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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Amanda Shendruk | editor@thefulcrum.ca | (613) 562 5261

Disapproval and disgust

I WOULD LIKE to be the first to express my abject disapproval and disgust at the blatant misuse of student funds that was perpetrated by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). When I picked up my Ottawa Citizen today, it was made public that our “trustworthy” elected body used OUR money to hire a bus to take some student activists to Toronto. There is no way that this thievery can be justified. They are the largest advocates on campus for cheaper tuition, and they then proceed to use some of the money they steal from us to send a handful of students on a lovely little civil disobedience field trip. It may be a relatively small amount, but even a dollar is too much for me. The entire body, especially Tyler Steeves and the treasurer, should be ashamed of themselves. James Wood Fourth-year history student Polite larceny Re: SFUO sends bus to G20 (News, July 22) THE ABUSE OF funds allocated to student services that were instead used to transport 50 people to protest in Toronto is appalling. The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa’s (SFUO) President Tyler Steeves has been unapologetic throughout this polite larceny—one founded on the faith that Federation bill-payers will eventually benefit from the presence of those mystery 50 at the G20 and G8 protests in Toronto. When his attention has returned to tangibly improving student life, I look forward to his answering these four questions. Since the budgets for the Foot Patrol, Women’s Resource Centre, Pride Centre, and Student Appeals Centre were raided: 1) How many students will go without safe walks to their homes this year? 2) How many women will go without self-defence workshops and peer listening/referral for crises? 3) How many hours of outreach, advocacy, and equity work will have to be cut from the Pride Centre? 4) How many students suffering academic injustices will be turned away from the Student Appeals Centre due to lack of staff ? Students will not cease to be outraged until the money is back where it belongs—serving students’ needs on our campus. I suggest the bill for the bus ride be footed by the SFUO execs themselves, who could in turn collect it from those who were on the bus. $1,000 divided among them works out to approximately $167 per exec, which surely wouldn’t

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have that large of an impact considering the $30,000 salaries, free tuition, and free cell phone services provided to them by Federation members. Nicolas Fleet Fourth-year economics student Words can stigmatize Re: Perpetuating madness since 1942 (Masthead, July 22) IN THE SUMMER edition of the Fulcrum, the editors followed the newspaper’s long-standing tradition of nicknaming its staff and contributors. For those of you who missed this edition, or did not make it to page 19, the services of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) believe that the Fulcrum’s thematic use of terms, which can and have been used to describe individuals with mental health issues, was both inappropriate and offensive. For example, the use of adjectives such as “mental,” “demented,” and “psycho” stigmatizes individuals dealing with very real mental health issues. By using potentially discriminatory language such as this, you delegitimize the quality of your newspaper while also illustrating a disregard for your audience. Since students on our campus face a variety of mental health concerns, the theme you have chosen may be interpreted as a trivialization of mental health issues. As writers and editors, we hope you would understand that language houses a significant degree of power. While we do not know the context in which this theme was chosen, using loaded vocabulary and labels such as “deranged” or “senile” can generally be interpreted as not only an insult, but as a way of isolating individuals. Furthermore, by using language like this in a casual setting you are perpetuating a cycle that associates a negative perception with mental health issues and individuals who have mental health concerns. While it is common to say something such as “I have had a crazy day,” which is considered appropriate in most contexts, it crosses a line when these terms are used to describe people. Another point to consider is that this use of vocabulary is counter-productive to the Mental Health Campaign, which is being promoted both by multiple SFUO services and the University of Ottawa. With that, one of the ongoing mandates of this campaign is to work towards destigmatizing mental health issues and this section of the Fulcrum does the exact opposite. As a means of acknowledging how this choice of language has been interpreted as offensive, we request this issue be discussed among your editors. Furthermore, we look forward to seeing a retrac-

tion written and printed in the Fulcrum’s following issue, noting an apology to the readers of the newspaper for printing nicknames that are inappropriate and disrespectful. Finally, should you choose to maintain the tradition of nicknaming your staff and contributors, we hope that you will guarantee a refrain from using any language which proves to stigmatize any group of people. Peer Help Centre Centre for Students with Disabilities Sustainability Centre Foot Patrol Bilingualism Centre The Bike Coop Pride Centre International House Women’s Resource Centre The Mental Health Campaign Allan Rock’s austerity LABOUR DISPUTES ARE messy business, especially for working students. Contracts with professors are short and departments are small, so why cause a fuss? Better to play the hand you’re dealt and hope for glowing letters of recommendation when you hit the job market. Th is is precisely the sort of rationale the Allan Rock administration is banking on from its student workers. Looking to fi nance its 2010–11 budget deficit, the Rock administration has decided to pass its shortfall on to working students. The math is simple: a 4.3 per cent tuition hike and a 0 per cent increase in wages means that the university is taking more and paying out less, thus reducing its deficit by dipping into the real wages and savings of its student workers. Student workers at the University of Ottawa, however, are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 2626. Yet, Allan Rock has managed to convince himself that because the collective agreement between student workers and the university expires this year, student workers represented by CUPE 2626 are no longer “unionized,” even though they continue to pay union dues. How else can he justify unilaterally imposing a wage freeze on student salaries before agreeing to a new collective agreement? The usual bargaining etiquette in the time between agreements is to honour the commitments of the previous agreement until a new settlement is reached. Certainly Allan Rock, by imposing his Resource Optimization Plan (ROP) on students before sitting down with them at the bargaining table, has little regard for such etiquette. Th is is odd because the fi rst stated objective of the ROP is to “enhance the University experience,” though one wonders,

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contents Collect them all, then trade! 6–7 The Fulcrum presents your SFUO and GSAED student reps as handy playing cards

State of the GeeGee nation 14–15 Jaehoon Kim analyzes the upcoming varsity sports season

Burlesque circus 17 101 Week gets new sexy and artistic event on the program

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Hisham Kelati takes a trip into the dark and dirty world of Chatroulette

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for whom? The easy answer might be for students, and Mr. Rock did highlight several objectives to which his administration was committed for the sake of such enhancement, including the maintenance of current levels of payouts to scholarships and/or fi nancial assistance. Yet, such measures are hardly a commitment to enhancing student experience. They simply disguise a commitment to the status quo as some sort of “achievement” while raising the cost of said experience to boot. What this betrays is not a commitment to students, but to a certain type of student—namely, paying students (i.e., clients) who give money to the university, demand little in return, and, hence, deserve what the university has been offering for years anyhow (though at inflated cost). In short, student workers at this university have become what the middle class are nationally and internationally— a relatively stable and easy-going section of the populace whose wages can be systematically gouged through a series of cherry-picking “austerity measures.” Th is is what the ROP really is—a set of policies designed to put money back in the hands of the fiscal leaders whose failed leadership has elicited conditions for recession in the fi rst place. Student workers, so the Rock administration’s reasoning goes, just want to get their degrees and get out; many are even grateful for any fi nancial help, and therefore unlikely to cause a fuss. Who better to gouge, then, when times get tough? Amir Khan Department of English PhD Candidate

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NEWS EDITOR Katherine DeClerq | news@thefulcrum.ca | (613) 562 5260

rises to stardom Lisa Laflamme takes over for iconic Lloyd Robertson as the face of Canadian news Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff

THE COUNTRY WATCHED in awe as Lloyd Robertson, CTV’s lead news anchor of 35 years, announced his plan to step down from the news desk. In response, on July 9, Lisa Laflamme, longtime field reporter and regular fi ll-in anchor, was appointed the new persona of Canada’s national news. A University of Ottawa alumnus, Laflamme’s passion for journalism has led her through war zones, elections, natural disasters, and the world Olympics. Having worked for CTV since 1988, Laflamme was an ideal candidate to replace Robertson. The Fulcrum was given an opportunity to speak with Laflamme about her experience and the series of events that took her from a university radio station to the news anchor of CTV National. The Fulcrum: What did you study at the University of Ottawa? Lisa Laflamme: I studied communication. I knew I wanted to be a journalist, but I wanted to go to a school that was bilingual. That is why I chose the University of Ottawa. Were you involved in campus life at all? Were you involved with any student newspapers? I did write a few things for the Fulcrum, but mostly I worked for CFUO [now called CHUO]. That was where I seemed to really tap into something. I used to love ... going to the National Arts Centre whenever someone I liked or was a fan of was coming and just interview people. I had a show called “Culture Bunker” and another called “Stop Praying.” It was a lot of fun. Why did you choose to go into journalism? I don’t ever remember a time where I thought [journalism] wasn’t what I wanted to do. I was writing my entire life. I remember writing stories as a kid, and I know for sure that in grade 9, when you had to tell your guidance counsellor what you wanted to be when you grew up, I said I wanted to be a journalist. I have always loved telling people stories. How did you start your career? I started when I graduated. The only experience I had was the university radio stations, and I thought I ... would get a job right away. But it doesn’t work that way. The only job I could get when I graduated was four hours on a Sunday and Saturday taking time codes out of a TV station in Kitchener-Waterloo and writing 15-second copy stories on what-

ever was happening internationally. Then I got another job in radio ... on a Saturday night the TV reporter called in sick. I had just done the radio shift from 4 a.m. to noon and the assignment editor looked at me and said “Laflamme, you’ve got to work tonight.” I had never done a television story in my life. The very fi rst story I covered was a psychic fair.

I learned a lot by the freedom [the University of Ottawa] gave me. And I carried that with me through the work force —the notion of “well sure, if you think you can dig something up, go do it.

How do you feel about taking over for Lloyd Robertson? That is the most daunting thing. I mean, 35 years—I have watched this man since I was in grade 6. And it is at times surreal because it is [Robertson], and he is an icon in this country. I know this is cliché, but I feel honoured ... he has been here for so many years and he is CTV news to a large degree. Where do you think journalism, specifically broadcasting, will be in the future? Especially with this hype over social media and the “dying industries”? I think there will always be a use for it, particularly here in Canada. We are a country of news junkies. When people say that television is a dying industry, I kind of laugh because we get 1.5 million viewers every night ... The real question is what can the last news cast of the day bring to the table, to give you another layer that you wouldn’t have found in a headline on Google News. I think that is what we do ... we provide context and I think that will never die. Is it important for students to listen/ watch/read the news? Absolutely! First of all, I can’t even remember a time in my own life when I wasn’t reading the newspaper or in touch with what was happening. I think it makes us rounded [people]—knowing not just what is happening on campus, but in the city where the school is ... It is critical, critically important for people to broaden their horizons and not just look at their own tiny little piece of earth. What advice would you give young communication students at the U of O? The best advice I could give is stick with it, because in 1988 when I graduated there were mass layoffs in the industry and it looked like you were crazy if you went into [journalism] ... This is a weird business and... if you love it, you stick with it. The advice is: Don’t be discouraged too quickly. It is worth it. It is an important business to reflect honestly the world around us. Stick with it and don’t give up. f

Posing for the Camera U of O alumna Lisa Laflamme is CTV’s newly appointed anchor.

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Position: Student Life Commissioner, Graduate Student Association

SFUO & GSAÉD trading cards Trade with your friends and collect them all!

Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: The biggest project I want to get done is the student referendum for the new student centre. I was part of that in my first mandate, and I came back for my second mandate to see the project through. If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: Event Planning 101. What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: Wile E. Coyote. He’s always got these plans that are really out there and sometimes it seems like it’s going to work, sometimes it doesn’t. But he’s very creative—and he keeps coming back.

Briana Hill | Fulcrum Staff

Position: External Affairs Commissioner, Graduate Student Association

Position: University Affairs Commissioner, Graduate Student Association

Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: Graduate issues such as “open access,” “commercialization,” and “intellectual property” need to be made sexier to draw students in and increase engagement.

Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: To ensure the rights of the students at the university are protected.

If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: A class on social movements and education. Looking at how these things came to be, why they exist, and what their results have been as [they] vary from one province or country to another. What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: To take a recent example, I’d say I’m like Scott Pilgrim ... in that, even in the face of incredible adversity, I am ready to fight for our rights—although probably without the cool sword.

What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: I’d say Brain [from Pinky and the Brain]. Not necessarily on the Machiavelli side, but I think that having projects that are huge and over the top—wanting to devote myself 100 per cent to one project ... that would be the one.

Position: Finance Commissioner, Graduate Student Association

Position: Internal Commissioner, Graduate Student Association

Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: Transparent practices with structured accountability. Also, break-even of the Café.

Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: Increase participation of graduate students in GSAÉD. That means people at a general assembly, people at councils, increasing the number of people who attend, increasing the number of observers.

If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: Accounting or statistics. Having facilitated and TAed in the past, [I] fi nd numbers very grounding and firm. What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: Scrooge. Just a little too focused on the budget line. Tough for me to get outside the numbers.

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If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: I think that one of my biggest dreams would be to have a university class based on environmental philosophy.

If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: As a joke, organizational management. The irony of me, who I’d say is not very well organized, more of a procrastinator ... it would be like the shoemaker’s son who’s poorly shod. What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: Eeyore. I can be really melancholic, but I do definitely have a joking, teasing side. Either that or Wolverine, for reasons related to build and hair.

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Position: President, Student Federation of the University of Ottawa

Position: VP University Affairs, Student Federation of the University of Ottawa

Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: Create an online calendar that is fantastic. All events, academic dates, information pertinent to students, all in one place, accurate, and up to date.

Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: Improving the Rabaska system to include features like a waiting list and easier scheduling.

If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: I’m torn between Finding Your Passion 101 and Following Your Passion 102. What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: Curious George, because we both have brown hair.

If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: POL4300: City politics in Canada. What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: Rupert Bear. He’s adventurous, honorable, and inquisitive— three traits that should be admired. What’s more, he has fantastical adventures and still gets home in time for tea.

Position: VP Social, Student Federation of the University of Ottawa

Position: VP Student Affairs, Student Federation of the University of Ottawa

Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: I would like to double the amount of participation for Winter Challenge.

Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: Provide more resources to clubs.

If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: I would teach a class called “How to take over the world.” What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: The Brain (From Pinky and The Brain), so I could teach my class!

Position: VP Communications, Student Federation of the University of Ottawa Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: I strive to create a student experience, where whether you study on the north side, south side, Lees, or RGN, you are aware and have access to all the services the SFUO provides. If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: I would teach public speaking. What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: I would be the original Rogue of X-Men. Not only do I adore her southern accent, [but] Rogue always looks out for her X-Mates.

If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: Defence against the Dark Arts. What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: I would say Pikachu because I like adventures, am a loyal friend, and aspire to one day shoot lightning from my cheeks.

Position: VP Finance, Student Federation of the University of Ottawa Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: Create free income tax clinics led by students, for students. If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: Sustainable transportation. What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: Alice in Wonderland. She is a strong, determined, female warrior who is curious and believes a better world is possible.

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Campus candidate competes in mayoral race U of O student hopes to win on a fund-less campaign Carleton student also participates in municipal election

Potential mayor of Ottawa

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U of O student and mayoral candidate Eric Romolock is pictured above with his cat. Dani-Elle Dube | Fulcrum Contributor

A UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa student may make his mark in municipal politics on Oct. 25. Eric Romolock, a third-year political science student at the U of O, is one of the youngest mayoral candidates to enter the election this year. As a student, he is holding a unique fund-free campaign geared towards young citizens invested in social change. “I want to bring new ideas to the table, get votes, and hopefully have people looking at the city differently by the end [of the] election,” said Romolock. Although Romolock stated that he has no previous leadership experience, he believes he can compete with the rest of the candidates through his platform, which strongly promotes the issue of transit affordability and accessibility. “The cost [of the U-Pass] is quite a bit for the services given … I’m all for encouraging the use of city transportation, but the fact that it’s forced upon everybody is something I don’t really agree with.” Romolock also believes that promoting alternative modes of transportation, such as bicycling, will encourage a more environmentally friendly city. In order to do so, Romolock would create more bike lanes and buttons for bicycles at traffic lights. Repairing the fiscal responsibility of the city is another issue addressed by Romolock’s campaign; he wants to create new jobs.

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“I don’t like waste … All the overtime that the city pays in [working] staff could be going towards giving someone a new job, even if it is just a part-time job.” Romolock’s vision for Ottawa’s future also includes an art-friendly atmosphere. He hopes to provide more space for street artists, high school theatre programs, and local festivals. “As a city, you can only really provide the tools. I want to provide more space for artists. There are all these sports centres, but nothing for arts,” explained Romolock. “Festival-wise, it’s up to the people to decide what they want. It would be nice if they’d want to start new [festivals] and have them be successful.” In addition, Romolock wants to begin a series of green initiatives that will address the city’s environmental concerns. “I would like to work with the [National Capital Commission], perhaps having incentives for people to keep trees on their property through taxes.” Romolock has refused to pay for any advertising, nor is he accepting monetary donations. He hopes to get himself and his ideas to voters in more creative ways by using social media and word of mouth. “There is a lot of money spent on campaigns that could be better used than being spent on polls, phone calls, and onetime use signs,” explained Romolock. “I think that all that money could be used more wisely by being given to charity, it would have a longer impact. f

CHARLIE TAYLOR, AN Ottawa native from Westboro, is running for his fi rst elected position in the municipal government. A fourthyear journalism student at Carleton University, Taylor decided to run for mayor in order to bring fresh ideas to the table—ideas that he believes would not be presented otherwise. As his candidacy slogan states, he wants to bring a “breath of fresh air” to politics. “There’s no candidate that I would throw my own support behind,” explained Taylor. “Obviously I do not have the recognition that the four major candidates have and, as such, I might be a long shot to win, but I think it’s possible to play a valuable role in an election campaign even if you don’t end up winning.” Taylor feels there are many issues that need to be addressed during his campaign, an example being the UPass—an initiative adopted at Carleton this year. “[The U-Pass is] one that I have been working on a lot. Students are coming back to school and realizing they have to buy a rather expensive bus pass as a condition of graduation. A lot of students who don’t take transit … they’re shocked that they’re forced to pay the $290 fee,” said Taylor. “They feel like they’re being robbed by the university.” An active member of the community, Taylor has participated in Camp Day for Tim Hortons, and has played a role in organizing student protests against the U-Pass. His next initiative is “Cycle for South March,” a rally taking place Aug. 22 from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. to support the conservation of the South March Highlands. f

between the lines Katherine DeClerq News Editor

Taking risks won’t kill you GREETINGS FROSHIES! IT is the beginning of a new academic year, and I would like to welcome you all to the University of Ottawa. The transition between high school and university is a daunting one, but have no doubt—it will be the best year of your life. If I could offer you a single piece of advice, it would be to take risks. Your first year is all about experimentation—and no, I’m not talking about drugs and sex. High school was all about sticking with your friends and getting good grades. You were expected to act a certain way and believe in similar ideals. Well, in university, you have an amazing opportunity to grow outside the realm of academia and break away from that high school brainwash. There are no parents or teachers scolding you for your choices. You can do whatever you want, and try things you have never had the chance to do. That, my first-years, is how you will discover who you are, and who you want to be. I realize this all sounds cliché. In my fi rst year, everyone kept telling me I had to get more involved. I was skeptical of this advice, as I am sure you are now. How can being more involved on campus make any difference in my life? Well, let me tell you a short story: after much consideration in my first year, I decided to walk through the Fulcrum doors and fill out a volunteer application—just for the hell of it.

After the fi rst few weeks of volunteering, I decided that I really liked journalism. In fact, I liked it so much that I went on to become news editor two years later. Since then, I have had the opportunity to talk with some great Canadians—Rick Mercer and Lisa Laflamme being just two of them—and have met some incredible people who are now my closest friends. I am not saying this to encourage you to join our distinguished student paper—unless you feel so inclined— but rather to prove that taking a few chances can be life-altering. If you decide to just go to class and return home at the end of every day, you will fi nd that you have missed out on a world of possibilities. I encourage you all to take charge of your own life and be true to yourself. Oppose a professor if you believe him/her to be wrong, walk over to the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa offices to talk about your concerns, or attend a protest for a cause you believe in. Don’t just follow the herd like you did in high school. University is all about making your own decisions and breaking the mould of immaturity. It is time to get a life—a real one! And with that, I challenge you all to try something new this year. Take a risk… you never know where it will take you. news@thefulcrum.ca (613) 562 5260


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SPORTS EDITOR Jaehoon Kim | sports@thefulcrum.ca | (613) 562 5231

Showing promise

The Fulcrum’s must-see game of the week

Star transfer Jenna Gilbert ineligible to play at season’s start

Men’s football, against Western Sept. 6 at 1 p.m.

Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff

ON AUG. 18, the University of Ottawa women’s basketball team was dealt a devastating blow to its starting lineup. Th ird-year transfer forward Jenna Gilbert’s application for immediate playing eligibility was rejected. As a result, Gilbert will not be allowed to officially suit up for the Gee-Gees until Nov. 23. Later in the day, the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) Skyhawks and the Gees were scheduled to engage in a formal exhibition match at Montpetit Hall. Instead, four organized scrimmages of 10 minutes were played after an agreement was struck between Ottawa and their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) opponent. “Before the game started, [Skyhawks] coach [Kevin] McMillan told me that he’d rather play us in a scrimmage game than to play a group of girls not at [full strength],” explained Gees head coach Andy Sparks. Despite the setback, Gilbert dominated early in the fi rst scrimmage, even displaying her outside range by drilling a couple of three-pointers. Thanks to Gilbert’s all-around play, the Gees outscored the Skyhawks 23-20 in the fi rst frame of scrimmage action. Another highlight for Ottawa was the level of composure demonstrated by the rookies who played together for the first time. Though some of the returning veterans were rusty, the Gee-Gees’ new recruiting class certainly held their own against the NCAA-calibre opponents. “I think the young kids did a good job for us. I liked what [Cyr, Nolette, and Kaneda] did in their fi rst game tonight. There were a lot of girls that stepped up and that was certainly positive,” said Sparks. Of all the fi rst-years, point guard Emilie Cyr impressed the most during the night, with her crisp passing and ability to score when given the chance. Cyr fi nished with nine points, four assists, and four rebounds in 16 minutes of play in the four scrimmages. She showed her enthusiasm for the Gee-Gees program in a post-game interview with the Fulcrum. “It was very exciting to play tonight. It’s an honour for me to play for [Ottawa]. I love the Gee-Gees, I love coach Sparks, and the teammates are great, too,” said Cyr with a smile. Overall, the Gees outscored UTM in three of the four scrimmage periods—but the Skyhawks would have been victorious 70-65 had it been an actual match. McMillan had many compliments for the Canadian hosts, but was unhappy with his team’s effort—a night after they destroyed the Carleton Ravens 96-57 in a separate exhibition game. “I thought we weren’t as physical as Ottawa was. They played harder than we

Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff

IN THE LAST few years, the GeeGees and the University of Western Ontario (UWO) Mustangs have engaged in more than a few epic battles, especially in the post-season. Unfortunately for Gee-Gee fans, too many games ended with Western beating Ottawa in a heartbreaking fashion. Most memorably, the Gees’ perfect regular season in 2007 was ruined by a shocking 23-16 home playoff loss to the Mustangs, and in the following year, Ottawa was on the losing side of a 31-17 result in the Yates Cup. Th is season marks a new chapter in Western’s football program history—for the fi rst time in five years, the Mustangs’ offence will be led by someone other than Michael Faulds, the all-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) career passing leader. With the Gee-Gees returning all but three of their starting players, a loss in the home opener on Sept. 6 would be highly disappointing. Still, UWO has one of the most respected head coaches in the business, Greg Marshall, and they will attempt to make another run at the Yates Cup this year. “I think [Western] has proven, in the past, to be one of the best teams in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA). I know they’re losing their quarterback and a couple of their key veterans, but they’re going to be a good team. They’re defi nitely wellcoached and we’re going to have to be ready,” said Gee-Gees head coach Jean-Philippe Asselin. Due to the teams’ past history, the upcoming matchup represents an opportunity for Ottawa to exact revenge on its opponents. More importantly,

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Gees battle hard against NCAA foe

the results of the game should serve as an accurate sign of how good the GeeGees can be in 2010. “I think there’s defi nitely a bit of a rivalry between [Western and Ottawa]. Western is always a competitive team and it’s going to give us a better indication where we stand after we play them,” Asselin explained. When asked for the keys to a Gees’ victory against Western, Asselin mentioned that his team has to win the turnover battle and stay disciplined. In last year’s home opener—incidentally, a loss against Western—the Gees were penalized 18 times for an astounding 151 yards, and a repeat of that performance will likely lead to defeat once again. By reducing the amount of penalties, the Gee-Gees should have a better chance to unleash their prolific offensive weapons, both on the ground and through the air. “Well, we can’t be worse than last year. We’re going [to] be better in the disciplinary issue, and that’s the bottom line,” declared Asselin. Attendance at men’s football home openers is traditionally strong, with last season’s match against Western drawing 5,120 fans. Once again, the Gee-Gees are hoping for a vocal fan base to show up to Frank Clair Stadium on Labour Day at 1 p.m. “I think for the last three years we’ve had a nice crowd at the home openers and for us, that’s huge. I’m looking forward to another big crowd this year against Western. It’ll be a good game to watch, for sure.” Final Verdict: Gee-Gees overcome a feisty Mustangs squad and win by a touchdown, rewarding the home crowd for their loyal support. f

All-time record against Western (including regular season and playoffs): 4-8

Ottawa guard Awo Farah faces a tough UTM defender did. We had a group out there that played well together in the third quarter, but I thought Ottawa outplayed us in every other [scrimmage set],” said McMillan. For the Skyhawks, a team that fi nished 11-19 last year in the Ohio Valley Conference, the Gee-Gees offered a tough test for their extremely young squad. Both teams are hoping that this unique experience will help them earn a berth in their respective national tournaments. “We’ve got 12 rookies that have never played before. It’s phenomenal for us to have this experience before the season

starts and for those girls to get some action. As for our goals, we think that we’re going to have a chance to be in the NCAA tournament [this season],” McMillan said. Sparks remained upbeat about the season despite the disappointing news concerning Gilbert. “It was a good opportunity for our girls to play together against a very good team. For a controlled scrimmage, I think it showed us where we could be later on in the year. I think we’re going to be fun to watch.” f

Last five regular season games against Western

Last three playoff games against Western

Sept. 6, 2009: Western wins, 3217 @ Ottawa (Home opener) Sept. 1, 2008: Western wins, 3531 @ Western (Season opener) Sept. 15, 2007: Ottawa wins, 3530 @ Western Sept. 3, 2006: Ottawa wins, 17-3 @ Ottawa (Home opener) Oct. 15, 2005: Ottawa wins in overtime, 27-24 @ Ottawa

2008 OUA Yates Cup: Western wins, 31-17 @ Western 2007 OUA Semi-final: Western wins, 23-16 @ Ottawa 2005 OUA Semi-final: Western wins, 18-10 @ Western

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thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010

Life of a rookie student-athlete First-year guard Johnny Berhane eager to start university life Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff

FACED WITH THE challenge of replacing a pair of graduated star players—Josh Gibson-Bascombe and Donnie Gibson— the University of Ottawa men’s basketball team has added seven solid recruits for the new season. Shooting guard Johnny Berhane—a local product from Lester B. Pearson high school—is an important component of the Gees’ recruiting class. Berhane, who led his high school team to a city championship this past February, is striving to become an ideal studentathlete: excelling both on the court and in the classroom. The Fulcrum recently sat down with the economics major to discuss frosh-related issues. The Fulcrum: Why did you choose the University of Ottawa as your post-secondary destination? Johnny Berhane: I was being recruited by the [Gee-Gees] for about two years. It was a welcoming environment as opposed to leaving town and not knowing anything. I’m in a good comfort zone and I think it’s a good fit. Did you end up with a good timetable for your courses?

It was tough because I had to make everything fit with nine basketball practices a week. Next year, I’m going to do it earlier so I can have better courses in better slots.

know what my priorities [are] and also know when to relax and have fun. Obviously my academics come fi rst but basketball is important as well, so I have to make sure I manage all that. I’m going to try to not stress out and not leave things to the last minute.

What are you looking forward to in terms of the academic side of attending university? I’m interested in my courses so I’ll be looking forward to going to my classes everyday. Meeting new people will be a nice experience too. It’s definitely going to be a different environment since I’m going to go to class and see 200 people, as opposed to going to class and seeing 30 students [in high school].

Name one thing you want to accomplish in the next four or five years of university? I want to maintain a high grade point average, for myself and for my family—to make them proud. I eventually [want] to win a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship; it’s a big goal. How excited are you for the CIS season to get underway? I’m excited. I know I’m a young guy coming in and there are a lot of things that I have to work on. Whenever I get my opportunity, I’m willing to give it my all and hopefully do what’s best for the team.

What other aspects of university life are you looking forward to? The basketball aspect will be fun [especially] going out of town for games and playing in tournaments. I’m actually looking forward to everything because it is all going to be new around me. How are you preparing to balance your academic university career with your life as a varsity athlete? Time management is huge. I have to

photo by Alex Martin

New face on campus Berhane’s interests: basketball and the world of economics

What are your future aspirations after you graduate from here? I’m not too sure yet. I’m going to see what happens in the four or five years of university and go from there, I guess. f

Scientist by day, fighter by night U of O ‘Ninja of Love’ Nick Denis juggles action-packed lifestyle Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) is relatively new to the combat sports scene; the term MMA itself was only coined in 1995. The matches involve two athletes who fight using different styles—such as boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and kickboxing. MMA’s popularity has soared in recent years, even with many health experts condemning the sport for its violent nature. On the other hand, biochemistry research involves little danger for the people involved, but requires similar amounts of sweat and effort. Amazingly, PhD student Nick Denis at the University of Ottawa is an expert at both disciplines. “When I was in second year of my undergrad, I started going to the gym,” said Denis of his humble athletic beginning. “I wanted to do something fun to get in shape, so I started doing jiu-jitsu and grappling competitions.” Soon after, Denis’ talents were quickly

recognized by his coaches who recommended him to compete in professional MMA fights. A promoter was contacted, and so began Denis’ life as a martial artist in October 2006. He is currently the Canadian bantamweight champion of the King of the Cage MMA circuit, with a career record of 9-2—with eight victories by knockout. Denis has also successfully acquired an unique fighting moniker: The Ninja of Love. “[MMA athletes] have an image that [portrays] them as being hardcore, violent, and aggressive. I’m really not like that in real life, except when it comes to fighting—and that’s why people call me the Ninja of Love,” Denis said of his nickname. The PhD candidate has had many impressive fights throughout his four-year career. One was his win over Dave Scholten in October 2007, when he officially became the Canadian bantamweight champion. Denis was particularly fond of his fi rst MMA Grand Prix match in March 2009, which took place in Japan,

photo from Pixelens.com

Not just an ordinary scientist Denis, pictured above knocking out his opponent, is an expert at fighting heart disease as well as people. the ‘mecca’ of mixed martial arts. “My first fight in Japan was defi nitely the most memorable. It was a dream come true and a big honour. It was also the first time the Grand Prix [featured] my weight class,” Denis recalled. “I was supposed to lose against [Seiya Kawahara] who was the favourite. I knocked him out in the fi rst round.” Though Denis trains for competitions by night, his day work involves research under the supervision of Daniel Figeys, director of the Ottawa Institute of Sys-

tems Biology and a professor at the U of O. The third-year graduate student studies PCSK9 proteins, which is involved in the breakdown of cholesterol in humans. Figeys is accepting of his protégé’s fighting profession now, but Denis explained that his advisor did not approve at fi rst. “At fi rst, [Figeys] was against it. I guess he didn’t really understand what [MMA] was. One time, he sat down with me and told me that I’d have to choose one or the other, but I told him that I

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could [balance both]. Now he’s pretty cool with it.” Not surprisingly, Denis is masterful at managing time, and his analytical nature aids him in the lab and in the fighting ring. Denis certainly has an interesting future ahead of him—even if he is not sure which profession it will entail. “I’ll eventually have to pick [academia or fighting]. At this point, I really don’t know. I love fighting, it’s my passion and I’ll see where it takes me.” f —with files from Amanda Daniels


thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010

Remembering Peter Suen

Gee-Gees community shocked by varsity swimmer’s sudden passing Anton Ninkov | Fulcrum Contributor

THIS PAST MAY, the University of Ottawa’s varsity swim team dealt with the tragic loss of Peter Suen, who had recently completed his third year of studies in biology. Suen was spending the summer in Montreal, Que., enjoying time off school with his family, when he died unexpectedly of natural causes. Suen was 22 years old. Born in Hong Kong, Suen immigrated to Canada at a young age. He began his swimming career with the Samak Swim Club, located just outside of Montreal. Suen’s talents were quickly identified by his coaches—he was a versatile swimmer who excelled at many events, including the backstroke, the butterfly, and the individual medley events. Suen was part of the Gee-Gees recruiting class of 2007 and was the only member from that class to qualify for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) swimming championships three years in a row. Most recently, he competed in four events at the 2010 CIS championships held in Toronto and posted a commendable 13th place fi nish in the 200-metre backstroke. Though Suen was one of the smallest members of the Gees swim team, he was well-known for coming up huge in clutch

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A tragic loss Suen, pictured here before the 2009–10 season, passed away this past May

situations. His raw talents—he had a powerful underwater kick—combined with his competitive nature, made Suen a rising star in his sport of choice. “[Suen’s] passion for swimming was immense and he was a true competitor,” said Gee-Gees head coach Derrick Schoof. Though Schoof only became Ottawa’s coach in July 2009, Suen had already made an exceptionally positive impression on his coach in the past year. “His passing is a tremendous loss to

the Gee-Gees varsity swim team. [Suen] was not only one of our top performers, but [he was] also a team leader,” Schoof said. “He was charismatic, supportive, kind-hearted, and well-liked by his teammates. He represented the GeeGees incredibly well and will be remembered fondly.” Suen had many interests in his life aside from his main passion, swimming. Like many of his peers at the U of O, Suen loved playing video games, was a devoted fan of the Montreal Canadiens, and cherished the company of his friends. “Peter was truly a one of a kind person. He loved to have fun and make people laugh. His loss is personally devastating, and my thoughts are with his family,” said Rob Irvine, Suen’s roommate at away competitions and one of his closest friends on the swim team. Although Suen’s passing came as a shock to the entire Gee-Gees community, his memories at the university will live on forever. His charm, wit, and friendly personality touched everyone that knew him. As for the grieving swim team members, they will dedicate the 2010–11 CIS season to their former teammate, promised Schoof. “He will be in our thoughts and we will compete hard this season in honour of his memory.” f

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From the press box Jaehoon Kim Sports Editor

Just don’t get involved THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa athletics department is currently at a crossroads. Firstly, a youth movement is rocking the varsity sports scene, with a trio of new head coaches being hired in the last five months— all under the age of 35. Though inexperienced, the three coaches bring fresh ideas to the table, and their teams could have immediate success if things go according to plan. There is also a second imminent youth movement on campus: the arrival of the frosh during 101 Week; however, it remains to be seen if the class of 2014 will move much, if at all. For years, the university community has been plagued with apathy towards campus athletics. It is a tradition which will likely be continued by the incoming class of students. Free first-year season passes will go unused once again, and the Sports Complex will be full of empty seats for another year. So what if the football team and the women’s soccer team are contenders for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship. No one will be there to watch them lift their trophies. The women’s basketball team should earn a berth in the CIS finals for the third straight year; yet the only thing heard at their games will be the squeaking of the players’ sneakers and the referees’ whistles. And when one of the other promising Gee-Gee squads makes a surprising post-season run, you can be certain that there won’t even be a bandwagon for people to jump on. If that isn’t enough, students will complain about the “Freshman

15”, but won’t take advantage of the university’s athletic facilities. Soon enough, a clever new term will have to be coined for the phenomenon— the “Freshman 45” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Intramurals and recreational dropin activities will be completely devoid of first years. The number of frosh who try-out for competitive sport clubs will be smaller than the number of total clubs itself (there are 18 of them). As for the $197 of incidental fees included in students’ tuition to pay for the benefits offered by Sports Services, I call that chump change. Before you know it, four years will pass by and you will begin to feel the pressure to fi nd a job in the real world instead of worrying about how many times you should party each week. Feel proud at your graduation ceremony; not just for passing all your courses with flying colours, but also for maintaining the tradition of indifference towards university sports. Of course, you will have missed out on one of the most entertaining and exciting aspects of school life, but at least you didn’t have to memorize the name of Ontario’s top women’s basketball player (Hannah SunleyPaisley) or the star Brazilian hitter on the women’s volleyball team (Karina Krueger Schwanke). Still, if you think you will be fi lled with even a tinge of regret because you never engaged yourself in the world of Gee-Gees sports, don’t say that you weren’t warned. sports@thefulcrum.ca (613) 562 5931

Position: President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: My top priority ever since I started as president has been to enrich our students’ experience during their time at the university. It continues to be my number one goal this year. If you could teach your own university class, what would you teach: As a former Canadian ambassador to the U.N. and as an alumnus of uOttawa’s law school, I would relish the opportunity to teach human rights law. Maybe Professor Penelope Simons from the University’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre could let me sit in on one of her CML3399 Human Rights (International Protection) classes this fall. What cartoon character would you compare yourself to, and why: Given our similar roles, I’d probably say Principal Skinner from The Simpsons. Luckily, we don’t have any students like Bart here, or a wild groundskeeper like Willy.

Answers from puzzles on p. 21

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thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010

VARSITY PREVIEW Great expectations THE RUNDOWN Conference: Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Head Coach: Jean-Philippe Asselin (his first year as Gees’ head coach) Stadium: Frank Clair Stadium (1015 Bank St.) 2009 Season: Regular season: 6-2, fourth in OUA; lost to McMaster in OUA quarter-fi nals Key players: Offence: QB Brad Sinopoli WR Cyril Adjeitey OL Philippe David Defence: DT Sébastien Tétreault DE Youcef Lekadir CB Chayce Elliott Schedule: Aug. 31 at Windsor Sept. 6 vs. Western Sept. 11 at York Sept. 18 vs. McMaster Sept. 25 at Queen’s Oct. 2 at Toronto Oct. 9 vs. Laurier Oct. 23 vs. Guelph

Ready for liftoff Gee-Gees set to make noise on the national stage photo by Alex Smyth

AFTER A DISAPPOINTING home playoff loss to McMaster University ending last season, the University of Ottawa men’s football team is hungry for success. Led by a new head coach, JeanPhilippe Asselin, the Gee-Gees are aiming for a berth in the Vanier Cup, also known as the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship game. With the Gees returning almost all of their veteran players, Ottawa’s chances look bright already. “Considering the fact that we only lost three starters, I would say that we are a better team on paper with more potential,” said Asselin. “Some of the other teams lost [around] 10 players, and with the young guys having another year under their belt, we should be better.” On offence, the Gee-Gees boast im-

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pact players in all positions, including OUA’s top quarterback in fourth-year pivot Brad Sinopoli. Sinopoli, who had a chance to intern with the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the summer, has numerous weapons at his disposal as Ottawa is blessed with talented running backs and receivers. “In terms of positions, all of our skill positions have a lot of depth. Receivers, running backs, and quarterbacks are our strengths,” explained Asselin. The star quarterback should also be well-protected behind a pair of fi ft h-year linemen, Philippe David and Patrick D’Amico, with both deciding to return for a fi nal season. If things go according to plan, the Gees offence should be the most prolific in the OUA. On the defensive side, the Gee-Gees lost a key player in linebacker Mike Cornell, now playing for the CFL’s Calgary

Stampeders. However, plenty of experienced players are returning, especially on the defensive line, highlighted by AllCanadian defensive tackle Sébastien Tétreault. The fiercest training camp battle will take place in the secondary, as the only defensive back who is a lock to start every game is shut-down cornerback Chayce Elliott, a fi ft h-year veteran. “Defensive back will be the position where there will be the biggest battle [in training camp]. We had a really good recruiting class and our vets realize that it’s going to be competitive,” said Asselin. With Western and Queen’s losing their star quarterbacks to graduations, many preseason prognosticators are banking on the Gees to challenge for the Yates Cup, the OUA championship game, and more. Though the team is facing a tremendous amount of pressure to win, Asselin noted that it may work in favour

Veteran-laden women’s rugby hungry for success Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff

Men’s football team legitimate contenders for Vanier Cup

Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff

Taking the next step

of the Gee-Gees—an experienced squad that enjoys a bit of adversity. “I think our guys have been waiting to feel that pressure, and I think they like the extra bit of [it]. Our guys put pressure on themselves [already]. To do well in the football season, we need to work well under pressure.” In the end, all of Ottawa’s potential will go to waste if the coaches and players cannot fulfi l it. The Gee-Gees have all the components needed for a special post-season run; anything less than a Vanier Cup title will be a let-down, admitted Asselin. “I think with the kind of team we have, we feel like we can be the top team and anything short of that will be disappointing. I can tell you some nice things, but if we don’t win it all it’s going to be disappointing for me and a lot of those playf ers.”

Schedule analysis: The first part of the schedule will be difficult—not due to the quality of their opponents, but because the Gee-Gees have to play three games in 11 days with two long road trips to Windsor and Toronto. Otherwise, the schedule looks perfect as the Gees face four of the top five OUA opponents at home, and the late bye week gives them a chance to rest before the playoffs begin. Only complaint: none of Ottawa’s games are currently scheduled to be nationally televised—a travesty for a team expected to contend for the national title.

FIVE YEARS HAVE passed since the University of Ottawa women’s rugby team last posted a winning season. After losing to McGill in the 2005 Quebec Student Sports Federation (QSSF) fi nals, a barrage of two-win seasons followed— until last year. Behind a three-game winning streak to start the season, the Gees looked to be fi nally turning the corner, but the end result was too similar: Concordia beat Ottawa 18-7 in the Quebec semi-fi nals. With these painful memories behind them, the Gees are prepared to return to national prominence. “Mentally, in the past, I don’t think we’ve been prepared to go to nationals. It wasn’t something that we’ve thought of as a serious option. But after last year, the girls are realizing that we can actually win our conference,” said fourth-year wing Lana Dingwall in an interview with the Fulcrum. For the fi rst time in recent years, the women’s rugby team is full of veteran players. Last year’s QSSF all-stars Dingwall and fourth-year second row Alison McKittrick both return, along with third-year captain Sarah Meng. “[Meng] leads by example. She’s very approachable, yet she’s vocal and she tells you what she wants. She’s a strong lead-

Is this their year?

photo by Alex Martin

Women’s rugby has the potential for a winning season

er,” Dingwall said. Before the start of last season, the team went on a special retreat designed to foster trust amongst the players and to improve the team’s communication. After reaping the rewards, the team has planned another outing at the end of August. The retreats have built up a sense of team unity—one of the team’s strengths according to Dingwall. “We’re a strong, united team. When it comes down to the last 10 minutes of the game, when we’re all tired, we’re not just playing for ourselves but we’re playing for the girls around us.” Another change that occurred at the beginning of last season was the difference in coaching philosophy. A new, non-structured system of play was introduced, which meant that players would no longer be bound by their positional roles. Though implementation of the strategy was difficult, the players responded well and now have a year of experience under their belts. “It’s a flowing system of play where we don’t really have set positions. It’s good because we get to see the girls’ skills outside of what they’re expected to do in their position. I think it’s opened up an opportunity for our players to excel to their [fullest] potential,” said Dingwall. In order for the Gee-Gees to earn

a national championship berth, they must beat Concordia and Laval, a truly daunting task. Both teams are tough opponents, but the team needs to believe in their chances to win before they can dominate on the field. “The returning players on our team have to stop [thinking] that [Concordia and Laval] are so difficult to beat,” said Dingwall. “I’m very optimistic that we’ll be able to beat them.” When the Gee-Gees do emerge victorious against their QSSF foes, Dingwall is hoping for just one thing: that the fans will be there to watch them. “It would be great to have more fans come out and support us because we feed off [their] energy. The fans give you the little push that keeps you going.”

Schedule analysis: With only six teams in the entire QSSF for women’s rugby, there isn’t a huge discrepancy in the scheduling from one season to the next. The Gees do avoid a long road trip to Quebec City by facing Laval at home—a must-see game for Ottawa fans. Otherwise, facing McGill twice is slightly favourable compared to last season when the Gee-Gees met Concordia twice, the defending f provincial champions.

THE RUNDOWN Conference: Quebec Student Sports Federation (QSSF) Head coach: Suzanne Chaulk (her 19th year as Gees’ head coach) Stadium: Matt Anthony Field at the Sports Complex 2009 Season: Regular season: 3-3, third in QSSF; lost to Concordia in QSSF semi-fi nals Key players: Fullback Sarah Meng Flanker Jenny-Lynn Crawford Wing Lana Dingwall Second Row Alison McKittrick Schedule: Sept. 12 at Concordia Sept. 19 vs. McGill Sept. 26 at Sherbrooke Oct. 2 vs. Laval Oct. 7 at McGill Oct. 16 vs. Bishop’s

Hoping for a happier ending Women’s soccer strives for excellence despite key losses Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff

THE GEE-GEES HAVE lost 57 per cent of their last year’s scorers due to graduation and injuries. Still, the future of the women’s soccer team is anything but bleak with esteemed head coach Steve Johnson leading the charge. Last season, Ottawa came within one victory of reaching the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships for the fi ft h consecutive year. Th is year’s version of the women’s soccer team may not look as good on paper, but should once again compete for a provincial title and beyond. The biggest void is left at the striker position, where the graduation of Courtney Luscombe and Sara Bullock could hurt the team. Luscombe scored a team-high nine goals last year for the Gees, who fi nished fi rst in scoring in the OUA in 2009. “We have to fi nd new strikers. I think that will be our biggest challenge [this year],” said Johnson. Christine Hardie, a transfer from Dalhousie University, should aid the team’s prospects, and more will be expected from young players like secondyear striker Krista Draycott. A rookie that could play a huge role is Lili Wong, a local recruit. “I think [Wong] is going to have a really great season. She’s left-footed, blessed with good pace, and she’s been developing a scoring touch this past

Kick it

photo by Alex Smyth

The U of O women’s soccer team is ready to prove themselves summer. I think she’s got some qualities that are going to be beneficial to our team,” said Johnson. The strength of the team lies in its back line. The Gees return both of their starting central defenders in fi ft h-year Dominique Falardeau and fourth-year Gillian Baggott. The Gees’ midfield also remains solid with fi ft h-year captain Élise Desjardins and third-year Tara Condos providing a veteran presence. Their steady influence should allow the young strikers to attack with aggression, which is a crucial part of Johnson’s coaching philosophy.

“I like an attacking team, and I like a team that’s aggressive. We’re going to try and bring out those qualities in this team really early. We’re going to have some young people contribute this year. Those young [players] need to have an aggressive mentality,” Johnson explained. On the injury front, the Gee-Gees will likely be without the services of a pair of OUA all-stars for a significant portion of the season. Th ird-year midfielder Brittany Harrison is still recovering from knee surgery, while third-year defender Nikki Moreau is recovering from brain surgery. While this is unfortunate news, it also means that opportunity exists for players to earn places in the starting lineup during training camp. “I don’t think the starting 11 is set at all. The fact that we lost some players creates an opportunity for veterans and new players to come in and earn starting spots,” said Johnson. Similar to years past, Ottawa will be in a dogfight with Toronto and Queen’s for supremacy in the OUA East division. If the Gee-Gees are able to jell as a team early on, the fans could see them at a familiar place at the season’s end—at the top of the standings. “I want this team to be best it can be whether that means winning our division, conference, or the national championship. I don’t think any of those goals f are beyond this team.”

THE RUNDOWN Conference: Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Head coach: Steve Johnson (his 17th year as Gees’ head coach) Stadium: Matt Anthony Field at the Sports Complex 2009 Season: Regular season: 11-2-3, third in OUA East; playoffs: 3-1, OUA bronze medallists Key players: DF Dominique Falardeau DF Gillian Baggott MF Élise Desjardins MF Tara Condos

Schedule: Sept. 5 vs. RMC Sept. 11 vs. Carleton Sept. 15 at Queen’s Sept. 18 at Nipissing Sept. 19 at Laurentian Sept. 25 at Trent Sept. 26 at Ryerson Oct. 2 vs. Ryerson Oct. 3 vs. Toronto Oct. 6 vs. Queen’s Oct. 9 at RMC Oct. 10 vs. Trent Oct. 16 vs. Nipissing Oct. 17 vs. Laurentian Oct. 20 at Carleton Oct. 24 at Toronto

Schedule analysis: Ottawa has an early five-game road trip, which will test the mettle of the young Gee-Gees squad. The Gees also face Toronto and Queen’s at home in early October; if they are to be true contenders, they need to at least split the games. The schedule softens a little at the back end, with the final road game at Toronto likely to decide Ottawa’s playoff position. If Ottawa does win its division, they will host the OUA Final Four.

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thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010

Screw your wellmeaning advice this little birdie tweets. twitter.com/the_fulcrum

Everyone thinks they know w ut what’s best for you, but do they really?

What’s the first step you can take to make a difference in a young girl’s life?

illustrations by Maria Rondon

Amanda Shendruk | Fulcrum Staff

essay writing, motivation, study habits, and class attendance.

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Your Best Friend: “You’d better find some chick to get it on with tonight! Everyone hooks up in first year.”

UIDANCE, SUGGESTIONS, ADVICE—are you tired of it all yet? No doubt all the major players in your life have offered you nuggets of wisdom about what to expect and how to behave during your fi rst foray into college life. With warnings, instructions, and assumptions flying at you from all corners of your world, whose counsel can you legitimately trust? Well, kid, you’re in university now, where nothing is true unless it has been hypothesized, defi ned, operationalized, tested, controlled, retested, analyzed, and, fi nally, published in a peer reviewed periodical. So, instead of throwing in our own two cents, the Fulcrum has decided to give you the data straight up— research on the rocks. Pound those postulates, Freshie!

Your 101 Week Guide: “If you don’t put in effort, your long distance relationship probably won’t last.” Good advice Everyone knows that long distance relationships aren’t easy, but a 2002 study of 438 undergraduates published in College Student Journal confi rms what many long-distances lovers fear—one in five relationships ended, and 20 per cent of respondents reported their relationships worsened due to the separation. Your parents: “Don’t you dare go out binge drinking the night before your exam. You’ll fail your courses!” Bad advice Surprisingly, intoxication the evening before an exam does not affect your score, according to a study published in the April edition of the journal Addiction. The research, which consisted of a controlled experiment on 193 university students ages 21 to 24, found that grades were not significantly different between those students that consumed alcohol and those that did not. Th is proved true for exams that required information stored in both long-term memory and short-term memory. Researchers from Boston University School of Public Health and Brown University noted, however, that alcohol consumption did affect mood, attention, and reaction times. They also mentioned that test-taking is only one measure of success, and that binge drinking might affect other types of academic performance, such as

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Bad advice Don’t tell Di Daniels—not only are students not hooking up, but many fi rst years remain virgins, says Bob Altemeyer, retired University of Manitoba psychology professor. For 24 years, Altemeyer surveyed his fi rst-year students anonymously about their sex lives, and in 2009 published a book, Sex and Youth, documenting his fi ndings. Altemeyer says that almost half the men and onequarter of fi rst-year women admitted in a 2007 survey to being virgins, and those that do engage in intercourse are foregoing the more difficult arrangements like 69 in favour of the more standard missionary position. Th roughout years of research he discovered that, for the most part, the majority of respondents preferred long-term relationships to ‘onenight stands.’ Your high-school teacher: “Facebook has been linked to lower grades, so let your Farmville crops die and don’t update your profile 20 times a day.” Good advice

relationships around you. The study followed 300 college fi rst-years who did not know the roommate to which they were assigned. They found that those students who were concerned about protecting their self-images were less likely to report improved relationships with their roommates over a period of a few months than those who were motivated to support their bunkmate. Basically, if you treat your roommate with care and compassion, and offer support when he or she needs it, you are more likely to fi nd yourself in a reciprocally supportive relationship.

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Bad advice Apparently college students who use Facebook don’t spend enough time studying, and on average have lower GPAs than those who don’t use the social networking website. The study, conducted at Ohio Dominican University, involved 219 students—102 undergraduates and 117 graduates—148 of which said they had a Facebook account. Eighty-five per cent of undergraduates used Facebook, while only 52 per cent of graduate students had profi les. The study determined that Facebook users spent an average of one to five hours per week studying, while those who were not fans of the website studied between 11 and 15 hours per week. Your Best Friend: “If you and your roommate don’t get along, move out—stat!” Bad advice In a classic case of research telling us what we already knew, psychologists at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research recently published an article stating that if you change your attitude, you can positively affect the

A St. Lawrence University study has found that students who pull all-nighters generally have lower GPAs than those who don’t. Associate professor of psychology Pamela Thacher studied the sleeping patterns and transcripts of 111 students to determine if there was a significant correlation between sleep and grade-point averages. At least twothirds of participants admitted to pulling at least one all-nighter per semester, which compromises sleep and results in delayed reactions and a tendency to make more mistakes. A similar study performed on 824 undergraduates at the University of North Texas found that college students who were night owls had lower GPAs than those who considered themselves early birds. Not only does sleep affect your grades, but it also impacts athletic performance, according to a study performed by a Stanford University graduate researcher Cheri Mah. Mah watched the moves of six college basketball players and noted that they ran faster and completed more successful shots during a period when they slept at least 10 hours a night. f

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arts&culture ARTS & CULTURE Charlotte Bailey | arts@thefulcrum.ca | (613) 562 5931

Mother Mother, mazes, and mayhem 101 Week brings new attractions to the U of O

Burlesque Acrobatics Lucent Dossier Experience is just one of many exciting acts coming to Luminata. photo by Phill Holland

Dani-Elle Dube | Fulcrum Contributor

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AMED ROCKERS, DRAG queens, burlesque acrobats, grafitti mazes, and lit-up balloon skies will invade the University of Ottawa’s 101 Week. Th is Sept. 9 students will get a chance to experience Luminata, a daylong event designed to welcome new and returning students to the university. “Luminata was built to create this sexy, appealing place for young adults to gather, have a good time, and be stimulated in a different way than just a rock [concert], or a bar.” says Guillaume Lemieux, student life comissioner for the Graduate Students Association (GSAÉD) and architect of the event.

Luminata will offer various forms of entertainment to students. One of the week’s must-see attractions is the Lucent Dossier Experience, a performance by an interactive circus group. Best known for their vintage feel, their performance at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival earlier this year was well-received. Another featured act is House of Paint (HoP), a group of graffiti artists expected to quite literally make their mark at the university by combining live entertainment and art. HoP will turn a series of removable walls—painted before the audience’s eyes—into a graffiti maze on the Morisett terrace. Those looking for live performances can attend a drag show put on by Jer’s Vision, Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative,

and the Pride Centre. Dancers from International House will also be performing during the day. Musical acts such as modern rock band Mother Mother, whose original approach to the indierock genre has gained them wide recognition, will also be performing. The idea for a splashy array of performances during 101 Week was inspired by Lemieux’s recent experiences on the west coast. “I went to Coachella [music festival] in April and I was completely blown away by this adult playground,” says Lemieux. “My intention was to recreate this sort of playground on campus.” The extravagant atmosphere created for Luminata is a key part of the 101 Week experience. Expect to see large pieces of

artwork on the University Centre and Café Nostalgica, displayed with exhibition spotlights. The sky across University Private will be covered with illuminated helium balloons, creating a stunning attraction. “We spent a lot of time on how it’s going to look,” explains Lemieux. “We are bringing in 300 balloons with LED lights in them … creating a ceiling over the street with archways of balloons. During the day it’s going to look like a bunch of balloons in the air, but at night … [there will] be a bunch of fl ickering lights over the street, creating this very unique rooftop.” Luminata is being sponsored by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO), Student Association of

the Faculty of Arts (SAFA), and GSAÉD. In addition to sponsorship provided by the student associations, the event is sponsored by the Centre for Students with Disabilities, which donated $2,000 worth of unused funds that have accumulated over the past few years. “Th is event is targeted towards more mature students who would be interested in something different than just a party to get drunk,” says Lemieux. f Luminata takes place Sept. 9, running through the day and into the night. Two areas will be roped off for students ages 19 and over, and there is need to sign up for the event. Admission is free for students.

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thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010

movie reviews

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World AGAMERS, INDIE LOVERS, and nerds alike: you just might orgasm over Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The movie, which takes place in the world of Toronto indie subculture, follows Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) battling the seven evil exes of his new girlfriend Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to win her heart. Oh, and it’s inside a video game. This fact is never mentioned, or questioned by any of the characters in the movie, so it’s best just to accept this, move on, and enjoy the bad guys exploding into coins. The world that the characters live in, based on the comic book that the story orginated from, is fantastic—you just might walk out wishing our world was that cool. The movie cuts rapidly and doesn’t waste time explaining its differences from the real world, so some might have trouble following it. But if you can accept it and go with the flow, it’s one hilarious ride. —Allan Johnson

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The Switch

The Kids Are Alright

Harold and Maude

JASON BATEMAN AND Jennifer Aniston offer star clout to The Switch, a typical romantic comedy with some unique twists. When Kassie (Anistion) decides to conceive through artificial insemination and overlooks her best friend, Wally (Bateman), as a potential sperm donor, he drunkenly washes her donor’s sperm down the drain. Forced to choose between replacing the sperm and losing the friendship, Wally decides to—yup, you guessed it. Seven years later, they reunite with each other, joined by the child they don’t know they share. Neurotic characters are the only thing that derail this otherwise cliché plotline; all the standbys of the male lead being stuck in the “friend zone,” the kooky female not being aware of how awesome her friend is, and the competition from the hunky guy are all present. The kid has his moments of cuteness, but also extreme annoyingness: he’s way too mature for someone whose mother is obviously lacking the maternal gene. Despite its predictable ending and underdeveloped characters, The Switch has many laugh-out-loud moments and allows Bateman and Aniston to play unique characters, which they do well. —Sarah Duguay

SINCE IT WASN’T the most widely talked about movie this summer—the chatter over Inception has drowned out everything else—this review should begin with a short overview: The Kids Are Alright is about two teenaged children of a lesbian couple who decide to fi nd their biological father for the fi rst time. The movie is disorganized, which made it difficult to see on which characters the story was focused.  As a result, none of the characters were very developed, and it was hard to feel any real connection to them. If you did manage to develop a liking to a character, it would not last—even the most likeable character was made to look like a villain by the end. Despite these problems, when the movie ended I was left thinking that, for all its differences, this family seemed like any other, with problems and challenges of raising two children.  Check this movie out if you’re in the mood to be reminded of how normal your family really is. —Joshua Flear

IF YOU FEEL like you’re at a crossroads in your life, that you don’t want to grow any older, or really just want your degree to be completed already, try this classic film. Harold and Maude centres around the unlikely relationship between young 20-year-old Harold and 79-year-old Maude. Harold, obsessed with the idea of death, lives without affection in his parent’s mansion, driving a hearse and scaring away any dates that his mother arranges for him. Maude, on the other hand, vibrant and hell-bent on living a full life, and has a habit of showing those around her how little they can control in their lives. When these two meet, it’s a love story like no other. Yes, it’s a love story—an unconventional, satirical, completely unique take on the boy-meets-girl scenario, which will have you laughing, crying, and marvelling at its unapologetic irony. —Charlotte Bailey

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365 days, 52 jobs, one goal Unconventional project helps students find their passion

Charlotte Bailey Arts & Culture Editor

Julie Bortolotti | Fulcrum Contributor

SNOWSHOE GUIDE, FIREFIGHTER, florist, tattoo artist, astronomer, and NHL mascot are not on the typical resumé of a new university graduate—but, Sean Aiken, the “one-week-job guy,” isn’t your typical graduate. Here’s how it happened: after graduating in 2005 with a business administration degree and a 4.0 average, Aiken began struggling with an issue university grads often face: what now? Instead of jumping into a career, he decided to work a different job every week for a year in order to find a career he could be passionate about—not one he simply liked. Aiken created his blog (oneweekjob. com) to inform potential employers of his project and to advertise his availability. He decided everything he earned would be donated to the Make Poverty History campaign, which eventually received over $20,000 from his year of work. Aiken avoided having to pay for accommodations that year by staying with his employers and blog followers. Over the 52 weeks, Aiken experienced many interesting jobs, including working in Hollywood alongside the producer of Rambo and The Righteous Kill. Aiken also dared to try risky jobs like bungee jumping instructor, and rock climbing instructor, which challenged him mentally and physically. He finished his last week as mayor of his own town of Port Moody, BC. Aiken feels that when students decide on their career paths, they tend to focus too much on job titles rather than on the profession’s day-to-day activities. He maintains that students should actively pursue opportunities after graduating from university and gain practical work experience and career knowledge.   “[Students] will say, I want to be a teacher, or a doctor, or a lawyer, and go to school,” explains Aiken. “But we don’t have a good grasp about what the profession is like.” A formal education seldom provides

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It’s what you make of it photo courtesy Sean Aiken

Week 42 Aiken trys his hand at fi refighting. the right opportunities to experience a career, and this often leads to some confusion after graduation.   “Many people will graduate from school with a degree and will end up working at a job in a completely unrelated field,” says Aiken. “[It’s] because we don’t know what we want to do. Many people are paralyzed by that.” What started as a blog turned into a book, then a film, and ultimately took on a life of its own by becoming a practical work program. Aiken’s model for finding one’s passion was applied to new students who qualified for the One-Week Job Program, which he launched this summer. The first session lasted one semester, and the three candidates chosen for the program received a $3,000 grant to work a total of eight jobs during the summer. The grant is given for travel purposes. Aiken hopes that the One-Week Job project will help those who are struggling for answers after university, as it did for him.

“I tried to relate my experience as genuinely as I could at that stage of my life, making the transition from school to working world, and [to] share the lessons that I learned.” Aiken wants to offer guidance and help students find their passion. “Do something!” he encourages. “Get out of your comfort zone. [It’s] important to focus on ourselves, and develop our own self-knowledge to learn about the things we like to do and things that we are good at.” Curiously, what Aiken seems to have a real love for is helping others bysharing his experiences. More than four years after starting the One-Week Job project, it is continually growing. Aiken continues to inspire people to find their passion, and although he sympathizes with students who feel lost after graduating from university, he affirms that action is necessary.  “It’s okay that you don’t know what you want to do,” says Aiken, but he adds that: “It’s not okay to do nothing about it.” f

SEPTEMBER: THE MONTH of new beginnings. Other than the fabulous fashions fall brings, it always seems like a time of change. And since our grounds are once again populated by fresh-faced university students, it’s clear that a sense of renewal is upon us all. Life is what you make of it. Yes, that phrase is cheesy—you may have seen it on a dorky high school poster, or written it in the yearbook to someone you didn’t know well. Even so, it’s true. Our experiences are only as good as we make them. So for goodness sake, newbies, enjoy the University of Ottawa. Better than that, appreciate the University of Ottawa. It’s got some kick-ass stuff to offer, and if you don’t pay attention it will pass you by. That, or you’ll become someone no one can stand: a serial complainer who does nothing to fi x his or her situation. Instead of wandering down that road, ask yourself: do you know all the amazing things that go on at the U of O? Let’s start small. Do you know the bars on campus? Do you know which ones have live bands? Did you know that the U of O has its own art gallery? An orchestra? A theatre department, even? Or that our sports program includes dance classes? Are you aware of the many ways that the U of O brings arts and entertainment to students?

How about volunteering? Resumé beautification aside, it feels good to help others, and dozens of campus causes need your hands. What cause or service that’s in need would turn your crank? Have you checked out the clubs on campus? If you can’t fi nd that specific club you’d like, are you starting one? If you have a problem with how something’s being run, or how someone’s being treated—can you do something about it? Rather than sulk in silence, is your voice being heard? Are you seeking out experiences, or just waiting for them to fall out of the sky and into your lap? The point being: we’re all here, probably for four years, to earn a degree. If you’re in it just to land a good job later on, that’s your prerogative. But take a look around, rather than complain that the U of O’s not a big, or cool, or mind-blowing university. Go out and fi nd whatever it is you’re after. Volunteer, have an experience you can write to Dear Di about, or fi nd out what your student fees support to enrich your life as a student. The U of O has lots to offer its students. Life’s what you make of it—and if you just put your time here on cruise control, let get ready for a loooong, dull ride. arts@thefulcrum.ca (613) 562 5931

New Shaap on the block Ottawa record store tries to avoid foreclosure curse Natasha Chaykowski | Fulcrum Contributor

IN THE PAST four years, Ottawa has witnessed the closure of seven independently-owned music stores. So when a new store opened, The Record Shaap, many were skeptical about its potential success—with the exception of its owner, Matty McGovern. McGovern recently opened The Record Shaap because of his passion for music, which he credits his parents for. “Most people have ‘hockey parents’ or ‘soccer parents,’” jokes McGovern. “I had ‘music parents.’ Music has always been a part of my life.” McGovern is no stranger to independently-owned music stores. Having been a previous employee of Record Runner, Organised Sound, CD Exchange, and,

most recently, End Hits, he’s seen numerous record stores close first-hand. He isn’t shying away from a history of failed record shop endeavours in the city—in fact, McGovern chose the name “The Record Shaap” to embrace these unlucky experiences. “Shaap is the Hindi word for ‘curse,’ which I figured was appropriate because I’ve worked at four different record stores, all of which have closed,” laughs McGovern. “I’d rather have fun and acknowledge it, as opposed to avoiding the fact.” Th is “curse” is not something that McGovern’s critics have ignored either. “People will ask, ‘Well, why are you bothering to open another record store when [others] have all failed?’” says McGovern. He believes that his business can

work, however, through his passion for music and by keeping his costs low. He argues that there isn’t one common reason that these businesses have closed, nor is there a reason why all are destined to fail. “Each record store I’ve worked at has closed for [a] drastically different reason,” explains McGovern. Record Runner, for example, couldn’t fi nd another suitable location when its Rideau Street space was converted into apartments. End Hits cited the sale of underground music in commercial stores for its loss of revenue. Former End Hits owner, Dave Ward, sat down with McGovern before he started on his own music store endeavour, and gave him advice in order to prevent his business from failing. “When End Hits closed, I talked to

Dave about it,” says McGovern. “He thought that I could defi nitely succeed. [He said] you just needed to make sure that you’re still really passionate about it—and that your overhead isn’t out of control.” McGovern took this advice, and decided to use a smaller space for his business in order to keep his costs of rent and utilities low. Because the Internet provides such easy and inexpensive access to music, the heyday of the CD, cassette, or vinyl record might be in the past. McGovern maintains that the traditional way of buying and selling music isn’t a dead practice. “People will always fi nd something special in the physical possession of things, [and] music isn’t an exception to this,” he says.

“There’s still the appeal to go to an actual record store. It’s refreshing to be able to look though the music, especially when the Internet bombards audiences with so many options,” says McGovern. “It can be overwhelming. It’s in the store that you can fi nd the hidden gems.” The Record Shaap stocks a variety of musical genres, including indie, metal, folk, rock, and electronic, all of which are available on CD, cassette, and vinyl. The store will also sell tickets for various Ottawa shows, and support local artists by allowing their work to be sold on conf signment. The Record Shaap opened its doors on July 24th, and can be found at 209 Gilmore St., in the basement of Aunt Olive’s vintage clothing store.

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Roofies and romance Ottawa filmmaker explores dark topic of date rape Jane Lytvynenko | Fulcrum Contributor

DRUGS, DATE RAPE, alcohol, and male domination: these topics dominate Ottawa native Cody Campanale’s first short fi lm, Roofies and Romance. The 12-minute work captures a night in the life of a date rapist, while he seduces and drugs a young woman. “I wanted to create an accurate portrayal of a sociopathic date rapist,” says Campanale. “When you’re doing something as controversial as this, and it’s explored in a very blunt and dark way, you automatically can get negative reactions.” Th is isn’t Campanale’s first work with controversial subjects. His fi lm company, Lesser Men Productions, began as a theatre company devoted to the themes of sexuality, drugs, alcohol, and dominance. He gravitates towards these topics precisely because they evoke discomfort. “When people shy away from something, it always intrigues me,” he says. Campanale insists that talking about issues is the first step to their resolution— Roofies and Romance is an example of that. Currently working out of Toronto, his work is gaining recognition—he has currently shown Roofies and Romance in three film festivals, including the Ottawa International Film Festival. His work is also receiving attention from various professors, including ones from the University of Ottawa. U of O part-time video production professor Lois Siegel, Campanale’s mentor and long-time supporter, plans to include Roofies and Romance in her curriculum as an inspiring and educational film. “I asked the library to purchase a copy,” explains Siegel. “It’s perfect for my class because it’s a short fi lm, and my students make two-minute documentary portraits.” She believes that it has potential to teach students about ethics and human rights.

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“Cody’s fi lm is short and very well done,” says Siegel. “I see too many female students drunk on the streets of the market late Saturday nights. The incident in the fi lm could easily happen to them.” Not all of the reactions to the movie have been this positive—its mature subject matter has caused some to regard it not as a cautionary tale, but as an unjust portrayal of masculinity. “The subject matter doesn’t shout ‘audience-friendly material,’” admits Campanale, who received negative feedback primarily from male audiences. “I thought my criticism would come from women not liking that I was doing this story, or that I’m a male exploring a female story,” says Campanale. “I was surprised that it was completely the opposite ... [Men] thought that I was making them look like villains.” His current projects include another short movie called Teacher and a fulllength feature called MILF, which he hopes to start shooting next summer. f To check out Roofies and Romance, visit Campanale’s website at lessermen.ca

ACID OVERDOSE

JEAN JEWER

A FOUR-PIECE PUNK band hailing from the nation’s capital, Acid Overdose is a welcome addition to Ottawa’s hard-core local music scene. Although street punk to the core, Acid Overdose incorporates artistic variations in their music, showing how far from an average punk garage band they really are. The band’s lead guitar is distorted to create a buzz saw Sounds like: Raw sewage; if effect similar to that of The Casualties. Leftover Crack had a baby Bypassing the typical with Fleas and Lice. chord progressions featured in most Check it out: Tracks can punk bands, Acid be found on MySpace at Overdose’s aggresmyspace.com/acidod and on sive sound is more YouTube. reminiscent of postgrunge street punk. The band’s singer has a voice that straddles the line between singing and screaming, distinguishing Acid Overdose from other screamo bands. Tracks like “Stay Free” and “Demon Eyes” strike a perfect balance between fast and slow tempos. One of the band’s most popular tracks, “Insomnia”, features the crowd, both on and off stage, screaming the lyrics back to the band. The track “Crack Stalker” begins with a disturbing introductory skit that gives meaning to the name “Acid Overdose.”

IMAGINE ABSTRACT PAINTINGS in various shades of grey, black, blue, and red. Without outlining anything in particular, these works evoke the images of trees, winds, and storms. This is what you can expect from Jean Jewer’s work; her painting style leaves details—and in some cases subject— to the beholder’s imagination. Now living in Ottawa, she cites her childhood on Canada’s east coast as her inspiration. After witnessing first-hand how nature can turn suddenly from peaceful to volatile, Jewer drew from these memories to create her art. Juxtaposing ideas of the fragile state of nature and the horrific disturbances that occur within this state, Jewer creates the scenes of storms in many of her oil paintings. Jewer feels her art evolves organically, as her paintbrush “flows, gushes, drips, and pours” like the elements she recreates. These paintings are created on large canvases, most likely Looks like: The background to draw one into the of a dream you only halfatmosphere of havoc remember after you’ve she creates. If you woken up. love hearing the wind howl, or enjoy violent Check it out: Jewer’s work thunderstorms, check can be found online, at out Jewer’s dark, abjeanjewer.com stract style.

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We Fled Cairo rocks Ottawa New album released from U of O math rock musicians Allan Johnson | Fulcrum Contributor

OTTAWA ISN’T KNOWN for its postrock music scene, but, in the heart of the capital, there are a few bands unobtrusively making this type of music. Dave Mandia and Richard Monette are such few; they make up the University of Ottawa math rock group We Fled Cairo. “We Fled Cairo started roughly four years ago as a more cinematic ambient/post-rock project with me doing live drumming and some guitar loops,” writes Mandia via an email to the Fulcrum. “Around one and a half years ago … the approach [became] markedly more rock ‘n’ roll.” The duo became friends after meeting at shows in Ottawa. In the small community of indie concert-goers, they be-

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gan to recognize each other as regulars, and after discovering similar interests in music and math, they formed We Fled Cairo. The name was inspired by a news-

paper story Mandia read, which told the story of a couple who had fled Cairo in order to get married. Because they met at so many unconventional shows, Monette and Mandia choose their genre of music as math rock. “Strictly speaking, the math rock genre is a subgenre of indie rock that we thought decidedly makes sense,” says Mandia, “Because of the number of times the song may break down into swing time, or just by virtue of how disjunctive it can end up sounding.” Rather than singing about the joys of parabolas or long division, those who create math rock music write in unusual time signatures, paying special attention to complex rhythms. We Fled Cairo is breaking this norm by experimenting within this genre.

“We don’t necessarily sit down and compositionally map out each song,” writes Mandia. “We really want to go for a different tone with each record and, so far, with the baritone [guitar], it’s going well.” We Fled Cairo’s fi rst album, Adult Braces, was a much anticipated release. “We prefer playing more basement shows/unconventional venues than anywhere else,” writes Mandia. “That being said, we basically just played shows for three years without a record to our name, so that needed to be taken care of.” Mandia realizes that math rock isn’t for everyone, saying their album can shock those who aren’t used to their genre. “Either you know exactly what to expect in terms of the record aesthetic or motif, or you’re caught way off-guard by the way it sounds,” says Mandia. The sub-

genre of math rock might not be wellrecognized, but, according to Mandia, its following in Ottawa is growing. “A lot of great [post-rock] bands in Ottawa … have a massive following because it’s the sort of the subcultural melting pot here these days—everyone is starting a garage/folky/bluesy rock band,” writes Mandia. “I like the tight-knit little scene we have here in Ottawa for people looking to exercise a little more objectivity in the music they’re tuning into, so if the ‘math/post-rock’ scene idles where it is now, I think that it’s already in a decent place.” f To check out We Fled Cairo, visit myspace.com/wefledcairo


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Dear Di... Dear Di, So I’m with this guy and I definitely like our sexual relationship, but now I’m also secretly pining for some kinky fun. I’ve been dropping some hints, but he’s not really getting it. Any suggestions for how to let him know I might like it rough? —Catching On Quickly Dear COQ, If I’ve said it once then I’ve said it 100 times: dropping subtle suggestions in the sack is no way to get what you want. And, like most queries and questions that are sent my way, the key to your coital conundrum is clear-cut communication. Obviously you’re open to talking about your wanton wants and needs with your partner, but if your approach largely consists of reading out snippets from Cosmopolitan articles or half-heartedly hoping he’ll suddenly switch his sex style to suit your debuting desires, then you need to rethink how you’re handling this. You need to be plain about what you prefer. Exactly how and when you bring the issue up is up to your own discretion, but the bottom line is: you need

to just ask your lusty lover nicely to get a little more naughty. Keep in mind COQ, you’re probably not the only one in your relationship who has some secret sexy servicing in mind, nor is it likely you’re alone in your apprehension. Chances are he’ll think there’s nothing sexier than a woman who knows what she wants—especially when what she wants is to get kinky with him. Love, Di Dear Di, I’ve been living and loving the single life for a while now. I meet great guys all the time, but I find myself running into the same little problem over and over again. Here’s my question: at what point is it okay to add a new prospect to Facebook? I like to have that extra option to see what’s going on with each other and keep in touch, but I don’t want to come off like I need to check out every post and photo right off the bat. Is it okay to add straight away? If not, how long exactly should I hold off ? —Could-Be Creeper Dear CC, There are no hard and fast rules for stepping into social network seduction. Our generation is riding a technological tidal wave into relatively uncharted waters—at least as far as Internet

etiquette is concerned. When can I add him on Facebook? Should I take her MSN name personally? What do I do if he’s tweeting touchy stuff about our time alone? Her Gmail password is her ex’s name: should I say something? These are all very normal and novel concerns that the age of Internet has ushered unexpectedly into our lives. Now CC, I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a vague set of conventions dictating how to conduct yourself in your online endeavours. For instance, changing your relationship status after the first date—or after the fi rst fight—is defi nitely a futuristic faux pas, but you’d still be hard-pressed to come up with a concrete list of the dos and don’ts of computer comportment. Most hi-tech heroes have trouble remembering the real-world words for their viral vocabulary, let alone establishing an in-depth standard of online dating decorum. Basically CC, this is the kind of situation you need to feel out. Wait until you feel familiar enough with your hoped-for honey that you don’t need to worry about it being weird, then go ahead and add. Trust your instincts, and if you fi nd you’ve moved too to soon then take solace in the fac fact that at least it was only a Facebook flub. Love, Di

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Across 1. Split radially; 6. Small blemish; 10. ___ majesté; 14. ___ Gay; 15. Soprano Te Kanawa; 16. Affirm solemnly; 17. Dress with care; 18. Frozen treats; 19. Capital of Switzerland; 20. Brief instant; 21. Gillette razors; 23. One who favors warlike policies; 24. Acclaim; 26. It’s often taken after exercise; 27. Blazing; 29. Lying flat; 31. Capital of Calvados, in NW France; 32. Hot-dog topping; 33. Tax pro; 36. One recording the past; 40. Hesitant sounds; 41. Wash lightly; 42. After the bell; 43. Flat shelf; 44. Short essays; 46. AKA; 48. Inexpensive; 49. Headband; 50. Facial expression used by Elvis Presley; 52. Turkish title; 55. Collar type; 56. Emotional state; 57. Impressionist Edgar; 59. “___ quam videri” (North Carolina’s motto); 60. Annapolis sch.; 61. Affectation of sophisticates; 62. Russian no; 63. Entrance; 64. Orchestra section Down 1. Workout count; 2. Memo heading; 3. Mute; 4. “Slippery” tree; 5. Incendiary fuel; 6. Garment worn by women; 7. Size of type; 8. Minerals; 9. ___ the season...; 10. Likely to change; 11. 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.; 12. Suit fabric; 13. Cube creator Rubik; 22. ___ kwon do; 23. Small group ruling a country; 25. Pious platitudes; 26. Rain cats and dogs; 27. Dull pain; 28. Free from bias; 29. Plain writing; 30. Anger; 32. Monarch; 33. Sparkling dry white wine; 34. Sneaky guy?; 35. Ancient Athens’s Temple of ___; 37. Mountain nymph; 38. Frees (of); 39. Entreaty; 43. Young roarer; 44. Common article; 45. Guy who tends goats; 46. Restless; 47. Unfettered; 48. Aromatic wood; 49. Observed; 50. Indifferent; 51. Taboo; 53. Showy trinket; 54. Warts and all; 56. Mire; 58. Chemical ending

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thethryllabus Music Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: PopScene with DJ Emmett at Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York St.) Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Full Flavour with DJ’s Matty and The Retardinator at Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York St.)

Sept. 29: A Piano Celebration plays at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.). Show is at 8 p.m. Sept. 30: Mozart’s Triple Crown plays at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.). Show is at 8 p.m.

Theatre

Sept. 7: Alt 101 Week Sept. 4: Nummies, Hands of the FROSH! Burlesque Show at Few, Sketchy Poutine, Winslow, Agora, 8 p.m. Knives and Forks for Freedom, The Krapskraps, and Haywired all Sept. 28– Oct. 2: Les Justes runs play Maverick’s (221 Rideau St.) at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 7:30 p.m. showtimes. Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26: Trailer Park Bingo at Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 Workshops York St.), 9 p.m. Sept. 5: Venus Envy “GoSept. 6: Annual Fedstock FROSH! ing Down” workshop in FROSH! concert featuring 30 SecMarion Auditorium, 5 onds to Mars, Les Trois p.m. Accords, The Balconies, Songs from a Room, and Lucky Uke Now–Sept. 19: “Pop Talks”, a daily Sept. 9: SFUO presents the first ever Luminata urban arts and music festival Sept. 10: Hatebreed, Dead and Divine, and Emmure play Capital Music Hall (151 George St.). 19+ show, starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 10: Grace Over Diamonds plays Maverick’s (221 Rideau St.)

in-depth discussion of one of the works in the Pop Life exhibition at the National Gallery (380 Sussex Dr.). 1 p.m. daily. Now–Sept. 15: “Where Do You Draw the Line?” drop-in drawing workshops at the National Gallery (380 Sussex Dr.). 2 p.m. every Wednesday.

Miscellaneous Happenings

Sept. 11: 101 Week Sept. 5: 101 Week Camp closing ceremonies ! SH FROSH! Fortune excursion FRO and concert on Tabaret lawn. Concert features Sept. 6: Alt 101 Vegan BreakUbiquitous Synergy Seeker, fast at Cafe Alt., 8:30 a.m. Radio Radio, Whale Tooth, and Hot Shot Casino. Sept. 6: OPIRG Free Store and Freedom Painters event at 10 Sept. 22: Emanuel Ax & Mozart a.m. outside the Unicentre. plays at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.). Show is at 8 p.m. Sept. 7: Shinerama takes over campus Sept. 22: French bands Arctic and Bruxelles play Zaphod Beeblebrox Sept. 8: 101 Week Iftar Dinner (27 York St.). on Tabaret Lawn celebrating the end of Ramadan Sept. 23, 24: The Escher Quartet plays at National Arts Centre (53 Sept. 9: Feminist Self-Defence Elgin St.). 12 p.m. shows. Workshop, 10 a.m. at the Unicentre Terminus Sept. 24: Galaxy plays Maverick’s (221 Rideau St.) Sept. 9: Gather on Morisset Terrace at 7:45 p.m. for Take Sept. 24: Mozart’s Serenade plays Back the Night rally and march at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.). Show is at 8 p.m. Now–Sept. 12: Mosaika Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill, Sept. 25: The Concerto Accord9:30 p.m. nightly. ing to Pinchas, Live! plays at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.). Sept. 25: Walk for Smiles OtShow is at 8 p.m. tawa in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada, Sept. 25: Band Madison and Fifth 10 a.m at Dow’s Lake Pavillion. plays Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York Online registration forms available St.) at starlightcanada.ca

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Visual Art

Film

Comedy

Sept. 3: Tony Fouhse’s monthlong exhibition User Men opens at La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.), 7–10 p.m.

Sept. 1: The American released to theatres

Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Absolute Comedy Pros and Amateurs night at Tailgators (1642 Merivale Rd.), 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 4: La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.) hosts the video release of Jessica Bortutski’s The Good Little Bunny With The Big Bad Teeth, 7–10 p.m.

Sept. 1, 2: Babies plays at 7 p.m. at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.) Sept. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8: Agora plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 7 p.m showtime, every night except the fifth, which plays at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 5: Katherine Mcenly’s Solo Exhibition of Contemporary Realist Paintings runs at Cube Gallery Sept. 6: Outdoor show(1285 Wellington St.) from 2–5 ing of Date Night on ! SH FRO p.m. Tabaret lawn at 9 p.m. Sept. 10: Philippe Jusforgues twoweek long exhibition Collages and Manipulated Works opens at La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.) Now–Sept. 12: Without A Camera… Photograms from the National Gallery of Canada ends its run at the National Gallery (380 Sussex Dr.). Now–Sept. 19: PopLife: Art in a Material World exhibition closes at the National Gallery (380 Sussex Dr.)—this is your last chance to see the exhibition that rocked the city all summer long. Sept. 24: At Land’s End conference and photographic presentation hosted by David Trattles, 12:30 p.m. at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.) Now–Sept. 26: Angela Grauerholz: The Inexhaustible Image exhibition reaches its end at the National Gallery (380 Sussex Dr.)—another awesome exhibition with only limited viewing time left.

Sept. 7: Outdoor showing of Iron Man 2 on Tabaret lawn at 9 p.m. Sept. 10: Resident Evil: Afterlife released to theatres Sept. 10: Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel plays at the Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 9:15 p.m showtime. Sept. 11: The Rocky Horror Picture Show plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 11 p.m showtime. Sept. 22: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger released to theatres Sept. 21: Mad Max plays at the Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 9:10 p.m. showtime. Sept. 24: Legend of the Guardians: The Owl of Ga’Hoole released to theatres

Sept. 2–5: Matt Davis, Jeff Tanguay, and Kevin Gasior at Absolute Comedy (412 Preston St.), Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8 p.m. Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25: Improv Night with comedy troupe Insensitivity Training at Yuk Yuk’s (292 Elgin St.). Shows start at 9 p.m. Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27: Open Mic Monday at Absolute Comedy (412 Preston St.), 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8–12: Mike Paterson, Deanne Smith, and Dred Lee at Absolute Comedy (412 Preston St.), Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8 p.m. Sept. 15–19: Slim Bloodworth and Fraser Youngat Absolute Comedy (412 Preston St.), Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8 p.m. Sept. 22–26: Fraser Young, Monty Scott, and Jordan Chyzkowsi at Absolute Comedy (412 Preston St.), Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8 p.m.

Sept. 28: Teenage Paparazzo plays at the Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 9:20 p.m. showtime.

Now–Sept. 26: Louis Helbig’s Beautiful Destruction exhibition of aerial photographs taken above the Alberta tar sands runs at the City Hall Art Gallery (110 Laurier Ave. W.)

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Inglorious masturbators One man’s search for a meaningful Chatroulette connection Hisham Kelati | Fulcrum Contributor

TEN SECONDS INTO watching some guy beat his dick like it owed him money, a thought popped into my head: “I wonder if his microphone is turned on.” Out of context, the above scenario is quite disturbing; in context, well, it’s not much more comforting. But such is the life of a Chatroulette user. Launched in November 2009, Chatroulette is a website that randomly pairs up users for a webcam-based conversation, complete with audio and text components. And it’s addictive, oh-so-magnificently addictive. The novelty, the mystery, the pure excitement that, at the next push of the F9 button, you could be talking with a stranger from any corner of the globe— be it a surprisingly polite skinhead from Louisiana or a man who looks suspiciously like a 75-year-old Elvis. For my first foray onto Chatroulette, my goal was simple: make a meaningful connection with someone. It didn’t matter who that person was, or where he/ she came from—I just wanted some conversation. Unfortunately, the process of making this happen proved harder than I imagined. My fi rst connection was with a lovely hipster-looking couple who waved excitedly and asked how I was doing, but before I could answer my browser crashed. An update to Firefox 3.6 later, I was faced with a guy masturbating. I nexted—a verb here which means “to hit the ‘next’ button, thus terminating an undesirable meeting and bringing about a new one”—to a couple of German guys in a basement dancing to techno music with a large rubber duck. I nexted to a pair of older gentlemen in drag who nexted me to another masturbating guy. One courteous skinhead and an old Elvis later, I found myself with another guy flying solo. I nexted to fi nd a young couple in the throes of passion, and 20 minutes later I nexted to a creepylooking man from the country of Georgia who played the piano for me. A few drunk German soldiers later, I ended up with yet another guy touching himself, followed by three more, and then several blank screens. For all potential Chatroulette users, some friendly advice: for starters, leave your self-esteem at the door. For most encounters, within the first two seconds, you will be immediately nexted. As with any given chance interaction, some people may choose to not engage. Also, this site is not for the faint of heart. As expected, there’s a dark side to this online world: in this case, it’s in the form of a legion of men—never girls— who furiously jerk off on camera. At this point in my quest, it seemed that the only people who were going to bother to follow through with a connec-

tion were either guys in the midst of getting themselves off or guys who wanted me to show them my dick. The toll of pervs was building in me a growing resentment of Chatroulette—one that was quickly replacing the faint hope of a celebrity sighting and the need to fi nd a meaningful connection capable of justifying watching more male masturbation than any one person should ever see in a lifetime. My assessment of Chatroulette users can be summed up by these four categories: brand-new users exceedingly excited about Chatroulette; young creeps trolling for jailbait; 50-plus dirty old men trolling for jailbait; and, fi nally, the masturbators. Although through the website I met briefly, and exchanged very quick helloes with, people from places like Portugal and New Zealand, Chatroulette is nothing more than a domain dedicated to fat guys touching themselves. I’ll tell those who are on the fence about Chatroulette to hold out until the end of the year when the site goes mainstream and the playground culture has appropriated the term “nexted;” meanwhile, CSI Las Vegas will have aired an episode about a crime that centres around a live murder on a Chatroulette-like site called “Revolver-Talk.” Reason being, the site going mainstream may bring in a higher number of normal people and weed out the perverts. If you can’t wait to check it out, go for it, but don’t expect to make a connection early in the process. It will take time (three hours over a two-day span, in my case), an indomitable spirit, and a hightolerance for male full-frontal nudity. Which brings me back in full circle to the beginning of this article—back to the masturbating guy. I could hear rustling noises coming from his end and, if he was an exhibitionist as he seemed, his mic probably was on. I cleared my throat and got no reaction. I said “hello,” but still no reaction. I began to get annoyed by his unabashed wanking and decided to let him know. “Hey buddy, you gonna light that child-sized cigarette or what?” No reaction. “I bet you have a huge ‘peeing on your balls’ problem.” A slight decrease in fervour, but still no reaction. “You have an incredibly tiny dick. Why is God punishing you?” The guy stops. He grabs hold of the camera and angles it to his face. He’s a chubby, greasy-looking 20-something. He sneers at me and spits out in anger, “Fuck you, asshole!” before nexting me to a black screen. Success. Meaningful Chatroulette connection made. f

Chatroulette is nothing more than a website dedicated to fat guys touching themselves.

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(What would Schumter do? ) Mercedes Mueller Executive Editor

How to… start the semester off right YOU KNOW THE drill. One warm September day you are learning what a demand curve is and then faster than you can say “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations,” you are deriving a Marshallian demand curve using Sheppard’s lemma—or something like that. Ever wondered what a semester without all-nighters, mental breakdowns, endless excuses, and bad grades would feel like? Check out these six steps and I can guarantee you a successful semester. And if they don’t work, well, I’ll write your fake doctor’s note for you. Buy a calendar… and use it Believe it or not, calendars serve a purpose beyond fi lling grey wall space in a doctor’s office. Buy a four-month, dry-erase calendar at the University of Ottawa Bookstore and fi ll in all the important dates: midterms, assignments, essays, and exams. These calendars are laid out in a way that lets you see your semester—and when you need to be busting ass—all at once. Find a study space In my experiences, where you study impacts the quality of studying you accomplish. For example, I have a friend that insists he gets his best studying done smoking a joint with his friends while blaring Bonobo amidst a “study barbeque.” He was also almost kicked out of university. Twice. You should fi nd a quiet, clean, and distraction-free workspace—be it at home or on campus. Be a good student If you want good grades in university, there is only one way to get them— well, short of performing illegal acts. Seriously though, you’ll get the most out of your pricey university career by being a good student. Th is means complete your assigned readings before class; review your notes after each lecture; don’t start assignments the night

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before they’re due; don’t buy and open a textbook the day before a midterm or fi nal exam; and, for the love of God, go to class. Make a friend in every class Class friends are the best friends you’ll ever have in university. Not only will you always have someone to grab a beer with after a rough exam, but these are the people from whom you can borrow notes if you miss a class or work with on assignments. You should have one friend in every class that you can rely on—ideally someone who takes school somewhat seriously. Use the resources available to you And no, I don’t just mean the Academic Writing Help Centre. I’m talking about your teaching assistants and professors—you know, those people at the front of your class getting paid obscene amounts of money to teach. Sure, they may be intimidating with their multiple degrees and use of big words, but these people live and breathe your field of study—and can probably explain it to you better than a Wikipedia article. Find time to chill Part of being a good student is having the ability to optimize your utility subject to work and leisure constraints. Basically, you need time to study in order to get good grades because this will make you happy; however, you also need time to chill out in order to avoid a breakdown because good mental health will make you happy. It all comes down to balance. Take time out of your day to do something you enjoy—be it watching YouTube videos or performing yoga—because it is this time that will keep you sane.

HAVE SOME RESPECT for students’ money. It has recently come to our attention that the campaigns department for the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) has decided to acquire “I <3 U-PASS” buttons. Yeah, after the UPass has already been implemented, they got buttons that state how much they love their pass. We hope there are other individuals out there who fi nd this kind of wasteful spending as disrespectful as we do. Regardless of one’s feelings over the SFUO’s new U-Pass, to acquire buttons that reflect their lovely-dovey feelings regarding their accomplishment after the referendum has already passed is excessive to say the least. Speaking of waste, a major expenditure earlier this summer by some of the SFUO’s services, including Foot Patrol, was to rent a bus to send people to Toronto. Why? To protest the G20, of course, even though it wasn’t an official SFUO

campaign. Abusing the money received from referendums to fund the mandates of these services is simply another example of the contempt shown by the SFUO for the source of their funds—our wallets. It appears as though a pattern exists at our student federation that indicating a complete lack of regard for who really funds these expenditures. At the end of the day, the funds are coming from students through the fees we pay every year. Th is year alone, full-time students may be paying over $635 in various fees and costs to the SFUO. These events leave us wondering if anyone at the SFUO really cares about how much student money they’re using every year. And if, perhaps, they could try to show some respect for our wallets for a change. All this brings us back to a more important point: while the SFUO seems to have no problem raising student fees for their own purposes, they continue to explicitly endorse a campaign called “Drop Fees,” calling on governments to reduce student tuition. Indeed, in the last few years student fees have increased by over $300 due in no small part to the policies of the SFUO. And so, the question we are left asking is: why would a government of any political stripe take seriously a group that

can’t even practice what it preaches? If that isn’t “drop fees hypocrisy,” then what is. It’s time for students at the University of Ottawa to move on from the “tax and spend” mentality of the current ilk who have run the SFUO executive over the past couple of years. If the SFUO and the Board of Administration can’t fi nd a way to slash student fees, then perhaps it’s time to take a look at doing it by way of referendum. Students could knock $300 off their student fees simply by voting to do so. So what’s stopping us? Nothing but the apathy of the “silent majority” of students who are turned off student politics by the nepotism practiced by the SFUO—a silence that has allowed them to steadily increase our student fees in the last couple years alone.  We think it’s about time for the average student to take a stand by rallying f to—you guessed it—drop fees.

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HELLO. My name is... Meet the characters gracing your classroom this fall Mercedes Mueller | Fulcrum Staff

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EET YOUR FELLOW classmates. You sit next to them everyday, attempt to copy off them during exams, and, sometimes, even befriend a couple of them. But, for the most part, you spend your lecture looking around wondering what the hell is the deal with these people. Here’s just several of the kids you can expect to see in each course, every semester, until you graduate.

The teacher’s pet Just like in elementary school, each university class has a teacher’s pet. You’ll see her walking your professor to class, talking to him or her at break, and hanging back after the lecture fi nishes so she can rattle off more useless facts meant to impress your prof. Best known for: Monopolizing the professor’s time. You’ll hate her because: Of the hourlong wait outside your prof’s office every time she’s in there—which is every office hour. The ridiculously over-dressed kids For these students, being in class is like being at a job—and with their blouses and blazers, they dress like they work on Wall Street. Best known for: Pencil skirts, stilettos, silk ties, and Italian leather laptop bags. You’ll hate them because: They will make you feel so homely you’ll feel compelled to trade in your oh-so-comfortable sweats for something from Banana Republic. The tardy kid As if he can’t figure out how to set his alarm clock 15 minutes earlier, the tardy kid shows up for class late every day. After loudly shutting the classroom door, noisily making his way to the back of class, selecting the creakiest chair, and opening his notebook, he’s fi nally ready… to go back to sleep. Best known for: Complete obliviousness. You’ll hate him because: He always looks well-rested. The daydreamer Spending most of the lecture doodling in her notebook or looking outside the window, the daydreamer always comes to class and never learns a thing. The only time she acknowledges her surroundings is when the professor attacks her with a surprise question—professors can pick out these kids like a bro can spot a kegger fi lled with drunk girls. Best known for: That glazed-over, stoned look in her eyes. You’ll hate her because: While you’re trying to understand Marx’s circuit of capital, you just know she’s writing a Pulitzer Prize-winning book. The hand raiser Remember when Socrates kept asking questions, and then was sentenced to death (more or less)? Apparently the hand raiser skipped that class. On average, he will ask the professor one question per 10 minutes—and only one ques-

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tion per lecture has anything to do with the topic at hand. Best known for: His freakishly fast armraising abilities. You’ll hate him because: Your professor can’t get through a lecture with this kid in class. You may also love him for this reason. The serial texter Seconds into your lecture, she whips out her Blackberry and begins texting. You have a hunch most of these texts are unnecessary—“Hey girl, are we still getting shithammered at Tila later?”—and you know they are annoying as fuck. Best known for: The time she forgot to put her phone on silent during the midterm… and the fi nal exam. You’ll hate her because: The sound of a vibrating phone on a hard surface every 30 seconds makes nails on a chalkboard sound like Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The popular kid It seems as though this student is best friends with everyone in your class—he even plays a weekly squash game with the awkward daydreamer. Best known for: That confident, drawn out walk to his chair, stopping to shake hands and exchange greetings with every student. What is this—the freakin’ be-

ginning of the State of the Union? You’ll hate him because: You’re the only person he doesn’t seem to know. The gossip girls Apparently unaware the couches in the University Centre or Second Cup are more comfortable and conducive to conversation, these girls come to the lectures just to fi ll each other in on what’s happened since last class. But don’t you dare turn around and give them the “I’m a serious student and you’re driving me crazy” stare or you’ll become the next topic of conversation. Best known for: Not-so-quiet whispering and giggling. Oh, the giggling. You’ll hate them because: ...Did I mention they giggle? The I’ve-got-better-things-to-do kid Th is student feels the need to leave class 10 to 15 minutes early. You will spend every class wondering if this guy is a secret government agent always running off to impromptu government meetings. Sweet job or not, each class he will noisily pack up his books, give the professor a nod, and strut out the door. Best known for: All the jokes the prof cracks at his expense after he leaves. You’ll hate him because: You wish you had the balls to leave class early, too.

The class couple You actually get to watch their romance unfold: one day they’re sitting on opposite sides of the classroom, a week later they’re sitting beside each other, and the next day they’re holding hands before, after, and during lectures. How adorably revolting. Best known for: Completely inappropriate displays of affection. You’ll hate them because: How are you supposed to solve the prisoner’s dilemma when the class couple is going to second base beside you? That, and you’re totally jealous you aren’t getting rubbed down every class. The smart ass Th is student divides her time between correcting the professor and engaging in a dialogue with the prof on an advanced topic no one else understands (or cares about). She believes she should be teaching the course—and launches a mini coup every class. Best known for: Starting sentences with, “Well, last night when I was reading [insert book not on the syllabus that your prof hasn’t even read]…” You’ll hate her because: She makes you feel stupid. Then again, she reminds you what your life would be like if you stayed up until 5 a.m. reading the Economist every night.

The Internet junkie These kids—there are at least 20 in every course—always come to class, laptop in hand. They’ll open a word document, name it “Lecture 10,” and then embark on a 80-minute journey through the World Wide Web. Th ree thousand Facebook pictures, 15 blogs, 13 tweets, nine MSN conversations, four visits to BBC News, and an episode of Mad Men later, class is over and Lecture 10 appears to be about “essay due next week.” Best known for: Their ridiculous multitasking skills. You’ll hate them because: You’ll wish you would have brought your laptop to class. The eye candy Genetically blessed with a smoking body and face made for Vogue, it’s hard to understand why these students bother coming to class when they could be gracing the runways of Paris or Milan. Either way, they make 8:30 a.m. classes worth waking up for. Best known for: Their sweet asses. You’ll hate them because: They will never sleep with you. f

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EDITOR–IN–CHIEF Amanda Shendruk | editor@thefulcrum.ca | (613) 562 5261

Volume 71, Issue 2, Sept. 2–15 Enjoying 101 Week since 1942. Phone: (613) 562 5261 | Fax: (613) 562 5259 631 King Edward Ave. Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 Recycle this please.

staff Amanda ‘sleep all day’ Shendruk Editor-in-Chief editor@thefulcrum.ca Jessie ‘what happened?’ Willms Production Manager production@thefulcrum.ca Mercedes ‘party thrower’ Mueller Executive Editor executive@thefulcrum.ca Alex ‘cruise captain’ Martin Art Director design@thefulcrum.ca Katherine ‘drunk dialer’ DeClerq News Editor news@thefulcrum.ca Charlotte ‘concert going’ Bailey Arts & Culture Editor arts@thefulcrum.ca Jaclyn ‘food fighting’ Lytle Features Editor features@thefulcrum.ca Jaehoon ‘cheer-off champ’ Kim Sports Editor sports@thefulcrum.ca Briana ‘hold my hair’ Hill Associate News Editor associatenews@thefulcrum.ca Katarina ‘relay race’ Lukich Volunteer & Visibility Coordinator volunteer@thefulcrum.ca David ‘campus guide’ McClelland General Manager business.manager@thefulcrum.ca Andrew ‘out all night’ Wing Advertising Representative ads@thefulcrum.ca

contributors Devin Beauregard Julie Bortolotti Natasha Chaykowski Amanda Daniels Dani-Elle Dube Sarah Duguay Joshua Flear Peter Flynn Sarah Gisèle Andrew Hawley Laurel Hogan Aaron Hunt Bryan Jarvis Allan Johnson Hisham Kelati Serge Lafontaine Jane Lytvynenko Anton Ninkov Kiera Obbard Maria Rondon Tyler Shendruk Ryan Smeeton Alex Smyth

photo illustration by Alex Martin

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IKE SPRING, SEPTEMBER and the start of the school year has an air of new beginnings. There are fresh faces on campus and new lectures to attend. You get a haircut, buy a snazzy sweater vest, arrange your shiny laptop neatly in your brand-new messenger bag, and, if you’re like many of the students at the U of O, you fi nd your cause du jour. If activism is your thing— or if you happen to be an administrator who reads our humble publication—the Fulcrum editorial board has compiled a list of what we think are the four things most in need of change at the U of O. $35 administrative fee Students unable to pay both semesters of tuition in a single transaction are slapped with a $35 fee. It may not seem like a lot, but it’s the principle that’s bothersome— it’s a tax on the poor. It’s hard to believe that it really requires $35 worth of work

to process another payment in January. It’s a tough battle, because if even only a third of undergraduate students were unable to pay their tuition in full, the U of O rakes in approximately $350,000. First introduced in 2000, the fee was $40; however, protestations from the Graduate Students’ Association managed to drop the charge to $20. Now almost back up to it’s original sum, it’s worth another fight. Paranoid personnel It’s no secret that an unfortunate divide exists on the U of O campus. For many years, student unions and individual students alike have antagonized the university administration—claiming lack of transparency, alleging systemic racism, and, on occasion, calling for the resignation of President Allan Rock. Administrative personnel have responded by quite literally locking students out. In

order to access the lobby and secretary of administrators on the second floor of Tabaret, as well as the Dean of Science in Marion, you must get past a locked door. Th is sends the message that students are not welcome, and a dialogue is not wanted. Students: stop scaring the personnel! Administrators: stop being scared of a bunch of students! Food FAIL It may not be difficult to fi nd beer or fast food around campus, but it certainly is difficult to fi nd good, healthy eats at an affordable price. It’s not a secret that students are dissatisfied with campus cooking; there’s even a Facebook discussion board called “How much does Chartwells blow balls?” Earlier this year, students organized an “Anything but Chartwells Day” in an attempt to express their concerns over campus cuisine. Expensive, poor quality, and

lacking in nutritious options, the many U of O cafeterias make eating on campus a chore. The ring of pubs around the university perimeter are no help either. None offer exceptional quality, and while they are great for a night out, they’re frustrating if you’re looking for a grease-free lunch. Late exam schedule Forget about getting seat-sale tickets home for the holidays; the University of Ottawa doesn’t release your course exam schedule until at least a month and a half into the semester—the sales are over and exorbitant prices are all that’s left. If other universities can put out an earlier exam schedule, or even publish exam dates along with the course calendar, why can’t the U of O? It would save us all some money, and our parents a lot of grief. editor@thefulcrum.ca

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Frosh SURVIVAL GUIDE NO NEED TO FEEL LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER


thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2-15.

Six res dos and don’ts Keeping keys handy and quiet sex just two things to remember when living with others Sarah Gisèle | Fulcrum Contributor

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NEWCOMERS TO RESIDENCE are all equipped with the same list of dos and don’ts: do get involved, don’t eat junk food, do introduce yourself to new people, and so on. These pieces of advice are all well and good, but they certainly don’t prepare anyone to handle reallife situations in res. For example, what should you do if your roommate calls at 3 a.m. to tell you that he met Cuba Gooding Jr. at a club and wants to bring the Oscar-award winning actor home for an after-party. That being one of many situations I tackled while living in residence, I only wish I had this list at the time.

DO keep the sex quiet If your roommate is staying in to study on St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps it would be a good idea to refrain from having (loud) sex on the kitchen table outside her room. The last thing she wants to hear while trying to digest the idea of syllogisms is “Oh yeah, spank me harder!” Not speaking from personal experience, of course.

DO stock up on mix Follow the Boy Scouts’ motto and always be prepared; however, this does not mean carrying a Swiss Army knife and fi re starters. It means surveying your fridge contents before pre-drinking. There’s nothing worse than spending your last 20 bucks on a bottle of vodka only to discover that your mix choices are limited to milk and Crystal Light—unless you’re going through a Big Lebowski phase and

DO keep your keys handy at all times Don’t be the person who makes drunken, incoherent calls to their roommates pleading for them to let you back into res at four a.m. You will end up sleeping in the University Centre, and those couches aren’t as comfy as they look. DON’T break shit Contrary to popular belief, indulging in your destructive side and kicking a hole through drywall is NOT a good way to make friends. If you break shit, other people in res will have to pay for the damage, and they will be likely to infl ict the same damage on your face.

DON’T borrow stuff from your roommates without asking first and specifying a purpose Last year, my roommate was getting ready to go on a date, and he popped his head in my room to see if I had a pair of scissors he could borrow. I passed him the scissors I was using for a project, only to fi nd them perched on the side of the bathtub later that night—covered in pubes. All I can say is, I hope that date went well. DON’T invite randoms over without permission from your roommates I can guarantee that your roommates will not be impressed if they step into the living room in the wee hours of the morning to see a dozen new faces passed out on the floor. No amount of explanation will rectify this situation, even by saying “Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you: I met these guys in the parking lot of Metro when we were headed home from the club and they seem totally chill! And they all have matching electronic ankle f bracelets!” illustration by Devin Beauregard

Student card secrets Discounts and deals for U of O students Amanda Shendruk | Fulcrum Staff

FROSH, YOU NOW possess the Holy Grail of perks, savings, and discounts—your student card. It is your ticket to a more affordable life away from your parents’ pocket. Treat this little piece of plastic like your new best friend; take it everywhere and flash it liberally. Imagine yourself as a badge-happy, selfimportant investigator on a bad crime-scene drama. Your student identification may not get you across yellow tape, but it will get you a better cell-phone plan, a dirt-cheap haircut, a magazine subscription for laundry change, and a symphony concert that is easy on the wallet. The Fulcrum has done a bit of homework for you—don’t expect this all year—and found some of the best savings your card can deliver. Get out there and take advantage of your student status! Student Saver Card (studentsaver.ca) The Student Saver Card is fabulously free and offers you discounts around the city, the province, and the country. Some of the deals in Ottawa include: 20 per cent off food at Avant-Garde, a 15 per cent discount at clothing boutique Milk, two for one appetizers at the Honest Lawyer, and a 10 per cent discount at Ottawa’s erotic emporium Venus Envy. International Student Identity Card (isic.org) As members of the Canadian Federation of Students, U of O card-holders can pick up the $20 card for free at the student federation office. The ISIC card, which offers discounts on travel around the world, offers 30 per cent off regular economy fare travel with VIA rail and a 25 per cent discount on adult Greyhound tickets. These are just two of the perks of this plastic.

Student Price Card (spccard.ca) This card is easily worth the $9 for all the money you will save on coffee alone. The most studentfriendly feature of this card is the offer of a free upsize of any beverage at Second Cup. If caffeine isn’t your cult of choice, there are loads of other great SPC offers, including a 10–15 per cent discount at American Eagle Outfitters, Aldo, Payless Shoes, French Connection, Levi’s Store, Mexx, and Esprit. Bluesfest (ottawabluesfest.ca) Ottawa’s own popular, but expensive, summer music festival offers students 25 or younger the option of purchasing two rush tickets per day at the discounted price of $20 each. Ottawa Little Theatre (ottawalittletheatre.com) If you’re fond of the dramatic, head just down the street to Ottawa Little Theatre and witness fine acting at an affordable rate. Students need only pay $10 (instead of $24) for a great night of theatre. Keep in mind: most theatres in the city offer some form of student discount, so wherever your thespian travels take you, make sure to ask about their student discounts. The National Arts Centre (nac-cna.ca) The NAC offers great deals for students, including season subscriptions at 50 per cent off, a limited number of half-price student tickets for most shows, and the opportunity to join the popular Live Rush program. Live Rush affords students the chance to purchase specially discounted tickets—only $11—to the majority of performances. Go to liverush.ca for more information and to register to become a free f Live Rush member.

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thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2-15

Orgasmic Ottawa Dear Di introduces you to a very sexy city Di Daniels | Fulcrum Staff

GREETINGS ALL YOU first-year firsttimers, and welcome to the big “O.” While you’re working up a sweat lugging boxes up and down stairs and trying to put together that seemingly simple Swedish-made bed of yours, you may find yourself feeling frisky—the sight of all those greased-up, rippling muscles or long, svelte legs and booty shorts would be enough to kick anyone’s libido into high-gear. Alas, if you’re new to the game in bodacious Bytown and at a loss for finding the hot spots you need to hit, you’re really relying on word of mouth to take you where you want to go. Well, never fear—Dear Di is here to open your eyes to what this seriously sexy city has to offer.

fun classes in a variety of sensual subjects. Stripping, bondage, fellatio, cunnilingus, and getting into sex toys are just some of the topics the staff will walk you through, with hilariously ill-drawn charts and equally entertaining demonstrations— anything to get you confident and in command of the topic.

Sexapalooza Held only in Ottawa, Toronto, and Hamilton, Sexapalooza is the mother of all sex shows. Workshops, new product debuts, music, performers, contests, and even a sex museum—this exhibition is a raging four-day all-sex event. Only $25 for a full weekend pass, this January affair is definitely the cure for any winter doldrums or cabin fever from which you may be suffering. It only cums once a year, and you don’t want to miss out.

Venus Envy

Sue McGarvie

Venus Envy is hands-down the best sex shop I have ever seen. That said, it’s not their great variety of sex toys (which line the walls of the spacious store, carefully labelled and reviewed for an easy buying experience), nor is it their sizable selection of sexual literature that earns them this distinction. No, what impresses me most about Venus Envy is their workshops. For a small fee, the store offers exciting and

Many Ottawa residents have no idea that in this fair city we host our very own, nationally syndicated “Sex with Sue.” Sue McGarvie is a sex and relationship therapist, talk show host, and author, based right here in Ottawa. She is also the winner of I. H. Asper Broadcast Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 1998 and Business and Professional Women’s Association Woman of the Year for 1994. She offers

one-on-one counseling, but also can communicate with you over phone or Skype. Whether you need her help or not, McGarvie’s website, articles, and e-books offer a wealth of sexual knowledge that is definitely worth tapping in to.

Parliament Hill Living in the nation’s capital does have its advantages, especially when it comes to outdoor sex. At least, that’s according to the 2005 Ottawa Xpress Best of Ottawa Reader’s Poll, which named Parliament Hill as the best place to get it on outside. Honourable mentions were also granted to Major’s Hill park and the ill-supervised garden at the top of the Rideau Centre.

Open for business Ottawa is home to about twenty specialty sex shops and naughty video stores. Though most are situated in the downtown core, the city’s sprawling suburbs are no strangers to raunch—major Ottawa sex stores like Aren’t We Naughty and The Adult Fun Superstore are just a hop, skip, and a hump from two of the city’s most suburban areas. What this all amounts to is not just amazing sex toy accessibility, but also an awesomely open attitude to sex of all kinds. This may be a government town, but sooner or later the suits come off and the flavoured lube comes out. f

A word to the wise from the U of O’s resident racy columnist DEAR FRESHMEN, It’s that time of year again. September first has fi nally rolled around and, like clockwork, the cramped quarters of residence buildings are fi lling up with fresh meat—I mean faces. Classes are just around the corner, but lucky for you fi rst-years the faculty here on campus has been kind enough to give you a whole week to get unpacked and settled or, as frosh tradition dictates, get shitfaced and laid. Though I could give you some excellent tips on lowbudget buying for your new dorm room, it’s really the latter area of the freshman experience that interests me, and necessitates my writing to you today. I’ll bet that I know exactly what you’re thinking. Something along the lines of “Not another safe sex talk! Good grief!” Well, you can rest easy freshmen first-timers: I’m not here to educate you about taking your pill on time or how to properly put on a condom. I’ve been at this a long time, my new friends, and at this point I can say with certainty that virtually nothing I tell you will affect the decisions you make when you’re getting hot and heavy on your uncomfortably small, stiff beds. While I’d undoubtedly prefer that you all engage in safe sex, all I’m going to ask

of you is that you have smart sex. That means feeling comfortable enough with yourself to do anything you want to do, but also being strong and smart enough to walk away from anything you don’t want to do. It means embracing every experience that excites you, and eschewing every experience that irks you. Listen up ladies and gents, getting yourself into tons of trouble is part of the freshman experience and, frankly, I’ll be completely disappointed in each and every one of you if you don’t end this week with at least one regret or absurd and outrageous story. I hope you all get drunk, I hope you all hook up with a total stranger, and I hope you all reunite with that total stranger when they sit next to you in class. But, that being said, I hope you all have the strength to say no if you fi nd yourself in a situation—sexual or not—that you’re not comfortable with and, above all, I hope that of all the lusty letters I receive from you this year, none of them are because you can’t cope with any sins you commit this week. Best of luck my brand new buddies. Love, Di

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thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2-15.

Gee-Gees rivalry 101 A look at Ottawa’s toughest sports adversaries

illustraion by Devin Beauregard

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HEN ASKED TO name the greatest rivalry in professional sports, even the casual fan will be able to cite great examples. Though the rivalries that exist in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) are not as highly publicized, they are just as fierce and steeped in tradition. For all the first years that are unfamiliar with the Gee-Gees’ biggest competitors, the Fulcrum has compiled a list for each varsity team.

season clashes in the last five years. During that time span, the Gees have also butted heads in the playoffs twice with the Queen’s Golden Gaels. The most memorable match took place in 2008, when Ottawa upset then-undefeated Queen’s in Kingston. The win pushed the Gee-Gees to the Yates Cup fi nal, where they lost to their other rival, the Mustangs. —Andrew Hawley

Men’s hockey: Concordia Stingers, Carleton Ravens The Gee-Gees men’s hockey team holds a fierce rivalry with two of their closest geographical competitors: the Concordia Stingers and the Carleton Ravens. Last season, Ottawa and Concordia were embroiled in a battle for the fi nal playoff spot in the OUA East. In the end, Concordia won the season series against the Gees—three games to one— and claimed the post-season berth. Since 2007, when Carleton brought back its men’s hockey program after a long absence, the Gees and Ravens have quickly become rivals as well. On Feb. 9 this past year, the Ravens beat Ottawa in overtime at the Sports Complex, eliminating the Gee-Gees from playoff contention—a crushing loss which will have Ottawa salivating for revenge this season. —Anton Ninkov

Women’s basketball: Carleton Ravens, Windsor Lancers Last year, rivalries between the GeeGees women’s basketball team and both the Windsor Lancers and the Carleton Ravens were greatly intensified. Having lost two regular season games against the Ravens, the Gee-Gees travelled to Carleton to play in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East Final. After an intense battle, the Gee-Gees pulled out an upset against the top-seeded Ravens and claimed their spot in the CIS championship for the second straight year. However, against their strong rivals in Windsor, the Gee-Gees struggled once again. The Lancers blewout the GeeGees in the OUA fi nal, 83-55. The two teams met again at the first round of the national championships, where Ottawa hung tough until halft ime, but eventually lost 64-46. —Anton Ninkov

Women’s hockey: Carleton Ravens Memorable playoff matches (a threegame series won by Ottawa in 2009 in

which every game went into doubleovertime) and air-tight regular season games (a 4-3 Ottawa win in 2010 with three seconds to go) have confi rmed the Carleton Ravens as the biggest rival for the Gee-Gees women’s hockey team. The intensity of the rivalry cranked up before the 2009–10 season due to a stunning personnel move: Shelley Coolidge, the former Ottawa head coach for six years, bolted for Carleton and became the Ravens’ new coach. The end result: Ottawa’s 2-1 win over Carleton in the last season’s fi nale gave the Gees third place in Quebec ahead of their rivals. —Andrew Hawley Men’s football: Western Mustangs, Queen’s Golden Gaels In recent years, the U of O men’s football team has managed to foster not one, but two, great rivalries on the gridiron. Ottawa’s bellwether opponent in the regular season has been the perennially-talented University of Western Ontario Mustangs. The squads typically open their seasons against each other and then duel again in the playoffs, as evidenced by three post-

Women’s rugby: Concordia Stingers Entering 2010, the Gee-Gees women’s rugby team won’t loathe a single team in the Quebec Student Sports Federa-

tion (QSSF) more than the Concordia University Stingers. In 2009, Ottawa’s three-game winning streak to begin the year came to came to an end at the hands of Concordia in an 18-0 loss. The Stingers then defeated the Gees 8-0 later in the season, and eventually eliminated them in the playoffs with an 18-7 victory. Concordia went on to capture the provincial championship in 2009, a title they will begin defending this season in their home opener on Sept. 12 against Ottawa. —Andrew Hawley Women’s soccer: Queen’s Golden Gaels, Toronto Varsity Blues, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks No less than three teams can be considered as rivals for the University of Ottawa women’s soccer team. Since their 2006 OUA championship victory against Queen’s University, the Gee-Gees have long had a fierce rivalry with the Golden Gaels. While Ottawa won the most recent playoff game in 2008, Queen’s took both contests in 2009. The Gees’ rivalry with Toronto heated up last season when Ottawa beat the Varsity Blues in the playoffs to qualify for the OUA Final Four. Finally, no provincial fi nals appearance for Ottawa would be complete without the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, a team they’ve met in the playoffs for three years running. —Andrew Hawley Men’s basketball: Carleton Ravens When it comes to sports rivalries at the University of Ottawa, nothing comes

close to the animosity between the Gees men’s basketball team and the Carleton Ravens. The cross-town rivals have a long history, which evokes comparisons to the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Both teams have been contenders for the CIS title in recent years, though the Ravens have always had the upper hand—they are unbeaten against the Gee-Gees in their last 11 meetings. The Gees almost broke the streak last season, losing the regular season fi nale by a mere point in overtime. However, Ottawa will always have the distinction of beating the Ravens in the inaugural Capital Hoops Classic in 2007. —Anton Ninkov Women’s volleyball: Queen’s Golden Gaels, Toronto Varsity Blues A defi nitive rival for the University of Ottawa women’s volleyball team has been somewhat lacking in recent years, but a couple of opponents have provided Ottawa with strenuous competition. The Gee-Gees have always staged entertaining games against their closest neighbour in the OUA, the Gaels. Ottawa has won a pair of five-set matches against Queen’s in the last two years, with all other contests requiring at least four sets to be played. On the fl ip side, all six of Ottawa’s most recent games against Toronto have ended in three sets, with Toronto winning five of the matches. The Varsity Blues have eliminated the Gees in two straight post-seasons. —Andrew Hawley

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thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2-15.

Capital Consumption Challenge

Discover downtown one pint (or photoop) at a time

6. The Aulde Dubliner (62 William St.)

Jaclyn Lytle | Fulcrum Staff THERE ARE A multitude of ways to get to know a new city. Audio visitor’s guides, printed guidebooks, escorted walking tours, and sightseeing bus trips are all available and affordable options—but they’re also alarmingly boring. Here at the Fulcrum, we feel there’s no better way to familiarize yourself with our fun and fabulous capital than to grab a couple of pals and hit the streets. That’s why we’ve come up with the ultimate Ottawa board game, a unique way to introduce you to this fair city and give you a chance to win some excellent prizes. Designed with students in mind, it’s the Capital Consumption Challenge. You will need: • • • • •

A minimum two-person team A camera Your wallet This playing board A pen or marker to record your progress

How to play: The concept of the game is very simple: as author Lewis Carroll so plainly wrote, “Begin at the beginning… and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” Basically, follow the sequence of locations as they are set out on the playing board, and perform each task as outlined on the directions. If you’re more of a dry dude than a big-time boozer feel free to skip any alcohol-related steps and focus your energy on capturing highly hilarious photos. Keep track of your progress with a marker or pen to ensure you don’t skip any steps.

On your mark, get set, go! 1. Home base (Your starting point) First things first, you’re going to need a drink to start things off properly. Mix a tall glass of your favourite drink or crack open a bottle of beer. Count the amount of letters in the name of your program and take one drink for each letter. For example, music majors take five drinks, marketing majors take nine drinks, and those of you aspiring to complete biochemical engineering degrees… well, you should probably choose your drink carefully. 2. Tabaret Lawn (550 Cumberland St.) Tabaret Hall is not only the architectural face of the U of O, but also one of the major hubs of student life throughout the academic year. Get in the fun frosh mood by taking a photo of yourselves doing a cartwheel on Tabaret Lawn, then head for Mackenzie King Bridge.

Ottawa’s most popular shopping area, this bustling bus station is packed with passengers every day of the week. Take a photo of yourselves with one of the patient patrons waiting here, then backtrack down to Nicholas Street.

All this running around has probably gotten you pretty thirsty! The Aulde Dubliner is one of the best pubs in the downtown core in terms of both food quality and beer selection. Pop into this pub to wet your whistle. 7. Beaver Tails (69 George St.) The seemingly insignificant hut you are now standing before is not just the only Beaver Tail stand open year-round in Ottawa, but also the fi rst stand ever opened by Beaver Tail Canada Inc. founders. Nobody’s time in Ottawa is complete without a taste of this local delicacy. Order whichever pastry strikes your fancy and take a photo outside the hut with it. After you’re done, duck across the street into the ByWard Market building. 8. Le Moulin de Provence (55 ByWard Market Sq.) Th is sunny café exemplifies the joining of the Francophone and Anglophone cultures in our brilliantly bilingual city. Surprisingly, it also brings together booze and beautiful pastries. Grab a bottle of your favourite beer or a tasty treat to top off that Beaver Tail. 9. Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York St.)

4. HI Ottawa Jail Hostel (75 Nicholas St.)

Th is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy themed bar is among the most popular clubs in the city. “The original nightclub on the edge of the universe,” as the website boasts, is also on the edge of the best musical talent around. Pop inside and order a Pangalactic Gargle Blaster—and don’t forget to bring your towel.

Easily the eeriest of the capital’s creepy buildings, the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel is housed in the former Carleton County Jail, which was actively used as a prison until 1972. Though you won’t be allowed into this little piece of haunted Ottawa history, you can take a photo underneath the grand stone archway that marks the entrance. When you’re fi nished here, bolt for the ByWard Market.

10. National Gallery of Canada (380 Sussex Dr.)

geois, “Maman”, is the pride and joy the gallery’s modern art collection. Take a photo underneath the sculpture before you move along. 11. Fairmont Château Laurier (1 Rideau St.) Th is grand hotel is one of Ottawa’s most beautiful buildings. It is also supposedly haunted by the ghost of Charles Melville Hays, the railway tycoon that perished in the Titanic disaster only three years after commissioning the building of the Château. Take a photo out front before advancing to the next location. 12. Parliament Hill (33 Metcalfe St.) The capital pride of the capital city, the Parliament buildings provide the perfect backdrop for the city’s skyline—and for your next picture. Take a shot of yourselves with the Peace Tower in the background, then walk toward Elgin Street. 13. D’Arcy McGee’s (44 Sparks St.) Another one of downtown’s best pubs, D’Arcy McGee’s is the perfect place to pause for another pint. While you’re enjoying your drink, take a look outside the front window toward Confederation Square. Besides its tributary significance, the square also happens to be built on the same land where the Stanley Cup was originally thought up by Lord Stanley himself. 14. National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.) You’re almost there, but before your trek reaches an end, there’s one more stop. Dubbed “Oscar’s Corner” by Ottawa Citizen columnist Peter Simpson, at the intersection of Albert and Elgin Streets sits the brilliant bronze sculpture of jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Take a photo with the Quebec-born musician’s likeness, then head back to Laurier Avenue. 15. Royal Oak (161 Laurier Ave. E) Finally, your journey has come to an end. Celebrate with a pitcher or two at the “Campus Oak” before you head home and send your pictures and contact information to editor@thefulcrum.ca to win fabulous prizes. f

5. Sugar Mountain (71 William St.) 3. Mackenzie King Bridge (Between the Rideau Centre and the National Defence office building) Ah, the pleasures of public transport. Due to its close proximity to downtown

You’ll know the gallery is dead ahead when a massive spider looms in the distance. One of 11 bronze casts of the original 1999 work by artist Louis Bour-

Th is shop has a one-of-kind confectionery collection. Pop inside for your favourite sugary treat and take a photo outside with their ice cream cone statue.

Contest closes on Monday, Sept. 13. All photo submissions will be posted in a gallery at thefulcrum. ca. Once judged, first- and second-place winners will be contacted and awarded prizes.

illustration by Alex Martin

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thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2-15.

Campus cycling Two services at U of O serve bike-loving students Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff

THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa is currently the third-largest university in Ontario in terms of student population— almost 38,000 students were enrolled in 2009. However, only 2,885 spots are available for students to live at one of the seven on-campus residences. As a result, over 90 per cent of the student population commutes to school, and a significant portion choose to bike. For all the cycling aficionados, there are services at the university designed to encourage biking on campus: the bikeshare program run by Protection Services and the newly founded bike co-op, a Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) initiative. The concept of bike-sharing was born in the Netherlands in the 1960s—five decades later, the idea has spread to the U of O. The theory behind the program is simple: 10 bicycles are available to be rented, free of charge, to members of the university community. The only requirement is that a student must fi rst ap-

ply for a bike-share membership at the Parking and Sustainable Transportation Office (139 Louis-Pasteur Pr.), and pay a refundable $10 deposit. A student identification card is needed to apply for the membership. As a bike-share member, students can visit Montpetit Hall or Protection Services and sign out a bicycle for the day. If you already own a cycle and require mechanical assistance, or if you want to attend a workshop on biking-related issues, your best bet would be to visit the new SFUO bike co-op, located just off the main campus. According to Taiva Tegler, the SFUO bike co-op coordinator, the proposal for the service was completed three years ago after research on similar programs at other Canadian universities. Sarah Jayne King, current SFUO vp fi nance, began working on the proposal in 2009 which culminated in the green campus referendum that passed in February. Tegler emphasized that the service was created as a response to student requests.

“The re-Cycles bike co-op used to be on Nelson Street, in our community, but it moved to 477 Bronson Ave. It left a vacancy as students now had a need that wasn’t being met,” said Tegler. A laboratory at Lees campus was retrofitted with the purpose of creating the co-op. It is being funded partially by the U of O, and also through the green referendum levy. There is no additional charge for students to use the centre, which is set to open the fi rst week of September. At fi rst, the co-op will provide technical help and various seminars, with the goal of expanding to offer more assistance to cyclists, said Tegler. “We’ll have basic services like having tools available and a mechanic to help with fi xing bikes. We’d like to sell used bikes and bike parts as soon as possible. It will also be open to students with [limited] biking experience to take workshops on how to fi x a bike, or even how to ride a bike.” f For more information, visit protection. uottawa.ca/en/bike-share.html and the SFUO co-op at 200 Lees Ave.

Student cyclists beware: Watch out for walk-yout-bike signs on campus. photo h t b by M Maria i R Rondon d

A beginner’s guide to U of O athletic centres Access to first-rate facilities possible with the power of a student card Amanda Daniels | Fulcrum Contributor

SEPTEMBER IS FINALLY here and the University of Ottawa will soon be fi lled with wide-eyed frosh trying to fi nd their way around campus. Though it may be important to know where the best study spots are, it is just as important to locate the sports facilities at the university, many of which are underused. Whether you want to attend a varsity game and cheer the Gee-Gees to victory or to exercise the night away, it’s always a good idea to check out the three main athletic buildings on campus. They include the Sports Complex, Montpetit Hall, and the Lees gym—in addition to Frank Clair Stadium, where the football team competes. Montpetit Hall (125 University St.) Built in 1972, Montpetit Hall houses three gymnasiums, a 50-metre pool equipped with diving boards and a 10-metre diving tower, three squash courts, a dance studio, a fitness centre, and the Tae E. Lee martial

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U of O football team being one of the preseason favourites to win the Yates Cup.

Lees Gym (200 Lees Ave.)

The newest of the on-campus facilities is the Sports Complex, which cost a staggering $24 million to build. It includes a modern fitness centre (with 39 cardiovascular machines and 26 weight machines), a multi-purpose sports room, two squash courts, two National Hockey Leaguesized rinks, and a state-of-the-art outdoor sports pitch—named Matt Anthony Field. Access to the Sports Complex is free for all students—simply by presenting their student card at the door—as is the case with other athletic facilities. Of the U of O varsity teams, four play home games at the Sports Complex: both men’s and women’s hockey, women’s rugby, and women’s soccer. The men’s football team also practises at Matt Anthony Field. According to Jacinthe Neron, Sports Services communications coordinator, the main arena seats about 800 fans and Matt Anthony Field 600 people. f

Frank Clair Stadium (1015 Bank St.) Frank Clair Stadium, located at historic Lansdowne Park, is home to the Gee-Gees football team and can hold an approximate 8,000 screaming fans. The stadium, which opened in 1909, had its maximum capacity reduced in recent years due to structural concerns. The average attendance per game in 2009 was 2,151, but is expected to increase this season with the

NOW THAT YOU’RE at the U of O, you’ll have to become accustomed to the culture of sleepless nights partying or studying—the effects of which can only be cured by a foreign substance: coffee. There are many sanctuaries where one can receive this blessing, which include: Starbucks: They won’t accept gift cards, but will still make your decaf grande non-fat latte perfectly in Demarais. Tim Hortons: If you’re willing to brave the line, then check out the second floor of the University Centre or their location in SITE. Second Cup: Two locations: one at 153 Laurier Ave., and the other on the first floor of Morisset library.

arts room. All basketball, swimming, and volleyball varsity squads call Montpetit Hall their home, with a maximum capacity of 1,000 for basketball and volleyball games.

The third sports facility is just a short shuttle ride away from the main campus. Its main attraction is a 7,000-square-foot gymnasium with a Taraflex synthetic surface. The Lees gym is used by the competitive fencing club and some intramural programs. It is also available for recreational badminton and volleyball drop-in activities.

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Sports Complex (801 King Edward Ave.)

Mac’s: If you want a super-cheap knockoff latte, try the 24 hour Mac’s at 120 Osgoode St. or 210 Laurier Ave. Warning: you get what you pay for. Café Alt: The SFUO-run café is a great place to study—it’s located in the basement of Simard Hall.

Tip #11: slanguage It helps to know the language when staying in a foreign place. Here are two simple rules of speech to remember when speaking to other students: 1) Everyday words, such as “definitely” and “obviously,” should always be used in their abbreviated form: “def” and “obv.” For example: “I def wanna go to the mall instead of class. Obv!” 2) Terms related to the activities of a university student must be expressed in their obnoxiously extended form. For example, the sentence: “Do you want to get drunk tonight?” will be understood by your fellow students, but is not as effective as saying: “Let’s get shitwreckhammercrunked up tonight!”—which will receive a def an “obv!”


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Help wanted Where to go when you’re in need at the U of O Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff

delicious meals with limited ingredients.

HETHER YOU’RE GETTING used to living away from home, struggling to teach yourself cooking skills beyond grilled cheese sandwiches, or are just finding the workload overwhelming, everyone has some trouble coping during their first year of university. To make your four years at the U of O meltdown-free, the school provides services to students in need of some extra help. Here’s what to do when you’re…

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...not sure how to turn your paper into an A+. In most faculties, papers account for a large percentage of your grade. The Student Academic Success Service (SASS) offers an array of writing services, one of which is the Academic Writing Help Centre (AWHC). The AWHC organizes workshops, career fairs, and works one on one with students to ensure that they learn how to identify and correct errors in their academic writing.

...drowning in debt. Between your student loans, credit cards, and loans from your parents, one thing is certain: you need cash—NOW. The best way to get money is to keep your grades high and get scholarships. The financial aid office is a great place to obtain information on loans and scholarships available. The U of O will also help you with your scholarship search online, under the “Finances” section on your Infoweb account. Identifying your year of study and program will connect you to the scholarships available exclusively to U of O students.

...sick. Part of your student fees pay for a health plan. Everyone is entitled to the student health plan, although you’re free to opt out if you’re covered by your parent’s insurance. Services include routine appointments, flu shots, and doctor’s notes for sick students.

...turning your last ketchup packet into a meal. If your cupboards are bare, it might be time to visit the Food Bank. The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) runs a chapter of the Food Bank for students. This year, the Food Bank plans to run workshops for students on budgeting for groceries and cooking

...flunking a class. First off, you should contact your class’s teaching assistant (TA). The names of the TAs should be on your course syllabus, along with their office location and hours. If your class has no TA, contact the professor directly. Your next step would be to visit your student association—found under “Student Groups” on the SFUO’s website (sfuo.ca)—many of which offer tutoring programs. Or you can always drop in to the SFUO Peer Help Centre; they’ll be able to refer you to tutors, improve your class presentations, or help you by reviewing your work. Finally, if you want to improve your

study habits, attend the workshops that SASS offers—times and dates are posted regularly on their website. ...having trouble coping. The U of O provides counselling to stressed-out students. This service is free, and anyone taking at least one course can take advantage of it. Whether you’re having a bad day, week, or year, professional counsellors will determine what your needs are and see that they’re fulfilled. If you are in need of immediate help, contact the Peer Support Phone Line at (613) 562 5604. ...feeling unsafe. Foot Patrol volunteers will walk you from campus to anywhere within a 45 minutes radius, in order to ensure that students get home safely. You can give them a call, or find a campus pay phone—each one is equipped with a designated free Foot Patrol call button. Protection Services keeps our campus safe, and they can be contacted via payphones or by hitting a “panic button” found in most female washrooms. Other security measures include the blue lampposts or telephones on campus. If you’re ever feeling at risk, go to one to get connected with an officer. ...lost. It’s a big campus out there—it takes about 10 minutes to walk from one end of the university to the other. If you need a map, check out uottawa.ca/maps. This site will show the fastest—and warmest— f routes to class.

Oh, so that’s where it’s at: Financial Aid & Awards Service

Peer Support Phone Line:

University Centre, Room 102 (613) 562 5734 loansandawards.uottawa.ca

(613) 562-5604

SFUO Food Bank University Centre, Room 0015 (613) 562 5800 ext. 2752 bonappetit.sfuo.ca Health Services 100 Marie Curie Street (613) 564 3950 uottawa.ca/health

Protection Services 141 Louis-Pasteur (613) 562 5499 (613) 562 5411 (for emergencies) protection.uottawa.ca Foot Patrol University Centre, Room 08A (613) 562 5800 ext. 4517 (day) (613) 562 5800 ext. 7433 (night) sfuo.ca/services/footpatrol

Peer Help Centre University Centre, Room 211D (613) 562 5249 peerhelp.sfuo.ca Student Academic Success Service 100 Marie-Curie Street, fourth floor (613) 562 5101 sass.uottawa.ca SASS’s Counselling Service 100 Marie-Curie, fourth floor (613) 562 5200 sass.uottawa.ca/personal

illustration by Ryan Smeeton

Where to volunteer at the U of O Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff

be a very rewarding experience. Student mentors help new students get situated at the U of O, and lend support to them throughout the year. To become a student mentor, visit the Student Academic Support Services at sass.uottawa.ca.

VOLUNTEERS MAKE THE world go ‘round—or at least, they make most of the services on campus work to serve you better. Volunteering not only improves a resumé, but it is a great way to meet people. If you’re interested in volunteering at the University of Ottawa, check out:

7. Foot Patrol The service that ensures students get home safely needs you— you’ll get to know campus like the back of your hand, and meet people while you do it. Visit footpatrol.sfuo.ca to fi nd out how you can make campus a safer place!

1. The Fulcrum Celebrate student journalism by working at the U of O’s independent English language newspaper. Drop by our Thursday staff meetings to learn about opportunities to write for news, arts, features, sports, and opinions—or get involved with our Board of Directors, who handle the Fulcrum’s business affairs.

3. The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) Office The SFUO

When in a foreign n place, it is necessary to sample delicacies it has to offer. Be sure to indulge e in rmet the following gourmet dishes on a weekly kly basis:

• Instant noodles • Kraft Dinner • Caf food • Shwarma • Anything take-out out • Leftover take-out ut • Any dish that makes your stomach sad

illustration by Maria Rondon

2. United Way The United Way’s mission is “To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action”. All funds raised by the United Way stay within the community they come from, so it’s a great way to give back. The U of O chapter has even created a specific Student Aid Fund to support our students. To get involved with their campaign, visit unitedway. uottawa.ca.

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organizes many student-run initiatives at the U of O. They are always in need of people to help out with their countless projects. The SFUO also hosts an annual Volunteer Gala to give back to volunteers at the end of each year; check out their opportunities at sfuo.ca. 4. 101 Week Remember all the awesome times you had in your fi rst week at the U of O? Make someone else’s first week awesome next September; volunteer to be a 101 guide through your student as-

8. The Peer Help Centre Help your fellow students avoid crises, whether it’s something as small as a tutor referral or as large as a mental health problem, volunteers at the Peer Help Centre make a big impacts on students’ lives. To become a volunteer, see peerhelp.sfuo.ca.

sociation in April. 5. CHUO 89.1 fm The U of O’s radio station hosts a variety of shows in multiple languages all year long. Volunteers can swing by for orientation sessions to get started, and then choose to work either behind the scenes or behind a microphone. Find them online at chuo.fm. 6. Student mentors Although not a possibility for those in their first year of university, mentoring another student can

9. Women’s Resource Centre Offers support and resources to students who are concerned about gender issues on campus. You don’t have to be a woman to help with their initiatives, participate in their discussion of gender roles, or take action within the campus and community. Check out wrc.sfuo.ca for information on volunteer training. 10. The Fulcrum Oh, did we mention that f one already?

Tip #11: slanguage It helps to know the language when staying in a foreign place. Here are two simple rules of speech to remember when speaking to other students: Terms related to the activities of a university student must be expressed in their obnoxiously extended form. For example, the sentence: “Do you want to get drunk tonight?” will be understood by your fellow students, but is not as effective as saying: “Let’s get shitwreckhammercrunked up tonight!”—which will receive a “def” and “obv!”

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40 things I wish I knew in first year Mercedes Mueller | Fulcrum Staff 40 First year sucks. Deal with it. 39 First year will suck less if you do something about it. 38 Don’t schedule morning classes if you aren’t a morning person. 37 If you’re from out of town, don’t spend every weekend going home to hang out with your high school friends. You’ll miss out on the opportunity to make new, potentially better, ones here. 36 University profs are much more resistant to bullshit excuses and elaborate sob stories about work not being completed on time than your high school teachers were. 35 If you came to university in a long distance relationship that was already on the rocks, don’t fight a losing battle. 34 Your faculty and department, as well as other organizations on campus, put on seminars on interesting topics all the time. Check them out. You’ll learn something new, and maybe you’ll get to meet someone semi-famous in the world of academia. 33 Budgeting is important. Sure, those $250 boots look amazing and, yes, that $150 bar tab night was legendary… until you can’t afford to eat for three weeks. 32 The line at Second Cup in the library moves slower than a lesson on the Oxford comma. 31 Buy your textbooks the

unconventional way—use Facebook or Amazon to find your books at, oftentimes, cheaper prices. 30 For every hour spent in class, you should spend two hours outside class studying. Well, if you want an A, anyway. 29 Work. Try to get into CO-OP if your field of study offers it. Apply to the Work-Study Program if you are eligible. Find out if McDonalds on Rideau Street is hiring. But work if you have the time—and almost all students do. 28 Get to know your profs. Not only will it make your academic life easier, but they will be much more inclined to write you a letter of reference in the future if they actually know who you are. 27 Sometimes, student politics will seem like a bunch of political students pretending the Unicentre is the Oval Office and it will annoy you. Or, you might not give a fuck what these students do. Give one. Everything they do affects you. 26 French. It’s a bilingual university, so if you don’t already know it, learn it now. You’ll thank yourself later when you apply for jobs on campus or want a job in the government. 25 Unless you wake up at 6 a.m., or are down to work out late at night, there is never a good time to go to the gyms on campus.

Frosh survival tip #24: budgeting When living li away from home, the art of budgeting bu becomes crucial to survi survival. University students tend to prioritize their day-to-day expense expenses in the following way: •Beer and/or hard liquor •Cute clothes •Ridiculously priced cell phones and laptops with thousands of unnecessary, and unused, applications •Cool accessories for living space •Food

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24 Know when the drop dates are for your courses each semester—both for when you can drop a course and get a refund, and the last date you can drop a course without getting an F. 23 Government-funded student loans, bank loans, and credit cards are not free money—you actually have to pay them back… with interest. 22 Learn how to calculate interest. 21 You can’t drop a class every time you have a professor

you don’t like or if you get a bad grade on the first assignment. Sometimes it’s best to suck it up and finish what you started. 20 There are places to study on campus besides the Morriset Library—in the evenings, SITE, Desmarais, and the computer labs are near-empty and quiet. 19 Bitching about how much homework you have to do on Facebook and/or Twitter won’t help you get your work done any faster. Neither will YouTube videos, a visit to your favourite blog, or an episode of a TV show.

18 Speak up in class if you have something to say. 17 Shut up in class if you have nothing to say, particularly if you just want to impress your prof. That’s what office hours are for. 16 Filling out the required forms and showing up the morning of registration day is not enough to guarantee your team a place in some intramural leagues on campus. Sleeping over outside Sports Services may be necessary. 15 There is an entire city outside of campus and Sandy Hill. Explore it. 14 Get familiar with the U of O website, and that of your faculty and department. They contain all the information you’ll ever need to know about anything related to this campus. 13 Volunteer. Join an organization. Get involved in student politics. It will change your life. 12 Don’t wait until the afternoon to visit the main services on campus—your faculty, the Financial Aid & Awards Office, or InfoService—especially at the beginning of each semester. 11 You will get sick of Kraft Dinner, so enjoy it now—by fourth year you will have sworn it off for life. 10 No matter how hot he or she looks strutting around the kitchen half-dressed every morning, never hook

up with your roommate—not just once, not even just a little. 9 University is the most freedom you will ever have in your entire life. Make the most of it—life only gets more complicated from this point on. 8 Register for classes as soon as you can, especially in third and fourth year. 7 Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to make the same mistake two nights in a row. 6 Class is what you make of it. Sometimes it is boring, and some profs just read off their slides or from the textbook. But you will learn more with your ass in class than you could have taught yourself out of a textbook. Seriously. 5 Your parents are the best friends you will ever have. Be nice to them. 4 The 24-hour computer labs in Montpetit Hall are the best kept secret of this university. 3 Don’t kill yourself trying to keep your admission scholarship. 2 It is entirely possible to read a textbook the night before an exam and get an A. Do that every exam for the next four years and you will graduate university with a degree—and absolutely no idea what you learned. 1 Almost everything you think you know about yourself and life after high school will seem completely wrong after the next four years.

Frosh survival tip #62: customs When travelling to a new land, it is important to learn the culture’s customary practices. These are a handful of university student traditions: re a midterm or fi nal exam • Pulling all-nighters before • Starting essays 32 hours before they are due • Going for an epic breakfast ast at ht of Father & Sons after a night heavy drinking • Procrastinating with thee aid of Facebook, roommates,, and sun-fi lled patios n un• Blowing student loans on necessary purchases—typitypically alcoholic beverages


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Ottawa Nightlife Best downtown hangouts for a rocking weekend

illustration by Maria Rondon

Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff

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T’S FRIDAY NIGHT, and you have no clue where to go. If you’re just discovering Ottawa’s attractions, look no further—we’ve outlined everything that you’ll want to check out on a Friday night, whatever you’re in the mood for! If you’re underage, take advantage of the fact that you are now in a city where a short bus ride takes you to another province—a province with a lower legal drinking age. Although sometimes sketchy, Hull offers clubs and bars that cater to an 18plus crowd, as well as multiple SAQs (the Quebec equivalent of the LCBO). For all

your clubbing needs, check out the two clubs closest to campus: Addiction or Le Volt. If you’re not in the mood to dance, Le Bop or Le Petit Chicago are must-see bars. If you want to drink on campus, check out 1848—many events are hosted in this Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO)-run bar. The Draft, located on the second floor of the Sports Centre, and Café Nostalgica, run by the Graduate Students Association (GSAÉD), are other favourites for drinking locally. If you’re looking for cheap beer and multiple kinds of poutine, try La Maison on the corner of Somerset and King Edward. It boasts a very chilled out atmosphere which

caters almost exclusively to students. The same can be said for The Royal Oak—their delicious eats make it a campus favourite. At the corner of King Edward and Osgoode, you’ll find Father & Sons, a restaurant and bar which is known not only for its food and alcoholic drinks, but also for its hangover-helping breakfasts, which includes bottomless coffee refills. If you’re seeking live entertainment, it’s always a good idea to check out bar websites before going out. Most venues post their scheduled acts online. Good places to hear live music include Mavericks, the Heart and Crown, and Zaphod Beeblebrox. Zaphod’s has live bands early in the evening, and switches to dance music as

the night goes on. Or, if you’re looking to be the live entertainment, there’s always karaoke! The SFUO hosted two karaoke nights at 1848 last year, where a live band accompanied singers. More of these events have been promised for the upcoming year, but if you can’t wait check out The Cajun Attic or Shanghai in Chinatown. Bars close to campus host karoke on select nights: La Maison on Thursdays, Father & Sons on Wednesdays. If you want to dance all night, you’ve got a lot of options in the downtown core. Barrymore’s Music Hall often offers themed music nights, with 80s-themed Sundays

and 90s-themed Thursdays. Parliament Ultra Club sometimes features celebrity guests, and Tila Tequila is a must-see for dance music. Mansion is known for their sophisticated nature: however, they’ve been known to turn away party goers who don’t comply with their dress code. If you’re in the mood for something different, why not try out a comedy club? Ottawa has two downtown: Absolute Comedy and Yuk Yuk’s. If you want to know what’s going on weekly, the Fulcrum prints a calendar of events called the Thryllabus (see p. 22).It’s the best place to find out what events are happening on or near campus. f

Calling all sports fans and athletes Sports Services have much to offer to first-year students Serge Lafontaine | Fulcrum Contributor

TO THE ENTERING class of 2014, welcome to the world of athletics at the University of Ottawa. Whether you are aiming to become the next star quarterback of the football team (watch out, Brad Sinopoli) or if you just want to play an entertaining match of intramural volleyball, Sports Services at the U of O offers you the opportunity to participate at all levels of competition. Sports Services organizes numerous intramural leagues throughout the year, which all students can register to join. Most of them are divided into two sections based on skill and previous training—the Garnet league is perfect for the ultimate competitors, while the Grey league is more recreational in nature. Students can sign up for the traditional hockey, soccer, and

volleyball activities or possibly decide to “dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge” in the intramural dodgeball league. Other popular choices include co-ed ultimate frisbee and flag football. If organized sports aren’t your thing, students can also enrol in pilates classes, outdoor adventures, and swimming lessons. Of course, there is nothing that quite compares to suiting up for the Gee-Gees as a member of a varsity team or a competitive club, but going to a Gees game as a fan comes close. Here’s the good news for all the frosh out there: first-year students have the privilege of attending any GeeGees home game for free with the GeeGees first-year season pass. “Every first-year undergraduate student at the U of O is entitled to a firstyear pass which gives them free access to all Gee-Gees regular season home games,

except the men’s basketball [game] versus Carleton,” explained Jess Damery, the promotions supervisor for Sports Services, in an email to the Fulcrum. If you are an upper year undergraduate student or a graduate student, there is no reason to feel neglected. For the first time ever, Sport Services is offering a new promotion. According to Damery, all U of O students will have the chance to sit in the “uOttawa student zone” for free at all regular season Gee-Gees games played on campus (football not included). The section will have limited capacity so students will have to ensure they arrive early to f snag a seat. For more information, visit geegees.ca or pick up a Sports Services brochure available on the first floor of Montpetit Hall and at the Sports Complex.

Gee-Gees pass information Free first-year passes available at: 1. Tabaret Hall, Sept. 4 and 5 (10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.) 2. Tabaret lawn during President’s Brunch, Sept. 5 3. All varsity home games Excludes playoff games, exhibition games, and all games played at Scotiabank Place. Upper year students: Free access to “uOttawa student zone” at any varsity regular season home game. This offer does not extend to men’s football games and only a limited number of seats will be available at each game. Also excludes playoff games, exhibition games, and all games played at Scotiabank Place.

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Taizé on campus!

Ecumenical prayers with the songs of Taizé are held each month at Sacré-Cœur Church, 591 Cumberland, corner of Laurier

The next one : Thursday, September 16, 7:15 p.m. Info : 613-241-7515 taizeottawa@yahoo.ca

As an undergraduate student, you have access to FREE legal advice and representation!!!

UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA COMMUNITY LEGAL CLINIC We deal with matters related to: ¾ Criminal Offences ¾ Tenant Rights ¾ Employment issues ¾ Consumer Problems ¾ Small Claims Court ¾ Serious Highway Traffic Act Offences ¾ Application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board ¾ Human Rights We also: ¾ Notarize documents ¾ Make true copies ¾ Give Legal Education Workshops

Come see us… University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic 17 Copernicus K1N 6N5 Telephone: (613) 562-5600 http://www.uottawa.ca/associations/clinic/eng/main.htm

Walk-In Hours (No appointment necessary): Monday 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Thursday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Walk-in hours change in April, May, September and December so please call before you come in.


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