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Frank Appleyard

LettersShifting the Fulcrum Kelly was told by a police officer that


March 12–18, 2009
Senate meetings without consulting
Editor-in-Chief
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nothing is accomplished by a contin- confidential. However, this did not
he would be arrested before he shouted the members of the Senate, and the uous consumption of contempt. With end up being the case.
Re: “Pack it up and leave” the statement of “Vision 2010”. More hijacking of the democratic Senate by this in mind, my sentiments have The list of irregularities goes on, but
(News, March 6) importantly, the police were called to Rock and Major. translated into hope. Hope that we we simply wanted to outline a few of
EMMA GODMERE’S MOST recent negotiate with Kelly while the mem- Due to the misleading statements can disagree without being disagree- them. Because many of the by-laws
column regarding protests at Univer- bers of the Senate could have been pre- and blatant disregard for fact in the able; hope that we can defend every contained in the SFUO constitution
sity of Ottawa Senate meetings did a sented with Kelly’s case and voted as to last news column, I believe it is time person’s rights to a positive space and were not followed, we could not agree
poor job representing the students whether or not he would be allowed to to shift the Fulcrum and transfer le- hope that we can come together as a to appear in front of the SAC, and
who participated in the protests as film the public Senate meeting. At that verage to the students: www.fulcrum- student federation once more. therefore could not agree to abide to its
well as Godmere’s capacity as an in- point, there was no policy preventing shift.blogspot.com “The face of the enemy frightens ruling. Although the SFUO constitu-
vestigative journalist. Surely an ex- Kelly from recording. Liam Kennedy-Slaney me only when I see how much it re- tion gives us the right not to appear in
perienced news editor would hold an The students who attended the First-year biochemistry student sembles me.” front of the SAC, this was by no means
opinion that reflects careful consid- Jan. 12 Senate meeting protested the Dean Haldenby the choice that we wanted to make.
eration of fact. However, the column unjustified arrest that occurred the Moving forward SFUO president We believe that being elected by
did not present to students the true previous month. On that day, Rock over 8,000 students is legitimate; more-
series of events, did not accurately re- cancelled the meeting a few minutes FRUSTRATION. DISAPPOINT- An unfair process over, we also believe that being tried by
flect the opinion of those who partici- into the session despite clear objec- MENT. MELANCHOLY. three arbitrators that do not follow the
pated in the protests, and took a bitter tions by three student senators. The These are three words to display IT IS WITH great reluctance that we SFUO constitution is not. Our goal is
anti-student stance. Senate members were not allowed to the emotions that I felt on March 6 had to refuse to submit ourselves to not to blame the arbitrators because
The column stated that the U of O vote to adjourn the meeting. This sce- as I was sitting in attendance at the the process of the Student Arbitration we fully realize that they are students
President Allan Rock collaborated with nario repeated itself on Feb. 2 when SFUO Student Arbitration Commit- Committee on March 6. who are volunteering their time. Nev-
Student Federation of the University of U of O VP Academic Robert Major tee (SAC) hearing. What I witnessed Following our victory in the SFUO ertheless, we had to outline the proce-
Ottawa (SFUO) VP University Affairs cancelled the Senate meeting before as our leader, as your president, and elections, a group of unsuccessful can- dural errors that took place.
Seamus Wolfe to draft a recording pol- it began. He was not forced to cancel as a person were students fighting, didates decided to contest the elec- We have nothing to hide and would
icy and presented it to the public for the meeting; the decision was deliber- disrespecting, and belligerently ac- tions by claiming that we had worked clearly have preferred appearing in
feedback immediately following the ate. On March 2, seeing that the Sen- costing students. “Students fighting as a team, which is not allowed as per front of the SAC rather than refusing
cancelled meeting of Jan. 12. However, ate meetings had been cancelled, the students”, when our raison d’être is the SFUO constitution. to do so. Although we are not appear-
the discussion was only opened to the protestors attempted to ensure that it “students helping students.” We wish to assure the student pop- ing in front of the committee, we wish
public on Feb. 3, and it was opened took place, initiating the Senate meet- What I witnessed was our student ulation that although we are friends, to assure you our defence to the alle-
through a discussion board on Face- ing on their own. This was rejected federation, which holds values of dignity, each one of us led her/his own cam- gations has been prepared and shared
book. This is a glaring chronological and Rock once again decided to uni- equity, human rights, and positive space paign in proper fashion. We are out- with the media as well as with the stu-
mistake that unfortunately evaded the laterally cancel the Senate meeting. become besmirched by the inappropri- lining the fact that we are friends for dent population. For these reasons, we
rigorous verification of facts exercised The column took a disturbingly an- ate and unacceptable actions of some the sake of transparency. Furthermore, will defer the decision to the highest
by the Fulcrum. ti-student stance by assigning blame of its members. As tensions escalated I three of us (Roxanne, Julie, and Sea- decision making body of the federa-
The column also professed that the to the members of the U of O com- made it clear to the persons leading the mus) were a part of the executive this tion: the Board of Administration.
students desired that the Senate “estab- munity concerned about the actions arbitration that this would not be able to year; therefore, it is perfectly natural Please know that we are committed
lish a clear policy on allowing record- of the U of O administration. What continue. On behalf of the federation, it that we share many of the same views. to fulfill the mandate that you have
ing devices.” This was never the main have not been examined here are is regrettable that we could not ensure When we learned that the election entrusted us with.
objective of the group. Following the the actions taken by the administra- that positive space. The SFUO will take was being contested, we immediately Seamus Wolfe, SFUO president-elect
arrest of Marc Kelly on Dec. 1, stu- tion: the calling of the police to eject proactive steps for future proceedings began preparing our defence. In doing Roxanne Dubois,
dents began to worry about the role a student asking for a discussion, the of this level of contention, to avoid this so, we truly wanted to share our side of SFUO vp-elect, finance
of the Ottawa police on their campus. deliberate cancellation of important from occurring again. the story while accepting any decision Jean Guillaume,
What I witnessed were students that would be rendered by the SAC. SFUO vp-elect, social

Contents exercising their right in our constitu-


tion to contest the elections. Similarly,
other students exercised their right to
However, many irregularities ap-
peared over the course of the process.
For example, the SFUO constitution
Julie Séguin, SFUO
vp-elect, communications

News Appalling appeal challenge the judicial processes for


which that contest was being exam-
outlines that once a case is to be pre-
sented to the SAC, each party has the
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March 6 Student Arbitration Committee hear- ined and concluded upon. Unequiv- right to select an arbitrator. After which, Visit thefulcrum.ca/letters for more.
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In reconciliation of the events that nately, we did not have the opportunity
elections. p. 5–6 Last week’s results
p. 4 took place on March 6, I call on all
parties involved to lead and discour-
of selecting one of these arbitrators.
Moreover, it was only on the eve of the
What do you think of the
age any behaviours that dishonour hearing that we learned that documents
Arts Who watches the our federation, that dishonour our that had been rendered inadmissible U of O’s decision to ban
Watchmen? cause. As we move forward, past the
events we unfortunately experienced,
would now be considered to be admis-
sible. It was impossible to go over all of
the Israeli Apartheid Week
Zack Snyder directed it, and Jaclyn Lytle I call on all students to use common these documents in a single evening. poster?
talks with him. p. 9 sense before acting on emotion to en- What’s more, the SAC even recog-
sure that respect and dignity are guar- nized that it had committed serious Great move: 48%
Hisham Kelati and Kalin Smith, appar-
p. 9 ently. p. 14
anteed under our SFUO.
Today, I have come to the conclu-
procedural mistakes. For example,
they had assured us that a confiden-
Terrible decision: 44%
Unsure: 7%
On their way
sion that amidst all that our student tial email that we had sent to the chief
Sports federation is facing and the years we arbitrator in regards to intimidation
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Men’s basketball prepares to head to the CIS
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News March 12–18, 2009


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SAC hearing descends into chaos


“The intention behind these
allegations is nothing more
than to rob the students of
their votes.”
Seamus Wolfe
SFUO president-elect

Re-elected SFUO VP Finance Roxanne Dubois expresses her dissent with the SAC’s arbitration process.

“Rather than actually face the consequences of


their actions, they’d rather cower away.”
Renaud-Philipe Garner
appellant
photos by Martha Pearce
Over 70 students packed the Fauteux Hall classroom on March 6.

by Emma Godmere from the appellants after the prescribed dead- for disrupting the proceedings. candidates consent to the arbitration.”
Fulcrum Staff line, did not allow an individual to retract his Garner expressed his dissatisfaction with the “Obviously, we’re happy with [the SAC report],”
testimony that was reportedly obtained through defendants’ behaviour shortly after the SAC said Hasinoff. “We want our witnesses to be able
A TENSE AND tumultuous atmosphere en- blackmail, and prohibited the defendants from administered their decision and adjourned the to say what they have to say and we have the right
veloped a Fauteux Hall classroom as students choosing an arbitrator to be involved in the ap- proceedings. to bring forward our appeal. It’s unfortunate what
erupted in shouts, chants, and chaotic behaviour peal—a right given to all parties involved in an “Rather than actually face the consequences happened, but of course the SAC’s ruling is the
at the Student Arbitration Committee (SAC) appeal—all four defendants stood up and exited of their actions, they’d rather cower away,” he highest authority ... I respect the fact that they did
election appeal hearing on March 6. the room amid loud cheers and shouting from said. “This is nothing more than a tactic by the assert their authority and said, ‘yes, we can still
The SAC was to hear Student Federation of the over 70 audience members present. SFUO, and it’s illustrated just who they [have] continue if they refuse to be here’.”
the University of Ottawa (SFUO) 2009–10 elec- Possion, along with fellow student arbitrators become: corrupt, self-centered, negligent, and When asked if the defendants will act upon
tion candidates Renaud-Philipe Garner and Brendan Clancy and Samantha Green, tempo- totally opposed to any sort of institutional fair the SAC’s decision, Wolfe was uncertain.
Maureen Hasinoff present their allegations and rarily suspended the proceedings and left the process or judicial inquiry. It’s become nothing “I’m not exactly sure, mostly because I’m not
evidence that current SFUO VP University Af- room to decide on their course of action, re- more than a rabble-rousing institution.” sure that they’ve made a decision,” he said. “I
fairs and President-elect Seamus Wolfe, VP Fi- turning several minutes later to announce that In an interview with the Fulcrum two days think they’ve made an argument—again I’m not
nance Roxanne Dubois, VP Communications the hearing would continue, regardless of the later, Séguin clarified that the defendants had sure if they’ve made a decision as per what a de-
Julie Séguin, and VP Social-elect Jean Guillaume absence of the defendants. every intention to continue with an appeals cision would be for the SAC, because I haven’t
formed a slate in the February elections—an ac- “If there have been allegations of fraud ... process—albeit not one by the SAC. had time to comb through that document.”
tion that violates the SFUO’s constitution. there should be a hearing to determine whether “I’m not ready to put the election that we The SAC’s March 6 report was labelled a de-
SAC chief arbitrator Caroline Poisson began or not there was, in fact, fraud,” Clancy said to rightfully won and the results of 27.2 per cent of cision, and all SAC decisions are able to be ap-
the hearing with the routine explanation of the the audience once the arbitrators returned to the the students into the hands of three people and pealed at the BOA. Two days after the report’s
arbitrary procedure, seeking consent to con- room. “This is a decision of the Student Arbi- a process that has been very much irregular and release, 11 BOA directors submitted a request
tinue with the arbitration from both sides. After tration Committee, it is appealable by the Board unfair as I’ve seen so far,” she said. “It’s a human to hold a special meeting as soon as possible to
the appellants agreed to proceed, each of the de- of Administration, but [it] is our ruling that the right to have a fair trial and this was absolutely BOA chair Federico Carvajal. However, Wolfe
fendants rose and expressed their objection to arbitration will continue.” unfair. Just the fact that they considered going maintained that he does not plan to bring an ap-
the process—a right that any party can exercise Shouts of opposition and support forced the on without us just confirmed everything that we peal to the BOA at the special meeting planned
at the beginning of a hearing. atmosphere in the classroom to intensify: audi- had mentioned before. It was unacceptable.” for March 13.
“Throughout the arbitration process, the ap- ence members supporting the appellants and de- On March 6, the SAC released a 13-page re- “I don’t have any plans. What I’m hoping for
pellants did not have to follow several of the rules fendants continued to wave posters saying, “Face port detailing its official stance to continue the is that the highest decision-making body of the
that I, as a defendant, was held to,” Wolfe read it, you lost” and “Slates are cheating”; balls of pa- arbitration. Poisson, Clancy, and Green refuted SFUO, the Board of Administration, will come
from his official statement. “The students of this per were thrown between heckling students; peo- each of the defendants’ claims that led them to up with a process that will be fair and just for
campus voted me as their next president. I will ple supporting the defendants broke into chants believe the hearing was unfair, and came to the any students wishing to appeal the election,” he
not disrespect them and the democratic process of “kangaroo court” and “shut it down”; and the conclusion that, as the report stated, “an arbi- said. “The current process is unjust and unfair,
by abiding to follow a corrupt and unjust process. defendants’ student representative, Board of Ad- tration into disputed election results can occur so hopefully on [March 13], we’ll be able to
The intention behind these allegations is nothing ministraion (BOA) Civil Law director Jason Ben- when any member of the SFUO asserts that there come up with one that will be reasonable.”
more than to rob the students of their votes.” ovoy, who had remained in the room once the was fraud or irregularities during the election The special BOA meeting will be held at 5
After claiming that the SAC accepted evidence defendants left, had to be escorted out by Poisson campaign, regardless of whether the respondent p.m. in the Tabaret Hall Senate chambers.
Celebrating 90 years of
women at the U of O
versity 100 years ago, to being the majority
of the [undergraduate] population [is] a huge
Women’s Studies Student accomplishment and the entire U of O com-
Association bring munity should be proud of it.”
The March 9 event, coordinated by WSSA
entertainment to 1848 Director of Social Affairs Bethany Schock and
SFUO VP Social Joël Larose, was held at 1848
by Katie DeClerq and featured series of activities and perfor-
Fulcrum Staff mances. The event began as a wine and cheese
with U of O women’s studies professors and
MARCH 9 MARKED the kickoff of Interna- was followed by a series of performances by
tional Women’s Week on campus, as well as Canadian female musical acts Dala, Caracol,
the 90th anniversary of women attending the and Robyn Dell’Unto. The event was free, but
University of Ottawa. attendees were invited to make a donation at
When the U of O was founded in 1848, only the door. Funds collected will be given to the
males were permitted to attend the majority Miss G Project, an organization that promotes
of North America’s post-secondary institu- women’s studies in secondary schools.
tions. In 1918, Canadian women above the “Tonight we want to make a strong mes-
age of 21 were given the right to vote, and in sage,” Larose said at the event. “Even with the
1919 women won the right to hold seats in the oppression [women] have faced, we can still
House of Commons. It was only in 1919 that have positive attitudes towards the future. We
women won the right to attend the U of O. can celebrate the steps we have taken in order
Over the past few months, the SFUO has to balance the campus out in terms of gender
been working with the Women’s Studies Stu- and equality.”
dent Association (WSSA) to coordinate the Alarie was pleased with the success of the
90th anniversary event to celebrate the steps March 9 event, noting the dozens of people
the U of O has taken towards gender equal- who filled the bar.
ity. “Being in a really small faculty, it is some-
Dani Alarie, vp social for the WSSA, em- times a little hard getting a big turnout for
phasized the importance of the anniversary. your events,” she said. “So I am really happy
“I think it is important to acknowledge how that a lot of students who are in women stud-
far women have come in education. To be able ies and [community members] came out to- photo by Martha Pearce
to go from not being able to attend the uni- night to celebrate.” The Canadian pop/folk duo Dala performed at the March 9 celebrations at 1848.

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GSAÉD elections
Your 2009–10 candidates
by Amanda Shendruk
Fulcrum Staff

N
EARLY 5,000 UNIVERSITY of Ottawa gradu-
ate students will have the opportunity March
17–19 to elect their 2009–10 Graduate Stu-
dents’ Association (GSAÉD) executive and
their representatives on the U of O’s Board of Governors
(BOG) and Senate.
In order to encourage student participation in the elec-
tions, the elections committee has created an incentive:
the graduate department with the largest voter turnout
will win a free night of food at Café Nostalgica, worth
up to $200.
“We have really, really low voting attendance,” ex-
plained Désirée Lamoureux, the chief returning officer
for the elections. “Our quorum is five per cent and we
just reached it last year … so we’re really hoping that
we do reach it, but that’s why there is an incentive.”
For your voting convenience—and to help you win
that Nostalgica bash—the Fulcrum has summarized the
responsibilities of each GSAÉD position and the vision photo courtesy Gaétan-Philippe Beaulière
of each candidate below. GSAÉD executive candidates, clockwise from top: Gaétan-Philippe Beaulière, Breanna Roycroft,
Myriam Hebabi, Tansy Etro-Beko, and Gerardo Barajas Garrido.

External commissioner Quote: “I am re-running for my position be- Breanna Roycroft, master’s student in public departments, faculties, programs of study, and
cause, first of all, I am writing my thesis and I’ll and international affairs, wants to: degree requirements. Every year two graduate
The external commissioner deals with the be here for another year. I also liked working • Increase student participation in GSAÉD student representatives are chosen to sit on the
GSAÉD’s provincial and national representation, in GSAÉD and being able to give something to general meetings; senate, one in sciences and one in humanities.
campaign promotion, and media relations. the students of this university by supporting the • Encourage and support the formation of
other execs and the GSAÉD finances.” departmental associations; Sciences – 1 seat available
Gaétan-Philippe Beaulière, master’s student • Work with the U of O administration to-
in French, wants to: University affairs commissioner wards mutually beneficial initiatives; Joseph Hickey, master’s student in physics,
• Work towards greater graduate representa- • Help establish a student charter of rights. wants to:
tion on university committees where their The university affairs commissioner is respon- • Ensure transparency and democratic prin-
presence is required; sible for issues that involve graduate students’ “Since my arrival at [the U of O] in 2005, a ciples in Senate governance;
• Work with the U of O administration and research material, academic and working condi- great number of changes, structurally, adminis- • Ensure democratic control of police pres-
the Student Federation of the University tions, scholarships, theses and theses defences, tratively, and otherwise, have taken the univer- ence on campus and an investigation into
of Ottawa (SFUO) to develop a charter of and student space. He/she also organizes the in- sity in a new and exciting direction. As I enter guidelines for police presence at the Sen-
students’ rights; terdisciplinary conference, a yearly U of O con- my last year with the school, I am looking for- ate;
• Continue the campaign to expand gradu- ference in which graduate students can share ward to the opportunity to play a role in ensur- • Work towards a democratically controlled
ate-specific student space; their research with peers. ing that this new path best represents the goals syllabus;
• Work towards establishing policies that and values of the student body.” • Have Senate support for the reinstatement
regulate private partnerships with the uni- Myriam Hebabi, master’s student in public of suspended professor Denis Rancourt.
versity. and international affairs, wants to: Student life commissioner
• Work with the U of O administration and Quote: “I know that the Senate is a very pow-
Quote: “I really believe in the work that the the SFUO to develop a charter of students’ The student life commissioner is in charge of erful committee and I think that [it has] the
GSAÉD does ... Many graduate students know rights; GSAÉD property, non-academic student activi- ability to uphold the principles of academic
that the GSAÉD exists but they don’t necessar- • Develop a communication forum dedi- ties, and overseeing the graduate-owned Café freedom and tenure that are at desperate risk
ily know what it does for them, and that’s some- cated to academic initiatives occurring in Nostalgica. this year with the firing of a tenured professor
thing that will change if I get elected.” different departments; over the way that he graded ... I want to ensure
• Continue the creation of graduate student Tansy Etro-Beko (incumbent), master’s stu- that the Senate is acting to improve the reputa-
Finance commissioner space; dent in political science, wants to: tion of the university rather than tarnish it.”
• Make sure that bilingualism remains a pri- • Work on building a team of graduate vol-
The finance commissioner is responsible for or- ority on campus. unteers to help diversify and multiply non- Matthew Mount (incumbent), PhD student
ganizing the association’s health plan and bud- academic graduate activities; in neuroscience, wants to:
get, and also oversees issues regarding Academ- Quote: “I believe in the sharing of knowl- • Continue to work closely with the U of O • Raise awareness of science students’ issues
ic Project Fund (APF) applications, inter-library edge ... The interdisciplinary conference, which administration and the SFUO; on the GSAÉD Board and Council, includ-
loans, and student compensation. comes under my position, follows in the idea of • Advocate for more graduate student space ing representing those not on the main
sharing knowledge between different programs on campus; campus (U of O Heart Institute, the Ottawa
Gerardo Barajas Garrido (incumbent), PhD and departments. Knowledge and communica- • Continue investing in and working on Café Hospital, and Roger-Guindon Hall);
student in Spanish, wants to: tion is the basis of working together. I believe in Nostalgica and its policies. • Continue to be involved in the discus-
• Ensure continued effectiveness of the contributing to the greater community of grad sions and approval of academic decisions
GSAÉD health plan; students above and beyond my program.” Quote: unable to be reached for comment. brought to Senate from students, commit-
• Encourage student engagement in more tees, departments, and faculties.
GSAÉD committees, including the finance Internal commissioner Graduate representatives
committee; on the Senate Quote: “I think a lot of students, and espe-
• Lobby for more funding for graduate stu- The internal commissioner is primarily responsi- cially grad students, want a clear and a balanced
dents. ble for the internal functioning of GSAÉD, includ- The Senate is responsible for academic gover- voice coming out [of] the Senate. There’s a lot
Continue the transparent management of the ing the correct filing of records and managing the nance on campus. It determines the U of O’s of great work that I see happening [in] the Sen-
association’s budget. numerous departmental student associations. educational policies and creates or abolishes ate and unfortunately not a lot of students really

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GSAÉD elections Opening dialogue on
discrimination
know what the Senate’s role is at the sions and implements policies and pro-
university … A lot of things that [the cedures for the entire campus. Every
other candidate] running against me other year a graduate student is elected
[is] looking at are things that aren’t to take up one of two student seats.
really within the jurisdiction of the
Senate.” Marie Galophe, PhD student in that 70 per cent of the students who was hearing everything at the town
philosophy and lettres françaises SFUO assembles file appeals regarding academic fraud hall meeting there were so many
Humanities – (see platform given for Senate) are from visible minorities. The SAC things I didn’t think about or even
1 seat available Task Force on presented its own report detailing sys- consider,” he said.
“I am running as [a] political temic racism in the appeals process to Cheevers hopes that the Task Force
Marie Galophe, PhD student in phi- student who wants to make other
Campus Racism the university administration in No- on Campus Racism will provide con-
losophy and lettres françaises, wants students realize that their political by Len Smirnov vember, which the U of O countered crete recommendations for addressing
to: engagement in the affairs of the uni- Fulcrum Staff with its own report weeks later. the issues raised during the town hall
• Ensure transparency and demo- versity are needed and valued ... I “We have denounced it as being meetings. According to him, this will
cratic principles in Senate gover- want them to take charge and power ON MARCH 4, nearly 50 students systemic racism,” Gervais said. “We allow the SFUO campaigns committee
nance; of their rights.” and several university staff attended had students state that they felt it was to incorporate the recommendations
• Ensure democratic control of the first town hall meeting in the for racist reasons that they have been into plans for future campaigns.
police presence on campus and Julia Morris (incumbent), PhD stu- Alumni Auditorium organized by the accused of academic fraud.” “Racism is a very big problem be-
an investigation into guidelines dent in French, wants to: Student Federation of the University The issues raised about racism cause one instance of discrimination
for police presence at the Sen- • Work to ensure that the board of Ottawa’s (SFUO) Task Force on on campus were surprising to some is a huge issue,” said Gashoka. “Any-
ate; respects the collective agreement Campus Racism, a new initiative that students who attended the town hall thing that affects one student affects
• Work towards a democratically and the intellectual freedoms of will investigate incidents of discrimi- meeting. Michael Cheevers, SFUO the whole student body.”
controlled syllabus; professors nation on the U of O campus. campaigns organizer, expressed his
• Have Senate support for the re- • Help increase transparency of The Canadian Federation of Students astonishment at hearing student tes- The SFUO’s Task Force on Campus
instatement of suspended pro- the board; Ontario (CFS-O) originally launched a timonies during the meeting. Racism will hold its second town hall
fessor Denis Rancourt. • Be a voice of concern about tu- province-wide Task Force on Campus “I do have some knowledge about meeting on March 18 in the Unicentre
ition increases; Racism in August 2008. As part of the what’s going on in terms of racism on Terminus at 6 p.m. For more informa-
Quote: “I would [like] to run in or- • Sit on various selection commit- campaign’s mandate, nine CFS-O rep- campus, but at the same time when I tion, visit notoracism.sfuo.ca.
der to defend the rights of the gradu- tees in order to better represent resentatives will be travelling across
ate students at the university, the main graduate student needs. Ontario campuses to collect informa-
goal being the [acquisition] of justice tion on university students’ experience
in this academic system that seems “I feel that my approach is a little with racism. The CFS-O task force
to be willing to oppress the student more open minded [than my com- plans to issue a report with its findings
voice. I am seeking to empower the petitor’s] in the sense that I’m out to and recommendations by this fall.
graduate students, which means to work in collaboration with the mem- Several student unions in Ontario,
defend [them] when they have con- bers of the Board of Governors and including the SFUO, have adopted the
flicts with the administration [and] not in opposition to the structures CFS-O initiative. The SFUO recruited
their supervisors.” [and individuals] that currently exist its own task force of approximately 20
there ... I’m hoping that I can repre- students, who have organized town
Graduate representative sent all the students, in the sciences hall meetings to identify problems of
on the Board of Gover- and in the humanities, all across racism at the U of O. Following the
nors (BOG) – 1 available campus.” meetings, the task force will compile
its findings and recommendations
The U of O’s BOG is responsible for To see candidates’ platforms in their into a report, which it will present to
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zel Gashoka, a member of the SFUO
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not interpret as racist, somebody else
may interpret as racist, and we have to
Alongside electing their executive, as well as Senate and acknowledge that and that there are
BOG representatives on the ballot, graduate students people who are feeling this way.” The teacher
will be presented with a referendum question that asks:
“Would you agree to pay an additional fee of $9 for full-
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A GROUP OF University of Ottawa Islamic, Jewish, and Christian school the event had nothing to do with the
students are encouraging colleagues in the African country. state of Israel, period.”
to opt out of the semesterly fee col- Joel Tietolman, member of Hillel Tietolman explained that while Hil-
lected to support the Ontario Public Ottawa and creator of the Facebook lel does indeed work with an Israeli
Interest Research Group (OPIRG) at group titled “Student Against the group on campus, Hillel itself has no

OPIRG controversy
the U of O months after the student Public Funding of OPIRG (University unified political view.
levy-funded OPIRG-Ottawa denied of Ottawa)”, explained that OPIRG’s “[OPIRG is] basically generalizing the
funding to Jewish student group Hil- refusal to promote the event came af- political ideology of members of a non-
lel Ottawa because of its support of the ter the event had been held, and that political group,” said Tietolman. “Hillel is

sparks levy opt-out


state of Israel. Hillel felt the issue was generally not a Jewish group, not an Israel group.”
Hillel Ottawa, a local chapter of a handled well. In response to OPIRG’s refusal to
larger international Jewish student “It was done in a very distasteful promote the event, Tietolman is en-
group, asked OPIRG and several other way; [OPIRG] could have said nothing couraging students to opt out of the
campus groups for help in promot- and that would have been it, but in- OPIRG winter semester fee of $3.38.
ing a lecture it hosted on Nov. 20. The stead they wanted to make their point, “I don’t think a group that receives
event featured a community leader and frankly it wasn’t the time or the public funding should be able to be
by Megan O’Meara from Uganda who spoke on sustain- place,” said Tietolman. “It wasn’t like that discriminatory,” said Tietolman.
Fulcrum Staff able development and a multi-staged Hillel invited them to a political event; “A lot of their programming is very
good … but when it comes to politics,
they seem to only support a very small
section of our campus.”
Despite the reasons behind many
students’ recent decisions to opt out—
over 25 have so far—OPIRG’s campus
relations coordinator Pierre Blais says
the group is pleased that students are
aware of this option.
“It’s good that people know that they
can opt out,” said Blais. “It exists so that
people who don’t agree with the politi-
cal positions we take are not forced to

money back support anything that we do.”


Blais further explained that while
many of the students opting out are

fast
unsatisfied with the Hillel situation,
OPIRG has the chance to change
their minds.
“A lot of the people who have been
opting out are people who are opting
out because they have affiliations with
Hillel or are unhappy with the way we
dealt with that situation,” said Blais.
“Then once actually in the office talk-
ing to us about what OPIRG is, some
end up choosing not to opt out, so it’s
working out, and … it is giving us vis-
ibility, which is always a good thing.”
While Blais encourages those who
feel strongly to opt out, he encourages
students to consider all of OPIRG’s
contributions.
“Dealing with Hillel is not the only
thing we do,” he said. “We offer tons of
other services, we play an important part
in 101 Week, we do a lot of awesome
programming in support of a lot differ-
ent groups … That being said, the opt-
out is not something we regret offering.”
Students who wish to opt out can
visit the OPIRG offices at 631 King Ed-
ward Ave. until March 16 at 5 p.m.

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Peter Henderson

Arts & Culture March 12–18, 2009


Arts & Culture Editor
arts@thefulcrum.ca

Filming the
unfilmable Director Zack Snyder explains how
by Jaclyn Lytle
Fulcrum Staff
Watchmen made it to the screen
ZACK SNYDER WASN’T excited when he first
got the assignment to direct Watchmen.
“I felt like there was no way that I could do
[it], that I’d be unable to figure it out,” he says.
“But [in the end,] I did.”
Watchmen, the DC Comics sensation created
by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons,
first hit stands as a collected work in 1985. Since
its release, the graphic novel has developed an
enormous fan base and is the only graphic novel
named on Time magazine’s 2005 “Top 100 Nov-
els of All Time” list. While plans for a film ad-
aptation were quick to follow the book’s release,
none came to fruition until 2006 when Warner
Bros. approached Snyder with the project as he
was finishing up another comic adaptation, 300.
Some people, including 12 Monkeys director
Terry Gilliam, called the book unfilmable, but
Snyder thought he would take a crack at it.
“I was in post-[production] on 300 and I got
a call from the studio,” explains 42-year old Sny-
der, who also directed the 2004 remake of Dawn
of the Dead. “They said they had a script for a
comic book called Watchmen. I don’t think they
knew much about it, but they thought ‘Oh, Zack
loves comic books; he’ll love this!’ It was strange
because I don’t think they realized how crazy it
was.”
The graphic novel, set in the United States
in 1985, explores the diverging storylines of a
group of former caped crusaders. Following the
mysterious death of one of their own, the every- photo courtesy Warner Bros.
day vigilantes emerge from semi-retirement to
fight both a killer gunning for masked avengers
and nuclear holocaust. Watchmen is a philo-
sophically complex narrative filled with dense “When I came on to the project, the first thing cations, whether in regards to character script- superheroes, when they run in with bad guys,
symbolism, and turns the conventions of the I asked was when [I would be able] to go talk to ing, soundtrack choice, or plot alteration, have it’s easy and pain-free. I wanted to [eliminate]
comic-book genre on its head. Alan Moore,” he recalls. “I was met with the re- caused considerable controversy amongst fans that concept.”
Although a fan of the original graphic novel, ply that [I wouldn’t]. Alan Moore has famously of the original work. A major consideration when dealing with a
Snyder was apprehensive about undertaking the divorced himself from our motion-picture proj- “There were big, thematic things that I want- multi-layered work like Watchmen is the phi-
project. Watchmen’s reputation as an unfilmable ect, and I didn’t get to talk to him. That bummed ed to get at, tried to get at,” he explains. “A lot of losophy behind the plotline. The book deals
film and the immense pressure to adhere to fans’ me out a fair amount, because that seemed like changes went to pulling up the story, to kind of with themes of revenge, nihilism, and human-
interpretations only fed his anxieties, but Snyder the easy way to figure out exactly how to do lace the [themes] together, stitch them back to- ity’s brutal nature, while at the same time de-
explains that he considered his knowledge of and the movie. I just tried to make the movie based gether. I didn’t want to spend that time and end constructing the traditional myths of the super-
reverence for the source material to be important. on the experiences I had when I first read the up confusing concepts with one as confusing as hero. Conveying this underlying philosophical
“I was very aware [that as] a motion picture graphic novel back in ’88. I’m a huge fan of the one I already had.” significance in a manner that would allow it to
[Watchmen was a] considerable headache,” he [Moore’s, but] he’s asked that I not try to make Snyder also attributes some changes he made be taken seriously was a significant concern for
says. “But, after reading the script that the studio any assumptions about what he thinks and that’s to a responsibility on his part to depict graphic Snyder, and—he feels—the deciding factor in
had, I felt that if I didn’t do it they were going to what I’ve tried to do.” material in an artistic yet realistic fashion. the role of superhero films in popular culture.
do it without me, and the way they [wanted] to Moore has publicly stated that he is unaffili- “The violence in Watchmen is very specific, “It’s all about this culture accepting that [com-
do it. Basically, the directive was a sequel-able, ated with any films based on his work, after his and designed to provoke thought,” he says. “I ic books are] our mythology,” he says. “To me,
PG-13 movie; instead of 1985, set against the bad experiences with From Hell in 2001 and The wanted the idea of a superhero movie to be bro- that’s the biggest turn that culture has to make.
War on Terror, [Dr.] Manhattan … goes to Iraq League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003. Be- ken down at every level, not just psychologically. It’s difficult to accept [as a culture] that the way
instead of Vietnam, and the ending [unfolding] ing forced to interpret the original work solely As an audience, we’re so [accustomed] to PG-13, our stories are told [is] by comics. I don’t think
exactly how you would imagine in a superhe- from a fan’s perspective, Snyder explains that homogenized violence that’s then put in a clean that there’s anything non-intellectual about su-
ro movie. That was just something that I felt I he had a significant impact on the way the film wrapper. [That], in my opinion, is irresponsible perheroes; it’s what you make it. What people
couldn’t let happen.” version was developed. His interpretation, he violence, especially in the sense that it’s target- perceive as a danger is that we’re dumbing our-
Unfortunately for Snyder, the process of explained, involved changes in plot, particularly ed towards kids. The idea with Watchmen is to selves down [by] making superheroes our [rep-
adapting Watchmen for the big screen was not a grand divergence from the graphic novel’s smash that concept as hard as I could, [the idea] resentation]. I think that superheroes have the
what he expected. catastrophic climax. Snyder’s creative modifi- that violence has no consequences and that [for] ability to be intellectually stimulating.”
Comedy showdown
The U of O’s English and
French improv teams
do battle
by Andrew Champagne
Fulcrum Contributor

FANS OF PROFESSIONAL comedy


have been well-served by Ottawa’s
two comedy clubs, Yuk Yuk’s and Ab-
solute Comedy, but students looking
to get started in the funny business—
or those just looking for a slightly less
expensive laugh—will be interested to
know that the University of Ottawa is
nurturing its own amateur comedians
on campus.
There are two improv teams at the
U of O; the English-language Room
for Improvment and the French-
language La Ligue d’Improvisation
Étudiante Universitaire (L.I.E.U.).
Improv, short for improvisational
comedy, is a form of comedy with no
set script that relies on ad-libbing and
spontaneous creativity on the part of
the participants. There are games and
frameworks, such as props and set sit-
uations, from which the participants
work, but the end result is always dif-
ferent. Every Tuesday night at 8:30
p.m., Room for Improvment, meets
in room 026 of the Unicentre.
“We do an open practice every
Tuesday so anyone can come out and photo courtesy Samantha Bayard
everyone can participate,” says Room The U of O’s English-language improv comedy team, Room for Improvment, loves comedy, beer, and making funny faces in pictures.
for Improvment president Drew Mc-
Fadyen. “We work on basics and play because it makes you quick on your McFadyen. “We’re definitely going to each team must come up with chal- “There’s nothing really on the
improv games and do scenes.” feet, and sometimes in life you have get a run for our money because they lenges and situations for the other to line here other than bragging rights,
Room for Improvment, which has to be quick on your feet. It’s a great are a well established troupe. I’ve seen act out. which are still very important in the
been a U of O club since 2006, per- outlet to help you get rid of some of them perform in English and they’re “It might be something as simple world of comedy,” explains McFady-
formed at the McGill Improv Summit the random ideas and thoughts that extremely funny in [both] languages, as ‘this scene must use two members en. “All improvisers get along, with or
on Feb. 14 in their first inter-provin- are buzzing around in your head, which is an accomplishment in it- from the audience’ or something without the language barrier.”
cial tournament. They also performed [by acting] them out in a group that’s self.” more complicated like ‘in this scene Regardless of the friendly nature of
a charity show at Carleton University easygoing.” The showdown will incorporate the one of you must be on the shoulders the show, McFadyen expects his club
in Oct. 2008, squaring off against On March 13, Room for Improv- Coliseum style of improv, in which of someone else at all times’,” explains to perform to its fullest.
La L.I.E.U. and teams from the host ment will be facing off against La both teams are given limitations that McFadyen. “We just give them zany “We can’t just be a carpet for them,”
school and McGill University. L.I.E.U. at the redesigned Café Alter- they have to work around for each gimmicks to incorporate into their laughs McFadyen. “We need to show
McFadyen thinks that improv is a natif in the basement of Simard Hall. scene and, much like hockey, penal- scene.” them that [Room for Improvment]
great stress reliever for students, and The members of La L.I.E.U. played ties can be assessed for breaking pre- The contest will be unscientifically has some teeth.”
he wants as many people as possible a key role in developing the English set rules or being unnecessarily mean judged on audience laughter, and the
to share the benefits. team by providing guidance during to the other side. The competition only thing that may get wounded in Room for Improvment challenges La
“Of course, [improv] is not for ev- their creation and early development. will also incorporate elements of the this competition is the contestants’ L.I.E.U. at Café Alternatif on March
eryone,” he says. “But it’s really good “I’m looking forward to it,” says challenge style of improv, in which pride. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $2.

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Knowing
Alex
by Peter Henderson
Fulcrum Staff

THE END OF the world is nigh. At least it is


in Knowing, the first feature film since 2004’s
Director Alex Proyas talks sci-fi, disaster movies, and Nic Cage
films. As a filmmaker, he finds it important to
have a say in the story, not just how it is told.
“I like to be involved with the story we’re tell-
ing as much as possible,” he explains. “Partly
why I take so long getting movies going is [be-
I, Robot from director Alex Proyas. Proyas cause] I really tinker with the screenplay a great
(The Crow, Dark City) doesn’t call it a disaster deal until I’m totally satisfied with it. I like going
movie, but the film depicts cataclysmic events into a movie with [a script] that’s as well crafted
and deals with a prophecy that foresees the final as we can make it. That’s often a result of ripping
destruction of the human race. In these times it apart and putting it back together repeatedly,
of economic meltdowns and devastating climate because it’s often easier to fix stuff at the script
changes, Proyas thinks that a film like Knowing stage than in the cutting room.”
is a reflection of the North American mood. Proyas believes the rewrites are essential to
“When people live in uncertain times, [Arma- making his movies work, and he does most of
geddon] is something that [they] dwell upon,” the tweaking himself.
says Proyas. “Movies are a reflection of that, “I want [every film I do] to have a unique
a way of analyzing the situation in a dramatic voice,” he explains. “It’s got to come from some-
form and perhaps helping us find a solution, or, one, so it might as well be me.”
at worst, prepare ourselves. I really think it’s a The two lead actors in Knowing, Nicolas Cage
sign of the times.” and Rose Byrne, who plays the daughter of the
Knowing tells the story of John Koestler (Ni- girl who wrote the original prophecy, are two
colas Cage), a father who decodes a cryptic mes- people Proyas has wanted to work with for a
sage found in a time capsule opened at his son’s long time. The project came together at a time
elementary school. Koestler believes that the when the two actors had room in their sched-
message, written 50 years ago by a young girl, ules, and Proyas felt they were perfectly suited
has correctly predicted every major disaster that for the story he wanted to tell.
occurred since the capsule was buried. It predicts “[Cage] read the script and loved it, and he
not just more disasters, but the imminent end of was very interested in working with me, so
the world. With the help of his son (Chandler it was a great marriage in that respect,” says
Canterbury) and the descendants of the proph- Proyas. “He came on board at a fairly early stage,
ecy’s original author, Koestler attempts to keep and I was delighted with that—I thought he was
the prophecy from coming true. a perfect match for that character.
The film is billed as a science-fiction action “Rosie is someone I’ve known for quite a long
film, but it wasn’t the action set-pieces—a plane time, and we’re quite good friends,” he contin-
crash, a subway disaster—that drew Proyas to ues. “We both come from Sydney in Australia,
the project. so we’ve known each other for a while now.
“Though it is about these large-scale events, She’s, again, someone that I’ve wanted to work
there’s an aspect of action, and suspense really with, and the character seemed perfect for her.”
drives the movie forward; it really is a very in- The realistic visual aesthetic of Knowing
timate story about a father and son,” he says. couldn’t be further from the fantastical alter-
“That’s what appealed to me. nate worlds of Proyas’ earlier films. The film was
“I was aware of the set-piece moments that shot on digital video, which gives the director
were going to happen in the script, and I wanted immediate feedback on shots and allows more image courtesy Summit Entertainment
to avoid glamorizing [them],” he continues. “I flexibility in shot length, camera position, and Alex Proyas (inset) often has a hand in writing the films he directs, including Knowing.
really wanted to make them as visceral, real, and lighting. Knowing is Proyas’ first experience
unsettling as possible. It was a reaction against with digital filmmaking, and he used the tech-
what I see in Hollywood movies that glamorize nique in part because the film is meant to be as
or beautify disaster.” believable as possible.
Science fiction is a genre Proyas knows well, “I specifically made myself move away from
having explored the complicated relationship be- the stylized world that I usually work with,” says
tween humanity and technology in Dark City, I, Proyas. “I wanted to put people into a reality. It
Robot, and The Crow. He’s been an avid sci-fi fan was very important to me that the performances
since he was a child, with the works of American and the way I tell the story visually was natural-
science fiction writer Philip K. Dick being one istic and unstructured.”
important influence on his development. Although this is the first film Proyas has shot
“[Science fiction] is really my own personal on digital, he has often experimented with the
comfort zone,” says Proyas. “I grew up on sci- form before and he hopes to use it again in the
ence fiction, and it really is a part of my psyche future.
creatively. I just feel very comfortable working “I’ve always tested all the latest digital cam-
within the genre. Science fiction is often more eras on every project,” he says. “I’ve always gone
grounded in the rules of the real world, and I back to film. In this instance, I used a camera
like the confines of that world. It’s what I think I that I was really impressed with from an early
do best, and I stick with it.” stage. [We shot the whole film with it, and] we’re
As with Dark City, Proyas was involved in very pleased with the result.”
the writing of Knowing, and he has contributed
uncredited work to the screenplays of his other Knowing will be released in theatres March 20.

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by Sarah Gibbo
Fulcrum Contribut
I
T WAS 1880 when poet Walt Whitman said, “The dirtiest uses profanity or derogatory terms, or por- the U.S. Margaret Atwood’s book, A Hand-
trays a particular religious or ethnic group maid’s Tale, is currently at the centre of a-
book of all is the expurgated book.” The censorship of books, in a negative light. Every year, novels by much-talked about challenge in Canada
however, is still pervasive in 2009. With an almost limitless authors such as Toni Morrison and Maya and has just been reviewed by the Toronto
selection of reading material available from libraries, second- Angelou—who have both written about District School Board (TDSB). The novel is
rape and incest—receive challenges when about a totalitarian society in which lower
hand bookstores, and even Google Books, students’ reading teachers try to use this material in upper- class women have few rights and are the
choices seem plentiful. Compared to the 1950s, when books level high school classes. child-bearers for the elite. Robert Edwards,
were banned for obscenity and due to content, students today are “There is a constituency of people that the parent whose Grade 12 son studied the
believes that even though these are Pulitzer book in class, filed the complaint.
living in an era of relative accessibility. Prize-winning novels, they have no place in “This book speaks of women perform-
Yet in 2009 people in Canada and the to encouraging freedom of expression. the high school classroom because they have ing fellatio, prostitution, female subjuga-
United States continue to challenge the Gerald Lynch, a professor in the Depart- profanity in them or they deal with difficult tion, adultery, pornography, brothels, rape,
placement of certain books on library ment of English at the University of Ottawa, situations like incest or rape in the course of sexual domination and multiple sex part-
shelves and in classrooms. Books are being is a firm believer in the freedom to read. telling their stories,” Caldwell-Stone said. ners, a woman’s (vagina) wearing out, and
challenged for a great variety of reasons: de- “No one likes the word ‘censorship’. It Kenneth D. Gariepy, the chair of the CLA of course the de rigueur F-word, apparently
pictions of same-sex parenthood, obscen- smacks of totalitarian tyranny over freedom Advisory committee on intellectual free- a must-have word to win a literary award in
ity, profanity, and unconventional politics. of expression (of cold-war communism, dom, agreed with Caldwell-Stone. this country,” he wrote in the complaint. “It
From February 22 to 28, the Freedom of of Orwell’s 1984, etc.). Or like something “I think with some parents there’s a con- is rife with brutality towards and mistreat-
Expression Committee of the Book and Freud dreamed up to keep us from hav- cern that if their teenager or their young ment of women … I can’t really understand
Periodical Council (BPC)—a committee ing fun,” he said. “Being ‘pro-censorship’ adult are exposed to even fictitious works what it is my son is supposed to be learning
that scrutinizes issues of censorship in Can- sounds like being in favour of telling people that depict situations in which characters from this fictional drivel.”
ada—hosted its annual Freedom to Read to shut up. It’s just so rude, so unaccept- are opposing the mainstream, that these The TDSB, in its review, decided that the
Week. The annual event was a celebration able in a liberal democracy that thrives on ideas can become embodied in their chil- book was suitable for the students to read.
of Canadian citizens’ right to freedom of a plurality of opinion, and on old-fashioned dren’s actions, and I think that makes a lot “We’re very supportive of maintaining
speech and expression as guaranteed in the politeness.” of parents uneasy.” The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Across the as a learning resource in the TDSB,” said
nation, libraries displayed books that were The challengers Challenged Melanie Parrack, an executive superinten-
banned in the past and organized activi- and their reasons dent with the board.
ties emphasizing liberal content. The week One of the most famously censored books The final decision—which has yet to be
facilitated the understanding that a book Despite such strong words against censor- is J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, pub- made—is left to the board’s director of edu-
deemed objectionable by some can for oth- ship, there is always the opposing viewpoint. lished in 1951. The book wasn’t challenged cation, Gerry Connelly.
ers be eye-opening in its exploration of new With challenges continuing to be made, it for its obscenity; instead, its controversy
perspectives. begs the question, who is challenging them stemmed from its use of angst, sexuality, Will we see change?
and why? Most challenges in Canada come and profanity in the depiction of a young
Our freedom to read from parents and school administrators adult’s brooding thoughts and actions. In Despite the efforts of the BPC’s Freedom of
at the elementary and high school level or the 1960s, U.S. educational boards fired Expression Committee and the CLA’s Ad-
In 20th century North America, there was a non-profit organizations. teachers who taught the novel in their class- visory Committee on Intellectual Freedom
notable spike in the censorship of literature. Accuracy in Academia (AIA), a non- rooms. Although the novel has been trans- to defend the right to read, it seems that
The U.S. government took part by banning profit research group based in Washington, lated into the majority of the world’s major literary challenges will continue as long as
classic books such as James Joyce’s Ulysses D.C., is one of many organizations in the languages and its sales exceed $65 million, parents and school administrators persist in
and Voltaire’s Candide from entering the U.S. that frequently challenge reading ma- more than 50 years later the novel remains questioning the merit required for a book to
country in 1930, citing obscenity and un- terial. The organization focuses mostly on a source of contention between concerned be placed on a library’s shelf and for a novel
necessary use of vulgar language. In 1948, books taught at the university level. Eric parents and teachers following American to be taught in a classroom.
the American Library Association (ALA) Langborgh, conference director of AIA, ad- and Canadian high school curriculums. Caldwell-Stone noted that from year to
adopted the Library Bill of Rights, which dressed students of Georgia Tech in 2000 Caldwell-Stone noted that it is rare for year, the ALA sees little change in the quan-
formally outlined the organization’s com- on the issue of educational bias and AIA’s The Catcher in the Rye not to receive at least tity of challenges, the books being chal-
mitment to protect an individual’s right to reasoning behind challenging material used one or two challenges a year, and added that lenged, and the type of people who bring
access materials within a library and to pro- in the classroom. novels written for youth audiences often fill forward the challenges. Both the CLA and
mote free expression. Deborah Caldwell- “People often use the academic free- spots on the ALA’s list of top 10 most chal- the ALA continue to receive challenges, and
Stone, deputy-director of the ALA, ex- dom defence against censorship but there lenged books. The Catcher in the Rye has the data that the organizations have collect-
plained that the idea for the bill originated is a world of difference between academic a place on the CLA February 2009 List of ed from surveys and reported challenges
in librarians’ fears of increased censorship. freedom and academic anarchy,” he said. Challenged Books and Magazines, where does not show that they are likely to stop
“[The Library Bill of Rights] began in the “Academic freedom cannot and should not it’s noted that the novel has been consis- receiving those challenges in the future.
1930s when members of the library profes- mean that anything goes, but it does have tently challenged by parents and school While Freedom to Read Week celebrated
sion began to note a great deal of censor- everything to do with academic responsi- administrators in Canada for the last 15 the right of Canadians to access controver-
ship—both the U.S. government out and out bility and the proper use of public funds.” years due to its profane language. Gariepy sial novels and other publications, part of its
forbidding books from entering the coun- AIA’s mission statement is to “focus on the acknowledged that it is possible that objec- significance is to remind citizens that cen-
try, to the kind of censorship that involved use of classroom and/or university resourc- tions to the novel are based on more than its sorship attempts are still prevalent in 2009.
suppressing books because of their political es to indoctrinate students, discrimination language alone. Yet even if a book is banned from a school, a
ideas or the social views they expressed.” against students, faculty or administrators “This book, for reasons that we without library, or a country, the ideas within it per-
The U.S. is not alone in defending books based on political or academic beliefs, and further investigation may not be able to ful- sist. As Franklin D. Roosevelt noted in his
from censorship. Canada has numerous or- campus violations of free speech.” ly understand, has become almost become message to the booksellers of America in
ganizations that defend their right to read, Frequently, a book is challenged because a flashpoint,” he said. “It has such a long 1942, “We all know that books burn, yet we
such as the BPC’s Freedom of Expression of its particularly explicit content. The history of banning that it’s almost become a have the greater knowledge that books can-
Committee and the Canadian Library Asso- predominant belief by challengers is that tradition for someone, somewhere, to chal- not be killed by fire. People die, but books
ciation (CLA) Advisory Committee on In- children in school are impressionable and lenge it at least on an annual basis.” never die. No man and no force can abolish
tellectual Freedom—a committee dedicated should be protected from literature that Censorship, however, is not limited to memory.”

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William Tyndale’s English Sorrows of Young Werther— Bonfires in Nazi Germany White Niggers of America—a
translation of the New Testa- which ends with a graphic de- burned thousands of books book about Quebec politics—
ment was smuggled into Eng- piction of Werther’s suicide—is written by Jews, communists, was confiscated and banned. A
photo by Alex Martin

land—and then burned by the condemned by the Lutheran and others. Included were the U.S. edition was published in
ons English church because it was
not written in Latin.
church after several copycat
suicides. Italy, Denmark, and
works of Albert Einstein, Sig-
mund Freud, Ernest Heming-
English in 1971 and smuggled
into Canada.
tor Germany also ban the book. way, Helen Keller, Lenin, Jack
London, Karl Marx, and Upton
Sinclair.
Good Bad
Watchmen Film
WATCHMEN IS EVERY bit the epic master- Snyder never loses the original feel and nihilism
A Watchmen Film
WATCHMEN AUTHOR ALAN Moore and il- to Saw-level gore. Those expecting to see a tra-
D
piece it has been hyped up to be. Adapted from of the graphic novel. The dialogue is simple and lustrator Dave Gibbons had it right the first ditional comic-book movie will be shocked, as
the 1987 graphic novel by Alan Moore and straightforward, not filled with the lame comic- time. The graphic novel is a literary master- Watchmen features sex and violence in spades.
David Gibbons, the film tells the story of an book clichés that doom so many other film ad- piece that combines remarkable storytelling Time, clocks, and watches are meaningful sym-
alternate timeline in which a band of retired aptations. Much of it is lifted directly from the and metaphysical philosophical insight. Unfor- bols in the Watchmen story, and audiences will
vigilante heroes reunite in the face of the Cold book, and it’s a testament to Moore’s strength as tunately director Zack Snyder worked within take note of the tedious two-hour-and-40-min-
War. To add to the trouble, the group finds that an author that it flows naturally out of the actors’ the confines of the graphic novel and created ute show time. For the viewers who didn’t read
someone is picking off their old members, one mouths. an adaptation that ultimately disappoints both the graphic novel, that’s a considerable amount
by one. The acting in Watchmen is superb and sets moviegoers and comic-book fans. of time to be baffled by an incongruous plotline.
Watchmen is directed a new standard for Watchmen is an undeniably dark and violent Even with the extended length, Snyder still had
by Zack Snyder (300, comic book adapta- tale about an alternate universe where vigilante to cut certain scenes out of the film, and there is
Dawn of the Dead), and heroes fought crime until little emotional attachment
the visual aspects of the
Snyder takes the beautifully tions. The actors in the
film are brilliantly cast, forced into retirement in the Simply put, Watchmen is between the audience and
drawn panels of the comic
film are mind-blowing. especially in the case of 1970s; there is only one real an unfilmable piece any of the main characters.
Snyder takes the beauti- book and turns them into a Jackie Earle Hailey as superhero, a super-powered Another problem with
fully drawn panels of the scientist named Dr. Man- of literature. Watchmen is the film’s
comic book and turns
savage, live-action experience. the uncompromising,
fascist Rorschach, and hattan; and Richard Nixon soundtrack. Songs by Bob
them into a savage, live- James Dean Morgan as won the Vietnam war and several presidential Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel are featured in
action experience. The the swaggering, misogy- terms. the film, and “99 Luftballons” by Nena pops up
film’s action sequences are stunning, using the nistic Comedian. Both look and act exactly like The graphic novel Watchmen is essentially at one point. The songs fit the era of the story, but
slow-motion concept Snyder developed in 300 their comic-book counterparts, fully inhabiting used as a storyboard for the film adaptation. their popularity—it sounds like a hit parade—is
and Dawn of the Dead to show simple but brutal their characters and making each movement Moviegoers who have yet to read the graphic distracting, and breaks the suspension of disbe-
violence. Snyder never falls into the trap of oth- and action seem as natural as breathing. novel will be highly confused by the story’s flash- lief because these famous songs are already so
er action films that cut their scenes to shreds— Watchmen is not your average gumdrops and backs, subplots, and constant jumping between filled with meaning for the audience.
each confrontation is shown in medium or wide sunshine comic-book movie. It is dark, brutal, protagonists and characters. Unfortunately, de- Simply put, Watchmen is an unfilmable piece
shots, giving the viewer a perfect perspective on and offensive, with heroes who are morally and voted fans of the book will also be disappointed of literature. Zack Snyder aimed to please both
all the dizzying action. emotionally flawed and prone to making bad by Snyder’s changes to the original, including a comic fans and newcomers, but in the end, he
The film sticks to the look and plot of the decisions. Anyone expecting a Spider-man- new ending and the trimming of many arguably pleased neither. Watchmen was in development
graphic novel as best as it can, though several key esque film for the whole family will be very essential details. hell—Hollywood purgatory—for almost 20
aspects of the comic are changed or removed for surprised. Snyder greatly emphasizes the viciousness years. It should have stayed there.
practical reasons. Not to worry though, because —Hisham Kelati found within the book, but pushes the violence —Kalin Smith
image courtesy Warner Bros.

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Ottawa rockers invade Toronto mer Martin Desjardins was replaced
APlotAgainstMe join by Butch Gerard, and the band added
bass player Dan Page to relieve Lavi-
2009 CMW line-up gne of double duty as the bassist and
by Megan O’Meara singer. The newcomers joined origi-
Fulcrum Staff nal guitarist Shawn Bradley and Lavi-
gne to create the ambitious foursome
OTTAWA-BASED HARD ROCKERS that is the band today.
APlotAgainstMe are enjoying an ex- Along with the changes in mem-
plosive start to their year. Their sec- bership, APlotAgainstMe has shifted
ond album, Deuce, was released Feb. its influences since the band first got
13, and the band will soon travel to together.
Toronto to participate in the annual “The first record and the first
Canadian Music Week (CMW) which stuff we were doing was more on
runs March 11–14. CMW is a week- the heavy side … Queens of the
long music festival, conference, and Stone Age influenced [it], that and
exhibition that features 350 bands Nirvana—[it was] really more rock
photo courtesy Sean Sisk
from across the world performing driven,” says Lavigne. “With the
in 35 downtown Toronto clubs, and new record, it’s more influenced we started working with him a little bit a recording deal that satisfies their Queen St. W.) on March 12 at the Last
APlotAgainstMe are hoping to gain by stuff from the 50s, [yet it’s] still more and we decided that he should needs without compromising their Gang Records/Ideal Friends CMW
some major exposure from their show some pretty heavy rock.” define the sound of the record.” musical direction. showcase. The band is represented by
on March 12. APlotAgainstMe remains unsigned The four also recorded a live single “[We’d] like to sign to a label that the Ideal Friends publicity firm.
Together since 2005, the band re- by a record label, but despite their with Ian Thornley (Big Wreck/Thorn- actually gives us artistic freedom, “All I want to do is make really
leased Who do you work for? Why do lack of label support they managed ley) called “Swearengen”, which was [and] that’s there to back us and give good music and have it heard by a
you do it? in 2006, and have toured to recruit some big names to lend engineered by Eric Ratz (Billy Tal- us the right publicity,” explains Lavi- whole lot of people,” says Lavigne.
extensively across Canada. Lead their expertise to Deuce. Guitarist ent) and mixed by Florencia. The gne. “Really, I don’t mind being in- “Whether a record label is involved or
singer Sylvain Lavigne explains that Bradley fills the role of producer for single was released at the same time dependent forever, so long as we get not, I don’t really mind. We’re just be-
the band only recently found a sound their music, but the band had both as Deuce. distribution deals so that our records ing ourselves, like we always are.”
that they felt suited them as a group, Grammy-award-winning producer Since they have been doing well on actually hit stores.”
moving away from punk and metal to David Bottrill (Tool, Silverchair, Peter their own, Lavigne wants the band to APlotAgainstMe will be perform- For more information and tour dates,
create their own blend of hard rock. Gabriel) and Juno-winning producer stay independent until they can find ing at CMW at the Wrong Bar (1279 visit www.aplotagainstme.com.
“The sound we have now is more Vic Florencia (Danko Jones, Nelly
textured, more defined, and I guess Furtado) do co-production work on
a bit more us,” he explains. “We’re the new album. You’ll never eat brunch in this town again

The curse of the fanboy


actually defining a bit more of what “[Botrill] is a super cool dude; he
APlotAgainstMe is, instead of just be- did some great mixes on three of our
ing [another] big heavy rock band.” songs off the record,” says Lavigne.
This sonic development could be a “After we did the first songs with him,
result of the lineup changes that the we called Florencia and gave him one joke—the Wikipedia page for Knuck- new-found relevance that we should be
band underwent in mid-2008. Drum- song to mix. It came back super … so les, the sidekick from the Sonic The worried about.
Hedgehog video-game series, clocks in The worst part about fanboys is their
at over 3,000 words. That’s 1,600 words ability to have an influence. The army
more than the entry for ‘girlfriend’, of Internet nerds were up in arms about
which I think is no coincidence. Zack Snyder’s film version of Watch-
Fanboys are devoted to their par- men when they heard he was making
ticular subject with fanatical fervour, changes to the plot and structure of the
and they will accept no criticism or book, and he’s made it clear that he at
dissent. Director George Lucas alien- least considered some of their demands
ated many of his fanboys with the in making the final product. Unfor-
Peter Henderson three Star Wars prequels, but ask the tunately, this incorporation of fanboy
Arts & Culture Editor next person you see in a Stormtroop- opinion takes away enjoyment from
er costume why the dialogue in Epi- the rest of us, because Snyder’s faithful
THE RECENT RELEASE of the film sode IV: A New Hope is so stilted and use of the comic’s dialogue—perfect for
adaptation of Alan Moore’s semi- awkward. With wild-eyed passion the page, but unwieldy and awkward on
nal comic book Watchmen brought and equal amounts of arrogance and the big screen—ends up being the film’s
check it out at them out of their parents’ basements condescension, they’ll defend the Achilles heel. Emotions and plot devel-

niagara.edu/mba in droves. They post extended rants


on the Internet about their favourite
original trilogy as though you were
questioning their very existence. It’s
opment are lamely revealed by the char-
acters, and the suspension of disbelief is
films, movies, or video games, and not just films, either—tell the next ruined by conversations that are more
they know more obscure trivia than person you see with a Tool T-shirt awkward than Joaquin Phoenix’s recent
Master of Business Administration anyone ever should about their cho- that the guitar playing on 10,000 appearance on Late Night with David
sen obsession. They’ll sit behind you Days, Tool’s latest album, is boring Letterman. If Snyder had ignored the
“ Put your career on the fast track!” Check OPEN HOUSE at every big superhero film opening, and unimaginative, and watch the fanboys and made a movie, not a mov-
out Niagara University’s AACSB accredited April 4, 2009 complaining about how different the creepy zeal with which that fan de- ing comic book, Watchmen would have
MBA program at niagara.edu/mba. Niagara University hero’s powers are when compared to fends his rock gods. been an epic film.
Campus
Experience the quality of a full time MBA Lewiston, NY issue number 167. They were immor- Fanboy dedication goes beyond The fanboy curse started with the
with flexibility and convenience of Academic Complex, talized by The Simpsons in the charac- simple adoration. It’s an all-out devo- rise of the Internet. Before that time,
Saturday and evening classes. Room 229
ter of Comic Book Guy as slogan-T- tion that borders on religious mania, fanboys were isolated in their mom’s
1:00 pm
It’s unbeatable – and you can finish your shirt-wearing, greasy-hot-dog-eating, and it’s usually based on pop culture basements, ranting silently to the wall
degree in as little as 16 months. So don’t put your socially awkward jerks. I’m speaking, subjects that don’t really matter in the about Mork & Mindy or the origi-
career on hold, apply now! of course, of the scourge known as grand scheme of things. Grown men nal Transformers cartoon. Now, they
Check out our new Health Care Administration classes. fanboys. should not have more than a vague build online communities dedicated
Call 1.800.462.1111 or apply today at niagara.edu/mba. The fanboy can strike anywhere, at knowledge of children’s cartoons, but to topics no one should care about,
Email: mba@niagara.edu any time. Normal people who spend there are 35-year-olds who know more like whether the Millennium Falcon
more than a cursory amount of time about Dragonball Z than your average is faster that the starship Enterprise.
on the Internet know about Rule One: fifth grader. Of course, fanboys often Creative types, for the good of us all, I
whatever you’re into, someone is way exist in opposition to one another— beg you: ignore the fanboys.
more into it and has devoted his or her Xbox 360 vs. Playstation 3, Star Wars
Education That Makes a Difference free time to writing a 4,000-word Wiki- vs. Star Trek, or Linux vs. Windows. arts@thefulcrum.ca
Niagara University, NY 14109-2011 pedia page about the topic. This is no Spotting fanboys is easy, and it’s their 613-562-5931

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David McClelland

Sports March 12–18, 2009


Sports Editor
sports@thefulcrum.ca

Championship-bound Questions surround


national seedings
Men’s basketball team captures OUA bronze medal
by Anna Rocoski by David McClelland we’re going to a national tournament
Fulcrum Staff Fulcrum Staff and can get to the final without play-
ing any team outside of Ontario.”
IT WAS A sparse crowd in Mont- UNIVERSITY SPORTING CHAM- “Everything was discussed. The
petit Hall on March 7, but they still PIONSHIPS bring together teams fact that the field was very deep [and]
roared as the University of Ottawa from all across the country, but the we didn’t want to seed teams that fit
men’s basketball team defeated the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team could a certain model so that the seeding
Windsor Lancers 73-59, winning the very well end up playing two confer- would be skewed,” Mark Katz, head
Ontario University Athletics (OUA) ence rivals in the Canadian Interuni- coach of the Toronto Varsity Blues
bronze medal and securing a berth versity Sport (CIS) March 13–15 na- and a member of the committee that
at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport tional championships. decided the seedings, said in an in-
(CIS) March 13–15 national cham- The Gees are seeded fifth in the terview with the Fulcrum. “In other
pionships. The victory required the eight-team tournament (see sidebar), words a team that is arguably third or
Gee-Gees to come back from an 82- meaning they will open the cham- fourth seeded to go to seventh [seed]
61 defeat at the hands of the Carleton pionship against the fourth-seeded for some matchup purposes was not
Ravens in a March 4 OUA semifinal Western Mustangs, a fellow Ontario considered.”
game. University Athletics (OUA) team, Even so, DeAveiro would rather
“We were always able to bounce whom the Gee-Gees have already have seen the seedings organized in
back the next game,” said Gee-Gees faced once this season. The winner of a way that wouldn’t have pitted them
head coach David DeAveiro. “I the game will likely go on to play the against conference rivals.
thought that we could do that again Carleton Ravens, provided the Ra- “We might have been [seeded]
today and we did. [We] just forget vens beat the eighth-ranked St. Fracis third or sixth,” said DeAveiro. “I didn’t
about [the loss against Carleton] Xavier X-men in their first game. think they’d put Carleton and us on
and focused on what we had to do photo by Joël Côté-Cright “I can’t say I’m [very] pleased the same side [of the draw], or have
[tonight]. It’s kind of falling into our Gee-Gees guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe (3) heads skyward during with [the rankings],” said Gee-Gees two Ontario [teams] play each other
plan, our plan is to let [the Ravens] Ottawa’s 73-59 victory over the Windsor Lancers head coach Dave DeAveiro. “I can’t in the first round. I didn’t think that
win the first game and not the last Labentowicz, who both completed “I think of all the tournaments I’ve figure out why they would have the was going to happen, but it did.”
one.” their final year of CIS eligibility. been to this is probably the tourna- three Ontario teams on one side of
While the Gee-Gees opened up an “When you’ve got two [veteran] ment with the most depth—you’ve got the draw and the western teams on
early 9-2 lead, they couldn’t maintain
it during the first half. The Lancers
guys you expect leadership and per- eight great teams in this tournament,”
formance because they don’t want he said. “We’re in tough against West-
the other side of the draw. To me it
doesn’t make sense, but you have to
Tournament
slowly clawed away at the Ottawa lead, their season to end, they don’t want ern. They hammered us pretty good … take the draw for what it is and get seeds
trimming it to 34-29 at halftime. their careers to end,” said DeAveiro, the first time we played them … and ready to play.” 1. Carleton Ravens (21-1)
However the Gee-Gees took off in “I knew I could count on those two they won the [OUA] West, so we’ve DeAveiro is not the only person
the third quarter, led by strong per- guys and they came through. I am got our hands full. So we’re just prac- to express frustration. Both Carleton 2. Calgary Dinos (17-5)
formances from point guards Josh just happy about the other guys who tising a little bit each day and work- head coach Dave Smart and West-
Gibson-Bascombe and Josh Wright, stepped in and contributed to make ing on things that we’re going to do ern head coach Brad Campbell feel 3. British Columbia
who combined to score 36 points in sure that David and Dax could play a against them.” that the tournament seedings weren’t Thunderbirds (21-2)
the game. The pair hit a trio of three- couple more games.” organized as well as they could have
4. Western Mustangs (19-3)
pointers in the frame to catapult the “It feels good. A little sad though,” The Gee-Gees kick off the CIS champi- been. A committee of basketball
Gees to a 55-41 lead going into the fi- said Labentowicz. “At least my last onships on March 13 against the West- coaches creates the seedings after all 5. Ottawa Gee-Gees (19-3)
nal quarter. A tight defensive game by memory on the floor is a good one.” ern Mustangs at Scotiabank Place. Tip- the regional playoffs have ended.
the Gee-Gees kept the Lancers from The Gee-Gees are now looking off is at 6 p.m., and tickets—starting “I don’t know how all the Ontario 6. Dalhousie Tigers (13-7)
mounting any serious threat in the ahead to the national championships, from $5 for a pair of games and $30 for teams wind up on the same side of
7. Concordia Stingers (12-4)
fourth quarter, securing the win. hosted by Carleton at Scotiabank a tournament pass—are available from the draw,” said Campbell in an article
The game also marked the last home Place. DeAveiro is expecting a tough captialtickets.ca published in the London Free Press. 8. St. Francis Xavier
game for fifth-year centre Dax Dessu- tournament, and is preparing his —With files from “I’m not sure why it would work that X-Men (17-3)
reault and fifth-year forward David team accordingly. David McClelland way. I can’t explain it. I know that

Victory eludes Gees at nationals gina in Saskatchewan. On March 6, to be.”


the Simon Fraser Clan crushed the With the loss to the Clan, the Gee-
Women’s basketball Garnet and Grey 89-42, and the La- Gees were relegated to the consola-
team comes up short val Rouge et Or beat the Gees 75-58 tion semifinal, in which they faced
in Regina the following day. the fifth-seeded Rouge et Or. The
Ottawa was seeded eighth in the Gees trailed for most of the game,
by David McClelland tournament, and had to open the shooting only 32 per cent from the
Fulcrum Staff tournament against the first-seed- floor, en route to a 75-58 defeat.
ed—and eventual champion—Clan, “[Laval] was an excellent team, I
A YEAR AGO, no one thought who made short work of the Gees in think we competed with them very
the Gee-Gees women’s basketball the most lopsided victory at a CIS well and were only down six late in
team would make the next national women’s basketball championship the third quarter. The 17-point loss
championship. After a 3-19 season since 1982. was more reflective of the fact they
in 2007–08, the Gees came up with a “The level of competition was made 29 out of 34 foul shots and
remarkable turnaround in 2008–09, such that we haven’t seen all year,” we only went to the line for 10 foul
advancing to the Canadian Interuni- said Gee-Gees head coach Andy shots,” explained Sparks. “There
versity Sport (CIS) national champi- Sparks, who felt that his team put in were a lot of positives in that game
onship for the first time since 2004. a solid effort against the strong Clan and the girls worked hard to finish
Disappointingly, the Gee-Gees lost squad. “We probably could have the ball game, and have something photo courtesy B2 Digital Imaging
both their games at the March 6–8 only lost by 30 if we’d have played it to build on for the future.” Gee-Gees centre Hannah Sunley Paisley, who led the Gees with 33 points
tournament at the University of Re- as hard to finish, but it wasn’t meant NATIONALS continued on p. 17 over the weekend, tips-off in the tournament opener.
Triple-double
Gee-Gees head coach Shelley Coolidge after the
game. “She trains hard, does extra work, and it
Three consecutive double was nice to see that goal go in for her.”
overtimes in squeaker of a In the third period, Ottawa broke down de-
playoff series fensively and the Ravens capitalized. With a
little over a minute to go, Carleton’s Alexandra
by Andrew Hawley Palm found herself wide open in the slot, and a
and David McClelland well-placed slapshot travelled past three defend-
Fulcrum Staff ers and over Audet’s glove.
While Ottawa sputtered offensively in the
THE QUEBEC STUDENT Sports Federation first overtime period, third-year forward Joelle
(QSSF) best-of-three playoff series was a long, Charlebois was able to find the net in the second
intense battle between the Ottawa Gee-Gees overtime, potting the game-winning goal off a
and Carleton Ravens March 4–8. All three rebound.
matches were 2-1 games decided in double “I just saw the puck come towards me and I
overtime, the first won by Carleton and the last put it on net and luckily it went in,” noted a smil-
two by Ottawa. ing Charlebois after the game.
Game one of the series on March 4 at the On March 8, with the series knotted at one
Sports Complex set the tone for the two games game each, the Gees and Ravens faced off in an-
that would follow, with the Gees and Ravens other hotly contested match at the Sports Com-
playing tough hockey with strong defence and plex. After a scoreless first period, Ottawa got
airtight goaltending. Carleton was the first to on the board in the second period when third-
break the stalemate as centre Claudia Bergeron year forward Ashley Burill scored with under
sent the puck past Gee-Gees fifth-year goal- 10 seconds left in the frame. Burill later left the
tender Jessika Audet with three minutes left in game in the third period with a possibly season-
the second period. The Gee-Gees responded ending knee injury.
in the third as second-year defender Michelle The Gee-Gees suffered from defensive lapses
Snowden fired a shot home on the power play to in the third period, allowing Carleton forward
even the score 1-1, setting up overtime. Sara Seiler to get in front of the net and put the
Neither team was able to find the net during puck past Audet to even the score 1-1.
the first overtime period, but Carleton forward Carleton looked to have the upper hand in
Jennifer Gordon finally ended the match when the first overtime period, nearly scoring several photo by Martha Pearce
she scored with three minutes remaining in the times, but it was rookie Ottawa forward Brittany Ottawa netminder Jessika Audet was kept busy during the Gees’ series against Carleton, in
second overtime period. Jones who ended the series, lifting the puck over which all three games went to double overtime.
In game two on March 6 with Carleton on Charbonneau’s shoulder with four minutes of
home ice, the Ravens launched an early bar- play left in the second overtime frame.
rage on the Gees—but Audet stood tall. Outshot “[We] had so many chances all game, I was
8-1 in the first five minutes, thanks to to three like ‘one has to go in’,” laughed Jones afterwards.
straight Carleton power plays, the Gee-Gees Having defeated Carleton the Gee-Gees ad-
played tough defence to keep the game score- vanced to face the first-seeded McGill Martlets
less. in the QSSF finals, which began March 11 in Ot-
The deadlock was broken in the second pe- tawa. The result was not available at press time.
riod when fourth-year Gees defender Christine “We’ve faced McGill all year long … and we
Allen launched a pass to set up third-year for- know what they bring,” said Coolidge. “For us,
ward Kayla Hottot on a breakaway. Hottot faked it’s about really preparing a real solid, disci-
a shot on Carleton goaltender Valerie Charbon- plined forecheck against them, and we need to
neau, and then slid the puck underneath her to capitalize on opportunities … you make a mis-
even the score. take against that team and they make [you] pay
“I wasn’t worried about getting a great pass,” the price.”
said Hottot after the game. “I was just worried
about finishing, and thankfully I did. Everyone Game two of the QSSF finals will take place
just bought in tonight.” March 13 in Montreal, and game three (if neces-
“[Hottot]’s an outstanding player,” praised sary) will be on March 15, also in Montreal.

NATIONALS continued from p. 16 Over the next few months, Sparks will work
on assembling his team for the next season,
Although the Gees may not haver returned hoping to build a squad that is much tougher
to Ottawa with a victory, they came home with than the 2008–09 edition.
something almost as valuable for future years: “Our ability to compete at the highest level
experience. was related to a combination of strength fac-
“This group of girls wasn’t expected to do tors,” said Sparks. “So we’re starting [the team]
very much this year and for them to have ac- in a program right now to build up their
complished what they accomplished is just a strength and their quickness and hopefully that
great sign of what they really wanted to do this will help us make a little bit of a step. But the
year,” said Sparks. “They’re exceptionally keen to reality is players are required, and hopefully we
get going next year, and I know they’ll be driv- can bring in three or four players to help us from
en to get back [to the nationals]. I think it just an athletic perspective who can match up with
builds on itself.” the level of athlete from Canada West.”

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A failing grade for food costs and updated version of what they have done in
the past,” said Natalie St. Denis, external rela-
Eating healthy becoming tions manager with the
more expensive, shows Alberta Heart and Stroke
Foundation office. The survey found
report card Marco Di Buono, the
that in Ottawa most
director of research at
by Pete Yee the Heart and Stroke prices were at or
The Gateway Foundation of Ontario, near the national
also noted that Health
EDMONTON (CUP) – ACCORDING TO THE Canada’s “nutritious
average, though a
Heart and Stroke Foundation’s 2009 Health Re- food basket” was used few items, such as
port Card, high food costs are proving that eat- in addition to the food lean ground beef and
ing healthy is becoming a privilege. The first of its guide to determine some
kind to span the country, the study revealed that of the barriers to healthy
whole wheat pasta,
the cost of healthy foods has risen to the point eating. were well above the
that affordability has become a pressing issue. “[The basket] would average.
Health researchers across Canada, includ- look at the cost of the
ing Kim Raine, director of the Centre of Health overall shopping bill and
Promotion Studies at the University of Alberta, track inflation based on how the bill changed
found the study interesting. over time,” Di Buono said.
“The results were not surprising, but perhaps The survey found that most prices in Ottawa
even more dramatic than I would have expect- were at or below the national average, though a
ed. I’ve been doing research in the area of food few items, such as lean ground beef and whole
prices for six years,” Raine said. wheat pasta, were well above the average—beef, photo illustration by Ben Myers
“I was really surprised to see the magnitude for instance, costs an average of $13.21 per kilo- Frugal consumers can also find alternatives, prices and why such a large variation in price ex-
of the [regional] differences,” she added. “This gram in Ottawa, compared to $7.18 nationally. such as frozen and canned items, and look for ists. Those interested in engaging in such a dis-
just goes to show the huge differences that really Even with the increased cost, there are still items with the Health Check symbol. cussion may wish to talk to the manager of their
affect what people can afford.” ways to manage a healthy diet by being a smart “[The] Health Check program [includes] local grocery store, or contact their MP.
The study was conducted in 66 cities across shopper. Raine suggests finding locations with a variety of foods in the store with the logo. If “The reality is that it’s important for people
Canada. Last October, volunteer participants the best prices and alternatives, and to share the product in the store has that logo, it passes to engage in a discussion with the people who
were given a list of essential items to purchase in bulk items with other students. all the regular standards that are put out by the manage the food supply for their communities,”
baskets at major grocers, including lean meats, “Individuals can do their best to carpool to Government of Canada,” St. Denis said. he said.
fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, and dairy. a grocery store that offers cheaper prices, doing Di Buono says there are options available for
“[The baskets] were inspired by the Canadian their best to budget [and] do their best to share,” purchasing cheap and healthy food, but consum- The report card can be found on the Heart and
Health Food Guide. [They were] an expansion Raine said. ers also have to start questioning the increase in Stroke Foundation’s website, at heartandstroke.ca.

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Locking
down
the net
photo by Joël Côté-Cright

Whitlock
agement and play hockey with the Gee- understand the game better,” said Whit-
Gees. lock. “I enjoyed my time in the QMJHL
Netminder Riley
by the numbers
“The team itself [made me want to and I am enjoying my time in CIS; I think
Whitlock has come to Ottawa],” said Whitlock. “[Gee- both leagues have their positives and both
Gees] head coach Dave Leger was very have their negatives. But both, I think, act
blossomed into a honest in his recruiting of [me]. The sec- as developmental leagues and are oppor-
Gee-Gees standout ond reason was getting into the proper tunities for solid hockey players to show-

by Anna Rocoski
faculty and just the reputation the school
has itself. [The U of O] is noted as a strong
case their skill.”
Whitlock’s job is not an easy one. Being
2008–09
Fulcrum Staff school across Canada so that [makes] an
impact on the student-athlete. I’d like to
a goaltender also means being a leader,
even if the game isn’t going well. Still, it’s a
GP 24
IN A YEAR of ups and downs for the say [being a] student comes first.” role he takes on willingly.
Gee-Gees men’s hockey team, one con- This is Whitlock’s second year play- “I think being the goaltender you have GA 69
stant has been the presence of goaltender ing at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport to show your team that you’re confident
Riley Whitlock between the pipes, who
has been an invaluable part of the team’s
(CIS) level. In two years with the Gees in yourself, especially after you’ve been GAA 2.92
Whitlock has amassed a 23-14 regular scored on,” said Whitlock. “I think it’s
success all season.
For now, Whitlock must go back to be-
season record and has a .913 save percent-
age. Leger feels that Whitlock has become
just a focus that you show your team that
you’re not going to be fazed by it and so
SO 2
ing just a student after his second season an extremely valuable part of the team. you show them that you’re ready for the
with the Gee-Gees ended on Feb. 22 with
a first-round playoff defeat at the hands
“[Whitlock has] spent two years with next play. Through a lot of experience and Record 12-9-0
us and he’s done nothing but excel in both a lot of goals being scored on you, you
of the McGill Redmen. However, as with of those years,” said Leger. “I found this try and put it away in the back of your
most athletes during the off-season, sports year he has taken on more of a leader- mind because you know the next play is SV% .912
will still be a large part of Whitlock’s life. ship role and he certainly wasn’t afraid just as important as the one that has just
“I have to continue on with school, to speak up and challenge his teammates. passed.”
unfortunately, being a student-athlete,” Also, I felt he had a vested interest in the One thing is clear: Leger and the team
said the 21-year-old Whitlock. “So I will team’s performance and took a lot of re- as a whole will be looking to Whitlock to
do that for a little while and take a break sponsibility.” anchor the team’s success in future sea-
from the hockey season and after … [I Before joining the Gee-Gees, Whitlock sons.
will] re-evaluate what I can try and do spent two seasons as a backup netmind- “He is a battler; he is very much a com-
better. I think you can always become a er in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey petitive person, even in practice you can
more consistent goaltender. You always League (QMJHL) with the Gatineau just see that he loves to compete,” said
have to look at what you can do next Olympiques and St. John Sea Dogs, ap- Leger. “He’s got a lot of confidence in him-
year and try and talk to coaches to see pearing in 28 regular season games from self and he [conveys that] in how he men-
what [you] can try to improve over the 2004 to 2007. tally prepares and approaches each game.
summer.” “I think the level at CIS is of higher He very much loves to be challenged and
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Whitlock quality than the QMJHL. The players are he very much rises to the competition
came to Ottawa in 2007 to study man- more mature in the CIS and in general whenever the game is on the line.”

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Sarah Leavitt

Distractions March 12–18, 2009


Features Editor
features@thefulcrum.ca

Dear Di
Thryllabus If you have a question for Di,
Thursday, March 12 email deardi@thefulcrum.ca.
Lecture: International Governance
and the Management of Conduct in
the Concert of Europe by Professor
McMillan. 12 p.m. Desmarais Hall. Dear Di, and your mother see a doctor and get albeit an expensive one.
Room 3102. Free. I have been dating my boyfriend checked for STIs, as you don’t know Rates vary, but an hour of
for about a year and three months. who else the two cheaters in your lives flogging and nipple torture
He showed much love towards me have been sleeping with. Finally, since should cost you about $200.
Friday, March 13 and appreciated being with me. Ever this is such a tangled affair, if you feel I wouldn’t call a dominatrix think you’ll
since my stepdad moved in with my the situation is weighing on you, don’t “sketchy”, as these women are have trouble find-
Play: Doubt. The Gladstone Theatre. mom and me, my boyfriend and I hesitate to speak with a professional serious, safe professionals that ing someone willing to tie you up.
910 Gladstone Ave. $28 for students. haven’t been able to spend much counsellor. The Student Academic play by strict rules within Please remember that if you decide to
time alone in my room. A week ago Success Service main office is located defined boundaries. meet with someone, plan a prelimi-
my stepdad was supposed to pick me on the fourth floor of 100 Marie-Curie There are several nary meeting in a public place to
Saturday, March 14 up from work while my mom was and counselling appointments can be easily Googleable get to know each other; be yourself,
out of town. At the end of my shift, made by telephone at 613-562-5101. I dominatrixes in the Ottawa area, so make your expectations clear, and
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my stepdad wasn’t there to pick me hope everything turns out okay. like any potential client, you should make sure to ask about STIs. This
New Bayou. 1077 Bank St. $10. 19+.
up so I decided to walk home and Love, do some research online. Before you is for both your safety and hers,
when I got there I walked in on Di phone up a professional dominatrix, I and though you may be eager to get
Sunday, March 15 my stepdad cheating on my mom want you to know that there are doz- spanked, it’s a necessity when meet-
with my boyfriend. I don’t know if Dear Di, ens of stunning Ottawa women who ing anyone through the Internet.
Film: One Week. 6:30 p.m. I should tell my mom about this or I have recently been increasingly would be eager to fulfill your fan- Really, I think you should forget
ByTowne Cinema. 325 Rideau St. break it off with my boyfriend, what interested in BDSM. I have checked tasy and no money needs to change about the professional dominatrix
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on. However, I don’t know how to to join you in your bed sports is easier ploring the realm of BDSM. I think
Monday, March 16 Dear CRH, find a girl who shares my kinky in- than you think. I suggest you sign up it’s adorable when two amateurs
I don’t care what your views are terests. I have considered visiting a for an online-dating website such as discover something kinky together,
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on cheating but dump your boy- professional dominatrix but have Lavalife (a personal favorite of mine). and I believe that there’s much more
Shift with Engineers Without Bor-
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are worried about talking to her, con- newfound interest? also boasts an extensive “intimate” pare it to the expensive and likely
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Play: Don’t Blame the Bedouins. news. What happens after that is up Dear WTBS, as they like, and browse the other pro- I’d love to hear how it goes. Good
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deserve better. I also suggest that you dominatrix is definitely an option, Judging from a quick search, I don’t Di
Wednesday, March 18
Concert: Billy Boulet on the
saxophone with Tony Dunn on
the piano. 12:15 p.m. First Baptist
Church. 140 Laurier Ave. $5.

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Michael Olender

Opinion March 12–18, 2009


Executive Editor
executive@thefulcrum.ca

Eureka! HECKLES:
The
U of O
Motel Just… rebuild
the school

by Len Smirnov to their lack of technological equip-


Fulcrum Staff ment, these rooms have an excess of
chairs and tables that are not welded
EVERY SEMESTER THE University to the floor but instead are constantly
of Ottawa assigns me classrooms that strewn so it looks like the room had
illustration by Alex Martin make learning a tad more stressful. been looted. Looking at these rooms
My lectures always seem to be held makes it seem as though one of the
by Hisham Kelati idly flipping through them. I plopped frivolous issues you may have about in rooms whose design cannot be expectations the U of O has of its stu-
Fulcrum Staff myself down on a chair, filled with a the idea for a moment. Essentially explained rationally. Sitting in these dents is building a classroom from
mixture of joy and self-righteousness. what I’m proposing is creating the U classrooms for four months is an ex- scratch every week. As a fourth-year
ALL I WANT is a desk to put my Studiers: 1, Sleepers: 0. of O Motel. perience in itself and frankly, one that student, I’ve accumulated so much
books on, a chair to sink into, and Even on a good day, Morisset Li- Off the top of my head, here are a makes me wonder if the university experience in putting together class-
quiet atmosphere in which I can learn brary looks like something out of few rules. You only allow access to administration has any understand- rooms that the U of O should tack
something. But no, life isn’t that sim- Saving Private Ryan—there are bodies those with valid U of O student cards. ing of the space and comfort students “with a minor in interior design” onto
ple. everywhere. Every time I’m on a quest You charge per 30 minutes or an hour require to learn properly. my degree.
I was in Morisset Library on the for a cubicle, I find sleeping, snoring, session, two hours max. You can phone Two types of U of O classrooms I accept that the university may not
sixth floor sometime around 2 p.m. on snorting, burping, farting, slobbering, ahead for an appointment or walk in are particularly cruel to students. want to devote the resources to put re-
March 3. The entire floor is set aside sneezing, shaking, shivering, cough- for a chance at a free room. You make First are the rooms with compressed cliner chairs in every classroom, but I
for graduate students to do silent re- ing, moaning, groaning, twitching people sign in and out of the building, seating arrangements, such as the refuse to believe that at any given time
search work, so it’s typically deserted people laid everywhere I might be and put cameras everywhere. They Marion Hall and Lamoureux Hall au- during the week, there is not a single
as you’re not allowed to talk, eat, or able study. Even if you do find a desk, leave their backpacks and jackets at ditoriums. These rooms forsake ad- available room that is more appropri-
generally produce any audible sound. you are likely to find yourself wedged the front, and there is no food allowed. equate desks for tiny wooden boards ate for my classes. As I walk through
The perfect place to study. And appar- between desks containing two heavily You make them provide their own pil- that are too small to accommodate the campus, I always see classrooms
ently the perfect place to nap. I made snoring behemoths you are unable to lows, but provide sheets and blankets a notebook. This wouldn’t be so ter- that are spacious, better equipped,
my way around the entire floor, and drown out. It’s maddening to try and that are changed per appointment. You rible if classmates weren’t sitting so and always completely empty. Among
to my surprise, every seat was taken; do any work when your concentration don’t let more than one person in per close to one another—the slightest them are the brand-new rooms in
either a graduate student or someone is continually broken by the trumpet room, and you get Protection to con- arm movement shakes the wooden Desmarais Hall. Granted, the build-
seeking some study time was occu- blast of the elephant man lying un- stantly monitor the area. board next to you, and then your ing is primarily for social science and
pying a cubicle. Ready to give up, I conscious beside you. The worst thing There you have it, my tuition neighbour fidgets, which shakes the business administration students, so
turned a corner and came upon an about this all is that there seems to be money well spent: a functioning area wooden board next to him or her. It’s according to university officials these
entire section filled with sleeping stu- this passive acceptance that it is okay where people can sleep in a safe and like dominoes. rooms are a luxury other students do
dents. Every single cubicle had some- to sleep in the library. When did a appropriate environment. After a The tight seating arrangements not deserve.
one sleeping in it. My frustration fi- haven for scholastic studies become a year, the U of O will pay off construc- also offer students unparalleled I feel it’s pretty obvious that good
nally boiled over, and I bellowed in refuge for hibernating bears? tion costs and it’ll be rolling in dough physical challenges. You may need to classrooms are not only beneficial but
anger, “Excuse me, excuse me!” Some The University of Ottawa allows afterwards. So U of O administra- apply advanced acrobatic skills just essential to learning. I’m inclined to
stirred, but others didn’t, so I yelled anyone to take over free seats and tion, please consider my idea. I know to negotiate your way out of your think that students learn more when
louder, “Excuse me!” They all turned zonk out for an hour or so because you’re looking for ways to put Mor- seat without tumbling over a class- they are sitting in a comfortable chair
to look at me, and I continued, “If you there’s no other place to do it. And isset Library on par with the librar- mate or two. This is a problem in any and can move their arms enough
don’t mind, some of use would like there is your fundamental problem. ies at the University of Toronto and classroom with row seating, but with to take notes. When this semester’s
to actually study, as it is a library. If There’s no designated sleeping area McGill University. By building the U compressed seating arrangements course evaluation forms are distribut-
you want to sleep, go home or ride a anywhere on the entire campus. of O Motel not only will you quell the crossing a row of seated students re- ed later this month, don’t burn through
bus.” They stared at me through their I pay $5,500 a year to the U of O, so symphony of snoring and restore the quires a survival instinct. them like you always do. Carefully
crust-filled eyes with contempt and I feel that I have a say in the direction sanity of some of your more studious Third- and fourth-year students consider the question regarding your
loathing, but after a few tense seconds this university should go. Listen: erect students, you will also cement your have fewer classes in auditoriums classroom’s impact on learning and
passed, half began to drag their corps- a building or clear out a floor in one reputation as one of the most progres- and instead are crammed into poorly maybe next fall, you won’t find yourself
es from the chairs, while others took already standing where students can sive and innovative universities in the designed seminar rooms, such as trapped in a room that leaves you ques-
out books from their bags and began rent a room for a nap! Put aside any country. LMX 339 and UCU 125. In addition tioning your value as a student.
What exactly is ‘it’ that ‘starts here’?
by Kalin Smith life’ is characterized by almost everything but and overall respectability of the university are 15) in Canada in the Medical Doctoral Univer-
Fulcrum Staff academia. The quality of academics is a footnote largely overlooked by recruiting officials, and sity category. These mediocre rankings seem to
in comparison to infrastructure and affluence. consequently by prospective students too. make clear why recruitment media dodge the
IF YOU CAN recall, it was probably a difficult Official University of Ottawa material sent But aren’t academics the primary service a issue of academic quality and must attract stu-
choice determining which university was right out to prospective undergraduates highlights university offers students? I’m not paying such dents by other means.
for you. In many Canadian students’ lives, the is- our university’s prime location, rich architec- heart-attack-inducing sums to play intramurals, I’m not suggesting that university recruitment
sue of post-secondary education becomes more ture, prolific history, and honoured tradition, live in a prison-cell residence, or even write for be completely refashioned. But considering that
immediate as the twilight months of high school leaving the calibre of academics as something this newspaper. I’m here in the hope of becom- post-secondary school enrolment rates are
come to an end. Students begin to ask questions: students have to look ing a more cultured, higher than ever, a misleading image of the uni-
Will I pursue a degree? Should I attend college up themselves. Im- well-rounded, in- versity produces an inherent expectation within
or university? Should I live at home or move mediately following formed citizen who the incoming student body as to what university
away? These queries, among others (predomi- the submission of an Professors’ credentials, global is educated enough to years ought to be like, which in turn causes some
nantly, “Where are my friends going?”), require
universities to provide a sense of attraction and
application through
the Ontario Universi-
ranking in research, reputability, enter the work force.
As I trust most stu-
to become overwhelmed when they realize what
it truly takes to obtain a degree. Graduating, as
appeal to graduating high school students. ties’ Application Cen- and overall respectability of the dents realize at this all of us at the U of O have come to discover,
A university is a business, lest we forget, and tre system, the U of O university are largely overlooked point in the academic requires colossal workloads and a considerable
marketing is a central concern. It is absolutely sends out undergrad- year, education is the amount of devotion and conviction.
necessary to attract ‘potential buyers’, or the uate studies newslet- by recruiting officials, and conse- raison d’être of this The U of O has no reason to hide its academic
term you may be more familiar with: ‘prospec- ters and prospective quently prospective students too. institution. Neverthe- credentials from prospective students. We are a
tive students’. It’s not uncommon for university student handbooks. less, it’s largely being massive bilingual university offering 300 vary-
recruiting officers to give short presentations at The trouble, however, ignored in student ing undergraduate and graduate programs, with
high schools in order to attract applicants. Dur- is that it’s difficult recruitment. I feel roughly 5,000 courses offered. We ought not to
ing a brief 15–30-minute talk, a recruiting of- to find any information regarding the school’s obliged to reveal what the university is with- underestimate the allure of such numbers. The
ficer will shed as much light as possible on what academics. Rather, the university is determined holding from prospective students: since 2006 school can also boast being ranked fifth in the
the university they represent has to offer stu- to “enrich your experience on campus”, by pro- the U of O has risen in the Times Higher Edu- country for research intensity, which graduates
dents and how it stands apart from the others. viding extensive information about student cation - Quacquarelli Symonds World University and post-graduates should appreciate. Educa-
Campus location, residence accommodations, clubs and associations, varsity sports teams, ex- Rankings from 282th to 222nd (out of 500), and tion is the sole pursuit of the university’s student
classroom sizes, and food services are all issues change programs, and, of course, being “located in 2008 was ranked 13th among Canadian uni- body, so this above all else should be marketed
at the forefront of the recruitment officer’s dis- in the heart of the nation’s capital”. Professors’ versities. Moreover, in 2008 Maclean’s magazine to prospective students. This is what “starts
cussion. It’s alarming to note that the ‘university credentials, global ranking in research, repute, ranked the U of O tied for 10th (out of the top here”.

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HE MARCH 6 Student Arbitra- While the four respondents had the right to defend themselves fairly. The disrespect-
Emma ‘storm’ Godmere tion Committee (SAC) hearing to not participate in the voluntary arbitra- ful actions were in no way limited to one
News Editor was the site of one of the most tion process, the timing of their announce- group, as members from both sides were at
news@thefulcrum.ca disgraceful displays of behaviour ment and the bravado that accompanied it their vocal, aggressive best. The overzealous
Peter ‘gambit’ Henderson
seen at the University of Ottawa in recent highlighted a brazen indifference to the SAC taunting, signs reading “face it… you lost”
Arts & Culture Editor memory. The hearing, dealing with the and its processes. Their approach ultimately and “face it… you cheated” used to intimi-
arts@thefulcrum.ca appeal of the election of several 2009–10 turned what could have been a simple proce- date those involved in the appeal, verbal
Student Federation of the University of dural decision into a spectacle that challenged attacks on witnesses and other individu-
David ‘green lantern’ McClelland
Sports Editor Ottawa (SFUO) executive positions, de- the SAC’s authority. The further displays of als in the room, and the judgements levied
sports@thefulcrum.ca scended into near-madness as the packed insolence from members of the audience on individuals’ decisions to support or not
Fauteux Hall classroom erupted with fits of holding signs espousing opinions, interrupt- support a side in the appeal were closed-
Sarah ‘batgirl’ Leavitt unveiled partisanship and anger. The end ing chief arbitrator Caroline Poisson, and ap- minded and shameful, flying in the face of
Features Editor
features@thefulcrum.ca result was an atmosphere so uncomfortable proaching the hearing without even a hint of the mantras of positive space and anti-op-
and so threatening that students at the U of respect was all the more galling. pression upheld by the SFUO.
Danielle ‘bart-man’ Blab O should be embarrassed to be associated The SAC is anything but a papier-mâché Ultimately, the deplorable actions taken
Laurel ‘she-hulk’ Hogan
with such behaviour. tribunal. It is an impartial body holding by students at the SAC hearing have struck
Copy Editors
The scene was fuelled by political agen- the judicial authority of the SFUO to re- at the very heart of the SFUO’s statement
Amanda ‘scarlet witch’ Shendruk das, allegiances, overpowering self-righ- solve disputes over the SFUO’s policies and of principles: “to regroup all undergradu-
Associate News Editor teousness, and above all a complete disre- constitution that affect every undergradu- ate students of the University of Ottawa in
associatenews@thefulcrum.ca
gard for decorum. In all of this, amid cries ate student at the U of O. Its rulings are far a democratic and cooperative organization
James ‘iron man’ Edwards of “slate”, “losers”, “cheaters”, and “kangaroo from trivial—earlier this year the SAC was where we can advance our own interests
Webmaster court” one idea upon which the SFUO’s convened to rule on the constitutionality of and those of our community”. This value is
webmaster@thefulcrum.ca statement of principles is based was care- electronic voting in the SFUO elections. For more important than the ambitions of any
Jessica ‘bionic woman’ Sukstorf lessly discarded: respect. the power that it wields on campus, each student politicians and far more significant
Volunteer & Visibility Blame the events that transpired on ide- student should afford it and its processes the than this appeal—which will certainly not
Coordinator ology, emotion, or the sheer magnitude of highest respect. Nothing could be more dis- disappear despite these events.
volunteer@thefulcrum.ca the decision at hand, but at the core of the tressing than an institution as vital to campus Henry Kissinger said while teaching at
Megan ‘polaris’ O’Meara appalling SAC spectacle is a complete lack democracy as the SAC operating without the Harvard University, “University politics
Staff Writer of respect. respect of those it is intended to serve. While are vicious precisely because the stakes are
The SAC itself received one of the most disagreeing with the processes of an institu- so small.” And if politics are indeed not at
Alex ‘spawn’ Martin
Staff Illustrator
significant slights from the respondents in tion felt to be unjust is necessary to inspire the height of our student experience, we
the appeal and the students in attendance. change within it, disrespecting and belittling must remember exactly where the stakes
Inari ‘silk spectre I’ Vaissi Nagy The respondents, Seamus Wolfe, Roxanne the SAC and its arbitrators because of this are highest: in respecting our community
Jiselle ‘silk spectre II’ Bakker Dubois, Julie Séguin, and Jean Guillaume, disagreement accomplishes nothing. and each of its members, regardless of
Ombudsgirls
ombudsgirl@thefulcrum.ca each made a surprise announcement at the Of course, the lack of respect displayed in their views. We have witnessed the discon-
beginning of the hearing that they would the lecture hall was never clearer than in the certing vision of an SFUO without shared
Travis ‘radioactive man’ Boisvenue not participate in arbitration citing irregu- discourse between students on both sides respect among its members. May we never
Ombudsboy larities in the arbitration process, and pro- of the debate, with one side neglecting the see it again.
ombudsboy@thefulcrum.ca
ceeded to stride boldly from the room to the appellants right to appeal an election and
Nicole ‘wonder woman’ Gall cheers of their supporters in attendance. the other neglecting the respondents’ right editor@thefulcrum.ca
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