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An interview with “the pitbull” Thomas Mulcair

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Plans to transform seed barn nixed

As seed barn proposal comes in over budget, university looks to new childcare design

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DARYL HOFMANN Senior News Editor The university has shelved its idea to convert the century-old seed barn on College Drive into a refitted childcare centre and is pursuing plans to build a brand new facility instead. “The plans are done for the barn,” said Facilities Management Division coordinator Rea Carlson, who is working with the office of the associate vice-president student affairs to double the number of available childcare spaces on campus by 2014. “We did a cost analysis on a design for the seed-barn and concluded that the overall cost to fit that building up was over and above what the project could support.” A structural engineering report showed the barn would need extensive remediation to ensure it would be safe to house children. Instead, preliminary schematics for a new single-story building next to Souris Hall at the far southwest corner of College Quarter have been designed. The facility would create 90 childcare spaces, including six for infants, 10 for toddlers and the rest for three- to six-year-olds. There are currently 110 child care spots available on campus for university students, faculty and staff. The new facility will push the total to 200. Carlson and her team studied

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A proposal is in the works for a new childcare centre attached to Souris Hall, the only kid-friendly residence on campus.

childcare facilities from across the world throughout the development of the original plan, and those ideas will be integrated into the new design. “We’re trying to open up the living functions — like the kitchen area and the laundry area — to make them more accessible and open to learning for the children,” Carlson said. She says the design of the facility draws inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach to children’s education, a philosophy based on exploration and self-guided discovery. “We really want to integrate some of those ideas into this new build,” she said, “but ultimately it is going to come down to costs.” Early estimates put the cost of the new facility at roughly $4.8 million. Associate Vice-President Student Affairs David Hannah said in January that funding for university childcare should come from “roughly equal donations from the government, the university, students

and donors through a fundraising campaign.” In May 2011, the provincial government earmarked $1.4 million for 110 new childcare spaces at the university. But given the new facility will only create 90 spaces, a slice of that cash — roughly $100,000 — will be retracted. The university has stated it would support the project but has not confirmed an official amount. “We’re certainly planning on the assumption that the university will be contributing in the neighbourhood of a million dollars or a bit better,” Hannah said. Hannah asked the university students’ council earlier this year to hold a referendum to increase student fees over the next several years to help fund the project but was denied. Council did, however, agree to support a $5 per term blanket increase in student fees imposed by the university and not the union. The fee increase has been approved by the university and will affect

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both undergraduate and graduate students starting in fall 2013. University Advancement is now canvassing alumni for donations. Carlson said the next step is to request initial board of governors approval to move from preplanning to the architectural design phase, which could begin in early 2013. In 2010, the USSU executive wrote a letter to then president of the university Peter MacKinnon stressing the importance of more child care spaces on campus, which is what kick started the project. USSU Vice-President Student Affairs Alex Werenka said the process has been moving painfully slowly. “I think that a lot of people are getting pretty antsy to see this child care centre happen. It’s been in the works for quite awhile,” she said. The U of S currently sits around the middle of the pack compared to other Canadian universities in terms of number of childcare spaces per capita.

As the Sheaf reported last week the university has applied to have the land directly east of the Stadium Parkade rezoned for a future hotel development. The plot is currently home to a green and white seed barn and the university is now in the process of determining the best way to move the 100-year-old structure. Ron Cruikshank, director of planning and development for the university’s facilities management division, confirmed the university does not have plans to demolish the barn but could not say how the barn will be transported or where it will be moved to. “There’s all that good wood in there, it’s a beautiful old building and we would rather reuse it and preserve it than knock it down,” David Hannah, associate vice-president of student affairs, told the Sheaf earlier this year. The beach volleyball courts adjacent to the barn will be taken down and the USSU is in the process of finding a new location at College Quarter for the beach courts.

U of S ultimate frisbee falls short in nationals Anna-Lise Hodgins

The U of S women’s frisbee club finished fifth at the Canadian Ultimate University Championships Oct. 19-21.

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Frisbee buffs from the University of Saskatchewan and several other Canadian universities came together to face off in the ultimate sport Oct. 19-21 in Kelowna, B.C. The Canadian Ultimate University Championships hosted 14 university teams. The U of S women’s frisbee club was among those teams and sent 14 players to represent the U of S at the national tournament. Ladies from a variety of undergraduate and master’s programs including the colleges of medicine, pharmacy, kinesiology, geology,

physics and education made up the motley team. Ultimate frisbee is best described as a mix of football, soccer and basketball, the goal being to pass the frisbee between seven teammates on the field and catch the disc in the end zone for a point. Meanwhile, another team of seven players tries to steal the frisbee and send it back to the other end zone to score. The first team to score 15 points wins.

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Corrections • In an article last week titled “Louis’ beach volleyball league gets bumped for campus hotel,” we said that the century-old seed barn located along College Drive will be demolished. This is not true. The barn will be moved, not destroyed. The Sheaf regrets the error.

After 13 years as president of the university, Peter MacKinnon has been asked to develop a new spending strategy for the province DARYL HOFMANN Senior News Editor

Premier Brad Wall has tapped former University of Saskatchewan president Peter MacKinnon to lead an initiative to explore potential ways to spend the province’s excess natural resource wealth. Wall made the announcement Oct. 16 during his state of the province address in Saskatoon, during which he laid out his party’s blueprint for Saskatchewan’s resource-driven era of expansion. MacKinnon will study options and provide advice on how the government should handle nonrenewable resource revenue once the province has come close to retiring debt. “It is certainly possible to imagine a Saskatchewan that is debt-free or approaching debt-free status within years,” MacKinnon said. “An initiative like this is not simply undertaken on a whim or on a spur of the moment. It requires careful and advanced thought.” But NDP Interim Leader John Nilson, head of the official opposition, pointed out after the announcement that — at the current rate — the province will not clear its debt until about 2060. Saskatchewan is now $3.8 billion in debt and Wall’s new growth plan commits to balancing the budget while paying off $400-million within the next five years. Nilson also said the idea to

squirrel away the province’s resource surplus was first pitched by his party. “The proposed heritage fund — an idea the NDP raised and is in support of — wouldn’t begin for another 48 years,” he said in a press release. During last year’s provincial election campaign Dwain Lingenfelter, the former leader of the NDP, touted a plan to set aside large chunks of potash, oil and gas royalties. MacKinnon said the idea has been floated by others in the province before. He will look at those plans as well as examples of similar funds elsewhere in the world to come up with a strategy for how Saskatchewan could go forward with a comparable initiative. In Norway, for example, a heritage fund fed by the country’s growing surplus of oil revenue was set up during the 1990s. The fund is now the largest sovereign nest egg in the world, with a facevalue of more than $600-billion. MacKinnon said he intends to examine closely how to model the fund and stressed the provincial government has not made it a requirement for Saskatchewan to be completely debt-free before the fund starts saving. He will begin meeting with government officials soon to develop a working plan. Murray Mandryk is a veteran political writer for the Regina Leader-Post. In his Oct. 20 column, he called the heritage fund plan a “pipe dream.” “We’re basically squeaking by with our budgets,” Mandryk said in an interview with the Sheaf. “I keep hearing and writing stories about how great

It is certainly possible to imagine a Saskatchewan that is debt-free or approaching debt-free status within years. Peter MacKinnon Former U of S President

Saskatchewan is doing. And at the absolute best of times, we are only getting by on $10-million a year surpluses. That’s not very encouraging in terms of being able to put away money for the future.” Mandryk believes the government should come to the realization that the province can pay down debt and put savings together for the future at the same time. “In the same way people pay down their mortgage and actually put some money towards RRSPs and their retirement,” he said. “I think without some early arrival at instituting this heritage fund in whatever form it takes, it’s just paying so much lip service to the issue unless they get it going a hell of a lot earlier,” Mandryk said.

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Agro fields to become university cash cow

The university’s agricultural lands could become a bustling campus neighbourhood within decades. The university has agreed to lease the land to developers as part of the city’s infill strategy.

ANNA-LILJA DAWSON Associate News Editor The University of Saskatchewan has moved forward with the development of more than half of its land inside the city, creating a multi-milliondollar revenue source. Nearly 1,000 of the university’s total 1,865 acres within Saskatoon city limits will be leased to developers for commercial and residential areas in the coming decades. The development of the land is expected to generate

millions of dollars towards the university’s operating costs, much like leasing the land at Preston Crossing brings in three to four million dollars a year in revenue towards student bursaries and scholarships. Greg Fowler, acting vicepresident of finance and resources at the university, said the university and the city are still in the preliminary stages of planning. The city plans to simply rezone the land, while developers will sign lease agreements with the university.

We want these to be very sustainable and we want to realise the economic value of them. Greg Fowler

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“We’re in discussions with the city right now and it is very, very preliminary,” Fowler said. “We want these [developments] to be very sustainable and we want to realise the economic value of them.” Some of the land to be leased is currently being used by the College of Agriculture and Bioresources for crop and plant research. But Fowler said that the college will not have to relocate for over a decade, leaving plenty of time to find new land outside the city. Alan Wallace, manager of

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planning and management for the city, said the development will have a high-density population, which will make for less roads and leave the city with minimal responsibilities within the area. “This is why smart growth and new urbanism is fairly important to the city,” Wallace said. “We have to see how it’s going to work in the marketplace because a lot of people want to own their own land.”

Dental clinic and hair salon to set up shop

When students return from the December winter break, the former Cove will be churning out students with shining smiles and hot, new hair.

ANNA-LILJA DAWSON Associate News Editor The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union has selected a nationwide campus dental clinic chain and a hair salon to move into Lower Place Riel as early as January. The two new tenants will move into the vacant bay that was most recently home to Campus Cove, the university’s longtime arcade and games room. A third proposal from a potential tenant for the space is expected to be selected in the coming months.

Over the summer, the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union ran weekly advertisements in the StarPhoenix asking for proposals from potential businesses interested in leasing the space. Proposals from food and beverage vendors, however, were not accepted due to restrictions listed in the union’s agreements with the current food court tenants. The USSU originally hoped to find a single tenant to lease the entire 3,000-square-foot space, but instead had to divide it among three businesses. In 2003, the USSU surveyed

students on their vision for Place Riel, prior to the multi-milliondollar renovation. A dental clinic and hair salon were two of the services requested. The survey also helped the union choose to introduce a pharmacy and some of the food options available. These services “fit within our vision of Place Riel, which is a place where students can go to get all of the services that are available for them,” USSU Vice-President of Operations and Finance Steven Heidel said. Heidel said both the dental clinic and the hair salon have signed

a lease and will move in during December after the space has been revamped to house three separate businesses. The businesses should then be open when students return to school in January, Heidel said. Campus Dentist, the dental chain that will be moving in, specializes in providing dental work to students and has locations at McMaster University, University of Waterloo and University of Guelph. The Campus Dentist franchise is a member of the nationwide student care network that gives

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post-secondary students additional dental coverage. The insurance plan offered by the USSU includes up to 70 per cent coverage on dental work while Campus Dentist will provide up to an additional 20 per cent. Campus Dentist will offer checkups, cleanings, fillings, wisdom teeth extractions and teeth whitening while accepting new patients and emergencies. La Bio Hair Boutique, who has also signed a new tenant agreement for the vacant space in Lower Place Riel, is independently owned and operated.


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Thomas Mulcair talks youth, post-secondary education

Thomas Mulcair, who’s been called a “pitbull” in the House of Commons and is now the leader of the official opposition, chatted with students during a recent pit stop at the University of Regina.

DIETRICH NEU — The Carillon (University of Regina) REGINA (CUP) — Federal New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair visited the University of Regina last week to discuss youth in politics. Before his speech, the U of R’s student newspaper, the Carillon, had a chance to speak with him about his thoughts on the government’s role in postsecondary funding and the effect young people can have on the political landscape. The Carillon: You’ve recently been touring and speaking all over Canada. What are you hoping to accomplish? Thomas Mulcair: We really want to try and engage [students and young people] and make them realize that what Harper is doing now affects the environment, affects the ecosystem long-term, and that there are economic decisions that affect them in the long-term. We are trying to empower and make young people realize that they can do something themselves by becoming involved in the political process itself —60 per cent of students 18 to 25 did not vote in the last election. That is a terrifying statistic. We are going to do everything we can to change that. For example, we bend over backward to put polling booths in old folks homes. Why can’t we do the same for university campuses? Why is that such a hard thing? Why can’t we make it really easy to vote? In the May election of 2011, the voting took place when students were in the middle of final exams, or moving to start a summer job.

You once said, “When young people don’t vote, the right wing wins and democracy loses.” What do you mean by that? TM: Well, the right wing wins because their demographics go to the polls; they know their demographic. And their demographic are people who have a much higher voter turnout percentage. Democracy loses in this situation because democracy is ‘people rule.’ So if you have this whole swath of people from a certain age population that are not involved, the voting process, democracy, loses because we have a government that doesn’t reflect the entire voting population. So we have to try so hard to get young people involved and not only get them involved but get them excited. I look with a little apprehension at the fact that 60 per cent [of voters 18 to 25] didn’t vote in the last election, and I’m going to look for the best way to encourage, insight and engage them so they do come out and vote in the next election, and not let Stephen Harper win by default. Do you have any specific ideas on how you would energize that 18- to 25-year-old demographic? TM: There is a little bit of a push and pull that goes on. On one hand, we need to oppose what Harper is doing in government. At the same time, we need to propose what it is that we can do differently. It is a little bit that way with young people who will be voting for the first time, and we want them to see that [with Harper’s policies] that the next

generation is being left with the biggest ecological, economical and social debt in our history. Ecologically we just have to look at how we are developing the oil sands at the moment. We are not making the polluters pay, and we are not internalizing the costs. Economically, your generation is being left with the highest debt year-after-year. The average student finishes university with over $40,000 in debt. In terms of the social debt that we are leaving you, well, a large number of manufacturing jobs are leaving, and they are being replaced by low-paying, precarious work in the service industry with no pension to live on. And when those people move into retirement, your generation is going to have to pick up the slack for that as well. So, it is making people conscious of what is going on, but it is also about making them realize that they can make a difference. And that is easy to say but you have to convince people. What have you learned about what students actually want from the federal government through this process? TM: The concerns are largely environmental; we hear a lot of that. Most young people are a little bit less concerned about the economics, except for the fact that they realize that consistent failure to invest in post-secondary education is playing tricks on them because they are being left with a massive debt. The only way to increase wealth is to increase knowledge. The federal government should play a role in working with

the provinces and territories to enhance what we are investing in post-secondary education and research, because I think right now we are starting to backslide in comparison with some other countries. You once said, “The federal government’s historic role in postsecondary education and research is something that we have to get back to.” What do you mean by that? TM: Well, there was a time before the Paul Martin and Jean Chrétien Liberals that we were involved in post-secondary education. Now these are provincially-run institutions. The federal government doesn’t directly run universities but that doesn’t mean that we cannot be involved in post-secondary. This disengagement that we are seeing now is only increasing the debt load for students, and it is becoming more and more difficult for universities to find funding at the provincial level. We think that we should get back to the level of funding that we saw before the 1990s, before the Liberals started downloading that responsibility onto the provinces. We should never see a situation in a country as rich as Canada, where people who are capable of studying in university have to renounce their studies because they cannot afford it. That will hurt society in the long run. We are starting to see young people who are saying ‘I can’t afford to do that,’ and that is a tragic loss for the whole society.

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Are there any ways, specifically, that you guys were hoping to work with the provinces to fix the situation? TM: Well, I think you have to sit down with the provinces and find out what everyone’s priorities are and then work on them. You can’t make these decisions unilaterally, precisely because it is provincial and territorial jurisdiction. You have to sit down and listen. What do you think about Saskatchewan’s tuition rates? We are among the highest in the country. TM: Well, I think that if it ever becomes a barrier for a young person who is capable of doing those studies from doing those studies, then they have been failed by their society. So I want the first federal NDP government to be sitting at the table with the provinces and territories to make sure the postsecondary education is affordable and accessible. I think we lose too much as a society if people who can go to university can’t because they cannot afford it. We have to be able to give young people that chance. This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.


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Murder and maggots: the not-so-flashy world of a real-life forensic scientist KRISTEN MCEWEN — The Carillon (University of Regina) REGINA (CUP) — As it turns out, the dramatic crime scene investigations you see on TV are bullshit. Forensic entomologist Gail Anderson recently stopped by the University of Regina to give a lecture about how studying insects can land you a job like Gil Grissom’s and Ice-T’s, or whoever the new guy is on CSI. Forensic entomology is the study of insects to determine how much time has passed since a person died. Insects on humans can also be used to reveal if a body has been disturbed at a site, either by animals or by a murderer returning to the scene of the crime. Anderson is a professor and assistant director at the school of criminology at Simon Fraser University. She became a certified forensic entomologist with the American Board of Forensic Entomology in 1996 and took her first case in 1998. She is a regular consultant for the RCMP and police services across Canada and occasionally in

Unlike on CSI, at a real crime scene not everyone is a jack of all trades who can crack the case in an hour.

the United States. Anderson says that television shows like CSI, NCIS, Dexter and Bones can give the wrong expectations as to how quickly a forensic scientist can work while investigating a crime scene. “Certainly it’s a bit stupid when Grissom comes in and stares at the fly on the wall and says, ‘Ah yes, [time of death was] three days,”

she said. “It sort of belittles the whole thing.” She said the writers of the shows are inclined to make the characters experts in everything, when in reality it takes an entire team of qualified professionals to carry out the investigation. It took Anderson 11 years of post-secondary education to get her PhD. She completed an

Campus crime report Incidents at the University of Saskatchewan involving Campus Safety from Oct. 15 - 21

Other reports: • A male was arrested and charged with impaired driving. • A male was arrested for uttering threats and breaching an undertaking and is facing charges for both offences. • Officers attended a minor disturbance at the PAC building. • A bike was reported stolen from the racks near PAC. • Officers attended three medical calls.

additional five years to be certified as an actual forensic entomologist. “You can’t be an expert in everything and that’s fine because TV is TV. It’s all for the entertainment, it’s not there to teach us everything. But, unfortunately, the people that are watching are the future jury members or judges and they get very strange ideas of what the job

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Admissions Information Session Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 3:30 p.m.

Professor Mark Carter, the Chair of the Admissions Committee, will discuss the application and admissions process. Following a general presentation, students are encouraged to ask questions and then participate in an informal gathering where their individual situations can be discussed with members of the College of Law.

McKercher, McKercher & Whitmore Classroom, Room 74, College of Law

Officers issued: • 3 operate unregistered vehicle • 2 disobey stop sign • 1 have alcohol in a public place • 2 speeding • 1 unlawfully have tinted material on front side windows • 2 minor possess/consume alcohol • 1 drive without reasonable consideration for others • 1 24-hour suspension

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actually is,” she said. Anderson began teaching her trade in 1992 and has seen the way recent crime shows have distorted her students’ expectations. “There is so many ways you can get into a career in forensic science, and there’s so many different careers in forensic science, so the students don’t really have a clear directive on how to go about becoming a forensic scientist.” Anderson said the decomposing remains at homicide scenes don’t affect a person as much as one might think. “It’s obviously not really for the very squeamish, because you’re dealing with highly decomposed remains,” she said. “It’s not like I would recognize them if I knew them in life or anything like that. And you know you’re there for a very important purpose and that’s to try and identify this person and catch the bad guy… make sure the police catch the right person, not the wrong person. My work can exonerate as much as it can convict somebody.”

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• Officers investigated a report of an attempted break in at St. Andrews. There was minor damage to door frames. No entry was gained. • Officers investigated a hit and run accident in the Stadium Parkade. • Unknown person(s) damaged a swipe card reader at College Quarter. File is still under investigation. • Officers attended a disturbance at the Biology building. One male was removed from the area. • An iPod Shuffle was stolen from the track area at PAC. • Officers investigated the theft of personal items from a secured locker in the men’s change room in PAC.

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Huskies clinch playoff berth COLE GUENTER Sports Editor The Saskatchewan Huskies moved to 4-3 on the season and clinched their 12th consecutive playoff berth with a 27-10 win over the Alberta Golden Bears Oct. 20 at Foote Field in Edmonton. Saskatchewan quarterback Chase Bradshaw, starting in place of Drew Burko, tossed three touchdown passes and went 17-for-28 accumulating 230 yards through the air and one interception. Huskies receiver Charlie Power caught his first touchdown as a Huskie in the second quarter of the game. Tailback Shane Buchanan also caught a touchdown pass in addition to his 61 rushing yards that led the Huskies’ ground game. Alberta’s quarterback Curtis Dell orchestrated a six-play drive for 77 yards that ended with a touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Dillon Prince to make the score 17-10 at halftime. The Huskies second-half points came from a third quarter field goal by kicker Denton Kolodzinski and a passing touchdown to Canada West leading receiver Kit Hillis, who amassed 111 yards in the match. Dell finished the game completing 20 of 43 pass attempts for 174 yards with one touchdown, two sacks and three interceptions. Saskatchewan’s fifth-year safety Bryce McCall caught one of the interceptions, the 21st of his career, to tie a CIS record. “I’m glad that it happened.... I think it’s a bit of a monkey off his back,” Huskies head coach Brian Towriss said. “He is very deserving. He has been a great player for us and as his career winds down he might have a chance to get one or two more” interceptions, Towriss added. The Dogs have one more game in the regular season before playoffs ­— at home against the 2-5 University of British Columbia

Thunderbirds on Oct. 26. The results of week seven football action guaranteed the four top teams in the Canada West, Calgary, Regina, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, playoff spots. It also cemented Calgary as the firstplace team and Regina as second regardless of the outcomes in the final week of the season. This leaves the fifth-place Thunderbirds looking in from the outside with no chance of earning a playoff spot. Instead, they will try to spoil the Dogs’ chances at beating Manitoba for third place in the standings. A Huskies win over UBC would give the Dogs third place and a meeting with the Regina Rams in the first round of the playoffs. A Huskies loss coupled with a Manitoba win in Calgary this week, however, would push the Manitoba Bisons past Saskatchewan for third spot. If the Bisons and the Huskies both win or both lose, the Dogs will keep third place because they won the points for/against battle in the two games that Manitoba and Saskatchewan played against each other this season. Huskies quarterback Drew Burko was officially cleared to play in last week’s game against Alberta after spending the last month recovering from a broken wrist. He dressed as backup for Bradshaw in the match but didn’t see any action. Towriss is still cautious about starting the rookie pivot but hopes to give him some playing time in the upcoming game against UBC so he is ready for playoffs. “I want to make sure he is 100 per cent healthy,” Towriss said. “I assume Chase will start this week because Drew hasn’t played in a month, but they will split reps at practice and I would like to see them both play” against UBC. The Huskies and Thunderbirds will kick off the last game of the 2012 regular season at 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park Oct. 26.

Canada West Standings Football

W-L 1. Calgary 6-1 2. Regina 5-2 3. Saskatchewan 4-3 4. Manitoba 4-3 5. UBC 2-5 6. Alberta 0-7 *Top four teams qualify for playoffs

Men’s Soccer

Prairie Division 1. Alberta 2. Calgary 3. Saskatchewan 4. Lethbridge 5. Mount Royal 6. Winnipeg

Women’s Soccer

W-L-T 7-2-4 6-4-3 5-5-3 4-4-5 4-8-1 1-9-3

1. TWU 2. Victoria 3. UBC 4. Regina 5. Saskatchewan 6. Alberta 7. UFV 8. Manitoba

Pacific Division 11-0-1 1. UBC 9-1-2 2. TWU 5-5-2 3. Victoria 3-5-4 4. UFV 1-13-0 5. UNBC *Top three teams in each division qualify for playoffs

Men’s Hockey

Women’s Hockey

W-L-OL 1. Saskatchewan 5-1-0 2. UBC 4-1-1 3. Calgary 4-2-0 4. Regina 4-2-0 5. Alberta 3-3-0 6. Manitoba 3-3-0 7. Mount Royal 1-5-0 8. Lethbridge 0-5-1 *Top six teams qualify for playoffs

W-L-OL 1. Alberta 6-0-0 2. Calgary 5-0-1 3. Mount Royal 3-2-1 4. Regina 3-3-0 5. UBC 2-2-2 6. Manitoba 2-3-1 7. Lethbridge 2-3-1 8. Saskatchewan 1-4-1 *Top six teams qualify for playoffs

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Budding hoopsters anxious to start season COLE GUENTER Sports Editor

New-look men’s team boasts seven new players “It’s kind of like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” That’s how Barry Rawlyk, the Huskies men’s basketball team head coach, could best describe his team: quoting Forrest Gump. “It’s a young crew and it’s going to take us awhile to develop consistency in all areas of the game,” Rawlyk admitted. “We’re definitely a work in progress.” The 2012-13 squad shines with fresh faces this season after graduating an entire Canada West championship starting lineup at the end of last year. Twotime conference MVP Jamelle Barrett and last year’s Canada West defensive player of the year Michael Lieffers were among the five graduates. “Lieffers was a great role model for me in my first year. I was by his side all the time,” said Matt Forbes, a second-year forward slated to fill the void Lieffers left behind. “Hopefully I can set in and be like him. He helped me so much and that’s what I’m trying to do with the rookies this year.” Forbes will have his work cut out for him helping to guide the freshmen. There are six first-year players this season, including four straight out of high school.

Siblings unite on the women’s basketball squad This year’s Huskies women’s basketball team is defined by a lack of veteran presence. But they won’t let that discourage them from their goal of making a sixth consecutive trip to the national championship tournament. After graduating Katie Miyazaki, Marie Hipperson and Amy Lackie, the team is without any fifth-year athletes this season. This means the starting spots are open to all players on the team, even the three rookies. One of those rookies is Kaylee Halvorson, sister to secondyear player Jordan Halvorson. Kaylee represented Canada at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championships over the summer and previously at the 2010 Youth Olympics 3-on-3 tournament in Singapore. “Being such a young team, everyone has had an opportunity to prove that they deserve to be on the floor,” said interim head coach Jill Humbert, adding that Kaylee is “a dynamic player and I think she’ll definitely have a role this season.” Dalyce Emmerson earned a starting spot when she was a rookie last season. In fact, she was named the Canada West rookie of the year and was one of only two players in the CIS to average a double-double in the 2011-12 campaign. She averaged 13.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Emmerson says she doesn’t feel pressured to fill a leadership role on the team, but will gladly use the

Stephon Lamar brings his San Diego style of play to the Huskies b-ball team.

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Daniel Ostertag, younger brother of second-year point guard Evan Ostertag, is one of the rookies. Both Ostertag brothers played high school basketball for Saskatoon’s

Holy Cross Crusaders. They are two of eight Saskatoon players the Huskies have on this year’s 14man roster. Hailing from San Diego, Calif.,

experience she gained last season to help ease the rookies’ transition to university both on and off the court. “I’m willing to help the rookies with the transition from the high school game to the university game,” Emmerson said, emphasizing that the players are also students. “We all want to get the best grades we can and a lot of us moved away from home young, so we want to help each other out in any way possible.” The team will also be expecting big seasons out of third-year players Kabree Howard and Riley Humbert, coach Humbert’s younger sister. Howard averaged over 30 minutes a game last season, totalling 54 assists and 20 steals. Riley started in all of the club’s games last year and helped lead the team to a conference bronze medal. The team warmly welcomed Jill Humbert as interim head coach this season. She played for the women’s squad from 2006 to 2011 and was an assistant coach for the second half of last season. She will take over the duties from last year’s coach Lisa Thomaidis, who is taking a oneyear professional leave. Thomaidis was an assistant coach for Team Canada’s women’s Olympic squad over the summer. This year will be her first year away from the Huskies since she started coaching the club in 1998. She plans to return to the team for the 2013-14 season. The new head coach realizes she has a lot to live up to following

Thomaidis as the women’s coach. “It’s impossible to fill her shoes.... I was fortunate to have her as my coach for five years, but she is also the best mentor anyone could ask for,” said Humbert, who will remain in contact with Thomaidis throughout her first season as head coach. In pre-season action the team has looked strong, sporting a 5-1 record and winning two tournaments in exhibition play in October. The team will play one more warm-up match when they travel to play Fraser Valley University Oct. 27. The women will then join the men’s team on a road trip to Regina to open the season, taking on the Cougars Nov. 1 before travelling back to Saskatoon to again face Regina at the PAC Nov. 3.

Stephon Lamar is the Huskies’ third Californian product in the last six years, following in the footsteps of fellow sunshine state counterparts Jamelle Barrett, who had an NBA try-out this past summer and Showron Glover, who led the 2009-10 Huskies team to a national championship. The six-foot point guard isn’t letting the comparisons of the former Huskie stars get to him though. “I came here to play my own game. Those guys had their time here and now it’s my time,” Lamar said. Despite being new to the Huskies, Lamar brings some much needed experience to the team. He is entering his third year of eligibility after playing two college seasons in the U.S. His first was with the University of the Pacific Tigers, an NCAA Division I program. He played in 14 games as a rookie with the Tigers, but was forced to redshirt the following season to recover from two knee surgeries. Lamar moved on and played a season at San Diego City College, where he earned the conference player-of-the-year award after averaging almost 23 points per game. “Lamar has done some great things for us already,” Rawlyk said of his newest American import after his team won their fourthconsecutive trophy in the annual Graham Shootout — a pre-season invitational tournament hosted by

the Huskies Oct. 18-20. “It’s just going to take some time for him to acclimatize to our style of play,” Rawlyk added. Lamar averaged more than 22 points per game in the tournament, and despite adjusting to Canadian university basketball rules Lamar says he understands the competitive spirit the Huskies play with. “Playing and competing with guys night in and night out, that’s what I’m used to. I like to compete and play against the best.” With so many new players it makes for a small group of returning players to the club, and an even smaller group of veteran players. The six-foot-four Patrick Burns is the only fifth-year player on the team and there are no fourth-year players. However, wingers Andrew Henry and Ben Baker both enter their third campaign with the club. Baker is expected to step up his game to fill the space left by last season’s graduates. He averaged 22 minutes per game last season and posted 18 points in the Dogs’ 80-71 win over Lakehead University to capture the Graham Shootout title. The Huskies are currently 6-1 in all pre-season action and will play one more warm-up match against Lakeland College before starting the season with a home-and-home series against the Regina Cougars. The Dogs play in Regina Nov. 1 and return to the PAC Nov. 3.

Third-year guard Riley Humbert will be a leader on the court while her older sister Jill commands the team as head coach.

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Of the seven players on the field there are three handlers (quarterbacks) and four cutters (runners) who start the game with a pull (long throw) down the field. The team spent two months training for the championships, bearing hand-numbing weather at times in order to perfect their craft. The squad trained under Erin Bingham, a Saskatoon Ultimate Disc Society player for the past 10 years, learning about the offensive and defensive strategies of the game. The U of S team also brought in Robert McLeod from Calgary to help the women improve their throwing techniques. McLeod knows a thing or two about throwing frisbees. He holds the world record for the longest throw to a canine — the dog caught the disc almost 124 metres away from McLeod in the record toss. In this year’s tournament the U of S women’s club played eight games and finished fifth of the 14 clubs, narrowly missing out on the

championship playoff bracket due to a one-point differentiation loss in a three-way tie for third spot. The women said they would have thrown more long-bomb passes at the end of the last round robin game if they had known it would be such a close finish. The team now knows that those final points can make or break your team’s chances at a playoff spot. The club’s most veteran player, Courtney Dalton, has been with the team for five years. She has competed with the squad in university ultimate frisbee nationals all across Canada, including stops in Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, Ottawa and now Kelowna. As she finished her last tournament she was pleased with the team’s results. “Placing fifth has been an amazing way to end my athletic career with this team,” Dalton said. Dalton is the only player on the U of S team that will graduate in the spring and the rest of the players always have their eyes open for new recruits.

Britini Brenna just joined the women’s club this season and says she has enjoyed learning and playing ultimate frisbee. “I’m excited to get involved at such a high level of this sport only a year after being introduced to it.” This year’s squad will pack it in for the winter months but hopes next year’s group will be able to hone the skills they have learned over the past two months when they return to action next August to train for the 2013 Canadian Ultimate University Championships. To contact the team or learn more about ultimate frisbee at the U of S contact womens.frisbee@ usask.ca

Upcoming Huskies games

Football

Men’s Hockey

Oct. 26 versus UBC @ 7 p.m. • Nov. 3 at Canada West semifinal

• Oct. 26 & 27 at UBC Thunderbirds • Nov. 2 & 3 - Bye week

Men’s Soccer Oct. 27 & 28 versus Lethbridge Pronghorns @ 2:15 p.m. • Nov. 1 - 4 Canada West playoffs Women’s Soccer

Women’s Hockey Oct. 26 & 27 versus UBC Thunderbirds @ 7 p.m. • Nov. 2 at Regina Cougars Nov. 3 versus Regina Cougars @ 7 p.m.

• Oct. 28 at Regina Cougars Canada West quarter-final • Nov. 3 & 4 Canada West playoffs

Men’s Volleyball

Cross Country

Women’s Volleyball

• Oct. 27 at Calgary - Stewart Cup

• Oct. 26 & 27 at Alberta Golden Bears • Nov. 2 & 3 at UBC Okanagan

Wrestling • Oct. 27 at Calgary - Dino Open • Nov. 3 & 4 at Burnaby - SFU invitational

• Oct. 26 & 27 at Alberta Pandas • Nov. 2 & 3 at UBC Okanagan

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Dog Watch: Ben Baker COLE GUENTER Sports Editor When people think of painful sports football, lacrosse and mixed martial arts often top the list. But don’t tell that to Ben Baker, the Huskies men’s basketball thirdyear winger. The six-foot-three Baker already has scars from the court, and the season hasn’t even started. In a pre-season tournament in Calgary Oct. 11-13, Baker cut his lip in a scrum for the ball. He was forced to leave the court and required stitches to patch the wound. Then in two straight games at the Huskies’ own Graham Shootout tournament Oct. 18-20, the Saskatoon product caught a finger in the eye, scratching up his face and affecting his vision by knocking his contacts out of place. “It’s been a rough couple weeks for my face,” joked Baker. “Besides that, we seem to be winning.” The hardcourt warrior believes that the wins, even in pre-season, are worth the pain. Baker helped lead the Dogs to win both exhibition tournaments and attain a 6-1 pre-season record thus far. In his third year in the College of Kinesiology at the U of S, Baker plans to finish his degree and then apply to the College of Education. Baker is a true student of Basketball. He often watches his favourite NBA team, the Toronto Raptors, to learn more about basketball from the players he admires most. He also likes NBA-based video games, and like all basketball players Baker admits that he creates himself as a virtual player in the games and puts himself on the Raptors roster. “You have to create yourself.

And of course you embellish the truth a little bit: adding a couple inches, a couple pounds and load up on the skill points.” The Huskies winger even has the same superstitions as Andrea Bargnani, one of the Toronto Raptors’ all-star players. Both Baker and Bargnani eat the same pre-game meal. “Lately I’ve been eating spaghetti before every game. It’s what he [Bargnani] does, so it’s what I like to do.” One thing that sets Baker’s pregame rituals apart is his choice of music. Most athletes choose music to pump themselves up before a game. Baker says he needs to calm himself down instead. “I used to listen to high tempo music and I would get too excited,” Baker said. “I like softer rap music like Drake. He’s good to listen to during pre-game because he calms me down.” Despite his habits now, Baker says his love for the game of basketball started long before he ever had rituals or NBA team dedications. “My parents put a basketball court in our backyard when I was really young. That’s where it all started, and since then I knew I’d always play.” Your next chance to see Baker play is Nov. 3 in the Huskies homeopening regular season match versus the Regina Cougars in the PAC at 8 p.m.

Ben Baker holding the Graham Shootout trophy. It marks the fourth-straight year the Huskies have won the tournament.

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JENNA MANN Culture Editor Zombie Makeup How-To Oct. 31 is the night of the living dead. You might consider dressing up as something cute, funny or witty, but let’s face it, Halloween is supposed to be about scaring loved ones and strangers with outrageous tricks and outfits. Zombie costumes are classic, cheap and effective, and the Sheaf wants to help you out. Here’s a simplified version of how they make zombie costumes in the movies.

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What you’ll need: • Liquid latex • Face paint: black, white, green, brown and purple • Tissue paper • Fake blood You can pick up all of the above items at one of the many seasonal Halloween shops in Saskatoon. (To help you save money, we’ve included a recipe to make your own fake blood below.) You can make a basic zombie look without the purple, brown and green but these colours work well for adding fake bruises.

Zombie fashion Before applying makeup, put on and tear up your zombie clothes. Choose old clothes in light colours to make blood stains and dirt stand out. Rip the clothing or age it with heavily textured sandpaper. If your zombie outfit is a dark color use flour to make clothing appear dirty. Apply fake blood and dirt generously.

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Makeup

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Start off by wetting a makeup sponge and applying a white makeup to use as your base to the sponge. Wetting the sponge will prevent the makeup from streaking. Spread the makeup in an even layer along exposed skin. This will make your zombie appear paler so other colours will be more vibrant. Plus it will make the latex easier to take off once it dries. Test a small patch of skin about the size of a dime with liquid latex. Remove the latex after fifteen minutes to make sure there is no sign of an allergic reaction. Avoid applying latex to areas with facial hair as it will be extremely painful to remove. If there is no allergic reaction to the latex, attach crumpled tissue paper to the skin by covering the tissue with latex using a small paintbrush. This will create believable open gashes and flesh wounds. You can place Rice Krispies or cotton to the inside of the wound to add more texture with additional latex. Paint dark makeup around the eyes, contour the cheek bones and apply generously around latex flesh wounds. Add bruises by blending purple, green and hints of brown makeup on the skin with a damp makeup sponge. Don’t be heavy-handed with the makeup as it will be harder to blend. Try dabbing instead of dragging. Layer these colours until satisfied with the results. Place bruises on to the temple, neck, wrists and open areas of skin exposed by ripped clothing. Once these steps are completed apply fake blood to the wounds with a small brush. Be generous. Additional fake blood can be added to the hairline, lips, open gashes in clothing, nailbeds and hair. The blood will be extremely sticky.

There are two good ways to style a zombie’s hair. If your hair is shorter, you can slick it up using olive oil and fake blood. This will make your hair appear greasy and will create the illusion of gushing head wounds. (Olive oil is a great conditioning treatment, so don’t hesitate to use it.) For longer hair, break out your back comb. Hold sections up and run your brush towards your scalp multiple times in order to create a knotted, textured look. You can choose to add oil or fake blood for additional zombie cred with this style.

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A brief history of Halloween

Haunted home near Saskatoon bridge

MARK CLAVELLE

ALYSSA RUDYCK

We love the dark, dangerous and foreboding mysteries of the dead. We love to scare ourselves, dress up as spiritual pranksters and to stretch the limits of what we can do, how we are seen and what we can get away with. We revel in the malicious, the evil and the mysterious. Halloween allows us to become what we feel inside. As we bridge the gap from the living to the dead, from the seen to the unseen and from the physical to the spiritual, we pay homage to the ascent or descent of the soul. Halloween is deeply rooted in our pagan past, specifically in the Celtic Samhain festival. Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) was celebrated at the end of harvest and a symbol for the passage of life through death. Communities gathered not only in preparation for the long, cold dark of winter, but also to honour the dead and prepare them for the long, dark transmigration of the soul. The death of crops and death of the body represented a united celebration: one physical, the other spiritual. This communal gathering lasted for several days, and included food, drink, songs, dance, prayers, burnt offerings, visions, history-telling, sacrifices and the spread of the sacred fire. This Samhain rites symbolized the transformation of death into renewed life. Celebrators laid out a procession of gifts was to honour those passing over — food, so that the spirit would not hunger, drink, so they would not thirst and incense so they could smell the fragrance and beauty of life one last time. This final honour was meant to ensure that the dead would not envy the living and could easily pass into the next life. The Celts believed that the gods and earth spirits sacrificed themselves annually to give humans life and nourishment through the earth. In the Celtic perspective, not participating in this honorary processional celebration was to tempt a curse on oneself and one’s community. Human spirits would stay on this plane of existence if they did not successfully cross-over, eventually becoming disembodied spirits, enslaved by the forces of the earth. Spirits who were given insufficient honour by a lack of praise, food, drink or burning of incense would remain earth-bound, wandering. They would remain as spirits with unresolved lives, seeking to put themselves at rest by trying to complete their last enduring desires. Those who were not honoured and not given sustenance for their journey would be lost in forgetfulness, becoming empty shells with no conscious awareness or memory of who they were or what they were doing here. Those souls who were ignored or despised in life would stay on earth out of vengeance. These resentful spirits would eventually devolve into flesh-hungry, blood thirsty, malicious entities. These entities would create havoc, pain and torment for those who hated them. On Halloween night we take back our wild, untamed natures and bring back the celebration of the dead. In so doing, we take back our strength for living.

A few years ago, I was asked to babysit for a family that lived on Saskatchewan Crescent, almost underneath the Idylwyld bridge. It was an old home, probably built in the early 1900s and, after just a few hours there, I was convinced the house was haunted. This is the story of my experience babysitting the Baileys. It was the one and only time I babysat at the house. I have changed the family’s name as well as the names of the children, and will not provide the house’s full address for the sake of protecting the family’s identity. I had known the Baileys for many years but had not been inside their house until last October when my mom asked if I would babysit their two young children, Michael and Stacy. Stacy and Michael were already in their pajamas and burdened with heavy eyelids when I arrived. Mrs. Bailey ran through the usual babysitter’s checklist, gave me cell phone numbers and told me to help myself to whatever I wanted in the kitchen. When they left I got the kids settled in the living room and put on a movie. About half way through there was a crash from the kitchen. I looked at Stacy, who was staring back at me with wide, knowing eyes. “What was that?” I asked. Stacy shrugged, so I went to investigate. In the kitchen I found that the contents of the pantry had been knocked onto the floor. Tinker, the Baileys’s old, half-blind cat was slinking away from the scene. I dutifully realigned everything on the shelves and

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made sure the pantry door was shut. “It was just the cat,” I told the children. “It was probably Frank,” said Stacy. “What?” I asked. “Frank. He likes to knock things over.” “Who is Frank?” “That man over there in the corner.” The hairs stood at attention all down my arms. I followed Stacy’s gaze to the corner of the room. “There isn’t any one there, Stacy.” “She’s the only one who can see him,” said Michael. “No one ever believes me, but he’s there. He’s always here. Watching.” “Stacy, I don’t want you to talk about this anymore,” I said. “Why, are you scared?” “No.” “Well you should be. He

doesn’t like you.” “Stacy, there is noth—.” I was interrupted by a loud thump from somewhere inside the walls. The three of us sat silently for a moment, listening. “It’s just the pipes,” I told the children. Nothing more happened until I was putting the kids to bed. I had already tucked Michael in and was saying goodnight to Stacy when I saw her staring at something over my shoulder. “He’s standing right behind you,” she whispered. I couldn’t help but look and even though there was nothing there, it was difficult not to feel like I was being watched. I was determined to keep my composure and I went to the kitchen to get something to eat. The pantry door was thrown wide open. I didn’t understand how a half-blind cat could have done it and, what was more, the boxes

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I had just arranged were now all upside down. I grabbed a bag of chips and I went quickly back into the living room. I was flipping through the channels when I heard footsteps in the hall. I glanced over at the dark hall, expecting to see Stacy, but no one was there. The sound persisted, too distinctive to ignore, but I stared at the TV screen trying to pretend I couldn’t hear it. Suddenly something thudded noisily down the stairs and a moment later a light turned on in the basement. I couldn’t breathe. I didn’t know what to do. I was too embarrassed to call the Baileys and ask them to come home. My heart stuttered in my chest as the light flicked back off and the heavy footfalls of someone ascending the stairs echoed through the house. I curled up on the couch and closed my eyes, groping for a blanket near my feet and pulling it right up over my head. The TV clicked off and the armchair next to me creaked. Then there was silence. The Baileys returned home hours later. The moment they were inside I fled to the front entrance. As Mr. Bailey paid me, he asked if I would want to come back and babysit again sometime. I told him I was going to be busy for a while. As I drove away I took one last look at the Bailey’s, vowing it would be my last. I saw a man standing at the living room window, watching me drive away. I raised my hand to wave but then realized… It wasn’t Mr. Bailey.

Four Classic horror films worth revisiting ALEXANDER QUON

Most students have completed their midterms and are looking for a reprieve before the last push to final exams. That reprieve is Halloween, a time for partying and of course a time of spinetingling tales and eerie creatures. If you’re not in the mood for Halloween and want to get into it, then here are four horror movies that will test your backbone. The Blair Witch Project This is the first movie that drew mainstream attention to the “found footage” genre of film making. In fact, at the time of its release The Blair Which Project’s viral marketing campaign convinced audiences that the events in the film had actually happened. The movie’s plot is based around three film students producing a documentary about the legendary Blair Witch. As the trio journeys farther and

farther into the forest they find themselves coming closer to the object of their documentary. While the film was not an actual documentary, many of the screams and horrific reactions are real as the producers worked hard to scare the actors throughout filming. Saw The original Saw film helped reinvigorate the “torture porn” genre, even though it’s less gory than most splatter films. Two men wake up in a bathroom with their legs chained to pipes on opposite sides of the room. The men are then given specific tasks by an anonymous third party that will earn them their freedom. At the same time police are investigating the mysterious Jigsaw Killer, a serial-murderer who cuts a jigsaw piece out of his victim’s skin. With heavy psychological undertones and a morally misguided antagonist,

the film doesn’t just scare you but makes the audience think about the actions the killer is carrying out.

Paranormal Activity The first in the Paranormal Activity series, it begins with a very simple concept. A young couple experience a series of disturbing events that points to something supernatural. The couple sets up video cameras to observe what they believe may just be an intruder in the house, Rather than having a character run through the story carrying a camera like the aforementioned Blair Witch Project, the film is instead shot through the static field of what amounts to a series of security cameras. This allowed the movie to have a realistic look and — as backed by its boatload of earnings at the box office — plenty of scares.

The Exorcist (1973) The Exorcist is one of the scariest and most revered horror films ever created. Although its makeup and special effects are a little dated, the scares and horror are still just as effective as when the movie first hit theatres. The movie focuses on the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl, Regan, and the numerous attempts to try to help her by scientific means. As each attempt fails, Regan falls deeper and deeper into the supernatural. The oldest movie on this list, The Exorcist still creates a sense of suspenseful horror and mystery that has the audience hanging on of the edge of their seats until the very last twist.


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HALLOWEEN

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Which classic costume are you? ALYSSA RUDYCK Halloween is fast approaching. If you still haven’t landed on a costume idea, take this quick quiz to find out which simple and affordable costume best suits your personality. 1. If you could have any of the following super powers, which would you choose? a) The ability to make people worship me. b) To heal people with my incredible sexual prowess. c) Immortality. d) Honestly, I don’t want a super power. I’m too awesome already. e) To bring harmony to the world. 2. Which of the following do you fantasize about most? a) Fame. b) Sex. c) Death. d) Justice. e) World peace.

c) Eternal love is totally my thing. d) Maybe someday, but my career comes first. e) Love should not be institutionalized, man. 4. What is your best physical feature? a) My sick flow. b) I can only pick one? Then I guess I would have to say my smoking hot bod. c) Probably my eyes. They stare right into your soul. d) My sexy voice. e) I don’t really think about outward appearances­­— it’s what’s inside that matters. 5. I have been criticized before for being too... a) Wild. b) Vain. c) Morbid. d) Selfless. e) Hairy. 6. Which of the following activities most appeals to you?

3. What are your thoughts on marriage? a) Oh, I plan on getting married a couple of times. b) One person for the rest of my life? No thanks!

a) Going to an epic rock concert. b) Working out. c) Reading some Edgar Allan Poe. d) Playing with high-tech gadgets. e) Swimming in a stream.

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You are a Rock Star. You are a wild famechaser who loves to party, meaning you may already have most of what you will need to pull this costume off: tight leather pants, sexy eye makeup, big, outrageous hair and of course lots of rock star attitude.

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Sexy Nurse or Doctor. “Want to play doctor?” You are a sexual, selfconfident person who longs to share yourself with the rest of the world (and yes this is for both girls and guys). This costume is relatively easy to achieve. All you will need is either a short white dress with a big red medical symbol on the front, or some scrubs, coupled with a stethoscope and rubber gloves.

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You are a Vampire. You might be a bit pale and creepy, but it works for you. Up your morbid attraction by donning some black or out-of-date clothing and making your skin especially pale. Anyone wanting to give Edward Cullen a run for his money need only add sparkles. The most important thing you will need is a set of fangs. There are two ways you can go about this — either with a set of fake plastic teeth, which make it almost impossible to speak, eat or drink, or two fake fangs Fixodented over your canines. A little fake blood also adds a nice touch.

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Brett Balon Trio at the Bassment 8 p.m.

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Farragut North at the Refinery 8 p.m.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Haunted House at Market Mall 6 p.m. Piano Fridays at the Bassment 4:30 p.m. The Zolas at Amigos 9:30 p.m.

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Hippie. You are all about peace, love and happy things. You will need some tie-dyed clothing, bellbottoms, a peace necklace, a braided headband, some funky coloured shades and a hide or faux fur vest to finish the ensemble off. Don’t shower or shave for a few days as an /added bonus.

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Congratulations, you are Batman. You are awesome and always putting others before yourself. There are a wide variety of Batman costumes out there but, if you would rather make your own, you will need black clothing, a black cape, and at least some

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degree of artistic skill to create a Batman mask and an emblem on your chest. The most important part of this costume is, of course, a sexy, mysterious voice.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Haunted House at Market Mall 6 p.m. Michelle Wright at the Broadway Theatre 8 p.m. “Night of the Living Fez” Pistolwhips EP Release at the Fez 9:30 p.m. Fur Eel with Liam Titcomb at Lydia’s 10 p.m.

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A plea for creative Halloween costumes TANNARA YELLAND Opinions Editor

“Slutty” Halloween costumes are a perennial cause for complaint despite the fact that, at least in some social groups, they are relatively rare. Like the multitudes, I find them frustrating. Unlike the multitudes, however, this is not because I want to slut-shame anyone; it is because “sexy” costumes are usually so unimaginative. Sexy Halloween costumes are simply a slightly more exciting version of an epidemic that affects vast swaths of the population, and that is the real problem with Halloween attire: cliche costumes. Take, for example, “Sexy SWAT hottie,” an option from an apparently popular website called Yandy. It is a black bodysuit, fishnets and boots for the entirely reasonable price of $49.95. Yandy? More like yucky. (I know, I know. I hate myself as much as you do right now.) As boring and yawn-dy (okay, I’m done) as that is, the sexiness is not the actual failure. The whole police costume genre is so played out I’m rolling my eyes as I write this. You want to go as fictitious super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes, great. You’re dressing as a police officer arresting John Dillinger and your boyfriend is going as Dillinger? Sounds fantastic.

Generic “police/SWAT/army officer” costumes, though, need to be done away with. What is the point in dressing up if you’re going to wear a costume countless people have already worn, and are wearing on the same night? The point is moot whatever it was, because you look like a loser who couldn’t come up with anything more creative than a job a five-year-old wants. “I’m actor for Halloween!” Ridiculous. Adult people wearing hackneyed costumes like “firefighter” are just like people who show up at a black-tie event wearing the exact same outfit, except it is completely foreseeable and avoidable. You wouldn’t accept this if you were going to the Met Ball in New York, so why do you settle for it at your cousin’s “Halloween Kegocolypse”? Why dress up at all if you’re going to look like you belong in the background of a photo on a college dorm wall?

It will also be seasonally appropriate, which is nice. Extra points if you memorize the Gettysburg Address and recite it all evening. One great costume idea I came across while perusing the Internet was “grapes of wrath.” Dress up as a grape but add a helmet and sword. This idea seems impractical and from my experience people often get upset when they see pun-based costumes, but it’s a start. How many people at the Halloween house party you go to are going to be dressed as grapes of wrath? None, that’s how many. Unless you go to a party attended by other readers of my work, in which case you’re all probably equally mad about being goaded by your friends into wearing costumes. Then you can steal off to drink gin in a closet and glower together. Sounds like a fun time. Shoot me a text if that happens; I might stop in for some closet gins myself. If you are the kind of person who gets excited for Halloween, but then doesn’t move beyond the costume brainstorming stage of thinking of a noun — vampire! ballerina! person, place or thing! — you are doing it wrong. You are doing it wrong and you are ruining it for all of us.

How many people at the Halloween house party you go to are going to be dressed as grapes of wrath? None, that’s how many. I always want to see more historical figures on Halloween. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is going to take the time to construct a historically accurate Abe Lincoln costume, so if you really want to stand out why don’t you do that?

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Dressing is caring, so dress like you care VICTORIA MARTINEZ Copy Editor This is not another in the fine tradition of Sheaf “don’t wear sweatpants” articles. If you wear sweatpants to school, you and I are doing such different things already that this is not even remotely addressed to you. Do your thing. For everyone else, it’s worth keeping in mind that you are always in an interview. Whether it’s for a job, a friend or a particularly “special” friend, you are in an interview whenever you step outside your house, so you may as well dress like it. This goes double on campus, where potential employers and lovers are all around. That guy with the impeccable sweater/button-down combination and perfectly imperfect hair? Office romance waiting to happen. That is, if you are prepared for it. He certainly seems to be. Dressing for the occasion, however you do so, is important. How you dress is up to you, obviously, but as with all things, if what you choose is consistently shitty, then you attract opportunities of consistently shitty quality. Some things aren’t within your control. So today’s a day that you lose your bike lock, end up walking late to class, and get splashed by a Honda Civic halfway to class (sounds cliched, but I speak from alltoo-true experience). Today you pour your coffee into an upside-down cup. There might not be much you can do to improve your presentation. But you can exercise some control over your presentation by starting strong.

Standards of the workwear variety, from a collared button-down to a wellfitted pair of trousers, will come together more or less effortlessly, and look much more thought-out than a T-shirt and jeans combination. Every little bit helps. Even better, a dress always makes women seem wonderfully put together. Or nearly always. Which is great, because it is one piece of clothing and means you can be lazy as all get-out while tricking people into thinking well of you. I reiterate: Dressing above the T-shirt and jeans sloppiness inherent to so many people’s day-to-day is like wearing

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something nice to a job interview. It is, in fact, the same thing. Because you never know who you’ll meet, and how potentially life-changing they could be for you. As for the on-campus stipulation in particular, the idea of school just for education’s sake is wonderful: personal betterment and all of that. But education gets you a job, hopefully, at some point, and you never know when you will meet someone who can help you in this arena. Education helps, but the stark fact remains: good-looking and personable people get jobs. Were there only a tome equivalent to How to Win Friends and Influence People for personal care, we could all pretend to be stylish, friendly, confident put-together people. It wouldn’t even matter if one wasn’t blessed with the lovely cheekbones and fashionable metabolism of a model. Besides, plenty of models are really weird looking if you get right down to it. There might, just might, be an answer, a place to find suitable fashion advice. I’m thinking — wait, you won’t believe it — magazines. And the Sartorialist coffee table book. And the Internet. Help is out there. To wit: anyone can look good if they want to. Caring is half the battle when it comes to getting jobs and love, and dressing well is just one way to show you care (about yourself). Dressing like a goon — unless you have chosen to dress like a particularly confident and flamboyant goon, in which case you might just be scoring off the charts on personality, negating the question of visual attractiveness — is just not a tenable option.

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OPINIONS

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Let’s all run for mayor! Should Saskatoon raise standards for mayoral candidates? TRAVIS HOMENUK Here’s a scary thought: I’m a Canadian citizen over 18 years of age and I have lived in Saskatoon for more than three months and in Saskatchewan for more than six months. What does this mean? I can run for mayor. Ermahgerd! Yes, that’s right, I could be the next mayor of Saskatoon. All I need to do is pay 100 bucks to the city and gather up 25 signatures from people who would vote for me. Then, of course, I would also need to win the election. If I were mayor of Saskatoon, I would fix all the roads, allow granny suites in every backyard, end homelessness, build bridges (because this city just doesn’t have enough yet), throw down some bike lanes on every street and implement the best transit system in the world. Also, flash mobs would be mandatory at least once a month, preferably with techno remixes of awesome musical numbers. I would also move that city council meetings be food-themed, potluck events. Isn’t everyone a little saner when they

have some delicious appetizers and dips in their bellies? You haven’t lived until you’ve had my spinach dip. Dip party, anyone? In all seriousness, though, no wonder Clay Mazurkewich slipped through the cracks. I have given this guy a bad time, but I truly think he — and candidates like him — take away from the legitimacy and dignity of an election. That said, it’s wonderful that running for city council or mayor is accessible to so many different types of people. Teachers, bankers, business people, gypsy dancers, yogis and everyone in between all have the ability to run for mayor of our glorious city — sarcasm intended. Would it be wise for the city and province to raise the standard when it comes to deciding who can run for office? I had the chance to bug some university students about this idea, and here’s what they had to say. “The issue with raising standards for mayoral candidacy is that it decreases the accessibility of the office, making it harder for people who maybe don’t have the most ideal of histories or experiences, but might have great

ideas, convictions or knowledge of how to implement change, to gain office. “I think in this regard, we have to trust voters. It shouldn’t matter who runs for office. If the constituency takes their vote seriously, people who aren’t qualified should not get the job,” said Matt Weins, English student and wearer of good hair. And from a slightly different perspective: “I think there should be some standard.... If you factor in the larger part of our society who doesn’t study heavily into the backgrounds of candidates, but rather bases their vote on the platform a candidate presents during their campaign, I think it’s easy for someone to become elected who is not at all qualified. The one who promises sunshine and rainbows to the population is the same one who doesn’t know two shits about how to do anything in city hall,” said Jessica Figley. Both Figley and Weins raise solid points. I agree that voters should be and are the ones who decide who gets into office, making the seriousness of the collective candidates an irrelevant issue. If someone like Mazurkewich wants to run, then

let the man run. At the same time, though, the qualification system could be tightened up. Having to be a city councillor before running for mayor seems most reasonable to me, and it makes logical sense. Why run for the big seat when you don’t know how the fuck council works in the first place? Sorry, Tom Wolf, but that last comment is directed at you. I spoke to city clerk Janice Mann, who noted that the provincial government’s legislation creates the guidelines for city councils in Saskatchewan. If you think the qualifications for council candidacy should be changed in any way, you can write to city council and hope that councillors take the issue to the provincial level, or you can write to your Member of the Legislative Assembly and hope they read your letter. Mann, like Weins, notes that it is the voters who need to make the tough decisions in the end, though even the media decides who is worth writing and reporting about. She recalls that the StarPhoenix chose to follow up on only Atchison and Wolf in the last few weeks, ignoring Mazurkewich. It was a good judgment call.

While I may think Mazurkewich is a waste of election energy, the man deserves a fair assessment just like everybody else. After all, he does care enough about Saskatoon to run for mayor in the first place. That said, if you decide to run for mayor, you better be ready for critical opinions about your campaign. Showing up to a debate looking a little woozy, or missing the campus mayoral forum should be — in my eyes — justification for a little defaming. Okay, maybe a lot of defaming. Maybe the mayoral qualification checklist simply needs to include a mental health assessment. Let’s wean out the seriously unwell before subjecting citizens to their shenanigans. But, seeing as how the qualifications for mayoral candidacy are so simple, I encourage more people to run for mayor in three years! Let’s cause a ruckus in this city, and get people talking. Seriously, take advantage of the low qualification system while it exists. Perhaps this city needs a young 20-something to actually get this city moving in a truly progressive direction.

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OPINIONS

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Happy on the job, or happy in life? SOPHIE ISBISTER — The Other Press (Douglas College) NEW WESTMINISTER (CUP) — If there’s anything that we can all agree on, it’s that life is hard. Jobs don’t pay enough, rent is too high and groceries get more expensive every year. The experiences of Canadians reflect this. A recent Ipsos-Reid poll discovered that one in five Canadian workers develop depression at some point. In a similar vein, a Sept. 10 Maclean’s article titled “Campus crisis: the broken generation” profiles depression and suicide at U.S. and Canadian campuses. Both the Maclean’s article and the CBC’s coverage of the Ipsos-Reid poll focus on ways campuses and workplaces can support people living with mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Sure, employers can offer comprehensive mental health benefits such as access to counselling and extended benefits, but that does not really solve the root issue of our culture’s malaise epidemic. What’s so bad about being depressed, anyway? I can see a lot of other things to be upset about. Take, for example, the pressure to be happy itself. A quick perusal of the Craigslist jobs section tells me

that employers are looking for a “positive attitude and enthusiastic outlook,” a “fun-loving” employee who can “work well under pressure while keeping a smile.” This is all fine and good in the service and hospitality industry (if you hate people, it’s probably in your best interest to steer clear of these jobs anyway), but you’re expecting me to have a “get-up-and-go attitude” in my job scraping barnacles off the underside of some grimy old boat? “Happiness,” that nebulous, hard-to-grasp concept, seems to be the number one requirement to find employment these days. But our problems would be solved if we focused our energies on attaining happiness through avenues that aren’t tied to our livelihood. Think about what you would do if you did not have to work 40 hours a week. I like to think if I had an extra day off I would read more, or spend more time with friends and family. Maybe I would even devote more time to my personal writing. If I worked a six-hour day instead of an eight-hour day, I might use that extra two hours to prepare a wholesome lunch for the next day or divide my time between domestic duties and social engagements. I know I’d sleep more, feel less rushed and apply a clearer head to the work I do.

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When your identity is wrapped up in your employment and that employment is underpaid and loaded with awful take-all-yourbullshit-and-thank-you-for-it expectations, it’s no wonder Canadians — workers and students alike — are depressed. Perhaps instead of pushing people to work 50-hour weeks, instead of overtime being the norm, instead of subtly penalizing women in the workplace for taking maternity leave, society should place a premium on people finding happiness and fulfillment where they can.

Why have we created all this wealth in the Western world if not to reap the benefits of prosperity? What could be a better benefit of prosperity than the freedom to develop an identity separate from your work, to have the time to foster a strong community? Maybe I’m an idealist, but I hope the next generation of Canadians can open their minds to the idea that the 40-hour work week is damaging our health, both mental and physical.

What could be a better benefit of prosperity than the freedom to develop an identity separate from your work, to have the time to foster a strong community?

Keeping job statistics in perspective JONATHAN FAERBER —The Gateway (University of Alberta) EDMONTON (CUP) — September’s labour market verdict is in and early reactions are mixed. Overall, Canada’s job creation rate is up, unemployment in the U.S. is down and the nearterm economic forecast for both countries is positive. But upon closer inspection, the 52,100 jobs reported by Statistics Canada — a 53 per cent improvement over August’s results — did not keep up with the 72,600 Canadians that entered the labour force last month. Increasing layoffs add to the plot, especially if you count companies replacing employment casualties in the total number of jobs created. With data like this, most people have conflicting responses — relief on the one hand, distress on the other — and the average job seeker may understandably have mixed feelings. Certainly, these are intriguing results for the job-searching or career-curious student. The implications for employment are also important. But they’re irrelevant for the average student — regardless of what the job market data says about this group, you can’t do much to change it. Even if you are able to tell whether current stats spell good or bad news for you, the news won’t guarantee you either a

This woman doesn’t want to know what’s waiting for her.

job or unemployment in the long run. In fact, any professional’s job search is a day-to-day reality that has less to do with nationwide numbers than with specific factors: employment history, education, skill set, etc. So rather than worrying about external factors in the job market, focus first on the things you have control over: your current class, job and volunteer roles. Stop procrastinating and write that essay now, for instance, or hit the books and ace tomorrow’s exam. Expand your interests, develop your skills, read up on the specifics of different career options and so on. Sure, that’s almost a verbatim quote off the Alberta Learning Information Service’s “Making Sense of Labour Market Information” handbook, but it works. Remember, as self-evident as it seems, your own sense of success is always going to be a better indicator of your actual success than StatsCan. That’s not to say data should be

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ignored altogether — it shouldn’t. Labour market information goes a long way toward helping students take advantage of growing industries and the corresponding demand for specific professions. If you’re lucky enough to be pursuing those professions, these numbers might even indicate the likelihood of your job-searching success two or three years down the road. As always, though, a lot of work stands in between now and then. And experience, luck and more changes in the job market. So the next time you see the phrases “rising unemployment” or “job creation” in your local newspaper, don’t panic and certainly don’t rejoice. Take a deep breath and step away from the stats. Numbers are fascinating stuff, but they aren’t powerful or intelligent enough to make your career decisions for you.

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What is the most terrifying Halloween costume you’ve seen?

Mummy with realistic bandages and red contacts. It was legit.

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My friend went as KISS and held a baby. That baby’s going to have nightmares.

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