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Frank Appleyard

Letters
A response to the SFUO president seem to accept the responsibility for
March 19–25, 2009
Unfortunately, I am increasingly mentioned have left numerous in
Editor-in-Chief
editor@thefulcrum.ca
Belvitt’s response
not having made this happen. You do finding that respect is not something piercing pain.
Re: “Moving Forward” indeed hold the position of president that is practised on campus. Students With the Haitian community be- I WOULD FIRST like to begin by ad-
(Letters, March 12) of the Student Federation of the Uni- disrespecting the U of O administra- ing an unwavering part of the U of dressing those groups that addressed
DEAN HALDENBY, YOU alone are versity of Ottawa (SFUO), so are you tion are supported by the SFUO, voic- O’s student body and the black com- me directly in their open letter. If my
responsible for the Student Arbitra- not ultimately responsible for all ac- es in opposition to movements are munity; the Congolese Student Asso- words offended anyone, I apologize. It
tion Committee (SAC) hearing deba- tions resulting from the invocation of shut down with partisan and ignorant ciation, the West-African Student As- would be dishonest of me to disavow
cle on March 6. A few thoughts as to the SFUO constitution? comments, students protesting the sociation, and the Kilimanjaro Black what I said, so I will not. I will simply
blatant inaccuracies and overreach- You call these events something election results are humiliated, and Student Association are joining forces attempt to explain my words.
ing liberties taken in your most re- we experienced “unfortunately”. This student movements themselves are to combat such despicable and disre- Almost three weeks ago, I was asked
cent unofficial address to the student term is inappropriate for the circum- taking the easy and childish route of spectful behavior. to be a witness for a group of students
population. stances. Perhaps we may alternately being disruptive. We demand respect, It comes across as quite a surprise who appealed the SFUO elections.
You were elected through a by-elec- use the terms disgusting, unthink- but why should others respect us, to many, for a couple days earlier that When I accepted, I had never imag-
tion in which less than five per cent of able, horrific, and terrifying. You are when we ourselves do not practise it? week Belvitt was heard by numerous ined that such a decision would be so
the student body voted and you did responsible and accountable. Respect does not entail that you people firmly speaking on many “rac- controversial and that I would have
not receive even close to 100 per cent Finally, you conclude with a quote must agree with everyone else, it does ist issues on campus”, especially those to endure personal attacks and slurs
of the vote. You are not the leader or describing students as each others’ not mean you can’t protest anything, targeted towards visible minorities diminishing who I am and what I
president of the vast majority of the enemies. Regardless of the circum- and it does not mean that you must like her. We are completely horrified stand for. As a black woman on this
student population. Do you really stances, such a label is abhorrent, keep your opinions to yourself! Re- by this incident and the lack of pres- campus I know more than anyone the
believe describing yourself as “[our] especially from the president of a spect simply means that these things sure to condemn it by the people in struggles which minorities face every
president” is an accurate reflection student federation. Perhaps consider are done in a considerate, calm, and the room. In an educational institute single day. I see how black students,
of student faith in your performance the following instead: “Integrity is not reasoned manner, while in turn, they filled with studious young men and among other minorities, are used to
this year and in your character, ethics, a 90 per cent thing, or a 95 per cent are acknowledged and listened to in women of all walks of life, events of promote certain campaigns and ac-
and ability to lead? Most of us didn’t thing; either you have it or you don’t” this same way. this genre need to be condemned tivities. I see how groups such as the
vote for you. In fact, almost all of us (Peter Scotese). Shame on you. Respect needs to be practised and and cannot at any point be tolerated Muslim Student Association and the
didn’t vote for you. Allison Enright supported on this campus. Without or go scot-free. What we demand as Kilimanjaro Black Student Associa-
You “made it clear” that arbitra- Third-year earth sciences student it, meetings will continue to descend a community of black people and in tion are approached by student poli-
tion could not continue, but did you into chaos, defences will continue to support to our brothers and sisters of ticians during election campaigns for
not make it clear that every effort was R-E-S-P-E-C-T be put up, and opinions will be kept the Haitian community, is that Belvitt endorsements and then ignored for
to be made for the arbitration to pro- silent. Let us embrace a respectful makes an official apology to the black the other 11 months of the year. I was
ceed? Or did you immediately make RESPECT. WEBSTER’S DICTION- campus: practising what we preach, community as a whole. asked to participate in videos and
the conscious choice to leave the ARY describes respect as esteem, re- and being considerate of each other Her actions show that she does not posters for certain candidates, for no
student arbitrators in the middle of gard, consideration, or honour. With as we discuss, learn, and grow during seem to be applying the same justice other reason than for the color of my
a volatile, hostile situation with their respect, people with differing opin- our time here. and values she declared to be fight- skin and to showcase just how ‘mul-
personal safety in jeopardy? Further, ions can share a calm and reasoned Christina Taekema ing for in her election campaign. By ticultural’ and ‘open’ these candidates
did you ever offer the arbitrators discussion. With respect people can Fourth-year political science student standing as an actor in that trial, and are.
any level of support as the one per- feel free to voice their opinions with- then turning around and insulting Over the past month, I have been
son who was ultimately responsible out fear of discrimination or humili- A poor display the entire Afro-community made it attacked by fellow black students who
for permitting that display of overt ation. Respect creates a positive and seem like she blamed them for the have told me I am not black enough.
intimidation to occur? You write of embracing environment, which in IT’S WITH OUTRAGE and a great March 6 election hearing complaints. And why? Because one of the defen-
your disappointment that a safe space turn fosters growth and knowledge deal of disappointment and an even Contrary to what she shouted, yes, dants facing accusations of electoral
was not ensured, and yet you don’t within the community. greater surprise that we are writing the members of the Afro-communi- fraud happens to be black. Coordi-
this letter. But we absolutely feel that ty voted rationally, and did not just nated attacks, such as the open letter

Contents it is both our right and the right thing


to do to share with the entire student
body what one of the newly elected
vote, as she claims, for candidates
“just because of their ethnicity”. Her
discourse is an apparent indication
sent out to the media, were done in
the attempt to discredit me, margin-
alize me, and rally support for the ac-

News Employment, impeachment candidates of the SFUO election has of her incompetency in being sen- cused.
said about the black communities sitive enough to represent an entire LETTERS continued on p. 20
Plans to find new arbitrators and threat of here at U of O. student body that entrusted her to sit
executives’ impeachment further SFUO election This incident took place right af- in and represent them in the post she
appeal saga. p. 4 ter the SAC hearing which took place
March 6. Board of Administration di-
was voted in.
This sort of behaviour is utterly
thefulcrum.ca poll
Common Law student newspaper blasted for
p. 4 “demeaning” content. p. 7
rector-elect Aminka Belvitt was heard unacceptable and horrendous for any- This week’s question
by many espousing her personal view one, especially someone the student
Do you believe that SFUO
The blame game
about SFUO VP Social-elect Jean body elected as their representative.
Arts Guillaume’s supporters, other mem-
bers of the Haitian Students’ Associa-
The members of the Afro-community
who felt affected by this demand that
executives voting on their
Nick Rudiak explores the absurdity of tion, and the black community. These decisions be taken so that Belvitt fully SAC appeal is a conflict
Don’t Blame the Bedouins. p. 9 very same individuals were there be- fathoms the effect and consequences of interest?
cause they too had voted and wanted to her actions to assure that justice is
Peter Henderson interviews funnyman
Jon Lovitz. p. 14 their voice to be heard. The words served to those gravely offended.
Yes:
p. 9 Belvitt used were not only extremely
crude but specifically directed at the
Haitian Students Association,
Congolese Student Association, No:
Finishing fifth
black communities and on top of that Nigerian Student Association,
Sports the Haitian community members that Kilimanjaro Black Student Associa-
Got something to say?
were present. These hurtful words she tion, West African Youth Association
Men’s basketball team settles for consolation
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News March 19–25, 2009


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BOA approves SAC hearing re-launch


Conflict of interest
allegations, impeachment
threats surface at
emergency meeting
by Emma Godmere
Fulcrum Staff

AN EMERGENCY MEETING of the of the


Student Federation of the University of Ot-
tawa’s (SFUO) Board of Administration (BOA)
on March 13 resulted in a change in direction
for the current SFUO election appeal facing the
Student Arbitration Committee (SAC) and the
launch of a movement to impeach all current—
and consider impeaching next year’s—SFUO
executive members.
The emergency meeting was called in reaction
to the March 6 SAC hearing that descended into
chaos after the defendants—current VP Univer-
sity Affairs Seamus Wolfe, VP Finance Roxanne
Dubois, VP Communications Julie Séguin, and
VP Social-elect Jean Guillaume—expressed their
dissent with the SAC’s arbitration process and
left the hearing. An appeal of the SAC’s decision
to move forward with the hearing was originally
on the meeting’s agenda; however, once Wolfe
retracted his appeal, debate moved to a motion
to re-launch a reformatted SAC appeal.
The motion, put forth by SFUO President
Dean Haldenby, was passed and will bring the
appeal dealing with the alleged formation of a
slate by the defendants in February’s SFUO elec-
tions back to the SAC, while effectively relieving
photo by Martha Pearce
the current student arbitrators working on the
case. The “new” hearing will also be closed to SFUO President Dean Haldenby presents his motion at the March 13 BOA meeting while VP University Affairs Seamus Wolfe looks on.
the general public, save for those implicated in “Obviously, board members have the right to at the board saying that they don’t even think should have made that as an official decision.”
the appeal and campus media, but allows for the abstain on a vote, so we sought legal opinion on that this motion should be at the table, certainly
creation of a live-listening space for people to that issue,” he said. “The opinion of the lawyer not in its present carnation, it indicates that that The option of impeachment
watch the proceedings in real time. was that, given the time sensitivity and the judi- motion should not be passing, regardless of the
“The motion, as passed, obviously clears up ciary responsibility of the board, the vote could number of votes in favour or against,” she said. Renaud-Philippe Garner, one of the three appel-
some of the issues related to the initial commence- go forward if that was the case.” “I think there was a significant degree of conflict lants in the SFUO elections appeal, was present
ment of the arbitration that I felt were of issue and According to Haldenby, the mass abstentions of interest present around the table, and it’s cer- at the March 13 meeting and strongly believed
that the board needed to decide upon,” Haldenby were an interference tactic. tainly the reason why I, myself, chose not to vote that there existed a conflict of interest.
said. “The motivation behind it obviously was to “I had heard rumblings that certain members at all ... I question the legitimacy of [the board’s] “The defendants voted on their own trial; they
ensure that all of our constitutional provisions in were going to try and filibuster the business of decision, in particular because of the defendants just micromanaged their own judicial process,”
our section were being followed properly to ensure the board and the business of the [SFUO], and voting on it. There [were] three votes from peo- he said shortly after the meeting. “They have
that everything was fair and by the book.” therefore I spoke with Federico and told him ple who were directly involved in the case and just shown the defendants can have the arbitra-
that and he asked me to garner a legal opinion that was completely unjustified.” tors changed for their own case if it doesn’t suit
Motion passes, despite abstentions on exactly whether or not such a move could be Wolfe, Dubois, and Séguin—who all have seats them ... This is nothing short of corruption, and
... used,” he said. “So I did ... and Federico, with- on the BOA—are defendants in the election ap- we’re going to start impeachment procedures
More than one-third of BOA directors abstained in his right, used that opinion to rule as chair peal. All voted in favour of Haldenby’s motion. for every single last member of the executive
from voting on the motion—which, accord- on that motion, to favour the motion. I find it Séguin indicated her belief that no conflict of in- who voted on their own procedure.”
ing to the SFUO’s constitution, forces the mo- unfortunate that certain members are trying to terest existed for those involved in the appeal. Third-year earth sciences student Allison En-
tion to be brought back to debate. On a second uphold the process of the board and I hope that “I can say for sure that I didn’t feel like the right, who was also in attendance, launched an
vote, over one-third of directors abstained once they do realize the error of their ways.” motion on the table was at the advantage of online petition seeking to bring the question of
again—and according to the constitution, if this [either] the [appellants] or the defendants,” she impeaching all of the current SFUO executives
occurs twice in a row, the motion should be Conflict of interest said. “Almost 20 people around the table had a to students via a referendum.
“deferred for consideration to the next regular direct link to that motion, but not necessarily “I feel that each individual member of the ex-
meeting of the Board of Administration”. How- BOA Faculty of Social Sciences director Amy a gain. I don’t think I had something to gain; ecutive compromised their ethics in the vote on
ever, BOA chair Federico Carvajal ruled that the Kishek abstained from both votes and explained I think that, as a director, it was a time for me Friday night at the emergency BOA meeting and
motion passed—regardless of the abstentions— that her implication in the election appeal forced to basically do my role as a director and choose I don’t feel that they have the confidence of the
citing the time-sensitive nature of the motion her to do so. something that’s going to be fair, and I thought student body anymore,” she explained. “I think
and support from the SFUO’s legal counsel. “When you have ... over a third of members that was the fair thing to do.” the petition demands that the question be asked

“I think there was a significant degree of


Séguin emphasized that the original SAC whether or not we have the confidence in them,
arbitration process was unfair and therefore so it should be going to a vote by the students

conflict of interest present around the table.” needed to change.


“I did read the report about the response of the
directly at this point.”
Enright hopes to collect the 1,500 required
Amy Kishek Student Arbitration Committee,” she continued,
referring to the SAC’s official decision to move
signatures within the next several weeks in or-
der to launch a referendum before the end of
BOA Faculty of Social Sciences director forward with the original hearing. “I don’t agree the academic year. The petition can be found at
with any of it at all and I don’t even think that they petitiononline.com/UO0309/petition.html.
U of O agrees to
negotiation process
with Rancourt
Mireille Gervais, coordinator of the Student
Administration gives Federation of the University of Ottawa’s Stu-
dent Appeal Centre.
deadline of March 31 to Of the many supporters present were twin
boys Sebastian and Douglas Foster, who made
complete negotiations headlines in September 2006 when the then-
by Amanda Shendruk 10-year-olds were enrolled in Science and So-
Fulcrum Staff ciety, a course on science and social activism
taught by Rancourt, with their mother, U of O
AT 9 A.M. on March 17, there were more re- student Wendy Foster.
porters than students in the lobby of Tabaret “It’s an embarrassment to the university,” said
Hall. Extensive national and international me- Sebastian, currently in Grade 7, when asked
dia coverage surrounding Denis Rancour—the about his thoughts on the situation facing Ran-
tenured University of Ottawa physics professor court. His mother was similarly adamant.
suspended in December for awarding only A+ “I know that [the university is] definitely be-
grades in a winter 2008 fourth-year physics ing unfair to [Rancourt],” she said.
course—and his dismissal case lured the CTV, When Rancourt emerged from the meet-
CBC, and several student journalists from both ing about an hour after supporters began their
the U of O and Carleton University to campus rally, he announced to the crowd that the ad-
to await the outcome of the meeting. ministration indicated that they were prepared
On the lower level of Tabaret Hall, Rancourt for a negotiation process.
was participating in the final of four meet- “[The university] basically said, ‘we will me-
ings attempting to reach a settlement with the diate, but under these very strict conditions’,”
university. Also present at the meeting was a he said. Without outlining all conditions, he
representative from the Association of Profes- spoke at length about the university’s request
photo by Alex Martin
sors of the University of Ottawa, Dean of Sci- to view the final exams of PHY4385-5100, the
Suspended physics professor Denis Rancourt speaks to supporters and media on March 17.
ence André Lalonde, and a liaison officer for course in which the suspect A+s were given—
the university. The outcome: the administra- exams that included written comments from
tion indicated a willingness to negotiate with students on their impressions of the course.
Rancourt, but only under strict conditions and “[It] puts me in a very difficult situation be- The
only if the negotiation process is completed cause if I were to follow that condition I would knowledge
before the next meeting of the Executive Com- need to break the professional promise that I to compete

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end of the month. said, “which was that I would not allow the ad-
During the meeting Rancourt put forward ministration to see their exam copies ... includ-
his proposal for reconciliation—previously ing in that their personal comments.
made public—entitled “Will grade for food: “I believe that the conditions that are being
but will not end dissent” in which he propos- imposed ... are basically saying we’re not inter-
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supporters spoke at length about their dedica- we’re just awaiting his response and that pro-
tion to the man and his ideas, and the unjust cess is just following its usual course.” Next Information Sessions:
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www.thefulcrum.ca // 03.19.09 // NEWS // 5


Province grants grad money
by Amanda Shendruk As part of the Reaching Higher package, set into graduate-specific space, Dupuis
Fulcrum Staff the U of O will also receive a small capital stressed that the university is far from
allotment for each funded student position. having adequate space for the current
THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL govern- Capital funding is used for such things as number of enrolled graduate students.
ment has allocated $51 million in oper- renovation and construction projects. “I think we probably should have wait-
ating funding for 3,300 graduate student The U of O’s annual capital spending is ed for this expansion. I don’t think we’re
positions across the province, with at least significantly greater than the Ontario gov- ready for it,” he said. “I think if we had
277 funded spots at the U of O, the univer- ernment’s allocation. invested those kinds of sums in improv-
sity announced on March 2. “During the 2008–09 academic year, ing the student experience we would have
This spending is part of the Reach- the U of O’s capital spending was well in gotten more ahead. I’m not sure that this

Doing
ing Higher plan, a multi-year investment excess of $30 [million] while the provin- is all an expansion that’s in good faith.”
in post-secondary education launched cial capital allocation was $3.3 [million] in
in 2005 by Ontario Premier Dalton total to cover both ‘deferred maintenance’
McGuinty. By the 2009–10 academic year, and graduate study spaces,” wrote Simon.
provincial investments in colleges, univer- “So any minor capital funding adjust-
sities, and training will reach $6.2 billion. ments to the provincial allocation [from is the new

learning
For the 277 spaces at the U of O, operat- the recently announced funding] will as-
ing funds will depend on both the num- sist in closing that gap, as we enter difficult
ber of Master’s and doctoral students, and and challenging financial and economic
their programs of study. Operating funds times.”
cover salaries, supplies, and other expens- Serge Dupuis, university affairs com- volunteer@thefulcrum.ca
es incurred in the expansion process. missioner for the Graduate Students’ As-
“This additional operating funding sociation, isn’t convinced that the funded
should amount to approximately $5 [mil- graduate expansion is a good thing.
lion] annually when the enrolment targets “We’re creating these new spaces but
are met, which should take two or three we’re not necessarily creating the infra-
years,” U of O VP Resources Victor Simon structure to support it,” he said. “We’re
explained in an email. going to create more student places before
The U of O is focused on graduate ex- we’ve actually caught up to the amount of
pansion. In 2002, 1,841 full-time Master’s students that we have now, so I see that as
students and 541 full-time doctoral stu- kind of problematic.”
dents walked the halls of the university. By Sufficient study and work space has
2011, these numbers are expected to climb been an ongoing problem for graduate
to about 2,856 full-time Master’s students students at the U of O. Despite the recent
and 1,073 full-time doctoral students. conversion of the sixth floor of Moris-

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Law student newspaper blasted for ‘offensive’ content
Law Bruce Feldthusen expressed his disappoint- Noah Arshinoff, a law student and associate Oral Otis.
Faculty, students ment with the article.
“As many of you know, the [March 3] issue of
editor at Inter Pares, expressed that some of the
criticism and response the editors have received
“This type of discourse is reductive and tired.
We are growing weary of having to continu-
outraged at Inter Pares Inter Pares contains what can only be described from both faculty and students has been threat- ally address these sorts of problems on campus
euphemistically as an offensive article, [and] de- ening in nature. (within student publications) every year,” the
column meaning to women,” he wrote. “I am writing to “It got blown up to the point where there were WRC said in a collective statement emailed
by Emma Godmere you simply to say that the administration, fac- threats and personal attacks, which is not really to the Fulcrum. “On the heels of the Oral Otis
and Laura Clementson ulty, and staff of Common Law is committed to the standard I’d hold a university faculty to,” he fiasco, which happened around this time last
Fulcrum Staff creating and maintaining an atmosphere that is said. “One prof in particular is attempting to year, this article demonstrates that sexist and
free from all forms of unlawful and unaccept- force us to run his response to it, which is person- patriarchal attitudes continue to exist within
INDEPENDENT COMMON LAW student able discrimination.” ally attacking [and claiming] myself and others our society, and more specifically, within our
newspaper Inter Pares has been blasted by many Feldthusen indicated that the faculty would of being pro-rape and obviously [not] victims of university community. Inter Pares or any news-
in the University of Ottawa community for print- be looking into reconciliatory and preventative sexual assault, and it’s kind of astonishing to me paper should not have the right to insinuate that
ing “offensive” content in its March 3 issue. measures for the newspaper. that he thinks its appropriate to force the publish- practicing sexually coercive behavior is accept-
Inter Pares, which produces seven issues a “We will take whatever steps we can to edu- ing of an overtly defamatory article. able or appropriate, even when it is written in a
year, published a satirical column entitled “The cate the editors about their journalistic respon- “Overall, I have no problem admitting an supposedly ‘humorous’ fashion.”
Guys’ Corner: Figuring Women Out, One Pa- sibilities, and to insure that policies are put into error in judgment in publishing an article,” he Feldthusen reiterated that the faculty is look-
thetic Blunder at a Time” which aimed to advise place to prevent a recurrence,” he continued. “If continued. “My problem has nothing to do with ing to take action on the issue.
male law students on how to attract women. we are unable to achieve a level of confidence the way that people have reacted to it; it’s the “A small ad hoc committee of professors and
In one instance, the author—writing under a that this will not happen again (as it has hap- way that the faculty has actually handled the staff are meeting with the editorial board to de-
pseudonym according to a March 16 Ottawa pened on other occasions in the past) we will re- situation ... we’re going to publish an apology ... termine what steps must be taken to [ensure]
Citizen article—refers to “disclosing one’s status view the limited connection that presently exists and publish people’s responses to it, and that’s that this is not repeated,” he wrote to the Ful-
as a law student, for the purpose of serving as between Inter Pares and the faculty ... I am very that.” crum in an email. “The meetings are continuing
a catalyst (in lieu of tequila) for getting shizzy encouraged by the widespread, strong, and ar- The Student Federation of the University of and no decisions have been taken yet. Interfer-
with the nizzy.” Faculty members and students ticulate criticism from fellow students that this Ottawa’s Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) drew ing with the distribution of a student newspaper
have taken issue with the statement, believing it publication has attracted. I believe that student parallels between the Inter Pares article and the would be the last resort. We prefer to see if edu-
incites rape. intervention on this matter will prove more ef- March 2008 controversy surrounding content cation and goodwill will prevail.”
In an email sent to staff and students in the fective than anything the administration can do. deemed offensive and misogynistic printed in The next issue of Inter Pares is expected to hit
Faculty of Law on March 12, Dean of Common That said, we intend to do our part.” the Engineering Students Society’s student-run stands by the end of the month.

The Fulcrum is hiring News in brief


for the 2009–10
U-Pass defeated for second time at needs and the long-term impact of the recent
City Council 51-day strike on student ridership.
“If anything, the strike has increased the need
OTTAWA CITY COUNCILLORS voted against for a U-Pass as a means to encourage students to

publishing year
reconsidering the University of Ottawa’s U-Pass use a valuable service in an affordable manner,”
pilot project when it was presented at a March said Horton.
11 City Council meeting. The project failed dur- —Len Smirnov
ing a vote in December 2008, but was brought
back to the council’s attention after it was unani- Calgary college launches tuition-free
mously supported by the city’s transit commit- nursing program
tee on March 4.
The U-Pass, which was approved by 73 per EDMONTON (CUP) – BOW VALLEY COL-
If you are interested in the following cent of voting U of O undergraduates in a 2007 LEGE, an institution which specializes in Eng-
positions: referendum, would have seen more than 24,000
full-time students pay $125 per semester for an
lish as a second language, is introducing a free
pilot program designed to help immigrants with
OC Transpo bus pass. a nursing degree upgrade their skills and find
Since the project’s debut at City Hall, council- employment in Canada.
Associate News Editor lors have argued that students should pay $196
per semester to balance the costs of the pilot
With funding for the first two terms of the
project coming from Alberta Employment and
Volunteer and Visibility Coordinator project. The Student Federation of the Univer-
sity of Ottawa (SFUO) rejected raising the fee,
Immigration, students who apply will be not be
burdened by the cost of tuition as they work to-
Copy Editor (Two positions available) but remains committed to pursuing the project. wards developing their knowledge of the coun-
“We will return to the negotiating table with try’s health-care system.
Webmaster the City and OC Transpo to find a workable After completing the pilot period, the goal
program,” said Ted Horton, SFUO vp university is to have the 20-month program sustain itself
affairs-elect and long-time project volunteer. through enrolment fees. There are currently 30
“We have support from all parties. We simply students enrolled for May, and there are plans to
Contact news@thefulcrum.ca for more need the terms that are acceptable to everyone.” have another enrolment period in January 2010.
The university will survey students in No- —Kirsten Goruk,
information or to apply. vember 2009 to determine their transportation Alberta and Northern Bureau Chief

Applications are due April 10 at 5 p.m. Email Staff meetings


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plicable) to news@thefulcrum.ca or drop THE
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9
Peter Henderson

Arts & Culture March 19–25, 2009


Arts & Culture Editor
arts@thefulcrum.ca

Desert drama, sexy Stalin for French theatre in 1984. and all these other crazy characters,
Don’t Blame the “This was written in the mid ‘80s,
during the Cold War,” explains direc-
we wanted to make the stage look like
a graphic novel, following the linear
Bedouins premieres tor Kevin Orr, a professor of theatre lines of a page, and paying careful
at the U of O. “The two trains facing attention to the colours of the stage
at the U of O off against each other are being con- [and] the costumes.”
by Nick Rudiak ducted by Santa Claus and Stalin, The U of O performance won’t be
Fulcrum Staff who represent the conflict between the only time you can catch Don’t
the West and the [Communist] East. Blame the Bedouins. The troupe will
DON’T BLAME THE Bedouins is, at Inside of that is the subplot, where the perform the show in Ottawa again
the very least, hard to explain. Two three characters exist in a single mo- June 5–6 at the Magnetic North The-
trains barrel toward each other on the ment and have to grow into one big atre Festival.
same piece of track in the Australian monster to stop the monster of prog- “Magnetic North will be a really
desert, one driven by Santa Claus and ress that the trains represent.” great opportunity for the performers,”
the other by a sultry female Stalin. In addition to being deeply rep- says stage manager Brittany Jukes.
Tied to the track halfway between resentative of the balance of power “It’s a national festival and we’re hope-
these two trains is an Italian sopra- and progress, Orr jokes that there are ful that the playwright will attend, but
no, whose only salvation may be the “about 270” other different themes right now we’re focusing on getting
German muscle man watching from and complexities within the work. through this run.”
the mountains above. And there’s a Many of these intricacies are brought Although the play is bizarre, as-
myopic student wandering the desert to the fore in Orr’s highly conceptual sistant director Jamie Bell thinks that
nearby. This brief summary doesn’t take on a very strange play. Don’t Blame the Bedouins is a terrific
even begin to describe the depths of The set for Don’t Blame the Bed- opportunity for the U of O’s theatre
absurdity in Canadian playwright ouins is composed of several ladders, department to let loose and test their
René-Daniel Dubois’ play. which are used by the actors to cre- boundaries.
Don’t Blame the Bedouins, playing ate mountains, railroad tracks, and a “A lot of [the theatre] we produce
at the University of Ottawa’s Academ- myriad of other settings. Images are at the U of O is kind of inside the box
ic Hall until March 21, is a English projected on the backdrop, which and realistic,” she says. “But this [play]
translation of Dubois’ French play Ne interacts with the characters as the is a whole different ballgame.”
blâmez jamais les Bédouins, though it story evolves.
also includes lines in French, Man- “The basic idea for the set came Don’t Blame the Bedouins runs un-
darin, German, Arabic, Russian, and from my set designer, Margaret til March 21 at Academic Hall (133
Italian. The play is a complex critique Coderre-Williams [who is also chair Seraphin-Marion). Tickets are $8 for
of power struggles and war, and it of the Theatre Dept. at U of O],” ex- students. For tickets call the Theatre
photo by Martha Pearce won the Governor-General’s Award plains Orr. “Since it has Santa Claus Department at (613) 562-5761.

A comedian’s revival shows like Newsradio and the ani- SNL,” says Lovitz. “I couldn’t believe
Jon Lovitz finally mated comedy The Critic, as well as a
famous turn as the voice of the lech-
it when I got it. It was amazing. It
was very thrilling—I had an office in
gets around to erous Artie Ziff on The Simpsons. His Rockefeller Center!”
versatility has allowed him to work He spent five seasons doing sketch
stand-up as a dramatic actor, a funnyman, and comedy on SNL, but Lovitz still shied
by Peter Henderson a voice-over artist, but he’s most fa- away from stand-up. During his time
Fulcrum Staff mous for his unique nasal voice. on the show he worked with many
“I never thought my voice was dis- other comedians who had gotten their
JON LOVITZ IS nervous. His years of tinctive at all,” says Lovitz. “I grew up in start doing stand-up, including Chris
experience in television, movies, and Los Angeles, and I’d hear these actors Rock, Dana Carvey, and Kevin Neal-
sketch comedy didn’t prepare him with deep, rich voices, and I’d think on. Though surrounded by stand-up
for his biggest challenge yet: stand- ‘What a great voice’. People would say comedians, Lovitz still couldn’t find
ing alone in front of an audience and ‘You’ve got a distinctive voice’ and I’d the nerve to commit to the stage.
trying to make them laugh. Although think ‘I do?’ I never noticed it, never! “[Nerves] were the reason I took
he started doing sketch comedy in his I wasn’t trying to have a distinctive so long to do it,” he says. “You’re on-
college years, the 51-year-old Lovitz voice, I was just speaking.” stage by yourself, there’s just nothing
didn’t make the jump to doing stand- As a kid, Lovitz idolized Woody but you. It takes a lot of guts just to
up until 2004. Allen, and remembers the exact mo- get up [there]. Anybody, I don’t care
“I never tried stand-up, I was just ment he decided to become a comic. if they’re good or not, if they can get
too nervous,” he explains. “Finally, “I saw [Allen’s] movie Take the up and do that, they’re courageous. It
about five years ago, the movie roles Money and Run when I was 13, and took me 20 years!”
were slowing [down] and I didn’t want I said, ‘I want to be a comedian like He finally found the nerve to start
to sell my house so I thought I’d better him.’” doing stand-up in 2004, and not just
find another way to make money.” Lovitz attended the University of because of the economic imperative. photo courtesy Jon Lovitz
Lovitz is currently touring across California at Irvine and graduated Lovitz wanted to challenge himself, calls. “It’s four little steps to get to the write and perform my own material,
North America with an act that com- with a degree in drama. After a stint and he set out to do a routine at some stage, and they’re the hardest steps to and now I get to do that again,” says
ments on sex, politics, and religion. with the Groundlings—the famous local clubs in his hometown of Los walk up.” Lovitz. “It just keeps getting more
Though he’s new to stand-up, Lovitz Los Angeles-based improvisational Angeles. He remembers the one piece Though it took him decades to fun, because I just keep getting more
has had a long career in show busi- comedy troupe that counts Will Fer- of advice that helped him get over his start doing stand-up comedy, his re- confident and relaxed.”
ness. He got his start on Saturday rell, Conan O’Brien, and Phil Hart- crushing stage fright. cent career shift reminded Lovitz of
Night Live (SNL) in 1985, and contin- man among its alumni—Lovitz “Dana Carvey, who does great the thrill of writing and performing Jon Lovitz performs at the Cen-
ued on to roles in The Wedding Singer, became a cast member of the long- stand-up and [is] one of my best his own material, something he culti- trepointe Theatre March 20 at 7:30
High School High, and Rat Race. He’s running NBC sketch show SNL. friends, said ‘Just keep getting up, and vated during his years on SNL. p.m. For more information and tickets,
also had starring roles on television “I never, ever thought I’d be on eventually it goes away,’” Lovitz re- “With Saturday Night Live I got to visit centrepointetheatre.com.
Album reviews
IF BLADE RUNNER had a club scene, the two
dudes in TMDP would be the DJs. The Toron-
to-based duo’s self-titled debut blends funk,
synth-pop, and electronica to create a sound
somewhere between Daft Punk and New Order.
The album’s synthesizer melodies are blended
seamlessly with funk guitar and electro-bass
lines—there is no singing on the album—giv-
ing it a distinct 80s movie soundtrack feel. The
electronic intro and pounding beat of “Glades”
and the distorted, 8-bit sounding “Balcone” are
made for getting your groove on, but on songs
like “Heat” and “Too Much”, the duo switches

A
gears with a relaxed, down-tempo feel. Though
TMDP
lacking radio-ready hits, TMDP is an incred-
TMDP ible debut album from start to finish, one that
breathes more awesomeness into Canadian
electronic music.
—Julian Blizzard

REMEMBER SOUNDGARDEN? THE heavi-


est of the big early-90s grunge bands combined
Black Sabbath-influenced metal with a more
polished alt-rock sound. Fronting the group
was vocalist Chris Cornell; part Robert Plant,
part escaped lunatic, in his prime he was one of
the most distinctive and versatile voices in rock.
So, what the hell is Scream? The whole idea of
a rocker like Cornell working with too-prolific
producer Timbaland and Justin Timberlake
feels like some kind of surrealistic nightmare.
The whole thing feels more like a comedy al-
bum than an artistic statement. On songs like
Chris Cornell
D-
the atrocious and overblown “Part of Me” and
Scream the equally awful (and misleadingly named)
title track, Cornell mumbles into an Auto-tune
vocoder stolen from Kanye West. Timbaland
drops his once revolutionary but now conven-
tional spaced-out dance beats under all of the
songs, and Cornell’s off-beat ‘N Sync-inspired
ramblings fit so poorly against the music that
the whole album sounds like a toddler’s experi-
ment with a My First DJ playset. Like Joaquin
Pheonix’s insane career moves as of late, it’s hard
to tell if Scream is a joke or not. If it isn’t, per-
haps Phoenix and Cornell can collaborate on
what surely would be the most awkward pop
album ever.
—Nick Rudiak

THE THREE SASKATCHEWANIANS behind


the inaccurately named Ultimate Power Duo
return with their self-proclaimed style of “de-
molition rock” on their second LP, New Normal.
With influences including Pixies, the Who, and
the Ramones, the band is aiming an all-out as-
sault at your eardrums. From the spectacular
melodies on the opener “Count Chocula” to the
awesome finale of the title track, the album suc-
cessfully forges a party-punk atmosphere that
makes you want to paint your bedroom walls
black and push your grandmother into a mosh
pit. Although songs like “John’s On Acid” and
Ultimate Power Duo
B+
“Noam Disco” are conventional and boring
New Normal punk-by-numbers, the rest of New Normal is
full of crunchy licks and playful lyrics. The al-
bum puts the raw back in rock.
—Julian Blizzard

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Canada’s best and brightest
CBC Literary Awards
honour human geographer,
Indian immigrant, poet
by Justin Bromberg
The Link

MONTREAL (CUP) – TO BORROW A line


from Shakespeare: “A rose by any other name
would still smell as sweet.” Would a writer by
any other name, then, still write as well?
If the winners of the 2008 CBC/Radio-Cana-
da Literary Awards are any indication, it’s a re-
minder that one should never judge a book by
its cover.
This year’s award ceremony was held Feb. 26
at the Montreal Opus Hotel, honouring a host of
writers from across the country. Four winners—
two English and two French—were selected in
three categories: poetry, short story, and creative
non-fiction. The purse for first prize was $6,000,
while second-prize winners took home a cheque
for $4,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for
the Arts. All winning entries will be published
in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine.
Submissions were accepted from across the
country, which perhaps explains the diversity of
the winners’ professions. photo by Justin Bromberg
“We artists ... we’re the people; we’re the sol-
Hosts Shelagh Rogers (left) and Christiane Charette share a laugh during their opening speech.
diers; the ones who say: ‘Wake up!’” says Sue
Goyette, the first-prize poetry winner, a creative natic music—a form of South Indian classical fiction. Every sentence in this [story] is based B.C., in 2008. Though de Leeuw is also a poet,
writing professor and active community mem- music—and to present an image of South In- on a real moment.” creative non-fiction is her preferred genre.
ber in her native Halifax. “And it’s a challenging dian women that differed from “a kind of self- Over in the non-fiction category, first-prize “I’m an academic so I have to write boring,”
time to make art, so whenever I get an opportu- sacrificing image”. winner Sarah de Leeuw was celebrating her un- she says. “You get to be inspired by events in real
nity to give a lecture, or a reading, I always say “There’s a sense, though you have to guess, expected first-place finish in the creative section. life, but have to aestheticize them.”
that art is a really important thing.” that they’re discovering India with an eye that’s A native of northern British Columbia, de Leeuw “But with the Columbus Hotel and the trag-
She describes her winning entry, “Outskirts” different from [the] Indian [perspective],” Kola- is a human geographer who teaches in the medi- edy that ensued, I followed it particularly [close-
as “a series of poems dealing with the loss of nad says about her story’s two main characters. cal program at the University of Northern Brit- ly] because I have a great interest in marginal-
darkness; literally and metaphorically the loss of “That’s something that happened to me when I ish Columbia. Human geography isn’t a common ization. Which is something I think Canadians
our wilderness. We’ve covered a lot of land in visited India.” term, and de Leeuw takes time to define it. should take more notice [of], especially in a
our sprawl, and I’ve just noticed that it’s a chal- Her work is a self-professed “fictionalized “Well, if a historian studies time as a basic so- country as rich as Canada.”
lenge to find places that are dark, and silent, and memoir,” which takes its inspiration from ele- cial concept, geographers study space,” says de Other winners include Denise Ryan, who fin-
untouched.” ments of the author’s life. Leeuw. “We are interested in human interactions, ished second in the English creative non-fiction
In the short story category, second prize “One of the things that fiction allows you is relationships … the way that space makes us who category for her work My Father, Smoking; Jim
went to Gitanjali Kolanad. Born in India, Ko- that you don’t have to stick to time frames, so I we are, and how we make space human.” Johnstone, who placed second in English poetry
lanad grew up in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. guess that’s the kind of license I wanted. But on Her winning piece, “Columbus Burning,” for his collection Invertebrate Poems; and Claire
The inspiration for her story, “The American the other hand, it’s very important to say that describes the events surrounding a fire that de- Battershill, who finished first in the English
Girl” came from her desire to write about Car- things like this happen, that this is not science stroyed the Columbus Hotel in Prince George, short story category for her story “Circus”.

www.thefulcrum.ca // 03.19.09 // ARTS // 11


Chewing gum Gummy origins
Gum has a colourful history that reaches back to
prehistoric people first discovered the habit of
resin—a thick, sticky liquid secreted by conifero
Swedish archeologists happened upon a wad of

chronicles
with honey. The ancient gum was estimated to be
years old and had the teeth marks of a prehistor
Archeologists have discovered that the habit
was an international affair. The ancient Greeks
tree sap to clean their teeth and freshen their
second-century Mayans of Central America we
ing on a particular type of resin—chicle. Nativ
joyed chewing resin found on the bark of spruc
the early settlers of New England arrived, they
Dissecting the colourful touch of beeswax to the resin in order to soften
The International Chewing Gum Association

history of the chewy stuff ganization of worldwide gum manufacturers an


pliers formed to present a united voice on gum r
the globe. According to Stefan Pfander, preside
by Megan O’Meara candy was commercialized in the 19th century b
“Inventor Thomas Adams was hired [by the g
Fulcrum Staff quered the Alamo, Antonio Lopez de Santa Ann
velop a new type of rubber using the gummy s
Pfander explained. “Try as he might, Adams wa

E
his experiments but recognized the potential chi
VERY YEAR, BUBBLE gum enthusiasts around the world uct that was chewed. Out of his experiments ca
York No. 1, the first modern chewing gum.”
celebrate Bubble gum Week in the second week of March. Closer to the 20th century, gum manufacturi
popular, with companies like Wrigley’s and F
While chewing on a piece of a gum is a regular action for stu- opening and mass-producing the treat and givin
dents, many know little about the history of the tasty candy. of flavours—spearmint, tropical fruit, and cinnam
ers. In 1906, Frank Henry Fleer, founder of Fl
Gum—or a variation of it—has been a part of human existence invented bubble gum—a stickier, more flexible
which could be blown into bubbles. Fleer called
for thousands of years. Its appealing history warrants an in depth look Blabber. Unfortunately, consumers found his fo
and the gum never got distributed.
into the sticky substance that is gum. It took inventors 22 years to find perfect the r
emer, a 23-year-old accountant working at the Fl
had been playing around with gum recipes
he happened upon the unique recip
sought-after bubble gum in 1928.
tic pink of bubble gum also happe
it was the only food colouring ava
at the time.
Fleer named Diemer’s creation
and the gum exploded onto the ma
US$1.5 million worth in its first year alone—a su
in the 1920s. While selling his creation, Deimer p
salesmen how to blow bubbles with the gum so t
turn teach customers. Dubble Bubble ruled the
despite the fact that Deimer never patented h
mistake proved costly as other brands of bubb
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s pop up, taking customers away from Dubble Bubble and the Fleer “I grew up in the 1960s when trading cards amongst us kids

o 7,000 BCE when


Corporation. With the emergence of a wider range of flavours
and the sugary new bubble gum, the chewing-gum industry had
were popular: baseball cards, sports car cards, monster cards,
Wacky Packs, you name it,” Wardlaw said in an interview with
Chewing gum
chewing on tree
ous trees. In 1993,
begun its incredible ascent. the Fulcrum. “My personal favorite: The Beatles collectible cards.
Half the fun of a new batch of trading cards was chewing that flat, facts
f resin sweetened Bubble gum and baseball stiff, powdered-sugared rectangle of gum while shuffling through
e more than 9,000 the photos of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.” The record for the largest
ric teenager on it. From the 1930s onward, gum and trading cards were known
t of gum chewing as a two-for-one deal. Over the years, the faces of famous Ma-
A little chewing bubble gum bubble is an
used to chew on jor League Baseball stars, the Beatles, and even Clark Gable and enormous 23 inches in
breath while the Marilyn Monroe have helped tie bubble gum to the pop culture goes a long way
ere fond of chew- of the times. diameter, held by
ve Americans en- Before the 1930s, baseball cards were distributed in cigarette According to Wardlaw, the worldwide gum industry was worth
ce trees and when cartons. Trading card companies stepped away from being linked an incredible US$20 billion in 2007—not bad for a product that
American Susan Williams.
added their own with tobacco in order to focus solely on the child demographic costs a buck or two a pack. In fact, while researching for her book,
the treat. associated with the trading cards, and turned to bubble gum in Wardlaw found that when the economy takes a dive, gum sales
n (ICGA) is an or- order to attract children. In 1933, Goudey usually rise. In 1944, a man from
d ingredient sup- Gum Company came out with their gum, Gum is popular for a number of rea- Pennsylvania lost some
regulations across Big League Chewing Gum, and were the sons but few people know the benefits. A
ent of ICGA, the first to sell bubble gum packaged with 2000 study completed by the Mayo Clinic teeth when the piece
by happenstance. baseball cards. in Rochester, Minnesota found that chew- of bubble gum he was
general who con- Writer Paul Sommers researched the ing gum relieves stress by releasing pent-up
na] in 1869 to de- emergence of baseball cards and bubble energy. Wardlaw discovered the correla- chewing inexplicably
substance chicle,” gum for his 1992 book Diamonds Are For- tion between chewing gum and stress relief exploded.
as unsuccessful in ever. when researching for her book.
icle had as a prod- “The 1930s manufacturers of chewing “Gum chewing helps to relieve stress and
ame Adams New gum in particular saw the player cards’ anxiety,” she said. “More teachers should
special potential as reliable promotional allow their students to chew gum (quietly,
The longest gum-
ing became more vehicles for selling gum to kids and began of course) during tests. They might be sur- wrapper chain ever
leer Corporation in earnest to supply such cards with their prised by the improved test scores.”
ng it a wider range wares,” he wrote. A 2002 study completed by the Cognitive made was constructed
mon, among oth- World War Two halted the production Research Unit in London, England looked by Gary Duschl from
leer Corporation, of baseball cards due to the rationing of at the mental benefits of chewing gum. The
and sugary gum paper products, but in the 1950s the Topps scientists discovered that the chewing pro- Virginia Beach, Virginia
his gum Blibber- Company gained control of the market. cess helped increase both short- and long- in 2007 and is an
ormula too sticky The company had developed a new style term memory by up to 35 per cent.
for the cards with the picture of the player “The results were extremely clear; specif- incredible 8.13 miles long.
recipe. Walter Di- on one side and statistics on the back, a ically we found that chewing gum targeted
leer Corporation, change embraced by all. The first set of Topps cards were issued memory,” said neurologist Andrew Scholey in an interview with
as a hobby when in 1951, and with the release of the Mickey Mantle card the fol- the Washington Post. “People recalled more words and performed Chewing gum has been
pe for the highly lowing year, the company saw their sales rise. Mantle was consid- better in tests on working memory.”
. The characteris- ered the best baseball player of the era and his card was the most Chewing gum doesn’t only enhance brainpower; it also has
banned in Singapore
ened by chance, as popular trading card at the time. Today, the same Mantle card positive dental effects. When chewed after meals, sugar-free since 1992 after van-
ailable to Diemer is estimated to be worth over US$200,000. By 1956, Topps was gum—which arrived on the scene in 1984 and immediately be-
producing trading cards for all major league sports. came more popular than gum with sugar—has been proven to dals across the country
n Dubble Bubble The card and gum packages took hold, with trading cards remove plaque from teeth. According to the American Dental As- placed their chewed
arket, selling over for musicians and movie stars soon being distributed alongside sociation (ADA), chewing gum after eating increases the amount
ubstantial amount athletes. The cards became a cultural phenomenon for children of saliva in your mouth, which neutralizes and washes away acids gum in keyholes, mail-
personally taught growing up in the 30s and beyond. produced by the food eaten. Studies have shown that if sugarless boxes, and on door
that they could in Lee Wardlaw, author of the 1997 children’s book Bubblemania: gum is chewed for 20 minutes following meals, it can help pre-
market for years The Chewy History of Bubble Gum, was fascinated by the candy vent tooth decay. The ADA gave sugarless chewing gum its Seal of sensors of the Mass
his creation. This and its interesting history. She was one of many children who Acceptance, only given to products that have provided scientific Rapid Transit system.
ble gum began to loved the addition of bubble gum to trading cards. evidence towards one or more indications of healthy teeth.
images courtesy sxc.hu and rarebeatles.com
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Bring on the bromance
by Hisham Kelati
Fulcrum Staff

BROMANCE IS THE special type of intimate and


affectionate friendship between two men, and it’s
also the subject of John Hamburg’s new comedy I
Love You, Man. Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd), a meek
real estate agent who’s anything but macho, tries to
find himself a best man for his upcoming wedding
to Zooey (Rashida Jones). After going on a series of
man-dates, Peter discovers a best friend in Sydney Fife
(Jason Segel). Unfortunately for Peter, his bromance
with Sydney begins to put Peter at odds with Zooey.
Rudd and Segel are Hollywood comedy veterans,
and they sat down for an interview about brotherly
love, the KKK, and full-frontal male nudity.

photo courtesy Warner Bros.


Paul Rudd and Jason Segel have a bro-ner for one another in I Love You, Man.

Fulcrum: In I Love You, Man, you guys are medic sense. Can you say ‘dick’ in Texas? R: Whoops! I realize that I [do] belong to the How do you go out with a girl who says “Oh, I
playing close friends; two dudes with a deep R: Yeah, you went full-frontal, but I think there KKK, the Komfortable Komedy Koalition. What loved you in Forgetting Sarah Marshall...”
and complex relationship. Did you have to do was a dick in Walk Hard. But you only saw a we like to do is improvise, have some fun, and
any preparation beforehand to develop chem- dick. You kind of put dick and face together. we’re an extremely racist group. R: “...but what I really loved was seeing you and
istry? That came out wrong. I went ass in 40 Year Old S: If it’s just about comedy, I think you should that taint.”
Virgin. rethink the uniforms. S: It actually makes [life] much more comfort-
Segel: We had a couple of hangs. We went to the S: That’s right, you did. You know, between my R: Yeah, it’s the hats that really… able, because [now] the girls know what they’re
bar a couple of times, and scored a few brews. dick and your ass, we’re pretty funny. S: Yeah… going to get. So there’s not any mystery or awk-
Rudd: We pounded some brews. Thankfully, we R: That is true. Just wait until we do the sequel R: I think we need to rethink the spelling, and ward moments where there’s a “Yeah, this is what
knew each other, so there was already a little bit to this [movie], we’re both going to show our just go with… I’m working with”. If they want to go on a date,
of a built-in familiarity. We made several boner taints. S: Oh, Paul is getting dead eyes. I’m watching they’ve already checked out the goods. And on
jokes before we ever started filming this one, so him right now. the big screen too, which [is] more helpful.
we already spoke the same language. You’re both veterans of the work of prolific R: No, no, I’m just trying to think of something R: But there’s also a chance that they watched
S: I wasn’t joking. producer Judd Apatow, though he’s not in- with the initials S.S. it on iTunes, and they watched it on their iPod,
R: I wasn’t joking either, and when I say boner volved with this film, and so is the director which would give you an iDick.
jokes and language, I mean, it’s an actual lan- and co-writer of I Love You, Man, John Ham- People are fascinated with the idea of ‘bro- S: I’m hoping the big screen, cause it adds 10
guage called ‘Bonerist’. burg. How do you two find working with the mance’. What do you feel is so appealing about pounds.
S: Yeah, it’s a lot like sign-language, unfortu- group of performers, writers, and directors this type of relationship? Why did you choose R: You have a 15-pound dick!
nately. who seem to orbit around Apatow? to explore it? S: Which means … that my dick would weigh
R: It’s like sign-language without the hands. five pounds in real life.
S: There’s really only a couple of letters. S: Yeah, what attracts me is … that we formed S: I think it’s been a long time coming, to see R: But I saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall on an
R: That’s an ‘L’. a very tight comedy coalition, and so Paul and a good male platonic comedy, and that’s what IMAX screen, which adds 20 pounds, and in
S: Nope, it’s an ‘I’! I worked together a bunch, and John Hamburg we’re going for. We got as close to the homo- actuality, and I don’t mean to offend you Ja-
and Paul and I have known each other for so erotic line as possible, without crossing it, which son, but I think your dick weighs negative five
I Love You, Man features male nudity, much long. It’s a very, very comfortable environment. we both found comedically satisfying. pounds.
like Segel’s other project, Forgetting Sarah R: I also call it a comfortable comedy coalition, R: It seems to be the word of the moment, ‘bro- S: Ooh, zoinks!
Marshall. What’s it like to show off the goods? but what I do [is] I change it up and I use K’s, mantic’. Jason, what are your favourite broman- R: Boo-shaklaka!
so I’m involved in a very Komfortable Komedy tic movies from the ‘80s? S: I’ve got mail!
S: Well, I was the first to show my dick, [in For- Koalition... S: I think my favourite comedy is Midnight Cow-
getting Sarah Marshall], as far as I know, in a co- S: But Paul, that’s the KKK. boy. Twins is pretty great, and its follow-up Junior! I Love You, Man opens in theatres March 20.

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David McClelland

Sports March 19–25, 2009


Sports Editor
sports@thefulcrum.ca

Western kills Ottawa’s championship bid


with 24 points, a performance that was followed
closely by the 22-point effort from rookie guard Championship
Men’s basketball team
quarter-final
Warren Ward.
finds redemption in With the victory the Gee-Gees advanced to
play against the Concordia Stingers for fifth-
consolation games place. The match was easily Ottawa’s most Ottawa 48
by David McClelland
closely contested game of the tournament, with
the Gees eventually walking away with an 83-76 Western 75
Fulcrum Staff win.
The game began with both teams fighting a
Gee-Gees FG%: 27.1
THE GEE-GEES MEN’S basketball team may protracted battle, but Ottawa eventually estab-
not have ended their 2008–09 season with a lished a lead midway through the first quarter,
championship title, but they did end on a high
note during the 2009 Canadian Interuniversity
and found themselves up 22-20 by its end. The
Gees then poured on the effort and took a 40-32 Consolation semi-final
Sport (CIS) national tournament. The eight-
team championship was held March 13–15 at
lead into the dressing room at halftime.
Still, the Stingers didn’t go gracefully, pulling
Ottawa 85
Scotiabank Place. Winning two out of three
games, the Gee-Gees finished fifth, winning the
to within one point of catching up to Ottawa in
the third quarter. It wasn’t until the final minute
St. FX 63
consolation final. Meanwhile, the Carleton Ra-
vens emerged as the top team with an 87-77 win
of the game, when Concordia failed to capital-
ize on several crucial possessions, that the Gees
Dax Dessureault: 24 points
over the British Columbia Thunderbirds, their
sixth title in seven years.
finally sewed up the victory.
“You don’t want to end your season on a loss,”
Warren Ward: 22 points
The Gees, who qualified for the national cham- said DeAveiro. “And [the win] kind of builds for
pionship with a win over the Windsor Lancers on
March 7 and were seeded fifth going into the first
next year, because next year starts now. We’re
getting ready to play, and we’re getting ready to Consolation final
game, kicked off the tournament on March 13
against the Ontario University Athletics finalists
prepare for next year.”
The match was not only the final game of Ot-
Ottawa 83
the Western Mustangs. Ottawa served up one of tawa’s season, but also the swan song for depart- Concordia 76
their worst efforts of the year in the game as they ing veterans Dessureault and forward David
were dropped 75-48.
“We just laid an egg,” said fifth-year centre
Labentowicz, who have both completed their
fifth year of CIS eligibility.
Dax Dessureault: 22 points
Dax Dessureault following the loss. “No one hit
any shots, [and] no one played well.”
“I had a good career. [I’m] happy with what I
did, and it’s good to finish on a win,” said Dessu-
Josh Gibson-Bascombe: 18 points
The game actually started well for the Gee- reault, who earned all three player-of-the-game
Gees. Ottawa matched Western nearly basket awards for the Gees in the tournament.
for basket, and only trailed 15-14 at the end of For Labentowicz, the game was not about the
the first quarter. But the Mustangs took off in end of his CIS career, but about the future of the
the second quarter, going on a 10-point run and program and helping the Gees achieve success
soaring to a 33-20 lead going into halftime. after his departure.
Much of the Gees’ problems stemmed from “Honestly, it’s not about me,” said Labentow-
an inability to hit the basket, despite having icz after the game. “I told these guys before the
clear shooting lanes. Ottawa had a dismal 23.3 game that this game today, and the game yester- photo by Alex Smyth
per cent shooting percentage in the first half. day, they’re build-ups to our championship run
Gee-Gees forward David Labentowicz drives
“We weren’t running a really crisp offence,” next year.”
to the basket in his final CIS championship.
said Dessureault. “We were getting open shots,
just we couldn’t hit them.”
The Gee-Gees’ woes continued throughout
the second half of the game, as Western built an
insurmountable lead. Although Ottawa’s shoot-
ing improved, they couldn’t match Western’s en-

“We just laid an egg.”


ergetic play, and trailed the Mustangs 54-39 at
the end of the third quarter. Western shut down
Ottawa’s attack in the final frame, strolling to a

Dax Dessureault
decisive 75-48 victory.
The loss sent the Gee-Gees to the consola-

Gee-Gees centre
tion semifinals the next afternoon, where they
cruised to an 85-63 win over the eighth-seeded
St. Francis Xavier X-Men.
“We’re playing three games at nationals. It
isn’t the three that we wanted to play, but we’re
still playing three,” said Gee-Gees head coach
Dave DeAveiro after the win. “This was a char-
acter game for us. We could have rolled over af-
ter getting beaten the way we [were] beaten last
night, but we came out and showed some pride
and some character, so I’m really proud of our
guys tonight.”
The Gee-Gees certainly looked like a more
confident team, opening up a 14-5 lead by the
midpoint of the first quarter and never looking
back. Up 43-28 by halftime, the Gee-Gees didn’t
let the X-Men even smell victory in the second
half, and ran away with the game in the fourth photo by Muse Mohammed
quarter. Dessureault was Ottawa’s top scorer Gee-Gees centre Dax Dessureault shoots a free throw in Ottawa’s 75-48 loss to the Western Mustangs.
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Martlets blow out Gee-Gees tive double-overtime games in the semifinals
March 4–8.
Women’s hockey team “We definitely did not play to our potential,”
swept in Quebec finals said Gee-Gees captain Danika Smith. “It was
not a high-energy game for us, and we made a
by David McClelland lot of mistakes, more mistakes than we can [af-
Fulcrum Staff ford] against that team. The game ended 7-0,
and against a team like McGill that’s what the
AFTER SURRENDERING FOURTEEN goals result is going to be if we play like that.”
in two games, the Gee-Gees were demolished The Gees stepped up their performance
by the McGill Martlets in the best-of-three Que- in game two on March 6 in Montreal, beat-
bec Student Sports Federation (QSSF) finals. ing McGill goaltender Charline Labonte once
The Gee-Gees fell 7-0 on March 11 and 7-1 on in the final frame, but it was nowhere near
March 13. However, as QSSF finalists, they still enough to win. Ottawa kept the Martlets from
qualify for a berth at the Canadian Interuniver- running away with the game in the first and
sity Sport championship March 19–22. second periods, holding them to three goals in
The series began in Ottawa on March 11 with a that span, but gave up four in the final frame
dismal effort from the Gees. Ottawa fell behind by to hand McGill the QSSF championship.
three goals in the first six minutes and were never “As a team, I was proud of the group in terms
able to recover. McGill scored once more in the of how we competed through that game,” said
first period, and then added three goals in the sec- Coolidge, who added that McGill’s power-play
hurt Ottawa. “As a group we need to be more photo by Joël Côté-Cright
ond to seal Ottawa’s fate. It was the Martlets’ 50th
disciplined. If we’re going to be successful this The Ottawa net was a busy place in the QSSF final, with McGill launching over 80 shots.
consecutive win against Canadian competition.
“Our players came out really tired and lethar- weekend at [nationals], it’s going to be because sity Sport national tournament, which will be said Smith. “We’ll have to play to our strengths
gic, and we sat back and really let McGill go after we play a more disciplined style and stay out of held in Antigonish, N.S. Ottawa is scheduled and not worry too much about their system of
us,” said Gee-Gees head coach Shelley Coolidge, the penalty box.” to open the championship against the Laurier play. I think if we just try to control the puck
who noted that her team was exhausted after As QSSF finalists, the Gee-Gees have earned Golden Hawks on March 19. and play our game, that’s the best way we can
playing the Carleton Ravens in three consecu- a berth in the upcoming Canadian Interuniver- “We’re going to be trying to use our speed,” approach it.”

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CIS shake up
Lighting the lamp

whose teams are not in the tournament, with ogy for picking the teams. The easiest way to do nals on the last day of the tournament. That’s all
the first, fourth, fifth, and eighth teams in one this would be to give the four conference cham- well and good, but what happens to the teams
bracket, and the second, third, sixth, and sev- pions seeds one through four, and then allocate that lose in the championship semifinals?
enth in the other. For the 2009 tournament, the the final four to the remaining teams. This year In short, they’re done. Their reward for win-
Carleton Ravens, Ottawa Gee-Gees, and West- that group would have been comprised of three ning the first game and coming up short in the
ern Mustangs (all three teams from the Ontario conference finalists and the Ontario Univer- second is not a chance to play for a bronze medal,
University Athlet- sity Athletics (OUA) but rather the end of their tournament. As such,
ics conference) were third-place team. there isn’t even a clearly determined third-place
all placed in the first Within these two team. This doesn’t make any sense. Why should
bracket—while both
There needs to be more blocks, statistics and teams that lose in the first round get to play on
teams in the Cana- transparency brought to the season records would Sunday, while teams that lose in the second don’t?
David McClelland da West conference selection process, with a clear decide team rank- Sure, it would require fitting an extra game into
Sports Editor were in the other— ings, which should
methodology for picking the ensure fairness in the
the schedule, but at least that way there would be
meaning that the two a nice, neat one-two-three finish and no teams
THIS PAST WEEKEND, Canada’s best uni- playoff games leading teams. matchups, and make would be punished for being successful. The
versity men’s basketball teams descended upon to the national cham- the process easier to tournament included a bronze-medal game in
Scotiabank Place to compete for the Canadian pionship were played understand. the 2006 edition, and I don’t understand what
Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national title. As I between conference rivals, who already play one The other problem I had with the tournament would be so difficult about including it now.
sat courtside during the tournament, I couldn’t another in the regular season. was its structure. There was nothing wrong with Overall, I think the tournament was a fantas-
help but feel that the tournament has some This has led me to wonder what, exactly, went the scheduling of games, but I did find the pro- tic experience, but I can’t help but think things
problems that need to be resolved for future into the process of deciding the seedings. No gression of the tournament to be odd. Teams could be better. It wouldn’t take too much extra
tournaments. consideration was taken to split up conference that win in the quarter-final round obviously effort, and it would result in a more exciting and
First of all, there is a problem with the way rivals, and the actual methodology of the seed- move on to the semifinal round, while the los- fairer tournament in future years.
seedings for the tournament were decided. ings was hard to understand. So it becomes ob- ers are relegated to the consolation semifinals.
Teams are placed into two brackets based on vious that there needs to be more transparency Teams that win in the semifinal games go on to sports@thefulcrum.ca
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Sequined swimmers
Synchronized
swimming at the U of O
by Sarah Leavitt
Fulcrum Staff

EIGHT PAIRS OF legs emerge from the water,


perfectly in time, as the University of Ottawa’s
synchronized swimming team completes yet
another routine.
The synchronized swimming team has been
a competitive club at the U of O for six years,
competing in the student-run Canadian Uni-
versities Synchronized Swim League, which in-
cludes 15 university clubs. Kelly Hoop began the
U of O club in her second year of university in
2002, when eight swimmers joined together to
form a competitive team. In the 2008–09 season,
the club was made up of 25 players—enough to
form two teams. Since 2006, Hoop has served
as the team’s head coach. The U of O club meets
twice a week at the Montpetit Hall pool.
“We have practice every Sunday night for
three hours,” explains Lauren Roberts, a mem-
ber of the team. “For the first hour we do dry-
land stuff. The beginning of the year is mainly
choreographing our routine. We also practise
Thursday mornings. It’s pretty much in the pool
the whole time. We do sprints, lane workouts,
and then half the time we make up the routine
and work on it.”
The sport is a combination of gymnastics,
ballet, and swimming, so each swimmer has to
be incredibly physically fit, flexible, and aware photo by Kelly Hoop
of their teammates. A synchronized swimming The U of O synchronized swimming team practises its five-minute routine twice a week.
routine may only be five minutes long, but it in- of the water: a ballerina-type,” Hoop said. “Really, pression. artistic impression, they look at how you inter-
volves months of preparation. the whole time she is thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m “In technical merit what [judges] are look- act with the music and the originality of your
“The whole point is to make it look easy,” said going to die, when is this going to be over?’” ing for is basically the difficulty of the figures routine.”
Roberts. “It is pretty physically demanding in a The U of O club participates in three meets and the way it was executed,” Hoop explained. The club recently competed at the national
lot of different ways.” a year: provincials, nationals, and an event at “Because it’s synchronized with the team, they meet hosted by the University of Toronto on Feb.
“The classic image of the synchronized swim- McGill University. Judges of the competitions look also at execution. Is everyone doing it at 7. The first and second teams placed ninth and
mer is loads of makeup, a huge smile, one arm out give marks for technical merit and artistic im- the same time? Are all your angles the same? For 11th out of the 15-team field, respectively.

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LETTERS continued from p. 3

The groups sending out this letter


Tired of the right-wing corporate crap? are voicing their disappointment in
me. I would simply like to voice my
disappointment on tokenism. Racism
Don’t just sit there: is not a word that should be thrown
around lightly. Accusing the appellant
of being racist for bringing forward an

Wriseup.com
appeal against four students accused
of fraud is completely unacceptable. It
diminishes the meaning of the word,
it unjustly slanders a student, and it
showcases these student groups’ dis-
connect from reality.
Racism on this campus does exist.
It is a reality every minority faces ev-
ery day. To make light of it by show-
ing up in large groups at the request
of student politicians, to hold signs

E
accusing politically incorrect individ-

DU A
GRA AMST uals of being racist only to the benefit
of certain student politicians, and to
write open letters to the media (again

PROGR
to the benefit of the same student
politicians) accusing an advocate for

HE
a discrimination-free campus of em-

ON T
barrassing the black community is
completely reprehensible.

E
I apologize to all students for my

G
words. Not to black students, not to

ED
Haïtian students, but to all students.
This campus does not need any more
division than it already has. I ask the
members of the groups that signed
this open letter to question their

(Literally.)
leadership for their actions in the last
weeks and to ask: Is this why these as-
sociations exist?
Aminka Belvitt
Second-year public
administration student

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week. Go to thefulcrum.ca/letters to
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Michael Olender

Opinion March 19–25, 2009


Executive Editor
executive@thefulcrum.ca

What would happen if I were to tell


nothing but the truth? A co-op student
by Hisham Kelati
Fulcrum Staff
is still a student
LET ME START off by saying that I believe

So open services
that I am morally superior to most of the
people I know. I dislike my family and I’m
looking forward to moving far away from
them. I mostly write articles for the Ful- outside of the nine to five
crum just so I can see my name in print.
I only like a handful of my friends, the by Chelsea Edgell
rest being something akin to background Fulcrum Contributor
characters. I am outraged by social con-
servatism and a lack of social justice but THAT’S IT. I’M going to say it: I’m incredibly disappointed and
I don’t bother acting on it. I’ve fantasized frustrated with the inaccessibility of services to co-op students
about every one of my girl friends, and at the University of Ottawa. At present, completing a work term
when I meet a new girl my initial reaction means that for a period of four to eight months it’s difficult—if
is to imagine us having sex. not impossible—to be on campus during regular business hours.
What you have just read are a few per- This means that it’s equally challenging to access certain U of O
sonal examples of a practice called Radi- and Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) ser-
cal Honesty. I was re-reading the July 2007 vices as they’re only open nine to five.
issue of Esquire, where writer A. J. Jacobs Registration in a co-op program is a choice, so I won’t lament
interviewed the father of Radical Hon- the fact that work terms essentially prohibit co-op students
esty, Brad Blanton. Blanton is a Virginia- from engaging in many extra-curricular activities. We cannot
based psychotherapist whose theory and photo by Martha Pearce expect sports teams to hold all their practices during the eve-
practice is based on the premise that the Next, I told one of my best friends that tered honesty and thanking me for it. nings, ask on-campus resources to allow us to volunteer exclu-
world would be a better place if we all I appreciated and loved him. Rather than Some people might liken being honest sively at night, or ask the Fulcrum to hold its volunteer meet-
just stopped lying. But Blanton wants to laugh as I suspected he would, he told me to being rude or inconsiderate, but when ings at a time other than 2:30 p.m. Co-op is an opportunity that
take it one step further by having every- he loved me as well. We then discussed did telling the truth become rude? Is it necessitates time management and the temporary sacrifice of
one remove the socially constructed filter what our friendship would be like 40 more socially acceptable to lie than it is extracurriculars like these.
between thought and mouth, and have years down the road. This was another to be completely honest? We’ve become However, a co-op student is still a student, and there are some
everyone say whatever pops into their win. Interestingly, this experience con- so accustomed to lying that we willingly services that ought not to fall victim to the cruel necessities of
heads, politeness be damned. firmed Blanton’s purpose of Radical Hon- changed the rules to allow the inclusion time management. A co-op student still pays fees to the U of O
The process of Radical Honesty, as laid esty: continual communication solidifies of ‘little white lies’ just to ease our guilty and still pays fees to the SFUO. I feel that resources funded in
out by Blanton, is to start a conversation the true nature of the relationship, with conscience. So now it’s worth more to part by co-op student fees should be available outside regular
by saying either, “I resent you for” or “I ap- the relationship either moving forward or not hurt someone’s feelings and let them business hours. Co-op students have a legitimate need for access
preciate you for” and then to tell the truth, the façade ending. In this case, the rela- continue on with their lie-based lives than to SFUO services such as the Bilingualism Centre, the Centre
the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. tionship moved forward. it is to be totally honest and give them a for Students with Disabilities, the Centre for Equity and Human
As well, all confessions (they really are just Then I told my boss that I hated my chance to see the situation as it really is. I Rights, and the Student Appeal Centre. Services offered by the U
that) should be face-to-face, as a person job and I was only there for the money. think Blanton has the right idea, and that of O should also be available outside business hours. All co-op
should feel the emotional energy and see She laughed nervously (loss). I told a girl by being totally honest with everyone, students should be able to make an appointment with Financial
the bodily reactions that accompany the at Heaven nightclub that I wanted to take only then will you ever be able to make a Services or visit InfoService or (more importantly) speak to one
telling of the honest truth. The face-to-face her home, and then have her leave after meaningful connection. of their faculty’s academic advisors, not simply those students
meeting also forces both members to share sex. She walked away (loss). I told a sales That being said, in general I think stu- with flexible employers and those whose placements are close
in the moment, leading to a confrontation associate who was helping me find a shirt dent life at the University of Ottawa could to campus. This is especially important considering that many
of sorts that affects the relationship for the that I had no intention of buying one, and benefit from an injection of honesty. I re- co-op students are obliged to pursue night classes in addition to
better or worse. was only going through with this interac- sent it when people backbite one another, their full-time work terms.
Fundamentally, I’m a staunch believer tion because I felt guilty about wasting but act like friends whenever they see each I would like to offer my sincere thanks to those who have at-
in telling it like it is. But I have a nasty her time. She was quite annoyed (loss). other. I resent seeing immature and spoiled tempted to work around this issue. For example, co-op students
habit of appeasing or surrendering to the During a brief intervention regarding my students complain incessantly about their and others who could not make the meeting on SFUO electoral
actions and reasoning of my friends, as future, I finally admitted to my mother ‘miserable’ lives. I resent this general aura reform (held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5) were invited to share their
I’m afraid of losing their respect. It also that I didn’t know what I wanted to do of superficiality that hangs over campus thoughts via email. Kudos to those responsible for making the
doesn’t help that I need to be liked by ev- with my life, let alone what I was going to like a dark grey cloud. Bring in a little sun- Peer Help Centre, Bon Appétit!, and other SFUO services avail-
eryone. Sometimes I know I’m lying, but do after graduation. As assumed, no fur- shine; spread a little light on the deception able after 5 p.m. Thank you to those services that compensate for
I’d rather lie to maintain a relationship ther dialogue ensued, just a sad shaking of and inanity of people’s actions! Radical their limited business hours by holding regular evening events,
than tell the truth and possibly alienate the head and barely audible disappointing Honesty not only helps someone become such as the Pride Centre. This is a step in the right direction.
someone I really don’t care much for. This ‘tsks’ emanating from her mouth (loss). a better person by highlighting their faults To all those services that are available outside regular business
all leads me to a continual state of inner On the final day of my Radical Honesty or good graces, it also helps create relation- hours: I commend you for your understanding and flexibility.
conflict. So in an attempt to break free of experiment, I found myself sitting beside ships based on truth and sincerity. You’ll Please forgive me if I do not mention you specifically.
the vicious circle of emotional self-spite- a rather foul-smelling girl on the back of help foster a lifestyle of genuine commu- To those services that close at 4 or 5 p.m. each day: please
fulness, I decided to live two weeks of my a bus. I took a moment to steady myself, nication, which will cut through the fake, consider extending your business hours, or advertise flexibility
life according to the Radical Honesty phi- and explained to her that she smelled aw- trivial bullshit that is the centrepiece of the with regards to making evening appointments. Even one extra
losophy. ful and that she needed to move before dialogue in society today. hour a week could make a difference to a co-op student strug-
The first thing I did was go through my she made me puke. She called me a pig, So the next time you find that you’re gling for support. It would also be appreciated if services such
Facebook friends and delete 112 people, and I responded that it was either I step censoring yourself, or that you’ve been as Health Promotion and the Student Academic Success Service
commenting on most walls with, “I don’t up and tell her the truth, or that everyone put into a situation where you feel fake put on more events (Free Rapid HIV Testing, Career Fairs, etc.)
really know/like you, so why should I she met from that moment on would si- and insincere, why not throw in a bit of during the evening. Simply because co-op students cannot be
bother?” Only one messaged me back, say- lently judge her for her body odour. She Radical Honesty and see how it goes? By on campus from nine to five does not mean they do not want to
ing she was sad that I didn’t consider her a sat silently for a moment, and then let out being honest, you’re doing people a ser- be engaged and active within the campus community.
friend. I responded by asking if she was re- a mumbled, “thank you” before moving vice and you are nothing short of a con- I do not wish to compare the difficulties of co-op students to
ally sad, or if she was pissed for losing one towards the door and getting off at the siderate, decent human being. Personally, more serious accessibility issues affecting students at the U of O,
of her 1000+ Facebook friends. She didn’t next stop. And there you have it: my first I’ve never been happier and I had never but make no mistake about it: this is an issue of accessibility. A co-
respond. Other than that blip, I chalked legitimate Radical Honesty win—a com- felt so free than during those 14 wonder- op student is still a paying student, and paying students deserve
this one up as a win for Radical Honesty. plete stranger acknowledging my unadul- ful days. access to the services they have no choice but to fund.
Distractions 22
Sarah Leavitt
Features Editor
features@thefulcrum.ca
March 19–25, 2009

Dear Di If you have a question for Di,


email deardi@thefulcrum.ca.
Dear Di, done everything in the
A friend of a friend of mine bedroom from whips and
wants to know if, when having in- chains to rim jobs, and
tercourse, one should change con- even shitting on each oth-
doms when switching from coitus er. She goes absolutely nuts
to anal sex, and vice versa. Is it safe when I shit on her chest. So Dear Di,
for a girl to give head with the same I was thinking on the night Socks on or off during sex? (This
condom used in her va-jay-jay? of our commencement, is a big thing with me; I can’t enjoy
—Condom Clumsy I would swallow sex with my socks on, no matter
the engagement how cold my feet are.)
Dear CC, ring, and then —Sox Ain’t Sexy
sudoku answers on p. 20

I’m going to give you the Coles shit it out onto her chest later on
Notes version. It’s safe to switch from during foreplay. Since I only get one Dear SAS,
coitus to anal using the same con- chance to do this right, I want to be Cold feet are a problem for
dom, but never ever use the same absolutely sure that this is appro- me too! Although leaving some
condom when switching from anal priate. Di, do you think she would clothes on during intercourse can
to coitus, as anal sex can weaken appreciate this gesture, or am I shit be hella sexy, that doesn’t neces-
the condom and switching from out of luck? (No pun intended.) sarily apply to socks. But there’s
the bum to the vag can lead to some —Neumann hope! Incorporating these little
nasty bacterial infections. You can go personal fetishes into play ses-
for a slurpie after his condom-clad Dear N, sions can actually make for some
pecker has been inside you, but I feel Working as a sex columnist, you de- incredible experiences. Next time
that changing the condom is always velop a sixth sense for fake questions. your frigid tootsies are ruining
a good idea. As my mother once told I’ve gotten several of them this year, the striptease, ask for a foot rub
me: “Condoms are cheap, darling, so but this one is the outright winner (your lover will oblige as long as
buy in bulk.” (loser?) for its unparalleled creativity. you promise to return the favour
Love, I just don’t understand why some stu- wherever he or she feels a need for
Di dents take the time out of their days a massage). If you’re really lucky
to write to me with clearly fake ques- he or she might even suck on your
Dear Di, tions. Stop polluting my inbox! In the toes, which is not only a quick way
My girlfriend and I have been extremely unlikely case that this is a to warm ‘em up but also very sen-
dating for over seven years. We’re real question and this proposal actu- sual (if you know things are going
both Master’s students in our final ally crossed your mind, N, my answer to get steamy, please make sure you
year and we’ve been talking about is this: she would absolutely not appre- give those feet a scrubbing before-
settling down together. I’m think- ciate your ‘gesture’. Instead, propose to hand). This kind of stimulation
ing about proposing to her on the her in a fancy seafood restaurant and, will warm up your toes, relax you,
night of our commencement. Now with the help of the kitchen staff, hide and probably lead to some kissing
she may seem reserved on the out- the ring in one of her clams. and licking elsewhere. Try it!
side, but when the lights go out, Love, Love,
she turns into a filthy freak. We’ve Di Di

Thryllabus
Thursday, March 19 Sunday, March 22
Poetry Slam. 7:30 p.m. Umi Café. Film: Examined Life. 8:45 p.m. ByTowne
610 Somerset Ave. W. Free. Cinema. 325 Rideau St. $9, $6 for members.

Friday, March 20 Monday, March 23


Play: Peer Gynt. 7:30 p.m. Irving Greenberg Roundtable: Millennium Villages.
Theatre Centre. 1233 Wellington St. W. $20. 6 p.m. Café Alternatif. Free.

Lecture: Eating and the Theory of Practice.


3 p.m. Desmarais Hall. Room 3105. Free.
Tuesday, March 24
Discover Indonesia. 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 Indonesian Embassy. 55 Parkdale Ave. Free.

Go-Green Exposition.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Lansdowne Park,
Wednesday, March 25
Aberdeen Pavilion. 1015 Bank St. Free.
Concert: Kevin James on the baroque vio-
CRUDE CONTENT,
SEXUAL CONTENT, lin. 12:15 p.m. First Baptist Church.
COARSE LANGUAGE
140 Laurier Ave. W. $5.
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David ‘dr. leo spaceman’ McClelland HE MARCH 13 meeting of the Robert’s Rules of Order—guidelines used minimum from their elected leaders—and
Sports Editor Student Federation of the Uni- by the SFUO and corporations across the if these expectations cannot be satisifed,
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Sarah ‘liz lemon’ Leavitt of Administration (BOA) can be member has a direct personal or pecuniary at the head of the organization. The only
Features Editor described as little more than an assault on (monetary) interest in a motion under con- plausible explanations for the three SFUO
features@thefulcrum.ca ethics, honour, and integrity. For the first sideration not common to other members executives’ actions are that they either felt
Danielle ‘grizz’ Blab time in recent weeks, the continuing saga of ... [s]he should not vote on such a motion, that they weren’t in a conflict of interest, or
Laurel ‘dot-com’ Hogan the Student Arbitration Committee (SAC) but ... cannot be compelled to refrain from were aware of the conflict but voted regard-
Copy Editors appeal of the 2009–10 SFUO executive elec- voting.” It would be difficult to identify a less, flaunting the SFUO’s policy. Neither
tions was overshadowed by something far situation in which a more glaring conflict of apparent option is particularly appealing;
Amanda ‘floyd’ Shendruk
Associate News Editor more insidious—a blatantly exploited con- interests has existed at the BOA, as all three incompetence and malice should never be
associatenews@thefulcrum.ca flict of interests within the SFUO’s highest held the power to vote on the process they the sole choices available to describe elected
governing body. will now face in their appeal. And while representatives’ motives.
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The motion before the BOA addressing there was no way to mandate that Wolfe, Simply put, U of O students deserve better
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the now-stalled election appeal was a verita- on the motion despite their clear interest in tives, and the voices now demanding better
Jessica ‘synergy’ Sukstorf ble minefield of controversy, as several BOA its result, one would expect that ethics and in a petition to impeach the trio from their
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lie Séguin, and VP Finance Roxanne Dubois parently relying on these values alone is not dent Dean Haldenby, VP Student Affairs
Megan ‘c.l.a.s.s.’ O’Meara are embroiled in the appeal to differing ex- enough to ensure that student leaders act Danika Brisson and VP Social Joël Larose is
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Alex ‘l.u.n.c.h.’ Martin decision to be made. Many of the directors at stake. Their decision to vote—regardless flouted the principles of responsible leader-
Staff Illustrator at the BOA table deserve credit for recogniz- of how it is rationalized—came off as noth- ship and integrity by refusing to abstain from
ing their conflicts of interest and abstaining ing more than an abuse of power. voting on an issue in which all three have a
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Ombudsgirls Séguin, and Dubois—all defendants in the conflict of interest policy for members of have been heard all too frequently in U of O
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Ombudsboy every expectation of trust placed in elected of each and every director. U of O students
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