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Stoked about our new hip hop column Stoked about our new hip hop column retail, U of T, which is a mem- ber of CSC. “Naturally some books are impacted by this and if a change took place it would benefit stu- dents.” The issue is that publishers are allowed to grant exclusivity to Canadian agents, which may fam Ontario’s Regional Youth Liaison, Anda Petro, respond- ed: “U of T students care about Education, Maternal and Child Health, Environmental Sus- Continued on page 3 GOrd BrOwn

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    Campus bookstores lobby to lower pricesGroup says copyright regulations driving up cost of textbooks

    Text books are expensive. Ev-ery student is painfully aware of this. Now campus bookstores are acknowledging this and try-ing to do something about it.

    This past Monday, Campus Stores Canada (CSC) went to Ottawa to lobby for the end to current copyright regulations that is pumping up the cost of books by up to 15%. CSC esti-mates that the total impact of this interpretation of the copy-right legislation is costing Ca-nadian students $30 million annually.

    We know for certain that students at University of To-ronto are very concerned about the cost of text books and are in favour of anything that can be done to reduce their costs, said Chad Saunders, vice president

    retail, U of T, which is a mem-ber of CSC.

    Naturally some books are impacted by this and if a change took place it would benefi t stu-dents.

    The issue is that publishers are allowed to grant exclusivity to Canadian agents, which may

    be either a text book publisher or a book distributor. If a Cana-dian agent has exclusive rights, charges no more than 15% over what other agencies offer and can deliver the book in a timely fash-ion, a Canadian bookseller must or-

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    Take 5 takes ve?CIUTs fl agship current aff airs program

    faces major change under new direction

    For four and a half years, Take 5 has been a fi xture on the weekly schedule at CIUT 89.5 FM, Uni-versity of Toronto Radio. Oc-cupying the 8 to 10 a.m. time slot from Monday to Friday, the show aims to provide a fresh take on news, current affairs, and the arts in Toronto, and over the years has attracted not only a huge roster of eager and talented volunteers, but a series of widely respected, high-pro-fi le guests, among them Romo Dallaire, former Prime Minister Paul Martin, and author Roddy Doyle.

    It came as a shock to many lis-teners and community members when, on this weeks Tuesday show, host and senior producer David Peterson announced that the current incarnation of Take 5 would be cancelled as of Janu-ary 1st, 2011. Within minutes, listener e-mails began arriving in Petersons inbox, expressing support.

    Peterson struggles to hide his own frustration at the decision, particularly being of the opin-ion that the show had come a long way, and was just starting to hit a stride.

    We had gotten to the point where we were being ap-proached by well-known, re-spected guests and authors, he says. For a long time we were the ones that had to run after people and take what we could get. We helped get the message out that this was more than just an on-campus station, and this

    was more than a small-time col-lege show.

    The importance of alternative spoken word programming and current affairs coverage is not lost on CIUT program direc-tor and acting station manager Ken Stowar. He explains that while Take 5 had contributed immensely to CIUTs line up, the show was due for major changes.

    Changes are always ongoing, its a constant part of radio sta-tions and programming. When it comes to Take 5, its not being eliminated, its being revamped and upgraded.

    Stowars vision for an im-proved show entails trimming its length from two hours to one, beginning at 9 a.m. instead of 8. Much of the time would be saved by cutting out regular traffi c and weather updates, as well as news reports on the half hour, and live music guests. Stowar says the leaner version of the program would be more focused, powerful and compel-ling.

    We gave the show an op-portunity to grow and build an audience, but I dont think we had the opportunity to grow be-tween 8 and 9 a.m. when Metro Morning and other mainstream morning shows are on the air. We just do not have the re-sources to compete.

    Stowar stresses that he be-lieves in the importance of the topics covered, but that listen-ership was not where it needed to be.

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    Harper did what?!This March, Stephen Harper

    announced he would freeze foreign aid at the current 2010 level for the next fi ve years. Ox-fam U of T reacted by hosting a fl ash stunt, requesting students to sign a petition to Take Off the Freeze.

    Oxfam members of the St. George campus called for stu-dent involvement outside Sid-ney Smith Hall, Wednesday November 17. The participants geared up in excessive win-ter attire to spread awareness of Harpers chilly decision to implement a freeze on foreign aid. This fl ash-stunt or per-haps more appropriately, fl ash-freeze involved music con-taining freeze-related lyrics, such as beloved classic, Ice Ice Baby, and dancers rejoicing as

    each student signed their name in support of continuing the current foreign aid promise of .7% of Canadas GDP.

    Why should students care about Harpers cool move? Ox-

    fam Ontarios Regional Youth Liaison, Anda Petro, respond-ed: U of T students care about Education, Maternal and Child Health, Environmental Sus-

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    Oxfam U of T stunt calls out Harpers cold treatment

    Students: freeze on foreign aid will bring us short on Millenium Development Goals

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    Dave Peterson, Take host and senior producer, at Hart House with Paul Martin.

    Price tags prove to be a real pain in the ass on the student wallet.

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    The Life Raft

    Marcel DanesiA Semiotic Papyrus for the New World Order

    Picture this: civilization as we know it has crumbled. The few survivors are boarding a vessel that will carry them to the new world - where they will rebuild - and only one seat re-mains. All of academia must vie for it using their most deadly weapon: reasoned discourse.

    This weeks candidate is Marcel Danesi, professor of Se-miotics and Linguistic Anthropology. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998, and throughout his distinguished career, he has authored many books including Popular Culture: Introductory Perspectives and Language, Society, and Culture: Introducing Anthropological Linguis-tics. He is the editor in chief of Semiotica, and edits both the Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Signs and Semaphors book series.

    -Diana Wilson

    My fellow travelers, I plead not to be taken with you, for I am just one life form among an in-fi nitude of them. On your way to making your new society, I am asking you simply to listen to my plea for taking into account the fundamental principles that undergird the discipline I have espoused all my career and which has made me into a more understanding person than I probably would have otherwise been, aware of who I am, of what my limitations are, and of the importance of understand-ing othersindeed, of the im-portance of getting close to oth-ers, no matter who they are, so that I can understand myself.

    So, I have written this papy-rus (allow me to take liberty

    are as much descendants of his-torical forces as we are of bio-logical ones. Each word, each symbol, each text carries with it the meaning DNA of a certain group of individuals living at a certain period of time. These signs, as they are called, allow us paradoxically to go forward by connecting with the past. Each sign is a historical gene, connecting us to the wisdom of the past and guiding us in our knowledge-making quests.

    3. Particular signs are the cultural resources used to solve universal problems. As the great anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski pointed out, culture is the human ve-hicle invented to solve universal problems of survival (gathering

    with words, since they are only signs anyhow), the seven axioms by which semioticians liveax-ioms I have constructed from the writings and thoughts of the great semioticians across time, from the ancient Greek physi-cian Hippocrates to the contem-porary semiotician and writer (also a good friend of the semi-otics program at my university), Umberto Eco. I give you this pa-pyrus to take with you to keep, treasure, and hopefully use as the basis for founding your new world order. It is best that you take it along without me, so that no subjective interference from its maker can be imposed on its usewhich, by the way, is itself an indirect principle of semiotic practice.

    1. Sign systems across the world are built with the same psychic need to repro-duce the world on our own terms. We cannot survive with-out producing meaningful forms (words, symbols, rituals, and so on)form

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