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LETTERS U-Pass analogous to Proposition 8 Re: Pick your battles (Editorial, Sept. 23) I’M AMAZED BY how you try to trivialize the concerns of those students against the U-Pass program. It doesn’t matter if the U-Pass program was won through a “democratic” vote (a vote, I might add, done by a mere 21 per cent of students to apply to 100 per cent of the student body). Utilitarianism is not justice. We cannot surrender the rights of the minority to the tyranny of the majority. h is issue is, to me, analogous to the Proposition 8 controversy. Would you say that prohibiting homosexuals from marriage is just? I would think not. A majority vote simply does not make something just or ethical. To think so would constitute fallacious reasoning. Maybe a diferent analogy would make things clearer: suppose that 70 per cent of the population smoke cigarettes, and want cheaper cigarettes. hey therefore vote to institute a cigarette tax on 100 per cent of the population, so that those 70 per cent of smokers can have cheaper cigarettes. Now, would you say this is ethical? I would hope not. here is not much to your argument besides dismissing our legitimate concerns and telling us to shut up. I would think if this issue were brought up in court, it would be in our favour. he reason we are so outraged is because the U-Pass is mandatory for all students; there is no opt-out option, and you can’t even sell it! I am not against the idea of cheaper public transit for students; I
am against the idea of making it mandatory for all students to purchase a U-Pass. here clearly should be an opt-out option for those of us who do not use public transit. I, and other students like myself, should not be forced to subsidize other students who choose to take the bus. I might as well lush $290 down the toilet. Vivian Reprinted from thefulcrum.ca Chemical queries Re: Dietary Dogight (Features, Sept. 16) IN THE ARTICLE “Dietary Dogight”, you write, “he major motivation though seems to be minimizing the consumption of potentially harmful chemicals in foods that are grown using synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, growth hormones, regulators, and antibiotics.” Can you please provide some evidence or speciic examples to support this statement that all of these chemicals you have broadly grouped together are ‘potentially harmful’? h is is empty rhetoric, and you cannot label the entire organic or natural movement as ‘healthy’ simply because they lack ‘chemicals’. he world is made of atoms—atoms are chemicals—and simply because something is made synthetically does not mean it is less healthy. You need to look at every single chemical individually and ascertain its health efects, since none of them are the same. Moreover, I would like to point out that you use a i rst-year student’s opinion to validate your statement, not a scientist or an expert, then back it up with the opinion of Ms. Payant, the owner of
a business with clearly vested interests in this issue. You also write: “In addition, long-term consumption of products treated with these synthetic substances causes toxins to build up in our bodies, putting extra stress on our organs and negatively impacting our health.” Again, which chemicals are you talking about, and can you please dei ne the word ‘toxin’ as you have used it in this case? Could you tell me what kind of stress my organs are being put under? How can you suddenly classify that all synthetic molecules used by agricultural companies are toxic? Do you have proof that all pesticides are toxic to human beings? As director of Peer Review Radio, we will be hosting an episode entitled, “Natural Vs. Synthetic: he Massive Misconception Regarding the Nature of Molecules.” I encourage you to tune in when this episode airs. Adrian J. Ebsary Reprinted from thefulcrum.ca
a cartoon that depicts many diferent ethnic cultures coming to a “new world”. To me that is what the University of Ottawa is all about. For all us students coming from our small high schools this is a new world for us. h is new experience is probably the closest experience we could have to “of the boat”, no matter how long ago it was that your family experienced this. I feel (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this) that those letters were from people who have to look at the big picture (so to speak) and not just take a part out of context. h is wasn’t an attack on anyone; it was just a way to welcome new students to a new world. Ryan McNeely First-year engineering student
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theTHRYLLABUS Theatre Now–Oct. 2: Crossing Delancey by Susan Sandler runs at the Ottawa Little Theatre (400 King Edward Ave.), 8 p.m. Now–Oct. 2: Les Justes runs at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7: Mr. Smythe Clown Extravaganza at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9: Dream of a Red Chamber at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 15: Love & Spring at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 8 p.m. Oct. 16: Music Soup by Jen Gould debuts at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave.), 9 a.m. Oct. 19: Honeymoon at Graveside Manor debuts at the Ottawa Little Theatre (400 King Edward Ave.), 8 p.m. Oct. 19–30: Romeo & Juliet at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30: Mozart’s Triple Crown plays at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 8 p.m. Now–Oct. 2: O-Town Hoedown runs throughout Ottawa Oct. 2: Holy Fuck plays Capital Music Hall (128 York St.), 8 p.m. Oct. 2: Good2Go plays at Irene’s Pub (885 Bank St.), 9 p.m. Oct. 3: Library Voices and Paper Lions play Café Dekcuf (221 Rideau St.), 8 p.m. Oct. 5: Black Dahlia Murder plays at Ritual Nightclub (137 Besserer St.), 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone plays at the Raw Sugar Café (692 Somerset St. W), 8 p.m. Oct. 10: Hot Hot Heat and Hey Rosetta! play Capital Music Hall (128 York St.), 8 p.m. Oct. 11: We Came As Romans, In Fear And Faith, and Upon A Burning Body play Maverick’s (221 Rideau St.), 6 p.m.
Oct. 20–23: Personal Jesus at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 8 p.m.
Oct. 14: Voice master class with Bernard Turgeon in Freiman Hall (room 121) of Pérez Building (610 Cumberland St.), 4:30 p.m.
Now–Oct. 23: A Flea in Her Ear at the Gladstone Theatre (910 Gladstone Ave.), 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14: Despised Icon’s final Ottawa show at Ritual Nightclub (137 Besserer St.), 7 p.m.
Oct. 24: Margaret Cho at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15: Ok Go plays Capital Music Hall (128 York St.), 8 p.m.
Oct. 30: Warren Miller’s Wintervention plays at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 8 p.m.
Oct. 16: Piano master class with Angela Hewitt in Freiman Hall (room 121) of Pérez Building (610 Cumberland St.), 2 p.m.
Music Sept. 30: Full Flavour with DJ’s Matty and The Retardinator at Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York St.)
Oct. 19: Stars and Young Galaxy play the Bronson Centre Theate (211 Bronson Ave.), 7 p.m. Sports
Sept. 30: Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu at Capital Music Hall (128 York St.), 8 p.m.
Oct. 1: Women’s Volleyball vs. Acadia at Montpetit Hall, 11:30 a.m.
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Oct. 1: Women’s Volleyball vs. Sherbrooke at Montpetit Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29: “Conversation with President Clinton” at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 10 a.m.
Oct. 7, 8, 9: I Am Love plays at the Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 2: Women’s Volleyball vs. McMaster at Montpetit Hall, 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 8: Life As We Know It released to theatres
Oct. 2: Women’s Soccer vs. Ryerson at Matt Anthony Field, 1 p.m.
Now–Oct. 3: Bodies in Trouble at SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St.)
Oct. 2: Women’s Rugby vs. Laval at Matt Anthony Field, 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 4: “The Walk of Arts” painting competition outside 90U, 10 a.m.
Oct. 2: Women’s Volleyball vs. York at Montpetit Hall, 5 p.m.
Now–Oct. 7: EXILENTIA EXIFF: Lost Femininities exhibit runs at La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.), 7 p.m.
Workshops & Lectures Sept. 30: “An Evening with Author Mary Di Michele” in room A of Library and Archives Canada (395 Wellington St.), 7 p.m. Oct. 4: “Work and Study Abroad Workshop” in room 390 of Lamoureux Hall, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5: “Let’s Talk Sex” with renowned sex therapist Sue Johanson in the Alumni Auditorium of Unicentre, 8 p.m.
Oct. 8: “One Night Only” exhibit event with work by Batya Cavens at La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.), 7 p.m. Now–Oct. 17: At Land’s End photo exhibit at Arts Court Gallery (2 Daly Ave.) Now–Oct. 24: Network Installations by Marie-Josée Laframboise at Arts Court Contemporary Gallery (2 Daly Ave.)
Oct. 8: Secretariat released to theatres Oct. 9, 10: Jack Goes Boating plays at the Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 7 p.m. Oct. 11–14: Mr. Nobody plays at Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 9:15 p.m. Oct. 15: Jackass 3D released to theatres Oct. 19: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 play at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 7 p.m. Oct. 20–24: Submissions for the Ottawa International Animation Festival Short Film Competition play at the Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.)
Now–Oct. 24: Avaaz by Dipna Horra at Arts Court Contemporary Gallery (2 Daly Ave.)
Oct. 22: Paranormal Activity 2 released to theatres
Oct. 29: Saw 3D released to theatres
Oct. 6: Workshop on how to prepare for graduate studies or for a career in medicine in room 125 of 90U, 4 p.m.
Sept. 30: Cyrus plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 8:45 p.m.
Oct. 7: “Post Secular” with James K. A. Smith at the Agora in the Unicentre, 12 p.m.
Sept. 30: Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 plays at the Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), 9:15 p.m.
Oct. 7: “Beyond A/Theism: Postmodernity and the future of God” with James K. A. Smith in Freiman Hall (room 121) of Pérez building, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1: The Social Network released to theatres
Oct. 6: “Greenberg Speakers Series” lecture in room 351 of Fauteux Hall, 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 12: “Lunch-Talk” with U of O Ombudsperson Lucie Allaire in room 147 of Fauteux Hall, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 14: CanTeach information session in room 205 of 90U, 4 p.m. Oct. 25: “The 2010 Massey Lecture: Douglas Coupland” at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 8 p.m.
Now–Oct. 1: “Right to Know” Week Oct. 1–17: “Fall Rhapsody,” a celebration of the turning of the leaves in Gatineau Park Oct. 7: Engineering and High Tech Career Fair throughout SITE, 10 a.m.
Oct. 1: Savage Beach plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 11:15 p.m.
Oct. 14–17: Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference
Oct. 1: Case 39 released to theatres
Oct. 20–24: Ottawa International Animation Festival
Oct. 3: Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell plays at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 21–26: Ottawa International Writers Festival, fall edition
Oct. 6, 13: German Film Series in room 359 of Fauteux Hall, 8 p.m.
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NEWS This famous alumna returned to the U of O
Who is... Alex Trebek!
TREBEK RETURNS TO SCHOOL Alex Trebek recounts his experiences to the Fulcrum during his stay at the U of O photo p hoto by A Alex lex Martin
Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff
HO IS ALEX Trebek? U of O alumna and host of the popular game show Jeopardy! returned to campus on Sept. 24 to reunite with friends from his past. During this reunion, Trebek made appearances around campus, including at the university archives and with the basketball team. Well known for his sense of humour and improvisation skills, Trebek agreed to sit down with the Fulcrum and give a short account of his experiences at the University of Ottawa.
he Fulcrum: What brings you back to the university? Alex Trebek: I am here for the...reunion [the U of O] had, and it is going to be fun because there are a number of students who were here when I was and others who were here 10 years before me. hey graduated 63 years ago! It is going to be an emotional evening because these were special times.
What did you study at the U of O? I studied philosophy...close to Saint Paul’s Seminary where they were taking theology there and philosophy next door. I would commute. I would walk from a rooming house on Wilbrod...we didn’t have buses; we had to walk. I didn’t have any winter clothing; I had a raincoat, which was good for the rain but it was not very good mid-winter. And you all know how cold Ottawa can get. Were you involved in extracurricular activities on campus? Yes, I was looking in the yearbooks and I couldn’t i nd anything. No pictures or mentions of me in the drama guild, and I ran the drama guild for my senior year and I was in it for my junior year and the year before that. We did the Alchemist and we did a play called Nero. How did you go from a degree in philosophy to the television business? I needed a job to pay for my college tuition, which was about $500 a year in those days—I didn’t have it. So I worked for the CBC, and I guess I impressed them enough that they wanted me to stay
on. In February of my senior year, they ofered me a job in their permanent staf and I said I would accept if I could i nish my senior year and graduate. hey said sure. It worked out because I was working from 6 p.m. until midnight and going to school during the day. It is a good thing I graduated when I did—during the fall convocation—because my grades kept going down ... our classes were in English, French, and Latin. If you lost track of where you were, it was tough to pick it up. So I [would] just put my head down and took a nap. What makes Jeopardy! one of the most popular game shows on television? It is a tough show and people recognize that. People want to see other individuals in competition and live vicariously through them. If we have a teacher, and you are a teacher, it makes you feel good if the teacher is doing well. It’s a diferent kind of quiz because it is the reverse of question and answer—it is answer and question, which gives it a bit of a trick element to it. And now it has been around so long that it is now part of the family. People say, ‘Yeah, we will watch a little bit
of Jeopardy! every night.’
I am constantly amazed at how the University of Ottawa keeps growing and expanding. Its research facilities keep achieving more and more renowned over the world. —Alex Trebek U of O grad
What was one of the hardest Final Jeopardy! questions you’ve had to ask? he simple answer would be the one I didn’t know the response to, and that is true of anything. It is like asking what is the toughest subject for you—the one you aren’t familiar with. People ask me how come people do so well on one day and not so well on another, and I say the categories are diferent. You may know a lot about the original ive categories, but not the ones that come out tomorrow. What would you say to students who aspire to host their own game show one day? [hat] you should try a diferent career. It is very diicult. here aren’t many opportunities, and you could be the best game or quiz show host in the world, but if they aren’t producing quiz shows you’re not going to be able to ind a job. If you want to work in television you are going to have to audition against other individuals. You have to be good, you have to be willing to work hard, and you have to be lucky. I was all three, I think. f
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U of O grad hopes to win city councilor race
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Car-Free Day: An embarrassment to us all ON SEPT. 22, the University of Ottawa hosted Car-Free Day, an internationally celebrated event that is supported by the Canadian government. On campus ,sustainable action groups, in partnership with the university and the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO), commandeered half of parking lot K near 90U in order to promote “sustainable transportation and a cleaner environment.” he event on campus, which consisted of a farmer’s market, bike repair shop, SFUO dunk tank, campus group displays, and two performances by “Goggle Project Campus Tours,” was an utter waste of money and efort. he event was not promoted, and students had no idea it was being hosted on campus. Drivers were shocked to discover their parking spot occupied by a dunk tank, while students passing by simply thought the university had brought in a few fresh fruit stands. he irony of this year’s Car-Free Day was that it promoted conl icting mes-
sages. he i rst—and probably most obvious—was that the university wanted to promote environmentally friendly transportation. However, the parking lot behind them was packed with cars and the farmer’s market used cars to transport their produce. Everyone was driving because they received no notice of the event—even the Fulcrum did not get an email. In addition, the only aspect of the event that correlated with this initiative was the bike repair shop. All the other activities were pointless. he second message was that of sustainability—a word quite literally sung by a middle-aged rap wannabe and two tone-deaf women dressed in miniskirts. Why the university would choose the “Goggle Project” to represent the environmental concern of sustainability is beyond me. Personally, I was so embarrassed that I had to leave the scene. he last message came from the sustainable campus blog, stating that the point of Car-Free Day was to discourage people from driving because the U
of O is running out of parking space. According to the site thesustainabilitree.blogspot.com, “Car-Free Day is supposed to be an event to show people what could be done with the campus if there were no parking lots.” I guess they would rather use the parking lot as a mini-market or a student funville equipped with a dunk tank and, if we are lucky, a bouncy castle. According to this blog, it is too expensive to build another parking lot, so students are going to have to get used to alternative methods of transportation— because apparently students who choose to pay $900 a semester for parking do so just because they are too lazy to bike, walk, or take the bus. By the end of this column, ater explaining all of these messages, I can tell you that I know one thing for sure: I have absolutely NO idea what Car-Free Day was for and why it was promoted. firstname.lastname@example.org (613) 562 5260
What’s he building in there? Proiles in science research at the U of O Mercury munching microbes (om nom nom) Tyler Shendruk | Fulcrum Contributor
he problem THE MAJORITY OF MERCURY in the atmosphere is generated by human industries like coal combustion and gold mining. he rest comes from natural sources such as volcanoes and forest i res. Either way, when mercury is dispersed into the atmosphere, it is carried poleward where it is oxidized and becomes heavier, falling into sensitive Arctic regions as a toxic contaminant. Mercury binds to proteins and then accumulates in organisms, causing mercury compounds from the environment to enter the Arctic’s atmosphere when they get soaked up by the tiny microbes that form the ecosystem’s foundation. Since there’s nowhere for it to go, mercury is passed from prey to predator. Eventually, high levels of mercury accumulate in the top of the food chain—that’s us, friend.
he researcher Alexandre Poulain, a professor at the U of O, studies how microbes alter the mobility and the toxicity of metals and metalloids in the environment. He focuses on aquatic systems in polar regions and ventures out into the Arctic to bring samples home for analysis in his lab. he project Anaerobic microbes, bacteria that don’t use oxygen, alter the nature of the mercury. Some make metals more toxic by turning ordinary mercury into very harmful methylmercury. Dissimilarly, other bacteria break down methylmercury, making a gas and venting it out of the ecosystem. Poulain looks at the diference between the rates of these two processes by analyzing the production of proteins (ribonucleic acid or RNA) that control whether microbes create toxic mercury or whether they detoxify the Arctic atmosphere.
he key Upon sensing mercury in their environment, certain northern microbes activate genes naturally encoded in their DNA. Poulain can determine which of these genes are active in biomass samples from polar regions and can even tell exactly which genes are needed to defend against the toxic nature of mercury. Poulain’s goal is to bridge global-scale environmental science and microscopic biology he reduction of Arctic mercury by tiny microbes plays a major role in regulating the toxicity of the Far North and could possibly be used in integrated approaches to environmental management. f
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UNHAPPY WITH THE current direction our city is taking, University of Ottawa graduate Mathieu Fleury is hoping to bring a fresh set of ideas to city council this October. Although he is only 25 years old, Fleury’s experience in the community as both a volunteer and employee, makes him a serious contender in the race for city councillor for the RideauVanier ward. “[I am feeling] very optimistic,” said Fleury of the upcoming election. “I’ve knocked on doors all summer, and I’ll be knocking on doors until election day— and I’ve only ever received positive responses. People want change.” Fleury, a lifelong resident of the ward, has spent over 10 years working for the city’s department of parks and recreation, in addition to volunteering for various community services. He has also spent the past ive years at the U of O, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in human kinetics and, most recently, a master’s in sports administration. His strong ties to the community—and the desire to change it for the better—are what drew him to the city councillor race. “I’ve always been interested in servicing the needs of the individual—that’s what brought me to politics in the i rst place,” added Fleury. “A lot of energy and investment needs to be taken in our neighbourhood, and I felt that wasn’t happening with our current councillor.” Some of the main objectives of Fleury’s campaign include working toward an accessible public transportation network, increasing the safety of the community, and improving the accountability of city council. Unoicially though, Fleury hopes his campaign will bring about a high voter turnout. “he main objective is voter turnout. hat’s why I’m knocking on every door. To me, everyone is a potential voter. I care about their issues and what’s afecting their quality of life.” As a member of the community’s youth, Fleury sees young voters as critical in this endeavour. Although he states that his age makes it easier for him to interact with other youth, it doesn’t necessarily give him their vote. “Any person running for oice needs to appeal to whom they represent, and the student is very diferent [from other potential voters in the community],” ex-
plained Fleury. For Fleury, the key lies in adjusting his message from voter to voter. “Some are interested in municipal affairs; some aren’t interested in politics at all. Some aren’t even aware an election is coming up. You have to target your message from person to person. It’s almost like an improv show: you know your message, but you need to be able to adapt it.” Regardless of the outcome of the election, Fleury believes that the most important thing is the engagement of the community—especially its youth—in the political process. “It takes ive minutes to vote; it’s not long. You bring a piece of ID and a bill and it’s done—you did your civic duty. We are the upcoming generation. We have to take leadership, and not just at the political level, but from a volunteer perspective as well. We have to get involved on all levels.” f
City council: What does it do for students? WITH MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS fast approaching, students may i nd it diicult to understand the roles and responsibilities of the candidates. In order to make this a little clearer, the Fulcrum has decided to give you a short rundown. he city council acts as the representative for their constituents and helps to organize policy on their behalf. A city councilor is elected for each of the 23 wards—the Rideau-Vanier ward includes the U of O—and acts as a link between the people and the municipal government. In this sense, your city councillor will attend all of the community meetings and convey the concerns of the people to the mayor. In addition to this, councillors are responsible for reviewing and analyzing proposals on community infrastructure, social assistance, and emergency and protective services. his gives the city councilor the opportunity to ofer alternative solutions, discuss and gather support, and present new proposals to council. he representative elected on Oct. 25 will turn the interests of their ward into tangible policies to be presented to the municipal government. —Katherine DeClerq
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Celebrating Canada’s history Senator Dallaire becomes first recipient of Makers of Canada award Hoang Pham | Fulcrum Contributor & Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff
ON SEPT. 24, the Alumni Auditorium was packed with students waiting to celebrate the Department of History’s homecoming—an event that marked the awarding of the i rst Makers of Canada medal. he recipient was none other than the Honourable Lieutenant-General (ret’d) Roméo Dallaire, a senator known for his courage in ighting against the genocie of Rwanda and his contributions to Canadian history and politics. “[I feel] humble because when you start something of recognition of this nature, it’s always diicult to igure out how you it the criteria,” said Dallaire.
Online university loses accreditation FREDERICTON (CUP)—THE ONLINE LANSBRIDGE University had its degree-granting license revoked by the provincial government ater it was deemed “substandard” by the Maritimes Provinces Higher Education Commission—meeting only three of 16 criteria based on academic goals, principles of academic freedom, ethical conduct, and inancial stability. Classes will continue to run until December 2010, and students who obtained degrees prior to Aug. 20, 2010, will still be recognized in the province; however, it is uncertain whether the degrees will be accepted outside the province. —Jamie Ross, CUP Atlantic Bureau Chief Personality proi ling predicts cheating TORONTO (CUP)—A SEPT. 7 study, conducted by the American Psychological Association found that university students who admitted to cheating on tests scored higher on personality tests of the “Dark Triad”: psychopathy, machiavellianism, and narcissism. Personality traits such as manipulativeness, lack of remorse, amorality, and self-centredness all fall under one of these categories. Psychopathy, a personality disorder associated with the inability to feel guilt, was most strongly linked to cheating. Traditionally, it was believed that students who were unprepared were most likely to cheat. While the study found this to be true to some extent, personality proi ling proved to be a much stronger predictor. —Alexandra Posadzki, CUP Ontario Bureau Chief
History will afect our future Ater receiving his award, Dallaire spoke for half an hour about how history has, and will, afect Canada’s future. It is his belief that Canada’s heritage should be celebrated and preserved. Dallaire used Canada’s 150th anniversary—taking place in the year 2017—as an example in his presentation. According to Dallaire, the government needs to begin the planning of a commemorative event to honour Canada’s history and its potential to grow. He explained that there are two angles to consider when planning the event—one is to do something signiicant to represent the sacriice our country made during the battle of Vimy Ridge, and the other is to create a national philosophy that would further the development of our nation. “One is that we inish something significant, and if we do that, it’s got to be more than just building hockey rinks and parks. So I was thinking of bringing a unifying project to culmination, such as a reference to Vimy Ridge right here in the National Capital,” explained Dallaire. “[he second] could be about Canadian leadership in the world, education, national development—anything of that nature.”
McGill’s MBA fees threatened to rise MONTREAL (CUP)—LINE BEAUCHAMP, MINISTER of Education for the provincial government of Quebec, has not ruled out serious funding cuts to McGill University. In response to McGill’s decision to raise their MBA program fees from $1,700 for Quebec residents to $29,500. Beauchamp’s predecessor, Michelle Courchesne, threatened to cut $30,000 for every Quebecer who had to pay the new tuition rate. he two-year program would then cost $32,500 a year. Beauchamp has promised there will be action, but has not yet made speciic recommendations. —Alexia Jablonski, he McGill Daily UBC journalism students win emmy VANCOUVER (CUP)—ON SEPT. 27 students and faculty at the University of British Columbia have received recognition for their homemade documentary entitled Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground. he students were the winners of the Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a News Magazine award at the 2010 News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York. his is the irst time a group of students from a Canadian university has won an Emmy. — Justin McElroy, he Ubyssey CFS still in court with Quebec branch
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DALLAIRE MAKES HISTORY Shake Hands with the Devil During his presentation, Dallaire discussed some of his experiences commanding the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). His book, Shake Hands with the Devil, describes his memories of the Rwandan genocide, including details on racism and international politics. he reason Dallaire wrote the book is clear—he never wants people to forget the atrocities of war. “I wanted to leave a legacy to my family to my kids, so that they had the story. Interestingly, they haven’t read it yet because it’s too close. It was to my surprise that the book caught on so much to so
Senator Dallaire speaks to an auditorium of students at the U of O Sept. 24 many people, and the second surprise was the fact that I found great satisfaction in writing [it].” Dallaire mentioned that he is currently writing a second book about child soldiers that will be released later this year. A few words of wisdom Although Dallaire’s appearance at the U of O was intended to be a simple award ceremony, he was intent on speaking and shaking hands with the students in the auditorium. Ofering advice to all those who asked, Dallaire mentioned that it
was important to start making a diference at a young age. “I think the way to start is one: Look up all the NGOs that exist out there on the web. he aim is to get out there, buy a ticket, go into a country, and just walk. he primary objective is to go into a developing country. Never mind Paris. Never mind Berlin. Never mind London. Go to any of the developing countries in Africa [or] South America and spend a month there, walk around, and just educate yourself about what is going on with 80 per cent of humanity.” f
MONTREAL (CUP)—IN 2009, THE Quebec branch of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is no longer being recognized by the national CFS as its Quebec representative, with over $600,000 in student fees on the line. CFS-Quebec is currently pursuing a legal battle with the national oice, claiming that when their branch was created, three of four national members voted to support it—unfortunately the three members are no longer part of the CFS. he national oice is currently seeking signiicant amounts of money in damages as well as the money owed to them for membership, while the Quebec branch is suing CFS for unpaid rent and salaries. Both sides have until Sept. 30 to present their case. No court date has been assigned. —Jacob Serebrin, CUP Quebec Bureau Chief Canada has second highest rate of PSE spending in the world EDMONTON (CUP)—CANADA, SECOND ONLY to the United States, spends the most GDP on secondary education in the world. In a study released on Sept. 7 it was discovered that Canadians spend 2.6 per cent of their GDP on post-secondary education, while Americans pay out 3.1 per cent. — Moly Milosovic, he Gateway
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Peer-to-peer sharing comes to textbooks Ryerson developed website catches throughout Southern Ontario
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TORONTO (CUP) — THREE AMBITIOUS STUDENTS from Toronto’s Ryerson University are hoping their new site, Peertexts.com, has what it takes to make peer-to-peer sharing of textbooks more accessible—putting sellers and lenders in touch with buyers and borrowers. he website is not entirely dissimilar to other sites like Craigslist, but this one comes with a twist. “We’re hoping to revolutionize the way people get textbooks,” explained 20-year-old business management student Ade Labinjo. “Instead of buying a book for $100, borrow it for $30, and [the
lender] makes money at the same time.” he website is peer-to-peer in that it allows students willing to part with their books the opportunity to meet up with students in need of a copy. he price is worked out between the two of them on their own terms. Labinjo launched the initial site last year with friends Mike Di Giulio and Justin Yee-Ching, both in Ryerson’s information technology management program. Ater registering on Peertexts.com, students can search for books by title, author’s name, ISBN, or even keywords like “psychology.” he search results show full cover art of the textbooks, what edi-
tion it is, and who is willing to lend it. It wasn’t until the fall of 2008, when Labinjo contacted Di Giulio and YeeChing with a new idea, that their focus shited to textbooks. “We spent many hours at Ryerson on the whiteboard constantly brainstorming and throwing around ideas just trying to igure out how we [could] make this work,” said Di Giulio. Other sites, like Textbooks.com and Chegg.com, rely on costly warehouses and inventory systems to sell their books. Peertexts.com, however, aimed to cut out the middle-man and rely on direct peerto-peer exchanges instead. he site is also a proit-maker for its
owners. Peertexts pockets a $3.99 transaction fee from each successful sale. With a growing number of campuses across Southern Ontario already available through the site, Labinjo and his team are hopeful that the site will go viral now that classes are back in session. hey’re not the only ones taking the rising costs of textbooks seriously, though. Larger universities, like the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia, are starting to launch their own textbook rental programs. he cost of renting a text brings signiicant savings for students. Rentals at U of T are 60 per cent of the book’s retail price and 45 per cent of the price at UBC. f
Hoping to reach the STARS The University of Ottawa aspires to lead Canada in the sustainability field Briana Hill | Fulcrum Staff
FOR THE FIRST time ever, the University of Ottawa will be able to measure their progress toward sustainability. he U of O is currently in the process of submitting information to the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), an international project targeting higher education institutions in an efort to promote sustainability and accountability across the world. STARS is designed to provide a detailed look into the sustainability of the university, as well as compare it to other institutions, in order to facilitate improvements. he University of Ottawa is among the irst wave of North American institutions to submit themselves to an auditing process. “It is exactly like a inancial audit, but instead of money we are talking about sustainability,” said Jonathan Rausseo, sustainable development manager at the U of O. “he STARS tool measures things like water use, waste, and recycling—even how many courses you have that teach sustainability principles.” Once audited, each institution receives a number out of 300 based on successes in three categories: education and research, operations, and administration and engagement. “[he] results have nothing to do with the size of your institution,” explained Rausseo. “It is all based on the level of commitment that each institution has. hat’s what kind of makes this whole thing so exciting. Typically large campuses have an advantage because they can use an intensity-based number. With the STARS program, the playing ield is leveled out.” here are eight Canadian universities participating in the program. Rausseo expects the University of Ottawa to fare very well in comparison to these institutions. “We suspect that [the U of O] is one of the most sustainable, if not the most sustainable, [campuses] in Canada. his process will help us benchmark against our peers, and it will help us determine our own weaknesses.” f
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ARTS&CULTURE Talking sex with Sue Johanson Sexpert to educate U of O students Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff
EXPERT, EDUCATOR, TALK show host, author, nurse: Sue Johanson boasts all of these titles, plus that of a Canadian celebrity. She has been helping people with their sex problems for over 30 years through her three books and radio and television shows. Johanson will be visiting the University of Ottawa on Oct. 5 to answer students’ sexual queries. Johanson began responding to coital conundrums when she was working as a nurse in a high school. She started a birth control clinic for her students, but realized that beyond supplying health care, she wanted to educate them. “I realized that these kids were having a lot of sex, and sex education in schools was pretty bad,” says Johanson. “I wanted to teach it, so I had to go back to university because I [was] a nurse, not a teacher.” Her sexual education classes led to a radio interview, where she broadcasted the answers to listeners’ sexual questions. “When I was i nished, I got called in to see the station manager and got asked if I would like to do a weekly sex talk show,” says Johanson. “I said, ‘I would kill to do it.’ He said, ‘You start Sunday.’” Johanson aired her radio show, he Sunday Night Sex Show for 14 years, which became so popular that she was soon ofered her own television show, Talk Sex with Sue Johanson. She worked on both her radio and television show simultaneously until she had to give up her radio show due to her busy schedule. Talk Sex with Sue Johanson began airing locally in Toronto in 1986. As it gained popularity, it became nationally broadcast, and ultimately went on to international networks, broadcasting in 23 countries worldwide. Johanson’s team wanted to ensure that the show provided something for everyone. “We had a philosophy—we wanted to make it as inclusive as possible,” explains Johanson. “We wanted men, we wanted women. We wanted young and seniors. I wanted a wide variety of questions, so that
we weren’t stuck answering yeast questions all night.” Johanson knew that there were viewers who needed information on speciic topics. “I wanted to make sure that there were always questions about homosexuality, sexually transmitted infections, and relationship questions,” says Johanson. However, according to her, these topics were not always what viewers called about. “I hate to say this, but the one question that we were getting these last few years … was [about] bum sex,” she says. Although Johanson was never embarrassed on air, she admits that sometimes she burst out laughing when answering bizarre questions. “he funniest one … was a guy writing … ‘Sue, I’ve got athlete’s foot. And my girlfriend loves it when I stimulate her genitals with my feet. Will she get athlete’s genitals?’” Johanson says, laughing. “I did it on air. I don’t get embarrassed, but I can crack up laughing.” Ater 17 years on the air, Talk Sex with Sue Johanson aired its i nal episode in 2008. “It was a crew-unanimous decision,” explains Johanson. “We had been doing it for 17 years, [and] most of my crew was with me for that entire time. All 17 of us agreed not to do it anymore.” Although she doesn’t harbour a desire to return to broadcasting, it is a part of her life she misses. “No, I really don’t [want to return to television],” she says. “I miss it terribly—Sunday evening, I always have to be sure I’ve got plans. [But] I miss my crew so much. hey were so wonderful.” Johanson’s crew not only produced the television show, but also helped her with of-the-clock projects. One of Johanson’s segments was showing sex toys to viewers, including testimonial comments such as “our tester raved about [this one].” Johanson reveals that those testers were actually crew members. “I would get a carton of sex toys from a toy company, and we’d just put the toys out on a table, and let the crew walk around and pick out toys that
they might like,” explains Johanson. “hen they took them home and tried them out. hey came back with a report, which was wonderful. hen they got to keep the toy.” Although no longer working in television or radio, Johanson’s schedule is still full. She speaks at events such as teachers’ conferences, conventions, and scheduled talks like the one at the U of O. She feels that sex is perfectly natural and should be discussed openly. “I’m a nurse, so that helps a great deal,” says Johanson. “You look at so many people’s bodies that you can’t get embarrassed anymore. A penis is a penis, and they’re not a thing of beauty and of joy forever. You get used to it.” f Sue Johanson will be appearing at the U of O at the Alumni Auditorium on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (613) 562 5800, ext. 2150
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featured review Danger Mouse Dark Night of the Soul EMI Records
A THE ONE-OFF ALBUM from Danger Mouse, the mastermind behind Gnarls Barkley and alt-band Sparklehorse, Dark Night of the Soul refers to the phase in a person’s life marked by loneliness and desolation. Mark Linkous (of Sparklehorse) and Vic Chesnutt (featured singer) committed suicide before the release of the album, and it’s dedicated to their memory. Perhaps the most aptly named album of all time, it’s one of the most sombre, brooding pieces of work of recent times. It’s also fantastic. Each song was co-written, and features a diferent singer or group, including the Flaming Lips and Julian Casablancas, giving each song a diferent feel. Although sometimes catchy, the entire album stays uniied in its mourning tones. hat’s not to say it’s depressing—rather that it has a dark base that the many collaborations expand in a variety of directions. —Allan Johnson
Symptoms + Cures
Come the Day
COMEBACK KID HAS thankfully delivered an album that lives up to their name. heir latest release, Symptoms + Cures, delivers relief to fans that feared the band would further deviate from their hardcore sound. hese Winnipeg natives lost their footing, along with original lead singer Scott Wade, on their last album while Andrew Neufeld struggled to i ll Wade’s shoes. With the band now back on track, Symptoms + Cures has proved successful in producing another impassioned album, while still experimenting with the melodic aspects they explored on Broadcasting. he only downfall of the new release is the unnecessarily long fade-outs on some tracks that add no musical value—and are a driving hazard as listeners fumble to skip to the next track. Check out “G.M. Vincent & I” if you are into their old stuf, and for those who do not enjoy a good, healthy headthrashign, a slightly soter track to try would be “Magnet Pull”. Unlike many bands, Comeback Kid has been able to grasp their roots and relocate their trademark hardcore sound we all adored on Wake the Dead. —Merissa Mueller
FOR THOSE LOOKING for a new type of musical genre to catch their attention, he Consonance will be a welcome change from regular radio tunes. heir 11-track album Come the Day is the i rst release by the band and debuted this past July. he two-year-old band out of Edmonton presents a fresh melodic sound and superb vocals. heir genre is diicult to put into words, having inluences of jazz, pop, funk, R&B, rock, and hip-hop. heir unique sound, created by a variety of instruments, is catchy, comforting, and has a great beat. Dei nitive songs of the album include “Tower” and “Come the Day”. hough the sound could continue to be rei ned, it’s short of originality and creativity, but is a role model for pioneering Canadian musicians. —Christopher Radojewski
IN THEIR SECOND album for Atlantic Records, Dave Maklovitch and his partner Patrick Gemayel bring us much of what they have in the past: synths, funk, and sot rock anthems. And at i rst, Business Casual is not incredibly discernible from their previous eforts—to reference their clear Hall Oates inluence would be a tired statement. But Chromeo continues to do what they do best: make bad music good. Guest star Solange Knowles shakes up their sound on “When he Night Falls”, and works the track just as good as any 80s chorus girl would. he strongest track, though, is “Grow Up”, which completes this 10-song LP, acting nicely as an aptly titled summation of the record. On irst listen, this was not an album I should have enjoyed. I don’t particularly enjoy listening to sot rock. I don’t like overly-stylized albums. I’m not a big fan of cringe-worthy lyrics. But I do like Chromeo, and I do think this album succeeds at what it’s attempting to do. Give this record a couple of listens, and you’ll enjoy it from start to i nish— cheesed-out guitar rifs and all. —Andrew Stanley
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Birthday Girls bash U of O band releases debut EP Katrina Medwenitsch | Fulcrum Staff
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN some of University of Ottawa’s i nest get together for some dance-punk/post-punk music? You get the Birthday Girls, the three-man— that’s right, man—group comprised of Lloyd Alexander, Kevin Donnelly, and Kyle Kilbride. Long time best friends, Birthday Girls formed in 2009, and used synthesizer to distinguish their music from the traditional grunge sound. “It’s kind of a mix between […] I’d say dance music and noise rock. It’s kind of dance-punk, post-punk,” explains Donnelly. “It’s just music that’s heavy, but you can dance to it.” Birthday Girls is easy to diferentiate from other bands due to their unique instrument selection. “It’s sort of unconventional, because there’s no guitar. here’s just bass guitar, live drums, and synthesizer, so that sets us apart from other bands.” says Alexander. heir uniqueness extends past their sound and into their interesting name choice. “Birthday Girls” came unexpectedly from Donnelly’s brother.
“My brother gave me this t-shirt one day that he had, ‘cause his friend had a birthday party. She made him a t-shirt that said ‘Birthday Girl BFF’ for him,” explains Donnelly. “But the ‘BFF’ letters fell of, and he just gave it to me because he had no use for it. I was like ‘Hey, that would be a great name for a band!’ and that was it.” Birthday Girls members are quick to point out there is no ‘the’ in their name. “It’s just ‘Birthday Girls’, because we aren’t the only girls in the world,” jokes Donnelly. “here’s other girls out there who have birthdays as well.” Although they formed only one year ago, Birthday Girls are working fast to get music to their fans. heir debut EP was released earlier this month, and the band couldn’t be more thrilled. “We’re pretty much just breaking in,” says Alexander. “he main thing right now is our EP release show next week, so that’s pretty awesome. We actually have a band from Toronto that’s joining us. [It’s] pretty exciting to be sharing the stage with them.” heir EP release party—a
‘birthday bash’ with balloons, streamers, cupcakes and loot bags—will occur on Oct. 1. Birthday Girls are looking forward to what they feel will be their largest show to date. “We have played a lot of Ottawa shows in the past, but this is kind of our big start to [a] real adventure,” adds Donnelly. Looking past the EP release, the band’s vision for the future is hopeful. “[We want to] get as big as we can while having as much fun as we can,” says Donnelly of their plans. “We just really want people to hear our music,” adds Alexander. All in all, Birthday Girls are having fun making their music, and hope that listeners are enjoying themselves as much as they are. “We’re just taking the kind of music we like and making it. We hope that other people like it as much as we do,” says Alexander. f Check out the Birthday Girls on Oct. 1 at the Cajun Attic, 349 Dalhousie St., for their oicial EP release ‘Birthday Bash’.
BIRTHDAY GIRLS DEBUT EP ‘Birthday Bash’ to ensue Oct. 1
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Fall favourites Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff
FALL IS MY favourite month for multiple reasons: the back-to-school sense of renewal, the leaves changing colours, and, of course, the fashion. New York, Paris, and Milan all host their famed couture fashion shows during this time of year and I am already loving the fashions seen on runways. here are two opposing looks that I’ve seen a lot this fall. he i rst is “tough” clothing, and the other is pixie-like looks. Part of the tough look includes military-style pieces: black lat boots, double breasted jackets, and form-revealing belts. he pixie look is whimsical, using nude tones and simple colours in feminine shirts and textured dresses. Footwear is easy—it’s fall, so ditch those lip-lops already! And please, please: No socks with sandals—it’s tacky. Go for boots instead. Flat, over-the-knee boots are gaining popularity, as are ankle-high heels, which look great with mid-length skirts. Another part of the
“tough gal” look is traditionally manly clothing turned pretty; a (faux) leather jacket is a must, and prominent designers seem to be featuring classic pants more than usual this season. So try ditching your Lulu Lemons when going out—yes, they’re comfortable, but, in my opinion, they’re for workouts and lounging. Period. Try a pair of cute skinny jeans instead. If you’re more of a skirt or dress gal, lace or patterned tights are making a comeback—so spruce up a simple skirt by adding a pair of funky tights to your ensemble. Even if you don’t wear tights, the pixie-like look seems to be sparking a reaction of girly wear—in particular, lace tops, usually worn over simple camisole-styled shirts or tank tops. Another piece that’s lirty and feminine is a textured dress. Made of lightweight fabrics and oten featuring rufles or pleats, these dresses are a welcome change from basic A-line shapes. Ottawa will always be frigid in the winter, but instead of grabbing another hoodie, why not opt for a woolly cardigan? hey’re comfortable and warm, but
when cinched with a thin belt they can look very chic. Another warm yet fashionable trend this fall is scarves. Houndstooth or pashmina scarves not only add a pop of colour to an outit, but will also keep you cosy. I love accessories that give the i nishing touches to outits. h is fall, there is a movement away from beaded, chunky necklaces and on to smaller pendants on delicate chains. Oversized purses are still a campus staple, as they’re both fashionable and useful. My advice for these bags is to ensure they’ve got strong straps, as the only downfall to a huge purse is the over-packing that ensues, leaving us gals carrying 15 pounds everywhere we go. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, try messenger-style bags; classic but stylish, they’ll stop you from taking your laptop everywhere. Well, that’s all for me, ladies. Be sure to check out our jeggings point/counterpoint online, where you’ll be able to comment: are jeggings a legitimate article of clothing, or a horriic fad? Stay stylish! f
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Psychological suffering Dealing with disorders in the academic world Stephanie Azari | Fulcrum Contributor & Jaclyn Lytle | Fulcrum Staff
PECULATION ON THE inner workings of the mind is not solely a modern preoccupation—philosophers as early as 390 B.C.E. suggested and debated ideas about mental processes and the function of the brain. h is ageold fascination with attempting to understand our most elusive organ has far from disappeared. Rather, it has moved out of casual conversation and into lecture halls, becoming one of the most popular areas of scientiic study in the 21st century. At the University of Ottawa alone, upwards of 1,000 students enroll in the two irst-year psychology courses every year, regardless of their year or program of study. In terms of enrollment in psychology, the U of O is not an anomaly. Every major Canadian university ofers a psychology undergraduate program, and most also ofer graduate programs in the social sciences. But to what is this heightened popularity due? Is it a pure and genuine interest in understanding the i nal frontier of the human body, or perhaps it is a very personal and emotionally signiicant need for students to understand the very disorders from which many of them sufer?
The big four Even today, with the advent of psychiatry, clinical psychology, and psychopharmacology, the number of people currently sufering from some type of mental disorder is staggering. Students make up a massive part of the estimated one third of the world’s population that exhibits or has exhibited enough symptoms to prompt clinical diagnosis of a psychological disorder. Student Health Coordinator of the U of O’s Health Services Department, Claudine Guiet, says serious and ongoing mental health problems are oten recorded on campuses across Canada and the U.S. “If you look at the prevalence of say, schizophrenia, it is very low,” Guiet explains. “What we see are really stress-
related events. For example, anxiety… [and] depression.” hough the severity of student mental health issues can be as diverse as the programs they study, there is a signiicant tendency among men and women of the 18–25 age demographic to exhibit signs of the four most diagnosed psychological disorders: depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and attention deicit hyperactive disorder.
Depression Depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in North America, and the number one reason why people seek therapy. Even more surprising than its prevalence is its severity—it is the leading cause of disability worldwide according to the World Health Organization. Major depressive disorder is clinically diagnosed when feelings of lethargy, sadness, worthlessness, and loss of interest in family, friends, and activities, last for over two weeks without apparent cause. Each year, depressive episodes afect 5.8 per cent of men and 9.5 per cent of women. Yet, according to Zul Merali, president and C.E.O. of the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, the disorder is still not always approached as seriously as it should be. “he misconception is that depression is a character law,” says Merali. “he reality is that it is a law in brain chemistry ... and you need to be able to treat it like any other illness.” Very oten, Merali explains, people who deal with depression are told to simply get over it. “We tend to say, ‘What have you got to be depressed about? Just pull up your socks and get moving,’” Merali says. “Maybe [we] don’t realize that if they could only do that, they would’ve done that a long time ago.” Merali believes that it is especially important to treat depression in young people. “At the university age, the second
leading cause of death in youth is suicide, which is very intricately tied to depression,” he explains. “You want to make sure that people don’t fall through the cracks. [hese are] the most important years of their education that is going to afect them the rest of their lives.” John Hunsley, the Director of Psychological Services at the University of Ottawa, emphasizes that depression is a very serious disorder and should be treated as such. “Clinical depression is real. It’s severe, it’s debilitating, it costs the Canadian economy a fortune every year in lost productivity and treatment costs,” he says. “And that says nothing about the [familial], societal, and psychological costs.”
Generalized anxiety disorder Generalized anxiety disorder is another signiicantly misunderstood and debilitating mental illness. People with generalized anxiety disorder are constantly tense and agitated, worry about bad things happening, and sometimes have trouble sleeping. Anxiety attacks can cause dizziness, ringing in the ears, shakiness, and heart palpitations. Merali explains that anxiety-motivated episodes can be extremely serious and physically incapacitating. “Very oten [people with generalized anxiety disorder] may get so anxious … they feel like they’re having a heart attack,” Merali says. “hey’ll actually show up at the emergency rooms with symptoms that look very much like a heart attack, but it’s totally related to the anxiety.” One of the many problems with this disorder is that oten the people afected by it cannot identify its cause, and therefore cannot deal with it or seek proper treatment. “It’s really very powerful in terms of what it can do to you, your thinking, and your body,” Merali says. Again, he stresses the severity of the disorder and the seriousness of its efects.
“It’s not a matter that people take as seriously eriously as they should sometimes,” he says. ays.
“Physicians are oten under und a lot of pressure to give medication from the schools and from the parents, and there’s clear evidence that many of the people who are receiving medication for ADHD really don’t meet full diagnostic diagnost criteria,” he says. “hat being said, we also know from population studies that tha many of the people with ADHD will wi never be diagnosed with ADHD.”
Attention Deficit Hyperactive yperactive Disorder isorder (ADHD) One of very few earlyonset nset disorders, ADHD af fects about four per cent off children worldwide. Unfortunately, unately, due largely to the frequency off ADHD diagnoses, the disorder is ot ten targeted by skeptics who claim it is simply used to excuse the behavior off hyperactive children. However, the World Federation for Mental Health has as acknowledged that ADHD is a real neurological eurological disorder that should be taken aken seriously. “People who have ADHD are not always lways hyperactive and running around,” round,” Merali says. “What is really hyperactive yperactive is their thought process.” Merali points out that there are consequences onsequences of ADHD that are not usually sually understood. “People with ADHD are much more accident prone, so [this disorder] er] has ramiications for their future ure safety and the safety of people around round them.” Hunsley explains that the disorder rder is oten paired with other disabilities bilities or mental health problems, which leads to generalizations about itss symptoms. “ADHD is oten associated with a host ost of other problems,” says Hunsley. “Including Including learning disabilities and, in n some cases, conduct disorder. Accurately ately diagnosing, and then intervening, become ecome very important when the clients orr patients have these [co-existing] disorders.” rders.” While Hunsley agrees that the disorder er may occasionally be over-diagnosed, hee still stresses the importance of testing for or the disorder in youth lest some sufer unnecessarily nnecessarily without an accurate understanding erstanding of their problem.
Bipolar disorder Oten mistaken for depression, depres bipolar disorder is characterized characterize by a cycle of depressive and manic episodes. ep Depressive episodes closely m mimic those experienced by a person w with a standard depression diagnosi diagnosis, whereas mania is essentially a eup euphoric state distinguished by extreme extr optimism, happiness, and h hyperactivity. When in the manic ma phase, people with bipolar bipola disorder tend to think they’re capable of anything. As a resul result, suferers may become reckless reckless, spending a lot of money, having hav unsafe sex, or engaging in ot other potentially self-destructive behaviours. b “hey get very grandiose thoughts and ideas when they’re in the manic phase that really put them into a lot of trouble,” Merali eexplains. Like depression, Merali fears fe there is a misconception that bipolar disorder is just a personality law. Viewing Viewi the disorder as a character issue and not a valid mental problem is dangerously dangerou dismissive, he warns. “his is not really something somethin to do with just your personality,” Mera Merali says. “It has to do with the functioni functioning of your brain.” Merali adds that proper diagnoses and treatment can ofer stability stabi and solution to the ups and downs of bipolar suferers. “he treatments that ar are available can really stabilize bipolar d disorder,” he explains.
The Future of the Big Four As technological advances bring about a more thorough understanding of the brain and better treatments for mental disorders, stigma and misconceptions are being eliminated. According to Merali, however, there’s still a long way to go. “Right now the estimates indicate that less than 30 per cent of people who have a mental illness actually seek help,” he says. “As the stigma dissipates, which it is starting to, then more and more people will look for help.” He reminds students that the longer we harbour misconceptions about mental illnesses, the likelier we are to inluence suferers not to seek help. “We have been brought up, in many circumstances, to think that these are character laws, which they really are not,” he says. “We need to begin to recognize the fact that these are brain disorders, and there are speciic treatments. And we need to develop even better treatments than what we have.” Merali believes that it is important to do research so that we can develop better strategies on how to treat patients with mental illness. “At the end of the day, we are very effective in treating about 30 per cent of the cases. he other 30 per cent show only a mild response,” he says. “he last third, we’re not able to treat at all. hat’s why we need to spend more time doing research.” Guiet explains that there are several services on-campus that seek to aid students with mental health issues, such as the counseling service through Student Academic Success Service (SASS), Centre for Psychological Services, and Health Services, as well as other local support-oriented organizations such as Crisis Line. She adds that students who suspect they or someone they know may be sufering from a mental health issue should not hesitate to seek information or help. “Basically everything is here to help the students, and it’s really a shame that they [may] not know that these services exist,” she says. f
100% The estimated number of people who will be affected by depression either personally or indirectly by the suffering of a person close to them.
80% The estimated number of people suffering from depression who don’t receive any treatment or help.
The number of people who consider depression to be a sign of personal weakness rather than a serious disorder.
30–50% The number of children diagnosed with ADHD who will have chronic symptoms that continue into adulthood.
35 million The amount of anti-depressant prescriptions filled in Canada in 2009.
20% The number of post-secondary students that feel they would seek help from a campus counseling service.
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Digital reboot Filmmakers pushed to create childhood-inspired work Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff
SHORT DEADLINES, CONTENT rules, and time restrictions are all presenting a challenge for Ottawa i lmmakers over the next month. he DIGI 60 competition will push directors to create an eight minute digital i lm on a particular topic within 30 days.
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“What’s incredible is to watch the vast qualities of diferent i lms,” says Festival Director Howard Sonnenburg. “You get completely diferent genres and storylines.” DIGI 60 has occurred ive times since 2004, and will occur this year for the i rst time in two years. Although Sonnenburg didn’t work with DIGI 60 when it i rst started, he shared with the Fulcrum how the competition came about. “In 2004, i lm was still very common, but of course it had an expense. Digital i lm was just coming up, and it was afordable,” explains Sonnenburg. “It was a chance to do [a contest] that everybody could do something in, without having a giant budget.” Although competitors now have ample opportunity to make their own videos, they also have time constraints that make it diicult to produce their works—30 days to complete a short i lm. “[he time guidelines] provide a challenge to i lmmakers,” explains Sonnenburg. “We needed to keep everyone inside a time frame.” he DIGI 60 festival not only has strict deadlines, but also places restrictions on i lm content. Each year, they release the “Catch”, which is the topic that i lmmakers must base their movie on. “he purpose of the Catch is to make sure that everyone starts from ground zero,” explains Sonnenburg. “With the Catch, no one can bring an existing script into the fray, [but]
the i lmmaker can adapt [the Catch] any way they see it. It’s more like an inspiration. I think it’s going to be a very good challenge this year.” h is year’s Catch prompts competitors to adapt a story written by a child into their work. he revealing of the Catch occurred online Sept. 16, where DIGI 60 opened its doors to three categories of i lmmakers. he irst were a “Super Eight”; seasoned i lmmakers in Ottawa who got into this category by invitation only. All other participants applied through the “open” category, or the new category created this year for students, which required a cheaper registration fee. Registration closed on Sept. 21, allowing for contestants to take the Catch into consideration before committing themselves to a month-long project. he end result of DIGI 60 will be a gala 30 days ater all i lms are handed in. he gala will showcase the two best student i lms, the two best “open” category i lms, and the eight i lms from the invited participants. “Part of the fun in this is watching how people take the Catch, and work inside that limited time,” says Sonnenburg. “We will be showing all of our [completed] i lms on our website.” Sonnenburg states that one of DIGI 60’s goals is trying to build the community of Ottawa i lmmakers. “he ilm-making community in Ottawa can be fragmented,” explains Sonnenburg. “People in Kanata are making ilms, and there’s a group in Orleans doing ilms, and never the two shall meet, because there’s no central place for them all to say, ‘Hey, let’s hang out and talk about this.’ hey oten don’t even know that there are other people out there doing the things that they are. We’re really trying to build community with DIGI 60.” f
OCTOBER 16TH 2010
Snapshot Charlotte Bailey Arts & Culture Editor
It’s how we experience it WHEN SPEAKING WITH Howard Sonnenburg for the DIGI 60 article, we talked about the changing face of technology in the arts. his got me thinking; although we love technology, and it brings the arts to us in new and interesting ways, I think that it can be detrimental to local arts communities. he arts bring people together. Yes, it’s an individual experience, but, historically, the arts have always encouraged community; ancient Greeks in amphitheatres, aristocrats in opera halls, students at poetry readings, teenagers in cinemas—we all leave our homes to experience the arts with other people. But even though we may prefer being with others, technology means that, more oten, we’re on our own. Technology has gotten rid of the person beside you saying, “Isn’t that exciting?” and let us wondering if we’re having more fun doing these things in solitude. Sharing art has changed with technology—we send viral videos instead of going out, text message as opposed to having lengthy conversations, download MP3s instead of attend concerts. We’re beginning to miss out on the human element of the arts. We’ve moved away from dealing with people, and are opting for interaction-less service. Instead of going to the store and talking with the record guy, we take suggestions of Amazon’s “We suggest…” selection. Rather than talk
to the die-hard behind the movie store counter, we go to zip.ca and get a bunch of new release DVDs delivered to our door. he availability of arts means that you can spend all day inside, streaming music, movies, and ordering in anything your heart desires. My dad talks about buying a vinyl record as a complete experience: walking to the store, spending hours l ipping through milk crates, talking to the owner of the shop. he experience was memorable because he was interacting with a community—a community that told him that if he liked the Beach Boys, he’d also like Jan and Dean; if he wanted to try something new, there was a show going on in town next week. How can my three clicks on iTunes to download the entire Beatles anthology compare to that? he arts need community, and we should be engaging with other people to build it. What makes Paris fashion divine, or Montreal trendy? It’s the people who create this atmosphere. So get out there and see a play or an exhibit. Go ask the guy behind the counter what shows are on in Ottawa, and what he recommends. Help preserve Ottawa’s arts community, because if we don’t, sooner or later, there won’t be anything let to preserve. email@example.com (613) 562 5931
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SPORTS The man behind the game plan Andy Sparks discusses his life-long affiliation with coaching and basketball
THE ART OF COACHING Andy Sparks has led his team to ive playof wins in the past two years photo by Alex Smyth
Karen Williams | Fulcrum Contributor
HE HEAD COACH of the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team, Andy Sparks, was a talented athlete who took part in football, track, hockey, and basketball as a teenager. hough he is a man of many interests, coaching basketball—i rst as a student coach at Nepean High School and now at the University of Ottawa— has been the number one passion in Sparks’ life. As Sparks begins his third year coaching the Gee-Gees (with two national tournament berths to his credit already), the Fulcrum sat down with him to talk about his coaching career of 32 years. he Fulcrum:
Have there been any
special, memorable moments out of all those years coaching? Andy Sparks: here’s been a lot of them [such as] when my Ashbury College team won their i rst provincial championship … and coaching my daughter was a highlight. But when you coach so many teams, it seems like every year you get a great feeling working with people who push themselves to be as good as they can be. So I think it’s really just working with young people in general. hey’ve had a big impact on who I am as a person. How realistic do you think it is for the women’s basketball team to win a national title in the next few years? I like our chances to get there in the next three years, [especially] when you look at
the group of players in their i rst and second years right now. Most teams require a little more depth in the third- to i t hyear [players] in order to be a national champion, so the [title] may come in a year or two from now when these i rst and second years [become] third and fourth years. How important is winning in university women’s basketball? Of course, [there are] the clichés. If your team is a strong team and they’re getting great life experiences as a team, then you’re being successful and you’re winning in life. I think that that’s a true analogy. But I think the girls would tell you that I’m a very, very competitive person that probably wants to win as much as anybody, and I haven’t lost that even
though I’ve gotten older. I still haven’t lost that will to have this team [become] national champions. My irst priority right now is for [my players] to have a great experience while they’re here—and hopefully that great experience includes winning. Do you try to emulate other famous coaches when you’re leading a team? here are certainly [people] that I respect as coaches across this country, [but] I don’t really model myself of of those people. I try to look at what their strengths are and say, ‘Okay, these are some things I can bring into what my strengths are as a coach.’ I’m always learning and watching diferent coaches and how they deal with things.
If, hypothetically, you were ofered a contract to coach in the NBA, which team would you go to? It would be the Raptors probably; I think they’re Canada’s team right now. But [coaching the Gee-Gees] is my priority right now. My priority is making sure that this program gets as far as it can, and if you leave something better than [how] you found it, then I think that that’s the key to everybody’s life. Is there anything interesting about yourself that you would like to share with our readers? I think I tend to be a little bit sarcastic and [graduating] girls have told me one of the things they’ll miss is my sarcasm (laughs). I’ve also run in two marathons. f —with iles from Jaehoon Kim
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thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 30–Oct. 6, 2010
The great escape
The Fulcrum’s must-see game of the week
Gees remain undefeated after 27-25 overtime win against Queen’s
Women’s rugby against Laval, Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff
OVERTIME THRILLER Gees earn third comeback win of the season in Kingston Katrina Medwenitsch | Fulcrum Staff
WHEN THE UNIVERSITY of Ottawa men’s football team (5-0) entered Richardson Stadium on Sept. 25, they were not just facing the defending Vanier Cup champions, the Queen’s Golden Gaels (13). he Gees also had to endure the thousands of loud, proud, and wildly dressed Queen’s fans—9,103 of them to be exact. he nationally second-ranked Gee-Gees prevailed in the end—with another close victory—trumping the Gaels 27-25 in overtime. “We’ve been fortunate enough to play in front of big crowds this year, and you don’t really focus on it. You’ve got to embrace that it’s a part of the game,” said fourthyear Ottawa quarterback Brad Sinopoli. Despite the hostile atmosphere, the Gee-Gees completely dominated in the irst quarter. he Gees scored a touchdown only three minutes into the game, thanks to Sinopoli’s 23-yard strike to ith-year receiver Cyril Adjeitey. Nine minutes later, Ottawa doubled their lead as second-year receiver Ezra Millington made a couple of vital grabs, the second of which resulted in a seven-yard touchdown.
“Queen’s [has] a tough defence, and we knew it was going to be tough to come in here,” Sinopoli said. “We knew we wouldn’t get a lot of opportunities—but when we got them, we had to execute.” Near the end of the second quarter, the Gees began to lose momentum. Two minutes before halt ime, the Gaels scored, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 14-7. he Gee-Gees continued to slump into the second half; Queen’s took full advantage of the situation to take a 21-14 lead with just seven minutes let in the game. “I don’t think we died out; I think you have to give them credit. hey made some adjustments on defence, [but] I think our guys still played hard,” said Ottawa head coach Jean-Philippe Asselin. Just when things were looking dismal for the Gee-Gees, second-year receiver Alex Fortier-Labonté brought Ottawa back in the game. His 68-yard game-tying touchdown reception with ive minutes let in the game was a game-changing moment. Successful ield goals by both teams—with less than two minutes to go—sent the nail-biter into overtime with the game tied at 24. In the extra frame, the Gaels set up for
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a ield goal. he kick went wide but made it through the end zone, giving Queen’s one point for the rouge. he Gees had one last chance to answer, and third-year kicker Matthew Falvo’s 30-yard ield goal ended the game in favour of Ottawa. “I think it’s the efort [we’ve put in] since the beginning of training camp. We’ve been working on getting better every week and staying focused [on] what we want to do,” Asselin said of the keys to the victory. Sinopoli, who threw for 324 yards with three touchdown passes and one interception, mentioned that the Gee-Gees’ high level of conidence has helped the team get of to an undefeated start. “We’ve done it four times now,” he said about Ottawa’s habit of winning close games. “When you look around and there’s two minutes let and we’re down, guys aren’t panicking and we aren’t nervous. We’ve been in this position before and we have conidence in each other and conidence in ourselves [to win].” f he Gee-Gees will now travel to Toronto on Oct. 2 to take on the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (1-3).
WHEN WAS THE last time the GeeGees women’s rugby team beat the perennially strong Laval Rouge et Or? It was back in October 2005, when Ottawa emerged victorious in the Quebec semii nals 43-0. Since then, Ottawa has faced Laval seven times and the results have not been pretty. Not only have the Gees lost every time, but they’ve also been outscored by a 322 to 8 margin— and no, that’s not a typo. So, does Ottawa stand a chance of winning against the nationally i t hranked Rouge et Or on Oct. 2 at Matt Anthony Field? According Ac to sophomore second row Jackie J Comeau, the answer iis a resounding d yes. “I feel the team is more hungry for a [win]. Last year, I felt like we were going into the Laval [game] scared because we knew it was Laval. h is year, [the name] Laval has no meaning to us. I feel like we’re just going to go and give it all we’ve got because we know we have the skills to win.” Comeau’s conidence is based on the fact that, for the irst time in years, the Gees have a deep, veteran-laden roster. Ater a season-opening loss at Concordia, Ottawa has rebounded in a huge way, defeating a solid McGill squad at home before destroying Sherbrooke 36-0 on Sept. 26. he Gee-Gees’ 2-1 record leaves them tied for second in the Quebec Student Sports Federation with Laval—who has also lost to Concordia. “I think our team is on the right path. We kind of started of on the wrong foot. he Concordia game didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, but with the McGill game under our belt, I think [that’s] going to help us lead the way to a victorious season,” said fourth-
year wing Lana Dingwall. Since 2006, Laval has compiled a 22-1 record in the regular season, winning two provincial titles along the way. hough Ottawa hasn’t had the same amount of success in recent years, the Gees feel that they are just as talented as the Rouge et Or this season. “Laval traditionally has a really good backline. heir lyhalfs and centres are really strong, and size-wise they’re a very big team compared to us. But I think we have matching size in our centres this year, and I think we have quicker backs than they do. I think they’re just big and slow,” said Dingwall. “hey do have the skills, but I think our endurance is the thing that [will] make us go on top,” added Comeau. If Ottawa can somehow defeat Laval, it will certainly be a “statement victory”—not just to the Rouge et Or—but to the rest of the nation. “I was talking to people on McGill, and they thought our win was a luke,” Comeau said. “It obviously shows that a lot of people don’t think that we have what it takes. If we win this game, it will be an eye-opener for everybody that we’re here to play.” Ater last season’s match when Laval easily defeated Ottawa in Quebec City, the Gees have the opportunity of dishing out revenge on home turf. If the U of O student body actually shows up for the game, it will create a true homeield advantage that the Gee-Gees will surely beneit from, said Dingwall. “In the McGill game, the [fans] really helped. It’s easy to get down and beat yourself up when you’re losing, but to hear the whole crowd cheer, even when someone made a huge hit, I think it gave us a burst of energy.”
Final verdict: If the Gees stay close at halt ime, an upset may be in the makings. Expect a tight, low-scoring afair with physical play from both sides. f
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Fresh face from the west Men’s hockey team recruit Kyle Ireland expected to make immediate impact at U of O
HE 2009–10 SEASON was filled with disappointment for the GeeGees men’s hockey team as they finished dead last in Ontario University Athletics. In order to improve his squad, head coach Dave Leger recruited five players from Western Canada over the summer. Winger Kyle Ireland, originally from Rosetown, Sask., is one of Leger’s prized rookies. Ireland spent the last couple of years playing for the Notre Dame Hounds in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), scoring 60 points in 50 games during his final year with Notre Dame. The Fulcrum recently sat down with the former Hounds’ captain to discuss his university hockey career. Feria Kazemi | Fulcrum Contributor
he Fulcrum: Why did you choose the University of Ottawa as your post-secondary destination? Kyle Ireland: Leger came out to Saskatchewan to recruit me and I really like [his] character, the direction of the team, and where they are going. It’s obviously a great school. [If] you get a degree from the University of Ottawa you can get a job anywhere, so that’s basically why I chose the university. What program are you majoring in, and why? I’m in [general] arts right now, but I’m going to transfer into criminology for next year. I want to be a ireighter ater [university], but criminology keeps doors open for becoming a police oicer down the road too, if I change my mind. Name some things that you want to ac-
of Ottawa, because I had a great season. Last year, the men’s hockey team had their share of struggles. Do you think you can help them improve this season? I would like to say I can. I came from a team that struggled the year before and we turned it around. It’s a battle to get rid of a losing attitude, but if everyone’s on board, it’s a fun ride. I just hope I can work every day and [that] it will rub of on some guys. Hard work is contagious and it’s what’s going to win you championships.
complish in the next four or ive years of university. Academically, I just [want] to do as well as I can and try to be at least an 80 [average] student. I’d be pretty happy with that. And then on [the] ice, I want to bring it every day and hopefully get a championship with the Gee-Gees in the next 4 to 5 years.
Is there a professional hockey player ater whom you model your game, and why? I would say that it would be two retired guys, probably Wendel Clark and Cam Neely. [hey’re] kind of hard-nosed and gritty. hey hit, i nish every check, and open up room for the snipers on their lines, and that’s kind of what I like to do. Probably a modern day [comparison] would be Todd Bertuzzi.
How has it been, getting accustomed to new teammates and coaches? It’s been an easy [transition], the guys on the team are just great. It’s a little diferent style of play than I’m used to, but I’m having fun which makes it easy. Tell us a bit about your junior career in Saskatchewan. It was a blast! We had two rough seasons, [but] last year we had a fantastic coach and the [team] just kind of turned around. It was probably the reason why I got the chance to play at the University
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What are some goals for this season, both personal and for the team? Personal goals: To get better every game. As a team, I’d like to i nish near the top and make a real push for it. If we can just get into the playofs irst, that’s where it all starts. f —with iles from Jaehoon Kim
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Welcome back, Gee-Gees alumni A weekend of fun for the men’s basketball program Anton Ninkov | Fulcrum Staff
THE YOUNG GEE-GEES men’s basketball team played ball against familiar faces on Sept. 25—though some of their opponents were twice as old as them. So, who were the Gees playing? he answer: the Ottawa alumni squad, which consists of former players dating back to the early ’90s. h is event was the highlight of the annual alumni weekend, a tradition started in 2000 by former Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro. “It’s something really special for me,” said current head coach James Derouin about the alumni match. Derouin is also an alumnus of the Ottawa program and has suited up for the game in past years. “Even before I was head coach, the alumni game was always extremely important to me. I remember lying from Vancouver for the game. h is year, we had a great turnout with a lot of faces I haven’t seen in a long time.” One of these faces included Ali Mahmoud, who played for the Gee-Gees in 2002–03. Seven years ago, Mahmoud let the University of Ottawa to play professional basketball in the Lebanese Basketball League. Also as impressive is the fact that Mahmoud has played in two FIBA World Championships, including the 2010 tournament, which was held in Turkey this summer. He was ranked second in steals in the tournament, averaging 2.6 per game. “It’s always a great experience to match yourself up against the best players in the world,” said Mahmoud, who played on the Lebanese squad that beat the Canadians by a score of 81-71.
“It’s nice to be able to come home and say, ‘We beat Canada!’ It gives me bragging rights,” he said, smiling. And that is what the whole weekend was all about; having fun and catching up with old friends. “It feels good to play with some players that came from the same program a few years before me,” said third-year guard Jacob Gibson-Bascombe. “It’s like we’re one big family. Just to be able to have a friendly competition like this with the people who played for this team previously and talk with them about their lives—it’s a really awesome event.” he game itself went smoothly for the current Gee-Gees squad, as they easily handled the alumni team 93-66. he Gees held the lead throughout the game, except for one point early in the i rst quarter when the alumni team went up 13-10. he 2010 Gee-Gees looked good for a pre-season game, but the youthfulness of the team was evident. “We are a really young team,” said Derouin. “You can see [that] from some of the mistakes we made out there today. But we are going to learn every day, keep getting better, and keep improving.” he alumni weekend was a meaningful event for the current Gee-Gees squad, who had a great learning experience and received some useful advice from their predecessors. But with a new roster and a new coach, the 2010 season represents an opportunity for the team to rewrite the history books of the Gee-Gees’ program. f
Women’s soccer i nishes road trip on a high note
THE GEE-GEES WOMEN’S soccer team i nished their ive-game road trip at Trent and Ryerson on Sept. 25–26. Ater sufering their i rst loss to Laurentian last week, the Gees (5-1-1) were eager for redemption, which they found against the Trent Excaliburs (0-7-1). Team captain Élise Desjardins scored the game-winning goal for the Gees in the 15th minute of play, and third-year midielder Tara Condos made it 2-0 before halt ime—scoring her i rst goal of the season. Christine Hardie, a second-year striker, added a pair of markers in the second half, while i rst-year defender Marie-Elyse McGuire scored in the i nal minute of play to inish the scoring at 5-0. he next day, Ottawa edged out Ryerson in a close game. h ird-year defender Gillian Baggott scored the lone goal of the game, while third-year goalie Mélissa Pesant earned her fourth shutout of the season. he Gees will host Ryerson (1-2-4) and Toronto (3-1-1) Oct. 2–3. —Amanda Daniels Women’s rugby wins easily at Sherbrooke
Pre-season action continues on Oct. 22 at photo by Kate Waddingham Montpetit Hall against the Toronto VarCHANGING OF THE GUARD sity Blues, as Ottawa hosts the Jack DonoCurrent Gees look sharp against the alumni hue Tournament.
A 36-0 ROAD victory against the Sherbrooke Vert et Or on Sept. 26 gave the University of Ottawa women’s rugby team their second win of the Quebec Student Sports Federation season. Fourth-year lanker Jenny-Lynn Crawford and third-year fullback Sarah Meng each scored a try, while second-year centre Natasha Watcham-Roy dominated the ield, earning three tries for the University of Ottawa. Fourthyear Gees wing Lana Dingwall was also successful in scoring a try and making three conversions. Ottawa remained calm and collected throughout the game even though the oiciating crew made some debatable decisions. he match also provided Gee-Gees rookies with playing time—Ottawa head coach Suzanne Chaulk was particularly impressed with irst-years Shannon Walsh Moreau and Katie Harriman. he Gee-Gees next play the nationally i t h-ranked Laval Rouge et Or (2-1) in Ottawa on Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. at Matt Anthony Field. —Katherine McDonald Men’s baseball earns four victories in busy weekend
Not just another ‘competitive club’ Paul Carson offers opinion on status of his team and the sport of golf in Canada Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff
FOR THE PAST 18 years, Paul Carson, the head coach of the men’s golf team at the University of Ottawa, has led his athletes to countless victories on the golf course. Last season was no exception; his team won the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship—the banner was the only one won by the Gee-Gees in 2009–10. However, the men’s golf team does not have varsity status on campus despite all of their success on the links. “here are some club teams that are really clubs, no question. But my team’s not. It hurts us to call us a club.” Of course, being labeled a competitive club limits the amount of resources that a team receives—all clubs need to fundraise heavily in order to survive. Interestingly, Carson is not too concerned about the money aspect; he simply wants all student-athletes to be treated the same. “It’s not about the money. It’s about [how] all students competing extramurally, [while] representing the school, should be treated the same. hey should all get the same status; there should not be the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’. My main
concern is that there shouldn’t be a distinction between [student-athletes].” As an academic who holds ive degrees in the sciences and engineering, Carson has a strong opinion on another topic related to his athletes—he believes that obtaining a post-secondary education is extremely important. Carson has even personally tutored his athletes to help them succeed in the classroom, as well as on the golf course. “Ninety-two per cent of my kids have graduated over the past 18 years. I’m very proud of that.” Increasingly, many of the top golf athletes from the Great White North are heading south of the border to play the sport at an American university. Carson, a patriotic Canadian who calls the University of Windsor his alma mater, believes that this trend is highly troubling. “Where do most of the [top] Canadian athletes go? To the Division II teams, in the southwest and southeast [American states], that are ‘academically challenged’. Now there are some great universities in the States, but most places where Canadians go to play golf? hey’re not worth it. he most important thing is
to keep Canadians in school, in Canada, getting their post-secondary education.” Carson was a multi-sport athlete during his years in university. He was especially talented in baseball; Carson was drated by the Cleveland Indians and played in the minor leagues before an injury derailed his playing career. Currently, Carson’s sport of choice is golf. hough he thoroughly enjoys the game popularized by Tiger Woods, Carson is disappointed in the way the sport is run in Canada, especially at the university level. “he Royal Canadian Golf Association runs the national university championships. [However,] they only provide [i nancial] support to eight universities. he playing ield was never level, but now it’s completely drastic. I like coaching, I like the kids, and I like the game; I just don’t like the way the sport is run. No matter how much support his team receives this year, Carson will likely i nd a way to ensure that his team stays competitive once again. he men’s golf team will look to defend their OUA title at the provincial championships to be held Oct. f 18–19 in Markham.
THE OTTAWA MEN’S baseball team broke out of their early-season slump in a big way, winning all four games they played over the weekend. In the i rst game of the doubleheader against Concordia on Sept. 25, the Gees won a close one, 2-1, ater pinch hitter Hayden Ford hit a game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning. Rookie pitcher Tim Clarke started in game two and came away with the win. Veteran sluggers Stephen Kutcher and Matti Emery carried the ofence in a game the Gees won 6-3. Against John Abbott College the next day, third-year pitcher Maxime Caron dominated as he threw six shutout innings while striking out seven batters in the irst match, which Ottawa won 6-0. Finally, in the fourth game of the weekend, Dante Cacciato and Serge Lafontaine provided the i reworks at the plate—Ottawa defeated John Abbott College 7-2. hanks to their successful weekend, the Gee-Gees are now 6-4 on the season and move up to second place in the Northern Conference of the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association. Ottawa’s next game is against the Carleton Ravens on Sept. 28. —Jaehoon Kim Women’s basketball pulls out a squeaker against alumni THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa women’s basketball team had an exciting weekend, hosting a pre-season game against a team made up of Gee-Gees alumni. he game was held on Sept. 24 at Montpetit Hall. he score was tight throughout the game with the young Gees edging out the alumni, 81-79, in a buzzer-beater i nish. Of note, ive quarters were played in this match ater a decision was made by both teams to extend the game. he 2010 Ottawa team earned the win despite missing two players on the court—second-year guards Kayte Chase and Awo Farah were unable to play. Ater the loss, former Gee-Gee Ali Johnson seemed impressed with the current Ottawa squad during an interview with Sports Services. “hey are at another level than we are. hey are faster and younger. hey’re going to be great.” he regular season for the women’s basketball team starts with a home game against Brock on Nov. 5. —Amanda Daniels
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OPINIONS Beyond our control A student’s first-hand hand experience with the perils of impaired driving Jessica Beddaoui | Fulcrum Contributor
HEN YOU FIRST read about a tragedy in the newspaper or hear a heartbreaking story on the radio, it is instinctual to feel immediate relief at the fact that you and your loved ones have escaped such heart wrenching disasters. I once considered myself one of those fortunate people whose family and friends had never suffered any type of devastation. Nobody I knew had ever been hurt badly, died too young, or undergone a traumatic heartbreak. Nothing horrible had ever happened to someone I knew—until last spring when tragedy touched my life in an unimaginable way. On the aternoon of April 8, 2009, an impaired driver struck me on my way home from school. In choosing to drive while intoxicated, the driver was unable to function properly and mistook his gas pedal for the breaks, driving his vehicle into my let leg and pinning me against a concrete wall. Before I could move or scream for help, he reversed and accelerated his car into my leg a second time. After reversing once more, the driver then stalled his car, allowing a young man to rush over, reach into his window, and pull the keys out of the ignition. I remember lying on the ground, screaming for someone to come to my aid, while he just sat in his car. I remember wondering how a perfectly sane human being could choose to drive ater consuming so much alcohol, causing him to no longer distinguish between his breaks and the gas, a pedestrian from a pylon, and, ultimately, right from wrong. During the ambulance ride to the hospital, I became furious thinking about how someone could choose to drive in such an impaired state. It made no sense to me. When I irst arrived at the hospital, the doctors weren’t sure if I would make it. I had sufered a compound fracture of my let femur, which severed my femoral artery and caused me to lose a signiicant amount of blood. Staying alive—let alone keeping my leg—was something the doctors told my parents was wishful thinking. Our lives were changed instantly. Suddenly, my family and I became the sad story on the news—the same people I thought I’d never know. When people hear my story, they are oten inclined to ask me a series of questions about my experience. Ater this happened a number of times, I realized that these people, whether consciously or not, were investigating how such a tragedy could have been prevented. People like to think that, if faced with the same kind of adversity or danger,
they would have done something diferently to ensure their safety. I was not out late at night; I was not ot mindlessly crossing busy roads; I was not ot distracted; and I had no previous connection ction to the impaired driver. I took every precaution possible—I was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Upon on relecting on what happened, there iis a chilling hilli realization li i that h such h a tragedy was entirely out of my control and, so, could have happened to any other person. My story could have easily been yours; I could have been anyone’s child, sibling, or friend. I used to think that my life was completely in my control. I never took into account that another person’s poor decision could leave me fighting to stay alive, struggling to return to a relatively normal lifestyle after all was said and done. he reality is that our lives are not in our control. What happened to me is a prime example of that. When it comes to an individual’s decision to drive impaired, we are all inextricably linked to his or her negligence. Lives are placed in a random game of chance, and anybody can be hurt or killed at any given time. My
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I remember wondering how a perfectly sane human being could choose to drive after consuming so much alcohol, causing him to no longer distinguish between his breaks and the gas, a pedestrian from mately, a pylon, and, ultimately, right from wrong. ng.
story reveals how, more oten than not, impaired drivers are putting innocent bystanders at jjust as much h risk i k as themselves. h l O One individual’s lapse in judgment can inl ict immense pain and sufering on so many lives—lives just like mine and yours. he crash was but a brief moment in my life, yet it has become a distinguishing factor in who I have become. At times, I fear that this trauma has caused me to lose the fearlessness and resiliency that once dei ned who I was. Since the crash, I have become much more hesitant and timid due to the realization that, at any given moment, I may sufer because of the poor decisions of another human being. It is widely agreed upon that once somebody is faced with a trauma, living in fear and paranoia becomes a common side efect—shaping a life that, in my opinion, becomes not lived at all. I have come to the realization that, when faced with adversity, you have two
options. You can either become extremely negative and fearful, like I had initially become ater my accident, or you can try to move on and i nd the good in what once was a horrible situation. hat’s what I am trying to do now. I have decided to take action and become a volunteer for Mother’s Against Drunk D k Driving D i i (MADD) Canada C d in i hope h that my story and my eforts will help in the ight against impaired driving. If everyone who reads this becomes increasingly aware of how driving under the inluence oten leads to tragedies that are entirely preventable, and that by choosing to drive in this state one is unfairly placing innocent people in danger, we can collectively change the number of lives that drunk driving claims every year. Together we can use our voices and speak up in the ight against impaired driving. f On Oct. 17, I will be participating in MADD Canada’s MADD Dash, a fundraiser aimed at raising awareness and helping in the ight against impaired driving. You can sign up to run or walk the ive- and 10km race, or go online and make a pledge at madddashottawa.com
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The unparalleled nonsense of astrology An alarming one in four Canadians believe in the power of horoscopes Ishmael N. Daro | CUP Opinions Bureau Chief
SASKATOON (CUP) — One recent Friday, I checked my horoscope to read that I should probably stay home and avoid people for a while. “Spend some time alone today and get your thoughts in order,” advised Sally Brompton in the Globe and Mail. “here may be lots of interesting distractions around you, but none of them are worth your time and efort.” Being a diligent journalist, I decided to check another source. I went next to the National Post where astrologer Georgia Nicols wrote: “Expect to meet new people today. New ideas and new ways of doing things will appeal to you.” What a quandary, I thought to myself. Here were two trained astrologers writing horoscopes in the nation’s leading newspapers with almost exact opposite advice for me. he Toronto Star’s resident stargazer, Jacqueline Bigar, was no help either; she simply suggested that my imagination knew no limits and the night was about “making the most of the moment.” I was determined to get to the bottom of the matter, which is, like, such a Scorpio thing to do. According to Astrology. com, Scorpios are “intuitive, probing, and very focused on knowing who’s who
and what’s what.” Of course, there is a host of character traits that don’t match my personality at all, but who am I to question the heavens? Ater all, Mars and Pluto rule Scorpio— and that means something, presumably. But what if I’m not a Scorpio at all? When the ancient Babylonians, and later the Greeks, devised what we still recognize today as the 12-sign zodiac, the position of the sun in relation to the constellations was diferent from where they currently stand. An updated list of horoscope signs actually marks me as a Libra. Of course, reading the forecasts for Libras on that same Friday gave me several new predictions, many of them either contradicting each other directly or so vague as to be meaningless. Saying, “surprise company might drop by” is essentially the same as “a surprise meteor might demolish your home.” How exactly is it of any value? hat respectable outlets like the Globe and Mail regularly run horoscopes is disturbing enough, but the worst part of astrology may be the number of people who actually believe the movement of the planets afects their lives directly— and not for any immediate reasons, but because they were born at a speciic time and assigned an arbitrary symbol that hasn’t even been accurate for most of the
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last two millennia. In fact, people born between Nov. 29 and Dec.17 should actually have the astrological sign of Ophiuchus, which you won’t even i nd in the newspaper. According to a 2005 Gallup poll, one in four Canadians believes the position of stars and planets can afect people’s lives. Belief is particularly strong among women—33 per cent believe in astrology’s power—while only 17 per cent of men do. h is is an alarming state of afairs. Superstitious beliefs are nothing new. We all partake in self-delusion when we wear that lucky shirt to an exam or knock on wood to avoid misfortune. Many of these superstitions are culturally ingrained or come from minor rituals we set up for ourselves. But there is a diference between such silly things and the pervasive stupidity of astrology. Astrology represents humanity’s worst impulses to believe in ridiculous premises without evidence and to convince ourselves that within the endless chaos and beauty of the universe, some larger forces are directly afecting our lives. Your horoscope is no more credible a glimpse into the future than the tea leaves in your cup or the entrails of the latest animal you sacriiced to your Babylonian god. hey all require magical thinking andf
Sagittarius: December 18 to January 19 Capricorn: January 20 to February 15 Aquarius: February 16 to March 11 Pisces: March 12 to April 18 Aries: April 19 to May 13 Taurus: May 14 to June 20 Gemini: June 21 to July 20 Cancer: July 21 to August 10 Leo: August 11 to September 15 Virgo: September 16 to October 30 Libra: October 31 to November 22 Scorpio: November 23 to November 29 Ophiuchus: November 30 to December 17 Image courtesy the Sheaf
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he academic epidemic A wholly-objective examination of liberal arts and humanities Michael Cuthbertson | The Sheaf
SASKATOON (CUP) — A NEW SCHOOL year dawns, and with it comes new classmates and a chance to revive your zeal for learning. But not so fast, for I have travelled back from the future to bring you a prophecy as chilling as the faces that haunt the mid-morning December bus stop. Woe to you, keeners of campus! Take heed of what this jaded cynic reveals unto you: A list of jabs aimed at the liberal arts. I speak most authoritatively, having dwindled my youth away in these ields. May my words disillusion you to academia at large and ofer no real proactive solutions otherwise. Philosophy My ninth-grade English teacher put it
best: “he only job you can get in philosophy is teaching philosophy.” It is the textbook ivory tower discipline, populated by over-contemplative worshipers of logic. And that’s a fact, modus ponens.
about the human psyche can be found in this ield. I argue that Jerry Seinfeld ofers more insight into absurd human behaviours than psychologists can. hat is, unless you have an Oedipus complex. Seinfeld hasn’t really covered that one.
Religious Studies One cannot study faith and spirituality from the outside, reading scripture but not experiencing it. I recommend a more devious substitute: Ini ltrate the churches, temples and mosques directly, studying undercover as a “believer.” Once inside, make sure to take notes on what God says because it will be on the i nal.
Sociology h is is the younger, weaker sibling of psychology. Pepper your sentences with words like Jungian, anti-positivism, and dramaturgy, and you won’t come out with a mark lower than 80. hat is, unless you are part of a socially-stratiied subclass, in which case you will i nd yourself trampled by the hierarchical structure of modern capitalist society, let in the gut-
Psychology Save for neuroscience, a whole lot of folk wisdom and “well, duh” theories
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ter without so much as a means to satisfy your functional prerequisites. English You want to write about the meaning of great literature? Too bad, because English papers usually revolve around verbosity and awkwardly linked themes only vaguely related to the material at hand. Aspiring authors beware, you shall not write about issues that move authors to write in the i rst place. Nay, you must contribute to an already bloated body of academic analysis on the great works. History Tutorials: Students who have no interest or knowledge in history eat away the ohso-long hours by repeating, verbatim, what the last kid just said. Personally, I feel history is taught in a
way that gloriies civilization, as though all the warfare, colonization, and industrialization were actually good for something. Political Science he only people you will i nd here are angry Marxists or opinionated debatetypes with ambitions of law school. It is a hazy, dark blot of an academic discipline, which simultaneously claims to teach you “everything ever” while teaching you absolutely nothing whatsoever. Of course, not all of you will be swayed by this heathen’s words. hus, let it be known that having penned the above vitriolic text, I nevertheless endorse learning for learning’s sake, revolution from within the system, and never taking what you are taught as the whole truth. f Well, except this, of course.
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Generation Rude IT’S FRIDAY MORNING. I grab my bag, put on my shoes, and head out the door for my 8:30 class. I make it to the bus stop just in time to grab the bus, climb aboard, and squeeze in between the mounds of students now making full use of their mandatory U-Pass. Ten minutes later, and jostled around to the point of nausea, I inally get to campus and head towards Morisset. I open the door and start to walk through when BAM! Fullback Freddy, in some urgent rush to be free of the library, slams me into the frame of the door. “Jerk,” I mutter, catching my breath while I go to hold the door for the next person. In return, I receive a death stare from Snooty Sally as if I’ve just committed the worst social faux-pas imaginable. I roll my eyes, run up the stairs, and follow the guy in front of me through the next set of doors. WHACK! Careless Carl drops the door in my face. “Seriously?” I say to myself, but throw the door open and continue. I dodge the pack of giggling girls blocking the hallway, squeeze through the plethora of people standing in the doorway, and make it to class with seconds to spare. Twenty minutes later, the professor is in the middle of a rant about Ferdinand de Saussure and, right
on cue, in walks Tardy Tara—late as usual. She begins the painfully long process of selecting a seat— it’s always in the front row—sitting down, and turning on her computer, only to spend the rest of the class on Facebook. he lecture ends, I pack up my things, and walk to the door, where I’m met by Fullback Freddy and the rest of the ofensive line storming into the room for the next class. By the end of the day I’m tired, disgruntled, and ready to give up. At what point did the student body become too busy to be polite? Are we really in such a hurry that we can no longer be respectful and civilized? To my fellow students: A university education won’t get you far without manners. Wait your turn to pass through a doorway. Hold a door open for someone else, and say “hank you” when someone returns the favour. Be respectful of both your peers and your professors: Show up to class on time or not at all, and don’t come to class just to distract the rest of us with your social networking. When another lecture has inished, wait for the students who still have to get to their next class to leave before you push your way through. A little common courtesy won’t kill you. Being polite only takes a second, and you never know how quickly you could turn somebody’s day around. f
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Dear Di... Dear Di, I have a confession to make: I’m pretty unlucky in love. For a nice, normal guy, I seem to attract more than my fair share of Ms. Wrongs. Ater a few too many week-long lings gone sour, I got to thinking that maybe if I cut sex out of the mix I could weed out some of the crazies and ind a nice, normal girl to hang out with. Needless to say, my plan has backired. As soon as a girl inds out I want to wait oh, another week or two, they freak out! What’s the big deal? Can’t anyone talk about something other than sex for once? —Sick of Sex Dear SS, I have to say, considering the response you’re getting from all these would-be woman friends, I’m seriously curious about your approach when the question of sex comes up. Knowing from personal experience the aggravation of getting hit on by every guy I meet, I’m genuinely surprised that it’s rage, not relief, that you’re met with. I wonder, are you being up front from the beginning, or waiting until the heat of the moment to say you’re not up for getting down? If you’re courting these cuties more formally—going out for dinner, checking out a play, and generally taking things at a snail’s pace—then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. It should be clear to your potential partners that this is a preliminary try-out period, and you’re just seeing how well they play the game. Not every could-be couple makes it past third base—heck, plenty don’t even make it up to bat. On the other hand, if you’re picking these girls up at bars or taking them home ater a heck of a house party, then I wouldn’t blame them for ripping you a new one when you refuse to put out. A hook-up is a hook-up, plain and simple. It’s just as infuriating for women as it is for men to persuade someone into your bed and i nd they have no intention of bumping uglies. Unless you plan on delivering, you
have no business buddying up to a drunken diva in need of a good lay.
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Dear Di, Woe is me. I found the man of my dreams. I like him, he likes me, everything’s hunky dory—except he had to move back home last week to take an amazing job. I know I should be happy for him, but we never really came to a consensus on where we stand. Are we long-distance or am I just being a fool? How do I know what’s going on with us? —Long-distance Loner Dear LL, When readers write in questions like this, I always feel inclined to refer them to their mirror instead of to me. You already know what I’m going to say, but you’re holding on to some faint hope that I’ll feed your fantasy and tell you you’re being totally reasonable for restricting yourself when, for all intents and purposes, you’re an unattached girl. I don’t mean to suggest that your feelings for your far-away l ing aren’t signiicant, but I do think you need a bit of a reality check. h is man may care for you as much as you care for him, but if neither of you felt the need to lock down a commitment before he lew the coop, then I’d say there’s not much let between you and it’s probably time to move on. At the same time, both you and your man may be the single most shy couple I have ever encountered. Maybe you were both too scared to lay claim to your feelings when the time came, or maybe you felt guilty for asking for such a serious and diicult commitment at such an early stage. In any case, there’s nothing I can do to help you. You have to ask yourself what you want and if it involves your missing man, then you need to i nd out where he stands before what’s let of his feelings i zzle out. Love, Di
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QUEEN’S PASSION Students from Queen’s University show school spirit during the Sept. 25 football game in Kingston (see p. 16 for coverage of the game)
Where’s the passion? WOOOOO! HOMECOMING! he overcast sky didn’t dampen the spirits of the thousands of students and alumni boldly displaying their school pride this weekend. Downtown was crawling with academic self-love: A marching band blared, students spilled out of houses as parties began early in the aternoon, and the school’s colours were everywhere: red, gold, and navy … wait, gold? What? hat’s right. While Alex Trebek was gracing the halls of the U of O, we were at Queen’s University’s homecoming. A number of Fulcrum staf travelled to Kingston Sept. 25 to watch the Gee-Gees men’s football team beat the Queen’s Gaels in a tense, overtime battle. While the game was great, it was really the enthusiasm of the Queen’s students and the unparalleled size and nature of their unoicial homecoming that caught our attention. Just over 9,000 screaming, painted, and probably buzzed students jammed into the stands to watch the Gaels fall to the Gees. hey had a marching band, bagpipers, Highland dancers, a dance team, cheerleaders, and a diferent crowd-choreographed song for each touchdown;
however, it wasn’t until halt ime that the intensity of their school spirit really began to register. Immediately ater the players cleared the ield, hundreds of students jumped the fence and proceeded to fervently whip the ground with their leather QUEENS-emblazoned jackets. A text from one of our volunteer photographers said it all: WTF? It didn’t take long to realize that this was just one of many traditions special to Queens’ homecoming—we saw hundreds of purple-painted engineers, 50-year-old alumni with clods of mud adorning their heads, and epic street parties shut down by RCMP on horses. And during it all, we couldn’t help but think: Damn, those Queen’s students have school spirit! Why don’t we? “Garnet isn’t a colour to rally around— it looks like dried blood on cement!” stated one of the Fulcrum’s editors. Another asserted that our size—we’re the third largest university in Ontario and almost twice the size of Queen’s—prohibits us from overlowing with passion. Someone mentioned that we lack the prestige that is associated with Queen’s, and that we
have more pride in our programs of study than in the university itself. Yet another pointed to the French-English language division and the pervasiveness of students’ general dissatisfaction with the U of O, its student governments, and overall administration as possible reasons for the lacklustre spirit. When was the last time you heard someone state emphatically that they were proud to be a University of Ottawa student? “Never” jumps to mind. We’re one of the oldest universities in the country, ranked i t h nationally in research intensity, and the largest bilingual university in North America. We have championship-winning sports teams, famous alumni, and the fourth largest cooperative education program in Canada. We have so much to boast about, so why don’t we? Being a downtown campus, the U of O lacks signiicant socializing space, both indoors and out. How are we supposed to form binding kinship when there’s no place to “hang-out”? Or is it because we just don’t have the really sexy embroidered leather jackets to wear proudly un-
til we’re 60? Perhaps, because we’re such a political school, we are all too dedicated to our own causes to realize that we’re part of a larger community. We are all here for the same thing: to receive a solid education, and have a great time getting it. It’s true, we’ve had our share of controversies—Ann Coulter, anyone?—and it’s no secret that an unfortunate love-hate triangle exists among students, student governments, and the university administration, but just like people, no university is perfect. We’ve worked hard to get to this place, and we’ll work hard to leave with a degree we’re proud of, so shouldn’t we make the best of the time we’re here? What was planned as an editorial chastising U of O students for not showing more pride in their place of study has turned into a desperate plea for answers from the editors of the Fulcrum: Why should we be proud to be U of O students? Let us know! email@example.com twitter.com/he_Fulcrum (613) 562 5261
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