Volume 92, Issue 70

Tuesday, February 2, 1999


Mad meds to march

Stabbing was self-inflicted

Grade of law improves

Mt. A strike stalemate

Province-wide tests possible

Corporately forumed

Pies fly in protest of CASA

Naimji focussed on the student body

Stimulating Valentine's Day


Caught on campus

Pies fly in protest of CASA

By Ian Ross
Gazette Staff

Lemon meringue was the weapon of choice for three men dressed as characters from the film Mortal Combat in a confrontation with Canadian Alliance of Student Associations' president Hoops Harrison.

In a bizarre incident of political protest, Harrison was attacked 15 minutes into a University of Manitoba Student's Union meeting last Wednesday during a CASA presentation to students.

"They were good pies – not just pan pies with whip cream," Harrison quipped.

According to UMSU President Christopher Kozier, the unidentified men entered the Senate chamber doors and came down the stairs before firing the pastry treats at Harrison. The first two tosses hit the CASA president in his right shoulder and the left side of his face. The third was a direct hit landing in the middle of his forehead.

No laughter accompanied the prank but rather a sense of embarrassment and several apologies from students in attendance, Kozier said. He called the incident "inappropriate" and hoped it would not reflect poorly on the university.

Kozier added he was impressed by Harrison's composure during such an awkward moment. "The way Hoops handled it was excellent," he said. "It was like nothing had happened at all."

Harrison left the meeting briefly to change attire and returned to finish his presentation to students explaining what CASA is, what the association has done and where it is going. Manitoba is currently a member of the group which represents 275,000 students and 19 universities, including Western.

Harrison said he felt the unusual event was an ineffective method of protest which instead helped his presentation through higher attention and trust of those in attendance.

"Before the event there were many people at the meeting that I believe were a little suspect of CASA," Harrison said. "The event actually sold the case for CASA. It brought us all closer together."

No party has taken responsibility for the incident, but Harrison said he had heard speculation pointing the finger at the Manitoba Student Liberation Front.

Elizabeth Carlyle, chair of the Canadian Federation of Students, a rival lobby group, was also in the dark to the identities of the pie throwing culprits but said the incident did not surprise her.

"Pie throwers normally attack politicians that do not properly represent them and I guess Hoops falls into that category of crooked politicians in their view," she said.

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