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PAVED Arts: The broke artists’ saving grace This local collective is here to make sure you have an inexpensive way to keep creating. TOMILOLA OJO CULTURE EDITOR

PAVED Arts is a non-profit, community-run organization that provides affordable resources to artists that do not have access to the tools they need to create art. The job of an artist is thankless — and often not that well paid either. Everyone wants to consume art — whether it be music, movies or visual art, but people are often reluctant to pay artists. It’s frustrating enough without thinking of the cost of the materials they use in creating. Add being a student to that equation and that makes for even emptier pockets. Standing as an acronym for photography, audio, video, electronic and digital, PAVED Arts was created on March 31, 2003, as a union between The Photographers Gallery and Video Vérité. Since then, it has been providing affordable amenities and tools to artists in the community to assist them in creating and expressing themselves. The Sheaf sat down with Lenore Maier, the technical director of PAVED Arts, to discuss some of what the non-profit does in the community. “What we try to do is reduce barriers for people, and

Victoria Becker/ Photo Editor Lenore Maier (left) and Ania Slusarczyk stand in front of PAVED Arts on Aug. 16, 2019.

provide space and access to people so they’re comfortable in our space … so that everybody can make art, not just the people with money,” Maier said. PAVED Arts provides a wide variety of tools such as a video editing suite, an audio suite, a digital photo

suite, event space, a library of equipment to rent from and an analog darkroom, which is free to members. Their staff is also available to help familiarize members with their facilities. They offer a variety of workshops that teach everything from digital animation

to how to properly set up an electric guitar. The goal is to cover a wide assortment of artistry, and they do this by bringing in local professionals to teach their workshops. Most famously, they have their “One Take Super 8 Event” which invites local filmmakers, amateur or pro-

Huskie Athletics year in preview The dogs are back in action for another season in the Canada West conference. TANNER MICHALENKO SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR

It has been hectic off-season away from the field for the athletics organization. In May, their former chief athletics officer, Shawn Burt, resigned after his second year on the job. Their board of trustees saw five community members resign in July. Then in August, they hired their new chief athletics officer. Dave King will take over in place of Burt. King is an experienced leader in the sports industry who has earned his spot in both the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. With executive leadership in place just in time for the new season, the Huskies will look to build from the on-field success they earned last year. It is time to get up to primed for the 2019-20 season.

FOOTBALL 2018-19 results: 5-3 regular-season record, Hardy Cup champions (their first Canada West championship since 2006), lost to Western Mustangs in the national semi-final. It is the end of the Kyle Siemens era for Huskie Football. Siemens lead the team to their first conference championship since 2006, followed by an appearance in the national semi-final. Siemens leaves the programs as one of its greatest passers ever, finishing second all-time in passing 7931 yards. Mason Nyhus is expected to take over quarterbacking responsibilities for head coach Scott Flory. Nyhus spent the last two seasons backing up Siemens, throwing just 94 passes over the two-year span. Fifth-year Colton Klassen will return to offense. Klassen is a versatile weapon that transitioned from running back to receiver last year, scoring a conference-leading nine total touchdowns. Continued on page 8

fessional, to shoot their own one take 8mm short films. These are then debuted at Roxy Theatre, with even the filmmakers themselves not having seen the movies prior to the showing. Continued on page 20

At a glance: NEWS

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Meet the Teacher

SPORTS & HEALTH

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CAMPUS MAP

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Melodrama to 25: A love letter to summer 19 Campus clubs 21

OPINIONS

Figuring out your finances

DISTRACTIONS Horoscopes

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Mission // The mission of the Sheaf is to inform and entertain students by addressing issues 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 into 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. 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.

Victoria Becker/ Photo Editor The U of S Peter MacKinnon Building, photographed on Aug. 16, 2019.

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The University of Saskatchewan is a positively massive institution with thousands of students and employees. Such an important and large entity necessitates responsible government. This article will not cover every single governing institution at the U of S, nor will those below be covered exhaustively. However, what the reader ought to take away is a solid understanding of the governing institutions that are the most relevant to them. UNIVERSITY AMINISTRATION Three different bodies make up what is collectively known as the university administration. Each has various committees and is responsible for making decisions that impact students and university employees. The Board of Governors The Board of Governors is responsible for managing the university’s property and finances. Most relevant to students is that the BoG approves tuition for each year. It is composed of the chancellor, the president, five members appointed by the Government of Saskatchewan, two members elected by the Senate, the president of the U of S

Students’ Union and one faculty member. BoG meetings are only open to members, though there are highlights and summaries of the meetings available to read online. U of S students are represented at these meetings by the acting USSU president. The University Council The University Council is responsible for the university’s academic affairs. It is the body that grants degrees, scholarships and approves academic programs among other things. It is composed of 116 members from across the university such as the president, the provost, elected faculty members and one elected student from each college. The monthly University Council meetings are open to all students and the minutes and agendas are available online. The Senate The Office of the University Secretary describes the senate as “the university’s window on the province and the province’s window on the university.” It is composed of 116 members from parties with an interest in the U of S. Some examples include undergraduate students, college deans and representatives of groups which “have a demonstrated interest in furthering the goals of higher education and research at the university.” Senate meetings happen twice a

year and are open to everyone, with agendas and minutes available online. STUDENT GOVERNMENT In addition to the university administration, there is a student government. The USSU is an organization run by students that encompasses all undergraduates at the U of S. The USSU provides services to and represents the interests of the undergraduate student body. Four elected students govern the organization: made up of a president and three vice-presidents who oversee their respective portfolios of academic affairs, student affairs, and operations and finance. The University Students’ Council, which is made up of the USSU executive team along with 12 student councillors — elected representatives from all the colleges, international and Indigenous students — vote on decisions which are carried out by the executive. All USC members are elected annually by the student body, but participation has taken a downward trend in recent years with only 9.34 per cent of students voting for the 2019-20 term. It is common for candidates to run unopposed, including the executive, whose positions come with a salary of almost $40,000.

The USSU has several committees which review and make recommendations on specific, in-depth matters. Each committee is composed of an executive as chair, a number of USC members and a number of students at large. Students at large are members of the general student body who wish to participate in the USSU and be part of a committee. Students are welcome to attend the weekly USC meetings; agendas, minutes and recordings are posted online. Among the ratified student groups under the USSU, of particular note is the Indigenous Students’ Council. The organization is not an official part of student government, although with recent talks of forming an Indigenous Students’ Union, this may change in the coming future. Still, the ISC provides services to Indigenous students, should they wish to take advantage of them. The way the university is governed may seem unimportant or boring, but the kinds of decisions made by the BoG, the USSU and so on can affect each and every student. It is essential that students engage with these bodies to ensure that their interests are being met. Or at the very least, so that so they know in which direction the university may be heading.

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USSU to start academic year with a vacancy in executive Undergraduate students will elect a new VP Student Affairs in the fall. Ana Cristina Camacho

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Allen Lewis, elected in April 2019 as vice-president student affairs of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union, resigned from the position on Aug. 22 due to personal circumstances. A statement was released on the USSU Facebook page on the morning of Aug. 23 to inform students of the development. The vice-president student affairs portfolio includes student housing, parking, security, access and equity, communication with the USSU centres and internationalization. The remaining executive members will be managing these responsibilities until a by-election can be held in the fall. USSU President Regan Ratt-Misponas says that the executive is currently considering how to distribute responsibilities effectively. “This is all very recent and we are looking at dispersing the

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responsibilities of that position among the three of us in the current executive team in a way in which we can manage both our responsibilities as well as the responsibilities we need to take on,” Ratt-Misponas said. Ratt-Misponas says the executive will work together with USSU staff to carry on Lewis’ plans for the year until the position is filled. “We are looking at the initiatives Allen had taken on in their portfolio… I think we have enough people power to take on the initiatives that were left off,” Ratt-Misponas said. “We are very adaptable and whoever takes up the role will become part of the team and we will work collaboratively.” The elections are typical held in mid October, but the date will be determined in September after the the elections committee is formed by the University Students’ Council. This fall by-election will also serve to fill the 12 empty seats on USC.


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University Council considering motion for tuition affordability D'Eon's motion, first raised in May, to be considered for a vote in September. Ana Cristina Camacho

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At the University Council meeting in May, council member Marcel D’Eon put forward a motion in support of accessible tuition rates at the University of Saskatchewan. The motion adds to the ongoing discussions around the rising cost of tuition and its effect on low-income students. The proposed motion recommends the Board of Governors and the U of S administration “explore and implement ways to remove and mitigate these financial barriers and enhance access to and affordability of a university education.” The motion has been on the University Council floor twice so far. In May, it did not get the two-thirds majority vote needed to add it to the agenda last minute. At the June meeting, council voted to table it, pending a review of the motion by the Planning and Priority Committee. D’Eon, a College of Medicine faculty member, says that he proposed the motion as a way to bring action into the recent conversations surrounding tuition at the University Council. At the April council meeting, various council members shared their own experiences and worries with students’ financial insecurity. “We've had many discussions over many months about a number of issues at [the] University Council and they never seem to resolve; they keep percolating,” D’Eon said. “Because there was a lot of support and concern for students, it seemed worthwhile to try and bring some conclusion to the discussion with a motion.” The U of S Students’ Union and the Graduate Students’ Association executives worked

Victoria Becker/ Photo Editor The U of S Bowl photographed on Aug. 16, 2019.

with D’Eon to draft the motion. The student organizations spoke in its support before the vote in June, as did council member Claire Card. A reason council members might be hesitant to support the motion is that tuition does not fall under the jurisdiction of the University Council. However, the council has the capacity to comment on all subjects that impact student affairs. D’Eon says council members’ reticence in supporting the motion will be made clear once the motion is actually talked about at a council meeting. “Until we talk about it at [the] University Council, we won’t know why people aren’t supporting it. We haven’t actually discussed the substance of it,” D’Eon says. “So far, the

only things the people have voted on is whether to talk about it or not. So far, they’ve voted not to talk about it.” D’Eon highlights the impact of rising tuition costs on university affairs as it makes education inaccessible or burdensome for students, particularly for those from low-income households. “The cost of university education negatively affects the university’s commitment to diversity,” D’Eon says. “The financial burden affects a certain group of students more. If we have a commitment to diversity, it means having a commitment to making university education more accessible for some of these under­-represented groups." The Planning and Priority Committee is meeting in early September to discuss whether

or not to include the motion in the Sept. 19 council meeting agenda. D’Eon says that the motion has already served to keep the momentum going in conversations about tuition. Regardless of the committee’s decision, D’Eon plans to raise the motion again. “This actually provides us with a little bit more exposure; people are thinking about it and getting reminded about it. In some ways, it’s been a positive thing to have these little delays,” D’Eon said. “I have asked the chair of that committee if I can attend the part of the committee meeting where they will be discussing the agenda, but with the summer and all, I haven’t heard back yet. If it isn’t on the [September] meeting, we will propose again that it be added to the agenda.”

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Meet the Teacher Ana Cristina Camacho

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Professors share their thoughts on freshmen and reminisce about their student days.

What has been your experience in teaching freshmen?

Gary Au, faculty member in mathematics and statistics: “In my experience, they all come in with very different backgrounds and abilities. [Students] need to be alert and catch up quickly if that’s the case. Some will have exposure to much of the material already and for them the course seems so easy that they get a false sense of security and when they see something new; it's like they’ve been hit by a train.” Joanne Leow, faculty member in English: “I’ve had a wonderful time teaching freshmen! I think it is an ideal moment to introduce them to literature at the university level and give them a survey of the great diversity of texts from a wide variety of periods, genres and authors. Since my specialty is transnational and decolonizing texts, I also take great pride in teaching texts from minority, migrant, LGBTQ and international writers whom the students may not have encountered before and may not read in other more traditional English literature courses.”

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Catherine Famiglietti, faculty member in mathematics and statistics: “Some of them are fairly nervous. A lot of them don’t know what to expect. Others, depending on their background and family, they might feel a lot more comfortable. Some haven’t been away from home in the past so they have to adapt to being alone and all of that freedom. A lot of people have anxiety associated with maths and have preconceived ideas that they are not going to like it or not going to do well in it.”

What do you look for in your students?

Au: “It’s great to have an open mindset [because] you are here to learn. Sometimes you think you already know something going into a lesson and you are not open to change. Or in math, it also happens that [students say] ‘I’m not a math person and I’m never going to be. I suck and I’m never going to change.’ Everyone goes from not knowing to knowing and you have to be open to that process.”

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Leow: “Enthusiasm, curiosity and a willingness to learn from their mistakes. I am always impressed by the students who start scoring As in my courses from the beginning, but I am even more impressed by the ones who work themselves up from a low C to a high B — they are the ones who have been able to internalize feedback on their writing and really improve it. I do think attendance is very important as well unless there are extenuating circumstances.” Famiglietti: “The classes are pretty big. The students that you get to know in those classes are the ones that come to talk to you either after class or during office hours. My advice would be to keep up with the classwork, and when they have a difficulty, to get their questions answered as they go through the class and not right before a quiz.”

What were you like as a student?

Au: “I would say I was very ordinary. I wasn’t the most hard working and I wasn’t the most intelligent, but I had enough guilt and conscience to do enough to not fail a class. I performed a lot better and felt more belonging in classes where I had friends. First-year students, some of them are local, but some of them are leaving a lifelong support system behind. So even [if] the professor is not great, being immersed in a learning environment and making friends helps a lot.” Leow: “I won’t lie… A total nerd! I was also always going for office hours because I had so many questions.” Famiglietti: “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I started. I was a good student; I studied well and prepared for tests and I always enjoyed school, so it came fairly easy to me. My difficulty was the transition — being a student in my first time away from home, homesick and a little intimidated by the environment. But that probably lasted until the first set of midterms and then I was more comfortable in the work.”

What was the best part of your university experience?

Au: “The best part, at least for me, was the room to understand and discover myself. Imagine your life being like a journey — when you are young, your parents and your teachers are the main drivers and you are just in the passenger seat. I found that university was the first time I felt like I could spread my wings and do the things I wanted to do. I lived in residence and I was mostly on my own. I had the time to have a real conversation with myself and ask: ‘What makes you happy? What do you really like?’” Leow: “Definitely the connections and friendships that I made. University is such a fantastic time to seek out people with similar ideals and interests. Otherwise, I was really excited by the breadth of knowledge that suddenly became available to me. I took modern dance, beginning astronomy, and introduction to architecture and other electives that had little to do with my major. This helped me broaden my horizons and understand how other disciplines have really different approaches to knowledge.” Famiglietti: “The best part for me wouldn’t be the academics, it would be the friends you make and the growing up that is done from when you are 18 to when you reach real adulthood, for me at least, when you graduate. All that social learning — I think a lot of college students grow up a lot in that time, and I did.”

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If you could give freshmen one piece of advice, what would it be?

Au: “Being a part of a community is very important. If things are going to go wrong, you have more people to notice the first signs and ask if you are okay. If you don’t understand something, come to office hours and talk to the professor. I love to talk to my students. Maybe first-year students might think of professors as intimidating, but not everyone’s like that. Most professors love what they do, so the experience is usually very positive.” Leow: “Remember to take time for self-care — especially for your mental health! Take time to exercise and eat well. University is a scary and exciting time but there are definitely resources on campus like Student Wellness that are there for you. Remember to access them when you need them!”

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Famiglietti: “Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors. Get to know them and introduce yourself. Strong students and students that struggle — most faculty would love to get to know all of them. The friendly faces in the class really help from a teaching point of view. When I taught in California, students really took advantage of office hours; they would come, they asked a lot of questions and my office hours were always full. I don’t know if that’s a cultural difference, but here much noticeably fewer come to office hours. That’s something to push.” Watch other professor interviews at the Sheaf’s youtube account. "Meet the Teacher" is a multipart video series developed by the Sheaf to help students get to know their professors in an entertaining and non-conventional way. University of Saskatchewan faculty are interviewed about their personal and professional backgrounds before being confronted with comments — both positive and negative — from the website ratemyprofessor.com.

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Huskie Athletics

The dogs are back in action for another season in the Canada West conference.

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Continued from cover On the defensive side of the ball, the Huskies will look to replicate their outstanding performance in 2018 when the dogs had the most interceptions and tied for most sacks in the conference. Their defensive backfield of Bowan Lewis, Nelson Lokombo, Josh Hagerty and Payton Hall will all be returning this season. The bunch collected seven of the team’s 10 interceptions last year. Flory led his team to a conference championship in just his second season as head coach. In 2021, he will have his eyes on another shot at the national championship.

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2018-19 results: 11-9 regular season record, lost to Calgary in the Canada West semi-final. Head coach Barry Rawlyk’s team has made the playoffs for three consecutive seasons but have yet to reach the conference championship. For the past two seasons, the Huskies have lost out to the Calgary Dinos who would eventually go on to hoist the Canada West trophy in both years. The Huskies will miss the services of forward Joseph Barker and stand out guard Lawrence Moore. He scored the second-most points per game while Barker grabbed the second-most rebounds per game last season. JT Robinson, Chan De Ciman and Emmanuel Akintunde will all have an opportunity to help lead the team to reach the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. Building off of recent playoff experience, the expectation this year is for the team to reach the playoffs and claw their way to the conference championship stage for the first time since 2014-15.

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2018-19 results: 18-4 regular season record, Canada West champions, lost the bronze medal match at the U Sports championship. Head coach Lisa Thomaidis’ sustained run of greatness shows no signs of slowing down. With zero players from last season leaving the team, Thomaidis’ squad is in a prime position to win another banner for a program that has captured the Canada West crown three out of the last four seasons. Fifth-year player Sabine Dukate will lead for the Huskies. The Latvian guard has been one of the conference’s most consistent players at an elite level, and she has earned a spot on the Canada West first team for the past three seasons. Fourth-year Libby Epoch will accompany Dukate in the starting back court. Epoch is a premiere point guard in the conference with experience at an international level. In the front court, fourth-year Summer Masikewich will continue to anchor the defense. The Calgary product has earned Canada West second-team honours for the past two seasons. Thomaidis holds her team to a high-performance standard, meaning that expectations are to win the conference again and make a run at the national championship.

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2018-19 results: 25-3 regular season record (best in program history), lost to Alberta in Canada West championship final.

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If there’s anything to know about the Canada West men’s hockey, it’s that it’s a two horse race between Alberta and Saskatchewan. Since the 2000-01 season, Alberta has claimed an astonishing 16 conference championships. Saskatchewan has been the only team in conference to win during that time, with victories in 2006-07, 2011-12 and 2015-16. Last year, the Huskies lost in the championship final to Alberta for the third consecutive season. Dave Adoph, the Huskie head coach since 1993, will be without ex-captain Jesse Forsberg, forwards Micheal Sofillas and Parker Thomas — each of whom finished last season as top 10 scorers for the green and white. U Sports goaltender of the year, Taran Kozun, will also return. Kozun broke conference records with 20 wins, 5 shutouts, 3 consecutive shutouts and 267:53 consecutive shutout minutes in 2018-19. Expectations for this team will remain unchanged from years past — beat Alberta, win the conference and pursue the national championship.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

2018-19 results: 16-12 regular season record, loss to Alberta Panda’s in the Canada West semi-final. Last season was a bit of a down year for the women’s team who failed to reach the semi-final stage of the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. The 2018-19 season was also their first year without former captain Kaitlin Willoughby. She played her final season for the Huskies in 2017-18, finishing second on the program’s all-time scoring list. Head coach Steve Kook will have each player from last year return. Kook will have the luxury of seven fifth-years on the roster this year, highlighted by Leah Bohlken, a defenseman who finished second in conference scoring for her position last season. Fourth-year goalie Jessica Vance is back for another year of dominance. Vance tied for the most shutouts in the conference last season, while landing in the top five in save percentage, goals-against-average and wins. A full season departed from the K. Willoughby era, the veterans on this team will be expected to improve upon last year's results.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

2018-19 results: 12-12 regular season record, lost in the Canada West quarter-finals. For the second consecutive year, men’s volleyball will enter the season with a new head coach. Former head coach Nathan Bennett took last year’s team to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, but he left the program for a head coaching position at the University of Fraser Valley. Sean McKay takes over head coaching responsibilities, coming from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology where he spent the last three years coaching the Trojans to a 51-21 overall record. Third-year Dylan Mortensen is expected to return, which would be a huge benefit for the team as he was the top rookie in the country two seasons ago. McKay’s impressive record at SAIT should give fans confidence that this team can head back to the playoffs, especially given the fact that Bennett accomplished that in his first and only year as head coach.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

2018-19 results: 9-15 regular season record, missed the playoffs for their 14th consecutive season. Women’s volleyball enters the 2019-20 season hoping to snap their playoff-less draught. Mark Dodds took over head coaching responsibilities in 2015-16, following a year that saw the Huskies win just five games. Dodds’ teams have never won more than 10 games,since he’s been head coach. Last season, Emily Koshinsky finished top five in the conference in kills with 316. Taylor Annala recorded 196 kills, second-most on the team. This year, Dodds will have to rely upon Koshinski and Annala to break the playoff drought. These two cornerstone outside hitters will have to put together all-star-worthy performances in a competitive conference.


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2018-19 results: 4-6-4 regular season record, lost to Calgary in Canada West quarter-final. Jerson Barandica-Hamilton enters his sixth year as head coach for women’s soccer. He has led the team to the playoffs each year at the helm, earning conference bronze medals in 2014 and 2016. Since then, the Huskies have failed to go further than the quarter-final playoff round. Last season, 12 out of the team’s 26 players played their first season of Canada West soccer. One of those rookies, Payton Izsak, earned the Huskie Athletics female rookie of the year award last season while also earning a spot on the Canada West all-rookie team. The future for this team is promising considering Izsak’s rookie performance and the incoming fifth-year recruit, Janelle Zapski. Barandica-Hamilton is pleased with the addition of Zapski as “a player of Jenelle's qualities always makes your team better and this is a perfect time for our young squad to add another senior player from who our young attacking players can learn from.” With a year of experience under their belt, plus the addition of senior talent, look for this team to improve upon their quarter-final exit from last season.

MEN’S SOCCER

2018-19 results: 6-6-2 regular-season record, lost to Fraser Valley in Canada West quarter finals. It is a turnstyle year for men’s soccer. Five players from last year’s team will exit while seven new recruits will join the program. New recruits Kuhle Bekwayo, Fraser McLeod and Ash Fountaine spent the summer playing with the SK Selects Summer Series squad. Huskies head coach Bryce Chapman was also the man in charge of the SK Selects team, joined by Huskie players Jacob Powell and Nikolas Baikas. The Selects capped off their summer series on Aug. 11 with a 2-0 win over the Toronto FC II squad. Baikas showed serious promise last year in his first season as a Huskie, leading the team in scoring with 10 points. He was rewarded for his rookie season efforts with a spot on both the Canada West and U Sports all-rookie team. Playing competitive soccer against top competition over the summer has only improved Baikas and this Huskies team as they seek to win their first Canada West championship since 2014.

MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD

2018-19 results: Won gold at the Canada West championships, placed 8th at U Sports championships. Head coach Jason Reindl is the reigning Canada West male track and field coach of the year. Joined the Huskies in 2017, Reindl is the first ever full-time coach for the program. Last season, the men earned four individual gold medals at the Canada West championships. Kieran Johnston won two of those golds, earning him the Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year award. Johnston went on to win his second consecutive national gold medal in the heptathlon event. The Huskies might be without Johnston for this season after three years of competition as the national star is considering red-shirting. If he is to follow through and not compete this year, that would save a year of eligibility for usage later in his career. Even with the potential loss of Johnston, Reindl has demonstrated his ability to get peak performance out of his athletes. Time will tell if they can repeat their collective team performance from last season.

the U Sports national championships. Collectively as a team, last year’s results were the programs best in 14 years, finishing second behind Guelph. Coach Reindl said he was “extremely proud” with his team’s performance given that they were at a disadvantage. "We had a team of 12 athletes that went up against a Guelph team that had 29, so just the fact that we were able to get within that amount of points was pretty remarkable," Reindl said. There should be no need to panic about this years’ team. As long as Reindl is at the helm, they will be in good shape.

WOMEN’S WRESTLING

2018-19 results: Won gold at the Canada West championships, won silver at the U Sports championships. Women’s wrestling is coming off their best years in program history. They took the team gold at the Canada West championships, highlighted by four gold medals by wrestlers who did not lose a match at the tournament. They also took home the team silver at the U Sports national championship, along with two individual gold medals. Head coach Daniel Olver has his team in top shape. This past season, Olver earned both Canada West and U Sports women’s coach of the year honours. Alexandra Schell, the 48 kg national champion, is expected to return for her fifth and final year of eligibility. Considering none of their medalists from last season are expected to exit, a national team gold medal is not out of reach for this year’s team.

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MEN’S WRESTLING

2018-19 results: Won silver at the Canada West championships, placed fourth at the U Sports championships. Men’s wrestling was shining with young talent last season. Logan Sloan put together a rookie campaign to remember, earning both the Canada West and U Sports male rookie of the year award, after his undefeated run at the national title. As a team, their fourth place finish at the national championships was the best result for the program since 2011. Much like Reindl for track and field, Olver is known for his excellence as a coach. For the 2019-20 season, Olver will look for his team to capture a medal for the first time since 2007.

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CROSS COUNTRY

2018-19 results: The women’s team placed 11th at the U Sports championships while the men did not enter a team in competition. Track and field coach Reindl also coaches for cross country. Last season was a building year for the program with just six male athletes and 12 on the women’s side. Without knowing any of the incoming recruits, expectations for next year are tough to gauge. Reindl just wants his team to focus on improving. "We were better than last year, so a lot of positives from there and we also had a lot of young runners," said Reindl. "For them, today was about building experience and working towards next year." All photos supplied by Huskie Athletics/GetMyPhoto.ca

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WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD

2018-19 results: Won gold at the Canada West championships, won silver at U Sports championships, their best national finish in 14 years. On the women’s side of track and field, Reindl has developed an impressive group. The women took home six individual Canada West gold medals. On the national stage, the Huskies gathered one gold medal and three silvers. The Huskies will enjoy seeing Courtney Hufsmith back for her fourth year of eligibility. Hufsmith won two golds and a silver at the Canada West championships, followed up by a bronze and a silver at

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The games are free for students with proof of student ID, so there is no excuse to miss them. 1. Football Homecoming vs. UBC Friday, Sept. 6 Huskie football returns for the homecoming game at the end of Welcome Week. They will take on the UBC Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium in Nutrien Park. 2. Football takes on Calgary Friday, Sept. 27 Football will return home from a two-game road trip for a rematch of last year’s Hardy Cup, where the dogs upset the undefeated Dino’s at home by a whopping 25-point margin. Kick off is at 7 p.m. at Griffith Stadium in Nutrien Park 3. Men’s hockey battles Alberta Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4 You will have to wait until the new year to watch this battle between conference powerhouses. If you are in the city after the holiday break, this game is a must watch. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. at Merlis Belsher Place. 4. Track and Field Canada West Championships Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 For the first time since the 1990s, the Canada West conference will have its own standalone championship event. Previously, conference champions were determined by results at the U Sports national championship. Both men and women’s teams will have a great opportunity to defend their 2018 championships on home turf at the Saskatoon Field House. 5. Women’s basketball battle of Saskatchewan Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23 The Regina Cougars will visit the PAC during the first half of the 2019-20 season. These teams have met in the Canada West championship each of the last four years, with the Huskies claiming top spot three times to Regina’s one. Consider this regular season contest a primer for what could become the fifth straight year of an all-Saskatchewan Canada West championship game. 6. Men’s basketball battle of Saskatchewan Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23 Immediately following the women’s game, the men’s team will take on Regina at the PAC. It will be a rematch of last season’s Canada West quarter final where the Huskies beat Regina 2-0 in the best-of-three series. 7. Men’s football against Alberta Saturday Oct. 26 In the final regular season game of the year, the Huskies will battle the Alberta Golden Bears. The Canada West football conference is only six teams deep. It is likely that this game will have strong implications on the playoff picture. 8. Men’s hockey season opener Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28 Huskie men’s hockey kicks off their season on home ice against the Mount Royal Cougars. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. for both nights. 9. Hockey season finales vs. Regina Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8 Both men and women’s hockey will finish their season in a home and home with Regina. The men will play at Merlis Belsher Place on Friday night while the women will take over on Saturday night. 10. Any playoff game Keep track of your favourite Huskie teams and make sure you are in attendance if they are lucky enough to host a playoff game. The atmosphere in the playoffs across any sport is something special. It is an experience every student should get involved in during their studies here at the U of S!

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Jim Mullin brings an ambitious approach to Football Canada The new president of Football Canada recognizes the challenges that lie ahead. TANNER MICHALENKO SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR

Eight years ago, Jim Mullin directed one of the most successful Vanier Cups in the history of the U Sports football championship. Since then, the growth of Canadian football has been stagnant. “We have a number of challenges in front of us. One thing that sticks out for me is that we have not done a good job of telling our story. Given my skill set and experience, that’s the one thing that excites me,” Jim Mullin told the Sheaf in an exclusive interview. Before taking on roles as a promoter, Mullin worked in the newspaper industry and had broadcast hundreds of games across football and hockey. Prior to joining the media, he earned the Jon Cornish Trophy which is presented to the top Canadian in the American collegiate system. Now, as the president of Football Canada, Mullin will get the opportunity to help bring Canadian football back to life. Collaboration across the country Mullin was the Vancouver director of the 47th Vanier Cup in 2011. The event took place on the Friday before the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup with, for the first time ever, 665,000 people watching on TSN English. Mullin’s innovative decision was replicated for the 48th Vanier Cup in Toronto, which had a record attendance of 37,098. On television, 502,000 viewers tuned in. Since these two years of substantial success, exposure for university football has been on the decline. Last year’s U Sports national semi-final, the Mitchell Bowl, and the Canadian Junior Football League national championship took place on the same day at the same time. Both games featured teams from Saskatoon, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and Saskatoon Hilltops. If you were trying to support both clubs, you had to choose which game to watch live. “Football may be the most siloed game in our country. One group does something in a bubble and another group does

something in their own separate bubble,” said Mullin. Since setting the attendance record at the 48th Vanier Cup, the event has produced an average attendance of 13,999 from 2013 to 2018. In 2013, viewership dropped 50 per cent from the Vanier Cup that Mullin directed in Vancouver just two years prior. That year was the first year of Sportsnet’s broadcast deal with U Sports. Fewer Canadians watched the game each year thereafter, bottoming out in 2017 when just 168,000 viewers tuned in — a 75 per cent drop from 2011. The viewership tally for 2018 was not published. Since moving the Vanier Cup from Friday on TSN to Saturday on Sportsnet, viewership and attendance dropped significantly. For Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet, the U Sports experience on the network has been underwhelming. Mullin suggested all Canadian football stakeholders be on the same page for the betterment of the game. “We have members of Football Canada, provincial organizations, and then we have groups doing things outside of Football Canada. Some things they’re doing are good for our game, other things require a real examination of what’s going on. We need to get people outside of our organization to get involved with us,” Mullin said. “Football Canada needs to be a crossroads for discussion.” Mullin noted that John Bower, the new senior manager of communication and technology for U Sports, is a positive development for football and university athletics as a whole. “It’s a fantastic move by U Sports. He knows where the sport needs to go; he knows how it needs to be promoted and the type of people that need to be involved to get the message out. Hiring Jon Bower is a sign that we’re going in the right direction,” Mullin said. International ambitions Mullin feels a responsibility to increase Canada’s football reputation on a global scale. “The 2018 World Junior Football Championship was a top 10 live stream for CBCsports.ca,” Mullin claimed. “That told us there is a future for Football Canada to

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showcase our product on bigger and better platforms. We want to get the Canada Cup on TV every year. That’s going to take a lot of work.” Mullin is optimistic about the potential of this tournament. “We need to find a way to get that on a platform so Canadians can watch, share and partake in team Canada’s journey,” Mullin said, stressing the importance of “finding partners who will help make that a very successful event.” Putting international tournaments on accessible platforms should attract more young Canadians to play the game through their high school years, something Mullin says is not happening as efficiently as he would like. “I would like to find a path through competition that allows kids in flag football to transition to contact football much easier,” Mullin said. “They aren’t doing that right now and it needs to change. Saskatoon is a great example of how to accomplish this.” This year, Football Saskatchewan collected 13 medals across various national championships — more than any other province. The success of males and female teams across all age groups gives Mullin optimism

about hosting events in Saskatoon sometime in the future. “I would like to see an international world junior tournament in Canada every two years. International teams should come to Canada and play 12-man football. The world needs to see their countries compete,” said Mullin. “I think a place like Saskatoon would be a great host for this sort of thing.” Concussions Mullin says that safety is a high priority for him. He is partnering with researchers through the NeuroProtection program to study safe contact. The CFL and NFL have not been proactive with their approach to the concussion and head trauma issue in football. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie called the link be-

tween head trauma and football players “inconclusive.” In the NFL, a class-action lawsuit is expected to surpass $1.4 billion in settlement claims for concussion-related compensation for retired players. According to Mullin, Football Canada is working with USA Football in researching contact and tackling. “We’re doing research because we want to come up with an answer that ensures we have the safest game possible because football has so much to offer for an individual in a team format,” Mullin claimed. Mullin’s vision to grow the game while making it safer is a breath of fresh air but he recognizes the work that lies ahead. “It’s going to take a lot of work,” Mullin said. “Each step forward is just one of thousands.”

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U of S fumbles a big opportunity for Huskie Athletics Five high-profile community leaders resigned from the Huskies’ board of trustees in July.

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Three years ago, the University of Saskatchewan announced a new organizational model for Huskies Athletics. At the announcement, President Peter Stoicheff admitted that the organization does not operate at a profit. The experiment, as he called it, marked a shift in priorities to increase community and corporate engagement with the hopes of earning more funding that can be used to support student athletes. “What was on the table in Saskatchewan with the Huskies, in my mind, might be the biggest lost opportunity in university athletics in English Canada,” President of Football Canada Jim Mullin told the Sheaf in an exclusive interview. “It may be the biggest loss since I’ve been in this business [for] over 30 years.” A dozen executives sat on this advisory board. Six of them, including Stoicheff, are U of S representatives while the other half are community leaders. The U of S representatives consisted of high-ranking employees of the university such as Dean of Kinesiology Chad London. The community members,

all of whom are U of S alumni, brought forth impressive résumés to the table: - David Dube, a prominent donor to Huskie Athletics, is president and chairman of SBX Group, a sports marketing agency that recently signed the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Canadian RJ Barrett. - Diane Jones Konihowski is a three-time Olympic athlete and Order of Canada member. - David Sutherland is the chairman of United States Steel, a Fortune 500 company that earned over $14 billion in revenue last year. - Tom Anselmi is an experienced sports business executive and the current COO for the Edmonton Oilers Entertainment Group. - Ken Juba co-founded of one of the province’s largest marketing and communication companies. - Shelly Brown, one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women as named by KPMG, is an Order of Canada member and current chair of the U of S Board of Governors. All board members reported to the president who had final veto ability on any decision or recommendation. This might

have caused some dysfunction on the board. Brown, the only community representative which held another position with the university, was the only board member that did not resign. Following the resignations, Stoicheff noted that the university cannot have one of their employees report to a group of people who are volunteers. He is referring to the relationship between the Huskie chief athletics officer and the community members. "I think they wanted to have even more influence than an advisory board, and that's not what this is. It's not a management board," said Stoicheff in an article from The Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Dube is one of the biggest donors in U of S history. He personally recruited the other community members and was the most vocal following their resignations. Dube says that there’s a structural resistance to change within the university. He claimed that strategic recommendations were dismissed due to a lack of co-operation and willingness to do what’s best for the Huskies. Many with a stake in university athletics were disappointed to

learn of this mass resignation, including Mullin who said, “I don’t know how a university looks to a board of trustees and treats them like a high school student government.” Mullin was not shocked to hear of the news and pointed to politics on campus that causes hypocrisy between academics and athletics inside Canadian universities. “There is a cultural disconnect between academics and athletics in this country with the exception of very few places,” said Mullin. “Universities generally want to venture into new frontiers and grow knowledge academically, why is that same desire not directed towards growing sport?” The board will continue to operate as Stoicheff searches to fill the five empty seats, though the qualifications of the former members has set high expectations. “To have that group commit and focus on Huskie Athletics was a gift to their alma mater and the community. They wanted to make both a better place,” said Mullin. “People should be demanding answers about how this happened.”

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Melodrama to 25: A love letter to summer Can a perfect playlist be an outlet for nostalgia as we transition from summer to winter? AMBER ADRIAN-JACKSON

Music is a powerful thing that evokes both vivid memories and strong emotions. I am sure many of us have a soundtrack for the summer that’s fading like our cut-off denim. The perfect playlist should perfectly capture the feeling of the season. I have been cultivating the perfect summer playlist. “Springsteen” by Eric Church has been a staple for years now. “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo is a relatively new addition. But, I hadn’t found the perfect summer album that I could put on in my car and feel like I was living my best summer life. That changed when I found Melodrama, Lorde’s sophomore album. I mean, the opening lines to the fourth track, “The Louvre,” is “Well, summer slipped us underneath her tongue.” I moved up to the lake for July and August, and listened to it on the way to work one day when it hit me — this is the perfect summer album. With lyrics like “Dancing with our shoes off / Know I think you’re awesome, right?” the whole album really feels like it should be playing in the back-

ground of a late night at a music festival or the beach. Summer is the time when people drink too much, go out, and fall in love with someone for five minutes, a weekend, or a month. This album encapsulates that like nothing I’ve ever heard before. In “Perfect Places,” Lorde sings, “I’m 19 and I’m on fire / But when we’re dancing I’m alright,” and if that isn’t a summer vibe, I don’t know what is. From music festivals trips to living at the lake, summer 2019 was the definition of me living my best summer life. Some of my favourite memories were made this summer, and when I remember them, it’ll be to the soundtrack of Melodrama. Even if it wasn’t playing at the time, it’s the music that makes me feel the kind of summer I’ve had. If you are also working on curating a perfect summer playlist for next year, adding “Homemade Dynamite,” “The Louvre,” “Hard Feelings/Loveless”, and “Perfect Places” from Melodrama would be an excellent place to start. On the other hand, these could be incorporated into a nice winter playlist. A lot of people get sad in the winter. It’s dark, cold, we’re back in school and it often feels like it will never end. But sometimes

you just need an album to cry to and 25 by Adele provides just that. By the end of last winter, I was listening to the album so much that one of my friends had to ask if I was okay. “When We Were Young” and “A Million Years Ago” are songs designed for reminiscing. As someone with mental health issues, winter is really hard for me and I spend a lot of winter thinking about better times. These songs provide a somewhat bittersweet outlet for these feelings of nostalgia. Melodrama paints a vivid picture of late nights and summer love, while 25 shows us the bleaker side of life. 25 picks up where Melodrama leaves off, painting a picture of what happens after all that ends. It is not as bright or fun, but it’s real and raw. The album, almost in its entirety, is a bittersweet reminder of what used to be. The mental imagery from both albums perfectly fits its respective season. Summer is bright, beautiful and full of possibilities. Winter is dark, grey and never ending. Melodrama shows us the idea of the perfect summer while 25 is much more subdued, like winter. It paints a bleak picture, but a real one nonetheless.

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Without the resources that PAVED provides, some budding artists might not be able to afford the equipment required or learn the skills needed to make their own short films, let alone 8mm ones. Events and workshops like the aforementioned are free to their members, and though their membership usually costs $50 yearly, it is half price for students and the underemployed. PAVED is constantly striving to be better, and it does so by listening to its members and their needs. They are always open to new suggestions

as to what they can offer. “We invite everybody to get involved in any way, and if you feel like PAVED can be better, we want to hear it because we want to be better,” says Maier. With the school year starting up again, we all will need an outlet or some space away from studying whenever we want to slow down and catch our breath. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or someone just looking to test out the waters, PAVED Arts provides a budget-friendly, non-judgmental space where you can learn and grow in your art form at your own pace. More information regarding their events, workshops and getting involved can be found on their website, pavedarts.ca.


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2. Reusable containers are your best friend. We have all heard of the movement to save the turtles using reusable straws by now. However, this is just a start. Though businesses are starting to move away from styrofoam take-out containers to paper or cardboard, this new approach still poses a problem. When paper products get soaked with oil or food residue, they are no longer recyclable. Bringing your own reusable cutlery, eating containers and mugs can reduce the amount of waste you produce and also the amount of paper products rejected by manufacturers. As an added bonus, some businesses

4. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Canada produces more waste per person than any other developed country. I know, I didn’t believe it at first either. Years of research show that Canada’s waste production has been skyrocketing due to urbanization and a steady increase in household disposable income since the 80s. Reducing the waste we produce can mean anything from choosing to take the bus instead of driving to donating our old clothes instead of throwing them out. Thrifting instead of buying new clothes, not updating our electronics when the ones we have are perfectly fine and going paperless with our mail are some easy, cost-effective starters.

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1. Cut back on/remove meat from your diet. It's no secret that agriculture — especially animal agriculture — has a worrying negative effect on our environment. According to the 2019 UN climate report, eating less meat could slow down climate change by reducing eight gigatonnes of carbon emissions by 2050. Going vegetarian or pescetarian — which is basically vegetarianism with fish included in the diet — is a cost-effective, healthy way to be good to the environment. If vegetarianism seems too drastic of a change, even the small choice of going meat-free for a few meals a week can make a huge difference.

3. Don’t Litter. Pretty self-explanatory.

climate report, limiting global warming will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” We all need to pitch in and do our part, or our already dire conditions will continue to worsen. Whether you believe in climate change or not, being kind to our planet is not a bad idea.

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Dear first years: Don’t make the same mistakes I made Heed my words when I say that your ego and confidence will be your enemy.

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I used to describe my firstyear university experience as a mediocre rollercoaster ride. Five years later, all I can really say is that I was hopeful as a first-year student. That was my first mistake. Being in six classes and five labs, I knew that my first semester was going to be heavy. I was advised to split it into two years instead, but I was confident and insisted that I could handle it. The major I chose was difficult, but the rewarding salary waiting after graduation was my main motivation. I was happy with picking my major based on its profitability because I wanted a high income. That was my second mistake. When midterms came, I struggled but persevered. I managed to pass my hardest midterm, but my grade was odd. It said that I got 25 marks out of 40, but the marks per question yielded a total of 10 out of 40 — or in other words, 25 per cent. I showed my professor my test. He said that I got 25 marks out of 40, achieving a

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grade of 62.5 per cent. I was ecstatic and contined to be hopeful for the coming weeks. Knowing that I passed my most rigorous exam motivated me because as the upper-year students said, ‘Pass this course and the rest of your university years will be easy.’ I had proven to others that I could do it — I could boast about my success, but little did I know that seeking the validation of others was my third mistake. A few days after my finals, I received an email detailing how we did on our labs, assignments and midterm for that class. My surroundings blurred and my breathing became shallow. Beside the bolded title “Midterm Examination” was a 25 per cent mark. I emailed my professor to make sense of what happened. My professor replied after a couple of hours to tell me that on his records, it said 25 per cent. He asked me to provide a scanned copy of my exam to show what I meant, so I did. The grade breakdown showed that I needed to pass one of the exams to be successful overall. If it was true that I failed my midterm, I

knew immediately that I had failed the class. I still remember the day that I opened PAWS to check my grades and how devastated I was seeing that my total mark was 28 per cent. I opened my email to see if my professor had replied — he had not. I never received an explanation for the confusion on my grade. In the end, perhaps it was not being hopeful that led to my demise, but being naïve. When the semester starts, don’t depend on hope and sheer will alone. The best thing you can do is get to know yourself and your limitations. On top of my overconfidence, I wanted the validation of others when the only validation I needed was my own. Lastly, I thought about the money over my own happiness when I chose where I wanted to be in the future. Fast forward to now, and I can’t fully explain the joy that I feel. I am in a better suited career, no longer feel like a failure and I can say that I am truly and tremendously hopeful for the future.


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Maybe you’re stressed because this is your first year away from home and you’re now responsible for managing your money. Or this is your umpteenth year in undergrad and you still haven’t figured out the trick to frugality. Either way, let’s start with the basics. Budgeting is the best way to get a handle on your finances. Write out how much money you have to live off of whether that be from a part-time job, student loans or the bank of mom and dad. Next, consider your expenses. Make sure you can cover the basics: rent, utilities, groceries and your phone bill. After that, be realistic about your monthly spending habits. If after looking at the rough numbers and the nauseous feeling is still lingering in your stomach, it’s time to look at ways to increase your cash flow or ways to cut back. Look for where a significant amount of money is being absorbed. Be it movie tickets, video games or bath bombs, everyone has their own preferred way to spend extra cash. While depriving yourself completely of these things would make for a bleak existence, it’s worth limiting your indulgences if you’re having trouble making ends meet. Focus on cutting back anywhere that will make a significant difference in your monthly budget. Anything that costs under $10 is something you could potentially ignore. Love avocado toast? Go for it. Can’t ditch your morning latte? Then don’t. Even if you did cut out your weekday vice, you wouldn’t save yourself much more than $100 a month anyways. Same goes for shaving pennies off on each grocery item by choosing the generic brand because it’s not going to make much of a difference in the long run. Reducing costs is one option

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but increasing your input might be more popular than frugality. For example, spending money on going out each weekend is fine as long as you strike a balance by working one shift a week to fund your bar star lifestyle. No matter what your financial circumstances are, the burden of classes, textbooks and everything else is enough to make most students stressed at the beginning of the year. As the leaves start changing colours, the ritual of back-to-school shopping begins. The temptation to buy an outrageous amount of school supplies each fall is like a siren song calling from the aisles of Staples. Check out the stationary you have at home first before going. If you’re new to campus, don’t worry about needing to deck yourself out with the gear to match. Keep it simple with a couple binders, paper and pens. If it’s more the upfront costs

of classes and textbooks that are distressing you, consider taking a student loan. Or at least opt-out of the loans and request only non-repayable grants. The amount depends on how much you are assessed for, but it could be as much as tuition for a term. Budgeting only goes so far. Even though you might think

you anticipated all costs, there is always something that will come up. Set aside some miscellaneous funds. For example, chances are the laptop you start university with won’t make it out with you. And finally, we have come to the one thing we all have in common — overspending on

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Let’s cut to the chase — we all procrastinate to varying degrees. That feeling of, “I could have done so much better if only I had started on this earlier,” is one that we’ve all felt before. Here’s a list of things that you should probably start in September to keep on top of things.

1. Your planner is your best friend.

Term papers, exams and assignments — these are all things that tend to sneak up on us. Making a planner will not only help you see an all-in-one guide of exactly what you need to accomplish and when, but it will also help you plan your time accordingly. For example, if you see that you happen to have two midterms on the same day, you can schedule your daily stress cry for the night before, so you have more time to stare at your textbook and attempt to learn the material by osmosis on the day of the exams.

2. Do your readings.

If you don't start the term doing your readings, the likelihood of you catching up is quite slim. Give yourself time to do these readings and consider getting well acquainted with Quizlet — which is a website that helps you make cue cards — early on in the semester instead of one week before your exam when all you want to do is embrace the sweet, caressing touch of death.

3. Make a coffee budget.

Let’s be real — you are going to drink an inhuman amount of coffee to wake yourself up for that 8:30 a.m. class you convinced yourself you could handle. I recommend figuring out a budget for coffee or investing in a way to make it yourself at home. Reclaim the money and time that would have been spent waiting in line at your coffee shop of choice.

4. Give yourself a break.

Anyone who says “I’m just one of those people who doesn’t need a break” is a lying P.O.S. and should be forcibly put in a spa, effective immediately. When we’re constantly ‘on’ — like we’re forced to be during the school year — we burn out. Sometimes you don’t even realize that you’re dead tired until you’re sitting on the floor of your bathroom crying because you ran out of toothpaste. When you’re planning your schedule, pencil in some time for leisure. Give yourself something to look forward to after slaving away on school work.

5. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

We all set unrealistic expectations for ourselves at times. If you truly, wholeheartedly believe that you can read 5 chapters, make cue-cards and rewatch two weeks worth of lecture captures in the three days before your final, power to you. If you can’t, set realistic goals and do your best to meet them. If you’re not meeting them, figure out why and seek out resources to help you reach your potential. Get to the root of your problem and work upwards from there.

6. Spend time getting to know campus.

Find a place that makes you happy or a place where you can study productively — don’t always default to Murray Library. There are lots of great libraries around campus. Despite what people of that specific college might try to tell you, they’re open to everyone. You're paying a whole lot to be on campus and you’re going to be here for a while so you might as well make the most of it.


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Big Journal: The cost of academic journal subscriptions is more than monetary The U of S will lose access to almost one-tenth of the online journals it subscribed to. ERIN MATTHEWS OPINIONS EDITOR

In early August, The Saskatoon StarPhoenix reported that the University of Saskatchewan was cancelling their subscriptions to several thousand academic journals. The cost-cutting measure saves $1.4 million, as subscriptions have risen to amounts deemed unaffordable by most institutions. In 2018, Canadian Association of Research Libraries released a report overviewing the “current problematic state of scholarly journal costs and proposes some recommendations to address the situation” for university administrators. Just days after the U of S announced their termination of 3,855 journals, professors from the University of California protested journal giant Elsevier. A total of 31 faculty members refused to serve on the editorial boards of several of the publisher’s journals until the company and the university negotiated a fair deal. Several Canadian universities, including Memorial University in Newfoundland and Université de Montréal, have recently

pulled out of the “big deal,” a flat fee that includes unlimited access to a publisher’s content. The “big deal” was originally negotiated to increase access to content for institutions, but has allowed for big publishers to control the market, inflate prices and turn a big profit. According to CARL, “the top five publishers, who control over 50 per cent of the market and above 70 per cent in some disciplines, have profit margins in the order of 28 to 38.9 per cent.” “Big Journal” is developing a money hungry reputation. Publishers charge scientists and academics to publish their research. Access to research is then restricted behind an ironclad paywall with publishers charging exorbitant fees for their release. Essentially, holding information hostage. Research is largely publically funded. Canadian tax dollars fund research and development through various government agencies like the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

of Canada. These agencies offer grants and scholarships that allow academics and graduate students to continue their investigations and publish their work. In order to publish their findings in peer-reviewed, repreputable journals, researchers are often charged either membership fees or need to pay for the submission of their manuscripts. Once published, paywalls limit access to information contained in papers. Without institutional access that the U of S supplies, students and researchers alike would pay anywhere from $20 to nearly $50 for a single article on research that was publicly funded. There is something inherently wrong with this structure and as the fees climb, institutions are being pressured to act. For years there has been a push for open-access journals, which allow for papers to be read free of a fee. Making science and research accessible for all should be the only way forward, especially in a time where we are bombarded by torrents of dubious information from unreliable sources. Having easy access to banks of credible information allows us

to combat misinformation and allows for both public critical thought and the continuation of research, built upon the foundation of other researchers. While the need to pressure publishers is necessary to change the current model, the move by the university to begin cutting subscriptions appears to be a money-saving administrative move without an understanding of its impact. Pulling access to journals runs the risk of throwing roadblocks into research of faculty and students alike. The path to open access is not to make information less accessible. Without efforts seen from Université de Montréal or the UC faculty, pulling subscriptions will leave gaps that may

be indefinite. This does not help bolster our academic reputation. In their report CARL warns, “there is an urgent need to address this situation and a coordinated approach across Canadian universities towards systemic change is essential.” The most effective approach would be for universities from across Canada and the United States to push publishers into restructuring their system. While the U of S is a research powerhouse with multiple national research facilities, a small prairie university cutting their journal subscriptions is not going to put enough pressure on publishers and may have a much deeper impact on the campus community.

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The lowdown on the mundane: Survival tips for first years Here is some handy advice to help keep your head above water as school starts up again. JESSICA MROSKE

1. Find your flock. The simple truth is that the university is a large place with a whole lot of people. The quickest way to find good people is to get involved. There are a staggering amount of clubs that exist at the U of S. Whether you are into gaming, literature or politics, there is a group for you. You can find a list of clubs on page 21 or go to the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union website to find a more up-to-date list. 2. Take advantage of the USSU events. The USSU has an abundance of resources available to make the campus a safer and more comfortable place for everyone. In the Memorial Union Building, we have the Pride Centre and the Women’s Centre, which are both great hangouts on campus that have a welcoming and open-minded community. If you do end up wander-

ing by, the Sheaf office is also down the hall from these centres. You know, just in case you ever wanted to drop by and say hi. There is also the USSU Safe Walk, located in the Arts Tunnel, which will accompany students so that they don’t have to walk alone. A comprehensive list of the centres can be found at the USSU website. 3. Want a wrap? The only Tim Hortons on campus that has wraps is the one in the Health Science Building, and it’s also open the latest. There are four other Tim’s locations on campus: one in the Arts Tunnel, one on the second floor of the Geology Building and one in lower Marquis Hall. There’s also a lesser-known express Tim’s in the Education Building. It has less variety but it gets less traffic so it moves faster. 4. Insured? Maybe you shouldn’t be. As a full-time on-campus student, you are automat-

ically insured through the student health and dental plan on campus. Here’s the money-saving part: if you are already insured through your own or your parents’ work plan, you can opt-out of the student insurance and save a couple of dollars to buy more Tim’s.

of the Murray Library talking loudly about your summer adventures, expect to be shushed, glared at or ranted about on YouSask Confessions. Respect your environment and fellow students by being quiet the higher up you are in the Murray Library.

at the university, it can be easy to forget that there is actually a reason why you are here. Focus on your degree, on learning and bettering yourself. Ask questions, show up to class and be unrelenting in your efforts. You’re not going to be here forever so yes — have fun, go to parties and make memories. Just don’t forget to do your best and reach out for help if you’re struggling.

7. Wait, I’m here to get a degree? In the whirlwind that comes with being a first year

5. Can’t count? Yes, there is a ground floor and a first floor in the Murray Library. Yes, they are on different floors. No, it doesn’t make sense. 6. As the floors go up, the noise volume goes down. It is a common, collective knowledge that when studying in Murray, the higher the floor number, the quieter the space. If you sit on the ground floor or first floor, it is almost given that what you are working on is not of groundbreaking importance. Or maybe you’re one of those weirdos who work better in loud environments. If you are on the third floor

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Bathrooms and buildings edition: Aries: March 21 - April 20 On the second floor of Place

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Taurus: April 21 - May 20 Memorial Union Building

bathrooms around the corner from the Sheaf office. If you like free tampons and the smell of freshly-smoked weed, this is the bathroom for you.

Gemini: May 21 - June 20 Hidden in Maquis Hall,

behind Peer Health is an empty void with a wall of mirrors and concrete sinks. Stalls are hidden in the back. Don’t forget to wash your hands.

Cancer: June 21 - July 22 Urinals, man — they’re all the same, man.

Leo: July 23 - Aug. 22 Staff bathroom: Priest only in St. Thomas More is a holy water closet.

Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sept. 22 Hold it ‘til you get home. Libra: Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 Second floor of the Physical

Activity Complex behind the Subway. Find the “extra stalls” — no one can hear you pee.

Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21 See yourself in radiant

light? Health Science bathrooms in the hallway between B Wing and E Wing will illuminate your already-luminous reflection.

Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21 The smell of moss

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Profile for The Sheaf

August 29, 2019  

August 29, 2019  

Profile for thesheaf
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