Your university life survival guide!
Volume 71, Issue 2
Sept. 2–15, 2010
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Amanda Shendruk | firstname.lastname@example.org | (613) 562 5261
Disapproval and disgust
I WOULD LIKE to be the irst to express
my abject disapproval and disgust at the
have that large of an impact considering
the $30,000 salaries, free tuition, and free
cell phone services provided to them by
tion written and printed in the Fulcrum’s
following issue, noting an apology to the
readers of the newspaper for printing
nicknames that are inappropriate and
for whom? he easy answer might be for
students, and Mr. Rock did highlight
several objectives to which his admin-
istration was committed for the sake of
blatant misuse of student funds that was Nicolas Fleet disrespectful. Finally, should you choose such enhancement, including the main-
perpetrated by the Student Federation of Fourth-year economics student to maintain the tradition of nicknaming tenance of current levels of payouts to
the University of Ottawa (SFUO). When your staf and contributors, we hope that scholarships and/or i nancial assistance.
I picked up my Ottawa Citizen today, it Words can stigmatize you will guarantee a refrain from using Yet, such measures are hardly a com-
was made public that our “trustworthy” Re: Perpetuating madness since 1942 any language which proves to stigmatize mitment to enhancing student experi-
elected body used OUR money to hire a (Masthead, July 22) any group of people. ence. hey simply disguise a commit-
bus to take some student activists to To- Peer Help Centre ment to the status quo as some sort of
ronto. here is no way that this thievery
can be justiied. hey are the largest ad-
vocates on campus for cheaper tuition,
IN THE SUMMER edition of the Ful-
crum, the editors followed the newspa-
per’s long-standing tradition of nick-
Centre for Students with Disabilities
“achievement” while raising the cost of
said experience to boot. What this be-
trays is not a commitment to students,
and they then proceed to use some of the naming its staf and contributors. For Bilingualism Centre but to a certain type of student—namely,
money they steal from us to send a hand- those of you who missed this edition, or he Bike Coop paying students (i.e., clients) who give
ful of students on a lovely little civil dis- did not make it to page 19, the services of Pride Centre money to the university, demand little Collect them all,
obedience ield trip. It may be a relatively the Student Federation of the University International House in return, and, hence, deserve what the
small amount, but even a dollar is too of Ottawa (SFUO) believe that the Ful- Women’s Resource Centre university has been ofering for years then trade! 6–7
much for me. he entire body, especially crum’s thematic use of terms, which can he Mental Health Campaign anyhow (though at inlated cost).
Tyler Steeves and the treasurer, should be and have been used to describe individu- In short, student workers at this uni-
ashamed of themselves. als with mental health issues, was both Allan Rock’s austerity versity have become what the middle
he Fulcrum presents
James Wood inappropriate and ofensive. class are nationally and internationally— your SFUO and GSAED
Fourth-year history student For example, the use of adjectives such LABOUR DISPUTES ARE messy busi- a relatively stable and easy-going sec- student reps as handy
as “mental,” “demented,” and “psycho” ness, especially for working students. tion of the populace whose wages can be
Polite larceny stigmatizes individuals dealing with very Contracts with professors are short and systematically gouged through a series
Re: SFUO sends bus to G20 (News, July 22) real mental health issues. By using poten- departments are small, so why cause a of cherry-picking “austerity measures.”
tially discriminatory language such as fuss? Better to play the hand you’re dealt h is is what the ROP really is—a set of
THE ABUSE OF funds allocated to stu- this, you delegitimize the quality of your and hope for glowing letters of recom- policies designed to put money back
dent services that were instead used to newspaper while also illustrating a dis- mendation when you hit the job market. in the hands of the iscal leaders whose State of the Gee-
transport 50 people to protest in Toronto regard for your audience. Since students h is is precisely the sort of rationale failed leadership has elicited conditions
is appalling. on our campus face a variety of mental the Allan Rock administration is bank- for recession in the i rst place. Student Gee nation 14–15
he Student Federation of the Univer- health concerns, the theme you have cho- ing on from its student workers. Looking workers, so the Rock administration’s
sity of Ottawa’s (SFUO) President Tyler sen may be interpreted as a trivialization to i nance its 2010–11 budget deicit, the reasoning goes, just want to get their de- Jaehoon Kim analyzes the
Steeves has been unapologetic through- of mental health issues. Rock administration has decided to pass grees and get out; many are even grate-
out this polite larceny—one founded on As writers and editors, we hope you its shortfall on to working students. he ful for any i nancial help, and therefore upcoming varsity sports
the faith that Federation bill-payers will would understand that language houses math is simple: a 4.3 per cent tuition hike unlikely to cause a fuss. Who better to season
eventually beneit from the presence of a signiicant degree of power. While we and a 0 per cent increase in wages means gouge, then, when times get tough?
those mystery 50 at the G20 and G8 pro- do not know the context in which this that the university is taking more and Amir Khan
tests in Toronto. theme was chosen, using loaded vocabu- paying out less, thus reducing its deicit Department of English PhD Candidate
When his attention has returned to lary and labels such as “deranged” or by dipping into the real wages and sav- Burlesque circus 17
tangibly improving student life, I look “senile” can generally be interpreted as ings of its student workers.
forward to his answering these four not only an insult, but as a way of isolat- Student workers at the University of Got something to say?
questions. Since the budgets for the Foot ing individuals. Furthermore, by using Ottawa, however, are represented by the Send your letters to
101 Week gets new sexy
Patrol, Women’s Resource Centre, Pride language like this in a casual setting you Canadian Union of Public Employees email@example.com and artistic event on the
Centre, and Student Appeals Centre were are perpetuating a cycle that associates a (CUPE) 2626. Yet, Allan Rock has man- Letters deadline: Sunday at 1 p.m. program
raided: negative perception with mental health aged to convince himself that because Letters must be under 400 words unless discussed with
1) How many students will go without issues and individuals who have mental the collective agreement between stu- the editor-in-chief.
safe walks to their homes this year? health concerns. While it is common to dent workers and the university expires Drop of letters at 631 King Edward Ave.
2) How many women will go without say something such as “I have had a crazy this year, student workers represented by or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
self-defence workshops and peer listen- day,” which is considered appropriate CUPE 2626 are no longer “unionized,”
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Letters must include your name, telephone number, year,
ing/referral for crises? in most contexts, it crosses a line when even though they continue to pay union and program of study. Pseudonyms may be used ater
3) How many hours of outreach, advo- these terms are used to describe people. dues. How else can he justify unilaterally consultation with the editor-in-chief. We correct spelling
and grammar to some extent. he Fulcrum will exercise
Ottawa record store tries
cacy, and equity work will have to be cut Another point to consider is that this imposing a wage freeze on student sala-
from the Pride Centre? use of vocabulary is counter-productive ries before agreeing to a new collective
discretion in printing letters that are deemed racist,
homophobic, or sexist.
to avoid curse
4) How many students sufering aca- to the Mental Health Campaign, which is agreement?
We will not even consider hate literature or libellous
demic injustices will be turned away being promoted both by multiple SFUO he usual bargaining etiquette in the material. he editor-in-chief reserves the authority on
from the Student Appeals Centre due to services and the University of Ottawa. time between agreements is to honour everything printed herein.
lack of staf ? With that, one of the ongoing mandates the commitments of the previous agree- Meaningful
Students will not cease to be out- of this campaign is to work towards de- ment until a new settlement is reached.
raged until the money is back where it stigmatizing mental health issues and Certainly Allan Rock, by imposing his connection 23
belongs—serving students’ needs on our this section of the Fulcrum does the exact Resource Optimization Plan (ROP) on
campus. I suggest the bill for the bus ride opposite. students before sitting down with them
be footed by the SFUO execs themselves, As a means of acknowledging how this at the bargaining table, has little regard
Hisham Kelati takes a trip
who could in turn collect it from those choice of language has been interpreted for such etiquette. into the dark and dirty
who were on the bus. $1,000 divided as ofensive, we request this issue be h is is odd because the irst stated ob- world of Chatroulette
among them works out to approximately discussed among your editors. Further- jective of the ROP is to “enhance the Uni-
$167 per exec, which surely wouldn’t more, we look forward to seeing a retrac- versity experience,” though one wonders,
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U of O alumna
rises to stardom
Lisa Laﬂamme takes over for icon-
ic Lloyd Robertson as the face of
Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff ever was happening internationally. hen
I got another job in radio ... on a Saturday
THE COUNTRY WATCHED in awe night the TV reporter called in sick. I had
as Lloyd Robertson, CTV’s lead news just done the radio shit from 4 a.m. to
anchor of 35 years, announced his plan noon and the assignment editor looked
to step down from the news desk. In re- at me and said “Lalamme, you’ve got to
sponse, on July 9, Lisa Lalamme, long- work tonight.” I had never done a televi-
time ield reporter and regular i ll-in sion story in my life. he very i rst story I
anchor, was appointed the new persona covered was a psychic fair.
of Canada’s national news. A University
of Ottawa alumnus, Lalamme’s passion How do you feel about taking over for
I learned a lot
for journalism has led her through war Lloyd Robertson? by the freedom
zones, elections, natural disasters, and hat is the most daunting thing. I mean,
the world Olympics. Having worked for 35 years—I have watched this man since [the University of
CTV since 1988, Lalamme was an ideal I was in grade 6. And it is at times sur-
candidate to replace Robertson. he Ful- real because it is [Robertson], and he is an Ottawa] gave me.
crum was given an opportunity to speak
with Lalamme about her experience and
icon in this country. I know this is cliché,
but I feel honoured ... he has been here for
And I carried that
the series of events that took her from a
university radio station to the news an-
so many years and he is CTV news to a
with me through
chor of CTV National. the work force
Where do you think journalism, speciﬁ-
The Fulcrum: What did you study cally broadcasting, will be in the future? —the notion of
at the University of Ottawa? Especially with this hype over social me-
Lisa Lalamme: I studied communica- dia and the “dying industries”? “well sure, if you
tion. I knew I wanted to be a journalist,
but I wanted to go to a school that was
I think there will always be a use for it,
particularly here in Canada. We are a
think you can dig
bilingual. hat is why I chose the Univer-
sity of Ottawa.
country of news junkies. When people
say that television is a dying industry, I
something up, go
kind of laugh because we get 1.5 million do it.
Were you involved in campus life at all? viewers every night ... he real question
Were you involved with any student is what can the last news cast of the day
newspapers? bring to the table, to give you another
I did write a few things for the Fulcrum, layer that you wouldn’t have found in a
but mostly I worked for CFUO [now headline on Google News. I think that is
called CHUO]. hat was where I seemed what we do ... we provide context and I
to really tap into something. I used to think that will never die.
love ... going to the National Arts Centre
whenever someone I liked or was a fan of Is it important for students to listen/
was coming and just interview people. I watch/read the news?
had a show called “Culture Bunker” and Absolutely! First of all, I can’t even re-
another called “Stop Praying.” It was a lot member a time in my own life when
of fun. I wasn’t reading the newspaper or in
touch with what was happening. I think
Why did you choose to go into journal- it makes us rounded [people]—knowing
ism? not just what is happening on campus,
I don’t ever remember a time where I but in the city where the school is ... It is
thought [journalism] wasn’t what I want- critical, critically important for people to
ed to do. I was writing my entire life. I broaden their horizons and not just look
remember writing stories as a kid, and I at their own tiny little piece of earth.
know for sure that in grade 9, when you
had to tell your guidance counsellor what What advice would you give young com-
you wanted to be when you grew up, I munication students at the U of O?
said I wanted to be a journalist. I have al- he best advice I could give is stick with
ways loved telling people stories. it, because in 1988 when I graduated there
were mass layofs in the industry and it
How did you start your career? looked like you were crazy if you went
I started when I graduated. he only into [journalism] ... his is a weird busi-
experience I had was the university ra- ness and... if you love it, you stick with it.
dio stations, and I thought I ... would he advice is: Don’t be discouraged too
get a job right away. But it doesn’t work quickly. It is worth it. It is an important
that way. he only job I could get when business to relect honestly the world
I graduated was four hours on a Sunday around us. Stick with it and don’t give up. f Posing for the Camera
and Saturday taking time codes out of a U of O alumna Lisa Lalamme is CTV’s newly appointed anchor.
TV station in Kitchener-Waterloo and For more of Lalamme’s interview with the
writing 15-second copy stories on what- Fulcrum, check out thefulcrum.ca. photo courtesy CTV
thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010 thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010
Presenting Position: Student Life Commissioner,
Graduate Student Association
Name one thing you want to accomplish
SFUO & GSAÉD
this year: he biggest project I want to
get done is the student referendum for
the new student centre. I was part of that
in my irst mandate, and I came back for
my second mandate to see the project
trading cards If you could teach your own university
class, what would you teach: Event Plan-
Trade with your friends
What cartoon character would you com-
pare yourself to, and why: Wile E. Coyote.
He’s always got these plans that are really
out there and sometimes it seems like it’s
and collect them all!
going to work, sometimes it doesn’t. But
he’s very creative—and he keeps coming
Briana Hill | Fulcrum Staff
Position: External Afairs Commissioner, Position: University Afairs Commis-
Graduate Student Association sioner, Graduate Student Association
Name one thing you want to accomplish Name one thing you want to accomplish
this year: Graduate issues such as “open ac- this year: To ensure the rights of the stu-
cess,” “commercialization,” and “intellectual dents at the university are protected.
property” need to be made sexier to draw
students in and increase engagement. If you could teach your own university
class, what would you teach: I think that
If you could teach your own university one of my biggest dreams would be to
class, what would you teach: A class on so- have a university class based on environ-
cial movements and education. Looking at mental philosophy.
how these things came to be, why they ex-
ist, and what their results have been as [they] What cartoon character would you
vary from one province or country to an- compare yourself to, and why: I’d say
other. Brain [from Pinky and the Brain]. Not
necessarily on the Machiavelli side, but I
What cartoon character would you com- think that having projects that are huge
pare yourself to, and why: To take a recent and over the top—wanting to devote
example, I’d say I’m like Scott Pilgrim ... in myself 100 per cent to one project ... that
that, even in the face of incredible adversity, would be the one.
I am ready to ight for our rights—although
probably without the cool sword.
Position: Finance Commissioner, Graduate Position: Internal Commissioner, Grad-
Student Association uate Student Association
Name one thing you want to accomplish Name one thing you want to accom-
this year: Transparent practices with struc- plish this year: Increase participation
tured accountability. Also, break-even of the of graduate students in GSAÉD. hat
Café. means people at a general assembly, peo-
ple at councils, increasing the number of
If you could teach your own university people who attend, increasing the num-
class, what would you teach: Accounting or ber of observers.
statistics. Having facilitated and TAed in the
past, [I] i nd numbers very grounding and If you could teach your own university
irm. class, what would you teach: As a joke,
organizational management. he irony
What cartoon character would you com- of me, who I’d say is not very well or-
pare yourself to, and why: Scrooge. Just a ganized, more of a procrastinator ... it
little too focused on the budget line. Tough would be like the shoemaker’s son who’s
for me to get outside the numbers. poorly shod.
What cartoon character would you
compare yourself to, and why: Eeyore.
I can be really melancholic, but I do dei-
nitely have a joking, teasing side. Either
that or Wolverine, for reasons related to
photos and card design by Alex Martin build and hair.
Find the rare Allan Rock card! Hint: check out the sports section.
thefulcrum.ca | Month ##–Month. ##, 2010 thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010
Position: President, Student Federation of Position: VP University Afairs, Student Fed-
the University of Ottawa eration of the University of Ottawa
Name one thing you want to accomplish Name one thing you want to accomplish this
this year: Create an online calendar that year: Improving the Rabaska system to in-
is fantastic. All events, academic dates, clude features like a waiting list and easier
information pertinent to students, all in scheduling.
one place, accurate, and up to date.
If you could teach your own university class,
If you could teach your own university what would you teach: POL4300: City politics
class, what would you teach: I’m torn be- in Canada.
tween Finding Your Passion 101 and Fol-
lowing Your Passion 102. What cartoon character would you compare
yourself to, and why: Rupert Bear. He’s ad-
What cartoon character would you com- venturous, honorable, and inquisitive—
pare yourself to, and why: Curious George, three traits that should be admired. What’s
because we both have brown hair. more, he has fantastical adventures and still
gets home in time for tea.
Position: VP Social, Student Federation of Position: VP Student Afairs, Student Fed-
the University of Ottawa eration of the University of Ottawa
Name one thing you want to accomplish Name one thing you want to accomplish this
this year: I would like to double the year: Provide more resources to clubs.
amount of participation for Winter Chal-
lenge. If you could teach your own university class,
what would you teach: Defence against the
If you could teach your own univer- Dark Arts.
sity class, what would you teach: I would
teach a class called “How to take over the What cartoon character would you compare
world.” yourself to, and why: I would say Pikachu
because I like adventures, am a loyal friend,
What cartoon character would you com- and aspire to one day shoot lightning from
pare yourself to, and why: he Brain my cheeks.
(From Pinky and he Brain), so I could
teach my class!
Position: VP Communications, Student Fed-
eration of the University of Ottawa Position: VP Finance, Student Federation of
the University of Ottawa
Name one thing you want to accomplish this
year: I strive to create a student experience, Name one thing you want to accomplish this
where whether you study on the north side, year: Create free income tax clinics led by
south side, Lees, or RGN, you are aware and students, for students.
have access to all the services the SFUO pro-
vides. If you could teach your own university class,
what would you teach: Sustainable transpor-
If you could teach your own university class, tation.
what would you teach: I would teach public
speaking. What cartoon character would you compare
yourself to, and why: Alice in Wonderland.
What cartoon character would you compare She is a strong, determined, female warrior
yourself to, and why: I would be the original who is curious and believes a better world is
Rogue of X-Men. Not only do I adore her possible.
southern accent, [but] Rogue always looks
out for her X-Mates.
thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010
competes in mayoral race
between the lines
U of O student hopes to win on a fund-less campaign
Carleton student also Taking risks
won’t kill you
CHARLIE TAYLOR, AN Ottawa
native from Westboro, is running
for his i rst elected position in the GREETINGS FROSHIES! IT is the Ater the i rst few weeks of volun-
municipal government. A fourth- beginning of a new academic year, teering, I decided that I really liked
year journalism student at Carleton and I would like to welcome you journalism. In fact, I liked it so much
University, Taylor decided to run for all to the University of Ottawa. he that I went on to become news edi-
mayor in order to bring fresh ideas transition between high school and tor two years later. Since then, I have
to the table—ideas that he believes university is a daunting one, but have had the opportunity to talk with
would not be presented otherwise. no doubt—it will be the best year of some great Canadians—Rick Mercer
As his candidacy slogan states, he your life. and Lisa Lalamme being just two of
wants to bring a “breath of fresh air” If I could ofer you a single piece of them—and have met some incred-
to politics. advice, it would be to take risks. Your ible people who are now my closest
“here’s no candidate that I would irst year is all about experimenta- friends.
throw my own support behind,” ex- tion—and no, I’m not talking about I am not saying this to encourage
plained Taylor. “Obviously I do not drugs and sex. High school was all you to join our distinguished student
have the recognition that the four about sticking with your friends and paper—unless you feel so inclined—
major candidates have and, as such, getting good grades. You were expect- but rather to prove that taking a few
I might be a long shot to win, but I ed to act a certain way and believe in chances can be life-altering. If you
think it’s possible to play a valuable similar ideals. decide to just go to class and return
role in an election campaign even if Well, in university, you have an home at the end of every day, you will
you don’t end up winning.” amazing opportunity to grow out- i nd that you have missed out on a
Taylor feels there are many issues side the realm of academia and break world of possibilities.
that need to be addressed during his away from that high school brainwash. I encourage you all to take charge
campaign, an example being the U- here are no parents or teachers scold- of your own life and be true to your-
Potential mayor of Ottawa photo courtesy Eric Romolock Pass—an initiative adopted at Car- ing you for your choices. You can do self. Oppose a professor if you believe
U of O student and mayoral candidate Eric Romolock is pictured above with his cat. leton this year. whatever you want, and try things you him/her to be wrong, walk over to
“[he U-Pass is] one that I have have never had the chance to do. the Student Federation of the Uni-
been working on a lot. Students are hat, my irst-years, is how you will versity of Ottawa oices to talk about
Dani-Elle Dube | Fulcrum Contributor “I don’t like waste … All the overtime coming back to school and realizing discover who you are, and who you your concerns, or attend a protest
that the city pays in [working] staf could they have to buy a rather expensive want to be. for a cause you believe in. Don’t just
A UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa student be going towards giving someone a new bus pass as a condition of gradua- I realize this all sounds cliché. In follow the herd like you did in high
may make his mark in municipal politics job, even if it is just a part-time job.” tion. A lot of students who don’t take my i rst year, everyone kept telling school. University is all about mak-
on Oct. 25. Eric Romolock, a third-year Romolock’s vision for Ottawa’s future transit … they’re shocked that they’re me I had to get more involved. I was ing your own decisions and breaking
political science student at the U of O, is also includes an art-friendly atmosphere. forced to pay the $290 fee,” said Tay- skeptical of this advice, as I am sure the mould of immaturity. It is time to
one of the youngest mayoral candidates He hopes to provide more space for street lor. you are now. How can being more get a life—a real one!
to enter the election this year. As a stu- artists, high school theatre programs, “hey feel like they’re being involved on campus make any dif- And with that, I challenge you all
dent, he is holding a unique fund-free and local festivals. robbed by the university.” ference in my life? to try something new this year. Take
campaign geared towards young citizens “As a city, you can only really provide An active member of the commu- Well, let me tell you a short story: a risk… you never know where it will
invested in social change. the tools. I want to provide more space nity, Taylor has participated in Camp ater much consideration in my irst take you.
“I want to bring new ideas to the ta- for artists. here are all these sports Day for Tim Hortons, and has played year, I decided to walk through the
ble, get votes, and hopefully have people centres, but nothing for arts,” explained a role in organizing student protests Fulcrum doors and ill out a volunteer firstname.lastname@example.org
looking at the city diferently by the end Romolock. “Festival-wise, it’s up to the against the U-Pass. His next initia- application—just for the hell of it. (613) 562 5260
[of the] election,” said Romolock. people to decide what they want. It would tive is “Cycle for South March,” a ral-
Although Romolock stated that he has be nice if they’d want to start new [festi- ly taking place Aug. 22 from 1 p.m.–4
no previous leadership experience, he be- vals] and have them be successful.” p.m. to support the conservation of
lieves he can compete with the rest of the In addition, Romolock wants to be- the South March Highlands. f
candidates through his platform, which gin a series of green initiatives that will
strongly promotes the issue of transit af- address the city’s environmental con-
fordability and accessibility. cerns.
“he cost [of the U-Pass] is quite a bit “I would like to work with the [Na-
for the services given … I’m all for en- tional Capital Commission], perhaps
couraging the use of city transportation, having incentives for people to keep trees
but the fact that it’s forced upon every- on their property through taxes.”
body is something I don’t really agree Romolock has refused to pay for any
with.” advertising, nor is he accepting mon-
Romolock also believes that promot- etary donations. He hopes to get himself
ing alternative modes of transportation, and his ideas to voters in more creative
such as bicycling, will encourage a more ways by using social media and word of
environmentally friendly city. In order to mouth.
do so, Romolock would create more bike “here is a lot of money spent on cam-
lanes and buttons for bicycles at traic paigns that could be better used than be-
lights. ing spent on polls, phone calls, and one-
Repairing the iscal responsibility of time use signs,” explained Romolock. “I
the city is another issue addressed by think that all that money could be used
Romolock’s campaign; he wants to create more wisely by being given to charity, it
new jobs. would have a longer impact. f
SPORTS EDITOR Jaehoon Kim | email@example.com | (613) 562 5231
The Fulcrum’s must-see game of the week
Star transfer Jenna Gilbert ineligible to play at season’s start
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff
Men’s football, against Western
Sept. 6 at 1 p.m.
ON AUG. 18, the University of Ottawa
women’s basketball team was dealt a
devastating blow to its starting lineup. Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff the results of the game should serve as
h ird-year transfer forward Jenna Gil- an accurate sign of how good the Gee-
bert’s application for immediate playing IN THE LAST few years, the Gee- Gees can be in 2010.
eligibility was rejected. As a result, Gil- Gees and the University of Western “I think there’s dei nitely a bit of
bert will not be allowed to oicially suit Ontario (UWO) Mustangs have en- a rivalry between [Western and Ot-
up for the Gee-Gees until Nov. 23. gaged in more than a few epic battles, tawa]. Western is always a competitive
Later in the day, the University of Ten- especially in the post-season. team and it’s going to give us a better
nessee at Martin (UTM) Skyhawks and Unfortunately for Gee-Gee fans, indication where we stand ater we
the Gees were scheduled to engage in a too many games ended with Western play them,” Asselin explained.
formal exhibition match at Montpetit beating Ottawa in a heartbreaking When asked for the keys to a Gees’
Hall. Instead, four organized scrimmages fashion. Most memorably, the Gees’ victory against Western, Asselin men-
of 10 minutes were played ater an agree- perfect regular season in 2007 was ru- tioned that his team has to win the
ment was struck between Ottawa and ined by a shocking 23-16 home playof turnover battle and stay disciplined.
their National Collegiate Athletic Asso- loss to the Mustangs, and in the fol- In last year’s home opener—inci-
ciation (NCAA) opponent. lowing year, Ottawa was on the losing dentally, a loss against Western—the
“Before the game started, [Skyhawks] side of a 31-17 result in the Yates Cup. Gees were penalized 18 times for an
coach [Kevin] McMillan told me that h is season marks a new chapter astounding 151 yards, and a repeat
he’d rather play us in a scrimmage game in Western’s football program his- of that performance will likely lead
than to play a group of girls not at [full tory—for the i rst time in ive years, to defeat once again. By reducing the
strength],” explained Gees head coach the Mustangs’ ofence will be led by amount of penalties, the Gee-Gees
Andy Sparks. someone other than Michael Faulds, should have a better chance to unleash
Despite the setback, Gilbert domi- the all-time Canadian Interuniversity their proliic ofensive weapons, both
nated early in the i rst scrimmage, even Sport (CIS) career passing leader. on the ground and through the air.
displaying her outside range by drilling a With the Gee-Gees returning all “Well, we can’t be worse than last
couple of three-pointers. hanks to Gil- but three of their starting players, year. We’re going [to] be better in the
bert’s all-around play, the Gees outscored a loss in the home opener on Sept. 6 disciplinary issue, and that’s the bot-
the Skyhawks 23-20 in the i rst frame of would be highly disappointing. Still, tom line,” declared Asselin.
scrimmage action. UWO has one of the most respected Attendance at men’s football home
Another highlight for Ottawa was head coaches in the business, Greg openers is traditionally strong, with
the level of composure demonstrated by Marshall, and they will attempt to last season’s match against Western
the rookies who played together for the make another run at the Yates Cup drawing 5,120 fans. Once again, the
irst time. hough some of the returning this year. Gee-Gees are hoping for a vocal fan
veterans were rusty, the Gee-Gees’ new “I think [Western] has proven, in base to show up to Frank Clair Sta-
recruiting class certainly held their own the past, to be one of the best teams dium on Labour Day at 1 p.m.
against the NCAA-calibre opponents. in the Ontario University Athletics “I think for the last three years
“I think the young kids did a good job (OUA). I know they’re losing their we’ve had a nice crowd at the home
for us. I liked what [Cyr, Nolette, and quarterback and a couple of their openers and for us, that’s huge. I’m
Kaneda] did in their i rst game tonight. key veterans, but they’re going to be looking forward to another big crowd
here were a lot of girls that stepped up a good team. hey’re dei nitely well- this year against Western. It’ll be a
and that was certainly positive,” said coached and we’re going to have to good game to watch, for sure.”
Sparks. be ready,” said Gee-Gees head coach
Of all the i rst-years, point guard Em- Jean-Philippe Asselin. Final Verdict:
ilie Cyr impressed the most during the Due to the teams’ past history, the Gee-Gees overcome a feisty Mus-
night, with her crisp passing and ability upcoming matchup represents an op- tangs squad and win by a touchdown,
to score when given the chance. Cyr i n- portunity for Ottawa to exact revenge rewarding the home crowd for their
ished with nine points, four assists, and on its opponents. More importantly, loyal support. f
four rebounds in 16 minutes of play in
the four scrimmages. She showed her
enthusiasm for the Gee-Gees program All-time record against Western
in a post-game interview with the Ful- photo by Alex Martin
crum. Gees battle hard against NCAA foe (including regular season and playoffs): 4-8
“It was very exciting to play tonight. Ottawa guard Awo Farah faces a tough UTM defender
It’s an honour for me to play for [Ottawa]. Last ﬁve regular season games Last three playoff games
I love the Gee-Gees, I love coach Sparks, did. We had a group out there that played starts and for those girls to get some ac- against Western against Western
and the teammates are great, too,” said well together in the third quarter, but I tion. As for our goals, we think that we’re
Sept. 6, 2009: Western wins, 32- 2008 OUA Yates Cup: Western
Cyr with a smile. thought Ottawa outplayed us in every going to have a chance to be in the NCAA
17 @ Ottawa (Home opener) wins, 31-17 @ Western
Overall, the Gees outscored UTM in other [scrimmage set],” said McMillan. tournament [this season],” McMillan Sept. 1, 2008: Western wins, 35- 2007 OUA Semi-ﬁnal: Western
three of the four scrimmage periods—but For the Skyhawks, a team that i nished said. 31 @ Western (Season opener) wins, 23-16 @ Ottawa
the Skyhawks would have been victorious 11-19 last year in the Ohio Valley Confer- Sparks remained upbeat about the sea- Sept. 15, 2007: Ottawa wins, 35- 2005 OUA Semi-ﬁnal: Western
70-65 had it been an actual match. ence, the Gee-Gees ofered a tough test son despite the disappointing news con- 30 @ Western wins, 18-10 @ Western
McMillan had many compliments for for their extremely young squad. Both cerning Gilbert. Sept. 3, 2006: Ottawa wins, 17-3
the Canadian hosts, but was unhappy teams are hoping that this unique experi- “It was a good opportunity for our @ Ottawa (Home opener)
with his team’s efort—a night ater they ence will help them earn a berth in their girls to play together against a very Oct. 15, 2005: Ottawa wins in
destroyed the Carleton Ravens 96-57 in a respective national tournaments. good team. For a controlled scrimmage, overtime, 27-24 @ Ottawa
separate exhibition game. “We’ve got 12 rookies that have never I think it showed us where we could be
“I thought we weren’t as physical as played before. It’s phenomenal for us to later on in the year. I think we’re going to
Ottawa was. hey played harder than we have this experience before the season be fun to watch.” f
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Life of a rookie student-athlete
First-year guard Johnny Berhane eager to start university life
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff It was tough because I had to make ev- know what my priorities [are] and also
erything it with nine basketball prac- know when to relax and have fun. Obvi-
FACED WITH THE challenge of replac- tices a week. Next year, I’m going to do ously my academics come i rst but bas-
ing a pair of graduated star players—Josh it earlier so I can have better courses in ketball is important as well, so I have to
Gibson-Bascombe and Donnie Gibson— better slots. make sure I manage all that. I’m going to
the University of Ottawa men’s basketball try to not stress out and not leave things
team has added seven solid recruits for What are you looking forward to in to the last minute.
the new season. Shooting guard Johnny terms of the academic side of attending
Berhane—a local product from Lester B. university? Name one thing you want to accom-
Pearson high school—is an important I’m interested in my courses so I’ll be plish in the next four or ﬁve years of
component of the Gees’ recruiting class. looking forward to going to my classes university?
Berhane, who led his high school team to everyday. Meeting new people will be a I want to maintain a high grade point av-
a city championship this past February, nice experience too. It’s deinitely going erage, for myself and for my family—to
is striving to become an ideal student- to be a diferent environment since I’m make them proud. I eventually [want]
athlete: excelling both on the court and going to go to class and see 200 people, to win a Canadian Interuniversity Sport
in the classroom. he Fulcrum recently as opposed to going to class and seeing (CIS) championship; it’s a big goal.
sat down with the economics major to 30 students [in high school].
discuss frosh-related issues. How excited are you for the CIS season to
What other aspects of university life get underway?
The Fulcrum: Why did you choose the are you looking forward to? I’m excited. I know I’m a young guy com-
University of Ottawa as your post-sec- he basketball aspect will be fun [espe- ing in and there are a lot of things that I
ondary destination? cially] going out of town for games and have to work on. Whenever I get my op-
Johnny Berhane: I was being recruited by playing in tournaments. I’m actually portunity, I’m willing to give it my all and
the [Gee-Gees] for about two years. It was a looking forward to everything because hopefully do what’s best for the team.
welcoming environment as opposed to leav- it is all going to be new around me.
ing town and not knowing anything. I’m in a What are your future aspirations after
good comfort zone and I think it’s a good it. How are you preparing to balance your you graduate from here?
academic university career with your I’m not too sure yet. I’m going to see what
Did you end up with a good timetable for life as a varsity athlete? photo by Alex Martin
New face on campus happens in the four or ive years of uni-
your courses? Time management is huge. I have to Berhane’s interests: basketball and the world of economics versity and go from there, I guess. f
Scientist by day,
ighter by night
U of O ‘Ninja of Love’ Nick Denis juggles
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff recognized by his coaches who recom-
mended him to compete in professional
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) is rel- MMA ights. A promoter was contacted,
atively new to the combat sports scene; and so began Denis’ life as a martial art-
the term MMA itself was only coined in ist in October 2006. He is currently the
1995. he matches involve two athletes Canadian bantamweight champion of
who ight using diferent styles—such the King of the Cage MMA circuit, with a
as boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and kick- career record of 9-2—with eight victories
boxing. MMA’s popularity has soared in by knockout. Denis has also successfully
photo from Pixelens.com
recent years, even with many health ex- acquired an unique ighting moniker:
Not just an ordinary scientist
perts condemning the sport for its vio- he Ninja of Love.
Denis, pictured above knocking out his opponent, is an expert at ighting heart disease as well as people.
lent nature. “[MMA athletes] have an image that
On the other hand, biochemistry [portrays] them as being hardcore, vio-
research involves little danger for the lent, and aggressive. I’m really not like the ‘mecca’ of mixed martial arts. tems Biology and a professor at the U could [balance both]. Now he’s pretty
people involved, but requires similar that in real life, except when it comes to “My irst ight in Japan was dei nitely of O. he third-year graduate student cool with it.”
amounts of sweat and efort. Amazingly, ighting—and that’s why people call me the most memorable. It was a dream studies PCSK9 proteins, which is in- Not surprisingly, Denis is masterful at
PhD student Nick Denis at the Univer- the Ninja of Love,” Denis said of his nick- come true and a big honour. It was also volved in the breakdown of cholesterol managing time, and his analytical nature
sity of Ottawa is an expert at both dis- name. the irst time the Grand Prix [featured] in humans. Figeys is accepting of his aids him in the lab and in the ighting
ciplines. he PhD candidate has had many im- my weight class,” Denis recalled. “I was protégé’s ighting profession now, but ring. Denis certainly has an interesting
“When I was in second year of my un- pressive ights throughout his four-year supposed to lose against [Seiya Kawaha- Denis explained that his advisor did not future ahead of him—even if he is not
dergrad, I started going to the gym,” said career. One was his win over Dave Schol- ra] who was the favourite. I knocked him approve at i rst. sure which profession it will entail.
Denis of his humble athletic beginning. ten in October 2007, when he oicially out in the i rst round.” “At i rst, [Figeys] was against it. I “I’ll eventually have to pick [academia
“I wanted to do something fun to get in became the Canadian bantamweight hough Denis trains for competitions guess he didn’t really understand what or ighting]. At this point, I really don’t
shape, so I started doing jiu-jitsu and champion. Denis was particularly fond by night, his day work involves research [MMA] was. One time, he sat down with know. I love ighting, it’s my passion and
grappling competitions.” of his i rst MMA Grand Prix match in under the supervision of Daniel Figeys, me and told me that I’d have to choose I’ll see where it takes me.” f
Soon ater, Denis’ talents were quickly March 2009, which took place in Japan, director of the Ottawa Institute of Sys- one or the other, but I told him that I —with iles from Amanda Daniels
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Remembering From the press box
Gee-Gees community shocked by varsity Just don’t get
swimmer’s sudden passing involved
THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa ath- 15”, but won’t take advantage of the
Anton Ninkov | Fulcrum Contributor the Gee-Gees varsity swim team. [Suen] letics department is currently at a university’s athletic facilities. Soon
was not only one of our top performers, crossroads. Firstly, a youth move- enough, a clever new term will have
THIS PAST MAY, the University of Ot- but [he was] also a team leader,” Schoof ment is rocking the varsity sports to be coined for the phenomenon—
tawa’s varsity swim team dealt with the said. “He was charismatic, support- scene, with a trio of new head coaches the “Freshman 45” has a nice ring to
tragic loss of Peter Suen, who had re- ive, kind-hearted, and well-liked by his being hired in the last ive months— it, doesn’t it?
cently completed his third year of studies teammates. He represented the Gee- all under the age of 35. hough inex- Intramurals and recreational drop-
in biology. Suen was spending the sum- Gees incredibly well and will be remem- perienced, the three coaches bring in activities will be completely devoid
mer in Montreal, Que., enjoying time bered fondly.” fresh ideas to the table, and their of irst years. he number of frosh who
of school with his family, when he died Suen had many interests in his life teams could have immediate success try-out for competitive sport clubs will
unexpectedly of natural causes. Suen was aside from his main passion, swimming. if things go according to plan. be smaller than the number of total
22 years old. Like many of his peers at the U of O, Suen here is also a second imminent clubs itself (there are 18 of them). As
Born in Hong Kong, Suen immigrated loved playing video games, was a devoted youth movement on campus: the ar- for the $197 of incidental fees included
to Canada at a young age. He began his fan of the Montreal Canadiens, and cher- rival of the frosh during 101 Week; in students’ tuition to pay for the ben-
swimming career with the Samak Swim ished the company of his friends. however, it remains to be seen if the eits ofered by Sports Services, I call
Club, located just outside of Montreal. photo courtesy geegees.ca “Peter was truly a one of a kind person. class of 2014 will move much, if at all. that chump change.
Suen’s talents were quickly identiied by A tragic loss He loved to have fun and make people For years, the university commu- Before you know it, four years will
his coaches—he was a versatile swimmer Suen, pictured here before the 2009–10 laugh. His loss is personally devastat- nity has been plagued with apathy pass by and you will begin to feel the
who excelled at many events, including season, passed away this past May ing, and my thoughts are with his fam- towards campus athletics. It is a tra- pressure to i nd a job in the real world
the backstroke, the butterly, and the in- ily,” said Rob Irvine, Suen’s roommate at dition which will likely be continued instead of worrying about how many
dividual medley events. away competitions and one of his closest by the incoming class of students. times you should party each week.
Suen was part of the Gee-Gees re- situations. His raw talents—he had a friends on the swim team. Free irst-year season passes will Feel proud at your graduation cer-
cruiting class of 2007 and was the only powerful underwater kick—combined Although Suen’s passing came as a go unused once again, and the Sports emony; not just for passing all your
member from that class to qualify for with his competitive nature, made Suen a shock to the entire Gee-Gees communi- Complex will be full of empty seats courses with lying colours, but also
the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) rising star in his sport of choice. ty, his memories at the university will live for another year. So what if the foot- for maintaining the tradition of indif-
swimming championships three years in “[Suen’s] passion for swimming was on forever. His charm, wit, and friendly ball team and the women’s soccer ference towards university sports.
a row. Most recently, he competed in four immense and he was a true competi- personality touched everyone that knew team are contenders for the Canadian Of course, you will have missed
events at the 2010 CIS championships tor,” said Gee-Gees head coach Derrick him. As for the grieving swim team Interuniversity Sport (CIS) champi- out on one of the most entertaining
held in Toronto and posted a commend- Schoof. Though Schoof only became members, they will dedicate the 2010–11 onship. No one will be there to watch and exciting aspects of school life, but
able 13th place i nish in the 200-metre Ottawa’s coach in July 2009, Suen had CIS season to their former teammate, them lit their trophies. at least you didn’t have to memorize
backstroke. already made an exceptionally posi- promised Schoof. he women’s basketball team the name of Ontario’s top women’s
hough Suen was one of the smallest tive impression on his coach in the past “He will be in our thoughts and we should earn a berth in the CIS i- basketball player (Hannah Sunley-
members of the Gees swim team, he was year. will compete hard this season in honour nals for the third straight year; yet Paisley) or the star Brazilian hitter on
well-known for coming up huge in clutch “His passing is a tremendous loss to of his memory.” f the only thing heard at their games the women’s volleyball team (Karina
will be the squeaking of the players’ Krueger Schwanke).
sneakers and the referees’ whistles. Still, if you think you will be i lled
And when one of the other promising with even a tinge of regret because
Gee-Gee squads makes a surprising you never engaged yourself in the
post-season run, you can be certain world of Gee-Gees sports, don’t say
Congratulations! You’ve found that there won’t even be a bandwagon that you weren’t warned.
for people to jump on.
the rare Allan Rock card! If that isn’t enough, students firstname.lastname@example.org
will complain about the “Freshman (613) 562 5931
Position: President and Vice-Chancellor of the Univer-
sity of Ottawa
Name one thing you want to accomplish this year: My
top priority ever since I started as president has been to
enrich our students’ experience during their time at the
university. It continues to be my number one goal this
If you could teach your own university class, what
would you teach: As a former Canadian ambassador to
the U.N. and as an alumnus of uOttawa’s law school, I
would relish the opportunity to teach human rights law.
Maybe Professor Penelope Simons from the University’s
Human Rights Research and Education Centre could let
me sit in on one of her CML3399 Human Rights (Interna-
tional Protection) classes this fall.
What cartoon character would you compare yourself
to, and why: Given our similar roles, I’d probably say
Principal Skinner from he Simpsons. Luckily, we don’t
have any students like Bart here, or a wild groundskeeper
Answers from puzzles on p. 21 sports 13
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Taking the next step
VARSITY PREVIEW Veteran-laden women’s rugby hungry for success
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff er,” Dingwall said. a national championship berth, they
FIVE YEARS HAVE passed since the
Before the start of last season, the
team went on a special retreat designed
must beat Concordia and Laval, a truly
daunting task. Both teams are tough op-
University of Ottawa women’s rugby to foster trust amongst the players and ponents, but the team needs to believe Conference:
team last posted a winning season. Af- to improve the team’s communication. in their chances to win before they can Quebec Student Sports
ter losing to McGill in the 2005 Quebec Ater reaping the rewards, the team has dominate on the ield. Federation (QSSF)
Student Sports Federation (QSSF) i nals, planned another outing at the end of Au-
Men’s football team legitimate contenders for Vanier Cup a barrage of two-win seasons followed—
until last year. Behind a three-game win-
gust. he retreats have built up a sense of
team unity—one of the team’s strengths
“he returning players on our team
have to stop [thinking] that [Concordia
and Laval] are so diicult to beat,” said
Suzanne Chaulk (her 19th
ning streak to start the season, the Gees according to Dingwall. Dingwall. “I’m very optimistic that we’ll year as Gees’ head coach)
looked to be i nally turning the corner, “We’re a strong, united team. When it be able to beat them.”
but the end result was too similar: Con- comes down to the last 10 minutes of the When the Gee-Gees do emerge victo- Stadium:
THE RUN- cordia beat Ottawa 18-7 in the Quebec game, when we’re all tired, we’re not just rious against their QSSF foes, Dingwall Matt Anthony Field at
semi-i nals. playing for ourselves but we’re playing for is hoping for just one thing: that the fans the Sports Complex
DOWN With these painful memories behind the girls around us.” will be there to watch them.
them, the Gees are prepared to return to Another change that occurred at the “It would be great to have more fans 2009 Season:
Conference: national prominence. beginning of last season was the difer- come out and support us because we feed Regular season: 3-3,
Ontario University Athletics “Mentally, in the past, I don’t think ence in coaching philosophy. A new, of [their] energy. he fans give you the third in QSSF; lost to Concordia
(OUA) we’ve been prepared to go to nationals. non-structured system of play was in- little push that keeps you going.” in QSSF semi-i nals
It wasn’t something that we’ve thought troduced, which meant that players
Head Coach: of as a serious option. But ater last year, would no longer be bound by their po- Key players:
Jean-Philippe Asselin (his irst the girls are realizing that we can actual- sitional roles. hough implementation Schedule analysis: Fullback Sarah Meng
year as Gees’ head coach)
ly win our conference,” said fourth-year of the strategy was diicult, the players With only six teams in the entire Flanker Jenny-Lynn Crawford
wing Lana Dingwall in an interview with responded well and now have a year of QSSF for women’s rugby, there isn’t Wing Lana Dingwall
Frank Clair Stadium (1015 Bank the Fulcrum. experience under their belts. a huge discrepancy in the schedul- Second Row Alison McKittrick
For the i rst time in recent years, the photo by Alex Martin “It’s a lowing system of play where ing from one season to the next.
St.) Is this their year?
women’s rugby team is full of veteran Women’s rugby has the potential for a we don’t really have set positions. It’s The Gees do avoid a long road trip Schedule:
2009 Season: players. Last year’s QSSF all-stars Ding- winning season good because we get to see the girls’ to Quebec City by facing Laval at Sept. 12 at Concordia
Regular season: 6-2, fourth in wall and fourth-year second row Ali- skills outside of what they’re expect- home—a must-see game for Ottawa Sept. 19 vs. McGill
OUA; lost to McMaster in OUA son McKittrick both return, along with ed to do in their position. I think it’s fans. Otherwise, facing McGill twice Sept. 26 at Sherbrooke
quarter-i nals third-year captain Sarah Meng. opened up an opportunity for our play- is slightly favourable compared to Oct. 2 vs. Laval
“[Meng] leads by example. She’s very ers to excel to their [fullest] potential,” last season when the Gee-Gees Oct. 7 at McGill
Key players: approachable, yet she’s vocal and she tells said Dingwall. met Concordia twice, the defending Oct. 16 vs. Bishop’s
Ofence: you what she wants. She’s a strong lead- In order for the Gee-Gees to earn provincial champions. f
QB Brad Sinopoli
WR Cyril Adjeitey
OL Philippe David
DT Sébastien Tétreault
DE Youcef Lekadir
Hoping for a happier ending
CB Chayce Elliott
Women’s soccer strives for excellence despite key losses
Aug. 31 at Windsor Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff “I like an attacking team, and I like
Sept. 6 vs. Western a team that’s aggressive. We’re going
Sept. 11 at York THE GEE-GEES HAVE lost 57 per cent to try and bring out those qualities in THE RUNDOWN
Sept. 18 vs. McMaster of their last year’s scorers due to gradu- this team really early. We’re going to
Sept. 25 at Queen’s ation and injuries. Still, the future of the have some young people contribute this Conference:
Oct. 2 at Toronto women’s soccer team is anything but year. hose young [players] need to have Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Schedule:
Oct. 9 vs. Laurier bleak with esteemed head coach Steve an aggressive mentality,” Johnson ex- Sept. 5 vs. RMC
Oct. 23 vs. Guelph
Johnson leading the charge. plained. Head coach: Sept. 11 vs. Carleton
Last season, Ottawa came within one On the injury front, the Gee-Gees Steve Johnson (his 17th year as Gees’ Sept. 15 at Queen’s
Ready for liftoff victory of reaching the Canadian Inter- will likely be without the services of a head coach) Sept. 18 at Nipissing
Gee-Gees set to make noise on the national stage university Sport (CIS) championships pair of OUA all-stars for a signiicant Sept. 19 at Laurentian
photo by Alex Smyth for the i t h consecutive year. h is year’s portion of the season. h ird-year mid- Stadium: Sept. 25 at Trent
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff pact players in all positions, including Stampeders. However, plenty of experi- of the Gee-Gees—an experienced squad Schedule analysis: version of the women’s soccer team may ielder Brittany Harrison is still recover- Matt Anthony Field at the Sports Sept. 26 at Ryerson
OUA’s top quarterback in fourth-year enced players are returning, especially that enjoys a bit of adversity. not look as good on paper, but should ing from knee surgery, while third-year Complex Oct. 2 vs. Ryerson
AFTER A DISAPPOINTING home pivot Brad Sinopoli. Sinopoli, who had a on the defensive line, highlighted by All- “I think our guys have been waiting to The ﬁrst part of the schedule once again compete for a provincial title defender Nikki Moreau is recovering Oct. 3 vs. Toronto
playof loss to McMaster University chance to intern with the Canadian Foot- Canadian defensive tackle Sébastien Té- feel that pressure, and I think they like will be difﬁcult—not due to and beyond. from brain surgery. While this is unfor- 2009 Season: Oct. 6 vs. Queen’s
ending last season, the University of Ot- ball League’s (CFL) Hamilton Tiger-Cats treault. he iercest training camp battle the extra bit of [it]. Our guys put pressure the quality of their opponents, he biggest void is let at the strik- tunate news, it also means that oppor- Regular season: 11-2-3, third in Oct. 9 at RMC
tawa men’s football team is hungry for in the summer, has numerous weapons at will take place in the secondary, as the on themselves [already]. To do well in the but because the Gee-Gees er position, where the graduation of tunity exists for players to earn places OUA East; playofs: 3-1, OUA Oct. 10 vs. Trent
photo by Alex Smyth
success. Led by a new head coach, Jean- his disposal as Ottawa is blessed with tal- only defensive back who is a lock to start football season, we need to work well un- have to play three games in Courtney Luscombe and Sara Bullock Kick it in the starting lineup during training bronze medallists Oct. 16 vs. Nipissing
Philippe Asselin, the Gee-Gees are aim- ented running backs and receivers. every game is shut-down cornerback der pressure.” 11 days with two long road could hurt the team. Luscombe scored he U of O women’s soccer team is ready camp. Oct. 17 vs. Laurentian
ing for a berth in the Vanier Cup, also “In terms of positions, all of our skill Chayce Elliott, a i t h-year veteran. In the end, all of Ottawa’s potential trips to Windsor and Toronto. a team-high nine goals last year for the to prove themselves “I don’t think the starting 11 is set at Key players: Oct. 20 at Carleton
known as the Canadian Interuniversity positions have a lot of depth. Receivers, “Defensive back will be the position will go to waste if the coaches and play- Otherwise, the schedule looks Gees, who i nished i rst in scoring in the all. he fact that we lost some players DF Dominique Falardeau Oct. 24 at Toronto
Sport (CIS) championship game. With running backs, and quarterbacks are our where there will be the biggest battle [in ers cannot fuli l it. he Gee-Gees have perfect as the Gees face four OUA in 2009. summer. I think she’s got some quali- creates an opportunity for veterans and DF Gillian Baggott
the Gees returning almost all of their strengths,” explained Asselin. training camp]. We had a really good re- all the components needed for a special of the top ﬁve OUA opponents “We have to i nd new strikers. I think ties that are going to be beneicial to our new players to come in and earn starting MF Élise Desjardins
veteran players, Ottawa’s chances look he star quarterback should also be cruiting class and our vets realize that it’s post-season run; anything less than a Va- at home, and the late bye week that will be our biggest challenge [this team,” said Johnson. spots,” said Johnson. MF Tara Condos
bright already. well-protected behind a pair of i t h-year going to be competitive,” said Asselin. nier Cup title will be a let-down, admit- gives them a chance to rest year],” said Johnson. he strength of the team lies in its Similar to years past, Ottawa will be
“Considering the fact that we only lost linemen, Philippe David and Patrick With Western and Queen’s losing ted Asselin. before the playoffs begin. Only Christine Hardie, a transfer from back line. he Gees return both of their in a dogight with Toronto and Queen’s
three starters, I would say that we are a D’Amico, with both deciding to return their star quarterbacks to graduations, “I think with the kind of team we have, complaint: none of Ottawa’s Dalhousie University, should aid the starting central defenders in i t h-year for supremacy in the OUA East division.
better team on paper with more poten- for a i nal season. If things go according many preseason prognosticators are we feel like we can be the top team and games are currently scheduled team’s prospects, and more will be ex- Dominique Falardeau and fourth-year If the Gee-Gees are able to jell as a team Schedule analysis:
tial,” said Asselin. “Some of the other to plan, the Gees ofence should be the banking on the Gees to challenge for the anything short of that will be disappoint- to be nationally televised—a pected from young players like second- Gillian Baggott. he Gees’ midield also early on, the fans could see them at a fa- Ottawa has an early ﬁve-game road trip, which will test the mettle of the
teams lost [around] 10 players, and with most proliic in the OUA. Yates Cup, the OUA championship game, ing. I can tell you some nice things, but if travesty for a team expected to year striker Krista Draycott. A rookie remains solid with i t h-year captain miliar place at the season’s end—at the young Gee-Gees squad. The Gees also face Toronto and Queen’s at home
the young guys having another year un- On the defensive side, the Gee-Gees and more. hough the team is facing a we don’t win it all it’s going to be disap- contend for the national title. that could play a huge role is Lili Wong, Élise Desjardins and third-year Tara top of the standings. in early October; if they are to be true contenders, they need to at least split
der their belt, we should be better.” lost a key player in linebacker Mike Cor- tremendous amount of pressure to win, pointing for me and a lot of those play- a local recruit. Condos providing a veteran presence. “I want this team to be best it can be the games. The schedule softens a little at the back end, with the ﬁnal road
On ofence, the Gee-Gees boast im- nell, now playing for the CFL’s Calgary Asselin noted that it may work in favour ers.” f “I think [Wong] is going to have a heir steady inluence should allow the whether that means winning our divi- game at Toronto likely to decide Ottawa’s playoff position. If Ottawa does
really great season. She’s let-footed, young strikers to attack with aggres- sion, conference, or the national cham- win its division, they will host the OUA Final Four.
blessed with good pace, and she’s been sion, which is a crucial part of Johnson’s pionship. I don’t think any of those goals
14 sports developing a scoring touch this past coaching philosophy. are beyond this team.” f
thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010
Screw your well-
this little birdie tweets.
Everyone thinks they knoww twitter.com/the_fulcrum
what’s best for you, but
do they really?
What’s the first step you can
take to make a difference
illustrations by Maria Rondon in a young girl’s life?
essay writing, motivation, study habits, relationships around you. he study All you need is a desire to see
Amanda Shendruk | Fulcrum Staff young girls and women experience
and class attendance. followed 300 college i rst-years who did
and develop the best within themselves.
not know the roommate to which they
UIDANCE, SUGGESTIONS, Your Best Friend: “You’d better ﬁnd some were assigned. hey found that those Units in the Glebe, Centretown, Sandy Hill, and
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can you legitimately trust? years remain virgins, says Bob Alte- compassion, and ofer support when he
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in 2009 published a book, Sex and Youth, Your 101 Week Guide: “Don’t be worry
periodical. So, instead of throwing in documenting his i ndings. Altemeyer about it, man. The ‘Freshman 15’ is just
our own two cents, the Fulcrum has de- says that almost half the men and one- a myth.”
cided to give you the data straight up— quarter of i rst-year women admitted in
research on the rocks. Pound those pos- a 2007 survey to being virgins, and those Good advice
tulates, Freshie! that do engage in intercourse are forego- Ontario Medical School Application Service
ing the more diicult arrangements like A 2008 study conducted by researchers September 15, 2010: Last day to create an account
Your 101 Week Guide: “If you don’t put 69 in favour of the more standard mis- at the University of Guelph suggests that for the online application
in effort, your long distance relationship sionary position. h roughout years of the dreaded i rst-year weight gain should October 1, 2010: Application deadline
probably won’t last.” research he discovered that, for the most be renamed the ‘Freshman 5.29.’ In a
part, the majority of respondents pre- sample of 116 i rst-year female students,
Good advice ferred long-term relationships to ‘one- over a period of six to seven months, av-
night stands.’ erage weight gain was nowhere near 15
Everyone knows that long distance re- pounds—and was in fact closer to ive. OLSAS www.ouac.on.ca/olsas/
lationships aren’t easy, but a 2002 study Your high-school teacher: “Facebook Ontario Law School Application Service
of 438 undergraduates published in Col- has been linked to lower grades, so let Your best friend: “You have a major exam November 1, 2010: Application deadline
lege Student Journal coni rms what many your Farmville crops die and don’t up- tomorrow morning? No worries, you can for ﬁrst-year English programs
long-distances lovers fear—one in ive date your proﬁle 20 times a day.” just pull an all-nighter and ace the test.” May 1, 2011: Application deadline for
relationships ended, and 20 per cent of Good advice upper-year programs
respondents reported their relationships Bad advice
worsened due to the separation. Apparently college students who use
Facebook don’t spend enough time A St. Lawrence University study has
Your parents: “Don’t you dare go out studying, and on average have lower found that students who pull all-night-
binge drinking the night before your GPAs than those who don’t use the so- ers generally have lower GPAs than
exam. You’ll fail your courses!” cial networking website. he study, those who don’t. Associate professor Teacher Education Application Service
conducted at Ohio Dominican Univer- of psychology Pamela hacher studied December 1, 2010: Application deadline for English programs
Bad advice sity, involved 219 students—102 under- the sleeping patterns and transcripts of March 1, 2011: Application deadline for French programs
graduates and 117 graduates—148 of 111 students to determine if there was
Surprisingly, intoxication the evening which said they had a Facebook account. a signiicant correlation between sleep
before an exam does not afect your Eighty-ive per cent of undergraduates and grade-point averages. At least two-
score, according to a study published in used Facebook, while only 52 per cent of thirds of participants admitted to pull-
the April edition of the journal Addic- graduate students had proi les. he study ing at least one all-nighter per semester,
tion. he research, which consisted of a determined that Facebook users spent which compromises sleep and results ORPAS www.ouac.on.ca/orpas/
controlled experiment on 193 university an average of one to ive hours per week in delayed reactions and a tendency to Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs
students ages 21 to 24, found that grades studying, while those who were not fans make more mistakes. A similar study Application Service
were not signiicantly diferent between of the website studied between 11 and 15 performed on 824 undergraduates at the (Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy/Physiotherapy,
those students that consumed alco- hours per week. University of North Texas found that Speech-Language Pathology)
hol and those that did not. h is proved college students who were night owls had January 7, 2011: Application deadline
true for exams that required informa- Your Best Friend: “If you and your room- lower GPAs than those who considered
tion stored in both long-term memory mate don’t get along, move out—stat!” themselves early birds.
and short-term memory. Researchers Not only does sleep afect your grades,
from Boston University School of Pub- Bad advice but it also impacts athletic performance, 170 Research Lane
lic Health and Brown University noted, according to a study performed by a Guelph ON N1G 5E2
however, that alcohol consumption did In a classic case of research telling us Stanford University graduate researcher www.ouac.on.ca
afect mood, attention, and reaction what we already knew, psychologists at Cheri Mah. Mah watched the moves of
times. hey also mentioned that test-tak- the University of Michigan Institute for six college basketball players and noted
ing is only one measure of success, and Social Research recently published an that they ran faster and completed more
that binge drinking might afect other article stating that if you change your successful shots during a period when
illustrations by Maria Rondon
types of academic performance, such as attitude, you can positively afect the they slept at least 10 hours a night. f
ARTS & CULTURE Charlotte Bailey | firstname.lastname@example.org | (613) 562 5931
Mother Mother, mazes, and mayhem
101 Week brings new attractions to the U of O
Lucent Dossier Experience is just one of many exciting acts coming to Luminata.
photo by Phill Holland
Dani-Elle Dube | Fulcrum Contributor Luminata will ofer various forms of and the Pride Centre. Dancers from In- artwork on the University Centre and the Faculty of Arts (SAFA), and GSAÉD.
entertainment to students. One of the ternational House will also be perform- Café Nostalgica, displayed with exhibi- In addition to sponsorship provided
AMED ROCKERS, DRAG week’s must-see attractions is the Lucent ing during the day. Musical acts such tion spotlights. he sky across University by the student associations, the event
queens, burlesque acrobats, Dossier Experience, a performance by as modern rock band Mother Mother, Private will be covered with illuminated is sponsored by the Centre for Students
graitti mazes, and lit-up an interactive circus group. Best known whose original approach to the indie- helium balloons, creating a stunning at- with Disabilities, which donated $2,000
balloon skies will invade the for their vintage feel, their performance rock genre has gained them wide recog- traction. worth of unused funds that have accu-
University of Ottawa’s 101 at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival nition, will also be performing. “We spent a lot of time on how it’s go- mulated over the past few years.
Week. h is Sept. 9 students will get a earlier this year was well-received. he idea for a splashy array of perfor- ing to look,” explains Lemieux. “We are “h is event is targeted towards more
chance to experience Luminata, a day- Another featured act is House of Paint mances during 101 Week was inspired by bringing in 300 balloons with LED lights mature students who would be interested
long event designed to welcome new and (HoP), a group of graiti artists expected Lemieux’s recent experiences on the west in them … creating a ceiling over the in something diferent than just a party
returning students to the university. to quite literally make their mark at the coast. street with archways of balloons. During to get drunk,” says Lemieux. f
“Luminata was built to create this university by combining live entertain- “I went to Coachella [music festival] in the day it’s going to look like a bunch of
sexy, appealing place for young adults to ment and art. HoP will turn a series of April and I was completely blown away balloons in the air, but at night … [there Luminata takes place Sept. 9, running
gather, have a good time, and be stimu- removable walls—painted before the au- by this adult playground,” says Lemieux. will] be a bunch of l ickering lights over through the day and into the night. Two
lated in a diferent way than just a rock dience’s eyes—into a graiti maze on the “My intention was to recreate this sort of the street, creating this very unique roof- areas will be roped of for students ages 19
[concert], or a bar.” says Guillaume Morisett terrace. playground on campus.” top.” and over, and there is need to sign up for
Lemieux, student life comissioner for the hose looking for live performances he extravagant atmosphere created Luminata is being sponsored by the the event. Admission is free for students.
Graduate Students Association (GSAÉD) can attend a drag show put on by Jer’s Vi- for Luminata is a key part of the 101 Week Student Federation of the University of
and architect of the event. sion, Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative, experience. Expect to see large pieces of Ottawa (SFUO), Student Association of
thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
GAMERS, INDIE LOVERS, and nerds alike: you just might orgasm over Scott Pilgrim vs. he World. he
movie, which takes place in the world of Toronto indie subculture, follows Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera)
battling the seven evil exes of his new girlfriend Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to win her heart. Oh, and
it’s inside a video game. his fact is never mentioned, or questioned by any of the characters in the movie, so
it’s best just to accept this, move on, and enjoy the bad guys exploding into coins. he world that the characters
live in, based on the comic book that the story orginated from, is fantastic—you just might walk out wishing
our world was that cool. he movie cuts rapidly and doesn’t waste time explaining its diferences from the real
world, so some might have trouble following it. But if you can accept it and go with the low, it’s one hilarious
The Switch The Kids Are Alright Harold and Maude
B- C+ A+
JASON BATEMAN AND Jennifer Aniston ofer star clout SINCE IT WASN’T the most widely talked about movie IF YOU FEEL like you’re at a crossroads in your life, that you
to he Switch, a typical romantic comedy with some unique this summer—the chatter over Inception has drowned out don’t want to grow any older, or really just want your degree
twists. When Kassie (Anistion) decides to conceive through everything else—this review should begin with a short to be completed already, try this classic ilm. Harold and
artiicial insemination and overlooks her best friend, Wally overview: he Kids Are Alright is about two teenaged children Maude centres around the unlikely relationship between young
(Bateman), as a potential sperm donor, he drunkenly washes of a lesbian couple who decide to i nd their biological father 20-year-old Harold and 79-year-old Maude. Harold, obsessed
her donor’s sperm down the drain. Forced to choose between for the i rst time. he movie is disorganized, which made it with the idea of death, lives without afection in his parent’s
replacing the sperm and losing the friendship, Wally decides diicult to see on which characters the story was focused. As mansion, driving a hearse and scaring away any dates that his
to—yup, you guessed it. Seven years later, they reunite with a result, none of the characters were very developed, and it was mother arranges for him. Maude, on the other hand, vibrant
each other, joined by the child they don’t know they share. hard to feel any real connection to them. If you did manage and hell-bent on living a full life, and has a habit of showing
Neurotic characters are the only thing that derail this to develop a liking to a character, it would not last—even the those around her how little they can control in their lives. When
otherwise cliché plotline; all the standbys of the male lead most likeable character was made to look like a villain by the these two meet, it’s a love story like no other. Yes, it’s a love
being stuck in the “friend zone,” the kooky female not being end. Despite these problems, when the movie ended I was story—an unconventional, satirical, completely unique take
aware of how awesome her friend is, and the competition from let thinking that, for all its diferences, this family seemed on the boy-meets-girl scenario, which will have you laughing,
the hunky guy are all present. he kid has his moments of like any other, with problems and challenges of raising two crying, and marvelling at its unapologetic irony.
cuteness, but also extreme annoyingness: he’s way too mature children. Check this movie out if you’re in the mood to be —Charlotte Bailey
for someone whose mother is obviously lacking the maternal reminded of how normal your family really is.
gene. Despite its predictable ending and underdeveloped —Joshua Flear
characters, he Switch has many laugh-out-loud moments and
allows Bateman and Aniston to play unique characters, which
they do well.
thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010
365 days, 52 jobs, one goal Snapshot
Unconventional project helps students ﬁnd their passion
Julie Bortolotti | Fulcrum Contributor
Arts & Culture Editor
SNOWSHOE GUIDE, FIREFIGHTER,
It’s what you
lorist, tattoo artist, astronomer, and NHL
mascot are not on the typical resumé of
a new university graduate—but, Sean
Aiken, the “one-week-job guy,” isn’t your
Here’s how it happened: ater gradu-
make of it
ating in 2005 with a business adminis-
tration degree and a 4.0 average, Aiken
began struggling with an issue university
grads oten face: what now?
Instead of jumping into a career, he
decided to work a diferent job every
week for a year in order to ind a career
he could be passionate about—not one he SEPTEMBER: THE MONTH of new How about volunteering? Resumé
simply liked. beginnings. Other than the fabulous beautiication aside, it feels good to help
Aiken created his blog (oneweekjob. fashions fall brings, it always seems like others, and dozens of campus causes
com) to inform potential employers of his a time of change. And since our grounds need your hands. What cause or service
project and to advertise his availability. are once again populated by fresh-faced that’s in need would turn your crank?
He decided everything he earned would university students, it’s clear that a sense Have you checked out the clubs on cam-
be donated to the Make Poverty History of renewal is upon us all. pus? If you can’t i nd that speciic club
campaign, which eventually received over Life is what you make of it. Yes, that you’d like, are you starting one?
photo courtesy Sean Aiken
$20,000 from his year of work. Aiken Week 42 phrase is cheesy—you may have seen it If you have a problem with how some-
avoided having to pay for accommoda- Aiken trys his hand at i reighting. on a dorky high school poster, or written thing’s being run, or how someone’s be-
tions that year by staying with his em- it in the yearbook to someone you didn’t ing treated—can you do something about
ployers and blog followers. the right opportunities to experience a “I tried to relate my experience as know well. Even so, it’s true. Our experi- it? Rather than sulk in silence, is your
Over the 52 weeks, Aiken experienced career, and this oten leads to some confu- genuinely as I could at that stage of my ences are only as good as we make them. voice being heard?
many interesting jobs, including working sion ater graduation. life, making the transition from school to So for goodness sake, newbies, enjoy Are you seeking out experiences, or
in Hollywood alongside the producer of “Many people will graduate from working world, and [to] share the lessons the University of Ottawa. Better than just waiting for them to fall out of the sky
Rambo and he Righteous Kill. Aiken also school with a degree and will end up that I learned.” that, appreciate the University of Ottawa. and into your lap?
dared to try risky jobs like bungee jump- working at a job in a completely unrelated Aiken wants to ofer guidance and help It’s got some kick-ass stuf to ofer, and if he point being: we’re all here, prob-
ing instructor, and rock climbing instruc- ield,” says Aiken. “[It’s] because we don’t students ind their passion. you don’t pay attention it will pass you by. ably for four years, to earn a degree. If
tor, which challenged him mentally and know what we want to do. Many people “Do something!” he encourages. “Get hat, or you’ll become someone no one you’re in it just to land a good job later on,
physically. He inished his last week as are paralyzed by that.” out of your comfort zone. [It’s] important can stand: a serial complainer who does that’s your prerogative. But take a look
mayor of his own town of Port Moody, What started as a blog turned into a to focus on ourselves, and develop our nothing to i x his or her situation. around, rather than complain that the U
BC. book, then a ilm, and ultimately took on own self-knowledge to learn about the Instead of wandering down that road, of O’s not a big, or cool, or mind-blowing
Aiken feels that when students decide a life of its own by becoming a practical things we like to do and things that we are ask yourself: do you know all the amaz- university. Go out and i nd whatever it is
on their career paths, they tend to focus work program. Aiken’s model for inding good at.” ing things that go on at the U of O? Let’s you’re ater. Volunteer, have an experi-
too much on job titles rather than on one’s passion was applied to new students Curiously, what Aiken seems to have start small. Do you know the bars on ence you can write to Dear Di about, or
the profession’s day-to-day activities. He who qualiied for the One-Week Job Pro- a real love for is helping others bysharing campus? Do you know which ones have i nd out what your student fees support
maintains that students should actively gram, which he launched this summer. his experiences. More than four years af- live bands? to enrich your life as a student.
pursue opportunities ater graduating he irst session lasted one semester, and ter starting the One-Week Job project, it is Did you know that the U of O has its he U of O has lots to ofer its students.
from university and gain practical work the three candidates chosen for the pro- continually growing. Aiken continues to own art gallery? An orchestra? A theatre Life’s what you make of it—and if you just
experience and career knowledge. gram received a $3,000 grant to work a inspire people to ind their passion, and department, even? Or that our sports put your time here on cruise control, let
“[Students] will say, I want to be a total of eight jobs during the summer. he although he sympathizes with students program includes dance classes? Are get ready for a loooong, dull ride.
teacher, or a doctor, or a lawyer, and go grant is given for travel purposes. who feel lost ater graduating from uni- you aware of the many ways that the U
to school,” explains Aiken. “But we don’t Aiken hopes that the One-Week Job versity, he airms that action is necessary. of O brings arts and entertainment to email@example.com
have a good grasp about what the profes- project will help those who are struggling “It’s okay that you don’t know what you students? (613) 562 5931
sion is like.” for answers ater university, as it did for want to do,” says Aiken, but he adds that:
A formal education seldom provides him. “It’s not okay to do nothing about it.” f
New Shaap on the block
Ottawa record store tries to avoid foreclosure curse
Natasha Chaykowski | Fulcrum Contributor most recently, End Hits, he’s seen numer- work, however, through his passion for Dave about it,” says McGovern. “He “here’s still the appeal to go to an
ous record stores close irst-hand. He isn’t music and by keeping his costs low. He ar- thought that I could dei nitely succeed. actual record store. It’s refreshing to be
IN THE PAST four years, Ottawa has shying away from a history of failed re- gues that there isn’t one common reason [He said] you just needed to make sure able to look though the music, especially
witnessed the closure of seven indepen- cord shop endeavours in the city—in fact, that these businesses have closed, nor is that you’re still really passionate about when the Internet bombards audiences
dently-owned music stores. So when a McGovern chose the name “he Record there a reason why all are destined to fail. it—and that your overhead isn’t out of with so many options,” says McGovern.
new store opened, he Record Shaap, Shaap” to embrace these unlucky experi- “Each record store I’ve worked at has control.” McGovern took this advice, “It can be overwhelming. It’s in the store
many were skeptical about its potential ences. closed for [a] drastically diferent rea- and decided to use a smaller space for his that you can i nd the hidden gems.”
success—with the exception of its owner, “Shaap is the Hindi word for ‘curse,’ son,” explains McGovern. Record Run- business in order to keep his costs of rent he Record Shaap stocks a variety of
Matty McGovern. which I igured was appropriate be- ner, for example, couldn’t i nd another and utilities low. musical genres, including indie, metal,
McGovern recently opened he Re- cause I’ve worked at four diferent record suitable location when its Rideau Street Because the Internet provides such folk, rock, and electronic, all of which
cord Shaap because of his passion for stores, all of which have closed,” laughs space was converted into apartments. easy and inexpensive access to music, are available on CD, cassette, and vinyl.
music, which he credits his parents for. McGovern. “I’d rather have fun and ac- End Hits cited the sale of underground the heyday of the CD, cassette, or vinyl he store will also sell tickets for various
“Most people have ‘hockey parents’ or knowledge it, as opposed to avoiding the music in commercial stores for its loss of record might be in the past. McGov- Ottawa shows, and support local artists
‘soccer parents,’” jokes McGovern. “I had fact.” revenue. ern maintains that the traditional way by allowing their work to be sold on con-
‘music parents.’ Music has always been a h is “curse” is not something that Mc- Former End Hits owner, Dave Ward, of buying and selling music isn’t a dead signment. f
part of my life.” Govern’s critics have ignored either. sat down with McGovern before he start- practice.
McGovern is no stranger to indepen- “People will ask, ‘Well, why are you ed on his own music store endeavour, and “People will always i nd something he Record Shaap opened its doors on July
dently-owned music stores. Having been bothering to open another record store gave him advice in order to prevent his special in the physical possession of 24th, and can be found at 209 Gilmore St.,
a previous employee of Record Runner, when [others] have all failed?’” says Mc- business from failing. things, [and] music isn’t an exception to in the basement of Aunt Olive’s vintage
Organised Sound, CD Exchange, and, Govern. He believes that his business can “When End Hits closed, I talked to this,” he says. clothing store.
thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010
Rooies and romance
Ottawa ﬁlmmaker explores dark
topic of date rape
Jane Lytvynenko | Fulcrum Contributor
DRUGS, DATE RAPE, alcohol, and male
domination: these topics dominate Ot- Charlotte Bailey and Keira Obbard |
tawa native Cody Campanale’s irst short Fulcrum Contributors
i lm, Rooies and Romance. he 12-min-
ute work captures a night in the life of a ACID OVERDOSE JEAN JEWER
date rapist, while he seduces and drugs a
young woman. A FOUR-PIECE PUNK band hailing from the nation’s capital, IMAGINE ABSTRACT PAINTINGS in various shades of
“I wanted to create an accurate por- Acid Overdose is a welcome addition to Ottawa’s hard-core grey, black, blue, and red. Without outlining anything in
trayal of a sociopathic date rapist,” says local music scene. particular, these works evoke the images of trees, winds, and
Campanale. “When you’re doing some- Although street punk to the core, Acid Overdose incorpo- storms. his is what you can expect from Jean Jewer’s work;
thing as controversial as this, and it’s rates artistic variations in their music, showing how far from her painting style leaves details—and in some cases subject—
explored in a very blunt and dark way, an average punk garage band they really are. he band’s lead to the beholder’s imagination. Now living in Ottawa, she
you automatically can get negative reac- guitar is distorted cites her childhood on Canada’s east coast as her inspiration.
tions.” to create a buzz saw Ater witnessing irst-hand how nature can turn suddenly
h is isn’t Campanale’s irst work with Sounds like: Raw sewage; if efect similar to that from peaceful to volatile, Jewer drew from these memories
controversial subjects. His i lm compa- of he Casualties. to create her art. Juxtaposing ideas of the fragile state of na-
Leftover Crack had a baby
ny, Lesser Men Productions, began as a Bypassing the typical ture and the horriic disturbances that occur within this state,
with Fleas and Lice.
theatre company devoted to the themes chord progressions Jewer creates the scenes of storms in many of her oil paint-
of sexuality, drugs, alcohol, and domi- featured in most ings. Jewer feels her art evolves organically, as her paintbrush
nance. He gravitates towards these topics “Cody’s i lm is short and very well Check it out: Tracks can punk bands, Acid “lows, gushes, drips, and pours” like the elements she recre-
precisely because they evoke discomfort. done,” says Siegel. “I see too many female be found on MySpace at Overdose’s aggres- ates. hese paintings
“When people shy away from some- students drunk on the streets of the mar- myspace.com/acidod and on sive sound is more are created on large
thing, it always intrigues me,” he says. ket late Saturday nights. he incident in YouTube. reminiscent of post- canvases, most likely Looks like: The background
Campanale insists that talking about is- the i lm could easily happen to them.” grunge street punk. to draw one into the of a dream you only half-
sues is the irst step to their resolution— Not all of the reactions to the movie he band’s singer has a voice that straddles the line between atmosphere of havoc remember after you’ve
Rooies and Romance is an example of have been this positive—its mature sub- singing and screaming, distinguishing Acid Overdose from she creates. If you woken up.
that. ject matter has caused some to regard it other screamo bands. love hearing the wind
Currently working out of Toronto, his not as a cautionary tale, but as an unjust Tracks like “Stay Free” and “Demon Eyes” strike a perfect howl, or enjoy violent Check it out: Jewer’s work
work is gaining recognition—he has cur- portrayal of masculinity. balance between fast and slow tempos. One of the band’s most thunderstorms, check
can be found online, at
rently shown Rooies and Romance in “he subject matter doesn’t shout ‘au- popular tracks, “Insomnia”, features the crowd, both on and out Jewer’s dark, ab-
three ilm festivals, including the Ottawa dience-friendly material,’” admits Cam- of stage, screaming the lyrics back to the band. he track stract style.
International Film Festival. His work is panale, who received negative feedback “Crack Stalker” begins with a disturbing introductory skit
also receiving attention from various primarily from male audiences. that gives meaning to the name “Acid Overdose.”
professors, including ones from the Uni- “I thought my criticism would come
versity of Ottawa. U of O part-time video from women not liking that I was doing
production professor Lois Siegel, Campa- this story, or that I’m a male exploring
nale’s mentor and long-time supporter, a female story,” says Campanale. “I was
plans to include Rooies and Romance in surprised that it was completely the op-
her curriculum as an inspiring and edu- posite ... [Men] thought that I was mak- Come to the Fulcrum’s
cational ilm. ing them look like villains.”
“I asked the library to purchase a His current projects include another ﬁrst staff meeting!
copy,” explains Siegel. “It’s perfect for short movie called Teacher and a full-
my class because it’s a short i lm, and my length feature called MILF, which he
students make two-minute documentary hopes to start shooting next summer. f
portraits.” She believes that it has poten- Thursday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m.
tial to teach students about ethics and To check out Rooies and Romance, visit
human rights. Campanale’s website at lessermen.ca 631 King Edward Ave.
We Fled Cairo rocks Ottawa
New album released from U of O math rock musicians
Allan Johnson | Fulcrum Contributor paper story Mandia read, which told the “We don’t necessarily sit down and genre of math rock might not be well-
story of a couple who had led Cairo in compositionally map out each song,” recognized, but, according to Mandia, its
OTTAWA ISN’T KNOWN for its post- order to get married. Because they met at writes Mandia. “We really want to go for following in Ottawa is growing.
rock music scene, but, in the heart of the so many unconventional shows, Monette a diferent tone with each record and, so “A lot of great [post-rock] bands in Ot-
capital, there are a few bands unobtru- and Mandia choose their genre of music far, with the baritone [guitar], it’s going tawa … have a massive following because
sively making this type of music. Dave as math rock. well.” We Fled Cairo’s i rst album, Adult it’s the sort of the subcultural melting pot
Mandia and Richard Monette are such “Strictly speaking, the math rock Braces, was a much anticipated release. here these days—everyone is starting a
few; they make up the University of Ot- genre is a subgenre of indie rock that we “We prefer playing more basement garage/folky/bluesy rock band,” writes
tawa math rock group We Fled Cairo. thought decidedly makes sense,” says shows/unconventional venues than any- Mandia. “I like the tight-knit little scene
“We Fled Cairo started roughly four Mandia, “Because of the number of times where else,” writes Mandia. “hat being we have here in Ottawa for people look-
years ago as a more cinematic ambi- the song may break down into swing said, we basically just played shows for ing to exercise a little more objectivity
ent/post-rock project with me doing time, or just by virtue of how disjunctive three years without a record to our name, in the music they’re tuning into, so if the
live drumming and some guitar loops,” it can end up sounding.” so that needed to be taken care of.” Man- ‘math/post-rock’ scene idles where it is
writes Mandia via an email to the Ful- Rather than singing about the joys of dia realizes that math rock isn’t for every- now, I think that it’s already in a decent
crum. “Around one and a half years ago parabolas or long division, those who one, saying their album can shock those place.”
… the approach [became] markedly photo courtesy We Are Cairo create math rock music write in unusual who aren’t used to their genre. f
more rock ‘n’ roll.” gan to recognize each other as regulars, time signatures, paying special attention “Either you know exactly what to ex- To check out We Fled Cairo,
he duo became friends ater meeting and ater discovering similar interests in to complex rhythms. We Fled Cairo is pect in terms of the record aesthetic or visit myspace.com/weledcairo
at shows in Ottawa. In the small com- music and math, they formed We Fled breaking this norm by experimenting motif, or you’re caught way of-guard by
munity of indie concert-goers, they be- Cairo. he name was inspired by a news- within this genre. the way it sounds,” says Mandia. he sub-
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Dear Di, to just ask your lusty lover nicely to get a etiquette is concerned. When can I
So I’m with this guy and I deinitely little more naughty. add him on Facebook? Should I take
like our sexual relationship, but now Keep in mind COQ, you’re probably her MSN name personally? What do I
I’m also secretly pining for some not the only one in your relationship do if he’s tweeting touchy stuf about
kinky fun. I’ve been dropping some who has some secret sexy servicing in our time alone? Her Gmail password is
hints, but he’s not really getting mind, nor is it likely you’re alone in your her ex’s name: should I say something?
it. Any suggestions for how to let apprehension. Chances are he’ll think hese are all very normal and novel
him know I might like it rough? there’s nothing sexier than a woman who concerns that the age of Internet has
—Catching On Quickly knows what she wants—especially when ushered unexpectedly into our lives.
what she wants is to get kinky with him. Now CC, I’d be lying if I said there
Dear COQ, Love, wasn’t a vague set of conventions
If I’ve said it once then I’ve said it 100 Di dictating how to conduct yourself in
times: dropping subtle suggestions in the Dear Di, your online endeavours. For instance,
sack is no way to get what you want. And, I’ve been living and loving the single changing your relationship status ater
like most queries and questions that life for a while now. I meet great guys the irst date—or ater the i rst ight—is
are sent my way, the key to your coital all the time, but I ind myself running dei nitely a futuristic faux pas, but you’d
conundrum is clear-cut communication. into the same little problem over and still be hard-pressed to come up with
Obviously you’re open to talking over again. Here’s my question: at what a concrete list of the dos and don’ts of
about your wanton wants and needs with point is it okay to add a new prospect computer comportment. Most hi-tech
your partner, but if your approach large- to Facebook? I like to have that extra heroes have trouble remembering the Sudoku and crossword answers on p. 13.
ly consists of reading out snippets from option to see what’s going on with each real-world words for their viral vocabu-
Cosmopolitan articles or half-heartedly other and keep in touch, but I don’t lary, let alone establishing an in-depth
hoping he’ll suddenly switch his sex want to come of like I need to check out standard of online dating decorum.
style to suit your debuting desires, then every post and photo right of the bat. Basically CC, this is the kind of situ-
you need to rethink how you’re handling Is it okay to add straight away? If not, ation you need to feel out. Wait until
this. You need to be plain about what how long exactly should I hold of ? you feel familiar enough with your
you prefer. Exactly how and when you —Could-Be Creeper hoped-for honey that you don’t need
bring the issue up is up to your own dis- to worry about it being weird, then go
cretion, but the bottom line is: you need Dear CC, ahead and add. Trust your instincts,
here are no hard and fast rules for and if you i nd you’ve moved tooto
stepping into social network seduction. fact
soon then take solace in the fac that
Our generation is riding a technologi- at least it was only a Facebook lub.
cal tidal wave into relatively uncharted Love,
waters—at least as far as Internet Di
It is entirely possible for
women to achieve orgasmorga
solely from sensual
stimulation of their nippl
In a group of 213 women
studied, 29 per cent ha had
experienced at least one on
1. Split radially; 6. Small blemish; 10. ___ majesté; 14. ___ Gay; 15. So-
prano Te Kanawa; 16. Afﬁrm solemnly; 17. Dress with care; 18. Frozen
treats; 19. Capital of Switzerland; 20. Brief instant; 21. Gillette razors;
23. One who favors warlike policies; 24. Acclaim; 26. It’s often taken
after exercise; 27. Blazing; 29. Lying ﬂat; 31. Capital of Calvados, in NW
France; 32. Hot-dog topping; 33. Tax pro; 36. One recording the past;
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40. Hesitant sounds; 41. Wash lightly; 42. After the bell; 43. Flat shelf;
44. Short essays; 46. AKA; 48. Inexpensive; 49. Headband; 50. Facial
expression used by Elvis Presley; 52. Turkish title; 55. Collar type; 56.
Emotional state; 57. Impressionist Edgar; 59. “___ quam videri” (North
Carolina’s motto); 60. Annapolis sch.; 61. Affectation of sophisticates;
62. Russian no; 63. Entrance; 64. Orchestra section
1. Workout count; 2. Memo heading; 3. Mute; 4. “Slippery” tree; 5. In-
cendiary fuel; 6. Garment worn by women; 7. Size of type; 8. Minerals;
9. ___ the season...; 10. Likely to change; 11. 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.; 12. Suit
fabric; 13. Cube creator Rubik; 22. ___ kwon do; 23. Small group ruling a
country; 25. Pious platitudes; 26. Rain cats and dogs; 27. Dull pain; 28.
Free from bias; 29. Plain writing; 30. Anger; 32. Monarch; 33. Sparkling
dry white wine; 34. Sneaky guy?; 35. Ancient Athens’s Temple of ___;
37. Mountain nymph; 38. Frees (of); 39. Entreaty; 43. Young roarer; 44.
Common article; 45. Guy who tends goats; 46. Restless; 47. Unfettered;
48. Aromatic wood; 49. Observed; 50. Indifferent; 51. Taboo; 53. Showy
trinket; 54. Warts and all; 56. Mire; 58. Chemical ending
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Music Sept. 29: A Piano Celebration Visual Art Film Comedy
plays at the National Arts Centre
Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: PopScene (53 Elgin St.). Show is at 8 p.m. Sept. 3: Tony Fouhse’s month- Sept. 1: The American released to Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Absolute
with DJ Emmett at Zaphod long exhibition User Men opens at theatres Comedy Pros and Amateurs night
Beeblebrox (27 York St.) Sept. 30: Mozart’s Triple Crown La Petite Mort (306 Cumberland at Tailgators (1642 Merivale Rd.),
plays at the National Arts Centre St.), 7–10 p.m. Sept. 1, 2: Babies plays at 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Full Flavour (53 Elgin St.). Show is at 8 p.m. at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank
with DJ’s Matty and The Retardi- Sept. 4: La Petite Mort (306 St.) Sept. 2–5: Matt Davis, Jeff
nator at Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 Theatre Cumberland St.) hosts the video Tanguay, and Kevin Gasior at Ab-
York St.) release of Jessica Bortutski’s The Sept. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8: Agora plays at solute Comedy (412 Preston St.),
Sept. 7: Alt 101 Week Good Little Bunny With The Big the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday at
Sept. 4: Nummies, Hands of the FROSH! Burlesque Show at Bad Teeth, 7–10 p.m. St.), 7 p.m showtime, every night 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday
Few, Sketchy Poutine, Winslow, Agora, 8 p.m. except the ﬁfth, which plays at at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and
Knives and Forks for Freedom, Sept. 5: Katherine Mcenly’s Solo 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Krapskraps, and Haywired all Sept. 28– Oct. 2: Les Justes runs Exhibition of Contemporary Real-
play Maverick’s (221 Rideau St.) at the National Arts Centre (53 ist Paintings runs at Cube Gallery Sept. 6: Outdoor show- Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25: Improv Night
Elgin St.), 7:30 p.m. showtimes. (1285 Wellington St.) from 2–5 FROSH! ing of Date Night on with comedy troupe Insensitivity
Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26: Trailer Park p.m. Tabaret lawn at 9 p.m. Training at Yuk Yuk’s (292 Elgin
Bingo at Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 Workshops St.). Shows start at 9 p.m.
York St.), 9 p.m. Sept. 10: Philippe Jusforgues two- Sept. 7: Outdoor showing of
Sept. 5: Venus Envy “Go- week long exhibition Collages and Iron Man 2 on Tabaret lawn at Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27: Open Mic
Sept. 6: Annual Fedstock FROSH! ing Down” workshop in Manipulated Works opens at La 9 p.m. Monday at Absolute Comedy (412
FROSH! concert featuring 30 Sec- Marion Auditorium, 5 Petite Mort (306 Cumberland St.) Preston St.), 8:30 p.m.
onds to Mars, Les Trois p.m. Sept. 10: Resident Evil: Afterlife
Accords, The Balconies, Songs Now–Sept. 12: Without A released to theatres Sept. 8–12: Mike Paterson,
from a Room, and Lucky Uke Now–Sept. 19: “Pop Talks”, a daily Camera… Photograms from the Deanne Smith, and Dred Lee at
in-depth discussion of one of the National Gallery of Canada ends Sept. 10: Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Absolute Comedy (412 Preston
Sept. 9: SFUO presents the works in the Pop Life exhibition at its run at the National Gallery (380 Activist and Rebel plays at the St.), Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday
ﬁrst ever Luminata urban arts the National Gallery (380 Sussex Sussex Dr.). Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Satur-
and music festival Dr.). 1 p.m. daily. 9:15 p.m showtime. day at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and
Now–Sept. 19: PopLife: Art in a Sunday at 8 p.m.
Sept. 10: Hatebreed, Dead and Now–Sept. 15: “Where Do You Material World exhibition closes at Sept. 11: The Rocky Horror
Divine, and Emmure play Capital Draw the Line?” drop-in drawing the National Gallery (380 Sussex Picture Show plays at the Mayfair Sept. 15–19: Slim Bloodworth and
Music Hall (151 George St.). 19+ workshops at the National Gallery Dr.)—this is your last chance to Theatre (1074 Bank St.), 11 p.m Fraser Youngat Absolute Comedy
show, starts at 7 p.m. (380 Sussex Dr.). 2 p.m. every see the exhibition that rocked the showtime. (412 Preston St.), Thursday at
Wednesday. city all summer long. 8:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and
Sept. 10: Grace Over Diamonds Sept. 22: You Will Meet a Tall 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m.
plays Maverick’s (221 Rideau St.) Sept. 24: At Land’s End confer- Dark Stranger released to theatres and 10:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8
Miscellaneous Happenings ence and photographic presen- p.m.
Sept. 11: 101 Week tation hosted by David Trattles, Sept. 21: Mad Max plays at the
Sept. 5: 101 Week Camp
SH! closing ceremonies FROSH! Fortune excursion 12:30 p.m. at Arts Court (2 Daly Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.), Sept. 22–26: Fraser Young, Monty
and concert on Tabaret Ave.) 9:10 p.m. showtime. Scott, and Jordan Chyzkowsi at
lawn. Concert features Absolute Comedy (412 Preston
Sept. 6: Alt 101 Vegan Break-
Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, Now–Sept. 26: Angela Grauer- Sept. 24: Legend of the Guard- St.), Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday
fast at Cafe Alt., 8:30 a.m.
Radio Radio, Whale Tooth, and holz: The Inexhaustible Image ians: The Owl of Ga’Hoole at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Satur-
Hot Shot Casino. exhibition reaches its end at the released to theatres day at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and
Sept. 6: OPIRG Free Store and
National Gallery (380 Sussex Sunday at 8 p.m.
Freedom Painters event at 10
Sept. 22: Emanuel Ax & Mozart Dr.)—another awesome exhibition Sept. 28: Teenage Paparazzo
a.m. outside the Unicentre.
plays at the National Arts Centre with only limited viewing time left. plays at the Bytowne Cinema (325
(53 Elgin St.). Show is at 8 p.m. Rideau St.), 9:20 p.m. showtime.
Sept. 7: Shinerama takes over
Now–Sept. 26: Louis Helbig’s
Sept. 22: French bands Arctic and Beautiful Destruction exhibition
Bruxelles play Zaphod Beeblebrox of aerial photographs taken above
Sept. 8: 101 Week Iftar Dinner
(27 York St.). the Alberta tar sands runs at the
on Tabaret Lawn celebrating
City Hall Art Gallery (110 Laurier
the end of Ramadan
Sept. 23, 24: The Escher Quartet Ave. W.)
plays at National Arts Centre (53
Sept. 9: Feminist Self-Defence
Elgin St.). 12 p.m. shows.
Workshop, 10 a.m. at the Uni-
Sept. 24: Galaxy plays Maverick’s
(221 Rideau St.)
Sept. 9: Gather on Morisset
Terrace at 7:45 p.m. for Take
Sept. 24: Mozart’s Serenade plays
Back the Night rally and march
at the National Arts Centre (53
Elgin St.). Show is at 8 p.m.
Now–Sept. 12: Mosaika Sound
and Light Show on Parliament Hill,
Sept. 25: The Concerto Accord-
9:30 p.m. nightly.
ing to Pinchas, Live! plays at the
National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.).
Sept. 25: Walk for Smiles Ot-
Show is at 8 p.m.
tawa in support of the Starlight
Children’s Foundation Canada,
Sept. 25: Band Madison and Fifth
10 a.m at Dow’s Lake Pavillion.
plays Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York
Online registration forms available
EXECUTIVE EDITOR Mercedes Mueller | firstname.lastname@example.org | (613) 562 5261 thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–Sept.16, 2010
One man’s search for a meaningful Chatroulette connection
Hisham Kelati | Fulcrum Contributor tion were either guys in the midst of get-
ting themselves of or guys who wanted
TEN SECONDS INTO watching some me to show them my dick. he toll of
guy beat his dick like it owed him money, pervs was building in me a growing re-
a thought popped into my head: “I won- sentment of Chatroulette—one that was
der if his microphone is turned on.” quickly replacing the faint hope of a ce-
Out of context, the above scenario is lebrity sighting and the need to i nd a
quite disturbing; in context, well, it’s not meaningful connection capable of justi-
much more comforting. But such is the fying watching more male masturbation
life of a Chatroulette user. Launched in than any one person should ever see in a
November 2009, Chatroulette is a website lifetime.
that randomly pairs up users for a web- My assessment of Chatroulette users
cam-based conversation, complete with can be summed up by these four cat-
audio and text components. egories: brand-new users exceedingly
And it’s addictive, oh-so-magniicent- excited about Chatroulette; young creeps
ly addictive. he novelty, the mystery, the trolling for jailbait; 50-plus dirty old men
pure excitement that, at the next push of trolling for jailbait; and, i nally, the mas-
the F9 button, you could be talking with turbators.
a stranger from any corner of the globe— Although through the website I met
be it a surprisingly polite skinhead from briely, and exchanged very quick helloes
Louisiana or a man who looks suspi- with, people from places like Portugal
ciously like a 75-year-old Elvis. and New Zealand, Chatroulette is noth-
For my irst foray onto Chatroulette, ing more than a domain dedicated to fat
my goal was simple: make a meaningful guys touching themselves.
connection with someone. It didn’t mat- I’ll tell those who are on the fence about
ter who that person was, or where he/ Chatroulette to hold out until the end of
she came from—I just wanted some con- the year when the site goes mainstream
versation. Unfortunately, the process of and the playground culture has appro-
making this happen proved harder than
priated the term “nexted;” meanwhile,
CSI Las Vegas will have aired an episode
My i rst connection was with a love-
ly hipster-looking couple who waved
about a crime that centres around a live
murder on a Chatroulette-like site called nothing more
excitedly and asked how I was doing, “Revolver-Talk.” Reason being, the site
but before I could answer my browser
crashed. An update to Firefox 3.6 later,
going mainstream may bring in a higher
number of normal people and weed out
than a website
I was faced with a guy masturbating. I
nexted—a verb here which means “to hit
If you can’t wait to check it out, go for dedicated to fat
the ‘next’ button, thus terminating an it, but don’t expect to make a connec-
undesirable meeting and bringing about
a new one”—to a couple of German guys
tion early in the process. It will take time
(three hours over a two-day span, in my
in a basement dancing to techno music
with a large rubber duck. I nexted to a
case), an indomitable spirit, and a high-
tolerance for male full-frontal nudity.
pair of older gentlemen in drag who Which brings me back in full circle
nexted me to another masturbating guy. to the beginning of this article—back to
One courteous skinhead and an old El- the masturbating guy. I could hear rus-
vis later, I found myself with another tling noises coming from his end and, if
guy lying solo. I nexted to i nd a young he was an exhibitionist as he seemed, his
couple in the throes of passion, and mic probably was on.
20 minutes later I nexted to a creepy- I cleared my throat and got no reac-
looking man from the country of Geor- tion. I said “hello,” but still no reaction.
gia who played the piano for me. A few I began to get annoyed by his unabashed
drunk German soldiers later, I ended up wanking and decided to let him know.
with yet another guy touching himself, “Hey buddy, you gonna light that
followed by three more, and then several child-sized cigarette or what?”
blank screens. No reaction.
For all potential Chatroulette users, “I bet you have a huge ‘peeing on your
some friendly advice: for starters, leave balls’ problem.”
your self-esteem at the door. For most A slight decrease in fervour, but still
encounters, within the irst two seconds, no reaction.
you will be immediately nexted. As with “You have an incredibly tiny dick.
any given chance interaction, some peo- Why is God punishing you?”
ple may choose to not engage. he guy stops. He grabs hold of the
Also, this site is not for the faint of camera and angles it to his face. He’s a
heart. As expected, there’s a dark side to chubby, greasy-looking 20-something.
this online world: in this case, it’s in the He sneers at me and spits out in anger,
form of a legion of men—never girls— “Fuck you, asshole!” before nexting me to
who furiously jerk of on camera. a black screen.
At this point in my quest, it seemed Success.
that the only people who were going to Meaningful Chatroulette connection
bother to follow through with a connec- made. f
thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2–15, 2010
WWSD? heckles ntributors
Peter Flynn and Aaron Hunt | Fulcrum Contributors
(What would Schumter do? ) campaign. Abusing the money received
from referendums to fund the mandates
of these services is simply another exam-
Executive Editor ple of the contempt shown by the SFUO
for the source of their funds—our wal-
How to… start the semester off right It appears as though a pattern
exists at our student federation that
YOU KNOW THE drill. One warm before they’re due; don’t buy and open indicating a complete lack of regard
September day you are learning what a textbook the day before a midterm or HAVE SOME RESPECT for students’ for who really funds these expenditures.
a demand curve is and then faster i nal exam; and, for the love of God, go money. At the end of the day, the funds are com- can’t even practice what it
than you can say “An Inquiry into the to class. It has recently come to our attention ing from students through the fees we preaches? If that isn’t “drop
Nature and Causes of the Wealth of that the campaigns department for the pay every year. h is year alone, full-time fees hypocrisy,” then what is.
Nations,” you are deriving a Marshal- Make a friend in every class Student Federation of the University of students may be paying over $635 in vari- It’s time for students at the University
lian demand curve using Sheppard’s Class friends are the best friends you’ll Ottawa (SFUO) has decided to acquire “I ous fees and costs to the SFUO. of Ottawa to move on from the “tax and
lemma—or something like that. Ever ever have in university. Not only will <3 U-PASS” buttons. Yeah, ater the U- hese events leave us wondering if spend” mentality of the current ilk who
wondered what a semester without you always have someone to grab a beer Pass has already been implemented, they anyone at the SFUO really cares about have run the SFUO executive over the
all-nighters, mental breakdowns, end- with ater a rough exam, but these are got buttons that state how much they love how much student money they’re using past couple of years. If the SFUO and the
less excuses, and bad grades would feel the people from whom you can borrow their pass. every year. And if, perhaps, they could Board of Administration can’t i nd a way
like? Check out these six steps and I notes if you miss a class or work with We hope there are other individuals try to show some respect for our wallets to slash student fees, then perhaps it’s
can guarantee you a successful semes- on assignments. You should have one out there who i nd this kind of wasteful for a change. time to take a look at doing it by way of
ter. And if they don’t work, well, I’ll friend in every class that you can rely spending as disrespectful as we do. Re- All this brings us back to a more im- referendum. Students could knock $300
write your fake doctor’s note for you. on—ideally someone who takes school gardless of one’s feelings over the SFUO’s portant point: while the SFUO seems to of their student fees simply by voting to
somewhat seriously. new U-Pass, to acquire buttons that re- have no problem raising student fees for do so.
Buy a calendar… and use it lect their lovely-dovey feelings regard- their own purposes, they continue to ex- So what’s stopping us? Nothing but the
Believe it or not, calendars serve a pur- Use the resources available to you ing their accomplishment ater the refer- plicitly endorse a campaign called “Drop apathy of the “silent majority” of students
pose beyond i lling grey wall space in And no, I don’t just mean the Academic endum has already passed is excessive to Fees,” calling on governments to reduce who are turned of student politics by the
a doctor’s oice. Buy a four-month, Writing Help Centre. I’m talking about say the least. student tuition. Indeed, in the last few nepotism practiced by the SFUO—a si-
dry-erase calendar at the University of your teaching assistants and profes- Speaking of waste, a major expendi- years student fees have increased by over lence that has allowed them to steadily
Ottawa Bookstore and i ll in all the im- sors—you know, those people at the ture earlier this summer by some of the $300 due in no small part to the policies increase our student fees in the last cou-
portant dates: midterms, assignments, front of your class getting paid obscene SFUO’s services, including Foot Patrol, of the SFUO. ple years alone.
essays, and exams. hese calendars are amounts of money to teach. Sure, they was to rent a bus to send people to Toron- And so, the question we are let ask- We think it’s about time for the aver-
laid out in a way that lets you see your may be intimidating with their mul- to. Why? To protest the G20, of course, ing is: why would a government of any age student to take a stand by rallying
semester—and when you need to be tiple degrees and use of big words, but even though it wasn’t an oicial SFUO political stripe take seriously a group that to—you guessed it—drop fees. f
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In my experiences, where you study
impacts the quality of studying you ac- Find time to chill
complish. For example, I have a friend Part of being a good student is hav-
that insists he gets his best studying ing the ability to optimize your utility
done smoking a joint with his friends subject to work and leisure constraints.
while blaring Bonobo amidst a “study Basically, you need time to study in
barbeque.” He was also almost kicked order to get good grades because this
out of university. Twice. You should will make you happy; however, you
i nd a quiet, clean, and distraction-free also need time to chill out in order
workspace—be it at home or on cam- to avoid a breakdown because good
pus. mental health will make you happy. It
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HELLO. My name is...
Meet the characters gracing your classroom this fall
Mercedes Mueller | Fulcrum Staff
EET YOUR FELLOW
classmates. You sit next
to them everyday, attempt
to copy of them during
exams, and, sometimes, even befriend a
couple of them. But, for the most part,
you spend your lecture looking around
wondering what the hell is the deal with
these people. Here’s just several of the
kids you can expect to see in each course,
every semester, until you graduate.
The teacher’s pet
Just like in elementary school, each uni-
versity class has a teacher’s pet. You’ll see
her walking your professor to class, talk-
ing to him or her at break, and hanging
back ater the lecture i nishes so she can
rattle of more useless facts meant to im-
press your prof.
Best known for: Monopolizing the pro-
You’ll hate her because: Of the hour-
long wait outside your prof’s oice every
time she’s in there—which is every oice
The ridiculously over-dressed kids
For these students, being in class is like
being at a job—and with their blouses
and blazers, they dress like they work on
Best known for: Pencil skirts, stilettos,
silk ties, and Italian leather laptop bags.
You’ll hate them because: hey will
make you feel so homely you’ll feel com-
pelled to trade in your oh-so-comfortable
sweats for something from Banana Re-
The tardy kid
As if he can’t igure out how to set his
illustration by Alex Martin
alarm clock 15 minutes earlier, the tardy
kid shows up for class late every day. Ater
loudly shutting the classroom door, nois- tion per lecture has anything to do with ginning of the State of the Union? The class couple The Internet junkie
ily making his way to the back of class, the topic at hand. You’ll hate him because: You’re the only You actually get to watch their romance hese kids—there are at least 20 in every
selecting the creakiest chair, and open- Best known for: His freakishly fast arm- person he doesn’t seem to know. unfold: one day they’re sitting on oppo- course—always come to class, laptop in
ing his notebook, he’s i nally ready… to raising abilities. site sides of the classroom, a week later hand. hey’ll open a word document,
go back to sleep. You’ll hate him because: Your professor The gossip girls they’re sitting beside each other, and the name it “Lecture 10,” and then embark
Best known for: Complete obliviousness. can’t get through a lecture with this kid Apparently unaware the couches in the next day they’re holding hands before, on a 80-minute journey through the
You’ll hate him because: He always in class. You may also love him for this University Centre or Second Cup are ater, and during lectures. How adorably World Wide Web. h ree thousand Face-
looks well-rested. reason. more comfortable and conducive to revolting. book pictures, 15 blogs, 13 tweets, nine
conversation, these girls come to the lec- Best known for: Completely inappropri- MSN conversations, four visits to BBC
The daydreamer The serial texter tures just to i ll each other in on what’s ate displays of afection. News, and an episode of Mad Men later,
Spending most of the lecture doodling Seconds into your lecture, she whips out happened since last class. But don’t you You’ll hate them because: How are you class is over and Lecture 10 appears to be
in her notebook or looking outside the her Blackberry and begins texting. You dare turn around and give them the “I’m supposed to solve the prisoner’s dilemma about “essay due next week.”
window, the daydreamer always comes to have a hunch most of these texts are un- a serious student and you’re driving me when the class couple is going to second Best known for: heir ridiculous multi-
class and never learns a thing. he only necessary—“Hey girl, are we still getting crazy” stare or you’ll become the next base beside you? hat, and you’re totally tasking skills.
time she acknowledges her surroundings shithammered at Tila later?”—and you topic of conversation. jealous you aren’t getting rubbed down You’ll hate them because: You’ll wish
is when the professor attacks her with a know they are annoying as fuck. Best known for: Not-so-quiet whisper- every class. you would have brought your laptop to
surprise question—professors can pick Best known for: he time she forgot to ing and giggling. Oh, the giggling. class.
out these kids like a bro can spot a kegger put her phone on silent during the mid- You’ll hate them because: ...Did I men- The smart ass
i lled with drunk girls. term… and the i nal exam. tion they giggle? h is student divides her time between The eye candy
Best known for: hat glazed-over, stoned You’ll hate her because: he sound of a correcting the professor and engaging in Genetically blessed with a smoking body
look in her eyes. vibrating phone on a hard surface every The I’ve-got-better-things-to-do kid a dialogue with the prof on an advanced and face made for Vogue, it’s hard to
You’ll hate her because: While you’re 30 seconds makes nails on a chalkboard h is student feels the need to leave class topic no one else understands (or cares understand why these students bother
trying to understand Marx’s circuit of sound like Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. 10 to 15 minutes early. You will spend ev- about). She believes she should be teach- coming to class when they could be
capital, you just know she’s writing a Pu- ery class wondering if this guy is a secret ing the course—and launches a mini gracing the runways of Paris or Milan.
litzer Prize-winning book. The popular kid government agent always running of to coup every class. Either way, they make 8:30 a.m. classes
It seems as though this student is best impromptu government meetings. Sweet Best known for: Starting sentences with, worth waking up for.
The hand raiser friends with everyone in your class—he job or not, each class he will noisily pack “Well, last night when I was reading [in- Best known for: heir sweet asses.
Remember when Socrates kept ask- even plays a weekly squash game with the up his books, give the professor a nod, sert book not on the syllabus that your You’ll hate them because: hey will
ing questions, and then was sentenced awkward daydreamer. and strut out the door. prof hasn’t even read]…” never sleep with you. f
to death (more or less)? Apparently the Best known for: hat conident, drawn Best known for: All the jokes the prof You’ll hate her because: She makes you feel
hand raiser skipped that class. On aver- out walk to his chair, stopping to shake cracks at his expense ater he leaves. stupid. hen again, she reminds you what
age, he will ask the professor one ques- hands and exchange greetings with every You’ll hate him because: You wish you your life would be like if you stayed up until
tion per 10 minutes—and only one ques- student. What is this—the freakin’ be- had the balls to leave class early, too. 5 a.m. reading the Economist every night.
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Amanda ‘sleep all day’ Shendruk
Jessie ‘what happened?’ Willms
Mercedes ‘party thrower’ Mueller
Alex ‘cruise captain’ Martin
Katherine ‘drunk dialer’ DeClerq
Charlotte ‘concert going’ Bailey
Arts & Culture Editor
Jaclyn ‘food ighting’ Lytle
Jaehoon ‘cheer-of champ’ Kim
Briana ‘hold my hair’ Hill
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IKE SPRING, SEPTEMBER and to process another payment in January. order to access the lobby and secretary lacking in nutritious options, the many
contributors the start of the school year has It’s a tough battle, because if even only of administrators on the second loor of U of O cafeterias make eating on cam-
an air of new beginnings. here a third of undergraduate students were Tabaret, as well as the Dean of Science in pus a chore. he ring of pubs around
are fresh faces on campus and unable to pay their tuition in full, the U Marion, you must get past a locked door. the university perimeter are no help
Natasha Chaykowski new lectures to attend. You get a haircut, of O rakes in approximately $350,000. h is sends the message that students are either. None ofer exceptional quality,
Amanda Daniels buy a snazzy sweater vest, arrange your First introduced in 2000, the fee was $40; not welcome, and a dialogue is not want- and while they are great for a night out,
Dani-Elle Dube shiny laptop neatly in your brand-new however, protestations from the Gradu- ed. Students: stop scaring the personnel! they’re frustrating if you’re looking for a
Sarah Duguay messenger bag, and, if you’re like many of ate Students’ Association managed to Administrators: stop being scared of a grease-free lunch.
Joshua Flear the students at the U of O, you i nd your drop the charge to $20. Now almost back bunch of students!
cause du jour. If activism is your thing— up to it’s original sum, it’s worth another Late exam schedule
Andrew Hawley or if you happen to be an administrator ight. Food FAIL Forget about getting seat-sale tickets
Laurel Hogan who reads our humble publication—the It may not be diicult to i nd beer or fast home for the holidays; the University of
Aaron Hunt Fulcrum editorial board has compiled a Paranoid personnel food around campus, but it certainly Ottawa doesn’t release your course exam
Bryan Jarvis list of what we think are the four things It’s no secret that an unfortunate divide is diicult to i nd good, healthy eats at schedule until at least a month and a half
most in need of change at the U of O. exists on the U of O campus. For many an afordable price. It’s not a secret that into the semester—the sales are over
Serge Lafontaine years, student unions and individual students are dissatisied with campus and exorbitant prices are all that’s let.
Jane Lytvynenko $35 administrative fee students alike have antagonized the cooking; there’s even a Facebook dis- If other universities can put out an ear-
Anton Ninkov Students unable to pay both semesters of university administration—claiming cussion board called “How much does lier exam schedule, or even publish exam
Kiera Obbard tuition in a single transaction are slapped lack of transparency, alleging systemic Chartwells blow balls?” Earlier this dates along with the course calendar, why
with a $35 fee. It may not seem like a lot, racism, and, on occasion, calling for the year, students organized an “Anything can’t the U of O? It would save us all some
Ryan Smeeton but it’s the principle that’s bothersome— resignation of President Allan Rock. Ad- but Chartwells Day” in an attempt to money, and our parents a lot of grief.
Alex Smyth it’s a tax on the poor. It’s hard to believe ministrative personnel have responded express their concerns over campus
that it really requires $35 worth of work by quite literally locking students out. In cuisine. Expensive, poor quality, and firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover art by Alex Martin
Frosh SURVIVAL GUIDE
NO NEED TO FEEL LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER
thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2-15.
Six res dos and don’ts
Keeping keys handy and quiet sex just two things
to remember when living with others
Sarah Gisèle | Fulcrum Contributor you like White Russians.
DON’T borrow stuff from your room-
NEWCOMERS TO RESIDENCE are DO keep the sex quiet mates without asking ﬁrst and specify-
all equipped with the same list of dos If your roommate is staying in to study ing a purpose
and don’ts: do get involved, don’t eat on St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps it would be Last year, my roommate was getting
junk food, do introduce yourself to new a good idea to refrain from having (loud) ready to go on a date, and he popped his
people, and so on. hese pieces of advice sex on the kitchen table outside her head in my room to see if I had a pair of
are all well and good, but they certainly room. he last thing she wants to hear scissors he could borrow. I passed him
don’t prepare anyone to handle real- while trying to digest the idea of syllo- the scissors I was using for a project,
life situations in res. For example, what gisms is “Oh yeah, spank me harder!” only to i nd them perched on the side of
should you do if your roommate calls at Not speaking from personal experience, the bathtub later that night—covered in
3 a.m. to tell you that he met Cuba Good- of course. pubes. All I can say is, I hope that date
ing Jr. at a club and wants to bring the went well.
Oscar-award winning actor home for an DO keep your keys handy at all times
ater-party. hat being one of many situ- Don’t be the person who makes drunk- DON’T invite randoms over without
ations I tackled while living in residence, en, incoherent calls to their roommates permission from your roommates
I only wish I had this list at the time. pleading for them to let you back into res I can guarantee that your roommates
at four a.m. You will end up sleeping in will not be impressed if they step into
DO stock up on mix the University Centre, and those couches the living room in the wee hours of the
Follow the Boy Scouts’ motto and always aren’t as comfy as they look. morning to see a dozen new faces passed
be prepared; however, this does not mean out on the loor. No amount of expla-
carrying a Swiss Army knife and i re DON’T break shit nation will rectify this situation, even
starters. It means surveying your fridge Contrary to popular belief, indulging in by saying “Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you:
contents before pre-drinking. here’s your destructive side and kicking a hole I met these guys in the parking lot of
nothing worse than spending your last through drywall is NOT a good way to Metro when we were headed home from
20 bucks on a bottle of vodka only to dis- make friends. If you break shit, other the club and they seem totally chill! And
cover that your mix choices are limited people in res will have to pay for the they all have matching electronic ankle
to milk and Crystal Light—unless you’re damage, and they will be likely to inl ict bracelets!” f
going through a Big Lebowski phase and the same damage on your face.
illustration by Devin Beauregard
Student card secrets
Discounts and deals for U of O students
Amanda Shendruk | Fulcrum Staff Student Price Card (spccard.ca)
his card is easily worth the $9 for all the money
FROSH, YOU NOW possess the Holy Grail of perks, you will save on cofee alone. he most student-
savings, and discounts—your student card. It is friendly feature of this card is the ofer of a free up-
your ticket to a more afordable life away from your size of any beverage at Second Cup. If cafeine isn’t
parents’ pocket. Treat this little piece of plastic like your cult of choice, there are loads of other great
your new best friend; take it everywhere and lash SPC ofers, including a 10–15 per cent discount at
it liberally. Imagine yourself as a badge-happy, self- American Eagle Outitters, Aldo, Payless Shoes,
important investigator on a bad crime-scene drama. French Connection, Levi’s Store, Mexx, and Esprit.
Your student identiication may not get you across
yellow tape, but it will get you a better cell-phone Bluesfest (ottawabluesfest.ca)
plan, a dirt-cheap haircut, a magazine subscription Ottawa’s own popular, but expensive, summer music
for laundry change, and a symphony concert that is festival ofers students 25 or younger the option of
easy on the wallet. purchasing two rush tickets per day at the discount-
he Fulcrum has done a bit of homework for ed price of $20 each.
you—don’t expect this all year—and found some of
the best savings your card can deliver. Get out there Ottawa Little Theatre (ottawalittletheatre.com)
and take advantage of your student status! If you’re fond of the dramatic, head just down the
street to Ottawa Little heatre and witness ine act-
Student Saver Card (studentsaver.ca) ing at an afordable rate. Students need only pay $10
he Student Saver Card is fabulously free and ofers (instead of $24) for a great night of theatre. Keep in
you discounts around the city, the province, and the mind: most theatres in the city ofer some form of
country. Some of the deals in Ottawa include: 20 per student discount, so wherever your thespian travels
cent of food at Avant-Garde, a 15 per cent discount take you, make sure to ask about their student dis-
at clothing boutique Milk, two for one appetizers at counts.
the Honest Lawyer, and a 10 per cent discount at Ot-
tawa’s erotic emporium Venus Envy. The National Arts Centre (nac-cna.ca)
he NAC ofers great deals for students, including
International Student Identity Card (isic.org) season subscriptions at 50 per cent of, a limited
As members of the Canadian Federation of Students, number of half-price student tickets for most shows, PERFECT CARD
U of O card-holders can pick up the $20 card for free and the opportunity to join the popular Live Rush CREATE YOUR OWN FREE, PERSONALIZED CARD1 AT
at the student federation oice. he ISIC card, which program. Live Rush afords students the chance to desjardins.com/mycardmylook
ofers discounts on travel around the world, ofers 30 purchase specially discounted tickets—only $11—to
per cent of regular economy fare travel with VIA the majority of performances. Go to liverush.ca for
rail and a 25 per cent discount on adult Greyhound more information and to register to become a free
tickets. hese are just two of the perks of this plastic. Live Rush member. f
* VISA Int. / Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec, authorized user. 1 Certain conditions and restrictions apply.
thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2-15
A word to the wise from the
U of O’s resident racy columnist
Dear Di introduces you to a very sexy city
Di Daniels | Fulcrum Staff fun classes in a variety of sensual subjects. one-on-one counseling, but also can com-
Stripping, bondage, fellatio, cunnilingus, municate with you over phone or Skype. DEAR FRESHMEN, of you is that you have smart sex. hat
and getting into sex toys are just some of Whether you need her help or not, Mc- It’s that time of year again. means feeling comfortable enough with
the topics the staf will walk you through, Garvie’s website, articles, and e-books of- September irst has i nally rolled yourself to do anything you want to do,
GREETINGS ALL YOU irst-year irst- but also being strong and smart enough
timers, and welcome to the big “O.” While with hilariously ill-drawn charts and fer a wealth of sexual knowledge that is around and, like clockwork, the
equally entertaining demonstrations— deinitely worth tapping in to. cramped quarters of residence buildings to walk away from anything you don’t
you’re working up a sweat lugging boxes up want to do. It means embracing every
and down stairs and trying to put together anything to get you conident and in com- are i lling up with fresh meat—I mean
mand of the topic. Parliament Hill faces. Classes are just around the corner, experience that excites you, and eschew-
that seemingly simple Swedish-made bed ing every experience that irks you.
of yours, you may ind yourself feeling Sexapalooza Living in the nation’s capital does have its but lucky for you i rst-years the faculty
here on campus has been kind enough to Listen up ladies and gents, getting
frisky—the sight of all those greased-up, Held only in Ottawa, Toronto, and Ham- advantages, especially when it comes to yourself into tons of trouble is part of
rippling muscles or long, svelte legs and outdoor sex. At least, that’s according to give you a whole week to get unpacked
ilton, Sexapalooza is the mother of all sex the freshman experience and, frankly,
booty shorts would be enough to kick any- the 2005 Ottawa Xpress Best of Ottawa and settled or, as frosh tradition dictates,
shows. Workshops, new product debuts, I’ll be completely disappointed in
one’s libido into high-gear. Alas, if you’re Reader’s Poll, which named Parliament get shitfaced and laid. hough I could
music, performers, contests, and even a each and every one of you if you don’t
new to the game in bodacious Bytown and Hill as the best place to get it on outside. give you some excellent tips on low-
sex museum—this exhibition is a raging end this week with at least one regret
at a loss for inding the hot spots you need Honourable mentions were also granted budget buying for your new dorm room,
four-day all-sex event. Only $25 for a full or absurd and outrageous story.
to hit, you’re really relying on word of to Major’s Hill park and the ill-supervised it’s really the latter area of the fresh-
weekend pass, this January afair is dei- I hope you all get drunk, I hope you
mouth to take you where you want to go. garden at the top of the Rideau Centre. man experience that interests me, and
nitely the cure for any winter doldrums or all hook up with a total stranger, and
Well, never fear—Dear Di is here to open necessitates my writing to you today.
cabin fever from which you may be suf- I hope you all reunite with that total
your eyes to what this seriously sexy city Open for business I’ll bet that I know exactly what
fering. It only cums once a year, and you stranger when they sit next to you in
has to ofer. you’re thinking. Something along the
don’t want to miss out. Ottawa is home to about twenty special- class. But, that being said, I hope you
lines of “Not another safe sex talk! Good
ty sex shops and naughty video stores. all have the strength to say no if you
grief!” Well, you can rest easy fresh-
hough most are situated in the down- i nd yourself in a situation—sexual or
Venus Envy Sue McGarvie men irst-timers: I’m not here to educate
town core, the city’s sprawling suburbs not—that you’re not comfortable with
Venus Envy is hands-down the best sex Many Ottawa residents have no idea that you about taking your pill on time
are no strangers to raunch—major Ottawa and, above all, I hope that of all the
shop I have ever seen. hat said, it’s not in this fair city we host our very own, or how to properly put on a condom.
sex stores like Aren’t We Naughty and he lusty letters I receive from you this year,
their great variety of sex toys (which line nationally syndicated “Sex with Sue.” Sue I’ve been at this a long time, my new
Adult Fun Superstore are just a hop, skip, none of them are because you can’t cope
the walls of the spacious store, carefully McGarvie is a sex and relationship thera- friends, and at this point I can say with
and a hump from two of the city’s most with any sins you commit this week.
labelled and reviewed for an easy buying pist, talk show host, and author, based certainty that virtually nothing I tell
suburban areas. What this all amounts to
experience), nor is it their sizable selection right here in Ottawa. She is also the win- you will afect the decisions you make
is not just amazing sex toy accessibility, Best of luck my brand new buddies.
of sexual literature that earns them this ner of I. H. Asper Broadcast Entrepreneur when you’re getting hot and heavy on
but also an awesomely open attitude to
distinction. No, what impresses me most of the Year Award for 1998 and Business your uncomfortably small, stif beds.
sex of all kinds. his may be a government Love,
about Venus Envy is their workshops. For and Professional Women’s Association While I’d undoubtedly prefer that you
town, but sooner or later the suits come of Di
a small fee, the store ofers exciting and Woman of the Year for 1994. She ofers all engage in safe sex, all I’m going to ask
and the lavoured lube comes out. f
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Gee-Gees rivalry 101
A look at Ottawa’s toughest sports adversaries
illustraion by Devin Beauregard
HEN ASKED TO name the greatest rivalry in season clashes in the last ive years. Dur- tion (QSSF) more than the Concordia close to the animosity between the Gees
professional sports, even the casual fan will ing that time span, the Gees have also University Stingers. In 2009, Ottawa’s men’s basketball team and the Carleton
be able to cite great examples. Though the butted heads in the playofs twice with the three-game winning streak to begin Ravens. he cross-town rivals have a long
rivalries that exist in Canadian Interuniversity Queen’s Golden Gaels. he most memor- the year came to came to an end at the history, which evokes comparisons to the
able match took place in 2008, when Ot- hands of Concordia in an 18-0 loss. he North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke
Sport (CIS) are not as highly publicized, they are just as
tawa upset then-undefeated Queen’s in Stingers then defeated the Gees 8-0 later Blue Devils of the National Collegiate
ﬁerce and steeped in tradition. For all the ﬁrst years that
Kingston. he win pushed the Gee-Gees in the season, and eventually eliminated Athletic Association. Both teams have
are unfamiliar with the Gee-Gees’ biggest competitors, to the Yates Cup i nal, where they lost to them in the playofs with an 18-7 victory. been contenders for the CIS title in
the Fulcrum has compiled a list for each varsity team. their other rival, the Mustangs. Concordia went on to capture the prov- recent years, though the Ravens have
—Andrew Hawley incial championship in 2009, a title they always had the upper hand—they are
will begin defending this season in their unbeaten against the Gee-Gees in their
Men’s hockey: Concordia Stingers, which every game went into double- Women’s basketball: Carleton Ravens, home opener on Sept. 12 against Ottawa. last 11 meetings. he Gees almost broke
Carleton Ravens overtime) and air-tight regular season Windsor Lancers —Andrew Hawley the streak last season, losing the regular
he Gee-Gees men’s hockey team holds games (a 4-3 Ottawa win in 2010 with Last year, rivalries between the Gee- season i nale by a mere point in overtime.
a ierce rivalry with two of their closest three seconds to go) have coni rmed the Gees women’s basketball team and both Women’s soccer: Queen’s Golden Gaels, However, Ottawa will always have the
geographical competitors: the Con- Carleton Ravens as the biggest rival for the Windsor Lancers and the Carleton Toronto Varsity Blues, Wilfrid Laurier distinction of beating the Ravens in the
cordia Stingers and the Carleton Ravens. the Gee-Gees women’s hockey team. Ravens were greatly intensiied. Having Golden Hawks inaugural Capital Hoops Classic in 2007.
Last season, Ottawa and Concordia The intensity of the rivalry cranked up lost two regular season games against No less than three teams can be con- —Anton Ninkov
were embroiled in a battle for the i nal before the 2009–10 season due to a stun- the Ravens, the Gee-Gees travelled to sidered as rivals for the University of Ot-
playof spot in the OUA East. In the ning personnel move: Shelley Coolidge, Carleton to play in the Ontario University tawa women’s soccer team. Since their Women’s volleyball: Queen’s Golden
end, Concordia won the season series the former Ottawa head coach for six Athletics (OUA) East Final. Ater an 2006 OUA championship victory against Gaels, Toronto Varsity Blues
against the Gees—three games to one— years, bolted for Carleton and became intense battle, the Gee-Gees pulled out Queen’s University, the Gee-Gees have A dei nitive rival for the University of
and claimed the post-season berth. the Ravens’ new coach. he end result: an upset against the top-seeded Ravens long had a ierce rivalry with the Golden Ottawa women’s volleyball team has
Since 2007, when Carleton brought Ottawa’s 2-1 win over Carleton in the last and claimed their spot in the CIS cham- Gaels. While Ottawa won the most re- been somewhat lacking in recent years,
back its men’s hockey program ater a season’s i nale gave the Gees third place pionship for the second straight year. cent playof game in 2008, Queen’s took but a couple of opponents have provided
long absence, the Gees and Ravens have in Quebec ahead of their rivals. However, against their strong rivals in both contests in 2009. he Gees’ rivalry Ottawa with strenuous competition. he
quickly become rivals as well. On Feb. —Andrew Hawley Windsor, the Gee-Gees struggled once with Toronto heated up last season when Gee-Gees have always staged entertain-
9 this past year, the Ravens beat Ottawa again. The Lancers blewout the Gee- Ottawa beat the Varsity Blues in the play- ing games against their closest neighbour
in overtime at the Sports Complex, Men’s football: Western Mustangs, Gees in the OUA i nal, 83-55. he two ofs to qualify for the OUA Final Four. in the OUA, the Gaels. Ottawa has won a
eliminating the Gee-Gees from playof Queen’s Golden Gaels teams met again at the irst round of the Finally, no provincial i nals appearance pair of ive-set matches against Queen’s
contention—a crushing loss which will In recent years, the U of O men’s football national championships, where Ottawa for Ottawa would be complete without in the last two years, with all other con-
have Ottawa salivating for revenge this team has managed to foster not one, but hung tough until halt ime, but eventually the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, a tests requiring at least four sets to be
season. two, great rivalries on the gridiron. Ot- lost 64-46. team they’ve met in the playofs for three played. On the l ip side, all six of Ottawa’s
—Anton Ninkov tawa’s bellwether opponent in the regular —Anton Ninkov years running. most recent games against Toronto have
season has been the perennially-talented —Andrew Hawley ended in three sets, with Toronto win-
University of Western Ontario Mustangs. Women’s rugby: Concordia Stingers ning ive of the matches. he Varsity
Women’s hockey: Carleton Ravens he squads typically open their seasons Entering 2010, the Gee-Gees women’s Men’s basketball: Carleton Ravens Blues have eliminated the Gees in two
Memorable playof matches (a three- against each other and then duel again in rugby team won’t loathe a single team When it comes to sports rivalries at the straight post-seasons.
game series won by Ottawa in 2009 in the playofs, as evidenced by three post- in the Quebec Student Sports Federa- University of Ottawa, nothing comes —Andrew Hawley
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Capital Consumption Challenge
one pint (or photo-
op) at a time 6. The Aulde Dubliner
(62 William St.) geois, “Maman”, is the pride and joy the
gallery’s modern art collection. Take a
Jaclyn Lytle | Fulcrum Staff
photo underneath the sculpture before
THERE ARE A multitude of ways to get to know a new city. All this running around has you move along.
Audio visitor’s guides, printed guidebooks, escorted walking probably gotten you pretty
tours, and sightseeing bus trips are all available and affordable thirsty! he Aulde Dubliner is 11. Fairmont Château Laurier
options—but they’re also alarmingly boring. Here at the Ful- one of the best pubs in the down- (1 Rideau St.)
crum, we feel there’s no better way to familiarize yourself with town core in terms of both food
our fun and fabulous capital than to grab a couple of pals and hit quality and beer selection. Pop h is grand hotel is one of Ottawa’s most
the streets. That’s why we’ve come up with the ultimate Ottawa into this pub to wet your whistle. beautiful buildings. It is also supposedly
board game, a unique way to introduce you to this fair city and haunted by the ghost of Charles Melville
give you a chance to win some excellent prizes. Designed with 7. Beaver Tails (69 George St.) Hays, the railway tycoon that perished
students in mind, it’s the Capital Consumption Challenge. in the Titanic disaster only three years
he seemingly insigniicant hut ater commissioning the building of the
You will need: you are now standing before Château. Take a photo out front before
is not just the only Beaver Tail advancing to the next location.
• A minimum two-person team stand open year-round in Otta-
• A camera wa, but also the i rst stand ever 12. Parliament Hill (33 Metcalfe St.)
• Your wallet opened by Beaver Tail Canada
• This playing board Inc. founders. Nobody’s time he capital pride of the capital city, the
• A pen or marker to record your progress in Ottawa is complete without Parliament buildings provide the perfect
a taste of this local delicacy. backdrop for the city’s skyline—and for
How to play: Order whichever pastry strikes your next picture. Take a shot of your-
your fancy and take a photo selves with the Peace Tower in the back-
The concept of the game is very simple: as author Lewis Car-
outside the hut with it. Ater ground, then walk toward Elgin Street.
roll so plainly wrote, “Begin at the beginning… and go on till you
you’re done, duck across the
come to the end: then stop.” Basically, follow the sequence of
street into the ByWard Market 13. D’Arcy McGee’s (44 Sparks St.)
locations as they are set out on the playing board, and perform
each task as outlined on the directions. If you’re more of a dry building.
dude than a big-time boozer feel free to skip any alcohol-related Another one of downtown’s best pubs,
steps and focus your energy on capturing highly hilarious photos. 8. Le Moulin de Provence D’Arcy McGee’s is the perfect place to
Keep track of your progress with a marker or pen to ensure you (55 ByWard Market Sq.) pause for another pint. While you’re
don’t skip any steps. enjoying your drink, take a look outside
h is sunny café exempli- the front window toward Confederation
On your mark, get set, go!
ies the joining of the Fran- Square. Besides its tributary signiicance,
cophone and Anglophone the square also happens to be built on the
cultures in our brilliantly same land where the Stanley Cup was
1. Home base (Your starting point) Ottawa’s most popular shopping bilingual city. Surprisingly, originally thought up by Lord Stanley
area, this bustling bus station is it also brings together booze himself.
First things irst, you’re going to need a packed with passengers every day and beautiful pastries. Grab
drink to start things of properly. Mix a of the week. Take a photo of your- a bottle of your favourite beer 14. National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.)
tall glass of your favourite drink or crack selves with one of the patient pa- or a tasty treat to top of that
open a bottle of beer. Count the amount trons waiting here, then backtrack Beaver Tail. You’re almost there, but before your trek
of letters in the name of your program down to Nicholas Street. reaches an end, there’s one more stop.
and take one drink for each letter. For 9. Zaphod Beeblebrox Dubbed “Oscar’s Corner” by Ottawa
example, music majors take ive drinks, 4. HI Ottawa Jail Hostel (27 York St.) Citizen columnist Peter Simpson, at the
marketing majors take nine drinks, and (75 Nicholas St.) intersection of Albert and Elgin Streets
those of you aspiring to complete bio- h is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the sits the brilliant bronze sculpture of jazz
chemical engineering degrees… well, Easily the eeriest of the capital’s Galaxy themed bar is among pianist Oscar Peterson. Take a photo
you should probably choose your drink creepy buildings, the HI Ottawa the most popular clubs in the with the Quebec-born musician’s like-
carefully. Jail Hostel is housed in the former city. “he original nightclub ness, then head back to Laurier Avenue.
Carleton County Jail, which was on the edge of the universe,”
2. Tabaret Lawn (550 Cumberland St.) actively used as a prison until 1972. as the website boasts, is also 15. Royal Oak (161 Laurier Ave. E)
hough you won’t be allowed into on the edge of the best mu-
Tabaret Hall is not only the architectural this little piece of haunted Ottawa sical talent around. Pop in- Finally, your journey has come to an end.
face of the U of O, but also one of the ma- history, you can take a photo un- side and order a Pangalactic Celebrate with a pitcher or two at the
jor hubs of student life throughout the derneath the grand stone archway Gargle Blaster—and don’t “Campus Oak” before you head home
academic year. Get in the fun frosh mood that marks the entrance. When forget to bring your towel. and send your pictures and contact in-
by taking a photo of yourselves doing a you’re i nished here, bolt for the By- formation to email@example.com to
cartwheel on Tabaret Lawn, then head Ward Market. 10. National Gallery of win fabulous prizes. f
for Mackenzie King Bridge. Canada (380 Sussex Dr.)
5. Sugar Mountain (71 William St.)
3. Mackenzie King Bridge You’ll know the gallery is Contest closes on Monday, Sept.
(Between the Rideau Centre and the h is shop has a one-of-kind con- dead ahead when a mas- 13. All photo submissions will be
National Defence ofﬁce building) fectionery collection. Pop inside for sive spider looms in the posted in a gallery at thefulcrum.
your favourite sugary treat and take distance. One of 11 bronze ca. Once judged, ﬁrst- and sec-
Ah, the pleasures of public transport. a photo outside with their ice cream casts of the original 1999 ond-place winners will be con-
Due to its close proximity to downtown cone statue. work by artist Louis Bour- tacted and awarded prizes.
illustration by Alex Martin
6 frosh frosh 7
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Two services at U of O serve bike-loving students
Jaehoon Kim | Fulcrum Staff ply for a bike-share membership at the “he re-Cycles bike co-op used to be
Parking and Sustainable Transporta- on Nelson Street, in our community, but
THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa is tion Oice (139 Louis-Pasteur Pr.), and it moved to 477 Bronson Ave. It let a va-
currently the third-largest university in pay a refundable $10 deposit. A student cancy as students now had a need that
Ontario in terms of student population— identiication card is needed to apply for wasn’t being met,” said Tegler.
almost 38,000 students were enrolled the membership. As a bike-share mem- A laboratory at Lees campus was ret-
in 2009. However, only 2,885 spots are ber, students can visit Montpetit Hall or roitted with the purpose of creating the
available for students to live at one of the Protection Services and sign out a bi- co-op. It is being funded partially by the
seven on-campus residences. As a result, cycle for the day. U of O, and also through the green refer-
over 90 per cent of the student population
If you already own a cycle and require endum levy. here is no additional charge
commutes to school, and a signiicant
mechanical assistance, or if you want to for students to use the centre, which is set
portion choose to bike.
attend a workshop on biking-related is- to open the i rst week of September.
For all the cycling aicionados, there sues, your best bet would be to visit the At irst, the co-op will provide techni-
are services at the university designed to new SFUO bike co-op, located just of the cal help and various seminars, with the
encourage biking on campus: the bike- main campus. goal of expanding to ofer more assis-
share program run by Protection Ser- According to Taiva Tegler, the SFUO tance to cyclists, said Tegler.
vices and the newly founded bike co-op, bike co-op coordinator, the proposal for “We’ll have basic services like having
a Student Federation of the University of the service was completed three years tools available and a mechanic to help
Ottawa (SFUO) initiative. ago ater research on similar programs at with i xing bikes. We’d like to sell used
he concept of bike-sharing was born other Canadian universities. bikes and bike parts as soon as possible. It
in the Netherlands in the 1960s—ive Sarah Jayne King, current SFUO vp will also be open to students with [limit-
decades later, the idea has spread to the i nance, began working on the proposal ed] biking experience to take workshops
U of O. he theory behind the program in 2009 which culminated in the green on how to i x a bike, or even how to ride
is simple: 10 bicycles are available to be campus referendum that passed in Feb- a bike.” f
rented, free of charge, to members of ruary. For more information, visit protection.
the university community. he only re- Tegler emphasized that the service was uottawa.ca/en/bike-share.html and the
Student cyclists beware:
Watch out for walk-yout-bike signs on campus.
quirement is that a student must i rst ap- created as a response to student requests. SFUO co-op at 200 Lees Ave.
h t b M i R d
photo by Maria Rondon
A beginner’s guide to Frosh survival tip #64: beverages
NOW THAT YOU’RE at the U of O, you’ll have to become accus-
U of O athletic centres
tomed to the culture of sleepless nights partying or studying—the
effects of which can only be cured by a foreign substance: coffee.
There are many sanctuaries where one can receive this blessing,
Starbucks: hey won’t accept git cards, but will still make your decaf
Access to ﬁrst-rate facilities possible grande non-fat latte perfectly in Demarais.
Tim Hortons: If you’re willing to brave the line, then check out the second
loor of the University Centre or their location in SITE.
with the power of a student card Second Cup: Two locations: one at 153 Laurier Ave., and the other on the
irst loor of Morisset library.
Mac’s: If you want a super-cheap knockof latte, try the 24 hour Mac’s at
Amanda Daniels | Fulcrum Contributor arts room. All basketball, swimming, and U of O football team being one of the pre- 120 Osgoode St. or 210 Laurier Ave. Warning: you get what you pay for.
volleyball varsity squads call Montpetit season favourites to win the Yates Cup.
SEPTEMBER IS FINALLY here and the Hall their home, with a maximum capac- Café Alt: he SFUO-run café is a great place to study—it’s located in the
University of Ottawa will soon be i lled ity of 1,000 for basketball and volleyball Sports Complex basement of Simard Hall.
with wide-eyed frosh trying to i nd their games. (801 King Edward Ave.)
way around campus. hough it may be
important to know where the best study Lees Gym (200 Lees Ave.) he newest of the on-campus facilities is Tip #11: slanguage
spots are, it is just as important to locate the Sports Complex, which cost a stag-
the sports facilities at the university, he third sports facility is just a short gering $24 million to build. It includes a
It helps to know the language when
many of which are underused. Whether shuttle ride away from the main campus. modern itness centre (with 39 cardiovas-
staying in a foreign place. Here are two
you want to attend a varsity game and Its main attraction is a 7,000-square-foot cular machines and 26 weight machines),
simple rules of speech to remember
cheer the Gee-Gees to victory or to ex- gymnasium with a Taralex synthetic sur- a multi-purpose sports room, two squash
when speaking to other students:
ercise the night away, it’s always a good face. he Lees gym is used by the com- courts, two National Hockey League-
idea to check out the three main athletic petitive fencing club and some intramural sized rinks, and a state-of-the-art outdoor 1) Everyday words, such as “deﬁnitely” and
buildings on campus. hey include the programs. It is also available for recre- sports pitch—named Matt Anthony Field. “obviously,” should always be used in their
Sports Complex, Montpetit Hall, and the ational badminton and volleyball drop-in Access to the Sports Complex is free for all abbreviated form: “def” and “obv.”
Lees gym—in addition to Frank Clair activities. students—simply by presenting their stu- For example: “I def wanna go to the mall in-
Stadium, where the football team com- dent card at the door—as is the case with stead of class. Obv!”
petes. Frank Clair Stadium (1015 Bank St.) other athletic facilities.
Frank Clair Stadium, located at historic Of the U of O varsity teams, four play 2) Terms related to the activities of a univer-
Lansdowne Park, is home to the Gee-Gees home games at the Sports Complex: both sity student must be expressed in their ob-
Montpetit Hall (125 University St.) football team and can hold an approxi- men’s and women’s hockey, women’s rug- noxiously extended form.
mate 8,000 screaming fans. he stadium, by, and women’s soccer. he men’s football For example, the sentence: “Do you want to
Built in 1972, Montpetit Hall houses three which opened in 1909, had its maximum team also practises at Matt Anthony Field. get drunk tonight?” will be understood by
gymnasiums, a 50-metre pool equipped capacity reduced in recent years due to According to Jacinthe Neron, Sports Ser- your fellow students, but is not as efective as
with diving boards and a 10-metre diving structural concerns. he average atten- vices communications coordinator, the saying: “Let’s get shitwreckhammercrunked
tower, three squash courts, a dance studio, dance per game in 2009 was 2,151, but is main arena seats about 800 fans and Matt up tonight!”—which will receive a def an
a itness centre, and the Tae E. Lee martial expected to increase this season with the Anthony Field 600 people. f “obv!”
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Where to go when you’re in need at the U of O
Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff delicious meals with limited ingredients. study habits, attend the workshops that
SASS ofers—times and dates are posted
Oh, so that’s where it’s at:
HETHER YOU’RE GETTING ...not sure how to turn your paper into regularly on their website.
used to living away from an A+. In most faculties, papers account
home, struggling to teach for a large percentage of your grade. he ...having trouble coping. he U of O pro-
yourself cooking skills beyond grilled Student Academic Success Service (SASS) vides counselling to stressed-out students. Financial Aid & Awards Service Peer Support Phone Line:
cheese sandwiches, or are just inding ofers an array of writing services, one his service is free, and anyone taking at University Centre, Room 102 (613) 562-5604
the workload overwhelming, everyone of which is the Academic Writing Help least one course can take advantage of it. (613) 562 5734
has some trouble coping during their Centre (AWHC). he AWHC organizes Whether you’re having a bad day, week, loansandawards.uottawa.ca Protection Services
irst year of university. To make your four workshops, career fairs, and works one or year, professional counsellors will de- 141 Louis-Pasteur
years at the U of O meltdown-free, the on one with students to ensure that they termine what your needs are and see that SFUO Food Bank (613) 562 5499
school provides services to students in
learn how to identify and correct errors in they’re fulilled. If you are in need of im- University Centre, Room 0015 (613) 562 5411 (for emergencies)
need of some extra help. Here’s what to
their academic writing. mediate help, contact the Peer Support (613) 562 5800 ext. 2752 protection.uottawa.ca
do when you’re…
Phone Line at (613) 562 5604. bonappetit.sfuo.ca
...drowning in debt. Between your stu- ...sick. Part of your student fees pay for Foot Patrol
dent loans, credit cards, and loans from a health plan. Everyone is entitled to the ...feeling unsafe. Foot Patrol volunteers will Health Services University Centre, Room 08A
your parents, one thing is certain: you student health plan, although you’re free walk you from campus to anywhere within 100 Marie Curie Street (613) 562 5800 ext. 4517 (day)
need cash—NOW. he best way to get to opt out if you’re covered by your par- a 45 minutes radius, in order to ensure that (613) 564 3950 (613) 562 5800 ext. 7433 (night)
money is to keep your grades high and ent’s insurance. Services include routine students get home safely. You can give them uottawa.ca/health sfuo.ca/services/footpatrol
get scholarships. he inancial aid oice appointments, lu shots, and doctor’s a call, or ind a campus pay phone—each
is a great place to obtain information on notes for sick students. one is equipped with a designated free Foot Peer Help Centre
loans and scholarships available. he U of Patrol call button. University Centre, Room 211D
O will also help you with your scholarship ...lunking a class. First of, you should Protection Services keeps our cam- (613) 562 5249
search online, under the “Finances” sec- contact your class’s teaching assistant pus safe, and they can be contacted via peerhelp.sfuo.ca
tion on your Infoweb account. Identify- (TA). he names of the TAs should be on payphones or by hitting a “panic button”
ing your year of study and program will your course syllabus, along with their of- found in most female washrooms. Other Student Academic Success Service
connect you to the scholarships available ice location and hours. If your class has security measures include the blue lamp- 100 Marie-Curie Street, fourth loor
exclusively to U of O students. no TA, contact the professor directly. Your posts or telephones on campus. If you’re (613) 562 5101
next step would be to visit your student as- ever feeling at risk, go to one to get con- sass.uottawa.ca
...turning your last ketchup packet into a sociation—found under “Student Groups” nected with an oicer.
meal. If your cupboards are bare, it might on the SFUO’s website (sfuo.ca)—many SASS’s Counselling Service
be time to visit the Food Bank. he Stu- of which ofer tutoring programs. Or you ...lost. It’s a big campus out there—it takes 100 Marie-Curie, fourth loor
dent Federation of the University of Ot- can always drop in to the SFUO Peer Help about 10 minutes to walk from one end (613) 562 5200
tawa (SFUO) runs a chapter of the Food Centre; they’ll be able to refer you to tu- of the university to the other. If you need sass.uottawa.ca/personal
Bank for students. his year, the Food tors, improve your class presentations, or a map, check out uottawa.ca/maps. his
Bank plans to run workshops for students help you by reviewing your work. site will show the fastest—and warmest—
on budgeting for groceries and cooking Finally, if you want to improve your routes to class. f
illustration by Ryan Smeeton
Where to volunteer at the U of O
tip #47: cuisine
When in a foreign place,
Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff it is necessary to sample
be a very rewarding experience. Student
delicacies it has to offer.
mentors help new students get situated
Be sure to indulge in
VOLUNTEERS MAKE THE world go at the U of O, and lend support to them
the following gourmet
‘round—or at least, they make most of throughout the year. To become a student dishes on a weeklykly
the services on campus work to serve you mentor, visit the Student Academic Sup- basis:
better. Volunteering not only improves a port Services at sass.uottawa.ca.
resumé, but it is a great way to meet peo- • Instant noodles
ple. If you’re interested in volunteering at 7. Foot Patrol he service that ensures • Kraft Dinner
the University of Ottawa, check out: students get home safely needs you— • Caf food
you’ll get to know campus like the back • Shwarma
1. he Fulcrum Celebrate student jour- of your hand, and meet people while you • Anything take-out
nalism by working at the U of O’s inde- do it. Visit footpatrol.sfuo.ca to i nd out • Leftover take-out
pendent English language newspaper. how you can make campus a safer place! • Any dish that makes
Drop by our hursday staf meetings to your stomach sad
learn about opportunities to write for 8. he Peer Help Centre Help your fel-
news, arts, features, sports, and opin-
ions—or get involved with our Board
low students avoid crises, whether it’s
something as small as a tutor referral or
of Directors, who handle the Fulcrum’s
as large as a mental health problem, vol-
unteers at the Peer Help Centre make a
illustration by Maria Rondon big impacts on students’ lives. To become
It helps to know the language when
2. United Way he United Way’s mission a volunteer, see peerhelp.sfuo.ca. staying in a foreign place. Here
is “To improve lives and build commu- organizes many student-run initiatives sociation in April. are two simple rules of speech to
nity by engaging individuals and mobi- at the U of O. hey are always in need of 9. Women’s Resource Centre Ofers sup- remember when speaking to other
lizing collective action”. All funds raised people to help out with their countless 5. CHUO 89.1 fm he U of O’s radio sta- port and resources to students who are students: Terms related to the ac-
by the United Way stay within the com- projects. he SFUO also hosts an annual tion hosts a variety of shows in multiple concerned about gender issues on cam- tivities of a university student must
munity they come from, so it’s a great Volunteer Gala to give back to volunteers languages all year long. Volunteers can pus. You don’t have to be a woman to help be expressed in their obnoxiously
way to give back. he U of O chapter has at the end of each year; check out their swing by for orientation sessions to get with their initiatives, participate in their extended form.
even created a speciic Student Aid Fund opportunities at sfuo.ca. started, and then choose to work either discussion of gender roles, or take ac- For example, the sentence: “Do
to support our students. To get involved behind the scenes or behind a micro- tion within the campus and community. you want to get drunk tonight?”
with their campaign, visit unitedway. 4. 101 Week Remember all the awesome phone. Find them online at chuo.fm. Check out wrc.sfuo.ca for information on will be understood by your fellow
uottawa.ca. times you had in your i rst week at the volunteer training. students, but is not as effective as
U of O? Make someone else’s irst week 6. Student mentors Although not a pos- saying: “Let’s get shitwreckham-
3. he Student Federation of the Univer- awesome next September; volunteer to sibility for those in their irst year of uni- 10. he Fulcrum Oh, did we mention that mercrunked up tonight!”—which
sity of Ottawa (SFUO) Oice he SFUO be a 101 guide through your student as- versity, mentoring another student can one already? f will receive a “def” and “obv!”
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40 things I wish I knew in irst year
Mercedes Mueller | Fulcrum Staff
40 First year sucks. Deal unconventional way—use 24 Know when the drop dates you don’t like or if you get a bad 18 Speak up in class if you up with your roommate—not
with it. Facebook or Amazon to ﬁnd are for your courses each grade on the ﬁrst assignment. have something to say. just once, not even just a
your books at, oftentimes, semester—both for when you Sometimes it’s best to suck it little.
39 First year will suck less if you cheaper prices. can drop a course and get a up and ﬁnish what you started. 17 Shut up in class if you have
do something about it. refund, and the last date you nothing to say, particularly if 9 University is the most
30 For every hour spent in can drop a course without 20 There are places to you just want to impress your freedom you will ever have
38 Don’t schedule morning class, you should spend getting an F. study on campus besides prof. That’s what ofﬁce hours in your entire life. Make the
classes if you aren’t a two hours outside class the Morriset Library—in the are for. most of it—life only gets more
morning person. studying. Well, if you want an 23 Government-funded student evenings, SITE, Desmarais, complicated from this point on.
A, anyway. loans, bank loans, and credit and the computer labs are 16 Filling out the required
37 If you’re from out of town, cards are not free money—you near-empty and quiet. forms and showing up the 8 Register for classes as
don’t spend every weekend 29 Work. Try to get into CO-OP actually have to pay them morning of registration day soon as you can, especially in
going home to hang out with if your ﬁeld of study offers back… with interest. 19 Bitching about how much is not enough to guarantee third and fourth year.
your high school friends. You’ll it. Apply to the Work-Study homework you have to do on your team a place in some
miss out on the opportunity to Program if you are eligible. Find 22 Learn how to calculate Facebook and/or Twitter won’t intramural leagues on 7 Don’t be afraid to make
make new, potentially better, out if McDonalds on Rideau interest. help you get your work done campus. Sleeping over mistakes. Don’t be afraid to
ones here. Street is hiring. But work if you any faster. Neither will YouTube outside Sports Services may make the same mistake two
have the time—and almost all 21 You can’t drop a class every videos, a visit to your favourite be necessary. nights in a row.
36 University profs are much students do. time you have a blog, or an episode of a TV
more resistant to bullshit professor show. 15 There is an entire city 6 Class is what you make of
excuses and elaborate sob 28 Get to know your profs. outside of campus and Sandy it. Sometimes it is boring, and
stories about work not being Not only will it make your Hill. Explore it. some profs just read off their
completed on time than your academic life easier, but they slides or from the textbook.
high school teachers were. will be much more inclined 14 Get familiar with the U of But you will learn more with
to write you a letter of O website, and that of your your ass in class than you
35 If you came to university in a reference in the future if faculty and department. They could have taught yourself
long distance relationship that they actually know who contain all the information out of a textbook. Seriously.
was already on the rocks, don’t you are. you’ll ever need to know
ﬁght a losing battle. about anything related to this 5 Your parents are the best
27 Sometimes, student campus. friends you will ever have. Be
34 Your faculty and politics will seem like a nice to them.
department, as well as other bunch of political students 13 Volunteer. Join an
organizations on campus, put pretending the Unicentre organization. Get involved in 4 The 24-hour computer labs
on seminars on interesting is the Oval Ofﬁce and it student politics. It will change in Montpetit Hall are the best
topics all the time. Check will annoy you. Or, you your life. kept secret of this university.
them out. You’ll learn might not give a fuck what
something new, and maybe these students do. Give 12 Don’t wait until the 3 Don’t kill yourself trying
you’ll get to meet someone one. Everything they do afternoon to visit the main to keep your admission
semi-famous in the world of affects you. services on campus—your scholarship.
academia. faculty, the Financial
26 French. It’s a Aid & Awards Ofﬁce, or 2 It is entirely possible to
33 Budgeting is important. bilingual university, so if InfoService—especially read a textbook the night
Sure, those $250 boots look you don’t already know at the beginning of each before an exam and get an
amazing and, yes, that $150 bar it, learn it now. You’ll semester. A. Do that every exam for the
tab night was legendary… until thank yourself later next four years and you will
you can’t afford to eat for three when you apply for jobs 11 You will get sick of Kraft graduate university with a
weeks. on campus or want a Dinner, so enjoy it now—by degree—and absolutely no
job in the government. fourth year you will have idea what you learned.
32 The line at Second Cup sworn it off for life.
in the library moves slower 25 Unless you wake up 1 Almost everything you think
than a lesson on the Oxford at 6 a.m., or are down to 10 No matter how hot he or you know about yourself and
comma. work out late at night, she looks strutting around life after high school will seem
there is never a good the kitchen half-dressed completely wrong after the next
31 Buy your textbooks the time to go to the gyms every morning, never hook four years.
Frosh survival tip #24: budgeting Frosh survival tip #62: customs
When living away from home, the
li When travelling to a new land, it is important to
art of budgeting becomes crucial
bu learn the culture’s customary practices. These
survival. University students are a handful of university student traditions:
tend to prioritize their day-to-day re
• Pulling all-nighters before a midterm or i nal exam
expenses in the following way:
expense • Starting essays 32 hours before they are due
• Going for an epic breakfast at
•Beer and/or hard liquor ht
Father & Sons ater a night of
•Cute clothes heavy drinking
•Ridiculously priced cell e
• Procrastinating with the aid
phones and laptops with ,
of Facebook, roommates, and
thousands of unnecessary, sun-i lled patios
and unused, applications n
• Blowing student loans on un-
•Cool accessories for necessary purchases—typi- typi-
living space cally alcoholic beverages
thefulcrum.ca | Sept. 2-15.
Best downtown hangouts for a rocking weekend
illustration by Maria Rondon
Charlotte Bailey | Fulcrum Staff your clubbing needs, check out the two caters almost exclusively to students. he the night goes on. and 90s-themed hursdays. Parliament
clubs closest to campus: Addiction or Le same can be said for he Royal Oak—their Ultra Club sometimes features celebrity
T’S FRIDAY NIGHT, and you have Volt. If you’re not in the mood to dance, Le delicious eats make it a campus favourite. Or, if you’re looking to be the live en- guests, and Tila Tequila is a must-see for
no clue where to go. If you’re just Bop or Le Petit Chicago are must-see bars. At the corner of King Edward and Os- tertainment, there’s always karaoke! he dance music. Mansion is known for their
discovering Ottawa’s attractions, goode, you’ll ind Father & Sons, a restau- SFUO hosted two karaoke nights at 1848 sophisticated nature: however, they’ve
look no further—we’ve outlined If you want to drink on campus, check rant and bar which is known not only for last year, where a live band accompanied been known to turn away party goers who
everything that you’ll want to check out out 1848—many events are hosted in this its food and alcoholic drinks, but also for singers. More of these events have been don’t comply with their dress code.
on a Friday night, whatever you’re in the Student Federation of the University of its hangover-helping breakfasts, which in- promised for the upcoming year, but if
mood for! Ottawa (SFUO)-run bar. he Drat, lo- cludes bottomless cofee reills. you can’t wait check out he Cajun Attic If you’re in the mood for something dif-
cated on the second loor of the Sports or Shanghai in Chinatown. Bars close to ferent, why not try out a comedy club?
If you’re underage, take advantage of the Centre, and Café Nostalgica, run by the If you’re seeking live entertainment, it’s campus host karoke on select nights: La Ottawa has two downtown: Absolute
fact that you are now in a city where a Graduate Students Association (GSAÉD), always a good idea to check out bar web- Maison on hursdays, Father & Sons on Comedy and Yuk Yuk’s.
short bus ride takes you to another prov- are other favourites for drinking locally. sites before going out. Most venues post Wednesdays.
ince—a province with a lower legal drink- their scheduled acts online. Good places If you want to know what’s going on
ing age. Although sometimes sketchy, Hull If you’re looking for cheap beer and mul- to hear live music include Mavericks, the If you want to dance all night, you’ve got weekly, the Fulcrum prints a calendar of
ofers clubs and bars that cater to an 18- tiple kinds of poutine, try La Maison on Heart and Crown, and Zaphod Beeble- a lot of options in the downtown core. Bar- events called the hryllabus (see p. 22).It’s
plus crowd, as well as multiple SAQs (the the corner of Somerset and King Edward. It brox. Zaphod’s has live bands early in the rymore’s Music Hall oten ofers themed the best place to ind out what events are
Quebec equivalent of the LCBO). For all boasts a very chilled out atmosphere which evening, and switches to dance music as music nights, with 80s-themed Sundays happening on or near campus. f
Calling all sports fans and athletes
Sports Services have much to offer to ﬁrst-year students
Serge Lafontaine | Fulcrum Contributor volleyball activities or possibly decide to except the men’s basketball [game] versus
“dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge” in the Carleton,” explained Jess Damery, the pro-
TO THE ENTERING class of 2014, wel- intramural dodgeball league. Other popu- motions supervisor for Sports Services, in Gee-Gees pass information
come to the world of athletics at the Uni- lar choices include co-ed ultimate fris- an email to the Fulcrum.
Free ﬁrst-year passes available at:
versity of Ottawa. Whether you are aiming bee and lag football. If organized sports If you are an upper year undergradu-
to become the next star quarterback of the aren’t your thing, students can also enrol ate student or a graduate student, there is 1. Tabaret Hall, Sept. 4 and 5 (10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.)
football team (watch out, Brad Sinopoli) in pilates classes, outdoor adventures, and no reason to feel neglected. For the irst 2. Tabaret lawn during President’s Brunch, Sept. 5
or if you just want to play an entertain- swimming lessons. time ever, Sport Services is ofering a new 3. All varsity home games
ing match of intramural volleyball, Sports Of course, there is nothing that quite promotion. According to Damery, all U of
Services at the U of O ofers you the op- compares to suiting up for the Gee-Gees O students will have the chance to sit in Excludes playoff games, exhibition games, and all games played at
portunity to participate at all levels of as a member of a varsity team or a com- the “uOttawa student zone” for free at all Scotiabank Place.
competition. petitive club, but going to a Gees game as a regular season Gee-Gees games played on
Sports Services organizes numerous fan comes close. Here’s the good news for campus (football not included). he sec- Upper year students:
intramural leagues throughout the year, all the frosh out there: irst-year students tion will have limited capacity so students
Free access to “uOttawa student zone” at any varsity regular season home
which all students can register to join. have the privilege of attending any Gee- will have to ensure they arrive early to game. This offer does not extend to men’s football games and only a limited
Most of them are divided into two sections Gees home game for free with the Gee- snag a seat. f number of seats will be available at each game.
based on skill and previous training—the Gees irst-year season pass.
Garnet league is perfect for the ultimate “Every irst-year undergraduate stu- For more information, visit geegees.ca or Also excludes playoff games, exhibition games, and all games played at
competitors, while the Grey league is more dent at the U of O is entitled to a irst- pick up a Sports Services brochure available Scotiabank Place.
recreational in nature. Students can sign year pass which gives them free access to on the irst loor of Montpetit Hall and at
up for the traditional hockey, soccer, and all Gee-Gees regular season home games, the Sports Complex.
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