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Frank Appleyard

University education is not a everyday work was learned after their
Dec. 4, 2008–Jan. 7, 2009
have been bombarded by calls to fall
Individuals are allowed to have fair to keep certain students from
right… Think again! graduation; and don’t expect a stu- in line with the decision and to set opinions, but who represents me if campaigning for or against on an is-
Re: “University education is not a dent who got an A+ in an entrepre- aside differences so that we can move my student government has no desire sue such as this because they were
right” (Letters, Nov. 21) neurship course to become the next forward in unity. My differences are to represent both sides of the student actively involved in our organization.
Bill Gates. So why shouldn’t we make not petty or personal, so it will be very population? How can you claim to Both sides of the question had a mix
YOU PRESENTED, IN your letter, education available to all regardless difficult for me to just set them aside. be able to lead us forward together of elected officials registered for their
some pretty convincing arguments in of their financial status or ability to Secondly, and more importantly, how in unity if you have taken sides and campaign, from throughout our fed-
support of your claims. But allow me obtain scholarships? The Germans, can you ask a student population that managed to divide us? How can you eration.
to tell you that your point of view is French, and other Europeans have has shown itself to be deeply divided bring us forward when you have ut- It is obvious that the choice to leave
a little bit out of focus. I understand realized the importance of education, over real issues, to move forward as terly failed to bring any leadership to in 1995 was more than a political
your feeling that the less people who yet Canada is falling behind and the one? This ridiculous notion that “we your position? When there is no lead- squabble. It was a fully run referen-
earn a degree equivalent to yours, the Canadian government is too short- are only as divided as we choose to ership, there is no direction. dum, just like the one we witnessed
more valuable your degree will be- sighted to realize it. be” is nothing more than self-con- I sincerely hope that we can come a couple weeks ago. The question
come. When we want to talk about I personally prefer to renounce the gratulatory condescension. together as a student population and from the reporter was “what initiated
education, we should take into con- bragging rights that come with my I have spent the last few months continue to achieve great things and that referendum?” and I apologize if
sideration what is best for Canada engineering degree and become part watching my elected student repre- to bring respect to our campus. If we I nuanced anything else—I was mis-
and Canadians rather than the desires of a productive nation that has the sentatives advance a personal agenda do this, however, it won’t be through informed of both sides of a story and
of the few who want their university largest possible percentage of highly without concern for the state of our your work or that of the rest of the for that I apologize. In fact, since then
degree to be a ticket to an elite club. It educated citizens who are capable of student body. What happened to SFUO. If this student population I have had many conversations with
will be much more beneficial for Can- sustaining its economy rather than the responsibilities of the Student comes together it will entirely be of former SFUO president Alain Gau-
ada and its economy to have 1,000 being in a country where 80 per cent Federation of the University of Ot- their doing. Should you or any of your thier regarding the referendum and it
degree holders with an average of 60 of its people are unable or unwilling tawa (SFUO)? This campus used to co-workers seriously be contemplat- is apparent that there was more to it
per cent then having only 100 of them to get a university education, while have wonderful community-oriented ing re-election, or election to a new than I had understood.
with an average of 90 per cent. there are thousands of opportunities events that benefited many people. position, I encourage you all to reflect During the recent referendum, bal-
The second thing that you may with no one qualified enough to take Those are all gone now, forgotten not on whether you will be success- lot boxes were kept in a secure loca-
have overlooked is the fact that high advantage of them. and pushed to the sidelines while you ful, but whether or not you are what tion away from the SFUO offices. All
university grades do not determine Antoine Maalouf bring the CFS to our campus. this campus needs. In my opinion, were sealed and scrutinized before
whether or not you will be success- Third-year electrical engineering I was told that the SFUO would not a single one of you knows what it our counting began. Our pollsters
ful later on in your career. A GPA of student take no official position on this is- means to represent the student body consisted of one choice from the CFS
9.0 may help you get hired faster than sue and yet elected members of my with integrity. Referendum Oversight Committee
others. But, when it comes to actually An open letter to SFUO President supposedly neutral student federa- Meaghan Jones representatives and one choice from
working in your field, it will be only Dean Haldenby tion gave presentations advocating Fifth-year political science and the SFUO. No campaign representa-
your charisma, perseverance, dedi- for the Yes side in my class and wore criminology student tives or volunteers had access to any
cation, and innovation that will help DEAR MR. HALDENBY, Yes campaign T-shirts as they walked referendum-sensitive areas. Neither
you get a promotion or a raise. All of This letter is not a complaint about around. I sat in a waiting room in In- Haldenby responds did any misappropriations of Volun-
these skills are neither marked on ex- the result of the Canadian Federation foService and listened to one elected teer Bash tickets take place.
ams nor calculated in your GPA. of Students (CFS) referendum. Rather, member of the SFUO spend 15 min- DEAR MEAGHAN, LETTERS continued on p. 4
In engineering, for example, many I am writing to voice my concern over utes convincing a girl that if she voted I want to thank you for voicing
professionals will say that 90 per cent the direction of our student body. yes our tuition fees would go down your concerns on the direction of the
of the knowledge that they use in their Since the end of the referendum, I and that students would have a louder student body or student movement, poll
voice in this country. I read a quote rather than harbouring these con-
Last week’s results
in the Fulcrum by you, Mr. Haldenby, cerns.
suggesting that our previous refer- Unity is imperative to the success
endum to leave the CFS was noth- of our SFUO. I do not want to di- Which companion of the
News Sexual harassment ing more than a personal squabble
between two people who didn’t like
minish your feelings of being asked
to “fall in line” or move “forward as Order of Canada has
at the U of O each other, shamelessly belittling the
votes of thousands of politically aware
one”, but rather explain a possible rea-
son for this. Students, through their
had the greatest impact
Inari Vaissi Nagy sheds light on how campus
students who decided to leave CFS in student representatives, asked for a
on the country?
resources are handling the issue. p. 8
the first place. I watched these same referendum. One of the major mis-
people bring ballot boxes to the SFUO conceptions students had during this Terry Fox:
p. 5 U of O rings in Human Rights Day, launches online
forum to draft declaration of student rights. p. 6 office at the end of a long day, despite referendum is that the CFS is not rep- Margaret Atwood
the clear fact that they were partisan resentative of everyone and it is not
Tommy Douglas: 39%
All scrooged up
members who could access this office an organization that accepts change
Arts whenever they chose. I heard of how easily. I would argue that asking us to Pierre Elliot Trudeau: 40%
Peter Henderson interviews Canadian actor
yet another one of these supposedly move forward as one and asking us to David Suzuki: 6%
neutral parties gave away SFUO Vol- put aside our differences are attempts
John Huston. p.10 Correction
unteer Bash tickets to others who ad- at encouraging an inclusive SFUO,
An article in the Nov. 27 issue of the
Jaclyn Lytle finds some cheap holiday gifts you vocated for the Yes campaign. What furthering an inclusive CFS.
Fulcrum incorrectly identified an in-
wouldn’t want to re-gift. p. 11 did our elected representatives spend The SFUO did not take an official
p. 10 their time doing when they weren’t stance on the CFS. This was impor-
cident involving Denis Rancourt as
occuring on Nov. 22. The incident
working on the referendum? What tant to student leaders because we felt actually occurred on Nov. 21. The
work could not be done while you all that students needed to make up their Fulcrum regrets the error.
Sports Handing out the worked tirelessly to get the word out own minds. Our elected members are
for the Yes side? students as well, it would be hardly Got something to say?
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LETTERS continued from p. 3 An appeal for kindness Rising above division still important. rules, so hats off to them. However, the
Every member of our executive and remorse Among the first steps that must be need to produce immediate financial
works tirelessly to ensure that we are LIKE MANY OF my peers who gradu- taken is to submit for public scrutiny assets for campaign purposes was eas-
accomplishing our goals together and IT IS WITH grave sadness and diffi- ated from U of O in the last few years, the finances for the Yes campaign. ier for an organization already hoard-
that student rights are being defended. culty that I inform U of O students of I found myself drawn into the drama We know that the No side spent ap- ing millions of dollars it has collected
During the referendum period, I kept the following tragedy. unfolding on campus over the CFS ref- proximately 86 cents for every vote from students across the country. This
80-hour weeks, sometimes not getting On Nov. 23, the Communication erendum. The results show that the stu- they earned. How much did a Yes left all the top No campaigners paying
any sleep for a couple days to ensure Student Association held an (epic) dent community has made a decision, vote cost? Every penny spent by the out of their own pockets for hundreds
a well-run referendum and SFUO at dodgeball tournament, open to the albeit narrowly, and that is something Yes side was paid for out of student of dollars worth of promotion material
the same time. My executive was no students of our prestigious learning that everyone must accept, no matter pockets. In every democratic exercise to be visible on campus.
less hard-working. This is passion and establishment. Much fun was had how bitter a pill it may be to swallow. Canadians participate in, financial It doesn’t end there. Referendum
responsibility for our students. by all and it was the grandest of af- However, in looking at the out- transparency is paramount to ensur- Oversight Committee rules permit
The SFUO is not just six execu- fairs. We laughed, we cried, we sweat, come, the victors must realize that on ing a fair process was undertaken. up to 30 non-SFUO members per day
tives. We have hundreds of volunteers dipped, dodged, and dived. (Shout- this issue, perhaps more than any oth- This referendum is no different, and to actively campaign. Isn’t it interest-
and employees, and dozens of board out to the Fulcrum team who played er the SFUO has confronted in recent the electors have a right to know. ing that the CFS flew in 30 of its own
members and federated body execu- valiantly through to the semi-finals, years, there is tremendous division. In closing, I would like to congratu- finest campaign staff specifically for
tives with hundreds of different views only to lose to the eventual champi- The SFUO has a long tradition of late Ryan Kennery, Michèle Lamarche, the purpose of this referendum? The
on the issues we feel are important ons.) Spirits were high and excitement strong leadership and getting results and their team for their hard work and best part of flying in campaign staff is
to students. The key to leadership is permeated the air as we approached from outside of the ‘movement’. It has well-fought campaign. They did an their being paid for by the CFS. That
bringing that all together and mak- the championship match-up. Unfor- made tremendous efforts to find self- admirable job in creating a grassroots money comes from current members
ing decisions in the best interest of tunately, however, a piece of every one made solutions to real problems, and campaign that went toe-to-toe with of the CFS—students.
students. Whether you like it or not I of us died inside when an unforgive- has been wildly successful at doing so. the largest student organization in No one has ever suggested we
will always work my hardest to ensure able crime took place at an innocent The new CFS affiliation can never be the country and damn near came out should allow lobbyists who aren’t
that our organization is offering the social event. allowed to take away the SFUO’s abil- on top. Whether you agree with their students to campaign on behalf of
best possible service to our students, I To the criminals (let us refer to ity to take care of its own problems its position or not, they accomplished a a multi-million dollar corporation.
will always take student opinion into them as the Pink Team): I am ever so own way. The SFUO represents a stu- great deal, and this should be enough These CFS ponies never should have
account, and I will always work to disappointed by your cruel decision dent body that is as diverse politically to earn the admiration of all. set foot on this campus; they have no
have a more progressive and inclusive to steal an entire cardboard box full as it is ethnically or linguistically. U of Charles Fisher business interfering in a referendum
SFUO. This is the direction we are of Pop-Tarts intended for the winning O students do not comprise a single U of O alumnus of this magnitude. Students are per-
moving in and I am going to continue team of the tournament. Each of you political entity, but a collection of fectly capable of running their own
to lead that direction. showed very poor sportsmanship and ideas and beliefs that sometimes come CFS reflection Yes and No campaigns; and are also
Whether or not you agree with consequently broke the hearts of six into conflict. It has always been our perfectly capable of making up their
the direction the SFUO is moving in, young men who I personally had to strength to be able to rise above po- THIS IS MERELY some sharing of minds without being lobbied by peo-
please know that your voice and sug- inform, would not receive the hun- litical bickering and make decisions thought reflecting on the ‘democratic’ ple who aren’t students themselves.
gestions are always welcome at the dreds of Pop-Tarts they played so that more often than not improve the and ‘unbiased’ campaign that took [continued at]
table. hard for. state of the community. place on both sides of the CFS refer- Paul Taillon
Please let me know if you have any For your heinous act, I implore you After such a divisive campaign, it endum. Second-year management student
further suggestions, questions, or to reason and to repent. An apology is now incumbent upon the victors to Throwing me for a loop were the
concerns. is due. work in good faith with their rivals to tactics and strategy used on the Yes Due to space constraints, we were un-
Dean Haldenby Greggory Clark chart the course forward. Although campaign. They outspent the No cam- able to publish all letters received this
SFUO president CSA student representative they have lost the vote, their voice is paign nearly 4:1; entirely within the week. Visit to read more.

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4 LETTERS Dec. 4, 2008
Emma Godmere

News Dec. 4, 2008–Jan. 7, 2009

News Editor

Deregistered student arrested after filming Senate meeting

was arrested shows that I don’t think
Marc Kelly charged with we’re dealing with a university any-
causing a disturbance more,” he said. “We’re dealing with
after “shouting” during University of Ottawa Incorporated,
which is even more troubling.”
proceedings Kelly was released approximately
by Emma Godmere an hour after his arrest. At the same
Fulcrum Staff time, all of the recording devices were
returned and placed in his posses-
AT APPROXIMATELY 4 p.m. on sion. While he claimed that he was ar-
Dec. 1, deregistered physics student rested for trespassing as well, Ottawa
Marc Kelly was removed from Uni- Police Constable Jean-Paul Vincelette
versity of Ottawa premises in the back confirmed that as of press time, Kelly
of an Ottawa Police cruiser. was charged only with causing a dis-
Kelly, who has been in conflict with turbance.
the U of O for months surrounding “Cause of disturbance is under the
his deregistration from the physics criminal code, so it appears like that’s
program, being barred from his re- the only [charge] at this time,” Vince-
search lab, and being denied a seat on lette said. “The report is not com-
the Senate Appeals Committee, was pletely finished yet; the investigator is
escorted out of Tabaret Hall for caus- still working on it.”
ing a disturbance after attempting to Kelly explained that, upon being
film the 3 p.m. Senate meeting occur- released from custody, he signed a
ring inside—a meeting normally con- document indicating that he is barred
sidered open to the public. from entering U of O property. If he
photo by Emma Godmere
“You don’t know if it’s a public meet- A police car carrying deregistered student Marc Kelly leaves Tabaret Hall on Dec. 1. is seen on campus, he can be detained
ing or not unless you go there and and sent to jail.
you ask the question, ‘Is this a public Academic Robert Major—who was Services that he either had to take the (SFUO) followed Kelly as he was es- “But I told them that I was an em-
meeting?’” said Kelly. “You want to overseeing the meeting in place of U camera out or they were calling the corted out of Tabaret Hall by police ployee; I had to be on campus,” said
know how public is the meeting … of O President Allan Rock—decided police,” said Gervais. “He asked under officers. Kelly, who maintained that he still
so you go and you try and videotape, to call Protection Services after Kelly which policy he’s not allowed to film, “I filmed the police officer put- holds a research contract with the U
[and] you find out the answer.” started shouting. and they couldn’t provide [him] with ting the handcuffs on him and then of O. “[The police officer] said that
Kelly admitted that once it was “A decision was made to call Pro- a policy.” the police officer immediately asked when he called in, Protection Ser-
clear he was not allowed to record tection Services, Protection Services Dumulon indicated no such policy the Protection officer to remove the vices informed him that I wasn’t an
the proceedings, he began to shout, came, and ... they are not allowed to currently exists. However, the Senate camera from my hands and the cam- employee.”
quoting the University of Ottawa’s escort someone outside, so then a de- has passed a motion to prohibit vid- era was seized,” said Gervais. “Then Kelly felt these actions by the U of
perspective on transparency. cision was made [by Protection Ser- eotaping meetings. [they] brought Marc outside, we were O, who declined to comment on his
“I was shouting the mission state- vices] to call the Ottawa Police,” she “The bottom line is that there is a following, and they kept on telling us status as either a student or an em-
ment of the university. I said, ‘Accord- explained. rule, there’s a decision that was taken that we were [obstructing] justice.” ployee at the university, were unjus-
ing to [the] University of Ottawa’s Vi- Mireille Gervais, coordinator of by the Senate—I’m not sure exactly Several recording devices were tifiable.
sion 2010, transparency is one of the the Student Appeal Centre—where when—prohibiting the recording of confiscated from Kelly, Gervais, and “What you see is that they are ar-
principles that [govern] our institu- Kelly has previously lodged academic the proceedings of the Senate,” she ex- SFUO VP Communications Julie Sé- resting a student for shouting the
tion,’” he said. complaints against the university re- plained. “There’s no policy, but Major, guin. SFUO President Dean Haldenby mission statement of the university.
Present at the Senate meeting was U garding his deregistration—said that yesterday at the meeting, did say that indicated they were present to “show You have to realize that makes abso-
of O communications director Andrée no one provided Kelly with a clear we will develop a policy.” solidarity” for their students, and he lutely no sense. So then there must be
Dumulon, who said she “very kindly” rule stating that he couldn’t film the Gervais and several executives and was not pleased with the actions of the another reason why they’re arresting
asked Kelly to stop videotaping the meeting. employees from the Student Fed- university. me, and that’s a politically motivated
proceedings. She indicated that VP “He was informed by Protection eration of the University of Ottawa “The fact that one of our students reason.”

CFS passes GSAÉD/SFUO motion to oppose federal economic update

the need for investing in post-second- “The motion basically re-states what trained and change careers because “It definitely changed the dynam-
Motion ‘strongly opposes’ ary education as an economic stimu- has been [the] CFS position for a long of the loss of jobs,” he said. “It was ics by having the SFUO there as full
Conservative move and lus as the primary reasons that the time now, and it … asks the opposi- obvious that the Harper government members, having the representatives
economic update should be “strongly tion parties to collaborate on devel- was not interested in governing for from the [executive] and the execu-
calls for opposition opposed”. The motion also called for oping a plan that would better suit the people, but rather for their own cor- tive coordinator there,” he explained.
cooperation federal opposition parties to “work student interest.” porate interests.” “The University of Ottawa [was pres-
by Emma Godmere together to oppose the economic up- Federico Carvajal, external com- Beaulière reiterated, however, that ent] in many more committees and
Fulcrum Staff date and to develop a plan to increase missioner for GSAÉD and the other the motion was not intended to spe- constituency groups.”
funding for public infrastructure, in- local 94 delegate at the NGM, indicat- cifically denounce or support any SFUO VP University Affairs Sea-
AN EMERGENCY MOTION de- cluding a dedicated provincial trans- ed that the government overlooked particular party or group of parties. mus Wolfe, who helped draft the
nouncing the Conservative govern- fer for post-secondary education that the importance of education in its “It was not partisan at all. The point SFUO-supported motion, noted U of
ment’s Nov. 27 economic update was promotes national standards in qual- economic update. was not to condemn the Conservative O students’ concerns regarding rep-
passed at the end of closing plenary at ity and affordability.” “I think that we recognized … government, but more to clearly state resentation in the CFS and explained
the Canadian Federation of Students’ Gaétan Beaulière, chair of GSAÉD [within the CFS] that there is a direct that we disagree with the economic that the SFUO’s participation, par-
(CFS) National General Meeting Council and one of two local 94 dele- connection between the economy update and what it’s trying to do,” he ticularly in passing the motion at the
(NGM) on Nov. 29 in Ottawa. gates at the Nov. 26–29 NGM, drafted and, obviously, education, and at a said. “I believe that CFS has always NGM, solidified their presence in the
The motion, which was proposed the motion in an attempt to reaffirm time of economic strife, when un- been ready to work with whoever is national organization.
by CFS member local 94, the U of the CFS’s position that post-second- employment rates are going to con- the governing party, and whatever “The way that we were able to
O Graduate Students’ Association ary education should be a foremost tinue to rise, and when the economy happens, we’ll be, I think, more than get [the motion] across, by having
(GSAÉD), and seconded by CFS government issue. in Ontario specifically is under so willing to work with them.” GSAÉD put it forward, and us second
member local 41, the Student Fed- “The reason we wanted to pass that much pressure and the manufactur- Carvajal emphasized the effective- it, really showed that the University of
eration of the University of Ottawa motion was that, first of all, there’s ing sector is collapsing, then that’s ness of the SFUO’s presence at the Ottawa is at the table and will have a
(SFUO), cited the lack of investment nothing in that economic update that going to have a direct impact on NGM, beyond solely their support for large voice [in] the Canadian Federa-
in public infrastructure outlined and serves the student interest,” he said. universities as people look to be re- the emergency motion. tion of Students.”
City of Ottawa, U of O
mark International
Human Rights Day
will speak at the event, as will Ottawa Centre
member of Parliament Paul Dewar. As part of
the celebration, the CEHR will host a free tast-
University to kick off ing of teas from around the world and present a
online forum to develop juried art exhibit on the theme of commonality
and diversity.
student rights document As the U of O is one of the only Canadian
universities to not have an anti-discrimination
and anti-harassment policy, Lester said the day
by Amanda Shendruk holds special significance for the school.
Fulcrum Staff “Having Human Rights Day being recog-
nized is just one step further in recognizing the
ON DEC. 10, the City of Ottawa will officially importance of human rights on campus,” she
recognize International Human Rights Day for said.
the first time. The date marks the 60th anniver- Since the end of the controversial student
sary of the United Nations General Assembly’s code of conduct that was proposed in April,
adoption and proclamation of the Universal several groups at the U of O have been work-
Declaration of Human Rights. ing towards the development of a declaration
The Student Federation of the University of of students’ rights. The SFUO and the Graduate
Ottawa’s (SFUO) Centre for Equity and Hu- Students’ Association (GSAÉD), in conjunc-
man Rights (CEHR) was instrumental in mak- tion with the U of O’s office of the secretary and
ing the celebration of this day a reality in Ot- U of O President Allan Rock, are launching an
tawa. The organization presented a proposal online forum at noon with an open event in the
to the city encouraging Ottawa to join cities Agora on Dec. 5 to kickoff the development of
across the world in formally acknowledging such a document.
the day. “What we’re hoping to accomplish is to en-
“Human rights are really fundamental to the gage the university community, but especially
way that we organize our society and so funda- students, around the issue of students’ rights,”
mental to the way we live our day-to-day lives,” said GSAÉD University Affairs Commissioner
said Caroline Lester, campaigns and communi- Serge Dupuis. “We came to the conclusion that
cations coordinator at the CEHR. it was probably a good idea to take this process
The United Nations officially adopted the outside the closed offices of the university ad-
Universal Declaration of Human Rights on ministration and actually start talking about it
Dec. 10, 1948, in the wake of the Second World in the community.”
War, identifying the protected rights of all hu- The online forum will allow students and
man beings. It holds the world record for being staff the opportunity to actively participate in
the most translated document—it can be read determining the make-up of the declaration.
in over 360 languages. Following two months of online discussion,
In recognition of this day, the City of Ottawa the SFUO and GSAÉD hope to prepare a docu-
has developed an official proclamation of hu- ment and present a declaration of rights for the
man rights, which will be read in the Unicentre university community to the U of O Senate in
Agora on Dec. 10 at noon. SFUO executives March.

Happy holidays!

The Fulcrum

6 NEWS Dec. 4, 2008

University responds to SAC’s
by Amanda Shendruk
‘inflammatory’ allegations on behalf of students, and our report is a testi-
Fulcrum Staff monial based on our experience over the past
ON NOV. 25 the University of Ottawa released The evaluation suggested that the SAC has a
an evaluation of the Student Federation of the poor understanding of the student appeal pro-
University of Ottawa’s (SFUO) Student Appeals cess, which may have led to their allegations of
Centre (SAC) 2008 annual report, which stated racism.
that the report is methodologically unsound and “I certainly [do] not want people to take my
that the centre’s allegations of systemic racism in criticism of the report as a lack of confidence or
the U of O student appeals process is “unsub- indeed support for student-based peer support
stantiated, inconclusive, and inflammatory”. initiatives on such an important issue,” St. Lewis
The SAC report was released on Nov. 12 and told the Fulcrum, via email. “It is because I think
detailed the barriers that students allegedly face that the SAC can play such a central role that I
when filing and following academic appeals want their reports to have the foundation they
in the university administration. The report require to be taken seriously and impact univer-
claimed that the university’s appeals process ex- sity policy when necessary.”
emplifies “systemic racism” and “mistreatment The evaluation offers an extensive description
of students”. of the current academic fraud process, stating
The SAC report evaluation—which was con- explicitly that both the SFUO and the SAC’s
ducted by U of O professor Joanne St. Lewis, who fondness for appealing directly to U of O Presi-
is the current director of the U of O’s Human dent Allan Rock in attempts to influence student
Rights Research and Education Centre, and for- appeal proceedings is inappropriate.
mer co-chair of the Canadian Bar Association “It is very disappointing that the SAC, who
Working Group on Racial Equality—highlights are charged with providing students with advice
methodological errors within the SAC docu- on university processes, would seek to circum-
ment, provides an extensive explanation of the vent those processes by directly writing to either
appeals process, and offers recommendations the [vp] academic and provost or the president,”
for both the university administration and the wrote St. Lewis in the report. “[The provost and photo by Martha Pearce
SAC. president] have no institutional capacity to af- Professor Joanne St. Lewis’ examination of the SAC report was released Nov. 25.
“I found the report to be very unprofessional fect the Senate Appeals [Committee] decision.” istration of the academic fraud process at the discriminatory behavior.
in tone,” St. Lewis stated in the evaluation. “It is In the evaluation, St. Lewis offered recom- University of Ottawa is: I don’t know,” she wrote Although Gervais questioned the indepen-
the methodological failures and the lack of sub- mendations to both SAC and university admin- in her report. “What I do know is that this re- dence of the evaluation, as St. Lewis is an em-
stantiation which makes the report most trou- istration for ensuring that the appeals process is port does not establish this in any measurable ployee of the U of O, and said that St. Lewis’
bling. The matters raised within the report of effective and free of racism. Her primary recom- or analytically plausible fashion.” evaluation and the SAC annual report were writ-
possible systemic racism and procedural unfair- mendation was a timely independent assessment St. Lewis explained in her email to the Ful- ten from opposing perspectives, she stressed the
ness are significant issues and cannot be given of the academic fraud cases filed by the SAC. crum that many of the methodological errors importance of moving past the assessment.
short shrift by the University.” In regards to the allegations of systemic rac- committed in the SAC report could have been “The issues are still there, regardless of what
“Never did we pretend to be publishing a sci- ism, St. Lewis admitted in the evaluation that avoided if the centre had first reviewed the On- you think of the report,” she said. “I think the
entific or academic report,” said SAC coordina- she could not conclude either way. tario Human Rights Code public information gist of the evaluation is that Ms. St. Lewis and
tor Mireille Gervais, in response to the evalua- “The short answer for this evaluator on page on racism and racial discrimination, which I agree that at least the university needs to look
tion. “Our job is to denounce injustice, to speak whether there is systemic racism in the admin- outlines the proper ways to assess systemically into this issue more.”

Stay involved, stay informed

THIS DECEMBER, SEVERAL open Friday, Dec. 5
forums organized by the University SFUO, GSAÉD, U of O forum:
of Ottawa, the Student Federa- Forum for a declaration on
tion of the University of Ottawa students’ rights. Noon. Unicentre
(SFUO), and the Graduate Students’ Agora. Free.
Association (GSAÉD) will be held
to gather input from all U of O The University of Ottawa, in part-
students on a variety of topics. The nership with the SFUO and GSAÉD,
Fulcrum has composed a list of is launching an online forum for
several of the upcoming ones and students to offer their input as the
encourages all students to have university begins drafting a decla-
your voice heard. ration of students’ rights. For more
information, check out president.
Thursday, Dec. 4
SFUO forum: Imagine: Your SFUO roundtable: SFUO electoral
Student Centre. 2 p.m. Unicentre reform. 2 p.m. SFUO Boardroom,
couch lounge. Free. UCU 07. Free.

Undergraduate students are in- The SFUO elections committee is

vited to bring forth any ideas for a proposing a change to the existing
student-run, student-owned centre plurality voting system for electing
the SFUO is looking to construct in SFUO executives. Thoughts on the
the near future. Any ideas can be proposed new process—posted in
submitted prior to the meeting at detail at - elec-, and more informa- toral reform.pdf—can be forward
tion can be found at the “Imagine : to For more
Your Student Centre / Votre Centre information, visit
étudiant” Facebook group. index.htm. Dec. 4, 2008 NEWS 7

More than ‘no means no’

photo by Frank Appleyard

of the issue of harassment, of sexual harassment, Prevention at the U of O pens. But it’s much easier to be proactive [with
and the services available to deal with it,” said a policy in place].”
The Fulcrum explores Lisa Stone, who took over the position of ha- A network of services and groups on campus, Holly Johnson, senior research associate and
rassment and discrimination prevention officer including the Pride Centre, have come together part-time professor with the Department of
the resources fighting at the SHO in October. “I don’t think that it’s to form the Harassment Resource Committee Criminology, cited a need for specific research
sexual harassment at an increase in incidents, I think it’s an increase
in people understanding that what happened
(HRC) with the goal of preventing harassment
and discrimination in the university community.
into sexual harassment on the U of O campus.
“We have not conducted a victimization survey
the U of O to them may constitute sexual harassment and Nathalie Jacob, coordinator of prevention on this campus, at least not one that covered [sex-
isn’t okay.” programs and student liaison with Protection ual harassment and violence],” she said. “I would
by Inari Vaissi Nagy Services, outlined this initiative in an email to think that what we need to do here is some more
Fulcrum Staff Other resources available on campus the Fulcrum. research about the prevalence and the [ways] in
“Through the [HRC], a working group is cur- which people are affected by these types of things
THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa’s Sexual Harass- People who have experienced sexual harass- rently developing an awareness campaign about on this campus, and be honest about it.
ment Office (SHO) is one service on campus ment on campus can also find support at SASS, the prevention of harassment and other human “But there’s a resistance among the senior ad-
that students hope to never need—but it exists the main resource on rights issues as well as ministrators to portray any campus as having
because sexual harassment does occur on cam- campus for those seek- sexual violence,” she problems of violence,” she continued. “It’s under-
puses across the country, and the U of O is no ing professional coun- said. “Upon approval standable, but on the other hand … [we need to]
exception. selling. “There’s a resistance among of other committees, come clean with the fact that young people are at
The hub of a network of services providing “We handle over the senior administrators to this campaign should the highest risk of any kind of violence anywhere.”
support for those affected by sexual harass- 1,000 requests each take place [in] early Johnson also mentioned the potential effects
ment, the SHO works in collaboration with year from students portray any campus as having March 2009.” of sexual harassment on an individual, particu-
Protection Services, Student Academic Success needing personal problems of violence.” The HRC campaign larly if the incident goes unreported.
Service (SASS) counselling, Health Services, counselling. I would Holly Johnson, is based on a social “The impacts emotionally and socially are
the Pride Centre, the Centre for Equity and Hu- estimate that about Department of Criminology norms change strat- combined: increased levels of fear, curtailment
man Rights (CEHR), and the Women’s Resource 10 per cent of these egy employed in other of activities, limiting one’s options in engage-
senior research associate
Centre (WRC) to prevent sexual harassment requests involve sex- North American uni- ment in public life, diminution of what that ac-
and discrimination. and help those affected by ual issues including versities. It will target tually means socially—if everyone’s telling you
it. at the University of Ottawa. sexual harassment,” all levels of the U of O to just suck it up, that’s nothing,” she said.
said Donald Martin, manager of the SASS community with specific messages delivered by
The Sexual Harassment Office counselling service. “There was an increase campus champions—figures like student athletes, Where to go for help
of about 10 per cent in the overall number of politicians, and faculty members who will encour-
The SHO provides confidential service to anyone requests for service [in 2007–08], but not a age positive daily action by everyone in the com- Stone stressed the importance of acknowledging
in the university community affected by sexual significant increase in cases involving sexual munity to help prevent discrimination on the basis and reporting incidents of sexual harassment to
harassment, which is defined in university poli- harassment.” of sex, gender, race, religion, or ability. university officials.
cies as “a sexually oriented remark or behaviour The SHO is seeking to broaden its mandate A challenge for these preventative efforts is the “The problem is that very few students tell
which may reasonably be perceived to create a to include diverse forms of harassment and university’s lack of an established blanket policy anyone when something happens, and if they do
negative psychological and emotional environ- discrimination on campus. Pride Centre ser- on discrimination, according to Francine Page, they often don’t tell someone that can do some-
ment for work or study”. A large portion of the vice coordinator Evan Hazenberg explained student advocate and director of the CEHR. thing about it—they might tell a friend, but they
SHO’s work involves investigating allegations of that issues of sexual harassment and discrimi- “We expect our students to live unhindered won’t go to a university official that can actually
harassment, a process that involves many hours nation are even more complex in communi- by any discriminatory practices, [and] I expect do something. I would really like to encourage
of intervention with multiple parties. ties where multiple identity categories come to work in an environment where I’m going to students to not hesitate to use the online report-
The SHO officially presented its annual report into play, such as sex, gender, and sexual ori- be respected,” she said. “There [are] employment ing, to email, to call, and to assure them that it
for the 2007–08 academic year at the Board of entation. laws and you have to have anti-discriminatory is confidential,” she said, gesturing to her pad-
Governors’ Oct. 27 meeting. Between May 2007 “In the queer community, the distinction and anti-harassment policies in your workplace. locked filing cabinet. “I would like to encourage
and April 2008, 79 reports were made to the between what’s sexual harassment and what “The Ontario Human Rights Commission people to come see me if they have any concerns
SHO, slightly more than the annual average of is other harassment is very difficult to define already has policies hammered out. So there’s a or questions at any time.”
73 complaints over the last five years. Eighty per sometimes,” he said. “I think it’s important to really good starting ground, and you just need
cent of the reports cited incidents in which fe- make it easier to report that, and not to lump to modify them for what [it means] to live in a Stone can be reached at and
males were harassed by males. Only one formal sexual harassment in with everything else, but university [community] and what are the proce- incidents can be reported anonymously online
complaint that involved investigation by univer- to make it easier to say, ‘I was harassed because dures that can be implemented,” she continued. at
sity officials was made in 2007–08. of my sexual orientation and I consider that “Whether or not the policies have been devel- Students can also contact Protection Services at
“My feeling is that there was quite a lot of work sexual harassment, so I want it treated as sexual oped, it is really a duty for managers to address or by telephone at 613-
done last year in terms of increasing awareness harassment’.” discrimination and harassment when it hap- 562-5411 in the case of an emergency. Dec. 4, 2008 NEWS 8

Opposition parties form coalition, in Canada.
set sights on toppling Tories Either the government must re-
sign, or the House must be dissolved
CANADA COULD POTENTIALLY to make way for an election.
have a new government and new As Hogg explains, this decision is
prime minister by Dec. 8. ultimately made by the governor gen-
Barely two months after the Oct. eral of Canada, currently Michaëlle
14 federal election handed the Con- Jean. As part of his mandate, Prime
servative government 143 seats in Minister Harper is empowered to of-
the House of Commons, re-electing fer advice to Jean on which decision to
them to a minority government, the make. The governor general normally
Liberal Party and the New Demo- recommends an election, as it would
cratic Party signed an agreement on grant the constitutional right for the
Dec. 1 that the two parties would next prime minister to govern.
seek to form a coalition, with sup- The governor general has only de-
port from the Bloc Québécois, if the clined to dissolve parliament once in
current government is defeated on a history. In the King-Byng Affair of
Dec. 8 non-confidence vote. 1926, Governor General Lord Byng
There are unconfirmed reports, declined Prime Minister Mackenzie A Liberal-NDP coalition cabi-
however, suggesting that Prime Min- King’s request to dissolve and instead net would be composed of primar-
ister Stephen Harper may prorogue handed the government to the oppo- ily Liberal MPs, however NDP MPs
parliament and thus stave off a confi- sition. would fill 25 per cent of the positions.
dence vote over the Nov. 27 economic This created what scholars describe Stéphane Dion—who the Liberals
update. as a “constitutional crisis”, since many have chosen to keep as leader—indi-
If the House is deemed to have Canadians feel they should be gov- cated on Dec. 1 that he has advised
lost confidence in the government, erned by the party that wins a plu- the governor general that he has the
there are only two courses of action rality of seats in the House. A way confidence of the House to create a
to follow, according to Canadian con- around this, therefore, is to create a coalition government, should the
stitutional scholar Peter Hogg in his coalition that does represent a plural- current one fall.
seminal textbook, Constitutional Law ity of seats. —Carl Meyer

Leverage Your Education

News in brief
York Federation of Students under CUSA embroiled but stresses that this does not mean
fire for campaigning in Ottawa in Shinerama drama it only affects the white-skinned. She
and Advance Your Career. says that a “rainbow of people” from
TORONTO (CUP) – WHILE STU- TORONTO (CUP) – The Carleton India, Pakistan, North Africa, South
Algonquin College graduate certificate programs leverage
DENTS AT Toronto’s York University University Students’ Association America, and other regions can be af-
your degree or diploma with programs in the fields of: campaigned for the end of a labour (CUSA) recently pulled its support flicted.
• Advanced Technology strike that has shut down classes, for the cystic fibrosis fundraiser Shin- —Joe Howell,
• Business members of the York Federation of erama, claming that the disease “only Ontario Bureau Chief
• Health and Community Studies Students (YFS) executive spent time affect[s] white people”.
• Hospitality and Tourism in Ottawa campaigning for a different This announcement created a na-
• Language cause. tional media frenzy and CUSA has
• Media and Design
YFS President Hamid Osman con- been trying to backpedal ever since.
• Police and Public Safety
firmed that he and members of the CUSA passed a motion nearly
For more information on graduate certificates visit executive were in Ottawa for one week unanimously on Nov. 24 which read, during the Student Federation of the in part: “Whereas cystic fibrosis has
University of Ottawa’s (SFUO) refer- been recently revealed to only affect
If you are interested in jump starting your education, endum on membership with the Ca- white people, and primarily men …
check out the Winter 09 program offerings at nadian Federation of Students (CFS), be it resolved that: CUSA discontinue campaigning on behalf of the CFS. its support of this campaign.” Only
Osman said he has been doing ev- two CUSA council members cast dis-
erything he can to put an end to the senting votes.
strike at York; however, he did not Many people took offense, as the
attend a scheduled meeting between angry Facebook groups that have
YFS and the York administration. popped up suggest. CUSA held an
Another meeting has been scheduled emergency meeting on Dec. 1, in
which Osman said he plans to attend. which the original motion was over-
Many York students were unaware turned, an official apology was made,
that the YFS executives were spend- and Carleton’s involvement with
ing time in Ottawa until the informa- Shinerama was reinstated.
tion was leaked on Facebook. Cathleen Morrison, CEO of the
One member of the YFS executive Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,
was said to have campaigned along- said that there’s a silver lining to the
side volunteers for the No campaign debacle: the chance to tell people what
at the U of O. YFS executves allegedly cystic fibrosis really is. She explained
didn’t identify themselves as York that cystic fibrosis is the “most com-
students until asked. Members of the mon fatal genetic disease in Canada,”
No campaign were aware of the strike
at York and were reportedly shocked
and affects men and women equally.
Most Canadians with cystic fibrosis
and angered at seeing the YFS execu- do not live past their 30s.
tives in Ottawa. Morrison admits that it does “affect
—Scott McLean, The Excalibur the Caucasian population primarily,” Dec. 4, 2008 NEWS 9

Peter Henderson

Arts & Culture Dec. 4, 2008–Jan. 7, 2009

Arts & Culture Editor

Dickens with a twist

Actor John Huston
brings A Christmas
Carol to Ottawa
by Peter Henderson
Fulcrum Staff

“IF I COULD work my will, every idiot who

goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips
should be boiled with his own pudding, and
buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”
This delightful Christmas sentiment comes
from the mouth of Ebenezer Scrooge, the pro-
tagonist of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic
A Christmas Carol. John D. Huston is a Cana-
dian actor who knows Scrooge’s character very
well—he’s played him almost 400 times since
he began his one-man version of A Christmas
Carol in 1992.
“I’m obsessed with this show,” Huston says. “I
love doing it.”
Born in Winnipeg, Huston has worked in
Canada, the U.S., and Britain, performing solo
shows—he has appeared in 13 different one-
man productions—and as a member of larger
casts. He became interested in theatre while he
attended high school and decided to pursue a
degree in the field after he graduated.
“I had absolutely no idea what else I could do
with my life,” he explains. “I still don’t.”
He received his Master’s in theatre history
with a specialization in 19th-century perfor-
mance style from the University of Toronto in
1989. He worked various jobs in theatre and as
an amateur actor, but his first one-man show
confirmed his true calling.
“I’d heard about fringe festivals, and I knew
I wanted to try something out,” says Huston.
“I had read a book called Three Men in a Boat
many years before, and I thought, ‘You know,
that’s a really funny book, and it’s all told in the
first person. How hard could it possibly be to
make an hour out of that?’”
Huston performed his first one-man show,
Three Men in a Boat, at the Manotick Fringe
Festival in 1991.
“It was a big hit,” he recalls. “I thought ‘Wow, I photo courtesy John Huston
can do this!’ So the next year I did another book, John Huston uses facial expression, gestures, and vocal changes to bring the characters to life in his solo production of A Christmas Carol.
and later that same year I decided I would do A Huston began performing A Christmas Carol that. What I give people that no movie or play in 2004. On the album Finest Kind performs a
Christmas Carol.” with Dickens’ original script, but in the 16 years can give them is these wonderful Dickensian selection of Christmas carols, interspersed with
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was first pub- since that first performance he has modified and passages.” selected excerpts of Huston’s show.
lished in 1843. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s changed the script to suit his own needs. Huston is performing in Ottawa three times “They didn’t want to do just another Christ-
spiritual journey from a scheming money- “Every year I re-read the book and I look for this month, once at St. Bartholomew’s Angli- mas album,” Huston explains. “We did a CD,
lender to a generous philanthropist is one of something that strikes me,” he explains. “The can Church on Dec. 9 and twice at the National and it gets played all over the place this time of
the most popular tales in English literature. script changed quite radically the first few years. Arts Centre on Dec. 20 and 21. He is supported the year—[National Public Radio] in the States,
The book has been adapted for the theatre, Dickens used to do this as well—he started read- by Finest Kind, a local folk-music trio, who even some radio station in Australia.”
film, radio, television, and even opera. Dick- ing the whole book, [and] then gradually pared perform before the show and between each Huston also wants to produce a video record-
ens himself gave many readings of A Christmas it down. I started with his final version, and I’ve act. ing of the show and upload it to YouTube. He
Carol during his lifetime. His readings relied gradually put more things in. “I love finishing my tour in Ottawa,” says loves performing the “terrific, timeless” story of
on a special script he devised from the book “I started to put back all the Dickens bits,” Huston. “I get to hear Finest Kind every night. I A Christmas Carol, and he hopes to continue for
that was tailored for listeners, not readers, and he continues. “The narratives, all the jokes, heard them on Vinyl Café years ago, and I’ve al- as long as he can.
it is this abridged version that Huston began the descriptions of things. A movie can show ways wanted to have carollers in my show. When “I’m going to hit 400 performances on Dec.
working with in 1992. you Scrooge’s house, but only Dickens can tell I heard them, I thought, ‘That’s the sound, that’s 11, and I could do 400 more. I love this story,
“I knew that Dickens had done it as a solo you that the house was so out of place in the the kind of music I want’. That first Christmas, and I love doing it for people.”
piece, and I had his script,” explains Huston. yard in which it was located that one could it was just so delightful. I got to hear them sing
“And I had a girlfriend at the time who would scarcely help fancying it must have run there every night, it was just lovely.” Huston’s A Christmas Carol is at St. Bartholom-
always say, ‘Oh, you look so much like Charles when it was quite a young house playing at The collaboration between Huston and Fin- ew’s Anglican Church (125 Mackay Ave.) on Dec.
Dickens.’ It took me a month to learn it that first hide and seek with other houses and forgotten est Kind continues to this day, and they even 9 and the NAC (53 Elgin St.) Dec. 20 and 21. For
year.” the way out again. No camera can show you produced an album together, Feasts & Spirits, more information, visit
Let’s get baked! Gifting on the cheap
Recipes to celebrate the holidays
chocolate that was set aside over
top of the now chilled bark. Place by Jaclyn Lytle for plain clothing and Grand & Toy in
bark back in fridge for another and Peter Henderson the Rideau Centre (50 Rideau St.) for
10 minutes until it is completely Fulcrum Staff iron-on paper.
solid. When the chocolate can be If you can spare the time, for the
easily removed from the parch- IT’S FINALLY DECEMBER, and price of two knitting needles and
ment paper, the treat is done. that means Christmas shopping. But a ball of yarn or two, you can help
12. When the bark is finished, it can what’s a student to do when they’re friends or family bundle up when the
be broken apart either by hand or at a loss for gifts ideas for the family temperature drops with a toque and
with a sharp knife. and strapped for cash? Never fear! The matching scarf or gloves. Check out
Fulcrum’s guide to holiday giving on a for in-
The bark can be put in bags and given student’s income is here to rescue you structions and all the latest cutting-
as a gift, placed in a bowl to treat your from your empty-wallet woes. People edge fashions that you can make in
roommates, or stored in the fridge for appreciate homemade, personal gifts your spare time.
whenever you get a chocolate craving. much more than they appreciate a Soaps are a well-received holiday
—Anna Rocoski fancy, expensive gadget, and this guide gift, but store-bought collections
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chocolate holiday treat. Ingredients artistic side. If you can draw or paint, authentic, homemade bath bombs your list. These places often have
can include almonds, caramel corn, or a portrait of the family (or something and soaps. It’s actually easier than new or good-as-new books for sale
even candy canes—it’s up to you! more impressionistic) will impress it sounds. is a good that are cheaper than they are at the
Makes one baking sheet of chocolate, your parents and outshine anything starting point for all things home- big chains like Chapters or online re-
and takes about 30 to 40 minutes. those well-to-do post-grad siblings made and soap-related. tailers like Amazon. Always remem-
can come up with. For a younger If you want to give the gift of arts ber to jot the date and a little note
Ingredients for chocolate bark: brother or sister, grab a plain T-shirt and crafts but are hopeless with in the front of whatever books you
1½ cups chocolate (milk, white, or or hat, find some iron-on paper at any anything more complicated than a buy—it’s better if the book comes
dark) craft or business supply store, and for glue gun, try Ladyfest Ottawa’s “Not with a personal inscription.
½ cup bulk food items (almonds, dried under $10 you can contribute a one- Your Grandma’s Craft Sale”, which Finally, a great idea for the socially
cranberries, caramel corn, etc.) of-a-kind piece to his or her ward- takes place Dec. 6 at the Jack Pur- conscious is donating to a charity in
robe. Try Giant Tiger (98 George St.) cell Community Centre (320 Elgin lieu of buying a gift. Oxfam Canada
What you need: St.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists is just one of many charities that al-
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ment paper. 60 minutes to bake. helps women whose lives have been cepted, so don’t think you need to
2. Boil water in a small pot. affected by violence. There will be give more than you can afford—any
3. Fill a small- to medium-sized ½ cup of melted butter or margarine custom clothing, handmade jewelry, and all help is useful.
bowl with 1½ cups chocolate. 1 egg homemade foodstuffs, and all sorts Christmas shopping on a student
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to melt chocolate. 1 cup of sugar Don’t worry, books are a reliable ways try to add that personal touch.
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together. for a holiday snack, and you can make
11. Place tray in the fridge. Wait it within the time it takes to watch two
10 minutes, then pull it out and holiday specials.
decorate the bark by drizzling the —Jaclyn Lytle
Jan. 8, 2009 Dec. 4, 2008 ARTS 11
YOU The ethical eating mov

IN 2007, THE New Oxford American Dictionary’s word warming.
of the year was ‘locavore’. If you’ve never heard of it, a lo- The centrality of food in so many areas of
cavore is not a newly discovered species of dinosaur, nor like daily nutrition and celebrations—is see
is it the latest gamer slang. Actually, a locavore is some- of the value of the ethical eating movement.
one who chooses to eat food that is grown locally. The twood, a third year in the Canadian Studies p
principle behind this concept is that locally produced the University of Ottawa, has been a vegetaria
food is a healthier choice for both the consumer and the was 10 years old and prefers to eat locally grow
environment. food when possible. Attwood’s decision is n
Joining proponents of causes such as organic food pro- about mistreatment of animals during the foo
duction, fair-trade food agreements, and vegetarianism, tion process, but also the broader health and
the locavore is the most recently recognized addition to benefits of supporting local, sustainably produ
the variety of ways in which our tastebuds play a role in “By making these choices, there are environm

economic, social, and environmental issues. These food efits, and the standard and quality of the food is
movements have collectively been labelled by the pop- ter,” she said. “I would rather enjoy seasonal
ulation as ethical eating, eating with a conscience, and it’s there, than get something that tastes awful
eating well, but regardless of the title, each is respond- been in a truck for days or weeks before I buy i
ing to a dissatisfaction with the processes involved in the It is for reasons such as these that more
production of food. looking to find out more about the ethical im
of what they choose to eat. Smith says that
What do ethics have to do with food? number of people are becoming interested in l

duced, organic foods like his beef.
FoodTrust is an organization that offers food education “We have more demand for our product th
services to the public. FoodTrust CEO Alan Miller said reasonably fill,” he said. “The people that choo
in a 2007 interview with CBC, “[Companies] don’t go out come from all walks of life and include both s
and market sustainable agriculture as a single dimension. students.”
It’s one aspect in a broader spectrum of high-quality and
innovative produce backed by environmental standards. Problems with producing ethical foo

True sustainability only works when you combine sound
environmental practices, economic viability, and social Despite the growing popularity of ethically
responsibility.” foods among people of all ages, the economic
According to a 2007 study done by Organic Agriculture producers wanting to offer those products can
Center of Canada, sustainable agriculture sales reached Even with growing demand, Ashton Glen Fa
over $1 billion in Canada. Dave Smith is the owner and not making profits.
manager of Ashton Glen Farm. Located just west of Ot- “It is more expensive to produce beef that
tawa in Carleton Place, the farm produces organic, en- and grass-fed. The biggest issue is the cost of la
vironmentally sustainable Angus beef for local consum- said. “We will eventually find a price for ou
ers. For Smith, this approach to farming offers an ethical where we cover our costs. As in any busines
means of participating in the agriculture industry for a sumers will decide if there is value at that pric
range of reasons. While it’s true that consumers will decide i
“Firstly, the food produced is beneficial to the con- uct is worth the price, the higher prices can
sumer. Food should be good for you and nourish your choice more difficult for some. Attwood has
body, not destroy it,” Smith said. “Secondly, you leave the her limited budget can sometimes become st
environment in a state that is better than the way you her dietary choices, particularly when choosi
found it, and finally, we have an obligation to ensure that food. Organic food is made without pesticide
by Jessica Carter each animal’s life is the best it can be.” cial fertilizers and is free from food additives.
Fulcrum Contributor Sustainable food encompasses not only the environ- “Organic food is always much more expen
mental aspects of eating, but also the economics behind fer to buy it when I can, but the price can hol
illustration by Alex Martin the food industry and the community involved in it. sometimes,” she said.
Research associate Brian Halweil works for World- A 2006 study by independent research body
watch, an institute that provides analysis of critical Reports found that on average, organic foods
global issues in order to promote solutions. In 100 per cent more than comparable non-orga
his 2002 book, Home Grown: The Case for Another key place in the community involv
Local Food in a Global Market, Halweil viding customers with ethical food sources is
explains that because of the globaliza- Berry. Located within walking distance of the
tion of food supply, on average “fruits 206 Main St., the store provides customers wit
and vegetables are travelling be- organic fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.
tween 2,500 and 4,000 kilometres rymple, a manager at The Wheat Berry since J
from farm to market, an increase nizes that the prices of organic food can some
of roughly 20 per cent in the last the number of people able to make these cho
two decades”. their food.
Not only does the travel time Dalrymple blames part of the economic
reduce the quality of the food, faced by small-scale producers and suppliers
but Halweil argues that the huge foods on the ways that globalization has pu
quantities of fuel used for trans- businesses to the margins of the economy.
portation contribute to global “Under the Canadian government, it doesn’
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there’s as many rights for small-scale farmers and small-
our lives— scale businesses,” he said.
en as part Indeed, Dalrymple claims that one of the main chal-
Emily At- lenges faced by The Wheat Berry is the business’s small
program at size.
an since she “One of the problems is that as the movement becomes
wn, organic more popular, larger organizations like Loblaws start get-
not simply ting involved too, selling organic foods and things like
od produc- that,” he said. “But that also puts the smaller places like us
d ecological out of business because we just can’t compete.”
uced food. Dalrymple says that the problem with pushing smaller
mental ben- farms and businesses out of the market is that larger agri-
s much bet- cultural systems tend to have a more detrimental impact
food while on the environment and local economy.
because it’s “The global economy supports large-scale farming,
it.” but it’s more sustainable when it’s done at a small, local
people are level,” he explained.
mplications Smith indicated that the current, large-scale approach
a growing favoured by the global economy came about in the last 50
locally pro- years, as agricultural production expanded.
“The goals were ... to increase the amount of food
han we can produced and at the same time make it cheaper. The
ose our beef huge issue is that it substantially altered the product, the
seniors and environment, and the treatment of animals as units of
production. We now have cheap beef and any other fac-
tory farmed food that makes you and the planet sick. It
ods is totally absurd.”

y produced Raising awareness about ethical eating choices

c reality for
n be harsh. Smith believes that as people become more educated
arm is still about where their food comes from, production process-
es and consumer choices will start to change. Attwood
t is organic also agrees that the issue is about increasing awareness.
and,” Smith “People just don’t know that they’ve got these choices,
ur product so they can’t make an informed decision ... Societies’ at-
s, the con- titudes towards food affect other people’s livelihoods and
ce.” this can only change with education,” she said. “I’m not
f the prod- sure how many people even know that there is a decision
n make the to be made about the food they’re eating.”
found that The Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is just one of
tretched by the many organizations attempting to educate the pub-
ing organic
es or artifi-
lic on ethical eating. Whether providing information
through their website or their quarterly publica-
Places to buy organic food
tion The Canadian Organic Journal, COG is always try-
nsive. I pre- ing to spread the organic word. Lynda Hall, the project For a comprehensive guide to eating locally in Ottawa,
ld me back coordinator for Growing Up Organic—a pilot project set visit
up by COG in 2007—works in Ottawa, educating both
y Consumer young and old on the benefits of ethical eating.
s cost 50 to “We have a lot of projects right now for school-aged The Wheat Berry
nic foods.
ved in pro-
kids and youth, including things such as farm camp. We
also are encouraging as well as helping schools to grow
206 Main St.
The Wheat food gardens so that we can use them as teaching tools,”
e U of O at she said. “We also hold public information nights on cer- Herb and Spice Shop
h local and tain topics in [ethical eating].”
. Evan Dal- Ignorance may be bliss, but in terms of ethical eating, 375 Bank St. and 1310 Wellington Ave.
July, recog- P.E.I. farmer Barry Cudmore believes we are only hurt-
etimes limit
oices about
ing ourselves.
“We can no longer eat for today and forget about to-
Market Organics
morrow,” he said. “People who take the food purchasing 126 York St.
c challenge system for granted do so at their own peril. They rely
s of ethical on everyone without knowing them. That’s what’s neat
shed small about sustainable systems, because it gets people to look The Sandy Hill People Food Co-op
’t seem like
at having the relationships with the people that produce
them [food products].”
317 Wilbrod St.
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Ashton Glen Farms
Ottawa Organic Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
501 Smyth Rd.
Holiday movie guide
HE BEST WAY to get into the holiday mood is with movies that explore the themes of this festive season: love, generosity, and good humour. Here are some of
the best films to keep your spirits up after long, stressful days dodging other harried holiday shoppers at the mall. They all explore the themes of the holidays
in different ways, but each one will fill you with Christmas cheer.
National Lampoon’s Whoville, which is home to the warm-hearted
Christmas Vacation Who people who love to “spread the holiday
cheer loud enough for all to hear”. Though the
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace, Grinch originally schemes to steal Christmas
and harmony that brings family and friends to- away from the Whos, his eventual redemption
gether. In reality, it’s more about dealing with makes both films a treat for the whole fam-
annoying family members, nasty neighbours, ily. The animated version, narrated by Boris
and the madness of Christmas shopping. The Karloff, is a well-established holiday classic,
harsh realities of Christmastime are explored in but the live-action re-make has its moments,
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which mostly due to the funny and touching work of
takes a hilarious look at the stressful side of Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Both are great choic-
Christmas. Chevy Chase is never better than es for Christmas Eve, especially while enjoying
as the beleaguered head of the Griswold house- a big mug of eggnog.
hold, and his half-crazed attempts to pull off —Camila Juarez
the perfect Christmas at any cost are a comedic
gift that keeps on giving, year after year. While Die Hard
other movies try to delude you into thinking
that Christmas is a time of endless joy and cel- Die Hard has everything a Christmas movie
ebration, Christmas Vacation shows you the real should have—guns, explosions, humour, and
chaos of Christmas. terrorists. The movie stars Bruce Willis as New
—Hisham Kelati York cop John McClane, who is visiting his
kids and estranged wife for Christmas. Terror-
The Muppet ists take over his wife’s Christmas party, and it’s
Christmas Carol up to McClane to save the day. Die Hard is a
perfect break from sappy Christmas movies—
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the most it celebrates holiday cheer with violence and
popular Christmas story not from the Middle wise-cracks, while still finding time to have
East, and it gets a hilarious and heart-warming tender moments that evoke the sentimentality
update in The Muppet Christmas Carol. Michael of the season. Take a break from the tear-jerk-
Caine plays what is perhaps the best version of ers and throw on some bad-ass yuletide cheer.
Ebenezer Scrooge ever put on film, which is all —Daniel Harris
the more impressive considering he plays op-
posite a puppet. Although it’s not entirely true Love Actually
to the source material, this film nevertheless
captures the spirit of Dickens’ work and conveys The holiday season is a time for sentimentality
the true feelings behind all the pomp and pro- and love, and anyone who says different has no
duction of the holidays: generosity and love. The heart. Love Actually is a movie that embraces the
supporting cast of Muppets provides a comic warm, fuzzy feeling we all get in late December,
counterpoint to the sometimes sombre story— without a hint of irony or cynicism. This roman-
Dickens himself would surely have approved. tic comedy tells a series of intertwining stories
—Peter Henderson that span the holiday season and come to a head
on one magical Christmas Eve. The stellar cast
How the Grinch includes Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Laura
Stole Christmas Linney, Bill Nighy, and the incomparable Emma
Thompson. Love Actually is a blend of comedy
Theodore “Dr.” Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole and romance that works perfectly during the
Christmas has been turned into two holiday holidays, just like the combination of hot choc-
movies, a 1966 animated version and the 2000 olate and a shot of crème liqueur. Throw away
feature-length live-action version. Both tell your holiday stress and embrace the schmaltz
the story of the Grinch, a bitter, cave-dwelling and emotion of Love, Actually—this movie is
creature with a heart “two sizes too small”. pure escapism.
He lives above and loathes deeply the town of —Peter Henderson

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You’ll never eat brunch in this town again

Some Christmas wishes

Santa, I don’t know if you can watch televi- self-fellatio is ruining his music. The quality of are confused by the Canadian political machi-
sion up at the North Pole, but I definitely do, and his albums has been in steady decline since Late nations going on, but surely you can send some
it’s awful. I’d like you to magically make televi- Registration in 2005, and I’d love to see him ditch elves to lobby members of Parliament regardless
sion writers stop ruining their shows—no more that annoying vocoder sound effect he puts on of who the Prime Minister is.
ghosts on Grey’s Anatomy, no more nonsensical the vocals of every new song and actually return Lastly, Santa, I’d like Heath Ledger to win the
plot twists on Lost, and no more resurrections to the rap that he excels at. While we’re talking Oscar for Best Actor. Yes, everybody and their
on Heroes. And please, music, Santa, I’d love to brother are calling for this, but I think it’s im-
please make network see the Black Eyed Peas portant. He was a rare talent, a brilliant method
executives take Scrubs never release an album actor who transcended his good looks by con-
off the air before more No more ghosts on Grey’s again, but I don’t know stantly experimenting and pushing the envelope
terrible new seasons
Peter Henderson erase my fond memo-
Anatomy, no more nonsensical ific your Christmas mag-
is powerful enough
of what Hollywood acting could be. Lost in all
the hubbub about his death and the success of
Arts & Culture Editor ries of the old ones. plot twists on Lost, and no more to break the pact they The Dark Knight is the true genius of his per-
When 24 returns to resurrections on Heroes. made with Satan. If the formance—in the decades to come, I honestly
DEAR SANTA, the air, I’d like to see Devil didn’t write “My believe the Joker will stand as the best villain
I know it’s been a while since I wrote to you. it become less like the Humps”, I don’t know ever seen on film.
My feelings were very hurt when I didn’t get neo-conservative’s wet who did. So that’s it Santa, just a few requests this year.
Scarlett Johansson under my tree last year. In dream it became in seasons five and six. Jack Only a few more things, Santa, and I’ll be a I’m still single, but Scarlett got married—I know
retrospect, I have to give you points for trying, Bauer doesn’t need to torture someone every happy Henderson. This year, I want arts funding your powers are great, but even you couldn’t
and I’ll admit that your ongoing trial for kid- five seconds for the show to be interesting, and for festivals, galleries, galas—anything you can give me the body of Ryan Reynolds. So this year,
napping is mostly my fault. However, this year it would be nice if the writers recognized that. think of. Our leaders haven’t been very forth- I’m asking for Natalie Portman.
I’ve got some wishes, and I figured I’d get them Another thing I’d like is for Kanye West to learn coming, at neither the municipal nor federal
in before the Christmas Eve rush you hate so some humility. I know he thinks he’s “the voice of levels, so we definitely need some help from a
much. this generation, of this decade”, but I think all that supernatural being like you. I know even you 613-252-2311

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David McClelland

Sports Dec. 4, 2008–Jan. 7, 2009

Sports Editor

The Cavalry Awards

The Fulcrum names the best athletes of the semester

T’S THAT TIME of the year again: the semester is over, and the Fulcrum
is handing out the hardware for the best athletes of the season so far in the
semi-annual Cavalry Awards.
Top male athlete: Top female athlete: Rookie of the semester: Top varsity team: Top competitive club:
Davie Mason, men’s football Jess Charron, women’s soccer Fannie Desforges, women’s hockey Men’s basketball Women’s fastball

Even though he was injured for It’s a rare team that can succeed First-year forward Fannie Desforges Although the men’s basketball team The Gee-Gees women’s fastball team
part of the Gee-Gees men’s football without a good goalkeeper. A strong has quickly made a name for herself lost their first game of the semester 73- had another outstanding season in
season, missing two regular season keeper can anchor an already strong on the ice with the University of Otta- 53 to the Western Mustangs, the squad 2008, improving on their bronze
games and one playoff game, when defence and impart confidence on wa women’s hockey team this season. quickly rebounded and embarked on medal finish in the Ontario Intercol-
he’s healthy, third-year running the team as a whole. Second-year With three goals and two assists in a seven-game winning streak, leaving legiate Women’s Fastball Association
back Davie Mason is a force to be goalkeeper Jess Charron protected eight games so far in her first year with them tied for first in the OUA East with (OIWFA) 2007 championships with
reckoned with. Despite only appear- the net for the Gee-Gees women’s the Gee-Gees, Desforges has shown the Carleton Ravens—who also hold a a silver medal finish this year. After
ing in six games during the regular soccer team throughout the 2008 amazing potential and has proved 7-1 record—going into the mid-season collecting a 14-4 record during the
season, he still managed to finish season, and had an incredible impact herself to be an invaluable recruit for break. The Gee-Gees have been excel- regular season, the Gee-Gees went on
with the fourth-highest total rush- on the eventual OUA silver medal- the team. She stands out both on the lent on the court so far this season, to take the playoffs by storm. Ottawa
ing yards in Canadian Interuniver- ists, despite not playing with the scoreboard and in her defensive play, with veteran centre Dax Dessereault swept past the competition in the
sity Sports (CIS) with 896, averaged team since the 2006 season. showing toughness in blocking shots, and fourth-year guard Josh Gibson- round-robin portion of the OIWFA
149 yards per game and 7.28 yards Charron collected eight wins (in- while also pulling off a hat trick in Bascombe being supported by strong championships, defeating the Lau-
per carry. cluding five shutouts) during the her second career university game, performances from younger players rier Golden Hawks, Queen’s Golden
Though he only played in two post- regular season, and led the Gee-Gees leading her team to a 6-2 victory over like rookie guard Warren Ward and Gaels, and Windsor Lancers to fin-
season games, Mason notably broke to three post-season victories. Fin- the Concordia Stingers on Oct. 18. second-year guard Jacob Gibson-Bas- ish first in their pool and advance
the CIS record for rushing yards in a ishing with just eight goals conceded Though Desforges’s numbers may not combe. Though the Gee-Gees have yet to the semi-finals. After a 6-1 win
single playoff game, when he managed for a goals-against average of 0.57, be as spectacular as some other Gee- to face the perennially number-one against the McMaster Marauders in
327 yards in the Ontario University Charron was a brick wall in net and Gees rookies, her poise and ability to Ravens, it’s already looking clear that that game, the Gee-Gees finally fell
Athletics (OUA) semi-final on Oct. played a major part in the Gee-Gees’ produce points against veteran play- this is one of the strongest men’s bas- in the final, losing 5-1 to the Western
25 against the Guelph Gryphons. successes this year. ers makes her truly shine. ketball teams the U of O has fielded in Mustangs—an unfortunate cap to an
the last 10 years. otherwise excellent season.
Runners up: Dax Dessereault (men’s Runners up: Emilie Morasse (women’s Runners up: Warren Ward (men’s
basketball), Josh Sacobie (men’s foot- basketball), Karine Gagnon (women’s basketball), Matthieu Methot (men’s Runners up: Women’s soccer, women’s Runners up: Ultimate team, rowing
ball) volleyball) hockey) volleyball team
—David McClelland —Anna Rocoski —Megan O’Meara —David McClelland —David McClelland

Top coach: Andy Sparks, women’s basketball Biggest surprise: Sports Services overhauls their website

He may not have the most impressive record of all Gee-Gees head coaches, with the women’s bas- Regular visitors to might have been surprised on Nov. 30 when they found that Sports Ser-
ketball team just one game over .500 at the holiday break, but this record represents a dramatic turn- vices’ website had been totally overhauled. The old site was replaced by a colourful new version, which
around for the team. Sparks joined the women’s basketball team as head coach after the disastrous is both more intuitively laid out and easier on the eyes. With integrated highlights, player pictures, and
3-19 2007–08 season, replacing then-head coach Carlos Brown who was let go by Sports Services. a more aesthetically pleasing layout, the new website will certainly improve the image of the Gee-Gees
Sparks has done an incredible job turning the team around, instilling the team with confidence on the national scale. The former Sports Services’ site was outdated and clunky-looking, leading the
and enforcing sharper play on both offence and defence. With the Gee-Gees currently holding on Fulcrum to call for a redesign last year. The late-November redesign came out of nowhere but was an
to fourth place in the OUA east with a 5-4 record, it’s entirely possible the team may return to the extremely pleasant surprise.
playoffs this year under Sparks’ leadership.
Runners up: Men’s football team reaching the Yates Cup, women’s basketball on a four-game winning
Runners up: Steve Johnson (women’s soccer), Dave DeAveiro (men’s basketball) streak
—David McClelland —David McClelland
Gees send ‘em
back to Kingston
“Some younger kids got a chance to play, and
that was solid,” said Gee-Gees head coach Lionel
Women’s volleyball top- Woods. “It was nice to see Sofia [Sturova], our
ples Queen’s and RMC young setter, get a chance to play a whole match.
We just [got] some young kids in a real game
by David McClelland instead of a scrimmage—they’ve played a bit in
Fulcrum Staff the early season, but this is certainly better for
them and it’s starting to show.”
IT WAS A triumphant homestand for the Gee- Although the youthful version of the Gee-
Gees women’s volleyball team as they defeated Gees struggled and occasionally fell behind
both the Queen’s Golden Gaels and RMC Pala- RMC, in each set the Garnet and Grey were able
dins with ease Nov. 28–29, winning 3-1 and 3-0, to pull out a victory. Sturova was a standout for
respectively. the Gees, registering five kills and six digs in her
The Gaels entered the game against the Gees first full game as a university athlete. Ottawa
with a 5-4 record, sitting in third place in the On- won the match 25-20, 25-19, 25-23.
tario University Athletics east division, one game Second-year libero Joanna Fabris said that the
back of Ottawa. However, the Gee-Gees were lack of pressure in the match sometimes lulled
able to solidify their control of second place with the Gees into a false sense of security, and that
a decisive victory. Fifth-year leftside hitter Karine communication was the key to snapping out of
Gagnon played a crucial role in the victory, deliv- temporary funks.
ering 10 kills and 12 digs to power the Gees to a “I think coming together in the circle after ev-
25-19, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21 victory in the match. ery point [is important],” said Fabris. “Honestly,
The next day, the the Garnet and Grey faced just talking to each other and challenging each
the winless Paladins. It was a chance for several other, that’s been our big [ability].”
of the less-experienced Gees to start a game and
develop their skills. Gagnon, along with fellow With these wins, the Gee-Gees improve their re-
photo by Alex Martin starter and third-year setter Tess Edwards, did cord to 8-3 and remain in second place in the
Setter Tess Edwards sets up a spike for middle Joanie Beauregard-Veillette. not play against RMC. OUA East division.

The Ottawa snow scene

quires begging the parents for some blant.
cash, but if they’re not feeling so gen- If you can’t seem to find an entire
Which slopes to erous this time around, try checking day to spend on the slopes, all hills
out some pre-season sales. The peak offer half-day passes at a lower price.
hit this winter time to hit up sports equipment stores Mont Cascades, Camp Fortune, and
is before the holiday season; they’re Vorlage all have night skiing that
by Jaclyn Lytle stocked full with the latest new and runs 4–10 p.m. which costs around
Fulcrum Staff used goods for skiers and snowboard- $20. For students that don’t have their
ers, and they’re usually dirt cheap by own transportation, Mont Ste. Marie
AS WE APPROACH the first offi- Boxing Day. Used equipment stores offers a shuttle bus service that stops
cial day of winter on Dec. 21, tem- like Play It Again Sports (1701 Bank at several locations in Ottawa and
perature and snow alike are falling, St.) are also a great way to go, as this Gatineau, with more details available
leaving Ottawa residents standing in is the time of year people are look- on the hill’s website.
ankle-deep slush. You could scowl at ing to trade in old equipment. Your Many of the hills offer their own
the amassing flakes until they dis- odds of finding used equipment in special deals. In particular, Mont
appear (probably sometime around good condition are much higher just Ste. Marie offers a shuttle and full-
April), or you can take advantage of before the holidays. day pass deal for $55, Camp Fortune
the winter weather and give yourself At the same time, there are plenty is currently offering a booklet of six
a well-deserved study break on the of hills for skiing and snowboarding full-day passes for the price of five,
slopes. within an hour of Ottawa that offer and Calabogie Peaks offers a $22 deal
First things first: whether you’re great deals for students. A weekend to college and university students on
planning on spending your time at day pass costs $28 at Vorlage, $30 Fridays, as well as half-price passes
one of the several ski hills in the Ot- at Camp Fortune, $32 at Mont Cas- on Mondays.
tawa region, or just hoping to have a cades, $37 at Mont Ste. Marie, $43 ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so drop
sled race or snowball war, you’re go- at Calabogie Peaks, and, for those the books after those exams and hit
ing to need to equip yourself. Suiting looking for the best hill in the region, the hills and take advantage of the photo by Ryan Pilarczyk
up for the winter season usually re- a whopping $67.75 at Mont Trem- snow. Racing down icy hills at high speeds can be one of the best parts of winter.

from p. 22 Dec. 4, 2008 SPORTS 17

with a 4-3 overtime exhibition win the Gees, but ultimately fell to the Gees guard Emilie Morasse led both
against the visiting Syracuse Orange Ottawa squad 79-71. The Garnet teams with 14 points in the game.
in their last game of 2008. Gee-Gees and Grey established a 41-36 lead Ottawa will return to the court on
third-year centre Kayla Hottot re- by halftime, a margin they were Jan. 9, when they host the Ryerson
turned to the line-up after recover- able to maintain throughout the Rams at 6 p.m. at Montpetit Hall.
ing from illness and scored twice for second half. Fifth-year centre Dax —David McClelland
Ottawa. Dessereault was Ottawa’s top per-
Ottawa heads into the winter former with 27 points, while Gib- Swimming team snaps records
break with a 4-3-1 record and is in son-Bascombe finished with 26 and
second place in the Quebec Student was a perfect five-for-five from the THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa
Sports Federation, and will resume free-throw line. swimming team is having a record-
play on Jan. 10 when they host the The Gee-Gees will resume their breaking season.
Concordia Stingers at 2 p.m. at the season on Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. when they The team competed in the Uni-
Sports Complex. Tickets are $4 for host the Ryerson Rams. versity Challenge Cup in Toronto
students. —David McClelland on Nov. 27, and finished with 170.5
—Andrew Hawley points, good for fifth place. The
A split for women’s basketball Cup brings together the top eight

Around the horn

Men’s basketball still tied with Ra- varsity swim teams in Canada. In
vens at the break AFTER POSTING A win and a loss the 4x50-metre freestyle relay, an
the weekend of Nov. 28–29, the Ottawa team consisting of Adam
THE GEE-GEES MEN’S basketball Gee-Gees women’s basketball team Tudor, Hans Fracke, Sean Dawson,
team added two road wins to their will end the first half of the season and Bernard Joosten broke the team
record Nov. 28–29, downing the Wa- with a winning record for the first record for the event.
Depleted women’s hockey and converted on their lone power terloo Warriors and Laurier Golden time since the 2004–05 season. A few days later, on Nov. 30, the
team falls to McGill play to build a 3-0 lead. In the sec- Hawks to keep pace with the Carle- On Nov. 28, the Gee-Gees hand- team broke another Ottawa record
ond period, the Martlets outshot the ton Ravens. The race for first place in ed the Waterloo Warriors a 71-60 as the Gee-Gees qualified five male
THE BEST TEAM in Canadian uni- Gees 16-7 and added two more goals the Ontario University Athletics east defeat in Waterloo. The Gee-Gees swimmers to the Canadian Inter-
versity women’s hockey took advan- to their lead. In the third, McGill division is red-hot as both the Gee- dominated the Warriors through- university Sports (CIS) champion-
tage of an injured Gee-Gees squad added insult to the Gees’ injuries by Gees and Ravens now hold 7-1 re- out the game, while second-year ships, breaking the team’s previous
on Nov. 29 when the Canadian In- potting four more goals. cords going into the holiday break. post Hannah Sunley-Paisley had a record of three. Joosten qualified for
teruniversity Sports number-one- Gee-Gees head coach Shelley Ottawa dominated Waterloo 81- field day to lead both teams with 20 the Feb. 19–21 CIS championships
ranked McGill Martlets thumped Coolidge commended goalten- 57 on Nov. 28, led by rookie for- points. after meeting the national standard
Ottawa 9-0. Four Gee-Gee veter- der Jessika Audet for her 39 saves ward Warren Ward with 18 points The next day proved to be tough- in the 50-metre breast stroke event.
ans, including team captain Danika throughout the game, and did not and fourth-year guard Josh Gibson- er for Ottawa when they took on Chris Reith also managed to qualify
Smith, were not in the lineup due to hold her responsible for the loss. Bascombe with 17 points. The Gee- the Laurier Golden Hawks. Despite in the 1,500-metre freestyle. Fracke,
sickness or injury, and leading scor- “McGill beat us to a lot of pucks Gees held an 11-point lead at the collecting a 25-20 lead by halftime, Irvine, and Peter Suen will also be
er Joelle Charlebois left the game and just capitalized on their second half and never looked back as they Ottawa was unable to hold on in representing the men’s side, while
with an injury. and third chances,” Coolidge con- kept the Warriors well at bay. the second half and slipped behind Zoe Kamenz will be the lone female
The undefeated McGill team out- ceded. The next day, the Golden Hawks the Hawks, eventually dropping representative for the Gee-Gees.
shot Ottawa 17-10 in the first period On Nov. 30, the Gees rebounded were able to get a little closer to the game 55-41. Second-year Gee- —David McClelland

18 SPORTS Dec. 4, 2008

Scoring the perfect gift
vourite team. A great book for baseball fans is Of course, hockey is one of the
The Complete Armchair Book of Baseball by John most popular sports in the nation.
What to get for your Thorne, which provides an in-depth look at the But Senators tickets can be way
favourite sports fan sport, including selections written by many for- too expensive for many people on a
mer players. For an inspirational sports story, budget, so consider the Ottawa 67’s
by Anna Rocoski take a look at a true story about a female basket- instead. The 67’s play in the Ontario
Fulcrum Staff ball team called In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle Hockey League, and two adult tickets
by Madeleine Blais. Another book that will nev- to a game at the Civic Centre cost $30.
IT CAN SOMETIMES be tough knowing what er get old for a hockey fan is The Hockey Sweater Also consider the Gatineau Olympiques, who
presents to buy friends and loved ones for the by Rock Carrier; it is a children’s book that any play just across the river at 125 rue de Carillon
holidays, especially when you’re a student on a hockey fan can appreciate. One final book to in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
budget. However, finding the perfect gift gets a bit look for is Running for My Life by Ray Zahab, Tickets are the same price as the 67s, and the
easier when shopping for sports fanatics. There a book about one man’s experience growing up hockey is just as exciting. Another good idea for
are lots of inexpensive gifts you can pick up for in Ottawa and becoming a top adventure racer. hockey fans is a knit hat with the lucky recipi-
that person in your life who wears an unwashed Prices of all these books vary somewhat de- ents’s favourite team’s logo emblazoned proudly If you are stumped and really don’t know what
hockey jersey every Saturday night. pending on where you look, so shop around for on the front. These are available at Sports Ex- to do, another idea is to organize a sports night
For the avid reader, visit a local bookstore on- the best deals. press in the Rideau Centre, and are also avail- in, so to speak. Invite some friends around for a
line or in person and browse the sports section. What do you buy the golfer cooped up inside able online at big game over the holidays and provide drinks
Look through biographies, team histories, guides until better weather approaches? Take a look at Sometimes even the simplest gifts prevail. and snacks—Hockey Night in Canada anyone? It
to sports arenas, and even take a look at the mag- for assorted accessories; a package Consider buying a football, baseball or basketball may not be something you can wrap up with a
azine section. Mags and Fags at 254 Elgin St. has of 15 golf balls—depending on the brand—can to remind the sports fanatic why he or she loves bow, but it will certainly be appreciated.
a large selection of magazines sure to please any go for $15. A golfer’s most prized items are their the sport in the first place. Just make sure that you ‘Tis the season to barge through those shopping
sports fan. clubs so why not purchase some nice golf club promise to go out and use it with them. Making centres and find the perfect gift. The thought is
There are tons of books written about sports. protectors to protect the golfer’s pride and joy? memories can be as important as the gift itself, so what matters most, so make sure you let the sports
Just remember not to mix up the recipient’s fa- They sell for $20 and up at Golf Town. don’t be afraid to think a bit outside of the box. fan in your life know they’re appreciated.

Yoga a cure for

by Megan O’Meara
exam stress ating a more intense workout while Sports Complex. For more informa-
Fulcrum Staff still relieving stress. tion on how to register, visit geegees.
Mindful yoga is almost the oppo- ca. The next section begins Jan. 11,
ARE EXAMS STRESSING you out? site of yoga fit, as its goal is to exercise giving students a great opportunity
You might want to try yoga. the mind more than traditional yoga to start out the new year with a new
Yoga originated in India as an an- classes might. It concentrates on the source of stress relief.
cient form of meditation and exercise promotion of self-acceptance and With so many health benefits, yoga
and is now practised in many coun- awareness through meditation. is catching on in a big way. Gear up
tries by people of all ethnicities. The Sports Services has many classes for exams by attending an open class,
physical practice of yoga involves available to students at both the register for sessions beginning in Jan-
holding a variety of poses that stretch Sports Complex and Montpetit Hall, uary to get a jump start on your New
the body while simultaneously focus- including some free classes. Year’s resolution, or just have fun try-
ing on breathing to calm the mind Yoga fit classes are free for all stu- ing something new. You don’t have to
and spirit. dents and are held about four times bend and twist like a pretzel—yoga
Contrary to popular belief, you do a month. The schedule is updated has something to offer everyone.
not need to be a contortionist to do monthly and can be found online or
yoga—many of the poses are simple at the Sports Services desks in the
or have variations that allow for mini- Sports Complex and Montpetit Hall.
mal strain on the body while still of- The downside to these classes is that
fering the same stress-relieving ben- since they are first-come, first-serve,
efits. there are often long lines to get in
For those contemplating giving and many who line up don’t make it
yoga a try, there are a wide variety of in. There may be more added in the
weekly yoga classes offered on cam- future due to high demand, accord-
pus at little or no cost to students. ing to Corinne Nehm, who works
Traditional yoga is beginning to with the Sports Services group fitness
be offered by a few organizations on program, but for now there is another
campus, while Sports Services offers option for those who want to be guar-
this form of yoga as well as ‘yoga fit’ anteed a weekly spot in the class and
and ‘mindful yoga’. aren’t afraid to pay the price.
Traditional yoga—involving hold- Sports Services offers traditional
ing each pose and stretching—is a light and mindful yoga in one-hour in-
form of exercise used as a method of structional classes taught over eight
meditation. While it does strengthen weeks. Students have to pay to register
the body, its focus is mostly on flex- for these classes, but once registered,
ibility and calming the mind. they are guaranteed a spot in each
Yoga fit is a variation on yoga that session. The cost per eight-week ses-
shifts the focus towards strength sion is $65 for students, and registra-
training as it involves more move- tion can be done by phone, mail, fax
photo illustration by Jaclyn Lytle ment within and between poses, cre- or in person at Montpetit Hall or the Dec. 4, 2008 SPORTS 19

Michael Olender

Opinion Dec. 4, 2008–Jan. 7, 2009

Executive Editor

Which rock rocks hardest?
or Who is ‘The Rock’?
illustration by Amlake Tedla-Digaf

Rock of Gibraltar Allan Rock

WHEN IT COMES to rocks, you’re going to be very hard-pressed to beat the Rock of Gibraltar. SO WHAT IF the other rocks have gravelly exteriors, celebrity status, or baking abilities? It’s intelli-
Seriously, it’s a 400-metre-tall rock off the southern coast of Spain that juts out of nowhere from the gence and expertise that prevail in every battle, and the U of O’s president is the only one who clearly
Mediterranean Sea. And not only is it the only rock in this battle to be prominently mentioned in exemplifies these qualities. Allan Rock can dodge any attack the other pitiful rocks may launch, after
a Jay-Z song (“How could you falter when you the Rock of Gibraltar?”), but according to myth, it spending nearly a decade deflecting attacks as a cabinet minister. I seriously doubt Dwayne Johnson
was formed when Hercules decided to smash through a mountain. Really, does it get much more could endure having his so-called capabilities being put to the test by sly opposition MPs. Everyone
badass than that? Actually, the Rock of Gibraltar is traditionally known as an invincible bastion— knows the powerful wit and stinging retort a politician—even a former one—can possess, and no
the phrase “solid as the Rock of Gibraltar” describes a person or situation that never fails, at any cost. matter how composed and cool Sean Connery may seem to be, I’m sure he’d break down in tears
Does Allan Rock have a degree in invincibility? He most definitely does not, and the only other rock after being challenged on the floor of the House of Commons. And don’t forget about Rock’s work
out there that comes close to being invincible is Sean Connery, but only because he played James with the United Nations. Last I heard, the Queen of England didn’t back any of the other contenders
Bond. Face it, rocks: no matter how awesome you think you are, you just can’t top a giant, invincible as she did when she appointed Rock to represent Canada on the global stage. I’m positive he could
rock punched out of a mountain by a mythic hero. diplomatically negotiate the defeat of all of his opponents.
—David McClelland —Emma Godmere

The pet rock Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Sean Connery in The Rock Anna Rocoski
ON THE FIELD of battle atop the Rock of Gi- WITH ONE EYEBROW arched gracefully FIRST OFF, SEAN Connery is pretty badass just ANNA “THE ROCK” Rocoski has been a Ful-
braltar, Igneous the pet rock sits perfectly still, above his masculine visage, Dwayne “The Rock” for being the original James Bond. However, crum volunteer for nearly a year now, and in
showing the patience and resilience of his breed. Johnson will end the hopes and dreams of all Connery’s role in The Rock proved that he is in that time, she’s learned a few things, namely:
He is a pet rock, hewn from the first stone to who challenge for his title. There can be only fact the ultimate human being. In the movie, how to end lives. You can’t be a good Fulcrum
break the ocean and adorned with googly eyes one Rock, and it is he. For those other rocks he escaped from Alcatraz. Yes, that’s right—the volunteer without the ability to sneak up on
forged in the fires of Black Mountain. He men- who disagree, Johnson has a four-step solution: prison that was deemed escape-proof. In case people. So while Sean Connery is relaxing on
tally prepares for dawn and the battle to come. they have to take their delusions of grandeur, that isn’t impressive enough, Connery’s action- an island paid for using the rugged good looks
Against Allan Rock, he shall use his slippery-top turn them sideways, grease ‘em up real nice, hero skills saved 81 hostages and prevented that even the most heterosexual man would
stratagem, and the president is at risk because of and shove them up their candy asses. He’s got San Francisco from being bombed by radical describe as “somewhat arousing”, Anna is dis-
his fine shoes. The wrestler will need to be dealt the People’s Elbow and the Rock Bottom on tap Marines, all while keeping that glorious beard guised as a humble mango tree studying his
with carefully, by striking him soundly about the for those who oppose him—Connery, Igneous, intact. In case the plot alone doesn’t prove that every movement. Anna casts off her disguise
head. Connery will fall from a powerful beam even Rocoski won’t be absolved from pain. The Connery is beyond human, in the movie he and lunges towards Connery. After a few swift
shot from the googly eyes of eternal doom. The Rock is saving up a power-bomb off the turn- throws a knife through a man’s neck to prove punches to the beard, Anna has surely won the
girl, Anna, shall be spared, assuming she can buckle for Allan Rock that will finally bring why you should never hesitate. We all know battle. Pet rock? Anna has a pet dragon. Her
swim back after being launched into the sea. Pet an end to their infamous feud over the ethics that everyone—even Dwayne Johnson, Allan writing abilities and powers of deduction make
rocks are always underestimated. These other of humanitarian intervention, which began at Rock, and Anna Rocoski—hesitates and that Allan Rock look like Kevin Federline. As for
rocks consider themselves above rocks like Ig- Wrestlemania XII. Johnson doesn’t even need to Connery’s jacket is lined with knives. As for his Dwayne Johnson, Anna has something he’ll
neous, but little do they know the true power of use his immense talent as an actor to win this non-human enemies, Connery will surely defeat never have: a diploma in baking. Do you smell
a pet that can sit and stay better than any other. fight—it doesn’t matter what your name is, The Gibraltar and Igneous as he conquered the fore- what The Rock is cooking? It’s your ass, fresh
Today, the pet rock’s time has come. Rock will straight up rock you. boding cliffs of Alcatraz Island. out of the oven.
—Dave Atkinson —Peter Henderson —Frank Appleyard —Ben Myers
Non-normative gender is not a disease Still, the DSM frames these issues
in terms of traditional gender stereo-
whether or not to transition to an-
other gender, and by how much, are
happy with who they are, yet they re-
by James Albaugh Transvestic fetishism is categorized these rigid gender stereotypes, espe- The real irony, though, is that this main marked with that stigma for the
The McGill Daily as a paraphilia—or sexual fetish—just cially in children. Criteria in children diagnosis legitimizes stigmas sur- rest of their lives.
like pedophilia. This categorization assigned male at birth include “aver- rounding gender-variant behaviour The best argument against remov-
MONTREAL (CUP) – IN 1973, THE reinforces stereotypes of cross-dress- sion toward rough-and-tumble play” by linking them to the stigmas as- ing or reclassifying gender identity
American Psychiatric Association ers as sexual predators. In addition, and “rejection of male stereotypical sociated with mental illness, which disorder is that a diagnosis can be
(APA) removed homosexuality from one of the criteria for a diagnosis is toys, games, and activities”. can only hurt those who truly need necessary for some health-insurance
its list of diagnostic criteria for mental “over a period of at least six months, This ignores the full range of hu- mental-health services. claims, which can be essential for one’s
illnesses. This was a major early vic- in a heterosexual male, recurrent, man possibility. It’s entirely possible When declassifying homosexuality transition and gender reassignment
tory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans- intense, sexually arousing fantasies, to be a woman and feel like a woman as a mental illness, the APA acknowl- surgery, especially given the expense
gendered, and queer rights. However, sexual urges, or behaviours involving while enjoying “rough-and-tumble edged that social factors were often and the number of transgendered
despite these achievements, two par- cross-dressing”. play” or “male stereotypical toys, responsible for depression, shame, people facing job discrimination and
ticularly troubling diagnoses remain: This feeds into the stereotype of games, and activities”. In fact, not and other issues that led some les- lack of family support. Such treatment
transvestic fetishism and gender cross-dressers as people who dress that only would I wager that it’s possible, bian, gay, and bisexual people to seek is medically necessary—without it, a
identity disorder. way for sexual pleasure. However, peo- I’d also wager that you have interacted help from mental-health sources. significant number of transgendered
These diagnoses, which govern how ple cross-dress for much more varied with such a person today. Why then does the APA refuse to ac- people would commit suicide. Some
transgender and gender non-con- reasons than sexual thrills. Further- The APA claims the Diagnostic and knowledge that social factors are of- still do, not realizing there is another
forming people interact with mental- more, it’s not really clear why, medi- Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders ten responsible for those same issues way. And the need to have a justifica-
health providers, reflect stereotypes cally, only heterosexual males can be (DSM)—the standard guide for identi- of depression and shame in gender tion for insurance purposes does not
rather than actual people—and, with diagnosed with transvestic fetishism. fying mental disorders in both the U.S. non-conforming people? force transgendered people to accept
perverse irony, often hurt the people The rules for diagnosing gender and Canada—does not say anything Perhaps most perversely, these a need to define non-normative gen-
they’re supposed to help. identity disorder focus even more on about treatment, only diagnosis. diagnostic criteria allow people who der as a disease.
retreat deeply into the closet—which The APA will not release its next
can be very damaging to their men- revision to the DSM until 2012; how-
tal health—to escape a diagnosis and ever, a draft is due next year. If the
the social stigma of mental illness. APA continues this injustice, it will
At the same time, those who decide fall on transgendered people to act.

Get your floormates the best
gift of all this Christmas:
not pissing them off
by Lisa Le at 3 a.m. unless they’re finishing an
Fulcrum Contributor assignment due early in the morn-
ing? Most students have classes on
AFTER LIVING IN residence for Thursday, and some even have the
about three months, you begin to misfortune of an 8:30 a.m. class.
realize that your floormates are You might not have early Thursday
of all different breeds, and differ- classes—lucky you—but it doesn’t
ent people don’t necessarily live in mean others don’t. Being woken up
perfect harmony with one another. by someone belting out their best
Think about it this way: it’s like liv- rendition of “I Kissed a Girl” at 3
ing with all the people in your class- a.m. on a weeknight pisses off the
es and dealing with their extra little entire floor.
quirks and mannerisms, 24/7. Here
are some steps you can take to avoid Step 3: Do not repeatedly use an
pissing off your floormates, because appliance that will blow the fuse
the walls are thin, and as of late, so is
your neighbour’s tolerance level. What happens when two girls
each use a hairdryer and a hair
Step 1: Do not overplay an already straightener at the same time?
overplayed song The fuse blows. What happens
the next time they do that? And
There’s a constant stream of music the next time? Their neighbours’
on the radio, in cars, in restaurants, mental fuses blow. In some resi-
and in malls, and it’s the same song dences, the power is connected
assaulting your ears over and over between two rooms, so that if one
and over. The endless replay can fuse goes out, there’s still power
drive a person up the wall. People in half the room (hopefully the
come back to their dorms to escape stereo playing “I Kissed a Girl”
the infuriating songs that haunt was on the side that went out). So
them everywhere they go. Every- if one fuse goes out, you can bet
one on the floor is going to snap if your perfectly coiffed hair that
they hear “I Kissed a Girl” through your neighbour’s power went out
the walls for the millionth time, too. If you really have to spend
loud and clear, while they’re trying half an hour on your hair, do it in
to decipher their philosophy text- the bathroom.
books. So if you’re going to listen
to music, use headphones. Please. Follow these three simple steps
and your floor will cease being a
Step 2: Do not party at 3 a.m. passive-aggressive war zone. If
on a Thursday you choose not to, your floormates
will keep silently hating you from
What compels a person to be awake down the hall. At least. Dec. 4, 2008 OPINION 21

Sarah Leavitt

Distractions Dec. 4, 2008–Jan. 7, 2009

Features Editor

Dear Di If you have a question for Di,

Thursday, Dec. 4
Cinéclub francophone:
Molière. 7:30 p.m. Fauteux
Hall. Room 137. Free.
Friday, Dec. 12
Concert: The Stairwell Carol-
lers. 7:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Eastern
United Church. 473
e-mail Cumberland St.
Friday, Dec. 5 $12 for students.
Dear Di, her bum to lift her up and towards you,
My girlfriend and I are about to have which will help you penetrate deeper.
sex for the first time (first time ever for Don’t be afraid to mix it up once you get
Panel discussion: “Climate Saturday, Dec. 13
change and health.” 5 p.m.
each of us). Something that’s come up more comfortable. Doggy-style is a great
Roger Guindon Hall. Opera Lyra presents: Cin-
in conversation is that she has never way to optimize her pleasure, because
and try not to smack the kidneys or Amphitheatre A. Free. derella. 7 p.m. National Arts
masturbated, does not do so currently, you can thrust and stimulate her
the tailbone. Centre. 53 Elgin St. $18.
and never will. What this means is she’s clitoris at the same time, and
never had an orgasm. I’m worried that many women only come from Love, Saturday, Dec. 6
she won’t come when we have sex. Any clitoral stimulation. This position Di Sunday, Dec. 14
suggestions? may take a bit of balance and coordina- Concert: Canadian Guitar
—Two Virgins In A Pod tion at first, but I guarantee that once you Dear Di, Quartet. 8 p.m. Tabaret Hall. Patti Smith: Dream of Life.
figure it out, you will find yourself doing it Why don’t guys hit on me at Pub Room 112. $15 for students. 8:40 p.m. ByTowne Cinema.
Dear TVIAP, again and again. 101? I’m fun, witty, and decent-looking 325 Rideau St. $9, $6 for
Congratulations on taking this step My prediction is that you will be sur- but I always find myself talking to the Sunday, Dec. 7 members.
with your girlfriend! And double (no, tri- prised by how much your girlfriend en- bartender at the end of the night.
ple!) congratulations for considering, in joys sex once you get started. Just remem- —Tequila Sunrise The Secret of the Grain. Monday, Dec. 15
advance, how you can make sex great for ber to pay attention to all her parts—kiss 3:15 p.m. ByTowne Cin-
her. The first thing to remember is: relax. her breasts, neck, stomach, and back Dear TS, ema. 325 Rideau St. $9, $6 for Lecture: “The Colonizer and
The first time is always nerve-wracking, (and lower, if you are so inclined), make Because you spend too much time members. the Colonized.” 4:30 p.m.
but please don’t worry any more than sure to stimulate her clitoris, and most of wondering why guys don’t like you. Get Fauteux Hall. Room 202. Free.
is absolutely necessary. Stressing about all, pay attention to her reactions. Be sure out to the bar, be fun, be witty, and re- Monday, Dec. 8
whether she is enjoying it will only put to tell her to let you know what she likes member not to drink too much. Tuesday, Dec. 16
pressure on the both of you. You want and doesn’t like. As long as you two are Love, Workshop: “Thinking Criti-
to keep your mind on what’s happening, open, I am positive you will make your Di cally About School Rules Photography exhibit: Andrew
not on what may or may not happen at way to O-town in no time. and Civil Liberties.” 10 a.m. Burlone. 8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
the end of your sack session. Last but not least, remember to have Dear Di, Lamoureux Hall. Room 122. Alliance Française.
Now, there are lots of ways to get your protection handy. Nobody wants to wor- I saw your list issue, and I’ve been Free. 352 MacLaren St.
girl to the big O the first time, and all ry about getting knocked up. Once that’s wondering: my boyfriend won’t stop Free.
subsequent times. Remember that even settled, jump under the covers and enjoy. wearing mandals (sandals for men),
Tuesday, Dec. 9
though you guys are going all the way, Let me know how everything went! even in the wintertime. Is he gay?
Wednesday, Dec. 17
fooling around (before, during, and even Love, —At Least It’s Not Socks With San-
Performance: John D. Huston
after) is still a wonderful (and impor- Di dals
in A Christmas Carol. 8 p.m. Concert: Jeff Rogers. 7:30 p.m.
tant!) part of the whole dance. Have lube
St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Tuscon’s. 2440 Bank St. 19+.
at the ready, and make sure it’s one you Dear Di, Dear ALINSWS,
Church. 125 Mackay Ave. Free.
have tested before—some girls are sensi- Hey, I was wondering. Is there a right He’s probably not gay, but he may be a
tive to some kinds of lube. The last thing and wrong area of someone’s ass on fan of frostbite. Mandals are for Ameri-
you want is a nasty reaction on your big which to spank them? Thanks. can Eagle models only. The rest of the Thursday, Dec. 18
night. —She Cried world’s male population should stick to Wednesday, Dec. 10
First things first: I would suggest start- Dear SC, chic Lacoste sneaks or classy Kenneth Comedy show: Jennifer Grant.
ing off with the missionary position, which Yes! The fleshier, the better. Always Coles. Concert: An Irish Christmas. 8:30 p.m. Yuk Yuk’s.
tends to be the easiest for both guy and make sure to ask him or her if it’s okay to Love, 7:30 p.m. National Irish- 88 Albert St. 19+.
girl. You can prop a pillow or two under spank beforehand, don’t spank too hard, Di Canadian Cultural Centre. $25. 2-for-1 student tickets.
314 Patrick St. $20.
Friday, Dec. 19
Thursday, Dec. 11
Exhibit: Dirty Laundry by
Hearsay by Jordan Moffatt Exhibit: Great Big Smalls. Tarek Al-Zand. 8:30 a.m.–4:30
10 a.m.–5 p.m. p.m. Cumberland Gallery. 255
The Thryllabus needs lots of
Cube Gallery. Centrum Boul.
events to remain so thrilling.
7 Hamilton Ave. Free. Free.
with suggestions.

sudoku answers on p.17

Frank Appleyard

Editorial Dec. 4, 2008–Jan. 7, 2009


Praying to Giftzilla since 1942.

Volume 69 - Issue 16
SFUO first-semester report cards
Name Strengths Weaknesses Next step Verdict Grade
Dec. 4, 2008–Jan. 7, 2009
Dean Haldenby • Undertook an extremely ambitious • CFS referendum occupied too much Increased consultation of Has presented a
phone: (613) 562-5261
fax: (613) 562-5259
631 King Edward Ave.
SFUO president

project in planning for a new student
Has taken a firm stance in support of •
of his time, rendering him frequently
The Student Association for the
the student body will help
to round out work on his
projects and improve rela-
grand vision to
undergrads while
capably overseeing
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 equality and student rights when dealing Faculty of Arts’ (SAFA) decision to tions with both SAFA and the SFUO’s day-to- with the administration. examine relations with the SFUO is undergraduate students in day operations. • Helped push the U-Pass to within one somewhat troubling, as relations general.
vote of City acceptance. with federated bodies are Haldenby’s
Recycle this paper or you’re responsibility.
• Some complaints that Haldenby’s
on the naughty list.
SFUO has not reached out to unin-

Staff volved students with enough effort

or frequency.
Frank ‘rock band’ Appleyard
Joël Larose • Led the organization of a virtually flawless • Raised eyebrows with the unexpect- Has set the bar high for the A very strong

Ben ‘rock band 2’ Myers

SFUO vp social

101 Week—the position’s most signifi-
cant undertaking.
Has kept up the frantic pace of social
ed Wake Up and Vote wakeboarding
event, although it showed a willing-
ness to think outside the box.
upcoming semester. Must
work hard to maintain the
frequency and quality of
semester from the
first-term vp. A
planning on campus, putting together a social events.
Production Manager concert series, and planning the revived SFUO Winter Games, among other
Michael ‘geodude’ Olender • Oversaw a rejuvenated Shinerama cam-
Executive Editor paign, with a $30,000 increase over last year’s fundraising efforts.

Martha ‘granite’ Pearce

Art Director Seamus Wolfe • One of the SFUO’s most visible and • Intense focus on Drop Fees led to an A revival of SFUO in-house Passion is never in

Emma ‘igneous’ Godmere

university affairs

passionate executives.
Heavily involved in the defeat of the
administration’s proposed code of

absence of SFUO campaigns.
Adamant political views can make
him a divisive figure at times.
campaigns. question—though
his representation of
the student body’s
News Editor conduct, and in working toward a student views sometimes is. bill of rights.
• Acts as a bridge between students and
Peter ‘and roll’ Henderson levels of governance; created the SFUO’s
Arts & Culture Editor collegial governance coordinator; lobbied on students behalves at various levels.
• Opened the Campaigns Committee to all
David ‘sedimentary’ McClelland students.
Sports Editor
Danika Brisson • Has dramatically increased services and • Works behind the scenes as one of Would benefit from greater Brisson has brought

Sarah ‘ayers’ Leavitt

Features Editor
student affairs

funding available to clubs.
Expanded last year’s Green Week into the
much larger Green Weeks.

the more invisible executives.
Her portfolio lacks the ongoing major
projects that could truly define her
interaction with students,
and putting a face on the
SFUO’s student services
both stability and
continued growth to
the portfolio.
• Heavily involved in work on sustainability second term as vp student affairs.
within the SFUO.
Danielle ‘blarney stone’ Blab
Laurel ‘pumice’ Hogan
Copy Editors Julie Séguin • Worked heavily on promoting bilingual- • Has not offered the new and Revive the passionate and While students have

Amanda ‘stonehenge’ Shendruk

Associate News Editor
communications •
ism and strengthening the francophone
Placed increased emphasis on Facebook
ambitious approach to the portfolio
on which she campaigned during
innovative promoter
students voted for in
been presented
with information
about the SFUO’s
C- and other non-traditional media in event • Several projects are still incomplete services, events,
promotion. after eight months of her term and campaigns,
James ‘rune stone’ Edwards • Has pushed for—and received—off- (website redesign, campus-wide Seguin has not been
Webmaster campus media exposure for the SFUO. TV screens, overhauled events the vp that students calendar). were expecting.
• Seems to have gotten too actively
Jessica ‘block rockin’ beats’ Sukstorf involved in campaigns and initiatives,
Volunteer & Visibility rather than sticking to the public
Coordinator relations-heavy job description.
Roxanne Dubois • Soundly managed the SFUO’s finances • Has been more visible in her role with Holding open forums Has worked mostly
Megan ‘brock badger’ O’Meara
Staff Writer

Alex ‘rocky horror picture show’ Martin

SFUO vp finance

thus far, as the union’s budget and spend-
ing have been non-issues.
Oversaw the birth of the new Café Alter- •
the Yes committee in the CFS referen-
dum than for any SFUO undertakings.
Some murmured complaints from
on financial questions—
including how to reinvest
SFUO surpluses back in
but has handled the
portfolio capably.
natif food space and retooling of the federated bodies about lack of sup- students—would increase
Staff Illustrator Pivik’s space and food services. port from the vp finance. both visibility and account-
• Worked to institute vegetarian, vegan, • Health plan confusion and uncertain- ability.
Inari ‘magma’ Vaissi Nagy and green focuses in SFUO businesses. ty is still rampant among undergradu-
Jiselle ‘lava’ Bakker ate students.

Travis ‘rock lobster’ Boisvenue

Ombudsboy Check out the Fulcrum on Jan. 8 for a wrap up of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSAÉD) executive’s first semester.

Nicole ‘bob rock’ Gall

Staff Proofreader
Robert ‘roch voisine’ Olender
On-campus Distributor Dave ‘mica’ Atkinson Hisham ‘rocky III’ Kelati
Jessica ‘rock talk’ Carter Lisa ‘rocky VII: adrian’s revenge’ Le cover
Deidre ‘rock’n robin’ Butters Kristyn ‘irock’ Filip Jaclyn ‘rocky IV’ Lytle
Advertising Representative Ian ‘rock the vote’ Flett Carl ‘rocky V’ Meyer Additional images photo Phil ‘rockabilly’ Flickinger Jordan ‘shock rock’ Moffatt by
Daniel ‘rock steady’ Harris Ryan ‘rocky balboa’ Pilarczyk Ian Flett
Ross ‘rock of ages’ Prusakowski
Andrew ‘rocky’ Hawley Anna ‘folk rock’ Rocoski
Business Manager
Camila ‘rocky II’ Juarez Amlake ‘i am a rock’ Tedla-Digaf
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