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Issue No. 19 ■ Volume 103 


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LHSA charges spur 

$10,000 increase 
to SU legal budget 



ZHENGBEN HAO 

Undefeated Bears look 
to secure perfect season 


April Hudson 

NEWS EDITOR■ #APRIL_HUDSON 


The Lister Hall Students' Associa¬ 
tion has officially been charged un¬ 
der the Code of Student Behaviour 
by the University of Alberta, follow¬ 
ing an investigation by Protective 
Services. 


“We think this is a 
really serious issue, and 
we need the best 
of the best.” 

COLTENYAMAGISHI 

PRESIDENT, STUDENTS’UNION 

Due to privacy concerns, the 
nature of the allegations haven't 
been confirmed, but The Gateway 
has obtained evidence that Stu¬ 
dents' Council was asked by the 
SU executives to approve $10,000 
in legal fees during an in camera 


Council session. 

Although SU President Colten 
Yamagishi clarified to Council that 
this money would be an increase 
in their budget and not necessarily 
be given to the LHSA, the ultimate 
argument for the approval of this 
increase was to assist the LHSA 
with legal fees in regards to the case 
against them, which he called an 
"attack on the delegated authority” 
of the SU. 

"When we go into a really com¬ 
plex issue like this, not only do we 
need someone with extensive legal 
background and material, but also 
someone who could advocate for 
the individual in that meeting,” 
Yamagishi explained. 

"We think this is a really serious 
issue, and we need the best of the 
best." 

LHSA President Eric Martin was 
not able to comment on the situa¬ 
tion as of press time, but Yamagi¬ 
shi told councilors that Martin had 


been forbidden to investigate his 
own case. 

"That's what (the Discipline Offi¬ 
cer) told him. They said, 'You can't 
go on the internet, you can't look up 
some of these videos.' These investi¬ 
gations are just ridiculous," he said. 

SU Vice-President (External) Pet¬ 
ros Kusmu added the reason for 
taking the meeting in camera was 
because Martin and his lawyer were 
told not to discuss the topic outside 
their meetings with the Discipline 
Officer. 

"Doing so, they said, would lead to 
a direct investigation into (Martin)," 
Kusmu added. 

Deborah Eerkes, the director for 
the Office of Student Judicial Af¬ 
fairs, said the process for charging 
a student group is nearly identical 
to the one used when charging an 
individual, although she couldn't 
comment on the specific case. 

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Brendan Curley 

SPORTS STAFF -@B_CURLEY 


Heading into the final stages of a per¬ 
fect regular season, the Golden Bears 
volleyball team will play a third Man¬ 
itoba-based team in as many weeks 
when they take on the University of 
Manitoba Bisons this weekend in a 
rematch of last year's Canada West 
semi-final. 

Having secured top spot in the 
Can West conference with Saturday's 
3-0 victory over the University of 
Winnipeg Wesmen, the Bears will be 
looking for their 10th straight series 
sweep this season. Earlier this season, 


Bears starting left center Jay Olmstead 
explained the team wasn't focused on 
going undefeated, and despite taking 
two steps towards that possibility this 
past weekend, he reiterated the same 
sentiment after Saturday's win. 

"We are staying grounded. Obvi¬ 
ously the team is pumped to be un¬ 
defeated up to this point, but the key 
is to remain focused on this next 
weekend," Olmstead said. "If we can 
get two wins against Manitoba then 
it comes down to that last series. But 
we aren't thinking about it until and 
if that happens.” 

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China the key to the future, I-Week speaker says 



CHENLEI ZHANG 


Mona Bai 

NEWS WRITER -@BAIMENGYANG 


When asked whether China will start coloniz¬ 
ing other countries after they dominate the 
world, Tsinghua University visiting professor 
Martin Jacques gives a categorical “no.” 

Part of this year's International Week — an 
annual event full of performances, lectures and 
films — Jacques' keynote presentation did not 
disappoint as the first in a highly-anticipated 
lineup of speakers. 

On Jan. 28, after an introduction from China 
Institute Director Gordon Houlden, Jacques ad¬ 
dressed a packed Myer Horowitz Theatre on a 
topic he knows all too much about: the rise of 
China. His talk shared the title of his best-selling 
book, When China Rules the World. 

The ultimate conclusion of his keynote ad¬ 
dress was, after comparing China's current 
economy to the global economy, that China's 
economic strength will be twice as large as that 
of the US by 2030 — a conclusion he drew from 
two categories, the first being Chinese culture, 
and the second being China's long history. 

“China has never had an overseas em¬ 
pire," he reasoned, expounding on his earlier 
emphatic “no.” 

“Since the Qin Dynasty, they think of them¬ 
selves as the (Middle Kingdom) — so why 
would they colonize?” 

China, according to Jacques, is not a nation¬ 
state like most Western countries. Instead, 
Jacques referred to China as a “civilization- 
state” — a country shaped by its sense of civi¬ 
lization and unity, one of the most important 
political values it has. 

Despite having a population of roughly 1.3 


billion people, an overwhelming majority of 
Chinese people think of themselves as from the 
Han race — something Jacques said is different 
from nation-states. 

Another argument Jacques made was Chi¬ 
na's culture and language are extremely in¬ 
dividual, making it unlikely it will ever adopt 
North American or European politics. 

This, he argued, tied in to the economic 
boom he was predicting. 

“It will be like the 1820s, when China is the 
strongest one in the world," he joked. 

“Welcome to the future: we are going back to 
the past." 

His speech segued into a meet-and-greet, 
where attendees could ask questions about his 
presentation or book. 

Jacques said his interest in China began 
during a holiday he took in 1993 - 

“I went to China, and Malaysia and various 
other countries in East Asia, and then I sort of 
followed it ever since with tremendous inter¬ 
est,” he said. 

"Why China? Although these other countries 


are also rising, China remains hugely the most 
important. China's impact on the world over 
the next 50 years is going to be much greater 
than India's or Brazil's.” 

In the spirit of I-Week's theme, Conscious 
Culture: Finding Paths to a Better World, 
Jacques added that China is eventually going to 
become important for everyone. Jacques said 
this was also why he agreed to give a keynote 
speech during I-Week. 

Amid praise and thanks from those who sat 
in on his talk, he said that, having looked at the 
I-Week program he thinks it's a terrific idea. 

“I think that the University of Alberta's 
commitment to international students, and 
also specifically to Chinese students and try¬ 
ing to find a way of getting the student body 
more interested in China, I think is splendid,” 
he said. 

“At the moment, we are far too ignorant 
about China, and we have got to learn about 
China, and this is absolutely crucial for the 
future of people here, and everywhere ... It's 
absolutely fundamental,” he said. 




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heard a lot about 
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... because I went to 
one of his events be¬ 
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U of A International broadens 


horizons with new certificate 


Michelle Mark 

ONLINE REPORTER-#MAMARKE 


This fall, University of Alberta stu¬ 
dents will have a new opportunity 
to diversify their degrees with an 
embedded credit Certificate in 
International Learning. 

Developed by University of Alber¬ 
ta International and the Faculty of 
Arts, the recently approved certifi¬ 
cate aims to combine academics, co- 
curriculars and cross-cultural activ¬ 
ities to augment students' programs 
with a multicultural framework. 

Students' Union Vice-President 
(Academic) Dustin Chelen said the 
certificate was created in response 
to the demands of an increasingly 
globalized world, and may help give 
students an edge in a competitive 
workforce. 

"I think we're all exposed to the 
influences of what's happening in 
Spain, or what's happening with the 
Chinese, or the Euro region, or the 
Middle East," he said. 

"We're growing up into a world 
where changes halfway across the 
world affect us, and so as university 
students, I think we want to be able 
to go out to the working world and 
say, 'Hey, I understand at least part 
of how this industry or this province 
fits into a global context."' 

The certificate will be open to 
students in all faculties, and is ex¬ 
pected to reach an enrolment of 200 
students each year. 

Students will be required to com¬ 
plete at least four courses with a 
global or cultural focus, gain cul¬ 
tural competency, complete a cap¬ 
stone project and participate in an 
intercultural experience. 

"What's really cool about a certifi¬ 
cate program is any student who can 
find room for those four courses and 
an international experience in their 



AROUND THE WORLD The U of A embraces globalization. 


PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: HEATHER RICHARDS 


degree ... they have an opportunity 
to get their certificate,” Chelen said. 

"I think there are lots of students 
that say, T want to learn more about 
a particular part of the world, or 
what globalization is or means, but I 
don't know how.' This provides real¬ 
ly good direction; it says, Take some 
courses, study and work abroad, 
build cultural competency and tie 
those things together.'" 

Nancy Hannemann, Director of 
Global Education for University of 
Alberta International, said the re¬ 
quirement that students participate 
in an intercutural experience was a 
particular departure from traditional 
program demands. 

"One of the things that's very 
unique about this certificate is that 
it includes experiential learning, 
which is what you don't find in 
other certificates on campus for the 
most part," she said. 

Hannemann said whether stu¬ 
dents opt to go abroad, work within 
the local multicultural commu¬ 
nity or even spend a year living in 


International House on campus, 
they can still fulfill the experiential 
learning component of the certifi¬ 
cate, which she says was deliber¬ 
ately designed to include students 
whose financial circumstances 
may not permit extensive travel 
abroad. 

She added that it was the expe¬ 
riential learning component that 
may ultimately make students more 
marketable to future employers. 

"While we were developing the 
certificate, we talked to employ¬ 
ers ... and they were saying that if 
they would see this on a student's 
resume, that they would be more in¬ 
terested in talking to them in terms 
of further employment,” she said. 

"A lot of companies are doing 
work internationally, and the objec¬ 
tive of the certificate — especially 
because of the experiential learning 
— is to indicate to people that our 
students are competent in terms of 
relating with people of other cul¬ 
tures and being able to work with 
them.” 


$14 million grant funds research infrastructure 


Michelle Mark 

ONLINE REPORTER ■ #MAMARKE 


Four innovative research projects at 
the University of Alberta will be re¬ 
ceiving a boost from the federal gov¬ 
ernment with a new $14 million in¬ 
vestment in research infrastructure. 

The U of A is one of 34 other in¬ 
stitutions across Canada that will 
altogether receive $215 million from 
the Government of Canada through 
the Canadian Foundation for In¬ 
novation (CFI) for various research 
projects. 

Associate Vice-President (Re¬ 
search) Renee Elio said each of the 
four projects at the U of A that have 
secured the funding are building on 
already-established projects that 
have received prior investments. 

"The emphasis was to sustain 
previous investments. New invest¬ 
ments, new infrastructure could be 
made and put in place, but there was 
this emphasis on 'How have we in¬ 
vested in you so far? And what have 
you delivered?"' Elio explained. 

"We're very happy with the suc¬ 
cess, because each one of these teams 
had to really say to the reviewers ... 
that the team has delivered; there has 
been good value for the investment." 

Although the federal government 
has already committed to funding 
these projects, the total amount 
of money they will provide only 
amounts to 40 per cent of each proj¬ 
ect's total cost. The Alberta govern¬ 
ment is being asked to match the 40 
per cent, leaving each research team 
to cover the final 20 per cent. 


"The remaining 20 per cent is 
often covered by other sources, 
including relationships with the 
vendors supplying the equipment, 
university in kind,” Elio said. 

"You can whittle down that 20 per 
cent in these other kinds of ways. 
Professors and researchers might 
have other grants that they each, in 
principle, could be kicking in $15,000 
from each one of those. So it's a real 
array of ways in which a team comes 
up with that extra 20 per cent.” 


id 


It sounds trite to say, 
but you have to give 
smart people the things 
they need to make a 
difference in their field.” 


RENEE ELIO 

ASSOCIATE VICE-PRESIDENT (RESEARCH) 


The projects being funded include 
one led by biomedical engineering 
professor Christian Beaulieu for the U 
of A Centre for Functional, Structural, 
and Metabolic In Vivo Imaging of Dis¬ 
ease, which will receive $5,500,000, 
and another led by chemical and ma¬ 
terials engineering professor Kenneth 
Cadien for Energy Materials Charac¬ 
terization and Control (EMC2), which 
will get $3,986,163. 

Other recipients include associate 
professor Vivian Mushahwar's team 
from the Centre for Neural Interfac¬ 
es and Rehabilitation Neuroscience 
and Renewable Resources professor 
Sylvie Quideau's team from SIFER, 


an isotope research facility, who 
will be receiving $3,076,491 and 
$1,478,111, respectively. 

Elio said each project is being run 
by a multi-investigator team with 
multiple professors, post-doctorate 
fellows, graduate students and 
even undergraduates and interns 
working on research. 

"This infrastructure supports not 
what one individual is doing, but 
really provide core facilities that 
support a broad range of research 
agendas ... It is powering a lot, not 
just professor's projects,” she said. 

Elio said this type of funding from 
the federal and provincial govern¬ 
ments is necessary to maintain Can¬ 
ada's global competitiveness in the 
sciences, and that a major challenge 
going forward will be to sustain the 
country's sciences and innovation 
infrastructure. 

"It sounds trite to say, but you 
have to give smart people the things 
they need to make a difference in 
their field. If you don't, they will go 
someplace else, but if you give them 
what they need ... they'll make an 
impact," she said. 

"I can't imagine what could re¬ 
sult, or what is envisioned to result 
from neuroscience rehabilitation 
medicine. But I think the research 
teams do have a vision for what they 
can achieve with these things. And 
that's really where the investment is 
being made — it's being made in the 
quality of people, (and) what they've 
really done in the past." 


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Summit reaches out to students 
on local sustainability issues 



Michelina Pagliuso 

NEWS STAFF 


Post-secondary students across Ed¬ 
monton were invited to attend the 
third annual Student Sustainability 
Summit last week to explore issues 
related to sustainability both on and 
off campus. 

The event, which ran Jan. 25 to 26, 
brought together students, campus 
organizations and community lead¬ 
ers in the Edmonton Clinic Health 
Academy (ECHA) building for a se¬ 
ries of discussions and workshops 
centring on sustainability. Accord¬ 
ing to Lisa Dockman, the program 
lead for the U of As Office of Sus¬ 
tainability, the summit intended to 
give students information as well as 
an opportunity to build skills to fa¬ 
cilitate sustainability initiatives in 
their communities. 

"It's a time for people to come to¬ 
gether, to learn together, to bring 
in community leaders who have 
some experience in non-profits, in 
environmental NGOs... and provide 
that guidance, inspiration and skill 
development,” Dockman said. 

The event was the result of col¬ 
laboration between the Student 
Umbrella for Social Justice (SUSJ), 
Sustain SU and the Office of Sus¬ 
tainability, and featured sessions 
addressing issues from social jus¬ 
tice to campus sustainability and 
community leadership. 

Dockman said sustainability is 
often referred to within an environ¬ 
mental context, but the social and 
economic components are also in¬ 
tegral to a balanced understanding 
of sustainability issues. 

"We hear a lot about recycling and 
waste, which are very important 
parts of sustainability, but things 
like the summit are opportunities to 
broaden that definition for people,” 
she added. 

The Student Sustainability 


Summit offered talks from local 
community leaders, including a 
keynote address on economic in¬ 
equality from Trevor Harrison, di¬ 
rector of the Parkland Institute and 
a professor at the University of Leth¬ 
bridge. The event schedule also in¬ 
cluded Social Justice 101 — a work¬ 
shop run by SUSJ, which introduced 
students to the concept of social 
responsibility and sustainability. 

"I look at it as the interactions be¬ 
tween people in our society, in our 
community, and making sure that 
those interactions are not harm¬ 
ing others, and that we're creat¬ 
ing a society that is healthy and 
livable for everyone,” said Elauna 
Boutwell, SUSJ representative and 
co-presenter of the session. 

Boutwell said making simple 
changes, such as sourcing fair trade 
providers for everyday goods in¬ 
cluding coffee and tea, is one of the 
ways students can support social 
sustainability. 

"We don't need to necessarily 
hinder the way we live in uplifting 
people on the other end,” she added. 

Speakers including Jessie Radies 
from Live Local Alberta, who dis¬ 
cussed the importance of sup¬ 
porting local businesses and the 
local economy, emphasized the 
importance of local engagement 


and community support as a key 
element of sustainability. Areni 
Kelleppan, the executive director of 
Sustainable Food Edmonton, also 
advocated for community engage¬ 
ment, offering processes for main¬ 
taining sustainability initiatives 
that are community-led. 

"I think that local piece is won¬ 
derful because it makes it really 
relevant. You have people who are 
talking from your backyard; they're 
Edmontonians and they're working 
with organizations that are mak¬ 
ing Edmonton a more sustainable 
place,” Dockman said. 

Though the Student Sustainabil¬ 
ity Summit is only in its third year, 
the event has expanded consider¬ 
ably and now attracts many local 
students interested in learning 
more about sustainability and how 
they can get involved. 

Part of Dockman's hope is that the 
Student Sustainability Summit will 
inspire students to go out and ap¬ 
ply their knowledge and the skills 
they've developed over the course 
of the event. 

"I think the take-home message 
for the students that attend the sum¬ 
mit is that they feel inspired and 
enabled to be leaders in sustainabil¬ 
ity within their own communities,” 
she said. 


University devotes $2 million to online vision 


Michelle Mark 

ONLINE REPORTER■ #MAMARKF 


In the spirit of the ongoing race to 
emerge as a national leader in the 
field of online learning, the Univer¬ 
sity of Alberta has recently released 
a report from its Online Visioning 
Committee. 

The report includes nine recom¬ 
mendations aimed at bolstering the 
university's overall online presence, 
integrating digital strategies and tech¬ 
nologies into students' learning expe¬ 
riences, and beginning to provide the 
U of A's first free online courses. 

Dustin Chelen, a member of the 
committee and the Students’ Union 
Vice-President (Academic), said the 
report was first commissioned by U 
of A President Indira Samarasekera 
as a scan of the university’s current 
online learning environment. 

"We started off and we surveyed 
what ... other universities (are) do¬ 
ing. What are other online learn¬ 
ing projects like? And so we looked 
at different Massive Open Online 
Course (MOOC) providers, like 
Coursera, Khan Academy, Udac- 
ity and the edX project,” Chelen 
explained. 

"We took a look at those, and we 
took a look at what the strengths of 
the University of Alberta (are) ... I 
think the Visioning Committee re¬ 
port that came out is the one that said 
not just, 'How are we going to be like 
every MOOC provider?' but instead, 
'How do we better use technology to 


serve current students?’ ” 

The U of A will soon be embark¬ 
ing on pilot projects to implement 
the recommendations, and Chelen 
said that among the first changes 
students can expect to see will be an 
online introductory paleontology 
course, which will ideally be avail¬ 
able for free starting in Fall 2013. 

He added that while the universi¬ 
ty is also looking at providing other 
science-related courses, ongoing ef¬ 
forts will need to be made to ensure 
technologies and course content 
stay current. 


“(We’ll be) revising 
courses, creating new 
courses and figuring out 
what really works best.” 

DUSTIN CHELEN 
STUDENTS’ UNION VICE-PRESIDENT (ACADEMIC) 

"I think part of the long-term vi¬ 
sion for this project is to try and stay 
up to date with changes in technolo¬ 
gy and continue to provide students 
with different resources online to 
enhance their learning,” he said. 

"(We'll be) revising courses, cre¬ 
ating new courses and figuring out 
what really works best. What will 
help students learn the most? What 
do students like the most? I think 
there's an exciting opportunity to 
say, 'How do we really make the best 
use of what we have?' ” 

Although the university has 


announced that the recommenda¬ 
tions will be supported by $2 mil¬ 
lion in funding, Chelen said find¬ 
ing resources for the projects may 
prove difficult for the university 
— especially with recent cuts to the 
university budget. 

"I think part of it involves a long¬ 
term funding strategy. How exactly 
can we pay to keep up-to-date with 
technology?” he said. 

"They've found money and they 
see value in supporting teaching 
and learning through technology, 
which is great.” 

Despite cost concerns, Chelen said 
the U of A has at least made prog¬ 
ress by competing with other Cana¬ 
dian universities who have recently 
joined up with MOOC providers to 
enhance students' learning. 

“I'm really hopeful that ... stu¬ 
dents will start to see professors 
with a different arsenal of teaching 
skills, who are more comfortable 
starting class discussions, or more 
comfortable trying a unique assess¬ 
ment method or putting a lecture 
online,” he said. 

"I think there are lots of really 
cool possibilities for improving 
teaching, and I think that this is a 
$2 million committment to saying, 
'Hey, we want to improve what we 
do using technology and the staff 
that we have.'” 

Several other members of the 
Online Visioning Committee were 
contacted, but declined to provide 
comment until a later date. 








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First-edition Pride and Prejudice wows viewers 

Original copy of classic novel worth $250,000 gives literary historians and librarians new insight into life of women writers in the 19th century 



DAN MCKECHNIE 


Katelyn Hoffart 

STAFF REPORTER-fKATELYNHOFFART 


"It is a truth universally acknowl¬ 
edged that a single man, in posses¬ 
sion of a good fortune, must be in 
want of a wife.” 

This famous line, beginning Jane 
Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice , 
is written in vintage type inside 
a rare original copy on display at 
the Bruce Peel Special Collections 
Library at the University of Alberta. 

The book will sit on display for 
the next week in the small but im¬ 
pressive library in the basement of 
Rutherford South, in celebration of 
the 200th year since the story was 
first published. 


“In many ways these 
books, these women 
writers, were trying to 
get their readers to re¬ 
imagine the way women 
could live and be in the 

world.” 

LINDA QUIRK 

BRUCE PEEL ASSISTANT SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIAN 

The captivating tale of Mr. Darcy 
and Elizabeth Bennet has been 
read for generations — two equally 
stubborn individuals with nega¬ 
tive perceptions about each oth¬ 
er, based on their own pride and 
prejudice. Austen's clever writing 
takes the reader into their lives 
through a series of mishaps, be¬ 
fore Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy even¬ 
tually move past their flaws and 


develop a romance. 

This particular edition on dis¬ 
play was printed in London in 1813 
as a set of three volumes, all in 
remarkably good condition. 

"We don't actually know how the 
book was acquired, but we do know 
that it came to the (circulating) col¬ 
lection about 25 years ago," said 
Robert Desmarais, head of the Bruce 
Peel Special Collections Library. 

"Jeannine Green was the former 
head of Special Collections and she 
was just doing some weeding, so she 
was in the Rutherford North Library 
going through books and discovered 
that this was in the open stacks.” 

Because of the limited space 
in the Special Collections library, 
sometimes books dating after the 
18th century can still be catalogued 
under a regular collection. 

The books are now bound with 
marble boards where leather was 
once attached to the spine and 
corners of the outer cover. 

Local period bookbinder and 
book restorer Alex McGuckin also 
crafted a beautiful casing for all 
three volumes using traditional 
materials. This book plating was 
commissioned as a memorial for U 
of A English professor Bruce Stovel, 
an Austen scholar who passed away 
suddenly in 2007. 

First edition copies of this book 
have been known to sell for nearly 
$250,000, as opposed to the approx¬ 
imate 18 pence it would have sold 
for back when it was published. 

Bruce Peel Assistant Special Col¬ 
lections Librarian Linda Quirk 
noted those who were part of an 
emerging middle class and higher 
up on the social hierarchy would 


have purchased these books two 
centuries away. 

"Books were quite expensive then 
... decades later, when Dickens be¬ 
came popular, part of why Charles 
Dickens sold so well is because his 
books were available in parts that 
were more affordable," Quirk said. 

She said one of the reasons Aus¬ 
ten's work is still revered is because 
it reflects a time when women were 
emerging as major writers, such as 
Mary Shelley with her masterpiece, 
Frankenstein. 

Both these authors published 
under a male pseudonym in order 
to get their work published in a 


male-dominated publishing industry. 

"Each major character in this book 
is not only not a perfect, beautiful 
sort of formal person that women 
were supposed to be in some way at 
that point of time — she was a truly 
flawed character — but also one 
who's very smart and very well moti¬ 
vated to come take charge of her own 
life,” Quirk explained. 

"In many ways, these books, these 
women writers, were trying to get 
their readers to re-imagine the way 
women could live and be in the 
world.” 

Not only is the public allowed to 
view the book, but they can also 


turn the pages themselves — pro¬ 
vided they remain in the library 
and take extra caution while read¬ 
ing through the book, especially 
ensuring their hands are clean. 

The book has generated such an 
interest from the public that wait¬ 
ing lists have been drawn up to 
view it. Quirk said for some peo¬ 
ple, it has been "almost a religious 
thing,” noting how moved some 
were by being able to hold and 
experience an original copy. 

"From our perspective, first edi¬ 
tion means something. It means 
that you're touching history," 
Desmarais said. 


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New strain of barley could 
grow in drought conditions 



PHILIPPE DE MONTIGNY 


Philippe de Montigny 

NEWS WRITER-@MPDEMONTI " 


Beer buffs and barley breeders may 
rejoice now that University of Al¬ 
berta scientists have pinpointed a 
gene that could allow barley to grow 
using less water. 

Driven by the drought that hit 
Canada's prairie regions in 2002 
and cut Alberta's average crop yield 
in half, researcher Anthony Anyia 
of Alberta Innovates — Technol¬ 
ogy Futures and soil scientist Scott 
Chang were determined to find seg¬ 
ments in the genetic makeup of bar¬ 
ley called molecular markers, which 
control its water efficiency. 

"Our goal was to produce more 
grains per drop of water — that is, 
to maximize crop productivity, giv¬ 
en (a) limited water supply,” Chang 
explained. 

"This particular work is really to 
try to develop a tool that will help 
barley breeders select the genotypes 
that use water more efficiently.” 

While similar research was also 
conducted on other major crops 
including wheat, oats and flax fi¬ 
bres, Anyia and Chang decided in 
2005 to focus on barley, given its 
importance in Alberta agriculture. 
Used for malt beer and livestock 
fodder, this Canadian staple is the 
third most widely-grown crop in the 
Prairies, after wheat and canola. 

Anyia likened the research to 
an iPhone application. Much like 
choosing an app on a smartphone, 
specific traits are also targeted in 
the breeding process to generate 
new varieties of barley. 

"Maybe this is the GPS, so that it 
can help navigate more water that is 
available for it to grow,” Anyia said. 

"You can put in the water efficien¬ 
cy trait, disease resistance ... those 
are all 'applications' that you need 
to combine so that the plant is able 
to function in the environment in 
which you want it to function." 

To pinpoint the precise location 
of the desired genes, Chang, Any¬ 
ia and their former PhD student, 
Jing Chen, tested a long-standing 
theory which suggested plants' 
discrimination against heavier car¬ 
bon isotopes is correlated to their 


water-use efficiency. 

"In drought conditions, the sto¬ 
mata on the leaves tend to close,” 
explained Chang, referring to the 
microscopic pores on plant leaves 
responsible for the exchange of gas¬ 
es. These pores seal up in dry envi¬ 
ronments, preventing excess water 
loss — a natural reaction to thwart 
the exchange of carbon dioxide 
necessary for photosynthesis. 

During photosynthesis, plants 
usually "discriminate” in favour 
of CO2 containing the lighter iso¬ 
tope, Carbon-12. However, when 
moisture is scarce, plants rely more 
heavily on Carbon-13. During their 
research, the team discovered that 
for barley, these differences in iso¬ 
topic discrimination are highly 
correlated with how well the plant 
salvages water. 

"Every time, there was a re¬ 
ally good relationship between 
stable isotope discrimination and 
water-use efficiency,” Chang said. 

Conventially, selecting genotypes 
with water-efficient characteristics 
is a long, costly process involving 
growing plants over a few genera¬ 
tions, quantifying grain production 


and budgeting water and biomass 
with specialized tools. That process 
currently takes between 10 and 15 
years. 

However, in this study, Anyia and 
Chang identified molecular markers 
which, once refined and validated, 
can be used in breeding programs to 
fast-track the barley genotypes less 
dependent on water, and therefore 
better fit the Prairies' climate. 

"You definitely want a plant that 
is smart — that knows when to open 
and when to close its stomata,” 
Anyia explained. 

"It is possible with this tool to 
design a strain that performs really 
well when moisture is sufficient, 
and the traits of water-use efficien¬ 
cy only kick in when conditions 
become poor.” 

Molecular marker refinement 
could take two or three years, once 
funding is in place, and the re¬ 
searchers are hoping public interest 
will help secure funds for the next 
stage of development. 

"We want to be able to show that 
this is something that is going to 
be stable, repeated and that can be 
reliably used,” Anyia said. 


Confidential meeting addresses charges 
against LHSA, sparks legal fees increase 


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She added decisions are made on 
a case-by-case basis to protect the 
integrity of the unviersity's pro¬ 
cesses, but that it's extremely un¬ 
likely a student would be forbidden 
from even revealing the fact they've 
been charged. 

"I don't know that anyone would 
ever be prohibited,” she said. "Again, 
I don't know the circumstances, so 
it would be really hard to comment 
on that, but typically, no.” 

Once evidence is compiled and a 
case is built, Eerkes said the accused 
party is brought in for a meeting. 

"That group, or student or who¬ 
ever it is, has the opportunity to 
respond to the evidence, to provide 
other documentation, if there's 
something about that evidence that 
stands out as either incorrect or in¬ 
complete, that student group can 
say so. And then the Discipline Offi¬ 
cer does further investigation,” she 
explained. 

"All of our decisions are ap¬ 
pealable, and everything else, the 


process is pretty much the same. Ev¬ 
eryone has a right to hear the case 
against them, to provide some sort 
of information or defense, bring 
an advisor, all of those things,” 
Eerkes said. 


“In terms of 
everything that's going 
on, we are not in the 
know, because (Martin) 
has not been able to tell 
us anything.” 

SAADIOSUMAR 

STUDENTS’ UNION VICE-PRESIDENT (STUDENT LIFE) 

When asked for comment, SU 
Vice-President (Student Life) Saadiq 
Sumar said Martin was the best 
person to comment on the matter. 

"In terms of everything that's go¬ 
ing on, we are not in the know, be¬ 
cause (Martin) has not been able to 
tell us anything,” he said. 


"Everything that we know, 
Council knows." 

When asked during the in cam¬ 
era session why the SU isn't going 
through the ombudservice, Sumar 
told councillors he believes they 
have exhausted all other avenues of 
action. 

"The reason why I believe the om¬ 
budservice would not do anyone 
justice, really, is that we believe the 
system itself, the Code itself is not 
written in a manner that is good for 
students,” he said. 

A statement from the U of A said 
it would be inappropriate for the 
university to comment on the pro¬ 
ceeds of an in camera meeting, and 
that the university does not disclose 
particulars of discipline cases. 

"Respecting the due process rights 
of students and student groups, as 
well as ensuring the integrity of the 
discipline process, is of the utmost 
importance,” the statement read. 

Council voted to pass the $10,000 
increase, with nine abstentions and 
zero against. 


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news briefs 


compiled by April Hudson 


UofAEscalator.com informs students 

Students frustrated by the seem¬ 
ingly endless out-of-service esca¬ 
lators at the University of Alberta 
now have a new website they can 
reference when wondering which 
ones are running and which are 
down for maintenance. 

The newly created UofAEscal- 
ator.com page, linked directly to 
an @UofAEscalator Twitter acc¬ 
ount, offers nearly up-to-the 
minute updates on the status of 
the U of A's escalators. 

Professor named city’s new top doctor 

A new medical director was 
appointed last week for the 
Edmonton zone, after interim top 
doctor Tom Noseworthy returned 
to his job as associate chief 
medical doctor. 

David Mador, a professor at the 
University of Alberta, will begin 
his term as the city region's top 
doctor on April l, 2013. 

This decision comes as the 
result of a "thorough and robust” 
national search for a replacement, 
according to an information memo 
distributed by Alberta Health 
Services to all AHS Practitioners. 

"Dr. Mador has been practicing 
full-time as a urologic surgeon 


in Edmonton, while maintaining 
his status as an Associate Clinical 
Professor in the Department 
of Surgery at the University of 
Alberta and has been the recipient 
of several medical student and res¬ 
ident teaching awards,” the memo 
explained. 

Mador has nearly 30 years of 
clinical experience, and has held 
numerous leadership positions in 
the past within the former Capital 
Health Authority, including Chief 
of Surgery and later Medical 
Director of the Royal Alexandra 
Hospital. 

U of A business school in global top 100 

The Alberta School of Business 
received worldwide recognition 
this week when it appeared in the 
2013 Financial Times of London's 
list of the top 100 business schools 
in the world. 

Including privately and publicly 
funded institutions, the school 
ranked 33rd globally for research, 
71st for its PhD program, and sits in 
100th place for its MBA. 

Placed alongside other Canadian 
schools including the U of T, McGill 
and York, the Alberta School of 
Business also shares this list with 
prestigious institutions such as 
the London Business School and 
the Harvard Business School. 











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journalists from ATI requests 


OF THE WEEK 



WAUNEITA INVADED 


Tuesday night’s Wauneita Initiations 
were interrupted by this group of 
“intergrationalists” demanding egual 
rights for men. The unidentified 
blanketed object was rumoured to be 
Betty Robertson, past Wauneita 
president and vice-president of the 

Student’s Union. 



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Matthew Guite 

THE CONCORDIAN (CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY) 


MONTREAL (CUP) — McGill Uni- 
versity has filed a motion that 
would grant it the ability to deny 
access to information (ATI) re¬ 
quests from The McGill Daily , The 
Link , the website McGilliLeaked 
and any known associates of these 
organizations, among others, in 
response to what the university is 
describing as a “complex system of 
repetitious and abusive requests” 
for information. 

According to the Canadian Ac¬ 
cess to Information Act, publicly- 
funded, government-run institu¬ 
tions including universities are 
required to release certain docu¬ 
ments to the public when officially 
requested. 

The McGill Daily reported on Jan. 
19 that the university had filed a 
motion to the Commission d'acces 
a l'information, the provincial body 
which oversees access to informa¬ 
tion requests, claiming that the ATI 
requests were set up “as a retalia¬ 
tion measure against McGill in the 
aftermath of the 2011-2012 student 
protests.” 

The motions, which names 14 re¬ 
spondents, seeks the authority to 
disregard current information re¬ 
quests and any future requests 
made by the respondents or any 
person who can be linked to them, 
essentially barring the individuals 
named from ever submitting ATI 
requests to McGill. 

It also seeks the right to deny 


future requests on a variety of sub¬ 
jects, including military research 
and mining investments. Future 
requests could also be denied if they 
were found to be “overly broad,” 
“frivolous” or if they target “trivial 
documents and information.” 

McGill's motion claims that the 
respondents set up a "complex 
system” via repeated ATI requests, 
which the university describes as 
repetitious and abusive. It also 
argues that responding to the re¬ 
quests would represent “serious 
impediments to (the university's) 
activities." 

McGill student Christopher 
Bangs, the founder of the website 
McGilliLeaked and one of the re¬ 
spondents involved in the case, told 
The Concordian that he was not 
only worried about the motion it¬ 
self, but also about the motivations 
behind it. 

"We've had a lot of complaints 
— not just from McGill students, 
but from a lot of members from the 
McGill community — about how 
ATI requests are handled,” he said. 

“We've all had trouble with it, but 
the fact that they're going to take 
this extreme step at this point makes 
us wonder about their commitment 
to ensuring both an open dialogue 
and access to information.” 

Bangs also contested the sugges¬ 
tion that the 14 respondents were 
operating in collaboration while 
filing their requests. 

“There were 14 of us in this 
motion, and the 14 of us did not 
coordinate our motions," he said. 


"We did not submit them togeth¬ 
er, we did not have some sort of se¬ 
cret plan to bring down the univer¬ 
sity through access to information 
requests, so the fact that they were 
all submitted at the same time does 
not give McGill University the right 
to deny not only those requests but 
also all future requests we might 
make." 

Julie Fortier, associate director 
for McGill's media relations office, 
explained the motion is based on 
current law, which allows ATI re¬ 
cipients the right to not answer a re¬ 
quest if it breaks certain rules, and 
that the ATI requests in question fall 
into these categories. 

“There are provisions within the 
law on access to information that 
allow an organization to make (a) 
request to the commission to not 
reply to certain requests when 
these are abusive by their nature, 
when they're systematic or repeti¬ 
tive or when they could seriously 
disrupt normal activities — and we 
thought that this was the case,” she 
explained. 

Fortier added that prior to this 
motion, the ATI requests in question 
were not rejected and that future re¬ 
quests would be denied if they were 
considered to be of the same nature 
as those listed in the motion. 

The Concordian contacted Con¬ 
cordia's Media Relations Director, 
Chris Mota, for comment on the 
nature, depth and number of ATI 
requests Concordia has received, 
but Mota said the school could not 
comment on the matter. 


Binary star explosions seen from Earth 


April Hudson 

NEWS EDITOR■@APRIL_HUDSON 


Although it sounds more like some¬ 
thing from a science fiction movie 
than from a University of Alberta 
study, researchers have now discov¬ 
ered that the light from binary stars 

— two stars in very close proximity 

— can be observed in galaxies far, 
far away. 

The research comes from theo¬ 
retical astrophysicist Natalia Ivanova 
and her PhD student, Jose Luis Aven- 
dano Nandez, and debunks the pre¬ 
viously-held notion that the explo¬ 
sion from two merging binary stars 
cannot be seen from our planet. 

“(Our research) is about a special 
phase in the life of binary stars — 
two stars so close to each other that 
one of them starts to rotate or orbit 
inside the envelope of another star. 
They kind of share that envelope, 
(which is) why we call this space a 
'common envelope' space,” Ivanova 
explained. 

“This stage is not stable. It cannot 
go on for a long time, it's pretty fast, 
and as a result of this stage, two stars 
either merge into one single star, 


or the envelope runs away, leaving 
behind a very (complex) binary.” 

Ivanova was the first to discover 
what the result of that "common en¬ 
velope” event, an energy discharge 
that takes the form of a bright light 
and can take days or centuries to 
complete, looks like. 


“During this event, 
some part of the envelope 
will start to recombine, 
and that will produce a 
very bright light curve 
which can be seen from 
very far away.” 

NATALIA IVANOVA 

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA THEORETICAL ASTROPHYSICIST 

“What we've been trying to look 
for is an observational signature of 
this event. We've been trying to put 
better constraints on how we under¬ 
stand this phase — it was believed 
in the past that it would not be pos¬ 
sible to observe this event, because 
some people thought it would be 


much dimmer than what we found,” 
she explained. 

“In our study, we found that dur¬ 
ing this event, some part of the en¬ 
velope will start to recombine, and 
that will produce a very bright light 
curve which can be seen from very 
far away. That allows us now to ob¬ 
serve those events as they happen 
from distant galaxies.” 

Ivanova said the binary star en¬ 
velope is the event that “informs” 
many other binaries, including x- 
ray binaries and gravitational wave 
binaries. 

As the lead researcher on the 
paper, which was published about 
her findings in the journal Science, 
Ivanova is also a Canada Research 
Chair in astronomy and astrophysics. 

“I have always been interested in 
binary stars, and it just happened. I 
mean, in science, you don't get into 
some research when you just think 
that you (do) — you do what you 
like, and then at some point you just 
find (something) interesting,” she 
explained. 

“I was just trying to do some 
of the most challenging stuff as I 
understand it.” 










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Email 

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EDITORIAL COMMENT 


Secret SU spending 
Justified without 
substantive reasons 

"DUE DILIGENCE,” “GOOD GOVERNANCE" AND— MY PERSONAL 
favourite — “accountability” are noble-sounding concepts recklessly 
tossed around Students' Council debates under the pretence that any 
semblance of respect for what they truly mean wasn't locked outside the 
first time they went in camera and left to rot all year. 

Students' Council approved a $10,000 increase to the Students' 
Union's legal fees budget line last week. Predictably, all debate happened 
in camera , meaning they're not allowed to talk about why they wanted 
the increase. 

Leaks happen — which is a good thing when a body representing the 
members of the Students' Union consistently silences itself publicly for 
less than necessary reasons. This time, files obtained by The Gateway 
show Students' Union executives expressly begging Council to approve 
this increase to essentially help LHSA President Eric Martin with Code of 
Student Behaviour charges against the group. 

While they made certain to specify that an increase to the legal line 
would allow them to use it for whatever they might need it for, Martin, 
under “tremendous pressure” was the primary justification. 

According to the executive, Martin was told he could not talk about 
this with anyone but his lawyer. Doing so would trigger an investigation 
into him personally. Hence the secrecy — just like anything else involv¬ 
ing Lister this year. 

If true, then the university is surely overstepping its bounds on what 
a person facing charges can and cannot do. You can't simply charge a 
group with something, inform a single person from that group that the 
charges are being placed, and then prohibit him from telling anyone 
anything — even, as the Students' Union executive claimed, his own 
executive. 

As far as disciplinary cases go at this university, somebody facing 
charges, even on behalf of a group, is not going to be prohibited from 
mentioning at least the fact that they are facing charges. At best, this is 
perhaps a misunderstanding. Given that the charges against the group 
likely include specific charges against individuals, Martin could well 
have been told, or asked, not to divulge information about those spe¬ 
cific individuals, which is quite reasonable. Until proven guilty of the 
charges, those students have a certain right to privacy. 

Whatever happened, somewhere along the line the story changed, 
resulting in the story Council was sold: Martin was bearing the burden 
of this whole situation entirely alone, a poor lonely student being bul¬ 
lied by a malicious administration set on taking down the LHSA, and we 
have to support him by increasing our legal fee line right now, and we 
can't give you any real information but expect you to make a snap deci¬ 
sion completely in secret because if he goes public with his story he'll be 
investigated personally. 

It's worth discussing the merits of supporting a student group facing 
Code of Student Behaviour charges, but that group should have to jus¬ 
tify why it needs that help. The group should have to explain why the 
charges are bogus and why money from fee-paying students both cur¬ 
rent, former and never Lister residents are best used to defend them. 
And above all, this needs to be public every time. Because it's only under 
public scrutiny that anything Council coughs up actually has a hope of 
getting fairly evaluated. 

Council was told little to nothing regarding the actual charges. It 
seems that if the justification for doing yet one more thing with your 
money in secret ends with the claim that Martin was prohibited from 
discussing even that the LHSA was facing charges and that he as their 
representative bore all the burden. 

If those facts are true, they need to be public immediately. There is 
nothing $10,000 for legal fees can do that overwhelming public pressure 
can't do faster. Call that bluff of a personal investigation, Martin. They 
can't successfully charge you with something they have no evidence of 
you doing. And when they fail, you'll be up there along with Students' 
Union President Colten Yamagishi — the heroes of Lister Hall who 
brought down the tyrannical administration. 

But having investigated the investigation process, it seems unlikely 
that the situation is as it was portrayed in camera. It could be anything 
from a misunderstanding to an outright lie, but Council made a deci¬ 
sion based upon incomplete or misleading information. Had they had 
the time to investigate for themselves the process of Code of Student 
Behaviour charges before having to make this decision, perhaps they 
could have talked to the Office of Judicial Affairs and then talked to 
Martin. 

They could have returned to the debate two weeks later and endea¬ 
voured to do so publicly, rather than agreed to the demands of the 
Students' Union executive in secret, under tremendous pressure and 
forbidden to talk about it publicly. 

Instead, due diligence, good governance and accountability failed to 
make a comeback again. 


Ryan Bromsgrove 

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 


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letters to the editor 


RATT ruins an evening 

Last Saturday night, prior to attend¬ 
ing Dance Motif, friends and I 
decided to stop by RATT to have a 
bite and a beer. Little did we know 
the adventure we were about to 
embark on. 

Two of our friends arrived early 
and ordered their food. My spouse 
and I, showing up a half hour later, 
placed our orders noting that our 
friends had yet to receive theirs 
twenty minutes after we had placed 
our order. Wondering what was 
going on, I went to a staff member 
who informed us, at the table a few 
minutes later, that the kitchen was 
backed up and the food would be out 
shortly. 

First shock: there was only about 
ten people in the whole place when 
we ordered and most were eating. 
One of our party is a short-order 
cook and wondered aloud what was 
going on! 

Second shock: a few minutes 
later, our server came to our table to 
inform us that our friends' order had 
never been registered! Our server 
again took their order and off she 
went. 

Third shock: the food arrived. I 
had ordered sweet potato fries, vege¬ 
table spring rolls and salt and pepper 
wings. Save for the wings, which 
were all right even though they 
were sans salt and pepper, the sweet 
potato fries were at the same time 
uncooked and burnt, and the vegeta¬ 
ble spring rolls were so imbued with 
oil that once bitten, they gushed hot 
oil. My partner's club was limp and 
flavourless. The other party's food 


was okay however really not condu¬ 
cive to a return visit. 

Thirty three dollars of a mostly 
uneaten meal later, including the 
occasional beer which took its time 
to make it over to the table, and com¬ 
plaints which only elicited blank 
stares, we left. I would like to point 
out something that made me smile 
though: I asked for a side of mayo. 
The bartender brought it over stat¬ 
ing they usually charge for it but she 
slipped it out of the kitchen. Really? 
With the rather poor service and 
questionable food, the mayo would 
have us forgive it all? 

As we made our way to the theatre, 
wanting something to read as we 
waited to be let in, I picked up The 
Gateway and by pure luck, opened 
it to An Open Letter to Room at the 
Top. 

I would like to point out I whole¬ 
heartedly agree with every single 
point they made in regards to the 
quality of the food and service. It 
is terribly unfortunate that such a 
incredible setting is spoiled by such 
incredibly mediocre service. 

As a past kitchen staff, I can tell 
you that it is not that difficult to pre¬ 
pare good, satisfying pub grub. 

We will never eat there again... 
and drinking may be out also as 
witnessed by the minty tasting mar¬ 
tini with three olives another of our 
party had. A straight vodka martini 
should not have a mojito aftertaste. 

We are profoundly disappointed 
and wanted to make sure you were 
aware of it. 

Gilbert Draper 

VIA EMAIL 


FROM THE WEB 


It's not wrong to point 
out male discrimination 

(Re: “MRAs misunderstand 
feminism," by Paige Gorsakjan 23.) 

Paige, when there is discrimina¬ 
tion against women, you point it out, 
don't you? 

So how it is wrong of MRAs to 
point out discrimination against 
men? Male circumcision is the gyne¬ 
cological equivalent to removing the 
clitoral hood of a female, one of sev¬ 
eral forms of female circumcision all 
of which are illegal. 

Even the slightest “cultural nick” 
on a baby girl is illegal, and it's must 
less intrusive that removing the 
entire foreskin on a baby boy. That is 
total sexism and hypocrisy. But you 
criticize MRAs for pointing that out? 
Don't you see your own sexism here? 
Or is it just ignorance? Maybe so. 

Try reading the reports from the 
pediatric andmedicalassociationsin 
the Neverlands, Germany, Finland, 
South Africa, the Nordic nations, 
England, etc. about what circumci¬ 
sion does by removing a functioning 
sexual organ from a baby boy. It too 
MRAs in Germany and England to 
get the human rights courts of the 
EU and UN to stop countries from 
discriminating against fathers. Do 
you criticise that to? Why is it wrong 
to point out sex discrimination? 

MarcAngelucci 

VIA WEB 


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Online prostitution not a tuition solution 



The story of students struggling 
through college and scrambling to 
pay for basic necessities is nothing 
new. But it's recently been acknowl¬ 
edged in the public eye that a sur¬ 
prisingly high number of students 
have used an unfortunate approach 
to break free of this vicious post-sec¬ 
ondary cycle: sugar daddies. This 
method of income represents the 
flaws in our patriarchal society, as 
it's just another way through which 
women degrade themselves, when 
they cant support themselves due 
to high tuition fees and poor money 
management. 

To clear up any misconceptions, 
a “sugar daddy” is defined as a 
“wealthy, middle-aged man who 
spends freely on a young woman 
in return for her companionship or 
intimacy." The University of Alberta 
ranks in the top five Canadian uni¬ 
versities as one of the fastest-grow¬ 
ing sugar baby schools according to 
new sign-ups in 2012 on a website 
called seekingarrangement.com. 
Although these are sign ups, and it 
doesn't necessarily mean women 
will find a sugar daddy, it shows 
that these women are prepared to 
enter this type of relationship. And 
this list only takes into account the 
new users on one site, so it's hard 
to know how many women in total 
maintain a sugar baby/sugar dad¬ 
dy relationship. Essentially, these 
young women rely on the financial 
aid of an older man in exchange for 
a sexual relationship. 


Although seekingarrangement. 
com is presented as warm and is in¬ 
viting, and introduced on the home 
page as perfectly acceptable, one 
needs only to take a closer look and 
read between the lines to recognize 
this as a disguised form of prosti¬ 
tution, with the website acting the 
part of the pimp. And although 
some women may legitimately 
want to enter into a prostitution 
type relationship with men, no fe¬ 
male university student should feel 
like that is their only option. For the 
throngs of people cooing that this 
is merely an escort service, they 
need to open their eyes and take 
a closer look. I guarantee it won't 
take long. If you're wondering why 
men in their mid thirties to late fif¬ 
ties are interested in paying tens of 
thousands of dollars to women — 
primarily between age 18 and 28 — 
annually, the answer is simple: sex. 
These men aren't financing women 
for the dinner conversation, but for 
the implied intercourse that will be 
exchanged for hefty checks. Despite 
the initial jokes and a chorus of 
sarcastic, "Well, why didn't I think 
of that one?” comments, the 125 U 
of A students trying to gain one of 
these arrangements presents a very 
serious situation. 

One of the largest issues con¬ 
cerning "sugar daddies” is that it 
solidifies patriarchal relationships 
in society. At the U of A, many stu¬ 
dents don't have the subject of gen¬ 
der equality even cross their mind. 
However, this new awareness about 
the numbers of women maintain¬ 
ing sugar daddy/sugar baby rela¬ 
tionships is just one of the many 
reminders that gender inequality is 
an issue swept under the carpet and 
forgotten. 

Although these women are 


avoiding the stress of working nu¬ 
merous jobs and will have a bet¬ 
ter chance of being debt free after 
graduation, the means they use to 
avoid these instances leads back to 
the price tag on education. The cost 
of tuition and books are too high for 
students who don’t have financial 
help from parents, or the luxury of 
home-cooked meals every night. 
The cost of living, which is continu¬ 
ally on the rise, only compounding 
the matter further. 


• Although 
seekingarrangement. 

com is presented as 
warm and inviting, and 
is introduced on the 
home page as perfectly 
acceptable, one needs 
only to take a closer look 
and read between the 
lines to recognize this 
as a disguised form of 
prostitution, with the 
website acting the 
part of pimp. 

It's not surprising that many 
women are looking for alternate 
means by which to get through 
university, because it's not easy. Al¬ 
though the U of A claims it’s acces¬ 
sible to anyone, this is only true in 
theory, not practice. 

A further problem is that af¬ 
ter students struggle through a 
four-year Bachelor's degree, they 
are no longer guaranteed a job 


post-graduation. In many fields, a 
Bachelors degree is considered a 
minimal asset, and not enough to 
get a job. In these instances, young 
women push themselves to main¬ 
tain sugar daddy/sugar baby rela¬ 
tionships for a few years to come. 
Instead of getting a high-paying 
job, grads often have to work long 
internships with minimal or no pay, 
or end up waiting tables while wait¬ 
ing for job opportunities to arise. 
Another unfortunate side effect is 
that if these women are in a sugar 
baby/sugar daddy relationship for 
a significant period of time, it could 
rob them of crucial work experi¬ 
ence — making them bad potential 
candidates for future employers. 
Although they no longer have to 
pay for school, they are not yet self- 
sustainable, giving them a motive 
for maintaining the relationship. 

High tuition and living expens¬ 
es are unavoidable problems for 
any student, but one of the big¬ 
gest problems lies with the women 
who are willing to take on one of 
these relationships. Four summer 
months with no school is a signifi¬ 
cant chunk of time, as well as an 
opportunity, to make money. Count¬ 
less summer jobs are up for grabs, 
and many of them pay well, which 
is surely enough to help sustain stu¬ 
dents when school starts up again. 
There shouldn't be anything stop¬ 
ping these women from obtaining 
one of those summer jobs. 

The U of A needs to take a long 
look at what means women are tak¬ 
ing to ensure their financial and 
scholastic success, but at the same 
time, women engaging in these 
relationships need to re-prioritize 
their lives and look at how to man¬ 
age and make money in the right 
places. 


the marble 

pedestal 

compiled by Michael Ross H 


People often ask each other what 
they would do if they could be 
completely anonymous and never 
get caught. Some people might 
rob a bank or cheat on an exam, 
and generally the question is 
interpreted in a negative context. 

But a group of students on 
campus, using only Facebook, 
have shown that given the 
opportunity for anonymity, stu¬ 
dents would do something com¬ 
pletely different: compliment 
each other. If you haven't heard 
of the Facebook profile UofA 
Compliments yet, it's definitely 
worth checking out. 

The page now has more than 
1,000 connections with U of A 
students, and has facilitated 
hundreds of anonymous compli¬ 
ments between students. These 
short messages that people may 
not have normally shared with 
each other are often met with 
bewildered amusement, and are 
virtually guaranteed to make 
someone's day. 

Originally started as an anti¬ 
bullying project, the group has 
been rapidly adopted by students 
on campus, and shows that often 
the best way to raise people's 
spirits come from the absolute 
simplest ideas. 

The Marble Pedestal is a semi-reg¬ 
ular feature where we talk about 
things we like. That's why the 
pedestal is made out of marble 
— because it's fancy. There's also 
a nice fancy cloth on the pedestal 
that's purple and feels like velvet. 



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Interdisciplinary studies very 
important to Arts and Science 



Eric Grehan 

OPINION WRITER 


When first-years in Science or Engi¬ 
neering at the U of A discover they're 
required to take six credits of English, 
the reaction ranges from begrudging 
resignation to long-lasting resent¬ 
ment to wailing and gnashing of 
teeth worse than when someone in 
“pre-med” flunks O-chem. They're 
right in pointing out that engineers 
and physicists are not going to be 
paid to analyze Shakespeare or Word¬ 
sworth on the job. Since the English 
requirement is widely seen as a joke 
or an annoying hurdle on the way to 
graduation, it's taken as a small at¬ 
tempt by the university policy makers 
to placate the last, fading advocates of 
a liberal education. But the six cred¬ 
its of English required to get a degree 
at the U of A is not an arbitrary im¬ 
position, it's a failing attempt to get 
students to appreciate the limits of 
human knowledge and the dangers 
of putting yourself in a scholastic 
bubble. The sciences know a lot about 
the way the world works. But so do 
the humanities. It's time we started 
talking to each other. 

Cross-discipline learning and re¬ 
search is uncontroversial and big¬ 
ger than ever within the sciences 
— just look at the fields of chemical 
biology, biophysics, mathematical 
physics, mathematical biology and 
bioinformatics — not to mention 
the various cross-overs with engi¬ 
neering, such as biomedical engi¬ 
neering. The Centennial Centre for 
Interdisciplinary Sciences speaks for 
itself as the university's commitment 
to an "interdisciplinary approach to 
scientific discovery that facilitates a 
cross-fertilization of ideas and tech¬ 
niques as never before.” Likewise, it's 
the assumed majority of humanities 
scholars already appreciate the broad 



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overlaps between law, history, litera¬ 
ture and so on. 

And yet, the Office for Interdisci¬ 
plinary Studies is hidden in one dark 
corner of the Humanities Building, 
where it mainly houses a motley 
collection of mini-departments like 
Comparative Literature and Religious 
Studies. While interdisciplinary stud¬ 
ies within the sciences and the hu¬ 
manities seems to be flourishing, the 
relationship between these two cat¬ 
egories has been showing a disturb¬ 
ing asymmetry in recent years. Sub¬ 
jects like linguistics, psychology and 
economics were desperate to become 
just as rigourous, methodical, and ra¬ 
tional as the natural sciences during 
the secularization of Western society. 
And yet, you might get a blank stare if 
you ask your physics professor about 
their epistemology. 

It may come as a surprise, but there 
is such a thing as “philosophy of sci¬ 
ence,” with origins going back to the 
ancient Greeks. The humanities have 
had an enormous effect on the nature 
and practice of scientific research, 


but those of us studying in the sci¬ 
ences and engineering often treat the 
humanities as if their only value was 
in the vague “transferable skills” that 
apply to our own chosen disciplines. 
It isn't about writing better office 
memos or annual reports, it's about 
asking questions. Honestly, I'd rather 
engineers take no English than just 
those “English for Engineers" cours¬ 
es, which completely miss the point. 

Science can tell us how to make tar 
sands extraction easier, but it can't 
tell us why we're still so dependent 
on fossil fuels. We make enough 
ammonia to fertilize the world twice 
over, but we can't manage the food 
distribution to end starvation. We've 
come a long way as a species, but it 
never hurts to reexamine our pri¬ 
orities once in a while. Yes, science 
is interesting, but the enormous 
amount of time, money and resourc¬ 
es it consumes might be better spent. 
But that's not something we can 
decide if the extent of a humanities 
education is learning how to write a 
business letter. 


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Starby's but don't know your order 
by the time you reach the til, I'ma 
bitchslap your ass 
To the two dark-haired chicks I see 
at the Bears hockey games...you're 
both freaking hot! 

I-phone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3... 
thoughts? 

Believe in Sherlock yet? Don't 
worry, you will. 

Butts 

Where is my campus crime beat? 
I miss reading about the stupid 
things people do on campus. 

Gao Wenzhong is my hero!! 

Taking one class so you can write 
for the Gateway is more than a little 
pathetic. Move on, grow up. 

Room 1168. 

As a beer lover I find The Brews 
Brothers to be very well written and 
informative, and a great addition to 
The Gateway. Keep it up, guys! 
Stand up for your dick! But does 
your dick stand up for you? 

The next person on fashion Street¬ 
ers that tells me to invest in a good 
pair of boots is getting a swift boot 
in the face 
motherfucker 


I want to talk about the comic Mars 
Attacks The Transformers. WHERE 
CAN I MAKE TRANSFORMERS 
FAN-FRIENDS? 

To the tall, sexy guy in the gray coat 
that rides the 203 in the evening, 
you are hot. Come sit beside me;) 
There's a UofA escalator twitter 
account guys! Now you can choose 
to take or not to take the stairs 
based on twitterverse! 

Who goes to the front row of 300 
people to pow-wow about nothing? 
Shut up, idiots! 

To the guy who barged into the 
front row of class to play Settlers 
of Catan on his laptop: I hope your 
oxen die and your travel buddies 
get typhoid. 

everyone can relax: gambit has 
returned! 

this on-and-off cold is an awful 
tease, sam mcgee wouldn't know 
what to do. 

why is everyone so bad at lines? it's 
a simple concept, dating back to 
sumer, and its famous ziggurlines. 
thanks for fucking it up, akkadi- 
ans. 

Is there anybody out there? 

Dicks 


Would you please stop wearing 
that awful shirt. You look like 
the Goodwill Ambassador for 
Goodwill. 

When I am sitting alone in HUB, I 
do not want some stupid asshole 
stranger to sit next to me. Fuck you 
goober. 

I like Darcy, but he is a total prick. 
The only time my girlfriend gives 
me oral sex is when she tells me to 
go fuck myself. I am sad. 

Don't bad mouth your friends 
behind their backs. It makes you 
look like an asshole and you are an 
asshole. 

I had an awesome Christmas. You 
just sucked hind tit. 

One thought he was invincible, the 
other thought he could fly. They 
were both wrong 

I like to masturbate watching Dr. 
Phil. 

Don't blink. 

Reading week come quick 
I want to be a fashion designer. 

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opinion -13 


Facebook's graph search is scary 



Hannah 

Madsen 

OPINION WRITER 


Profiling Facebook-style makes 
creeping random strangers even 
more effective. Otherwise known 
as Facebook Graph Search, this as¬ 
pect of the social media network is 
still being beta-tested and allows 
you to search for people by what 
they like, the relatives they have, 
where they work and where they 
live — among other things. 

Although some people do have 
publicly viewable profiles, if you 
wanted to find out what someone 
liked before this, you'd often have 
to find them by name and look 
through their profile — after they 
gave you permission to access it. 
Now if you want to search "women 
who are married” and add in more 
specific criteria like "likes strip¬ 
ping” and "lives in New York City,” 
you can. Some of the searches are a 
little bit funny — "mothers of Jews 
who like bacon” was an example 
given by Tom Scott, a British come¬ 
dian randomly selected to beta-test 
Graph Search. 

Some of them, though, are fright¬ 
ening — and give startling glimpses 
of new ways to find people through 
aspects of their profile that they 
didn't realize had to stay hidden. 
Graph Search is dangerous, and 
lots of people are underestimating 
how it reconfigures the information 


found through searching processes 
used by Facebook. 

Tom Scott highlights other uses 
of Graph Search in his Tumblr feed, 
Actual Facebook Graph Searches. 
Among other things, he searched 
"married people who like prosti¬ 
tutes” and “current employers of 
people who like racism.” A more 
troubling experiment was "men 
who like men in Tehran, Iran and 
like Islam,” which opens up a whole 
new can of worms in the form of 
minority discrimination and identi¬ 
fication. Ultimately, these searches 
focus on information that should be 
able to be restricted and could act as 
new tools for extremist groups and 
oppressive governments. 


Facebook has never 
been the perfect picture 
of privacy, but people 
should be able to expect 
at least a little sense of 
security about how their 
information is accessed 
and what strangers can 

see. 

Graph Search and its potential 
applications might not be a hor¬ 
rible thing if most people placed 
safeguards on their information or 
users who searched for things only 
used it for positive applications — 
like maybe starting support groups 
or reconnecting with old friends. 
However, history has shown that 


when people are given the oppor¬ 
tunity to share too much, they will 
take advantage of every chance 
to tell the world about every time 
they fart or eat Kraft Dinner. Be¬ 
yond that, people can't be trusted 
with the abundance of information 
Graph Search has to offer, because 
Facebook has been proven a very 
effective tool for internet stalkers. 
Graph Search makes stalking easi¬ 
er because if you don't know some¬ 
one's name, you just have to know 
basic information about them, 
some of which could be guessed or 
observed. 

Facebook has never been the 
perfect picture of privacy, but 
people should be able to expect at 
least some sense of security about 
how their information is accessed 
and what strangers can see. Right 
now people can be found through 
networks they place themselves 
into, friends they have in common 
with the searcher and their name, 
which limits the potential search¬ 
ers to a few degrees of separation 
from the subject of the search. Be¬ 
cause Graph Search uses accessory 
information, it opens up the poten¬ 
tial for anyone to find you using 
peripheral information that might 
not be high-priority when you place 
restrictions on your account. 

This increased exposure of peo¬ 
ple's private information is danger¬ 
ous, reduces any semblance of pri¬ 
vacy offered by Facebook to almost 
nil and foreshadows how the net¬ 
work is working to make informa¬ 
tion accessible to as many people as 
possible, including total strangers. 


Females deserve the right to fight on front lines 




Overdue gender "equality” has 
been officially presented this week 
in the United States in the form of 
front-line combat jobs for women, 
but there's still a long way to go be¬ 
fore this equality is real. 

This past Wednesday, Defense 
Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the 
1994 ban that prevented women 
from having positions in front-line 
combat ranks in the US Army. Ac¬ 
cording to TIME , women make up 
approximately 14 per cent of active 
US military personnel — and they 
now have an equal chance to de¬ 
fend their country in the same way 
men have been afforded. In a re¬ 
cent poll on debate.org, 58 per cent 
of people agreed that it's about 
time female soldiers are given the 
ability to serve in the same man¬ 
ner as men. According to the Wall 
Street Journal , there have been 
many complaints from women in 
the ranks about being excluded 
from "real fighting.” However, re¬ 
gardless of potentially being given 
230,000 new jobs, there are still 
social and cultural problems that 
limit the possibilities presented to 
women. 

One important reason for the 
lack of women in the front lines 
are the assigned gender roles 
that have already been assumed. 
Instead of being handed guns, 
women throughout history were 
given jobs that were more "fitting” 
for their gender. Approximately 
59,000 nurses served in the US 
Army Nurse Corps during World 
War II, and this wasn't the only or¬ 
ganization specifically for women. 
There were also groups like the UK 


Women's Voluntary Service, who 
provided assistance in civilian aid, 
food convoying and the mending of 
clothing. 

However, there are more serious 
social problems that keep women 
out of these traditionally male 
roles. These issues include the sta¬ 
tus of women in different cultures, 
as well as mixed gender living 
quarters and the troubles present¬ 
ed with amourous relations. Both 
the Huffington Post and BBC News 
have reported shocking facts about 
sexual harassment and abuse with¬ 
in US Army ranks. Female soldiers 
are more likely to be raped by their 
male comrades than to be killed in 
combat, according to the Depart¬ 
ment of Defense. 

Chantelle Henneberry, a female 
soldier who fought in Iraq, provides 
just one example of the way women 


are treated. Her sergeant sexually 
harassed her and after she reported 
him she was transferred and he was 
promoted. Many women don't re¬ 
port incidences of abuse due to the 
fear of alienation or being demoted. 
The real problem in US ranks is not 
the number of jobs being given to 
women, but rather the way women 
are treated in general. 

In 2013, with an increasing 
amount of equality being spread, 
women should be able to have a ca¬ 
reer, earn promotions, and make a 
living in the same ways men have. 
Until these backwards gender roles 
are done away with, it doesn't mat¬ 
ter how many bans are lifted. 

A combat role in the army, 
while being a dangerous job, is a 
job all the same. Women should 
be afforded a safe and respectful 
workspace. 


LETTERS ♦ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 

MRA's must work with 
feminists on causes 

(Re: “MRAs misunderstand 
feminism,” by Paige Gorsak, Jan 23.) 

There is a dent in my wall — and 
my head — from reading these 
comments. 

Having a penis myself, I believe 
that circumcision is an issue that 
needs to be discussed. But because I 
also have a brain, I think that MRAs 
and like-minded men are wrong in 
their tactics. 

It's as if they think there's only so 
much activism to go around. They 
feel a need to - as Paige says - tear 
others down to build themselves 
up. 

At the very least, let's have 
feminist and men's groups engage 
the public together. 

But alas, I am a hypocrite. I do 
value one over the other! For some 
strange reason I devote more of my 
time towards stopping the street 
harassment and sexual assault of 
women than I do thinking about 
Duluth's "Power Wheel” and baby 
penises. 

Thanks for the article, Paige. 

Scott Travis 

VIA WEB 

No, you misunderstand 
Men's rights activism 

(Re: "MRAs misunderstand 
feminism,” by Paige Gorsak, Jan 23.) 

Paige is the one who misunder¬ 
stands feminism. MRAs have to 
focus it because feminists oppose 
almost everything they do. 

When Erin Pizzey wanted to 
acknowledge violent females and 
thus help male victims, the femi¬ 
nists threatened and attacked her 
and kicked her out of the organisa¬ 
tion she founded. 

When Michelle Elliot started to 
highlight the issue of female pae¬ 
dophiles (and their mostly male vic- 
itms) she was abused by feminists 
who didn't want to acknowledge 
that female paedophiles existed. 

When Warren Farrell wanted to 
talk about male suicide it was femi¬ 
nists who smeared him and block¬ 
aded his event. They then lied about 
everything that happened and pre¬ 
tended it was their rights that had 
been violated. 

When laws seeking to protect 
men from false allegations are pro¬ 
posed who is the first in line to stop 
them? Why feminists of course. And 
almost every time a woman kills her 
husband all she has to do is alleged 
the tiniest amount of abuse and 
regardless of the truth of her allega¬ 
tions an army of feminists will try to 
stop her facing justice. 

Feminists are mostly female 
supremacists who will do anything 
to get their way and to harm men. 
When women are behind in some 
area such as education or employ¬ 
ment then it's a disaster, and when 
it's men who are disadvantage it's a 
brilliant victory and the men getting 
what they deserve. 

Feminism has become a hate 
movement that opposes the idea of 
men's rights as human rights. We 
will never achieve equality until 
men and women come together to 
expose the lies of these misandrists. 

DaveB 

VIA WEB 

MRA's are right to fight 
against feminism 

(Re: “MRA's misunderstand 
feminism,” by Paige Gorsak, Jan 23.) 

The reason feminism gets a lot 
of heat from MRAs is because real 
policy has been made utilizing 
feminist researched data as its basis. 
Those basis have been shown to be 


knowingly propagated falsehoods, 
advanced by PhDs - the feminist van¬ 
guard. These PhDs have not faced 
censure of any kind for knowingly 
distorting the truth and/or telling 
bald-faced lies and continue to teach 
post-secondary students. 

As a quick example, if you have a 
intro, level course in women's stud¬ 
ies text, just take a quick browse. See 
if you find a reference to Margaret 
Meed's study of the Tchambuli tribe 
and its matriarchal character. 

If you do, you should know 
that this example has been thor¬ 
oughly debunked and Meed herself 
recanted. Yet, the Tchambuli exam¬ 
ple is still widely utilized (despite 
being debunked more than 30 years 
ago) because there are no other 
known matriarchal societies. If the 
text in question was published less 
than 20 years ago, that's a red flag. 

This sort of offense is pretty mild 
compared to intentionally distort¬ 
ing facts on domestic violence and 
rape, although it is an academic dis¬ 
grace. The lies of the academically 
and politically influential feminists 
have led to many injustices in the 
system (which you do recognize). 

But its not just the initial lies, it's 
the pattern of silencing opposition 
and repeating those lies ad nauseam 
which perpetuates these injustices. 
Naive individuals may think that it's 
a simple misunderstanding, but it's 
not. 

Influential feminists have dem¬ 
onstrated that they are not open to 
changing their mind, even when 
their data is wrong or their meth¬ 
odology flawed. Nor do they debate 
using evidence and logic; their pri¬ 
mary tools are shaming language, 
strawmen, ad hominem attacks and 
false equivocation. 

MRAs understand feminism all- 
too-well, that is why most oppose it. 

“Brad” 

VIA WEB 

I know what feminism 
is about 

(Re: “MRAs misunderstand 
feminism,” by Paige Gorsak, Jan 23.) 

Well let's see... I am supportive of 
MRAs now, and critical of feminism. 
I was a feminist for my entire adult 
life up until about four years ago. 
At university I was called "insight¬ 
ful” on gender issues by a feminist 
communications professor. I have 
had numerous feminist friends and 
girlfriends and lived with a femi¬ 
nist woman who had a degree in 
women's studies from a prestigious 
university. I was a regular reader of 
numerous Feminist magazines and 
online jounals. I did pro-bono work 
with several women's groups. 

But I guess I must not know what 
Feminism is. Makes sense. 

“TMG” 

VIA WEB 

Letters to the editor should be sent 
to letters@gateway.ualberta.ca (no 
attachments, please). 

The Gateway reserves the right 
to edit letters for length and clarity, 
and to refuse publication of any letter 
it deems racist, sexist, libellous, or 
otherwise hateful in nature. The 
Gateway also reserves the right to 
publish letters online. 

Letters to the editor should be no 
longer than 350 words, and should 
include the author's name, program, 
year of study, and student ID number 
to be considered for publication. 

Holy cow! We got a ton of com¬ 
ments this week. Good job on getting 
angry and writing in, you guys. I'm 
proud of each of you. Just make sure 
to check your submissions for spell¬ 
ing and grammar mistakes. It saves 
me so much time. 

I have to go. I just booked a trip to 
the Neverlands. 







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Female politicians should not 
be judged on feminine traits 



Kathleen Wynne won the Ontario 
Liberal Convention this past Sat¬ 
urday, and the victory makes her 
Ontario's first woman premier and 
the first ever openly gay premier. 
Wynne is now the sixth female 
Premier in our country, and her 
Her ability to confidently run as an 
openly gay woman represents the 
changing mentality of Canadians. 
The sudden rise of female politi¬ 
cians in Canada is a great feat in 
a field traditionally dominated by 
men. Yet women are subjected to 
unfair, trivial criticism based off 
their feminine appearance and 
their domestic role as mothers. In¬ 
stead of being admired for their po¬ 
litical success, they are scrutinized 
simply based on their looks and 
family life. Even though women 
are now holding the same promi¬ 
nent positions as men, they are not 
being viewed in the same light. 

The patriarchal mentality of 
past generations is slowly fad¬ 
ing as women with ambition and 


perseverance challenge the status 
quo. Yet their political success isn't 
what's necessarily getting the at¬ 
tention. 

Female politicians need to be cut 
some slack in the beauty depart¬ 
ment. They are either criticized for 
being too feminine or not feminine 
enough. Their hair is too long, their 
pantsuit too manly or they're wear¬ 
ing too much makeup. These wom¬ 
en aren't looking for your vote in 
the Miss Universe pageant. They've 
worked long and hard for respect, 
and should be critiqued on their 
merit and qualifications. Last year I 
heard friends saying they only vot¬ 
ed for Danielle Smith because she 
was 'hotter' than Alison Redford. 
Let's dig a little deeper next time 
and maybe research their party's 
platform and political goals before 
voting. Women are initially judged 
on their appearance no matter what 
occupation they hold. Yet you need 
to take into account all qualities of 
a female politician and not just fo¬ 
cus on her physical qualities. 

Women politicians are often 
portrayed as having great family 
values. Being a mother who multi¬ 
tasks automatically makes you a 
better candidate because you are 
more 'relatable.' Apparently, this 
makes people sympathize with 


you. The juggling act of keeping a 
firm grip on both career and fam¬ 
ily is a challenge for any woman, 
not just a female politician. People 
need to stop focusing on the role of 
motherhood as a distinct attribute, 
because every woman, not just 
those who are politicians, can birth 
babies. 

We must continue to embrace 
new realities and look past the 
once strong distinctions that polar¬ 
ized our nation. Sexual orientation 
has nothing to do with Wynne's 
capability to lead her province, and 
neither do the clothes she chooses 
to wear nor the way she decides to 
raise her family. Women politicians 
need to stop being portrayed based 
on their personal characteristics 
and physical attributes and in¬ 
stead be assessed on their political 
careers. 

If we can accept the sexual orien¬ 
tation of politicians such as Kath¬ 
leen Wynne, we are moving in the 
right direction. We must not base 
our opinion of political leaders, 
especially women, on their physi¬ 
cal attributes, domestic roles or 
sexual orientations. Canadians will 
continue to be open-minded and 
embrace diversity at all levels. We 
recognize women as men's equals; 
it's time to start proving it. 


Nobody wants to read about your snow sorrow 



When the snow starts falling and 
the few brave souls journey out 
into the sub-zero conditions to get 
an early start on shoveling, many 
others decide to take a different ap¬ 
proach to dealing with the harsh 
weather outside. A blizzard is rag¬ 
ing, but it isn't a result of Mother 
Nature. On Facebook, Twitter, and 
Instagram the flurry of complaints 
about the weather overshadows the 
thought-provoking cat pictures and 
hashtags, and people seem shocked 
that the world could do something 
as inconsiderate as snowing on 
them. Please, for the love of all that 
is good and righteous on this planet, 
stop complaining about the snow. 


We’re a hearty breed 
of people, who drink our 
maple syrup straight 
from the trees and live in 
a constant snow covered 
wasteland. Just suck it 

up. 

It's like people don't actually ex¬ 
pect Canada to be cold. It's not like 
Canada is sunshine, rainbows and 
margaritas on the beach, it's pretty 
cold here most of the time. Canada 
is famous for its unrelenting win¬ 
ters that last a good nine months of 
the year. If you've lived in Alberta 
for most of your life then you know 
a little bit of snow is really nothing. 
There have been weeks that get as 
cold as -40 with a wind chill that 
would freeze balls off a polar bear, 
snow blowing around making it im¬ 
possible to see three feet in front of 
you, and we still walk to school with 
our heads held high. 

So please shut the hell up, 



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everyone. Your barrage of Facebook a constant snow covered wasteland, 
statuses complaining about how Just suck it up. You're clogging up my 
much snow has fallen is redundant, newsfeed with all this crap. 

You're not saying anything anyone The next time it starts snowing 
hasn't already realized. All you have and you feel that irresistible urge to 
to do is open your eyes and look out go update your social media pages 
your window: we don't need you about the weather, do us all a favour 
and every other single person in the and don't. None of us care. We're all 
country to go and say it's snowing too busy shovelling the snow and 
on Facebook. No matter how much curling up under feather quilts try- 
you complain, it isn't going to make ing to stay warm. The snow is part 
it stop. Sure, the snow may suck and of our Canadian blood — it's who we 
make the roads unbearable to drive are. And if it does get to be too much 
or force you to go shovel the sidewalk for you to handle, pour yourself a 
when you get home and make you cup of warm coffee or hot chocolate, 
have to put on an extra four or five add a shot of Bailey's or whiskey and 
sweaters for that three minute walk dream of some warm beach far away 
to the bus stop, but that's part of be- from this godforsaken icy wilder- 
ing Canadian. We're a hearty breed ness. You'll feel better than if you'd 
of people, who drink our maple syr- chosen to spread your inane opin- 
up straight from the trees and live in ions all over my social media. 




















































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A few ways for professors to play with students' heads 


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Opinion Staff 

GROUP COMMENTARY 


In post-secondary world, professors 
have the power to make or break your 
class. That got The Gateway thinking: 
what are some of the ways a professor 
could truly mess with their students? 

Michael Ross 

Let's face it, professors wield a great 
deal of power. They can be respon¬ 
sible for the greatest source of stress 
students will face during their time 
on campus. And with all that power, 
it must get awfully tempting to 
abuse it now and again. If I were a 
professor, I would totally mess with 
students by making exams tough 
for all the wrong reasons. 

Why make exams difficult by 
just asking questions on the mate¬ 
rial covered in class? Anyone with 
a textbook and some notes could 
solve those. Instead, test them on 
their logic and how well they can 
think on their feet. Why ask which 
multiple choice is false when you 
could ask which one is the least 
unlikely to be incorrect? That'll 
keep 'em guessing. 

Making students second-guess 
their exam solutions goes even 
further than that. How freaked 
out would you get if every ques¬ 
tion on a multiple choice exam had 
B as the correct answer except for 
one? And how fun would it be, on 
questions with two parts, to have a 
blurb on the second part telling the 
students that if they hadn't 


answered the previous question to 
assume a value that is wildly dif¬ 
ferent from what they would have 
calculated? The possibilities are 
endless. 

Ryan Stephens 

Imagine yourself sitting in your 
intro psych class on the last day of 
the semester. Your professor lacka¬ 


daisically skips through the final 
PowerPoint of the semester as your 
year-endexcitementgrowswitheach 
passing slide. As he quickly shuffles 
through the slides, the information 
is barely registering. Then you look 
up from your vigourous note-taking 
to see the last split second of a slide 
before it changes over and — wait, 
was that a dick? 

You swear you saw it, but maybe 


not. It flopped by too fast. The pro¬ 
fessor continues, and nobody else is 
putting their hand up, so maybe it's 
just you. After all, you did just watch 
Fight Club for the 67th time. 

Seeing as the semester is over, and 
nobody else is going up to the pro¬ 
fessor to talk to him, it’s better that 
you just leave class than risk asking 
him or anybody else the weirdest 
question they’ve ever heard. So for 


all the psychological humdrum 
that you absorb throughout the 
semester, the professor saves the 
best for last, a social experiment 
testing whether students have the 
guts to come up and question his 
methods. 

After all, it's probably better to just 
attribute it to a Freudian photo slip 
than anything else. 

Alexander Sorochan 

The first day of class, you walk in 
unsure of what to expect. Your pro¬ 
fessor is nowhere in sight. You sit 
down and wait. Five minutes goes by, 
then 10. Just as you're about to get up 
and leave, a disheveled looking man 
crashes through the door, unshaven, 
shaggy hair and clothes falling apart 
at the seams. The first thing he does 
is pull a quart of whiskey from his 
back and takes a long swig. 

As a professor I would play up the 
whole "crazy instructor alcoholic” 
thing just to screw with all the stu¬ 
dents — make them think the class 
is a complete joke with a professor 
who doesn't care. But of course this 
would just be an act, a way to catch 
them off guard. Throughout the 
term I would keep playing this up, 
teaching them everything between 
hits of whiskey and constant ciga¬ 
rette breaks. Then on the last day 
I'd come in completely opposite: 
dressed in a suit, clean shaven, a 
vision of pure class. I would come in 
well spoken, and intelligent. 

This would throw them off; they'd 
realize the final will be serious and 
difficult. Everything they need to 
know would have been taught to 
them, but they won't be expecting 
the formality the final exam will 
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Colten Yamagishi 

President 

Colten Yamagishi knows his way around 
the Students' Union, having served as the 
Vice-President (Student Life) last year. But 
as President, he's found himself dealing 
with some far more difficult issues than he 
may have anticipated, and in some cases, his 
response has unfortunately marred his term 
in office. 

Yamagishi has undoubtedy worked hard, 
and he's been able to support and direct the 
rest of the executive so they're able to effec¬ 
tively fulfill their roles. But while he has a 
clear idea of the kinds of themes and initia¬ 
tives he wants to emphasize as president, they 
haven't translated into much concrete action 
on his part. And his focus on advocacy for the 
student voice — the most dominant aspect of 
his term in office — is an admirable cause, but 
isn't being executed effectively. 

The ongoing battle between the Students' 
Union and the university administration 
over the changes to the Lister residence was 
an unexpected issue Yamagishi has been 
dealing with since last summer, and it's been 


Dustin Chelen 

VP (Academic) 


Tasked with taking care of the broad range 
of responsibilities in the Vice-President 
(Academic) portfolio, Dustin Chelen has 
done an admirable job with his time so far. 
He's followed through in organizing the 
Undergraduate Research Symposium, an ini¬ 
tiative established by his predecessors, but 
he's also devoted his time to other areas that 
may have been overlooked in previous years. 

With his background serving on faculty 
associations such as the Interdepartmental 
Science Students' Society, Chelen has been 
able to spend time effectively addressing 
the obstacles they face. This has translated 
into initiatives such as training to teach 
student representatives how to advocate to 
the university administration as well as an 


Petros Kusmu 

VP (External) 


Petros Kusmu's term as Vice-President 
(External) has been quiet, but he's still been 
successful in advocating for anumber of major 
issues that matter both to the U of A commu¬ 
nity and students across Alberta. As a result, 
Kusmu has had a mostly positive term. 

One of Kusmu's major campaign platforms 
was to fight student unemployment through 
work programs, and this idea has been gain¬ 
ing traction amongst provincial, federal and 
private partners. Unemployment is a major 
issue on students' minds — especially if 
their graduation date is near — and it's great 
Kusmu is following through on his promise 
to tackle it. 


monopolizing most of his time and energy. In 
dealing with it, Yamagishi has taken a strong 
stance against the university on the premise 
that if the administration is allowed to imple¬ 
ment these changes without a fight, it will set a 
precedent for them to impose changes in other 
areas without properly consulting students. 
But the way the Yamagishi-led SU executive 
has gone about this — with in camera council 
meetings to discuss the situation and a newly- 
filed judicial review against the university on 
student dime — doesn't set a good precedent 
for the SU's transparency or their relations 
with the university. However, Yamagishi 
maintains the stern response to the changes 
was entirely necessary. 

As a result, it seems that some of the other 
goals Yamagishi outlined in his platform last 
year have taken a back seat. He campaigned on 
continuing to work on finalizing the details of 
the Fall Reading Week, which still hasn't been 
accomplished — although after some consult¬ 
ing and revising, Yamagishi says everything 
looks set to be approved by the end of his term 


in office, which has yet to be seen, but sounds 
encouraging. Plans to revamp the Powerplant 
building have also stalled, although this is 
mostly due to the fact that the university ended 
up being unable to move out of the space the 
SU was expecting to be freed up this year. 

There are more screens broadcasting SUTV 
around campus and the InfoLink booths have 
beenrevamped,whichencompassYamagishi's 
promises to improve communication to the 
student body. His intent to emphasize mental 
health, physical health, sustainability and a 
sense of U of A pride have also translated into 
projects like the bi-weekly farmers' market in 
SUB. But even though Yamagishi is a support¬ 
ive advocate for these initiatives, this is not 
where he's left his own distinct mark — it's his 
approach to advocacy and his choices regard¬ 
ing Lister that have defined his presidency. 


upcoming joint faculty association retreat 
to help them connect with each other. On 
the governance side, Chelen also worked to 
develop financial reporting forms to get more 
faculty associations to comply with financial 
reporting requirements. 

Academic policy reform was also a major 
part of Chelen's platform in 2012. His most 
visible accomplishment in this area is the 
extension of the withdrawal deadline, 
which will be three weeks later for the Fall 
term of 2013. Changing the assessment and 
grading policy, the main focus of Chelen's 
election goals, was accomplished last May, 
which will hopefully lead to a clearer under¬ 
standing of how grades are determined. 
He's also managed to submit a report with a 


series of recommendations to the bookstore 
on lowering textbook prices over the next 
five years and set up a committee to exam¬ 
ine academic policy rules that create barri¬ 
ers for students. 

During last year's election, Chelen set spe¬ 
cific platform points that have translated 
into specific accomplishments to move the 
VP (Academic) portfolio forward. While 
there are still some areas that could use some 
more attention and development — the dis¬ 
cussion about improving the effectiveness 
of teaching evaluations and improving the 
university's academic advising processes, 
for example — it appears that Chelen will be 
able to leave a good foundation for his suc¬ 
cessor to continue the work he's started. 


Due to the high prices of textbooks, 
Kusmu has been advocating for open access 
textbooks for Albertan students. So far, BC 
is the only province that offers free, open 
access to online textbooks for students. 
While change for Albertan students hasn't 
been accomplished yet, this is an important 
issue for Kusmu to continue to emphasize. 
A resolution may not be found during his 
term, but his work should lay the founda¬ 
tion for the next VP (External) to make it a 
reality. 

Another important platform point during 
Kusmu's campaign was reducing mandatory 
non-instructional fees (MNIFs). He's made 


some progress on this front, mitigating the 
market modifier fee in 2012, yet major work 
still needs to be done when it comes to reduc¬ 
ing and eliminating some of these fees — 
such as putting certain proposed MNIFs to a 
vote in the Students' Union election. Kusmu 
is working to get this done, but results have 
been slow coming. This doesn't represent 
a serious setback for his term, but Kusmu 
needs to work harder to emphasize the stu¬ 
dent voice when it comes to mandatory fees. 

Overall, Kusmu has had a productive 
term, and is doing an adequate job in his 
role despite not facing any major challenges 
asofyet. 


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Andy Cheema 

VP (Operations & Finance) 


words by Madeline Smith and Darcy Ropchan 
photos by Kaitlyn Menard and Selena Phillips-Boyle 




Now in his second term as the Vice-President 
(Operations and Finance), it's clear that Andy 
Cheema has been spending most of his time 
on the SUB renovation project. Cheema cam¬ 
paigned on his commitment to leading the 
initiative, and after the referendum for the 
changes was approved last year, Cheema has 
been devoting himself to every aspect of the 
project: design development, negotiating out 
the contract with the university, and advocat¬ 
ing to minimize the financial burden students 
will have to bear. While this is important work 
that also helps Cheema check one of the big¬ 
gest boxes from his platform, it's taking up 
valuable time that could be devoted to other 
aspects of the VP (Ops-Fi) portfolio. 

This isn't to say the SUB renos have been 
Cheema's sole focus — he's also been able 


spend time improving some of the existing 
aspects of SUB. SUBMart was reorganized 
last year, taking out the clothing section and 
replacing it with more food options and a 
wider selection of magazines. The new layout 
also included healthy snacks like fruit, and 
assessment on what students respond to most 
is still underway. The addition of a TD ATM in 
SUB was also a positive step forward. 

Cheema is also hoping to make nutritional 
information with visual, accessible labelling 
available at food outlets in SUB such as Juicy 
by the end of his term, and he's focusing on 
expanding the services at SUBPrint, with 
more options to help break their dependence 
on profits from printing solely academic mate¬ 
rials such as course packs. 

However, it's disappointing to see a lack of 


fcSaadiq Sumar's term as VP (Student Life) has 
been affected by the ongoing Lister negotia¬ 
tions with the university administration, but 
he's made progress in fighting for other issues 
that affect the entire campus community. 

One of Sumar's biggest successes has been 
the U-Pass price increase negotiations in late 
2012. In November, Sumar and other student 
group representatives came to an agreement 
| on a price increase of $7.50 per year over the 
next four years instead of the original $30 
immediate increase proposed by Edmonton 
Transit. Because of its broad implications for 
U of A students, it's commendable that Sumar 
stepped up to represent their voices on this 
issue. 

The creation of a campus music festival was 
promised during Sumar's campaign, but so far 
nothing has come of it. The singer/songwriter 
series on SUB stage has been nice musical 
addition to campus, but it isn't an accomplish¬ 
ment of the same scope as a whole festival. For 
the moment, it looks like this promise may 


improvement — and in some cases, a decline 
— in food choice and quality in some other 
SU businesses. While RATT was headed in 
the right direction last year, it seems to have 
taken a turn for the worse, with overpriced, 
sub-par food despite a revamped menu. There 
doesn't seem to be much discernable change 
to Dewey's or L'Express either, despite prom¬ 
ises that their menus would be reviewed — 
although the introduction of all-day breakfast 
at Dewey's is a commendable change. 

Cheema has worked hard this year, but it 
seems the work associated with the SUB reno¬ 
vation project is taking up the majority of his 
time, to the detriment of some other aspects 
of his portfolio. He's managed to fulfill his 
campaign promises, but some have gone more 
smoothly than others. 


Saadiq Sumar 

VP (Student Life) 


have fallen through. 

However, the campus musical is now going 
ahead, a campaign point that originally came 
from Colten Yamagishi during his run for 
VP (Student Life). It's good Sumar is finally 
making the promise a reality, but it seems like 
it might be too little too late — it remains to be 
seen whether this will be successful venture 
or a giant waste of time and money. 

Sumar, along with other members of the 
SU, continue to battle the university admin¬ 
istration over the Lister changes that were 
revealed last July. Sumar is hopeful the root 
causes of the incidents reported at Lister 
can be addressed and the SU and university 
can come to some kind of agreement that 
represents a broad range of student voices. 
Since his position mandates involvement in 
residence issues, it's important that Sumar 
has had a hand in these negotiations, but 
his term in office has lacked the balance he 
would have been able to achieve if not for the 
Lister fight. 


Brent Kelly had big ideas about how to assert 
the student voice on the Board of Governors 
and communicate with students about board 
decisions. Although he admits many of his ini¬ 
tial plans were naive, he seems to have found 
his way around the university's highest gov¬ 
erning body and adjusted most of his goals 
accordingly. 

Kelly's work as the BoG representative 
has manifested itself more in behind-the- 
scenes initiatives than formal motions and 
actions. He points to his efforts to establish 
a so-called "coalition" between the student 


Brent Kelly 

Board of Governors Representative 


representatives on the board and a variety of 
other groups who raise their voices against 
cuts the administration mandates. It's hard 
to tell whether there's any evidence of this 
making any concrete changes, but it fits within 
the scope of what is realistically feasible for the 
BoG rep. 

After abandoning his initial plans for com¬ 
municating with students about the board, 
Kelly now has plans to set up a "meet your 
representative" table in SUB in hopes of 
engaging and educating students who aren't 
already involved in campus politics. This is 


encouraging, but it's disappointing more effort 
hasn't been made to engage the student body 
earlier in his term — plans to write blog posts 
about happenings on the Board of Governors 
also fell through. His emphasis on social jus¬ 
tice causes also sometimes distracts him from 
important debates and issues on a board level. 

While tangible evidence of Kelly's contribu¬ 
tions is lacking, his level of engagement and 
dedication to his position is commendable. 
If he keeps his focus on board issues and his 
strong philosophy about advocacy, he'll leave 
his successor in a good position. 









arte & culture ■ 18 


THEgateWay ■ WWW.THEGATEWAYONHNE.CA ■ January 30,2013 


Arts 




Arts & Culture Editor 

Alana Willerton 

Phone 

780.492.7052 

Email 

arts@gateway.ualberta.ca 

Volunteer 

A&C meetings Wednesdays at 4 p.m. i 


in 3-04 SUB. 


social 

intercourse 

compiled by Paige Gorsak 


Muse 

Sunday. Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. 

Rexall Place (7424118 Ave.) 

Tickets $74.31 - $84.31 at ticketmaster.com 

With glittering laser light shows and elabo¬ 
rately staged sets, Muse's live performances 
tend to be as dramatic as singer Matthew 
Bellamy's soulful falsetto. Although their 
last album divided some fans with its dubstep 
influences and synth pop stylings, the rock 
band remains technically impressive in addi¬ 
tion to being popular on the charts. With the 
help of smoke machines and strobe lights, this 
concert will be likely be an intense evening of 
mosh pits and heartfelt vocal solos. 

Craig Martell and Jon 
Mick Record Their Split 
Comedy Album 

Sunday, Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. 

Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus (8120101 St.) 

$10 at the door 

When people talk about Edmonton, local 
comedy isn't usually the topic of choice. But 
while they fixate on our mall or the amount 
of snow we get, they're also missing out on an 
underground crew of hilarious comedians that 
regularly rouse chuckles from frozen, shopped- 
out bodies. Craig Martell and Jon Mick, two 
staples of the Edmonton comedy scene, are 
recording an album this weekend called Beef 
Dip/Tuna Melt Whether you want sore abs 
from laughing, to debate which is a better sand¬ 
wich or just have your own weird laugh immor¬ 
talized on the album, don't miss out on the fun. 

Ride 

Directed by Trevor Schmidt 
Starring Cole Humeny and Sereana Malani 
Friday, Feb. 1 - Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m., 
preview Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. 

TransAlta Arts Barn (10330 84 Ave.) 

$20 for students at tickets.fringetheatre.ca, 
preview is free for students with valid ID 

An unfortunate few of us have first-hand 
knowledge of this cliched experience: waking 
up in abedthat'snotyour own next to someone 
you can't remember — and the night before is 
all a blur. That's the case in Ride , the second 
production of Northern Light Theatre's 37th 
season. This season at NLT features shows that 
star only one man and one woman, exploring 
the depths of adult relationships. Ride follows 
this contemporary couple and their morning- 
after confusion as they work through what's 
happened between them. 

Zodiac Arrest 

Starring Jamie Cavanagh, Gianna Vacirca, 

Caitlin Marchak, Mackenzie Baert, Candace 
Berlinguette, Michael Kennard, Billy Kidd, Kadri 
Hansen, Lisa Feehan and Kristi Wade 
Thursday, Jan. 31 - Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m., no 
show on Monday, Feb. 4 
Westbury Theatre (10330 84 Ave.) 

$26.25 for students at tickets.fringetheatre.ca 

Firefly Theatre, Edmonton's circus art and 
aerial theatre organization, has decided to add 
the wow-factor back into determining desti¬ 
nies with their performance of Zodiac Arrest. 
The show takes the horoscope symbols and 
creates circus movement pieces around each 
theme, allowing audiences to see Scorpio and 
Sagittarius presented by clowns, Taurus imag¬ 
ined through silk climbing and the Gemini 
twins explored by contortionists. 






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MUSICAL MASTER Conductor Petar Dundjersld leads the University Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Brahms next Moday. 


SELENA PHILLIPS-BOYLE 


University Symphony Orchestra 
fill the halls with classical music 


MUSIC PREVIEW 


Brrrrahms 
(February, get it?) 


FEATURING 


The University Symphony 
Orchestra 


CONDUCTOR Petar Dundjerski 

WH EN Monday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. 

WHERE Winspear Centre 

(4 Sir Winston Churchill Square) 

HOW MUCH $10 for students 

Alana Willerton 

ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR -#ALANAWILLERT0N 

In their first of two major concerts this semester, 
the University Symphony Orchestra is hoping to 
warm students up with some dramatic classical 
music. The orchestra — which includes a wide 
range of students from the university's music 
department to the faculties of Engineering and 
Medicine — are upgrading from their past per¬ 
formances in the U of A's Convocation Flail to 
the Winspear Centre downtown, taking their 
concert to the next level. 

"The energy that these students give visually 
and orally (makes) this experience pretty amaz¬ 
ing, (and) playing at the Winspear brings it all 
together,” says conductor Petar Dundjerski. "It 
puts a very nice wrapping around this gift that 
has lots of substance in it. I hope it's witnessed 
by a lot of people.” 

The first half of the show features a variety of 
selections, including a performance by the U of 
A's vocal department, who will be performing 
arias by Mozart and German composer Engel¬ 
bert Humperdinck. The orchestra will perform 
the overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioachi- 
no Rossini — which Dundjerski says most will 
recognize from the The Bugs Bunny Show — 
and then the first half of the show will finish off 
with a performance by Kerry Waller, the winner 
of the U of A Concerto Competition. Waller will 


be performing “Totentanz” by Hungarian com¬ 
poser Franz Liszt, which Dundjerski notes is “a 
famously difficult piano piece” that highlights 
the composer's fascination with dark themes 
and death. 

The second half of the show has been devoted 
to Brahms' Symphony No. l, a beautiful 45-min¬ 
ute masterpiece that Dundjerski believes will be 
easily accessible, thanks to the clear transitions 
between the light and more tragic aspects of the 
piece. 

“When you have a masterpiece 
like (Brahms Symphony No. 
1), it takes a lot of layers and 
understanding to present it to 
the audience. We believe that 
when you play this piece and 
listen to it, you go somewhere 
special for 45 minutes.” 

PETAR DUNDJERSKI 

CONDUCTOR, UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 

"Brahms makes just about anybody sound 
their best,” he says. "The symphony is very trag¬ 
ic, but it kind of goes from very dark to light and 
finishes very optimistically and exuberantly. It 
basically starts in C minor and ends in C major, 
which is the complete opposite in dark versus 
light.” 

Now in his third year conducting the orches¬ 
tra, Dundjerksi says this is his best group of per¬ 
formers yet, and the large numbers of return¬ 
ing performers has helped the group to mesh. 
He points to their increased awareness of each 
other — like knowing "when someone should 
be heard and not to cover them, and when you 
should play all out” — as a critical quality of the 
astute ensemble. 

And with their increased synchronicity, what 
the symphony orchestra is really offering is a 
chance to escape into the reflective world of 


classical music as they play "quietly, loudly and 
all the shades in between.” 

“I'd say what we offer is a chance to go away 
with us. Not just listen to us, but for us to be a 
conduit, to go to some special place that I don't 
think you normally get to go to on a daily basis,” 
says Dundjerski. "When you have a masterpiece 
like this, it takes a lot of layers and understand¬ 
ing to present it to the audience. We believe that 
when you play this piece and listen to it, you 
go somewhere special for 45 minutes. Classi¬ 
cal music isn't pop or rock, but I hope it doesn't 
make anyone afraid of it. 

"It's not just for a classical crowd — it's for 
people who appreciate feelings and have brains 
to think with and are open-minded.” 

Jack Erdmann, a first-year Bachelor of Music 
student who plays trombone in the orchestra, 
agrees with the conductor, pointing to an in¬ 
crease in younger audiences at their shows as a 
sign of classical music's increasing popularity. 

"I think the draw of classical music is defi¬ 
nitely how in-depth the music is,” Erdmann 
says. "There's a lot of depth that you can take 
out of the music, and there's so much variety. 
If you pay attention to it enough, then you can 
actually hear different things and not have to 
focus solely on lyrics to get the meaning. I think 
(classical music) can be very approachable if you 
get to the right type of stuff. It's something that 
people can appreciate well if they know how to 
appreciate it.” 

With all the hard work the orchestra has been 
putting into preparations for the performance— 
they’ve been rehearsing these particular pieces 
since the beginning of the semester—there will 
certainly be plenty to appreciate as they take on 
the masterpieces of musical geniuses. It's this 
energy and passion for bringing these classical 
gems to life that keeps Dundjerski and his per¬ 
formers returning every year. 

“That, and the millions of dollars available for 
classical musicians — not,” Dundjerski jokes. 
"But absolutely. There's no other way to feel this 
waythandoingwhatwedo.Ihaven'texperienced 
it anywhere else. That's the drive that keeps us 
going.” 





























gatewai ■ WWW.THEGATEWAY0NHNE.CA ■ Volume 103, Issue 19 


arts & culture ■ 19 



Warm Bodies blurs the line 
between romance and horror 


FILM REVIEW 


Warm Bodies 

ADAPTED BY Jonathan Levine 
DIRECTED BY Jonathan Levine 

STARRING Nicholas Hoult, Teresa 
Palmer, John Malkovich, 
Dave Franco and 
Rob Corddry 

WHEN In theatres Friday, 

Feb. 1 

Ryan Stephens 

ARTS & CULTURE STAFF ■ @STEPHENSJRYAN 


The teen romance genre has spent 
the better part of the last decade in¬ 
filtrating what appears to be its polar 
opposite: the monster movie. And 
after flirting with vampires and were¬ 
wolves, teen fiction has made its inev¬ 
itable move to zombies with the film 
Warm Bodies , creating an insightful 
and philosophical blend of two very 
different genres while raising the bar 
for the future of both horror movies 
and romantic comedies. 

This bizarre love story is set in an 
alternate time in which humankind 
has been annihilated by a zombie 
apocalypse of unknown origin, leav¬ 
ing the few remaining humans to 
retreat behind a giant wall in a name¬ 
less American metropolis. On one 
side, the story focuses on Julie (Te¬ 
resa Palmer) as she butts heads with 
her overbearing father (John Malk¬ 
ovich) and non-committal boyfriend 
(Dave Franco). On the other side of 
the wall, teenage zombie R (Nicho¬ 
las Hoult) wanders aimlessly, mostly 
consumed by zombification but 


maintaining the personality of a mod¬ 
ern-day self-depreciating teenager. 
While out scouting for supplies, Julie 
crosses paths with R and his group 
of zombies, who immediately attack. 
When Julie and R's eyes meet through 
the bloodshed, it's love at first sight 
for R, causing him to fight against his 
instincts to keep Julie safe. 

Atypical of both the romance and 
horror genres, Warm Bodies prides 
itself on a lack of backstory. We're 
told very little about what caused the 
outbreak or even about the lives of 
the main characters — but this works 
in the movie's favour. We're not en¬ 
cumbered with the drama of broken 
families or the necessity of finding a 
cure for mankind. The characters are 
simply left alone to establish their ec¬ 
centricities in a dating game made 
even more awkward by the fact that 
one of the lovebirds is dead. Although 
that very premise seems absurd, it 
plays out with such heart that even 
the biggest killjoy will find the grow¬ 
ing affection believable, a testament 
to the strong writing and increasing 
strength of Hoult and Palmer's per¬ 
formances. 

Since this is first and foremost a 
teen love story, some of the genre's 
cheesiest cliches are in full force in 
Warm Bodies. R, who was obviously a 
hipster when he was alive, utilizes his 
aimless wandering to gather collect¬ 
ibles — from quirky ornaments to vi¬ 
nyl records to horror Blu-rays — and 
bring them to his pad: an abandoned 
airplane. When asked why he col¬ 
lects vinyl, he even manages to moan, 
"Better sound." Oddly, it's pretentious 
quips like this that make the zombie 
romance so lively and humanistic, 


allowing us to forget about his decay¬ 
ing skin and lurching gait to focus on 
the legitimate and convincing feel¬ 
ings within. 

Perhaps the most exhilarating 
aspect of Warm Bodies is how it al¬ 
lows horror and romance to pull un¬ 
expected philosophical ideas out of 
each other, rather than simply mash¬ 
ing them together half-heartedly. 
Themes of hope and memory give the 
film emotional weight all too uncom¬ 
mon in monster movies. R can't re¬ 
member the details of his life before 
death, though the act of eating brains 
provides him with the ability to ex¬ 
perience and digest others' thoughts 
ingrained in the pink matter. This vi¬ 
carious experience provides him with 
an emotional outlet that he wouldn't 
be able to achieve otherwise. As R 
notes early on, zombies don't sleep, 
therefore they're unable to dream. 

In exploring this relationship be¬ 
tween the biological and spiritual 
worlds, the movie asks the existen¬ 
tialist in all of us to consider the revi¬ 
talizing nature of our own memories, 
which we often take for granted and 
shove back into our subconscious in 
favour of the brain-consuming ten¬ 
dency to focus only on our present 
and future. 

As with the explosion of the Twi¬ 
light series, conversation will inevi¬ 
tably turn towards the death of yet 
another classic monster. But Warm 
Bodies' romantic screenplay asks 
deep philosophical questions about 
what we take for granted in our sadly 
distracted lives. Sometimes, it takes 
some cliched romance to encourage 
us to wake up from our daily undead 
fugue and learn to live again. 


ALBUM REVIEW 



Ra Ra Riot 

Beta Love 

Arts & Crafts 
rarariot.com 


Adela Czyzewska 

ARTS & CULTURE WRITER 


Ra Ra Riot's latest album, Beta Love , 
signifies a dramatic change for the 
band and fans alike. A follow-up to 
their 2012 album The Orchard, Beta 
Love finds the group a little more 
sparse in the wake of the departure 
of cellist Alexandra Lawn, and also 
marks a shift from indie baroque pop 
to electronic synth pop — a change 
that mostly works in their favour. 

Beta Love manifests a weird 


combination of robotic autotune 
and nostalgic ‘ 8 os synth pop beats 
fused with classical strings. However 
strange the sound, this combination 
generates feel-good, foot-tapping 
tracks that grow on you the more 
you listen. It may be difficult for Ra 
Ra Riot fans to adjust to the synthe¬ 
sizers and change in style, but credit 
should be given where credit is due. 

Frontman Wes Miles showcases a 


serious range in vocals as well — one 
of the album's strongest points — 
and expertly displays his high falset¬ 
to on tracks like "When I Dream" and 
"Beta Love.” The band still makes 
use of classical string instruments 
towards the end of songs like "Is It 
Too Much,” though the instruments 
aren't as evident as on previous 
albums. 

The digital effects paired with 
hand claps and guitar riffs make for 
a great dance album that imitates 
the effect of being trapped in a retro 
computer game and a cheesy '8os 
flick. Overall, it may not be an excep¬ 
tionally memorable album, but Beta 
Love displays the band's capability to 
successfully experiment with new 
genres and styles while providing 
an upbeat soundtrack that deserves 
a listen. 


fashion 

Streeters 

compiled and photogpaphed by Selena Phillips-Boyle B 



GATEWAY: Describe what you’re wearing. 

MIKE: I’m wearing wool pants (and) I have a suit jacket 
that goes with them, a cobalt blue top and a scarf I knit 
myself. 

GATEWAY: How do you stay warm in the winter? 

MIKE: Lots and lots of layers. (I’m wearing) a sweater, 
a shirt, an undershirt, the scarf and I have a sweater 
back in the lab. 



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arts & culture ■ 20 


THEgateWliy ■ WWW.IHEGATEWAYONLINE.CA ■ January 30,2013 


Cosmetic creations for cost-conscious students 


Peggy 

Jankovic 

BEAUTY COMMENTARY 


As fun as it is to splurge on fancy 
beauty products, with a student 
budget, it’s not possible on a regu¬ 
lar basis — and finding affordable 
products whose ingredients aren’t 
a long list of chemicals can be even 
harder. So who would’ve thought 
putting food on your face would be 
the solution to both these problems? 
Turns out all you have 
to do is head to your 
pantry to find almost 
everything you need 
for these cheap 
and all-natural DIY 
makeup and skin- 
care products. 


oil. From there, you can adjust the 
recipe to your tastes. I added a dash 
of cinnamon and ended up with a 
decadent coconut cinnamon sugar 
scrub. 

To use the scrub, take a pea-sized 
amount and gently rub it into your 
lips to remove any flakes. The coco¬ 
nut oil will melt from your body heat 
so that by the time you’ve wiped off 
— or eaten — the scrub, your lips 
will be moisturized and soft. Finish 
off with your favourite lip balm and 
you've got a perfectly kissable pout. 

Homemade Bronzer 

Finding the perfect bronzer can be 
a challenge when every¬ 
thing in stores is either 
too orange, too un¬ 
naturally dark or too 
glittery. But the good 
news is that you can 


Sugar Lip Scrub 

Keeping your lips 
soft and moistur¬ 
ized — especially in 
these dry, cold Ed¬ 
monton winters — 
can be a challenge. 
Commercial lip ex- 
foliants take care of 
unsightly flakiness, 
but can also be hor¬ 
ribly pricy. Luckily, 
it's cheap and easy 
to just make your 
own. 

Start off with two 
tablespoons of sug¬ 
ar for exfoliation 
and mix it with one 
tablespoon of mois¬ 
turizing coconut 


KIRKLAND 

Ground 
Saigon 

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create your own customized shade 
of bronzer all on your own. 

The basic components of this 
homemade bronzer are cinnamon 
and cornstarch, so start off with one 
tablespoon of each. The cinnamon 
gives skin a healthy glow, while 
cornstarch lightens up your blend. 
You can then add cocoa for more 
darkness and depth. Since prefer¬ 
ences and skin tones vary greatly 
from person to person, it's worth 
spending time playing around with 
the proportions until you find the 
perfect balance. Then, use a wide 
and fluffy brush, like the EcoTools 
Bamboo Blush Brush ($7, Rexall or 
Wal-Mart), to apply and blend the 
bronzer for a summery, sunkissed 
glow. Focus on the areas of the face 
that are naturally hit by the sun, like 
the top of the forehead and along the 
cheeks. Alternatively, for a dramatic, 

sculpted 
look, place 
the bronzer 
in the hol¬ 
lows of your 
cheeks and 
watch your 
cheekbones 
pop. 

On top of 
being cheap, 



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effective and wonderfully fragrant, 
the ingredients of your homemade 
bronzer have extra benefits. Corn¬ 
starch has the bonus of blurring over 
pores and keeping oily skin matte, 
while cinnamon has anti-aging ben¬ 
efits and acne-fighting antiseptic 
properties. But be warned: cinna¬ 
mon can be irritating for sensitive 
skin, so test this out on a small patch 
of skin beforehand. 

Eye Makeup Remover 

Although they’re effective, eye 
makeup removers are generally 
filled with harsh chemicals to break 
down makeup on your face. Since 
waterproof makeup removers are 
generally an oil-based 
component anyway, 
there's no reason 
you can’t cut cor¬ 
ners and use oil 
on its own. Take 
a cotton pad, 
dip it in some 
olive or coco¬ 
nut oil and 
press down 
on the eye 
area. Hold for 
a few seconds 
and then gen¬ 
tly wipe off all 


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your eye makeup. 

Besides quickly removing stub¬ 
born mascara, these oils will nourish 
and condition your eyelashes to help 
them grow stronger and longer. As 
well, alcohols in store-bought make¬ 
up removers can cause premature 
aging around the eyes, while the oil 
will help to keep your skin soft and 
supple. 

Toner 

This one isn’t so much a recipe as it is 
a sneaky bargain. Most commercial 
toners contain the same three main 
ingredients: alcohol, water and witch 
hazel. You can actually purchase 
witch hazel distillate on its own for 
less than $5 per 500 
mL at most pharma¬ 
cies, and it’s a much 
* better deal than 
spending $22 per 
t 177 mL for Murad's 

Clarifying Toner 
or $27 per 400 
mL for Clinique 
Clarifying Lotion. 
You can use witch 
hazel as either a 
spot treatment or 
a skin toner after 
cleansing. 

In particular, 
witch hazel's an¬ 
tibacterial proper¬ 
ties make it very 
useful for treating 
acne-prone skin. 
You can also add in¬ 
gredients like dried 
chamomile flowers, 
dried mint leaves, 
grated cucumber or 
green tea to witch 
hazel to boost the sk- 
heather Richards incare benefits. 


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UNIVERSITY OF 

ALBERTA 


Call for Consultation 

By the Dean Selection Committee, 
School of Public Health 

The process for selecting a Dean of the School 
of Public Health has begun, and in accordance 
with GFC regulations, a Selection Committee 
has been established. 

At this point, the Selection Committee asks for 
your opinion on the leadership needs of the 
School in the years ahead and any other key 
issues. You are urged to contact members of 
the Committee, or write to me as Committee 
Chair, to express your views on the priorities of 
the School, its current issues and future 
direction. All feedback may be shared with the 
Selection Committee, In order to facilitate the 
Committee’s work, please submit your 
comments by Monday, February 25, 2013. 

In addition, individuals who wish to stand as a 
candidate are invited to apply. Individuals may 
also nominate others who they feel would be 
suitable candidates. 

The selection of a Dean of the School of Public 
Health is vital to the academic success of the 
University of Alberta. I therefore ask you to take 
the time, even at this busy point in the academic 
year, to give some thought to the future of the 
School. Your views are important to us. Thank 
you for your assistance. 

Please forward your comments to the 
address/e-mail below. You may also share your 
views with any member of the Committee 
(contact information at right). 

Martin Ferguson-Pell, Ph.D, 

Acting Provost and Vice-President (Academic) 

Chair, Selection Committee 

2-36 South Academic Building (SAB) 

University of Alberta 
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G7 
E-Mail: actinq.provost@ualberta.ca 


Selection Committee 
Membership: 

Martin Ferguson-Pell 

acti nq. provost@ ual berta. ca 

Lome Babiuk 

lorne.babiuk@ualberta.ca 

Paul Melangon 

paul.melancon@ualberta.ca 

Faith Davis 

faith.davis@ualberta.ca 

Jane Springett 

iane.sprinqett@ualberta.ca 

Tania Bubela 

tania.bubela@uatberta.ca 

Patrick Hanington 

Patrick, haninqton@ualberta.ca 

Duncan Saunders 

duncan.saunders@ualberta.ca 

Yutaka Yasui 

yutaka.yasui@ualberta.ca 

Jacqueline Torti 

torti@ualberta.ca 

Neil Neary 

neary@ualberta.ca 

Martin Garber-Conrad 

martin@ecfoundation.org 

Kathryn Todd 

kath rvn .to dd (a>a I bertah ealth se rvices.ca 


Wendy Rodgers 

wendv.rodqers@ualberta.ca 


Felicity Hey 

felicity, hey@ualberta.ca 


Erasmus Okine 

erasmus.okine@ualberta.ea 



UNIVERSITY OF 

ALBERTA 


Call for Consultation 

By the Dean Selection Committee, 
Alberta School of Business 

The process for selecting a Dean of the Alberta 
School of Business has begun, and in 
accordance with GFC regulations, a Selection 
Committee has been established. 

At this point, the Selection Committee asks for 
your opinion on the leadership needs of the 
School in the years ahead and any other key 
issues. You are urged to contact members of 
the Committee, or write to me as Committee 
Chair, to express your views on the priorities of 
the School, its current issues and future 
direction. All feedback may be shared with the 
Selection Committee. In order to facilitate the 
Committee’s work, please submit your 
comments by Monday, February 11, 2013. 

In addition, individuals who wish to stand as a 
candidate are invited to apply. Individuals may 
also nominate others who they feel would be 
suitable candidates. 

The selection of a Dean of the Alberta School of 
Business is vital to the academic success of the 
University of Alberta. I therefore ask you to take 
the time, even at this busy point in the academic 
year, to give some thought to the future of the 
School. Your views are important to us. Thank 
you for your assistance. 

Please forward your comments to the 
address/e-mail below. You may also share your 
views with any member of the Committee 
(contact information at right). 

Martin Ferguson-Pell, Ph.D. 

Acting Provost and Vice-President (Academic) 

Chair, Selection Committee 

2-36 South Academic Building (SAB) 

University of Alberta 
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G7 
E-Mail: acting.provost@ualberta.ca 


Selection Committee 
Membership: 

Martin Ferguson-Pell 

acti nq.provost@ual berta .ca 

Lome Babiuk 

lorne.babiuk@uaiberta.ca 

Mazi Shirvani 

mazi.shirvani@ualberta.ca 

Karim Jamal 

karim.iamal@ualberta.ca 

Michael Lounsbury 

michael.lounsburv@ualberta.ca 

Randall Morck 

randall.morck@ualberta.ca 

Robert Fisher 

robert.fisher@ualberta.ca 

Jessa Aco 

aco@ualberta.ca 

Cameron Geldart 

qeldart@ualberta.ca 

Keltie Tolmie 

keltie.tolmie@ualberta.ca 

William Street 

william.street@ualberta.ca 

Donald Oborowsky 

don.Qborowskv@waiward.com 

Duncan Sinclair 

dlsinclair@deloitte.ca 

Mary Phillips-Rickey 

m.Qhillips-nckev@icaa.ab.ca 


Jennifer Argo 

iennifer.arqo@ualberta.ea 






























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arts & culture ■ 21 


New Works Festival spotlights student-run theatre 


THEATRE PREVIEW 


New Works 
Festival 

WHEN Tuesday, Feb. 5 - Sunday, 
Feb. 10 

WHERE Timms Centre for the Arts 
(87 Avenue and 112 Street) 

HOW MUCH $10 at the door 

Kate Black 

ARTS & CULTURE STAFF-@BLAHBLAHBLACK 

Stepping out of your comfort zone — 
and working hard while you do it — 
characterizes the development of the 
U of A Department of Drama's New 
Works Festival. Throw this in with 
balancing a full course load and you 
may end up with an experience that 
artistic director and fourth-year Dra¬ 
ma major Bevin Dooley describes as 
filled with "lots of drinking and lots of 
tears" — something most university 
students can relate to. 

Entering its 13th season of opera¬ 
tion, the New Works festival contin¬ 
ues to keep things fresh by exclusively 
featuring six original, unproduced 
works. The completely student-run 
festival captures the essence of uni¬ 
versity life by pushing both bound¬ 
aries and time schedules — and as 
GRA Consultant Mia van Leeuwen ex¬ 
plains, it's all in the spirit of fostering 
artistic growth. 

"Our main goal is to facilitate the 
development of work by emerging 
playwrights, so we try to provide 
development opportunities to new 
emerging writers who might not be 
able to get them through a different 
company. We consider ourselves, a lot 


of the time, to be a stepping stone to 
other projects or festivals,” van Leeu¬ 
wen says. 

Dooley explains these development 
opportunities couldn't be done with¬ 
out an arsenal of collective volunteer 
work done out of "a labour of love.” 

"Sometimes we have friends, sib¬ 
lings or significant others that we'll 
Volun-tell' to do things, but for the 
most part, everyone on the executive 
and all of the writers, directors, dra¬ 
maturges, actors and designers pitch 
in some way other than in the scope of 
their field,” says Dooley. 

"I'll be painting,” adds van 
Leeuwen. 

"And I showed up for a lighting 
hang today!” Dooley laughs. 

“Our main goal 
is to facilitate the 
development of 
work by emerging 
playwrights, so we try 
to provide development 
opportunities to new 
emerging writers who 
might not be able to get 
them through a different 

company.” 

MIA VAN LEEUWEN 

GRA CONSULTANT, NEW WORKS FESTIVAL 

In addition to a volunteer force of U 
of A students, the festival also incor¬ 
porates a mentorship aspect. Artistic 
director and dramaturge at Theatre 
Yes Heather Inglis, U of A Playwright 
in Residence Greg MacArthur and 


local director Trevor Schmidt — a 
triad Dooley describes as "The Holy 
Trinity”—worked with and mentored 
the festival's participants throughout 
their preparation. 

However, as MFA Directing candi¬ 
date and festival participant Simon 
Bloom explains, the most learn¬ 
ing and personal growth comes 
from stepping outside your field of 
practice. 

"It's completely student-run, so it's 
a learning experience for a lot of peo¬ 
ple. So that's something that we al¬ 
ways have to keep in mind. It might be 
someone's first time hanging lights,” 
says Bloom, who directs festival play 
The Tragedy of the Manic Pixie Dream 
Girl 

Bloom's play offers a feminist re¬ 
sponse to the character trope of the 
"Manic Pixie Dream Girl” found in 
films such as 500 Days of Summer and 
Garden State, where the spontaneous, 
impulsive female lead brings the male 
out of the monotony of his own life. 
Written, directed and performed by 
a crew of 20-somethings, Bloom ex¬ 
plains that this play, along with the 
other shows in the festival, are geared 
towards the university crowd. 

Although Bloom admits it's some¬ 
times difficult to work on a smaller- 
scale set with a more intimate group 
of people, he's confident that the chal¬ 
lenge is rewarding, and ultimately 
contributes to the learning experi¬ 
ence of student-run theatre. As a 15- 
year veteran of theatre, van Leeuwen 
says that in the end, it's all part of the 
game. 

"I think within theatre, there's this 
initiation process that you go through 
— not that I'm advocating for how 
that should always be or anything ... 
but it's all part of the process." 


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Porter 

Brewery: Mikkeller 

Available at: Sherbrooke Liquor Store (11819 

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Like many beer enthusiasts out there, I have my 
favourite breweries I always return to when I find 
myself plagued with indecision in the aisles of the 
liquor store. One of those standbys is Mikkeller, an 
unconventional brewery that consistently cranks 
out some of the best beers in the world. This week, 
I checked if my inner fanboy was 
justified by trying out Mikkeller 
Porter. 

The beer pours a syrupy dark 
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On the nose, there's a syrupy 
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mouth feel is a bit thin, but the low carbonation helps 
it feel substantial. 

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flavours for the style, which is pretty much what I 
expected. Luckily, it also pulls it off well and makes 
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to anyone who loves dark beers. 


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Brewery: Alley Kat 

Available at: Sherbrooke Liquor store 

(11819 St. Albert Trail), Alley Kat Brewery (9929 60 

Ave.) and Keg n Cork (3845 99 St.) 

Having just released the next instalment in their 
Dragon series of Imperial IPAs, Alley Kat continues 
to bring new offers to the table on a monthly basis. 
The aptly-named Plaid Dragon makes use of multiple 
hop varietals — which have all been used in past edi¬ 
tions of the Dragon series — but 
have been blended together this 
time, instead of being used on their 
own in a single hop beer. 

The beer pours a pale golden- 
orange colour with not much head 
or lacing — a standard trait of the 
Dragon series. 

The smell immediately leaps 
out of the glass with a barrage 
of cantaloupe, tropical fruits, 
orange/tangerine and general 
hoppy goodness. There's also 
some malt sweetness to comple¬ 
ment a light piney character on 
the finish. 

Unfortunately, the taste is 
much less impressive than the 
nose. While there's a decent amount of bitterness up 
front, it's nothing special. This is followed by some 
spicy notes and a barely noticeable melon fruitiness 
that doesn't add much to the beer, and the finish has 
a long, lingering spicy bitterness to it. 

Plaid Dragon is another case of a Dragon beer 
whose bite doesn't live up to its bark. The nose set the 
stage beautifully, but the taste falls flat in the end. 
While this isn't a bad beer, it doesn't fulfill its great 
potential, so it only earns a 7/10. 


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For TV junkies, there's nothing worse than discovering a new show 
and falling in love with the characters, only to have it cancelled after 
a few short weeks — as is the case with Emily Owens, M.D., a medical 
drama sadly coming to an end after just 13 episodes. The show — which 
will inevitably draw comparisons to programs like Grey's Anatomy— 
was cancelled after only six episodes, though the network thankfully 
decided to let the rest of the season air. 

The show revolves around Emily Owens, a young intern who gets a 
job at the same hospital as both her high school nemesis and her uni¬ 
versity crush, who also happens to be her best friend. While it's admit¬ 
tedly true that the show doesn't have the most creative concept, what 
it lacks in originality it makes up for in heart. This is mostly thanks 
to lead actor Mamie Gummer, playing the quirky, slightly nerdy main 
character who has a special touch with her patients. 

Watching the show, it's no surprise that Gummer comes from good 
stock. As Meryl Streep's daughter, it's obvious Gummer has picked up 
a few cues from her mother's career. She especially shines when she 
shares the screen with actor Michael Rady, who plays a doctor with a 
crush of his own on Emily. The pair's evolution from friends to almost- 
lovers has been adorable to watch over the series, and the world of TV is 
going to be a little bleaker without them. 

While it's a crime to take it off the air, Emily Owens, M.D. deserves 
to be classified as one of the finer things in pop culture before it's ban¬ 
ished from our screens. 

The Finer Things is a semi-regular feature in which Gateway pop 
culture pundits point to a particularly relevant or pretentious exam¬ 
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Society is constantly changing and 
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Mellow songs 


With the stress of school and the cold weighing us down and the winter blues pushing us further 
into the dumps, sometimes you just have to kick back and listen to some great music. Here are a 

few tunes to help you relax and forget your troubles. 

“Have You Heard?” - Joshua Hyslop 

This acoustic song is riveting, with Hyslop starting off softly before swelling into a powerful, soulful 
belt. Most of the song is sung in questions, though the only question you'll have after listening is why it 
took you so long to discover him. 

“Landslide” - Liam Titcomb 

"Landslide” is the diamond in the rough on an otherwise unremarkable album. With its catchy, 
rhythmic use of a tambourine and repetitive chords, the song is almost hypnotic as it lulls you into a 
comfortable, content mood. 

“Modern Times” - Zaac Pick 

A selection from Pick's latest EP Whitewater, "Modern Times” flows as effortlessly as the waves on the 
album cover. The use of violins and cellos complements the soft tune perfectly, and the song brings up 
feelings of lazy, relaxed afternoons. 

“Here, Here and Here” - Meg and Dia 

Slightly more up-tempo than most of the songs on this playlist, "Here, Here and Here” strays from Meg 
and Dia's usual pop sound. The catchiest part is the chorus, as the line "Here, here and here. He pointed 
to his heart and mind and ears” swells with power throughout the song. 

“Bleeding Out” - The Lone Bellow 

Reminiscent of bands like The Script and Mumford and Sons, The Lone Bellow is on the right path to 
follow in the successful footsteps of these bands. The song's beat has just enough urgency to it without 
making things seem hectic, and is a great snippet from their debut album. 

“Entwined” - Jason Reeves 

With its dramatic use of piano and pauses, “Entwined" is a striking song that uses sparse arrangement 
to maximum effectiveness. This song is unlike anything else of Reeves', who tends to lean towards a 
more traditional indie sound on most of his other songs. 

“Love They Say” - Tegan and Sara 

While many are criticizing sister duo Tegan and Sara for making the move to a more mainstream pop 
sound, "Love They Say” is proof that the transition was well worth it. This song is by far the best one 
off their latest album Heartthrob, and the sisters’ soft and breathy voices contrast beautifully with the 
upbeat music. 


Chris Brown is at it again. The singer allegedly got into a recent scuf¬ 
fle with rival singer Frank Ocean over a parking spot — while he's 
still on probation for beating up former girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. 
The two singers have been feuding over Twitter for months, and their 
anger has now spilled over into physical violence. 

Of course, this news isn't exactly shocking. Brown's built himself a 
bit of a reputation for fighting and having anger problems lately, and 
this is just the latest in a list of recent troubles for the singer. In addi¬ 
tion to his attack on Rihanna, Brown was also involved in a fight with 
friends of hip-hop star Drake at a New York nightclub last year, and 
has allegedly had several outbursts during interviews. 

Why Brown continues to get himself into these situations is any¬ 
one's guess, but it's getting old fast. It's not like he gains anything 
from them, since all he's getting is bad press about how crazy he 
seems for getting into these situations. If he keeps this up, someone's 
going to give him a taste of his own medicine — and he'll have no one 
left to feel sorry for him. 

Flop Culture is a semi-regular feature in which Gateway pop culture 
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Brendan Curley 

SPORTS STAF F ■ #B_CURLEY 

The 2013 season represents a pe¬ 
riod of change for track and field at 
the University of Alberta. 

Led by freshman coach Wes Mo- 
erman and a handful of new as¬ 
sistant coaches, the team is in the 
midst of a transitional year that has 
seen an abundance of talent come 
and go. Moerman replaced last 
year's head coach Georgette Reed 
over the summer as part of U of A 
Athletics' new Alberta Model. 

“Our focus for Canada West this 
year is just to do a small amount of 
events and do them re ally well. That's 
going to set us up for the sustained 
success we are looking for with both 
the athletes and the coaching staff," 
Moerman explained. 

"I don't really know where we are 
going to stack up in the conference, 
and I don't really pay attention to 
that. Our focus is just to be excel¬ 
lent in the day-to-day things and let 
the big show take care of itself." 

While expectations may be rea¬ 
sonably modest for the Pandas 
and Bears teams, the U of A host¬ 
ing nationals this season and the 
next could provide a motivational 
boost. 

As the host school, the U of A 
has been working towards improv¬ 
ing and building upon last year's 
CIS championship results, where 
the Pandas placed seventh and 
the Bears placed 13 th. This year's 
track and field season began a few 
weeks ago with the Golden Bear 
Open at the U of A, and Moerman 
expressed confidence in his team's 
ability to compete in sprinting and 
field events. 

“Our sprinting group is strong. 
We have two excellent runners in 



first-year Katrina Martin and sec¬ 
ond-year Leah Walkadean; both are 
within the top eight in the country 
right now," Moerman said. 

“In the men's 60 -metre we have 
Ben Williams, who is top six in 
the country. Our sprinting group 
this year is young — most are first 
and second-year athletes — so the 
future is promising in some of the 
premiere events.” 

Leading the way in the field events 
is defending CanWest male field 
athlete of the year Stephen McPhee. 
McPhee won gold in the long jump 
last season at the CanWest cham¬ 
pionships and at nationals, and is 
poised to defend his title this year 



YIFENG 


at home. He headlines an impres¬ 
sive core of field athletes that also 
includes sophomore Isaac Tyler in 
the high jump. 

“Our field group is also a 
strength," Moerman said. "We've 
made a number of technical im¬ 
provements in the field events and 
I hope for self-sustained success." 

But without a doubt, the team's 
most glaring weakness is a shallow 
distance core, which took a big hit 
in the wake of the recent personnel 
changes. 

Prior to the start of the cross¬ 
country season last fall, a number 
of the U of A's top distance athletes 
decided to part ways with the var¬ 
sity team in order to continue to run 
with former Bears and Pandas dis¬ 
tance coach Glen Playfair, who was 
let go during the massive coaching 
changes in the offseason. 

Moerman didn't allow for his ath¬ 
letes to train and run with Playfair, 
which wasn't the case when Reed 
was coaching the team. 

“I had been running with (Playfair) 
for six years. When it became clear I 
couldn't run with my old coach and 
still be a part of the Bears, I made the 
decision to leave the team,” former 
Bears track captain Graeme Law ex¬ 
plained. 

Law was entering his final year 
of eligibility, after being the Bears' 
top runner in the Men's 1,500 and 
3 , 000 -metre events at the Canada 
West Championships last season. 

Law was not alone in his decision 
to leave the university team in order 
to run with Playfair, who is the head 
coach of the Edmonton Thunder 
track and field club. Other Bears who 
left the team for the same reason in¬ 
cluded David Falk, Curtis Aucoin and 
former captain Donovan Hacking. 

“There were four of us that decid¬ 
ed to leave. Distance wasn't a huge 
aspect of the team to begin with, 
but all of the faster people left,” 
Law explained. 

Five members of the Pandas made 
the same decision to leave the team, 
four of whom continue to train with 
Playfair as members of Edmonton 


YIFENG LIU 

Thunder. Former U of A athletes 
Hayley Degaust, Alana Soderberg, 
Nicole Soderberg and Sarah McMas- 
ter all left the team after being the 
top female distance runners for the 
Pandas in recent years. 

"It was a shock to hear that (Play¬ 
fair) wasn't going to return as the 
U of A distance coach this year. As 
soon as I heard the news, I knew that 
I would no longer train as a Panda. 
(Playfair) was a great coach — it just 
wouldn't be the same," former Pan¬ 
das distance runner Amy McLean 
explained. 

"Honestly, all the core (distance) 
runners still continue to train with 
him.” 

In an interesting turn of events, 
many of these athletes competed 
against their former teammates 
in the recent Golden Bear Open. 
Donovan Hacking placed third in 
the men's 800 -metre run, while Ni¬ 
cole Soderberg placed second in the 
1 , 000 -metre run and third in the 
1 , 500 -metre race. 

Despite losing almost all of the 
top-end talent for long distance 
track events this season, the Bears' 
roster still features a number of up- 
and-coming distance runners who 
will try to fill the gap left by the loss 
of nine prominent athletes. 

The U of A has two more events 
before the CanWest Champion¬ 
ships for these runners to continue 
to mature. This weekend, they'll 
travel to Winnipeg, while their top 
athletes will also head to Seattle to 
compete in the University of Wash¬ 
ington Husky classic against NCAA 
schools. 

Moerman admitted the team 
lacked depth in the distance events, 
but expressed confidence that the 
program was progressing towards 
a successful rebuild. 

"Our distance runners have all 
made progress. From a straight per¬ 
formance level, the distance events 
are really tough in CIS," Moerman 
said. "We are not really looking to 
have a huge impact in the CIS in 
distance just yet — we are building 
towards that.” 



































































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Golden Bears linebacker to return to 
International Bowl for second year 


FOOTBALL PROFILE 


Andrew Jeffrey 

SPORTS EDITOR-fANDREWJEFFREY 


Despite experiencing a disappoint¬ 
ing season on the field in CIS play, 
third-year Golden Bears linebacker 
Connor Ralph is headed back to 
Austin, Texas for the International 
Bowl. 

It will be Ralph's second year rep¬ 
resenting World Team in their an¬ 
nual game against Team USA held 
by the International Federation of 
American Football on Feb. 5. The 
game sees a group of top university- 
level football players chosen from 
various countries such as Canada, 
Japan, Mexico, American Samoa 
and in different parts of Europe. 

They'll square off against a team 
of top American college football 
players. Despite the relative low 
stakes of the game, Ralph's ex¬ 
perience with the game last year 
showed him that it’s more com¬ 
petitive than other similar types of 
games. 

"It's real competitive — it's not 
like your typical all-star game,” 
Ralph said. "Everyone wants to 
win, and in the last two interna¬ 
tional competitions, Canada has 
beat the US twice, so they're go¬ 
ing to be coming with everything 
they've got, so hopefully we can 
make it a third." 

Ralph was one of several Canada 


West players chosen to the U-19 
team after racking up 79.5 total 
tackles in two seasons with the 
Bears. As a part of the Internation¬ 
al Bowl last season, Ralph was on 
the first World Team to ever defeat 
Team USA at the event. 


“There’s a lot of 
talent (in Canada) that 
almost goes under¬ 
recognized because the 
States get all the media 
attention when it comes 
to football. After I play 
those American kids, 
I think there’s a lot of 
Canadians who aren’t far 

off from being 
at that level. 

CONNOR RALPH 

GOLDEN BEARS LINEBACKER 

With the lack of international 
competition for the United States 
in football and their strong record 
at this event, there's extra moti¬ 
vation for Ralph and the rest of 
his team to defeat the American 
squad to prove the strength of in¬ 
ternational competition compared 
to American university football 
players. 


"There's a lot of talent here that 
almost goes under-recognized be¬ 
cause the States gets all the media 
attention when it comes to foot¬ 
ball, " Ralph said. 

"After I play those American 
kids, I think there's a lot of Cana¬ 
dians who aren’t far off from being 
at that level." 

Comparing the American and 
Canadian athletes that will be play¬ 
ing each other in Austin, for the 
most part Ralph sees the competi¬ 
tion being even. 

He explained that no matter 
the background of each player on 
World Team, they all want to prove 
their home country can play foot¬ 
ball at as high of a calibre as any¬ 
where else. 

"There's the freaks who are really 
athletic down (in the United States) 
moreso, like the Cam Newtons and 
stuff like that,” Ralph explained. 
"Other than that, I think there's 
regular athletes, and once they're 
in the program, the training makes 
them better. But I honestly don't 
think there's a ton of difference be¬ 
tween the top athletes here and the 
athletes down there. 

"As an athlete you want to be the 
best and you're thinking about that 
when you're there. They're going 
to Alabama or Texas and you just 
want to prove that you could have 
been in their shoes too, and able 
to go to those schools if you lived 
down there.” 


Bears hope to maintain undefeated record 
nearing playoffs in Manitoba this weekend 



ZENGBEN HAO 


UNDEFEATED ♦ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 

While modesty is a great policy, it 
can't be denied that the statistics 
heading into the weekend heavily fa¬ 
vour the undefeated Bears. The team 
has only dropped eight sets all year, 
which is 18 less than the Bisons, who 
boast the second-lowest mark in the 
conference. 

"(Manitoba) is a really good team 
and playing in their gym is going to 
be tough," Olmstead said. "We were 
in Brandon a week ago, which was 
one of our harder trips this season, 
and we expect the same deal next 
weekend." 

While stingy defence has been 
a source of pride for the Bears, the 
team's ability to score points has tru¬ 
ly stood out this season. The Bears 
lead the CIS in a number of offen¬ 
sive statistics, with 13.82 kills per 
set and 13.02 assists per set. That 
offensive success can largely be at¬ 
tributed to Olmstead's stellar play, 
who sits alongside senior right side 
Mitch Irvine in the top six in the CIS 
in a number of individual offensive 
statistics. 

"(Irvine) is the powerhouse of 
the team. He's a really strong hitter 
and is good at getting by the block,” 
Bears sophomore Kevin Proudfoot 
said. "(Olmstead) is our man in the 
clutch. He hits the ball with pace 
but also has a variety of shots to get 
through pretty much whatever the 
defence throws at him." 

Manitoba enters the weekend hav¬ 
ing won four straight matches to se¬ 
cure a playoff berth, and they now 
find themselves in a three-way tie for 
third in Canada West at 12-6. The Bi¬ 
son's defence ranks amongst the top 
in the nation, and their 213 blocks 
and 799 digs respectively rank as the 
second and third best marks in all of 
CIS. 

"Manitoba is always a hard gym 
to play in. Their fans are loud and 


they are always a feisty team, so we 
are just going to have to do the same 
things we have been doing all year. 
If we can do that, I think we will be 
fine,” Bears left side Ryley Barnes 
said. 

This weekend's action marks the 
first time the two teams will meet 
since the Bisons eliminated the 
Bears in the semi-finals of last year's 


Canada West playoffs. Manitoba is in 
the thick of a playoff positioning race 
to secure a home playoff quarterfi¬ 
nal, and would no doubt love the op¬ 
portunity to hand Alberta their first 
loss. Not only will the Bears' perfect 
season be on the line, but the team 
will also be playing for a measure of 
redemption this weekend against 
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Veteran Bears hungry for championship in final season 



HARRY DU 


HOCKEY PREVIEW 


Bears vs. Cougars 

Friday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, 
Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. 

Clare Drake Arena, Edmonton, AB 

Andrew Jeffrey 

SPORTS EDITOR ■@ANDREWJEFFREY 


As any veteran player nears the end of 
their CIS career, it's only natural for 
these athletes to start getting anxious 
about winning a CIS championship 
before they graduate and move on in 
their careers. 

On a relatively young Golden Bears 
hockey team, there are just two play¬ 
ers in their fifth year of eligibility — 
they've come close to winning a na¬ 
tional championship in the past, only 
to come just short of that goal. The 
last time the Bears won a CIS national 
championship was the 2007-2008 
season, the year prior to team captain 
Greg Gardner and goaltender Real 
Cyr joining the team. Since then, the 
Bears have made nationals in three 
out of four seasons, even making it to 
the championship game once before 
losing in overtime. 

"Coming in the year after they win 
nationals is pretty exciting. You think 
that they're going to do it every year," 


Gardner recalled. "Realizing it's my 
last year is exciting, but there's also 
a little more pressure knowing you 
don't get to say, 'There’s always next 
year.' 

"That's one of the reasons I picked 
this program is knowing I would have 
the opportunity to win nationals ev¬ 
ery year — especially coming off of 
the year that they had before I came 
here — and realizing that firsthand 
from them. When you get to (CIS 
nationals), it's tough. You've got to 
play on your feet and can't make any 
mistakes or it's going to cost you, and 
if you lose a game, you're out of the 
tournament. I'm just hoping for an¬ 
other opportunity to get that national 
title.” 

The Bears have put themselves in a 
prime position to be national champi¬ 
onship contenders this season. After 
a shaky start to the year, they've won 
19 of their last 21 games, putting 
them in first place in the conference 
with just two weekends left before 
playoffs. Cyr attributed the team’s 
successful run this year to the disap¬ 
pointing results of their last season 
that saw the team exit the quarterfi¬ 
nals after being eliminated by their ri¬ 
vals from the University of Saskatch¬ 
ewan. 

"I think a lot of it has to do with the 
sting of last year and how unsuccess¬ 
ful we were," Cyr said. "It was a good 


wake-up call — the young guys are 
great. This team really gelled together 
well from the start. We get along on 
and off the ice, we're always together 
and it's a good group of guys that 
would do anything for each other." 

The team's development of their 
young players was inevitably helped 
along by their veterans. Cyr, on the 
one hand, has split time this season 
with younger goalie Kurtis Mucha, 
while Gardner, entering his second 
year as Bears' captain, has played an 
important role in leading a relatively 
young team that saw a lot of turnover 
in his first season in the role. 

"You look at the captains of the 
past, and being able to put your name 
alongside those guys is pretty excit¬ 
ing," Gardner said. "But along with 
that comes a lot of responsibility. 
Last year, we had a really young team 
bringing in 10 or 11 new guys, so 
there was a little added responsibility 
for myself helping guys adjust to how 
it is at the CIS level." 

Heading into their second-last 
weekend of the season, both players 
have learned during their time with 
the Golden Bears that they can’t take 
any opponents lightly, nor can they 
look past other teams towards play¬ 
offs. 

"When you come here and you see 
all the banners and you hear about 
the tradition and how (The Bears are) 


a winning team, you sometimes just 
think putting the jersey on automati¬ 
cally makes you a winner,” Cyr re¬ 
called from his first year. 

"I thought about (this final sea¬ 
son) more over the summer. It didn’t 
stress me out, but it made me a little 
more anxious to get started. Once 
the season starts, you realize it's just 


another season and no different from 
any other season you’ve played in 
your life," he continued. 

"It's a cliche, but one day at a time is 
a huge thing. If (Gardner) and I think 
this is going to be our last year and 
we're thinking this is our last shot, 
thinking about March right now — 
it's not going to benefit anybody. ” 


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Inconsistency plagues Pandas 



ZENGBEN HAO 


VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW 


Pandas @ Bisons 

Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday. Feb. 2 at 
6 p.m. 

Investors Group Athletic Centre, Winnipeg 

Andrew Jeffrey 

SPORTS EDITOR ■@ANDREWJEFFREY 


As the end of the Pandas' volleyball 
season approaches, the standings 
show the team battling for top spot 
in the conference through recent 
inconsistent play. 

The Pandas had a strong start to 
the year, losing only twice before 
the season's winter break, which 
made them one of the top CanWest 
teams this season — a natural po¬ 
sition for the defending confer¬ 
ence champions. But the team has 
gone .500 since coming back from 
the break, splitting three straight 
weekends for a record of 3 - 3 - 

"Over the last couple of week¬ 
ends, we've had trouble stringing 
together two nights in a row with 
inconsistent performances,” fifth- 
year Pandas Krista Zubick said. 
“We played really good on Friday 
all around and on Saturday we 
started out really well, but when 
they pushed back in the second 
set, we didn't respond to their pres¬ 
sure very well. I think that's where 
we had a bit of trouble and need 
to bring a consistent performance 
over both nights.” 

While the Pandas didn't respond 
well to pressure in their Saturday 
game against the University of 
Winnipeg Wesmen, Zubick is con¬ 
fident the team can improve when 
it counts. 

On Saturday, the team won the 
first set of the match before fall¬ 
ing behind in the second and never 
truly recovering from there, losing 
3-1. But Zubick noted that the team 
has still played a strong game over¬ 
all, not showing any real signs of 
particular weakness against their 
opponents. 

“I don't think there's one glaring 
problem. This past weekend, our 
response to stress wasn't the ap¬ 
propriate response,” Zubick said. 
“We're still at the part of the sea¬ 
son where we're going uphill, and 
we're going to peak over these past 


two weekends going into playoffs. 
We're still in control of hosting 
home playoffs in (the quarterfinals) 
and if we take care of these next 
two weekends, we definitely have 
control over that.” 

With playoffs just around the 
corner, it's clear that now is the 
time for any consistency problems 
to be solved, as the Pandas will like¬ 
ly host a quarterfinal series start¬ 
ing on Feb. 15. In their second-last 
weekend of the season, the Pandas 
will face Manitoba. 

While the Bisons are only 9-9, 
getting two wins would be huge for 
playoff positioning with the much 
more difficult task of defeating the 
second-place Trinity Western Uni¬ 
versity Spartans looming for the 
Pandas in the following weekend. 


“It's a short week this week, so 
have a few hard days at practice 
and we're ready to go for the week¬ 
end in Manitoba,” Zubick said. 

“We just have the mindset where 
we know there's a lot on the line 
for us, but it's an exciting oppor¬ 
tunity and we're not shying away 
from it. 

From there, Zubick hopes the 
Pandas can advance to another 
Canada West championship victo¬ 
ry and potentially go to nationals 
for the team's first national cham¬ 
pionship since 2006-07. 

The team has been to nation¬ 
als for the past three seasons, but 
have yet to find a way to victory. 
But with more consistent play, 
they may be able to find their way 
to nationals again. 


Basketball Bears play top Prairie teams to 
finish regular season before playoffs begin 


FOOTBALL ROUNDUP 


Bears vs. Bisons 

Friday, Feb. 1 to Saturday, Feb. 2,8 p.m. 
Saville Sports Centre, Edmonton 

Nicola Flynn 

SPORTS WRITER -@NLFLYNN13 


The Golden Bears basketball team 
is facing a tough stretch ahead, 
playing their final six games of the 
season against the three teams just 
behind them in the Prairie Division. 

The first-place Bears will play the 
second-place University of Mani¬ 
toba Bisons, the fourth-place Uni¬ 
versity of Winnipeg Wesmen and 
the third-place University of Sas¬ 
katchewan Huskies in consecutive 
weekends before the Canada West 
conference playoffs begin. 

The first of those three match¬ 
ups, which will see Alberta host the 
Bisons, will be crucial in determin¬ 
ing whether the Bears will finish 


the season in the top spot in their 
division. 

“It is a big weekend for us — we 
are hoping for a large turnout 
to get some home support,” said 
Bears head coach Barnaby Crad¬ 
dock. Manitoba is a playoff team 
with a winning record, so they are 
going to be tough games.” 

Going into these difficult match¬ 
ups, the team recognizes they need 
to work on their defence. 

Craddock acknowledged injuries 
have put the Bears at a disadvan¬ 
tage all season, hurting the team's 
defence, but he's nevertheless try¬ 
ing to push a defensive mentality 
for his players, who have respond¬ 
ed well to this defensive mindset, 
aware of the improvements they 
need to make that will be necessary 
for the team's success throughout 
the upcoming playoff season. 

"I think our defence and rebound¬ 
ing has to be better at this point in 
the season,” third-year Bears guard 
Kenneth Otieno said. 

“There were certain points earlier 


in the season where we were hold¬ 
ing teams to less than 60 points and 
out-rebounding them. We have to 
get back to that mindset and make 
defence and rebounding the iden¬ 
tity of our team.” 

Because of injuries, the Bears are 
in a rough position player-wise. But 
Craddock notes that fortunately, a 
number of injured players have re¬ 
turned to form since playing again, 
while others have stepped up in the 
absence of the team's usual starters 
to injuries. 

The improved play of these mem¬ 
bers of the team only adds to the 
depth that will be necessary for 
the team to compete in the Canada 
West playoffs. 

“We've got all the top teams com¬ 
ing down the stretch, and were hop¬ 
ing to hold our own. Hopefully it 
is the type of schedule that has us 
playing some good basketball com¬ 
ing into the playoffs, because we 
know they are strong opponents 
and it will definitely get us playoff 
ready.” 



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Pandas hope to recover from losses against Cougars 


HOCKEY PREVIEW 


Pandas @ Cougars 

Friday, Feb. 1 to Saturday, Feb. 2,7 p.m. 
Clare Drake Arena 

Atta Almasi 

SPORTS STAFF 


This past weekend saw the Pandas 
hockey team reach season high at¬ 
tendance numbers, but they were 
unable to translate that support into 
wins. The Pandas dropped two close 
games to Hayley Wickenheiser and 
the University of Calgary Dinos 4-3 
on Friday night and 2-1 on Saturday 
afternoon. 

“It's hard,” Pandas head coach 
Howie Draper said after the team's 
second loss of the weekend. “I think 
there (was) a lot of energy on both 
sides of the ice. When you come 
close and you have an opportunity 
to potentially beat a very strong 
team and then it doesn't happen 
and you lose the opportunity with 
io seconds left in the game, that 
takes a little bit of wind out of your 
sails. 

“And I think that's maybe what 


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Canada West swimming championships 

The 2013 conference champion¬ 
ships put the University of Alberta 
in a familiar position by the end of 
the competition. 

The U of A finished in third 


we saw a little bit as a result of our 
start — we started to come on as 
the game went on, but too little too 
late.” 

Despite the negative result in the 
win-loss column, Draper adds that 
games against the Pandas' southern 
Alberta arch-rivals only contribute 
to the team's motivation to beat the 
Dinos the next time around. The 
Pandas coach finds the atmosphere 
surrounding Pandas/Dinos games 
to be exciting enough to help moti¬ 
vate his team more. 

“I think they really pump up the 
team,” Draper said on the atmo¬ 
sphere of the games. “We're quite 
aware that Calgary's got a very 
strong team and we want to do our 
best to beat them any time we play 
them. I mean, if things go well, 
we'll have another shot in Canada 
West playoffs, so they're very im¬ 
portant games and it really gets the 
girls going.” 

In addition to the on-ice action 
this past weekend, the Pandas also 
hosted a fundraiser for Ovarian Can¬ 
cer Canada during Friday night's 
game, sporting special teal jerseys 
to honour the cause. Although the 
event rang bittersweet for the Pan¬ 
das, whose captain, Sarah Hilworth, 

place overall in both the men's and 
women's events — the fourth time 
in five years that the U of A women 
have won a bronze medal, and a 
step down for the U of A's men, who 
won a silver medal last year. But 
the Bears are also no stranger to 
third place: last year's finish broke a 
10-year streak of the team finishing 
in third place. 

The events themselves were won 
by UBC on the women's side and the 


helped organize the festivities as a 
tribute after her late mother passed 
away from the disease, Draper said 
the overwhelming support the team 
received from the wider community 
was more than welcome. 

“I think when you look in the 
stands and you actually see that 
we've got more than 200 people 
up there and it's half full, (with) 
close to 550 people, that makes it 
really exciting — and I'm sure that 
that's one of the reasons why the 
energy was so great (Friday) night," 
Draper explained. "It was great in 
the building. We were able to come 
back from a 2-0 deficit. It was just 
outstanding, and I think everybody 
saw a great game between two really 
good teams.” 

This upcoming weekend of hock¬ 
ey offers no respite for the Pandas as 
they travel to the Queen City to face 
the second-place Regina Cougars in 
a two-game series Friday and Satur¬ 
day night. For Draper and his girls, 
the main attempt will be to even the 
score against the other green and 
gold, who beat them twice when 
the two teams met earlier on in the 
year. 

“I think having two strong games 
right now kind of helps lift your 

University of Calgary on the men's 
side. The last time another school 
won a Canada West championship 
was the 1995-96 season, which saw 
the U of A men tie UBC for first. 

The U of A's top swimmers at the 
event included Kendra Chernoff, 
who was named a first team all- 
star after winning the 50-metre 
butterfly event. Meanwhile, 
fourth-year captain Scott Stewart 
was nominated for the CIS student 


speed and your tempo a little bit, so 
hopefully we'll be able to carry that 
forward into the Regina weekend,” 
Drpaer said. “We know (what) we 
have to (do) — they took two games 
away from us in the first half. We've 

athlete/community service award 
after educating South African 
youth over the summer and volun¬ 
teering at a local children's hospi¬ 
tal throughout the school year. 

The top swimmers at the event, 
Savannah King and Coleman Allen, 
both came from UBC. 

The U of A team will now prepare 
for the CIS national championships 
that run from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23 at the 
University of Calgary. 


HARRY DU 

got to take those two games back. 

"We just can't wait anymore and 
we can't afford not to play our best 
hockey. So hopefully this will act 
as a little bit of a spark for next 
weekend.” 

Ringette Scores on Cancer 

The University of Alberta ringette 
team hosted its fourth annual 
Ringette Scores on Cancer tour¬ 
nament last weekend at West 
Edmonton Mall. 

The event saw more than 300 
ringette players competing through¬ 
out the weekend, raising a total of 
$110,000. In the past four years the 
event has raised $357,000 to donate 
to the Cross Cancer Institute. 




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SUPPLIED 

Raonic’s rise provides a perfect 
opportunity for Canadian tennis 



In a country almost exclusively fo¬ 
cused on hockey and football, it's 
difficult to make a case to Cana¬ 
dians that tennis is a sport worth 
watching. 

It could be chalked up as a prod¬ 
uct of time zones that force the big¬ 
gest tournaments to be televised 
at inconvenient times — or maybe 
we've grown so accustomed to 
team sports that solo competitions 
seem less important. But most of 
all, I'd attribute it to the fact that 
Canada has never created a tennis 
superstar who's dominated on the 
world stage. 

Over the past two years, Milos 
Raonic has risen in the internation¬ 
al ranks from relative obscurity to 
the doorstep of the top 10. Born in 
the former Yugoslavia on the cusp 
of its dissolution, Raonic moved to 
Canada at an early age and began 
playing tennis at eight. At 6'5", his 
tremendous height would have 
given him an advantage in nearly 
any sport, so his decision to play 
tennis instead may seem surpris¬ 
ing, though it likely speaks to his 
roots in Europe, where tennis is 
well-regarded. 

Raonic's decision to compete un¬ 
der the Canadian banner speaks to 
his intention to raise the profile of 
tennis across the country, and if his 
performance continues to increase 
at the same pace, it shouldn't be 
long before Canada is represented 
regularly in men's tennis finals. 


From there, the success would only 
encourage more young Canadians 
to take up tennis rather than more 
traditional Canadian sports. 

For those wary of turning their 
attention towards Raonic or learn¬ 
ing about tennis in general, Raon¬ 
ic's youth offers a perfect opportu¬ 
nity to learn about the game's more 
difficult aspects. While Raonic is 
already known for his extremely 
powerful and effective serving 
skills, which earn him easy points 
against the sport's best defensive 
players, his game still requires a 
great deal of work. 

Last Sunday, the 2013 Australian 
Open came to a close. As the first 
Grand Slam tournament of the 
year, it sets the tone for a player's 
performance throughout the rest 
of the tour — and while Raonic's 
fourth-round match marks the 
farthest he's gotten in a Grand 
Slam tournament, his final match 
against Switzerland's Roger Feder- 
er brought out the kinks in the Ca¬ 
nadian's game. 

Federer certainly felt the wrath 
of Raonic's serve, but the Swiss 
maestro repeatedly beat him down 
when it came to volleying and play¬ 
ing close to the net. These more 
complex skills are only learned 
through time, which means those 
opting to start following Raonic 
can learn and grow with him as he 
works them out and ascends the 
ranks. 

It's such technical complexities 
that mark what's so great about the 
game of tennis. Though the close- 
quarters, back-and-forth nature of 
the sport might not be appealing to 
some, few things are more intense 
than a smashed tennis ball repeat¬ 
edly blurring across the court, as 


both players grow more fatigued 
with every cross-court sprint. The 
individual nature of tennis also fre¬ 
quently forces physicality to take a 
back seat while the game turns into 
a psychological battle between op¬ 
ponents. 

Unlike many team sports, tennis 
is certainly a sport where underdogs 
can achieve the impossible, and no 
outcome is certain until the last set 
is finished. 


Federer certainly felt 
the wrath of Raonic's 
serve, but the Swiss 
maestro repeatedly beat 
him down when it came 
to volleying and playing 
close to the net. These 
more complex skills are 
only learned through 
time, which means those 
opting to start following 
Raonic can learn and 
grow with him as he 
works them out ands 
ascends the ranks. 

As Raonic continues into the 
second month of the world tour, 
there are plenty of smaller tourna¬ 
ments to watch and mark his prog¬ 
ress. With the second Grand Slam 
tournament on the horizon in 
May's French Open, we'll be able to 
watch Raonic go at it with tennis's 
best once again, also encouraging 
us to get more active as the sum¬ 
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14. Buck follower 

15. _Gay 

16. Emperor of Rome 54-68 

17. Miss 

18.1961 Heston role 

19. Start of a counting rhyme 

20. Expressive of love 
22. Cleansing preparation 

24. Frozen Wasser 

25. Israeli submachine gun 

26. Clear as ___ 

29. Hair goo 

32. Small hand drum 

36. Subterfuge 

37. Sullenly ill-humored 

39. Former nuclear agcy. 

40. Like afterschool activities 

43. Digit of the foot 

44. Alarms 

45. Actress Campbell 

46. Abrasive mineral 

48. HST’s successor 

49. Feels for 

50. DDE opponent 

52. Tomcat 

53. Specter 


57. Of great size 

61. Nobleman 

62. Get to know 

64. Accent 

65. Choir member 

66. _con polio 

67. Slang expert Partridge 

68. Abound 

69. _lift? 

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6. Just 

7. Fabled bird 

8. Some Ivy Leaguers 

9. Hindu ascetic 

10. Hemoglobin deficiency 

11. Abstruse 

12. Cartoonist Peter 

13. Spoollike toy 
21. Black gold 
23. Early Mexican 

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49. Op. ___ 

51. Gannet 

52. District in Tokyo 

53. Land map 

54. Gap 


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For the last few 

m weeks, Dr. Donna 
^ has had a lousy 

cough and just 
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W a combination of 

' bad drugs (yes, pre¬ 
scription) and asthma. 
However, it's gotten a little worse and 
Dr. Google says I could have sarcoi¬ 
dosis or a malignant lung tumour, so 
it's good that we have some questions 
today to answer! 

Dear Dr. Donna: I've tried two differ¬ 
ent types of birth control with different 
hormones and the first one I took for six 
months and had my period every other 
week r and the ones I’m on now start after 
two weeks, which is better I suppose , 
I keep asking doctors , but they say it's 
because my body hasn't adjusted... How 
long should it take? Or should I go back 
and ask for a different prescription? It's 
making me feel drained. 

-Bloody Mary 

Dear Bloody Mary: I'm assuming we 
are talking about birth control pills 
here. This is a common and really 
annoying problem when first start¬ 


ing the BCP and seems to defeat one 
of the purposes of the pill, which 
is period control (the most obvious 
reason being preventing having to 
stand in long checkout lines to buy 
diapers on sale at WalMart and living 
on wieners and beans trying to raise 
a baby while studying). It is easy to 
get anemic from all that blood loss 
if you don't get enough iron, and 
tampons aren't cheap either. The 
bleeding usually does get better with 
time, but if it persists for more than 
three months and there are no other 
contributing causes such as an STI, 
I think I'd be looking for another 
option. The Society of Obstetricians 
and Gynecologists of Canada seems 
to support this position. Ways around 
it? Change the pill or change the 
technology. You might do better with 
a patch, ring or hormonal IUD. 

Dear Dr. Donna: When I eat cinnamon 
it causes a burning pain in my mouth. 
This occurs even when I eat a small 
amount of cinnamon and means that I 
can't eat anything containing it without 
pain. It's not just me: both my mother 
and my grandmother started having 
the same issue at about my age. What 
could be causing this? Do I come from a 
family of mutants? 


Dear Cin: I suspect if we probed 
the entire basis of our DNA, we'd 
find we're all mutants. It's just that 
some are more obvious than others 
— witness Prince Charles's ears. It 
seems likely to me that you have 
an inherited oral allergy syndrome. 
Allergens can come in all forms 
and types, and spices are no excep¬ 
tion. We often think of allergies as 
being stuffy noses and runny eyes, 
or occasionally a wild crop of hives; 
however, symptoms can be limited 
to contact with a specific surface. 
Cinnamon belongs to the same 
family as bay leaves, kiwis, bananas 
and latex, and so it is possible that if 
you have a reaction to one, you can 
also react to the others. This might 
mean you should maybe skip the 
condom on the banana demonstra¬ 
tion when the Health and Wellness 
Team visits. Fortunately, there are 
no laws stating consumption of cin¬ 
namon is mandatory, so it should be 
relatively easy to avoid. A suggested 
replacement for one tsp. of cinna¬ 
mon is one-eighth tsp. of ground 
cardamom, one-quarter tsp. ground 
nutmeg, and a half tsp. of ground 
allspice. 

Health and Wellness questions? E-mail 

me at askdrdonna@gateway.mlberta. 
ca or click the link to Ask Dr Donna at 

thegatewayonline.ca! 


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