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Sublime CON MOLTO PASSIONE
Dr. Bakhtiar translates
By Sarah Berman
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-
“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-
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.
P2 ➤ news theGazette • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2007
‘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
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 www.uwo.ca/police/.
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theGazette • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2007 news ➤ P3
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
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 www.dayspringlondon.ca
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
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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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
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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-
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
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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
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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 TMZ.com’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
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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
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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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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
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The defendants will also
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be required to provide proof
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to the court their parents are
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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
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recess or lunch breaks.
Nick Morra. . . . . . . . . 114 Steve Rioux . . . . . . . . . 99 Tom Harmantas . . . . . . 88 Ryan Price . . . . . . . . . . 72
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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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Sports ON DECK: Women’s rugby preview... Friday
OUA Women’s Volleyball
Mustangs have sights
set on an OUA title
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
“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