Page 1

SEPT 14, 2017

4

I SS UE 03 , VO L . 1 0 9

9

YOUR UNI VE R S I T Y O F SAS K ATC H E WA N ST UDE NT NE WS PA P E R S I N C E 1 9 1 2

10

14

The Sheaf Publishing Society is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.

the shea

USASK H O M E CO M I N G G A M E

page 7

Students talk racism on campus

Local fashion fails and flops

ie t y

f

Breathe in the newest Legend of Zelda

p u b lis

STM renovations expand student space

hin g soc


NEWS

T H E S H E A F P U B L I S HI NG S OC I E T Y // S E P T E M B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 7

the sheaf

y

News

ciet

p ubl

is h

ing so

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | Jessica Klaassen-Wright

editor@thesheaf.com NEWS EDITOR

CULTURE EDITOR

Nykole King

Tanner Bayne

news@thesheaf.com

culture@thesheaf.com

SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR

OPINIONS EDITOR

Emily Migchels

Jack Thompson

opinions@thesheaf.com

sportshealth@thesheaf.com

STAFF WRITER

Lyndsay Afseth staffwriter@thesheaf.com COPY EDITOR

| Amanda Slinger

copy@thesheaf.com

| Laura Underwood | Jiem Carlo Narag

PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR

NEWS EDITOR

| Jeremy Britz

web@thesheaf.com OUTREACH DIRECTOR

| Victoria Becker

outreach@thesheaf.com AD & BUSINESS MANAGER

| Shantelle Hrytsak

ads@thesheaf.com COVER IMAGE

Jiem Carlo Narag BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kyra Mazer Brent Kobes Emily Klatt Hasith Andrahennadi Momo Tanaka Liam Richards

ADVERTISING (306) 966 8688 EDITORIAL (306) 966 8689

Mission // The mission of the Sheaf is to inform and entertain students by addressing those issues that are relevant to life on campus, in the city or in the province. The newspaper serves as a forum for discussion on a wide range of issues that concern students. Written for students, by students, it provides unique insight to university issues through a student perspective. The staff of editors, photographers and artists collaborate with volunteers as student journalists to create a product relevant to students on the University of Saskatchewan campus. Legal // The Sheaf, published weekly during the academic year and periodically from May through August, is an incorporated non-profit that is, in part, student-body funded by way of a direct levy paid by all partand full-time undergraduate students at the U of S. The remainder of the revenue is generated through advertising. The financial affairs are governed by a Board of Directors, most of whom are students. Membership in the Sheaf Publishing Society is open to all undergraduate students at the U of S, who are encouraged to contribute to the newspaper. Absolutely no experience is required! The opinions expressed in the Sheaf do not necessarily reflect those of the Sheaf Publishing Society Inc. The Sheaf reserves the right to refuse to accept or print any material deemed unfit for publication, as determined by the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief has the right to veto any submission deemed unfit for the Society newspaper. In determining this, the Editor-in-Chief will decide if the article or artwork would be of interest to a significant portion of the Society and benefit the welfare of Sheaf readers. The Sheaf will not publish any racist, sexist, homophobic or libellous material. Land Acknowledgement // The Sheaf acknowledges that our office is built on Treaty Six Territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and affirm both the importance of our relationship with Indigenous peoples and students at the U of S and our commitment to recognize and remain accountable for our collective history. corrections

In our Aug. 31 issue, the article “Bengali event to elicit thoughts on multiculturalism and reconciliation” listed the Bangladeshi Students’ Association as involved in planning the event, but it was actually the Bangladesh Undergraduate Student Federation (BUSF). Also in our Aug. 31 issue, the article “Open textbooks will provide savings for students” inadvertently omitted some programs that use open textbooks, including the Colleges of Nursing and Medicine and the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. We apologize for these errors. If you spot any errors in this issue, please email them to: copy@thesheaf.com

2 / NEWS

While the University of Saskatchewan has asked the provincial government for a 90-million-dollar bond for five building renovations, the U of S Students’ Union reveals that it is fiscally responsible and unaffected by the cuts to postsecondary institutes. Last year, the University Students’ Council moved to upgrade Louis’ Pub, located in the Memorial Union Building, to address structural issues and improve the style of the space. The project has been completed in time to serve the influx of undergraduate-student patrons this fall. Caroline Cottrell, general manager of the USSU, worked closely with Strata Development on behalf of the USC to ensure that the renovation addressed the diverse needs of students while also attracting outside business to rent the venue. “I need Louis’ to function as someplace people want to come for lunch. I need Louis’ to function as someplace where students want to come for Toonie Tuesdays,” Cottrell said. “I need Louis’ to function for weddings in the summer, because that’s our bread and butter in the summer months when students aren’t here. It allows us to stay open.” Undergraduate students are shareholders of Louis’, because it is owned and operated by the students’ union, which they

tor Edi

WEB EDITOR

cs

graphics@thesheaf.com

pay into with their student fees. The union is a non-profit, financially independent entity, and any revenue generated by Louis’ and other sources, like the Lower Place tenants, goes against the projected budgets for each USSU department and the various resources provided for the benefit of students. Leigh Thomas, a second-year urban and regional planning student, believes that the renovations will attract more business to Louis’. “It will bring in new business, I think, because — the old [Louis’] — you wouldn’t really want to bring in anyone in here unless it was to have fun, but now … you can come here and feel comfortable,” Thomas said. Cottrell explains that the USSU is responsible for maintaining Place Riel and the MUB, which is why the USSU accumulates $122 from every full-time student’s tuition each year. This money goes into the infrastructure fund that was implemented in 2003 to finance renovations, minor repairs, mortgage fees and any cases of property damage to the student union buildings. “I’m very proud of the way we’ve managed finances for students. I’m not going to tell lies about that either,” Cottrell said. “We have money in the bank. We have reserves, we have investments, and it’s all on [students’] behalf.” As general manager,

hi rap

| Lesia Karalash

NYKOLE KING

/G

photo@thesheaf.com GRAPHICS EDITOR

The USSU finances renovations to a student-centred building in the wake of provincial austerity.

h las ara aK

layout@thesheaf.com

Renovating Louis’ a prudent move for the USSU i Les

LAYOUT MANAGER

I SS UE 03 // VO L . 1 0 9

Cottrell’s job is to ensure that students can be proud of the spaces they own. She encourages undergraduate students to take full advantage of the venue by booking Louis’ for club events. Cottrell explains that money from the infrastructure fund can only be accessed when the USC votes on a project proposal. The USSU financial statements are available on their website, and Cottrell assures students that the staff remains mindful of how finances must be spent. “Everybody is very cognizant [of] whose money it is that we spend,” Cottrell said. “There’s nobody on our staff who is not fully aware, and if I think they’re forgetting, I remind them that this money is money that is provided through undergraduates, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s [from] undergraduates paying their fees or eating at Louis’.”


SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

NEWS

WWW.T H E S H E A F.COM // @ U SAS KS H E A F

Cabinet shuffle sees Kevin Doherty return as minister of advanced education Kevin Doherty will be returning to his previous position as minister of advanced education, following a cabinet shuffle that was announced at the end of August. In the aftermath of Premier Brad Wall’s resignation, several ministers have resigned in order to run in the upcoming election for the Saskatchewan Party’s new leader. As a result, Kevin Doherty has been reinstated as minister of advanced education. Doherty, who served as minister of advanced education until he became minister of finance in 2015, discusses his relationship with the University of Saskatchewan in an email to the Sheaf. “Having previously served as minister of advanced education, I feel that I have built strong working relationships with Saskatchewan’s post-secondary partners, including the U of S,” Doherty said. “In my time as minister, I know the U of S has always been a cooperative and engaging partner.” Kirsten Samson, a third-year political studies student and member of the University Student Council for the College of Arts and Science, speaks about the importance of student engagement with the new minister of advanced education. “It’s a great opportunity for students to focus on holding government accountable,” Samson said. “That means reaching out to the newly appointed minister and expressing your concerns.” LYNDSAY AFSETH STAFF WRITER

Although the new provincial budget that was released earlier this year has caused some concern among students, Minister Doherty explains that he will do his best to address students’ concerns. “One of the priorities as minister is to ensure that Saskatchewan’s post-secondary-education system remains accessible, responsive, affordable and sustainable for all students,” Doherty said. “I intend on continuing to ensure that our post-secondary system remains vibrant and strong.” Samson believes that if students work together to engage with the provincial government, their concerns about the budget will be addressed. “I think that what we’ll be seeing from the provincial budget could make things a little bit tougher for students right now, but I think that we also need to keep in mind that, when we do come together and apply pressure, we do have the power to get the government to listen to us,” Samson said. Doherty has spent the last several years as minister of finance, but due to the changing nature of ministerial roles, he feels that this is the right time for him to switch positions within cabinet. “After serving six years on [the] treasury board, I was prepared to look at a different role in cabinet,” Doherty said. “Since we are going through a transition time in party

leadership, I thought now is an appropriate time for this change.” With Minister Doherty’s recent switch, Samson would like to see both the minister and the university work towards a better relationship between the government and U of S students. “I would really like to see some renewed connection between students and the government, so that we can get more engaged and so that we can feel as if our voices are being listened to, because that’s the purpose of government,” Samson said. Doherty hopes the coming year will be a success and is confident in his new role, as he is already familiar with the position of minister of advanced education. “In the coming months, I look forward to getting reacquainted with the file and I look forward to working to ensure that our post-secondary system remains strong and accessible,” Doherty said. “I’d like to wish students every success, as they embark on a new academic year.”

Lesia Karalash / Graphics Editor

Now Open!

OUR FAMOUS

$5 BUFFET IS BACK

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

*Special Welcome back price for U of S Students ONLY

NEWS / 3


NEWS

T H E S H E A F P U B L I S HI NG S OC I E T Y // S E P T E M B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 7

I SS UE 03 // VO L . 1 0 9

STM uses renovation to expand spaces in north wing for students St. Thomas More College prioritizes student space by expanding and upgrading the lounge and library during the structural renovations. TEEVIN FOURNIER

Jiem Carlo Narag / Photo Editor Students can now access the north entrance facing Place Riel.

Jiem Carlo Narag / Photo Editor The windowed wall creates a bright space for students to study in the lounge and library.

4 / NEWS

St. Thomas More College is excited to unveil the newly expanded north wing of the building to students. Over 6,000 square feet have been added to the first and second floors during the 5-million-dollar expansion project, with student space at the forefront of the designs. In May 2016, the renovations began with the intent to increase energy efficiency, improve accessibility and create more student-centred space. Students will benefit from greater accessibility in the building and from the expansions and upgrades to the Shannon Library, student lounge and club offices. Donna Brockmeyer, library director at STM, had the opportunity to work with the architects of the project to help bring out the aesthetic element of the library. The integration of historic design and modern elements has culminated in a space that students, staff and community members can enjoy. “[The Shannon Library] was a dated facility, and now it has a vision and it has a focus… Not to disparage what was here; it was a great library, but I think [the renovations have] really enhanced it and made it a more aesthetically pleasing space, a space that students gravitate towards and want to be in, and I think, will really enjoy,” Brockmeyer said. The library has been expanded and upgraded to include the use of high-density shelving. This method of shelving allows all the books to be stored on one floor yet still accommodates room for students to study comfortably. The low shelves also allow for natural light to brighten the library, while the addition of a fireplace completes the space. Choices cafeteria has also been expanded, but it remains connected to the student lounge. The north entrance now allows for easier access into the building, and the wall of windows opens up the lounge to natural light. Derrin Raffey, chief financial officer and director of administration at STM, was one of the key overseers of the project. He discusses how the project integrated technology to increase the energy efficiency of the building. “We wanted to save and con-

serve as much energy as possible and lessen our carbon footprint on the campus and in the city. So, the renovation deals with that by allowing less airflow outside of the building with the new entrance [and] a new air handling unit, which is … much more efficient than what we had there before,” Raffey said. Jackie Berg, director of communications and marketing at STM, explains that there has been considerable interest in the newly renovated spaces. She explains that she posted photos to the college’s social media accounts in August and received a positive response. “We had over 6,000 people look at it, and they were just super excited. We had so many [people who] made great comments. They said they wanted it to be their new [hangout], so it has actually built a lot of … re-interest into the college and excitement. It was nice to see that happening,” Berg said. Jenna Casey, fourth-year honours student in history and political science and vicepresident communications of STM’s students’ union, hopes that all students will find these spaces useful and enjoyable, particularly the new student lounge, which will replace the previous lounge that was known as the Murray Room. “The library is really awesome, but also … the student lounge, I think, is going to be great for students to come in and sit and relax… The Murray Room was awesome, but it was kind of hidden, it was a hidden gem, whereas [the new lounge] is right out in the open, and it’s a great space for everyone. Whether you’re [a] STM student or not, you can use it,” Casey said. There will be a Grand Opening in the student lounge on Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. followed by tours for anyone who is interested in learning more about the renovation. These tours will feature the student-focused spaces, which Casey feels have filled a necessary gap present during the renovations. “Not having the Murray Room last year, you noticed that there [were] more people studying in the Atrium and in the cafeteria,” Casey said. “But I think that this space will be a place that [students] can call their own, a kind of home away from home.”


SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

WWW.T H E S H E A F.COM // @ U SAS KS H E A F

SPORTS&HEALTH

SPORTS&HEALTH

WEEKLY #TOP5 5 ways to make use of the Bowl while we still have good weather: Frisbee course: An instant classic, this activity requires only one piece of equipment — the Frisbee itself. While there are more complex sports that have developed around the flying disc, such as Ultimate Frisbee, simply throwing a Frisbee around is a great way to spend time between classes in the Bowl.

Jiem Carlo Narag / Photo Editor Fitness classes offer chances for new experiences.

Fitness Class review: Yoga The PAC is home to more than just exercise machines — it also houses a number of Fitness Classes. To see what they’re all about, I attended a yoga class. JACK THOMPSON

SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR

Each week, the Fit Centre, which operates out of the Physical Activity Complex, hosts a variety of classes throughout the day. These classes range from Zumba to weight lifting sessions — so there’s a suitable class for most interests. Every class runs for one hour, and the schedule can be found on the College of Kinesiology website. Students can register for a class up to two days in advance, but if those slots fill up, there are 10 spots reserved in every class for drop-ins. However, if the class does fill up, or if it gets cancelled at the last minute, you will still be in the PAC, and you can salvage your workout with the exercise machines or weights. In order to experience a class, I attended one with the goal of determining how welcoming the classes are for beginners and reviewing the benefits of the class. With this in mind, I chose yoga, as I have very little experience with this form of exercise. As a larger man, I have always felt a little awkward attempting yoga — like my body got in the way of doing the movements that yoga requires. Going into the class, I felt a little bit nervous, but I was determined to see if yoga was something I could do well at. Signing up for the class was incredibly simple. Some quick Google searches, and I found an easily understable timetable of classes to choose from. Clicking on the Saturday yoga session brought me to a short form to fill out with my name, email and NSID. Afterwards, I was sent a confirmation email telling me I was signed up — easy peasy. Come Saturday, I made my way down to the PAC and asked one of the staff at the front desk

where the class would be, as I realized that the registration came with no information about class location. The instructor came in just on time, with a cart full of yoga mats and foam blocks — a good sign, as I didn’t known if any equipment would be supplied. The mat was pretty straightforward, but I wasn’t entirely sure at the beginning what the foam blocks would be used for. I later found out that they can be used for extra stability in some of the balancing poses. The lack of any introductions or exchanges of names was great for my lingering anxiety about trying something new, since it allowed me to ignore the other people in the room a little bit and just focus on the poses. The instructor didn’t waste any time with explanations, yet still moved at a pace that was easy to follow. I quickly learned to watch the instructor and the other people in the room for guidance on the poses. When it came time to do some more advanced movements, the instructor was kind enough to inquire if any of us were familiar with them. When a number of us said we weren’t, the instructor demonstrated them slowly, so that we could learn them properly. If the instructor saw some of us struggling, she would show us alternative and easier movements. She also gave advice on how to achieve the right posture in certain poses in a way that never made me feel as if I was doing it wrong. I found myself frequently using these easier versions, and yet, I was still pouring with sweat by the middle of the session. By the end of the class, I felt relaxed, both physically and mentally. Any anxiety I had going into the class was gone, along with the mild aching back pain I had woken up with that day. This class is certainly one I would recommend.

Study space: A good park bench or a warm patch of grass can be a great alternative study spot, while the sun is shining. Though it can be cumbersome to write without a table in front of you, doing your readings for class in the Bowl can lower your stress twofold, as the outdoors is relaxing. Plus, doing your readings on time ensures you won’t be scrambling to complete them later. Social-gathering area: Meeting up with friends at one of the many campus coffee shops is excellent, especially during the winter. However, while the weather is nice, the Bowl makes for a great place to meet up with friends and catch up on your week while also catching some rays. Yoga studio: There are a few organized yoga sessions in the Bowl during the warm months, but nobody is stopping you from doing yoga whenever you like. Yoga mats are also fairly lightweight as well, so they can be easily stowed in your backpack and brought out for a quick, relaxing yoga session between classes. Ball sports: There are a lot of sports that you can play with just a ball and a couple of friends. Pickup games of soccer, casual football or a volleyball circle are all great ways to get active on campus. While sometimes cumbersome to carry in a backpack, a ball can easily be stored in a locker, if you or one of your friends is renting one on campus.

SPORTS&HEALTH / 5


SPORTS&HEALTH

T H E S H E A F P U B L I S HI NG S OC I E T Y // S E P T E M B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 7

I SS UE 03 // VO L . 1 0 9

One student’s experiences with stress relief The Sheaf created a list of ways for a busy student to relieve stress. LYNDSAY AFSETH STAFF WRITER

As a full-time student with three jobs, extracurricular activities, and family and friends who want to see me once in awhile, I know stress. When I think of stress-relief tips, hot baths and massages come to mind, but these are things that I simply don’t have time for. However, while thinking more about what I would write in this article, I realized that stress relief doesn’t always mean taking all that extra time. It’s usually simple changes built into your routine that are most effective in relieving stress. What follows are the things that I have incorporated into my life that have helped me to relieve stress over my three years of university. Clean space: I am really bad for leaving dishes in my room, letting clothes pile up on the floor and neglecting general cleaning for way longer than is appropriate. To combat this, I spend 15 minutes every eve-

ning tidying up my room. This is not a lot of time, and waking up to a clean bedroom creates an uncluttered mind and helps me stay focused throughout the day. Time management and organization: In my first year of university, I had no idea how to manage my time. I think that this is something you get better at over time and through trial and error. If you are just starting out at university, try out different ways to organize your time — a student planner, a digital planner, a whiteboard at home — and eventually you will find the one that works for you. Getting enough sleep: I know that, for some students, getting eight hours of sleep every night is difficult, but it is imperative for a healthy and stress-free life. I try to make sure that I am in bed at the same time every night and that I get at least seven or eight hours of sleep each night. Mindfulness: I have started taking 10 minutes out of my day to meditate every morn-

COMING EVENTS

ing. It’s nice to take this time to focus on nothing and clear my mind. I find it has helped me to become more accepting of everyday inconveniences, which eases my frustration when they occur. Exercise: I have always been an adamant denier of the benefits of exercise, but it turns out that if you give it a fair try, it has real benefits! I have absolutely fallen in love with doing yoga every night before bed. It helps ease my back pain and lets me fall asleep sooner, both of which are great for stress relief. All it takes is 10 minutes! I’ve also started walking to school in the morning, and I’ve found it great for clearing my mind and starting the day feeling fresh. If you’re thinking of implementing any of these ideas into your routine, go easy on yourself! There are some nights when I work late and can’t get to bed on time or days that I waste watching a 90 Day Fiancé marathon and end up missing my meditation session, but I will just try to get back on track the next day.

These are the things that work for me. Stress management is an ongoing process and looks different for everybody. You have

to figure out for yourself how you best relieve stress — take what you need and leave what you don’t.

Laura Underwood / Layout Manager

Are smaller class sizes important to you?

follow us

©

Margo goodhand Launching

Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists Saturday, September 16, 7 pM

SSo MuSic Talk

Eric Paetkau and Mark Turner will discuss Masters Series One featuring violinist James Ehnes Tuesday, September 19, 7 pM

New addition completed with the main entrance right across from Place Riel - including new student lounges, student services hub, expanded cafeteria and a beautiful research library and study space!

St. Thomas More College(STM) offers you an engaging learning environment with award-winning faculty, smaller class sizes and a community atmosphere. Choose from many distinct classes to our campus offered in Economics, English, History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Catholic Studies, Sociology, Languages (French, Spanish, Ukrainian), Psychology, Philosophy, Political Studies, Religion and Culture; Classical, Medieval & Renaissance studies and more! STM also offers many courses with a Community Service-Learning component – valuable experience for your future career choices, along with international travel opportunities and social justice initiatives to help you make the most of your university experience. Get more info at 306-966-8900

Visit us at SaskExpo! Sat/Sun Sept.16/17 Prairieland Park, Booth 210-310

6 / SPORTS & HEALTH 9/5/2017 2:49:27 PM

sheaf sept 14, 2017.indd 1

Register through

PAWS

Additional Scholarships & bursaries available!

stmcollege.ca


SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

SPORTS&HEALTH

WWW.T H E S H E A F.COM // @ U SAS KS H E A F

Usask rocks

Huskies homecoming

The Usask homecoming game drew in a large crowd to celebrate and witness the now 2-0 Huskies defeat the Golden Bears. JACK THOMPSON

SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR

On Sept. 8, Griffiths Stadium hosted the annual homecoming football game, featuring the longstanding toga run at halftime and a variety of festivities including fireworks. Every year, this event serves as a bonding moment for first-year students and an excellent welcome back for returning students. Going into this game, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies had trounced the Manitoba

Bisons in a decisive 44-23 victory on Sept. 1, on the Bisons’ home turf. The University of Alberta Golden Bears, the opponent for the Huskies in their homecoming game, were on the receiving end of a 55-26 defeat by the Calgary Dinos, at the start of their season, before facing the Huskies. The Huskies continued their upward trend on Sept. 8, with a runaway victory of 43-17, which puts them at 2-0 for the season so far. The Golden Bears managed to hold possession for a full 13 minutes and 20 seconds longer

than the Huskies and accumulated 492 total offensive yards to the Huskies’ 373. However, the Golden Bears just couldn’t manage to find the endzone, allowing the Huskies to run away with the game. The crowd for the game felt large at 8,009 in attendance, with each member of the audience making their voice heard as they cheered for their team. The homecoming festivities livened up the crowds, as the beautiful mess that is the annual toga run took the field for a lap and the brass band performed well-known tunes between plays.

Evan Kopchynski brings one back for a touchdown.

Toga people.

Howler was the unsung hero of the evening.

All photos by: Jiem Carlo Narag / Photo Editor A battle royale between Huskies and Bisons.

Starting off the season with a bang.

SPORTS & HEALTH / 7


SPORTS&HEALTH

T H E S H E A F P U B L I S HI NG S OC I E T Y // S E P T E M B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 7

Huskies men’s soccer team looking to build upon red-hot start Huskies men’s soccer has had a solid start to the season, despite losing two games, and the team looks forward to continuing their success. MATTHEW JOHNSON

After getting off to a great start in 2017, with three wins, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s soccer team dropped two of their last three games. However, sitting at 4-2, they have positioned themselves well to start the season. They’re currently second out of the six teams in the Prairie division, which means they will need to finish the regular season in the top four to qualify for the postseason. Multiple Huskies have had strong starts in terms of personal stats as well. Tyler Redl and Marcello Gonzalez have led the way up front, and they are currently the leading goal scorers on the squad, with two a piece. Goalkeeper Patrick Pranger has been excellent between the pipes, with a 3-1 record and a 0.75 goals against average. The group will contin-

ue to rely on production from these three veterans going forward. In addition, the Huskies have managed to get strong contributions from two first-years. Midfielder Kwame Opoku has certainly made a statement in his rookie season, tallying a goal and an assist in league play to date. Opoku’s goal against Lethbridge was the game winner. He’s a dynamic player, who is able to control a match using his defensive prowess and ability to distribute the ball. Fellow rookie centre-back Zach Edwards has started all six games in his first season so far and has wasted no time gaining the trust of Head Coach Bryce Chapman. Along with steady play on the back end, Edwards has also been able to contribute offensively, recording a goal versus the Alberta Golden Bears. This local talent, who attended Centennial Collegiate in Saskatoon,

will be a cornerstone along the back for the next four years to come with the Huskies. Edwards, who is currently in his first year in Edwards School of Business, speaks to the calibre of play in the Canada West conference. “It’s a pretty big step up from high school, playing against bigger, stronger, faster and older guys, but I think I’ve handled it fairly well. The leadership on our team from older guys has been great through helping younger guys like myself make the transition easier and feel more comfortable playing at this level,” Edwards said, in online correspondence with the Sheaf. Edwards also speaks to the team’s chemistry this season. “I think our trust in each other as a team has been pretty big from the start. I think we’ve been able to mesh well as a

UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DANCE Students, Faculty & Staff Keep Fit with Adult Dance Classes! Beginner to Advanced Classes!

BALLET JAZZ TAP HIP HOP CONTEMPORARY HIGHLAND “FREE DROP IN WEEK” September 18 - 22, 2017 Classes run 10 weeks: Sept. 25 - Dec. 11, 2017 Registration & Information: 966-1005 or 966-1001 www.recservices.usask.ca/programs-services/dance/index-php (for schedule and fees)

8 / SPORTS & HEALTH

I SS UE 03 // VO L . 1 0 9

team, and with each game that goes by, we’re able to learn things and become better as a whole unit. With that being said, I think we’re just getting started as a team and can become even better for [the] second half of the season. I’m excited for what’s to come,” Edwards said. The Huskies will look to continue building upon their successful start when they travel to the West Coast for a two-game road trip starting Sept. 15. The group will take on teams at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus and at Trinity Western University in what should be two very competitive matches.

Jina Bae


WWW.T H E S H E A F.COM // @ U SAS KS H E A F

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

Culture The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a masterwork in game design Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild reinvigorates Nintendo’s staple series.

EVENTS HOUSE PARTY: HOSTED BY RANDY AND MR. LAHEY @ LOUIS’ PUB

MALICK WITH CHILD ACTRESS AND MINURVA @ VANGELIS

T H U R S

14

QUEER NIGHT @ USSU PRIDE CENTRE

REID BRAATEN

Nintendo’s latest is the culmination of twenty-five-plus years of game design mastery, an experience marked by a world that begs to be explored and a consistent feeling of fun and excitement from its opening hours to its stunning conclusion. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild promises the player open-ended gameplay and exploration that encourages players to find their own path through the game. It succeeds in this promise with fundamental gameplay mechanics centred around Link’s Sheikah Slate — a tablet-like device that allows Link access to a variety of abilities. The player is given all the tools they need for their adventure within the first hour of gameplay. When combined with Link’s ability to climb nearly every vertical surface, players are invited to explore anything and everything that catches their eye. Beyond this, players are encouraged to experiment with the tools at their disposal, crafting personal and memorable moments that stick with them long after the credits roll. The land of Hyrule is more beautiful than ever before, thanks to both gorgeously rendered cel-shaded graphics and a clear love put into everything — even each blade of grass within the game world. The world feels alive and invites the player to discover every cave and temple. Furthermore, Breath of the Wild smartly innovates on the modern open-world formula by giving the player the bare minimum needed to survive. Instead of chasing a marker on a mini-map or looking at an arrow that signals you to follow it, Breath of the Wild entices players with intriguing architecture, bits of NPC dialogue and a very general geographical map. It is a genius design choice that makes exploration feel more rewarding. Experimentation is key to the game’s combat. However, although generally fun and exciting, the combat can be repetitive at times. Link can

CULTURE

MATTHEW BYRNE @ THE BASSMENT THE RADIATION FLOWERS WITH BETRAYERS AND SPATIONAUTS @ AMIGOS

THE SADIES WITH THE GARRYS @ THE CAPITOL

ARRIVAL: CANADA’S TRIBUTE TO ABBA @ DAKOTA DUNES CASINO

FALL PHOTOGRAPHY NATURE WALK @ BEAVER CREEK CONSERVATION AREA

5TH ANNUAL 33RD STREET FAIR @ 33RD ST. W.

37TH ANNUAL TERRY FOX RUN

wield swords, spears, clubs, elemental rods and other assorted items that allow players to approach combat scenarios in a variety of ways. One of Breath of the Wild’s lower points is that weapons can break after repeated use. Though weapon fragility encourages continued experimentation and exploration, some tweaks to the overall implementation of the mechanic could benefit the game greatly. Additionally, the inventory and menu management detracts from the overall experience by directly halting gameplay. Constantly having to stop to go into a menu to switch weapons, eat healthrestoring food and change armour becomes a real drag on the overall experience. The storyline in Breath of the Wild — though noticeably sparse compared to the series’ previous offerings — is a compelling enough reason to see the game through to its conclusion. The major moments that revolve around a set of Divine Beasts are some of the most exhilarating periods in the franchise’s history. Furthermore,

Breath of the Wild’s quieter moments are genuinely touching and perfectly complement the game’s more thrilling aspects. Whether it is your first misplaced jump that sends Link careening down a mountain or the one time you took down that boss with a creative and risky strategy, Breath of the Wild revels in the little moments. It respects the inherent curiosity within players and encourages creativity. It elicits emotions, not through curated set pieces — though those are present — but through player-driven actions. It is through times of giddy excitement, smug satisfaction, forehead-slapping realization and stunned silence that the game truly succeeds. The game’s few grievances can largely be overlooked as relatively negligible to the overall package. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is game design perfection, driven by the player’s actions and ambitions, and easily stands as not only one of the best games of 2017, but quite possibly, one of the best games ever made.

15 S A T

16 S U N

FORTUNATE ONES @ THE BASSMENT

17

TAKE BACK THE MIC @ LOUIS’ LOFT

M O N

@ BESSBOROUGH GARDENS

Lesia Karalash / Graphics Editor

F R I

THE CAVE SINGERS WITH CHRIS CHEVEYO @ AMIGOS

VIDEO GAME MONDAYS @ LOUIS’ PUB

TOONIE TUESDAY @ LOUIS’ PUB

ELLIOTT BROOD WITH THE GARRYS @ BROADWAY THEATRE

NATURE GRANDPARENTING PROGRAM @ GABRIEL DUMONT PARK

THE ASHLEY HUNDRED

18 T U E S

19 W E D

20

WITH RAEBURN @ THE CAPITOL

ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE & EXPO

SEPT. 15-16

@ SASKATOON INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE

SASKATOON COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO

SEPT. 16-17

@ PRAIRIELAND PARK

CAMPUS CLUB WEEK @ U OF S CAMPUS

SEPT. 18-22

CULTURE / 9


FEATURE

T H E S H E A F P U B L I S HI NG S OC I E T Y // S E P T E M B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 7

K L A T S T STUDEN

M S I C A R Y T I C E IN TH

NYKOLE KING NEWS EDITOR

Even though there have been strides in the civil rights movement, people of colour still face barriers in their day-to-day lives. I spoke with students of colour to better understand the varied and unique experiences they encounter at the University of Saskatchewan and in Saskatoon. On Aug. 24, Nancy Eze, a third-year pharmacology and physiology student of Nigerian origin, and her friends went to a local restaurant where they were refused service and subsequently escorted out by the Saskatoon Police Service. Eze believes she was a target of discrimination. She then took to Facebook to post a narration of the event in the hopes that the restaurant does not repeat this situation with another person of colour. Even after the incident, she has remained positive about people in Saskatoon, and she explains she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. “This one experience shouldn’t change

10

S E G D I OF BR

your opinion on the city. This land is a land of opportunity. It’s full of a lot of really nice people… It’s not like the entire city is full of bad people. In everywhere, you’re going to see the good, the bad and the ugly,” Eze said. The Sheaf polled the student body to better understand their experiences with racism and the campus environment. Out of 245 participants, 196 students said they do not feel like they have been discriminated by the Saskatoon Police Service, campus Protective Services or any other law or security enforcement organization in the city. Dakota Norris, a third-year management student of non-status First Nations origin, explains that he can only speak of positive experiences interacting with law enforcement. “Most of the time, you know, you don’t get a job being a cop without getting screened for having a good character,” Norris said. “You know, I’m sure that some people slip through the cracks or over the years get a little bit jaded through their experiences, but in my experiences, everyone I know has been a

I SS UE 03 // VO L . 1 0 9

Students share their experiences with racism on campus and in Saskatoon

fairly outstanding citizen, especially in terms of racism.” After talking with several students, it became apparent that regardless of whether students were of the same race or ethnicity, they could still have varied experiences and opinions. The students I talked to had varied opinions on their levels of safety, the discrimination they encounter and the respect they receive from others. Ana Sylvester, a second-year undeclared arts and science student of Indigenous origin, explains that she does not always feel safe to address her disapproval with racist remarks and has felt singled out by instructors to represent all Indigenous students during discussions in class. “[It] depends on what kind of space I am in. If it’s just me and one other friend, then yeah… If I’m in a classroom with 300 other students, and I’m the only Indigenous person there, I don’t feel comfortable at all.


SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

That’s 299 against me, and that’s not a position [in which] I’d feel safe,” Sylvestre said. “If I’m in a safe and positive space, like the Women’s or Pride Centre, then I am very comfortable standing up for myself.” Other students interviewed responded that they did not experience being singled out by an instructor, but some reported that they have felt excluded in lab projects or in group work. Minjin Oh, a fourth-year accounting student of South Korean origin, discusses his experiences with exclusion, which he believes were because of language and cultural differences. “I tried to engage with [the other students], but it just didn’t work,” Oh said. “I tried to set up time to meet them at a place… I think because I am international, and I do know that everyone is aware that English is not my first language, … it makes me a little disappointed that no matter when I try to speak about my opinions, they get removed.” Oh reports that he also received an antagonizing message from another student in the group hoping that he gets a poor mark. Oh hopes that, in the future, Canadian-born students might be more accommodating of international students, for example, by selecting project topics that highlight international themes. There were mixed responses from students regarding whether they have felt that their intelligence has been questioned because of their race or ethnicity. The poll reveals that 91 students have

FEATURE

WWW.T H E S H E A F.COM // @ U SAS KS H E A F

experienced prejudice towards their intelligence because of their skin colour. Kati*, a black student in her third-year of a science program, agreed that people often have preconceived notions about her intelligence because of her skin colour or the way she speaks. “So I think that there’s this notion that, you know, when you speak English a certain way, then you’re all of a sudden seen as better or you’re more assimilated into Canadian society,” Kati said. “So when people say things like … ‘How did you pick up English so well?’ it’s assuming other countries in the world don’t speak English or that English is the universal language that everyone has to speak in order to be seen as intelligent.” While talking with Kati, she expressed that she is always aware of her skin colour, and while she is proud to be black, she acknowledges that skin colour carries certain privileges and barriers. Kati and Sylvester both conveyed that although race is a social construct, it is important to confront racism and the effects it has on society. The students I talked to had various racial and religious backgrounds, experiences and beliefs about racism. Mashrafi Haider, a second-year computer science student of Bengali origin, has not experienced racism, yet he admits that he would be unlikely to acknowledge the discrimination, as he focuses on having a positive mindset. “I would also like to say that there are some people who would always like to put the racism tag on everything… Whenever people of minority face the same thing, [they] think that [racism] is the reason, so I don’t want to look at it that way,” Haider said. “To be honest, I didn’t face any racism after coming to Canada.” Lukaa Jasem, a fourth-year environment and society student of

Iraqi origin, explains that she has not encountered racism as an adult. However, she is often bothered when strangers ask her where she is from, which does not occur on campus but often in Saskatoon. “When I’m working … and you tell me, ‘Where are you from?’ — it’s none of your fucking business where I’m from. Are you going to ask that white cashier next to me where she’s from? Then I’ll [say], ‘I’m from Ontario,’ and people would ask, ‘Oh, but where are you really from?’ … What are you going to gain knowing that I’m from Iraq or ‘X’ country?” Jasem said. Just because racism is not expressed blatantly does not mean that it does not exist. Racism is covert and insidious and embedded in structures used to uphold a racial hierarchy, but as students, it is our job to critically examine our society. Eze recently celebrated her third anniversary of living in Canada, and although she used to feel inferior not being white, she now believes that a positive mindset is the key to her successes. Eze was elected a student council representative during the 201617 academic year and is the International Students’ Association president this year. “For the first two years [in Canada], I kind of felt inferior. I felt scared and thought of what people are going to think of me coming from a different continent, a different culture, a different race,” Eze said. “I’m not going to lie, that’s the way your mind is going to go. [It’s] up to you to stand up… There are spaces for you in the community. Take it all, take up spaces.” *To respect the privacy of the individual interviewed, their name has been changed. ash ral a aK

s hic

s hic

r ito Ed

rap

/G

i Les by

rap

hic

rap

G All

g nfo dI n sa

11


CULTURE

T H E S H E A F P U B L I S HI NG S OC I E T Y // S E P T E M B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 7

I SS UE 03 // VO L . 1 0 9

Frugal finds: The Sheaf guide to cheap student eats Although eating can be a pricey endeavour, Saskatoon offers a lot in the way of cheap food. EMILY KLATT

In an ideal world, we would all have the time to always make delicious and budgetfriendly meals from scratch. But the world is far from ideal. We’re all human, and we’ve all got to eat, and sometimes that includes eating out. Although going out to eat might not be the most financially responsible decision, let’s be realistic — everyone does it. Whether you’re taking your honey on a date or grabbing food with friends, eating out is an important part of university social culture. More than that, it’s just plain convenient. Sometimes you just don’t have the time, energy or resources to make yourself a decent meal. Fear not — the Sheaf is here with the ultimate student guide to filling your stomach without emptying your wallet. Let’s start with the obvious. There is a reason why Thien

Vietnam has long been regarded as the Holy Grail of cheap food in Saskatoon. For less than six bucks, you can order the daily special and be treated to a generous portion of great Vietnamese food. Other menu items are scarcely more expensive. Present your CFCR membership card for an additional 10 per cent off your purchase. The menu is extensive and includes a wide variety of meat- and gluten-free options, so almost everyone can find something to enjoy. Thien Vietnam’s two locations — one downtown at 123 Third Ave. S. and one at 2-1301 Eighth St. E. — make the restaurant a convenient option, no matter where you’re located in the city. If you’re eating on campus, nothing beats the Choices cafeteria in St. Thomas More College. Choices offers a fantastic soup-and-biscuit deal for $5.25. Choose between two soups, one of which is always vegan and gluten-free.

University of Saskatchewan , University Archives & Special Collections, Photograph Collection, A-707

President’s Residence excellence: A brief history Clearly visible only on a trip across the University Bridge, the President’s Residence is somewhat of an enigma on campus. JESSICA KLAASSEN-WRIGHT

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

In December 2016, I was invited to a holiday

12 / CULTURE SECTION

reception at the President’s Residence, and I jumped at the opportunity. Nestled amongst tall trees along the crest of the riverbank, the building I saw on my way to class each

Once again leaving the university, the reappearance of Lebanese Kitchen on Broadway Avenue was the highlight of summer 2017. University of Saskatchewan students were deprived for too long of delicious and affordable food like falafel, shawarma and fatayer. Another great option for vegetarians, Lebanese Kitchen has something for everyone. Here’s hoping that their return to Saskatoon is a long and prosperous one. No university food guide would be complete without at least one mention of delivery pizza. This isn’t the time or place for fancy, handcrafted pizza like they serve at UNA Pizza + Wine — or even Famoso, although both are great restaurants. The pizza we’re talking about here is heavy on the cheese and guilt but light on the wallet. Domino’s is famous for its plethora of coupon deals and widespread availability. No matter where or when, you

can reliably order a basic medium two-topping pizza and never expect to pay full price. Order on a Monday and use the code “MON50P” to take advantage of 50 per cent off all regular-priced-menu pizzas, or use the promo codes “UNI” or “STUDENT” whenever you order online to get the same discount. If you’re a local pizza loyalist, 2 For 1 Family Pizza is a good choice. The deal’s right there in the name, and different specials are offered for every day of the week, including Large Tuesday and Extra-Large Wednesday. What a world to live in! After a late night out

bar-hopping around Broadway, Vangelis Tavern allows you to return to the scene of the crime with their generous breakfast special. Although not the most impressive hangover brunch in Saskatoon, the hash browns are hot and the eggs are fried to perfection. Most importantly, you get to avoid the long lineups and hipster pretension of other, more conventional, breakfast spots. This is by no means the complete guide to cheap eats in Saskatoon — only a starter guide. You probably have a favourite affordable place that we’ve never even heard of. Student hunger knows no limits, even if our wallets do.

morning had always intrigued me. My fellow employee and I, apple-cheeked and wide-eyed undergraduates, arrived embarrassingly early to the reception, even after shuffling around the front walk in our too-thin coats for a good 10 minutes while we mustered the courage to go in — clearly fashionably late isn’t just an excuse for tardiness. While our toes froze, I got a good look at the residence, one of the many examples on campus of both Arts and Crafts and Collegiate Gothic architectural styles. Constructed in 1913 using Saskatchewan fieldstone gathered from the nearby prairie, the President’s Residence was built as a home for presidents of the University of Saskatchewan during their tenures. The original budget for the building was $32,000, but the final sum came to $44,615, more than double the cost of any other house in Saskatoon at the time. The first president of the university, Walter Murray, was apparently embarrassed by the price of his new home, but his protestations could not alter the amount. Murray lived in the residence for almost 25 years, the longest period a U of S president has lived in the building by a decade. To learn more about the resi-

dence, I met with Colin Tennent, strategic advisor for campus master planning and university architect, who explains that the size of the residence is also significant. “It’s [over] 10,000 square feet, which makes it a fairly big house, even by today’s standard, or say, the standard of the 1970s to 1990s where the average house size really expanded,” Tennent said. “And I think it has three boiler systems.” Curious about the amenities a university president enjoys, I asked if the residence comes with its own set of kitchen and cleaning staff. Tennent explains that a portion of the house was built for this particular, though unused, purpose. “The attic level was designed to accommodate servants … but as far as we know there were never any live-in servants or those who cared for the building. Certainly for events, our food services group, Culinary Services, do cater … but any of the resident families essentially looked after their own cooking,” Tennent said. Tennent also shares that, from 1975 to 1980, some lucky students lived in the residence, although why or who they were is unknown. “When I had first heard that, I was curious as well,” Tennent said. “How were they selected and

what was the relationship with the president and the president’s family? It’s kind of intriguing.” The current president, Peter Stoicheff, is the first U of S president who has chosen not to live in the residence, a decision he made to keep some separation between his home and work life. However, Stoicheff still uses the President’s Residence for university and public functions. After our awkward entrance at the holiday reception, Stoicheff was happy to give us a tour of the ground floor, which is filled with hand-chosen selections of local art from the university art collection. With functions like this, Stoicheff carries on the tradition of previous presidents. Indeed, in 2005, Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in the residence, and during simpler times, President Murray would host a Christmas social each year for all the children of faculty at the university — which is difficult to imagine now, as the U of S has grown. In case you’re wondering, the President’s Residence currently features five bedrooms, more if you count the attic, and four bathrooms. If you ever get the chance to visit, watch out for the ground-floor bathroom, as it doesn’t lock — a fact I learned the hard way.

Laura Underwood / Layout Manager


CULTURE

WWW.T H E S H E A F.COM // @ U SAS KS H E A F

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

cold, smooth & tasty. every day

$6 and $8 daily food specials

sunday

Lauren Klassen

On another note: Arts Building piano still strikes a chord with students and staff The Sheaf finds out if the Arts piano plays a sweet or sour note for the College of Arts and Science. TANNER BAYNE CUTLURE EDITOR

What comes to mind when you think of the Arts Building? Is it the long, lifeless hallways? Maybe you think of the general lack of seating. Perhaps you think of the hammering of hands on the Arts piano. In the latter case, you aren’t alone. The baby grand Heintzman that sits in the foyer of the Arts Building has become somewhat of an institution within the College of Arts and Science. The piano was installed by President Peter Stoicheff — the then dean of the college — in October 2014 to bolster and enhance the sense of community within the college. Since then, few hours go by without the sound of someone playing the instrument — for better or for worse. While the piano undoubtedly has the capacity for positivity, as Stoicheff and the previous administration hoped, it also has the potential to be a great nuisance, especially for the adjacent Arts 133 and Arts 134 lecture theatres. So, the Sheaf decided to talk to both students and staff in the Arts Building to see if the Arts piano falls flat or not. Marcel André Laforge, second-year arts and science student, believes that the Arts piano made his first-year experience truly unique. “On my first day, I walked into the Arts Building and heard the piano and thought that this is a place of music and joy. I felt like I was in a Stephen King book,” Laforge said. As for the rowdiness of the piano, second-year education student Laura Tebay finds it nonconsequential. “I had class in Arts 134, and I didn’t find the piano disruptive. Even with the door open, it wasn’t bad at all,” Tebay said. For Emily Myers, third-year engineering student, a similar piano placement would be a great addition to other places on campus

that need a more positive atmosphere. “I would like there to be a piano in the Thorvaldson Building or in the Engineering Building, where it feels like there’s sadness all the time,” Myers said. However, the students weren’t the only group to advocate for the piano. Richard Harris, an English professor at the University of Saskatchewan, told the Sheaf that the piano has benefits beyond the sonic ones. “The piano is beautiful to have out. It’s like a gift after a hurricane,” Harris said. “It’s a great place to hang out and make friends, especially for first-year and international students who might not know anybody.” Moreover, Harris wishes that there were similar spaces for guitar playing on campus. However, Harris said he doesn’t know how the rest of the faculty feels about the instrument. While most agreed that the Arts piano is a positive force in the College of Arts and Science, not all shared that view. Derek*, third-year political studies student, expresses that the piano is a hindrance when played by the wrong hands. “The piano is a tool, and the person who uses it defines how I feel about the piano,” Derek said. “It can either be a chaotic evil force in the world, like when people play the Requiem for a Dream theme at three in the morning, when I’m trying to get some last-minute studying in, or else it can be nice and pleasant and add some atmosphere. Overall, I think it has done more harm than good.” While there are certainly detractors of the piano, the overwhelming majority consider it a pleasant instillation. So, rest assured, it sounds like the piano won’t be going anywhere soon. What do you think about the Arts piano? Let us know in the comment section of this article at thesheaf.com. *To respect the privacy of the individual interviewed, their name has been changed.

SUTHERLAND BAR & GRILL

People from across campus flock to the Arts piano to listen and play.

50% off mega platters

monday $20 all you can eat medieval feast $5 mozza sticks

tuesday 25% off nachos

wednesday $5 dry ribs

thursday $7 burger and a beer

friday buy one get one FREE pizzas $12 steak sandwhich & a pint

saturday 50¢ wings

ORDER YOUR FAVOURITE MENU ITEMS USING

8-11 pm

SOCIAL SATURDAYS

810 Central Ave.

NO COVER CHARGE

306.374.8873 CULTURE SECTION / 13


OPINIONS

HOT TAKES:

Trudeau with tidings of student opportunity

T H E S H E A F P U B L I S HI NG S OC I E T Y // S E P T E M B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 7

I SS UE 03 // VO L . 1 0 9

OPINIONS

EMILY MIGCHELS OPINIONS EDITOR

Photographic Illustration by: Lesia Karalash, Graphics Editor and Jiem Carlo Narag, Photo Editor

Jessica Klaassen-Wright / Editor-in-Chief Trudeau stopped at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre to address students.

In case you missed it on Sept. 1, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a surprise visit to the University of Saskatchewan to discuss federal spending plans geared to help students bridge the gap between academia and employment. Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour Patty Hajdu explains that the proposed funding of $73 million and partnerships with employer groups will create up to 10,000 work-integrated-learning positions for university students across the country, and that number should be reached over four years. Additionally, a further $221 million over five years should create 50,000 total placements for graduate researchers. Work-integrated learning includes internships, apprenticeships and co-operative placements. Success in programs like these has predominantly been in in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as business and education. Pari Johnston, Universities Canada vice-president policy and public affairs, says over half of undergraduates already take advantage of work-integrated-learning opportunities, but Universities Canada hopes to eventually have 100 per cent coverage. While the benefits seem boundless, it’s only fair to take this all with a grain of salt. There are questions to be asked here, and bigger issues to consider. Which students will this funding direction benefit most? We are likely going to continue to see disparity in support for various programs. Different students will have different access. I suppose it boils down to accessibility, or numbers or whatever the hell brass tacks are. I’m not going to say I know for sure, but I think it is important to ask here: are we perpetuating any greater social barriers with this program? What do you think? Drop a line at thesheaf.com or tweet with the hashtag #sheafhottakes and let’s talk.

14 / OPINIONS

The local fashion fetish: Are we praising imitation over craft? Local fashion fails to push boundaries, so why do we buy into the trend? JOSHUA BRAND

You’ve seen it across every social-media platform that you can get your hands on: #local. However, this increasing trend to praise local products excessively, notable in the fashion realm, has developed into a watered-down, meaningless accolade. Any piece of clothing with recognition and a link to our local community is met with unrivalled support and copious sales. Think Milton Glaser’s “I ♥ NY,” but with a sheaf of wheat instead of a heart and “NY” replaced with “SK” or the shirt that says “Made in SK,” which was actually adapted from the famous Los Angeles street-art piece on a furniture store called Cisco Home. What was once a seemingly novel gift is now seen as virtuous fashion in Saskatchewan. So, what really makes this style of clothing local? The designs are surely not all locally invented, but instead, are often copied from bigger centres like Los Angeles and New York. Are the materials stitched

together in Saskatoon? No, usually, they’re manufactured elsewhere, like American Apparel’s factory in the United States or Gildan’s in Montreal. However, there is automatic validation attached to any piece of clothing with some local connection, no matter how small. The actual quality and ingenuity of the garment matters little — it would seem, it is solely the fact that a product is sold and labelled as local that makes it move off shelves like hotcakes and fidget spinners. Does the average consumer actually respect truly local products? Prairie Harvest Café, who bought their ingredients from around the immediate area, was one example of a truly local business but had to close down due to lack of support. Saskatchewan farmland is increasingly being purchased by out-of-province entities. Where are the trendy Instagram posts about that? Fashion is the easy, dispensable and fickle way to support local industry. It is rather easy — and clearly popular in Saskatoon — for someone to go out and buy that trendy

T-shirt, hat or even pillow and claim their undying love for all things local. Maybe, we just like that job-well-done feeling that comes with sporting “local.” Our love for country is now so easy to show off. This vein of local fashion might be trendy, but it is not necessarily as responsible as it claims to be. Supporting local is clearly not inherently bad — it can cultivate the economy and benefit the environment. However, this explosive trend in fashion has reduced thoughtfulness, and people are not making informed decisions. “Local” essentially means nothing anymore — it is quite simply a trend posing as a virtuous economic booster. Before patting oneself on the back, think about what it actually means to be local. Have some discretion — all businesses owned in Saskatoon are technically local, but which ones are actually living up to local claim? As students, our money — and how it is spent — is important. Don’t be afraid to slow down and question the integrity of the smallest purchase, even if it is just one T-shirt.


SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

WWW.T H E S H E A F.COM // @ U SAS KS H E A F

OPINIONS

What windowsill lemons might mean for the future of food sovereignty Localizing produce in innovative ways is perhaps a solution to economic disparity. LIAM DELPARTE

We live in a time of unprecedented food diversity — fruit and vegetables are always in season and produce sections teem with variety. This all comes at a cost, but scientists, including researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, see a way forward. Produce is grown and transported in a way that harms the environment. Currently, Saskatchewan imports a significant portion of its wintertime produce from agricultural areas further south, where year-round growing seasons are made possible through intensive irrigation. These practices fell under international scrutiny in 2015, when California almond producers’ water usage in the face of drought became the topic of internet uproar. Groundwater is now seen as a less renewable resource than it was once understood to be, and irrigation in what is effectively a desert may not be possible in the future. Salinas, California — the childhood home of renowned author John Steinbeck — produces a vast amount of North America’s wintertime produce. It also happens to be around 2,800 kilometers away from Saskatoon. Imported produce is put on a truck, a boat or even an airplane, pumping large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. I ate apples from New Zealand for much of the summer, and I got them from a grocery store. Produce consumption makes up a large portion of your carbon footprint. For those who are not concerned about their emissions, cost can be a concern. Fresh produce in the wintertime is already expensive, and with the introduction of the Liberal party’s carbon

tax in 2018, things are going to get even more so. For over a decade now, there has been a strong movement amongst the white middle class to eat more locally sourced foods. A locally produced carrot has a substantially smaller carbon footprint than an imported one. In Saskatchewan now, however, access to local foods is often behind both cost and accessibility barriers, which keeps lower-income households from participating. Local produce is treated and priced accordingly, as a luxury rather than a right. Saskatoon, like many cities, has a food-desert problem. Many of our inner-city neighbourhoods have no reasonable access to grocery stores, leaving

Lesia Karalash / Graphics Editor

many of our most vulnerable without access to even the current imported-produce situation. The same can be said about rural Saskatchewan, particularly in the north. This issue disproportionately affects Saskatchewan’s Indigenous people. Stemming from this situation are both a health crisis and a grassroots demand for food sovereignty. Food Sovereignty is defined as the right to healthy food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, as well as the right to define one’s own food and agriculture systems. The term, coined in 1996 by La Via Campesina, an organization representing the worldwide peasant movement, food sovereignty brings a component of justice to the imperative for a move to more localized crop production. How can this happen here, though? Saskatchewan’s climate is not conducive to the production of many of the fruits and vegetables that we have grown to love. Environmentally sound produce does not necessitate sacrificing diversity. The plant sciences department here at the U of S invests a great deal of resources into developing horticultural crops for northern production. They have developed climate-tolerant plants like plum and sour cherry. Additionally, a Saskatoon company called Low Light Tolerant Plants has developed a variety of windowsill-grown lemons. Innovations like these, in combination with grassroots efforts by non-profits and Indigenous groups — and likely government intervention — can provide both the vision and the mechanisms for moving towards a more sustainable, more secure and more just future for produce in Saskatchewan.

#Sheafgram

usask lesiadawn

usask

lesiadawn Took a technology break this weekend and got lost with a great group of people. #sheafworthy #weouthere

OPINIONS / 15


OPINIONS

T H E S H E A F P U B L I S HI NG S OC I E T Y // S E P T E M B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 7

I SS UE 03 // VO L . 1 0 9

Jiem Carlo Narag / Photo Editor There is nothing sexier than eating lunch four times in one day.

The Sheaf comprehensive: A thoughtful review of campus food trucks Even food trucks ought to be held to the same standards as everything else, so the Sheaf rated Welcome Week vendors. EMILY MIGCHELS OPINIONS EDITOR

I spent an afternoon in the hot sun eating everything I could stomach from each food truck parked on campus during Welcome Week for the purpose of informing the public. Before you stick up your nose and criticize a lack of inspiration, let me tell you one thing: I would have eaten at all these food trucks with or without the intention to also write a detailed and specific review of each one. I suppose I just thought, why not use my voice to speak on the things I’m passionate about? We can’t all solve an economic crisis. With my pride out of the way, let’s get started. The University of Saskatchewan welcomed, or rather, gave permits to four unique, established Saskatoon food trucks, which I rated out of 10, during the campus Welcome Week celebrations. Something exciting this year — perhaps in response to previous years’ criticisms — was that the food trucks were not strictly limited to the beer

16 / OPINIONS

gardens! Rotating through three spots within the beer gardens and one outside the gates, all trucks were available at least once to the underaged. The afternoon I made my rounds, it was SoomSoom on duty to the full populous.

SoomSoom — 9.85/10

I was stoked to see this familiar blue behemoth as a part of the food-truck roster this year. SoomSoom offers a super diverse menu, with options for kiddos and big’uns alike. Menu prices ranged from $6 to $14 per dish. I ordered a falafel Soomwhich, and I loved every bite. While it’s difficult to gauge my wait time comparatively with times of heavy foot traffic — I stopped by in the late afternoon, and there was no line — it took only a record three minutes to receive my order. It was colourful, rich and the perfect amount of carbs for this gal on a hot summer day.

Rebel Melt — 4/10

While, on paper, I am very much into what Rebel Melt is putting out in terms of quirky street food, my physical body does not explicitly allow me to indulge in their specialty dishes. Dairy is not

a friend of mine, and as I had further obligations in my day, I opted to order the single menu item adhering to my dietary restrictions. The Zuke Stix, as they are charmingly named, were pretty good — comparable to onion rings but a whole lot slimier. Paired with a not-too-spicy chipotle dip, it was a pretty okay snack. Surprisingly, I waited longest for this relatively simple order, which clocked in at seven minutes.

Nom Nom — 4.65/10

For this stop, I shared a Mexi Rexi Burrito with a friend. I am not used to eating four meals in one afternoon, and I was grateful for the extra stomach. Neither the friend nor I were entirely impressed by our order. It was pretty good — though quite small considering it’s price — but there was nothing very remarkable about it. While $10 can get you a burrito about the size of a newborn baby in some establishments, ours was more like two bananas side by side. We only waited four minutes to start snacking, and critiques aside, still ate the thing faster than you can say “using ‘Mexi’ in a menu item is a little problematic.”

Smoke’s Poutinerie — 3.97/10

I think I might have confirmed here that there is, in fact, a particular level of inebriated that makes Smoke’s poutine taste just as good as an angel’s toes. At the time of this tasting, however, I was not this level of inebriated. Don’t get me wrong, those red plaid boxes still get me going, and it might be fair to argue that I didn’t enjoy the dish as much, because in my sober state, I donated most of my cheese curds to the people at my table. I will say I was disappointed by the truck’s limited menu. Though I was hankering for something with mushrooms, I opted for the next best thing: pulled pork poutine. It was in my hands in exactly five minutes, and it was a little salty. I enjoyed it, but it was reminiscent of the same-old, same-old. All in all, it was an enjoyable though expensive — and three-day-bloat inducing — endeavour. Maybe next year, we’ll see some shakeups in our vendors’ offers. In the future, I’ll be looking out for occasion-specific or limited-run menu items. Everything’s cooler when you can’t always have it.


OPINIONS

WWW.T H E S H E A F.COM // @ U SAS KS H E A F

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

In response to “Grant Devine appointment motivated by partisan interests” Ideological diversity should be a source of strength in university politics not a barrier to discussion. ERIK CAREY

The appointment of former Premier Grant Devine to the University of Saskatchewan’s Board of Governors has raised old questions and controversies surrounding his government’s record. An article published in the opinions section of the Sheaf in August by Jessica Quan, U of S Students’ Union vice-president academic affairs, argues that Devine is unfit for the position on the Board of Governors and that his appointment was brought about by inappropriate external forces. In response, I would argue the following. Grant Devine’s record relating to the university is exemplary. Prior to his election as premier, he was a well-regarded professor in the faculty of agriculture. Since leaving office, he has been

admitted to the Agriculture Hall of Fame and became a member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. It is because of Devine that the U of S has one of the finest agricultural programs and facilities in the country. How many premiers have invested as much time, passion and money to ensure that our university is the best it can be? Indeed, if the record of a premier were to be considered in the requirements for offices of academic governance, perhaps Chancellor Roy Romanow’s position would be highly suspect. The failed p otato-pioneering crown corporation — the Saskatchewan Potato Utility Development Company, or SPUDCO — and the massive closure of hospitals across the province were decisions of Romanow’s New Democratic government. And yet, he is considered a fine champion of the university.

LB5Q IN REVIEW

Moreover, the authority for any appointment to the university’s Board of Governors ultimately lies with the provincial cabinet, and Devine’s detractors would likely have criticized any new candidate appointed by Brad Wall’s government. Is it because the ghost legacy of Devine sends shivers down the spines of some left-wingers that we hear such hullabaloo? Partisanship works more than one way, and there is ample room for criticism across the Board of Governors. Joy Crawford, chair of the audit committee on the Board of Governors, recently posted on Facebook with glee about her sale of two party memberships in support of Vicki Mowat, NDP candidate in Saskatoon-Fairview at the time. It is a galling double standard that someone who left politics decades ago is allowed to govern in the same body as an active campaigner.

It is a good thing that former public servants like Roy Romanow and Grant Devine may guide the affairs of our university. I believe it brings a balanced perspective. In the case of Devine, it gives our College of Agriculture a strong champion on the board. During their respective times

in government, both premiers carried out some policies that were popular and some that were not. It is hypocritical for non-partisan councillors on the USSU to exonerate leftwing politicians from criticism while smearing others simply because they are on the right.

Lesia Karalash / Graphics Editor

Looking for something different?

Tanner Bayne / Culture Editor

On Sept. 11, the Edwards Business CUTLURE EDITOR Students’ Society hosted their annual Little Buddy Big Buddy Barbecue — or LB5Q 2k17 for the uninitiated. TANNER BAYNE

Paninis Have Arrived

Although it was held at its historic home in Prairieland Park, EBSS shook up the event by moving it inside. While pragmatic, the decision made the venue feel slightly oversized — an issue not present when the event was held outside. However, DJ Walshy Fire’s rapid deployment of rambunctious rhythms made up for this when on the dance floor. As always, EBSS was highly organized with the event and managed — yet again — to maintain expectations, further solidifying LB5Q as a staple university experience.

OPEN until MIDNIGHT NEW building Same location as before!

418 Cumberland Ave N OPINIONS / 17


THROWBACKS

T H E S H E A F P U B L I S HI NG S OC I E T Y // S E P T E M B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 7

I SS UE 03 // VO L . 1 0 9

Backtalk: What’s your favorite thing to do with green Jello?

The Sheaf , Vol . 84, Issue 10, p. 3, October 8, 1992 / U niversity Archives & Special Collections

Ramps at the entrance of the Arts Building in May 1961.

U niversity A-140

of

S askatchewan , U niversity A rchives & S pecial C ollections , P hotograph C ollection ,

Two unidentified women walk through the western Memorial Gate in the 1940s.

University of Saskatchewan , University Archives & Special Collections, Photograph Collection, A-536

The Farm Girls Club Quilting Class in 1936.

Students pose outside a student residence ca. 1914.

U niversity A-1328

University of Saskatchewan , University Archives & Special Collections, Photograph Collection, A-10838

of

S askatchewan , U niversity A rchives & S pecial C ollections , P hotograph C ollection ,

18 / THROWBACKS


WWW.T H E S H E A F.COM // @ U SAS KS H E A F

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

PRAIRIELAND PARK — Days after the Edwards Business Students’ Society’s Little Buddy Big Buddy Barbecue event, a mysterious letter was found affixed to a post outside the venue. The memo, with letters cut and pasted from previous issues of the Sheaf, read: “Ice scoop, obviously valuable and precious, for ransum. $300 obo.” The note was also signed in cursive with the name Toni Bone. There is no record of any student at the xkcd.com

University of Saskatchewan with this name — implying that the perpetrator is not a student or used a pseudonym. Little else is known about the case. In fact, it was some small miracle the note was even found. Prairieland Park employees note that it did not appear on the premises until approximately 8 p.m. on the evening of Sept. 13. Brian Taylor, a groundskeeper at the venue, recalls seeing a young man dressed in all black near the note at

the time it appeared but doesn’t assume the individual to be guilty. “He had his face all covered with pantyhose, but I’m not one to judge,” Taylor said. No other facts are known about the case, but there has been an outpouring of support and sympathy on social media for the unknown owner of the ice scoop. The Sheaf asks anyone with information about the ice scoop, its origins and its current location to please contact local authorities.

#PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Lauren Klassen

DISTRACTIONS

Antisocialites Alvvays

The long-anticipated sophomore release from Toronto’s Alvvays is finally here — and it’s post-pop perfection. At parts nostalgic, and at other parts euphoric, Antisocialites blends upbeat vocal melodies with groovy synth parts and distorted guitars to create a nuanced noise narrative. All of this and more is plain on the track “Dreams Tonite.”

harkavagrant.com

DISTRACTIONS / 19


BACKPAGE

TOONIE TUESDAY TUESDAYS@7:00 PM $2 DRAUGHT BEER $4 HIGHBALLS

Sexual Assault Awareness Week

September 18-22, 2017

Sexual assault is everyone's problem. Learn how to become part of the solution.

ussu.ca/events

Planned in partnership with Student Wellness Centre

INVOLVED! GET BECOME A STUDENT AT LARGE MEMBER ON OUR COMMITTEES

Academic Affairs • Budget and Finance • Elections External Affairs • Indigenous Student Affairs International Student Affairs Student Affairs • Sustainability

VISIT USSU.CA/COMMITTEES

The Sheaf - September 14, 2017  
Advertisement