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Frank Appleyard

LettersWhat about improv? and guides judged and knew where


Sept. 11–17, 2008
Editor-in-Chief
editor@thefulcrum.ca

is welcome on our campus to run their own minds about the CFS—all
our comfort levels were and when to Censorship, the SFUO, their campaigns. Beyond that the I’m saying is that students should
Re: Comedy in the Capital back off. With such fond memories of and the CFS CFS will have a direct role in the have been consulted about whether
(Arts, Aug. 21) 101 Week I was excited to see that the management and administration of we should have become prospective
football game included all the faculties EARLIER THIS WEEK at Fedstock, the referendum. This is an organiza- members in the CFS.
THIS LETTER IS in response to Tina in 101 Week to help support our team. the Student Federation of the Uni- tion that has routinely faced serious I thought universities are sup-
Hassannia’s article “Comedy in the This is where my excitement was in- versity of Ottawa (SFUO) welcomed corruption allegations specifically posed to be arenas of open dialogue
Capital.” I noticed that there was no terrupted however by a young woman, first-year students and encouraged in regard to student elections and and thoughtful debate; and yet, frosh
mention of the fast-growing improv who chose to show some leadership by them to be involved in student poli- referendums. Whether giving us week activism was met by censorship.
scene in the nation’s capital in her running down in front of the crowd to tics. But minutes later these same prospective membership in the CFS If this is what prospective member-
article, especially since the forma- lead in some of our cheers. Now I am people told me I had to hide my peti- is equivalent to promoting democ- ship in the CFS looks like, I want no
tion of the award-winning troupe making the assumption she was not a tion regarding their decision to make racy is a matter of debate—a debate part of it.
Insensitivity Training, which Daniel guide, but I may be wrong. I could not the U of O a prospective member of the students should have a voice in. Daniel Gilman
Harris wrote on in the Fulcrum last tell because of the horrible t-shirt she the Canadian Federation of Students I encourage students to make up Third-year history student
year, teams regularly get together was wearing. She was wearing quite the (CFS), because I had not received
and battle it out in addition to having patriotic looking Canadian flag on her their stamp of approval.
recurring shows. The boys of Insen- shirt but with a massive black X drawn My petition was simple enough. Got something to say?
sitivity Training perform a two-hour through it. On the back of her shirt It stated that the SFUO should have
show, reminiscent of Whose Line is it was the message, “I AM A SEPARAT- consulted the students of the Uni- Send your letters to
Anyway? every Sunday night at the IST! ON OCT. 14 VOTE BLOC QUE- versity of Ottawa before joining editor@thefulcrum.ca
Bytown Tavern (292 Elgin St.). It is an BECOIS!” Now it takes a lot for me to them in prospective membership
Letters must be under 400 words unless discussed with the
absolutely hilarious and interactive get angry, but this display is unaccept- with the CFS, and it demanded that Editor-in-Chief.
show. They also have been known to able. First off, this is a 101 Week event they revisit their decision. One of Drop off letters at 631 King Edward Ave. or e-mail
host workshops, film comedy sketch in which we bring our newest students the members on the SFUO told me editor@thefulcrum.ca.
videos, and won an award for their to show them “Canada’s University”, or that their decision was “all about
show Naked Famous People at this so we claim. Now this seems strange democracy”. As partial members Letters must include your name, telephone number, year, and program
summer’s Ottawa Fringe Festival. to me, having someone running to the in the CFS, the SFUO will allow a of study. Pseudonyms may be used after consultation with the Editor-in-
Made to Measure/Some Assembly front of the crowd wearing a shirt that referendum on full membership. Chief. We correct spelling and grammar to some extent. The Fulcrum will
Required as well as Crystal Basement completely contradicts the message of exercise discretion in printing letters that are deemed racist, homophobic,
But this referendum itself will cost
or sexist.
and Crush Improv round out Ottawa’s our proud university. Next we are not thousands of dollars from student’s
scene. Each team brings a different even located in the only province that incidental fees. Prospective mem- We will not even consider hate literature or libellous material. The Editor-in-
dynamic to the table and all are very can vote for this political party, so I see bership means more than just a Chief reserves the authority on everything printed herein.
enjoyable to watch. Improv in Ottawa no need in why it needed to be worn to referendum—it means that the CFS
is on the rise, so I feel that it was very a football game. This is a week of cel-

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important to correct the initial over- ebration of certain individuals starting
sight of not including these deserving a new page in life and political beliefs
teams in Tina’s original article. should not be brought into this situa-
Jessica Rashotte tion.
U of O alumna I am well aware of free-speech

Keeping the ‘Canada’ in


laws, but political correctness and
free speech only go so far before be- News Put your student fees to good use
Canada’s University coming ridiculous. If a student wants Amanda Shendruk sheds light on the SFUO’s student
to come celebrate our university by services. p. 6–7
I WAS QUITE thrilled to attend [the cheering, then by all means do it. This
Sept. 6] football game against York to me seems like it is a slap in the face
and see our boys on the field com- for the very message our university Jolene Hansell explores your closest bookstore
pletely dominate. Yet I left the game stands for and proudly uses to en- options. p. 5
with a bitter taste in my mouth. As a
second-year student I have very fond
courage new students to join us. I for
one would still like us to be known as
p. 3
memories of last year’s 101 Week as I
attended most events and I had one of
“Canada’s University” and be proud
of it. If you are a student here and Arts Popping the Cherry
the best weeks I have experienced yet promote messages such as this then Peter Henderson takes you inside Ottawa’s
in life. There was not a single issue that maybe you should think again what
bothered me with the constant cheers values your school holds.
revived awards show. p. 10
that included every swear possible or Michael Read
the many sexually suggestive moments Second-year human Inari Vaissi Nagy explores documentary films in a
that occurred. This was all done in fun kinetics student
post-9/11 world. p. 11
p. 10
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News 3
Emma Godmere
News Editor
news@thefulcrum.ca
Sept. 11–17, 2008

Putting prospective membership to use

photo by Frank Appleyard


Ryan Kennery, pictured here at the July 27 meeting of the BOA, plans to introduce three amendments to the CFS constitution and by-laws at the board’s Sept. 14 meeting.

BOA to debate the national student lobby organiza-


tion’s constitution, aiming to improve
members,” said Kennery.
Kennery’s other two proposals sur-
said Haldenby. “It’s one of the things
that I definitely said would be a good
October 5 meeting and I, person-
ally, would appreciate that, to take
CFS constitutional their inclusion of bilingualism and as- rounding membership referendums thing if we were prospective mem- more time to look at [the proposed
amendments at pects of their referendum campaigns.
As prospective members of CFS,
would ensure campaign teams are
subject to equal spending limits and
bers—that if we saw weaknesses in
certain things, we’d be able to change
amendments].”
Kennery hopes to hold a vote on
next meeting “[the SFUO gets] a vote, a voice at seek to change the period of time them.” the motions at the Sept. 14 meeting.
the table, [and] the ability to affect necessary to pass before a member The concept of jumping right into To do this, he requires the support
change,” Kennery said. association can hold a de-federation prospective membership with CFS of a two-thirds majority of the board
by Emma Godmere The first of his proposals includes referendum. As it stands, member as- seems to resonate across the BOA. to hold the vote, or else it must wait
Fulcrum Staff extending the bilingualism require- sociations must wait 24 months after “I agree with Ryan in that it’s im- until the October meeting. Since the
ments to not only the national chair- joining before they can potentially portant to have the SFUO be active in CFS national executive requires up to
THE SEPT. 14 meeting of the Board of person of CFS, but also the national hold a vote to leave CFS. this year even before we go to refer- six weeks to add subsequent agenda
Administration (BOA) of the Student deputy chairperson and the nation- “Say the SFUO and its students endum and to take a leadership role points for their semi-annual general
Federation of the University of Ot- al treasurer. If the executives cannot were to join in March 2009. We [to show] that we’re serious about the meeting, he intended to present his
tawa (SFUO) can likely expect debate prove their second-language profi- could not even legally look at the is- organization,” said BOA Faculty of amendments as soon as possible in
on a set of three by-law and constitu- ciency five weeks before the general sue even until March 2011,” Kennery Social Sciences representative Amy order to forward them to CFS in time
tional amendments to be proposed to meeting where they would assume explained. Kishek. for the late November meeting.
the Canadian Federation of Students their respective roles, according to SFUO President Dean Haldenby “I disagree with having them “We [won’t be] sitting in the corner
(CFS) at their November semi-annual the proposed amendments, their expressed his support for BOA mem- presented sooner [though], just be- there because we’re the new guys,”
general meeting. positions would be declared vacant. bers proposing changes they would cause I’ve seen the timeline,” said Kennery said of the SFUO’s potential
Ryan Kennery, a Faculty of Arts “I want to make sure that we hold like to see in the makeup of CFS. Kishek.“The CFS meeting isn’t un- as prospective members at this up-
representative of the BOA, has put to- all elected members on the CFS to the “I think that that’s a really good til the end of November. There’s coming CFS meeting. “We have the
gether three potential amendments to same standard we hold our executive thing, and that it’s really positive,” plenty of time if we address it at the ability to be players.”

U of O supports students’ fight for lower tuition fees


Senate permits students meeting held at Tabaret Hall, explained that the “It’s a lot of progress, I think,” said Cheevers, sus I have to pay more for my tuition.”
Senate’s decision would enable students to par- who also holds a seat on the Senate. At the meeting, Major brought up the 2006
to miss class on ticipate in lobbying activities by asking profes- “Not only that, but to have two administra- compromise between the Senate and that aca-
Nov. 5 day of action sors not to schedule exams on Nov. 5 and not tors, the president and the vp academic actually demic year’s SFUO executive, where students
to penalize students for missing class if they are defending the motion vis-à-vis a student, that’s attended the day of action while not cancelling
marked for attendance. amazing,” he said. classes altogether, as the SFUO had desired.
According to the motion, “if an exam or as- Joseph Wesley Richards II, a newly elected Major explained that events that classes are
by Emma Godmere signment must absolutely be held on Nov. 5, stu- student on the Senate who brought up the cancelled for, such as University of Ottawa Day,
Fulcrum Staff dents will be allowed to write a deferred exam. issue of the campaign’s validity to Rock and which sees local high school students spend-
The Senate will take responsibility to inform, by VP Academic Robert Major, and who voted ing the day on campus, come “few and far be-
IN A VOTE that garnered the majority of mem- e-mail, all professors, students, and support staff against the motion, expressed that this partic- tween”.
bers’ support, the University of Ottawa’s Senate about this motion.” ular demonstration unfairly receives special Richards, however, was firm in contending
passed a decision at their Sept. 8 meeting to The on-campus organization of the Nov. treatment over any other cause students may that students should not be permitted to skip
allow and support students to take part in the 5 campaign falls under the responsibility of want to lobby for. class to take part in the lower tuition lobbying
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)-run Student Federation of the University of Ot- “We, as a university, should not give prefer- activities.
provincial day of action to lower tuition fees on tawa (SFUO) Campaigns Organizer Michael ence to one cause or another,” he said via e-mail. “Simply put, I just believe students must
Nov. 5. Cheevers, who was pleased with the gesture of “For me, human rights concerns are frankly of take responsibility for their academic lives,” he
U of O President Allan Rock, who chaired the support from the U of O. greater importance; people’s lives are at risk ver- said.
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If you’re reading this on Thursday, it may
already be too late.

But don’t worry, we have one every week.

Come to the Fulcrum’s staff meetings,


Thursdays at 1 p.m.

Act now, before it’s too late.


Battle of the bookstores

photo by Martha Pearce


Students line up to purchase their textbooks at Benjamin Books, located at 122 Osgoode St.

Your nearby, students due to its location. While the books can be a little steeper, Benjamin offering buyback services. The stores Students are able to set their own pric-
store stocks all books ordered by pro- Books is often the first choice for pro- will buy course material from students es for their used textbooks and receive
neighbourhood fessors, the prices of textbooks here fessors who order course material in at a lower price than it was purchased 80 per cent of the cost the books were
textbook-buying are often more expensive than they are English and the social sciences. Some at, and re-sell it at a reduced price. originally sold for. Agora’s consign-
options at the Student Federation of the Uni-
versity of Ottawa (SFUO)-run Agora
of the classic literature often required
for English classes, such as Franken-
Steve Chéné, one of the managers
of the University Bookstore, explained
ment service accepts both current and
older editions of textbooks, giving stu-
Bookstore. stein and The Lord of the Rings, is of- that their buyback program “tries best dents more flexibility in getting rid of
by Jolene Hansell For example, the Basics of Social fered at prices ranging from $7.95 to to serve all the students on campus so older books.
Fulcrum Contributor Research textbook required by sec- $12. they can sell their books as much as Students must keep in mind, how-
ond-year students in social sciences Benjamin Books promotes their possible.” ever, that these services do come at an-
IT IS AT this time of year, when classes is sold for $102.55 at the University more extensive collection of books and Students may be limited if they are other cost. As part of the student levy
are starting, that students’ wallets get Bookstore, while the same textbook higher level of customer service as the looking to purchase a particular edi- for the 2008–09 academic year, full-
hit the hardest. Many first-year stu- is sold for $99.92 at Agora. There is a reasons why students should choose tion of a book because the Univer- time students pay $9.32 per semester
dents do not predict the overall cost similar price difference with the Gen- their location to purchase course ma- sity Bookstore only buys back books to keep the bookstore running.
of course material, nor do they realize eral Chemistry textbook required by all terial. that will be used for the upcoming The general overseeing of the Agora
the importance of searching to find first-year chemistry students, costing “It’s the professors who usually term. Books that can be sold back to Bookstore falls under the responsibility
the cheapest prices. In an attempt to $123.45 at the Bookstore and $120.85 choose us, and they choose us usu- the original publishing company are of SFUO VP Finance Roxanne Dubois.
find the best deals for students, the at Agora. Although the difference in ally because we’ve been fairly priced posted online and are specified by edi- “What’s cool about the Agora is that
Fulcrum investigated the three closest price is only a couple of dollars, stu- for over 20 years now,” said Mordy tion, meaning the Bookstore will only it does give students an option and it has
bookstores to campus: the University dents who purchase textbooks worth Bubis, owner of Benjamin Books. “We accept specific versions of a given text- actually given concrete results in terms
Bookstore, the Agora Bookstore, and hundreds of dollars can see that ev- provide excellent customer service, book. of saving students’ money,” she said.
Benjamin Books. ery dollar counts. The most expensive and we know what we’re selling, so Agora, on the other hand, is more “It’s great to see the big line-ups
Situated smack in the middle of place to buy this particular textbook is students get the right information and accommodating. This year the store [there] because it means more profs
campus, the University Bookstore on Benjamin Books, where the same Gen- find it very convenient.” launched a consignment service that is are ordering more books at the Agora,
the first floor of the Unicentre is nor- eral Chemistry book costs $131.99. The University Bookstore and Ago- dedicated to letting students buy and which means more students can profit
mally the most convenient choice for Although the store’s price for text- ra also attempt to draw in students by sell their books on their own terms. from the [student-run bookstore].”

University of Ottawa

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, in collaboration


with The Centre for International Policy Studies, presents the following
lectures by internationally-acclaimed scholars.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, September 29, 2008 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Margaret MacMillan, Warden of St-Antony’s College, Dr. Phillip Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence
University of Oxford will present a lecture entitled Friends and Director of the Center for National Security at Columbia
or Something Else? China and the West in the 21st century. University will present a lecture entitled Terror and Consent.

Both lectures will take place in Tabaret Hall, Room 112, 550 Cumberland Street, Ottawa

Parking available on campus


For further information on these lectures, please contact api@uOttawa.ca
Les deux conférences seront présentées en anglais. | Both lectures will be presented in English.

www.thefulcrum.ca Sept. 11, 2008 NEWS 5


SFUO services support students
by Amanda Shendruk Foot Patrol
Fulcrum Staff
Foot Patrol plays an essential safety role both
THE STUDENT FEDERATION of the Uni- on- and off-campus. As a joint initiative be-
versity of Ottawa (SFUO) provides a number tween the SFUO and Protection Services, the
of valuable services for undergraduate students service provides volunteers who will safely walk
on campus. The Fulcrum visited these services individuals or groups in the community to their
and spoke with the people who work there in destinations. Anyone within a 45-minute walk-
order to find out how they can assist with your ing radius of campus can request accompani-
personal and academic needs and enrich your ment.
experience at the U of O. “And that doesn’t mean that a walk has to
start or end on campus,” said Matt Ugray, the
Student Appeals Centre service’s coordinator.
Foot Patrol’s main function is to provide safe
You didn’t get the grade you felt you deserved? escorts, but when not accompanying people, vol-
Your professor is treating you unfairly? Accused unteers patrol campus with lights and radios.
of academic fraud? The Student Appeals Centre “It’s all about personal safety,” said Ugray. “We
can speak for you. hear stories every year about somebody who has
Student Appeals Centre Coordinator Mireille been attacked and the stories are always about
Gervais indicated that the centre exists as a somebody who was on their own ... so by having
portal through which students can access and that extra person there, we have safety in num-
navigate the complex world of the U of O’s ad- bers and it’s a major deterrent.”
ministration. If you are interested in having a Foot Patrol
“It is there to represent students and advocate volunteer walk you to your destination, contact photo by Martha Pearce
on their behalf,” she said. the service at (613) 562-5800 ext. 7433, or push Offices for many of the SFUO services can be found in the Unicentre second-floor Terminus.
Students who wish to appeal decisions made the yellow button on most campus payphones social group, however. This year International and celebrating sexual diversity.
by the administration, lodge complaints, or re- (it’s free!). House hopes to strengthen its global awareness “The process of coming out to yourself and
ceive assistance in navigating the network of The Foot Patrol office is in room 08A of the campaigns by focusing on international stu- coming out to other people can be very intimi-
administrative processes are encouraged to visit Unicentre. dents’ issues and rights. dating,” said Evan Hazenburg, service coordina-
the centre as a starting point. The staff, which While the majority of people who frequent tor at the Pride Centre. “It’s really helpful to have
is well acquainted with university policies and International House the service are international or exchange stu- a place where you can come and be yourself with
regulations, offers free support during these of- dents, Godoy wants to stress that domestic stu- no pressure.”
ten long and complicated processes. The centre At International House, international and ex- dents are welcome to attend events and celebrate The centre, which has a strict confidentiality
also offers guidance in regards to writing effec- change students can socialize, share their expe- cultural differences. policy, provides both active listening and so-
tive appeal letters and provides a staff member riences, and adjust to life in Canada. “It’s open to anyone and everyone,” she said. cial programming. During the week staff host
to accompany students to meetings with admin- “We promote multiculturalism on campus, International House can be found in the Uni- a number of social events, such as discussion
istrative committees. and we celebrate diversity,” said Liliana Godoy, centre, room 211E. groups, games, workshops, themed parties,
The Student Appeals Centre welcomes un- service coordinator for International House. movie nights, and queer-sensitivity training.
dergraduate and graduate students, as well as This is accomplished, she explained, through Pride Centre
prospective students and alumni. They can be social activities such as potlucks, movie nights,
found in room 101 of the Unicentre. workshops, and trips to cities within Canada The SFUO Pride Centre is a safe drop-in centre Services
and the United States. The centre isn’t just a where students can socialize while discussing continued on p. 7

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photo by Martha Pearce
“We work to increase the inclusion of stu- academic life at the U of O.
Women’s Resource Centre dents with disabilities in student life,” said Vir- “We help students that have a hard time ad-
Services ginie Corneau St-Hilaire, the centre’s service justing to university life, whether that be with
continued from p. 6
The Women’s Resource Centre is a place where coordinator. classes or personal [life],” said Mélissa Borduas,
The SFUO’s Pride Centre is open to anyone. both women and those who identify as women “Disability is a topic that’s often forgotten,” she Peer Support Phone Line supervisor.
Undergraduate, graduate, and high school stu- can receive support. This SFUO service endeav- said. “A lot of people forget that they’re just stu- The centre offers tutor referrals, peer editing,
dents, as well as members of the community, are ours to develop a comfortable drop-in environ- dents like anyone else and they have a right to par- active listening, a peer support phone line, a
encouraged to participate in scheduled events. ment where women can receive active listening ticipate in student life and we just want to make youth mentoring program, conversational Eng-
The Pride Centre can be found in room 215E and crisis referrals, develop lasting friendships, sure that everyone gets the potential for the same lish and French services, academic workshops,
of the Unicentre. discuss gender-specific issues, breast-feed in opportunities in their university experience.” and a resource centre.
private, or just hang out between classes with In addition to promoting the inclusion of stu- The tutor referral service is one of the more
Bilingualism Centre a cup of coffee. dents with disabilities in all aspects of campus popular programs the centre offers, said Bord-
The centre offers a number of social events life, the centre also helps students find on- and uas. She explained that the Peer Support Phone
Since September 2007, the Bilingualism Centre throughout the year, including the weekly off-campus resources to assist in managing their Line has also been a success. Open Monday
has strived to balance the presence of Canada’s “stitch ‘n’ bitch” and workshops on zine-making disabilities. to Friday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., students can
two official languages on the University of Otta- and self-defense. The centre also puts on an an- The service can be found in room 211F of the phone to talk about absolutely anything—from
wa campus. It advocates for adequate represen- nual production of The Vagina Monologues. Unicentre. discussing homesickness to inquiring about
tation of both French and English in all aspects The centre’s advocacy officer, Sarah McKin- class locations. If you’re in need of an ear, Bord-
of student life and raises awareness about the non, said the Women’s Resource Centre plays an Peer Help Centre uas encourages students to call the line at (613)
reality of bilingualism on campus. essential role at the U of O. 562-5604.
“We are trying to build a community that is “It’s one space, one resource on campus that The Peer Help Centre is comprised of ser- The Peer Help Centre is located in room 211D
not necessarily bilingual, but that is ready to is just for women, and especially when we still vices aimed at improving both personal and of the Unicentre.
include the other language, the other cultures,” haven’t achieved equality in all senses of the
said Eve Ferreira-Aganier, coordinator of the Bi- term,” she said. “I think it’s great that we have
lingualism Centre. this place that’s a positive space.”
The centre offers services to both English- and The Women’s Resource Centre can be found
French-speaking students, including discus- in room 220 of the Unicentre.
sion groups, awareness days, music and movie
nights, and student linguistic pairings. The Centre for Equity and Human Rights
Ferreira-Aganier said the Bilingualism Cen-
tre is open to anyone who believes in creating a Like the Bilingualism Centre, the Centre for
respectful university environment. Equity and Human Rights is only in its second
“We want to have an open-minded campus,” year. Regardless of age, the service already has a
she said. “We want to have a campus without grand vision.
discrimination, where everyone can be respect- Francine Page, the centre’s director, said the
ed no matter their language.” role of the centre is “to promote a campus at-
The Bilingualism Centre is in room 211B of mosphere where everyone can expect to be re-
the Unicentre. spected, where students can live and study un-
hindered by any discriminatory practices—one
Bon Appétit! Student Food Bank that fosters equity, diversity, and inclusion.”
Students who are victims of discrimination,
The mandate of the Bon Appétit! Student Food harassment, hate crimes, or misconduct issues
Bank is simple—to provide food for students in on campus can visit the Centre for Equity and
need. Human Rights, where they will have a confi-
Bon Appétit! receives shipments once a week dential opportunity to share their experiences,
from the Ottawa Food Bank. Students—both grad- receive support, and be informed of their rights
uate and undergraduate—and alumni who are in and responsibilities. While the centre is not a
tight financial situations (or will be in the foresee- counselling or legal service, staff can help stu-
able future) may visit the food bank once a month dents develop action plans for the complaint
in order to receive a three-day supply of food. process and are guided through their options.
As well as providing food, the student food bank The centre also has a strong educational ele-
also works in conjunction with the Centretown ment. It promotes human rights through speak-
Community Health Centre on an initiative called ing engagements, presentations, diversity cam-
the Good Food Box, which allows students and paigns, and partnership initiatives.
community members to order boxes of fruits and The Centre for Equity and Human Rights is
vegetables at lower-than-average prices. located in the Unicentre, room 211G.
Patricia Laliberté, a volunteer at the Bon Ap-
pétit! Student Food Bank, said the program is not Centre for Students with Disabilities
only beneficial for those who receive food por-
tions, but also for those who decide to help out. The Centre for Students with Disabilities is a
“It’s good that students help students,” she service available to undergraduate students who
said. “Students that have it easier can help some- have physical or mental disabilities.
one next to them.” The service’s priority is to assist campus orga-
The service is located in the basement of the nizations in designing events that are accessible
Unicentre, room 0015. to all students.

www.thefulcrum.ca Sept. 11, 2008 NEWS 7


News in brief

photo by Joe Howell

U of T strike averted at 11th hour did not want to strike and instead was while the strategy is a “step in the be now.” Norman Lee, chief physician at Me-
focused on reaching a deal with the U right direction”, the funding would be Compared to the other two large morial University. Consuming con-
TORONTO (CUP) – UNITED of T administration. better used to increase the new fed- universities in B.C., UVSUB’s current taminated products is not fatal for
STEELWORKERS (USW) LOCAL —Joe Howell, eral grant program. lowest-wage bracket is in the mid- most adults with uncompromised
1998 and the University of Toronto’s Ontario Bureau Chief Although he says debt is a deter- range. immune systems, but is a danger for
administration reached a tentative rent to those seeking higher educa- From the management side, Caitlin the elderly, young children, pregnant
agreement on Sept. 7, only hours be- Federal government reveals tion, Smith believes the more impor- Meggs, chair of the University of Vic- women, and anyone with a weakened
fore the strike deadline and a day be- new loan repayment plan tant issue is making post-secondary toria Students’ Society, argued that immune system.
fore classes began. education more accessible. they “can’t increase the wage without A highly contagious bacterial
Everything is running as it should ST. JOHN’S (CUP) – UNVEILED ON —Ian MacDonald, The Muse cutting that money out somewhere infection, listeriosis has an incuba-
be, assuming the agreement—the AUG. 15, the federal government’s else.” tion period between six hours and
details of which have not been re- new strategy for student loans details Strike closes part of UVic’s The students of the University of 90 days. In most cases symptoms
leased—is ratified by the same union that repayments be based on the bor- student building Victoria began classes on Sept. 3 and will arise within 24 hours, and
members who voted by an over- rower’s income and amount of debt. no classes were affected by the strike. may include vomiting, diarrhea,
whelming 87 per cent to give their Starting in 2009, former students VICTORIA (CUP) – ON SEPT. 4, However, many services run by the cramps, severe headaches, and a
union a strike mandate. in serious financial trouble can use 150 unionized student employees of union were closed. persistent fever. The infection may
Allison Dubarry, president of USW the new plan to wait for up to five the University of Victoria’s Student In the following weeks, mediated lead to meningitis if left untreat-
Local 1998, explained the group is “in years without having to make pay- Union Building (UVSUB) began a negotiations are expected to continue ed, but may be dealt with using
the process of arraigning a ratifying ments on their loan. After that, the legal strike over wage disputes. The between the union and the board. antibiotics. To avoid the bacteria,
vote” and that “the university would government can request payments workers were negotiating for a raise —Sam VanSchie, students should avoid the recently
have found it very difficult to func- of up to 20 per cent of a person’s that would cost nearly $300,000 over Western Bureau Chief recalled products, wash all pro-
tion without our members’ work— income. The payback period maxes two years. duce before consumption and re-
we’re everywhere.” out at 15 years with the government The union’s Bargaining Com- Listeriosis outbreak likely won’t turn or throw out any food about
Members of USW Local 1998 as- picking up the slack if 20 per cent mittee and Acting Union President affect students, says doctor which they are uncertain, since
sist with U of T’s research, fundrais- over 15 years does not cover the Michael Ryan noted the cost is not refrigeration does not prevent the
ing, technical support, administrative loan. that high in reality, considering the ST. JOHN’S (CUP) – MOUNTING bacteria from multiplying. For the
duties, and almost anything else not Canadian Federation of Students union has not seen “a substantial CONCERN OVER the recent list- full list of recalled products, go to
directly related to academics. Newfoundland and Labrador Repre- raise in such a long time [and] we’re eriosis outbreaks need not be cause inspection.gc.ca.
According to Dubarry, the union sentative Daniel Smith believes that just catching up to where we should for alarm for most students, says Dr. —Ashley Lockyer, The Muse

Ottawatch Student Loans Program to create an


income-contingent loan repayment
plan. It also extended the Registered
Education Savings Plan contribution
Staff meetings.
FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER Da- fierce contest between Pratt and Baird. period. Thursdays at 1 p.m.
vid Pratt has been selected as the Lib- Baird, a high-profile Conservative MP, After winning the 2006 election
eral Party’s candidate for the riding of has been touted in recent Conservative for Vancouver-Kingsway as a Liberal, The Fulcrum.
Ottawa-West Nepean for the Oct. 14 radio ads as someone who “gets things Emerson crossed the floor to take the
election. Pratt was recommended by done for Ottawa”. In comments to the international trade portfolio as a Con-
the local riding association as the can- Ottawa Citizen, Pratt indicated that he servative. This past May, he took over
didate most likely to win and received would portray himself as a pragmatic as minister of foreign affairs after the
the national party’s endorsement on consensus-builder while attacking resignation of disgraced Quebec MP
Sept. 4. Baird’s political record and aggressive Maxime Bernier. Emerson has recent-
The Liberals’ appointment of a star partisanship. ly announced he will be co-chairing
candidate reflects their determination —Steven Ryan the Conservative party campaign for
to win back the Ottawa-West Nepean the Oct. 14 election.
riding, which they held for 16 years OVER 30 SITTING MPS will not be Hearn retires from his Newfound-
prior to the last election in 2006. Con- running for re-election on Oct. 14. land and Labrador riding in the midst
servative Environment Minister John That number includes three Con- of a strong anti-Harper push by Pro-
Baird currently holds the riding. Local servative cabinet ministers: Human gressive Conservative Premier Danny
Liberal officials had hoped that former Resources and Social Development Williams. Williams is now running
Ottawa mayor Bob Chiarelli would Minister Monte Solberg, Foreign Af- an “Anything But Conservative” cam-
run against Baird, but when he de- fairs Minister David Emerson, and paign, while Hearn recently stated that
clined, the party turned to Pratt. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Loyola the premier runs a “dictatorship.”
Pratt, a former municipal politician, Hearn. Other incumbents not seeking
was the federal Member of Parliament Solberg was in charge of his minis- re-election include old political cats
for Nepean-Carleton between 1997 try during its overhaul of several pro- such as former NDP leader Alexa Mc-
and 2004 and served as defence minis- grams impacting post-secondary edu- Donough, former prime minister Paul
ter from Dec. 2003 to May 2004 under cation in Canada. The Conservatives’ Martin, and current Deputy Speaker of
Prime Minister Paul Martin. 2008 budget introduced more grants the House of Commons Bill Blaikie.
Political observers are anticipating a for students and altered the Canada —Carl Meyer

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Vote of confidence

Prepare for the fall of democracy, part II


sually expressed their opposition to their apparent refusal to debate with fully) intelligent debate, the leaders are in the debate.
May’s potential inclusion in the debate, the now more-than-deserving Greens. denying Canadians the opportunity to I should clarify that while I am
they were apparently still too fright- What kind of country is this? Taking witness the statements and arguments clearly campaigning for May’s right
ened to formally reveal themselves into account the Green Party’s increase of all five major parties, each of which to be included in the debate, I am not
through this media consortium, and in support from the public, their multi- is recognized by Elections Canada as a necessarily promising my vote to the
obviously remain too scared to come issue platform, and their first Member major party and which receives the re- Green party. I won’t say I know who
face-to-face with another viable politi- of Parliament representing them in the quired funding and support to deserve I’ll be voting for on Oct. 14, but I will
cal party in televised debate. House of Commons (before Parlia- that major party status. say this: To the NDP, who confirmed
The statement from Some may that Jack Layton said he would not at-
Emma Godmere the media group that argue that if tend the debates if May were present;
included CBC/Radio- you open the to the Conservatives, whose leader
News Editor Canada, TVA, CTV, Three of the country’s political parties are too door for one Stephen Harper claimed having “a sec-
LAST WEEK, JUST in case you didn’t and Global continued: scared to come face-to-face with another viable extra party, ond Liberal candidate” at the debates is
get it, I was referring to the autumn “In the interest of Ca- you’re open- unfair (the Greens and Grits have col-
season when I titled my column “The nadians, the consortium
political party in televised debate. ing the door laborated on several points for the up-
fall of democracy”. has determined that it is for them all. coming election); and to the Bloc Qué-
This week, I am absolutely, posi- better to broadcast the I disagree. I bécois, whose leader Gilles Duceppe
tively referring to the crumbling foun- debates with the four major party lead- ment was dissolved, of course), there will reiterate what I stated last week: apparently considers his party more
dation of our free and equal federal ers, rather than not at all.” is absolutely no reason why the Greens The Greens have the funds, a signifi- significant than the Greens: Get off
governmental system. First, the Bloc Québécois shouldn’t should be banned from the debates cant number of candidates, and sup- your high, partisan horses. In a federal
The CBC announced on Sept. 8 that be considered a major party when the and why three other party leaders port from the Canadian public—sup- election, it’s your duty to present your-
Green Party leader Elizabeth May has Green Party apparently isn’t allowed to should be so ignorant toward their po- port that has doubled since the 2006 selves and inform the Canadian public
been outright denied an invitation to be, either. The Greens are running 306 tential debate participation. election—and most importantly, a in a fair and equal manner. Threaten-
participate in the televised leaders’ candidates across the country to the The leaders of the Conservatives, seat in the House of Commons, which ing to back away from a televised de-
debates planned for Oct. 1 and Oct. Bloc’s 68 solely in the province of Que- the NDP, and the Bloc are being out- evidently sets them apart from other, bate, should another party leader show
2. Citing three unnamed political par- bec. Second, there are several groups right cowards when it comes to ac- smaller political parties. up, only demonstrates how threatened
ties’ opposition to her inclusion, the to blame here—the television net- knowledging that another party will The Greens are not giving up on the and vulnerable you feel in this elec-
consortium of national broadcasters works that no longer have any excuse be running in this race. All three ob- debates just yet. May has announced tion, and that is not something you
that made the decision said in their whatsoever to exclude May from the viously feel threatened by this other her party will lodge an official com- want to reveal to the Canadian public
press release, “it became clear that if debates, especially since the Greens are reputable option for voters, one that is plaint with the Canadian Radio-tele- mere days into the campaign.
the Green party were included, there now represented in the House of Com- gaining momentum across the coun- vision and Telecommunications Com-
would be no leaders’ debate.” mons; and the three partisan parties try. Instead of rising to the challenge mission, and if need be, follow up with news@thefulcrum.ca
While some party leaders have ca- who have stooped to a lower level with and respectably facing off in (hope- a court challenge to ensure her place 613-562-5260

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Arts & Culture 10
Peter Henderson
Arts & Culture Editor
arts@thefulcrum.ca
Sept. 11–17, 2008

Popping the top off the

by Peter Henderson
Golden Cherry Awards
Fulcrum Staff

OTTAWA’S ARTISTIC REVOLUTION got an-


other boost from this year’s edition of the Golden
Cherry Awards, Ottawa’s own Oscars for the arts.
More than 200 people attended the four-hour gala
event, which included performances by Canadian
folk artists Kyrie Kristmanson and Oni the Hai-
tian Sensation. The night was a smash hit, and the
diverse crowd at the venue, an old church in the
ByWard Market, was lively and boisterous. It was
the start of a new tradition of recognizing artistic
achievements in Ottawa.
This year’s event marks a break with the way the
Golden Cherry Awards have been run in previous
editions in 2004 and 2005. The voting was pre-
ivously open to all members of the public, but this
year’s winners were selected by an academy of the
artistic elite from Ottawa and the city’s surround-
ing area. Stefan St. Laurent, one of the organizers
of the event, the curator of SAW Gallery, and a
member of the voting academy, explained that this
new system was initiated to help the lesser-known
artists.
“We tried to transform the awards this year by
creating an academy that voted instead of having
the public vote,” he said. “I think it really helped
artists we would never have encountered other- photos by Ming Wu
wise, so underdogs got nominated, and that’s what Muffler Crunch entertained the crowd with upbeat rock reminiscent of the White Stripes by way of Black Sabbath.
we like about these awards—that anybody has a in the church, which led to the bizarre sight of sev-
chance of winning.” eral daringly dressed fashionistas drinking beer Holding the event in a former church led to the bizarre
St. Laurent was the driving force behind the under a giant, bleeding statue of Jesus. sight of several daringly dressed fashionistas
new approach to the awards, which went on hiatus This year’s nominees reflected the diverse and
cosmopolitan nature of the Ottawa arts scene.
drinking beer under a giant, bleeding statue of Jesus.
for the last two years to make time for the rethink
of the process. Nomination categories included Artist of the Year, Winners included SAW Gallery for Arts Orga- is much more cross-pollination between different
“We didn’t have one last year because we wanted Choreographer of the Year, Most Dedicated Vol- nization of the Year, Paul Gessell from the Ottawa mediums and performers. Pelmus says that this is
to take time to figure out some new plans for the unteer, Most Arts-friendly Institution, and many Citizen for Critic of the Year, and the production one of Ottawa’s great strengths compared to the
Golden Cherries,” he said. “Obviously the com- others in the fields of theatre, dance, architecture, of Macbeth by the English Theatre at the NAC for other cultural centres in Canada.
munity really wanted a proper awards show to and design. Established local arts institutions like Production of the Year. “Here, the artists feed off each other more eas-
celebrate people in all the disciplines, so we took the National Arts Centre (NAC) and Westfest The Golden Cherry Awards intend to recog- ily, from artistic medium to artistic medium,” he
our time and figured out that having an academy were nominated alongside newcomers like Festi- nize the work of local artists in Ottawa but they said. “Once you get in, it’s amazing, you don’t
would probably be our best bet.” val X and Vision Theatre. have another goal as well. Many think that the get bored. Because there’s a community, barriers
The venue for this year’s edition of the Golden St. Laurent made an effort to have the categories awards are an important step towards national can be broken more easily—it’s not so much in-
Cherry Awards was St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and nominees reflect the diversity of the arts scene and international recognition of Ottawa as a stitutionalized. Sometimes that can be good, but
and Humanities, located at the corner of Cumber- in Ottawa. cultural hub, and will help destroy Ottawa’s un- sometimes that makes freedom not so welcome.”
land St. and Murray St. The church held its last “Each year the awards and the nominees change, deserved reputation as a city of boring bureau- St. Laurent agreed, saying that the Golden
mass in 2007, but continues on as a community and we really try to keep up with new categories crats. St. Laurent hopes the Golden Cherries can Cherries were run this year with an aim toward
centre. Much of the Catholic iconography remains and things that emerge in the city.” change public perceptions. enhancing that community spirit.
“We have a bad reputation on the national “We live in a smaller city, so we connect in
scene. People think it’s only bureaucrats that live much different ways and it’s much easier to meet
here, and it’s very much the opposite,” he said. new people,” he said. “That’s one of the good
“Ottawa is so vibrant, and these awards are just aspects of this awards show. It brings everyone
a small representation of what’s going on here. from all disciplines together, and we don’t always
There’s an incredible boom in the art world in get the chance to do it.”
Ottawa right now, and our next step is to take our The 2008 edition of the Golden Cherry Awards
place on the national and international scene.” was a resounding success, and the after-party at
Theo Pelmus, the winner of the Performance Club SAW brought artists from all parts of the
Artist of the Year award and a recent immigrant Ottawa community together for drinking and
to Ottawa, agrees that Ottawa’s uptight reputation dancing amid cutting-edge artwork. St. Laurent
does not live up to the reality. thinks that the Golden Cherries just might be the
“Once you get involved, you see that the arts thing to galvanize participation in the Ottawa
scene is very vibrant. I lived in Toronto, too, so I arts scene, and he thinks the University of Ottawa
can compare it to here. Here you can find really students shouldn’t be left out.
good artists who are more radical instead of the “You’ll only get something from your com-
more mainstream stuff from Toronto, and that’s munity if you give something to it. If you don’t
not recognized as much as it deserves to be.” make an effort to open your horizons and see
The arts scene in Ottawa is small and tight- things you wouldn’t normally seek out, you’re go-
knit, as opposed to the more sprawling arts ing to have a boring time in Ottawa. If you feel
communities in Montreal. This is an advantage like you’re part of a community, anything is pos-
Jim Thompson receives the award for Craft Artist of the Year.
though, because according to local artists there sible.”
Documentary films

in the
post-9/11 world
image courtesy THINKFilm
by Inari Vaissi Nagy the documentary style. His ideas evolved and
Fulcrum Contributor helped shape the progress of the French cin-
ema vérité movement of the 1950s and 1960s,
DOCUMENTARY FILM IS an often over- a filmmaking style that aimed for immediacy
looked genre that has undergone a renaissance and an unfiltered view into the lives of ordi-
over the last two decades. The genre used to nary people. D.A. Pennebaker’s Bob Dylan
be associated with boring films about French- film Don’t Look Back is a popular example of
Canadian history or cane toads in Oceania, but this direct, simple style. The French style was
it’s now a profitable and political genre that influential in both fiction and non-fiction films,
has impacted numer- and the lessons
ous facets of public and learned through
private life. Documen- the works of di-
taries have become the rectors like Pierre
predominant avenue Sept. 11, 2001 was more than Perrault and
for those who want to an American tragedy—it was Gillo Pontecorvo
promote socially re-
sponsible change in
the start date of a minor were applied to
the style of the
our society, and docu- cinematic revolution. traditional docu-
mentarians have found mentarians.
much to report in the The 1980s saw
wake of the American a huge rise in the
war on terror. popularity of documentaries, with watershed
Sept. 11, 2001 was more than an American films such as Errol Morris’s The Thin Blue Line,
tragedy—it was the start date of a minor cin- a 1988 picture that exposed the wrongful con-
ematic revolution. The aftermath of 9/11 and viction of a Texas man for murder and helped
the Bush administration’s war on terror have to free him. Though documentaries were always
become fertile ground for political filmmakers. an established genre, they were not widely re-
The new emphasis on political cinema, with top- leased in theatres until the 1980s, and the lack
ics including the civilian impact of the war in of home video before then severely curtailed
Iraq, the actions of American politicians, radical their potential viewership. A number of docu-
Islamism, terrorism, and the extreme Christian mentary film festivals were established around
right in the United States, can arguably be said the world, including Paris’s Cinéma du Réel in
to be a product of, and reaction to, September 1978 and Toronto’s Hot Docs festival in 1993.
11th and the American reaction to that tragedy. Despite the new sheen on non-fiction film fare,
To understand the new wave of post-9/11 however, documentaries were probably not the
political films, it is important to know how the first choice for a Friday night rental before the
documentary form got started. The Scotland- turn of the century.
born founder of the National Film Board of
Canada, John Grierson, was instrumental in
establishing documentary film as a viable genre
during the 1920s and 1930s. His vision of using
Documentaries
the relatively new film medium to entertain continued on p. 12
and inform the public marked the beginning of

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Documentary and Best Song, and is dency towards personal vendettas and earlier low-budget documentaries—
the fourth highest-grossing documen- conspiracy theories, blatant emotional were funded by major motion-picture
Documentaries tary film of all time.
Four of the five top-grossing docu-
exploitation, heavy editing occasional
dishonesty, and the use of his own
distributors, including Lionsgate and
the Weinstein brothers. His movies
continued from p. 11 mentaries fall under the heading of image (that smacks of megalomania), were not released straight to DVD or
political cinema, and three of them are Moore has managed to slap America in small independent cinemas, but as
The current obsession with ‘reality’ to the Dark Side are films that examine, the handiwork of one writer/director: in the face with enough force to rouse major theatrical releases.
in entertainment, with supposed re- respectively, the American military- Michael Moore. It takes only a quick both Left and Right to a degree that Whatever his more controversial
alism, candid honesty, and truth, in industrial complex and the in-custody investigation of the many documen- mere reasoned argument would prob- techniques—and Moore has admitted
all its ugly and shocking and touch- beating death of an ably never achieve. on a number of occasions that enter-
ing glory, is likely partly responsible Afghan taxi driver. His major re- tainment is as much a goal as truth
for the recent rise of the documen- They are two of many leases, 2002’s Bowling and persuasion—the Moore factor
tary. The desire for gritty non-fiction non-fiction pictures for Columbine, 2004’s has made documentary film glamor-
is perhaps at the heart of the present
popularity of documentaries whose
that have sprung from
the post-9/11 and
The new lustre of political activism Fahrenheit 9/11 and
2007’s Sicko secured
ous and mainstream. The new lustre
of political activism and non-fiction
subjects range from wheelchair rugby post-Iraq invasion and non-fiction films has paved the way budgets between $4- films has paved the way for the success
in Murderball to Tupac Shakur in Tu- environment, and
pac: Resurrection, as well as historical they are both fiercely for the success of films like and $9 million; Fahren-
heit 9/11 is the highest-
of films like of An Inconvenient Truth.
That the second highest-grossing
drama and dramatization in Show- critical of the way the An Inconvenient Truth. grossing documentary documentary in history is the family
time’s The Tudors and HBO’s Rome, government has ad- release of all time, cash- friendly flick about penguin migra-
not to mention mockumentaries like dressed these issues ing in at over $222 mil- tion, March of the Penguins, released in
Borat and The Office. of national security. lion. It is a rambling 2005 and grossing $127 million world-
But what about political documen- Other political critique of the Bush ad- wide, serves to further demonstrate
taries? Why the appearance of big- documentaries re- tary responses spawned by Moore’s ministration’s policies both before and that this renaissance can be attributed
budget documentaries with funding in leased since 2001 deal with other con- controversial films—Fahrenhype 9/11, after September 11th, but it struck a as much to the value of entertainment
the millions and respectable box office troversial issues: animal rights, labour This Divided State, Manufacturing Dis- chord with the general public. Bowling and sentimentalism as to divisive po-
revenues? The American war on terror action, the Israel-Palestine conflict, sent, and the not-so-eloquent Michael for Columbine won the 2003 Oscar for litical insight.
seems to have reignited the fires of po- the desperate situations in Darfur, Moore Hates America, to name a few— Best Documentary Feature, and Fahr- In the wake of the largest foreign
litical opposition in the entertainment Laos, and Tibet, and, of course, global to get a sense of the galvanizing impact enheit 9/11 snagged the Cannes Film attack on American soil, Moore and
industry: open dissent and political warming. Al Gore’s 2006 film An In- of his work. Festival Palme d’Or in 2004. his contemporaries continue to strive
activism are once again acceptable and convenient Truth earned over US$49 Ever since 1989’s Roger & Me, Moore Such success is unprecedented in for the goal set out by Grierson almost
profitable. million in worldwide ticket sales. It has been a contentious force in docu- the realm of documentary filmmak- nine decades ago: to enlighten—or at
2005’s Why We Fight and 2007’s Taxi won two Academy Awards, for Best mentary filmmaking. Despite his ten- ing. Moore’s films—as opposed to least, shake up—the public.

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TV’s most popular zip code is back
90210 returns
was to have a role as a shopkeeper, but
the talk quickly faded once Doherty
to prime time joined the cast. Their personal feud
from the earlier series is legendary,
and Spelling was rumoured to have
by Hilary Caton demanded the same level of pay for a
Fulcrum Contributor supporting role as the other original
cast members would receive for their
FANS OF WATCHING the young, larger roles.
rich, and privileged deal with real- Just days before the debut of the
life teen drama can get their fix with new 90210, producers of the show
the highly anticipated series pre- announced that they would not al-
miere of the new 90210. This spinoff low TV critics to screen the two-
of the hugely popular 90s hit, Bever- hour premiere. This prompted dis-
ly Hills, 90210, aired its first episode cussion in the media that the show
on Sept. 2 and gave fans of the orig- would not live up to the massive
inal series two full hours of hook- hype that’s been built around it, and
ups, breakups, and dust-ups. It fol- that it would pale in comparison to
lows the lives of wholesome siblings the original. Despite this speculation
Annie and Dixon, jock Ethan, pop- about the quality of the show, 90210
ular Naomi, and outcasts Silver and still pulled in 5.14 million viewers
Navid, all of whom attend the same on its Tuesday night premiere. This
school as the original series, West was the highest rating in history for
Beverly Hills High. a premiere on CW, the network that image courtesy CW network
Buzz has been building around broadcasts 90210 and the hit show
90210 for many months, with talks of Gossip Girl. Producer Gabe Sachs has which was based on a down-to-earth off, the new 90210 has an edgier, who love Gossip Girl and The Hills for
cameo appearances or recurring roles seemingly concocted the perfect mix family adjusting to the glamorous life more modern appeal. Even if view- the remake of the show that started it
for the original cast. Jennie Garth, an for teen drama: a hint of escapism, a of Beverly Hills. The family in both ers haven’t seen a single episode from all? Only time will tell for these new
original cast member, plays a more dash of jealousy, the two D’s—drama editions of 90210 consists of one son the original series, they can still enjoy teens on the block. If the ratings are
mature version of her character Kelly and drugs—and, of course, the ir- and daughter, but the twist in the new all the weekly drama that the spin- any indication, this new 90210 is here
Taylor, and Shannen Doherty—an- resistible allure of the lavishly rich series is that the son, Dixon, is adopt- off has to offer. Those who saw the to stay. Let’s face it—no one can resist
other original cast member—plays a lifestyle of the elite living in Beverly ed. Even the popular hangout from the original series should enjoy the way the gossip and drama of the affluent
friend of Kelly’s (though not Doherty’s Hills. original, The Peach Pit, was revamped the original cast members have been American teenager.
character on the original show). There Unfortunately, there is not much and plugged back into the show. woven into the plot.
were rumours that Tori Spelling, who originality in this new spin-off. It re- Despite the apparent similarities But the question remains: Will Tune in to 90210 Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on
got her big break on the original show, cycles the main plot of the original, between the original and the spin- there be a place in the hearts of fans Global to watch the drama unfold.

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Eloquen
An investigation in
experience of p
by Sarah Leavitt
Fulcrum Staff Terrorized by words
THERE IS A Jerry Seinfeld joke that goes: “According to most studies, people’s The grasp of anxiety is suffocating; the sudden closing in of the walls and the rapid
number one fear is public speaking ... Death is number two. This means to the increase of the heartbeat against the chest can be overwhelming. A 2006 study pub-
average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket lished in the Southern Communication Journal notes the physiological symptoms
than doing the eulogy.” Seinfeld’s joke may seem a tad over-the-top, but pub- of speech anxiety as increased heart rate, trembling, sweating palms, and stomach
lic speaking haunts a majority of the world’s population. According to a 2007 cramps and pains. These symptoms can be so debilitating that you fail to notice your
study on speech anxiety published in Communications Research Reports, the surroundings and this can affect the delivery of your words.
number is 70 per cent. According to the study, the majority of students do not have acute anxiety. The
Whether it be the president of a company, a math teacher, a consultant, or research found that these students can be called “habituators” because they respond
a student; each must address a crowd at some point in their career. However, to the physiological and psychological symptoms that arise from the anxiety in a
public speaking skills are also useful outside of business situations, such as positive manner and use it to acclimate into the role of public speaker. They manage
when giving a toast at a wedding or simply addressing your friends. their reactions by habituating to them and turning them into useful clues concerning
You might not think about it, but the basics of public speaking, from the the situation they find themselves in. This is the healthy response that most students
actual speech writing to the delivery, might seem simple, but overcoming a fear take.
of the audience, mistakes, or yourself on stage, is debilitating for many. Not According to Dr. Diana Koszycki, research director of the Stress and Anxiety Clini-
everybody is the class clown, the outgoing friend who knows everybody, or the cal Research Unit at the Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research and professor of
genius in class answering questions. Fortunately, there are solutions. psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, it is true that the majority of students are in
the middle range, fearing only the couple of minutes or hours before a presentation.
However, there are some students whose fear is so overwhelming that it begins to
Sifting through interfere with their choices and daily activities.
“People who experience very extreme anxiety to the point where it is very painful
historical rhetoric for them to give a presentation and they worry days ahead of the presentation or even
decide to not take certain courses in order to avoid presentations, have more of what
Daniel Mroz, professor of theatre at the U of O, believes the dawn of public we call a phobia,” Koszycki explained. “This is more extreme than having the normal
communication, if not speaking, can be found as far back as the time of the performance anxiety that everybody might feel before giving a talk.”
Neanderthal. For the students who are on the extreme end of the performance-anxiety scale, all
“I think that our creation of meaning and trying to communicate it to an- is not lost. There are various effective ways to reduce speech anxiety. Relaxation tech-
other person—that oration or expression can be seen as pre-language human niques such as breathing exercises are usually quite helpful with the sudden onset of
communication,” he said. “You’ve got sound, you’ve got movement and you’ve panic, as long as they are practised on a regular basis. As with most things, one needs
got response.” to practise in order to gain experience and the more speeches one gives, the more
It was not until 400 BCE, in ancient Greece, that there was any structured comfortable and at ease they find themselves with doing it.
thinking regarding the art of speaking. An early mention of rhetoric (the art Koszycki also discussed a valuable type of therapy for those with acute performance
of speaking and writing effectively) and oratory (the art of public speaking) anxiety. Her research focuses on the way those suffering from speech anxiety seem
can be found in Homer’s Iliad. Well-known protagonists such as Achilles and to constantly put themselves down with negative thoughts, and cognitive therapy can
Odysseus were praised and honoured in the tale for their uncanny ability for do just that. This therapy involves sessions with a psychologist who guides the patient
influential speech-making in front of crowds. into more positive thinking.
It was in Athens only decades later, that public speaking ability reached its “If you are going into a situation with [negative] thoughts, you are going to feel
full significance with the emergence of the new political system of democracy. anxious,” she said. “So one of the things this therapy does is help you look at your
Speeches became the medium through which citizens gained political influ- thinking, looking at how distorted the thinking might be, [looking at] the correct
ence. Philosophers such as Plato and his student Aristotle taught through pub- thinking.”
lic talks. Most of what we know of them comes from the writings of students
who attended their speeches.
Perhaps modern day politics serve as a more familiar example of the influ-
ence of speech. A political speech can captivate the imagination, start a riot, or
fail to inspire any sort of reaction at all. Certain speeches have shaped history.
Consider Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963: an inspira-
tion that brought the American civil rights movement to its peak. A speaker
with captivating stage presence and eloquent diction can certainly reach celeb-
rity status.

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nt speech
nto the daunting
public speaking
The toast of the night Point/counterpoint
Many organizations exist around the globe that aid people in overcoming their Once one is accustomed to giving speeches and the sudden moment of nausea has
speech anxiety. Perhaps the most prominent is Toastmasters International, an or- passed, people often try debating to improve their arguments and diction. Debating
ganization that has boasted over four million members since 1924. The organiza- is, essentially, a professional way of having an argument but it is an effective way of
tion’s mandate, according to their website, (toastmasters.org), is to “help men and honing one’s public speaking skills and impromptu thinking.
women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking—vital skills that pro- Ranjan Agarwal is currently a lawyer in the litigation group at Bennett Jones
mote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understand- L.L.P. in Toronto. He graduated from the Joint LL.B./M.A. (in International Affairs)
ing and contribute to the betterment of [human]kind.” Ottawa has more than 20 program at the Faculty of Law at the U of O in 2004.
Toastmasters clubs. Agarwal was the top individual speaker at the 2002 North American debating
One such group is the Parliament Hill Toastmasters, who meet every Thursday championship and the 2000 national champion. With his friend Sunil Mathaj in
at the Montgomery Legion at 330 Kent St. Carolyn Tapp, president of the group, 2003, he became the first non-European to win the Cambridge University inter-
believes that the organization is a great place to practise public speaking for a varsity debating tournament. While at the U of O, Agarwal was president of the
variety of people, including students. English Debating Society and the Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate
“The communication and leadership skills acquired in Toastmasters are direct- Debate.
ly transferable to the workplace, volunteer organizations [and] school,” she said. Agarwal was not always eloquent with his speech. He struggled through high
“For example, Toastmasters develops impromptu speaking skills which are neces- school because of his quiet demeanour. It wasn’t until Grade 10 that his father sug-
sary when you are called upon to give presentations on short notice.” gested he join the debate team.
The majority of Toastmasters members joined with one purpose in mind: to “I was a very shy student and my father encouraged me to try debating, as he
become a public speaker. Encouragement is abundant in a situation where most thought it would bring out my personality,” Agarwal said. “As it turns out, I really
members have anxiety related to public speaking. This common fear makes for a enjoyed both public speaking and talking about national and international issues.”
greater level of understanding among members. They are willing and able to help Debating helps people learn to express themselves fully and politely. It is not as
members and guests who come in for advice. Entering the fold is relatively easy free-wheeling as speeches can be because there are rules that have to be followed.
with mentors helping you along the way. Once you become a member, Toastmas- Agarwal has it down to a science.
ters has a very structured path to follow. “In debating (or in any public speaking), I always try to focus on the rule of three.
“The first milestone on the [Toastmasters Education program] communica- I always have three arguments, and my arguments are broken down into three parts:
tion track is the ‘competent communicator.’ That requires 10 speeches and each headline, explanation and example,” he explained. “This helps my presentation stay
of these speeches focuses on developing a different skill. For example, you might focused and I keep within the times. I’m generally a fast talker so I can only do so
have a speech that focuses on vocal variety, or gestures, or another one on orga- much, but I always try to take deep breaths and pause between my sentences.”
nizing your speech,” Tapp explained.
Toastmasters is just one of the ways to hone your skills or gain confidence in
speaking and is one option out of many available to people in the Ottawa area. Wisdom to impart
The U of O has a Public Speaking Development Club which is associated with
Toastmasters International. All students are welcome. Speech anxiety is common and is not something to be ashamed of. There are
ways to alleviate stress and other symptoms. The majority of students passing
through university must give a speech or presentation at some point during
their degree and it’s better to go at it with a new sense of confidence. That ex-
pression can be found in every person and our fears of sounding foolish, insin-
cere, or unintelligent can be relieved.
“It’s not a question of taking a shovel and extracting the fear of [a shy person]
and after that they’ll be fine,” Mroz explained. “But if you have somebody who
is gentle and soft-spoken, you have to find the best way for them to commu-
nicate credibly. You don’t want to turn everybody into an aggressive person
who is going to be extremely extroverted and communicate in an extremely
assertive way. It’s more a matter of finding the appropriate expression for each
individual person.”

The Student Academic Success Service offers personal counselling on a wide range
of problems as well as workshops that focus on stress and anxiety. Check out their
website at www.sass.uottawa.ca.

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Album reviews
The Verve
How I became a pirate on the digital sea Forth
ELEVEN YEARS OF waiting for the Verve’s inspired manner. As the album progresses the
alternatives. Pirate websites are full of bro-
ken links, porno pop-ups, and poor-quality next album and all we get is cool cover art and listener begins to wonder how such low-quality
videos—surely the movie and television disappointment. Forth is overproduced and ge- songs made the final cut. The only song worth
studios can do better. And, to their credit, neric; every song reminds you vaguely of some- praise is “Noise Epic.” It’s a nostalgic attempt at
some of them do—but nowhere outside of thing you’ve heard before. Creativity is lacking aping those psychedelic tunes your parents lis-
the United States. throughout the album, even with the lyrics. They tened to back in the day. Besides that one piece,
If I want to watch a Simpsons episode from don’t inspire, they baffle: “I was blind, couldn’t not one song is memorable—they just encour-
2002, in this digital age I should be able to do see / We are one incomplete / I was blind, in the age sleep. Better to hold on to the glory days of
Peter Henderson so easily. On-demand television and personal city / Waiting for light wind to be saved”. The in- “Bittersweet Symphony” and let this one go.
Arts & Culture Editor video recorders allow me to do so in my own struments are played in a workman-like and un- —Livia Nassius

F
home, so why is the Internet so different? I
FemBots
IT ALL STARTED with a Simpsons reference. realize the challenges of advertising on the
Internet, including but not limited to unreli-
Calling out
In an Internet discussion about an NFL line-
backer’s knee, someone said that this may be able user statistics and the low price of cur- ON CALLING OUT, FemBots’ fourth saunter / You got it wrong / ‘Cause life is good”. Extrapo-
the first year in which we see a player’s leg rent banner advertising, but surely this isn’t a into banality, any hope of perfection is left cas- late that pretentious and pseudo-profound men-
fly off in glorious high definition. This is a problem too big for the army of lawyers and trated and dying in the dark. The instruments on tality over 49 minutes and you’ll be calling out
perfect reference to the Simpsons episode programmers that are employed by every ma- the album unite to create a leaden, tired sound for a better album. Calling Out is like a shaggy-
where that exact thing happens, though on jor corporation concerned. and seem like they have sonic rheumatism. The haired disaster, wearing an inappropriate blazer
the Simpsons the leg belonged to a placekick- I know I’m not alone when I say I wouldn’t songs become repetitive and lumber along with and sandals, quoting lame nihilist catchphrases.
er. I searched high and low for a clip of said mind watching commercials or seeing banner rudimentary beats, and the vocalist has a re- Somehow, FemBots have managed to craft an
episode, or even the episode itself, but it was ads if I could watch every show I wanted for served voice full of faux-pathos and involuntary experience that is tantamount to spending a
nowhere to be found. Imagine my chagrin free, anytime. ComedyNetwork.ca has hun- cynicism. The lyrics are dull: In “Good Days”, horrid evening with that exact type of douche
when I found out there was nowhere on the dreds of episodes of dozens of shows avail- the vocalist states “All you Christian soldiers / bag. Avoid this album.
Internet for legal, free streaming of old Simp- able on its website, which is easy to use and You got it wrong / And all you Muslim martyrs — Danyal Khoral
sons episodes. If you’re in the United States, predominately ad-supported. It’s easier than

B+
they’re freely available on Fox.com, but here visiting some illegal site where half the links Ghostkeeper
in Canada we get the proverbial shaft. The don’t work, and it’s what the future of televi- And the Children of the Great Northern Muskeg
same can be said for episodes of The Office, sion will be.
30 Rock, or any other quality show that’s not Unfortunately, the Comedy Network’s CALGARY’S GHOSTKEEPER HAS recorded guitarist Shane Ghostkeeper’s gritty vocals
on the Comedy Network. This raises a hugely model hasn’t been followed by others. NBC a peculiar gem filled with many small, magic take over; and the tongue clacking and acous-
important question, one that will define the has a website with inconsistent functional- moments: the phantom keyboards in “Lady tic folk-guitar noodling in “The Boxes and the
future of broadcasting: Where the hell is the ity that’s not available in Canada. Fox has a of the Sky” segue into a carousing guitar and Bottles”. Surrounding the magic moments on
legal alternative for television-watching on- slightly better website that’s not available in drum romp; the lap steel guitar in the middle And the Children of the Great Northern Muskeg
line? Canada. You get the idea—what little con- of “The Introduction” blasts into a primal is shaky, inspired blues-rock and candid story-
A recent article on HotHardware.com tent there is to be had isn’t even available groove; all of “Solid Gold”; when drummer telling—only further proof that Ghostkeeper
claimed that 20 per cent of all primetime tele- outside the United States. All the English- Sarah Houle chirps “Don’t dance with boys deserves your ear.
vision is now watched online. Considering speaking countries around the world that that like to shake…” in “Afternoon Girl” and —Michael Olender
the lack of legal alternatives available to Ca- depend on America’s cultural hegemony for
nadians, when you extrapolate that statistic
across the nation it means that a whole lot of
their entertainment are left high and dry.
These restrictions are undoubtedly due to
Mardeen
Read Less Minds B-
people are turning to illegal online streaming different advertising and acting contracts READ LESS MINDS is a confident, carefully is “Howling”: its pretty, harmonized chorus line
sites for their television fix. These streaming worldwide, but are we to assume the media crafted rock album. The four young, poised is better than anything I’ve heard from Weezer
websites are hugely popular, yet the corporate conglomerates can dominate the world of Cape Bretoners in Mardeen must have stud- frontman Rivers Cuomo in years. But unlike the
response is to try and shut them down, not entertainment yet don’t have enough law- ied notorious hooksters Guided By Voices and best albums by Guided by Voice and Weezer,
replace them with official and legal versions. yers to negotiate a contract for Canada or Weezer because their precise melodic pop songs Read Less Minds sounds too calculated, some-
You’d have to wake up pretty early to Britain? I doubt it, and until they do, I’ll are textbook alt-pop. The opener, “Kids”, is an times even formulaic. With the decision to craft
pull one over on the Internet nerds who be watching some illegally streamed televi- anthemic rock track with heroic vocals, glossed a polished, polite record, Mardeen forfeited
run these illegal sites, because they stay up sion. guitars, titanic bass, and colossal drums. “Keep the spontaneity and looseness that made those
all night. Instead of fighting a losing battle On” is similarly mighty, especially in its final cli- bands so special.
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aming evolved Spore gives gamers the power to play god
by Danyal Khoral Cell Stage into something more complex. Add ture stage. Instead of controlling one Space Stage
Fulcrum Contributor a flagella or a spike to make the crea- creature, a player controls a tribe of
It all starts here—the player begins ture faster or more dangerous. Once creatures. This portion is far too sim- The space stage allows the player to
WHEN IT COMES to computer games, as a strain of bacteria that, by chance, the little organism has evolved and ple and quickly becomes repetitive. visit an endess amount of worlds and
it seems Will Wright can do no wrong. happens to land on a habitable planet become big enough it sprouts legs, The gameplay consists of gathering interact with both user-generated
As the founder of the video game com- thanks to a meteor. The gameplay and leaves the water, and walks on land. food and fighting with or befriend- creatures and creatures developed by
pany Maxis, Wright is behind the incred- mechanics of this stage are simple, ad- ing other tribes with larger, more the Spore programmers. Players can
ibly successful Sim series of games from dictive, and rewarding. Users create a Creature Stage elaborate, song and dance routines. destroy or befriend developed civili-
the early years single-celled or- This is entertaining for brief periods, zations or even shape evolving ones.
of SimCity to the ganism that, The creature stage opens as the or- but seems to be more aimed at more With enough cash, users can even al-
massive sensation depending on a ganism begins to walk on land and of a casual gamer who would pick ter or destroy worlds. The player will
that is The Sims. In Spore, the player can go choice, can be a creates a nest. Depending on how this up for minutes at a time. For still need to do some lame missions
In his latest game, from being a single-celled carnivore, her- the creature was created, it will in- someone more serious about video and resource collection but that’s a
Spore, the player teract with its surroundings with the games, willing to devote hours at a
progresses from a
organism living in a drop of bivore, or omni-
vore, eating other attributes the player gave it. This is time, it’s very easy to exhaust the op-
minor quibble given the expansive-
ness of the rest of the gameplay in
single-celled or- water to a galactic god. living things or where the gameplay starts to become portunities for fun. this stage. The space stage is the best
ganism living in a portions of float- annoying and tedious. The user con- reason to play Spore, and there’s nev-
drop of water to a ing leaves. As the trols one creation at a time. The goal Civilization Stage er been a game quite like it.
galactic god, con- character eats, it is to go off into the big world and
quering other civilizations and altering gets bigger and receives DNA points. either kill other species or befriend The civilization stage continues the Spore’s gameplay isn’t consistently
the evolution of other species. Spore is As the player gets more DNA points, a them with song and dance, all for simplistic trend of the earlier stages, engaging, but it’s such an ambitious
divided into five distinct segments that mating call can be performed. After the more evolution points. This simple with the same benefits and draw- undertaking that its shortcomings
give the player almost unlimited free- organism has successfully fornicated task is all the player does, and it be- backs. It deals with cities instead are forgiveable. The idea of creating
dom. How does this free-form approach with another member of its species, comes quite repetitive. As the player of villages and the goal is to gather a game in which the player truly be-
to gaming work on a practical level? the player can evolve its simple design finishes quests, the creature’s brain resources, and fight, religiously con- comes a god is almost hubristic, but
will get bigger, it will make love vert, or buy other cities. Everything Maxis has made a reasonable attempt
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David McClelland
Sports Editor
sports@thefulcrum.ca
Sept. 11–17, 2008

An Olympian in our midst


by Anna Rocoski Hill: I just started when I was about
Fulcrum Contributor 10 years old. It was a summer camp
and you would go kayaking from
THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa is 9–12 in the morning and it was just
lucky enough to call an Olympic fun for me to do as a kid. I went with
athlete one of its own. Fourth-year my sister for the first year and every
student Rhys Hill competed for weekend there were local regattas,
Canada at the 2008 Beijing Games and we would go to those. I just start-
in the K-4 1000 m kayaking event, ed racing there and liked it.
which features four-person kayaks.
Hill’s team finished ninth in the How many hours a week do you
10-team final. train?
The Beijing Games were Hill’s first
Olympic experience. To get there, he [I train at] 10 paddling sessions a
had to work his way through bantam, week. This is when we are on the wa-
national, junior and senior interna- ter in the summer in Florida. Each
tional kayaking events and is deter- one of these sessions is about an
mined to continue working hard to hour-and-a-half to two hours and
push his way to the top of more in- then we do races and stuff three to
ternational events, including future four times a week. It averages out
Olympics and the World Cup of ca- to be 20 to 25 hours a week in total.
noeing and kayaking. In addition to During our short off-season we still
photo by Frank Appleyard
training for multiple international train about the same [amount] just Rhys Hill finished ninth in the K-4 1000 kayaking event at the Beijing Games.
events, Hill is currently studying hu- doing other sports such as cross-
man resource management at the U country skiing. So we’re moving our legs like crazy competitive kayaker? three months [to train].
of O, and hopes to eventually earn a and we’re paddling at 120 strokes per
degree in business. How does competing in the K-4 minute but when you’re in a single, I don’t get to go to school that much What was your most memorable
1000 compare to kayaking solo? you’re just kind of doing your own because paddling comes first right moment at the Beijing Olympics?
Fulcrum: What got you into kayak- thing. now—well it did in the last couple
ing instead of a mainstream sport
like soccer or hockey?
It’s a different feel. What you’re try-
ing to do is be perfectly synchronized Do you find it difficult to balance
years. I would take a few classes in the
fall and no classes in the winter be-
Hill
with the other four guys in the boat. your university studies with being a cause I would go to Florida for two to continued on p. 22

Men’s rugby splits series with


Will Gee-Gees fans take the bait?
NCAA opponent

photo by Frank Appleyard image courtesy Sports Services


The Gee-Gees battle their way down the field against the Syracuse Hammerheads.
by Hilary Caton eas of student events, encouraging students to
Fulcrum Contributor attend multiple events on campus.
by Mike Gribbon refined in their play. Syracuse was able to cap- But, what is this program exactly? In a nut-
Fulcrum Contributor italize on a near-complete meltdown by the THE GEE-GEES REWARDS program is the lat- shell, whenever U of O students attend a Gee-
Gee-Gees, and multiple penalties led to two est promotional plan to surface from the Univer- Gees game or a CLS event they can have their
THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa men’s rugby Ottawa players being yellow-carded. sity of Ottawa’s Sports Services, designed to give student card scanned, which in turn earns them
team battled the National Collegiate Athletic Playing one man down due to penalty trou- students greater incentive to attend Gee-Gees points and eligibility to win various prizes, up
Association (NCAA) Division One Syracuse ble, the Gees could do little more than watch home games and other events at the university. to a grand prize worth more than $2,000. Each
Hammerheads on Sept. 7. The clubs played two as Syracuse chipped away at the massive lead. The program is geared toward getting U of game and event rewards students with different
back-to-back matches, sending out their start- Gee-Gees head coach Stewart Robinson be- O students excited about athletics, and sup- levels of points.
ing squads (A-side) for one game, and backups lieved discipline was the primary issue in the porting their classmates and friends in what “It is a program designed to reward fans that
(B-side) for the second at Matt Anthony Field. lackluster effort of the second half. they love to do most—play sports. However, have been attending games, and provide incen-
Syracuse and Ottawa split the victories. “We lacked attention, and were in cruise the rewards program is by no means limited to tive for other students to attend as well,” said
In the A-side match, the Gees came out control. We gave up penalties and began to Gee-Gees games. Sports Services has teamed Sports Services’ Assistant Director of Commu-
strong and dominated the first half, scoring lose discipline, heart, and communication. up with Community Life Service (CLS) to in- nications and Marketing Julie Tam, who created
early and often to build a 24-5 lead at half- I think the players thought that they had al- clude their events like the Art Walk to take the program.
time. Although they looked to continue that ready won the game,” said Robinson. part in the rewards program. The program
success in the second half of the game and
further dominate the Hammerheads, the lead Rugby has even been taken a step further by working Rewards
with the Student Federation of the University
began to diminish as Syracuse changed their of Ottawa (SFUO) to branch out into to all ar- continued on p. 20
strategy on offence and were noticeably more continued on p. 22
Gee-Gees pride! We want students to malize their role within the Gee- port at games and events, and pro-
be proud to be a Gee-Gee, whether Gees Rewards program, President vide an incentive for more people to
Rewards you’re participating in the sport or Dean Haldenby said he would like come out and show their support,”
continued from p. 19 cheering them on.” to become more involved with it, said Tam confidently of the pro-
It’s not a secret that game atten- and hoped it would be a success. gram’s motives.
Although many students are unaware dance has been poor in recent years, “We’ve been working to try and It remains to be seen whether stu-
of this program until they actually but Sports Services hopes the program get more people out to events, dents will take the bait or not, but the
attend a game, Tam is banking on will change that and give the U of O’s and I hope that this does work,” results should soon be visible in the
word of mouth to make the program athletes a well-deserved fan base. said Haldenby. “Unfortunately we stands at Gee-Gees games.
a success. “Getting more people out to games weren’t able to coordinate with them
“Once students hear about it, we’re enhances the playing environment for on it in time for 101 Week, but we’re For more information about the
hoping to see more of them attend- our athletes, so that they feel we value looking at getting involved with it new Gee-Gees Rewards program in-
ing more games, and expand the their contribution to the university and and seeing where [it goes].” cluding a complete list of events at
Gee-Gees fan base,” she explained. the effort they put into being a student “We want to increase school spirit which points will be awarded, as well
Tam was enthusiastic about what as well as an athlete,” said Tam. and thank the fans that have been as to register for the program, visit
the program may achieve: “More While the SFUO has yet to for- coming out and showing their sup- primesgeegees.ca.

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Sacobie cruises into record books
Offence rips past Lions pass—and two field goals from rookie was happy with his team’s perfor-
kicker Matt Falvo—giving the Gee- mance, especially in light of the disap-
for 71-3 victory
Gees a 48-0 lead at halftime. pointing 35-31 loss to the University of
“I actually didn’t know about [the Western Ontario Mustangs on Sept. 1.
by David McClelland record] until a week ago, when some- “We wanted to improve ourselves
Fulcrum Staff one wrote about it,” said a humble Sa- as a team [from last week], and we
cobie following the game. “A record did that today,” said Piché. “On top of
FIFTH-YEAR QUARTERBACK Josh like that, it’s something you truly have that, we even got a chance to play all
Sacobie only needed half the game to to enjoy with all the receivers [and of- the young guys.”
move into first place on the Ontario fensive linemen] that helped you.” Piché was not too surprised by the
University Athletics (OUA) list of large margin of victory.
career touchdown passes as the Uni- “I’m not a numbers chaser, “We expect to win every week,” he
versity of Ottawa men’s football team I’m a Vanier Cup chaser.” said. “If we do what we’re supposed to
crushed the York University Lions 71-3 Josh Sacobie do, we can do a lot of things. We like
on Sept. 6 at Frank Clair Stadium. Gee-Gees quarterback to say ‘We’re going to a track meet’ be-
Sacobie, who made way at halftime cause we have lots of athletes here, and
for backup quarterback Brad Sinopoli, With third-year quarterback Si- we saw a track meet today.”
entered the game with 64 touchdown nopoli in to complete the game for Second-year defensive back Marc-
passes, one behind the OUA record Ottawa, the Gee-Gees did not let up. Andre St-Hilaire, who replaced Mil-
set by Wilfrid Laurier University’s The Gees scored two more touch- lington following a first-quarter injury,
Bill Kubas between 1990 and 1994. It downs on passes from Sinopoli as spoke highly of his team’s play.
didn’t take long for Sacobie to equal well as a trio of field goals, one by “We don’t stop playing,” said St-
that mark, finding fifth-year receiver Falvo and two by fellow rookie Luigi Hilaire, who received two touchdown
Ivan Birungi for an 80-yard bomb only De Lellis in the fourth quarter. passes from Sinopoli in the second
58 seconds into the game. Sacobie expressed no hard feelings half, “even if we’re winning by a lot.”
Shortly after a 42-yard rush by towards his teammate for replacing
running back Davie Mason gave the him in the second half. The win evens the Gee-Gees record
Gee-Gees a 14-0 lead, Sacobie con- “I think [Sinopoli] would start on at 1-1, while York falls to 0-2. The Gee-
nected with receiver Ezra Millington any team in Canada, he’s a heck of a Gees, who are now in a four-way tie for
to move into sole possession of first player,” he said selflessly, attempting to second place in the OUA, will next play
place on the career touchdown pass put the team before his own records. on Sept. 13, when they visit the McMas-
photo by Frank Appleyard
list. The Gees would score three more “I’m not a numbers chaser, I’m a Vani- ter University Marauders in Hamilton.
touchdowns in the half—including er Cup chaser.” The game is will be broadcast at 7 p.m.
Gee-Gees quarterback Josh Sacobie completed 13 of 16 passes, and threw
Sacobie’s 67th career touchdown Gee-Gees head coach Denis Piché on the Score.
his 67th career touchdown pass—an OUA record.

Male?
Sorry, come again another time
Women-only times tion of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) during
the 2007–08 academic year, was part of a group
introduced at of student leaders who lobbied Sports Services to
introduce these times at the gym.
U of O fitness facilities “I’m glad to see that Sports Services is finally
implementing this, and I think it’s something
by David McClelland that a lot of women will be very pleased to hear
Fulcrum Staff about,” said Hrick, who noted that women of var-
ious religious faiths, such as Muslims, as well as
ON SEPT. 9, women-only gym time was in- transgendered students would particularly wel-
troduced at the University of Ottawa, with the come the opportunity for their own gym time.
Montpetit Fitness Centre closed to men 7–8:30 Sarah McKinnon, advocacy officer for the
a.m. SFUO’s Women’s Resource Centre, was also en-
The Tuesday morning women-only session is thusiastic about the new initiative.
one of two such weekly sessions at the Montpetit “Unfortunately, we were advocating [for] 10
facility, with the other occurring every Friday hours [a week], and it’s only three, but it’s a start
during the same time slot. Similarly, a wom- and it’s definitely something that we welcome,”
en-only lane-swim time has been set aside on said McKinnon.
Wednesday mornings 10–11 a.m. Both McKinnon and Hrick welcomed the new
Colin Timm, assistant director of programs hours as an important step forward for women
and services at Sports Services, stressed that the on campus.
program was being implemented on a pilot ba- “I think women can sometimes feel intimi-
sis, and that it would be evaluated through user dated and not feel comfortable at the gym, so
feedback throughout the year. it’s definitely a space for them,” said McKin-
“What we really looked at was … how can we non. “It’s a step towards creating more space
provide easy access into an environment that on campus where women feel comfortable and
normally can be quite intimidating for women?” welcomed.”
said Timm. “Some individuals expressed a desire “Every student at the university pays for [the
to be in an environment where they didn’t feel gym], and some women or women-identified
like they were being gawked at, or … they didn’t people don’t feel comfortable taking advantage
feel intimidated about moving into a cycle that’s of these services they don’t have a choice but to
already existing at the gym.” pay for,” said Hrick. “So now, with this move,
Men will be able to work out at the Sports this is opening up these facilities for which
Complex’s Health and Lifestyle Centre during these students pay to feel comfortable usingg
the women-only times, added Timm. them.”
Pam Hrick, president of the Student Federa- —with files from Frank Appleyard

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Rugby Hill
continued from p. 19 continued from p. 19

In the final moment of the game, with a chance to capitalize,” said Karam, Besides the racing, it would be the open- first got there, because it was really are completely exhausted and out of
the score 32-29 for Syracuse, it ap- who played a strong game highlighted ing and closing ceremonies. The closing hot and there was a fog mixed with touch with the leaders. Each race is
peared that Ottawa had scored a dra- by solid tackles and lengthy support ceremonies we got to see more, because pollution. At [first] it was difficult going to hurt like hell, but how you
matic, game-winning try but the ref- runs for the Gees. during the opening the athletes did not but we got used to it pretty quickly. did in that race can determine how
eree ruled the play had been pushed The Man of the Match award was make an entrance into the stadium un- It was good, though, because by the much you actually feel it afterwards.
out of bounds. The match ended with handed out to Jones for scoring a try til the end. There was something like time we had to race the fog or pol- Winning definitely takes some of the
the score 32-29 in favour of the Ham- and leading the young squad. Further 90,000 people in the stadium and 4 bil- lution all cleared up. The first time I pain away. There’s no greater feeling
merheads. standouts were DeMeyer Lottering lion people watching. They all watched paddled it was really hard to breathe. than that of putting together a great
The second match, immediately with aggressive runs and great line- the Canadian athletes walk in. You can usually see to the end of the 2 race.
following the first, featured the B- out catches and Patrick Sinclair with km runs and you could only see about
side teams. Veterans Barret Karam excellent defensive tackling and two How did it feel to represent Canada 400m ahead. If there is one thing you would want
and Ryan Jones led the younger goal-line tackles. with so many people watching? students at the U of O to know about
of the U of O teams onto the field Gee-Gees captain Chris Seyler What are the feelings you get when the Olympics, what would it be?
where they avenged the earlier de- took Man of the Match honours for It was like a dream come true. All you go through the motions of a
feat of the A-side with a command- his role in the A-side game for scoring summer it was kind of hard to believe race? There are a lot of sports out there
ing 34-7 win. The Garnet and Grey two tries after splitting his brow early that I was actually going to get to the and everyone can find one that
stepped up their in front of fans and in the contest. An additional player of Olympics and then when we got to It all depends how the race is going they are good at and if they really
A-side teammates and demonstrated note was Mackenzie Conacher, who walk in to the Opening Ceremonies, so far. If I look around and there is no want to excel at it they just have
plenty of heart. demonstrated great defensive deter- it felt like … the real deal. It was in- one is in sight it can be pretty excit- to keep trying as hard as they can.
“We got off to a good start in the mination with tackles and defensive credible walking into there. ing, especially if we feel we can get to They will get good at it and they
first half and kept the pressure com- steals. the finish line at that same pace. If we could eventually go to the Olym-
ing throughout the second half. It was Is paddling in Beijing different from find ourselves at the back of the pack pics. It was an incredible experi-
an improved follow-up to the first The Gee-Gees next play on Sept. 21, kayaking in Canada? then it’s a different story. We need to ence for me to race there and worth
game. We were more disciplined, took when they will face the McGill Redmen keep ourselves motivated through- every sacrifice I had to make to get
[fewer] penalties and didn’t give them at Matt Anthony Field. It was a pretty big shocker when we out the whole race, even when we there.

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Lighting the lamp

Finally, a step in the right direction


their student card for every home Another argument in favour of re- gram is an initial success, then the Having large crowds at home games
game they attend. The most commit- ward points is the glaring fact that Sports Services staff can’t simply rest requires Sports Services to build a
ted of fans will be awarded prizes when right now, students are not attending on their laurels, hoping that the ini- sporting culture at the university,
they reach a certain number of points, Gee-Gees games, and the rewards sys- tial attendance increases will magi- something we here at the Fulcrum are
as well as entered in grand prize draws tem will hopefully change that. Look- cally continue. No, the secret to mak- more than willing to support. We may
with increasingly valuable rewards. ing at the empty stands at Frank Clair ing Gee-Gees games truly successful, never reach the fierce level of fan dedi-
Students will also receive points for Stadium, or looking at the consistently well-attended events is to continue cation seen at American universities,
attending events held by the Student low attendance numbers in Canadian to actively promote our varsity teams but it certainly doesn’t hurt to try.
Federation of the throughout the year.
University of Ottawa These do not have to sports@thefulcrum.ca
David McClelland
Sports Editor
and Community Life The idea and goals of the Gee-Gees be expensive or elabo- 613-562-5931

FOR WHAT SEEMS like untold ages,


Services.
Some, of course,
Rewards program are rate campaigns. There
should be extensive
sports editors past and present have might see this as a nowhere near shallow. postering before sig-
bemoaned the lack of fan support at bribe, replacing fan nificant regular season
Gee-Gees games while wishing that loyalty with a prize games for example,
Sports Services would do more to pro- system designed to entice uninterested Interunivesity Sports box scores, it is instead of just for one-off events like
mote our athletes. It seemed as though students. If you ask me though, the evident that the U of O has a problem. the Capital Hoops Classic. Regularly
nothing was ever done—until now. idea and goals of this program are no- This program could act as a gateway, setting up tables with information and
With the recent announcement where near shallow. enticing students out to games, but Gee-Gees merchandise in high traffic
of the Gee-Gees Rewards program, For one thing, this sort of program ultimately hooking them on the thrill areas around campus would be an-
Sports Services is taking a bold step in is in no way unique to the Gee-Gees of seeing such high-calibre athlet- other way to increase the visibility of
the right direction towards generating or even university sports—teams at all ics played at their own university. Of varsity sports. Sports that are already
fan support, and moving beyond sim- levels of play run all sorts of promo- course, whether or not this will work popular, like men’s basketball and
ply standing by and letting the clearly tional campaigns to entice fans out to ultimately depends on if the prizes are men’s football, should be promoted
unacceptable status quo of recent years games, from small community teams worth the effort, and if Sports Services even further: conduct presentations
continue. Gee-Gees Rewards provides in minor leagues, all the way up to the can successfully get the word out about for first-year classes, let students know
incentive for new fans to attend games, National Hockey League and Major the program. what’s out there, and above all, keep
and does it with a slick logo, website, League Baseball. The Ottawa Senators, It’s important to remember that this them informed.
and promotional campaign. for example, run a points promotion should only be the first step if Sports In the end, what matters most is get-
The basis of the program is to build in conjunction with MasterCard, and Services truly wants to increase the ting people out to games and support-
fan support, and reward loyal Gee- while the details may differ, it’s nice to number of fans in the stands at home ing the home side. Greater numbers of
Gees fans who will receive points on see Sports Services finally catching on. game. If the Gee-Gees Rewards pro- fans make for more spirited crowds.

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Sarah Leavitt
Features Editor
features@thefulcrum.ca
Sept. 11–17, 2008

Dear Di If you have a question for Di,


e-mail deardi@thefulcrum.ca.
Thryllabus
Dear Di, Dear Di,
It’s been a week at this school and It feels like I’m pissing razor- Thursday, Sept. 11 Sunday, Sept. 14
already I miss my boyfriend way too blades and my testicles are swollen!
Taxi to the Dark Side. 7 p.m. Women’s soccer: Ottawa vs.
much. He moved away to Bishop’s I got wasted and slept with a lovely
ByTowne Cinema. 325 Rideau St. Ryerson. 3 p.m. Sports Complex.
University and he sounds like he’s young lady on Wednesday after the
$7 advance. $10 at the door. All $4 for students.
having a great time. I don’t want pub crawl, and over the weekend
proceeds go to NOWAR-PAIX Think Things
him to forget about me and I want I’ve been in pain and I think some-
and the Justice for Mohamed by Jocelyn Robitaille www.thinkthings.ca
him to remember that my body is thing is up. E-mail me back ASAP.
Harket Committee.
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If you even have the slightest doubt, All you have to do is take a urine test.
don’t get the cam. But if you do trust If you test positive, there is an effective
him, go ahead and enjoy. From one single-dose antibiotic treatment avail-
woman to another: Just in case, get able. The University of Ottawa’s Health
him to get a webcam as well, for your Services Clinic is located at 100 Marie
enjoyment. Coax him into masturbat- Curie Pr. (call 613-564-3950 for an
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him jacking off. That’s great leverage if the Health Services Resource Centre
he ever turns out to be a blackmailing in room 203 of the Unicentre to learn
jerk. Enjoy! more about STIs.
Love, Love,
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Executive Editor
executive@thefulcrum.ca
Sept. 11–17, 2008

Point Counterpoint
The sport of boxing is invincible Mixed martial arts will sucker-
THE OPENING SEQUENCE of Martin The supposed decline of professional box- punch boxing very, very soon
Scorcese’s Raging Bull almost makes me cry. ing has made room for the emergence of mixed
Strings swell while a hooded Robert DeNiro martial arts (MMA) and the Ultimate Fighting MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) fighting is Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and a former
portrays famed boxer Jake LaMotta, hopping Championship (UFC), something more animal- the next big thing. MMA tournaments have be- NCAA-champion wrestler, entered the UFC with
around in slow motion in preparation for a bout istic and less interesting. UFC and its brand of come big business in the last few years and the a pre-packaged audience of millions of viewers.
in the hazy boxing ring. A flashbulb pops, LaM- mixed martial arts is brutal and sensational- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has Had the UFC set him up against a tomato can
otta pummels air, the nimble strings soar higher. istic. The fireworks, the cage, and the bizarre quickly grown into a media empire. MMA fight- or two, he would surely have become one of the
Sure, the film follows the epic rise and fall of headlocks and takedowns are reminiscent of ing is superior to its predecessor—boxing—in most popular fighters for the franchise. However,
LaMotta due to his taking a fall the spectacles of World Wrestling Entertain- every way, and the surge in popularity MMA is the UFC put Lesnar up against just the kind of
in exchange for a quick pay- ment, with President Dana White acting receiving is proof that it’s far more entertaining. fighter who could beat him: an experienced and
day, but the spirit of a tre- as a more egoistic Vince McMahon. Boxing is a simple sport, requiring only the tough former UFC champion, Frank Mir. Lesnar
mendous fighter shines Consider the event: In a corner, one perfection of known techniques in order to ex- lost the fight and the UFC gained credibility—the
through, even in 2008. man is sitting on another man’s stom- cel. MMA is so much more: a mixture of styles organization doesn’t care who you are, all it cares
When boxers enter about is your skills. Compare that
the stadium there is to the trash-talking world of profes-
an aura of respect. The sional boxing, where name recogni-
fighters meet in the tion is everything. Mike Tyson still
ring, the referee explains made millions fighting long after his
what’s legal, the compet- prime, but Brock Lesnar has to prove
itors touch gloves, and his worth as an MMA fighter time
the fight begins. There and time again.
is a certain nobility to Boxing’s long history is also over-
boxing; there is remark- shadowed by the influence of orga-
able strength, footwork, nized crime. Don King, the audacious
and personal style and manager of some of the greatest names
strategy that require in- in boxing from Muhammad Ali to
tense practice. Boxing Evander Holyfield, spent four years
is not just a glorified in prison for shooting two men—one
fist fight—there is more who tried to rob him and another who
skill and finesse than a owed him money. Richie Melito Jr., a
schoolyard brawl. The young fighter from New York, had
intention to inflict seri- his reputation destroyed when it was
ous injury is there, but revealed that more than a dozen of his
there is also sportsmanship and mutual respect. ach and mechanically punching him in the face, both ancient and modern, Eastern and Western. 25 fights had been fixed, including one on the un-
The sport is practiced all around the world, and the sound of the blows echoing throughout the Karate experts square off against judo masters, dercard of a nationally televised event.
amateur boxing is an Olympic event. room. That is not how men fight. Republican American boxers square off against Brazilian jiu- Even Olympic boxing is not free from scandal.
Now, this writer will admit that professional presidential hopeful John McCain was sent a jitsu practitioners, and the strengths and weak- Rudel Obreja, a Romanian Olympic technical
boxing bouts are motivated by money—fight- tape of the first UFC bouts and called it “human nesses of each technique are put on full display. judge and vice-president of the Amateur Inter-
ers compete for huge sums, promoters charge cockfighting”. He was so disturbed that he led a Because of this mixture of styles, almost anything national Boxing Association (AIBA), was em-
to watch, and spectators often bet on the out- campaign to completely ban it from the United can happen in a fight. It can be a high-kicking, broiled in scandal this year after he was accused
come. Regardless, professional boxing has cre- States, leading the UFC to reform their rules. In counter-punching melee of epic proportions or it of manipulating the selections for Olympic judg-
ated some of the most memorable sporting Canada, MMA events are legal only in Alberta can be a highly technical ground match, devoted ing panels. He countered this allegation at a press
moments and personalities of all time. Mu- and Quebec, suggesting repulsion. The cherry to the exploration of the chess-like strategies of conference where he claimed that top-ranking
hammad Ali and Mike Tyson became some on top is the comically transparent reality-TV wrestling and grappling. An MMA match can boxing officials were involved in fight-fixing and
of the sporting world’s most electric, quotable show-like interviews between fights. The UFC even be a straight-up boxing match, though the bribery. He has since been suspended from his
celebrities. Watching their fights on YouTube shamelessly uses glitz to cover up the abhor- boring and outdated boxing style is particularly position in the AIBA, and his accusations have
is mesmerizing. These men were human weap- rence of the competition. ill suited to ultimate fighting. been strenuously denied by top officials.
ons. In 1999, Ali was crowned “Sportsman of The UFC will never be a highly respected The administration of boxing and ultimate Boxing has been reduced to a shadow of its
the Century” by Sports Illustrated and the BBC. sports organization. It will never create vener- fighting reveals another area in which boxing is former self through criminal influence. MMA is
The argument that boxing is currently in a ated champions like boxing has and will. It will clearly inferior. New boxers, especially those con- faster, more diverse, and scandal-free. And re-
freefall can be made. As it relies heavily on name remain a sensation, and nothing more than a sidered camera-friendly, often have their records ally, if you can’t be sure the outcome isn’t fixed,
recognition, this writer suspects that it’s a transi- passing fad. No respectable actor would ever padded with fights against aging, easily beatable why watch the match at all? MMA wins this
tion period for the sport—boxing is looking for waste his or her time portraying a UFC fighter. fighters known as “tomato cans”. Not so in ulti- round by a knockout.
its next star. —Michael Olender mate fighting. Brock Lesnar, a huge star in World —Peter Henderson

Pitting boxing against


mixed martial arts
illustration by Curt Van De Ligt
HECKLES: We’re not in Kansas anymore
Seriously, everyone, What’s strange, though, is that many school wrong, would it? I mean, you 4. Is the Parliament of Canada
people here in Ottawa, Ontario, in- don’t hear people talking about “Brit- within a 15-minute walk of your
we were never in cluding students, members of the ish Columbia University” or “Toronto university campus?
Kansas. Stop it. public, and even some employees of U”, do you? If you answered “yes” to one or
the University of Ottawa consistently Whatever the reason, I would ad- more of those questions, then you are
by David McClelland say “Ottawa U”, seemingly believ- vise anyone who is unsure of which attending the University of Ottawa,
Fulcrum Staff ing that they are actually attending part of North America he or she cur- and should correct your pronun-
Ottawa University in east-central rently inhabits to answer “yes” or “no” ciation of the school’s name accord-
WHILE ON AN OC Transpo bus Kansas. to the following questions: ingly. If you didn’t answer “yes” to
travelling towards Campus station, Perhaps the constant references I 1. Does the city you live in have any questions, then you actually are
those who are aware of their sur- hear to “Ottawa U” come from the just over 1,000,000 inhabitants, not in Kansas attending Ottawa Univer-
roundings may be momentarily star- fact that people are simply confused. just over 10,000? sity—and evidently you’re part of a
tled hearing the bus driver announce Maybe they really do believe they are 2. Is your university sports team vastly expanded Fulcrum readership.
the next stop as “Ottawa University”. in Kansas. After all, the fertile agri- called the Gee-Gees, not the Braves?
There are two possibilities: One, the cultural land found in the Ottawa 3. Have you ever noticed copious Students are invited to send 400 words
bus you are on is the 95 Orleans via Valley certainly looks like it could be numbers of francophones on your on what makes their blood boil to
Kansas, or the bus driver is under the Kansas, but surely the Gatineau Hills university campus? executive@thefulcrum.ca.
illusion that he or she is, in fact, in are a giveaway that we’re in Ontario.

Mailing it in on Nov. 5
Kansas. One would think that Gatineau itself
Ottawa University—as everyone should clue people in, as neighbour-
knows—is a small Baptist university ing Missouri has a population with a
specializing in liberal arts education, French ancestry of just 3.5 per cent.
and located in the small town of Ot- It wouldn’t make sense that people
tawa, Kansas (population 12,597). are simply getting the name of our Portman a few years ago, and hooray, everybody knows the
rhyme and is ready to start missing the point.
What’s got your goat? Why did you have The SFUO, taking their lead from the Canadian Federa-
a goat in the first place? tion of Students (CFS), is planning to take part in a prov-
Write for HECKLES. ince-wide rally on Nov. 5, coincidentally Guy Fawkes Day
executive@thefulcrum.ca
(the day Guy Fawkes was caught in the basement with a
whole bunch of explosives, ending the plot). They’re going

STUDENT SPECIAL
to march to protest high tuition fees. Well, good. Tuition
is expensive and action must be taken, right? So why not
evoke the concept of blowing Parliament the fuck up and
killing everyone inside! It makes no sense and is in bad
taste to suggest you’re going to kill everyone in the Parlia-
ment buildings in a massive, fiery explosion. Why do I have
to explain this?

Join Today! You may say that the SFUO is not doing that, that they
just think it’s a catchy line that they heard in a movie and
thought it would be a cool way to get students to remember
the date of the rally. Well, sorry. That rhyme refers to trai-
tors killing their leaders to get their way, something I quite
ONLY hope is not advocated by the SFUO, the CFS, or anybody

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involved.
I maintain that hyperbole, drum circles, and excessive
dancing are crippling protest as a form of expression. Do
you know what the people in charge think when you vague-
ly suggest you’re going to blow them up, then show up, play
drums, dance a lot, and leave? They think you’re full of shit,
illustration by Martha Pearce and they do what they want anyway. I maintain that 500

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and plot.
twentysomethings dancing wildly to the sound of way too
many djembes.

a FREE
The people in charge are used to protests and they con-
I see no reason the sider them commonplace. They aren’t impressed anymore.
gunpowder, treason They even plan around them as a matter of routine.
FIT KIT* Should ever be forgot… So on Nov. 5, if you want the people who run the prov-
ince to hear you, clog their mailroom. Seriously, on Nov.
by Dave Atkinson 5, buy a stamp, and mail them a letter saying tuition is too
Fulcrum Contributor high and that you think they should help you. If every per-
son that marches mails a letter, they will take note of it, be-
THE STUDENT FEDERATION of the University of Ot- cause their secretary will be buried under a massive pile of
tawa (SFUO), more specifically the Campaigns Commit- angry letters. Leaders drive by protests daily; protesters are
tee led by VP University Affairs Seamus Wolfe and Cam- no more remarkable than the lawn to these people. Having
paigns Coordinator Michael Cheevers, have used the first to drag four bags of letters to the recycling bin will be re-
line of this rhyme to rally student support for a provincial membered a lot more than a rhyme from a movie you saw
day of action against high tuition fees. I assume because it that had several sword fights.
sounds cool. The alternative is a bit strange, you see. If you want the people in charge to remember the fifth
That rhyme is about a bunch of guys who wanted to kill of November, make it the day they drove past a big pro-
the political leaders of Britain because they were Protes- test as usual, then got into the office and got no work
tant. Seriously, that is what it’s about—look it up. It refers done because they had to sort through a metric tonne
to Guy Fawkes, a Catholic revolutionary who decided to of letters.
blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. This
story was used by Alan Moore in his dystopian graphic Send your letters to:
novel V for Vendetta, which was a commentary on Thatch- John Milloy
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26 OPINION Sept. 11, 2008 www.thefulcrum.ca


27
Frank Appleyard

Editorial Sept. 11–17, 2008


Editor-in-Chief
editor@thefulcrum.ca

No penises allowed
f
Raging against work-out
machines since 1942.
THE WOMEN-ONLY (emphasis
courtesy of Sports Services) gym and
pool times revealed on the Sports Ser-
vices website on Sept. 5 are a highly
contentious issue around the Fulcrum
Volume 69 - Issue 4 offices. So much so that work on the
Sept. 11–17, 2008 issue that you’re currently reading
phone: (613) 562-5261 came to a complete halt while the
fax: (613) 562-5259 editors debated both the angle this
631 King Edward Ave., editorial should take and the extent to
Ottawa, ON K1N6N5
which it should offer suggestions or
editor@thefulcrum.ca
www.thefulcrum.ca
condemn the pilot project outright.
My opinion, not shared by some
Recycle this paper or we’ll members of the editorial board, is that
blast your quads. the women-only fitness time is sexist
to both men and women at worst and
Staff poorly explained (and thought out)
by Sports Services at best. In a reply to
an e-mail I personally sent to Sports
Frank ‘deltoids’ Appleyard Services, Colin Timm, assistant di-
Editor-in-Chief rector of programs and services, ex-
editor@thefulcrum.ca plained in the vaguest of terms that
the pilot project was meant to better
Ben ‘biceps’ Myers
serve the clients of the U of O, while
Production Manager
production@thefulcrum.ca
evading the explanation that I specifi-
cally requested. He dodged my ques-
Michael ‘triceps’ Olender tion: What is this really about?
Executive Editor My first guess: There has been a
executive@thefulcrum.ca recent string of sexually inappropri-
ate conduct in the weight rooms. If so,
Martha ‘pectoralis’ Pearce couldn’t this issue be better addressed
Art Director through an awareness campaign à la
design@thefulcrum.ca the Student Federation of the Univer-
sity of Ottawa (SFUO)-adopted safe
Emma ‘abdominal’ Godmere streets initiative Take Back the Night?
News Editor
That initiative didn’t aim to ban penises
news@thefulcrum.ca
from certain areas of campus after dark
Peter ‘latissimus’ Henderson and call it a “pilot project.” Instead, the
illustration by Devin A. Beauregard
Arts & Culture Editor issue was addressed intelligently, by
arts@thefulcrum.ca bringing the issue—the right of both Montpetit fitness centre and pool for prevent some women from work- realistic images from both the media
men and women to feel safe on cam- certain periods without consultation ing out or swimming in proximity and our peers that tell us to develop
David ‘dorsi’ McClelland pus at all times—to public light and from the student body at large—not to men. That’s acceptable, but then our abs, glutes, and biceps rather than
Sports Editor raise awareness of a problem that does just the SFUO—Sports Services has why not label the time as a period in our brains. If you want to work out
sports@thefulcrum.ca not discriminate between genders. The effectively silenced discussion on a se- which the facilities are to be used ex- in an atmosphere that is truly non-
objective is to make the campus safer rious issue and, for lack of a better ex- clusively by Muslim women or others judgmental, go running with a friend
Sarah ‘flexor’ Leavitt while not demonizing men. planation at this time, labeled all men with similar beliefs regarding gender or buy a set of weights and work out
Features Editor In the case of the fitness centre, a as potential serial sexually inappropri- separation? Then all people sharing on your own until you have the confi-
features@thefulcrum.ca
safer environment could mean hav- ate perpetrators. That’s a label and a those beliefs can congregate at the dence and strength to lift a 15-pound
ing a better-trained staff. People who stigma that I don’t deserve to carry. same time in an atmosphere that is weight in the presence of others. No
Danielle ‘rhomboids’ Blab
Laurel ‘quadriceps’ Hogan
are both aware of the signs of inappro- This issue goes far beyond three hours the most comfortable for them, and matter how you slice it, the source of
Copy Editors priate conduct, gestures, or looks, and of gym time each week. It’s about the there will be no question as to why self-confidence is within.
able to discern it from other gym-ap- fight for true equality—a cause I believe men are not around. In the case of Finally, I must admit that this is
Amanda ‘hamstrings’ Shendruk propriate activities, and call protection all well-intentioned and open-minded the gym, such a time should not take perhaps the most fearful I have ever
Associate News Editor or speak with the offender if necessary. activists strive for—especially on uni- away from regular gym hours, much been while writing an article. Fearful
associatenews@thefulcrum.ca Let’s face it, both men and women of- versity campuses, where male students like Sports Services has ensured with of what supporters of this gym and
ten go to the gym to meet people they are becoming a minority. Until Sports the women-only swim program that pool time may say. Will I be labeled as
James ‘gastrocnemius’ Edwards may be interested in starting a relation- Services publicly and explicitly states is being implemented concurrently. a misogynist, sexist, or a bigot? But I
Webmaster ship with. Other than the tight pants its reason for this measure, and creates My third guess: Women are self realize both opponents and support-
webmaster@thefulcrum.ca or gym shorts, Montpetit is no differ- both time and a forum for all students conscious, and this dedicated time ers of this measure have the same
ent from any other gathering place to debate this issue, there is no mandate will help them begin their fitness goals in mind: defy sexist definitions,
Jessica ‘soleus’ Sukstorf
on campus in this way. Never mind for this measure and thus no need for regime in a non-judgmental atmo- cast off labels, and create a society
Volunteer & Visibility
the fact that the first case of same-sex a trial period. Although most men, I sphere. News flash: Men are self- that does not judge a person based on
Coordinator
volunteer@thefulcrum.ca sexual harassment throws the pilot suspect, don’t mind this measure, it cer- conscious too, and a woman is just their gender. Don’t let this sort of sex-
project’s means of accomplishing its tainly does set a precedent for all sorts as likely to comment on your big butt ism start here.
Deidre ‘gluteus’ Butters ill-defined objective out the window. of discrimination. or belly as a man, and it hurts just as —Ben Myers
Advertising Representative By banning men from both the My second guess: Religious reasons much. We are all bombarded with un- Production Manager
ads@thefulcrum.ca

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Business Manager
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Dave ‘extensor’ Atkinson Danyal ‘popliteus’ Khoral Emilie ‘stapedius’ Sartoretto
Travis ‘scalenus’ Boisvenue Carl ‘longus’ Meyer Sasha ‘levator’ Speranzini
Jess ‘abductor’ Carter Jordan ‘oblique’ Moffatt Nicholas ‘maximus’ Taylor-Vaisey
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