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Jan. 30 to Feb 7.
Frank Appleyard

The case against e-voting broken the security that is used for se-
Jan. 29–Feb. 4, 2009
trustworthy way to vote is on paper,”
An open letter to Allan Rock trating speed for one to three hours
cure HTTP connections. So, if some- he responded. It means something at a time. The continuous stream of
Re: “Change through a click of the one really wanted to they could indeed when a room filled with 400 students DEAR MR. ROCK, lecture information compounded
mouse” forge the certificates that are used by and community leaders all applauded I am writing to you in regards to with endless facts and figures com-
TO MY FELLOW student politicians the system. Though this would be to Stallman’s response. information I have recently received piled into textbook format busies the
and students alike, I would like to highly unlikely, that issue still exists. Christopher Saunders regarding Professor Denis Rancourt. students enough to be out of the hair
take a moment to voice my opinion Two years ago, the Graduate Stu- Fourth-year computer I completed my undergraduate at U of the professors who are scrambling
on the e-vote that shall be happening dents’ Association took on a new way science student of O and, while I never took a course to write yet another paper that will
in the next few weeks. of voting which used an electronic with Rancourt, I followed his saga no doubt be published in a high-end
Firstly, I would like to call into system to count the votes. The sys- Not in my village through articles in the Fulcrum and journal viewed by none other than
question how to perform a recount tem was known as Punchscan, which word of mouth on campus. I think the privileged academic community.
when using a machine to store the can be found at This LIKE A GOOD, informed student, I your decision to fire Rancourt—a These papers will eventually end up
votes. There is no manual and anony- system uses several methods to en- took a peek at the Student Federation tenured professor—as soon as pos- in another pricey university textbook.
mous way to go through all the votes sure that the elections will still be le- of the University of Ottawa’s (SFUO) sible is wrongheaded and harms the And the race continues.
and count them over again. This is gitimate and problems such as buying site (kudos on generating reputation of the university as well Mr. Rock, university is considered
a computer, storing data in a digital votes can be reduced. There is infor- interest, by the way) the other day to as general academic freedom. From a place of higher learning and the
form, which will not change once the mation contained in the frequently get the latest scoop on the referendum what I have read, I more often than pride of this institution rests on its
elections are over. So asking for a re- asked questions of the Punchscan questions. I came across the one re- not disagree with some of the politi- ability to educate. In my mind this
count becomes completely trivial. Al- website that explain the advantages of garding the Millennium Village ini- cal stances and campaigns initiated institution fails in providing students
though, how are we to say that these this system over other digital imple- tiative. I’m going to preface my anger by Rancourt. That does not, however, with true education. If the priority
machines taking our ballots are actu- mentations. with some information about what mean that he should lose his position. of the University of Ottawa were to
ally counting our votes properly? Take Also, a member of the student pop- this is. Basically, it’s a United Nations The whole idea of tenure is to allow educate, class sizes would be smaller,
Diebold for example; they claimed ulation who has been in the campus development project that, if the refer- professors to ask challenging ques- time spent with professors would be
that their machines were indeed cor- papers a lot lately mentioned that “We endum passes, University of Ottawa tions and conduct fringe research that greater, and true questioning would
rect and didn’t contain any flaws. do enough things online these days, students would support at a rate of $6 can better society, but that they may happen. This is not the case, not be-
Elections later, they admitted to flaws and ... to make voting more acces- per year for both full-time and part- not be able to conduct in a non-ten- cause it is impossible but because I
existing within the code that was used sible and easier for students is a good time students. It’s a charitable organi- ured position due to political reasons. am coming to learn that this is not
to run these machines which as a re- thing.” Just because it is possible to do zation. And that’s all you need to know. By attacking Rancourt in this man- the priority of this institution. I am
sult could have had drastic effects on something online does not mean that It doesn’t matter if the Millennium ner, you are setting a precedent that coming to learn that your interests are
who won these elections. Now, I do one should. We may think that what Village is a worthwhile, transparent, will harm the research quality of all corporate, and this reverberates pro-
not mean to directly attack the com- we are doing online is secure but or sustainable charity. It may very well other tenured professors at the uni- foundly throughout the institution.
pany who is selling this service to us things such as identity theft and loss be. But the fact is that it has nothing versity, who will now as well be afraid Your actions have demonstrated to
for these elections but they are a com- of anonymity still occur. whatever to do with my education, or of losing their jobs. me how you handle dissenting opin-
pany and their goal is to make money. I was in Montreal last week for the even with the SFUO. This $6 would be I strongly encourage you to recon- ion—by using your power and privi-
Who is to say that their software is Canadian University Software Engi- taken from me involuntarily and given sider your decision. If Rancourt is lege to silence it. I ask of you to make
entirely free of bugs and will not lead neering Conference. During the ques- to a charity. I already donate to chari- fired, I will lose considerable pride in this debate public.
to any problems? tion period, a fellow student asked ties. I choose my own. my Alma Mata. If you are confident that the teach-
Another issue that was brought up software developer Richard Stallman I don’t know whose idea this was, Eitan Waldman ing methods and the choice of re-
was whether or not there is any securi- how he felt about voting machines but I am offended that they think they Queen’s University search in this university reflects the
ty risk involved. Recently people have and e-voting. “I think the reliable, can donate my money better than I economics student greatest public interest you should be
can. Membership in the SFUO is man- able to speak to this without feeling

Contents datory for all undergraduate students.

That means that if you want to attend
the U of O as an undergraduate, you
Another open letter to Allan Rock


threatened by Rancourt.

LETTERS continued on p.20

SEX!!! The Sex Supplement must donate $6 per year to a charity

you did not choose. It’s my money, for
Your dismissal of Professor Denis
Rancourt is infuriating. Professor poll
Jaclyn Lytle talks to Marcus McCann about
crying out loud! When will it stop? Rancourt is asking the academic
sex in the media. p. S3
Andrea Harris explains why physical dis-
Take my money to run student ser-
vices. Take my money and join a na-
community to question the way stu-
dents are traditionally educated and
Last week’s results
abilities shouldn’t hamper your sex life. p. S2 tional organization that may or may the research that is being produced
Do you think the benefits
p. S1 Sex gets raunchier in the dirty word
dictionary. p. S6
not be intolerant of my personal views.
Take my money and give me an edu-
in this institution. This debate needs
to happen. And it is an outrage that of online voting outweigh
cation. But do not force me to donate is not currently happening consider-
the potential problems?
News Drop Fees Pt. II money to a charity I did not choose.
Surely anyone can see how absurd that
ing university research is largely pub-
licly funded and university graduates
SFUO launches U of O-focused campaign to proposition is. I am a full-time student occupy the most elite and influential Yes:
lower administrative fees. p. 5 and do not have the time to manage positions within our society. No:
a No committee. So I’m writing this Your treatment of Rancourt has
Amanda Shendruk asks Elizabeth May what here, and will do my best to inform as highlighted to me your objectives for Due to technical difficulties,
students can do to combat climate change. p. 7
p. 5 many people as I can. Please vote no.
Please don’t donate my money. Please
this university. It has become clear in
my mind that you treat this univer-
last week’s poll will continue for
another week. Vote!
help me draw the line. sity as nothing more than a corporate

Arts Be stills, my heart Travis Weagant

Second-year political
entity—a diploma mill—sardining as
many students as possible into large Got something to say?
Jaclyn Lytle interviews Can-rock favourites science student auditoriums to be talked to at a frus-
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News Jan. 29–Feb. 4, 2009

News Editor

Drop Fees campaign returns to campus

their advantage,” he said. “Two years later, after
[those] students left campus, the university qui-
Administration fees etly increased it back up to $35.”
SFUO President Dean Haldenby indicated
challenged by SFUO the fee is unacceptable and unjust, which is why
the SFUO has committed to fighting it.
“It punishes the poorest students, or those who
by Megan O’Meara can’t afford to pay the tuition in full,” he said. “[It]
Fulcrum Staff is contrary to having a social conscience, which,
in my opinion, the university should have.”
ON THE HEELS of the Nov. 5 Drop Fees cam- Another fee that the SFUO is challenging
paign to lower tuition fees, led by the Canadian is the $10-a-day administration fee—which
Federation of Students-Ontario, the Student starts out at $50 the first day and goes up to
Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) a maximum of $100—charged to any student
has recently brought the focus back to campus who registers for the semester after the dead-
in challenging a handful of administration fees line.
it feels need to be abolished or decreased. “There seems to be so many students be-
The first fee being challenged by the SFUO is ing nailed with this [fee],” said Wolfe. “Every
the $35 administration fee charged to any stu- single time you try to get something from the
dent who pays his or her tuition in two semester administration, they treat you like a customer
instalments instead of a single payment at the that they should be trying to extract money
beginning of the academic year. This fee was from.”
$40 when it was first introduced in 2000, and The SFUO has been meeting with repre-
the executive of the Graduate Students’ Associa- sentatives of the administration, namely U of
tion at the time protested the new fee when they O VP Resources Victor Simon, to discuss the
learned of its implementation. Before the end of administrative fees.
that academic year, students convinced the ad- “The $35 fee is charged to cover the cost of
ministration to reduce the fee to $20. performing two transactions rather than one for photo by Martha Pearce
SFUO VP University Affairs Seamus Wolfe not- the payment of tuition fees,” Simon explained via not only will some of the costs to students “As much as it is a provincial—and to some
ed that the fee has since inconspicuously risen. email. “There are no plans to adjust or change brought on by the university be eliminated, but extent a federal—fight we’re trying to bring
“The university uses the fact that we’re on this fee for the 2009–10 academic year.” that the Drop Fees campaign will increase in home this campaign to make it tangible to our
campus for four or five years maximum to The SFUO hopes that by fighting these fees, profile and relevance in students’ eyes. students,” said Wolfe.

Minor explosion occurs in Biosciences lunchroom

Mike Histed, director of the U of
Two students suffer O’s office of risk management and
environmental health and safety, in-
minor injuries in dicated that the university is conduct-
chemistry mishap ing an investigation into the incident.
“We need to establish what the
by Frank Appleyard causes were, why it happened, and
Fulcrum Staff what did not go right so we can re-
pair those issues so they don’t happen
THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa is again,” he said.
preaching safety after two students When asked about the student’s de-
were injured in a minor explosion in cision to take the experiment into the
the Biosciences Complex on Jan. 21. lunchroom, Histed was diplomatic.
The incident occurred after a “I can’t speculate to his reasoning
24-year-old male graduate student but … the rule we have here at the
synthesizing cyanuric triazide in a university is that chemicals and food
Centre for Catalysis Research and are not to be mixed,” he said.
Innovation lab took the chemical Zlotorzynski’s Jan. 22 email re-
into the lunchroom to show another minded science students to take all
student. While there, the mixture necessary safety precautions.
exploded injuring him and a female “Please remember that when
undergraduate student and shatter- working in the lab we have to be
ing two windows. Emergency crews prepared and counting on good
cordoned off the building and de- luck is not an option, especially
contaminated the students involved. when working with dangerous ma-
Both students were treated for chemi- terials,” the email read. “Next time
cal burns and cuts from flying glass. it can be you.”
According to a Jan. 22 email sent According to the email, neither
to chemistry students by Faculty of student involved was wearing safety
Science environmental health and glasses.
safety officer Andrew Zlotorzynski, Andrée Dumulon, director of com-
cyanuric triazide is “shock sensitive munications for the U of O, expressed
and thermally unstable and should be her regret for the incident, saying, “It’s
treated with precautions afforded to always unfortunate that these things
potentially explosive materials”. Az- happen.”
photo by Frank Appleyard ides are commonly used in automo- Damage to the building is expected
Emergency personnel arrive on the scene following an explosion at the Biosciences Complex on Jan. 21. bile air bag systems. to exceed $500.
Spending February down south
and the University of Northern British
Columbia—but students from Japan,
U of O students Germany, and the United States are
embark on 16-day also taking part in the trip.
The participants will begin their
Antarctic expedition journey on a chartered ship from Ush-
uaia, Argentina. During the two-day
by Len Smirnov voyage through the Drake Passage, stu-
Fulcrum Contributor dents will receive lectures from experts
on board regarding various aspects of
THE WORLD’S FIRST student expedi- Antarctica. Once in Antarctic waters,
tion to Earth’s southernmost continent students have the option of complet-
will give several University of Ottawa ing one of three specialized courses
students the opportunity to study polar on glaciers, geology, or Antarctic tour-
geography up close and personal. The ism. Luke Copland, a U of O geogra-
expedition, scheduled to take place Feb. phy professor who will be teaching the
12–28, will take one geography profes- course on glaciers, emphasized the ad-
sor and 10 students from the U of O to vantages of the trip.
Argentina’s southern tip and then to the “You can do commercial trips with
Antarctic Peninsula, where they will big companies, but on these they don’t photo courtesy
explore the polar ecosystem and endure teach you anything,” he said. “You can Ten U of O students will be heading south for February—far south, to the shores of the Antarctic.
24-hour daylight in temperatures of be- sail past, but you … actually can’t land,
tween -30 and five degrees Celsius. whereas with our trip we can get off “The expedition is a once-in-a-life- thinking about it, within the space of climate atmosphere and also because
The trip is structured as a field course the ship up to six times per day.” time opportunity,” explained Tyler de three to four months, I am going ba- we have newer methods for looking
and brings together 54 university stu- Several U of O students have made Jong, a third-year geomatics and geog- sically from the bottom of the world at these areas,” said Pope.
dents, 17 high school students, and 19 similar trips north to the Arctic region raphy major who will be embarking on all the way to the top.” Copland has made three trips to
educators. The majority of the partici- in the past. Others developed an interest the expedition. “There’s a great feeling of Antarctica is currently experienc- Antarctica in the past, but is excited
pants are from Canada—in particular, in the region after attending geography remoteness in Antarctica that you can’t ing extensive climatic changes, which at the prospect of sharing his new ex-
the U of O, the University of Alberta, classes at the university. feel anywhere else in the world. It’s a are most prominent on the western perience with the students.
place I [have] always wanted to go.” half of the continent where tempera- “You look at it with a new eye through
Sierra Pope, a graduate student in tures have increased by approximately the students who are seeing it for the first
geography who is also departing on 0.1 degrees per decade in the last 50 time,” he said. “They just get so blown
Feb. 12, has experience with cold and years. The expedition coincides with away. All this stuff that you talk about
barren regions. She took field courses the International Polar Year pro- in the classroom finally makes sense.
in the Yukon over the last two sum- gramme, running from March 2007 to As a professor, it’s kind of neat to see the
mers and is planning to conduct March 2009, which is focused on the things you take for granted.”
research in Northern Ellesmere for renewed scientific interest in both the
three weeks in the summer of 2009. Arctic and the Antarctic. For more information about polar
“It’s not somewhere where most “There’s been a lot of scientific in- expeditions for students, including
people will ever have the opportunity terest recently because the poles are the 2009 university trip, visit student-
to go in their lives,” she said. “Just such an interesting element of the

E-voting decision challenged

tion it doesn’t say if [SFUO elections that e-voting also does not prohibit
Student Arbitration require] a paper ballot,” she said. “We the possibility of a recount.
were wondering if the elections could Wassim Garzouzi, SFUO elections’
Committee convenes be contested on that, so I decided to chief information officer, was pleased
for first time in two bring it forward to the [SAC] just to with the SAC’s decision.
see if everything was in order, if ev- “We’re extremely satisfied with the
years erything’s fine, and we can either go results; it is what we expected and it
by Emma Godmere through with it or not.” was the right decision in the end,” he
Fulcrum Staff Along with potential constitutional said. “It confirmed the decision of the
inconsistencies, Berubé also brought elections bureau, the elections com-
FOR THE FIRST time in two years, up several security concerns in her mittee, [and] the Board of Adminis-
the student arbitration body at the appeal. tration, and now we have the Student
University of Ottawa convened on “There’s no [identification] for the Arbitration Committee’s decision on
Jan. 22, this time to resolve conflicts voters, like in person,” she said. “You top of all those bodies that took the
between the latest Board of Adminis- can just forward just your student previous decision. I think it adds le-
tration (BOA) decision to implement number and the [identification num- gitimacy to our initial decision.”
%XLEFEWGE9RMZIVWMX]MWXLITIVJIGXTPYKMRJSV]SYVEGEHIQMGGEVIIV;LIXLIV]SY e-voting and the Student Federation ber] that’s been sent by the e-voting He indicated there continues to be
RIIHEHHMXMSREPGVIHMXWXSKVEHYEXIJVSQ]SYVMRWXMXYXMSRSVTVIVIUYMWMXIWXS of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) program to vote for somebody else misinformation circulated surround-
GSQTPIXI]SYVHIKVII[IGERLIPT constitution. ... and that was more a concern alto- ing the security and confidentiality of
%9SJJIVWSZIVGSYVWIWERHRIEVP]YRHIVKVEHYEXIERHKVEHYEXITVSKVEQW Shortly after the BOA’s Jan. 11 gether if that could allow more people e-voting, and that the elections office
;MXLSZIVWXYHIRXWEGVSWWXLIGSYRXV]ERHEVSYRHXLI[SVPH%9LEWLIPTIH meeting, where board members to vote more than once.” will be working to inform students of
RYQIVSYWMRHMZMHYEPWTYVWYIXLIMVEGEHIQMGKSEPW%RH[I«HPSZIXSLIPT]SY passed the decision to implement The SAC convened on Jan. 22 for the online process.
7S[L]RSXXEOIXLIRI\XWXIT#6IWIEVGL]SYVSTXMSRWSRPMRIZMI[EYRMZIVWMX] e-voting for February’s SFUO elec- the hearing with Berubé and SFUO “We’re confident our information
GEPIRHEVSVGSRXEGX%9«W-RJSVQEXMSR'IRXVIEXJSVEHZMGISRLS[ tions after extensive debate, Faculty elections employees and released its campaign is going to be aggressive.
of Education representative Myriam decision the following day. Student We’re going to inform students on
*PI\MFMPMX]%RSXLIVVIEWSR[L]%9WXERHWSYXEWEKPSFEPPIEHIVMRHMWXERGI Berubé voiced her concerns about arbitrators Brendan Clancy, Guil- how they can vote [and] where they
e-voting to the Student Arbitration laume Pelegrin, and Samantha Green can vote ... and it is a completely se-
Committee (SAC). Berubé appealed concluded that the constitution did cure system, which guarantees confi-
the decision on the basis that it was not implicitly or explicitly state SFUO dentiality,” he said.
unconstitutional. elections were obligated to have paper Despite the SAC’s decision on the “Everybody seemed to be wonder- ballots, that e-voting will not allow the appeal, the e-vote debate is slated to
 ing if really it was according to the transfer of votes and therefore does be brought to the table again at the
constitution, because in the constitu- not conflict with the constitution, and BOA’s Feb. 1 meeting.

6 \\ NEWS \\ 01.29.09 \\

Climate crisis crusader

photos by Ian Flett

Green Party leader Elizabeth May knows climate change: her new book, Global Warming for Dummies, aims to educate people about the developing global crisis.
university’s students have any unique respon- write … Letters to the editors of newspapers are than it is for older people.
sibilities or opportunities that they should be very valuable [too] because politicians see them
The Fulcrum capitalizing on? and it can affect the kind of coverage a newspa- There are many roadblocks for people who
per decides to give to an issue. are fighting global warming. Regardless, you
talks shop with There certainly is the opportunity. It’s much seem to be really positive. How do you remain
easier to go up to Parliament Hill to find politi- What can you say to students or young people so optimistic?
Elizabeth May cians, to speak to them, to hold meetings and who are transitioning from a time of being
conferences. There probably is not enough idealists and having time to focus on climate I’m quite convinced that we have time. I’m also
by Amanda Shendruk connection between Parliament Hill and the issues to a time of having a job and a family, convinced we don’t have much time … If we
Fulcrum Staff University of Ottawa. The potential that you and starting a life full of responsibilities? don’t reduce by 2015, I don’t know how I’ll re-
mention is huge. main optimistic after that. So I have to stay very
ELIZABETH MAY DIDN’T win a seat in Par- If you’re thinking about your children’s future focused and very committed to making sure
liament in the last federal election, but that Keeping in mind that the majority of students and if you understand the issue, you realize that occurs … My only reason for optimism
hasn’t stopped the leader of the Green Party of are strapped for cash, what should they be do- that the only obligation of a good parent is right now is Barack Obama … [He] has made it
Canada in her crusade against the climate cri- ing right now to develop good, environmen- to protect the planet so your children [won’t very clear that he wants to act.
sis. On Oct. 2, 2008, May published her sixth tally conscious habits for later? inherit] an unlivable world … So good par-
book, Global Warming for Dummies, which she ents are active on the climate crisis; that’s just There is a lot of information in your book.
co-authored with Zoë Caron. But May herself is Don’t buy a car. If you want to save money how it is. And when people are making that What is the most important thing you want
no dummy—her interview with the Fulcrum is through your lifetime, the decision when you’re transition, I’d say stick to your guns [and] people to take away from it?
proof positive. young not to own a car begins to dictate and principles. Of course, the hard part for stu-
shape how you think about your life … The ben- dents these days is when they leave univer- If there’s something I hope people get from it,
Fulcrum: What do you think the role of uni- efits financially are just simply enormous, but sity they’ve already got large debt loads. And it’s that it’s not too late, but we don’t have much
versities should be in the global climate- they change the way you think about [finding we’ve really got to address that because that’s time. If you take that away and say, with the time
change movement? an apartment or house] … So I found it extraor- a crisis. It reduces people’s scope of choice and we’ve got left, what are we going to do? There are
dinarily helpful not owning a car. freedom of action. If you want to work for [a lots of tips in here for what individuals can do.
May: A key role for universities is to speak out, non-governmental organization] and do good There are lots of tips for what governments can
and the role for youth on university campuses Does writing letters to politicians in concern work, but you won’t make enough money to do. I’m hoping that it will make a difference.
and high schools is really to demand change. So for the environment actually work? pay off your student debt, it becomes a prob-
the more that university students are able to find lem. You say that students, young people, they Most importantly, what is your favourite
time in the course of all their studies to also be Yes, it does. When I worked in the office of the have less to lose. The flip side of that is, young colour?
active on climate issues, the better. It’s essential. minister of the environment, in the mid-80s, people have the most to lose. I’ll be probably
every letter that came in was considered to rep- dead by the time the worst of this hits if we do Blue. I know I should have said green. But I have
The University of Ottawa is located in Can- resent the views of thousands of people who be- nothing … The spectre of this crisis worsen- to be honest, my favorite colour has been, and
ada’s political centre. Do you think that the lieved the same things but don’t take the time to ing is much more severe for younger people always will be, blue. // 01.29.09 // NEWS // 7

From Ottawa to News in brief
U of A researchers to study green- Law profs mull over constitution
house gases via satellite
WORLD’S FIRST satellite designed to philosophers met at l’Université de
observe concentrations of greenhouse Montréal on Jan. 21, shortly before
gases was launched Jan. 23 from Tane- the return of the House of Commons,
gashima, Japan, and the University of to discuss the events that led up to the
Alberta has been a major contributor prorogation of Parliament in Decem-
to the project. ber.
The Greenhouse Gases Observa- All agreed that Prime Minister Ste-
tion Satellite, known as “IBUKI”, is a phen Harper’s actions in December
joint project of the Japan Aerospace lacked legitimacy.
Exploration Agency, the National Stéphane Beaulac, from l’Université
Institute for Environmental Studies, de Montréal, said the proroguing was
and the Ministry of the Environment an “abuse of procedure” and the Gov-
of Japan. ernor General should explain her ra-
Petr Musilek, an associate professor tionale for allowing it.
with the Department of Electrical and Université de Québec à Montréal’s
Computer Engineering, and Arturo Hugo Cyr said the Conservatives can-
Sanchez, a professor with the Depart- not consider the results of the last
ment of Earth and Atmospheric Sci- election a win and claim the authority
ences, will be representing the U of A’s to govern.
and the province’s perspective on the Maxime St-Hilaire, a PhD law stu-
initiative. dent at Université Laval, suggested
Sanchez says the satellite will pro- enacting rules for the head of state to
vide a clearer map of the emissions follow in these situations.
hanging over Alberta’s oilsands. The They were among 40 scholars to
satellite will orbit over the province sign a document arguing that the
every three days, and both Musilek Governor General should have re-
and Sanchez plan to compile the data fused the prorogation request and
in conjunction with geological infor- instead asked the opposition to form
mation and ground data. Eventually, a government.
Musilek would like to be able to create Nine University of Ottawa law
a model that would track the emis- professors also signed the state-
sions across Alberta. ment.
—Kirsten Goruk, —Giuseppe Valiante,
Alberta and Northern Bureau Chief Quebec Bureau Chief

photo courtesy Kyle Simunovic

Approximately three million people crowded the National Mall to witness Barack Obama’s inauguration.

“The excitement would build up the many Facebook groups set up by

and you could feel it rumble off the Canadians wanting to attend the in-
Two lucky U of O students Capitol,” he said. auguration, Plato contacted his uncle,
witness Obama’s Despite the sheer volume of the who had connections in D.C. Plato’s
inauguration first hand enthusiastic crowd, as soon as the uncle received two tickets to the cer-
new president spoke, the millions of emony and passed them on to the two
by Laura Clementson people in attendance quickly became students. The rest of the Ottawa trav-
Fulcrum Staff quiet to hear what they had long been ellers were among the estimated three
waiting for. million people watching the inaugu-
AS MILLIONS AROUND the world “[Obama’s speech] was like therapy ration ceremonies from the National
gathered around television sets on for everyone that was there. There Mall.
Jan. 22 to watch Barack Obama take Despite the preparation of the
the oath of office of the president of trip to D.C., the two organizers ul-
the United States, University of Otta- “The excitement would timately ran into problems when
wa social science students Kyle Simu- build up and you the bus arrived in front of Thomp-
novic and Ethan Plato witnessed the son Hall with fewer seats than what
inauguration up close and personal. could feel it rumble off they had originally ordered. Unfor-
Along with 25 other U of O stu- the Capitol.” tunately, several students who had
dents, Simunovic and Plato drove to originally signed up for the trip had
Washington, D.C. the day before the Kyle Simunovic to stay behind.
ceremonies. The two students—who Both Simunovic and Plato said
organized a bus to carry everyone was a huge relief from all of the frus- they would relive the experience in If you’re reading this, you have the
across the border—were also lucky trations built up over the past eight seeing Obama speak, if the opportu- attention to detail we need in our proofreaders.
recipients of two tickets to the inau- years. Once the speech was over, it nity returned. As a first-year student
guration, which placed them 500 feet was like a deep breath the world let at the U of O, Plato never thought his Come to 631 King Edward Ave.
from the balcony where Obama made out,” said Simunovic. university experience would lead him
his first speech as president. Simu- The idea to head to D.C. came to to such an opportunity. on Tuesday evenings to keep
novic emphasized the enthusiasm he the two students in November. Af- “I’m just in first year so this is quite the Fulcrum error-free.
felt from the millions of onlookers ter reading an article in a December a start, and I’m not going to stop with
behind them. edition of the Washington Post about just this,” he said.

8 \\ NEWS \\ 01.29.09 \\

Budget 2009 grants some wishes


ARY community was promised bil-
lions of dollars in new spending in
the budget of a federal government
desperate to please.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty
presented the 2009 Canadian federal
budget on Jan. 27 in Parliament, an-
nouncing that the government is at-
tempting to spend its way out of the
recession. The Conservatives are in-
vesting in projects they are betting
will pay off in a recovered economy
years down the road. This spend-
ing means that the government will
go into deep deficits for at least the
next four years. If all budget proj-
ects are implemented as proposed, photo by Carl Meyer
the government expects a federal
deficit of $33.7 billion for the 2009– years to “undertake an accelerated in- which searches for new, innovative
10 fiscal year. The government does vestment program to address deferred Canadian infrastructure projects.
not expect to reach a federal budget maintenance at federal laboratories.” The foundation will also receive
surplus again until 2014. The budget also promises an ini- another $600 million for “future ac-
There are several elements in the tiative called the Youth Employment tivities” such as a launch of “one or If you’re reading this, you
budget that directly impact students Strategy, which will invest a two-year more new competitions” by Decem- have the attention to detail
and post-secondary education in targeted funding of $20 million to the ber 2010. we need in our proofreaders.
Canada. Chief among these is the $2 Canada Summer Jobs program. As well, the Institute for Quantum
billion budgeted towards “deferred Other post-secondary elements in Computing at the University of Wa- Come to 631 King Edward
maintenance and repair projects” at the budget include a promise of $150 terloo will receive $50 million towards on Tuesday evenings to keep
post-secondary institutions. In ad- million for the Canada Foundation the “construction and establishment the Fulcrum error-free.
dition, the budget provides Public for Innovation in 2009–10 to support of a new world-class research facil-
Works and Government Services their Leading Edge and New Initia- ity.”
Canada with $250 million over two tives Funds Competition, a program —Carl Meyer // 01.29.09 // NEWS // 9

Peter Henderson

Arts & Culture Jan. 29–Feb. 4, 2009

Arts & Culture Editor

Snake-charming the masses

The Stills hit Ottawa’s
Bronson Centre
by Jaclyn Lytle
Fulcrum Staff

IT’S BEEN ALMOST a decade, but Canadians

are still in love with Montreal alt-rock group
The Stills. Touring in support of the band’s Au-
gust 2008 release Oceans Will Rise, bassist Ol-
ivier Corbeil spoke with the Fulcrum about how
the band got started, how he feels about the tour,
his favourite Ottawa late-night spots, and what
it was like to open for Paul McCartney.
All of the current members of the band are
Montreal natives, except drummer Julien Blais,
who hails from Rimouski, Que. They all met as
teenagers, and formed The Stills in 2000. In the
summer of 2002, at the urging of friends in the
Big Apple, the band packed up to check out the
New York City scene, where they snagged their
first record deal.
“[Lead singer] Dave [Hamelin] and [lead gui-
tarists] Tim [Fletcher] had a bunch of demos
and songs that they had kicking around togeth-
er,” recalls Corbeil.
“Two old friends of ours that lived in New
York heard what Tim and Dave were doing and
they said ‘Why don’t you guys get a band to-
gether and come down here for the summer?’
I [had] been playing music with Dave and Tim
for years and years and years before this hap-
pened [so] they called me and we found our
first guitar player, Greg. So we went down to
New York and started playing at all the clubs in photo courtesy Cian Farra
Brooklyn and Manhattan and eventually a lot of
people got interested and not long after that we
signed a record deal.” ative organ-like accents on “Don’t Talk Down”,
Luckily for The Stills, their New York gamble and a tribal-sounding drum beat, paired with
paid off. The band found success with the release pining vocals on “Snakecharming The Masses”.
of their first EP, Rememberese, in June 2003 on “I really like ‘Being Here’. It’s probably one
New York City-based Vice Records. The band of my favourites. A lot of people are relating to
went on to release the hit albums Logic Will it, and that’s good,” he says. “I also really like
Break Your Heart in 2003, which featured the
popular singles “Still in Love Song” and “Lola
the song called ‘Panic’ … We had all the stuff
really put down before we went in to record, so
"Every time we go
Stars and Stripes”, and Without Feathers in 2006.
These two albums—coupled with extensive
we had a really clear idea of where it was go-
ing before we laid it down and recorded it. The [to ottawa] we end up
touring—helped the Montrealers gain momen- writing process is ongoing, always. That never
tum and popularity. The band developed a solid
fan base in Canada and the U.S. and even caught
The band is currently touring with fellow Ca-
going out late, having
the attention of former Beatle Paul McCartney.
The Stills were offered the opportunity to open
nadians the Sam Roberts Band.
“[The tour is] fantastic,” says Corbeil. “Those a bunch of dr inks,
and meeting super-cool
for McCartney at the July 20, 2008 concert to guys are some of our best friends, so it really
celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding makes the tour fun. We all know each other
of Quebec City, where they played for a crowd really well; we played hockey with all of them.
of almost 300,000.
The Stills’ third full-length album, Oceans
They’re really good buddies. We share our jam
space back home in Montreal with them. It’s re- people."
Will Rise, is their debut on Toronto label Arts &
Crafts, who handles other Canadian alternative
ally a close-knit amazing family we have with
them, so the tour [has been] great.” Olivier Cor beil
groups like Broken Social Scene, Stars, Apostle The tour will bring both bands to Ottawa’s
of Hustle, and Feist. Bronson Centre for shows on Jan. 30 and Jan.
“The fact that we changed our record label 31.
doesn’t influence the art at all,” says Corbeil. “It “We’ve played a bunch of times in Ottawa,”
changes a bit how it all goes on and who we talk says Corbeil. “We always have an amazing crowd
to on the phone, but that’s about it. If there’s any playing in Ottawa, not only because it’s close to
difference in the sound, it’s certainly not because home, but also because it’s a cool city. I actually band plans to head straight back into the studio. and hopefully put out [another] record as soon
we changed labels.” have a good time there. Every time we go there “The month of February we’ll be staying in- as possible [too].”
Corbeil noted that the band experimented we end up going out late, having a bunch of side and recording,” Corbeil explains. “There’s a
with their sound on the new album. The mem- drinks, and meeting super-cool people. We all bunch of new songs that we’re going to go work The Stills and the Sam Roberts Band play the
bers attempted to branch out to include a larger really like it a lot.” on in the jam space and we’re going to start re- Bronson Centre Theatre on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31.
variety of different types of sounds, such as cre- Once the tour wraps up in early February, the cording stuff. We want to put out an EP soon Tickets are sold out.
Reproducing awareness
and other alternative venues in order
Marc Adornato explores to appeal to those who don’t frequent
controversial issues with art galleries. After setting up a web-
site and uploading his original and
innovative video art interpreted videos, along with other
by Megan O’Meara projects like his restored photos,
Fulcrum Staff Adornato has found that his largest
fan base is online.
HAVE YOU EVER wondered what “It’s tough in this city, because
the ByWard Market was like when it it’s such a small city and there’s not
was littered with horse-drawn bug- a whole bunch of stuff going on in
gies in 1912, or what the Parliament the way of video art,” he explains. “It
buildings looked like when they really doesn’t matter where you are
were engulfed in flames in 1916? The anymore when you’re a video artist,
latest collection of digitally restored though, because most of my audi-
photos from local video artist Marc ence is online.”
Adornato features these images Visiting Adornato’s website (ador-
among many other depictions of Ot-, it’s obvious that these
tawa’s history. These photos aren’t on restored photos are just a small seg-
display in a gallery; rather, they can ment of his imaginative work. His
be found on the walls of the Clock collection of videos include re-cut
Tower Brew Pub (422 MacKay St.) speeches by George W. Bush, a film
photo by Martha Pearce
until March 15. of Adoranto destroying a keyboard Marc Adornato’s artwork is as varied and experimental as his facial expressions.
“I used to think that gallery ven- while wearing a gas mask, and—his
ues were the way to go as an artist, latest work—Adornato setting an ish kind of creepy stuff,” says Ador- is going to look at it; I usually don’t that’s happening in society … an
but I really started getting discour- electronic singing fish on fire. nato. “[Restoring these photos] has even know what the piece is yet.” evolution,” he explains. “I don’t attri-
aged by the people showing up to the His art has involved other media as really taken off as a side business, but Over the past 10 years, Adornato bute that all to Obama, but he’s kind
openings, [because] it’s always the well. He once ripped up over $3,500 it’s more of a hobby than creative.” has brought many political and sci- of like the spark that would ignite the
same people,” says Adornato, a video in Canadian currency to make Cana- Adornato’s art usually has a mes- entific issues, such as war, leadership, fire in a room full of gas that’s been
broadcast technician for the House dian and American flags, and he has sage related to current world issues. cloning, advancing technology, and building.”
of Commons who started creating also dabbled in painting, photogra- “I think our art should reflect the collapsing environment into his Until the fire spreads, however,
art in the early 1990s. “I thought phy, and acting. what’s happening in our society and art. Now that Barack Obama is in the Ardonato plans to continue with his
‘there’s got to be something more.’ I “That’s part of the reason why I’m culture,” explains Adornato. “Too White House, Adornato predicts a historic restorations.
wanted to get my stuff out there to really pushing [the historic pho- often artists are making art that can coming shift in his work. “I’ve been going into the archives
the rest of Ottawa.” tos] because it’s really out of track only be understood by snobby artist “I’m hitting a new phase … I know and digging out old films of Ottawa,
After this realization, he began with what I usually do; my website is people. When I go to make a piece I that that chapter is over, of Bush and and I’d kind of like to zoom them
showing his work at coffee houses mostly crazy robots and weird sci-fi- really think about how the audience fascism, and now there’s something into the future.”


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87-72 crushe
Gee-Gees centre Dax Dessureault scored 13 points and fouled out of the game late in the fourth quarter.

into the second quarter, opening a nine- [sink] them,” DeAveiro said. “Every time we in the country. He’s intelligent, he’s crafty,
point lead at one point. Though Ottawa put needed a big shot we didn’t make it, every and we don’t have an answer for [him] right
Gee-Gees fail to together a rally midway through the quarter, time they needed a big shot they did. That’s now,” said DeAveiro. “He gets great shots,
contain explosive they still trailed 38-30 at halftime. champ, that’s what they’re number one in the
Physical play was the order of the day in country right now and that’s what we’re try-
he makes great baskets [and] when you’re
a fifth-year guy that’s what you’re supposed
Carleton offence the second half, and the Gee-Gees struggled ing to [become].” to do.”
to close the gap. Fifth-year centre Dax Des- Dessureault, who left the game with four The Gee-Gees are now looking forward-
by David McClelland sureault stepped up for Ottawa during the minutes remaining after picking up his fifth sto a chance at revenge, as they will meet the
Fulcrum Staff third quarter, add- personal foul, said Ravens again on Feb. 21 in a season-ending
ing seven points to that the Gees didn’t match-up.
BY THE END of the first half, it was basi- help pull the Gees play well enough on “When they come to play Ottawa, we need
cally all over for the Gee-Gees men’s basket- within five, trailing “Stu Turnbull is one of the defence to win. to get that win,” said fourth-year guard Josh
ball team. 59-54 going into the “Just defence, we Gibson-Bascombe, who had 18 points for
Taking on cross-town rivals the Carleton game’s final quar- best players in the country. weren’t on the same the Gees. “We’re going to be playing harder
Ravens at Scotiabank Place in the third- ter. However, the He’s intelligent, he’s crafty, page. Sometimes I than ever.”
annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic, the Ravens’ lead would didn’t rotate to the For his part, DeAveiro didn’t want to start
Gees were dealt a crushing 87-72 defeat to prove to be insur- and we don’t have an an- right man, other worrying about their next meeting until fur-
the number-one ranked Ravens. Following
two wins on the road in Kingston on Jan. 23
mountable. Ottawa
was unable to build
swer for [him] right now.” guys didn’t have
very good outside
ther down the road.
“I’m not even thinking about Carleton,
and 24, both teams were tied for first place momentum during Dave DeAveiro defence, so they got we’ve got a lot of games before we play them
in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) the fourth quarter, Gee-Gees head coach a lot of easy baskets again,” he said. “Our focus is to win our re-
East division with 13-1 records going into and fell 87-72 to the that way,” a dejected maining games, and we get ready to play
the game. Ravens. Dessureault said af- them again at the end of the year.”
The first quarter featured a close, physical Gee-Gees head ter the game.
battle with the two teams trading baskets. coach Dave DeAveiro said that the problem Fifth-year guard Stu Turnbull had an ex- With the loss, the Gee-Gees fall to second place
Though the Gees jumped to a quick six-point for the Gee-Gees was capitalizing on the op- plosive game for the Ravens, leading both in the OUA East with a 13-2 record. They next
lead, the Ravens battled back and took con- portunities. they were presented. teams in scoring with 29 points. DeAveiro play Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. when they take on the
trol at the end of the quarter to take a 19-13 “I think we got some good shots [off ] in was not surprised by Turbull’s performance. York Lions at Montpetit Hall. Tickets are $4
lead. Carleton carried control of the game the third and fourth quarter, we just didn’t “Stu Turnbull is one of the best players for students.

12 \\ CAPITAL HOOPS \\ 01.29.09 \\

Capital disappointment “We came out with a game plan at
the start of the third quarter and they
Gees collapse under took us out of it,” said Gees coach
Hoops pressure Andy Sparks. “We didn’t do the little
things. They physically took it a little
by Sarah Leavitt faster and we couldn’t respond to
Fulcrum Staff that. We tried to get in a screen and
they got us out of it, we tried to get
WHAT STARTED OUT as a sure win through and they smashed us. They
soon crumbled into a crushing defeat deserve full credit for it.”
for the Gee-Gees women’s basketball Sparks commended Ravens for-
team, as the lady Gees cracked un- ward Ines Jelic for her role in the
der the pressure of a record crowd at win.
the Capital Hoops Classic against the “[She] had an excellent game and
Carleton Ravens on Jan. 28. The spec- really dominated the inside,” Sparks
tre of playing in the cavernous Scotia- said of the fourth year forward, who
bank Place apparently proved to be netted 18 points and seven rebounds.
too much for the Gees, who wilted in The Gees ended the game having
a 62-53 loss to their cross-town rivals. shot a dismal 6.3 per cent from be-
Going into the game, both teams were yond the arc, after failing to connect
tied in the Ontario University Athlet- on any of their 10 three-point at-
ics (OUA) standings at 10-5 and were tempts in the second half. The Ravens
battling the Toronto Varsity Blues on the other hand shot 42.9 per cent
(11-5) for the top spot in the East Di- from beyond the arc over the course
vision. of the game, tearing apart the Gees
The Gees opened the game at their faltering defence. Centres Katie Lau-
best, displaying solid defence and rie and Hannah Sunley-Paisley were
dominating on the boards. The Gar- the lone bright spots for the Gees with
net and Grey offence kept pace with 11 points apiece.
their smothering defence, with Kyrie Sparks was looking to the future on

Love and Kelly Weir each collecting the heels of the loss.
seven points. At the end of the sec- “Carleton takes it to another level.

ond quarter, the Gees sported a 32-25 They’ve been together now for 18
lead, having dominated the Ravens months, we’ve been together for six
throughout the first half. and you can see the physical differ-

But there was a dramatic turn- ence,” said Sparks. “We have to go back
around at the beginning of the sec- to the drawing board. But it’s one game
ond half, with the Ravens emerging and we have to take it as one.”
from the dressing room brimming
with newfound confidence. Ottawa’s The Gee-Gees next home game is
offence sputtered to open the second against the York Lions on Jan. 31 at photo by Alex Smyth
frame, allowing the Ravens to claw Montpetit Hall. Tip-off is at 6 p.m., Gee-Gees guard Tanya Perry struggles to get her shot away amid a pair of
their way back and take the lead. and tickets are $4 for students. Ravens defenders.

photo by Alex Smyth

CIS attendance record falls at Capital Hoops Classic “It’s important for me to show that
all students should be out here sup-
Gees collapse under porting the Gee-Gees and bring a little
Hoops pressure Gee-Gee pride to our games” he said.
The men’s team got a boisterous
by Laura Clementson welcome from fans as they ran on
Fulcrum Staff court through clouds of smoke. From
that moment on, the energy from
THOUSANDS OF UNIVERSITY of both players and fans alike hit a non-
Ottawa students came out to support stop high.
the Gee-Gees for the third annual In between whistles the crowd was
MBNA Capital Hoops Classic on Jan. entertained by trivia games, shooting
28. The game has brought out massive contests, and a crowd favourite—the
crowds in the last two years, but this mascot dance-off.
year topped them both, breaking the Things got a little heated off the court
Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) at halftime of the men’s game when a
record for a regular season basketball photo by Frank Appleyard group of Raven fans invaded the Gee-
game with 10,523 fans piling into the Gee zone, but any potential problems
arena. other with the loudest cheers and best said Pham. felt the weather dampened the arena- were quickly broken up by security.
The snowy Ottawa weather didn’t signs. The Gee-Gees promotions team This year’s attendance of 10,523 filling potential of the women’s game, Rob King of the Jockey Club—the
stop students from making the trip to was out in full force, rallying the U of eclipsed last year’s mark of 9,124 and but was nonetheless proud of the Gee-Gees supporters club—felt that
Scotiabank Place in Kanata, although O faithful behind the Gees. Promo the 2007 CIS record of 9,720, setting spirit he saw. the Gee-Gee fans in attendance gave
it did make for a lot of empty seats at team member Viona Pham explained the bar high for Gee-Gee and Raven “It’s a great time for us to come rival Raven fans a taste of Garnet and
the start of the women’s game. that an important part of the job is fans in future years. together and fight the Ravens,” said Grey pride, saying, “We showed them
Once the stragglers slowly began to giving out T-shirts and getting the Also in attendance were Student Haldenby. who’s boss.”
filter in, the long-time rivalry between crowd pumped. Federation of the University of Otta- As a student leader at the U of O, “Carleton may have us in numbers,
the two schools was quickly reignited, “It’s really important for the spirit wa (SFUO) President Dean Haldenby Haldenby wouldn’t have missed the but they definitely don’t have us in
with both sides trying to outdo each of the university to be here tonight,” and VP Social Joël Larose. Haldenby action. heart,” he added. // 01.29.09 // CAPITAL HOOPS // 13

Complex composition
songs are mostly arranged for one “I liked the whole process of do-
guitar, but his complicated, finger- ing it myself,” says Mucci. “I’ve always
Michael Mucci’s picked melodies encompass the full wanted to try and start a record label,
guitar sounds like a range of his instrument’s expression.
Mucci is performing a free show at
and a good way would be to release
my own records. Hopefully, one day,
symphony the Avant Garde Bar on Jan. 29 in I want to start releasing records for
support of his debut album, Under other people—musicians that I enjoy
by Peter Henderson the Tulip Tree. watching and listening to. That’s what
Fulcrum Staff Under the Tulip Tree, released in I’m aiming for.”
October, is Mucci’s first full-length. Founding a record label and
MICHAEL MUCCI’S MUSIC is He produced and recorded it on his maintaining a solo career are big
like nothing you’ve ever heard. The own, which is a departure from the time commitments for Mucci, who
Guelph musician’s music, performed norm for most musicians—solo or applies the knowledge he learned in
primarily on a single acoustic guitar, otherwise. Mucci, however, thought an undergraduate degree in biology
blends influences from jazz, classical, it would be a challenging and educa- in his job as the phytotron coordina-
folk, and blues to form an intricate, tional experience. tor for the University of Guelph (a
layered sound that expands the idea “The way things are today, it’s so phytotron is an enclosed greenhouse
of what one man and 10 fingers can accessible and so easy to do it your- used in the study of botany). Mucci
create. Mucci, who grew up playing self,” Mucci explains. “There’s a steep enjoys having an outlet for both the
in punk and hardcore bands, credits learning curve, and I’m still learning. scientific and artistic sides of his per-
the legendary 1950s guitarist John Obviously, you learn every day. From sonality.
Fahey with inspiring him to create the recording standpoint, I was a lit- “I’ve always had a little bit of an ar-
the intricate guitar ballads he plays. tle intimidated to go into a studio. I tistic side, and the more you practise,
“[Fahey] took [his signature style] didn’t think I could do it in one day the better you get. I think it’s practice
from a lot of old blues traditions,” says and I didn’t want to end up in a huge and cultivating the left side of your
Mucci. “Like delta blues and things money pit. Being able to do it at home brain, giving it a good workout every
like that, and also a little bit of clas- made me able to work at my own once in a while. It’s also a release from
sical in there as well. He was a fan of pace, and do it whenever I felt the the rest of my life, from [my work].
classic music, so his whole thing was moment was right.” When I’m playing guitar, I don’t think
to try and make the guitar like an or- Under The Tulip Tree was released of work at all. It’s totally a release from
chestra. It’s got those bass melodies, by Tall House Recording Company, everything.”
photo courtesy Michael Mucci
the treble melodies, all in one. I think Mucci’s own label. Right now, Mucci Mucci calls his trips to other cities for
he’s the biggest influence, and anyone is the sole artist on the label and also show s“weekend tours”, and he hopes a great experience. Touring—[in] works, too, that may see the light of
who plays this music is always in his its sole employee, but he hopes to ex- that he’ll be able to continue doing 2009 [it’s] going to be a little difficult day in 2009 if things pan out.”
shadow.” pand Tall House’s roster in the near them throughout the year. He also has to get away, but hopefully in 2010.
Mucci’s sound is similar to Fa- future. He also wants to use his ex- ambitious plans for his musical future. I’d like to go east and make it all the Michael Mucci plays a free show at the
hey’s, and the idea of creating a sym- perience producing Under the Tulip “I’d love to play with other people way to Halifax, because I’ve never Avant Garde Bar (135 Besserer St.) on
phony within the confines of a guitar Tree to work with other artists as a again,” Mucci says. “I always learn been to the east coast of Canada. I’ve Jan. 29. For more information, visit
is something he takes to heart. His producer. from playing with other people. It’s got some recording projects in the

Unstoppable Gob
but we’ve gone through a bunch of
Canadian rockers bass players. I guess there’s a certain
chemistry—most bands that I’ve wit-
Gob won’t let nessed are pretty dysfunctional. I’m
anything stand in not saying that we’re any different,
but somehow we keep it together. It’s
their way a mystery to me, too.”
by Peter Henderson Gob’s latest album is the self-
Fulcrum Staff produced Muertos Vivos, released
in November 2007. A darker record
IT’S TOUGH FOR bands to stay that layers angry, introspective lyrics
together—even the Beatles didn’t last over heavy, distorted guitars, Muer-
more than a decade, and their final tos Vivos is a sonic departure for the
years together were more strained band, as it pulls metal influences
than Rod Blagojevich’s relationship into Gob’s traditionally punk rock
with the truth. Canadian rockers Gob sound. Their evolution as musicians
have been rocking hard since 1994, re- is comparable to that of fellow Ca-
leasing hit albums like 1998’s How Far nadians Sum 41, who also moved
Shallow Takes You and 2001’s World from pop punk to more mature and
According to Gob. They’re bringing heavier lyrics and instrumentation
their high-energy show to Maverick’s on their recent albums. Both bands photo courtesy Laura Barclay
on Jan. 31. have a common thread aside from down the momentum a little bit, you Thacker. “The power went out where “We want to release [a third] single
Although the core songwriting duo their musical development—Thack- know, while we were writing the latest we were, and it took days to come from the record,” says Thacker. “We
of Tom Thacker and Theo Goutzina- er plays guitar in both, though he record. [Theo and I produced] a re- back on. We ran out of food, and it want to put another [song] out, we
kis hasn’t changed during Gob’s 15- operates as strictly a tour compan- cord for another band at the time [By- was cold in the house, and we had to don’t care if it’s the biggest hit in the
year existence, the band’s turnover at ion with Sum 41. athread’s The Last of the Day Dreams], have someone come rescue us and world—we just want people to hear it.
the bass player position rivals the suc- Thanks in part to Thacker’s other and that was the deciding factor in us take us back to civilization. All kinds We want to start working on [anoth-
cession of drummers in Spinal Tap. commitments, there was a four-year producing our own record.” of shit went on—it was like the gods er] record basically right away. We’ll
“It’s funny, because people will lay-off between Foot In Mouth Dis- The band began recording Muertos were trying to keep us from recording be writing on this tour, and after this
bring up member changes, and it’s ease and Muertos Vivos. Vivos in 2006, but it didn’t go smooth- this record.” tour, and we’ll record a record as soon
like ‘No shit, it’s impossible to keep a “After [Foot In Mouth Disease], we ly. Thacker suspects supernatural in- Divine vengeance aside, Gob’s cur- as possible. We don’t want to make
band together forever,’” says Thacker. toured for about a year and a half,” terference. rent Canadian tour is by no means the people wait like the last time.”
“Somehow, we’ve just stayed together. Thacker explains. “Then a number of “There was this one point where last we’ll see from the band. The four-
Gabe [Mantle] has been in the band things changed—we left our label, our we had all this snowfall in Vancouver, year layoff between albums is defi- Gob plays Maverick’s (221 Rideau St.)
for a long time, [he’s] our second management [changed], we got a new which is—was—unheard of before nitely an anomaly, and Thacker sees Jan. 31. Tickets are $18. For more in-
drummer. We had good luck there, bass player. All those things slowed global warming, ironically,” recalls another release in the near future. formation visit

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Good Bad
Slumdog Millionaire Film
metropolis that lives and breathes. Boyle’s di-
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
PAUL BLART (KEVIN James) is a dedicated
Film F
James’ weight issues are at the centre of the
penseful and intriguing tale of Jamal Malik recting—with help from co-director Loveleen mall cop, resigned to his life of protecting shop- film, as every joke revolves around his obesity
(Dev Patel), a young Indian man from the slums Tandan, who did many of the Indian location pers after failing the police exam. His simple life in some way. Some overweight actors can poke
who makes his way onto the Indian version of shots—and the cinematography by Anthony is turned upside down when a team of back- fun at their own rotund figures, but here it seems
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and, surprisingly, Mantle make the pure visual experience of flipping master thieves break into the mall, and like that was the one and only joke the writers
begins to win. As he progresses towards the fi- Slumdog Millionaire awe-inspiring through to Blart is the only one who can save the day. Basi- could think of. Chris Farley made his gut funny,
nal prize, a series of flashbacks show how Jamal the closing credits. cally, think of Paul Blart: but Kevin James unwit-
went from a kid with no future to a man on the This film would be phenomenal even if it was Mall Cop as an unfunny Some overweight actors can poke tingly makes his gut a
verge of wealth. completely silent, but a strong script backs up the and uninteresting remake sad indicator of the deg-
Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny stunning visuals. The film boasts realistic and of Die Hard.
fun at their own rotund figures, radation and humilia-
Boyle, is based on the novel Q and A by Indian engaging dialogue, and the acting is solid, espe- Steve Carr, the film’s but here it seems like that was tion some people will put
author Vikas Swarup. Jamal’s complicated life is cially considering that the majority of the cast are director, was responsible the one and only joke the writers themselves through for a
revealed over the course of the film, including non-actors or have little professional experience. for the shining cinematic could think of. laugh.
his rocky relationship with his brother Salim Patel, Mittal, and Pinto are all excellent, and the classics Daddy Day Care The only good thing
(Madhur Mittal), the death of his mother, and children who play their younger counterparts in and Dr. Dolittle 2. In Paul Blart he uses the same about Paul Blart: Mall Cop is that the complete
his quest to find the girl he fell in love with as a the flashback scenes really shine. safe, goofy, slapstick style as his previous movies, and total lack of substance or entertainment will
young boy, Latika (Freida Pinto). Slumdog Millionaire is ultimately a story of and though low-brow humour could have saved put you into a deep, coma-like sleep that will
Danny Boyle’s directing is nothing short of hope—that ruthless killers can find redemption, Paul Blart, Carr decided to give the film all the of- leave you feeling refreshed when you wake up 90
brilliant. He shoots the vibrant streets of Mum- that young love really can succeed, and that fensiveness of a live-action Disney movie. Kevin minutes later. That this movie has been number
bai in dizzying shots that take full advantage sometimes an uneducated man from the slums James is the only recognizable face in the film, yet one at the Canadian box office for two weeks only
of the colourful beauty of the Indian locations. can have all the right answers. even his expansive girth isn’t enough to carry the insults our collective intelligence.
Mumbai itself is a co-star of this film, a vibrant —Eleni Armenakis film for more than 10 minutes. —Hisham Kelati

Thursday, Jan. 29 Sunday, Feb. 1 The Fulcrum staff meetings:
Women’s volleyball: Ottawa vs. Men’s hockey: Ottawa vs.
Toronto Varsity Blues. 6 p.m. Concordia Stingers. 3 p.m.

Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Montpetit Hall. $4 for students. Sports Complex. $4 for students.

Film event: Bride Wars with Monday, Feb. 2

snacks and prizes. 5:30 p.m. Empire
Theatre. Rideau Centre. $10. Film: Labyrinth. 9:15 p.m.
ByTowne Cinema. 325 Rideau St.
Friday, Jan. 30 $9, $6 for members.
631 King Edward Ave.
Play: Life After God. 8 p.m. Arts Tuesday, Feb. 3
Court. 2 Daly Ave. $20 for students.
Concert: Manhattan on the
Men’s basketball: Ottawa vs.
Laurentian Voyageurs. 8 p.m.
Rideau. 12 p.m. National Arts
Centre. 53 Elgin St. Free. New volunteers always welcome.
Montpetit Hall. $4 for students.
Wednesday, Feb. 4
Saturday, Jan. 31
Lecture: Lloyd Axworthy.
Women’s basketball: 7:30 p.m. National Gallery of
Ottawa vs. York Lions. 6 p.m. Canada. 380 Sussex Dr.
Montpetit Hall. $4 for students. $10 for students. Tickets available
at Unicentre room 204 or online at
Roller Derby Bout: Bytown
Blackhearts vs. Montreal Sexpos.
7:30 p.m. Norm Fenn Gym.
Carleton University. $10.

The Thryllabus needs lots

of events to remain so thrilling.
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You’ll never eat brunch in this town again

Oscars shmoscars
nomination in a major category is Heath Led- I think, in the end, it all comes down to cold, likely would have been nominated. Meaniwhile,
ger for Best Supporting Actor. hard cash. The worldwide box-office take of Benjamin Button will barely make back its bud-
In the past, the Academy has shied away from The Dark Knight is almost US$1 billion, and get, and that somehow makes it Oscar-worthy.
more successful films and chosen to recognize it will surely exceed that mark with its limited Chuck Klosterman, in his brilliant Esquire
movies like Crash, which won the 2005 award re-release on Jan. 31. For some strange reason, essay on guilty pleasures, destroyed forever
for Best Picture despite the mega-success and many people are turned off by success. Pulp Fic- the idea that any cultural consumption can be
awards-show domination of another film re- tion made over US$200 million worldwide—at called a guilty pleasure. “It never matters what
leased that year, Brokeback Mountain. Given the the time, the highest-grossing independent film you like,” he writes, “what matters is why you
quality of some of the other Best Picture nom- ever—yet neither Quentin Tarantino nor the like it.” The members of the Academy could
inees—Frost/Nixon, Milk, and Slumdog Million- film received any Oscars. At least Tarantino was take a lesson from these words. So what if The
aire are all phenom- nominated; unlike Dark Knight was a massively successful cultural
Peter Henderson enal movies—it’s Steven Spielberg, phenomenon that captivated audiences world-
Arts & Culture Editor acceptable that a No matter what, success engen- who was ignored wide? So what if it made more money than all of


big-budget sum-
mer blockbuster
ders hatred, and it’s easy to see by the Academy
despite a Best Pic-
last year’s Best Picture nominees put together?
It’s still the best film of 2008, and Christopher
nounced on Jan. 22, and as usual, what didn’t doesn’t deserve the how this affected The Dark Knight ture nomination Nolan’s brilliant direction—though maybe not
make the list is more interesting than what publicity generated ... Benjamin Button will barely for his film Jaws. the best of the year—anchored a film that will
did. The Dark Knight, a critical and commer- by an Oscar win. The original sum- be remembered years after we forget Benjamin
cial success that grossed $531 million in North But what, then, is make back its budget, and that mer blockbuster Button.
America alone, didn’t receive a nomination for the story behind somehow makes it Oscar-worthy. grossed US$470 I’ll still watch the Oscars, but I know the
either Best Picture or Best Director. Forget the the nomination of million world- best and brightest will be passed over because
nominations and awards it received from the The Curious Case wide, which, when of some misplaced feelings of envy and jealou-
Directors Guild of America, the Producer’s of Benjamin But- adjusted for infla- sy. But if Heath Ledger doesn’t win the Oscar
Guild of America, and the Broadcast Film ton? That overlong, gimmicky love story with tion, is a whopping US$1.8 billion in today’s for Best Supporting Actor, every member of
Critics Association. Forget that it’s currently a US$150 million budget and near-ubiquitous dollars. Jaws is widely regarded as a perfect film, the Academy can expect a visit from a certain
number five on the user-selected Top 250 marketing campaign doesn’t deserve any more and remains the highlight of Steven Spielberg’s black-clad vigilante, or at least a portly student
Films list on, the biggest and best publicity, but it’s been nominated for 13 Acad- illustrious career, but its success must have journalist in a similar-looking, but ill-fitting
movie information site. Forget that it made the emy Awards. So, perhaps the lack of a nomina- doomed it come Oscar time. No matter what, suit.
year-end lists of dozens of critics. According to tion for The Dark Knight in either the Best Pic- success engenders hatred, and it’s easy to see
the members of the Academy, The Dark Knight ture or Best Director categories can be explained how this affected The Dark Knight. If the movie 613-252-2311
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Sports Jan. 29–Feb. 4, 2008

Sports Editor

There’s more than one way to play

National sledge
hockey team members
visit the U of O
by Anna Rocoski
Fulcrum Contributor

HOCKEY IS CANADA’S most popular sport,

but it’s not possible for everyone to play it. That’s
where sledge hockey comes in, which let’s peo-
ple play the game without needing to use their
On Jan. 23, the world championship-winning
Canadian national sledge hockey team held
a sledge hockey demonstration at the Sports
Complex arena. The team holds demos and
workshops with the goal of raising the sport’s
profile in Ottawa.
“It definitely does not receive as much cover-
age [as regular ice hockey], which is a shame,
but it’s getting better,” said Marc Dorion, a for-
ward with the team. “Right now, [Hockey Can-
ada is] working with us to get more coverage.
The coverage is getting better, [but] it’s demos
and workshops that raise the awareness and get
people [knowledgeable] about the sport.”
Sledge hockey is a variation of ice hockey
invented in Sweden during the early 1960s. It
involves players strapped into a sled-like con-
struction called a sledge with two skate blades
underneath, which allows individuals to play
sitting down. The player carries two shortened photo courtesy Hockey Canada
The Canadian national sledge hockey team won gold at the 2008 Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships.
hockey sticks, each with a hockey-stick blade
on one end and an ice pick on the other, which have a little bit of fun, but generally there is no need to know someone in the community that is a training camp or a tournament every month.
allow the player to move the sledge around the fighting in sledge hockey. In international play involved with the sport or they need to know of But our ultimate goal this year is Czech Repub-
rink while otherwise controlling the puck nor- there is zero tolerance for it, and if you do fight an event that is in the area.” lic in May.”
mally. you’re ejected from the game and you’re ejected Dorion and the rest of Team Canada will be
“The rules really don’t differ that much; there from the tournament.” traveling to the Czech Republic to compete in Curious about sledge hockey? Check out house
are just a few modifications to [them],” ex- Dorion feels that if people were exposed to the fifth International Paralympic Committee Ice league games on Friday nights from 6:30–9:30
plained Dorion. the sport, they might find it appealing. Sledge Hockey World Championships, which are p.m. at the Jim Durell Complex at 1264 Walk-
The most notable differences are fighting and “People watch sledge hockey less [than hock- scheduled to be held May 5–16. Last year’s gold ley Rd. Team Canada practices every Wednes-
tripping: both are strictly forbidden in sledge ey],” he said. “But I think when they actually medal winners have high hopes for this year. day from 3:45–5:15 p.m. at the Bell Sensplex on
hockey. find out about it there is a little bit more interest “We’re looking [forward] to the [World 1565 Maple Grove Rd. Kanata. Both practices
“Fighting is not tolerated,” said Dorion. “We because it’s something new and something dif- Championships], of course,” said Dorion. “We and house league games are free and open to the
can get a little rowdy in the house leagues and ferent. So they want to learn about it. They just are taking it month-by-month. We usually have public.

Around the horn

Women’s volleyball shuts down Ryerson Men’s hockey shocks No. 2 UQTR early lead, but the Redmen responded with two til McGill scored a demoralizing goal with less
goals. Fourth-year centre Dan McDonald tied than two minutes to go.
THE GEE-GEES WOMEN’S volleyball team THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa men’s hockey the game in the second period with a short- In the second period, the Gees continued to
notched their 12th victory of the season on Jan. team started their weekend road trip on Jan. handed goal, but McGill took the game with hold on. Despite being outshot 14-0 and taking
24 against the Ryerson Rams in Toronto. 23 with a surprising 3-2 win over the second- three unanswered goals in the third period. four penalties, Ottawa surrendered a lone power
The Rams have just two wins so far this sea- ranked nationally Université du Québec à Trois Ottawa remains last in the OUA East with play goal and headed to the dressing room down
son and have only won twice against the Gees Rivières (UQTR) Patriotes, but came crashing a 9-9-4 record. The Gee-Gees’ next game is at 2-0.
in their last 10 meetings. Ottawa was domi- back to Earth the next day, dropping a 5-2 deci- UQTR on Jan. 30. The roof caved in during the third period,
nant once again, leading from start to finish sion to the McGill Redmen. —Andrew Hawley opened by a power play goal by McGill just 27
in the straight-set victory (25-23, 25-16, 25- In the first period against the Patriotes, the seconds in. It only took another minute for the
17). Fourth-year middle Joanie Beauregard- Gees outshot the home team 13-9 and out- Third period meltdown sinks Marlets to score again, and later add four more
Veillette and third-year leftside/rightside hit- scored them 3-1 in the first period. Third-year women’s hockey team goals in exactly three minutes during the mid-
ter Aminata Diallo led Ottawa with seven kills forward Keven Gagné, second-year forward dle of the period. The final shot count favoured
apiece. Ryan Gove, and first-year forward Matt Methot THE GEE-GEES WOMEN’S hockey team bent McGill 39-8.
The Gee-Gees hold second place in the On- all scored for Ottawa. UQTR responded in the and then broke in an 8-0 loss to the number- Despite the loss, Ottawa remains in second
tario University Athletics East division and second period with a power play goal. In the one ranked McGill Martlets on Jan. 24. Ottawa place of the Quebec Students Sport Federation
have a chance to secure home court advantage final frame, Gee-Gees goaltender Riley Whit- held McGill to a 2-0 lead after two periods, but with a 5-5-2 record. They next play Jan. 31 when
for the playoffs when they return to Toronto to lock withstood a flurry of 16 shots to preserve could not contain the powerful McGill squad in they host the Carleton Ravens at the Sports
play the Varsity Blues on Jan. 30 and the first- the win for Ottawa. the third. Complex. Tickets are $4 for students, and the
place York Lions on Jan. 31. Against McGill the next day, third-year de- The Gees were outshot 10-4 by the Martlets puck drops at 7 p.m.
—Ben Trenaman fenceman Matt Desjardins gave the Gees an in the first period, but kept the game tied un- —Andrew Hawley
Lighting the lamp

Where do we go from here?

that it never seems to generate any real change full. It didn’t make any sense to me. Even if a So this is my challenge to both Sports Ser-
in the Gees’ fanbase. And yes, I’m sure that any majority of the fans at Scotiabank Place a week vices and Gee-Gees fans in general: Let’s build
of my regular readers are probably groaning and prior were Carleton supporters, that still leaves from here. Most university athletics programs
thinking, “Here he goes on about fans again”, but at least a couple thousand Gee-Gees supporters, in Canada would kill for this kind of high-pro-
hear me out. If we can get 9,000 people out to so where did they all go? file event, and we should use it to create a fan
Scotiabank Place, which is over 20 km from the I’ll grant that the allure of seeing the Gees play base, and not allow this level of fan support to
University of Ottawa campus, why can’t we get at Scotiabank Place against our archrivals plays be a once-a-year occurrence.
at least some of that a role in the large
crowd out to games numbers of fans at Women’s hockey division update
here on campus?
Last year, the Hyping the Capital Hoops the Capital Hoops
Classic, but surely Following my column on reorganizing women’s
David McClelland weekend after the Classic is all well and good, something can be hockey last week, Gee-Gees head coach Shel-
Capital Hoops done to get them ley Coolidge informed me that there are some
Sports Editor game, I attended but we should be hyping other excited about oth- changes in store for the Quebec Student Sports
THE CAPITAL HOOPS Classic is one of the a Gee-Gees home regular season games too, er games, too. This Federation (QSSF) conference. L’Université de
most exciting times to be a journalist covering game against the event is perhaps Montréal is currently planning to field a team,
university athletics in Ottawa. It’s only matched University of To- regardless of who the the best opportu- beginning next season, while a working group
by covering a team on a long playoff run. The
Classic, which was on Jan. 28 this year, is also
ronto Varsity Blues
in Montpetit Gym.
Gees are playing. nity to build fan
loyalty among U
with Canadian Interuniversity Sport is research-
ing interlocking play between the QSSF and
obviously an exciting time for fans: the event At the time, the of O students, but Ontario University Athletics. With any luck, we
has smashed Canadian Interuniversity Sports gym could hold so far it seems to should see some exciting changes in women’s
(CIS) attendance records for men’s basketball, just over 1,000 fans if both bleachers were in be mostly falling flat. Hyping the Capital Hoops hockey over the next few seasons.
with well over 9,000 attending each year since use (there have been renovations since then— Classic is all well and good, but we should be
its inception in 2007. the capacity is now just 850). However, only one hyping other regular season games too, regard-
All this is great, of course, but the problem is set of bleachers was out, and it was barely half- less of who the Gees are playing. 613-562-5931

Feb. 3 & 4
The Fulcrum Publishing Society FANTASY
The Fulcrum Publishing Society will be holding
its annual general meeting at 5:30 p.m. on
Univ. Centre - WILDLIFE
Feb. 6 in Desmarais Hall, room 1160. There
will be pizza and refreshments provided.
Outside Auditorium
The meeting will be dealing with the society’s hours

audit, electing five (5) student directors to the
FPS Board of Directors for the 2009–10 year 9-6
and proposed amendments to the Society’s
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Friday afternoon
journalism workshops
The Fulcrum is hosting free weekly workshops for students hoping to learn
the craft of print journalism.

Jan. 31 - Photojournalism
All workshops begin at 1 p.m. and take place at 631 King Edward Ave.
No registration required. All are welcome to attend.

LETTERS continued from p. 3

Your reactionary approach to deal-

ing with Rancourt’s opinions indicates
to me that you are not able to substan-
tiate these claims. Rancourt speaks
openly about his views and how he
substantiates them. He publishes every
correspondence that he has with the
administration. I would expect, and
ask for, a similar level of transparency
from you and your institution.
I would like to encourage you to
reflect upon your very powerful posi-
tion as president of Canada’s Univer-
sity and remind you that you are in
service to all Canadians.
I look forward to hearing your re-
sponse and would gladly assist in the
facilitation of a formal debate.
Amy Teper
Master’s science candidate

Ridding the campus

of anti-Semitism


Rotonde and now this week, the Ful-
crum, have published articles quoting
physics professor Denis Rancourt as
he accuses the U of O administration,
particularly Allan Rock, of being
controlled by the “Israel Lobby” and
influenced by the Jewish students on
campus. This accusation is blatantly
anti-Semitic. As well, this conspiracy
theory is ridiculous and only serves
to undermine the intelligence of the
student body. I applaud the university
administration for their courage in
firing this individual. Anti-Semitism
has no place on our campus.
Rebecca Margel
Fourth-year biology student

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Michael Olender

Opinion Jan. 29–Feb. 4, 2008

Executive Editor

The post-strike case for a U-Pass

by Pam Hrick ing a potential catalyst for ridership
Fulcrum Contributor growth in this demographic over the
next few years.
FOR THE LOVE of all that is good in Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that
this world, when will it end? the city has realized the enormity of
Variations of this question—many this opportunity. The ideas City Coun-
containing unprintable expletives— cil are currently considering to draw
are on the lips of thousands of Ottawa post-secondary students back to the
students and residents as the city en- bus include a fixed period of reduced
ters the eighth week of a seemingly or free fares once transit service is re-
endless transit strike. stored, as well as reduced prices for
What are we going to do when it semester and year-round passes. The
ends? problem with the short fixed-period
Variations of this question—many discounts is that they seem to work
also containing unprintable exple- only so long as they’re offered, with
tives—are now on the lips of city ridership decreasing following the
councillors and OC Transpo man- promotion. This was evident in the
agers as they contemplate the very wake of the 1996 Ottawa transit strike
serious challenge of how, once the when ridership fell by four per cent in
strike is over, to draw riders back into February once full fares resumed and
a transit system with which they’re by 2.3 per cent in March. In the short
none too impressed, and one that term, discounts on semester and year-
they have learned how to reduce their round passes may have a slight restor-
dependence on over the past several ative effect on ridership levels but
weeks. many students may also think twice
Councillors and OC Transpo about buying such a pass if the strike
management are right to be preoccu- has taught them they can manage to
pied with this issue, especially since get around without one.
the aftermath of the 1996 transit The U-Pass pilot project offers a
strike demonstrated that it can take much better alternative in the short-
years to rebuild public transit rider- and long-terms for both students
ship to pre-strike levels. They will and the city. Undergraduate students
have to act in good faith and employ at the U of O would receive the ser-
targeted initiatives to mitigate the vice they voted to pay for during last
strike’s effect in this regard. It is for year’s referendum. The city would
this reason that the city would be be able to ensure a stable ridership
wise to take another look at imple- base for the 2009–10 academic year
menting the universal bus pass re- and open the door for universal bus
cently proposed to City Council by pass programs to be implemented at
the Student Federation of the Uni- other Ottawa post-secondary insti-
versity of Ottawa (SFUO). If the City tutions within two to three years, all
of Ottawa passes on the U-Pass, it while demonstrating good faith in
would be squandering a spectacular its relationship with Ottawa student
opportunity to restore confidence in unions—a relationship whose recent
the transit system among students, history can be described as rocky at
retain pre-strike riders, and increase best.
student ridership exponentially over Perhaps the greatest realization
the next few years. City Council has failed to come to re- illustration by Devin A. Beauregard
The post-secondary student popu- garding the U-Pass is that if it is not
lation is one of the demographics that implemented this year, the program students is going to be inclined to certainly help City Council with the
has been most affected by the transit will likely be dead for the next decade. dedicate its time to try again any time question “What are we going to do
strike. In my experience, however, I’ve Council is lucky to have had two con- soon. And rightly so—the term of an when it ends?” The clock is counting
found students to be both resilient secutive SFUO executive teams, U of SFUO executive member is too short down towards an early March dead-
and resourceful. The shuttle bus ser- O students, and staff members work and there are too many competing line for the U of O to include the
vice provided by the University of Ot- diligently to secure a $125 levy per priorities among students to commit U-Pass in the 2009–10 student fees
tawa has eased the burden of getting full-time student per semester for the to fighting for what would be viewed and ensure its implementation for
to and from campus for those who U-Pass and attempt to negotiate an as a lost cause. the coming academic year. This gives
normally rely on transit, but it hasn’t City Council only a small window of
necessarily made it easier for students opportunity to revisit this program
to get to work or other off-campus ac- If the City of Ottawa passes on the U-Pass, it and make it a reality. I encourage
tivities. Still, many have managed to members of the U of O community
get around, largely by carpooling or would be squandering a spectacular to contact their councillors, Mayor
walking. opportunity to restore confidence in the Larry O’Brien, and OC Transpo
All of this is to say that the city management to tell them that fund-
would be foolish to assume that post- transit system among students, retain ing the U-Pass pilot project with a
secondary students will automati-
cally return to public transit when the
pre-strike riders, and increase student rider- portion of the millions the city has
saved during this strike would be a
strike ends, especially if the worst of ship exponentially over the next few years. step in the right direction to restore
winter has passed. City funds need ridership and faith in Ottawa’s public
to be allocated to efforts to restore transit system.
student ridership after the strike. The agreement with OC Transpo for its So while those of us outside of City Oh, and when you do so, feel free
implementation of the U-Pass has not implementation. With all the effort Council and the Amalgamated Tran- to employ as many unprintable exple-
only the short-term benefit of getting that has gone into making this proj- sit Union leadership cannot provide tives as you like. A decision by Coun-
students back on the buses in the fall, ect a reality, if the door is slammed any definite answer to the question cil to pass up this opportunity would
but also the long-term benefit of be- on it now, no executive or group of “When will the strike end?” we can warrant using a few.
Scrap letter grades
sible for a student to get together with cess, so why lengthen it with silly rules
the professor, some will send marks regarding where to put the exams?
as a percentage via email. This raises This whole system is as tedious as
a question: if professors are willing to it sounds. Seeing mark breakdowns
send the marks through email, then and final exams will always require
by Katie DeClerq While general grades may be satisfac- can be extremely irritating as office what is the trouble with posting per- legwork, but posting percentages
Fulcrum Staff tory for some, most students want to hours may conflict with your new class centages on InfoWeb instead? instead of letter grades on InfoWeb
know precisely what their marks are schedule, and many professors are not Further, students also need to re- could save both professors and stu-
EVER WONDER HOW close you in order to plan for future courses, available outside that specific time alize that they are not the only ones dents time and anxiety. Everything is
were to getting an A? The differ- adjust their work habits, or satisfy slot. Further difficulties arise when feeling overwhelmed. Professors’ in- associated with percentages anyway.
ence of one or two percentage points curiosity. professors are transitioning between boxes are packed with emails from Scholarships, for example, do not ad-
can decide whether we fail or pass a I recently chased after percentages offices. A few professors only have concerned students wishing to meet here to letter grade ranges; the $4,000
course. It can also make or break a and found that the process to retrieve an office when they are teaching, and and review the final examinations, prize can be renewed only if a student
scholarship, and can completely sink them was a headache. In order to see must transfer to a new office in second and responding isn’t in a professor’s attains an average of 94 per cent or
a graduate studies application. So, marks as they are originally calculat- semester, which makes them difficult contract. As one professor put it, above. If these students are getting a
when final grades are posted and stu- ed, students must take the initiative to to contact. Strangely, this transition is they “don’t get paid to answer emails”. vague A+, how can they be sure they
dents see only letter grades, some stu- call or email their respective professors done at the beginning of a new semes- However, most professors do con- met the bar? Similar problems also
dents are frustrated that their grade— or departments. To continue with the ter in which students are desperately sider it part of their job, and will take arise with eligibility for other univer-
originally calculated as a number by process depends on the procedure set trying to get a hold of all their profes- the time to answer in a timely fash- sity programs and extracurricular ac-
the professor—is represented as a forth by the professors, who all have sors, and not during the two weeks of ion out of courtesy to students. Once tivities. If percentages were posted on
letter, which refers to a range rather different methods of allowing students winter break. But know this, whatever you have been able to get a hold of the InfoWeb, students wouldn’t be forced
than an exact number. Let me put it to see their grades as percentages and the difficulties, every student has the professor, it’s then up to the student to scamper across campus in the mid-
this way: What is a B? A B can be any- the grade breakdowns. Some invite right to see their final examinations or to find the time to go to their office. dle of winter to find out if they were
where from 70 to 74 per cent. An A+ you to attend office hours and others mark breakdown, and a professor will If your heart is set on seeing your fi- one or two percentage points away
is anywhere from 90 to 100 per cent. direct you to visit the department. This never refuse a request. If it’s impos- nal exam as well, the process becomes from their goals. Students would be
lengthier, as the professors are asked able to see precisely what mark they
to deposit them at the department, got in the course, and grade point av-
and must go and retrieve them before erages in grade reports could still be
a student comes to their office. Hon- calculated. It just seems that turning
estly, neither professors nor students a number into a letter is hurting more
have the time to go through this pro- people than it helps.

Your pedagogy sucks
by Peter Henderson ken intelligent student? Thanks pro-
Fulcrum Staff fessor, I’ll get right on transcending
the crippling mediocrity of my peers
UNIVERSITY IS SUPPOSED to be to hand in an A+ project. What could
about learning—at least, that’s what possibly go wrong? Well, everything.
we’re told. Classes are about develop- There’s no way to gauge the work ethic
ing critical thinking, broadening your or talent of the people you sit in class
knowledge, and learning the skills to with, beyond avoiding the know-it-
become an intelligent and effective alls at the front and the iPod-sporting
professional in whichever field you’ve slackers at the back. The people in my
chosen. You know what doesn’t chal- group projects have been chosen en-
lenge, engage, or teach me? Stupid tirely on their proximity to my chair
assignments from by lazy professors. when the assignments were handed
I don’t know if they do it out of bore- out—there’s no other foolproof way
dom, inattention, or just plain cruelty, to choose, and it’s always the luck of
but every student has a horror story the draw. Getting stuck with a dead-
and it’s time for it to stop. weight group member means a bad

Like most of my fellow students, I mark for everyone, so what’s the
care deeply about my grades. I want point? Stop marking me on the tal-
to succeed, I want to learn, I want to ents of the people around me, and
broaden my horizons. Please explain actually challenge me with individual
to me how labelling a map in a sec- assignments.
ond-year history course teaches me Don’t get me started on peer evalu-
anything about anything. I realize that ations, either. If a member of your

it’s important to have a geographical group is useless and lazy, and, like me,
context for the ideas and issues dis- you can’t help but tell them as much,
cussed in any given history course— why would they give you a positive
that’s why there’s a map in the front evaluation? Thank you for basing the
of the textbook. No, it’s not important marks that will determine large de-
where each and every river or moun- cisions in my life on the opinions of
tain range is and no, that information people in third-year political commu-
is in no way useful. Understanding the nications classes who don’t know the
broader cultural and political context meaning of the word “ideology”.
of the Italo-Abyssinian war and how The professor-student relationship
GETMUMPSANDYOU’LLSPEND9DAYSINISOLATION. it contributed to the armed conflict
that led to the North African front in
is about give and take. You want me to
come to class and pay attention? Start
Mumps is a very contagious disease that can cause serious complications.Catch it and you’ll have to spend 9 days in the Second World War is useful, but by caring about your job, challenging
isolation.4 out of 5 young adults are not fully protected.Make sure you are.Get the mumps catch-up vaccination. I have yet to be tested on that. Ap- your students, and actually having a
parently it’s far more useful to know passion for teaching. Don’t hold my
Find out more at or call 1-866-559-4598 which desert is where. hand, don’t underestimate my intelli-
Another scourge of hard-working, gence, and instead give me something
Paid for by the Government of Ontario critical-thinking students is the group that will make me care about the
project. I’ve worked my ass off to get subject to which you’ve devoted your
where I am, and now I’m saddled with life’s work. And please, never make
Tweedledee, Tweedledum, and the to- me colour a map again.

22 \\ OPINION \\ 01.29.09 \\

Frank Appleyard

Editorial Jan. 29–Feb. 4, 2009


Dirty minds since 1942.

Volume 69 - Issue 19
Rethinking student representation
Jan. 29–Feb. 4, 2009 F YOU ASK University of Ottawa
phone: (613) 562-5261 President Allan Rock—or any mem-
fax: (613) 562-5259 ber of the administration—what the
631 King Edward Ave. institution’s mandate is, you can be
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 assured that the reply will indicate the uni- versity exists to serve students’ needs, and that students are at the heart of the school’s
Recycle this paper or motives.
we’ll release the sex tape. And that’s the right answer.
However, statements such as these feel
Staff empty, betrayed by the disparate sentiment
Frank ‘pile driver’ Appleyard projected by dismally poor student repre-
Editor-in-Chief sentation in the U of O’s decision-making
process. There are a grand total of two stu-
Ben ‘fusion’ Myers dents—one undergraduate, one graduate—
Production Manager sitting on the university’s Board of Gover- nors (BOG), the assembly responsible for
Michael ‘drill’ Olender the school’s overall governance and man-
Executive Editor agement. These two students represent the views of 35,000 students in dealings with
the university administration—a heady task
Martha ‘amazon’ Pearce
Art Director made all the more difficult by the fact that they are only two easily overlooked and eas-
ily overruled student voices on the 32-mem-
Emma ‘bent spoon’ Godmere
News Editor
ber board. In recent years this situation has strangled student input on debates such as
tuition increases, allocation of space, and
Peter ‘bumper cars’ Henderson campus development and expansion—mat-
Arts & Culture Editor ters that directly affect undergraduate and
graduate students alike. Such token repre-
David ‘dancer’ McClelland sentation is not only ineffectual—it is an af-
Sports Editor front to students who desire and deserve a
meaningful say in their university’s future.
Sarah ‘game’s on’ Leavitt The need for student voices in debates
Features Editor and discussions held in the U of O’s upper
echelon is simple to encapsulate: How can
Danielle ‘jellyfish’ Blab the BOG truly work in students’ interests illustration by Devin A. Beauregard
Laurel ‘jockey’ Hogan when there are only symbolic student voices
Copy Editors included in the debate? It is incomprehen- a role in the management and administra- U of O finds seats in the boardroom for two
Amanda ‘pump’ Shendruk
sible to believe that a board with members tion of the U of O. These are students who students on the 32-member BOG.
Associate News Editor often many decades removed from the ex- have voices, visions, and priorities, just like While none of the other schools let stu- periences and issues of their wards shall be the current board members. But what sets dent voices overwhelm the boardroom de-
left to dominate the discussions and debates them apart is that they are in touch with the bate, they show students that their input is
James ‘rodeo’ Edwards
Webmaster surrounding the future of the university. It’s student experience, and their voices speak meaningful, and their presence is more than a cruel scenario: the detached but influential on behalf of thousands. The sudden interest halfhearted pandering.
guiding the passionate but insignificant. in the BOG is not a chance phenomenon. With so much student interest in the BOG,
Jessica ‘scarf’ Sukstorf
In the past the BOG could hide behind There is a growing sense that the only way now is the ideal time for the university to re-
Volunteer & Visibility
Coordinator its ivory-tower composition by arguing that for a student to get the ear of the admin- assess its structure in an attempt to do more students simply didn’t take an interest in istration is to sit on the board—a situation than just recognize U of O students as patrons
the management of their university. And that marginalizes the very students the uni- of the institution. It is time for the BOG to
Megan ‘sockets’ O’Meara
Staff Writer
they would be right. In 2007, only two un- versity claims are its priority. acknowledge students’ interests in their own
dergraduate students sought election to the Calls for the university to overhaul its university, and provide them with meaningful
Alex ‘spoons’ Martin single BOG seat available to them. Hardly board structure are not unfounded. The opportunities to get involved in the decision-
Staff Illustrator an overwhelming turnout, and hardly evi- University of Toronto features six under- making process that affects their education.
Inari ‘butler’ Vaissi Nagy dence supporting a case for increased stu- graduate and two graduate student seats on Students have shown that they’re inter-
Jiselle ‘plumber’ Bakker dent representation on the board. its 50-plus member board, the University of ested in leading the university. The univer-
Ombudsgirls However, this year the university has no British Columbia has seats for three students sity now must show that it is truly interested such argument. With 10 students in search on its relatively small 21-member board, in the students’ leadership.
Travis ‘the usual’ Boisvenue of the lone undergraduate seat on the BOG, and of the University of Waterloo’s 34 BOG
Ombudsboy there is a clear desire among students to play members, five are students. Meanwhile, the

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