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BragCampion Alumni Awardscelebrate a diversity of successes
People’s Summit leads to greaterunderstanding of global,environmental, and social justiceissues
The 2012 campaign for theWhite House
An Alumni Journal Volume Eighteen Fall/Winter 2012
Fruit for Thoughtprovides additional foodsource for those in need
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Toward the close of thespiritual exercises of St.Ignatius, the retreatant isdirected to experience thelove of God bycontemplating the wondersof creation. Becomingaware of how people aresustained in their lives bythe world around them, theretreatant comes to realizethe world is the physicalmanifestation of God'sloving embrace.
The overall aim of thespiritual exercises and ofJesuit education, which isbased on that spirituality, isto prepare our students forlives of service to people inthe world around us, servicethat is inspired by thepresence of God in allpersons and things. It isclear to me, then, that ourstudents' concern inevitablyextends to care for the
environment in an effort toaddress issues of sustainability. We,ourselves, and the world welive in are precious gifts ofGod, which summon forthfrom us a commitment tonurture and serve.
In this issue of Campion’sBrag, we learn of efforts byour faculty and students tocare for our planet and ourlocal community.
Fr. Benjamin Fiore, SJPresident
CAMPION’S BRAGVolume 18 Fall/Winter 2012
News in Brief 2
Fruit for Thought 6
Brazil 2012 9
Alumni of Distinction Awards 10
The Campaign for the White
Accessibility a Priority 18
Brag a Bit 20
Alumni News 21
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CAMPION ALUMNUSRECEIVED ACADEMICGOLD MEDAL
Campion College alumnusDr. Adam Dubé waspresented the GovernorGeneral’s Academic GoldMedal, which recognizesthe most outstandingacademic performance by agraduate student, at theUniversity of Reginaconvocation ceremony on 6June 2012.
Graduating with a Doctorof Philosophy inPsychology (Experimentaland Applied), Dubé hasreceived numerous awardsand scholarshipsthroughout his academicstudies including SocialSciences and HumanitiesResearch Council ofCanada graduatescholarships, a Dean’sScholarship, and theCampion College GraduateScholarship.
Dubé completed both hismaster’s and doctoraldegrees under thesupervision of CampionCollege PsychologyProfessor KatherineRobinson, a path chosenafter completing thehonours program duringhis undergraduate studies.
“I always wanted to workwith children and thoughtclinical was the only way
to do that within my fieldof study,” says Dubé.Working alongside Dr.Robinson, going to schoolsfor a two-month period,collecting data, testingtheir math skills andbuilding a rapport with thestudents, Dubé quicklyrealized that theexperimental side couldprovide the sameopportunity.
Dubé’s doctoral researchinvestigates howadolescents and youngadults developmathematical knowledge,which is useful in ensuringteaching methods areachieving the desiredresults. Research findingsby Robinson and Dubéhave been cited by a majorjournal in educationalpsychology and by a UStask force on mathematicseducation, whichrecommended changes tothe delivery of educationbased on their findings.
Also receiving an award atthe University of Reginaconvocation ceremonieswas Campion studentNatasha Jaques, whograduated with a Bachelorof Arts in Psychology. Atthe University convocationceremony on 7 June 2012,Jaques was presented theS.E. Stewart in Arts, anaward given to the mostdistinguished student
receiving a first degree inthe Faculty of Arts.
Students presented awardsat the Campion Collegeceremony for highacademic achievement andcommunity involvementwere Nathan Magnus andAnneliese Weber. Magnusis the recipient of theReverend Gerald F. Lahey,S.J. Prize, which is given tothe year's most outstandingCampion College graduate.Weber is this year'srecipient of the CampionCollege Award of Merit, adistinction given to agraduating Campionstudent who hasconsistently manifested theIgnatian spirit in workinggenerously for the good ofthe College and thecommunity.
FORMER CAMPIONPROFESSORAPPOINTED LEADEROF JESUITS INENGLISH CANADA
The Very Reverend AdolfoNicolás, SJ, the SuperiorGeneral of the Society ofJesus (the Jesuits), hasappointed former CampionCollege Professor, the Rev.Dr. Peter Bisson, SJ, as theProvincial Superior of theJesuits in English Canada.
News in Brief
Adam Dubé, PhD
Bisson served as assistantprofessor of ReligiousStudies, Campion Collegeat the University of Regina,from 2003-2010, and was alecturer in Religious Studiesat Campion from 2001-2003.
Bisson was serving as socius(assistant) to the Provincialand acting Provincial whenthe appointment wasannounced. He succeeds Fr.Jim Webb, SJ, whose illhealth precipitated thechange in leadership. Fr.Webb passed away on 9August 2012 at Rene GoupilHouse (Infirmary) inPickering, Ontario. He was68 years of age and in his48th year of religious life.
Bisson’s diverse work inministry has included:university chaplaincy,street gang ministry, andrefugee advocacy. From2008-2010, Bisson served asthe director of the Toronto-based Jesuit Forum forSocial Faith and Justice. Hewas an elected delegate tothe 35th GeneralCongregation of the Societyof Jesus, in Rome in 2008.This worldwide assembly ofJesuits meets, among otherthings, to choose asuccessor to the leader ofthe Jesuit order, theSuperior General.
Bisson, 54, is a native ofEdmundston, New
Brunswick, and entered theSociety of Jesus at 26 afterreceiving a BA from McGillUniversity. He has aDoctorate in Theology(ThD) from the PontificalGregorian University inRome, Italy, a Master ofTheology (ThM) andLicence in Sacred Theology(STL) from Regis College,the Jesuit Faculty in theToronto School ofTheology, affiliated withthe University of Toronto.His Master of Divinity(MDiv) and Bachelor ofSacred Theology (STB) arealso from Regis College. HisMaster of Arts inPhilosophy is from LoyolaUniversity of Chicago,while his Master of Arts inReligion is from ColumbiaUniversity in New York. Hespeaks English, French,Italian, and Spanish.
The Jesuits, an order ofpriests and brothers in theRoman Catholic Church,have worked in Canada forabout 400 years. They haveresponsibility for thedirection of schools,colleges, parishes, retreathouses and social justiceministries that span thecountry from St. John’s,Newfoundland toVancouver, BritishColumbia. There arecurrently 154 Jesuits inEnglish Canada.
NEW SCHOLARSHIPPROMOTESINTERNATIONALSERVICE LEARNING
A new scholarship is nowavailable for Campionstudents participating in aninternational volunteerexperience program.
The Campion CollegeInternational ServiceLearning scholarshipprovides financialassistance to CampionCollege students wishing toengage in volunteer workin other countries. It alsogives Campion students anopportunity to makemeaningful contributionsin a community radicallydifferent than their own.
“Ever since I came toCampion, it has been mygoal to develop a means ofencouraging andsupporting studentparticipation in overseasprojects among the verypoor and destitute. Thisscholarship fund allows theCollege to do just that,” saysCampion President Fr.Benjamin Fiore, SJ.
“Through theestablishment of thisscholarship, we hope toencourage our students toengage in these valuableservice learningopportunities,” Fiore adds.
Peter Bisson, SJ, PhD
To be eligible, studentsmust affiliate themselveswith a recognizedinternational developmentvolunteer organization,have a minimum 70%UGPA, and plan to enroll incourses through CampionCollege upon their return.Up to $3,000 will beawarded annually. Theamount granted for eachindividual request will varybased on the nature of theproject, the financial needof the applicant, and thenumber of applicationsreceived.
To apply, students mustsubmit evidence of theiracceptance as a volunteer
for an internationaldevelopment volunteerorganization and aproposal, minimum 250words, outlining the natureof the volunteer work inwhich they will be engaged.
Upon return, applicants arerequired to provide areference letter from aproject supervisor withinthe organization for whichthey worked, and must beprepared to give apresentation on theirvolunteer project to theCampion community.
Funding for thisscholarship is madeavailable through an
endowment fundestablished thanks to thegenerosity of donors to the2010-2011 annualcampaign.
CAMPION ALUMNUSPRESENTS VISION FORFUTURE REGINADEVELOPMENT
For the past five years,Campion alumnus BenHarack has been spendinghis time working on Visionof Earth, an organizationcomprised of volunteerswho use their technicalskills to investigate issuesthat face society.
Recently, Vision of Earthsubmitted an entry to theMorph My City Challenge -a two-part innovationcompetition aiming toencourage and rewardradical new approaches tosustainable urban planningfor Regina, Saskatchewan.
Vision of Earth’s entry,authored by Ben Harack,Steven Kuski, KyleLaskowski, Scott Hoilandand Robert Bailey, wasselected as one of the topthree finalists for theRosemont 2040 prize out of58 submissions.
As finalists, the team fromVision of Earth presentedtheir entry in Regina onSeptember 11 at theNational InfrastructureSummit 2012.
Currently, Harack isstudying frontier science, the preliminary testing ofdata, hypothesis, andmodels that are not widelytested.
“The complicatedproblems facing the worldtoday in terms of energy,infrastructure, socialcohesion, and economicsare so interesting andimportant that I hope tocontribute to solvingthem,” says Harack.
“To this end, I think I willbe able to use my technical
News in Brief
Campion Campus Ministry and Luther College Chaplaincy were among the recipients of the City ofRegina Crime Prevention Awards this spring. Campion College Campus Minister Stephanie Molloy(front row, second from the left) was present to accept the award on behalf of the campus ministries.
knowledge as a solid basisfor studies in the socialsciences, perhapseconomics. It seems to bethat people with knowledgeof both the physical andsocial sciences may be verywell suited to solving theproblems facing humansocieties today andtomorrow,” adds Harack.
Harack spent eight years atCampion, where he earnedfour degrees (ComputerScience and Math in 2007,and Physics and Psychologyin 2010). He is now in thefinal months of completinga Master’s in Physics atMcGill University.
Future plans for Harackmay include the possibilityof working in innovativecity planning or,alternatively, continuinghis education and pursuinga doctorate degree.
Dr. Tom Phenix, assistantprofessor of Psychology,attended the 8th ICEconference in Samos,Greece, in July where hedelivered a paper entitledRetrieval-InducedForgetting for EpisodicMemory in Children.
As well, Phenix haspublished a paper (in press)in Applied CognitivePsychology entitledApplying Retrieval-InducedForgetting to Children'sTestimony and presentedExamining the Influence ofRetrieval-cue Specificity onRetrieval-inducedForgetting at the CanadianSociety for Brain, Behaviourand Cognitive Science(CSBBCS) in KingstonOntario.
Dr. Anna Mudde, who holdsa term position as assistantprofessor of Philosophy,was awarded a SocialScience and HumanitiesResearch Council (SSHRC)
Insight Development Grantfor her project entitledLiving Experiments:Technologies, Metaphors,and Human Life.
Dr. Katherine Robinson,professor of Psychology,along with Campionalumnus Dr. Adam Dubéand Jacqueline Harrison,presented Children’sUnderstanding of MultipleAdditive Concepts at theCanadian Society for Brain,Behaviour, and CognitiveSciences Conference inKingston, Ontario, June2012.
In July, Robinson served asa panel grant reviewer at
the National Institute ofHealth/ National Instituteof Child Health andDevelopment LearningDisabilities Hub held inWashington, DC.
Dr. Robert Piercey, associateprofessor of Philosophy,presented Reconciling Artand Science in thePhilosophy of Paul Ricoeurin Nicosia, Cyprus, at theInternational Society forthe Study of EuropeanIdeas, July 2 – 5, 2012.
In May 2012, students in two Campion College courses, one in Classical Studies and the other inCatholic Studies, took part in a trip to Italy where they studied ruins of ancient cities, and religiousart and artifacts.
“Someone should have been takingpictures that day. We were all sodepressed. The whole meeting room[at St. Mary’s Anglican Church] wascovered with fruit. We worked reallyhard for about four hours thatafternoon and it had taken this tinylittle dribble of apples,” saysArbuthnott, a professor of Psychologyat Campion College.
That day was a turning point for thegroup that had come together withthe hope of making a small change forthe community and environment.They persevered, however, and with alittle hard work, organization andplanning were able to divert anestimated 3,000 pounds of applesfrom Regina’s landfill last summer.
The concept of ‘fruit foraging’ is not anew one. Originating in Europe,
organizations dedicated to harvestinglocal produce have since sprung up allover North America with the aim topromote urban agriculture, eatinglocally and reducing our carbonfootprint. According to Arbuthnott,choosing to eat local produce reducesthe amount of carbon needed to getfood from its source to the table,which in turn reduces pollution.“Food waste is a serious problemwhen the amount of resourcesexpended on producing the wastedfood is considered. For instance, allfood consumes water and soilnutrients, and transported food alsoconsumes a great deal of fossil fuel,”explains Arbuthnott.
The virtues of eating locally were partof the discussions in Arbuthnott’sPsychology and Environment course,and the catalyst for launching the
project. University of ReginaPsychology graduate Morgan LaBrash,together with a number of otherstudents from the class, were inspiredby Toronto’s Not Far from the Treeprogram and decided to start a similarproject in Regina.
“For me, it was the fact that otherorganizations were doing it, so youcan see that it has the potential to beactualized and it is not just an idea.And we certainly had the motivationand motivated people on our side thatwould be willing to be involved,” saysLaBrash.
Fruit for Thought harvests unwantedurban produce from local trees andshrubs, and shares it with localcommunity organizations.Homeowners register their trees andshrubs, and contact the organization
Morgan LaBrash, co-foun
f Fruit for T
hought, harvests an
a backyard tree in Regina.
Photo credit: University of Regina AV
Katherine Arbuthnott smiles as she recalls the first day of canning the thousands of
pounds of apples and crab apples Fruit for Thought volunteers collected from the
backyard trees of Regina residents.
By Joanne Kozlowski
when they are ready to harvest. Fruitfor Thought organizers arrange thevolunteer pickers and provide all thesupplies necessary for the harvest. Thefruit collected is divided among thehomeowner, volunteers, and localfood banks and shelters.
After the fresh produce is collectedand distributed, volunteers gatherevery Sunday in August andSeptember to turn the remaining fruitinto delicious baked goods andpreserves. Baked and frozen goods areonce again shared with the localshelters, and the preserves aredistributed between the volunteers.Through funding from the ReginaPublic Interest Research Group(RPIRG) and individual donations,Fruit for Thought organizers are ableto provide all supplies for the canningsessions.
“When we hold preserving sessions,we hope to have people in needparticipate,” says Arbuthnott, addingthat, for some, the cost of purchasingthe necessary ingredients and suppliescan prohibit them from preservingfresh produce.
In their first season, LaBrash wasoverwhelmed with the response andhad to cap the number of trees at 40due to the limited resources available.
“I remember having 12 trees and Ithought it was going to be a good yearbecause the Toronto organization had
40 trees their first year, so I thought:‘12 trees, that’s pretty good.’ Stillpeople kept calling and calling andcalling. I went on vacation and cameback to 42 voice mail messages,” saysLaBrash.
With one year under their belt andmore volunteers, LaBrash andArbuthnott are looking forward to afruitful second season. They are alsoable to take on more trees this year,which means more fresh produce andbaked goods for the local shelters andthe Regina Food Bank.
The canning sessions have proven tobe a great community building andlearning experience for a youngergeneration that has moved away fromthe traditional preserving of the fallharvest, a skill that can be very usefulto have, especially for students livingon a tight budget.
“Our first day we attempted canningwithout Katherine, so us young girlsare in the kitchen on the phone withour moms asking: ‘Is this right?’,”recalls Morgan.
While eating locally hasenvironmental benefits, theconvenience and abundance of foodavailable in local supermarkets haschanged the way people view theirfood supply. Today, preparing winterpreserves, while it may be moreeconomical, is no longer a necessity.And, in a society based on
consumerism and convenience,Arbuthnott explains, changingbehaviours can be “a tough nut tocrack.”
“Part of it is our context: our culture,our values, and our infrastructure; it isdesigned to support moreconsumption and convenience. Somuch of our identity is invested inwhat we own. Those are allfundamental motivators, so to getourselves to act in a way that isdifferent from our culture anddifferent from the infrastructure setup to support it is really effortful,”says Arbuthnott.
Arbuthnott and LaBrash learned thatpositive change can be effected ifthere is a community of individuals tosupport you. Even though both havelong had an interest in sustainableliving, it was the positive responsefrom students in the course thatenabled them to move forward withthis project.
“I’ve been doing this for awhile, butnow, after being part of this project, Iam starting to think of thingsdifferently. [The environment] is topof mind and you have yourcommunity that you know is thinkingabout that in the same way anddeveloping different habits. I thinkchanging your context socially makesit easier to change our mindset,” saysArbuthnott.
“We hope that by doing what we aredoing, we are fostering a sense ofresponsibility in people,” addsLaBrash, who admits that it troublesher to see things thrown away thatcould be put to good use by peoplewho really need them.
“That is why I am involved in thisproject. I want to make a change, and Iwant to help people by providingthem with access to fresh, localproduce,” says LaBrash.
A Fruit for Thought volunteer helps collect thefall harvest from local trees.
Afew weeks after graduatingwith a Bachelor of ArtsHonours in International
Studies, Campion alumna AnnaWeber was on a plane to Rio deJaneiro, Brazil, and the People’sSummit on environment and climatechange.
The People’s Summit was heldsimultaneously with the Rio+20United Nations conference onsustainable development, andprovided a venue for individuals andorganizations from across the globe tocome together and discuss ideas onhow to eliminate poverty, cutgreenhouse gas emissions, andpreserve our Earth and its naturalresources.
Weber was selected, along with eightother young Canadians, to participateas a member of the CanadianDevelopment and Peace youthdelegation. The delegation broughtwith them a message of support forsmall-scale farming, and promotion ofsustainable development and povertyeradication.
At the Summit, the delegates attendedvarious workshops throughout the
day, and came together each eveningto share what they had learned fromthe sessions they attended.
“I was looking for inspiration. I reallywanted to see what other people wereengaged and involved in to help outmy own work at home. I think thatdefinitely happened. To see howinvolved other people are ismotivating to continue doing thework that you do in your owncommunity,” says Weber.
The highlight of the People’s Summitwas the Global March in downtownRio. An estimated 50,000 people fromvarious groups and organizationsaround the world participated in themarch, which was designed to bringawareness of a number of world issuesto the political leaders attending theRio+20 conference.
“There were people from all differentorganizations from all over the world.As we marched down the street, wewere carrying a banner fromDevelopment and Peace that said‘80,000 Canadians support small-scalefarming’. It was in English, so lots ofpeople would see that it said Canadianand stopped to take our picture. It
was definitely really powerful to bepart of something like that,” saysWeber.
A student leader in raising awarenessof social justice issues while atCampion, Weber now serves on theboard of the Regina Public InterestResearch Group (RPIRG) at theUniversity of Regina. She is interestedin continuing to bring attention toimportant global social justice andenvironmental issues, both on campusand in her future career.
“In Canada, we have the privilege tochoose whether or not we want to beinvolved in certain issues. We can say:‘That is really too bad, but it is notaffecting me directly, so I don’tnecessarily have to be involved’.Whereas, for a lot of people [attendingthe summit], their livelihood might bedirectly affected by, say, Canadianmining companies or agriculture. So itis not really a choice, it is a necessity.That was something that really struckme. We are important allies here inCanada, and, because we have theluxury to choose, we should continueto be in solidarity with these people,”says Weber.
By Joanne Kozlowski
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (top) was the location for the People’s Summit on environmentand climate change, and Campion alumna Anna Weber (bottom, left) was there.
This fall, Campion College willcelebrate the sixth annualAlumni of Distinction Awards
by honouring three former studentsfor both their professionalachievements and their contributionsto the community.
The recipients of the sixth annualAlumni of Distinction Awards are Mr.Kenneth MacKay (HS ‘55), Dr. BlairStonechild (HS ‘69) and Dr. JuneZimmer (BA ‘04). Each have madegreat strides in their professionalcareers and have demonstrated astrong commitment to thecommunities they serve. Theiraccomplishments, which are outlinedin the following pages, demonstratethe diverse fields where Campionalumni are making their mark.
The goal of the Alumni of DistinctionAwards is to celebrate Campionalumni and former students who havenot only distinguished themselves intheir profession and in theircommunity, but also demonstrate thecore values of their Jesuit education intheir professional and personal lives.
Based on the four key principles ofJesuit education—Striving for More(magis), Care for the Whole Person(cura personalis), Leadership inService, and Promotion of Justice—the awards demonstrate thesignificant contributions Campionalumni are making on a local,national and international scale.
In this regard, the Alumni ofDistinction Awards ceremonycelebrates more than individualsuccess. It presents an opportunity forthe Campion community to cometogether and pay tribute to the JesuitFathers, and the Campion faculty andstaff—both past and present—whohave fostered among the students asense of service and the desire tomake our world a better place for all.
Alumni, faculty, staff, and students areinvited to attend the Alumni ofDistinction Awards dinner on 26October 2012, which will be held inRegina at the Hotel SaskatchewanRadisson Plaza. Admission is $75, witha portion of the proceeds dedicated toCampion College student programs.
For more information, or to reserveyour seat, visit the Campion website(www.campioncollege.ca/alumni) orcall 586-4242.
Alumni of Distinction
Kenneth MacKay, QC (HS ‘55)
After graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Mr. MacKay began whatwould become an extensive law career in a well-established private firm. Soon after, he joined the Department of Justice asa junior lawyer, where he served the province of Saskatchewan for over 30 years. Throughout his career, Mr. MacKay wasappointed to various provincial and federal committees and investigative commissions, and served as the director of thepublic prosecution for a number of years. In retirement, Mr. MacKay continues to contribute to the law and broadercommunity as vice-chair of the Saskatchewan Review Board.
As well, Mr. MacKay is an active volunteer and strong supporter of the arts, generously dedicating his time to numerousarts organizations, including Regina Little Theatre, Regina Summer Stage, Saskatchewan Book Awards, and Regina LightLyric.
Blair Stonechild, PhD (HS ‘69)
An internationally recognized researcher in the fields of Indigenous Studies and Indigenous post-secondary education, Dr.Stonechild’s work on land claims and higher education for First Nations has created many opportunities and led togreater awareness of these very important issues. His book The New Buffalo: The Struggle for Post-Secondary Education(University of Manitoba Press, 2006) is considered one of the leading texts in the field.
A professor at First Nations University of Canada, Dr. Stonechild is well known for his caring and supportive work withstudents, and for his wisdom and compassion in the support of First Nations communities. Dr. Stonechild is highlyrespected for his scholarly achievements, commitment to his students, leadership in service, and quiet integrity.
Throughout his career at the First Nations University of Canada, Dr. Stonechild has served in numerous leadership rolesincluding dean of academics, executive director of planning and development, and professor and department head in theDepartment of Indigenous Studies.
June Zimmer, PhD (BA ‘04)
Named “One to Watch” on the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity list by the Canadian Association forthe Advancement of Women and Sport, Dr. Zimmer is a nationally recognized researcher and coach.
In both her professional life and personal life, Dr. Zimmer has worked tirelessly to ensure that young girls in Saskatchewanhave equal and fair access to healthy, active living opportunities regardless of ability, gender or economic standing. Sherecognized a need for physical activity programming geared toward young girls, and, in 2008, established Girls in theGame with a goal of creating confident young women who choose to be actively involved as opposed to standing on thesidelines. As a result of her efforts, Girls in the Game has impacted the lives of over 1,500 Saskatchewan youth.
Dr. Zimmer is a research scientist at the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region/College of Medicine, University ofSaskatchewan—Regina Campus. In 2011, she was named Woman in Sport, Physical Activity, and Recreation Leader bySaskSport and a Saskatchewan Action Hero by Saskatchewan in Motion. As well, she was recognized as a 2010 YWCAWoman of Distinction.
Join us on October 26, 2012 as we celebrate Jesuit education and the accomplishmentsof these distinguished Campion alumni. For more information visit our website atwww.campioncollege.ca/alumni.
On the first Tuesday in Novembereither incumbent President BarackObama or Republican challenger MittRomney will win the electoral collegeand take the White House in 2012. Theeconomic realities that surround theelection look tough for PresidentObama’s re-election bid. In July thenational unemployment rate stood at8.3%. Although not in recession, theeconomy’s recovery is slow, withgrowth rates of only 2.4% in 2010 anda meager 1.8% in 2011. However, as ofwriting, Obama maintains a slight leadover Romney in the national polls forPresident, and maintains a narrow leadin the polls in all but two of the crucialbattleground states. The main questionthat the campaign presents us with,therefore, is why the race remains so
close despite the difficult economicconditions America faces?
After factoring in the advantage thatincumbency affords to Obama, fourkey decisions in the winter and springof 2012 have framed how thecandidates and their parties would beperceived by key blocks of voters. Thefirst was the Obama administration’sdecision to require religiously affiliatedinstitutions, including hospitals anduniversities, to offer and contribute tohealthcare plans that provide fullcontraceptive coverage to womenemployees. After strong oppositionfrom religious institutions, Obamaannounced what he regarded as acompromise, not accepted as such bythe institutions in question. According
to the “compromise,” religiouslyaffiliated institutions and hospitals willnot be forced to contribute tocontraceptive coverage for theiremployees, but private insurers will berequired to cover the full costs ofcontraception for women who work atsuch institutions.
The significance of this decision wasthat it compelled Mitt Romney,competing in a tight race against RickSantorum in the Republican primaries,to take a stand on the issue. Althoughsome polls suggested that more than 6in 10 Americans—including 70% ofwomen—regarded this as an issue ofhealthcare and access to contraception,Romney opposed the Obamaadministration’s action, framing it as a
Americans will head to the polls this November against a backdrop of global economic
crises, high unemployment rates, and unrest in the Middle East. Despite the challenges
ahead, early polls indicate that the Presidential race remains too close to call. Political
Science Professor Ann Ward reviews the political context for the strategies of the
candidates vying for the top job of one of the world’s most powerful nations.
Campaign for the
By Ann Ward
The White House, W
16violation of religious liberty. RickSantorum, Romney’s main rival in theRepublican primaries, declared hispersonal opposition to contraceptionas a moral wrong. As such, he and fourother Republican candidates, but mostnotably not Mitt Romney, signed apledge to pursue the “personhood” or“human life” amendment to the U.S.Constitution. This amendment woulddeclare that “personhood” begins at themoment of fertilization, and that all“persons” including fertilized embryoshave a right to life which should beenforced in federal and state lawswithout exception and withoutcompromise. Such an amendmentwould make abortion illegal in allcases nationwide, as well as outlawingcertain types of birth control. Althoughnot committing to the “personhood”amendment, Romney did notcharacterize Santorum’s views on birthcontrol as outside of the mainstream,and declared his opposition to abortionexcept in cases of rape, incest and thelife of the mother. By the effective endof the Republican primaries, it appearsthat the way in which thecontraception issue had unfolded ledto high unfavourability ratings for MittRomney and the Republican partyamong many women voters, a keyconstituency whose support neithercandidate can do without to win inNovember.
The second key decision to frame thecampaign came in June when theObama administration decided that itwould enforce certain key provisionsof the DREAM ACT that would givechildren of immigrants the right to liveand work in the U.S. Specifically,President Obama signed an executiveorder to allow young “illegal” or“undocumented” immigrants broughtto the U.S. before 16 years of age,provided they meet certain minimumrequirements, to apply for “deferredaction” status (meaning they would notbe deported), and for a permit to worklegally in the United States. Despite itspopularity among Hispanic voters,Romney again opposed the Obama’sadministration’s decision, claimingthat it was only a “temporary measure”with respect to the problemssurrounding immigration. In fact,Romney has said that the controversialArizona law requiring police to checkthe immigration status of people theystop before letting them go, is a modelfor the nation. Obama’s handling of theimmigration issue has allowed him togain a wide lead in the polls overRomney among Hispanic voters,another crucial voting bloc that Obamaneeds to win re-election.
The way in which the Obamaadministration has brought the issuesof contraception and immigration tothe surface this campaign season hasdiverted Romney from his coremessage concerning jobs and theeconomy. Although economic issuesare important to women and Hispanicvoters, the issues surroundingcontraception and immigration affectwomen and Hispanics before theyenter the marketplace, and thus areprior to the material concerns pursuedthere.
The third key decision affecting thecampaign also came in June, but thistime emanating from the SupremeCourt of the United States. In a 5 to 4decision the Supreme Court, withconservative Chief Justice Roberts
surprisingly siding with the liberals onthe bench, upheld the constitutionalityof the “Affordable Care Act,” or“Obamacare” as it is known toRepublicans and almost everyone else.Specifically, the Court said that thelaw’s requirement that mostAmericans purchase health insuranceor pay a penalty, popularly known asthe “mandate,” was constitutionallyauthorized by Congress’s power to levytaxes. Although in response to theCourt Romney declared that,“Obamacare was bad policy yesterday;it’s bad policy today,” the decision waslargely perceived by the public as a bigwin for the President against theRepublicans who have been calling forrepeal of the law since it was enacted.Obama appeared “presidential,” andone could see the wind being taken outof Republican sails.
The fourth key decision to shape thenature of the campaign came from theRomney camp. During the Republicanprimary season, it became apparentthat Mitt Romney had decided to runnot on his politically “moderate” recordas Governor of Massachusetts from2003-07, but rather on his record as abusinessman in the private sector.Implying that Obama was only a lazycommunity organizer who was “inover his head” when it came to privatesector job creation, Romney, it seems,wants to present himself as the hard-
THE THIRD KEYDECISION AFFECTINGTHE CAMPAIGN ALSOCAME IN JUNE, BUTTHIS TIMEEMANATING FROMTHE SUPREMECOURT OF THEUNITED STATES.
OBAMA’S HANDLINGOF THEIMMIGRATION ISSUEHAS ALLOWED HIMTO GAIN A WIDELEAD IN THE POLLSOVER ROMNEYAMONGHISPANICVOTERS, ANOTHERCRUCIAL VOTINGBLOC THAT OBAMANEEDS TO WIN RE-ELECTION.
working, no-nonsense CEO who canget the economy moving again.
The decisions over the winter andspring set the stage for the issues thatwould dominate the summer months.The Obama team, on the theory that itis better to go after a candidatesperceived strengths rather thanweaknesses, began buying televisionads that attacked Mitt Romney’s careerat Bain Capital. Obama commercialspainted Romney as a ruthless WallStreet raider who destroyed companiesfor the sake of profits but at theexpense of jobs. Some alleged, perhapsunfairly, that he “shipped jobs to Chinaand Mexico.” Taking from MikeHuckabee’s primary campaign in 2008,Romney is the guy that fires you. Intandem with their attack on Romney’srecord at Bain, the Obama team havecalled on Romney to release his taxreturns prior to 2010. Romney’s refusalto do so has led to the suspicion, fuelledby some loose talk from DemocraticSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid, thatRomney, personally worthapproximately $250 million, has paidno income taxes for over a decade.Republicans charge that the attacks onBain and Romney’s “taxes” are unfairexamples of “class warfare” from a“socialist” president. Nonetheless, pollsshow that these attacks have beeneffective for the Obama team,especially among independents andvoters in the battleground states socrucial come November.
The other issue or event that has cometo dominate the closing weeks ofsummer is Romney’s choice of PaulRyan as his VP candidate. What exactlydoes Ryan bring to the Romney-Ryanticket? Fiscally conservative supportersof Ryan argue that his nomination asRomney’s VP candidate hastransformed the election from a“referendum” on the President to a“choice” between “big ideas” on how totackle America’s debt and deficit. Ryan,already a nationally known budget“expert” in the U.S. House of
Representatives, promotes entitlementreform as the main solution toAmerica’s fiscal problems. Mostnotably, Ryan has advocated thatMedicare, the federally run publicprovision of healthcare to the elderly,be in effect privatized, with the federalgovernment providing “vouchers” tosenior citizens with which they canpurchase their own private insuranceat market rates. Needless to say, thiswould put criticism of “Obamacare”back on the agenda despite theSupreme Court’s decision on itsconstitutionality. Yet, Ryan’s plans forMedicare have proven to be politicallyunpopular among key voting groupsfor the Republicans, namely oldervoters. Thus, it would be odd if Romneyactually put Ryan on the ticket for thelatter’s views on entitlement reform.
Another possible incentive to put Ryanon the ticket is his 100% rating fromthe National Right to Life Committee.Indeed, Ryan was a co-sponsor inCongress with Todd Akin (nowinternationally infamous for his“legitimate rape” scenarios), of federal“personhood” legislation that woulddeclare a fertilized embryo a humanbeing. Like the “personhood”amendment to the U.S. Constitution,such legislation would make abortionillegal in all cases including rape, incestand the life of the mother, and affectcertain types of birth control. Ryan,however, has supported a “life of themother” exception, but not in cases of“partial birth” abortion. As noted above,Romney would not endorse the“personhood” amendment in theRepublican primaries. Ryan, I suspect, ismeant to assuage the sociallyconservative base of the Republicanparty who, for various reasons, distrustRomney’s evolving and, from theirperspective, unreliable stands onreproductive issues.
Whether or not Romney’s attempt tobring social conservatives firmly onboard will be successful in Novemberremains to be seen. Likewise, it is
unclear whether Obama in the end canremain in the White House despite theeconomic headwinds America and theglobal economy faces. Traumaticevents overseas before November couldaffect the election in ways hard topredict, for instance the unlikelypossibility that Israel will conduct airstrikes against Iranian nuclear facilitiesor that there will be a messy Greek exitfrom the eurozone. In July,Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall,citing the delay of the Keystone XLpipeline and the Buy Americanprovisions in the U.S. stimulus bill,suggested that another Obamapresidency would be bad for Canada.Yet, it can be argued that Obama’sintroduction of universal, publiclysupported, if not provided, healthcareand his embrace of a vibrantmulticulturalism prods Americatoward a greater social and culturalsimilarity to Canada. Affecting a closermeeting of minds and sentimentsamong these two great peoples will,over the long term, be a substantialplus for Canada-U.S. relations.
Ann Ward is an associate professor of Philosophy and Political Science atCampion College, University of Regina.
“TRAUMATIC EVENTSOVERSEAS BEFORENOVEMBER COULDAFFECT THEELECTION IN WAYSHARD TO PREDICT”
Accessibility continues to be the focusas Campion enters into its 2012-2013Annual Campaign.
“Safety, security and access areprimary concerns for the College,”says James Gustafson, executivedirector, administration and finance.
“Last year’s campaign was verysuccessful, meeting its target of$90,000 to help create a barrier-freeenvironment on our main floor and toimprove accessibility to other areas ofthe College. This will enable us tomove forward on a portion of theproject, however, with limitedavailability of funds for capitalexpenditures, there is still more workthat needs to be done,” Gustafsonadded.
One of the enhancement projects thatwill go forward is the upgrade to theelevator. The success of the previouscampaign combined with areallocation of capital retention funds,made available through sound fiscalmanagement, will allow the Collegeto proceed with this portion of theproject.
“Each year the College allocatesmoney to the capital retention fund.Interest generated from this fund isused for annual buildingmaintenance. This year, we were ableto cut administrative expenses by12%, thus allowing the College todivert funding for annualmaintenance to the elevator project,”says Gustafson.
The elevator upgrade is scheduled forthe summer of 2013. The project willinclude widening the elevator shaftand replacing the existing elevatorwith one that meets size andoperation standards for accessibility,including tactile cues for the visuallyimpaired.
Gustafson admits that the elevator isonly one component of the deferredbuilding maintenance work requiredto create a barrier-free environment.And, as demands on the 45-year-oldbuilding increase—a direct result of agrowing campus and increaseddemands on College programs andservices—so does the need to updatethe current structure. To address bothcurrent and future needs, the Collegecommissioned a detailed building
assessment, which was completed inthe spring.
“The building assessment provides uswith a template of currentrequirements, and gives us a vision forfuture possibilities. It was preparedwith a view of maximizing ourallocation of space and operationalefficiency while focusing on academicand student programming,” saysGustafson.
Gustafson noted a recent studentsurvey listing the common areas inthe Campion building as one of thetop three most valued programs andservices.
“We knew that students value havingcomfortable study and gatheringplaces. However, we were surprised tolearn just how important these areasare to students,” says Gustafson,adding that any future plans will takeinto account the need for morestudent common and study spaces.
“The end goal is to provide a safe andwelcoming environment for all whoaccess our facility,” says Gustafson.
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20 Pat Angott(H.S. ‘50)celebrated his80th birthdaythis year withfamily andfriends in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, wherehe now resides. In honourof the special day, the cakedesign paid tribute to thefond memories he has of histime at Campion College.
Fr. Methodius Kushko (BAHons ’92) moved to Yorkton,Saskatchewan, in 2002 withthe intention of semi-retirement as a pastor.Instead, at the age of 70, herealized a lifelong dream ofbecoming a radiopersonality, becoming hostof the Ukrainian Hour onthe Christian radio stationRock 98five FM. Fr. Kushkonow hosts a Ukrainian Hourtelevision show on CTVYorkton as well as the radioprogram. Both programshave been very successful,
reaching a large audience inthe Yorkton area.
Campion College alumniNevan Krogen (BSc Hons‘97) and Pheobe DeCiman(BA ‘03, BA Hons ‘05) wereamong the recipients of theUniversity of ReginaCrowning AchievementAwards for 2012, whichwere presented onSeptember 27. Kroganreceived the DistinguishedProfessional Achievementaward for his advances inresearch on the AIDS virus,and DeCiman washonoured with theOutstanding YoungAlumnus Award for hercontributions to thecommunity.
Greg Krätzig (BA Hons ‘04)was recently awarded theQueen Elizabeth IIDiamond Jubilee Medal inrecognition for hisoutstanding contribution toCanada. Currently, Gregworks at the RCMP trainingdepot in Regina.
Former Campion studentSean Kennedy is currentlydoing research in the fieldof math and networks andcommunicationsdepartment at Bell Labs inNew Jersey as a post-doctorate fellow. Herecently received his PhDfrom McGill in
Mathematics ad personamComputer Science.
His current focus is on hispost-doctorate research andhis family. A year ago hiswife, Amy Ford, and twochildren, three-year oldMikayla and one-year oldson Aiden, moved out toNew Jersey so that he couldstart his research.
Sean completed half of hisundergraduate degree inMath at Campion beforemoving to Alberta in 1997to train full time for thebiathlon. He was featured inthe Spring 1996 issue ofCampion’s Brag. He receivedhis Bachelor of Science inMathematics and his Masterof Science in ComputerScience from the Universityof Alberta.
Marieka Sax (BA ‘05) is aPhD candidate inanthropology at CarletonUniversity. She recentlypublished a book withEdwin Mellen Press, whichis based on her MA thesis,entitled: An Ethnography ofFeeding, Perception, andPlace in the Peruvian Andes(Where Hungry SpiritsBring Illness andWellbeing).
Two weeks after graduatingfrom the Western College ofVeterinary Science inSaskatoon, Dr. Steve
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21Kruzeniski (BSc ’08)traveled to Uganda to begina three-month workplacement with Vetswithout Borders SummerInternship Program and theFoundation for AIDSOrphaned Children (FAOC).Steve’s first volunteerexperience with Vetswithout Borders was in2010, when he traveled toGhana to help determinewhy local guinea fowl weredying. At the GlobalDevelopment Symposium,held at the OntarioVeterinary College in May2012, Steve made a Pitch forProgress entitledIntegration of HolisticAgriculture Practices inMbarara, Uganda.
Fr. James (Jim) Webb, SJ(former Provincial Superiorof the Jesuits in EnglishCanada), 9 August 2012.
Fr. James AloysiusGraham, SJ (Campion HighSchool Teacher, 1948-1951),21 August 2012.
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The next installment of theMusica Sacra series will beheld in the CampionCollege chapel on Saturday1 December 2012 at 7:30p.m. with performance bySophie Bouffard, soprano,and Christine Vanderkooy,pianist.
The 2012-2013 series willconclude with a Good
Friday concert on 29 March2013. The concert willfeature a new Regina choralgroup, Voices, under thedirection of DianaWoolrich, performingPergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
This year’s Nash MemorialLecture series will featurethe award winningCanadian writer Joseph
Boyden, author of ThreeDay Road and ThroughBlack Spruce.
The Nash Lecture will beheld in March 2012. Watchthe Campion website(www.campioncollege.ca)for more information orsend an e-mail [email protected] sign-up for the onlinenewsletter and receiveupdates on upcomingCollege events.
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