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Science with Impact Workshop

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February 19, 2009, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Stanton Residence, Room 202, Ottawa University
Facilitator: Sue McKee
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Frank Appleyard

Putting a new spin on things neighbours.
Feb. 5–11, 2009
books again. I think it’s wonderful
some! But the truth is that this is demic freedom that is afforded a ten-
Re: “Big dreams and small hopes” (Fea- Howell also mentions the right of that the love story of a mortal girl and more than just a charity. Yes, you will ured professor. If Rancourt had been
ture, Jan. 22) return of the four million displaced a vampire is bringing back the love of be helping improve the lives of 5,000 viciously attacking a physics theory or
Palestinians. In fact, only 85,000 Ar- reading. Similarly, the Harry Potter people and facilitating their own ejec- a published experiment then the uni-
JOE HOWELL’S ARTICLE “Big abs left Israel in 1948 and 85,000 Jews series by J.K. Rowling was met with tion out of extreme poverty, but it’s versity would have a duty to safeguard
dreams and small hopes” is guilty of were forced out of Arab countries at similar criticism in regards to it con- also about creating a partnership be- his academic freedom. As it is clearly
several lies of omission. I would like the same time, not to mention the taining the aspects of magic and the tween Carleton University, the U of not the case in this situation, I do not
to address a number of them. First of thousands of Jewish refugees coming dark arts. And yet, it has become both O, and a leading research institution, believe that the privilege of tenure has
all, Howell neglects to mention that from Europe after the Holocaust. the most widely read and most chal- the Earth Institute at Columbia Uni- been violated.
the Camp David talks failed when Finally, Howell made sure to omit lenged book series of the 21st century. versity. It’s about creating hands-on Jason Butler
Yasser Arafat got up from the negoti- the fact that officials from the Euro- But just as in the case of Harry Potter learning opportunities for students U of O alumnus
ating table without making a counter pean Union, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, and the magical world of Hogwarts, who want to make a real difference.
offer; apparently he was too cowardly among others, have said that Hamas is I am sure that the Twilight novels are It’s about showing other universities, Millennium Village
to accept 97 per cent of the West Bank to blame for the war this past month. not creating “a generation of young the government, and the world that missing a few steps
and 100 per cent of Gaza. The 3 per These are just a handful of the facts girls who believe that the Edward we care and about leading by exam-
cent of the West Bank—land inhab- that one should keep in mind when Cullen prototype actually exists”. No, ple. It has nothing to do with “trying NEXT WEEK WE will be voting on
ited by only Jewish Israeli citizens— considering Howell’s simplistic at- not everything in the book is realistic, to donate your money better than you six referendum questions, one of
that Israel was to keep, would be com- tempt at explaining the regular un- which is why the book is categorized can”. which is the funding of a Millennium
pensated by some of the most fertile rest in the Middle East. One can only as just that—fantasy. As a member of the Students To Village at the cost of $6 per academic
soils of Israel proper, and would have hope that the students at U of O are Britney Castleman End Extreme Poverty, these are only year, per student. At first glance it
expanded the size of the Gaza strip. intelligent enough not to take How- Second-year French as a Second some of the reasons why we are ask- seems like a wonderful project that
Instead Arafat returned to Ramal- ell’s article at face value. Language student ing students if they will invest $6 per will truly benefit families that are
lah and launched the second intifada Jennifer Hadad year in support of a Millennium Vil- deeply in need. Don’t get me wrong,
against Israel. Hillel Ottawa student representative More than just a village lage, as much for your own education a project like this isn’t terrible at all;
Howell mentions that Hamas was Re: “Not in my village” and growth as for the villagers you it has achieved good things and I’m
democratically elected. He fails to ex- Don’t hate on Twilight! (Letters, Jan. 29) will be supporting. completely for its idealistic nature.
plain that this so-called democratic Re: “Shut up about Twilight already!” Kellie Piché However, some things have to be
organization has a charter based on (Opinion, Jan. 22) DEAR TRAVIS WEAGANT, U of O alumna said.
the destruction of fellow human be- While I respect your wishes to start What is the Millennium Village?
ings. Hamas’ charter states: “The Day IN RESPONE TO Maureen Robinson’s a No campaign against the Millen- Defining the privilege of tenure It’s based on the United Nations’ de-
of Judgment will not come about article criticizing Stephanie Meyer’s nium Village initiative, I feel you are velopment goals established in 2000
until Muslims fight the Jews (killing saga Twilight, I think that someone is at best seriously missing the point, AS AN ALUMNUS of the Faculty of to end poverty in Africa. Economist
the Jews), when the Jew will hide be- taking the teen novels too seriously. and at worst gravely misinforming Engineering at the University of Ot- Jeffrey Sachs, who had a utopian ideal
hind stones and trees. The stones and I also have read the four-book series students. tawa, I have a vested interest in the for solving poverty dilemmas in Af-
trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Firstly, you mentioned that this has reputation of both the Faculty of En- rica, led the project.
there is a Jew behind me, come and Breaking Dawn) which predominate- nothing to do with your education. gineering and the Faculty of Science
kill him.” Rather than focus on the ly targets the female population, and Well, it does. There will be internship at the U of O. While I can not com- LETTERS continued on p. 20
well-being of the Palestinian people, though admittedly none of the novels opportunities in the villages—it looks ment on the specific circumstances of
Hamas chooses to devote all time,
money, and energy to attacking their
are Nobel Prize-worthy, they are get-
ting thousands of people picking up
like several positions a semester—to
learn about solutions-based, holistic
Professor Denis Rancourt’s dismissal,
I have heard him speak officially at poll
community-led development ap- the Ottawa Public Library on his
This week’s question
Contents proaches. There is also talk of creating
courses and incorporating the idea
into a global community services cen-
views regarding both the pedagogy
of the Faculty of Science and U of O
President Allan Rock. The main point
How do you plan to vote
Election!!! Election extravaganza tre. More than just a village, it’s a plat-
form for engagement in these issues
of contention brought up in this talk
was that the Department of Physics
in the SFUO election?
The Fulcrum presents this year’s SFUO
that exists nowhere else. And I’m not had refused to allow one of Rancourt’s Online:
election candidates. p. e1
just talking about international de- fourth-year physics students to con-
velopment students. This will greatly duct a fourth-year project of his own Polling station:
It’s your money. The referendum questions
explained. p. e7 enhance the learning experience for choosing that would count towards I won’t vote:
p. e1 anyone interested in cross-cultural
perspectives on sustainable develop-
his degree. When I questioned the
student as to the topic of his project
ment, chemistry, biology, agrofor- he told me it was on how the way sci- Last week’s results
Arts Ocean of controversy estry, political science, international
relations, sociology, anthropology,
ence is taught affects what is learned
in the course. I would have to agree Do you think the benefits
Jaclyn Lytle explores the depths of Saving environmental studies, policy admin- with the Department of Physics that, of online voting outweigh
Luna. p. 9 istration, engineering, economics… while it may be a valuable topic to ex-
need I go on? We will be one of the plore, it is not a topic that falls into the the potential problems?
Sepideh Soltaninia gets down with Make first, if not the first university in the domain of physics and hence should
Your Exit. p. 14
p. 9 world to do anything like this. This
has already generated, and will con-
not count towards a physics degree.
Professor Rancourt very much struck
tinue to generate, a world of opportu- me as both a rebel without a cause and

Sports Bouncing back nities for students in many ways.

Secondly, you mentioned that you
an anarchist. While he should be free
in Canadian society to be both, these Got something to say?
Men’s basketball rebounds from loss to already give to charity. That’s awe- views are in no way related to aca-
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News SFUO Election coverage p. e1–e8

Feb. 5–11, 2009
News Editor

Shedding light on human rights of India, S. M. Gavai, at 7:30 p.m.

International Both of these events are being held
in the Alumni Auditorium free of
Development Week charge.
brings global experts “[Gavai will] be speaking about
the myths and realities of India and
to U of O the challenges of having the largest
by Megan O’Meara democracy in the world,” she said.
Fulcrum Staff On Feb. 6, Alexandre Trudeau,
journalist and son of former prime
SINCE FEB. 2, INTERNATIONAL minister Pierre Trudeau, will be giv-
Development Week has been in full ing a speech in French in the Alumni
swing at the University of Ottawa, Auditorium at 7 p.m., with a bilingual
with volunteers spreading awareness question-and-answer period after-
about this year’s theme: “Develop- wards. He will be speaking about his
ment: A Basic Human Right?” experience as a journalist overseas—
Julie Cook, international health Trudeau was well known for covering
and development coordinator with the 2003 invasion of Iraq—and how it
the U of O and one of the organizers relates to the right to security. Tickets
of the week-long event, explained the are $10.
theme in greater detail. Many different campus organiza-
“The theme is human rights, and tions will be hosting workshops open
more specifically development as a to all students on Feb. 7 including the
human right,” Cook said. “We formed Student Federation of the University
it as a question because we want stu- of Ottawa, the Centre for Equity and
dents to actually discuss and debate photo by Martha Pearce Human Rights, the Graduate Stu-
over the issue, to ask themselves— Several NGOs were on campus to kick off International Development Week on Feb. 2. dents’ Association, and the Onta-
is development actually a human surrounding globalization on cam- pus to campus across Canada, it is Week’s keynote speaker is former trio Public Interest Research Group,
right?” pus for four years , but last year was always held the first week in Febru- foreign affairs minister Lloyd Ax- among others.
Cook explained that the main rea- the first comprehensive week with ary. worthy, who will explain his per- “The workshops are skill-based and
son for choosing the theme was the several events planned for each day. The week-long event this year is di- spective on Canada’s responsibili- designed with the intent of teaching
60th anniversary of the Declaration The week is run at the U of O by the vided into different sub-themes that ties in international human rights at students how to take the information
of Human Rights on Dec. 10. International Health Centre and the the day’s activities and speakers are the National Gallery of Canada on they obtained throughout the week
“We decided we want to continue Political, International, and Devel- based around, including the right to Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and put it into action,” explained
in that vein and celebrate human opment Studies Students’ Associa- food, water and sanitation, education, The activities on Feb. 5, all sur- Cook.
rights and raise awareness of human tion, however the event originates health, and security. The English, rounding the right to health, include
rights abuse,” said Cook. from the Canadian International French, and bilingual events occur a screening of Michael Moore’s Sicko For a full schedule of the week’s events
International Development Week Development Agency (CIDA). Al- across campus until Feb. 7. playing in French at 4 p.m. and a and ticket information, visit sdi.idw.
has been raising awareness of issues though the theme varies from cam- International Development speech by the High Commissioner

Post-secondary show-and-tell opening up the conference to undergrads was to

expand the scale and scope of U of O students’
GSAÉD Interdisciplinary research.
Conference highlights “We wanted to get undergrads involved in
research this year,” he said. “This was a pilot
students’ research project this year, as was the project to get more
French presentations.”
by Jolene Hansell Participation in the GSAÉD conference has
Fulcrum Staff grown exceptionally over the years. This year’s
record breaking 82 presentations was almost
THE 12TH ANNUAL Graduate Students’ Asso- double last year’s participation rate.
ciation (GSAÉD) Interdisciplinary Conference “We are happy with this kind of success ...
kicked off Feb. 2, featuring 82 presentations of [and] we are excited that many students want
the University of Ottawa’s own graduate stu- to share their research with the university this
dents’ research. This year’s theme—which acts year,” said Dupuis.
as the focus for all of the research presented and Calls for research papers were sent out
which was interpreted in several different ways in August 2008, asking interested students
by students from all faculties—was “Position to submit their research papers by Nov. 26.
Canada: Identities and Innovation”. Theses were then evaluated by a committee
This year’s conference boasted three keynote of professors.
photo by Martha Pearce
speakers and a multitude of research sessions in “Pretty much everyone who wanted to partic-
Students discuss research in ethnography as part of the GSAÉD interdisciplinary conference.
four rooms over four days. The projects present- ipate and who made a conscious effort to com-
ed by students cover a wide range of subjects. plete their abstract got in,” said Dupuis. versity of Ottawa (SFUO) also stepped up to they’re going to have to do in the future, should
Engineering, health sciences, literary studies, The conference also awarded cash prizes to sponsor prizes worth $200 and $300 for the they want to continue into graduate studies, and
war, identity, translation, and environmental students based on the evaluations of their pre- best two presentations by undergraduate stu- we’re excited to be a part of the process.”
degradation are just a few of the disciplines that sentations. The first, second, and third place dents. The GSAÉD interdisciplinary conference
were covered by students at the conference. prizes were $1,000, $500, and $250, respec- “I think it’s a great partnership between the wraps up Feb. 5.
Additionally, this year undergraduate stu- tively, and each included an English award and a GSAÉD and the SFUO,” said SFUO President
dents were invited to present research for the French award, while third place offered two per Dean Haldenby. “It’s a good opportunity to The schedule and locations for all of the events
first time. According to GSAÉD university af- language. bridge the undergraduate and graduate studies can be found on the conference website, at gsaed.
fairs commissioner Serge Dupuis, the intent of This year, the Student Federation of the Uni- so that students can kind of get a feel for what ca/conference2009/home_en.html.
‘This is about Canada’
National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine
talks to the U of O about last year’s historic apology
by Emma Godmere here would be more sensitive and more knowl-
Fulcrum Staff edgeable, because this is, as you noted, the capi-
tal of Canada, but students here are no different
LAST JUNE, CANADIANS witnessed their than students in different parts of the country.
federal government offer a long-awaited apol- The history of the First Peoples is virtually
ogy to aboriginal peoples who suffered through non-existent, and so universities and colleges
residential schools for decades. At these gov- and governments [do] in fact have a responsi-
ernment-organized schools, many Aboriginal bility to make sure that Canadians are given ev-
students experienced abuse and neglect thanks ery opportunity to learn about Canada, the true
to federal policies that have been likened to cul- history of Canada—for example, to dispel the
tural genocide. On Jan. 29, National Chief of myth that Canada is made up of two founding
the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine— nations, the French and the English. The First
who was present at last summer’s historic an- Peoples are the original founders of this land,
nouncement—visited the University of Ottawa and so when we talk about the Canadian federa-
for the third annual David Makow Lecture on tion, we should be talking about three founding
Tolerance and Intolerance. The Fulcrum had nations: French, English, and the First Peoples.
the opportunity to sit down with Fontaine prior So we have a pretty big challenge before us,
to his presentation to discuss what the historic and I believe that we can turn this around ...
event means for today’s students—and where For example, one of the suggestions that we
young people come into play in continuing to have—and it will [be] a formal recommen-
bring Aboriginal issues to light. dation to the Canadian ministers of educa-
tion—[is] that ... a course in Native studies be
Fulcrum: Your lecture focuses on Aboriginal compulsory before you graduate from a uni-
rights in a post-apology era. Many students versity with an undergraduate degree. That
watched the federal government’s historic will build a level of knowledge that’s sadly
apology last year, but they did not know a lacking today.
Canada with residential schools. What re-
sponsibility do today’s students of all back- You were quite young when you became Chief
grounds have in maintaining awareness of of the Sagkeeng community in Manitoba.
Canadian Aboriginal rights? What advice do you have for today’s young
people who may be inspired to seek positions
photo by Alex Martin
Fontaine: The apology was important for all of leadership in their communities?
Canadians. When Prime Minister Harper ruled National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine spoke at the U of O on Jan. 29.
in the House of Commons to apologize to the Rather than focusing on me, I would say look to
survivors of the residential school experience, [U.S. President Barack] Obama. There’s some-
he was doing it for all Canadians. The apology one [who has] inspired the world, and Obama
was about attempts by successive governments stands for change ... and also has a significant
to eradicate any sense of Indianness from this message—that anything is possible. There are
country, and they did it through a policy that so many opportunities before us here, to be
was designed to kill the Indian in the child. engaged and to help transform our country,
That’s what residential schools were designed and young people in particular are in an ad-
to do: it was to do away with our cultures, our vantageous position because they’re educated,
languages, to deny us our history, and it had they have a much more expansive view of the
in too many cases tragic consequences. So, the world, they’re not as confined in their think-
apology was about this experience, but sadly, ing, they [have a] much broader perspective.
most Canadians were not aware that residential That’s what we need to bring about the kinds
schools existed. of changes that are necessary and important
We see the apology as an opportunity for for Canada.
the country to transform Canada into a place
that respects the rights and interests of all of Last year’s residential schools apology was
its peoples. The apology makes it possible, be- undoubtedly a big step forward for Canadian
cause what we are also about to embark on is a Aboriginal rights. Where do we go from here,
truth and reconciliation commission—to write and what role do young people play in this
the missing chapter in Canadian history. And next step?
we will be able to do that by ensuring that all
of the unique perspectives that factor into the [The apology] was a momentous occasion, and
residential school experience will be able to I see it as a [starting] point to transform Canada
come forward before the truth and reconcilia- into a place that it deserves to be.
tion commission ... and that survivors will also If you look at where we are today, or where
be able to tell their stories. we fit in [in] Canada, we’re the most impov-
So this is about Canada; the process is about erished group in Canadian society. And this
making things right in Canada, and all peo- grinding poverty exists in the midst of in-
ples have a role and a responsibility in ensur- credible wealth—Canada’s one of the richest
ing that the story is told. It’s incumbent upon places in the world ... This is our homeland;
young people to know and understand their we should be able to benefit from the incred-
country, to know and understand how Canada ible wealth that’s being created here daily off
came to be, and to know and understand the our lands.
place of all peoples in this country, including Canada was once all ours. Today, we pos-
the First Peoples. So there’s an obligation on sess and occupy less than one half of one per
the part of all. cent [of] this incredible, wealthy landmass, and
there’s no reason for that. It’s young people like
Do you believe there’s even more of an obli- yourself that have this incredible opportunity
gation for students in Ottawa, based on their to change Canada, just in the same way that
location in the capital, to act and bring atten- Obama has inspired so many to think about
tion to Aboriginal rights? change, change that is positive for the United
States. Well, we have to think in the same way
One could make the assumption that students about our place here. // 02.05.09 // NEWS // 5

News in brief
Wilfrid Laurier University
to put classes on BlackBerrys
Anti-Islam posters spark
controversy at UVic
Guerre des Tuques
LAURIER UNIVERSITY is set to CALLING FOR a ban of Islam “in
provide over 100 incoming MBA stu- the interest of human values and
dents with BlackBerrys and data plans universal love” recently appeared on
this fall, in an attempt to incorporate University of Victoria notice boards,
new technology into the classroom. causing some students to voice their
WLU got the idea from a similar concerns regarding the tolerance of
project established at Mexico’s Tec- hate speech.
nológico de Monterrey in August The poster, which was designed
2008. Administrators at the school like a petition and addressed to the
were able to move 30 per cent of the International Court of Justice, con-
curriculum of various first-year pro- tained various quotes and signatures
grams to BlackBerry Pearls and allow from alleged international support-
students to select courses using the ers. Copies had not been stamped
smartphones. for approval and were removed on
The purpose of the program at discovery by various groups on cam-
WLU is to incorporate modern so- pus.
cial networking into the classroom The posters, as well as an anti-
in an effort to influence teaching and Islam cartoon, were put up around
learning methods. The university, af- the same time as the Muslim Student photo by Martha Pearce
ter purchasing the devices at a special Association hosted a lecture series
For the first time since the competition’s beginning, the Student Association of the Faculty of
rate, aims to maximize the use of the entitled “Islam and the West” in or-
BlackBerry to allow students to access der to promote education and aware-
Arts (SAFA) won the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa’s annual Guerre des Tuques
course material, multimedia, tests, and ness. It is unknown who posted the competition, where representatives from faculty student associations battle to build the best snow
eventually the school’s web system. material. fort outside the Unicentre. SAFA beat the Engineering Students’ Society and the Political, Inter-
—Linda Givetash,
dap_campusp_4x7-5_sep12.eps 09/12/2008 9:47:52 —Kailey
AM Willetts national, and Development Studies Student Association to win a Wii console for their Simard Hall
The Cord Weekly and Danielle Pope, The Martlet office.

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6 \\ NEWS \\ 02.05.09 \\

Online voting boosts turnout
in student elections Second consecutive
turnout in their 2008 election.
Acadia Students’ Union president Kyle
op in Alberta, to those studying in a castle
in Glasgow, Scotland, are able to log in and
Senate meeting shut down
Atlantic Canada ahead of Steele believes the convenience of being vote,” said Amyotte.
the game when it comes to able to vote online is definitely playing a The St. FX Students’ Union has been us-
online polling stations role in their turnout increases over the ing Smit’s program since 2005. by Emma Godmere room, about 20 of the specta-
past four years. “It’s much easier for the voter; they can Fulcrum Staff tors—many of whom had been
by Danielle Webb “The accessibility [of online voting] is hop on any computer in the world and filming—created their own
Atlantic Bureau Chief much more practical than the paper bal- vote. It’s certainly much easier to increase THE SECOND CONSECU- meeting and remained in the
lot. When people can vote from their beds, your actual votes when communication is TIVE University of Ottawa Senate chambers for almost an
ANTIGONISH (CUP) – THE STUDENT you would figure voter turnout would be driving [students] to an online poll, rather Senate meeting was adjourned hour. The group, which includ-
FEDERATION of the University of Ot- higher,” said Steele. than making them walk or drive to a poll- less than 10 minutes into sit- ed Kelly and suspended phys-
tawa’s (SFUO) elections bureau is hoping Online voting in Atlantic Canada took ing station,” said Neil Stephen, former vp ting on Feb. 2. ics professor Denis Rancourt,
the introduction of online voting will help off in 2004 with the launch of iVoteOnline communications for the St. FX Students’ U of O VP Academic Rob- composed a list of demands
increase voter turnout in this year’s stu- by Dalhousie graduate Mike Smit. Union. ert Major, who was chairing and proceeded to the office
dent union election. Dalhousie has also seen voter turnout Stephen’s efforts to increase awareness the meeting in the absence of of the U of O Legal Counsel
“Following a dismal three per cent voter increase since adopting Smit’s program. around the election and rallying his fellow President Allan Rock, ended Alain Roussy. The group listed
turnout in a by-election last year, [the Elec- “Before online voting, Dalhousie had executives in engaging the student body the meeting without a vote af- their demands to Roussy and
tions Bureau] felt we needed to experiment a voter turnout of between three and five led to St. FX’s 50.4 per cent voter turnout ter over a dozen students and occupied his office for over an
with new ideas,” said SFUO elections chief per cent. Over the years, we have seen in 2008. community members refused hour.
information officer Wassim Garzouzi. turnout range from 12 per cent in our first But, Stephen will admit there are prob- to stop filming the proceedings. The responsibility of dealing
“It is a very engaged campus, yet fewer year [of online voting] and reach up to 21 lems with the system. These actions—identical to what with Kelly’s trespassing charg-
students have been voting in student elec- per cent,” said Dalhousie Student Union’s “It’s not totally secure, it doesn’t look occurred at the Jan. 12 Sen- es from the previous Senate
tions. The CFS referendum was able to get chief returning officer Sarah Amyotte. very good, it takes away the one-on-one ate meeting—were made once meetings falls to Roussy. As
a 22 per cent turnout and protests easily Online voting has also been instrumen- connection with a polling station—that again in solidarity with dereg- the group began chanting their
attract a few thousand students, yet when tal in enabling Dalhousie to reach new visible connection is lost,” he said. istered student Marc Kelly, who demands to see Kelly’s charges
it comes to SFUO elections, there was sim- demographics of the student body as well, Despite any negatives, Stephen does be- was arrested after attempting to dropped, recording allowed at
ply no connection with the students,” he said Amyotte. lieve online voting is here to stay. film the Dec. 1 Senate meeting. all U of O meetings, and Ran-
continued. “Dalhousie is an institution not limited “Like it or hate it, [online voting is] not Ironically, the first item on court’s suspension removed,
But students at many Atlantic universities to our three campuses. We have co-op stu- going anywhere. The positives far out- the Senate’s Feb. 2 agenda was two Protection officers arrived
are already voting online, slowly increasing dents all over the world and even a nursing weigh the negatives.” discussing a policy on record- to monitor the situation. Kelly
voter turnout at universities like Dalhousie program in Yarmouth, N.S. With online The SFUO will be e-voting Feb. 10–12. ing, broadcasting, and photog- was told to leave the premises
in Halifax, N.S., Acadia in Wolfville, N.S., voting ... students everywhere, those who Garzouzi and his colleagues are aiming for raphy at their meetings. before Ottawa police would be
and most notably, St. Francis Xavier in An- only have class one day a week to those a 30 per cent turnout, which would more After Senate members left called to remove him. No ar-
tigonish, N.S., who saw 50.4 per cent voter who are working for their engineering co- than double last year’s turnout. the Tabaret Hall meeting rests were made.

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Arts & Culture Feb. 5–11, 2008

Arts & Culture Editor

The lonely orca

Documentary film Saving Luna
makes its Ottawa premiere
by Jaclyn Lytle ger in frequent interactions between
Fulcrum Staff boats filled with the general public
and a killer whale that could one day
SUZANNE CHISHOLM AND her grow to weigh more than 5 tonnes.
husband, journalist Michael Parfit, “The [issue was] that a bunch of
have a whale of a tale to tell. Their groups were trying to do what they
new documentary, Saving Luna, de- thought was the right idea to save
picts the story of Luna, an endearing Luna,” says Chisholm. “There were all
and daring whale that lost his mother these different perspectives; you had
and found companionship in the most conservation organizations saying he
unlikely of places—the tourist boats should have no contact with humans;
that populate Canada’s west coast. the First Nations saying [we should]
Luna became the centre of a let nature take its course; some other
controversy that erupted in Brit- conservation groups saying he should
ish Columbia in 2004 between con- be relocated to his pod; [and] some
servationists, the government, and people saying that he should go to an
the First Nations groups of Nootka aquarium, because then he would be
Sound. After three years of follow- safe.”
ing Luna’s story, Chisholm and Parfit It was at this point that Chisholm
co-directed and co-produced Saving and her husband arrived and began
Luna, an award-winning documen- filming the events as part of their re-
tary that chronicles the struggle to search. Although they were initially
protect Luna and how one lonely careful, as journalists, to remain un-
whale swam his way into the hearts involved, they too began to form their
of thousands. The film premiered at own opinions as to how the problem
the Vancouver should be ap-
Inte r nat i ona l proached. The
Film Festival
in December “We are definitely pair became ac-
tivists for Luna’s
2007, and had
its Ottawa pre-
not the only species welfare, believ-
ing that it was
miere on Dec. [that] needs friend- the responsibility
30. of those involved
Luna was not ship, that needs con- to create a safe

tact. These whales

quite two years environment for
old when he be- him.
came separated
from his moth-
definitely do.” The clash be-
came heated in
er. In July 2001 Suzanne Chisholm the summer of
the baby orca 2004 when the
made his way federal Depart-
into the Nootka ment of Fisher-
Sound area, where he began to inter- ies and Oceans (DFO) made a deci-
act daily with residents. sion to attempt to relocate Luna. It
“Without other whales he took was hoped that the young calf would
the next best thing and tried to make be able to reintegrate into his pod,
friends with people,” Chisholm re- which was being tracked by U.S. re-
calls. “It took him a little while before searchers.
he started approaching boats, but “[The DFO] only decided to [exe-
once he did, he got used to people cute the reintegration plan] after a lot
pretty quickly. He wanted to be with of pressure from conservation orga-
people, there’s no question. If you nizations and the general public,” says photo courtesy Suzanne Chisholm
think about their socialization [prac- Chisholm. “They started to think that Saving Luna details the long fight over the future of Luna, a human-loving whale that lost his family.
tices], males stay with their moms Luna was on a collision course [with
their entire lives. They never leave. the public]. He was getting bigger, however, Chisholm and her husband was completely different. He came rience [about] what our role is in
When you think about those social he was getting more interactive with are careful not to reveal. Rather, more to humans because he wanted com- the world. The need to connect [is]
bonds it seems natural that he would people, [and they felt] this could be can be learned, Chisholm explains, panionship. That is an amazing thing. amazing; we are definitely not the
be looking for something in the ab- dangerous.” by watching the film and coming to People responded; they love Luna.” only species [that] needs friendship,
sence of other whales.” Due to intervention on the part of know Luna personally. Chisholm explains that being part that needs contact. These whales
By the time Chisholm and her hus- a local First Nations group, the DFO “It’s always amazing when you of an experience of this kind teaches definitely do.”
band became involved with Luna, a abandoned their attempt to relocate think about a wild animal coming to us about our place in the world, a
conflict had escalated between several Luna. But the conflict was by no humans for contact or social connec- lesson that she herself came to learn Saving Luna is playing at the Bytowne
groups that were concerned for Luna’s means at an end. Fears continued to tions because if you think about the from being a part of Luna’s story. Cinema (325 Rideau St.) until Feb. 8.
welfare. Though Luna’s antics seemed grow as Luna became older, larger, relationships, they don’t come to us “We as humans could have done Tickets are $9 for non-members, $6 for
harmless to most, those with marine and more insistent on receiving at- for companionship, they come to us better. There are some lessons that members. For more information, visit
experience could easily see the dan- tention. The outcome of Luna’s story, for food,” says Chisholm. “But Luna I’ve learned from the whole expe-
Album reviews
WORKING ON A Dream, the Boss’s 16th studio album, is catchy FANTASY BLACK CHANNEL is the brainchild of four young,
in the classic Springsteen tradition, but as a whole simply isn’t all musically ambitious Britons known as Late of the Pier. On their
that great. “My Lucky Day”, “What Love Can Do”, and the title debut album the band come up with an ambiguous test in musical
track are all passable rock anthems, but the only two true stand- ridiculousness that is hard to classify as anything but experimen-
outs are his ode to late keyboardist Danny Federici, “The Last tal. The mishmash sounds like an unholy mixture of nu-wave,
Carnival”, and the Golden Globe-winner “The Wrestler”, which metal, and disco—a bizarre musical mongrel that’s still eminently
is available only on new pressings as a bonus track. Elsewhere, danceable. The extensive use of strange synthesizers and samplers
songs like the cheesy “Outlaw Pete” and “Queen of the Supermar- characterizes the album, but these are blended with the more tra-

ket” are some of the worst songs Springsteen has ever penned. ditional sounds of guitar, bass, and drums. Although a few songs
The music of Working on a Dream is saved somewhat by the E like “The Enemy Are the Future” are heavy with electronic noises

B- Street Band, who are used sparingly but add depth to some of the Late of the Pier and sound like someone threw a bunch of instruments down a
Bruce Springsteen weaker moments. Coming from the man who wrote “Thunder Fantasy Black Channel flight of stairs, most of Fantasy Black Channel is captivatingly
Working on a Dream Road”, this album is a huge disappointment. written and irresistibly likeable. “White Snake” has a great glam-
—Nick Rudiak punk sound while “Space and the Woods” has a pulsating disco
beat that seems to shift styles throughout the entire song. Fantasy
Black Channel is not for the conservative music fan, but for those
SHIVABOOM IS CANADIAN sound scientists Eccodek’s third willing to risk some musical experimentation, its catchy tunes
venture into the genre of world music. Shivaboom, like most world and throbbing beats will make you move.
music albums, features vocalists and artists that you’ve never —Andrew Champagne
heard of singing lyrics that you will probably never understand.
XO IS LeATHERMOUTH’s debut album, a foray into screamo and
Shivaboom is really a drum-and-bass album at its core. Deep
hardcore. The band is the side project of Frank Iero, rhythm guitarist
beats underscore a number of vocalists from countries such as
for My Chemical Romance, and that should give you some idea of
Mali, India, and Turkey. Eccodek gets credit for incorporating an
the quality of the music here—Iero plays backup guitar in a shitty
Indian tabla drum into the beats, as the instrument adds a hard-
band, so why would you ever listen to an entire album of his? XO

driving rhythm to songs like “Lover’s Trance” and “Behind the
features driving, blindingly fast, distortion-laden licks with Iero
Mask”. But like most drum-and-bass albums, Shivaboom sounds
Eccodek screaming his angst-ridden lungs out. XO’s largest flaw is easily the
like sex music, and it’s encouraging to know that the soundtrack
wearisome, incoherent, indecipherable high-pitch screaming Iero
Shivaboom to sex sounds the same in any language.
uses gratuitously throughout the album. He stated in a press release

—Julian Blizzard
that LeATHERMOUTH is an opportunity for him to “vent about
all the bullshit that I see going on in the world that makes me ill.”
Be that as it may, his constant screaming is more likely to make his
XO audience feel ill. The songs on the album aren’t all bad, however. The
track “Catch Me If You Can” is a glimmer of hope for Iero’s future
career—it’s intricate and well-composed, and it is the only instance
of Iero’s voice diverging from the monotonous screaming in all the
other songs. Hopefully he can build on that style in the future and
stop his one-man vocal assault on the eardrums of his audience.
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Bad Good
New in Town
IT’S OFTEN HARD for romantic comedies to
break the stereotypes of the genre. The trite and
Film F
so endearing in Bridget Jones’s Diary is present
here, but its only purpose seems to be to remind
Taken Film
TAKEN IS A suspenseful and gripping thriller
with enough car chases and shootings to go
tifiable and three-dimensional.
Thankfully, Taken moves away from the
tiresome plot devices that pepper every roman- the audience of the other, better romantic com- around, but it’s the emotional family bonds that shaky-cam trend that has plagued other recent
tic comedy are, to some, tried and true (and if it edies Zellweger has starred in. drive both the plot and the characters forward. action movies like Quantum of Solace, Eagle
ain’t broke, don’t fix it). New in Town, a romantic The clichés continue to cascade as Lucy gets When Kim (Maggie Grace) and her friend Eye, and Batman Begins. Director Pierre Morel
comedy starring Renée Zellweger, takes all these acquainted to her small-town surroundings. Amanda (Katie Cassidy) are kidnapped while lets the action speak for itself instead of over-
stereotypes and more and creates a tired and trite She falls for her main adversary in the factory on vacation, it’s up to Kim’s father Bryan (Liam whelming it with fancy camerawork. The movie
pastiche sure to please no one. What if you made takeover, workers union representative Ted Neeson) to rescue them before it’s too late. As is filmed in dark shadows and back alleys—it’s
a movie that was entirely predictable, entirely ste- (Harry Connick, Jr.). Ted is another poorly re- Neeson murders his way through the criminal lit like an Alfred Hitchcock film, but that is a
reotypical, and devoid of all originality? Well, the alized character, a belligerent slob whose glar- underworld to find information about his daugh- very good thing.
result would look a whole lot like this film. ing personal defects are supposed to be excused ter’s disappearance, he uncovers a conspiracy that Although Famke Janssen’s role as the bitchy
New in Town stinks, and it’s all been done be- once we find out that he’s damaged goods. Just reaches further than he could have imagined. ex-wife is unusually weak, the rest of the cast is
fore. Our workaholic heroine, Lucy (Zellweger), because someone has experienced emotional The plot of Taken may be predictable, but the incredible and manages to bring out the emo-
gets thrust from her high-stakes job in Manhat- trauma doesn’t mean he has the right to be an action is awesome. The film never gets repetitive tional undercurrent of the film. The always
tan to the slow-paced world of New Ulm, Min- asshole all the time, but nobody told the writers or boring, and any weaknesses in structure are amazing Neeson plays a man driven to despera-
nesota, in order to facilitate her company’s take- of New in Town. Seldom have two more dislik- quickly forgotten when the action scenes ramp tion out of love and concern, giving a nuanced
over of a local manufacturing plant. Lucy, who able people been brought together in a romantic up—even if the actual violence is minimal. performance that makes him seem at once a
is supposed to be a high-powered woman out of comedy, and seldom has a relationship seemed Apart from the action, though, Taken has a sur- devoted father and a ruthless killer. Although
touch with her feelings, just comes off as a cal- more absurd. prising emotional core. The audience believes in Taken sounds like typical action movie fare, it
lous and unfeeling bitch. The movie is supposed New in Town is no Bridget Jones’s Diary. It’s Bryan’s desire to protect his daughter, and the has an emotional heart that sets it apart from
to be about her character development—the no When Harry Met Sally. Hell, it’s not even on family dynamics that the film explores—albeit other films in the genre.
woman who learns to love—but in the end she par with P.S. I Love You. This is a movie without briefly—make the characters much more iden- —Nick Rudiak
still comes off cold and distant. Zellweger has a single endearing character or quality, which is
natural charm, but it’s completely lost in this sea a feat in a genre where that is supposed to come
of clichés and pratfalls that writers Ken Rance, so easily. New in Town should be ridden out on
C. Jay Cox, and director Jones Elmer force on a rail.
her. That’s right, the physical comedy that was —Peter Henderson

Independent Corner

LAURENT CANTET’S THE Class, winner of the ignorant, rude, contemptuous, compassionate,
Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, is and aggressive. Cantet’s direction sits the audi-
an engrossing and entertaining classroom drama. ence down in the classroom and through his in-
Adapted by François Bégaudeau—who also stars timate camerawork he is able to focus in on each
as himself—from his semi-autobiographical student and his or her peculiarities. Students are
2006 novel Entre les murs, the film details the seen solely in the classroom and during recess,
struggles of a literature teacher at a tough, in- but through their attitudes, appearance, and ac-
ner-city Paris school. Based on his experiences tions, they emerge as three-dimensional charac-
as a teacher, Bégaudeau’s screenplay has a real ters. The original French title, Entre les murs, can
life ear for classroom chatter and dynamics, be translated directly into English as “between
and the line between truth and fiction in The the walls”, which would be a much more ap-
Class is often blurred. Bégaudeau and the ju- propriate title as Cantet starts and ends many
nior high students—all amateur actors—bring of the scenes with empty rooms. These rooms
an unmatched authenticity to the film with the are used as a metaphor of change and hope, but
natural portrayals of their subjects. Begaudeau’s the audience’s expectation for both erodes as the
performance as a persistent, consciously ideal- classroom tension escalates and the students
istic teacher is endearing. Many of the students challenge their teacher with increasing intensity.
are foreign born and immersed in cultures out- This is one class you do not want to miss.
side that of mainstream France, representing the
new multi-ethnic makeup of the country. They, In French with English subtitles.
like real teenagers, can be smart, soft-spoken, —David Davidson // 02.05.09 // ARTS // 11
by Sarah Leavitt
Fulcrum Staff
Ranked seventh in research

rom the greenhouse that sits
on top of Gendron Hall to intensity in Canada
the chemical warning signs
in Vanier Hall, the U of O is
abuzz with researchers at work.
According to RE$EARCH Infos-

ource Inc.’s 2008 ranking of Canada’s
top 50 research universities, the U of
O is ranked seventh in research in-
tensity and is home to almost 1,000
laboratories in a wide range of dis-

ciplines. The research has not gone
unnoticed and U of O researchers are
consistently rewarded, nationally and
internationally, for their efforts. Ac-
cording to the U of O, researchers at
the school amassed over $124.7 mil-
lion in grants in 2007.

The flight of bees

714 research
Most people shrink away when they laboratories
hear a bee buzzing in their vicinity,
but Charles Darveau marvels at the
energy and power of that yellow- and
black-striped insect. statistics courtesy University of Ottawa
Darveau is an assistant professor
in the department of biology and his
research focus is the study of metabo-
lism, using flying insects—bees in
particular—as his models. Darveau
received his bachelor of science from
the Université du Québec à Rimouski
and his PhD from the University of
British Columbia.
He explained that he is enraptured
by the flight of bees.
“We all know as humans that if we
exercise, that’s pretty much as expan-
sive as it gets in terms of activities,”
Darveau said. “But in animals, the
mode of locomotion that is the most
expansive is flight. And in flying ani-
mals, insects really have the most ex-
pansive form of flight.”
In his lab in Gendron Hall,
Darveau happily watches his bees fly
around. Strategically placed flowers
provide the bees with much-needed
pollen while the insects occupy them-
selves with serving the queen bee and
tending to their colony. At least once
a day, Darveau or one of his graduateate
students extracts a bee from its colony
in order to study its flight.
“Small species [of bees], in order
to fly, hover and gather resources, ces,
have to beat their wings at 250 beatsats
per second,” Darveau stated. “Or- Or-
chid bees—the large bees—in order der
to hover and fly, probably beat their
wings at 80 to 100 beats per second.nd. we end of asking questions that are cyclopedia, sedges are “grasslike tionary nature of things,” explained the Natural Heritage building of The world of spo
If you look at one muscle cell of the related to the lifestyle of these ani- plant[s] distinguished from grasses Starr. “From the point of view of the Canadian Museum of Nature
small species and the large species, mals.” by their 3-sided, solid stems and by biology, to learn anything you where Canada’s biological collec- While the world
the small species has to consume Darveau’s research has been leaves with 3 ranks instead of 2.” need to make a comparison, even tions are kept. the opening cer
three times more oxygen to produce published in the Journal of Experi- Starr was one of five Ottawa if you are comparing individuals. While his work with sedges Vancouver 2010
three times more energy to accom- mental Biology and the Canadian scientists to receive funding from But the only way that you can truly has taken him across the world, Games, the game
plish the exact same activity. We have Society of Zoologists Bulletin. the Ontario Research Fund for his understand something new is by Canada offers him a great place to be running aroun
this great diversity in the amount of research. With his $89,683 grant, knowing [the differences] within a do his research, as its landscape is frenzy. That’s the p
energy needed to accomplish a simi- Ottawa’s grassroots Starr is looking into the DNA of group of species or in a family, [as dominated by sedge grasses. These pics that truly f
lar activity.” sedges. well as having] some sense of the grasses make up 10 per cent of the Parent.
From observing their flight, The next time you take that short- “They’re the kind of things that evolutionary distance [between country’s flora and are particularly Parent is an as
Darveau and his students gain a bet- cut through the park or field, you practically nobody would even species].” prominent in Ottawa. in the School of
ter understanding of bees’ individual may be destroying the very thing recognize or know that they were Starr splits his time between “Believe it or not, there’s over and her current
cellular metabolism and the fuel they Julian Starr is studying. Starr is different from grasses,” said Starr. the Canadian Museum of Nature, a hundred species of the sedge on the organizatio
need in order to fly. completing his first year at the U That’s what makes his research where he works as a research sci- genus I study in Ottawa proper,” ing events, or wha
“We end up looking at very intri- of O as an assistant professor in the so difficult. Starr works in system- entist, and the U of O, where he said Starr. “That is a phenomenal sporting world as
cate details of how biochemical path- department of biology and spends atics, or what is commonly known teaches plant categorization to un- number. From a Canadian per- ment”.
ways are put together,” said Darveau. most of his day working with as biological classification. dergraduate and graduate students. spective, [the sedge family] is ex- “What I am inte
“By doing this research, we are work- plants; sedge grasses in particular. “It’s the science that names, clas- He spends much of his time classi- tremely important ecologically,” ing to see how [a
ing with these very neat animals and According to the Canadian En- sifies, and determines the evolu- fying his sedges at the facilities of said Starr. ally organizes the

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for the purchase of a $500,000 shock
tube. The tube—located in the struc-
tural engineering lab in the basement
Ranked 10th in total research of Colonel By Hall—simulates explo-
funding in Canada sions and shakes the entire building
when used.
“It’s the only shock tube in opera-
tion in a university in Canada,” said
Nistor. “With it, we are looking at the

impact of blasts on various infrastruc-
ture: walls, columns, pipes, reservoirs,
and so forth.”
By working together, the team com-
bines the particular aspects of their

fields to construct a complete picture.
“[Palermo] and Saatcioglu look at
the structural aspects, I look at the
hydrodynamic aspects,” Nistor ex-
plained. “We have an interdisciplin-
ary approach. That is a quite novel ap-

U of O academia at its finest proach and that’s why I think we have

an edge on this particular project.”

273 teaching GLBT refugee rights

Adopted on July 28, 1951, the United
Nations Convention on Refugees was
the first international convention
photos by Martha Pearce and courtesy Murat Saatcioglu and Charles Darveau to be adopted concerning refugee
rights. Canada was one of the origi-
nal signatories of the convention,
which listed five grounds for claim-
ing refugee status. The fifth ground
of “membership in a particular so-
cial group” is considered an open
category, but many problems have
arisen from the interpretation of this
particular condition.
Nicole LaViolette, vice dean of the
Faculty of Law, looks into the deci-
sions made by the Canadian Immi-
gration Refugee Board concerning
refugee claims made by gay or lesbi-
an individuals and whether they are
considered members of a “particular
social group”. She obtained her bach-
elor of arts from Carleton University
and her baccalaureate in common
law from the University of Ottawa.
Her research involves reviewing
refugee cases and looking at the doc-
uments used to make the decisions on
claims. LaViolette has been interested
in this human rights issue for over ten
“I want to see to what extent are
the commission and the court using
human-rights documentation when
it came to sexual-minority claim-
ants,” LaViolette explained. “Are they
relying on work produced by Am-
nesty International or Human Rights
Watch or other human rights organi-
ort management are huge and have big budgets my doctoral studies,” said the Uni- said. pact of explosions on hydraulic By reviewing case laws and looking
but not much time to do it,” Par- versity of Alberta graduate. “I had Parent has co-authored the sec- infrastructures, such as dams. He at the actual decisions made by the
is transfixed by ent explained. “They involve many to say ‘Okay, what does an organiz- ond edition of the textbook Under- received his undergraduate diplo- board as well as the claims that went
remonies of the different stakeholders like the gov- ing committee look like and what standing Sport Organizations: The ma in hydrotechnical engineering to Canada’s Federal Court, LaViolette
Olympic Winter ernment, the media, sponsors, the does it do?’” Application of Organization Theory from the Technical University of is able to gain a better understanding
es’ organizers will community, sport organizations, By sifting through past com- and has had a number of her re- Iasi and his PhD in coastal engi- of how such decisions were made.
nd backstage in a and international delegations. How mittee final reports, press releases, search articles published in the neering from Yokohama National Her research so far has proved fruit-
part of the Olym- do they organize all these people documents, and by speaking to a Journal of Sport Management and University in Japan. ful. She was asked to submit an article
fascinates Milena and their activity within a short variety of individuals involved in the Journal of Business Ethics. “[As an] example, someone on her research findings for a special
amount of time?” large-scale sporting events, Parent comes with a truck on the crest issue of the International Journal of
ssistant professor The Olympics originated in gathers the information she needs When things go boom of a dam and blows it up,” Nis- Human Rights.
Human Kinetics 1896, but there has been little re- in order to uncover the answers tor explained. “Water is going to “In some sense, the situation is bet-
research focuses search conducted into how events she is looking for. She hopes her If one day you are sitting in class start crushing through the crater ter. A lot of human-rights organiza-
on of major sport- like the Olympics, the Pan-Amer- research and results might prove in Colonel By Hall and feel a and you will have massive flood- tions are doing much more work in
at is known in the ican Games, and International to be key to the success of future small earthquake, don’t duck and ing which might wipe out a city different countries to document the
s “sports manage- Swimming Federation World Games. cover—it’s just a routine experi- or a village. We look at how long it persecution of sexual minority,” she
Aquatics Championships are run. “Besides the undergraduate and ment. Ioan Nistor, a professor of would take for the dam to fail.” stated. “However, there is still a need
erested in is look- “There isn’t that much literature graduate students who work with civil engineering and vice dean Together with engineering pro- for those human-rights organizations
committee] actu- out on it, so I had to essentially me, I’m the only one in Canada of research in the Faculty of En- fessors Murat Saatcioglu and Dan to do this kind of documentation
ese things, which start at the beginning when I did who does this kind of work,” she gineering, is researching the im- Palermo, Nistor secured a grant work for more countries.”

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Jane Eyre meets Jim Belushi
The play, written by bestselling Cana-
Belle Moral brings dian novelist and playwright Ann-Ma-
gothic comedy to rie MacDonald and based on her 1990
play The Arab’s Mouth, tells the story of
the NAC the MacIsaacs, a Scottish family coping
with the death of their father and the
by Peter Henderson family secrets that his death unearths.
Fulcrum Staff Pearl MacIsaac (Fiona Byrne), the ca-
pable, intelligent, and studious daugh-
COMEDY AND HORROR do not co- ter, must keep her brother Victor (Jeff
exist easily, and it’s rare that combina- Meadows) from self-destructing long
tions of the two actually work out. Belle enough to untangle their inheritance
Moral: A Natural History, a new play at while dealing with the meddling of her
the National Arts Centre (NAC), is a aunt Flora (Donna Belleville) and her
rare treat—a gothic comedy that’s eerie father’s oldest friend, Dr. Seamus Reid
and amusing in equal measures. (Peter Hutt).
Belle Moral, which runs at the NAC The greatest strength of Belle Moral
until Feb. 14, deftly straddles the thin is the script. It’s fast-paced, funny,
line between humour and horror, and intelligent, and it never pauses
providing a classic gothic storyline long enough for you to see how pre-
that happens to have a hefty dose of dictable the whole plot really is. Al-
jokes, sight gags, and laughter. There though MacDonald depends heavily
are mysterious deaths, a cryptic and on gothic devices—suicide, madness,
disturbing scientific investigation, and family secrets squirreled away
and a terrible storm at the play’s cli- in the attic—the witty dialogue and
photo courtesy Emily Cooper
max—all gothic tropes recognizable intricate plotting keep the play fresh Donna Belleville and Fiona Byrne make Belle Moral: A Natural History a delight for theatre fans.
to those familiar with the works of and energetic.
writers like Edgar Allan Poe or Mary Director Alisa Palmer has done an barely visible in the dark. This is a dar- dominates the play with grace and in 2005. Much of the original cast, in-
Shelley. What would make Poe turn outstanding job of bringing Belle Mor- ing move because it draws attention to aplomb. Her character’s chief foil is cluding Byrne, return for the Ottawa
in his grave, however, are the numer- al to life. Inventive staging that utilizes the stage and breaks the suspension of Dr. Reid, and Hutt plays his conflict- edition of the play, and they play their
ous absurd moments in Belle Moral— a large backdrop with three rotating disbelief. It’s a credit to Palmer that it ed character well—a man caught be- familiar roles with effortless joy and
an ancient butler who is constantly pieces adds diversity to what could works in Belle Moral. tween loyalty to his best friend and a charm. Theatre done well is a treat for
referred to as “young”, a young man have been a dreary set, as many of the Though the script is the primary desire for scientific progress, one who the senses, and Belle Moral gets every-
with an unfortunate predilection for scenes are set in two distinctly bor- strength of Belle Moral, the superb espouses compassion one moment thing nearly perfect.
underwear-free living, and rapid-fire ing locations—a drawing-room and a acting leaves very little to be desired. and the amoral evil of eugenics the
dialogue that would seem more ap- study. Even the scene changes are ex- Byrne’s Pearl MacIsaac is a wonder to next. The rest of the cast is strong as Belle Moral: A Natural History is at
propriate in a 1940s Katherine Hep- ecuted well, making use of both stage behold, a woman of exceeding intel- well, with Belleville a standout in the the NAC (53 Elgin St.) until Feb. 14.
burn screwball comedy. Though it hands and actors to perform quick lect and sharp wit who could hold role of Flora. Tickets are $42 for adults and $22.25
exists in an uneasy place between switches that never distract from the her own against any literary heroine. It’s no surprise that Belle Moral for students, $37 and $19.95 for mati-
two disparate genres, Belle Moral is plot. Some of the scene changes even Byrne is in almost every scene and was a hit when it first premiered at nees. For more information, visit nac-
a modern classic that’s engaging and have jokes, physical comedy that’s has several long monologues, yet she Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival

Breaking out of the cubicle

of drummer Mike Thomson, guitar- cates for those charged with murder
Old friends Make ist Mike Denby, saxophonist Oliver in whose cases evidence of their in-
Pauk, keyboardist Adam Pesce, bass- nocence exists.
Your Exit exchange ist Mike Dellios, and Buckley, leaving “It feels nice to have another reason
the corporate world required rekin- to play a show that can make you feel
business for rock dling some very old friendships. The good and provide a service and fund-
by Sepideh Soltaninia guys, most of whom have known each ing to a good organization,” explains
Fulcrum Contributor other since high school, made an ef- Buckley.
fort to get back together, and they Make Your Exit will also be stop-
FOR THE MEMBERS of ambient now describe the band more like a ping in several other cities across On-
alternative band Make Your Exit— family than a job. tario in February and March.
think a tighter, smaller Broken Social “We’ve known each other for so As a band, the guys are working
Scene—their high school band was long and we’ve grown as musicians hard to distinguish themselves in the
more than just a teenage pastime. together,” recalls Dellios. “When I independent music industry.
And now, it’s their vocation. After started playing bass, I think the first “It is what you make of it,” says
completing their respective degrees time I picked one up was with Jeff and Buckley. “You can be a super success-
and entering the business world, we were in Grade 7. So knowing how ful indie band that grinds it out and
these six long-time friends from To- people play and just coming into your pushes really hard to make it happen
ronto reunited in late 2007. They had own with specific musicians makes it or you can sit around and let it pass
a common realization—there’s more more of a family attitude where you you by. If you don’t work hard it’s not
to life than work. don’t feel that it’s awkward to be hon- going to happen for you, because no
“All of us sort of parted ways when est and straightforward.” one else is doing it for you.”
we went to university,” explains lead The band will be showcasing mu-
vocalist Jeff Buckley. “Then we all got sic from their debut self-titled EP at Make Your Exit play at the Rainbow
our standard office desk jobs where a concert hosted by the University of Bistro (76 Murray St.) on Feb. 6 at 9
we were working in cubicles and were Ottawa’s Criminal Law Students’ As- p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and
essentially hating what we were doing. sociation on Feb. 6 at the Rainbow $14 at the door. Tickets are on sale
The name [of the band] pretty much Bistro. Proceeds from the show will now, and are available every day be-
boils down to me saying, literally, that benefit the Association in Defense of tween 11:30 a.m and 1 p.m. in Fauteux
I wanted to make my exit.” the Wrongfully Convicted (AIDWC). Hall. For more information, visit mys-
For Make Your Exit, which consists AIDWC is an organization that advo-
photo courtesy Make Your Exit

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David McClelland

Sports Feb. 5–11, 2009

Sports Editor

Back with a vengeance

we lost [to Carleton], we’re a tough an eventual replacement for veteran
team and no one is going to walk over center Dax Dessureault.
Men’s basketball us like that.” “[Gauthier] played great tonight,”
On Jan. 30, Ottawa coasted to an said DeAveiro “[He] has made a
destroys opposition easy win over Laurentian, led by an steady improvement and progress
18-point effort by fourth-year guard throughout the year and he is getting
by Anna Rocoski Josh Gibson-Bascombe. The Gees more and more playing time. When
Fulcrum Staff looked confident throughout the [Dessureault] graduates, Louis is go-
game and capitalized on a lethargic ing to be the guy to step in next year,
JUST TWO DAYS after dropping the Voyageurs side to jump to a 45-24 so this is good for him in terms of
Capital Hoops Classic 87-72 to the lead at halftime. Although Laurentian that.”
Carleton Ravens, the Gee-Gees men’s improved their play in the second “I think I played pretty well,” said
basketball team bounced back and half, Ottawa pulled away and had no Gauthier. “Minutes are always good.
defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs trouble wrapping up an 88-52 win. When the coach says you’re doing
88-52 on Jan. 30 and the York Lions Against York the following night, well you get minutes, so I’ve got to
111-76 on Jan. 31 in Ottawa. Ottawa once again had the game sewn keep working hard and get [them].”
“We’re disappointed we didn’t play up at half time with a commanding With the pair of wins, DeAveiro
our best game on Wednesday night 55-28 lead. Gibson-Bascombe and also entered the Gee-Gees record
[against Carleton], and so we wanted fourth-year guard Josh Wright were books as the winningest men’s basket-
to come back and correct some mis- the top scorers for the entire game ball coach in the U of O’s history. The
takes we made,” said Gee-Gees head with 26 and 25 points, respectively, victory against York gave him a 167-
coach Dave DeAveiro after the game but neither saw any time on the court 104 overall record spanning eight sea-
against York. “I thought we did that during the fourth quarter. sons, surpassing the 166-221 record
this weekend, so now we have to build DeAveiro used the final quarter of held by Jack Eisenmann, established
on these two games because we got a the game to give many back-up play- from 1989 to 2001.
tough weekend next weekend in To- ers a chance to rack up some minutes
ronto.” of playing time. This included second- The pair of wins improve Ottawa’s
“Coming into these two games this year guard Bojan Dodik, who played record to 15-2, leaving them in sec-
weekend, they were statement games,” the last five minutes and nailed three ond place in the Ontario University
said third-year centre Louis Gauthier. three-pointers, as well as Gauthier, Athletics East division. The Gee-Gees photo by Alex Martin
“What we wanted to do was compose who finished with 13 points. Gauthi- next play on Feb. 6, when they visit the Ottawa’s David Labentowicz hooks a shot past Laurentian forward Matas
ourselves and show that even though er, who stands 6’8”, is being tapped as third-place Toronto Varsity Blues. Tirilis.

Lions lament Laurie lashing

photo by Laura Barclay

Gee-Gees centres Hannah Sunley-Paisley (pictured) and Katie Laurie combined for 53 points
against weekend opponents Laurentian and York.
Playing against a smaller York team, Gee-
Gees head coach Andy Sparks knew that mak-
Gee-Gees centre has ing Laurie the centrepiece of the team’s game
season-best 23-point game plan could yield results.
“For a lot of this year, our perimeter players
by Ben Myers have carried us,” Sparks said. “In this game, be-
Fulcrum Staff cause [York] was a little smaller and beaten up
a bit with a couple injuries, it meant we had a
IS KATIE LAURIE getting better with age? The post advantage, so we were trying to play to the
23-year-old centre celebrated her birthday on post.”
Jan. 31 with a 23-point game, helping the Gee- The Gee-Gees point guards fed Laurie the ball
Gees defeat the York Lions 74-60. Coupled with in the paint throughout the evening. Reaching
a 76-67 overtime win against the Laurentian over defenders for easy buckets, the fifth-year
Voyageurs the previous evening, the Gee-Gees centre exploited the Lions’ most glaring weak-
are once again within reach of first place in the ness: size.
Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East divi-
sion. LASHING continued on p. 16
Gees ground Ravens
In the second period, the Gees pen-
alty kill was put to the test as the team
Carleton fans silent took five penalties, including two
from second-year defender Kelsey
as offence falters deWit just seconds apart. Ottawa was
successful in killing them all.
by Andrew Hawley “The penalty killers played very
Fulcrum Staff well tonight,” noted Coolidge. “They
got into the shooting lanes and
IF NOT FOR the last 20 seconds of stopped shots.”
the Jan. 31 showdown between the The Gee-Gees’ efforts were reward-
University of Ottawa women’s hockey ed with a goal from first-year forward
team and the Carleton Ravens, the Fannie Desforges seven minutes into
Ravens’ Ice House would have put a the second period. She received a
library to shame. Ravens fans only got dead-on pass in the slot from fellow
one opportunity to cheer, for a last first-year winger Jodi Reinholcz and
minute goal that broke Ottawa’s shut- put it past Carleton goalie Amanda
out bid in the Gees’ 2-1 victory. The Muhlig.
confident Ottawa squad improved to “It was a beautiful pass and a
3-0-2 against their cross-town rivals beautiful goal,” said a smiling Des-
this season. It was the first Gee-Gees forges after the game. “We were
win at the Ravens’ home Ice House having difficulty scoring lately so it
since January 2008. was important to get one to set the
Ottawa brought pressure early by tone.”
outshooting Carleton 10-3 in the first Coolidge noted that the Gees sat
period. While they generated chances back on their heels in the third pe-
on two power plays, it was their de- riod, as Carleton outshot Ottawa 9-4.
fence that shone by keeping the Ra- Gee-Gees fifth-year goaltender Jes-
vens from getting shots through to sika Audet was forced to make some photo by Alex Martin
the net. key saves, especially on an early Ra- wards. “She stepped up in the third a 2-0 lead. the win.
“We had a quick start to the first ven power play. Audet also received period.” With a last-minute power play,
period,” said Gee-Gees head coach some help midway through the pe- Along with Audet’s third-period the Ravens pulled Muhlig and for- Ottawa remains second in the QSSF
Shelley Coolidge. “I was impressed riod when a wrist shot from Carleton performance, Desforges contributed ward Jennifer Gordon scored a one- with a 6-5-2 record. They host the St.
how well as a five-man unit we were forward Sara Seiler got past her, but offensively again when she made a timer from the slot, finally getting Thomas Tommies in an exhibition
committed to the back check. We then ricocheted off the post. pass to second-year forward Erika the team on the board. But with just game Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and then the
competed [well] for loose pucks in “[Audet] played really solid for us Pouliot, who scored a backhand goal 19 seconds left to play it was too lit- McGill Martlets on Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
the defensive zone.” tonight,” commended Coolidge after- on Muhlig’s stick side to give the Gees tle too late, and the Gees took home Tickets are $4 for students.

LASHING continued from p. 15 worst enemy.” University of Ottawa

The Gee-Gees recovered in the third quarter,
Lions point guard Laura McCallum tried her scoring three-straight three-point baskets and
best to force the Gees into a shooting contest, opening up a 48-42 lead by the end of the quar-
scoring 28 points with killer accuracy from the ter. From there, Ottawa had no problems sewing

three-point line and quick darts to the basket. up the game, coming away with a 74-60 win.
Combined with 12 points from a surprising 59- Hosting Laurentian on Jan. 30, the Gees had
58 win over the Carleton Ravens the previous their shooting game running at full steam as


evening, McCallum now holds the title of most guards Emilie Morasse and Forbes scored 21
prolific scorer in Lions women’s basketball his- and 16 points respectively. Ottawa outscored the
tory. Voyageurs 10-1 in the overtime frame to win the

“It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take [the win],” Gee- game 76-67.
Gees fourth-year guard Allison Forbes said fol- A crucial game against the OUA East divi-
lowing the game. “Our first look down the floor sion-leading University of Toronto Varsity Blues
was to get to our high-low [play] … and they on Feb. 6 in Toronto will likely determine the
couldn’t stop it, so we kept going to that.” Gee-Gees’ final position in the standings as they
In the second quarter, McCallum gave the head to the playoffs, which begin Feb. 18. Otta-
Lions the lead while Laurie and the Gee-Gees’ wa is currently tied with Carleton for second in
shooting went ice-cold. The Lions out-scored the division with a 12-6 record, while the Blues
Ottawa 17-9 in the quarter, knotting the game are 13-5. The Gees have four games remaining.
at 30-30 at halftime. “After we lost at Scotiabank Place, I thought
“It just seems like we can’t [maintain] pros- we were going to have some trouble [winning
perity,” Sparks said of the team’s second-quarter both games],” said Sparks. “But we responded
woes. “We can’t really put [teams] away, and with two wins this weekend and Carleton took a
that’s been our problem all year. We’ve been in a loss [Jan. 31] to York, so we’re back [to] control-
lot of close games and sometimes we’re our own ling our own destiny again.”

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Self-run and self-motivated
team’s players for tournaments, while
he takes care of the team’s finances and
Coachless men’s another player looks after the practice
soccer team still schedule. He noted that, unlike var-
going strong sity teams, the competitive club teams
don’t get a lot of gym time.
by Megan O’Meara “Obviously the gym time is really
Fulcrum Staff booked during the year so we were
only given 8:30–10:30 [a.m.] on Tues-
THEY DON’T HAVE a coach and days,” he said. “We actually need a lot
they have to pay many of their ex- more and that’s why the coach from
penses out of their own pockets, but the [women’s] team lets us practice
the Gee-Gees men’s soccer team still with them on Monday and Wednes-
manages to keep itself running. day.”
While the women’s soccer team is a Along with the limited gym access,
varsity team, the men’s team only has the team is also forced to travel for al-
competitive club status, meaning they most all of its games.
receive much less money from the U “We don’t have a slot for games on
of O. Veteran striker Ben Trenaman the weekends here, so we can’t host
explains that the university provides any home games,” explained Paulin.
some funding and the players bear the “We have to go to other schools and
everyday costs of running the team. play them on their fields.”
“We do receive a small sum of Fortunately, the members of the
money from the U of O, but [we] team are able to raise enough money photo courtesy Ben Trenaman
pay for most of our tournaments and to cover these costs, and only need to It’s been two years since they’ve had a coach, but the Gee-Gees men’s soccer team has still found a way to
travel costs as well as referees. Gear pay for extras like tracksuits or new survive.
and field time [is paid for] with mon- balls. Despite these issues, the team Paulin noted that while the team The team wishes it could be a var- that aren’t coming out for the team
ey the team fundraises,” he said. has been able to thrive, beating varsi- has consistently good results, they sity team, contending that they are just because we aren’t varsity,” said
In addition to the financial respon- ty teams in exhibition games at other benefit little from them. skilled enough to compete and that Paulin. “There’s still a lot of talent at
sibilities, the team hasn’t had a coach schools. The players often get com- “It is frustrating because it’s always having this status would encourage the university that we wish we could
since 2007, and has been running it- pliments from the coaches of other exhibition games and we don’t even more students to try out. With varsity use … to maybe even better our
self ever since. Captain Marc-André teams. count in the standings,” said Paulin. status, the team would receive fund- team.”
Paulin runs the team with co-captain “Over the past few years we have “We prepare for the games but there’s ing for travel and equipment, a paid Those players that do play in spite
Shawn Spendlove and a few other had good results and [proven] to be no real point of trying to set a goal to head coach, and would be eligible to of these challenges are willing to face
veteran players, including Trenaman. highly competitive with these much try and make it to the finals or the [Ca- compete in Canadian Interuniversity them head on.
Paulin explains that there are three higher funded and more organized nadian Interuniversity Sport] champi- Sports. “We’re trying to do the best that we
players in charge of choosing the teams,” said Trenaman. onships at the end of the year.” “There’s still a lot of good players can with what we have,” said Paulin.

Around the horn

Men’s hockey can’t repeat upset Women’s volleyball swept aside
on Toronto road trip
AFTER SHOCKING THE second-ranked Uni-
versité de Trois-Rivières à Québec (UQTR) Patri- TORONTO WASN’T KIND to the Gee-Gees
otes with a 3-2 win on Jan. 23, the Gee-Gees men’s women’s volleyball team on Jan. 30–31, as the
hockey team was unable to repeat the feat during squad lost two games in straight sets to the To-
their road trip Jan. 30–Feb. 1. They lost to the Pa- ronto Varsity Blues and York Lions.
triotes 5-3 on Jan. 30, and then lost to the Concor- Against Toronto on Jan. 30, the Gees started
dia Stingers 5-4 in a shootout two days later. strong, battling the Blues to a close 27-25 loss
While UQTR, now ranked third, was set on in the opening set. But Ottawa was unable to
avenging their loss to the Gees, for a while it maintain the solid effort and couldn’t stay close
looked like Ottawa might pull off another up- enough to the Blues to threaten them in the fi-
set. Goals from rookie centre Phillipe Bolduc, nal two sets, falling 25-13 and 25-22. Third-year
fourth-year centre Dan McDonald, and third- leftside/rightside Aminata Diallo was Ottawa’s
year winger Yanick Charron gave the Gees a 3-2 top scorer with eight kills.
lead after two periods. But UQTR tied the game The next day, the Gees bit off more than they
early in the final frame and then scored again could chew against the Lions, who are unde-
with less than five minutes to go. An empty-net feated in 17 games this season. York made short
goal in the dying minutes of the game secured work of the Garnet and Grey, defeating Ottawa
the win for UQTR. 25-22, 25-16, and 25-20. Fifth-year Ottawa left-
Against Concordia, Gees third-year winger side hitter Karine Gagnon led both teams in
Keven Gagné had a field day, scoring a hat trick, scoring with six kills and 14 digs.
his best single-game performance this season. The loss drops Ottawa to 12-6 on the season,
His third goal was on a power play in the third leaving them in second place in the Ontario
period to tie the game 4-4 with less than 30 sec- University Athletics (OUA) East division. The
onds left to play. But the Gees’ comeback was Gees will round out their season on Feb. 7 when
thwarted when Concordia’s Nicolas Lafontaine they host the 12-5 Brock Badgers at Montpetit
scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the Hall at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for students.
Stingers the win. If the Gee-Gees win, they will host an OUA
Ottawa remains last in the OUA East with a quarterfinal on Feb. 14.
9-10-5 record. They next play on Feb. 8 when —David McClelland
they host the Toronto Varsity Blues at 2 p.m. at
the Sports Complex. Tickets are $4 for students.
—Andrew Hawley

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Lighting the lamp

I didn’t watch Super Bowl XLIII

I HAVE A confession to make: I didn’t fake NASA moon landings. I’ve never I can’t help but compare it to our of fireworks that are fired, and the
watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. quite understood it. Sure, the Super own Grey Cup, the Canadian Foot- overproduced halftime shows, I start
Truthfully, I have never worried Bowl is a championship game, but ball League’s annual championship. to lose track of what the whole thing
about it much. I know, it seems in- it’s not like it’s the only major pro- Though things like half-time shows is about.
congruous—I am, obviously, a sports fessional sports championship that’s make appearances, the Grey Cup is Why can’t we simply enjoy the
fan, and you can often find me glued decided over the course of any given much humbler and more down-to- game for its own sake, without all
to a television during the Stanley Cup year. Yet it seemingly draws fans out earth which allows the events in the the trappings? Take the World Series:
finals or the World Series. But never of the woodwork, as people who don’t game to shine through. over the last 10 years, it’s usually at-
during the Super Bowl. even like football end up watching the With the Super Bowl, though, I tracted between 15 and 20 million
I’m often met with shock when I game. always feel like the game gets lost in viewers per year. Nowhere near as
David McClelland tell people I didn’t watch it, like I’ve There’s a reason for this of course: the noise, no matter how memorable high as the Super Bowl (which had 95
just admitted that I burned the Mona the Super Bowl has become a com- it is. Between the ridiculously over- million this year), granted, but still a
Sports Editor Lisa or that I personally orchestrated plete and utter circus over the years. blown commercials, the thousands pretty significant number. However,
Major League Baseball has resisted
the urge to make the series into an
over-the-top spectacle. At the end of
the day, it’s about baseball—nothing
more, nothing less.
The Super Bowl is at the forefront
of what I think is a bigger problem in
sports—a need to be flashy and over
the top. It’s impossible to watch any
professional game these days without
being bombarded by promotions and
contests, like we need something to
distract us from the game in case we

money back get bored. I can’t help but feel that we

need to dial things back and turn our
attention back to the athletes and the

I know I’m nearly alone when it
comes to having this point of view,
but I stand by it. Let’s enjoy games
on their own merit, without needing
to turn them into the Sporting Event
of the Year™. Because the appeal of
sports isn’t the half-time show, the
ads, or even how many million peo-
ple are watching; it’s the game. That’s
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Michael Olender

Opinion Feb. 5-11, 2009

Executive Editor

Tune in to learn
mented with recorded lectures posted online
Recorded lectures to courses without. Students said that they fa-
voured courses with recorded lectures because
might be key in the the recorded components helped them make
up for missed classes, review material and im-
future of education prove retention, and boost test scores.
There are many other instances in which
by Lisa Le recorded lectures could be useful. Students
Fulcrum Contributor who study at the university through corre-
spondence could benefit more from recorded
IT’S MIDTERM SEASON and lectures are lectures than just word documents. Recorded
dominating students’ time once again. Students lectures could improve international students’
suffer from hand cramps from scribbling down chances of mastering English or French while
their professor’s words, and then strain their keeping on top of course material. There are
eyes trying to decipher their scrawls at home. students in French Immersion who are still
One solution to the struggle of keeping up with struggling to understand the French vocabu-
professors could be recorded lectures. At the lary, and with recorded lectures they would be
University of Ottawa, we already use Virtual able to review and solidify their knowledge of
Campus, where professors can post their own the content. Notably, at Carleton University a
PowerPoint slides for students. So why can’t we pilot program was recently launched which
add more media? Recording in-class lectures allowed students to cut and paste video clips
would give students the ability to refer to their from recorded lectures into a compilation of
lectures any time they wanted. This means that clips that they might want to refer to later—
during ugly weather or think of it like making
paralyzing events such a study sheet full of
as a public transit strike, important points that
students would still be If the U of O had you might want to re-
able to follow the classes
they were unintention- provided students with view before a test. So
the technology could
ally missing. access to recorded be applied and im-
During the recent OC proved to benefit both
Transpo strike, some lectures during the bus students and teaching
illustration by Devin A. Beauregard

students were unable

to get to class on time,
strike, students wouldn’t methods.
Of course there is
sometimes not even at have had to miss out on a negative side to this
all; forcing some to drop
classes altogether. If the
as much content, and solution. Professors
would likely be dis-
U of O had provided some would not have couraged if the major-
students with access to
recorded lectures during had to drop courses. ity of students in their
classes skipped lectures
the bus strike, students and instead depended
wouldn’t have had to on videos available on-
miss out on as much content, and some would line. Another point is that students who rely
not have had to drop courses. on recorded lectures won’t get the face-to-face
Students aren’t the only ones who could ben- interaction with professors. Once students
efit from recorded lectures—professors could reach their third and fourth years of study, it
extend their reputation outside of the U of O. becomes important to forge relationships with
According to a November 2008 article pub- professors—especially if they need reference
lished in University Affairs, recorded lectures letters for graduate studies applications or jobs
are catching on across North America. The in their field. Finally there is funding: record-
article highlighted the experience of profes- ing equipment and software isn’t cheap, and
sor Robert C. Burk, an associate professor and neither is your professor’s time. But university
chair in the department of chemistry at Car- is already expensive, and if it’s possible, stu-
leton University, who was reportedly the first dents should get their money’s worth by being
educator worldwide to record and release vid- able to access the lectures that cost them big
eo podcasts of an entire course. This garnered bucks anytime they want. Are the benefits that
him attention from students, other professors, trickle from recorded lectures worth the time,
colleagues, and media. Regardless, Burk fo- effort, and money? I believe that if the U of O
cused on the recordings’ benefits for students, provided the means to access recorded lec-
who he noted were combining class attendance tures, students would be able to maximize their
with lecture review afterwards, correlating im- learning and get more for their money. Pro-
proved academic performance with increased fessors could record the lectures they already
lecture viewing. The article further cited re- give it class and then circulate them on Virtual
search from the University of Wisconsin-Mad- Campus afterwards.
ison that polled 7,500 students and found that It’s not too great of a stretch to envision this as
82 per cent preferred courses that were supple- the new standard in universities.

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LETTERS continued from p. 3

The first Millennium Village Project

started in 2004 in Sauri, Kenya, and
its purpose was to fund $2.75 million
in five years to make this village self-
sustainable and economically empow-
ered in order to be able to thrive in fu-
ture generations. With added income
to the families, a better water supply,
more access to vaccinations, agricul-
tural aid, and resources for education,
it would supposedly permit the village
to sustain itself. The money is being
spent in good places, but will it really
be beneficial in the long run?
If Sauri is a success, this system
will be implemented in other small
villages. However, the problem with
this is that African countries are often
economically unbalanced for a rea-
son. These nations are infested with
corruption, meaning that the more
money being funneled into the proj-
ect is also putting more funds into the
black market and powerful individu-
als’ pockets. It creates inner-village
struggles and tensions amongst the
surrounding communities, which in-
dicates that throwing millions of dol-
lars into specific villages would not be
the best of ideas.
Since the 1950s over $2.3 trillion
from federal aid programs has been
dedicated to aid relief in Africa. Over-
all, the corruption hasn’t changed, the
situation is still dire and several con-
flicts are still very present. An idealistic
project such as the Millennium Village
creates false pretenses to the public
about particular aid relief projects.
The benefits to U of O students
to partake in the Millennium Vil-
lage project include taking an active
role in effecting world change and
contributing money to the less fortu-
nate. But to realistically effect change
in the world, you need passionate
people who care deeply about these
issues, not just a source of money. I
feel like the Millennium Village proj-
ect has skipped the important steps of
raising awareness and getting people
passionate about these causes to af-
fect change; rather the initiative just
collects $6 a student and expects the
majority of the campus to forget the
yearly donations, never having cared
about these projects and surrounding
problems in the first place.
The students behind this project are
doing something for a greater good.
But I believe the approach is idealistic,
not realistic. Money isn’t the quick,
one-stop solution to these villages’
problems. You need to make specific
investments to solve specific problems,
such as reducing corruption, improving
accountability, and involving the villag-
ers effectively into the decision making

process of their own development. And

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Lord Jones is dead

The decline into irrelevance

Official stupidity
well-founded battle for academic cesses have not come through spu-
freedom—devolved into an unde- rious struggles but through efforts
fined challenge of the university to bring justice and fairness for the
from the foundation up, battling the masses who needed a voice they
school on every front imaginable. were otherwise without.
by Peter Henderson The sideshow has been on campus Rancourt’s dichotic and undefined
Fulcrum Staff for years, complete with 10-year- battle offers none of these qualities.
old students, lawsuits, human rights His motivation to ardently oppose
IT ONLY TOOK minutes for sports- complaints, claims of ideological and defy the university at all costs is
reporting stupidity to hit after the persecution, and now open defiance a cause that few are willing to rally
Super Bowl matchup between the of orders to stay away from campus. behind, and even fewer are willing to
Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Through it all Rancourt has gotten lend credibility to. The university and
Cardinals on Feb. 1. The main Na-
tional Football League blog on Ya-
Frank Appleyard louder, and the basis of his struggle its administration are far from perfect.
has become murkier. But Rancourt has wantonly harassed
hoo! Sports—one of the most popu- Editor-in-Chief And so here we are—Rancourt an the university too many times and pre-
lar sports coverage outlets on the outcast at the U of O, and the same sented too many incredible claims for
Internet—had an article titled “Of- HOW THE MIGHTY have fallen. In community he has attempted to rally his struggle to garner even a scrap of
ficiating dictates Super Bowl XLIII 2006, radical physics professor Denis in support offering little more than interest, while ensuring that his right
to the unreviewed end”. The central Rancourt had the sympathies of many feelings of annoyance, frustration, to determine his pedagogical meth-
thesis of the article was that the fi- at the University of Ottawa. His Activ- and general apathy towards anything od—a cause worth fighting for—is
nal play by the Arizona Cardinals, a ism Course was new and special, he to do with the professor. His is no lon- increasingly obscured in his conflicts
fumble by quarterback Kurt Warner, was hailed by many as an innovator ger the battle of an unconventional with the university. In short, Rancourt
should have been reviewed by the es do officials ever change the game, with his students’ interests in mind, professor against university oppres- has abandoned his duty as an educa-
officials. The blog claims that since like referee Ed Hochuli’s inadvertent and there was a sense that perhaps sion. Rather, it has degenerated into a tor to become a rebel on a long, loud,
it was overlooked, it means that “an whistle at the beginning of this NFL he—an educator with a unique per- personal vendetta with the sole goal of and increasingly irrelevant path to no-
officiating controversy threatens to season in a game between the Denver spective—was being treated unfairly disrupting, subverting, and otherwise where.
overshadow the stellar play on the Broncos and the San Diego Chargers, by the U of O administration for his antagonizing the university commu- To Rancourt: You are no hero. You
field”. which handed the game to the Bron- unconventional pedagogy. After all, nity. Rancourt is not viewed as an ed- have simply become a nuisance to this
Oh, come on! Any sports fan knows cos and almost knocked the Chargers universities are a birthplace of new ucator fighting for a noble cause, but campus. Please, take your leave of the
that blaming the officiating is the last out of playoff contention. That was a ideas and free thinking—qualities as a perpetual dissenting voice, and a University of Ottawa, and let the rest of
refuge of the loser, and for a promi- once-in-a-career mistake, and it’s the that Rancourt certainly holds dear nuisance to those who have tired of us get on with our lives and our educa-
nent national blogger to say that one only time in my personal, profession- and employs in his teaching. his “look at me, I disagree” antics. tion. In the words of Oliver Cromwell,
missed replay could overshadow one al-sports-watching experience that But as the years passed, sympa- Activists, rebels, and revolution- “You have sat too long for any good
of the most thrilling Super Bowls in I’ve ever seen a referee change the thy for Rancourt disappeared as aries have captured the hearts and you have been doing lately ... Depart, I
recent memory is patently absurd. outcome of a game. he selfishly turned the U of O into minds of thousands throughout say; and let us have done with you.”
This was, unfortunately for those Great teams never talk about beat- his personal three-ring circus. His the ages. Not through their actions
watching, one of the most penalized ing the refs. Great teams never talk vocal opposition to the university alone, but through their underly-
Super Bowls ever played, but that about the wins they almost had. Great administration—which began as a ing visions, causes, and ideals. Suc- 613-562-5261
doesn’t mean that the refs weren’t teams just win, pure and simple. Peo-
doing their jobs—in fact, it probably ple may complain about officiating,
means that they were doing their but it all works out in the end. Sure,
jobs exceptionally well. Even after Hochuli made the Chargers lose a
the game was finished, some claimed game, but if they hadn’t played ter-
that the referees were partial to the ribly for half the season, it wouldn’t The Fulcrum
Steelers as the Cardinals were dealt have mattered come playoff time. If
almost double the penalty yards. the team doesn’t want the referees staff meetings:
Listen to me, sports fans: refs don’t to decide the game for them, all they Thursdays
win the game, and they don’t score the
points. I know it’s tempting to blame
have to do is win convincingly—no
official can bungle a landslide. Stop
at 2:30 p.m.
everyone other than the players on whining about biased officials, and
the field, but that’s what it comes accept the outcome. Next time, the
down to. Only in incredibly rare cas- call might just go your way.

VOTE vo t e o n l i n e o n Fe b . 1 0 -1 1 -1 2 // 02.05.09 // OPINION // 21

Sarah Leavitt

Distractions Feb. 5–11, 2009

Features Editor

Thursday, Feb. 5
Lecture: Global Health in
Sunday, Feb. 8
Women’s hockey: Ottawa vs.
Dear Di If you have a question for Di,
Turbulent Times: What Are the McGill Martlets. 6 p.m. Sports Dear Di, remember what you wrote
Prospects? 12 p.m. Desmarais Hall. Complex. $4 for students. I grabbed a copy of the Fulcrum to me: you are attractive
Room 3120. Free. the other day and read your col- and funny. So just be your-
Monday, Feb. 9 umn. I was wondering if you could self and surprise her every
Friday, Feb. 6 help with my problem. I am a single once in a while with a rose
Film: Waltz with Bashir. 6:55 p.m. male in my early 30s and I have had or a Tuesday night date and about great sex
Concert: University of Ottawa Bytowne Cinema. 325 Rideau St. $9, only a few serious relationships in things will develop naturally. is that there is no
Orchestra. 8 p.m. Saint Brigid’s $6 for members. my life. I have been single for three If she doesn’t respond as fa- formula. What you need to do to set
Centre for the Arts and Humanities. years now and my problem is I don’t vourably as you’d hoped a lover aflame will be different every
310 St. Patrick St. Tuesday, Feb. 10 have much success getting dates or and she calls it off, time, so I have to reiterate that com-
Voluntary contribution. keeping a woman’s interest. I’m at- she’s not The One. munication is key. It sounds like you’re
Concert: Radu Lupu on piano. tractive and funny, but I just can’t Some women are doing all right under the sheets over
Lecture: Alexandre Sacha 8 p.m. National Arts Centre. seem to get my love life into action. dead ends, so don’t let the end of a there, so I was thinking: What if you
Trudeau. 7 p.m. Alumni 53 Elgin St. $10.75 for students. Any and all help would be very wel- serious relationship here and there brought fantasies into bed? Some of
Auditorium. $10. comed and much appreciated. get you down. Carry on with your the most explosive sex comes from
Wednesday, Feb. 11 —No-Action Jackson life and enjoy the time you have sans the fulfilment of our deepest fanta-
Saturday, Feb. 7 femme (you’d be surprised by how sies, whatever those may be. Maybe
Comedy: New talent stand up. Dear NAJ, many people miss that single-time your girlfriend enjoys a spanking. She
Panel: The right to communicate: 8:30 p.m. Yuk Yuk’s. 88 Albert St. $6. No doubt this dry spell may have freedom even after they have found might like to have sex with her stilettos
Securing a voice for the voiceless. gotten your confidence down, but The One). I guarantee that a zest on. She could even be a ‘furry’ (Google
1 p.m. Fauteux Hall. Room 147A. please don’t let it. It sounds like for life and confidence will start to it). If you don’t know what goes on in
Free. you’re a great guy who’s ready to draw in rather than repel the women the gutter of your girlfriend’s mind,
commit, something that we women you’ve got your eye on, and you’ll have no fear—many of us never find
all know is hard to find. However, it eventually find your One. this out about our partners. That’s
also sounds like you might be lack- Love, where communication comes in.
ing the ego that women love. That’s Di Gently broach the subject before,
right, I said it. Women find confi- during, or after sex. If she seems ner-
dence (sometimes even borderline Dear Di, vous, perhaps share a fantasy of your
cockiness) incredibly sexy. Ever I hadn’t had sex before I met my own (if you’ve got many, start with the
wonder why hot girls go for unat- girlfriend, who was pretty much my least kinky and move on from there).
tractive yet overconfident men? It’s first everything (kiss, sex, BJ, etc.) If she is too shy or just isn’t a kinky
because there is something totally I tried your tip about putting two daydreamer, try one of my personal fa-
magnetic about a man who believes pillows beneath her bum to enhance vourites: make your girlfriend a big ol’
he is the cat’s pyjamas. When women penetration and she loved it. Now ice cream sundae (with extra whipped
are looking to settle down, they look I’m looking to pleasure her to the cream) and then use your mouth on
for a guy with a swagger in his step. max. I’m getting there, but I need her while she’s got her mouth on the
They see that the more confidence a a few tips on how to make good sex sundae (yum!). My guess, though, is
man has, the better he will be able into GREAT sex. that she has a fantasy or two up her
sudoku answers on p. 18

to take care of a wife and a family. —Wants to get her to scream sleeve and will be psyched that you
Now, I’m not saying that you should want to make her dreams come true.
fake it and go swaggering around as- Happy wish granting!
shole-style. The next time you meet Dear WGHS, Love,
a woman you have the hots for, just The funny (and frustrating) thing Di

Pop & Ice Cream by Lance Mudryk (CUP)

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Recycle this paper or ashamed of after their Feb. 1 meeting. The Sitting on the BOA should not be about same principles that they’re supposedly
they’ll make another movie. issue of e-voting in the upcoming SFUO being liked, or about making decisions that fighting for.
elections was again on the agenda, this time everyone will agree with. Rather, members’ If BOA members are truly afraid to have
Staff with the board discussing an amendment to priorities should lie in saying precisely what their opinions known, perhaps they should
Frank ‘buffy’ Appleyard the system that would have effectively scut- they think, and doing what they feel is best reconsider why they ran for the board in the
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platform. to openly stand up for beliefs and convic- body, the BOA makes difficult decisions—
Ben ‘spike’ Myers The initiative was defeated, but the con- tions is far worse than a failure to appease decisions that these members were elected
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Executive Editor sue of e-voting was finally put to bed: the firming the SFUO’s position that anyone how their representatives voted. board decided the fate of e-voting via a is able to film or record the BOA proceed- In a democracy, we expect our leaders to
secret ballot, hiding the board members’ ings, in the interest of transparency. It’s put their name to a decision. And whether
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Art Director identities and opinions behind the safety of hard to be truly transparent when board on the ‘winning’ or ‘losing’ side of the bal- a small scrap of paper. members are afraid of putting their name lot, leaders will be respected for taking a
The secret ballot process endorsed by the to their beliefs. stand. Sadly, the board members who sup-
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board ultimately removed all sense of re- But the hardest part to swallow is that ported secret balloting did not take a stand
News Editor sponsibility from the decision being made. the SFUO has potentially lost a lot of cred- in this decision.
Claims that secret balloting lets board mem- ibility in its calls on the university adminis-
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HROUGHOUT THE NEXT as the election of any student leader. campus surrounding student issues, and
Amanda ‘fred’ Shendruk week undergraduate students will While referenda often lack the appeal voters must take care to study the causes to
Associate News Editor be bombarded by the election and drama of the SFUO executive elec- which they choose to offer both money and campaigns for the Student Fed- tions, they are no less significant. Ref- legitimacy.
James ‘giles’ Edwards eration of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) erendum questions are the most direct Students caught up solely in the oft-
Webmaster executive, Board of Administration, and the form of democracy available to U of O intriguing election platforms and promises U of O Board of Governors and Senate. This undergrads—questions deemed important of SFUO candidates cannot make claims
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Volunteer & Visibility candidates all vying for attention and try- body on what action is to be taken, and significance of these questions dictates a
Coordinator ing to convince some 30,000 students that questions based on the efforts of individual need to carefully weigh the pros and cons they are deserving of representing students students. The referenda on the ballot this of supporting or defeating a question. Ref-
Megan ‘dawn’ O’Meara next year. year (see p. e7 for a full rundown) include erenda are often forgotten about until stu-
Staff Writer These are colourful campaigns with faces, questions pertaining to restricting smok- dents stumble across the questions while
personalities, debates, and battles with oth- ing on campus, a pitch to support a United casting their ballots, and the issues on the
Alex ‘andrew’ Martin er candidates, making them extremely cap- Nations-led project, and an increase in fees table next week are deserving of as much
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Jiselle ‘vi’ Bakker one of the important decisions facing stu- on-campus lives, but also their wallets, as the debate over referendum questions, but
dents when the polls open on Feb. 10. There over half of the questions ask for fees to be they are no less important to the student
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