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3 Campus group Equal Voice dissolves in an “act of solidarity”

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Bad b*tch Bianca

FEATURE

10-11 Global roundup: What in the world happened during the first week of classes?

CULTURE

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A residence tradition: Toga run

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Should you do cuffing season? Victoria Becker/ Photo Editor Two Edwards School of Business students pose for a photo while they sell tickets for LB5Q in the U of S Bowl during Welcome Week on Sept. 6, 2019.

LB5Q shakes up tradition for its 50th anniversary The annual back-to-school bash is moving to a Friday this year. NYKOLE KING

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One of the longest-running campus events at the University of Saskatchewan is shirking tradition to draw in a bigger crowd for the celebration of its 50th. Students across all colleges expect a memorable campus party to kick off their school year, and Edwards Business Students’ Society always delivers. The

tradeoff for hosting this event is making enough from ticket sales to fund the EBSS operating budget for the year as well as the clout that comes with hosting a great party. Iconically, this event is known for being held on a Monday night. The cruellest of instructors scheduled quizzes for the Tuesday morning, knowing full well the turnout will be abysmal and revelling in the satisfaction

of being a buzzkill. Thankfully, LB5Q has taken that sweet satisfaction away from those miserable academics while also eliminating the tough choice between studying or partying — by moving it instead to Friday. While the name of the event is a bit unpalatable, it gives a nod to its earlier incarnation as the frosh event Little Buddy Big Buddy BBQ. It was an Edwards exclusive bash where senior level

students would take a first-year — their little buddy, if you will — and bring them to a field outside the city and get them trashed. As campus culture has evolved to exclude hazing activities, so have the annual bush parties adapted to concerns over liability and student safety. In 2013, busloads of inebriated students were corralled to an “undisclosed location” — a farmer’s field set up with a bar, a stage

with a DJ and a fenced mosh pit. In recent years, it stayed outside but moved to the Prairieland Park exhibition grounds. Lately, the organizers have opted to go indoors to the large Prairieland halls and have stuck there since. Turnout made a slight dip, but as of last week, organizers reported that they were close to selling out 2,500 tickets. Continued on pg. 12

So you’re getting an arts degree? If you’re an arts major, it’s likely that you have had other people question your future. ASHLEY LEKACH

You've said what they've feared: "I'm an English major." And by the expression on their face, you already know what they think about art degrees. They stifle back a laugh and with a condescending smile saying, "I hope you like working at Starbucks," hinting at your current job prospects. But the jokes on them — you'd love to work at Starbucks. It's pumpkin spice latte season, after all.

Most art majors probably have had a conversation similar to this one with mild variations, of course. For the most authentic experience, please insert your personal favourite coffee chain into the format. Generally, these conversations follow the same pattern. Allow me to illustrate one for you. Person A says, "Hey! What are your plans for the daunting void that is the future?” Person B responds by saying that they are aiming towards whichever humanity, art, bas-

ket weaver degree that's applicable to them. Person A gives the verbal equivalent to the thumbs-up emoji, but patronizingly, to which person B gasps in shock and horror. Every person pursuing a Bachelor of Arts has been asked this dreaded question. Whether you’re at family events, appointments with your academic advisor, with your friends or in the awkward void that is the first 10 minutes before a lecture. Per-

haps you’ve even asked this to yourself. What are you doing with your future? Honestly, hearing this question makes isolation in the far most northern woods seem pleasant. Although, the woods don't have wifi or Netflix — or Amazon Prime, Hulu, Crunchyroll or whatever new streaming service our consumerist society markets next. We all love the internet too much so running from our problems, both physically and

metaphorically, just won't do. A normal opinions column would go into the uplifting introspective on the question “Is an Arts degree worth it?” An even better column would go into the more meat and potatoes technical aspects of what to do with an arts degree. But not this one. This one, with a heavy emphasis on sarcasm, will tell you the best snarky, witty and polite replies to your adversaries. Continued on pg. 16


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University shifts ISSAC services based on reported student needs ISSAC adjusts their first-night accommodation fund to enhance other services.

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

With a growing enrolment of international students, the University of Saskatchewan is prioritizing emergency housing funds for international students over first-night accommodations. On Sept. 4, the U of S announced for the fifth consecutive year that student enrolment has increased, estimating it will exceed 26,000 students by April 2020. The report also celebrates the record-breaking numbers of international student enrolment rising by 5.5 per cent. In the face of growing enrolment, the university looked at which services for international students need resources the most. Two key services offered by the International Student and Study Abroad Centre to assist newcomers are first-night accommodations and transportation services. Previously, students could have their first night’s accommodation paid in full by ISSAC but it was reduced to a partial subsidy in

2019. Now, students who apply to the program pay $50 for their first night at a local hotel. Pirita Mattola, manager of ISSAC, described this change as being strategic. Mattola says the previous coverage of the firstnight accommodation service was unsustainable and not what international students needed most. “We really try to make sure that students get the best value and we support them in a way that we feel is meaningful for them in the long term and for their arrival,” Mattola said. The U of S is one of the few institutions in Canada that offers services like this, according to Mattola. The first-night accommodation service is not in ISSAC’s operational budget, but rather part of a separate fund which also supports emergency housing for international students. “One of the key things that I’ve discussed with the team this year is how do we ensure that students have access to the emergency housing fund all year round,” Mattola said.

“Because this is one of the must have supports that we want to make sure that international students have.” Alison Pickrell, assistant vice-provost of strategic enrolment, says the “carefully planned” growth of international enrolment closely aligns with the pillars of the U of S’s “International Blueprint for Action 2025” for diversifying the university community. The seven-year plan is a strategic document guiding the U of S’s internationalization of learning experiences and supports offered to international students. Pickrell says that enrolment received an increased budget in 2017 for initiatives that aligned with the international blueprint. Their goal is to be strategic with the budget by looking at which services impact students the most and making adjustments based on feedback given by students on an annual basis. “A big part of the additional funding we have received has really gone into enhancing our immigration advising support,”

said Pickrell. “Since 2017, every year we’ve had a staff member get certified as a regulated international student immigration advisor, and we now have three of those.” “We also work with a legal counsel who can support our students for free with more complicated immigration matters and have offered drop-in advising from Monday to Friday.” To ease the move away from funding first-night accommodations, Mattola says her team has worked closely this year with the Residence Services Office this year. Because international students’ arrival periods can differ from domestic students, they have increasingly promoted how incoming students can apply for early or late arrival. “We also increased our arrival support, offering late arrival orientations to those students who aren’t able to make it to our main welcome event,” Mattola said. “And we still offer free transportation to all new international students.”

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Campus group Equal Voice dissolves in an “act of solidarity” Former members of Equal Voice discuss their concerns of racism and tokenism within the organization. NOAH CALLAGHAN STAFF WRITER

The multi-partisan organization Equal Voice aimed at supporting women in politics faced severe backlash from its supporters after firing three racialized employees at the end of July. Although the organization denied that the staffing changes had anything to do with anyone’s ethnicity, the incident caused four board members to resign while calling into question Equal Voice’s commitment to diversity as women began sharing their negative experiences with the group. In the wake of these events, members of the campus group Equal Voice University of Saskatchewan chose to dissolve the group. *Taylor Martin, a founding member of the U of S chapter and a Daughters of the Vote delegate, says they chose to disband after the “systemic racism within the organization became even more apparent.” “We thought that it was an organization who elected wom-

en, who were good for women,” Martin said. “An organization that fires all of its racialized staff and suppresses Indigenous women’s voices is not what we thought it was.” The discussions calling out Equal Voice happened largely under the twitter hashtag #NotSoEqualVoice after the group sent delegates to Parliament Hill last spring for their biannual Daughters of the Vote event. A number of delegates spoke out, accusing the organization of discriminatory behaviour, including Martin who wants the national organization to shut down. Autumn LaRose-Smith, a Métis fourth-year education student, shares this opinion based on her “terrible” time as a delegate for the Daughters of the Vote event last May. LaRose-Smith says the organization barely considered Indigenous voices, using the delegates for a “tokenized photoop” and even “segregated” them to mini-conferences removed from the general discussions. “In [Equal Voice’s] journey to be non-partisan, they over-

looked a lot of feminist issues,” LaRose-Smith said. “But what are their values? Are they wanting to help people of colour and Indigenous people or working on their own agenda?” LaRose-Smith says the situation became “hostile” for her and the 40-some delegates who chose to protest Prime Minister Trudeau and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer at the Parliament Hill. “I'm still going through mental health issues that arose because of that conference. I wouldn’t tell anybody to go to it again,” LaRose-Smith said. “If the organization is not willing to admit to their own wrongdoings and accept them and know that it could help them move forward to be better, then I think that people should just stop supporting them completely.” Now that the former campus group members have distanced themselves from Equal Voice, Martin says that women on campus who are interested in politics will support other organizations who prove they support diversity with actions. A current barrier is that there

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are few organizations with the same level of federal funding as Equal Voice which would make organizing an event like Daughters of the Vote financially difficult. “Going forward, whether with different groups on campus, we have to make sure we’re

electing women that are good for women and calling out women who have been elected who are doing things that are bad,” Martin said. *To respect the privacy of the individual interviewed, their name has been changed.

Student unions raise students’ concerns ahead of fall federal election An open letter arguing the importance of the youth vote has been sent to party leaders on behalf of students.

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The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union has recently taken part in an effort aimed at putting important issues students face on the radar of the federal political parties. This effort has been made in collaboration with dozens of other Canadian university student unions who have

all signed an open letter addressed to Canada’s party leaders. The letter details three key issues phrased as calls to action. The calls to action are: to increase the accessibility of education by increasing grants and eliminating interest on federal student loans, to create “sustainable, high-quality jobs” for students and new graduates, as well as work-

integrated learning opportunities, and to commit to closing the gap in university attainment of Indigenous people. The letter claims that young people are “more politically engaged than ever before” in the face of collective challenges such as climate change and the responsibility to act on the findings of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report. It concludes

by reminding politicians that the largest voting bloc in this election are voters aged 18 to 38 who make up more than 37 per cent of the electorate. “When students head to the polls in October, we will be voting with these commitments, based on important student priorities, in mind,” the letter reads. “We call on you to remember the 2.5 million students, their families, and Canadian citizens who are passionate about an affordable and accessible postsecondary education system and are counting on you as their next government.“ Regan Ratt-Misponas, president of the USSU, says that the union became involved with the letter through the Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities, an informal coalition of student unions. The idea for a national letter started in Ontario with the purpose that candidates running in university constituencies "could read these [calls to action] and see the issues that students really want to see a change on,” Ratt-Misponas said. The USSU wants to get stu-

dents out to vote in the upcoming elections and will be organizing awareness efforts over the next month. This includes a forum with candidates. “Candidates of this particular riding hopefully are going to come and express their party’s values and their party’s visions of what Canada is to look like, as well as their platforms, so that students may be able to decide who they’re going to support in this upcoming election,” Ratt-Misponas said. With regards to future collaboration between Canadian student unions, Ratt-Misponas believes that there is “strength in numbers.” “I think that as students, as young people, we are a huge voting bloc and we have the opportunity to really make a change in the shape of federal politics, and in deciding who our representation should be,” Ratt-Misponas said. “In general, as students, we face many similar issues, and I think that the best way to address them is to address them together, and I think that this national letter does that in a good way.”

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NDP leader Meili looks ahead to provincial election The leader of the Saskatchewan NDP talks to the Sheaf about issues facing students ahead of the 2020 provincial elections. NYKOLE KING

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As the federal election is in full swing, Saskatchewan politics are gearing up for their impending election in just over a year. The November 2020 election holds anxiety for both parties as this will be the first time in 13 years that former premier Brad Wall is not leading the Saskatchewan Party to the polls. Saskatchewan New Democratic Party leader Ryan Meili says this is the moment his party has been anticipating. When Wall stepped down in 2017, a party leadership race was called for February 2018. Saskatchewan Party members cast a ballot to determine which Members of the Legislative Assembly in the running would earn the title of premier, with current premier Scott Moe coming out victorious. The criticism against Moe has been that he lacks charisma, especially compared to Meili. But what might benefit

the NDP more is Meili’s work on the ground to meet with voters to hear their concerns. “As we travel around the province, there’s a lot of people sharing their struggles. Lots of people are finding that with slowdown in the economy, with decades of de-investment in public services like healthcare and education, they’re hurting a lot more,” Meili said. “There’s a real sense that the Sask Party let them down.” Currently, two ridings are without elected officials after two Saskatchewan Party MLAs stepped down to run in the upcoming federal election. Saskatoon Eastview MLA Corey Tochor resigned from provincial government to run a federal campaign for the Conservatives, leaving his constituents without representation, some of which are university students. On Sept. 11, Meili called on Moe in a tweet to “do the right thing” and call a byelection, yet Moe said he will not will not go ahead a year before the general

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election due to it bearing a cost of over $700,000. The same week, Meili spent time at the University of Saskatchewan campus meeting with students. He says that the youth are going to be key to the next election. Priorities for the NDP include reinvesting in post-

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secondary institutions and students. Meili points out that with increased enrolment and provincial funding staying at the same amounts as before, funding for advanced education has been reduced by four per cent compared to in 2016. The NDP is positioning themselves as a provincial government that would increase funding to public services. Although it might not be a popular decision with taxpayers, he says it is an investment that will see benefits in the long run. “The dollars we put into this university come back to us multiple fold in increased

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economic activity but also decreased cost in healthcare, justice and social services… Those are upfront dollars but they save you a lot down the road,” Meili said. Upfront barriers to advanced education can limit students from lower socio­ -economic households but should be approached from an “equity lens,” he says. Tuition forecasting is another method he sees to help alleviate students’ financial stress. “Really, what we need is a government who is willing to look beyond the next election to the next generation,” Meili said.


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Week three NFL rundown Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes highlights this weeks’ slate of games. Week two is in the books, and the injuries are officially starting to pile up. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out for the year as he undergoes elbow surgery. New Orleans Saints QB is out for at least six weeks with a thumb injury. New York Jets QB Sam Darnold is out three to seven weeks with mononucleosis. Yes, you read that right. Continuing the list of injuries, the Philadelphia Eagles will be without their top two wide receivers in week three and possibly beyond. Alshon Jeffery has a calf strain and DeSean Jackson is dealing with a quad injury. Injuries to the Eagles defense are making them thinner up front. Defensive linemen Tim Jernigan has a broken foot and is out four to six weeks. In week one, the Eagles lost Malik Jackson for the entire season. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup requires knee surgery and is now out four to six weeks. With the most notable injuries out of the way, let us take a look through week three. TANNER MICHALENKO SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR

Tennessee Titans (-1.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars Marcus Mariota and the Titans fell to the divisional rival Indianapolis Colts at home last Sunday, 19-17. Gardner Minshew’s Jaguars came up just short against the Houston Texans. They scored with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter and decided not to kick an extra point for the tie. Instead, they went for the two-point conversion and failed. As was on display during the last Thursday night’s game, the quality of play is nowhere near it is on Sundays. Take Jacksonville as home underdogs and hope to witness some Minshew magic. Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills (-6) The Bengals got smacked at home last Sunday, losing 41-17 to the San Francisco 49ers. Josh Allen and the Bills are 2-0 after taking down both New York squads in the first two weeks, the Jets and the Giants. Cincinnati has decent talent on offense so it is just a matter of putting it all together. Six points for Buffalo is still too much to be comfortable with, even in their home opener. Stay away from this game. Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles (-7) The Lions took care of business at home last Sunday, beating the Chargers 13-10. Carson Wentz’s comeback drive came up just short on Sunday night football against the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles lost that game, 24-20. The loss of Jeffery and Jackson is a huge factor here, it forces Wentz to play with receivers he does not have chemistry with. As a result, you can’t trust the Eagles. Stay away. New York Jets at New England Patriots (-22.5) The Jets are a disaster right now. Until Darnold comes back from a wicked case of mono, which reportedly caused him to lose five pounds in a couple of days, this team is a corpse. The Patriots earned a hardly-fought victory last week, winning 43-0 against Miami’s sad excuse for a pro football team. Once again, the Patriots carry the biggest point spreads of the week. Betting on a team to cover over three touchdowns is not typically a favourable option. However, considering the state of both teams, take New England at home here. Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings (-8) Oakland played well last week against the Kansas City Chiefs up until the second quarter when Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for four touchdowns. Kirk Cousins gave away the game last week in Green Bay. He tossed an inexcusable interception in the end zone on a first down. I like the Vikings’ chances of bouncing back this week, but 7.5 points is a lot. Oakland appears to be a better team than they were last season. They might not possess the best talent but they play hard. Vikings fans absolutely should expect a victory margin large enough to cover the line, but everyone else should stay away from betting on this game. Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5) This is a must-watch game for every fan. It features two of the leagues' premier young QBs. The Ravens and Lamar Jackson earned a 23-17 win last week. Meanwhile, Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs took care of Oakland. Mahomes is an out-of-this-world talent, but Baltimore’s defense is among the league’s best. Take the Ravens on the road and root for Jackson to keep it close. Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) The Falcons took down the Eagles on Sunday Night Football last week, avoiding an 0-2 start. Jacoby Brissett played well for the Colts last week, throwing for three touchdowns in the win. This game should be very entertaining. Take the Falcons here to keep it close, but don’t be surprised if Indy squeaks out a one- or two-point win. Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers (-7.5) The Broncos had the game all but won last week against Chicago. They were up one point with under a minute left. The Bears ended up kicking a 53-yard field goal as time expired, thanks to a questionable roughing the passer penalty called on Denver. The Packers came away with a huge divisional win last week against the Vikings.

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Green Bay should beat Denver comfortably in this one, but the line is big enough to make any bettor worry. Take Green Bay and sweat it out. Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys (-21) The Dolphins have been outscored 102-10 through two games this season. Dak Prescott continues to impress for the Cowboys. He’s throwing for 674 yards on an 82.3 per cent completion rate with seven touchdowns and one interception. His team is 2-0 after a 31-21 divisional win on the road in Washington in week two. As good as the Cowboys have looked so far, covering 21 points is a lot to ask even against a Miami team that has not shown any level of competence. Cowboys fans should bet on this game but it is a stay away for everyone else. New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-6.5) The Giants look lifeless. They are now 0-2 and have finally named rookie Daniel Jones as their starting QB, so at least there is some hope now. Tampa Bay picked up a huge divisional win last week, with the odds stacked against them. Travelling to Carolina on a short week, they earned a 20-14 victory. It was the first road win from QB Jameis Winston in his last 13 starts on the road. This game is tough to call considering it is Jones’ first ever start at QB for the Giants. Let him prove himself before betting on New York. Even in saying that, betting on the Buccaneers as a near sevenpoint favourite is not something worth exploring. Stay away from this one. Carolina Panthers (-3) at Arizona Cardinals It has only been four years since Cam Newton was the most valuable player in the league, yet it seems like an eternity if you have watched him recently. Newton looked really bad last week, which prompted former NFL QB Michael Vick to predict that this season will be Newton’s last as a Panther. Despite holding a winless 0-1-1 record to start the season, take the Cardinals here to cover three points at home. Continued on pg. 6

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Continued from pg. 5 Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers (-6.5) The Steelers are 0-2 after a 28-26 loss at home to the Seattle Seahawks and their 2018 third round draft pick Mason Rudolph will be taking over QB duties with Roethlisberger sidelined for the season. Jimmy Garoppolo’s 49ers put up 572 yards in last weeks win at Cincinnati. Stay away from this one as Rudolph looked pretty good in relief last week throwing for two touchdowns. Anything can happen in this must-win game for Pittsburgh. Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers (-3) The Texans earned their first win of the season last week against Jacksonville. Meanwhile, the Chargers dropped their first game of the year to the Lions. Even as an underdog on the road, Houston is a decent bet to make as a Chargers win by at least four points would be an impressive one. New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (-4) Saints QB Drew Brees left the game last week against the Rams with his throwing thumb in a cast, he will not be playing any football for the next six or so weeks. Seattle is 2-0 after an impressive road win against the Steelers. Seahawks fans should be comfortable betting on them, but this game could be close depending on the performance of the Saints new starting QB Teddy Bridgewater. Los Angeles Rams (-4) at Cleveland Browns The Browns got back on track and beat down the Jets on the road, 23-3. Head coach Sean McVay had his team looking good last week against the Saints, a rematch of last years’ National Football Conference championship game. Typically, the home team is given three points on the point spread for home field advantage. This line tells bettors that Vegas believes the Rams are seven points better than the Browns. Vegas is probably right in saying that, but do not be surprised if the Browns cover and possibly pull off the upset as home underdogs. Chicago Bears (-4) at Washington Redskins The Bears are lucky to be 1-1 right now after a questionable penalty extended their game-winning drive last week. Washington simply could not keep up with Dallas last week, falling to 0-2 on the season. Until the Bears can show fans that they can be consistently good, do not trust them with your money. Take Washington here as home underdogs. These point spreads are courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, last updated on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.

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Victoria Becker/ Photo Editor U of S Huskies player Adam Machart evades UBC Thunderbirds as he runs towards the first touchdown of the Homecoming game on Sept. 6, 2019.

Huskie football moves to 2-1 Three weeks into the season, the Huskies are showing signs of a very good football team. TANNER MICHALENKO SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR

Head coach Scott Flory and the Huskies are hitting their stride as the Canada West football calendar inches closer to its halfway point. For the second week in a row, the Saskatchewan Huskies laid at least 40 points on the board. Week three’s 44-9 victory came against provincial rival, the University of Regina Rams. Flory pointed to the play

of quarterback Mason Nyhus and the offensive and defensive lines as a catalyst for the team’s success. "I don't know many football teams that have been successful since the dawn of football that can't control the line of scrimmage and don't have quarterback play,” said Flory. “Those two things are absolute staples and since I've had the ability to be in control of this football team, those have been our focus." The Huskies offensive line paved the way for 247 rushing yards, with 134 of those coming from running back Adam Machart, the leading rusher in the conference after three weeks. Nyhus threw for 177 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions before being pulled from the game after a hard hit that resulted in his head hitting the turf. The Regina-born QB reportedly did not leave the sideline for the remainder of the game which is a positive sign for the team. Flory still recognizes the promise that Nyhus presents as a first-year starter. “I haven’t been shy on my feelings for Mason and what he can do. The sky’s the limit. This is only his third start. I think you see the growth, and he’s a fantastic young man,” he told reporters after the game. This group is scary on the defensive side of the ball.

They have earned 11 sacks over three weeks which leads the conference. “Our defence is getting better each and every week,” Flory said after the game. “Collectively as a team, I see growth, which is good. But we’ve got a long way to go, trust me.” Defensive back Nelson Lokombo had a 98-yard interception returned for a touchdown, his second of the fourth quarter. This is the second time in as many weeks that Lokombo has brought back an interception for a touchdown from at least 90 yards out. In week two against University of British Columbia, he went 95-yards for a score. Lokombo now holds the second and third longest interception returns in the history of the Huskies. Additionally, he has broken the Huskies single season interception return yards record with 193. The Huskies’ next game is in Alberta on Saturday, Sept. 21. The 2-1 Golden Bears are coming off a 29-26 win against Manitoba, the team responsible for Saskatchewan’s only loss this year. If you’re waiting to catch this team at home, you will have to wait until the week after when the Calgary Dinos visit Saskatoon on Friday, Sept. 27.


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Experts warn against new dieting app for children In August, Weight Watchers launched a controversial diet app targeted towards youth. SHAWNA LANGER GRAPHICS EDITOR

Attempting to shift their public perception of a weightloss-oriented company to a health and wellness company, Weight Watchers rebranded to the name WW. Their recently launched diet app for children, Kurbo, is receiving backlash from medical professionals. Despite the name change, WW continues to focus primarily on reaching a ‘healthier’ Body Mass Index through weight loss and consistent weigh-ins. Kurbo’s behavioural change program targets children aged eight to 17 with a Traffic Light System that simplifies food to a good or bad label. The company claims the program is rooted in the science of nutrition and behavioural change with the primary purpose being to “inspire healthy habits for real life.” However, nutrition experts caution parents about the restrictive eating regiment stating that children are more likely to internalize harmful emotions as a result of following Kurbo’s program. On the surface, Kurbo appears to be a helpful tool to manage a child’s nutritional intake. The app’s featured Traffic Light System separates food into three categories. Green foods include fruits and vegetables and are to be eaten anytime without a limit. Yellow foods, such as lean proteins and pasta, are to be had in limited portions. With red foods, Kurbo users are urged to stop and think about eating ‘healthier’ alternatives instead. From the brief description provided by the company, this program seems like it is beneficial to monitor children’s eating habits — as the Traffic Light System indicates what food options are the ‘healthiest.’ Digging deeper into the app’s content reveals a concerning structure. Red foods might include foods high in sugar content, but they also categorize nutrientdense foods such as meatballs, almond butter, 100 per cent fruit juice, all yogurts, Cliff bars, Kind bars, bacon, and anything cooked with butter or oil, just to name a few. You can still eat foods from the red category, but the app tells its users to stop and consider how they should be budgeted in to avoid going over the limit of 36 red food items per week. The National Eating Disorders Association released a statement in response to the launch of the

Kurbo app, describing potential risks associated with tracking food with weight loss as a primary goal and how these risks are elevated without supervision from a medical professional. NEDA urges caregivers to seriously consider the grave risks associated with this type of dieting which may result in disordered eating, poor body image and a potential lifetime of weight cycling. Pediatric professionals stress that the age of children being targeted by Kurbo should experience weight gain as a normal part of growth and that a reduction in daily food intake could potentially result in permanent stunting of growth. Still, in the app, the company claims children are at low risk for developing eating disorders as a result of the program. The Sheaf reached out to WW to request information regarding the research used in the creation of their program, but WW did not respond. A number of studies have shown that adolescent dieting is one of the most important predictor of new eating disorders as well as an increase in the likelihood of future binge eating episodes. Additionally, restricting a child’s food intake while implementing weight loss goals has significant risk to hinder physiological and psychological development. Kurbo's program creates a black and white way of thinking about food for its young users. Medical experts point this out as an issue because children are more likely to correlate their performance on the app with their view of themselves in real life — this can result in fearfulness and obsessions with eating. This is exasperated by the fact that weight and BMI are not accurate health indicators — studies have shown that you can be within any weight range and still be healthy. Kurbo is marketed to parents as an educational resource to benefit their children’s health. Parents should reconsider blindly trusting Kurbo’s approach as accurate and consult a healthcare professional to engage in safe, evidence-based practices to improve wellness. The reality is that the app will cause more harm than good as professionals have said. Engaging in mindful eating while encouraging children to understand how different foods affect their energy and mood would allow children to identify what types of foods truly are the healthiest for them.

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#SheTheNorth: Andreescu inks her name in Canadian history The young tennis phenom has officially broken onto the scene as a star. TANNER MICHALENKO SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR

At 19 years old, Bianca Andreescu is quickly becoming a household name. The Mississauga native is the 2019 US Open champion after taking down arguably the greatest female athlete of all-time, Serena Williams, in straight sets, 6-3 and 7-5. Some even consider Williams to be the greatest athlete ever, period. What did Andreescu have to say immediately after the biggest moment of her young career, standing inside a venue filled with 20,000 Americans inside New York City? “I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I’m so sorry!” It was the most typical Canadian response you could draw up after an accomplishment that marked a plethora of firsts in the history of the sport. Andreescu is the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title, the first woman to win the US Open in their debut appearance, and the first player born in the 2000s to win a Grand Slam

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tournament. Lastly, after defeating Williams, her career record against the top-10 ranked players in the world stands at 8-0. Unprecedented achievements. In October 2018, Andreescu ranked 243 on the world tennis rankings. Less than a year later, after winning her first career Grand Slam, she ranks fifth in the world. “At the beginning of the year I wanted to crack the top-100, but I guess I have to start setting my goals a bit higher,” Andreescu told reporters atop the Rockefeller Center in New York City. It is hard to imagine what the second-generation Romanian immigrant is feeling right now. She has shot into complete superstardom, appearing on highprofile network television shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “At the end of the day, I’m still human, no matter what. I have amazing parents that keep me grounded,” said Andreescu. Andreescu’s parents immigrated from Romania in 1994, and she was born in Canada six

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years later. She spent her childhood between the two countries. At seven years old, she picked up her first tennis racket. By the time she was 16, she was advised to go professional. Two years later, she made her professional debut. With no Grand Slams remaining in 2019, tennis experts say

it may be too late in the year for Andreescu to become the world's number one ranked female tennis player. With or without the Women’s Tennis Association’s ranking, she’s already proven herself as the best. It is just a matter of time before it happens officially.

The year 2020 could be an even bigger one for Andreescu with an opportunity to represent Canada at the Olympics in Tokyo. After that, anything is possible for Andreescu and her climb to greatness. Bianca has a chance to be one of Canada’s greatest alltime athletes.


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The toga run: Night of 100 bed sheets The toga run is a quintessential experience for first-year students, but how much do you know about it? HEYWOOD YU

Before running across a football stadium clad only in a flimsy bed sheet, there are many thoughts that might go through a freshman's mind. Each freshman might have varying reasons why they chose to participate in the toga run. Maybe it’s peer pressure or because they received an invitation from a cute girl. Curiosity could also be a factor — the temptation to try something new. Or perhaps one might just enjoy being part of traditions. Regardless of the reason, a community is created while the runners watch and support their varsity football team is undeniable. The stage for halftime festivities is set by the football players. When the halftime finally arrives, runners realize it’s their time to shine. They gather underneath the giant inflatable dog, the sacred tunnel where the Huskies football players make their entrance. Anticipation and excitement builds. As the first person bolts out, every runner realizes it’s now or never. The huskie pups are unleashed and start dashing like their lives depend on it. There are three thoughts likely racing through their minds as they chase after each other: run, don’t fall and — most importantly — don’t make a fool of yourself. By the time their thoughts catch up with them, it’s over. “I think everybody set their personal best for 400 meter,” said Jenna Patrician, a toga runner. Although breathless and sore, they are satisfied knowing they have become part of something bigger. That’s right, it’s official: welcome to the pack. Though calling it a celebration would not be the most accurate, the toga run is a rite of passage that commemorates the newfound freedom and independence of University of Saskatchewan freshmen. Witnessed by many on the stands, it is a baptism where children become adults, first years become part of the close-knit neighbourhood of residence and the metaphorical pups are welcomed to the pack of Huskies. Runners help each other dress up in togas made out of torn bed sheets before the homecoming game. Laurel wreaths and tiedyed garments complement the theme while facepaint is added to show school spirit. Runners are

strongly advised to wear something underneath — for obvious reasons. The U of S tradition began in 1960 when a Roman-themed Welcome Week started the school year. For the entire week, approximately 1,400 freshmen observed Roman ideals of etiquette while dressed in togas. This all got abbreviated to toga run, the tradition that we are familiar with today. With the strong alumni presence at the homecoming game, it’s not a stretch to say that seeing the freshmen tear across the field in their togas would incite some nostalgia in the past U of S students. Second-year students Emma Fedusiak, Brandon Wiebe and Aleksander Aguirre are resident assistants at Voyageur Place. Like the rest of the student life team in student residence, these three are responsible for organizing the Welcome Week events including the toga run. According to Wiebe, lots of discussions and efforts were put in this year to make the toga run more entertaining and memorable for the first-year residents. “I know a couple people didn't know about it until like the actual [football] game [when] they went to the game and then saw the people running,” said Wiebe. “We kind of wanted to make it more advertised, make it a little bit more hyped, so that maybe we can get some bigger numbers.” One of these efforts was the freedom to customize the togas. Residents of Voyageur Place were allowed to decorate their togas with tie-dye this year. “So the thought behind the tie-dye was that they'd have an object that kind of unifies Voyageur Place at the Toga Run,” said Fedusiak. “They can put their own spin on, choose their own colours, but still be a symbol of VP. That’s our goal.” Participating in the toga run in front of thousands can be daunting, especially for freshmen who are unfamiliar with the environment. However, the RAs encouraged them to take part. “I don't want to push them out of their comfort zone to do something that’ll make them unhappy,” said Aguirre. “I just want to make sure people are happy in their environment but also willing to step out and try new things.“ Despite the labour they all seemed very passionate when coordinating the Welcome Week events this year, especially for the toga run which serves as the grand finale.

Heywood Yu A toga runner poses for photo while running during the halftime of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Homecoming game against the UBC Thunderbirds at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon, SK on Sept. 6, 2019.

What a difference one year can make. Last year, these green vest wearing RAs were in the same place as these freshmen. Now, they are the leaders of the pack who are organizing the events for the freshman. “Looking back now, seeing all the events we've put on and all

the stuff we've done — like door tags, everything — and seeing residents like them is super rewarding and it makes those five a.m. nights way easier,” said Wiebe. Every year, someone yarfs at the track — it’s part of the tradition at this point. Though the

yarfers might go on to be the biggest and brightest thinkers of our generation, nothing is going to change the events of that night. “Everybody does silly things when you're young,” said Patrician. “If you had all your wisdom now, it wouldn't be very fun.”

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Global roundup: What in the the first weeks of classes? The world’s biggest headlines explained.

Starting university each fall can be a whirlwind of finding classes, buying textbooks and catching-up with friends in the beer gardens after the summer break. Because these distractions in our busy personal lives can remove our attention from the plethora of events going on in the world, here is a global roundup of the biggest headlines during the first weeks of September. Unless you live under a rock, chances are you will already have heard about at least one of these international headlines. But if you haven’t — or have but still don’t really know what’s going on — this week’s feature will bring you up to speed on some of the biggest news from home and abroad. NOAH CALLAGHAN STAFF WRITER

1. Climate catastrophes set backdrop for the Global Climate Strike

This year is quickly becoming overwhelmingly characterized by its environmental disasters. Although you have probably heard about the record-breaking Hurricane Dorian and the still-blazing Amazon rainforest fires, a recent United Nations report found that climate crisis disasters are now happening at a rate of one a week. Large-scale catastrophes like hurricanes, fires and cyclones make global headlines, but smaller events like droughts and floods that cause death, destruction and displacement in developing countries gather little international attention or support. Another report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre found seven million people have already been displaced worldwide from natural disasters between January to June in 2019, a number estimated to triple to nearly 22 million by the end of the year. This estimate seems likely as the category five Hurricane Dorian that made landfall in the Bahamas on Sept. 1 has killed at least 50 people and left another 70,000 without homes. The destruction was also felt in Canada as the hurricane made its way northwards, leaving more than 108,000 homes and businesses without power in the Maritimes. Organizations like the Global Commission on Adaptation and others are urging society to recognize that climate change is no longer a problem in our distant future but an immediate global crisis needing solutions. Although Dorian may have diverted attention from the Amazon’s destruction, many of its thousands of fires reported in August are still ongoing. Environmental scientists remained concerned about the future effects the fires could have because of the Amazon’s crucial role in regulating the world’s climate by absorbing an estimated five per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions every year. International criticism is now directed at the policies of rightwing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as he initially blamed NGO environmental groups for starting the fires without evidence and then only sent military support after receiving threats of trade sanctions. According to The Washington Post, it has been revealed recently by studies of satellite data that the Amazon fires are mostly a human-made event. The areas of previously deforested sections are being intentionally burned to create land for agriculture. Between 2000 and 2014, Brazil nearly doubled its cultivable land primarily by deforestation. Bolsonaro’s new policies have accelerated the process with data showing an area the size of a soccer field being lost every minute in July. These catastrophic events set the backdrop for the Global Climate Strike happening on Sept. 20 and 27, a demonstration to bring attention to the policies worsening the climate crisis. r to The strike is being led by the famous teen Swede di E s hic Greta Thunberg who recently made a two-week, carbonrap G / r neutral voyage from England to New York City to speak at the Sh awna Lange UN Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. After, Thunberg will continue her journey to attend the march in Montreal that Friday. Currently, the #WeekForFuture movement has 117 countries registered for the strikes which will take place in over 2,500 locations internationally. Some Saskatoon citizens will be participating in the movement with a local strike at the City Hall on Sept. 27.

2. Trump cancel talks with the Taliban, leaving Afghanistan’s future unpredictable

Speaking of setting the world on fire, United States President Donald Trump has recently been adding to his erratic reputation by canceling meetings with international delegates rather unexpectedly. This August, many politicians mocked and condemned Trump’s personal decision to cancel a planned visit with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen after the country mocked his proposition to buy Greenland. However comical Trump’s refuted land deals may be, his most recent cancellation of peace talks with the Afghanistan government and the Taliban to end the 18-year conflict have serious implications for the region and the future of American foreign policy. After a year of negotiations, a draft peace agreement with the Taliban was negotiated on Sept. 2 that would have withdrawn 5,400 US troops from select bases in Afghanistan within five months of the deal being signed.

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The meeting could have led towards the ending the US’s longest running war, but it was never finalized after the Taliban claimed its second bombing in the capital city Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed 10 civilians and an American service member. Trump responded on Sept. 9 by declaring all talks as “dead,” leaving the idea of regional peace in limbo. Criticism immediately fell on Trump from members of the US administration who believe a withdrawal from the country having the potential of causing a civil war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is now at its height of power since its 2001 ousting by US-led military coalition, now controlling roughly 14.5 per cent of Afghan territory. The group’s primary objective remains with ending US occupation in the country which is what obligates them to provide safe passage for the US troops to withdraw. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen claimed Trump’s ending of negotiations without a deal were “astonishing” because the Taliban believed peace agreements had already been concluded with the US negotiating team. Concern mounts that civilians will continue to be used as targets for attacks to show the Taliban’s strength to the international community. A UN report said that 2018, with over 3,800 killed, had the highest number of civilian casualties than any year of the war’s nearly two-decade history. Following the talk’s cancellation, President Trump fired his fourth and longestserving US national security adviser John Bolton on Sept. 10. After a series of disagreements with Trump over international issues including the Taliban peace accord, Bolton was removed from the White House, leaving the future of US foreign policy unpredictable. Attention is now directed at Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to find a new settlement before the presidential elections on Sept. 28. According to financial website The Balance, the 18-year Afghanistan conflict has cost the US an estimated $975 billion US. The cost to human life has been more staggering with estimates of over 110,000 Afghans killed, nearly 2,300 US military deaths and the thousands of American veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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3. Canadian Bianca Andreescu becomes famous overnight after US Open tennis final win

In lighter news, the first weeks of September were celebrated by millions of Canadians as 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu beat Serena Williams, winning the US Open final in New York on Sept. 7. The Mississauga-born's win in the Grand Slam singles became an historic event as Andreescu became the first Canadian to ever win the championship title. Beyond her historic win, Andreescu also broke the audience record with the game being the most watched tennis broadcast on TSN ever. The match drew in 7.4 million Canadian viewers for parts of the match and an average of 3.4 million viewers for the game, making it a larger audience than the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, according to TSN. Following the tennis final, Bonnie Crombie, mayor of Mississauga, wants to give Andreescu the keys to the city and name a street after her. The mayors of both Mississauga and Toronto have also offered to host parades for the tennis superstar. Andreescu is adjusting to being in the spotlight and receiving public congratulations from an array of notable Canadians such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, NBA player Steve Nash and a belated congratulatory text directly from Drake. However, the celebrations might be suspended temporarily as Andreescu will soon return to training for the Beijing Open, held from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6. Andreescu’s rapid rise from being ranked 210th in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association to fifth, inspired her to keep working towards becoming number one. After winning $3.85 million US for her victory at the women’s singles title, it is unlikely that the tennis star will be as strapped for cash as are most Canadians her age. With such popularity, Andreescu’s future looks promising that more paycheques might follow with millions from endorsement deals.

4. Canadian federal election campaigns begin

Perhaps if you have not heard of these headlines it is from a purposeful ignorance to keep yourself sheltered from the nonsense. No matter how well your defence system is designed, for the next month you are going to be flanked by political ads for the Oct. 21 federal election. Campaigns for Canada’s 43rd general election officially began on Sept. 11 after Prime Minister Trudeau paid a visit to Governor General Julie Payette to kick off the campaign. This election will be unique because of the wide range of personalities leading each of the opposing parties. From progressive NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, to the Green Party’s climate focussed leader Elizabeth May and the Liberal’s most vocal critic, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. Over the 40-day campaign, Trudeau will argue that he deserves a second term while the three other candidates will claim the opposite by addressing the quality of leadership and the Liberal Party’s policies. A poll on Sept. 11 found the Conservatives started the election with the support of 35 per cent voters nationally with the Liberals close behind at 32 per cent, the NDP at 15 per cent and the Greens at eight per cent. Even though the Liberals have a fair shot at re-election, the prime minister’s ongoing SNC-Lavalin scandal and ethics violation is an easy target for Trudeau’s opponents. After whistleblower Jody Wilson-Raybould was interviewed by the RCMP on Sept. 10, Scheer began his campaign by accusing Trudeau of being untrustworthy. Political analysts argue that this election is marked by intense polarization and party loyalty amongst voters. One study out of McGill University called the Digital Democracy Project found that Canadians are affected by ideological polarization because of negative feelings towards members of other parties. Instead of attributing the polarization to social media, the Digital Democracy Project found that the divide might increase if parties choose to differentiate themselves by taking extreme positions on issues. Some of the most divisive issues facing Canadians that will be debated fiercely by politicians will include energy and environmental policy, trade, taxes and immigration. Although the internet might not be driving the divide, there are concerns with what role political disinformation on social media could play in the campaigns. In the age of “fake news,” disinformation and misinformation, content can be made into a variety of memes, posts and videos to be shared and sway opinions. Even though people often don’t realize that what they are sharing is false, it can lead to disinformation spreading further than the truth. Whatever your political outlook is or how passionate you are about the federal election, 2019 is an excellent opportunity for every Canadian to voice their opinion. If three intentions can guide you over the following month and a half of heightened tensions is to look at political information with a critical eye, treat everyone with the respect they deserve, even online, and to get out to vote.

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A parkour gym? In my little prairie city? A local team recently opened Saskatoon’s first dedicated parkour gym after years of building a thriving community. GAVIN ROBERTSON

When you think of parkour, your mind probably jumps to the dark ages of the late 2000s with teenagers epically failing at trivial challenges. Either that, or that one ridiculous episode of The Office. Throw your preconceptions to the wind because parkour has changed drastically since then. Saskatoon has just opened its very first parkour gym, Empire Parkour. It is owned by a Saskatchewan­ born team that has spent tireless hours performing and teaching parkour to cultivate a thriving community and amass enough coin to fulfill their dream of opening a gym. The sport developed from firefighting training in France in the 80s and has expanded globally. From megacities in Europe and Asia to residential areas in India and Kenya, the blazing inferno of parkour's popularity expanded, its flames touching people worldwide like a metaphorical Pentecost. Eventually, parkour reached the status of internet sensation and suddenly everyone wanted to know how to flip off walls and jump jaw-droppingly large roof gaps near their own homes. Plac-

es like England, Greece and Italy had cities quickly dubbed parkour hotspots as the sport caught on faster than anyone could have imagined. However, it isn’t easy for a city to have its name put on the parkour radar. In most cases, it takes intricate urban locations to jump off of — or a state-of-the-art gym. So how did our pancake of a province get one? In Saskatoon’s case, the heart of the parkour gym lies in the community. Since the late 2000s, the number of active participants in the community has only grown. Saskatoon gained the reputation of one of Canada’s highly active parkour communities, attending national events year-round with friends from across the country. Fast forward to the present day and we see all those years of community manifesting in a physical way — a gym, right here in Saskatoon. Empire Parkour opened its doors for the first time to the general public on Sept. 7, 2019. The immaculate structures, rock­-solid bar cage, plethora of portable boxes and rail trainers effortlessly supported well over 100 experienced athletes, over-eager kids — and yes, even some slightly skeptical adults. The culmination of years of work and one incredibly

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labour-intensive summer full of 12- to 14-hour work days led to a fruitful opening day to kick off what the team hopes will be the start of countless years in business. You’re probably thinking these trained athletes obviously enjoy exploring the new parkour gym down to its seams, but how are normal folk supposed to find things to do in such a space? There must be some safer option, no? Maybe somewhere that offers a similarly exhilarating experience minus the

hard surfaces, and perhaps with a gentler learning curve? We’ve all seen the videos of people walking on skyscrapers and abundance of cringe­ inducing fails that blow up online and this might give the impression that parkour is for those with no inhibitions, fear or pain receptors. I assure you from first-hand experience, the folks at Empire Parkour have safety at the forefront of their minds. Their tailored curriculum highlights safe procedures and softer ground-

work before anything else — you learn to fall, build basic spatial awareness and practice body control before attempting more advanced movements. Parkour’s metamorphosis has been more spectacular and far larger than ever anticipated considering its humble origins. It created a space for one of the most welcoming athletic communities. So give this extreme sport a shot right here in your own city. Exercise can be so boring — why not spice it up a bit?

LB5Q shakes up tradition for its 50th anniversary The annual back-to-school bash is moving to a Friday this year. NYKOLE KING

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Continued from cover Hosting a massive party is no small feat, but Edwards School of Business has a culture of self-sufficiency, and the EBSS embodies that mentality by budgeting and coordinating all the logistics to pull off LB5Q. Gareth Royeppen, a fifthyear human resources student and an organizer for the event, says attendees can anticipate a surprise at the event. While he wasn’t able to elaborate on the details, he let it slip that there was a strong likelihood of confetti cannons and 1,800 glow sticks being involved. Students can anticipate a

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high energy event with stage alternating between three DJs. At the bar, students can soothe their remorseful binge drinking by purchasing charity shots and feel good that part of their purchase will be going towards a charity of the EBSS’s choice. The date is set for Sept. 20, doors open at 8 p.m. and last call is at 1:15 a.m. That’s five hours to get your full LB5Q experience. My advice? Plan your night accordingly and pre-drink prior to arriving. Don’t get so rowdy that you get kicked out. Things you need to bring to LB5Q: two pieces of identification, your cell phone, keys and cab money. Avoid getting your flask getting confiscated by security by just leaving it at home.

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Since before the days of the suffragettes, women have been fighting to have their voices heard. Armed with an all-female cast and crew and a few props, this local theatre company has joined that fight. Ferre Play Theatre is a Saskatoon-born company that is fighting to give women more opportunities in the world of theatre. Birthed in the wake of an all-female production of J. Caesar put on by Shakespeare on

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the Saskatchewan in 2016, the theatre is now making waves in the theatre community. The company was formed as a reaction to the lack of opportunities for women in theatre and is zealous in their pursuit of the development of female­ identifying and non-binary artists in the community. Their inaugural production, an adaptation of The Penelopiad by Margeret Atwood, tells the tragic story of Queen Penelope and her 12 maids. It is a retelling of Homer’s epic poem Illiad that highlights the plight of the wom-

en who were left behind while Homer was off fighting Trojans and cyclopes alike. The Penelopiad brings to the limelight the tales of women who were often afterthoughts in the stories of the exploits of men. This is a fitting first production as bringing women into the spotlight is one Ferre Play’s goals. Heather Morrison is one of the five founders of Ferre Play Theatre and plays Helen in the production. Speaking on the power of representation, Morrison says that a company like

Ferre Play is important, especially to a younger generation. “When we see strong women and we see women succeeding and we see women as the heroes, it changes us and we can see ourselves in that role,” Morrison said. “And what we really hope to do for younger generations is say … there's going to be an opportunity here.” “It’s a different energy in the room when it’s only women,” Morrison said. “It was mind-blowing to just be in the room with women and [have] all these things that you didn't know that you had inside yourself come forward,” she said. “It’s exhilarating to see what women can create together.” Alongside their five pillars of integrity, courage, inclusion, passion and innovation, Ferre Play also values the powers of “womxnhood and strength” — these are their raisons d'être according to their website. Making the stories of women heard is a priority of the company and adds to the aptness of The Penelopiad as their first production. “There's so much more to [the women’s] story… Here, we are saying women have been fucked over, women are getting fucked over,” she said. “Here's a story of these women; let’s make their story important. And one that needs to be heard.” One challenge that the theatre has faced from critics is the idea that by creating an all-female theatre company, they are excluding men and further perpetuating the lack of equality that they claim to be fighting. Morrison’s rebuttal to this is clear — if there was no need for the company, it would not exist. “Anything that challenges the status quo can be threatening to people … and when you have a group of people that have always belonged to any place they go, it’s difficult to have a place where their needs aren’t the priority,” Morrison said. Ferre Play Theatre also features accessible ticket pricing, where you are allowed to pay what you

can afford. Tickets are $10, $20 or $50, and the buyer chooses the price they want to pay based on what they can afford. “If you can afford more, you get a $50 ticket because you're supporting women in theatre and so far it's balancing out. The people that have money are basically supplementing the tickets for the people that don't,” said Morrison. “It's amazing.” We’ve come a long way from the olden days of Shakespeare when it was illegal for women to be on stage, but the existence of companies like Ferre Play proves that the equality of women in theatre still has a ways to go. Moving forward, Ferre Play Theatre will continue making waves with their implicit activism — and hopefully, towards a successful end. “I hope that there is some collective sense of community or alignment that happens because people can have this experience,” Morrison said. “[The Penelopiad is] not a happy tale … it's bad. But it's also beautiful. And it's cathartic as well.”


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When the smoke clears: Hazards of vaping apparent after six deaths, multiple illnesses Warnings about vaping have been circulating for years. There is a possibility that the illnesses could be tied to counterfeit vaping cartridges that are using vitamin E acetate as a thickening agent. But the use of these cartridges can’t be tied back to all the patients. While traditional cigarettes have been linked to a myriad of illnesses — from cancer to lung diseases like COPD — it can take decades before the health effects of chronic smoking appear. The majority of vaping-related illnesses appear to be affecting very young, healthy individuals — many who may have only been vaping for a few years at most. And while the illnesses experienced from cigarette smoking are mostly chronic and appear gradually over time, these vaping-related illnesses seem to appear devastatingly quick. Patients report shortness of breath, chest pain and cough, with symptoms lasting for six days before many sought medical care. Many were admitted to in-

tensive care units and needed breathing support — like a ventilator. The illness appears to be a collection of pneumonias, acute respiratory distress syndrome and alveolar hemorrhage. In response to the outbreak of illnesses, many users are throwing out their Juuls and other vaping devices but have found quitting to be difficult. These pods and many vaping liquids contain nicotine, the addictive substance that is associated with cigarettes. The CDC is advising that people quit vaping until they have isolated the cause behind the illness. Could this crisis have been avoided by stricter regulation and better public health messaging around vaping? Or is it a case of chemical contamination in the cartridge supply chain? These are questions that may take months or years to answer. It’s clear that we should be weary of anything that claims to be a safer alternative without any evidence backing that claim.

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Vaporizers that deliver a dose of nicotine or cannabis have been popular since 2010 and warnings of their potential health effects have been circulating ever since. Over the past few months, the damage done by these devices has become startlingly apparent. Six deaths and hundreds of illnesses have been reported across the United States and they all appear to be linked to vaping. Vaping has long been considered a safe alternative to smoking. It was marketed as a way for smokers to wean themselves off cigarettes, but many adolescents began picking up a vape without ever lighting up. And while cigarette smoking has steadily decreased over the past few decades, vaping has risen significantly — especially among young populations. It’s simply a case of trading one vice for another. Vaporizers deliver a dose of

when we inhale a cloud of vapor. It goes down smooth and often tastes like candy. But if we go back several decades, cigarettes themselves were marketed as physician-tested and endorsed products. It took years — and numerous deaths — for us to learn just how harmful smoking was. The deadly vaping crisis that has erupted over the past month is unprecedented but not surprising. For years, whispers of vaping-related illnesses such as ‘popcorn lung’ have been circulating. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe that 380 people in the United States are affected by these vaping-induced illnesses. Six people have died, and that count may rise. The CDC believes that these cases are associated with chemical exposure but couldn’t narrow down the cause. Not all of those affected were vaping the same substances — many were using THC, half were using nicotine and a small percent were using CBD products.

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your favourite substance — whether that’s nicotine, THC or CBD — in a vapour cloud, eliminating harsh smoke. The vapor is produced when a mixture of liquids used to dissolve the substance-du-jour are heated. These liquids are solvents like propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, so you are still inhaling chemicals each time you take a puff. The illusion of safety comes from both our knowledge of cigarette smoking and our lack of knowledge about vaping. When we inhale cigarette smoke, we are not just taking tobacco and nicotine into our lungs but dozens of different chemicals that can damage our lungs and enter our bloodstream. There is also the unmistakable harshness of smoke entering our airways. The chemicals in vaping cartridges haven’t been the target of 54 years of public health messaging. We can’t all rattle off what’s inside of them and recite why they may be detrimental to our health. We also don’t get that same harsh assault on our throat and lungs

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Dystopia now: Looking at the world through the lens of speculative fiction Tale, was overtaken by authoritarian rule is because the people were not openly and actively engaged in the issues of their world. Their ignorance led to overlooking minute changes gradually made in the society’s foundation, and inevitably led to uncompromising government control. “We lived, as usual, by ignoring. Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it,” said Offred. His words are a grave reminder that we need to be aware of the events around us. The fact is, our world is thriving with information and opinions. We endlessly consume books, movies, shows, podcasts, articles and journals — only it’s become much more habitual to let ourselves be spoon-fed by the mediums from which we take. The problem is that we become passive citizens in societies hungry for order and constitution. Societies that, although in the pursuit of a better tomorrow for all, frequent the path of becoming too blinded by the goal of a perfect world to consider the consequences of their hasty actions.

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Speculative fiction is a literary genre encompassing elements from fantasy, science fiction and horror. However, one branch of the genre that is startlingly relevant in today’s world explores the theme of dystopian societies. George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, has long since been hailed as one of the most controversial yet extraordinary novels to date. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is another literary masterpiece brimming with profound themes and questions. Despite their place in fiction, these titles craft realities dangerously close to our own. We can learn a lot about our world — past, present and future — from these stories. A prominent theme in 1984 is that language is power. This is represented by Big Brother’s obsession with diminishing language. The protagonist, Winston, tells us: “How do you communicate with the future? Words.” Today, we take our ability to read, write and communicate

for granted. Only when that ability is limited do we realize how powerful language is. A strategy used by governments in both 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale is to limit language and the spread of thought. Eerily, this strategy is an all-too-familiar one of many current governments. Since its debut, 1984 has been banned in the United States and a number of other countries branded it as being either anti- or pro-communist. The Handmaid’s Tale offers another warning that we should heed. The protagonist, Offred, says, “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom.” The quote symbolizes ignorance in society, a detrimental notion that gradually gives way to totalitarian regimes. While many of us are exposed to the media in different forms — now more than ever — we often take little consideration of the issues presented unless they affect us directly. A major reason Gilead, the society in The Handmaid’s

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I’ll sign off with words of wisdom from Malcolm X, who saw the influence of the media during the American Civil Rights movement. In today’s world, it is as influential as ever.

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“The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

So you’re getting an arts degree? If you’re an arts major, it’s likely that you have had other people question your future. ASHLEY LEKACH

Continued from cover For the snarky reply, please try, "I may have the most generic of all degrees, but that just means I can do anyone's job — including yours." Trust me. This will throw them for a loop, and you can quietly sneak a way while they try and think of a come-back. If you're going for a witty response, nihilism is rather trendy at the moment. Try formulating a response that is just a bit selfdeprecating but make it punchy. People can’t successfully knock you down if you beat them to it. Wit and snark aren’t your style? You can always take the high road away from this conversation. If you want to be polite you can simply say, “You are quite right. That would be accurate." Your blatant honesty will stop the conversation dead. Of course, we can’t forget about the existential dread that haunts

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Riley Deacon A U of S student sits on heating vents in the Arts Building on Oct. 5, 2018.

us, and to really drive home the sheer panic of it all while also planting a seed of a hopeless

future for your critique, simply say, "In this economy, do any of us have plans for the future?"

If you find any of the above mildly relatable, then you too — yes, you — probably have

been asked the dreadful question: so, you're getting an arts degree?


A platform for your voice Write for the Sheaf. ERIN MATTHEWS OPINIONS EDITOR

For the past 107 years, the Sheaf has been a place where students could share their voice. In the first edition of the paper published in November 1912, John A. Rae, the first Editor­-in-Chief, wrote an editorial about what he believed to be the purpose of the paper. “The Sheaf then, is primarily a student’s magazine. It is under the control of the Students’ Council. Its aim is to give utterance to the many sided interests of a modern state university,” Rae wrote. In that very first paper, important issues were explored by students. One could find the voices of students from agriculture to arts and science. Colleges within the freshly minted University of Saskatchewan

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were represented within the pages. From the very beginning, the “Athletics” section, the precursor to our “Sports & Health” section, covered the football club and other activities in and around campus. There was room for creative expression. Satirical poems and jokes could be found scattered through the edition. One could find a birth announcement for the calf of the famous Holstein cow, Blanche Butter Boy de Kol. A note of sympathy for a professor’s loss was left beneath. The paper was a reflection of the university at the time — a new institution that inspired prairie students. The Sheaf hoped to do the same. But from the beginning it had mixed reviews. “We have already received

many criticism of our first issue, some favourable, some otherwise, but all helpful and suggestive,” a December 1912 editorial statement revealed. After 107 years, there is still room for growth, improvement and, of course, criticism. Write to us and tell us why you hate the Sheaf, challenge an article that you didn’t agree with by writing a response to that piece or share your voice, your passions and your ideas. From the beginning the Sheaf’s mission was to amplify the voices of the campus community. This is still the goal today. So, share your thoughts, tell us your stories, be creative, be passionate, educate us. These pages are for you.

Throwback Thursday Found in the 50th volume of the Sheaf published on Sept. 16, 1960

To submit an article, visit https://thesheaf.com/contribute/

Letter to the Editor: Response to “Lawsuit against university comes to an end, public shares concerns,” published Sept. 12 Dear Sheaf: Kudos to you, and especially Noah Callaghan, for your piece about the Academic Integrity Group’s lawsuit against the U of S, and its forced abandonment because of the financial burden on the suit’s sponsors (myself included)… Instead of flipping classrooms, the U of S leadership seems intent on flipping academic freedom to mean the right to conceal rather than the right to reveal the substance and import of academic exchanges. In preferring to litigate rather illuminate, the V-P and others waste scarce resources while damaging … the reputation of an institution recently well on its way to recovery from the Buckingham scandal and its prodigious aftermath. Dr. Chad fails to comment on the irony … of a School of Public Policy using an unnecessary [rule] … to protect from campus and public scrutiny discussions bearing on matters of public health, academic integrity, and the public interest. The U of S invokes considerations of privacy and confidentiality to dignify while masking a culture of concealment… In its pursuit of excessive redaction rather than circumspect disclosure, the U of S irresponsibly casts a cloud of suspicion over many fine and scrupulous researchers on our campus and on the value of degrees earned by our students in areas of public policy, food security, and even food sovereignty. Our university should not function as a shilling station for corporate interests and as an almost contemptuous antagonist of the provincial Information and Privacy Commissioner whose recommendations in the matter of “Managing Research and the Right to Know” it contested so arrogantly in court. This is “The University the World Needs”, yes — to be much more transparent! The U of S may be entitled to be proud of its “Defenders” — but surely not of its rash defence of the arguably indefensible. As in the past, overzealous brand protection may come back to haunt its leading promoters. As in the past, they cannot claim they were not warned. Len Findlay M.A. D.Phil. D.Litt. F.R.S.C. Distinguished Professor Emeritus University of Saskatchewan

Letter to the Editor: A new piano would be appreciated Dear Editor: For four years now, I have witnessed the piano in the first floor entrance foyer of the Arts Building go from poor to better condition and then back again. After tuning, it sounds reasonable at best, and would not attract most music students to sit down and share their talents with us. I enjoy doing this, but have to be very careful to avoid clunker notes which can quickly spoil the moment. The piano seems to be in poor condition and may not be worth spending thousands on to make improvements. I wonder if a replacement could be found which sounds better and can be safely stored overnight and weekends so it is not subject to vandalism. Who knows, maybe the music students will stop by occasionally. They’re way better than me. Sincerely, Adrian Janssens

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Should you participate in cuffing season?

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Have you recently acquired any pets to deal with your loneliness?

A. Yes, I recently adopted two feral cats and am attempting to domesticate them. B. I am definitely emotionally dependent on my 17-year-old dog whom I would be verklempt and distraught without. C. Alas, my childhood pet was recently put down and I am overcome with grief and in a state of eternal perdition. D. No. E. I do have a pet, but it is more for companionship than to fill a void.

Have you dealt with your childhood emotional trauma?

A. I don’t think my childhood really affects me any more. It was so long ago. B. I have an arsenal of coping mechanisms that keep me afloat. We don’t have to talk about whether they’re healthy or not. C. I don’t think I experienced any childhood trauma. D. No. E. Yes.

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A. Does wheeling count? B. Bold of you to assume I’m able to trust someone that much. C. No, but I'm open to the idea. D. Yes. E. No.

How many hoes do you have on the side?

A. I think hoe is a strong word. I like to refer to them as my flavours of the month. B. I’m not sure how I would approach starting that sort of relationship with someone. C. I’ve thought about it, but no. D. I don’t see how that information is relevant to the quiz. E. None.

How willing are you to forsake them all for your one true winter fling? A. Ehhhhhhh. B. Extremely willing, considering the fact that I don't have any. C. Very. D. Not really. E. Anything for my one true fling.

Mostly As - Probably not.

Take some time to get your priorities straight. Go on a long walk and think about what you really want in life. You’re young, wild and free — and if you’re not, do you really have time for another mistake of a relationship?

Mostly Bs - See a therapist.

Self-love is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Learn to enjoy having some alone time and work towards personal growth. Sit this cuffing season out, maybe. Take a break, stop and smell the flowers. Maybe seek out a flavour of the month if you’re really feeling lonely.

Mostly Cs - Better not to tell you now.

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You have some decisions you need to make. Take a day off, crack open a cold one with the boys and figure out what exactly it is that you want.

Mostly Ds - All signs point to “God, no.”

Listen here. Are you sitting comfortably? Good, because you’ll want to be sitting for this one. If you need a quiz to tell you not to get into a relationship with all the baggage you’re carrying, I don’t know how to help you. Get a grip.

Mostly Es - As I see it, yes.

You’ve handled all your affairs accordingly are in an emotionally mature state. You are ready to commit to a healthy fall fling — and who knows, maybe it will extend past cuffing season into a full-fledged relationship.


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