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After almost an hour and a half of debate, University Council voted to include one undergraduate and one graduate student on both program prioritization task forces during the Jan. 24 council meeting. Program prioritization — or TransformUS, as it’s been dubbed by administrators — is one of the primary methods that the University of Saskatchewan is using to combat the $44.5-million deficit projected for 2016. The process will be led by two separate task forces responsible for analyzing and ranking academic programs and support programs. These task forces will give recommendations to the president’s office as to which programs should potentially receive more funding and which should be downsized, merged, or cut completely. The recommendations will then be voted on by University Council and the Board of Governors and, if passed, sent to the Provost’s Committee on Integrated Planning to be implemented. The academic task force will
examine academic programming while the non-academic task force will focus on the university’s administrative support services. Each task force will have 20 to 25 members, two of whom will be students. The university says task force members must be prepared to devote a minimum of four hours every two weeks to attending committee meetings as well as additional time to prepare for the meetings. Administration will be accepting nominations for both task forces online until Feb. 13. Students and faculty members who do not rank higher than a department head may be nominated to sit on the academic task force. University employees, who will only be included in the non-academic task force, may also be nominated so long as they don’t hold a senior leadership position. The task forces are expected to begin meeting in March and work through to November when they will submit their final reports, or recommendations, to the university. Galen Richardson sits on student
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council for the College of Law. Although not in favour of program prioritization, he admits having students on these task forces is a
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U of S students find their voice ISHMAEL N. DARO
This counts as protest! You don’t have to bring a drum or have dreads to “protest.”
Last week, about 100 students packed the Neatby-Timlin Theatre to make themselves heard about program prioritization — what the university has obnoxiously branded “TransformUS” — and secured student representation on the groups tasked with ranking various university services for looming budget cuts. It was quite the spectacle. Students at the University of Saskatchewan, and Western Canadian schools in general, are not known for their activism. We generally prefer to keep our heads down, get our degrees and move on. The protest cultures of Quebec and some American campuses are alien to us, and when the Quebec student strikes took place last spring there was very little sympathy for those supposedly “entitled” Frenchies. And yet, there they were, lots of outraged students standing up to an administration starting down the road of austerity without significant input from
the people it will affect the most. After a sometimes-rancorous debate in which numerous people voiced their frustrations with the university brass, there are now guaranteed spots for graduate and undergraduate students on the two task forces that will decide the university’s future. This move was essentially a vote of non-confidence in the administration to get itself out of the budgetary mess that has left the school with a $44.5-million projected deficit by 2016. Even so, protesting seems to be a rather new impulse for some people on campus. After the council meeting, student Reagan Seidler tweeted, “Today, @usask students showed the power of reason and dialogue rather than protest.” That post was dutifully retweeted by several other students who failed to see that what had occurred was indeed a protest, that loudly opposing decisions you disagree with is OK, and that it’s not just radical agitators who do so. It’s nice to see the campus
community roused from its complacency. How long have humanities and fine arts students felt neglected? How long have people complained about underfunding and understaffing? Seemingly forever. To see that frustration finally solidify into something resembling a campuswide movement is exciting. One can’t help but notice more and more U of S students sporting the carré rouge, the red square that serves as the symbol of the Quebec student protests; and last week’s Sheaf, “The Money Issue,” was seemingly everywhere on campus. This newspaper’s online survey about the budget crisis got almost 300 responses, many of them angry with the administration. It turns out U of S students do care about their school, and they’re willing to do something about it. Let’s just hope we can all get over our reluctance to be shit-disturbers and keep pushing for positive engagement on campus. This is more than a degree mill, after all.
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by province to serve university ANNA-LILJA DAWSON Associate News Editor The provincial government appointed four new members to the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors Jan. 17. Lee Ahenakew, David Dubé, Grant Isaac and Kathryn J. Ford were tapped to replace outgoing chair Nancy Hopkins along with board members Garry Standing, David Sutherland and Art Dumont, all of whose three-year terms expired at the start of 2013. The Board of Governors is responsible for overseeing the university’s management and administration, and controls the university’s finances, properties and revenue, including tuition. The board is made up of 11 members including the president of the university, the chancellor, a student member — usually the president of the U of S Students’ Union — an elected faculty member, two members elected by the university senate and five members elected by the provincial government. Ahenakew received a bachelor of commerce from the U of S and
is a senior advisor in aboriginal affairs for mining giant BHP Billiton. Dubé is a political studies graduate of the U of S, a former Huskie football player and the CEO of the Concorde Group Corporation. Isaac is the senior vicepresident and chief financial officer of Cameco. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the university and is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He taught at the U of S for nine years and was the dean of the Edwards School of Business. Ford, an arts graduate from the U of S, has practiced law in Saskatoon for over 35 years. She holds the honorary title of Queen’s Counsel for her strong merit and contributions to the legal profession. The new members were all appointed to three-year terms. Members will vote on a new chair of the board at the next meeting March 4. The chair cannot be selected from the new members, the faculty or student representative, the university president or the chancellor.
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• Last week the Sheaf wrote in a photo caption that University Council was “expected to fill up with guests by 6 p.m.” The meeting actually began at 2 p.m. The error occurred in a story titled “Students left out of TransformUS task forces, plan to storm council meeting.” The Sheaf apologizes if our error caused any students to miss the council meeting.
Mathematics professor Ed Tymchatyn critiques the university for still administrating, planning and operating in ways that were efficient 20 years ago at the council meeting.
“It was positive that administration was willing to show flexibility in what was happening” Richardson said. “Because the Signing week before they were adamantly Kaplan: The Wellsaying that there wouldn’t be Tempered Klezmerer students on this whatsoever.” Saturday, February 2, He said that students need 1:00 PM to stay informed and that they should always hold administration Featured Speaker accountable, not only when DANY LAFERRIÈRE issues expand to the scale of author of The World TransformUS. “As students, especially as is Moving Around Me: A Memoir of the student representatives, we should keep administration accountable,” Haiti Earthquake Richardson said. “I think that is Sunday, February 3, part of our job, to ask questions 11:30 AM about what they are doing and
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why.” University Council member and professor of economics Joel Bruneau believes it is key to include students in the task forces, and stresses students’ ability to provide different perspectives than those of faculty and administrators. “They have an insight [into] what those academic programs do that even faculty might not have,” he said. “If you’re going to evaluate academic programs you’ve got to talk to students, period.” Bruneau continued that students are directly affected by many administrative services, such as food services and residences, and
should be involved in the nonacademic task force. Law student and member of Students Against Austerity Dan LeBlanc believes that poor decision making by the nonacademic task force will have negative effects on students and that cutting support staff from academic programs will lower the quality of education if professors are busy with administrative work instead of allotting time to teaching or to research. “There’s a less direct impact on students, but I would still argue that students are those with the most to lose potentially from bad decisions made on
the administrative task force,” LeBlanc said. The openness of the motion to implement program prioritization worried LeBlanc at the council meeting. There he urged members to vote against the motion, saying that council should have a more defined plan to carry out the initiative. LeBlanc foresees council members being forced to vote on implementation plans that they do not agree with at the April 18 University Council meeting. “I think it sort of opens up the doors in some pretty rough ways,” LeBlanc said.
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McGill attempts to bar student journalists from access to information requests The university files motion to bar 14 respondents from filing ATI requests MATTHEW GUITÉ — The Concordian (Concordia University) MONTREAL (CUP) — McGill University has filed a motion that would grant it the ability to deny access to information requests from The McGill Daily, The Link, the McGilliLeaked website and anyone associated with them. This comes in response to what the university described as a “complex system of repetitious and abusive requests” for information. According to the Canadian Access to Information Act, publically-funded governmentrun institutions like universities are required to release certain documents to the public when officially requested. The McGill Daily reported on Jan. 19 that the university filed the motion to the Commission d’accès à l’information, the provincial body that oversees access to information requests, claiming that the ATI requests were set up “as a retaliation measure against McGill in the aftermath of the 2011-2012 student protests.” The motion, which names 14 respondents, seeks the authority to disregard current requests and future requests made by the respondents or any person who can be linked to them, essentially
barring the individuals named from ever submitting ATI requests to McGill. It also seeks the right to deny inquiries into a variety of subjects, such as military research and mining investments. Under the motion, future requests could also be denied if they were found to be “overly broad,” “frivolous” or if they target “trivial documents and information.” McGill’s motion also argues that responding to the requests
would represent “serious impediments to [the University’s] activities.” McGill student Christopher Bangs, the founder of the website McGilliLeaked.wordpress.com and one of the respondents involved in the case, told The Concordian that he was not only worried about the motion itself, but also the motivations behind it. “We’ve had a lot of complaints, not just from McGill students but from a
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lot of members of the McGill community, about how ATI requests are handled,” Bangs said. “We’ve all had trouble with it, but the fact that they’re going to take this extreme step at this point makes us wonder about their commitment to ensuring both an open dialogue and access to information.” Bangs also contested the suggestion that the 14 respondents were operating in collaboration while filing their
requests. “There were 14 of us in this motion, and the 14 of us did not co-ordinate our motions,” Bangs said. “We did not submit them together, we did not have some sort of secret plan to bring down the university through access to information requests, so the fact that they were all submitted at the same time does not give McGill university the right to deny not only those requests but also all future requests we might make.” Julie Fortier, associate director for McGill’s media relations office, explained that the motion is based on current law that allows ATI recipients the right to not answer a request if it breaks certain rules, and that the ATIs in question fall into these categories. “There are provisions within the law on access to information that allow an organization to make the request to the commission to not reply to certain requests when these are abusive by their nature,” Fortier said. Prior to this motion, Fortier said that the ATIs in question were not rejected, and that future requests would be denied if they were considered to be of the same nature as those in the motion.
Trudeau kicks-off provincial tour at University of Saskatchewan DARYL HOFMANN Senior News Editor About 150 students and supporters crowded upper Place Riel Jan. 29 as the frontrunner for the Liberal leadership race Justin Trudeau made a campaign pitstop on campus. Individuals horseshoed around Trudeau for roughly half an hour as he gave a passionate stump speech to rally support for himself and the federal Liberal Party. The party is still shaking off its poor performance in the 2011 election, where they won only one seat in Saskatchewan and a mere 34 countrywide. It was the worst election result for the Liberals in their history. “For the past five years as a politician, I’ve been out across the country, at universities and colleges and high schools, to actually start a conversation about politics. To talk about the kinds of things that we need to pull together, the common ground we need to find, and the dialogue that has to be at the heart of every political engagement,” Trudeau told the assembly. “We tend to feel like our representatives are really far away
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from us. That they don’t engage with us and don’t get involved. We need to close that gap.” Martha Hall Findlay, one of Trudeau’s top competitors for the leadership position, was on campus the day prior greeting students in the tunnel Hall Findlay is a successful entrepreneur, lawyer and MP from Toronto who also ran for the Liberal leadership in 2006 but fell short to Stéphane Dion. To choose their next leader, the Liberals are trying something new. Rather than allowing only
dues-paying party members to vote for one of the nine leadership hopefuls on April 14, the Liberals are urging all Canadians to sign up as “supporters” and cast a vote at no cost. It’s the first time a Canadian political party has allowed nonmembers help choose their leader. You can sign up at liberal.ca/ supporter. For full coverage of Justin Trudeau’s speech and Hall Findlay’s stop on campus visit thesheaf.com.
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One night at a Toronto student sex party KRISTINE WILSON — The Ryersonian (Ryerson University) TORONTO (CUP) — Everyone was naked. As the DJ spun music on the first floor of Oasis Aqua Lounge in downtown Toronto, a few men in their 20s sprinted from the pool to the hot tub without bathing suits. One floor above them, two women — also naked — were perched on a sex swing. Across from them, a man — again, naked — was tethered to the wall in chains and leather binds. These were just a few scenes from Jan. 21’s “epic student sex adventure,” an event organized by the University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre. The party invited university students from across the Greater Toronto Area to visit Oasis, a water-themed sex club a few steps north of Ryerson University. The sex party was one of the first of its kind at a Canadian university. Rather than talk about sex, the event encouraged students to push personal boundaries and explore their sexuality in a safe environment. The step from theory to practice sparked a media firestorm. The story drew hundreds of comments on the Toronto Star’s website and was shared more than 21,000 times on Facebook, making it the fifth-most-viewed-story in thestar.com’s history. But would anyone show up to the sex party, or was the hype all talk? I went to find out.
On Monday night, a sea of about 200 students lined up outside Oasis. Christian protesters from York University’s United Through Worship student group walked up and down the line, yelling things like “God loves you!” “I think it says something about where our society is going morally,” said Natalie Smith, a member of the group. “This is encouraging them to devalue themselves, whether it’s STDs or unwanted pregnancy.” But the Sexual Education Centre said they made sure to keep the event as safe and sex-positive as
possible. Condoms and packets of lube were piled in bowls across the club. The event had a laid-back vibe; students could grab a drink at one of the many well-stocked bars and a DJ in the corner blasted beats from a turntable. On the third floor of the club, Ryerson student Kay Poli lounged as couples had sex around him. Pornography played on TVs on the walls. For him, the event was nothing new. “I’ve been here before,” Poli said. “What I like about this sex club is that it’s open to all genders, all orientations.” Poli is one member of a new
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generation of students who frequent Toronto sex clubs. In fact, Oasis has hosted dozens of student-friendly events before. According to Jana Matthews, the club’s co-owner, university students are a regular presence at Oasis. “We did the same event with [the SEC] last year and … everyone that was here loved it,” Matthews said as she puffed ultrathin cigarettes in her office. “It was them that convinced us to have a student night, so many people were interested we started to do it every Monday and we have for the past eight months.”
At Steamworks, a gay bathhouse on Church Street near Wellesley Avenue, students are invited to realize their sexual desires. “You can’t go in there, it’s men only!” shouted an onlooker as I tried to enter the bathhouse. I decided not to listen and pushed through the door. “You’re going to see a lot of things you don’t want to see!” he yelled after me. I entered a dark corridor lit only by yellow lights. A heavy-set man with a large beard passed by me. “You know this is a male-only spa right? You can’t be in here.” I smiled and kept walking towards the front desk where a well-kept man stood behind a glass-enclosed desk. The receptionist, Teymour Nadjafi, explained that students often visit Steamworks. “About one in five of our clientele is a student; they are in here almost every day,” he explained. “I think students would still come even if we didn’t offer any student discounts. I think they find it good for self-discovery.” Despite the media hype, it’s clear sex clubs and bathhouses are nothing new to university students. Toronto’s sex club scene isn’t huge, but it’s far less underground than one might imagine.
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• A female reported she was sexually assaulted at the Lutheran Seminary Residences. The incident occurred on Jan. 8 and reported to Campus Safety on Jan. 14. The file was forwarded to the Saskatoon Police for investigation.
• After responding to a fire alarm at Spruce Hall on Jan. 19, officers noted a fire extinguisher had been discharged in a stairwell. Saskatoon Fire & Protective Services responded and residents were evacuated. It turns out there was no fire but a young man is believed to have discharged the fire extinguisher and has been identified on camera. The file has been turned over to the fire marshall for possible charges of tampering with fire fighting equipment. • Officers responded to a disturbance between residents in Wollaston Hall that remains under investigation.
• Officers arrested a 42-year-old man for trying to steal bikes near Kirk Hall at 3:55 in the morning on Jan. 19. The man also had outstanding warrants for his arrest. • Graffiti was noted on an electrical box southeast of Lot G, and also in a men’s bathroom stall in the Murray Library. • An iPod Touch was reported stolen in Agriculture Building
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Men’s volleyball clinches playoff berth COLE GUENTER Sports Editor After finishing last season with a dismal 4-16 record, the Huskies men’s volleyball team found their swing this season and have clinched a playoff berth for the first time in five years. The Dogs ensured their spot in the post-season with a memorable defeat of the Brandon Bobcats Jan. 25 and 26. The Huskies entered the weekend ranked eighth in the country, two spots behind the Bobcats, but the Dogs proved they were the better team by sweeping Brandon in the two-game series, losing only one set along the way. “We were pretty excited about the win, but we are really hoping to try to get a home playoff spot and to do that we have to pretty much win-out for the rest of the season,” setter Chris Gilbert said. A veteran player on the team, Chris leads by example and has the most assists in the CIS. The team hasn’t enjoyed this kind of success all season, though. The Dog squad didn’t start pulling away from the rest of the league until the middle of November. After going 6-5 in their first 11 games they have since lost only one match and now boast a 12-6 record. Head coach Brian Gavlas believes the team’s remarkable turnaround from last season is due to the culmination of the team’s years of hard work and dedication. “The growth hasn’t just been this time period. The growth has been since a lot of these guys were in their first and second years,” Gavlas said. “They came in as very inexperienced and without a tonne of skill and they put a lot of time, work and effort into trying to become one of the best teams in
the country.... They’ve kept their nose to the grindstone and it’s reaping benefits with some wins.” Because the Huskies haven’t been to the playoffs since 2007 the team has few athletes with post-secondary playoff experience. While that lack of experience may worry some, third-year left-side hitter Paul Thomson thinks the pressure of elimination will help push his game to the next level. “The pressure is there but it’s good. You want to be the man, you
want to get the ball at the end of the match,” said Thomson who averages 3.42 points-per-set and is second on the team in kills with 183 on the season. Fellow left-side hitter Bryan Fraser leads the team’s kills category with 211. The undefeated Alberta Golden Bears have already clinched first place in the conference and will host the Canada West Final Four. The teams who place second through fourth at the end of the
Canada West Standings Women’s Volleyball 1. UBC - x 2. TWU - x 3. Alberta - x 4. Mount Royal 5. UBC Okanagan 6. Calgary 7. Manitoba 8. Brandon 9. Winnipeg 10. Regina 11. Saskatchewan 12. TRU *Top seven teams qualify for playoffs
W-L 17-1 16-2 13-5 12-6 11-7 9-9 9-9 8-10 7-11 3-15 3-15 0-18
Men’s Volleyball 1. Alberta - xy 2. TWU - x 3. Manitoba - x 4. Saskatchewan - x 5. UBC 6. Brandon 7. Winnipeg 8. Mount Royal 9. Calgary 10. TRU 11. Regina 12. UBC Okanagan *Top seven teams qualify for playoffs
W-L 18-0 13-5 12-6 12-6 12-6 10-8 8-10 7-11 6-12 6-12 2-16 2-16
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The Huskies men’s volleyball team qualified for playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
W-L-OL 1. Calgary - xy 20-3-1 2. Regina - x 15-7-2 3. Alberta - x 15-8-1 4. UBC - x 13-7-4 5. Manitoba 10-10-4 6. Saskatchewan 9-11-4 7. Lethbridge 7-14-3 8. Mount Royal 7-14-3 *Top six teams qualify for playoffs
Prairie Division 1. Calgary 2. Regina 3. Saskatchewan 4. Lethbridge 5. Alberta 6. Winnipeg 7. Manitoba 8. Brandon
W-L 14-2 14-2 10-6 8-8 8-8 5-12 2-15 0-16
W-L-OL 1. Alberta - x 19-4-1 2. Manitoba - x 15-5-4 3. Saskatchewan - x 16-7-1 4. Calgary - x 15-9-0 5. UBC - x 13-8-3 6. Regina - x 12-9-3 7. Mount Royal 5-18-1 8. Lethbridge 1-21-2 *Top six teams qualify for playoffs
Prairie Division 1. Alberta 2. Manitoba 3. Saskatchewan 4. Winnipeg 5. Calgary 6. Lethbridge 7. Regina 8. Brandon
Pacific Division Pacific Division 13-3 1. UFV - x 1. UBC - x 12-4 2. UBC 2. Victoria 12-5 3. TRU - x 3. UFV 11-5 4. TWU 4. Victoria 6-10 5. UNBC 5. TRU 5-11 6. TWU 6. UNBC 5-11 7. Mount Royal 7. Mount Royal 8. UBC Okanagan 8. UBC Okanagan 5-12 *Top four teams in each division qualify for crossover playoffs x - Clinched playoff spot
y - Clinched first place
W-L 13-3 12-5 11-5 11-6 9-7 7-9 6-10 4-12 14-2 11-5 9-7 7-9 6-11 5-11 3-13 2-15
season will be granted home playoff matches against those who finish fifth through seventh in the standings. Right now only two points separate the teams from second to fifth spot, with the Dogs currently claiming fourth. The Huskies, however, are not content with just making it into playoffs and they feel confident that the team can move up in the standings, especially since three of their final four games will be at home
where they sport an impressive 7-1 record. “You’d see lots of teams in this situation maybe lean back a little now and ease up but we can’t do that. We have to stay level, we have to push to the end and get that host” playoff game, middle blocker Braden McLean said.
Upcoming Huskies games Men’s Hockey
Feb. 1 & 2 vs. Calgary Dinos @ 7 p.m. • Feb. 8 & 9 at Lethbridge Pronghorns
Feb. 1 & 2 vs. Winnipeg Wesmen @ 8 p.m. • Feb. 8 & 9 at Manitoba Bisons
Women’s Hockey • Feb. 1 & 2 at Calgary Dinos Feb. 8 & 9 vs. Lethbridge Pronghorns @ 7 p.m. Men’s Volleyball Jan. 31 vs. Regina Cougars @ 8 p.m. • Feb. 2 at Regina Cougars Feb. 8 & 9 vs. Manitoba Bisons @ 8 p.m. Women’s Volleyball Jan. 31 vs. Regina Cougars @ 6:15 p.m. • Feb. 2 at Regina Cougars Feb. 8 & 9 vs. Manitoba Bisons @ 6:15 p.m.
Women’s Basketball Feb. 1 & 2 vs. Winnipeg Wesmen @ 6:15 p.m. • Feb. 8 & 9 at Manitoba Bisons Track & Field • Feb. 1 & 2 at Manitoba Bisons • Feb. 8 & 9 at Regina Cougars Wrestling • Feb. 2 at Winnipeg Wesmen - Home Game
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Dog Watch: Kyle Bortis COLE GUENTER Sports Editor Huskies men’s hockey player Kyle Bortis has been a consistent offensive powerhouse for the Dogs in his four seasons with the club. He is currently second in the Canada West points race with 10 goals and 21 assists. With that kind of on-ice dominance Bortis will be a leader on the Huskies squad into the playoffs later this month and the CIS men’s national hockey tournament in March. Far from seeking the limelight, Bortis understands the importance of playing as a team in order to be a winning club and credits his personal success to his teammates. “I’ve been playing with a lot of good hockey players on our team,” said Bortis who has been shifted around with three different offensive line combinations this season. “It’s not hard to fit in with them and contribute offensively. I give a lot of my success to the linemates I play with.” With two weeks remaining, Bortis is trying focus on the final four games of the regular season but says that it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement surrounding the Huskies. The team has already clinched a post-season berth and, as hosts of the CIS men’s hockey championship, have the only guaranteed entrance into the national tournament in March. “I think whether we say it or not there is always going to be a buzz
about nationals,” Bortis said. “It’s something you have to try to not think about too much and worry about the game at hand. “Our team slogan is ‘One Goal’ and that goal could mean many things, but for us I think it’s being able to focus on the practice that leads into that one game. We can’t look at the big picture. It’s more of the process of getting to the national championships.” While he knows that hosting the national tournament will be something he will never forget, Bortis says his favourite memories will always be of the players he shared the Huskie dressing room with. “A great memory that I will always keep with me is playing with a lot of the guys I grew up playing with and against. I know we’re going to be friends for life from here. “It was a big decision to come play with the Huskies after junior hockey. At the time it was a hard decision but in hindsight it’s not, thanks to the great tradition and great program this team has built,” Bortis said. When the Melfort, Sask. product isn’t on the ice himself, he enjoys watching the pros. He is excited that the NHL is back in full swing so he can watch his favourite team, the Montreal Canadiens. “When I was growing up my dad was a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, so I was persuaded to be a Montreal fan. I couldn’t cheer with him so I cheered against him,” Bortis
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laughed. Like many athletes, Bortis follows his own specific routine before and during the game to try and gain a mental edge over the competition. “Superstition or not, I do dress left to right and that’s something
I’ve always done,” Bortis said. “After warm ups and between every period I also re-tape my stick.... If there are any marks on my stick I like to have fresh tape.” It’s difficult to question the tactics of a player enjoying so much success this year.
Your next chance to catch Bortis and the third-place Huskies men’s hockey team is Feb. 1 and 2 at Rutherford Rink when they take on the fourth-place Calgary Dinos at 7 p.m.
CIS president skeptical of discussed changes SCOTT HASTIE — The Silhouette (McMaster University) HAMILTON (CUP) — The winds of change are blowing around Canadian Interuniversity Sport. David Grossman of Sportsnet 590, a Canadian radio show, hosted CIS President Leo MacPherson Dec. 16 to discuss a December meeting of university presidents. MacPherson spoke at length about worries of a “talent drain,” which could hamper the quality of play in the CIS. He said that while many university presidents would not say that the CIS has a crisis on its hands, most are concerned about the number of prospective Canadian student athletes migrating to the NCAA. The concern comes while Simon Fraser University plays in their first full-membership season with the NCAA after leaving the CIS four years ago. MacPherson went on to explain that the league found the loss of Canadian talent differs on a sport-by-sport basis. He pointed to women’s hockey as a particular area of concern. The presidents’ meeting also included a Canada West proposal to have a “tiered-league” across Canada. In theory, the CIS would turn into a countrywide conference instead of the current divisional set-up. Athletic programs from Ontario University Athletics,
Atlantic University Sport, Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec and Canada West conferences would be categorized by skill level and each respectively absorbed into a nationwide league. MacPherson was skeptical of the idea. “We have a very, very broad geographic land mass that we have to cover in Canada. I just don’t see the financial feasibility of that happening, but it is provocative dialogue,” MacPherson said. One of the major points of the interview was insight into the workings of the CIS recruitment and eligibility rules, and the lack of a compliance office that would monitor athletic programs’ recruitment practices and player eligibility. The league boss explained how the CIS operates on an honour system and that here have been minimal problems with it thus far. Eligibility talk didn’t stop there — the CIS is discussing extending the eligibility for student-athletes. The CIS currently allows students a maximum of five years of eligibility, and athletes competing in football must complete those five years within seven years of completing high school. Some university presidents brought talks of increasing the years of eligibility to seven or eight years. MacPherson does not back the idea. “I think we’ve got it just about right at five years,” he said.
With seven Vanier Cup titles to their name, some think the Laval Rouge et Or are ready to join the NCAA.
The final issue discussed at the presidents’ meeting was the status of CIS scholarships in contrast to the NCAA. The American operation has the ability to offer “full-ride” scholarships, meaning athletes can get residence, food, tuition and fees covered by their sport endeavors. In the CIS, scholarships can only cover tuition and fees,
and the dollar amount that can be distributed varies from conference to conference. The reason less money is available to CIS athletes is because of the budgets of athletic departments. “What we see in the NCAA is the upper echelon of Division I, with packed football stadiums and packed basketball arenas. There
are some serious dollars tied to that,” MacPherson said. MacPherson commented that while the possibility of many future changes to the CIS continues to be debated, the league will continue to look for input from all university administrations.
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Rent hike spells trouble for provincial archives DARYL HOFMANN Senior News Editor The Saskatchewan Archives Board has staffed an office at the University of Saskatchewan for nearly 70 years. But due to a new and more expensive lease agreement with the university, the office — tucked below the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery in the basement of the Murray Building — could be forced to box up its collection and leave as early as 2015. The archives board acquires and preserves historical provincial records. The repository includes newsprint that dates back to the 19th century, original government documents, private letters, academic work, papers tracing early settlement in the province, photographs, some audio and video. For decades, the university has waived the archive’s tenant fees and allowed the office to operate on campus at no cost. But according to the new agreement, the university will begin charging for building maintenance, custodial services and utilities in two years. Already dealing with their own recent budget cuts, the archives board will likely be unable to absorb the rent increase. They have hired a consultant to conduct a study on the feasibility of keeping an active office at the U of S. If the campus office is deemed unaffordable in 2015, the records would likely be consolidated at the SAB head office in Regina. Darren Cranfield, director of corporate services for the archives board, declined to comment on the amount the Saskatoon office will be charged in 2015, but called it a “significant” increase. Given the university’s projected operating deficit, he said he understands why the university rehashed the lease. Besides Quebec, Saskatchewan is the only province to run an archive out of two separate cities. “I think we need to consider our options at this point. And yes, one of them is a consolidation of the operations in Regina,” he said. James Cook is the manager of the business opportunities office at the U of S and brokers deals with tenants across campus. He drew up the new lease agreement for the Saskatchewan Archives Board last summer.
He said the university and the archives board both wanted to formalize a long-term arrangement. “Our policy is that anyone who rents space on campus should pay at least for their occupancy charges, which are things like their utilities and maintenance,” Cook said. “We have the same discussion with everyone.” Years ago, it was more common to have tenants on campus that were not charged basic operating fees, but Cook says that’s changed. He said his office did not consider what the repercussions would be if the archives were forced to leave campus due to the new costs.
A long-standing relationship The formation of the Saskatchewan Archives Board and its office on campus is largely due to the work of Arthur Silver Morton, who became head of the history department at the U of S in 1914. After arriving on campus from Toronto, Morton spent years researching Saskatchewan’s early history, laying the groundwork for a provincial archive and calling on the provincial government to establish a secure and stable funding model for the archives. In 1945, two months after Morton’s unexpected death, the archives board was established as a non-partisan agency at arm’s length from government. The mandate of the Saskatchewan Archives Board is to document all aspects of provincial life deemed to hold historical value. “Most people or groups record their activities, whether in the form of letters, email, diaries, minutes, financial records, photographs, moving images, maps and architectural drawings, memoires, spoken traditions or sound recordings,” the SAB’s 2011-12 annual report reads. “The oral accounts of aboriginal elders, the written records kept by settlers, the varied yet precarious physical formats of the early 21st century office and home, provide an immediate and unique source of information of Saskatchewan’s people.” Nadine Charabin began working at the archives on campus as a student in 1985 before taking it on as a full-time
gig in 1990. She’s now the chief archivist and manager of the office. Charabin estimates that about 100 researchers, many of whom are undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members from the university, walk in the door each month to locate an item and use the reading room on-site.
Hoffer’s collection While Erika Dyck was working towards her PhD at McMaster University in Ontario from 2001 to 2005, she came to Saskatoon each summer to research at the provincial archives on campus. Her research focused on the history of medicine, particularly the work of Abram Hoffer, a psychiatrist who spent time working at the U of S during the 1950s. While in Saskatchewan, Hoffer and another psychiatrist named Humphry Osmond explored the potential medicinal uses for hallucinogenic drugs. “They engaged in a series of LSD experiments here in Saskatchewan that were some of the largest and most significant in the world,” Dyck said. Hoffer and Osmond would drop LSD, often with their wives and other scientists, to test its effects, which were largely unknown at the time. Later they would attempt to treat alcoholics by dosing them with the drug. Dyck spent four summers going through 200 boxes of Hoffer’s that were acquired by the provincial archives through a personal donation. The records, which had yet to be catalogued, included publications, newspaper clippings and about 30 boxes of handwritten correspondence, much of which was scrawled in a unique shorthand that had to be “decoded,” Dyck said. She now works as a Canadian medical history professor at the U of S and is overseeing the work of a PhD student who is using Hoffer’s records extensively for his research. Dyck called the advantage of having the archives on campus to serve the existing research community “tremendous.” “If they move it’s a shame,” she said.
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Books that date back to the 19th century at the Saskatchewan archives.
Marion Ghiglione uses a microfilm machine at the office on campus.
The reading room in the basement of the Murray Building.
The black sheep
Tracing an epidemic
It’s just before 2 p.m. in the reading room of the provincial archives on campus and Marion Ghiglione is in front of a brown microfilm machine. She is sliding through editions of the Saskatchewan Herald from the 1880s, looking for the name William Parry Williams, her great-grandfather, who she calls the “black sheep” of the family. Williams moved from England to Saskatchewan sometime during the late 19th century. He became a constable for the North West Mounted Police in Battleford, Sk. and remarried, even though he had a wife back in England. Ghiglione believes he may even have married illegally a third time. She has been combing through archives for information on Williams since 1974 and pays special attention to birth, marriage and death notices in newspapers from the late 1800s. At that time, official hospital records in the province were almost non-existent. “A lot of stuff is digitized, but this isn’t yet,” Ghiglione said, pointing to news clipping she had just discovered that tells the story of a notorious local thief, “Joe the Prisoner,” who broke into William’s home and robbed him of jewelry and rare coins. “These records you still have to work hard for and it makes it really exciting to find something.”
Simmone Horowitz grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to the U of S in 2005 to do postdoctoral work. Two years later she accepted a faculty position in the history department. “I teach mostly African history, but one of my areas of interest has been HIV,” she said. That interest led Horowitz to spearhead a project in 2009 based heavily on the archives. She and a team of research assistants, mostly undergraduates, spent several hours each week over the course of a semester digging through daily newspapers from across the province. They scanned for stories on HIV from as far back as 1982 and made notes of each one. Horowitz used the research gleaned from the newspapers to write a paper that she expects to be published in the coming years. The experience also benefited the student assistants, she said. “They were able to clock long hours, so they were able to get money while working on campus, but they were also able to expand their research abilities.” For one of Horowitz’s third-year courses, she has her class visit the archives, locate a historical document and write about it. She said the hands-on approach teaches students
how to conduct historical research in a manner that’s impossible on the web. “It’s an invaluable part of my teaching,” she said. Horowitz has seen the archives on campus scale back their hours of operation in recent years and said she is concerned of the diminishing support for the Saskatchewan Archives Board. Without proper funding, she said, important parts of the province’s history will be forgotten. Horowitz says it would be a great disadvantage to students if the archives are moved off campus. “If the University of Saskatchewan is the people’s university, we want to have this information for the people,” she said.
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Jeff Todd builds his career with Lego HENRYTYE GLAZEBROOK No one ever told Jeff Todd he was too old for Lego. Todd, an actor who grew up in Saskatoon, recently landed a role on the new Cartoon Network series Legends of Chima. Based on the Lego toy line of the same name, the show follows several factions of animal tribes as they fight to restore balance to their homeland through a mystical energy source known as Chi. Todd moved to the West Coast in March of 2011 to attend Vancouver Acting School. There he learned the ropes in film, stage and voice-over work and was introduced to a representative who in turn helped Todd land his current role on Chima, produced locally in Vancouver.
hone his method as an actor, particularly since the show is being pushed for an international audience. “This is a show that’s being broadcast across America,” Todd said. “We’re Canadian up here. There’s small subtleties — like ‘about’ and ‘sorry’ — that you need to watch out for in your voice.” With all the success the West Coast entertainment scene has brought him, Todd hopes to one day bring some of it back to the town that raised him. “I would love to go back to Saskatoon and film there,” Todd said. “The landscape is gorgeous.” Outside of the studio, Todd spends the bulk of his time auditioning for roles in film and
I feel like I’m going to Disneyland every time I go into work. Jeff Todd Voice Actor
Todd was hired to voice Razar, a raven that toes the line between good and evil and rarely lets allegiances get in the way of his greed. While only two episodes of the show have been released so far, Todd’s role on the show has already expanded to include a wide array of supporting parts. “I’ve got about 11 primary recurring characters, and then a handful of one-offs,” Todd said. “I’m really good at the bad guys.” Todd describes his time behind the mic with enthusiasm. “When you’re there in the room and you see your character coming up, you get so excited,” Todd said. “I feel like I’m going to Disneyland every time I go into work.” His experience working on Chima has helped Todd to
television productions. Currently he can be seen getting bodychecked by Edmonton Oilers right-winger Jordan Eberle in a commercial for ATB Financial. Todd eventually hopes to mount a stage production of Dog Sees God, a re-imagining of the Peanuts gang as high school students, in which he’ll play Charlie Brown. But these projects are just stepping stones for Todd. “To date my most fulfilling role in this industry has been Chima,” Todd said, “but I’m going to continue full steam ahead in my pursuit of a film career. “I want to be a movie star.” Audiences looking to catch up on Legends of Chima can get their popcorn ready for Feb. 3, when the pilot episode will be re-airing on Teletoon.
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Actor Jeff Todd finds success in Vancouver but pays homage to his home town — Saskatoon.
Razar, Todd’s character on Cartoon Network’s Legends of Chima.
For the budget-conscious college student (or the just plain lazy and tired), resorting to quick meals or leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner is an easy habit to get into. This doesn’t mean you can’t eat fancy, though! Here are some tips for making the most of your extra servings of food. Invest in some spices and goodquality oils. They add excitement to an otherwise-bland meal and perk up sauces and dips. Quality ingredients can be pricey, but they last a long time, especially when stored in proper conditions. Have leftover rice? Fry it up with some meat and vegetables, and toss in a splash of soy or Worcestershire sauce for taste. Leftover rice is always tricky because it tends to dry out when refrigerated. Stir-frying it will add the moisture back. Cold pizza is fine and dandy, but if you want to reheat it, set some crumpled paper towel on a plate before you set the pizza slice down in the microwave. The paper towel will absorb moisture and keep the slice from getting soggy. Alternatively, heat the pizza in an unoiled pan on the stovetop for five minutes while covered. Using leftover meat for lunches is a good way to make the best of your extra servings. Try tossing some into a sandwich, omelette or your bowl of instant noodles. Are there a lot of scraps with your leftover chicken or pork? Take those bones and boil in order to make flavourful soup stock! Meat stocks take anywhere from an hour to five in order to achieve a full-bodied flavor. Eggs add a great boost to leftover meals. Always keep some in the fridge. They keep for a while and are quick if you’re in a rush to eat. Try adding a fried egg to a hamburger, having a poached egg as a side with a steak or boiling one in your chicken noodle soup. Don’t keep your leftovers for too long. If it’s been four days to a week, don’t risk it. Saving money isn’t worth your health, after all! Remember that not being able to finish a meal or cooking too much in the first place is no excuse to be wasteful. Be smart, store stuff away and get creative with mixing your meals!
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48 frames per second: the future of film or distracting gimmick?
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The screen-rate may have doubled, but hobbits are still short.
MICHAEL MACLEOD Film has evolved over the past hundred years to give us the great movies, but Peter Jackson’s new technique of filming in higher speeds isn’t ready to revolutionize the industry just yet. The first movies were shot in black and white without sound— these films amazed audiences with a spectacle that seemed almost magical. Filmmakers then began editing shots and using title cards to tell stories in the new medium. This was followed by orchestrated soundtracks and the introduction of colour. Editors would hand-paint each film cell for the first colored films. But techniques such as these concerned with sound and image, have mostly been perfected and standard filmmaking has nearly reached a technical zenith; most of the improvements left are those of cost and portability. Other unconventional attempts to improve our movie viewing experience have been unsuccessful — except for, arguably, 3D. Smell-o-vision was once a thing; audience members at the theatre were provided with a scratch card of scents that were meant to help
them experience more of what was happening onscreen. Hypnovista is another failed example. Hypnotists would attend showings to ensure the audience could empathize with the characters onscreen. Electronic buzzers have even been implanted in theatre seats to provide an extrasensory jolt. The most recent of these experiments is the shooting of The Hobbit in 48 frames per second, twice the rate cinematic film is usually shot at. By having more frames projected at a faster rate, movement should look smoother with a sharper overall image, without regular films motion blur. The human eye processes images at just over 60 fps and by increasing the fps, The Hobbit director Peter Jackson intends the film to appear more realistic to the viewer. While the increased frame rate provided a vibrant and clear picture in The Hobbit’s many landscapes and wide angle shots, the 48 fps shots were distracting when the focus of the camera was within six metres of the subject. Simple actions performed by the cast appeared strangely rushed and wooden. As the focus shifted at inopportune times, the
hypersaturated light gave shots a soap opera quality, and the many changes in brightness and scope throughout the film made it difficult to watch. This is not the first time directors have experimented with frame rate. Showscan was developed in the 70’s as a method of shooting film at 60 fps, but it has never been used in a feature-length motion picture due to production problems. It was relegated to short films and amusement park rides, predominantly motion simulators. Jackson is the first director to shoot a feature length movie in the 48 fps style and it is hard to say if any directors will be following in his footsteps. There are at least two more films in The Hobbit trilogy that will be shown in 48 fps, which will give Jackson ample opportunity to really work with the format. Filmmakers need more time to find out the pros and cons of increasing frame rate and to change their scene construction to maximize its benefits. We may even see frame rates speed up in the future, but for now, 48 fps is not ready to write its page on the book of film evolution.
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There is something refreshing about tuning into a podcast while walking around the city. As much as I love listening to music, I find that listening to something informative, argumentative or historical refreshes my mind, despite the many hours I spend in lectures each week. The right podcast can invigorate you and offer great information to spout at a party. But like most of the information offered via the Internet, you have to delve through the shit to get to the gold. I’ve compiled a list of my favourite podcasts and collections of podcasts that can all be found on iTunes. Each offers a large collection in their archives as well as a variety of topics you may not get from your university education. The fact that they’re free is just a bonus. How Stuff Works My favourite podcasts come from the people at How Stuff Works. I’ve been listening to Stuff You Missed In History Class and Stuff Mom Never Told You for a few years. These podcasts cover a range of topics from medieval torture devices to afterschool specials. Both podcasts are approximately 30 minutes long and are updated a couple times a week. How Stuff Works also hosts a bunch of other shows like Stuff You Should Know, Brain Stuff, Tech Stuff, Stuff to Blow Your Mind and many more. My only qualm with them is that since they’re an American organization, the topics and research are usually geared to Americans. Today In Canadian History Today In Canadian History is produced by community radio
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station CJSW in Calgary. They cover historical Canadian events that happened on the day that the show is broadcasted. Each 10 minute episode features an interview with a “Canadian professor, journalist, author or ‘everyday historian.’ ”
Ideas Ideas from the CBC covers a wide range of topics, from culture to science and technology. Obviously, being produced by CBC, the podcast is geared toward Canadian interests and relevant current events. TED Talks TED Talks also hits that “justabout-any topic” balance, but is more globally relevant than Ideas. I’m a big fan of TEDTalks on Netflix, so taking each episode with me on the bus has made those cold and lengthy rides slightly more enjoyable. NPR If you’re more musically-inclined and are reluctant to indulge in anything other than music, NPR may have the podcast for you. All Songs Considered focuses on emerging musical artists as well as more established artists. I like this podcast because it offers an introduction to more diverse artists than what is typical to Saskatoon radio stations. Interviews with celebrities are also a pretty cool feature. I’ve undoubtedly left out many notable productions, but I greatly encourage you to try the ones I suggested, especially if you’ve never listened to a podcast before. You never know what they may add to your academic career.
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El Presidente: Who’s to blame for our deficit? TRAVIS HOMENUK Even though Ilene BuschVishniac makes $400,000 a year and gets a free house, I feel for her. Like Obama still trying to stabilize the U.S. economy after Bush’s shitstorm term in office, Busch-Vishniac has to clean up the University of Saskatchewan’s financial situation in a way that is manageable, sustainable and costeffective. In other words, she can’t allow the U of S to see its projected $44.5-million deficit become a reality. Our institution will not survive if the administrative powers that be do not control the coming financial crisis. This is no easy task. Tough decisions must be made, and Busch-Vishniac is the one who will be held accountable for massive job losses on campus and looming cuts to departments and programs. I’m angry that the university is in this position, but at least Busch-Vishniac is taking a stand in order to better the university in the long term. We’ll probably see more cuts to the programs that are less highly valued by government than more commercial research-friendly ones. Programs that receive outside funding will be favoured to continue and increase said funding opportunities. It’s not like the arts are going to receive more funding in the years to come anyway. We’ve already been beat up, cut up and tortured. Funding usually goes to engineering and agriculture. Methinks I should have gone and fulfilled my dream of becoming part of a travelling European dance troupe in lieu of getting my BA, but one shouldn’t live with regrets, right? I’ll keep my tambourine tucked away in my closet — for now, anyway. But who is to blame for the situation we’re in? I’m very curious as to what Peter MacKinnon was doing while he was president of this university for 13 years. It seems to me his administration was sleeping at the wheel when it came to money management. They obviously based spending decisions on
money the U of S requested, but had not yet received, from the provincial government. Riddle me this: MacKinnon was president of the U of S for 13 years. His salary started at $290,000 and progressed upward from there. After 13 years, he decided he’d had enough of being the boss, and left. He will make close to $1 million over the next two years while on paid leave,
even though he won’t return to the university after that. Then in walks Ilene BuschVishniac, our first female president. Somewhere between her start date and now, the financial gurus on campus projected a $44.5-million deficit by 2016. Busch-Vishniac will deal with the fallout from MacKinnon’s term. In what way is that fair?
I don’t think Busch-Vishniac is responsible for this projected shortfall, since she just arrived in office. If anyone should be sending out emails to the student body, or issuing layoff notices, it should be MacKinnon. But where is MacKinnon? He’s off writing a book, of course. Let’s just hope it’s not about how to successfully manage a university, because I don’t think
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anyone will buy it. I don’t want to deny the good MacKinnon did while he was president, but institutions — perhaps unfortunately so — are about bottom lines and budgets. Students and their educations should ideally be the priorities for administration, but truly, if the university is financially unstable, we will all sink and drown with it. It’s lovely that MacKinnon restored the College Building, expanded programs and increased relationships with communities in and around Saskatchewan. But why are we projecting such a large deficit? Why, I ask you, why? MacKinnon oversaw continued spending increases on campus, with money the U of S had not actually received from the government. Receiving a 2.1 per cent increase in lieu of the 5.8 per cent increase in funding the U of S was expecting — and not changing the budget after the fact — is merely one example of poor money management by MacKinnon’s administration. Indeed, MacKinnon focused far too heavily on infrastructure during his term, ignoring the university’s operation. I want to shake my finger at MacKinnon in disgust over this deficit. It really does seem as though he oversaw the university’s slow but sure dip into this deficit. If Busch-Vishniac is able to pull the U of S out of its financial crisis in the years to come, I vote we erect a monument for her right in front of the Peter MacKinnon Building. Its plaque will read, “We run the world, girls.” This situation is most unfortunate. Our first female president — a minority in her field — will be held accountable for the success or failure of this institution. Our current financial crisis is not the fault of our new president, so cut the woman some slack. Busch-Vishniac is taking the steps needed to prevent us from hitting the red. If you think administration needs to be questioned or yelled at, call up MacKinnon. I’m sure his book can wait.
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‘TransformUS’ will benefit university DAVID KONKIN
In recent weeks there have been cries of outrage from students and some faculty over the “TransformUS” prioritization process being adopted at the University of Saskatchewan. These complaints range from describing the process as one of ‘austerity’ to concerns over where funding will be lost. What many people fail to realize is that this process will be beneficial for the university in the long term. The administration is pursuing this process because it is forecasting a deficit of $44.5 million by 2016. As President Ilene Busch-Vishniac wrote in her campus-wide Jan. 11 email, “the extent of our resources is not sufficient to maintain the breadth of our programming and activity.” Like any other organization, the U of S must prepare an operating budget each year. On the revenue side of the equation, it receives government grants and investment income and charges tuition (a user fee). Its operating expenditures consist of wages, scholarships, utilities and initiatives not related to construction. These last include accrediting the medical college, expanding the nursing program and maintaining the library. In constructing the university’s budget, the administration has a responsibility to balance income and expenditures. If they do not, the university will spend through its reserve and be forced to borrow. With debts come interest payments, which are more expenditures. Just as for government, it is wrong for a university to leave the bill for today’s programs and services to tomorrow’s students and taxpayers. The provincial government has signalled that the university can no longer expect increases to its operating grant in the five per cent range. To quote the university website’s Rumour Mill, “our operating expenses are growing at a higher rate than our operating revenue.” This situation leaves two options: increase tuition or decrease expenditures. Thankfully for students, the university has been clear that it will not use tuition increases to close the deficit. Instead of decreasing each college’s funding by equal amounts through across-the-board
cuts and leaving the deans to figure out how to make do with less, the university is pursuing a campuswide evaluation of the programs and services it offers in order to make focused spending cuts. Frankly, I see nothing wrong with evaluating what the university does from time to time. Some of
the programs and initiatives the university undertakes are bound to be more effective than others, and realigning funding with those findings makes perfect sense. This goes for any organization. Robert C. Dickeson, who wrote the book on program prioritization, grasps the problem our university
It would be rather prudish and even potentially dangerous to pretend college students aren’t having sex. Why dangerous? Abstinenceonly sex education in the United States has been a disaster. The country has higher rates of both sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy than any other developed nation. On the other hand, Canada’s rates of both dropped 37 per cent in a decade of increased access to birth control
the school to focus on what it is great at, could be great at, or needs to do to be great. This process will inevitably lead to the reduction or demise of some currently offered programs. It simply does not make sense for the university to continue to support programs that it does not excel in providing and that few students demand. Thankfully, the loss of any single program at the U of S does not mean students will no longer be able to pursue their fields of interest. The nearby University of Regina offers many programs the U of S does not. Additionally, all provinces except Quebec have agreed to charge out-of-province students the same tuition as inprovince students. What is wrong with students going to other provinces in order to get a better education in a certain area than they would at the U of S? This is already the norm in many professional colleges. There is no reason for this policy not to be expanded beyond professional disciplines. This will allow universities to become truly exceptional at providing programs like humanities and education, which are currently offered at almost every university with varying degrees of success. In order for a program to be high-quality and use its resources efficiently, it needs to have a critical mass of students enrolled. If that number cannot be found at the U of S, students would be better served studying at one of Canada’s many other excellent universities. Understandably, student relocation may create some accessibility issues. However, such a difficulty is not insurmountable. For example, the provincial or federal government could provide bursaries for students who must cross provincial borders to study in their chosen area. “TransformUS” is a remarkable opportunity for the university. Yes, some jobs and programs will be lost, but others will see their funding and support grow. If the process succeeds, it will go a long way toward ensuring that the university is spending each dollar received from students and taxpayers in the best interests of achieving excellence in teaching and in discovering, preserving and applying knowledge.
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To sex or not to sex VICTORIA MARTINEZ Copy Editor
faces. He writes that universities are “unrealistically striving to be all things to all people… rather than focusing their resources on the mission and programs that they can accomplish with distinction.” Program prioritization moves the university away from acrossthe-board mediocrity and allows
and better sexual education. So when the University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre threw a “sex club adventure” meant to introduce students to the sex club scene in a clean, safe and affordable way, they were offering a public service. A service very much worth support from student fees (which, it should be noted, come in the form of an optional 25-cent charge) and from the campus community. Sex is an inevitability. Safe sex is not. By offering peer support and, as SEC co-ordinator Dylan Tower posted online, a “myriad of
safer-sex supplies” at the event, the organizers created a rare environment truly built for the health of its participants. Much less socially valuable campus club events often pass without scrutiny: happy hours, keggers, massive parties. This one challenges our comfort-zone, sure, but that’s not a bad thing. Ultimately, personal morality shouldn’t matter. People will do as they do, and if you aren’t interested in participating in a sex adventure, no one is asking you to. Rather, this sort of event encourages the more conservative
among us to accept the reality of different sexual attitudes, and offers the more adventurous an opportunity to learn about their interests with minimal risk. In the end, we all benefit a little bit. Back here at home, the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union is hosting a Sex Week of its own, starting this weekend with tickets to the Taboo sex show. While the events planned for Saskatoon don’t have quite the same sense of adventure as the event our Toronto counterparts participated in, the week acts in the same spirit.
We, after all, don’t even have a sex club to get students into. Instead, we have lectures about orgasms, a themed trivia night and a sex toy party. Oh right, and a Carnival of Sex at Louis’ on Feb. 9. It’s a drag show! With pole dancing! And gender-conscious spoken word! All in all, there’s something to be found on our campus next week for any sexcurious student, which is great. It’s not about the potential for studentfee-sponsored orgies. These events are all about something much less exciting: education.
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Urban-only ridings good for Saskatchewan democracy TANNARA YELLAND Opinions Editor Since the last census in 2001, Saskatchewan’s population has increased by more than five per cent, with most of that growth in its two largest cities. Saskatoon alone grew by nearly 13 per cent. This significant population change and concentration makes a recent federal commission report all the more timely. Recommending three urbanonly ridings for Saskatoon and two for Regina, the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Saskatchewan’s report is an important step toward what many urban Saskatchewan residents — especially the students who tend to cluster in the university and downtown areas — have long desired. Breaking these ridings up will allow better representation of urban and rural concerns in Parliament. And as the commission itself found, “Saskatchewan’s four fastest-growing electoral districts over the past decade were all of the mixed urban-rural variety.” Urban voters in Saskatchewan are likely to share more with other urban voters than with the rural population in their province. While the lure of regionalism is strong,
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urbanization has historically proven more attractive, and there is no reason to think this does not apply to voting. Rural voters likewise deserve Members of Parliament devoted to their concerns. While urban voters likely don’t want a politician representing them to take up agriculture or resource development as a pet cause, rural voters probably do. The proposed change to Saskatchewan ridings will allow both urban and rural voters to have their concerns taken up with dedicated focus. There is a widespread belief among non-Conservative voters
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in Saskatoon that the only thing standing between us and three or four NDP MPs is the fact that each urban riding is actually a mix of urban and rural voters. This may not be true — even in Saskatoon, every election sees a fair number of blue Conservative signs alongside the orange NDP and the smattering of Green Party signs. But even in Edmonton, long considered a lock for the Conservatives, an NDP MP was elected in 2011. More urban ridings in the prairies means that it will be less likely the Conservative Party will win all of them, and even if they do, it will probably not
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be by the ludicrously wide margins they are accustomed to now. It will also be a reflection of urban voters’ wishes. Dividing Saskatoon and Regina into urban ridings will help to break down the myth that the prairies are a solid threeprovince block of blue. That myth is especially strange given Saskatchewan’s status as the birthplace and political home of Canada’s best-known socialist, Tommy Douglas, and as an early stronghold of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, better known as the CCF. Saskatchewan has deep roots in Canada’s rich socialist tradition, and it is disappointing to see electoral boundaries enabling the Conservatives to effectively erase that history. The report of the electoral boundaries commission is important and its recommendation, if made into policy, should have some very exciting implications for Saskatchewan in the next federal election.
Universities need to remember their radical roots KIMBERLEY HARTWIG
Universities have become boring. Where once they were markers of social change, alternative ways of thinking and challenges to the status quo, they are now only extended, expensive workforce preparation sites. During the decades of radical social change in the early postwar period, universities and their students were at the forefront of many movements directly affecting the communities in which they lived. Students in the U.S. were at the forefront of the Vietnam protests and the civil rights struggle, and young women the world over fought for gender equality. Over time this spirit has dulled within the once-raucous halls of universities. It’s time to bring it back. Recently students have reacted to the university’s TransformUS initiative. Students said they wanted to have their voices heard and to have their opinions taken seriously. The university listened. This is a clear example of just how much power and influence students can have — as long as they’re willing to step up and take it. Saskatoon is also the birthplace of the recent Idle No More movement — which has now become a Canada-wide phenomenon with international support. U of S students have
supported the movement and added their voices to the cause. This is the way it should be. Students should not sit by while there are issues either within the university or outside it that need addressing. Universities are not only centres for job preparation; they need to be centres for change and progress. The notion that one should attend university to learn for the sake of learning rather than to find a career is becoming obsolete. Now, the main goal of universities is to make students more desirable in potential employers’ eyes. This isn’t all that a higher education should entail. A university should broaden students’ minds and open them up to new ways of thinking about themselves and the world. The journey from the first day of classes to the first degree is not a solitary one. Four or more years spent in the company of only textbooks will not make a student into an engaged citizen. Interactions with other students, professors and the wider community help to shape one’s university experience. Learning cannot be contained within the walls of the university or those who wander its halls. To make their experience at school really count, students should interact with their surrounding communities. Universities regularly provide
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This is what students should be doing: engaging and enacting change.
opportunities for protest and community action but they are rarely a mandatory part of the educational experience. While a humanities student has to take a few science courses and engineers are required to take a rhetorics class, no one is expected to participate in the kind of community-building that provides
students real experience outside the university’s walls. A university education isn’t just about students getting degrees and finding work afterward — it is also about what those students do for the community with the knowledge they have gained.
Blame Sask. Party, not admins
Over the last few weeks, and especially in last week’s “Money Issue” of the Sheaf, significant disgruntlement has been directed toward administrators at the University of Saskatchewan. Excluding the short-sighted decision to exclude students from the “TransformUS” task forces, administrators at the U of S have done their best to deal with the Saskatchewan Party’s intentional decision to defund post-secondary education in Saskatchewan. The Sask. Party constantly refers to Saskatchewan as “the best place in Canada” and “the strongest economy in the country,” but it has refused to show leadership and adequately fund post-secondary education for the people of Saskatchewan. During consultations for the provincial budget, the university told the Sask. Party that it would need a funding increase of 5.8 per cent in order to cover rising costs, maintain its current diversity of program offerings, and provide quality levels of service for students. Instead of granting a sustainable increase to the university, the Sask. Party chose to give an increase of only 2.1 per cent. This paltry increase is inadequate to cover even the cost of inflation, and is certainly insufficient to cover the rising legacy costs that the university is facing as the value of previously-negotiated contracts increase over time. The Sask. Party’s wrong-headed approach to funding post-secondary institutions is the chief cause of the university’s funding woes. How can the Sask. Party claim to be moving Saskatchewan forward while they are purposely and deliberately underfunding post-secondary education? If Saskatchewan is going to continue as a strong and growing province it will need a highly skilled and well-educated work force ready to compete in today’s knowledge-based economy. The Sask. Party’s mismanagement has resulted in the $44-million deficit facing the university. Administrators are being forced to make these tough decisions exclusively because of the Sask. Party’s reckless defunding program. Attempts to blame administrators for the university’s current fiscal situation are misplaced and only serve to draw attention away from the Sask. Party’s failure to invest in Saskatchewan’s students. We deserve better. Mitchell Bonokoski is the Saskatchewan Young New Democrats’ vice-president of administration and a fifth-year U of S music education student.
15 HUMOUR Who would you like to see on the “TransformUS” task forces that are currently being formed?
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Campus Chat I think people from ASSU I think an outside opinion need to be on it. Cuts are on the task forces would be definitely going to be coming great. Emily Otterbein from there. Daniel Petrow FAKE NEWS
I’d like to see arts students involved, because the arts always seem to be in jeopardy. A group from each department would be ideal. Amanda Bestvater
I’m in medicine, and I think the professional colleges are often better represented than the general colleges, like Arts and Science. Chris Pekrul
‘Community’ actors not the friends they play on-screen
Throngs of excited fans crowded the Glen Palms Mall in Oakdale, Wisconsin for a chance to meet the actors on NBC’s hit show “Community.” The stars were in town for a publicity drive before the fourth season airs on Feb. 7. But a hyper-dedicated segment of the show’s already cult-like following was in for a disappointment. Actors Donald Glover and Danny Pudi, best known for their portrayals of Troy Barnes and Abed Nadir, are not the whimsical best friends they play on “Community.” After pretending for three seasons, Glover and Pudi recently decided to come clean about the fact that they do not hang out in an “imaginarium” between takes.
Most of their fans have refused to accept this information, which Pudi says has led to several uncomfortable situations in recent months. One distraught woman tried to force the two to “reconnect” by pushing them into each other and crying, “Hug!” “It’s really bizarre,” Glover said wearily. “We’re not 20-year-old weirdos, you know? We’re working adults.” Pudi nodded soberly. “We tried, too. For the fans. Even came up with our own handshake, but it just didn’t work. Every time we did it we felt worse and worse.” Just then Pudi’s girlfriend showed up and fucked Glover.
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