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                    GAUNTLET SU ELECTION SUPPLEMENT INSIDE
THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY GAUNTLET | VOLUME 48 | ISSUE NO. 28 | FEBRUARY 7 | 2008
                                                                                                                                    contents
A plethora of reasons to read news
news page 5
Security Prosperity Partnership! Women helping Afghanistan women learn! Evra
birth control! Environment in education! Carsharing at the U of C! External and
events forums! There are nine awesome reasons for you to read the news section.




Political Science Double-Header!
opinions page 11
Aaaaaaahhhhhh! Aaaaaaahhh! Super Tuesday! Aaaaaah! Voting! Aaaaaah!
Students’ Union! Aaaaaah! Afghanistan! Aaaaaaah! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!




We are the champions... sort of
sports page 14
The men’s basketball team is rockin’ awesome times with a perfect at-home record.
Some others didn’t do so well this week, but mostly everyone still has playoff
hopes. 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!
                                                                                          I love her expression and the movement of her hair in the wind. She’s
                                                                                          always so photogenic.
online extras                                                                             Anyone can submit an original photo to the editor. Drop off your high-resolution photo
                                                                                          along with your name, contact information and a brief description including type of
Check for the results of Students’ Union Op-Fi forum Thursday and the Presidential        camera (not exceeding 30 words) to room 319 MacEwan Student Centre or email
forum Friday, plus see the entire Gauntlet su Election Supplement, only at                photo@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
gauntlet.ucalgary.ca.




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                                     editorial and letters
                                                                                                                                                                           February 7 2008




Blessed be the qualified                                                                                                                             Editor-in-Chief: Chris Tait 220-7752
                                                                                                                                                              eic@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca

                                                                                                                                                News Editor: Katy Anderson 220-4318
                                                                                                                                                         news@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca

                                                                                                                                                   Entertainment: Ryan Pike 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                   entertainment@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca

                                                                                                                                                            Sports: Amanda Hu 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                             sports@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca



H
           ey, would you like to know
           about a job that pays                                                                                                                Opinions: Ændrew Rininsland 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                       aendrew@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
           around , a year and
sometimes doesn’t require any qual-                                                                                                                          Features: Jon Roe 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                           features@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
ifications? What’s more, you can get
one of these positions while you’re                                                                                                           Photography: Geoff MacIntosh 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                         photo@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
an undergraduate student, work on
campus, have an awesome resume-                                                                                                                 Production: Christian Louden 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                       christian@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
padder and it includes postering
pictures of yourself all over school                                                                                                                  Illustrations: Paul Baker 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                      Illustrations@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
as a prerequisite! You could have
all this and more if you become a                                                                                                          News Assistant: Sarelle Azuelos 220-4318
                                                                                                                                                       news@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
member of the University of Calgary
Students’ Union executive.                                                                                                       Escapes And Pursuits: Jordyn Marcellus 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                     eandp@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
   The best part of this job is, if
candidate numbers continue to                                                                                                      AP: Ben Hoffman, Garth Paulson, and Kyle Francis
                                                                                                                                                                         220-4376
dwindle and you get acclaimed—                                                                                                                            ap@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
automatically instated in your
                                                                                                                                     Three Lines Free: Cam Cotton-O’Brien 220-4376
position—because no one wanted                                                                                                                            tlfs@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
to run against you, there isn’t even
                                                                                                                                           Business Manager: Evelyn Cone 220-7380
a hiring process to go through! If,                                                                                                               evelyn.cone@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
however, someone does step up to
                                                                                                                                     Advertising Manager: John Harbidge 220-7751
the plate, there’s a catch: approxi-                                                                                                           john_harbidge@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
mately , people, who make up
                                                                                                                                                   Graphic Artist: Ken Clarke 220-7755
the active voting population in an                                                                                                                              kdclarke@ucalgary.ca
SU election—a measly  per cent
                                                                                                                                                               Network Manager: Ben Li
of the U of C’s total student popula-
tion—could stand between you and                                                                                                                                       Contributors
                                                                                                                           Courtenay Adams, Cole Christensen, Jonathan Davies,
your k. You will probably also                                                                                          Joshua Goard-Baker, Olivia Komorowski, Vivian Leung,
have to know about student politics                                                                                        Kenzie MacLeod, John McTwist, Elyse Merriman,
                                                                                                                           Derek Neumeier, Daniel J. Pagan, Austin Paladeau,
at the U of C and in relation to the                                                                                        Stewart Pallard, Chris Pedersen, Kay She, Darren Young
municipal, provincial and federal
                                                                                                                                                                      Golden Spatula
levels of government to stand a                                                                                                   Olivia Komorowski, for rockin’ the page five! Ballin’!
real chance at winning in some of
                                                                                                                                                                 Furor Arma Ministrat
the contested categories. Some posi-                                                                                                             Room 319, MacEwan Students’ Centre
tions, like senate members, are actu-                                                                                                                            University of Calgary
                                                                                                                                                           2500 University Drive, NW
ally meant to be filled by someone                                                                                                                              Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
from the general student public who                                                                                                                        General inquires: 220-7750
                                                                                                                                                           http://gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
isn’t SU inclined. While it doesn’t
pay as much as an exec job, you get                                                                                        The Gauntlet is the official student newspaper of the University
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how to administer  million in         candidate for each job creates an      representatives that push this money       Student Centre, or sent by e-mail to gauntlet@ucalgary.ca.
assets and  million in annual         SU that can push the government to     towards these ends could mean more
                                                                                                                                                                           The Cover
revenue, helping students with           freeze tuition increases and ensure    rewards for all your hard work in                           photograph and design by Geoff MacIntosh
academic grievances, spearheading        that events like Bermuda Shorts Day,   school at the end of the year.
affordable housing initiatives and       Cinemania, That Empty Space and           In the end, voting—or running,
booking musical acts in one of           all the concerts held in Mac Hall      for that matter—in the SU elections
Canada’s most popular concert            not only stay afloat, but also get     helps ensure that someone doesn’t
venues.                                  even better.                           potentially get a high-paying posi-
   If none of this sounds interest-         Even a commuter student whose       tion on the sole basis of being a
ing, there is another way to control     parents pay for his or her tuition,    little less lazy than everyone else.
where that money goes and maybe          comes to campus just for class and     At the very least, you can vote as
even pocket some of it yourself:         leaves right afterwards—one who        a way to stick it to that annoying,
voting in the SU elections!              isn’t all that affected by enriched    stuck-up candidate that put his or
   Not only is this a chance to exer-    campus spaces, on-campus               her dumb gradient/acrostic poem/
cise those democratic rights and         activities and increasing academic     alliterated/outdated joke-filled post-
be proactive on campus—which             costs—can reap the benefits of a       ers everywhere and wasted the first
doesn’t seem to be very enticing,        well-suited SU. 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—news@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca




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


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         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


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          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
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                                                                                eating and even celebrating on Fri.
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Feb. , with a ribbon-cutting           she noted.                              students live off campus and            will be – p.m., starting in the
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8 FEBUARY 07.08 GAUNTLET NEWS



Women fighting for Afghan women
The struggle to educate women in Afghanistan
Kay She                                 provides education and healthcare
Gauntlet News                           programs for Afghan women and
                                        girls.


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—opinions@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca




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!
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                                                                                                                                                                                       provided by the
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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? Divorce; custody
                                                                                                                                                                                battle; then I sign up for a Gender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        13



So make sure to check out their                        - Shirtless and pointy nippled      the Programming and ask for a dona-       for two dollars each in Science The-       History course!? Intelligent, beautiful
platforms online and vote next week.                                                       tion?                                     atres. Come help the lovely ladies of      women... looking at me out of the cor-
And I still need content, so bring            “The one thing the blues don’t get is the                            - thedrewskii     Alpha Gamma Delta raise funds and          ner of their eyes! The registrar should
your TLF to MSC 319 or e-mail them            backing and pushing of T.V. and radio                                                  support for Juvenile Diabetes!             warn a guy! Pray for me.
to tlfs@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca. All             like a lot of this garbage you hears. They   To the Tue. and Fri. closers at good                                                                                    - Mo
submissions must include your                 choke stuff down people’s throat so          earth: you can grind my beans any         Gay & Lesbian & Friends Sports
name, ID number, phone number                 they got no choice but to listen to it.”     day.                                      Tournament, Mar. 20–22. 26th year.         Applying to B-School for fall 2008?
and signature. Submissions judged                                     - John Lee Hooker                       - Large light roast    Volleyball, badminton, bowling, curl-      Admissions strategies for accep-
to be sexist, racist, homophobic or                                                                                                  ing, ice hockey, swimming. Save            tance to the world’s leading busi-
attacks of a personal nature will not         Shout out to all those in Rez. looking       Good Earth girl, your strawberry          before early bird deadline: Feb. 24.       ness programs. Seek expert advice.
be printed. Neither will phone numbers.       for something to do on campus Thu.           blonde waves put wild rhythms in          Registration deadline: Mar. 7. Info at             - brandonroyal@yahoo.com
                                              nights. Free indie movie screenings at       my heart. I come everyday, but not        westerncup.com.
Safe and Sound self-defense training,         The Nickle Arts Museum every Thu. at         for the coffee.                                                                      To all the CPSC kids who only know
Level One! Feb. 9, 2–6 p.m. Sponsored         6:30 p.m. Includes admission to the                              - CoffeeCrazed        Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.   Java, take that you idiots. At least we
by Campus Security. Free for students/        museum. Check it out on Facebook                                                                               - Jimi Hendrix     can collect our own garbage.
staff. Sign up at Campus Recreation           “Nickle Nights”.                             To the blue eyed baron’s court beauty                                                                   - <3 ENGG student
(limited spaces available)!                   [This originally read “someone to do         I’m a SMOOTH-ie kinda guy I think we’d    Chancellor’s Club Scholarships, valued
                                              on campus Thu. nights.” If that is what      blend well together.                      at $30,000 over four years. The scholar-   One last thing, Benes. Regarding sexual
$200 reward for three flash drives                          you want, go to the Den.                         - Into the deep blue    ships are awarded based on academic        activity... strictly prohibited, but, if you
with data on drives intact. Lost on                                       - FondlEd]                                                 excellence combined with outstanding       absolutely must, do us all a favor and
Sat. Feb. 2, 2008, possibly near Art                                                       Will.I.Am: stats seems difficult for      school or community participation.         do it in the tub.
Parkade. Contact Cst. L.J. Peyton             Experience Matters; Experience Mat-          both of us, third time’s the charm?                                                                            - Jerry to Elaine
peytonk@telus.net.                            ters; Experience Matters!                    Thank God for facebook: I’m woozy         You: smart U of C student who supports
                                              - Vote Alastair MacKinnon for V.P.           too... for you.                           indie media. Me: NUTV...alive and on       Vote yes for the Gauntlet levy so we
FOR RENT: 2 bedrooms in new Tuscany                                         External                           - Statistical.Lover   campus since 1983. Vote YES!               can update our Pantera collection from
(NW) home. $700/room (utilities               [Sexxxiness matters; sexxxiness mat-                                                                                              cassettes to CDs.
included).                                                 ters; sexxxiness matters.       Happy birthday Siri. The next one’s       Let me be your Valentine!                  - www.facebook.com/group.php?gid
               - jjodoin@gmail.com.                                       - PunkEd]        sitting on top of the world.                                                   -L                          =21027254760

Thing Fish:
They gave us one month, and it’s the
shortest month of the year!
                         - Chris Rock

Stealing my car’s power cord when its
-34. What gives? Get real!

To the blonde curly haired hunk in
SOCI 399. You can be my point guard
any night!
                   - Basketball Babe

Why doesn’t that pep band play at ALL
Dinos games? They are truly amazing
and really put a spark into the team.
Go Dinos!!!
                             - Fanatic

Do you love Straight Razoring? Come
on down to the Straight Razor Club!!!
E-mail str8razr@hotmail.com.
               - The Unbearded Man

Interested in making some extra cash
while helping junior and senior high
schools students with various subjects?
              - tom@poptutoring.com

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
at LEGACIES, Feb. 16, 2008. Night of
music, fashion, dance and black history
for all ages, races and creeds!
        - www.collectivelyeclectic.com

One week until Valentine’s Day...
Will you be my Valentine, Valentine?

To the 3 cougars in GLGY 203, I’m not
paying out the ass to hear facts about
your lives. If your question is not a ques-
tion, shut up, for all our sakes.

Dear Dr. Manzo,
If Jack smokes pot alone in his room,
does that make him deviant?
     - Confused about labelling theory

For those of you with no idea what Sci-
entology is about, I have three words:
Google Fishman deposition.
                  - Shit that be freaky

FS: A black 1987 Acura Legend. 190,000
km. 4 doors, auto transmission, 4 new
snow tires, etc. $900.
                  - mlyu@ucalgary.ca

Kung Hei Fat Choi!!
Cheers.
Happiness and prosperity to all.

To the boy with the white shirt at the
den...I would just like to thank you for
those two jugs of beer, and I’m just
letting you know that I do plan on
paying you back. Meet you at the bar
on Thu.?
                     - the little redhead

p.c.
Voudrais-tu être mon valentin?

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—sports@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca




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.”
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                                                                                                                                                                                 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


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        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,
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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


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        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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               Editor: Ryan Pike—entertainment@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca



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




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     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


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        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—eandp@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca


          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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