volume XCYUl number 14 ♦ the official student newspaper at I be university of alberta ♦ www.lhegatewayonline.ca ♦ thursday. 25 October. 2007
THE EMPEROR'S OLD CLOTHES A donation of over 700 pieces has allowed for an exhibition of 18th-century Chinese garments. Turn to page 4 for the story.
Special Collections library pleases all of the senses
GROWN-UP PICTURE BOOK Library exhibit includes many eye-raising items.
StatsCan releases data
on national tuition fees
NATALIE ClJMEM IAEA
Senior News Editor
Tuition fees in Alberta are now S4.50
above the national average, according
to Statistics Canada’s annual report.
The results, released 18 October,
shows dial for the 2007/08 academic
year. Canadian full-time undergradu¬
ate students will on average (jay 2.8 per
cent more in tuition fees than they did
for the previous year. Alberta's tuition
fees rose by 4.6 per cent.
According to Students - Union Vice-
President (External! Steven Dollansky.
Alberta’s increase is indicative of the
level of investment that the provincial
government is putting into postsec¬
"Albertan learners have seen tuition
rises that have drastically outpaced the
(rational average, [and] the focus on
reducing barriers of access to learners
has not been recognized by the provin¬
cial government as it has been by other
jurisdictions," he said. "As a result, we
are falling behind our peers.”
However. U of A Provost and Vice-
President (Academic) Car! Amrhein
questioned the value of comparing
tuition fees to a national average.
"I think the average is a misleading
number," Amhrein said. He noted that
while Quebec is renowned for having
the lowest tuition levels in the country,
costs such as thedifferential fee levied to
non-Quebec Canadian students study¬
ing in that province make comparing
tuition levels tip front problematic.
However. Zach Churchill, national
director of the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA), said
that having different provinces charge
different tuition fees affects students'
mobility within the country.
Churchill stressed "the importance
of the federal government and the
provincial government taking a lead¬
ership role in assuring that we have
an affordable and accessible postsec¬
ondary system in this country that is
mobile [and] that allows students to
study wherever they want."
Amrhein pointed out that since most
of the niition levels are fairly tightly
clustered around the national average,
he doubts lack of student mobility can
be directly linked to tuition fees
"There’s not a lot of student mobil¬
ity across the provinces to begin with
relat ive to what you would find in say
the US or within the European com¬
munity," Amrhein acknowledged.
PLEASE SEE STATSCAN » PAGES
Not all early 20th century presses
shied away from publishing erotic
reads, as shown in the exhibit Golden
Cockerel’s Polite Erotica: A Legacy of
Endurance and Distinction, now being
featured at the Bruce Peel Special
The exliibit runs from October
2007 until January 2008 and features
a collection of 60 books. According
to Robert Destnarais, assistant special
collections librarian, what stands out
about the Golden Cockerel press was
its ability to add a sensual touch to
each of its publications¬
'll was a luxurious press in many
respects because they produced books
that in many cases had no consid¬
erations for cost. They put in all the
resources that they felt were needed
to have a book that appealed to the
senses.” Desmarais explained.
Not all the works would be consid¬
ered shocking by today’s standards,
but the addition of naked images cre¬
ated quite the scandal among book
collectors at the time they were pub¬
lished. This was particularly promi¬
nent in the religious works in which
stories were enhanced erotically.
Understandably, there were objec¬
tions to depicting religious figures in
such a fashion.
The Golden Cockerel Press pub¬
lished its first book in 1921, and went
on to print over 200 books before
closing in 1961. What began as an
adventure in publishing became
one of the greatest private presses in
Britain. Renowned and condemned
for its racy images, the Cockerel
wisely chose to identify itself as a
printer, rather than a publisher.
The published pieces included lit¬
erary classics and books on travel
or exploration—works like John
Milton’s Paradise Lost, William
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and
Geoffery Chaucer's The Canterbury
Tales, all of which are considered key
books in the collection.
As the books’ popularity spread—
chiefly through word of mouth—
collecting the erotic books liecame
a pursuit of prestige, explained
"The press treated the publications
as literary events, and they were cel¬
ebrated in the media,” Desmarais said.
"Book collectors wanted to own those
works that were particularly loved by
With careful consideration on the
part of the press, only S00 copies of
each book were published. This made
owning a copy that much more pres¬
tigious. According to Desmarais. the
books were thought of as artifacts:
collectors weren’t only interested in
content, they also wanted “an attrac¬
tive binding, beautiful paper, and pre¬
sentation—illustrations, type set. font
choice, and layout."
The books have managed to retain
this value over the ages: earlier this
year, a complete collection was sold
for S397 000 US.
Although the press closed its doors
over 40 years ago. its publications have
not lost their relevance. As Desmarais
explained, there’s something unique
about reading that no other experi¬
ence can match.
’’We’ve become a more technology-
based society, and people want to get
back to material things—things tliat
they can touch, feel, and smell. The
exhibit Ls open to everyone and is
absolutely worth a visit.”
A green awakening
Sustainable growth is all the rage.
Find out how a growing U of A is
attempting to please the planet.
A cold hibernation
Halifax’s Wintersleep attempt to
dodge cpiestions about their tim’d
album. Welcome to the Might Sky: