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WOMEN IN
POLITICS




                                          MALE ALBERTA MLAS
                                          FEMALE ALBERTA MLAS


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THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY GAUNTLET | VOLUME 48 | ISSUE NO. 13 | SEPTEMBER 20 | 2007
                                                                                                                              contents
photo to the editor
“Rock it Out” by Chelsee Albo



G    raffiti and breakdancing abound at
     the One Up Graffiti Convention.
Spin like a devil, yo’! Spin! Spin! Spin!




Anyone can submit an original photo to the editor.
Drop off your high resolution photo along with your
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!!BREAKING NEWS!!                                      news page 5                  Hiyahhh!                sports page 23

There aren’t very many women in politics, who knew? Also, a look into Calgary’s     What does the wonderful world of sports hold this week? The men’s hockey team
growing homelessness and the proposed nuclear power plant to be built outside of    made quite a procurement and the women’s soccer team was very rad on the
Peace River by 2017.                                                                weekend. Also, the awesomeness of Kendo!



Werd t’ yer moms, Opinions be                                                       Old-Skool Photography                                       photo page 30


droppin’ bombs                         opinions page 15
                                                                                    This week film is king, as we return to the golden age of photography by shooting
                                                                                    on archaic rolls of black and white film. To prove our worth, we don’t even use
Yo yo yo, this be goin’ out to all me homeboyz in Poli299! Werd! Opinions this      autofocus. How quaint!
week consists of an article about people having babies, people not having babies,
people voting, people talking about Britney Spears and people who will probably
complain because they didn’t read the entire article. Dutty bidnezz!                Gummy Gauntlet                              features page 32


                                                                                    Gummy bears: friend or foe? I prefer to classify them as delicious, but you may not
                                                                                    after reading this in depth exposé. Flip to features and be prepared to furrow your
                                                                                    brow for several minutes of gummy concentration.
Punch the monkey to win a
thousand internets! w e b                           page 19
                                                                                    Voyeuristic joy! e n t e r t a i n m e n t                 page 35

This week, Web talks about those wiley wascals at MediaDefender who were
                                                                                    Find out about the wild world of local theatre, art, a look at a couple of films and
recently hacked. 700mb of emails were stolen and posted on BitTorrent, linking
                                                                                    the usual spread of quality cd reviews. Plus, the Entertainment Editor complains
them to being enormous douchebags. Dicks everywhere!
                                                                                    about how shitty the Emmys were. In a word, very.
                                     editorial and letters
Where are all the feMLAs?                                                                                                                                                                                              September 20 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Editor-in-Chief: Chris Tait 220-7752
                                                                                                                                                                                                              eic@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca

   In a province where women make                                                                                                                                                               News Editor: Katy Anderson 220-4318
                                                                                                                                                                                                         news@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
up virtually half of the population,
having less than  per cent of                                                                                                                                                                    Entertainment: Ryan Pike 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                                                                   entertainment@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
those women in legislature rings
far less alarm bells than it should.                                                                                                                                                                        Sports: Amanda Hu 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                                                                             sports@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
To be a true form of democracy,
our political spectrum should be a                                                                                                                                                              Opinions: Ændrew Rininsland 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                                                                       aendrew@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
reflection of the society it was built
to represent.                                                                                                                                                                                                Features: Jon Roe 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                                                                           features@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
   When talking about the absence
of women in politics, all kinds of                                                                                                                                                            Photography: Geoff MacIntosh 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                                                                         photo@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
startling facts can be brought up.
Not one of Canada’s premiers is a                                                                                                                                                               Production: Christian Louden 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                                                                       christian@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
woman. In Alberta, only  out of
 cabinet ministers are women.                                                                                                                                                                       Illustrations: Paul Baker 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Illustrations@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
Kim Campbell—our only female
prime minister—lasted in office                                                                                                                                                               News Assistant: Sara Hanson 220-4318
                                                                                                                                                                                                        news@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
for just four months. Heck, women
haven’t even had the vote for a cen-                                                                                                                                             Escapes And Pursuits: Jordyn Marcellus 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                                                                     eandp@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
tury yet.
   The United Nation has a lot of                                                                                                                                           AP: Ben Hoffman, Kyle Francis, Garth Paulson 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ap@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
lofty goals, but I’m of the opinion
that having at least  per cent of                                                                                                                                                       Three Lines Free: Sarelle Azuelos 220-4376
                                                                                                                                                                                                           tlfs@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
representatives in national assem-
blies be represented by women isn’t                                                                                                                                                        Business Manager: Evelyn Cone 220-7380
                                                                                                                                                                                                  evelyn.cone@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
one of them. In Canada, a nation
consisting of citizens privileged                                                                                                                                                    Advertising Manager: John Harbidge 220-7751
                                                                                                                                                                                                john.harbidge@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca
enough to have the opportunity to
educate themselves, the importance                                                                                                                                                                 Graphic Artist: Ken Clarke 220-7755
                                                                                                                                                                                                                kdclarke@ucalgary.ca
of building a system that is at least
somewhat close to representing its                                                                                                                                                                             Network Manager: Ben Li
citizens proportionately should be                                                                                                                                                                                    Contributors
not only apparent, but urgent.                                                                                                                                             Chelsee Albo, Chris Beauchamp, Shelby Borys, Ken
                                                                                                                                                                           Clarke, Jeff Clemens, Cam Cotton-O’Brien, David Crosby,
   Despite minor transgressions,                                                                                                                                           Jordana Daum, Marina Foo, Indrani Kar, Alex Khalifa,
we live in a place and time where                                                                                                                                          Vivian Levny, Martin Lussier, John McDonald,
                                                                                                                                                                           Robb Myroon, Derek Neumeier, Cam Cotton-O’Brien,
women have every opportunity to                                                                                                                                            Daniel J. Pagan, Chris Pedersen, Mustaali Raj,
enter the political arena. Yet too                                                                                                                                         Joelle Robichaud, Andrew Sedor, Kay She, Alyzée Sibtain,
                                                                                                                                               Gina Freeman/the Gauntlet                              Darren Young, Nathan Wood
many women choose not to run.
There are a million reasons not to       as a probable cause for the lack of        Canada leader Stéphane Dion said          but are an insult, promoting the idea                                                 Golden Spatula
                                                                                                                                                                                  To Jordana Daum for turning in some excellent first
choose a life in politics, but why are   females in the political arena. Politics   that one third of his national Liberals   that women need handicaps in order                                                             copy..
women affected by these in such a        is a scary game she explained, and         would be ladies, but, for political       have a fair shot. Take Your Place, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Furor Arma Ministrat
disproportionate ratio compared          women are less apt to do scary             leaders such as Dion to fill their        provincial Liberal campaign aimed                                  Room 319, MacEwan Students’ Centre
to men?                                  things. This may have some basis           cabinet with women, they need to          to get women to run in elections,                                                  University of Calgary
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   When the discussion arises, many      in reality, but citing women’s hor-        have women to choose from.                is a step in the right direction, but                                             Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
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ences from old-fashioned parents,        misbalance in our system seems             more women leaders, our priority          programs such as this can have a
influence of a media slanted towards     like a cop-out to me. A democratic         should be electing the most suited        wide-spread impact.                          The Gauntlet is the official student newspaper of the University
                                                                                                                                                                           of Calgary, published most Thursdays throughout the year by the
portraying women as experts of the       system should be built to accom-           candidate for the job. And if more           To quote Canada’s famous wom-             Gauntlet Publications Society, an autonomous, incorporated body.
                                                                                                                                                                           Membership in the society is open to undergraduate students at the U
arts and social issues rather than       modate the people it represents, and       women don’t step up to the plate, I       en’s right activist Doris Anderson,          of C, but all members of the university community are encouraged to
                                                                                                                                                                           contribute. Opinions contained herein are those of individual writers,
economics and security and—argu-         if it doesn’t, it has failed.              can assure you those candidates are       “Do we need more women in poli-              and do not necessarily represent the views of the entire Gauntlet
                                                                                                                                                                           staff. Editorials are chosen by a majority of the editorial board.
ably the most common—woman’s                Time and time again, election           not going to be female.                   tics? Damn right we do.”                     The Gauntlet is a forum open to all U of C students but may refuse
                                                                                                                                                                           any submission judged to be racist, sexist, homophobic, libelous,
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                                                                                                                                                                           right to edit for brevity. Grievances regarding the Gauntlet follow
   When speaking with Conservative       with more women in last ditch              shouldn’t be centralized; legislated      must make up a higher percentage in          a three-step process which requires written decisions from the
                                                                                                                                                                           Editor, the GPS Board of Directors, and the Ombudsboard. The
MLA Alana DeLong, she discussed          attempts to get women out to the           quotas and reserved seats for women       our electoral system, and soon.              complete Grievance Policy is online at: http://gauntlet.ucalgary.ca.
                                                                                                                                                                           The Gauntlet is printed on recycled paper and uses incredibly tardy-
women’s low levels of testosterone       polls. Recently, Liberal Party of          are not only forms of discrimination,                             Katy Anderson        based ink. We urge you to recycle/procrastinate with the Gauntlet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                illustration by Paul Baker, layout by Geoff MacIntosh
news                                                                                                                                                                       GAUNTLET SEPTEMBER 20.07 5
                                                                                                                                                                               Editor: Katy Anderson—news@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca




Ladies in legislature
A look into why more women don’t take the plunge into politics
Kay She                                                                                                                                                                 they find to be female issues, like arts,
Gauntlet News                                                                                                                                                           when it is economics that I have a
                                                                                                                                                                        tremendous background in,” she said.


I
     n a society where politics is often per-                                                                                                                              The Take Our Place campaign supports
     ceived as a man’s game, numerous                                                                                                                                   and encourages new candidates through a
     Canadians are looking for more female                                                                                                                              mentor team of current and former female
players to help draw up the game plan.                                                                                                                                  Alberta Liberal MLAs.
   The Alberta Liberals publicly released                                                                                                                                  “We have a number of qualified individuals
a campaign to promote more involve-                                                                                                                                     including our program chair, and a num-
ment from women in provincial politics                                                                                                                                  ber of researchers and assistants to provide
early September. The Take Our Place cam-                                                                                                                                that kind of first-hand political experience
paign was created to level out the gender                                                                                                                               needed,” said Chase.
imbalance that currently exists in the Alberta                                                                                                                             Blakeman clarified that this initiative began
legislature.                                                                                                                                                            long before it was released to the media.
   Although women have always made up                                                                                                                                      “Last fall, I sent a letter to every female
roughly half the population of Canada, they                                                                                                                             municipal counselor and school board trustee
hold, on average, only  per cent of elected                                                                                                                           saying, ‘your elections are coming in October,
positions. In Alberta, only two of  cabinet                                                                                                                           if you’re not going to run again, would you
ministers are women.                                                                                                                                                    consider running for provincial politics?’”
   “What we are trying to do is encourage                                                                                                                                  Blakeman is currently following up on
                                                                                 Katy Anderson/the Gauntlet                                 Martin Lussier/the Gauntlet
women to be part of the political process,”        DeLong.                                                    Chase.                                                    the responses she received with one-on-one
said Liberal MLA for Calgary-Varsity, Harry                                                                                                                             meetings. The mentor team hopes to identify
Chase. “We want women to have the oppor-                                                                                                                                barriers to political participation as well as
tunity to be in the front line of the direction              Alberta Population                     Alberta MLAs                  Alberta Cabinet Ministers             help reduce or eliminate these barriers for
our province takes.”                                                                                                                                                    new female candidates.
   Take Our Place campaign chair and Liberal                                                     14.5%                                  10.5%                              O’Neill voiced her skepticism regarding the
Edmonton-Centre MLA, Laurie Blakeman                                                                                                                                    method of this program. While she agreed
stressed while the initiative intends to recruit                                                                                                                        mentors are very important for networking
more women to run in the next election for                49.5%            50.5%                                                                                        and discussion, she also wondered if that
the Alberta Liberals, the wider understanding                                                                                                                           alone would be enough to make a signifi-
being that all levels of government need to get                                                              85.5%                               89.5%                  cant difference.
more women running for political office.                                                                                                                                   “To really increase the number of women
   “The bigger problem right now is that                                                                                                                                in politics in Canada, we have to centralize
women aren’t coming forward,”said                                                                                                         Legend
                                                                                                                                                                        the process,” said O’Neill. “If you want half
Blakeman.                                                                                                                                      Female                   men and half women, you have to have the
   University of Calgary political science pro-                                                                                                Male
                                                                                                                                                                        central party with the major list that decides
fessor Brenda O’Neill specializes in gender                                                                                                                             who gets to run. Otherwise, we have  con-
and politics. While she also advocates for                                                                                                                              stituencies deciding separately, and while it
more female politicians, she noted it is not       movement in Canada has hit a plateau and taking the easy way out for whatever rea- could end up half and half, we see more often
a matter of what women can do that men             is struggling due to lack of funding and low son.”                                                                   than not, it doesn’t happen like that.”
can’t.                                             prioritization.                                                 DeLong acknowledged the factors that                    Blakeman disagreed.
   “It’s a question of justice,” said O’Neill.        As well, there is an ongoing cultural gen- may hinder a woman’s political ambitions,                                 “I’m not in favor of the centralized
“Democracy involves people participating in        der difference between how girls and boys but said she feels strongly that her gender has system,” she said. “I resent it on behalf of
collective decision-making, and if only          are raised to think of politics as a career never been a weak point in her career.                                   women, because it makes it look like women
per cent are women in the legislature, then        option.                                                       Chase echoed                                                                        can’t get there by
there is definitely an inequality.”
   This inequality in representation extends
                                                      “One could say, there is nothing that this sentiment.
                                                   keeps a woman from running, and that                          “There is no     “The bigger problem right                                          themselves, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     they can. I know
not just to women, but to ethnic and religious
minorities as well.
                                                   is true,” said O’Neill. “Except we know doubt men and
                                                   that in political socialization, people tend women are equal                   now is that women aren’t                                           they can.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Instead,
   “The disadvantage in societies that are less
than inclusive when it comes to women is
                                                   not to tell their daughters, ‘you should run in fortitude,” he
                                                   for office.’ They are more likely to tell their said.                          coming forward.”                                                   Blakeman rec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ommended a
that their society is not working to the best      son that.”                                                    “When I was                                                                         compromise of
of their abilities,” said Conservative party          Even today, women only make roughly elected, there                                                             -Laurie Blakeman, centralization
Calgary-Bow MLA Alana DeLong. “But                 – cents on every dollar a man makes, was certainly no                                                                 Liberal MLA and constituency
what’s really more important is getting the        according to O’Neill. The general female disadvantage for                                                                                         independence.
best person to do the best job. That’s way         economic disadvantage combined with me being a woman,” said DeLong. “There                                              “One of the criteria [in the Conservative
more important than having a balance of            the traditional gender role of women being was no special hoop I had to jump over or central committee] that I did put in place
men and women.”                                    responsible for the home are only a few factors anything.”                                                           is contested nomination and we would
   The factors contributing to the undersized      that drastically dissuade many women from                     In fact, DeLong found it interesting that it like to have at least one women running
representation of women in politics have           seeking positions in public office.                        is not the politics, but the media that makes [for the Liberal nomination in each
been well examined. At the height of the              “Going into politics is an enormous her very aware of the disadvantages or ste- constituency],” said Blakeman. “So we
women’s movement in the s, women’s             personal commitment; it’s not an easy choice reotypes of her gender.                                                 were able to put that in place centrally
issues were a huge priority on political agen-     in life,” said DeLong. “As women, we have                     “What I find with the media, is without impeding local decision-making
das, explained O’Neill. However, the formal        to watch ourselves and make sure we’re not that they will ask me questions on things process, which is the best of both worlds.”

   campus quips                                                                                                                                   Why aren’t more women in politics?
                          “Women get critized                                   “[It] might be because                                “It’s regarded as a                                   “A lot of politicians
                          because they’re such a                                they don’t want to put                                more or less devi-                                    are part of the old
                          minority in politics.”                                in the effort because                                 ous occupation and                                    boys club, so it’s
                          – Kourtney Graham,                                    at the end of the day                                 testosterone is more                                  hard for women to
                          third-year fine arts                                   they won’t get far.”                                  condusive to [that].”                                 break into it.”
                                                                                – Malyuin Noor, first-                                 – James Zylka,                                        – Alen Wong, U of C
                                                                                year general studies                                  second-year urban                                     IT department
                                                                                                                                      studies
                                                                                                                                                                 Interviews and photographs: Monica Rodriguez-Galvez
6 SEPTEMBER 20.07 GAUNTLET NEWS




Calgary’s crumbling core community
Homeless Awareness Week sheds light on Calgary’s homeless community
Cam Cotton-O’Brien
Gauntlet News




L
       ack of affordable housing
       takes a lot of the heat as
       homelessness continues its
mercurial rise in Calgary. To educate
the public about the causes, conse-
quences and solutions of homeless-
ness, Homeless Awareness Calgary
launchedHomelessAwarenessWeek
Sep. –.
   Since , the City of Calgary
has conducted a homeless count
every two years, documenting the
total number of people sleeping
in shelters and on the street on
a particular night. The last count
was done May  and recognized
, homeless individuals.
   “[Homelessness is] a very sig-
nificant problem in Calgary,”
said Alderman Joe Ceci, who has
participated in every homelessness
                                                                                                                                                                                      Vivian Leung/the Gauntlet
count undertaken. “Last time, there
were individuals who were sleeping      Kennedy helped coordinate homeless week to raise awareness of the city’s homeless—of which 50 per cent are working.
in a facility shelter or in the rough
on that evening. We had about        the largest dynamic that prohibits     government has so far failed to       ment has said they are not going            re-designation for land use and it
volunteers come out. We used to         these individuals—and families         act satisfactorily to address the     to restrict the market, but the reality     goes to the city council meeting
just focus on downtown in the early     —from being properly housed.”          lack of affordable housing. One of    is there have been no restrictions          in November for ratification. Our
years, we now go pretty far. That’s        Roughly  per cent of the home-    the key problems he indicated was     and there has been no affordable            next step would be to apply for a
because people are finding places       less population are working, back-     the government’s unwillingness to     housing coming onto the market.             development permit.”
to camp or live further and further     ing the argument that homelessness     institute rent controls.              Even without the caps, affordable             As this project is underway, it
from the core.”                         is often caused by lack of afford-       “The government’s own afford-       housing hasn’t been popping up              remains important to make sure
   While not the only problem asso-     able housing. Indeed, there are a      able housing task-force put out     in a neighbourhood near you.                that the homeless population will
ciated with homelessness, Calgary’s     great number of currently housed       recommendations to resolve the        Chase explained the Alberta                 not be left on the streets through
lack of housing, affordable or oth-     individuals and families in peril of   problem, but unfortunately the        Liberal Party has been advocating           the harsh winter. The city is trying
erwise, is certainly one of the most    becoming homeless.                     government rejected  of them,”      for temporary rent caps to stabilize        to meet this challenge by open-
pressing.                                  “Fifty per cent of the homeless     said Chase. “Because the govern-      the market. They also put forward           ing a new shelter in the southeast
   “There is a tremendous shortage      population are working,” said          ment rejected that reasonable rec-    the idea of temporary rent caps to          industrial area.
of housing,” said MLA Harry Chase.      Homeless Awareness Calgary             ommendation, there was no limit on    stabilize the market.                         “We have agreed to set up a tem-
“We’re at a . per cent rental         Committee co-ordinator Larissa         rent increases, so what we’ve seen       In the interest of providing more        porary winter shelter in industrial
vacancy, so affordable housing is       Kennedy. “[They] have some sort        are increases anywhere from  per    housing, the Mustard Seed is in the         SE Calgary,” said alderman Ceci.
an extreme problem.”                    of job where they are making a         cent to  per cent. The govern-     planning stages of an affordable            “It will provide temporary shelter
   These comments were echoed by        regular pay check. The Calgary         ment, instead of putting the onus     housing tower.                              for several hundred individuals,
alderman Ceci, who feels affordable     Committee to End Homelessness          on landlords to be reasonable, has       “We are planning to build an             many of whom will be working at
housing is the largest contributing     published a report [indicating]        come up with Band-Aid solutions.      affordable housing tower on one             manufacturing and warehousing in
factor to homelessness.                 , households are at risk of       The government is big on temporary    of our properties, located at th          the SE. Without this SE industrial
   “The problem is not the people,      becoming homeless. Putting them        solutions, but it lacks any kind of   Ave. and Centre Street SW,” said            shelter there would be a lack of
it’s the fact they have no place        one pay check or one family crisis     sustainability for its solutions      Mustard Seed development offi-              shelter, space in Calgary.”
to live,” said Ceci. “The lack of       away from becoming homeless.”          to homelessness and affordable        cer Diana Schwenk. “The Calgary               Homeless Awareness Week is
appropriate affordable housing is          Chase stated the provincial         housing. Basically the govern-        planning commission approved our            run each year by the Homeless
                                                                                                                                                                 Awareness Calgary Committee dur-

                                                                                                                     Teach English                               ing the third week in Sep. It kicked
                                                                                                                                                                 off with a BBQ and then launched

                                                                                                                       Overseas                                  into a number of other events striv-
                                                                                                                                                                 ing to educate Calgarians so they
                                                                                                                                                                 can make informed decisions about
                                                                                                                                                                 the issue and what can be done to
                                                                                                                                                                 confront it.
                                                                                                                                                                   “What we aim to do is raise
                                                                                                                        Intensive 60-Hour Program                awareness; provide education and
                                                                                                                        Classroom Management Techniques          the tools of education for Calgarians
                                                                                                                        Detailed Lesson Planning                 to get involved, become active and
                                                                                                                        Comprehensive Teaching Materials
                                                                                                                                                                 encourage change in our commu-
                                                                                                                                                                 nity,” said Kennedy. “We also
                                                                                                                        Internationally Recognized Certificate
                                                                                                                                                                 want to provide understanding
                                                                                                                        Teacher Placement Service                for what it is like to be home-
                                                                                                                        Money Back Guarantee Included            less. The moment one person is
                                                                                                                        Thousands of Satisfied Students          homeless is the moment that
                                                                                                                                                                 requires action. We don’t want
                                                                                                                                                                 to force people’s decisions, but we
                                                                                                                                                                 want to provide the tools for them
                                                                                                                                                                 to make an informed choice.”
                                                                                                                      1-800-779-1779 / 780-428-8700                    For information on events visit
                                                                                                                      www.oxfordseminars.com                       www.homelessawareness.ca/events.html.
                                                                                                                                                             GAUNTLET NEWS SEPTEMBER 20.07 7



U of C uses housing to lure profs
New recruitment packages include funding for housing
Katy Anderson                                                                                                                                                salary and money to get her research
News Editor                                                                                                                                                  started.
                                                                                                                                                                “Even in its original form, [the U of C’s


T
         he University of Calgary has intro-                                                                                                                 offer] was the best offer I’d gotten,” she said.
         duced housing perks to recruit new                                                                                                                  “Then I was able to negotiate and get a little
         faculty in order to remain com-                                                                                                                     bit more.”
petitive in the market for researchers and                                                                                                                      Harrison explained starting salaries depend
professors.                                                                                                                                                  on which faculty a recruit is hired into.
   New hiring packages traditionally include                                                                                                                    “[In] business, you tend to pay higher
a negotiated starting salary, funds to set up                                                                                                                salaries starting than you do in classics,” said
an office and a lab and money for research.                                                                                                                  Harrison. “It’s just the nature of the market.
However, the competition of Calgary’s hous-                                                                                                                  There are other opportunities in business that
ing market has prompted university admin-                                                                                                                    there aren’t in some of the other areas and it
istration to organize ways for new recruits                                                                                                                  tends to push the salaries up.”
to get and manage a mortgage in Calgary.                                                                                                                        Hiring decisions are recommended to the
Schools in areas where housing prices are                                                                                                                    dean from an academic cluster and then for-
similar—like the University of Toronto and                                                                                                                   warded on to Harrison, he explained.
the University of British Columbia—already                                                                                                                      The University of Calgary Faculty
offer similar packages.                                                                                                                                      Association does not play a role in the hir-
                                                                                                                                 Vivian Leung/the Gauntlet
   “As we were hiring new faculty, they were                                                                                                                 ing process, but was consulted about add-
asking questions about how we could help           Both the mountains and the recruitment package brought Giovanni to the U of C.                            ing housing perks to recruitment packages.
with housing,” said U of C provost and vice-                                                                                                                 TUCFA president Anne Stalker explained they
president academic Alan Harrison. “The rea-           “There is no doubt in my mind the thing        mountains, the proximity of Calgary to the              suggested that rental should also be covered,
son is, they looked at Calgary, [and] if you       that really tips the scales for anyone coming     Canadian Rockies was the biggest factor in              because not every one is in a position to buy
got an offer from the University of Waterloo,      to a university is ‘how good are the colleagues   choosing the U of C, but not the only one.              a house.
where the average house price may be half          I’m going to be working with?’” said Harrison.       “The opportunity to be a professor but not              “We also suggested that the deans should
what they are here then that is going to be        “‘How easily can I interact with graduate         have the research pressure that other big uni-          be permitted to offer it to people who’ve been
a big factor in your choice. It’s not the only     students? What’s my teaching schedule             versities have [was a factor],” said Giovanni.          hired in the last couple of years because they
one, but it’s one.”                                like? What are the expectations in regards        “I get to spend more of my time on teaching,            may have been in the same kind of position
   Harrison noted that despite the university      to teaching? Will I get to teach courses I am     which I’m really passionate about. That was             and got nothing,” said Stalker.
administration’s best efforts to entice prospec-   particularly well-prepared for?’”                 really big in the decision to come here.”                  The recruitment packages will be fin-
tive faculty, candidates look for colleagues who      Recently hired geology professor Melissa          Giovanni was also offered a housing                  alized for the next round of hiring,
are working within their areas of research.        Giovanni explained that because she studies       loan, moving expenses, a competitive                    which will take place Jul. .


Province donates money to create more MDs and nurses
Alex Khalifa                            undergraduates annually. Seven             This was furthered by Calgary           For now the CHR is working on               Region to tap into the international
Gauntlet News                           more positions have been opened          Health Region’s executive direc-       many fronts to combat and solve                health care workforce.
                                        this year for graduate students in       tor of workforce strategies Susan      present concerns over the lack of                “The needs in the health care
  The provincial government             the faculty of nursing and an addi-      Cassidy.                               health care professionals in the               sector are great and we can’t
stepped up initiatives to combat        tional  positions will be added          “The Government is respond-          province.                                      get all our needs currently from
Alberta’s health care crisis with       for the / year.                    ing to a great need in the health         “There is no one solution to this           local means,” said Cassidy. “The
funding for more positions in the          “This shows the continuation          sector by increasing seats in the      situation,” noted Cassidy. “We are             increase in funding for more
medical and nursing faculties at        of the government working                MD and nursing faculties,” said        doing recruitment efforts, locally,            positions in the post-secondary
the University of Calgary.              with the university to meet the          Cassidy. “This is a good start;        nationally and internationally.”               sector is a good start—how-
  Last week the province                needs of the students and faculty,”      however they need to do more.             This was exemplified by the                 ever these initiatives will meet
announced it had allocated              said U of C external relations           We need to work with the gov-          Overseas Recruitment Campaign                  future needs, not present ones.
 million to increase the seating      director Colleen Turner. “[It] dis-      ernment to persuade and influ-         initiated by the Alberta Health                         see MOre spaces, page 
availability to medical doctors and     plays their recognition that there       ence their further decisions for the
nursing students, thus allowing         is a critical need in both present        year which will be impor-
the enrolment of  more MDs            and future funding for health care       tant for the furthered funding of
and upwards of  more nursing          in the post-secondary sector.”           medical and nursing enrolment.”
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Study shows pay is less important to this generation
Sara Hanson                                                                                                                        one compensation factor when             directly from them would be a
News Assistant                                                                                                                     choosing a career.                       great way to develop your profes-
                                                                                                                                      Cocolakis noted this information      sional attitudes.”


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             hen choosing a career                                                                                                 is not only important for students          Cocolakis acknowledged the
             path, money doesn’t                                                                                                   making career choices, but also for      importance of a career’s salary for
             always buy happiness.                                                                                                 prospective employers.                   young graduates; however, she also
   According to a survey released by                                                                                                  “We want to recruit here on           stressed money is not the primary
RSM Richter—one of Canada’s largest                                                                                                campus,” she said. “If [a company        concern anymore.
independent accounting firms—high                                                                                                  is looking] to develop a meaningful         “You don’t want to start a job where
salaries are less of a career draw for                                                                                             work environment [for graduates],        you are being ripped off,” she said.
those entering the workforce today                                                                                                 they need to know what it’s going to     “Most companies are competitive,
compared with a generation ago. The                                                                                                take to make them stay there.”           because they realize they have to be.
survey was conducted for the firm                                                                                                     In the RMS survey, both genera-       [Salary] is an important factor, but it
by Decima Research to find out if                                                                                                  tions ranked career growth and pro-      is not the deciding factor. Work-life
                                                                                                      Katy Anderson/the Gauntlet
the factors involved in choosing a                                                                                                 fessional development as the most        balance is also very important to this
career path have changed over the        Cocolakis said a balanced life is important to this generation.                           important factor when choosing a         generation, which is a big switch from
years, explained RSM Richter human                                                                                                 career. While Fusina agreed about        previous generations.”
resources manager Lisa Fusina.           too surprised by the results.              number-one career goal for all stu-            the importance of development               Career Services assists stu-
   “We do a lot of recruiting from the      “Intuitively [the results] were not     dents surveyed across Canada was               opportunities within a career, she       dents with resumes, interview-
university level and it was apparent     a surprise because the economy is          to balance their career with their             was surprised that direct access to      ing skills and job searches.
that we needed to target our recruit-    different today,” said Fusina. “Being      personal life. The top three preferred         senior management—something she          They also host six job fairs throughout
ing approach to our prime market for     more white-collared type workers,          industries for U of C students were            sees as a key to career growth—was       the year, which provide an oppor-
candidates,” said Fusina. “We really     younger generations know that              academic research, healthcare and              not rated as an important factor.        tunity for students to interact emp-
wanted to make sure that we knew         money will come in time. Perhaps           education/teaching, and students                  “There was no generational dif-       loyers from different industries.
what it is [graduates] are looking       they are not looking for it right at the   across Canada all chose annual                 ference, but it was surprising to us,”
for in starting out their career. [We    start and they realize that other fac-     base salary over health insurance              she said. “We believe that access to
                                                                                                                                                                             For more information about Career Services visit
wanted to see] if any changes have       tors like career growth and potential      and paid holidays for the number-              senior management and learning                http://www.ucalgary.ca/careerservices
happened over the last few genera-       will bring money down the line.”
tions and if we were aware of what          Last spring, the University of
they are looking for now, then we        Calgary received a survey from the
could appeal to their needs.”            Canadian Association of Career
   The survey asked a random             Educators and Employers which try-
sample of Canadians under              ing to understand what is important
and over  across a variety of          to Canadian undergraduates when
industries to rank what the most         looking for a career. The survey
important factors were for them          received , responses, ,
as university graduates enter-           of which were from the U of C,
ing the workforce. Of the             explained career services director
under- year-olds surveyed, only        Voula Cocolakis.
 per cent ranked high monetary            “It’s neat to see where we sit on
compensation as the most impor-          a national perspective and what’s
tant factor when looking for a career,   important to our students,” said
compared to  per cent of the           Cocolakis. “We want to know where
 under- year-olds. However,         our students’ heads are at.”
Fusina noted RSM was not                    CACEE’s survey indicated the
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Nuclear discussion
Proposed Alberta nuclear power plant creates controversy
Andrew Sedor                                                                                                                                                                        don’t have the engineering product
Gauntlet News                                                                                                                                                                       down pat enough in North America.
                                                                                                                                                                                    There are too many competing


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       ince , Alberta’s demand                                                                                                                                                  designs and too many design
       for power has grown at the                                                                                                                                                   changes mid-stream. Private
       same rate as it would add-                                                                                                                                                   financing looks for something
ing two cities the size of Red Deer                                                                                                                                                 that is high-risk with immediate
every year.                                                                                                                                                                         payoff or something where the
   As gas and oil prices rise along                                                                                                                                                 risk is diminished but growth is
with greenhouse gases, electricity                                                                                                                                                  assured. Most existing designs
companies are trying to find ways                                                                                                                                                   don’t lend themselves to this, if
to provide Alberta clean energy that                                                                                                                                                only because they encounter
doesn’t restrain economic growth.                                                                                                                                                   unexpected turns in the regulatory
   This summer Energy Alberta                                                                                                                                                       process.”
president Wayne Henuset                                                                                                                                                                Although nuclear power would
proposed to open the first nuclear                                                                                                                                                  be new to western Canada, accord-
power plant in western Canada                                                                                                                                                       ing to Henuset it makes up  per
                                                                                                                        (photo) Daniel Pagan, (illustration) Paul Baker/the Gaunlet
by . The purposed twin-unit                                                                                                                                                     cent of the electricity generated in
CANDU reactors would be located            A nuclear power plant could go up just outside of Peace River as soon as 2017.                                                           Ontario.
thirty kilometers west of Peace River,                                                                                                                                                 “It costs Ontario billions and
Alberta to support the expansion of        Institute executive director Marlo are trying to emit less carbon dioxide subsidized, taxpayers will end up billions of dollars and taxpayers
oilsands development. The reactors         Raynolds.                               by building nuclear power plants, paying for it.                                                 billions and billions of dollars,”
would produce , megawatts of              Henuset disagreed, stating that  but we’re building the nuclear power            “The industry is not going to said Raynolds.
energy.                                    per cent of the fuel can be refur- plant to increase extraction oil and charge you for waste disposal in                                    Raynolds explained researching
   Alberta Energy’s website states,        bished for future use, claiming the gas,” said Daneke.                            your bill, but what this means is carbon capture and sequestration
“our mission is to provide clean,          amount of waste produced after          Besides being environmentally that they are not going to pay for CCS could cut emissions from coal
emission-free energy, utilizing            years would only be the size of a friendly, Henuset suggested nuclear it either,” said Daneke. “It’s up to power plants by – per cent by
advanced and proven nuclear tech-          two-car garage and would contain power is also the economical choice the government to subsidize waste , and suggested more research
nology to supply oilsands operators        a minimal amount of radiation.          for Albertans, providing a stable disposal programs.”                                            should be done into solar energy.
and the province of Alberta with              “The nuclear waste goes in cooling source of energy, noting that one               In the July issue of Oilweek maga-                    “If we were to invest the money
a reliable flow of electricity at a        pools and, after  years, the radia- fuel bundle is equivalent to  zine, U of C professor Michal Moore we have spent on nuclear research
competitive cost.”                         tion drops out of it,” said Henuset. tonnes of coal.                              suggested that it wouldn’t be pos- into solar energy research, we
   University of Calgary’s chair in        “After  years you can handle it         The       nuclear                                                                                              would be much
business ethics Gregory Daneke             and you won’t die.”                     industry generates             “It’s a bit of a catch-22 because we are                                          further ahead,” said
explained that although nuclear               Henuset also mentioned the  million each                                                                                                          Raynolds.
energy does give off the least             CANDU reactor has not caused a year in federal                         trying to emit less carbon dioxide by                                                Daneke said he
amount of carbon dioxide, it still
poses a threat to the environment
                                           single death in its history.            income and sales
                                              “, hundred were killed in tax, and contrib-
                                                                                                                  building nuclear power plants, but we’re                                          believes nuclear
                                                                                                                                                                                                    energy probably will
because of its by-product of toxic         Chinese coal mines last year, and utes almost                        building the nuclear power plant to increase                                      be implemented into
waste.                                     that’s a lot worse than all nuclear billion annually to                                                                                                  the oilsands due to
   “No country on the planet has           accidents that have ever occurred,” the GDP, according                 extraction of oil and gas.”                                                       high demand for oil
figured out a long-term solution           said Daneke.                            to Alberta Energy’s                                                                         -Gregory Daneke, and gas.
for nuclear waste,” he said.                  Emissions from the Alberta website.                                                                           U of C chair in business ethics            “If nuclear power
   Spent fuel from CANDU reactors          oilsands projects are expected to         Although nuclear                                                                                               is safe, reliable, effi-
contains over  deadly radioac-          increase to – million tonnes power is cheap to                                                                                                     cient and we have a
tive elements including uranium,           per year by , compared with generate once you have everything in sible to privately finance a nuclear plan for disposing the waste, then
plutonium, cesium and strontium,           less than  million tonnes in place, the government has to power plant without government why don’t we already have it?” he
according to the Sierra Club of            , according to a study by an subsidize the waste disposal and subsidies.                                                             asked.
Canada’s website. The by-prod-             energy research group at Uppsala the building of the plant. Daneke                    “The insurance risk is too high,”                      Henuset claimed the province
ucts can have half-lives of up to          University in Sweden.                   explained it may seem cheaper on said Moore in the interview. “The public dissidence rate is only  per
. million years.                           “It’s a bit of a catch- because we your utility bill, but if the plant is variable costs are too high. We cent against local nuclear power.
   “Passing that nuclear waste
onto future generations is not
responsible,” explained Pembina



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Club me ’till I’m week
Ben Hoffman                                       the philosophy driving the annual event.         go to www.su.ucalgary.ca/services/student-
AP Editor                                         “Each day clubs are able to set-up on assigned   services/student-clubs/clubs-list.html to
                                                  tables, [and] on Friday there will be a free     find a full list—it is a relatively painless


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         lubs. To some, the word instantly        barbeque for all current club members.”          endeavor to find some cause in which to
         evokes the image of a baby seal,           The Fri., Sep.  barbeque is a                take interest.
         waddling contentedly with immi-          celebrated event, but there are more rea-           “[There are] over  at this time with a
nent doom perched near by, his only pos-          sons to join clubs than just the smoky and       list of more applying to be sanctioned in the
sible salvation in the proximity of an angry,     delicious joy of a hot, grilled weiner beneath   coming weeks,” said Stuart. “Clubs range
irrelevant Paul McCartney. More likely how-       the fall afternoon sun.                          from academic-focused the hobby-based to
ever, the first thing coming to mind is the         “Clubs week is the first step in finding       religious and everything in between.”
uncomfortably crowded MacEwan Student             out what you’re really interested in besides        If the clubs aren’t already around, it`s
Center in the third week of September, Clubs      school,” said U of C Campus UNICEF               a simple matter to start a new one. The
Week.                                             co-chair Terry Wong. “Especially in a            forms to do so are located at a few places:
   “In joining or creating a club the benefits    commuter school like the U of C, it’s a          either online at www.su.ucalgary.ca/
are really endless, you get to meet people and    great way to set people involved in the          services/student-services/student-clubs.
                                                                                                                                                                            John McDonald/the Gauntlet
get involved in great events,” said University    campus.”                                         html or beside the Stör at the SU
of Calgary Students’ Union vice-president           Ha, ha. Indeed, it is Terry. With as           Clubs office, but require a minimum             Ballroom dancing is just one of the
operations and finance Fraser Stuart about        many clubs as there are on campus—just           amount of people to gain official status.       many clubs on campus.


Leading environmental group names new CEO
Katy Anderson                           As I started to see those fall into     that, collectively, we as a species   previous jobs include a -year       will be to ensure that the founda-
Gauntlet News                           place I thought I should look for       need to address.                      stint as a park ranger in B.C., CEO   tions message is listened to, that it
                                        a challenge that would get me a            Robinson explained human           of a crown corporation and work       is coherent, that it is understand-
   One of Canada’s most respected       little closer to what I think are the   security issues are less apparent,    with the Red Cross—both domes-        able to a broad range of Canadians
environmental groups, the David         big issues of our time.”                but should be looked at in relation   tically and internationally—on        and that people can act on the
Suzuki Foundation, announced a             Robinson explained he thought        to the environment.                   human security and environ-           information that the foundation
new CEO early September.                the big issues of our time are the         “In areas where human security     mental issues. Robinson also has      provides.”
   Current Mountain Equipment           environment and human security,         is low you actually get increased     a varied educational background          Robinson noted it was still too
Co-op CEO Peter Robinson will           and how these two inter-relate.         environmental degradation,”           including a diploma in fish and       early to have specific ideas about
begin the position Jan. . Robinson        “People would have to be liv-        said Robinson. “Where there are       wildlife management, an under-        where he wants to take the orga-
will stay at MEC until then to finish   ing under rocks for the last little     areas of conflict, or where there     graduate degree in geography, a       nization.
up his current projects.                while not to understand that the        might be weak governments, the        post-baccalaureate diploma in            “I’d like to spend some time
   “I’ve done seven and a half years    environment is at a particular          rule of law doesn’t exist. You can    community economic develop-           with the folks there [first],” he
of the co-op and had come to the        juncture of everything from cli-        actually draw strong correlations     ment and a masters degree in          said. “Certainly I am aware of
recognition that all of the goals       mate change to resource extraction      between the two. Environment          conflict analysis.                    their major messages around
that I had set for myself were          and development,” he said. “All of      affects people obviously and then        Robinson stated he hopes his       their desire to be a trusted
on their way to being fulfilled,”       the big impacts we’re having are        people with low security impact       diverse background will be a          and reputable organization as it
said Robinson. “I had set myself        suddenly much more apparent to          the environment. Both issues have     benefit to the foundation.            relates to science and environ-
a fairly rigorous agenda of things      people. I don’t think there’s any       to be addressed.”                        “I’m not a scientist,” said        ment and that’s really what I want
I wanted to do while I was here.        doubt the environment is an area           As well as MEC, Robinson’s         Robinson. “My role, essentially,      to continue to help develop.”
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News for the unnewsed                                                                                                           More spaces,
Alberta’s boards too politically saturated                                                                                      cont’d from pg. 7
Sarelle Azuelos                            ship with George W. Bush. This is         rate dropped . per cent to .
Gauntlet News                              Blair’s first stop in Canada and local    per cent. The Canadian counter-
                                           officials see this as positive recogni-   part is now at . per cent, making


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          recent review of  of          tion of the city.                         foreign investment increasingly
          Alberta’s various decision-                                                attractive. Overall, the Canadian
          making boards discov-            CSIS questioned in India Air              dollar has risen about  per cent
ered that many consist of several          fiasco                                    since its all time low of . cents in
Conservative party members. Three             Canadian Security Intelligence         Jan. . Americans are experi-
of  significant agencies, boards,       Service was severely questioned in        encing a decline in their housing
and committees were found to con-          the India Air bombing hearing earlier     market and growing credit con-
sist completely of Tory members,           this week. Former B.C. prosecutor,        cerns. In Canada, record oil prices
according to an Edmonton Journal           James Jardine, testified that he asked    are helping the dollar rise, but not
investigation. MLAs and other govern-      for the phone call recordings of two      without concerns. The Ontario auto
ment officials may be qualified for the    major suspects immediately after the      and B.C. forestry industries expressed
positions, but their party orientation     accident happened. The phone calls        concerns that a higher dollar may
could conflict with their work. Board      took place three months prior to the      hurt trade to the U.S. and result in
members are hired to make decisions        bombing, but they were erased before      more job losses.
that best reflect public opinion and are   Jardine was able to get ahold of them                                                                                                       Chealsee Albo/the Gauntlet
independent of political influences.       in an act described as “unacceptable      Monks hold mass protest                    Med students may study less now that there is more space.
Provincial boards are currently            negligence,” according to a cbc.ca           Nearly , Burmese monks
responsible for  per cent of the         article. Surviving transcripts state      attended protests this past Tuesday.       As a result, such actions as the       graduate nursing education.
provincial budget.                         that the tapes contain information        Four monks were arrested after pro-        Overseas Recruitment Campaign            SU vice-president academic
                                           about a murder plot that may have         tests over fuel prices Aug.  were        have to be taken.”                     Brittany Sargent explained the
Blair set to jet to Calgary                led to a charge. During the trial, he     forcefully ended. The monks gave             Despite the need for a current       nursing faculty has been working
   Former British prime minister,          described his struggles with acquir-      the Burmese government until               health care workforce, the fund-       hard to become a leader in nursing
Tony Blair, is coming to Calgary           ing information from both CSIS and        Monday to release the captives and         ing will introduce a new stan-         education.
next month.                                the RCMP. Jardine believes changes        issue an apology. When neither             dard in the education of medical         “Any funding for students is a
   TD Canada Trust is funding the          need to be made regarding commu-          request was achieved, the Alliance         professionals. This was seen           good thing,” said Sargent. “We are
Oct.  event, with , of Calgary’s     nication between organizations.           of All Burmese Buddhist Monks              with the , contribution          excited to see this initiative and
finest—and richest—who plan to                                                       arranged another protest with              from the U of C Student’s Union        hopefully more in the future.”
attend. Blair’s  minute speech is        Dollar countinues its rise                over , monks in the Mandalay           campus improvement fund. Because         The announcement dis-
currently selling for  per plate          The Canadian dollar is quickly         alone. Monks are urging bystand-           of this, the U of C faculty of nurs-   played the growing initiative to
and will focus on important politi-        approaching American currency,            ers not to get involved. The govern-       ing is already en route to becom-      educate tomorrow’s health care
cal issues such as the war in Iraq,        rising as high as . cents U.S.        ment is concerned because of the           ing one of the country’s leading       workforce noted SU nursing rep-
Albertan oilsands, and his relation-       on Sep. . The U.S. Federal Funds        monks popular political influence.         post-secondary institutions in         resentative Jenna Baumgartner.
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Re-examining the nuclear family
Common law relationships make the jump from the fringe to the norm
                                          a married couple or a common law
                                          couple, with or without children, or
                                          of a lone parent living with at least
                                          one child in the same dwelling. A
                     Joëlle Robichaud     couple can be of the opposite sex or
                     Gauntlet Opinions    the same sex.”
                                             With such a broad definition for


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        rad Pitt and Angelina Jolie       family, it is difficult to say that the
        are doing it. Over a million      nuclear family is under attack. It is,
        Canadian couples are doing        however, easier to say traditional-
it. But socio-conservative critics        ism is being questioned. Perhaps
have said this type of “behaviour”        people are more secular-minded
is unacceptable. That is, getting         than before, or they are now aware
pregnant without wedding bells            that divorce costs more and more.
and a big ceremony.                       In order to avoid these road bumps,
   Common law couples have always         perhaps people are deciding more
made up a minority of families in         and more against marriage.
Canada, but according to a               And why is that such a bad thing?
Statistics Canada report, the num-        A family can still function with
bers have increased by . per           unmarried parents and common
cent since  and now make up           law is still a better situation than
. million families in Canada,           single parenthood. This is not to say
or . per cent of the . million       that being a single parent is “bad,”
families in Canada. Single-parent         but rather that it is more difficult due
families are also on the rise and         to living costs and median parent
now comprise nearly one fifth of all      income—, for single parents
families, reaching almost . million.    instead of , for couples.
Married adults, which have always            Another thing to note is the age
made up the majority of the popu-         which Statistics Canada determines
lation, now make up slightly less         as the earliest for marriage, which
than  per cent of Canadians for         is  years old. Although it may be
the first time since the first national   legal for someone to enter into the
census in —a statistic gaining        union of marriage at this time, it
increasing media buzz.                    should also be noted the number
   The Calgary Sun published a            of cases of marriage at this age is
story last week after Statistics          declining and that marriage is now
Canada released the information.          being chosen as an avenue later in
According to “Traditional family          life for most adults. It was more
reigns here,” [Bill Kaufmann, Sep.        common for younger Canadians
                                                                                                                                                                                                Gina Freeman/the Gauntlet
, ] we are living in “a country     to be married back in  than in
where the notion of the tradtional        ,  years later.                     Something isn’t this picture just isn’t right... Oh!
family is increasingly under siege.”         Common law unions may also
This message is melo-dramatic and         be popular before people get mar-          stages of their relationships. This       the . per cent who did.                understanding is achieved would
unrealistic as it does not take into      ried, as couples move in together          may also relatively skew the number         All in all, the criticism of such       simply make for too many things
account common law families               and live with each other months,           of common law unions reported in          trends is unrealistic, poorly             to enumerate. Perhaps those who
with children may have the same           possibly years, before their mar-          the census, as these couples may not      researched and relies solely on           believe in the nuclear family should
structure as married, or traditional,     riage occurs. This, once again, is         necessarily have children—Statistics      the census. The census does try to        review other socio-economic factors
families. Another important thing         a phenomenon of the times, as it           Canada also mentioned that . per       describe such trends in detail, but it    influencing the trends we are seeing
to note is Stats Canada’s definition      is more and more acceptable for            cent of couples under the age of        can only incorporate so much—to           and they would then see this trend is
of “family,” which is “composed of        couples to live together at earlier        had no children in comparison to          conduct the census so that a full         not really altogether that bad.



Oops, Britney failed to bring sexy back again
Spears’ shenanigans are just not cool anymore
Jordana Daum                              Cent, and even VMA host Sarah              could be many reasons for this. She       shaved her head and attacked a car           In the end, whether you love
Gauntlet Opinions                         Silverman, have commented on               has been a part of the entertainment      with an umbrella all in one year? I’m     Britney or hate her, you are still
                                          her performance, along with it being       scene forever. We all started noticing    guessing not many.                        talking about her and will probably
  Unless you have been hiding             the top story on many news pro-            Spears in  as an up-and-coming           Our obsession with Britney Spears      continue to do so for the next few
under a rock for the last week, you       grams. When you Google “Britney            pop star in a school girl uniform for     could also be caused by her very pub-     months as she releases her new CD
have either seen, heard or talked         Spears+VMAs” you receive ,,         the video “Hit Me Baby, One More          lic “personal life.” We were right        and continues to shock and amaze
about Britney Spears’ “comeback”          hits. Why are we still talking about it    Time.” We really noticed her when         with Britney as she dated Justin,         us. This week alone, she has already
performance at the MTV Video              and why do we care so much?                she ditched the sweet and innocent        made out with Madonna, married            seen her single “Gimme More” rise
Music Awards. It has been a little           Britney Spears is not the first         image for one that is slightly more       that guy in Vegas and yes, we were        to number  on the Billboard pop
over a week since Spears rocked our       celebrity to find herself in a             provocative, to make the under-           right with her the day she married        charts and been dumped by her
world with her obvious lip-synch-         downward spiral. Many celebri-             statement of the year. We have            Kevin Federline. She has never tried      management company. Whether
ing, lethargic dance moves, and           ties (Michael Jackson, Whitney             followed her life so intently for so      to keep her private life private and      or not Britney will bust out of this
questionable costume choice and           Houston, Lindsay Lohan, and                many years that it is only natural that   we are constantly “exposed” to her        current pattern remains to be seen.
we are still talking about it.            Mariah Carey, to name a few) have,         we continue to remain interested.         life. If Britney ever attempted to        Regardless, we will all be right there
  Not only are we still talking           at some point in their careers, fallen     To be honest, how many of us can          keep her insane private life a little     with her the whole time with the help
about it, numerous celebrities            from grace. Yet, we seem to be more        say we have a friend who has been         quieter we would probably all be less     of US Weekly and People Magazine.
such as Kayne West, Akon,               obsessed with Britney Spears. There        divorced, gone to rehab (twice),          inclined to gossip about her.             After all, we are obsessed.
16 SEPTEMBER 20.07 GAUNTLET OPINIONS




 Oil! P                                op-quiz time! Who benefits
                                       from Alberta’s oil surplus?
                                       Is it, a, the oil companies, b,
                                the provincial government, c, the
                                average Albertan, or d, the average
                                Canadian?
                                  The answer is, of course, all of
                                                                          shabby. Imperial Oil alone posted
                                                                          profits of  billion last year, without
                                                                          any sign of slowing down.
                                                                            Thus the recent threats by Imperial
                                                                          in light of a royalty review panel
                                                                          report—which argues the province
                                                                          should receive an extra  billion
                                                                                                                     Wed., Sep. , Imperial CEO Tim
                                                                                                                     Hearn implies the combined cost of
                                                                                                                     the high Canadian dollar, new carbon
                                                                                                                     dioxide levies and raised royalties
                                                                                                                     would cause a dramatic decline in
                                                                                                                     the Albertan oil sector. Using scary
                                                                                                                     words like “tipping point,” Hearn
                                                                                                                                                                   Oh, please.
                                                                                                                                                                   Exactly how much of the revenue
                                                                                                                                                                for Alberta’s energy surplus actually
                                                                                                                                                                stays in Alberta? And why should
                                                                                                                                                                Alberta grovel and plead for Big
                                                                                                                                                                Oil’s continued patronage when
                                                                                                                                                                they’re the ones clearly benefitting
                                the above. However, with oil selling      annually in royalties from oil com-        threatened that “there’s enough            the most?
                                for over  a barrel and with them       panies—are not only patronizing,           things working against us that if all         That’s not to say we should be
            Ændrew Rininsland   posting record profits year after year,   but downright offensive.                   this stays in place as is, there will be   entirely careless and underestimate
            Damn Dirty Hippie   the oil companies ain’t doing too           In a Reuters article published           an effect in the industry.”                the potential impact of increasing
                                                                                                                                                                the royalty rates. Alberta has to
                                                                                                                                                                remain competitive with OPEC in
                                                                                                                                                                order for oil companies to want to
                                                                                                                                                                come here, that’s unquestionable.
                                                                                                                                                                But even that logic is a little bit
                                                                                                                                                                laughable. Honestly, would you
                                                                                                                                                                rather live in the middle east or
                                                                                                                                                                Canada? Furthermore, even if the
                                                                                                                                                                provincial government does go for
                                                                                                                                                                the whole  per cent increase,
                                                                                                                                                                Alberta’s royalty rates will still be
                                                                                                                                                                some of the lowest in the world.
                                                                                                                                                                And don’t try to tell me that all the
                                                                                                                                                                oil companies will uproot and flee
                                                                                                                                                                the country the second people start
                                                                                                                                                                talking about increasing royalties.
                                                                                                                                                                As a fellow editor commented to me
                                                                                                                                                                recently, “They’re in the oil business.
                                                                                                                                                                They’ll go where the oil is.” The oil
                                                                                                                                                                companies have invested too much
                                                                                                                                                                money and stand to make far too
                                                                                                                                                                much money for them to vanish in
                                                                                                                                                                a cloud of carbon monoxide like the
                                                                                                                                                                conservatives are arguing.
                                                                                                                                                                   Anybody who has studied the
                                                                                                                                                                provincial Conservatives in even
                                                                                                                                                                the shallowest capacity knows that
                                                                                                                                                                Premier Ed “Steady Eddy” Stelmach
                                                                                                                                                                will likely not raise royalties at all
                                                                                                                                                                come Oct. when he makes the deci-
                                                                                                                                                                sion. If royalties are increased, it will
                                                                                                                                                                likely be by just enough for Stelmach
                                                                                                                                                                to seem like a populist without put-
                                                                                                                                                                ting even the slightest dent in Big
                                                                                                                                                                Oil’s beer budget. This isn’t neces-
                                                                                                                                                                sarily is bad thing; the quality of life
                                                                                                                                                                in Alberta will continue to improve
                                                                                                                                                                at the same rate it always has if noth-
                                                                                                                                                                ing is done. There’s no immediate
                                                                                                                                                                negative consequence in deferring
                                                                                                                                                                to the oil companies on this one,
                                                                                                                                                                and that’s likely why nothing will
                                                                                                                                                                be done: nobody wants to rock the
                                                                                                                                                                boat. However, it’s worth consider-
                                                                                                                                                                ing the possibilities of even a slight
                                                                                                                                                                increase.
                                                                                                                                                                   For instance, the City of Calgary
                                                                                                                                                                (and Edmonton too, for that mat-
                                                                                                                                                                ter) might not need to beg and
                                                                                                                                                                plead for the barest provincial
                                                                                                                                                                infrastructure funding every year.
                                                                                                                                                                The fact Mayor Bronconnier was
                                                                                                                                                                perpetually in a media pissing-
                                                                                                                                                                match with Stelmach for the better
                                                                                                                                                                part of the summer shows how sad
                                                                                                                                                                this situation truly is. It’s ludicrous
                                                                                                                                                                the provincial government figures
                                                                                                                                                                it can send out  cheques as a
                                                                                                                                                                political move demonstrating how
                                                                                                                                                                rich Alberta is to the rest of Canada
                                                                                                                                                                but think we should be grateful for
                                                                                                                                                                basic infrastructure.
                                                                                                                                                                   Being able to cheaply extract oil
                                                                                                                                                                in a political environment as stable
                                                                                                                                                                as Canada’s is an utter boon to Big
                                                                                                                                                                Oil. Alberta’s resources are being
                                                                                                                                                                exploited by huge corporations
                                                                                                                                                                who are making sums of money
                                                                                                                                                                incomprehensible to the average
                                                                                                                                                                person. Albertans deserve more
                                                                                                                                                                than the pittance they’re currently
                                                                                                                                                                receiving.
                                                                                                                                                                   It is their oil, after all.
                                                                                                                                                GAUNTLET OPINIONS SEPTEMBER 20.07 17




  Municipal politics are important!
     Stoked about the October 15th municipal election? We sure are!
                                           because municipal government
                                           actually does have an important
                                           role to play in your day to day life
                                           (unless you are not a Calgarian, in
                   Cam Cotton-O’Brien      which case they have less influence
                        Pidgeon Talk       on you then a chicken sneezing in
                                           Hong Kong; feel free to take your


T
         here are very few things          chances). For students, one of the
         involved in the world of poli-    most important issues is surely
         tics which can be counted         transportation. Remember the tail
on to cause such a dramatic lack           end of last winter semester when
of interest as Calgary’s municipal         the Gauntlet had to keep run-
elections.                                 ning stories on the potential for
   Voter turnout in the last few years     a Calgary Transit strike? A strike
has been dismal and there doesn’t          that threatened to shut down the
seem to be any particular reason           system while we were all scrambling
                                                                                                                                                                                        Paul Baker/the Gauntlet
why that should drastically change         around writing exams? That could
by Oct. . Indeed, there are actually     have hindered our ability to pick       about it. Emergency services fall        administering aid in matters of life   for homelessness are both tasks left
two less individuals () running for      up booze to deal with the shock         within the powers of the municipal       and death, so the administration of    up to the city. This problem is on
the jobs of mayor, alderman, and           of receiving the grades from those      government, and by extension, so         those services should not be left up   the rise and, taking into account
school board trustee than at the last      exams? That falls under the jurisdic-   does the ability to deal with most       to some hack simply because you        the aforementioned cold weather is
election three years ago. Of these,        tion of municipal government. That      crime. It is hard to emphasize just      couldn’t find your mittens and it      about to become even more trou-
two aldermen have already been             means if an incompetent political       how important this role is. The hir-     was cold outside. If for no other      bling. In a city as rich as ours, it is
acclaimed, since there was no one to       cadre is voted into office we could     ing and training of the emergency        reason, vote because of this.          irresponsible to ignore the plight of
run against them. Another forebod-         be left with an incredible mess of      personnel is without doubt one of          The other heavyweight issue—         this segment of the population. Not
ing sign for a poor election turnout       transit when the new deal expires       the most vital roles occupied by the     particularly poignant during           voting in an election that so heavily
is the already-dipping temperature         in Jul. .                           city. It is imperative that elected      Homeless Awareness Week—is             influences their lives is exactly that:
gauge which—let’s face it—probably            Crime, too, is a huge issue in our   members of government be able to         that of homelessness. While the        ignorant.
goes a fair way to deterring people        clean city. There is a growing feel-    function in this task at an extremely    care of the homeless falls under the      All that said, remember to bring
from voting at the last-minute.            ing crime is on the rise in Calgary     high level. Emergency Services deal      mandate of the provincial govern-      a piece of valid photo ID. It’s the
   This is really a sad state of affairs   and something needs to be done          with the frightening responsibility of   ment, the prevention of and cure       only way they’ll let you vote.
18 SEPTEMBER 20.07 GAUNTLET OPINIONS




Too bad it won’t help against Godzilla
                                                                                      these tests already have concern for their
                                                                                      child and therefore probably don’t need
                                                                                      to take the quiz. Also their questions are
                                                                                      a bit off target: “who played the father in
                                       Robb Myroon                                    the movie Kramer vs. Kramer?”
                                       Gauntlet Opinions                                 The idea, however, is a good one.
                                                                                      The idea of a standardized parent-



                                       Y
                                                  ou need a license for everything    ing test is not as an absurd notion
                                                  nowdays. One needs a license        as it may seem. Almost all of human
                                                  to go hunting, a standardized       activity which puts others at risk requires
                                         test is required to operate a motor          one to obtain a license of some sort,
                                         vehicle, and they don’t let any old          so why isn’t parenting including in
                                        person jump into a plane and fly              this mix?
                                        around. All these activities, as you             We should pick up where those guys
                                        may have noticed, require a great deal        in Tokyo left off. The test should prob-
                                         of responsibility, and involve holding       ably be a bit longer. I can hardly imag-
                                         other peoples’ lives in the palm of one’s    ine fifty questions is hardly sufficient
                                         hands. Everyone agrees; any activity         in determining the ability to parent a
                                         which entails such accountability            child. It should also have a field test so to
                                          should be regulated.                        speak, perhaps a week in length. The test
                                             This brings us to one of the big-        should also be for both genders. Sure,
                                       gest tasks in the world today in which         females have an edge on us guys in the
                                             the largest liability is held: being     natural parenting world, but this does
                                                   a parent. Laugh at first, but      not leave them exempt by any stretch
                                                    when seriously considered,        of the imagination.
                                                    the duty to raise a child is         The most important change, though,
                                       one not to be taken lightly. At any rate       is making the test mandatory for all par-
                                       while so many other activities that bear       ents. The exam’s purpose should not
                                       equal or less responsibility to raising a      be raising awareness about parenting,
                                       human require one to seek permission           but an evaluation regarding if these two
                                       or pass a test, parenting requires few         people are capable of raising a child in
                                       prerequisites.                                 a healthy manner.
                                          Take a moment to review what exactly           The icing on the cake for the test
                                       is necessary to become a parent. First,        would be the time one would need to
                                       there are the required body parts, which       wait to re-take the examination if they
                                       always seem to be around when needed.          failed. One to two years seems reason-
                                       Secondly, there’s a need to feel really        able, and this would discourage the
                                       good for a brief period of time, rang-         young’uns to go in there and wing it,
                                       ing from ten seconds to over an hour           hoping to pass. People who are serious
                                       depending on those involved. Lastly, one       about it would take the time to prepare,
                                       needs someone else who also wishes for         and that is exactly the goal the test would
                                       the first two things mentioned to hap-         hope to achieve.
                                       pen. All in all, not a difficult recipe to        The system cannot be perfect of
                                       bake up buns in an oven.                       course, but would work much like
                                          Not to fear though, the innovative          driving a car. You don’t need a license
                                       Japanese have rescued us again. Yes, in        to actually get the car to run, but trouble
                                       Tokyo, Fathering Japan has designed a          is a brewing if the police find out you
                                       quiz of  questions to raise awareness        don’t have a license. The same would
                                       about becoming a dad. The director of          be with parenting, although I’m not
                                       the non-profit organization Tetsuya            exactly sure how the penalties would
                                       Ando sums it up by saying, “there just         be handed out. That issue can be left
                                       isn’t enough information about parent-         for future debate.
                                       ing for fathers.”                                 Parenting is not a job to be taken
                                          Taking nothing away from the                lightly, and it’s time we all recognize
                                       Japanese, they’ve only provided one step,      that this sort of activity needs some
                                       although it is in the right direction. Their   sort of regulation. The “daddy quiz”
                                       test is geared directly at fathers and is      is a step in the right direction, but this
                                       voluntary. Really, those who are taking        needs to be taken further.




                                                                                                              Paul Baker/the Gauntlet
web                                                                                               GAUNTLET SEPTEMBER 20.07 19
                                                                                                  Editor: Christian Louden—christian@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca



a series of tubes
MediaDefender walks the plank. Yarrrrr
Hackers post anti-piracy agency’s internal e-mail on ThePirateBay.org


                                       Christian Louden
                                       Captain Soggy-Beard


      Editor’s Note: In this article, several e-mails were copied directly without
      major editing. This was done to ensure that the original content remains
      without bias. This includes mispellings, poor use of grammar, et cetera.
      For purposes of maintaining the privacy of those mentioned in the e-
      mails, personal information has been removed. Beyond that, all relevant
      information has remained as it was in its original writing.



      I
           n recent months, Internet piracy prevention company MediaDefender
           has been accused by BitTorrent weblog TorrentFreak of launching
           websites to entrap Internet users into uploading and download-
      ing copyrighted material illegally. MediaDefender denied any such
      conspiracy, claiming that the MiiVi.com domain was intended for an
      internal project that they had forgotten to password-protect.
         Red flags were initially raised in Jul. when a blogger reported that
      the whois records for MiiVi had MediaDefender contact information
                                                                                     E-mail #1.
      on them. Upon further investigation, TorrentFreak announced with
      confidence what the perceived purpose of the MiiVi website had been:
      a trap laid to catch people in the midst of piracy.
         MediaDefender continued to deny all accusations despite the foul
      taste left in the mouths of tech websites and the blogosphere.
         Without solid proof, there was nothing more that could be reported,
      and the issue calmed down a bit over the following couple of months.
      That is, until last week when a group calling itself MediaDefender-
      Defenders hacked and leaked several months of MediaDefender inter-
      nal e-mail onto the Internet through MediaDefender’s most hated foe:
      BitTorrent.
         In the description of the torrent on ThePirateBay.org, MediaDefender-
      Defenders had this to say,

        MediaDefender-Defenders proudly presents 9 months worth of internal
      MediaDefender emails[sic]
        By releasing these emails[sic] we hope to secure the privacy and per-
      sonal integrity of all peer-to-peer users. The emails[sic] contains[sic]
      information about the various tactics and technical solutions for tracking
      p2p[sic] users, and disrupt p2p[sic] services
        A special thanks to Jay [Mairs], for circumventing there entire email-
      security by forwarding all your emails to your gmail account, and using
      the really highly secure password: blahbob
        So here it is, we hope this is enough to create a viable defense to the
      tactics used by these companies, also there should be enough fuel to keep      E-mail #2.
      the p2p[sic] bloggers busy for quite some time.

        The contents of the e-mail proved to be indeed very interesting.
      After MiiVi had been exposed, damage control had been enacted as
      MediaDefender scrambled to get into contact with tech news agency
            Ars Technica to publish their side of the story.
                “MediaDefender was working on an internal project that
                 involved video and didn’t realize that people would be
                   trying to go to it and so we didn’t password-protect
                                           the site,” MediaDefender’s Randy
                                           Saaf said. “It was just an oversight
                                          from that perspective. This was not
                                         an entrapment site, and we were not
                                       working with the MPAA on it.”
                                       Despite MediaDefender’s claim
                                         that MiiVi.com was intended for
                                            internal use, according to the
                                            leaked e-mail, great effort was
                                          put into disassociating MiiVi with
                                          MediaDefender (see e-mail #1).
                                              Another e-mail further cast
                                           aside any doubts one may have
                                            as to the nature of MiiVi (see
                                           e-mail #2).
                                            Again contrary to the state-
                                              See Media Defender, page 20
20 SEPTEMBER 06.07 GAUNTLET WEB



Media defender, cont’d from page 19




E-mail #3.                                                        E-mail #4.                                                              E-mail #5.
ment made to Ars Technica, in another e-mail internal             ment by many in the P2P community, according to excerpts
MediaDefender folks even seemed to be overjoyed that people       from MiiVi’s End User’s License Agreement as reported by
had begun signing up with MiiVi (see e-mail #3).                  TorrentFreak, there are a few troublesome clauses users
  When the news finally broke, MediaDefender promptly killed       agreed to prior to the use of the web application.
the MiiVi site, likely to prevent the onslaught of spam and          These clauses essentially absolved MiiVi of any entrapment
server abuse that would likely soon follow (see e-mail #4).       charges by forcing the user to agree that it was perfectly all right
  Internal MediaDefender e-mail shot quickly back and             at MiiVi’s discretion to report any relevant data or information
forth as the employees of the company watched the story           to the proper authorities should it appear as though you
begin to unfold on the blogosphere and nice tech websites         were involved in piracy of copyrighted materials.
(see e-mail #5).                                                     While this massive breach of security comes as a great
  Despite this massive embarrassment of being caught red          blow to MediaDefender, the outcome will likely be a growth
handed, MediaDefender wasn’t ready to give up on their MiiVi      in the anti-piracy business. Now more than ever, anti-piracy
project just yet. Plans were put into place to begin rebuilding   agencies, the MPAA and RIAA, will begin to realize the P2P and
MiiVi as viide.com. The e-mails also revealed several spoof       piracy communities are not to be underestimated in their
BitTorrent and P2P websites that had the potential to be          resourcefulness and desire to continue the free flow of these
developed and used for the purpose of distributing the wide       materials on the Internet.
array of decoys the anti-piracy company used to misdirect            To those in the know, news of the underhanded attempts by
                                                                                                                                         Though the Gauntlet does not endorse the practice of piracy (apart
Internet users trying to download pirated music, movies and       agencies to disrupt piracy comes as no surprise. To the rest,             from rum-drinking, cursing, general belligerence and parrots), the
software.                                                         let this serve as a cautionary tale. MediaDefender may have              e-mails might be found by the resourceful few who searched for “Media-
  Although the MiiVi incident has largely been seen as entrap-    lost this round, but they will most certainly be back.                                          Defender E-mail” in the right places.
three lines free
Have something (relatively short) to
say? Desperately need more atten-
                                           To TRAN, UBST, ENCI students, join
                                           the U of C ITE. Speakers, Trips, and
                                                                                       Be careful young lovers, spooning often
                                                                                       leads to forking.
                                                                                                                                                                    GAUNTLET SEPTEMBER 20.07

                                                                                                                                 Fun couple seeking couple friends for
                                                                                                                                 den Thursdays. (no swingers.) Say bye
                                                                                                                                                                                                           21

                                                                                                                                                                         Healthy lifestyle video competition.
                                                                                                                                                                         First prize: $1000.
tion? Give me lots of chocolate            many perks. Check www.uofcite.ca                                             -Bbaj    to those annoying single friends...           -www.shopvitaminscanada.com
or cupcakes! And drop off your             for details.                                                                          [Just because there are two of you,
TLF to MSC 319 or e-mail them                                       -U of C ITE        When I get rich and famous, I’m just             doesn’t mean you get six lines   To: 3K Alum: I love you all!!
to tlfs@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca. All                                                      going to be fatter and shittier.                              -BoogeymannEd]                                      -Luke
submissions must include your name,        Soy un estudiante en la Facultad de
ID number, phone number (although it       Educación con un certificado de TEFL.
can’t be printed) and signature. Sub-      Quisiera intercambiar la conversación
missions judged to be sexist, racist,      española para la conversación
homophobic or attacks of a personal        inglesa. ¡Soy un principiante!
nature will not be printed.                               -calutzma@ucalgary.ca

To the girl that I did meet in CHEM 331,   To 101 groups 104 & 708, hope your
yes the teal spandex is for you. Den?      first week went well, only 12 more ‘till
Join a sorority! We may stand out but      winter break!
we never stand alone.                                                    -<3 M
                  -ucalgary.ca/panassoc
                                           Join Phi Gamma Delta
History 371 students: don’t want to        “Just Do It”
spend $130 on books for one class?         -Philip Knight, Founder of Nike (Oregon
Email scathcaitsith@hotmail.com and                                          1959)
get them for $90, yay!
                        -Book hater        Meep Meep.
                                                                    -Road Runner
Ahoy thar y’scurvy lubbers! Prepare
yer titilations and are ready to weigh     Come watch the Grand Final of Aussie
anchor, sarvy? Sep.,19 be International    Rules football LIVE on big screen at
Talk Like a Pirate Day! Aarrr!             Dicken’s Pub. (1000 9 Avenue S.W.)
                                 -Pirate   Fri,. Sep. 28. Doors open at 6p.m.
         [Too bad that was yesterday...                   -www.albertafooty.com
                      -BoogeymannEd]
                                           To anyone who has ever sprawled their
Calgary Pagan Pride Day 2007               lifeless limp corpse arcross 3 or more
Sep. 22 11am-4pm, Westgate                 seats upstairs in Mac Hall. Don’t.
Community Hall. Map & Details:                                           -DSR & K
www.calgaryppd.com.
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Étudiant d’échange français recherchant    apartment in Ranchlands. $475 a
des amis. Préférez des filles belles qui    month. Available immediately.
parlent seulement Français. Je ne parle                    -jecroft@ucalgary.ca
pas Anglais.
                        -vive la France    To all first-year burnouts: you can eat
                                           fruit loops at any time of the day... and
FOUND: One set of headphones               they do have seperate flavours!
outside   Mac     Hall. Contact                                            -Kiwibird
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Nursing Jungle Safari Cab!! Sat.,          To TRAN, UBST, ENCI students, join       Jesus’ moon base is under attack by a       Dear Wendy,                                2 Textbooks and student notebook with
Sep. 29 at The Den. Tix $5 in advance,     the U of C ITE. Speakers, Trips, and     viking shooting laser beams from his       I will miss our COMS and Info com-          notes for ES 760 A found Sep. 19 near
$7 at the door. Tix for sale at table in   many perks. Check www.uofcite.ca         awesome guitar! Warn the masses!           mons humour. Blueberry pancakes             Confederation Park (NW Clagary).
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get a hot date for a good cause!!                                   -U of C ITE                                                don’t trade me for a fit Brit.
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                                                                                                                                      -www.ucalgary.ca/~womense            Best of luck to Nikki for her knee surgery
People with Alzheimer’s are of no use to   Doreen: The Dweez is coming! The         Dear Maintenance: please fix third floor                                                 next Tuesday. Recover quickly!
society. I say we forget about them.       Dweez is coming!                         Mac Hall washroom sinks of doom.           Like live music? Come to the Out of the
                          -thedrewskii                    - Suzy Creamcheese        To all frosh-haters:just because you       Garage CD release party on Sep. 21.         I really think that “orderable” should
                                                                                    are inadequate losers doesn’t mean         622 8th Ave. See you there!                 be a word.
Patience, child, and soon the world will   Stop fantasizing about your cell phone   we all suck.                                                                                        [Yes, and so should “alot.”
become a pie.                              at night and pay attention to me!                                   -The Frosh      I’m hongry!                                                       -BoogeymannEd]
sports                                                                                                                                                            GAUNTLET SEPTEMBER 20.07 23
                                                                                                                                                                        Editor: Amanda Hu—sports@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca




Aulin is all in for the Dinos
Dinos recruit ex-NHLer Jared Aulin for the 2007-08 season
men’s hockey                                                                                                                                                              The new Dino is one of only nine
                                                                                                                                                                       players to return to CIS play after
                                                                                                                                                                       being with an NHL franchise and
Amanda Hu                                                                                                                                                              the latest since Washing Capitals
Sports Editor                                                                                                                                                          player Eric Calder, who left the
                                                                                                                                                                       professional hockey world in 


T
        he University of Calgary                                                                                                                                       to attend Wilfrid Laurier University
        Dinos men’s hockey team                                                                                                                                        and play on their team, the Golden
        has a new trick up their                                                                                                                                       Hawks.
sleeve that may translate into a                                                                                                                                          Aulin’s professional career
winning season.                                                                                                                                                        showed promise as he scored 
   The team announced the recruit-                                                                                                                                     points in the – WHL season.
ment of former NHL player Jared                                                                                                                                        When he got to the NHL, Aulin was
Aulin for the – season. Aulin                                                                                                                                    drafted in the second round th
comes off an impressive professional                                                                                                                                   overall by the Colorado Avalanche.
career spanning four different                                                                                                                                         He also played for Team Canada
AHL league cities and three NHL                                                                                                                                        at the  World Junior Hockey
franchises, including his highlight                                                                                                                                    Championship, garnering the team
season with the Los Angeles Kings                                                                                                                                      silver and making him even more
in –.                                                                                                                                                            of an asset for Calgary.
   Though head coach Scott                                                                                                                                                “On the ice, he’s just a complete
Atkinson is excited about his newest                                                                                                                                   skill-package, particularly in our
recruit, he noted that there are still                                                                                                                                 league,” said Atkinson. “He can
                                                                                                                                         Chris Albinati/the Gauntlet
expectations on Aulin as he heads                                                                                                                                      skate, he can shoot, he can handle
into his fifth year of CIS eligibility.   The Dinos jersey looks good on Aulin as he shakes hands with coach Atkinson.                                                 a puck and he uses the ice really
   “We just expect him to bring what                                                                                                                                   well.”
you expect out of any good player,”       a good job that way. The other thing   dedicated and very enthusiastic.”      of his fellow teammates know him                  Aulin was involved in an incident
he said. “With his experience, he’s       is we have high expectations for him     Many in the Dinos’ camp are tak-     from their time together in the                during a recreational hockey game
going to have a lot of ability to lead    off the ice as well. We expect him     ing a cautious optimism with Aulin’s   Kamloops Blazers, including fourth-            that resulted in him sustaining a
our players and we expect him to do       to do well in school, and he’s very    membership on the team. Several        year forward Ryan Annesley.                                 see Aulin’s in, page 
24 SEPTEMBER 20.07 GAUNTLET SPORTS




     Kendo:
      the art of
      hitting people
      with sticks
                   Photos
                 by Geoff
                MacIntosh

I
     n its continuing quest to seek      The idea of Kendo is that they needed    an important and integral part of        the battlefield hacking away at each    mum rank to compete and ranks
     out the under-appreciated and       a safe way to practice swordplay         the culture, learning the way of         other. What we’re taught through        have minimum age limits. You have
     little-known sports, the Gauntlet   and make contact with a person           the sword, because it had value.         the rules is to have good posture       to actually compete to gain a space
got ahold of the Calgary Kendo Club      without killing one another or get-      We have a sword implement that           and spirit and that you didn’t make     [on the team]. The people you see
to talk about the elusive Japanese       ting seriously injured. You wore         is very similar to the ones they used    a lucky hit. You saw the opportunity    on team Canada are at least  but
martial art. Club member Darren          your armour and swung a wooden           then and have armour very similar        and you took the opportunity. [The      probably a little bit older.
Barar indulged us and explained          thing at people. Doing that, they        to that of what they used then as        rules] all embody traditions. There        G: What is the significance
a little about the sport he knows        could determine how good one’s           well. There was a change in the sport    is also a world Kendo federation        of the katas and how are they
and loves.                               technique was without anyone             of Kendo during the Second World         encompassing many member coun-          sequenced?
                                         getting injured. That went on for        War during the Allied occupation         tries with their own associations and      DB: The katas come from the time
Amanda Hu                                hundreds of years until it became        where they took some of the more         federations. Canada has a national      of swords also. At the same time they
Sports Editor                            more sport-like and people would         violent pieces out of the sport, but     governing body that associates with     started dispensing with the sword
                                         actually compete in these fenc-          it is still very aggressive. The move-   Japan as well as a national team that   culture, they started to firm up the
  Gauntlet: Tell me a little about       ing duels. At the end of the Edo         ments of Kendo, which are meant to       competes in the world champion-         rules for what Kendo is. Out of the
the history of the sport.                period, they decided to westernize,      remind us [of the history], are done     ships every year.                       hundreds of different sword arts,
  Darren Barar: Kendo stems from         [meaning] no more swords, no more        in such a way so that they look good.       G: Is there age range for the        they chose  encounters with an
the ancient sword tradition in Japan     samurai class. The wearing of swords     What you’re trying to do is replicate    national team?                          opponent that would embody the
up to the late s to early s.     was over but they still thought it was   [the situation] that everyone is on         DB: You have to have a mini-         art of swordplay. Unlike many
                                                                                                                                                                   other martial arts, the  katas we
                                                                                                                                                                   learn are against an opponent. The
                                                                                                                                                                   lesson is taught in each one is done
                                                                                                                                                                   in a slow, methodical fashion. As
                                                                                                                                                                   you get more experienced in the
                                                                                                                                                                   sport aspect of Kendo, you start
                                                                                                                                                                   to realize that the artistic aspect of
                                                                                                                                                                   it is held in the katas. With “battle
                                                                                                                                                                   experience,” if you will, you learn
                                                                                                                                                                   fine points as you learn the kata
                                                                                                                                                                   that you can then turn around and
                                                                                                                                                                   re-apply, giving you the ability to
                                                                                                                                                                   make it more real.
                                                                                                                                                                      G: What are the swords made
                                                                                                                                                                   out of?
                                                                                                                                                                      DB: There are two types of
                                                                                                                                                                   swords: there is the one that you
                                                                                                                                                                   use for Kendo and the one you use
                                                                                                                                                                   for kata. The ones you use for Kendo
                                                                                                                                                                   are made out of bamboo or carbon
                                                                                                                                                                   fibre. They’re both constructed the
                                                                                                                                                                   same way, but carbon fibre is much
                                                                                                                                                                   more durable than the bamboo. The
                                                                                                                                                                   kata sword is made out of a solid
                                                                                                                                                                   wood of some sort.
                                                                                                                                                                      G: So it’s more blade-shaped?
                                                                                                                                                                      DB: Yeah, exactly. You can see
                                                                                                                                                                   that there is a difference in lengths.
                                                                                                                                                                   [The kata sword] is more the length
                                                                                                                                                                   of a real sword or a katana. It has
                                                                                                                                                                   a curve to it and a noticeable blade
                                                                                                                                                                   with a sharper side and a more dull
                                                                                                                                                                   side and a pointy end. It teaches you
                                                                                                                                GAUNTLET SPORTS SEPTEMBER 20.07 25
a little bit about what it would like     if you will—we’re not Buddhists or        subjective. When we’re practicing
to actually use a real sword. For         anything—is the same in some ways.        with each other, we kind of have
the sake of manufacturing ease,           You have to respect somebody that’s       a dialogue going back and forth
the Kendo swords are made more            going to fight you. We don’t believe      [between members] like, “Do you
round.                                    that we’re killing people or that we’re   think that was hit?” “I don’t know.
   G: The training regime seems kind      samurai or anything. We don’t live        What do you think?” In other cases,
of confusing to the on-looker. How        to a higher code or things like that      such as a real tournament, there
do people know what kind of move-         but everyone is here to work hard.        are three referees that all vote on
ments to make?                            We respect that and if you have           whether what they saw was a point.
   DB: It can appear that we’re just      respect, you can have the luxury of       And they have a series of flags and
standing there hitting each other,        reaching within yourself and trying       stuff. So, you’re fighting a guy and
but there’s a method to the mad-          a little harder. It’s odd what you can    you hit him but the action doesn’t
ness. Because Kendo is not a self-        get out of hitting someone on the         stop because the referees will con-
defence sport, we wear equipment          head with a stick.                        tinue deliberating [during play]. So
that provides us with protection [in         G: I guess it’s kind of confidence-    they’re looking at five, six, seven or
vulnerable places]. We train to hit       instilling, then.                         eight points of [things like] did he
these spots because in battle, these         DB: Yes. In a minute, I can            initiate correctly, did he strike the
places are not protected. So we [train    tell you everything you need to           target cleanly, did it sound good, did
to] strike the deadliest areas. [For      know, but when you do it, versus          his foot hit the floor as the same time
example], we hit the wrists to cut off    when someone with many years of           he hit [his opponent], did he yell at
the hands of our opponents because        experience does it, it will look very     the same time he hit that and after
it makes it a really difficult day for    different. Like golf or tennis—that       the hit, did he continue with spirit
them to hold a sword if they haven’t      is a very simple game with very few       and in the prescribed fashion with
got a hand. We strike the top of the      technical points—people can spend         his sword pointing in the correct
head, because it’s [obviously] a very     a lifetime mastering it.                  direction and other things.
bad place to be hit. We also strike the      G: There seems to be a lot of             G: That seems like a lot of things
throat with a sort of stabbing thrust,    yelling in conjunction with move-         to consider.
again making for a bad day. The last      ments.                                       DB: They have all of this stuff from
thing is a strike against the abdo-          DB: Yeah. Like pool or billiards,      the sword tradition to let you know
men. We have a shiny breastplate in       you say something like, “four ball        that you’ve followed what has been
practice to protect that area.            in the corner pocket,” and everyone       prescribed. They will say, “yes that
   G: There is a lot of literature that   knows it’s not an accident when it        is a fatal strike. That is a point.” It’s
suggests ties between Kendo and           goes in. Part of the construct is, we     a really hard job, with all of those
Zen Buddhism, it seems, in terms          say the name of the thing before          things to consider.
of an historical tendency to disre-       we hit it, so it kind of serves that         G: Are the referees at the same
gard one’s own life on the battlefield.   purpose. Plus, it gets you breath-        level as the competitors or are they
Are there still a lot of connections      ing and yelling stuff like that. Once     at a higher level than that?
to that mentality in the modern-day       you actually start doing it for a long       DB: Officially, they have to be at
Kendo?                                    time, you start saying those words        a very high level. There are  non-
   DB: Everyone is here for a differ-     less formally. It does happen every       black belt level degrees. The first are
ent reason. Some people might be          now and again where someone will          for kids, usually, and adults would
here for the spiritual aspect, perhaps.   hit one thing and call another.           start at eight, going up to one. Then
There’s a saying that goes, “To fight        G: Do you get penalized for that       you get to your first black belt and
without respect is just violence.” Part   in competition?                           there are eight of those. So, you’re
of what Kendo teaches by the ritual,         DB: No, The judging is all pretty      not considered to know a whole hell
                                                                                    of a lot until you have your black
                                                                                    belt and even then, all you know is
                                                                                    the basics, really. That might take
                                                                                    two, three, four years depending on
                                                                                    who you are. Then they can start
                                                                                    training you as a referee when you
                                                                                    get to your second degree of black
                                                                                    belt, but you can’t officiate over any
                                                                                    matches until you’re at your fourth
                                                                                    or fifth level.
                                                                                       G: What is it like being part of
                                                                                    the Kendo community?
                                                                                       DB: We pick up a lot of begin-
                                                                                    ners but many tend to give up
                                                                                    right away and then we keep one
                                                                                    or two. The groups are usually
                                                                                    smallish. To actually go to a tour-
                                                                                    nament, like in Vancouver, there
                                                                                    are sometimes around  people
                                                                                    there from many different groups.
                                                                                    So, as someone who’s used to being
                                                                                    in a small group to go to realizing
                                                                                    that you’re part of something much
                                                                                    bigger is kind of neat.
                                                                                       G: There must be a great sense of
                                                                                    community there.
                                                                                       DB: Yeah, it’s just like if you’re
                                                                                    into, say, scrapbooking and go to a
                                                                                    scrapbooking convention all buying
                                                                                    the same rubber stamp you are. We
                                                                                    get to talk swords. There’s a lot of
                                                                                    camaraderie at those events. And
                                                                                    you get to talk to the world-class
                                                                                    athletes, because he’s sitting right
                                                                                    beside you. You get to fight the coach
                                                                                    of Team Canada and, likely, get your
                                                                                    butt properly kicked. It’s great being
                                                                                    part of a smaller community like
                                                                                    that. It’s like being a little-league
                                                                                    baseball player getting to play on a
                                                                                    major-league baseball team.
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                                     Aulin’s in,
                                     cont’d from
                                     pg. 23
                                     concussion and swollen carotid
                                     artery last July. The experience
                                     jarred the player in many ways,
                                     almost pushing him to give up the
                                     sport he’d become so involved in.
                                         “This guy and my teammate were
                                     having a little altercation and then
                                     he tomahawk-chopped my team-
                                     mate over the head with his stick,”
                                     he explained. “I gave him a shot to
                                     the chin with my glove—nothing
                                     that’s going to hurt anybody—and
                                     asked him what he was doing
                                     and next thing I know, I was get-
                                     ting slashed across the neck and
                                     knocked out.”
                                        Despite the injury and its fallout,
                                     Aulin is excited to start playing again
                                     in a markedly new environment.
                                        “I know a lot of guys on the team
                                     and knowing the coach, Scotty
                                     Atkinson, is going to allow me to
                                     play the game I want to play which
                                     involves being creative and skilled
                                     and working hard,” he said. “Right
                                     now,w I just want to have fun, play
                                     with the Dinos, try and win a cham-
                                     pionship and get an education. Right
                                     now, I’m just focusing on playing
                                     here and seeing what happens.”
                                        With Aulin’s enthusiasm and
                                     experience, many hope to see great
                                     things from the Dinos this year.
                                        “We expect him to be the best
                                     player in the league,” said Atkinson.
                                     “We’re going to be looking at him
                                     running the powerplay, for sure.
                                     It’s not just that he’s a really good
                                     hockey player. He’s a really great
                                     guy.”
                                        Aulin is currently an open stud-
                                     ies major with plans to attend the
                                     Haskayne School of Business.
                                        The Dinos have also recruited
                                     several other notable players with
                                     WHL experience to join the team
                                     for the upcoming season includ-
                                     ing Teegan Moore, Reid Jorgensen,
                                     Jeff Weber, Dan Ehrman and Drew
                                     Campbell.
                                        With these experienced new play-
                                     ers, the Dinos are serious contenders
                                     for CIS play this season.


                                      The regular season home-opener takes place on
                                      Sat., Sep. 29 against the Horns at Father David
                                                   Bauer Arena at 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                     GAUNTLET SPORTS SEPTEMBER 20.07 27



Gauntlet Sportspinions
Rider-priders put the fan in fanatical by going way over-the-top
                                        victory for the past -or-so-odd         like the Rider-priders, am a proud,      choice of sport to be interested in.      Rider fans in Calgary already chal-
                                        years—or so I’m sure it feels like to      red-blooded Saskatchewanian, born           For those who hail from                lenges the number of Stamps fans
                                        the Roughrider faithful—the fans           and bred. I know how to drive a          Saskatchewan, that option is lost         for popularity dominance and some
 Derek Neumeier                         remain unwaveringly dedicated and          combine, I spent most of my high         to you. However, that doesn’t stop        actual success would surely put the
 Sports Columnist                       optimistic that every passing year         school weekends at bush parties,         Roughrider fans from assuming that        Saskies well ahead.
                                        will be “their year,” regardless of        and damn anyone that disagrees,          you share their limitless devotion           While I remain steadfast with my
                                        how badly the on-field performances        it’s called a bunnyhug and always        because of your provincial heritage       belief that the Riders will eventually


T
        hey are the many, the proud     resemble the Shrine Circus.                will be. I’m also a devout sports        and belittling you when you don’t.        blow it down the stretch like they
        and the blindly faithful.          Case in point is Saturday’s –       enthusiast. It would seem like the       A Rider-hater from Saskatchewan           do every year, part of me is worried
        Dressed head-to-toe in any-     defeat at the hands of the home-           two things would go hand-in-hand         like me is about as common as             that the – start isn’t just a fluke.
thing and everything green, more        town Calgary Stampeders. Judging           to make me a Roughrider fan but,         an Albertan NDP supporter and             I’ve made my distaste for the Cult-
outspoken and intoxicated than your     by the McDonald’s and the bar by           unlike my provincial brethren, I         much more likely to be burned at          riders no secret in the past and just
average sports fan, which is saying a   McMahon Stadium I visited right            refuse to don the green and white        the stake for football heresy. It’s       barely escaped from Saskatchewan
lot. Their devotion is unhindered by    after the game ended, you never            in support of that comedic troupe        like an authoritarian sort of cult,       with my head intact because of it.
logic, reason, or even the inability    would have been able to tell the           disguised as a sports team.              really, and I for one don’t want to       I found a semi-safe haven here in
to speak sentences more articulate      Riders lost, because both buildings           Why? Firstly, the franchise is just   drink any suspicious green Rider          Calgary ever since, but the current
than a simple, “Woo!” Love them         were engulfed by a sea of laughing,        awful and always has been, and sec-      Kool-Aid.                                 CFL season has the potential to
or hate them, you sure as hell can’t    happy green-goers. I also had no           ondly, because I like choice. I don’t       The scariest part is that the Riders   drastically increase the number of
ignore them. Yes, you all know who      luck engaging in reasonable discus-        want to cheer for a team just because    are actually doing really well so far     Rider-priders and expose me once
I’m talking about: they are the fans    sion with them, as my arguments            there’s a local lack of competition      this year. The team currently has a       again as the provincial traitor that
of the Canadian Football League’s       about the Stamps’ dominance and            to cheer for. Albertans are lucky:       – record, one point behind the          I am. Until that happens though,
Saskatchewan Roughriders.               hard-earned victory fell upon deaf,        Edmonton-Calgary rivalry aside,          B.C. Lions for leaders in the West        I’m going to continue keeping a low
   There is no fan-base in Canadian     ignorant ears. It was frustrating, to      you still have four celebrated sports    and seems to have all the tools to        profile with my fingers crossed and
sports more notorious than that of      say the least and I can’t imagine how      teams—Flames, Oilers, Eskimos,           make a strong playoff push. If the        pray that hockey season—and the
the Rider-priders, which is almost      it would have been if Saskatchewan         and Stampeders—within the bor-           Rider-priders remained dedicated          city-wide support of the Flames tak-
baffling, considering the team’s        would have actually won.                   ders of your province to root for and    through years of mediocrity, imag-        ing priority over the Stamps, Riders,
consistently awful play. Despite           Now, before I go any further,           the choice to support the ones that      ine what will happen if the team          and even God—comes much sooner
Saskatchewan’s lack of a Grey Cup       let me clear something up here: I,         you enjoy best. One even gets their      actually does well. The number of         than it normally does this year.



Field hockey-ers face defeat in season opener weekend
field hockey                               The Dinos came out strong, keep-
                                        ing heavy pressure on the experi-
                                                                                   of the goal that was converted by
                                                                                   Amanda Collison.
                                                                                                                            gritty defensive effort with hustle,
                                                                                                                            holding off the UVic forwards.
                                                                                                                                                                         The Dinos are starting relatively
                                                                                                                                                                      fresh this year with new coach Jenn
                                        enced UVic players, forcing multiple          The Dinos started the second half     Goaltender Breanna Strong looked          Swaggar and  rookies, many of
Robyn Luff                              turnovers. The girlsaurs had some          determined to hold off Victoria’s        nearly unbeatable throughout the          whom were selected by Swaggar for
Gauntlet Sports                         early offensive pressure too, includ-      offence. Tanis Bartolome provided        game, stopping hard strikes and div-      their offensive abilities.
                                        ing a short corner opportunity that        strong stick handling and passing        ing all over to trip up breakaway            “I wanted to start this year with
   The Dinos field hockey team          resulted in a shot that ran just wide      abilities in the midfield, leading to    Vikes. She had an incredible diving       a fresh slate,” says Swaggar. “The
played their season opening series      of the goal.                               more goal-scoring chances for the        stick save to stop a penalty shot in      players have strong skills, they just
this weekend against reigning              The Vikes rallied to pick up steam      Dinos, including another short           the second half. The game came            have to learn to believe in their
CIS champions the University of         midway through the first half with a       corner.                                  to a close with two quick Victoria        abilities.”
Victoria Vikes. The young Dinos         flurry of pressure in the Dinos end,          Calgary prevented the Vikes from      goals—a wide shot converted by
team lost a disappointing – on        finally resulting in their first goal by   scoring again until late in the second   Natalie Wise and a high flick off a         The Dinos next play against the University of
Saturday, and improved by only one      Courtney Low, who drove on the             half. Rookie Lizzie Hutchins led a       short corner by UVic star Ali Lee.          Alberta Pandas in Edmonton Sep. 29 and 30.
goal Sunday for a – loss. Though      right and snuck in a wide shot. The
the score was lopsided, there were      first half ended on a short corner
still some highlights for Calgary.      goal by UVic, a skirmish in front
28 SEPTEMBER 20.07 GAUNTLET SPORTS



Lady soccersaurs take all the weekend’s wins
women’s soccer
Amanda Hu
Sports Editor




T
         he University of Calgary
         women soccersaurs claimed
         a big victory over two oppo-
nents at West Varsity Soccer Pitch
Sep.  and .
   Saturday’s game against the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies
kicked off with a strong effort by the
Dinos, as they maintained posses-
sion for most of the first half.
   Morena Ianniello dominated the
pitch, scoring the first of Calgary’s
five goals, the only to hit a goal in the
first half on either side. The Huskies
goalkeeper had some impressive
stops, ruining a scoring chance by                                                                                                                                                         Shelby Borys/the Gauntlet
midfielder Jennifer Crack, aided by
Katie Blundell.                             Violent play on the pitch resulted in several serious injuries over the weekend.
   The Huskies made a valiant
attempt at a comeback in the                and Lindsay Burrowes brought            remained unchanged at – going            Aggressive play was very notice-    injured player come in and end up
second half, noticeably taking a            Calgary’s lead to –, making the       into halftime.                           able throughout the game, as meets    scoring goals. We definitely played
greater command of the ball lead-           match a big win for the team.              The second half saw the Dinos         between players resulted in several   with heart.”
ing to one goal and a strengthen-             The Dinos’ Sunday match against       take control of the game, making a       injuries on both sides, includ-         Knowles’ confidence was echoed
ing of their own defensive efforts.         the University of Alberta started off   hard push for Alberta’s goal. After a    ing Ianniello and Panda Lyndsay       by many of her teammates.
Saskatchewan’s Elizabeth Hudon              noticeably slow as the Pandas man-      pass from Blundell, Krista Shepard       Stewart.                                “We played much more aggres-
made several scoring attempts               aged to keep the ball in Calgary’s      made a go at scoring, finally putting      Knowles was noticeably pleased      sively than last weekend, that’s
stopped by Dinos ’keeper Alana              end for most of the first half.         the score at – for the Dinos. The      with the Dinos’ victory in both       for sure,” said midfielder Jessica
Knowles. Shots on goal stood at             Alberta firecracker Keshia Wallin       lead was nearly unchallenged for the     games.                                Bush.
– for Calgary, with Knowles             led the charge as the Dinos couldn’t    rest of the second half, as efforts by     “This was our first shutout of
making six saves over the course            get ahold of any offensive initiative   Pandas Sarah Smyth, Caitlin Milne        the season,” said Knowles. “It was
                                                                                                                                                                    The team heads off to away games against the
of the game.                                until later in the game. Both teams     and Lauren Kruper were all thwarted      a big turnaround from last week-       University of Regina and University of Manitoba
   Continued efforts from Ianniello         maintained a stalemate as the score     by Calgary’s offensive strength.         end, for sure. We actually had an                      Sep. 22 and 23.
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Dinos footballers can’t find the elusive win
f o o t b a l l                           Bisons, currently ranked fourth.
                                             “You cannot be satisfied with the
                                          end result,” said Dinos head coach
                                                                                  game in a row. First-year Dinos
                                                                                  quarterback Jordan Flagel com-
                                                                                  pleted six of  passes for  yards
                                                                                                                            a two-year mission for his church.
                                                                                                                               “We’re playing the guy who
                                                                                                                            gives us the best chance to win,”
                                                                                                                                                                        way and score, that’s fine.”
                                                                                                                                                                            Time is on the Dinos’ side. The
                                                                                                                                                                        team doesn’t play until Sep.  and
Jon Roe                                   Blake Nill. “It’s not what you strive   against the Bisons.                       said Nill. “The other kid is just a         there are still five games left in the
Features Editor                           for as a coach or as a program. [But]      Though the troubles of the passing     raw -year-old. He’s working hard,         season to make up the ground lost
                                          I’ve always said I prefer to play the   game are a concern for Nill—the           but it’s never entered my mind to           in the last two weeks. The hated


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         he University of Calgary         best teams, win or lose, because        Dinos currently are last in the           change the quarterbacks.”                   Bears from the north are first up
         Dinos football team may          that’s how you get better. I think      league in passing offence—he notes           Though he hasn’t thrown a pass-          on the Dinos plate, and though they
         be – after three weeks of      we’ve gotten better the last two        the Dinos are still recovering from       ing touchdown since the destruction         haven’t won a game yet, the Dinos
play, but, if such a thing is possible,   weeks doing this.”                      losing both of their experienced QBs      of the Clan in the first week, Flagel       aren’t taking them lightly. Nill is
it’s a good –.                             The Bisons beat the Dinos in         during the pre-season.                    doesn’t mind taking a smaller role          using the time off to prepare and
   The team started the season            Winnipeg, –, after the Dinos           Casey Brown, a third-year import       in the Dinos’ offence as long as the        to rest his sore players.
with a – obliteration of the          led – at the start of the fourth    from the U.S., tore his ACL in an exhi-   team is getting touchdowns on the               “We’ve got a lot of guys that are
hapless Simon Fraser University           quarter Sat., Sep. . The Dinos sur-   bition game against the University        ground.                                     banged up and this week is a good
Clan, but dropped their last two          rendered  points in the final       of Alberta Golden Bears and Ben              “All I want, in the end, is to win,”     week for them to rest a few days,”
games. However, those two losses          minutes, the second straight game       Davies, a backup quarterback last         said Flagel, who has attempted about        said Nill, hopefully. “Overall, we
came against the University of            the Dinos dropped a lead in the         year was unhappy with the Dinos’           passes this year, about half the         want to come out of the week hav-
Saskatchewan Huskies, ranked              fourth quarter.                         situation at quarterback and left.        total of every other team’s starting        ing accomplished something, even
second in the nation and, most               The Dinos also failed to get a       Last year’s starter, Dalin Tollestrup,    quarterback in Canada West. “As             if it’s just something little. You don’t
recently, the University of Manitoba      passing touchdown for the second        left the team in the summer to go on      long as we move the ball in some            want to take a step back.”


Men’s soccer team continues losing ways
men’s soccer                              Jerson Barandica-Hamilton took
                                          advantage of confusion close to
                                                                                  on goalkeeper J.P. Crescenzi.
                                                                                     The Dinos made a stronger
                                                                                                                               Though the team is, at this point,
                                                                                                                            very young, Gibbs is hopeful about
                                                                                                                                                                        anymore because we’re already two
                                                                                                                                                                        weeks into the season.”
                                          Calgary’s goal and scored again         attempt in the second half, trying        building on this year for future               Crescenzi added the team needs
Amanda Hu                                 for his team. Both goalkeepers were     desperately to score on the Bears’        seasons.                                    to be more competitive going into
Sports Editor                             formidable throughout the game as       Jas Gill. Calgary’s David Bird made          “We’re willing workers and we try        their games.
                                          shots on goal stood at – for the     their only goal of the game, assisted     very hard, but I don’t think we’re             “I think we definitely won the
   The Dinos men’s soccer team            Huskies, with their ’keeper making      by Fernando Di Capua and Tanner           competitive this year,” he explained.       second half [against Alberta],” he
sipped from the cup of bitter             six saves.                              Farenik, at  minutes, unfortu-          “Next year, we have four returning          said. “The first half, we were a little
defeat after losing to the University        The Dinos had another opportu-       nately too late to give the team an       [players] and six new recruits and          slow but we came out and won the
of Saskatchewan and University of         nity to break their unlucky streak      opportunity to even up the score.         I think there is a lot of potential         second half, scored a goal and came
Alberta Sep.  and .                   when they faced off against the            Coach Andy Gibbs has a challenge       there.”                                     a little closer but unfortunately, it
   Saturday’s game against U of S         U of A Golden Bears Sep. .            in front of him with this year’s team.       Crescenzi is still hopeful about the     wasn’t enough to come back and
saw a quick goal from the Huskies            The game was tight through-          The Dinos are currently fielding        team’s chances this season.                 win.”
in the first  minutes from Duncan       out, with Alberta asserting pos-        rookies out of the team’s  mem-            “We were prepared but we’re just            The team now stands at –– and
McDougall. Calgary fought back            session control in the first half.      bers, causing a noticeable block in       a little young,” he said. “We’re a little   will need to step it up in order to save
with a penalty-kick goal from Ryan        J.R. Castrillon-Rendon led a strong     their winning momentum.                   immature. We’ve got eight or nine           face for the rest of the season.
Holbrook. It would, unfortunately,        go at the Dinos net, resulting in the      “We’re naïve and young and it’s        rookies on the team now. They’re
be their only goal of the game.           team’s first goal. Their domination     costing us goals,” he said. “We don’t     prepared to play but they’re just
                                                                                                                                                                          The men soccersaurs battle Fraser Valley and
   The second half was another            continued as John Konye pushed          understand the arena yet because          not quite ready to play at this level.      Trinity Western on the West Varsity Soccer Pitch
opportunity for Saskatchewan as           through Calgary’s defence to score      it’s too competitive.”                    We can’t be using that as an excuse                  on Sep. 22 and 23 at 2:15 p.m.
30 SEPTEMBER 20.07 GAUNTLET
Editor: Geoff MacIntosh—photo@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca

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                                       Petroleum:

                                       T  hough the original purveyors of the candy, Haribo, doesn’t use
                                          any in the making of the Gold-Bear, according to its website, par-
                                       affin wax is used in many candies to make them look shiny. Paraffin
                                       wax is a petroleum product and would be used to help the cute little
                                       bears from becoming too attached to each other inside the bag.


                                       Beeswax:

                                       I n the place of paraffin, Haribo uses beeswax to keep the bears from
                                         hibernating in clumps. Though the idea of consuming petroleum
                                       is unappealing, remember bees make wax by eating honey, sitting
                                       around the colony for a day, secreting the honey from their glands
                                       and then chewing on it to make it soft enough to use to make honey
                                       combs.


                                       Gelatin:

                                       I f you like chewy candy and hate eating animals, you might be in
                                         trouble. Gelatin, the main ingredient in gummy products, like the
                                       bears and Jell-O, is made from grinding, treating with acid and boil-
                                       ing of the hooves, skin, bones and tendons of animals, like pigs and
                                       cows. If you’re looking for a cheer to go with your next Jell-O shot,
                                       “moo” might be appropriate. Haribo-brand bears are made with pig
                                       gelatin.


                                       Pectin:

                                       P ectin is another agent used in the manufacturing of gummy
                                         candies, often to replace gelatin for vegetarian-friendly variety of
                                       gummy bears. Pectin is made from fruit and is often found in jams.
                                       Apples and orange peels have high pectin content.


                                       Glucose Syrup:

                                       A   sweetener derived from various vegetables like wheat, rice,
                                           potatoes and corn. According to an article on Spiegel Online,
                                       the online edition of the European magazine Der Spiegel, the rise
                                       of popularity of bio-fuel caused glucose prices to rise 30 per cent
                                       in 2006 which may result in an increase in prices of products, like
                                       gummy bears, that use large amounts of glucose in their production.
                                       Damn you, Al Gore! Now you’re ruining candy!


                                                                        Colouring:

                                                                           T   he various colours of the
                                                                               candy bears aren’t the results
                                                                          of genetic manipulation or selec-
                                                                      tive breeding but rather the effects
                                                                      of food dyes. All approved by the
                                                                        United States Federal Food, Drug
                                                                         and Cosmetic Act, blue dye num-
                                                                          ber one, red dye red number 40,
                                                                           and yellow dye numbers five and
                                                                           six are derived from coal-tar, a
                                                                           by-product of the carbonization
                                                                           and gasification process of coal.
                                                                           All of the aforementioned dyes
                                                                           are allowed in Canadian foods
                                                                           as well. Another coal-tar prod-
                                                                           uct, Amaranth, a red/purple dye
                                                                           banned in the u.s. since 1976, is
                                                                           currently allowed in Canada as
                                                                           well. Delicious.
                                                                GAUNTLET FEATURES SEPTEMBER 20.07 33




Gummy candies dissected
Story: Jon Roe, Photos: Chris Tait

    hings weren’t so rosy in the Weimar Republic. After 1918,
T   Germans were fairly bummed out after being on the wrong
end of an armistice after World War I and needed something
to bring sunshine back into their lives. Along came Hans
Riegler, owner of the Haribo candy company, and his timeless
creation of gummy bears, or as he called them, Tanzbären,
in 1922. Now the world feels nothing but fondness towards
Germany and their delectable gummy creations.
 The Haribo gold-bears, as the Tanzbären became known
as in America, were introduced stateside in 1982 and since
then have been slowly digesting in the hearts and minds of
children, the elderly and scavenging birds.
 Though the contents of most foods these days are a mystery,
the gummy bear can be broken down into a recognizable
mix of products—with a little investigation. Here are a few
products that could be found in a Tanzbären near you.
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Editor: Ryan Pike—entertainment@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca



Sneaking up on Downstage
A r m ’s L e n g t h E m b r a c e         thread. I [also] felt it was important
                                           to offer a degree of narrative that
t h e a t r e p r e v i e w                trickles through it as well so it didn’t
                                           become a series of separate installa-
Ryan Pike                                  tions. That was the concept I came
Entertainment Editor                       to the team with, the production
                                           concept along with the fact that


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        heatre has been around for         I wanted it to explore the way we
        quite some time. Given the         communicate with each other and
        sheer number of perfor-            seek community in our contempo-
mances taking place, it’s difficult        rary environment.”
for theatre-goers to find any-                The Downstage team spent nearly
thing new. Luckily for them, the           two and a half months transforming
Downstage Performance Society              the idea into a full-fledged produc-
has crafted a performance, Arm’s           tion. The first presentation of the
Length Embrace, that’s sure to be          company’s fourth season, Arm’s
vastly different than what most            Length Embrace continues the
Calgarians have experienced.               Dog From the Machine series of
Downstage’s Artistic Producer              original works the company began
Simon Mallett had an idea that             performing when it formed in the
eventually blossomed into a full-          fall of . Mallett is pleased with
fledged show.                              the rapid growth the company
                                                                                                                                                                                                 courtesy Tim Nguyen/Citrus Photography
   “I saw a show in Toronto a few          has seen since its formation.
years ago,” says Mallett. “You went           “We’ve been around for three            Having a filthy home is creepy. Peeping in on people’s filthy homes is creepier.
in and walked around the space and         years now,” says Mallett. “We’ve
didn’t even sit down. You looked           grown tremendously as a com-                  “What was great about the process               a very organic process, which I think         be a passive observer of the show,”
through peep holes and things of           pany in a really short period of           is that the design team has been part              is a very neat way to work because            says Mallett. “It’s to make your
that nature. It was a really interesting   time, because certainly a show of          of the creative team,” says Mallett.               it allows the total collaboration of          own experience. You may find
experience because all these char-         this scope is beyond the means of          “Quite often, in a theatrical pro-                 a team of artists who all have really         there’s a particular character that
acters had their own environments          most small production companies.           duction, the designers will meet                   different experiences.”                       you want to watch throughout the
and that sort of thing. You could          Certainly, we never imagined being         with the director outside of the                      Theatre-goers trekking out to see          entire show, a particular location
see people doing things when they          where we are now and doing this            rehearsal hall and they’ll come in                 Arm’s Length Embrace are likely to            you want to stay in and just watch
weren’t aware of being watched.”           kind of a show back when we were           and watch just to see what’s going                 experience a show unlike any they             whoever comes through that loca-
   Mallett was drawn to the voyeuris-      doing the absolute bare-bones origi-       on, but they don’t really have much                have experienced in Calgary. The              tion or you may find you want to
tic element of the concept, which          nal creations we did and that’s only       communication with the rest of the                 unique design of the show, multiple           move around and see little bits and
involves a series of set pieces spread     in a few years time. It’s been a really    production team. With our produc-                  locations and characters to experi-           pieces of everyone’s different story.
throughout the Studio at Vertigo           quick evolution.”                          tion, the actors have all contributed              ence, allows the audience members             That’s a choice that’s entirely up to
Mystery Centre. He sought to find a           The provocative nature of Arm’s         to the design in some way because                  to “choose their own adventure,”              the audience, which is why it’s such
way to combine it with Downstage’s         Length Embrace also provided               we’ve developed the character and                  as it were. There will be some seat-          a unique thing, because every single
longstanding mandate of bringing           a series of challenges for the             talked about their environment,                    ing provided, but Mallett believes            audience member’s experience of
social and political issues to the         Downstage team. In particular,             where they live and that sort of                   the fun of the show will be in the            the show will be different.”
forefront.                                 crafting a series of unique set pieces     thing. The design team has been                    exploration.
   “I wanted to try to create some-        tailored to a variety of characters.       on board from there and taken the                     “You don’t want it to be an                   Arm’s Length Embrace unfolds at the Studio at
                                                                                                                                                                                         Vertigo Mystery Theatre Sep. 22–22 and 25–29
thing like that,” Mallett shares. “But     Mallett says the design team was           ideas that come out of rehearsal and               uncomfortable experience, but                      at 8 p.m. and Sep. 23 and 29 at 2:30 p.m.
along some sort of socially engaged        more than up to the challenge.             applied them to the design. It’s been              the point is not to sit down and                     Tickets are available at downstage.ca.




Rabbit Hole brings Broadway brilliance to Calgary
                                                                                                                                         play demonstrates how Becca                   with her witticisms and hysterical
                                                                                                                                         (Annette Loiselle) and Howie (Curt            natural charisma. Johnson, a recent
                                                                                                                                         McKinstry) struggle to carry on with          Mount Royal College graduate, plays
                                                                                                                                         their lives. Becca and Howie aren’t           the part of the awkward teenager
                                                                                                                                         the only the ones drastically affected        almost a little too well, but neverthe-
                                                                                                                                         by the tragedy as Becca’s mother,             less portrays the necessary emotions
                                                                                                                                         Nat (Nicola Lipman) and sister, Izzy          and actions to a tee.
                                                                                                                                         (Vanessa Holmes) walk on egg shells              The cast brings the script to life
                                                                                                                                         to avoid inflicting further misery on         extraordinarily well, however, the
                                                                                                                                         the couple while baring the grief as          script itself brilliantly expresses the
                                                                                                                                         well. The latter characters also face         heartbreak, joys, anger and humor
                                                                                                                                         issues in their own lives that are still      that we constantly face everyday
                                                                                                                                         directly impacted by the loss. Izzy is        in our lives. The sincerity of the
                                                                                                                                         faced with a new burden in her life           play is accentuated with the use of
                                                                                                                                         while Nat is still mourning the loss of       common slang and profanity, the
                                                                                                                                         her own son. The driver in the fatal          honesty after a few drinks and a
                                                                                                                                         accident, Jason (Jon Johnson) is left         desire for sexual release.
                                                                                                                                         to cope with a guilty conscience.                Let’s not forget what’s behind the
                                                                                           courtesy Trudi Lee/Alberta Theatre Projects
                                                                                                                                            At the beginning of Rabbit Hole,           cast as well. Narda McCarroll did a
Rabbit Hole is a play about grief, but neither of these people look that sad. Weird.                                                     the audience attempts to piece                marvelous job in making the set as
                                                                                                                                         together Izzy and Becca’s causal              the audience feels right at home. The
R a b b i t H o l e                        Projects. The Broadway version was
                                           directed by Daniel Sullivan with Sex
                                                                                      Director Bob White proudly pres-
                                                                                      ents the play to audiences sure to
                                                                                                                                         conversation in the kitchen. Holmes
                                                                                                                                         seems nervous as Izzy initially, how-
                                                                                                                                                                                       minute details allow for the cast to
                                                                                                                                                                                       truly convince the audience they are
t h e a t r e r e v i e w                  and the City’s Cynthia Nixon and           shed a few tears during the breath-                ever, by the end of the scene she             at home. The most astounding part
                                           Judging Amy’s Tyne Daley among             taking performance, and director                   is the character audiences learn to           of McCarroll’s set is the staircase
Marina Foo                                 the cast. Although the cast a little       Glenda Stirling is certainly one of                love. Loiselle and McKinstry’s per-           leading to a cutaway portion, which
Gauntlet Entertainment                     closer to home doesn’t have the same       the main causes behind those wet                   formances are astonishing, as their           was Danny’s bedroom. The Rabbit
                                           household names as the Broadway            Kleenexes.                                         characters are convincing enough              Hole production team truly deserves
  Coming from Broadway, David              production, they did a phenomenal             Taking place eight months                       to induce occasional sniffs among             of a round of applause.
Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole opens         job bringing the heartfelt story to the    after the accidental death of their                the audience during the emotive                  Rabbit Hole runs until Sat., Sep. 29 in Martha
the th season of Alberta Theatre         Martha Cohen Theatre. ATP Artistic         four-year-old son Danny, the                       scenes. Lipman steals the show                     Cohen Theatre. Tickets at Ticketmaster.
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Mike Relm will not spin at your party
M i k e R e l m                                                                                                         problems describing what I do, just
                                                                                                                        imagine what they go through—
                                                                                                                                                                 ent demographic. Relm has often
                                                                                                                                                                 catered to college crowds and had to
m u s i c i n t e r v i e w                                                                                             ‘okay, so we’re painted blue, and        slightly revamp his show because of
                                                                                                                        we play these instruments… But           the amount of younger ears present
Darren Young                                                                                                            they’re pipes.’”                         at the new shows. Still, he remains
Gauntlet Entertainment                                                                                                     If the Blue Man Group and Mike        positive and content with the results
                                                                                                                        Relm have one thing in common, it is     of his new and altered set.


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         hough he appreciates the                                                                                       that they are both hard to categorize.      “The range of age in the audi-
         offer, Mike Relm is not                                                                                        They also collaborate on stage for       ence is a different thing [for
         interested in DJ-ing your                                                                                      a song called “Your Attention” on        me],” admits Relm. “There’s more
wedding, birthday party, bar mitz-                                                                                      the current tour. Unlike Dr. Tobias      families that come out. I was able to
vah, or kegger—he’s not that kind of                                                                                    Fünke, however, Relm does not have       go and change things a bit, making
DJ. Furthermore, it is doubtful you                                                                                     to blue himself when on stage with       a set with kids in mind.”
would ever be able to accommodate                                                                                       the group. The shows themselves,            For an innovator such as Relm, age
his gear. Equipped with turntables,                                                                                     according to Relm, are some of the       is only a small obstacle in creating a
several large screens and projectors,                                                                                   biggest and most exciting he has         spectacular performance. His ability
Relm is much more than any wed-                                                                                         ever done.                               to adapt to such situations is what
                                                                                                   courtesy Mike Relm
ding DJ.                                                                                                                   “These shows are the largest audi-    will definitely earn him recognition
   “When people describe what I            Mike Relm uses fancier equipment than this in his shows.                     ences I play for on a regular basis,”    for what it is he does, no matter how
do, it’s easy to confuse me with a                                                                                      says Relm. “It’s like a festival, but    hard it is to define. Mike Relm may
lot of other things,” explains Relm.       Relm caught the attention of the    on YouTube, and he was invited           every night. Sometimes we’ve had         not have his doctorate in turntabling,
“People say ‘can you do my party?’         Blue Man Group and landed a gig     to come on tour with them.               , people and I’ve had to look       but he is already prescribing beats
and I’m like, ‘no, it’s not that kind      as the opening act for their cur-     “Chris Wink, one of the found-         up to see all of them.”                  for all ages—as long as he does not
of thing.’”                                rent tour. One of the members of    ing ‘Blue Men,’ saw my video on             The Blue Man Group crowds are         have to play your party.
   Trying to define what exactly           the group actually stumbled upon    YouTube and called me up,” says          bigger than Relm’s usual audiences,      Mike Relm opens for Blue Man Group in the Corral
Relm does is certainly no easy task.       a video of Relm performing live     Relm. “I thought I had issues and        and they are also of a very differ-      Thu., Sep. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at Ticketmaster.
He uses samples, he makes beats and
he does plenty of scratching, but
he also weaves videos together in a
specific manner to go in time with
the music and scratches the images
on screen with his fingertips. To
people who have never heard of or
seen him before, though, it is difficult
to understand what exactly this all
means. Relm is inclined to say he is
a DJ in an extremely specific field of
turntabling.
   “When you say someone is a doc-
tor, there’s thousands of doctors you
can be,” says Relm. “Your pediatri-
cian is a doctor, your pharmacist
is a doctor, Bill Cosby is a doctor,
Dr. Phil is a doctor. Thinking of
DJ-ing, there’s a thousand ways to
do it.”
   While Relm may not be a certi-
fied “Dr. DJ” just yet, it must be
pointed out that he is definately
a specialist. His performance is
an almost theatrical experience as
opposed to a regular musical per-
formance. Due to his unique style,
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The Emmys: the awards show nobody cares about
2007EmmyAwards                             when you consider the networks
                                           that air the Emmys rarely broadcast
                                                                                  going Everybody Loves Raymond
                                                                                  winning just about every award
                                                                                                                      Katherine Heigl besting both
                                                                                                                      Sopranos gals Lorraine Bracco and
                                                                                                                                                          Rings film won everything—but
                                                                                                                                                          the lack of any internal coher-
t e l e v i s i o n r e v i e w            made-for-TV movies or miniseries       imaginable two years ago. The       Aida Turturro in the Supporting     ence made the Emmys a hodge-
                                           and that very few viewers have seen    biggest head-scratcher may have     Actress race. A three-hour awards   podge of bad jokes, long speeches
Ryan Pike                                  Prime Suspect or Bury My Heart at      been Boston Legal’s James Spader    show can be made bearable by a      and plugs for shows that will
Entertainment Editor                       Wounded Knee.                          upsetting Sopranos star James       storyline emerging throughout       be off-the-air by Thanksgiving.
                                             Ignoring the vast number of          Gandolfini for the Lead Actor in    the night—as it did at the Oscars   At least it was better than


T
        his past Sunday, the th          awards handed out, this year’s         a Drama statue or Grey’s Anaomy’s   in  when the last Lord of the   the MTV Video Music Awards.
        Primetime Emmys arrived            Emmys were an exercise in near-
        with all the pageantry and         masturbatory self-indulgence on
hoopla typically reserved for a -        the part of the television com-
year-old’s birthday party. Odds are        munity. Whether it was Ryan
that unless you watched much tele-         Seacrest making ill-advised
vision over the past week and a half,      age-of-consent jokes to Heroes
you didn’t really know about the           star Hayden Panettiere, an exces-
Emmys. Even if you did know, you           sively long monologue by Ray
probably didn’t care—early ratings         Romano or a reunion between
numbers peg this year’s awards as          Daily Show host Jon Stewart and
one of the least-watched ever.             alums Stephen Colbert and Steve
   Despite efforts to make the             Carell, everyone involved with the
show snazzier than in past years           show seemed to bend over back-
—including a “theatre-in-the-              wards to pat themselves on the
round” style stage—the Emmys               back. The tone of the broadcast
were rather long and tedious.              seemed out-of-place given the
Hosted by American Idol emcee              Oscars’ latest string of tongue-
Ryan Seacrest, the Emmys ran               in-cheek efforts, particularly the
head-long into their single biggest        one hosted by Stewart himself
problem: There are far too many            two years ago. That said, Stewart
awards to hand out on a three-             and Colbert making fun of Al Gore
hour show, resulting in either             was hilarious.
the presenters rushing through               Worse yet, the new-fangled
the presentation of nearly               balloting system adopted by the
awards or the broadcast dragging           Emmys—equally weighing the
late into the night. The simplest          nomination committee and the
solution would be to move the              general member vote—resulted in a
awards for made-for-TV movies              lot of upset winners. Most surpris-
and miniseries to the preceding            ing was that the final season of The
weekend’s non-televised Creative           Sopranos lost in most categories,
Arts awards ceremony, especially           quite a departure from the out-

                        THE WINNERS
If you forgot to watch the Emmy                 MINISERIES/TV MOVIES
Awards, don’t fret. Check out this                Outstanding Miniseries:
handy list of winners. Feel free to brag                        Broken Trail
to your friends that your favourite        Outstanding Made for TV Movie:
shows won awards or complain that           Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
they didn’t.                                                   Lead Actress:
                                                               Helen Mirren
                         DRAMAS                (Prime Suspect: The Final Act)
              Outstanding Series:                               Lead Actor:
                      The Sopranos               Robert Duvall (Broken Trail)
                     Lead Actress:                       Supporting Actor:
  Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters)                 Thomas Haden Church
                       Lead Actor:                             (Broken Trail)
      James Spader (Boston Legal)                       Supporting Actress:
                Supporting Actor:               Judy Davis (The Starter Wife)
              Terry O’Quinn (Lost)                                Directing:
              Supporting Actress:                    Prime Suspect: Final Act
 Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy)                                   Writing:
                        Directing:                   Prime Suspect: Final Act
                      The Sopranos
                          Writing:                    VARIETY, MUSICAL
                      The Sopranos                            OR COMEDY
                                               Outstanding Series: The Daily
                     COMEDIES                          Show with Jon Stewart
             Outstanding Series:                  Outstanding Special: Tony
                            Rock              Bennett: An American Classic
                      Lead Actor:                  Individual Performance:
            Ricky Gervais (Extras)            Tony Bennett (Tony Bennett: An
                    Lead Actress:                           American Classic)
       America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)           Writing: Late Night with Conan
               Supporting Actor:                                      O’Brien
         Jeremy Piven (Entourage)                Directing: Tony Bennett: An
             Supporting Actress:                            American Classic
                     Jaime Pressly
                (My Name is Earl)                                 OTHER
                        Directing:           Achievement in Interactive TV:
                        Ugly Betty                         Current network
                          Writing:         Outstanding Reality-Competition
                         The Office              Program: The Amazing Race
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                                                                                                                                            Chris Pedersen/the Gauntlet
                                            A splash of
                                            colourful art
                                            GeoffreyHunter                               sentation of music as inspiration in
                                                                                         painting or the visual arts at large.
                                            a     r    t     r       e   v   i   e   w      “How do you take away the emo-
                                                                                         tional hand of Jackson Pollock to
                                            Indrani Kar                                  make a painting more reproducible,”
                                            Gauntlet Entertainment                       muses Hunter. “While also knowing
                                                                                         within yourself there are pieces that


                                            G
                                                      eoffrey Hunter’s new               work, that just feel right, and ones
                                                      works at the Paul Kuhn             that aren’t quite as good.”
                                                      Gallery at first resemble             Within this experiment of
                                            colourful and random chaos,                  objectivity and expression Hunter
                                            technicolor swirls and scribbles             discovers a certain satisfaction
                                            seemingly without meaning. But               in projecting doodle-like images
                                            with more careful attention to               from his computer onto a screen
                                            the shapes, colours and lines, one           and meticulously reproducing
                                            quickly finds the work is imbued             them on canvas with paint, fol-
                                            with layers of stories and at the            lowing each line and dot with
                                            same time, nothingness. As a result,         precision, not unlike the mandala-
                                            it gains a Zen quality, a testament to       making monks.
                                            the mandalas meticulously drawn                 “Perhaps it’s just an exercise in
                                            with sand by Buddhist monks, only            futility,” explains Hunter. “But for
                                            to be erased as a transient represen-        me it’s a process that allows for evo-
                                            tation of all life and our existence         lution in my work over time.”
                                            in this plane.                                  Often, is it said the journey is
                                               There is in fact an ephemeral             more important than the destina-
                                            quality to the work while it stands          tion. For many process-oriented
                                            out and demands to be noticed.               artists, the product is secondary,
                                            Hunter excludes no colours from              though still important. The multi-
                                            his work: from muted earth-tones,            layered pieces in particular, are
                                            black, grey, and white, to a panoply         representative of the evolution of
                                            of bright oranges, blues, and reds.          the exhibit, both in terms of the
                                            Needless to say the paintings are a          artist’s evolution from previous
                                            conscious exploration—an experi-             work as well as within this exhibit
                                            ment, as it were—with colour.                itself, where it is evident that the
                                               Some of the paintings are actu-           paintings made later on are a depar-
                                            ally reincarnations of older paint-          ture from those made earlier in the
                                            ings, sometimes even exhibited in            collection. Hunter is more content
                                            Hunter’s previous shows. If a piece          to allow the paintings to appear or at
                                            didn’t work before, it has a possi-          least come out naturally, rather than
                                            bility to have a new life and—with           have a particular goal or too much
                                            literally more depth as a result of          control of them while he paints.
                                            new paint layers—a new story to              They are almost entities themselves,
                                            tell. Hunter does not premeditate            visual alchemical expressions that
                                            which paintings will be painted              echo of the Harry Smith’s gargan-
                                            over or not, it’s more like an intui-        tuan “American Magus” collec-
                                            tive understanding that seems to             tion of folk music, much of which
                                            present itself.                              spans time, countries and styles.
                                               The exhibition is loosely inspired        This compilation of music is also
                                            by the Leonard Cohen song                    one of Hunter’s influences in this
                                            “Everybody Knows.” Hunter infuses            exhibit or a visual representation
                                            several themes into his work: ideas          thereof. Just as Smith’s collection
                                            of community, conformity, com-               is a celebration of the diversity
                                            modity, responsibility, the tension          of folk music, Hunter’s exhibit
                                            between easily reproducible art and          is a celebration of discovery and
                                            judgements about what constitutes            expression of colour.
                                            original, “good,” or “bad” designs
                                                                                         The Paul Kuhn Gallery is at 724 11th Ave. SW and
                                            and accessibility of the untrained                “Everybody Knows” will be shown until
                                            to make art themselves and repre-                              Sat., Oct. 13.
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All the little monsters
love going to camp
Film explores live-
action role-players
M o n s t e r C a m p                        show the very real worries about
                                             their own lives and the lives of
                                                                                                                                                                               courtesy Hyrax Films LLC
f   i    l    m     r    e   v   i   e   w   their character in the game. One
                                             -year-old, a person whose                       This gentleman is all decked out in costume, but it is not Halloween. At all.
Jordyn Marcellus                             character is a mechanical dwarf
Gauntlet Entertainment                       called “Tinkerstouch,” worries
                                             about university in the real world


W
            e’ve all seen them;              and ensuring his character doesn’t
            the weird and wacky              permanently die in the game world.
            people huddled over              Dave, the head writer for the NERO
a tabletop together playing video            Seattle crew, has a daughter and
games, rolling dice, or trading              must balance his time between
cards, talking in terms that are             family, playing World of Warcraft
mystical in their incomprehensi-             and plotting entire campaigns that
bility. We laugh at their activities         make the live-action games fun for
illustrated on YouTube—wearing               others.
shabby renaissance-faire-reject                 One of the constant themes
costumes, hitting each other with            throughout Monster Camp is the
padded swords and throwing foam              power and prevalence of escap-
balls at one another while scream-           ism; these men and women get
ing, “Fireball! Fireball!” Monster           away from their lives through
Camp is a movie that humanizes               their role-playing, and find a
the so-called freaks and geeks of the        common world in which they
world that try to escape the bor-            can socialize with one another.
ing reality of work and school for           That point is driven home beau-
the rich fantasy life of live-action         tifully with a wheelchair-bound
role-playing.                                woman who admits that, while
   Shot over the course of a year,           she doesn’t even role-play much
Monster Camp details the exploits            or fight against the monsters, she
of the role-players in NERO Seattle,         can still escape into a land where
both the mighty adventurers and              she isn’t in the wheelchair and
the witless monsters who partake             interact with people—something
in the game. The film’s major set            she lacks at home.
piece is an unnamed Washington                  Monster Camp also shows that
state park, where the NERO events            through this escapism, people can
take place. The film follows NERO            affect real meaningful changes in
owner, Shane, and organizers of the          their lives. People who are shy,
event at three major events, with a          unsure or awkward become
special focus on the people who are          someone else when they adopt a
the monsters for the event—called            character and through their char-
non-player characters in the NERO            acter they take on those qualities
vernacular. One of these NPCs,               in themselves. From the girl whose
Brittney, is new to the event                character helped her to learn
and through her the audience is              social skills and gain friends
introduced the rules of this role-           through NERO, to J.P., who got
playing universe.                            rid of his crippling shyness by
   While the perspective is mainly           playing the flirtatious Sir Gregor,
from the monsters, the adventur-             we see people who are using their
ers are given screen time as well.           experiences in the role-playing
J.P., a -year veteran in this type         games to help themselves in the
of role-playing and known in-                real world.
game as “Sir Gregor,” allows us to              The power of imagination
understand the experience of the             and escapism is at the heart
adventurers and the deep levels of           of Monster Camp. Though the
interaction present through-                 costumes are rarely impressive
out the NERO game. J.P. also                 and the make-up is incredibly
shows the unusual and at times               amateur, there is a heart behind
paradoxical relationship dynamics            each of the people who partake in
that can arise within the game, J.P.         the role-playing activities. These
being involved in a five-year-long           are real people, something most
out-of-game relationship with                forget in our casual mockery of
one of Sir Gregor’s most bitter              their activities.
in-game rivals.
   The film makes an effort to                    Monster Camp is playing at the Calgary
                                                International Film Festival on Sat., Sep. 22
show the lives of the role-players                  at 9:30 p.m. at the Globe and again
from a sympathetic view—and to                           on Sun., Sep. 30 at 1 p.m.
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                                            spun                ALBUM REVIEWS



                                                                                        F     ans of shitty, derivative pop-punk rejoice! Yellowcard has put out another
                                                                                              album! Boring and unimaginative, as always, Yellowcard’s welcome in
                                                                                        the music scene is wearing dangerously thin. Unfortunately, it’s the sappy
                                                                                        type of music to cry alone in the basement to—so it’s going to sell copious
                                                                                        amounts of copies.
                                                                                        Yellowcard’s formula has always been pretty simple: make a generic pop punk
                                                                                        song, and then toss a violin in it. Thankfully for fans—but not for the rest of
                                                                                        us—the formula is followed slavishly. The only exception to this formula is the
                                                                                        title track of the album: it’s a generic pop punk song with a children’s choir at
                                                                                        the beginning! Such wowing originality is what makes Yellowcard one of pop
                                                                                        punk’s most mind-numbing acts
                                                                                        Paper Walls is an album full of banal, uninteresting and overly saccharine music
                                                                                        meant for unhappy 14-year-olds whose two-week relationship has just been
                                                                                        torn asunder. The album is garbage, meant to cash in on a rabid fanbase, but
                                                                                        trite and unexciting for anyone who isn’t a fan of soppy melodrama.
                                                                                        Despite these numerous complaints, fans of Yellowcard will enjoy Paper Walls.
                                                                         Yellowcard     The only difference between previous albums and Paper Walls is the fact that
                                                                        Paper Walls     Yellowcard grew a set of testicles and every song goes balls-to-the-wall—it
                                                                  (Capitol Records)     doesn’t save the album, but it will allow the teens who actually like Yellowcard
                                                                                        to mosh without looking like a bunch of idiots.
                                                                                                                                                      ..Jordyn Marcellus



                                                                         When most of us were young children,               nothing new on this album to distinguish it
                                                                         we learned bragging about something                from any other 50 Cent album other than the
                                                                         was wrong—that challenging the smarter             fact that it really has no stellar singles. The
                                                                         kids in class to a game of trivia would be         collaboration with Justin Timberlake and
                                                                         a bad idea. Apparently 50 Cent didn’t              Timbaland on “Ayo Technology” sounds
                                                                         learn this lesson or he’s forgotten despite        like someone took old music from a bad
                                                                         his numerous bullet wounds. On his lat-            Nintendo game and rapped over it. This will
                                                                         est album, 50 Cent challenged rapper               be a popular song simply because it’s catchy
                                                                         Kanye West to sell more records than him,          but it’s definitely not up to the standard set
                                                                         claiming if Kanye sold more in the first week       by previous albums. Timberlake definitely
                                                                         he would quit writing solo albums. This is not     left his sexy at home for this effort.
                                                                         a stellar final album.                              This album is not garbage, but after all the
                                                              50 Cent    This album had all the makings of a hit but        hype, it’s a disappointment. Fans of previous
                                                                Curtis   somehow missed the mark. With amazing              albums will enjoy this as it is basically just an
                                               (Aftermath/Interscope)    guests like Justin Timberlake and Timbal-          uninspired rehash of everything he’s done
                                                                         and it seems as though that album should           before. It’s hard to believe that this is the final
                                                                         be a hit but it just falls flat. 50 Cent seems to   album from the man who created hits like
                                                                         have released an album with the hopes that         “Hate It or Love It” and “In tha Club.”
                                                                         his name would generate sales. There is                                              ..Jeff Clemens



                                                                         In the age of digital manipulation and pitch       histrionics. On songs like “Laser Beams” and
                                                                         perfect pre-manufactured pop, it’s almost          “Murderer,” Murphy’s understated delivery
                                                                         impossible to find an album as emotion-             is intense and personal, like the greatest of
                                                                         ally evocative as Welcome to the Night             folk singers, but instead of a lonely acoustic
                                                                         Sky. Musically, the album is reminiscent           guitar, there’s a band performing some of the
                                                                         of a night spent alone, staring at the mid-        best instrumentals on a record in 2007.
                                                                         night starry sky—and like those nights,            Welcome to the Night Sky is a rarity in
                                                                         Welcome to the Night Sky is a quiet and            the burgeoning and increasingly
                                                                         introspective experience.                          mediocre field of indie rock—an album
                                                                         The album is a masterpiece of melancholic          that doesn’t beat you over the head with whin-
                                                                         pop, raw and emotional. Solemn, swirling           ing or seem over-indulgent in it’s attempt to
                                                                         guitars are the centrepiece of the albums best     provide an epic listening experience. Instead,
                                                          Wintersleep    moments like in the album opener “Drunk on         Welcome to the Night Sky provides an earnest
                                              Welcome to the Night Sky   Aluminum.” Vocalist Paul Murphy’s voice is         listening experience, full of moody pop perfect
                                                    (Labwork Music)      expressive, but not overwrought and whining,       for an evening at home.
                                                                         a rare combination in the days of indie rock                                   ..Jordyn Marcellus



                                                                         Way back in 2002, Victoria’s Hot Hot Heat          seen on previous releases. On their debut,
                                                                         burst onto the scene with an energetic—            singer Steve Bays and the group presented
                                                                         sometimes clumsily so—debut album called           a tremendous lack of finesse, but the album
                                                                         Make Up the Breakdown. The pop quartet             worked on a whole because of it. After the
                                                                         boasted fun, danceable singles that lacked         band’s big-label break, it seems as if their
                                                                         in production flourishes but made up for            fearless nature has been replaced by a self-
                                                                         in panache. The group’s big-label debut,           consciousness that makes Happiness Ltd. feel
                                                                         2005’s Elevator, traded some of the group’s        a little too planned-out. Only “So So Cold”
                                                                         awkward charm for slick polish. Hot Hot            retains some of their earlier attitude.
                                                                         Heat’s third album, Happiness Ltd., contin-        Hot Hot Heat has come a long way since their
                                                                         ues the trend.                                     initial bow, transforming from energetic indie
                                                                         Anchored by singles “Give Up?” and “Let            darlings into a polished opening act for the
                                                         Hot Hot Heat    Me In,” Happiness Ltd. combines the band’s         Killers. Keeping in mind their career progres-
                                                       Happiness Ltd.    danceability with a maturity not seen on previ-    sion, Happiness Ltd. is precisely the album
                                                       (Sire Records)    ous Hot Hot Heat albums. The songs are all         they should be producing at this point: effort-
                                                                         deftly-constructed and the album well-paced.       lessly listenable but disappointingly safe.
                                                                         However, it lacks the sense of spontaneity                                            ..Ryan Pike
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                                    C     asting a shadow over the latest disc from Pennsylvanian pop-punkers
                                          The Starting Line is their much-publicized departure from Geffen and
                                    defection to Virgin Records. After Geffen outright refused to promote 2005’s
                                    Based On A True Story, the group managed to opt out of their contract and
                                    found a new home that was willing to support their next release properly. The
                                    result is Direction, a relatively straightforward but catchy disc in which The
                                    Starting Line navigates familiar territory.
                                    For the most part, Direction exhibits musical growth within The Starting Line.
                                    The songs, still around the three-to-four-minute mark, are pretty basic in for-
                                    mula, but the group is able to do a lot with very little material. There are plenty
                                    of layers and the production is slicker than ever, making the band sound more
                                    comfortable and mature. While the band sounds musically more mature on
                                    Direction, they are still extremely lyrically adolescent. Resident vocalist and
                                    bassist Kenny Vasoli has been penning lyrics for The Starting Line since he
                                    was 14 years old and does not sound much wiser nine years later. Lines like
                                    “If this is worth your while/ Then you’re making me smile” in “Somebody’s
               The Starting Line    Gonna Miss Us” or “I was growing my hair/ And I could not care/ What they’d
                       Direction    think” in the title track only lend to embarrassment and sadly diminish the
               (Virgin Records)     quality of the music.
                                    Direction is a promising step forward for The Starting Line, and maybe on their
                                    next record label Kenny Vasoli will finally have mastered his lyrical chops.
                                                                                                       ..Darren Young



                     Too often, female singer/songwriters fall into     are not as smooth. The opening of “Open
                     the trap of having a tremendous voice and no       Lashes” is awkward, pushing Esmaye’s voice
                     clue how to construct an album. As a result,       to its limits. The partitioning of the album
                     they’re praised for having tremendous pipes        into four parts is a clever idea, but is largely
                     and then immediately forgotten. Newcomer           ignored throughout the album. A listener
                     Esmaye attempts to combat this common              without a track listing will be unaware of
                     folly by constructing Elements in Me with          which of the four elements a song is supposed
                     four parts, each tailored to an element. The       to be influenced by.
                     results are mixed.                                 Esmaye’s debut is adequate, marred by a few
                     Esmaye is blessed with a fine voice and an          bad decisions but providing effective show-
                     ability to construct a song. She exhibits a        case for her vocal talents. One can only hope
                     great deal of range through the album, shift-      that she can find a better way of exhibiting
         Esmaye      ing from vulnerable to sultry without miss-        range than institutionalizing it.
  Elements in Me     ing a beat. Unfortunately, some of her shifts                                         ..Ryan Pike
    (Black Hole)




                     On his third album, Kanye has done what            is at the top of the rap game. In a rare move
                     many of us should do and graduated. After          Kanye shows a humble side in the song “Big
                     producing his first two stellar albums, Kanye       Brother” in which he bows out to Jay-Z
                     has come back with his best effort to date. This   the man who gave him his big chance.
                     album gives the man with the biggest ego in        While Kanye shows on the album that he
                     music a reason to gloat. The bragging is not       is extremely competent on his own, it is
                     just because he’s produced an amazing album        the featuring artists that make this album a
                     but also because he’s managed to do what           masterpiece. Keeping himself as the center of
                     everyone thought was impossible, beating           attention, Kanye uses artists such as T-Pain
                     50 Cent in album sales. This put Kanye on          and Coldplay’s Chris Martin to strengthen
                     top and effectively silenced his rival in both     an already strong album.
                     solo rapping and bragging.                         On this third album, Kanye comes back with
    Kanye West       The first single from the album is pos-            his best work yet. This is Kanye’s version of
    Graduation       sibly the most interesting and entertain-          the Chronic, only hopefully unlike the Dre
 (GOOD Music)        ing collaboration combining electronic             he will follow this up with something even
                     masters Daft Punk with some of Kanye’s             better. Kanye has managed to prove who the
                     best rhymes. The quality of the produc-            real “Wanksta” is.
                     tion on this album shows why Kanye                                                 ..Jeff Clemens




                     If fun pop-rock was a meat product, Two            The one standout track has got to be “Heat-
                     Hours Traffic would be the best butch-             seeker” which starts off with a country-ish
                     ers on the block. The sound is clean and           sound, complete with a chiming steel guitar,
                     there’s a certain peppy, almost manic, beat        and soon melts into distorted rock, blowing
                     to the record that guarantees the hipsters         your mind in the process. A close second
                     will shake around like zombies and the             would be the opening song, “Nighthawks,”
                     pop aficianados will shake their booties.          buzzing along with “whoo” exclaimations
                     The vocals seem to have the soft croon of          as any good pop song should.
                     Thomas Yorke without the whine and the             Easily one of the better CDs of recent
                     guitars—even the acoustic—seem to                  memory, but it shouldn’t be too surpris-
                     have the intensity of a caravan of 18-             ing when Joel Plaskett is producing it.
Two Hours Traffic     wheelers barreling down a highway.                 This album won’t change the world, but
       Little Jabs   The only knock against the recording is the        it may be a welcome addition to most
     (Bumstead)      obvious use of a click track, because they         collections.
                     would sound fantastic without one.                                             ..David Crosby
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The boys are back in town
BoysN i g h t O u t                     the latter is a conceptual album
                                        based on the story of a man
m u s i c i n t e r v i e w             who experiences violent night-
                                        mares and murders his wife in his
Darren Young                            sleep, Boys Night Out speaks more
Gauntlet Entertainment                  from the personal experiences of
                                        the group and band lyricist Connor


B
        oys Night Out are taking        Lovat-Fraser. The band is also feel-
        a step back and getting to      ing more connected at this point in
        know the men in the mirror      time due to the return of drummer
better. Following some intensive        Ben Arseneau to the fold. Arseneau
touring and a couple changes in         was one of the original members
the band lineup, the group recently     of the group, of which there were
released a self-titled follow-up to     five and are now only four.
’s Trainwreck. The record              “While we were writing, we
by name alone has garnered the          were in a really good mindset,”
band plenty of attention, leaving       says Davis. “We were really com-
many fans scratching their heads        fortable, the songs were coming
why Boys Night Out would issue          naturally, and we liked the sound
a self-titled disc after releasing      we were putting out. This is the
one of the most impressive con-         most comfortable we have been
cept albums ever made. Jeff Davis,      as a band.”
guitarist for the group, explains the      Not only is the band feeling
band simply needed to get back to       more comfortable recently, they
                                                                                                                                                                                             courtesy Hype Music
being Boys Night Out.                   are generally excited to be around
   “We knew that [releasing a self-     one another. The term “family            Ironically, the members of Boys Night Out prefer to go on day trips.
titled album] would be a chance for     reunion” has been tossed around
us to really get back to ourselves,”    frequently in band descriptions of       formula was not exactly working       out of the band, but her departure       towards Dupuy. Psychiatrists say
says Davis. “We kind of stepped         their current tour. This is all a part   while she was in the group.           was very well-timed.”                    that one is incapable of love until
away from ourselves for a period to     of settling in to the new lineup,          “Touring with Kara was very           Accepting a new member into a          one is willing to love oneself and
write Trainwreck. The new record        which was established after the          different for the reason that she’s   family can be a difficult thing, espe-   Boys Night Out are just taking
is very personal, lyrically.”           departure of keyboardist Kara            a girl and we’re a bunch of stinky    cially amongst such a tight group        their time getting to know and love
   Boys Night Out is lyrically a        Dupuy from the group last year.          boys,” says Davis. “It wasn’t work-   of friends. Still, the band remains      Boys Night Out.
gigantic leap from the twisted          While her resignation was volun-         ing out for all of us the way we      comfortable in their current state            Boys Night Out play the Underground
storyline of Trainwreck. Whereas        tary, there is reason to believe the     had intended. She was not kicked      and harbours no hard feelings             Wed., Sep. 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets at Ticketmaster.
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Cronenberg’s Promise is kept
EasternPromises
f   i    l    m     r    e   v   i   e   w

Jordyn Marcellus
Gauntlet Entertainment




W
             ith A History of Violence,
             David Cronenberg
             moved into the main-
stream film community. With
Cronenberg’s latest film, Eastern
Promises, he has finally cemented
himself as not just a b-movie hor-
ror director but as a true genius of
cinema. Eastern Promises is both an
atypical mafia movie and an atypi-
cal Cronenberg film: zero gunplay,
little in the way of violence and a
set in the dark corners of London,
England.
   The film tells the story of two
wildly different characters: Anna
(Naomi Watts) is an innocent mid-
wife dragged into the murderous
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world of the Russian mafia when
a young -year-old girl named               Viggo Mortensen is quite jealous of Naomi Watts’ motorcycle. He has to walk.
Tatiana comes into her hospital
and gives birth to a baby girl, dying        of by a callous group of men who        genius scene in the entire film is         at shooting violence and that shows
soon after. Finding a small card for a       use her body to slake their lusts and   the climax; a fight in a steam house       forcefully in the few moments of
restaurant in the young girl’s diary,        the eventual pregnancy that led to      where Viggo Mortensen battles              carnage throughout the film.
Anna goes to get the diary trans-            her death. Although she does die        two attackers completely in the            Each moment of violence comes
lated from a Russian cook—and                at the beginning of the film, she       buff. Yes, Viggo Mortensen fights          at just the perfect time, short and
runs into the hard body driver               ends up being the most important        completely naked. It shows a real          sweet—the camera doesn’t flinch at
Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen) and                character in the movie. Her story       visual panache and to describe it in       the attacks and lets you see the hor-
his bug-eyed lush of a captain Kirill        is the crux of the plot and while at    any more detail would be to spoil          rible gory details and consequences
(Vincent Cassel). From there, the            the beginning it seems like nothing     one of the greatest action scenes in       of each brutally violent attack.
story branches off into two direc-           more than a start point for some-       any mafia film.                               Eastern Promises is a fascinating
tions: Anna’s quest for an answer to         thing larger, it provides the main         Famous for his gross-out pictures       film, one that doesn’t attempt to
Tatiana’s death and Nikolai’s quest          thrust for all subsequent events in     like Videodrome, Shivers, and Naked        tell a moral tale or try to beat you
for acceptance into the mafia that           the film.                               Lunch, Eastern Promises is starkly         over the head with a simplistic
is now his home. The intersections              Of special note is Mortensen’s       different from Cronenberg’s previ-         story. The movie ends ambivalently,
between the two stories make up              performance in the film. There is       ous work. Unlike the grungy and            and the last scene is one that stays
some of the most exciting and tense          a frightening duality to Nikolai’s      industrial landscapes of previous          with you. Eastern Promises proves
parts throughout the movie.                  character and Mortensen pulls it        films, the scenery is beautiful and        Cronenberg has finally shown
   Throughout the film, narration is         off handily. Carefully balancing        varied; from the stark antiseptics of      his skill at making movies to the
provided by the character Tatiana            between playing the émigré driver       the hospital to the dark lacquered         majority film market. Hopefully,
and reveals the copious tragedies            with a heart of flint, Mortensen        browns and reds of the Russian             he’ll no longer be known as “the
that led up to her death. In a fragile,      shows a vulnerable side to the man      Mafia’s restaurant, the colour pal-        dude who makes those creepy
quavering voice, she tells the story         who can so casually strip a body        ette of the film just shines. The film’s   b-movies” and finally given the
of eking out an existence in the             clean of any identifying marks          score is understated, a surprising         credit he so richly deserves.
Russian countryside, immigrating             and brutally beat a man to death        and pleasant choice for the movie.
to London, being taken advantage             with his own two fists. The most        Cronenberg has always been skilled          Eastern Promises opens in theatres Fri., Sep. 21.
46 SEPTEMBER 20.07 GAUNTLET
Editor: Jordyn Marcellus—eandp@gauntlet.ucalgary.ca                                                          escapes & pursuits
              THEATRE                                 The Paperbacks, The Grass, and The       Rocketaco and The Pine Tarts blast                                                THINGS TO DO
                                                      Pack swing into Broken City on           off into Broken City on Mon., Sep. 24        1  Volunteer for the Gauntlet! Gauntlet
The Rabbit Hole continues at Martha                   Fri., Sep. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets at       for a free show at 8 p.m.
                                                                                                                                               volunteers have been scientifically proven
Cohen Theatre, Sep. 20–26 at                          Sloth, Megatunes and Melodiya.
                                                                                                                                               to be 10 times as cool as the next average
7:30 p.m., except Mon., Sep 24.                                                                Matt Good plays the Jack Singer
Tickets are $15 to $52.50 at                          The Blue Man Group blow into the         Concert Hall on Tue., Sep. 25
                                                                                                                                               person.
Ticketmaster.                                         Corral on Fri., Sep. 21 at 8 p.m.        at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.50 to              (Note: Most Gauntlet volunteers are actually
                                                      Tickets are $50 to $85 at                $34.50 at Ticketmaster.                         lizard people)
The Downstage Performance                             Ticketmaster.                                                                         2. Student Appreciation Night. If you love
Society’s Dog from the Machine:                                                                All That Remains and guests roll into           beer, the cheaper-than-usual pitchers are like
Arm’s Length Embrace begins this                      Dance the night away with Marco V        the Warehouse on Tue., Sep. 25                  manna from the heavens.
week at the Vertigo Theatre Centre.                   and guests at the Underground            at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19 at Sloth           3. Visit the library. There’s a big tower full of
Shows start Sep. 20–22 and 25–26 at                   Fri., Sep. 21. Tickets are $15 at        Records or Megatunes.                           books in the middle of the campus. They
8 p.m. with a show on Sun, Sep. 23                    Giant 45, Underground Clothing and
                                                                                                                                               yearn to be read—by you.
at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $20 at                Ticketmaster. Doors are open from        The Calgary Burlesque Collective
                                                                                                                                            4. That Empty Space! Free concerts, three-
www.downstage.ca                                      9 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next morning.    play with Tara Lee Combs at the
                                                                                               Hi-Fi Club Tue., Sep. 25 at 8 p.m.
                                                                                                                                               dollar cans of beer, and contests where you
Theatre Calgary’s The Wars occupies                   Greg MacPherson rocks the Liberty                                                        can watch your fellow students embarrass
the Max Bell Theatre Sep. 20-26 at                    Lounge on Fri., Sep. 21 at 9:30 p.m.     Boys Night Out take to the                      themselves. It doesn’t get any better.
7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 to $60 at                   Tickets are $5 at the door.              Warehouse stage on Wed., Sep. 26
Ticketmaster
                                                      Local boys The Dudes, and Hot
                                                                                               at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.50 at Sloth
                                                                                               Records and Megatunes
                                                                                                                                                      MISC.
           CONCERTS                                   Little Rocket play the Warehouse                                                   Every Thursday at the Den is          The Alpha Kappa Psi Boy/Girl Bands
Dave Simpson and guests play a                        on Sat., Sep. 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are               SPORTS                        Student Appreciation Night. Beer      Gone Wild Cabaret is at the Den. on
free show at the Liberty Lounge,                      $14 can be bought at Megatunes or        The Dinos male soccer team play           pitchers are cheaper, and alcohol     Fri., Sep. 21. Proceeds are going to
Thu., Sep. 20 at 9 p.m.                               Sloth Records.                           this weekend! On Sat., Sep. 22            runs freely.                          charity, so you can legitimize your
                                                                                               the Dinos take to the West Varsity                                              drinking problem!
Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers                           Headbangers delight as the Metal         Soccer Pitch at 2:15 p.m. against the     If you’ve joined a club in the past
and The Smokin’ 45s roll into Broken                  Blade 25th Anniversary Tour shreds       fearsome fighting fiends from               week, then check out the Clubs        Garfield doesn’t like the Mondays,
City at Thu., Sep. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets               its way through MacEwan Hall on          Fraser Valley. They play against the      Week BBQ at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Your    but he’d love Mundane Mondays
at Sloth, Megatunes and Melodiya.                     Sun., Sep. 23 at 6 p.m.                  wicked Trinity Western Sun., Sep.         new club friends will be there, and   from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in That Empty
                                                      Headliners include Cannibal              23 on the West Varsity Soccer Pitch       you can watch the Young Liberals      Space. Get your brain ready and
Greg MacPherson and Brock Zemon                       Corpse, Black Dahlia Murder and          at 2:15 p.m. Both games are free for      and the Young Conservatives bitch     engaged with free coffee and free
and The Dirty Hands will you wash                     Goatwhore. Tickets can be bought at      students, so go cheer on our Dinos!       at one another.                       newspapers.
away at That Empty Space, from                        Ticketmaster for $29.50.
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free.                                                                         Cheer for the Calgary Flames as they      Come to a Gauntlet Volunteer          Cinemania continues with the skull-
                                                      Jethro Tull takes to the Jubillee        take on the hated Edmonton Oilers         Meeting in Mac Hall 319 on            crushing 300 in Science Theatres
Burning Borders and Cold Drive rock                   Auditorium stage on Mon., Sep. 24        in the Battle of Alberta, on Sat., Sep.   Fri., Sep. 21 at 2 p.m.! Meet the     148 Mon., Sep. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and
the Underground Fri., Sep. 21                         at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45.50 to       22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $245      people who make your favourite        9:00 p.m. Free with student ID, and
at 9 p.m. Tickets at the door.                        $79.50 at Ticketmaster.                  at Ticketmaster.                          student paper!                        two-dollar bags of popcorn!

				
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