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Do I know your friend who? At a club? Who was there? Girl, I wouldn't Wait a minute, calm down, I was at a club with who? Get tha fuck, man, you know what? Girl, I'm not about to sit up here and argue with you About who's to blame or call no names, real talk See girl, only thing I'm tryin' to establish with you is not Who's right or who's wrong But what's right and what's wrong, real talk Just because your friend say She saw me at a club with some other bitches Sittin' in VIP, smokin' and drinkin' And kickin' it, tell me, girl Did she say there were other guys there? Did she say there were other guys there? Were there other guys there? Well, tell me this: How the fuck she knew I was with them other girls then When the whole club packed? Wait a minute, let me finish what I've got to say. I've been with you five years And you listenin' to your motherfuckin' girlfriends I don't know why you fuck with them old jealous No man havin' ass hoes anyway, real talk Alway accusin' me of some old bullshit When I'm just tryin' to have a good time Robert, you did this, Kells, I heard you did that Don't you think I got enough bullshit on my mind, real talk. Hold, hold up Didn't I just give you money to go get your hair Toes and nails done the other day, hmm? Yeah, your ass was smilin' then, real talk Gave who some damn money? I ain't gave nobody no damn money, girl, is you tweakin'? You see what your problem is You're always runnin' off at the mouth Tellin' your girls your motherfuckin' business. When they don't eat with us, they don't sleep with us Besides, what they eat don't make us shit, real talk You called my momma's house and what? Girl, my momma ain't gotta screen no calls for me, real talk And watch your mouth, fuck me? Girl, fuck you! I don't give a fuck about what you're talkin' about I'm sick of this bullshit, I'm comin' home And gettin' my shit and gettin' the fuck up outta Dodge You ain't gotta worry about me no more And the next time your ass get horny Go fuck one of your funky ass friends Hell yeah, you probably already doin' that shit anyway You gonna burn what? Bitch, I wish you would burn my motherfuckin' clothes With your triflin' ass, (Milton), you bogus girl, (Milton) Start your car, warm it up and get ready to take me home This bitch done lost her motherfuckin' mind

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Wasn’t that some shit

The University of Regina’s 2011-2012 school year in review

The University of Regina’s 2011-2012 school year in review C arillon a rchives Where were you
The University of Regina’s 2011-2012 school year in review C arillon a rchives Where were you
The University of Regina’s 2011-2012 school year in review C arillon a rchives Where were you

Carillon archives

Where were you when students participated in the National Day of Action, sat in at the Board of Governors meeting, and parked like dicks in the crescents?

sophie long

news writer

The 2011-2012 school year is al- most done and this one was just as eventful as any other year. The University of Regina was abundant with the activist spirit this year, led by the Unisversity of Regina Students’ Union and the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG), and some student leaders. The year started off with a bang, with the Occupy Wall Street movement sweeping across the continent. There were Occupy protests throughout Regina and several were staged on campus. The “99 per cent” came to the Ad- Hum pit on Nov. 10 to educate the masses. “Our main message at the teach-in is mostly around home- lessness in our city,” one occupier said. Although the movement was widespread, it still tackled issues close to home. Activism started closer to home with the Our Future is Now campaign led by URSU President Kent Peterson. This conveniently- timed movement was meant to put pressure on provincial politi- cal parties to make changes on their platforms in order to encour- age student voting for the fall election. In the winter semester, Peterson continued to inspire the student body with the Feb. 1. All Out peaceful protest on the National Day of Action, which was held to ensure equal opportu- nities for current and prospective students. There was a march to the First Nations University, fol- lowed by some empowering

speeches and a free lunch. The All Out protest spoke out explicitly about making education more accessible for aboriginal stu- dents by raising a cap on fund- ing. However, there was a greater focus on making changes to the current education system. Julianne Beaudin-Herney be- gan her petition to make Indigenous Studies a course re- quirement for all students on Nov. 7 and the petition has spread across the country. She continues to meet with deans and adminis- trators at our university and oth- ers in Canada, with the slogan, “We need to learn about our own holocaust.” In the winter semester, there was RPRIG’s annual Apathy into Action conference, which sought to educate students on social is- sues. Other winter events in- cluded Israeli Apartheid Week and Five Days for the Homeless. In the 2011-2012 school year, students, faculty members, and administrators at the U of R made it clear they weren’t going to sit by and watch things happen. Sadly, there were some situa- tions where we didn’t have a choice but to do so. At the start of the year, many students and staff members were affected by the death of Dr. Lloyd Barber, the sec- ond president of the University of Regina. Over 800 people paid their respects at his memorial service, which signifies the impact Barber had on the University of Regina. In other situations, however, students in particular stood up and made the university adminis- tration listen. In order to resolve growing difficulties with parking

on campus, the university limited the number of parking passes is- sued this year and raised the fines for improper parking. In response to the huge number of complaints received, in part due to an URSU campaign launched during the first week of classes in the fall se- mester, the administration quickly agreed to hold an open forum on Sept. 23, where students were given an opportunity to speak out about the parking troubles to uni- versity president Vianne Timmons. Students suggested a variety of solutions, including a shuttle service from nearby landmarks, a rebate for students who carpool, and to lower the prices at parking meters. However, the second se- mester saw parking problems worsen, if anything, as winter se- mester parking passes sold out within 24 hours of going on sale. Some of the issues that the university faced this year had their roots outside of the build-

ing. Students at SIAST began their school year in a much more star- tling way – they arrived at their classes to find their instructors had gone on strike. The frustra- tion educators felt at our neigh- bour’s campus caused some students to fear a similar strike was on its way at the university. This year, the province cele- brated an unwanted anniversary – five years had passed since a Maclean’s article dubbed Regina’s North Central as the worst neigh- bourhood in the country. However, the article had done some good things for the city, as it brought attention to some prob- lems that had been pushed aside

and brought out some rarely-seen loyalty to the city. The Maclean’s article simply drew attention to the fact that so much crime could be concentrated into such a small area. However, despite the positive changes Regina has seen, another shocking statistic was released in co-ordination with National AIDS Day in December. The rates of HIV are almost twice the national average in our province and this is not a passing problem. As All Nations Hope AIDS Network worker Margaret Poitras told the Carillon, “There is a lot of stigma, ignorance, and discrimi- nation with addiction.” More recently, Saskatchewan has been surprised by some of the decisions Brad Wall’s government has made with the budget for the province. A sizeable amount of money has been put towards in- creasing the number of politicians in the province and building a statue in front of the legislature. Trent Wotherspoon, ND finance critic, said the government is es- sentially “making cuts and reduc- tions and impacts on everyday families across Saskatchewan.” Similarly, there has been a wave of protest toward the gov- ernment’s decision to cut the film tax credit, which has resulted in a multitude of videos and events to spark awareness of the impact this will have on Saskatchewan resi- dents. Despite the abundance of news hitting the province this year, there have been some major newsworthy events at the University of Regina, too. In September, students saw the revitalized food services on

campus as management moved from Aramark to Chartwells. Fewer vegetarian options were of- fered, prices were raised, and stu- dents on campus on weekends were discontent with a limited weekend selection for their mandatory meal cards. But, we did get another Tim Horton’s, which almost eased the glut at the one in Riddell Centre. One story covered in the Carillon wound up, in part, in- volving the Carillon itself. After the university’s board of gover- nors struck down a motion to make their meetings open to the public, the paper organized a sit- in. In response, the board moved the time of their meeting up by an hour and got campus security to escort board members to and from the boardroom. Shortly be- fore the meeting commenced, board chair Paul McLellan came out to meet the assembled stu- dents and accept letters addressed on behalf of the Carillon to the board from members of the Canadian University Press. Finally, unless you have some- how been living under a rock for the past three weeks, you must know that we have elected a new student union for next year. This year’s election saw a variety of candidates for president, with car- toon character Snowy Bear giving his competition a bit of a scare. The elected members of the union represent a split slate, but mem- bers from both slates have empha- sized that they plan to act not as two slates but one executive in the fall. Well, we’ll see how that goes.



the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012

Stop sexual assault

Mayor deems April 2-8 Sexual Assault Awareness Week

lauren golosky

news writer

Mayor Pat Fiacco officially pro- claimed this week as Sexual Assault Awareness Week in the City of Regina. This week, which started on Monday and runs until Sunday,has been dedicated to raising awareness of sexual as- sault amongst the public, while supporting the throngs of sexual assault victims. To launch Sexual Assault Awareness Week in Regina, mem- bers of the Regina Women’s Centre went to Scarth Street Mall on Monday, April 2, to distribute magnets bearing the message “Stop Sexual Assault.” The mag- nets, which were given to the pub- lic free of charge, were meant to help raise awareness of the preva- lent issue of sexual assault. But, many might wonder, is it re- ally enough to hand out magnets? In a time where slacktivism is al- most deemed acceptable (think KONY 2012), is donning a magnet sign on your refrigerator or car re- ally an appropriate response to such a tender, endemic issue? Dr. Rick Ruddell, associate professor of justice studies at the University of Regina, thinks it is a step in the right direction. “It can’t hurt, can it?” he asked. “When agencies are hand- ing out information like that, it can’t hurt. It can help people raise awareness.” Ruddell also thinks that, in a time when there is so much ac- tivism and so many issues being

when there is so much ac- tivism and so many issues being L eader-Post brought to


brought to public attention, it is small acts like this that might be the most beneficial. “One of the challenges is that there are so many other issues be- ing raised,” he explained. “Like every week, there is something, another issue, and it’s hard for one single issue to get attention because we are bombarded with messages all the time.” Sexual assault is a reality for 29 per cent of children under the age of 18, and the Regina

Women’s Centre and Sexual Assault Line get roughly 2,500 calls a year, yet only an estimated 8 per cent of sexual assault inci- dents are reported to the police. Moreover, sexual assault is something people just don’t like talking about. Thus, perhaps in the instance of sexual assault awareness – a taboo subject in our society –creating a dialogue is more important than people think. Debbie House, an administra-

tor for the Regina Women’s Community Centre and Sexual Assault Line, recognized that it is an uncomfortable topic for peo- ple, but that dialogue is a step in the right direction. It could en- courage people to talk about it more openly and even help peo- ple feel more comfortable in re- porting incidents to the police. Ruddell believes that these seemingly small gestures, such as public education, public events, and giving victims a voice, are all

They’re trying to change people’s attitudes and inform the public. At least they’re doing some- thing.

Dr. Rick Ruddell

positive steps. “They’re trying to change peo- ple’s attitudes and inform the public,” he said. “At least they’re doing something.” If people would like magnets, which are shaped like stop signs, they can be picked up at the Regina Women’s Community Centre’s office, located at 1830 Mackay Street. The centre does counseling, as well as maintain- ing a 24-hour sexual assault line at 352- 0434.

Protect ya neck

URSU board meetings may be dry, but they’re too important to ignore


john cameron


Ah, reader. Faithful, probably to- tally hypothetical reader. Your correspondent remembers when he first started covering the University of Regina Students’ Union’s regular board meetings, all the way back in September of 2010. What an innocent time that was. He wasn’t even allowed a recording device in at the time, you know. Had to take notes by hand and all that. How times change! The stodgy note-cobbled rundown didn’t really suit what we as a pa- per were going for this year, and so we ditched that format in favour of a column. This, we hoped, made the quotidian bull- shit of the average URSU meeting

a little more palatable and enter-

taining. Mission accomplished? Probably not! While folks I know read the Carillon seem to dig the more informal style, I haven’t heard word one from someone I don’t know. Them’s the breaks, I

guess. But covering student poli- tics in this style, as it turns out, made the whole thing a lot less of

a cortex-shredding ordeal for your

correspondent, and so we kept it. The thing is, student politics are often a bit boring, and a bit petty, and a bit frustrating and tiresome and all of those adjec- tives that you think of when you want to describe something that it is almost impossible to like but that you don’t actually hate. But URSU spends a lot of money and serves a valuable function – as outgoing president Kent Peterson pointed out during the April 3 board meeting, when U of R board of governors chair Paul McLellan had a chance to speak at that day’s announcement for $1 million in funding for childcare and housing at the U of R (which, woo, by the way), he first thanked the students’ union for all their hard work in advocating for stu- dent needs. And so that’s why, even when you don’t agree with URSU – or,

perhaps, especially when you don’t agree with them – it’s im- portant to pay attention to them, and to find ways to make paying attention to them interesting. They can even be fun to watch, sometimes, either when the egos flare and people get pissy or when folks let their guards down and act like, you know, normal twen- tysomethings.

This is your correspondent’s

last Minuteman column ever – and, in fact, the last thing he’s ever going to write for the Carillon. (There’s a couple pieces from me in the feature this issue, but I wrote them prior to this column, so.) And so, if there is someone out there who is a faithful and not hypothetical but in fact very real reader of this column, one who’ll be back and dealing with URSU in the fall, I’ve got one last thing I want to say before I start talking about the April 3 meeting, and that is: Pay attention to the things that happen, even the most boring things, which student politics can often be. The boring bits are, some- times, when the most stuff hap- pens. So pay attention. After all, someone has to.

The April 3 Meeting In (Very) Brief

A bunch of motions were tabled until this meeting from previous meetings. First up was a motion to hold a by-election for the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) board seat this fall. It passed, so I hope you are excited for some sexy, sexy by-election ac- tion in September. And for the CFS’ utility to probably come un- der debate again. Should be fun!

Speaking of the CFS, LGBTQ director-elect Barton Soroka was seeking approval and funding from URSU for attending the CFS meeting in May. Peterson and out- going vice-president external af- fairs Paige Kezima clarified that URSU is still looking for appli- cants to attend that meeting on behalf of the U of R. If you’re in- terested, you too can apply! It’s the March 30 posting under “Media” on Several items got tabled until later in the month – the social me- dia policy, for example – and oth- ers, like a motion for URSU to sponsor U of R theatre produc- tions for one term in order to keep attendance free for students, were delayed until the next board takes over. One item that did get voted on at this meeting, however, was related to the students’ union’s health and dental plan. The ap- proximately 5,000 students pay- ing premiums will see their premiums increase by up to $4.91 this September, though URSU will also be looking into using their $9,000 reserve with SunLife Financial, the insurance provider for StudentCare, to mitigate fee increases. Heath Packman, the chief re- turning officer for the URSU elec-

tions, submitted his tentative re- port, as well. Not much juicy stuff in it, which depending on your at- titude is either sad or happy news. For me, it is bittersweet. Packman suggests a number of changes to URSU’s elections bylaw: defining what is acceptable for campaign events; reviewing slates; clarify- ing whether cartoon characters can run for elected office; clarify- ing how board positions are elected – especially those elected by individual student associations – so that stuff like, presumably, the CFS board member cluster- fuck from this term doesn’t repeat itself; and establishing a code of conduct for sitting members dur- ing elections. Packman also revealed that, after elections were wrapped up, someone pointed out to him that three part-time students ran for senate. However, the university administration is, according to the report, “prepared to relax this con- dition, and has indicated they will be reviewing this provision and their bylaws.” Is there anything else? Christ, probably. But these are the big things, and they’ll affect you next year. Hopefully you’re paying at- tention.

the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012



Burma’s next step

Elections signal possibility for new start for the suffering country

natasha tersigni

news editor

Some might see the election of pro-democracy activist and polit- ical prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi to office in Burma a mere year af- ter has a major step forward for the struggling country that has been under military rule since the 1962. Others think that this by- election, like the multi-party elec- tions in 1990 and 2010, may mean little for the advancement of democracy in the country University of Regina journal- ism professor Trish Elliot has spent much of her career working in and around Burma. She be- lieves the military rulers of Burma understand the need for change. “The country has been stalled in their devolvement since the ’40s,” Elliot said. “There are more reasons for the regime to try and rehabilitate – more economic rea- sons. Right now. Burma is just a resource depository for other countries. They come and get the oil, gas, and minerals. So, if Burma ever wants to get beyond that and establish a manufacturing centre

to get beyond that and establish a manufacturing centre Julia Dima and an advanced economy, it

Julia Dima

and an advanced economy, it has to enact political reforms, because otherwise they will always be fighting sanctions and they won’t be able to attract foreign invest- ment." After the 1990 democratic elections, the military junta in

Burma refused to acknowledge Suu Kyi’s victory. First declaring that they would relinquish power once a new constitution was drafted, the junta later reneged, annulling the results, placing Suu Kyi under house arrest, asserting their authority to rule, and crack-

I think most people look at Burma as this monolithic state where nothing goes on, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Trish Eillot

ing down on opposition leaders. Those who left Burma formed a government in exile, the Rockville, Maryland-based National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma. Nobody can say at this point whether the aftermath of the April

1 by-elections – which saw Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy take the position of second party in the Pyithu Hluttaw, Burma’s lower house of representatives – will be different from the elections in 1990 that also saw Suu Kyi in a prominent polit- ical position. But Elliot believes that increased scrutiny of Burma’s electoral system by journalists in an increasingly strong national press has the potential to make a difference. In February of 2012, Elliot re- leased a documentary, Breaking Open Burma, that she has been working on since 2008. The documentary chronicles the lives of Burmese journalists who work throughout the country trying to make people aware what is happening and that things need to change. “I think most people look at Burma as this monolithic state were nothing goes on, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Elliot said “Journalism is all about creat- ing an open transparent society. Just the presence of journalism pushes that along.”

Fearing the other

A look at Islamophobia in North America

taouba khelifa


When Shaima Al-Awadi’s 17- year-old daughter went to her mother’s home a few weeks ago, she found her mother brutally beaten and unconscious. The note next to Al-Awadi’s body read, “Go back to your country, you ter- rorist.” Awadi was found brutally beaten in her California home on March 21. The Iraqi-American stay-at-home mother of five was repeatedly beaten on the head with a tire iron and died at the hospital three days after her at- tack. While police are still investi- gating the possibility of Awadi’s attack being a hate crime, it would not be the first time that Muslim women in the West were sub- jected to violence and social mockery because of their public display of faith. In July 2009, German Egyptian Marwa Al-Sherbini was stabbed to death in a German courtroom by the man she was testifying against. Alex Wiens was convicted of calling Sherbini a terrorist and removing her hijab and, as she prepared to present evidence against him, Wiens ran across the courtroom and stabbed her 18 times. The expecting mother died at the scene. The hijab is the head scarf worn by Muslim women and niqab is the additional face veil that some Muslim women choose to wear. While many Muslims see the garments as symbols of devo- tion, faith, and liberation, Western societies have been constantly

scrutinizing and criticising the coverings as symbols of terrorism and oppression. In Europe, France became the first country to implement a ban on the hijab. In 2004, the country made it illegal for Muslim women to wear the hijab in public schools and institutions. Despite the out- cry against and criticism of the de- cision, last year, France took an additional step and banned the niqab from being worn anywhere in public. Anyone caught wear- ing the niqab is now faced with a fine of 150 euros or a mandatory lesson in “French Citizenship.” Canada, like France, is follow- ing suit with a ban of its own. In December of last year, the Conservative government an- nounced that women wearing the niqab during citizenship cere- monies will not be able to take the oath of citizenship unless they agree to remove their face cover- ing for the ceremony. “The oath of citizenship is ba- sically a public gesture, a public declaration that shows that you are joining the Canadian family, and this has to be done freely and openly, not secretly,” said Jason Kenney, minister of citizenship, immigration and multicultural- ism. “Isolating and separating a group of Canadians or allowing that group to hide their faces while they are becoming members of our community is completely counter to Canada's commitment to openness and social cohesion.” According to critics of this de- cision, the law has little to do with openness and social cohesion and more to do with the growing fear of Muslims and Islam in the West. Since the Sept. 11 attacks,

Islamophobia has become a grow- ing concern for Muslims. Undoubtedly, it is often the hijab- and niqab-wearing Muslim women who fall victim to societal backlash and fear. “The image of a woman with a face cover, a head scarf, or in a burqa has the ability to stir Islamophobic beliefs that Islam teaches intolerance, violence, and the oppression of women is fre- quently used out of context and regardless of the woman's social positioning – in other words, it elicits fear of the “other” and “un- known,” explained Brenda Anderson, a University of Regina professor of religious studies and women and gender studies. And elicit fear it has. In the summer of 2010, Mississauga resident Inas Kadri had her niqab torn off while she was shopping with her two chil- dren at the mall. Months later in Kingston, Ont., another Muslim woman had her hijab pulled off by an unknown assailant while she was shopping for groceries. The Kingston police have not found the suspect, but are asking the publics help in identifying the individual through surveillance footage. These acts represent only the tip of the iceberg of Islamophobia:

xenophobia and racism. The vilifi- cation of the hijab and niqab has made life for many Muslim women much more difficult and, in the most tragic circumstances, like those of Awadi and Sherbini:

deadly. According to Anderson, this vilification has created a culture of fear in the West. But, she said, the “enemy” is not Islam and

Muslims, but the “hatred” and “intolerance” towards a misun- derstood religion – particularly to- wards the women in the religion. “Women are disadvantaged in telling their stories in all soci- eties,” Anderson said. “When they come from countries that have been colonized, they have at least a double disadvantage in that their loyalties to tradition and to feminism, and potentially to faith, are challenged by the differ- ent groups.” Instead of building on the dis- advantage, Anderson suggests ed- ucation and redefining the issues in order to eliminate Islamophobia and racism all to- gether. “Since Muslims have much to be proud of regarding their teach- ings about women and the role of women, not only in early history but in many countries throughout time, this must be brought into the educational systems for girls and boys … There is much to learn from different groups and their experiences and solidarity is a protection against slander and violence,” Anderson said. With an increased pressure for

Canadian Muslims to leave their religion behind and assimilate into Canadian culture, Wahida Valiante, head of the Canadian Islamic Congress, put the situa- tion into context. “Assimilation doesn’t work … we tried that on our native popu- lation. We said, ‘Your religion is wrong, you are wrong, your lan- guage is wrong, your clothes are wrong,’ and we have basically an- nihilated their culture and cost them untold misery. And Canadians suffer with that too,” Valiante said. Anderson agrees. Instead of forcing the Muslim community to assimilate into so-called “Canadian culture,” there needs to be a better solution. “There is nothing antithetical between the teachings of Islamic scripture and the majority of his- torical traditions and so-called Western ideology … Reshaping our borders and definitions of ourselves from ‘Muslim’ and ’not Muslim.’ for instance, to issues of justice-seekers in general, can be a powerful catalyst,” Anderson said.

Assimilation doesn’t work … we tried that on our native population. We said, ‘Your reli- gion is wrong, you are wrong, your language is wrong, your clothes are wrong,’ and we have basically annihilated their culture and cost them untold misery.

Wahida Valiante



the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012

Students largely left out of federal budget

Despite focus on research and innovation, no new student aid initiatives announced in 2012 budget

emma godmere

CUP national bureau chief

OTTAWA (CUP) — Higher educa- tion in the context of research and innovation stole much of the spot- light in the federal government’s latest budget, but students and youth seeking greater financial aid were otherwise left in the dark. “The plan’s measures focus on the drivers of growth: innovation, business investment, people’s ed- ucation, and skills that will fuel the new wave of job creation,” Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters in advance of the bud- get’s unveiling in the House of Commons on March 29. But apart from a heavy focus on industry-related research and additional funding for one partic- ular youth employment program, Canadian post-secondary stu- dents were largely missing from the Conservatives’ 2012 budget. “There’s no relief in this budget for students,” said Roxanne Dubois, national chair- person for the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). “We’re facing the highest tuition fees, the highest student debt — and it’s basically gone unnoticed by this budget.”

Research and innovation

The Conservatives instead placed a clear emphasis on innovation and research funding, namely in the form of partnerships between businesses and universities. Among their plans, they intend to dedicate $14 million over two

their plans, they intend to dedicate $14 million over two Alex Smyth/CUP Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

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Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Parliament Hill shortly before the presentation of the federal budget, March 29

years to double the Industrial Research and Development Internship Program, which cur- rently supports 1,000 graduate students in conducting research at private-sector firms. The Conservatives also plan to send $6.5 million over three years to McMaster University for a health-care research project, and will dedicate $500 million over five years to support moderniza- tion of research infrastructure on campuses through the Canada Foundation for Innovation, start- ing in 2014. Paul Davidson, president and CEO of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, called the investments “smart and strategic” and was generally supportive of the re-

search funding proposals outlined by the Conservatives. “When you look at what the government has been considering over the last several months, where every department was asked to present [cuts] … I think Canadian universities can be quite proud and quite pleased that the government recognizes the cen- tral role universities play,” he said. NDP post-secondary educa- tion critic Rathika Sitsabaiesan, meanwhile, raised concerns over the fact that the majority of the re- search funding outlined in the budget was tied to specific indus- tries. “It’s all about controlling the research that’s being done in this country, which doesn’t sound right,” she said. Some money was earmarked for Canada’s three research grant- ing councils, however, reflecting similar numbers mentioned in the 2011 budget: federal funding to the tune of an additional $37 mil- lion annually is set to begin in 2012-13. Despite this, the docu- ment noted “granting councils will be pursuing operational effi- ciencies and reallocation of fund- ing from lower-priority programs to generate savings,” and that the government would “fully reinvest 2012-13 savings in priority areas of the granting councils, particu- larly in industry-academic part- nerships.” The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will see $15 million per year for patient- oriented research; another $15 million per year will be directed to Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for partnerships and innovation and $7 million per year will be fun- neled into industry-academic partnership initiatives at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). “The funding to the granting councils is targeted and it’s exclu- sive,” Sitsabaiesan said. “It really doesn’t give the granting councils the autonomy they need to be able to do the research that needs to be done …. Instead, they’re forc- ing the granting councils to fund research initiatives within the pri- vate sector and of course also they’re funding only research that’s being tied with private sec- tor corporations.” The Toronto MP also pointed out that the portion of the budget that dealt with post-secondary ed-

the portion of the budget that dealt with post-secondary ed- ucation often reaffirmed plans and funding

ucation often reaffirmed plans and funding that had been in play since 2006. For example, the 2012 budget marks the end of the stim- ulus phase of the government’s economic action plan and thus the end of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, which provided nearly $2 billion over two years for construction proj- ects at university and college cam- puses across the country. Budget 2012 reported that a total of 515 projects were completed under the program and. while five have yet to be completed, no further federal funding will be provided for those unfinished projects.

Katimavik funding eliminated

There were youth-related cuts in the document, too. Living up to rumours that swirled in the media in the days leading up to the budget, the government cut fund- ing to Katimavik, a popular youth program that supported young Canadians traveling the country to participate in volunteer proj- ects. The government announced its intentions to continue to invest in “affordable, effective program- ming” and that Canadian Heritage would pledge over $105 million in youth initiatives, though few details were pro- vided. Liberal youth critic Justin Trudeau, a longtime supporter and former board chair of the pro- gram, had been speaking out against the rumoured cuts days in advance of the budget presen- tation. “The needs for students are enormous and when they’re turn- ing around and cutting $30 mil- lion over two years by eliminating the Katimavik program, you can see that there’s not a lot of money in there for young people,” said the Montreal MP, when asked about the lack of support for youth in the budget. “We have to make sure we’re investing in our young people and their capacity to become those productive, contributing citizens we need them to be. And this gov- ernment is not, once again, living up to its obligations to the future of Canada and to our young peo- ple.”

Employment issues

In the area of job creation specifi- cally for youth, the Conservatives only announced they would add another $50 million over two years to the existing Youth Employment Strategy, which, ac- cording to the government, con- nected nearly 70,000 youth with work experience and skills train- ing last year. “It’s nice to see that that came in after we saw that they were closing employment centres,” said Zach Dayler, national director for the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). “The Youth Employment Program will hopefully provide valuable work experience for stu- dents but also provide skills de- velopment for youth who are at risk, which I think is a huge, huge thing,” he continued, adding that despite its small price tag in the context of the budget, “it’s a start.” Both CASA and CFS reps ex-

pressed their disappointment over the lack of proposed financial aid for students, though Dayler noted that they weren’t “expect- ing to see any major investments” in this area for students. While the government re-affirmed its plan to forgive student loans of up to $40,000 for new doctors and $20,000 for new nurses and nurse practitioners who plan to work in rural and aboriginal communities, starting in 2012-13, this plan had already been announced in last year’s budget. Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May also said she was “very disappointed” that no greater moves were made to re- lieve youth unemployment and student debt in the budget, and added that she will be speaking to students on various campuses in the coming days to discuss many of these issues. “The priority is to engage peo- ple so that we can put up the kind of cross-country response. We need to mobilize,” she said. “There’s a very bad message that sometimes goes out, that there’s nothing we can do because Stephen Harper has a majority un- til 2015.” Nevertheless, thanks to their majority government status, it’s expected that the Conservatives will pass their budget plan with ease. Among further plans out- lined in the document, they will reduce government employment by 4.8 per cent – or 19,200 jobs – though details surrounding which departments or programs will be affected, such as the federal pub- lic service student employment program, have yet to be shared. The Conservatives also laid out additional departmental cuts to Human Resources and Social Development (HRSDC), noting that some changes will “transform the administration of grants and contributions to enhance online delivery and reduce red tape and the paper burden for applicants and recipients.” Cuts to HRSDC in the 2012 budget start at $6.3 million in 2012-13 and jump to $183.2 million by 2014-15. No de- tails were given as to the potential effect these cuts could have on the Canada Student Loans Program. Additionally, the government announced its plans to eliminate

the penny. Pennies will no longer be produced and distributed to fi- nancial institutions starting in fall 2012, though the coins will still be allowed to be used in cash trans- actions. Cuts to the CBC were also laid out in the document, starting with $27.8 million in savings in 2012-13 and rising to $115 million in 2014-


Similar to the 2011 budget, the Conservatives are aiming to lower the deficit to 1.3 billion by 2014-15 and achieve a 3.4 billion surplus by 2015-16. Dubois warned that the gov- ernment was trying to “balance the budget on the backs of stu- dents and older citizens,” while May felt there was another clear message for young people among the financial proposals. “You’re the victims in this,” the Green Party leader told Canadian University Press. “Anybody younger than 50 is the part of the population that gets kicked in the teeth in this budget.”


Sports Editor: Autumn McDowell the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012

h e c a r i l l o n | April 5 - May 23,

This is ourlast opportunity to get Sidney Crosby in the Carillon this year, so we’re going to make the most of it


Paul Bissonnette should be on the cover of NHL 13 based solely on his unreal tweets

jhett folk, britton gray, colton hordichuk, kris klein

this week’s roundtable

What was your favourite University of Regina sports mo- ment this year?

Folk: Though they lost, I had an absolutely fantastic time watch- ing the Rams play the Huskies in Mosaic. The game had it all! Touchdowns, picks, fumbles, you name it! Not only that, but it went right down to the wire and got the crowd really going. The game left me really excited to go to the games next season.

Gray: My favourite U of R sports moment this year has to be watch- ing the Rams football club battle through injuries all year long. All great teams find a way to play through injuries and that’s what the team had to do this year and it was awesome watching them push through.

Hordichuk: Throughout the first semester I had the Sports History 101 column. For me, that was my favourite sports moment of the year. To be able to go back in time and dig up statistics on the Cougars and Rams was unbeliev- able. I could go on and on about the things I’ve learned about U of R’s sports history.

Klein: Well, it would have to be the Cougar men’s hockey team making the playoffs … They did- n’t? Well I guess them winning a game would be pretty big in my eyes.

Which U of R team do you think trains the hardest in the off-season?

Folk: I’m just assuming – because I know how hard the high school football teams go in the off sea- son – but I’d have to say the Rams would train the hardest. The game of football asks a lot more of the human body and it just makes sense that they’d have to be that much more ready and in shape.

Gray: I think the hockey team has to train the hardest. We are in Saskatchewan, where the only two things that matter are farming and hockey (lingerie football might be getting there, though). Hockey success is expected here and, in order to live up to these expectations, they have to give it their all the whole year.

Hordichuk: Absolutely football. Now, I haven’t played football in years, but I know that despite it only running a few months, it’s a year-long sport. All of the training and fitness that goes into football is insane! Personally, I could never find the motivation or drive to play football again.

Klein: To me that’s between two teams: the Rams and the women’s basketball team. The Rams, well, because they’re the Rams. Have you seen some of these guys? Fucking huge! And the Cougar ladies basketball team because they have been at the top of the CIS since I’ve been here.

How much time do you spend watching/playing sports in the summer?

Folk: I spend plenty of time out with friends tossing a football around or stick-handling a street hockey ball in the driveway. I’ll also often be caught watching whatever sports are playing that day.

Gray: I don’t get around to watch- ing sports too much in the sum- mer, mostly because baseball is the only thing really on and I’m a Cubs fan so its tough to watch any baseball. I used to play sports in the summer. but I’m not as young as I once was so my sporting has been reduced to street hockey games and pickup football games.

Hordichuk: If NHL playoffs tech- nically fall during summer, then I watch all of that. Also, remember Ultimate Croquet – the hybrid croquet drinking game? I expect that’s making a valiant comeback this year. All in all, I’d say about 10 hours per week that I watch/play sports in the summer.

Klein: I think this is perfect op- portunity to promote the Syracuse Bulldogs adult safe team who make their stunning return this summer. The first game of the sea- son will be free bobble-head night to the first 500 fans of your favourite bulldog player. Come out and support!

Which NHL team do you least want to win the Stanley Cup?

Folk: Tie between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. Normally, I’d have the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers in that mix but I

don’t think I have to worry about them anymore. As a Canucks fan, I’m sure you can image why I don’t like the B’s or Hawks.

Gray: I do not want to see Vancouver or the Penguins win. I don’t want to see the Canucks win because they have been expected to for a while and just can’t do it, so I want them to just disappear already. As for the Penguins, I just don’t think I could handle another summer of seeing Crosby in every second commercial and hearing about him every day. We get enough of that during the season already.

Hordichuk: The Detroit Redwings. I don’t hate them or anything, I just feel that they’ve won far too much in the last 20 years. It would be nice to see an- other powerhouse rise up as a consistent contender. Cough, cough, Autumn’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Also, I’m interested to see how the Rangers will be this post season with a well-estab- lished squad.

Klein: Easy: the Vancouver Canuckleheads. One, because I think the saying two sisters no cup is fucking amazing and bril- liant and two, I love watching Vancouver being torn to the ground. Also, the Detroit Redwings because they have been in the playoffs since ’Nam.

Who is your choice to be on the cover of NHL 13?

Folk: My choice would have to be Alex Burrows, but for more of a reason than just “he’s a Canuck.”

I’d want him on the cover doing the ‘arrow to the sky’ celebration, as that is his commemoration to his late best friend, Luc Bourdon. Luc – who died in a tragic motor- bike accident – was poised to be a star defenceman for the Canucks. I feel that it would be a good cover for not only Canucks fans, but for all those who remember Luc or any other players of the game that were taken at too young of an age. Rest in peace, Luc.

Gray: I want too see Erik Karlsson on the cover and not just because I’m a Sens fan. He is probably the top, young defenceman in the league and has been consistent this whole year. Also, have you seen his Karlsson’s flow and moustache? That deserves the cover based on itself.

Hordichuk: A buddy and I were talking about this exact question a couple of days ago. I feel Claude Giroux deserves to be on the cover. What a hell of a breakout year for him. I remember at the beginning of the season, analysts were saying he’s going to break out and I thought, “Where are they getting this weird prediction from?” Hats off to him for a great campaign.

Klein: I think it’s going to be Dustin “Everyday I’m” Byfuglien. But here are two players that I want to see on the cover: Jaromir Jagr doing the salute and my favourite goalie of all time, Ron Hextall, blockering Chris Chelios in the face.



the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012

How well do you know your roommate?

Mark Schneider and Sterling Nostedt are put to the test

Mark Schneider and Sterling Nostedt are put to the test photo cr e dit M ark

photo credit

Mark Schneider (left) loves the Goo Goo Dolls like Sterling Nostedt loves Drake

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girlfriend] a golden necklace. Sterling: Oh my God! That is the

worst thing I have ever heard. Mark: I just wanted to get some- thing funny out there for the Carillon.

sports editor

What is Mark’s dream job?

Sterling: Pro golfer. Mark’s Answer: Stay-at-home fa- ther.


13. How would you describe Mark in three words? Sterling: Can I just write OCD? Actually, “Blunts, 40s and

Mark: Anchorman, I think …I’m hoping.





University of Regina Cougars ath- letes Mark Schneider and Sterling Nostedt claim to be best friends, or so they say. The two have recently cut out the third wheel on their friend- ship and have moved from a three-roommate apartment to a place just big enough for two. Naturally, the duo spends an ample amount of time together, but how well do these roommates really know each other?



What is Mark’s favourite

bitches”! Mark’s Answer: Oh Jesus. That’s tough, well I like to have fun so, just say “like to have fun,” that’s three words. Oh fuck. OK,


What is Sterling’s dream job?

Mark: You would buy a house? Do you want to move out? I thought about saying [a house], but I didn’t say it because I thought you would get mad.

food? Sterling: Pizza. Mark’s Answer: Pizza.

Mark: To work at the Royal Bank. Sterling’s Answer: Oh my God, these are tough. Can I say NBA, is that bad?


Who is Mark’s favourite pro-

“Party,” ugh three words that de- scribe me … I don’t know, I actu- ally don’t know. I would like to say smart, but I’m certainly not smart. Athletic? I don’t know


fessional athlete? Sterling: Jacoby Ellsbury. Mark’s Answer: Jacoby Ellsbury.


What is Sterling’s favourite


If Sterling could travel any-

food? Mark: Pizza. Sterling’s Answer: Pizza.

where is the world, where would he go? Mark: Boston, Fenway. Sterling’s Answer: Ireland. He


Who is Mark’s favourite

what the word would be for hav- ing a good time, social? You could go with “party-animal.” Actually, change all that to “Setting It Off.”


singer/band? Sterling: The Goo Goo Dolls. Yup. Mark’s Answer: The Goo Goo


Who is Sterling’s favourite

won’t ever get that.

Does Sterling know Mark?

professional athlete? Mark: Dustin Pedroia. Sterling’s Answer: Dustin Pedroia.


What is Sterling’s worst


What is Mark’s middle



habit? Mark: He just recently got that boot off of his foot, but prior to

name? Sterling: Russell. Mark’s Answer: Russell.

Does Mark know Sterling?


Who is Mark’s idol?

Sterling: Tiger Woods. Mark’s Answer: Overall idol,

that’s crazy too. I’m not sure ex- actly. Couldn’t say. Oh God, my brother, I guess. Actually, I would like to change that; it’s not my brother. I’m gonna go with Terry Francona.


What is Sterling’s middle


Who is Sterling’s favourite

that it was the boot tracking mud across the house. Sterling’s Answer: What’s he gonna get me with? I would say – oh, that’s hard – I have a few.


Mark have and what are their names? Sterling: One sister, one brother. Hope and Dustin. Mark’s Answer: Two siblings, a

How many siblings does

name? Mark: Ugh, I know this. It’s like a last name. It’s his grandpa’s name I know. I think it starts with a C. I

singer/band? Mark: Drake. Sterling’s Answer: Drake.

want to say Carter, but that’s not it, I know that’s not it. We have had this discussion too. Don’t be offended; I’m trying. It’s a last name that starts with a C … oh, Campbell, duh! Sterling’s Answer: Campbell.


Who is Sterling’s idol?

We’ll say sometimes I leave my clothes on my floor in my room; he hates that.

Mark: Oh, Christ. His idol would

be someone in basketball so


younger sister named Hope and an older brother named Dustin.


not sure. It would have to be



If Mark won the lottery,

Larry Bird. Sterling’s Answer: Billy. No.


How would you describe


what’s the first thing he would

Sterling in three words? Mark: Curly-hair, smiley, good- guy. That’s not three words. Sterling’s Answer: Three words, actually: “I’m all threes.” Like, three-pointers. That works out perfect!


What number is Mark and

buy? Sterling: A real Lamborghini. He calls his car “The Lambo”; it’s not a Lambo. Mark’s Answer: Probably a car.

That’s tough

I came in here

what position does he play? Sterling: Number 7, defence. Mark’s Answer: Number 7, de- fence.


blind. Put Mark down! Mark


Sterling have, and what are their names? Mark: Two and their names are John and Jordan. Sterling’s Answer: Two siblings, Jordan and John.

How many siblings does


What number is Sterling,


10. If Sterling won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would buy? Mark: He would probably buy [his girlfriend] a gift I would as- sume, it’s tough to say what ex-


What is Mark’s favourite


If Mark could travel any-


movie? Sterling: I wish the question was favourite actor, it’s Liam Neeson. Taken? That won’t be it. I need to change it. We always have movie nights; I can’t believe I can’t think of one. Can I go with Dumb and Dumber? It’s a way better answer, the crowd will like that better.

Mark’s Answer: I need to think about this. Couldn’t even say re- ally, I’m not sure I have a favourite movie. Happy Gilmore.

where is the world, where would he go? Sterling: He doesn’t like straying away from home too much. I’m just gonna say Germany and I have no idea why.

Mark’s Answer: Switzerland.

It’s pretty clear that Sterling knows Mark better than Mark knows Sterling. This could be because Sterling cares more about their friendship, or because he is a better listener – who knows, Mark wasn’t really paying attention – but whatever, the case may be, these two have a friendship that everyone should be envious of. They’re like the two best friends that anyone could have.

and what position does he play? Mark: Ten. I think he’s a fucking guard. I don’t really know basket- ball. Is he a guard? Sterling’s Answer: Ten, shooting guard.

actly it would be. I don’t want to say a diamond ring, because that’s just too weird. Maybe a nice golden necklace/pendant combi- nation. Sterling’s Answer: Ooo, good question. House for sure.

[After hearing what each other said]

12.What is Mark’s own worst habit? Sterling: OCD. Please tell me he got his worst habit. Mark’s Answer: I’m a clean freak


What is Sterling’s favourite

Mark: I said you would buy [your


the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012


Unreal at football-U

Move over receivers, the defensive linemen are taking over

ed kapp

sports writer

During a recent TSN telecast, the University of Regina was dubbed Receiver U – on account of former Rams skill players Chris Bauman, Jason Clermont, Chris Getzlaf, and Jordan Sisco making the jump from the Canadian Interuniversity Sport to the Canadian Football League. But with the prospect of de- fensive linemen Logan Brooks, Stefan Charles, Benton Gieni, Akiem Hicks, and Ryan Wellman making the transition to the pro-

fessional ranks over the course of the next few seasons, the U of R may someday be known as Defensive Lineman U. According to Wellman, who spent two years with the Rams prior to playing one season of am- ateur football in British Columbia before ultimately returning to the

U of R for the 2011 campaign, that

sounds alright. “I think that would be really sweet,” said Wellman, 21, a for- mer quarterback with the Sheldon-Williams Collegiate Spartans. “We’ve got great coach- ing and great athletes. When it comes to the last two years – espe-

cially this year – I can’t imagine us not being the top d-line. There

you go – it could be D-Line U like it a lot.” Recently, Wellman – who has long aspired to make his living in


Wellman – who has long aspired to make his living in I J ohn Wellman Can

John Wellman

Can we hire John Wellman as a Carillon photographer? Just check that stance captured on film.

the world of professional football

– took one step closer to fulfilling his dream. “I went to the National Invitational Combine,” Wellman said. “It’s for guys that are draft- eligible or free agents. It’s a chance to get noticed by some CFL teams It’s a chance for guys that didn’t get invited to [the CFL’s annual evaluation camp] to still go and strut their stuff in front of CFL teams and hopefully get noticed.” Although Wellman – who was interviewed by representa- tives from the Toronto Argonauts

during his time in Ontario – was invited to the event on “short-no- tice,” he insisted that he feels he nevertheless put his best foot for- ward. “I thought I did well, for sure,” Wellman offered. “I tested

well, the on-field drills went really

I definitely left there in a


good mood.” Despite the fact that Wellman emphasized that playing profes- sional football would be a dream come true – and he has drawn in- terest from decision-makers in the CFL – he also insisted that he

wouldn’t be upset if he doesn’t hear his name called during a CFL draft. “Personally, I do not think that I will be drafted and I’m not dwelling on it, either,” admitted Wellman, who is eligible to play three more seasons with the Rams. “I think if I’m going to make it to the next level, it would be a couple years later as a free agent After this year, I’m going to be re- ally focused on trying to make that jump to the next level.” While it’s admittedly difficult

I think if I’m go- ing to make it to the next level, it would be a couple years later as a free agent … After this year, I’m going to be really focused on trying to make that jump to the next level.

Ryan Wellman

to make it to the professional ranks – which is to say nothing of actually sticking around for any serious amount of time – Wellman, although currently a ki- nesiology student, insisted he feels he is on the right track. “I think [making it to the CFL] will just take more of what I’m doing,” Wellman noted. “Staying in the gym and lots of training – definitely putting on weight. I’ve gotta get stronger, because those are big guys in the CFL.”


‘Win or lose, the Cougs will booze’

jerad kozey


Alcohol is one of the most popular drugs in the western world. and most athletes who use it use it so- cially. But how long is it until ath- letes’ social drinking habits affect their game-time performance? The U of R finds itself located right in the middle of whiskey drinkin’ and Rider crazy Pil coun-

try. Regina’s love affair with

liquor does not transcend colle- giate sports. In fact, it drips over

in the form of keg parties, beers in

the locker room, and rookie nights

breeding its own tradition at the U

of R.

“I think it’s just the culture. It’s something I noticed when I first got here; I vividly saw and heard the differences,” said one anonymous Cougars athlete. “Where I am from there is no term, ‘getting blackout.’ You don’t go out somewhere to get black- out. I’m not saying we don’t, it may happen by accident. Social drinks do not exist – at least in college. It’s all about getting wasted. There is this stigma that it’s OK to just go out and get wasted all the time.” Like with any other habit, the longer it is permitted to continue, the more resistance one will ex-

is permitted to continue, the more resistance one will ex- It’s almost as if drinking

It’s almost as if drinking and sports go together really well

perience when change is intro- duced. Should the U of R athletics department ever crack down on athletes drinking, the same will happen. But the history of athletes drinking at the U of R is a long one and won’t be changed overnight. At this level, players are of varying ages and many are adults who can make their own decisions. There is a fine line that coaches must walk when telling a player what they can and cannot do, but it does beg the question. Would a no-drinking rule even be

taken seriously in a U of R locker room and would it be able stop the booze-happy heritage that is so firmly cemented? “I think a no drinking rule would cause a lot of controversy, but I do see the logic in it and, if that is the team’s goal, then in the end of it all the commitment to that team is more important and you all have to do it together,” of- fered another Cougars athlete. “It should take priority.” This debate would never oc- cur if we go internationally and look at the NCAA. The NCAA

provides room and board for their players, making them sign legal documentation committing them to very restricted and sometimes absurd standards. “Everything is taken very seri- ously. When you go down there you are legally committing to that school and there really is a sense that you represent more then just the basketball team on the court,” said another Cougar athlete. “If you end up fucking up, it’s a smudge on the school’s name as well as your own.” This is taken to an exagger-

ated measure when looked at rel- ative to social drinking, but it has strong value. These players do still represent the U of R, but the adjacent culture’s already lax atti- tudes towards drinking spill over and the athletes who drink are more or less, only frowned upon. “We do represent the U of R, but as a society we do not put as much emphasis on our amateur sports,” one Cougars athlete said. “At the end of the day, it’s not as big of a deal for us to go grab a beer, or be seen in public doing so; things are taken in relativity and there are no repercussions, even though there maybe should be. The sign when driving to- wards Regina doesn’t read, ‘Home of the Cougars,’ it reads ‘Welcome to Pil country.” These are comparisons with other varying factors, such as age restrictions in the states prevent- ing their university athletes from drinking two years longer than CIS athletes. However, the premise still stays the same; there is a level of commitment one must undertake for the privilege to play sports at the university level. But, with restrictions being non-existent to many, if not all, of the U of R athletic programs for liquor, this battle between play- ers’ decision-making and coaches law never occurs.



the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012

Fighting solves everything

Two Canadian politicians duke it out in the ring

ed kapp

sports writer

When news broke that Patrick Brazeau, a Conservative Senator, and Justin Trudeau, a Liberal Member of Parliament, were to face off in a three-round boxing match – with the proceeds do- nated to cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital – many Canadians thought the prospect of a pair of chamber-dwellers go- ing at it in the squared-circle was- n’t exactly politically correct. But Paul Grebinski, a wrestler for the University of Regina Cougars who is also an unde- feated amateur mixed martial artist, admittedly had a different opinion. “At first, I thought ‘cool,’” Grebinski noted with a laugh. “I wondered what the public percep- tion of this was going to be. Is it politically correct for two politi- cians to box? I think under the cir- cumstances, yes! But only because they both had prior combative ex- perience and that it was for char- ity – everything is politically correct when it’s for charity!” Although Grebinski was in- terested in the match – and who wouldn’t be, really? – he wasn’t exactly expecting a world-class tilt at the Fight for the Cure event in Ottawa on March 31st. “I didn’t have high expecta- tions of the skill level [that we would see in the match],” Grebinski admitted. “I was hop- ing for there to be some skill, as it would have taken away from the validity of the event had they both thrown punches like three-year- olds!”

event had they both thrown punches like three-year- olds!” I’m not a fan of the

I’m not a fan of the cross-trainers/speedo combo

Ultimately Brazeau, a black belt in karate, and Trudeau, who has many years of experience in the ring, put on an entertaining – albeit not technically-sound – match. After a back-and-forth bout in which both men landed clean shots on their counterpart, Trudeau claimed a technical knockout victory over a visibly- fatigued Brazeau – who came into the bout as a three-to-one favorite – in the third and final round of competition.

Although Grebinski wasn’t exactly sure what to expect going into the match, he was admittedly surprised by much of what he saw in the ring. “I was surprised with a few things,” Grebinski offered. “Brazeau was super intense at the start of the match, throwing punches to end the fight. Both men had skill – they shouldn’t quit their day jobs just yet – but they showed experience and com- mitment to training. Trudeau ob- viously had some boxing

experience and won the match by out-smarting his opponent – per- haps this sends a political mes- sage, as well.” Despite the fact that he was entertained by the match – “I don’t have any problems with a Conservative being down for the count,” Grebinski noted – and the event raised more than $230,000, the education student doesn’t ex- actly see a bright future for politi- cians settling their differences in the ring. “I don’t think we will see a

sudden explosion of fight promo- tions using middle-aged Canadian politicians to promote their events,” offered Grebinski, who is to once again compete un- der the Saturday Night Fights 5 banner in May in Regina. “I think this is a unique situa- tion. If the competitors didn’t have extensive boxing experience it would be degrading to the Canadian political system. Let the politicians be politicians and let fighters fight!”

I like hockey, I love playoff hockey

Ploffs are quite possibly the greatest time of the year

what the puck?

autumn mcdowell

sports editor

It’s almost that time of the year. The time when casual hockey fans get involved in the sport again and when hardcore fans fall even more in love with it. It’s playoff time. Playoffs, also known as ploffs, are virtually the greatest time to be a hockey fan – providing that you have picked the right team to cheer for. This means that if you are a fan of the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, or Tampa Bay Lightning, this might be the worst time of the year because you lose horribly. Your team is just crappy enough to not make the playoffs, but not crappy enough to allow you to pick up a decent prospect. That must suck. However, if you are a fan of the Edmonton Oilers or Columbus Blue Jackets, you still win because, even though you haven’t cracked the ploffs since Nam, your team has the chance to pick up an unreal draft pick.

your team has the chance to pick up an unreal draft pick. It’s funny how

It’s funny how losers win like that. On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Penguins took on the Philadelphia Flyers in an epic showdown that was classified as “playoff hockey.” It was a back and forth battle that even had the two coaches yelling at each other from across the benches overtop of Pierre

McGuire’s annoying bald head. It was beautiful. Essentially, in the playoffs, everyone tries a little bit more, the hits are a little bit harder, the pace is a little bit faster and the overall product is roughly 10 times better than usual – this coming from a fan who will intensely watch Game 1 in an 82-game season.

Now the big question, who ya got? Obviously, I will be riding on the Penguins bandwagon for as long as I can, except I’ll be the driver since I liked the team be- fore all of the passengers came along with the Crosby train. I wouldn’t fault anyone for picking the New York Rangers. They’re No. 1 in the Eastern

Conference for a reason and, after seeing them on 24/7, it made me kind of love the team. I don’t even hate John Tortorella quite as much anymore after watching it. I still think the man is an obnoxious id- iot, but at least he’s not a total jackass these days. It still boggles my mind how the St. Louis Blues are doing so well. Like really, since when were they good? And another serious question, who is a hardcore St. Louis fan? I legitimately ask every new person I meet who their favourite hockey team is – it’s how I judge them – and I can hon- estly say that no one has ever come back at me and said the St. Louis Blues. That, or I stopped talking to them when they told me that was their favourite team, and have since blocked the en- counter from my memory. But, no matter who you take in the ploffs or what your bracket looks like – mine will be unreal – hockey fans must bask in the next three months of good, solid hockey. It’s also a time when the greatest chirps are showcased; you don’t want to miss that.

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The chosen ones

This might be the only top 10 some of you are ever mentioned on

might be the only top 10 some of you are ever mentioned on Arthur W ar

Arthur Ward

If you can’t take a joke, you won’t like me. Three teams hate me.

autumn mcdowell

sports editor

The athletes at the University of Regina had their ups and downs this season. While some set records and brought home na- tional championships, others made crucial errors. But, whether they were the top dogs or the under dogs, the Cougars and Rams can hold their heads high – especially if they are mentioned on this list. If you are not on this list, there is always next year. Step up your game.

1. Might as well repeat

For the second year in a row, Connor Malloy struck CIS gold, ironically defeating the same op- ponent in back-to-back years – it would seriously suck to be that guy. “That guy” is Jake Jagas, a wrestler out of Guelph University, who just can’t seem to get Malloy’s number, no matter how hard he tries or how many times he asks for it. Jagas will never get the chance to have revenge on Malloy at the CIS level, as Malloy will not be returning next year. Well done Malloy; going out on top is every athlete’s dream. I’m a big fan of that mentality.

2. Practically perfect in every


The women’s basketball team may not have brought home the hardware it was expecting, but an undefeated regular season is OK, too. The Cougars finished with a regular season record of 20-0 and became known as the undefeated beasts of the CIS – just kidding, I only made that up now. While the team was touted to bring home a national championship, it will have to settle for a perfect regular

season record instead. Some peo- ple would say that a national championship would be better; I am one of those people.

3. You’re going to the NFL, son

Akiem Hicks is going places. The standout defensive lineman for the Regina Rams was selected to take part in the 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine from Feb. 23- 27. Hicks was one of 328 players who participated in what has been described as “the ultimate four-day job interview.” Although 328 players may seem like a lot, Hicks was one of only five players

to take part in the combine that weren’t NCAA Div. 1 players. Out of those five, four of them played in NCAA Div. 2 and Hicks was the lone player from CIS. In fact, Hicks is thought to be the only CIS player to ever be invited to the NFL combine since it was es- tablished in 1985. That’s kind of sad when you think about it.

4. Mr. Interception at it again

While the Rams got off to a rocky start – namely because quarter- back Marc Mueller decided to run the ball for some reason on his first play of the first game – Jamir Walker was as calm and as cool as ever. Walker did what he does

best, and made other teams quar- terbacks look like bitches – can I say that? Anyway, Walker holds four records at the U of R, three of which involve his uncanny inter- ception abilities. Walker was re- cently invited to the CFL evaluation camp and is undoubt- edly going to make a career on the field. Become friends with this kid now, so that you can say you know him when he is rich and fa- mous.

5. No rookie duties for this guy

The men’s volleyball team had more wins this year than any vet- eran on the squad has ever expe-

rienced, but it was rookie Andrew Nelson who it should thank. Nelson became the only U of R player to register 25 kills in a sin- gle game, a feat he accomplished twice over the course of the sea- son. After the impressive season, Nelson was a standout candiApril 5 - May 23, 2012 for the CIS rookie-of-the-year honors. With the award, Nelson became the first Cougars men’s volleyball player to win a major CIS award. I hope to God Nelson didn’t have

touched in over 12 years. So es- sentially, Nystuen has been stalk- ing that record since he was roughly eight.

7. He’s OK, I guess

The men’s hockey team may have missed out on the postseason, but it wasn’t because of a lack-of-ef- fort from its captain. Russ Nielsen – aka the guy with the C – had a highlight-reel goal that he will surely be telling his grandkids about one day. During a game against the Lethbridge Pronghorns that went to double overtime back November, it was Nielsen who came to the rescue.

Whether they were the top dogs or the under dogs, the Cougars and Rams can hold their heads high – especially if they are mentioned on this list. If you are not on this list, there is always next year. Step up your game.

to do rookie duties this year; this kid is way too good for that stuff.

6. Reaching the podium

Two members of the track and field team reached the national podium as Chris Pickering and Tait Nystuen picked up CIS bronze medals in their respective events. Pickering placed third in shot put after registering a throw of 17.32 metres. He also came within one centimetre of breaking his own school record. Nystuen claimed his place on the podium after registering a time of 34.17 seconds in the 300m dash. With the time, Nystuen also broke a Cougars record, originally set by Darren Peters, that hadn’t been

Nielsen took advantage of a 4-on- 3 power play that the Cougars were granted in the second extra

session and hammered a sick one- timer past Scotty Bowles, who was in net for the Pronghorns. There you go Russ, you got your mention.

8. She’s basically a fish

Although the swimming team struggled this year, Jessica Winter was a bright spot in their season. Winter set a pair of school records this season in both the 200m freestyle and the 50m breast- stroke. Her time in the 200-m freestyle broke a record that she has previously set earlier in the season. Winter was also the only

U of R swimmer to make it to the

final round of competition at the CIS championships. Once there, she finished thirteenth in the 400m freestyle with a time of just

over four minutes and 22 seconds.

9. It’s not fair he’s good at two things

Tevaughn Campbell started the

year as a defensive back for the Regina Rams but, when football season ended, Campbell decided

to turn his attention from the grid-

iron to the track. Campbell joined

the track and field team in order

to help his running speed for foot-

ball, but Campbell is one of those jerks who can excel at any sport he chooses. Campbell dominated

in the 60m dash this season, reach-

ing the podium multiple times. Although it’s slightly enraging that this kid is so athletically

gifted he can just pick up a sport

at the university level, it’s pretty

unreal that he is a University of Regina product.

10. Remember how crappy the old gym was

With the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport being occupied by the Canada West wrestling championships, the women’s vol- leyball team was forced to move elsewhere. The only obvious choice was the old and crappy

gym. The women’s volleyball team had not played a game in the old gym in roughly eight years, but the stench of the old gym proved to be good luck for the team. The Cougars went on to capture a four-set victory over the visiting Calgary Dinos. However, the Cougars lost the very next night, to the same team when they were back playing in the new gym. Coincidence? I think not.


Features Editor: Dietrich Neu the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012

h e c a r i l l o n | April 5 - May 23,

Julia Dima


It’s the last issue of the year. Some of us are graduating, and most of us are leaving the paper. So it’s time to get this off our chest. This is everything we hate about this damned university.

The U of R

john cameron


Over some end-of-semester beers,

a prof of mine asked why I didn’t

want to go to grad school here at the U of R. “The atmosphere is,” I said, then paused. “Like high school,” he said. Nailed it. Given the advertis- ing and branding of the U of R, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was just a place where UR Guaranteed an ill-defined but very positive-sounding future, as opposed to the academically ro- bust institution disguised beneath the gross marketing veneer. The schools at which I want to do my postgrad are not marketed as places to go to submit to the economy, but places where you go because you’re a smart person. Which is what university should be.

After our beers, that same prof asked me to write a letter to Vianne Timmons and tell her that

I wasn’t taking my postgrad at

the U of R. I’m doing him one better. Vianne: you’ve got great faculty

in almost every program. which can help students achieve an aw- ful lot. This February, I was the

only undergraduate presenter at the Louisville Conference, an an-

nual gathering of arts academics in Kentucky. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the ex- traordinary people in this school’s English department. But I want to do my postgrad at a school that respects its fac- ulty when they can do this, and I can tell by the slow attrition of the arts faculty that this isn’t the case here. Market your faculties’ strengths, Vianne. Make the case for them. It’s your job, not theirs, to do so. Be their champion, so they don’t have to try and market themselves. Make people respect your academic programs outside of their values for corporate spon- sorship and grants. You’ve got a lot of smart people here and fail- ing to market how goddamn smart they are is failing them. The U of R doesn’t have to be

a commuter college. So stop giv- ing people the impression that it

is one.

So stop giv- ing people the impression that it is one. “ I hate how every
So stop giv- ing people the impression that it is one. “ I hate how every

I hate how every argument for the benefit of a liberal arts education has to be framed in terms of its value to a business commu- nity. I hate the idea that a university should be a business has come into prevalence at the cost of our education.

John Cameron

prevalence at the cost of our education. ” John Cameron Students edward dodd op-ed editor If


edward dodd

op-ed editor

If there is anything that irritates me about this university, it is the incredible and mind-bogglingly paradoxical apathy of the stu- dents. Issues that directly affect them, funding cuts, being shut out of Board of Governors meet- ings – students simply don’t care.

Other issues, such as the obvi-

ous racism evoke little more than

a resigned “meh”. Meanwhile, is-

sues that we have no direct influ- ence over, such as situations in the Middle East, elicit outrage among students to such a ludi- crous degree that weighty accusa- tions of “anti-Semite” and “racist” get thrown around like they are meaningless terms commonly used to brand any person we dis-

agree with. Frankly, many of the students

here are incredibly self-involved and greedy, caring only about get- ting their piece of paper so they can get into some mindless job crunching numbers for a faceless corporation that will allow them to buy shitty cookie-cutter houses in Harbour Landing and raise 2.5 snotty, self-absorbed children.

Landing and raise 2.5 snotty, self-absorbed children. The Businessification of the University of Regina The
Landing and raise 2.5 snotty, self-absorbed children. The Businessification of the University of Regina The
The Businessification of the University of Regina

The Businessification of the University of Regina

The Riddell Centre

john cameron

do. And the liberal arts programs that would remedy this are run-

ning close enough to the bone these days that retirees in arts fac- ulties aren’t actually replaced. Some people might say that corporate funding could fix this. However, we shouldn’t have to court businesses to ensure that our universities can still produce an output of democratic citizens who have learned to think be- yond corporate terms. But the attitude persists. Our school has become a glorified training academy for businesses. I hate how corporations don’t train students to be white-collar work- ers, now that is the university’s job. I hate how every argument for the benefit of a liberal arts ed- ucation has to be framed in terms of its value to a business commu- nity. I hate it because the idea that

edward dodd


op-ed editor

One of the most pervasive ideas on campuses across the country these days is that a university should be a conduit for the econ- omy. News outlets left and right are

There are a lot of buildings at the university that vie for the ugliest building on campus, but the sheer irony of having the fine arts de- partment located in one of the most hideous buildings on cam- pus makes the Riddell Centre number one on the list. The university should have learned something from the failed architectural experiments of College West and Adhum. The outside is a bland, brown- coloured rectangular prism, with dark blue reflective glass tacked on in some sort of monstrous hy- brid of modern architecture with recently quarried blocks of sand- stone. Inside, the design of the build- ing is reminiscent of a small-town

questioning the practicality of lib- eral arts degrees, as if someone

with a geography degree couldn’t learn how to work a spreadsheet. An arts graduate’s skills aren’t in- herently narrow, so it’s hard to figure out what they can actually accomplish. Regardless, this shift has led us to a dire place. The recent con- troversy surrounding the aborig- inal studies class has only helped to highlight this problem. A thorough university educa- tion that does what it’s supposed to do – teach students to think critically – shouldn’t be capable of giving someone a degree who is ignorant of their home’s colonial imperialist history. Four years of university classes should have no room for racists to run through. Yet they

university should be a business has come into prevalence at the cost of our education. And I hate that the U of R has become complacent.


hockey rink, complete with gross rubber stairs that are never quite clean and rink-quality food. The building feels temporary and util- itarian and does not reflect that level of quality that the fine arts department at this university pro-


util- itarian and does not reflect that level of quality that the fine arts department at

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Professors have laughed at their students’ responses and told them they can’t voice their opinions

Sophie Long

The Fucking Wi-Fi

The Fucking Wi-Fi

paul bogdan

a&c writer

“Sorry, the page could not load because you are not connected to the Internet.” Strange

“Sorry, the page could not load because you are not connected to the Internet.” Strange … in an institution designed to further one’s educa- tion, the Wi-Fi connection is garbage in every nook and cranny of this university. I know that

there is a difference in difficulty, and costs, between setting up a decent wifi network at home com- pared to a university campus. With that said, a decent Internet connection should be necessary at a post-secondary institution, where students often do research and need the Internet for their classes. Why not turn down the ther- mostat a bit – I’m in a t-shirt and sweating as I’m writing this – and use the money for improving the atrocious wireless Internet con- nection at this campus?

the atrocious wireless Internet con- nection at this campus? Academic Dishonesty nathan bruce contributor I hate
the atrocious wireless Internet con- nection at this campus? Academic Dishonesty nathan bruce contributor I hate



nathan bruce


I hate how many students get

away with cheating on this cam- pus. This is supposed to be a place of higher learning.

I have heard of people were

blatantly talking and sharing pa-

pers in final exams. What is worse

is that nothing seemed to be done

about it. This needs to change. There are students failing exams in spite of all their hard work and it is completely dishonourable for people to cheat their way to a passing grade. I've actually had to call people

out during exams for talking. I tried telling a professor about it when I handed in my exam, but I doubt that anything was done

about it.

in my exam, but I doubt that anything was done about it. Being an Education Student
in my exam, but I doubt that anything was done about it. Being an Education Student

Being an Education Student

sophie long

news writer

The prestige of the University of Regina’s Faculty of Education at- tracts students from across the country. However, there are more than a few problems within our system. First, the faculty accepts a huge number of new students each year, under the pretense that everyone will get a job. This is cu- rious, because UR Guaranteed won’t take a risk on education students. Then, after two years of classes and paid tuition, the fac- ulty begins to phase out the stu- dents who they think won’t make it. Why not do that before they throw you two years of cash? Aside from that, the classes we are forced to take could be considered a farce. Professors have laughed at their students re- sponses and told them they can’t voice their opinions about the sys- tem, calling it “unethical” to do so.

Finally, education students don’t get any help from the uni- versity or it’s federated colleges, making Teacher Ed even more in- accessible.

Disruptive Assholes in the RIC

julia dima

graphics editor

I have a message to people who hang out in the Research and Innovation Centre: shut up. The RIC building used to have tons of great study space and those of us who needed a quiet study space could have one. Now, somehow, masses of people on their coffee breaks and tons of study groups – who simply text and laugh constantly – have worked their way into the RIC and ruined what used to be a great place to study. You know why all of the re- maining good study locations have signs reading “Staff only. Grad Students only?” Because, thanks to your disruptive behav- iour, the Grad and Research stud- ies people hate you and I do too. Assholes.

Gadgets in the Lab Café

julia dima

graphics editor

There are a lot of fees students pay in addition to tuition every semester and, quite frankly, pay- ing fees for stuff we’ll never use sucks. However, a lot of these fees are seriously beneficial to other groups on campus, so if you want to complain about that you should probably suck it up and remember that you’re not the only one trying to get an educa- tion here. But here is somthing thing that you should be pissed about discovering: the Lab Cafe reno- vations. Sure, it looks a lot prettier there than it did before, but televi- sions and Nintendo Wiis? What in all fucks is that for? I have never seen them used, ever. People don’t pay $2,000 a se- mester to play Mario Kart. If the university wants to facilitate peo- ple enjoying themselves, give them reasonable spaces to gather together, give them functioning Internet, give them cheaper tu- ition. Don’t give them fucking Wiis and new TVs.

The Classroom Building Stairs

britton gray


Like many students on this cam- pus, I could bitch about some- thing like BYOB, but there is something else out there that has caught my attention; the stairs leading to the fourth floor of the Classroom Building. If I could say one thing to those stairs, it would be, “Fuck you!” Walking those stairs makes me feel like I’ve run a marathon and I dont know why. I’m always out of breath, but I’m not out of shape. I play sports and I’m very active, yet climbing that stairwell makes me feel like all I do is watch TV and eat Cheetos. I can’t explain why – slightly too much incline? – but every time I go to English class, I have to pretend that I’m not out of breath so peo- ple don’t think that I’m out of shape. Fuck those stairs.



jonathan petrychyn

a&c editor

Parking is an issue on this cam- pus. Students, in their typical slactivist fashion, only want to fix this issue with the bare amount of effort. How do you fix parking? You tell the administration you want a parkade. Never mind that the parkade will probably have a high fee, or that it just contributes to an unsustainable growth model where the university will monopolize all of its land for cars and not have any room left for students. We can’t just pave our problems away. If you want to make an invest- ment, invest in solutions that make transportation to campus more sustainable and accessible. Plans for better bike routes, a bet- ter transit system, or a campus carpool system. Anything but more parking lots. Put your own personal com- fort on hold for one second. Understand that if you want stu- dents to come to this campus, you’re going to need to figure out a way for those students who can’t afford to drive their car everyday to get here.

The University isn’t Green

sebastian prost


The U of R’s green projects are far from satisfactory. With vauge car- bon-capture programs, a poorly- organized recycling program, and massive amounts of water and energy waste, we are a long way from being a “green” university. If the university wants a truly green and sustainable campus, it needs to do more than just talk the talk. Recycling and compost- ing programs could be expanded and organized so that they are ef- ficient and comprehensive. No more overflowing recycling bins, cut power use on campus at night, install low-flush toilets, and utilize motion sensor switches in residence areas such as the laun- dry rooms. Quit dragging your feet, killing the environment, and wasting our money to pay power and water bills that are much larger than they need to be.



autumn mcdowell

sports editor

If there is one thing that boggles

my mind, it is the apparent fact that Tim Horton’s stops selling bagels at 2:30 p.m. Seriously, do they think we just suddenly stop craving bagels at 2:30? We don’t! We still want our goddamn bagel and not getting one is one of the most irritating parts of my day. It’s also super annoying when you are in a rush and you have to run to Tim’s and then discover that the line is roughly one mile long. Even when you make it to the line before 2:30, by the time you get to the front it is probably well after the cutoff mark for bagels. This leaves you empty handed, annoyed, hungry, and knowing full well that those tasty bagels are just sitting there wait- ing to be eaten – and you can’t have one. Seriously, whoever came up with this “no bagels past 2:30” rule deserves to be punched square in the face with no reper- cussions for the hungry customer that delivered the shot.

Profs’ Poor Planning

autumn mcdowell

sports editor

It really grinds my gears when profs not only plan terribly, but assume their class is the only class that you have and that you have no life outside of their class. For instance, this includes scheduling assignments and midterms to be due the first day back after a break. That’s cruel and unusual punishment. Do they really think that we want to spend the whole time working on some stupid assignment or study- ing for some midterm during the break? No, we need to relax and drink every minute of every day and they’re making that nearly impossible.

It also really annoys me when

the prof says, “Just work on it a week ahead and then you won’t have to do it over the break.” Yeah, because I don’t have any other classes to worry about. never mind a job and a social life, you idiot.


jonathan petrychyn

a&c editor

Students on this campus are apa- thetic. I don’t think I’ll be the first (or the last) one to say this in this feature. And I think, to a large part, a good majority of students are starting to recognize this. As a result, students are now starting to care about campus issues, but they’re caring about them in en- tirely the wrong manner. There are petitions, causes, and rallies happening all over. While some might claim that this is a sign of an active campus, it’s really just a sign of a campus trying to cover up that it doesn’t give a shit, but doesn’t want anyone to know. You all know that most of the stu- dents who participate in this kind of activism go home at night and don’t give the matter a second thought. You want to affect change? Go out there and teach students about the issues and give them the forum to talk about it; don’t just rally them behind your talking points.

Creating a Theatre Department Student Fee

jonathan petrychyn

a&c editor

You think it’s bullshit that the the- atre department is going to start charging for shows? “Well, gosh, I’m going to sign your petition to have a fee instated.” Students aren’t getting in- volved; they’re putting their name down and then going about their day. Students need to talk to the powers that be and get them to change it. Don’t just give into their structures by instituting another student fee for something that we should be paying for already. Instituting a 25-cent fee is a band-aid fix. Look at the numbers:

if department budgets keep de- creasing at the rate they are,

they’ll be gone in the next 10 years. If you want productions to stay free and the quality of educa- tion to increase, you have to do a whole lot more than just institute another fee structure.


A&C Editor: Jonathan Petrychyn the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012

jonathan petrychyn Arts Radar a&c editor Oh My Darling The Exchange April 7 8:30 p.m.
jonathan petrychyn
Arts Radar
a&c editor
Oh My Darling
The Exchange
April 7
8:30 p.m.
A Portrait of the Artist as
Fifth Parallel Gallery
April 2 – 20
Free admission
Kathleen Edwards with
Hannah Georgias
The Exchange
April 12
7:30 p.m.
$20 advance; $25 door
The last show you’re going to see
the Fifth Parallel Gallery this
Pass the Hat
The Club
April 13
semester might not be the show
you’d expect.
The walls are covered with six
drawings of a nude woman lit
with the projection of landscape
photographs. Ninety other pho-
tographic transparencies are
hanging on the north wall of the
Pay what you want
For MFA candidate Caitlyn
McMillan, these images make up
First Nations University of
Canada Spring
Celebration Pow-Wow
Brandt Centre
April 14 – 15
Grand Entry 12 p.m. and 7
$7 daily; $10 weekend pass
Portrait of the Artist as Queer,
an exploration of themes
McMillan has been dealing with
through her degree.
“I suppose the entire time I’ve
been doing my grad show I’ve
been looking at gender and sexu-
ality and how gender and sexual-
ity relate to the places we inhabit,”
McMillan said.
McMillan started her project
last summer when she went on a
trip across North America and
Caitlyn McMillan
This isn’t even the most naked she is in the show
Disquiet: Distilled
The Artful Dodger
April 14
5:30 p.m.
Free admission
Talkies! Kick or Die
Creative City Centre
April 16
started looking at the places she’d
been to through the theories of
Doreen Massey.
“I’ve been looking at Doreen
Massey’s theories [of] how place
affects us and how, in turn, we af-
fect the place that we live in,”
McMillain said. “So essentially,
through a lot of my travels and
through a lot of the things I was
doing in my grad school, I started
contemplating how these places,
how Canadian places specifically
– I have some New York in here –
so I guess it’s North American
more than Canadian, how these
North American spaces affect
queer bodies and queer people.”
Her show incorporates photos
from New York, Regina,
Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, and
Banff, which viewers are invited
to place on overhead projectors
around the gallery to be projected
on to large drawings of McMillan,
so that the “viewer is actually con-
trolling how they influence these
queer bodies.
“I’m placing these Caitlyns
back into these places, giving the
viewer a visual of these queer
bodies in visual landscapes,”
McMillan said.
And depending on which
The Lonesome Weekends
with Young James
The Artesian on 13th
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Sex, gender, and projectors

MFA candidate Caitlyn McMillan explores sexuality and place in her graduating exhibition

landscape you place on which body, you’ll get a different sense of a different queer body in a dif- ferent space, a different sense of how vulnerable a queer body can feel in a particular space. “But, there’s a separation due to size and scale, so I mean differ- ent situations feel different ways depending on what influences are upon you,” McMillan said. “Sometimes the figure is large and looming and overwhelming and other times it’s tiny and is kind of dwarfed by the other things that are going on around it. Sometimes it’s really exposed and you can see it a lot super exposed and sometimes its more hidden wall- flower kind of thing in the back- ground, depending on the environment that it’s in.” But McMillan admits “hetero- normative” people might not get it.

“I expect queer people to get it,” she said. “I expect them to get it. I expect them to see it at face value and hear the little explana- tion and go, ‘Yeah, sure,’” she said. “But I expect heteronorma- tive people to not get it. I expect them to not understand why I’m exposing myself in public spaces, not understand why I would choose to have nude pictures of myself in such a public place, and they wouldn’t understand what the queer body has to do with these landscapes.” McMillan said she’s had some conflict with professors about her work and that some people may be apt to call the work “lesbian” or “feminist.” “Leesa [Strifler] wanted me to always talk about feminism, be- cause it’s so obviously feminism,” McMillan said. “But I’m like, ‘No, it’s very similar in politics, but it’s not feminism. “I think that this body of work could be probably labelled lesbian or feminism or all those other things, but it’s about me saying I’m queer. It’s about me labelling it that way.”

Sometimes it’s re- ally exposed and you can see it a lot super exposed, and sometimes it’s more hidden wall- flower kind of thing in the background, depending on the environment that it’s in.

Caitlyn McMillan

the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012



Land of the living soil

Edmonton singer-songwriter Colleen Brown finds inspiration in gardening, prairies, and her parents’ van

jonathan petrychyn

a&c editor

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We all know the life of a musician isn’t as glamorous as the media makes it out to be. But when you’re Edmonton-based singer- songwriter Colleen Brown, you still somehow manage to find the nugget of gold buried in the pile of dirt. “So far, what [the tour] has been is a twelve-hour drive through the mountains,” Brown joked. “We played a show in Chilliwack, which was a really good show, but I was totally really exhausted.” It may not be that glamorous, but I guess this is the way things happen when you’re on tour for an album called Colleen Brown’s Dirt. But, while the tour isn’t the first time she’s been on the road to promote her album, it’s a better experience than her first tour, which she did in 2005. “I did a tour by myself in my little Toyota Echo from Vancouver out to Toronto and back,” Brown said. “That was something I prob- ably don’t ever want to do again. “I was sleeping my car a lot of the time.” The Colleen Brown that toured back in 2005 was a differ- ent Brown, a softer and sweeter

back in 2005 was a differ- ent Brown, a softer and sweeter singer-songwriter than the

singer-songwriter than the one Brown thinks she is now. “I was feeling really inspired and excited to rock out and do things that were maybe a little bit beyond what Colleen Brown the singer-songwriter could do, so there are some songs on the al- bum that are a bit more rockin’, and a couple of swear words that I generally wouldn’t have wanted my parents to hear,” she said. I guess this is where her Neil Young, David Bowie, and Heart influences come into play. And, in case you were won- dering, Brown thinks her parents are OK with her swearing. I mean,

they have to be considering they just sold Brown a van for her to travel in during her tour. “I just bought my parents’ van off them,” Brown said. “So I’m re- ally excited that, for the first time, I have autonomy, I have my own vehicle. It kind of feels like I am in my first apartment or something like that.” Brown manages to keep a vi- brant, chipper, and infectiously positive attitude about everything she does, which is necessary given how heavy Dirt can be at times. “The first thought that came to me was, you know, like dishing the dirt, really personal stuff, get-

ting down and dirty,” Brown said. “But then at the time, it was starting to be summer. I really en- joyed gardening, and I was trying to put my garden together at my place. And it just occurred to me that so many of the songs had this theme running through them of trying to get to the root of what it is to be a human being without all this ego stuff, I guess without trying to be something that I’m not.

“Part of this personal journey I’ve been on that’s trying to dis- cover a way of existing without being in pain all of the time.” It’s heavy stuff for someone

who gets compared regularly to Joni Mitchell. “Being in the garden and the dirt and stuff for me ties into that because it’s such a fickle and grounding experience, it helps me feel I’m just a human being, I don’t have any greater responsi- bilities beyond just living my life,” Brown said. “Sometimes I felt I had so much responsibility to be the next Joni Mitchell or just all of this weight of just trying to be big, those expectations.” It’s not hard to see the com- parisons between Brown and Mitchell, even if Brown denies their music is at all alike. She said such comparisons are “really flat- tering and I’ll take it any day,” but she admits they both have this distinctly prairie vibe that’s hard to find in other musicians. “We both have the Saskatchewan accent,” Brown said. “Kind of a little bit of a local peculiarity, having grown up in the basically the same area, it’s kind of natural to both of us.” And, despite now spending most of her time in Toronto, Brown still finds that people can still recognize her prairie influ- ences. “People will say that there’s a quality that’s different about I per- form and how I write music that’s just very ‘of the prairies,’” Brown said. “I don’t know exactly what it is … I do think it’s important and I do think it’s part of my identity. I’m earthy, I’m not especially cos- mopolitan, [and] it’s really impor- tant for me to be surrounded by nature.”

Do a little turn on the catwalk

Saskatchewan Fashion Week brings the big city runway to the prairies

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Saskatchewan isn’t just the small province on the prairies anymore – it’s a runway of opportunities. Saskatchewan Fashion Week (SFW) began as a vision for op- portunity within the province from Candyce Bakke, Chelsea O’Connell, and Chris Pritchard. They collaborated together to cre- ate an event that will have the spotlight shining brightly upon the future of Saskatchewan Fashion. “It’s about creating a network that will inspire individuals lo- cally,” Bakke said. “Everyone al- ways thinks that in order to be successful in the fashion industry they need to move away else- where. Our main vision is to change that by allowing people to recognize the calibre of talent we have and to encourage them to stay here.” The theme for this year’s show is “Cultivating Creativity.” Inspired by the mindset of Saskatchewan’s rooted culture,

Inspired by the mindset of Saskatchewan’s rooted culture, Mike Phillips This would probably be a bad

Mike Phillips

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it’s about taking what was built here before our time and instead of changing it, taking these op- portunities to the next step and working together to grow our fashion industry. “It’s not about trying to be like Toronto or New York,” O’Connell

said. “We don’t want to take away from what our province repre- sents. With SFW, we want to build down the walls of our industry and instead of competing against each other; we can build a strong industry by working together.” Saskatchewan Fashion Week

is scheduled to take place from May 10-12 at the City Square Plaza located in Downtown Regina. There will be 30 local de- signers showcasing their talents and launching their collections for the spring/summer season. This year’s show will have a variety of ready-to-wear street wear garments, gowns, couture pieces, and much more. Each night will be based on a specific theme that will showcase fashions for men, women, and children. This event gives individuals the opportunity to come take part in our growing fashion industry and become aware of the local talent that our community has to offer. Aside from the fashion show, there will also be a number of events that will be going on throughout the weekend. The SWAG Lounge is to host 10 exclu- sive vendors that will provide pa- trons with opportunities to shop, experience, or sample their prod- ucts. This will be bolstered by per- formances from Saskatchewan Express and other local bands, as well as a live canvas art show that will be taking place during the runway shows.

But unless you think SFW is just about putting on a a good party, the SFW committee said they are dedicated to helping indi- viduals that want to pursue a ca- reer in fashion, hair, make-up, modelling, and photography. “The people that are putting themselves out there to commit to this level of volunteering are amazing mentors,” Bakke said. “If you need a mentor for this indus- try, we would be happy to intro- duce you in all the areas.” Saskatchewan Fashion week is also meant to be an event where you can have the opportunity to showcase your own talent and style. It’s not about showing up in the latest designer piece, but being creative and putting an out- fit together that makes you unique in your own way. It was created to be an inclusive event for all to ex- perience the great opportunities that this province has for individ- uals wanting to pursue a career in the fashion industry. To purchase your tickets or to find out how to become involved in Saskatchewan Fashion Week, visit



the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012

We aren’t all equal, yet

White gay men aren’t recognizing their privilege and are monopolizing queer visibility

can’t think straight

jonathan petrychyn

a&c editor

A buddy of mine recently showed me one of the trailers for the doc- umentary Second Class Citizen, which apparently is a crowd- funded documentary about the struggles about queer folk in America. According to its Kickstarter campaign, the documentary has raised $176,354 from 4,272 dona- tors. It’s less than half of the $500,000 goal, but apparently it’s enough to make a movie. The documentary is directed by Ryan James Yezak, who appar- ently is famous for making YouTube videos where very at- tractive gay men dance and lip- sync to pop songs while wearing basically nothing at all. With a pedigree like that, I’m sure a film about the struggle for gay rights and equality in the United States would be a great film. If you watch the trailers – or teasers or whatever they are – they’re exquisitely shot and use overbearing emotional music so effectively that you’ll probably cry as these queer individuals tell their stories, or speak inspiringly into the camera that they “want to know what it’s like” to be equal. And you know, I’m sure these videos would be great if they weren’t predominantly made up of white men. You’re probably already up in arms against me now. How dare he point out that someone is raced! How dare he point out that someone exists as a person with a gender! You know what, though? These things exist, and they mat- ter. And it’s not until we, as a bunch of white gay men, recog- nize that we’re also white and men that we’ll maybe, just maybe, be able to move towards that post- race, post-gender, post-sexuality world we all love. It’s not just enough to imagine

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that we’re in those worlds either. Much of the criticism that will come up against this article will read something like “but race and gender don’t matter? You’re just being reverse racist and reverse sexist.” Listen, friends. You can’t be reverse racist and reverse sexist; you can’t oppress a group that’s been the oppressor for at least hundreds, if not thousands, of years. White gay men should really be considering the role they take on in the queer community, be- cause at the rate we’re going, we aren’t any better than the straight dudes we love to hate (or love to fantasize about, depending on your mood). As a white gay man, the one thing I am the most tired of hear- ing is that we’re oppressed and that our lives are so rough because we can’t get married and because people look at us funny when we hold our partner’s hand when we walk down the street.

I get that. I get that those are

shitty things and should change. I

hate the feeling of unease I get when I want to hold my partner’s hand on the street. For me per- sonally, I think a lot of this has to do with internalized fears that the rhetoric of the queer community pushes on me and isn’t actually founded in any real fear, but I un- derstand that for others, this isn’t the case. Let me be absolutely clear (be- cause apparently I haven’t been clear enough in the last eight months): this is not the case for me and does not apply to me. This does not mean that it doesn’t happen and doesn’t ap- ply to someone else, but for me, this is not the case.

I do not feel oppressed like the

rhetoric of the queer community tells me I should. And, as far as I’m concerned, I’m not sure a lot of other white gay men my age should feel op- pressed either. A trend I’ve noticed recently

in other white gay men is this at- tempt to put their gayness for- ward first as the primary indicator of their identity. As a result, we end up ignoring the other aspects of our identity in the process and end up replicating that very op- pressive structure we trying to fight against. We erase our white and our male identities and any other identities we may have and put queer identity first. And this is a problem. The queer community pro- claims itself as this progressive ideal, this thing we should strive for that is totally inclusive. But it’s not. The very fact that I’m writing this column is evi- dence of that enough.

The lack of international queer identities in the so-called mosaic of the queer community is fright- ening. Walk into the GLCR any night and you’ll see a sea of white. Look at the drag queens in this province, and you have a bunch of white men, with a few women

I do not feel oppressed like the rhetoric of the queer community tells me I should.

peppered in as drag kings, and a smattering of transgender folk. Maybe these identities don’t ex- ist. Maybe Regina is just too back- wards a town. And if Regina is too backwards a town for people like that to exist, then maybe we should be wondering what it is about white gay men that allows them to exist in this city at all, even if it is slightly painful. At the very least, white gay men have to recognize that they’re white and men and they have to recognize that, just because they’re gay, this doesn’t automat- ically place them on equal footing with the rest of the queer commu- nity, who probably has it a lot more difficult than we do. We’re white men. We have cer- tain privileges afforded to us that make our lives easier. Realize that, or else by the time you get your “equality.” you will have created a queer community that has all of the same gendered and racial structures of your heterosexual counterparts.

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structures of your heterosexual counterparts. photo brief photos by Arthur Ward Thirty-five little black books were
structures of your heterosexual counterparts. photo brief photos by Arthur Ward Thirty-five little black books were
structures of your heterosexual counterparts. photo brief photos by Arthur Ward Thirty-five little black books were
structures of your heterosexual counterparts. photo brief photos by Arthur Ward Thirty-five little black books were

photos by Arthur Ward

Thirty-five little black books were on display by students, faculty, and staff from the U of R. 30 of the books were up for sale in a Silent Auction, the proceeds going back to the department of visual arts. The top selling book went for $150.

the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012



I was friends with Justin Bieber’s mom

How a 13-year-old kid found support and advice in the mother of a future celebrity

james rouse

aquinian (st. thomas university)

FREDERICTON (CUP) – There are many who believe Justin Bieber changed their life, but few are like me. No, I’m not a 12-year- old girl and yes, I really can’t stand his music. My story is a bit different. It’s one I haven’t really told anyone before. I’m an Internet kid; I always have been. At 13 years old, I was

running my own video game fo- rum website and, at 14, the site grew to have over 14,000 mem- bers. I wasn’t the most social kid, so this took up a lot of my free time. When I got bored of my site, I shifted my attention to the emerging YouTube. I created my own account in July of 2006.

I can’t quite remember how I

stumbled across “kidrauhl,” Justin Bieber’s account, but it must have been around February 2007. I had just turned 15 and Bieber was about to turn 13. He had about 10 videos up on his account. They were all shot with low quality cameras and ranged anywhere from a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” to break-dancing to Michael Jackson. Regardless, I was impressed with the kid’s talent and shot him a quick message, “Keep it up.” It was his mother, Pattie

Mallette, who responded. That was the beginning of our internet friendship. Think that’s weird? Trust me, I know.

I was dealing with some of the

hardest moments in my life as a teen. I’ve always kept to myself, which often led me to bottle everything up. I was depressed, my self-esteem was at an all-time low, and nobody knew it but me. That is, until I told Pattie. After several weeks of ex- changing emails back and forth, I somehow ended up spilling my private life. I never told her specif-

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ically what I was going through, but she figured it out. She had gone through the same things. She shared her story with me and of- fered her help and prayers. And so there I was, not willing

to trust anyone near me, but the anonymity of the internet allowed me to open up to someone halfway across the country. I began to look forward to Pattie’s responses. My YouTube messages were often the first things I checked when I got home from school. It felt nice to have someone to talk to. Eventually we ended up speaking to each other mostly through Skype.

And yes, of course, this was all at the same time Bieber’s fame was on the rise. In the early stages, I got involved in a promotion group on YouTube. Pattie was one of the founders. I later left the group after it fell under heavy scrutiny from the YouTube com- munity – rumours circulated that the group’s main owner was a pe- dophile. So four other members and I started our own collaboration. We made videos together and Bieber also went his own way. When my group, dubbed “TeenTubers,” met its inevitable failure, I quit the YouTube community and went

back to my old website. For Bieber, however, things were go- ing up. I remained in contact with Pattie for a while after. She told me several record labels were looking at Justin and big things were going to come. But she was still very worried for her son – he was in his rebel years. She was a single mother trying to cope with a teenaged son with a big ego. It’s odd now, looking back and realizing a 30-year-old was get- ting support from a 16-year-old. She told me about Justin getting in fights in school and how they

were drifting apart. She worried for him. She worried a lot. She was especially concerned that he was growing up to be like his then-troubled father.

I never really talked to Justin

himself – besides the few odd times he would jump on his mom’s Skype. His life kept get- ting crazier. Soon, he and Pattie were flying out to places to meet

with high-profile celebrities like Scooter Braun, Usher, and Justin Timberlake.

I still remember Pattie send-

ing me the original version of “One Time” long before its offi- cial release. I was disappointed in it, but congratulated them all the same. I had no idea it would go on to get almost 400 million hits on YouTube alone. As Bieber got bigger and as I started to grow up, contact be- tween Pattie and I gradually waned. I remember once receiving the message, “Can’t talk, on the way to the Junos – watch it!”

I had Pattie on Facebook and I

got to talk to her the odd time, but

it was difficult. They were now fa-

mous and very, very busy. It was interesting seeing the posts by celebrities like Stephen Baldwin and Asher Roth on Pattie’s wall. She tried to keep her

status upApril 5 - May 23, 2012s relevant, but eventually she ¬and Justin were just too well known. After several failed attempts to communicate, I knew it was time to delete them from my life. So I did. Now, it’s all just a really odd story. Who would have thought?

I consider myself as distant

from “The Biebs” as anybody else.

I wish he wasn’t a manufactured

product, but that’s the price of success sometimes. Regardless, I’m glad he posted those videos on YouTube five years ago. That friendship with Pattie was important – no matter how brief it was.

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was important – no matter how brief it was. music reviews Madonna MDNA Interscope Poor Madonna.




Poor Madonna. It must be really hard to get old. With artists like Lady Gaga, M.I.A., and Nicki Minaj stealing her former street cred, the 53- year-old Madonna has been forced to take their aesthetic, which is already an updated ver- sion of her ’80s style, and make it her own. The entire album is like an attempt to regain some of her former glory by harkening back

to the ’80s, resulting in an album sounds like a rip-off of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. Don’t get me wrong, though, the songs are not actually that bad. From a less-iconic figure, they might even be more than av- erage. I will admit that I cannot stop listening to “Girl Gone Wild,” even with the strange prayer at the opening. “Give Me All Your Luvin.’” while being fairly vapid, is still incredibly en- joyable. Surprisingly, “Falling Free,” the ballad included, is an emotional and rather nice change of pace from the rest of the dance beat album, even if it opens with a very dated electric piano. MDNA is a mediocre album. It really doesn’t push the limits of music, but can you really ex- pect more from a 53-year-old mother of four?

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from a 53-year-old mother of four? edward dodd op-ed editor The Peanut Butter Genocide Mood Bedroom

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Nope, you are not high enough to listen to this album. Yes, I’m aware you’ve been toking since 10:00 a.m., but you’re still proba- bly going to want to pay a visit to your good friend Doug Drealer and pick some up so you can make it through all of Mood Bedroom Meter because A. the al- bum has 15 tracks, with most songs situated in the five minute range and B. songs with dirty

analogue synths, sitars, and drum samples from SNES games were not written for the sober mind. This isn’t to knock on The Peanut Butter Genocide at all, but there’s no denying that the band’s blend of psychedelia with elec- tronica, industrial, and video game music isn’t a tad out there. Drug habits aside, Mood Bedroom Meter has some really interesting tracks that echo The Fragile-era Nine Inch Nails with a dash of early MGMT. Nonetheless, as the album moves along, songs seem to get weirder and weirder and the length of the album can make it difficult to stay engaged with the music for those who aren’t playing with their brain chemistry.

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In the dark

Did you see anyone taking part in Earth Hour this past Saturday? Probably not, be- cause they were all in the dark. With the aim of raising global aware- ness about climate change and the need to save the planet by reducing our carbon emissions, Earth Hour encourages people to turn off their lights and nonessential electricity for one hour on the last Saturday of March. Although the goals of Earth Hour are admirable, the event does little to raise the kind of awareness it aims for and incor- rectly leads people to believe that doing nothing is actually something they can take pride in. To start, turning off lights during Earth Hour does not even reduce worldwide car- bon emissions by a statistically relevant number overall, period. However, many would rightfully argue that this is missing the point. The end goal of Earth Hour is to pro- mote renewable energy sources, not actu- ally make a significant dent in worldwide carbon emissions. Unfortunately, the ac- tual event fails to do this. It’s simply too short and requires too little effort from peo- ple; they simply shut off their lights and wait. What is more, most people only un- derstand that a straw man version of the concept: “If I turn my light off for one hour, I’m helping to make the world a better place.” The reason why this kind of lazy ac- tivism is so attractive is because it requires little to no effort. People can stop using their lights for a short amount of time and then feel good about the fact that they have helped to raise awareness about the issue. The nature of Earth Hour makes it a

relatively silent event. Yes, there are groups who gather in parks, but for the most part people turn their lights off and essentially spend a bunch of time in the dark. How can we raise awareness if there is literally noth- ing but darkness and inactivity to attract at- tention?

I know it’s ridiculous to expect every

person in the world to jump off their seats and start combating climate change, but if you are going to be lazy about it, there are

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more productive ways of sitting on your ass. Signing petitions, pressuring govern- ment officials – hell, even joining a Facebook group is more productive than sitting quietly in the dark. I doubt many outsiders woke up Sunday morning and thought, “Holy hell, it was dark between eight and nine last night, I better get my shit together!” If we want to gain some ground on the issue of carbon emissions, then passive ac- tivism in this fashion will not work. At the very least, people need to pressure others who are willing to do something about it to make a move. Earth Hour doesn’t make noise, nor does it turn heads. In addition, there is no accountability for people to continue reduced energy con- sumption. Even the people who do turn

off their lights eventually go back to their same patterns of usage. Indeed, dozens of reports indicate that energy usage across the world returns to daily averages and re- mains that way for the rest of the year. So if Earth Hour can’t even drum up miniscule awareness, and doesn‘t even convince most practitioners to reduce their consumption long term, then why do peo- ple become involved in the first place? Because it feels good. This is the major problem with slack- tivism and Earth Hour as a whole. People don’t take part because they are actually willing to get things done; they take part because they want the small emotional ben- efit that comes from feeling that you are making a difference, without actually hav- ing to do any of the dirty work. Then they

go back to their heated homes, with their TVs, computers, fridges, stoves, mi- crowaves, internet, CD players, smart- phones, etc., feeling good about what they have done. I want to make this clear. There is ab- solutely nothing wrong with doing some- thing solely because it feels good. That’s 100 per cent OK. Nevertheless, in the words of magician Penn Gillette, “If you want to do something just because it feels good, while being lazy and wasting your time, then perhaps heroin is for you.”

dietrich neu

features editor

Carbon-copy creativity

There’s a sad trend in our society, a trend that seems to be consuming every aspect of our culture. It’s a trend towards monetising everything, from art to education. The value of your degree is measured in what job it will get you when you are done school. Programs that aren’t immediately rec- ognized as highly profitable are ques-

tioned, scorned, and eventually universities stop offering them altogether. Your parents scratch their heads and wring their hands, wondering why you’re wast- ing your life by not simply learning how to drive a truck, or fix a car, or dig things out of the ground.

I know some of you that are still read-

ing after that are thinking to yourself that this guy must be some sort of a socialist bastard, someone that is three years into his

useless history degree and feels the need to justify his decision to throw his life away by not enrolling in business or engineering. This guy is going to give us a lecture about how important the arts are, how important education for the sake of education is, how

drab society would be without vibrant cul- ture, and how we should give our hard earned money away to lazy homeless peo- ple that didn’t work hard enough. But I am not really going to give you that lecture. Yes, the arts are important. Yes, society would be drab without them. But it’s not just that galleries would be closed and nothing really beautiful would be made. It’s not about denying that poor peo- ple are lazy – of course some of them are, just like some of the CEOs of corporations are lazy. It’s about what we would lose without the “liberal arts” degrees that we heap so much scorn on. “Learning for the sake of learning” is a dy- ing concept. It used to be valuable to learn about other ways of understanding things. You could understand economics from a business perspective, but also from a his- torical perspective, or a psychological per- spective, or a fine arts perspective. That is apparently not valuable anymore. It’s far more important to get a business or engi- neering degree so that you can show an employer that you’ve “drank the koolaid”

and joined the business club. Understanding the world in unique and interesting ways is thrown by the wayside in a world where corporations and indus- try wants carbon-copy employees: agree- able people that are constantly searching for a way to make money on anything and everything, but never look at something from a perspective other than how it can be made profitable. When the only lens that we can view the world through is the lens of the busi- nessman or the lens of the engineer, we will have lost something, something that can’t be taught in terms of market trends or risk-versus-reward ratios. The fact that business classes teach students the “steps to creativity” – that “steps to creativity” even figure into it – is very telling. Once we manage to put everyone in business, where the idea of creativity is reduced to a step- by-step procedure, we’ll stop finding ways to be truly creative. Governments and companies pumping millions upon millions of dollars into re- search and development will have noth-

ing to show for it. The elusive “innova- tion” that they are seeking with such des- peration isn’t a scientific formula that people can just plug into a machine that produces new, exciting, or innovative ideas; it’s something that happens when you let your guard down and let the ideas come. It’s not something that can be quantified, nor is it something that can be planned for. The drive to view everything through the idea of money will ultimately bankrupt our society’s creativity. That’s where the liberal arts and the fine arts come in. They are introducing new ideas into peoples’ minds, so that the meet- ing of those ideas can generate new and in- novative ones. It’s not a useless degree; it is far more useful than it is given credit for. If we want to profit in the future, it probably makes sense to realize how valuable they truly are.

edward dodd

op-ed editor



the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012

Making sweet music

Musicians may be the sexiest men alive. And, somehow, you can look as ugly as

Mick Jagger or Fat Joe and still probably get laid. If it’s not their looks, then it must be their talent. Think of any musician you’ve ever seen on stage. Watch their fingers move across that guitar, their feet moving, and some- times, their hips shaking just ever so slightly as they’re jamming out on their guitar, trombone, keyboard, or microphone. And then just look at the intensity in their eyes as they focus on the song they’re playing. Watching a musician on stage – espe- cially a good one – is like having really good sex, or at the very least, watching someone have really good sex without all of the pornographic and voyeuristic shame that goes along with it. You have to exude a certain type of charisma to get on stage and bear your soul to the audience. Nothing’s sexier than a lit- tle bit of vulnerability. If they’ve got a rockin’ body to go along with it, that’s just

a bonus. I’ve spent some time on stage. Not as a musician, but as an actor. You have to be so exceedingly confident to get up on stage and perform that it usually translates into other avenues and other talents. Musicians

don’t hide behind a mask (unless you’re Cory Taylor) and they don’t build them- selves up with boxy equipment on their bodies. There’s a smooth, quiet, but fero- cious sexuality to a musician on stage that just makes me swoon every time. You can’t get that with an athlete. With an athlete, they’re boxed up behind equip- ment and helmets. All you get is raw power, which might be great in the bed- room, but if what I’ve heard about Mick Jagger is true, there’s a lot of power to be had from a musician. Athletes are big and rough and tough; they don’t have any of the finesse of a mu- sician, who must spend hours refining their craft down to the tiniest detail and move- ment. They train their fingers and their mouths to work in precise ways to get that perfect sound. Just think of what they can do off the stage with training like that.

jonathan petrychyn

a&c editor

Scoring more than just goals

Guys want to be them, and girls want to get with them. For as long as guys have played sports, girls have been chasing them, hoping to become their trophy girlfriend. But what is

it that makes girls drop to their knees so

quickly when an athlete walks into the room? What is it that makes those athletes so goddamn attractive? Take hockey players, for example. When you watch a guy pour his heart out on the ice, or you see the beads of sweat dripping down his forehead, or the blood

rolling down his chin, it’s fucking hot. The athletes don’t even have to be that good at hockey – just the fact that they play

is usually enough. But if they happen to ac-

tually be good at hockey, it’s just trouble. It’s a simple philosophy, really. Girls are attracted to talent; if a boy shows that he

is talented on the ice then he is usually get-

ting some action from one of the puck bun- nies after the game based on the assumption that he is also talented in bed. Even if they aren’t the best-looking guy on the team, if they are the star player, girls will flock to them. Take a guy that is a three on a scale, and make him unreal at hockey, he instantly goes up six notches on the sexy scale, suddenly making him a nine and thus much more likely to score more than

just goals after the game. Now, it’s one thing to watch a hideous player score a goal, or do a sick toe drag, or hammer their opponent into the end boards, but it is a whole other level of sex- iness if that player is the least bit attractive. There is quite simply nothing hotter than watching guys sweat in a physically ex- hausting sport and then watching them walk into the dressing room and take off their pads, only to reveal a chiseled body underneath and a fucking hot face to match. Let’s face it; girls want to be the ones waiting for the all-star players to come out of the dressing room after the game. The girls want everyone to see them with the athlete – especially if he had a good game – not only to state their claim, but also to make other girls jealous. It also doesn’t hurt that the athletes walk out of the dressing room in suits, and every guy looks better in a suit, it’s a proven fact. But whether they are in a jersey or a suit, athletes are hot. Much hotter than musi- cians.

autumn mcdowell

sports editor


A modest proposal

I’m gonna be frank and honest here: I’m gonna offend a lot of you. And I don’t care. Sex; I know it’s cliche, but everybody thinks about it, especially at this level of readership. It could be the hormones and such, but I’m not gonna go into that path of detail. Instead, what I want to talk about is the mass propagation of sex via modern day media. To me, it seems there a group of people who want sexuality to be a very public and open thing. That’s why you see billboards with half-naked women on them. Companies like Coca-Cola use sex to their advantage, designing their bottles to look like the curves of an attractive woman This way, men would be subconsciously attracted to it for reasons beyond their con- scious faculties and purchase this product. I know a lot of you are thinking, “Well, what’s wrong with that? Shouldn’t sex be something more open? Less taboo?” You may be thinking that women should show more cleavage,that children should watch Lady Gaga videos as part of the school cur- riculum, that Muslim women are op- pressed and undermined because of the hijab they choose to wear. Well, here’s what’s wrong, public or-

gies and soft-core on primetime television. Sex used to be something mysterious and even meaningful. It was the physical manifestation of “true love.” It was a chance for a husband and wife to really be- come intimate with each other and build a strong relationship with open dialogue without fear of judgment. It’s how the hu- man race is propagated. It was something that couples used to actually enjoy and was a secret that only they shared. But now, with this mass propagation of sex, we as a society have become desen- sitised. It doesn’t mean anything anymore, it’s just something that all the cool kids are doing. If you don’t do it by a certain age, you’re a “loser.” Remember when the word “virgin” was a term of respect (e.g. Virgin Mary), rather than being a somewhat derogatory term? (The film 40-Year-Old Virgin) The media has planted a false delusion of “needing” to be with someone romanti- cally and created a false deprivation of sex. They’re just trying to make you need some- thing so they can make money off you and have power over you, because you have this intense need that you want to satisfy. This newly-found sense of desperation

makes you vulnerable and an easy target for the hidden powers and corporations. And every time we watch that crap on television, or are exposed to the half-naked people on billboards and magazine covers, our expectations become too high. Now, every guy wants to marry a porn-star. Women want expensive and unnecessary plastic surgery. We are just setting our- selves up for disappointment and becom- ing more plastic than actual flesh. All the movies are about it. No televi-

sion show is without it. Commercials scream it at you. All music is about it. Sooner or later, I guarantee we’ll descend to

a level where we’ll be doing it like cows

and bulls in Old MacDonald’s pasture, openly, publicly, with multiple partners, and sometimes without consent. That’s bad, because victims will be created, rape will become less of a serious crime, and we’ll be distracted from actually advancing as a society, because instead of devoting research and development into developing

a drug to help battle cancer, we’ll be trying

to come up with the next miracle pill that’ll help initiate and maintain erections! With summer just around the corner, I

would like to remind everyone that there is

nothing wrong with dressing modestly. I think that both men and women should adopt a dress code that respects their peers and academic superiors. Do we really have to wear tight yoga pants, v necks, or go topless to gain attention and respect? Can’t we achieve that by expressing our ideas and opinions in an educated fashion and trying to make the world a better place? Can’t we ascend from a level where people are only respected by how they look? I personally believe that, instead of spending an hour and a half trying to look “sexy” every morning, we could and should spend that time trying to brainstorm ideas on how to efficiently provide clean water to remote communities, or empower women with ed- ucation in impoverished nations, or solve the Somalian crisis. Perhaps all those men- tal resources we use trying to survive in a sexually driven society could actually be used to be awesome instead. Seriously, let’s grow up.

mhmoud essalah


letter to the editor

I write in response to the University of

Regina Students’ Union’s decision to sup- port a boycott, divestment and sanction motion against Israel. This passed at the Feb. 1 AGM. Although it remains the pre- rogative of these students to pass and sup- port this motion, I am troubled by this boycott. The motion sends a chill to the broader academic community – affecting the sense of welcome at the university and poten- tially impeding academic work. A boycott may adversely affect open dialogue and discussion across our univer- sity campuses and stymie progress towards

peace. Therefore, we ought to place greater emphasis on building cooperation and un- derstanding. As former U.S. President Bill Clinton observes: “The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. The real differ- ences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; be- tween those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists.” Increased student understanding of

and engagement in, this region – as demon- strated by university students across Saskatchewan and Canada – offers an alter- native to URSU’s current approach. Study abroad opportunities and collaborative re- search partnerships throughout the Middle East offer a means to improve understand- ing and dialogue – both important to the progress we hope to see in the future.

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the carillon | April 5 - May 23, 2012

Canada first

Up, up, up. That is the only direction we have seen gasoline prices go in these first few months of 2012. I am pretty sure that for those of us who drive, it is starting to not only be a pain, but also a fear. One can only guess what the summer months are going to bring us! For those who do not drive, don’t think you get off the hook. Higher fuel prices means higher retail prices to make up for the increased transport costs. So, while you might only get screwed once, for us who drive we get screwed twice. So why do we in Canada, one of the largest oil producers in the western world, pay among the highest prices? Even the Americans are paying less than we are de- spite the fact that their gas is made from our oil. This is ludicrous. If only we had a national energy policy. Oh wait, we did, And it failed. Yet, all Canadians would benefit from greater domestic use of Canadian oil. We can all guess, however, who is being the stubborn anti-sharing kid on the block. If you guessed Alberta, you are right. I understand that Alberta wants to make as much money from its oil for as long as it can. After all, eventually the market will ei- ther plunge or the oil will be all gone, so I am able to sympathize on that level. On a completely different sphere of thinking, though, wouldn’t it make just as much sense to spread that oil around Canada and make sure that Canadians have first right- of-refusal to what is Canadian, not Albertan, oil? Am I being too communistic with such a line of thought? Then, of course, there is this whole NAFTA issue of having to tie our Canadian oil to world prices even if we sell it to our own people.

Thanks so much there, Mr. Mulroney. So what are we to do? Well, quite honestly, we are stuck. Subsidizing our gasoline is poor practice, because eventually those subsidies would have to be shrunk or com- pletely removed. China and Indonesia, for example, have been subsidizing their gaso- line prices for years and Indonesia is at a point where the government can no longer afford to do so. China has been shrinking its subsidies as well, even though Chinese drivers still pay relatively low fuel prices in global terms. If we could utilize and refine Canadian oil without being stuck paying world prices for it, that would be a step in the right direction. At the very least we should be paying just as much as the Americans are. Our neighbours to the south are currently dishing out, on average, $1.02 per litre. Canadians, on the other hand, have to pay, on average, $1.30 per litre. Even with taxes and a little bit of lee- way, I believe we are getting screwed.

I recently heard an American complain

about having to pay $60 to fill up his ex- tended Escalade. Canadians can’t even use that $60 to fill up a Corolla or Civic. Heck, $60 won’t fill up my vehicle or any of the vehicles of the guys I live with. So I say, quit whining you extended-Escalade-driving American and let Canadian oil be for Canadians, first and foremost. Everyone else, get in line at the back!

sebastian prost


else, get in line at the back! sebastian prost contributor Yeah, Brian, you smile and

Yeah, Brian, you smile and put your arm around Reagan. He likes Canadian oil.

And that’s a wrap

The cries of “Here here!” rose out of both camps like grotesque chants or some insid- ious prayers that have been committed to memory and long ago lost all meaning. The disfigured and gesticulating alley cats that are the Saskatchewan Party sat, grinning down the barrels of their pointed noses at the scared church mice that were the NDP. By my count, our revolution lasted roughly ten minutes in Question Period. Premier Brad Wall, an arrogant and smug grin plastered over his red, sweaty face physically turned his nose up at 8,000 sig- natures on an online petition that implored the leaders of our province to re-evaluate their decision to save the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit (SFETC), which was unexpectedly put up for execu- tion in this year’s provincial budget. He, and Bill Hutchinson, and Dan D'Autremont share a laugh at our expense. “Sorry, Bubba!” You can imagine them saying, “But we needed a million to reconsider!” After Question Period, at the gentle prodding of the officers of the Assembly, those of us of the film diaspora who have converged on the public galleries are told to leave the building. Of course, it didn’t take long. “I feel empty inside,” I heard one partic- ularly heartbroken spectator remark. With a Sask. Party majority, Brad Wall and his government were able to pass any legislation they saw fit, and, on Thursday, March 29, the SFETC’s fourteen-year run came to a close. The only incentive that for- eign filmmakers had to shoot in our province was gone. Kicking and screaming until the last breath, the Saskatchewan film industry

went with it. There are those of you smug pricks reading this who will snort and guffaw and say that the fine arts aren’t a real program anyway, and they should be eliminated to provide the rest of us with parking. Listen here, you trust-funded, Conservative- minded bastards: we might not have had mummy and daddy’s bankroll, and yes, we might have even voted for the big, bad NDP. But there is no denying the raw fig- ures. The Saskatchewan film industry bol- stered our economy to the tune of $627 million over the course of fourteen years, and the SFETC was cut to save a paltry $8 million a year? In the Creative City Centre, there exists

a wall. It is a largely unremarkable wall. It is not load bearing, nor does it serve any decorative purpose—rather, it serves to break up the flow of an otherwise quaint gathering spot. Patrons have lovingly dubbed it the “Brad” wall. Before, this seemed like a cute, partisan jab. Now, the nickname serves as one of the best metaphors we have for a province that has decimated one of the most profitable in- dustries in Saskatchewan’s booming econ- omy. I hope Brad Wall’s Conservatives-in- disguise are proud of the work that they’ve done. I hope they sip on champagne and dine on raw oysters served on a bed of shredded 16 mm film. And I hope they all choke on them.

kyle leitch


Hungry for freedom

On March 29, Palestinian political prisoner Hana Shalabi ended her 43-day hunger strike for justice. Shalabi had been held in Israeli “administrative detention” without charges since February. Last month, Khader Adnan, another Palestinian political prisoner, ended his 66- day hunger strike against his unlawful im- prisonment. Adnan had been held in detention since December. Shalabi, Adnan, and hundreds of other Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons waiting to be fairly tried, but very few, if any, actually are. Israel has been us- ing its corrupt and illegal administrative detention system on Palestinians for sev- eral years. Many Palestinians are labelled “security threats,” thrown into jail, and confined for months or years without being charged of any crimes or tried in any court of law. Kept in isolation from their families and the rest of the world, many of these prisoners have taken up hunger strikes as a form of resistance against their imprison- ment. Hunger strikes are often used by polit- ical prisoners and activists as a form of non-violent resistance and protest against a system of oppression. In an act of defiance against the Israeli detention and prison sys- tem, Palestinian prisoners have used hunger strikes as a method of raising awareness about their unlawful detention. Yet, despite countless hunger strikes across Israeli prisons over the past several years, Palestinian prisoners and their voices are often not heard. How many of us have heard of Hana Shalabi, Khader Adnan, Bilal Thiab, Hasan Safadi, or Ahmad Qatamesh? How many of

use know these prisoners’ names or their stories? The sad truth is that the Palestinian voice has been missing from our conversa- tions and discussions. We’ve learned to label Palestine as “dis- puted land” and Palestinians as “threats to peace.” Whenever Israel and Palestine are mentioned in the same sentence, the issue is declared “too complex” and discussion is halted. Criticising any Israeli policies is deemed “anti-Semetic.,” and the list goes on, as barriers to the conversation are built by the same individuals who would rather see Shalabi and Adnan disappear than give them a platform to voice their struggles. However, the Palestinian voice will not be silenced. The cold and dark Israeli pris- ons and detention centers house many Palestinian men and women fighting for the freedom of their people and their land. While their bodies may be imprisoned, their minds are free to dream of the day when the world will finally recognize their right to self-determination. They show no weakness from the torture, hunger, or bru- tality. For these prisoners, food and water is nothing compared to freedom. For too long, we’ve dismissed the Palestinian voice as irrelevant, and for too long we’ve ignored the Palestinian people’s right to live with dignity and respect. We’ve all heard that one can live weeks without food and only days without water, but how long can one live without freedom? Let’s not use Palestine as an experiment to find the answer.

taouba khelifa


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What’s with all the random wind tunnels in the hall? It had to be said.

How big of an asshole is Peter Mills?! FYI the sports section is way better now that your grubby paws are off of it. I wouldn’t touch you with a 39.5 foot pole.

URSU Play? This is kind of ironic since URSU denied the theatre dept funding!

Remember when decent places to

eat around campus were open on

a Saturday ? Yeah , me , too.

THE PROBLEM WITH STUDY- ING IN A COMFY CHAIR IN THE ARCHER LIBRARY: Oops, you napped for three hours, idiot!

Hey Cass, next time you write about loving Korea, I recommend

a proof reader. <3 Your ex-gapper and lulu pal.

Is the second ED pit (west-side) the furthest point from any male washroom? When I came back, my hair was longer!

Jesus, the Declass is the most aw- ful thing in the world. I think it’s time for it to go the way of ol’ yeller.

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