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No smoking joking Re: “Fearless and committed” (Opinions, Oct. 21)

WHILE I UNDERSTAND the satirical pseudo-helpfulness that is the article “Fearless and committed” about quitting Facebook, I must say it is never in good taste to encourage students to take up smoking. Up to 30 per cent of students already smoke. Maybe a disclaimer could be added next time? In car commercials they still say “Professional driver. Closed course. Do not attempt.” I’m just sayin’. Lorrée Allen Second-year translation student Some things don’t change WHAT A JOKE! Students pretending to teach the university how to manage such a big institution and unable to manage their own little affairs... and this has been true for the last 30 years! J. LeBlanc Former U of O student and employee Wishes for fishes Re: “My fish could do a better job” (Editorial, Oct. 21) YOUR RECENT EDITORIAL was titled “My fish could do a better job”, referring to the SFUO Executive. My question is as follows: Are you referring to one fish for the entire executive, or an individual fish for each position? And would we be required to spend our time ferrying these fish around campus to meetings, or would they just remain in their respective offices (presumably continuing to brood)? With the consent of the Fulcrum’s editorial board, and in the interests of ensuring that students are represented as best as possible (because we won’t know if a fish does a better job until we try), I would propose a trial run—one day with your fish filling my job. I can either place him on my desk and instead spend the day catching up on homework, or I can carry him to meetings and events throughout the day. I accept your challenge—name your fish. Ted Horton SFUO VP University Affairs Comments from La Rotonde Re: “This is about the lack of respect and constant intimidation” (News, Oct. 21) A FEW MEMBERS of our team and myself were at the BOA meeting Oct. 17, and at the meeting at Café Alt the next day. As the editor-in-chief for La Rotonde, I am aware of what your journalists Katherine DeClerq and Briana Hill mention in their

article. The facts are there and it was well written. However, I have to admit that I believe the first paragraph revealed false information. As a matter of fact, La Rotonde published an exclusive news story Oct. 4 regarding the lack of respect between the members of the SFUO (you can read the article on our website). Two weeks before the BOA on Oct. 17, the article revealed that there were problems in the SFUO. However, the first few sentences of the article by Briana Hill and Katherine DeClerq state other information: “… a lack of respect among the executive members has made it impossible for them to convene and make decisions regarding the student body. This was revealed when a motion was put forward at the Board of Administrators (BOA) meeting this past Sunday.” Anyone who has read the edition of La Rotonde that was published two weeks before the BOA knows that this was not the case. The information regarding the lack of respect was not revealed at the BOA, but in our article “Division au sein de l’exécutif de la FEUO”. A few students at the BOA even used the information from this article to ask questions or make comments (during the meeting of Oct. 17) to the members of the BOA and the SFUO regarding the conflicts between the members of the SFUO. I do not know if this was written because the journalists and yourself were not aware that this information had already been revealed by La Rotonde, or for another reason. I just thought you should know. As the two main newspapers on campus, I think we could all work more effectively if we kept ourselves informed of the content that the other media has to offer to the students at the U of O. Julie-Anne Lapointe Editor-in-Chief of La Rotonde

against many students, is a disgrace. The students themselves are largely responsible for allowing the union to subvert their rights in this way, but all of Canadian society suffers the consequences. The graduate students at the University of Ottawa con-

done the degradation of Canadian society by their inaction. They will inherit the society and professional environment that they deserve. Denis Rancourt Former physics professor

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U of O feels pressure of low grade The Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report ranks schools across the country Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff

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N OCT. 25, the Globe and Mail released their ninth annual Canadian University Report. The report, which consists of survey responses of 35,000 students across Canada, examines different aspects of university life, including quality of education, student services, faculty relations, technology, and career preparation. Universities are given a letter grade and are compared against similar-sized institutions. The University of Ottawa was consistently ranked as one of the bottom three universities when compared to other large institutions in all areas except for those regarding student satisfaction with the town, libraries, and environmental commitment. The report shows that U of O students were some of the most dissatisfied with the quality of education and life on campus. University President Allan Rock has read these results and explained that the U of O administration will be taking them seriously. “The Globe and Mail is not the only student survey that gives the university low marks when our students are asked to rate their experience,” said Rock. “We have spent a lot of time examining the issue because these results are disappointing and trouble us a great deal. Every single professor, every member of our personnel, and everyone here in the administration wants more than anything else to provide our students with an experience they will look back on as among the best years of their

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U OF O GETS ITS REPORT CARD University of Ottawa graded on student satisfaction lives.” The report’s purpose is to educate high school students who are currently deciding which university to attend. “The report was made for high school students. It is an insight into what university is like, not just academics, but residence, food, atmosphere, and other determining factors when choosing a university,” explained Simon Beck, editor of the Canadian University Report. “As for the administration, I hope they take the results seriously and act to improve areas in which students are dissatisfied.” The University of Ottawa ratings can

be described as an average B-, with the exception of food service—which has been given a consistent D grade over the past few years—as well as course availability and student-faculty interactions—both of which were given a C+ grade. “Our professors are sincerely committed to providing every student with the best possible experience; the circumstances make that very difficult to achieve. Among the innovations we have discussed with the deans are greater use of smaller, seminar-type instruction as a supplement to larger classes, and strategies that would create more mentoring opportunities for students,” explained Rock.

Beck agreed that the large size of a university such as the University of Ottawa makes it extremely difficult for students to interact with their administration, and that while the results are not “brilliant,” they were typical of the U of O. “The University of Ottawa doesn’t usually do well in these surveys. It’s a big university and, in all fairness, they don’t usually do well because of the size of the campus and the large classes. That being said, there is a way. The University of Western Ontario seems to have discovered a way to satisfy students.” Rock admitted that the U of O will probably not be able to have the same

relationship with its students as some of the other universities, but that the administration will work harder to improve student satisfaction. “We will never be able to provide at our university the experience a student can have on a small, rural campus that focuses heavily on one-on-one engagement,” said Rock. “On the other hand, we have all the advantages of a bustling, dynamic urban setting with a highly diverse student population and professors, programs and scholars, many of whom are recognized worldwide, [who] are leaders in their fields.” f

U of O students elected into positions of power The Ottawa municipal elections saw students rise to the challenge Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff

THE OTTAWA MUNICIPAL elections saw two University of Ottawa graduates rise to power as city councillor and school board trustee. Both candidates campaigned tirelessly throughout the months of September and October in order to gain the trust and respect of the Rideau-Rockcliffe, Alta Vista, and Rideau-Vanier wards—and they did so with great success. Elected by a margin of only 88 votes over the city councillor incumbent, Matheiu Fleury gained the confidence of the constituents of ward 12 by going door-to-door explaining his political outlook. He graduated from the University of Ottawa with a bachelor in human kinetics, and last year he obtained his MA in sports administration. Marielle Godbout, school board trustee to the Conseil des écoles publiques de

l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), was re-elected by a margin of 324 votes against her competitor. She is currently a part-time student at the U of O, and in January 2011, she will be commencing her PhD in translation. Mathieu Fleury “It feels good. We worked hard ... We are happy with the results and excited for the next four years,” explained Fleury after his victory. With one of the closest races seen in this year’s municipal elections, Fleury is excited to get more involved in politics. Although he has less experience in government than other candidates that ran, Fleury believes that it was his persistence and ability to listen to the issues presented by his constituents that made him the perfect candidate. He walked door-todoor asking people what they wanted to see done in the ward.

“We had an awesome platform because we based it on the people, on what we heard at the door.” Although Fleury would like to dive into his policies, he fi rst wants to understand exactly how the government works and what he needs to do to get the concerns of the people to a level at which they will be listened to. “I would like to say that I will get into the issues right away, but in all honesty, I will take the first couple of weeks to listen to the issues and understand how we resolve a problem from the government’s perspective.” Fleury also wants to let students and the University of Ottawa community know that he will be available to listen to concerns or questions throughout his term. Although he was able to go doorto-door during his campaign, he wants to stress that without responses from his constituents he won’t be able to properly

represent those who voted for him. “The way to get things moving on a council level is by calling the councillor. It’s by emailing the councillor, [and] it is by following local issues,” he said. “As much as I want to do outreach, if I don’t get feedback I can’t provide results.” Although Fleury would like to say that politics has always been his dream, his true ambition is to help others. As a student of human kinetics, he strives toward becoming a family physician. However, he believes that there are numerous ways of helping the community, and being involved in politics is one way to do so. Marielle Godbout Godbout was elected to her fi ft h consecutive mandate in zone nine. She has been a school trustee since 1998, and believes that it was her experience in education that won her the election this year. Her mandate includes a more inclusive edu-

cation system, in which schools welcome members of Ontario’s francophone community as well as new arrivals to the city. Her goal is to create diversity. “I am very honoured that the community once again has chosen to entrust me to represent their interests on the board, and I will do my best to make sure that the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) continues to provide the best education possible to its students,” said Godbout in an email to the Fulcrum. Part of Godbout’s inclusive education system includes an emphasis on equality, teamwork, and justice. One of the first things Godbout will be doing is meeting with the new school council to get an update on their concerns so that she knows what to address. “I [want] to make sure their students can get the best experience possible in their school.” f


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Restoring sanity to the United States PIDSSA sends bus load of students to rally in Washington

SANITY TAKEN TO A NEW LEVEL

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Students protest at the National Mall during the Rally to Restore Sanity Elliott Lockington | Fulcrum Contributor

ON OCT. 30, the Political and International Development Studies Student Association (PIDSSA) organized a bus for students interested in going to Washington D.C. to participate in a political rally to reinstate sanity in the United States. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear was attended by 47 University of Ottawa students, as well as hundreds of thousands of other American and Canadian citizens. The event was organized by two comedian pundits and political satirists. Stewart, host of The Daily Show and Colbert, host of The Colbert Show, hosted this event

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as a satirical interpretation of Glenn Beck’s Rally to Restore Honour. Conservative television host and political commentator, Beck held a religious and patriotic rally in August 2010 promoting the return of America to God and its traditional values. Amanda Iarusso, vp academic of PIDSSA and U of O rally organizer, explained that the rally was a unique opportunity for students to express their real concerns or their support. “I really enjoyed both the rally and the event as a whole. Th is type of thing really couldn’t happen in Canada. People are comfortable and happy in Canada. It’s easier not to care because we have substantive social welfare programs in place, whereas in the States, if you don’t care,

It’s a fucking t-shirt WE ASSUME THAT the executives of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO), as well as the members of the Board of Administration (BOA), are hard at work creating policy, bettering student life, and planning kick-

you lose it all,” said Iarusso. The rally took place at National Mall park, located between the White House and the Washington monument. The small park facilitated an estimated 200,000 people from noon until 3 p.m. The purpose of the rally was to highlight sanity in the midst of U.S. politics. The event was aimed to show the government that average citizens are tired of extremist protesting. The participants used the satirical rally to promote issues that they believe make more sense than the exaggerated politics portrayed in the media. Some posters held by the crowd made fun of the popular protesting of President Barack Obama’s term in office, using an image of Adolf Hitler exclaiming “Th is is

Hitler” followed by another sign that read “Th is is not Hitler” portraying the image of Obama. Other signs were just odd for the sake of being odd, such as the representation of a Spaghetti Monster and one that said “Climbin in Yo Windows.” “The substance [of the rally] was good; however, the point could have been more straightforward rather than satire. The audience seemed to be waiting for some political opinion,” explained Iarusso. Including hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, a large number of celebrities came out to show their support for the rally. Mythbusters Jamie Hydnemen and Adam Savage made an appearance, as well as Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, Ozzie Osbourne, and O’Jay. The list of

supporting entertainers consisted of singers such as Sheryl Crow, and famous Law and Order actor Sam Waterson. The crowd’s need for political direction was fi nally satisfied when the satirical rally ended with Jon Stewart giving a dramatic and touching commentary on the United States and it’s political media, remarking that, “if we amplify everything, we hear nothing.” Th is statement brought mass cheers and applause from the people. Iarusso was pleased with both the patriotism of the rally and the turnout by University of Ottawa students. “I was really happy to see all these new faces attending a PIDSSA event.” f

ass events. But lately, there has been a more pressing issue that has taken priority over increasing the quality of food in the cafeteria, or fi xing student registration problems. Th is issue, which has been discussed widely by both the SFUO and the BOA over the past two months, is about t-shirts. Yes, my fellow students, the SFUO and BOA have been concerned over those pieces of printed cloth you wore during 101 Week. These t-shirts have become the source of much time and debate between our governing bodies, and I fi nd that completely ridiculous. To date, there has been an ad-hoc committee created, an investigation held, a report written, and a report dissolved.

And it isn’t over. The ad-hoc committee recommended that Ted Horton, vp university affairs of the SFUO, and Alex Chaput, vp social, be brought up on sanctions by a disciplinary committee on the grounds that they supported, and allegedly encouraged, federated bodies to purchase t-shirts from a company that did not abide by the sustainable and ethical mandate of the SFUO. The report will be re-presented to the BOA during their next meeting. Is this issue really that important? Is it so significant that more time and effort needs to be put into it? I don’t think so. Th is isn’t an issue of discrimination, nor is it an issue of legality. It’s about a fucking t-shirt, and the fact that colours were offered by one company that were

not by the alternative! The issue was that the quality was better, the designs could be retained, and there were fewer creative limitations! 101 Week is over. Everyone had a blast. The t-shirts looked awesome. The federated bodies were happy with their decision, and so were the executives that ordered them. Do we really need to take this any further? My opinion: Get over it! It is done with! I think it is time to put your time and effort into something that really matters—like maybe resolving your childish differences and getting back to work. news@thefulcrum.ca (613) 562 5260


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Are we a sustainable campus? U of O annual Sustainability Report released to public Briana Hill | Fulcrum Staff

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O CELEBRATE CAMPUS Sustainability Day on Oct. 19, the University of Ottawa released its annual Sustainability Report for the year 2010. The purpose of this report is to look into the progress of the current sustainable programs offered at the U of O, and to disclose the university’s goals for future years. The report follows a 4-C model of sustainability based on campus, community, culture, and curriculum. The Fulcrum chose the most student-relevant topics revealed in the report and describes the university’s progress.

Food Consistently awarded a “D” grade in food services from the Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report survey, the university has launched a number of initiatives to improve the food system on campus, as well as its environmental effects. “We have undertaken some major changes in food services on campus since the start of the summer of 2009,” explained Marc Pandi, sustainable development communications officer with the Physical Resources Service, in an email to the Fulcrum. “The process was done one location at a time to ensure that we did things right from the onset and ensured that the offering would be what students wanted.” The University of Ottawa’s annual Sustainability Report stated that the university’s goal for sustainable food services is “to offer one local, vegetarian, vegan, organic, and fair-trade option at all food outlets on campus by 2012.” To date, the U of O has been unable to provide a defi nition for local produce, and has consequently not been able to track its progress. The majority of food services around campus have fair-trade and vegetarian options; however, organic and vegan options are scarce. The report also detailed that the university hopes to maintain a permanent farmer’s market on campus, beginning in the fall of 2011. Pandi believes that raising the environmental standards of food services at the U of O will yield benefits beyond the obvious ecological ones. “There are several dimensions to the question of sustainable food options that are not just environmentally related,” said Pandi. “Fair-trade food options, for example, is how we can demonstrate an

*Vegetarian and vegan options do not include salad.

awareness of social issues related to the production of food. There are other dimensions as well (such as the nutritional values and health implications) that were not examined in this report, but that we would like to touch on in the future.” Students have witnessed substantial changes to the University Centre food court this fall. In 2011, similar renovations and menu changes will take place in the cafeteria at SITE, and a review of food offered at Roger-Guindon will be instated. “As you can tell, we have undertaken many changes, and there are still many more to come. Our latest surveys show that student satisfaction is on the rise, and that they are pleased with the new offerings and changes. We are optimistic that all the changes and upcoming changes will improve our surveys scores in the future,” said Pandi.

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Sustainable transportation According to the U of O’s annual Sustainability Report, “sustainable transportation is one of the most developed programs related to sustainability on campus.” The campus’ downtown location and its proximity to the transit-way and Sandy Hill all contribute to an environmentally sound groundwork for the university. In addition to these geographical advantages, the university has also initiated several sustainable transport programs including bike-share, carpooling, U-Pass, shuttle services, and a bike co-op—its latest initiative. Pandi explained that the co-op may only slightly increase the number of cyclists. What is really needed is cycling infrastructure at the municipal level. “We need a [model split between] the ratio of sustainable transportation mode use compared to single-occupant vehicle use,” explained Pandi. The report’s 2012 sustainable transportation goal is to achieve a model split of 85 per cent. Currently the split is around 82 per cent.

Sustainable building Restricted student space and a growing student population generate a lot of friction on the University of Ottawa campus. Th is density, however, contributes to what the U of O’s annual Sustainability Report calls “effective resource and energy management.” This same density also means little room for green space. The largest green space boasted by the report, the Rideau Canal, is not on campus but borders it. New building standards, which include rooftop gardens and the addition of a second community garden this summer, are initiatives detailed in the report to begin improving campus green space. The investment made in improving the energy effectiveness of older buildings has been developed significantly. “We are continually improving energy effectiveness through an [$11,000,000] eco retrofit program. Since 2007, we have improved the energy effectiveness of the Fauteux/D’Iorio [building] and the cooling system at the central plant,” explained Pandi. Several buildings, including the new social sciences tower, are being designed under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Canada (LEED) guidelines. LEED, a green building rating system, encourages buildings to be made with a sustainable site in mind, including water and energy efficiency, material selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED designates buildings with a gold, silver, or bronze rating. The university currently has three LEED projects underway—one silver and two gold. The new social sciences tower is a LEED gold-certified project. “The new social science building currently under construction will… showcase green roofs, living walls, and extensive heat recovery from both the ventilation air and the Green Data centre that will contribute largely to the net zero

Campus Transit Transit use is representative of the entire campus community

heating goal the design team was chal lenged with,” said Pandi. Ongoing renovations and high standards for new infrastructure are the university’s current challenges. “Th rough the combined impact of both these initiatives, the university will stay on course to reduce our direct green house gas emissions to less than 35 per cent less than they were in 2005 by 2020,” said Pandi.

Curriculum The University of Ottawa’s sustainability initiatives are not restricted to campus infrastructure projects, but encompass all aspects of the report’s 4-C model. As an institution of higher education, the university includes curriculum as an important aspect of the approach to sustainability. The Report boasts “87 courses registered at the university with a strong sustainability component,” and the U of O’s Institute of the Environment is working to create a graduate program that would focus on sustainability. Some of these courses include experiential learning units in which students research and propose solutions and initiatives to the university. These assessments include recycling and natural resources management. The institute is also working with Sustainable Prosperity, a national policy networking organization based out of the U of O, to create what the report calls an “Earth Embassy.” Such an embassy would be a hub for researchers, academics, and non-governmental organizations with a broad sustainability mandate. In addition, the U of O has played host to several conferences that have either focused on the topic of sustainability or employed sustainable practices. The integration of sustainability into the U of O’s curriculum is an ongoing initiative and will be included in the administration’s Vision 2020 planning process. f

Sustainable quick-notes Paper consumption at the U of O: 34,594,749 sheets/year Target paper consumption for 2012: 29,060,567 sheets/year Energy management at the U of O: 698,132 GJ/year Target energy management: 621,212 GJ/year Water management at the U of O: 591,460 m3/year Target water management: 612,404 m3/year

List of U of O sustainable programs Recyclemania

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Car-free day

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Water-bottle free Community Garden campus Muggy Mondays Green weeks Right to respect Eco champions

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Pumpkin carving bandits strike McGee’s Inn Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff

HALLOWEEN DOESN’T ONLY have to be a holiday meant to inspire fear or an occasion to over-indulge in sugar-coated treats. Rather, it can also be used as an opportunity to spread cheer across the city, or at least bring it to Daly Street in Ottawa. For the past two years, a group of bandits have been approaching McGee’s Inn on Daly Street a few weeks before Halloween and stealing the pumpkins the staff leave on the front steps. A few hours later, they return the pumpkins complete with ghoulish carvings and candles lit inside. “We have only got a glimpse of them from our closed-circuit security cameras,” explained Sarah Armstrong, innkeeper of McGee’s Inn. Armstrong suspects that the bandits are young adults—perhaps students— who live in the area. They silently creep up to the steps and they always have their faces hidden from the cameras. Th is year, Armstrong named the thieves the “pumpkin-carving bandits.” Although the fi rst year of thievery caused much confusion, Armstrong wants to reiterate that they are grateful for the beautiful carvings on their pumpkins. On Oct. 31, she hung a sign on the front gate of the Inn thanking them for their work. “Everyone that walks by reads the sign and smiles ... It is wonderful! I hope it is a tradition that continues!” f

Montreal students protest government meetings with education partners MONTREAL (CUP)—OVER 300 UNIVERSITY students marched through downtown Montreal and staged a sit-in on Oct. 21 at a convention centre to protest a series of government consultations. The students believed that meetings between government officials and university leaders were taking place to legitimize a decision already made by the Quebec government to increase university tuition fees in 2012. Organized by one of Quebec’s largest student lobby groups, Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ), the protest took place to publicize the students’ disagreement with the “frivolous” and “illegitimate” meetings. The ASSÉ supports an immediate tuition freeze and has planned another protest in November. – Jacob Serebrin, CUP Quebec Bureau Chief Alberta fraternity suspended after hazing EDMONTON (CUP)—THE DELTA KAPPA Epsilon (DKE) fraternity chapter at the University of Alberta was suspended on Oct. 25 for illegal hazing. The Gateway reported that the DKE told their pledges to eat their own vomit, deprived them of sleep, and shut them in a plywood box, among other things. The loss of the DKE’s student group status means that they lose privileges such as the ability to book space at the university, rent university equipment, or use the university name and insignia. The Dean of Students could not say how long their student group status would be suspended. — Alexandria Eldridge, the Gateway Western Ontario University faces strike deadline

THE PUMPKIN BANDITS

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McGee’s Inn thanks the students who carved their pumpkins this Halloween

What’s she building in there? Profiles in science research at the U of O

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The big game Tyler Shendruk | Fulcrum Contributor

The problem MODERN SPORTING EVENTS have grown into megaprojects. Tournaments like the FIFA World Cup or Universiade are huge investment projects that host international teams, are watched worldwide, and require vast management administrations. With such huge costs, and equally huge potential economic benefits, the organization of such games is taken very seriously. Planning is already well underway for the 2015 Pan American Games to be hosted by Toronto. However, with so many people involved and with so much at stake, creating an efficient framework for communication amongst the network of coordinating bodies can be a daunting task. The researcher Milena Parent is an expert in sports administration at the University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetics. She specializes in strategic management and organization theory for large-scale sporting events.

TORONTO (CUP)—FACULTY AT THE University of Western Ontario is prepared to strike as of Nov. 3 if an agreement cannot be reached. The faculty-union represents 1,400 full-time and part-time faculty who have been without a contract since June 30. In the event of a strike, most classes on the main campus would be cancelled, but administrative services would remain open. However, the university is trying to organize academic programming outside of the classroom—such as volunteer opportunities, service learning, and educational fi lms—so that students are able to continue their studies in the case of a strike. –Alexandra Posadzki, CUP Ontario Bureau Chief

The project By chronicling and understanding the coordination network that existed for organizing the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, Parent can develop broad network theories for the management of large-scale sporting events that can then be used by future organizers. The city of Vancouver began planning for the 2010 Olympic Games nine years before the opening ceremonies. A total of 97 separate federal, provincial, and municipal departments were involved in the planning and those were just the governmental bodies. The coordination network of stakeholders included sponsors, organizational committees, community groups, governmental departments, the media, and delegations of athletes. Each stakeholder had his or her own interests and each was needed for the sporting event to be a success. The key Traditional theory presents the organizational network as a wheel with the organizing committee as the hub and the stakeholders as spokes, but Parent found

a strikingly different picture. She discovered centralized control of the planning process lay with the local communities or “people on the ground,” and consequently, played a more pivotal role than that assumed by officials. In practice, there wasn’t one centralized hub, but rather groups that formed multiple hubs of organization. None of the hubs were well connected to the entire coordination network. Instead, each had strong ties to a handful of stakeholders. Stakeholders formed strong local contacts with each other, but these local networks were relatively independent with only weak links between them. According to Parent, organizers who bridged two or more of these local networks had some of the strongest positions in the planning process since they acted as the main lines of communications between the fractured groups. f

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ONTARIO—MCMASTER UNIVERSITY CLAIMS that a Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal characteristics (CASPer) is a more effective way of predicting a student’s abilities then the typical autobiographical essay required in med school applications. CASPer is a computer-based test in which students take part in 12 five-minute segments of video clip presentations and situational activities, including an additional four segments based on “self-descriptive questions.” Th is system is being used in the 2010–2011 application process. However, students are also required to write an outline of an autobiographical essay as a backup. —Katherine DeClerq Fire set inside Health Service building OTTAWA—AT 2:45 A.M. Oct. 31, someone set a waste-basket on fi re near the ATM in the Health Services building on Marie-Currie St. When fi refighters arrived on the scene, the fire had extinguished itself; however, there was heavy smoke damage to the ventilation shaft s and the walls in proximity to it on floors one to four. According to the CBC, the damage can be estimated at $10,000. The university Protection Services is still assessing the exact cost of the damage. The clinic, which is open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., had to be moved to the Sports Medicine and Therapy Centre in the Sports Complex. They were allowed to return to the Health Service building on Nov. 1. The issue is currently under investigation by Civic Authorities. —Katherine DeClerq


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What’s with all the moustaches? Emmaline English | Fulcrum Contributor

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OU HAD BETTER get used to the constant five o’clock shadow. Movember, or moustache November, is back at the U of O. Th roughout this month men are encouraged to neglect their razors and promote bearded faces in order to raise awareness about prostate cancer and men’s health issues. Th is worldwide campaign—originally initiated in Australia in 2004—has raised millions of dollars in funding for better treatment options, screening tests, and support services for men who have survived prostate cancer. Last year alone, 255,755 “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” from around the globe raised $47 million. Canada’s campaign was the second largest in the world, raising $7.8 million. “Th is year our goal is not only to raise awareness about prostate cancer and men’s health issues, but is also to encourage as many University of Ottawa students as possible to register online

at movember.com,” explained Maureen Hasinoff, philanthropic coordinator of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). For some, the simple act of growing a mustache is excuse enough to join the cause. “I’m participating because it’s fun to try a different style by growing a moustache, while raising money and awareness for the cause of prostate cancer research,” explained Ted Horton, vp university affairs for the SFUO. “Plus, it lets the entire campus experience the diversity of moustache styles – whether the sophistication of a Clark Gable, the whimsy of a Fu Manchu, or even the luxury of a well-groomed ‘stache in the style of Friedrich Nietzsche.” According to Prostate Cancer Canada, 24,600 Canadians will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, making it the most common cancer found among men. Along with raising money to support vital research, Movember also raises serious awareness about men’s health. As movember.com notes: “Men of all ages

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are not only listening, they are acting on this messaging and taking positive action with their own health, diet, exercise, and lifestyle.” Th is year, the SFUO is promoting this campaign, by encouraging students to register in individual teams. Students can ask for donations through the movember website and are notified of fundraising events around the city. Although

no monetary goal is set for the U of O, the SFUO’s team of staff and volunteers hopes to raise around $1,500. All proceeds raised are donated to Prostate Cancer Canada. “The SFUO is looking forward to sponsoring a great month of Movember, engaging students and changing the face of men’s health,” said Hasinoff. The campaign kicked off on Oct. 31,

and from that point on, beardedness will be promoted at the U of O through many events including Masca-rave. Th is headphone disco event—in which students are encouraged to party while wearing their favourite pair of headphones—will be held at Parliament Ultra Club in collaboration with numerous student associations and the SFUO. The university campaign wraps up on Nov. 25 with a themed Thursday at 1848. At this event, prizes, such as best Mo and best dressed Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, will be awarded. The SFUO is also hoping to participate in the citywide gala on Dec. 1. Horton wants students at the U of O to participate in Movember, and hopes that they understand the importance of both raising awareness of prostate cancer and the importance of having fun while doing it. “I hope we [will] have raised money and awareness of issues of men’s health, and I hope campus mourns the loss of distinguished class that will disappear when the moustaches are all shaved clean f at the end of the month.”

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Online universities challenge traditional schooling

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VANCOUVER (CUP) — WITH ONLINE SCHOOLS, such as the University of Phoenix, experiencing a boom in recent years, well-established universities are feeling the need to keep up with the competition. Online institutions are currently drawing many students with promises of lower tuition fees, more course options, and increased flexibility. A recent study done by City University of New York suggested that students participating in accelerated online courses perform better academically than students in semester-long classes. However, students in online classes expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of teacher and peer contact they received. “Central to the concepts of both learning and computer mediation is the notion of interaction,” the study reads. Success in online universities requires strong time management skills and many students soon fi nd themselves falling behind. Beyond this, some students feel that peer-to-peer and student-instructor interaction is equally important. “Online school isn’t personal,” said Leslie Thomson, a current arts student. “You lose so many important social and interpersonal connections. And to succeed at a job, you need to understand teamwork. You just can’t get that online.” But some research also suggests that while online classes can be difficult to adjust to, they can also offer their own advantages. The study found that many students in these courses “view online discussion

as more equitable and democratic and as more mindful and reflective than discussions in face-to-face classrooms.” “Research also suggests that asynchronous learning environments might be particularly supportive of experimentation, divergent thinking, and complex understandings, and less supportive of convergent thinking, instructor directed inquiry and scientific thinking than faceto-face discussions.” And a number of new online universities are ready to take advantage of the new platforms. Wikiversity, for example, aims to combine both worlds by sharing independent learning with students who are too scared to sacrifice their ‘traditional’ university experience. “Wikiversity was created after Wikipedia to help build material and information specifically focused on education and curriculum,” said Jay Walsh of the Wikimedia Foundation. “Wikiversity is still a young project, [but] the potential for Wikiversity to grow in new languages and to reach more users is quite high.” Another education-enabling online source is iTunes U, where lectures from top universities can be downloaded for free by anyone. The institutions receive no payment for participation in the program, yet it has expanded rapidly. In 2007, it had only 16 schools. Now it boasts over 600 participating universities and 350,000 free lectures. These examples of independent learning demonstrate the future of online schooling—no longer just institutions, but an entire open network of resources. f



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Dominic Monaghan schools U of O actors

Lost star warns students of pitfalls of acting Tegan Bridge and Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff

ON OCT. 22, hundreds of University of Ottawa students were present at a practical talk sponsored by the theatre department, and given by famed actor Dominic Monaghan. Students, who had lined up in the stairwells outside for over half an hour before the doors opened, fi lled theatre seats and stood in the aisles to hear words of wisdom from the professional performer. Monaghan—best known for his roles of Charlie Pace in Lost and Merry in Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings—spoke about his experiences, as well as the trials and rewards of acting. “I've been extremely fortunate in terms of the jobs I've been lucky enough to take,” said Monaghan at the event. “I appreciated when actors would come in and talk to me, and I’d like to give back when I can.” Monaghan is currently in Ottawa fi lming a post-apocalyptic thriller called The Day, but made time to speak at both the U of O and Algonquin College. Monaghan’s goal was to offer theatre students solid advice for careers in acting, using his personal experiences to help others. “You need passion for that type of thing, for this job, because it's all-consuming,” explained Monaghan. “It has an effect on all facets of your life: your relationship with your parents, your family, your friends. Th ings that make

I appreciated when actors would come in and talk to me, and I’d like to give back when I can. –Dominic Monaghan

you happy in your life tend to be compromised to a certain extent by the drive that you have for acting.” His speech spoke to the realities of a career as an actor; the positives, but also the challenges that he has encountered. His fi rst professional audition, for example, was for a TV show and even though he thought he did well at the audition, he didn't get the part. His agent told him not to take it to heart, and that they just went for someone else. “Sometimes it's not about nailing the audition,” said Monaghan. “Sometimes they want someone who's six-foot-two, or they want someone that's five-foot-three, or someone with green eyes, or someone with three legs. And you just don't have that.” Although he has experienced good fortune in this industry, Monaghan has

also had to deal with dissapointment in his career; namely, the uncertainty that comes in a field like acting. According to him, only half the roles one is awarded actually make it to the production stages. He was offered his dream job—a role playing a football player—and was bitterly disappointed when the project fell through. However, had he taken that role and the job worked out, he wouldn't have been able to play Merry in The Lord Of The Rings. Monaghan also spoke about how rewarding his experiences have been. He addressed his Lord of the Rings days, saying that he would “do anything for Peter Jackson.” He also spoke about how attached he became to the people he worked with on the set of the hit TV show Lost. “For me, it's not just a show: it's friends, and people I love, and experiences, and memories,” explained Monaghan. “And it's all wound up in this Lost thing. For me, it's surfi ng, and chameleons, and being in love, and the sun, and the ocean, and, you know, having arguments, and crying, and getting drunk. That's Lost for me—it's not just this TV show.” Although Monaghan’s speech might have been a sobering occurrence, his message was clear: if one is really passionate about performing, they should be relentless in their pursuit. “[There are] sacrifices you have to make because of the job that you've chosen to do,” said Monaghan. “It's a great job and I love it. But it comes at a price.” f

ACTOR LOOKS BACK Monaghan educates theatre department on career in performance arts photo by Hisham Kelati

Music in the Heart of the City New club teaches music to underprivileged youth Sofia Hashi | Fulcrum Staff

HEART OF THE City Piano is a program like none other. Reaching out to the musician and philanthropist in all of us, this association strives to teach music to underpriviledged Ottawa youth through piano lessons. Having recently earned club status at the University of Ottawa, the program is looking for volunteers who have a love for music and want to give back to the community. “[Heart of the City Piano] is a volunteer-based program that gives lessons to elementary-aged children who otherwise couldn’t afford piano lessons or be exposed to music,” explained Kristin Chow, a fourth-year biochemistry student and the club’s president. Initially founded in Saskatchewan 15 years ago, Heart of the City has been running in Ottawa since 2005. The club relies exclusively on volunteers and donations to keep their program going. “We’re partnered through the Ottawa

Centre for Research and Innovation, and they do all of our background and police checks,” explains Chow. “They then place the volunteers in schools during class times to teach piano. We provide the books, the pianos, [and] the practice space.” With its new club status at the U of O, the association is seeking student volunteers who can tutor piano or basic music theory. “Most of our volunteers are university students. A lot of the people [who work with Heart of the City], like myself, played piano all throughout high school, and get to university and have nowhere to do their music,” says Chow. “[Heart of the City] is an opportunity to keep playing and practising. It’s a good way for university students to get out there and get volunteer experience.” To teach piano to children, the club requires that volunteers play at a grade 8 piano level. However, there are other ways in which university students can

volunteer with the club. “We do have positions to help out with administration of the program,” says Chow. “Anyone is welcome to join. Volunteers can do as little as an hour a week with our program, so it’s not a giant time commitment.” Chow says that her experience with this program has been very rewarding, and she hopes to get other students involved. “[The club] is a really good way for students to continue something they’ve always enjoyed, meet other students with the same interests and let children who wouldn’t have a musical education get that,” adds Chow. f

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African-Canadian males speak out U of O spoken word festival challenges stereotypes Dani-Elle Dube | Fulcrum Contributor

IF YOU’RE LOOKING for Shakespeare and Keats, you’ve come to the wrong place. Poetry is being reinvented and revived thanks to one man’s idea of giving voices to those who have been muted. When Dwayne Morgan became tired of encountering the same negative stereotypes, he decided to do something about it: he created When Brothers Speak, a one day event showcasing male AfricanCanadian talent. “In pop culture and the media there is still a negative stereotype as to who and what black men are,” says Morgan. “I wanted to create a showcase to show a different aspect of black men.” Morgan is a Toronto poet and spoken word artist, who also founded Up From the Roots, an organization dedicated to advancing and showcasing the arts. A few years later, the organization would create When Brothers Speak and When Sisters Speak, events to showcase male and female African-Canadian talent. It presented an opportunity for Canadian and American poets to perform their works in front of large crowds. Dwayne’s idea spawned from personal experience, both positive and negative. “I was performing in the [United] States, and I met a lot of artists that I thought people in Toronto would like, but didn’t have a clue that they existed,” explains Morgan. “I wanted to create some-

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Performers spread ideals through spoken word thing that would get them to Toronto.” For the third year in a row, Ottawa will host their own chapter of When Brothers Speak. This event will leave no opinion unheard, no angst silent, and no artist held back. “Each artist has about 15 minutes to present their material, whatever they want to speak about,” explains Morgan. “It’s completely uncensored and you’ll hear stuff about love, sex, and politics, about anything you can imagine.” The

audience is expected to engage vocally with the artist while they are performing, making the experience a very energized and personal one. Only the best of the best can showcase, so if you’re interested in being part of the lineup, make sure you have what it takes. Morgan scouted talent from all over North America to collect the acts for this performance. “It’s a very difficult show to get into as an artist and to get on the bill,” says Mor-

gan. “You pretty much have to be at the top of your game.” When Brothers Speak was fi rst held in Toronto 12 years ago, and this year will mark Ottawa’s third year as host to the event. Artists for this year’s lineup include Ottawa’s own Ian Keteku, Poetic Speed and Ritallin, along with acts QBoogie and Ntare Ali Gault from Buffalo, Andrew Tyree from California, among many others. “Last year it went very well in Ottawa

and Toronto, so I’m really excited to be bringing it back out there,” says Morgan. f When Brothers Speak will be held Nov. 5 at 8:30 p.m. at the University of Ottawa in the Alumni Auditorium on 85 University Street. Advanced tickets are $20 at Norml Clothing on Rideau Street and Compact Music on Bank Street or $25 at the door. For more information, visit twitter.com/dwayne_morgan or e-mail info@ upfromtheroots.ca.

Hotshot Casino connects to fans U of O band uses unusual music sharing techniques Jane Lytvynenko | Fulcrum Staff

IT ALL STARTED with a guitar. Once upon a time in Europe, bassist Gregg Clark caught a glimpse of Julien Dussault’s blue Ibanez George Benson guitar in passing. Years later, fate brought them both to Ottawa and, along with Mark Patterson and Pascal Huot, they formed Hotshot Casino after uniting at the University of Ottawa. The four met each other in their first year at the U of O. It was love at first strum on the stage of 1848, where they were asked to play an event. “We just kind of looked at each other afterwards and said ‘Want to do it again?’” explains Clark. Of course, they did it again—and haven’t stopped since. Today, Hotshot Casino is a local sensation, playing in venues and concert halls around Ottawa. They were also a headliner for the U of O 101 Week concert. Their all-over-the-place sound can be described as ska, jazz, and rock—sometimes even all at once. What sets Hotshot Casino apart from other bands is the unconventional techniques they use to bring their music to fans. Their first EP was released as a code cassette tapes that contained strange 80s music on them. However, what got them the most recognition in the media was their idea of letting fans pay for their latest tune “Th is City” via Twitter, giving

hotshotcasino.ca tens of thousands of new hits. The concept was simple: for every tweet, a song was given to the broadcaster. To the band, Twitter is a great way to connect to the fan base. “Twitter lets you kind of engage the fan, and keep them,” says Clark, whose communication major inspired him with this idea. When asked what artists the band listens to, the answer was surprising. “We don’t have artistic influences,” says Huot. “We have musical life influences. [Artists] become more than just [their] music.” Surprisingly, the members of Hotshot Casino don’t aim to become famous. Their view is a lot more realistic: they feel that “celebrity is for the very few.” However, the boys plan to pursue music as long as they can, with or without fame. “Music is just so freaking awesome,” says Huot. “It’s always going to be a part of our life.” His bandmates agree. “If I don’t play guitar for a day, I feel sick,” agrees Dussault. Hotshot Casino will be playing their last show of the year at Café Nostalgica on Nov. 5. This concert will include a few guest musicians. Hotshot Casino loves performing, especially at the U of O. “There’s a lot of places where you don’t get an opportunity to jam,” says Clark. “We might even play something we’ve never played before.” f

“IF I DON’T PLAY GUITAR FOR A DAY, I FEEL SICK” Hotshot Casino to play U of O show

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album reviews

featured review Timbuktu Stranger Danger Urbnet Records

B+ A LOT OF rap released lately has been kind of disappointing, so it was with some apprehension that I gave the album Stranger Danger a listen. However, the album’s lack of the phrase “bitches ’n’ hos” was a pleasant surprise. Could it be that this album is composed of tracks by someone who knows how to write lyrics AND music? My goodness, yes! Timbuktu is a rapper based out of London, ON, and is part of a rap group known as Toolshed. With his fi rst solo release Stranger Danger, he has struck gold. Brilliant lyrics, composition, and production make his decade of experience in the industry clear. The 15-track album is great from start to fi nish, managing to pull off things like scratching on turntables without being cheesy, as they often can be. Still not sold? Check out the opening track “Rock Radio”—it sounds like someone fl ipping through radio stations and landing on the perfect song. See him out on Nov. 13, when he comes to Ottawa (location to be determined). —Brennan Bova

Marcy Playground

Indaba Remixes from Wonderland Capitol Records

C+ WHO KNEW MARCY Playground was still a band? Certainly not enough people to justify their new remix album, Indaba Remixes from Wonderland. The band held a contest for fans to remix their Leaving Wonderland… In A Fit of Rage album. It’s unclear why a band, who are known almost 100 per cent for their 90s hit “Sex and Candy”, would release a remix of an album that doesn’t even have that song. Indaba Remixes from Wonderland isn’t a bad album, but it also isn’t a good one, either; it manages to be pretty much unremarkable in every way. It might have been an experiment that the Internet allowed, or it might have been the product of ego gone wild. It’s impossible to tell. Despite the remixes ranging in style from electronica to rock, the album manages to remain pretty homogenous in its sound—a product undoubtedly left over from its original source material. —Allan Johnson

Michael Franti & Spearhead

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THE SOUND OF Sunshine is American reggae/hip-hop group Michael Franti & Spearhead’s latest studio effort, coming two years after their last release—2008’s All Rebel Rockers. Unfortunately, the album’s long gestation period did nothing for the band, as it is painfully clear that all of that time didn’t give them the inspiration they needed to make a good album. Instead, it’s devoid of any meaningful innovation or truly spectacular songs. Despite this being their seventh studio effort together, Franti and the rest of Spearhead chose to revert to a marginally coherent mix of folk-rock arrangements and clichéd reggae beats in the hope that the combination would yield something novel and interesting—which it probably would have if it hadn’t already been used by about a whole generation’s worth of radio-friendly reggae singer-songwriters. A couple of songs like “Hey Hey Hey” and “Shake It” are beach party-worthy but beyond that, there isn’t really much to be had here that cannot be found elsewhere. For hardcore Franti fans only. —Irving Tan Zhi Mian

FANS OF THE late indie-rock band For The Mathematics, rejoice! They have risen (a couple of them, anyway) from the burning ashes of their differences and have morphed into a new band called Higher Rites. Their debut CD, Refusenik, is a testament to their musical talents, and begs the question: is this where they’re channeling the raw emotion that broke up their original band? Th is album starts off with a brooding downer of a song, but picks up soon afterward with songs like “Roto” and “Res Mea”, which are much more broadly marketable than suicidal. There is a driving force behind Refusenik: everything is very purposeful and intense. Since the band’s inception in 2008, they have been very busy, and this new record is sure to provide Torontonians and Ottawans alike with the direct, urgent, heavy music they both love so much. —Ivan Frisken

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The top five current Gee-Gees players

The all-time best moments in Gee-Gees sports history istory Katrina Medwenitsch | Fulcrum Staff

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HOUGH THE UNIVERSITY of Ottawa may not be the largest school in the country, we are still a force to be reckoned with—especially on the playing field. Gee-Gees sports are the pride and joy of many a U of O student and, with an amazing record going back more than 25 years, our athletics are the jewel on top of many an alumni’s Garnet and Grey degree. Though we have enjoyed incredible success over the years, there are some shining moments in Gee-Gees sports that will always hold their place in the history books. The following four events in our school’s sports saga will surely go down as some of our greatest Gees accomplishments of all time.

1. 1975 Football Season Men’s Football There is perhaps no year more famous and celebrated in Gee-Gees sports history than 1975. The men’s football team was dominant that year, recording a

perfect 11-0 season. With that notch on their belts, they moved on to capture the Yates Cup and then the Churchill Bowl. On Nov. 21, 1975, they won the National Championship of Canada, the Vanier Cup, becoming the fi rst undefeated team in Vanier Cup history. From this all-star team, 21 players were drafted into the CFL, a number which was, and remains, a Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) record.

2. 1996 National Championship Women’s Soccer Since the programs’ inception in 1994 under head coach Steve Johnson, the women’s soccer team has been one of the school’s most consistently successful teams. In the past 15 seasons, they have won six Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships, four silver medals, and two bronze medals. However, they really gave fans something to cheer about in their third season. In 1996, the lady Gees had an impressive regular season record of 10-0-2. This sent them flying through nationals and in the final game they man-

aged to edge out 1-0, securingg our first ever women’s soccer Nationall Championship. It was most astonishing ng that this accomplishment came so soon n after the team’s creation, and it set thee tone for many successful seasons to come. me.

3. 2007 Capital Hoops Classic sic Men’s Basketball In 2007, the Capital Hoops Classic assic was in its first year. The Gees men’s basketball feated and team was up against the undefeated nationally ranked first-placee Carleton Ravens. With a long record off losing to d with the the Ravens in basketball, and Gees only being ranked ninth nationally, mising. The things did not look overly promising. ere numergame was close and the fans were attled it out ous as the cross-town rivals battled bitterly. With 32 seconds left, the game was tied 62-62. Then, a miracle happened at the hands of second-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe as he sent the ball into the net with 4.7 seconds of play left. The Gees won the game 64-62 and broke the Ravens undefeated streak, it proved to be an amazing victory for Ottawa.

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4. 2000 Vanier Cup Men’s Football In the year 2000, the men’s football team once again had an impressive regular season record that sent them flying up the standings. The Gees made quick work of the playoffs as well, and on December 2nd at the SkyDome in Toronto, they

faced the Regina Rams for the 36th Vanier Cup. In the fi rst half, the Gees had buried the Rams 35-10, and this proved to be too much of a deficit for the Rams to overcome. Ottawa went on to win the game 42-39 and captured the sacred Vanier Cup for the second time. Th is victory is currently Ottawa’s last National Championship win.

Last week was a big one for fourth-year quarterback Brad Sinopoli. He was not only named U of O male athlete of the week, but he was also named the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) male athlete of the week and offensive football player of the week. The recognition is well deserved after leading the Gees to an impressive fi rst-place OUA fi nish in the regular season, with the team suffering only one loss. Th is recent hype comes from his end

The women’s soccer team is known for many things, but it is perhaps their defensive line that is the key to their success. Gillian Baggott is undoubtedly an indispensable part of that defence. Last season, the defence allowed only eight goals against all season, and Baggott was named to the Second Team East OUA allstar team. She is a force to be reckoned with when the Gees get a corner kick, her headers proving to be deadly scoring opportunities, and her free kicks are just as dangerous. Th is regular season the

3. Hannah Sunley-Paisley Women’s Basketball Hannah Sunley-Paisley is the only returning veteran player of the women’s basketball team this year. If it had to only be one, be glad it’s her. Last season she was named OUA East player of the year and participated in the Ontario Cup as part of the OUA East all-star team. She led the OUA in scoring with 415 points and was second in the entire nation in rebounds, snatching 237 of those. This season is just beginning, but you can be sure that Sunley-Paisley will be just as stellar. Sunley-Paisley is a fourth-year arts student, native to Toronto.

4. Lana Dingwall Women’s Rugby Lana Dingwall is a fourth-year fullback who has been an integral part of the

women’s rugby team her entire university career. She fi nished this past season with 29 points in the form of 12 conversions and one try. Despite the fact that the Gees lost early in the playoffs, she has already stood out enough to be named to the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) women’s all-star rugby team. This is the second year she has been named to the all-star team, proving not only her skill and hard work, but her consistency at it as well. Dingwall is a hometown hero, hailing from Ottawa and working on a degree in women’s studies at the university.

5. Warren Ward Men’s Basketball With the Gee Gees all-time leading scorer, Josh Gibson-Bascombe, graduating last season, leadership now falls to third-year guard Warren Ward who is busy making a mark of his own. Last season, he was named to the OUA all-star team and he finished as the team’s top rebounder with 149 points. He was also the second-leading scorer on the team with 401 points. This season is only just underway but he is already playing a deadly game. As the lead scorer for the Gees in last month’s Jack Donohue Tournament, Ward captured 22 points. Hailing from London, he is earning a degree in arts while tearing up the court.

WTF is a Gee-Gee? Our answer to an age-old team taunt

The most killer current coaches coa at the U of O THERE IS A saying in the sports world that behind every unsuccessful team is a fired coach—luckily for the Gee-Gees coaches, failure just isn’t our style. Here at the U of O we are gifted with hordes of superb student athletes to be proud of. But, despite the dedication of our team members, our reputation in the world of university sports would not be so stellar without the ruthless leadership of our varsity and club coaches. Though we appreciate each and every one, three in particular deserve special recognition.

Women’s Soccer

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defence only allowed seven goals against, the fewest in the league, and Baggott scored three of her own for the Gees, including the only goal of the last regular season game against Toronto. Baggott originally started her university career in Florida, but returned to Ottawa after one year. Florida’s loss is most defi nitely our gain, and Baggott is now in her third year on the Gees team while earning a degree in communications.

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WITHOUT A DOUBT, some of the most hard-working students at the University of Ottawa are our athletes. Walking our halls, sitting in class, and stuffi ng their faces full of protein at the table across from us are the extremely talented handful who make up our Gee-Gees varsity teams. Making incredible sacrifices in the name of the Garnet and Grey, these student athletes train, practice, and compete continuously to make sure that our school has an athletic reputation to be proud of. Though we stand by each and every athlete that bears the name of GeeGee, there are five in particular that the Fulcrum feels deserve special attention. Spanning a variety of men’s and women’s teams, we give you the fabulous five.

of the regular season statistics. He is the OUA and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) leader with 301 attempts, 184 completions, 2,756 passing yards, and 22 touchdowns. Here at home he is the Gee-Gees all-time leader for most touchdowns in a season. He showed his true qualities as an amazing athlete and team leader in the fi nal regular season against Guelph. Sinopoli could have broken CIS records that game for most passing yards in a season, but instead of putting himself first, he adapted to the conditions and found that the team stood a better chance if he played a running game instead. Th is resulted in him scoring a 58-yard touchdown. Native to Peterborough, Sinopoli is also obtaining his degree in human kinetics.

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1. Steve Johnson Women’s Soccer

2. Suzanne Chaulk Women’s Rugby

3. Andy Sparks Women’s Basketball

Heading up the coaching staff of the Gee-Gees women’s wome soccer team is Steve Johnson, long-time longsoccer aficionado and founder of the women’s soccer program at the U of O. Having spent 25 years working in the capacity of coach, Johnson brings brin more than enough experience to the t table—a skill that shows through on the list of successes for him and his tea team. In his 11 years with the Gee-Gees, Johnson has lead the team to the Canadian Canad Interuniversity Sport (CIS) podium on three separate occasions, all within th the past five years. In 1996 Johnson’s lea leadership contributed to the win of a nation national title for the girls, the same year he was awarded the prize for CIS Coach of the Year. Though he may only have one natio national title to his name, Johnson can brag of six separate Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships over the Ath cou course of his career with the U of O.

Just like Johnson, head coach of the women’s rugby team Suzanne Chaulk has been with the Gee-Gees girls since the very beginning. A level four graduate from the National Coaching Institute High Performance Program, Chaulk first founded the women’s rugby team in 1991. In the total 17 seasons she’s spent as a U of O coach, Chaulk has never once seen her team fall short of the playoffs. As successful as Johnson both in terms of her awards and experience, Chaulk received her Coach of the Year award in 2002 from the Quebec Student Sports Federation (QSSF). Though committed to the Gee-Gees, Chaulk has sought some of her own successes coaching seven-a-side rugby, or Sevens, for the CIS. In 2004 and 2006, she led the CIS National Women’s Sevens teams to gold medals in the FISU World University Championships, first in Beijing, then in Rome. She also contributed to the 2008 national team’s silver medal achievement in Spain.

Though Andy Sparks is only in his third year as head coach of the U of O women’s basketball team, the immensely experienced U of O graduate hasn’t wasted a second of his time here. In the past two seasons the girls haven’t missed a national championship, and are fast following in the footsteps of the high school teams Sparks formerly coached. In his workk with local Nepean High School, Ashbury College, and Cornwall Collegiate the coach saw his teams triumph with 15 city championships and an additional five provincial championships. For his success in boosting the Gee-Gees to their place as OUA fi nalists in their division, Sparks was awarded the organization’s Coach of the Year award for 2008–09. Th is hometown hero is expected to continue to demand the best from his GeeGees girls, and will hopefully lead them to a whole new level of playing in the season to come.

THE 30,000 UNDERGRADS at the U of O come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, speak an assortment of languages, and are enrolled in hundreds of different programs under the school’s 11 faculties. Given our vast diversities, it seems as though it would be difficult to isolate a single shared experience in the life of every U of O student. There is, however, one tie that binds us all: at some point in our university careers, we have all asked ourselves, our friends, and Wikipedia, “What the fuck is a GeeGee?” The origins of our mascot have been hotly contested, and often wondered about by University of Ottawa students and the general public alike. When posed with the question “What the fuck is a Gee-Gee?” responses vary between a great-grandma, the governor-general, another name for a llama, and a burlesque dancer. All are very creative guesses, but none quite right. Originally, the U of O sports teams were called the Garnet and Grey, a nod to the official school colours, as is standard tradition amongst universities who

Originally, the U of O sports teams were called the Garnet and Grey, a nod to the official school colours, as is standard tradition amongst universities who have not yet elected a mascot.

have not yet elected a mascot. The Garnet and Grey were eventually nicknamed the “Gee-Gees,” which represented both the English- and French-speaking populations at the university, as the French for “garnet and grey” is “grenat et gris.” When the time came to add an icon to the mascot, the University adopted the image of the horse. In racing, the fi rst horse out of the gate is called the “geegee.” Choosing the horse icon allowed the university’s sports teams to keep the “Gee-Gee” name they had become famous for, while also incorporating a tangible image to the mascot. According to the Gee-Gee’s official website, “the logo exemplifies the speed, determination, and spirit [that] have become benchmarks of the team.” Yes, the name of our mascot may be perplexing at first, and no, the sound of the word “gee-gee” may not strike fear into our opponents’ hearts. Given its history and meaning, however, we should all feel proud to call ourselves a Gee-Gee. Besides, it could always be worse. We could be called the Pandas (University of Alberta), the Badgers (Brock University) or—God forbid—the Carleton Ravens. f CarletonUniversity University Ravens.


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An electronic connection U of O graduate band goes on North American tour

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SPACE-HEAVE FUTURISTIC SOUL U of O grads mix electronics and vocals to create their melodies

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HAT DO YOU get when you mix DJ beats, sound effects, and amazing vocals? Canadian band Bonjay. Currently based out of Toronto, Bonjay is comprised of vocalist Alanna Stuart and live beat/effects creator Iain Swain, who is better known by his stage name, Pho. These two University of Ottawa graduates are embarking on their first North American tour to promote their new album Broughtupsy, and are very pleased about the reception they’ve been receiving so far.

CHUO’s Top Ten Tracks October, 2010 1. Nobunny: First Blood 2. Women: Public Strain 3. White Lung: It’s The Evil 4. Bonjay: Broughtupsy 5. Swans: My Father Will Guide Me UP A Rope To The Sky 6. Grimes: Halfaxa 7. Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest 8. El Guincho: Pop Negro 9. Black Mountain: Wilderness Heart 10. Marc Ribot: Silent Movies

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“People are excited all over, but in Canada, they know what they’re excited about,” says Stuart. “The other countries and territories … they’re just getting to know us. Touring definitely helps connect with people, and put things into context.” Th is is Bonjay’s fi rst tour and they are psyched to be traveling throughout North America. They’re currently making changes to their usual show setup. “What’s exciting about this tour is that we’re overhauling things,” says Pho. “I’ve brought a lot of the gear that we use to make music in the studio out [for] live [shows]. Before, it was just me and the

turntables.” With a sound that they defi ne as “space-heave futuristic soul,” Bonjay improvises new material into their songs at shows to keep their music fresh and original. Stuart also believes that the tour is a great way to reach fans because of the interactive element that concerts provide. “With the live show, we really get to project that energy that you don’t always get on a recording,” explains Stuart. “The music’s good [on the record], but there’s just something about that raw energy that helps connect to people.” Bonjay plans to play a show in Ottawa

while they’re on tour, returning to the city where their band began. Stuart and Pho met at the U of O shortly after their graduation in 2006 when they were both working at the radio station, CHUO 89.1 fm. “The U of O is very near and dear to my heart, as far as music goes,” says Stuart. “I stumbled onto CHUO, and that was really a tipping point for me in my music career. “I met people like k-os, the Broken Social Scene, and Feist. A lot of people who I respect now, and who are the foundation for my musical influences, I got to see grow.”

Although Stuart worked at CHUO for her entire university career, this was not the only factor at the U of O that influenced her music. “Even being at International House opened my mind to different cultures and languages and music,” remembers Stuart. “That had an influence, in terms of my openness to different communities … it really feeds into my work process and how I see myself. [So] it’ll be nice to come back home.” f Bonjay will play at 10 p.m. on Nov. 12 at Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Sq.

Not a happy clown show U of O drama guild premieres plague play Ivan Frisken | Fulcrum Contributor

“ONE MOMENT PEOPLE are dying, and the next, they’re dancing and singing and wearing red noses.” Th is phrase could not describe many phenomena; however, it’s a fitting statement for the University of Ottawa’s current dramatic production. Red Noses is both a comedy and a tragedy that centres around a group of clowns travelling Europe to cheer people up during the bubonic plague. “It’s an amazing mixture of very dark, and angry, and political, and very, very, very funny,” praises director Lib Spry, who has been directing plays for the U of

O since 1988. As a playwright, performer, and director, she brings to the table years of experience for the large cast in Red Noses. Set in 14th century France, this play follows Father Flote, a visionary priest who believes that laughter is the key to deliverance from the horrors of the bubonic plague. With lines like, “The commandment is love thy neighbour—just don’t get caught doing it,” Flote and his band of fools travel through the plagueinfected areas of France offering laughter, religious insight, and hope through their clown company’s performances. “When the bubonic plague fi nishes, they’re basically told, ‘Stop doing this—

stop reminding us what it was like. Life is back to normal,’” says Spry. “And they have to deal with that.” After a three-day audition process, a cast of 19 students was chosen to perform over 30 roles in two acts. During rehearsals, students were given clown workshops from Spry herself, a juggling workshop, and movement exercises from renowned Canadian dancer, choreographer, and contact improviser Peter Ryan—all to help the actors develop their characters. These elements, paired with Peter Barnes’ anti-naturalistic script, make the show very theatrical. “It’s not a merry, happy clown show,” Spry explains. “It’s a play about the dark-

ness and the love of life, both.” Spry says that the play will touch on some very intense subject matter—but that’s what makes it so enjoyable. “The play is essentially about the basic question of life: do you live your life to the fullest doing what you want to do? Or do you compromise, and choose not to really live? I [chose this play] because … that’s Peter Barnes’ message.” f Red Noses plays at 8 p.m. every night until Nov. 6 at the Academic Hall, 133 Seraphin Marion. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made by calling (613) 562 5761 or theatre@uottawa.ca.


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Third time’s the charm Women’s soccer defeats Laurentian 2–1 after a shootout, advance to OUA Final Four

ANATOMY OF A PLAYOFF VICTORY

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A collection of the best photos from the OUA quarterfinals against Laurentian on Oct. 30 Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff

ON THE DAY before Halloween, the nationally sixth-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees (12-1-3) survived a scare from the upsetminded Laurentian Lady Vees (6-5-5) in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) quarterfi nals action. On a rainy Matt Anthony Field, the Lady Vees held a 1-0 lead into the last 10 minutes of the second half. Ottawa had struggled with Laurentian in the regular season as well, losing one game by a score of 2-0 while being held to a scoreless draw in their other meeting. However, the resilient Gee-Gees stepped up in the clutch to equalize the score in the 80th minute—and eventually won the penalty shootout to eliminate

Laurentian from the OUA playoffs. From the starting whistle, a physical, high-intensity battle ensued—typical of a do-or-die playoff game. The two teams engaged in a defensive struggle until the 16th minute, when the Lady Vees drew first blood. Laurentian striker Lisa Watson scored on an attempted cross, as Gees third-year goalkeeper Mélissa Pesant was caught out of position. A pair of Ottawa defenders failed to clear the ball from danger, resulting in a goal. “We said [before the game] that if something bad happened [early], we shouldn’t lose confidence, but to trust that we can come back and make a game out of it,” said Ottawa head coach Steve Johnson about the mishap. “We stuck to our game plan in the fi rst

half, but it just didn’t work out. We were unlucky,” added fi ft h-year midfielder Élise Desjardins. After the intermission, the Gee-Gees came out firing on all cylinders, a true testament to the team’s ability to persevere. Second-year striker Krista Draycott provided a spark on the offence, creating opportunities for the home side by using her speed and passing skills. First-year striker Elisabeth Wong and fi ft h-year defender Dominique Falardeau had good chances to score while Pesant made an amazing diving save in the 73rd minute, preventing the Lady Vees from increasing their lead. Finally, off a corner kick by Desjardins, third-year defender Gillian Baggott headed the ball into the back of the

net to tie the game. Overall, the Gees dominated a defensive Laurentian squad that tried to cling to their one-goal advantage. “It’s the kind of team we are. We didn’t give up and we showed a lot of firepower in the second half. Fortunately, we were able to put one in and take it to overtime,” said Desjardins. No goals were scored in the 30 minutes of extra time, though both teams had notable goalie changes. Laurentian’s starting keeper was injured and had to be replaced by backup Tanya Marshall, while Ottawa elected to use third-year veteran Michelle McElligott for the penalty shootout. The fi rst nine players in the shootout all scored; the fi ft h shooter for the Vees

was Renee Jacques, a former Gee-Gee who had transferred to Laurentian last year. Her shot was stopped by McElligott, sending Ottawa to the OUA Final Four. “We worked on penalties all year, just in case something like this happened. We were five-for-five so we did our job, and our keeper came up big in the end. It was nerve-wracking for sure, but it was a good fi nish,” said Desjardins about the shootout. With the win, the Gee-Gees will now travel to Queen’s University Nov. 6–7 for the OUA Final Four tournament. Ottawa will face the nationally fi ft h-ranked Laurier Golden Hawks (11-1-2) in their fi rst game. By beating Laurier, the Gees will qualify for nationals, held in P.E.I. Nov. 11–14. f

went to overtime. After five scoreless overtime minutes, the game advanced to the shootout. Desforges, Ottawa’s second shooter, scored the only goal of the shootout, clinching the win for the Gees. “I was nervous, really nervous,” said Desforges about the shootout. “The coach told me to fake and then go around so I did that and I was just really happy when the puck went in.” Evola was very pleased with the win as well—his fi rst career victory as a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) head coach. “We played well defensively in our zone,” he said. “Forechecking the opponent was really good. We just went [and

played] really smart and it’s tough to do. I think the girls are not used to [playing] like that. We’re just feeling that we’re getting there [and] we’re progressing every game so we’re really happy with the effort today.” On Oct. 31, the Gee-Gees faced the McGill Martlets (4-0-0), the currently top-ranked team in the CIS. Ottawa managed to play a competitive game against the heavily favoured Marlets, losing 3-0. The Gees’ top performer was Blasco, who kept her team within striking distance throughout most of the game by making 40 saves on 43 attempts. Ottawa will now host cross-town rivals, the Carleton Ravens (2-2-0) on Nov. 6, at the Sports Complex at 2 p.m. f

Home ice glory Women’s hockey team wins their first home game against Concordia Katrina Medwenitsch | Fulcrum Staff

IT WAS A case of “home, sweet home” for the University of Ottawa women’s hockey team on Oct. 24. After starting the season with three losses on the road, the Gee-Gees (1-4-0) won their home opener in a shootout, edging out the Concordia Stingers (2-2-2) by a score of 2-1. The stands at the Sports Complex were fi lled with loud Gee-Gees and Stingers fans alike for the match. However, after the first two periods of play, the evenly matched teams were still scoreless. The Gees had a tough time staying out of the sin bin, recording six penalties in the game, including key calls that ended Ottawa power-plays.

“It was a rough game with a lot of retaliation on our part,” said third-year forward Fannie Desforges. After the game, Ottawa head coach Yanick Evola stressed the need to take fewer penalties. “We [tell] athletes to be disciplined and to turn their cheek after they receive a punch. Th is is something we’ve got to watch.” Evola also added that too many penalties take a physical toll on the players. “When we get the momentum and then we get a penalty, we [have to] use our best player to go and kill those two minutes. So we get our best player to play too much and they get tired. It’s tough for injuries too. It creates a real bad habit.” Regardless, the fans were extremely

vocal at the exciting home opener with the loudest chants being “Érika, Érika, Érika!” in honour of Ottawa’s fourthyear captain, Érika Pouliot. She validated all the cheering by scoring the fi rst goal of the game, just over two minutes into the third period. The goal came on the power-play and was assisted by fi rst-year defender Elizabeth Mantha and Desforges. The Gees couldn’t quite hold onto their lead though, and with 6:31 left in the period, the Stingers edged a shot past second-year Ottawa keeper Kaitlynn Blasco to tie the game. In the fi nal powerplay of the game, the Gees almost managed to score, but they were thwarted by the Stingers’ penalty killers and the game


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The Iron(wo)man U of O education student Julia Reichert competes at Ironman World Championship in Hawaii

sport s bri efS Concordia Stingers end playoff run for women’s rugby team ON OCT. 24, the University of Ottawa women’s rugby team visited Montreal to play the Concordia University Stingers in Quebec Student Sports Federation (QSSF) semifi nals action. Despite a good effort, the Gee-Gees were overpowered by the top-seeded Concordia (6-0) 33-5, making 2010 the second consecutive year in which the Stingers have ended the Gees’ playoff run. Gee-Gees head coach Suzanne Chaulk attributed the post-season loss to the Stingers’ exceptional forwards and their overall strength as a team. Although the Gees came up short, Chaulk praised her team’s efforts, in particular, performances from second-year flanker Allison McCormack, fourth-year flanker Jenny-Lynn Crawford, second-year wing Nicole Deacon, and second-year prop Leandra Carino. With the semifi nal loss, the U of O women’s rugby season has ended, while the undefeated Concordia team beat Laval in the QSSF final 13-8, Oct. 29. The Gees will look to next season in hopes of improving upon their 3-3 regular season record and to reach their goal of returning to the Quebec fi nals. —Keeton Wilcock Cross-country teams finish season at OUA championships BOTH THE MEN’S and women’s Gee-Gees cross-country teams competed well at the Ontario University Athletics championships held at the University of Guelph, Oct. 30. For the men’s 10-km race, the top fi nisher for the Gees was third-year human kinetics student Matt Vierula, who placed 35th. Vierula ran a personal best, fi nishing the race in an impressive 33 minutes and 41 seconds. Rookie Emily Clarke was the top performer for the Garnet and Grey in the women’s five-kilometre race, fi nishing 45th overall. “The team worked hard,” said team manager Brennan Loh in an interview with Sports Services. “[Clarke] and [Vierula] had two great performances to close out good individual seasons.” In the end, neither team was able to achieve their goal of a top 10 fi nish. Both barely missed the cut with the men placing in 11th and the women in 12th overall. While the Gees fell short of their goals this year, there is hope for stronger fi nishes in years to come, as the team is extremely young and has many first-time OUA competitors. —Amanda Daniels Men’s basketball fi nishes second in pre-season tournament

A HAWAIIAN DREAM

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Reichert swam, biked, and ran with the world’s best at the Ironman Championships, Oct. 9 Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff

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VEN A CASUAL sports fan has probably heard of Simon Whitfield, the Canadian triathlete who has won both gold and silver medals at the Summer Olympics. At those races, Whitfield had to swim 1.5 km, bike 40 km, and run 10 km—a truly impressive display of human endurance. Yet, the Olympic triathlon is practically a sprint compared to the Ironman distance event, which includes a 3.86 km swim, 180.25 km of cycling, and a full 42.195 km marathon. Julia Reichert, a teacher’s college student at the University of Ottawa, has now competed in two full Ironman events over the past four months. First, she raced at the Ironman Lake Placid in July, fi nishing fi rst in her 18–24 age category with a time of 11 hours, 12 minutes, and 5 seconds. By placing fi rst at Lake Placid, Reichert qualified for the Ironman World Championships held in Kona, Hawaii on Oct. 9. “On the day after the [Lake Placid] Ironman race, I had to accept the invitation to [the World Championship] and pay for the race registration on the spot. My parents were with me and they had secretly brought money, just in case I won,

[but] I hadn’t even anticipated that it may happen,” recalled Reichert. “It was my first Ironman at Lake Placid. I trained really hard for it but I just wanted to finish it, because I’d never done that kind of distance.” Reichert has only been involved in the sport of triathlon for the past three years. The 23-year-old was once a competitive synchronized swimmer, but soon fell in love with running marathons and longdistance cycling. More than anything, Reichert enjoys the entire build-up to a triathlon event rather than the race itself. “I’m not super big on the competition part [because] I get nervous. I do enjoy the competition, but I really like the training. Th is sport, and the Ironman distance in particular, involves a lot of training,” explained Reichert. Reichert runs almost every day of the week to prepare for races. During weekdays, she runs for 60–90 minutes, and on weekends the Montreal native trains for up to three hours. She also bikes just as frequently, but “only swims two to three times a week” due to her synchro background. Of course, there are challenges that arise from being a triathlete while attending university, but Reichert has managed to be successful in both aspects of her life.

“It’s hard to balance everything, but it helps that my boyfriend’s a triathlete and [some] of my friends also do the sport, so we can socialize while we do the training,” said Reichert. “But you have to be able to do your homework and study, while [treating] training as a break.” At the Ironman World Championships, Reichert fi nished 10th in her age category with a time of 11:28:21. While the course proved to be a difficult test, Reichert relished every second of her experience in Hawaii. “All the [athletes] there were really nice. I tried to ask as many questions as I could [to] soak up their experience because a lot of them had done it before,” said Reichert. “The race itself was super challenging. I realized that I just needed to calm down and do my own race and enjoy it. I did, and I was able to fi nish it strong.” As she prepares for the 2011 season, Reichert is hoping that she could serve as an example to aspiring triathletes trying to make the next step. Her advice? “Start small, see what you like, and build up slowly. Get in some runs, bikes, and swims, but always be consistent. Don’t overwhelm yourself right away but be as consistent as possible.” f

THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa men’s basketball team was busy over the break, hosting the 36th annual Jack Donohue Tournament Oct. 24–26. The tournament began well for the Gee-Gees—Ottawa defeated the University of Toronto Varsity Blues 66-55. The Gees lost their next game to the experienced X-Men from St. Francis-Xavier University, falling by a score of 78-65, but rebounded for a 80-62 win over the Université du Québec à Montréal Citadins in the fi nal game of the tournament. The Gees fi nished with a record of 2-1, tied with Toronto and St. FrancisXavier. The tournament champion was decided by points-for and pointsagainst ratios, with Ottawa being edged out of fi rst place by St. Francis-Xavier. Exceptional play by fi ft h-year forward Nemanja Baletic and first-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel for Ottawa was noted and both players were named to the tournament all-star team. The Gees begin their regular season by hosting the Brock Badgers, Nov. 5. —Keeton Wilcock Gee-Gees rowers earn four medals at OUA championships AT THE 2010 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) rowing championships hosted by Brock University on Oct. 31, the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees established themselves as a force to be reckoned with on the OUA rowing circuit. Four events ended with Gee-Gees finishing on the podium; an improvement from last year’s championships where Ottawa earned just a single bronze medal. Overall, the women’s team placed in fi ft h place out of 13 universities—the highest ever fi nish in the program’s history. The men performed admirably as well, fi nishing in seventh place. Of note, Kate Goodfellow earned a silver in the heavyweight women’s singles event, while Eliah Makaluso won two silver medals for the Ottawa men in the lightweight men’s singles fi nal and in the doubles event—he teamed up with Andrew Todd for this race. The fi nal medal for the Gee-Gees came in the junior varsity heavyweight fours event where Melissa Guichon, Emily Reid, Laura Trafford, Stephanie Mack, and coxswain Stephanie Fisher placed in third. The Gees could have done even better; Ottawa had some near-podium opportunities, recording three fourth-place finishes. The women’s team now heads to Victoria, B.C., on Nov. 4 to compete at the Canadian University Rowing Championships. —Jaehoon Kim


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VANCOUVER (CUP) — WITH ONLINE SCHOOLS, such as the University of Phoenix, experiencing a boom in recent years, well-established universities are feeling the need to keep up with the competition. Online institutions are currently drawing many students with promises of lower tuition fees, more course options, and increased flexibility. A recent study done by City University of New York suggested that students participating in accelerated online courses perform better academically than students in semester-long classes. However, students in online classes expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of teacher and peer contact they received. “Central to the concepts of both learning and computer mediation is the notion of interaction,” the study reads. Success in online universities requires strong time management skills and many students soon fi nd themselves falling behind. Beyond this, some students feel that peer-to-peer and student-instructor interaction is equally important. “Online school isn’t personal,” said Leslie Thomson, a current arts student. “You lose so many important social and interpersonal connections. And to succeed at a job, you need to understand teamwork. You just can’t get that online.” But some research also suggests that while online classes can be difficult to adjust to, they can also offer their own advantages. The study found that many students in these courses “view online discussion

as more equitable and democratic and as more mindful and reflective than discussions in face-to-face classrooms.” “Research also suggests that asynchronous learning environments might be particularly supportive of experimentation, divergent thinking, and complex understandings, and less supportive of convergent thinking, instructor directed inquiry and scientific thinking than faceto-face discussions.” And a number of new online universities are ready to take advantage of the new platforms. Wikiversity, for example, aims to combine both worlds by sharing independent learning with students who are too shy to sacrifice their ‘traditional’ university experience. “Wikiversity was created after Wikipedia to help build material and information specifically focused on education and curriculum,” said Jay Walsh of the Wikimedia Foundation. “Wikiversity is still a young project, [but] the potential for Wikiversity to grow in new languages and to reach more users is quite high.” Another education-enabling online source is iTunes U, where lectures from top universities can be downloaded for free by anyone. The institutions receive no payment for participation in the program, yet it has expanded rapidly. In 2007, it had only 16 schools. Now it boasts over 600 participating universities and 350,000 free lectures. These examples of independent learning demonstrate the future of online schooling—no longer just institutions, but an entire open network of resources. f



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A never-ending soccer struggle Men’s soccer competitive club continues fight for varsity status at the U of O

ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER WINNING SEASON

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Men’s basketball, against Brock, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. AFTER WRAPPING UP the preseason schedule with a 6-3 record, the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team is now ready for the challenges of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) regular season. The fi rst task at hand for new head coach James Derouin is the home opener against the Brock Badgers at Montpetit Hall on Nov. 5. Only six players are returning from last year’s Ottawa squad that lost a heartbreaker to the Lakehead Thunderwolves in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) bronze medal match. Included in the list of returning veterans is third-year guard Warren Ward, who will be counted upon as the main scoring weapon for Ottawa. “Just to see Warren play—it should be a [good] enough reason to show up to our gym. He’s at the top of his game right now.” said Derouin. The home opener represents a battle between two of the youngest coaches in the OUA—the 34-year-old Derouin and new Brock head coach Brad Rootes, who is only in his mid-twenties. The two coaches seem to have settled nicely into their new positions, with Derouin leading the Gees to impressive preseason victories—including a recent 79-64 win over Acadia in which Ottawa trailed by 13 points after two quarters before exploding in the last 20 minutes of the game. “To be honest, we couldn’t have played much better in that second half,” said Derouin. “It seemed like we made every shot while they didn’t make any-

thing.” Brock’s best exhibition win came against the Fraser Valley Cascades, where the Badgers’ defence forced 16 turnovers in the second half alone as Brock rolled to a 98-76 victory. Another similarity between the two teams is that both the Gee-Gees and Badgers have lost their top scorers from last season. Clinton Springer-Williams, last year’s CIS rookie of the year, left Brock for Gannon University in the United States, while Josh Gibson-Bascombe recently graduated. “They’re a team that is very similar to us in terms of depth and age,” Derouin explained. “Brock is a dangerous team. They have a new young coach and some good players. We have to be ready [for] them.” So what are some keys to an Ottawa victory? The Gees have to fi nd secondary scoring to take some pressure off Ward. A great candidate is rookie guard Johnny Berhanemeskel, a great shooter who has range beyond the three-point line; if he’s left open, he can drain treys all game long. “[Berhanemeskel] has been averaging 15 points per game in the pre-season. As a freshman, that’s unheard of.” said Derouin. If fi ft h-year veteran forwards Louis Gauthier and Nemanja Baletic also play well on Nov. 5 against Brock’s post players, Ottawa fans should be able to witness the fi rst career CIS regular season victory for Derouin. As usual this year, tickets are free for U of O students.

Men’s soccer team poses for a group shot before the Oct. 23 game against Bishop’s Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff

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N THE ONTARIO University Athletics (OUA) website, the Carleton Ravens men’s soccer team’s 2010 record is listed as 9-3-2, good enough to be ranked 10th in the country. But how could this be when the Ravens lost 2-1 to the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees on Sept. 1, in addition to falling short against Trent, Ryerson, and Laurentian? The answer: the men’s soccer team at the U of O is classified as a competitive club and their results do not officially count towards the OUA standings. “We have a great rivalry against Carleton—one of the best teams in the OUA—and we beat them this year. We defi nitely have the skill to play in that league. It’s just a shame we’re not in the [OUA],” said fi ft h-year Ottawa goalkeeper David Piccini. The win against the Ravens is even more impressive when you consider that the Gee-Gees currently don’t even have a paid or volunteer head coach; Piccini and fi ft h-year midfielder Marc-André Paulin co-manage the team. “Four years ago, there was a head coach who was volunteering his time for the team. He was pushing for [the team]

to go varsity. In his last year, the reason that he quit was because the university told him there was no way the team could have [varsity status],” explained fi ft hyear defender Jeff Graham. There were a few reasons behind Sports Services’ rejection of the soccer team’s application for becoming the newest varsity team. First of all, there’s an issue with field availability—Matt Anthony Field is already home to two varsity teams, while other competitive clubs and intramural programs are also dependent on the sole on-campus pitch. The other main cause is the existence of a varsity equity policy, which states that there must be an equal number of total male and female varsity athletes. “But when you have a football program that takes [between] 80 to 100 guys, it makes no sense to have this policy,” said Piccini. “[Instead], there should be an environment where teams that are competitive, ready to play, and have lots of interest should have an opportunity to play varsity sports.” Despite the circumstances, the men’s soccer team has taken a proactive approach to improve their situation. Before the start of this season, the Gees approached teams from all over Ontario and Quebec and aggressively scheduled exhibition games against other universi-

ties and colleges. Though the opposing coaches may not be too happy with their own teams after a loss to Ottawa, many of them support the Gee-Gees’ pursuit of varsity status. “The other team’s coaches have really [tried] to help us out moving forward. One example is the University of Montreal head coach, who wrote a letter to [support] us a few years ago,” said Graham. “They really see the potential in us.” To this day, the U of O remains the largest university in Ontario without a varsity men’s soccer program. “I think it’s shocking that Canada’s socalled ‘national university’ doesn’t have a men’s soccer team when it’s the mostplayed sport in Canada, even more [so] than hockey,” said Piccini. Though the men’s soccer club is still facing an uphill battle to gain more recognition, the players did have a chance to showcase their talents in a rare home game against the Bishop’s Gaitors on Oct. 23. Ottawa made the most of the opportunity, defeating Bishop’s by a score of 8-0, with Piccini and Wahabou Alamou combining for a shutout while the Gees’ strikers scored with ease against the Gaitors. The club’s fall season is now over, as the Gee-Gees fi nished with an overall 6-4-2 record. f

Final verdict: Overall, Ottawa looks like the better team on paper; expect the GeeGees to feed off the opening night crowd’s energy to put the Brock Badgers away in the second half. f

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Reading week in Toronto Following the Gee-Gees volleyball ROAD WARRIORS

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HILE MOST UNIVERSITY of Ottawa students do attend at least a few varsity games throughout the years, not many take the opportunity to watch Gee-Gees games on the road. Though I don’t blame those of you who elected to hibernate the break away, spending the reading week in Toronto presented me with a chance to attend a couple of Gees sporting events. First, on Oct. 24 the U of O women’s volleyball team traveled to the University of Toronto to take on the defending Ontario champions, the Varsity Blues. The men’s hockey team, meanwhile, took on the Ryerson Rams on the road Oct. 29, just a week after facing the Rams at home. Here are the game reviews for both matches, complete with a miniguide about the fan experience at U of T’s Athletic Centre and Ryerson’s George Bell arena.

Women’s volleyball In a rematch of last year’s Ontario University Athletics (OUA) quarterfi nals, the Gee-Gees opened up their season against the Toronto Varsity Blues—the defending OUA champions. Ottawa won in convincing fashion, downing the Varsity Blues (0-3) in four sets, ending their five-game losing streak to Toronto in the process. The Gee-Gees started the game in spectacular fashion, led by the thunderous spikes of rookie outside hitter Myriam English. An early 3-0 advantage for the Gees forced the Blues to burn a timeout. Ottawa never trailed in the fi rst set and won 25-20. English had four points in the opening set of her Canadian Interuniversity Sport debut. The second set featured missed serves from both sides, perhaps due to the early season rust. However, Toronto ended up making more mistakes than the Gees, and Ottawa took advantage to win 25-

20. Fift h-year veteran Tess Edwards, Ottawa’s player of the match, did well to set up the Gees outside hitters’ kills. Second-year Melissa Morelli, who fi nished with 17 points and 14 digs, relentlessly attacked Toronto’s defenders while another sophomore outside hitter, Laura Carmanico, contributed with 13 points and 11 digs. “As the match went on, Melissa Morelli really stepped up with her aggressive play,” said Gee-Gees’ head coach Lionel Woods. “When you only have one game on the weekend, you just have to go all out and don’t hold back. That was my mentality going into [the game],” said Morelli. Up 24-23 in the third set, Ottawa had a chance to sweep their rivals on their home court. However, Toronto’s lone fi ft h-year veteran Karlee Diesing propelled her team to a 30-28 win in the hard-fought set. Myriam English and her twin sister, Kelsie English, had a great blocking performance for the Gees.

Men’s hockey and women’s volleyball teams earned valuable victories away from home during the fall break Losing the third set seemed to motivate the Gee-Gees even more, as Ottawa saved their best for last. An easy 25-19 win in the fourth and fi nal set sent the Toronto fans packing in a solemn mood while the Gees celebrated their first victory of 2010–11. “I won’t even understate the win. Toronto–Ottawa is a rivalry that’s been there for a very long time. Both teams have reset so much, we’re both so young. It’s really big for us to open up on the road with a win,” said Woods. “We got spanked in three sets last year in the playoffs, so we came back on a mission to set a tone for the season. It’s defi nitely a great start to our year,” added Morelli. Ottawa (1-0) will now travel to face the Ryerson Rams (1-2) on the road, Nov. 6.

The game experience: The University of Toronto’s Sports Gym at the Athletic Centre is always pretty loud because any sound made in the large venue is amplified. Unfortunately, the players themselves made the most noise on Oct. 24, as not too many student fans showed up for the match, compared to last year’s quarterfi nals game which I also attended. The public address announcer did a nice job recapping each point, and was enthusiastic about highlight plays, even if they were made by the Gee-Gees. Also, the “Pom Team” cheerleaders entertained the crowd during timeouts—a nice touch to the fan experience.

Men’s hockey On Oct. 22, at the Sports Complex, rook-

ie forward Kyle Ireland scored three goals and added an assist to lead his Gee-Gees (4-3-1) past the Ryerson Rams (4-5-0) by a fi nal score of 7-3. A week later, at the George Bell Arena, Ireland once again recorded a hat trick and an assist as the Gees beat the Rams, this time with a score of 6-3. With nine goals and 10 assists in eight games, Ireland is currently tied for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport lead in points. “Kyle Ireland is a great example of someone who revels in being right where no one else wants to be. He may not be the most talented player, but I think he’s got fantastic character, hockey sense, and courage,” said Gee-Gees’ head coach Dave Leger about Ireland’s ability to get in front of the net. Just over five minutes into the first period, Ottawa got on the scoreboard as fi rst-year forward Matt White beat the Ryerson goaltender Louie George through the five-hole. Less than two minutes later, Ireland made a beautiful pass on a two-on-one, and captain Matt Methot fi nished the play by putting the puck in the net. Late in the fi rst frame, Ireland scored a pair of goals, including a shorthanded marker. After 20 minutes of play, Ottawa led 4-1, and chased George out of the game. “It was a really good performance. Everybody came ready to go and we had a really fun warm-up before the game that loosened everybody up,” said Ireland. After another first-year forward, Steve Blunden, scored off a big rebound early in the second, Ryerson fi nally settled down to prevent a huge blowout. The Rams potted a pair of goals, one on the power-play and one shorthanded to cut the deficit to 5-3, heading into the fi nal period.

“We need more consistency with our penalty kill—it’s something that we need to work on all the time,” said Leger. However, a Ryerson comeback was not meant to be, as Ireland finished off his hat trick in the third period with a power-play goal. First-year goaltender Harrison May made a great pad save with two minutes left to put the final nail in the coffin—he finished with 38 saves in the game. “Our puck pursuit was tremendous. I thought we forechecked extremely well tonight. We created an awful lot of turnovers and we were able to make something out of them,” Leger said. “May played unbelievable, all four lines were fi ring and our defence played great,” added Ireland. Ottawa will now travel to Kingston to face the Queen’s Golden Gaels (4-3-1) Nov. 5.

The game experience: Dear Gee-Gees fans: Please don’t ever complain about having to walk down to the Sports Complex to watch hockey games. Ryerson plays at the George Bell Arena, located at the west end of Toronto—a 20-minute drive away from the main campus. Student fan support is non-existent, and the Ryerson promotions team doesn’t even pretend that fans are there; there are no mascots, no fan giveaways, and no entertainment between periods except for music from the loudspeakers. Until Ryerson fi nally moves into the renovated Maple Leaf Gardens, make sure to go watch Rams games with a group of friends like I did, or you’ll be bored out of your mind staring at the empty seats during the intermission. f


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Dear Di, I’m a little dumbfounded with girls in university. I’m a good-looking guy, and girls keep coming up to me or give me signals of interest. Every class they sit near me, walk in front of me, or just try to be loud with a conversation near me. I’ll occasionally hop in and say a joke or two, and they love it. The thing is, then I think they expect me to say “hi” and chase them, but I don’t feel obligated. One girl in particular is giving me a lot of signs. She almost certainly has a boyfriend back home, but she seems to be giving me mixed signals, like coming up to me and introducing herself without me pursuing her in the first couple of classes. What should I do and how could I fi x this? —Downtrodden Don Juan Dear DDJ, To be completely honest, you sound more like an arrogant, misinformed ass than a good-looking, funny guy. Are you aware that there are over 20 per cent more women than men enrolled in undergraduate programs at the U of O? That’s over 7,000 more ladies than gentlemen. How in hell do you expect to spend a day on campus without one or two walking past or sitting near you? Get this through your head: their mere proximity to you says nothing about their sexual interest, and simply speaking with you or laughing at your jokes does not even come close to constituting “mixed signals.” It is entirely possible, and extremely likely, that the reason all these girls are saying “hi” to you in the fi rst place is just to be friendly. That, or your overt

ogling has been creeping them out and they couldn’t think of any other way to make you stop. The one babe in particular that’s bugging you was likely just being her sociable self. Who says she needs to be pursued to play nice with the people around her? Unfortunately, your problem is an out-of-control ego, not an excess of aggressive women. Maybe if you stepped off your high horse and came back down to earth you might stand a chance of meeting a cool chick—one that’s actually interested in you. Love, Di Dear Di, I have recently rekindled a relationship with this boy I had previously dated for four years. We worked out our differences and decided to give our relationship a shot once more. I love him to death and, emotionally, we get along great. He treats me amazingly, and I return the favour. The only area lacking would be the sex department. His dick is not as well endowed as I would have wished it to be, and so I don’t really feel that much when we are getting it on. Are there any recommendations in terms of positions that will let me feel more, or any other suggestions you might have to fix this issue? —Stuck Without Sensation Dear SWS, Congratulations to you and your man on giving it another go. Rekindling a romance can easily go awry, but sometimes time apart is the key to figuring out that what you really want is what you’ve already got. I’m glad to

hear the only issue that has arisen is a classic case of carnal incompatibility. There’s a very good reason why so many people say size isn’t everything. Even the least-endowed man can be the best you’ve ever had—if he knows how to make the most out of his petite package. Deep-penetration positions are going to do you the most service if you’re suffering sans sensation. I would recommend a case of the crab—the position, that is. Th is is a rear-entry situation that will require you to stand or kneel with your feet on the floor and your torso on the bed, desk, table, whatever. Have your man approach you from behind, taking your feet in his hands. Once he’s inside you, he can fold your legs toward your back to offer optimal orgasmic stimulation. Another option would be to lay face-down on the bed, using pillows to prop your hips up. Have your man kneel behind you as though you were going to do it doggie style. By laying flat down you’ll offer your man more opportunity to hit your hot zone without any obstruction. If neither of these options work for you, try searching for deep-penetration or rear-entry positions to fi nd something that suits you better. If all else fails, you may want to try incorporating increased clitoral stimulation while you’re doing the deed. Here’s hoping this helps you make the most of what your man has to offer. Love, Di

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thethryllabus National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 7:30 p.m.

Music Nov. 4: Ani Difranco plays the Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Ave.), 7 p.m. Nov. 5: David Stewart and Élise Desjardins in room 112 of Tabaret Hall, 8 p.m. Nov. 5: TokyoSexWhale plays Dominion Tavern (33 York St.), 9 p.m. Nov. 6: Politique, Pelt, Loon Choir, and Paramedics play Maverick’s (221 Rideau St.), 9 p.m. Nov. 6: Street Meat and The World Provider play Avant Garde (135 Besserer St.), 9 p.m. Nov. 11: Bedouin Soundclash plays Capital Music Hall (128 York St.), 8 p.m. Nov. 12: Pretty Little Death Machine, The Superlative, and Cowlick play Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York St.), 8 p.m. Nov. 16: The Trews play Capital Music Hall (128 York St.), 8 p.m. Nov. 20: Steven Page plays the Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Ave.), 7 p.m. Nov. 22: Cancer Bats play Ritual nightclub (174 Rideau St.), 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25: The Arkells and The Reason play Capital Music Hall (128 York St.), 8 p.m. Nov. 27: Silverstein plays Capital Music Hall (128 York St.), 7 p.m. Dec. 4: The Acorn and Leif Vollebekk play Capital Music Hall (128 York St.), 8 p.m.

Nov. 12, 13, 16–20: The Orpheus Musical Society’s Annie at Centrepointe Theatre (101 Centrepointe Dr.), 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19: Ekalavya at the Shenkman Arts Centre (245 Centrum Blvd.), 7 p.m.

Nov. 5, 6: Wingfield: Lost and Found at the Shenkman Arts Centre (245 Centrum Blvd.), 8 p.m. Now–Nov. 6: Honeymoon at Graveside Manor plays at the Ottawa Little Theatre (400 King Edward Ave.), 8 p.m. Now–Nov. 6: Romeo & Juliet at the

Nov. 14: Debut of Meaghan Haughin’s week-long exhibition Watershed at La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.), 7 p.m. Now–Nov. 21: Susan Feindel and Paul Walde’s Melting The True North exhibition runs at the City Hall Art Gallery (110 Laurier Ave. W.)

Workshops & Lectures

Now–Nov. 30: Annik Després’s Remembering To See exhibition runs at the Trinity Art Gallery (245 Centrum Blvd.)

Nov. 4: “A Look To The Future Of Remembrance” discussion and lecture at the Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Pl.), 9 a.m.

Now–Dec. 1: Rosemary Randall’s exhibition About Face runs at the Centrepointe Theatre Gallery (101 Centrepointe Dr.)

Nov. 10: “Writing a Winning Resume and Acing the Interview” workshop in room 221 of Simard Hall, 1 p.m.

Now–Dec. 1: In Flux: Emergence runs at the Atrium Gallery (101 Centrepointe Dr.)

Nov. 18: Workshop on working abroad in room 9161 of Desmarais Hall, 11:30 a.m.

Now–Dec. 4: Arresting Images: Mug Shots from the OPP Museum runs at the Canada Science & Technology Museum (1867 St. Laurent Blvd.)

Nov. 19: “Climate Justice, Green Jobs, and Sustainable Production. Lessons From B.C.” in room 550 of Fauteux Hall, 12 p.m. Nov. 22: “Trial by Facebook: Contextual Privacy, Surveillancem amd the Case of Natalie Blanchard” in room 3120 of Desmarais Hall, 11:30 a.m. Visual Art Nov. 4–7: Eryn O’Neil’s exhibition Window Shopping runs at the Dale Smith Gallery (137 Beechwood Ave.) Nov. 4: Debut of thelivingeffect exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery (2 Daly Ave.)

Theatre Nov. 4: Gotta Dance! at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 8 p.m.

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Nov. 5: Debut of Matthew Dayler’s new works at La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.), 7 p.m.

Nov. 16: RoboGeisha plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 9 p.m. Nov. 19: The Next Three Days released to theatres Nov. 19: Tamara Drewe plays at Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 9:20 p.m. Nov. 19: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 released to theatres Nov. 20: Machete plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 9 p.m. Nov. 24: Love and Other Drugs released to theatres Nov. 24: The Nutcracker released to theatres Dec. 1: Last Tango In Paris plays at Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 4:05 p.m.

Nov. 6: Men’s hockey vs. RMC at the Sports Complex, 7 p.m. Nov. 6: Men’s basketball vs. Guelph at Montpetit Hall, 8 p.m. Nov. 7: Men’s and women’s swimming at Montpetit Hall, 8 a.m. Nov. 13: Women’s volleyball vs. Windsor at Monpetit Hall, 2 p.m. Nov. 14: Men’s hockey vs. Toronto in the Sports Complex, 2 p.m. Nov. 14: Women’s volleyball vs. Western at Montpetit Hall, 2 p.m. Nov. 21: Women’s hockey vs. McGill at the Sports Complex, 2 p.m. Nov. 26: Women’s basketball vs. Lakehead at Montpetit Hall, 6 p.m. Nov. 26: Men’s hockey vs. UOIT at the Sports complex, 7 p.m.

Film

Dec. 3: Black Swan released to theatres

Nov. 4: CKCU 35th Anniversary Short Film Show and Auction at Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 8 p.m.

Dec. 4: Tales From The Golden Age plays at Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 2 p.m.

Nov. 27: Women’s hockey vs. Concordia at the Sports Complex, 2 p.m.

Nov. 5: Megamind released to theatres

Sports

Nov. 27: Women’s basketball vs. Mcmaster at Montpetit Hall, 6 p.m.

Nov. 5: Men’s and women’s swimming vs. Queen’s at Montpetit hall, 6 p.m.

Nov. 27: Men’s hockey vs. Brock at the Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Nov. 5: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 7 p.m. Nov. 5: Due Date released to theatres Nov. 5: Transformers 3-D and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 3-D released to theatres Nov. 7: Howl plays at Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 8:45 p.m.

Now-Nov. 7: Exhibition of the work of Nichola Feldman-Kiss, Donna Legault, Gordon Monahan, Andrew O’Malley, and Catherine Richards runs at the Karsh-Masson Gallery (136 St. Patrick St.)

Nov. 9: Dinner for Schmucks plays in the Alumni Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Now–Nov. 8: Philip Craig’s Twentyten exhibition runs at the Terence Robert Gallery (531 Sussex Dr.)

Nov. 13: Barbed Wire Dolls plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 11:55 p.m.

Nov. 11: I Spit On Your Grave (2010) plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 5: Women’s basketball vs. Brock in Montpetit Hall, 6 p.m. Nov. 5: Men’s basketball vs. Brock at Montpetit Hall, 8 p.m. Nov. 6: Men’s and women’s swimming GO Kingfish Invite at Monpetit Hall, 8 a.m. Nov. 6: Men’s football OUA Semi-final vs. Laurier at Frank Clair Stadium, 1 p.m. Nov. 6: Women’s hockey vs. Carleton at the Sports Complex, 2 p.m.

Nov. 26: Men’s basketball vs. Lakehead at Montpetit Hall, 8 p.m.

Nov. 27: Men’s basketball vs. McMaster at Montpetit Hall, 8 p.m. Miscellaneous Happenings Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25: Music and poetry Open Stage at Cage Nostalgica (603 Cumberland St.), 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4–11: Special Remembrance Day tours at the Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Pl.) Nov. 6: “Humanitarianism Through Art: A Fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders Canada” at La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.), 7 p.m.

Nov. 6: Women’s basketball vs. Guelph at Montpetit Hall, 6 p.m.

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Bringing prostitution into the light The Ontario court ruling was long overdue Ali Churchill | The Gateway

EDMONTON (CUP) — “Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. So why is selling fucking illegal?” George Carlin once asked. Carlin would have appreciated recent news out of Ontario. On Sept. 28, Ontario Superior Court Justice Susan Himel struck down three Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution. The case, launched by Terri-Jean Bedford, Valerie Scott, and Amy Lebovitch, and represented by lawyer Alan Young, overturned three of Canada’s prostitution laws. In the province of Ontario, prostitutes will soon be allowed to operate a common bawdy house, live off the profits of prostitution, and solicit for purposes of prostitution. Prostitutes will have the opportunity to sell their services in a safe and controlled environment, where they can employ people to ensure their safety and even call the police for help without fear of legal prosecution. Although prostitution itself wasn’t technically illegal, pretty much every action surrounding it was, and as such, violence against those involved in the sex industry was rampant. Those participating in the industry had to function outside the law, without basic protection to ensure their safety. Bedford, Scott, and Lebovitch, who have all worked in the sex trade, are qualified to talk about the state of the industry in the years leading up to Himel’s decision. They haven’t painted the rosiest of pictures. Young gave the courts an overview of what he called “shocking and horrifying” stories of abuse suffered by prostitutes as a result of the industry being pushed underground. Even though these dangers still exist, by decriminalizing prostitution, the Ontario courts have given prostitutes a chance to create

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an industry where they can ensure their own safety. Of course, no sane thought goes unpunished. There are those taking advantage of the 30-day window in which to overturn the court’s decision. The Conservative government squirmed as their tight pants got even tighter when Himel released her decision, complaining that the change will make prostitution even easier. Well, yes, and that’s really the point. It’s about improving the lives of prostitutes and giving them a chance to work in a safe environment, rather than treating them as criminals. Foremost amongst the dissenters is former Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien, whose problem with Judge Himel’s decision centres on his belief that the move will only facilitate pimping and increase drug dependency. It seems he has missed the point. Preventing continued drug abuse would be best combated with increased social and educational programs, not by shaming and charging those who work in the sex-trade industry. As for pimps, if the industry is regulated but not criminalized, there is a greater possibility that prostitutes will be able to form unions in which they are able to set their own standards of safe employment. By driving the sex industry further into the margins of society, prostitutes are regularly forced to go without the basic personal safety considerations they should enjoy. Looking at the Robert Pickton murders further highlights the potential improvements in the industry resulting from this ruling. An internal report released by the Vancouver police in August details the RCMP’s failures, listing the variety of ways in which the disappear-

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ances of prostitutes from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside went ignored from the 1990s onward. It stands to reason that, had lines of communication between sex workers in the area and police been more open, there would have been greater information pointing to Pickton’s involvement, which could have potentially saved lives. The point to be made is that simply making prostitution illegal won’t deter people from buying and selling sex. If the federal Conservatives were really willing to help those victimized by the sex trade, they could do so by funding better drug

It’s about improving the lives of prostitutes and giving them a chance to work in a safe environment, rather than treating them as criminals.

Anton Ninkov | Fulcrum Staff

Passing on the U-Pass NORMALLY, I TRY not to concern myself with the dramas that go on at Carleton University—God only knows what those Ravens will be up to next. However, when I overheard the story of Kelsie Jones, a fourth-year Carleton student who was recently fined $610 for trying to sell her UPass, I couldn’t help but sympathize. Jones, who lives downtown and takes the free shuttle bus from the U of O campus to Carleton’s, had little use for her mandatory U-Pass. Aware that other students have attempted to sell their passes on Kijiji, she too decided to try to get back some of the money for her pass. She put her U-Pass up for sale online and re-

ceived an offer to buy it for $250—close to a full reimbursement for the $290 pass. She agreed to meet the buyer in front of the Sears at the Rideau Mall to complete the transaction—but before she knew it, the potential buyer whipped out a badge, revealing she was an OC Transpo Bylaw Officer. Jones was slapped with a fat fi ne of $610, with the officers stating that selling her U-Pass was on a par with selling a drivers’ license. The reality is that this student was innovative in conspiring to regain some of the capital she had lost by paying for a U-Pass she didn’t need. She was not only reprimanded for her actions, but she was

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Prostitution has been fully legal in the Netherlands since 2000

also given a fi ne that now puts Jones $610 further in the hole—all because of the pass. One can only ask, “Where is all of the extra money that the OC Transpo is collecting from the fi nes going?” Is it to pay for these bylaw officers playing undercover cops? If so, that doesn’t seem like an appropriate use of the money. What difference does it make whether Joe Shmo or I uses my bus pass? It seems like these excessive restrictions serve only as a way to ensure that OC Transpo collects the additional profits of charging all students to buy the U-Pass—while not disrupting the sales of their other, more

expensive passes to non-student -student residents of the city. If the students at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University are forced to purchase buss passes— teep tuition on top of already paying steep costs—then shouldn’t those hose students who reap no benefi fitt from the pass be given the opportunity to regain some of their fi nancial loss? But, as it stands, if you want to sell your U-Pass, don’t ne; say anything about it online; Big Brother is watching you! ou! f

counselling, job training, and education. Like other controversial decisions that have sprung up from the east and spread across Canada, if Judge Himel’s decision stands, there is a good chance that it may be reproduced in other provinces. And, just as in 2003 when Ontario was the first province to legalize gay marriage, we can expect others to follow soon, or be dragged kicking and screaming into the new age. Judge Himel’s decision won’t eradicate violence from prostitution, but at the very least, it will give the people involved a fighting chance to have sex on their own terms. f


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Time to tax and regulate marijuana Majority of Canadians support legalization Kevin Brandt | Excalibur

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TORONTO (CUP)—MARIJUANA IS ALL around us. More Canadians use marijuana than residents of any other country in the world—about 11.4 per cent of the population. Most students either use it or know someone who does, despite knowing it is an illegal drug in this country and that there could be legal repercussions for those caught possessing, growing, or selling it. While there are some who are lawfully allowed to use it for medical purposes, critics nevertheless argue that smoking the plant could lead to addiction, heavy drug use, brain damage, or even psychosis. These supposed side effects are well known, but marijuana is not really as harmful as critics argue it is. There is a far lower risk of addiction when compared to alcohol or tobacco. In fact, according to research by Jack Henningfield and Neal Benowitz, two addiction specialists, pot’s addiction potential is no greater than that of caffeine. Cases where a marijuana user may become hooked on a much harder narcotic do exist, but this could be due to marijuana’s prohibition. Because marijuana is illegal, potential consumers must make purchases via the black market and interact with potentially sketchy individuals. The black market exposes cannabis users to harder drugs. If marijuana were legal, it would eliminate such exposure. Furthermore, there have been no conclusive medical studies to prove that pot leads to brain damage or psychosis. Of course, smoking anything is harm-

WHICH IS MORE ADDICTIVE

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This plant or your morning coffee? ful to the lungs, but vaporizing—heating the plant, but not combusting it—is a less harmful alternative to smoking. Contrary to popular belief, marijuana does not have more cancer-causing agents than cigarettes. About 40,000 Canadians die each year from tobacco-related illness, but there are no direct deaths attributed to marijuana. About 8,000 Canadians die each year from alcohol-related deaths,

including over 100 Canadians lost to alcohol poisoning, but marijuana has been proven to be non-toxic. In other words, a person cannot overdose on cannabis. Our government wastes valuable resources arresting, prosecuting, and jailing so-called “criminals” for simple marijuana possession, spending millions each year. Instead of addressing the issue of marijuana use, the police should focus on serious crimes.

We should tax the plant in the same manner we do alcohol or tobacco and use the revenue for various provincial or federal projects. If the government handled marijuana, we’d be better assured it would stay out of the hands of minors. After all, drug dealers don’t check ID, but the government does. Many licensed medicinal marijuana users complain about how difficult it is for them to acquire their medicine, though it seems high school students can buy pot without much difficulty. If criminalization laws are in place to keep weed out of the hands of minors, those laws have defi nitely failed. Legalizing marijuana will only benefit Canada. Tax revenue will provide a much-needed boost to our economy, the sick will have easier access to an effective medicine, and shady drug dealers and the black market will take a significant hit. According to a 2002 Senate special committee, drug policy “must be structured around guiding principles respecting the life, health, security, and rights and freedoms of individuals who, naturally and legitimately, seek their own well-being and development.” In other words, choice is a cornerstone of a liberal democracy, so we should be able to choose our method of insobriety. That same Senate special committee concluded their report by calling for the legalization of marijuana, a motion since ignored by the House of Commons. According to an Angus-Reid poll conducted in 2010, 53 per cent of Canadians believe marijuana should be legalized. It’s about time our government fi nally listened to the wishes of its citizens. f

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THE MONTH OF September saw one of the most intricate legal battles fought over stem cell research before the U.S. Supreme Court. Adult stem cell researchers James Sherley and Theresa Deisher are suing the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), over the fi nancing of embryonic stem cells research. The two claim the funding policies of the NIH are both illegal and detrimental to their own research. Stem cells are “root” cells that have the potential to develop into any type of cell, creating tissues and organs in your body. While adult stem cells are “reserves” individuals keep in their body that can develop into only a limited number of cell types, stem cells found in embryos can develop into any type of cell. Th is makes them potentially useful for treating an array of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. These cells, however, have to be harvested from discarded embryos—most often from fertility clinics. Evangelical groups equate this act with abortion and have lobbied for a ban on embryonic stem

cell research. Following their pressures, the Bush administration adopted the Dickey-Wicker amendment that made it illegal for the U.S government to fi nance research that harms human embryos. Funding agencies interpreted the law as prohibiting the act of creating a new embryonic stem cell line, and so continued to fund work on existing lines. Sherley and Deisher argued that this practice makes it more difficult for adult stem cell researchers to compete for grants against embryonic stem cell researchers. Chief Justice Royce Lamberth accepted this claim as a valid base to sue the organizations. Th is decision is problematic because of the fundamental nature of the study of science. Research grants are not a right but a privilege bestowed by society. If your science employs better techniques, you are more likely to obtain a grant; fairness is not a factor. Th is ruling sets a dangerous precedent for the future of science funding. Upholding the rule of law means respecting the Dickey-Wicker amendment. However, that the U.S. Supreme Court would accept the pretext of “fair competition” in science as valid ground to sue is disturbing. It shows a willingness to cave to religious groups’ agendas and a total

ignorance of research mechanisms. Th is approach to funding—cutting off money to science with which you disagree—contrasts sharply with an overlooked piece of news from last April coming out of, surprisingly, the Vatican. The scientific arm of the Vatican announced it would dedicate nearly $3 million to research on adult stem cells. In essence, they’re saying: “We disagree on ethical grounds with embryonic stem cells, so we will offer funding to the scientists doing it a different way.” Whether you agree or disagree with their values, the means used by the Vatican are laudable and show a refreshing positivism from the Catholic church regarding science research. Th is development encourages one to take a closer look at the Vatican’s attitude toward science in recent years. Polls show that about 50 per cent of the Americans believe that evolution does not occur. In 2009, however, the Pontifical Council for Culture affi rmed that the theory of evolution does not conflict with the tenets of Catholicism. In 2005, the Bush appointee to NASA headquarters informed the organization’s public relations employees to emphasize that the Big Bang is only a theory

and that NASA should not promote it because it discounts the possibility of intelligent design of the universe. He resigned following the revelation that he never even graduated from college. Interestingly, in 2008 the Vatican’s chief astronomer affi rmed that there might be other intelligent forms of life in the universe and that this does not contradict the Catholic faith. In fact, life on other planets may even have been visited by a Messiah of their own. Medical research, biology, and astronomy—three important fields where even the Vatican is taking more progressive action and showing more openness than the United States’ courts, government, and general population. Th is should serve as a wake-up call to not just the U.S. but to countries worldwide, including our own. At least in the field of stem cell research, Canada should seize this opportunity created by bickering about “unfairness” the U.S. judicial system, shed its reserve, and recruit bright researchers by advertising its progressive attitude toward research. In any case, the next chapter of the stem cells funding saga should unfold in November with the hearing of oral arguments from both parties. f


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