Sublime Quran more inclusive by yaoyufang


                            thegazette                     Western’s Daily Student Newspaper • Est.1906                                        VOLUME 101, ISSUE 30 • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2007

                                      OPINIONS                                                                                                                   A&E
                                      THE QURAN                                                                                                                  POSTER ART
                                      New translation about accessibility?... p.4                                                                                Artist Jack Dylan... p.8

Sublime                                          CON MOLTO PASSIONE

Dr. Bakhtiar translates
ancient text

By Sarah Berman
Gazette Staff

A new “progressive” translation
of the Quran has stirred up con-
troversy on campus and
    Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar has trans-
lated the religious text using
more inclusive language, so
people of other faiths can
appreciate the Quran as a spiri-
tual text.
    “As a Muslim woman I com-
mend her,” Muslim Student
Association president Jiman
Mosa said. “From what I under-
stand what she is doing is very                                                                                                                                            Jonas Hrebeniuk/Gazette
progressive.”                             HAVE YOU EVER SEEN “MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB” PLAYED WITH SUCH GUSTO? Indie rock band The Golden Dogs rocked Call the Office
    The text, The Sublime                 in London this week. Let’s hope these folks invested in a strong anti-perspirant.
Quran, has met some sharp
criticism from religious and lin-
guistic experts.
    Heinz Klatt, professor emer-
itus at King’s University College,
                                     The TTC is watching you on the bus, the subway
said parts of the text are not       By Jaela Bernstien                     cameras in three years.                       Being one of the largest cities in   incident occurred in April this year,
translation, but ideologically       Gazette Staff                             Buses will be fitted with four         North America and the second             when a young man was fatally
motivated interpretations.                                                  cameras each, and streetcars with         largest transit system in the coun-      stabbed on a subway car in Toronto.
    “If I were Muslim, I would be    Feel like you are being watched?       four to six, ensuring every rider         try, Toronto officials feel the threat       “We hope [the cameras] have a
outraged by this,” he said. “Dr.     That’s because you are.                entering Toronto’s system will be         of a terrorist attack is very real.      deterrent effect,” Giambrone said.
Bakhtiar probably has noble             The Toronto Transit Commis-         photographed.                                 “Toronto is potentially a target,”   “Perhaps more importantly, it
intentions ... but she is being      sion is aiming to install security        Although people are technically        Giambrone warned. “We have to            allows us to catch the people
dishonest.”                          cameras in all buses, streetcars and   safer on the TTC than on Toronto          take some action.”                       responsible for crimes.”
    Dr. Bahktiar responded to        subway stations by the end of 2008     streets, Giambrone said security is           Giambrone said the videos will           Tim Blackmore, a professor in
criticism leveled against her.       — and a similar system might even-     always an issue.                          only be available to the Toronto         the faculty of media, information
“There will be those fundamen-       tually show up in London.                 For him, the project is about the      Police Service, and only in the event    and technoculture, said society has
talists who object ... they are         Ward 18 councillor and TTC          safety of the 1.5 million people who      of a criminal investigation.             a lot of faith in the illusion of safety
closed minded and inflexible.”       chair Adam Giambrone said this is      ride Toronto public transit each day.         The project is also aimed at         from surveillance.
    MSA president Mosa agreed.       part of an $18 million project that       “The safety of our passengers is       major crimes like assault and mur-
“All religious texts are interpre-   will install approximately 12,000      important,” Giambrone stressed.           der on the transit system. One such            PLEASE SEE TECHNOLOGY P3
    Still, the religious document
has some significant differ-
    Instead of using the word
                                     Thank you VIA for being
“Allah” to refer to a higher
power, Dr. Bakhtiar elected to
                                     late 23% of the time
use the more Western word            By Mike Hayes                          hours late on average.
“God.”                               Gazette Staff                              The route between Montreal
    Mosa said using the word                                                and Halifax saw delays 60 per cent
God in the Quran is not unique.      From coast-to-coast, VIA Rail can      of the time, while the trains running
“There are 99 names for Allah.       get you from Halifax to Vancouver,     between Toronto and Vancouver
God is one of them.”                 though not necessarily on time.        were two hours and 42 minutes late
    Perhaps the most controver-         A September report, obtained by     on average.
sial translation appears in chap-    the Canadian Press, revealed on            Sierra Jenkins, a first-year social
ter four, verse 34, where men        average 23 per cent of VIA Rail’s      science student, recalled one inci-
are given license to punish dis-     trains were late in 2007 — well        dent where she needed to transfer
obedient wives. The Arabic           above VIA’s target of 10 per cent.     trains on the way home.
word idrib — traditionally              The report showed delay min-            “I went home once ... we got in
translated as the imperative “to     utes increased by approximately 60     five minutes before the train was
beat” — is replaced with the         per cent from 2006, with increases     supposed to leave.”
phrase “to go away.”                 in every part of the country.              Lateness also was a problem for
    Umair Malak, a third-year           Over the summer, the route          Aaron Gelbard, a first-year arts and                                                                      Jon Purdy/Gazette
political science student and        from Winnipeg to Churchill, Mani-      humanities student.                       “LIVIN’ IN A LONELY WORLD ... SHE TOOK THE MIDDAY TRAIN GOIN’
MSA member, agreed with the          toba had a dismal performance.             “One time I went to pick up my        ... NOWHERE?” When you take a train with VIA Rail, you better bring
                                     Ten of 26 trains never arrived, and                                              along some quality, lengthy, engrossing reading material. It runs a punc-
                PLEASE SEE DR. P2    the trains that did arrive were four                 PLEASE SEE DON’T P3         tual train as often as Journey writes a hit song these days.
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  ‘Dr. Bakhtiar dishonest’                                                                                 Code red
                                                                                            The colour blind and man’s best
  CONTINUED FROM P1                         translate it into non-violent lan-              friend should beware as Western
                                            guage — a softening of the text.                prepares to implement a new safety
  interpretation. “That’s what I was            “It’s a very subjective, biased             system.
  taught, and I think most Muslims reading,” he added.                                          The Campus Community Police
  are taught.                                   Dr. Bakhtiar was born into an               Service has been working vigorously
      “The best thing to do is to walk Iranian-American family. Although                    to finish a program aimed to reduce
  away.”                                    she grew up in the United States                potentially hostile encounters.
      “The Arabic word [idrib] has 25 with Christian upbringing, she                            Currently called the Safe Campus
  different mean-                                               moved to Iran at            Community, the new policy allows
  ings,” Dr. Bakhtiar                                           age    24     and           students to take a more active role in
  explained.       “It “The Quran is a rather embarked on a                                 the safety of their school. The policy
  could be ‘to strike’ violent document ... She spiritual journey.                          uses a colour-coded system of dan-
  or ‘to turn aside’                                            She has since               ger ranging from grey, behaviour
  ... The prophet attempts to translate it converted                            to          that creates anxiety, to red, immedi-
  never beat any- into non-violent language Islam, and mar-                                 ate threat to life.
  one, why should
  the text contra-
                       — a softening of the text. ried an Iranian
                                                                                                Elgin Austen, director of CCPS,
                                                                                            wants everyone to know this is a
  dict that?”          It’s a very subjective,                     Political sci-           preventative measure, not a
      Finally, the biased reading,”                             ence professor              responsive one.
  Arabic word kufr,                                             Salim     Mansur                “Prevention is the greatest com-
  traditionally                         —Heinz Klatt, could not offer                       ponent of addressing violence
                                           professor emeritus
  meaning “infi-                  at King’s University College.
                                                                any insight as to           before it occurs,” Austen stated.
  del,” has been                                                the      political              “We currently have over 50 ini-
  translated       as                                           repercussions. “If          tiatives on campus regarding safety
  “those ungrateful to God” in The anything, [Dr. Bakhtiar] adds fem-                       and a majority deal directly with
  Sublime Quran.                            ininity and sensitivity to the trans-           prevention.”
      Dr. Bakhtiar said the word infi- lation.”                                                 Austen met with the University
  del is exclusive language, and that           “It is not just a woman’s per-              Students’ Council yesterday. On tap
  more people will understand her spective — many men agree,” Dr.                           will be the new Safe Campus Com-
  translation.                              Bakhtiar said. “A sacred text is                munity policy as well as other safe-
      Klatt strongly disagreed with without gender.”                                        ty concerns.
  Dr. Bakhtiar’s rephrasing of the              “The times are changing,”                       For more information on the Safe
  Quran. “The Quran is a rather vio- Mosa concluded. “People are                            Campus Community, consult the
  lent document ... She attempts to thinking anew.”                                         CCPS website at
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  I’VE GOT A STRANGE DISEASE                                                                                               Big lizards, big melons,
                                                                                                                           big felons in the Circus
                                                                                                                                                                             Students for Concealed Carry on
                                                                                                                                                                         Campus (SCCC) launched the
                                                                                                                                                                         bizarre      nationwide      protest.
                                                                                                                                                                         Throughout the country, supporters
                                                                                                                                                                         of the initiative wore empty holsters
                                                                                                                                                                         to class all week. SCCC is a group of
                                                                                                                                                                         students, parents, and members of
                                                                                                                           By Lauren Pelley                              the public that banded together
                                                                                                                           Gazette Staff                                 after the fatal Virginia Tech Univer-
                                                                                                                                                                         sity shootings last April.
                                                                                                                           Langley, B.C. — Trinity Western                   Concerned about increased
                                                                                                                           University (TWU) is housing a                 campus shootings, SCCC is ironi-
                                                                                                                           strange new visitor that would                cally protesting to allow guns on
                                                                                                                           make Steve Irwin proud.                       campus. We bet Charlton Heston is
                                                                                                                              A two-foot-long alligator was              jumping for joy.
                                                                                                                           spotted recently on the TWU cam-
                                                                                                                           pus. Now, a search-and-rescue                 Vancouver — Two RCMP officers at
                                                                                                                           mission has begun to locate the               the University of British Columbia
                                                                                                                           critter before winter sets in. Volun-         (UBC) got a little bit rowdy on-duty
                                                                                                   Shaun Ding/Gazette      teers, along with the curator of the          over the summer, according to pho-
  DON’T GET “CRABBY” WITH THIS MAD SCIENTIST. Rory Crabbe, a second-year Master’s student in                               local Reptile Refuge, are scouring            tographs obtained by UBC’s student
  genetics, does some lab-coat mumbo-jumbo in the Western Science Centre. This guy has clearly boned                       the TWU grounds for the mysteri-              newspaper, The Ubyssey.
  up on the textbooks; we tip our hat to him.                                                                              ous reptile.                                     The photographs reveal two uni-
                                                                                                                              No one knows where the alliga-             formed officers gallivanting with sev-
                                                                                                                           tor came from, though theories                eral women, whom they had caught
                                                                                                                           suggest it might be an escaped or             drinking at public in a group of 15 to
                                                                                  Technology                               abandoned pet.                                20 people. After originally telling the

Don’t choo choo                                                                   just a band-
                                                                                                                              Unfortunately, the cold-blooded
                                                                                                                           creature won’t survive long in BC’s
                                                                                                                           cold climate — unless it’s rescued
                                                                                                                                                                         group to pour out their alcohol, the
                                                                                                                                                                         Mounties posed for pictures.
                                                                                                                                                                            The snaps show the Mounties

choose tardy VIA
                                                                                                                           soon, it’ll be “See you later, alligator.”    playfully handcuffing several
                                                                                  aid solution                             Idaho — Forget pistols at dawn; try
                                                                                                                                                                         women and letting them sit inside
                                                                                                                                                                         their squad car.
                                                                                                                           pistols in class.                                The women involved are believed
CONTINUED FROM P1                        delayed trains.                           CONTINUED FROM P1                          A group of students at the Uni-            to be exchange students, which
                                             Transport Canada is the gov-                                                  versity of Idaho wore empty gun               might ensure that UBC students
girlfriend at 5:30 p.m. The train        ernment agency that funds VIA                “The way to get safety is to go to   holsters to class this week to protest        don’t get a bad reputation from the
didn’t show up until 8 p.m.”             Rail. VIA receives an annual feder-      the people who are aggrieved in a        laws      prohibiting     concealed           incident. Too bad we can’t say the
   The report cited major loco-          al subsidy of $170 million for the       society, find out what their prob-       weapons on university campuses.               same thing about those Mounties.
motive failures as one of the main       service’s 4.1 million passengers.        lems are and fix them.”
causes of VIA Rail delays.                   A Transport Canada represen-             Blackmore said we put our faith
   “Regular overhauls and sched-         tative outlined some federal gov-        in science and technology, rather           All                      Pizza & Praise
uled maintenance no longer
ensure reliability,” the report noted.
                                         ernment initiatives to help VIA
                                         with its late trains.
                                                                                  than examining the core issue.
                                                                                      “We use technology as a band-
                                                                                                                              Welc                           You are welcome to enjoy pizza
                                                                                                                                                                        followed by
                                                                                                                                                                                                      CH AR GE
   Catherine Kaloutsky, senior               “[The government] has injected       aid,” he said.                                                             a singing service (contemporary)
officer of media and corporate           about $700 million into VIA,” a rep-         London may follow in Toronto’s
communications            for     VIA,   resentative from Transport Canada        footsteps on the camera initiative.
                                                                                                                                                          This Sunday, October 28
answered some allegations in a           said. “These funds were needed to        Larry Ducharme, general manager                                                5-6:30 PM
press release.                           just keep operations going, as the       of the London Transit Commission,                                                         DaySpring Presbyterian Church
   “The reliability of VIA’s loco-       previous [Liberal] government had        said the city will be discussing a                                                      Adelaide & Philbrook 519-438-1611
motive fleet, 70 per cent of which       frozen funding since 1998.”              similar project in its first quarterly                                             
has been in service for over 20              Along with repairing infra-          meeting of 2008.
years, has increasingly become a         structure, the money would go to             “We have set aside budget
significant cause of delays.”            repairing aging locomotives.             monies to look at improving safety
   In addition VIA operates on               The refurbished locomotives          and security on buses, which could
tracks owned by CN Rail and its          would also be more environmen-           include cameras.”
trains must allow freight trains to      tally friendly.                              Matthew Brown, a fourth-year
pass.                                        VIA’s press release was positive     history student, thinks security
   Kaloutsky added rail blockages        about the investment, stating the        cameras should be reserved for
due to freight derailments,              money would add another “15 to           larger cities.
protests, poor track conditions          20 years to [the locomotives’] use-          “In Toronto, it would be ideal.
and congestion were factors in the       ful life.”                                   “The buses [in London] don’t                       Review of the Office of the
                                                                                  run late enough,” he added.                 Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy & Faculty)

                                                                                                                             A Senate Selection Committee for the position of Vice-Provost (Academic
                                                                                                                             Planning, Policy & Faculty) has been constituted and is now engaged in a
                                                                                                                             review of this Office. This process has two very important objectives. The first
                                                                                                                             is to assess the current status of the portfolio, its performance in recent years,
                                                                                                                             and the challenges it faces in the years to come. Second, the Committee is
                                                                                                                             charged with a review of the performance of the incumbent Vice-Provost,
                                                                                                                             Alan Weedon, over the past five years. Your comments in either, or both of
                                                                                                                             these matters would be greatly appreciated.

                                                                                                                             External Reviewers will visit the campus on Friday, November 2, 2007 and
                                                                                                                             Thursday November 15, 2007. They will meet with members of the University
                                                                                                                             administration and with representatives of particular constituencies from
                                                                                                                             across the university to seek their views about the portfolio’s operations. The
                                                                                                                             External Reviewers are:

                                                                                                                             Robert Silverman, Queen’s University (Friday, November 2, 2007)
                                                                                                                             Maureen Mancuso, Provost and Vice President Academic,
                                                                                                                             University of Guelph (Thursday, November 15, 2007)

                                                                                                                             Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make written submissions
                                                                                                                             regarding any aspect of the area’s operations and the characteristics
                                                                                                                             required of a successful Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy & Faculty) at
                                                                                                                             this time. Submissions may be addressed directly to: “External Reviewers –
                                                                                                                             Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy & Faculty) c/o The Office of the
                                                                                                                             Provost,”prior to October 31, 2007. Submissions addressed in this manner
                                                                                                                             will be reviewed only by the External Reviewers and will otherwise be held in
                                                                                                                             strict confidence.

                                                                                                                             Those wishing to make comments directly to the Selection Committee may
                                                                                                                             address them to: Dr. Fred Longstaffe, Provost and Vice-President (Academic),
                                                                                                                             and Chair of the Selection Committee for the Vice-Provost (Academic
                                                                                                                             Planning, Policy & Faculty), Stevenson-Lawson Building, Room 115, The
                                                                                                                             University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5B8. These submissions
                                                                                                                             will be shared with Committee Members, but otherwise kept in strict
                                                                                                                             confidence. To be of most value to the Committee’s work, your contributions
                                                                                                                             should be received by October 31, 2007.
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Open Quran
 discourse                                                                         Letters to the Editor
                                                                                                                                         Let us come together, as students of           any minority group.
Islamic scholar Laleh Bakhtiar’s new translation of the
Quran has stirred controversy in the Muslim world.
                                                                                   CBS policy                                         Western, to show that we don’t allow dis-
                                                                                                                                      crimination on our diverse campus. Let’s
                                                                                                                                                                                           Please see my intended argument was
                                                                                                                                                                                        not in support of, or against, any partic-
    In her translation, which took seven years to complete,
Bakhtiar modified passages about the prescribed disci-                             about discrimi-                                    be the catalyst for change, showing
                                                                                                                                      everyone this problem has to be
                                                                                                                                                                                        ular side in this issue. It was simply that
                                                                                                                                                                                        we as a community — especially an aca-
plining of women by their husbands.                                                                                                   addressed nationally.                             demic community — need to work
    Most notable is Bakhtiar’s conclusion that the word
idrib does not mean “to beat,” but instead best translates
                                                                                   nation, not stats                                     Act now and join the group “UWO
                                                                                                                                      Students Fight for Gay Rights” on Face-
                                                                                                                                                                                        together to end the mischaracterization
                                                                                                                                                                                        of viewpoints, so rather than having
as “to go away” or “to leave.” This conclusion runs con-                           Re: “Blood Services upholds gay policy”            book.                                             these straw man arguments we can move
trary to some traditional interpretations.                                         Oct. 17, 2007                                                              —Florian Halbedl          forward on important issues.
    While the justification for this change is beyond most                                                                                                    Film & Anatomy IV                                              —Jon Elliott
non-Muslims or non-Arabic speakers to comment on,                                  To the Editor:                                                                                                   Medical Biophysics & Physiology IV
including us at The Gazette, one wonders about both the                            Canadian Blood Services (CBS) denying
motivations behind, and the legitimacy of, the change.                             the blood of gay males is a major human
    Bakhtiar holds a doctorate degree from the University
of New Mexico, and was educated in classical Arabic in
                                                                                   rights issue. Times have changed since
                                                                                   1977 and it’s time CBS reflected this
                                                                                                                                      Letter intended Quiet residents
Iran after moving there with her husband. She was raised
and educated in the United States and converted to Islam
                                                                                      The policy of prohibiting gay males
                                                                                                                                      to speak        should live away
at 25. To some, this makes her an outsider to Islam.                               from donating blood based on stereo-
    This issue is one for the Muslim community to resolve
amongst itself, but this does not mean the controversy
                                                                                   types is ethically wrong, and discrimi-
                                                                                   nates against a large portion of our pop-
                                                                                                                                      on barriers     from UWO
does not have significance for non-Muslims.                                        ulation. Homophobia remains a part of              Re: “PrideWestern using chalk inappro-
    Some might argue Bakhtiar’s Western background                                 society even though it seems people                priately”                                         Re: “Seething city”
negatively influences her interpretation of Islam. Many                            have become more tolerant.                         Oct. 17, 2007                                     Oct. 19, 2007
Westerners object to the alleged prescriptions of violence                            This is not about statistics. It cannot
in the text and Bakhtiar’s translation aims to clarify the                         be determined what percentage of peo-              To the editor:                                    To the editor:
truth about the Prophet and his message, and dispel per-                           ple have HIV; a large number of people             From the number of responses generat-             I can understand how a resident of Lon-
ceptions he was a violent man.                                                     have it without knowing about it, male             ed, it seems my previous letter requires          don could become frustrated from living
    Bakhtiar is a trained and dedicated scholar, having                            and female alike. It is impossible to say          some clarification.                               in such close proximity to students. Our
studied Islam intensively for 43 years and written over 20                         what percentage of people are homo-                    I believe a number of people missed           lifestyles don’t match up, and this will
books on the subject. Her experience makes her a credi-                            sexual or have had a homosexual expe-              the point I was trying to make with               always create friction.
ble authority. However, the influence of political correct-                        rience; not everyone would admit to                regard to the chalk slogan “hate is not a             I think if we as students want to gain
ness in the West makes one question her motives.                                   having had one.                                    family value.” I would like to say I am not       more respect from London residents, we
    It is the mission of anyone trying to present Islam with                          The problem lies within society and             a hateful person, and I disagree strongly         can’t walk through nice neighbourhoods
a friendlier face to non-Muslims to find ways to make it                           peoples’ ignorance. Whether you are a              with those people who use hateful mes-            on the way home from the bars and act
more acceptable, and the language used in her transla-                             homosexual, bisexual, heterosexual or              sages and signs to promote any moral or           rowdy.
tion clearly aims to make the text more “inclusive.”                               anything in between, this is a nation-             religious view.                                       That being said, I live within sight of
    A true translation of religious texts should stem from the                     wide problem affecting those who need                  I particularly apologize to Christina         campus and I think it’s ridiculous for a
spiritual guidance intended in the text itself, not politics.                      a chance at life. Not only is CBS reject-          Testa if you experienced the kind of mar-         resident living in such an area to expect
    If Bakhtiar has changed the original and irrefutable                           ing homosexuals, but also bisexuals                ginalization and hatred you described in          peace and serenity.
meaning of the text, then she has done a disservice to                             and men who have had a sexual experi-              your letter.                                          If I didn’t want to be woken up at night
Islam and to academia. If her intentions are to alter the                          ence, even just one, with another man                  The point of my original letter was in        by university students, I wouldn’t pick a
faith in order to make it more acceptable to Westerners,                           since ’77.                                         fact to argue against this very thing. I          house that was 100 metres from the
then it stands that orthodox adherents to the faith could                             Let us shed ignorance. People need              believe strongly in people putting aside          biggest party school in Ontario.
be upset.                                                                          blood while others are willing to donate.          the barriers they create and working                  I was confronted by an old lady at 4:30
    But is it wrong to adapt a religious text to modern atti-                      Accept the blood and test it. Rejecting            together to reach a consensus.                    p.m. on Homecoming. She threatened to
tudes?                                                                             donors kills because, believe it or not,               I argued the slogan “hate is not a fam-       phone the police because we were drink-
    Our attitudes, as shaped through religious values, are                         there are more homosexuals and bisexu-             ily value” is not conducive to this and I         ing on the lawn. Was she crazy? Yes — she
mediated by others’ interpretations, and Bakhtiar’s trans-                         als than you acknowledge and they are              stand by that statement. This also goes           probably owns cats.
lation, whether or not it is based on objective evidence, is                       not all promiscuous or having unprotect-           for any hateful signs or messages dis-                                            —Mike Cancilla
an example of this.                                                                ed sex. Move past negative stereotypes.            played against the gay community or                                    Mechanical Engineering III
    The controversy highlights the rift between the Muslim
world and the values attached to religion in the more sec-                                               Do neighbours want your blood after late-night noise complaints?
ular West. Bakhtiar’s mission is noble in that it encourages
                                                                                           At least it’s more than some students on campus can say about Canadian Blood Services.
cultural interchange in a way that invites Westerners to
approach the Quran themselves.                                                                                     Send us a letter at

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Red Jumpsuit
Apparatus could
get ‘Woodie’
Charity work recognized
By Lindsay Craig                         ter music programs in schools, help
Gazette Staff                            victims of domestic abuse and aid
                                         hospitalized patients who have
Having trouble deciding what to          acute hyperglycemia.
wear this Halloween? American                Reidy says the band chose to
pop-punk quintet The Red Jump-           help people with high blood sugar
suit Apparatus has a few ideas up its    because it was something “easy” to
sleeve.                                  support. Its management and pub-
   Guitarist Elias Reidy says it has     lic relations staff also helped to
become a tradition for the band to       highlight that specific cause.
dress up for its Oct. 31 concerts.           The band’s association with
Reidy says his best costume idea         charities began when its break-
was from his childhood.                  through hit “Face Down” was
   “I was Bugs Bunny for … my            adopted as the anthem of the
fourth year of Halloween. I still have   National Coalition Against Domes-
that costume — I wear it every           tic Violence. RJA returned the
night before we go onstage to get        favour through fundraising and
pumped up.” Though he won’t dis-         promoting awareness of the issue.
close what is in the works this year,        Earlier this year, RJA headlined      I KNOW HOW TO PLAY THE GUITAR AND STRAIGHTEN MY HAIR. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus belted out screamo
he hopes it will be his most embar-      the Take Action Tour, which aimed         tunes at Cowboy’s last night.
rassing outfit yet. A guardian angel,    to prevent depression and teen sui-
perhaps?                                 cide. During the tour, The Youth          and do nothing and get lost in the      we want.”                                base. Reidy expressed his gratitude
   Reidy says the band’s latest sin-     America Hotline experienced a 527         mix and blend in with everyone             So far, the band’s philosophy is      for everyone that had invested in
gle, “Your Guardian Angel,” makes        per cent increase in phone calls.         else. We figure if we have the oppor-   working. The band’s major label          the band’s cause and supported its
him think of how supportive his              The Take Action Tour also sup-        tunity to do something good, then       debut, Don’t You Fake It, was certi-     music. “We love everyone and
mother has been. His mom’s giving        ported animal rights organization         that’s our responsibility,” Reidy       fied gold in the U.S. (over 500,000      hopefully they’ll come out and see
nature must still influence him, as      PETA. The band’s commitment to            explains.                               units shipped) and earned it a spot      us live so we can pay them back.”
the band supports countless chari-       social causes has earned them a              He adds the band is also moti-       on the Vans Warped Tour two years           The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
ties and causes.                         nomination for MTV’s “Good                vated by karma. “You reap what you      in a row.                                with guests Amber Pacific, New
   RJA’s Guardian Angel Founda-          Woodie Award.”                            sow, so we just want to give as            It probably doesn’t hurt that the     Years Day and Monty Are I played at
tion was recently established to fos-        “We don’t want to just sit around     much as we can so we can get what       band is so thankful for its loyal fan    The Cowboy’s Ranch yesterday.

Golden Dogs return to Call the Office
                           | Toronto band rocks out despite lacklustre crowd |

 Performance:                            Set List:
 Openers:                                Worth the $$$:

By Andrew Sullivan                       sucked into a time warp.
Gazette Staff                                With his latest album, Wall of
                                         Fire, Elkas says he was influenced
Hype is a fickle creature, especially    by Bill Withers, Bruce Springsteen,
when it comes to the kind that           Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. While
haunts indie rock.                       this might be so, it doesn’t really
    Last year’s up and coming            make for an exciting live show.
Toronto darlings, The Golden Dogs,       However, your parents would love
might not be drawing the same            this stuff, especially if they haven’t
buzz in 2007 as it did before, but       bought an album since 1979.
that doesn’t make its shows any less         Once the Golden Dogs took to
energetic.                               the stage, the crowd was slightly
    Opener Peter Elkas wasn’t exact-     more receptive, though nowhere
ly a perfect fit with the headliners.    near as excited when the group hit
The east coast singer/songwriter         London in the spring. It might have                                                                                                        Jonas Hrebeniuk/Gazette
and his band laid out songs              been the fact it was a Tuesday or         OO-EE-OO I LOOK JUST LIKE BUDDY HOLLY. The Golden Dogs guitarist Neil Quin tears down Call the Office
drenched in 1970s soft rock nostal-      that it is midterm season, but the        with his rock-pop riffs.
gia that didn’t fit with The Golden      band did not seem to mind.
Dogs’ amped up power pop.                Launching into crowd favourite            sia was often shaking on stage while    Harm” received the biggest cheers        highlight of the night, with the
    A mustachioed Elkas didn’t           “Construction Worker,” from 2006’s        mercilessly attacking the keys in       from an audience slowly drawn in         entire band lost in the throes of
seem phased by the wary crowd            Big Eye Little Eye, the band still gave   front of her or the tambourine in       over the course of the set. The band     rocking out. It’s nice to see in a sea
and methodically made his way            its all.                                  her hand. At times, you were actu-      still uses placards to announce          of jaded shoe gazing, ironic T-shirts,
through each number with his                 Through new and old material,         ally waiting for one of them to get     each song’s title and it hasn’t gotten   and self-conscious musicianship
band in tow. It was puzzling to          frontman Dave Azzolini and his            hurt.                                   old yet.                                 that some bands still just want to
watch and even stranger to listen        wife and keyboardist, Jessica Gras-           Older material like “Run Outta          Adding an epic cover of Paul         kick out the jams — and take
to, as if Call the Office had been       sia, were at times possessed; Gras-       Luck” and “Never Meant Any              McCartney’s “1985” provided the          requests once they finish the set list.
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                                    Jack Dylan’s concert posters become works of art
                                    By Desiree Gamotin                           a photographer too so … that was        community.                                  the birds — and I really like cats so
             puzzle solution from
                                    Gazette Staff                                kind of difficult.”                         “I tried to play it almost like I’m a   I got the idea of having a cat steal-
                        page 11
                                                                                    Using blue animation pencils         musician moreso than a visual artist,       ing one of his birds and the cat goes
                                    Montreal artist Jack Dylan went to           and different-sized markers, then       because I’m not afraid to do shows          to hell in the end. So it’s kind of a
                                    extreme lengths for the perfect              colouring his illustrations on the      outside of galleries, the kind of stuff     word game sometimes.”
                                    camera shots for his superhero-              computer — a 10 hour process —          we’d just put on ourselves the same             After graduating from Bealart
                                    themed illustrations.                        Dylan creates eye-catching comic        way you’d put on a concert.”                School in London, ON, Dylan moved
                                       “I had to climb Mount Royal and           book-inspired posters for the Pop           While Dylan’s work is an adver-         to Montreal at age 19. He lived in a
                                    find a good vantage point where I            Montreal Festival and shows like        tisement, he never treats it as such;       studio warehouse known as “The
                                    could take a cityscape, which wasn’t         The Islands, Sunset Rubdown and         instead, he illustrates each poster to      Electric Tractor” with nine other
                                    an easy thing to do. I had to try and        The Lovely Feathers. At 23, Dylan       his own personal satisfaction and           artists, which Dylan admits both
                                    sneak around an office building to           has transformed concert poster ads      when it’s “99 per cent done,” he finds      helped and hindered creativity.
                                    get a photo of the milk bottle that          into works of art.                      space to squeeze in the band’s                  “That was kind of the launch
                                    Spiderman’s on. I felt a little bit like        He sets himself apart from other     name. The poster is more a collabo-         pad for doing show posters because               Spiderman actually, with the kind            visual artists through his involve-     ration with art than with a company         we started hosting rock shows at
                                    of mission he had to go on, and he’s         ment in the Montreal indie music        or business.                                our own place, which kind of took
                                                                                                                             “This retains its artistic soul plus    off … Sometimes we had 200 peo-
                                                                                            Costumes                     I actually get to own it, too, which is     ple in the place and we were never
                                                                                                                         rare because if I did an ad for some        worried about the police showing
                                                                                            Make-up                      other company like a dishwasher, I          up — we were selling beers for
                                                                                            Accessories                  wouldn’t own that illustration after-       three bucks in the back to put
                                                                                            Masks                        wards.”                                     towards electricity — but it was a
                                                                                                                             For Dylan, the concept is a huge        pretty fun time in retrospect.”
                                                                                            Tableware                    part of the art. At one time, he                “[Moving to Montreal] really
                                                                                            Decorations                  mulled over an illustration for an          altered my thinking … I felt
                                                                                            Electronics                  Ohbijou poster until he remem-              dwarfed as an artist in the music
                                                                                                                         bered the song, “St. Francis.”              community but then I found ways

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                                                                                                                             “I came up with this image of a         to integrate myself.”
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Lohan dates a nobody, Winehouse still on drugs
                          | Carrie Underwood hooks up in this week’s Dirtsheet |
                                          jail. Released after intensive ques-         fellow rehabber Riley Giles. The
                                          tioning, Winehouse was slapped               complicated starlet and Giles
                                          with a $500 fine for marijuana pos-          have a lot in common — there is
                                          session. Newsflash, Wino: Norway             nothing like getting charged with
                                          is not Amsterdam.                            multiple DUIs to bring a couple
                                                                                       closer together. Giles has also
                                          • The Hills’ sleaziest star, Spencer         been arrested on suspicion of
                                          Pratt, revealed to Radar magazine            obtaining a controlled substance
By Carly Ostroff                          he intends to become a billionaire           by fraud. In the ultimate twist of
Gazette Writer                            by age 30. Maybe the dirtbag wants           events, Giles was already engaged
                                          to replace that cheap ring with              when he started dating Lindsay.
• Word is out of a budding                which he proposed to Heidi. How-             Shocker! Lohan’s parents approve
romance between country sensa-            ever, someone should mention to              of their daughter’s boyfriend for
tion Carrie Underwood and up-             Pratt making millions of dollars             fear that any disagreement may
and-coming Gossip Girl actor              requires getting up off the couch            prevent them from continuing to
Chance Crawford. The new “it”             every once in a while. Either way,           freeload off her.
couple were seen at sushi hot spot        Pratt is bound to win’s
Nobu before celebrating with a            Douchebag of the Week award.                 • Nick Hogan’s situation is as
makeout session and champagne                                                          unfortunate as his sister, Brooke
at Marquee nightclub. We give             • Lindsay Lohan has found her-               Hogan’s, outfits. After his near-fatal
them a month.                             self a new                                   car crash, which has left his friend
                                          man,                                         in critical condition, Nick Hogan
• Looking for consolation after                                                        may find himself in a Hulk of trou-
losing visitation privileges, Brit-                                                     ble. Authorities are awaiting the
ney Spears headed out to buy her-                                                         results of toxicology testing. If
self some new lips. Needless to                                                              speed, booze, or cocaine
say, Spears again hit a bump in                                                                 were a factor in the crash,
the road. Upon leaving her                                                                      Hogan may top Nicole
botched lip enlargement, Spears                                                                   Richie and Paris Hilton
ran over the foot of a photograph-                                                                   when it comes to DUI       SHE’S SMILING BECAUSE SHE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE AMY WINEHOUSE.
er. Ever the professional, the ini-                                                                               jail time.    Country singer Carrie Underwood is allegedly hooking up with Gossip Girl
tially hysterical Spears regained                                                                                               actor Chance Crawford. Yes, that’s right, someone named her son Chance.
composure and sped off. It may
be hard to prove impairment was
not the source of Spears’ driving
faux pas, as she continues to
dodge court-ordered random
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                                          quality. The song “Friends,” which
                                          sounds a little like Tenacious D in an
                                          ‘80s aerobics video, features the
                                          words, “A friend’s a friend who knows
                                          what being a friend is.” Ween’s song-
                                          writing obviously doesn’t feature
                                          award-winning lyrics. “Sweetheart”
                                          is distinctive — a breezy, steel guitar-
                                          laden ode to ‘70s rock music that
                                          doesn’t sound like a joke.
                                              If nothing else, Ween deserves
                                          praise for its varied style.
                                              For those who enjoy tongue-in-
                                          cheek tunes, La Cucaracha may be
                                          worth it. If you like your music seri-
Ween                                      ous, go elsewhere.
La Cucaracha                                                   —Kaitlin Martin
Chocodog Records

Is Ween’s latest album old-school
country, cheesy ‘80s techno, or ele-
vator muzak? It seems the band’s
goal is to keep listeners scratching
their heads.                                   Is
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New recruits, key
veterans to lead
team to success
By Stephanie Ramsay                                  much talent on our team.
Gazette Staff                                            “This makes Jim’s job a little
                                                     harder, but actually makes it better
Boasting one of the best recruiting                  competition for the team during
classes in years, the Western men’s                  practice.”
volleyball team is poised to take on                     Second-year outside hitter Reid
the competition and prove them-                      Halpenny agreed.
selves after last season’s early play-                   “It’s always good to have new
off exit.                                            faces on the team and new chal-
     “We had a pretty successful                     lenges for each of us. Everyone is
recruiting campaign,” Mustangs                       working hard and trying to impress
head coach Jim Sage said. “We have                   the coaches and prove their spot on
a good core of veterans coming                       this team.”
back, so even making the team this                       Sage hopes increased competi-
year is quite an accomplishment.                     tion during practice sessions will
     “Some rookies that stand out                    allow him to get the best out of each
right now are Matt Gibson, who had                   player in every game.
some opportunities to go on schol-                       “We need to have each individ-
arship to the [United] States, but                   ual contributing to the whole of the
elected to come to Western. He is a                  team,” Sage said. “If one person is
setter with the provincial team.                     having an off night, we need that
     “We’ve got strong middles in                    person to pick it up immediately.
Nadan Omercajic and Payton Hol-                          “If one of the cogs of that wheel
lis. Nadan is from London and Pay-                   is not functioning, we are going to
ton is from Waterloo. We’ve also                     be in trouble. If everybody is con-
recruited another outside hitter,                    tributing, we can be one of the top
Demetri Kantzos, who is from                         teams in the province, without a
Saunders [Secondary School] here                     doubt.”
in London.”                                              Third-year middle Eric Simon
     In addition to adding several                   added on-court focus is crucial this
young players to the team, Sage is                   season.
also pleased to welcome back a few                       “We’ve just got to play our game,
veterans.                                            and focus on our side,” he said. “We
     “We’ve got a lot of guys that have              tend to get carried away with what
been around and will hopefully give                  the other team is doing and can stray
us an advantage once those tight                     from our game. We just need to pass
games come into play,” Sage said.                    up, serve and the rest will follow.”
     “Luke Schram is back for anoth-                     With such a promising group of
er year after playing four years a                   players, Sage is keen to begin the
while ago, and Chris Mokry has                       regular season.
come back for his fifth year as well.                    “It should be a really exciting
That really helps at the outside hit-                season,” he said. “Hopefully we can
ting position. They’ll also be chal-                 get some fans out and generate
lenged by some other guys trying to                  some excitement along with the
get their spot.”                                     women’s team. This is probably the
     Such a strong group of athletes                 best team I’ve had here talent-wise
has led to increased competition for                 since I started.
starting spots on the team. Howev-                       “We should be very explosive
er, last year’s starting six thinks that             offensively. We’re going to have a
will only make the squad stronger.                   very balanced attack, so it should
     “Throughout my four years                       be very fun volleyball to watch.”
here, I’d say this is probably our                       The team’s home opener is Sat.,
best recruiting year,” libero Chris                  Nov. 3 against defending Ontario
Graham said. “It’s great because the                 University Athletics champions
guys who are normally the starters                   Queen’s. The action kicks off at
need to watch out since there is so                  Alumni Hall at 8 p.m.

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                                                                                   theGazette • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2007                                                                                                      sports ➤ P11

Red Sox
fans told
to do their

By Jack Hansen
Gazette Staff                         Hockey pool update: Backstrom racking up
Next time your team wins an
important postseason series,
make sure you don’t party too
                                      the points, Janssen chalking up a zero
hard because you might get           ATTENTION: Many of the hockey pools we received came after our pages went to print, and as such, were not included in this week’s standings.
sent home with a homework            We will be including all names in our next update. No new hockey pools will be accepted. Thanks for submitting your entries!
    Seven young Boston Red            Andrew Durbane. . . . . 134               Kyle Derosh . . . . . . . . 114          Greg Slaa . . . . . . . . . . 99         Tom O'Neill . . . . . . . . . 85          Scott Simon . . . . . . . . . 72
Sox fans were arrested after          Nikita Eskin . . . . . . . . 134          Matt Peplinski . . . . . . 108           Kevin Pawlak . . . . . . . . 98          Shannon Miranda . . . . . 83              Jason Stern . . . . . . . . . 71
the Red Sox won game seven            Ian Farquharson . . . . . 129             Nikolaj Jensen . . . . . . 108           Spencer Wykes . . . . . . 98             Kunal Gulati . . . . . . . . . 83         Mal Abude . . . . . . . . . . 71
of the ALCS on Saturday               Steven Weisman . . . . 129                Kevin Gleeson . . . . . . 107            Mike Hayes . . . . . . . . . 97          Alex McLoud . . . . . . . . 82            Benjamin Koh . . . . . . . 68
night and have been given             Fouad Sayde . . . . . . . 129             Matt Bertram . . . . . . . 106           Maha Lel-eirani . . . . . . 97           Rob Gavin . . . . . . . . . . 81          Cory King. . . . . . . . . . . 68
an assignment by the judge.           Matt Molnar . . . . . . . . 128           Patrick Truckle . . . . . . 105          Andrew Vermesesum . . 97                 Jason English. . . . . . . . 81           Karl Toulouse . . . . . . . . 67
The fans will have to write a         Lorne Freedman . . . . . 127              Will Harris . . . . . . . . . 105        Mike Smith . . . . . . . . . 96          Andrew Leon . . . . . . . . 81            Chris Popovich . . . . . . . 64
five page essay based on              Kevin LeClair . . . . . . . 127           Zach Geble . . . . . . . . 105           Jordan Axford . . . . . . . . 95         Jolon Page . . . . . . . . . . 80         Tom Woodcock . . . . . . . 64
their experience of being             Michelle Parsons . . . . 125              Swayze Waters . . . . . . 104            Scott Hennessy . . . . . . 95            David Clinning . . . . . . . 78           Mike Knox . . . . . . . . . . 64
arrested.                             Ryan Suitor . . . . . . . . 124           Matt Suda . . . . . . . . . 103          Zach Rothschild . . . . . . 95           Kevin Hall . . . . . . . . . . 76         Lindsay Traves . . . . . . . 63
                                      Nikolai Zeeic . . . . . . . 121           Graham Brown . . . . . . 103             Andrew Cormier . . . . . . 95            Jordan Winter. . . . . . . . 76           Daniel Feldberg . . . . . . 60
    The defendants will also
                                      Dan Cammick . . . . . . 121               Kristen Berkel . . . . . . 102           Drew Murray . . . . . . . . 94           Jory Cohen. . . . . . . . . . 76          David Lopez . . . . . . . . . 59
be required to provide proof
                                      Ben Cook. . . . . . . . . . 119           Natalie Romjin . . . . . . 102           Brendan Pierce. . . . . . . 94           Kale John Cox . . . . . . . 76            Scott Fransky . . . . . . . . 58
to the court their parents are
                                      Jason Graham . . . . . . 118              Ron Young . . . . . . . . . 101          Andrew Schuessler . . . . 93             Jeff Turner . . . . . . . . . . 75        Chelsea Warren . . . . . . 53
aware of their arrests.
                                      Tim Rowland . . . . . . . 118             Travis Brooke-Bisschop 100               Steven Beasley . . . . . . 93            Pak Hong Wong . . . . . . 74              Steve Gow . . . . . . . . . . 35
    The only punishment that
                                      Lenny Loewith . . . . . . 117             Greg Amudio . . . . . . . 100            Mat Klaas . . . . . . . . . . 92         Justin Hamilton . . . . . . 73
would be more appropriate
                                      Michael Creamosco . . 116                 Kevin Dean . . . . . . . . 100           Dan Quintal . . . . . . . . . 90         Ali Haider. . . . . . . . . . . 73
would be a week without
                                      Chris Greig. . . . . . . . . 115          JB Elliott . . . . . . . . . . 100       Ryan Jeon . . . . . . . . . . 89         Ali Ismail . . . . . . . . . . . 72
recess or lunch breaks.
                                      Nick Morra. . . . . . . . . 114           Steve Rioux . . . . . . . . . 99         Tom Harmantas . . . . . . 88             Ryan Price . . . . . . . . . . 72
    Claude Terrell, a lineman
for the St. Louis Rams, was
arrested on Tuesday morning
on charges of assaulting his
     It is obvious that Terrell
would be angry after his
team’s 0-6 start, but he
should consider hitting an
opposing defensive line
instead next time.
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                                                             OUA Women’s Volleyball

                                                             Mustangs have sights
                                                             set on an OUA title
                                                             Young roster,
                                                             veterans looking to gel quickly
                                                             By Dave Ward                                     more parity,” he said. “Lots of things
                                                             Gazette Staff                                    can happen. Now it’s all about hav-
                                                                                                              ing the best team in the last two
                                                             Western’s women’s volleyball team                weeks and in the playoffs.”
                                                             has an Ontario University Athletics                  “It’s a competitive league,”
                                                             title square in its sights. Anything             Descours said. “There are a number
                                                             less than OUA gold will disappoint               of teams that could potentially fin-
                                                             the perennial contenders.                        ish on top.
                                                                 “Our expectations are the same                   “Ottawa will be our main rival
                                                             as every other year — winning the                for sure. They beat us in the semis
                                                             Ontario championships,” head                     by two points in the fifth set. So
                                                             coach Dean Lowrie said. “We are                  there’s big motivation to win
                                                             one of few teams that can always                 against them.
                                                             say that’s achievable.”                              “Though overall there is no team
                                                                 “Our ultimate goal is definitely             we can take lightly.”
                                                             to win an OUA championship,” said                    The team followed an off-season
                                                             Caroline Descours, a middle with                 training schedule prepared by the
                                                             four years experience on the team.               team strength training coach that
                                                                 “Despite having a young team                 involved weights, cardio, speed and
                                                             this year, I think we have a good                jump training.
                                                             shot at winning it.”                                 “Many of our girls play beach
                                                                 The ’Stangs will have to reach               volleyball through the summer,
                                                             their goal with six new players in               which is a great way to stay fit, com-
                                                             the lineup.                                      petitive and improve ball control,”
                                                                 “I think after losing some key               Descours said.
                                                             players from last year, we may lack                  Lowrie said the off-season work
                                                             some of the experience our team is               prevents injuries during the regular
                                                             used to having,” Descours said.                  season.
                                                             “But we’ve got some great new play-                  “It’s really a 12-month season,”
                                                             ers on the team who are ready to                 he said.
                                                             work hard to fill those spots.”                      According to Lowrie, practice
                                                                 Leah Towell, a first-year player,            goes a long way to hone toughness
                                                             may be new to Western, but not to                in a mentally strenuous game.
                                                             volleyball.                                          “We try to develop competitive-
                                                                 Towell played four years at the              ness in our practices as much as
                                                             University of Toronto before com-                possible,” he explained, adding,
                                                             ing to Western for law school and                “We try to keep score on almost
                                                             joining the Mustangs.                            everything so that people get used
                                                                 “Leah has tons of character —                to playing for points, not just six on
                                                             she’s an instant leader on the                   six but in one on one situations as
                                                             court,” Lowrie said.                             well.”
                                                                 “Western’s pretty different from                 Descours discussed getting off
                                                             UofT in terms of the school and the              to a strong start this season.
                                                             team, but I really like it. It’s working             “Our game schedule is pretty
                                                             out really well for me this year,”               heavy right from the start. Not only
                                                             Towell said. She agreed anything                 in terms of number of games, but
                                                             less than OUA gold would be disap-               also in terms of the importance of a
                                                             pointing this year.                              lot of these matches.”
                                                                 Due to player turnover, team                     Western starts the season with
                                                             chemistry is a focal point for the               road games at the University of
                                                             team early in the season.                        Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier Uni-
                                                                 “We’ve turned over a number of               versity this weekend.
                                                             kids,” Lowrie explained. “It takes                   “I’d say it’s a pretty big week-
                                                             time to gel, to get new athletes to              end,” Towell said. “We’ve seen both
                                                             understand my style.”                            of these teams already so we know
                                                                 “I’m not technically a first year            what to expect, we just have to play
                                                             but there is a lot of new people, it             our game.”
                                                             does take a few months to get your                   “We’ve been practising daily
                                                             team chemistry there,” Towell said.              since the start of the school year
                                                                 Lowrie said it is increasingly               and have played in a couple of exhi-
                                                             hard to secure gold in a competitive             bition tournaments,” Descours
                                                             OUA.                                             said.
                                                                 “Every year there is more and                    “I’m confident we’re ready.”

                                                                             2007-08 Women’s Volleyball Roster
                                                              Caroline Descours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Middle
                                                              Sara Farrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Right Side
                                                              Montana Henry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Left Side
                                                              Sarah Johnston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Middle
                                                              Sarah Lowry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Left Side
                                                              Jacqueline Robinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Left Side
                                                              Andrea Ruste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Libero
                                                              Elaine Screaton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Left Side
                                                              Nicole Smyrnios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Setter
                                                              Jenna Thomson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Setter
                                                              Leah Towell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Middle
                                                              Nicole Vandinther . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Left Side
                                                              Lauren Willoughby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Middle
                                   Jonas Hrebeniuk/Gazette

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