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Frank Appleyard

Rationale for an appeal pretending?
Feb. 26–March 4, 2009
do otherwise. And regardless of the
KEVA, Doctors without Borders) they Eric Datars, School of Management
We do not seek to be given the outcome we will submit ourselves to consider worthy to provide support Allison Enright, Faculty of Science
MEMBERS OF THE slate, candidates, positions we campaigned for this the judgment of the Student Arbitra- in order to make a difference. Yet, I do Jean-François Gauthier,
and students, election. We merely suggested such a tion Committee. not believe this is the case. These indi- Faculty of Engineering
Our recent appeal has become harsh sentence which has precedent Renaud-Philippe Garner viduals are probably out disparaging Samantha Green,
quite the topic of conversation. We at the University of British Columbia Third-year philosophy student other goodwill organizations in order Faculty of Social Sciences
have heard from people offering and at Carleton University. We have (On behalf of the plaintiffs) to rationalize their behaviour while Shamin Mohamed Jr,
praise and condemnation. We can suggested a punishment, but we also they powder their cappuccinos. Faculty of Health Sciences
deal with both these groups of impos- understand where our role as duti- Where is Mother Teresa Jeffrey Wong Matthew Mount, Faculty of
tors just the same. What worries us ful members of the SFUO ends and when you need her? Second-year linguistics student Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
most are the students who have not where the role of the Student Arbi- Joseph Wesley Richards II,
heard all the facts, who wonder what tration Committee begins. Let there IT IS WITH great disappointment A word from the Senate Faculty of Law
is happening and why. be no mistake; our only demand is that I witnessed the results of the ref-
Our appeal is not a political ma- justice. erendum on the Millennium Village AS YOUR STUDENT representatives Student clubs not for ALL students?
noeuvre or a coup. Our appeal is, as I will answer those that wonder Project. Yes garnered 35 per cent of on the U of O Senate, we want to work
the name aptly says, a plea. What do why we even care, saying ‘The elec- the vote while No won with 65 per with you and we are committed to THE BEGINNING OF each new se-
we plead for? We plead because ar- tions are over; why not wait until next cent. This shows that the majority of listening to your concerns. In light of mester brings another Clubs Week,
ticle 4.11.1 of the Student Federation year?’ Who would want a leader who the voting population of our univer- recent concerns raised by students in arranged by the SFUO for student
of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) would have complacently watched this sity has decided that spending $6 per the forum of the Senate, we are taking organizations on campus to let other
constitution gives every member unravel and said “Justice can wait a year on the Millennium Village proj- steps to better collaborate with you be- students know the purpose of each
of the SFUO the right to contest an year”? The answer is plain enough: a ect was not a worthy cause or one that fore these issues need to be escalated to club and the benefits of joining and
election. We plead that the constitu- candidate who would rather be popu- was too much for them to handle. This the Senate table. As student senators, participating in clubs. And with the
tion be honoured and promoted. We lar than protect the constitution, or is incredible! While admitting that we understand that it is important that bringing of each Clubs Week, so
plead for justice so that those who who would rather speak about issues some students are hard-pressed finan- students have the opportunity to ex- comes another struggle for our club
will speak in our stead and decide in than solve them, is not a candidate cially, turning down an investment at press their concerns, advocate for their to be recognized by the SFUO.
our names will not have but empty worth having. the cost of about two Starbuck’s Café rights, and promote accountability Each year, the University of Ottawa
words when they invoke justice, hon- This case is simple. There is a single Americanos a year by U of O students and transparency on campus. We be- Campus Conservatives (UOCC) have
esty, and integrity. We plead that the rule about campaigning in the SFUO in order to improve the lives of fami- lieve in these goals and are committed to chase the SFUO clubs coordinator for
students of the SFUO be entitled to a Constitution. Article 4.7.1 stipulates lies ever so slightly in an impoverished to promoting them. information about Clubs Week—infor-
representative body that was elected that no candidates may form a slate. continent such as Africa is insanity, es- The Senate is the highest academic mation which is readily distributed to
through merit and hard work, not de- Seamus Wolfe, Roxanne Dubois, Julie pecially if we look at the real numbers. decision-making body on campus. In most clubs on campus. This past month,
ceit and manipulation. Séguin, and Jean Guillaume formed Nineteen-thousand children die daily this forum student senators have the the UOCC was never notified of Clubs
There may be some that would a slate, deceived the electorate, and from easily curable diseases. Eighty ability to propose motions on academ- Week by the clubs coordinator, while
like to think that all politics are dirty. trampled the Constitution. We will per cent of children under the age of ic policy, make amendments, and raise the U of O New Democratic Club was
There are those who think that one demonstrate this to the Student Ar- 15 who suffer from HIV are living in the concerns of students on academic notified well in advance of this event.
group is no better than another; I bitration Committee. We will present Africa. Seventeen per cent of Africa’s issues. Student senators sit on a variety Katlyn Harrison
speak not to them. There will always material proof, proof of irregularities labour force is estimated to be made of Senate committees, faculty councils, Third-year communications student
be those that would rather mock the and testimonies from all across the up of children. Twenty-one per cent and collaborate with student govern-
efforts of others than to do something student population. We will do so of Kenya’s children are not attending ments on campus. This year we have Read the rest of this letter at
themselves. Our appeal is to those even if it makes us unpopular; even if school. One hundred-thirty thousand consulted with students on campus on
who care enough to consider this some label us opportunists, we do so children are estimated to be living on issues of concern and upcoming Sen-
simple question: are we just or just because no person of integrity would Nairobi’s streets. Two-hundred thou-
sand children are orphans in Rwanda.
ate agendas will contain some motions
resulting from these consultations. poll
Contents The Millennium goals are very ba-
sic and practical: to eradicate extreme
hunger and poverty, to achieve univer-
Recently, we have been consulted on a
motion for photography during Senate
meetings, for which we believe a fair
Last week’s results
Have you attended a Gee-
News SFUO election results sal primary education, and to reduce and progressive policy has been put Gees game this year?
contested child mortality. These should not be
lofty goals for modern civilization,
forward which acknowledges student
concerns and encourages a spirit of
Three candidates file appeal with the SAC. p. 4 yet in a world such as ours, where 80 openness. We will continue to lobby Yes:
per cent of the global resources are the Senate to support this motion. No:
Amanda Shendruk investigates the consumed by 20 per cent of us (North We are working to make ourselves
definitions of academic freedom. p. 5
p. 4 America, Europe, and other developed
countries) with our “what’s in it for
more accessible to you by creating a
Web page and publishing contact in-
Last week’s results
me?” attitude, these goals are colossal formation so that you can contact us How are you spending
Arts Coach’s Porn-er indeed. This is not a good example of a
victory for the human spirit.
as concerns arise. We want to open a
dialogue among the student body on
Reading Week?
Peter Henderson discovers We have all heard about the so- academic topics that are a fundamen-
hockey erotica. p. 10 Going on a trip:
called analyses or excuses from the tal concern for the Senate. For the time 19%
Megan O’Meara talks to singer
vocal opposition to the referendum, being, please visit the members listing Visiting family: 19%
Lucie Idlout. p. 11 such as “the UN and the World Bank of the Senate to contact your student
Studying in Ottawa: 61%
p. 10 and other such institutions are cor-
rupt and bureaucratic”. I can only

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News Feb. 26–March 4, 2009

News Editor

Elections U of O bans pro-Palestinian

group’s posters

under fire
SFUO vote appealed
amid allegations
that candidates
formed a slate
by Frank Appleyard
Fulcrum Staff


campus over the hotly contested 2009–
10 Student Federation of the Univer-
sity of Ottawa (SFUO) executive elec-
tions. Only days after the results were
released on Feb. 12, several candidates
filed an appeal over the outcome with
the SFUO’s Student Arbitration Com- photo by Frank Appleyard
Presidential candidate Renaud-Philippe Garner is leading a trio of candidates
mittee (SAC) on Feb. 17.
who are appealing the election results of four SFUO executive positions.
Presidential runner-up Renaud-
Philippe Garner, vp finance candidate sources, volunteers, and equipment.” simple. We’re simply demanding that
Maureen Hasinoff, and vp social can- Roxanne Dubois denied the allega- those who broke the constitution and
didate Alexandre Chaput are chal- tions that she ran as part of a slate. who swore to defend it be disquali- showing anything that should not be
lenging the election results, alleging “I have worked this campaign fied. It’s the only just sentence.” Administration calls shown,” he said. “I think that we have
that four of the winning candidates in on a total individual basis and have Garner did not understate the signif- the right [to] freedom of expression
the Feb. 10–12 elections were guilty produced all of my materials on my icance of the impending SAC decision. Israeli Apartheid and freedom of speech. We are not
of running together as a slate. The ap- own, and have built a team to run the “If this is not a slate, there will nev- Week posters fabricating anything, we are not mak-
peal—the details of which had yet to campaign that I ran during the elec- er be proof of a slate unless someone ing anything up, we are just showing
be made public by press time—specif- tions,” she said, noting that she could gets up and says ‘we defrauded the
‘confrontational’ something that actually happened
ically targets Seamus Wolfe, Roxanne not elaborate further as she had yet voters’. This is as close as we will ever by Emma Godmere and we’re not even using real imagery,
Dubois, Jean Guillaume, and Julie Sé- to receive specific information on the get to a smoking gun,” he said. “This is Fulcrum Staff which would probably be way more
guin, all of whom were elected to next appeal from the SAC. a slate. The fact is that they cheated— disturbing.”
year’s executive. Séguin also denied the claims. and we can prove it.” JUST OVER A week after Carleton Laura Grosman, vp advocacy
Section 4.7 of the SFUO by-laws “I think the accusations are near to The permissibility of slates is mixed University administrators banned a for Hillel Ottawa’s Israel Awareness
expressly outlaws slates, ruling that ridiculous,” she said. “I ran my own in student union elections across the poster advertising Israeli Apartheid Committee (IAC), expressed support
“no candidate for a position on the campaign with my own money, my country. The Carleton Undergradu- Week, the University of Ottawa’s for the university’s decision.
executive … may form a slate with own resources, my own volunteers ... ate Student Association elections are communications office decided to “We commend the university for
one or more other candidates run- People have been completely lying to routinely composed of slates of can- prohibit the same poster, citing its recognizing that posters such as this
ning for positions on the executive. the three appellants. They’re not get- didates, and the U of O’s own Gradu- “confrontational” nature as the reason only lead to threats, harassment, and
To that effect, no candidate may: a. ting accurate information. I’m really ate Students’ Association saw a slate for banning it. intimidation on campus,” she said
spend money together with one or curious to see what else they’re going of candidates in last year’s election. The Solidarity for Palestinian Hu- in an email. “The posters being dis-
more other candidates; or b. partici- to come up with.” However, the University of British man Rights (SPHR) group’s posters cussed do absolutely nothing to pro-
pate in any way in the campaign of Calls to Wolfe were not immedi- Columbia’s Alma Mater Society saw were originally approved by the office mote any real dialogue on the Middle
one or more other candidates.” ately returned. its president-elect disqualified earlier on Feb. 13. U of O director of commu- East; all this serves to do is to help
Garner expressed the complain- Dubois felt that the appeal is un- this month for participating in a slate. nications Andrée Dumulon indicated foster a toxic and intolerant environ-
ants’ shared belief that the accused fortunate as it undermines the wishes SFUO President Dean Haldenby was that when the office’s staff returned to ment on campus.”
candidates broke this rule during the of the students who cast ballots in the unsure as to the origin or intent of the business on Feb. 17, however, the de- Hmouz indicated that the univer-
10-day campaign. Feb. 10–12 elections. by-law banning slates in the U of O’s cision was overturned. sity’s actions are potentially creating a
“The constitution was breached “For me, this is really disappoint- undergraduate elections. “That’s when ... I was informed of more heated debate.
by at least four candidates in the ing in the sense that the three people “I don’t particularly know. Unfor- this poster, and I was told that this “I think that by them banning our
election,” the third-year philosophy who didn’t win the election are the tunately there’s no dialogue as to why had been approved, and unfortunate- poster, we’re going to get way more
student said. “We have evidence. We ones filing the appeal,” she said. “I’m [it was put in place],” he said. “As with ly it should not have been,” she said. support and we’re going to get more
have testimonies. We have material really disappointed that we would any part of our organization’s frame- The poster depicts a cartoon of an reactions out of people,” he said.
proof linking their actions.” question the judgment of so many work, it can always be reviewed, but Israeli helicopter firing a missile at a “People are going to come out even
The Fulcrum has learned that the students [who] voted, in the election this specifically hasn’t been reviewed small child, whose shadow spells the more angry and people are going to
accusations levied in the appeal are that we had the highest turnout in so or changed for a long period of time. word “Gaza”. come out in [greater] support [of]
seemingly not without merit. A for- long.” It’s been in there since I’ve been here Dumulon indicated that the im- us, because this is not just an attack
mer SFUO employee close to the However, Garner defended the at the university.” age on the poster conflicts with sec- on us, it’s an attack on freedom of
candidates speaking on condition of spirit of the appeal, indicating that the Regardless of the origins of the by- tion five of the university’s commu- speech.”
anonymity corroborated claims that protest is more than a simple attempt law, Garner was convinced that the nication office’s posting regulations, Grosman emphasized that the IAC
Wolfe and the other candidates acted to secure the positions that the three SAC hearing will prove the accused which states that “posters with words supports free speech, but reiterated
inappropriately during the campaign. complainants lost in the elections. candidates violated the rule. or images that incite violence or con- the importance of a secure campus.
“They had meetings in November, “People can cast a cynical view on “We’re going to win,” he said. frontations will be denied posting “While we do not support the re-
talking to prospective candidates,” the anything, and frankly I don’t care. The According to Chief Arbitrator Car- privileges.” traction of free speech, we believe
source said, alleging that Wolfe hand- truth is we’re doing it because it’s what oline Poisson, the SAC will hear the SPHR external relations officer that the first and foremost item of im-
picked candidates to run alongside any decent person of integrity would case on March 6. Poisson expects the Mahmoud Hmouz disagreed with the portance on any university campus is
him. “They had meetings all the time do,” said the two-time presidential SAC to submit a decision and official reasoning behind the university’s de- the right of every student to feel safe
to encourage each other. They would candidate. “If an injustice was com- response by March 20. cision. and secure,” she said.
campaign together. They shared re- mitted, it has to be righted. It’s that —with files from Emma Godmere “I think that the posters are not POSTERS contined on p. 9
Breaching boundaries: Defining academic freedom

by Amanda Shendruk What is academic freedom? ing and publishing the results thereof, fessor Claude Lamontagne, providing
Fulcrum Staff freedom to express freely their opin- his own perspective on the definition.
A 1997 UNESCO document entitled ion about the institution or system Lamontagne is an active supporter of
Recommendation Concerning the in which they work, freedom from suspended physics professor Denis

N THE FIFTH century B.C. Socrates was sentenced to death Status of Higher-Education Teach- institutional censorship and freedom Rancourt, whose dismissal from his
for corrupting the youth of Athens with his philosophy, and ing Personnel offers one of the most to participate in professional or repre- position at the U of O over a dispute
in the 17th century Galileo was threatened with torture for complete definitions of academic sentative academic bodies.” about academic freedom is currently
freedom: “higher-education teaching “Academic freedom is this princi- pending.
attempting to prove that the Earth circled the sun. In today’s lan-
personnel are entitled to the main- ple that guarantees that there’s at least James Turk, executive director of
guage, we would say that these profound thinkers were denied taining of academic freedom, that is one place in society that will not start the Canadian Association of Univer-
their freedom of intellectual pursuit. Centuries have passed since to say, the right, without constriction doing things for the interests of some sity Teachers (CAUT), explained the
the scholarly struggles of these men; however, the fight for aca- by prescribed doctrine, to freedom of group of people who are seeking more essence of academic freedom simi-
demic rights is still far from ancient history. teaching and discussion, freedom in money or seeking more power,” said larly.
carrying out research and disseminat- University of Ottawa psychology pro- FREEDOM continued on p. 7


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Staying safe in
FREEDOM continued from p. 5 can’t,” he said. “But within [the law] you can go
as far as you want.”
Academic freedom allows professors to “be guid-
ed by their search for truth, without looking over Tenure: the guardian of academic freedom?

Sandy Hill
their shoulders at whether the Board of Gover-
nors is going to like it, or whether the prime min- “Tenure is very important because tenure is the
ister is going to like it, or whether some wealthy best protection of academic freedom,” explained
donor is going to like it, or whether a religious Turk, but he was quick to note that tenure doesn’t
organization is going to like it,” he said. mean a job for life. “It’s only that the university
Joel Westheimer, U of O professor and re- can then dismiss [professors] only for just cause
search chair in the Faculty of Education, has and only through a fair process.”
had his own experiences with disputes concern- The collective agreement of the Associa-
ing academic freedom. In 2000, he was denied tion of Professors at the University of Ottawa
tenure at New York University for speaking out (APUO) states “tenure means permanency of
in favour of unionizing graduate students. appointment until voluntary resignation, re-
Westheimer believes that academic freedom tirement, or death, or until termination [with
is a concept many don’t fully understand. just cause].”
“Unfortunately those two simple words are Disagreeing with the dean or being critical
used to cover an enormous range of ideas, and of the university are not just cause, said Turk.
that’s problematic,” he said. Actions such as never going to class, abusing
Turk also sees this lack of understanding as students, or refusing to mark papers would be
a problem. considered conditions for termination. photo by Martha Pearce
“There is a really important difference be- on how to avoid becoming a victim.
tween academic freedom and freedom of Threatened from all sides Alleged sexual-assault “Have a planned route, walk in public ar-
speech,” explained Turk. “Freedom of speech is eas, have a start and end time, and make sure
a general right that all Canadians have [and] ac- There are many threats to academic freedom.
cases remind students someone else knows where you’re going,”
McGetrick advised. “Walk in pairs: that’s what
ademic freedom is a specific right, not a general Many corporations are not averse to stifling un- to be aware we always recommend, especially in the late
right … It’s a right that academics have because favourable research, and university donors have
by Megan O’Meara hours in more secluded areas.”
it’s necessary for them to fulfill their duties.” also been known to quiet criticism or uncompli-
Fulcrum Staff While these tips can lower the risks of ran-
mentary findings.
How far is too far? “There are dozens and dozens and dozens of dom attacks outdoors, staying safe in your
SANDY HILL, THE neighbourhood east of home is also important. Nathalie Jacob, coor-
examples of commercial interests trying to sup-
the University of Ottawa campus in which dinator of prevention programs and student
The boundaries of academic freedom are not press unfavourable research,” said Turk.
hundreds of students take up residence, has liaison for the U of O’s Protection Services,
clearly defined, and may be open to interpreta- Even university administrations have been
seen its share of criminal activity, often involv- provided recommendations for students on
tion. known to stifle outspoken views.
ing theft, drugs, and sometimes assault. One how to stay secure inside your home.
“There are some aspects of academic free- “They don’t like having those critics around,”
recent incident involving alleged cases of ran- “Although Sandy Hill is out of our jurisdic-
dom that are crystal clear, said Turk.
“It does more damage
dom sexual assaults—occurring as close to the tion, a large number of our students live there
and there are some that For Westheimer, how-
U of O as Somerset Street East—serves as an and we would like to know that they are safe,”
fall into a grey area,” ex- ever, there is a more se-
plained Westheimer. to a university rious threat to academic
important wake-up call for the student com-
Jacob explained via email. “Ensure your doors
and windows accessible from the ground are
environment to
It is within this blurry freedom.
Eric Joseph Berard, 38, was charged on Jan. locked and secured; close your curtains, es-
area that professors and “The single biggest
21 with committing crimes of mischief, an in- pecially for rooms accessible from the ground
administrators must de-
cide the limits of academ-
preclude a speech on threat to academic free-
dom is the move towards
decent act, trespassing at night, and voyeur- and fire escape; [and] if you see any suspicious

a certain topic,
ism resulting from two separate incidents on activity or people around your apartment or
ic freedom. part-time or adjunct
the same day. At press time, the investigation house, contact the Ottawa Police immediately
“Part of a professor’s faculty,” he said. Part-
role is to challenge cur- in general, than to time faculty have fewer
was still ongoing. Since the charges have not
yet been proven in court, Ottawa Police Ser-
at 613-230-6211.”
Protection encourages students to use the
allow it.”
rent dominant thinking professional rights and
geant John McGetrick was unable to elaborate Student Federation of the University of Ot-
about certain issues,” said are less expensive for the
on the case’s details, but offered advice on tawa’s Foot Patrol services when walking at
Westheimer. “It’s very im- Joel Westheimer, university to employ. how sexual assault-related incidents can be night. Students are walked home by one male
portant to err on the side “We have the slow
of including things in
U of O professor and research erosion of tenure,” he
prevented. volunteer and one female volunteer, who both
academic freedom rather chair in the Faculty of said, which he fears “The majority of sexual assaults [involve] wear yellow Foot Patrol vests. According to
people [who] are victimized by someone they their website, “a Foot Patrol team will ac-
than excluding them. It Education could lead to the sub- know, so a random attack is almost sensational company you to or from any location, on or
does more damage to a sequent erosion of aca-
[and] not as common,” he explained. “My big- off campus, within a 45-minute walking dis-
university environment demic freedom.
gest advice to university students … is to really tance”. The service is available from 5 p.m. to 2
to preclude a speech on a certain topic, in gen-
monitor your alcohol [consumption] as we get a.m. from Monday to Friday in the winter, and
eral, than to allow it.” Academic freedom at the U of O
a lot of situations where women report sexual from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Monday to Friday
For some professors, these boundaries are
assaults to us and they simply can’t remember in the spring and fall.
wider than others. Of the three academic freedom cases currently
“It would be a misperception to feel that pro- being investigated by the CAUT, two involve the
While McGetrick indicated the risk of ran- For more information about Foot Patrol, visit
fessors can teach whatever they want,” said Wes- U of O. Independent committees of inquiry have
dom attack is low, he had several suggestions
theimer. been set up to examine Professor Rancourt’s sit-
“The university has an obligation to protect uation and the seizure of research from former
your right to search for the truth [but] it doesn’t U of O mental health researchers Anne Duffy,
have the right to protect any crank,” Turk ex- Paul Grof, and Martin Alda in 2005.
plained. “I can’t teach in a science course that “Is Rancourt the kind of interesting, unusual
the moon is made of green cheese. academic who challenges people … the kind of
“When something is clearly beyond the person that universities actually should have to
bounds of any credible argument, then we don’t make them lively places?” questioned Turk. “Or
defend it,” he continued. “But we define those is he someone who’s gone beyond the limits?”
boundaries pretty broadly.” It is the case of the seized records, however,
As far as boundary defining goes, Lamon- that Turk finds most troubling.
tagne’s might be the broadest. “[It’s] really worrisome, it appears to be one
“Academic freedom goes all the way to wher- of the most serious attacks on faculty we’ve seen
ever the laws of the country ... tell them that they in a long time.”

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cation—countless people around the world have strong Concordia Student Union Universities also announced that the On-
feelings about this situation, including many in our own sues own member tario Student Assistance Program would
campus community. Unfortunately, due to the sheer na- be extended for students who rely on it
ture of the conflict, no matter what it decides, the admin- MONTREAL (CUP) – THE CON- for funding. Payments will be extended
istration will be stuck in a catch-22: whether it allows or CORDIA STUDENT Union (CSU) has through to June 2 and will total $6 million.
bans the poster, the U of O will be ruffling feathers. launched a $125,000 defamation lawsuit This will affect 13,000 York students.
SPHR spokesperson Mahmoud Hmouz noted that against undergraduate student Patrice An additional 5,300 students will be
by banning the posters, the university is indirectly cre- Blais. eligible for the Ontario Student Oppor-
ating an even larger group of concerned community Blais, who held various posts within tunity Grant, which doesn’t need to be
members who are showing their support not just for the CSU between 1997 and 2002 and is repaid.
Israeli Apartheid Week, but also for free speech. Laura currently practicing law, saw his recent —Scott McLean, Excalibur
Emma Godmere Grosman, vp advocacy for Hillel Ottawa’s Israel Aware- recall petition against the current execu-
News Editor ness Committee pointed out that by allowing the post- tive thrown out and has spoken against Israel, Palestine supporters
ers on campus, the university is fostering a less secure the CSU executive openly on many occa- clash at York
“FREEDOM” IS THE frontrunner for the University environment as many students could feel threatened by sions. He has since taken the recall peti-
of Ottawa campus’s buzzword of the year. Conflicts the poster’s content. tion to Quebec Superior Court. TORONTO (CUP) – ON FEB. 12,
and cases surrounding academic freedom, freedom of In the Fulcrum article about academic freedom on According to Elie Chivi, the CSU’s pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian student
assembly, and most recently freedom of speech have page 7, U of O education professor Joel Westheimer vp communications, Blais has caused groups held simultaneous protests with
garnered extensive attention on this campus over the stated, “It’s very important to err on the side of includ- the student union’s legal fees to build only a wall of campus security guards
past several months and have often pushed the school ing things in academic freedom rather than excluding up while accusing the union of wasting separating both sides.
into the media spotlight. Oftentimes, the U of O has them. It does more damage to a university environment money. Students in solidarity with the Pal-
been cast in the poorest of light for the administra- to preclude a speech on a certain topic, in general, than The statement of claim calls Blais’ al- estinians stood together to contribute
tion’s decisions concerning these various breaches of to allow it.” Even though academic freedom does not legations “baseless, untrue, and mali- to what they call a global movement
freedom. include students’ freedom or general freedom of ex- cious.” that asks international governments
The latest issue that the administration is facing in- pression on a campus, Westheimer’s perspective still of- Blais says that the CSU’s accusations to support a boycott, divestment, and
volves Israeli Apartheid Week posters submitted by the fers food for thought. The university may appear to be are false, calling the lawsuit an “anti- sanctions campaign against Israel in
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) cam- stifling free speech by banning the poster; however, the humiliation tactic” and claiming that it light of Israel’s December 2008 mili-
pus group. The posters, which were banned at Carleton university is not banning Israeli Apartheid Week out- shows the “lack of respect individuals tary campaign against Hamas in the
University over a week ago, aim to promote a series of right. And the discussion surrounding free speech and have for dissent to their own regime”. Gaza strip.
lectures and public events that will occur on campuses even the promotion of the week-long event seems to be Both parties must meet before the Students Against Israeli Apartheid
in over 40 cities around the world. The U of O’s com- happening regardless. court on March 16. (SAIA) member Hala Farah said the
munications office originally approved the posters on University campuses need to be safe spaces, but —Terrine Friday, The Link pro-Palestinian demonstrators are ask-
Feb. 13, but then retracted its decision after reconsid- spaces where diverse ideas can be presented to provoke ing York University President Mamdouh
eration found that the “confrontational” nature of the respectful and thoughtful discussion. Within that dis- Shoukri to release a statement condemn-
posters was inconsistent with the office’s cross-campus cussion, there should be ample opportunity for others York to raise $5 million for student ing Israel’s bombing of educational insti-
posting policy. to respond, express their dissent, and offer alternative aid; government allows OSAP tutions in Gaza.
At first sight, the poster’s image is undoubtedly in- information. payment extensions Jewish student groups at York Uni-
flammatory. I will not feign knowledge of the intricacies Feb. 23–28 is Israel: A Partner Week on both the Car- versity, including Hillel and Hasbara
of this conflict, and in that respect, I cannot comment on leton and U of O campuses, and March 1–8 is Israel TORONTO (CUP) – IN AN ATTEMPT Fellowships, organized a counter-dem-
whether or not the poster represents the partial truth or Apartheid Week, also on both campuses. Take the op- to right the financial wrongs burdening onstration in response to the pro-Pales-
the whole truth concerning the recent events that have portunities to attend events, discuss, and learn more. students in light of the recent class-halt- tinian rally held by SAIA.
occurred in the 2008–09 Israel-Gaza conflict. I do, how- ing strike at York University, the admin- Aaron Rosenberg, co-president of
ever, understand the university’s hesitancy in approving istration and the Ontario government Hasbara Fellowships at York, said Pal-
it. The dispute is in no way confined to its physical lo- 613-562-5260 are opening their wallets. estinian supporters are spreading fear
The university is attempting to raise among Jewish students at York Universi-
$5 million to help relieve some of the ty, as many have complained of increases
financial burden students are facing. in anti-Semitism at York University in Money will be distributed on a case-by-

case basis to students most affected by
the strike.
The Ministry of Colleges, Training, and
recent weeks.
Police were not called and there were
no arrests made.
—Denoja Kankesan, Excalibur

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While a new set of SPHR post-
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information about Israeli Apartheid
Week events have been approved by
the university and will be displayed
across campus, Hmouz reinforced
the group’s desire to hear the univer-
sity provide a better explanation for
their decision.
“What we’re looking for is [an]
explanation, a solid explanation why
they refused to put up that poster,”
he said. “I don’t think we broke any
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university administrations for expla-
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Arts & Culture Feb. 26–March 4, 2009

Arts & Culture Editor

Behind the jockstrap

Five Hole: Tales of
Hockey Erotica
explores the sexy side of
our national game
by Peter Henderson
Fulcrum Staff

DAVE BIDINI IS a man who knows his hockey.

As the author of three books and a hockey blog,
and the writer and host of the Gemini Award-
winning documentary I Am a Hockey Nomad,
Bidini has explored almost every facet of Can-
ada’s national pastime. His play Five Hole: Tales
of Hockey Erotica, adapted from his 2006 short
story collection The Five Hole Stories, premieres
in collaboration with the One Yellow Rabbit
Theatre Company at the Centrepointe Theatre
on Feb. 27.
In Five Hole, Bidini examines the underbelly
of the game of hockey and our complicated re-
lationship with our official winter sport. There
are five stories in the play, involving an NHL
goalie who doesn’t know what team he plays
for, a minor-league player who falls in love with
his team’s lone female player, and a woman who
hates that she comes second in her husband’s
mind behind hockey.
“I would never do anything involving the
game if it wasn’t coming from a bent arc, outside
the curve,” says Bidini. “There’s so much tradi-
tionally minded hockey literature. I thought that
[the play] was a way of contributing to our un-
derstanding and approach to the sport as art.”
One story in Five Hole examines an issue
seldom discussed in mainstream hockey cover-
age—the relationship between a player’s genitals
and their productivity.
“[The story] is kind of a loosely based Bob-
by Hull character who finds himself in a scor-
ing slump,” Bidini explains. “[His solution] is
loosely based on an [AHL owner] Eddie Shore
anecdote that I heard. Eddie Shore actually con- photo courtesy Tracey Howe
cocted a lotion that he instructed his players to disparate ideas matched together. Bidini didn’t talking about it that it should have a musical, cross-pollination. It’s actually kind of cool, be-
rub on their balls when they were having a hard set out to combine the two; rather, hockey erot- rock ‘n’ roll element—marrying the two worlds cause theatre’s the latest thing I’ve been inter-
time scoring [goals].” ica was an idea that evolved from a friend’s odd together, my two worlds.” ested in, but if you go down the line there’s film
Bidini’s approach to theatre is as unconven- request. Bidini’s artistic output has always been diverse. and television, and just really a lot of different
tional as his approach to writing about hockey. “My friend [Brenda Quinn] had an erotic He has written eight books, created documenta- ways to express one’s art. An actor’s life is really
The former rhythm guitarist of Canadian rockers reading series in 1992, and she invited a bunch ries for the CBC, and worked as a journalist cov- not that different from a rhythm guitarist’s life
the Rheostatics, Bidini wrote songs and inciden- of writers to write original erotica,” recalls ering both sports and music. Five Hole: Tales of or a poet’s life, in Canada anyways.”
tal music for the play. He and several other musi- Bidini. “I’d obviously never written any erotica Hockey Erotica is his first play, and he’s currently One thing that shines through in Five Hole
cians perform during the show, but he’s quick to before, and I was probably embarrassed by the working on a second, The Night of the Dogs. and, indeed, in much of Bidini’s work, is his love
point out that it’s not technically a musical. whole idea of it. To make it less embarrassing, I “I think it’s just sort of the folly of an artist’s for the game of hockey.
“It is a play, and the lines are drawn fairly thought I would write about hockey. It went re- curiosity, in a weird way,” says Bidini. “Touring “I just think that there [are] so many layers;
clearly about how the music is integrated,” he ally well, so I decided to do another one. People and being in a band for a long time [and being] there’s so many different colours to the prism.
explains. “Basically, there’s five vignettes in the were drawn to it because it was something that fairly successful, I was able to glean a certain It’s true—whenever I do a book or film about
play—five stories that are dramatized by the hadn’t really been explored before.” kind of confidence artistically from that. Also hockey, I always feel like it’s the last one, and
cast. At the end of every piece we perform a That original story evolved into an idea Bidini because of the band, a lot of different worlds then you hear a story, someone tells you a story,
song that in some cases evokes the narrative, but had for a collection of hockey erotica, and the opened up to me, whether it was film, or litera- or you read about a certain player, or you hear
in a couple of cases it’s a little less direct. idea to do it as a theatre piece came through his ture, or in this case, theatre. Once those paths about hockey in a certain country, and the sub-
“There’s incidental music throughout,” he previous interactions with Calgary’s One Yellow open up, you’d really be foolhardy to not try and ject matter is so tantalizing, rich, and usually
continues. “[The band] drops in every now and Rabbit. walk down them.” unmined. I think the sport is a great sport, and
then. There’s one scene that’s set in the 1940s, “The idea was actually [a member of One Yel- The diversity in Bidini’s artistic output is it deserves great art.”
so the band does a little jazz accompaniment. low Rabbit’s],” explains Bidini. “We had wanted something that he sees as necessary in Canada’s
You wouldn’t call it a musical, because the ac- to do a project with them for a long time. It art world. Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica is at the Cen-
tors don’t sing—I suppose you would call it just was really offhandedly in a tavern one time, I “I think you have to be a little bit diverse in trepointe Theatre (101 Centrepoint Dr.) on Feb.
a play with music.” had said I was working on these erotic hockey Canada, as an artist,” he says. “Because it’s a 27. Tickets are $45 and $39, and are available at
Hockey and erotica are not commonly tied stories, and they said ‘That’s it, that’s what we’re small country, and the artistic community is For more information,
together—in fact, it’s hard to think of two more going to do.’ I knew immediately when we were small, these opportunities exist. There’s a lot of visit
Globetrotting jokester become fluent in four different languag- road, Khullar has found that returning
Sugar Sammy es—English, French, Punjabi, and Hindi. to his hometown wasn’t as easy as he ex-
Khullar performs comedy in all four, and pected.
entertains around relishes the challenge of juggling cultures “Montreal is where I get my mail, but
the globe and languages in search of jokes.
“[Humour] is very language based,
that’s pretty much it,” he jokes. “I miss
it, though. I feel like I’m a tourist in my
by Peter Henderson and a punchline that will be funny in one own city. When I have a couple days I
Fulcrum Staff [language] won’t be funny in another,” he drive around and I almost start tearing
explains. “Humour is based on cultural up at how much I miss everything—my
MONTREAL COMEDIAN SUGAR Sam- experience, and different countries have friends, even just the downtown. I feel
my is a tourist everywhere he goes. Born different cultural experiences. Those ref- like I’m visiting, and that’s not a good
Sammy Khullar, the hardworking comedi- erence points change, so you have to ad- thing. It’s good that I get to work, perform
an has been travelling the world for much just. Those are the challenges—finding my act for all these different audiences
of the last two years, and he stopped by those adjustments. and have them get to know me, but at the
Ottawa on Feb. 21 to publicize his debut “I like having the challenge,” Khullar same time I sometimes feel like I’ve lost
comedy album, Down With the Brown. continues. “I like not having it easy all that home base.”
“The last couple years, I’ve been liv- the time. That’s great—I like when it’s not The late, great comedian Mitch Hed-
ing out of a suitcase,” he says. “It’s been easy, because it just makes you better.” berg had a joke about how comedians are
crazy, I’ve been travelling everywhere— Khullar knew from a young age that he always asked to write or act—he claimed
England, Dubai, Asia, Australia, South was destined for show business. Always it was like saying to someone who had put
Africa—it’s been a crazy travel schedule the class clown and the centre of atten- in years of chef training, “That’s great, but
the last two years.” tion, he remembers the early experience can you farm?” Though Khullar embraces
Khullar was the first comedian to per- that set him on the path to stand-up when working in other media, his first love will
form at the English and French editions he was eight years old. always be stand-up comedy.
of the Just For Laughs Festival in Mon- “I saw Eddie Murphy Delirious for the “I definitely want to go into acting,” he
treal as well as the Toronto edition of the first time, and that was it—I knew it,” Kh- says. “However, my ultimate goal is to have
show. He also opened for Dave Chappelle ullar recalls. “Since then I’ve been chasing a great career in comedy. I’m not going to
at Massey Hall for three nights in 2006, it. I was always chasing that dream; I kept give up stand-up, I’m not doing this just
which Khullar calls “a career highlight”. doing open mics, performing everywhere so I can walk on the red carpet and get in-
What sets Khullar apart from many I could. When you chase something, stant fame. I’m really doing this so that I
other comedians is his versatility. Born eventually things fall into place, and that’s can build a career that I can look back on
in Montreal into an Indian family, his just what happened.” in 20 or 30 years and say ‘Wow, I really had
photo courtesy Sugar Sammy multicultural upbringing pushed him to

Bringing swagger back to Ottawa

After spending so much time on the a good body of work out there.’”

by Megan O’Meara tawa, where she attended Ridgemont

Fulcrum Staff High School. Idlout claims to have ex-
perienced the best of both worlds, but
SHE MIGHT NOT be what mayor she always preferred the North.
Larry O’Brien was expecting when “I was always happiest when I was in
he called for Ottawa to become a city the North,” she explains. “When I did
“with swagger”, but Lucie Idlout is a go to school down south, it wasn’t easy
rising star who’s bringing her own take to be an Inuk kid in a predominantly
on the idea to Ottawa. The rising Inuk white high school.”
singer-songwriter and her band are Idlout’s mother instilled a love of
currently touring her recently released music in Lucie while she was growing
second album, Swagger, and will be up. Despite singing and writing lyrics
bringing her culturally inspired music since childhood, Idlout never consid-
to Zaphod Beeblebrox on Feb. 28. ered music as a career until she actu-
In 2007, Idlout opened for the White ally began performing.
Stripes in Iqaluit, though she missed “There was a lot of music that was
out on meeting the famous Detroit played in the house, [but] music was
twosome. never a career goal of mine,” she says.
“I’d met Meg [White] before,” says “I thought I was always going to be
Idlout. “[It was] during Jim Jarmusch’s involved in northern politics in some
debut screening of [his film] Coffee and way or another. It wasn’t until after photo courtesy Lucie Idlout
Cigarettes, which was great. But when I had been on stage with a band for Lucie Idlout is getting a post-graduate education in the art of the love song.
we were in Iqaluit, the arena was full the first time that it occurred to me of Swagger, E5-770 deals heavily with politically by the so-called custodians “I did explore [northern political
of people, and there are a very limited that this was something that felt really issues of Inuit identity and North- of Canada as a country as anything issues] at one point, but not so much
number of cabs in town. [We] packed good and was something I could do.” ern politics. The number code in the other than a big fucking circus act,” she anymore,” she says. “I think mostly I’m
up and got the hell out of there before Swagger, released Feb. 10 on Sun title was assigned to her mother in the explains. “I wanted to write something just trying to learn the art of writing a
the arena emptied.” Rev Records, explores traditional rock 1940s, when the Canadian government that would reflect that.” good love song.”
When she’s not touring, the Nu- themes of love and loss. It’s a lyrical de- decided to replace supposedly compli- Currently promoting her album
navut-born Inuk talent splits her time parture from her debut album, E5-770: cated Inuit names with numbers. on a national tour that will take her Lucie Idlout plays Zaphod Beeblebrox
between Iqaluit and Toronto. Idlout My Mother’s Name, which was closer “It was that whole policy … that all the way to Edmonton on March (27 York St.) on Feb. 28. Tickets are
grew up in Iqaluit but lived for a time reflection of Idlout’s initial career aspi- really brought me to a place where I 7, Idlout is also working on songs for $10 from or $12 at the
in several other cities, including Ot- rations. As opposed to the love songs couldn’t think of what was happening her next album. door. 19+. // 02.26.09 // ARTS // 11

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The rise of feminist porn She had been more familiar with mainstream digging,” she says. “The quality that you’re go- 2006. They came about as a result of ongoing
The Sheaf porn, but since discovering an alternative, she ing to find in something that is positive—body conversations employees at the store were hav-
has a different outlook. positive, image positive, everything—is really ing about all the interesting porn that was being
SASKATOON (CUP) – IN 1980, FAMOUS “I don’t want to just see the same bodies,” she well worth it.” produced. In addition to improving the depic-
feminist writer Robin Morgan wrote that “por- says. “You want queer bodies, you want trans- Ashburn insists feminist porn isn’t simply a tion of women, the awards also aim to showcase
nography is the theory; rape is the practice.” gender bodies, you want breast cancer survi- quest for political correctness either. pornography that was not racist.
But thanks to the work of pro-sex feminists, the vors. That’s the kind of stuff you want to see.” “The terrains of sexuality are complex and “In way too much of the porn that I have seen,
porn scene is starting to change. There is wide- I want to queer ev- people of colour are really reduced to these body
Morgan’s sentiment summarized a common spread frustration ery aspect. That is, I parts,” says Lee.
feminist position on pornography. Many femi-
nists believe porn to be degrading to women be-
against mainstream
pornography for be- “I want to complicate want to complicate
what it means to be
Despite the old argument among feminists
about pornography, Lee says the awards have
cause it encourages rape and violence as well as
the domination and humiliation of women. Al-
ing too formulaic,
predictable, and vio-
what it means to be sexual and ultimately
re-define the typical
seen relatively little backlash, although some
feminist blogs complained that the organizers
though not everyone agrees with this stance, it lent, rather than ex- sexual and ultimately gender roles that are of the awards were supporting rape and other
wasn’t until recently that mainstream feminists
developed a renewed interest in pornography.
ploring sexuality in
different ways. To fill re-define the typical assigned to women
and everyone else.
allegations “that are really not true,” says Lee.
The growing amount of feminist porn may
This is largely due to the expansion of the Inter-
net within the last decade, and a growing com-
the void, many femi-
nist pornographers
gender roles that are I want to take back
have started influencing mainstream filmmakers
as well, suggests Lee. For example, a female-to-
munity of primarily independent filmmakers are pursuing subjects assigned to women and Ashburn is not male transsexual porn star named Buck Angel has
has been making feminist porn as an alternative
to mainstream productions.
that are normally ig-
nored. everyone else.” alone in trying to re-
define sexuality. To
seen widespread success, winning the transsexual
performer of the year award in 2007’s Adult Video
Although feminist porn may sound like an One such example Pam Ashburn celebrate the posi- News (AVN) awards. The AVN awards are put on
oxymoron to some, it simply means women is the website Erotic tive role women can each year to celebrate over 120 different categories
have a part in the writing, production, or direc- Red, which features play in pornography, of pornography. The Feminist Porn Awards, by
tion of a film. Feminist porn also aims to depict menstruating women. As Erotic Red’s homep- the Toronto sex store Good For Her has estab- contrast, only have about a dozen categories.
genuine female pleasure and challenge the nor- age states: “In an industry where photos of lished the Feminist Porn Awards, given out each This year’s awards will take place on April 24
mal depictions of sexuality and stereotypes that women being throat-fucked and pissed on are spring to filmmakers in categories such as Fierc- at Toronto’s Berkeley Church, which Lee admits
are found in a lot of mainstream porn. commonplace portrayals of human sexuality, est Female Orgasm, Deliciously Diverse Cast, is “a little funny”, followed by screenings of differ-
“My brand of feminism is pro-healthy sexu- women enjoying themselves on their periods and Most Tantalizing Trans Film. ent film clips the following day at a movie theatre.
ality and it’s all about consent,” explains Pam are viewed by most pornographers as horrify- “I think that one of the biggest problems with With growing interest in the genre, Lee says femi-
Ashburn, 22, majoring in women’s and gender ingly obscene.” mainstream porn is that it really lacks imagina- nist porn is likely going to continue expanding.
studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Ashburn says alternative depictions of sexu- tion,” says Allison Lee, Good For Her manager “I think that there is a growing understanding
Ashburn says she first came across feminist ality are more difficult to find. and organizer of the annual awards. that women, as consumers of pornography, are a
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The end of the arcade era
by Jordan Potter
The Capilano Courier


CADE ERA was an incredible cultural
their first experience with electronically
interactive entertainment—the original
name for video games.
You could move your paddle up or
down. That was it.
ing over 150,000 copies in the holiday
season of 1975.
While Pong sowed the seeds for what
would eventually become the arcade
scene, the home version set into motion
nowadays, but keep in mind that Space
Invaders’ heyday came at a time when
the entire world was in a state of Star
Wars-induced hysteria.
Yet, the single biggest contributor to
movement with millions of adoles- Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, the the home gaming behemoth that would the popularity of Space Invaders was
cents worldwide hunched over flashing developer of Pong, said in a June 1983 one day eclipse it. that it allowed players to record high
screens. Arcades were the birthplace of issue of Playboy: “I defined the simplest Eventually, Pong found itself sitting scores under their initials. High scores
video games, an industry that now out- game I could think of, which was a ten- in a corner collecting dust, reminiscing had been a huge catalyst for the growth
sells both box office and music sales. In nis game, and told [my engineer] how about the good times with the pinball in popularity of pinball, a factor which
2008 alone, video game sales generated to build it. I thought it was going to be machines that preceded it. video games expanded by letting play-
over $21 billion in revenue. But, while a throwaway, but when he got it up and ers leave their initials as a legacy. These
video games have risen to prominence running, it turned out to be a hell of a Some sort of invaders, abbreviated names added a component
in the living room, arcades are—with a lot of fun.” possibly from outer space of one-upmanship and competition that
few exceptions—all but dead. But to un- But, after the initial novelty of “Look dramatically increased arcade revenues.
derstand how arcades died, it’s impor- Ma, I made pictures on the TV move!” Early game developers bore witness to According to Mark Wolf, author of
tant first to appreciate how they lived. wore off, there were few reasons to con- the meteoric but short-lived rise of Pong The Video Game Explosion, the popu-
tinue playing. and were eager to retain the audience larity of Space Invaders was so sweep-
It’s like table tennis, A further deterrent was the fact that that it left behind. ing that it caused a shortage of 100-yen
without the table the vast majority of Pong machines were Enter Space Invaders. Released in 1978, coins in Japan, forcing the government
inside bars and liquor stores, so the pool Space Invaders had players driving a tank to triple its production of the coins.
The early 1970s—a time when a young of potential players was severely limited. and defending earth from alien space- Space Invaders also proved so addic-
Michael Jackson and his four less-tal- Electronic gaming couldn’t be part of crafts. In terms of player interaction, the tive that doctors were warning patients
ented siblings ruled the Billboard charts mainstream culture until everyone had game really wasn’t much more sophisti- that continuous play could permanently
with a song about the alphabet, and U.S. access to it. cated than Pong. You still moved a knob damage one’s manual dexterity and even
President Richard Nixon found himself Bushnell realized this and sought to from left to right, except now you had a lead to early onset of arthritis.
facing impeachment charges for his tape remedy the situation by releasing Home single button that was used to fire. By early 1980s, games like Asteroids,
collection—saw the first Pong cabinets Pong, a variant of the arcade hardware But unlike its predecessor, Space In- Defender, Missile Command, and Cen-
spring up all over North America. that hooked up to a TV. Home Pong vaders enjoyed longevity with its players tipede had become so popular that the
For many people, this two-dimen- foreshadowed the forthcoming domi- and went on to become an international first dedicated video arcades began
sional interpretation of ping-pong was nance of household game consoles, sell- hit. The game may not impress gamers opening across the continent.

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The worst video the most widely distributed arcade game everything. Suddenly, the one-to-three fend. Mortal Kombat followed in kind,
game of all time of all time. However, its influence on the minute standard spurts of classic arcade and though it was the fighting game
industry was more significant than its gaming weren’t good enough, not when equivalent of Milli Vanilli—all style and
Video arcades, unlike bars and liquor off-the-charts popularity or the terrible Super Mario Bros. could take hours to no substance—its gratuitous violence
stores, provided children and teenagers Buckner & Garcia pop single, “Pac-Man complete. attracted throngs of teens back to ar-
with the opportunity to get their hands Fever”. What set Pac-Man apart was that In Super Mario Bros., gamers found cades.
on video games, a move that would for- Pac-Man was a character. a design principle that arcades just Arcades had found their mojo again.
ever change the industry. Journalist Leo Lewis, in a 2005 Times couldn’t offer: discovery. Mario was free While both games were ported to home
Gaming was now reaching the demo- Online article celebrating the 25-year to explore a world that offered alterna- consoles, they, and their sequels, re-
graphic of developers’ dreams. anniversary of Pac-Man put it most elo- tive routes, pipes that lead to hidden mained immensely popular throughout
According to Wolf, by 1981 the arcade quently: “The genius of Pac-Man—and rooms of coins, and secret warp zones the early 1990s.
gaming scene was estimated to generate the reason that in the 25 years since its that only your cool older cousin knew
over $25 million annually. release it has been played more than 10 about. The once sought-after high score The end?
But while arcades were flourishing, billion times—was its sense of life,” he was ignored in favour of beating the fi-
the home console market provided di- wrote. “Pac-Man’s munching action and nal boss. As technology improved through the
rect competition with the release of the the ghosts’ goggle eyes gave the world of One of the unavoidable truths of ar- mid-point of the decade, it became clear
Atari 2600 and the ColecoVision con- video games colour, humour, and, above cade games is that they were designed that 3D graphics were going to be the
soles. While the Cold War dominated all, character.” to kill the player quickly, as that meant next big leap, and this time arcade game
headlines at the time, the war between When you played Pac-Man, you more quarters for vendors. As a result, developers didn’t want to be caught with
arcades and consoles was becoming weren’t controlling a spaceship, or a arcade games needed to remain sim- their pants down.
a bloodbath. The greatest blow to the tank, or a missile launcher. Pac-Man was plistic in order to keep plays short and The philosophy at the time was that if
Atari home console came with the re- like a yellow, round, and appendage-less revenues high. This inherently prevent- arcades could offer experiences that one
lease of E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial in person. Oddly enough, Pac-Man’s face- ed arcades from having any chance at couldn’t get on a console, then surely
1982. After lengthy negotiations with less, moving semi-circle was the most competing with the more involved su- gamers would come. Lightgun shooters
director Steven Spielberg and Universal marketable image in gaming—and in perstars in games like Super Mario Bros., like House of the Dead, immersive rac-
Pictures, Atari secured exclusive rights the video game industry, there is noth- Legend of Zelda, and Metroid. ing simulators like Daytona USA, and
for a video game based on the box-office ing more important to publishers than games with cutting edge graphics like
smash for $20 million. Unfortunately, franchises. Regained arcade mojo the Virtua Fighter series became the sta-
these negotiations dragged on so long Like many other mascots, Pac-Man tus quo.
that Atari only had five weeks to com- went on to transcend his original me- As gamers’ tastes grew sophisticated, While these attractions proved su-
plete the game in time for the holiday dium. He appeared on lunch boxes. He interest in arcade games dwindled and premely popular, they also came at a
season. Comparatively, Atari’s Raiders of had a Saturday morning cartoon. He most arcades closed down. Arcade cost. The high development and hard-
the Lost Ark took seven months to pro- even had his own brand of cereal. Kids machines started disappearing from ware costs of these games meant ven-
duce. had the Pac-Man board game on their doughnut shops and grocery stores. dors had to charge gamers more. Where
It comes as no surprise then that Christmas lists, next to Duran Duran’s By the start of the 1990s, the Sega quarters once sufficed, dollars were now
the resulting product was absolutely self-titled debut album. Genesis and Super Nintendo consoles required.
unplayable. Think Star Wars prequels In response, game developers eagerly had risen to such prominence that ar- As console graphics improved, ar-
bad; Matrix sequels bad. That is, unless rode the coattails of Pac-Man with more cades were largely forgotten and their cades needed to buy new machines,
travelling six entire screens in search of and more character-driven games, re- games were relegated to light entertain- further raising costs. Arcade owners
Reese’s Pieces sounds like a good time placing their inanimate military vehicles ment for children at Chuck E. Cheese. scrambled to keep up with each other,
to you. and racecars with characters like Q*Bert, Just as it seemed that arcades had gone spending beyond their means. Yet, gam-
Even though Atari was aware of the Jumpman, and Donkey Kong. the way of the disco ball, a glimmer of ers were turned off by the now sky-high
problems with the game, they still went hope appeared in the form of Street Fight- prices, especially compared with con-
ahead and manufactured an astonish- Super Mario conquers er II—a fighting game in which players sole games.
ing four million copies, though only 1.5 selected a racial stereotype of their choice The one advantage arcades held over
million sold. The golden age of the arcade—1979 and tried to beat up the opposing player. console and computer games—human
As a result of overproduction, hun- to 1985—came to a screeching halt in Sound revolutionary? It was. interaction—was lost to the Internet.
dreds of thousands of unsold cartridges 1986, when the Nintendo Entertain- Street Fighter offered a premise sim- Now, in 2009, the nearly 10 million
were buried in a New Mexico landfill. ment System (NES) was released in ple enough to lure players to the cabinet World of Warcraft players stomp a death
The critical reception of E.T. left most North America. (“Fight!”), but that also offered more march around the archaic dollar-boxes.
gamers disenfranchised with the poor Arcades had shrugged off the threat depth than nearly anything on a con- Home consoles took the cake, as ar-
quality of many Atari 2600 games, lead- of home gaming consoles before, an sole. Street Fighter fostered a competi- cades are now all but obsolete. Gamers
ing to the home console crash of 1983. easy feat with Atari 2600 and its mas- tive environment like no other, as the prefer to remain comfortably attached
It appeared as though arcades had won sive library of bad games. But Nintendo game winner got to continue playing for to their sofas instead of standing in dark
out. had something their failed predecessors free. Players were no longer competing corners of seedy bars. Wolf states in his
lacked: Mario. The coverall-wearing against a score; they were competing book: “The rise of three-dimensional
The emergence of Blinky, plumber would eventually go on to be- against the person right next to them. graphic games in the 1990s was just
Pinky, Inky, and Clyde come the most beloved icon in all of Consoles couldn’t offer this opportu- around the corner, and in the eyes of
gaming. nity to face ever-changing competition many players (and game companies),
The release of Pac-Man was pivotal to When Super Mario Bros. launched and, for a while, it seemed as though ar- arcade graphics could no longer com-
the gaming scene; it remains to this day alongside the NES console, it changed cades had found a niche they could de- pete with them.”

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You’ll never eat brunch in this town again

A brave new music world

NIN going so far as to release several of their on Josh Freese experience that involves a trip crazy schemes on a smaller scale, and home-
songs in GarageBand format, the popular remix- for both of you to Tijuana and a free drum kit. made videos will increase exposure and foster a
ing tool available on all Apple computers. Ra- Other price levels include a mini-golf trip for stronger, closer-knit, and more interesting Otta-
diohead and other bands have performed web- you, Freese, Maynard James Keenan from Tool, wa music scene. It’s a brave new world free from
only concerts, and many artists use YouTube or and Mark Mothersbaugh from DEVO; ingesting the invisible hand of major labels, and Ottawa
other video-sharing sites to share rare videos or hallucinogenic mushrooms and cruising Holly- bands and artists should be adapting to emerg-
new songs with their fans. Rivers Cuomo pro- wood with Freese in a Lamborghini; and getting ing promotion strategies in order to finally get
duced a video for his song “Lover in the Snow” drunk and cutting Freese’s hair in the parking the attention they deserve.
that could never be lot of the Long Beach
played on MuchMu- Courthouse. Of
sic due to its long course, he gets to cut 613-252-2311
Peter Henderson spoken-word intro-
It’s the end of the major labels as your hair as well. All
Arts & Culture Editor duction that deals we know it, but the new wave of of these adventures
with his relationship creative music distribution and will be filmed and
THE MUSIC INDUSTRY as we know it is dying. with his father, his posted on YouTube.
Major labels that dominated the record industry love for soccer, and
album promotion is great for Freese’s bizarre al-
and the music distribution business for decades the painful growth consumers and performers alike. bum promotion is
are losing millions of dollars to illegal down- defect that prevent- a great example of
loading, and the recent worldwide economic ed him from play- what artists need to
downturn has bit hard into ever-shrinking ing the game for years. This kind of intimacy do to gain notoriety and exposure in the new
profit margins. Total music sales in the United is amazing for the fans, who seldom get to see online era.
States dropped 4.4 per cent in 2006 and 11.8 per behind the glamour of the major-label market- The new era of distribution and promotion
cent in 2007, following the downward trend that ing machine. has forced major artists to become as inventive
began in 2004. It’s the end of the major labels as The demise of traditional distribution models at promoting their work as they are in creat-
we know it, but the new wave of creative music has led to promotional experiments by artists ing it. Local Ottawa bands and artists, who re-
distribution and album promotion is great for in getting their music out—some good, some cord and perform in a city that they have been
consumers and performers alike. bad, and some just plain weird. The weird ex- lamenting pays little attention to local music,
Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Oasis, Madonna, periments include one by Josh Freese—a ses- should take note of these trends and learn from
and Paul McCartney are just some of the art- sion drummer who has performed on over 300 them. Ottawa acts are already postering Rideau
ists that have reacted to the dying industry by albums with artists as diverse as Avril Lavigne Street to declare album-release shows and using
divorcing themselves from their labels and de- and The Offspring, and has toured with DEVO, online message boards like to
veloping new ways of getting their music out to Sting, and Nine Inch Nails—offers 11 different promote new albums, but what they’re lacking
fans. Both Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails have levels of pricing for his record, Since 1972, from is this free-spirited innovation. You don’t even
sponsored remix contests for their music, with a cheap $5 digital download to a $75,000 full- need money—remix contests, Freese-inspired


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He’s Just Not That Into You
lationship that’s at the centre of He’s Just Not
mon choice for the basis of a screenplay, the
film manages to convey the book’s original
Confessions of a Shopaholic
CONTRARY TO WHAT you might think in this
uncertain economy, the timing couldn’t be more
Film F
the audience is supposed to love right off the
bat. Problem is, the script of Confessions doesn’t
That Into You, the star-studded adaptation of messages about the realities of love and re- right for the message in Confessions of a Shopa- do her character any favours, portraying her as
a best-selling book that gives any dating ad- lationships. Director Ken Kwapis (License to holic. This would-be comedy preaches that over- a manic, insipid dimwit. Director P. J. Hogan
vice you’ve ever heard—and any date movie Wed, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants) has spending and being in denial about it will only hasn’t directed a feature film in six years, and it
you’ve ever seen—the middle finger. directed better television than film—his re- lead to personal ruin. It’s a shame, then, that the shows. Every comedy situation he tackles gener-
He’s Just Not That Into You is based on the sumé includes stints with The Office, ER, and film—‘product’ would be a more apt term—is a ates more squirms than laughs.
self-help book of the same name, penned by Freaks and Geeks—but in this case, his TV lazy, cliché-ridden retread of other, better chick How Confessions of a Shopaholic landed
former Sex and the City writers Greg Beh- experience is useful. The episodic storylines flicks. Based on the bestselling novel by Sophie its plum cast is anybody’s guess. Kristin Scott
rendt and Liz Tuccillo. Behrendt and Tuccillo are given the chance to grow individually, Kinsella, Confessions plays like an episode of Sex Thomas, Joan Cusack, and John Goodman are
expertly turned straight-up, hard-to-swallow leaving the film fleshed out from all angles by and the City that’s been drained of all the com- all funny people; it’s too bad that they’re in the
relationship advice into a dating bible for the the end. edy and sly observations that made the series wrong film. Fisher is a gifted physical comedi-
modern single woman. The book’s chapters He’s Just Not That Into You is Love Actu- such a success. enne, and as Rebecca, she generates the film’s
(which include “If he’s not calling you”, “If he’s ally getting a much-needed kick in the ass. Up-and-coming Aussie star Isla Fisher plays only genuine laugh performing a severely off-
not having sex with you”, and “If he doesn’t While the 2003 British film was delightful, it Rebecca, a journalist and self-proclaimed shopa- putting fan dance. Unfortunately, forcing herself
want to marry you”) become the film’s main neglected to realize that not every hook-up holic. Through a serious of unfunny coincidenc- through the inane script, Fisher sinks along with
storylines, which explore the tumultuous rela- leads to a happy ending, and that there will es, this debt-ridden fashionista ends up writing a the ship. Even Patricia Field, the fashion maven
tionships among nine principal players. always be disappointment no matter which financial magazine column about how to manage of Sex and the City fame, fails to deliver as the
The cast, including Ginnifer Goodwin, Jen- stage of a relationship you’re in. He’s Just Not your money. Unbeknownst to her hunky editor film’s costume designer. The outfits Rebecca
nifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, That Into You, on the other hand, delivers the (Hugh Darcy), Rebecca takes on the position cavorts in are hideous. When has a poodle-
Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, and Drew Bar- reality of relationship disasters in a straight- to get closer to her dream job at the magazine’s printed fur poncho ever been in? Female-driven
rymore, seem to have been selected more for up and sometimes painful way that leaves you parent company’s flagship fashion behemoth, Al- comedies have a bad rap, and they don’t seem
looks than acting talent, but Johansson, Long, wanting to fix everything you’ve ever screwed ette. Complications ensue as Rebecca falls for her to be getting any better—The Women, anyone?
and Connelly are believable as well as beauti- up before. But be forewarned: the relationship editor, all the while keeping her shopping-based Studios need to shape up and realize the ladies
ful. Goodwin, though, is a particular standout advice in the film is so frank, you may not debt under wraps for fear of losing her job. and the gays want to see a chick flick with some
in the role of the lovelorn and unlucky Gigi. want to see this on a first date. Like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde or Cher bite and sass. And, of course, laughs would be
While a self-help book isn’t the most com- —Emma Godmere Horowitz in Clueless, Rebecca is one of those appreciated.
images courtesy Touchstone Pictures, Newline Cinema, and Sony Pictures Classics cutesy, dumb, but endearing characters whom —Nigel Smith

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Production Manager March 5 Feb. 27
THE ANIMATED DOCUMENTARY Waltz gaps in his memory. The flashback scenes of
News Editor March 12 March 6
with Bashir tracks the attempts of writer the stories they tell are stunning, particularly
and director Ari Folman, an Israeli veteran one bloody ambush juxtaposed by a jarringly Sports Editor March 12 March 6
of the 1982 Lebanon war, to recover his lost lighthearted tune and the bizarre titular scene Arts & Culture Editor March 12 March 6
memories of the massacre of Palestinians in which one interviewee, amid heavy enemy
in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. The gunfire, shoots back wildly while dancing in Executive Editor March 19 March 13
film employs flashbacks within a present-day a Beirut street plastered with posters of then- Features Editor March 19 March 13
narrative, which is catalyzed by a meeting president-elect Bashir Gemayel. The chal- Art Director March 19 March 13
between Folman and a fellow veteran who is lenging and innovative animation turns the
being haunted by a recurring nightmare. His tall tales into reality, and brings them to life The following Fulcrum staff are eligible to vote in the elections:
dream involves the wild dogs he was forced in a way that is visually more impressive than Frank Appleyard Peter Henderson Ben Myers Amanda Shendruk
to kill during the war, and it triggers Folman’s any live-action recreation could conceivably Hilary Caton Hisham Kelati Michael Olender Len Smirnov
own recollections of the conflict. The deep- be. The film denounces war-time violence Laura Clementson Danyal Khoral Megan O’Meara Alex Smyth
seated memories and moral issues raised by with its comic-book consciousness, and con- Katie Declerq Sarah Leavitt Anna Rocoski Jessica Sukstorf
the war are explored in the present day, while sidering the recent conflict in Gaza, the anti- Kristyn Filip Jaclyn Lytle Maria Rondon Amlake Tedla-Digaf
the stunning visual recreations of the 1982 war war message apparent throughout Waltz with Emma Godmere Alex Martin Martha Pearce Nick Taylor-Vaisey
Jolene Hansell David McClelland Ross Prusakowski
explore soldiers’ alienation and fear. Folman Bashir becomes ever more topical.
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Sports Feb. 26–March 4, 2009

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Gees win Survivor: Playoff Hoops

Ottawa out-rebounds,
outlasts, and ousts
by Andrew Hawley
Fulcrum Staff

IF THERE WAS anything tighter than the se-

curity for U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit
to Ottawa last week, it was the Feb. 21 Ontario
University Athletics (OUA) East division wom-
en’s basketball semifinal between the Carleton
Ravens and Ottawa Gee-Gees at Montpetit Hall.
The Gee-Gees were seeded second in the East,
giving them home court advantage over the
third-seeded Ravens. The game was Ottawa’s
first post-season appearance in four seasons.
Throughout the game, Ottawa and Carleton
were almost always within a basket of each oth-
er, with the lead switching frequently back and
forth. But the Gees persevered, and eventually
Ottawa pulled away late to emerge victorious
Much of Ottawa’s success actually had roots
in the Gees’ last meeting with Carleton, the
Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place on
Jan. 28. Carleton won that game 62-53 and out-
rebounded Ottawa 38-24, numbers that Gee-
Gees head coach Andy Sparks wanted to reverse
in their playoff encounter.
“Carleton out-rebounded us last time,” he ex-
plained after the win. “So we wanted to win the
rebounding game tonight. We spent three prac-
tices this week focusing on rebounding to make
sure we would be prepared.”
Fourth-year guard Allison Forbes felt that
Sparks’s preparation gave the Gees an important
“[Sparks] had us extremely well prepared and
we’ve been practicing for Carleton all week.”
It was the crosstown rivals’ third meeting of
the year, which added some intensity to what
was already a highly anticipated playoff match.
In the first quarter, each team fouled five times,
while Carleton built a slim 13-12 lead. The Ra-
vens extended their lead early in the second
frame with a 6-0 run, but the Gees wrestled it
from them with a 7-0 run of their own to tie the
game at 19-19. The intense see-sawing contin-
ued but the Ravens managed to squeak ahead,
taking a 26-25 lead into the locker room at half-
Fourth-year Ravens guard Tanya Perry was
responsible for the bulk of Carleton’s first half photo by Alex Martin
success, scoring 12 of her team’s 26 points. In Fourth-year guard Kyrie Love, who scored eight points, was instrumental in the Gee-Gees’
an unfortunate turn, Perry injured her left ankle first playoff win since 2005.
early in the third quarter and was forced to leave “We’ve played in a hell of a lot of close games Forbes made key baskets. She showed a lot of
the game. Her exit proved to be the turning this year,” said Sparks. “So I don’t think [the guts.”
point in the game. players] were afraid.” “I am very proud of how the girls played to-
“They were a different team without her,” The team’s veterans certainly weren’t. Love and night,” Forbes beamed after the game. “We took
Sparks recalled. fellow veteran Forbes displayed great poise in the it to the next level.”
“You never want to see things like that,” said fourth quarter, calmly scoring key points and “It was a close game, but we kicked it into
fourth-year Gee-Gees guard Kyrie Love. “But increasing the team’s lead by four points to give gear,” added Love. “I’m in my last year, and I
we knew that [Carleton] would respond to it, so the Gees the edge they needed to secure the win. didn’t want it to end. I wanted to leave it all on
we needed to respond to it as well.” The Gees then lit up the board in the final frame, the floor.”
The Gees hit the Ravens hard, as their defence scoring 16 points while holding Carleton to 13 to
limited Carleton to 11 points in the third quar- earn their first playoff victory in four years. Ottawa’s victory eliminates the Ravens and
photo by Alex Martin
ter. Still, the Ravens would not give up. After Sparks commended both Forbes and Love for propels the Gees to the OUA East division final
Gee-Gees guard Emilie Morasse looks on as sustained pressure from both sides and an ago- their effort in the win. against the Toronto Varsity Blues in Toronto on
the ball teeters on the rim during Ottawa’s nizing series of lead changes, Ottawa emerged “Kyrie Love stepped it up today by finishing Feb. 25, with the winner of that match moving on
56-49 win. with a 40-37 lead going into the final frame. strong. She was a major positive for us. And Ally to the OUA final on Feb. 28.
by Jaclyn Lytle
Ottawa BMX riders tackle the hate dedicated and motivated [riders].”
Fulcrum Staff Getting their passion taken seriously can
be a problem for riders in Ottawa, a city that
“OTTAWA IS THE city that fun forgot,” declares Redmond says is not supportive of him and his
Ottawa-based BMX rider-turned-filmmaker fellow riders. BMX riders in Ottawa are often
Rich Redmond. Regardless, the 26-year-old forced to travel out of town to compete and gain
has been riding for a decade now, pursuing his exposure.
passion and developing his skill alongside the “There isn’t much in Ottawa … We get no
close-knit group of equally dedicated riders who support from the city councillors. Other cities,
make up the Ottawa BMX scene. other places we go have [the kinds of events]
“I’m 26; it’s ten years I’ve been doing BMX. that we bring to our councillors, and they claim
I was into motocross, like dirt biking, since I it’s impossible [to have them in Ottawa] because
was 12 [but] BMX was a late start. To start when of insurance, or whatever,” said Redmond. “We
you’re 17 is pretty late for that kind of hobby, but always have to travel for contests. Nobody is
it just took off,” explained Redmond. supportive of each other in Ottawa except the
Although the number of serious BMX riders little guys like us.
in the Ottawa area is limited, those that live for The lack of support in Ottawa extends beyond
the sport can be found taking advantage of any politics. Local riders find public criticism and ste-
biking opportunities that present themselves reotyping more common than praise or encour-
throughout the city. In the summer, riders hit agement. Redmond, however, is hitting back.
every park in the Ottawa area, as well as make- Backed by sponsors and members of Ottawa’s
shift set-ups composed of outdoor stairwells or BMX community, Redmond filmed and edited
empty pools. In the winter, to satisfy their crav- his retaliation: Hate This, a 40-minute feature
ing for the adrenaline-fuelled sport and stay in film displaying the best of Ottawa’s biking talent.
shape, they travel to an indoor park outside of “It focuses [mostly] on riders from Ottawa,
Ottawa, and have even pooled funds for a ware- but I have expanded my focus to some riders
house rental closer to home. There are no pains from the Toronto, Montreal, Kenora [areas].
the group wouldn’t endure for an opportunity to This film depicts the best riding of each star- image courtesy Rich Redmond
ride, explained Redmond. ring rider and good times had by the scene,” riders, foster independent support in the city, it by the dedication of spending time, money,
“BMX is just trick riding to the naked eye. To said Redmond. “It was filmed over the course of and show critics that BMX riding is here to stay. and [risking] physical health to ride. These guys
us it’s a form of art, and a great outlet for how more than 365 days. We travelled the world to The purpose, Redmond explains, is to help form love what they do, and I am lucky enough to be
you feel and how you think. It’s a community ... get the footage. We went to Saudi Arabia, Swe- a visible community dedicated to the sport and a part of it.”
we’re all friends—an extended group,” he said. den, England, Nigeria, China, all over the U.S., its promotion.
“We ride just about every day when the weather and a lot of Canada.” “The [title] is dedicated to the haters. We have Hate This is showing one day only at the May-
permits, and hit indoor locations in the winter. Redmond hopes that by giving the Ottawa a bit of a code in Ottawa. We don’t mind criti- fair Theatre (1074 Bank St.) on Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.
You could call it a scene, but it’s compiled of scene some screen time he can promote local cism [but] these guys are for real. You can see Tickets are $5.

Around the horn

Women’s volleyball heartbroken Ottawa while Joelle Charlebois and Joyce Spruyt
in quarter-finals added a goal each. Fifth-year goaltender Jessika
Audet made 21 saves to earn the win.
AFTER LOSING TO the Brock Badgers in their Ottawa then played against McGill in Mon-
final regular season game, the University of Ot- treal on Feb. 21. The Gee-Gees were unable
tawa women’s volleyball team were seeded third to best the unbeaten Martlets in five previous
in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East meetings this season, and squandered their final
division, forcing them onto the road for the opportunity, getting outshot 44-17 en route to
playoffs to take on the Toronto Varsity Blues in a a 5-0 defeat.
3-0 quarter-final loss on Feb. 14. Ottawa’s final regular-season game will be
While Ottawa was not blown out in any of the played against the Carleton Ravens on Feb. 28
three sets, they were unable to best the Blues, at 6 p.m. at the Sports Complex. Tickets are $4
losing in straight sets; 25-20, 25-19, and 25-19. for students.
Second-year leftside / rightside hitter Stephanie —Anna Rocoski
McGuinty was Ottawa’s top player with seven
kills and six digs. Swim team competes in CIS championships
The game marks the end of the team’s sea- over the break
son, and was also the final game for a number
of Gee-Gees veterans, including leftside / right- TEAM RECORDS WERE toppled for the Gee-
side hitter Véronique Yeon, rightside / leftside Gees swim team Feb. 19–21, as the team trav-
hitter Ariane Thibault and lefside hitter Karine eled to Vancouver for the Canadian Interuniver-
Gangon. sity Sport (CIS) national championship.
—Anna Rocoski No Ottawa swimmers won medals at the tour-
nament, but several swimmers set personal and
McGill downs Gees twice team records. The best finish for the Gees was a
sixth-place result in the men’s 4x100m freestyle
THERE WAS NO break for the Gee-Gees wom- relay. The team—made up of Hans Fracke, Rob
en’s hockey team last week, as they played three Irvine, Chris Reith, and Sean Dawson—set a U
games, emerging with a win and two losses. of O record with a time of 7:35.31. The 12 U of O
On Feb. 14, the Gees lost 3-2 to the McGill swimmers also set a team record with the high-
Martlets at the Sports Complex, as second-year est number of competitors at a CIS swimming
defender Kelsey deWit and fourth-year defend- championship in their history. The final results
er Christine Allen notched Ottawa’s two goals. left the women’s team in 16th place overall with
The next day, the Gee-Gees visited the Con- 27 points and the men’s team in 13th place over-
cordia Stingers and emerged with a 4-2 win. all with 63 points.
Rookie forward Jodi Reinholcz scored twice for —Anna Rocoski // 02.26.09 // SPORTS // 19

Ending with a whimper run to grab a 23-21 lead.
In the second quarter, both sides
Gees drop regular continued wrestling for the lead. It was
season finale Carleton that came up with the advan-
tage once again, playing with intensity
to Carleton that Ottawa couldn’t match. In the fi-
by Andrew Hawley nal few minutes of the half, the Ravens
Fulcrum Staff outscored the Gees 16-2 to soar to a
41-34 lead, keeping up the momentum
UNLIKE THEIR FEMALE counter- until the buzzer sounded.
parts, the Gee-Gees men’s basketball “We were out-hustled in the first
team could not muster a win against half,” conceded Gee-Gees head coach
the Carleton Ravens at Montpetit Dave DeAveiro after the game. “We
Hall on Feb. 21. Although the Gees played well in stretches, but overall
looked sharper than in their 15-point they played harder than we did. We
loss to their crosstown rivals in the were forced to play catch-up, and that
Capital Hoops Classic on Jan. 28, it makes it difficult because Carleton
was not enough for the win, and the will always be there at the end.”
Ravens downed the Gees 76-69. With Fourth-year guard Josh Wright
the win, Carleton clinched first place agreed.
in the Ontario University Athletics “We came out with a lack of energy
(OUA) East division for the ninth and lack of focus and you can’t do
year in a row. that against the number one team [in
The first quarter looked promising Canada].”
for the home side, as Ottawa held five- Carleton head coach Dave Smart
or six-point leads at multiple times. The saw things similarly.
Gees couldn’t sustain the effort and “We didn’t see the same intensity
were unable to find the basket late in from the Gee-Gees as in the past to-
the quarter. Th
e Ravens took advantage
9:47:52 AM
night,” said Smart. “But we know we’ll
photo by Alex Martin of Ottawa’s dry spell by going on a 7-0 see their best next time.”
Gee-Gees centre Dax Dessureault (15) had a tough time containing Ravens’ forward Kevin McCleery (far right). Smart noted that the Ravens rested
star centre Aaron Doornekamp who
is nursing a bruised foot and hopes
to be healthy for the upcoming OUA
In the third quarter, the Gees looked
to be making a comeback, finding the
net early and often. Ottawa’s strong
defensive rebounding, high free-throw
percentage, and strong effort overall
helped them even the score. Wright
hit a late three-pointer, one of his four
during the night, giving the Gees a 58-
55 lead at the end of the quarter.
Ottawa kept the pressure on early
in the fourth quarter, but Carleton’s
defence responded by eating up re-
bounds and slowing the Gees’ of-
C O MPETE fence. A series of offensive fouls then
plagued Ottawa, as Carleton used
. TAK INESS their free throws to bank precious
A T IO N A L BU E R N ATION points and take the lead. The Ravens
scored 10 unanswered points—seven
N E X T . L A W
E OM ST EED TO of which came from free throws—in
T C E RTIFIC N F ID ENCE . the dying minutes to secure the win.
MANA E S K IL A L M ARKET Despite Wright’s 15 points and 19
GIVE Y GING from fourth-year guard Josh Gibson-
Bascombe, the Gees couldn’t answer
SUCCE Carleton’s dynamic duo of Stuart
TE EMENT Turnbull and Kevin McCleery, who
A L BU S GE combined for an impressive 49 points.
INTERN RENCE N The Gees now have to prepare for
G R A M AT S T IO N SESS US the upcoming OUA playoffs.
S F O R AN IN , K IN GSTON “This game is done,” said Wright.
8, 5 TO “Now we look ahead.”
H 1 1 AND 1
MARC Before the game, their last regular
season match as Gee-Gees, the team
recognized fifth-year guard Dax Des-
R E A M IT@SL.O sureault and fifth-year forward and
D team captain David Labentowicz for
1-800-4 their contributions to the men’s bas-
ketball program.

The loss leaves the Gee-Gees’ with a

19-3 regular season record, which
earns them the second seed in the OUA
East playoffs. Ottawa will host an
OUA semifinal game on Feb. 28 at 8
p.m. at Montpetit Hall. Their opponent
is TBA. Tickets are $4 for students.

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Lighting the lamp

One strike and yer out

their players. a game for a living, so it can be hard to care athletes to be driven to the length of taking
These assumptions make the use of steroids about what they do to themselves. However, if performance-enhancing drugs would be a ter-
in Major League Baseball (MLB) particularly athletes at an elite level are taking performance- rible mistake.
insidious. The issue of anabolic steroids some- enhancing drugs because they feel pressure to With that in mind, it’s time for the MLB, as the
times seem like it has reached epidemic propor- perform, eventually those pressures will work professional league most affected by steroid use,
tions, thanks to tell-all books by former stars and their way down to lower levels of athletic com- to set the standard and introduce a new policy:
hearings in the United States Congress. Since petition. Athletes down to the university level test positive, and you’re out for life. Baseball al-
the 1990s, steroid use has become rampant in may feel they need to take steroids if they want ready bans players who bet after games on their
baseball. And recently, it has been revealed that to break through and become professional ath- first offence, and while it’s an entirely different
Alex Rodriguez, perhaps baseball’s best player letes, because their natural talent simply isn’t form of cheating, the standard is still there. Yes,
in recent years, tested positive for steroid use in enough. it’s harsh, but it needs to be if MLB’s rampant
David McClelland 2003 when he played for the Texas Rangers, a Truthfully, steroids are dangerous. They steroid issues are actually going to be resolved
Sports Editor season in which he hit .298 with 47 home runs can help build muscle mass quickly in the now. And with any luck, this kind of dramatic
and 118 runs batted in. short-term, but long-term studies have found rule would be accepted by other leagues and
WHEN WE WATCH or play sports, there’s a Of course, the debate over how steroids af- that steroids can cause aggression and violent sporting organizations around the world, mini-
certain basic assumption that the game is more fect performance and records has been done behaviour, mania, and sometimes even psy- mizing the impacts of performance-enhancing
or less fair. The officials are expected to make and re-done, but there are deeper issues, such chosis and suicide. The long-term effects of drugs in the future.
just calls and not show bias to either team, and as the health effects steroids can have. So why human growth hormone, a popular alterna-
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Whitlock can’t save Gees
the team could muster. McGill iced
the victory with two second-period
McGill Redmen oust goals to win 5-1.
men’s hockey team Game two, played in Ottawa at the
Sports Complex on Feb. 20, was much
by David McClelland closer. Although the Gee-Gees were
Fulcrum Staff outshot 17-5 in the opening frame, it
was rookie Ottawa left-winger Mat-
DESPITE AN INSPIRED effort thieu Methot who opened the scor-
by second-year goaltender Riley ing, sending a dribbler through the
Whitlock, the University of Ottawa five-hole of McGill goaltender Kevin
men’s hockey team couldn’t top the Desfosses.
high-powered McGill Redmen and While fourth-year centre Kevin
dropped their Ontario University Glode and third-year right winger
Athletics (OUA) best-of-three quar- Keven Gagné tallied two more goals
ter-final series 2-1, making an early in the second period, it was Whitlock
exit from the post-season. who won the game for the Gee-Gees.
“[There were] opportunities we had Faced with 14 shots in the second pe-
throughout the series to get ourselves riod and another 17 in the third—a
in a good situation [that] weren’t period in which Ottawa managed
capitalized on,” said Gee-Gees head only a single shot on net—Whitlock
coach Dave Leger after the series. stopped all but two shots to preserve
“I’m certainly proud of how the play- the win. photo by Martha Pearce
ers competed. That was a very, very “[Whitlock] did a great job,” Gagné There was no shortage of activity around Gee-Gees netminder Riley Whitlock’s goal in all three games against McGill.
good McGill hockey team … and we said after the win. “Night after night, Much like in game one, Ottawa fell a [high] level of play for a whole 60 maturity and confidence as a goal-
just had a hard time remaining as a he’s there to support us.” behind early, trailing McGill 2-0 at minutes,” he said. “It wasn’t as [bad] tender.
[contender].” “You just have to try to keep going, the first intermission. Methot brought in game three, and wasn’t as much “[Whitlock] just has a swagger
Ottawa, who barely squeaked into shot after shot; stay in the present mo- Ottawa within one with a goal in the of an issue the game we won, but in about him that just makes you think
the playoffs with a 12-11-5 record, fell ment with it and continue to focus on second period and Whitlock shined game one we were down 3-0 from the he can win every game,” said Leger.
flat in their playoff opener. In the first each shot,” explained Whitlock, who again with 43 saves, but Ottawa could get-go and we had to come back.” “What you saw [in game two] is simi-
game of the series in Montreal on Feb. also complimented his teammates. not manage the equalizer. For Leger, the defeat means that lar to what we’ve seen throughout
18, the Gees found themselves in an “Luckily the guys did a great job … Leger believed his team spent too it’s time to begin looking ahead to the year. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t
early hole down 3-0 by the end of the in boxing [the Redmen] out for me to much time in the series trying to play the next season and thinking about given up bad goals during the year—
first period. While Ottawa responded see those pucks.” catch-up. replacing graduating players like he has—but what we’ve always found
with a goal from fourth-year centre The final game of the series was “I thought we were always start- McDonald and Gagné. One impor- redemptive through his play is he gets
Dan McDonald midway through the back in Montreal, and proved to ing from a point of being down, and tant returning player will be Whit- scored on and he just competes hard-
second period, that was all the offence be the end of the road for the Gees. we just had a hard time sustaining lock, and Leger complimented his er and harder after that.”

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Opinion Feb. 26–March 4, 2009

Executive Editor

The best part of elementary school illustrations by Alex Martin
Sandlot baseball hidden stack, bulge in anticipation. We meet on ing out on the playground, and friendships that
a smoothly paved corner with the gravel swept Cross-Country Canada were lost over the acquisition of such cards as
EVERY LITTLE BOY in Canada dreams of away. The cylinder is drawn and the paper caps a first-edition holofoil Blastiose. No other ele-
winning the Stanley Cup. Well, every little boy inside are revealed. There are quick glances at EVERY TIME I went to the computer lab dur- mentary-school movement brought about such
except those who came of age during the eu- each other’s assortment before the caps are ing elementary school, there was always an strong emotions as Pokémon did.
phoria of 1993. When Blue Jays right fielder quickly arranged in a column. The audience incentive to get those boring typing exercises —Robert Olender
Joe Carter connected with a hanging slider and hoots in admiration as each of us brandishes done as quickly as possible: I wanted to drive a
sent that screaming baseball over the left-field our weapon of choice. The type of slammer is truck. Unless you were lucky enough to grab the Foot hockey:
fence, we all woke up and filled the sandlots of unique to the individual. I select metal while my one computer with a copy of SimFarm, Cross- Tennis ball + awesome
south-central Scarborough. The local Field of adversary draws hard plastic. The ivory tower Country Canada was easily the most entertain-
Dreams comprised four dirt bases and a play- sits tottering on a grey surface; we begin our ing thing on school computers. It was like being DRIBBLING PAST OPPONENTS, I feel like
ground fence that everyone hoped to conquer. barrage in turn. I’m up, and it only requires one on the open road, staying in hotels in your trek Wayne Gretzky. In much the same way that he
The catcher and umpire were positioned behind throw for the faces to flip. It’s all in the wrist. across Canada, and hoping that once, just once, would find a way around defenders, I can by-
the player’s bench of the real ball diamond (go —Alex Martin the police wouldn’t pull you over for putting pass opponents with agility and grace. While
figure) right behind us. With all the players in snow chains on your tires. And where would I be they search for the puck, I plot my next move.
place, every recess was our World Series. Dodgeball without the game? I mean, at that age, how else Of course, the puck is actually a tennis ball. De-
—Nick Taylor-Vaisey would I have known that hitchhikers sometimes fenders are my third-grade classmates. I am not
IF ANYTHING IN el- rob you? Or that Thunder Bay is approximately the agile Wayne Gretzky, but a child stumbling,
Ball day ementary school pre- one billion kilometres away from anything else flailing, and kicking a ball towards two back-
pared you for the harsh in Canada? Truly, Cross-Country Canada was packs—our makeshift
SOME ELEMENTARY- realities of life, it had to the most valuable part of my early education. goalposts. Whatever
SCHOOL KIDS lived from be dodgeball. Dodge- —David McClelland the reality, the fan-
Saturday to Saturday, some ball forced you to work tasy was envelop-
from holiday to holiday, but together with your col- Young love ing for every-
I lived from ball day to ball leagues (whether you one involved.
day. Every once in a while— liked them or not) and GRADE FOUR MARKED the Any athletic
it could never be predicted— the main objective was clear: real beginning of my infatuation movement
the janitor would go up on the hit the other team members with with boys. I remember helping that appeared
school’s roof and toss back all balls until there are no other players my teacher display our latest craft to have required
the various balls kids had roofed left. Some of us were catchers, some throw- projects outside the classroom foresight was a
since the last time he was up there. Reminisc- ers, some were so talented they could do both, after school, while sneakily en- mere fluke. How-
ing, I think it was the best part of elementary while others basically functioned as pawns to suring my paper snowman would ever, in that school-
school because I was a recidivist when it came hide behind. Memories of dodgeball will never be placed directly beside that of my yard, we were all legends
to roofing tennis balls, basketballs, soccer balls, fade: the beautiful rubber balls that fit perfectly latest crush. Desk re-arrangements acted like the of the game in our own minds. Just don’t point
Frisbees, and once even a football. When those in the palm of your hand, those majestic catches perfect blind date setups, matching you up be- out that we were simply playing a tinier version
balls were tossed down, it was like a surprise ac- that brought the ‘out’ players back from sidelines, side the quiet, lanky kid you never considered as of soccer.
quittal handed down from the judge dressed in the torpedo throws that knocked the someone’s a viable love interest before. Recesses opened the —Ben Myers
blue, pardoning me for my persistently miscal- glasses off, and the expertly crafted block of door for “hook-ups” (getting a “boyfriend” after
culated throws, and then everyone would talk oncoming balls with your own ball. At the end playing soccer together) and “break-ups” (being Nanos
to me again. of elementary school, if you only learned one abandoned by the “boyfriend” after the bratty
—Michael Olender thing, it was because of dodgeball: life is a battle, brunette scored three goals). Unfortunately, NANOS—THOSE LITTLE electronic ‘vir-
and if you stand around with your head up your elementary-school romances could still break tual pets’ that took the preteen world by storm
The back of the school bus ass you’re going to get smacked in the face. your heart. I remember announcing to the class around 1996—made me a better person. My
—Artur Paliga that I was get- mother refused to
I REMEMBER THE first day of kindergarten: I ting glasses and buy me one, so I
was excited, anxious, and petrified shivering in Inter-gender role-play scenarios my fourth-grade saved up my meagre
the rain outside my house waiting for that big crush told me I Grade Four allow-
yellow school bus. My life was about to change CRAYONS, HOPSCOTCH, AND swing sets wasn’t going to be ance for weeks until
forever. My house was the last stop on begone: the best part of elementary beautiful anymore. I could purchase it
the bus route, and there were hardly school, by far, was the premature I wasn’t aware fourth- myself. It was shiny
any seats available on the bus when I sexual tension manifested in inter- graders could deliver back- and yellow and hung
got on. That first trek to the back of gender role-play scenarios. La- handed compliments. from my flared jeans
the bus in search of a seat was ter- dies, don’t act like you didn’t get —Emma Godmere like a badge of elementa-
rifying because, as I discovered, hot and bothered when little ry-school honour. When Santa
the farther back you go the Jimmy, grunting from Pokémon brought me a second Nano for
older and bigger the kids get. exertion, pinned you Christmas, I proudly posed with
To my surprise, the Grade against the portables POKÉMON WAS THE both of my pets hooked on my belt
Four students at the very during Cops and Rob- greatest fad to ever breeze loops, in a photo that (unfortunately)
back took me in with bers. And guys, let’s be through elementary school. still exists today. But Nanos were more
open arms. We took turns honest: the monkey bars, It actually consumed the than just a status symbol. These electronic
shouting “Your fly is un- climbing rope, and tetherb- majority of my childhood. Pika- dogs, cats, and babies were a responsibility my
done!” to pedestrians and all pole were a virtual training chu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and the infamous Jig- friends and I took so seriously that we would
sticking fake tattoos on our biceps. I loved every ground for prepubescent strip- glypuff became household names for millions ask to go to the bathroom as a pretext to go to
minute of my time with the cool kids at the back per fantasies. Really, S&M and perversion were of kids across the world. I still remember mo- our book bags and feed our neglected charges.
of the bus and credit them for my social devel- all over the playground, starting with dodgeball ments on TV such as when Ash let Butterfree go Nothing could stop me from raising my pixel-
opment throughout elementary school. (and little Cindy’s exaggerated squeal of protest and when Charmander evolved to save a town lated baby to full-fledged pixelhood! The person
—Sarah Leavitt after getting whipped in the face with balls) all the from stampeding Exeggutors. Our parents were I am today is largely a result of my experience
way up to hide-and-seek (Stockholm Syndrome harassed for hundreds of dollars in order to sup- with Nanos. I learned the value of a dollar. I
Pogs fantasy much?). That premature sexual tension port our insatiable desire for the merchandise, learned the true meanings of dedication and
never boiled over because at the time we couldn’t video games, and cards. Who can forget clas- unconditional love. But most importantly, I
THE BELL RINGS at 11:30 a.m. on another name that tingle between our legs. But we figured sics such as Pokémon Red/Blue, Pokémon Snap, learned that I looked like a dork with electronic
school day in 1996. My pockets, lined with a all that out by the Grade 11, didn’t we? or Hey You Pikachu! Pokémon cards were par- devices hanging from my belt loops.
—Di Daniels ticularly popular. I can remember fights break- —Laurel Hogan
Multiplex: just not that into you The multiplex, on the other hand,
is owned by Satan. It gouges you in-
Mayfair, I think this cessantly, herds you like cattle using
those bothersome crowd-control
is the beginning of a posts and generally treats you like
beautiful friendship a very annoying part of the movie
theatre business. “$10 for a show, sit
by Dave Atkinson down! Hurry up. Popcorn combo,
Fulcrum Contributor $12! Stand in line! Not that line!”
Then you get to watch 20 minutes of
I MET THIS movie theatre the other commercials for things you probably
night and we really hit it off. Actu- can’t afford while the guy behind you
ally, I stayed there all night. We just… spills a Taco Bell cheesy poutine com-
clicked. I fell in love, really. It’s true: I bo on your head. But there’s nothing
love the Mayfair Theatre. It was at that you can do, is there? It’s the only way
moment, sitting in a comfortable seat to see aliens explode or Brad Pitt age
looking around at the ornately mod- backwards, right?
eled showroom that I realized that Not anymore! The scrappy un-
the multiplex, that bastion of modern derdog theatre that could re-opened
entertainment and my soon-to-be ex- in January. The Mayfair’s lineup of-
theatre, was really high maintenance fers mainstream features, art-house
and abusive. films, and classics on a big screen in
I’m still not a one-theatre man a beautiful room for $5 (with a $10
though; I play the field and have this year-long membership). And the
artsy theatre on the side called the theatre has reasonably priced conces-
ByTowne Cinema. She’s really cool— sions. Corn doesn’t cost $10 an ounce
don’t get me wrong—but she’s a bit anymore! I even heard a rumour that
pretentious sometimes. I can hear her they’re trying to get a liquor license.
now: “Do you want to come see this The Mayfair is the honest, chill girl at
Belgian documentary about depres- the party, while the multiplex is the
sion and horse-milk pudding?” “Not rich demanding girl with big fake…
really, no, ByTowne.” Where the By- screens. The difference is that the
Towne sticks to new and independent Mayfair cares about you, and cares
movies, the Mayfair leans toward the about the weird and varied history of
cult, the strange, and the classic. the movies, and probably wears Elvis
The Mayfair is a movie mecca, run Costello glasses.
by people who love movies for other Movie heaven exists—it’s at 1074
people who love movies. After being Bank St. and it’s showing something
around for ages, it was set to close awesome tonight. Check out show-
permanently but was saved from the times at and walk,
brink of doom in November 2008. It bike, hitchhike, or crawl there. Really,
was bought by four local movie fans: just go support the independent the-
Paul Gordon, Lee Demarbre, Josh atre by seeing a movie. Like me, you
Yemen, and Ian Driscoll. The best may realize that you’ve been missing
known of the four is Lee Demarbre, something in your cinematic experi-
the man who made one of the finest ence, and maybe you too can get out
pieces of blasphemy ever commit- of that abusive relationship with the
ted to celluloid: Jesus Christ Vampire high-maintenance cow that is the
Hunter. multiplex.
photo illustration by Amlake Tedla-Digaf and Martha Pearce // 02.26.09 // OPINION // 25

Sarah Leavitt

Distractions Feb. 26–March 4, 2009

Features Editor

Thursday, Feb. 26
Book drive: Elmdale Bookfest. 3:45–8:30 p.m.
Elmdale Public School. 49 Iona St.
Sunday, March 1
Play: Wrong Turn at Lungfish. 8 p.m. Ottawa
Little Theatre. 400 King Edward Ave. $10 for
Dear Di If you have a question for Di,
students. Dear Di,
Friday, Feb. 27 I am wondering what your views are on sex
Monday, March 2 before marriage. I recently read Jason Evert’s
Lecture: Measuring Canada’s If You Really Loved Me: 100 Questions on Dat-
Environmental Performance: What Works, Film: Che: Part One. 6:35 p.m. ByTowne ing, Relationships, and Sexual Purity. Pre- No mat-
What Doesn’t, and Why by Scott Vaughan. Cinema. 325 Rideau St. $9, $6 for members. marital sex was one of the subjects that was ter whose apple
3:30p.m. Fauteux Hall. Room 147A. Free. discussed in the book, and it gave numerous you’re munching on or when you’re
Tuesday, March 3 reasons against having sex before marriage. doing it, I absolutely agree that it is
Saturday, Feb. 28 According to the book, couples who always important to protect yourself
Film and discussion: The Invisible Nation. did not have sex before marriage or and get tested regularly. While absti-
Women’s hockey: Ottawa vs. Carleton. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Library and Archives Canada live together prior to marriage, were nence is the only way to ensure you don’t
Sports Complex. $4 for students. Auditorium. 395 Wellington St. Free. generally happier and had significantly lower wind up with something freaky going on down
divorce rates than those couples who did have there, condoms really are the next best thing.
Men’s basketball: Ottawa vs. Wednesday, March 4 sex prior to marriage. I happen to agree with They are not 100 per cent guaranteed, but
TBD. 8 p.m. Montpetit Hall. $6 for students. the book and its sources, because the reasons stringent tests are applied to ensure that they
Concert: James Calkin on the organ. stated make sense. There is also some other in- provide an effective barrier to various STIs. It
12:15 p.m. First Baptist Church Ottawa. formation that I came across that I am hoping is true that when not using condoms, women
140 Laurier Ave. $5. that you will relay to your readers. Apparently are eight times more likely than men to con-
condoms have little to no protection against tract an STI. However, the idea that women are
STIs whatsoever, and women are more suscep- more at risk when using condoms is a myth.
tible to STIs than men, regardless of whether Women are put in a difficult position because,
protection is being used or not. They were unless they are using female condoms (which
originally designed to only ensure women are more difficult to use and much less com-
don’t get pregnant; the whole concept of con- fortable), the man is responsible for wearing
doms protecting against STIs was started after the condom (and wearing it properly!). This
STIs became a major health concern, mostly may be where the myth originated from, but
just to keep sales up. make no mistake: if you are properly using a
—Arc latex condom sold for the purpose of prevent-
ing STIs, you and your lady will be equally well
sudoku answers on p. 21

Dear A, protected.
First let me address the information on pre- I hope that covers all the bases, Arc. Thanks
marital sex that your book offers, mainly the for the challenge—I had to do my research on
If you’re reading this, you have the attention to detail idea that premarital sex is a risk factor for un- this one.
we need in our proofreaders. happy marriages and divorce. It is true that stud- Love,
ies conducted in the late 1980s and early 1990s Di
Come to 631 King Edward on Tuesday evenings to
keep the Fulcrum error-free. found a correlation between premarital sex and
divorce rates. However, to quote my psychology Dear Di,
professor, “correlation does not equal causation”. I’ve always wondered what it’s like to have
Factors related to the choice to abstain from sex sex in space!
until marriage—such as religiosity, culture, and —Ahole-o 13
family background—also influence a person’s
perception of what marital satisfaction is and Dear A13,
the likelihood that they will pursue divorce. So Um, I’m a sexpert, not an astronaut, but I as-
my opinion, in opposition to the book’s, is that sume having sex in space would be like having
it’s mostly a person’s background, rather than sex on earth, but without gravity. So… it would
when they first had sex, really predicts what will be about a hundred times harder to get it in and
happen to their marriage. keep it in. Actually, now that you mention it, I
As for my views on premarital sex, I think wonder what getting boinked in the T-square
it is a personal choice. However, where some position would be like... Listen, the only real
people might see premarital sex as taking a way to answer your question (actually, it’s not
bite out of the apple before you really should, really a question) is to try the ol’ space-sex thing
I view it as ensuring you have the apple that is out. Personally, I don’t see NASA in my future,
right for you. Although not often discussed, one but if it’s in yours, by all means, email me if you
of the top causes of marital problems is sexual do the zero-gravity bump and grind and we’ll
incompatibility. In my opinion, taking a bite out share the experience with everyone. For brown-
of the right apple will just lead to more of the ie points, film it and upload it to XTube for all
same apple, and taking a bite out of the wrong of us to see!
one ensures that you don’t end up with a rotten Love,
marriage. Di

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Frank ‘duke nukem’ Appleyard ground. You start out crawling
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slides as a toddler, play kickball and hopscotch
Ben ‘mega-man’ Myers in your elementary schoolyards, and explore the
Production Manager basement parties and cafeteria dances of your
high-school playground. Regardless of the play-
Michael ‘pac-man’ Olender ground we found ourselves skipping through
Executive Editor as children, we were moulded by our teachers and parents, who instilled in us the values that
Martha ‘tails’ Pearce we need to be successful, happy, and ‘good’ in
Art Director our lives: sharing, being compassionate, and re- membering to have a little fun every now and
Emma ‘princess peach’ Godmere
News Editor However, it seems that these principles— which we are taught to clutch so tightly as
children—simply flutter away once we reach the
Peter ‘dogmeat’ Henderson
Arts & Culture Editor lecture halls and midterms that comprise our university playground.
This shift is easy to understand. In university
David ‘gordon freeman’ McClelland the stakes are much higher, and the responsibili-
Sports Editor ties all the more heady. We are on our own in
the world for the first time, striving for grades
Sarah ‘bomberman’ Leavitt that will determine our careers, competing for
Features Editor illustration by Devin A. Beauregard
high-profile positions, engaging in complex de-
bates, and worrying about whether paying rent something in your life? mother would really like that.
Danielle ‘dr. mario’ Blab will mean not eating this week. Pretty serious When was the last time you painted? With Lastly, in kindergarten we are all taught
Laurel ‘baby peach’ Hogan stuff. In attempting to juggle the responsibilities your fingers? While pumping out essays and lab the importance of sharing with others. But
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and priorities that have come to define the som- reports, we often forget to exercise the right side unfortunately the individualism of university
Amanda ‘yoshi’ Shendruk bre nature of studenthood, we all too easily for- of our brains or our oft-neglected hearts and life casts this ideal aside. If you have food,
Associate News Editor get the values and carefree outlook that defined hamstrings. Pick up a paintbrush, write a short drink, or toys to spare, share. Not everyone our past playground days. story, shoot some hoops with your friends— at the U of O has a few extra bucks in their
James ‘cloud’ Edwards An article on p. 24 of this issue finds students hell, go to Zaphod’s for a dance. Engaging in art pockets, and in the rush to get work done
Webmaster reminiscing about those simpler times. Where and sports is relaxing—give your mind and your sometimes eating, drinking, and having fun responsibility meant remembering where you body some fun between essays and lab reports, falls by the wayside. If you have the means,
left your coat, or not spilling apple juice on or you might be in danger of burning out before consider inviting friends over for spaghetti
Jessica ‘super mario’ Sukstorf
Volunteer & Visibility the annoying kid in class. Where the biggest your undergraduate years are up. and baguettes. Buy a case of Moosehead and
Coordinator concerns in our days were counting down the Resolving fights in elementary school was so treat friends you haven’t seen lately. Not ev- minutes to recess, and praying that we didn’t get simple. A teacher would offer some wise words eryone has an Xbox, so invite people over for
Megan ‘sonic’ O’Meara
bologna for lunch again. and reveal the pettiness of the dispute. But in a deathmatch now and then.
Staff Writer Compare these memories to the snapshot of university we have no such mediation. If you’ve Fundamentally, university is a thin slice of
the campus found in this issue, which includes burned bridges over silly squabbles, it’s time to life in between childhood and adulthood, where
Alex ‘crash bandicoot’ Martin a controversial election appeal, debates over make up. Apologize to the girlfriend you broke students spend more time leaning towards the
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academic freedom, and limitations on freedom up with over MSN Messenger. If you aren’t talk- latter with unfailing frequency. We can all ben-
Inari ‘zelda’ Vaissi Nagy of expression. All of this comes as we study for ing with friends over a Rock Band breakup, call efit from occasionally reconnecting with our in-
Jiselle ‘samus’ Bakker midterms and write term papers equal in length them up for a jam session. Ask yourself exactly ner eight-year-old and remembering how much
Ombudsgirls to War and Peace. It’s difficult to spot anything why you are so at odds with someone in your fun—yes, fun—the university playground can
resembling a carefree existence in university. life—and if the conflict is truly worthwhile. And be.
Travis ‘dig dug’ Boisvenue So ask yourself—and answer honestly—when if things are strained with your parents, think
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