sity but didn’t know quite
what they were getting…I
was suspended for that one
by the principal of the uni-
versity…Have people writ-
He came into her,
ing from what they know
rather than from what they
and it was good.
think…It’s so easy to just
carry on with our reﬂex hab-
its, thoughts and actions…
We ran an editorial that was
critical of that institution…
The SU is not in a position
to ﬁre the editor now as it
was back then, and as it did
then…I would’ve written
in more logical, less emo-
tional terms…And so I was
…That was a paradox that
I should’ve avoided…
Emotion is a gamble in
any area…Yacowar, pg 8.
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Dale Miller/the Gauntlet
Dillinger Escape Plan more effective this time
In a delightful turn of events, no one was gunned down behind a theatre. We think.
4 EDITORIAL/LETTERS 11 SPORTS
Digital Despotism Lady soccersaurs were kind of
You have to admit that sounds fucking cool. Say it with me,
“Digital Despotism.” There you go. Unfortunately, this light successful at nationals
hearted editorial is on a pretty serious subject. This week, ﬁnd But ended up losing a bronze-medal shovel-ﬁght. The cross-
out all about how the United States is well on their way to country team also had limited success at their national cham-
controlling the world wide ﬂow of digital information. pionship. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can read sports
for tennis, basketball, hockey and moose-hunting news. That’s
5 NEWS right, moose hunting. Plus, check out volleyball online, you
won’t regret it.
Don’t blink, you’ll miss it
Sometimes, though not often, the Gauntlet will attempt the 14 ENTERTAINMENT
impossible. This week, we condense an informed look at
national, provincial and local affairs into a space smaller than Four pages of awesome
the red blood cell count of an anemic. Awesome you may have only seen up to seven times previ-
ously. Rogue Wave talks journalism, NQ Arbuckle talks beer,
8 OPINIONS and Workshop Theatre talks politics. Also, three ﬁlms make it
past our battle-hardened critics.
Like the Pope of Newspapers
This week, we interview the holy father of the Gauntlet him- 18 FEATURE
self, Maurice Yacowar. Fired from the paper shortly after
founding it, Yacowar tells all about the early hardships. Find all Abra Bershad!
about where the Gauntlet started and where it could be going Okay, that was stupid. But the feature isn’t. It’s about an art
in this interview with the paper’s ﬁrst (and most notorious) history Professor who everyone loves. Oh, and the end made
Editor-in-Chief. the editor cry. Read it, and you too can be a little girl.
Editorial & Letters November 17, 2005
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Link, Kenzie Love, Nisha Patel, Ryan Pike,
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American binary commandos invade the Internet Roe, Mike Selnes, Stephanie Shewchuk,
Kris Schmidt, Aaron Shufthefuckup,
Janice Tran, Dasha Taikh, Gareth Williams,
Crystal Wong and Nathan Wood.
erriam Webster declared source of this most heinous crossing student in an American-embar- the us Department of Commerce. Golden Spatula: Jon Roe for transcribing
“blog” the most looked- into the realms of dissentable dic- goed country looks up anything The eu has even discussed the a nine page interview that the OpEd
up word of 2004, tates provided by our lovely quasi- the government deems suspect dissolution of the Internet into could have very well done himself.
Way to go, Jon, for letting me stay lazy.
evidencing the fact that everyone, autocratic southern neighbors. they could cost the university their separate nets, proving once again
their mom, and at least three of Picture, if you will, signing up for membership to journals or possibly how much humans can miss the The Gauntlet
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Gauntlet November 17.05 5
NEWS News Editor: Chris Beauchamp
Federal PSE cash windfall
Looming election brings out hopes, dreams and lies, lies, lies
Chris Beauchamp create up to 3,500 internships and up to 500 transfer for post-secondary education.” going to be implemented before the govern-
News Editor scholarships for natural health sciences and University of Calgary Students’ Union ment folds.”
engineering graduates. President Bryan West, who is currently in U of C political science professor Dr. Lisa
ew post-secondary promises on the The announcement covered a range of ﬁscal Ottawa for casa’s national lobby conference, Young believes the mini-budget announce-
federal front this week offer hope for issues, and promised both business and per- said the mini-budget was welcome news, even ments amount to little more than a “hill of
increased spending on the system, but sonal tax cuts in addition to post-secondary though a looming federal election could derail beans.”
critics say the announcements come as a last funding increases. any concrete plans. “It’s an election platform,” said Young.“This
ditch Liberal effort to buy votes. The Canadian Alliance of Student “casa has been advocating for a permanent is what the liberal party is running on in the
The announced “mini-budget” came as part Associations is pleased with the announce- transfer payment for pse for a number of years next election. Nobody should count on too
of Finance Minister Ralph Goodale’s second ments, noting casa has been lobbying for and that’s something we didn’t see with this much of it.”
Economic and Fiscal Update, and included an expansion of the low-income grant and announcement,” said West. He noted the major Young stressed the likelihood of post-sec-
new plans to invest more than $2.1 billion a review of Canada’s ﬁnancial aid system for political parties are now discussing the trans- ondary education being a prominent cam-
over ﬁve years to improve student ﬁnancial years. fer payment and said having post-secondary paign issue depends entirely on how much
assistance and increase access for lower-income “There is however, more work to be issues discussed can’t be a bad thing going electoral support the political parties perceive
Canadians. done,” said casa National Director Phillippe into an election. it holds. She said it is unlikely any actual fund-
Plans also include $1 billion for the Post- Ouellette. “These announcements pave the “With the election looming, it’s actually like ing increases will be pushed through before
Secondary Education Innovation Fund allo- way for what we believe is the next logical everyone wants to talk to us,” said West.“It was parliament dissolves, and that outcomes will
cated in 2005–06, More than $2.1 million over step in education reform: An open, national a pretty big announcement and fortunate we depend on the balance of power in the next
the next ﬁve years in research funding and dialogue between Canada’s provincial and were on the hill when it happened. Although, House of Commons.
almost $200 million over the same period to federal governments to develop a dedicated other than some of the tax measures, nothing’s “It’s all entirely up in the air,” said Young.
Access to Tuition increase still undecided
the Future Ændrew Rininsland 7.2 per cent increase for next year. year because eventually we’re going direction. The fund is expected to
Gauntlet News According to Klein, the government to be facing a triple bump or qua- pay $135 million annually once it is
is willing to pay another $43 million druple bump,” she said. “It doesn’t fully established.
The tuition double-bump saga province-wide to cover the increase, solve the problem in the long run, “I don’t think anyone would
the money continued as Premier Ralph Klein
commented publicly last week that
but encourages institutions to ﬁnd
the revenue themselves.
though it is great for students this
year and possibly next year. I hope
object to having stability in the
tuition formula so that we’d know
the provincial government will “I was really happy to see that that they look at creative funding from year to year more or less what
Chris Beauchamp attempt to aid students affected Ralph Klein was still committed to solutions such as an endowment the tuition number is or at least
News Editor by such an increase, just days after his promise of making Alberta the that could go toward mitigating a range,” said U of C vp External
Advanced Education Minister Dave most affordable and accessible prov- tuition fee increases.” Relations Roman Cooney. “That
Alberta’s post-secondary system Hancock said students should plan ince for post-secondary education in According to Klein, the prov- gives us some certainty, students
is getting a sizable boost thanks ahead in the event such an increase Canada,” said U of C Students’ Union ince could use the Access To The some certainty and the province
to the province’s record $6 billion happens. Vice-President External Jen Smith. Future endowment, started earlier some certainty. The critical issue is
surplus. The so-called double-bump is a While exhibiting optimism over this year, to effectively normalize whether that formula also provides
“By tripling this year’s investment potential 13 per cent tuition increase Klein’s remarks, Smith noted it will tuition increases in the future. the university with the funding it
towards the Access to the Future for University of Calgary students in take more than one-time contribu- While the initial $250 million cur- needs to operate.”
Fund we’re showing that we’re seri- the 2006–2007 academic year and is tions to keep tuition affordable. rently set aside is a far cry from the “It’s important to point out it’s
ous about securing a bright and pros- the culmination of this year’s 5.8 per “I hope they look for something $3 billion the government hopes to the students who ultimately are
perous future for Albertans through cent increase, paid for by the provin- more long-term than simply extend- accumulate over the next 20 years, impacted because that money has
education,”said Advanced Education cial government, plus the planned ing the centennial rebate for another many see it as a step in the right to come from somewhere,” he said.
Digitize your life OneNote at a time
Minister Dave Hancock.
The Access to the Future Fund is
getting a $500 million boost, bring-
ing the endowment to $750 million Simon Jackson sible to all students,” said Pavelich.
for 2005–06. The fund, announced Gauntlet News “Microsoft has a free trial available
earlier this year as part of Bill 1, is to download which lasts 180 days.
an endowment designed to grow With the University of Calgary Those downloading it now will be
out of yearly surpluses and provide marching slowly towards a campus- able to use it until the end of the win-
funding for post-secondary innova- wide wireless internet network, at ter semester. Following this the soft-
tions. Eventually, the Access to the least one company is looking to proﬁt ware is available at a discounted price
Future Fund will total $3 billion from the ensuing laptop boom. for students—around $40 instead of
and generate $135 million per year Microsoft’s OneNote note- the usual retail price which is around
in interest. taking software gives users one place three times that amount.”
Hancock noted the fund will also to store, search and organize their Some students have already begun
be used to match private donations information. Acting as a kind of using the software.
to post-secondary. digital binder it allows you to copy “Gone is the stack of loose leaf
“Since launching the fund, there and paste notes and information covered with unfocused notes,
has been even greater interest from a variety of sources, includ- attached (most often out of order)
among Albertans for investing in ing PowerPoint slides, Excel charts, to a ratty old clipboard,” said
the province’s post-secondary sys- images and general text. It also allows fourth-year geomatics engineering
tem,” he said. you to size these according to need student Joel Maduck.“However, not
University of Calgary Students’ and add your own notes.You can cre- just my notes are clearer and more
Union President Bryan West noted ate as many documents and folders as organized as a result of OneNote, but
the increased funding will help the you like and it has a search function my thoughts are much more focused
endowment realize its $3 billion to assist in retrieval. and organized; tackling school work
goal sooner. Leading the charge is fourth-year and studying is a much less daunt-
“It’s good,” said West. “It’s a heck communications and culture student ing task.
Nicola Waugh//the Gauntlet
of a lot better than $250 million and U of C’s Microsoft Campus Pavelich pointed to the U of C
and brings the timetable of ﬁlling New software makes it easier to surf for porn, play games, Representative Jordan Pavelich. Management Information Systems
the fund up quite a bit.” listen to your profs and take concise, detailed notes. Wow. “OneNote is aimed at being acces- see onenote, page 6
6 November 17.05 Gauntlet NEWS
Bring us your cans, cash
Ændrew Rininsland basically do most of the work.” for it and [the Residence Services
Nicola Waugh/the Gauntlet
Gauntlet News The Campus Food Bank hopes Association] sometimes has their
to receive 1,500 food items and own thing going on.”
lubs from across the $8,000 worth of donations, up The Campus Food Bank is open
University of Calgary $3,000 from last year’s target. The to all members of the campus
will compete for a good emphasis is deﬁnitely on the cash, community including students,
cause this week in the 17th annual with clubs receiving just one point staff, faculty and alumni up to two
Campus Food Bank Holiday Drive, per food donation and four points years after graduation. Last year it
Nov. 16–18. per dollar received—money which gave out 241 hampers of food, sup-
The Clubs’ Challenge aspect of the will be used to buy perishable food porting 509 individuals, 162 of which
Although pretty, this sign doesn’t compete with those eyes.
Be CEO of your own
drive will have U of C clubs includ- items that can’t be donated, such were children.
ing Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha as fresh vegetables and meat, said “It’s pretty wide-ranging,” said
Omicron Pi, Phi Gamma Delta, the Brandon. Lockwood. “It’s open to the whole
Commerce Undergraduate Society,
the lds Mormons, and the EcoClub
U of C Students’ Union Vice-
President Operations and Finance
campus community. A lot of the
people who use it are people with
bank... sort of
accumulating points through food Joel Lockwood stressed that while the dependants—mostly older students. Kris Schmidt bank, but functions more like a co-
and cash donations. Contests for the main focus is the Clubs’ Challenge, Other than that, the demographic Gauntlet News op with members actually having
best banner and food pyramid will there are also other elements is pretty wide. It’s used by all sorts ownership of the union.
also add to point totals. of the drive happening simultane- of people.” The ribbon has been cut and the “People answer our phones,”
“We give them materials to set ously. While anything non-perishable doors opened for clients, current stressed Apex Member Services
up for the three days of the food “This part of the Campus Food can be donated, the Campus Food and potential. Apex Credit Union Representative Sharon Redstone.
drive and then it’s up to them, Bank drive is just open to clubs, Bank prefers cereal, canned veg- celebrated its new location on the “They’ll actually get a live voice.”
however they want, to get students but it’s a campus-wide thing,” said etables, fruits, seafood, meat, beans, main ﬂoor of ict Wed., Nov. 9. The The credit union is open ﬁve days
involved,” said Campus Food Bank Lockwood. “Volunteers go around non-perishable soy and rice milk, new location actually opened dur- a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and
Coordinator Nicole Brandon.“They campus before class and advertise pasta and pasta sauce. Shampoo, ing the summer break, but Apex membership is open to anyone.Apex
dish soap, tampons and pads are officially held its grand opening offers all the services of a big bank
also requested. when more people were on cam- with two staff on campus: a ﬁnan-
A similar initiative is the annual pus. cial planner and a member services
Adopt-A-Family program, coor- “The credit union has been here representative. They also offer special
dinated by su Volunteer Services almost as long as the campus,” said student services including accounts
since 1985. Needy student families Apex Marketing Manager Judy Pohl. with reduced fees and loans.
with children can be sponsored by Previously located in the basement Apex Credit Union hopes their
volunteers who will prepare a care of science theatres, the new location new, more visible location will
package, ready for distribution in was chosen for increased exposure promote growth, especially in stu-
early December. Both sponsors and and to provide better service. dent membership. Pohl encouraged
families can apply at the Volunteer “It’s important for people to know anyone to stop in with questions or
Services ofﬁce in MacEwan Student we’re here,” said Pohl. for information.
Centre until Fri., Nov. 25. A credit union is very similar to a “Everyone is welcome,” she said.
OneNote, cont’d from page 5
Association and the Zoo Council, have engaged with Pavelich to pro- cally minded to use it,“ he said. “It
a collective of electrical computer vide training seminars. However, he integrates well with the rest of the
and software engineering students. was keen to stress the simple nature Microsoft products.”
Both organizations are already of OneNote. OneNote can be downloaded at
heavy users of the software and “You don’t need to be techni- http://www.microsoft.ca/takebetternotes.
Gauntlet NEWS November 17.05 7
Retinal cures in sight U of C team uses genetics to isolate
problems, regardless of cause
Simon Jackson Bech-Hansen. “Damage to the cium channel is absent do not.”
Gauntlet News retina looks the same under the The small team are building on
microscope, whether it is the result initial observations made in 1998
cientists at the University of of physical trauma—a detached when they discovered the gene. The
Calgary published a new study retina—or a specific gene muta- current project is collaborative and
last week which could shed tion.” includes researchers in both the
new light into the causes of vision The team identified a calcium U of C and Halifax. The team is
problems. The study in Human channel protein which passes signals focusing their study on a disease
Molecular Genetics pinpoints the through the eye. Using a mouse as a known as congenital stationary
speciﬁc place in the retina where test subject they ‘turned on and off ’ Dominic Fabrig/the Gauntlet night blindness, which affects one
vision problems begin. that calcium channel protein. They Researchers isolated the calcium channel protein responsible in every 10,000 people.
The U of C team, led by Dr. Torben found the result mimicked the effects Bech-Hansen stressed that
Bech-Hansen stressed how excited of night blindness in humans.
for CSNB. Yeah, like you understood that. although it is too early to say
they were with the ﬁndings, which “The calcium channels are ﬂags look at other aspects affecting vision, where the calcium channel gene exactly what will come of the ﬁnd-
could hold the key to a future cure that we can follow, and are likely and perhaps even advance towards has been manipulated,” said Orton. ings, it is possible that scientists
for a wide range of visual impair- to lead us beyond the retina into a cure.” “We then use an electroretinogram, could recreate the calcium channel
ments. other parts of the nervous system U of C graduate student Noelle or erg, to test the synapses in the eye. for all patients in whom it is dam-
“We used genetics to investigate affected by human disease,” said Orton made many of the team’s Eyes in which the calcium channel is aged or missing and the potential
how the synapses in the eye help Bech-Hansen. “We’re optimistic observations. functioning properly show a strong exists to cure a number of eye ail-
nerve cells to communicate,” said because there is a good chance to “We make tiny slices of an eye erg reading. Eyes in which the cal- ments.
African AIDS sufferer shares his story
Nisha Patel issues, including aids and tuber- “I won a scholarship to study in busy from seven in the morning on fire, you will help him,” he
Gauntlet News culosis. aids and aids-related the Soviet Union,” he said. “When to six in the evening,” said Zulu. said. “It’s the human thing to do.”
tuberculosis are taking a devas- I took the medical exam for “They dig holes for the bodies all University of Calgary professor
Winstone Zulu has shared his tating toll on Africa, and both are travelling, they told me I was hiv night because during the day there Dr. Edna Einsiedel stressed that
story many times, but every time epidemics which Zulu has experi- positive.” is just not enough time.” international development should
is difﬁcult. enced. Since then, the activist has trav- The Joint United Nations occur on many different levels.
“I don’t really know where to start, Born in 1964, Zulu was the ninth elled the world, seeking support in Programme on hiv/aids reported “It’s not only the United Nations or
but I will start at the beginning,” he of 13 children. He contracted polio at the fight against aids and tb in that in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2.3 mil- government policy that will create a
said, as he addressed a group of the age of three from exposure to a Africa. Reflecting on his experi- lion people died of aids in 2004. difference,” said Einsiedel.“Students
Calgarians on Sat., Nov. 12. contaminated needle. Zulu overcame ences in Canada, Zulu recalled With just over 10 per cent of the must be aware of the extent of the
Zulu was the guest speaker at a the disease, but never fully recovered visiting a graveyard in Montreal world’s population, the area is home problem. Learning on a small scale
fundraising breakfast for results from the paralysis of his entire body. and remembered his surprise at to over 60 per cent of all people living will get people educated.”
Canada, a non-proﬁt organization In his teenage years, the Zambian how quiet it was. with aids worldwide. Zulu reiterated Zulu ended abruptly, emphasizing
advocating increased spending native was a good student, despite “At home, the graveyard is the the need for support. that he will continue telling his story
on international development being constantly ill. noisiest place because they are “If your neighbour’s house is for as long as he is alive.
Christine Getz/The Gauntlet
8 November 17.05 Gauntlet OPINIONS FEATURE
Yacowar and his legacy:
The Gauntlet then and now Interview by Jon Roe
aurice Yacowar founded the Gauntlet in 1960, replacing a monthly mimeographed single sheet
M with a 16 page weekly paper. Soon following the creation came the controversy—Yacowar was
suspended for an ill-received editorial attacking the unquestioned institution of Remembrance Day
and ﬁnally banned for a literary issue containing the words “He came into her, and it was good.” Compared
to todays Gauntlet, one may call those words tame, but Yacowar was working in a different age. This week,
the Gauntlet sits down with its father to ask him about the early days of the paper and what he thinks of the
Christine Getz/The Gauntlet
Gauntlet: What drove you to found the Gauntlet?
: strongly, that the university is a place where no sacred
cow should go unchallenged. No institution should go
Yacowar: Ambition, I guess. I had always been editor of school unquestioned. No reflex of thought or emotion, should
papers, in Grade 9, in Central high school in Calgary, in Grade 11 go unchecked. At the same time, I was aware of a tendency
the Reaper, and then the yearbook in Grade 12. It was a natural to sentimentalize war, and to valorize the unthinking unit
activity for me, English was my subject, and I loved writing. of a military machine. That was an institution that was
As soon as I turned 16 I got a summer job with the Northhill worth questioning. My regret even now is that I wrote the
News. It paid me $19.76 a week, then the next year $24.15 and editorial with more heat than light. That a lot of people
then the third year I got 45 bucks. It was a high paying job for felt insulted by it which was certainly not my intention,
me. I saw myself as a journalist and I ﬁgured I would become an unintended effect. Basically it was a work of belligerent
a journalist. That was my ambition. pacifism. That was a paradox that I should’ve avoided. As
So, when I was a ﬁrst year at the university we were still at it happened, within 10 years of that editorial, there was
the Tech, still a branch of Alberta of course. The only student a massive questioning of the military reflex around the
paper there was, a monthly mimeographed sheet called CalVar, American engagement of Vietnam. The times caught up
only carried the sports scores and that was it. There was a need with that anger, but I wouldn’t say I was prophet at all. That
for a newspaper, and I had the experience so I did it. Probably was just the way world affairs played out. It was a position
that’s my single most notable accomplishment even now. I I had taken at that time. It was picked up by a much wider
was in second year and replaced a monthly mimeographed movement later on.
sheet with a 16 page weekly professionally printed newspaper
that made money. We sold advertising and it earned its own G: Were you questioning the “holiday” aspect of Remembrance
way. It’s too bad that my greatest achievement was at 18 and I Day?
haven’t come up to it since, but that’s life.
Y: I was questioning the valorization of the warrior. That
Gauntlet archives G: What do you feel you did right at the early days at the was the intention. Should we make heroes of our military,
Gauntlet? if one of the effects of that is the unquestioning soldier who
will go out and kill when he’s told to and be a hero for that?
Y: I got the thing out on time every week. When I applied But that’s giving the position more logic and dignity than
for the job I promised a four page weekly minimum but then it the wording I used at the time did.
went up to a 16 minimum. It was read, which was an important
thing too, that was the basis with which we could sell advertis- G: What would you have done differently?
ing. It was controversial; I did an early editorial against the
establishment of fraternities on campus, which went over very Y: I would’ve written in more logical, less emotional
well at the time. I did another campaign against having the terms.
football team on campus that did not go very good. And I had
two very controversial issues; the ﬁrst was on Remembrance G: Do you think emotion should be a key aspect of journal-
Day. We ran an editorial that was critical of that institution; I ism, though?
was suspended for that one by the principal of the university.
I was off the paper for two weeks or so. I was ﬁnally ﬁred in Y: Emotion is a gamble in any area. Once you unleash it, it
February for bringing out the ﬁrst literary issue, which had a provokes an equal and perhaps greater opposite emotional
controversial short story. It was written by one of the graduate response. It’s dangerous enough dealing with logic and risk-
students in Physics actually, John Emberson, who was Irish. ing an emotional response. You’re magnifying the danger
He wrote a short story, which had the line in it “He came into when you start out with emotion. In that particular issue,
her, and it was good.” That was deemed obscene beyond the logic would’ve been a more appropriate tone to emphasize.
pale for student experience for writing at the time. And so I was The oddity was in that issue I didn’t think that that edito-
ﬁred for that issue. It was a good cause to go for. rial would cause any controversy at all. I figured that the
week’s controversy would be provoked by an essay that
G: What was your motivation behind your editorial on we ran on the back page written by a philosophy student
Remembrance Day? outlining the base of logic behind atheism. I thought that
would be what fired everybody up. As it happened, nobody
Y: My direct motive was to question an institution that paid attention to that, the madness played out around the
nobody was questioning. I thought, and I still feel very poppy day editorial.
Gauntlet OPINIONS FEATURE November 17.05 9
Gauntlet archives Nicola Waugh/The Gauntlet Gauntlet archives Gauntlet archives
Nicola Waugh/The Gauntlet
G: Who had the most notable response to the Remembrance G: Does being separate from the Students’ Union change the nature
Day editorial? of the paper?
Y: Well the Canadian legion was mightily disturbed by Y: For sure, it has an independence it didn’t have then. The
it, and I gather have not forgiven me yet. The radio talk su is not in a position to ﬁre the editor now as it was back then,
shows were full of it at the time. The daily newspapers and as it did then.
ran editorials against it. We had to take the phone off the
hook at home because we were getting phone calls from G: What sort of device do you think shock value can serve as in
the parents of dead soldiers and veterans themselves. I the media, if any?
had a phone call at home actually from a man who was a
lawyer who had called me earlier when I had been brave Y: It stops one from coasting. It’s so easy to just carry on
enough to write a newspaper report on his brother’s trial. with our reﬂex habits, thoughts and actions. It takes somebody
He tried to pressure me then not to cover this trial. [The whacking us on the head with something outrageous to make
brother] was from a wealthy family and the dailies hadn’t us pause and rethink, reconsider. I think that’s an important
been covering it but I was covering it in the Northhill responsibility that a journalist has, a ﬁction writer has, any art-
News. And now he was calling to take me on a tour of the ist has, to stop the groove when it becomes a rut. It often takes
military graves for a lesson in moral integrity. I thanked something shocking to break that cruise.
him but declined.
G: What is your opinion of the Gauntlet now?
G: Do you think a similar editorial would receive the same
response now? Y: I think it’s good, and it’s fun. It’s usually not far from one
controversy or another. I think that’s important. I don’t think you
Y: No, no. You have to remember at the time that the want an artist or a newspaper or an institution to be nothing but
university was small and new. The city knew they wanted shocking. I think the Gauntlet manages to punctuate itself with
a university but didn’t know quite what they were getting. challenges. That’s the word I’d use for the shock, a challenge.
They were expecting high school extended a bit further,
without the controversies and challenges that I think a G: How do you feel your experiences with the Gauntlet relates to
university owes to its sponsoring community. That was one the current controversies, such as the recent feature on Pedophilia
of the valuable effects that the troubled and troublesome in the Gauntlet, or the nude photo that was printed in last year’s
Gauntlet at the time had. It declared what this university paper?
was going to be: something that was going to be challenging,
and non-conformist. It’s much harder to be non-conformist Y: I sympathize with the editor with the nude photo. I thought
now that everybody’s non-conformist. that was a tempest in a teapot. It struck me that he was being
criticized for violating a girl who had set herself up by physical
G: Do you consider the risqué material published in the Gauntlet exposure, by divulging her name on her own to any exposure
now appropriate considering what you were banned for? that he was being blamed for. I thought that he was being unfairly
persecuted on that one.
Y: Yeah, I’ve got no trouble with it. Sex is still something
that the community is irrationally embarrassed by and G: If you were Editor-in-Chief, what aspects would you change
hung up on. I think it’s the responsibility of the student about the current renditions of the Gauntlet?
newspaper to hit the trouble spots. The neurotic zones if
not the erogenous zones. Y: I would try to get more specialists involved in the writing.
Have people writing from what they know rather than from what
G: Does anyone still bring up the incident for which you they think. I think as the student press emulates the professional
were fired? press, unqualiﬁed opinion is given more respect than it deserves.
There is an advent of personality over knowledge in journalism
Y: No, they don’t raise the firing. The poppy day editorial today. I would try to put the brakes on that. That’s one of the
has the legs. Indeed, I think that if you asked anybody at weak spots of the profession that the student journalist should
the time why I was fired, they would assume that it was the not be aspiring to. Get people who know what they’re talking
poppy day editorial. Not the literary issue, but the poppy day about, reviewing things and taking positions.
editorial still surfaces. When I was dean of fine arts, I was
invited to give a talk to open an exhibition at the military G: What do you like about the current Gauntlet?
museum. When word of that came out, the Canadian legion
got word out that they were opposed to have this insulting Y: The energy, and the work that goes into it. It’s a polished
person do that. So I withdrew from the event. They’d been production. I’m glad to see that. It’s my favourite child.
reminded, but it’s a soft point with them.
G: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
G: Did that editorial put you under the microscope?
Y: Carry on. The original slogan is still there I think. “Rage
Y: For sure, I thought at the time that it had probably provides arms.”Which is good. There’s a story about the naming
ruined my career. I would never get a newspaper job again. of the paper actually. When I applied for the editorship of the
My lifetime of promise was behind me. I was completely student newspaper. I said I intended to sell advertising and fund
unprepared for the scale of public assault that resulted from it that way. And put out a minimum four page a week newspaper
that. I would never have dreamed that I’d get threatening and I’d change the name to the Gauntlet [from CalVar]. The
phone calls at home and that my parents would get insult- Student Council said I couldn’t just name it the Gauntlet like that,
ing phone calls for having spawned this monster. I was 18 it wasn’t my paper, it was their paper. They insisted on setting up
at the time, untravelled, and inexperienced. That was a a contest, and invite proposed names for the paper. There were
tough thing to get through. I was probably strengthened maybe 15 names proposed, all 15 submitted by me. They chose
Nicola Waugh/The Gauntlet
by the fact it didn’t kill me. the Gauntlet, which was the one I came up with ﬁrst.
10 November 17.05 Gauntlet OPINIONS
SU View: The President’s Challenge is now the Student Initiative
This year Shannon O’Connor (Academic The university decided to stop this program emerged from past challenge recipients. To apply for the Student Initiative you I look forwarded to seeing the proposals
Commissioner) has taken it upon herself last year because it was felt that there was This is why the Students’ Union has will have to have your application form and this year so please come by the Students’
to resurrect the President’s Challenge. The a strong student voice on campus, so the decided to take on the President’s Challenge a brief proposal complete by January 25th, Union ofﬁce on Monday, November 21st
challenge was initiated in 1995 to receive need for this avenue of communication was under the new name; the ‘Student Initiative.’ 2006. The ﬁnalists will then be picked and 2005 to pick up you application form!
student input on how to improve the quality unnecessary. Shannon O’Connor and the rest The Student Initiative will follow the same asked to send in a business plan by February If you have any questions please feel free
experience at the university. Some previous of the Students’ Academic Assembly have dis- format as the President’s Challenge looking 28th, 2006. Finally the presentations and to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
challenge ideas include the locker assignment cussed this issue and decided that it would be for proposals from the student population on award ceremony will commence on March Shannon O’Connor at email@example.com.
system, computer courses for students and a discouraging not to see this project continue how to improve the quality of their experience 6th, 2006. The top three proposals will be Paige Forsyth
U of C text book list. because many valuable and tangible ideas have at the University of Calgary. presented to the university by the winners Students’ Union
and the panel. Vice-President Academic
Proposals can be submitted by indi-
viduals or groups, although groups have The su view and its corresponding headline
to be warned that they will have to split are products of the Students’ Union. It is
the prizes amongst themselves. The prizes printed without editorial revision and does
for ﬁrst, second and third place are cash not reﬂect the views of the Gauntlet publica-
towards tuition. tions Society.
Gauntlet November 17.05 11
SPORTS Sports Editor: Sean Nyilassy
Dinos fail to survive bronze age Ballging egos
Selnes and Bogle a goal in injury time. Sturk’s stel- Sports Editor
Over and Out lar play earned her a gold star and
Player of the Game honours. With Oh glorious victory, thank you for
he Dinos women’s soc- this victory the Dinos advanced to ﬁnally bestowing the Dinos women’s
cer squad drove north to the semi-ﬁnals on Friday. basketball team with your gift. May
Edmonton as Canada West This game was a real heartbreaker they continue to bask in the splendor
champions and returned home for the Dinos as the University of you offer forever.
Sun., Nov. 13 disappointed. They Ottawa Gee-Gees ended their hope The previously 2–2 University
had an amazing run, but in the end of becoming national champions. of Alberta Pandas fell in a pair of
a Canadian Interuniversity Sport Both teams had several good oppor- games with the Dinos Nov. 11–12.
Women’s Soccer Championship tunities during the game, but neither The duo of wins bump the Dinos
was just out of reach. was able to take the upper hand and to 2–4, breaking a losing streak that
The Dinos began nationals the game would end in a 0–0 tie. extended into the pre-season and
Thu., Nov. 10 facing the St. Francis The Dinos’ best chance of the providing the young team with new
Xavier University X-Women, the game came when Susan Wandler conﬁdence.
Atlantic University conference received a pass from Katie Blundell “After losing seven straight, I
finalists, and didn’t disappoint. in the 72nd minute and one-timed it can’t describe it,” a relieved Tanya
They carried in their momentum off the crossbar. The Gee-Gees had Hautala exclaimed. “It was great,
from the cw championship and got their best chance in the 98th minute and fun.”
on the board with an early lead. A when Dinos keeper Taryn Swiatek The first half of Friday’s game
beautiful pass from Renae Hunter dove to get a hand on a shot, deﬂect- started as messily as a hung-over
set up Jessica Horning, who, in the ing it into the post. morning. Both teams turned the
21st minute, wired a shot off the For the third time in four playoff ball over like it was going out of
crossbar and into the net. games the Dinos were faced with a style—the Dinos 15 times and the
The Dinos kept up the pressure shoot-out. Fate was no longer on Pandas 18. Fortunately, the Dinos
and almost doubled the lead in the their side as they fell 3–1 to the capitalized on the opportunities
40th minute, but Erin Harris put her U of O. Dinos midfielder Jessica created, leading 39–32 at the half.
shot just wide of the net. Horning received her team’s Player The ladies continued to play smart
The X-Women ﬁnally found their of the Game honours. in the second half, maintaining their
Ryan Link/the Gauntlet
powers in the second half, putting There was still a bronze light at lead rather than squandering it like
on some pressure of their own. the end of the tunnel Sunday as the
Later, the ﬂamingos switched legs, but it didn’t help us. a prosperity bonus. They stepped up
Their best opportunity came when Dinos faced off against the McGill status in the 20th minute when she of controversy. Swiatek ﬁelded a their defense, holding the Pandas to
they received a free kick in the 53rd University Marlets. But the Dinos denied McGill’s Carolyne Pelletier’s corner kick in the 85th minute, but just 24 points in the half while con-
minute after Megan Gould received came out ﬂat, and were unable to good scoring opportunity. was contacted by a McGill player, tinuing to net points of their own.
a yellow card. But no group of super mount any serious scoring oppor- The second half saw much of popping the ball loose and allowing The ﬁnal score read a shaming (if
heros could out-play our Dinos. tunities in the ﬁrst half. Swiatek had the same. The deciding goal came Anna Gruending to put the ball into you’re a Panda) 79–56.
Karen Sturk sealed the game with to work for her Player of the Game late in the game with its fair share see no glory, page 13 Lindsay Maundrell was the Dinos’
major offensive force, netting 23
Dinos successfully skate up icy slope points while adding five steals.
Courtney Coyle accumulated 12
for the Dinos and Michelle Willson
team could’ve done much better. kept the Pandas in fear, netting 11
“We weren’t happy that we were points and hauling down 11 boards
[down 3–1]. The fact that we didn’t before fouling out. Hautala rounded
win on Friday night was disappoint- out the double-digit Dinos with 10
ing,” he said. “Tying and coming points and ﬁve steals.
back is positive, but we shouldn’t The Dinos defense deserves a
have been in that spot.” tip of the hat for allowing just one
And the team made sure they Panda to hit for double digits—10
wouldn’t be in the same spot the from Michelle Smith—and steal-
next day. The second game turned ing the ball 19 times throughout
out to be a Dinos offensive showcase. the game.
The Cougars couldn’t stop the Dinos “The defense was very good this
getting the puck on goal. It would’ve weekend,” Head Coach Shawnee
been disastrous if not for Chalmers’ Harle confirmed. “On Saturday
strong performance. we went to zone in the second half
Nathan Wood/the Gauntlet
In the ﬁrst period alone, Regina and shut them right down.”
allowed 17 Dinos shots on net. And how. While Saturday’s game
Despite all these chances, the began with the teams neck-and-
Dinos only managed to score one neck, tied at 34 half way through
goal, an even-strength marker by the game, the Dinos turned on
Wade Davis. their auxiliary burners and left the
As if that period wasn’t bad Pandas stuck in the clouds as they
enough for the Cougars, the sec- approached escape velocity. Despite
If only the ref hadn’t dropped his magic wand, the Dinos may have won both bouts. ond was even more lopsided. The leading by just four points at 45–41,
Dinos scored two power-play the Dinos managed to come out well
Crystal Wong form of a two-on-one, resulting in a totally different story. Not only did goals—Blanchette with one and ahead 72–49 at the ﬁnal buzzer.
Gauntlet Hockey the lone goal of the ﬁrst period. the Dinos dominate the shots-on- Lucas with the other—to make the “Both first halves were pretty
The Cougars jumped out to a two- goal count, but, more importantly, game 3–0. They out-shot Regina close,” observed Maundrell. “But
It was a strong week for the Dinos goal lead shortly into the second, but also dominated the scoreboard. by a ridiculous count of 20–4 in our defense was pretty tenacious,
men’s hockey team as they took it didn’t last long. Midway through Two goals, scored by Colin McRae the second period alone. we really wore them down.
three of four possible points from the period, Dino Andre Blanchette and Tyrel Lucas, in the ﬁrst three Although Regina managed to Hautala was the eve’s top scorer
the University of Regina Cougars took advantage of a power-play minutes erased the Cougars’ lead. score a goal on Scott Talbot in the and thief with 19 points and four
Nov. 11–12. opportunity, getting the puck past The Cougars failed the capitalize on first half of the third period, the steals. Jamie Morck netted 14
On Friday, both the Dinos and Cougar goalie Clint Chalmers. The their three man-advantages and the Dinos once again out-shot them. points and grabbed a game-high
Cougars came out with almost no Cougars answered less an a minute score was 3–3 at the end of regulation Davis put the game away for good nine rebounds for the Dinos.
ﬁrepower; shots were 7–5 for Regina later, with an even-strength goal by and overtime. when he scored in the last few “We’re taking steps in the right
early on. The only dangerous scoring Caine Pearpoint. Although the Dinos came back to minutes of the game. He ended direction,” Hautala claimed. “But
chance went to the Cougars in the Fortunately, the third period was tie the game, Atkinson thought the see domination, page 13 see glory, page 13
12 November 17.05 Gauntlet SPORTS
Dinos no Davenports or Federers not great
Gareth Williams six and defaulted three because of an Pandas. The games were close, with explained that the U of A has its Sean Nyilassy
Gauntlet Sports ineligible player. Our lady Dinos only some exciting rallies and intense own on-campus tennis facility and Sports Editor
managed one win from co-captain baseline play. When the Dinos that they compete in the National
he Dinos tennis team failed Kelly (Deuces are Wild) Gordon. did lose, they didn’t go without Association of Intercollegiate On the jolly eastern coast of
to win either the men’s or Jeremy Johnson and captain Eliot a ﬁght, or the occasional thrown Athletics league. Canada, the lads and lasses of
women’s Western Canadian (French Twist) Bouvry were the two racket. Being part of the naia allows the Dinos cross-country running
Tennis Championship titles Dinos men’s winners. Amanda Szpecht, the lady Dinos’ the Bears and Pandas to play 16 squad vied for national pride at
Sat., Nov. 12, losing to the University After losing all of their doubles other captain, acknowledged that the to 20 competitive matches a year the Canadian Interuniversity Sport
of Alberta. The Golden Bears beat matches, the Dinos put on an U of A’s greater level of match expe- while the Dinos only manage Cross-Country Championship
the Dinos men six matches to two impressive display of singles ten- rience gave them an edge. about five. In lieu of the Dinos’ Sat., Nov. 12. Dalhousie University
while the U of A women’s team won nis against the Golden Bears and “I think they’re better clutch play- relative lack of match experience, hosted the competition, which took
ers,” said Szpecht of the U of A’s McNiven was happy with his players’ place on a course in Halifax com-
ability to win vital game points. “We performance. mencing so close to the Atlantic
had a ton of deuces but we couldn’t “This is probably the closest Ocean the fish could smell the
close them off.” we’ve been [to the U of A] in two or athlete’s sweat.
Ralph McNiven, the Dinos’ Head three years,” commented McNiven, Can ﬁsh smell, you ask? Perhaps
Coach who has been with the team adding that the Dinos could only a more important question must
for 16 years, felt the results reﬂected improve with more matches under first be explored: How did the
the fact that the U of A has a more their belts. “I don’t think that Dinos do?
developed tennis program. McNiven they’ve been in that competitive The men were not so hot, placing
situation enough to know how to 12th of 15 teams. Geoff Kerr led the
cope with it.” Dinos, crossing the ﬁnish line of
The next chance the Dinos the 10–kilometre course just under
will have to show their stuff is a minute behind the leader in 11th.
in February when they travel to The Dinos ladies, on the other
Washington and Montana to hand, ran their five-kilometre
play against American college course like crazy easterners. They
teams. were fourth in a ﬁeld of 18 teams and
“Everyone’s playing really well. placed two runners in the top 10.
There’s a lot of improvement,” said Shannon Popowich was just under
Bouvry of his teammates after the 40 seconds off the pace, managing
wctc. Despite their improvement, fourth. Lindsay Winter blew in
Bouvry is cautious about the Dinos’ another 15 seconds back in ninth.
chances against the American play- Both teams have seen bet-
ers, many of whom are students from ter results—the women won in
overseas on full tennis scholarships. 2003—but they return with their
As Bouvry put it, the Dinos’ goal heads held high. Focus is now on
for the next tournaments is simple: training for track and ﬁeld events as
“Play our best and have fun.” the meets begin all too soon.
Gauntlet SPORTS November 17.05 13
The close losses hurt more Domination, cont’d from page 11
up with two goals and two assists player in the university league. He
Samantha Attaway came on strong, up 38–41 at the half got the raw end of the deal on a for an impressive four points over brings a very complete game to
Gauntlet Basketball while the Bears were once again led couple of the fouls called against two games. the table,” Atkinson praised. “In
by Whalen to keep the game within him. “He is one of the keys to our my mind, this league is made for
he Dinos men’s basket- a range of a few points. “I’ve just been working on being a success, no doubt about it,” said him.”
ball team proved they The second half proved trickier, more aggressive player,” Bekkering Atkinson. The Dinos now have a 5–3–2
will not soon be forgotten as Calgary was out-played, but came said. “Chris [Wright] has helped me Jarret Lukin picked up four assists, record and 12 points, good for ﬁrst
as they gave the University of back to kick the habit and bring a lot and gives me tips about what two in each game, bringing his point place in the Mountain division. They
Alberta Golden Bears a tense ﬁght suspense to the ﬁnal minutes. The to do as a post, helped me to take it total to 14 in 10 games. He is the ﬁfth are home in Calgary Nov. 18–19, fac-
Remembrance Day weekend. Really, Dinos made a comeback bigger than stronger, be more aggressive, stuff highest point earner among Canada ing the University of Saskatchewan
it was the Dinos who were golden Jordan, narrowing their deﬁcit to like that.” West players, and 11th overall in Huskies. Both games take place in
as they came together to press the one point. Two free throws from This talent will heat up the cold Canadian Interuniversity Sport. the Father David Bauer Arena at
Bears in every area of the court. In the Bears drained the possibility of Calgary nights in the coming “We feel he’s going to be a top 7 p.m.
the end, all that separated the teams a win yet again, and the Dinos came weeks as the Dinos are back home
were a couple of free throws. What up shy 80–77. Fri., Nov. 25 to play the University No glory, cont’d Glory, cont’d
are the odds Watson? Offensive giants for the Dinos of Lethbridge Pronghorns and again
The main gym on the U of A were, once again, Hornsberger Dec. 3–4 to play the University of from page 11 from page 11
campus had the tension of a court- with 15 points, Wright with 14 and Saskatchewan Huskies. Vanhooren
room right from the beginning Brian Finniss with 12. has high expectations for all of these the net. A sense of urgency was felt there’s still lots of room for improve-
Fri., Nov. 11. Whit Hornsberger, The Dinos stand at 0–4 in league games. by the Dinos as they tried desperately ment, which is exciting.”
Chris Wright and Ross Bekkering play. But considering the obstacles “When we get to playing to tie the game. The Dinos travel to the University
were the Dinos’ chief prosecutors, overcome, this is not an impossible Lethbridge you’re going to see a Both Katie Blundell and her of Manitoba Nov. 18–19 to continue
while Dean Whalen was the Bears’ stance. team that comes here and presses sister Shirley had near misses with their winning streak against the
mainstay cross-examiner. “I think it’s a process for us,” and drives and is very guard-ori- the latter’s shot rolling mere inches Bisons. Harle had some wise words
With Bekkering fouling out in observed Head Coach Dan ented,” he promised. “And then wide of the goalpost. But as the ﬁnal that should help instill conﬁdence.
the ﬁrst 14 minutes, the Dinos were Vanhooren. “If it was about win- we’re going to play, I think, one whistle blew the Dinos left the pitch “Although we’re getting closer,
down at the half 41–39, but proved ning right now, 0–4 would be hard of the top teams in the country, without a national medal. we’re still not where we need to
that hope ﬂoats on hardwood when on us, and I don’t see that. We Saskatchewan. So, it doesn’t get It was a sad ﬁnish to an amazing be,” she admitted. “But the season
they pulled through the second half know that we have a lot of win- any easier. They’re going to be very season. is a marathon not a sprint.”
with a nine-point lead with seven nable games in the next 15 games competitive games within ﬁve or 10
minutes left. Golden Bear post Phil in our conference, and so we’re just points every night. Our fans need
Sudol’s free throw shot tied the game going to approach it one game at a to be patient with our young group
up at regulation, causing the men to time.” and allow them to develop because
battle it out in overtime. So far this strategy has proven well by the time we hit January, we’ll be
Another two free throws from for the Dinos statistically as shoot- very good.”
Whalen with 3.2 seconds left put ing was golden against the Bears. The appetizer to these games will
the Dinos under more pressure than Hornsberger’s shooting fell just shy be another face off on the road with
Rosie O’Donnell in a donut shop. of sheer perfection on Friday—he the University of Manitoba Bisons in
In a ﬁt of desperation, Hornsberger shot 85 per cent on ﬁeld goals and Winnipeg Nov. 18–19. An additional
flushed a three-point shot at the 80 per cent on three-pointers. perk to these games is the expected
buzzer that the referees chose not Wright maintained his powerhouse return of Dinos six-foot-seven for-
to count. Whether this was the worst title with 22 points and 14 rebounds ward Sonny Khangura after a seri-
decision since Europe decided Hitler in Friday’s game. ous ankle injury. All of these factors
was just a hyper little German chap Dinos Rookie of the Month Ross should combine to form three full
or not, the ﬁnal score was 90–88 for Bekkering gifted the Dinos with 14 weeks with enough basketball action
the Golden Bears. points in as many minutes the same to revive even the most dead of
The following night the Dinos night. Bekkering believes that he ﬁnals-induced brains.
14 November 17.05 Gauntlet
ENTERTAINMENT Entertainment Editor: Garth Paulson
A humble, roguish wave
MUSICINTERVIEW band formed,” he says. “Aside from
that, it’s a gift that anyone would
Rogue Wave give a shit about a song that I wrote
Garth Paulson or that there’s a band called Rogue
Entertainment Editor Wave. When a band starts for the
first couple years—unless they
“T wo out of the four of us
finally hit puberty on this
last tour so it’s bound to
have an effect,” singer and multi-
just launch into the stratosphere
and everyone knows who they
are—people are trying to create a
narrative and they’re going to tell
instrumentalist Zach Rogue of the beginning.”
Rogue Wave laughs about the Rogue has a similar attitude to
whirlwind of events leading up to most aspects of his profession.
his band’s second album, Descended Instead of the cocksure swagger
like Vultures. “I don’t know if I’d many musicians adopt Rogue is
say it’s more mature, I think there modest, considerate and down
are better musicians playing on the to earth, allowing his music to
record. Before it was mainly me and do the boasting. Even in a time
I’m a hack. I can play things but they where bands of Rogue Wave’s ilk,
studied music in school where I stud- such as the aforementioned Shins
ied it by listening to albums.” and Modest Mouse, are gaining
Though Rogue jokes about being a unprecedented levels of success
late bloomer and his musical ability Rogue refuses to let his head get
these claims are hard to believe. In far from his shoulders.
his short career with Rogue Wave— “A few years ago you couldn’t
which has blossomed from a solo gig imagine Modest Mouse being on
to a bona ﬁde band—the songwriter the radio,” he states. “People have
has been called many things but not loved them for a long time but I
a hack. Gaining notice last year don’t think they thought they’d
with the re-release of their first
album, the aptly titled Out of the
Rogue Wave provides an invaluable be on the cover of magazines. It
seemed like such an idiosyncratic
Shadows, Rogue and his wave have service acting as their own frame for kind of music and that’s what people
instead met a gush of warm words, photo shoots. really loved about it. A lot of stuff
a fact he still has difﬁculty dealing that gets famous is not really that
with. Courtesy Sub Pop good because the co-opting of
“For the ﬁrst [record] I would read lovely pop songs, deftly mixing brother. People are going to com- This problem is a common one media and all these conglomerates
the press and it didn’t have a very pristine melodies with at times pare things. We probably sound like for bands who, like Rogue Wave, pushing bad things at you. If you
good effect on me,” Rogue admits. complex, at times restrained the Shins a lot more than Metallica emerged relatively quickly with a want to succeed at something you
“If it was something complimentary instrumentation and liberal use and of course there are going to heap of praise in tow. Too often have to believe you have the ability
it would pass right through me and if of hooks. Rogue Wave’s sound is be similarities melodically, we use media focuses on a few aspects of to succeed at it, otherwise it’s hard
it was something cruel it would stick a compelling hybrid of innovative similar instrumentation to a degree a band’s development, ignoring to enjoy it if you always think that
with me and I’d just think about that. ﬂair and classical leanings, leading but no more than any other band everything else. In Rogue’s case you’re crappy. Those demons are
I decided that wasn’t really doing some to draw parallels to Sub Pop who makes rock music. We touch on he is constantly being asked about always there because most artists
anything to help me as a songwriter. label-mates and fellow pop crusad- different bands we’ve been listening how the band formed and how the are self-conscious. I would rather
If anything it was making me self- ers, the Shins. Though Rogue can’t to all our lives in varying degrees, song writing has changed since they make music that I like than music
conscious in a way that had nothing say a bad thing about the band, he whether it’s the Who, Fleetwood came together. Despite this repeti- that was super successful if I didn’t
to do with music.” doesn’t buy the comparison. Mac, My Bloody Valentine, the tiveness, Rogue remains refreshingly like it.”
Vultures proves Rogue doesn’t “I think that if you’re a person Cure or rem particularly. All of humble about his band’s position If Rogue and his cohorts just made
have anything to worry about, if making music you want to think those things are going to be part in the press. it through puberty they’re handling
anything it is an improvement it’s original,” he remarks. “Even if of [our music] because that’s our “I’ve seen stuff for bands who it remarkably well.
over the praise-magnet Shadows. it’s your favourite band you don’t lexicon. That’s what we grew up have been around for 10 years and Rogue Wave plays Broken City Sun.,
The band has a knack for writing want to be called someone’s little knowing.” they’re still being asked how their Nov. 20. Tickets are available at the doors.
Gauntlet ENTERTAINMENT November 17.05 15
Arbuckle’s kind of country
MUSICINTERVIEW Montreal is really arty, but it’s not
NQ Arbuckle After relocating to Toronto,
Nathan Atnikov the wheels started turning for
Gauntlet Entertainment Quinlan’s career and soon he was
making records with Six Shooter
“W e’re desperate to be a
country band!” Neville
Quinlan, the brains
behind nq Arbuckle excitedly
labelmate Luke Doucet at the helm.
The emerging songs are best heard
through a haze of cigarette smoke
while nursing a cold beer—after all,
says. Among the many lofty goals that’s what he was doing when he
bands strive for, being a country wrote them. While the presence of
band is not usually chief among cigarettes and alcohol in his songs
them but Quinlan has anything are well documented, it’s not a put
but a conventional outlook when on persona for Quinlan, but the
it comes to his music. Most would result of his surroundings.
categorize nq Arbuckle as country “We’re all bar people and hell,
upon listening to their latest album, I’m from Montreal,” he says. “I’ve
The Last Supper in a Cheap Town, been a bar person since I was 14. It’s
but Quinlan is quick to point out a part of who I am, so it just sneaks
there are still some deﬁciencies as into the songs. It’s not a conscious
far as the band’s desired persona is effort, we just tell stories, and that
concerned, as evidenced by a tour happens to be the setting.”
horror story from overseas. Funny road stories, underage
“We found out pretty quickly drinking, and chain smoking?
when we play a country bar,” Sounds like nq Arbuckle are well
Quinlan says of his band’s uncanny Courtesy Six Shooter on their way to achieving country
ability to be exposed as frauds. “We NQ Arbuckle just had mental pictures of a hippopotamus riding a unicycle. band status.
played one in England and I felt so play our shows, people just come of a nightmare. The bands coming but that hasn’t translated into people
NQ Arbuckle make a stop at Broken City
out of place, it was just a disaster. out of the woodwork. One time, out of Montreal right now are great, going to shows. The notoriety is Thursday, November 24 along with the
People were shouting out for George we were there in the summer, and there’s a lot of excitement for them, great, but the scene still isn’t there. Buttless Chaps and Great Aunt Ida.
Jones tunes, it was just nuts. People it was a Monday. We had a whole
there were in the full gear too, cow- bunch of hula-hoops and people just
boy hats and boots, and there I was, started emerging from out of houses,
looking like a normal person. It just behind trees, out of cars and stuff.
totally didn’t work.” Next thing you know, we have 20
You can’t help but feel for people hula-hooping right on the
Quinlan—to a point. While his band main street!”
wasn’t received well on a particular While Quinlan has obviously
evening, they have been the recipi- amassed some good stories from
ents of positive press for their latest the road, he had to overcome the
album and are currently jaunting odds of a tough music scene in
across Canada exposing people to his hometown to get to this point.
the new material. When asked what Again, the location he speaks of
his favourite tour stop is, Quinlan comes as a bit of a surprise.
gives an unexpected reply. “Montreal is a really tough city
“Lethbridge is a really cool for a band,” Quinlan explains.
town,” he says. “I mean, there’s “The day-to-day scene of people
almost nobody there, but when we coming to see shows there is kind
16 November 17.05 Gauntlet ENTERTAINMENT
Pride and Prejudice should be proud,
now don’t be prejudiced towards it.
FILMREVIEW attends a dance at the recently all this, Elizabeth emerges a likeable employs. At one point, when Jane
inherited estate of the newly wealthy character as she reveals herself to be and Elizabeth are lying in bed fanta-
Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods). The crafty but also caring. Such a duality sizing about marriage to Mr. Bingley,
Kenzie Love cheerful Bingley is the object of both isn’t easy, and Knightley deserves the camera cuts to a protracted
Gauntlet Entertainment Elizabeth and her elder sister Jane’s credit for pulling it off. If MacFayden shot of the moon. Later on, when
affections, but the former winds isn’t quite as good as her, it’s because Elizabeth and Darcy are engaged in a
ride & Prejudice, the latest up dancing with his morose friend his character is less complex. Still, he tiff, they pause absurdly, lips inches
take on Jane Austen’s classic Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFayden), manages to make Darcy caring when apart, as though they are about to
novel, is bound to face an a man whom she is considerably less required near the ﬁlm’s end. kiss. The modernity refreshingly
uphill climb being one of the few in attracted to. It makes for the ﬁrst of The ﬁlm doesn’t insist that all the absent in the rest of the ﬁlm is all
recent years not starring Colin Firth. many awkward encounters the two characters be likeable and this paves too present here.
However, if those still swooning share during the ﬁlm, amidst more the way for some of the funniest ones Nonetheless, nearly everyone
over the brooding actor’s shirtless balls, other bachelors, and an endless to emerge. Brenda Blethyn is hilari- involved in creating the ﬁlm—with
appearance in the bbc adaptation of series of visits to other estates. ous as Elizabeth’s excitable mother, the exception of those responsible
the book give this version a try they The set-up might sound tedious as is Tom Hollander as a clergyman for the gimmicks—has reason to
might be pleasantly surprised. What but Pride & Prejudice deserves credit seeking her hand who’s more pomp- be proud. The only person who
the ﬁlm lacks in Firth it more than for not giving the story an overly ous than pious. Judi Dench is even might be dismayed is Colin Firth,
makes up for in other areas. modern spin something hamper- better as Lady Catherine de Bourg, unfortunately for him he can’t go
Although a few cuts are necessary ing several recent period pieces. Darcy’s aunt, a woman whose looking for another adaptation of
for the ﬁlm to achieve its brisk two It’s clear the Bennet girls and their haughty manner and constant with- Pride and Prejudice to resurrect his
hour running length, the basics friends are typical of their era and ering stare make her both ridiculous career. This one is good enough to
of Austen’s plot are left intact. social standing, as they care lots for and faintly menacing. stave off further attempts for the
The initial incident occurs when money, little for the servants in their Dench’s character is almost as next few years.
Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley), midst and are wowed by displays of ridiculous as some of the Hollywood Check your local listings for theatres and
a moderately prosperous farm girl, England’s military might. In spite of romantic comedy gimmicks the ﬁlm showtimes.
Updating a Manchurian classic
THEATREPREVIEW Denzel Washington and Meryl play] focuses on what’s going on in However, he’s hoping that audi-
Streep did the same. Both versions the war in Iraq, what’s going on in ences will draw their own conclu-
The Manchurian Candidate were critically acclaimed though the United States, and the present sions.
Kenzie Love neither was particularly success- administration.” “I try not to preach as much as just
Gauntlet Entertainment ful commercially. Director George There hasn’t been a lot of good present,” he says. “The play is super
Smith is undaunted in giving the news on those fronts of late and Smith fun, you’re dealing with characters
Richard Condon’s novel The play a whirl, lousy past box ofﬁce admits the play may be cynical but who for the most part are not your
Manchurian Candidate has already sales aside. The Manchurian Candidate’s per- average everyday people. But the
been ﬁlmed twice and now it’s being “[It] makes some pretty strong spective isn’t completely gloomy. challenge is to make these fairly
adopted to the stage by Workshop comments on the political and socio- “Certainly the overriding ele- extreme people believable.”
Theatre, Calgary’s largest running economic conditions in the west- ment is that in the end, the evil Smith is confident the actors
theatre company. In 1962, Frank ern world right now,” he ensures, people don’t win,” he says. “And involved have met this challenge.
Sinatra and Angela Lansbury mentioning the adaptation has been yet they’re still there, and they keep “I think I have a very talented
brought it back to life and last year moved ahead several decades. “[The plugging away.” and enthusiastic cast, and the play’s
looking very strong right now,” he
says. It looks like Smith’s gamble
has paid off.
The Manchurian Candidate runs
November 18–26 at Pumphouse Theatres.
partners are not eligible.
Gauntlet ENTERTAINMENT November 17.05 17
The Gauntlet delves into two of Movies That
Matter’s latest offerings.
FILMREVIEW are at the factory because they choose to be, FILMREVIEW the people holding the organization together
although they are faced with lateral, rather and trying to help the locals.
Mardi Gras: Made in China than vertical choices. Redmon displays the
The Peacekeepers Unlike many recent documentaries,
Stephanie Shewchuk limited opportunities and rampant exploita- Ben Hoffman Peacekeepers chooses to keep its audience captive
Gauntlet Entertainment tion which occur in China, as in most places, Gauntlet Staff through the tension of the diplomatic exchanges
when money and education are scarce. forming its subject. These conversations often
M ardis Gras is the Catholic celebration
preceding Lent and links revellers from
all across the world. What once began as a
Redmon sharply constrasts the young bead
workers in China with carefree Americans
caught in several expected shots in the midst of
I t’s not hard to ﬁnd somebody to mutter
disdain towards the United Nations in the
years since the World Trade Center attacks.
create a sufﬁcient atmosphere without relying
on pandering. The downside to the drier, fact-
directed style is the difﬁculty inherent in trying
period of abandon foreshadowing 40 days of Mardi Gras. When asked where he thinks the It has been brought into question time and to keep up with all of the names and places
penance has swiftly transformed into a non- beads come from, a young American redneck time again whether the organization is as presented in the incredibly complicated poli-
denominational cause for debauchery. Even responds with: “Don’t know... I don’t care. irrelevant as its post World War i sister, the tics of an African civil war. Though at times
though many other countries partake in the Beads for boobs!” What is less typical is the League of Nations, became before the Second the complex narration can make the ﬁlm seem
holiday, New Orleans is the most notorious for obvious discomfort and remorse some feel World War. With the world on the cusp of more like a special report on the news than a
its beads, breasts, and hedonistic excess. when shown pictures of the Chinese factory’s global instability, it’s nice to know ﬁlms like documentary proper, the exposition paints
Entirely consumed with the festivities, few conditions. More interestingly still, the young the 2005 documentary The Peacekeepers, cur- the Congolese crisis—and by extension the
partygoers stop to wonder about anything Chinese women have no idea at all where the rently showing on nutv, are trying to probe one the un faces in a changing world—with a
else, least of all corporate globalization or beads go and what they are used for. After into the usefulness of the un. colour of struggling to adapt yet still overcoming
the exploitation of foreign workers. Director ﬁnding out, all giggle, embarrassed that women Recent looks into the organization’s effec- problems, if only in the slightest.
David Redmon’s ﬁlm, Mardi Gras: Made in would undress for such ugly things. tiveness are usually focused on the fallout of the It was a dangerous move for director Paul
China, explores the cultural divide between Not strictly a dissertation on globalization American-led war on Iraq, a situation whose Cowen to look to crises in Africa to expose
those creating the beads and those clamour- nor a sad tale of human struggle, Redmon outcome could easily show the un doesn’t the meat of the day-to-day operation of the
ing for them. manages to strike a balance between present- mean anything in modern times. Thankfully, un, especially considering most of the contro-
Without preaching or over-personalizing, ing his ﬁndings from China to Mardi Gras Peacekeepers dodges this bullet by focusing versy surrounding the organization currently
Redmon presents several vignettes from work- and asking the audience to think more deeply instead on Mission de l’Organisation des is generated by troubles in the Middle East
ers at Tai Kuen Bead Factory in Fujian, China. about working conditions overseas. He sums Nations Unies, a mission whose existence but the ﬁlm succeeded. As the movie closes
Mostly female, the workers detail their work- up his message at the end of the ﬁlm through has been tied intricately to the efﬁcacy of the with a squadron of monuc soldiers driving
ing conditions, wages, living situations, and the sober display of discarded beads in the un since its inception in the cold war. away from the camera and an epic quote from
most rousing of all, their personal hopes and garbage-ﬁlled streets after the celebration. monuc’s mission in recent times, and the un Secretary-General Koﬁ Annan, one really
thoughts. Making approximately $1.20 us an Deserving of its nomination for the Grand film’s sordid tale, center around Ituri, an does get the sense that the un can help the
hour and working 10-14 hour shifts, Redmon Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Mardi unstable region in the Democratic Republic world get over its problems. Canada should
doesn’t have to pander Michael Moore-style Gras: Made in China is a thoughtful and even- of Congo. Focusing on the recent troubles with be proud it has generated such a startling and
for viewers’ sympathy. handed presentation of conditions many are warlords and child soldiers in the region, The relevant look at the nature of peace in a ter-
Globalization presents its best and worst face aware of, but few choose to contemplate. Peacekeepers directorial team had an unprec- rifyingly big world.
in this ﬁlm. After China’s explosive shift to a edented level of access to the inner workings
free-market economy, the Tai Kuen workers For more information visit www.moviesthatmatter.org of the un demonstrating what life is like for Visit www.nutv.ca for information on showtimes.
18 November 17.05 Gauntlet FEATURES
Academic Units an interview by Katherine Fletcher
Dr. David Bershad is one of the University of Calgary’s most distinguished professors. Over his 30-year career at the University of
Calgary, he has won 11 teaching awards, been nominated an astounding 20 times for the Students’ Union teaching awards, and has been
spotlighted three times by Maclean’s as one of the best professors in Canada. Bershad remains an enduring figure in the U of C milieu,
an approachable and experienced veteran of our school’s political and economic past. He sat down with Katherine Fletcher last week
to talk about what makes great shools great, where the U of C stands now, and where we could be in the future.
Gauntlet: I want to ask you about your education at Stanford it’s like at a great institution. I think that one of the problems, conversation is spirited and merry. Before Mr. Lee leaves the
University. I understand that when you started there, you were which is not a problem of administration or of the province, coffee shop, Dr. Bershad tells him to stay in touch through e-
much younger than some of the students at the time. but it is the problem of the nature of the University of Calgary mail. The professor and I return to our discussion.
Bershad: I started when I was 14-and-a-half. I was a preco- in that it’s a community school. At Stanford everyone lived At any rate, I actually do like to stay in touch with students.
cious child, I guess, in part because my brother was older and on campus and everything revolved around that institution, And students trust me if I’m asked to write letters of reference
never liked to do his homework, so I used to do his homework your life was that institution. Here people come and go, so that they’re going to be extremely supportive, so they don’t
before I started school, so I was always, in a sense, a little bit students don’t have that same opportunity to understand what have to worry that maybe I damn them with feint praise or
more knowledgeable of class work than others my own age. a real university is like. There isn’t anything we can do about that I’m too lazy to write an actual letter. It’s trying to write
G: You started in a science degree. it, it’s just the nature of the institution. It’s the way it was built, letters of reference. You want to write them well rather than
B: Yes, I started in biology ﬁrst, and then subsequently, what’s required. That’s, in a way, somewhat sad as I look back just check off little boxes. Most of the students that stay in close
years later, decided humanities was much more of an interest at my own academic career that students today don’t have touch with me are those that I’ve written letters for, and have
to me, so I pursued my doctorate in art history. that opportunity. Living on campus, not only did you know gone in law or medicine or art history. I’m waiting for them
G: So what was it about art history that made you decide a great many more of your classmates, you understood what to get together and give me a big chest of money. [Laughs]
to pursue a phd? they suffered, usually what you were suffering, but you also Send money to Dr. Bershad so he can retire. [Laughs]
B: I think several things. One, I had extraordinarily wonder- had faculty that you could contact. In fact you had a faculty G: You made a comment at the Teaching Excellence Awards
ful professors who just made the entire subject shine. They resident advisor as you went through your ﬁrst year. So you once that one of your students made a comment on their
lectured and you were in awe, and the material on which they really understood what it’s like to be in a great place. Stanford ballot saying you looked like an eagle—
lectured—Michelangelo, Leonardo, Rembrandt—was so excit- was great institution, it’s still a great institution. Being around B: Dipped in fat. My students write in their evaluations these
ing and so full of life and vitality and interest that you want to bright people, even if you don’t think you yourself are bright, very strange things. One said that I was warm and marvel-
take more and more courses in the ﬁeld. Humanities can give forces you to work hard, to learn more. You want to be on the lous and sensitive and that I have the face of an angel, which
you a certain breadth of knowledge that science alone does not, par with your fellow students or you want to try to equal or I sort of like. I didn’t completely disagree with that, but, of
but science is signiﬁcant and I think students should take as surpass your faculty, and great institutions do that. course, Satan was an angel before he fell, so I’m not sure if
much science and as much mathematics as possible because it It’s a great learning experience, and this is what I recom- they meant it as a compliment either. Someone else on the site,
trains your mind how to think, it trains it to be disciplined and mend to my students, and I have wonderful students who have ratemyprofessor.com, said I looked like Richard Gere. [Laughs]
it trains it to deal with problems. Humanities had a different gone on to graduate school. In fact every one of my students But, of course, if you look at the negative ones, which I guess
approach to information, so I think the value of an education who applied last year was accepted, and they were at Oxford you have to if you look at the positive ones, being described
is a balance between science and humanities, and universities and Queen’s and ubc and UVic, you name it, they’ve been as an eagle dipped in fat was the most amusing, very creative
that are great institutions always stress undergraduate study accepted in art history. I always tell them to apply to the very comment. I’m not sure I disagree with that, either. [Laughs]
of both those areas. I use Stanford as an example because best schools, apply to Harvard and McGill and the U of T Students see you so differently probably than one sees oneself,
their president stated that you can’t have a great university and Queen’s. Apply to them, because they look at students and they judge you on a whole set of criteria, not always fair.
without a great undergraduate program, and that you can’t differently. They look to see what a student does best, not But nonetheless, for the most part, my student evaluations
have great graduates who aren’t versed in humanities. To be simply what’s on a transcript. You’d be surprised how often have been reasonably good. I don’t know what constitutes in
at a great institution you have to have leaders who understand our students can get into the ﬁnest institutions in the world, the student’s mind a favourable review of the professor, but I
what constitutes a great institution. bar none. I’m proud of my students. If I would list any single think you have to be cautious not to have let either negative
G: What prompted your move to Calgary to teach here? accomplishment it would be the fact that I think, I’m not sure or positive reviews change your commitment to education.
B: I had a phone call, actually a message left on my machine, about this, but I train my students reasonably well. Judging Some of the worst professors I had at Stanford when I was
30 years ago now, from the former department head of art, now from the number of e-mails they send me 30 years later—“Can there, I thought, oh, they hated teaching, they hated students.
deceased, who said, “We’re offering you a position at Calgary. you still send me a letter of reference, Dr. Bershad?”—they But 20 years later I realized how much I learned from them.
Would you like to come up and visit us?” And the only thing might at least still remember me. You learn even from people you hate. But nevertheless you
I knew about Calgary was that it had a Stampede, I had no G: Do you maintain any relationships with your stu- still learn, you learn from the experience. I think if students
idea exactly what it was [Laughs]. So [my wife and I] drove to dents? have a prof they don’t like, don’t take that prof again. Life
Calgary. We wanted to see the city, we drove up, and the ﬁrst B: If my relationships mean do I stay in touch with them, if goes on, it’s not the end of the world. I think most grading
thing we saw as we entered Calgary, we passed some of these they write to me, certainly. Otherwise I have no way to keep that I see is proper. Most students get the grade they deserve,
more seedy downtown hotels with someone who was ﬂashing track of them. But here in Calgary alone I’ve taught over the vast majority of them. And most students are wonder-
us by putting his posterior out the window and we said, “oh, 15,000 students. They’re everywhere, much to the chagrin of ful. There’s only a handful of students in, probably close to
Calgary, this is what we’ll remember about this city.” So I was myself sometimes. You go into surgery, you look up and “Hi 40 years of teaching now, that you can actually say are hor-
offered a position, and a two-year position became a 30-year Dr. Bershad, I took your [Art History 203] class.” [Laughs] rendous. I can maybe name two or three in 40 years, all the
position. I like Calgary, I like Calgarians, I like Canadians. “Oh my God,” as he puts that pillow instead of the anaesthetic rest are quite enjoyable. They teach you all the new vocabulary.
There’s lots of positive virtues about living in Calgary. over my mouth and nose—“I gave you a C-.” [More laughter] Even though I never know how to use these terms, someone
G: You’ve been here for 30 years. How has, in your perspec- You have to be careful, but for the most part my students says I’m the mac daddy of art history. I don’t even know
tive, the university changed? have been superb and I do keep in touch with as many that what a mac daddy is, but I like it. Someone else says I’m the
B: I think it’s changed in many ways, not always for the I run into or will e-mail me. But lately I have an e-mail from bomb, I like that too. Someone else said I was metrosexual.
better. In my department we’ve lost about 35 per cent of the someone who studied with me 30 years ago: “Hi Dr. Bershad, [Laughs] I have no ideas what these things mean, but they
faculty, although we’ve had an increase in student popula- ran across your name, just wanted to tell you how much I must be favourable, because the students, when I ask them,
tion. I think we’ve lost track of how to train students well by enjoyed your course.” That certainly makes you feel old when don’t ever tell me their names. [Laughs]
insisting they know the fundamentals of reading, writing, they say, “Well, now I’m a grandmother.” [Laughs] G: Let’s get back to the arts program. In 2003, 14 staff
mathematics, instead of providing courses that are nothing G: You’ve won about 11 teaching awards. members were laid off. There’s been numerous budgets cuts
more than attempts to [cater] to popularity. We deal more B: Something like that. Maybe about nine or 10, somewhere and money reallocation. Do you see the arts faculty in a crisis
today with buzz words: “blended learning;” “experiential around that. I think teaching awards are not always fair, in a right now?
learning;” “pedagogy.” If you take a look at the calendar sense, to those who don’t receive them. Yes, there’s a lot of B: My perspective is probably different than others. I don’t
and descriptions and the texts are full of these new words, good teachers who don’t get recognized. think that there is strong support for the humanities, of which
which mean nothing. The essential part of the university, At this point in our conversation, a thirtysomething man art is certainly a part. I think that the [interest] in hiring new
the one thing a student can actually acquire by going to a with blond hair and glasses approaches our table with a soft faculty to replace those that have retired or have sadly passed
university, is an ability to think, to solve problems, not to “Hi.” Dr. Bershad turns around, smiles and says, “Speaking away is just not there. So by attrition you are destroying many
get a job, that’s not the purpose of a university. The purpose of one of my former students.” We all laugh a little at this of these areas of interest. In art history, for example, we only
of a university is train young minds. And you’re going to do chance encounter. The professor jokingly assures me this wasn’t have three art historians left. Two have retired; we had ﬁve
that when everyone’s uniﬁed. The administrator, student planned. The former student is Leighton Lee, a pastor living a year ago, now we’re down to three. That’s almost a 50 per
and faculty have to believe this is what we do. If we don’t do in High River. Mr. Lee is one student with whom Dr. Bershad cent loss. It’s very hard to carry on serious programs when
that, we should be in another business. As I said, I have come keeps in touch. The two men take a few minutes to reminisce you’re reduced in terms of faculty. This is just a choice that
through the best schools, so I have a very good idea of what about the past and inquire into each other’s present lives. The is made by administration. The argument that we need more
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A young Dr. Bershad.
and more money, I’m not yet a believer. I think we get a lot dismissing undergraduates as being as unimportant, as often get this money, you don’t get a lot of gifts, so this has been a
of money and I think you have to make choices of where you stated in the past by administration, undergraduates are the very positive thing.
want to spend it. And if you decide you want to put most of most important thing. Those are the students that are going G: It’s also interesting that Lefebvre was in law, he didn’t
your money into the Faculty of Engineering, again, that’s a to go on. These are the students we can train extremely well graduate in ﬁne arts. So maybe that’s saying something: here’s
choice you make. Of course, the other faculties are going to in which we don’t have to put in tons of money. It doesn’t a professional donating to the arts.
suffer from it. And students are very, very perceptive. If you take tons of money to train undergraduates well, but you B: Well, some people are surprised that there’s an enormous
look at the Maclean’s survey, if you look at The Globe and Mail have to be focused to do that, and every great institution will love and support of the arts by Calgarians, by Albertans, by
survey, all of them suggest quite clearly that the undergraduate state that. We don’t; we say just the opposite. I’ve seen the government, by the society. It’s a myth to think that the public
is very unhappy with his or her experience at the university. university go up and down in departments, the economy, would not want to support the arts and humanities. Just look
And I think the reason for that is students look around and but in the long run, I think it’s safe to say that the real asset at the interest in the book The Da Vinci Code, moving world-
they say, “why should we be the have-nots? If I go over to of the university is the student. They’re not as so often called wide investigation, discussion on every level. There seems to be
the faculty of management, they have tons of equipment a “unit” as at the University of Calgary. I absolutely abhor an interest in society about art theft and art forgery and these
and wonderful rooms.” If you go the english department reading or hearing administration talking about students as are things that involve police and investigation and names of
or the art department, you say, “Where are we? It’s like the units. We’re not units, we’re individuals. The moment you dealers and museums. Today in the newspaper, if you read
third world.” I think that clearly the senior administration start to think like that, that students are human beings, you the us press, the Getty museum, one of the best museums in
sees that a university’s role is more to promote technology. I get to see a greater improvement in their experience. If you’re the world in Malibu, is having to return hundreds and hun-
don’t think that is a negative. It’s just their view, and if that’s in a “have” faculty where money ﬂows in no matter what, of dreds of works of art that were stolen out of Italy and out of
their view and that’s where they put their money and their course you’re much happier, but that’s just a small percent- Greece. This is big time interest to the world and it’s exciting.
interest, so be it. age of the students. We should have equal rights and equal I think the public loves the arts and certainly supports them
G: Is that where you see the U of C going, sort of a techno- opportunities for all students; we all pay tuition. as much as they can. But if you’re going to say, “Well, if I only
logical institute? G: What do you think of John Lefebvre’s recent $1.2 million have a million dollars to give and I can’t give it to anything
B: I believe that senior administration probably would like donation to the faculty of ﬁne arts? else, should I give to the children’s hospital or should I give
to see the University of Calgary to be more a technological B: I think that we should give, ﬁrstly, a lot of credit to the it to the study of art history?” Well, give it to the children’s
and business school than a university as I consider it, which is individuals who probably helped bring that money in, and that hospital. That’s a choice I think would be reasonable, but
a balance between the arts and the sciences. I think President would be, ﬁrstly, the dean of ﬁne arts, Dr. Ann Calvert. I’m not we’re not in a position where it’s one or the other. There’s a
Weingarten has brought many good things to the university. always on the same side in agreement with policies, but you lot of interesting support that the public has that maybe the
I don’t think any administrator has been totally negative, they have to recognize that this is a great gift to the faculty of ﬁne university doesn’t quite realize, but certainly there’s interest in
just have different points of view. And if you were to look at arts. And also Harvey Weingarten’s contribution to help see the arts and I’m sure the donor, although he graduated from
President Weingarten and say what is his accomplishment, he’s that it go through. So this is a great gift and I appreciate any law school, was always interested in arts and music, so it was
brought in a lot of money. That’s a very positive thing, and it’s donation to the university, regardless of faculty. I would like a great gift. People with money believe in culture and busi-
hard to raise money, you have to give him credit. But I think to have seen, if it were possible, even more money from this ness understands the value of culture. You’re not going to be
his view, and I hope I don’t misquote what I think his view is, donation go into student scholarships. I’m a great believer establishing business in third world or second world or other
is that we could be the mit of Canada. But we’ll never be the in giving more money to students and less for travel and less ﬁrst world countries without knowing their language, without
mit, we’ll never be the Harvard, we’ll never be the Stanford, for exhibitions. I think that giving more money to students, knowing their history, without knowing their literature and
because we have a different culture, and you’re not going to especially in ﬁne arts, would really generate a tremendous, music. You can have a much better business relationship if
attract the world’s greatest professors and scientists to Calgary positive outlook about their education. I’m happy about the you actually understand the people you deal with. That doesn’t
when they’re at Harvard or mit. Those schools can offer you four grants that will come out of that, but I’d be even happier come out of the study of quantum mechanics, it comes out
more than we can ever offer you, it’s just not what we can if we could give 20. And I assume that $1.2 million, probably in of the study of humanities. Institutions should support the
do. But we can produce great students and we can produce today’s interest after administrative costs, probably generates humanities as much as possible.
great departments, but you can’t produce a great university $40,000 to $50,000 a year, so maybe you can get as many as
to have the world’s best competition of schools that have been 25 [grants], if my ﬁgures are right—I don’t have any numbers. Katherine Fletcher is a recent U of C graduate. She is currently applying
to the University of Western Ontario. She also enjoys Skor bars and
in existence for 200 years, that’s just going to be able to be But nevertheless I think it’s a great gift. We should all be very vanilla milkshakes.
good. Instead of focusing, in my view, on graduate school and appreciative of it. It’s not, unfortunately, very often that you Photo Courtesy David Bershad.
20 November 17.05 Gauntlet TLF
TLFs are lacking the melodrama they Angela, we rocked at Halloween. If you have any ring tone on your cell Hawksley show: Bribed a drunk with Speaking of Fascism in MSC: Kudos
once had. Now is the time to put Care to join me SNOW PANTS DAY? phone other than the traditional ‘ring more beer hoping he’d pass out and to the pro-lifers on their new display!
your heart on the line and to conse- Let’s beat 8.5 (should have been 9, ring’ you are a fucking idiot. Especially stop annoying everyone. Watched Thank you for ﬁlling my Monday with
quently have your dreams crushed, but what could we do? I ran enough if it’s turned up really loud in a public ‘Amanda’ dance (wow) as her friend delish propaganda.
courtesy of TLFs. Everyone loves a that night). place. (?) tried to make out with me (oi). Free -The anti-fundite
laugh at someone else’s expense! To -Mark tix, 2 free beer, great opening band. It
brighten someone’s day, bring your TLF 50 great things to do in an elevator: was an awesome evening. Achtung! If you insist on walking
to MSC 319 or you can e-mail them Hold up Ghostbuster Fan. It was actually 1. Make race car noises when anyone -Eclectic; word of the day three abreast with your friends at a
to firstname.lastname@example.org. All the one and only Winston Zeddmore, gets on or off. funeral-procession pace, thus block-
submissions must include your not Egon, who told Ray to say yes. 2. Blow your nose and offer to show Stantz: It can’t be! ing a crowded hallway, do NOT act so
name, ID number, phone number and -Venkman the contents of your tissue to other Venkman: What is it?! surprised and indignant when those
signature. Submissions judged to be (We appologize for deﬁling the passengers. Stantz: It can’t be! of us with schedules to keep plough
sexist, racist, homophobic or attacks of holiest ﬁlm of our time 3. Grimace painfully while smacking Venkman: What did you do, Ray?! through you.
a personal nature will not be printed. -Midnight & BooBooBear Eds) your forehead and muttering, “Shut up, Winston: Oh, shit! -Twitch the Hurried
damnit, all of you just shut UP!” Stantz: It’s the Stay-Puft
To a Fangirl: You are deluded. Ron and Would you like Free Beer? More info @ Next week #4-6 Marshmallow Man! Girl in red: Sorry I missed you on
Hermione are canon, Sirius and Remus http://madman.getinourheads.com the 3rd. I didn’t actually pick up the
is just wrong. -Mad Man Are you sick of the cold? I know I am! I have two tickets to the NIN con- Gauntlet until Monday. I hoped you
-A Bigger Fangirl Every year at the same time this stupid cert (Thu., Nov. 17) that I can’t use might show again on the 11th, but you
Happy 20th Birthday Rebecca! weather moves in and ruins all my shit, and am looking to sell. If anyone were nowhere to be found. If you’re still
Buy Nothing Day November -Your Vanity Fair Girls but not this year. This year I’m out in is interested please contact me interested, how about the 18th or 25th,
25th. Volunteers wanted. E-mail full force with a hairdryer and mitts at email@example.com or at at the same time and place? Hope to
firstname.lastname@example.org. To the dude that mentioned goatse, ready to take out the cold. Everyone 813-3059. see you there.
Lemon Party, and tubgirl... Wow! I’m is invited. -Shouldn’t make plans for November
Campus Food Bank Holiday Food Drive: impressed that you know. Now, have -Say No To Snow in August BSA/WISE Ski Trip. Jan. 3-5 at
Donate food/cash through EcoClub for you tried a Google image search for Kimberley. 2 days skiing, 2 nights acco-
club competition! Nov. 17 in ST140, “LOVE”? muhahaha (It’s the first Thank you to the ladies of Alpha Dear advisor: I am developing an modation. Private Hot Tubs and movies/
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libelous in blaming an entire party for -BooBooBear ed.) raised over $650 for the Breast Cancer or WISE (SA120).
the work of a few corrupt individuals. Foundation! Dear untouchable: Try touching your- -BSA
These individuals have let their coun- Thanks to the guy who let the drunk -Vibe 98.5 self ﬁrst. Start off slow (once, maybe
try and their party down and will be redhead pass out on him in the way twice a day). Once you like feeling F.Y.I. 210 has the jungle fever.
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the use of profanity in closing. mustache and a unibrow. If you have you too. Hope this helps!
-Liberal Supporter and To whoever stole my car: I hope you both, please eliminate one. Don’t get -The advisor Dear Campus Pro-Life, I was just won-
lifelong Calgarian get attacked by drunken monkeys me wrong, I like mustaches and I guess dering when I’ll be assigned my own
with branding irons and thrown into unibrows can work for some people, but Your bike was abandoned at the load- personal CPL member to make all my
Captain Creepo, or Creeper or whatever the ocean. together they look like stripes across ing docks racks over a week ago. You decisions for me, since I’m incapable
the hell your name is: Just because I -Give it back! your face. now want it back. Call the Bicycler at of knowing what’s best for me! Thank
don’t wear Lululemon doesn’t mean I -thedrewskii 289-8186. you so much for taking the initiative to
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-Size 3 at least I show I pay attention unlike Happy deuce-deuce, Miss Erin! with your wonderful display, I wouldn’t
the rest of you who sleep in class. Stop -Miss Katie Dear Den sandwich girls: I want to eat know what to do otherwise. Should I
To the guy with the nose ring in Atkins’ complaining about my complaining. more than just your free samples. sign over the rights to my uterus now,
303 class: You’re hot. -Jan “Schrödinger” in 3rd year ENGG Sexy Ponyboy in math349. Wipe that -Hungry or only when I become pregnant?
-Your secret admirers silly smirk off your face before I jizz -Happy owning her uterus
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