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volume XCYUl number 14 ♦ the official student newspaper at I be university of alberta ♦ ♦ 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 


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¬ 
ondary education. 

"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. 



News Writer 

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 
Collections Library. 

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 
tlie press." 

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.” 
















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