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Turn to sports to learn more! Theatre, music and gunplay entertainment page 27 Get set for this year’s playRites festival, rollick with Say Anything and Attack in Black and enjoy me talking about Captain America packin’ heat. All this and cd reviews! Wowzers! SU election supplement supplement starts page 13 photo to the editor The su election is next week and there’s a whole boatload of faceless candidates “Echo” by Andi Smith (Nikon D80) vying for total student government supremacy! Luckily, the Gauntlet’s annual su election supplement is back to kick ass and take names, seperate the wheat from the chaff, party like a rockstar, and other such clichés. The fun starts after page 12! E cho and I went on an adventure across Calgary looking for decrepid old buildings to take pictures of. We happened to find this beauty across from Crown Surplus in Inglewood. I shot this laying on my back on the road with the sun in my eyes. End result: fantastic perspective! 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This organization minutes of your favourite class given voter turnout—but you is possibly the key to opening up telling you why they’re so awesome directly affect the hiring process affordable housing, which could at student politics. of the president, VP academic, VP mean cheaper rent and maintain- operations and finance, VP events, ing the reasonable price of the VP external, all of the various U-Pass. The SU also has control of a Amanda Hu commissioners, all the faculty rep- monetary fund known as Quality Sports Editor news GAUNTLET FEBUARY 07.08 5 Editor: Katy Anderson—email@example.com The Security Prosperity Partnership A North American deal made in the dark, asserts federal NDPer Olivia Komorowski Gauntlet News C oncern over Canadian sovereignty is growing as New Democratic Party MP Peter Julian lectures citizens on a national tour. The disquiet is stemming from a little-known extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement that doesn’t require parliamentary approval and whose meetings take place behind closed boardroom doors. The “dialogue,” known as the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, was instigated in Mar. , with a goal of increasing security and prosperity by harmo- nizing standards between Mexico, the United States and Canada. However, the partnership, which is neither an official treaty nor Jon Roe/the Gauntlet agreement, has been faced with opposition from the public. New Democratic Party MP Peter Julian is concerned the Security Prosperity Partnership was made behind closed doors. The initiative was led by three heads of state: Canadian agenda, many of them are also Cheney, became controversial. place. In fact, after British Colombia regulations will be continental Prime Minister Stephen Harper, media owners,” he said. “In a “[It was] staged in Calgary, banned the export of bulk water, in nature” stated the Council of American President George W. sense, we have a tacit acceptance of and in the dark of the night they Sun Belt Water Inc., a Californian Canadians website. “This would Bush, and Mexican President soft censorship on an issue that is bussed themselves to Banff Spring company, filed a . billion mean granting U.S. investors Felipe Calderon. Discussions have fundamental.” Hotel,” said Alberta Environmental lawsuit against the province under greater access to our energy supplies, included ministers of industry and Documents attainable through the Protection officer John Chan. Chapter of NAFTA for dam- something the Bush administration commerce, trade, energy, transpor- Freedom of Information Act have No media had been invited to ages. and the energy industry have been tation and CEOs of internationally had heavy censoring, if they’re even cover the important event. Stephen Harper denied accusa- pushing.” recognized companies such as available, complained Julian. The , Canada-U.S. free trade tions that SPP plans on exporting In a contentious parliamen- Bell Canada Enterprises, General A public forum was planned in agreement was supposed to bring bulk water to the U.S., how- tary meeting, University of Motors, Ford, General Electric, Calgary by the Council of Canadians prosperity to Canadians, however ever the Council of Canadians Alberta professor Dr. Gordon Wal-Mart, Suncor Energy Inc., to discuss the SPP. They invited rep- Julian is skeptical. claimed a leaked document Laxer, stated Canadians will be and Scotiabank. resentatives from the Liberal and “Stats Canada figures show that pertaining to a private SPP left "to freeze in the dark" if the What has worried Julian is Conservative parties to join the for two out of three of Canadian meeting in Calgary revealed aims government continues to inte- that these discussions take place debate. However, none were able families their real grate our energy “The Security Prosperity Partn- beyond the reach of parliamentary to attend. income has gone resources with the approval, since it is not an official “It makes individual citizens ask, down since rest of North ership essentially takes away agreement. ‘who are they representing?’” said and that’s most America. “It is antidemocratic by design,” Council of Canadians member Ted dramatic with Canadian for- what sovereignty we have as he said. Woynillowicz. “Do they represent the poorest of eign policy will This means the opinions of citizens, come to public forums, Canadians,” he become increas- Canadians.” Canadians don’t need to be taken or do they represent corporations said. “The wealthiest ingly dependant on into consideration when deciding involved in these agreements?” per cent have American policy, priorities and investments. Both University of Calgary Consortium seen their incomes – Peter Julian, dictating where we federal Conservatives and Liberals for Peace Studies program manager go up per cent. send our troops have supported the SPP, whereas the Kelly Dowdell questioned if SPP is That’s the six mil- New Democratic Party MP and reducing peace NDP and Green Party wholly oppose beneficial for Canadians. lion in the highest keeping opera- it. But without enough seats, their “If this is so good for Canada, why income bracket. [They] now take for bulk water exportation. tions, asserted Julian. opinions have little weight, noted aren’t they shouting from rafters half of all income in Canada.” Equally necessary to America’s “[The SPP] essentially takes Julian. saying ‘look at all this marvelous Conclusions that have been depleting resources is Canadian oil. away what sovereignty we have as The profound secrecy shroud- work we’re doing, look at what drawn from available documents Under NAFTA, Canada must continue Canadians,” he said. ing the matter has done nothing negotiations we’ve managed to and media are that the SPP threatens to supply the states per cent of its Th e NAFTA agreement, which to soothe these concerns. Julian get’?” he said. “They’re remaining Canadian water resources, Canadian oil and per cent of its natural gas, SPP stems from, has had ques- explained the national media has very silent about it.” control of oil and our foreign policy, even in the event of a national cri- tionable beginnings, noted Julian. been neglecting to cover the issue In fall , a meeting includ- noted Julian. Though water is not sis. This could require Canadians to He explained Chrétien’s promise thoroughly. ing top pentagon officials, CEOs considered a commodity under import more oil from other countries to voters was to stop NAFTA but “When you look at the corpo- and government figures such NAFTA, Canada has nothing to to fulfill commitments to NAFTA. that once he got elected, he ended rations that are promoting this as Stockwell Day and Dick prevent such a sanction from taking “The future for all policies and up signing the deal anyways. campus quips Do you think NAFTA is good for Canadians? “Yeah, why not. “Yes, because we “Yes. Tariffs are bad “Yeah, with a close Right now the can beneﬁt from any for us because we rely relationship with the Canadian dollar is interaction with the on exports.” U.S. it would suck if up there, it’s good U.S.” – Phillip Gordon, ﬁrst- we didn’t.” for us.” – Bianca Maters, year engineering – Holly Algra, second- – Jon Jimenez, ﬁrst- graduate biological year engineering year health sciences science Interviews: Sarelle Azuelos Photographs: John McDonald 6 FEBUARY 07.08 GAUNTLET NEWS Incorporating environment into education Elyse Merriman that all people have a basic environmental Gauntlet News knowledge to make good decisions and tying those to math courses, science courses, social A s the face of our world changes, so science, and making environmental examples does our ability to adapt to it. With to show students that the environment is vir- all the concern about climate change tually part of everything that we do.” and other environmental issues, bringing There would also be a ripple effect on post- these topics into the classroom has lately secondary institutions and industry. received special attention. “It would possibly increase the numbers The Environmental Careers Organization of students who would be interested in tak- held a roundtable discussion to provide a ing environmental science as a main course forum for individuals from varied back- of study at post-secondary institutes,” said grounds to focus on the topic of environment Norman. and its place within primary and secondary Trump had similar views but recognized education, Wed., Jan. . The participants other sources of labour—and not just the were from various facets of the education effect that recent or future post-secondary system, the government and industry. The graduates will have on the economy. purpose of the roundtable was to join per- “What we’ve got to look at is ‘what is the spectives and collaborate towards the place supply?’” said Trump. “When we look at sup- environment has in the future of the educa- ply, all [the considered] avenues are young tion system. people coming straight out of post-second- The University of Calgary’s department of ary education, but there are other sources environmental science was represented by of labour such as immigration, aboriginal physics and astronomy professor Dr. Ann community, and people transferring from Lise Norman. sectors of an economy that is going through “[The roundtable] was a useful exercise to decline. That’s not to downplay the impor- get together and discuss with other educators tance of new graduates that are coming what our primary messages that we want to though.” Vivian Leung/the Gauntlet get across to students that are in high school As for the future of environment and or the K– system and how to go about The Environmental Careers Organization wants education to be greener. industry, Trump explained events hap- facilitating that,” said Norman. pening as “natural evolution.” He noted ECO Canada president and CEO Grant environment into the education system. Grant had some suggestions about how that when you take a look at oil and gas Trump was also part of the round table. “[It was important] to get environmental the environment should be included in and do environmental assessments through “It was wonderful that we had such large education out there and to bring home the cirricula. regulatory bodies, most oil and gas compa- participation from cross-sector groups, post- importance of it to our everyday lives and “Those components could be anything from nies would have an environmental aspect secondary, government, employers large and our everyday world so that we are aware of linking schools with environmental employ- in their annual reports. small, students, counsellors [and] teachers,” how we can make changes,” said Norman. ers so that the employers could come and “That’s simply going to grow and it’s just said Trump. “They were certainly engaged “From childhood on, it is an important talk about environmental issues of the day, a part of doing business,” said Trump. at the event and we got a large amount of change that needs to take place due it could be where employers talk about jobs As for the future of the environment, Trump information.” to energy conservation. It’s really a societal of the day,” said Grant. “Partnerships with expressed future generations must have a Both Trump and Norman had visions problem and the best way to solve a society business are very critical. It also could be [put] good knowledge of the environment so they geared towards the incorporation of the problem is to start with the children.” directly into the curriculum. It’s important can make wise choices on sustainability. Outdoor centre changes leadership, programs remain Chris Pedersen Centre founder and director of rentals for outdoor activities such would damage service to cust- The Outdoor Centre is offer- Gauntlet News years Alf Skrastins partially as climbing, kayaking, hiking, omers were rumors dispelled by ing all the same programs to its retired and is now in an advisory skiing and snowshoeing as well Kinnear. customers and Kinnear noted the There have been rumors the role. The new director is Kurt as many other activities. It also “[Two] customer service staff only changes being implemented Outdoor Centre was going to Kinnear. The change prompted offers numerous programs to were cut and only three program will work to strengthen the pro- undergo severe changes to staff- fear the centre would be hurt by teach people the skills needed to coordinators,” he said. grams. ing and programs. switch. experience the backcountry in both Rental hours are being changed “There will be no programs lost,” This past year, the Outdoor The centre provides equipment winter and summer. It’s the largest to provide more access to equip- said Kinnear. “Before the changes, of its kind in Canada and offers ment for customers, and return program coordinators had to take hundreds of programs a year. times that are adequate for care of their own gear. Now there is However, only minor changes the working person, Kinnear a gear supervisor that handles the to improve the level of customer explained. majority of the equipment.” service and quality of the programs “In April, the rental policy will This will allow the program coor- are actually underway. There are become more flexible,” he said. dinators to focus on the quality of to be no major changes that The change will allow people the programs without having full will damage the level of service to return equipment at times that responsibility and stress about that the centre provides. Fears are more convenient to work organizing equipment, he noted. of staff cuts and changes that around renters’ job commitments. The centre will maintain the climbing and bouldering wall, the biggest rental selection in Canada and pool sessions for kayaking. The only service not provided is a discount on rental equipment for students, but that change was made long before Kinnear came in. “Students do not receive dis- counts from the centre, as it is not funded by the university,” said Kinnear. “The Outdoor Centre is an independent enterprise not associated financially with the University of Calgary.” GAUNTLET NEWS FEBUARY 07.08 7 Birth control patch raises health concerns Jonathan Davies of hormone, it has much lower peak values Gauntlet News than oral contraceptives. While scientists agree that having higher H ealth Canada renewed their adviso- systemic estrogen over the long-term may have ries about the potential dangers of adverse consequences, O’Connell pointed out using the Evra contraceptive patch that it is still unknown whether any one factor following results of a recent study. As the can predict risk of VTE. lawsuits and controversies mount, medical “The patch seems to lead to greater compli- professionals continue to sing the same, ance [and] avoids the first-pass metabolism sensible song. seen with oral contraceptives,” said O’Connell The Evra Contraceptive Transdermal Patch in the report. were first marketed in the U.S. in , as a Health Canada and the FDA similarly simpler, more convenient alternative to oral conclude that the benefits of hormonal con- contraceptives, only requiring a small patch traceptives greatly outweigh the drawbacks, to be applied to the skin once a week for three and caution that their decision is based on weeks to achieve protection against unwanted sound medical advice. pregnancy. The patch became available in "For women that choose to use contracep- Canada in Jan. . tives, it is important that they thoroughly By the end of , the American Food and discuss with their healthcare providers the Drug Administration had received reports risks and benefits involved," said FDA chief of women dying from blood clots related to medical officer Janet Woodcock. the use of the patch and ordered research into U of C Wellness Centre director Debbie the safety of the product. The study concluded Bruckner explained Evra patches are still that women had a twofold higher risk of being presented as an option to students, if developing a venous thromboembolism—or it is appropriate for the individual. VTE—when using contraceptive patches, “Every type of birth control has risks Daniel Pagan/the Gauntlet according to the FDA. and benefits,” said Bruckner. “When con- Meanwhile, a study from the Boston Health Canada has issued product warnings and public advisories about Evra. traception is being discussed, we take into Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program— account the unique needs of the individual, ordered by Evra’s parent company, Johnson design,” reported Dr. Katharine O’Connell in uting factors in the deaths of the patch-using their lifestyle and health. There are certain & Johnson—deemed there was no higher a recent publication of the journal Clinical women, risk factors that would be present people [the patch] would not be prescribed risk associated with the patch over oral con- Obstetrics and Gynecology. She pointed out with oral contraceptive users. for and the doctors are aware of these con- traceptives containing mg of estrogen, that current available data shows a range Health Canada’s most recent bulletin, siderations.” though their later study conceded that use between a – per cent increase in estrogen published this month, supported Evra’s Evra is currently conducting further of the patch resulted in estrogen levels up to levels, despite being drawn from the same conclusions. research to reassess the average daily amount per cent higher than those produced by data set, and that further research would be The Evra patch—a “third-generation” hor- of hormones released from their patches, and oral contraceptives. needed. mone contraceptive—uses the same forms are considering reducing the dose in line with The FDA issued advisories and mandated Consistent with other studies, Evra hastened of synthetic estrogen and progestin as oral oral contraceptive levels. changes to the Evra label. Health Canada to point out that the use of any hormonal birth contraceptives, however these hormones O’Connell cautioned that the patch is still followed suit, mandating similar prod- control methods carry increased risk of VTE, are processed differently by the body. Oral a relatively new product and doesn’t have the uct warnings and public advisories. Two and the new generation of estrogen used in contraceptives quickly reach a hormone- credibility that oral contraceptives have. Canadian women have died and others both patches and pills, carries a lower risk of serum peak before being metabolized by “Long-term studies will likely show suffered blood clots or heart attacks since VTE than previous generations. the small intestine and liver, whereas patch similar benefits” she said. “Although the after using the Evra patch, according The studies also highlighted that other contraceptives can maintain constant hor- patch may not be a contraceptive pana- to a Health Canada report. risk factors such as obesity, smoking, recent mone levels for seven days or more. While cea, increased birth control choices are “These studies have limitations due to their parturition, surgery or trauma were contrib- the patch maintains a higher steady-state level good for all women and their partners.” POETic engineers ﬁnally move into new space John McDonald features dozens of electrical outlets cooperation is needed to keep it from home,” said Cowe Falls. Piss on everything, tomorrow’s Gauntlet News on the exterior, there will be new nice so that it doesn’t need to be The renovated lounge’s original Saturday—featuring a live battle of workspaces and dividers that you renovated years down the road,” opening date was Sep. . However, the bands in the new ENGG lounge. Engineering students will have can actually write equations on said Flottat. it was riddled with numerous set- Alcoholic beverages will be sold. something to celebrate—and with dry-erase markers rather than Schulich School of Engineering backs, including the renovations a place to do it in—because the windows,” said TYP student director of students Dr. Lynne headed by campus infrastruc- the renovations to their ENGG representative for the ENGG lounge Cowe Falls noted it’s a multi-fac- ture having been delayed due to Teach English lounge will be complete. The renovations Marielle Flottat. eted space for studying, socializing, asbestos removal and problems new ENGG lounge, part of the Take Your Place initiative, will The new ENGG lounge will provide a better place to study eating and even celebrating on Fri. afternoons. securing the funding needed for contractors. Overseas have their grand opening Fri., and meet with fellow students, “Eighty-five per cent of our The official TYP grand opening Feb. , with a ribbon-cutting she noted. students live off campus and will be – p.m., starting in the ceremony. “We want the students to with the workload and time Engineering C block foyer with free “The lounge was renovated know that the ENGG lounge was commitment of Engineering, the food. 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A s a woman who struggled “I am not an extraordinary against the patriarchal woman,” said Samar, who was chains of the Taliban greeted with a standing ovation regime, Dr. Sima Samar recounted both when she approached and captivating stories of her efforts to left the podium. “I just did what I Calgarians Thu., Jan. as part of needed to do and I think anyone international development week. can do it.” The event, presented by Samar spoke alongside Canadian Canadian Women for Women in journalist Sally Armstrong, who Afghanistan, aimed to raise aware- has covered stories about women ness and funds towards educational in zones of confl ict all over the programs for Afghan women and world. Armstrong’s eyewitness girls. reports have earned her many “Education is a basic human awards including the Amnesty right we all have to respect,” said International media award. Samar, in front of the sold-out “As a journalist, I usually don’t crowd at the University of Calgary’s cover politicians and gener- Rozsa Centre. als,” said Armstrong. “I usually Samar is a leading authority cover the blameless people, the on healthcare and education for people without a voice, like Afghan ladies. She is currently the the women and children in Afghanistan Independent Human Afghanistan.” Katy Anderson/the Gauntlet Rights Commission chairwoman, During Armstrong’s stay in which monitors and investigates Afghanistan last week, she saw Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan also held an exhibit in the Women’s Centre Feb. 4–8. human rights abuses across the conditions drastically improv- country. Samar was one of two ing. Garbage is starting to anistan can function wholly. extremely difficult for women bands or male family members. female officials elected to be part be cleaned up off the streets “Tribal laws have not changed,” and children to receive any edu- “I really don’t like when people of cabinet in the Afghanistan and houses are beginning to be said Armstrong. “They need to, but cation. As a result, many women put [the word] vulnerable in front interim administration. She rebuilt. But Armstrong explained they haven’t.” are illiterate and put in the vul- of women, because we’re not was also the founder of the she believes societal rules must The tribal laws to which nerable position of being com- vulnerable,” said Samar. “We’re Shuhada Organization, which also be rebuilt before Afgh- Armstrong referred make it pletely dependent on their hus- See Afghan women, page GAUNTLET NEWS FEBUARY 07.08 9 Events forum: bringing the good times Christian Louden VP candidates Luke Valentine and Phil Hunter Production Editor duked it out over how to deal with promotions and event apathy. U nfortunately, the events forum lacked “All we can really do is make sure they know a beat-boxing competition, featuring about events,” Hunter said. “If students know, instead a polite exchange between they’ll go, and if they don’t want to, they can four of the five candidates vying for a com- go study or whatever they do.” missioner seat, Wed., Feb. . Valentine emphasized the need to get out Most of the debate between the commission and reach students in a more personal way by Christian Louden/the Gauntlet hopefuls centred on the sorts of events they just talking to students. hope to see in the future. Talk was sparked Four out of the ﬁve events commissioner hopefuls duke it out on stage. “It’s a problem here, and it’s a problem on with regard to the idea of placing less emphasis every campus,” said Valentine. on alcohol to make big events like Bermuda sioner Kat Lord, who also proposed the idea movies that you shouldn’t spend on but you The two VP candidates also had a few ideas Shorts Day more accessible to students who of a wellness week that would focus on health do anyway because it’s a guilty pleasure.” about events like sexual awareness week that don’t drink. improvement for students interested in being Hardeep Sangha—who was ruled ineligible to tend to have a low interest level. The only incumbent, Natasha Men was seek- kinder to their livers, and having workshops run in the VP events byelection in Oct.—pointed “I would definitely like to see sexual aware- ing re-election because she wants to improve on such things as yoga and meditation. to the years he’s been at the U of C and his ness week improved, maybe more sex in sexual the student experience. “Dry events would partner so well with the bar management and promotions experience awareness week,” said Valentine. “Events play a real-life role in affecting the wellness week,” said Lord. as his major qualifications for the job. Hunter wasn’t satisfied with the length of the student experience on campus, and that’s what Leslie Wynne suggested revamping “I have a marketing background, I’ve events and suggested shortening them. I’m here to do,” said Men. Cinemania by adding different kinds of movies. designed marketing campaigns for bars,” he “Students don’t like being preached to,” he Men suggested Gatorade pong in lieu of beer, “I’d like to get more movies at Cinemania that said. “I’m U of C’s answer to Van Wilder.” said. “Also, alcohol awareness, instead of having an idea echoed by current external commis- are more fluffy,” said Wynne. “Those sorts of After the commission portion of the forum, a full week, maybe have a couple days.” External forum: hopeful VPs debate experience Christian Louden “I’m going on seven or eight years MacKinnon. “None of them have any time to drive their message home. his ideas are’,” said FitzGerald. Production Editor of experience,” he said. experience in the organization. I hope “I realize you’re being asked to MacKinnon offered a contrasted But experience wasn’t the only with the experience I’ve had, we can take a leap of faith to put a vote response. Political mud was slung during thing FitzGerald was called on. A hit the ground running.” behind me and say ‘I know that “When you vote for me, you’re the external forum, Tue., Feb. as controversial part of his platform In their closing statements, guy hasn’t been on the SU, but I like not taking a leap of faith,” he said. two vice-president hopefuls debated aims to add a strike plebiscite to all candidates attempted one last what he has to say and I like what “You have proven results.” each others’ platforms and defended future SU ballots. themselves. “Just so you all know, if anyone’s Current academic commissioner wondering, I’m against striking,” Alastair MacKinnon stressed the said MacKinnon. “We all pay way importance of experience while too much money to be here to waste Tierney FitzGerald—who has no it all on a strike.” prior Students’ Union experience— However, FitzGerald felt this was argued SU experience counts for very a deliberate attempt to misconstrue little, citing conversations he had with the purpose of the plebiscite, as SU members before throwing his hat he explained after the forum. The into the VP external ring. rationale behind the plebiscite was “Experience is definitely beneficial, to spark higher voter turnout. but certainly not necessary,” asserted “Even if you’re saying per cent FitzGerald. “I definitely feel I’ll be a of the student population vote, that step behind, but I’ll quickly adapt.” completely changes the game, com- However, MacKinnon believes his pletely changes your relationship with experience in student politics dating the university,” said FitzGerald. back to junior high school makes After the forum, MacKinnon him more qualified, who draws his stressed his experience . qualifications from work experience “The external commissioners are all and research on student issues. acclaimed and they’re all new,” said 10 FEBUARY 07.08 GAUNTLET NEWS U of C adopts carshare program Daniel Pagan of Calgary and Calgary Alternative multiple people rent cars for short by the U of C’s Ancillaries and refundable damage deposit. Gauntlet News Transportation Co-operative, a local periods of time and are billed based Infrastructure associate vice- However, for undergraduate stu- carsharing program. on multiple factors, including president Peter Fraser and CATCO dents, there is a catch. C ommuter students won’t The U of C acquired its own car- insurance prices and usage of fuel. coordinator Cody Torgerson. “First of all, we have a minimum have to worry about ditch- share vehicle from CATCO, and it’s CATCO, a member-owned co-opera- Torgerson explained he is excited age requirement of -years-old ing their wheels in favour located south of the Biological tive, provides a carsharing service about the partnership between the for members,” said Torgerson. of mother nature thanks to a new Sciences building. throughout the city. university and CATCO, because of “The minimum age is required by partnership between the University Carsharing is a service where The partnership was created the possibilities it opens up for our insurance company. However, commuter students. there are precedents set by other “I see carsharing as having the campuses that have carsharing, so ability to remove the final obstacle we are interested in exploring the to a commuter; not requiring a feasibility.” vehicle while on campus,” said U of C Parking Services manager Torgerson. “There is already great Susan Austen is hoping the new car- transit bus access as well as a carpool sharing service would encourage service that commuters can use to more students to rely on alternate leave their vehicle at home. With transportation and reduce the stress all these services in place, I expect on the university’s parking spaces. carsharing to be a very popular ser- “Sometimes needing a car during vice on campus—if we can involve the day for an errand or meeting off the students.” campus is the only reason people will According to Torgerson, a stu- not consider giving up their permits dent interested in signing up for the and trying Transit,” said Austen. program would have to shell out a “Carsharing can help solve this membership fee, along with a barrier and provide choices.” Ændrew Rininsland/the Gauntlet Torgerson with the campus car, now available for students. Afghan women, cont’d from page 8 capable of doing many things, we’ve Another severely contentious just been put in that position.” stand Samar has taken against Samar’s battle has not come the Taliban regime is her support without great personal costs. for family planning. Her husband, a university pro- “If we do not control our family fessor, was alledgedly taken planning, we cannot do anything,” from their home by the Russian said Samar. “We cannot be a good government and Samar has not politician, a good teacher, not even heard from him since. Earlier this a good clerk.” month, Samar was at the upscale Armstrong pointed out a fun- Serena Hotel in Kabul when the damental misconception many Taliban attacked and killed seven Canadians have about the war in people. Afghanistan. Armstrong revered Samar for “[Canada] did not invade her tireless fight to win basic Afghanistan,” said Armstrong. human rights for Afghan women. “We were asked by the Afghan She illustrated Samar’s bravery government, sanctioned by the against the Taliban regime by United Nations, the Afghans sharing a story of when Samar want us there.” received death threats to stop Samar echoed Armstrong’s the operation of her elementary sentiments for the need of inter- schools. national aid in Afghanistan. “We “‘Go ahead and arrest me’,” said still need a lot of support, politi- Armstrong, recalling what Samar cally, militarily and economically, responded to the threat. “‘When in order to make democracy real for you kill me, tell them my crime. I was Afghanistan,” she said. “Right now, giving paper and pen to the girls’.” it’s just a nice word we’re using.” opinions GAUNTLET FEBRUARY 07.08 11 Editor: Ændrew Rininsland—firstname.lastname@example.org To the letter of the law Democracy in Afghanistan still has a long way to go Sharia law in a secret Islamic court, raped a woman in front of her ment and sentencing of Kambaksh. sort out these kinds of cases. But as Kambaksh was condemned without children. Joya went on to describe the slip- difficult to sort out what cases the legal representation. Shortly after- Joya believes Islamic law is being pery slope of what will happen declaration of human rights protects, ward, Sibghatullah Mojaddedi—a used to deteriorate the rights of if Kambaksh is executed for the the legal processes in Afghanistan Christian Louden key ally of Afghan president women in Afghanistan. This claim, religious crime. seems to have delayed Kambaksh’s Production Editor Hamid Karzai—gave his stamp of the statement read, is no better “The situation that execution, at least for now. approval in the senate, legitimizing evidenced than by the the press is faced with The Independent reported Mon. ournalism has a bad reputation. Kambaksh’s death sentence. imprison- gives you a clear indi- Mojaddedi was forced to back down J Some journalists are glory-seek- ing bloodsuckers just waiting for the next lead so they can pounce and Meanwhile, Malalai Joya is a member of parliament in Afghanistan who was cation of the level of freedom and democ- racy in the country after Afghan legal experts noted it is illegal for the senate to attempt to influence the judiciary. That is, be the first ones to break a story. suspended in May for as a whole,” the it’s illegal for the senate to endorse Journalism causes a great deal of her outspoken criti- statement read. an execution because it is a judicial disappointment for those who cisms of government Both the applica- affair and not a government affair. feel let down. Deception and other policies. On Jan. , in tion of Sharia law The news was welcomed by protes- forms of trickery are used just to get a statement published and the United tors worldwide, who see this as a step a skewed view across to an audience on the British news site Nations universal in the right direction for Kambaksh’s that, with time, grows to hate them for The Independent, declaration of human freedom, but won’t be satisfied until more and more. This hatred for jour- Joya criticized her rights are sanctioned he’s been released. Kambaksh has nalists creates more readers which government, claim- by the Afghan con- also granted the right to appeal his in turn fuels the industry. ing that warlords stitution signed in death sentence to the supreme court, In Afghanistan, the journalist who ought to , but the two much to the dismay of clerics who population is carefully pruned be charged for often conflict with feel a secular court has no right to through charges of blasphemy and their crimes are one another, mak- rule in a religious matter. death sentences. Over six years running it. She ing it difficult to There has also been some concern have passed since Afghanistan was cited a recent that Kambaksh’s imprisonment liberated from the Taliban regime occurrence in comes as a form of retaliation and although democratic principles which several against his brother, Sayed Yaqub are a lot more visible than they had local military Ibrahimi, who is also a journalist. been previously, there are a lot of commanders Ibrahimi has written extensively things that, from a Canadian per- on atrocities by several high-rank- spective, still seem backward. This ing government officials and it is is of course, only natural. The West likely they would seek retaliation, has an idea as to what the ideal the Independent reported. form of government is and while Given the turmoil in Afghanistan, they’re surely not so foolish as to I count myself rather lucky to be believe a strictly Western model living in a country whose present ought to be applied in countries biggest concern with regard to rights such as Afghanistan, there are and freedoms comes in the form of certainly limits to what even the politicians putting forward absurd most culturally sympathetic can copyright legislation. But even as deem acceptable applications of a student journalist in Canada, I democratic principles. still think it takes a certain kind of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh is a personality to be a journalist. Most journalism student in Afghanistan importantly, you must be content who was sentenced to death for the knowing you’re considered on par blasphemous act of downloading a with lawyers and politicians on the report off the Internet on women’s scale of the subhuman. Sometimes, rights abuses, with the intent to journalism—much like lawyering initiate discourse within the uni- and politicking—is about doing versity community. Tried under what others are afraid to do. SU View: SU General Election Stand Up and Be Counted! serve and represent them during the – academic year. smoothly as well as managing the budgets that fund the programs and The SU has a broad influence over many aspects of your life here at the The SU View and The SU plays a vital role for stu- services available from the SU. The U of C, so make your mark and use its corresponding headline are dents and supports many aspects SU is also an important advocate your vote to ensure the very best Brittany Sargent of student life inside and outside for student rights and issues. The people are elected to represent you VP Academic of Mac Hall. The Events portfolio puts on many Academic and External Portfolios specialize in lobbying on your behalf at the SU next year. To get up to speed on who is running and their provided by the You’ve seen the posters, you’ve important awareness weeks such as to the university and all levels of platforms, check out the SU election Students’ Union walked past the forums and now ArtsFest and coordinates favourites government. Finally, the President web site at election.su.ucalgary.ca. you know it’s here again. It’s time like That Empty Space and Bermuda oversees all these portfolios and is and published to vote in the Students’ Union General Election. Each year, the Shorts Day. The Operations and Finance portfolio works to ensure the official spokesperson for the SU, representing and serving the Voting Days are Feb. 12–14. You can vote online without Gauntlet student body head to the polls to our businesses like The Den and U of C student body to the univer- through the PeopleSoft Student Centre or in person at 1 of 3 poll stations on campus (ICT, Mac Hall and editorial revision. elect the students who will work to Bound and Copied are running sity, government and the media. Social Sciences). 12 FEBRUARY 07.08 GAUNTLET OPINIONS The Rise and slow decline of Mike Gravel Hillary Clinton and months before “ Barack Obama after deciding that was the Ryan Pike best way to promote the national initiative. After campaigning solo for months, though, those upstart kids got onto Gravel’s lawn and he never really regained his focus. I’m being Entertainment Editor “In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods To say Mike Gravel’s campaign strategy was ineffective against such big-name opposition may be a bit charitable. To be blunt, he didn’t really have much of a campaign. His Internet marginalized again... will be needed to secure victory.” hype video featured him standing next to a – Sun Tzu, The Art of War This week, Americans went to the polls for lake, throwing a rock in and walking away calmly. Worse, Gravel often was either not on the ballot for caucuses and primaries due I think I the largest day of voting of the presi- to not campaigning, or not reaching viabil- dential primaries, Super Tuesday, deciding between frontrunners for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations. CNN, Fox News and countless other news media ity when campaigning. Gravel only received votes in New Hampshire, Michigan, South Carolina and Florida. All told, less than , voters supported Gravel in the four disturb were agog over names like Clinton, McCain, Obama and Huckabee. Heck, even the vener- able Dr. Ron Paul received a fair number of accolades for lasting this long in a race he, states where he reached the ballot—and two states didn’t have delegates at stake. In fact, he was beaten in both South Carolina and Florida by four candidates who had already people frankly, has no shot at winning. One man officially dropped out of the race. Undeterred, deserves far more credit that he will receive. That man is Mike Gravel. Gravel first came to prominence as a two- Gravel campaigned on. At the time of this writing, Mike Gravel’s showing on Super Tuesday appears to be right ” term senator from the great state of Alaska, as expected—underwhelming. Once again, serving from to . He was unseated as the Democratic Party nominee in the state prior to running for a third term and would later admit that he had alienated most con- he’s been out-styled and out-gunned by his younger adversaries. Regardless, it’s important to note that by sticking in the race for this long, Gravel’s become part of the national now. stituencies in Alaska prior to leaving office. Gravel drifted from job to job following his political discourse. In the grand scheme of things, Mike Gravel is a footnote amidst the –Mike Gravel exit from office, eventually divorcing his historic Obama/Clinton race/gender war. The wife. Eventually Gravel returned to politics, kids fighting on his lawn will get the spotlight, becoming involved in the promotion of direct but if Gravel’s ideas are good, they will be sto- democracy initiatives, including the National len by those kids and passed off as their own. Initiative to amend the U.S. constitution to Mike Gravel is just a man, but by lingering on allow direct changes via popular vote. amidst the most hotly-contested primary in The -year-old Gravel, in actuality, was the decades, Mike Gravel’s ideas will live on. first man (or woman) to throw his name into So kudos, Mr. Gravel. No mat- the ring for the Democratic nomination way ter how badly you lose, you truly back on Apr. , , nine months before are history’s greatest trier. courtesy Wikipedia, used under CC license three lines free The Student’s Union election is com- ing up next week. Dnhh dnhh dnhh. I was too sexy for my shirt. And then I got cold. If you leave your V.C.R. on P.B.S. all night do they assume you enjoyed Buy a Candy-Gram for all your loved ones on Valentine’s Day! They’re sold GAUNTLET FEBRUARY 07.08 What was I thinking? 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Roses are red, Violets are blue, I don’t have a Valentine, and neither do you. sports GAUNTLET FEBRUARY 07.08 14 Editor: Amanda Hu—firstname.lastname@example.org Basketballers play hard at home Team ﬁnishes with perfect home record and take ﬁrst place in division DINOS WESMEN “I thought our defensive effort was better,” said Vanhooren. “We 98 vs 62 had some breakdowns at times that we’re hurting us and we gave them some easy shots. We can still men’s basketball improve defensively and if we’re going to win it all in playoffs and move forward, I think that needs Stewart Pallard to be a concerted [focus] for our Gauntlet Sports team.” Canada West MVP candidate T he University of Calgary Henry Bekkering led the Dinos Dinos men’s basketball again. He is averaging over team finished the – points per game, is th in Canada season with a perfect home record West in rebounding and scorched after beating the University of the Bisons for points and nine Manitoba Bisons and the University boards. Forward Robbie Sihota is of Winnipeg Wesmen at the Jack having a fine season as well and Simpson Gymnasium this past recorded another double-double weekend. The Dinos also finished with points and rebounds. in first place in the central division Rookie Tyler Fidler had points, of Canada West, giving them a first- Cody Darrah ended with and round playoff bye and home-court point guard Jeff Price recorded advantage in the second round of points, nine assists and six the playoffs. rebounds. Friday night’s game against the Price has quickly become one of Bisons was a dominant effort by the top point guards in the league the Dinos. The Bisons have not after spending last season playing enjoyed a stellar season but they for the Mount Royal Cougars. He have a major upset against the sec- currently leads all players in Canada ond-ranked Acadia Axemen and West in assists per game average at the University of Alberta Golden . and the free throw percentage Bears. On this night, they played a at an impressive .. Forward Ross complete game and dominated the Bekkering, who leads Canada West Bisons in a – victory. in rebounding, sat out both games “I thought we came out well to rest a nagging ankle injury. and had great defensive inten- The Dinos used their last regu- sity in the first half,” said Dino lar season home game to recognize forward Henry Bekkering. fifth-year players Jeremy Odland [We] held them to only and Cody Darrah in a traditional points.” pre-game ceremony. Darrah gave They outscored the Bisons in the Dinos a much needed three- every quarter and had a huge – point threat all season long as well lead at half-time. The game grew as much-needed experience on a a little closer as Dinos head coach young club. Last season Odland suf- Dan Vanhooren gave his bench fered a broken jaw during a game Katy Anderson/the Gauntlet players more playing time, but the against the Huskies that required Bisons never seriously threatened surgery but the committed veteran Joe Schow (#40) goes for the net. to retake the lead, with the closest came back to have a strong season the Bisons attempt being within off the bench to the Dinos. Wesmen were missing their top aomng the best players in Canada with points and a game-high points at just under a minute Unfortunately for the fans two players—one of which being West. Nasajpour is currently aver- rebounds, Fidler recorded points remaining in the contest. attending the game Sat. night the fifth-year Erfan Nasajpour who is aging over points a game and and Darrah chipped in with of leads the league in steals. Henry his own. Bekkering ran wild with three huge The Dinos will close out the Dinos win all over the weekend dunks and a - point effort on the night. Darrah nailed a three-point shot from his own three-point line regular season on the road against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The Huskies have a at half time pushing the Dinos to good team that includes former DINOS WESMEN Fri. by the score of –, despite a Hill to break out of her shooting –. There were times in the Canada West player of the year very poor shooting night from the slump, when on Sat. night, she game where the Dinos were dou- Andrew Spagrud. After playing 76 vs 69 floor. Star sophomore guard Ashley Hill typified the Dinos’ struggles, going – from the field. Despite scored points to lead a – comeback win over the Wesmen. Senior Michelle Willson, in her bling the Wesmen in points, not to mention they also out-rebounded the central Canadian opponoents some weak opponents over the last two weeks, it will be good for Calgary to play one of the better women’s basketball the shooting percentage, Hill did still lead the team in scoring, contributing points to the win. final regular season home game, pitched in with an impressive nine rebounds, seven points and to . “I thought we played pretty well at times,” said Vanhooren. “We teams in the league before the play- offs begin in order to tune up their game entering the post-season. The Cole Christensen Coach Shawnee Harle stressed the two blocks. started a little bit slow. Defensively, next home game for the Dinos will Gauntlet Sports importance of winning games, even With contributions from guard we gave up scores on their first four be a playoff match against either on nights where the ball isn’t going Courtney Coyle and Willson, the possessions that they had and our the Huskies or the Golden Bears, The University of Calgary lady in, ladysaurs continued to receive guys were a little bit disappointed as the Dinos will await the winner basketsaurs continued their hot “Our motto for the remainder of excellent secondary scoring to in that but we should give a couple of that playoff series due to their streak with yet another sweep, the year is ‘find a way’,” she said. compliment Hill. As Coach Harle of those guys credit [because] they first-round bye. this time over the Manitoba Bisons “That’s what we did on Fri. It wasn’t emphasized, the playoffs will be hit some shots there. After that, we and Winnipeg Wesmen Feb. –. pretty. We didn’t shoot well, but we require a total team effort in order settled in and played well for the It wasn’t pretty however, as the still found a way to win.” to advance. most part.” The Dinos battle against U of S Feb. 8–9. Game Dinos squeaked past Manitoba on It took only one day for Ashley see winning ways, page Sihota had a trademark eff ort time is 7 p.m. GAUNTLET SPORTS FEBRUARY 07.08 15 st Hockeysaurs take loss against SAIT DINOS TROJANS the series, took both games by only one for the U of C over the hair’s lengths, – in a shootout weekend, the Trojans vaulted into 2 vs 3 and –. The Dinos’ sudden death woes second place in the conference, leaving the Dinos in third. The continued on Fri. night as they lost top two teams in the conference women’s hockey their fourth shootout in a row, but the disappointment was nothing compared to what was inflicted the at the end of the season receive the luxury of an automatic bye to the second round, but it would almost Derek Neumeier night after. Despite going down – take a miracle now for the Dinos to Gauntlet Sports early in the first, the Dinos stormed reach that plateau. The fate of the back thanks to goals by forward Dinos’ season is currently up in the G oing into action against the Cassandra Atkins and defender Sara air as the team needs to rebound Southern Alberta Institute Clowes. Tied – late into the third, in a big way and somehow upset of Technology Trojans the game looked to surely go into the Mount Royal College Cougars this past weekend, the University overtime yet again and give the Dinos in their last pair of games to regain of Calgary Dinos women’s hockey a chance to redeem their shootout some crucial momentum for the team knew they needed to play two loss from the night before, until playoffs this weekend. The Cougars inspired games of hockey, as four tragedy struck. With their minds are riding high in first after recently points would help distance them- already looking towards overtime, dismantling the Red Deer College selves from the rest of the pack the Dinos were caught off-guard as Queens, so the Dinos will need towards one of the top two spots the Trojans scored a shockingly dev- to put everything they have into in the Alberta Colleges Athletic astating goal with only two seconds this all-important last weekend Conference and a first-round playoff left in regulation, stealing the win at series. bye. However, the Dinos met much the last possible moment and capping Geoff MacIntosh/the Gauntlet adversity from their inner-city rivals off a heartbreaking pair of games that as the Trojans, who were tied with could have gone to either team. Games are at Centennial Arena and Olympic Oval the lady hockeysaurs going into With four points for SAIT and Feb. 8–9. Cassandra Atkins (#5) skates to the puck. NCAA moves towards allowing Canadian membership Jon Roe mally apply for NCAA membership. revisiting our membership criteria Matchett noted that, in some cases, both U of A and UBC have said there Features Editor The University of Calgary, which and we’re going to look at what is a move to division two could be a are interested donors should their also plays in Canada West, will likely our philosophical position of who step down athletically. McGregor teams compete in the NCAA. A decision by the American not scramble for membership in the members are of CIS and who we agreed. Student financial compensation National Collegiate Athletic American association. want to be members of CIS in the “In my view, [moving to divi- could also improve if a Canadian Association Jan. may change “At this point, absolutely not,” future.” sion two is] a lateral move at best,” team joined the NCAA. Both of the the face of Canadian university said U of C Dinos sports informa- Though there is currently a cap commented McGregor. top NCAA divisions allow more sports. The NCAA approved a ten- tion director Ben Matchett. “We are on membership in the top NCAA If a school did reach the upper athletic financial awards than the year pilot program at its mem- very happy with our current position division, the goal of any school echelon of the NCAA, division one CIS and in the NCAA, students can bership convention, opening the in CIS and we have no plans to apply heading to the NCAA would be membership in any sport would receive as much as a so-called “free- door for Canadian Interuniversity the NCAA right now.” to move up from division two. likely increase donor support and see ncaa, page Sport schools to seek membership The NCAA’s decision may still in division two, the second highest affect the U of C if any of the three competitive division in the NCAA. competing schools head south. CIS Three CIS Canada West conference will be conducting a membership schools—chiefly the University of survey and acting to rectify any British Columbia and to a lesser problems. extent the University of Alberta “The landscape has changed as and Simon Fraser University—have a result of this decision,” said CIS expressed interest but have yet to for- CEO Marg McGregor. “We will be 16 FEBRUARY 07.08 GAUNTLET SPORTS Captain Caitlin leads team to wins Derek Neumeier backs her team from the defensive deciding to play for the U of C. Gauntlet Sports zone, making smart decisions on “With the X-Treme it was very setting up plays and rarely making hockey- and training-focused, B eing the captain of a hockey any mistakes or taking any penal- while the Dinos are more flexible team is a big responsibility. ties, while off the ice she is a wise with school,” she said. “For women’s Solid performances night in yet soft-spoken figure of guidance. hockey, you’re not guaranteed to and night out, heightened deter- It was because of O’Hara’s com- play professionally for a living, so mination and effort in important bination of skills, hockey insight, it’s important to have a university moments of the game, an unwaver- professionalism and bright future degree.” ing sense of respected leadership and ahead of her in the sport that she was Still, she reflects back on that one being an ambassador for the sport chosen to wear the “C” for the Dinos year with the X-Treme as an experi- are all necessary obligations for a this year by new head coach and ence that has positively influenced successful captain. For some, these women’s hockey legend Danielle her on-ice abilities today, as well as characteristics have to be learned Goyette, a choice that O’Hara says being her greatest hockey accom- and fine-tuned after first receiving still humbles her. plishment. the captaincy of a team. For others, “It was an honour to be selected “Playing against the competition like Dinos women’s hockey captain by someone with Danielle’s experi- of the Western Women’s Hockey Caitlin O’Hara, they just seem to ence,” she said. “She’s changed the League gives you confidence and come naturally. atmosphere in the dressing room helps you not worry about the uni- O’Hara, despite only playing in this year.” versity level,” she said. “Being able to her second year for the Dinos, has Born and raised in Calgary, O’Hara play with older girls allowed me to shown leadership qualities beyond grew up around hockey with a family improve as a player and a person.” her age in her first season as captain as equally immersed in the sport as Although O’Hara’s choice to play of a team consisting primarily of she is. She started playing at age six for the Dinos instead of the X-Treme Geoff MacIntosh/the Gauntlet rookie and sophomores. She excels and followed it through until . The the past two seasons may seem like at her position on defence, stifling game began to play a larger role in her O’Hara passed on her Oval X-Treme spot to play for the Dinos. some to be missing a great oppor- opposing forwards with sound life when she was accepted into a local tunity, those that know her well or positioning, creative stickwork hockey-related, athletic performance “The school was very sports- play hockey. Student-athletes are have ever seen her play know that and great decision making with the school. Despite her added focus on specific, but they were also very very unique people because you her future in women’s hockey is only puck, but also possesses the ability hockey O’Hara maintained a devo- concerned about grades,” she have to live with both things.” going to get brighter from here. The to break into the offensive zone and tion to the importance of academics, recalled. “It prepared me for uni- Her dedication towards obtain- same can be said about her team unleash a deadly shot when scoring which she says helped her become the versity because you had to keep ing a strong education didn’t end as the young yet strong Dinos will is needed. On the ice, she quarter- student-athlete she is today. your grades up in order to still after high school. After playing for only continue to grow with O’Hara the Calgary Oval X-Treme, one leading the charge on the ice. of Canada’s finest professional women’s hockey teams, in Grade , O’Hara turned down an offer Check out next week’s Gauntlet for our next player to return after graduating, instead proﬁle on volleyballer Julie Young. NCAA, cont’d from page 15 ride” scholarship, where tuition members of its league while in the and living expenses are covered. NCAA. No decision will be made This could allow the transplanted regarding dual membership until Canadian schools to attract high- the CIS annual general meeting, quality Canadian athletes who cur- Jun. –, but the CIS board has rently attend NCAA schools rather already declared that it will be rec- than stay in Canada. Currently the ommending against it. CIS only allows athletic financial If UBC or U of A apply and are awards to cover tuition and com- accepted into the NCAA, and CIS pulsory fees. decides that it won’t allow dual Despite this, McGregor noted membership, it could be a prob- that the notion that the CIS doesn’t lem for the U of C’s field hockey offer any scholarships for students team. Currently, only the U of A, is untrue. UBC, U of C and the University of “CIS does give out millions of Victoria have field hockey teams dollars of athletic scholarships each participating in Canada West. year,” said McGregor. “In fact, divi- U of A or UBC dropping the sport sion two is not the glamour alterna- without another school joining tive it may have been portrayed as would put field hockey below the in the media.” four-team minimum necessary to Nearly million in athletic sanction a sport in Canada West. financial awards were given out by The schools that apply could begin CIS members during the – playing in the NCAA as soon as the school year, including , by – season. the U of C for its CIS athletes, the Matchett noted it would be disap- ninth-highest total in the country. pointing for UBC to leave—UBC was The University of Regina provided a founding member of the Canada the most athletic scholarships, dol- West conference and is a rival of ing out ,. Up the road in U of C in numerous sports—but Edmonton, the U of A provided reaffirmed that the U of C is not ,, the second-most in the exploring the NCAA option. country. “Our Canadian system is not If they are going to apply for perfect, [but] no system is per- NCAA, the Canadian schools have fect,” noted Matchett on CW and until Jun. . In the event of teams CIS. “Our opinion is, it’s better for moving down, the CIS has yet us to try and improve the Canadian to decide whether it will allow system than to give up on and try universities to continue being going somewhere else.” GAUNTLET SPORTS FEBRUARY 07.08 17 Sportspinions: Is Dinos left scrambling for playoff spot Phaneuf worth it? DINOS WESMAN is a kind of snowball affect. They get lower and lower after we get higher 1 vs 3 and higher.” The Dinos closing out a set in Sat. Austin Paladeau night’s match via a – run illustrates Sports Columnist men’s volleyball Halverson’s point. Furthermore, the loss of the match did not overshadow the exceptional play by some of the Life is full of surprises. This seems Courtenay Adams team’s talents, as Omar Langford to be pretty obvious and yet, things Gauntlet Sports and Oleg Podporin led the game in we often regard as “surprises” can kills and Andrew Tallas registered an usually be seen coming from a mile T he men’s volleysaurs headed impressive defensive digs. Coach away. Having sex without protec- out east to the University of Durrant was also eager to emphasize tion? Surprise! You’re pregnant. Winnipeg to take on the the young team’s future potential, Smoking and tanning everyday until Wesmen, a team in contention for noting that Halverson himself dis- you are as orange as Hulk Hogan the top spot of the Canada West played increasing confidence and and sound like a busted muffler? Conference rankings this past skill in the libero position as the Surprise! You have cancer. The weekend. Though the Dinos were weekend progressed. point is, there are some things out not victorious in either of the back- Looking to the future, the Dinos there that if you take a moment to to-back matches on Fri. and Sat., are fortunate in that they have no think about, you will realize they’re their fight to the bitter end was no problem playing their final two not all that surprising. That leads to less than impressive. The weekend regular season matches on the road, today’s subject—or tomorrow’s big saw small victories for the visiting a boon in light of the importance of surprise, if you prefer: Dion Phaneuf team, including winning one set in the matches. Durrant commented and the Calgary Flames. each match. For Fri. and Sat. night, on the cohesiveness of the team on Flames fan or not, if you live in the final scores were –, –, the road as distractions like family Calgary or the neighbouring vicinity, –, – and –, –, and girlfriends do not tend to com- you know what the man brings to –, –, respectively. promise the cohesive routine of the the table every night: booming shot, Though the losses complicate the team. He also noted the infancy of intensity in spades, demolishing hits Dinos’ chances of making it into the the Wolf Pack’s gym. and the occasional donnybrook. You playoffs, head coach Rod Durrant was “It is on the road but it’s still like a will also likely have noted his ill- insistent that his team would not back neutral site,” he said. “They’ve only advised pinching, frequent defensive Daniel Pagan/the Gauntlet down from the challenge. This com- played five or six weekends in this lapses and penchant for looking for ing weekend will find the men’s team Scott Price (#12) and David Egan (#18) provide cover. new gym. It’s not a confined gym the big hit to the dismay of his hap- in Kamloops battling against the like their old gym. While we’ve never less defensive partner. Given time, Thompson Rivers University Wolf to go in there and look after our side but then we also showed [in] two sets played there. They haven’t played his upside is a probable future Norris Pack in the final two matches of the of the net.” how we could play,” Halverson said. there a lot either. Honestly, I think Trophy and a spot on the Team regular season. Their goal is to feed AJ Halverson, a first-year player “[Unfortunately], we also showed that being on the road will help us Canada Olympic blue line. Having off of the intensity their situation who took on the position of libero—a how if we don’t bring intensity and stay more focused.” him as the centrepiece of Calgary’s brings, as only a victory will ensure defensive specialist—for the weekend we let the other team get into our defensive corps for the foreseeable the team’s berth in post-season also remained optimistic about his heads, we can be weak. We have to future would be fantastic, save for competition. team’s abilities. Citing their small really focus on our side. It’s a tough Up next are matches against Thompson Rivers the fact that he is a restricted free “For me and for our guys, it’s victories in winning two sets over thing to do, but to build confidence University Feb. 8–9. see Phaneuf, page been a playoff game for the past the weekend against one of the best four weekends,” coach Durrant teams in the country as indicative noted of the team’s current mind- of their potential, he noted that his set. “[That’s how we] approach team’s strengths would be further every weekend and [this weekend] enhanced by emotion-driven play we need to approach it the same way. and smart moves on the court. Those We control where we end up. We’re assets would assist in maintaining the not sitting back hoping somebody confidence necessary to win. else beats somebody else. We need “We started off slow both nights, 18 FEBRUARY 07.08 GAUNTLET SPORTS Dinos tested by Wesman Phaneuf, continued DINOS WESMAN story, as the Dinos leapt out to a quick two sets to none lead. However, the give back. The second day, we saw what they could do and stopped a from page 17 1 vs 3 Thunderbirds were outdone. Making adjustments, UBC battled back and took the next three sets –, –, lot of what they were doing the first day. We did a better job of playing as a team [on Sun].” women’s volleyball –, –, –, sending the Dinos home winless. In the match, Calgary captain Julie Young led the The Dinos have been cemented in the third-seeded position in the CIS Canada West conference. With Joshua Goard-Baker way with kills, followed by Lauren only one match to go before the end Gauntlet Sports Perry, who contributed kills and of the season, the Dinos will use the digs. Despite UBC battling for the next weekend as a tune-up for the T he University of Calgary win, Coach Boyles was impressed by playoffs. Dinos got a true taste of what the effort. “We’ll look to build some to expect during the playoffs “We bounced back with a really momentum with a couple of wins this past weekend. In a battle of the good performance on Sun. and had in Kamloops this weekend and get second-seeded and third-seeded them on the ropes,” said Boyles. “In prepared for our quarter final series teams, the Dino’s seemed over- their gym, with a hostile crowd, some with Regina back here in Calgary matched and were thoroughly out- tough calls and a lot going against us, the following week,” commented played on Sat., with the University of we were very close to finishing that Boyles. British Columbia Thunderbirds tak- match in three sets.” The playoffs are stacking up to agent at the end of the season which been viewed as an annual Stanley ing the match –, –, –. According to Julie Young, more be very intense. With the top four calls into question his future with Cup contender, only to fall short The Calgary women seemed to be can be expected from this team and teams seemingly well matched, it the Flaming C. every season. While the team has caught off-guard by the athleticism the weekend’s effort is not indicative might turn out to be a very exciting The ultimate length of Phaneuf’s changed from year to year, the of the UBC women and never truly of how the team will perform in the playoff run. tenure with the Calgary Flames will main guns have all remained the in the game on Sat. playoffs. “The Canada West Final Four is be predicated upon two things: same more or less. If the Flames “UBC is a very athletic team, with “We started off really slow amd going to be ridiculously competitive,” Calgary’s willingness to show him ultimately fail in their bid to host possibly the best setter in the country we were on our heels the whole said Boyles. “I wouldn’t begin to pre- fair money and his desire to stay in the holy grail at the end of this sea- right now,” said Coach Boyles after time defending,” said Young. “In dict the outcome of that event.” the city. Those two things don’t have son—and there is little suggest that the loss. “They really took it to us volleyball, you can’t win the game to be mutually exclusive. General it will happen—then logic would on Sat.” if the other team is attacking you the Manager Darryl Sutter recently dictate major changes are needed. Sunday seemed to be a different whole time and you have nothing to The Dinos take on Thompson Rivers Feb. 8–9. tagged Phaneuf as one of the “core” It’s this line of thinking that says guys here in Calgary, putting him Calgary shouldn’t resign Langkow in the same breath as players such or Huselius if they get ousted in as Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr the first round. Why keep using and Miika Kipprusoff. Looking the same tools when they are not at all of those players’ contracts, building you the house you want? you will note that, despite being Phaneuf fits in this category as considered among the best at their well. While he may be young and position, they are not paid as such. exceptionally talented, the value he If you believe what’s written in the could command on the trade market papers and what the talking heads would be a tempting. The next two are saying on TV then you’ll know drafts are considered very strong. If that—allegedly—Phaneuf wants a lot trading McGuire’s Monster could of money to stay here, perhaps more yield a bevy of young draft picks, annually than the Captain himself. why not consider it? We have our This is where it all gets a little messy. three most important players under If this is the case, then the logical contract for the next five years, so move at the conclusion of the season what’s the harm in taking one step would be to trade Phaneuf and his back to move two steps ahead to potentially massive cap hit away. This the organization’s ultimate goal of probably sounds like blasphemy to winning a Cup? If any of this makes many but if one considers the facts, sense to Darryl Sutter in Jun., don’t they may agree. act surprised when number three isn’t Since the lockout, Calgary has wearing our red sweater anymore. Winning ways, continued from page 14 “Ashley is important in every vic- scoring, we have multiple defences tory, as are the rest of our players,” we can play and it all equates to she said. “We need all nine players a – record at this point in the to step their game up a notch as we season.” head into playoffs. Ashley certainly As impressed as the head coach caught fire in the second half on is by the record, the ladysaurs Sat. [vs. Winnipeg] and I think know that they have not com- everybody fed off her spark.” pleted anything yet. With the With a – record, including conclusion of the regular season – at home, the ladysaurs resil- coming next weekend, in a double iency and disciplined play has header versus the University of resulted in, at least, a second- Saskatchewan, the playoffs are place finish in the central division closer than ever. The ladysaurs of the Canada West conference. will begin their quest for a CIS As Coach Harle pointed out, this championship in the Canada Dinos squad continues to find West division semifinals start- ways to win in the tough Canada ing Feb. . West conference. “What I like about this team is we keep finding ways to win,” The ladysaurs face off in the PAC. Game time is she said. “We have very balanced 5 p.m. entertainment GAUNTLET FEBRUARY 07.08 19 Editor: Ryan Pike—email@example.com Alberta Theatre Projects has the Rite stuff Enbridge playRites Festival blasts off with ﬁve great plays playritesf e s t i v a l t h e a t r e p r e v i e w Ryan Pike Entertainment Editor I n Calgary, February is typically a horrible time of year. Snow covers the city and eventually turns to ice while temperatures plunge far below freezing and force citizens indoors to wait out winter’s frosty embrace. Every year, though, Alberta Theatre Projects provides Calgarians with a reason to brave the cold: the Enbridge playRites Festival. Produced annually by ATP since , play- Rites is a showcase for a collection of new Canadian plays. For past few years, the task of putting together an all-star line-up of plays has fallen upon ATP dramaturg Vicki Stroich and her team. She notes that plays have to meet a set of specific criteria before they’re considered for a spot in the festival. “First of all, we’re the Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays,” says Stroich. “So we’re looking for plays that haven’t had production yet or plays that haven’t had pro- fessional production yet. We’re looking for something that’s new and something that’s still in process, the writer or the creators Daniel J. Pagan/the Gauntlet are still working on them very hard to put together for production.” Men who wear suits often establish dominance over those who do not. The process of choosing plays for the play- Rites festival is long and arduous, beginning structed with the audience in mind. Each year-to-year. Stroich says that while playRites “Calgary has a lot of wonderful new work a long time before the festival actually opens. play is meticulously examined and weighed aims to vary which playwrights are showcased that happens,” says Stroich. “For me, the Stroich and her team pour through hundreds against the others, with only the cream of the each year, they’re not averse to bringing back benefit is that it’s the opportunity to see of plays per year, looking for unique projects crop emerging each year on their stage. creators whose work merits it. something absolutely new—actually, to see to put centre stage. “We’re responding like we would if we “We have a lot of playwrights that come five absolutely new, entirely different things. “Over the course of the year we read or were in the audience,” says Stroich. “How back to the festival several times,” says The uniqueness of the experience is in the listen to readings of about plays, some- interested are we in the story and how touched Stroich. “But we’ll try not to put the same variety and the freshness of the work.” where between and depending on are we by the characters? How interested playwright two years in a row or something For Calgary theatergoers, Feb. is most the year,” says Stroich. “We process a lot are we in some of the ideas or some of the like that. There is a bit of a thought put into definitely not a barren wasteland of ice of stories. We think about a lot of stories. emotions the play puts together? We want varying the festival from year to year, but and snow. Instead, it may be the highlight We usually are bringing it down to a list of to put together a very interesting group of we really do think of each of them as their of their year, with the playRites festival probably about or projects, and then five plays for our audience to experience, so own animal.” shining bright as a showcase for Canadian we choose the five we are going to put in the we’re looking for the uniqueness of the way In the hustle and bustle of Calgary’s cul- playwrights from Victoria to St. John’s and festival. Usually just as the festival is ending, they tell the stories and how interesting the tural life, people looking for entertainment many points in between. we make the decision for what we want to story is to us.” in their lives have more choices than ever. program in the festival in the next year.” The festival organizers take great pride in The Enbridge playRites festival designs itself Stroich notes that the festival is con- presenting a diverse, unique festival from to stand out from the crowd. Check out atplive.com for full festival schedule and ticket info. Your guide to the sights and sounds of playRites The Enbridge playRites Festival is large. ATP dramaturg Vicki Stroich THAT ELUSIVE SPARK TRAIN THE DROWNING GIRLS gave the Gauntlet the inside scoop on what’s in store this year. Written by Janet Munsil Written by Maiko Bae Yamamoto Written by Daniela Vlaskalic, Beth “It’s a play that takes place in “They’ve got a very playful, Graham and Charlie Tomlinson AUGUST THE GIFT OF THE COAT two time periods in two diff er- very physical and very visual “There’s three writers, one of Written by Jean Marc Dalpé, Written by Sean Dixon ent locations and weaves [them] way of telling a story. A lot of the whom is performing in the show translation by Maureen Labonté “It tells the unique journey of a together. That’s a very interest- story is told through movement, [Graham] and one of whom is “It tells a very tightly-woven story dead man and the overcoat that ing story about how our brains through a bit of music, through directing [Tomlinson], and they’ve that takes place in the front yard of he’s wearing. The coat is played by work in romantic connections. text, through some traditional been collaborating on this for quite a house in Quebec on a hot August a person and they basically fly across It actually is inspired by a true storytelling methods, but a while and working with designers day. It takes place in real-time, so the the world searching for her original story, that we found very fasci- weaved in two different ways of and the actors that are going to be characters come in and everything owner and learn a bit about what it is nating, of a man named Phineas communicating with the audience. performing it to create a very unique happens in real-time. It’s the story to be human—the great irony being Gage who, back in the s, It’s got a very playful relationship experience. It’s also based on a true of a family brought together and of course that we’re experiencing had a rather fantastic accident with the audience, as well. It’s story. It’s about a man at the turn the sort of tensions that bubble up this very human journey through happen to him. A rod went through inspired by a true story from of the century in England who has when you bring a family together the exploits of a dead body and an his head and he lost part of his Maiko’s past and is performed by married a bunch of women and they under all the niceties of a family inanimate object that are played by brain and it radically changed his her and her father, who inspired mysteriously drowned in their bath reunion.” people.” personality.” the story.” shortly after marrying him.” Runs Fri., Feb. 15 until Sat., Mar. 8 at Martha Runs Thu., Feb. 14 until Sun., Mar. 9 at Martha Runs Sat., Feb. 16 until Sat., Mar. 8 at Martha Runs Thu., Feb. 14 to Sat., Feb. 23 at Big Secret Runs Sat., Mar. 1 until Sun., Mar. 9 at Big Secret Cohen Theatre. Cohen Theatre. Cohen Theatre. Theatre. Theatre. 20 FEBRUARY 07.08 GAUNTLET ENTERTAINMENT Say whatever you want, just don’t say die SayA n y t h i n g In Defense of the Genre may be a story about the trials and tribula- ern Canada, and says that while Thrice and Say Anything may not m u s i c i n t e r v i e w tions of Max Bemis, but the rest be similar bands, he feels the tour of the band is as much part of the will be a success. Darren Young story as the protagonist. The band “[Thrice and Say Anything] are Gauntlet Entertainment has been around Max through his bands that have an edgy sound,” troubles, which has given them a explains Turner. “We could change T o thine own self be true. more personal relationship with the our music and fans may be weirded If your name is Say new album. Turner shows definite out, but they would come back and Anything, then you had enthusiasm discussing the story, see us because we still keep playing best not hold your tongue. On but it is his love of performing old songs.” their Doghouse Records debut, the songs that takes precedence For the Canadian fans that …Is A Real Boy, Say Anything over the concept. missed out on Say Anything the told the tale of a young man “I love playing the songs from last time around, this tour with physically incapable of censoring In Defense,” says Turner. “They’re Thrice should be a welcome treat. himself—the man being the group’s very challenging songs, and not The band is enthusiastic about the courtesy Indoor Recess frontman, Max Bemis. Their new anything near the old record.” new album, excited to get out on record In Defense of the Genre is a Membership in a band has its perks, like self-propelled ﬂight. This week, Say Anything is tak- tour and many of their problems playful stab at the detractors of the ing their new songs to Canada are now in the past. Say Anything emo genre Say Anything is often the life of Max Bemis, his failed of Max’s relationship,” says Jake on tour with Thrice. The last are in defence of the emo genre and lumped into, with Bemis playing relationship and trip to the mental Turner, guitarist of the band. “It’s time Say Anything was slated Max is about to take to the stage to the attorney, brokenhearted lover institution where he was diagnosed kind of weird because I know the to come to Calgary, Max developed speak his mind. and bipolar rockstar all at once. with bipolar disorder. whole story. This girl came up to an ulcer on his throat and was The album is a musical statement “The album goes through the Max at a show and introduced her- unable to do the performance. and another voyeuristic peek into ups and downs and ins and outs self to him and I was there.” Turner is excited to play in west- Say Anything plays Mac Hall Fri., Feb. 8. Attacks of various sizes, shapes and colours AttackInBlack came and went the group finally formed around its core, brothers and black metal,” says Kehoe. “Definitely right now we are a band would follow up an album with a tour promoting the albums and, after they were done, the boys decided to release what they m u s i c i n t e r v i e w Daniel and Ian Romano. Daniel all listening to a band called release and a year or so writing had created to the public. Thus in supplies the lead guitar and vocals Ladyhawk from B.C.” new music for an encore. However, Nov., Attack In Black released its Joshua Goard-Baker and Ian the drums. The other two This past July, Attack in Black in the case of Attack in Black second full-length album called Gauntlet Entertainment members rounding out Attack are released their first full-length their love for the music brought The Curve of the Earth. This Ian Kehoe on bass and Spencer album, a blend of punk, folk them in Sep. to the Romano album marked an exodus from There is something to be said for Burton supplying backup vocals and pop entitled Marriage. Th e household and an old two-input the pop-punk, Ramones-influ- loving your craft: playing sports for and guitar. album was well received and recorder found in storage pro- enced sound of Marriage and the love of the game, performing “We’ve all been friends for garnered the band the Favourite vided the stage. The band spent moved the band into a new realm theatre just because you love to act years, we’ve all been playing music New Artist CASBY award, given the next two days writing and of deep, melodic folk. and writing music just because you since before we ever recorded annually by Toronto FM radio performing music on the patio, Asked whether the band was love music. Attack in Black is one anything,” says Kehoe. “I was station The Edge. In most cases, each member providing vocals see ATTACK, pg of those bands that create music, in a band prior to this one with in essence, for themselves. In the Spencer, and have been playing process, they hope music fans music with Dan for years now.” will love listening to their songs Asked about their varied musi- just as much as they loved mak- cal influences, Kehoe provides a ing them. list that might dictate a different The band was formed much sound than the band has produced like many other young bands, thus far. between a group of friends who “We grew up listening to punk enjoyed playing together in high and hardcore bands, now we’ve school. After a number of members branched out to more industrial GAUNTLET ENTERTAINMENT FEBRUARY 07.08 21 Bustin’ a Cap’n your ass Captain America wields a gun.” Luckily, media-savvy Marvel Comics wasn’t wholly unpre- pared for the backlash. Much as Ryan Pike they did when they killed Captain Entertainment Editor America, unmasked Spider-Man or disbanded the Avengers, Marvel had L ast March, comic book fans their writers speak with the media of all ages mourned as Marvel and reveal the rationale behind Comics’ famed wartime Captain America packing heat: he hero Captain America was assas- always has. sinated within the pages of Captain The debut issue of the original America . Since then, his epony- Captain America in Jun. , mous title has published despite not Captain America Comics , fea- having a title character, prompting tured Captain America punching speculation that a new Captain out Adolf Hitler on the cover. Later America would soon find his way covers featured Captain America onto the book’s pages. shoving Nazis into an oven, his The series finally saw the debut sidekick firing a machine gun at of a red, white and blue-clad hero enemy troops and Cap throw- in last week’s Captain America ing grenades at Russian troops. , but the new Cap has garnered While many of these were blatant Marvel a bit of criticism—not for wartime propaganda images, they replacing a beloved character, but still involved Captain America and for the weapons he carries. friends using the weapons of war. Days before the new Captain Issues in the s aimed to sani- acted as a distraction. Most of all, by Brubaker as a brainwashed America officially debuted, media tize Cap’s history, and the events Brubaker established very firmly secret Soviet assassin called the across the globe were question- of the Second World War suddenly that Captain America—while Winter Soldier—carries a gun. ing that the new Cap carries a became much less gory. When Ed marketed as a super-soldier—was The old Captain America carried knife and gun in addition to the Brubaker began writing the re- at heart a soldier involved in a war. a gun. Since technology allowed shield that Captain America has launched series in , he returned He used guns, knives or grenades them to do so, soldiers world- carried since the s. A Daily Cap’s wartime escapades to canon along with his trademark shield to wide have carried guns in pretty Telegraph headline proclaimed and also revised the role of his fight Nazis in the s,his succes- much every military conflict. Police “Gun-toting Captain America teenaged sidekick, Bucky. Instead sor fought against communists in officers carry guns. As long as he also comes back to life,” while an ABC of traipsing around war zones as a the s and he fought terrorists uses his shield and doesn’t just solve News photo caption comparing platoon mascot, Brubaker’s Bucky following /. problems by shooting at them, there’s the old and new heroes noted, “The became a knife-wielding scout who The new Captain America— no reason why, given history, this former Captain America wards off dealt with threats covertly while who was the original’s former Captain America can’t carry a gun. danger with his shield. The new the colourful Captain America sidekick Bucky, recently revived After all, he is American. Attack, continued from pg. 20 headed in a folk or pop music to the other, I think it’s prob- joining the band picked up a bass musician, Kehoe responded in direction, Kehoe was decidedly ably going to be a mixture of guitar and has been doing that predictable fashion. non-committal. both. It’s not something that ever since. The ability and “No, it’s awesome,” says Kehoe. “To be completely honest, we really plan. We just do it desire to pick up a new instru- “We play music and we love it. we love them both. We want to and that’s what it is.” ment for the good of the band Hopefully people come and hear play the music we feel is most Kehoe joined the band is an example of the passion and us play in Calgary.” appropriate to us at any given after two former members enthusiasm that Attack in Black time,” said Kehoe. “I can’t see decided to part ways. He was shows through their music. Asked that going from one direction originally drummer, but upon whether it was tough being a Attack in Black plays Mac Hall Fri., Feb. 8. 22 FEBRUARY 07.08 GAUNTLET ENTERTAINMENT spun ALBUM REVIEWS S ebastian Bach is the Liza Minelli of heavy metal, which isn’t to critisize his drinking or liberal use of eyeliner, but rather his diva-worthy egomania. “Sebastian is basically the same kid we found when he was 17-years-old,” said his Skid Row-era manager, Doc McGhee. “Low IQ, high RPM.” That description conveniently applies to Sebastian’s newest offering Angel Down and honestly, is anyone more respect-worthy than a man whose music is true to his personality? Bach fronted Skid Row and led them to the top of the charts, blessed with one of the most powerful voices of the ’80s and among its most boisterous personali- ties. With songs like “Youth Gone Wild” and “18 and Life,” Skid Row brought metal to a group of teenagers for whom Rob Halford’s tiny leather vests were just a little too rebellious. Yet the ’90s were famously unkind to Bach and his glam metal contemporaries: he was ﬁred by his bandmates for his eccentricities. His rekindled fame is thanks to numerous high-proﬁle television appearances (VH’s Supergroup, and, oddly enough, a recurring role on the WB’s popular Gilmore Girls). Sebastian Bach This is where things get a bit strange. Sebastian post-Gilmore Girls rocks harder Angel Down than any other time in his career. This album has enough aggression to satisfy (MRV) nearly any metal fan. With only two ballads padding the 14-track length, it never lets up. Angel Down becomes an endurance test: it chugs along as if to say, “How much can your little head bang?” No one says rock has to have a brain, subtlety or even tonal variety, but RPM is an absolute necessity (or so it would seem). If loud, dull rock sounds like your idea of a good time, consider this your invitation. ..Kenzie MacLeod There’s always one fucking douchebag with stupid or horrible, it’s just that each song a guitar at a party, playing some soulful on the album has been done a million times love songs in an attempt to moisten some before and each ﬁts into a speciﬁc category girl’s panties. Raul Midon is one such of love song. “The More that I Know” is a individual. Having toured as a backup song about missing a girl and wanting to be singer for musical “acts” like Shakira, close to her. The song “All Because of You” Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez, Midon is about discovering love with a woman after has stepped into the limelight with his giving up on it. “Peace on Earth” is pretty latest release A World Within a World. self-evident. While his album is musically competent, This is the kind of music created and mass- it comes off as a cloying attempt at cashing marketed to the yuppie, yoga-pant-wearing in on the R&B-ﬂavoured, singer-songwriter set who sip their lattes and listen to the latest Raul Midon shtick made famous by Ben Harper and bland and inoffensive Starbucks mix CD. If A World Within a World Jason Mraz. you ﬁnd yourself listening to Jason Mraz (EMI Music) Musically, the album is a simple and proﬁ- or Ben Harper, A World Within a World cient guitar-infused R&B album. It’s catchy, will be right up your alley. Otherwise, you and serves to accentuate the smoothness of can ﬁnd the same type of music played by Midon’s voice. Unfortunately, lyrically, it’s some curly-haired loser at some greasy open the traditional love-song bullshit that’s been mic night. done to death. Not to say that the lyrics are ..Jordyn Marcellus Dirty Hands is, in short, music for 14-year- by such a faux-goth band to appeal to such a old fat girls with an un-ironic love of black wide market. Needless to say, it’s a massive eye makeup. It’s almost unfair to pick on the failure. The strings are spooky and dark album; it’s meant for a very speciﬁc type of and the industrial beats are out of a Marilyn person. This person—the kind who sacriﬁces Manson b-side. Nothing sounds truly unique a little sprig of mint to the Earth Mother every to the group, slavering fans of the genre will equinox—would deﬁnitely dig on the album’s be all over this like maggots over a dark and cello-led electronica-industrial-fusion. For spooky corpse. people who aren’t followers of the ancient, Dirty Hands is a clever album insofar as it feels craven, pagan gods, Dirty Hands is done like a cash-in attempt to attract the previously dirt cheap. mentioned oh-so unique and downtrodden Musically, the album doesn’t stray far from mall goths you’d typically ﬁnd cavorting in Johnny Hollow the goth stereotypes. In track “This Hollow the food court in Chinook, ironically riding Dirty Hands World,” singer Janine White dully intones, the carousel. If bands like Lacuna Coil or HIM (Orange Records) “This hollow world is holding on to me/My appeal to your dark vampiric soul, then Dirty soul, my mind is held magnetically.” This is as Hands will deﬁnitely suck the money from lyrically complex as it’s going to get, folks. Not your wallet. Otherwise, it’ll just suck. since Evanescence has there been an attempt ..Jordyn Marcellus Black Mountain has developed a nice little 6) HOLY SHIT MAN, THIS IS TOTALLY niche for themselves since the Vancouver AWESOME. band burst onto the scene in 2004. Listeners 7) Consume Doritos. are advised to follow these instructions to The wacked-out psychidelia of In the Future properly enjoy the fuzzed-out rock of Black may not be for everyone, but the retro stoner Mountain’s latest release In the Future. aesthetic that is held within these ten tracks 1) Roll two joints, joint A and joint B. is some of the best in the genre. For the fans 2) Put joint A in your left hand of the ’70s classic rock that has had a resur- 3) Put joint B in your right hand. gence in the past few years, In the Future is a 4) Light both. perfect album to complement a lazy Sunday [Editor’s note: HOW? Both hands are full.] spent in the basement after watching Dazed 5) Smoke joint A and joint B, alternating and Confused. Black Mountain between each hand (and each joint). ..Jordyn Marcellus In the Future (Scratch Records) escapes & pursuits GAUNTLET FEBRUARY 07.08 23 Editor: Jordyn Marcellus—firstname.lastname@example.org THEATRE CONCERTS The Wet Secrets march into the HiFi THINGS TO DO Club to play a thunderous set Sat., 1 Vote in the SU Election! Everyone talks about The intrigue is elementary in Get the blues at History of the Blues Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. Tickets at the door. how apathetic university students are now. Vertigo Theatre’s Snake in the with performances by Gary Martin. Prove them wrong; it takes ﬁve minutes to Grass, running Feb. 7–17 in the It takes place Thu., Feb. 7, 14 and Knick knack. Chilliwack, give a dog Vertigo Theatre. Tickets are 28 from noon until 1 p.m. in the a bone, Chilliwack makes a mean make your mark on the ballot and at the very $36 and can be purchased at Speakers Corner in Mac Hall. ol’ tone. They play at the Deerfoot least you can say you voted for the other guy. www.vertigotheatre.com. Inn and Casino Sat., Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. 2. So much theatre. With Playrites previews The RAMP series continues Tickets are $42 at Ticketmaster starting up, dance shows aplenty and even Decidedly Jazz Danceworks ﬁnishes Thu., Feb. 7 at Broken City with the classic Romeo and Juliet, there’s so much up its run of Wowandﬂutter at the Woodpigeon, the Brenda Vaqueros The Chopin Portrait concert series theatre to culture your plebian ass. Grand Theatre Feb. 7–10 at 8 p.m. and Neighbourhood Council all continues in the Eckhardt-Gramatte 3. Provincial Politics. The provincial election Tickets are $17–$28 at Ticketmaster, taking the stage. Doors open at Hall in the Rozsa Centre Sun., Feb. 9 is coming up, and it’s time to get educated with show times at 7:30 p.m. for 9 p.m., with tickets at Megatunes. at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students on your choices! If you haven’t registered to regular dates and 2 p.m. on Sun. at the Campus Ticket Centre. vote, you can do so at www.elections.ab.ca Touch and Nato and local Calgarian Dangerous Liaisons pirouettes into rappers Dragon Fli Empire do up a K-Ci and Jo-Jo rap up in the via their VoteLink service. the Jubilee Auditorium Feb. 7–9 at set in that Empty Space Fri., Feb. 8 Whiskey’s guts Sun., Feb. 10 at 4. Go to a hockey game. Check out the Dinos as 8 p.m. Tickets are $34–$78 at starting at 3 p.m. Free. 9 p.m. Tickets are $40 at they take on the Golden Bears Sun., Feb. 10. Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster. Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Splish splash in a Puddle of Mudd at the Back Alley Fri, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. Sonata Arctica do their thing in the SPORTS MISC. Juliet rocks the Arrata Opera Centre Tickets are $22.50 at Ticketmaster. Warehouse Mon., Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. There’s only a few Dino-rifﬁc sports Go vote in the SU Elections! You Feb. 9–23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are Tickets are $25 at Ticketmaster. matches, but it’s hockey. So, they’re can vote via the internet using the $20 for adults, $17 for students at Cody the Catch, the Mighty Apos, There’s an unironic keytar player in a still pretty awesome. Games are free wonderous Peoplesoft software, or Ticketmaster. Theatre dark on Guy Woods and Subway all play heavy metal band. Seriously. with student I.D. in Mac Hall. Feb 12–14. Do it. Mon. an invigorating match of musical baseball in Broken City Fri., Feb. The Ruthie Foster Band and a The men’s hockey team has three The EVDS Students Association and Riverdance plays in the Jubilee 8 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at very special guest plays in the games this weekend! Whoa! Their the ISEEE Students Association hold Auditorium Feb. 12–17 at 8 p.m. Megatunes, Sloth and at the door. Jack Singer Concert Hall Mon., ﬁrst two games are against the a talk with architect Alejandro Zaera- Tickets are $45–$75 at Ticketmaster. Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 at University of Manitoba Feb. 8–9 in Polo Tue., Feb. 12 starting at 3 p.m. It’s freaking Riverdance! How Take all sorts of uppers and dance Ticketmaster. the Father David Bauer Arena at in the Oak Room in Scrurﬁeld Hall. awesome is that? Not very much. until dawn to the beats of Marcel 8 p.m. They also have a game Free with student I.D. Woods in the Warehouse Fri., Feb. 8 The Fun Funs play a free set at against the University of Alberta in It’s time for the Playrites Festival starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at Broken City Mon., Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. the Centennial Arena Sun., Feb. 10 The Consortium for Peace Studies to wrap you up in new, delicious Ticketmaster It’ll be entertaining for sure. at 7 p.m. presents the Peace Talk Speaker theatre. Previews start up this week Series with Reese Erlich’s “The Iran so head on over to www.atplive.com Thrice entertains the teenagers Matt Costa makes everyone in Mac The women’s hockey team have a Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. for tickets prices and dates. Tickets in Mac Hall Sat., Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. Hall swoon Wed., Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. game against Mount Royal in the Policy and the Middle East Crisis.” are available at Ticketmaster. Tickets are $25 at Ticketmaster. Tickets are $20 at Ticketmaster. Olympic Oval Sat., Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. This free event is in SA 119 at noon.
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