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James d. Patterson » email@example.com Pluralizing post-secondary education rates. post-secondary education.
Melody Morrissette » firstname.lastname@example.org “Male participation rates, I think, are Peter Mason, 34, came to Red River Col-
Ksenia PrinTs a function of the economy,” he said. “Raising lege in Winnipeg due to the lack of training op-
Photo editor news ProdUcTion ediTor them would be difficult in the current economic portunities on his reserve at St. Theresa Point,
colin Vandenberg » email@example.com context, just because there are so many jobs out located 400 km northeast of Winnipeg.
and nicK Taylor-Vaisey there that males seem to be attracted to that “There are not so many options in the field
coPy & style editor cUP oTTawa BUreaU chief don’t involve post-secondary education.” you want to study in; that’s why people like me
Jacquie nicholson » firstname.lastname@example.org The StatsCan report comes to a conclusion come to colleges and universities [in the city]-
that many universities long ago realized: there is --to further my education in a different field
neWs assiGnMent editor recent study of future post-secondary a need to attract students from all across Can- where no one has ever achieved yet (sic),” said
stacy cardigan smith » email@example.com enrolment predicts an acute shortage of ada, the world, and all socio-economic levels. Mason.
students for Canada’s colleges and uni- “I know a lot of universities [are] worrying Mason has since enrolled in the aboriginal
neWs Production editor
Ksenia Prints firstname.lastname@example.org versities unless more non-traditional applicants about what happens after the baby [boom] echo self-governance program at the University of
are drawn in. moves through the system. One of the things al- Winnipeg, a degree meant to, according to the
coMMents editor “We wanted to put forward a series of most all of them are focusing on right now is the program’s website, advance “original and cre-
Ben Wood email@example.com what-if scenarios,” said Patrice de Broucker, one international marketplace,” said David Robin- ative solutions” to aboriginal issues.
of the authors of a Statistics Canada report en- son, associate executive director of the Canadian Mason hopes to use his post-secondary ed-
arts & culture editor titled Postsecondary Enrolment Trends to 2031: Association of University Teachers. ucation to improve life back in his community.
Whitney light firstname.lastname@example.org Three Scenarios, co-written by Darcy Hango Robinson believes these institutes should “Education is important for me so I can be
and with the help of the Canadian Council for first be looking inside the country. “We know a role model in the community once I’m done,
listinGs coordinator Learning. there’s a huge cohort here in Canada, even if you and inspire other upcoming students… to do
Kristine askholm email@example.com
“We can’t believe that demographics it- take away the population issue, who graduate better,” he said.
self (sic) is setting the trends; it’s more than from high school and don’t go on to post-sec- Many universities, colleges, governments,
Kalen Qually » firstname.lastname@example.org demographics … But it is a factor to take into ondary education. We need to find out why and and other organizations recognize the difficulty
account.” need to target some of those underrepresented of enrolling under-represented students.
Beat rePorter Three enrolment scenarios were studied groups and get them into the system.” Most institutions participate in career fairs
Jenette Martens » email@example.com in the report. The first projection, based purely Robinson pointed to the under-represen- in rural areas and abroad, and many offer rural
on demographics, assumes students will con- tation of aboriginal students as a problem that extensions and programs.
Beat rePorter tinue enrolling in institutions at current rates. needs the attention of policy makers. Needs-based bursaries and scholarships
cameron Maclean » firstname.lastname@example.org It concludes that enrolment will reach its peak “We have a terribly low participation rate pave the road for many, and initiatives like the
in 2012-2013, after which a drastic decline will amongst Canada’s aboriginal population, and University of Winnipeg’s Task Force on Access
Beat rePorter occur and prevail over the following 13 years. yet that’s one of the fastest-growing components aim to improve the availability of post-secondary
dan huyghebaert » email@example.com The second scenario takes into account of our population; particularly young, urban ab- education to people from all levels of income.
longer term trends in post-secondary enrolment originals who arguably are in dire need of more At the federal level, the Post-Secondary
James Janzen » firstname.lastname@example.org over the period 1990-2006. This projection saw education.” Student Support Program (PSSSP) and the Uni-
a rise in students aged 17-29 until 2017, com- Schwartz, on the other hand, doesn’t be- versity College Entrance Preparation Program
pensating for a drop in other age groups. But lieve that post-secondary participation can be (UCEP) encourage aboriginal youth to attend
this group too will run out of youth in 2031, substantially increased. university or college by targeting funds at re-
t h i s w e e k ’ s c o n t r i bu to r s leading to a steep decline. “I think most people who want to go are serves, the distribution of which falls to band
The final and third scenario hypothesizes currently going,” he said. “Aboriginal students councils.
Joe Kornelsen, Brooke Dmytriw, David EisBrenner,
Stephanie Christie, Jennifer Hanson, Matt Preprost, that men, a currently underrepresented group in are an exception, I think.” However, at least one observer claims these
Tom Llewellin , Sasha Amaya, Conrad Sweatman, universities, will begin enrolling at the same rate “It’s not just a matter of offering more initiatives are not enough.
Sam MacLean, Aaron Epp, Kat Gallagher, as women. This prognosis is the rosiest, as it pre- money or, in my opinion, more information. “The biggest problem [for aboriginal youth]
Matt Prepost, Cory Falvo, Mike Collins, Kelly Ross, dicts steadily rising numbers in many provinces Those who want to go are going, those who is lack of funding that’s holding them back,” said
Denis Vrignon-Tessier, Marko Bilandzija, Graham Podolecki
and age groups well into the future. don’t want to go aren’t going, and we can’t do Don Sandberg, aboriginal policy fellow for the
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quoting former mayor of New York City—all eyes have been on the
The first week began with early Iowa caucuses last week and New
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publican Party will be able to recover and reinvent itself as a post-Bush
idential hopefuls attaining unprecedented gains and losses. Traditionally
Mary agnes Welch, rob nay, nick tanchuk, dean option. Or, perhaps it’s because the Democratic bill is just that much
dias, Brian Gagnon, devin King, Meg McGimpsey, held first, these two state elections are seen as key testing grounds for
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The excitement of this election has many contributing factors.
woman to make a potentially successful run at the presidential nomi-
George W. Bush, one of the most polarized figures to stumble into the
nation; and Barack Obama—the Oprah Winfrey-backed junior senator
Oval Office in American history, is on his way out the door after serving
from Illinois who has been the talk of coffee shops and dinner tables
(or disserving) the maximum two terms. Indeed, the large majority of his
nationwide, and is the first African-American with a shot at presidency.
own Republican party is ready for a breath of fresh air after eight years
Not far behind, however, sits nice guy John Edwards, touting messages
Postsecret of fun in the desert sun that has left America with nothing but massive
of poverty alleviation, CO2 reductions and universal healthcare.
now showing deficits and a global reputation of warmongering.
With a drastically altered political landscape and candidates who,
The election itself is also one of the most open in decades, with no
at the Winnipeg Art Gallery by and large, actually harbor public speaking skills above and beyond the
sitting presidents or vice-presidents in the running. A large majority of
stammering blunders that have become the norm south of the border,
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contact: uniter @ uniter.ca The Uniter January 10, 2008
Keeping young people in Manitoba
NumbEr of youth iN thE proviNcE haS international
goNE up, but for hoW
or this holiday season, the province got a Compiled by Brooke Dmytriw
much-anticipated gift: another year of net
gain in young people. Speeding grandpaS
Drawn by a strong economy and a low TORONTO, Ontario: New speeding
cost of living, 15 to 24-year-olds from across the legislation designed to crack down on street
world have been making Manitoba their home racing caught an 85-year-old man driving at 161
for the last nine years. km/hr.
Ben Fulte and Keith Duma, both Univer- The law, enacted to deter young people
sity of Winnipeg students, said they like Mani- from competing in street races and stunts, is
applied to drivers traveling more than 50 km/hr
toba because it is cheaper than other nearby
over the speed limit. Though he was not engaged
in street racing, it still applies to the 85-year-old,
“It’s also a good location: right in the mid- who was caught speeding along a major highway
dle,” said Duma. north of the city, according to Reuters. The senior
“A hub, if you will,” added Fulte. told the officer he was on the way to the bank and
According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba to do some shopping.
recorded a net inflow of 802 young people in Under the legislation, the man could face a
2007, a positive one for the ninth consecutive minimum $2,000 fine. His license was suspended
year. From 1999 to 2007, 4,080 people between and his car impounded. The officer drove him to
the ages of 15 and 24 came to Manitoba—a no-
When looking for jobs, “the type of the bank.
table change from the previous nine years, when analysis [youth] do is quite a bit more Prior to last week, two 75-year-old men
had been the oldest individuals arrested under
the province lost almost 3,500 young people.
extensive. Money isn’t as important,”
With baby boomers retiring and the birth
rate steadily declining, attracting young people —Graham Starmer, president of the Saving the world, one
computer at a time?
from out-of-province into Manitoba’s workforce
is becoming increasingly necessary.
Manitoba Chamber of Commerce. SAN JOSE, California: Leading computer
chip manufacturer Intel Corp. pulled out of the
“One of the things we are doing is the re- humanitarian project One Laptop Per Child.
bate on tuition, which is for graduate[s] from For 21-year-old Cody Friesen, Manitoba’s lucrative job options were a reason for staying. Stating organizational differences, Intel’s
anywhere around the world—that’s drawing withdrawal from the venture could halt OLPC’s
people,” said Colin Lemoine, spokesperson for Cody Friesen is a foreman for a local con- immigrants by 2016. progress in 2008.
Jim Rondeau, minister of competitiveness, train- Statistics Canada marked the net total pop- OLPC was established in 2005 based on
struction company. The 21-old considered mov-
ing and trade. the idea of providing low-cost laptop computers
ing out to Alberta until he found a good job in ulation growth of Manitoba from October 2006
The Manitoba Chamber of Commerce to children in developing countries.
the province. He reports seeing people coming to October 2007 at 11,471 people, with 2,587
The Associated Press reported Intel has
is also trying out strategies to convince young back from the west. coming from other provinces. This year, Mani- been developing its own inexpensive portable
entrepreneurs to operate here. A special rate de- “Both the guys on my crew worked in Al- toba gained 176 people from Alberta. computer, called the Classmate; Intel also plans
signed to encourage young people to join the berta but they came back to work construction. “The bloom is off the Alberta rose,” said to market the Classmate in the same markets
chamber was introduced earlier this year. I think [young people] go out there to make Falk. “You make a good buck in the oil sands but OLPC was planning to launch.
The president and CEO of the Manitoba money and they find that they are spending as now the cost of living one can call ridiculous.” OLPC intended to create a $100 laptop.
Chamber of Commerce Graham Starmer said much money as they make.” According to Falk, in the past immigrants However, the current “XO” version cost $188
that when young people are looking for jobs “the Young people are not the only ones coming first moved to Manitoba and then left to other Forgot the wrong
type of analysis they do is quite a bit more exten- to Manitoba. According to Wilf Falk, the chief prairie provinces. Now, the in-migration rate memory Stick
sive, because they have access to more informa- statistician for the province, the Manitoba set a rose while the outflow rate significantly dropped, STOCKHOLM, Sweden: The Swedish
tion than they used to.” goal in 2000 to take in 10,000 immigrants. Hav- keeping more newcomers here. Department of Defence is investigating a breach of
“Money isn’t as important,” he added. security after a memory stick containing sensitive
ing reached that goal, they now aim for 20,000
information was left at a public computer.
According to BBC News several classified
assassination endangers Pakistan’s chances for democracy documents were on the device, including data
on security threats in Afghanistan and other
countries, including the U.S.
records herself, but that “her heart The stick was returned to the military by the
was in the right place.” Axworthy Aftonbladet newspaper, which received it from a
BeaT rePorTer has ties to Pakistan as a former Ca- member of the public.
nadian foreign affairs minister and The department believes someone on staff
had met Bhutto on a few occasions. left the stick. One employee had acknowledged a
ast month’s assassination missing memory stick to superiors.
He was the leader of a 1999 Com-
of Pakistani political leader
monwealth task force to Pakistan. china to embrace
Benazir Bhutto not only lethal injection
shattered regional hope for modera- BEIJING, China: The country is looking into
Axworthy believes the situ-
tion and democracy but also sent expanding its use of lethal injections for capital
ation presents opportunity for
shockwaves around the world. punishment instead of gunfire for executions.
positive change that will only be
“She was one of the true lead- China, which has the highest execution
possible with the help of the inter- rate in the world, is considering instituting lethal
ers of Pakistan,” said University of
national community. But presently injection because it is perceived to be more
Winnipeg student Ali Raza.
the situation in Pakistan is one of humane. According to the Associated Press, the
Raza, 23, moved to Canada
the most dangerous in the world government does not release official figures,
from Pakistan two years ago and his
with no sign of a positive shift in but Amnesty International estimates Chinese
family remains in the country.
the foreseeable future, he said. executions tallied 1,770 in 2005, equivalent to 80
“This was a great loss . . . it cre- per cent of the world’s total.
“Here’s a chance now, with the
ates a vacuum. You can’t just create
tragic death of Benazir Bhutto, while hiStoric race potentially
another leader like that.” cancelled due to
things are still in a highly fluid state,
Bhutto was killed Dec. 27 terroriSt threatS
to come back with a much stronger
while leaving a campaign rally LISBON, Portugal: The French government
effort of international involvement
when a gunman opened fire on her announced cancellation of the 2008 Dakar Rally
supporting democratic initiatives,
vehicle. The shooting was shortly due to security concerns in Mauritania.
such as putting real conditions on The organizers decided to annul the
followed by a suicide bomb blast,
things like foreign aid.” competition after four French tourists were killed
leaving another 20 people dead. Ali raza, a Pakistani UW student, says Benazir Bhutto’s visionary
Instead, he said, America is by an alleged sleeper cell affiliated with Al-
The attack was followed by leadership will be hard to replace.
planning on using the situation to Qaeda.
days of rioting and caused serious
launch a military operation in Paki- had been in self-imposed exile since new face of her 19-year-old son, Bi- The rally, scheduled to start Jan. 5 in
disruption in a country already
stan’s northern border region with 1998. Upon returning to the coun- lawal Bhutto Zardari. Lisbon, has never been cancelled in its 30-year
plagued with a geopolitical situation history.
Afghanistan. try in October 2007 to prepare for However, Raza said, Bhutto
that is nothing short of volatile. The Dakar Rally is the world’s largest
“There are some people who the scheduled January elections, she had a vision and a persona that will
“This was a great blow to the off-road race, coursing through the Sahara and
just don’t get it, and the problem was met with a series of car bombs be difficult to recreate.
entire situation,” Raza said, adding ending Jan. 20 in Dakar, Senegal. Stages of the
is that countries like Canada aren’t that left nearly 140 of her support- “She created an example to fol-
the country has been plunged into a race had been cancelled in the past but eight of 15
speaking out,” Axworthy said. ers dead. low but it will take time,” he said.
state of doubt and insecurity. legs of the rally were set in Mauritania.
This was not the first time The Jan. 8 election date has “People wanted some sort of
University of Winnipeg Presi- Direct threats were also made against the
Bhutto had been subject to vio- been moved to Feb. 18 and Bhutto’s progress. In that way, she was the race itself by terrorist organizations.
dent Lloyd Axworthy said that
lence. The former Prime Minister Pakistan People’s Party now has the hope.”
Bhutto did not have the cleanest of
January 10, 2008 The Uniter contact: uniter @ uniter.ca News editor: ksenia Prints
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terrorizing the world wide web
n the ultimate fix for concerned citizens and Using several computers set up in the base-
Compiled by Stacy Cardigan Smith, news aficionados, a single website allows ment of his Missouri home, Clements searches
Graham Podolecki, Jenette Martens,
and David EisBrenner tErroriSt users to instantaneously observe all terrorist
activity occurring across the globe.
the Internet for and compiles any news articles
containing certain key words or phrases, such as
activitiES Part Internet news digest, part global im-
aging system, www.GlobalIncidentMap.com
“bomb” or “terrorists.” The article is then linked
to an icon on the map in the location where the
literacy teSt haS un-
First Nations people who live off-reserve
for citizEN displays terrorist and “other suspicious activity”
reported in the media all over the world. Using
Clements pulls articles from news sources
and Métis adults who live in urban prairie areas
scored much worse than non-aboriginals in recent
coNSumptioN technology similar to that of Google Earth, the
website displays a map of the world with bright
all over the world, including state-controlled
media and blogs. Although he tries to include as
literacy proficiency tests, according to a Statistics flashing icons representing various types of in- many perspectives as possible, he does not check
cidents, such as suicide bombings, plane hijack- the articles for accuracy or bias.
The study, released Dec. 7, was based on
ings, and suspicious packages. Shannon Sampert, a former journalist and
the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills
Survey, which assesses the literacy skills of “It gave us a way to give a visual representa- politics professor at the University of Winnipeg,
cameron maclean tion of what was going on” said American creator says that websites have a responsibility to provide
Canadians ages 16 and older.
The study found 72 per cent of First Nations
BeaT rePorTer Morgan Clements. their users with accurate information.
people in urban Manitoba and 70 per cent in urban “As good media consumers, we need to
Saskatchewan scored below what is considered to be cognizant of the sources we access and, as
be “the minimum for an individual to successfully is also the case with the mainstream media,
cope in a complex knowledge-based society.”
question potential biases.”
Fifty-four per cent of Métis in urban
Manitoba and 56 per cent in urban Saskatchewan The publisher of two previous web-
scored below that same level. sites (www.TerroristWarning.com and www.
For non-aboriginal people, these numbers TransitSecurityReport.com), Clements cre-
sat at 44 per cent in urban Manitoba and 37 per ated the incident map primarily to “assist
cent in urban Saskatchewan. law enforcement and military and govern-
Lower levels of formal education among ment people who are protecting the USA.”
First Nations people and a different mother tongue
Although it was created primarily for
than the one tested were suggested as possible
the use of military and law enforcement of-
reasons for the differences.
ficials, Global Incident Map receives no gov-
new Fertilizer regulationS help
protect manitoba waterwayS ernment funding.
The provincial government introduced a plan Since it was first established over a
to limit the phosphorous content of lawn fertilizers year ago the website and its creator received
in residential areas and golf courses on Dec. 20. much attention. Clements was invited to
The limit will reduce the flow of excess nutrients the Pentagon and developed several custom
into Manitoba’s lakes and rivers, and stop the blue versions of the incident map for military
algae growths in Lake Winnipeg.
purposes. He also met with members of the
By January 2009 the province will restrict
lawn fertilizers containing more than one per cent U.S. congress.
phosphorous. Currently, lawn fertilizers can have In February, the website will be on dis-
phosphorous levels as high as 20 per cent. play as part of an exhibit at the Museum of
This legislation makes Manitoba the first Modern Art in New York City.
province in Canada to limit phosphorous-laden Clements has also drawn criticism,
fertilizers in residential areas. being accused of fear mongering and of hav-
SignS honor alco- ing a right-wing political agenda. He denies
hol related deathS
The province of Manitoba and Mothers
“Look, I’m not making this up, I’m not
Against Drunk Driving Canada intend to create
a new memorial sign program marking the writing these articles,” he said.
locations where impaired drivers have caused fatal “It’s not my fault that the world is a scary
accidents. place, and I’m not trying to scare people…I
The signs will include the name of the victim believe the website…is a tool of awareness,
and a picture of a red MADD ribbon. They will IllUsTrATIon BY CorY FAlVo and it’s a tool to fight complacency.”
only be installed after receiving permission from
the victim’s family and after a conviction has taken
These signs are visible in other provinces
such as Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward
Margaret Miller, the national president
of MADD Canada says that MADD commends
Manitoba for agreeing to place these signs. The
signs are not only a memorial but they “also serve
as a message to motorists to drive safe and sober,”
Since 2003 MADD has recognized Manitoba
as having the best impaired driving laws in
umSu optS out oF democracy
The University of Manitoba Students’ Union
passed two motions that significantly change the
student elections process on their campus.
The decisions were made on the Nov. 29 council
meeting, in which UMSU had difficulty attaining a
sufficient number of participants for quorum.
The first decision was to remove the
requirement that polling stations “be placed in
all faculties, [residences], and colleges” during a
student election, according to UMSU policy 2017.
According to the Manitoban, UMSU president
Gary Sran stated the current policy conflicted with
UMSU bylaws and should be changed.
The second motion approved by UMSU now
grants it the power to appoint students to council
positions that are not filled in their annual general
According to theManitoban, some council
members raised concerns that electing students
to those seats was crucial for the democratic
News editor: stacy cardigan smith contact: uniter @ uniter.ca The Uniter January 10, 2008
campuS NEWS 05
Campus News campus
u of W takes over army surplus building what it will house in the single storey, 26,000 Balan said that bookstore plans look prom-
Compiled by Jenette Martens, Stacy Cardigan
Smith and David EisBrenner
univerSity to buy mine
sq. ft. building, there is good possibility at least ising at the moment and the full study should be SniFFing dog
sTacy cardigan smiTh some classes will be moved to the off-campus completed by the end of the month. The University of Winnipeg is currently
news assignmenT ediTor location. The new location may also be used to house raising money to purchase a landmine
“We’re pretty sure there will be classes in staff and classes temporarily displaced from sniffing dog through the Canadian Landmines
Foundation and the Canadian International
there, we’re just not sure which ones,” said Bill Wesley Hall as renovations on the century-old
ome University of Winnipeg students Demining Corporation.
Balan, acting vice-president of finance and ad- building continue. The university is doing its
might soon find themselves trekking a bit The mine-sniffing dog, Wesley, will
ministration with the U of W. best, however, to ensure classes in the Collegiate
further to class: all the way to Memorial most likely work in Bosnia to assist in ridding
The U of W is also working on a business are not disturbed even while the building gets a the country of landmines. The decision to
Boulevard and Portage Avenue.
plan concerning the feasibility and viability of new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning purchase Wesley is a result of the University
Last month the university signed a 10-year
putting an extended bookstore in the spot, and system. of Winnipeg’s Global College’s “No Landmines
lease on the former United Army Surplus Sales
perhaps adding a café component. The upcoming The university has possession of the build- Action Week” that occurred during the last week
building located at the busy downtown corner.
closure of McNally Robinson Booksellers in Por- ing now, but Winnipeggers likely won’t see any of November.
Although the university is still deciding exactly Naniece Ibrahim, communications and
tage Place makes this idea even more inviting. changes to the building until April or May.
marketing officer at the University of Winnipeg
and one of the initiators of the project said the
purchase of Wesley is “another way of keeping
the topic of landmines on the minds of students
. . .[and a way to] contribute towards something
that would actually help mine-infested areas.”
Wesley is able to find landmines without
coming into contact with them. Mine sniffing
dogs are the most productive, safe and efficient
way to find landmines.
The university still needs to raise
over $15,000 to purchase Wesley. Anyone
interested in contributing can visit http://www.
learn Sign language on campuS
Ever wanted to learn sign language?
You’re in luck, as this is just one of the many
activities planned during Disability Awareness
Presented by the University of Winnipeg’s
Disability Services, other events include an art
show, a movie screening, a meet and greet and a
discussion panel. All events take place between
Jan. 14 and 18.
Times and locations vary. For more
information, stop by the UWSA offices in the
The University is considering establishing an extended bookstore and cafe in the newly leased building.
u of W student awarded province’s greenest scholarship
uwSa document blunder
The University of Winnipeg Students’
Association’s newly upgraded website hit
undecided major, works as field manager for the student’s research and studies, as well as the po- a minor snag recently when a document
sTePhanie chrisTie Western Canadian Wilderness Committee and tential for continuing achievements. Each appli- containing the minutes from a closed-session
admits to having an unwavering dedication to cant is required to explain in the application how board meeting was posted online.
sustainability and environmentally conscious they are currently involved in sustainable devel- Closed session meetings are not open
niversity of Winnipeg student Robin endeavours. opment, as well as how their education and their to the public due to the private and sometimes
Bryan was recently awarded the Sus- sensitive nature of the discussions that take
“I work really, really hard for this stuff,” he goals for the future relate to sustainability.
tainable Development Scholarship, said. While Bryan has yet to choose a major,
Vice president advocate Vinay Iyer said he
given to students who intend to pursue studies Bryan is also involved on campus, acting as he is interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary was unsure how the closed session document
and research related to sustainable development. a co-coordinator for the student environmental degree that will incorporate both biology and ended up on the Internet, but said it was most
Two awards are granted annually for the purpose action group EcoMAFIA. He also works with anthropology. likely due to a mislabeling.
of helping out with tuition, books and other SUNSET, which stands for Sustainable Univer- Submissions for the 2008 Sustainable De- Iyer said steps would be taken to ensure
educational costs: one to a graduate student for sity Now, Sustainable Earth Together. velopment Scholarships are currently being ac- similar mix-ups would not happen in the future,
$4,000 and the other to a university undergradu- In a province-issued press release, Manitoba cepted until April 4, 2008. According to the such as having a second person look at each file
ate for $1,000. Conservation Minister Stan Struthers reported website, the award is open to students in any before its posting.
The award was established by the Manitoba a positive response to the program and called field of study in an approved Manitoba post-
Round Table for Sustainable Development and is Bryan a “terrific example of the talent and prom- secondary institution. Student newSpa-
intended to encourage students to continue to re- ise we find in so many Manitoba youth.” For more information visit http://www. per under threat
search and work towards a more environmentally The Gleaner, one of two student
Recipient selection for the scholarships gov.mb.ca/conservation/susresmb/scholarship/
stable way in which to live, work and teach. newspapers at Langara College in B.C., is
is based on the inclusion of the principles and index.html.
on shaky financial ground after the Langara
Bryan, a second year student with a still- guidelines of sustainable development in each —With files from Stacy Cardigan Smith
Students’ Union significantly reduced the
The LSU drastically cut the Gleaner’s
BY sTACY CArdIgAn sMITh student levy and is threatening to cease paying
Do you plan on staying in Manitoba after graDuation? Why it entirely until a forensic audit of the last seven
years of the newspaper’s financial records is
or Why not? completed.
Opinions vary on the underlying reason
Hamid Hosseini Lauren Partridge Tricia Cooper for the LSU’s actions, but the union claims it is
3rd year Bio-Chemistry 2nd year French Studies 4th year Honours Theatre
I am. [I’m going to] med I think you need to do some Yes, I am staying in the just holding the Gleaner to the requirements of
school. I’ve been here as an traveling before you settle province. I think there are great its own by-laws to conduct general audits.
international student for four down, but I think Winnipeg opportunities here. It’s cheap The estimated cost of the forensic audit
years so my classmates are will always be my home so and all my friends are here.
could reach $40,000, which Tanya West, the
here. Plus, I really like the I’ll never leave.
summers - with the summers Gleaner’s business manager, is worried could
being extremely hot, you long lead to the newspaper’s shut down.
for the winters but when the
winters are really cold, you
long for the summers.
January 10, 2008 The Uniter contact: uniter @ uniter.ca
contact: uniter @ uniter.ca The Uniter January 10, 2008
Editorials maNagiNg editor : Jo snyder
THe LaziFiCaTion oF an leTTers To The edITor
overinduLgenT CuLTure in deFenCe oF THe STudenT union
This is in response to the article entitled
Nov. 22 entitled Student Population, Will You
Marry Me: Engagement Versus Involvement In
Student Politics, by Devin King, I would like to
Where’s the balance in a strong this month marveling at the lack of effort her
students make. This time around she awarded no
Free pizza? F$*# yeah! written by David Eis- thank Mr. King for his suggestions on how to
Brenner and published in the Nov. 8, 2007 issue increase student engagement in the UWSA, as
work ethic and a good life A grades to the class, and wondered what mo- of the Uniter. While I am not accustomed or well as for providing clarification of our diction.
Jo snyder tivated them to show up if they weren’t willing particularly inclined to respond to tongue-in- While I disagree wholeheartedly that the UWSA
managing ediTor to work. Some of them would consistently pick cheek (which I hope this article was) criticism of is stagnant when it comes to involvement, I do
one out of four assignments, and disregard the the UWSA, I would like to make Mr. EisBrenner see room for improvement when it comes to stu-
rest thinking that’s enough for now, or ‘I’m too aware of a few important points that he may dent interest in the politics and management of
busy to do all the work’. Other university pro- have missed in his plan to dissolve the students’ the organization.
ver the Christmas holiday, if you can
association into a pizza joint. What I see as the solution, Mr. King sees
in any honesty call it a holiday, an fessors commonly complain about students on
Firstly, I’d like to point out his insulting as simply ideal. I agree with Mr. King in saying
old friend and I rolled over the idea laptops checking Facebook instead of listening
approach to almost every individual involved on that when students are knowledgeable about the
of our work ethic and financial status. We are to lectures. One explanation is a recent study affairs of their student association and care about
campus, from arts students to community mem-
recovering students and extremely low-income by Statistics Canada describing something we’ve bers and students who use the food bank, to the it, they are more likely to run in an election to
earners. We are frustrated and tired, anticipat- know for some time: a university B.A. is the new staff and parents (as well as children) who are manage it. Speaking from personal experience, I
ing the day when we might have cash to burn. I high school diploma and if you don’t have one, involved with the UWSA daycare. I understand was involved with the UWSA prior to becoming
complained about my wealthy relatives and the your employment opportunities will be severely the ignorance behind the comments, as I’m cer- engaged in it, as were most of my fellow execu-
ease with which they make decisions about cars, limited. They even go as far as to examine the tain Mr. EisBrenner is neither a single parent tives and directors.
homes and where to spend their holidays. Ja- impact of the gap between the time a person nor in need of food bank services, however I I feel that the student involvement that is
maica again? No problem. Of course my mother finishes high school and the time a person en- am surprised that this approach has been taken present within the organization will certainly
ters into a post-secondary degree: the sooner the in expressing dissatisfaction with the students’ promote more in-depth engagement as well as
reassures me that the choices I’ve made have
association. the sense of ownership that is needed to create
been more interesting, and that I have more life better, they say. So it’s possible some employers
Secondly, I’d like to take this opportunity an environment where students feel comfortable
experience than that of my cousins who rolled won’t investigate into your university experience,
to promote the many great services mentioned in running in an election, and then subsequently
out of bed and into the milky warm arms of but rather just make sure that you had one. managing the organization. At the UWSA, we
the article, and make it clear that these services
farm dividends and healthy inheritances. Sure But what good is an uninspired education? are well-used, important, and available to all are actively working on ways to continue in-
that’s comforting mom, but I still take offence Or being a seat warmer in a school scrambling to students. The health plan provides coverage for volving students, and are confident that those
to how quaint a hand-to-mouth life seems to the produce students who will reflect well on their students who may not otherwise be covered by students who are interested will become further
perpetually comfortable. However, she makes a institution? It seems as though exhausted and their parents’ health plans. I encourage students engaged.
good point. And, my old friend, a PHD student frazzled teachers are passing lazy students as a to visit the health plan desk for information on Finally, I’d like it noted that the UWSA is
at the University of British Columbia, agrees last ditch effort to maintain their own wits. Todd the benefits of the plan. The UWSA daycare pro- not “fearful” of any criticism. In fact, construc-
that had we been more financially comfortable, Hirsch wrote an article in the Globe and Mail a vides affordable childcare, prioritizing students tive comments from students are what build this
couple weeks ago about Canadians lagging be- and staff at the university, as well as community organization. What we do not act upon are criti-
it’s possible, likely even, that we wouldn’t have
members. Peer Support is a highly active student cisms that are not for the benefit of students at
tried as hard for our degrees, or that we would’ve hind Americans in inventions, that we have pro-
group who are available to talk to students who the U of W, but are written as self-indulgences
taken more time off and missed valuable oppor- portionately fewer patents. He too suggested we
may be feeling stressed from exams, relation- and unconstructive “humour” as noted in my
tunities and work experiences. Fair enough, but might be a bit lazy. I think, if we can over ana-
ships, student life, or for those who just want to comments on EisBrenner’s article.
it still makes me wonder about our generation lyze, or be a tad moralistic about such a predica- talk about stresses we all face as students.
and work. What is too little or too much, and ment, the answer is simple: work hard for what Finally, Mr. EisBrenner, arts students are David Jacks
what motivates us? We seem to be maintaining a you have, and be grateful for what you don’t have not “mathematically deficient.” President
status quo of doing just enough work to get by. to work for. Laziness is an unbecoming quality. In response to the Comments article of University of Winnipeg Students’ Association
And maybe being too comfortable makes many But in then end we need to find meaning in our
of us lazy. work, and feel inspired. The balance of a good
A disgruntled professor at Capilano College life and the ability to work hard will bring a per-
in North Vancouver wrote an article for the Tyee son opportunity, and thrilling uncertainty.
January 10, 2008 The Uniter contact: uniter @ uniter.ca
Comments commeNts editor : ben wood
reSPeCT in our modern age
Backlash at uW raises some archaic ideas about women’s sexual liberty
Kelly ross the women who shared their stories of rape and violence.
Other conversations came up on the paper, namely “men and
the violence that they experience.” Yes, yes, yes… what about men?
1. Act like a lady, not a slut. The question used to make me roll my eyes, but I’ve now come to
2. Be like your grandma said, not like Britney Spears. a place where I understand it as a really constructive question. One
3. Don’t get drunk at a bar or at parties with a bunch of comment stated, “Men experience violence as well, but in different
horny men. (How stupid can you be?) ways. Everyone is hurt by patriarchy and gender roles.” The social in-
4. Don’t be alone with a man unless you actually want fluence that patriarchy holds in our society manifests itself in several
sex. (Again, common sense) ways, one of which is the enforcement of gender roles. Men are not
5. Keep your legs crossed, dress decently. inherently violent, just as women are not inherently submissive. Pa-
6. Don’t show your tits like this stupid display above!!! triarchy is violence—it’s not physical violence, but it is violent in the
sense that it is socially restrictive and forceful. Sometimes physical
Although this might seem comical, the author did not intend violence is a result of patriarchy and gender roles, with the perpetra-
it to be a joke. And although the advice may seem outdated, readers tors often being men using physical violence against women, trans-
may be surprised to learn that it was written only seven weeks ago. gender people and men that deviate from the heterosexual norm.
The author of this “helpful advice” was responding to a display Men also fight men in machismo gender battles, such as the stabbing
put up by the campus Womyn’s Centre (for which I am co-coor- at the Empire Cabaret that killed my former next door neighbour
dinator) in conjunction with the National Day of Action and Re- and coworker in November, 2007.
membrance on Violence Against Women. The day of action marks So, you ask, if everyone is hurt by patriarchy, why highlight
the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre—a tragic event where 14 women? A few reasons. Initially, the impetus was to do a project in
women were murdered in their college by an anti-feminist male on conjunction with the National Day of Action and Remembrance on
Dec. 6, 1989. The display included plaster-of-Paris casts of the chests Violence Against Women. And according to the previously quoted
of several volunteer women. These casts bore statistics from Statistics statistic, “51 per cent of women in Canada have experienced vio-
Canada about violence against women, including: “Only six per cent lence.” This percentage is even higher in the native population of
of rape is reported to police,” and “51 per cent of women in Canada Canada, where 80 per cent of aboriginal women in Ontario have
have experienced violence.” The casts were put up in three locations experienced family violence (Ontario Native Women’s Association).
in Centennial Hall, the primary one being the bottom of the escala- We can do the math and see that more than a quarter of the Cana-
tors near the security office. dian population has experienced sexist violence. With figures this
Observers of the display were given the opportunity to respond high, one can be certain that “someone you love has experienced
to the casts and the statistics on large sheets of blank paper that ac- physical or sexual abuse,” as one of the displayed statistics quoted. brainer, right…?).
companied the exhibit. I want to use this opportunity to respond to So, as for my advice to women who want to be treated with 2. Remember that women are not objects, and do not treat
some of the unsupportive commentary left on the sheets of paper. respect: do whatever you want. Act like a lady, or act like a slut. them as such.
Despite the abundant gains of feminist movements around the Nothing that a woman does, or does not do, warrants physical or 3. A drunk woman or a woman dressed in sexy clothes is not
world, it is evident that flippant attitudes toward violent manifesta- sexual violence. Just be respectful of others, too. begging to have sex.
tions of sexism still exist, even in institutions of “higher” learning. It makes me ill to know that people still blame the victim. The 4. Consent before sex is sexy. If you do not have full and
Examples of negative commentary that appeared on these sheets notion that women should not be alone with men unless they want informed consent, you are committing an act of rape.
include: “Get over it!” “I’m glad my mom doesn’t flash her boobs sex is mostly just insulting to men; all healthy adults are in control of 5. Understand how your own attitudes and actions perpetu-
like you. Moral degenerate,” and “The people who made this display their own actions and understand the consequences, regardless of sex ate sexism, and work towards changing them. Examples
should be careful how they define rape before 50 per cent of their fa- or gender. In response to Mr. Advice and other folks that scribbled of sexism include taunting or whistling at women and
thers and brothers find themselves behind bars!!!” One person went down similar statements, I would like to close with some advice for telling or laughing at discriminatory jokes.
so far as to say, “Feminists are just as dangerous to women as psycho men that want to treat women
rapists.” with respect. This list is certainly
If the statistics about physical and sexual violence against not complete, but it provides a
women were not enough, these comments are evidence that the few solid examples of actions one
feminist movement needs to continue to remain steadfast. The com- can take.
ments that praised the display were empowering, and we appreciated 1. Don’t use physical force
against women (a no-
a diFFerenT TyPe oF CriTiCiSm
ings to be about $250 a year. Hydro partnered
Ben wood with the community-based organization (CBO)
commenTs ediTor BUILD, an organization staffed with commu-
nity members working within the neighbour-
hood and to the benefit of the community, so
n early December the Canadian Centre for that the initiative is not only beneficial to each
Policy Alternatives—Manitoba released its individual resident but to the sustainability of
annual State of the Inner City Report, and the neighbourhood itself.
what follows is my attempt—a New Year’s resolu- The decision to work with BUILD instead
tion perhaps—to take what I have learned from of hiring a larger private contractor reflects
this report and make a conscious effort to com- Hydro’s recognition of the importance of sustain- denis Vrignon-Tessier
ment on our city by looking through an asset- able community building. Working with CBOs
based lens instead of a deficit lens. is important because it transforms development only for those who are financially able to re- munity members, mostly aboriginal, and train
This forms a different type of criticism: in- into a participatory process that involves many spond to the rising prices. The market will not, them for employment in the construction indus-
stead of focusing on what is missing from our different members of the community. Individu- however, create houses for low-income residents try, success can be the individual’s recognition
city, my constant disagreement with mayoral als are active and engaging with the development because there is not enough profit to be made, of the systemic racism, oppression, and effects
decisions, or the failures of downtown develop- process rather than being observers of outside especially when compared to the new develop- of colonization that have shaped a large part of
ment, it begins with the strengths of a neigh- agencies creating change for them. ments of St.Vital or Waverly West. their lives. The CCPA report acknowledged that
bourhood or an existing positive force in a com- The logic behind these partnerships comes However, measuring the success of such reversing the damaging effects of colonization is
munity and builds up from there. It is criticism straight from the State of the Inner City Report: initiatives is hard because funding institutions one of the first steps before some inner-city ab-
that recognizes a problem but also comes with a “poverty is expensive [and] we all benefit eco- or governments have little use for the qualitative originals can begin to transform their lives.
solution. The result is the difference between a nomically and otherwise, when effective anti- outcomes—such as the improvement in the daily These types of changes are far more im-
feeling of helplessness and hopefulness. poverty programs are implemented.” This part- life of someone who has learned a trade, fixed a portant than the number of houses retrofitted
Last month Manitoba Hydro announced a nership ensures that, first, residents save money home, helped out a neighbour, and realized their because they spread to the individual’s children,
new energy saving initiative for low-income resi- by retrofitting their homes, second, employment self-worth. What secures funding is quantita- family, and community. In this way, Hydro’s
dents of the Centennial neighbourhood. They is given to community members, and third, that tive success—the highest number of retrofitted partnership with BUILD is less about creating
plan to retrofit old homes in the neighbourhood the money stays in the community. homes in the quickest amount of time. This not energy efficient homes and more about trans-
so that they are more energy efficient and cost This partnership is also a great response to only hurts a CBO’s chance of receiving fund- forming communities. What is important is that
effective. It is estimated that the renovation costs the housing problems of a city that relies on the ing but it also ignores a lot of positive change or the criticism, the energy inefficient homes, came
can be covered by the money residents save on market to provide suitable homes for all citizens. qualitative success these organizations produce. with a solution, the use of a CBO to create the
their energy bill—Hydro—estimates the sav- And yes, the market does provide housing, but As for CBOs such as BUILD who hire com- change for themselves and their community.
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artS & culturE 09
Arts & Culture arts & culture editor: whitney Light
a STorm oF SeCreTS
One that was not printed in English contains a collage, and not behind glass. Many are elabo-
translation on the other side. Still another from rately decorated, or contain references to Post-
someone in Japan has a note apologizing for art- Secret, perhaps so the mail carrier would know
Already there have been four PostSecret work on the postcard, which says “Happy New what was inside and ensure the postcard arrived
PostSecret at the Wag books released, the most recent being A Lifetime Year” in Japanese. at its destination safely. The evident care many
is a show for everyone of Secrets, a compilation of “hundreds of never-
before-seen artworks from people aged eight to
The cards are generally not placed in any
type of order or category. One exception I no-
people put into the envelopes is touching, and an
excellent element in the exhibit.
80 in loose chronological order, showing the way ticed, however, was a display that contained If you’re feeling creative, the gallery offers a
Jennifer hanson several secrets with elephant artwork. How station where you can make your own secret.
secrets change over time and the way they stay
VolUnTeer many different secrets incorporated the idea or “There’s something potent about secrets;
exactly the same.” The book is immensely popu-
lar, as the others have been, even achieving the the physical attributes of an elephant! The va- there is a lot of power when we release them,”
status of the number one hardcover book in the riety of secrets is amazing. There are depressing said Warren.
he PostSecret exhibit at the Winnipeg
world. ones, amusing ones, sexual ones—so many dif- So the fact that there is a station and a box
Art Gallery is made up of over 400
But there is something very special about ferent types that almost everyone can find one to put the new postcards in (without having to
homemade postcards containing secrets
seeing the postcards up close in three dimen- they relate to. The diversity of secrets displayed pay postage) is good, and offers catharsis for
their designers have never told anyone. All were
sions. Here the secrets are displayed behind glass is similar to the website the secrets are displayed those who long to release a secret out into the
received by Frank Warren, creator of the PostSe-
on the walls and in glass cases on the floor. The on. Many who frequent the website will notice world.
cret project, and these 400 secrets are just a hand-
setup works well, particularly the cases on the that some of the secrets in the exhibit have been This is a show for everyone, even non-fans
ful of what he has received since the project’s
floor, where the viewer can see the back of the posted in the past. Many others have never been of the website. It is enormously therapeutic to see
beginning in November 2004. Warren has col-
postcard, which is generally not visible on the seen before. these secrets from anonymous people, knowing
lected over 180,000 secrets and has been getting
PostSecret website. On many of the postcards, Also rarely seen on the website but on dis- that they are things they have never told anyone
an average of 1,000 every week for over a year.
the other side contains a short message to War- play at the exhibit are the envelopes many of the else. You can check out Frank Warren’s beautiful
“It was a trickle, and now it is a torrent,”
ren, or a more in-depth explanation of the secret. secrets come in. They are pasted on the wall in a project at http://postsecret.blogspot.com.
arT oF THe PeoPLe an interview with
discussion about it. I think the best art should
be subversive and cause a little bit of controversy. Frank Warren
VolUnTeer So I would say that we’re on the right track.
U: Does the secret shape the art or do you think
n 2004, PostSecret creator Frank War- the art shapes the secret?
ren distributed 3,000 self-addressed
postcards to strangers around the Wash- FW: I think the secret shapes the art. I think
ington, D.C. area. The idea was simple: write the art works to serve the secret. If some-
an anonymous secret on a postcard and mail one has a secret that is so painful to face that
it back. The project was originally expected they can’t even say it, maybe they can use
to be a one-time deal for an art exhibit, but images to express it in a way that someone can
Frank has since received close to 200,000 se- understand it, but allows the sender not to have
crets, published four PostSecret books and to put it into words or admit it out loud to
currently hosts the world’s largest ad-free blog. themselves.
Warren continues his PostSecret art exhibits and
tours college campuses across North America. U: You’re making a stop in Winnipeg this January
The latest PostSecret art exhibit opened at the to talk about PostSecret. Why do you host these
Winnipeg Art Gallery in November and Warren events? JAMIe goodrIdge
is set to speak at the WAG on Jan. 17.
I had the opportunity to speak with War- FW: It’s another way to share the secrets and
ren over the holidays to discuss PostSecret: really it’s my favorite part. I really enjoy listen-
ing to people sharing their inspiring stories with
Uniter: PostSecret started off as an art exhibit. Is me, talking about how their life was changed by Frank Warren, creator of Postsecret, will be speaking at the WAg Jan.17.
that why you still continue the exhibits today? a stranger’s secret, or how mailing in their own
secret made a difference to them. It just gives me
Frank Warren: I’ve always looked at the post- an opportunity to see the community that’s out ect—connecting this old world communication
cards as works of art. Even more, I think of them there online that you can kind of feel and sense FW: It can be difficult. Sometimes some se- technology with something very contemporary.
as “punk art” or “people’s art.” I like the way you but not really connect with like you can at one crets will make me cry and others will make me I think there is something very powerful about
don’t have to really be considered an artist to of my events. laugh. It can be an emotional journey and I try that connection and it shows the value of both.
present one, because it’s open to anyone. I like to convey that every week by sharing secrets that
the idea of how displaying those postcards in U: As PostSecret evolves, there’s more opportunity reflect all of our human emotion. I try and knit U: What do you think will contribute most to its
fine art museums challenges existing ideas and for you to expand the project. For example, you them together to tell this narrative, a story about success, the medium or the secrets themselves?
conventions about how we define art and how created the online PostSecret community in Octo- us through our secrets. In a sense, it’s replicating
we consider what it is to be an artist. ber. What motivated you to start that? what I go through every day when I walk back FW: Oh, I think that’s got to be the secrets
from my mailbox and sit down at my kitchen themselves. That’s what is really most compel-
U: How do you feel that the general public receives FW: It just seemed like a natural way to expand table and individually go through every secret ling about the project. It’s the human element,
the PostSecret art exhibits? the project. There seemed to be a real sense of mailed to me. and the courage these anonymous folk are dis-
community building around the blog and when playing when they mail in these secrets that they
FW: Well I’ve been getting a lot of positive I visited college campuses and talked to students, U: So the secrets are laid out in a certain order… might not just have been hiding from others,
feedback. What I’m unable to do on the website so I wanted to bring something together in the but hiding them from themselves.
or in the books is show the texture and the tan- virtual world too. FW: When I arrange them, I think of myself as
gibility of the postcards, which I can do at the telling a story. I use different literary and visual U: What do you hope to accomplish with PostSe-
art exhibition. People can also see both sides of U: I noticed you do a lot of charity work, espe- techniques to make connections between the cret in the future?
the postcard, which is in some cases critical, as cially for the Suicide Hotline. cards so that they’re not just being displayed
you can see in a lot of cases that there is more to individually but they’re having a conversation FW: Well, for 2008 I hope to speak to
the story on the back of the card. It’s nice to be FW: We try to have a charity component with amongst themselves. I think that’s one of the more college campuses. I’m looking for-
able to share that as well. everything that is associated with PostSecret, and reasons that every week the PostSecret blog is ward to that more than anything else.
it’s important for us to have that. We think that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
U: There are people who write PostSecret off as one of the reasons the community has thrived, PostSecret is at the Winnipeg Art Gallery until
a voyeuristic project with no artistic merit. How because of this model of sharing both in secrets U: PostSecret is very unique in that it is a snail Feb. 10. Warren’s speaking events will be hosted
do you feel about those who discredit it as an art and charities we believe in. mail phenomenon in a digital age. Do you think at the WAG Jan.17. Tickets are available for both
project? PostSecret will rely on this to continue its success? events through Ticketmaster or directly through the
U: When you receive 200 secrets a day you must WAG.
FW: Well I think it’s great that we can have a deal with a lot of emotional exhaustion. FW: I think that’s one of the beauties of the proj-
January 10, 2008 The Uniter contact: uniter @ uniter.ca
10 artS & culturE
Postsecret images courtesy of Frank Warren
the uniter fashion streeter is an ongoing documentation of creative fashion in Winni-
peg inspired by the helsinki fashion blog www.hel-looks.com. each week will feature a
new look from our city’s streets and bars in an attempt to encourage individual expres-
sion and celebrate that you are really, really good looking. Want to show off your style?
“I buy clothes from Para-
mix and other places in
Osborne Village. My style
is anything that makes me
feel comfortable. I like
dresses because you can
move in them.”
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guiTar and danCe
have an outside perspective of what is occurring.
In my current processes I am becoming accus- FBO: I am working on a new solo work to be
tomed to trusting my internal instincts and per- performed as a part of a group exhibition at the
spectives while also using a video camera as a tool Winnipeg Art Gallery on Feb. 14. This new work
for external perspective. is a site-specific creation. The exhibition is co-
SA: What is the process of a collaborative project,
curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan
particularly a music-dance collaboration, like? When performing for a company, I can focus and is titled Subconscious City. Don’t forget to
With Freya FBO: In this case our collaboration came
solely on the performance of the work; the com-
position is in the care of the choreographer. And
put it on your calendars—it will be an event to
through discussion of the piece. Kurt and I had a in most of these cases we have the luxury of sig-
few listening sessions where with his musical ex- nificant time to develop and grow to understand Freya Bjorg Olafson performs with the Classical
oN hEr lateSt pertise he would guide me through Hovhaness’s
composition. He also discussed the relationship
the work. Guitar Society 8:00 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Manitoba
Museum Planetarium Auditorium. Please call 667-
collaBoration of the instrumentation to the proceedings of the
church: in “The Mystery of the Holy Martyrs” a
SA: What projects are next for you? 5250 or 775-0809 for tickets or more info.
veritable call and response takes place between
the string quartet and the solo guitar. It took a
sasha amaya lot of listening to figure out what parts of the 17-
VolUnTeer sTaff section work I would perform. Our main focus
was deciding how to integrate the dance so that
it is not simply to embellish or spice up the music
n the spring of 1915, thousands of Arme-
but that there is a deeper relationship conceptu-
nians were killed by the Turkish state. Al-
ally and compositionally.
though still officially unacknowledged in
Turkey, over 20 countries have adopted formal
SA: What was working with a classical guitarist
resolutions recognizing this event as genocide.
The late and prolific American composer Alan
Hovhaness also paid tribute to the slaughtered
FBO: It has been really interesting. I took classi-
Armenians of 1915 in his work “The Mystery of
cal guitar in high school and always had a sincere
the Holy Martyrs.” Dancer, multimedia artist,
appreciation for the mastery of such an instru-
and University of Winnipeg alumni Freya Bjorg
ment. My training foundations were in classical
Olafson, who has collaborated with guitarist
ballet so it has been neat for me to unite with
Kurt Tittlemier to reproduce Hovhaness’s work,
artists who have, albeit in a different art form,
will perform in Winnipeg this Saturday.
a classical foundation. Inherently, I have been
sourcing my classical movement vocabulary to
Sasha Amaya: What kind of foundation do you
create this work and connect with the intonation
need to begin work on a new project?
of the musical arrangement.
Freya Bjorg Olafson: It depends on the work.
SA: How do you find your dance performance
In the early stages of our collaboration, Kurt
differs when you’re performing your own work as
emailed some information to me about Hovhan-
opposed to company repertoire?
ess’s “The Mystery of the Holy Martyrs.” I had to
do a fair bit of research to get an understanding
FBO: While performing my own work is a plea-
of the Armenian massacres.
sure, it can also be frustrating. I am unable to
Freya olafson will perform Jan. 12 at the Planetarium Auditorium with classical guitarist Kurt
Tittlemier and guests. Photos provided by Freya olafson.
Photos provided by Freya olafson.
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12 artS & culturE
readerS’ review Unpaid and anonymous
arTs Briefs Tom llewellin
A dialogue of many voices, perhaps less ar-
ticulate but more genuine in appearance, is what
defines the new literary criticism in the Internet
writers are changing the
literary review, but is it
compilED by aaroN Epp
age. Bloggers who review books have gained sway useful?
over people’s opinions. After all, they’re just regu-
indie bandS Sue camel,
iterary reviews as we know them are in for lar folks.
rolling Stone over ad
Xiu Xiu and Fucked Up filed a class a fundamental change. The phrase con- Readersread.com is one of the more popu-
action lawsuit against Camel cigarettes’ jures up images of established armchair lar ones, and it has a “by readers, for readers” air
parent company R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, critics writing for newspapers and magazines, about it. All of these Internet-connected ‘regular
Rolling Stone, and the magazine’s parent dispensing their detailed, dense, almost academic folks,’ however, have background information
company, Wenner Media, Pitchfork analysis of a text from above. For many readers, available like never before. Cyberpunk author
Media reported in December. The suit such dense wads of words sail right over their William Gibson told the Guardian of how overly
was filed Dec. 17 on behalf of 186 artists heads. The majority just want to figure out what conscious he’s become of a “Google-able” world.
whose names appeared in the magazine’s book is worth their very precious reading time. People no longer take reviewers’ opinions as gos-
November “Indie Rock Universe” feature, As Adam Kirsch in the New York Sun points pel truth. They can and will engage in criticism
tucked conspicuously within a fold-out
out, conventional book reviews are going by the of their own.
advertisement for Camel’s indie-friendly
wayside, with newspapers across the world slash- Harriet Klausner is Amazon.com’s most pro-
“The Farm” campaign. It accuses the
defending parties of “unauthorized use of ing the amount of space devoted to conventional lific reviewer, having reviewed over 12,896 books
artists’ names; unauthorized use of artist reviews and often rewriting press releases from as of December of last year. With a Masters in
names for commercial advantage (right of publishers in a ‘review’ format. There will always library science, and a speed reader, she’s hardly readers far more power than they would expect to
publicity); and unfair business practices.” be a spot for in-depth criticism, but the centre of regular folk in that sense, but her pieces are short wield over a traditional book review piece.
The plaintiffs ask that the magazine print attention is shifting. and mainly just pure old-fashioned pragmatism. But as Winnipeg Free Press books colum-
a follow-up feature equal in size to the This is where the Internet comes in. From With an average of three reviews a day, there’s nist Morley Walker points out, “If a writer hasn’t
original clarifying that artists’ names its original discovery by academia in the 1980s, bound to be some beating of the dead horse, but found someone willing to pay him, he has to start
were used without consent. They’re it had been destined to be an outlet for the shar- she occupies her niche of thrillers, mysteries and to wonder what his work is worth.” The anonym-
also seeking financial recompense for ing of ideas and debate, and once Internet con- cop novels well. ity of much of the Internet, he explained, makes
damages. Rolling Stone alone could be
nections became available to the public at large, The new breed of online reviewers are those reviewers who are accountable to no one
forced to pay as much as $195.3 billion if
they were able to join in the debate as well. The pressed for time just like you and me. There aren’t much less trustworthy. Author John Rechy was
found guilty. A number of indie labels are
seeking an apology from Rolling Stone as reviewers gaining the most steam are bloggers and enough hours in the day for them (or many of caught several years ago giving anonymous five-
well. Amazon.com commentators—random folks with us) to read 1,000 intricately assembled words star reviews to his own books on Amazon.ca.
a computer and an Internet connection. crammed into a skinny column. And without So will the Internet lead to traditional re-
jawbreaker Film and “I usually don’t hold ‘critic’s’ reviews in high the complex web of mainstream media owner- views going the way of the dinosaur? Walker is
reunion rumorS leave esteem,” explained Chrissy Chubala, a fourth- ship, independent bloggers can essentially say confident that it won’t. He acknowledged that the
FanS, Sadly, cold year psychology student. “Their agendas for read- whatever they want without fear of reprisal from online world offers us “an astonishing array” of
The thought of a Jawbreaker reunion ing books are much different than my own, but publishers. They aren’t given press kits or exclu- new material, and that it has resulted in changes
tour should make any fan’s heart leap up other casual readers will probably hold a similar sive interviews. They’re beholden to essentially no to how he works, but he doesn’t see print reviews
into their throat. It should nearly choke opinion to me.” one except their praising or disapproving readers. going anywhere anytime soon. If the major print
them. But the second thought might be, “Is
The new reviewers are casual in the truest On Amazon, reactions to a review are stripped outlets change to primarily online methods of de-
that something I want to see?” According
sense of the word. More often than not they’re down to the most basic of elements: positive or livery, they’re just another horse in the race.
to Punknews.org and the Onion Audio
Visual Club, the post-punk trio met up on paid nothing for their troubles, only the knowl- negative. “Was this review helpful to you? Yes or “Anybody can do it badly,” Walker said of
the San Francisco set of their upcoming edge that their advice as fellow readers will help no.” The majority view defines what gets writ- reviewing, “but doing it well is extremely diffi-
Jawbreaker documentary and jammed out someone somewhere make a decision. ten and the result is a mini-democracy that gives cult.” ■
a few of their old songs. Drummer Adam
FiddLer deLigHTS aT mTC
Pfhaler not-so-subtly dropped that the hour or so, however, are well worth
band was going to reunite, at least for a waiting through for the emotional
performance. April fool’s day 1996 also tying up at the end.
promised a reunion tour, of course that Israeli actor Topol may be,
didn’t happen. In fact it seems as though for some, the definitive Tevye, but
Jawbreaker fans have been waiting for
Brazeau offers a very jolly perfor-
a reunion tour since the day they broke
mance, with perfectly executed
up in 1995. So while some are confused,
some are titillated, and some are ready to comedy inspiring many moments
leave their angst in the 90s, all of us can of laughter. His voice booms and
impatiently wait for someone to front the bubbles warmly all the way through
cash to finish what will be the greatest “If I Were a Rich Man.”
musical documentary of all time. Other memorable songs, “Tra-
dition,” “Matchmaker,” and “To
Study divideS culture Life”, are sung well and the dances
conSumerS into groupS are entertainingly choreographed.
An international study released last The Russians jump and throw their
month by Oxford University researchers legs up nearly to their ears in “To
divides culture consumers into four new Life.” A terrific scene is made of
groups, the Toronto Star reported Jan. 5.
“The Dream,” in which an evil spirit
“Univores,” the largest of the four groups,
warns against a match made for
consume great quantities of pop culture-
--TV, pop music and Hollywood flicks-- Tzeitel (Brenley Charkow), with an
-and little else. “Omnivores,” the next eerily shimmering `spirit’ suspended
biggest group, are people who go to the high above Tevye and his wife’s bed
ballet, symphony or opera on occasion as it is spun around in a cloud of
In photo (left to right): Anne Brummel ,Brenley Charkow & sarah sheps.
while still buying lots of pop culture. smoke. And rather than having the
Only “Paucivores,” a decidedly small musicians in a pit, they sit in the
group, may be found at a blockbuster When the curtain went up and less sway. Each daughter marries
balconies of the set’s buildings where
museum opening. But that’s about the whiTney lighT on opening night, oohs and aahhs for love: the first marries a tailor, the
you can see them, allowing WSO
extent of it. Paucivores don’t care much arTs ediTor rippled across the audience as the second, a radical educated in Kiev,
violinist Simon MacDonald to have
for contemporary art. The “Inactives” are village of Anatevka, an impressive and the third, a Russian.
a couple of spotlight solos.
the study’s version of couch potatoes, set comprising quaint storied build- Unfortunately for the third,
eviewing the screen ad- Essentially a period piece,
hunkered down in front of the television ings and a road receding into the Chava (Sarah Sheps), she cannot
day and night. aptation of Fiddler on the there’s little that will truly resonate
distance, was revealed. convince Tevye to acknowledge her
“In our report, we found that Roof in 1971, Roger Ebert with young viewers aside from a
It is the eve of the Russian Rev- marriage (some traditions aren’t
participation in the (higher) levels of remarked that the story is “quite subtle message about the dangers of
olutionary period, but Jewish family ready to be broken) and is disowned.
all the arts is really quite low,” said simply boring.” Yet he gave the film being too fixed on the way things
man Tevye’s (Jay Brazeau) attention At the same time, Tevye comes to re-
John Goldthorpe, one of the two main three stars. Manitoba Theatre Cen- were. That is not a bad thing. Fiddler
is focused on his three daughters of alize that there is no “simple peace
researchers behind the study, which was is an enjoyable musical. The charac-
tre’s production of the popular mu- marriageable age. Tradition—with- and harmony” between the Russians
prepared for the Economic and Social ters are dynamic and real, comedy
sical evokes a similar sentiment. You out which the villagers’ lives would and the villagers, who in the end are
Research Council in England. “When it lightens the mood at every turn, and
comes to the visual arts, you find there’s know the plot and you’ve come to be “as shaky as a fiddler on the forced to pack up and leave.
see how well the sets, the costumes, the feeling of celebration in most of
a sizeable part of the adult population that roof ”—dictates that the local match- The story is broken up so that all
the acting and the very catchy songs the play is infectious. Too bad the
doesn’t participate at all.” When asked maker Yente (played charmingly and this drama unfolds in Act II, which
are carried off as a package. With end has to be bittersweet.
why this was the case, Goldthorpe said with a croaky, high-pitched voice is far less entertaining than the first
that he didn’t know. a highly capable cast, live band, Fiddler on the Roof plays at MTC
by Doreen Brownstone) find each and, fortunately, much shorter. The
and striking sets, MTC doesn’t until Jan. 26. Tickets are available
daughter a husband, but as the story comedy, dance sequences, and rous-
disappoint. online, at the box office, or by calling
goes on, tradition seems to hold less ing songs concentrated in the first
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artS & culturE 13
SeriouS gaming Tv HoLiday SPeCiaLS
SeriouSLy STrange to discredit Wiebe’s score, taking pictures of his
The King of Kong: machine’s motherboards. As a result, Wiebe travels
to New Hampshire’s Classic Arcade Tournament
a fisTfUl of QUarTers to challenge Mitchell head to head and prove his
Directed by Seth gordon ability once and for all in front of a live crowd.
79 minutes Mitchell is a no-show, so Wiebe plays anyways,
Cinematheque Jan. 11 9:00 p.m., breaking Mitchell’s record again for an incredible
Jan. 12-17 9:00 and 7:00 p.m. crowd of a dozen or so. But Mitchell has some-
3.5 out of 5 thing else up his sleeve.
The rivalry now seems to have reached leg-
dan hUygheBaerT endary significance. Logging in to twingalaxies.
BeaT rePorTer com you can see a gamer wearing a Team Wiebe
T-shirt. While this may indeed sound like a Stiller
comedy, the truth here is definitely weirder than
magine a world where cutthroat athletes ac-
fiction. Director Seth Gordon plays it mostly
cuse each other of cheating as they vie for
straight, which serves to bring more laughs, while
the highest possible achievement of being
making you root for the underdog. The film, how-
crowned World Champion. Thoughts of track and
ever, does come with cheesy ‘80s feel-good music yule logS
field or wrestling may be dangling in your head,
that only exists in films where the underdog must
but this documentary reveals the ugly world of
overcome substantial odds and teach the bad guy
head-to-head retro video gaming.
a much-needed lesson about fair play. “Eye of the
In one corner we have Billy Mitchell, who
looks uncannily like Ben Stiller with a mullet and a
goatee and plays the role of the bad guy that Stiller
The film is not just about a world of finger treeS, What’S
pointing, but also a sly examination of the competi-
usually plays in those wacky comedies. Mitchell
runs a successful hot sauce company and has been
tiveness of the American psyche. While most of the
people who remember playing such games are wax-
NExt? But this is not the first year MTS or Shaw
have provided a free Yule log program for their
called the best retro arcade gamer of all time, and customers’ enjoyment. As I recall it has been at
ing nostalgic at seeing such titles as Joust, Galaga, and
the “closest to being a Jedi of any of the players.” least three years now. Of the channels provid-
Carnival, others take this game way too seriously for
He was the first to score a perfect game on Pac
their own good, showing the pettiness, vanity and ob- ing the service I have picked channel 11 as my
Man. He is also the proud owner of the Donkey sam maclean
session that exists in a world where some grown ups favorite, for its real fire crackle without holiday
Kong world record since 1982, with a score that VolUnTeer
haven’t quite grown up yet. music.
no one has come close to in 20 years: 874,000.
For further conspiracy theories check out Although the programs run for only a
In the other corner we have Steve Wiebe, a
Twin Galaxies’ official statement on the film at scheduled number of days, you can nip down
mild-mannered high school science teacher, failed he holiday season brought the usual
musician and family man. Armed with a Donkey www.twingalaxies.com/forums, as they point out to most large department stores and pick up
things. Snowmen and toboggans.
Kong arcade game in his garage, Steve soon mas- some inconsistencies in the film. a Yule log DVD for that special someone. (I
A number of religious celebrations.
ters the patterns of the video game, have received two as Christmas gifts.) The
The opportunity to relax and visit with family.
eventually video taping himself play- programs are not limited to Christmas either,
And what completes a casual family reunion
ing to a high score of 1,006,600. He as I have noticed that Shaw has broadcast a
like the warm glow of a crackling fire? Who
sends the video in to twingalaxies.com, Thanksgiving turkey program the last two
(excluding arsonphobics and thermophobics)
a website that tracks world records in years. A cooked turkey sits with all the trim-
doesn’t love a good fire? Not everyone owns
retro video gaming. Walter Day and mings on an elegant dinning room display
a fireplace, however, and that must have been
his team of referees sift through hun- while a turkey baster occasionally douses the
on the minds of a number of television provid-
dreds of hours of video tapes weekly to already cooked bird.
verify scores and soon award Wiebe a ers when they aired a record number of Yule
The shows are enjoyable, unintentionally
world record. time fireplace and Christmas tree programs on
humorous as they are. But they leave me won-
What follows is intrigue and de- a twenty-four hour loop.
dering, where does it end? How long until Val-
ception that rivals the best spy movies On Shaw television alone you could see
entine’s Day TV features a box of heart-shape
as Mitchell’s camp sends an entourage as many as three different Yule log burnings
donkey Kong champ Billy Mitchell: evil incarnate. chocolates? How long until Saint Patrick’s Day
and one rotating Christmas tree set to holiday
is commemorated by a televised Irishman with
classics. The greatest anticipation while watch-
a flute on twenty-four hour loop? I don’t know
ing these programs was for the occasional add-
if this trend in broadcasting really has a future,
ing of a log or poking of the fire with an iron
but you can be sure my family is waiting in an-
poker. My whole family would drop what they
ticipation for a long-eared, egg-laying rodent,
were doing to gather round the set and criti-
or perhaps a pancake-munching lumberjack
cize the performance of the hand model and
on a dogsled.
laugh at the absurdity of the program.
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14 artS & culturE
muSiCaL cd reViews
groundswell to JUlie moffiTT
The stolen eP
an important message from The Vinyl cafe michael Peters
perform innovative Burst records vinyl Cafe Productions Independent
work by Berio
Julie moffitt’s sound on Stuart mcLean con- Local singer-songwriter
conrad sweaTman her new disc is one we’ve tinues to delight with michael Peters recently
VolUnTeer sTaff become accustomed to over stories of Dave and released this eight-song
the past 15 years. She is a morley’s family and debut. one of the first
roundSwell, presenting Canadian and young woman who sings friends. The vinyl things that will strike lis-
international contemporary music to about love, loss and con- Cafe airs weekly on teners is Peters’ impres-
Manitoba audiences, opens the sec- fusion. She writes her own CBC, but the sto- sive guitar work, which he
ond half of their 17th season with “Folk Songs lyrics and has a nice voice. It’s not new territory, but ries are mostly worth listening to more than once showcases not by playing solos, but with his dexterous
and Signs” curated by Canadian composer Mi- that doesn’t mean it’s not pleasant. moffitt’s voice has a and can be perfect company on quiet afternoons. finger-picking and strong songwriting. many of the songs
chael Matthews. The concert features late Italian
sweet, innocent quality reminiscent of a Disney princess. These seven previously unreleased stories on two include tasteful bridges and codas that don’t distract, but
composer Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs (1964), an
Unsurprisingly, she used to sing at Disneyland. moffitt
innovative arrangement of nine traditional folk discs should please old fans and would be as good rather serve the song they’re a part of. The acoustic guitar
songs from several countries, which also includes manages to have a certain level of honesty and openness
a point as any for new listeners to start. each is tones are clean and warm, and subtle electric guitar
two his own early songs. to her songs, which always remains appealing. The des-
entertaining, but there are a couple of real high- parts---as well as the pedal steel playing of Bill Western
The performance, which takes place 8:00 peration and frustration on the final track, “Stolen,” makes
lights. In “The Hairdresser,” Dave’s eavesdrop- and ron Halldorson---give the songs shade and texture.
p.m. Jan. 16 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, will be it the strongest one on the album. Here moffitt excels at
ping on morley leads him to think, erroneously, that “Dark Star,” the CD’s first song, is the best. Peters’ voice
sung by Montreal’s Mireille Lebel (singing the conveying the torment of liking someone but being unable
part that Berio designed for celebrated Ameri- his marriage is in serious trouble---with comical mixes beautifully with the guest vocals of B.C. singer-
to talk to them. She stays true to the emotion of the situa-
can avant-garde vocalist Cathy Berberian) and (and heartwarming) results. mcLean shows that songwriter Kim mcmechan in a song about two lovers (or
tion and that is what makes her enjoyable.
conducted by Michelle Mourre of Winnipeg. he’s in touch with the young folk today with “Tree is it two potential lovers?) who have reached an impasse
Other performances that evening will in- Planting,” a charming and quietly motivational story in their relationship. The next two songs, “The Last Word”
clude pianist Cheryl Pauls performing Berio’s
about Dave’s daughter Stephanie, who struggles and “Drifting,” mine similar lyrical territory. although the
Sequenza IV for piano (1966), percussionists
through her rookie summer with a planting com- second half of the disc isn’t as strong as the first, music
Ben Reimer and Marianne McPeek performing
Canadian James Harley’s Encounters II (1984), pany in ontario. “Teeth,” a tale about Dave’s neigh- fans should check this CD out. after all, as David Lee roth
and WSO principal viola Daniel Scholz per- bour’s quest to eat corn on the cob with false teeth, once asked, “Who doesn’t like a well-played acoustic
forming excerpts from György Kurtág’s Signs, offers the goofy good humour that mcLean is re- guitar?”
Games and Messages. Folk Songs was produced nowned for. —aaron epp
relatively early in Berio’s career and is said to
be more than a simple arrangement of themes
from traditional folk music. It’s a restatement of
these themes in avant-garde musical terms. Cu-
rator Matthews is supportive of Berio’s works,
and explains that they generally “depending
on the time period, exhibit varying balances of
Berio was well known for his experimental
music, his use of the musical technique called
serialism, and his ground-breaking work in the
electronic music genre. According to Matthews,
Berio was fascinated with human language for
its purely aural quality and superimposed spo-
ken vocal parts in some of his work. He was
likely drawn to the works of author James Joyce
for their experimentation with language, and
incorporated passages of Ulysses in his Thema
(Omaggio a Joyce) (1958). Berio turned to ar- said, “The stylistic range of music over the last
ranging works by Schubert, Mahler, Wolf and hundred years is vast, and, sadly, audiences have
other composers near the end of his career, be- so few opportunities to get to know it.” Seeing
fore his death in 2003. this innovative work will likely prove for some
Matthews is aware that most music fans to be a unusual musical experience, but also
don’t get a chance to see works like Bario’s, and refreshing.
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Are offering its Grants for Women Awards
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and Spain also offer awards to Canadian improve the quality of women’s lives. Ap- staff can help you with this form.
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ProFeSSionaL STudieS aPPLiCaTion
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full-time student in September of the upcom- MSAP representatives will be available on
in the Awards office located in Graham Hall SCHoLarSHiPS
this bursary assists students with respect ing school year at a recognized university, January 3 and 4 in the Bulman Centre to
or at Student Central in Centennial Hall.
to the high costs associated with applying the University of Winnipeg is a new Datatel community college, technical institute or process your Manitoba Student loan and de-
Bursaries are small, supplementary financial to Graduate and Professional Schools. client institution and as such, Datatel is other post-secondary institution for advanced posit it to your bank account. to do this, they
assistance awards, normally $300 - $750 Applicants must meet the following criteria: offering unique scholarships ranging in value learning. $1000 scholarships will be awarded will require the following information: -one
in value. In order to be considered, you from $1,000 to $2500 to students from our to students who demonstrate high ideals piece of identification with your signature
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must prove financial need and you must be and qualities of citizenship. Applications
previous academic year. cheque or bank transit, institution code and
making satisfactory academic progress (i.e. should be submitted to a Kinsmen, Kinette or
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eligible Datatel client institutions. If you present your loan document to the
receive a bursary. these University of Win- Science, or in the final year of the Integrated either in the U of W Awards Office located
representatives on these dates, you will have
nipeg bursaries are available to our students B.Ed program. Returning Student scholarships—for in Graham Hall, or on-line at http://www.
to forward this information to the MSAP
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from a bequest from Anthony J. Besarabow- Applications are available in the Awards the Open Scholarship is available to gradu-
majoring in Information technology related loan document will not occur and your loan
icz through the Winnipeg Foundation. It will office located in Student Services and will ates of Canadian universities who pursue
curriculum programs at eligible Datatel client funds will not be in place at the beginning of
be awarded to a certified teacher who has be accepted beginning november 15, 2007. graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or
institutions. the Winter term.
taught for at least one year and who registers Students may apply any time during the Fall/ elsewhere. One Open Scholarship is awarded
at the University of Winnipeg in a degree, Winter academic year, providing that funding Apply online at www.datatel.com. each year. the value has recently been about
diploma, or certificate program leading to Revision to your needs assessment. You
is available for this bursary. $10,000 but it is subject to change.
further qualifications, not necessarily in the should be aware that new information, such
Deadline: January 31, 2008. as verification of your summer income,
field of education. the applicant must be Applications will be evaluated on a first come, the traveling Scholarship is available to
planning to return to teaching in Manitoba. first serve basis. graduates of Canadian universities who may increase or decrease your MSAP needs
Canadian Hard oF Hearing aSSoCia- pursue graduate study in the United States assessment and the resulting loan amounts
Preference will be given to a student in need
Tion you are eligible to receive. Similarly, if your
of financial assistance.
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or the United Kingdom in the areas of
international relations or industrial relations. current course load is different from that on
your notice of Assistance letter, the amount
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be submitted to the Awards & Financial Aid auCC awardS of hearing and deafened students registered have been awarded annually, but the number of loan you are eligible to receive may
Office, Student Services, Graham Hall, Main in a full time program at a recognized and the amount are subject to change. change.
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Canadian college or university, in any area
of Canada provides 150 scholarship pro- Applications are available either in the U of did you Know... Manitoba Student Aid
of study, with the ultimate goal of obtain-
Deadline date: January 18, 2008. grams on behalf of the Federal Government, W Awards Office located in Graham Hall, or staff is on campus on Fridays from 1 - 4p.m.
ing a diploma or degree. Applicants are
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requested to read the criteria for eligibility
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weC B.ed. Program BurSarieS For and to provide all the information required
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ships open to the public.
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winifred gamble Bursary
Deadlines: various located in Graham Hall, or on-line at www. maniToBa STudenT aid Program you informed of available awards, scholar-
this bursary is awarded to an aboriginal chha.ca/chha/scholarships-index.php (mSaP) ships and bursary opportunities.
student who has completed 30 credit hours Trudeau FoundaTion doCToraL DID YOU KnOW... You can still apply for a
Deadline: January 31, 2008.
and is registered currently in the second SCHoLarSHiPS 2007/2008 government student loan online Financial aid websites
year of the B.Ed. program at the Winnipeg at website www.manitobastudentaid.ca
Education Centre. Value: $600.00 this award is offered to humanities and Canadian norTHern STudieS TruST Canlearn Site www.canlearn.ca
social science students who are pursing awardS DID YOU KnOW... You can check the status
grace Thomson memorial Bursary Doctoral of your student aid application, find out Manitoba Student Aid Program www.
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students who are interested in pursuing what documentation is still outstanding, and
this bursary is awarded to an aboriginal Studies in human rights and social justice. update your address information and much
woman who is registered currently in any Up to fifteen (15) trudeau Scholarships are studies in the northern regions of Canada
including nWt, nunavut, Yukon and the more on line? Go to www.manitobastuden- Surfing for dollars?
year of the B.Ed. program at the Winnipeg taid.ca My SAO to log into your existing
Education Centre. Value: $875.00 awarded each year. Each scholarship is Provincial north. Awards are also available try these two websites for more award
for those students pursuing masters or account.
valued at $35,000 per year for three years, opportunities.
Applications available at the Winnipeg Educa- plus up to an additional $15,000 annually to doctoral degrees in northern studies.
tion Centre from Kevin lamoureux, or from support research-related travel. Interested Application information can be found on-line www.studentawards.com
the Awards office located at the University of students can find more information at www. at http://www.acuns.ca/
Winnipeg, Graham Hall.
Deadline: January 31, 2008
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mariTime dairy induSTry SCHoLar-
dr. dougLaS w. LeaTHerdaLe gLoBaL youTH ServeS maniToBa Program SHiP
CiTizen inTernSHiP Program Youth Serves Manitoba (YSM) encour- Students who have completed at least two
the Dr. Douglas W. leatherdale Global Citizen ages post-secondary students to engage in years of post-secondary education and are
Internship Program provides study periods of meaningful, part-time community service currently enrolled in a program that has
six weeks to three months to U of Winnipeg with incorporated non-profit or registered application to the dairy industry are eligible
students looking to study abroad, and to charitable organizations. Upon successful to make application for this scholarship. two
international students wanting to pursue their completion of 100 hours of service, approved scholarships of $2000.00 will be awarded.
studies at the University of Winnipeg. the students will receive a $500 bursary towards For more information email mroy@dfc-plc.
program is designed to support students tuition or student loans. ca Applications are available on-line at http://
who want to augment their degree programs www.dairygoodness.ca/
with credits they obtain through international Students who have completed 100
studies/activities in Human Rights and Global community service hours on or before Deadline: January 31, 2008.
Studies, Health and Human Potential, or January 11, 2008 may apply to the program
other topics relevant to Global College to increase their community service to 200 rBC aBoriginaL STudenT awardS
activities. hours and be eligible for an additional $500 Program
bursary. to apply, students must forward a
Applicants must satisfy the following criteria: letter of request signed by the student and an Each year, eight students will receive
organization representative along with their $4000,00 annually for their education
• Satisfactory academic performance (B completed Hours of Service Record. You expenses, to a maximum of four years
average or higher; GPA 3.00) must be a full-time student and returning in at university or two years at college, in
the next academic year, 16 years of age or disciplines related (but not restricted) to the
• Demonstrated commitment to the over, legally entitled to work in Canada and be financial services industry. If you are a Status
community approved by the YSM staff before beginning Indian, non-status Indian, Inuit or Metis,
your community service hours for this you may apply for this award provided you
• Demonstrated leadership qualities meet the following qualifications: you are a
program. For more information or to apply,
go on-line at permanent residence/citizen of Canada, can
• Successful completion of at least 30 credit
provide proof of acceptance to an accredited
hours in pursuit of an undergraduate degree.
http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/youth/employers/ post-secondary institution, in a discipline
Recipients will likely be in the second or third
YouthServes.html Deadline: January 25, relevant to the banking industry (e.g.
year of a 4-year or Honours degree program.
2008. business, economics, computer science)
• Pursuit of one of the focus areas of the or other industry not relevant to banking, a
Global College Institutes full-time student, and are in need of financial
Foreign governmenT awardS
• Proposed program of study or activity in Countries—Chile, Colombia, Korea, Russia
selected international institution must be and Philippines Applications are available either in the U of W
for university credit. Should recipients wish Awards Office located in Graham Hall, or on-
Awards are available to Canadian citizens line at http://www.rbc.com/uniquecareers/
to participate in an international practicum
for graduate studies or research abroad at campus/aboriginal-student-awards.html
the master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral level.
For most countries, applicants must have Deadline: January 31, 2008.
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Sports sports editor: kaLen QuaLLy
annuaL mTS weSmen CLaSSiC
local talENt ShiNES iN WiNNipEg baSkEtball ShoWcaSE
under. There was also an eight-team tournament for boys’ high finished first, taking the Classic for the second time in three years.
Kalen QUally school basketball and men’s university basketball, with the finals They beat Minot State in the final by a score of 98-88.
sPorTs ediTor happening on Dec. 30. The Wesmen Classic also matched up the city’s top high school
At the university level, the host Wesmen failed to win the level talent. The Garden City Fighting Gophers made their way to
Classic for a second consecutive year. The Wesmen defeated Royal the championship game for the second year in a row, but unlike
he Wesmen Classic is an opportunity for basketball play- Military College in their opening match, 80-56, before losing to last year, they were able to finish the job by beating the defending
ers of all ages to participate in a showcase of Winnipeg’s Minot State and being relegated to the 3rd place match. They lost provincial champion, Oak Park, by a score of 87-64. Garden City
top talent. The Classic is a Christmas Tradition that took that game to Calgary, 99-79. Erfan Nasajpour, who was the Wes- was nothing short of dominant in winning all three of their games
place throughout the month of December and included boys’ age men Classic MVP a year ago, was named a tournament all-star by margins of 23, 32 and 23 points respectively. The high school
groups of 11-years old and under, 12-years, 13-years, 14-years, 15- after leading the Wesmen in scoring through the tournament and tournament MVP was Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson of Garden City,
years, and 17-years, as well as a girls’ age group of 13-years and putting up 36 in the final game against Calgary. Brock University who racked up 25 points in the final against Oak Park.
where. In the history of the Premiership, they Ham United, putting them two points behind
had a slow start and it wasn’t until the 1997-98 Arsenal. However, the team appears to be a bit
season that they took home their first title. So far too dependent on their young star, Ronaldo. Sir
this season, they remain first place with a slight Alex Ferguson commented recently on ESPN
have witnessed only the above-mentioned teams lead over the famed Manchester United. Manag- SoccerNET after shutting down transfer win-
thE guNNErS take the title. In most cases, it’s easy to compare
rosters and notice a pattern of remarkable play-
ers and trainers come and go but the story flows a
little different for Arsenal. The Frenchman Arsene
dows and a request from Real Madrid to pick up
Ronaldo: “We have never spoken to them and
aND maN u ers, but that is not true for this league. Was it the
coaches that were amazing? With coaches chang-
Wenger has been with the team since the 96-97
season and is the club’s longest running and most
they have never spoken to us,” he said, explain-
ing the trade relation between Real Madrid and
lEaDiNg at thE ing constantly in soccer, it’s very doubtful. It’s
very hard to find a specific formula for continued
successful manager. It is no wonder that he’s still
with the team; no sense in replacing a good man-
Manchester United. He also stated on Ronaldo’s
case: “It is nonsense and tedious. Who would not
half success and I’ve just come to believe that there ager. The great thing about Arsenal, at least right be interested in Ronaldo? That is why we bought
really isn’t one. One could assume great manage- now, is that they find success through very few him.” With a little less than half of the season to
ment and training but with different players and big names. By big names, I refer to Beckham, go, Manchester United should hopefully deliver
Henry, Zidane and so forth. The current Arsenal a great performance.
marKo BilandziJa coaches being changed up so often, I don’t see
lineup is very strong. Currently their lineup con- Even though I was disappointed in Liv-
VolUnTeer sTaff that making the grand difference.
The 2007-2008 season isn’t much different tains players like Toure, de Silva, Fabregas and erpool’s recent decline due to constant draws
compared to the past. Currently Arsenal is lead- Adebayor. Any team out there should fear play- against Wigan Athletic and Manchester City,
he English Premiership (Barclays Pre- ing the chart with full games played so far, with ing Arsenal. Having each area of the field care- these two teams will make a grand final worth
miership) is not an ancient competition Manchester United in a close-call second place fully covered, manager Arsene Wenger is looking watching. However, Chelsea can easily come out
by any means. The point-based tourna- and Chelsea trailing in third. Liverpool, though to perform another double by winning both in on top with Joe Cole and Frank Lampard, poten-
ment held its first season in 1992. Having 20 not at having played full games to this point, is at the Premiership and the FA Cup, where Arsenal tially surprising us enough to bounce from their
teams in the competition, one would think that fifth place, falling below Manchester City by one has definitely succeeded before. By this time, current third place to first. As it is still too early
there would be some decent changeups in win- point. Perhaps we might see some difference in most any team out there should know why the to know what the final outcome will be, I can
ners throughout the Premiership’s short history. top finishers this year or it could all change still. Arsenal F.C. is also known as “The Gunners.” only predict. And predict is what I shall do:
Apparently there isn’t. With the season only halfway completed, it’s too On the other hand our current champion, My take on the winner for this season
When soccer fans think of top performing close to call right now. Manchester United, hold a close-call second would have to be Arsenal. Always being under
teams from England, the majority would name We have seen the defending champions, place to the above mentioned Arsenal. Big- Manchester United’s shadow does them little
off Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, take second place to Arse- ger names, best performance history, and with good and recently they have been fighting even
Liverpool. But if you look at the Premiership’s nal, who currently hold the second-most Pre- the most titles, will Manchester United play it harder and it shows. With talented recent addi-
history, the champion teams have always been miership titles won, which is three to Man. U’s through for another win? Or will they give teams tions to the squad, it’ll be a great finale, win or
Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea with nine. I wanted to cover these two teams, as at like Arsenal and Chelsea, or perhaps Liverpool not… but mostly win.
the exception of the 1994-95 season, where the least one of them will have a huge impact on the and Manchester City a chance at the title? As
Blackburn Rovers took the title. For those who final result. Now, our big contender and current stated earlier, it’s still very early to tell. With great
aren’t familiar with the Premiership way of play, champion Manchester United has won this com- players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney
a champion is crowned at the end of a season petition nine times, which is the most out of all and Carlos Alberto Tevez, it is hard to see how
(August-May) after they have played all the other of the clubs by at least three-fold. Needless to such a team can lose or fall very far behind. Not
teams twice: once at home and once away. If the say, it wasn’t the English managing these winners only with great talent to show on the field, but
points are tied between the top two teams, then since no Premiership Team Champions had an they also are led by a knight, Sir Alex Ferguson.
there is a tie-breaking procedure employed that English manager. There is little I can say that is bad about this
considers goal differential among other criteria. Arsenal have always been a top-notch team, team. Although they won their last game against
Over a span of 15 completed seasons, we winning competitions and tournaments every- Birmingham, they lost the previous one to West
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nFL PiCKS Kalen Q
Tom A 36-29 .554
Steven K 36-29 .554
comPiled By Kalen QUally
Kalen Qually is the sports editor at the
<italics>Uniter<italics>, appears regularly on the Ultra
Kalen picks: Seahawks Tom picks: Patriots my dog ate it
Mega Sports Show, and is a former NFL Picks champ.
Jo picks: Packers
Jo Villaverde is a longtime football player, first
Dan picks: Seahawks
year NFL Picks member, and regular contributor to
Steve picks: Packers Game #3: When the Boston Red Sox won the World
Uniter Sports. Tom picks: Packers Series in 2004, it took a court order to seize
San Diego Chargers
Dan Verville is a contributor to Uniter Sports the baseball from the final out of the series
@ Indianapolis Colts
and is a veteran of NFL Picks.
“Oddly enough, this game doesn’t entirely from first baseman Doug Mientkiwicz. If you
Steven Kotelniski is a regular contributor to Game #2:
rest on the shoulders of Peyton Manning, but want the baseball from the final out of the
Uniter Sports, a rookie to NFL Picks, and a former Jacksonville Jaguars
fantasy league champion. rather the Indianapolis defense. It’s a question 2007 World Series, you’ll have to go through
@ New England Patriots Jonathan Papelbon’s dog. Not to be confused
Tom Asselin is the co-host of the Ultra Mega
“Let’s take a look at what the Patriots’ quar- of who they want to pay more attention to. Do
Sports Show and is also the defending NFL Picks you want to focus on stopping LT or do you with Pavlov’s dog, who just drools a lot,
terback has accomplished to this point: guided Papelbon’s dog eats baseballs. The Red Sox
team to undefeated season, set single season TD want to shut down the passing game? The Ti-
pitcher received the ball from the final out and
record, awarded league MVP, currently dates tans figured LT was the gamebreaker and shut
kept it in his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi,
Game #1: Gisele Bundchen… Brady is seriously overdue him down, but forgot about Rivers in the sec-
where according to ESPN.com, his dog, Boss,
Jacksonville Jaguars to get mauled by a cougar. While we don’t have ond half. It’s a coin flip. You shut down one of
got a hold of the prized piece of memorabilia.
@ Tennessee Titans a cougar, a Jaguar will suffice. The Jags are the two and hope the other has a bad day. No mat-
As Papelbon explained, “He jumped up on
“It’s kind of a surprise that the Seahawks ultimate underdog (under-cat?), not only be- ter how you look at it, the Colts are up against a the counter one day and snatched it. He likes
are here. The Redskins were hot coming into last cause they’re playing an undefeated team but pretty decent team. I’m taking the Chargers in a rawhide. He tore that thing to pieces.” (ESPN.
week’s game. Seattle’s defence did well to allow because they have a better shot at New England little bit of an upset at the RCA Dome to meet com)
only 14 points out of Washington’s offence. You than anyone else. The Jags are a team known for up with Patriots in the AFC Final.”
might think that Brett Favre and Ryan Grant their defence, but 31 points against the Steelers —Dan Verville “that’S why i hate toronto…”
will put up more points than the Seahawks can is pretty damn impressive. The numbers will tell
Kalen picks: Colts
handle, but who knows the Packer offence bet- you the undefeated Patriots are a no-brainer to New York Rangers’ mouthpiece Sean
Jo picks: Colts
ter than Mike Holmgren? Expect both teams win, but I’m going with the gut on this one. The Dan picks: Chargers Avery is generally disliked all over the NHL,
to be well prepared and possibly a defensive underdog wins a memorable one, 20-17.” Steve picks: Colts but he let it be known why he dislikes the city
match-up against two good offensive teams. —Kalen Qually Tom picks: Colts of Toronto prior to the Leafs-Rangers Dec. 29
Expect late game dramatics with the Packers game. According to FanNation.com, Avery
coming out on top 20-10.” Kalen picks: Jaguars was raised in Pickering, a suburb of Toronto,
Jo picks: Patriots Game #4:
—Jo Villaverde but hates coming home to play. “I never enjoy
Dan picks: Patriots New York Giants
@ Dallas Cowboys playing in Toronto, really.” When asked to
Steve picks: Patriots
explain himself, Avery answered, “Why? I
“The playoffs are a sudden death extension
don’t enjoy hockey-obsessed Canadians. The
of the regular season. What happened in week
exchange rate is not very good right now. And
two is irrelevant, and what happened over the
it’s going to cost me a lot of money for tickets
past two weeks is what matters. It’s all about
for people I don’t even like. How’s that for a
momentum and the Giants are riding a wave
list?” Not since the Hamburglar has someone
of it into the second round of the playoffs. The played the villain so well. (fannation.com)
Cowboys are down a Terrell Owens and Tony
Romo’s play leaves a lot to be desired. It’s like
davy crockett would
he’s constantly looking over his shoulder (at Jes- be So proud
sica Simpson, perhaps?). The Giants are a legiti-
mate threat to upset, but I think the playoff bye
Tre Merritt, a young boy from Dewitt,
will save the ailing ‘Boys after all. It’s time for
Arkansas, killed his first black bear at just five
Romo’s playoff redemption.”
years of age. Why is this important? As re-
—Kalen Qually ported by ESPN.com, Tre is a descendent of
the raccoon hat-wearing Davy Crockett. “His
Kalen picks: Cowboys
Jo picks: Cowboys
10th great-grandfather was Davy Crockett,”
Dan picks: Cowboys explained Tre’s grandfather, Mike Merritt.
Steve picks: Cowboys According to Grandpa Merritt, Tre could
Tom picks: Cowboys have one-upped old Davy. “Davy suppos-
edly killed a bear when he was three. And Tre
is five and really killed a bear. I really doubt
if Davy really killed one when he was three.”
The bear Tre killed weighed 445 pounds,
which is roughly 12 times his weight. Funny
how things can even out with a gun.
ruSSian tenniS Star
tied up by robberS
Anna Chakvetadze was tied up while
intruders robbed her home on Dec. 18. The
young Russian tennis star is currently ranked
sixth in women’s tennis. She was reportedly
bound for half an hour while masked robbers
stole money and goods worth hundreds of
dollars from her home just outside Moscow.
According to SI.com, six assailants approached
the home at dawn and entered the home
after tying up Chakvetadze’s maid in another
building and forcing her to hand over a remote
control that allowed them to enter through the
garage. Just a thought…Chakvetadze may
want to consider a security guard to hold the
remote to her home, instead of a maid. Maybe
next time. (SI.com)
January 10, 2008 The Uniter contact: uniter @ uniter.ca
weSmen edge BiSonS in CroSS-Town THriLLer
iNtENSE See-SaW Battle culmi-
folded. In the final game of the two-game series, when the Wesmen began to pull away from their
both teams wanted the win; however, the Wesmen one-point lead to make it a seven-point game.
just wanted it more. In the beginning, it looked “Every time we play the Bisons it’s always
NatES iN WinniPeg victory like the Wesmen were in trouble as Manitoba was
forcing turnovers and the Bisons quickly jumped
a close game,” said post Matt Opalko. “We were
ready to play them, they were ready to play us. It
to a lead of 23-16 at the end of the first quarter. was good to close out the two game series with a
n Saturday night, in a packed Univer- The tides turned in the second quarter, with the win today.”
sity of Manitoba gym, the classic rivalry Wesmen trailing by a single point. At the end of The game finished with a score of 80-73,
between the Winnipeg Wesmen and the half it seemed like both teams were getting which bumps the Wesmen record to 9-10. When
the Manitoba Bisons men’s basketball teams un- ready to pull out all stops to force a win out of a asked about the post-season, Opalko said, “We’re
tight defensive game. taking it game by game, and our goal is to get a
The third quarter was home-court advantage for the first round of play-
KAren Asher, The MAnIToBAn
the beginning of the end for offs this year.”
the Bisons, as Wesmen guard With the cross-town match-up culminating
Erfan Nasajpour began scor- in a Winnipeg victory, Opalko’s goal of home-
ing almost at will. The Wes- court advantage seems like a definite possibility.
men tied it up at the end of Let’s just hope that the Wesmen play every game
the quarter at 57 points each like it’s against the Bisons in order to make the
and momentum was swing- shots when they count. Otherwise, the Wesmen
ing their way. The final pe- might be doomed to another first-round playoff
riod of play ended the hopes defeat, and Opalko’s lofty post-season goal might
of the Manitoba Bisons, never come to fruition.
Wesmen and Bison went head to head at the U of M last weekend.