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MEDIUMThe Voice of the University of Toronto Mississauga
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MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2008 VOLUME 34, ISSUE 17 www.mediumonline.ca
A Super Bowl preview
The University of Toronto Mississauga(UTM) was host to several political talkslast week as Members of Parliament(MPs) and political candidates attendedseparate forums to address national issuesat the post-secondary level.Mississauga-Erindale Liberal MP
Omar Alghabra greeted a small crowd onWednesday evening at an event organizedby the Political Science and Pre-LawAssociation and the UTM YoungLiberals. Among items discussed were theManley Report, which discusses Canadasfuture role in Afghanistan, and the needfor greener technology.Canada has a chance to be a leader in
green technology, he stated. Do wewant to lead and sell technology now, orbuy it from abroad ten years from now?The Thursday town hall meeting orga-
nized by UTMs student unions addressedother issues pertinent to students.Alghabra returned to sit on a panel thatincluded Liberal candidate BonnieCrombie from the Mississauga-Streetsville riding and Mississauga-Brampton SouthMPNavdeep Bains.At the forefront of discussion was Bill
C-398, the Canada Post-SecondaryEducation Act that was introduced to
Parliament on February 5, 2007.Although only at the first reading stage ingovernment, the bill was designed tosecure funding standards for the purposesof accessibility and and accountability topost-scondary students.International fees have to be regulated
and fair, said third-year internationalcommerce student Mubashir Ali. A bal-ance has to be maintained. According toAli, approximately 10 per cent of UTMspopulation is comprised of internationalstudents, all of whom pay significantlyhigher tuition fees than Canadians.The panelists also spoke about the
Millenium Scholarship Foundation,which is currently limited to first-year stu-dents.It needs to be fixed, Alghabra
argued. There is a compelling argumentthat is can be expanded.UTM Students Union president
Walied Khogali and Erindale Part-timeUndergraduate Society president VladGlebov both spoke at length about variousissues and action to resolve them.Bains encouraged students to become
involved with their government to helpnecesasry changes to take shape.Pick a party you feel affinity with and
shape their policy, he said. Contact usthrough emails and letters. Write me youropinion, which I can forward to the PrimeMinister.Write to the newspapers.
Politicians talk to students
Students listen intently to the good-natured political debate held at UTM last Thursday evening. Several politiciansand student leaders were present to discuss issues affecting post-secondary students.
UTM gets a dose of Winter
photo/Melissa Di Pasquale
WinterFest, held last Thursdayat the RAWC, was a collaborative effort between UTMs student governments. Over600 students attended the event, which saw plenty of indoor fun and giveaways.
On Friday, January 25, an exhibitionexploring the relationship betweenart and images of war took place atthe MiST Theatre, garnering an audi-ence of over 50 people. The exhibi-tion began with a lecture on the fearof war and its representation throughimages by Professor W.J.T. Mitchell,followed by two panels of discussionwith different speakers on their expe-rience with war-related projects.In the first panel, Allan Harding
MacKay presented an array ofimages called 'Double Bind' from hisvisit to Afghanistan. He showedimages of the airfield that questionedthe boundaries between photojournal-ism and art.
Brigitte van der Sande's discussionon her future project 'Amsterdam atWar' played with the prediction ofwar in her city, how citizens wouldreact to it, and how the society inNetherlands has gone from being acurious, open city to one of high sur-veillance and increased fear of terror-ism. This was followed by IreneLoughlin's literary analysis on thepost-war art of Naufus Figueroa.One of the more provocative pre-
sentations involved StephenEisenman's analysis on images ofwaterboarding-which is a form ofsimulated drowning that is used as atorture technique.
Some lectures were definitelybetter than others. I liked 'Amsterdamat War' the best - it was scary to seehow our society may be and how itcan affect our privacy, said JoanneFernandes, a fourth-year visual cul-ture and communication student.The symposium ended with Boris
Groy's questioning of European iden-tity in art and 'otherness' and an opendebate on the lectures, promptingseveral audience members to thinkabout the impact of art in the twenty-first century.
On war and artSymposium andexhibition at MiSTTheatre showcasesmodern-day fear ofwar through art
MEGHA KUMARASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
Monday, January 28, 20082 NNEEWWSSTHE MEDIUM
Amnesty Internationals Write-a-thon
Still no money for clubs
Administrative shuffling is beingblamed for the delay in distributingfunds for academic socie t ies ,according to University of TorontoMississauga vice-principal acade-mics and dean Gage Averill, andUnivers i ty of TorontoMiss issaugas Students Union(UTMSU) vice-president academicsand equity Anita Chauhan. Both arecurrently involved in the process ofsetting up the Academic SocietiesAffairs Committee (ASAC). [Academic Societies are] a real-
ly good opportunity to get studentsinvolved with each other. Studentsin teract ing wi th each other i shealthy for social and intellectuallife here, said Averill. He expectsthe money to be distributed afterthe creation of the ASAC.After taking office on October
15, Averill signed the AcademicSocieties agreement on December10. Charles Jones, who was thedean when the referendum was ini-tially passed, left office on June 30,by which time Chauhan was alreadyelected . Yet the s igning of theagreement languished since latespring and little happened over thesummer, according to Averill.There were several reasons why
i t had taken so long to get theagreement signed. It was difficult atthe beginning of my term due to thefact that the previous executive hadlef t very l i t t le informat ion andinst ruct ion on how to go about
implementing this endeavor. It wasnot until September 17, when GageAverill was appointed as dean ofacademics, that I actually was ableto get a response from the dean'soffice, said Chauhan. Chauhans predecessor Aun
Jaffery emphasized that it was wellunders tood that s tudents wereexpecting money collected fromthem for academic societies to beput to use as soon as possible. It was up to the incoming exec-
utive (Chauhan) to follow throughwith academic societies in a timelyfashion. At the joint board meetingwhere the outgoing and incomingexecutives met, it was stressed thatimplementation of academic soci-eties is a time-sensitive issue andmust be picked up soon so that stu-dents can enjoy the benefits of it inSeptember. Anita was present atthat meeting, said Jaffery. He also added that Chauhans
inference that the delay was due toa lack of follow-up information issimply a reflection of how involvedshe was in the process as an associ-ate. There is also the issue of a dis-
crepancy regarding the compositionof the ASAC as stated in the consti-tution and the signed agreement.When [UTMSU and I ] f i rs t
met, we debated whether a constitu-tion should be a part of the sameagreement and its my sense thatits best to sever the two. The con-stitution does not have a sign-onfrom the deans office yet, saidAvrill. Avrill also indicated that hehad yet to read the constitution but
that he is continuing to work withUTMSU towards having the com-mittee setup and the funds madeavailable.UTMSU wanted to handle
[ASAC] in a different way - theASAC would be handled based onthe parties to the agreement, whichwould be UTMSU and the deansoffice. I support a strong and vigor-ous body that would influence thisprocess representing the studentsociet ies , said Avri l l . He alsoadded:The ASAC will be the body that
will decide who is an academicsociety. If there is disagreement,we dont have a mechanism thatgoes beyond the ASAC so it will beinteresting to see what happens. Chauhan said clubs will be con-
tac ted af ter the ASAC f inal lymeets. Money will be dispensed to the
clubs after they have been approvedby the ASAC and the money hasbeen given to us by the university,said Chauhan.Despite the majority of students
supporting the creation of academicsocieties, some student clubs suchas the Psychology Association forUndergraduate Students a tErindale, are concerned about howthe committee will handle funds forclubs that decide against being co-opted into an academic societymodel.We want to keep the funds for
academic societ ies, but we wil ldetermine an equitable and fair wayto distribute the money within thestructure, Chauhan explained.
TEJAS AIVALLIASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
Students gathered on Tuesday, January22 at the universitys Womens Centreto write letters and sign petitions to urgethe Canadian government to do more forindigenous women who are victims ofsexual assault, to admit more refugeesfleeing Iraq and a host of other issues.The Write-a-thon was organized byUniversity of Toronto Mississaugas stu-dent club, Amnesty International. The clubs executive Sandra
Ceccomancini explained that the annualevent, which normally takes placeworldwide on December 10, had to bedelayed due to exam week. Around 40students turned out to collectively writetwelve letters and sign twenty-five peti-tions. It is for people to collectively write
letters to government to make a differ-ence, said Ceccomanci