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Lights out at the Canadian Light Source
ANNA-LILJA DAWSON Associate News Editor
The synchroton is no longer emitting any light after a failure of the system’s cooling plant shut down the light source and all research being done at the facility. Research at the Canadian Light Source was brought to a halt last month after the cryoplant, the cooling system for the synchrotron, failed Oct. 6. A power outage that occurred at the CLS Sept. 26 caused a pump to back up, resulting in a back flow of oil vapour. The oil vapour made it difficult for the liquid helium to cool down the RF cavity, which gives electrons power boosts as they make their way around the ring. With the cryoplant unable to cool effectively, the synchrotron cannot operate. The CLS has elected a user advisory committee to prioritize lost beam time for users and has invited them to reapply for the next phase, scheduled to resume in January. “We have a process for
The only light emitted from the Canadian Light Source these days comes from the overhead bulbs.
prioritization for those things,” Executive Director of the CLS Josef Hormes said. “I hope we can at least mitigate the [high priority cases]. It is always a risk if you work in facilities like this.” Over a month of beam time
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was lost due to the failure as a maintenance period was scheduled for the beginning of November. After working in synchrotron facilities for over 40 years, Hormes said that this kind of failure is not uncommon in these kinds facilities.
He noted that similar issues have occurred in five or six of the other facilities around the world using the same superconducting cavity, as well as a cryoplant manufactured by the Linde Group, a Switzerland-based engineering company.
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touchdown after fifth-year Huskies safety Bryce McCall stripped the ball from Regina’s tailback Dillon Dawson. Dogs defensive back Luke Thiel scooped up the loose ball and ran it into the Rams’ end zone for the major. The score put the Huskies in charge of the football game with a 9-0 lead midway through the second quarter. But it was all Rams from that point on. Regina managed a touchdown and field goal before the half to go into the break ahead of the Dogs 10-9. Towriss said his halftime message to the players was to keep playing hard on every down, but they couldn’t catch the Rams. “We said it was going to be a 60-minute battle and we had to execute on every play,” Towriss said. “They made some plays that allowed them to get the lead and they outexecuted us in the second half for sure.” The Rams ran away with the game, scoring three touchdowns in the span of 11 minutes in the second half. Rams slotback Landon Buch had an explosive game. The third-year receiver entered the game with only two catches in his entire university
“What we have observed now is not so uncommon with other facilities,” Hormes said. “That means it might be more on the vendor side but there is hardly any alternative.” Hormes said that the CLS team has diligently followed a preventative maintenance plan supplied by the cryoplant vendor and that there will be a review process to determine if there was any way the failure could have been avoided. He does not believe the failure of the cryoplant will affect the CLS’s funding prospects. The CLS is revising its operating budget because the funding sources need to be resecured during the renewal period of the funding cycle. Hormes said that it is too early to say when or if the CLS will receive all the funding that is needed, but added that it is not crucial the CLS receives the funding in the first and second years. He said, rather, that
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Huskies rammed out of playoffs
Dogs quarterback Drew Burko had his worst offensive showing of the year Nov. 2.
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team lost out of playoffs in the conference semifinal round for the third consecutive year. The squad struggled to get any sort of offensive momentum in the road game, and as a result lost 31-9 against Regina Rams in a snowy Mosaic Stadium Nov. 2. The lack of offence “was certainly a big part of the loss. We fumbled twice, dropped some balls and we just didn’t generate anything,” Huskies head coach Brian Towriss said. “We were punishing on defence and pretty good on special teams, but we didn’t make enough plays on offence to match them.” Regina’s defensive core have now gone two consecutive games without giving up a single point. They kept a Huskies offence that had scored 52 points in their last regular season game off the scoreboard. All nine of the Dogs’ points came in the second quarter as a result of the strong play of the team’s defence. They forced the Rams to concede a team safety early in the quarter, then later added a
career but made six catches for 130 receiving yards and scored two second-half touchdowns pivotal to the Rams’ late offensive surge. Buch scored his first touchdown on a two-yard plunge into the end zone to give the Rams a 17-9 lead in the third frame. His second touchdown, a long 63-yard catch-and-run play up the right sideline with just over nine minutes remaining in the match, finished Regina’s scoring in style. Regina’s quarterback Marc Mueller ended the day completing 21 of 32 pass attempts for 393 yards and three touchdowns. Buch led the receiving core, followed by Kolten Solomen, whose five-catch, 97-yard performance was highlighted by his 59-yard touchdown grab on the last play of the third quarter to give the Rams a 24-9 advantage. For the Huskies, quarterback Drew Burko was 11-for-28 through the air, accumulating 134 yards. His biggest target was Canada West leading receiver Kit Hillis, who only managed four catches for a dismal 49 yards in the game.
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semester are automatically covered through the students’ union. Roughly 42 per cent of the 14,094 students eligible for full coverage opted out. The dental plan provides up to 70 per cent coverage on cleanings, checkups, fillings, wisdom teeth removal, gum treatments and root canals. Major restorative work — crowns, bridges and posts — are not covered. Steven Heidel, vice-president operations and finance for the U of S students’ union, was warned when deciding to lease space to Campus Dentist that having a clinic on campus would increase the number of claims and raise the cost of the plan. Ultimately, the increase wasn’t a deal breaker. Heidel said the Campus Dentist
franchise was chosen to move into the empty bay in Lower Place Riel because it’s a member of the Student Care dental network. Members of the network provide an additional 20 per cent coverage on checkups and cleanings to U of S students. In Saskatoon, 19 dental clinics are registered members and provide a discount. “When claims go up, the price of our plan goes up. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You should be going to the dentist yearly. You should be getting your annual check-ups,” Heidel said. “It’s not really about how much the price jumps, it’s more about the fact that students are using the services that we want them to be using in terms of maintaining their health.”
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Tension builds on both sides of the deportation story of Nigerian students ANNA-LILJA DAWSON Associate News Editor
It has been four-and-a-half months since Victoria Ordu and Ihuoma Amadi have set foot outside. Ordu and Amadi, both University of Regina students, have been seeking sanctuary in a Regina church since June 19 when they each received a deportation order after they violated their student visas. The students worked at a Regina Walmart for two weeks in spring of 2011 without proper social insurance numbers or work permits. They are now facing deportation back to Nigeria and risk having their full scholarships revoked by the Nigerian government. Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews have said in public statements to CBC and in the House of Commons that the women are no longer students and have no reason to stay in the country. Further reports from Minister Kenney conclude that the women had fair hearings from the Canada Border Services Agency during winter of 2011-12 after they received orders to leave in November of 2011. Both women admitted to taking time off school, which he said can eliminate their status as students. Kay Adebogun, the Reginabased immigration consultant who represents the women, said that as the pressure on the government and on the ministers involved increases, the story has been getting distorted. “I’m not surprised with all these excuses,” Adebogun said. “They’re just looking for a way to distort the story. If you are caught in a corner, that’s what it looks like.” Adebogun said that the Immigration and Refugee
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Ihuoma Amadi (left) and Victoria Ordu wait in the church, silently watching their story develop in the outside world.
Protection Act does not mandate that an international student consistently be enrolled in courses, but only that they not overstay their study permit. “As of today, the most important thing is that you must have a valid study permit,” Adebogun said. “In [Ordu and Amadi’s] case, they have been in school, they are students at the University of Regina, they have been taking classes and they’re fine.” After having seen Amadi and Ordu’s transcripts, Adebogun affirms that the women were indeed enrolled as students at the U of R from 2009 to 2012, and were registered for their final year
when they went into hiding. Rallies to prevent the women’s deportation have been held in Regina and in Ottawa and there have been petitions circulating through the province in opposition to the deportation of Amadi and Ordu. With support coming in from across the the country, Adebogun does not see the women being deported anytime soon. “We’re going to continue the pressure, mount the pressure until such a time as they will say, ‘Yes, let it be,’ ” Adebogun said. University of Saskatchewan student Dan LeBlanc said that the same unrelenting support
round of petitions had collected 450 signatures after they were circulated around Saskatoon and campus. The second round gathered over 250 signatures in less than a week of tabling in the Arts Tunnel in mid-October. The group is looking into holding a second letter writing session, following the first session in October, and possibly a rally in the Bowl. Beyond the matter of whether the deportation of Amadi and Ordu is fair and just, LeBlanc said that the issue is an opportunity for students to learn to help each other to create safe places and universities that protect students that may be marginalized. “It is very important for students to stand up for students,” LeBlanc said. He sees the crackdown on the international students as symptomatic of the Conservative Party’s tough-on-crime agenda that is overriding what seems to be what the majority of the Canadian public wants. “The Conservative government is over generalizing from the fact that they were elected while running on these particular social and ideological issues,” LeBlanc said. “They are over generalizing in thinking that all Canadians want these things.” With pressure coming from the Saskatchewan government, both universities in the province and the general Canadian public, it is becoming harder for Kenney and Toews to be tough-on-crime and maintain positive public images. LeBlanc said that the deportation affair has become more politically costly for the ministers since Regina-Wascana MP Ralph Goodale and Saskatchewan Party MLA Bill Boyd have openly voiced their opposition to the women’s deportation.
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funds become more important by the third year of the cycle when the CLS tries to catch up on maintenance and upgrades. “It’s nothing that will disturb our operation next year,” Hormes said. “We have to see the full four or five years.” The operating budget for 2013-14 will be approximately $40 million, and will increase by five per cent for the following four to five years. Separate from the research budget, the operational budget provides funds for salaries, maintenance and the power bill, which the CLS pays independently from the university since it is a separate organization. In the previous funding period, a large portion of the operational funding was secured in the second and third years of the cycle. It is unusual for the CLS to acquire all of the funding for the operational budget at the beginning of the cycle. The CLS has confirmed that the Canadian Foundation for Innovation will fund 40 per cent of the operating budget and that the
is coming from the Saskatoonbased Facebook group “Students in Solidarity with Victoria and Ihuoma.” “We need to push very hard at the moment to get a definite stay so that they legally can no longer [proceed with the case],” LeBlanc, a member of the group, said. “We won’t allow them to just wait us out. We will push and make a stance.” “Students in Solidarity” has collected over 700 signatures during two rounds of petitioning. The pledge asks Kenney and Toews to reconsider the deportation and its consequences. At the end of September, the first
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has agreed to fund $5.6 million over five years, beginning in 2013. The CLS is also currently negotiating with the province regarding funds and plans to submit a proposal for funding to Western Economic Diversification Canada, a program that supports diversification, innovation and community level economic development in Western Canada. Greg Fowler, acting vicepresident of finance and resources for the U of S, said that the university has set aside $1.1 million to help fund the CLS’s operations. Hormes said that various factors, such as the current economic climate, need to be taken into account when securing funding for major research facilities. It could very well be that the economic situation is not marvelous at this point in time,” Hormes said. “Therefore we don’t worry too much at this point in time because I hope within the next years the situation will improve.”
Facilities built then dropped The federal government has a solid history of providing funds to build state-of-the-art research centres like the CLS, but U of S President Ilene Busch-Vishniac feels the projects do not receive enough support to cover the skyhigh operating costs. Busch-Vishniac was in Ottawa Oct. 23 and spoke to the federal finance committee about the difficulties that universities face with research funding and talked of the struggles associated with large research facilities. “I suggested that Canada lacks a clear science and technology strategy,” BuschVishniac wrote to the Sheaf in an email. “It is odd that we get federal funding to build great labs (like CLS and InterVac) but then we receive little or no funding to operate them. This has routinely been a problem for our national facilities and it makes no sense to operate like this.”
Incidents at the University of Saskatchewan involving Campus Safety from Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 Infractions issued: • 1 use cell phone while driving • 1 unregistered vehicle • 1 disobey stop sign • 1 speeding • 1 intoxicated in public Other reports: • A hit and run accident was reported in lot one. • Officers attended four medical calls.
• Officers attended a fire alarm at College Quarter. The cause of the alarm was smoke from food that had spilled over onto a burner. • Officers investigated a report of a male causing a disturbance at residence. He was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and was transported to police cells.
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A peek at the American political machine
Chris Stoicheff helped campaign for Obama in the swing state of Virginia.
Past students’ union president lends hand to Obama re-election campaign DARYL HOFMANN Senior News Editor Former president of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union Chris Stoicheff spent his weekend in the battleground state of Virginia with hundreds of young Democrats doing some eleventh-hour campaigning for newly re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama clinched the victory after taking Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, New Hampshire, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — the so-called midwest firewall that Republican candidate Mitt Romney was desperately trying to crack. Virginia, also considered one
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of the critical swing states, was captured by Obama by a razor-thin margin. Stoicheff travelled from Washingon, D.C. to Virginia Beach, Va., with about 1,000 students from nearby universities to help get out the vote just days before the Nov. 6 election. The group door-knocked registered Obama supporters and reminded them to cast a ballot as part of Obama’s unprecedented ground game that pundits say played a vital part in the victory. “The amount of young people that were there in Virginia was just out of this world,” Stoicheff said over the phone from Washington on election day. “I have never seen such an organized campaign.” Stoicheff’s group of Obama supporters banged on roughly 90,000 doors over two days in the hotly-contested state. Virginia was a Republican stronghold until 2008 when Obama edged
out John McCain. All strategists and pollsters leading up to 2012 election predicted that a win in Virginia would be a crucial piece of the puzzle for both presidential candidates. “The democrats are well-known — especially Obama’s campaign — for success in getting out the vote and they were really counting on that today,” Stoicheff said. “The Romney campaign just doesn’t have the youth support the Obama campaign still does.” The Democratic Party paid for a hotel room, food and travel for Stoicheff during the weekend. It was his first time volunteering for the campaign. Stoicheff also cold-called Republicans from a massive phone bank trying to persuade them to flip-flop political loyalties. “I’ve never seen such a large group of people on their cell phones talking,” he said, laughing. “Literally 500 people in one room all randomly calling people in the state of Virginia.” Talking to partisan Romney supporters allowed Stoicheff to witness first-hand just how tight the presidential race would be. Obama’s pro-choice stance on abortion and his economic policy were two of the biggest issues for Republicans, Stoicheff said. However, Stoicheff says Obama’s handling of the Superstorm Sandy crisis in New
Jersey helped sway some on-thefence voters on the East Coast. He talked about the bipartisan approach Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took to bring muchneeded aid to those affected by floods and power outages. “I think congress could take a page out of [their] playbook on that one in order to start to get some things done on taxation and spending,” he said. Stoicheff is working in D.C. as an intern at a government consulting firm set up through The Washington Center. The centre has internship opportunities for students interested in politics, business and journalism, among other subjects. “This is a great opportunity for any student to get out of the province and get out of the country and see some other job opportunities,” he said. Stoicheff is interning at former Canadian ambassador to the Czech Republic Paul Frazer’s highpowered Washington lobbying firm, PD Frazer Consulting. The firm works to advance the interests of its mainly Canadian clientele on Capitol Hill. “It’s a really interesting process. Lobbying here is a lot more prevalent [than in Canada]. It’s a much more lucrative and substantive profession here,” Stoicheff said. Recently, Frazer has been fighting a hard-nosed battle in the
political trenches for the Alberta government. For the past two years, Frazer has lobbied with U.S. policymakers against clean energy bills that target the Alberta oil sands and the contentious XL Keystone Pipeline, which would pump oil sands bitumen from Canada to the southern states. The opportunity to work in Washington has opened Stoicheff’s eyes to the complex world of backroom politics and specifically consulting. “I find it to be very interesting. For me, I was always thinking after I graduate I would go into the public sector and work as a bureaucrat and stay on that side of things,” he said. “But this has really opened a new door for me to a different world where you can advise people about politics.” On election night, Stoicheff planned to keep a steady watch on the results as they trickled in. He said he wanted to stop by the Democratic National Committee headquarters and see if they needed help getting supporters to the polls. “I’ll also be hanging out with some friends from Canada who are down here,” he said. “We’ll probably be checking out the Washington Mall where there will be a pretty large gathering.”
CFS yet to respond to URegina Students’ Union audit request of Sask. accounts DIETRICH NEU — The Carillon (University of Regina)
REGINA (CUP) — It doesn’t appear that the tension between the University of Regina Students’ Union and the Canadian Federation of Students is going to end anytime soon. The URSU executive has formally requested the CFS national office conduct an audit of the CFS-Saskatchewan bank account for all fiscal periods dating from the opening of the account. URSU president Nathan Sgrazzutti said the request is a response to the way CFS has handled former URSU president Haanim Nur’s embezzlement of their money earlier this year. Sgrazzutti believes that they have not dealt with the situation well. “We needed to react immediately to the CFS not deciding to not take any action themselves,” he said. “With forgery and the misappropriation of funds, it is important that they look into their accounts and see if anything else has been taken.” The CFS national office has remained fairly quiet about the incident since the matter became public. They have not issued a statement outside of the address made by CFS-SK days after news of Nur’s actions were known. “We are still trying to work to figure out what happened to students’ funds,” Sgrazzutti said. “Why has nothing been done? [Why] haven’t they said that
Delegates at the semi-annual CFS convention in Quebec seem much happier than students in Saskatchewan.
Haanim is paying them back or that there has been a settlement out of court? What is going on? Nothing. So we are going to try and jump-start them into action.” CFS national has not responded to the audit request made over two weeks ago. In fact, URSU has had no contact with the CFS at all since a conference call was held between the two parties shortly after Nur admitted to embezzling funds in an interview with the Carillon. Sgrazzutti said the conference call was between the URSU, CFS
national executive Adam Awad and CFS-SK representatives Kent Peterson and Paige Kezima. Apparently, the conversation did not go well. “It was an argument that ended in us saying that ‘our job in this is done,’ ” Sgrazzutti added. “CFS originally wanted URSU to go to the authorities and say that it was our money that was stolen. They wanted us to say that the money needs to be paid back to us and then after that we pay it back to them. That way it looks like it was URSU’s fault.”
In recent years, the CFS’s standing in Saskatchewan has been fragile. In addition to several membership disputes across the country, the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union president Jared Brown told the Sheaf last month he believes the USSU has spent over $60,000 on lawsuits disputing their own membership in the organization. The University of Regina held its own referendum on whether to remain members of the CFS, which passed by a slim 88-vote margin in October, 2010. Given
the extremely polarized consensus amongst students at the U of R, Sgrazzutti believes that CFS is desperate to avoid further damage to their reputation. “CFS has taken so much flack, especially on our campus,” he said. “They can’t take any more hits like this. They have had four separate students’ unions try and pull out.” After the aforementioned conference call, Sgrazzutti claims that the CFS attempted to absolve themselves of any responsibility for further action. “Their reaction was to claim the account was not given the okay by CFS. They said that CFS had not received our payments, and that they had gone into some account that was beyond their control,” he said. “But URSU actually had standing letters and emails asking us to open the exact account, telling us who is going to be in charge of it, and telling us that ‘this is where your funds to us can be paid.’ ” As for the audit itself, Sgrazzutti is less than optimistic the CFS will respond to the request. “I don’t expect them to even do it.” The CFS-SK national executive representative Peterson declined to comment on the audit request or the conference call with the URSU executive. The Carillon contacted CFS national but no representative was able to return our calls by press time.
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Huskie alumni honoured
“We pride ourselves on being playmakers, especially as receivers, and I don’t think we did that in the game,” admitted Hillis. “The entire season is based around trying to make it to the Vanier [Cup] eventually, and to fall short in the first round hurts. It’s a tough pill to swallow,” added Hillis, who has two more years of eligibility. In the other conference semifinal the Calgary Dinos defeated the Manitoba Bisons 57-18 to advance to and now host the Hardy Cup
conference title game against Regina. The game will be played Nov. 10 at McMahon Stadium. As for the Huskies, they will have to watch another Hardy Cup on TV, envious that they can’t be in it and hopeful that they’ll be there next year, says Hillis. “The only thing we can do now is rebuild,” he said. “Look toward the future and hope we have a better result next year.”
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Former Huskies women’s volleyball coach Mark Tennant enters the Saskatoon Sport Hall of Fame.
COLE GUENTER Sports Editor The 27th annual induction ceremony for the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame took place Nov. 3. This year’s class of honoured inductees include four Huskie connections and a handful of other Saskatoon products. Legendary University of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s volleyball coach Mark Tennant was entered into the hall in the builders category as well as Dale Yellowlees and Judy Warick. Tennant was the head coach of the women’s volleyball squad for 24 years, a time highlighted by the years 1979-81. In that time, the Huskiettes, as they were called, won three consecutive national championships — a feat never before seen in Canadian university volleyball. “In those 24 years we had a lot of highlights, but winning the national championship three times was without a doubt the ultimate highlight,” said Tennant, who still recalls those games played over 30 years ago with vivid detail. Outside of the university game, Tennant created SuperVolley, once the largest volleyball tournament in North America. He has worked with the International Volleyball Association and even wrote a book about developing volleyball skills. Dale Yellowlees and Judy Warick both entered the hall as builders of the sport of track and field. Yellowlees was a renowned voice of track and field events all across the country. In a career that dates back to the early 1970s, he has announced track and field events for six Canadian track and field championships, two Commonwealth Games and the 1979 World Cup in Montreal. He also coached the Huskies cross country running team in the early 1970s. In the athletes category, hockey player Curtis Leschyshyn was honoured along with taekwondo expert Duk Sang Ha. Leschyshyn’s professional playing career started with Saskatoon Blades before being drafted by the Quebec Nordiques third overall in the 1988 NHL entry draft. He spent seven years in Quebec and moved with the club when it was relocated to Denver, Col.
In 1996, Leschyshyn won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche. He said it was a moment that he had been waiting for his entire career. “To win a Stanley Cup is every kid’s dream growing up playing hockey,” Leschyshyn said. “I was fortunate to be on a very good hockey team and to have my name on the Stanley Cup is something I will cherish forever.” Leschyshyn retired in 2004 after playing over 1,000 games in the NHL. He took on an assistant coaching job with the Saskatoon Blades this fall. Duk Sang Ha placed first at the Canadian National Taekwondo Championships in the men’s flyweight division (up to 58 kilograms) in 1999, and went on to compete at the World Championships in Edmonton in the same year. The teams category saw the induction of two teams, both former Huskies squads that won on the national level. The 1998-99 Huskies men’s volleyball team was one of the teams. The squad was a true underdog, squeaking into the Canadian national tournament with a wildcard berth after a 14-4 season that culminated in losing to the Calgary Dinos in a best-of-three series in the Canada West semifinal. The team took full advantage of their wildcard berth, however, by first beating Winnipeg in three straight sets, knocking off Alberta in five sets in the second round and dismantling Laval in three sets. The Huskies were national champs and the team’s outside hitter Aaron Canfield was named the tournament MVP. Canfield remembers the tournament fondly. “It’s definitely an accomplishment to take pride in. Your championship team is locked into the history of Saskatoon, and it’s always good to recount old memories and get the players together again.” The other team inducted was the 1968 men’s cross country team. They won the university’s very first team national championship. Seven of the Huskies runners finished in the top 16 in the final race 44 years ago, giving them enough team points to garner the gold. The only sports organization inducted into the Saskatoon Hall of Fame this year was the Bedford Road Invitational Tournament for high school boys basketball.
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Dog Watch: Cara and Cami Wooster COLE GUENTER Sports Editor
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s hockey team has one of the most feared offensive duos in the Canada West conference — twins Cara and Cami Wooster. The Wooster twins grew up in the small farming community of Salvador, Sask., and were always playing hockey together. “My dad played hockey, my grandpa played too. So in our family as soon as you were old enough to skate, you play hockey,” Cara said. This season marks the first time in five years that the twins have been united on the same hockey team. After they graduated high school, Cara and Cami both moved to Grand Forks, N.D. where they received scholarships to play for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. North Dakota had just moved into the NCAA Division I league and the team was having a hard time adjusting to the faster play. “Hockey didn’t go great down there,” Cara said. “We did well personally but our team wasn’t doing well and it was a negative atmosphere as far as hockey was concerned,” added Cami. There was even controversy over the team’s nickname and the club was eventually forced to retire the nickname “Fighting Sioux.” After two losing seasons in North Dakota, the Wooster’s decided to come back to Canada. Cara spent the next two years at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology where she graduated with a diploma in animal health technology. She then worked as a veterinary technician in Provost, Alta. for two years before coming to the U of S.
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Cara (right) and Cami (left) Wooster.
“I didn’t want anything to do with hockey for a few years because of North Dakota,” admitted Cara, who didn’t play again until she started at the U of S in 2010. Cami transferred to the University of Alberta after leaving North Dakota. She played for the U of A Pandas for one year during her time there and graduated with an education degree in 2009. Since then she has been in Saskatoon teaching English as an additional language, which she is still doing
part-time while she upgrades her degree through the U of S. Finally back on the same line after all those years, the twins are excited to be playing together again. “We always had success when we played together in the past and in my final year of university hockey I wanted to finish it by playing with her,” Cara said. The team is excited about the duo too. The twins have combined for six goals and 14 assists through the first 10 games of the season.
Canada West Standings Women’s Volleyball 1. Manitoba 2. Brandon 3. Mount Royal 4. TWU 5. UBC 6. UBC Okanagan 7. Alberta 8. Calgary 9. Regina 10. Saskatchewan 11. Winnipeg 12. TRU *Top seven teams qualify for playoffs
W-L 3-0 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 2-2 1-3 1-3 1-3 0-3 0-4
Men’s Volleyball 1. Alberta 2. Manitoba 3. Brandon 4. TRU 5. TWU 6. Mount Royal 7. Saskatchewan 8. Winnipeg 9. Calgary 10. UBC 11. Regina 12. UBC Okanagan *Top seven teams qualify for playoffs
W-L 4-0 3-0 3-1 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 1-2 1-3 1-3 0-4 0-4
W-L-OL 1. Calgary 8-1-1 2. Alberta 8-2-0 3. UBC 5-2-3 4. Regina 6-4-0 5. Lethbridge 4-4-2 6. Mount Royal 4-4-2 7. Manitoba 3-6-1 8. Saskatchewan 2-6-2 *Top six teams qualify for playoffs
W-L-OL 1. Saskatchewan 7-1-0 2. Alberta 7-3-0 3. Calgary 5-3-0 4. Regina 5-3-0 5. UBC 4-3-1 6. Manitoba 4-3-1 7. Mount Royal 2-8-0 8. Lethbridge 0-7-1 *Top six teams qualify for playoffs
Prairie Division 1. Alberta 2. Calgary 3. Lethbridge 4. Regina 5. Saskatchewan 6. Brandon 7. Manitoba 8. Winnipeg
W-L 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2
Prairie Division 1. Alberta 2. Lethbridge 3. Calgary 4. Manitoba 5. Regina 6. Saskatchewan 7. Brandon 8. Winnipeg
W-L 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2
Pacific Division 1. TRU 2. UBC 3. UFV 4. Victoria 5. Mount Royal 6. TWU 7. UBC Okanagan 8. UNBC
2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2
Pacific Division 1. UBC 2. UFV 3. Victoria 4. TRU 5. UNBC 6. Mount Royal 7. TWU 8. UBC Okanagan
2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2
*Top four teams in each division qualify for crossover playoffs
They are also reuniting in a different way. The twins have moved in together and say for the most part their similar interests make it easy to live with each other. The one thing they don’t agree on though is which NHL team to cheer for. Cami cheers for the Edmonton Oilers, while Cara supports the New York Rangers. “Our whole family is Edmonton Oilers fans except for me,” Cara said. “I was a huge [Mark] Messier
fan, and when he got traded from Edmonton to the Rangers I jumped ship.” Despite their allegiances to different professional teams the two can certainly agree that they miss watching the NHL during the current lockout. Watching games on TV was something they often did together in the evenings. “It’s definitely disappointing that they aren’t playing,” Cami said.
Upcoming Huskies games Men’s Hockey
Nov. 9 versus Regina Cougars @ 7 p.m. • Nov. 10 at Regina Cougars • Nov. 16 & 17 at Calgary Dinos
• Nov. 9 & 10 at Lethbridge Pronghorns Nov. 16 & 17 versus Calgary Dinos @ 8 p.m.
• Nov. 9 & 10 — Bye week • Nov. 16 & 17 versus Calgary Dinos @ 7 p.m.
• Nov. 9 & 10 at Lethbridge Pronghorns Nov. 16 & 17 versus Calgary Dinos @ 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 9 & 10 versus UBC Thunderbirds @ 8 p.m. • Nov. 16 & 17 at Trinity Western Spartans
• Nov. 10 at London, Ont. — Canada West/CIS Championships
Women’s Volleyball Nov. 9 & 10 versus UBC Thunderbirds @ 6:15 p.m. • Nov. 16 & 17 at Trinity Western Spartans
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Saskatoon Sirens fight for a championship COLE GUENTER Sports Editor Even before a single Canadian Lingerie Football League game was played, league governors ranked the Saskatoon Sirens last among the league’s four teams. Fast forward two-and-a-half months and the Sirens are now ranked number one in the country and about to face off against the British Columbia Angels in the first-ever Canadian Lingerie Bowl Nov. 17 in Abbotsford, B.C. “Right from the get-go we had something to prove because we were ranked last in the league,” said Sirens linebacker Lindsey Berger. The Sirens shocked the league when they started the season with two consecutive wins. “I believe that [ranking] motivated us right from the beginning, and throughout the season we kept that up,” added Berger, a fifth-year University of Saskatchewan arts and science student. The Sirens completed the season with a 3-1 record and earned their spot in the Canadian Lingerie Bowl by defeating the Regina Rage in the final game of the regular season Oct. 21. Prior to that game the Sirens had lost their only game of the season to the Rage. Saskatoon avenged that loss in the Oct. 21 game with a dramatic 35-33 upset. The Rage were ranked number one at the time. Strong defensive play, including an interception by one of the Sirens’ U.S. import players, Anne Erler, and a team fumble recovery kept the Sirens offence on the field longer. The extra time helped the Sirens offence rack up 139 rushing
yards on 26 carries along with 29 passing yards on two completions. “The game was the most intense game there has been in LFL Canada this year,” Casey Simpson said. Simpson poses a threat on both sides of the ball as she plays tailback on offence and linebacker on defence. She has collected 28 rushing yards on 15 carries in her four games so far this season. Defensively she has four tackles against opposing teams and one forced fumble. Despite nearly four weeks between their last game and the Canadian Lingerie Bowl, Simpson says the team remains focused on winning the championship game. “We haven’t missed a beat practicing. We practice three times a week and a lot of us do stuff on our own too,” Simpson, a U of S student in the nursing program, said. “So I don’t think anyone has veered off the focus of the big game.” Simpson admits she didn’t know what to expect in the team’s first game of the season Sept. 1, but says she and the team have come a long way. And now, only days before the championship game, she says with confidence that she wants to be back with the team next year and wants to see the Canadian league grow. “I definitely want to play again next year and I think most of the girls on the team could say that. I only hope there are more games next year because four games is not a lot. Hopefully there are double the number of games and more teams too,” Simpson said. Saskatoon Sirens running back Tamar Fennell bolts through the arms of the Regina Rage defence on Oct. 21.
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Provost and Vice-President Academic Brett Fairbairn and Acting Vice-President Finance and Resources Greg Fowler will provide an update on operating budget adjustments and answer your questions. Join us from 12:00 pm–1:00 pm in Convocation Hall on Tuesday, November 20. Everyone is encouraged to attend. For more information and to watch live online, visit usask.ca/finances
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Banning mas threatens Cana TANNARA YELLAND Opinions Editor On Oct. 31 the federal government passed a private members’ bill with farreaching implications for Canadians that signals a desire on the Conservative government’s part to erode citizens’ civil liberties. Bill C-309, introduced by Alberta Member of Parliament Blake Richards, makes it illegal for members of an unlawful assembly to cover their faces, and carries a punishment of up to 10 years in prison for those doing so. Participating in an unlawful assembly is already illegal, as per the name. But it is only a summary conviction, while the new law makes masked protesting an exponentially more serious crime. At a time of increased civil unrest both globally and within Canada, the sole purpose of this redundant bill is to increase police power and discourage citizens from protesting.
Protests on the rise C-309 comes in the wake of a few notable protests and popular movements in Canada. The 2010 G20 protests in Toronto saw hundreds of people detained without charge, the destruction of the government-sanctioned free speech zone and a public far more fixated on the actions of some rogue “black bloc” rioters than on police abuses of power, such as the aforementioned unwarranted detentions.
Following the Vancouver Canucks’ 2011 Stanley Cup loss, aggrieved fans took to the streets and caused destruction and property damage totalling around $5 million. Students brought Montreal and much of Quebec to a standstill for months earlier in 2012 over a tuition dispute with the provincial government, creating one of the most dynamic Canadian protest movements in recent memory. At least as important, though not Canadian in origin, is Occupy Wall Street. The popular movement began in October 2011 in New York City’s Zucotti Park. OWS and its thousands of offshoots, now collectively referred to as “Occupy,” quickly became a worldwide phenomenon and focused global attention on the staggering income inequality and dubious financial practices that have contributed to the ongoing global financial crisis. With protest movements developing rapidly around the world and even gaining footholds in our usually sleepy country — albeit largely in Quebec so far, long a stronghold of Canadian political clashes and protest culture — it is unsurprising that politicians are growing uneasy and looking to discourage Canadians from registering their dissatisfaction.
Civil liberties at risk According to proponents of this bill, its measures will deter black bloc protesters and other dangerous riffraff. Black bloc is a protest tactic that involves participants wearing matching black garb and covering their faces, but it is also shorthand for the mysterious group believed to have caused most of the damage during the G20 protest. And as Canadian Police Association president Tom Stamatakis told the Globe and Mail recently, “In my experience when someone shows up at protests with a mask, their intentions are violent. There is no good legitimate reason for someone to protest peacefully and show up wearing a mask.” This argument is specious at best. There are several reasons people might want to cover their faces while peacefully protesting, from religious or climate reasons to the fact that some employers are likely to disapprove
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asked protest adian freedoms of workers participating in protests. Bandanas and other face coverings offer at least some protection against the threat of tear gas, rubber bullets and other forms of police intimidation. The House of Commons recognized this in part: a “lawful excuse” clause was added to allow for women sporting the niqab or burka and for weather-related coverings. How can a police officer tell, though, if that person is cold or is using a plaid scarf instead of a black bandana? Are all cold-weather protesters automatically exempted from arrest? What if people begin to wear burkas instead of balaclavas in an effort to skirt the law? On the often-contentious frontlines of a protest, when there is no time to dispassionately consider the situation, police officers will sometimes be tempted to arrest first and ask questions later. This bill makes it significantly easier to do that, and to make such arrests stick. That is not a hypothetical. Police arrested over 1,000 people during the 2010 G20 protests on June 26 and 27, the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Only 317 were charged at all, and according to the Globe and Mail, 187 of those had their “charges withdrawn, stayed or dismissed by a judge.” One can only imagine how many more would have been detained if Toronto police had known they were allowed to arrest people simply for wearing masks while protesting.
Redundant, but still harmful As the language of the bill itself makes clear, this legislation is entirely unnecessary. The bill’s alternative title is the “Preventing Persons from Concealing Their Identity during Riots and Unlawful Assemblies Act.” As should be apparent to most readers, unlawful assemblies are already illegal, as is rioting. Vandalizing and causing property damage likewise are already against the law. Bill C-309 does nothing except increase police power to arrest protesters involved in “unlawful assemblies.” This, again, raises important questions that are left unanswered. For example, what constitutes an unlawful assembly? Occupy protesters refused to evacuate Zucotti Park in late 2011, insisting
that the park belonged to the public. They were forcibly evicted. Toronto’s G20 protests had a designated “free speech zone” in which to congregate, but as the Canadian Civil Liberties Association noted before the summit, “Freedom of expression is protected throughout Canada: our country, and all of Toronto is a ‘free speech zone.’ Protesters cannot be prevented from demonstrating outside of the “designated demonstration area,” particularly when the area set aside is situated in a place that is so remote from the meetings that protesters cannot be directly seen or heard by the leaders.” The new bill serves as a signal to both police and citizens that tolerance for public protest in Canada is decreasing. Under the provisions of Bill C-309 police will enjoy increased power to detain even peaceful protesters, while protesters will face outlandish potential punishments for exercising their freedom of speech in a way that makes police and politicians uncomfortable. With all of the activities mentioned in the bill already illegal except for covering one’s face, the principle outcome of this bill will be the intimidation and disempowerment of citizens.
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Star Wars Episode VII: Return of the Mickey? George Lucas sells Lucasfilm to Disney for $4 billion
KATLYNN BALDERSTONE Whether you’ve grown up only vaguely aware of the films or were born with a lightsaber in your hand, it’s hard to deny the impact George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise has had on the entertainment industry. Now, 35 years after the release of the first film, the series has a new hope. On Oct. 30, the Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilms in a $4.05 billion deal. This adds Lucas’s company — which includes video game developer LucasArts as well as production companies Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound — to the numerous others that fall within the Disney family, such as Pixar (also founded by Lucas) and Marvel. The last Star Wars film made was Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, released in 2005. The director’s chair at Lucasfilms has passed on from Lucas to producer Kathy Kennedy. Lucas will work as a creative consultant for the new movies. Jokes about Leia joining the lineup of Disney princesses aside, this deal includes serious plans to create and release a new trilogy of films. The current goal is to release one feature film every two to three years, with Episode VII tentatively set for a 2015 release. The film is expected to pick up where Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi left off. Star Wars enjoys success from other branches of the franchise including numerous video game adaptations and spin offs, novels, comic books and animated series (the most recent of which, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, has been on air since 2008 and is currently in its fifth season). Though Star Wars films have met with
Director: 19 titles Writer: 81 titles Producer: 67 titles Editor: 18 titles Actor: 8 titles
LUCAS’S TOP GROSSING FILMS (in millions) Star Wars Episode I: $475 Star Wars Episode III: $380 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: $317 Star Wars Episode II: $310 Star Wars Episode VI: $309 Star Wars Episode V: $290 Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: $248 Indiana Jones and the last Crusade: $197 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: $179
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mixed reactions over recent years, with many fans arguing over changes in Lucas’s remade versions of the original trilogy, or the merits of the writing and effects in the newer episodes. The franchise changing hands may do the series more harm than good, but Disney’s success working with Marvel Studios — especially considering The Avengers franchise — bodes well for what may come. A spokesperson for Lucas recently told the Hollywood Reporter that Lucas plans to donate most of the $4 billion to charity, noting that this plan aligns with Lucas’s 2010 pledge to improve education. It is not clear which charities will receive donations, but THR speculated that some of the money could go to the George Lucas Educational Foundation — specifically Edutopia. Edutopia is a charity started by Lucas that looks to improve K-12 education and to create more innovative classrooms. Lucas found that traditional education could be isolating and that traditional curricula, which were not applicable to the real-world, were not the best way to educate. “Teachers and students don’t usually connect with resources and experts outside of the classroom, and many schools operate as if they were separate from their communities,” Lucas said in a statement made on the foundation’s website, edutopia.org. The website aims to “document and disseminate” innovative classrooms. “By shining the spotlight on these inspiring teachers and students, we hope others will consider how their work can promote change in their own schools,” Lucas said.
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Death Grips release No Love Deep Web RYAN MITCHELL
Death Grips, in my not-sohumble opinion, are the single best thing to happen to rap since “Party and Bullshit” by the Notorious B.I.G. The experimental hip-hop trio from Sacramento, Calif., makes rap sinister and abrasive in a way I have never heard done before, with a noisy, heavy electronic beat. Death Grips’ most recent release, No Love Deep Web, is one of the most aggressive LPs that the group has ever released. The band leaked the album on Oct. 1, resulting in a fight between the group and their record label, Epic. The disagreement culminated with the group being ejected from the label’s roster. No Love Deep Web is much more stripped down than the last two Death Grips releases, ExMilitary and The Money Store. The trio’s production team, Zach Hill and Andy Morin — who perform drums and keyboards, respectively, during the group’s live shows — used fewer samples in No Love Deep Web than the previous albums, allowing the
tracks to focus more on vocalist Stefan “MC Ride” Burnett. With bigger focus on MC Ride, this record may well be my favourite as it is probably the darkest and most intense of the three. It is unnerving, taking Death Grips’ tendency to focus on madness and drug-induced destruction of oneself and others to the next level. The album begins with a strong, electronic vibe on the track “Come Up and Get Me” before MC Ride kicks in and takes the forefront. The lyrics on this LP really set the stage for what you will experience on the album: “My life as a fuck / ain’t one thing I don’t hate / put your gun to my head / I’ll blow smoke in your face.” The album hits you like a locomotive. The album’s two title tracks are the epitome of the sinister feeling the record gives off. “No Love,” is an intimidating beast filled with imagery of torture and with a heavy, lumbering beat behind it. The other title track, “Deep Web,” reminds me of tracks from the old Mortal Kombat games. “Hunger Games” is one of the most interesting tracks. Its weird, off-tempo beat perfectly compliments Ride’s tense, paranoid lyrics about
Death Grips get lots of love from the crowd.
schizophrenia and his “off my meds glitch.” New Love Deep Web only suffers a bit near the end of the album with tracks like “Pop,” which has a rather weak hook. The album finishes strong, however, with the abstract
“Artificial Death in the West.” The track is a nice, relatively calm conclusion to the much more psychotic pace of the rest of the album. Despite being more toned down in its sound than previous efforts by the group, the album is still
terrifying in all the ways you want it to be. No Love Deep Web is an incredibly enjoyable jaunt into the very worst of us. If you don’t enjoy it I suggest you go to the hospital because there’s something wrong with you.
Wreck-It Ralph, more like drink-and-ralph The Disney blockbuster drinking game, or how to be the most obnoxious people in a movie theatre full of children JENNA MANN Culture Editor Disney’s newcomer film WreckIt Ralph earned an unprecedented $49.1 million in its opening weekend Nov. 2-4. The family-friendly production is sprinkled with Disney magic and pays homage to the video games that older generations grew up with. It stars the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer. Protagonist Ralph (Reilly) is sick of wrecking everything and being unappreciated for his role in the continued success of the arcade game where he resides. He wants a change and to prove to himself and others that he’s a good guy at heart. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of his video game, Fix-It Felix, Ralph sets out to change his fate. He causes more chaos than good but, in his efforts to change, he eventually finds a way to channel his particular set of skills towards an admirable cause. Cameos in the feature include appearances from popular arcade characters like Mario, Daisy and Bowser, Sonic, Pac-man, Qbert, and Final Fantasy VII’s Arieth. Wreck-It Ralph doesn’t fall short for all of its name-dropping. Instead, the film has a great story more than a decade in the making, a $165 million budget and a flawlessly-developed whimsical universe that is rounded out
Ralph tries to do a good deed but continues to elicit fear in fellow video game characters. Drink!
rather than hindered by all of its allusions to video game canon. The movie was produced by the same team in charge of Disney’s last box office boom, Tangled. Wreck-it Ralph just beat out Tangled’s opening weekend by $0.3 million. The movie may have been primarily made for children but it’s enjoyable for people of all ages and can easily be abused for all sorts of adult fun (a.k.a. a movie theatre drinking game.)
WRECK-IT RALPH DRINKING GAME I don’t recommend sneaking a mickey of spiced rum into a theatre full of children, but if you’ve got to do it, here are a few easy rules to follow when sipping (perhaps voluntarily spiked) soda pop.
Rules: 1. Take a drink every time a character dies and regenerates.
6. Every time Ralph breaks something, drink.
2. Take a drink if you recognize a video game tune or jingle.
7. Every time Felix fixes something, drink.
3. If a character receives a powerup, take a drink.
8. Every time Venelope glitches, drink.
4. If you spot a Mortal Kombat character in the background, give one drink. 5. If you spot the hidden cheat code for Nintendo’s Contra, give two drinks.
9. If a character drinks, drink. 10. Don’t be a jackass. You are at a children’s movie. Have fun with the drinking game but don’t be too loud and don’t ruin the movie for the kids.
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These Hands gets creative in the Aquatic Blue JENNA MANN Culture Editor Mike Hanson, who performs under the name These Hands, released his new album Aquatic Blue on Oct. 30. The product is a collection of 12 tracks that took Hanson, along with a few collaborators, eight months to produce. The album is a mixture of indie and folk with electronic influences. “My sound is ever-changing. It’s a mixture of rhythmic music, soul, folk, rock, orchestral, ambient, tribal,” Hanson said. The first two tracks of the LP are reserved and laid-back compared to the album’s second half, which is more experimental and varied in tempo and tone. Aquatic Blue starts out slow and reflective with its opening track “Be Enough.” The song’s instrumentals fade in and out as if echoing from somewhere in the distance. The vocals on the album’s first two tracks are gentle and careful. However, by the third track, “Time Wounds,” which is introduced with a heavy, resonating chord, Hanson’s voice picks up the pace. The first five songs on the album evoke the feeling of watching the rain fall. “Aquatic Blue,” the sixth song and Hanson’s favourite song, picks up the LP’s pace again. The songs that follow gain momentum and are slightly catchier than the
opening tracks. “It’s the concept that holds the album together as a whole,” Hanson said. “Ride the River,” “A Painting” and “Outside Source II” are some of the more upbeat tracks included on the second half. “Outside Source” is perhaps the most catchy, with a fast-paced opening that picks up in intensity whenever the sparse vocals join the instrumentals and with interspersed electric guitar riffs that build tension. “I just pushed myself to put something out that I enjoyed, experimenting until I found the desired sound for each track,” Hanson said. The album maintains a consistent, easy-listening feel through all 12 songs. Hanson said this reflects his own attitude towards composing. “My music is therapeutic to me. It comforts me and gets me excited about rhythms and going through different states of energy and feelings. It’s an experience that I’m happily addicted to,” Hanson said, adding that he is also passionate about painting. “It helps balance out the visual creative side.” These Hands will be performing in Saskatoon alongside Evening Hymns at Vangelis on Nov. 10. Aquatic Blue is currently streaming and can be downloaded at thesehands.bandcamp.com.
These Hands’ Aquatic Blue.
Recipe: Haystacks/Fiddle diddles JENNA MANN Culture Editor What you’ll need:
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• 2 cups oatmeal • 2 cups white sugar • ½ cup coconut • ½ cup butter • ½ cup milk • 5 tsp. cacao • 1 tsp. vanilla • Pinch salt • Wax paper • Baking sheets
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Remembrance Day service at Credit Union Centre 1:15 p.m.
CunninLynguists at Louis’ 9 p.m.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Credit Union Centre 7:30 p.m. Peace with guests at Vangelis 10 p.m.
the mixture is sticky but not runny.
1. Combine the oatmeal and coconut in a large bowl.
5. Spoon the cookies onto a baking sheet that is lined with wax paper.
2. Put butter, milk, sugar and cacao in a sauce pan. Bring these to a rolling boil and mix well.
6. Place the cookies in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, until the cookies are solid. Once solid, store the haystacks — or fiddle diddles — in the fridge to prevent the wax paper from permanently sticking to the bottom of your cookies.
3. Once the mixture is consistent and the sugar has melted, remove from heat. Add vanilla and salt while stirring. 4. Gradually add coconut and oatmeal to the melted mixture until
Alice Cooper at TCU Place 8 p.m. Big Sugar at the Odeon 8 p.m. The Three Exiles of Christian E. at La Troupe De Jour Inc. 8 p.m. C-Weed at Dakota Dunes Casino 8 p.m. Andy Shauf with guests at Vangelis 10 p.m.
7. Eat and enjoy!
The Vexations with Undercover Pirates at the Bassment 9 p.m. Julie Doiron with the Moas at Amigos 10 p.m.
Chris Donnelly and Myriad with Ben Schenstead at the Bassment 9 p.m. Evening Hymns with These Hands at Vangelis 10 p.m. Locals Only 5 feat. Killa1nce, MH and AB at Amigos 10 p.m. Aboriginal Film Festival at Broadway Theatre
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Travel while you’re young: au pair experience is a great option TRAVIS HOMENUK I’m sure we all get the desire to escape from real life; it’s part of the growing up process. There’s a need to flee the nest in such a way that says a gentle “fuck you” to your parents, making your friends jealous in the process — assuming you have friends. Of course, you can never fully escape your life. You can run away for a few months, maybe even a few years, but there will always be a part of your mind that crawls home just before you fall asleep at night, wherever you are in the world. Travelling is a wonderful way to gain a sense of independence while you’re young and foolish. If nothing else, travelling makes you appreciate home and all of its comfortable chaos. I’ve found that many of my friends talk about and plan amazing trips they never actually take! What the fuck, people? Take some time off school, work to save some money, then get on the goddamn plane. You’re not going to walk the cobblestone streets of Europe with arthritic knees when you’re old and grey. If you have that palpable desire to travel but can’t count on your flighty friends, or you want an experience different from partying your way through a foreign country, I have a suggestion: become an au pair. An au pair, by the way, is essentially a domestic assistant and often a nanny or caregiver from a foreign country. Two years ago I found myself craving something different. I had heard about the au pair experience from a friend of a friend and it got me thinking: can guys au pair? Yes! The answer is yes — assuming you aren’t, you know, a creep or something, which is also true for ladies looking into the job. I made a profile on a website and found a family. Well, I actually found many families. In fact, I found so many families who wanted a male au pair that I had trouble deciding where I should spend my summer. Switzerland? Germany? Italy? The possibilities were endless. In the end, I spent the summer of 2011 in Genova, Italy with the Raviola family. I’m a paranoid traveller and I generally obsess over every detail, and I didn’t treat this experience any differently. I stayed in constant contact with my host family before I left Canada. I Googled the family’s name — just to make sure the dad was actually a doctor. I also requested pictures of every room in their $1 million home to comfort my nerves. As it turns out, the family was real and the experience was rewarding on many levels.
I know living with another family may not be for everyone, but there are definite benefits to the au pair experience that you’ll never get from hostels or group tours. As a student, cost was a very important factor for me. For my four-month trip, I only had to use my own money for my roundtrip airfare. I received 80 euros a week, which adds up fast when you don’t have to pay for accommodation or meals. My host mother was the best Italian cook — pasta galore! During a typical week, I had mornings off to explore the city, and I also had every weekend free to venture to the pastel-
coloured, gelato-producing, vinecovered, absolutely breathtaking cities and villages of Italy. Rome, Venice, Turin, Milan, Florence, Pisa and the villages along the Cinque-de-terre — I saw it all. I couldn’t have asked for a better or cheaper way to see the country. Country, landscape and food aside, living with a family offered a full cultural experience. I picked up a bit of the language and truly saw how Italians live. The boys I lived with were 11 and 16 at the time. We had our disputes here and there, but we certainly had a lot of fun. On my last night as I said my goodbyes to the kids, Chicco,
the 11-year-old, made my heart melt. This kid was a little shit sometimes, but when I asked him if he would miss me he said, “Of course-a Treyveese” and gave me the best hug. (Two weeks earlier he told me to “fuck off,” so this was a nice change.) That’s when I knew the whole experience was worth it. Not only did I gain confidence and independence during this adventure, but I also had an effect on the family I lived with. Being an au pair made me realize that every family and relationship has its problems, no matter where you run to. I know it’s cliché to say, but it’s true! I had this fantastical idea in
my head that the Raviola family was going to be perfect in every way — there’s the Mary Poppins reference you were all waiting for — but they weren’t. They fought and yelled and cried just like the rest of us. Basically, I think travelling, in whatever form you choose, is the best way to learn about yourself. Do it while your responsibilities are minimal. Life’s probably not going to get any easier. And for the love of all that is good and holy, if you plan a trip and hype it up to your friends, make sure you actually get on the plane.
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Euthanasia: It literally means “good death”
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Are you cool enough to tell this badass lady she can’t decide when her time has come? Didn’t think so.
OLIVIA ROBINSON The Cadre (University of Prince Edward Island) CUP (Charlottetown) — Physician-assisted suicide, a form of euthanasia in which a doctor helps a patient end his or her life at the patient’s request, is legal in many parts of the world, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and certain American states such as Oregon and Washington. So why is it taboo in Canada? Fun fact: euthanasia comes from the Greek term for “good death.” I believe that PAS should be legal in Canada. I admit that I am young and that I have very little experience with people dying but I do have experience with animal deaths. Many people think of euthanizing animals as a way to end their suffering. When I was in grade 12, I got into a rather
heated debate with my history teacher over this very issue. I explained that if my horse had a terminal illness or injury, I would immediately have him put down to end his suffering. I would want the same done for me. If I knew I was dying, I would rather choose the time of my death than suffer for a seemingly endless period of time — a suffering that would, without doubt, put unnecessary stress on my loved ones as well as on me. Some people are quick to claim that PAS goes against nature, but then what gives us the right to choose when animals die? It frustrates me that humans have developed such a superiority complex that we believe that it is fine for us to choose when to end the suffering of animals, but human euthanasia is going against nature. And while we are obviously more evolved than the animal
species we once were, one cannot question that we are, in fact, related. On the other side of things, several of the points made by University of Prince Edward Island history professor Ian Dowbiggin in a recent presentation on why PAS should not be legal in Canada are quite valid. First, Dowbiggin noted the difficulty of distinguishing between a patient who has chosen PAS and one who was coerced or pressured by a physician. He then brought up that some people believe that, if PAS were legal, it could be used as a means to rid the population of individuals seen as creating a drain on society. This would likely include elderly and disabled people, who cannot contribute to the work force in the same way that young, able-bodied people can. I believe these concerns are difficult at best to back up. First
of all, the vast majority of people are kind–hearted. If PAS were made legal, I do not believe that it would suddenly be employed as an excuse to rid the world of the sick, infirm or elderly. I see little likelihood that legalized PAS would be used as justification for killing people. After all, there is already a word associated with that: murder. Unjustified killings happen daily across the globe. Legalizing or preventing the legalization of PAS would not affect this. I realize that PAS is a sensitive issue. I also recognize the issue of the slippery slope and how society is wary of making PAS legal because there is always the possibility that it could end up going too far. However, I view PAS as a humane option for suffering people who want to end their lives. It is simply not fair for people to be forced to continue to suffer a painful, debilitating
terminal illness such as cancer or Lou Gehrig’s disease when there is a solution. I understand that medical miracles can happen, but I think that there are ways to work those cases in to the law and that not everyone wants to wait for years in the hope that they can be the guinea pig for a new treatment. There will always be exceptions and the law cannot cover every situation perfectly, but I feel that people should still have a choice. Personally, I would prefer to be euthanized peacefully than to die painfully, and I certainly do not doubt that a lot of other people share this opinion. After all, if people can’t find a way to die peacefully, there are less favourable ways to end a life.
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