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the carillon The University of Regina Students’ Newspaper since 1962 March 3-9, 2011| Volume 53, Issue 17| cover the staff Editor-in-Chief Business Manager Copy Editor A&C Editor Production Manager News Editor Sports Editor Op-Ed Editor Features Editor Ad Manager News Writer A&C Writer Graphics Editor Tech. Coordinator Jonathan Hamelin Cheyenne Geysen Dietrich Neu Ali Nikolic graphics@carillo
  news Editor-in-ChiefBusiness ManagerProduction ManagerCopy EditorNews EditorA&C EditorSports EditorOp-Ed EditorFeatures EditorGraphics EditorAd ManagerTech. CoordinatorCONTRIBUTORS THIS WEEK Martin Weaver, Taouba Khalifa, Frank Elechi, JamesBrotheridge, Bart Soroka, Farheen Surtie 227 Riddell CentreUniversity of Regina - 3737 Wascana ParkwayRegina, SK, Canada, S4S Ph: (306) 586-8867 Fax: (306) 586-7422Circulation: 3,500Printed by Transcontinental Publishing Inc., Saskatoon the carillon  The University of Regina Students’ Newspaper since 1962 M M   a a r r   c c h h 3 3   - - 9 9 , , 2 2   0 0 1 1 1 1 | | V  V o o l l u u m m e e 5 5 3 3 , , I I s s s s u u e e 1 1 7 7 | | c c a a r r i i l l l l o o n n r r   e e g g i i n n   a a . . c c   o o m m John Cameron Kent Peterson (on leave) Mason Pitzel Rhiannon Ward Kimberly Elaschuk ( vacant )Jonathan Hamelin Cheyenne Geysen Dietrich Neu Ali Nikolic Josh Jakubowski Matthew Blackwell News WriterA&C WriterSports WriterPhotographers Kelsey ConwayJarrett CroweMatt DuguidEd KappIryn TushabePaul BogdanAutumn McDowellKim JayMarc MessettMatt Yim The Carillon welcomes contributions to its pages.Correspondence can be mailed, e-mailed, or dropped off inperson. Please include your name, address and telephonenumber on all letters to the editor. Only the author’s name,title/position (if applicable) and city will be published.Names may be withheld upon request at the discretion of the Carillon . Letters should be no more then 350 words and maybe edited for space, clarity, accuracy and vulgarity.The Carillon is a wholly autonomous organization with no af-filiation with the University of Regina Students’ Union.Opinions expressed in the pages of the Carillon are expresslythose of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of theCarillon Newspaper Inc. Opinions expressed in advertise-ments appearing in the Carillon are those of the advertisersand not necessarily of The Carillon Newspaper Inc. or itsstaff.The Carillon is published no less than 11 times each semesterduring the fall and winter semesters and periodicallythroughout the summer. The Carillon is published by TheCarillon Newspaper Inc., a non–profit corporation. cover support from afar  4 the staff In keeping with our reckless, devil-may-care image, our of-fice has absolutely no concrete information on the Carillon ’sformative years readily available. What follows is the storythat’s been passed down from editor to editor for over fortyyears.In the late 1950s, the University of Regina planned the con-struction of several new buildings on the campus grounds.One of these proposed buildings was a bell tower on the aca-demic green. If you look out on the academic green today,the first thing you’ll  notice is that it has absolutely nothingresembling a bell tower.The University never got a bell tower, but what it did getwas the Carillon , a newspaper that serves as a symbolic belltower on campus, a loud and clear voice belonging to eachand every student. Illegitimi non carborundum. the manifesto   sports THE CARILLON  BOARD OF DIRECTORS Raquel Fletcher, Kristy Fyfe, Jenna Kampman,Melanie Metcalf, Laura Osicki, Rhiannon Ward, AnnaWeber the paper arts & cultureop-ed The Carillon’s AGM will be held at 12:00pm at the RIC atrium on Friday, March 4 .We need 70 people there to meet quorumand get the meeting off the ground (somethingwe’ve been unable to do the last two timeswe’ve tried to hold an AGM),so we urge youto come out and show your support.Therewill be pizza,of course. A year after its funding wasstripped and its closureseemed imminent, FNUniv’sfunding has been provision-ally restored and its doors re-main open. Its students andstaff recently marked the one-year anniversary of the fund-ing crisis, and in turn the Carillon talked to people in-volved with the university atthe time and gave them achance to look back. features   12 will and grace 10 watch your language 22 vikings go home 17 photos N N   e e   w w   s s : Taouba Khalifa;A A & &   C C : Richard Bain;S S p p o o r r   t t   s s :;O O p p   - -   E E   d d :;C C   o o v v   e e   r r : : Marc Messett  News Editor: Kimberly Elaschuk the carillon  , March 3 - 9, 2011 news Most people wouldn’t dare travel to awar zone. But, for RCMP CorporalKaren Holowaychuk it was a dreamcome true.“It was something that I’ve al-ways wanted to do, a UN peacekeep-ing mission.”Holowaychuck was at the RCMPHeritage centre on Saturday, Feb. 19,to talk about her recent time spent inAfghanistan. She spent nine months,from May 2010 until December 2010,helping train the Afghan NationalPolice.During the hour-long presenta-tion she talked about her mission, theeveryday struggles women police of-ficers face in that country, andshowed pictures from her deploy-ment.Holowaychuk explained to thecrowd what her role in Afghanistanwas. “The ultimate goal was to bringthe Afghan National Police to morecommunity policing rather than thesoldiers they used to be.”Overseas, her role was to leadgroups of trainees. She taught thembasic policing skills as well as per-sonal safety. She explained that, re-gardless of where she was, the maletrainees respected her. She really en-joyed working with the women tohelp them fight the barriers theyfaced.“The female officers are verysheltered when it comes to who theyare and what they are doing” saidHolowaychuk. “They don’t advertisewho they are when they leave theirhomes.” She added the women mustalso go to a location other than policeheadquarters before changing intotheir uniforms.The dangers she and her studentsfaced were very real. “You could hearthe explosions going off in the back-ground at night. You would hearthem, you would feel them, and youwould look into the sky and seetraces of rounds going everywhere.You knew you were in a war zone.”She even felt tragedy first hand.“Unfortunately one of those stu-dents was killed at the end of August.Some reports say it was insurgents.”As the presentation went on, im-ages from overseas helped bring herstory to life for the crowd of 20, whostayed glued to their seats.They showed the devastationcaused by the war. But some also tolda different story of Afghanistan, aside many in the audience haven‘tseen before.“I told the guys to stop because Ihad to take a picture of this,”Holowaychuk said, pointing to animage of the local KFC – Kabul FriedChicken. Later on in the slideshow, apicture of a ruined temple with beau-tiful mountains in the backgroundappeared.“Imagine how nice this wouldhave looked in the ’80s before the warstarted.”Other images showed the work being done by the Canadian military.“That’s what we do, we help re-build and we really are the best at it,”Holowaychuk told the audience.Holowaychuk was surprised tosee the reaction from local Afghanswith regard to the Canadians’ pres-ence. “They really liked us. TheAfghan people really likedCanadians. They appreciated whatwe were doing as far as helping them.They knew that we weren’t trying tochange them and make them west-ernized. They knew our hearts wereinto helping them be better at whatthey do.”Many in the audience left with achanged perspective aboutAfghanistan and the work beingdone.Holowaychuk also had achanged perspective when she gotback to Canada.“You get a better appreciation of everything. And to come back to de-pot – my approach with the cadets isa little different.”While this was a once in a life-time experience, Holowaychuk ishesitant when asked about anotheropportunity to go.“Would I go back to Afghanistan?No, too dangerous. It was a good ex-perience, but for nine months beingin a closed confined area, it wastough.”Billed as a celebration of theUniversity of Regina’s diverse stu-dent population, the GraduateStudents Association’s fourth annualInternational Night proved to be justthat.Some may perceive the U of R asa small city school with little diver-sity among its student body. Thetruth is, according to students inter-viewed at the event, the universityboasts a nearly unmatched degree of diversity. Among graduate studentsalone, there are over 300 internationalstudents, representing nearly 100 dif-ferent countries and regions, cur-rently enrolled at the U of R.Many of the U of R’s interna-tional students, along with a num-ber of their domestic counterparts,attended the GSA’s InternationalNight festivities on Feb. 17 to cele-brate diversity at the university.Before a packed Multi-Purposeroom in the Riddell Centre, guestspeakers Dr. Rod Kelln, dean of theFaculty of Graduate Studies andResearch; Dr. George Maslany, the Uof R’s VP Academic; and AdamBelton, president of the GSA, beganthe evening with brief addresses tothose in attendance.Following the opening speeches,over 20 performers, including repre-sentatives from the Afghan StudentsClub, the African StudentsAssociation, the Iranian Society, andthe Muslim Students Association,and many more took the stage toshare pieces of their cultures withdancing, poetry, and singing.After the performances, the mainevent of the evening – an assortmentof food from around the globe – wasserved to everyone in attendance.While an evening of free foodand entertainment was reasonenough for many students to flock tothe Multi-Purpose room on a coldThursday night, many believe eventslike the GSA’s International Nightserve a more profound purpose thanproviding U of R students with acomplimentary night out.Belton, who did a great deal of work to make the International Nightcome to fruition, believes that – espe-cially in a diverse environment likethe U of R – events that celebrate andpromote different cultures are valu-able for everyone who participates.“The whole university has seen agrowing number of international stu-dents over the past 10 years. It’s atrend that we can see,” said Belton af-ter the final performances of theevening.“I think that this event wasstarted up in order to celebrate theaddition of the different ethnicitiesand backgrounds that people arecoming from. It represents their cul-tures and allows us to gather andlearn about them. I think it’s a veryimportant event.”Like Belton, the evening’s secondguest speaker, Dr. Maslany, believesthat having a diverse student body isvery important for the university.With the U of R boasting such a var-ied student body an event like theGSA’s International Night serves asan important opportunity for every-one involved.“[Diversity at the U of R] is an in-tegral part of our fibre. Basically, I’dsay taking the international compo-nent away would be like removingthe wetness from water. It’s verymuch a part of our heart and our souland our very being. It gives an op-portunity for exchanges betweenpeople that might not have been af-forded to them otherwise,” offered apassionate Dr. Maslany.From a student’s perspective,Kabari Quaye, a second-year actuar-ial studies student, believes that theGSA’s International Night is an im-portant mechanism in bringing peo-ple of all cultures together.“I think that [events like theGSA’s International Night] are veryimportant, because our university isvery international – you walk aroundand you always hear different lan-guages. It’s good to have events likethis to bring people together, so peo-ple don’t have to stay in their tight-knit groups. International Night is abig deal. It should be a big deal tobring out everyone and all of the cul-tures.” C C o o m m   i i n n g g b b a a c c k k f  f r r o o m m A A   f  f g g h h a a n n i i s s t t   a a n n After returning home, Karen Holowaychukshares her experiences overseas martin weaver contributor   “ You could hearthe explosionsgoing off in thebackground atnight. You wouldhear them, youwould feel them,and you wouldlook into the skyand see traces of rounds goingeverywhere. ” Corporal KarenHolowaychuk Martin Weaver “ It representstheir cultures andallows us togather and learnabout them. Ithink it’s a veryimportant event. ” Adam Belton GSA president ed kapp news writer D D i i v v e e r r s s i i t t   y  y a a t t t t h h e e U U o o f  f R  R Fourth International Night high-lights diversity within the city Ali Nikolic  4news the carillon  March 3 - 9, 2011 Feb. 15, 2011 is unlikely be forgottenby many Libyans. That’s the day pro-testers in the city of Benghazi took tothe streets, beginning what soon be-came a revolt against the governmentof Libya and its 42-year dictator,Muammar Gaddafi.Soon, the country saw pro-democracy protests rising in othercities. Al Bayda, Misurata, az-Zawiya,and even the capital, Tripoli – mostlypopulated by government loyalists –joined in the uprising.However, what started as peace-ful protests quickly turned into anightmare.Gaddafi promised that he wouldfight until death, and soon the bloodof innocent civilians was shed.Up until Feb. 24, outside mediawas banned from entering the coun-try, telephone lines were tapped andlater cut, and the internet stoppedworking for some time. The countrywas under a media blackout. On statetelevision, images of happy pro-Gaddafi protests painted the screen.And the atrocities began.Through eyewitness reports andvideos sent in by protesters, the worldwatched as civilians were killed bygunfire from security forces, heavy-calibre shells, and hired mercenariespaid to silence the uprising. Thevideos are difficult to watch andfrightening – gun shots ringing in thebackground, and protesters scram-bling to run away.Mona Aboudheir, a Libyan-bornCanadian living in Regina, was out-raged at the silence and lack of actionfrom the international community,.“Icannot say why the internationalcommunity was so late to state any-thing. And when they did, it was tocondemn his actions. [That is] statingthe obvious.”The United Nations and its pow-ers have certainly been put to the testwith Libya’s uprising, and the inter-national community has found itself in a difficult position. World leadersin the United States, Italy, UnitedKingdom, Arab League, andSecretary General Ban Ki-moon of theUN condemned the actions and hu-man rights violations by the Libyangovernment. But to date there hasbeen no direct intervention by foreignpowers.Aboudheir says that it reallyshouldn’t be that difficult. Whatneeds to be done, she says, is “directlycontact this man and get him out.There is no need for military help; it’stoo late for that. He needs to pack thattent of his and get dragged out. Weneed a solution now, no more beatingaround the bush.”Things, however, are easier saidthan done. While the internationalcommunity has been slow in reactingto the situation in Libya, the world isnot dealing with just any leader.Rather, they are dealing with Gaddafi,and he is a special case.On Feb. 22, Gaddafi made hisfirst appearance on state televisionsince the protests began, and ad-dressed the Libyan people. The dicta-tor rambled on for more than an hour,talking about everything and any-thing. His words were not the wordsof a leader, but of a sick man.“The words of a man that isover,” Aboudheir said. “He has noth-ing left: no power, no command, nodignity.” To her, this speech was a re-flection of him trying to desperatelyhold on to the last threads of leader-ship.Gaddafi blamed the uprising ondrugs and pills that had mysteriouslybeen slipped into the Nescafe cups of the protesters. He insulted his citi-zens and called them alley rats thathad lost their way. In a telephone in-terview a few days later on state tele-vision, he even blamed the revolutionon America, al-Qaeda, and OsamaBin Laden – who Gaddafi said he be-lieves is in Libya right now – for slip-ping drugs to the youth so that theywould revolt.However, amongst the ramblingsof this leader were some frighteningthreats.He was defiant and refused tostep down. He encouraged his sup-porters to go out in the streets, andcapture those who were puttingLibya’s image to shame.“If you love Moammar Gaddafi,go out and secure the streets, don'tbe afraid,” he said on Feb. 22. “Chase,arrest, and hand over those anti-gov-ernment supporters.”Gaddafi later went on to say thathe would die a martyr for his country,and will continue to fight for his po-sition until his very last drop of blood.And his threats had been followedthrough.It has been estimated that the ca-sualties in Libya are in the thousands,but it has been difficult to confirm theexact numbers.One thing that is certain is thatthe killing rampage continues, withthe number of casualties rising everday. Aboudheir is shocked at how aleader could do such a thing, and tohis own people.“Live ammunition from theground, planes, and mercenaries sentfor unarmed civilians. They are justpeaceful humans, asking for what?The thing that you and I take forgranted everyday. Where is the jus-tice?”But justice and freedom seem tobe words with forgotten meaning atthis time. “Freedom is a word soloosely used that it doesn’t seem tohold a heavy meaning for us. But it’sso important,” Aboudheir argues.“It’s what every human dreams of,it’s the fresh air we breathe, it’s thecolors of the sky. Freedom is life. Isthat too much to ask for?”The rest of the world shouldagree that no, it isn’t too much to ask for. Still, Gaddafi’s regime has chal-lenged people’s values and morals.His actions have put human rights totest, questioning the importance of the rights we are entitled toward, buthave so little access to.For now, the world is waiting forjustice and freedom to come to thepeople of Libya.“Libyans united will never be de-feated,” yelled the protestors.“Gaddafi, criminal,” theychanted.Just another Saturday in down-town Regina.While it may sound like a scenemore familiar to northern Africa, onSaturday, Feb. 26, the Queen City’scitizens came out to show their sup-port for their Libyan brothers and sis-ters. Those marching began theirstand at city hall, and marched downVictoria Ave.This wasn’t the first rally againstLibya’s dictator, Muammar Gaddafi,that the city has seen. Supporters forthe cause had braved the minus 20degree weather the previous week-end. And this showing will not bethe last, either.“We will meet next week, sametime,” a voice boomed over thecrowd. “Even if it’s a celebration, westill meet.”Eman Abdulhadi has been atboth rallies. She’s noticed that themovement seems to be gatheringsome steam. “This time, there’s morepeople. So, I hope awareness is get-ting out, and more people are notic-ing what’s going on. Hopefully, it’llput pressure on the Canadian gov-ernment to say something.”It is over 7,000 kilometres away,yet the citizens in Regina feel a con-nection to those struggling underGaddafi’s over-40-year reign. Whileit’s something that pleasesAbdulhadi, she is not surprised by itand credits the strong presence of herculture.“I know the Libyan communitytries to put itself into every aspect of Canadian culture,” she explained.“Whether its sports, whether it’s de-bate, whether it’s anything ... I think people see that, and that’s whythey’re concerned for us and whythey’re concerned for our familiesback home.”While this show of solidaritymay seem almost common to thoseaccustomed to free speech, for mem-bers of the rally it was a new – andbrave – step.Mona Aboudheir knows thepressure the Muslim community hasfelt to stay quiet. Even after livinghere for almost two decades, her fam-ily was never comfortable speakingout against Gaddafi.“Until now, parents would say,‘Do not say anything opposing theGaddafi regime,’ because that’s howpowerful he was for so long. He’s in-stilled that fear into people evenwhen they’re away from the coun-try.”The world has been changingquickly. Aboudhier credits move-ments started in Tunisia. She said shebelieves the effect snowballed fromthere.“That one brave nation started adomino effect and everyone hasfound that spirit in them to say, ‘Thisis enough – we’re better than this andwe have to stand up.’ And the worldis answering their call.”The long line of people marchingin front of the Cornwall Centre onSaturday suggests action surround-ing Libya’s tense political situationis gaining coverage and recognitionin Canada. One reason could be thatthe issues are connecting people, pastrace or creed.“Forget if you’re Muslim, forgetif you’re Libyan, forget if you’reArab. They’re human beings. If thatperson is a human being living inLibya and you’re a human being liv-ing here, why do you get the benefitsthat you have and they don’t?”Aboudhier asked. “We all deservethe simple thing of wanting to havefreedom in this world.”The rally ended with those in-volved meeting again at city hall.Signs that read “Free Libya” and“Democratic Reform” waved along-side flags of red, black, and green.People chanted, hugged, danced, andsang together. Whatever powerGaddafi had held that had kept peo-ple silent for so long had obviouslybeen broken.Aboudhier agreed, “The fear isgone. From the very first person whostood up and told Gaddafi to getdown.” “ Until now, parents would say, ‘Do not sayanything opposing the Gaddafi regime,’ be-cause that’s how powerful he was for so long.He’s instilled that fear into people even whenthey’re away from the country. ” Mona Aboudheir S S o o l l i i d d a a r r i i t t   y  y Regina comes out to support Libya K   im Elaschuk  The Saturday rally called for Canada to step up and do what it could toremove Muammar Gaddafi kim elaschuk news editor B B l l o o o o d d s s h h e e d d i i n n L L i i b b y  y a a Thousands rise up against Muammar Gaddafi   “ It’s what everyhuman dreams of,it’s the fresh airwe breathe, it’sthe colors of thesky. Freedom islife. Is that toomuch to ask for? ” Mona Aboudheir taouba khelifa contributor Taouba Khelifa Mona Aboudheir is ready to fight for change
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