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The Sheaf published its very first issue on Nov. 1, 1912 and it’s pretty fortunate that exactly one century later, on Nov. 1, we published another issue. The staff of the 2012-13 Sheaf wants to thank everyone — editors, staff and students — from the newspaper’s past who have contributed to the Sheaf’s rich 100-year history. This week’s cover commemorates those Sheafers. The cover features photos from inside the Sheaf offices, of university events the Sheaf has covered and of many former Sheaf editors. It’s pretty clear based on the photos that the Sheaf hasn’t really changed much in the last century. We still smoke, we still drink and some of us still think peace signs are cool. (The only difference seems to be that we don’t dress nearly as well anymore.) We hope that students at the University of Saskatchewan will help the Sheaf publish for many more years to come. And while we may eventually stop publishing in print in favour of the web, we still want to be at the forefront of student issues. We hope that future Sheaf editors can build off what we’ve done this year the way we’ve built off the Sheaf’s 100-year history. Thank you, Kevin Menz Editor-in-Chief
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The Social Science Research Lab at the U of S conducted a poll of 1,750 Saskatchewan residents and teamed up with local media outlets to help share the results.
Most comprehensive public poll in a decade caps off with forum DARYL HOFMANN Senior News Editor A provincewide public opinion poll concluded Oct. 29 with a town hall at the University of Saskatchewan. About 100 attendees gathered to share their thoughts on the results with the researchers and journalists who worked on the survey. Students, faculty and members of the public at the forum were shown a handful of questions from the survey on the lecture theatre’s projection screen.
Those participating submitted their own answers using digital clickers, with the results tallied immediately and compared with the rest of the province. The event was co-hosted by news anchors Costa Maragos and Jill Smith from CBC Saskatchewan. The “Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan” survey was the first of its kind in the province since 2001 and polled 1,750 residents over the age of 18 from all corners of the province. The survey was administered through 15-minute phone interviews over three weeks in March. The survey examined a widespread range of topics
including resource development, crime, the economy, aboriginal issues, immigration, health, and moral issues, such as abortion and assisted suicide. Merelda Fiddler reported on the “Taking the Pulse” survey for CBC Saskatchewan. She focused on narrowing down the immense amount of polling data and finding people in the community who reflect those results. “It was really interesting to take a survey and turn it into programming and say, ‘Here are the real stories of the people,’ ” she said. “We met some amazing people who told us some amazing stories.” Fiddler is from Saskatchewan
and has reported for the CBC for 12 years. She feels the survey indicates Saskatchewan residents are becoming comfortable in their own skin and realizing that there are opportunities in the province for mostly everyone. “But I think [the survey] also shows us we have a long way to go,” she said. “I’m Métis myself, and it shows we have a long way to go for aboriginal people to have the same opportunities as the rest of the population.”
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Chat app strengthens Canada’s diminishing indigenous languages ANNA-LILJA DAWSON Associate News Editor An indigenous language chat application for mobile devices has created a shimmer of hope for the survival of aboriginal culture across the province and country. FirstVoices Chat is an iPhone application with over 100 keyboards for indigenous languages compatible with Facebook Chat and Google Talk. The B.C. based app may be just what Saskatchewan’s indigenous languages need to recover their lost speakers. The total number of indigenous language speakers in Saskatchewan fell by 0.94 per cent between 2006 and 2011, a difference of over 2000 people. Winona Wheeler, head of the department of native studies at the University of Saskatchewan, explained that lack of support for these languages led to the decline in speakers. She said the federal and provincial governments, as well as universities and colleges, need to provide more indigenous language programming for small communities before it is too late. “Compared to other provinces, the state of native languages here is faring [well] but the reality is that native languages disappear real quick,” Wheeler said. Within the province the two less-spoken languages, Lakota and Dakota, along with more widelyspoken ones like Dene, are not receiving enough support from the government and other institutions to keep them from disappearing, Wheeler said. She said that even at the community level, the Lakota and Dakota languages are receiving very little support to keep a consistent number of speakers. Dene is prominent in northern Saskatchewan as a spoken language but does not have many
institutionalized literacy programs. “It is absolutely vital that the University of Saskatchewan puts the resources that are required into developing language programming at this university that will benefit communities,” Wheeler said. The lack of resources going into language curriculum development is the major hurdle Saskatchewan faces in its efforts to sustain indigenous languages. Currently the only indigenous language offered at the U of S is Cree. Wheeler said that Dene, Michif and Anishinaabe would all benefit from having courses offered at the university. Indigenous languages were traditionally used only for oral communication and have been passed down through families through storytelling. Wheeler said that when indigenous languages die, cultures are lost with them. “The older people will tell you that all the philosophical reasonings, the world view, the value systems are ingrained in the language,” Wheeler said. “The language is the vehicle through which you learn a people’s world view.” Wheeler marks the residential school system as the beginning of the massive decline of indigenous language speakers. “Out of fear for their children and in attempt to protect their children, many did not teach indigenous languages to their children for fear that their kids would suffer the same things they suffered,” Wheeler said. But Peter Brand, manager of FirstVoices, believes that the creation of the FirstVoices Chat application is the dawn of a new era for indigenous languages in Canada.
The developing team went beyond the original 32 dialects of B. C. to include all of the indigenous languages in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as some in the United States. The app also allows the user to copy and paste a large body of text from supported chat programs into Microsoft Word and email platforms. This feature allows users to
with their indigenous languages in the written form. In the past, programs to revive indigenous languages put in place by the government have been short-lived without creating long-term results of language retention. In 2002, the Liberal government set aside $172 million to be spent over 11 years on preserving indigenous languages in Canada. Five years later in 2007, the conservative government cut the funding.
Currently, the Department of Canadian Heritage provides $5 million annually to fund community-based language preservation projects under the Aboriginal Languages Initiative. The FirstVoices Chat app is free to download from the App Store.
communicate in indigenous languages outside of Facebook Chat and Google Talk. Aboriginal Canadians have been returning to their roots and reviving their languages that were lost during residential school times. Brand said that it tends to be 20- to 30-year-olds who spearhead efforts to revive indigenous languages. “It was those young people who first asked us for that app and they use it on a daily basis as a normal part of their daily life,” Brand said. “There’s no doubt that their language is really a wonderful example of what can transpire when that generation takes an interest in maintaining the language for their children’s sake.” Brand said that creating the FirstVoice Chat app was an excellent way of getting the younger population reconnected samantha braun/graphics editor
news outlets and a university.” Saskatchewan residents agreed to take the poll 34.3 per cent of the time. In Canada, telephone polls average a response rate closer to 20 per cent. “I think people generally felt more inclined to do the survey over the telephone with a student rather than someone else from the general public,” SSRL Director Jason Disano said. “I think that really contributed to the high response rate that we see.” Disano has more than 10 years of research management experience in both the public and private sector. He has noticed a clear-cut shift in the public opinion of the province since 2001, when the last major survey was done. “Particularly on social issues,” he said. “People have become more liberal-leaning. For example
on things like abortion, assisted suicide and marijuana use.” Disano chalked the shift up to the province’s population increasingly becoming more urban, along with a sharp spike in immigration. Since the conclusion of “Taking the Pulse,” the SSRL has conducted smaller polls on topics such as the quality of life in Saskatoon and city residents’ views on co-operatives. “It’s actually a great opportunity for students to get practical, hands-on experience in collecting and conducting research,” Disano said. “It looks fantastic for these students on a resume.” Marie Dumont recently received a political studies degree from the U of S and was a pollster for the SSRL in March. She found it difficult to make first
impressions on the phone and said that a lot of people were reluctant to share their opinions. “It really made me question the sampling technique used. It’s just tough to get people at a proper time when they are willing to do such a survey,” she said. The results of the “Taking the Pulse” survey can be found on the SSRL’s website at ssrl.usask.ca.
The Social Science Research Laboratory at the U of S directed the project and employed 32 faculty members from across the social science departments to craft the questions. Students worked during the evenings in teams of roughly 15 making cold calls and conducting interviews in the survey lab on the second floor of the Arts Building. The StarPhoenix, the LeaderPost and CBC Saskatchewan worked in close partnership with the SSRL to provide the public with extensive coverage of the results for two weeks beginning Oct. 16. “I think it’s entirely unprecedented in the country,” Peter Stoicheff, the arts and science dean, said at the public forum. “I don’t think anywhere in the country has seen such a collaboration between so many
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With new university president comes an accomplished scientist and journal editor
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Ethan Vishniac, husband of President Ilene Busch-Vishniac, has taken a job as a professor in the physics department. He’s also editor-in-chief of The Astrophysical Journal, which he runs out of the Education Building.
ALEX ANDERSON When Ilene Busch-Vishniac was appointed president of the University of Saskatchewan, the school cashed in on a two-for-one deal. Her husband Ethan Vishniac — a well-known astrophysics researcher — also moved to campus and joined the department of physics as a professor. Vishniac was a faculty member at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. during the early 2000s and was more recently director of the Center for Astrophysical Sciences and a professor of astronomy at
McMaster University in Hamilton. Now he’s happy to call the U of S home. “Saskatchewan [has] opportunity right now because of its economic strength. The university is better situated economically than [many] other research universities,” he said. Vishniac’s best-known work involves the study of shockwaves. In the 1980s, he demonstrated that expanding shockwaves would be subject to an overcompensating stability, now referred to as Vishniac instability. He’s also the current editor-inchief of The Astrophysical Journal. The Astrophysical Journal is
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a peer-reviewed astronomy and astrophysics journal that was founded in 1895. It publishes regularly online and prints three 500-page issues per month. Vishniac spends a lot time each week thumbing through submissions, but he has a team of other editors and peer-reviewers who help read articles and publish them online. The journal publishes immediately to the web to further facilitate collaboration. It can be accessed for free online by researchers in Beijing, for example, almost as easily as here in Saskatoon. Vishniac is looking forward
to teaching Astronomy 103 next semester. “I love teaching,” he says. “My favourite part is when students raise [conversation] to me after class or ask a question that shows they’re thinking about the material.” Vishniac started reading science fiction in grade six and got hooked on what he calls “the style of physics.” “It’s about taking very simple ideas and applying those ideas very broadly. Then you gradually build up layers of complications that point to your situation,” he said. “In a lot of cases the simplest
idea actually helps you understand what is going on. A good physicist has to like a simple answer but not rely on it too much.” Vishniac was first exposed to astrophysics by his father, Wolf V. Vishniac, who worked as a biologist with NASA’s Mars Viking Lander program throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He developed a device that could detect signs of life, which was equipped on the Viking 1, which went to Mars. Wolf. V. Vishniac died after falling into a crevice while doing research in Antarctica. The Vishniac crater on Mars was later named in his honour.
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The Chinatown Experiment houses local entrepreneurs in Vancouver DARYN WRIGHT — The Peak (Simon Fraser University) BURNABY (CUP) — The pop-up shop may be the answer to empty brick storefronts that often burden city centres. The concept is simple: storefronts are filled temporarily by local businesses, designers, artists or coffee roasters who have time-limited goods or who want to test out a possible concept. The Chinatown Experiment, started in Vancouver by Devon MacKenzie, has taken the concept of the pop-up shop one step further. “It’s a revolving door for pop-ups, essentially a place for entrepreneurs to try their ideas in a low-risk, low-cost environment,” MacKenzie said. The Experiment is an inconspicuous storefront located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, acting as home to a variety of locals and their ideas. So far, it has been hugely successful despite limited publicity that has mostly been generated by word of mouth and Facebook. “Vancouver has tons of creative people, but they stumble when taking their arts and products and making it into a sustainable business,” MacKenzie said. “A lot of people have great ideas, but there’s a lot of risk involved in committing without knowing if anyone wants your idea.” When he first got the space, he was planning on using it to reinvent the construction industry, but he realized that there was a need for local entrepreneurs to try out their ideas, something that was yet to be found in the city. After several people interested in the project contacted him to get involved, he opened up shop in mid-September. The Black Lodge Diner was the first pop-up to make its home
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Pop-up shops have been making appearances in big cities across Canada recently, giving designers and entrepreneurs the chance to show off their stuff without their own store.
at the Chinatown, a limited-time restaurant intended to add to the cultural diversity. The shop was inspired by the 90s show Twin Peaks, and organizers Ken Tsui and Genevieve Mateyko served up pie, ice cream and “a damn fine cup of coffee” for all of two hours, when the supply ran out. The duration of each shop varies from 1–14 days. MacKenzie believes that the shorter you make it, the more creative organizers have to be. This also gives people
more of an incentive to come in, as demonstrated by the two-hour pie sellout. The shop currently filling the space is Mutts and Co., a collective of designers from Vancouver and Toronto. Paige Cowan of Torontobased Muttonhead said that they found it hard to find Canadian stores to pick up their clothing line, which is part of the reason they turned to pop-up stores. “We wanted to encourage people to support local business and local
manufacturing. Doing a pop-up shop is a way to expose our brand, to educate our customers and to really connect with them and allow them to really know our story,” Cowan said. December, January and February are already booked by people who hope to try out an idea, so the space will nary see vacancy. The Chinatown Experiment is only in its beginning stages, but MacKenzie would like to see it develop into something more.
“I want it to be a complete turnkey operation. Then, as soon as someone approaches me, they can walk in and set up and not have to worry about all the logistics. All they have to do is work on their idea,” MacKenzie said. “Part of the reason I exist is because I want to take care of the red tape for people so they can take their businesses to the next level.”
Campus crime report Incidents at the University of Saskatchewan involving Campus Safety from Oct. 22 - 28 Infractions issued: • 4 24-hour driving suspensions • 2 Learners license driving unaccompanied • 1 30-day driving suspension • 1 Driving without a valid driver’s license • 1 Driving while suspended • 1 Disqualified from driving • 2 Operating unregistered vehicle • 1 Have reflective tint on front side windows • 1 Minor possess alcohol Other reports: • Graffiti was reported in a stairwell in College Quarter. • Officers attended a fight at College Quarter. No charges were laid. • Officers attended three medical calls. • A male was charged with unsafe backing as the result of an investigation into a hit and run accident.
• Officers investigated the theft of a laptop from a locker in Edwards School of Business. • A bike was reported stolen from racks near Saskatchewan Hall. • Officers investigated one vehicle accident. • Campus Safety received another report of a male looking in windows at College Quarter. The description is the same as past reports. Campus Safety officers, along with Saskatoon Police Service officers were unable to locate the suspect.
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University of Alberta turns up heat on wildfire research
A new partnership out of the University of Alberta is working to reduce the impact of the massive wildfires that often rip through Northern Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. during the summer.
MATT HIRJI — CUP Prairies & Northern Bureau Chief EDMONTON (CUP) — The increased prevalence of wildfires over the past decade is becoming a concern for many Canadians. But a recently announced partnership between the University of Alberta and several provincial and national groups has ignited hope that something can be done to reduce instances of ferocious and costly fires that pose a danger to communities across the country. The Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science was officially announced late last month as a formal agreement between Natural Resources Canada, Alberta Environment
and Sustainable Resource Development, and the University of Alberta. The agreement will allow for the groups to share resources while also collaborating on research initiatives. For Mike Flannigan, a University of Alberta professor and Director of the WPWFS, the solidification of the partnership couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. “Area burned [in Canada] has doubled since the 1970s,” Flannigan said. “I attribute that to human caused climate change. Our climate is getting warmer and a warmer climate generally leads to more fires. The bottom line is that our forest fuels are drier, which means it’s easier for fires to start
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and spread.” “In a warmer world we are going to see more intense fires that are harder to put out. These changes will continue and that means that traditional methods of fire management may not work in the future.” On average, more than 8,000 fires destroy two million hectares of forest every year in Canada. The costs of containing and extinguishing those fires alone costs fire agencies nearly $800 million. Flannigan explained that those numbers have skyrocketed in recent years — in 2011, a single wildfire near Slave Lake cost $700 million. Despite the rising economic costs and inherent dangers of
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wildfires, there are very few researchers in Canada who are focused on learning about how to contain and fight ferocious fires. “We want to make [the WPWFS] a centre for addressing fire problems both from a science perspective and to help with the day-to-day operations of fire fighting,” Flannigan said. “Our fire management agencies are amongst the best in the world across Canada but that doesn’t mean that they can’t improve. We are looking to see if they can be even more efficient, build better tools and fight fires more effectively.” There are several initiatives that the newly-founded partnership will focus on. Education, communication and outreach will
come together to form a cohesive strategy to mitigate the effects of ferocious wildfires. Research, will be central to the partnership. Flannigan said that the organization has 20 research projects underway that focus on everything from lightning strikes to fire behaviour and will be given additional funding. “Most of the money is going to graduate students, which I consider to be an excellent investment. They are tackling issues and we are training people at the same time. It’s kind of a win-win situation. There could be breakthroughs that happen quickly, or it could just be another piece of the puzzle that could lead to breakthroughs in the future.”
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Huskies wrestling back on the mat COLE GUENTER Sports Editor The U of S Huskies wrestling squad is ready for another year of grappling. The team did a lot of recruitment in the off-season and the talented rookies entering the program, combined with proven veteran athletes, should make the Huskies national contenders. The Huskies boast 37 Canadian Interuniversity Sport eligible athletes this year, 17 of which are rookies. Huskies head coach Todd Hinds is quick to point out that, in university wrestling, having a lot of first-year athletes on the team doesn’t necessarily make you the underdog. “We’ve got several national champions coming in from the juvenile club level... and they’re going to make a huge impact on our team,” Hinds said. Many of the rookies on the team competed in the club levels with the Jr. Huskies wrestling club. It’s one of the top developmental programs in Canada and is designed to help prepare cadet (15-16 years old) and juvenile (17-18 years old) athletes for a future in wrestling at the university level and beyond. Malcolm Meekins and Andrew Johnson are both products of the Huskies affiliate club and are now
Huskies men’s wrestling captain Ryan Myrfield has won three gold medals at CIS nationals.
in their first year on the university squad. Meekins was a national champion earlier this year in the men’s juvenile 63-kg weight class. In 2011 he led the Holy Cross Crusaders men’s team to a city championship by winning the 62kg division. Despite his last name, Meekins definitely won’t be meek in his rookie year. Johnson also hails from the Jr. Huskies and won a bronze medal
in the juvenile 76-kg men’s class in the 2012 national competition. The Huskie rookies got their first taste of university wrestling in Calgary on Oct. 27 at the Dino Open, the first of seven meets the wrestlers use to prepare for the conference and national championship tournaments. The Huskies had a good showing at the Dino Open, placing athletes in the top five of several weight classes. Coach Hinds
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was impressed with his team’s performance. “I was so proud of the team,” Hinds said. “I can’t think of a better start to the year, the way our team gelled and worked together was phenomenal.” The team isn’t all new faces. Three-time CIS gold medalist Ryan Myrfield is back for his final year of eligibility. He won the gold medal at the 68-kg weight class in his rookie year and in the last two years
he has won back-to-back national titles in the 72-kg division. He is the men’s team captain and says, for himself, the goal remains the same: to win another gold medal. Fellow fifth-year Landon Squires will also help lead the men’s side as co-captain. He won gold at the conference tournament and picked up a silver medal at nationals last season. Squires competes in the 90kg division. On the women’s side Natasha Kramble and Koren Pitkethly are the only two fifth-year athletes on the squad. The pair said, however, that they are used to the leadership role since they were also the two most veteran women on the squad last year. “Natasha and I will make sure our team is strong and help each other out in all situations. Our team connects really well so it’s not too much extra work,” said Pitkethly, who won the silver medal at the CIS tournament the last two years in the 59-kg class. She says she is determined to wrestle in the same class to prove she can win gold. “I’m done getting second so I am going to win this year,” said a determined Pitkethly. The team will compete in the Huskie Open, their only home tournament, on Nov. 24 in the Education Playroom.
Richard Zacharias COLE GUENTER Sports Editor He’s only in his first year with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team but after one season as middle linebacker Richard Zacharias has already shown his aggressive domination on the field. Racking up 30 individual tackles and 17 assisted takedowns in the 2012 regular season with the Huskies, he sits second on the team with 38.5 total tackles. “It’s a little bit surprising,” Zacharias said humbly. “It’s something that I aim for but for it to be a reality is cool.” It’s not much of a surprise, however, if you look at his history in the sport. Hailing from Hague, Sask., Zacharias played six-man football in high school and was selected to play on Team Saskatchewan in his grade 12 year. After high school he spent four years as a linebacker with the Saskatoon Hilltops in the Canadian Junior Football League, giving him only three years of eligibility with the Huskies. In 2011, his final year with the Hilltops, Zacharias was a team captain and named a conference all-star for his efforts. Now in his first year studying at university, the tackle-hungry linebacker said it was an exciting transition to join the Huskies and to play at the university level. “My first chance to play in a university game will always be memorable. “Growing up as a kid I thought I’d be so lucky to play for the Huskies, and I
didn’t always know it would be a reality. So in that first game it kind of hit home for me.” Zacharias is in the College of Education and intends to become an industrial arts teacher after he graduates. He chose education in part because he hopes to coach high school football when he finishes his playing days. The linebacker certainly fits in with the rest of the Huskies defence, a large portion of whom enjoy having long, luscious hair. Zacharias says he hasn’t cut his hair in almost three years, and now it’s nearly 40 centimetres in length. “It started as a pact,” Zacharias laughed. “A buddy and I said we wouldn’t cut our hair for a year.... Now it’s turned into an obsession and I don’t ever want to cut my hair.” He figures the trend of long locks among football players on the team comes from watching successful players in the NFL grow out their hair. “It started with NFL players like Clay Matthews and for some reason some Saskatchewan football players have adopted the look and really relished it.” Zacharias will join the rest of the Huskies in Regina to take on the Rams in the team’s semifinal playoff game. He says the match will have added intensity for him because he knows so many of the Rams players. “I know them well and that just makes me want to beat them more,” he said. “They know me too and it makes the whole game a little more fun.”
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Athletes reach out to students about steroids ASHLEY DENUZZO — The Cord (Wilfrid Laurier University)
WATERLOO (CUP) — The Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded a $150,000 grant to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport on Oct. 1. The money will be used to develop a project highlighting the risks of taking performance enhancing drugs (PED) and presenting it to Kitchener-Waterloo high schools. Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo and the Kitchener Rangers have collaborated with the CCES to introduce the issue of using PED to change one’s body image into the education system. “It’s a pilot project,” said Peter Baxter, Laurier’s director of athletics and recreation. “Basically, [it’s] an athlete peer-mentoring program that will go into the schools.” The abuse of PED in Ontario universities burst into the spotlight in 2010 when nine players of the Waterloo Warriors men’s football team tested positive for steroid use. The incident was marked as one of the most significant in Canadian Interuniversity Sport history. It resulted in a cancelled season and saw some students go to trial due to alleged trafficking. “We know of all the different cases that have come out in the media,” Baxter said. “But in [Canadian] college sport, that was the first. So, if it’s around, you want to make sure that young people get
the right information.” The program plans to bring in eight athletes from each institution to talk to students about the implications and effects of steroids. It will target students ranging from grades seven through 12. “That’s where they start,” said Baxter, referring to the age that people become caught up in trying to achieve an ideal body image. “People think it is just a sport-related issue, for high-performance athletes. It’s not. A lot of these drugs are being used just for appearance.” In fact, one of the fastest growing groups of steroid users is young women. Baxter explained that girls are now using steroids to “cut muscle” and tone their bodies. “This is a program we can make improvements to as we go along,” Baxter added. Online print surveys will also be distributed among parents, educators and coaches to evaluate existing knowledge about performance enhancing drugs. “We might find that they know a lot more than what we hope,” Baxter said. Two Laurier athletes, Spencer Troop and Eleanor Whitney, work with the community service learning department to coordinate volunteers for the program. Their job is to recruit the eight students who will take part in
this pilot initiative. “We’ll have lots of applicants for it and we want to make sure that we get athletes that are, a) interested in doing this, and b) are people that can present, particularly to young people,” Baxter said. And that’s where Chuck Williams comes in.
The initiative is also seeing increased support from the Waterloo Regional Police, particularly the chief of police, Matt Torigian. Torigian initially assembled Baxter, Wilfred Laurier’s director of athletics, Williams, Bob Copeland of UW athletics and Steve Spott of the Kitchener Rangers back in the spring to discuss the project. “It just makes sense that we do it together,” Baxter said. “Athletes giving back,” he smiled.
Williams, a retired Waterloo principal, is responsible for creating the whole curriculum of PED awareness. Williams is going to train the 24 athletes on how to appropriately address the issue to the targeted group. “When you’re talking to a grade seven class it’s different than doing a presentation in business,” Baxter laughed. “We’ll be confident that [after training], our athletes will be ready to go.”
The program is among the first in Canada to incorporate student volunteers to educate youth on the drug-related issues of high-level athletics. Despite the use of drugs, the CCES believes education and discussion need to occur at a young age so that students may make more informed decisions. Baxter is excited about this collaboration in the CCES and hopes that the program will be replicated across the country for years to come. “That’s what it’s all about,” he said. “What you learn here and what you can make a difference with later on. “That’s called leadership.”
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Leanne Mylymok (right) scored the Dogs’ tying goal in the playoff loss.
COLE GUENTER Sports Editor
Women’s post-season dreams end early The Regina Cougars and Saskatchewan Huskies women’s soccer teams finished the 12-game regular season only one point apart. The teams played each other in a quarter-final playoff game Oct. 28 and were almost evenly matched once again. Requiring overtime and eventually a shootout before the Regina Cougars were declared the winners of the 2-1 game. Regina’s Meagan Cormier got the first point of the game when she beat Huskies netminder Marissa Struik in the 19th minute. Cormier dribbled the ball between two Huskies defenders before booting it into the left corner of the net to give the homeside Cougars a 1-0 lead. The teams switched sides in the
second half and the Huskies got the wind at their backs. The Dogs had several chances to score early in the second half but were stymied by Regina’s keeper Stephanie Possberg. As the game hit the 90 minute mark, the score was still 1-0 and the official allowed four minutes of extra time. The Huskies, desperate for a goal, played aggressively in the dying minutes. It payed off when Erica Parenteau tipped a crossed ball to a wide-open Leanne Mylymok in front of the net. Mylymok sent the team into an excited frenzy by kicking the ball into the back of the net to tie the game. Two 15-minute overtime frames solved nothing and the teams went into a four-round shootout. After a scoreless opening round, Kayla McDonald put Regina ahead in the second round while Possberg stopped rookie Erica Hindmarsh’s shot for the U of S. In the third
round Mylymok scored, but her effort was immediatley matched by the Cougars’ Adriana McCullough. In the fourth and deciding round of the shootout Regina’s Molly Glass scored, leaving all eyes on Huskies third-year midfielder Jenna Newton. Newton had a solid kick to the right side but Possberg, with a diving save, won the game for Regina and sent the Cougar faithful rushing onto the field. For Regina, the win marks the first time the team will advance to the Canada West Final Four and the club’s first post-season victory since the program’s inception in 2001. The Cougars will now head to Langley, B.C. for the Final Four tournament and a semifinal game against Trinity Western University Nov. 2. The winner of that will advance to the conference championship against the winner of the UBC-Victoria game. The championship game will be played Nov. 3.
Men’s squad moves up the ranks, ready for playoffs With a goal in the last minute of regulation play, the Huskies men’s soccer squad clinched a spot in the Canada West post-season, defeating the Lethbridge Pronghorns 2-1 on Oct. 27 at Griffiths Stadium. Tied at one with the clock ticking down, Huskies striker Scott Myrah sent the ball to his team’s leading scorer Brett Levis. Levis tucked the ball left of the ’Horns keeper Tyler Boast in the 90th minute for the Huskies win. The following day was the final regular season match for both
teams. The Huskies and ’Horns played to a 1-1 draw on a frigid and windy afternoon in Griffiths Stadium Oct. 28. After a scoreless first half, both teams found the scoresheet in the second 45 minutes of play. Lethbridge scored in the 57th minute off Matt Medoruma’s cleat while Saskatchewan potted the tying marker eight minutes later when Wilson Ntigne set up Brandon Holmes, who sent the ball past the Pronghorns keeper.
Saskatchewan finished the regular season 6-5-4 and move past the Calgary Dinos to finish the season in second place in the Prairie Division. The Huskies will now travel to Edmonton for the Canada West Championship tournament hosted by the Alberta Golden Bears Nov. 1-4. They must win every game at the tournament to be crowned conference champions. Their first game is against the Victoria Vikes Nov. 1.
Upcoming Huskies games Football • Nov. 2 at Regina Rams Nov. 10 vs. Canada West final Men’s Soccer • Nov. 1 at Alberta Golden Bears — Canada West semifinal • Nov. 2-4 at Edmonton — Canada West playoff tournament Men’s Hockey • Nov. 2 & 3 — Bye week Nov. 9 versus Regina Cougars @ 7 p.m. • Nov. 10 at Regina Cougars
- Home Game
Men’s Volleyball • Nov. 2 & 3 at UBC Okanagan Heat Nov. 9 & 10 versus UBC Thunderbirds @ 8 p.m. Women’s Volleyball • Nov. 2 & 3 at UBC Okanagan Heat Nov. 9 & 10 versus UBC Thunderbirds @ 6:15 p.m. Men’s Basketball • Nov. 1 at Regina Cougars Nov. 3 versus Regina Cougars @ 8 p.m.
Women’s Hockey • Nov. 2 at Regina Cougars Nov. 3 versus Regina Cougars @ 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball • Nov. 1 at Regina Cougars Nov. 3 versus Regina Cougars @ 6:15 p.m.
Wrestling • Nov. 3 & 4 at Burnaby — SFU invitational
Cross Country • Nov. 10 at London, Ont. — Canada West/CIS Championships
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Dogs set for playoffs after big win COLE GUENTER Sports Editor
and broke a bone in his wrist. “I don’t really think of it as the Rams who hurt me. I’m not trying The Huskies football squad to think of that too much. I’m just finished their regular season with trying to go out there and play how an explosive offensive charge we play,” Burko said. fueled by the return of quarterback Regina won their last two games Drew Burko. of the regular season and finished The Dogs made light work of with a strong defensive effort, not the University of British Columbia allowing a single point against Thunderbirds, winning 52-24 in in the team’s 19-0 defeat of the Griffiths Stadium Oct. 26. Alberta Golden Bears Oct. 26. Huskies rookie quarterback Regina’s defence will need Burko was back in action for a similar effort to contain the the first time in over a month, Huskies, who are coming off their fully recovered after breaking a highest offensive output of the bone in his wrist Sept. 21 against season. the Regina Rams. The six-foot“We have lots of momentum four pivot started and played going into the playoffs,” said the majority of the game, going Burko. “The Rams will be a tough 20-for-29 and racking up 321 challenge for us but we want yards, three touchdowns and two another shot at them after what interceptions on the night. happened here,” Burko added, Burko’s longest toss was a 52referencing the team’s 35-26 loss yard connection to Mitch Stevens to Regina earlier this year. in the second quarter. The ball One concern for the Rams is the bounced off the hands of the condition of starting quarterback T-Birds defensive back in coverage Marc Mueller. The fifth-year pivot and landed in was sacked in the Stevens’ arms. second quarter He then outran of Regina’s the defender to win against the the end zone. Golden Bears Stevens and gave way caught another to back up touchdown quarterback pass in the third Frankie Gray for quarter and the remainder of finished the the game. Gray Drew Burko game with 117 has had limited Huskies Quarterback receiving yards playing time on six catches. this season and On the ground, first-year completed five of eight attempts Huskies tailback Jarvis James for 87 yards and one touchdown made the most exciting play of after replacing Mueller. the night, breaking tackles at the The Huskies have won their line of scrimmage and sprinting last three games and appear to 68 yards for a touchdown. James’ be peaking just in time to make score gave the homeside Dogs a a playoff push. Regina may have 45-17 lead with seven minutes left to rely heavily on their defence in the game. to step up if Mueller doesn’t Luke Thiel led the Huskies’ play. However, the Rams beat defence, recording 9.5 tackles, the Huskies earlier in the season. while Mitch Friesen gave the It should make for an intense fans lots to cheer about in his semifinal battle between the interfinal home game. The fifth-year provincial rivals. defensive back snatched two interceptions, one fumble recovery and made 5.5 tackles. He was named the Canada West defensive player of the week for his efforts. “We reached our objective,” Huskies head coach Brian Towriss said. “We wanted to go 3-0 in the second half of the season and we did that.” Friesen was one of five Huskies honoured in a pre-game ceremony thanking the players for their years of commitment to the team. Fellow defensive players Bryce McCall and David Rybinski as well as slotback Braeden George were also honoured. With the victory the Huskies finished the season 5-3 and earned third spot in the Canada West. The Dogs will play in Regina against the second place Rams Nov. 2 in one of two semifinal matches. In the other game, the first place Calgary Dinos will be at home to take on the Manitoba Bisons. The Huskies and Rams have only met one other time this season in a week four matchup that saw Regina down the Dogs 35-26. During that game a Rams defender tackled Burko, who fell awkwardly
The Rams will be a tough challenge for us but we want another shot at them.
Defensive back Mitch Friesen intercepted UBC quarterback Billy Greene’s pass in the first quarter and ran it back 50 yards.
Canada West Standings Women’s Volleyball 1. Alberta 2. UBC Okanagan 3. Manitoba 4. Brandon 5. Calgary 6. Mount Royal 7. Regina 8. TWU 9. UBC 10. Winnipeg 11. Saskatchewan 12. TRU *Top seven teams qualify for playoffs
W-L 2-0 2-0 1-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-2 0-2
W-L 1. Alberta 2-0 2. Brandon 2-0 3. TRU 2-0 4. Manitoba 2-0 5. Calgary 1-1 6. Mount Royal 1-1 7. TWU 1-1 8. UBC 1-1 9. Winnipeg 0-1 10. Regina 0-2 11. Saskatchewan 0-2 12. UBC Okanagan 0-2 *Top seven teams qualify for playoffs
Women’s Soccer 1. TWU 2. Victoria 3. UBC 4. Regina
W-L-T 12-1-0 10-2-1 9-2-2 9-3-1
* These teams have qualified for the Final Four playoff tournament
Prairie Division 1. Alberta 2. Saskatchewan 3. Calgary
W-L-T 9-2-4 6-5-4 6-6-3
Pacific Division 1. UBC 2. TWU 3. Victoria
11-0-3 9-1-4 6-6-2
*These teams have qualified for playoffs
W-L 1. Calgary 7-1 2. Regina 6-2 3. Saskatchewan 5-3 4. Manitoba 4-4 *These teams have qualified 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
W-L-OL 1. Saskatchewan 7-1-0 2. Calgary 5-3-0 3. Regina 5-3-0 4. Alberta 5-3-0 5. UBC 4-3-1 6. Manitoba 4-3-1 7. Mount Royal 2-6-0 8. Lethbridge 0-7-1 *Top six teams qualify for playoffs
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Engine director Teagan Klassen takes a break while the motorsports team works away.
Brett Derkach (left) tinkers with the car while a teammate looks on.
Huskie Motorsports president Dave Murray helps Derkach tweak the brakes.
The Huskie Motorsports team preps for a race at last year’s Formula SAE competition.
“It’s basically a whole year, countless hours of work, coming down to one moment,” said Teagan Klassen, the Huskie Motorsports engine director. Klassen was one of the team’s three drivers in last summer’s Formula SAE competition in Lincoln, Neb. Formula SAE is an international engineering and marketing student competition hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers. University of Saskatchewan students, predominantly from the College of Engineering but also from Edwards School of Business, compete under the Huskie Motorsports name every year. The competition, which is restricted to small, open-wheeled, formula-style race cars (or Formula SAE cars), evaluates teams on their car’s driving abilities, design, cost and market potential. “The competition has a lot of aspects that aren’t just performanceoriented,” said the team’s staff advisor Glen Hauser, who is also the manager of the College of Engineering’s IT
department. The competition also includes a marketing presentation. “The marketing competition is kind of like a Dragons’ Den-type of situation. You have three judges and they are like bankers. You’re coming in and saying we are this company — Huskie Motorsports — and we want to mass produce these vehicles,” Hauser said. The driving competition is separated into four separate time trials. There’s a figure-eight track to measure the car’s lateral acceleration. A drag race times the car’s speed off the line. An autocross course (or obstacle course) is used to gauge the car’s handling abilities. And a 22-kilometre endurance time trial measures the car’s stamina and fuel economy. Klassen drove in both the endurance test and the autocross competition. He said the pressure he felt before the races, sitting on the line and waiting for the green light was immense. “It’s like that final test. It’s like the penalty
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into high gear shot at the end of the game. You’ve got to get it done.” Huskie Motorsports, which sends 20-25 team members to the competition but often sees 60-75 students a year help with the car, spends the entire year preparing for Formula SAE. Klassen knows there is a lot riding on his time trials. “You feel like Atlas, like you are just holding up the world.” The next Formula SAE competition will again be held in Lincoln from June 19-22, 2013. Klassen intends to drive again and the team is looking for a few new drivers as several team members graduated last year. Brett Derkach, the team’s vicepresident, hopes he can step up in the driver’s seat. He did not go to the competition last year but has been on the team for three years.
Derkach said he spent a lot of time driving in super slalom events over the summer. The events are local and because there are no other Formula SAE teams in Saskatchewan, Huskie Motorsports just performs time trials. “I’ve gone into all of those trials and I’ve tried to get as much seat time as possible so I can get the experience.” While driver positions are highly contended, both Derkach and Klassen stressed that the team’s overall success is always on a much higher pedestal than individual egos. “It’s not about the driver,” said Klassen, who also spends a lot of time working on the car. “I’m basically driving the car to represent the team. I just happened to be the best representation, but if someone is better than me, I just say go ahead and drive because we want to do what’s best for the team.” Huskie Motorsports president Dave Murray said that the behind-the-scenes aspects of the team are just as important as the actual driving. “Building a frame from scratch is a pretty complex thing so you’ve got to
always have someone there who knows what’s going on and who can train newer members on welding, grinding and that sort of thing,” Murray said. “I don’t usually drive at competition. I’m not much of a race driver,” he added. “I usually drive around [the Credit Union Centre parking lot] and test cars out and make sure they are tuned right before we go out to competition.” Murray, Klassen and Derkach are all third-year mechanical engineering students and have all been with Huskie Motorsports for three years.
Formula SAE is no go-kart race While Huskie Motorsports’ Formula SAE car might look like a simple gokart to the untrained eye, it is much more powerful than the average 10-20 horsepower go-kart. The cars weigh around 225 kilograms and uses a motorcycle engine that gives the car about 80 horsepower. “A lot of our past drivers have had some carting experience, which helped them. But it’s still a big step from this
car, which is a full suspension car with a fully designed chassis and all these engineering components that really affect how the car handles compared to other cars,” engine director Teagan Klassen said. “We can out accelerate a Dodge Viper. We’ll outhandle a Corvette,” added staff advisor Glen Hauser. Lateral acceleration, which is measured in g-force (gravitational force) units, is a vehicle’s ability to accelerate while turning or on a curved path. “If you look at production sports cars, they achieve about one g of acceleration,” Hauser said. “We achieve about one-and-a-half g with bursts of up to three g of lateral acceleration.” This year’s car will have a brand new engine. Hauser hopes the new engine will mean the team can keep last year’s car together. “A lot of the pieces that we have for this year’s car won’t be interchangeable” with last year’s car, Hauser said. “I do want to keep [last year’s car] together because it’s a good car for training purposes.”
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Hainsworth brings Snelgrove Gallery to life
The centrepiece of Swell divides the room into four separate windows.
A mound of grotesque fabric forms a sculpture on the far right of Hainsworth’s exhibit.
JENNA MANN Culture Editor
the room into four quarters and is shaped like a draped canopy in the centre of the gallery. “It plays with shadow and allows someone to go right underneath it,” Hainsworth said. It “breaks up the gallery into vantage points or windows between the legs.” On the left side of the exhibit sit two pieces that represent the calcification of the body and a project made from gold mylar influenced by sci-fi movies and origami. Both projects are highly geometric, contrasting with more natural pieces on the other side of the gallery. One project on the other side of the room is made from flesh-toned
Alexa Hainsworth is currently presenting her MFA show, Swell, at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery on campus. The show is a combination of sculptures that she has created over the last two years of her master’s degree in art and art history. Swell consists of textile sculptures in dramatic and biological forms with bold colour choices. Viewers are encouraged to imagine themselves in a theatrical environment. Some of Hainsworth’s large, dramatically-coloured sculptures look like orifices while others
are crystallic and mimic the calcification of the body with their crystal patterns. Swell “is a very different plain and contemplative space that is challenging and provocative,” Hainsworth said. “I am looking at this kind of biomorphic creature-like form, things that are just a little bit more eerie or strange.... I want to transform the gallery into a body. You come in and you feel like the gallery is alive,” Hainsworth said. The centrepiece of the show is a work that started as a series of triangles in the shape of bikini tops that multiplied in production. Made from dark fabric with metallic seams, the piece divides
fabric. A mound on one sculpture looks like tumours piling upon themselves. According to Hainsworth, the piece jumps “between hopeful, sensual and grotesque. It sort of glows with this hopeful, living quality. It goes between stages of new growth and something that’s decaying.” This exhibit is a departure from Hainsworth’s undergraduate work, which focused on painting. For Swell, she wanted to do something that the audience could not stand back from, something that would consume the viewer rather than allow the audience to consume the art. Hainsworth is interested and
inspired by how other sculptors like Kiki Smith and Thomas Hirschhorn, who creates cocoons in his work, are able to set up spaces that are a new experience for the viewer. Most importantly, Hainsworth wanted to create something unexpected. “I think I have achieved that in my work,” she said. Swell will be at the Snelgrove until Nov. 2 with a reception that night as well as on Nov. 7. Both receptions are at 10 p.m.
Bird Radio exhibit juxtaposes nature and technology KATLYNN BALDERSTONE Bill Burns is known for work with themes of nature and mankind, as in his exhibit Safety Gear for Small Animals. His new exhibit, Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge, now open at the Mendel Art Gallery, is no exception. Bird Radio is an inspired and thought-provoking installation that examines the true impact of nature in our lives. The exhibit shows the disconnect between modern society and the natural world, and how poorly the beauty of something as simple as a bird’s song can be captured by manmade devices. In the exhibit, a book sits on one of the chairs, providing instructions on how to create various bird calls. The book also has a note warning readers that the calls should not be considered substitutes for actual bird songs. The Eames chairs, named for their creator, are taken from the time period when mass production and factory models were becoming more and more prominent in furniture design. The chairs represent a loss of craftsmanship, as well as a step away from the natural and towards artificial materials like fibreglass and plastic. One of the most intriguing and appealing aspects of Bird Radio is in how much of the show is left up to the viewer’s curiosity. Nothing in the gallery is labelled specifically as “do not touch” or “feel free to touch,” but books about each bird call and dismantled
radio transmitters on the chairs placed throughout the exhibit encourage interaction. None of the artworks are labelled either, but a stack of tucked-away maps will help viewers to understand the titles and contexts of each work. Despite the images and imitations of nature, nothing in the exhibit is truly natural. The bird
songs are either crude imitations or displayed on graphs that trace the shape of the sound waves. A bookshelf displays field guides and text miniaturizations behind glass on conservation topics such as “Song of the Dodo” and “Silent Spring.” A video on one side of the room features young children demonstrating how to use the calls
Radio parts and bird memorabilia dangling from the roof of Bill Burns’ exhibit.
and reciting information about the bird they represent, but pictures of the birds are never actually shown. The exhibit questions the viewer. It asks how the viewer is exposed to the natural world, and how it is filtered through media and technology. It’s a thoughtful exhibit and one that will likely stick with you for a long time.
Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge is on display at the Mendel until Jan. 6, 2012. Further pieces and projects by the artist can be found at billburnsprojects.com.
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Instruments designed to mimic bird calls hang from a mobile in the Bird Radio exhibit.
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Etiquette for the avid social media user KEATING SMITH — The Other Press (Douglas College) New Westminster (CUP) — Social media is, for many, a necessary evil. Keeping up with study groups, long-distance friends and a busy social circle is close to impossible without the advent of online social resources. But while some use social media wisely, others are guilty of overkill. Avoiding awful online etiquette, especially on facebook, is easy if you avoid the following: The over-posted meme Everyone’s news feed seems to be clogged with cute cats and the
American presidential race. Do some of these makeshift comics make you laugh? Of course they do. That’s their objective. Do you see them repeated on your feed multiple times? Very likely you do. With that in mind, do you need to re-post the meme yet again? Probably not. Look at the bottom of the posting. If it has 10,000 likes and 40,000 shares, chances are a large portion of those in the online world have already seen it. The elusive link The really cool and obscure article you found in the bowels of the Internet may be a good find, but
a ambiguous and pictureless link is not likely to garner much attention no matter how interesting the news article/blog/new music may be. Why not write a few opinionated lines to accompany your next post? That will grab attention and actually make your post worthwhile. Your word-vomit So, after a week of studying, you and the gang finally painted the town red last weekend, and you most certainly deserved it. It can be hard to refrain from drunk Facebooking, especially with a surplus of smartphones on hand. But take heed: when you litter your friends’ news
feeds with nonsensical, misspelled status updates and blurry, dark phone camera pictures, you are essentially puking all over the Internet. Sure, post a picture or update of the good times had that night, just do so in moderation. The “Vaguebook” No one likes a whiner, and posting every emotion you feel throughout the day on public display is the online equivalent of complaining straight into the ear of everyone you know. Vague, emotional status updates are annoying and rather pointless to boot. Wouldn’t you feel better talking to someone in
person about your feelings instead of displaying them for the masses to see? Instagrammed life-shots Your pet is really cute. You should feel so lucky to have such a loving animal in your life. Do others need to see your pet 10 times a day in different poses with different photo filters on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram? No. The same goes for your daily food intake.
Cut the cost and cold press your own coconut oil at home JENNA MANN Culture Editor
Coconut oil is known for its many health and beauty benefits. It can be used as moisturizer, conditioner, lube, cooking oil, an anti-fungal treatment and anti-infectant. Some sources claim that it can also be used as a natural sunscreen. Normally a jar of coconut oil would cost upwards of $20 but it can be made cheaply at home. This is how you can make your own coconut oil at home for about half the price.
You need: • Coconuts (we used six) • Something to husk the coconut • Pitcher • Thin strainer • Blender • Containers to hold the milk • Mason jar • Hammer • Towel • Butter knife Strainer • Flathead screwdriver
1. Start by using a flathead screwdriver to knock a hole into your coconut shell. There will be three dark coloured spots on one end of the coconut. One of these will be weak enough to knock a hole clean through to the hollow of the nut.
2. Puncture the nut and drain the water into the pitcher. Do this with all of the coconuts.
3. Put the coconut water into the refrigerator. You can drink this later — it’s chock full of electrolytes and it’s great for rehydrating after a night out. 4. Wrap the coconut in a towel, brace it against a hard surface, grab a hammer and start smashing. Once the coconut is broken open, take the pieces and remove the white coconut and brown skin from the hard shell. Do this by scoring it with a sharp knife and then prying it away from the shell with a butter knife or flathead screwdriver.
5. Rinse off the coconut fragments and cut them into pieces small enough for the blender to handle. Put about two cups of these pieces in the blender and add water. (The water should sit at the same height as the coconuts in the blender.) Blend together. 6. Place a thin strainer over top of a large bowl and dump all of the extract from the blender into the strainer. Knead the shredded coconut and water mixture with clean hands, allowing the milk to collect in the bowl underneath. Once the coconut has been wrung out, place it in a freezable container to use for future cooking.
7. Continue blending, straining and kneading until you use up all six coconuts. 8. Strain the coconut milk before oil starts to collect to get rid of excess coconut that may have fallen through the strainer. Set this mixture in the fridge where the oil should separate from the water. Remove the thick oil into a mason jar and keep refrigerated. 9. Another way to separate the oil from the water is by boiling out the water and coconut milk on the stove and scooping the hot oil into a mason jar.
Step 1: Drain and smash open your coconut.
Step 2: Rinse off and dice coconut pieces so they’re manageable in a blender. Blend with water until they become a paste-like mixture.
Step 3: Knead coconut mixture and drain liquid into a bowl to separate it from coconut flakes.
Step 4: Refrigerate mixture allowing the oil to separate from the coconut milk and water. Freeze leftover coconut flakes.
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The Pistolwhips release EP, No Tomorrow JENNA MANN Culture Editor Saskatoon rockers The Pistolwhips released their first EP last weekend. The EP, titled No Tomorrow, features four upbeat tracks, which are adapted from songs written primarily by lead vocalist Rylan Schultz. The band’s members — Schultz, Zach Davies, Paul Kuzbik and Christian Kongawi — are staples in the Saskatoon music scene. They belong to other local groups including Sly Business, Fountains of Youth, The Rebellion and Whiskey Songs. “We all kind of dig on each other’s mutual projects. A lot of people might see it as a competitive thing, but it’s really not. It’s really all about the music,” Kuzbik said. Kongawi (drums), Davies (bass) and Kuzbik (lead guitar) grew up together in Prince Albert, Sask. Schultz was added to the mix after he opened for a group that Kongawi and Davies were in along with Leot Hanson, who now plays in The Sheepdogs. Kuzbik hadn’t yet joined the group when Schultz began fronting for The Pistolwhips. They initially performed under the name Guns at Dawn. “We became The Pistolwhips over time,” Schultz said. The band credits the Nintendo 64 video game GoldenEye 007— specifically the ability to hit your opponent with the pistol’s end while playing the game — for their name change. The change is fitting considering the band’s late 90s
influences. Their music is a mix of upbeat indie rock with hints of 90s pop and rock influences. Schultz’s voice is raspy and deep, something of a mix between indie favourites Ray LaMontagne and Paolo Nutini. “It’s nostalgic for me, a little bit. It makes me remember why I got into music in the first place and the stuff I was listening to when I first started playing,” said Kuzbik, who recently joined the band. “We’ve all known each other for
a really long time. It feels full-circle for me.” The EP’s second track, “Put me on a line,” is one of the band’s favourites while “All I Want” is a nostalgic song for Schultz, who noted that it was one of the first songs he wrote. Collectively the EP has an upbeat, fast-tempo sound that slows down in the final track, “Summertime.” Though the group’s members have been working together for
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almost seven years, recording for the EP started in September. “The main motivation [for the EP] is that it had to be this year — I mean, it is the end of the world, right? No Tomorrow,” Kongawi joked. Although the end of the world is fast approaching, at least according to the Mayan calendar, the band tentatively plans on touring in the future. “We’re hoping for spring,” Schultz said. No plans have been
Video Games Live at TCU Place 7:30 p.m. Big John Bates at Vangelis 9 p.m. Ana Egge at the Bassment 8 p.m. The Pack A.D. at Amigos 10 p.m. Co-Op Fest at the Odeon 7 p.m.
set in stone. For now the band hopes to write some new material as a group. “I’m excited to get into a room, drink some drinks and work on some new stuff,” Kuzbik said. You can listen to The Pistolwhip’s EP No Tomorrow online at thepistolwhips.bandcamp. com, on iTunes or you can buy the hard copy at one of their live shows.
Rodney Carrington at TCU Place 8 p.m. Colin Linden at the Bassment 9 p.m. The Creepshow at Amigos 10 p.m.
The Three Trombones: Anderson, Neufeld and Ulmer at the Bassment 9 p.m. Dan Mangan at the Odeon 6 p.m. Inspired by the Bard (Masters Series) at TCU Place 7:30 A.C. Newman at Amigos 10 p.m.
Saskatoon Fall Fair at Prairieland Park Ag Centre 10 a.m.-8 p.m. James Keeleghan Trio at the Bassment 8 p.m. Wintersleep and Elliott Brood at Louis’ 8 p.m. Plants and Animals with Rah Rah at Amigos 9 p.m.
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Let’s talk about death, baby TRAVIS HOMENUK Remember that children’s book, Everyone Poops? It’s a good one, isn’t it? The book manages to express what we all know but don’t talk about. I poop, you poop, your mom poops, even your professors poop. Indeed, we all poop. Well guess what, folks? We all die too. So we should be prepared for it. That death is inevitable isn’t exactly a secret. Bodies fade out, memories disappear and people die. But time isn’t always given to family members or friends to prepare for death. Whether you succumb to a long battle with cancer or you’re turned into minced meat by a bus, shit happens. My mom has already fought off her first round of cancer, only a year after having both of her knees replaced. I’d love to think that my parents are going to be alive and well forever, but I know that’s not the case. It’s better to be pessimistic — or at least not overly optimistic — and to look at life and death honestly, than to assume everything is going to be ticketyfucking-boo all the time. Bad things happen to good people. We all know this. So before I leave the country or get on a plane, I always leave a handwritten will on my desk
in a sealed envelope should the unthinkable happen. Do you know who would assume your student loans if you died tomorrow? Would you be cremated or buried? What kind of funeral would you want? Who would give your eulogy? What would your obituary say? Would your family know whom to notify about your death? What will happen to all of your digital accounts? Do you have your most important passwords written down?
There’s a lot to consider. Maybe it’s just the control freak in me busting out, but there’s no reason why you can’t think about these things and
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to read until she passes are her journals. (I think she longs to be Meryl Streep’s character in Bridges of Madison County.) I will never have to ask myself, “Is this what my mom would have wanted?” because I’ve already asked her. We’re at the point now where we can joke about her demise and maintain open communication on the subject. Naturally, I can’t imagine life without my mom. Even though she loses her mind making holiday dinners and obsesses over the fact that my sister and I always misplace her precious collection of Tupperware, she’s an irreplaceable part of my life. When she does die, though, I’ll take comfort in knowing our relationship was strong enough to talk about her inevitable demise openly.
I am adamant that children — regardless of whether they’re 20 or 50 — should have these conversations with their parents because I’ve seen what can happen if these lines of communication aren’t kept open. Your parents might already have everything organized but simply haven’t told you the details. Or maybe they have wills but haven’t updated them since you became an adult or something to that effect. Wills do need to be updated, people. Don’t make death any worse than it has to be; be prepared, no matter how old you are. Make wills, write out your final requests — hell, have an obituary writing party with your family! Then when someone dies, you’ll be able to grieve properly without worrying about what they would have wanted.
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Travis Homenuk should have read the article printed just two inches to the right of his before arguing that mental health assessments should be required to run for public office. Had he done this, he would have been informed of the existing difficulties in finding employment for those dealing with mental illness. Had Homenuk researched further, perhaps he would have found out that World Health
Organization evidence suggests that nearly half of the people in the world are affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. If Homenuk’s argument is based only on his judgement of one recent mayoral candidate then I would suggest that he further his knowledge of mental illness. Those who have suffered mental illness include Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, two of the most accomplished statesmen of
the modern era. Homenuk’s claim that Clay Mazurkewich and those “like him” take away from the legitimacy and dignity of the election only strengthens the barriers and stigmas that those suffering from mental illness struggle to overcome. Matt Chilliak
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Let’s stop competing between colleges KIMBERLY HARTWIG
As an English major I’ve heard all the digs levelled against my college and my degree. My personal favourite has to be, “What are you going to do with an English degree? Work at Starbucks?” For the record, I’ve tried. They won’t hire me. Other people think that being an English major is a joke in and of itself. I often wonder why my chosen degree garners so little respect and how my education can so easily be turned into a punchline. I don’t think this is just the case for English majors. Many colleges and degrees are treated as less valuable than others; they are considered expendable, unnecessary and wastes of time. The standard model for degree superiority goes something like this: Engineering degrees are better than chemistry degrees, which are better than political studies degrees, which are better than history degrees. The list goes on. This made-up hierarchy does not reflect reality. What makes one degree better than another? How can I say that my education is somehow more valuable than yours? The truth is, I can’t answer these questions objectively and neither can you. I won’t pretend to be completely innocent in the “make fun of other colleges” game. I have my own prejudices that I believe to be true:
business students only care about money and will do anything for a dollar, law students are pretentious and will argue about anything with anyone, med students have God complexes and think they walk on
water. Every time I meet someone from one of these colleges, though, they turn out to be more than the arbitrary stereotype I assigned to them and I end up feeling like a
jackass. In reality, I’m jealous of what other students are able to do that I can’t. I could never balance a budget like a finance student does. I could never stand up in front of other
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people and argue a case like a law student can. And I know I could never deal with blood and pain like a med student must. Maybe in the end we’re all just a little jealous of each other. Jealous that chemistry students make potions and do experiments like the ones on Bill Nye the Science Guy, or that fine arts students create beautiful work to share with the world, or that med students get to wear really cool stethoscopes and save lives. Maybe we see in other students a bit of what we wish we could be. The truth is that every major is worth studying and every student is more than their degree. Yes, maybe some of the stereotypes are true — maybe kinesiology students do love to go to the gym, maybe business students do like suits. After all, I do enjoy reading poetry and drinking fancy lattes. But if we look beyond these stereotypes and prejudices, if we refuse to label people solely based on what college they’re in, we can create a campus-wide community. After all, we’re all in this together. We’re all missing sleep, we’re all worrying about what we’ll do next and we’re all wondering if what we’re doing is worth it. We’re all working for the piece of paper that will never accurately represent exactly what we learned or how hard we worked for it. Why can’t we all just respect each other? Because if we get right down to it, we’re not really that different after all.
Fashion trends that need to end LINDA NGUYEN Fashion trends can be difficult to keep up with. So many are thrown in our faces that the task of separating the good from the bad takes extraordinary effort at times. As a result, we end up giving a “thumbs up” to items that deserve nothing but the opposite. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of eight “thumbs down” trends that you should avoid. Some of these things may hit hard but try to keep in mind that I say it because I care. Coloured Denim Have we really become so lazy that “bold” attempts at fashion rest on the colour of our pants? It’s just too easy and overdone. Wearing coral jeggings doesn’t make you fashionable when you pair it with a black top. It just shows that you really wanted the coral item but were stumped on how to wear it. Leggings as pants If you really want to show off your curves, put on a pair of skinny jeans. Leggings are for tunics and for layering when the weather is cruel and merciless. They are a glorified, slightly thicker pair of tights. Don’t wear them as pants.
Kitten Heels As much as I loathe the sight of flats with cocktail dresses for that “I’m not a heels type of girl” look, kitten heels are a sorry alternative. Don’t do it. Kitten heels are so much worse. Just because something has a little bit of a heel on it, doesn’t mean it’s more formal or appropriate. Neon Kinder summer weather has made its departure, so please step away from the piercing highlighter palette and move to deeper tones. I’d rather not have your neon pants reflect off the snow and straight into my eyes. Seriously: it happened, and it actually kind of hurt. Wide belts to cinch the waist So you want people to notice your narrow waist, hey? Cool. But when you use a belt the width of a two-by-four, you’ve missed the point. You’ve successfully drawn attention to the narrowest part of your body but I don’t think you noticed how you inadvertently emphasized the reality of your hips, a much wider part of your torso. If, however, that was your plan, belt on. High-low skirts/dresses Mullets are bad enough on a person’s head. They remain awful when worn on your lower half.
Instead wear the knee-length skirt one day and the maxi the next. Don’t invest in something that showcases your indecisiveness. Deep side parts To clarify, I’m talking about the extremely deep side parts that are unmanageable for anyone who has to focus his or her day on other things than hair maintenance. The kind where your hair combs over to cover the entire area of your forehead. Somehow, this look transitioned from an emo teenager favourite to a full-fledged hair trend with mass appeal. Just get bangs, please. Uggs Why do people still wear these things?! First off, they are not pleasing to the eye no matter the colour, sparkles or fur trims. Second, who engineered the treads of these boots? They make the worst shuffling noises ever. This comment extends to the wearer of the boots — pick up your feet. Surely your mother taught you better than this. She must have. I have almost certainly missed several items that deserve a spot on this list, but the basics have been covered. When something is really bad, you have to call it out as such. And the trends I mentioned are the definition of bad.
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What was the most notable thing to you in this year’s US presidential election?
Binders full of women. Brett Barrington
Love for “horses and bayonets.” Andrew Hodson
Romney is rich and out of touch.
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It’s much more pessimistic than the 2008 one. Aaron Bartlett
FAKE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Man claims ‘extreme trolling’ as murder defense An Akron, Ohio man on trial for the second-degree murder of a co-worker mounted a landmark defense this week, claiming that the murder was simply “extreme trolling.” James Preston was apprehended at the scene of the crime standing above slain Donny Brooks’ body laughing. When the officers read
him his rights and charged him with murder, Preston sounded surprised. “Really?” He asked incredulously. “Wow, man, I guess some people can’t take a joke.” Preston is a well-known user of the online community Reddit, and has been a pioneer in the field of “trolling,” a sort of combination of
sarcasm and pranking that many Internet users are fond of. During his brief trial, Preston admitted he had murdered Brooks but claimed that the murder was an extension of trolling, saying at one point that he had “invented IRL trolling, you fucktards.” The jury handed down a ‘guilty’ verdict and recommended the
sentencing reflect the fact that Preston was both fully aware of his actions and completely unrepentant. Judge Harriet Meltzer said she took the jury’s recommendation seriously, even postponing the sentencing hearing so she could find a way to impress upon Preston the gravity of his actions.
At the hearing, Meltzer announced Preston would be held in jail for life with no possibility of parole and then looked at him and said something Preston claims will stay with him forever: “OP fail.”
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THANK YOU! The Sheaf would like to thank our partners for helping to make our Centennial Celebration possible.
November 2nd & 3rd Friday, November 2nd
Registration at the Sheaf Oﬃce, 108 Memorial Union Building. Please note: registration will also be available at the reception.
Diefenbaker Canada Centre walking tour of camps
University of Saskatchewan Saturday, November 3rd
Keynote speech from Brian Gable, Sheaf alumnus and Globe and Mail editorial caroonist. At the Neatby-Timlin Theatre, Arts 241.
Panel discussion about the future of student journalism at the Neatby-Timlin Theatre, Arts 241.
Reception at the Diefenbacker Canada Centre. Cash bar. Pints and conversation in the basement of Winston’s English Pub and Grill.
Gala dinner at Louis’ Pub. Cocktails at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. Semi-formal, cash bar.
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The Sheaf 01/11/12 - Volume 104 Issue 9