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Great Quotes Editorial 


“If you hate a person, 
you hate something in 
him that is part of your- 
self. What isn’t part of 
ourselves doesn’t disturb 


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us. 


- Hermann Hesse 


“Be careful. Journalism 
is more addictive than 
crack cocaine. Your life 
can get out of balance. 


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- Dan Rather 


“Cheers to a new year 
and another chance for 
us to get it right.” 


- Oprah Winfrey 


“T was walking down the 
street with my friend and 
he said ‘I hear music,’ as 
though there’s any other 
way to take it in. “You're 
not special. That’s how 
I receive it too... I tried 


to taste it, but i it did not 
work. bb) 


- Mitch Hedberg 


“Crime does not pay ... 
as well as politics. ” 


- Alfred E. Newman 


2006:7A 


Year in Review 


Kudos to you if youre reading this editorial. 

‘That means you're either near comple- 
tion of another semester at UTSC, or, you've 
snuck into the school from another campus 
to get some studying done. The latter may 
deserve an extra kudos because you've actually 
managed to escape the wrath of the student 
card checkers. 

In a matter of four weeks we will all 
be able to bust out our flannel pajamas with 
snowflakes (don't deny it, everyone has a pair) 
and curl up on the couch watching our favou- 
rite holiday movies. 

Or perhaps, you will join the masses 
of ruthless soccer moms and vengeful grand- 
parents clawing their way to the last Tickle Me 
Elmo, or whatever overpriced and overrated 
toys children in North America are clamoring 
over. 

If you're one of the lucky few, come 
the end of the exam period you may be on a 
plane to Varadero, Cuba to soak up the sun. 
When you return, there will be - 25 degree 
weather and 30 inches of snow. But, at least 
you can shovel with a golden tan. 

Perhaps you can put footage of your 
vacation up on Youtube. The website gets 
God knows how many hits a day (from ‘The 
Underground office alone) and was bought by 
Google this year for $ 1.65 billion dollars U.S. 
Yup, that’s billion dollars a la Dr. Evil’s pinky 
finger. 

Thanks to Youtube we were able to 
watch footage from the wars in Afghanistan 
and Iraq that would make Peter Mansbridge 
cry out for Mommy. Technology may have 
evened the scales of war media coverage, but 
Harper's Conservative government, elected in 
2006, is trying to do everything it can to limit 
such coverage. 

Little to no contact with the media 
may be benefiting you now Mr. Harper, but 
limiting the media’s access to your govern- 
ment just gives them more incentive to find 
scandal. 

Our neighbours to the South tried to 
cover many political gaffs this year. Who could 
forget when Dick Cheney shot Harry Whit- 
tington, a friend and campaign contributor, 
during a weekend quail hunt in Texas. The 
move provided much fodder for Jon Stewart 
and his colleagues on the Daily Show. 

While the world came together to 
point and laugh at Cheney’s stupidity, we also 


came together to celebrate the Winter Olympics 
in Torino, Italy. It was a show-stopping event, 
and every two years countries from around the 
globe showcase their best athletes waiting for a 
spot on the podium to proudly sing their national 
anthem. 

Perhaps Italy was still pumped from the 
Olympic spirit, as the Italians took home the 
hardware at this year’s World Cup. Thousands 
partied on the streets the day Italy won, proving 
that whether you were a soccer aficionado or a 
just a regular Joe off the street, soccer gives ev- 
eryone the excuse to climb a traffic light without 
being arrested. 

Women around the world raised their 
glasses to toast Michelle Bachelet, the first female 
to become the President of Chile, while they 
honoured the life and times of female activist and 
author of the Feminist Mystique Betty Friedan 
who passed away at the age of 85. 

In Canada, we as a nation grieved at the 
Dawson College shootings, as we tried to find an 
answer as to why our classmates and peers lash 
out in such violent ways. 

It's tragic, but sometimes things end 
violently. 

Anyone want to play a game of Hang- 
man? 

Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to 
death by hanging. Some may argue the former 
dictator of Iraq deserves such a brutal end, while 
others debate the ethical issues surrounding 
government-approved executions. 

While we bicker about the end of 
Hussein's life, we must remember those who 
have left us this year. 

Many of the world’s most influential 
people have died including female leader and 
member of the Civil Right Movement, Coretta 
Scott King; broadcast journalist Ed Bradley; and 
TV mogul who created such shows as Love Boat 
and everybody's favourite, Beverly Hills 90210, 
Aaron Spelling. 

But come January first, please add: “no 
more watching 90210 reruns on Metropolis” 
to the long list of 2007 resolutions. Scrap that, 
maybe this year we should make the resolution 
to not have one. For once, we may be able to 
stick to our guns. 

As 2006 comes to an end, some are sad 
to see it go, others are glad to say goodbye. 

But as Miss O. Winfrey says, “Cheers to a new 
year and another chance for us to get it right.” So 
take the steps and make it right. 


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Cover Photo: Kyle Macpherson 


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Borrowing Sounds 


Wanna get your hands on a copy of the 
latest Peaches disc? 

Skip over HMV and_ head 
straight to your local Toronto Public 
Library (TPL). 

A CD collection featuring all 
of your favourite hog town artists has 
been launched by the library. With a few 
clicks of a mouse and swipe of a card, the 
very best of Toronto's indie music scene 
can be in your possession, well, until the 
discs are due back. 

The music was donated by 
downtown music store Soundscapes, but 
with so many local musicians, how do 
you decide who makes the cut? 

“Tt was important the artists 
chosen be diverse because Toronto is 
such a diverse city,” said Lisa Heggum, 
the youth collections librarian and coor- 
dinator of the project. 

The collection features everyone 
from Somalian born rapper K’naan, to 
Toronto indie popster’s the Hidden 
Cameras, to former Blue Rodeo member 
Bob Wiseman. 

The TPL kicked off the collec- 


tion with two concerts, the first being 
held at the Toronto North York Central 
library featuring an all Blocks Recording 
Club artists lineup on Nov. 4 including 
Final Fantasy, Ninja High School, Hank, 
Bob Wiseman and the Creeping Nobod- 
ies. 

What's it like playing in the 
library? Surprisingly, according to Blocks 
co-founder Steve Kado and Ninja High 
School member, the acoustics aren’t bad 
and he'd like to play there again some- 
time. 

He supports the project but 
would like to see the library branch offer 
the collection on other mediums, like 
vinyl. 

Heggum said the collection will 
continue to grow and it is “getting the 
library talked about in communities 
were it isnt normally.” 

The other concert, happened 
on Nov. 18 at the Toronto Reference 
Library and featured the Old Soul, Great 
Lake Swimmers, Elliot Brood, LAL and 
Shad. 

The project, she hopes, will in- 


spire young Toronto musicians trying to . 
etch their way into the local music scene. : 
She said it makes being a musician “feel 
more real” and accomplishable. 

Bands who wanted to play the 

shows but didn’t get a chance to do so 
should sit tight. Heggum says other 
library concerts may be on their way. 
As the project continues to grow, there 
may even be a concert in Scarborough. 
She says the inaugural concert locations 
were downtown because it was easier for 
concert-goers to access and they wanted 
to “make it as much of a party as pos- 
sible.” 

But who does Heggum recom- 
mend from the collection? 

Well, she loves the Bicycles, 

Final Fantasy and the Old Soul, but says 
the collection is filled with excellent lo- 
cal talent. 

Check out the TPL website for 
more details. 
torontopubliclibrary.ca/uni_loc_mus_ 


index.jsp 


== Vanessa Larkey 


> ROGERS 


Your World Right Now 


UTSC’s Biz Community Goes LIVE 


“We push students to think big, and to 
realize big dreams.” 

Thats one of the sales pitches 
mentioned on the website for LIVE, a 
two-day cross-country business confer- 
ence hosted by UTSC. 

LIVE, which stands for Leading 
Innovative Visions to Execution, kicked 
off on Nov. 9 at the Holiday Inn on King 
St., in downtown Joronto. 

According to the site, “LIVE 
brings together the brightest and most 
ambitious undergraduate business stu- 
dents from across Canada. Built around 
an intense competition, LIVE allows 
delegates the opportunity to prove 
themselves — nationally.” 

Students from Simon Fraser 
University in British Columbia, to Aca- 
dia University in Nova Scotia forked 
over a delegate fee of $150 to attend the 
conference, which included all meals, so- 
cial activities and hotel accommodations. 
Over the course of the two days, delegates 
attended workshops and sessions featur- 
ing a wide range of guest speakers from 
fhe professional community. 

The conference also included the 
2006 Corporate Connections Evening, 
which was held at the Rotman School 
of Management. The networking event 
hosted 40 of Canada’s top companies, 
and featured a keynote speech from Phil 
Sorgen, President of Microsoft Canada. 
Conference co-chair and founder, 
Deepthi Guttikonda said the University 


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of Toronto curriculum was really out- 
dated compared to schools like Queen’s 


University or York Schulich’s School of 


Business. 
“There are few courses that pro- 
mote practical skills,” said Guttikonda. 
She also said although having 
a co-op option provides students with 
excellent hands-on training, the LIVE 


conference can potentially open a lot of 


doors. 

“LIVE puts the campus on the 
map,” said Guttikonda who noted that 
certain companies are reluctant to hire 
students from UTSC over the aforemen- 
tioned competing schools. 

It’s been a long 18-month jour- 
ney for Guttikonda and her co-chair, 
Kara Lilly. Selling the idea to stakehold- 
ers was a major hurdle because the idea 
was newly conceptualized. 

“Very few corporations wanted 
to jump on board,” said Lilly. “It was also 
a fairly sizable budget if you considered 
the costs of hotel, food, marketing, AV, 
and other expenses.” 

Fortunately for Guttikonda and 
Lilly, several companies did jump aboard. 
Toyota Canada, Sun Microsystems, and 


Microsoft Canada were among some of 


the sponsors who LIVE roped in, along 
with Scotiabank as the title sponsor. 
Vaseem Baig, a fourth year 
management student was a delegate at 
the LIVE conference. Baig said “|The 
conference] was a good opportunity for 


people to come together, to work together 
in a cross-selectional team. However, too 
much of the conference was numerically 
based on Excel spreadsheets, with less 
emphasis on creative strategy.” 

Baig agreed that for its first time, 
the conference had minor flaws that 
could easily be corrected for next year. 
He said that if he had the opportunity 
to attend the event again, he would, but 
without having high expectations. 

“If you go [to the conference] 
with high expectations, youre setting 
yourself up for disappointment,” said 
Baig, who was pleasantly surprised to 
have a meeting with a representative 
from Scotiabank. 

‘The LIVE executive committee, 
particularly the co-chairs, said the feed- 
back from the conference has been very 
positive. 

“There were so many instances 
of déja vu,” said Guttikonda, who 
couldn't help but notice how many parts 
of the event were executed just as she had 
envisioned them. 

“We were nervous about run- 
ning the event for the first time,” said 
Guttikonda. “But the project was our 
baby. There’s a part of you that wants to 
believe it will work out regardless — and 


it did.” 


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SCSU’s New Additions 


They have been at UTSC for less than 
a semester, but the SCSU’s two new- 
est first-year reps have already become 
familiar — first-hand — with the issues 
they want to work on. 

“T find that I end up walk- 
ing around looking for study space. 
I spend time doing that more than 
actually studying,” said Shazwan 
Mohammed Khan, who got 59 votes 
from his fellow froshies. 

“Even the study spaces that 
you find, people are always talk- 
ing...so hopefully we can get more 
study rooms around here, even some 
group study rooms,” said the 18-year- 
old co-op management student. 

Khan’s fellow representative 
has a few ideas of her own. 

“The cafeteria is closed on 
weekends, which doesn’t really make 
sense...the only thing that’s open on 
the weekends is Tim Hortons [and 
A&W,” said Ruby Lau, who is study- 
ing co-op management and came in 
third place behind Khan with 50 
votes. 

Lau was ratified as the second 
first year rep after another candidate 
was disqualified by the fall elections 
committee. 

The two representatives said 
they plan to bring these issues to the 
SCSU’s board of directors. 

So, having gone through the 


elections process, how do these repre- 


sentatives feel about their experience 
with the SCSU? 

“My first taste was a pretty 
bitter taste,” said Khan. “Hopefully 
the rest of the SCSU is not as disorga- 
nized as the election was...the election 
was pretty badly done.” 

Members of the fall elections 
committee responded to requests for 
interviews, but were not commenting 
on the elections. 

Since the SCSU and board 
of directors initially voted down the 
elections committee’s report, outlin- 
ing which candidates had won, it 
had seemed as if there would be no 
first year reps for the 2006-2007 year. 
However, the results were adopted 
more than a week later at an emer- 
gency board of directors meeting. 

Due to the delayed approval 
of the election results, Lau and Khan 
have missed out ona taste of the SCSU 
that is traditionally given to first year 
reps, having missed a $6,000 weekend 
retreat — partly designed to allow new 
directors to become familiarized with 
the organization and its processes. 

The SCSU’s annual general 
meeting, on Novy. 15 had members 
vote to remove the organization's elec- 
tions policy, until the spring elections 
are held in 2007, when a new version 


will be adopted. 


= Kevin Kwok Wong 


One, Two, Skip a Few 


SCSU Recounts Election Results 


The SCSU intially threw out election 
results for first-year reps claiming 
ballot counting was flawed. Such a 
move would have left UTSC without 
first-year representation on its student 
union’s board this year. 

The SCSU BOD chose to 

throw out the election results entirely 
and deny the positions to all candi- 
dates. 
“There were issues with the elections 
policy and following the process,” 
SCSU_ chairperson Susie Vavrusa 
said. 

She referred to election regu- 
lations that bar appeals from disquali- 
fied candidates after three days. 

The candidates who initally 
won, Sajjad Jafri as a Management 
Director and Zuhair Syed for first- 
year rep, were disqualified from the 
election. Jafri broke election regula- 
tions after receiving an illegal club 
endorsement, providing advertising 
copy for the club endorsement, and 
posting campaign posters that had 
not been stamped individually by the 
Elections Committee as required. 

Syed was disqualified for 
receiving a club endorsement and for 
participating in a campaign where he 
also recommended fellow candidate, 
Sean Kanjijal, for the other manage- 
ment position. These violations led to 


disqualifications, therefore allowing 
third-place ranking candidates Ruby 
Lau and Sean Kanjilal to director 
positions. 

Syed and Jafri raised issues 
with the three-day appeal deadline as 
their disqualification notices came too 
late. 

The BOD voted again at the 
emergency BOD meeting on Noy. 
14. The directors voted to accept the 
election results, minus the disqualified 
candidates. 

A close vote of six against five 
saw Ruby Lau and Shazwan Khan 
installed as first-year reps, Alex Ousti- 
nov and Sean Kanjilal as management 
directors and Racine Mandradge as 
the social sciences director. 

“Show me one example,” said 
Rob Wulkan, SCSU’s vice president 
of academics, “where the election 
results were affected by any problems 
with following the process.” 

Wulkan challenged claims of 
improper ballot counting noting that 
votes were counted correctly even if 
the total number of ballots received 
were inconsistently tabulated. 

Following the acceptance of 
the four candidates as representatives, 
SCSU directors Mustafa Jilani and 
Madiha Vaid called for reconsideration 
of the decision, and were rejected. 


Shazwan Mohammed Khan - one of two 
SCSU first year representative talks about 
the expensive cost of parking at UTSC. 


% ‘ fs Pe av r 
Ruby Lau, also elected as an SCSU first 
year representative shares her two cents 
about the lack of avaliable food outlets 
that are open during weekends at UTSC. 


Photos by Louis Tam 


New social sciences director, 
Racine Mandradge, expressed displea- 
sure with the uncertainty of her position 
and relief that it had been secured. 

“T ran a clean campaign and 
won my position,” she said during the 
emergency board meeting. “Throwing 
out my votes is undemocratic.” 

Following the decision to accept 
the elections, she said, “I feel very good. 
I think justice was done.” 


le Ibrahim Ng 


v.26 — 1.06 


No Halal Food 
at UTSC... Yet 


Halal meat on campus almost became a 
reality in July of 2006 but, bureaucratic 
red tape has held up the process. 

Initially, a vendor approached 
Guy Brisebois, the SCSU’s business 
manager, with plans to open a hot dog 
stand at UTSC. The vendor agreed to 
sell Halal meat products, and the cart 
was to be set up in front of the Student 
Centte. 

The proposed venture was 
brought to UTSC president John Freed- 
man, who supports the idea but has yet 
to give his approval. 

The cart could be expensive. 
There are issues of heat, waterlines and 
electricity. And that’s besides the fact the 
venture has to be approved by the Food 
and Beverages Department, and Jack 
Martin, the director of Hospitality and 
Retail Services before making its way to 
Freedman. 

“It’s in the process of getting 
approved by the administration,” said 
Senthooran Uruthiralingam, the SCSU’s 
vice president external. 

Uruthiralingam says that alter- 
natively, Aramark would be “the best 
people to provide quality halal food on 
campus. 

“They have numerous food sta- 
tions and they should be able to provide 
the students with halal food,” he said. “It 
is not acceptable...there’s roughly about 
1500 to 2000 Muslim students on cam- 
pus, and out of ten thousand students it 
is a big amount, so it is significant that 
Aramark should provide to this group.” 

He says another reason that 
Aramark is the ideal candidate is because 
they have a separate refrigeration space, 
which addresses the worry of cross 
contamination of Halal food with that 
which is not Halal. 

Aramark did attempt to sell 
Halal food some time back, but few 
students knew about it then and it was 
not a profitable venture. Since then, 
800 students petitioned for Halal food, 
organized by the Muslim Students As- 
sociation (MSA), bringing to Aramark’s 
attention that there were at least 800 
potential customers. 

“Everyone can eat Halal food, 
not just Muslims,” said Jenna Hossack, 
SCSU’s vice president of students and 


equity. 

On Nov. 9, Hossack hosted 
a UTSC hearing, led by the Canadian 
Federation of Students task force on the 
needs of Muslim students. The students 
raised the Halal food concern. 

Students brought up problems 
of having to stay on campus the whole 
day without having access to food they 
can eat. Vegetarian food is not an option 
either, because it is prepared alongside 
food that is not Halal. 

But, Hossack offers words of 
advice for students campaigning for 
Halal food options. 

“Be persistent, so that it doesn’t 
get forgotten about or become less of a 
priority. Keep talking about it. Keep ask- 


ing questions. Keep making it an issue.” 


== Fathima Feroze 


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Students Concerns for the Next Liberal Leader 


The race is on as the Liberal leadership can- 
didates charge through the country securing 
delegate votes for the convention that is just 
around the corner. 

“(The Liberal) party could be choos- 
ing the next leader that could run the country 
in the next couple of months,” said Stephen 
Clarkson, political economy professor at the 
University of Toronto. 

With a poll by Decima Research in 
early Noy. showing that Alberta is the last re- 
maining Tory supporter at 31 per cent nation- 
ally and the Liberals leading support over the 
Tories in every other region of the country at 
28 per cent nationally, according to the Nov. 8 
Toronto Star article titled, “Tories trail Liberals 
everywhere — almost” making this convention 
even more important to the Liberal candidates 
and supporters. 

The convention will be held in Mon- 
treal on Dec. 2 and 3. Several thousand Lib- 
eral supporters including riding associations, 
women’s associations and Young Liberal clubs 
will cast their votes that will decide who will be 
the next leader. 

Replacing Paul Martin, the next leader 
is hoped to strengthen the party leading them 
to the next federal election and winning. 

The leading four candidates are: 
Michael Ignatieff, Bob Rae, Stéphane Dion 
and Gerard Kennedy. 

In a survey of 20 students from diverse 
backgrounds and programs at the University of 
Toronto Scarborough, the top three concerns 
for students were education and tuition, envi- 
ronment and Canadian troops in Afghanistan. 
The leading candidates had ia to say: 


Education & Tuition: 


“If you get the grades, you get to go,” 
said Ignatieff, former Liberal MP for Et- 
bicoke, on his website, michaelignatieff. 
ca. 

“No student will be left behind 
on account of their financial or family 
circumstances,” says Ignatieff, if he were 
to become leader. 

Rae, former NDP Premier of 
Ontario, says, “Every qualified student 
should have access to college and uni- 
versity. No one should be loaded down 
with debts they can’t afford.” 

Dion, former Minister of the 
Environment of Canada, says he propos- 
es such initiatives as the Interdisciplinary 
Sustainability Fund. The initiative is to 
create an envelope of funding which will 
be available to students, researchers and 
graduate students. 

Yet for Kennedy, former Educa- 
tion Minister in Ontario, he says, “...no 
matter where you live in this country, 
I think you should have access to your 

otential. We've talked about this before, 
ie what I would do is commit to very 
Tees targets that would prove that 
that’s taking place.” 


Environment: 


“Saving our environment is the most se- 
rious bread and butter issue of our time” 
says Ignatieff on his website. 

According to Ignatieff, he will 
ensure a strategy for clean air and water, 
to become global leaders in protecting 
and restoring biodiversity and to reduce 
Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50 
per cent or more by 2050. 

Rae, who puts his focus on cli- 
mate change, says, climate change is the 
gravest environmental challenge facing 


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our planet this century. We must commit 
to coming as close as possible to achievin 
Canada’s Kyoto objectives for 2012, aa 
establish firm targets for subsequent peri- 
ods.” 

Former Minister of the Environ- 
ment in the last Liberal government, Dion, 
says, “...for the good of the country and 
the good of the planet, I will stand up as 
prime minister and fight climate change.” 

Dion says ie aims to achieve 
the Kyoto target in 2012. His plans also 
ine energy and climate, cleaner air, 
water, health and environment, innovation 
and commercial plans, plan for aboriginals, 
and nature protection. 

Lastly, Kennedy also wants to meet 
the Kyoto commitment by “make(ing) 
Canada a clean energy super power by 
2020... creating very specific mandatory 
requirements for business, incentives for 
hybrid cars, and achievements towards 
environmentally proven alternative fuels.” 


Afghanistan: 

Ignatieff, who supports the extension 
of Canadian troops till 2009, says in his 
address to Saint John Board of Trade that 
Harpers government needs to stick with 
the Liberal agenda. 

“We are there serving Afghan 
needs... I supported the renewal of the 
Afghan mission ... (but) the conservatives 
must remain consistent with the Liberal 
mission, Ignatieff says. 

According to the Toronto Star 
article “Where Liberals Stand” on Sept. 
21, this includes a balance between the 
reconstruction, humanitarian and human 
security components. 

Rae on the other hand says 
Canada’s policy on Afghanistan needs to 
be reassessed and evaluated. 

“This does not mean Canada 
should abandon Afghanistan. But we 
need to approach our policy on the basis of 
at least hee criteria: Is it working? Is it 
consistent with our experience of what can 
work? And is it balanced?” Rae says. 

For Dion, “I support the participa- 
tion of Canadian troops in Afghanistan... 
(But) I believe that it is the responsibility 
of parliament to deliberate carefully on if 
cade we send our troops into harm’s 
way to preserve peace.” 

eeeds who has made the Af- 
ghanistan issue a key one, wrote an article 
in the Toronto Star titled “It’s time for a 
new strategy on Afghanistan” on Sept. 1, 
saying, Sustainable peace in Afghanistan 
cannot be achieved by military operation 
alone.” 

According to Kennedy, there are 
three crises for Afghanistan: opium, devel- 
opment and security. And that the first two 
need to be solved first before security can. 

Despite their differing or similar 
positions, and whether you agree or dis- 
agree, one thing is for sure, one candidate 
will be the next leader after the conven- 
tion. And with roughly one-third of all 
delegates as youth delegates, according to 
Young Liberals of Canada, students have a 
large voice in who will be that next Liberal 
leader. 


“(Furthermore) this convention is particu- 
larly ees because nobody can tell 
who will win,” Professor Clarkson says. 


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Plans itm as Hloobers 


Like gymnasts and guitar players, hula 
hoopers must develop some serious 
stomach calluses. And the injuries don’t 
end there. Toronto hooper, Sadie Yancey, 
says she’s gotten stomach, neck, and face 
bruises from swinging her hoop. 

Although a dangerous past time, 
hula hooping is picking up speed in the 
Toronto underground scene, in what 
some call hooping’s second revolution. 
All kinds of people are getting hooked 
on the hoop; clubbers, hippies, dancers, 
and even soccer moms. 

“Hooping can have a big impact 
on the world at large...it brings people 
together and anyone can do it,” says 


Philo Hagen, one of the founders of 


Hooping.org. 

Although tracing history back to 
find the inventor of the hoop is literally 
akin to finding the inventor of the wheel, 
_ Egypt is one of the first places noted 
to play with hoops on the ground 
about 3 000 years ago. Adding 
hula to the hoop came from 

sailors in the 18" century 
visiting Hawaii and 
noticing similarities 

between their 
dancing and 

hooping. 
In en- 
bets 


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the garage of Richard Knerr and Arthur 
Melin in 1948. The founders of Wham- 
O Inc. got their whimsical name from 
the sound their first toy made when it 
hit something, the sling shot. Next came 
the Frisbee, and then the Hula Hoop 
trumped them both. Inspired by kids 
in Australia using bamboo rings as toys, 
Knerr and Melin launched the Hula 
Hoop in 1958. 

25 million were sold in four 
months says wham-o.com. 

The second revolution of hoop- 
ing can actually be traced back to a 
relatively unknown band, String Cheese 
Incident. A 90s jam-band, these guy 
started throwing hee into the audi- 
ence during their shows, says Hagen. 

The second revolution spawned 
different kinds of hooping and created a 
massive hooping scene in San Francisco, 
where Hagen lives. 

Hooping.org gets about 10,000 
readers a week says Hagen, who's been 
hooping and running the site for four 
years. 

“We just combined all the 
info floating around on the internet 
about hooping and it basically became 
the source for all things hooping,” says 
Hagen. He has readers from as far away 
as Australia and Belgium. 

Every Sunday, a group of hoop- 
ers takes over a park in San Francisco 
to share tricks and mingle with other 
hoopers. All kinds of people are drawn 
_ to the hoop. 
. “The hippie hooper 
probably never would 
have started 
web- 


i Ol 


site,” Hagen laughs. Hagen uses the hoop 
as an extra element when he dances, 
which seems to be the most common 
kind of hooper. 

Belly dancer and U of T student, 
Sadie Yancey says hooping has actually 
made her worse at belly dancing. As a 
dancer for four years she mainly uses 
a belly dancing hip circle move going 
counter clockwise when hooping. 

“Now when I belly dance I can’t 
go the opposite way,” Yancey says. 

She says a lot of people don't 
know how to react to dancing in public, 
if they should be serious or laughing. 
But hooping always gets a much more 
playful, happy reaction from people. 

“Sometimes when little old men 
see me with my hoop they just point and 
smile and do a little hooping shimmy 
motion. It's much better than being 
grumpy and just passing people by in the 
street, Yancey says. 

The Toronto hooping scene is 
slowly building momentum. During the 
summer a group of hoopers congregate 
around Cherry Beach. Although Yancey, 
who is from Virginia, says Torontonians 
are a lot colder to trying new things and 
approaching one and other. 

No matter how small, she loves 
the openness of the hooping community 
to sharing. Every once in awhile she'll 
leave her hoop somewhere and someone 
will pick it up, run off and play with it, 
and then bring it back to her. 

“I like that my hoop can go on 
adventures without me,” Yancey says. 

New Brunswick hooper, Andrew 
Tidby says a lot of east coat hooping is 
done at music festivals. That’s how he 
got interested in hooping in April 2006. 


Photo by Kyle Macpherson 


“Basically I went into the forest 
near my house with a hoop and I said 
‘Tm not coming out of here until I can 
get this hoop around my neck’, and it 
Wet: me about 20 minutes,” Tidby says. 

He says the trick to hooping 
is just body memorization; doing each 
move as slowly as you can and build up 
speed. He uses the hoop outside of his 
body as much as he is inside the hoop. A 
self-proclaimed bad dancer, Tidby uses 
the hoop instead of having to bust any 
kind of awkward moves on the dance 
floor. 

“It’s different than dancing 
because you have a prop which acts as a 
shield. It’s a bit of a distraction, so you're 
not quit as exposed,” Yancey says. 

Hooping in B.C has become 
more popular amongst the mainstream 
crowd, even going so far as being taught 
in gyms. hires Gilee founder of Hoop 
Play in Vancouver has been teaching 
hooping workshops and classes since 
January 2006. She says her parents have 
been * ‘spreading the hoop vibe” by get- 
ting their seniors’ fitness class in on the 
hooping trend. 

Although there are no gyms 
currently in Toronto teaching hoop- 
ing, there is a budding online Toronto 
hooping community on Tribe.net where 
hoopers can arrange to meet up with 
other hoopers and do what they do best; 
hoop it up. 

Check out Andrew Tidby al ' 


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SRART 


Director Dives Into Shark Fim 


t almost seemed like he was 
patting a dog on the belly, as if 
it were an old friend. But Rob 
Stewart's friend isn’t your typical 
four-legged, domestic compan- 
ion. Stewart dives hundreds of 
feet underwater to meet his finned pal. 
At five feet long, Stewart's buddy is 
none other than one of the most feared 
ocean predators -- a shark. 

“Pye spent so much time 
underwater, I began to understand 
sharks,” says Stewart, director of a new 
documentary called, Sharkwater. 

In the opening scene of the 
documentary, featured at this year's 
Toronto International Film Festival, 
Stewart uses a patting technique that 
puts the sharks into a trance, which 
makes them docile. 

Stewart, 26, who has spent a 
large portion of his life diving, turned 
his fascination with sharks into passion 
to combat the practice of shark finning 
around the world. 

Shark finning is the process 
where long lining entraps or kills sharks, 
then they are taken up on a ship. While 
onboard, most sharks have their fins 
cut off and then the rest of their bodies 
are tossed overboard - whether they are 
alive or not. 

While working as an under- 
water photographer in the Galapagos 


Facts 


Islands, Stewart gota first-hand account 
of how shark finning has morphed one 
of the ocean's deadliest predators into 
prey. 

“Virtually everyone can get a 
boat and shark fin,” says Stewart, who 
graduated from Western University. 
“It’s so cheap and easy to do.” 

According to D. Dudley Wil- 
liams, a marine biology professor at the 
University of Toronto, approximately 
100 million sharks are killed annually. 

Many experts argue that this 
dramatic decrease in shark populations 
is linked to the practice of shark fin- 
ning. 

“Some populations have 
declined by 95 per cent in 15 years,” 
says Peter Knights, executive director of 
WildAid. 

WildAid is a non-profit orga- 
nization that works to end the illegal 
trading of animals. 

According to Knights, the 
Basking, Great White and Whale sharks 
are threatened species. 

Stewart says a healthier shark 
may take up to two days to die at the 
bottom of the ocean once it has been 
finned. . 

But this hasn't stopped poach- 
ers from finning sharks. 

“The shark fin industry has 
boomed since 1986 when China started 


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WildAid (wildaid.org) 
Shark Trust (sharktrust.org) 
Shark Project (sharkproject.org) 


All photos are the property of Sharkwater Proc 


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g Issue in New Documentary 


rading with the rest of the world and 
he word got out that sharks meant 
noney,” Stewart says. 

Although shark fins are sold 
nd bought mostly in China, the 
lemand has also increased in countries 
ike Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, ac- 
iording to Knights. 

National Geographic’s webite 
sstimates that shark fins retail up to 
3880 US per pound. One reason the 
ndustry is profitable is because dried 
hark fins do not need refrigeration. 

‘The fins are primarily used for 
hark fin soup and are a high ranking 
lelicacy. Typically used at banquets 
ind weddings, fins are being eaten by 
he wealthy because some believe they 
}epresent the ‘emperor's food.’ 

However, the demand for shark 
fins may result in the extinction of shark 
}pecies in 20 years, said the executive 
Hirector of WildAid. 

“The few places in the world 
lvhere sharks are supposed to be pro- 
ected, they are under siege from shark 
poachers, Knights said. 

According to Knights the 
Cocos Island and the Galapagos are 
marine reserves to some of the highest 
populations of sharks in the world. But 
these places are home to illegal opera- 
ves that thrive on the fins of sharks, 
whether protected or not. 


Also, there are other ways in 
which sharks populations are being 
effected. For instance, sharks are acci- 
dentally caught in other fisheries, killed 
out of fear for human safety, part of a 
dietary staple, and used for medicines 
or health supplements. 

“Sharks are one of the most 
misunderstood animals in the world,” 
Stewart says. 

He also said some of the big- 
gest myths about sharks include that 
they are man-eating killing machines 
who attack humans. 

“There are no actual shark 
attacks, it’s more like a shark-mistake,” 
Stewart says.“Every year maybe five 
people die from blood loss from mis- 
taken bites ... because sharks really 
don’t eat people.” 

So mistakes can be made 
even by one of the oldest species on 
the planet, but Stewart says “We can 
learn much from sharks when our own 
longevity is in question.” 

In fact, Williams says sharks 
are even older than dinosaurs. 

“Ancestors of modern sharks 
were around some 400 million years 
ago, Williams says. 

Sharkwater hits theatres in 
April 2007. 


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Playing with Parodies at UTSC 


It was mere bickering between a married couple, played 
by Kiki Sedaridis and Henry Wong. Unfortunately, | 


didn’t buy it. Call it poor acting, a weak script, or simply 


stole from Denina while her back was turned. The 
performance succeeded in getting laughter out of 
the audience and deservedly so. Yet, the two distinct 


Ridiculing mainstream classics with a distinctive 
modern twist best describes the Drama Society’s 
presentation of Act One, Seen Too (AOST). It was 


an evening of laughter, foul language, 
quick improv, and the occasional slip 
up. 

This year’s AOST was made 
up of nine short plays, both written 
and performed by UTSC students. 
The majority of comedic performances 
delivered the goods. There was the 
exception of other performances that 
tried to tackle more serious content 
but didn’t quite make the cut. Here's 
a look at some of the plays: 

The evening began with Phil- 
lipa and Denina, performed by Jon 
Langdon and Jon Mandrozos. The two 
re-enact the typical life of two elderly 
women just shooting the shit. The duo 
talked about laundry, Denina’s sooth- 
ing music sounds, and Phillipa’s inability to cross 
the street within reasonable time, all while Phillipa 


accents Langdon and 
Mandrozos chose to use 
made it difficult to un- 
derstand everything they 
said. No less, it didn’t 
matter. The outrageous- 
ness of the skit made up 
for inaudible content. 
Happily Ever After 
portrayed the constant 
struggle of a relation- 
ship. It spanned over 
the course of two scenes. 
One half was performed 
during the first part of 
the program and contin- 
ued after intermission. 
For an evening of 


short plays — some too good they should have went 
on — this one I was glad to watch end, the first time. 


_ Fountain is a Fascinating Folly 


The Fountain marks one of the rare times 
I’ve left a theatre completely flabbergasted. 
This wasn't because I didn’t understand the 
movie; I was just unsure whether or not it was 

. ek ie pes or a complete mess. 

e movie isntan easy film that many 
will like or even understand, but it’s definitely 
a film that sticks with you. ‘This is the kind 
of unique cinema that comes and goes in the 
Joe Tel exo) mp oleruperteerebe-velem (oltmoyel ygetcattyce leet ts 

_ two days later while taking a shower. 

The Fountain is a story of love, death, 

- spirituality, spanning thousands of years 
through three different time periods. ‘The 
main story takes place in the present. Tom 
Creo (Hugh Jackman) is a research scientist 
trying to find a cure for cancer to save his 
dying wife Isabel Creo (Rachel Weisz). 
Meanwhile, Isabel is writing a novel about a 
conquistador (a 16th century Spanish soldier, 
also played by Jackman) on a quest to find 
a lost Mayan pyramid for his queen (also 
played by Weisz). The third storyline is set 
in the very distant future, with Jackman (still 
playing the scientist) traveling through space 
in a bubble-like vessel to a far-off nebula. 


Director Darren Aranofsky (Pi 
(1998), Requiem for a Dream (2006)) deliv- 
ers gorgeously designed visuals that make 
even the silliest parts of the movie absorbing. 
Sadly, Aranofsky decides to jump back and 
forth between his three stories in a way that’s 
disorienting and repetitive. 

Attempting to celebrate a romance 
that spans centuries, Aranofsky repeats cer- 
tain scenes, lines and themes; but it comes 
off more silly and monotonous than deep or 
endearing. 

Still, beyond the long-winded nature 
of The Fountain there's a very engrossing 
experience to be had and it’s really unlike any 
other movie released in recent years. 

Irs a trippy, hallucinogenic melo- 
drama while simultaneously being an epic 
exploration of the resilience of love and the 
orbital nature of existence. Many people 
will form a love-hate relationship with /he 
Fountain. One way or another, it’s something 
worth watching if only to make up your own 
mind. 


Matt Lehner 


the lack of chemistry between the two. To 
top it off, they chose the dreadful Dawson’s 
Creek song, which just added salt to the 
wound. The moral of the story: women 
have incredible imagination, and gentle- 
men, if you dont provide sufficient answers 
their minds will wander to the worst pos- 
sible scenario. 

For such an obvious message, the story 
should have played out much faster. 

The Frog who would be Prince was about 
a frog prince who comes to console the 
frustrated Dana experiencing some boy- 
friend troubles. 

The comedy played out well with only 
one major glitch. As Dana explains to the 
Frog the details of her break-up with her 
boyfriend, she manages to whack the frog. 
The blow was so hard it knocked the frog’s eyes right off 
his head, literally. But leave it up to John Hollick, who 
played the frog, and his exceptional improv skills to pro- 
ceed without interruption. Stating calmly, “I’m blind,” 
as he swept the floor trying to find his eyes. The mishap, 
which certainly would cause great distraction for many 
actors, only resulted in laughter. 

Unmentionable, oh Unmentionable. The concept 
behind this skit was simple: two best friends, one straight 
and one gay. As the lesbian friend puts the moves on 
her unsuspecting straight friend, it quickly becomes an 
awkward situation that slowly degenerates until 911 is 
called. 

Here’s the problem with this play. When an audi- 
ence is expected to sit and watch comedy after comedy it’s 
difficult to transition into the appropriate mood necessary 
to watch something with greater substance. The result is 
the audience has a tendency to laugh throughout the play 


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Photos by Rosalyn Solomon 
when the matter is serious. It's a shame and takes away 
from the performance. A rearrangement of the line-up 
could have easily corrected this problem. 

The Flintstones: Behind the Laughter ventured 
into the sorted lives of the characters from the classic 
cartoon. It played out in the form of VH1’s Behind the 
Music. In fact, Behind the Laughter is actually taken from 
a Simpson’ episode where the family portray themselves 
as actors on the cartoon. 

Far too long, and it simply tarnished the image 
of an American classic. Of all the ways to poke fun at our 
American counterparts, this one was kind of cheesy. 

Credits will be given to Amelia Robinson who 
played the attention-grabbing host. Also, Scarborough’s 
Barney Rubble played by Jon Langdon was well done. 
Langdon’s infamous giggle was contagious and identical 
to Rubbles. 

All in all, AOST is an entertaining way to spend 
an evening at UTSC. Some plays will tickle your fancy, 
while others will have you counting down the seconds 
until the curtain falls. 


= Stefania Lamacchia 


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Diane Arbus loved to photograph the 
unconventional - psychological and 
physical abnormalities, and anything 
else out of the norm. 

One of her most famous pho- 
tographs, Identical Twins features twin 
sisters in matching corduroy dresses 
-- one smiling and the other frowning. 
Those familiar with the film, Zhe Shin- 
ing (1980), would recognize this eerie 
dichotomy. 

In director Steven Shainberg’s 
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane 
Arbus we get a glimpse into the life of 
the legendary photographer. 

Inspired by Patricia Bosworth’s 
book, Diane Arbus: A Biography, the 
film blends fact and fiction that adapts 
Arbus’s bizarre journey to self-discovery. 

Fur allows the viewer a similar 
experience to looking at one of the real 


Diane Arbus’s photograph. It takes the 
viewer into a strange new world, much 
like one of Arbus’s influences, Alice in 
Wonderland. 

The film is visually stunning. 
Shainberg (Secretary, 2002) makes 
proper use of the Lewis Carroll influence 
through spectacular visual effects and 
cinematography. 

Arbus is clothed in a lovely 
calming baby blue dress, and one can't 
help but make the connection to Alice. 
Because she mostly wears it while she’s 
taking pictures, the dress itself lifts Arbus 
out of the mundane environment around 
her. 
for 


her 


Take 
encounter with 
Lionel. 


example, Arbus’s 
new neighbour, 


Arbus (Nicole Kidman) climbs 


the apartment stairs during her first 


Daz So Gangsta 


“So So Gangsta” is exactly what 
it says. Daz starts it off with what 
sounds like the traditional high 
roller motif common in gangsta rap, 
but the CD is actually really engag- 
ing. Part of the reason for this is the 
shamelessness in which Daz tells the 
listener about 
his gangster 
lifestyle. Guns, § 


drugs, money | 


and women 
all play a huge 
part in the 
songs, almost 
like there’s a 
story flowing 
through the 
GID: 

As more 
and more 


hip-hop songs 
share the same 
sounds, beats 
are improving especially on Daz’s 
seventh solo effort. The lyrics could 
be pure babble and the beat would 
still make you want to listen. Daz 
does pull off some sort of Socratic- 


like reference to Tupac in “Rat a 
te 

Highlights include the club 
anthem “On Some Real” featuring 
Rick Ross, and “Weekend” featur- 
ing Johnta Austin. 

Daz sounds a little bit like 
50 Cent, but 
almost every 
song features 
an established 
rap star. ‘This 
shows his con- 
nections in the 
industry, lend- 
ing itself to his 
credibility with 
the big names. 
Featuring such 
artists like 
Snoop Dogg, 
Ice Cube, Rick 
Ross, Kurupt 
and Jagged 
Edge, So So Gangsta is good old 


motivation music. 


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encounter with Lionel (Robert Downey, 
Jr.). Lionel has a disease that covers his 
entire body with fur. But with Lionel’s 
help, she transforms from a transparent 
house wife into a reflective photographer 
that captures beauty in people and places 
overlooked by the rest of society. 

Arbus is fascinated by Lionel 
and his group of conventional friends, 
including a giant and an armless woman 
who can play the cello. 

Arbus is shown the underbelly 
of beauty. In one scene a small, cozy 
apartment with jazz music playing and 
a couple dancing in the middle of the 
living room - a naked man with his head 
nicely nestled into the chest of a tall 
mistress with shoulder-length black hair 
and a corset that perks up her breasts. 
Mesmerized, Arbus can only say, “This is 
terrific!” The musical score complements 


DARE AAR EE Am canoes A ly ins 


the Carroll reference. Eyes closed, the 
soft instrumental could almost lead you 
down the rabbit hole. 

Kidman’s portrayal of Arbus 
is slightly overdramatized. But that’s 
Kidman for you. Her tears are simply 
too tragic and sometimes sever all forms 
of sympathy drawn from the viewer. 
Downey, on the other hand, steals the 
show with a very intimate performance. 
With fur covering his entire body, he 
manages to use only his eyes to capture 
your attention. 

Shainberg, a lifelong fan of 
Diane Arbus, definitely does the pho- 
tographer justice with this quirky, but 
lovable film that captures the birth of an 
artist. 


= Uriel Mendoza 


Hamlet Hits Hart House Thetre 


Directing a play for the first time is dif- 
ficult enough, but directing arguably 
Shakespeare's most famous work, Hamlet 
must be particularly unnerving. 

But, Andrea Wasserman is up for the 
challenge. 

“It’s been a big step and its helps 
having a great cast who will grow more 
and more into their roles, become more 
comfortable and play deeper into the 
connections, says Wasserman, whose 
production of Hamlet runs till Nov. 25 at 
Hart House theater. 

Themes of the play revolve 
around revenge, tragedy, and remorse, 
emphasizing Hamlet's internal dilemma. 
The well rehearsed use of original Shake- 
speare text lacked unity among the cast. 
Wasserman’s intention for the set was to 
connect modernity with traditional text 
and help to heighten the perspective of 
the play with reality in the background. 

Yet credits are due. Separately the 
cast members’ performances portrayed 
a strong sense of originality and owner- 
ship. Respectably seasoned cast members 
brought their knowledge of Shakespearean 
drama to the stage with ease and grace. 

Byron Rouse as murdering King 
Claudius displayed a stern and repentive 
concentration in his character. Stefania 
Indelicato’s portrayal of Queen Gertrude 


with heavy guilt broke through to the 
audience. Her interpretation of Gertrude’s 
inner battle with a crying scene during Act 
I was filled with near tangible shame and 
remorse that seared into the audience's 
memory. 

Ophelia, played by Arlin Dixon, 
embraced the near tranquility of madness 
and its ability to set one free from harmful 
emotions and pent up thoughts. Lastly, 
the lead role of deeply conflicted Danish 
prince Hamlet, played by Jeremy Hut- 
ton was the most intense and coloured 
character on stage due to his consistent 
commitment to showing Hamlet’s many 
layers. The final scene’s sword fight by 
Hamlet and Laertes ended the play on a 
high note as it woke up audience. 

There were mixed reactions of the 
play. 

“The play was a bit slow in the 
beginning in capturing my interest. I 
found it hard to be interested completely 
until the final scene. I think they could 
have made the set a bit different through- 
out the play,” said 

Flavia Wongm a third-year Ryer- 
son student. 

For more information on Hamlet 
show times information and tickets visit . 


= Angelique Duncan 


Squashing the Competiti 
A ee arent the re of aie 


Tri-Campus Update: 

With women’s volleyball still waiting to 
start their season, women’s basketball 
has begun on an even pace with a 1-1 
record. 

The men’s hockey team is in a 
slump, losing all three of their games. The 
team must pick up the pace soon if they 
hope to have a chance at the playoffs. 

Men's soccer has had a strong 
season with three wins, three ties and 
zero losses. They head into the semi- 
finals and are now in a good position 
to capture UTSC’s first Tri-Campus 


championship. 


Here’s how the rest of the intramural 
season has shaped up: 


Basketball: 

The men’s Maroons team has four wins, 
including a win over the UTSC men’s 
Raccoons team, 53-43, on Oct. 25. It 
was the Raccoons’ only loss as they fin- 
ish the first half of the season with a 4-1 
record. 


Flag Football: 

Men’s football had a disappointing sea- 
son, as the team failed to win a single 
game. 

In women’s football, UTSC 
once again dominated the field as the 
Deuces and Titans finished one-two in 
their division, respectively. Unfortu- 
nately, the Deuces were unable to defend 
their title, losing in the semi-finals to U 
of T Physical Therapy. The Titans faced 
U of T Physical Therapy in the division 
final on Nov. 19 and were triumphant 
to claim UTSC’s first intramural cham- 
pionship of the season. 


Hockey: 

The women’s team has had little action 
this season as they won their first two 
games by default and their third was a 
5-1 blowout over Woodsworth College. 
The men’s B team remains undefeated 
with a 4-0 record. The C team (1-1-2) 
remains competitive and the R team, 
with two wins and one loss, is fourth in 
their division. 


Men’s Rugby: 

UTSC finished third in the division and 
face St. Michael’s College in a semi-final 
match on Nov. 19. 


Soccer: 

The women’s A team ended their season 
in the semi-finals, losing to U of T Mis- 
sissauga, 1-0 on Noy. 12 and were unable 
to defend their championship. 

The women’s B team and men’s Maroons 
team suffered the same fate, also losing 
in their division semi-finals. 


Ultimate Frisbee: 


Move over basketball and hockey, squash is be- 
coming a most popular sports at UT'SC. 

Though much of its enthusiasts remain 
in Europe, squash’s popularity has reached the 
campus corridors. With seven air-conditioned 
squash courts consistently being used, squash is 
nothing short of popular at UTSC. 

“['ve played many sports in my life, but 
there is no other sport like squash that gives you 
a great cardiovascular workout and an academic 
challenge in a sportive setting,” said Sean Mc- 
Curdy, a UTSC student who has played squash 
for over two years. “It requires both brains and 
an athletic ability.” 

Squash was invented in the 1830s by 
students at the Harrow School in London, Eng- 
land. They discovered that punctured racket balls 
produced a different game than tennis as a result 
of the ball’s lack of bounce. The variation of ten- 
nis appealed to many and squash’s popularity has 
since spread globally. 

Although the sport may seem like a mix 
of badminton and tennis, it is very different. The 


contours of the court allow for a variety of shots. 
The pace is quick, requiring you to think a few 
steps ahead and a bit of geometry helps as the 
ball’s impact angle matters. 

“Tr’s a quick-witted game of agility that 
requires positioning and accuracy,” said Paul 
McKeever, another avid squash player at UTSC. 

For those interested in playing or learning 
how to play squash, the courts are always open; 
simply book a court and sign in. Another option 
is to enrol in lessons. Be forewarned: apply early, 
enrolment is limited. 

For those who are competitively inclined, 
leagues and tournaments are available such as the 
Student Squash League and Co-Ed Tournament. 
By popular demand, the recreation centre is hold- 
ing squash social nights every Wednesday from 7 
p.m. to 9:40 p.m. All levels are welcome. 

John Chan, who started playing this 
year, said, “Once you start, youll find it’s a lot of 
fun.” 


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Weeks of extensive training, 
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in this moment, the final round of the 
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ships in Toronto. And with a final throw 
of his fist, Cooper became the 2006 RPS 
World Champ, winning the $7,000 
first-place prize. 

The fifth-annual tournament 
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Noy. 11. Athletes vying for the coveted 
title came from the U.S., Norway, New 
Zealand, Australia, Wales, England and 
Ireland to compete. 

“T went through extensive train- 
ing, read strategy guides, and studied the 
27 possible RPS gambits before compet- 
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manager from London. He declined to 
comment further on his strategy, as he 
intends to defend his title next year. 

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hopes that RPS’s increasing popularity 
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“RPS is not about major deci- 
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do with this society is make the world a 
slightly better place by promoting the use 
of RPS instead of bickering or fighting.” 

The event was hosted by the 
World RPS Society, an organization that 
has evolved out of the governing body 
founded in England in the mid-1800s. 
The organization was moved to Canada 
in 1918 after its members found that 
post-First World War Britain had become 

“far too dangerous a place to make a suit- 

able home country for a game of conflict 
resolution,” says the group's website. The 
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because they felt it was 
a “safe, hospitable, and 
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opponent,” he said. 

However, top Norwegian player 
Geir Arne Brevik stated that it was not 
strategy that got to him to the World 
Championships. “It was just a coinci- 
dence... and here | am.” 

The tournament was_ sternly 
refereed by “the cream of the crop” or- 
ganizers announced as they swore in the 
referees during the opening ceremony. 
The referees pledged to “maintain the 
utmost respect for the game of RPS, 
control the player effectively with cour- 
tesy without sacrificing firmness, and live 
up to the credo of the ideal official who 
notices everything but is seldom noticed 
themselves,” among other things. 

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allow personal preferences to aftect his 
professional standards,” he said. “My 
colleagues here tonight are the best of 
the bet and hold respect of the game far 
above petty patriotism. Bennett is obvi- 
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If there was any Canadian bias, 
it didn’t affect the outcome of the tour- 
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- Myspace user 


- Another Myspace aficionado 


Myspace Trendsetting? 


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teeth, studded belts, old sneakers, snow days, tulips, parking lots, humor.” 


“Ketchup chips, stained lips. Kool Aid mustaches are welcome, but no spaghetti sauce ones allowed. Bi 
rides, church sales, collages, crooked teeth, drawing, embroidery, fake watches.” 


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Crooked teeth?!? 

The Underground’s editorial staff was 
perusing through Myspace one day, and came 
upon some profiles which made us spit out our 
$ 6. 14 sandwiches from Subway (they raised 
the prices by the way). 

How could ANYONE possibly list 
crooked teeth as their interest? And a general 
interest at that! 

Please note, some of our staff have 
crooked teeth, and could tell you horrific den- 
tal tales of gingivitis, plaque and gum disease 
all linked to their pearly whites (or borderline 
yellow, pending on who you are talking to). 

Joking aside, dental imperfections 
have huge impacts on our lives. Countless dol- 
lars are spent on orthodontics that put families 
into debt when insurance plans don’t cover the 
cost. Monetary loss is one thing, but fleeting 
confidence is something much harder to cope 
with. 

With the constant barrage of adver- 
tising for dental hygiene, a lack of confidence 
sets in when your teeth don't match up to the 
model for Crest White Strips. 

So what drove these My Chemical Ro- 
mance fans to list crooked teeth as an interest? 
Granted, they may have a tooth fetish, or, they 
may be part of a larger movement of people 
who like to idealize a free-spirited, all loving, 
non-judgmental culture. 

But like Pogs, crooked teeth will soon 
disappear from the general interest of our be- 
loved Myspace friends’ profiles, and they'll be 
onto commodifying the next fad, whatever it 
may be, from personal demons (think Goth 
culture) to banking in on the anti-capitalist 
movement (think Che Guevara t-shirts and 


soft drinks). 


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Appropriation of culture is not 
new. Everyone’ favourite TV sitcom twins, 
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, appropriat- 
ed Bohemian culture with their boho chic 
stint. Their outfits probably cost upwards 
of $ 1000, while critics blasted the Michelle 
Tanners for paying “to look poor.” 

While the Olsen twins are going for 
the impoverished look, some artists like Jay- 
Z actually lived a life of a poverty. In Jay-Z’s 
case, it led to his involvement in drug deal- 
ing. It’s one thing to expose your hardships 
in the public eye and celebrate your achieve- 
ments, but it’s another to appropriate some- 
one’s struggle, for your own “street cred”. 

According to the Toronto Star's fea- 
ture on poverty (Jan. 13) there are six mil- 
lion Canadians struggling to feed their 
children while working two to three jobs. 
There’s some real street cred for you. 

If we are not appropriating some- 
one’s struggle, then it’s religion. We have the 
material girl herself, Madonna, to thank for 
that. From Christianity to Kabala, Madge 
has worshipped it all, and sold a ton of re- 
cords (and made some terrible movies) in 
the process. 

If not religion, then it’s culture. 
Gwen Stefani has appropriated everything 
from saris to bindis, and who can forget 
about her “accessories”, the Harajuku girls. 

Maybe it’s time we took a deeper 
look at trends, and recognize we are com- 
modifying aspects of people's lives for our 
own amusement. Or maybe we are looking 
into this too much, and should stop wasting 
time on Myspace. 


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Staff Writers: Shivani Malik, Muzna Siddigi, Aleem Hussain, Alexandra Lucchesi, Uriel Mendoza, Radheyan Simonpillai, Abbas Somji, Stefania Lamac- 
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Lehner, Irina Lytchak, Stephen Chan. 


Cover Photo: Mahesh Abeyewardene (Chris Hoffmann attends to an alarm call on the Bladen Wing elevator) 


Contributors: Rita Medynsky, Mark Kilchling, Emily Ragobeer 


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Ditching Old Habits in the New Year? 


If your resolution this year was to pull 
up that GPA, then you should be up- 
to-date on all your course readings by 
now. With only three weeks into 2007, 
some have ditched the books and gym 
in favour of movies and junkfood. 

Some students at UTSC say 
making resolutions at New Years is 
quickly becoming a thing of the past. 
Some say they don't believe in mak- 
ing resolutions because it is difficult to 
keep up with. 

Rose Ferdowsain is a fourth 
year student at UTSC. She said she 
thinks very few people, herself includ- 
ed, follow through on New Year's reso- 
lutions. 

“Personally, I’ve made resolu- 
tions for years to quit smoking, but it 
only lasts a month before I give up,” 
she said. 

Ferdowsain said making res- 
olutions are a good way for people to 
better themselves- that’s why they're so 
popular. 

She said resolutions are achiev- 
able, but you have to be highly moti- 
vated. 

“You can't slack off within two 
weeks of the New Year, or what’s the 
point of having a resolution?” Ferdow- 
sain said. 

Other students at UTSC like 
Deane Redican, agree with Ferdow- 
sain. He says resolutions at New Years 
are highly overrated. 

In the past, Redican said he 
made resolutions to exercise more, 
drink less, party less, and study more. 
Unlike the norm, Redican said he did 
follow through on the exercise and 
drinking resolutions, but still needs to 


work on the academic resolution. 

He’s still skeptical whether or 
not the ‘study harder’ goal will pan out 
this semester. 

“Self improvement is a thing 
people strive for, and resolutions just 
help them feel like they're putting that 
into practice,” Redican said. 

Like Ferdowsain, he says res- 
olutions aren't impossible, but they're 
only as good as your motivation to 
achieve them. 

John Bassilli, psychology pro- 
fessor at the University of Toronto, says 
making resolutions is a state of mind 
people feel the need to be in when a 
new year begins. He says it’s a way for 
people to feel as though they're getting 
a fresh start in the year by making goals 
to improve themselves. 

“You can think of [resolutions] 
as stemming from a conflict between 
the way we see ourselves and the way 
we feel we ought to be,” Bassilli said. 

“Naturally, resolutions require 
that we feel that we can modify our be- 
haviour patterns, something that is not 
usually as easy as we assume.” 

He said the most popular reso- 
lutions to be broken among both men 
and women are quitting smoking and 
losing weight. 

“People tend to underestimate 
how difficult it is to change our behay- 
iour patters,” Bassilli said. 

An old cliché seems to ring true 
when it comes to New Year’s resolutions 
— its much easier said than done. No 
matter what yours may be — good luck. 


a Emily Ragobeer 


No Snow, No Ice, No Business 


The winter break sure felt like a break 
— minus the ice, slush, and all that 
other white stuff that falls from the sky. 
With record-breaking temperatures 
that maintained a positive mercury, 
there’s no wonder the shovel, along 
with ski resorts, have been lonely. 

For recreational parks and 
business, temperatures were just too 
high for skiing. Snowmaking systems 
were also inoperable, as the weather 
cannot maintain the fake snow. 

“Temperatures need to be 
at least -5°C for the equipment to be 
operable,” said Sergio, an employee at 
Blue Mountain. 

Blue Mountain Resorts, On- 
tario’s largest ski resort, had to lay off 
1,300 workers for a three-week period 
until further notice, awaiting the pos- 
sibility of a snowfall. The resort could 
not afford to pay all their employees 
because of the lack of business. 

However, with the recent 
snowfall that dropped more than 20 cm 
of snow in Collingwood and some of 
central Ontario, ski resorts have begun 
to open up once again and rehire their 
laid off workers. With temperatures 
cooling down to below zero, snow- 
making systems will be functional so 
resorts, such as Blue Mountain, will be 
able to slowly activate more hills and 


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pathways. 
“Tt’s been pretty busy and it’s picking up 
a lot,” Sergio said. 

Closer to home, the Centen- 
nial Park Snow Centre and North York 
Ski Centre, have also shut down their 
recreational ski programs due to the 
weather. But, they anticipate reopening 
on Jan. 20. 

For consumers, a snow less 

Christmas was Santa’s greatest gift. The 
warm weather gave retailers no choice 
but to mark down their prices on winter 
clothing. For instance, according to Rita 
Zekas of The Toronto Star, a cashmere 
sweater was reduced from $225 to $25 
at a Hamilton boutique. As a result 
stores exhausted their supplies due to 
consumers stocking up for the possibil- 
ity of a surprise snowstorm, or for next 
winter. 
Businesses, on the other hand, have been 
hit hard. ‘Though retailers increased 
business, it may not be a big impact on 
their bottom line. 

In the first few weeks of 
January, Torontonians have slowly been 
reminded of harsh winter, with little 
snowfall. The shovel may not be lonely 
for long. 


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I entered the men’s watering hole in the — 


Student Centre to relieve myself just re- 
cently, only to discover that the urinals 
have been bcaed — and by lower I mean 
hobbit height. At 62”, I don’t kid myself 
that I hang low enough to hit the mark 
without a significant amount of concen- 
tration and exertion, and this new task is 
just another reminder of the ways that this 
school gets my knickers tied into a knot. 
fm sure there must be some sort 
of bureaucratic explanation as to why the 
urinals have been made accessible to the 


likes of Frodo, but I couldn't care enough 


for journalistic integrity to find out and 
tell you... it’s beside the point. 

This campus can afford to pay 
* someone to slide urinals down a couple 
~ of feet, and also buy LCD screens that do 
nothing but reiterate Tom Nower’s mes- 
» sages (the ones that already litter my junk 
e-mail folder). 
Yet the school could not afford 
to pay the custodial staff to maintain the 


studying. 


© Commentary/ © News 26 —i.02 


locks barred students from entering what 


maybe their only safe-haven for holiday 


Couldn't the school afford to pay 


custodians with the pocket change they 


collected from the marching band they 
sublet the ARC to last semester; the same 
ones that blew their trombones into the 
textbooks of students studying in the qui- 
et study area, which is in the same vicin- 
ity. . ~ 
This school squeezes every dol- 
lar out of its students (with tuition, park- 
ing, books), and then sells out those same 
students by facilitating band practice in a 
study area, and then makes every decision 
in favour of appearance over accommoda- 
tion for the students (useless LCD screens 
that are bound to get stolen, instead of fa- 
cilitating holiday studying). 

I know this sounds like a ramble. 
It all began with having to go pee. But with 
my present temperament for this school, 
one leak can spill over the entire dam. 


UTSC Serves Up Halal 


It came as a surprise to Jenna Hossack, 
SCSU’s_ vice-president Students and 
Equity when she received an email 
about H-Wing MarketPlace cafeteria 
offering Halal food. 

The email stated that student 
groups like the Muslim Student As- 
sociation (MSA) worked with Food 
and Beverage Services to create a menu 
that offered Halal food choices in the 
H-Wing MarketPlace cafeteria. 

However, not all food options 
in the cafeteria are Halal. The H-Wing 
cafeteria is set up into stations. Each 
station offers a variety of food from 
Italian and Asian to please the diverse 
palettes of students. 

Peter Smith, manager of Food 
& Beverage Services at UTSC said he 
can understand how there is confusion 
among some students with Halal op- 
tions because only Home Zone, Bene 
Pasta and Pizza offer Halal choices, 
while other stations don’. 

Near the end of the last semes- 


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Students can now purchase Halal food at vari- 
ous stations in the H-Wing MarketPlace caf- 
eteria. 


campus over the break, instead resolving 
on a campus shutdown. Chains and pad- ter, Pizza Pizza in the R-Wing cafeteria 

REE a also decided to go Halal. Yet again, the 
options are limited as only certain types 
of pizzas are Halal. 

This isn’t the first time the 
H-wing cafeteria has tested Halal food 
on campus. Their previous attempts 
didn't receive a good enough response 
to continue. 

“If people are not buying the 
product, why sell it?” Smith said. 

For Hossack, advertising Halal 
food on campus is a concern as students 
may not know what choices are avail- 
able to them. Smith said the menus are 
posted on the Food & Beverages website 
(campusdish.com/en-US/CA/Toronto) _ said. 
every week and there are signs posted 
on stations in the H-Wing cafeteria. 


Post Object 


January 18 - March 11, 2007 


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Hossack will contact the MSA 
(who wasn't available for comment) 
and other groups on campus to listen to 


questions and concerns that will later be 
presented to Food & Beverage Services. 
One concern is how food is prepared to 
avoid cross-contamination. 

Offering Halal options for about 
one semester, the H-Wing cafeteria seems 
to be “holding it’s own,” Smith said. If the 
success continues, the Halal options will 
still be available. 

“If they purchase them [Halal 
food] then the demand is real,’ Smith 


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Sitting quietly in her mother’s lap, 
Marielisa slowly peeled away a Band- 
Aid from her hand. The toddler didn’t 
seem to need the sticky adhesive to 
heal her wound. For Marielisa, 3, her 
mother’s love has always been enough. 
“IT want to give her [Marieli- 
sa] everything she wants,” said Bonnie 
Benitez, Marielisa’s mother. “Pll always 
be there for her, and 
will never let work 
get in the way.” 
Bonnie 
Benitez, 21, is in 
her third-year in the 
business manage- 
ment program at 
the University of 


Toronto) at Sear= 
borough (UAES@! 


n her last year of 
high school, Benitez 
and her high school 
boyfriend found out 
she was pregnant. 

IN i ie © 
graduating high 
school, Benitez de- 
cided to take a year 


off before starting 
university. Benitez 
dated Marielisa’s 


father, who is still in 
Marielisa’s life, but 
the two decided not 
to marry. 


This past 
September, Benitez 
enrolled § Marielisa 


at the N’sheemaehn 
Child Care Centre, 
a daycare centre 
located on UTSC 
grounds. Now open 
for 16 years, the 
daycare facilities 
provides an environ- 


centrating on her school work without 
rushing home. 

After becoming a teenage 
mom, Benitez's life has taken a com- 
pletely different path. But she said she 
believes it has changed for the better. 

“There’s more focus on her 
[Marielisa], and all the little things. 
When you go shopping, you buy 


look after Marielisa so Benitez could 
balance her work. 

Also, Benitez's job at Do- 
minion, where she works part-time, 
allows her to have flexible work hours 
so she can spend more time with her 
daughter. 

After squeezing Marielisa 
closer, she whispered in her ear, “be- 


Photo by Alexandra Lucchesi 
UTSC student Bonnie Benitez and her daughter Marielisa, 3, are much closer now that Marielisa ateends The 
N’ Sheemaehn Child Care Centre. 


you have to be at class, it’s really hard 
to separate yourself,” Quinn says. 

Quinn also identified the 
close ties with the families of the day- 
care have with each other. Quinn says 
that there are so many interrelation- 
ships within the centre. Though the 
centre is small, it’s very intimate, and 
she considers it to be a second home 
to both staff and 
parents. 

But she admits 
that student parents 
do have a lot to deal 
with. 

“They are students 
that are studying, 
that have parenting 
issues that they're 
dealing with,” she 
says. “So they're go- 
ing to have financial 
issues and a lot of 
stresses, there are a 
number of things 
that challenge what 
students face today.” 

Even though it is 
hard to balance life 
with a child, Benitez 
is thankful for where 
she is. 

“Tm trying to fin- 
ish school and get a 
good job and try to 
provide everything 
that I would be able 
to get for her,” says 
Benitez. “I want her 
to live young, and I 
dont want to hold 
that back.” 

“A lot of young 
parents are unable 
to do what I’m able 
to do because they 
dont always get 


ment that is friendly — = 
for children and makes sure parents 
feel secure. 

“Now that she [Marielisa] 
comes here, I know I’m close to her, 
so I can come and check up on her. 
It just makes it easier because it is 
within the school, that way, when I 
don't have class, I can focus on school 
work,” Benitez says . “The teachers are 


very helpful, and they give me a lot of 


feedback.” 

Before Benitez put her 
daughter in daycare, she relied on her 
parents to baby-sit Marielisa. Although 
she felt her daughter was safe with 
her grandparents, she didn't want to 
put much pressure on them. Since 
Marielisa has been at the N’sheemaehn 
Child Care Centre, Benitez said she 
finds comfort that Marielisa is close to 
her while she is studying at school. She 
also says she can spend more time con- 


6 


Aothe for her things for her — that’s 
the difference.” Benitez says. “You 
don’t really think about yourself or care 
about going out with your friends as 
much as you did. She's a priority.” 

As a university student, 
plenty of UTSC students can agree 
that it is not easy to balance work, 
school and their social lives without a 
bit of juggling. But as a young mother, 
Benitez feels her experience is one 
incomparable to the lives of students 
without children. 

She said she believes her life 
is fulfilling, and is able to manage her 
time with the help of family and the 
community. 

With the help of her parents 
and Marielisa’s other grandparents, her 
first and second years in university be- 
came much easier to deal with. During 
school hours and exams, they would 


cause weckonds are me aod her time.” 

When she has a break be- 
tween classes, Benitez often checks up 
on Marielisa when she is at daycare. The 
facility has observation booths where 
parents can check up on their children 
without the children being distracted. 
Benitez says watching her daughter 
gives her ease knowing how Marielisa 
is doing and how she interacts with the 
other children. 

Joanne Quinn, the director 
at N’sheemaehn Child Care Centre, 
has seen a major improvement in how 
parents deal with separation anxiety 
when leaving their child at the day- 
care. 

“There were plenty of times I 
would talk with Bonnie out in the hall, 
having to say ‘it’s ok and her daughter 
would be crying in the room for her. 
To hear your child cry, and know that 


much support from 
their Perea I just hope she'll grow up 
to be a good girl.” 

In more ways than one, 
Benitez has identified that she is the 
backbone behind her daughter and 
the life she is thankful to be living. 
By describing herself as patient and 
kind, Benitez says she knows she has 
to possess those qualities to be a good 
mother. 

Although  Marielisa _ sits 
quietly while Benitez speaks, Benitez 
insists that her daughter isn’t always 
so quiet. She says there are often times 
when Marielisa joins her to watch her 
dance performances and asks her mom 
to join her when dancing at home. 

“I guess because I’m young, we act like 
kids together,” Benitez says. 


= Alexandra Lucchesi 


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Battling the bulge can be as easy as 
swiping a student card into the Key and 
running on a treadmill for an hour. But 
for some women, this isn’t the case. 

SCSU’s VP Students and Eq- 
uity, Jenna Hossack is proposing a plan 
to have women-only workout hours at 
UTSC. If the plan passes, UTSC would 
join St. George and UTM as campuses 
that have women-only hours. 

The idea came after a student 
approached the SCSU asking for her 
money back because her faith wouldn't 
allow her to unveil herself while working 
out in a co-ed gym. But having women- 
only workout hours isn’t just for women 
and their religion, some women feel 
self-conscious about exercising in front 
of men. 

Shirin Yilmaz, external coordi- 
nator for the Women’s Centre, said she 
supports the idea of having women-only 
hours because some women are uncom- 
fortable in the presence of men. 

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its problems, he wants to make things 
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Zach Slootsky of blogTO says 
there is a bit of skepticism on his part 
whether the suggestions will actually be- 
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be in Giambrone’s best interest to follow. 
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portunity may come sooner than later, 
with potential collaborations between 
sites becoming a possible reality. 

Slootsky says this project has 
opened up discussion and shown that 
when bloggers work together they can 
get noticed and get things done. 

“Tr’s kind of unique in how much 
they [bloggers] are working together on 
this thing,” he says. 

Ouellette also sees a future of 
collaboration of bloggers. He says the 
internet has allowed for the “wisdom of 
crowds” to solve civic problems and lets 
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problems will be solved in permutation 
of this way,” he says. 

Solving the TTC’s website 
problem collectively has garnered a lot 
of practical and artistic responses. 

A common request on all sites is 
a trip planner. It would allow commuters 
to find the fastest route to a destination. 
Giambrone says they would like to set up 
an e-commerce section on the 
site, allowing for riders to buy 
TTC passes and merchandise 
online. He is also a fan of TTC 
calees: 

A’ text message or 
“alert” would be sent to rider’s 
cell phones or blackberries, 
notifying them of transit delays. 
Slootsky says there has been 
some buzz of integrating arts 
onto the website. The blogTO 
writer says some local artists 
and photographers base some 
of their work on the rocket, and 
the TTC should display some of 
their pieces on the site. 

But at the end of the day, 
Slootsky says people “just want 
a site that’s usable. 

“People are asking for a website 
that is easily adaptable to future needs. 
Somebody wrote a comment on a blog 
that the TTC builds websites like it 
build garages, wanting them to last thirty 
years. 

The final step of the project, 
according to Slootsky, will be “watching 
the TTC in a public quorum and mak- 
ing sure they bring these ideas to light.” 

Giambrone says the website 
should be completed by August 2007-- 
if not earlier. 

It should be interesting to see if 
the website maintains the signature T'T'C 
chimes. 


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said with discussions and focus groups 
with students, groups and others on 
campus, they hopefully will find a way 
to have women-only hours. 

“It’s more [about] figuring out 
how to do this in a way that works with 
the facilities we have and with the demo- 
graphics we have,” Hossack said. 

Currently St. George's women- 
only hours are limited to their pool and 
Strength and Conditioning Centre. 
Whereas UTM has women-only hours 
for their pool, fitness centre and some of 
their fitness classes. 

Yilmaz said its about time for 
UTSC to get onboard and join the other 
two campuses. Doing so would show 
consideration for student needs. 

“It would show respect to the 
others who feel uncomfortable and need 
this type of environment to access fitness, 
which is a right I think everyone should 
have.” 


= Jeannette Rabito 


SCSU Executives 
Get Pay Hike 


The Scarborough campus student 
union (SCSU) were set to approve an 
extra $2,000 pay increase for each of 
the seven student executives at a board 
of director's meeting on Jan. 12. But, 
the motion has been ruled out of or- 
der. 

In bylaw 1 section 14.0 of 
the SCSU’s constitution, 14 days or 
more are required for policy changes. 
The proposed raises were brought to 
the standing committee on human re- 
sources on Jan 11, one night before the 
board of directors meeting. The initial 
agenda, sent on Jan. 9 did not include 
a motion about a pay increase. 

At the BOD meeting Lou Mi- 
chael Tacorda, vice-president human 
resources for the SCSU, presented the 
results of a study he conducted com- 
paring the compensation of SCSU ex- 
ecutives with those of other student 
unions. Tacorda said, “there is a large 
discrepancy when the SCSU’s salaries 
are compared with the other schools.” 

SCSU_ vice-presidents cur- 
rently earn $12,000 a year, while the 
president receives $15,000. According 
to Tacorda’s report, the hourly wage of 
an executive works out to $6.59, over 
a dollar below minimum wage. 

“Surviving on the current sal- 
ary is tough,” according to Jenna Hos- 
ae vice-president students and equi- 

“Even with my current salary, I still 
see for over $5,000 OSAP” 

Tacorda asked at the 
meeting what the financial impact to 
students will be to which he said, “Stu- 
dents won't be charged a penny more, 
services wont be downsized and there 
will be no new services fees.” 

The motion in question will 
be on the agenda for the Feb. 2 BOD 


meeting. 


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In response to the recent assaults at 
York University just before the end of 
“ semester, [he Excaliber and The 
Underground have teamed up to provide 
the following comparison of security 
efforts provided on their respective 
campuses. 


Incidents/History of Crime 


According to the University of Toronto 
Scarborough Police and Parking Services 
2005 annual report, there were 214 
reported criminal incidents in 2005. 
thes se included one case of sexual assault, 
11 charges of assault, and 67 thefts. 

With the exception of thefts, 
which were considerably higher in 2004, 
these figures were similar to 
hose of the past five years. 

“We tend to get a little bit of 
said Darcy Griffith, manager 
for UTSC Police and Parking ees 
and laptops lefe unattended are 
common targets for thieves, he says. 

Recently, the south residence 
laundry room was vandalized and all 
of the machines were broken into. The 
crime is currently under investigation, 


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Jurisdiction 


Campus grounds currently 
constable authority; though that may 
change soon. 

“We're in the middle of a 
transition with our jurisdiction,” Griffith 
says. 

Constables on campus may be 
dbs jurisdiction over Toronto Police 
if the offence in question takes place 
on University grounds. “If it starts 
on the campus, we would have peace 
officer authority to continue to engage 
in it or follow it up and continue the 
investigation,” Griffith says. 

“Its. a. pretty significant 
difference and the question still remains 
as to how we re going to utilize that.’ 

Another limitation to UTSC 
jurisdiction is the use of firearms. Because 
constables on campus can only carry 
batons, handcuffs, and body armour, 
situations involving weapons are left to 
the Toronto Police Services, according to 
Griffith. 

“There are, quite honestly,” he 
says, “some things we don’t want our 
officers to get involved in because they 
aren't going to be able to intervene 
safely,” 


Training/Resources 


The 2005 annual report states that of 
the 13 working constables on staff, 11 
attended two of the three mandatory 
training classes - Annual Use of Force 


dictate. 


and Diversity, while all 13 went through 
First Aid and CPR Recertification. 

Additional classes included 
Diversity Instructor's Course, Use of 
Force Instructor, Crime Prevention 
‘Through Environmental Design, Ethics, 
among others. 

In terms of resources, the 
essential tool used by UTSC Police is the 
University of Toronte’s communication 
centre, which is on the St. George 
campus. This acts much like a centralized 
dispatch system does for Toronto police, 
says Griffith. 

“Tt’s a little more cost effective 
and a little more efficient for us,” he 
says. “theyre able to run a criminal 
background check on people they're 
dealing with and check license plates on 
vehicles. 

“And it’s also a step-forward for 
the community, because students get 
a live person on the ae 24 hours a 
day.” 


Response Time 


Grifith says another benefit of the 
communication centre is that it shortens 
response time for officers on duty. 
“Before the officers were trying 
to gather the information they needed to 
respond efficiently,” he says. 


ambulance?” 

Now, the diqaches pees all 
of that information for them beforehand, 
thus insuring that the victims get all of 
the proper help they need. 


Residence Life 


Griffith attends reibe n mecdie: with 
Jenna Hossack, vice-president of students 
and equity on the SCSU, Zoe Higgins, 
student residence council president, and 
constable Randy Bested of 43 division to 
try and increase safety on campus. 

On top of that, the 2005 report 


states that campus police train residence 
advisors every year in proper sexual 


assault response and discuss issues such 
as “date rape drugs’ and alcohol abuse. 


They also have regular meetings with the 
RAs. 


Initiatives/Future 
Developments 


Current initiatives inelude the following: 
emergency phones _ throughout the 
campus, alarm monitoring, information 
bulletins, Student Crime Stoppers, 
a crisis response team that includes 
Griffith, student escorts around campus, 
and safety audits. 


Safety audits are done 
using Crime Prevention Through 
Environmental Design principles. 


“Are there 


weapons? Is there a oo Do we need an 


According to the 2005 report, “Safety 
audits are conducted upon request on 
existing facilities, and in the design 
phase during renovations or new 
construction. 

“We work with construction 
right when they start drawing up the 
buildings to eliminate the fact that 
they need mirrors,” Griffith says. “So 
if you round a corner, if you close this, 
change this, then we don’t need to put 
up any mirrors because there are no 
blind corners where there’s a concern 
somebody may be able to lurk or hide.” 

Things Griffith hopes to delve. 
into in the near future, he says, include: 
the feasibility of installing more cameras | 
and emergency phones, and the necessity J 
to lock the school down after hours. 


whe Uriel Mendoza 


York's Keele campus has had student 
safety concerns since the summer of 
2000, when a serial rapist attacked his 
sixth victim. Philip Foremsky was arrest- 
on Oct. 12, 2000 and charged with 
counts of sexual assault, two counts 
sbbery and a one count of sexual 
t with a weapon. Foremsky served 
five-year sentence and was released on 
ril 4 2006 under the condition that 
contacting any of his 
that he stay away 
| college campuses. 
and broadcast media such 


Post and Global Televi- 


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‘at ng that “we have ‘no reason to ‘be 
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est attack involved two students robbed 
for their laptops at gunpoint while 
studying in the basement of the Technol- 
ogy Enhanced Learning building close 
to midnight. Unlike the previous mug- 
gings, the majority of which occurred 
just outside the campus boundaries in 
the same nearby residential community 
known as Ihe Village at York Univer- 
sity (where Foremskys victims had also 
coincidentally been attacked), York 
administration only posted a notice to 
students regarding the laptop mugging. 

During the month of Novem- 
ber, York again gained media coverage 
for sexual assaults occurring in The 
Village townhouse area. In cooperation 
with the police, York posted sexual as- 
sault campus alerts throughout both its 
Keele and Glendon campuses that held 
a composite of the attacker. The most 
recent development since has been an 
assault arrest made on Dec. 20, 2006 by 
ronto Police in possible connec- 
tion with the as 


Jurisdiction 


side from. a. sexual assaults, Alex 


; firmly stated that the university's 
security officers are only responsible for 
safety concerns wile the university's 


5 borders. 


“Our security folks have no au- 
ation or anything like that outside 


ot the York boundaries, it never has. No 
“security services are allowed to operate 


outside their ape perimeters,” said 
Gas : 

_.. York security operates through 
community policing, where officers 
rained to mainly focus upon crime 


“prevention methods and educational 
awareness. They are prohibited from 


intervening in any situation where the 
officer may be physically harmed. Special 


_ constables, argued Bilyk, are not needed 
on campus because they are armed. 


“We have a police force to rely 
on for that, we will not carry weapons. 
Not on this campus. 


“It's: a whole different set of 
training, it's a whole different issue. We 
have to believe we are in a safe environ- 
ment and we have the police force who 
are experts in this area. 

“A stick is still a weapon,’ added 
Bilyk. “We are not in favour of an armed 
campus.” 


Training/ Resources 


York currently employs 170. officers 
involved in security and student escort 
service Go Safe combined. A Security 
Control Centre is also operational 24- 
hours a day, year round for dispatch and 
first aid services. Various crime awareness 
workshops and seminars are also made 
available upon request. 


Response lime 


York’s director of media relations, 


In immediate life-threatening situations, 
students are encouraged to call 911, 
security will be alerted by police who re- 
spond to the emergency call on campus. 
However, a lesser known alternative is 
that York community members may also 
call 416-736-5333 in cases of emergen- 
cies for security response, although the 
Toronto Police 31 Division says that it 
is still best to file separate reports with 
university security and with police. 

York and Toronto Police 31 
Division both maintain that they keep 
close lines of communication with each 
other. 


Residence Life 


Chantal Joy, manager residence life, said 
that all college residence dons and staff 
undergo a mandatory week of intensive 
training sessions and workshops. 

“We also have a session that 
we do called Security in Residence. It 
specifically involves the security officers 
come in and do some training with us 
and they basically cover what protocols 
they follow, what they need from us in 
terms of communicating certain issues 


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to them, at what point do they like us to 
call them in, those kinds of things.” 

An appointed security liaison 
holds a general meeting with all Resi- 
dence Life Coordinators (RLCs) from 
different colleges once each semester or 
when called upon. However, the liaison 
mostly deals with RLCs separately. te- 
garding individual residence issues. 


Initiatives/Future 
Developments 


Current initiatives include the follow- 
ing: closed circuit television cameras and 
emergency blue light phones throughout 
the campus, alarm monitoring, informa- 
tion bulletins, at least cwo student iescor 
services (one is by York, the othér is an 
independent initiative by a York student, 
and a potential third is pending approval . 
by the York Federation of Students), and 
safety audits using Crime Prevention 
Through Environmental Design. 

A Security Advisory. Council, 
comprised of student leaders and’ hea : 
of various York departments, also holds. 
quarterly meetings to advise the vice 
president, finance and administration — 
and the department of security services 
regarding safety and security issues. 
Since the, os assaults, he 


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concerns at York, 

In light of ¢o; 
students were attacked bet 
destination and designated stop: 
Go Safe extended its shuttle service 
include Fountainhead Road and offer 
more flexibility to drop off students a 
close as possible to their homes with 
deviating from its route, 


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While the cineaste community 
is busy counting down their favourite 
films from 2006 (for the record my fab 
four are Children of Men, Pans Labyrinth, 
Little Children, and United 93), while 
paying strict attention to the Oscar race 
that has just commenced, we at The 
Underground have decided to look ahead 
at what awaits us in 2007, which, by the 


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looks of things, promises to be a far more 
interesting year. 

Ang Lee follows up his critically 
acclaimed and now infamous Brokeback 
Mountain, with a Chinese-language 
WWII espionage thriller entitled Lust, 
Caution. Also, the post-modernist mas- 
ter of sexy, Wong Kar-Wai (Chungking 


— s - - 
first English-language film, My Blueberry 
Nights, which stars an eclectic ensemble 
cast that includes Norah Jones, Jude Law, 
Natalie Portman, Rachel Wesiz, and Tim 
Roth. 

With such prolific directors 
as Lee and Wai, as well as Michael 
Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People), 


George (Hotel Rwanda), Wes Anderson 
(Rushmore), and Lajos Koltai (Fateless), 
all chiming in with entries, the New 
Year seems ripe and ready to be a bloody 
good one. We're placing our bets that the 
following five films are the ones to keep 
marked on the calendar. (Release Dates 
are subject to cha 


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Steering off the Mainstream 


It’s very rarely that an artists’ contem- 
plation of mortality is elevated from 
the narcissistic and_ self-indulgent 
pity- party that is so easily attended. 
Such is the case with Canadian art- 
ist Ron Sexsmith’s newly released 
album, 7ime Being. 

Continuing in his established 
brand of 
mellow folk 
songs, his 
reunion with 
producer 
Mitchell 
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fleeting mo- 
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Dusty Things” Sexsmith explores 
the sadness of temporality life. The 
discrepancy between the almost 
childlike innocence of the simple 
acoustic guitar tempered with the 
lyrical coming-to-terms with the 
inevitability of death make for a 
beautiful rendered consideration 
of mortality. This is underlined by 
Sexsmith’s boyish vocals which has 


often been compared to those of 


Paul McCartney, have remained mi- 
raculously consistent throughout his 


career. In songs where lyrics read, 
think we're lost,” his whimsical voice 
highlights the poignant coupling of 
inevitable death with a care-free sim- 

plicity reminiscent of childhood. 
Although mainstream no- 
toriety has escaped Sexsmith, critical 
and celebrity acclaim are his in 
abundance. 
From praises 
from the 
likes of Chris 
Martin to 
Sexsmith’s 
hit song 
“Maybe This 
Christmas: 
on The OC, 
there is no 
question of 
his consider- 
able — lyrical 

prowess. 

Likened 
to artists 
such as Nick Drake, Blue Rodeo 
and Damien Rice, his music, while 
not immediately catchy, contains 
a quietness that belies its strength. 
The lilting melodies seem to qui- 
etly nest in one’s consciousness and 
make themselves manifest weeks 
later when one is doing laundry, or 
riding the bus, or wondering how it 
is possible that he still remains one 

of the best kept Canadian secrets. 


Sarah Selvanayagam 


Machine Music to the Ears 


Post-Matrix, where conflict between 
man and machine seems exhausted, 
Johann Johannsson’s recent album, 
IBM 1402, A Users Manual com- 
plicates the conceived relationship 
between man and machine. The 
album is in- 
spired by the 
1964 arrival 
of the first 
computer 
to Iceland. 
As the 
son of the 
chief main- 
tenance 
engineer, 
Johannsson 
was exposed 
first-hand to 
the technol- 
ogy. Upon 
its demise, 
a recording 
was made of the computer's strains. 
Johannsson’s father possessed the 
recording, which became the inspi- 
ration for his album. 

Layered over the eerie 
monotone voice of a modern yes- 
teryear is the music of The City of 
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. 
The change results from the soulful 
melodies of the orchestra juxtaposed 


with the musical renditions of a 
computer are at the heart of the ideas 
explored in this album. In “Part 2 
— IBM 1403 Printer” an Alphaville 
reminiscent “dong” introduces the 
song which quickly progresses into 
the audio 
recording of 
aman’s voice 
reading in- 
structions, 
underscored 
by the soar- 
ing violins. 


Johanns- 
son cites 
Tea any, 


sources of 
inspiration 
over the 
topic of 
man vs. ma- 
chine such 
as Philip 
K. Dicks Do Androids Dream of 
Electric Sheep? which explores the 
humanization of the machine. Such 
ideas are explored through the evo- 
cation of the emotional through the 
intertwinement of the instrument 
and the computer. 


= Sarah Selvanayagam 


Parental 
Guidance 


In the guerilla-doc/expose This Film Is Not 
Yet Rated, Academy Award nominated di- 
rector Kirby Dick (Twist of Faith) gives his 
brass balls a polish before sticking them to 
that tiny brushstroke of Middle America, 
the one that decides whether films should 
be classified G, PG, PG-13, R, or be slapped 
with the dreaded NC-17. 

It’s the Ratings Board of the Motion 
Picture Association of America (MPAA) 
that Dick wants to wind up — a cultish sect 
whose identities are kept anonymous and 
whose actions remain unaccountable. 

Though it may seem this rating 
system is of no concern to Canadian audi- 
ences (we have our own governing bodies), 
it is actually detrimental to the films that 
we see. lo avoid an NC-17 (no children 
under 17) rating, which translates to limited 
theatrical release — or, in the case of studio 
films, no release — filmmakers often have to 
excise bits of their films that will end up 
rotting on the cutting room floor. 

Remember the orgy scene in 
Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut? Do you 
wonder why those curiously obscure shad- 
ows cock-blocked certain nether regions? 
Did you know that we have never actually 
seen director Kimberly Pierce’s true vision 
in Boys Don’t Cry, because a hint of a female 
orgasm is unacceptable onscreen? Did you 
know that Tom Hick from Redneck County 
has never seen Requiem For A Dream or The 
Dreamers in theatres, because their NC-17 
ratings prevented any wide release of the 
film? 


It’s not the rating system 1n gen- 


eral that Dick takes issue with. It’s the long 


bemoaned hypocrisy and inconsistency of 
a panel that follows no precedents, offers 
no explanations, and gives no advice, while 
favouring graphic violence over sexuality, 
heterosexual over homosexual, and studios 
over independents. 

Interviewing such candid film- 
makers as Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don?t Cry), 
John Waters (A Dirty Shame), Kevin Smith 
(Clerks), Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For 
A Dream), Matt Stone (South Park), and 
Torontos own Atom Egoyan (Where the 
Truth Lies), all who have felt the stab of 
the MPAA’s jagged edge, Dick develops a 


thorough, and often comical, indictment 


Here 


of a bureaucracy that rarely abides by its 
own rules. 

However, by finger pointing only 
the MPAA, Dick acquits he larger environ- 
ment that should also be held accountable 
for such liberties with films. Don’t the art- 
house pictures, frequently bullied by the 
MPAA, always go out in limited theatrical 
release regardless of an NC-17 rating? Do 
mainstream audiences really bother with 
films that aren't studio made, only to dis- 
cover them on the unrated DVD anyway? 
Would these audiences really care about 
the subtleties an artist fights for? Isn't it the 
studios that force the directors to cut their 
films to an R rating, acknowledging the 
tendencies of mainstream audiences? 

Dick avoids much of these queries 
for the sake of his own Hollywood witch- 
hunt, but nobody can deny the bravado 
in the way he distracts us from them. The 
director sets up a private investigator to 
expose the secret identities of the ratings 
board members, and audaciously submits 
his own film to the MPAA -— the very one in 
question — for a rating. 

While these antics prove futile in 
regards to the argument, getting up the 
MPAA’s skirt in this manner is still a thrill, 
for both Dick, and the audience that’s along 
for a peek. It’s this moment that’s self-con- 
eratulatory, and a shine on Dick’s ego — like 
the documentary form of masturbation, 
bearing no fruit, but a pleasure no less. 


= Radheyan Simonpillai 
Film Critic 


iO — ON 


Already famous before the first show 
aired, Little Mosque on the Prairie, the 
new comedy from CBC Television, has 
received worldwide coverage, garnering 
attention from the New York Times, 
the Houston Chronicle, and even CNN. 
With all the buzz the show has gener- 
ated, it remains to be seen if it will be 
able to keep the viewers hooked week 
after week. 

The show chronicles a small 
Muslim community living in the fictional 
prairie town of Mercy, and pokes fun at 
misconceptions and misunderstandings 
about Muslims. The diverse cast features 
actors such as Sheila McCarthy, Carlo 
Rota, and Sitara Hewitt. 

“Depictling] Muslims in a way 
that you can see that [they] ... take their 
kids to and from school, go to school 
themselves, [and] wrestle with the same 
sorts of [issues],” says Mary Darling, an 
executive producer for the sitcom. 

Some of those issues range from 
dating, to drinking. She says the show 
“depicts Muslims as human beings.” 

Muslim stereotypes areaddressed 
in a comical way to show ignorance in 
the way North Americans view cultures 
they are unfamiliar with. 

Darling says she hopes the 
show's success will be created ate an 


Op Nan 


Litte Mosque, Big Expectations 


understanding of diversity at play in 
Canada. 

Though there was tremendous 
buzz surrounding the first show, which 
aired on Jan. 9, it was not of Russell 
Peters calibre. 

The show has some great one- 
liners that played on the tension between 
western and eastern cultures meeting in 
a small Canadian town. For example, 
when the local Muslim community rents 
a parish hall to act as their Mosque, Yasir 
(Carlo Rota) the head of the Muslim 
community says, We are poing to open 
a mosque in your parish all. Will you 
tell Jesus or shall I? 

The show draws on the personal 
experiences of its creator Zarqa Nawaz 
(Me and the Mosque, BBQ Muslims), 
living in Regina, Saskatchewan. Nawaz 
wants, “...people to laugh with Muslims 
like they would laugh at anyone else and 
feel comfortable in doing so.” 

Here at UTSC, there was much 
curiosity about the accuracy of the 
sitcom. Khurram Rehman, a Muslim 
and a fourth- year Co-op Management 
student holds some reservations about 
the show and the impact that it may 
have on the student community. He 
views Little Mosque on the Prairie with, 
“guarded optimism.” Rehman said he 


believes that the show could, “encourage 
dialogue, by using humour to talk about 
a sensitive subject.” 

Other students, like Christine 
Rupnaraine, a non-Muslim and a 
fourth-year student says she watched the 
show out of curiosity. 

“T initially watched the show to 
see what all the hype was about, and I 
wanted to gain a different view point.” 
Rupnaraine says the episode was a little 
disappointing. “All the coverage had me 
expecting more. 

Her expectations are not un- 
founded, the show has been contacted 
by major broadcasters in the US, UK, 
Australia, and even Dubai. Darling 
recognizes that this is more than just a 
show, it is phenomenon that “still has the 
potentiality of allowing people to have a 
conversation...a conversation that can 
go just one layer deeper” allowing more 
understanding of Canadian minorities. 

Darling said she believes that 
the world needs a little more of “not just 
tolerance but acceptance.” 

Little Mosque on the Prarie can 
be seen on the CBC, Monday’s at 9 p.m. 
and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. 


= Candice Hong 


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Rosy's 
Raptors 
Rant Il 


Its been a bittersweet beginning to 
the New Year for the Toronto Raptors, 
winning three of their first five games of 
2007 and leading the Atlantic Division. 
Yes, Toronto is oF in their division but 
they're still below the .500 mark — along 
with all the other teams in this division. 
They're the best of the worst. 

Raptors fans know what the 
team needs to do to get better: tougher 
defence, better shots and consistency, 
especially when it comes to team leaders 
Chris Bosh and T.J. Ford. 

But injuries have kept Bosh and 
Ford from playing every game. Yet, in 
their absences, the team didn’t suffer a 
whole lot, showing that they have more 
depth in the roster than in previous 
years. 

Something else Toronto has 
been missing over the years is a big man. 
Now with Rasho Nesterovic and Andrea 
Bargnani, both of whom are seven feet 
tall, the Raptors can continue to build 
better defence and offence. Over time, 
both of these players will greatly contrib- 
ute to the team’s success. 

Only two seasons ago, Toronto 
lost Vince Carter and his “overrated” 
dunks, to quote the man himself. But 
with the addition of Fred Jones, another 
dunk champion, some good slams and 
jams were expected. So then, what 
happened? Better yet, where is Jones? 
He’s had a few off games here and there 
since, well, the beginning of the season. 
The former dunk champion has proved 
in the past he can contribute a lot to a 
team, if only hed get out of this non- 
scoring — and non-dunking — slump. 

Toronto also looks like they've 
lost some athleticism since the pre-sea- 
son. They have energy on most nights, 
like the recent loss to the New Jersey 
Nets on Jan. 9. The Raptors ran the floor, 
chased rebounds and forced turnovers. 
If only Bosh and Ford could get in the 
groove, the team wouldn't have fallen 
short of a win, 101-86. But their hard 
work did pay off against the Milwaukee 
Bucks the following night, as the team 
managed to pull off a 90-77 victory. 

The Raptors still have half of the 
season left to finish, so there’s still a long 
road to the playoffs. The post-season may 
not be on the schedule this year, but fans 
still have the rest of the season to enjoy, 
as Chris Bosh will most likely join other 
NBA greats in the All-Star game on Feb. 
18 in Las Vegas. Fans vote for the start- 
ing lineup and Bosh is currently second 
among Eastern Conference forwards 
in votes. Even if Bosh isn’t among the 
starting five, he’s still a solid pick to be 
representing the Eastern Conference as 
they take on the best of the west. 

The media, the coaches and 
even the players called this a rebuilding 
year for the franchise. Although there 
have been losses, injuries and fumbled 
plays, fans can only hope and wait until 
Toronto is rebuilt, re-energized and 
finally re-enter the playofts. 


= Rosalyn Solomon 


First Natior 
La 


BRANDON, Man. (CUP) -- A hockey 
magazine focused on aboriginal hockey 
is launching from Winnipeg in mid- 
December, thanks to the publisher’s 
desire to bring diversity to his hockey 
coverage. 


Garry McLean will include coverage of 


the bigger leagues like the NHL and 
the WHL in his First Nations Hockey 
Magazine, but will not leave out any 
college leagues or any “just good old 
hockey” behind. 

“Hockey is so big in First Na- 
tions communities every winter,” he 
said. “Most First Nations have some 
kind of rec hockey from little ones to 
seniors and old-timers, but we don't 
know who's out there. We know the Ted 
Nolans, we know the Tootoos [brothers 
Terence and Jordin], but there are so 
many other people out there who are 
role models for First Nations young- 
sters,” he says. 

The editor, Winnipeg journal- 
ist Philip Paul-Martin, does not want 
the magazine to be stuck only in current 
events. He has plans to do stories on the 
hockey players who are not skating in 
the rinks any more, but were heroes 
in the past, like Freddie Sasakamoose, 


who played NHL in 1953. 


Magazine to 


in Win ipeg 


“We also want to do stories 
about what it’s like for players to be bil- 
leted away from home, where the boys 
on the bus become your family,” he 
said. The idea of NHL being “major” 
hockey and the games played in the 
local rink being a “minor” hockey 
does not work in the reserves -- a local 
hockey hero draws equal attention to 
an NHL hero if not more, according to 
Michael Robidoux. 

Robidoux, who is in the midst 
of an ethnographic research on First 
Nations hockey in Canada, says that 
hockey is a way for First Nations people 
to communicate their cultural identity 
and cultural pride, and a sense of who 
they are as a people. 

“Modern hockey is all about 
systems and efficiency, but in the 
aboriginal context, they have been able 
to still play in a creative way, which 
resembles true play, instead of the 
structured game we see now in profes- 
sional hockey and also even in high- 
performance youth hockey,” he says. “I 
think that’s why they are so passionate 
about hockey.” 


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No Competition for Women’s 
Hockey Championship 


It was an easy win for UTSC 
womens hockey team, who 
claimed their sixth straight fall 
intramural title on Dec. 6, 2006. 
UTSC won the championship 
game against UTM by default as 
UTM did not have enough players 
to compete. It was also the third 
time this season UTSC won by 
default due to a lack of players on 
the opposing team. 


Tri-Campus Soccer 
Comes Up Short 


UTSC continues to search for 
their first tri-campus champion- 
ship. The men’s soccer team lost 
1-0 to UTM on Nov. 26, 2006, at 
Birchmount Stadium. It was also 
the second straight season UTSC 
fell by a short margin in the final, 
as the team lost 2-1 in overtime to 
St. George in 2005. 


UTSC looks to dominate winter 
season 


As most teams continue their 
year long season, a few UTSC 
sports are just beginning for the 
winter term. The women’s indoor 
soccer team looks to defend their 
championship and the men will 
try to improve on their semi-final 
appearance from last season. A 
championship is in sight for both 
men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. 
The women’s team fell short last 
year in the final game and the 
mens team were semi-finalists 
in their division. Women’s field 
hockey and co-ed water polo are 
also set to take it one extra step as 
both fell in their respective semi- 
finals in 2006. 


== Helene Carluen 


peas eee x4 
are, after all, the most valuable. On at 
note, it is time we give something back to 
our planet. 

Two New Year's resolutions that 
should be on everyone's list this year are 
changing the way we interact with each 
other, and changing the way we interact 
with the environment. Yes, resolutions 
should not be impossible goals that will be 
tossed out like used wrapping paper, but 
they should be positive suggestions for a 
merrier 2007. 

Christmas morn’ just isnt the 
same without snow. Warm and sunny 
whether shouldn't be a cause for celebra- 
tion. In that spirit, you might as well toast 
to global warming. 

For next year, I’m dreaming of a 
white Christmas, just like the ones I used 
to know. So let’s all gather to carol for a 
good cause, and collectively make an effort 
to let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! 
Cheers to a new year, a new beginning, 
and a new cause for concern. 


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EF WHO'S ON YOUR FACEBOOK? 


Do you have a profile on Facebook or any other social networking site? You are not alone, 
last year, 85% of students in North America had a profile on Facebook. No doubt that 
has increased now that Facebook is open to everyone with an email address, not just 
students. 


The Community Safety Office has been working hard to educate students on the safe 
use of on-line communities due to an increase in the number of on-line stalking cases. 
There are three key issues for students that are of concern: identity theft; the disclosure 
of personal information; and potential employers using these sites to find out more 
information about applicants as a way to further inform them about potential candidates. 
Posting your picture, your address and date of birth, for example can be used to create 
false identification. Making plans with friends on your message board will make it very 
easy for a potential stalker to know exactly where to find you and identify you if you have 
your picture on your profile. 


When you use on-line communities, be smart about it. Remember the following tips to 
keep yourself safe: 
Never post personal information such as phone numbers, address or name of 
residence on campus. 
Use a nonsense password that has nothing to do with you as a person and never 
give out your personal password. 
Set the privacy settings to limit access to your profile. Allow only people that you 
approve as “friends” to access your site. 
Seek permission from friends before posting any of their personal information 
Avoid posting plans or activities on your site. 
Ask yourself if these are picture that you would share with potential employers. 


If you are concerned about your personal safety and or would like more information 
about the Community Safety Office, please contact us at 416-978-1485 to arrange an 
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Editorial 
A New Bree 


We had the pleasure of attending the 69th 
annual Canadian University Press conference 
in Vancouver from Jan. 18 to Jan. 23. We 
learned that an umbrella is your best friend, 
van cabs only hold four people because they 
are wheelchair accessible, and the media is 
dying. 

Sure, the student press is alive and 
kicking, but other forms of the media are 
crumbling down. Time magazine recently 
laid off 300 employees, adding to the “no one 
is safe” crux that has plagued journalism since 
the super information highway’s pavement 
was first laid down. 

It has been predicted by scholars that 
the conventional form of the newspaper will 
become a relic of the past. The image of ink 
stained fingers from the morning paper will 
be a story grandkids will find amusing. 

Who is leading this revolution of the 
mainstream media? Citizen journalists. Never 
heard of them? Well, get used to them as they 
blog and camera phone their way into the 
media. 

Maybe you don’t need that degree to 
break into the business after all. All needed is 
a Mac laptop (they're all the rage you know) 
a point and shoot camera, and a decent writ- 
ing style. Some of the biggest newsmakers in 
Canada are jumping on the citizen journalism 
bandwagon. News outlets like City V want 
you to join their newscast by posting your 
pieces on their “It's your story” section on 
their website. 

This barrage of citizen journalism 
must have sprouted from somewhere, and a 
big part may be from dissatisfaction with the 
current media conglomerates job at covering 
major events. Tired of popular culture making 
the six o’clock news, these citizen journalists 


Oahorye Wes 


Jeannette Rabito & Vanessa Larkey 


of Journalism 


are foraying into the spheres other journal- 
ists dare not go. Like surfs in a modern day 
feudal society, we are subjected to breads and 
circuses, only this time around the circus is 
the media. 

Perhaps fear of being sued by the 
likes of Conrad Black and other libel search- 
ing media consorts tamed the wild beast of 
mainstream journalism, while citizen journal- 
ists have yet to taste the defamation lawsuit. 

Who is going to monitor these so 
called “citizen journalists’? Our potential 
credibility may be hanging in the wind with 
the emergence of such popular internet sites 
like Facebook and Myspace. Those pictures of 
you drunk in Mexico may come back to haunt 
when you're vying for that CEO position in 
twenty years. 

On the bright side of things, maybe 
those virtual communities will remind us that 
we were once young, daring and a little stupid, 
and that it’s human nature to make mistakes. 

Citizen journalists differ from pro- 
fessionals because they are doing it for free, 
or rarely compensated. As it takes off, the 
professional arena shrinks, allowing websites 
and other media sources to take advantage of 
writers who want to make a career out of the 
news. Blogging sites and online news sources 
squeeze every last morsel out of the worker, 
before throwing them out like a dirty rag. 
Making us work 70 hours a weeks for what? A 
few dollars? 

Our democracy is being hijacked. Ev- 
ery time Bell Globe Media buys up a CHUM, 
or Canwest purchases an Allicance Atlantis, 
we lose a piece of sincere journalism, we lose 
another opinion, we lose our democracy. 


Dont let it happen. 


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Harsh Winter Brings Harsh Reality 


Winter has finally shown its true 
colours, and that means trouble 
for Toronto's homeless. With the 
temperature dropping, the city has 
jumped to action to aid people on 
the streets. 

The most accessible aid is 
provided by shelters during extreme 
cold weather alerts. When the 
forecast. predicts a temperature 
below -15 C, severe wind chills and 
blizzards, shelters will be notified to 
make extra room. 


The Second Base Youth 
Shelter on Kennedy Road and 
Eglinton Avenue, for example, 


expands its maximum capacity of 56 
people during cold weather alerts, 
according to Ann-Marie Moulton, 
the shelter’s youth councillor and 
Youth Housing Access worker. 

“We do have a facility where 
we can accommodate more; the only 
thing is that they can only sleep here 
overnight and we discharge them in 
the morning,” Moulton said. 

Kevin, a homeless 
quadriplegic, says he makes use of 
the shelters whenever he can in the 
winter. 

He describes the city’s services 
as ‘so-so’ and says the government 
must invest in better housing. 

Councillor Sandra Bussin of 
Ward 32 Beaches-East York agrees. 

“Many of us on City Council 
would rather put money into 
permanent housing than temporary 
shelters,” she said. 

Bussin says she holds the 
provincial and federal government 
responsible to do more. She says the 
city has always managed to provide 
excellent services, despite insufficient 
funding from above. 

Moulton — echoes these 
sentiments about public housing. 

“Part of the reason why 
homelessness is so concentrated in 
the city is because people just don’t 
have the resources to get housing and 
stay housed,” she said. “One welfare 
cheque can’t keep you housed. Not 
when you have bills to pay, kids to 
feed, or feed yourself. So I say build 
more social housing.” 

That’s where Street to Homes 
and Housing Allowance come in. 
Both are city-run projects aimed at 
getting people off of the streets. 

In 2005 alone, Street to 
Homes housed 553 people by 
working with private sector landlords 
such as Greater Toronto Apartments 
Association and non-profit 
community agencies to provide rent 
support for those in need, according 


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Photo by Uriel Mendoza 


A homeless man panhandles at a subway station in downtown Toronto despite the 
extreme winter weather. 


to the city’s official site. 

The 2005 Street to Homes 
annual report says that many of these 
people were sleeping on sidewalks, park 
benches, in abandoned buildings, or at 
Nathan Phillips Square before joining 
the program. 

Housing allowance is similar 
to, and runs in conjunction with Street 
to Homes, as well as Hostel Services. It 
is a five year program running through 
to March 31, 2013. The program will 
provide 1,800 rent supplements to 
those whose applications get approved 
by the March 31, 2008 deadline, 
according to Toronto’s Guide for 
Housing Workers in Shelters and Street 
to Homes report. 


The amount of money each 
household receives is based on the size 
of the household and total income of 
its occupants. 

The report says clients must 
be referred to by an agency supported 
by Hostel Services or Street to Home 
agencies. They must also fall into one 
of the categories the programs are 
targeting, such as Aboriginals and 
youths in school or training programs. 

“The program is spread out 
across the city and the key to that is 
giving people the opportunity to blend 
in with their communities,” Moulton 
said. 


a5 Uriel Mendoza 


Raising the 
Minimum 


On February 1, the minimum 
hourly wage will rise from $7.75 to $8 in 
Ontario. The wage boost is part of Dalton 
McGuinty’s Liberals plan to gradually raise 
the minimum wage each year. Since 2004, 
the Liberals have increased the minimum 
wage by 30 cents each year. 

“The increase is intended to make 
a difference in the lives of Ontario's lowest 
paid and most vulnerable workers...and to 
give them a chance to share in some of the 
benefits of Ontario's economic growth,” 
said Belinda Sutton, a spokesperson for the 
Ontario Ministry of Labour. 

This is the fourth time the Liberals 
raised the minimum wage, which initially 
was $6.85. “Before the first increase in 
2004, the minimum wage had been frozen 
for nine years,” Sutton said. In 2004, the 
wage was raised to $7.15, in 2005 to $7.45, 
and in 2006 to $7.75. The plan was to 
develop over a span of four years. 

“By phasing in the minimum wage 
increases over four years, the government 
is balancing the needs of Ontario's low- 
income workers with the needs of Ontario's 
businesses to adjust to the increases and 
remain competitive,” Sutton said. 

The wage increase won't be the 
same for everyone. Students, who are at 
least 18-years-old and work more than 
28 hours a week will receive $7.50, from 
$7.25. Liquor servers will also receive 
a 25 cent increase, from $6.75 to $6.95 
per hour. Hunting and fishing guides will 
also seen an increase, $40 for less than five 
consecutive hours in a day and $80 for five 
or more hours a day. 

Though the raise is welcomed by 
all, it is helpful for some workers more than 
others. Employees who have been working 
at a company longer than new hires, say 
they find it unfair that a new employee gets 
paid the same amount they do. Antonet 
Gennara, 18, works at Sears in Square One. 
She says new employees will be paid almost 
the same amount she worked over a year 
for. 

“It makes me mad because Pd 
been working here for more than a year. It 
took me a while to get to $9.09 and I feel 
annoyed that a new person comes and starts 
getting paid the same amount of money I 
get paid,” she says. 

Gennara also said the raise is not a 
big difference for her because she does not 
support herself and instead uses her salary 
solely for leisure activities. 

Other employees, however, say 
they think the wage increase does make 
a difference. Liliya Tsap, 18, who works 
at Urban Behaviour in Square One, said 
in the long run the increase does make a 
difference. 

“You make extra bucks...I need it 
for transportation and to buy my books,” 
she says. 

Anotheremployee,AndreaBriceno, 
who works at Costa Blanca in Scarborough 
Town Center agrees with Tsap. 

“I think the wage should be raised 
often because the cost of living is increasing 
as well, and we need to keep up.” 


= Monica Valencia 


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More Students, More Money woes in Ontario 
Surging enrolment numbers have schools calling for increased funding 


WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP) -- The 
Council of Ontario Universities is calling 
for additional funding from the govern- 
ment as they anticipate another year of 
surging enrolment numbers. 

Applications to Ontario post- 
secondary institutions this year have in- 
creased 5.2 per cent compared to 2006, 
and nine per cent compared to 2005. 
Despite the impending graduation of 
the double-cohort class this spring, many 
universities are saying they will be hard 
pressed to accommodate the growth. 

The University of Guelph has 
seen a 4.5-per-cent rise in applications, 
but without adequate funding for new 
students, the administration says it may 
hike up their entrance marks to help 
control the numbers. 

Applications to the University 
of Western Ontario have increased eight 
per cent, but senior policy adviser Marty 
England has said the campus will not 
accept more first-year students than last 
year, partly because their residences are 
already at capacity. 

Wilfrid Laurier University, 
Lakehead University, and Ryerson Uni- 
versity are also reporting higher ap- 
plication numbers, and more interest 
as the first-choice school for prospective 
students. 

“What this means, unfortu- 
nately, is that there will be many, many 
students who want to study at Ryerson 
that can't be accommodated and that’s a 
concern,” said Sheldon Levy, president 
of Ryerson, in an interview with The 
Toronto Star. 

This past fall, universities in On- 
tario scrambled to find spaces for 14,000 
more new students than expected. In 


As of January 23, anyone who wants 
to cross the Canadian-American border 
must carry a valid passport. 

The new legislation has pro- 
voked a number of dismayed reactions 
with arguably the first being a fond 
reminiscing of the days when a driver's 
license permitted you to pass into the 
United States. The second is the concern 
over the number of American tourists 
crossing, Or, not crossing into Canada. 
Then there’s the fear of business travel 
being impeded and the complaint that 
this measure of border protection is 
crossing into paranoia. Finally, there is 
the irritating process one needs to go 
through to get a passport - as lineups 
can be long, demand is high, and of 
course, the cost. 

There is also the fact that for 
all Canadians in foreign countries (yes, 
the U.S. qualifies) a passport is an ex- 


2005, the McGuinty government un- 
veiled the Reaching Higher Plan, a five- 
year funding program that committed 
$6.2 billion to improve the accessibility 
and quality of post-secondary education 
in Ontario. 

In a way, the Reaching Higher 
Plan has become a victim of its own suc- 
cess: the Council of Ontario Universities 
says the unexpectedly high enrollment 
numbers have created a funding shortfall 
of $100 million in 2006-07, a cea that 
is expected to grow to $300 million by 
2009-10. 

“You can’t squeeze in more 
students and expect the quality of educa- 
tion to remain high,” said Jamie Mackay, 
vice-president of policy and analysis for 
the council. 

Mackay says that unless the gov- 
ernment provides more funding for the 
growing number of students, universities 
will be unable to make quality improve- 
ments, such as hiring more faculty and 
staff. According to the council, Ontario 
has the highest full-time faculty to stu- 
dent ratio in the country, last reported 
at one to 24.1 in 2004-05. Mackay also 
points out that Ontario ranks last among 
the provinces in terms of government 
funding per student. 

Chris Bentley, minister of 
training, colleges, and universities, says 
the provincial government remains com- 
mitted to investing in post-secondary 
education, but does not believe there is 
a funding shortfall. 

“T understand the passion and 
the call for money -- everyone wants 
more money,” Bentley said. “But let’s let 
the facts speak for themselves: there are 
now 86,000 more students [compared to 


Canadians “Guests” 


On U.S. Soil 


tremely useful thing to have. A passport 
allows the bearer to prove entitlement 
to the assistance of Canadian consul- 
ates. This is a planet where one’s mere 
absence from one’s homeland can be 
used to justify any number of human 
rights abuses. Even within the North 
American continent, a Canadian pass- 
port is a link to the rights and privileges 
of Canadian citizenship. Its probably 
worth the $87 even before Jan 23. 

A Canadian citizen on Ameri- 
can soil isa guest. As irritating as it can 
be to pay up and wait for a passport to 
arrive, it’s always best to have them on 
hand. 

Online and printable passport 
applications are available at www.pptc. 
gc.ca. 


= Ibrahim Ng 


2002-03]. Our commitment is evident 


in the huge, historic investment of $6.2 
billion.” 


Bentley added that the Council 
of Ontario Universities’ appeal for more 
funding “will be strengthened by the 
people of Ontario seeing the results of 
the funds [already] committed.” 

On the issue of provincial 
funding per student, Bentley agreed that 
Ontario’s bottom-dwelling ranking has 
been a challenge. 

“If you take a look at the ranks 
of Ontario over the past 20 years, it hasn't 
changed, and I cant change history,” he 
said. 

Bentley says the low rankings 
are “in large part” due to the lack of 
funding afforded to Ontario by the 
federal government. Earlier this Janu- 
ary, Premier Dalton McGuinty publicly 
criticized the federal government for an- 
nually shortchanging the province out of 
billions, including $1.1 billion in federal 
grants for post-secondary education and 
health care. 

McGuinty also blasted Prime 
Minister Stephen Harper for failing to 
follow through on his promise to hon- 
our the Canada-Ontario Agreement, a 
$6.9-billion package intended to address 
the fiscal imbalance between Ottawa 
and Ontario, originally signed by former 
Prime Minister Paul Martin. 

“The federal government takes 
Ontario money and invests it into the 
other provinces,’ Bentley said. 

Mackay says he understands that 
the provincial government is financially 
constrained, but is requesting they “at 
least provide provincial funding to the 
students that’s on par with the rest of the 


A Red Ribbon 


Affair / 


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infected with HIV. 


But for one night the Red 
p. fight the 
pandemic that claimed the ive of 


Ribbon Affair will he 


3.5 million people in 2005. 
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country.” 

Nora Loreto, vice-president 
of education for the Ryerson Students’ 
Union, agrees that Ontario students are 
underfunded, but says the government 
needs to increase support without raising 
tuition. She says students are frustrated 
with the decline of quality at their institu- 
tion -- such as more crowded classrooms 
-- despite paying higher tuition fees. 

In March 2006, the Ontario 
government lifted the tuition fee freeze 
and fees increased between four and 
eight per cent. 

“Here at Ryerson, students are 
paying more and getting less,” Loreto 
said. “The government has a responsibil- 
ity to help fend for our education. It’s 
totally unfair for politicians to expect 
17- to 23-year-olds to bear the brunt.” 

Earlier this week, the Ryerson 
Students’ Union launched an_ info- 
mercial campaign against the tuition 
increases through YouTube.com. Their 
short video features an actor, dressed 
as Dalton McGuinty, with his hand in 
students’ pockets while the song “Hand 
In My Pocket” -- popularized by the 
Capital One TV commercials -- plays in 
the background. 

Mackay says tuition fees gener- 
ate about 45 per cent of the total revenue 
for universities, but that it’s “very un- 
likely” the government will allow tuition 
fees to rise further in order to address the 
funding issues. However, given the cur- 
rent financial situation, Mackay says it’s 
also unlikely tuition fees will be reduced, 
despite protests from students. 


© Adrian Ma 


CUP Ontario Bureau Chief 


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Planning, the Red Ribbon Affair is 
an event that “will help others under- 
stand how vast the issue [HIV/AIDS] 
is and what we can do to play our role 
in society,” according to their press 
release. 

Part of the proceeds from the 
strictly black, white, and red gala will 
go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. 

The event will take place 
on Feb. 24 at Spirale’s Banquet and 
Convention Centre. Contact cor- 
uscation.info@gmail.com for more 
information. 


= Jeannette Rabito 


CRN ee 


No Plans to Reopen Forum 


Dev Basu was only a first-year student 
in the management program when the 
Scarborough Campus Students Union 
(SCSU) online forum would rescue him 
from his academic woes. 

Basu was given tips by upper- 
year management students on the forum 
about preparing for exams and choosing 
courses. Now, a second-year student 
currently on a co-op internship at Mi- 
crosoft Canada OEM Group, Basu says 
he regrets not being able to pass on the 
things he learned on the forum because 
as of November 17, 2006 the forum has 
been shut down. 

In a statement on the now 
defunct website, SCSU president Ra- 
jgumar Gunaratnam said the forum was 
shut down due to “heavy volumes of 
inappropriate content being posted on a 
regular basis.” 


He went onto say the forum was 
“not proving a welcoming environment” 
and was not “serving its mandate of being 
an accessible resource for all students.” 
In months leading up to the shutdown, 
the forum had been inundated with 
pornographic material. 

Ada Le who frequented the 
forum said “the SCSU abused their 
powers. 

“T thought the SCSU forum 
moderation was justified in some 
cases...however, I thought that there 
were some moderators who were unrea- 
sonably deleting posts and deliberately 
insulting members of the forum.” 

“Anyone who gets moderated 
will say it’s unfair,” said Rob Wulkan, 
vice president academics and also a 
former forum moderator. He said cen- 
sorship will always lead to disagreements 


Treasure Hunt for Texts 


For some university students, getting 
rid of old textbooks and making some 
money in the process is as good as get- 
ting out of a boring lecture earlier than 
expected. 

While book prices can rival the 
cost of the courses themselves, students 
find themselves looking for alternative 
solutions for purchasing course reading 
material. 

TUSBE, or The Toronto Uni- 
versity Student Book Exchange, “is a site 
sponsored by the University of Toronto 
Bookstore that allows students to buy 
and sell used textbooks independently,” 
according to the Bookstore webpage. 

Students can buy and sell their 
own books, and set their own prices. But, 
it comes with the adage of being recom- 
mended only when students are “unable” 
to sell their books at the bookstore. 

Aside from TUSBE, there is also 
the U of T Bookstore Buyback service, 
and posters on the walls for private 
sales. 

But, third-year student Sumaya 
Khan said the book selling options are 
not all equally favoured, nor are they an 


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exhaustive set of options. 

“TUSBE. Its quick and ef- 
ficient. Although the buyback program 
ensures some money back, it is usually 
very low. With TUSBE, you don’t need 
to use a middle-man and prices can 
sometimes be negotiable.... [But] In 
some cases, I'll share books with my 
friends,’ Khan said. 

Selling books to the bookstore 
involves the Buyback service, which can 
involve in receiving a lower asking price. 

Although a quick, no-nonsense 
approach to selling used books, the 
university's Buyback service has its own 
list of regulations. For example, they will 
only buy books back “at up to 50 per 
cent of the current new retail price,” and 
the price is based on how much demand 
is on the textbook, (meaning that older 
versions no longer sold by the bookstore 
will not be bought back), according to 
the University of Toronto Bookstore 
webpage. However, online quotes and 
year-round service may make this a vi- 
able option to students who are less keen 
to set their own prices and schedule to 
meet with fickle student book-buyers. 

Still, some students — either 
unwilling to part with their books, or 
unable to sell their outdated versions 
— have come up with more creative solu- 
tions. 

“With the old versions of books...I keep 
them because I want to make the most 
out of the money I spent. I use [them] 
as reference guides,” says U of T student 


Merry Leebruk. 


*For more information on the 
University of Toronto's Buyback policy, 
see uoftbookstore.com/online/buyback. 
ihtmleand for the Toronto University 
Sttident Book Exchange, tusbe.com 


= Fatima Elzaibak 


because “what’s offensive will be different 
for everyone.” 

Jenna Hossack, vice president 
students and equity, who was also a 
moderator before the forum shutdown, 
said the executives could have better 
handled the forum. 

“T don’t think anyone abused 
their power,” said Hossack, “but I knew 
there were inconsistencies. I think they 
were probably due to differing opinions 
between moderators and students or 
among moderators, or the difficulty of 
keeping up with [the disagreements].” 

In late October 2006, Alexan- 
dru Rascanu, SCSU’s vice president op- 
erations, sent an e-mail to all forum us- 
ers. The e-mail said that students who 
didn’t register with an active Universi- 
ty of Toronto e-mail account would be 
barred access from the forum. Shortly af- 


ter, the forum was deactivated. 

A former social science director, 
Rashedul Amin, disagree with the union’s 
decision to shut down the forum but 
urges students to join the Shit Disturb- 
ers Student Association (SDSA) forum. 

“It is run by students and pro- 
motes free speech,” Amin says. 

The SDSA forum was created in 
response to censorship on other online 
forums. 

As for the SCSU, the union 
has made no plans to reopen its online 
forum. Rascanu says next year’s execu- 
tives may reactivate it, but the decision 
is theirs. 


= Patrick Clarke 


aNERSITY OF Toph 


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Personal Property Protection 


Manager Darcy A. Griffith 
Manager of UTSC Police Services 


While the University of Toronto at Scarborough is fortunate that relatively few 
thefts of personal property occur, there are still precautions that you can take 
to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim. 


As thieves most often look for high-end electronic items such as laptop com- 
puters, personal organizers, calculators and stereo equipment, the most effec- 
tive steps in protecting your property are to only bring the equipment that 
you need with you and to never let your property out of your sight, even for a 
moment. Also, remember that your school locker is not a safety deposit box 
and that expensive or irreplaceable items should never be left within it. 


In addition, thieves don’t want to handle property that is marked and can eas- 
ily be identified as belonging to someone else for two main reasons. Firstly, 
they can’t sell marked items to a “fence” or pawn broker as easily as they can 
sell unmarked articles and secondly, if they are stopped by the police, marked 
property provides corroborative evidence of their crimes. 


The most effective way to mark you property is to use an engraver, also known 
as a mechanical pencil, to engrave an identifying mark such as your Driver's Li- 
cence number on all electronic equipment. Your identifying mark should be 
engraved inside rather than on the back or any other easily removed part, and 
if you are able, mark each item twice, once in an obvious location, and again in 
a less obvious location. In addition to engraving your identifying mark on your 
property, you should also make a note of the serial numbers and the locations 
on the item the identifying mark is engraved. Store this information in an eas- 
ily accessible yet safe location, such as your desk drawer or locker. 


In the event your property is stolen, supply both the serial numbers and your 
identifying mark to the UTSC Police who will ensure that this information is 
filed with the Canadian Police Information Centre, which is accessible to ev- 
ery law enforcement agency in North America, increasing the chances of your 
property being found and returned to you. 


It is interesting to note that about 80% of all stolen property that is recovered 
by the police cannot be identified or returned to the owners and must be sold 
at public auction. By marking your property and recording the serial numbers 
your chances of being among this 80% is greatly reduced. 


For additional information on this or any other crime prevention topic, contact 
the University of Toronto Police at Scarborough at 416-287-7398. 


Can't Knock the U 


If you had a choice between 
working at an assembly line for a 
major car company or perform- 
ing as an adult entertainer, which 
one would you choose? 

‘The saying ‘to each his 
own’ proves to be true in the case 
of three different University of 
Toronto at Scarborough [UTSC] 
students who talk about how 
they are making ends meet to 
pay for increasing tuition fees. 


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Brooke Reid, General Motors, 
Oshawa 


Brooke Reid, a second-year 
UTSC student, is pretty content 
with her arduous position at the 
General Motors (GM) Oshawa 
Plant mainly because of the high 
salary perks. She is a Temporary 
Part-lime employee [TPT] and 
has confessed that getting a job 
with GM is virtually impossible 
for most people. She says she got 
her job through a family connec- 
tion. 

“So many want to get 
in but the only way you can get 
it [a job at General Motors] is if 
you know a higher executive or a family 
member that works there,” Reid says. 

GM _ offers TPT positions to 
post-secondary school students. Shifts 
are usually available on Mondays and 
Fridays if students are willing to sign-up 
on a waiting list to be called in to fill for 
absentees. Students are then required to 
learn a new position right on the spot in 
a limited amount of time. 

“They [GM officials] can just 
put you anywhere in the whole place and 
you have to learn the job in like half an 
hour — you hardly ever go to the same 
place twice,” Reid says. 

An advantage of Reid’s job is 
the $28 per hour earning, yet she admits 
that working on an assembly line isn’t all 
fun and games. 

“Usually they give the TPTs 
really shitty jobs because they just want 
to show them that this isn’t a spoon-fed 
kind of job,” she says. “I’m basically there 
just for the money — you get really dirty, 
its really loud, gross guys hit on you.” 

“T would recommend it [the job] 
simply if you're in need of the money, 
but getting in is really tricky without any 
real connections.” 


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Natalie Smith*, Exotic Dancer 


Natalie Smith*, also a second- 
year UTSC student, is enjoying similarly 
high wages to Reid but finds herself at the 
completely opposite end of the working 
spectrum. 

“T work at a gentleman’s club as 
a burlesque entertainer,’ Smith says. 


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And she’s set on clearing up 
some of the stereotypes that come with 
the word ‘stripper’. 

“Honestly, I think people don’t 
know what a stripper does. They think 
whorehouse or something and that’s not 
what it is,” she says. 

Smith first started working as 
an exotic dancer two summers ago when 
shortage of money became a problem 
that could no longer be ignored. She rec- 
ognizes the fact that her personal prefer- 
ence to dance has and will continue to 
compel people to judge her. 

“T think its more entertainment 
than any type of sexual fulfillment,” 
Smith explains. 

Smith says she makes about 
$500 to $600 per night while working at 
a downtown gentleman's club. 

“The room would cost a cus- 
tomer $70 plus a VIP cover charge would 
be about $20. The hourly rate is $300, 
whereas he [the customer] would end up 
paying around $500 for the first hour 
because there’s usually alcohol involved,” 
she says. 

Although the money may be 
enticing, Smith says she recognizes that 
many of the pressures of working at a 
gentleman's club include drug abuse and 
some serious competition between the 
girls. 

“First of all, every girl is dif 
ferent, she says. “However, I know for 
a fact that girls have had sex with the 
customers and there is a lot of pressure 
concerning drugs. There’s lots of coke 
going around so you just have to be care- 
ful and if you're there, just make your 
money and leave ricky? 

“That's what dancing is about, 


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quick and easy money,” Smith says. 

Not only has her job boosted 
her self-confidence, Smith says she now 
has the advantage of being able to spoil 
herself from time to time. 

“I love my job. There’s nothing 
like the feeling where you can go to a 
store and buy whatever you want,” she 
says. “And I don’t think I’ve ever felt so 
good about the way I look, ever.” 

Smith says she is only working 
as an exotic dancer until she can move 
out on her own. But she hesitates when 
asked whether shed recommend strip- 
ping to other female students. 

“Someone with a weak person- 
ality I wouldn't recommend it to,” she 
says. Neither to someone who is already 
meddling with drugs, or someone who 
doesn't have a plan for the future because 
they might decide to be a stripper for- 
ever. 

“It’s very easy to get sucked into 
this industry,” Smith admits. 


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John Hollick, Sights and Sounds Pro- 


ductions 


In his fifth year at UTSC, John Hollick 
finds that his job not only helps him 
bring in the big bucks, but is also a 
creative outlet for doing something he 
loves. 

“Td always been curious about 
DJing, and I seemed to catch them at a 
good time,” he says. 

Hollick had seen postings for 
his job on U of T’s Career Centre Board, 
Snel initially grabbed his attention. He 
later ended up applying through Craig- 


Courtesy of Jamie-Lee Symister 


iversity Hustle 


slist, a free online classifieds 
service. 

Hollick is employed by 
Sights and Sounds Productions, 
a party promotions company 
that produces school and dance 
events throughout Canada. They 
mainly focus on shows all over 
Ontario and sometimes western 
Quebec. 

DJs are required to do 
everything from driving out to 
the assigned location, to  set- 
ting-up equipment, to spinning 
de to having equal knowl- 
edge and experience in various 
genres of music. 

Armed with a truck 
and the whereabouts of his next 
location, Hollick usually drives 
out with a partner for safety and 
convenience. 

“The travelling is great 
- I’ve seen a bunch of “Ontalio. 
and Quebec that I probably 
never Fuld have phere he 
says. 

Hollick doesn’t hesitate 
to acknowledge how much he 
enjoys this kind of work. 

“I love the job,” he 
says. “I’m in the business of en- 
tertaining people, so every show 

is another rush, another audience -- you 
never know what's going to happen until 
the music starts.” 

“Pay can range anywhere from 
$100 to $325 per gig. That being said, 
I've worked 15 hour days [including 
travel]. If we're really far, the company 
will pay for food and hotels.” 

Aside from the perks of working 
as a DJ, Hollick also admits there are 
some downfalls to the job. 

“It can be more stressful than 
you think, as audiences are never all that 
kind,” he says. “And when you make a 
mistake, they let you know right away.” 

“Gigs come and go, and all it 
takes is one or two bad ones [shows] to 
have you out in the cold for good.” 

He also warns full-time students 
to reconsider when taking on a job that 
requires long time commitments. 

“Tm currently a_ part-time 
student, which gives me the flexibility of 
dedicating entire days at a time to the 
job,” he says. “Including the drive home, 
no shift is ever less than eight hours, 
most of which start around 12 p.m. and 
end around | a.m.” 

Hollick doesnt hide the fact 
that money is a very big part of it, but 
DJing has also presented ‘hea with an 
opportunity through which to express 
his love for music. 

“Sure I’m in it for the cash, but 
that’s only one slice of a very enjoyable 


pie.” 
Irina Lytchak 


The source’s name was changed for 
confidentiality purposes. 


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Bustling crowds, pants dropping in 
hallways, and make-up artists scrap- 
ing colour from palettes to renovate 
the faces of campus-dwelling models; 
the bleak two-hundred level of the S- 
Wing became a dungeon of glamour 
on the evening of the fashion show. 
In spite of the show being a 
large production, this journalist finds 
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careers are attempted. Attending 
members of U of T take many roles 
to furnish an event as lavish and 
large as this, fashioned for viewing. 
I invite you, dear reader, to view this 
documentation of the night’s events, 
personae, and enjoyment. 


= Kyle Macpherson 


Asian Alliance rehearses their performance for the fashion show on the fifth floor of the Bladen Wing. 


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Unofficially named the “random models” according to the man in red -on the right- 

these boys aren't afraid to change their pants in a crowded hallway. Kyle Prescod 

(right) and James Wong silently wait for their runway time while one of their fellow 
models struggles with a shirt. 


Andre Vashist busts out his rhymes 
as the U of T student formed group 
known as Organized Sound _per- 
forms. 


Photography by Kyle Macpherson 


v2.0 — 1.08 


Arts 


Mascots Never Had it So Hard 


Turtle boy. Dolphin girl. Boar boy. Owl 
girl. 

Aside from the weight they bare, 
these are some of the descriptive titles of 
Jamie Campbell’ s photographs in_ his 
series, Beasts of Burden that are anything 
but wild mascots. 

His collection, featured at the 
Harbourfront Centre, captures the heavy 
load human beings can be confined to, 
just as beasts of burden are. 

Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario 

Campbell now resides in Toronto with 
his newly attained Bachelor of Fine Arts 
in photographic studies from Ryerson 
University. 

Through his work he exposes 
the emotions and form of human beings, 
exploring the vulnerability of the human 
condition. He describes Beast of Burdern 
as a failed attempt to start a series on 
motivation. 

“I was really excited about ani- 
mal costumes. I knew it wasn’t working, 
so I scrapped the costumes and just start- 
ed to photograph people. I was focusing 
on gesture and gaze to convey burden,’ 
Campbell said. 

Body language was crucial to his 
design. But somehow, depressed looking 
indiy iduals in minimal environments 
werent satisfying enough for Campbell 
to express what he needed. 

“It hit me really hard — animal 
heads were the element missing. It was 
the bit of satire I needed, plus they were 
really huge and really emphasized weight 
being carried.” 

Photos of a girl wearing a tiger 
head in an empty room with nothing but 
curtains and a mattress, and a boy sitting 
in his boxer shorts on a couch wearing 
a turtle exposes the comedy of costume. 
But looking more intensely, the affect 
has a more serious scale. 

“T think my work is tricky in 
the sense that it is immediately viewed 
as humour. People look at the work and 
laugh, which is nice. I get a real kick out 
of making people laugh. Although, I 
think of the work as a portrait, and I 
am dealing with a pretty honest topic,” 
Campbell said. 

The environments call into ques- 
tion the reality of the situation. Empty 
and virtually vintage environments, the 
subjects are captured as vulnerable and 
deserted. A dolphin in a bathtub with 
white surroundings, and an empty liv- 
ing room lacking anything but a pink 
he couch enhance the weight these 
individuals share. It's Campbel I choice 
of domestic environment that adds sig- 
nificance to his subject. 

“I have been known to ask 
strangers if I can look at their house. 
And | always clear out rooms, so I feel 
bad, because I show up and move every- 
thing, but I always put them back,” said 
Campbell of his snapshot settings. 

He may be explicitly staging his 
milieu, but Campbell is grasping onto 
photography that reaches out and puts 
the eee on what he’s hoping to 


10 


expose 

“This group of kids were run- 
ning through the hall as I was getting my 
work ready to be hung, saying, ‘Ewww, 
that turtle is in underwear. Lurtles aren't 
supposed to be out of their shell.’ I wish 
everyone walked away thinking that.” 


The gallery runs at the Harbour- 
front Centre in the York Quay Centre 
from January 20 to March 11. 


= Alexandra Lucchesi 


eet 


Photos Courtesy of Jamie Campbell 


magic 
numbers 


those 
the 
brokes 


Band 

The Magic Numbers — EMI 
Records 

Album 

Those the Brokes - 2006 


The mellow, yet soulful tone of The 
Magic Numbers’ second rock/pop al- 
bum Those the Brokes, puts the listener in 
a trance in which you can‘ help but bob 
your head to the beats and sing along 
with the band. 

The quartet of the Stodart 
and Gannon siblings is a double duo 
comprising: the lead singer/song writer 
Romeo Stodart, his sister Michele Sto- 
dart singer and bassist, Angela Gannon 
who in addition to playing the melodica, 
percussion, and glockenspiel, is also a 
vocalist, and her drummer brother Sean 
Gannon. 

Those the Brokes distinct sound 
is fresh and unlike the mainstream garble 
on the radio. The songs are reminiscent of 
60s pop groups like the Lovin’ Spoonful 
and the Mamas & the Papas. If you are 
a fan of artists like Alfie, Gorky’s Zygotic 
Mynci, and The Beta Band chances are 
The Magic Numbers are your thing. 

The full length album contains 
13 songs of love. One that just pops (ex- 
cuse the pun) is the track “Undecided.” 
It has the light-heartedness of a summer 
day, with sorrowful yet poignant lyrics. 
The intertwining voices of Angela and 
Romeo balance each other perfectly like 
Donny and Marie Osmond. Angela's 
vocals are soft and mellow without 
overpowering the song, which can 
sometimes sound like Joss Stone. Some 
other noteworthy songs from the album 
include, “You Never Had It,” “Take a 
Chance,” and “Take Me or Leave Me.” 

With each track, the instruments 
are given their due and are valued just 
as much as the vocals. The Trinidadian 
origins of Romeo and Michele’s back- 
ground are felt throughout the album, 
and are highlighted through bohemian 
guitar riffs. Although the album shies 
away from the conventional, it carries 
the trended influence that Eric Clapton 
had on John Mayer's Continuum. 

Appreciating the sibling quartet 
grows with each listen. UK’s Magic 
Numbers injects listeners with happiness 
through their playful sound, by bringing 
60s pop back with a new edge. Once you 
peel back the layers you begin to truly 
welcome the harmonious melodies. 


= Candice Hong 


Op Was: 


Singkil Stands Test of Time 


A Muslim-Filipino princess is on her 
way to see her betrothed when she en- 
counters fairies in a bamboo forest. The 
fairies cause an earthquake, knocking 
the bamboo down, creating a writhing 
mass of wood. 

Undaunted, the __ princess 
elegantly and nimbly steps her way 
through the moving, snapping bamboo 
to get through the forest. Her feet never 
get caught. 

In modern-day Scarborough, a 
young woman named Mimi has her own 
bamboo forest crash down around her 
when her mother dies, leaving a mess 
of secrets. Mimi is buried under anger, 
which threatens her relationships with 
those around her. Will she be able to make 
her way through the snapping bamboo 
without getting her feet caught? 

The past and present entwine 
in Catherine Hernandez’ play Singkil, 
a modern re- imagining of the famous 
Filipino princess’ triumph over the fair- 
ies. Making its debut at Factory Theatre 
on January 11, Hernandez, who spoke 


to UTSC students about the process of 


creating a work of dramatic art, likened 
Mimi's journey to that of the princess. 

“Her mother has just died, and 
now she has to surmount the insur- 
mountable, and forgive her mother,” 
Hernandez said. “That being the meta- 
phoric earthquake, she has to be able to 
face the terror of forgiving her mother 
for what she has done.” 

Hernandez began writing 
Singkil four years ago. Twenty-one drafts 
later, her play evolved from one about 


the dance Singkil, where a dancer moves 
through rhythmically snapping bamboo 
poles, to the story of Mimi. 

The dance of Singkil features 
prominently in the play, as Mimi’s mother 
was a celebrated Singkil dancer. She left 


15, and her mother was also a famous 
Filipino dancer, who pioneered Filipino 
folk-dance in Canada. 

For the play, all the actors 
learned how to dance the Singkil, where 
a dancer makes her way through a criss- 


Photo by Je 


Author Catherine Hernandez interacts with students when she visited UTSC to talk 
about her new play, Singkil. 


school at 16 to tour as the Filipino prin- 
cess, before immigrating to Canada and 
becoming a mother. Hernandez herself 
has danced the Singkil since she was 


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makes her way around and through the 
poles. 

Along with the challenges of 
learning the complicated dance, Nadine 
Villasin, who plays Mimi, found out 
her mother had died during rehearsals. 
“There was the understanding that if she 
was unable to go on, I would ‘understudy 
as Mimi,” Hernandez said. “But there 
was nudity, and I’ve had a baby, 
wasnt too excited about that.” 

Ultimately, Hernandez said Vil- 
lasin decided she needed to play Mimi, 
as everything happens for a reason. “I 
mean, who's mother dies in rehearsals 
for a play where your character's mother 
dies?” 


so | 


Hernandez said she her 
play as a move in the right direction for 
minority artists. “As an artist of colour, 
what we're trying to do is we're trying to 
move away from the identity play,” Her- 
nandez said. “We want to move beyond 
that, make our literature stand the test of 
time.” 


sees 


She said many plays focused on 
identity lose relevance quickly, and cease 
to apply as issues change and shift over 
time. “What I try to Ais is take a story 
line whereby there are universal themes, 
that happen to be framed in a cultural 
context, she said. 

Catherine Hernandez appeared 
at UTSC as part of Asia Arts, a year-long 
initiative of the Cultural Affairs Office. 
Visit ustc.utoronto.ca/~cultural for more 
information. 


= Jennifer Murray 


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The Last Line of 
Defence is 
the First 

to Success 


With the conclusion of the All-Star break, 
NHL teams return to their arenas and recharge 
for the second half of the season. In the long 
stretch, a team will only survive if they have a 
solid goaltender between the pipes. So far, all six 
Canadian teams are still in the playoff hunt and 
the major factor for all has been goaltending. 
For the Toronto Maple Leafs, it’s actu- 
ally the lack of consistent goaltending that has 
prevented the team from doing better. Both 
Andrew Raycroft and Jean-Sebastien Aubin 


have shown signs of brilliance but also signs of 


despair. It’s certainly not the only problem for 
the Leafs, as injuries and an inexperienced blue- 
line are hurting them too. But a few pickups at 
the trade deadline can fill those roles; there will 
not be a large supply of good goalies available. 

The same could have been said about 
the Ottawa Senators, who were early favourites 
to win the Stanley Cup. Ottawa struggled in the 
first half of the season because goalie Martin 
Gerber couldn't even stop a beach ball. Backup 
goalie Ray Emery came in off of the bench sev- 
eral times and has helped turn the team around. 
Ottawa still has a long way to go before catching 
up to the division leaders but at least they're not 
struggling to remain in the playoff picture. 

Although Ottawa was considered the 
best Canadian team on paper, in terms of actual 
points its the Montreal Canadiens. Cristobal 
Huet is proving to be more than just a one-year 
wonder. The team’s only weakness is a lack of a 
second line centre, someone who will finally get 
the duo of Sergei Samsonoy and Alexei Kovalev 
scoring on a nightly basis. Few think this team 
has what it takes to win the Stanley Cup, but 
remember, few people thought the same in 
Ok 

Over in the Western Conference, the 
Vancouver Canucks are hoping to ride goalie 
Roberto Luongo all the way into the post-sea- 
son. So far, Luongo has started or played in 45 
of the team’s 48 games. Although the team lost 
Todd Bertuzzi (traded to the Florida Panthers in 
the Luongo deal) and Ed Jovanoski (signed with 
the Phoenix Coyotes as free agent), Luongo is 
the player the team sorely needed. He is doing 
for Vancouver what Patrick Roy did for the 
Montreal Canadiens in the ’80s and early ’90s: 
turning an average team into a Cup contender. 

Likewise, Miikka Kiprusoff is doing 
the same for the Calgary Flames. Although the 
city can only spell dynasty as O-N-E, it’s still 
one more cup win than Vancouver. The team 
came close in 2004, so there’s always hope they 
can pull it off again. 

Finally, last year’s Cinderella surprise, 
the Edmonton Oilers, continue to look for ways 
to squeak into the playoff scene again. Don’t 
count them out yet, as they were the ‘eighth seed 
last year and came within one game of winning 
the Stanley Cup. The main reason they lost? An 
injury to their goaltender. Dwyane Roloson won 
12 playoff games before an injury ended his year 
and the team fought hard but couldn’t finish the 
job against the Carolina Hurricanes. 

With still almost half a season to go, 
things can change for the better or worse for the 
Canadian NHL teams. But as long as they all 
get solid help from their last line of defence, all 
six teams could make the playoffs. 


= Jon Brazeau 


12 


UTSC Game Schedule 


Sport Date Time Location 
Men's Maroons Basketball : | Feb. 2 VS. Victoria <a 7:30 p.m FH1 
Men's Racoons Basketball Feb.5 vs, U-GA- 9 p.m FHI 
Men's Tri-Campus Hockey | Feb. 8 vs. St. George White 7:30 p.m Varsity Arena 
Men's B Hockey | Feb. 10 vs. Meds ore Varsity Arena 
Men’sC Hockey “Feb. 1 vs. New 9 p.m Varsity Arena 
| Feb. 26 vs. SGS PhysChem 7 p.m. Varsity Arena 
Mes R Hoe | ee eWieee es TBA) 10 p.m. Varsity Arena 
Feb. 15 vs. Political Animals Pisa Varsity Arena 
Men's Indoor Soccer — Maroons | Feb. 4s. U.C.A. r 35 p-m. VF South 
Febay sys PET 10:35 p.m. VE Middle 
Feb. 14 vs. UTM © 9:35) pum: VF Middle 
Men’s Indoor Soccer — United Feb. 4 vs. FPEH 225) pam: VF South 
Feb. 7 vs. Law 10:35 p.m. VF South 
Feb. 28 vs. SMC — 10:35 p.m. VF Middle 
Menep rain SCCET rep 1 vs. -FPEH 8:35 p.m. VF South 
Feb. 8 vs. Pharmacy 8:35 p.m. VF South 
Feb. 15 vs. UTM 8:35 (p.m. VF South 
Men’s Lacrosse Feb. 14 vs. UTM 9:3 55p.m, VF North 
Febi28 vs. UG, 10:35 p.m. VF North 
Women’s Tri-Campus Basketball | Feb. 4 vs. St. George Grey | p.m Sports Gym 
| Feb. 8 vs. UTM 9 p.m UTM 
Women’s Field Hockey oe. 1 vs. WW/UCISCS 6:35 p.m VF North 
Feb. 8 vs. Trinity 6:35 p.m VF North 
Feb. 15 vs. UTM 8:35 p.m VF North 
Ree a. he “Feb: 3 vs. Woodsworth ] 8 p.m : Varsity Arena 
Feb. 7 vs. Medicine 8 p.m Varsity Arena 
Wie en A Indoor Soezer Ee 5 vs. Medicie : 6:35 Ae VF North 
Feb. 12 vs. Pharmacy 35) pin: VF North 
Feb. 26 vs. FREH . 7:35 p.m VF North 
Womenee ee, cle Feb. 7 vs. Si Hilda's 6:35 p.m VF Middle 
Feb. 14 vs. Innis 6:35 p.m. VE Middle 
Feb. 28 vs. Nursing 6:35 p.m. VE Middle 
eee Tae ; | ik We vs FPEH | a 35 p.m. VE North 
Feb. 14 vs. Skule 6:35 p.m. VF North 
Feb. 28 vs. New 6:35 pom VF North 
Women’s Tri-Campus Volleyball | Feb. 1 vs.UTM 1 p.m. UTSC 
Pa 11 vs. St. oe iat 70> pane UG 
Women's A Volleyball Feb. 6 vs. FPEH 7:05 p.m. SG3 
Beby 1Srys. UC. 7:05 p.m. O35) 
Feb. 27 vs.Pharmacy 7:05 p.m. FH1 


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Very Brief 
Briefs 


Tri-Campus Sports 
Update 


The women’s volleyball team 
continues to look for their first 
win of the year. The team lost 
3-0 to UTM on Jan. 13, 3-1 to 
St. George White on Jan. 21 
and 3-2 to St. George Blue on 
Jan. 25. UTSC currently sits 
in last place in the four team 
division with a 2-5 record. 

In men’s hockey, UTSC 
started off the year with a 
blowout, defeating St. George 
White, 7-0, on Jan.11. It was 
also the team’s first win of the 
season. However, the team 
couldn't keep the momen- 
tum going and lost 5-3 to St. 
George Red on Jan. 18. 

Finally, the women’s 
basketball team opened 
the New Year with a home 
game against UTM on Jan. 
22. Despite the home crowd 
advantage, UTSC lost 54-42. 


Intramural hockey team 
start year on wrong foot 


The women’s hockey team was 
shutout in their first game of 
2007. The team lost 1-0 to UTM 
on Jan.24 at Varsity Arena. 


Raccoons fall short at 
home 


The UTSC men’s Raccoons 
basketball team opened 2007 
on a sour note after heading 
into the holiday break with a 
four game winning streak. The 
Raccoons lost 78-57 against 
UTM, on Jan. 24. It was only 
the second loss of the year for 
the Raccoons, the first being 
against fellow UTSC the Ma- 
roons back on Oct. 25. 


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Hockey vs. Lacrosse 


Some debates are never-ending: Pepsi 
or Coke, Return of the Jedi or The 
Empire Strikes Back, and in Canadian 
sports, hockey or lacrosse? 

The sport of lacrosse has seen 
an increase in popularity over the past 
few years. Numbers from the Ontario 
Lacrosse Association show the number 
of registered OLA members has almost 
quadrupled between 1990 and 2005, 
from 10,275 players to 39,463. 

Although many Canadians still 
perform their holy ritual of watch- 
ing reverend Don Cherry preach his 
weekly sermon on Hockey Night in 
Canada, lacrosse is equally Canadian, 
if not more. Its roots date back to 
before the birth of this country, when 
First Nations people would play what 
the Iroquois called “Baggataway,” 
according to the Canadian Lacrosse 
Association. 


In May 1994, Bill C-212 was 


Which One is Canada’s National Sport? 


passed, declaring lacrosse the official 
summer sport of Canada and making 
hockey its official winter sport. 

“Tt’s all about compromise,” said 
comedian Rick Mercer at a Toronto 
Rocks game. “I would say compromis- 
ing is Canada’s national sport.” 

Fans at the Toronto Rock 
lacrosse home opener against the 
Rochester Knighthawks on Jan. 20 
would disagree. 

One fan just said, “Lacrosse 
first, hockey second.” 

Another played the history card, 
saying, “Lacrosse, of course. Lacrosse 
came first.” 

But the hockey fans couldn't 
be silenced. “I know lacrosse is the 
official sport, but hockey is my love,” 
said Brendon, an employee at the Air 
Canada Centre. 

This current mindset was born 
during the golden era of Canadian- 


dominated hockey just after the First 
World War, on Dec. 19, 1917 when 
the NHL played its first game. The 
Montreal Wanderers beat the Toronto 
Arenas, 10-9, and the Montreal Ca- 
nadiens beat the Ottawa Senators, 7-4. 
The league featured only five teams 
— all Canadian. 

“When you have a kid, the 
first thing you do is you put them in 
skates,” said Mike Poulin, goalie for 
the Toronto Rock. 

But Poulin said lacrosse will 
soon take off with just a little more ex- 
posure. He believes a large part of the 
future success of lacrosse lies in the big 
bucks of the American markets. With 
the creation of a New York team this 
year, that seems to be well underway. 


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journalism program and the department 
of the humanities. Our staff wouldn't 
have had the opportunity to take part in 
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journalists who have been in frontlines of 
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Facebook Nation 


By now, you probably belong to the greatest 
time waster since MSN and Tetris, or at least 
heard of it. 

Below are a few reasons why the 
Facebook nation is changing the way we 
interact and communicate with each other. 


POLITICAL PROPAGANDA 

The flyers, posters and all candidates 
meetings are still around for the 2007 SCSU 
election. But, this year brings an added 
twist—Facebook. 

Most SCSU candidates have a group 
dedicated to their election platform, along 
with a discussion board where they can directly 
answer students’ questions and concerns. 

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roots campaign. As a more informal outlet, it 
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while studying in the ARC. 

Some may argue the groups are a 
publicity scam, but for others, it’s instrumen- 
tal in deciding whose name you decide to tick 
off come election time. 

Perusing candidates’ profiles also 
gives us a glimpse into their personal lives. We 
can see which groups they belong to, whom 
they're friends with, pictures, notes, and wall 
posts. 


YOU LIKE BABY SLOTHS TOO? 

Who knew you and someone from 
Cornwall both appreciate baby sloths, or 
everyone's favourite ‘80s movie The Goonies? 

Facebook communities are sometimes 
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down in lecture and shut up. No one cares.” to 
“Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathieu Forever” 
more edgy groups like the * ‘Europeans at the 
University of Toronto at Scarborough.” 

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SCSU did not approve of a European Club on 
campus because “it’s not politically correct.” 

The creator goes on to say “since we 
can’t have an actual, physical European club 
at UTSC, I thought that we should at least 
have one online.” 

Leave my turtlenecks and red jeans 


alone! It seriously was in style! 

“The only thing | remember is that 
he had a fat ass,” said one of our staff mem- 
bers about an elementary school friend that 
recently added her to Facebook. Reminiscing 
about the days on the playground, if your 
school was lucky enough to have one, is as 
easy as someone tagging you in a grade 5 class 
photo that was “accidentally” destroyed. 

Facebook is an escape route out of an 
awkward class reunion, or an invitation to one 
pending on the people in your year. It’s also a 
social experiment to see where people are after 
ten years. The grade 6 crush is a deadbeat, 
while the class nerd cleaned up pretty nicely 
and is attending Yale for grad school. 


HOOK UP CENTRAL 

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“poke” in the Facebook nation. That pointy 
finger can let your sweetheart know that 
youve noticed them in chemistry class. 

There is also the fabulous “relationship 
status” feature. As soon as sweethearts break 
up on Facebook, everyone knows. You can go 
in for the kill and be their “confidant”. 


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at 11 p.m. from a friend who has discovered 
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someone you know are in stalker denial, here 
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- How about checking out people's personal 
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- Reading all 265 wall posts 


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SCSU Elect 


PRESIDEN TIARCANDID ATES 


Rob Wulkan 


Why do you think you have the chops for the 
job? 

[ bring the perfect combination of solid advo- 
cacy experience and fresh ideas. My past experience as 
Vice-President Academics (where I've increased study 
space), Vice-President External (where I’ve secured 
discounted Metropasses) and as a Humanities Direc- 
tor (where I’ve established club’s funding protocol) 
with the SCSU makes me the candidate with the 
most experience getting things done in this organiza- 
tion. At the same time I bring new ideas and a unique 
insight that only comes with intimate knowledge of 
an organization, into how to bring change from the 
inside so that the Student Union can truly be a voice 
for the students. 


If elected, at the end of your term what will have 
changed? 

If elected, at the end of my term students will 
feel like they belong to the union, they'll feel a sense 
of ownership and pride in what goes on within it. My 
vision revolves around making the student union less 
of a business and more like a student union again. An 
entity that encourages a strong and unified voice to 
rise up from all around the student body. 


Bluff’s Restaurant 

Bluff’s financials have been making a steady 
increase. With the right marketing and promotions 
Bluffs can become a truly successful hub for student 
life on campus. 


Raises for SCSU Executives 

It promotes equality and makes public ser- 
vice an option for low income students; we've lost 
executives before because on the executive salary they 
couldn't pay the rent and their tuition. 


Rashedul Amin 


Do you think you have the chops for the job? 

SCSU desperately needs to reform. SCSU has 
to come out of the office, and return to its main func- 
tion of being a students’ union. Unfortunately, the 
“old blood” SCSU has failed us yet they are running 
again with promises of reform. As if after 2 to 3 years 
in office without change they just decided to wake 
up one day and listen to the students and promise 
reform. I’m sick of their bullshit and arrogance and I 
think many students can also relate. Pll be a straight 
shooter, down to earth, approachable and will not 
back down from fighting on behalf of students. 


If elected, at the end of your term what will have 
changed? 

By the end of the term I’m hoping to make 
students feel more connected and involved with the 
SCSU. The level of student apathy and disconnect 
between the students and SCSU is incredible. SCSU 
needs to be more of a students’ union and less of 
a corporation. If I can get even 50 more students 
involved that will be better than what we started. 


Bluff’s Restaurant 

Bluffs needs to transform into a pub 
style area with a more open welcoming atmo- 
sphere. The restaurant model has failed. We 
can't continue to loose over $100,000 per year. 


Raises for SCSU Executives 

Unfortunately 30 words are too short to 
explain why I’m against the salary increase. In short, 
money is the wrong motivation and there are better 
uses for the $14,000. 


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Zuhair Syed 


Why do you think you have the chops 
for the job? 

Contrary to popular belief that 
experience is the only factor by which a 
candidate is determined to be most suitable 
for the position of SCSU president, I be- 
lieve that a candidate must possess, rather, 
more vital skills and qualities in order to 
handle such a hefty and demanding job. 
Such things include leadership capability, 
communication skills, and vision. I believe 
I am the most capable and suitable candi- 
date for the position. When I decided to 
run, I knew the SCSU needed fresh ideas 
coupled with enthusiastic personnel ready 
to dump tradition and fulfill creativity and 
innovation. My passion and fervour for 
the betterment of the organization and its 
members is what I believe will make me a 
successful president should I be elected. 


If elected, at the end of your term what 
will have changed? 

I hope that by the end of my term 
this school goes from being a dreary place 
to something far more vibrant and inviting. 
The current situation is terrible in terms of 
campus life and student involvement only 
because the students are not being reached 
out to in a way that is encouraging. This 
campus has many issues that prevent it 
from being the place to be which is what I 
want to change. 


Bluff’s Restaurant 

The situation at Bluffs needs to 
be re-evaluated due to the huge losses and 
sky rocketing prices that students simply 
cannot afford. | would suggest putting a 
committee together solely to deal with this 
issue. 


Raises for SCSU Executives 

I wish I could give a more concrete 
answer but the fact of the matter is that this 
issue is of no importance to me because | am 
NOT running for the money. Whether or 
not SCSU executive salaries are raised does 
not affect me or the campaign I am running. 


Alexandru Rascanu 


Did not submit answers to e-mailed ques- 
tions by the time of printing. 


or 


ion Coverage 


CANDIDATES FOR VICE-PRESIDENT ACADEMICS 


Daniel Greanya 


Study Space 

The VP Academics must 
sit down with the administration 
and discuss what needs to be 
done to find new study space on 
campus. Study space should be 
a part of any building process 
which will occur, and finding 
space in existing buildings should 
also be a priority. This is an is- 
sue where we will need to work 
closely with the administration. 
The proposed renovation of the 
Arc expected for this summer 
should improve the study space 
available for next year, but more 
must be done. Students must 
also be made aware of the study 
space available. 


If elected, at the end of your 
term what will have changed? 
If I am elected, by the 
end of my term I wish to see the 
bell curve eliminated, academic 
resources improved, and student 
needs being effectively communi- 
cated and results achieved. Some 


non-academic related things that 
I want to see are longer hours for 
campus food outlets, and meal 
plans extended to Student Cen- 
tre outlets. I would like to see 
campus life improved by students 
being able to use the Meeting 
Place, including a removal of the 
ban on amplified sound. 


Bluff’s Restaurant 

Bluffs Restaurant should be a 
place that provides students with 
quality food options and a place 
for campus events. Outreach to 
determine student priorities are 


needed. 
Raises for SCSU Executives 


The current issue with increasing 
wages for executives is a matter 
of basic dignity. The work which 
these students do deserves at least 
minimum wage. Any increase 
beyond the current one I do not 
support at this time. 


Ignignokt 


Why do you think 
you have the chops 
for the job? 
Ignignokt has 
the chops for the job 


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because Ignignokt 
raises. moon pigs. 
Moon porkchops 


taste very, very good. 
Ignignokt loves Moon 


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porkchops. Especially 
with tasty gravy. The 


rest of the candidates will not feed the students. Ignignokt will 
feed them with very special halal-kosher Moon porkchops. 


Ignignokt bring change to SCSU. With special Moononite 
mind washing technique, need for study space is gone. Tuition 
fees will go down. Ignignokt will make tuition fees payable in 
moon dollars and open up currency exhange where students 
can pay $5 for a years worth of Moon tuition fees. All other 
issues, students will do what Ignignokt says. : 


If elected, at the end of your term what will have changed? 

When Ignignokt is elected, students will have a new 
leader from the all-powerful Moononites. By the end of the 
term, all students will be happy. Using the mighty Foreigner 
belt, the power of the classic rock band will make all content. 
The students will all “Known What Love Is” with Ignignokt as 


President. 


Bluff’s Restaurant 


Bluffs’ restaurant will be taken over and changed with 
the arrival of Ignignokt as President. Money willl not be lost 
as Ignignokt will import cheap labour from the Moon. Food 
served will be laced with addictive substances ensuring repeat 


customers. 


Raises for SCSU Executives 


Ignignokt does not need the extra $2000 a year. There are 
enough sources of wasted money in the SCSU that Ignignokt 


will tap into for personal use. 


lemy Joseph 


Study Space 

Study space is not 
a problem with an 
overnight solution. 
‘The battle for more 
space has taken and 
will continue to 
take years to solve. 


‘Maybe in the long 
sun UTSC might 
| have to consider building a flat space/classroom 
‘space and study space. An ideal solution, but 
for short term, rooms that are not being used 
‘on a regular basis make excellent study space. 
The key is to advertise these properly so that 
students are informed of them. Another issue is 
security at night time for those staying at school 
and studying. This is crossing portfolios, but is 
still a necessary issue to consider in this subject. 


If elected, at the end of your term what will 
have changed? 
- Strengthen Departmental Student Associations 
so that they can effectively meet the academic 
_ needs of students in the Department. 
_- Support higher quality education by increasing 
funding for TAs 


_ - Ongoing advocacy for increased study: space. 


Bluff’s Restaurant 

I think Bluff’s has come a long way from where 
it was and I am glad to see the business thriv- 
ing now. I do not like to vent about the past, 
rather, I look to the future of the restaurant. 


Raises for SCSU Executives 
Yes, because the current wages are sweatshop 
_ wages. 


Joanna Liu 


Study Space : 
UTSCais, in 
need of study space. 
As I have said earlier, 
I personally dislike 
our study environ- # 
ment and demand — 
more [quieter study 
places]. I think the | 
first step I can do is 
collect [information 
on] good [and quiet] — 
study areas available B SH 
for study at different time periods. 


. 
. 
. 


_If elected, at the end of your term what will 
_ have changed? 

If I am elected, the things I would 
like to change most is the study environment 
at UTSC. I would also like to arouse students’ 
interests [in studying and] providing fun actives 
related to academics. Research about what UTSC 
students want most for academics and provide 
step by step plan for them. No empty promises. 


Bluff’s Restaurant 

| I think Bluffs fatal point is not just 
the price, but the food. More marketing has 
| been done toward “Bluff” itself; however it did 
not successfully attract students for its food. 


| Raises for SCSU Executives 
Yes, I am in favour of raises for SCSU Ex- 
ecutives. 1) Increase of money means the increased 
importance of SCSU executives’ jobs. 2) I believe 
its a motivation to SCSU executives to do their 
jobs better. 


Sajjad Jafri 
Did not submit answers to emailed questions by 


the time of printing. 


GANDIDALES FOR VIGE PRESIDEN TEX TERNAL 


Chris Smith 
Ona TTC U-Pass 


I cant make any promises 
because I have no idea if Mayor Miller 
will stay true to his election promise of a 
Toronto Upass. If I’m elected I will defi- 
nitely pursue a Upass for UTSC. Because 
we are a commuter campus we have to 
take the lead in achieving this goal and 
I would like to build a coalition between 
the other student unions in the city 
in making it clear to the mayor and to 
the TTC that UTSC wants a fair deal in 


transit. 


If elected, at the end of your term what 
will have changed? 

Hopefully by the end of my 
term one of the most visible changes 
would be the addition of part-time and 
graduate students to the SCSU health 
and dental plan. Also, I would be 
pleased if we could have discounted bus 
passes for Durham and York region. 


Chia Barsen 


Ibrahim Babur 


Did not submit answers to emailed questions by 


the time of printing. 


Bluff’s Restaurant 

I think that Bluffs should 
have a marketing manager to assist 
with promotion of the restaurant. 


Raises for SCSU Executives 

I would have been happy 
with the $12,000 salary. What I hope 
to receive from this job is vital work 
experience, which | think is worth 
more than money. 


Barsen did not submit answers in time for printing 


GANDIDATES FOR VICE PRESIDENT STUDENTS AND EQUITY 


Dawn Cattapan 


If elected, at the end of your term what 
will have changed ? 

The changes for students will be 
improved food choices for those 
with religious, dietary or other needs. 
Yd also like to create a club resource 
center (either physically or online) where 
groups can access marketing, fundrais- 
ing and accessibility information to help 
them with their events. Also in plans ts 
to increase the amount of money that is 
given out in the book bursary by ap- 
proachingsponsorsanddonation sources. 


Issues important to you? 

Making sure that SCSU is accessible and 
open to all of the students. I’m hoping to 
examine SCSU’s building and bylaws to 
ensure that we are easily accessible to all. 
I’m also hoping to continue work with 
the athletic center to ensure that women’s 
only hours at the gym are permanent. 


Bluff’s Restaurant 

While running a restaurant is not my 
expertise, I think we need to work on 
changing students’ perceptions, that this 


Ahmad Jaballah 


Did not submit answers to emailed questions by the time of 


isa place for them, and not necessarily just 
the faculty hangout that it is often seen as. 


Raises for SCSU 

We have student leaders all across this 
campus that work just as much for noth- 
ing- and don't complain. The justifica- 
tion for the raises is that it won't affect 
student services. But if we put the money 
from the raises into student services in- 
stead, couldn't we increase the services? 


Greater food selection 

This is actually something that is starting 
to happen and is starting to be recog- 
nized. I know a lot of work on this has 
been done by the current VP Students 
and Equity, and I'd like to continue that 
work. I'd like to advocate that multiple 
campus locations give a variety of vegan 
/ vegetarian / Halal options, because I 
think that competition is going to be 
a huge factor in getting more choices. 
But also, a huge part of ensuring that we 
keep these food choices is making sure 
that they are well-advertised, as this has 
been a problem in the past. 


= Kevin Kwok Wong 


v6: 109 


Pay Increase Go-Ahead 
for SCSU 


Coffee is on the 2007-2008 SCSU 
executives. 

A motion was passed at the 
Feb. 2 board of directors meeting to 
increase their pay by $2 000 come 
the new school year. 

The pay raise will bring the 
executives an extra $1.10 an hour and 
was initially put forward at the Jan. 
12 meeting. The motion was ruled 
out of order because it didn't follow 
bylaw 1 section 14.0 of the SCSU’s 
constitution, which says 14 days or 
more are required for policy changes. 
The proposed raises were brought to 
the human resources committee on 
Janelle 

Vice President of Human 
Resources, Lou Michael Tacorda, gave 
his reasoning for the proposal, saying 
he personally took responsibility for 
not giving the standard 14 day in 
advance notice, though he did say 
the question of a pay increase “has 
been an issue the past few years.” 

Student union members 
are making roughly $6.59 per hour, 
a figure that’s not only below the 
currently-mandated, and soon to 
be raised minimum wage; it’s also 
below what student unions at other 
universities make. 

According to figures 
obtained by Tacorda, the average 
earnings of student union presidents 
from other Canadian universities are 
$23, 127, while the SCSU president 
earns $15 000. 

The motion will come into 
effect with the incoming resident 
and vice-presidents. 


= Anthony Geremia 


S| 


AO ne. 


Make the Invisible Visible 


“You've come a long way baby, but you 
got a hell of a way to go.” 

This was the sentiment of one 
faculty member present at the discus- 
sion panel entitled, A Sexual Diversity: 
Invisible to Visible held on Feb. 5 by the 
Positive Space Committee at UTSC and 
the Office of LGBTQ Programs and 
Services. 

Former student and now 
assistant director of Student Affairs, 
Vinitha Gengatharan remembers a time 
at UTSC when Freedom Alliance (now 
LGBTQ) wouldn't publish the time and 
location of their meetings because of fear 
of negative backlash. 

Today, many barriers have been 
broken as support has increased and is 
more visible on campus. For instance, 
the Positive Space stickers that promote 
a welcoming environment on campus. 

“If | go somewhere and I see a 
Positive Space sticker, that does make me 
feel safe,” said Miles Kenyon, a student 
from the St. George campus. 

Despite these great initiatives, 
obstacles remain. 

“Everyone and not just queer 
and trans people, are responsible for 
making positive space. I think UTSC 
staff and faculty could be more inclusive 
if they had showed support for positive 


space by putting Positive Space stickers 
on their office See says UTSC stu- 
dent Matthew Chin. 

Sociolo Professor Kathy 
Liddle, who identifies herself as a lesbian, 
says one of the ways to make LGBTQ 
issues visible at UTSC is by having more 
people come out. However, she also 
notes that it’s not that simple. Rather, 
there's a bit of a “dance”, involved with 
coming out because on the one hand it 
can promote education and acceptance 
of LGBTQ issues, yet there are risks as 
well. 

“There are people who dont 
want to come out because they have 
legitimate fears,” Liddle says. 

Yet, the professor says becoming 
visible not only provides someone who is 
not ea gay/lesbian/bisexual/queer/ 
transsexual a support contact, but it can 
also spark discussion among different 
groups on campus. 

“Tt can go a long way towards 
building bridges. It isn’t always easy, but 
I think it’s important,” Liddle says. 

Other ways discussion can help 
fight heterosexism is by confronting 
misconceptions of homosexuality. 

“T think students could also 
help create positive space by challenging 
heterosexism and homophobia when 


Drama Students: All Dressed Up with No Place to Go 


Amy Mayor knows a thing or two about 
lack of space at UTSC. 

As the director of the UTSC 
production, Adult Toys, Mayor and her 
crew rehearsed in corridors, empty class- 
rooms and the Bluff’s stage because of 
construction on the new science build- 
ing and the revamping of the Leigha 
Lee Browne Theater (LLBT). The new 
science facilities are slated to open in 
the spring of 2008, while the theater 
construction should be completed by 
March. 

“The play existed in my head 
for a long time because we didn’t have 
anywhere to visualize it,” Mayor said, 
adding her crew was also left without a 
theater shop to build their sets -- they 
relied on the paint studio in the Arts and 
Administration building. 

Adult Toys was part of the U of T 
Drama Festival at Hart House Theater, 
which ran from Feb.1 to 3. 

“A lot of the technical aspects of 
the show suffered,” says Mayor, because 
of the irregular rehearsal space. 

Despite technical difficulties, 
Mayor won a merit award for outstand- 
ing direction at the festival, while another 
UTSC production, We can get it for you 
wholesale won a technical achievement 
award. 

The renovations have not been 
easy on the UTSC drama department, 
but some remain 
optimistic about the outcome. 

“We've been equating the reno- 
vations to a painful trip to the dentist. 
We know things are going to be a lot 
better when everything's said and done, 
but the journey is pretty painful,” says 
Scott Dutrisac, the assistant technical 
director of the LLBT. 

“It has given us a chance to 
6 at how the space wasn't working,” 


Dutrisac said. 

Although the stage of the LLBT 
will not change, drama students will 
gain a theater lab lighting grids after the 
construction is complete. With students 
in the lab and not the LLBT, the theater 
will be available for more shows. 

While prospective and current 
students have the lab to look forward 
to, their current classroom situation is 
not as optimistic. While construction 
continues, drama classes are being held 
in room H403. 

“It isn’t productive to have a 
drama major unless you have a theater,” 
Mayor says. 

“I wish better arrangements 
could have been made for the drama stu- 
dents during the renovations,” she says, 
adding H403 is the “most uninspiring 
room youve ever seen in your life.” 

Henry Wong agrees. 

“It’s a good open space but it’s 
not the theater,” says the internal com- 
munications officer for the UTSC drama 
society. 

He says the room affects UTSC 
productions because it has no technical 
equipment. 

Despite facility _ challenges, 
Wong says the drama society is trying to 
make the best of their current situation 
with the launch of UTSC’s first film 
festival from March 28 to 29. 

He says the festival will “still al- 
low drama students to perform, but not 
necessarily in a theater space.” 

As for the third-year drama pro- 
duction, instead of the LLBT, students 
will perform the That Scoundrel Scapin 
and The Flying Doctor in room AA303 
from March 15 tol6 and again from the 
22 to 24. 


= Vanessa Larkey 


they see it happen,” says Chin who also 
recognizes that it can be hard if students 
don't know how to challenge or recognize 
heterosexism and homophobia when 
they happen. 

Simple things like correcting 
language so it’s more inclusive can help 
break down stereotypes and assump- 
tions. For example, instead of asking a 
woman if she has a boyfriend, ask if she’s 
seeing anyone. 

Yet, for Kenyon, it’s important 
to use inclusive language “across the 
board” so that people from the LGBTQ 
community are not marginalized. 

“If youre going to use neutral 
terms like ‘partner’ or ‘significant other’ 
you have to do that for everyone,” Ken- 
yon says. 

Allies aren't forgotten. Their 
support allows for members of the LG- 
BTQ community to openly talk about 
issues like gay bashing and harassment. 
Liddle says ee issues continue today, 
even though there’s an increase of gay 
and lesbian images in the media. 

Also, allies come in handy when 
having conversations with people who 
arent supportive of the LGBTQ com- 
munity as they act as a medium. 

Often people will listen to 
allies when they will not listen to queer 


and trans people themselves,” says Chin. 
“Allies are important because they bridge 
the divide between queer and trans porte 
and ‘straight’ people.” 

For Chin, UTSC’s learning envi- 
ronment also needs to be more ce 
At the panel, a student mentioned that 
a professor had referred to a man as a 
“fruitloop” during a lecture. 

“Faculty should be responsible for 
setting the tone of their eaiee spaces 
and so it is important not only that they 
mention the need for anti-oppression at 
the beginning of the semester, but that 
they actively monitor the class during the 
semester and challenge issues of anti-op- 
pression when they come up,” Chin says. 

There are discussions of a poster- 
ing and an ally campaign on campus. Yet, 
Liddle says there will always be a group of 
people they will not be able to reach. 

“There are some people for 
whom will never be able to cine their 
attitudes towards gays and lesbians for 
whatever reason ... The best we can hope 
for is that at least they treat us as human 


beings.” 


= Jeannette Rabito 


Cobwebs Dusted Off for Re-Opening 


Thanks to a group of student athletes, UTSC 
finally has a place to party. 

With a group effort being led by 
Ryan Parker, assistant captain of the mens 
tri-ccampus hockey team, assistant coach of 
the men’s “B” hockey team and vice presi- 
dent of the Scarborough Campus Hockey 
Players Association (SCHPA), the Attic is 


now officially open for business. The Attic, 2 


it became a study space. 

Parker along with Katie Dale and 
Devon Evershed created the SCHPA and 
approached the Jaan Laaniste, director of 
Athletics about re-opening the attic for pub 
style events. Although Parker says there were 
daily setbacks because of bureaucratic issues, 
he was able to find 20 people willing to be- 
come U of T certified servers and managers. 


formally known i 
as the Athletics 
Lounge, had _ its 
grand re-opening 


and first pub night 
on janine bbe 
night sold out, | 
bringing in over 
$1 400 dollars in 
profits. 

The Attic 
was once a_ fully 
licensed facility op- 
erating regular busi- 
ness hours, but poor sales eventually caused it 
to close its doors. According to Peter Smith, 
head of food and beverage services at UTSC 
and former Attic manager, from its inception 
back in the ‘70s, it consistently lost money. 
Although the university held the license, 
various parties under supervision of U of T, 
undertook the management of the facility. 

At one point the SCSC (precur- 
sor to SCSU) managed the Attic, until 
sometime in the late “80s when the college 
administration took over management and 
carried out a renovation to enlarge the space 
and refurbish the room. Initially, SCSC had 
exclusive rights to run all pub nights, but 
eventual club bookings opened the doors 
for any UTSC group who wished to rent the 
space for a pub. 

As a result, non-SCSC affiliated 
groups began to make up the bulk of the 
reyenue. [he profit from the pubs alone was 
not enough to keep the Attic open, and after 
attempting to turn the lounge into a coffee 
bar, it was shut down for daily use in 2000. 


Although still available for nightly bookings, 


; Photo courtesy 0 Andrea Davidson 


Elceasays! ane 
attended countless meet- 
ings to ensure that all of 
the proper protocol was 
followed from all ends. 
Later, Parker joined forces 
) with the Scarborough 
College Athletic Associa- 
| tion (SCAA), SCSU and 
Fusion Radio, all of whom 
he credits with helping to 
get the first pub going. 
With opening night be- 

hind him, Parker now has 
bookings for the next six Thursday nights 
and hopes the Attic will become a place for 
all students to enjoy. 

“We are always looking for new 
ideas,” he said, adding, “Anything to bring 
people from all walks together, not just 
passing by in the halls, or standing in line 
together at the Tim Horton's.” 

Although Smith says he is reluctant 
to forecast the success of the Attic based on 
one event, he does commend Parker and his 
staff for making it possible. 

“Setting aside any financial consid- 
erations as an indicator of success, I can state 
that when taking in account the diligence, 
effort, care, creativity and willingness to 
learn demonstrated by Ryan, the staff and 
the others involved in putting the event 
together, these events could be a significant 
benefit to campus life if students continue to 
support them,” Smith said. 

Pub nights are every Thursday, 
with doors opening at 9 p.m. 


=} Andrea Davidson 


vO —— 09) 


LOSING MY RELIGIONS’ PROF 


Faith. It’s a subject that Robert Campbell 
knows much about and has been teach- 


ing students about at the University of 


Toronto at Scarborough for close to five 
years. 

He’s lectured on faiths from 
different eras, and from all corners 
of the globe. These days, some of the 
very students that Campbell taught are 
holding onto faith that their efforts will 
keep their former professor at this school 
despite, a decision made last month to 
deny him tenure. 

On Jan. 30 ,;Campbell, following 
an evaluation by a tenure review board, 
was denied tenure. Not long afterwards, 
students started a petition that received 
over 500 signatures in a day according 
to the humanities DSA (SHADO) vice 
president academics, Asma Bala. 

She says the list of student signatures is 


very important because “it’s a signal of 


student sentiment . 

On Feb. 2 a motion was passed 
at an SCSU board of directors meeting 
endorsing the petition, and allowing the 
VP Academics, Rob Wulkan, “free reign” 
to help out with the cause. Wulkan and 
Bala have been working together on this 
issue since.. 

“An overturning [of a tenure 
decision] would be unprecedented”, said 
Wulkan. “Pve never heard of a case where 
a tenure review has been overturned.” 

But, he said he still believes a 
reversal of the decision is possible. 

Bala and Wulkan met with the 
chair of the humanities department, 
William Bowen, and presented the 


current 1700 signature petition to keep 
Campbell on campus. After the meeting, 
Bowen supported their cause. 
According to Wulkan, Bowen 
was ‘very positive about the whole 
thing, majorly impressed by how many 
signatures we have.” He says Bowen was 


particularly impressed by the inclusion of 


signatures in the petition of some profes- 
sors, like Gerald Cupchik of Psychology. 

Wulkan and Bala hope to 
continue to fight for this cause, with the 
ultimate goal of reaching the president 
of University of Toronto, David Naylor. 
He is the only person that can change a 
decision of tenure. 

With Campbell teaching many 
of the religions courses offered at UTSC, 
his potential departure would leave 
a big gap that may need to be filled if 
the echo were to continue offering the 
program. “This could be a huge hit to 
our religions program,” Wulkan said. 

When asked what moves the 
school is making to accommodate the 
program should Campbell leave Wulkan 
said, “I haven't heard much in the way 
of anything to replace him, short of hir- 
ing sessionals.” He also says, given the 
circumstances and what limited infor- 
mation he knows about the Humanities 
department’ plans, the religion program 
“could be” at risk. 

It's not known why Campbell, 
winner of the 2005 University of Toronto 
at Scarborough Faculty Teaching Award, 
didn’t receive tenure as the review is not 
published. 


One factor that may have af- 


fected any tenure 
decisions are the 
circumstances — sur- 


rounding Campbell's | 
hiring. | According 


to Wulkan, “Paul | 
Thompson, when he 


was principal, hired 
Robert = Campbell J 
directly into an ad- 
ministrative position |) 
and promised him 
a tenure track...it 
wasn't the [Humani- 
ties] department's 
call to make the hire, 
as it normally would 


be.” 


The admin- 
istrative position, for 
which Campbell was 
hired in 2002, was for 
Associate Principal of 
Academic Resources 
at WMS@? The job 
involved overseeing 
the building of the 
ARC (Academic 
Resources Centre). 

“The tenure 
review process is done 
by the [department 
of] Humanities... it 
is possible that there 


was some _ political 


bad blood surrounding why 


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was University on June 30. 

sitting in that position to begin with,” 

Waulkan said. 


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is = Aleem Hussain 


Truth be Told 


Aseniga4 | 


Clockwise from right, spoken word artists Amir Sulaiman, Aliyah 
Thomas A.K.A. “Truth”, Malik Tu-Three, and Boonna Mohammed 
(above). 


“These words are my re- 
demption and my voice is 
my deliverance,” announced 
Aliyah Thomas A.K.A. 
“Truth” to a crowd of more 
than 50 UTSC students. 

Thomas, who bor- 
rows her stage name from 
19th century abolitionist, 
Sojourner Truth, was one 
of five performers who 
participated in 
Dawn’ on Feb. 8 at UTSC’s 
Student Centre. Billed as an 
evening of poetry, art and 
comedy, the two-day Muslim 
Student Association (MSA) 
event drew performers from 
California, Montreal, and 
parts of Toronto. 

“We really want to 
bring up diversity in Islam 
by showcasing it through 
art, said Madiha Vaid, 
treasurer for the MSA. “It’s 
their artistic way of clearing 
up misconceptions of Islam 
in this day and age.” 

Thomas is a_part- 
time poet who said she speaks 
for people who cannot speak 


“Break of 


for themselves, due to fear 
or an inability to articulate 
their own thoughts. She 
said she feels her voice is 
a gift and tries to make it 
positive. 

“Words are very 
powerful things. With such 
a powerful tool in your 
hands, you would use it 
for something more impor- 
tant. 

The memorized 
spoken word pieces are usu- 
ally more than five minutes 
long and are recited with an 
outpouring of emotion. 

“You feel out the 
audience,” said Thomas. 
“Knowing [the piece] off by 
heart allows you to connect 
with the audience more.” 

The evening ended 
with a moderated discus- 
sion forum and continued 
the following day in the 
OISE auditorium on the St. 
George campus. 


== Abbas Somji 


Photography by Abbas Somji of 


i. 


With a “reduce tuition fees” placard in hand, 
UTSC student Daniel Greanya joined the 
thousands of people at the University of 
Toronto's convocation hall for the Day of 
Action 


a Canadian wide protest against 
tuition fees on Feb. 7. 

The weather was frigid, dipping 
down to -21 degrees Celsius with the wind 
chill, but that didn’t stop the three busloads 
of UTSC students at the Canadian Federa- 
tion of Students (CFS) event. 

Traffic delays caused the Scarbor- 
ough campus protesters to be late, but after 
arriving Greanya described the atmosphere 
as “very united. 

“T think students should be able 
to afford to go to university and unfortu- 
nately the government has not made that 
possible,” he said. 

Greanya is interim president of the 
Campus Conservatives, but doesn’t think 
his political views contradict with the mes- 
sage of the protest. 

“T think us conservatives believe in 
fiscal responsibility and individual oppor- 
tunity. With lowering tuition fees, a lot of 
people would be able to reach their poten- 
tial,” he said. 

While Greanya was marching for 
lower tuition fees, a group of students were 
protesting the CFS and the event itself. 

The dozen or so students came 
holding white signs that read in black ink, 
“CES off our campus.” 

One of the students, Gabe De 


Roche, says he was protesting the Day of 
Action because the CFS collects “hefty 
student fees” to support efforts like the 
march. 

“We find it hypocritical that they 
complain of high fees, yet they are charging 
us,” he said. 

UTSC students are charged a CFS 
fee of $6.52 per academic session. Last 
school year, the SCSU owed the organiza- 
tion $150 000. The amount has risen this 
year, but figures were not available at time 
of print. 

The students did not belong to 
a particular coalition or organization. De 
Roche says they all have a common inter- 
est of getting U of T unions to de-feder- 
ate from the CFS. He says he would rather 
see the universities “actually have debate 
about tuition fees on campus.” Something, 
De Roche says, didn’t happen this time 
around. 

Jesse Greener, the Ontario chair- 
person for the CFS, was unfounded by the 
criticism. 

“I think what we are doing here to- 
day proves our federation is giving the stu- 
dents a voice,” he said, adding they want to 
make tuition a “hot button issue” come the 
Oct. 4 provincial election. 

“We want students to know they 
have a direct stake in this issue and their 
voice is valued with their peers,” he says. 


= Vanessa Larkey 


CANADIAN 


reveRATION OF STUDENTS 


Photo by Jason Jajalla 


A student dons a gouged and branded satire of Dalton McGuinty’s visage 
as the student day of action rally heads to St George Street in its detour to 
approach Queen's Park. 


Photo by Jason Jajalla 


Photo by Kyle Macshelaen 
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v.46 — 1.09 


Bastiampillai 
Bros. World 
Class 


Canadian selectors have named UTSC’s 
Bastiampillai brothers to the 30-man 
training squad for the 2007 Cricket 
World Cup — one of the largest sporting 
tournaments in the world attracting some 
two billion viewers every four years. 

Trevin and Gavin Bastiampillai 
were picked amongst players from dozens 
of premiere cricket leagues that play 
across the country. Team Canada will 
eventually select the final 15 cricketers 
who will represent the country at the 
Word Cup which gets underway in the 
West Indies on March 13. 

The brothers, born one year 
apart, were thrilled to see both of their 
names posted. 

“Tt wasnt an easy path to 
selection; I was surprised to see both of 
us on the squad. We are the only players 
of Sri Lankan background and all three 
are from the same family,” said the older 
brother Gavin, referring to the addition 
of his cousin Brian Rajadurai. 

Rajadurai encouraged the boys 
to play Canadian cricket when they 
arrived from Sri Lanka 10 years ago. Ever 
since that introduction Gavin and Trevin 
have gone from the junior provincial 
team to play with the under-19 national 
team. Now they are on the threshold of 
their “ultimate goal” -- playing for the 
seniors at the national level. 

The duo thank their father, 
Godfrey, who drove them to practices, 
(some lasted up to five hours). To make 
matters challenging, there's no major 
turf ground to play cricket in Toronto. 

The highest levels of cricket are 
played at the King City grounds located 
north of Toronto. 

“In the winter there’s nothing 
you can do, we play inside a warehouse 
with nets,” Gavin said. “In the summer 
we rarely play on turf (with grass), there's 
usually matting and that’s not ideal for 
world cup preparation.” 

He says the cost and logistics 
involved in maintaining a real cricket 
pitch are high. 

That could soon change as 
interest in the sport is growing in 
Canada, especially amongst those who 
have migrated from the Caribbean, 
South Asia and Australia. 

Trevin, who is the youngest 
man on the national squad, says there 
are many “cricket fanatics” at UTSC and 
that’s why the brothers play a key role in 
an indoor cricket league, which they call 
“tape ball”. 

“It’s a tennis ball wrapped in 
tape; it’s just for fun to get the guys 
out. 

According Gavin, Scarborough 
dominates in the league and next week 
the campus will host a tournament 
uniting cricket lovers from UTM, St. 
George, Ryerson and York. 


= Mahesh Abeyewardene 


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Trevin Bastiampillai 


Education: Fourth year of study at UTSC majoring in Computer Science, double minors 


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Trevin Bastiampillai (left) poses fora 


in Economics and Psychology. 


Career Highlight: Hit 110 runs (not out) against Bermuda in the 2005 Americas Cup, 


picture at UTSC with 


his brother Gavin. 


awarded “Best Batsman’” of the tournament. 


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beyewardene 


Gavin Bastiampillai 


Education: Graduated from UTSC in 2006 
with a major in Neuroscience, double 
minors in Psychology and Biology. 
Career Highlight: Hit 87 runs (not out) 
to defeat the United States in the 2003 
Americas Cup. 


Bastiampillai brothers display their cricket equipment. 


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SPORTS COMMENTARY 
It’s Crosby's Town 


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The parking lot was full at the Marriot 
City Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 
It was packed with people making the 
trek down from Ontario to see Sid the 
Kid, otherwise known as Sidney Crosby. 

The valet made a comment 
about how the only license plates you 
see are “Ontario, Ontario, Ontario”. For 
some reason, everyone goes crazy when 
the Next One is mentioned on TV or 
steps onto the ice. The hype in Pitts- 
burgh is unlike anywhere else. Grabbing 
a meal and casually mentioning the fact 
that youre from Canada warrants you 
the right to be asked, “You are here for 
the game?” or, “You're here for Sidney 
Crosby?” Every other person at the 
Mellon Arena, where the Penguins hold 
their evolution of hockey, wears Sidney 
Crosby's number 87 jersey. He runs this 
town. 


On Feb. 3, the Pittsburgh 
Penguins faced the Washington Capitals 
and it was not all that exciting. The final 
score was 2-0 for Pittsburgh, sending a 
lot of locals home happy. However, the 
circumstance in which it was played was 
magnificent. Washington’s Alexander 
Ovechkin is the direct challenger to the 
control Sidney Crosby has over the NHL. 
He is near the top of the league’s scoring 
leaders in points and vying for the lead 
held by Crosby. A great example of how 
the game went for each player is when 
Crosby had a few chances to set up a goal 
or to finish them himself. Ovechkin’s 
afternoon was complete with an outlet 
pass by the defenceman up the boards 
and an embarrassing stumble and fall. 
After this, Ovechkin was finally granted 
his cheers from the crowd of 17,000 plus 
Crosby fans. 

There is a shift occurring in 
the way hockey is played. Rules have 
changed, players have begun to adapt 
to new requirements for equipment and 
standards of play. Crosby ts the face of 
the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the team 
is full of players like Jordan Staal, Ryan 
Whitney, Marc-Andre Fleury and Ey- 
geni Malkin who are all very young, very 
talented and examples of how to succeed 
under the new NHL regime. 

“Experience the Evolution” is 
the slogan slopped across the boards at 
the Mellon Arena and it is taking place. 
Hockey in Pittsburgh is in top gear, a 
good state of affairs for a city concerned 
about whether or not their team will still 
be there next season. 


L- Phil Smalley 


© Sports / © Arts 


The Battle of UTSC 
Basketball 


In their final regular season game, 
UTSC’s Maroons and Raccoons 
men’s intramural basketball teams 
came head-to-head on Feb. 8 in the 
UTSC gym. 

With playoff seeds on the 
line, the Maroons were victorious, de- 
feating their home rival, 64-53. 

The Raccoons held an early 
lead in the first half, but the Maroons 
staged a comeback and lead 35-23 
into the half. 

In the second half, the Ma- 
roons never looked back and secured 
the win. 

“They took us off our game 
plan,” said Racoons head coach, Tony 
Hickey. “They tried harder and it was 
a hard fought battle.” 

It was the second meeting 

between the two teams this season. 
Their previous meeting took place on 
Oct. 25, 2006, but the result was the 
same: a Maroons win, 53-43. 
With the win, the Maroons finished 
the regular season with an 8-3 win- 
loss record while the Raccoons fin- 
ished with a 7-4 record. 

The Maroons also head into 
the playoffs on a hot streak, hav- 
ing won three of their four games in 
2007. Their only loss of the New Year 
came on Jan. 29 — a 68-45 defeat at 
the hands of U.C.A. 

Both teams are now gearing 
up for the playoffs and the Maroons 
are hoping to go big. Maroons coach 
Antony Nembhard said the team has 
one thing on their mind: “the final.” 


= Jon Brazeau 


Tri-Campus 
Sports Update 


UTSC men’s hockey finally beats 
| UIM 


After losing 2-1 on Oct. 18, 2006, 
and 5-3 on Nov. 27, 2006, the UTSC 
mens hockey team finally found 
a way to solve UTM. On Jan. 29, 
UTSC defeated their rivals, 5-3, at 
Varsity Arena. However, the momen- 
tum couldn't continue as UTSC’s Feb. 
8 game against St. George White was 
cancelled because only two players 
showed up for St. George. UTSC’s 
final regular season game is March 1 
at 9 p.m. against St. George Red, at 
Varsity Arena. 


Back-to-back wins for women’s bas- 


ketball team 


In women’s basketball, UTSC posted 
two consecutive wins for the first time 
this season. UTSC beat St. George 
Grey, 53-44, on Feb. 4 and defeated 
UTM, 78-71, on Feb. 8. The women’s 
team finished their regular season with 
a home game against St. George Grey 
on March 5 at 8 p.m. 


= Jon Brazeau 


v.26 — 1.09 


How to Kill: EP Die Mannequin 


Thank-you for the tone How to Kill 
(HTK)! And I mean that; it’s been 
missing from a lot of the cheesy rock 
hitting shelves lately (don’t mind that 
crashing plane sound in the back- 
ground, it hap- 
pens from time 
to time when 
you diss bands 
like Good 
Charlotte and 
Simple Plan). 
How to Kill’s 
Die Manne- 
quin is every- 
thing good that 
comes from 
front-women 
that play 
Gibson  Fire- 
birds through 
old-school 
Marshall amps 
while being 
produced by MSTRKRFT (the rem- 
nants of Death from Above 1979). 

If their live stuff is anything 
like the Die Mannequin EP than this 
band can rock. They sound like Tegan 
and Sarah went to hell and came back 
wanting to blow up all the fuse boxes 
in Toronto’s rock venues. The HTK 
three-piece serves up four songs on 


this EP. Each track features catchy and 


intense vocals, commanding bottom- 
end guitar riffs (no high-gain going 
on here), and some of the sludge base 
tone you can find (like I said, Death 
from Above). If you like bands such 
as Metric and 
Controller 
Controller, 
than you just 
might like 
HTK. 

There 
musicianship is 
also very good. 
Nothing _ kills 
great tone and 
production 
more than 
shitty songs. 
But HTK’s 
chord progres- 
sions through 
their verses, 
courses and 
bridges are solid and catchy. HTK’s 
front-woman, who goes by the stage 
name “Care Failure”, drops some 
nasty little leads here and there to 
complete the package. Yep, feel free to 
pop this one into your car stereo, but 
don't blame me when Old Betsy turns 
into a convertible. 


= Adam Valente 


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Artist: Albert Hammond Jr. 
Album: Yours to Keep 
Label: Red Ink 

Release date: March 6, 2007 


The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. 
doesn’t stray too far off the path with his solo 
debut, Yours to Keep. If the reason why this 
album sounds like outtakes from the Strokes, 
well, in a way it is. “In Transit” was meant to 
be a Strokes song but found its way here, as 
did a few other songs. That’s not necessarily 
a bad thing, as Hammond’s vocals are soft 
and warmer compared to Strokes’ singer 
Julian Casablancas (who does make a guest 
appearance on the album). Combined with 
fuzzy guitar licks and minimal buthypnotizing 
drum. poe it works. “Bright Young Thing” 
and “Scared,” are both se cian head- 


bobbing tunes and prove Hammond doesn't 
need his band mates as much as they need 
him. Yours to Keep is worth keeping for a 
few spins, especially for fans of The Strokes 
wondering what Hammond is capable of on 
his own. 


Artist: Peter Bjorn and John 
Album: Writer’s Block 
Label: Red Ink 

Release Date: Feb. 6, 2007 


Writers Block was rated number 24 on 
Pitchfork Media’s top 50 albums of 2006 
but the CD wasn't released in North America 
until earlier this month. Hopefully no one 
was holding their breath during the wait. 
The opener, “Objects of My Affection” is a 
Bob Dylan-esque ditty with distorted guitars 
added for a unique twist. “Young Folks” picks 
up the pace with a faster drum beat but the 
distorted guitars towards the end of the song 
feel tacked on. Peter Bjorn and John finally 
get it right with “Up Against the Wall,” 
where the distortion blends in naturally into 
a near-perfect indie pop single. At times the 
album is adventurous, combining ’60s pop 
with “80s shoegazing, but on the drumless 
closing track “Poor Cow,” it just doesn’t 
mesh at all. It’s a messy end to an album that 
shows potential but ultimately never really 
hits the bull’s eye. 


Jon Brazeau 


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@) Arts / © News 


Ifyou have any interest in making movies, 
be they silent films or these new “talkies” 
I keep hearing so much about (probably 
just a fad); then you'll definitely want to 
participate or attend UTSCreen. 

UTSCreen is being held by the 
drama society on March 28 to 29 and is 
the first film festival ever to be held at U 
of T Scarborough. Students will be able 
to shoot, submit and showcase their own 
short films to an eager audience followed 
by a talk with multi-award-winning 
professor, Garry Leonard. 

Awards for categories such as 
acting, editing, cinematography, fiction, 
and non-fiction will be handed out by 
judges as well as an “audience favourite” 
award to be decided by, well...the audi- 
ence. 

There's no problem if you wish 
to make your film with other students 
who don't go to UTSC, but the festival 
requires that at least one key role of 
the production be a UTSC student or 
alumni. Additionally, your film must 
be no longer than 25 minutes in length, 
including your credits. 

“We wanted to create an event 


that could bring everyone together on 
campus,” said Jamie Mackrell, vice-presi- 
dent of the drama society. “We wanted 
something that could expand the drama 
society's Own activities, involve people 
from all disciplines, and really unite this 
campus. There have been student film 
festivals at St. George that always worked 
out really well and we're just trying to 
bring that same spirit to Scarborough. 
There’s a lot of great talent here that I'll 
bet we don't know about.” 

Budding filmmakers who would 
like to enter but are unsure of their 
movie-making skills are encouraged to 
just try anyways. The festival will gladly 
accept and screen a work in progress if 
you haven't completed your film by the 
March 15 deadline. 

Henry Wong, internal commu- 
nications officer for the drama society, 
says first time filmmakers should try 
their hand at a music video, mock com- 
mercials or even a short documentary if 
they find filmmaking to be an intimidat- 
ing task. 

“Mock commercials and docu- 
mentaries can be easy to make for first 


UTSC’s Movie Making Magic 


timers because they usually don’t require 
fancy editing or special effects. We're just 
looking for anything that’s short, creative 
and fun for the audience,” Wong said. 
With all of this in mind, 
one has to ask if there’s anything that 
should be avoided or should not be 
submitted to UTSCreen? Of course, 
one would hope that participants put 
some visible effort into these projects 
going beyond the average YouTube 
user who happens to own a cam- 
corder and uploads anything they shoot. 
“Tt really depends on the video,” 
says Jamie Mackrell. “Obviously we 
don't want any anti-campus films or 
anything that spreads hateful messages 
about people. Beyond that, we just want 
to engage our audience on some level. As 
long as your film ‘goes somewhere’ and 
has something interesting to say, we hope 
we'll be able to screen it.” 
For more information on 
UTSCreen visit http://groups.myspace. 
com/utscreen or search on Facebook 


events for UTSCreen. 


oll lu 
= Matt Lehner 


Rising Temperatures, Heated Debate 


Since parliament reconvened in January 
the environment appears to have become 
the hot-button issue in Ottawa. 

Over the last few weeks, Prime 
Minister Stephen Harper and opposition 
leader Stéphane Dion have debated over 
the topic, in particular over Canada’s 
commitment to Kyoto. The two lead- 
ers played the blame game on whose 
government should claim responsibility 
on Canada’s poor performance in ac- 
cordance to Kyoto. 

“{I]t’s actually unfortunate that 
the Conservative government would 
attend a world event and bash the previ- 
ous government when really they were 
showing a disregard or a lack of concern 
for the environment,” said Zubair Patel, 
President of the UTSC Liberals. “Their 
actions show just how much of a priority 
they made the environment... We were 
making progress but the Conservatives 
have really set us back” 

Established in 1997, the Kyoto 
Protocol is an agreement which sets out 
an agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emis- 
sions by at least five per cent below 1990 
levels by the period 2008-2012. The 
agreement came into effect on Feb.16, 
2005 with 141 countries having signed 
on. Canada signed on to Kyoto in 1998 
and formally ratified it in 2002. 

Under Kyoto, Canada has agreed 
to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 
six per cent below 1990 levels, but since 
signing on to the agreement, emissions 
have increased by 27 per cent according 
to the CTV news website. 

“Basically [the Liberals] had 
years of inaction so they claim to have 
done something but they have not actu- 
ally come through with any kind of solu- 


tion,” said Daniel Greanya, interim 
president of the UTSC Conservatives. 
“What they've really done is nothing 
for 10 years.” 

The Conservatives maintain 
that Canada will not be able to meet 
its six per cent target. Instead, the To- 
ries favour a made in Canada’ solution 
aimed to reduce smog in Canadian 
cities. 

“We won't meet the targets by 
2012, but I do think we need to do 
something about the environment. 
Perhaps by 2020 or 2025 we should 
be able to do something substantial,” 
Greanya said. 

“We definitely need to pursue 
the issue and | think its going to take 
some bold leadership on the part of 
Mr. Harper.” 

Last fall, the Harper govern- 
ment introduced the Clean Air Act. 
The proposed legislation aimed to cut 
greenhouse gas emissions between 45 
and 65 per cent below 2003 levels b 
2050. In the next few years it wo 
attempt to set ‘intensity based’ targets 
for reducing emissions meaning that 
emissions would be relative to the eco- 
nomic output of various industries. 

Currently the bill is being 
studied by a special committee. 

Dion said Canada can and 
should stick to achieving its Kyoto 
targets. On Feb.5 Dion tabled a mo- 
tion in the House of Commons calling 
on the Harper government to reaffirm 
Canada’s commitment to Kyoto. 

The motion passed by a tally 


cate that a majority of MPs are behind 
Kyoto. 

Whether or not Canada can 
meet its Kyoto targets, or even reverse 
the trend of rising emissions, the envi- 
ronment appears to have made its way 
on to the parliamentary agenda. 

Last month, a poll by the Strate- 
gic Counsel found that the environment 
was the top issue on the public agenda for 
Canadians. It appears the environment 
will remain a hot topic for some time, no 
matter which party holds power. 


et Nick Misketi 


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Love at 300 MB 


You think your relationship is com- 
plicated? Try talking to your partner 
through a computer monitor with 4,000 
km separating you. 

Online relationships work, be- 
lieve it or not, but they require a healthy 
dose of trust and commitment, just ask 
Dan Garratt. 

Garratt, a fourth-year linguis- 
tics student at UTSC met his boyfriend, 
Marc Cortez, on an online forum. The 
two began chatting on MSN for about 
six months and shortly soon afterwards 
Cortex packed up his things and moved 
to Scarborough from Vancouver, B.C. 
after two visits with Garratt. They now 
live happily together just off campus. 

“What drew me was the words,” 
Cortez said. “That's the sole basis of 
online interaction, because you can send 
pictures, but you never really know who 
that is.” 

Communication is among the 
biggest challenges in online dating, 
because without the intimacy of being 
face to face, the words are all. that you 
really have. This requires an extra layer 


of trust from people; a trust that takes 
everything at face value without any 
means to analyze the truth behind the 
words — thus leaving a person at their 
most vulnerable. 

Gail Laguna, a spokesperson for 
Date.ca says it makes perfect sense for 
university students to meet online. 

“I think college students today 
are of a generation that is used to com- 
municating via the internet and e-mail, 
and its just a natural extension for 
them,” she said. 

For university students seeking 
online relationships, the trust must be 
set from the very start, because, “there is 
a different definition of long-term [rela- 
tionships] for college students — they're 
not necessarily looking for marriage,” 
Laguna said. 

Both Cortez and Garratt ac- 
knowledged that trust is necessary, and 
say they decided to confide in each other 
very early on. 

“You need to have another level 
of commitment,” Cortez said. More so 
than relationships that are more conve- 


nient — where youre a 
little more accessible to 


each other — because 
its a lot of work.” 

This led 
to many 10-hour | 


conversations over | 
the phone early in the 
relationship, according 
to Garratt. 

“Everyday, my 
right ear pretty much 
went deaf,” Cortez joked. 

They also sent pictures fre- 
quently to each other to shorten the 
distance between them. Cortez would 


create ‘virtual tours’ by taking pictures of 


things he passed by on his way to school 
or work. 

That trust was only made stron- 
ger after Cortez scooted four provinces 
over. 

“IT don’t know anybody besides 
him and his friends. It’s all new to me. 
I’m back at square one. But I'd so much 


rather be here and with him than so far 


away and missing all this,” he said. 


Cortez is now more than happy 


to call Scarborough home. Though Gar- 
ratt says he feels guilty for separating him 
from his family, Cortez reasons that if his 
family truly loves him, they'll be happy 
for him. 

Neither Cortez or Garratt had 
ever tried online agencies, and agree that 
forums are a much better avenue. 

“T think the very fact that you're 
on a forum for something that interests 
you, youre bound to draw people to you 
and vice versa,” Garratt said. 


= Uriel Mendoza 


The Year of the ~ 
Piggy Bank 


Kung Hey Fat Choy! Those are the words with 
which you are supposed to greet someone on 
Chinese New Year, this year being the year of 
the Pig. It is part of Chinese culture and it’s 
something we do as a tradition - and out of 
superstition. Many of the traditions done on 
this day are derived from superstition. 

Here is a short list of the dos and don'ts 
on Chinese New Year to prepare yourself for 
the celebration on February 18. 


Don's: 

¢ Wash or cut your hair: To wash your hair 
would be equivalent to washing away all the 
luck that you possess. To cut your hair is to 
cut your luck into little itty-bitty pieces to the 
point where you have no more luck. However, 
you are supposed to do the aforementioned 
prior to the day of Chinese New Year to rid 
yourself of bad luck for a fresh start. Moral of 
the story: do anything with your hair before 
Chinese New Year. 

¢ Buy a new pair of shoes. In Chinese, the 
sound of the word “shoe” is very similar to the 
sound of sighing. Thus, the purchase of a new 
pair of shoes will also get you an unpleasant 
year, free of charge. 

¢ Use the broom for any purposes. Using a 
broom involves sweeping. If you sweep the 
floor, you also sweep away all the good luck 
you and your household possess. On this day, 
the broom is stowed away. 

* Cut noodles. A noodle is a symbol of your 
lifeline. To cut or sever any noodles during the 
preparation of a dish or during eating would be 
the same as shortening your lifespan. Hence, 
one should take extreme care when enjoying a 
bowl of noodles. 

* Tell someone to study. I’m not making this 
one up - in Chinese, telling someone to study 
sounds like the word ‘lose’. Doing so would, 


in effect, bring bad luck and much loss to the 
individual’s New Year. Tell your parents. 


Dos: 

* Flip the ‘Fook’: No, I’m not referring to the 
other ubiquitous English word. ‘Fool: is actu- 
ally a Chinese character. 

“You should post the ‘Fook’ word 
upside down so that the fortune comes into 
your household,” says John Chan, a UTSC 
student. 

* Clean your home before Chinese New Year: 
You have to sweep away the bad luck to receive 
the good luck. 
¢ Wear red. Red is the colour of happiness, 
prosperity, good health and fortune. 
* Prepare a nicely presented meal for the Gods: 
Failing to do so would only anger them, which 
is something you want to avoid. Providing an 
offering pleases them and, hence, your house- 
hold will be blessed with good fortune. 
¢ If married, give red pockets to children 
within the family. Aside from being tradition, 
it’s also a sign of generosity. If you're not mar- 
ried and you have many aunts, uncles, and 
grandparents, you're in for a treat. The polite 
thing to do is to accept. 

“Red pockets have been a source of 
funding for my textbooks,” says Philip Mok, 
also a student of UTSC. 


This is only the tip of the iceberg as 
there are a plethora of traditions and supersti- 
tions the Chinese follow, come New Year's 
Day. 

Kung Hey Fat Choy! May your New 
Year be filled with happiness, prosperity, good 
health, and good fortune! 


Stephen Chan 


Spreading the Message 


The beat of an African drum 
signaled the arrival ofa costumed 
figure. From behind a tan sheet 
covering the door, a face peeked 
out - a blinking red light where 
the mouth normally would be. 
A tall figure appeared, the face 
hidden behind a mask of blue, 
yellow and green face paint, and 
danced its way out to the shrills 
and gasps of the crowd. 

Black History Month 
at Malvern public library kicked 
off Feb. 1 with a one-man show, 
Anansi, how come you smart 
sir? written and performed by 
Donald Carr, a local Toronto 
artist. Divided into two parts, 
Anansi delivers non-stop song, 
dance and storytelling with an 
impressive variety of costume 
changes for a single performer. 

“Twelve months of 
the year” is what Black History 
Month means to Carr. He grew 
up in Jamaica, immigrated to 
Canada in the ’60s, where he 
studied dance at York University. 
The winner of a Harold award, 
given out to local artists by 
artists, Carr now works with 
the AfriCan theatre ensemble, 
focusing on the enlightenment 
and education of others. 

“You can see so many 
cultures living here. I’m from 


Jamaica but Ive lived in 
Canada a long time. Now I’m 
Jamadian.” 

Carr stresses _ the 


importance of making people 


aware of Black History Month 
and spends most of his free 
time spreading his message 
of multiculturalism and_ self 
awareness. 

“You “need “to ‘be 
educated, not by TV, but with 
people. Everybody you come 
in touch with can be a form 
of education. People are very 
appreciative when you reach 
out to them.” 

Anansi, how come 
you smart sir? is the start of a 
month of programs at Malvern 
library concluding with a full 
day of activities on Feb. 24. Pan 
drumming, dance and a special 
performance of The Full Nelson 
will fill the day. All events are 
open to the public and more 
information is available at 416- 
396-8969. 

The Full Nelson is 
another original work by Carr 
and highlights eight males; 
Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm 
X, Nelson Mandela, Marcus 
Garvey, Bob Marley, Martin 
Luther King, Mohammed the 
Prophet and Muhammad Ali. 

“It’s about eight males 
who have done wonders for 
us in a non-violent way,” Carr 
said. 

He hopes _ people 
will begin to look beyond the 
stereotypes and celebrate the 
diversity Canada offers. 


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Phones at UTSC 


By Constable Trish Sin- 
clair 


Have you ever been walking around 

on campus and noticed something 

that appeared suspicious or out of 

the ordinary and wanted to notify the 
Police? 


Have you ever been sitting in class or 
at a study space, when another stu- 
dent began to suffer from a medical 
emergency and needed treatment 
immediately? 


The University of Toronto at Scarbor- 
ough is committed to providing an 
environment that is safe for the stu- 
dents, staff, faculty and visitors that 
use the campus. As part of this com- 
mitment, Emergency Phones have 
been installed around the campus, in- 
side buildings as well as in all parking 
lots, walkways and residence areas. 
Whenever you see a flashing blue 
light on campus, located directly 
below it will be an Emergency Tele- 
phone. When the button is pressed, 
it dials directly into the University of 
Toronto Police dispatcher, where the 
caller's location is immediately dis- 
played to the operator. Emergency 
Telephones are located at several 
points on the campus grounds. Each 
Emergency Telephone has a one-but- 
ton device and a speaker. Pushing the 
button automatically dials the Police 
Emergency line. 
It is important to remember that 
when using an Emergency Telephone 
on campus, speak clearly to ensure all 
the information that you are giving 
is heard. Also, stay at the telephone 
you called from until the Police arrive. 
Once the call is placed, the Police will 
look for you for any further informa- 
tion they may require once they ar- 
rive on scene. 


You should use an Emergency Tele- 
phone to: 


1)Call for immediate Police assistance 
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Editoria 


‘Taking 


12 months, 11 issues and 436 combined head- 
aches later, we are back to the beginning. 

It’s time to shift into a new gear, as we leave 
you, and a new Editor-in-Chief wears our 
worn and ragged UnderCrown. 

This journey has led us to one wild 
ride. We saddled up and took the long and 
dusty road to continue breaking down the 
glass ceiling mentioned in one of our first 
editorials. 

_s glass ceiling that led to discrimina- 
tion of people thinking they could railroad us 
because we are women. Not thinking we were 
apt for business relations or could handle 
running a newspaper were notions that un- 
fortunately circulated more often than not. 

Although we've come a long way, 
we cannot ignore the inequalities that still 
permeate deep in the underbelly of our 
society; where hegemonic structures try to 
keep women in their place when they try to 
challenge the status quo. With International 
Women’s Day just around the corner (March 
8) not only do we celebrate those females and 


their allies who have broken down walls of 


resistance, but we also send the message that 
the fight is not over. 

Feminism has a bad rap. It is not 
about ball-breaking, man-hating, bra-burning 
women. It’s about gender relations between 
men, women and trans people. It’s about 
reaching the goal of equality. 

Speaking of relations, our journey in 
the student press was met with a few bumps 
in the road. The ups and the downs, the 
printing disasters, the tempers, near heart at- 
tacks, a few choice words, and the occasional 
electrical fire, were all ways we showed love 
for the UG. 

We tried to spark critical think- 
ing and debate. Giving you some food for 
thought. It is ultimately your paper and you 
have the choice to engage in it and become an 
active citizen in the UTSC community. 

Your interest in student press had 
led us to go beneath the surface and find the 
stories that matter. Your responses allow for 


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change. Your reactions, or lack thereof, speak 
volumes to how your university experience 
will pan out. It’s this experience that you've 
paid for so make the most of it. As Ferris 
Bueller says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you 
don’t stop and look around once in awhile you 
could miss it.” 

Like the people who fought for 
women’s rights, challenging the status quo 
enables change and the power to move for- 
ward. Whether it’s dropping a simple e-mail 
to info@the-underground.ca to have your say 
about an article, or going to a rally to hold 
politicians accountable for their actions, only 
you can make the most of your experiences. 

But it’s time for the turnover at 
UTSC. You'll get new SCSU president, direc- 
tors and leaders for various student clubs and 
organizations, along with a new Underground 
staff. We're looking for writers, editors, busi- 


ness managers, and most importantly a new 


Editor-in-Chief. 

It’s to this new Editor-in-Chief we 
raise our Tim Horton's cups to; whoever that 
may be. Get used to sleepless nights, endless 
e-mails and the countless computer crashes. 

To our staff, we raise our second 
cup of Tim Horton's goodness. These are the 
people who made the wheels turn, and got 
this operation going. 

Our lot at The Underground wasn’t 
given to us on a silver platter. We fought and 
worked up the chain. We created change 
because we didn’t like what we saw when we 
first came here in 2003. Intimidated to go to 
portables behind the S-Wing, we eventually 


took a more active role with the guidance of 


past UG Editors-in-Chief. This encourage- 
ment led to us to fight for our space in the 
Student Centre as well as step up to be one 
of the Underground’s few female executives. 
Now it’s our turn to pass the baton and give 
you that push to conquer our common goal to 
make this a better place. 

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Curriculum Conumdrum 


Bringing Women’s Studies to Ontario High Schools 


The Ontario high school curriculum is 
about to get a much-needed facelift if 
the people of the Miss G__ Project have 
their way. 

The non-profit organization 
works to promote equity in education 
by hosting workshops about homopho- 
bia and feminism in high schools across 
‘Ontario, but their main goal is to 


incorporate a Women's Studies course in 


Ontario's post secondary curriculum. 
“High school is a formative 

period in our lives,” said Sarah Ghabrial, 

one of the Miss G__ Project's founders, 


adding that a Women's Studies course 


would help teenagers deal with the 


drama of high school. 


Ghabrial and a group of friends 


| came up with the concept of the Miss 


G___ Project in February 2005. They 


were University of Western Ontario 


undergrads at the time, talking about 
how much their high school experiences 

“ucked.” The thought a Women’s Stud- 
ies course would have really helped build 
and develop their self esteems during 
their teen years. After rounding up a few 
more friends, the group began to embark 
on their mission to get Women’s Studies 
in Ontario high schools. 

Their big break came at a 
conference on humanities at Western 
University. The Miss G__ Project were 
able to meet with representatives from 
different universities who opened chap- 
‘ters of the Miss G__ Project at their own 
respective schools. 

Despite their successes, it's been 
Prova tojovll ley: tadlcs 
p “Right now we are on the edge,” 
says Ghabrial. The most recent er lojtetag 
shuffle in provincial politics was initially 
good news with Kathleen Wynne, the 
education minister, being a supporter of 
their cause. 

: But, with less than a year to the 
next provincial election, Ghabrial says if 
Women’s Studies is not adopted into the 
curriculum now, the group will have to 
lobby the support of professors, teachers, 
high schools and the education minister 
if there is a new government. 

While Wynne does support the 

“Miss G__ Project, she says it is important 
to “integrate expectations related to 
women’s issues across the curriculum.” 
By developing pilot 
courses like world cultures and equity 
and gender issues, Wynne says the course 
material of Women’s Studies would be 


covered, but the course would look at a 
broader scope of issues. 

Ghabrial says the Miss G 
Project wants to include gender issues, 
sexism, and homophobia as part of their 
women’s studies curriculum. 

Still, not all teachers are con- 


-vinced a Women’s Studies course should 


be taught in high schools. 

“T don't think society at large 
values Women’s Studies,” said Diane 
Gawelczyk, a high Ra stole) auertel our le 
Cardinal Newman Catholic high school 
Telivortavlerceyttdeb 

She says a greater emphasis has 
been placed on math and science in the 
current curriculum. 

Gawelczyk says she has incor- 
porated women’s studies into the history 
and religion courses she teaches, warning 
that if Women’s Studies was an optional 
class “it would be assigned to a teacher 
who wasnt an expert in that course. 

“All of our courses should be 
interrelated — there should be cross cur- 
ricular subject areas,” Gawelczyk said. 

But, Ghabriel says that students 
need to see all of their courses brought 
together in a coherent and systemic way. 
“For example, you learn about body 
image in one class, but very marginally, 
and a little about women’s history in 
Canadian history, but a women's studies 

-course would allow students to bring 
these courses together.” 

The current curriculum is a hot 
issue, and Wynne says it is undergoing 
revision, to “ensure it reflects the diver- 
sity of our student population. 

While government support is 


nice, Ghabrial says the Miss G: Project 


icelelGel tl ccmeetomonzauetelarlaice “put their 
money where there mouth is. 

“There is alot of talk in terms of 
equity, but the Miss G__ Project wants 
the Ontario government to get behind 
their promise and give students fasts 
chance to explore all of these issues.” 

Currently the Miss G__ Project 
is in the midst of a giant lobbying ex- 
travaganza, urging all of their members 
to write to their members of parliament, 
urging the provincial government to go 
through with the proposed changed. to 
the curriculum. 

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Vanessa Larkey 


Common Pesticide 
Nixed in Canada 
Study shows methoxychlor 


may reduce fertility in 
women 


Joni Mitchell first sang against pesticide 
use in 1970: “Give me spots on my 
apples, but leave me the birds and the 
bees.” Thirty-six years later, the debate 
still rages over their use, particularly with 
the recent ban of DDT-replacement 
methoxychlor. 

Pesticides are used to banish pests 
from unwanted areas — lawns, pets, and 
elsewhere. Their effects on the environ- 
ment and animals have been questioned, 
but they are still used commercially and 
domestically. 

However, on Dec 31, the Pest 
Management _— Regulatory —_— Agency 
(PMRA) discontinued the use of me- 
thoxychlor (MXC), an organochlorine 
insecticide widely used in Canada. It 
appears in Raid Yard Guard and other 
popular bug sprays. 

But, MXC won't disappear 
overnight. “When the registration of an 
agricultural chemical is discontinued, 
existing products may be applied to 
crops following the label instructions 
until the expiry date,” said the PMRA 
re-evaluation note. 

Because it takes time for MXC 
residue levels to diminish, products 
treated with it can be sold until Dec 31, 
2006 at the earliest. After this tentative 
date, no products can be sold if they 
have a maximum residue limit greater 
than 0.1 ppm. 

Researchers at the Yale School of 
Medicine found that MXC alters the 
estrogen-regulated gene HOXA10 in fe- 
male reproductive tracts and reduces the 
ability of the uterus to support embryos. 
The researchers used mice and human 
cell lines to confirm their findings. 

According to the researchers, a 
large number of chemicals in pesticides 
can mimic the action of hormones 
and interfere with endocrine function 
including MXC. , 

MXC was created to replace 
DDT, a well-known pesticide used until 
the 1970s. The structure of MXC is 
very similar to DDT — both contain the 
chemicals benzene and chlorine. How- 
ever, MXC is more unstable so it has less 
residual effect. 

Although gardeners and lawn 
professionals say pesticides eliminate 
weeds and insects, some 85 communities 
in Canada have passed bylaws banning 
the cosmetic use of pesticides. ‘ 

To avoid using chemicals, the 
Sierra Club of Canada, an environmen- 
tal organization, recommends a natural 
pesticide mixture of dish detergent and 
water to prevent insects from eating 
leaves. As well, bare spots on lawns 
can be eliminated through overseeding 
and by checking soil pH (it should be 
between 6.0 and 7.0) and adding lime or 
sulfur accordingly. 

Then again, you can always pull 


weeds by hand. 


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Ontario Universities Prepare for Cohort 2.0 
Graduating double cohort expected to put extra pressure 


TORONTO (CUP) -- Universities 
across Ontario are expanding their grad- 
uate schools this year as part of a pro- 
vincial plan to boost masters and PhD 
graduate programs and to prepare for an 
anticipated boom in applicants. 

The Ontario government's 
Reaching Higher program for post-sec- 
ondary education plans to add 12,000 
more graduate spaces this year and 
14,000 for 2008-09. The graduation of 
the double cohort this year is predicted 
to create a significant increase in gradu- 
ate school applications for this fall. 

The double cohort that entered 
university in 2003 will comprise Ontar- 
io’s largest post-secondary graduating 
class ever later this year. 

Expanded graduate pro- 
grams are also part of the pro- 
vincial strategy of increasing the 
number of graduate students to 
make Ontario more competitive 
with the U.S. and other coun- 
tries. 

York University intends 
to accept about 2,200 graduate 
students this fall, an increase of 
over 500 from the previous year. 

York will accept “just 
over 1,900 masters, if you include 
nursing, and just over 300 doc- 
toral students,” said York’s vice- 
president academic Sheila Emble- 
ton. “Last year, the total number 
of [incoming] graduate students 
doing masters were 1,418 and 
doctoral 255.” 

York, which is one of 
Ontario's largest graduate schools, 
will offer nine new master’s de- 
gree programs that include social 
work and nursing. Interim dean 
of graduate studies Ron Pearlman 
stated that this growth addresses 
the application surge, but it is 
also part of an ongoing strategy. 

“This is the largest year 

for masters. The reason it was 
planned that way is a reflection 
of double cohort, but it’s not the 
only thing,” he said, noting that 
York's graduate school has grew in 
the last two years as well. 
“It’s been a longstanding desire of 
York to grow at graduate level . . 
. and with [government funding] 
there, we decided to take advan- 
tage of it,” Embleton said. 

There have been recent 
renovations and expansions total- 
ling about $1.5 million over three 
years at York to facilitate graduate 
students and faculty. 

Premier Dalton Mc- 
Guinty announced $240 million 
of funding last September for 
universities to add 12,000 gradu- 
ate spaces this year. Pearlman ex- 
plained that this was part of the 
government funding originally 


announced through Reaching 
Higher in 2005. 
“All this comes from 


budget announcement in spring 
2005; it’s being rolled out in- 
crementally because the plan is 
growth over a period of time and 


not all at once,” said Pearlman. 

Several other universities in the 

province are adding graduate programs. 
yerson is creating eight new 

masters programs including architecture, 

journalism and computer science. 

The University of Western On- 
tario will start 12 new masters degree 
programs in fields such as visual arts and 
women’s studies. They also intend to 
increase their masters and PhD student 
spaces by 346 and 321 respectively. 

The University of Toronto will 
open 2,100 more graduate student spac- 
es for a total of 10,060 full-time gradu- 
ate spaces this fall. 

The University of Ottawa plans 
to start over 10 new masters and PhD 


programs such as health sciences, sociol- 
ogy and social work. 

York University hired 141 pro- 
fessors last year and has authorized 123 
hires for this upcoming academic year, 
with intentions to hire more. 

Professor Michael Doucet, pres- 
ident of the Ontario Confederation of 
University Faculty Associations, said the 
rate of faculty hiring needs to be better 
than 2006, when Ontario universities 
gained 213 permanent full-time faculty. 

“For the current (academic) year, 
universities across Ontario hired about 
768; in the same year, 555 retired,” said 
Doucet. The 2005 Rae education report 
called for 11,000 professors to be hired 
by the end of the decade. 


on grad programs 


Doucet expressed hope that 
universities would hire more professors 
rather than increase class sizes. 

“What I wouldn't like to see is 
the solution that was applied to under- 
graduates [which was] bigger classes. 
Class size has gotten bigger . . . in On- 
tario since the double cohort arrived, as 
faculty hiring did not match even closely 
the increase in undergraduate enroll- 
ment, said Doucet. 

Ontario's student-to-faculty ra- 
tio of 24 to one is the highest in Cana- 


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Assistance the Answer, Not Lower Tuition Fees 
Ontario minister Chris Bentley sticks to his guns after student protest 


TORONTO (CUP) -- Despite thou- 
sands of students from across Ontario 
protesting increases in tuition fees during 
the day of action, Minister of Training, 
Colleges and Universities Chris Bentley 
is sticking to his position, stressing that 
targeted assistance is where the real 
debate lies. 

In an interview Bentley argued 
that higher fees were required for higher 
education. He also asserted there are now 
more grants, opportunities and govern- 
ment investments than ever before. 

“The most important thing 
at the end of the day is that there is a 
place for you if you academically qualify. 
If you don't have the money, there is 
enough student assistance there to help 
you get in and when you get in, you get 
high-quality education,” he said. 

“I quite appreciate student 
frustration with the previous 15 or so 
years. We can't rewrite history, but we're 
making substantial improvements from 
what we inherited, and I am quite hope- 
ful that students who are given all the 
information will see that we are moving 
in the right direction,” Bentley added. 

The minister's comments come 
shortly after a nationwide protest de- 
manding tuition fees freezes and reduc- 
tions. 

On Feb. 7, an estimated 5,000 
students from schools such as York, 
University of Toronto, Ryerson, George 
Brown, Guelph and Trent rallied through 
the streets of Toronto with the aim of 
reducing tuition fees and eliminating the 


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Students carried posters such 
as “McGuinty Lied,” chanted “Students 
united will never be defeated” and sung 
songs such as “Hands In My Pocket” by 
artist Jim Guthrie. 

Despite the -15 C weather, 
protestors listened to speeches from fel- 
low students, union representatives and 
New Democratic Party Leader Howard 
Hampton. 

Bentley was unable to speak 
at the protest and said he was “in and 
around Toronto doing a number of 
different things.” He asserted, however, 
that both he and Ontario Premier Dal- 
ton McGuinty “have been 
speaking with students 
virtually every month for 
years’ and are going to 
keep doing so. 

Hampton told 
students that in his 
opinion tuition fees were 
already too high. 

“First, we need to 
freeze tuition fees. Then, 
we need to start reducing 
tuition fees -- that is our 
commitment,’ Hampton 
said. 

“I commend 
you on your activism. | 
commend you on your 
stamina on a cold day 
such as this. And I agree 
with you, students united 
will never be defeated. 


[ just want to add one thing: students 
who vote will never be defeated,” said 
Hampton, and urged students to send 
the McGuinty government a warning in 
the next election. 

Also present at the event were 
approximately two dozen students who 
opposed the Reduce the Fees campaign 
and rallied with posters saying: “Loans, 
not Handouts,” “Higher tuition equals 
higher education” and “Tuition freezes 
hurt international students.” 


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ennifer Hollett never thought 
shed cut her hair short, it just 


sort of happened. 


The former MuchMusic VJ 

walked into Coupe Bizarre, a 
downtown Toronto salon, wanting to 
go bleach blonde - a stark con- 
trast from her natural mousy 
brown. 

Her stylist said the 
bleach would ruin her chin 
length bob, and leave her with 
frizzy split ends. The solution? 
Her hair would have to be cut 
short, real short. Hollett took 
the plunge. That was eight 
years ago. 

“Pve never gone back 
[to long hair],” she says. 

Whether Hollett and 
other women with short hair 
know it or not, their friends, 
colleagues and strangers uncon- 
sciously make judgments about 
their personalities and roles in 
life based on their coifs. Just 
ask Karen Brunger, an image 
consultant for the International 
Imaging Institution. 

“There is more of a 
business or professional look 
to short hair... we perceive that 
person as being sharper or more 
assertive,” she said. In Brunger’s 
business, image is everything. 
From etiquette, to appearance 
to pronunciation, our actions 
and looks speak louder than 
words. With the right image, 
Brunger says people can climb 
the corporate ladder or find 
that special someone. 

“Hair is a very impor- 
tant of image because we don't 
take it off at night the same as 


we do out clothes,” Brunger 
said. 


Hollett is familiar with 
the importance of hair and 
creating an image. When she started 
at MuchMusic she made the conscious 
decision to keep her hair red and 
short. 

“I realized my hair was going 
to be part of my, essentially brand, and 
I wanted people to be able to recognize 
who I was,” Hollett said. She was right. 
“If someone sees me and they dont 
know my name they say, ‘there is the 
girl with red hair from Much.” 

Our hair is such a crucial part 
of our lives that Brunger stresses we 
must match our manes to our person- 


alities and personal lives. For Hollett, 
her hair matches her personality to a 
tee—fun, dynamic and different. 

She’s used to raising a few 
eyebrows with her coif, but even Hol- 


lett was surprised by the amount of 
attention her hairstyle gained while she 
was a VJ. “My hair took on a life of its 
own. 

“T didnt want that, I didn't 
want to create Jennifer Hollett’s hair,” 
she said. The experience was strange 
for Hollett, who would rather have 
viewers comment on an interview she 
conducted, or a question she asked 
rather than focus on her hair. 

Phone calls poured in from 
stylists across the country who wanted 
to change Hollett’s haircut. No one 


identified her as having, “Short red 
hair,” it was always, “Crazy short 
red hair” or “ugly short red hair” she 
recalls. 

“TI didn’t 


think hair could 


evoke such an emotional response from 
people... it’s just hair,” Hollett says. 

It’s not “just hair” for Brunger, 
who says our ‘dos speak wonders about 
our personalities. 

For women with shorter hair, 
its all about getting results instead of 
building relationships according to 
Brunger. It could even help a woman 
looking for a promotion in the corpo- 
rate world because she may be perceived 
as more assertive. 

“T never thought I should have 
short hair to work in TV,” said Hollett, 


Photo Courtesy of Craig Samuel/MuchMusic 
Former MuchMusic VJ, Jennifer Hollet, decided to cut her hair short on the suggestion of her hair stylist. 


adding, “I think it has helped me and 
my career but it could hold me back, 
who knows, but you have to stand out 
in anything you do.” 

Although women with short 
hair may be labeled as go-getters, 

——) Brunger warns a total trim 
down may not be beneficial to 
everyone. 

“If the women has very 
feminine or curvaceous figure 
| or body, than a short hairstyle 
may be sabotaging her. 

“We don’t want to look like we 
are trying to be men,” Brunger 
says. 

Vicky Welland agrees. She 
is a representative for Aveda, 
the internationally renowned 
hair salons and styling prod- 
uct manufacturer. She says 
short hair has to compliment 
womans features to make 
her appear more attractive. 
Welland herself has short hair, 
but says it’s because it frames 
her face properly and fits into 
her lifestyle, being easy to man- 
age. 

Looking like men, or the 
stereotypical “lesbian”, is one 
of many labels women with 
short hair face according to 
Hollett. But, she finds having 
blonde hair comes with more 
stereotypes than a short style. 

“T think even Belinda Stronach 
has a tough time because she 
has a very sexy hairdo,” said 
Hollett, adding people tend to 
treat Stronach like a Barbie doll 
and dont take her seriously. 

Hair is a big industry, and 
Hollett says the average woman 
does not realize the amount of 
time, effort, and people it takes 
to create an image for a celeb- 
rity. 

“Your average women is bring- 
ing in a picture out of a magazine [to 
their stylist] saying I want to look like 
this not realizing it was a whole glam 
squad that worked on that hair for the 
photo shoot,” she says. 

“The average woman does not 
have enough money to hire a glamour 
squad, but most can afford the pomade 
and wax it takes to maintain a short 
coif. But at the end of the day, it’s just 
hair people, it’s just hair.” 


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ara Nye says she feels sexier 
than ever. 

That’s because she 
has traded in her leg warm- 
ers for stiletto boots and her 

barbells for a brass pole. 

Nye is one of hundreds of 
women across Toronto who have 
plunged into strip aerobics — combin- 
ing exotic techniques of strip tease 
and pole dance — as a way to let their 
inhibitions loose and publicly express 
the sexual side of themselves. Just 
a year ago, pole dance for exercise 
was unavailable to Toronto women. 
But with the opening of studios like 
Flirty Girl Fitness and Aradia Fitness, 
Toronto is now on par with the rest of 
the “pole-crazed” country. 

Some women feel the exercise 
s liberating. 

“Society has told us to deny 
who we are as women,” Nye said. “We 
have to wear suits to the workplace and 
tone down our sexuality. The classes 
are a safe place to express who we are as 
sexual beings.” 

Between being married, hay- 
ing kids and making a living, life can 
get tiresome, according to Nye. But a 
class where you role-play and explore 
your body in ways that wouldn't be ac- 
cepted in most environments can really 
get you kick started. 

This is why Krista Knee de- 
cided to open up Flirty Girl Fitness, an 


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aging positive body image and creating 
a haven for women to embrace their 
sexuality in comfort and confidence. 

She says women in the ’80s 
and early ‘90s were so wrapped up 
in equality between men and women 
they began to hide the beauty that set 
them apart. 

“Women are just starting to 
realize that we aren't men and we are 
different,” Knee said. “They are com- 
ing into the class so stiff and when 
they finally learn to roll and unlock 
their hips, you see some of them start 
to tear up because it’s such a freedom 
for them.” 

Stephanie Mitelman, a sexual- 
ity educator, says theses classes will do 
nothing but good for women. 

“It’s important for everybody 
to embrace and explore their sexuality, 
but what I think these classes offer is 
an opportunity to connect with your 
body and become more comfortable 
with yourself,” Mitelman said. 

Although women are definitely 
in touch with their femininity and 
sexuality more now than in the past, 
Mitelman says it’s not by choice, but 
because of what is offered to them in 
society. Women have always felt sexy 
but may not have had the outlets to 
express it. With more resources for 
women — like strip aerobics fitness cen- 
tres — a greater proportion of women 
are able to open up. 

What woman wouldn’ feel 


powerful and attractive in a class where | 


she learns how to strut her stuff like 
she’s on the catwalk, swing herself 
around a pole, and bump and grind 
to songs like Def Leppard’s Pour Some 
Sugar on Me? 

As soon as Nye read an article 
about the class, she picked up the phone 
and called her two friends from work. 
It took some convincing, but Nye got 
them to join Aradia Fitness with her. 

*Susan Rickens is happy Nye 
dragged her along. She said the enter- 
tainment element is what keeps her 
around. 

“IT had gym memberships 
before and I never bothered going half 
the time,” Stevens said. 

While Mitelman hasn't taken a 
class herself, she said because the style 


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“Personally, I’m someone who thinks 
«ercise is a part of health, but I often get 
bred exercising, so I think this is a good way 
» work out your body and work on your 
balth, but also increase your self-esteem and 
»ur sexual self image,” Mitelman said. 
| Nye is six feet tall and “sticks out like 


Women are trading in barbells for brass poles to keep fit and express their sexual side. This class at 


a sore thumb”. 

But Aradia Fitness is the one 
place she feels like an equal. She said 
everyone starts from scratch, and really 
doesn’t know what to expect. Women 
of all different shapes and sizes gather 
together to master the pole. Once they 
learn their first spin, they realize it 
doesn’t matter what they look like. 

But, no matter how much sup- 


Flirty Girls Fitness (pictured above) combines traditional exercise with an exotic twist. 


port there is, some women still show 
signs of embarrassment. Two women 
refused to have their picture taken 
during a Flirty Girl Fitness class in fear 
their children would see it. 

@) hese. can’ be a snegative 
stigma attached to [strip aerobics] 
especially if you don’t get to explain 
yourself,” Nye said. 

Even still, she said strip aero- 


bics isn't going away no matter who 
disagrees with it. 

Nye says it’s creating such a 
change in women and that “it’s not 
a fad, but something that’s going to 
stick around”. 


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Bring the 
Globe toa 
Local Stage 


Cultural Mosaic 2007 
Ends on a High Note 


Experience. That was the 2007 
Cultural Mosaic show summed in 
one word. 

Cultural Mosaic Direc- 
tor Machal Karim reiterated the 
message through addressing the 
audience in the programs Karim 
told program holders, “We will 
show you the various and vibrant 
cultures here at UITSC and how 
proud we are to part of such a 
wonderful heterogeneous place!” 

The UTSC Meeting Place 
P ayed home to the annual event on 

‘eb. 15, where a packed house saw 
Rie ae ranging in cultural 
diversity and talent. 

The evening was like 
a backpacking trip around the 
globe with hosts Andre Vashist 
and Jimmy Judgey acting as your 
personal tour guide. 

The event kicked off with 
O Canada sung by Ed-Esther 
Michele Petit-Homme with an 
unusual twist. Homage was paid 


to our nation to the backbeat of 


dhol (an Indian doubled-sided 
barrel drum) for a most interesting 
rendition of the national anthem. 

Other notable _ perfor- 
mances of the first half of the Mo- 
saic included the Imani Black Alli- 
ance, the smooth harmonic sounds 
of Mahogany Soul, the passionate 
hip- hop Philippine Independence 
piece y Scott Ramirez and Matt 
Cimone’s high energy Martial Art 
performance to Linkin Park. 

The second half of the 
show didn't disappoint either, with 
our backpacking adventure taking 
a stopover in India. 

Students like Bushra 
Mushtary, a second-year student 
in the International Develop- 
ment Studies program sang, with 
her sister through dance. Uthra 


Mohan’s classical dance training of 


Bharatnatyam showed great skill 
and much of the hard work that all 
performers in the Mosaic have put 
in since November in preparation 
for the event. 


The last performance of 


the evening was a collective effort 
by Organized Sound, a club on 
campus all about sound transcend- 
ing the boundaries, aurally echoed 
the word ‘experience’ for the night. 
The eclectic combination of elec- 
tric guitar, violin, drums, mixed 
with cultural instruments and 
little dancing from all around the 
world. 


Shivani Malik 


10 


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Photos by Kyle Macpherson 


Nothing to Moan 


About 


Samuel L. Jackson is at a point 
in his career where nearly anything he’s 
in is worth seeing based on solely on his 
presence. Whether the guy is coaching 
a misfit basketball team, quoting bibli- 
cal scripture, or fighting a plane full of 
snakes screaming an endless string of 
obscenities, Jackson is guaranteed to 
entertain -- even if the movie he inhabits 
does not. 

because of this that Black 
Snake Moan is such a breath of fresh 
air for long time fans of all things Sam 
Jackson. Not only is this the best film 
Jackson’s been heavily involved with for 
the last five years, it’s arguably his best 
performance since Pulp Fiction. 

Jackson plays Lazarus, an aging 
farmer who could have been a blues 
musician as a younger man, but for one 
reason or another never made it. Mean- 
while Rae, played by Christina Ricci, has 
her boyfriend (Justin Timberlake) sign 
up for the Army and leave her. Rae is 
panicked by this, but not necessarily for 
the reasons we think. We find out that 
Rae’s a nymphomaniac and her love for 
Ronnie (Timberlake) was the only thing 
keeping her lust ‘under control.’ As the 
film progresses, Lazarus and Rae find 
each other and Lazarus decides to “set 
this girl right” and give her a shot ata life 
he doesn't think he can have himself. 

Oh, and yes it’s true that one of 
the ways Lazarus hopes to set Rae right is 
by chaining her to his radiator for most 
of the film, but it’s not quite the sce- 
nario you're imagining. We can see that 
Lazarus is a great guy deep down with 
only the most pure intentions towards 
Rae; and Jackson completely sells that 


vulnerable performance despite the near — 


B-movie heights the story can reach, 
Christina Ricci is gives. 
equally strong performance as 


Where Jackson’s Lazarus is a subdued 


and morally sound country man, Ricci’s 
Rae is a wild animal dawning skimpy 
outfits and showing an unhinged sexual- 

ity unlike anything we've seen 1 portrayed 
in a mainstream movie before. 

The last film Craig Brewer 
directed, Hustle & Flow, was in many 
ways about the healing power that music 
can have. Black Snake Moan has Brewer 
continuing to explore that idea but 
with blues music rather than southern 
hip-hop. And even if you dislike the 
outlandish and almost exploitative tone 
present throughout Black Snake Moan, 
the great blues music and musicianship 
on display here is addictive enough to 
forget all that. 

Yet Black Snake Moan isn't 
perfect. Some really good subplots are 
introduced and forgotten entirely, and 
the whole film is about thirty minutes too 
long. Still it’s a unique kind of film that 
manages to be part drive-in exploitation 
flick and part redemption story while 
still maintaining an emotional core. 
That’s a tough balancing act for any film 
to handle, and any movie that’s able to 
pull it off is certainly worth checking 
out. 


Matt Lehner 


Directing Human Rights 


Looking for a film with more substance than 
fluff? Check out the Human Rights Watch In- 
ternational Film Festival in Toronto from March 
2 to 8. Hosted by Cinematheque Ontario, the 
year long faction of the Toronto International 
Festival, features guest speakers and powerful 
films about war and exploitation. 


Film: Mon Colonel (The Colonel) 

Director: Laurent Herbiet 

Countries: France/Belgium 

Year: 2006 

Length: 110 mins 

An intriguing murder mystery, Mon Colonel 
follows the attempts to uncover the death of 
Colonel Duplan (Oliver Gourmet), who was shot 
shortly after delivering a controversial speech on 
TV. Yet, as evidence surfaces, including letters 
from young, straight-minded lieutenant, Guy 
Rossi (Robinson Stévenin), another murderous 
story unfolds. 

Mon Colonel is a dual narrative with one 
following the search for for Duplan’s murderer 
and the other, as a flashback, following Rossi’s 
term in Algeria, fighting under the command of 
Duplan. 

The film eerily parallels the U.S. oc- 
cupation of Iraq, as it shows France’s no control 
over Algeria, despite occupying the nation. Even 
the rhetoric — “either you're with us or against us” 
— is repeated. The French soldiers interrogate and 
torture suspected rebels with Duplan justifying 
his actions under emergency laws. The acting 
is superb as Gourmet delivers a cold character 
who shows no remorse for what happens. Mon 
Colonel is a drama that never eases up. 


Film: Pavee Lackeen (The Traveller Girl) 
Director: Perry Ogden 

Country: Ireland 

Year: 2005 

Length: 87 mins 

Pavee Lackeen is a snapshot of a world of despair. 
The film follows the life of Winnie, a ten-year- 
old girl who lives with her mother and siblings 
in a trailer in Ireland. Winnie constantly fights 
with kids from the “traveller's school,” where 
other kids who live in trailers go to learn. She 
also steals money from a fountain to play video 
games and is also caught stealing in a store. Win- 
nie helps out her mother, fetching water from a 
tap in the ground across from the dirt road their 
trailer is parked on. The film follows her mother’s 
struggle to get her children out of the traveller 
school and into a proper school as well as their 
eviction notice to get off the land their trailer 
is on. Along the way, Winnie’s family receives 
help from social workers but ultimately there 
is nothing they can do to get the children into 


The Human Rights Watch is an NGO 
that reports on and investigates human rights 
abuses around the world. Screenings will be held 
at the Art Gallery of Ontario. For more informa- 
tion, visit tiffg.ca. 

Brangelina would be so proud. 


Film: The Dignity of the Nobodies (La Dignidad 
de los nadies) 

Director: Fernando E. Solanas 

Country: Argentina 

Year: 2005 

Length: 120 minutes 

Just after the turn of the century, Argentina's 
economy collapsed, leaving thousands of people 
unemployed and homeless. People are still in severe 
poverty but remain courageous and hopeful for a 
brighter future. The people become a-burden on 
the health care system as wait times increase to six 
months for an appointment. Some people simply 
live in the hospitals, waiting for death. Argentina 
was in a state of disarray as mobs of people filled 
the streets demanding action. The police respond 
by attacking people. Many of the farmers lose their 
land as it is put up for auction. The community 
rallies to prevent the auctioning from happening in 
a peaceful manner: by disrupting the auction and 
singing Argentinas national anthem. Other people 
re-open an abandoned factory and continue working 
as if nothing had changed. But with no organized 
structure or anyone leading the mob, the poor do 
not get the political support they need in order to 
increase social funding. The Dignity of the Nobodies 
ends when Argentina's economy starts pulling out of 
the nosedive but nothing really changes. 


Film: Source 

Director: Martin Marecek and Martin Skalsky 
Country: Czech Republic 

Year: 2005 

Length: 75 minutes 

Directors Marececk and Skalsky traveled to the Re- 
public of Azerbaijan to document the country’s oil 
economy and along the way they captured a country 
stricken with corruption and poverty. The oil busi- 
nessmen live in villas far away from any pipeline while 
the poor live in slums filled with radiation that are 
worse than Chernobyl. The people live near ponds of 
sludge, with the thick smell of oil dominating the air. 
The pipelines cut through farmlands but no com- 
pensation was given to the farmers, whose wheat and 
potato fields are ruined. Along the way, the directors 
are watched by the police and constantly asked about 
why they are filming in Azerbaijan. The government 
in the Azerbaijan oil industry proclaims oil as their 
“black gold,” but after seeing children playing in 
toxic sludge, it’s more like a “black disaster.” 


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Review:Stars of Track and Field 


Artist: Stars of Track and Field 
Album: Centuries Before Love 
and War 

Label: Wind Up Records 


The Stars of Track and Field (SO- 
TAF) were dubbed by many music 
blogs to be the next Coldplay. 
However, their unique “digital 
chemistry” makes them sound 
anything but. Although they're 
no Chris Martin and the boys, 
SOTAEF embodies the sounds of 
likes of them along with many 
other notable influences from the 
indie/rock pop scene. 

Centuries Before Love 
and War is the band’s first full 
length album. After loosing a bass- 
ist, the three members of SOTAF, 
Jason Bell, Daniel Orvik, and 
Kevin Calaba, opted to replace the 
real bass with digital sound. Their 
successful experimentation with 
the new ‘bassist’ can be found on 
every track. 

With a mix of Keane 
meets Death Cab for Cutie meets 
a little of Snow Patrol and Arcade 
Fire, the sweet vocals of Bell and 
Calaba complement the digital/an- 
alog combo which takes residence 
on every track of the album. 

The first track of the 
album, “Centuries” sounds so 
much like Keane that the intros of 
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distinguish between the two. The 
electronic sad song is reminiscent 
of Keane’s song “Sunshine” from 
the Hopes and Fears album, but 
SOTAF still shows promise. 

The highlight of Centu- 
ries Before Love and War has to 
be “With You” and “Real Time.” 
With a soft start of the keyboard 
merging into percussion with 
digital beats, “With You” mixes 
the beats smoothly with guitar to 
perfect amount of indie pop in a 
slow song. “Real Time” continues 
the mellow flow of the album, 
with soft vocals to build in a quiet 
anthem. 

Stars of Track and Field, 
named after a Belle and Sebastian 
song, write their own music, and 
“Say Hello” is another catchy track 
where the electronic percussion 
takes a backbeat to the guitar. 

Hailing from Portland, 
Oregon, SOTAF’s — Centuries 
Before Love and War is worth a 
listen and if you are up for check- 
ing them out and some more indie 
and not so indie bands. You can 
check out SOTAF among others 
who are playing in Toronto March 
8 at the Revival as part of Cana- 
dian Music Week. Tickets are $15 


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IN THEATRES MARCH 2 


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Women’s volleyball 
team in semi-final 


With a 3-0 win against 
St. George White on 
Feb. 11, UTSC's tri-cam- 
pus women’s volley- 
ball team is now in the 
playoff picture. UTSC 
will be looking for an 
upset as they face UTM 
on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. 
at UTM. The two teams 
faced each other twice 
in the regular season 
but UTM won both 
games, 3-0. The win- 
ner will face St. George 
Blue on March 9 at 7 
p.m. at Sports Gym at 
St. George Campus. 


One more game be- 


fore the playoffs 
UTSC’s Tri-Campus 
women’s _ basketball 


team stillhas one more 
regular season game 
left on the schedule. 
UTSC will have the 
home crowd on their 
side as they face St. 
George Grey at the 
UTSC gym on March 5, 
at 8 p.m. 

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Go Big or Go Home 


Almost in the blink of an eye, 
UTSC’s tri-campus men’s 
hockey team is on the hunt 
for the championship. 

Since the 
2007, UTSC has won three 
of their four games and the 
team will make another 
semi-final appearance. UTSC 
player Mike McNeill said los- 
ing a lot of games at the start 
of the season was tough, but 
the team is now gunning for 
the title. 

“Our team has more 
offensive talent this year and 
after a really rough start to 
the season, we're playing well 
together,” McNeill said. “This 
is the last year on the team for 
a lot of our players including 
myself most likely, so there is 
a huge desire to win. I guess 
our motto is one I try to live 
by everyday and that’s ‘go big 
or go home.” 

Things were not so 
bright for the team as they 


lost their first four games of 


the season. There were signs 
of hope as the team never lost 


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start of 


by more than two goals and 
it was only a matter of time 
before they would finally 
outscore their opponents. 

“We just couldn't get 
a break and penalties were 
killing us,” McNeill said. “We 
always knew that we could 
compete with these teams 
and weve worked hard and 
have been more disciplined 
on the ice and it’s paying off 
for us now.” 

Now with mid-terms 
behind him, McNeill hopes 
to capture a tri-campus 
championship, with a little 
help from “Eye of the Tiger.” 

“T think a big prob- 
lem last year was the music 
that we had in the dressing 
room before the game. 
Every time I listen to Rage 
Against the Machine, I lose,” 
McNeill said. “This year, ’m 
thinking Beach Boys or the 
soundtracks from the Rocky 
movies would be better.” 


= Jon Brazeau 


Women’s Tri-Campus 


Women’s Hockey 
Men’s Tri-Campus Hockey 
Men's B Hockey 
Men's C Hockey 


Men's R Hockey 


Women’s Tri-Campus 


Women’s A Volleyball 
Men’s A Volleyball 


Men’s B Volleyball 


March 5, vs. St. George Grey UTSe 


March 5, vs. FPEH 


March 21, vs. S.O.R.R. Varsity Arena 


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You could almost hear the heartbreak 
over the roar of the rival crowd as the 
University of Toronto women’s basket- 
ball team fell to the York Lions in the 
OUA East semi-final. 

Toronto ended their playoff run 
with a 64-54 loss on Feb. 21, at York 
University. 

Although Toronto was down 
15-6 with four minutes remaining in the 
first quarter, solid defence and forced 
turnovers helped to close the gap. At the 
end of the first, Toronto was only behind 
by five points, with York leading 17-12. 

Early in the second quarter, To- 
ronto was tentative about making mis- 
takes and “shy about taking shots,” said 
Toronto head coach Michele Belanger. 
Yet strong rebounding by Christine Cho, 
coupled with strong leadership by guards 
Alaine Hutton and Kyla Burwash helped 
Toronto rally back to within a point of 
York, 30-29, heading into half time. 

The second half began with To- 
ronto holding off York and continuing 
to keep within two points, with the half 
way mark of the quarter showing Toron- 
to leading by one. 

However the lead was short 
lived as Burwash committed her third 
foul of the evening and York capitalized 
at the free throw line to tie the game. 
The tough run continued as York’s Sarah 
Brodie scored two to give York the lead 
again. Toronto tied it up again but two 
traveling calls caused the momentum to 
slow and the team ended the third trail- 


Photo by Tom Barnett 


ing 45-41. 

In the final quarter, Toronto 
quickly fell behind. York’s Laura Mac- 
Callum scored a three pointer and a 
turnover for Toronto resulted in another 
basket for York. The momentum quickly 
shifted in favour of the home team. 

“This game really sums up the 
season,” Cho said. “We were up, we were 
down and we fought hard but they out 
played us in that three to four minutes in 
the fourth quarter.” 

Coach Belanger echoed these 
sentiments, adding, “We were up there 
for a bit but couldn’t contain it. We had 
a bad three to five minutes and stopped 
moving offensively and sharing the ball. 
York capitalized on turnovers and got 
confident.” 

Strong defensive rebounding 
by Cho — with nine rebounds in total 
— helped Toronto by gaining offensive 
opportunities as the time ran on. How- 
ever, even with Kendall Smith and Ilana 
Weissberger collectively scoring five 
quick points, Toronto was unable to 
catch York and lost. 

With this strong showing and 
most of the team returning next year, 
Belanger plans to have her team “build 
on this season and get stronger in order 
to compete harder and get to nationals.” 

The York Lions move on to face 
either Laurentien or Queen's in the OUA 
East final. 


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Editorial 


Stepping Up to the Plate 


Panic has set in now that the school year 
is almost over. Exams are coming up 
and applications for leadership positions 
for clubs and organizations are almost 
due. Speaking of leadership positions, 
if procedures went the way they were 
supposed to, we should have an SCSU 
president by now and we dont. 

The drama never ends. As 
journalists, we're supposed to thrive 
on the availability of news and rush to 
write articles in time for our deadlines. 
But journalists are people first and we 
get bloody sick and tired of the drama. 

I want to see some stability. 
Every time someone comes up to me 
and says, “Did you hear...?” I sigh. The 
corruption and personal agendas are 
draining. It is hard to know something, 
feel a certain way about it and write as 
if we don't have opinions. Journalists 
don’t get enough credit for the rubbish 
they put up with sometimes. It’s mad- 
dening! 

I hope that student politics 
doesn’t get to the point where the poli- 
tics ruin the politik. 

However, in spite of everything 
that goes wrong, there is that one good 
side-effect. We learn. We learn from the 
mistakes that our predecessors made 
and we learn from our own. Campus 
societies, clubs, media and the union 
provide an excellent training ground 


for learning life lessons. But even that 
one good side effect can turn sour if we 
take our positions to the extreme that 
make us forget what we are above all. 
We are students. 

Jeff Rybak is back. He was last 
years SCSU’s vice president academ- 
ics and has a book coming out. He 
addresses challenges that university 
students face. I agree that university 
isn't what the pamphlets say it is. This 
is why we need to remember that we 
are students. We have control over our 
university experience. We have the 
power to elect the president that we 
want. We have the power to support 
organizations that stand for our cause, 
such as the CFS. We have the power to 
not support organizations that do not 
stand for our cause, such as the CFS. 

As a student, as I said before, I 
want stability. I want people that I can 
trust to be my leaders. What do you 
want? 

As dark as times can be, all 
is not lost. We have had some good 
leaders. The Underground sends off its 
leaders Vanessa Larkey and Jeannette 
Rabito with fond farewells, hoping that 
they will always be as passionate about 
journalism and their beliefs as they are 
now. 

Good luck on your exams. 


Laura Redpath 


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The Underground's Aleem Hussain 
and The Fulcrum’s Nick Taylor- 
Vaisey take a look at the recent 

facelifts UTSC and the University of 

Ottawa are undergoing. 


Growing Pains 
Campus Growth on Campus 


To accompany the increased 
enrollment, a number of new 
buildings have popped up 
along the landscape at UTSC 
over the last four years. These 
include buildings for 
Management and Arts & 
Administration as well as the 
campus’ long awaited Student 
Centre. 


new 


major 
facelift that the campus has 


However, the 


recently undergone is only the 
tip of the iceberg. On top of a 
new science building, which is 
already under construction, the 
campus has more construction 
planned. 
When 


director 


Don Mac- 
of Student 
Recruitment and Registrar for 


millan, 


Scarborough campus first came 
to UTSC nine years ago, there 
were about 5,000 students, 
today there are over 10,000. 
These significant 
changes in the campus came 
about, part, 
the “double cohort”. However, 


in large due to 
growth of the campus had been 
planned long before the double 
cohort ever became an issue. 

Associate c hair of 
Biology in the former Depart- 
ment of Life Sciences, Clare 
Hasenkampf, said former 
UTSC principal, Paul Thomp- 
son “had decided that our 
campus should grow.” 

The reasoning behind 
this was “if we have a larger 
student body and [generate] 
more revenue...ultimately we'd 
have a more full-serve range of 
things that you would see at a 
midsized university. 

“Beyond the desires 
of building a more fully 
equipped campus, it was felt 
that there should be growth to 
accommodate the population 


in the surrounding locales,” 
Macmillan said. 
When Thompson 


began looking into expand- 
ing the campus, it was shown 
that Scarborough was 
the fastest growing regions in 
the [Greater Toronto Area],” 


4 


“one of 


Hasenkampf said. 

According to Macmil- 
lan, “We knew that the double 
cohort wasn’t going to be a four 
year blip, because we knew that 
once the double cohort was 
finished the demographics of 


the area will have replaced it.” 


One concern for 
Macmillan about increasing 
enrollment was maintaining 


the quality of students. He said 
he is happy to say no programs 
have lowered their standards, 
and that a few of the larger 
programs, have in fact raised 
them. 

While UTSC 
under construction, new 
projects include a classroom 
building, which is hoped to 
deal with the lack of space on 
campus. 

Just this past Novem- 
ber, vice-principal (Academic) 
and dean Ragnar-Olaf Buch- 
weitz assembled a Classroom 
Building Project Committee 
to oversee development. The 
increased space is 
much needed as the university 
s “basically using [its] space, 
every usable hour,” Macmillan 
said. “As a result of that we have 
midterms on Friday nights, and 
all day Saturday right up until 
the night on Saturday. Nobody 
else does that.” 

At even more prelimi- 
nary stages, UTSC has plans 
for a new Recreation Centre, 
and possibly another science 
building. 

With the 
shortage of space, Macmil- 
lan said the campus is going 
through some “growing pains” 
but adds that he thinks UTSC 
is much better off now. Both 
Hasenkampf and Macmillan 
agree that the double cohort 
was a great opportunity for 
the school, and that it helped 
facilitate changes that had long 
been hoped to be brought to 


the campus. 


is still 


classroom 


current 


a Aleem Hussain 


Commentary _ 


Double Cohort Hard to Miss at U of 0 


Four years removed from the 
double cohort, the University 
of Ottawa is a remarkably dif- 
ferent place to earn a degree. As 
it prepared for the onslaught of 
new undergraduates in the fall 
of 2003, the U of O—dubbed 
“Canada’s University” in its pre- 
cohort marketing campaign— 
embarked upon a transformation 
from a mid-sized school to one of 
Canada’s premier post-secondary 
institutions. 

Well, that was the goal. 
At the end of this academic 
year, about 6,000 students—the 
double-cohort wave—will finish 
their fourth year of studies at 
the U of O. What lies in their 
wake? Did the school achieve 
its goal to become a magnet 
for high-school graduates from 
coast-to-coast? The answer: 
Much has happened since the 
double cohort descended upon 
the downtown Ottawa campus. 

In 2004, U of O presi- 
dent Gilles Patry announced 
a new vision for the university 
named Vision 2010. The plan 
was ambitious, calling for the 
creation of a wide array of new 
programs, a 33 per cent increase 
in graduate enrollment, add 300 
faculty positions, and become 
one of the top-five research-in- 


tensive universities in Canada. 

Students may complain 
about the rapidly declining qual- 
ity of some of the older buildings 
on campus, but there is no de- 
nying the U of O is committing 
the financial resources necessary 
to attract some of the top young 
minds in Canada. The school 
committed over $185 million 
to new buildings in 2002-07, 
significantly 1 increasing the space 
for its engineering, biosciences, 
political studies, and manage- 
ment students. 

Building on a solid base 
of new structures on its main 
campus, Patry announced a 
$150-million expansion — plan 
that, over the next five years, 
will incorporate two new satel- 
lite campuses and significantly 
upgrade several existing build- 
ings. In an interview with The 
Fulcrum, Patry rationalized the 
plan. 

“When compared to all 
other universities in Ontario, 
there is a serious deficit of space 
at the U of O,” he said. “If we 
want to be recognized as a mod- 
ern and competitive campus, 
then we have to offer [students, 
and particularly graduate stu- 
dents] the space and facilities 
they require.” 


The U of O earmarked 
$1.4 million for advertising 
in the fiscal year 2006-07, 
much of which was spent on 
a campaign to attract graduate 
students. Among its goals, the 
school is banking on retaining a 
large number of double-cohort 
students with fresh undergradu- 
ate degrees. 

Paul Boult, the director 
of Marketing Services at the 
U of O, explained the reasoning 
behind the ad campaign. 

“It’s about — getting 
people to the front doors of the 
university,” he said. “[In the 
past,] our recruitment efforts 
have almost always been cen- 
tered on undergraduates. This 
year, because of Vision 2010, 
the focus has not been shifted, 
but shared with graduate stud- 
ies. 

Although the changes 
to the university weren't precipi- 
tated entirely by the double co- 
hort, the influx certainly helped 
the university expand into new 
areas—both academically and 
physically. 


By Nick Taylor-Vaisey 
The Fulcrum 


Questions Grip SCSU’s All Director 
Candidates Forum 


UTSC students had a chance to see 
what next years SCSU board has to 
offer on March 15. An all-candidates 
forum for the prospective directors 
was held in the Student Centre but 
the turnout was limited mainly to 
students stopping by for a quick bite 
in the food court. 

Many of the candidates led 
off their introductory speeches with 
the standard promises made year after 
year in these elections; increased study 
space, more and cheaper food options 
and listening to student concerns. 

However, Bryn Knapp a 
candidate for social science director, 
brought up another issue. He spoke 
out against the trimestered system, 
stating he would advocate for a return 
of full-year courses. According to 
Knapp, this would make it easier for 
UTSC students to take courses at the 
St. George campus and allow profes- 
sors more flexibility in curriculum 
design. 

During the question and 
answer period candidates were asked 
whether they would attend Continu- 


ity, a three to five day long resort 
retreat to help them learn the ins and 
outs of the SCSU. The current bud- 
get allocates $30,000 for directors 
and executives to attend this event. 

Led off by Zelaikha Farah- 
mand, one by one the candidates 
stood up and pledged to find a bet- 
ter use for the money and instead by 
holding the orientation session on 
campus. Maple Chong, president of 
the Life Science Students Union and 
a candidate for life science director, 
offered the alternative of using Hart 
House farm, a venue owned by the 
university. 

“T know I went to Continu- 
ity and learned a lot from it but I 
do think it’s very expensive,” Chong 
said. “But MESA uses [Hart House 
farm] for their executives and the 
price comes out much cheaper.” 

Voting in the SCSU director 
elections takes place March 20 and 
21 in the Student Centre with the 
new directors taking office May 15. 


cle Marc Kilchling 


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responsibility,” 


Rg News 


SRC Left Without Levy 


Students living on residence may have no- 
ticed a lack of residence events on campus 
this year, particularly since the start of second 
semester. 

That’s because the residence council 
has been fighting to get their levy financing 
from the university, according to Zoe Hig- 
gins, president of Student Residence Council 
(SRC); 

Due to some miscommunication 
within the SRC last year, the annual audit- 
ing report that was due on December 31, 
2005 wasn't sent. That means receipts and 
financial information for the second half of 
the 2004-2005 school year and the first half 
of 2005-2006 were never recorded. 

Because the expenses of the previ- 
ous council impacts the following council’s 
budget, without the receipts and numbers 
from last year, the school didn’t know how 
much to provide in this year’s levy — which is 
usually distributed in October, January, and 
March. 

No audit has meant no funding for 
the SRC. 

“We dont know why the report 
wasn't sent,” Higgins said. 

“We approved that the first report 
was sent — the housing officer was there when 
it was faxed downtown - it just somehow got 
lost. The second report wasn’t sent. We're 
not really sure why.” 

The only reason the school has been 
able to put on any events at all this year is 
because the SRC still had some of their levy 
money from last year, alongside orientation 
funds the school provides to pay for summer 
expenses before the upcoming levy is an- 
nounced. 

Now that the budget has run out, 
events this semester have dwindled and 
council has had to put on more free events 


The person next to you may be homosexual 


. so what? reads the cover of a pamphlet for 


the Ally Campaign. 


LGBTQ@UTSC and the Office of 


Student Affairs kicked off the campaign dur- 
ing International Women’s Week to promote 
and educate people about allies and their 
importance to the LGBTQ community. 


“Being an ally comes with a lot of 
said Vinitha Gengatharan, 


assistant director of Student Affairs. 

The pamphlets going around 
campus describe an ally as someone who 
is not LGBTQ whose “attitudes and be- 
haviours are both anti-homophobic and 
anti-heterosexist and who works toward 
combating homophobia and heterosexism 
on a personal and professional level.” 

To Gengatharan, “it’s easy to say 
youre an ally,” but there is responsibility 
attached to the title as an ally is someone 
who listens and takes action when it comes 


to LGBTQ issues. 


such as movie nights. 

Another cutback has been the loss 
of the weekly grocery van, which drives 
students to and from the grocery store. “A 
lot of students don’t understand that it has to 
pay for itself,” Higgins says, “and we have to 
lose this service because it costs the council. 

“The service, which costs students 
two dollars, runs about $100 to rent for one 
night,” Higgins said. 

This is why it was cut two months 
ago. 

She assures this year’s council has 
kept record books for expenses, and next 
years SRC should receive their levy fund- 
ing. And there should be no reason why the 
grocery van shouldn't return in September, 
although she can’t make any promises for 
next year’s council. 

Higgins has been working with 
Mohsin Bukhari, Campus Groups officer 
of Student Affairs; Jim Delaney, assistant 
director of Student Affairs, and Michelle 
Verbrugghe, director of Student Housing 
and Residence Life Office to come up with a 
solution to the problem. 

“We're promising that we will do 
whatever we can to make sure this doesn’t 
happen again,” she said, adding that the SRC 
has made sure to provide all of their cheque 
stubs and any other information to make it 
clear that they want to co-operate with the 
school. 

“We want to get something written 
down, and maybe set up training modules 
for financial training,” she says. 

Higgins even hopes to get a portion 
of a levy within the next month to finance 
more events, pub nights, and a year-end 


bash. 


Uriel Mendoza 


Allies Take Action: Campaign Hits Campus 


Annie Harris, co-ordinator of the 
LGBTQ) Lounge at UISG said’ there is a 
level of bravery for sticking up for someone 
because it is hard to break away from what is 
considered the “norm”. 

“You kind of have to out yourself,” 
Harris said about allies sticking up for people 
from the community. 

There is also a poster campaign on 
campus. Allies and people from the LGBTQ 
community were asked to pose to challenge 
homophobia and heterosexism. Harris said 
such barriers create tensions and make 
relationships between family and_ friends 
difficult. 

“It does affect everyone,” Harris 
said. 

The campaign is expected to expand 
in the near future by taking part in Frosh 
and other school events. 


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Commentary 


Toronto to Nairobi 


ever eS Media, and 


uman Rights. 


One of the most heavily 
fortified structures in Prague 
is a radio station. Right next 
to the National Opera, men 
with machine guns stand 
guard and let no passers-by 
peek into the massive build- 
ing. Roads are blocked off, 
and inside, journalists broad- 
cast messages of democracy 
to Iran, Belarus, and other 
“enemies of democracy.” 

Contrary to what 
declining newspaper  sub- 
scriptions might appear to 
say, the press and radio are 
alive and kicking, being used 
by massive governments and 
small grassroots associations 
alike. Indeed, the newspaper 
you hold as you read this ar- 
ticle is more than just a sheet 
of paper. It is a tool that can 
be used to help or hurt, make 
weep or smile. Stories of big 
media are often heard, but 
rarely do grassroots groups 
have their work promoted or 
repeated. 

Free press — or any 
press at all — is often difficult 
to find in some regions of the 
world, where media compa- 
nies find unprofitable mar- 
kets or people are too poor 
to afford such products. It is 
in Kibera — one of the largest 
impoverished areas in Africa, 
just outside Nairobi, Kenya 
— that one such group exists. 
Called Shining Hope for the 
Community (SHOFCO). 

Formally registered 
as an organization a year ago, 
SHOFCO is volunteer-led, 
and focuses on using mem- 
bers from the community 
to help promote their own 
well- being, be it through or- 
ganizing social events, youth 
groups, or one of their latest 
projects, starting a commu- 
nity-led newspaper. 

In areas such as this, 
it is often difficult for large 
organizations and_ institu- 
tions to be successful: Kibera 
is rarely seen as a priority, 
and most institutional rep- 
resentatives who visit arrive 
with guards and armored 
vehicles. No resident can re- 
late to such a foreign group, 
and most projects leave soon 
after the armoured trucks 
and diplomats. 

Local projects are 
often met with much skepti- 
cism as well. Informal as- 
sociations, started by youth, 


and lacking major funding 
are often met with distrust, 
in some cases even by the 
local churches and schools. 
SHOFCO prides itself in 
being a group that simply 
acts, rather a waiting for 
approval or support from 
others. Members of Kibera 
often contribute with time 
and resources they have on 
hand, and organizing social 
events that focus on improv- 
ing the community do not 
need the approval of external 
groups. 

Within the last year, 
with the help of Five Min- 
utes to Midnight (FMM), 
SHOFCO was able to start a 
youth-led newspaper. 

Typical of SHOF- 
CO’s projects, the newspaper 
started small and is continu- 
ously growing, without the 
need for serious funding. It 
reaches a total of 300 youth, 
and focuses on any topic of 
interest to those involved or 
those reading. 

The first issue was 
published during the sum- 
mer of 2006. Since then, 
other community groups 
have noticed: an eye clinic has 
used the newspaper as a way 
to promote free eye exams, 
while the youth themselves 
have taken the writing and 
journalism to heart. They 
constantly work, trying to 
improve the newspaper. 

And with this, 
SHOFCO and FMM look 
ahead. This upcoming sum- 
mer, members from these 
groups will work together in 
Kibera to build on the news- 
paper SHOFCO started and 
help train the youths in their 
journalistic skills. 

The project, called 
the Article 13 Initiative 
(A131), is following in the 
footsteps of a similar project 
run in Chad in December 
2006. It prides itself in us- 
ing open source and freely 
available software, with low- 
cost computers and custom 
tutorials and workshops. 

It is media at such 
a grassroots level that often 
makes the biggest difference, 
and SHOFCO and FMM 
are just at the beginning of a 
long journalistic journey. 


Kennedy Odode and 


Wojciech Gryc 


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What's Wrong with University? Ask Jeff Rybak 


There are a lot of things wrong with uni- 
versity, and Jeff Rybak has written a book 
about it. 

The novel, entitled, What’s Wrong 
with University (and how to make it work 
for you anyway) is a 250 page plus primer 
on all things post-secondary. Rybak dives 
into matters like chapter four’s “internal 
contradictions” where he tackles university 
grading systems (Rybak chalks it up to time 
management on how to deal with that issue) 
to discussing the ‘scam’ of university and 
how student can make the system work for 
them. 

The UTSC graduate started writ- 
ing the book two years ago, but said upon 
reading old journal entries he really began 
working on the novel when he first arrived 
at UTSC’s doorstep in 2002 as a mature 
student. 

Rybak was 27 when he entered uni- 
versity—a ‘tad older han his fellow froshies. 
But, he says his age gave him a fresh and 
unique perspective on the university experi- 
ence. 

“The problem with being a teenager 
in university is you get very used to doing 
things you don’t want to do. You get used to 
people telling you what you have to do and 
dealing with circumstances where you arent 
in control, but you accept it,” he says. 

Rybak wasn’t ready to accept the 
university experience straight out of high 
school. He took a few years ete to travel and 
work, which he says was the best thing that’s 


SCSU's 


Students are expected to cast votes again for 
next years SCSU president and vice presi- 
dents on April 9, which is Easter Monday 
and the last day of classes. 

Voting for the SCSU’s president, 
vice president (VP) academics, VP external 
and VP students and equity already took 
place on February 14 and 15. It came up in 
the board of eae (BOD) meeting that 
roughly 14 per cent of the students’ ballots 
were not counted due to 142 of 979 being 
classified as spoiled. 

However, by the end of that meet- 
ing, which took place on March 9, none 
of the spoiled votes were counted and the 
election results were thrown out after the 
board ruled that the elections policy was not 
followed by the elections committee. 

The elections committee submitted 
their report to the BOD, intending for it to 
be ratified. Even though 289 people voted 
in favour of Alexandru Rascanu as president, 
he was issued nine strikes, four of which 
were withdrawn. It takes three strikes for a 
candidate to be disqualified. Rob Waulkan, 
with 258 votes and one strike against him, 
would have been the next president if the 
elections report had been ratified. 

“The [BOD] made a decision 
based on how the elections went...[they] 
have the say whether to accept the elections 
committee’s report or not,” said Rajgumar 
Gunaratnam, current SCSU president. His 
term ends on May 15. 

“Hopefully we'll have a president 
by then,” he said. 

Club endorsement from the Tamil 
Students Association (TSA), an oversized 
banner, negative campaigning and cam- 
paigning after 10 p.m. the night before 
voting were the reasons for the strikes issued 
against Rascanu. 


6 


every happened to him—especially when 
it came to the world of academia. Like fine 
wine, Rybak aged during his time away from 
school, but he also matured. The experience 
left him with a 


accepting things the way they are. 

When Rybak arrived at UTSC he 
knew he didn’t have to accept the status quo, 
especially considering he was dishing out the 
big bucks to be here. 

He began challenging the way things 
were by becoming heavily involved in student 
politics. He was instrumental in bringing 
Departmental Students Associations (DSAs) 
to campus and worked heavily on the Anti- 
Calender for students. 

But, he wanted to share his experi- 
ence with challenging the status quo for those 
entering university. 

“I wrote the book for people who 
need a book [about the university experi- 
ence],” Rybak said, adding that most people 
feel disappointed when they arrive at the post- 
secondary institution of their choice. 

“Students arrive at university with 
built up expectations given to them by 
parents, teachers and high school guidance 
counsellors,” he said. The experience leaves 
some feeling disappointed and cheated. Uni- 
versity just wasn’t the life altering four years 
they thought it would be.” 

Rybak said the book will help 
students combat their initial 
disappoint and help them deal with the 


Political 


“distance” from the realm of 
education and the high school mentality of 


bout of 


Photo by Kyle Macpherson 
Jeff Rybak, pictured above, has written a book about what's 
wrong with Canadian universities. The book launch is 
happening at UTSC on March 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. 


realities of school. 

Whats Wrong with University 
(and how to make it work for you anyway) 
will be available in Chapters and Indigo 
May 1. Need some reading material while 
flying back home? His book will also be 
available in airport bookstores. 


The book launch is happening at UTSC on 
March 29 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the lower 
level of the Student Centre. Yes, there will 


be food. 


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and Summer Safet 
Superintendent Darcy A. Griffith, 
Manager of Police Services 


According to Gunaratnam, the TSA 
did not endorse any candidate. However, 
according to the elections committee report, 
despite Rascanu’s appeal, the strike remained. 

“I was extremely disappointed and 
angry at those allegations against me...I did 
not get any endorsement from the TSA,” 
Rascanu said. 

Rascanu wrote a facebook message 
on the TSA’s wall thanking those who sup- 
ported the Canadian Federation of Students 
(CFS) sponsored Day of Action. At the end 
of this message, he wrote, “And thank you for 
all of your support in the SCSU President 
campaign.” 

Rascanu said that a number of stu- 
dents he spoke to were Tamil students and he 
was referring to the people who had shown 
him support. 

Waulkan received one strike for club 
endorsement from the Life Sciences Students 
Union (LSSU). 

Representatives from The University 
of Toronto's Student Administrative Council 
(SAC) were also present at the meeting. Vlad 
Glebov, VP of UTM for SAC, was also pres- 


ent. 


Gleboy mentioned the possibility of 


the student union’s control over its own elec- 
tions being taken away and supported having 
the election results thrown out. 

“Whatever decision that Scarbor- 
ough makes, it in effect sets precedent for all 
the campuses,” he said. 

As the voting sheet instructed vot- 
ers to place an X in the box, the elections 
committee's interpretation of the policy al- 
lowed them to rule that only the ballots with 
Xs would be counted. 

“The policy was violated...clear 
indication of a vote should be counted as a 
vote,” Rascanu said. “The process was unfair 


and so the election was thrown away.” 

Gunaratnam said that, in his per- 
sonal opinion, the elections committee did 
not follow policy. The reasoning behind his 
position was due to the spoiled ballots, where 
the clearly identifiable mark voting in favour 
of, was not an X in the box. 

“The rulings on the appeals and all 
those things are also a reason...we were not 
able to debate,” he said. 

There was an emergency BOD 
meeting on March 14 to decide the SCSU’s 
next step. Executives from the past few years 
were present at this crowded meeting. They 
handed out a letter showing their “concern 
and dismay over [the] recent and continuing 
handling of the 2007 executive elections.” 

The letter was signed by Lendyl 
D’Souza, former president; Jeff Rybak, for- 
mer VP academics and Paul Hunter, former 
VP human resources and campus life. There 
were other supporters who were not present 
at the meeting including Vinitha Gengath- 
aran, former president and current assistant 
director of student affairs. 

Gunaratnam said he contacted The 
Varsity, one of U of T’s student newspapers, 
during the March 14 BOD meeting, asking 
if the SCSU could advertise in the paper to 
notify students about a possible re-election. 

“I just wanted to make sure we had 
the space available,” he said. 

However, in a recorded conversa- 
tion with Marc Kilchling, SCSU ex-officio 
director, Gunaratnam said he contacted The 
Varsity on March 11 to go ahead and place 
an elections ad. 

When Kilchling asked him if the 
other executives he spoke with were in fa- 
vour, Gunaratnam said, “They were against 
placing the ad.” 


Continues on page 13 


The UTSC Police would like to thank all 
students at the University of Toronto at 
Scarborough for contributing to the safety 
of the campus this past year. As each of you 
embark on your summer activities whether 
it entails summer courses or employment, 
we would like to remind you to continue to 
practice positive safety habits. 


For those of you remaining on campus, we 
encourage you to take some basic precau- 
tions to ensure that your time here is both 
safe and enjoyable. With this in mind, we 
would like to offer the following information - 
to help you make the most of your spring | 
and summer experience here at U of T Scar- 
borough. 


The services of the University of Toronto 
Police at Scarborough continue seamlessly 
through the spring and summer months. | 
We are on duty on campus 24 hours a day 
365 days a year and may be reached by call- 
ing 287-7333 or using any of the emergency 
telephones around campus. 


The primary responsibility of the University 
Police is to provide a safe environment for all 
persons using the campus and we should be 
contacted for all suspicious circumstances, 
threats to safety and dangerous situations. 
The University Police are also available to 
answer questions or discuss any specific con- 
cerns you may have regarding your safety at 
the University of Toronto Scarborough. 


For persons using the campus into the 
evening hours, there is a RideSafer Service 
available to increase your safety when 
traveling to your vehicle parked in the outer 
lots. Additional information for this service 
may be obtained by calling 416-287-7576. 


On campus, alcohol may only be consumed 
in a licensed establishment or residence. 
Persons found drinking or with open alcohol 
in any other location, including any of the 
parking lots, will be stopped and may be 
charged under provincial legislation by the 
University Police. 


The entire University of Toronto at Scarbor- 
ough, including The Attic Pub and Bluffs 
Restaurant are designated as a no smoking 
facility. As such, anyone wishing to smoke 
must leave the building to do so and anyone 
found smoking within the building, includ- 
ing the entry vestibules and or under any of 
the exterior overhangs of the buildings may 
be charged by the University Police. 


The only place to purchase an official UTSC 
parking permit is from the Parking Office, 
located above the Meeting Place on the 
third floor of the Science Wing. While it may - 
seem cheaper to purchase a parking permit 
from someone else, be aware that parking 
on campus property with a copied or stolen 
permit is both a criminal offence and a Code 
of Student Conduct offence. 


When driving on campus it is important that 
you obey all the posted signs and enter the 
campus only through the official entrance 
with the University of Toronto Scarborough 
sign. The roadway near the parking kiosk 
is an exit only and entering from Military 
Trail by this route is not only dangerous, 
but also illegal. Persons found violating any 
of the posted signs around the campus will 
be stopped and may be charged by U of T 
Police. 


Again, the University Police wish you the 
best for the upcoming year and look for- 
ward to our working together to improve 
the safety of our community. 


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Living a year in Foley Hall: $5,967 

A university experience you will never 
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Brought to you by OSAP... 

For Kris Romero, the decision 
to attend university was made because 
he qualified for the Ontario Student 
Assistance Program (OSAP). Growing 
up in Kitchener, Ontario, Romero chose 
to travel to U of T because he wanted to 
experience the city. 

“Tf not for OSAP, I would not be 
at university,” he said. 

OSAP gives this honours list 
student the financial assistance needed to 
survive university and pursue his personal 
interests. Not only is Romero able to 
volunteer, he is also a Teacher’s Assistant 
(TA), and is eligible for awards like the 
Natural Sciences and Engineering Re- 


search Council (NSERC) undergraduate 


residents or protected persons to qualify. 
Out of province or international students 
are not eligible. 

Also, because OSAP is an inte- 
grated loan partly funded by the federal 
government and partly by the province, 
the student must have been an Ontario 
resident for the past twelve months prior 
to applying in order to qualify for the 
provincial portion of the program. 

Provided the initial criteria is 
met, parental or spousal income can also 
effect the amount of money granted; as 
can living at home or away from parents. 
For example, for a dependant student 
living at home, where the combined 
household income is less than $30,000 
per year, the student would be eligible for 
$8,100. This funding would increase by 
$3,000 per year if the student was living 
on his/her own. 

Other factors influencing as- 
sistance include summer earning and 
number of depend. ants currently enrolled 


research award. 

In light 
of recent tuition 
hike protests by 
university stu- | 
dents, the prov- | 
ince has been 
under scrutiny 
when it comes to 
university tuition 


and funding. 
The Canadian 
Press recently 
reported that 


while the govern- 
ment has made it 
easier for students 
to seek post 


in post second- 


ary education. 
Having assets, 
such as a Car, 


or working too 
many part-time 
hours, will also 
influence how 
much a student 
receives. 
According to 
Micah Schieven, 
assistant registrar 
of Financial Aid 
and Awards, two 
categories are 
looked at when 
being considered 


secondary educa- for OSAP: cost 
tion by increasing and resources. 

enrollment by “If your re- 
approximately sources outweigh 
86,000 students your expenses 
Since 200222003 Meghan MacDonald ESE RCTS SECe a [such as tuition, 
(a 22 per cent in- incidental __ fees, 


crease), Ontario is still among the lowest 
post secondary funding levels in Canada. 

However, the Reaching Higher 
Plan, implemented by the McGuinty 
government in 2005, seems to be making 
post secondary education more accessible 
to Ontario students. 

This school year, 120,000 
students will receive grants — benefiting 
72,000 more students than in 2004-05. 
With this 25 percent increase in assistance 
recipients, almost 200,000 students from 
lower- and middle-income families will 
receive financial aid through OSAP this 
year. 

Not every student will qualify 
though. According to the OSAP website, 
many factors contribute to a student's 
eligibility for funding. For example, 
student must be enrolled in full-time (60 
per cent) course load, or 40 per cent for 
a student with disabilities. Students must 
also be Canadian citizens, permanent 


book allowance and living expenses], you 
are denied OSAP. Financial aid is deter- 
mined when expenses outweigh resources 
thus entitling you to OSAP funding,” 
Schieven said. 

He also said the biggest problem 
facing dependant students is having 
parents who make enough money but are 
not willing to contribute to their child’s 
education. 

“Parents are expected by OSAP 
to contribute some, and if they don't 
it makes it very difficult for students,” 
Schieven said. 

For Romero, with the funding 
he receives from OSAP, coupled with the 
money he has received from bursaries and 
scholarships, he is able to enjoy university 
life without feeling like he has to count 
every penny. 

Although he does admit that any 
student budget is somewhat tight, he said 
even though he may worry about having 


money to eat, he doesn’t “buy things [he 
doesn’t] need, but would like, because [he 
wants] to make sure [he has] enough to 
live off of for the year.” 

Volunteering at the Baycrest 
Centre for Geriatric Care is also an im- 
portant part of Romero's weekly schedule. 
Volunteering allows him to extend the 


work he was doing as his co-op placement, 


while working towards his career goals of 
working as a clinical psychologist. 

“Tt would be hard to volunteer if I 
was in a situation where I wasn’t receiving 
OSAP and would have to work more,” 
Romero says. 

But what about the OSAP debt? 

“With the OSAP money I have 
received to date, I could buy a brand 
new car,” Romero says, without telling 
the exact amount he owes. “It’s a sizeable 


amount, and it is always in the back of 


my mind. I plan to pay it back by making 
monthly installments after I graduate, 
which by then I hope to have a job.” 

Schieven said although student 
debt can run high, a series of debt 
reduction programs are available when it 
comes time to pay back loans. 

“As loans go, OSAP is quite flex- 
ible with debt reduction,” the assistant 
registrar said. 

If a student exhausts the interest 
relief program (where the government 
pays the interest on the students loan, 
subsequently lowering future loan pay- 
ments) they can apply to qualify to have 
the government make lump sum _pay- 
ments on their behalf, in order to lower 
the principle amount of their loan. 

The student can also negate 
when and how they repay their loan. 
According to Schieven, a student can 
decide to stretch out loan payments by 
making smaller monthly instalments, 
or make larger payments each month. 

“You can pretty much do any- 
thing you want with it.” 

Also, when filling out the 
original OSAP application, students have 
the option of being considered for the 
Millennium Bursary. If they check yes, 
they are automatically considered for a 
$3,000 bursary, granted on the basis of 
need. 


wWxose alumnae, Meghan 
MacDonald also used OSAP to pay for 
university. 


“During my first three years 
of university, OSAP allowed me to take 
advantage of any and all extracurricular 
activities | wished to participate in, like 


Volunteering would be difficult for Kris Romero without the help of OSAP. 


sports and volunteering, and still have 
time to focus on my school work,” said 
the Brockville native. 

During her final year at UTSC, 
MacDonald did take on a paying job at 
UTSC’s athletic department. She had to 
be careful not to work too many hours 
though, as OSAP takes into account a 
student’s personal income when decid- 
ing how much funding they receive. As 
Schieven said, “if a student earns more 
than $1,800 in a study period, it will 
decrease entitlement.” 

Now working at the St. George 
campus athletic centre, MacDonald 
credits her experience at UTSC with her 
recent job choices. 

“T never realized how much | 
wanted to work within the university 
until I was able to participate in so many 
activities and see all the school had to of- 
fer. Had it not been for the freedom that 
OSAP allowed, I would not have had the 
time or resources to pursue my interests 
in athletics and student government,” 
MacDonald said. She was also involved 
in the SCSU, Students For Literacy and 
volunteering at Highland Creek Public 
School. 

Having now secured a full-time 
position, MacDonald said she will begin 
repaying her OSAP loan soon. 

“I am obviously not excited to 
have to pay back all the money that I owe. 
I haven't had to start paying it back yet be- 
cause of the interest relief program, which 
has really helped me get settled and even 
travel like I did last year,” MacDonald 
said. “I plan on repaying my debt slowly 
and steadily. For now, all I can do is work 
my full time job, and most likely a part- 
time one as well, and pay my monthly 
payments.” 

MacDonald adds, “I definitely 
don't regret my university experience, 
even with how expensive it was ... I can't 
blame OSAP for that, if any thing I am 
grateful to at least have been given the op- 
portunity and ability to attend university. 
I know it will take a long time to pay off, 
but without the help provided by OSAP, 
I would not have the education I have 
now.” 

As Romero echoes “I think that 
as Canadians, we are lucky in the sense 
that we can pursue our education with- 
out being hindered by lack of financial 
means.” 


=e Andrea Davidson 


UO HOMY UIAay AG SOIOYd 


students protest 
rejection of budget 
for Varsity Centre. 


Ole; 


Varsity Centre 


Athletes may suffer a blow as the long- 
standing plan to devote 75 per cent oF 
Varsity Centre use to students may soon be 
obsolete. 

A commitment was made in May 
2005 by Shaila Kibria, member of the 
Association of Part-Time Undergraduate 
Students (APUS), Howard Tam, vice- 
president of University Affairs for 
University of | Torontos Students’ 
Administrative Council (SAC) and Sameer 
Wahid, treasurer for the Graduate Students’ 
Union (GSU), to include a $10 per term fee 
increase to offset operating and program- 
ming costs of the new Varsity Stadium. 
However, representatives from these three 
student governments voted against the 
co-curricular budget at the March 2 meet- 
ing of the University of Toronto's Council 
on Student Services (CoSS). 

CoSS, composed of student and 


administrative members from all three U of 


T campuses, voted against a budget proposed 
by members of the University of Toronto 
Council of Athletics and Recreation (CAR) 
and the Faculty of Physical Education and 
Athletics (FPEH). The budget’s goal was to 
keep Varsity Centre primarily as a student 
space. 

The proposal included the $10 
increase in athletic fees for every full-time 
St. George campus student, per term. The 
fees would help cover the $1.3 million 
annual operational costs of the facility. 


According to George Polyzois. : 
chair of Budget Committee for CAR, CoS 
rejected the proposal due to a lack of coun-| 
cil meetings; not understanding the needs| 
of the students and subsequently being very 
short sighted on the matter. 

“In the last number of years, CoS§ 
has had four meetings. This year, however 
there were only two,” Polyzois said. 

“Because there were only twe 
meetings they had no time to consult with 
their Bond and therefore voted all the| 
budgets down...SAC and APUS have a seat 
on the committee to overlook and report) 
back to their members on an ongoing basis| 

(but) not once did they ever show up,” he| 
said. 


The loss of the increased fee pet 
student, means a loss of approximately 
$750,000 in revenue and operation oj 
the new Varsity Centre, which will have 
to be met in other ways. These include 
lowering the amount of athletics staff 
deferring maintenance at the Athletic Centre 
and finding additional revenue through new 
program fees and community beaalee 

Since its unveiling in January 
2007, Varsity Centre has been used fos 
intercollegiate, intramural, recreationa 
and professional sports. Phase One o 
the new state of the art centre includes < 
5,000 seat stadium with wireless access, ar 
air-supported dome in winter to enable yea) 
round use and a wheelchair friendly track tc 


orts 


lakes Hard Hit 


: ppen in April 2007. 

Pending appropriate funding, 

Mhe objective for the future is to have 
he centre include a revitalized Varsity 
Hockey arena and a multi-storey centre 
or high performance sport. It will house 
aboratories for teaching and_ research, 
#quipment to monitor athletes’ progress, 

strength training and assessment area, 
eam rooms and more. 

The rejection of the new 
/arsity Centre budget proposal creates a 
vurden on all athletics programs affecting 

i|pproximately 9,800 students in 

jatramural programs on 700 teams in 25 

Hports. The decision increases indirect 
osts and decreases student usage from 75 
yer cent to only 3 per cent. 

Without Varsity Centre, 
itramural teams must revert back to use 
f the Athletic Centre and Hart House. 
otramural fees will also be increased 1 
ll sports to $10 per team, per game. The 
ti-Campus program will be suspended 
idefinitely in order to cut down on 
osts, which estimate close to $20,000 a 
ear. In its place will be a ‘premier’ league 
perating ona fee-paying basis. A decrease in 
ecreational use of the facility for pick-up 

sames and fitness classes will also follow. 

“The Varsity centre was built to 
reate more activity space and to accom- 

Hhodate more students to become more 
ctive for their physical well-being”, said 


Jaan Laaniste, director of 


Physical Education and 
Athletics at UTSC. 

“The rejection of CoSS to 
not fulfill its obligation for 
the operation of the centre 
will certainly hamper the 
progress of allowing more 
students to participate in 
q athletics and recreation. 

| CAR said they will 
continue to fight for Varsity 
Centre and have approached 


ot ——ieit 


the University Affairs Board (UAB) and 
believe that though slim, there may still 
be a chance of CoSS reconvening to 
review and even reconsider the budget 
proposal. 

“The CAR remain deter- 
mined to resolve this issue, and urge 
students to express their opinion to 
their student leaders, in order to affect 
change,” said Fahdi Fahad, UTSC CAR 
representative. 

“We go to Varsity Centre, 
we see what the input is like from the 
students and we tried to communicate 
that to CoSS. Unfortunately they were 
apprehensive with their vote. We hope 
there is an opportunity for us to bring 
the budget proposal back [to CoSS] 
because now they see the impact and the 
ripple effect of the students in only two 


weeks,” said Masha Sidorova, co-chair of 


Council of Athletics and Recreation. 

Although UTSC and UTM will 
not be required to pay the increase in 
proposed fees, they will suffer if CoSS 
does not approve the budget. 

Ase lonys ehlickey ~ UTSC 
basketball coach and athletic centre 
employee said, “It is not just an issue for 
St. George students because the less field 
space we have, the more field sports will 
be moved back to using the gyms in the 
field house. This causes overcrowding 
and takes time away from gym sports... 
at the same time the indoor facilities are 
no good for sports that require a field to 
play.” 

Time is ticking for U of T’s 
athletes however because if the proposal 
is not reviewed and approved by May 
1, there will be a lot less space to play 
on and over 3,000 student athletes will 
remain on a waiting list instead of on a 
team. 


= Helene Carluen & Andrea Davidson 


place outside Simcoe 


| The protest took 
| 

Hall on March 13. 
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Photos by Jason Jajalla 


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debut novel Funny Boy on CBC radio under the direction Mehta. 


‘Photo by Mahesh Abeyewardene 


For Canadian author Shyam Selvadurai, 
absolutes in life hold no interest. “The fun- 
damental job of fiction writers is to look at 
the grey in life,” he said. “Not the blacks, or 
the whites, but the grey. To speak of the grey 
is to speak of humanity.” 

Selvadurai would know about that 
grey area. Born in Sri Lanka to a Tamil father 
and a Singelese mother, Selvadurai and his 
family escaped to Canada when ethnic ten- 
sions between minority Tamils and major- 
ity Singelese erupted into violence in 1983. 
Selvadurai was 18 at the time. 

Twenty-four years after first landing 
on Canadian shores, Selvadurai is now one 
of Canada’s leading authors. His first novel, 
Funny Boy, was published to critical acclaim 
in 1994. He went on to write Cinnamon 
Gardens, edit a collection of South Asian 
stories and writings called Story-Wallah! and 
his latest novel, Swimming in the Monsoon 
Sea, won the 2005 Young Adult Canadian 
Book Award. 

In all of his writings, Selvadurai is 
intensely interested in where the personal and 
political intersect, referring to his works as 
an eruption that explodes from between the 
cracks of his multiple identities. His works 
are often set in Sri Lanka, and Swimming 
in the Monsoon Sea is a collection of stories 
about his youth in his native land. 

With multiple identities come 
conflicts, and none more so than in Funny 
Boy. Vhe title refers to Arjie, the young 
protagonist, whose homosexuality was a 
source of shame to his family. While playing 
Bride-Bride, a fantasy game where Arjie is 
the bride and his cousins the wedding party, 
a cruel aunt outs Arjie in front of his entire 
extended family, calling Arjie a ‘funny’ one. 
For Selvadurai himself, the revelation of his 
own sexuality wasn't nearly so traumatic. 

“My parents were from a mixed 
marriage, so they already understood dif- 
ference within my family,” he said. “I think 
my father was actually better at dealing with 


the bird andthe hee 


In ‘ne opening oan of the first track 
“Again and Again,” Inara George's 
distinct voice, accompanied by Greg 
Kurstin on the piano, captures the 
listener’s attention and draws them in 
for a deeper listen. 

The Bird and the Bee’s musical 
duo consist of multi-instrumentalist 
singer Greg Kurstin and singer/song 
writer Inara George. Kurstin, with 
a varied music background, has 
worked with Beck, the Red Hot 
Chili Peppers, and Bob Moog. He is 
also member of the band Geggy Tah. 
George (the daughter of Feat’s Lowell 
George) released her solo album A// 
Rise in 2005, before teaming up with 
Kurstin. 

This collaboration resulted 
in an indie pop/electric and jazz 
influenced album. The self titled 
debut, The Bird and the Bees ten 
tracks ranges from mellow to peppy 
and upbeat. 


Two 
10 


songs that demon- 


i Band: The Bird and the Bee 
# Album: The Bird and the Bee 
ee Label: Blue Note Records 


strate this range are, “La La La” and 
“Fucking Boyfriend”. In the mellow 
“La La La,” Inara’s vocals joined by 
the sounds of the tambourine and 
trumpet, evokes a relaxed, pleasant 
feeling. 

“Fucking Boyfriend” is unex- 
pected and unpretentious. Instead of 
the typical love song, where the vocal- 
ist sings about her love, this track is 
frank and boldly asks, “Would you be 
my fucking boyfriend?” It is a catchy 
tune that gets the listener moving 
and singing along. Other noteworthy 
tracks include: “Because,” and “The 
Birds and the Bees.” 

The Bird and the Bees create 
an enjoyable and unique sound track 
that is worth your money. If you like 
artists like, Lily Allen, Ivy, Jem, Sia, 
Zero 7, Frou Frou, Psapp, and Feist or 
any music played on Greys Anatomy 
chances are this album is for you. 


= Candice Hong 


it than my mother was. He sort of sat down 
and wrote to all these brothers and sisters and 
cousins and all that, telling them I was gay, 
and not to send any [marriage] proposals. 
It worked in that sense, because he placed 
himself between me and everybody else.” 

Selvadurai said that gossip is a crip- 
pling element of the South Asian community. 
By being upfront with his sexuality, he said he 
believes his father diffused the damage that 
would have occurred had they tried to deny it 
or keep it secret. 

Arjies obsession with feminine 
accoutrements is another realistic element in 
Funny Boy, at least for Selvadurai. 

“The majority of gay people, gay 
men, they did wear their mother’s clothes, 
and they were attracted to the arts and they 
like opera and cooking,” he said. 

He pointed to the stereotype of the 
“gay cop” as a damaging one. “I think being 
gay should not be about trying to own those 
kinds of masculine stereotypes,” he said. “I’m 
glad I wrote [Arjie’s homosexuality] that way 
because it’s true for a lot of gay people, and we 
should be writing about what’s true instead of 
pretending we're all cops.” 

Funny Boy was selected by CBC 
Radio to be their first theatrical radio drama 
in 10 years. Airing in November of 2006, 
the radio play was directed by Deepa Mehta, 
recently nominated for an Oscar for her 
film Water. On the official website for the 
radio drama, Selvadurai wondered aloud 
what would have happened should he have 
remained in Sri Lanka, where homosexuality 
is illegal. “Without the act of migration,” he 
wrote, “I wonder if Funny Boy would have 
ever been written.” 

Shyam Selvadurai appeared Febru- 
ary 28 as part of ‘Asia Arts,’ a yearlong event 
planned by the Cultural Affairs Office. 


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Rob Stewart's documentary Sharkwater is dif- 
ficult to watch for two reasons: One, witnessing 
the murder of millions of sharks in the short 
span of 90 minutes is a lot to ask of a person, 
and two, the narrator forgets he’s a narrator. 

The message behind the documentary 
is the story — the fining of sharks for illegal busi- 
ness purposes along the coasts of Costa Rica 
and the Galapagos Islands — not Stewart's love 
for the species. 

Finning is a billion dollar industry, 
according to the film, and is bringing the spe- 
cies to the brink of extinction. Costa Rica and 
Galapagos are two of the very few hotbeds for 
sharks, and as a result, poachers as well. 

Using long lining that can stretch as 
far as 60 miles, poachers catch sharks on bait 
hooks and drag them onboard to hack off their 
fins before throwing them back into the water 
to die. 

Fins are recognized as status symbols 
in China, and served to guests out of respect 
in a chicken broth soup. In Stewart's first 
encounter with poachers along the coast of the 
Galapagos, he counted 160 sharks, frye sail fish, 
four dorados, and a tuna fish — all dead. The 


» problem with the film is that Stewart attaches 


himself to his subject, making it seem as though 
he’s a protagonist as well as the storyteller. 

As he counts the dead creatures that 
day in the islands, he can only lament how this 


event has affected and ak him — like this ms 

coming of age story. The fact is this movie he 

ing to do with the director’s childhood fase 

with sharks, or what exactly makes the 

and “beautiful,” as he is so often heard saying. 
The lack of outcries from citizens of Costa 

Rico and the Galapagos is the centre of the issue. | 

Sharks are “the architects of our world,” as the 

movie says. They were around 150 million years 

before the dinosaurs, and have continued to affect 

out lives. 


Since 80 per cent of life on this planet | 


exists underwater — which covers two thirds of the’ 
world — the shark’s impact on the food chain, our | 
ecosystem, and even the climate and 
breathe, i is severe, 


“Breaking the laws of daitoey. will be our | | 
demise,” said conservationist Paul Watson. | 


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Laughs, Love, and Live Music 


A troop of traveling actors has invaded 
the Arts and Administration Building, 
bringing The Flying Doctor and That 
Scoundrel Scapin to the stage in an inti- 
mate audience setting. 

Based on two short plays by the 
French playwright Moliére, the double- 
bill plays were perfect. 

“T was looking for a play that 
was portable, in that we don’t have the 
use of the Leigha Lee Brown theatre [due 
to construction],” said Michal Schon- 
berg, director of both plays. 

“It’s a play that can be done 
anywhere.” 

Indeed, both plays are framed 
by vignettes of a traveling troop of actors, 
newly arrived in Toronto to perform. The 
plays themselves are based on commedia 
dellarte, an Italian renaissance style of 
theatre that relies on stock characters, 
masks and plenty of trickery. 

“Tve always liked commedia 
dell’arte,” Schonberg said, “And both 
of these carry a lot of the elements bor- 
rowed from the commedia dell’arte.” 

The biggest element of com- 
media is the use of masks in the play, 
created by the actors for their characters, 


which identify particular characters and 
their status. 

“Not all characters wear the 
masks in commedia dell’arte; generally 
it’s the older characters that wear masks, 
or the servants,” Schonberg said. “The 
lovers never wore masks.” 

Ah, the lovers. The Flying Doctor 
and That Scoundrel Scapin, are both tales 
that deal with overbearing fathers and 
their unruly sons who marry ‘unsuitable’ 
girls behind their backs. With daddy on 
the rampage, the young men turn to 
their trusty servants to help them save 
the day, not to mention their love lives. 

Despite the similarity in themes, 
the plays were not intended to dovetail 
so perfectly into each other. An excess of 
cast members and too few parts led to 
the addition of The Flying Doctor to the 
bill. 

“The Scapin play is a full-length 
play, but it’s kind of short,” Schonberg 
said. “I liked The Flying Doctor, and it’s a 
farce, so it was kind of coincidental that 
they fit together and that both are about 
clever servants and fathers who are being 
duped by the servants. There is a kind of 


continuity of the show.” 


Both shows involve scheming 
servants tricking aristocratic parents, 
to great success. In The Flying Doc- 
tor, a servant must pose as a doctor to 
prevent an unwanted marriage, while 
That Scoundrel Scapin scales to even 
more ridiculous heights of comedy, with 
Scapin tricking not one, but two fathers’ 
intent on arranging marriages for their 
love-sick sons. 


Live music is another feature of 


the play that recalls theatre of the past, 
before there were computers and digital 
sound effects. 

“Live theatre does better with 
live music,” Schonberg said. To create 
the atmosphere, he relied on his friend 
and composer, Alexander Rapoport, 
marking the fourth time they have 
worked together. 

Rapoport composed a renais- 
sance score in the style of Lully, who 
composed for Moliére before they had 
a falling out. Far from being hidden, 
the performers (which included Megan 
Jones on the violin and Erin Heinze 
Kehoe as vocalist) were integrated into 
the show- even Rapoport had a few lines 
in the beginning vignette. 


The Flying Doctor and That 
Scoundrel Scapin used commedia bril- 
liantly. The actors were totally at home 
in their characters, using not only the 
masks but their bodies and voices to 
bring the distinct characters to life. 
With faces concealed, the actors imbued 
their bodies with action, turning their 
performance into a physical perfor- 
mance—something little seen in modern 
theatre conventions. 

With limited seating, tickets 
were sold out for opening night. In a 
truly unique experiment, 7/he Fly ing Doc- 
tor and That Scoundrel Scapin brings the 
renaissance to modern-day audiences, 
making this a theatre experience that is 
a must-see for those who like to laugh. 

The Flying Doctor and Thee 
Scoundrel Scapin runs March 22 to 24 at 
8 p.m. in the Music Studio (AA303) in 
the Arts and Administration Building. 
Tickets are $12 ($10 for students). 

To order, visit uofttix.ca or call 


416-978-8849. 


= Jennifer Murray 


UTSC Alumn Takes on 
Music Business 


Just like any go-getting business person, 
Shelley Gupta is right-to-the-point with 
her musical goals. 

“Tt’s not really about being famous 
because it’s something I’ve always loved 
and I would love to have it as a career,” 
Gupta, a former UTSC student said. 

She’s gone from performing at 
UTSC coffee nights to singing the na- 
tional anthem at a Toronto Raptors game 
and for the mayor of Vaughn. Still, Gupta 
doesn’t forget her performance past when 
she would leave her glasses off on stage, 
afraid of seeing the faces of her audience. 

Gupta’s lack of ego acts as a testa- 
ment to her firmly grounded foundation: 
her family. She doesn’t shy from talking 
about her own; quick to note how her 
father “is still a great singer.” He used to 
sing in India and continued performing 
when he came to Canada. Her family also 
helped foster her talent—she first started 
performing at family parties and continues 
to have their full support. 

She said the most fun she has had 
while singing was “at a family event and 
at the end of the night, we were all just 
kind of singing random songs and taking 
the mic and a couple of my cousins started 
beat boxing and I started singing over 
top...1 think that one was a really great 
moment. 

Plans for releasing an album are 
on hiatus. Gupta doesn’t want to release 
an independent CD because “I don’t re- 
ally think it is worth it to distribute on 
my own. Not at this point because I don’t 
think I’m ready to put all that money into 
an album.” 

For now, she is concentrating on 
writing songs and says it’s hard, but she 
hopes she can garner enough interest to 
sign to a record label or find a real man- 
ager. 


de David Cadiente 


Step into the time machine and head to the 
friendly town of Willard. A slice of the 
idyllic 1950s; where the days are sunny, 
next door neighbours are friendly and 

decaying zombies deliver your mail. 
Such is the world of Fido, a 
new film from director Andrew Cur- 
rie that explores a world which has 
domesticated zombies and ushered 
them into the workforce. 
Years after a cloud of space 
dust reanimated corpses worldwide, 
the government found a way to 
stop the zombie threat through the 
invention of special collars. These 
collars eliminate a zombie’s need 
for feasting on human flesh and 
turn as shuffling corpses into 
members of the Pi sie doing 
manual labour jobs like picking 
up trash, gardening, and mail 
delivery. 

Cut to the home of the 
Robinson family - which includes Mr. 
Bill (Dylan Baker), Mrs. Helen (Car- 
rie-Anne Moss) and their son Timmy 
(K°Sun Ray). Timmy is frequently bullied 
at school and doesn’t have too many friends 

so his mother decides to buy him a pet zombie. 

What follows is an original spin on the “boy and 

his dog” adventure story that’s often very funny 

and a breath of fresh air for the zombie genre in 
general. 


Canadian filmmaker Andrew Cur- 
rie has been a zombie buff for years. Currie 
spoke to The Underground in a telephone 
interview about his fascination with zombies 
and the filmmaking process behind Fido. 

“In 1997 I made a short film at the 
Canadian Film Centre called Night of the Living. 
And that was about a kid whose alcoholic father 
falls off the wagon. The kids’ a horror fan and 
he starts to believe that his father is becoming a 
zombie,” said Currie. “It was really a great meta- 
phor for alcoholism and it made me realize that 
zombies are a lot like us. We fear them because 
they make us think about our own ee 
And yet they can also be pretty damn funny a 
well.” 

Currie’s film pulls off an impressive 
balancing act of genres. It’s equal parts Leave it 


Give Fido a Bone 


to Beaver, The Iron Giant, and Night of the 
Living Dead without feeling too muddled. 
“T write from a theme statement,” said 
Currie. “I usually have the theme written 
above my computer so the story keeps a 
focus them atically. For Fido, it was ‘Love 
Not Fear Makes Us More Alive.” 

At its core, Fido is a satire of the 
‘conformity at all costs’ mindset that was 
rampant in the 1950s and to some extent, 
today. 

“When everyone is terrified 
youre completely willing to follow any- 
one anywhere if they're promising you 
safety. I found that process fascinating 
after 9/11,” Currie said. 

Fido is also part of an interesting 
deconstructive trend that’s happening in 
the zombie genre. 28 Days Later toyed 
with the concept of fast moving zombies 
as opposed to slow moving ones. Shaun 
of the Dead managed to successfully fuse a 
romantic comedy with zombie elements. 
And soon George Romero, father of 
the modern zombie film, will attempt 
a retcon of his own genre with Diary of 
the Dead which will be shot entirely as 
a documentary. The prospect of the 
zombie genre reinventing itself and being 
a potential part of that movement only 
excites Andrew Currie. 

“I think that the zombie genre 
is being subverted much more regularly 
now than it ever was in the past and that’s 
good. Films like Shaun of the Dead and 
28 Days Later started opening up the 
genre to new possibilities and hopefully 
Fido will do that in its own way as well.” 

With its solid satire and kooky 
50s vibe, Fido is truly one of the best 
Canadian films to get a wide release 
in recent memory. It’s not without its 
faults (feels a bit short and Tim Blake 
Nelson’s zany neighbour Mr. Theopolis i is 
criminally underused), but it’s still a solid 
offering and we should feel lucky that a 
good Canadian zombie film (let alone a 
Canadian film in general) is getting this 
kind of attention. 


= Matt Lehner 


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They've Got the Beat 


A Look at Dance in 
Toronto 


Hundreds of dancers have been try- 
ing to dip their feet in the cutthroat 
world of dance. 

“Tt’s a very competitive indus- 
try to be in, you kind of have to be 
hungry for it and push yourself,” said 
Chantelle Leonardo, a local dancer, 
choreographer, and owner of Tha 
Spot Dance Centre in downtown 
Toronto. “It’s not enough to just 
know how to dance, I mean you also 
have to have that performance level 
and the look.” 

Dance has taken a new spin 
with shows like DanceLife, So You 
Think You Can Dance and Bump ‘N 
Grind. The shows echo challenges 
that many young dancers face on the 
journey to becoming independent 
dance artists or even choreographers. 
Recent films like Stomp the Yard and 
Step Up have also contributed to the 
culture’s exposure and sparked new 
interest in dancers. 

York University student and 
dancer Xanthi Phardis said it’s not 
enough to just be able to dance. 

“It's about having your own 
style; it’s not even really about how 
you look but more about how you 
carry yourself.” 

Phardis also said it’s extremely 
tough to juggle schoolwork and catch 
dance auditions whenever she gets a 
chance. 

“Tf | hear that there’s an audi- 
tion tomorrow it’s hard because I have 
to drop everything that I’m doing in 
school and go to that audition. So 
it’s challenging because of the time 
factor.” 

The York student worked 
under Leonardo’s direction in the 
past and has gotten several chances 
to audition for some celebrities. But 
she said not being part of an agency 
hasn't helped her push forward 

“T just hear about auditions 
from friends so I'm not as aware 
about them as I could've have been 
with an agency.” 

Many Toronto agencies look 
for the “triple-threat” when they’re 
auditioning for new talent. 

“We usually look for people 
that excel in one area of performance 
be it singing, dancing, or acting or 
are a very strong combination of 
more than one discipline,” said Peter 
Da Costa, director of Da Costa Tal- 
ent Management in loronto. “We 
are very selective, but our dancers 
get the chance to go on to do film, 
television, Broadway, Stratford, and 
commercials.” 


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“Everyone can learn how to 
dance but you have to be born with 
the personality and the performance 
level of it, you can’t just learn that,” 
Leonardo said. 


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UTSC Falls Short in Hockey Final 


The Tri-Campus hockey championship 
between UTSC and UTM was a thriller to 
the end but UTM came out on top with a 
2-1 win on March 12 at Varsity Arena. 

The loss prevented UTSC from 
capturing its first ever tri-campus title. 

There were ample opportunities for 
UTSC to open up the scoring in the first, 
but Steve Hildebrand couldn't handle the 
pass in front of the net. Graham Stevens 
slipped and fell just before a one-time pass 
was fired his way and Mike Stoyan couldn't 
find the puck amidst madness in front of 
the net. 

“We played hard, we just didn’t 
get a lot of bounces,” Stamatopoulos said. 


“Things didn’t go our way.” 


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Despite UTSC successfully killing 
off back-to-back penalties as the first period 
came to an end, it was inevitable UTM 
would apply pressure and score the open- 
ing goal. UTM carried the momentum 
of the power plays into the second period 
and UTM’s Mike Pizzi quickly scored on 
UTSC goaltender Derek Taylor's glove side 
off a breakaway. 

The goal initially seemed to take 
the air out of UTSC as they started miss- 
ing passes and seemed out of sync. It took 
another UTM goal on a screened shot by 
Mike Romieo for UTSC to wake up. 

Opportunity eventually came 
knocking in the form of a power play as 
UTSC proceeded to bombard UTM with 


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shots. Where hesitated passes and wrap- 
arounds failed, rebounds succeeded as Jim 
Stamatopoulos punched the puck in to 
narrow the lead to one. 

That was as close as UTSC would 
get to tying the game as UTM goaltender 
Jessy Boyce kept his team ahead. Despite 
breakaway chances, power plays, and one 
heart-stopping moment where the puck 
crawled along the crease without a single 
UTSC stick coming near it. 

As the game came to its end, UTSC 
pulled their goaltender in an attempt to tie 
the game but Boyce froze the puck in his 
glove with two seconds on the clock to end 
UTSC'’s season. 

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coach Randy Thomas reflected on the team’s 
180 degree turn. UTSC struggled early in 
the season but finished with a 3-5 record 
and defeated St. George Red, 3-2, in the 
semi-final on March 7. 

“This is a good group of guys; a 
good group of student athletes, and | am 
proud of them,” Thomas said. “It took 
them most of the season to come around 
to believe in themselves and put all of their 
talent in the right direction so they could 
accomplish something.” 


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This ad was subsequently deemed out of 
order as it violated SCSU by-law 2 
2.01. This by-law states that “the elections 
and by-elections of the Corporation are held 
during a time set and ratified by the Board.” 

It was at the March 14 meeting that 
the board decided to go ahead with a rushed 
re-election, to be held on one day as opposed 
to the usual two. 

Kilchling put forward a motion at 
the same meeting, which the board adopted, 
that requires at least 5 per cent voter turn out 
for these new elections to be valid. 

“Based on the policy...[re-election] 
was the option that was available to us,” 
Rascanu said. 

Susie Vavrusa, chair of the SCSU 
board, did a presentation at the meeting, 
outlining at least one other available option. 

Jemy Joseph, Chris Smith and Ah- 
mad Jaballah were the other candidates who 
would have been the newly elected VPs had 


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Basketball 

Men’s Raccoons finished their sea- 
son with an 8-3 record but lost in 
quarter-finals, to New College A on 
March 7. 


The Men’s Maroons team finished 
with a 7-4 record and after a quarter- 
final win over Skule are headed to 
the semi-finals on Monday, March 
19 versus University College A. 


Field Hockey 


UTSC’s women’s field hockey team 
finished fifth in the league standings 
with a 1-2-2 record. 


Ice Hockey 


Women’s hockey end the winter 
term with a game on March 21 vs. 
S.O.R.R. They enter the game with 


a 1-2-1 record. 


Men's B hockey finished the season 
with two wins and two losses with 
their first playoff game on March 
25) 


The men’s C team finished their sea- 
son with a 3-0-1 record and begin 


playoffs on March 24. 


The men’s R team head into their 
quarter-final game on March 23 
with a 3-0-1 record. 


Indoor Soccer 

Women’s A team finished their sea- 
son with a 4-0-1 record. The team 
won their semi-final match versus 
the Faculty of Physical Education 
and Health (FPEH) B team 2-1 and 
now head into the championship on 


March 19 versus FPEH A. 


UTSC’s Women’s B team finished 
their season with a 4-0-1 record 
and now play in the championship 
match on March 21 after a 3-1 
semi-final win versus University 


College B. 


Men’s Maroons indoor soccer fin- 
ished the season 4-0-1 and played 
the quarter-finals versus the School 
of Graduate Studies A on March 14. 
The Maroon won the game 2-1 and 
play the School of Graduate Studies 
B team in the semi-finals on March 
DAY 


Men's United finished season 2-1-2 
and fell to Skule A in their quarter- 
final game on March 15 1-2. 


Men’s B indoor soccer finished their 
season with a 2-2-1 record and sixth 
in their division. 


Lacrosse 

Women’s lacrosse finished their 
season 3-2 and lost their semi-final 
match, 10-6, to Skule on March 7. 


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INTRAMURAL 


SPORTS 
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Volleyball 


The Women’s A team finished the 
season with two wins and five losses 
and ended sixth in their division. 


The Men’s A team finished with a 
perfect 7-0 record and head into 
the semi-finals first in their divi- 
sion. They play UTM on March 
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The Men’s B finished their season 
with a 4-0 record and plays their 
semi-final game on March 22 ver- 
sus the winner of the quarter-final 
match between UTM and Innis 
College. 


SCSP 


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WHEREAS the SCSP is alive and kicking despite what you may have 
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WHEREAS the SCSP is designed to dominate your media space with 
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BIRT on March 27 and 28 from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. the SCSP will hold 
their General Elections for two full-time students and one part-time 
student to sit on the SCSP Board of Directors in the Student Centre by 
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The Awards of Excellence will honour the University of Toronto’s great achievers on Wednesday, May 9, 2007. 
We invite you to join your friends and colleagues for the ceremony in the Great Hall at Hart House. 


CHANCELLOR'S AWARD 


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Provost 


Rebecca Spagnolo 
Graduate House 
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JOAN E. FOLEY QUALITY OF 
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Professor John Baird 
Department of English 
Faculty of Arts and Science 


LUDWIK AND ESTELLE JUS 
MEMORIAL HUMAN RIGHTS 
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Department of Political Science 
Faculty of Arts and Science 


NORTHROP FRYE AWARD 


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Department of Sociology 
Faculty of Arts and Science 


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Program in Neuroscience and Peace and 
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Department of Humanities 
University of Toronto at Scarborough 


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Department of Psychology and 
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Departments of Biochemistry, Human 
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Department of History, 


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