberta has no plans to alter the current single-year budget format,” Jacobs-Mino said. “Single-year budgets are necessary to allow our government to remain nimble in the face of fluctuating revenues.”


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Huskies fall to Montreal Carabins in national consolation finals KIMBERLEY HARTWIG Sports Editor

The Huskies men’s soccer team travelled to Fredericton, N.B. with hopes of claiming the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championship, but it was not meant to be. The Dogs fought valiantly in their first ever appearance at the national championship, with every match being decided in additional time, but the team fell just short during pivotal moments. The Huskies fell in the quarter-finals of the championship bracket to the Atlantic University Sport champions and host team the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds 1-2 in overtime. The loss knocked the Huskies out of main draw play and into the quarter-finals of the consolation round. The Dogs advanced to the consolation finals and fifth place match but lost another close contest — this time in penalty kicks — to leave the championships with a sixth place finish. Brett Levis got the Huskies on the board early in their opening match with a goal in the 6th minute, hitting the top left corner from 25-yards out to beat Reds goalkeeper Aaron McMurray. The goal seemed to turn the tide in the favour of the Dogs. “It silenced a very great atmosphere [and] a big crowd,” Huskies head coach Bryce Chapman said to the University of New Brunswick sports information. The host team wasn’t about the be shown the exit in their opening playoff match and levelled the score in the 28th minute when Reds striker Oliver Jones found the back of the Huskies’ net. After some opening jitters the Reds had found their footing. “There’s been a long build-up for this day, and I think the size of that moment kind of impacted the guys a little bit in the first 15 minutes,” said Miles Pinsent, head coach of the Varsity Reds. “Once we let the boys go in and the boys started to relax I think we did much better.” At the end of regulation play the score stood at 1-1 and the teams headed into overtime to battle for a spot in the semi-finals. Fifteen minutes into overtime, Reds striker Yousuf Mohammad struck a penalty kick past Huskies keeper Michal Bandula to edge the host team ahead 2-1. The goal would be enough to secure the win for the Reds and end the Huskies’ hopes of bringing home a national championship. “When you lose, especially in a national tournament, it’s disappointing,” Chapman said. “A lot of our guys played well and they did a lot

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The Huskies men’s soccer team’s finished sixth after their first appearance at the national championship ended in a loss. of things that we asked them to do.” The Huskies faced the Ryerson University Rams in the consolation quarter-finals and this time it was the Dogs’ turn to pull out the win as they defeated the Rams 3-2. “I thought we got back to what we had been successful on during the season,” Chapman said. “It’s a learning experience at this level because you’re playing among eight of the best teams in the country; there is no easy game.” The Rams jumped on the board 12 minutes into the match when Michael Velasquez maneuvered the ball past Bandula and into the back of the Huskies’ net to give the Rams an early 1-0 lead. The Huskies showed their trademark fight and tied the game five minutes before the break when Mitch Bauche beat the Rams defence and launched a shot past keeper Christian Maraldo. The Rams reclaimed the one-goal lead at the 59-minute mark but the Huskies clawed their way even after Ryan Contenti netted the

Canada West Standings Men’s Volleyball 1. Trinity Western 2. Alberta 2. Clagary 2. Mount Royal 5. Brandon 5. Thompson Rivers 5. UBC 5. Winnipeg 9. Manitoba 10. UBC Okanagan 10. Saskatchewan 12. Regina

Men’s Hockey GP-W-L 6-6-0 6-4-2 6-4-2 6-4-2 5-3-2 5-3-2 5-3-2 6-3-3 6-2-4 5-2-4 6-1-5 6-0-6

*Top seven teams from each division qualify for playoffs

Women’s Volleyball 1. UBC 2. Brandon 3. Calgary 3. Manitoba 3. UBC Okanagan 6. Trinity Western 6. Winnipeg 8. Alberta 8. Mount Royal 8. Saskatchewan 11. Regina 12. Thompson Rivers

GP-W-L 6-6-0 6-5-1 6-4-2 6-4-2 6-4-2 6-3-3 6-3-3 6-2-4 6-2-4 6-2-4 6-1-5 6-0-6

*Top seven teams from each division qualify for playoffs

1. Alberta 1. Calgary 3. Regina 4. Mount Royal 5. Saskatchewan 6. UBC 7. Mnaitoba 8. Lehtbridge

1. Saskatchewan 1. UBC 3. Regina 3. Alberta 5. Manitoba 6. Lethbridge 7. Calgary 8. Mount Royal

GP-W-L-OTL 10-7-2-1 10-7-2-1 10-7-3-0 10-6-2-2 10-5-4-1 10-3-5-2 10-3-6-1 10-2-8-0

*All eight teams advance to playoffs

*All eight teams advance to playoffs

Men’s Basketball

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Prairie Division 1. Alberta 1. Saskatchewan 1. Winnipeg 4. Lethbridge 5. Manitoba 5. Regina 7. Brandon 7. Calgary

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Bandula and the Huskies defence had to work overtime after Jordian Farahani was issued a red card for stopping a shot with his hand in the 43rd minute. The action left the Dogs shorthanded for the rest of the match and awarded the Carabins a penalty kick. Bandula came up with a pivotal save to keep the Carabins off the board. At the end of regulation time, neither team had found the net and the match headed into a shootout. The Carabins edged the Huskies 4-2 in kicks made to win the consolation finals and end the Huskies’ first championship appearance on a losing note. Despite the sour finish the Huskies can be proud of their history making best-ever season, something that Chapman’s post-match comments clearly reflected. “This season was unbelievable, and I couldn’t have asked one more thing from our team. I only wish we could have done a little better in the nationals for our seniors.”

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equalizer in the 84th minute. This time the match was decided with a shootout. Both keepers came up with saves to open the shootout and Bandula came up with a huge stop to give Scott Myrah a chance to net the game winner. The fifth-year striker was up to the task and sent the Huskies into the consolation final with the goal. Chapman lauded Bandula’s performance in the win and acknowledged his solid play throughout the season. “I think Michal has had a fantastic tournament, to be honest,” he said. “He set records in about every category for us this year — [I’m] so very pleased — but he is very good at PKs, so what he did didn’t surprise me.” The Huskies found themselves in another heated battle for the fifth-place finish with the University of Montreal Carabins and for the second time in a row the match was decided in a shootout. Unfortunately for the Dogs, this time it wasn’t their day.

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Men’s Hockey Nov. 15 and 16 vs. University of British Columbia Thunderbirds at 7:00 p.m. • Nov. 20 in Regina vs. University of Regina Cougars at 7:00 p.m. Nov. 21 vs. University of Regina Cougars at 7:00 p.m. Women’s Hockey • Nov. 15 and 16 in Vancouver vs. University of British Columbia Thunderbirds at 7:00 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23 vs. University of Regina Cougars at 7:00 p.m. Men’s Volleyball Nov. 15 and 16 vs. University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat at 8:00 p.m. • Nov. 22 in Kamloops vs. Thompson Rivers University WolfPack at 7:45 p.m. • Nov. 23 in Kamloops vs. Thompson Rivers University WolfPack at 6:45 p.m. Women’s Volleyball Nov. 15 and 16 vs. University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat at 6:15 p.m. • Nov. 22 in Kamloops vs. Thompson Rivers University WolfPack at 6:00 p.m. • Nov. 23 in Kamloops vs. Thompson Rivers University WolfPack at 5:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball • Nov. 15 in Regina vs. University of Regina Cougars at 8:15 p.m. • Nov. 16 in Regina vs. University of Regina Cougars at 7:00 p.m. Nov. 22 vs. Trinity Western University Spartans at 8:00p.m. Nov. 23 vs. University of Fraser Valley Cascades at 8:00 p.m. Women’s Basketball • Nov. 15 in Regina vs. University of Regina Cougars at 6:15 p.m. • Nov. 16 in Regina vs. University of Regina Cougars at 5:00 p.m. Nov. 22 vs. Trinity Western University Spartans at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. University of Fraser Valley Cascades at 6:15 p.m. Wrestling Nov. 23 at Huskie Invitational

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Men’s volleyball find first win of the season KIMBERLEY HARTWIG Sports Editor The Huskies men’s volleyball team started their weekend series against the University of Manitoba Bisons off right, earning their first win of the season on Nov. 8 in Winnipeg. The team wasn’t able to add another tally to the win column as they fell to the Bisons on Nov. 9. The Huskies are now 1-5 on the season. The Dogs had to fight hard for their first win, needing all five sets to down the Bisons 24-26, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21 and 15-12. The opening set was error-laden, as both sides struggled with service errors. The teams were close for most of the set, with neither squad able to maintain a significant lead. It wasn’t until the closing stretch that the Bisons were able to grab control. A service error from middle Tyler Epp was costly for the Huskies and gifted the Bisons with a set point. A colossal kill from Bison Adam DeJonckheere gave the home side the opener 26-24. The Huskies used scrambling defense to frustrate the Bisons and take the lead 24-20 late in the second set. This time it was the Bisons’ turn to stumble as an attack error from DeJonckheere secured the set for the Dogs and the teams headed into the third tied at one set all.

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quickly closed the set 25-21 courtesy of DeJonckheere’s kill and two Huskie errors. The Bisons continued their strong form in the second set, launching solid attacks that the Huskies couldn’t dig up. Down 16-22, the Dogs made a comeback push but were stopped short at 19-23 when another two service aces from Herr gave the Bisons a 2-0 set lead. The Huskies stalled the Bisons’ momentum by stealing the third set 25-23. The Dogs won the set on a kill from Jordan Nowakowski. The Bisons had clearly lost their way in the fourth set as the Huskies outpaced them by as many as 12 points The Huskies took the fourth 25-13 and levelled the match at two sets all, forcing a deciding fifth set for the second night in a row. Tied at nine all in the final set, the Bisons took the next three points to gain a 12-9 advantage to the delight of the home crowd. The Huskies fought hard but found themselves down match point at 12-14. A kill from Dear stopped the Huskies in their tracks and gave the Bisons the win. Thomson and Fraser led the Huskies for the second night with 14 and 13 kills respectively. The Huskies play the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on Nov. 15 and 16 in the Physical Activity Complex.

Leading 20-15, the home team snuffed out any chance of a Huskie comeback and allowed the Dogs only two more points to take the set 25-17. The Huskies chased the Bisons throughout the third set but were never able to catch up after the home side jumped

out to an early 10-3 advantage. The Bisons claimed the third set 25-18. Hanbidge led the Huskies with 10 kills. The Huskies face the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on Nov. 15 and 16 in the Physical Activity Complex.

Women’s volleyball team stumbles against Bisons KIMBERLEY HARTWIG Sports Editor

The Huskies women’s volleyball team will look to rebound after a disappointing meeting against the University of Manitoba Bisons. The Dogs dropped both matches in Reading & Signing straight sets on Nov. 8 and 9 in Winnipeg Dispersed but Not and are now 2-4 on the season. Destroyed The Bisons won the first meeting 25-13, with guests Chief Janith 25-18 and 25-14 without much trouble. The English and members home side was strong from the first point of the Wendat Women's and kept their errors low while launching Longhouse effective attacks against the Huskies. The Dogs found themselves down early Thursday, Nov.14, 7pM after the Bisons opened the first set with  four straight points. Strong defense from obert enry the Bisons made it hard for the Huskies to find any holes for their attacks and the Launching Brighter Days Ahead home side secured the set after some costly Dog errors. Tuesday, Nov.19, 7pM It was the Bisons turn to stare down a lead in the second set after the Huskies jumped out to a 9-6 advantage. The home side responded by going on a nine point sheaf nov 14, 2013 alt15.indd 1 11/5/2013 12:05:09tear PM to take a 15-9 lead and continued to FLOCK & GATHER PRESENTS outpace the Huskies for 24-18. A kill from Crystal Mulder gave the Bisons the set. Bison Rachel Cockrell frustrated the Huskies in the third set with precision attacking as the home side pulled away from 11 all to 19-11. The Bisons protected their lead and had match points at 24-14, closing out the match on another kill from Cockrell. Outside hitter Candace Hueser led the A HANDMADE MARKET Huskies with 12 kills and four blocks. Kayla Tycholiz and Anne Hanbidge added another six kills each. The second match was much of the same as the Huskies failed to win a set in a 2325, 17-25 and 18-25 loss. ST. JOSEPH’S Things were looking good for the PARISH HALL Huskies in the first set as the team built 535 8TH ST. EAST an 8-5 lead but the Bisons hit back for an (CORNER OF BROADWAY + 8TH) 11-8 advantage. The set seemed to be in the home team’s hands as they continued to outpace the Huskies and eventually had set points at 24-20. The Huskies saved three set points to make it 23-24, but the Bisons stole the opener off a Huskie error. free admission The Bisons pulled away from an early tie DECEMBER 6TH & 7TH in the second, scoring five straight points for a 10-5 lead. The Huskies fought back Friday 4PM -10 PM Saturday 10AM -5 PM for 9-10 but the Bisons went on another fl o c k a n d g a t h e r. b l o g s p o t . c o m tear to reclaim a substantial 15-9 lead.

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The Bisons stole back the momentum in the third set, taking it 25-21 thanks to precision blocking of the Huskies’ attack. Down two sets to one the Huskies began to cut down their errors, putting the pressure to come up with big hits squarely on the home side. The tactic worked and the Bisons began to make costly mistakes. Tied at 21, two kills from Huskies’ Bryan Fraser, another from Paul Thomson and a Bison error levelled the match at two sets apiece. In the deciding set the Huskies found themselves with a 14-11 lead after a Bison service error gave the Dogs the ball. The home side quickly got the ball back and saved a match point after a kill from Devren Dear. The Huskies called a timeout and came back with a Jordan Nowakowski kill to take the fifth and win their first contest of the season. Thomson led the Huskies with 16 kills and 13 digs while Fraser recorded 13 kills and 10 digs. Fortunes were reversed in the second match when the Bisons snuck out a five setter after staving off a Huskies comeback win 25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 13-25 and 15-12. The opening set could have gone either way until at 20-20 two service aces from the Bisons’ Luke Herr gave the home side a 22-20 lead. The Huskies got one point back off of Thomson’s kill but the Bisons

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Heading into her fifth-year with the Huskies, women’s volleyball captain Candace Hueser is looking to start her final season off right. The 5’11” outside hitter is the team’s only fifth-year player and her veteran experience is a key asset to the team. Not only is Hueser a dominant force on the court and a powerhouse at net, but she also possesses excellent leadership abilities. The Huskies will rely on Hueser’s experience as they battle the league’s tough competition. With this being the final year Hueser takes to the court with the Dogs, she’s looking to apply all the lessons she’s learned over her playing career to make this year the best yet. “From last year’s season we learnt we just have to believe in ourselves,” she said. “Just knowing that we can push teams and holding that attitude throughout the game, not just at points. This year we’re finally having it for entire sets, where we’re believing in ourselves and just going hard.” Hueser is optimistic about the season and believes the Huskies hard work will pay off. “We’ve all been working very hard and now we’re finally coming together and bringing our skills together to be successful,” she said. Hueser also boasts an impressive resume off-court as well, being named a Huskie First

Men’s hockey team drops two to Dinos KIMBERLEY HARTWIG Sports Editor The Huskies men’s hockey team has fallen to 4-6 on the season after dropping both games of a weekend series to the University of Calgary Dinos. The Dogs lost 1-3 on Nov. 8 and were shut out 0-2 on Nov. 9. The team in now fifth in the Canada West division. Facing the Dinos in their own backyard proved to be no easy task. The home team was undefeated heading into Friday’s game with an 8-0 record. The Huskies were first on the board 2:51 into the first period. Matthew Spafford recorded the goal and was assisted by Sean Aschim. Less than three minutes later, the Dinos levelled the score after Giffen Nyren slotted a shot past Huskie goaltender Ryan Holfeld. The Dinos scored another two goals before the first half was over. Kodie Curran steered the puck through the five-hole to give the home team it’s first lead. Only two minutes later, Danny Gayle buried a shot into the top shelf to see the Dinos ahead 3-1. After a scoreless second period the Dinos bagged their ninth win of the season. Holfeld recorded 21 saves for the night while at the other end of the ice Dino Kris Lazaruk saved 28. The Dinos extended their undefeated record the next night in a 2-0 victory. Despite holding one-man advantages late in the first period the Huskies would not be able to capitalize, ending the opening frame in a 0-0 stalemate. The Dinos broke the deadlock in the second period when Giffen Nyren snuck the puck past Holfeld. The final goal of the night came off of Dino Max Ross’ stick with eight seconds left on the clock. Dino goaltender Jacob DeSerres made 32 stops for his third shutout of the season while Holfeld recorded 27. The Huskies host the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on Nov. 15 and 16.

Team All-Academic — one of the highest academic honours awarded to an athlete. A hectic school and sport schedule is difficult to balance, so in order to be successful Hueser has to organize all of her time. “I definitely have everything scheduled out — a lot,” Hueser laughed. The fifth-year kinesiology student plans to finish her degree in the spring and has already applied for the 2-year post-degree

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nursing program. A Dalmeny, Sask. native, Hueser didn’t discover her passion for volleyball until the eighth grade. After not making the team in grade seven, she was encouraged by a teacher to keep pursuing the sport and with dedication and persistence she made the team the following year. This progression quickly led to a love for

Huskies cross country finishes seventh in Canada West KIMBERLEY HARTWIG Sports Editor The Huskies men’s and women’s cross country teams finished seventh in the Canada West division at the Canada West and Canadian Interuniversity Sport Cross Country Championship. The teams finished 17th and 20th respectively in the CIS division. The event was held on Nov. 9 at Western University in London, Ont. Huskie Robert Bigsby was the top finisher for the Dogs, placing 9th in the Canada West and 38th in the CIS in the 10-kilometre race. Bigsby finished the race with a time of 33:00.8, making him a Canada West Second Team All-Star. Riley Magee had the next best result for the Huskies men’s team, coming in at 28th in the Canada West and 85th in the CIS with a time of 34:47.6. The top time for Canada West in the race was 31:21.8, ran by the University of Regina’s Matthew Johnson. Tye Buettner and Anne Charles recorded the top finishes for the women’s side, coming in 22nd and 23rd in the Canada West with times of 4:22.3 and 24:36.8 respectively. The times gave the women a 96th and 99th place in the CIS race. Trinity Western University’s Alison Jackson won the Canada West title with a finish of 21:25.1. Trinity Western also nabbed the Canada West women’s team title. The University of Victoria Vikes came in second followed by the University of Calgary Dinos, the University of Alberta Pandas, the University of Regina Cougars and the University of Manitoba Bisons. The University of Guelph Gryphons were the big winners of the event, taking home the CIS men’s and women’s title. This was the team’s eighth straight men’s CIS team banner and the ninth consecutive national title for the women.

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the game, which resulted Hueser joining a club team in grade 10 and soon there was no turning back. “I had some really amazing coaches who really helped excel me, even though I started pretty late,” Hueser said. This dedication and love for the sport wore off on Hueser’s younger sister, Jennifer, who also has a spot on the Huskies’ volleyball team. Jennifer “is smaller and she kind of blames me for taking all the height in the family so she had to be the libero,” Hueser joked. “But that way we make a pretty good team, she’s the passer and I’m the attacker at the net.” When it comes to pre-game preparation, Hueser has her rituals. Her shoes have to be tied equally tight and she has recently been listening to “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. “Generally my playlist changes, but it’s usually upbeat songs to get me excited mixed with some low-key songs that don’t get me too amped up, just so I have a nice relaxed confidence,” she said. This type of confidence has obviously worked for Hueser as she continues to be a leader for the team and a dominant force on the court. Catch Hueser and the rest of the team on Nov. 15 and 16 when the Huskies face the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat in the Physical Activity Complex.


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Saskatoon duo East of Eden debut first single WILLIAM LOUISON East of Eden is an established local presence now, but the band may never have came to be had it not been for a forgotten Kijiji ad. Alexandra Thomson, who moved to Saskatoon from Regina in 2010 to study chemical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, was eager to pursue her passion for singing. Being largely a vocalist and not an instrumentalist, Thomson put an ad on Kijiji for a guitar player. “I had almost given up hope,” she said. “But I got this interesting reply from Justin.” Justin Pelan, originally from Edmonton, was also an engineering student at the U of S. They arranged a meeting and found there was an instant connection on both a musical and personal level. Pelan learned guitar by playing the blues and is not limited to one style or one type of guitar. His skillset fit with what Thomson was looking for — a diversified, open-minded musician with enough creativity and talent to match her own. It was that first, fateful meeting that would seal the next three years for this newly formed duo. One of the first steps to making their fresh group official was to come up with a band name. The pair describes their name as a reference to how humanity is naturally flawed. “We’ll never be perfect,” Thomson said. “That’s sort of what our music is about. It’s a bit deeper; it’s sort of dark. It’s a bit haunting — East of Eden represents paradise lost.”

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Justin Pelan and Alexandra Thomson balance school time along with making their unique music. “It sets the tone of our songs so far, actually,” Pelan said in agreement. “We’re not ‘Walking on Sunshine’ here. We’re always trying to keep it real. “We’re not in the Garden of Eden anymore. We’re East of Eden — and when we picked [the name] out, it felt right.” East of Eden spent the first few years of their journey playing live shows and festivals. It is only recently that their focus has shifted toward crafting of an album. Like all recording artists, though, East of Eden found themselves in need of a producer. Enter local musician and producer Jesse Weiman. Apart from producing East of

Eden’s debut effort, including their debut single “She Cries Beauty (It’s A War Zone),” Weiman plays piano for the group as well as fills in percussion and other instrumentations for their recordings. “He’s really opened up how big we can build a song, because we don’t always have a symphony behind us,” Pelan said of Weiman. Weiman also has a hand in the songwriting process which Thomson calls a “three way collaboration.” “I’ll start picking something and [Thomson will] start singing and we write a song,” Pelan said. After that the song is given to Weiman, who adds in extra parts

and puts everything together. “She Cries Beauty” went through a similar process. When speaking about writing the song, Thomson said it “is inspired by somebody who has been in my life. Basically this person is just very shallow-minded, very materialistic and [the song is] just questioning ‘what will you have left in your life if you continue on that path?’” “Almost like a warning,” Pelan added. The song began as a simple union of vocals and guitar, but once Weiman was finished it became a slick, well-produced track with a haunting violin introduction and a steady beat that intensifies as the song progresses toward the chorus. Thomson enters the song with smooth, understated vocals before showing off the higher end of her register. There’s a certain operatic-jazzy style to her voice that can’t be fully classified by a specific genre, but that lack of definition is exactly what East of Eden strives for. “There’s a jazzy aspect to my voice and a bluesy aspect to Justin’s guitar playing,” Thomson said. “Our producer adds in that element of pop, so all of these elements come together. Listening to [our music], I would say we’re sort of a mix of indie, pop and folk. We’re not rock, we’re not country, but we can be anything in between.” “She Cries Beauty (It’s A War Zone)” is available right now on iTunes. A video for the song can be seen on YouTube, and fans can connect with East of Eden via their Facebook page.

Look Straight Ahead provides an honest look at mental illness KATLYNN BALDERSTONE

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Local cartoonist and illustrator Elaine M. Will published her first compilation on Nov. 5 with Look Straight Ahead, a graphic novel based around the trials and stigmas surrounding those who live with mental illnesses. It was nominated for the Gene Day Award for self-publishers authors in 2011 and received a Xeric Foundation selfpublishing grant in 2012.The book is a full collection of a story in seven chapters after having being serially published online. Look Straight Ahead is about 17-yearold Jeremy Knowles, a high school student and aspiring artist struggling with constant bullying, arguments with his parents and an unrequited crush on his classmate Erin. These combined pressures slowly become too much to deal with and, when even art fails him as an outlet, Jeremy has a severe mental breakdown and convinces himself that he is a prophet tasked to save the world. But as time passes and Jeremy undergoes treatment, he finds it more and more difficult to keep a hold on what exactly that task is and what he would need to do to accomplish it. Beyond the belief that he is dying because of his treatment and losing his ability to draw, Jeremy struggles to understand the meaning of his life and how he can fulfill his destiny when he can’t even remember what he wrote while having his first breakdown. Upon returning to school, he sees that the stigma of mental illness has begun to colour his interactions with classmates, friends and family. Sliding back into

delusions is all too easy by comparison, and Jeremy soon risks being lost to reality. Look Straight Ahead is inspired heavily by the author’s own experience with mental illness as well as the fact that very few comics explore such a topic. Popular culture often misrepresents mental illness, reducing a wide spectrum of conditions and severities to stereotypes of what is most interesting and dramatic. This is touched on as Jeremy faces what his classmates think of him after a week in the hospital. His condition itself is serious but is handled respectfully, showing his internal struggle and dialogue as much as his issues to explain his condition to others. This is aided by the artwork, which uses varying styles, techniques and colours to allow the reader to better understand Jeremy’s emotional and mental state and realize that — delusional or not — what’s happening to him is nevertheless all too real. This is a very important and personal story. Honest and emotional, Look Straight Ahead shows how mental illness can affect people in different forms. It is not an instantaneous thing to either happen or recover from, and those who must face it need the support and understanding of others. Ultimately mental illness is something that can be overcome — not necessarily defeated, but understood and dealt with in the most appropriate way. And sometimes that understanding is all that matters. Look Straight Ahead is available at bookstores, comic stores, major online retailers and online at blog.e2willustration.com.


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U of S Students promote sustainable living NICHOLAS KINDRACHUK Culture Editor

From Nov. 12-15 the University of Saskatchewan Students Union will be holding it’s Sustainability Week in an effort to help provide social awareness to students. The intent of the week’s events are to bring out a variety of content that will appeal to all kinds of different demographics across campus. This is not the first iteration of the event as it has happened in years past under different names like Green Yourself Week and Let’s Do Local. Each year’s event has tried to provide some knowledge to students so they can be aware of what is going on in the world around them as well as how they can affect it both negatively and positively. The focus with this year’s event is the environment itself, while later in the school year there are plans to focus on sustainability in other facets of life. What sets this month’s event apart from past ones is that before the Vice President of Student Affairs only organized the event. Nour Abouhamra, who currently holds the position, took it upon herself to coordinate with other student groups around the university interested in holding a similar event. Instead of spreading the event unevenly across campus, Abouhamra saw an opportunity to bring everyone together in one unified event. “I noticed there were a lot of campus clubs that were working towards sustainability initiatives and I wanted to get them involved,” she noted. Abouhamra has been working with the

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School of Environment and Sustainability, the Environmental Studies Student Association, Green Legal and the U of S Debate Society. With such varying organizations to organise the event, each day is going to have new events that attract all kinds of different people to get out and see what’s going on. Nov. 12 will be mostly run by ESSA and the Environmental Bioresource Student Association, which will be hosting a

career fair in the agriculture building. This is to show students that there are many opportunities within the environmental field that they could pursue. There will also be a booth set up in Upper Place Riel for a one-day event called “Better Than Bottled” all in an effort to reduce or even eliminate bottled water usage on campus. The booth will contain a bunch of interactive contests that are fun and educational, along with

free reusable water bottle giveaways. The following day the Debate Society will take over and discuss controversial topics regarding sustainability at Louis’ Loft, where fair trade coffee and tea will be provided. Thursday’s festivities will be held in Emmanuel and St. Chad chapels containing three workshops on sustainability. The first is Getting Together… Without Garbage, which will show those who participate how to through waste free events. Leaving a Lighter Footprint is a workshop with the intent of showing how much waste individual create and how that number can be reduced. The final workshop for the day is Home Composting, which promotes ways to incorporate composting in your home. Sustainability Week’s final day will bring a booth back to Upper Place Riel to show the results of an ESSA 2012 study showing how much energy is being used to generate a bottle of water as compared to alternative means. Following this at 1:30 p.m. will be a fair trade presentation by Audra Krueger at the Roy Romanow Council Chambers. The week is bound to be full of informative and unique events that are worth checking out to learn how to just how much your actions are affecting the planet. “When a student buys a bottle of water, they are not thinking about where the bottle will end up or the negative effects this plastic bottle has,” Abouhamra said. “They are more concerned about the water inside. I want to change that.”

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Robyn Doolittle takes o SEAN WETSELAAR The Eyeopener (Ryerson University) TORONTO (CUP) — Over a decade ago, in rural Forest, Ont., Robyn Doolittle walked into her Grade 11 English class ready to pick a fight. She was wearing a winter hat — contrary to her school’s dress code — because she’d been told that women were allowed to wear hats indoors. Her teacher asked her to remove her hat and jokingly told her that women could only wear them inside if they had matching gloves. Doolittle showed up the next day, gloves in hand.When her teacher once again asked her to take off her hat, she held up her gloves. “He was like, ‘Why are you doing that?’ And I didn’t really have a good answer,” Doolittle said. “I like to poke things, I guess.” It’s been more than 10 years since the glove incident and Doolittle, now a reporter for the Toronto Star, is still poking things. They’ve just gotten a little bit bigger. Instead of her high school teachers, her sights are now on the leader of the largest city in Canada. Doolittle’s coverage of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford began in earnest when the Star moved her from the crime beat to cover city hall in January 2010, just before the mayoral elections. She was initially hesitant about the move, which she thought would be “the most boring transfer ever” and wondered if she was being punished despite her editor’s assurance that it would be an exciting experience. “And this is exactly the kind of stuff you tell someone when you’re handing them a story about a food drive or, you know, a pet fashion show,” she said. The first 10 months of her new position was focused on the mayoral election, which Doolittle said became fascinating after Ford entered the race. “He had so many blunders on his record that would have disqualified so many other politicians from continuing to pursue higher office,” she said. “And he’s not only running, he’s winning.” After Ford was elected in October 2010, Doolittle and the Star continued to press for stories about the strangely popular mayor who refused to be interviewed by the paper that he would later call out for having a “vendetta” against him. A number of gaffs, including public drunkenness and domestic disputes, would lead Doolittle to pen a story in December 2011 about a series of 911 calls made from the Ford home. By March 17, 2012, she started to receive tips about an incident involving the mayor that had taken place at The Esplanade Bier Markt, a popular downtown restaurant. Doolittle’s file on Ford grew bigger and bigger. A year later, in March 2013, Ford was asked to leave the Garrison Ball, a military ball featuring a number of prominent local figures, and Doolittle ran a story breaking down the mayor’s alleged substance abuse. “And then about a week later someone phoned and said, ‘I have a video that you should see,’” Doolittle said. Doolittle and the Star’s investigations editor Kevin Donovan’s story about a video

being shopped around the city of the mayor appearing to smoke crack cocaine while making homophobic and racial slurs divided the city and spawned outrage among its citizens. Despite the firestorm of criticism that followed the story, Ford continued to deny the video’s existence stating: “I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist.” It was one of the largest stories in Toronto’s recent history and Doolittle was right in the middle of it.

Journalism was a backup plan for Doolittle, who had never considered a career in reporting. Instead, her aspirations were on the stage. When the time came to consider prospective universities, she chose Ryerson University for its theatre program but decided to also look at journalism — just in case. In order to fulfill portfolio requirements, Doolittle had to get published examples of work. She turned to her local paper and eventually to the Sarnia Observer, where she asked for a meeting with the editor-in-chief

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and got it — along with a column in the newly minted teen page. “I wrote a lot of stupid things,” Doolittle said. “I think there was something like a take down of Britney Spears, which is kind of ridiculous because I love Britney Spears. “I was just trying to be contrarian.” Somehow, though, Doolittle found herself falling in love with journalism, a career she’d never envisioned for herself. She’d grown up questioning rules and authority and finally she’d found a career that would not just


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on Rob Ford let her do it, but encouraged it. When she finally applied to schools, she didn’t apply to Ryerson’s theatre program — just journalism. She would go on to work at Ryerson’s student newspaper, The Eyeopener, for three years, including a year as editor-in-chief, and took a series of internships at the Star which eventually led to a full-time job. “Suddenly it was like it all clicked. This is what I want to do,” she said. “All the characteristics of wanting to poke things and wanting to challenge things.” On Oct. 31, a throng of reporters were clustered in the Toronto Star newsroom, crowded around a television monitor tuned to CablePulse 24 — Toronto’s leading news network. Police chief Bill Blair had just announced that Toronto police were in possession of a video that matched the Star’s description. The video was reconstructed from a hard drive seized in connection with Project Traveller, a massive string of police raids in drug-related crimes in June. Alexander “Sandro” Lisi, a friend of Ford’s and occasional driver, was charged with extortion for allegedly attempting to recover the video. Lisi had been previously arrested on alleged drug dealing. “I think that Blair coming forward and saying he has the video was a victory for journalism,” Doolittle said. “The Fords, to defend themselves, have put reporters on trial, put journalists on trial … and so now that it’s been proven that we’re not making this stuff up, I hope that people will take a step back and consider how important this kind of reporting is.” Rob and Doug Ford settled into their chairs in the Newstalk 1010 studio at the set of their regular radio show The City on Nov. 3. The mayor was expected to make a statement following the announcement by Blair. He did not waste any time. “I’m the first one to admit I’m not perfect,” he said, following a brief opening in which he called for the release of the video — though the police have said the evidence is before the courts. “I have made mistakes. I have made mistakes and all I can do right now is apologize for the mistakes. I sincerely, sincerely apologize.” Huddled outside the studio, in the throng of reporters waiting to speak to the Fords after the show, Doolittle continued to doggedly follow the story she helped to break. Like many other reporters in the city, she hoped to get a response out of the Ford brothers after they exited the studio. But despite promises to arrange meetings with the media if asked, the Fords buzzed past the press, making no further statements. It was an iconic moment for the Ford scandal. For the first time since the story broke, Ford did not outright deny substance abuse — instead he apologized frequently throughout the show for his “mistakes.” Doolittle said she does not feel vindicated, but it was hard to miss a hint of pride in her voice. “Kevin and I have always known we were right all along,” she said. “So it’s not so much vindication. But it was obviously a really good day when we learned that the people in

Toronto might get a chance to see this video.” Though Ford’s approval rating actually went up five points after Blair’s announcement, Doolittle said her sources on the mayor’s team have confided in the past that it would be very difficult to re-elect the mayor if the video does become public. “I think certainly his chances at re-election [are lower], it would stand to reason,” Doolittle said. “Certainly there is a vulnerability now.” Around noon on Nov. 5, Ford found himself facing a now all-too familiar spectacle — a scrum of frantic reporters outside his office. He looked and sounded troubled, more than usual. Ford asked reporters to ask him the question they’d first asked him in May. “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” he said. Ford stressed that he is not an addict, but, “Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably about a year ago … Yes, I’ve made mistakes. All I can do now is apologize and move on.” There was a frenzy of questions, of camera flashes, but Ford didn’t have much else to say. Soon, he retreated back into his office amid shouts from the shellshocked media. It hasn’t been an easy road to get to this point for Doolittle. Following enormous backlash from the crack scandal, she was placed under immense pressure by swarms of supporters from Ford Nation. “I think it’s safe to say that over the last six months, it’s been challenging for sure,” she said. “And I’m not complaining, because a big part of it comes with the job. I guess it would be accurate to say I’ve received hundreds and hundreds of letters of hate mail.” One such letter, artfully crafted on a small note adorned with a red cardinal in carefullyprinted cursive has, in an ironic twist of fate, been framed by Doolittle. She thought it was beautiful despite its message, which included the words, “How do you sleep at night?” The criticism Doolittle takes the most to heart, she said, are attacks based on her gender and appearance. A column in the Huffington Post by Mark Hasiuk published shortly after the crack story broke made careful note of Doolittle’s “alabaster skin” and, she said, it strived to discredit her based on her appearance rather than her work. It also made no mention of Donovan’s role in the story. “The one thing that really bothers me” are these attacks, Doolittle said. “And that is when it gets very challenging too; that’s when it’s difficult to not get angry … It’s not like it’s hurting my feelings. I just, I get angry. I get angry that that opinion is so prevalent.” Doolittle has spent four-and-a-half years at city hall and, though she plans to stay there through the October 2014 elections, she admitted that she wouldn’t be opposed to a change of scenery. “I have no idea [what’s next], to be honest,” she said. “I think it’s good to not start being there as long as the wallpaper.” Doolittle, a woman who initially did not even want to pursue journalism, continues to live without concrete plans. But given her track record, it’s safe to say that she’ll continue to poke things well into the future.

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AKA Gallery has its walls covered in organs that seem to string on endlessly throughout the room for its latest exhibit, Intestinal Anarchy! Coming from artist Hazel Meyer, the showing is taking the perspective of suffrage with it’s

Hazel Meyer embraces the bodily theme.

flayed organs. What’s most eye catching about the work from first entrance into the gallery space is the sheer scale of what Meyer has created. Meyer hails from Toronto, where she acquired an Master of Fine Arts from Ontario College of Art and Design University. Her primary position as an artist is socially conscious with a focus on making environments that end up used as

locations for performance, practice and athletic training. Therefore, her art makes the room itself a canvas on which she creates her piece. Using a contrasting salmon pink background, Meyer has spread drawings of intestines and organs across the walls and all the way to the ceiling. They all separate and tie together to create a true feeling of lawlessness and anarchy,

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much like the title intends. The art gives the impression of doodles with cut out text that mixes together to create work that feels seamless, disregarding any kind of structure typically seen in more classical gallery showings. Part of the intent that Meyer is going for is structure within chaos and how constructed thoughts inform politics while the bodies that these thoughts and ideas come from are messes of intestines and fluids. The organs and insides that scatter the walls of the AKA Gallery seem to be presenting the distinct parts that make a person whole, as there are individual displays of patterns that resemble the brain as well as the more intestinal side of the human anatomy. Shirts hang from the roof holding the patterns of brains within triangles, resembling portions of what makes a person complete spread throughout the room. What is most impressive about the work, beyond its scale, is the amount of detail that goes into each individual organ on the wall. They were clearly intricately created down to every last inch that spans the walls. Each organ is completely unique from the other, with some that are sparse and thin and others that are dense lush, almost like a fleshy version of forestry. A theme that is ever present throughout the gallery is a saturated feeling that surrounds the viewer with the art. Although the art is clearly of entrails, it has some wild feeling akin to trees that adds a natural element of beauty to the chaos. It’s a polarizing experience to be inside a room coated by what is essentially your own insides, but amidst all the of the intensity there is a calming aspect to the works from the sheer mechanical skill put into their creation. Intestinal Anarchy! is a show that draws parallels between human nature and the zig-zag assembly of anatomy, allowing the viewer a glimpse inside themselves in both a figurative and literal, almost physical way. Intestinal Anarchy! is running until Nov. 29 at AKA Gallery.


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Games bring entertainment beyond the player

NICHOLAS KINDRACHUK Culture Editor

Video games are being seen in a different light with the new phenomenon in competitive gaming known as e-sports, where games are played and at a competitive level and watched by the masses without leaving the comfort of their own homes. There is a new medium that is changing the way that fans are approaching video games as a whole with the ever growing popularity of live streaming websites, the most notable of which being twitch.tv. Recently the phenomenon has grown to a new echelon with the current popular competitive online game League of Legends. In League of Legends players are on teams of five and the basic objective is to win the game by destroying the opposing team’s base. There are details that complicate that simple premise of course, including over 100 in-game champions for players to choose from that fit into different roles that can make or break a solid team composition. The game has a number of diverse ways to tackle strategies that make it interesting to watch and play as well as demanding a great degree of player skill, which alone can turn the tide of games. The game has grown on the proffesional side to garner worldwide attention, with tournaments for millions of dollars fought for by organized teams that, with corporate sponsorships, go to such lengths as living together in order to practice the game night and day together. Recently the most popular North American squad, Team SoloMid Snapdragon, picked up 17-year-old wunderkind Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg from Europe to join their team. The break of this news shot to the top of popular general interest site Reddit in under three minutes — faster than Barack Obama’s Ask Me Anything post during last year’s American presedential election. After the announcement of his move to North America, Bjergsen took to Twitch and set up a livestream of him playing League of Legends, something many pro players do.

Nestled into a line of new restaurants and bars downtown sits Bon Temps Cafe, a New Orleans themed restaurant like no other in Saskatoon. Walking through the doors, you leave the cold winter snow behind and enter a world that gives you a glimpse into the culture and past of New Orleans. Murals and pictures of big bands with classic creole influences cover the walls in an aesthetic that immediately pulls you in. After you’re seated you’ll get accustomed to the atmosphere and dark mood lighting, with excellent music that fits the big band aesthetic of the restaurant playing overhead. While a large part of the enjoyment of Bon Temps is its unique look and atmosphere, food

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gaining up to 80,000 viewers at once. This session is just the most recent example in what has been an evolution in how people look at entertainment. People could easily be playing the game themselves but instead join in to watch a high-skill player stream for up to 14 hours a day. There is more to enjoy from games than just simply playing them — similar to how amateur basketball players often watch the NBA for the increased excitement of seeing a seasoned pro take the court. However, there is more to the streaming culture of video games than the professional competitive side. There are plenty of people who will watch all kinds of other games from Super Mario Bros. to World of Warcraft for a variety of reasons. One central aspect is the personality provided from the voice-over of the person playing. Instead of just being a walk-through of the game, these playthroughs become their own form of entertainment. The player dictates how entertaining the viewing is by either turning it into a comedy show of sorts, like the

popular YouTube series Game Grumps, or by looking to the player for information that is otherwise not well known regarding the game. Some people will go to the streams just to see a game played by an interesting personality because they don’t play but are still interested in the hobby. This is especially true for games from the horror genre, which people watch to see the player’s reactions. Often these viewers look to streams because to play the game themselves would be too much to handle yet they’d still like to experience it in some way. Gaming is opening itself to a whole new realm of people, who will sit down to watch a game of League of Legends like any other sport without having any prior experience with the game. There are plenty of reasons to watch rather than just playing and, with Twitch’s 44 million unique users, people are certainly hopping aboard this new entertainment form that is unlike any other. For streamers it is becoming a full time job, with high viewer counts and ad revenue providing financial support to do what they love.

Bon Temps delivers unique dining experience NICHOLAS KINDRACHUK Culture Editor

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remains king. There are certainly a number of exciting options to choose from, most of which play with that Creole flair that is rare in the prairies. For an appetizer we ordered the Acadian Peppered Shrimp, a simple sounding dish to get the meal started. The first thing noticed about the plate was sadly there was not a whole lot of food on it. A dozen shrimp give or take were scattered across the plate with some dressing and lemons. The shrimp themselves were juicy and the spice was hot, but there was a distinct lack of flavour coupled with the heat. It was a little disappointing, but once applying some lemon a more of a spicy citrus flavour emerged. There’s a selection of speciality drinks that are said to define the particular New Orleans feel that Bon Temps has. I had the Absinthe Frappe, a drink with mint and soda that the

Bon Temp’s Seafood Creole ready to be devoured.

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menu claims was frequently served to Oscar Wilde. A difficult drink to explain, it begins smooth and minty but ends with a hot taste that washes through your whole month for an enjoyable experience overall. When it came to the main course there was a number of tempting choices once again, but once I saw the menu’s creole portion I made the choice to delve into a type of food I’ve always wanted to try. Bon Temps Seafood Creole has shrimp, crawfish tails, scallops and snappers sauteed in their trademark creole sauce. This blend is placed over a bed of white rice along with a delicious fresh biscuit to dip in the sauce. The fish was all sauteed perfectly and it’s combination of flavours with the sauce and rice creates a unique sweet-and-savory flavour. However, parts of the creole sauce often tasted a little more pasta sauce-like than expected, sometimes taking over the whole taste with a tomato flavour. This is a minor complaint that only came in during the final bites as the meal as a whole was hard to stop eating, each bite bringing on new and exciting flavours with all of the different seafood incorporated. It’s recommended that you stay with the menu’s more Louisiana seafood influenced specialities, as the bourbon chicken that my date had was not quite up to par, with chicken that had an odd texture and was possibly a little undercooked. Luckily, the sides of special mashed potatoes, which contained bacon for an added twist, and spiced corn on the cob saved the meal for her. The food is hit or miss and is in the higher price range, but what you’re paying for is a special dining experience that’s well worth a try for those looking for great atmosphere.

Saturday Nov. 16 • Lamb of God at Prairieland Park • The Motorleague at Vangelis • Nobunny at Amigo’s • Josh Martinez at Louis’ • Czechmate at TCU Place

Sunday Nov. 17 • Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players at Western Development Museum • Great Russian Nutcracker at TCU Place

Monday Nov. 18 • Dimensions 2013 at Affinity Gallery • The Midnight Roses and Annabelle Chvostek at The Bassment

Tuesday Nov. 19 • Ally Promotion Week at Education building/Murray library • Robert Henry Book Launch at McNally Robinson

Wednesday Nov. 20 • Ally Promotion Week at Law Lounge/Health Sciences • Travel Cuts Presentation at McNally Robinson


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Commonplace HIV testing a positive move TRAVIS HOMENUK Opinions Editor

Regular Human Immunodeficiency Virus testing will remove stigmas surrounding the disease, creating more awareness and knowledge about this worldwide epidemic. The Saskatoon Health Region has announced that it’s patients will be receiving standard offers from doctors to take part in HIV testing — a great step forward in normalizing the disease, equating it with other diseases for which a doctor may test. With news that HIV rates in Saskatchewan were double the national average in 2008 at 20.8 cases per 100,000 people — towering over the national average of 9.2 cases per 100,000 people — it’s no surprise that this testing is now being offered to citizens of this province. Fortunately, the rates in Saskatchewan dropped to 17 cases per 100,000 people in 2011, but this number is still much higher than the national average — which is why testing is so important. Now when a patient goes for a visit to the doctor an HIV test could take place alongside other regular tests like cholesterol and high blood pressure — it won’t be a big deal. It’ll just be a question of looking for one more abnormality in a patient’s blood work. The test will be offered to those in primary or emergency care who are unaware of their HIV status, but will pertain to those between the ages of 13 and 64. While patients can opt out of the testing, pregnant women, those currently being treated for sexually transmitted diseases as well as those individuals with tuberculosis or hepatitis C will be specifically encouraged to participate in the testing. Giving patients the opportunity to opt out of the testing is a careful move that allows doctors to ask patients if they’d like to be tested without offending anyone. But what’s so offensive about offering an HIV test in the first place? Without doubt, many of the stigmas surrounding HIV have to do with the fact that at one time it was seen as a disease that was only spread within gay communities. Indeed, HIV and AIDS were considered ‘gay diseases,’ and thought to be only contracted by homosexual men engaging in unprotected sex.

Although homosexual men account for nearly half of the known cases of HIV cases in Canada, at 46.7 per cent according to the Public Health Agency of Canada in 2011, the disease is now more present than ever within the heterosexual community as well as with those who partake in injection drug use. Canada’s aboriginal population continues to be over-represented in the HIV epidemic. This highlights the need for certain demographics to be targeted for testing and education over others according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Sadly, many individuals infected with HIV are unaware that they have the virus, causing them to spread it unknowingly. The Public Health Agency of Canada notes that in 2011 a staggering 25 per cent of the 71, 300 individuals who tested positive for HIV had no idea that they were infected in the first place. With HIV testing becoming a regular practice, those who are unaware of their HIV status will hopefully act accordingly. Whether it’s a case of seeking out proper medications or using protection when having sexual intercourse, the knowledge that comes from HIV test results will be beneficial for all — not only in helping those live with the disease, but also in helping to prevent it from spreading. As noted, offering regular testing will effectively normalize the disease and remove many stigmas attached to it. We must all remember that HIV does not only affect gay men. We are all susceptible, regardless of how we might contract it. Hopefully this move to implement HIV testing will create further dialogue about the virus, which will also improve awareness and prevention of it. If we’re not talking about it, how can we ever expect the rates of infection to change? However, this positive step forward will not be successful in and of itself. As members of a province with rates that were double the national average only a fews years ago, we need to support other positive developments that work towards annihilating the HIV epidemic. Embracing safe injection facilities, which function like the needle exchange services offered at the 601 at AIDS Saskatoon, will help in the prevention of HIV. After all, it

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would be negligible to forget that 16.9 per cent of those who tested positive for HIV in 2011 contracted it through injection drug use. Asking your sexual partners if they’ve received testing is also important — on top of regularly practicing safe sex, of course.

It’s high time to get our heads out of the clouds and be totally confronted with the HIV realities in Saskatchewan and Canada. Regardless of whether you’ve had one sexual partner or 20, be safe and get yourself tested for HIV if testing is offered to you.

How to be a leader without alienating yourself ELLIOT CHAN — The Other Press (Douglass College)

NEW WESTMINSTER (CUP) — Throw a bunch of humans together and see who turns into an animal first. It doesn’t matter if it’s a workplace environment, a table of friends or a packed car on a road trip — there will always be a project manager at work, a storyteller at the dinner table and a driver in the car. Although the leadership role is sometimes appointed, most often it’s just imposed upon one individual and from there they have to control the manic, power-hungry beast inside. We’ve all been or interacted with a control freak. Sometimes their behaviours are so subtle that we don’t even notice them manipulating us; other times they’re aggressive, confrontational and abusive. A famous study by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo showed that when given power, anybody can behave in a cruel and unusual manner. The 1971 Stanford Prison experiment was intended to simulate two weeks in prison. 24 students volunteered to participate, with 12 appointed as guards and 12 as inmates. The experiment was halted after six days, when prisoners began to passively accept abuse and harassment from the guards. Deny it all you want, but there’s a monster

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inside you. Although it might not erupt in the same capacity as those makeshift prison guards, it can still roar unintentionally at your peers, colleagues and friends. Perfectionists and control freaks may not see themselves as the villains. They might feel like the only one who cares and that they’re merely trying to get the job done in the most efficient manner. In doing so, they create separation between themselves and

the rest of the group which results in the perfectionist giving him or herself a souring reputation. If you ever find yourself resisting compromise or unable to delegate work, step back for a moment and recognize the control freak brewing inside you. Only then can you properly assess the situation and your relationship with the group, and have the demon exorcised.

To eradicate the “my way or the highway” attitude, you must be willing to listen. Stay silent for a moment and hear what others have to say. The voice inside your head will try to jump in, but don’t let it. Allow the others to finish and then give your point of view. This way, it becomes a discussion and not a lecture. Control freaks feel these types of interactions slow the working process, but in fact it builds a relationship. By understanding how others think and work, you as a leader can then begin to employ them in the most effective areas. Don’t interfere with others’ work processes unless they ask for help. The objective might be getting from point A to point B, but the journey isn’t up to you. Allow others to work at their own pace, even if they’re slowing the process down. A good leader will communicate and address displeasure, but will not do the work for them. The best way to kill the control freak inside is to wing it: whatever you are doing, just wing it and see what happens. Spontaneity is control freak cyanide and a quality leader’s magic potion. Those who can handle improvising and thinking on their feet will be revered by their peers in a way that commanding and demanding leaders can’t be.


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Mayor Rob Ford can’t get much worse NATALIE DAVIS

Rob Ford, Toronto’s 64th Mayor and arguably Canada’s most infamous political train wreck, has been the subject of much controversy since he was elected to office in 2010 — and rightly so. He’s a mess of a mayor who should be removed from office. The often incoherent politician has been filmed multiple times giving offensive speeches and stumbling around in the streets ranting and raving, apparently under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Some of his most well-known antics include, but are not limited to: announcing to Toronto city council during a meeting in 2008 that “those oriental people work like dogs…the oriental people are slowing taking over,” and, my personal favourite, being caught on video eyeing up a slice of apple dipped in honey as part of a ritual for Rosh Hashanah. Ford proceeded to sneakily devour the slice as everyone else listened to the explanation of the ritual attentively. On the subject of his racist comments towards Asian people, Ford was forced to issue a painful apology, stating that he meant it as a compliment and was using the example to support his case of possibly extending business hours for stores. Being under all this negative scrutiny seems to have taken a toll on the politician, forcing him to turn to substances to ease the pain of being an adult with a high profile job. Please note the sarcasm. Was it always this way with the Chris Farley tribute mayor, as he’s been called by Stephen Colbert? Surprisingly, Ford was fairly popular with the public in the beginning of his career. He earned 47 per cent of the vote, beating out George Smitherman with 35.61 per cent and Joe Pantalone with 11.73 per cent. Ford now operates as an independent politician but is affiliated with the Progressive Conservative Party. He lobbied on four main points: “putting people and families first, focusing on the fundamentals, reducing waste and eliminating unnecessary taxes.” He gained support by opting out of perks reserved for members of politics in Toronto, such as a private driver — though the Toronto police force later encouraged him to employ one following Ford receiving a DUI and getting photographed reading while driving on the Gardiner Expressway. He has a love of sports, as he was a high school football coach — his position was revoked due to an argument with a student player on the field over said student’s poor performance. His hands-on approach to the removal of drugs from the streets of Toronto seems to also have gone awry. Can one really blame him for taking it upon himself to chat with drug dealers and remove crack from the public market personally, one hit at a time? When questioned on the situation, Ford goaded the press into re-asking the question, “Have you smoked crack?” to which he casually replied, “Yes, probably in one of my drunken stupors,” according to an article by Karen McVeigh of the Globe and Mail on Nov. 13. It is frankly terrifying that a mayor would think that a phrase like ‘drunken stupor’ is an acceptable way to excuse any of his actions, never mind the use of crack-cocaine. Ford has also supported the abolishment of bike lanes, calling bicyclists a “pain in the ass” in a city council meeting. He supports the addition of a helicopter to the Toronto police force, even though the police did not call for one to be added. When city councillor Pam McConnell

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asked him to clarify his request, he stated, “We have the authority to spend the money out of our budget the way we want to,” to which she replied, “Actually no we don’t.” Ford advocated for a new subway extension of the Sheppard line, opposing the cheaper Light Rail idea that had been favoured previously by members of city council. After his election, the idea was halted because of lack of funding. Bruce McQuaig, the Chief Executive Officer of Metrolinx, a transit company involved in the Light Rail system, spoke on the cost of qutitting the project in an article by cbc.ca on April 1, 2011. He noted that “$49 million is what would be known at this point in time and then there would be additions based on how the discussions go with some of the suppliers.” It’s apparent that Rob Ford is not misunderstood. He’s just a big a mess. This man is an embarrassment to all Canadians, not just those living in Toronto. The longer he stays in office the more trouble surfaces around him, yet he remains in place because there is no easy way to remove a Canadian mayor from his position and he refuses to step down. Ford is clearly mentally unstable and has gotten more press for his ridiculous actions and brass commentary than he has by being a successful leader of a major Canadian city. Toronto has a $9.4 billion budget, according to an article in the Toronto Star; it seems to me Ford shouldn’t be allowed control of that kind of money when he can’t even control himself.

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Remembering the past is great but it shouldn’t consume your existence. When I was growing up there wasn’t a phrase I despised to hear from my parents more than “back in my day.” I swore to myself that I would never become that old fart that finds music too loud and kids these days a complete nuisance. However, in 2013, I feel like society is telling me otherwise. It is funny that our generation is so immersed in today’s culture but still finds it so cool to say that they are disconnected from the present because they have nostalgia for “a simpler time.” Please make a note of this in your smart phones kids — it was not a simpler time. There are several ways to suffer from nostalgia. A lot of us are stuck reminiscing about a time when we were all adolescents listening to our Walkmans as they looped a CD burnt with a bunch of Aaron Carter and S-Club 7 tracks. We will forever be 80s or 90s babies, and we never stop bringing it up. The problem with nostalgia is that people seem to think that the decade that they grew up in is somewhat superior to the decade they live in now. In reality the decade had nothing to do with it; your nostalgia is an illusion. What you are basing this kind of nostalgia on is not the sentimental absence of cell phones, or the return of your privacy in lieu of no social media, but rather the idea that it seemed like a simpler time because you were a simpler person. Growing up in that decade meant you were just a kid with very little of the responsibilities that you have today. Getting a Gameboy for Christmas will of course trump the memory of working for three months so you can afford the PS4. It is more the content of the time than the context. People who feel nostalgic are trapped in a past that they might have not even have lived in. If you think I’m joking, please just look at the last Instagram filter you used to make your photo look like it was from the 80s. I’m sure you’ve heard of the person who

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will only watch black and white movies, just listens to vinyl or exclusively plays video games for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. I know what you’re thinking. I’m pretty much outlining the textbook hipster, but what people fail to notice is that anytime we bash our own generation’s accomplishments for the sake of nostalgia

we are guilty of the hipster crime. There is nothing wrong with cherishing memories of your life as you experience the world changing. There is only a problem when you begin to resent that change. Before you insult today, think of all the things that you get from being alive in this decade that people of that so-called

‘simpler time’ did not have. I love reading my fantasy stories just as much as the next person but if we were all to live in medieval times it would be less A Game Of Thrones and more, “Get me the hell out of here.” Am I travelling too far back? Well let’s try the good old Summer of ‘69, when minimum wage was about $1.00 and people fought for the slightest chance that I, an African-Canadian woman, could dare voice her opinion in a school paper. Or our good old pal the 90s, which gave us our beloved Pokemon cards, feel-good sitcoms like Boy Meets World and Full House. Yet in 1996 the gay rights movement took a step backwards in acceptance when the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act declared no state had to recognize a gay marriage, even if another state already has. If all those changes seem too heavyhearted for you, think of all the little things that you can do now. Innovation in technology alone has made immense strides in the last few years alone. Today it is impossible to lose touch with anyone. If soldiers in the past could video chat their loved ones, do you think they wouldn’t be grateful? It is also easier to eat healthier, exercise, and be more environmentally conservative in the modern era than ever before. Just the fact that we as a whole are now more open minded than a society has ever been and are more vocal about our rights shows that we’d be crazy to want to take a step backward. Like any other group in history, we are flawed. The opportunities we have at our fingertips are more than even the most iconic figures of the past could have dreamed of — and that can be overwhelming. With great power comes great responsibility, so if we don’t use or appreciate the gifts we are given by living in this time than it really isn’t anyone’s fault but our own. The grass always seems greener on the other side of the time machine. But we should take a moment to truly consider what it means to live in our own time. Nostalgia is meant to remind you of the past, not keep you stuck in it.

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The white poppy is an insult to veterans ALEXANDER QUON

Honouring those who have given their lives in service for our country seems like it would be an easy task. Yet wearing the simple symbol of a red poppy seems more controversial and more divisive than ever before. This year marks the 94th anniversary of Remembrance Day, a day that King George V dedicated to the remembrance of all commonwealth soldiers who had lost their lives fighting in the First World War. We commemorate this day by wearing a simple symbol of black and red: the poppy. This flower was chosen because it grew in one of the worst battlefields in WWI: the area of Flanders in Northern Belgium. John McCrae wrote the poem “In Flander’s Fields,” in response to the battlefield, and since then the red poppy has been the symbol of Remembrance Day. However according to media reports a small group of Ottawa University students — working with the Rideau Institute — have sought to change this solemn and traditional practice. Instead of wearing the traditional red poppy, they are encouraging others to wear a white poppy emblazoned with the statement “I Remember for Peace.” According to Celyn Duffy one of the movements supporters, this is because “young people don’t want to celebrate war, we want to work for peace.” This statement ignores what the poppy symbolizes and what Remembrance Day stands for. The ceremony that we hold on Nov. 11 is in no way a celebration. People in our country, our provinces and our cities do not gather together in remembrance to encourage war. If you go to any Remembrance Day ceremony in Canada you will not see anyone with joyous smiles celebrating the lives that we have lost and the wars we have fought. You will not see any flag waving or rounds of applause after the sounding of the Last Post and the few minutes of silence held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. One should realize that Remembrance Day is not a day that we celebrate in order to

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encourage war. Remembrance Day is just that, a day to remember. It is a day devoid of political motivation and has a single goal of uniting Canadians in honoring those who have given their lives in service to this country. To state anything less is an insult both to our country’s history and to those currently serving or have previously served in our military. If you choose to wear the white poppy, that is your right as a citizen of this country. No one can stop you. Go out there and wear it if you want, especially if it is a cause that you support. However, please don’t wear a white poppy on the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day. The truth of the matter is that individuals

choosing to wear a white poppy on Remembrance Day instead of the traditional black and red flower, are consciously choosing to disrespect the solemn day of remembrance. Either as individuals or as groups, we must not misappropriate a symbol so closely intertwined with honouring the dead and subvert it for one’s own political motivations — let alone use that symbol to advocate from the moral high ground upon which peace resides. The Rideau Institute and those who choose to wear the white poppy are not the arbiters of morality, and neither am I. But when you ride on the coattails of a program which advocates for the acknowledgement of our veterans and

raises money for programs that supports both them and their families, you no longer have a moral leg to stand on. You don’t have to support a war to honour and remember those who died fighting in it. You are not encouraging more wars to be fought if you wear a poppy. On Remembrance Day, you don’t need to do anything but remember — if even for a few moments — those who have given their lives in the service of this country. Don’t tar the measure of respect that veterans have earned, and continue to earn, by wearing a white poppy.

backgrounds and countries. I recognize that I am privileged to live in Canada, that I have plenty of things to smile about and that I am not facing any current challenges to my own personal survival. But because we do live in a privileged nation and have the opportunity to attain a post-secondary education, there are things that come along with that blessing. I don’t think it’s fair to say that because we live in Canada we have to be worry-free and forget about things that bother us. School

can be stressful, finances are worrying and life presents challenges regardless of where you live. The opportunity of living in the First World does present us with real problems. These issues might not make it onto a sarcastic “First World Problems” meme, but they do exist. The benefit of attending post-secondary institutions creates issues that might not even seem to be problematic at first glance. I believe that there are so many options for

educational paths that students can go down, that sometimes it makes picking only one thing that much harder. We’re told to find something we enjoy doing, and because we have that luxury we see people switching degree routes regularly. An undergraduate degree is not always enough, either. I am currently working on an Arts and Science degree but I have no idea what I am going to do afterward. I will probably have to look at graduate school after my first degree. From there, I’m looking at a large loan and an increasing cost of living. So many things seem unaffordable and unattainable at this point. Opportunities for higher education and the ability to have a chance to hit goals and achievements is a blessing that I am thankful for. But these prospects come with a price, both literally and figuratively. I definitely don’t think that the opportunity to have those benefits makes everyday trials any less significant. There’s no need to be raging for hours about a longer wait for the bus — it’s all about perspective. It doesn’t matter where you live, in the ‘first-world’ or the ‘thirdworld,’ money and opportunities don’t guarantee happiness. So yes, the fact that I live in a warm house makes the long winter much more bearable, but I’m going to have to disagree with Miss Sassypants from the bus on this one. Everyone’s problems are real, regardless of where they live.

The real problems of the first world NAOMI ZUREVINSKI

Having a well-balanced perspective on life can help you appreciate your place in society. I overheard a girl on the bus the other day complaining to her friend about how much she hates winter. On top of that, she got her midterms back and they didn’t go so well. The girl’s friend replied rather bluntly that she should stop complaining because she can always study more next time and at least she has a warm place to go home to. I’m predicting the end of that friendship rather soon. In the midst of midterms and the increasingly colder weather, I sometimes find myself and others complaining about trivial problems. I don’t know if it’s the escalating workload from school or the lack of sunshine, but I think both definitely affect moods. The Starbucks line seems longer, the bus takes an extra fifteen minutes, and your friend’s class is cancelled but yours isn’t. Overall your life just seems awful right now. Some individuals might view these troubles as outrageous, unrealistic and selfish. These everyday inconveniences are extremely minor. Forgetting your food at home and having to buy lunch is nothing compared to real starvation. This perspective looks at the problems of the so-called ‘First World’ in comparison to problems of the so-called ‘Third World,’ reducing these issues into non-existence. First World issues are essentially not problems when compared to other very real problems happening to those who are from differing

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They all lived unhappily ever after: a feminist romance NATAHNA BARGEN

I am a woman who lives in constant conflict. I am a feminist and I am a hopeless romantic. This means that any complaint that I have of the opposite sex in regards to romantic procedures are immediately met with the challenge that I can take matters into my own hands as a modern woman. I can assert my right and independence as a woman and woo that man and live that dream, 21st century style. I’ve found that this is not as simple as it sounds. It is actually through my hapless romantic pursuits that I have realized how much feminism is still relevant today. The idea that men and women can act equally on the romantic playing field with the same risks and repercussions is a naïve and illinformed view of the world we live in. What does a man risk if he asks a woman out? Rejection, of course. Rejection stings, don’t get me wrong, but this is the extent of his worries. Society looks well on the dude who is man enough to ask a woman out. He gets a pat on the back and encouragement to do it again next time. If a woman asks a man out she risks rejection, but on top of that the potential stigma of seeming desperate, controlling, aggressive, pushy — labels too damning for many women to take that first step. This stigma exists because when we think romance, we still envision the knight riding on his horse, pursuing that woman lounging in a tall tower and playing hard to get. We’ve been told how men love the chase; they don’t want a girl that’s easy to get. Ladies: be hard to get, be cool, be aloof, and for heavens sake don’t let on that you like him before you know that he likes you. But these are rules to a game that is no longer played. It has all been mixed up. In the name of feminism, men have stopped playing the

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hero and making that crucial first move. “It’s an equal playing field,” they say. “She could approach me as much as I could approach her.” So women fear the stigma, men live in the delusion of a new age of equality and no true romance is had by either. I am a 23 year old woman and I have never been really, truly asked out on a date. Sure, I’ve been on a lot of excursions that look like

dates, but I ask you, if no one hears a tree fall in a forest, does it make a sound? If no one ever calls it a date, is it really one? The word is never said, and feelings are never admitted because that’s safer. By not admitting to true affection for someone, you allow yourself the escape route to leave unscathed. This selfishly allows you to drop — or be dropped from — a relationship while still

having the peace of mind that you don’t have to ever admit to having felt anything. It’s a protection mechanism, but I argue that it is more damaging in the long run than beneficial. This misguided self-preservation is crucially connected to the discussion about the growing isolation of our generation. We are a generation of low risk and, therefore, low reward. I am at war with myself because I like my feminine independence but I still crave romance. I love that I can get a higher education, provide for myself, wear pants and ride a bicycle. I parade my independence and feel disdain toward those who think my highest aspiration is to be married and have babies. Is it then a contradiction to still dream of some man walking up to me one day and telling me straight to my face, “I like you. Do you want to go on a date?” The problem today with heterosexual romance is confusion over the feminist timeline. We think we’ve reached the finish line, but the truth is that we are not living in a society where men and women have complete equality. This is a society still steeped in the remnants of patriarchy, and none of us know how to proceed. But until someone writes a book of romantic etiquette for Generation Y, we’re going to have to proceed with our own best judgment. My advice: men, be braver; and women, you be braver too. Be brave enough not to settle for this confused state of romance and to push forward to a true equal world where men and women will feel at total liberty to express their admiration, to admit to feeling things. Instead of having one of the potential lovers waiting in a tall tower for the other, let both men and women mount their trusty steeds and meet somewhere in the middle.

Fewer reasons to attend Louis’ SIMON WOURMS

Louis’ Trivia Night, a popular weekly games night for the past three years, was recently booted from the Louis’ event lineup due to complaints over remarks made during one evening’s show. For lack of a better phrase, this sucks. Those of you who don’t know what Louis’ is are probably already spending your money at another pub or you likely don’t have any kind of on-campus social life. So let’s pause a moment and raise our two dollar draft in memory of the good times. Louis’ Trivia was a rambunctious spectacle and a comedic performance put on for our student body consistently for the past three years. As an evening of fun and exciting antics, Trivia Night was anticipated every week by many. In regards to the evening’s comedic performance, Trivia Night’s crass nature was embraced. But apparently not everyone felt this way, hence the complaints that brought down the event. The nature of these complaints have yet to be fully disclosed, though allegedly an abortion joke may have led to the termination of Trivia. But I wonder: how do these assertions outweigh the fact that Trivia Night is a booze fueled gong show intending no harm to anyone whatsoever? Could this unnecessary drama bomb have been diffused through dialogue between the accidentally injured parties and the main hosts? Maybe those involved should have worked together to address concerns and improve the community as a whole. I guess this was too difficult to do, as that would be reasonable and a university is no place for the exercising of one’s logical reasoning skills. Naturally, we understand that not all patrons jive with crass and crude styles of humour. Indeed, if somebody was not expecting the crude banter that saturated these nights, they may end up with hurt feelings. For example, if you had the answer to a question asked, you would hold up a “mountain peak” gesture: hands together above your head.

Louis’ will no longer host Trivia Night in light of recent complaints. If you could not get one of the countless and insufferable Pokemon questions, you could demand a hint and hold up a “fuck off” gesture: middle finger or an X above your head. As well, the crowds would heckle the hosts and the hosts would heckle right back with such things as childish insults, foul language and suggestive themes among other innuendos. I have spent the last three years of my life as an entertainer. For the most part the crowds I’ve dealt with have enjoyed my bullshit, though sometimes select members would be

offended. But I have never been forbidden from performing, nor have my words as a performer caused a popular weekly event to be canned from a venue. Alas, Trivia Night will no longer be a regular event for the pleasure of the attendees. We fans thank the hosts of Louis’ Trivia from the bottom of our hearts and mourn this management decision. It is said that when one sense dies, our other senses are heightened to make up for the shortcoming. Indeed, having no sense of humour

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grows ones sense of self-importance to Triviaruining proportions. So let us remember Trivia Night for what it was: a college-level games night constructed for a mature audience with a sense of humour. The questions were challenging, the contest and prizes rewarding and the team names ranged from cliquey to dark to horrendously mundane. Finally, let’s remember the audience and hosts who both created dynamically satiric, tongue-incheek evenings of fun. Truly, Trivia Night was thoroughly delightful.


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Rotting squirrel nests Josh Brand

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Really bad body odour Nathan Reis and Kayla Hrudka

Usask Confessions administrator revealed Students at the University of Saskatchewan continue to send in their confessions to an unknown administrator of the popular Usask Confessions Facebook page — but that’s all about to change. In a move that shocked students campuswide, Sailor Dan, a popular artist who draws sailboats in Saskatoon, has admitted that he’s the administrator students have been sending in their deepest, darkest secrets to. It was computer science student David Wong who tracked the IP address of the administrator for Usask Confessions to a computer in the arts tunnel. Wong reportedly staked out the location for a week before he noticed Sailor Dan making regular appearances in the tunnel. “Every time he went to log in, I saw he had to pull out a paper which appeared to have an NSID and password on it,” said Wong. It was on Nov. 8 that Wong saw Sailor Dan logged on to Facebook, reading a slew of messages from random names. It was then that Wong confronted Sailor Dan and asked him about his suspicions. “I’m not really sure why I started doing it,” said Sailor Dan. “Drawing ships gets a little boring sometimes, so I figured I’d try something different. Whenever I walk through Place Riel, I always hear student’s complaining. A confessions page seemed natural — especially after I found that NSID and password lying on the ground.” It is rumoured that Sailor Dan liked to troll the confessions as well, noting that he also assumed the identity of Mergit the Frog and often posted hilarious memes for students to enjoy. However, Mergit the Frog is not the only other identity Sailor Dan has assumed. Upon further inquiry, Wong was able to determine that Sailor Dan has dozens of fake Facebook accounts that he uses for online dating. “I never meet any of the boys or girls I talk to, but falling in love is just so much fun over the Internet and I’m hoping to find real love someday,” said Sailor Dan. In an odd turn of events, it turned out that Wong was Sailor Dan as well. When asked about this latest development, Wong appeared to have a confused look on his face before asking us whether we’d like to buy the picture of a sailboat he was carrying around.

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