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10 FEATURE 


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he police. You see them every day, driving, walking, or 
even biking around town. You see them on TV, and quite 
likely, you know one or two personally. They represented 
everything you wanted to be as a kid and everything you 
hated as an underage teenager with a bottle of booze in your 
hand. However, despite the consistent presence of the police 
in our lives, beyond our experiences with the occasional 
traffic ticket or free ride downtown, very few of us actually 
know anything about them or the job they do. 


WRITTEN BY THOMAS WAGNER // PHOTOS BY RYAN HEISE // ILLUSTRATION BY KATHRYN DUTCHAK 


When given thefopportunity to tag along with Campus Security Services 
(CSS) for an evening, it was the unknown aspect of their job that made me 
^,say yes. Although initially nervous about the idea of spending six hours 
Campus police—feelings only aggravated by the two traffic tickets 
in August alone—Ryan and I marched into Campus Security’s 


C office nonetheless. 

^Surprisingly, the offices aren’t nearly as intimidating as expected. Wood- 
•'qfanelled walls and framed pictures make it look more like Archie Bunker’s 
g ^ ec-r o om jhan the Big House. This tameness, in keeping with the general 
' public^Wew of peace officers as little more than “rent-a-cops,” is only rein- 
^foroed* by the two spartan cells deeper in the office. 
t" Although still fitted with heavy prison doors and only a hard bench for 
re, they house bikes and equipment, not crazed criminals, 
t “We now mostly use them for storage,” explains Jesse Howey, a U of 
A glad in criminology and our officer and guide for the first two hours of 
the flight. 

Asy pre-conceived notions I may have brought into the experience are 
dasheS when Jerry Donahue, the supervisor on duty when we first showed 
up, explains just how big Campus Security’s job really is. 

“We have about 30 patrol officers for 36 000 students,” Donahue says. 
“Many places in the US would have 200—300 officers for the same number 
of people.” 

CSS has a big job, responsible for an area that spans from Saskatchewan 
D?ive to University Avenue, 110—116 Street, and all the University’s lands 
across the city. This job is only going to get bigger in the future, 
^ with the expansion of the LRT south to the University Farm, 

and the University’s recent acquisition of the old Bay 
Building (now Enterprise Square) downtown. 

However, few of the officers seem all that con¬ 
cerned about the upcoming expansion. This 
may be due to the extensive training 
m and experience most of them have. 
Although unable to charge people 
■i • under the criminal code—as peace 
officers, they’re limited to traf- 
fic violations and other minor 
. offences such as public drunk- 
| enness—all CSS officers 

undergo 50 hours 
of yearly safety 


training, and carry defensive batons. 

Though this level of training may seem excessive to some, all it takes to 
understand is a look at CSS’s display of confiscated weapons. Like an inven¬ 
tory from the early levels of Grand Theft Auto, it contains all the weapons 
a violent criminal could desire: knives, crowbars, and of course, baseball 
bats, just to name a few from their very wide selection. 

Once thoroughly briefed on the ins and outs of CSS, it was time for me 
to jump into the car with Officer Howey—and after that little display of 
weapons, we were ready for some COPS-style action. 

Although little happens in this phase of the night—our only stop was 
for one woman going the wrong way down the one-way bus lane on 114 
Street—two important lessons are learned. One, the flashing red and blue of 
a police car is way more exciting from inside the car, even if it’s just for a rou¬ 
tine traffic stop. And two, the back seat of a cop car is not made for comfort. 

Although I ride in style in the shotgun seat next to Officer Howey, 
Ryan is forced to endure the less-than-ergonomic comforts of the back. 
Furnished with a molded plastic seat and drains in the floor in case of 
blood, urine, or Listerite vomit, your worry if you get arrested shouldn’t 
be the upcoming charges, but whether you’ll ever feel your ass again after 
the ride to the station. 

Once in the car, Officer Howey explains what we might expect for the night. 

“We’re the first response to everything, from giving first aid to helping 
people locked out of their office and responding to fire alarms,” he says. 

Much to my disappointment, he notes that most crime was property-re¬ 
lated and usually committed by people not affiliated to the University, mean¬ 
ing that I had little chance to see any classmates getting busted. Suddenly, I 
start thinking the night will turn out to be more like To Serve and Protect. 

But just then, we drive by the Delta Kappa Epsilon (“Deke”) frat house. 
A party called “Drink for Charity” was in full swing, and despite common 
knowledge that frats are lame, I hope that this party is an exception. 

Once again, Officer Howey unknowingly destroys those dreams. 

“The Dekes are the [biggest] party frat, but we don’t usually have to deal 
with the frats at all,” he explains. “Besides, they’re off University property, 
so we can’t enforce there.” 

By 10pm, when the shifts change, there haven’t been any disturbances 
on campus, save for the lost mom driving the wrong way on a one-way. 
However, at parade, the nightly briefing for the incoming night shift, Ryan 
and I are given reason to get excited again. 

After meeting the officers who make up E Section—one of five shifts of 
CSS—and being introduced to Sgt Marcel Roth, our escort for the rest of the 
night, the events of the previous week are reviewed and some interesting 
numbers brought up: 

2 B&Es that had been committed since the previous weekend. 

1 former SU President that was banned from campus. 

2 robberies committed—one just off Whyte and the other on campus 
and involving a student whose cellphone was stolen and arm broken. 
















THE GATEWAY ♦ volume XCVIII number 10 


FEATURE \\ 


Furnished with a molded plastic seat and drains 
in the floor in case of blood, urine, or Listerite 
vomit, your worry if you get arrested shouldn't 
be the upcoming charges, but whether you’ll ever 
feel your ass again after the ride to the station. 



Only hours earlier, a man had been picked up on campus for several 
province-wide warrants. Although he wasn’t a shirtless, drunken hillbilly, 
the night had suddenly become more TV-worthy. 

Once again, it’s time to head out, this time with Sgt Roth. Now an MBA 
grad student, he’s worked for CSS since the early ’90s. As we head out into 
the dark night, I can’t help but notice the looks that drunk co-eds give the 
passing cop car. Tension is high—something almost laughable consider¬ 
ing that many officers for CSS are surpris¬ 
ingly easygoing in their jobs and probably 
enjoyed the antics of the cops in Super HTfl7/\ 

Troopers more than you did. ■ * X X^X ” 

With no calls coming in, we make our ^ T_ i ^ 

way up to RATT. On the way back down, 3DOUL jU JpuLXOl 

Sgt Roth’s very presence causes one guy to ^5 n/\vr« f ri ^ 

jump back in surprise, choosing to wait ^JXXXwx^X O Iwl 

for the next elevator instead of spending /"%/"%#"% _ _1 _ -_ f 

15 seconds with a security officer. O w OLUvtdlLiJa 

At 11:30pm, we get our first call of nlflPPC 111 

the night. A suspicious motorhome is IVIGIIV XXX 

plugged in behind the Seville Centre at * 1- TTC! _1^3 

South Campus. We wheel into action, LxXw WUL11U 

checking out Michener Park, an off- 

campus student housing complex, on the X X^X V w u \J *3 

way. Sgt Roth explains that because it’s so f R _ f| f a v 

separated from campus, Michener has its ^JXXXWtrX te) iLUiL tsXXvr 

own issues—especially stolen bikes and -mrm. ^ f 

vehicles, and occasionally domestic dis- i^CLXXXvr XXLXXXXXJwX UX 

putes nonnlo 99 

By midnight, we’ve arrived at the RV, L# XJXv? ■ 

and my hopes are lifted. The vehicle is 
old and somewhat tattered, and painted 
brown and beige—a trailer park special. 

Ryan and I exchange glances and get out of the vehicle, expecting a good 
show. However, once again, the situation is hardly Hollywood-esque: it’s 
just a tennis player with an early-morning game. Although I remain suspi¬ 
cious more out of hope for action than anything else, Sgt Roth just tells the 
man to unplug the RV and move into a better-lit area. 

At 12:18am, a guy is caught urinating right outside the CSS office. Sgt 
Roth just shakes his head. With other officers on the scene, we leave to 
check up on the frat houses. The Dekes’ party is already over. Turns out I 
was right: frats really are lame. 

By 12:30am, with little to do, we hit HUB on foot. As the end of the 


the roof of the building. It turns out he was a university staff member with 
a video camera “borrowed” from Business, making some home movies of 
girls in their HUB apartments. 

“It was really awkward arresting a staff person, someone that I knew, 
for that,” Roth recalls. 

The night continues on quietly, and Sgt Roth begins pointing out the 
various love-nests around campus. Although the fourth floor of Rutherford 

instantly comes to mind, Sgt Roth has 
stumbled on horny undergrads all over 
campus, including in the top floor 
stairwell of Tory, and, naturally, those 
steaming up their cars—especially 
on the top floors of the Windsor and 
Education Carparks. I thank him for all 
the tips. 

By 1:23am, the storytelling is put 
on pause as we stumble across over a 
vehicle going the wrong way down 
a one-way street in East Campus 
Village—apparently a popular occur¬ 
rence tonight. Sgt Roth flashes the lights 
and pulls the kid’s license to check for 
outstanding warrants or a suspended 
license. He’s clean, and is let go with¬ 
out a ticket. 

As we finish, a motion alarm sounds 
in RATT. We swerve into action and 
meet up with another officer, Dallas, 
on the main floor of SUB before get¬ 
ting in the elevator. The elevator doors 
open, and Sgt Roth and Dallas search 
the now-empty, bar. Sadly, it was a 
false alarm. The only offence in RATT that night was slow service. 

Sgt Roth calls a 10-8 on the radio at 2am. Time for a coffee break. And 
for Ryan and me, the night is over. 

We head to the only coffee place still open on campus at 2 in the morn¬ 
ing: Tim Hortons, naturally. Despite the stereotype, most only order a 
strong coffee. Although our night is done, there’s still five hours left in the 
shift for Sgt Roth and the other officers of E Section. 

The men and women of CSS don’t reflect any of the preconceived ste¬ 
reotypes I had of them. Far from arrogant rent-a-cops, they’re experienced 
professionals who legitimately enjoy and care about what they do without 


LRT line, it’s well-known to CSS for late night “sleepers,” and I find myself any sort of malicious intent. In fact, during the night, not a single ticket was 


wishing for a hobo. Sadly, only the cleaning crew remains. 

To break the boredom, Sgt Roth starts telling some of the many stories 
from his long career. As we pass Humanities, he recalls arresting a man on 


handed out for any infraction. 

“We’re not here to screw anyone,” says Officer Clay, another member of 
Section E. “We’re here to keep [students] safe and their stuff safe.” G 


■ STAYING SAFE ON CAMPUS 

1 REALIZE that the campus does not exist in 
its own little bubble. Although it may be your 
home for eight months of the year, it's still in 
the middle of the city. Serious crimes, such as 
assault or robbery, rarely happen on campus, 
but you should still use common sense, as they 
are frequent in Edmonton. 

2 USE the programs designed to keep you 
safe. Safewalk operates from 7pm-12:30am 
Monday through Thursday, and can be 
reached at 4-WALK-ME. Safewalk will escort 
you in or around campus. If you can't reach 
Safewalk, CSS will escort you across campus, 
although you might have to wait for a bit. The 
Lone Worker Program is operated by CSS. If 
you're working alone on campus, you can 
register with CSS, and they'll check up on you 
either via phone or in person to ensure you're 
okay. It runs from 10pm~7am Monday through 
Friday, and 24 hours on weekends and holi¬ 
days and can be reached at 492-5252. 

3 WALK in groups. Before you go out, tell 
someone where you're going and when to 
expect you back. 

■ AVOIDING A TICKET 

1 DON'T be a jackass. This may be self explan¬ 
atory, but giving a ticket is at the officer's direc¬ 
tion, and they have no wish to ticket a nice guy. 
On the other hand, they're still people, and 
nobody likes a jerk. Sometimes, kissing ass is 
better than losing $150. 

2 DON'T get nervous when the officer returns 
to his car. For every traffic stop, they return to 
the car to check for suspended licenses, pro¬ 
vincial warrants, and to see whether you've 
had a run-in with them before. This is routine 
and completely normal. 

3 DON'T PANIC if it's your first run-in with 
5-0, you're almost definitely in the clear. Even 
if it's happened once before, you're probably 
still good. Just relax and wait for the officer to 
return with the news. It's the people who are 
stopped so frequently that the officers know 
them by name that have to be more careful 






























































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13 



SOCIAL 

INTERCOURSE 



K'Naan 

Friday, 5 October at 8pm 
Winspear Centre 

Originally from Mogadishu, Somalia, Toronto-based 
K'Naan combines political activism with a fusion of 
hip hop and rap. 

He hits the Winspear this week on tour to pro¬ 
mote his recently released album The Dusty Foot on 
the Road, and rest assured, no rhyme will be left un¬ 
slung, no foot left un-Swiffered. 

Eamon McGrath and the Wild Dogs 

With The Paperboxes and The Pack 
Saturday ; 6 October at 8pm 
Victory Lounge 

Eamon McGrath brings his bluesy folk rock sound 
and lovable group of Cujos to the Victory Lounge 
this week to indulge you in some musical rabies, 
for whom you should be foaming at the mouthand 
cycling between euphoria and a semi-permanent 
catatonic delirium. But if the bassist or drummer 
should start drooling or staggering about, slowly 
back away and inform concert security; they will 
drag them out back and take them down, Old 
Yeller-style. 

Becoming Jane 

Opens 6 October 

Directed by Julian Jarroid 

Starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy 

Garneau Theatre 

Anne Hathaway has done a remarkable job over the 
years typecasting herself into the role oftheshy-yet- 
attractive princess figure, sick of her upscale life and 
who really has more substance than one would think 
of someone in that position. 

Finally taking on a part that may give her some 
actual substance, Hathaway stars in this romantic 
drama about the life and alleged secret romance 
of legendary writer Jane Austen. While there have 
already been allegations of historical inaccura¬ 
cies—a problem rarely, if ever, seen in the period 
drama genre—the film chronicles Jane's relationship 
with Tom Lefroy, suspected by some to be Austen's 
inspiration for the famous Mr Darcy, who in turn was 
the asshole responsible for Hugh Grant. 

I, Claudia 

Runs 9-28 October at 7:30pm 
Directed by Chris Abraham 
Starring Liisa Repo-Martei 
Citadel Theatre 

The main actress—actually, only actress—in /, 
Claudia, asks, "Ever stare at yourself so hard that 
your eyes practically start bleeding? I do." 

A one-woman show performed through the 
swapping of masks, the story focuses on four 
characters, most prominently Claudia, a prepu- 
bescent girl dealing with the stresses of being a 
young teenager such as self-esteem issues, the 
divorce of her parents, and, well, puberty. 

The play won the Dora Award in Toronto for 
Best Play in 2001, a testament to the strength of 
the production and the emotional impact of seeing 
copious amounts of sanguine blood explode out 
of the eye sockets of an actor's mask. It could be 
classified as a "must-see," though some may find 
that to be of poor taste. 

JONN KMECH 

Break-page champ 


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Weakerthans’ Reunion shares local folklore 


musicpreview 

The Weakerthans 

With The Last Great Chorus 

Wednesday and Thursday, 10-11 October at 

7pm 

Myer Horowitz 

JONN KMECH 

Arts & Entertainment Staff 


Throughout the greatest hits and watermarks 
of their past, there has always been something 
undeniably Canadian about Winnipeg’s The 
Weakerthans—there’s some subtle aspect of 
their musical philosophies in which we in the 
Great White North can see ourselves. Perhaps 
it’s the haunting-yet-exquisite Prairie imagery of 
windswept fields of wheat or snowy highways at 
night trailing off into the horizon. Or it could be 
the quirky metaphors and amusing anecdotes by 
which lead singer and songwriter John K Samson 
shapes his sonic soliloquies. 

But even after taking a four-year break, the band 
hasn’t forgotten that the central element for their 
songs revolve around the emotional resonance 
found in the quaint tales of average Canadians; 
after all, the Weakerthans are just average Prairie 
boys themselves. 

“I really hope people—especially Canadians— 
are able to identify with this record,” Stephen 
Carroll, the band’s guitarist and backing vocalist, 
remarks over the phone. 

That record is Reunion Tour, an album “pop¬ 
ulated by characters,” as Carroll describes it. 
Recorded at a studio built above a factory on 
the outskirts of Winnipeg during winter nights, 
the isolation of the process gets reflected in the 
record’s themes of reunion, reconciliation, and 


regret. But the album also features a more story- 
driven approach than 2003’s high-concept album 
Reconstruction Site, while still offering the quar¬ 
tet’s signature folk rock sound tinged with punk. 

“This was a record we hadn’t really known we 
were going to make. It was created in the studio,” 
Carroll explains. “With Reconstruction Site, we 
had a structure arranged, and we knew how the 
trilogy of songs that are the chapter headers would 
work. For this one, we didn’t really have a longer 
look at it; we just sort of had some songs, some 
that we’d played and some we hadn’t played. We 
got to the studio with [producer] Ian Blurton, and 
we just kept saying, ‘Well, what else is there?’ ” 

Plenty, if the diversity of subject matter on the 
record gives any indication. Ever able to pull the 
most heartfelt sentiments out of the most mun¬ 
dane of subjects, the band gives common, every¬ 
day occurrences an element of mythos, taking tales 
about a Winnipeg bus driver’s forelorn sorrow 
about an ex, or a dot-com businessman who loses 
everything, and sculpting them into local folklore. 

One piece, “Hymn for a Medical Oddity,” was 
inspired by the story of fellow Winnipegger 
David Reimer. A famous case in the lore of psy¬ 
chology, Reimer was sexually reassigned at birth 
and raised as a girl. After discovering the truth 
and living several years as a man, he sadly com¬ 
mitted suicide in 2004. 

“John was asked to do this project by this com¬ 
poser who was writing a musical about David 
Reimer,” Carroll notes. “John composed a song, 
and then the composer sort of fell off the map, 
and we couldn’t find him anymore. At some point 
in the recording process, John mentioned, ‘Here’s 
this piece I wrote; it’s kind of weird, but maybe 
we can make something around it.’ ” 

Alongside tributes to Gump Worsley or poems 
about Edward Hopper paintings, the guys from 
The Weakerthans also tackle that classic game 


of the north: curling. “Tournament of Hearts” 
details that most-Canadian of competitions, 
told fittingly by a band that has had their share 
of experience hurrying hard. 

“We played on my dad’s curling team for two 
years, myself and John,” Carroll says. “We were 
the worst in the league last year. Somehow we 
ended up sneaking in through the back door into 
the playoffs, going on a streak, and being tied for 
first in the playoffs. We ended up going to a draw¬ 
off and unfortunately, their rock ended up closer 
to the button. But we got second place in the B 
division.” 

With their hometown, down-to-earth men¬ 
tality rooted in our culture, it may come as a 
surprise to some that the band has a devout fol¬ 
lowing across the world. But Carroll notes the 
underlying meanings in their songs are the same 
for fans everywhere, from Regina to Cologne. 

“In our experience, we’ve been really surprised 
at how the songs resonate with people. For exam¬ 
ple, when we play ‘One Great City’ in different 
towns, with the lyrics ‘I hate Winnipeg,’ people 
will insert their hometown name and shout 
it back to us. We’ve heard ‘I hate Nottingham’ 
when we were playing in the UK.” 

Even with the widespread esteem for their 
message, the parables of The Weakerthans will 
always find their foundation in the annals of 
Canadiana, taking the banal emotions hidden 
within our contemporary lives and turning them 
into balladry worth paying attention to. 

“We’ve got songs about curling, Bigfoot sight¬ 
ings in northern Manitoba, a medical surgery 
making an anomaly of science with a tragic end— 
just these bizarre stories about Winnipeggers. I 
hope that people from the Prairies and Canada 
see themselves represented because I really feel 
the songs are written about our experiences living 
there.” 



albumreview 

The Weakerthans 

Reunion Tour 
Anti- 


JONN KMECH 

Arts & Entertainment Staff 


The Weakerthans are one of the precious few 
bands out there who have the ability to be 
emotional without being emo, and are skilled 
enough to be intellectual without sounding 
pretentious. It’s a fine line to walk, and the criti¬ 
cally acclaimed band has delivered once again 
with Reunion Tour. 

John K Samson, the band’s main lyricist and 


songwriter, may be one of the finest musical 
talents of our generation. Samson wields his 
metaphors so efficiently in the context of his 
stories that every song is fluid and thought- 
provoking, such as the declaration that “my 
face is my mask” in “Elegy to Gump Worsley” 
or asking the listener to “make me something 
somebody can use” in “Utilities.” 


The rest of the band are no slouches either, 
matching Samson’s vocals with the catchy, 
riff-driven hooks we’ve come to expect, along 
with some progression from their past with 
an increased use of synthesizers and electronic 
sounds that actually compliment their straight¬ 
ahead rock rather than hinder it. 

The most disappointing part about the 
album is its brevity. Clocking in at 37 minutes, 
the length is frustrating to fans who have been 
waiting for four years for more Weakerthans 
introspection. But if the worst part of an 
album is that there isn’t enough of it, that’s 
also a sign of its overall strength. Every track is 
solid, none are easily skipped, and the album 
will enjoy constant rotation through both 
your headphones and your head—just as we’ve 
come to expect from one of the country’s most 
respected bands. 













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14 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 


Despite exhausting script, Noises Off must go on 

Even though several actors are out of commission, director Bob Baker s remaining cast does its best to sell the trying performances 


theatrereview 

Noises Off 

Runs until 14 October 
Directed by Bob Baker 
Starring Ashley Wright, John 
Kirkpatrick, and Tom Wood 
Citadel Theatre 

BRYAN SAUNDERS 

Arts & Entertainment Staff 

Noises Off, directed by Bob Baker and 
written by Michael Frayn, follows a 
simple plot: it’s a play within a play, 
where everything that can go wrong 
does. 

The list of scripted glitches acted out 
is long, ranging from set malfunctions 
to misplaced sardines to actors being 
nowhere in sight just minutes before 
they’re supposed to be on stage, and 
more; it all makes for some excellent 
comedic fodder. 

Unfortunately, there were some 
unscripted malfunctions during this 
Citadel production of Noises Off Mere 
days before the show was to open, 
Citadel veteran Julien Arnold, set to play 
the main role of Frederick, suffered a 
heart attack and is currently in the hos¬ 
pital. Preview shows were cancelled, and 
Ashley Wright, another Citadel veteran, 
was called to fill Arnold’s shoes. In just 
three days, Wright learned his part. 

But if that wasn’t enough unscripted 
trouble, John Kirkpatrick, cast in the 
role of director Lloyd Dallas, was called 
away on opening night due to a family 
emergency and the opening night had 
to be cancelled. But, as the saying goes, 
“the show must go on,” and so it did. 


James MacDonald the Citadel’s associ¬ 
ate artistic director was called to tem¬ 
porarily fill Kirkpatrick’s role, and a day 
after the play was supposed to open, it 
did just that. 

Considering that one of the actors had 
three days, and another a mere six hours 
to learn their respective parts, the acting 
is remarkable. Wright’s performance as 
Frederick is bang on. MacDonald may 
have had to subtly carry a script at times, 
but his acting was characteristically pro¬ 
fessional. Tom Wood, playing Selsdon 
the burglar, continues to live up to the 
high standard he’s created for himself 
in previous Citadel productions, and 
Matthew MacFadzean, in the role of 
Garry, carries the play to new heights 
with the intensity he brings to his role. 

Despite the excellent 
acting and well-oiled 
technical aspects in 
Noises Off, the script 
itself is flawed. 

Finally, making her Citadel debut 
is the dazzling Melissa MacPherson. 
MacPherson’s character, Brooke, is a 
bit of a tart who, evidently, isn’t afraid 
of showing serious skin. The role 
demands that she be part of the joke 
without appearing wise to it—a more 
difficult task than some may believe, 
but one that MacPherson manages to 
pull off successfully. 

Special congratulations are due to 
Meredith Scott, the dialect coach for 
this production, as all the actors speak 
flawlessly in British accents. Likewise, 


Leslie Frankish and Robert Thomson 
deserve some recognition for their 
work on set and costume design, and 
lighting design, respectively—all of 
these details add nicely to the play 
without distracting from it. 

But, despite the excellent acting and 
well-oiled technical aspects in Noises 
Off, the script itself is flawed. Jokes 
return three, four, sometimes a dozen 
times through the course of the play and 
quickly lose their punch. Because of this, 
the audience can’t help but feel bogged 
down at times, despite the rapid-fire 
energy the actors maintain on stage. 

It’s not just the jokes that are drawn 
out, but the plot as well. The first 
act follows the dress rehearsal a day 
before opening night; the second 
act showcases the backstage antics 
once the play has been running for a 
month; and the third act exhibits what 
the play has degenerated to six months 
later as it tours around the country. 

The first act is almost a play by itself, 
and indeed, some audience members 
seemed to think that the end of the 
first act was actually the end of the 
play. The second act is convoluted and 
muted and, overall, not at all what it 
could be, and the third act would have 
just been deja-vu, except the actors per¬ 
formed it with such chaotic energy that 
the play within the play still captivated 
the audience the third time around. 

Overall, mostly because of the weak 
second act, Noises Off seems about 30 
minutes too long. So while the attitude 
of “the show must go on” that Baker has 
so obviously taken to heart is admirable, 
there remains one lingering question: 
must the show go on for two and a half 
hours? 



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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 15 



musicpreview 

The Mohawk Lodge 

With Octoberman 
Sunday; 7 October at 8pm 
Biackspot Cafe 

TONYKESS 

Arts & Entertainment Writer 


Ryder Havdale has a lot of responsi¬ 
bility on his shoulders these days: a 
new Mohawk Lodge record entitled 
Wildfires, the kickoff of a cross¬ 
country tour just a week away, and 
the management of White Whale 
Records. Surprisingly though, his 
band and record label weren’t always 
his first priorities. 

“The Mohawk Lodge actually got 
started while I was playing in another 
band called Kids These Days, and I 
was the weakest singer of the bunch. 
At one point, they actually asked 
me not to sing,” Havdale recalls. 
“I started The Mohawk Lodge as a 
chance to write and sing my own 
songs, and ended up recording them 
in my friend’s cabin; the first record 
was a bit more of a solo effort.” 

While The Mohawk Lodge’s first 
album, Rare Birds, was indeed a 
stripped down, folky effort, on 
Wildfires, Havdale opts for a fleshed- 
out, harder sound. And while he’s still 
doing a lot of writing for the group, in 
no way should Wildfires be miscon¬ 
strued as a solo endeavor; the record 
features guest appearances from a 
plethora of hipster-rockers—notably 
Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade—and 
was produced by Darryl Neudorf, 
known for his work with Neko Case 
and the New Pornographers. 

“Initially, Mohawk Lodge was my 
folky side-project, but now I’d say 
we are probably harder-rocking than 


Kids These Days ever was,” Havdale 
remarks. 

“We began recording the new 
album in Toronto, just Darryl and I, 
and by the time it was over, we’d relo¬ 
cated out West and had all these dif¬ 
ferent people dropping in to record; 
you’d never know who was coming 
in to play. At one point, we had ten 
people all crowded around the same 
microphone. So much of it was spon¬ 
taneous; I don’t think we’ll ever be 
able to make that record again.” 

With a growing amount of support 
and coverage, the upcoming cross¬ 
country trek is a seminal moment 
in The Mohawk Lodge’s growth as a 
band. One of the challenges Havdale 
and his band-mates face now is 
rethinking the guest-heavy, layered 
sound of the recorded album, and 
bringing it to a live show. 

“During recording, we definitely 
found a core band, but the album has 


14 people on it, and [now] there are 
only five of us, so I think it will be 
interesting to see how we improvise 
those missing elements,” Havdale 
says, remaining optimistic about the 
challenge. “One of the great things 
about touring is that by the end of it, 
you are so well-rehearsed that you’re 
basically a different band.” 

Even with so much on the go, The 
Mohawk Lodge have no plans to take 
a rest now; hot off of touring this 
November, they’ll be heading back to 
the studio and beginning work on a 
follow-up to Wildfires. 

“It’s going to be a bit more of a 
live, off-the-floor effort. This will be 
the first time the band has worked on 
a record after playing so many live 
shows,” Havdale explains. “We have 
some songs written already that we’re 
probably going to work into our live 
set, so those will find their way onto 
the EP.” 


24/One offers amateurs the limelight 


filmpreview 

24/One: 24 Hour 
Filmmaking Challenge 

Edmonton International Film Festival 
Entries will be shown Saturday 
6 October at 1pm 
Empire Theatres 

MATT HUBERT 

Arts & Entertainment Staff 

“It’s like Norman Jewison said in Oscar 
acceptance speech: ‘Forget the spe¬ 
cial effects; just tell a story,’” Joshua 
Semchuk, 24/One s organizer, says. 

For the last two years, the 24/One 
filmmaking challenge has afforded 
amateur directors, screenwriters, and 
actors from the Edmonton area the 
opportunity to try their respective 
hands at storytelling on the Edmonton 
International Film Festival’s increas¬ 
ingly world-class stage. 

Inspired by a similar contest at a 
long-running New York festival and 
Edmonton-based Film And Video 
Arts society’s own 48-hour challenge, 
entrants have only one day to craft 
a seven minute piece based around 
a unifying theme. True to the chal¬ 
lenge’s rigorous form, the details to 
be included are provided at 11:59am 
Saturday morning. 

“It teaches you to be organized 
and be prepared and forces you to 
make decisions in such a short time 
period,” Semchuk explains. “The 
rule of thumb for bigger productions 
is that for every day of shooting, you 


have three days of post [-production]. 
Here, you have three hours of post 
[-production] for every hour of shoot¬ 
ing. You have to budget [time] for 
things like daylight, so you can imag¬ 
ine what you can do with a lot of time 
and a big budget.” 

“If a writer and director 
can demonstrate an 
understanding of a 
good storytelling arc— 
that is, a beginning, a 
middle, and an end— 
and communicate a 
director s vision from 
paper to screen, that’s 
truly a piece of work.” 

JOSHUA SEMCHUK 

24/ONEORGANIZER 

Naturally, a commitment that 
demands wire-tight deadlines and the 
penchant for forgoing sleep and good 
sense attracts a lot of postsecondary 
filmmaker hopefuls; last year, in fact, 
a creative team at the U of A won the 
coveted first place prize with their 
feature, The Imagineer. Still, the field 
remains diverse. 

“We have people from all walks 
of life,” Semchuk notes. “Some are 
younger, some are non-university, 
and they’re of all ages, from all over. 
We have two entries from Calgary this 
year as well.” 


Of the 41 teams who enrolled this 
past Saturday, 37 submitted their fin¬ 
ished product on Sunday afternoon. 
And while the pieces that Semchuk 
and his collection of industry pros 
who are serving as judges have been 
poring over for the last week may 
not appear as polished as those of the 
veteran filmmakers presenting at the 
EIFF, they are by no means less ambi¬ 
tious. 

Rather than mimic the gloss and 
seemingly endless resources of studio 
productions, the films of the 24/One 
choose to be faithful to the relationship 
of screenwriter and director. Whatever 
teams can demonstrate this best, accord¬ 
ing to Semchuk, fulfill the criteria for 
being one of ten official selections. 

“The Coen brothers are a perfect 
example of this—one writes, one 
directs, but neither is truly limited 
to only one. If a writer and director 
can demonstrate an understanding 
of a good storytelling arc—that is, a 
beginning, a middle, and an end— 
and communicate a director’s vision 
from paper to screen, that’s truly a 
piece of work. A fine piece of work.” 

If the shape of Edmonton’s growing 
music scene of late has been any indi¬ 
cation of the kinds of talents that lie in 
the margins of the City of Champions, 
one can’t help but feel that Edmonton’s 
filmmaking scene will not be far 
behind. With the amount of atten¬ 
tion the 24/One is drawing by word 
of mouth, it appears the EIFF’s suc¬ 
cess and burgeoning popularity is as 
much indebted to its new blood as its 
old guard. 



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Bigger battles and better graphics bring Halo 3 full circle 


gamereview 

Halo 3 

Available Now 

Developed by Bungie Studios 

Published by Microsoft Games 

KYLE YASINSKI 

Arts & Entertainment Writer 

The Halo games have been called 
the Star Wars of our generation; fol¬ 
lowing the adventures of the Master 
Chief, a super-soldier fighting to save 
humanity from a genocidal alien 
civilization known as the Covenant, 
the story in this game is naturally the 
continuation and conclusion of the 
Halo Trilogy. It’s somewhat unforgiv¬ 
ing to newcomers; there’s no “Last 
time, in Halo 2 ... ” to help the begin¬ 
ners to comprehend what exactly is 
going on. But again, chances are this 
isn’t your first foray into the Halo 
universe. 

Most gamers have already made up 
their minds about the Halo series: 
there are those who love it and those 
who hate it. With that in mind it’s 
best to avoid the obvious points, and 
focus on the changes and tweaks 
made in to this particular install¬ 
ment of the series. 

Halo 3 isn’t the most gorgeous 
game to appear on the Xbox 360, 
but it might be the most fluid: it 
runs at an extremely smooth 60 
frames-per-second, with virtually 
no slow-down—a boast few games 
can make. The textures and effects 
are nice to look at, if flat in some 
areas, but where the game really 
shines is the lighting. The use of 
high dynamic range lighting gives 



the lights a sense of reality, with the 
sun’s position in the game actually 
creating the light and shadows for 
the levels you play in. 

Audio is by far one of the Halo 
3’s strongest points. With a sound¬ 
track that is rivaled only by the 
Final Fantasy series, composer 
Marty O’Donnell has put his heart 
into the third game, and it truly 
is a masterpiece. From the bril¬ 
liant piano scores to the haunting 
gothic chants, the soundtrack gives 
the game a very epic feel; if you 


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you were listening to something as 
grandiose as Star Wars or Lord of 
the Rings. 

All of these are nice; but what 
truly matters in the making of a 
great game is how it plays, and, in 
that category, Halo 3 kicks ass. If 
you’ve played either of its predeces¬ 
sors, you will be back in familiar 
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and vehicles that help to keep the 
game fresh, but it’s really the same 
old game you’ve played before—and 


that’s a good thing. 

The new features that truly make 
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the Forge and Theatre modes. With 
the Theatre mode, you can go back 
and review your last 25 excursions 
from either single or multi-player 
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and video clips to share with 
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The mode that will really keep 
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that detonates every 30 seconds, for 
example. Your friends can also help 
you build, which gets pretty ridicu¬ 
lous with 16 people. 

If you’ve played through the previ¬ 
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this conclusion to the Halo Trilogy. A 
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Bionic busts out hook-laden, guitar- 
heavy stoner-rock. 

But despite such guest appearances 
from other members of the Montreal 
music community, Black Blood suffers 
from a severe lack of creativity: Bionic 
seems content to wallow in the same 
overused power chords, hollow pos¬ 
turing, and ’70s-rock-revivalist terri¬ 
tory that have already been covered by 
contemporaries with much more skill 
and innovation. 

While Black Blood will prove an 
enjoyable listen for any fan of weed- 
rock, punk, or metal, in the end, 
maybe a death-metal release would 
have been a little more challenging, 
if not more exciting, for everyone 
involved. 


awkward production and the plodding, 
industrial guitars are some charming 
melodies and some quality dramatic ele¬ 
ments. The vocals are adventurous and 
sound strong enough, but neither they 
nor the lyrics are particularly memora¬ 
ble. Certain songs, particularly “Kill the 
Lights,” are brisk and enjoyable, but they 
are few and far between, and the fleet¬ 
ing subtle touches aren’t nearly enough. 

What’s left is a record that sounds like 
“Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” 
but in band-form. More industrial 
though, and not the Wyld Stallyns. We 
should be so lucky. 


Ladies laying down the licks 

Sue Foley talks guitar women, the 70s, and happily letting the blues inside 


musicpreview 

Guitar Women 

With Sue Foley; Ellen Mcllwaine, 
Rachelle Van Zanten, Roxanne Potvin , 
and Romi Mayes 
Friday 5 October at 8pm 
A/Iyer Horowitz 

PAUL BLINOV 

Arts & Entertainment Editor 

If asked to name a guitarist on the 
spot, most people would have no trou¬ 
ble whizzing through the great ones. 
Hendrix; Van Halen; Page; the mas¬ 
culine surnames would spew forth 
effortlessly from person after person. 
But would anyone name a woman? 
Most probably wouldn’t, and Sue 
Foley’s looking to change that. 

The Canadian blues-mistress—and 
winner of an astonishing 17 Maple 
Blues Awards—has banded together 
with four other female guitarists to 
highlight her gender’s often over¬ 
looked contributions to the six-string 
world on with the Guitar Women 
tour. Not that she’s got anything 
against the upstanding gentlemen of 
rock, mind you. 


“A lot of people have seen a lot of 
guys play, and it’s great, [but] I person¬ 
ally think that women have a unique 
message with their guitar playing, and 
I think it’s really nice to hear that,” 
Foley explains over the phone. 

“I grew up in a guitar playing 
family; my father played, and my 
brothers played,” she continues. “I 
also grew up in the ’70s. It was a real 
guitar culture: the era of Hendrix and 
Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. There 
was just a lot of guitar in music, and 
it seeped into my subconscious, for 
sure, because when I picked [a guitar] 
up, I just knew I was made for it. And, 
I wanted to play like those guys, not 
like the women I’d see.” 

The Guitar Women show origi¬ 
nally started off as a book; after 
discovering that no existing page- 
turner covered the contributions of 
women to blues music, Foley took it 
upon herself to record their stories. 
She began interviewing as many 
female artists as she could find, pen¬ 
ning a series of essays on the matter 
as well. 

Despite the number of femme- 
guitarists she spoke to, when Foley 
decided to start a tour, she had no 
trouble zeroing in on the four women 


she wanted to join her. 

“Rachelle, Ellen, and I have done 
some work in the past together, so 
we’re familiar with each other and 
each other’s styles, and I like the 
way we were able to melt our show 
together,” Foley says. “And then 
Roxanne Potvin and I have been on 
the road most of this year in another 
guitar women show called ‘Blues 
Guitar Women,’ which has been 
through Europe and US. 

“So Roxanne and I were really 
familiar, and it was easy to get her on 
the show. We all did a show together 
in Ottawa in November last year, 
the four of us. Then Romi Mayes got 
added [after] Rachelle couldn’t make 
a couple of the first dates.” 

Each of them is successful in their 
own right, but together, Foley hopes 
they can maybe give some audiences 
the same kind of experience that blues 
music originally gave her. 

“I was just moved by it,” she says. “I 
had an epiphany at a show when I was 
very young, and the music got inside 
of me. I can’t really explain it; there’s 
just something about really good blues 
that gets inside of you. If you open up 
your soul, and the blues walks in— 
that’s just what happens.” 


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BEAR-STREET'S BACK The Bears predict a tough season ahead, as almost all the teams in Canada West—like U of L (black)—look like they're ready for a fight, but Alberta can rely on their tight defending. 


Ice Bears set their sticks on successful season 

The team hopes that it can get its season started right with a win against UBC and make up for last years playoff disappointment 


VICTOR VARGAS 

Online Coordinator 


Last season, the Golden Bear hockey 
team lost to the Saskatchewan Huskies 
at the conference final, meaning that 
for the first time in 11 seasons, Alberta 
didn’t qualify for the University Cup. 
Now, head coach Eric Thurston has 
banked the team’s hopes for returning 
to nationals on a strong defence. 

”We probably have what I feel are 
the top two goalies in the league 
[Aaron Sorochan and Blake Grenier]. 
And when you’re able to get that type 
of goaltending, it makes a big differ¬ 
ence,” Thurston explained. 


“[We’re making] a very conscious 
effort on playing team defence, but we 
also still have the gifted skill players to 
put the puck away when we need to.” 

To further strengthen the Bears’ 
defensive capabilities, Thurston has 
brought defenseman Jason Fransoo to 
the team, whom he believes will be 
vital to the Bears in the early season. 

“I felt we had to get better. He really 
stepped up and played well,” he said. 
“He’s going to be a key guy for us on 
the power play; he’s going to play lots 
of minutes; he’s going to play with 
our captain Harlan Anderson, so he’s 
going to be a real workhorse for us.” 

Despite being one of the new guys, 


Fransoo believes he has adjusted well 
during the pre-season and has formed 
bonds with his fellow teammates. 

“Pre-season was awesome,” 
Fransoo said. “We’ve been getting a 
lot of chemistry between me and my 
partner, Harlan Anderson. He’s got a 
great one-timer shot: you go to put the 
puck in front of his face, and there’s a 
good chance it will be in the back of 
the net.” 

In addition to Fransoo, the Bears 
have recruited centre Derrick Ryan 
from Spokane in the WHL. They’ve 
also added left wings Eric Hunter 
(who was drafted into the New York 
Rangers but didn’t get a contract) and 


the speedy Kyle Pess. 

Even with the new additions, the 
Bears face heavy competition the likes 
of which they haven’t seen in years. 
No team appears to have too large an 
advantage over the others: all of them 
appear to be evenly matched, making 
this year one of the tightest competi¬ 
tions in recent memory. 

“It’s going to be a very, very tough 
league,” Thurston said. “All teams in 
Canada West have a shot [...] on any 
given night, [so] if you’re not prepared 
to play your best game and come out 
and work the opposition, you are 
going to get beat. And that is a real 
treat in one aspect, but there are abso¬ 


lutely no gimmies, and you cannot 
afford to take a night off” 

Still, Anderson thinks that Alberta’s 
combination of experience, defence, 
and rookies will make them a strong 
contender for nationals. 

“We expect to be at the top every 
year,” the fifth-year defenceman said. 
“I think that the other teams have defi¬ 
nitely gone out and gotten the players 
to help them improve, but every year 
we are the team to beat, and everyone 
knows it.” 

The Bears play their first games of 
the season at the brand-new Winter 
Sports Centre in Vancouver on Saturday 
and Sunday at 7:30pm. 



CHRIS PEDERSON, THE GAUNTLET 

HUGSIES Alberta beat U of C last weekend and hope to do the same to U of M. 


Gridiron Bears work to break even 


BEN CARTER 
Sports Staff 


Over the past two weekends, the Bears 
football team has been gathering 
momentum, looking to put a difficult 
start behind them. Coming off of two 
encouraging victories, the Bears (2—3) 
are looking to make the jump to .500 
and prove themselves playoff contend¬ 
ers. This Saturday, they couldn’t be 
facing a more appropriate opponent 
for such a task, as they host the Canada 
West-leading Manitoba Bisons (4—0). 
The Bisons are coming off a bye week 
and a big win over Saskatchewan that 
solidified them in top spot in Canada 
West, and third in the country. 

After three disappointing losses to 
start the season, Alberta has won two 
games in a row, defeating Simon Fraser 
and Calgary. The Bears defence was 
dominant in Calgary, forcing seven 
turnovers and allowing the Dinos into 
the red zone only three times all day. 

Alberta head coach Jerry Friesen 
understands that for such a young 
team, the season is a constant learning 
process. That said, he’s encouraged by 
the growth he’s seen over the past two 
weeks. 

“Our big focus is to make sure we’ve 
been improving, and that we’re learn¬ 
ing from experiences [...] that we can 


make adjustments quickly based on 
what’s happened out there,” he said. 
“That’s the key when you’re young: 
you haven’t had the experiences, so 
you’ve gotta learn from it real quick.” 


“Because their running 
backs are both very 
good, we just have to 
make sure we don’t give 
them anything big.” 

JERRY FRIESEN 

BEARS FOOTBALL HEAD COACH 


Under head coach Brian Dobie, the 
Bisons have been a Canada West pow¬ 
erhouse for the past decade, and this 
year’s edition appears no different. 

“The program at Manitoba, they’ve 
always been competitive. They’ve 
always got teams that are in the top 
three or four in our conference,” 
Friesen said. “[Dobie] always has a 
very big team. That’s something we’ve 
always known them for.” 

Leading the Bisons attack will be 
running backs Karim Lowen and Matt 
Henry, currently fifth and sixth in 
Canada West with 369 and 355 yards 
rushing, respectively. 


“They have a very balanced attack. 
They’ve got a very controlled, under¬ 
neath passing game,” Friesen said. 

In addition to their offensive prow¬ 
ess, the Bisons also have the fewest 
turnovers in Canada West—only 
five in four games—a statistic that is 
almost certainly a byproduct of their 
experience. The team can boast eleven 
fifth-year players and 13 fourth-years. 

“We just have to make sure were 
patient with them, that we don’t get 
beat with the deep one, [and] eliminate 
the big play—the 25-yard run, 40-yard 
pass—those type of things,” Friesen 
said. “Because their running backs are 
both very good, we just have to make 
sure we don’t give them anything big.” 

With only three games left in 
the season, Friesen understands the 
importance of the task facing his team 
this weekend. 

“The Bisons right now are the 
best team in our conference. They’ve 
earned it. They are coming to our 
home park, and we just have to make 
sure we play our best football, crank it 
up a notch, and play like we’re going 
to compete against the first team in 
Canada West.” 

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at 2pm on Saturday at Foote Field, and 
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Sports Staff 


while still initially carrying the brunt 
of the offensive and defensive duties. 
“We need the returnees to step up 
The Pandas hockey team will have a into a leadership role, which we’re 

vastly different look from last year’s seeing already,” Draper explained, 

national championship-winning “It’s so important, because we lost so 

squad when they take to the ice this many important leaders and mature 

weekend in the season opener against players from last year, that they have 

the UBC Thunderbirds. During the off- fun and develop a good work ethic 

season, the Pandas lost some impor- similar to those that have made our 

tant faces from last year, including the team successful over the last number 

goaltending tandem of Holly Tarleton 
and Danielle Bles, and, most notably, 
the top-four scorers in Canada West: 

Jenna Barber, Taryn Barry, Lindsay 
McAlpine and Tarin Podloski. 

However, with this turnover comes 
14 new faces to the lineup—including 
Alberta Female AAA-league standouts 
Katie Borbely and Alana Cabana— 
that already have head coach Howie 
Draper feeling confident that his 
team won’t have as much trouble re¬ 
adjusting, and regaining that cham¬ 
pionship-winning form. 

“The new players seem to have a 
good grasp of how to support each 
other offensively and defensively— 
they’re picking np our systems very 
quickly,” Draper said. “They seem to 
make good decisions both with the 
puck and away from the puck, and to 
be doing that at this stage of the year is 
very promising.” 

For those who have remained with 
the club from previous seasons, their 
roles will be of even more impor¬ 
tance this year. Returnees like Leah 
Copeland, Jennifer Newton, and 
Rayanne Reeve will be looked to by 
the coaching staff to guide the new¬ 
comers comfortably into the fray, 


at the bit,” Draper said. “Everyone 
is tired of just practicing and play¬ 
ing games that are obviously useful, 
but don’t really mean a heck of a lot. 
We’re all looking forward to play¬ 
ing some games in conference play. I 
think, from a coaching standpoint, it 
brings a lot more out of the players: 
their focus is a little bit stronger, and 
they’re just more plugged in and pre¬ 
pared to give everything they’ve got 
to try and get better.” 

Their first taste of conference action 
will come this weekend against UBC, 
a team that has also seen a lot of play¬ 
ers from last year’s squad make way 
for new faces this year. With that in 
mind, Draper has an inkling of what 
to expect from the Thunderbirds, but 
feels his team is up for the challenge 
no matter what kind of game UBC 
brings. 

“It’s hard to say [what to expect]— 
they’re a very strong defensive team, 
and they’ve always been very good in 
that area,” Draper said. “So, if history 
repeats itself, it’ll be us trying to solve 
their defence. As well, they have a 
lot of new players on their team, so 
they’ve probably been trying to re¬ 
stock their offence—really, we should 
be prepared for anything. That first 
period will tell us a lot about what 
UBC has in store for us over not only 
this game, but the six games that we 
play against them.” 

The Pandas’ season gets underway 
this Friday and Sunday at 7pm in Clare 
Drake Arena, though there will be a 
delayed puck-drop on Saturday night, 
as the team will be first raising last 
year’s CIS championship banner. 


‘Everyone is tired of 
just practicing and 
playing games that 
are obviously useful, 
but don’t really mean a 
heck of a lot” 


HOWIE DRAPER 

PANDAS HOCKEY HEAD COACH 


“We also need a good scoring punch 
this year—we’ve lost our top four goal 
scorers from last year. We need them 
to be able to step up on the power 
play and in five-on-five situations and 
create a little more offensively than 
maybe they’re used to.” 

Regardless of the turnover, though, 
the Pandas are looking forward to 
finally getting back into playing some 
meaningful games, along with having 
the opportunity to once again prove 
themselves worthy of being among 
the best in the country. 

“Everyone seems to be chomping 


SPORTS 


performances from fourth-year mid- American colleges, and a few elite indi¬ 
fielder Erin Mason and fifth-year forward vidual cross-country runners. 

Jennifer Zwicker, in particular. As for 

Vikes, fans should keep an eye out for Does whatever a spider can 
fourth-year Ali Lee and first-year keeper 

Kaitlyn Williams, who let in her first It says a lot about the Gateway and the 

goal of the entire season just this past people who work here that the topic of 

weekend. underwear was a popular one this morn¬ 

ing. Conal made sure to wear his favou- 
Students crossing rite pair of Spider-man boxer-briefs (not 

his only pair, mind you, just his favourite), 
As the rest of us get ready to stuff our- even though they sort of clashed with the 
selves with turkey (or perhaps a non- rest of his outfit, 

standard alternative) and mashed In an interesting twist, Natalie and 
potatoes, 32 of Alberta's best long-dis- I unwittingly almost wore matching 

tance runners will be showing their stuff undies—pink boy-shorts—but hers have 

in Saskatoon at their second Canada stripes, while mine are a solid cotton- 

West cross-country tournament of the candy sort of colour, 

season. Ryan is wearing blue striped boxers 

Heading to the U of S race are 16 Bears that he hopes make him look like a Calvin 

and 16 Pandas, against the Huskies, Klein model, but the actual result is more 

Calgary, Manitoba, several small reminiscent of your grandfather's ginch. 


By Robin Collum 


Short sticks; high hopes 


The Pandas field hockey team (1-3-2) 
have another home series this weekend, 
this time playing host to the conference¬ 
leading University of Victoria Vikes 
(4-0-2). The young Pandas have had a 
very tough season so far. They opened 
the season with a huge upset win against 
the UBC Thunderbirds, but it's been 
downhill ever since then. Though not at 
the bottom of the Canada West pile, it's 
not quite a must-win weekend for them, 
but a couple of victories would be nice. 

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volume XCVIII number 10 ♦ the official student newspaper at the university of alberta ♦ www.thegatewayonline.ca ♦ thursday, 4 October, 2007 



RUTH MCGAFFIGAN 

LEAFING THROUGH YOUR BOOKS Fall colours have appeared on campus in full force. That can only mean one thing: midterms are just around the corner. 


By-election 
fills seats 

NATALIE CLIMENHAGA 

Senior News Editor 


A record number of students voted 
in last week’s Students’ Council 
and General Faculties Council 
by-elections—621, to be exact. 

Craig Turner, chief returning officer 
for the Students’ Union acknowledged 
that 2.5 per cent of eligible voters 
may not sound impressive, but he 
explained that he was happy with the 
number of ballots cast as it has never 
been that high. 

“I was impressed with the turnout,” 
Turner said. ”1 wish that we would 
have 100 per cent turn out, but I real¬ 
ize that that’s not realistic, and I just 
hope that every year we can continue 
to increase voter turnout.” 

However, the election wasn’t with¬ 
out its hiccups. Turner said a technical 
glitch required him to run through all 
the ballots again, but he’s confident 
that the problem won’t reoccur during 
the main spring elections. 

“Everything’s been ironed out,” he 
said. “I can assure people that I will be 
doing a review into our ballot count¬ 
ing procedures.” 

Please see www.thegatewayonline.ca 
for official election results. 


Top honour goes to nanotech researcher 



KYLERZELENY 


BIG VICTORY FOR SMALL-SCALE PROF University Cup winner Michael 
Brett shows off the prize he received for his research in nanotechnology. 


JONATHAN TAVES 

News Writer 


He’s a giant in a tiny world, but he 
doesn’t like to admit it. 

Humble, sociable, and witty, 
Michael Brett isn’t necessarily the 
epitome of what comes to mind 
when thinking of a University Cup- 
winning engineering professor. But 
with numerous teaching awards 
already lining his office wall, 
receiving University of Alberta’s 
highest honour for excellence in 
teaching and research isn’t only well 
deserved—it seems to have been an 
inevitability. 

Brett’s university career has taken 
him across the country: he began at 
Queen’s University before pursuing 
graduate studies in applied physics at 
the University of British Columbia, 
and from there, his interest focused 
on nanotechnology. 

“It’s a discipline that crosses many 
boundaries,” he explains. “It goes 
into chemistry, physics, engineering, 
and medicine.” 

Brett was essential to the cre¬ 
ation of the Micromachining and 
Nanofabrication Facility within the 
U of A’s Faculty of Engineering. Now 
recognized as a leading facility in 


North America, Brett credits his suc¬ 
cess with NanoFab to his timing. 

“I don’t know that there was a 
conscious decision to spearhead 
[NanoFab]. It was more like there I 
was and there was the opportunity. I 
think anyone in my situation would 
have taken advantage of it.” 

Since NanoFab’s beginning in 
1999, one of Brett’s duties has been 
to find funding to satisfy the facil¬ 
ity’s $ 1.3-million annual operating 
budget. 

“Various levels of government 
and industry have put a lot of fund¬ 
ing into my research program,” he 
explains, adding that before his 
career is done, he hopes to return 
that investment. 

“I would like to see some payback 
to the government and to the econ¬ 
omy through creation of a high-tech 
start-up licensing of some of the work. 
We’re trying hard to make that happen 
now because we’re focusing more on 
the application [of the research].” 

Instruction is also large part of the 
University Cup award, and Brett is no 
stranger to the classroom. 

“Good students are enjoyable at all 
levels. I have a lot of interaction with 
the undergrad engineering physics 
students. They’re great students, and 


they have a lot of curiosity and a lot of 
interest in the work that I do.” 

However, undergrad interest in 
Brett’s classes isn’t always present. 

“I had at least one person sleeping 
in the last class,” he laughs. 

Brett credits much of his project’s 
success with the work of students. 

“They are excellent. They do the 
research so I can take credit for it,” 
Brett says with a wink. But those that 
work with him appreciate his posi¬ 
tive, encouraging mood. 

“Mike is as friendly of a boss as 
you can imagine,” says Jason Sorge, a 
graduate student who has worked in 
the NanoFab facility since April 2004. 
He adds that the progress of the lab is 
a symptom of the easy-going, acces¬ 
sible relationship Brett maintains. 

“There is lots of opportunity pro¬ 
vided here,” Sorge continues. “No 
one feels intimidated asking for help. 
There is a real sense of camaraderie.” 

However, there was no big celebra¬ 
tion at NanoFab for the University 
Cup. 

“I’m sure Mike is really proud of 
the award. Yet, at the same time, 
doesn’t want everyone to make a big 
deal out of it,” Sorge says. 

The recognition is yet another 
honour for Brett, but he continues to 


look to the future and all the poten¬ 
tial that lies ahead. 

“Something might happen tomor¬ 
row that will be a complete surprise 
and lead to an opportunity for devel¬ 
opment,” he says, adding that the 
life of a senior research officer at one 


of the nation’s leading nanotechnol¬ 
ogy centres isn’t all micro fibres and 
thin-films. 

“You have to have balance in your 
life. I’m a great proponent of that,” 
Brett says with a smile. “I’m off to 
hike in Jasper this weekend.” 


Inside 


News 

1-5 

Opinion 

6-9 

Feature 

10-11 

A&E 

13-17 

Sports 

18-21 

Classifieds 

22 

Comics 

23 



Campus ride-along 

No unaffiliated ne’er-do-wells had to 
be escorted off campus during the 
making of this feature. 

FEATURE, PAGES 10-11 



Canadian sing-along 

The Weakerthans are back 
with another album filled with 
quintessential Canadiana. 

A&E,PAGE13 


Turkeycide! 

The Gateway won’t be 
around on Tuesday, 
as we’ll be recovering 
from massive doses 
of tryptophan and 
pumpkin pie. But fear 
not, as we’ll return with 
an issue on Thursday, 

11 October. 








































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20 sports 

You can’t spell crazy whacko’ without coach’ 



If it were perfect world, all public 
figures would be even-tempered, 
soft-spoken role models; shining 
beacons of reasonable behaviour 
there to show us how to act under 
trying circumstances. But, since it 
isn’t, we might as well make the best 
of what we have. And that means 
using famous sports figures’ crazy-ass 
antics for our personal entertainment. 
Coaches and managers are particularly 
known for having hair-trigger tem¬ 
pers, and luckily for us, when they 
blow a gasket, it’s usually caught on 
tape. Read our favourite freak-outs, 
then see them for yourself online at 
thegatewayonline.ca. 

Justin Bolivar 

Picture a typical NBA coach and you 
likely envision someone who exudes 
toughness and grit unparalleled by 
any coach in professional sports. The 
likes of Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, and 
Sam Mitchell are scary enough to make 
anyone back down in a fight, but there’s 
one NBA coach who always seems to 
get caught in the middle of a brawl. 
This bench boss looks more like the 
water boy than the brains of the opera¬ 
tion. This coach is Jeff Van Gundy. 

It was during the intense Miami 
Heat—New York Knicks playoff rivalry 
of the late ’90s: tensions boiled over 


in 1998, when Heat centre Alonzo 
Mourning punched Knicks forward 
Larry Johnson in the fourth game of 
their first-round Eastern Conference 
series. Mourning’s punch triggered 
a bench-clearing brawl on the hard¬ 
wood at Madison Square Garden with 
both sides going after each other. 
But one detail seemed out of place in 
this fight: Van Gundy clutching onto 
Mourning’s leg in an attempt to pry 
him away from Johnson. Of course, 
the only thing he accomplished 
here was shining the floor because 
Mourning didn’t even notice he was 
there. The only thing Van Gundy got 
out of this was a gash to the forehead 
and some stitches. 

Evidently, this action wasn’t 
enough, for three years later he 
would be at it again, getting between 
Knicks forward Marcus Camby and 
Spurs forward Danny Ferry. He 
tried to separate the two during a 
heated exchange; however, Camby 
would have none of it and threw a 
right hook at Ferry. This didn’t con¬ 
nect with Ferry but instead with Van 
Gundy’s balding forehead, causing 
an excessive amount of bleeding and 
more stitches. 

Nick Frost 

While it may not have been at wacky as 
some of the other examples of coaches 
straight-up losing it, former Oilers 
bench boss Ron Low’s immensely 
underrated tirade on former Avalanche 
coach Marc Crawford during the 
1997/98 playoffs stands out to me. I 
can still remember watching the game 
and seeing Low so beet-red with anger 
that he looked like he was going to 


suffer an embolism. 

It was 2 May, 1998, and the Oilers 
were up 2—0 in game six against 
the Avs—who had a 3—2 lead in the 
series and, as we all know, ended up 
losing 4—3 to the Oil (clearly, Monica 
Lewinsky wasn’t the only one blow¬ 
ing around that time). With the game 
near conclusion, Crawford sent in 
goons Jeff Odgers and Warren Rychel 
against a smaller Oilers line that fea¬ 
tured Mats Lindgren and the recently 
concussed Dean McAmmond. 

Low, however, took exception to 
this, and tried to take matters into 
his own hands by jumping the glass 
between the benches and laying a 
few haymakers on Crawford’s coiffed 
pretty-boy ass. 

The players restrained him, but 
they couldn’t stop him from throw¬ 
ing his gum at Crawford from across 
the glass, flipping him the bird, 
and dropping a few F-bombs that 
could be easily noticed by the CBC- 
watching audience at home. It’s not 
so much what he did, or tried to do, 
that stands out to me; it’s the fact that 
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone 
so incredibly infuriated like that in 
my life—far less a stocky, balding 
man in a grey suit with one hell of a 
mustache. 

Marc Affeld 

No discussion of this nature would 
be complete without a mention of 
the walking meltdown that is Bob 
Knight. 

Consider, if you will, that despite 
being one of the most successful bas¬ 
ketball coaches of all time—indeed, 
the winningest NCAA Division I head 


coach in history—Knight will likely 
be most remembered by many for his 
often-violent and almost always pro¬ 
fane outbursts on and off the court 
instead. The now-infamous 1988 
game in which Knight tossed his chair 
across the court in protest of a techni¬ 
cal foul called on his Indiana Hoosiers 
is actually one of his least controversial 
incidents. 

The list of worse things he’s done 
is extensive. In 1979, he was charged, 
and convicted in absentia, of assault¬ 
ing a police officer while at the Pan 
American Games in Puerto Rico. In a 
1988 television interview with Connie 
Chung, when asked how he handles 
stress, Knight replied, “I think that if 
rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.” 
In 2000, he was fired from Indiana 
University for allegedly grabbing and 
injuring the arm of a student while 
lecturing him on respect after the stu¬ 
dent addressed him by saying, ‘‘Hey, 
Knight, what’s up?” 

Over the years, Knight has also 
repeatedly been accused of kicking, 
choking, head-butting, and otherwise 
physically, and verbally, assaulting his 
own players. 

Yet, in spite of all of these incidents, 
Knight continues to coach Division I 
basketball. Somehow, he consistently 
manages to brush off scandal after 
scandal by invoking the “Bobby Knight 
is just being Bobby Knight” defence. 

Maybe my personal lack of respect 
for Knight stems from the fact that I 
wasn’t even born the last time he lead 
a team to a NCAA championship—or 
perhaps it has something to do with 
Knight once claiming at a press con¬ 
ference that sports journalism is “one 
or two steps above prostitution.” 


Paul Owen 

Oklahoma State football coach Mike 
Gundy’s rant at a reporter over what 
he saw as unfair criticisms levelled 
at his quarterback really should go 
down as the best coach tirade ever. 
Unlike other situations where a 
bench boss flipped, Gundy’s shouting 
spree at Oklahoman columnist Jenni 
Carlson served not just as a glimpse 
into how crazy one man could be; it 
was also the best recruiting video 
his Cowboys could have ever have 
hoped for. 

Forget about the fact that Gundy 
crossed many lines in his criticisms 
of Carlson—most notably saying 
that her childlessness was the reason 
she wasn’t afraid either to bring up 
the relationship between the team’s 
embattled quarterback Bobby Reid 
and his mother or to call him a wimp 
about it. Gundy did what every strug¬ 
gling player wants his coach to do: he 
stood up for Reid, telling reporters that 
it wasn’t okay to criticize beyond what 
happens on the field, and demanding 
they come after him instead because 
he’s “a man” and “40.” Additionally, 
he managed to deflect all attention 
away from their mistakes onthe field. 

High-school players all over the Big 
12’s recruiting base should flock to 
Gundy, perhaps the most visible "play¬ 
ers’ coach” ever. Also, OSU claims that 
the vast majority of correspondence 
the University has received about the 
matter has been in favour of Gundy’s 
actions. So not only should it make his 
team richer in talent, but it will also 
probably make his school richer. How 
many other coaches can boast that 
their temper tantrum did that? 








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SPORTS 21 


Women deserve better than the 
likes of Thomas and the Garden 



ROBIN 

COLLUM 


Sports 

Commentary 


To a certain extent, one expects sexism and 
crudeness to exist in an all-male environment like, 
say, a locker room. It’s hardly ideal, but it’s pri vate, 
and not particularly harmful as long as it stays within 
those walls. It’s basically more of a bonding exercise 
than anything else.” 


A s sports editor, and one of only 
two females on the Gateway 
editorial staff, I often com¬ 
plain about the often extremely 
graphic dude ver sat ions ’ ’ that I’m 

forced to overhear, not to mention 
having to deal with some male ath¬ 
letes who keep their eyes significantly 
below my face during interviews, if 
you catch my drift. 

That said, it’s nothing compared 
to what some women have to deal 
with in the workplace. Women like 
Anucha Browne Sanders, who was 
vice-president of marketing and busi¬ 
ness operations for the New York 
Knicks. On Wednesday, a jury ruled 
in her favour, bringing to an end a 
three-week-long sexual harassment 
trial she filed against the Knicks orga¬ 
nization, Madison Square Garden 
(MSG), and Knicks President and 
head coach Isiah Thomas. 

According to Browne Sanders, 
Thomas treated her terribly when 
he was hired by the Knicks in 2003, 
discriminating on her because of 
her gender and referring to her as a 
“bitch” and a “ho.” 

The married father of two eventu¬ 
ally changed his opinion of her, how¬ 
ever, and began treating her terribly 
in a different way: making unwanted 
advances, trying to kiss her, and 
repeatedly inviting her to get to know 
him better with a few “off-site” visits. 
When she complained to her bosses, 
and asked co-workers to back up her 


claims, she was fired for “incompe¬ 
tence.” So she took them all to court 
for harassment and wrongful dismiss¬ 
al—and rightfully so. 

The fact that MSG was held respon¬ 
sible for their actions is fantastic— 
they’re being forced to pay $8.6 
million in reparations for condoning 
a hostile work environment and retal¬ 
iation, while chairman, James Dolan, 
is on the hook for another $3 mil¬ 
lion for being the one who fired her 
and for doing so in such a childish 
and petty manner. It seems slightly 
ridiculous that Thomas wasn’t found 
liable for any money; regardless, the 
whole affair has brought the issue of 
treatment of women in male-domi¬ 
nated workplaces back to the front of 
peoples’ minds. 

To a certain extent, one expects 
sexism and crudeness to exist in an 
all-male environment like, say, a 
locker room. Though it’s hardly ideal, 
it’s private and not particularly harm¬ 
ful as long as it stays within those 
walls. It’s basically more of a bond¬ 
ing exercise than anything else. But 
it’s when that sort of attitude leaves 
the locker room and enters a place 
of work that it becomes completely 
unacceptable. In the case of Browne 
Sanders and the Knicks, it seems that 
blatant sexism was, if not actually 
encouraged, at least accepted; other¬ 
wise, Browne Sanders would never 
have been fired. 

It’s outrageous that, in this day and 


age, people would still be pulling this 
crap. This isn’t the ’50s; the mousta¬ 
chioed executive can’t just pinch his 
secretary’s behind and expect just a 
giggle in response. It seems as well 
that these sort of incidences are espe¬ 
cially prevalent in the sports world; 
hearing the sort of insults Browne 
Sanders had to endure inevitably 
brings to mind the Don Imus scandal 
earlier this year. Though of course he 
was mainly being a racist prick when 
he called the Rutgers University 
women’s basketball team “nappy¬ 
headed hos” on the radio, he was also 
being a sexist pig. 

It’s about time that women in 
business, sports, and the business 
of sports stood up for themselves 
and their place in their professions. 
Browne Sanders deserved her job 
with the Knicks as much as any of her 
co-workers did; a college basket¬ 
ball star herself with Northwestern 
University, and an experienced mar¬ 
keter who had been with the Knicks 
longer than Thomas has, it was unac¬ 
ceptable that she was made to feel 
uncomfortable at work. 

Women shouldn’t have to play 
along, act like “one of the boys,” or 
put up with bullshit like Thomas was 
dishing out. Browne Sanders did us 
all a favour by standing up for her¬ 
self, and sent a message to teams and 
boardrooms everywhere that women 
belong in the world of sports, and 
deserve respect. 


... And so do the Knicks and their fans 


Even Kobe’s post-alleged-rape behaviour better than Thomas’ present attitude 



NICK 

FROST 


Sports 

Commentary 


A s anyone I’ve ever discussed 
basketball with can tell you, 
I generally don’t care for 
Kobe Bryant, be it his attitude, his 
ball-hogging abilities, or his “extracur¬ 
ricular endeavours,” if you catch my 
drift. Having said that I’m always one 
to give credit where credit is due, so 
here goes: at least Kobe had the balls 
to show some sort of remorse for his 
sexual wrongdoings, even if it was just 
the infidelity and not the accused rape. 

Whether it was genuine or just a 
well-scripted template of an accep¬ 
tance speech, at least he came out and 
said something that showed even a 
glimmer of self-reflection and the real¬ 
ization that he had done something 
wrong, and was apologetic towards 
his wife for having done so. 

On the other hand, with the recent 
scandal surrounding New York 
Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas, 
I’m absolutely astonished at the com¬ 
pletely nonchalant attitude that he has 
adopted towards the whole matter— 
despite having been found guilty 
within the first two days of delib¬ 
eration of sexually harassing former 


Knicks executive Anucha Browne 
Sanders—by further insulting her by 
publicly stating that he was think¬ 
ing entirely about basketball and his 
team’s upcoming season during the 
whole three-week trial. 

To walk around and exude confi¬ 
dence that you are innocent during 
the trial is one thing, but to come out 
and essentially say that calling some¬ 
one a “bitch” (among other things) 
and making sexual advances in the 
workplace isn’t important compared 
to coaching a team that will prob¬ 
ably, once again, finish outside of 
the Eastern Conference playoff race is 
absolutely baffling. 

Even worse than that, however, is 
the attitude of the corporate parties 
involved, whether directly or indi¬ 
rectly, in this situation. The Knicks 
have yet to lay down any law on either 
Thomas or Madison Square Garden 
chairman James Dolan, and the NBA 
has refused to even comment on the 
matter. I mean, this issue may not 
be really about basketball, but they 
should be sending some sort of warn¬ 
ing signal that this kind of behaviour 
won’t be tolerated. Mark Bell of the 
Toronto Maple Leafs committed a hit- 
and-run outside of the hockey world, 
and faces a 15-game suspension that 
began Wednesday night. 

But, of course, the commissioner 
wouldn’t want step on the toes of the 
NBA team owners—particularly a 
conglomerate as large, wealthy, and 


domineering as the New York Knicks, 
Cablevision, and MSG group—because 
they don’t want to suffer the backlash of 
the owners from any potential revolts. 
Instead, they put forward a terrible 
image to the people who support their 
game. Double-edged sword, I suppose, 
but loyalty to the NBA fans should really 
win out here over the businessmen that 
keep the machine well-oiled. 

Thomas also stated that, in his very 
humble opinion, the trial and convic¬ 
tion wouldn’t be a distraction to his 
team come pre-season play. Think that 
something of this magnitude won’t be 
a distraction—and probably having 
false hope that this will just go away 
quickly enough—is just completely 
irresponsible, not to mention unfair 
to his players. It’s bad enough that the 
Knicks have had some mediocre sea¬ 
sons in the past few years, and that 
their divisional rival Boston Celtics 
loaded up their roster with three times 
the star power this offseason, without 
having to suffer another potential set¬ 
back in their quest to make it back to 
the playoffs. The players want to win 
and to be able to do it in a town as 
crazy about their basketball team as 
New York City. 

Isiah is running the public’s percep¬ 
tion of him into the ground, and will 
continue to do so until he pulls a Kobe 
Bryant by coming out and showing 
some form of remorse not only for 
what he has done, but what he has put 
the people around him through. 


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COUNCIL 

FORUM 

Written by Ryan Heise, 

Deputy News Editor 

Students' Council meets every second 
Tuesday in the Council Chambers in 
University Hail at 6pm. Council meet¬ 
ings are open to all students. The next 
meeting will be held on Tuesday 16 
October, where free food will be pro¬ 
vided for all attendees. 

TABLING AND POSTPONING 

Two major issues—the formation of a 
dedicated fee unit (DFU) to support 
student groups, and repealing council¬ 
lor remuneration—were scheduled to 
be debated at the 2 October meeting 
of Council but were ultimately put off to 
later dates. 

President Michael Janz, who origi¬ 
nally moved for the creation of the 
DFU, introduced a new motion to table 
the original motion due to the possibil¬ 
ity that the University may give a con¬ 
tribution to Student Group Granting. 
Janz explained that tabling would allow 
Council to address the issue in the 
future if the University doesn't offer 


any funding. No real debate occurred, 
and the motion to table passed. 

Janz also originally moved the repeal¬ 
ing of Bill 1, which deals with councillor 
remuneration, but argued that following 
a very lengthy debate on the subject at 
the 24 July meeting of Council, the issue 
had been "beaten to death" and would 
be better addressed as a budget prin¬ 
ciple at a later date. A wide majority of 
councillors agreed with this sentiment, 
and the motion to postpone succeeded. 
Prior to the 2006/07 academic year, sit¬ 
ting on Council was a volunteer positon. 

QUESTION PERIOD 

VP (Academic) Bobby Samuel was 
asked about the status of Bear Scat, 
He explained that he and SU general 
manager Bill Smith held a conference 
call with Steve Kirkham recently to try 
to hammer out details on a deal to keep 
the system operational. Samuel further 
stated that some movement had been 
made, but that Kirkham will return to 
Edmonton in mid-October, and they will 
discuss the future of Bear Scat in more 
detail then. 

VP (Operations & Finance) Eamonn 
Gamble responded to a question 
regardingthe use of One Cards in RATT 
and Dewey's by explaining that both 
establishments accept it as a method 
of payment, 


Another query aimed at Gamble asked 
about security cameras being installed in 
SUB. He said that eleven cameras were 
going to be situated to cover the major 
entrances and arteries of the building, 
and were installed in response to van¬ 
dalism in the building. He finished by 
explaining that the cameras didn't pose 
any privacy issues, as they would only be 
reviewed if a crime takes place. 

VP (Student Life) Chris Le was asked 
about a new project he is working on to 
attempt to get microwaves placed in 
more areas around campus. Specifically, 
Le said he would like to see microwaves 
in libraries and larger social areas on 
campus. He is currently in talks with the 
University to try to accomplish this, but 
is dealing with issues such as adequate 
cleanup and security. 

Gamble responded to a question 
aboutthe openingof the SUB quiet room 
following a fire and subsequent flooding 
of the space during the summer. He was 
pleased to report that some furniture 
has already been moved back in, and 
that the space would re-opened by the 
end of the week. 

ATTENDANCE 

The following councillors were absent 
during the 18 September meet¬ 
ing: Gauthier (Pharmacy) and Farhat 
(Science). 


CORRECTIONS 

In the Tuesday, 25 September 
issue of the Gateway the article 
"Graduate degrees on the rise" 
by Jaskaran Singh contained two 
factual errors 

In the final paragraph, Graduate 
Students' Association President 
Julie Charchun was quoted as 
saying: "We are very concerned 
about the University's vision of 
bringing 25 000 graduate students 
to the University in the next four 
years." The actual number of grad¬ 
uate students the University would 
like to bring in is 2500. However, 
aside from the numerical typo, 
Charchun's message is correctly 
presented. 

Additionally, from the same 
issue, in the "Councillor Forum" 
feature on pages 6-7, Ward 5 can¬ 
didate Brent Michalyk was wrong¬ 
fully named as "Brett Michalyk." 
The Gateway apologizes for any 
confusion this may have caused. 

Lastly, the Gateway would like 
to apologize to its readers for the 
phoned-in design of this correc¬ 
tions box. We are honestly so 
fucking sorry. 


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Steve Smith and Krystina Sulatycki 


As you may be aware, the portion of the NHL season that takes place in North America begins tonight. 

How do you think the Oilers will fare this season, and why? 



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"I think they'll do okay. Better than last 
year, hopefully, but I don't have high 
hopes just because they're coming out 
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themselves up well," 


"Pretty good. They got a defenseman 
who can play in Sheldon Souray." ["Are 
you concerned about his even strength 
goal differential?"] "No, plus/minus 
doesn't mean anything on the power 
play, and that's where he got all his goals, 
so that's why his plus/minus was so bad. 
And they got some new forwards, and 
hopefully the rookies will be good." 


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year because he has more confidence. 
He had a really good training camp." 


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bad as last year. They've got some new 
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better. [The loss of Ryan Smyth] might 
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NEWS 


Tools may dig up historical clues [ 


THOMAS WAGNER 

News Staff 

A University of Alberta anthropolo¬ 
gist has found thousands of ancient 
tools and artifacts left by early man in 
Iringa, Tanzania. 

In 2006, associate professor Pam 
Willoughby, along with graduate 
students Pastory Bushozi and Katie 
Bittner, found 182kg of historical arti¬ 
facts such as pottery, animal bones, 
and, most importantly, stone tools. 

Willoughby first went to Tanzania 
in 2005 in search of rock shelters 
that ancient peoples would have 
used as instant housing over 200 000 
years ago. She had hoped that these 
caves might contain the garbage left 
behind by our ancestors thousands 
of years ago, but when she arrived, 
she found artifacts literally covering 
the floor. 

“The surface had pieces of pottery 
and iron from early smelting on it. 
[It] was just littered with artifacts,” 
Willoughby explained. “[However], 
my permit wasn’t for [that] region, but 
the next region over, so even though I 
saw stuff and took lots of pictures, I 
couldn’t collect anything.” 

When she returned the next year, 
her intent was just to prove that arti¬ 
facts were there so that she could get 
a grant and return later. However, she 
found so much in the 30 days of dig¬ 
ging that another trip back has been 
put on hold until all of the artifacts 
could be properly documented and 
studied. This is due in large part to the 
stringent rules of the Tanzanian gov¬ 
ernment, which still owns the arti¬ 
facts even though Willoughby found 
and collected the them. 

“We have [the artifacts] on loan for, 
in theory, as long as we want, but the 
understanding is that we don’t go back 






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to get more until we return [the ones 
we’ve already taken],” Willoughby 
explained. 

The artifacts that Willoughby 
brought back to the U of A range in 
age from over 100 000 years old— 
the Middle Stone Age—to about 3000 
years old, in the period known as the 
Iron Age. Although the focus of the 
study is on Middle Stone Age arti¬ 
facts, the newer ones, because they 
lie on top, must also be collected and 
analyzed. 

Through her work, Willoughby 
hopes to answer two pressing issues: 
first, how the tools of the Later Stone 
Age emerged from the larger, earlier 
type; and second, what prevented the 


tools’ makers, our ancestoral Homo 
sapiens, from leaving Africa. 

According to Willoughby, although 
they had the technology to make these 
tools more than 100 000 years ago, 
they didn’t emerge from Africa until 
only 40—60 000 years ago. 

With those questions in mind, 
Willoughby hopes to return next year 
to collect and study more samples 
and continue her work answering the 
questions of the past. 

“In theory, we’re looking for the 
magical, hypothetical site where 
[Middle Stone Age tools] change into 
[Later Stone Age tools],” Willoughby 
explained. “I think one of our sites, 
Mlambalasi, could be that site.” 


ICC needs more recognition—Goldstone 


LEE SATVEIT 

News Writer 

The survival of international justice 
depends on the will of leading nations, 
according to Richard J Goldstone, 
former Justice of the Constitutional 
Court of South Africa and former 
prosecutor of the UN International 
Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and 
the former Yugoslavia. 

Goldstone spoke at the 19th annual 
McDonald Lecture, held in the Law 
Centre on 27 September. His speech, 
entitled “The Future of International 
Justice,” provided insights into the 
development of international criminal 
law and discussion of the challenges 
that lie ahead in addressing it. 

Identifying the key problems facing 
the International Criminal Court 
(ICC), Goldstone said that “[the Court] 
hasn’t got its own police force or own 
army—it has to rely on governments 
to support it.” Later, he emphasized 
that the lack of political will and the 
failure of leading nations to recognize 
the Court were other vital and related 
concerns. 

After expressing disappointment that 
the UK and France (both parties to the 
Rome Statute, which created the Court) 
failed to even mention the ICC in their 
calls for action in Sudan, Goldstone 
noted that “unless the political will can 
be mustered in that regard, credibility 
of the Court is being weakened. 

“[We need to] put pressure on coun¬ 
tries to recognize the Court,” he said, 
noting that the concept of international 
criminal justice hasn’t been with us long. 

“Until Nuremberg, there was no 
such thing as international criminal 
justice. It didn’t exist.” 


Goldstone added that prior to 
Nuremberg, war criminals enjoyed 
effective and concrete impunity. 

“In their own countries, they were 
unfortunately regarded more often 
than not as war heroes, and not as 
war criminals. Nuremberg ignited a 
flame and a hope for an international 
criminal court. Unfortunately, the 
Cold War intervened.” 

“Until Nuremberg, there 
was no such thing as 
international criminal 
justice. It just didn’t 
exist” 

RICHARD J GOLDSTONE 

INT'L CRIMINAL LAW EXPERT 

Goldstone pointed out that it 
wasn’t until 1993 that an ad hoc 
international criminal court was 
established in the former Yugoslavia, 
and explained that it was established 
due to European anti-war sentiment 
following World War II. 

Goldstone said that in 1994, when 
Rwanda requested a court to be set 
up in their country, the UN Security 
Council could not have denied Rwanda 
the same service that was provided in 
the former Yugoslavia. 

“It is impossible to understand 
international criminal justice with¬ 
out recognizing the politics that 
is its mother and father. Without 
politicians, without politics, there 
wouldn’t be international criminal 
courts—they wouldn’t get financed, 
they wouldn’t be established in the 
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have been achieved in international 
criminal justice. 

He said that in recent years, gen¬ 
der-related crimes such as systematic 
mass-rape have finally been recog¬ 
nized as being criminal, and not just 
an uncontrollable aspect of war. 

“Systematic mass rape has been 
used as a form of warfare for thou¬ 
sands of years, but it was never rec¬ 
ognized as a crime,” Goldstone said. 
“The reasons are obvious—these 
laws were written by men. [They] 
assumed and accepted that rape and 
plunder was something that automat¬ 
ically happened in warfare.” 

But that has changed, and Goldstone 
said this was due in no small part to the 
ad hoc tribunals formed in Yugoslavia 
and Rwanda—both precursors to the 
ICC. 

Goldstone went on to say that 
thanks to the creation of the ICC, 
the protection of civilians has been 
extended to civilians in civil wars, 
rather than just civilians involved in 
wars between nations. In Goldstone’s 
opinion, the existence of the ICC can 
create real deterrence. 

“It is difficult to prove deterrence,” 
Goldstone noted. “How do you prove 
what would have happened but for 
these tribunals having been set up?” 

Goldstone ended his speech 
praising Canada and the nations of 
Scandinavia, whose foreign policy 
he deemed as being based on morals 
rather than on commercial concerns. 
There are currently 104 nations party 
to the Rome Statute, but Goldstone 
emphasized that two important 
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Study finds factories a factor for mercury levels in fish 


BRYAN SAUNDERS 
News Staff 

Summer is coming to a close, but the 
mercury is still pretty high—not in 
any thermometers, but in the seafood 
we consume. 

According to a new study by an 
international contingent of research¬ 
ers, the mercury showing up in fish 
comes from factory emissions pro¬ 
duced on dry land. The group of 24 
North American researchers includes 
Vincent St Louis, a University of 
Alberta professor of watershed bio¬ 
geochemistry; and Jennifer Graydon, 
a PhD candidate in biological 
sciences. 

St Louis explained that previously, 
there was no study definitively linking 
higher levels of mercury in the atmo¬ 
sphere to higher levels of mercury in 
fish. There are, as he explained, other 
factors involved. 

“For example, climate change. If 
a lake’s warming up, it increases the 
microbial activity that converts the 
[type of] mercury in rain to the [type 


found in fish],” St Louis said. “So 
[previously], legislators could have 
said, ‘Well, it’s climate change caus¬ 
ing this mercury problem in fish, so 
we don’t really need to regulate how 
much mercury were putting out into 
the atmosphere.’ ” 

However, St Louis explained that 
the results of this new study finally 
link atmospheric mercury emissions 
to mercury in fish. 

“When you burn coal, coal has a lot 
of mercury in it. So, you burn coal to 
produce energy, for example, at Lake 
Wabamun. The mercury goes up in the 
atmosphere,” St Louis said, adding that 
this elemental mercury in the atmo¬ 
sphere then precipitates into a form of 
ionic mercury. This rain then enters 
into lakes and streams, where the ionic 
mercury it contains is converted to 
methyl-mercury by bacteria found at 
the bottom of these lakes. From there, 
the methyl-mercury finds its way into 
algae, then into fish, and finally into 
humans that eat these fish. 

To prove this theory, the group of 
researchers went to the Experimental 


Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario. 
They then chose a lake with low levels 
of mercury, and with special permis¬ 
sion, put approximately one teaspoon 
of inorganic mercury into this lake. 


‘What we found was 
that the [inorganic] 
mercury that we put 
in the lake directly 
showed up in the fish 
rapidly [in an organic 
form].” 

VINCENT ST LOUIS 

U OF A BIOGEOCHEMISTRY PROF 


To make sure that any rise in methyl- 
mercury levels in fish in this lake was 
due to this increase in inorganic mer¬ 
cury and not any other factors, they 
used an isotope that they could easily 
identify later on. 

“What we found was that the 


[inorganic] mercury that we put in 
the lake directly showed up in the 
fish rapidly [in an organic form],” St 
Louis said. 

And as Graydon pointed out, mer¬ 
cury does quite a bit of harm in living 
organisms. 

“[It mostly has] neurological effects: 
stumbling, slurred speech, blurred 
vision, [and], in the very worse scenar¬ 
ios, total neurological death,” she said. 

As a result, Health Canada advises 
people to limit their consumption 
of fish known to have high mercury 
levels to no more than once per week. 

However, according to St Louis, 
despite the fact that ingesting mercury 
has long been known to be harmful, 
mercury emissions have remained, 
until now, either unregulated or only 
voluntarily regulated. He said that this 
is because there was previously little 
proof of mercury emissions from fac¬ 
tories affecting mercury levels in the 
human diet. 

St Louis now hopes that, in light of 
these results, the lack of regulation 
will change not only in Canada but 


in the United States and elsewhere, 
adding that mercury emitted from 
one country often ends up in the lakes 
and oceans of another. 

“Politicians used to say, ‘We can’t 
enforce these regulations because 
there is no direct link,’ ” St Louis said. 
“Now they can’t say that because 
there is a direct link. Now it becomes 
the argument of, ‘If we do remove 
mercury from the emissions, it will 
cost all this money and cost all these 
jobs.’ 

“In the acid rain days, they actu¬ 
ally said the exact same thing: ‘This is 
going to cause a loss of jobs.’ It didn’t. 
It really didn’t. It actually pays off for 
industry to lower their emissions.” 

St Louis suggested that one factory 
could benefit by selling their emission 
credits to another factory, and that 
capping mercury emissions might 
even pay off in other ways. 

“If you start looking at health ben¬ 
efits and things like that, those are big 
payoffs that are never accounted for in 
statements of the cost associated with 
putting in regulations.” 



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NATIONAL NEWS 5 



RITA CANT 

The Link 


MONTREAL (CUP)—Bilal Hamideh, 
the coordinator of the Concordia 
Students’ Union advocacy centre, 
estimates that about 300 students 
come to the the centre for defense of 
plagiarism charges each year— 
50 per cent of whom are from inter¬ 
national backgrounds. 

Culture has a big role to play in 
how we define and identify acts of 
plagiarism, and a new study from 
a Concordia University professor is 
providing some concrete numbers to 
prove it. 

The ongoing study, which began 
in 2006, is the first to try to quantify 
cultural differences in how we define 
plagiarism. Eighty student volunteers 
were first asked to identify what they 
would call acts of plagiarism from a 
line-up of different scenarios. 

“Some situations were obvious pla¬ 
giarism, some were not,” explained 
Andrew Ryder, a psychology professor 
and the survey’s creator. 

Especially in ambiguous scenarios, 
he said, “international students were 
much less likely to see the scenarios as 
plagiarism.” 

After completing the survey 
once, students were given a copy 
of Concordia’s official definition of 
plagiarism and asked to repeat the 
survey. 

“On clear cases of plagiarism, after 
reading the University’s policy [defi¬ 
nition], 100 per cent of Canadian- 
born students recognized plagiarism, 
and only 80 per cent of international 
students did,” Ryder said. 

On more ambiguous questions, the 
Canadian group correctly identified 
plagiarism 60 per cent of the time, 
and the non-Canadian group had a 40 
per cent success rate. 

“Sixty per cent for the Euro- 
Canadians ain’t so great either,” Ryder 
said, but added that the 20 per cent 
gap between the two groups is a big 


difference and cause for concern. 

“International students as a group 
are at a disadvantage,” he said. “I’m 
now more convinced that tell¬ 
ing people ‘plagiarism is bad’ isn’t 
enough.” 

According to Ryder, the results show 
that policing efforts will continue 
to catch unsuspecting plagiarizers 
until students are educated—well in 
advance of their assignments—about 
what constitutes plagiarism. 

The preliminary results of the study 
coincide with the beginning of the 
University’s academic integrity cam¬ 
paign, which was launched after the 
academic code of conduct was revised 
over the summer. 


“This whole idea of 
plagiarism and [that] 
you can’t use someone 
elses ideas—its a 
Western concept” 

IVONNE LACHAPELLE 

CONCORDIA SU ADVOCACY CENTRE 


Ryder’s findings will be presented 
to the revisers of the academic code 
of conduct in October. Until then, the 
study will continue gathering infor¬ 
mation to increase the sample size. 

The study was born out of a request 
for quantitative information about the 
problem from one of Ryder’s own stu¬ 
dents, Ivonne Lachapelle. 

Lachapelle, who also works at the 
advocacy centre, said that interna¬ 
tional students form a large portion of 
students seeking advocacy for plagia¬ 
rism charges. 

“The University says because it’s 
written in the academic code of 
conduct, it’s the responsibility of 
students to know [it]. From this 
research, we see a lot of students 
don’t know.” 

“This whole idea of plagiarism and 


[that] you can’t use someone else’s 
ideas—it’s a Western concept,” she 
said. 

The office of the Provost recently 
completed a week of intensive out¬ 
reach to promote awareness about 
the definitions and penalties of 
cheating. 

“It comes from the last senate meet¬ 
ing, which approved the new code of 
conduct with the understanding that 
we would work with the CSU and stu¬ 
dents to promote academic integrity 
and inform students of their respon¬ 
sibilities,” explained Danielle Morin, 
Concordia Vice-Provost (Academic 
Programs). 

Lachapelle explained that Concordia’s 
policies often don’t take the intent 
behind committing an academic mis¬ 
conduct into consideration, and that it 
can be a point of contention between 
the advocacy centre and the code 
administrators. 

Morin acknowledges that many 
of the students who’ve been caught 
weren’t aware they had violated the 
code, “but it would be very difficult 
to read in your mind that you had the 
intention of [cheating].” 

But the code still comes down 
hard on some students. In the past 
three years, 14 students have been 
expelled from Concordia for academic 
misconduct. 

“For an international student, 
expulsion means you have to leave 
the country and go home,” said 
Morin, who plans to attend Ryder’s 
presentation, tentatively scheduled 
for sometime this month. She hopes 
the study can inform the next aware¬ 
ness campaign. 

Both her and Ryder think that 
increasing awareness is preferable to 
more policing, but they both agree 
that policing is necessary too. 

“Part of the reason we do these 
things is to help the students that don’t 
cheat,” Ryder said. “If your Concordia 
degree is easy to get or easy to cheat 
on, your degree is compromised.” 


Booze flows freer for students out west 

Ontario study examines regional discrepancies of alcoholism statistics 


MARGARET SHERIDAN 

Interrobang 


LONDON (CUP)—A new cross¬ 
country survey has shown that some 
Canadians may consume more alcohol 
than others. 

According to research done for 
the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 
Ontario and Quebec have the lowest 
rate of substance abuse. In most of 
the western provinces, however, the 
numbers are higher than the national 
average. 

“Geography tends to be ignored 
in this kind of [study],” explained 
Scott Veldhuizen, co-author of the 
study “Geographical Variation in the 
Prevalence of Problematic Substance 
Use in Canada.” 

“We tend to treat the country as 
homogeneous, but we know from 
existing work that there are usually 
differences between regions.” 

The study showed that rates tended 
to be lower in central Canada and 
higher in the west. The average rate 
of substance abuse in Canada hovered 
around 11 per cent. 

The highest average was in 
Saskatchewan, where just under 


14 per cent of students surveyed 
exhibited indications of substance 
abuse; the lowest was in Quebec, at 
approximately nine per cent. 

The study surprised many people 
by showing that alcohol abuse is less 
common in large urban centres than 
their mid-sized counterparts. The 
study also revealed that the lowest rate 
of abuse was found in Toronto, at a 
mere 7.8 per cent, and Montreal, at 8.1 
per cent. Mid-sized cities, on the other 
hand, weighed in at an average of 12.6 
per cent. 

“It wasn’t entirely surprising 
though, since the situation is quite 
similar with, for example, crime, 
which is also highest in mid-sized 
cities—not in Toronto and Montreal,” 
Veldhuisen said. 

Another reason Veldhuisen specu¬ 
lates is behind the lower rates in large 
cities is correlated to the immigrant 
population. 

“Immigrants tend to settle first in 
major cities,” he said. “Immigrants 
tend to have low levels of substance 
use problems. Beyond that, there are 
a lot of possibilities. People in these 
cities tend to be a little better off eco¬ 
nomically and to have more educa¬ 


tion—and, of course, it’s been argued 
that there are also more possibilities 
for recreation and entertainment.” 

The study also revealed that students 
tend to be more susceptible to becom¬ 
ing substance abusers than the majority 
of the population, complementing data 
collected in 2002 by Statistics Canada. 

“In terms of prevalence, we had 
three per cent of men 15 years and 
older [that] were alcohol dependant,” 
said Michael Tjepkema, who works 
as part of Statistics Canada’s Health 
Statistics Division. 

He explained that for women, that 
value was 1.3 per cent, but in terms of 
the university population as a whole, 
the average was 8.6 per cent. 

“The people who were most likely 
to be alcohol dependant are the 20—24 
year olds,” Tjepkema explained. 

“It seems that demographic and 
income differences may play a role,” 
Veldhuizen added, while stressing, 
that there’s a difference when other 
factors are taken into account. 

“So we end up speculating [...]. 
Cultural differences, income inequal¬ 
ity and other economic differences, 
local [alcohol taxes, and restrictions 
on availability] are all possibilities.” 




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Free papers are 
nothing but trash 

AH, AUTUMN, WHEN THE LEAVES START TO 
turn colour and fall to the ground, and the daily com¬ 
muter rags along with them. 

Only problem is, one of these processes is quite 
natural, while the other most definitely isn’t. Nor is 
the overabundance of Metros, Rush Hours, and 24 
Hours a seasonal occurrence: by the looks of it, these 
rags will be littering our buses and sidewalks for 
months to come. 

Now, far be it from me to harp on free news 
publications that are widely available in and around 
campus, being the editor of one myself. And there 
are, admittedly, more than a few issues of the Gateway 
that don’t find their way to the recycle bin each 
week. But there’s a difference between something 
that’s costless and something that’s valueless—and as 
anyone who’s been suckered in to reading one of the 
above-mentioned dailies can attest, those publications 
undoubtedly fall into the latter category. 

In fact, the only redeeming quality about them is 
that they’re free of charge. But at what cost? We all 
know that newspapers and magazines subsist almost 
entirely on advertising revenue. However, the key 
distinction here—and one that we’ve apparently been 
taking for granted until now—is that worthwhile 
news publications are just that: news publications 
that happen to have advertising content in them. 
Commuter rags, on the other hand, are advertise¬ 
ments that happen to have some news content in 
them. 

How else can you explain the fact that people will 
plug in a loonie or two to get a copy of the Journal, 
the Globe, or the Post on any given morning, while 
they’ll do everything they can to dodge those Metro 
hawkers at the same time? (It should also be noted 
that pedestrians have been doing dances around the 
Sun’s pusher-men near campus recently as well). If 
you’re ever bored and need to kill five minutes wait¬ 
ing for the bus, try this experiment: watch one of 
those “distribution agents” try to hand out copies of 
their publication to passers-by, and see how many 
people actually take one. And of that group, try to 
watch how many actually do more with it than glance 
at the cover once and chuck it on the ground. 

I may not be a statistician, but I know enough to 
conclude that when you have to pay people to hand 
out something that one can already get for them¬ 
selves for free, and when empty-handed, knowl¬ 
edge-hungry students who’re too poor to pay for a 
subscription and too busy to read any real newspa¬ 
per still won’t take your product when it’s physically 
placed into their hands, the commuter-rag industry 
is doomed to fail. 

But it’s not going to go down without a fight—at 
least, not if the advertisers that are the true driving 
force behind this distribution model have anything to 
say about it. Ultimately, however, it will fail because 
being free of charge clearly isn’t enough of a motiva¬ 
tion for people to pick these things up. Not when, 
between radio, television—and, most importantly, 
the Internet—free news content abounds in our 
culture. This has been proven in a deliciously ironic 
fashion by dose.ca, the online remnant of the once 
equally ubiquitous Dose newspaper—CanWest’s first 
attempt at gratuitous tree violence (and, sadly, the 
superior of the two). 

For the time being, however, it’s not unreason¬ 
able to expect the City to provide quite a bit more 
in the way of recycling bins in the areas that these 
papers are distributed, as the current state of much 
of ETS’s property is rather shameful. Likewise, it’s 
not unreasonable to expect that the readers of all 
newspapers to take it upon themselves to dispose 
of their rag of choice properly, either. So whether 
you’re ogling at the latest car crash in 24 Hours 
or devouring some celebrity gossip in Rush Hour, 
please have the decency not to jettison it onto the 
floor of the LRT afterwards. Likewise, once you’re 
done digesting all of the witty and insightful content 
of this issue of the Gateway, please be so kind as to 
ensure its placement in a paper bin (or, even better, 
the eagerly awaiting hands of another student) too. 
Otherwise, before you know it, you won’t be able to 
see the forest for the landfills. 

ADAM GAUMONT 
Editor-in-Chief 



LETTERS 

We suffered for suffrage, 
so make sure you use it 

I couldn't agree more with 
Tuesday's article written by Natalie 
Climenhaga regarding female par¬ 
ticipation in politics (re: "YWCA 
Edmonton urges women to pursue 
a life in the political sphere," 2 
October). The fact of the matter 
is that there's a complete lack of 
female interest in the political realm, 
and there seems to be no better 
example than at the student level. 

Don't misunderstand me; I'm a 
political science student, and I see 
fellow female classmates actively 
engaging in poignant political discus¬ 
sion all the time, but as soon as I step 
out of the classroom, such examples 
are few and far between. 

Many of my female friends say 
that politics just aren't interest¬ 
ing or applicable to their lives, but 
whenever I engage a male friend in 
political discussion, it seems that 
95 per cent of the time they have an 
opinion. 

In one of my elective courses, 

I had a female classmate ask our 
professor, "Who is George Bush?" 
and "I didn't know that there was 
a war going on in Iraq." I know that 
this is depicting an extremely biased 
picture of female students, but she 
was not alone in her inquiry. How 
could someone be so ignorant and 
uninformed? 

My professor didn't know how to 
respond to her, and my classmate 


simply said, "I don't care about 
politics because it's an ugly topic; I 
can't do anything about it, so why 
bother?" 

If women want social and political 
equality, they have to take an inter¬ 
est in what's going on in the world 
around them and exercise their right 
to change it. I'm not saying that run¬ 
ning for office is the answer for all 
women, but at least develop political 
awareness and vote—a right which 
Climenhaga points out has only 
recently been obtained in Canada 
and is still absent for many women 
throughout the world. 

By not becoming politically 
aware and voting, you have no right 
to complain about potholes or the 
drifts of snow on our city's streets. 

On 15 October, vote in the munic¬ 
ipal election, and don't be like my 
fellow classmate, who will probably 
say, "I didn't even know that we had 
an election." 

Don't let your voice be wasted; let 
your vote count. 

ALLISON RUDZITIS 

Political Science III 

Hunting has benefits— 
like delicious deer jerky 

I was amused to read "Hunted ani¬ 
mals don't flourish, they stay dead" 
(Letters, 2 October). The author bla¬ 
tantly neglected facts in exchange for 
subjective nonsense aimed at stirring 
up others who are similarly ignorant. 
For example, Mr Pounder compared 
hunting to pulling the wings off flies. 

PLEASE SEE LETTERS ♦ PAGE 9 


LETTERS FROM 
THE ARCHIVES 


There is no “Man” 

Reading the opinion articles in the 
Gateway lately, I have noticed an 
obnoxious pattern in some of the 
writing. What I refer to is a constant 
reference to the "Man." In case you 
are unfamiliar with this (which I 
doubt), the Man has been chosen 
to represent all forms of oppres¬ 
sion, real or imagined. Tuition too 
high? Blame it on the Man. Sick 
of consumerism? Blame it on the 
Man! And so on, ad nauseum. 

Not only is this undesirable 
because of its monotony and pre- 
pubescent ring, it's also pointless. 
What's often missing in these 
rants is the offering of helpful 
advice, insight, possible solutions, 
or calls to action. The Gateway is 
more than a platform for rants or 
complaints, and should be real¬ 
ized for its possibilities. 

Using the "Man" as a scape¬ 
goat is also sexist, denying 
women their voice for oppression. 
Every one of us has felt the heavi¬ 
ness of the world pushing us in 
prescribed directions. So how do 
we deal with this? While the Man 
was convenient, easy, and well 
understood as a way of represent¬ 
ing outside [unwanted] control on 
our lives, I feel that it's no longer a 
suitable metaphor. 


What needs to happen is for us 
to put a face to whatever or whom¬ 
ever is trying to exert control on our 
lives. With specificity, cause and 
effect become more readily appar¬ 
ent. In this way, plans of action can 
be made to change the undesirable 
situation itself—or perhaps just the 
way it's seen. 

In order for the Gateway 
to maintain (some would say 
achieve) a sense of credibility, it 
must move away from adoles¬ 
cence. This starts with you, the 
reader. There's a wealth of expe¬ 
rience in the student body that 
isn't bearing voice. An increase in 
the diversity of the articles would 
make the paper more interest¬ 
ing, challenging, as well as more 
mature (hopefully) in content. 

This is a call to action—a chal¬ 
lenge if you will allow me to 
extend that white glove. There are 
incredible stories in everyone and 
I want to hear them. 

PAULEAURCHID 

4 November, 1999 

Letters from the Archives is a 
semi-regular feature where the 
Gateway runs historical letters 
that we feel are of particular 
importance—or are just really 
hilarious. 

Now you can check out all the 
old-timey fun for yourself! Just 
go to thegatewayonline.ca and 
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THE GATEWAY ♦ volume XCVIII number 10 


OPINION 7 



KELSEY TANASI UK 

Thin mannequins need to be fed 



PAUL 

KNOECHEL 


“Having models that uphold an unhealthy image is 
one thing because at the very least, they can always be 
said simply to be exceptions to the general population. 
But there’s a dangerous precedent set when you take 
what should be a standard to the average and portray 
that as something with exposed ribs” 


H ere’s a brain teaser for you: 
what has decades of fighting 
unhealthy body images in 
the media gotten us? Reasonably pro¬ 
portioned models? Maybe a decrease in 
eating disorders among the youth? Or 
perhaps simply a greater sensitivity in 
the fashion industry to the fact that size 
two is only used by a fraction of a frac¬ 
tion of the greater populace? 

Or, perhaps we’re living in a society 
where I can’t walk through the mall 
without seeing the ribs on a manne¬ 
quin in a lingerie store. 

That’s right: ribs on a mannequin. 
This has got to be a new low—or at 
least contending for bottom three—in 
this seemingly go-nowhere issue of 
the modern era. 

This takes grotesque to a whole new 
level, and should come as a serious jab 
in the ribs to anyone who happens to 
see it. What does it say about how sad 
and shallow our culture has become 
when you can’t go to the mall with¬ 
out being repulsed by what looks like 
a malnourished refugee immortalized 
in plaster wearing a purple lace bra? 

Having models that uphold an 
unhealthy image is one thing because 

the BURLAP 

SACK 

Walking through SUB at noon, I have 
to wade through the sea of people and 
try to avoid getting hit by some idiot 
swinging their knapsack onto their 
shoulders. 

It's busy, noisy, and crowded, so the 
average intelligent person would sur¬ 
mise that SUB doesn't need more 
annoyances. Yet, more irritations con¬ 
stantly creep into the building. 

Vendors pawning crap are pretty 


at the very least, they can always be 
said simply to be exceptions to the 
general population. Rut there’s a dan¬ 
gerous precedent set when you take 
what should be a standard to the aver¬ 
age and portray that as something 
with exposed ribs. 

I’m going to go out on a limb and 
say that showcasing three prominent 
ribs directly underneath each breast is 
not something that many women can 
do without a significant stretch. 

Of course, this is hardly news. 
Barbie has been perpetuating an ideal 
of beauty for generations, despite the 
fact that she’s grossly disproportioned: 
her giraffe-like neck is twice as long 
as the average woman’s, to cite one of 
many such examples. Even the size of 
the biceps on a GI Joe are past the point 
where they could ever be attained by 
the general male populace—“GI Joe 
Extreme” boasts biceps larger than his 
waist. 

But a mannequin is something that 
is intended to be clothed and dressed 
with items that actual people could 
wear. You can’t buy adult-sized Barbie 
dresses, but you’re supposed to buy 
whatever a mannequin is wearing, and 

much everywhere: near the east doors, 
across from the Bookstore, and in the 
space between the info booth and the 
exit to the Butterdome. 

Whether these parasites are selling 
hair products, jewellery, or purses, they 
make SUB look like a flea market, not 
a building belonging to an academic 
institution. 

Legitimate tables (belonging to 
groups that are actually part of the 
University) are getting drowned out 
by the presence of the SUB Sidewalk 
Sale. 

It's bad enough that we can't even sit 
on the can without having an ad staring 
us in the face, but it's even worse when 


you’re supposed to compare yourself 
next to one. 

I’m just praying for the day when this 
disgusting trend towards being skin¬ 
nier and skinnier will finally begin to 
regress. I’m sick and tired of industry 
standards moving further and further 
away from Marilyn Monroe’s healthy 
measurements. I’m frustrated beyond 
words when I see America Ferrera’s 
beauty perverted on the cover of 
Glamour by free-reigning air brushes. 
What should really be happening is for 
what’s considered stylish to gravitate 
back towards the median, and to start 
defining beauty on a personal level 
again. 

In an ideal society, that store would 
either be boycotted until these fla¬ 
grant hyperbolic representations of 
human health were taken down—or 
at the very least, until some public 
anger was incited. Instead, a little 
four-year-old is going to walk by that 
mannequin later today and, seeing 
nothing to contradict that image for 
the rest of her adolescence, cry her¬ 
self to sleep at 14 because she still 
doesn’t look how she thinks she’s 
supposed to. 

we leave the bathrooms and are imme¬ 
diately barraged by vendors hawking 
their crap. 

I would love someone to direct me to 
the nearest burlap sack vendor so I can 
take the SUB salesmen and give them 
a lovely beating. I'll even throw in some 
extra beats as interest—at reasonable 
student rates, of course. 

MARIA KOTOVYCH 

The Burlap Sack is a semi-regular 
feature where a person or group who 
needs to be put in a sack and beaten is 
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8 OPINION 


Is justice served through rehabilitation, or by the sword? 


To protect society, heinous crimes should be punishable by death 


As Gandhi said, an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind’ 



CAROLINE 

LAVOIE 


point 


I f capital punishment were reinstated in 
Canada for specific felonies, tragedies such 
as Edmonton’s “House of Horrors” would 
never have materialized. 

No, this isn’t an early Halloween showcase— 
it’s the story of a child who was slapped, hit, and 
punched in her own home. A man handcuffed 
her to furniture and left her for extended periods 
of time. He deprived her of water until she suc¬ 
cumbed to drinking her own urine and liquid 
plant fertilizer. When she was unshackled, the 
man would rape her at bath time, force her sit 
with him and watch pornographic videos, and 
coerce her to dance provocatively for his enjoy¬ 
ment. She was four years old. 

On 26 September, Darcy Don Bannert was 
sentenced to just eight years in prison for the tor¬ 
ture and sexual abuse of a child. However, after 
being given a two-for-one credit for the time he 
served awaiting the trial, it brought his sentence 
down to five years and eight months. 

In no way is a sentence of five years a reprimand 
for everything that he has done. Five years isn’t 
sufficient for this case. Darcy Don Bannert did 
not sexually assault this child once—this was an 
ongoing affair. This was physical, psychological, 
and sexual abuse over an extended period of time. 
This child will never be the same. Her life was 
taken from her, and if justice is to be represented, 
Bannert’s life should be taken as well. 

This isn’t the old “eye for an eye” mentality; 
this is to prevent him from leaving prison in five 
years and continuing this sick need he has to 


sexually abuse children. Outside of prison, yes, 
Bannert will be tracked; yes, his privacy will be 
taken away from him; yes, virtually no one will 
hire him with the word pedophile etched on his 
forehead—but this isn’t enough. 

This won’t prevent him from luring chil¬ 
dren into his home again and repeating this 
“House of Horrors” scenario with someone else. 
Rehabilitation rarely works either. It’s as fallacious 
as attempting to change the sexual orientation 
of a person through guilt. Capital punishment 
would prevent him from ever harming another 
child again, and the cycle of abuse would end. 

Life demonstrates that when a person is abused, 
they themselves are more likely to abuse another. 
Bannert was sexually abused as a child, and he 
was also raised in a violent home—he spent two 
weeks in the hospital when his father attacked 
him with a baseball bat. If capital punishment 
were instated in cases like Bannert’s—where the 
evidence is irrefutable—our society would be able 
to both curb and stop the abuse. 

Capital punishment isn’t for revenge; it’s to pre¬ 
vent such people from reoffending, and to keep 
the rest of society safe. Augmenting the cost of 
sexually abusing children would also lower the 
risk—something five years in prison and being 
tracked afterwards won’t do. If the cost of pedo¬ 
philia were high enough, the rates would drop. 

Capital punishment isn’t as inhuman as repeat¬ 
edly raping a four-year-old child and preventing 
her from living a normal life. Bannert received his 
chance to life; this girl will never receive hers. He 
robbed that from her; he doesn’t deserve one. 

Five years in prison doesn’t send out the mes¬ 
sage that our country will fight such depravities. 
It announces that they are taking a stance of tol¬ 
erance for pedophiles, merely slapping him on 
the wrist for what they do. Our justice system has 
become one that chooses to serve the system, not 
protect the people. They should be removing the 
danger from our streets, permanently. 


ELIZABETH 

VAIL 


counterpoint 


C onsidering the atrocities recently 
splashed across newspaper pages regard¬ 
ing the Edmonton man who raped his 
daughter for years—starting from when she 
was three years old—I suppose it’s only natural 
that some will want to pull the idea of capital 
punishment out of the closet of Canada’s past, 
dust it off, and try to apply it as an appropriate 
measure against heinous crimes. However, the 
plain truth of it is that government-sanctioned 
murder isn’t close to coming back in style—nor 
should it be. 

I’m not saying that what this man did wasn’t 
heinously evil, nor am I saying that the rami¬ 
fications of what he did to his victim aren’t 
as debilitating and permanent as, well, death. 
But reinstituting the death penalty for violent 
sex offenders as a solution isn’t progress; it’s 
a regression. Capital punishment is a barbaric 
and inhumane practice that’s as old as the hills, 
and frankly, a civilized society should have no 
use for it. 

The death penalty is an inefficient method 
of dealing with crime for several reasons. It 
doesn’t reverse or take back the permanent 
psychological and physical damage that has 
been inflicted on the victim. It doesn’t pre¬ 
vent sexual offences, or the development of 
future sexual offenders nor does it deter sexual 
offenders from committing their crimes. And 
no matter how thorough or stringent we try 
to make the justice system, there have always 
been the wrongfully accused—like David 



Milgaard—who manage to slip through the 
cracks. It’s easier to say “oops” and apologize 
when the guy’s sitting behind bars than when 
he’s six feet underground. 

“Well,” some might say, “it’s cheaper to kill 
a criminal than to keep him in our prisons, 
which are all overcrowded anyway.” That sure 
puts a positive spin on things: killing a human 
being because it’s economical—think of the 
money we’ll save! Wait, how much exactly 
would we be saving? Give me a ballpark figure 
in Canadian dollars about how much extra cash 
taxpayers would have to spend on TiVos and 
jalapeno-fiavoured corn chips by murdering a 
person. 

Given all these failings of the death penalty, 
what, then, would be the point of executing this 
rapist? If it can’t reverse the effects of the inci¬ 
dent or prevent future crimes, then state your 
motivations for what they really are: revenge. 
It’s obvious: this man is evil, and we want him 
to suffer. He spent thirteen years torturing his 
daughter, so we return the favour by pump¬ 
ing him full of poison. It is eye for an eye—no 
more, no less. 

I hate to quote cookie-baking Moms every¬ 
where, but two wrongs don’t make a right, no 
matter how hard you wish it to be so. There’s 
no justice if we punish an evil act by commit¬ 
ting an act of equal or greater evil. We have a 
responsibility as a sophisticated, intelligent, 
evolved society to discover non-lethal methods 
of dealing with our criminals because we’re 
better than our criminals. 

Intensify monitoring of sexual offenders; 
create better programs for the study and reha¬ 
bilitation of sexual offenders; increase the non- 
lethal penalties for sexual crimes. There are a 
hundred different ways to deal with crimes of 
a sexual nature. Killing is the quick, relatively 
easy, and lazy solution—that’s why criminals 
rely on it. 



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THE GATEWAY ♦ volume XCVIII number 10 


OPINION 


* 



IT'S COMING! 


MIKE OTTO 


I ain’t saying she’s a gold digger... 

But if you want to get the girl, then you’d better have more to offer than a big ego 


GRAHAM 

LETTNER 


I f you’re an undergraduate male 
and, one month into the fall term, 
you don’t have a girlfriend you 
could possibly take home to mom for 
Thanksgiving, for shame. But if you’re 
an undergraduate woman and you’re 
single, well done. 

Allow me to explain. Men, it’s a 
cold, hard fact: any woman that’s spent 
a semester or more on this campus is 
scoping out the size of the wallet in the 
back of your jeans, not the bulge in the 
front. It’s just simple survival smarts. 

Women are investors with an eye for 
the long-term, and, frankly, your bank 
account counts. Virility? That’s a short¬ 
term commodity, gone long before 
retirement, salvageable only with earn¬ 
ings enough to pay for the erection 
enhancers. 

That women are already good bro¬ 
kers of human capital is no surprise. 
The problem is that the older they get, 
the sawier they become. By fourth 
year, every varsity woman earns a part- 
time accounting diploma in Gross Male 
Earnings. And that sultry look across the 
lecture hall/bar room is full of man-to- 
earnings ratio calculations, not lust. 
“Oooh, that belt looks expensive. 


LETTERS ♦ CONTINUED FROM PAGE6 

What Mr Pounder doesn't realize is 
that hunting serves two purposes to 
farmers: it reduces incidents of crops 
being eaten by game animals, and it 
puts meat on the table. 

The last time I checked, flies aren't 
considered edible, nor do they seem to 
have a detrimental effect on our wheat 
crops. As for urban hunters who travel 
to the country to hunt and who have no 
interest in crops, I think it's commend¬ 
able that they're putting clean meat on 
the table—meat that's free of steroids 
and hormones. 

In addition, Mr Pounder seems to think 
that cars smacking into deer presents the 
same minor annoyance as insects hitting 
your windshield. Mr Pounder seems igno¬ 
rant of the threat to human life—not to 
mention the damage caused to vehicles. 

Mr Pounder is also blind to the fact 
that nowhere in North America is hunt¬ 
ing waterfowl with lead shot legally per¬ 
mitted. Shotgun owners must use steel 
or another non-toxic metal. Please, Mr 
Pounder, do some research first, 

The province's hunting initiative isn't 
meant to encourage killing for killing's 
sake, as Mr Pounder believes; rather, it's 
an attempt to educate people to hunt 
humanely and responsibly in compliance 
with the law and with respect to nature. 


He buys nice leather; he’s gotta have 
dollars to spare. And that was real 
cologne, not Axe. He looks reliable, 
looks employable, looks like he could 
make car payments. I might be dealing 
with a winner here.” 

So guys, while women are still young 
freshettes drunk off freedom and beer, 
make them an offer they can’t refuse. 

Men, it’s a cold, hard 
fact: any woman that’s 
spent a semester or 
more on this campus is 
scoping out the size of 
the wallet in the back 
of your jeans, not the 
bulge in the front 

You’re captain of the table-tennis 
team, dammit, and ran the 4 km 
Turkey Trot in well under half an hour. 
Wow them with feats of strength now, 
and then when they meet your parents, 
they will realize that you’re genetically 
comparable to your father, and that he 
only just upgraded to a self-propelled 
lawnmower last summer. 

Seal the deal while they revel in 
you taking them to varsity volleyball, 
cheap night at the Garneau theatre, and 
sub-zero skating on Hawrelak pond. 
Hesitate, and you’ll wind up playing 
50 Cent to some Kanye who can swing 
by in something with four wheels, take 


Perhaps if we had even more hunting 
education, people like Mr Pounder would 
not be so ill-informed in the future. 

JOEL LONGARD 
Education II 

Loss of Bear Scat still felt 

I'm proud to be an alumnus of the 
University of Alberta and to call 
Edmonton home. Upon reflecting back 
on my undergraduate years at the U of A, 

I decided to write to some of my profes¬ 
sors and thank them for supporting me in 
my pursuit of graduate studies. 

You can imagine my disconcert when, 
on logging on to Bear Scat to see what 
courses they were teaching this year, I 
was greeted by a plea to the SU for funds 
to maintain this essential service. I can't 
count how many of my colleagues in my 
four years at the University used Bear Scat 
to find courses, build timetables, check 
exam times, and register for courses. 

Bear Scat brings together so much of 
the complex university bureaucracy in 
an elegant and accessible package. That 
the Students' Union would balk at asking 
students to contribute $0.75 a semester 
to support this incredible service is prac¬ 
tically shameful. That a new administra¬ 
tion would withdraw from the promises 


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her out for overpriced steak, and buy 
tickets for two in Rexall’s silver section. 
It doesn’t take tons of cash—just more 
than you have. 

On the flip side, women should 
just swear off men entirely until they 
reach that crucial year when the CAPS 
jobs fair actually means something 
more than free pens and candy. A 
friend—and freshly-pressed career 
woman—told me recently that men 
clue into the notion of other people 
having needs, feelings, and dreams of 
their own sometime during the last 
months of their degree, while women 
start hunting for the man they’ll marry 
the moment they blow out their 
18th-birthday candles. 

There may well be an anatomi¬ 
cal thickness to the male cranium 
to go along with the metaphorical 
one, but until we wear down our 
big heads with a few of life’s bumps 
and bruises, there isn’t much point in 
trying, ladies. Save yourself the tears, 
angst, and late-night calls home to 
mom, and instead get started plan¬ 
ning out the designer kitchen that Mr 
Man is going to buy you just as soon 
as he graduates. 

Somewhere between the extremes of 
this pseudo-embezzlement idiocy con¬ 
tinuum exists the lucky few that make 
magic happen. Somehow, he’s knocked 
the chip off his shoulder, and she’s put 
her marriage/family plans on hold for 
now. Don’t ask me how it happens— 
just thank your lucky stars if one of 
these two lucky bastards is you. 


of its predecessors in the commitment 
they did offer is, frankly, scandalous. 

To suggest that the successors of 
the kind, generous, and well-reasoned 
people I knew during my time at the U 
of A would be so cheap as to not pay the 
price of a bottle of pop for a service that 
made their lives so much easier is prepos¬ 
terous. Bear Scat is an important institu¬ 
tion at the University of Alberta and has 
earned the right to be supported by the 
student body and its representatives. 

Everyone feels homesick sometimes, 
but no one should feel sick on finding out 
what's happening at home. 

ALEKSANDER KSIAZKIEWICZ 

Alumnus 

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